Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/12/17
6 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO today: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Mike CLOWES ('54)
Pete BEAULIEU ('62), David RIVERS ('65)
Shirley COLLINGS ('66), Tedd CADD ('66)

		Aaron ROBERTS ('66) & Robbin Ruth HENDERSON ('67)

ALL BOMBER LUNCH: 11:30, Queensgate Sterlings (2nd Sat) 

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

Re: blue water vs brown water

I'm enjoying the ongoing "salt air" patter going on, including
the entry yesterday by Brad WEAR ('71). While I'm sure Brad
meant no offense, at least some of us "Coasties" take high
exception to being called "brown water sailors". For sure, lots
of Coast Guard folks operate close inshore - up rivers - on the
Mississippi and other navigable waters - often places of great
discomfort to Navy ships - but have no doubt that we are
basically "deep water sailors". In my dozen or so years of sea
duty I've sailed into the Canadian Arctic, all over the Gulf of
Alaska and Bering Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Midway, off the coast
of Russia, into Japan. Historically, the Coast Guard has always
been a "blue water" outfit and we had cutters in the worldwide
"Great White Fleet" cruise dispatched by Teddy Roosevelt,
fought submarines in the North Atlantic in both "World Wars",
operated ships in offshore Viet Nam waters for 5 years (not to
mention the 26 inshore 82' cutters we operated there as well).
The last ship I commanded was deployed mostly in the North
Pacific and southern Bering Sea doing foreign fisheries treaty
and law enforcement. In more recent years, we have deployed
ships, boats and shore detachments to the mideast for wartime
operations, relief operations to the country of Georgia, and
other far away places. And consistently over the past 30 years
we have fought the "drug wars in the Atlantic, Caribbean and
Pacific interdicting drug smuggling from Columbia and other
South and Central American sources. Our cutters continue to
slice through a lot of blue water!

And remember... Popeye was a Coastie! Toot Toot!

Don't forget Club 40 gathering in September8th & 9th! We can 
tell more sea stories then!

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still sweltering Richland
[Here we go, Dick. Aviation Coasties think they are even more
elite than all other Coasties - "Blue Shoe" and "Brown Shoe".
I think Aviation was blue shoe, but won't swear to it. -Maren]
>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)


In naval parlance it stands for Landing Ship Tank. During WWII,
crew members referred to them as Large Slow Targets. They too
big to be carried aboard ship; consequently, every where they
went they were in the water.

What I think was meant that LCVPs (Landing Craft Vehicle/
Personnel) where the items knocked overboard during the
typhoon in question. They were carried both on the deck and 
in the well of an LSD (Landing Ship Dock). The LCVPs are the 
ones John Wayne. Richard Widmark and others went ashore in 
all those Marine movies.

Silly question time: If one is not a member of FaceBook, how
can one have missed messages?

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where 
    weather guessers are claiming a 30 to 60% chance of rain
    on Sunday. Film at 11
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

To: Steve CARSON ('58)

In answer to your question, the USS HORNET was tied up and
rusting at Bremerton Naval Shipyard for several years and
destined for the scrap heap as is so commonly the case. Many of
its crew(s) resisted. And, then, a funny thing happened on the
way to the dump...

In the late 1980s I heard about the campaign to save the HORNET
in a chance meeting in the Shoreline QFC checkout line. Then 
in the mid 1990s the final Commanding Officer later happened
through Seattle and we reconnected (even though I had been a
very junior officer). By this time Admiral Carl Seiberlich 
was long-retired and was working with the global American
Presidents Line (container ships) which for many years worked
through the Port of Seattle. In the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
he had primary responsibility for anti-submarine tracking and
warfare. (Soviet submarines were a little-reported part of the
big picture.)

Seiberlich recounted that the ship had been sold for $10
million to a scrapping operation in India, but that he and
others found a way, literally at the last minute, to intercept
the ship on the high seas. The Secretary of the Navy was said
to be finally involved. 

The story is that one of the ship's topmost antennaes had not
been removed and, therefore, with such classified equipment (!)
still attached the ship could not be allowed fall into foreign
hands. The hulk was repurchased, towed back to the West Coast,
and eventually fully refurbished into a first class museum.
Since the late 1990s the HORNET has been moored in all its
glory at Alameda, California (the Oakland side of San Francisco
Bay). It's claim to fame is that in July and November of 1969
we were the mid-Pacific recovery ship for the first two sets of
astronauts to walk on the moon. (Our 40th Anniversary gathering
for Apollo XI was in July 2009.)

