Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/16/17
5 Bombers sent stuff: 
Mike CLOWES ('54), Pete BEAULIEU ('62)
David RIVERS ('65), Tedd CADD ('66)
Betti AVANT ('69)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Kathie ROE ('64)

08/16/77 ~ Elvis died 
 "Before Elvis, there was nothing." -John Lennon

**/16 BOMBER LUNCH Today: '55 Ladies, 11:30, (3rd Wed)
 Billie LAWELL or Sharon TEMPLEMAN will tell you where

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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

In the music world, there is good news and bad news. The bad
news is that Elvis is still dead despite sightings at the La
Crosse, WI, Burger King, McDonald's or Dairy Queen. Sorry

The good news is that in the great metropolis of Cheney, WA, a
fellow classmate, and a pretty fair trombonist is celebrating
a birthday today. I know he is a fellow graduate because I saw
him get his diploma ahead of me. Coincidence, I think not, as
"Bs" come before "Cs".

A tip of the ol' propeller beanie and a "Happy Birthday!" for
John BRUNTLETT ('54) on this occasion. I will not ask him to
play a chorus or two of "Love Me Tender".

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where
    the skies are somewhat cloudy all day
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

To: Larry MATTINGLY ('60), Brad WEAR ('71), and
   Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ( '54)

Re: Waves

Here's a footnote to your entries on the Coast Guard in heavy
seas out of Dutch Harbor (50-foot waves), and about Navy
shipboard excitement during other typhoon weather. While I was
on it, the carrier USS Hornet never encountered waves quite
that big. But, what happens when the ship is too long to fit
between the waves?

With just the right spacing, even lesser waves (say 30 feet
high or three stories) can amplify into an interesting
harmonic for larger ships. Westbound and half way between
Hawaii and Japan (in late 1968) the ship's lieutenant-
commander meteorologist advised the captain and the flag
officers that we could evade a full typhoon dead ahead. Just
circle south and then back north. But the edge of the typhoon
turned caught up with us anyway. The seas were 30 feet high
with the waves spaced 800 feet from crest to crest.

A ship about the same measurement-three football fields
long-gets high-centered with each wave. The bow and the stern
then take turns sticking out of the water. Between waves the
ship's midpoint then flexes down into the oncoming trough now
with the stern and bow both nearly submerged. In the text
book, this bending is known as "hogging." (The other more
familiar terms are "pitching" forward and back, and "rolling"
from side to side.) At one point there was the brief sound of
tearing steel in the forward part of the ship, but it was only
the inner hull or an interior bulkhead. No one moved, but the
sound of inrushing water never came.

Where's the best place to take all this in? All alone I found
the spot... .

At the foremost edge of the ship we had a catwalk inside the
fully enclosed "hurricane bow" and immediately below the
flight deck. At face level forward along the catwalk was a
horizontal row of 18-inch glass portholes. As the ship hogged
into each wave the handrail came in useful-positive "G" on the
way up with each new wave, and negative "G" on the way down as
I was left airborne above the descending floor plates. Outside
the porthole the straight-ahead view oscillated up and then
down (pitching), from grey sky overhead to a "rolling" darker
grey horizon climbing back into view and then above, and then
finally just solid green water. Each wave pushed green water
over the front of the flight deck, with a new dousing just 800
feet ahead. Then a shakedown as the bow lurched left and right
("yawing") before bobbing up like a cork. On normal seas the
flight deck is 50 feet (five stories) above the water line.

And as for the uniform of the day, sometimes a green-around-
the-gills facial expression is not "war paint" camouflage.

Beyond any words in these Navy and Coast Guard show-and-tell
moments in heavy seas is the overwhelming sense of being
subject to the totally absolute power of nature. Seattleites
might compare this feeling to the deep down growling
earthquakes of 1965 and 2001. Not as threatening as a Midwest
tornado, but exhilarating enough. A sailor from the heartland
was heard to say, "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore!"

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA ~ rather than off shore
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: first impressiions

My first impressions of Col-Hi are quite vivid. First, Ricky
WARFORD ('65) took a bunch of us around and introduced us to
several Bomber-babes... now I know I had to have known that
group of girls before as most of them had gone to Chief Jo...
but that is still the memory... and one of those Bomber-babes
was today's b-day babe; the second is Tony HARRAH ('65) and me
walking in to our first mixer... "Oh Donna" was playing... I
knew I was home! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roger e ('61) and Kathie
ROE ('64) on your special day, August 16, 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

Re: Coast Guard Uniforms

Having spent 6.5 years active duty in the US Air Force (photo
intelligence) With a tour in Vietnam, when I joined the USCGR
in 1983, the uniforms were very familiar: They were the same
ones I wore in the USAF: Light blue shirts, dark blue pants,
dress blues, and white formal uniforms black shoes. It was a
bit confusing since the insignia were different and the
nomenclature was all Sea-going.

As I understand it, the Coast Guard hitched a ride on the USAF
uniform contract to avoid the extra costs with the smaller

When I was in Yorktown, Virginia for OCS, I had a bit of fun.
During one weekend break, I was walking down a pier somewhere
near the major USAF installation where I had served as an
enlisted for 2.5 years, a couple of USAF men in uniform came
walking the other way. I was in uniform but my cover (hat) was
certainly not USAF but the insignia was that of a cadet. 

I could see that the two of them didn't know what to make if
this oddity coming toward them, so they saluted me-the first
salute I received. The tradition is that you owe the first
person who salutes you a coin - the first person after you are
commissioned, that is.

As is the rule-you always return a salute-so I did. I didn't
take the time to explain the unusual looks.

I still have my last uniforms and can still wear them.

-Tedd CADD ('66)
>>From: Betti AVANT ('69)

Re: birthday wishes

Here's wishing my cousin, John BRUNTLETT ('54) a very happy
birthday. Enjoy your day.

-Betti AVANT ('69) ~ in good ole Richland  
********************  MEMORIAL INFO  **********************
not a memorial - only INFO today

>>Frank COLLIER ('62-RIP) ~ 12/1/43 - 8/9/17

Service: TOMORROW, Thursday, August 17, 2017, 11am
 Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 6116 Hwy 291, Suncrest, WA 
 followed by his commitment at the Veterans' Memorial Cemetery
 in Medical Lake at 2:15 pm.
That's it for today. Please send more.