Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/11/17
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5 Bombers sent stuff and heard about two & info for one today: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Steve CARSON ('58)
Shirley SHERWOOD ('62), Shirley COLLINGS ('66)
Brad WEAR ('71)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: George STEPHENS ('58)

WEEKLY BOMBER LUNCH: Mostly '52ers, Noon, Sterling's Queensgate 
(Fridays) 

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
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>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) entry about conning USS HORNET was
entertaining to be sure! And his comments about never getting a
guy going on sea stories is surely appropriate! But I GOTTA'
tell one more....

I was a LCDR and serving my second year as executive officer on
a USCG high endurance cutter. We were relieving another ship on
Ocean Station November, a spot in the ocean halfway between San
Francisco and Honolulu, and the first order of business was a
highline (replenishment at sea) evolution with the ship that
was departing for home port. They'd been underway for a month -
no fresh milk, veggies, etc. and we were "sharing our larder".
I was conning the ship, making the approach on the other ship
at about 15 knots. Standard distance between ships in this
evolution was 100', and when close enough we had a "distance"
line between the ships with distance markers every ten feet to
help the conning officer maintain the distance.

The new skipper hadn't been to sea in quite awhile, and once 
I got us settled alongside and cargo being passed, he quietly
spoke to me. "Dick, how do you judge your distance when you are
approaching alongside, before the distance line is rigged?"

I was unsure how to answer - it was a "seaman's eye" type
of thing... so I responded with what I thought was humor.
"Captain," I said, "I clutch my binoculars (hanging around 
my neck on a strap) firmly with both hands. When they get so
sweaty they slip from my grasp, I think we are close enough!"

He wasn't amused.....

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still-sweltering Richland. A little 
      salt-air breeze would feel nice!
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>>From: Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)

To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Pete, 

Good stories. Is the hornet still in Bremerton?

-Steve CARSON (Championship Class of '58)
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>>From: Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62)

Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Pete,

I love your stories. Why is it that after all these years I can
picture you perfectly without grabbing my yearbook. Or... maybe
it was your brother. Probably both. 

-Shirley SHERWOOD Milani ('62)
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>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Hope SOLO ('99) ~ 8/9/17 Tri-City Herald 

      "Hope SOLO ('99) looks to revive soccer career abroad."

      "AMSTERDAM"

      "Hope SOLO ('99) is looking to resume playing soccer
      and says she has had offers to play overseas.

      The Richland native was handed a six-month suspension
      and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last
      year following the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after she
      called Sweden's team "cowards" for their defensive
      style of play against the Americans.

      Since the abrupt break in her career, the 36-year-old
      SOLO has focused on recovering from shoulder
      replacement surgery."

Re: Dietrich Schmeiman (HHS-RIP) ~ Fallen Marine's Homecoming 

      Picture caption: The funeral procession for Richland
      native Dietrich Schmieman drives down Interstate 182 on
      Thursday.

      Mid-Columbia bids mournful farewell to native son
      killed in the line of duty

Re: Little League World Series ~ 8/10/17 Tri-City Herald 

      "Walla Walla is in the Little League World Series. On
      Thursday the team lost to La Grande 8-4. The good news
      for Washington (Walla Walla) is it has an opportunity
      to get a rematch against Oregon (LaGrande) in the title
      game, though it will first have to get past Montana on
      Friday."

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland   
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>>From: Brad WEAR ('71)

Re: Blue water, brown water

Navy and Coast Guard were not the only sea born forces. Many a
Marine was forced to enjoy shipboard life. I hated being on
ships. Other than the chow. Way too confining, even aircraft
carriers which are floating cities in their own right.

I think my dislike stems from being shipboard during a typhoon.
Luckily for me I was aboard the USS Denver, an LPD (landing
platform, dock), a large ship. Picture a ship with a regular
front and an aircraft carrier rear. 

We were caught in the wrong quadrant of the typhoon and were
taking green water over the bridge, in other words, we were
under water. When we cleared the storm after two days of
pounding, all the vehicles chained to the top deck of one of
the LSTs, a flat bottom ship, were gone. There was one axle
still chained there and the bow of the ship was bent. Water and
wind are a vicious combination. The only good thing that came
of the event was we were able to write off all of our missing
gear from our inventory. Combat Loss. 

	["LSTs"?  -Maren]

I admire the navy guys (blue water) after being out to sea, and
the Coasties (brown water), for the law enforcement effort
inland, and close to shore ocean bound. 

-Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in Plano, TX   where it's reheating up this
      week. 106 heat index. 20 days until dove season.
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[204 days till Iditarod, 2018]
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Heard about two Bomber deaths today:

Marilyn CALLAHAN ('64wb-RIP) ~ 2/1/46 - 8/3/17

=======================  read in Marilyn's obit:

>>Tommy CALLAHAN, Jr. ~ ____ - ____

I found Tom CALLAHAN in class of '57 but haven't confirmed this
Tom Callahan is Marilyn's deceased brother
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not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Marilyn CALLAHAN ('64wb-RIP) ~ 2/1/46 - 8/3/17

Celebration of Life: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2pm-5pm
 520 S. Belfair, Kennewick, WA
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That's it for today. Please send more.
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