At the age of 85 the still-energetic Seiberlich passed
unexpectedly in 2006, and I was surprised and honored to serve
as one of a dozen pallbearers at his funeral in Arlington
National Cemetery. His elegant and famously well-preserved
wife, Trudy, now in her mid 90s, still raises llamas on their
farm in West Virginia. For a time, one of his sons was the head
sheriff of Los Angeles County.

I recommend the well-interviewed book Moon Men Return: USS
Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts, by Scott
Carmichael (Naval Institute Press, 2010). Carmichael was not
there, but he wanted to write the missing face-to-face and sea-
level account of the Navy role, and had a way of tracking
people down even after they had disbanded some forty years
earlier. A few years ago he was still be the senior security
and counterintelligence investigator for the Defense
Intelligence Agency.
-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: ahhhhhhhhhhhh now that's a sandwich

Something hit me on face book today. Now quite often someone
will post a picture of something I use at least some times 
and asks "do you remember this?"... today it was fried egg
sandwiches... I know some of the Bomber-babes that hold court
at the Spudnut with Katie SHEERAN ('61) and the divine ms. HOFF
('64) order them now and again... anyway it reminded me that a
bunch of us used to take jet boats up the Reach to the Vernita
bridge swim around where the old reactors were and just have a
great time in June... we would always call my mom to wish her
HB... one time Jo MILES ('64) got on the phone and thanked my
mom for making him a sandwich when he forgot his lunch in the
second grade... she said she remembered it was a fried egg
sandwich... Mills almost fell off the boat. A few weeks later I
told her of his surprise and she said "I always made you kids
fried egg sandwiches!" Well had nothing to do with today's
Bomber-babe but it brought me a good memory... specially since
I know nothing about the coast guard and have learned tons the
past few days... HAPPY BIRTHDAY Patty SPENCER ('65) on your
special day, August 12, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66)

Re: Little League World Series 


   "Washington defeats Montana 10-6

   "Using an eight-run second inning, Washington knocked
   off Montana 10-6 to reach the Northwest Regional
   Championship Game. 

   After the two teams traded single runs in the first
   inning, Washington broke the game wide-open with five
   hits, including Brixen Betzler's two-run homer, to take
   a 9-1 lead after the second inning. 

   Montana was able to close the gap to 9-6 with five runs
   in the bottom of the third that would end the day for
   Washington starting pitcher Andrew Coleman. Carson
   Jones, Rylan Warren and Caiden Thomsen combined to
   allow two hits with four strikeouts over the final
   three innings for Washington. 

   Thomsen closed the game in brilliant fashion by
   striking out Montana in the sixth to send Washington to
   Saturday's title game against Oregon. It's the first
   meeting of the tournament between the two teams." 

Note: Game time on Saturday will be at noon (PDT) on ESPN for 
Washington (Walla Walla) vs Oregon (La Grande).

Go Washington!!!!

-Shirley COLLINGS Haskins ('66) ~ Richland  
>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

Re: Blue water/Brown Water et al

It is useful to know that the "brown water navy" - the USCG -
has international missions. The drug interdiction mission goes
well beyond our territorial waters, for example.

Additionally, we have international missions for ice breaking,
both north pole and south pole. While it's easy to understand
the Port Security mission, it is again useful to know that it
is not simply US ports. It is our task to protect any port
worldwide where US troops or ships operate (in the Middle East
for example). We even had war-time missions on the rivers in

Somebody mentioned the only Coastie to earn the Medal of Honor.
Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro received it for his heroic
actions while evacuating Marines from an unexpectedly massive
Japanese presence during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He was in
charge of 10 boats which were ferrying the marines to the
battle but, when it became obvious they needed to evacuate
them, "When most of them were in the boats, complications arose
in evacuating the last men, whom Munro realized would be in the
greatest danger. He accordingly placed himself and his boats
such that they would serve as cover for the last men to leave.
Among the Marines evacuated that day was Lt. Col. Lewis B.
"Chesty" Puller, USMC. During this action-protecting the men
after he had evacuated them-Munro was fatally wounded. He
remained conscious sufficiently long enough to only say four
words: "Did they get off?"

Why, one might ask, was the Coast Guard doing that? Well, in
time of declared war, the USCG becomes part of the Department
of the Navy - or as we Coasties know - the Coast Guard is the
hard core around which the Navy forms in time of war.

PS: Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller, USMC, is the most
decorated Marine in history. Petty Officer 1st Class Munro had
a hand in seeing to it that General Puller lived long enough to
become that LTGEN and so highly decorated.

-Tedd CADD ('66)
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not a memorial - only INFO today

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

Celebration of Life: TODAY, Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2pm-5pm
 520 S. Belfair, Kennewick
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