Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/17/17
3 Bombers sent stuff and memorial INFO today: 
Floyd MELTON ('57)
David RIVERS ('65)
Tedd CADD ('66)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Verna GORE ('69) 

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Floyd MELTON ('57)

Re: Uniforms

All this talk about uniforms I thought I would put my two
cents worth into the subject. 

My almost life long good buddy John EDENS ('57) and I joined
the army reserves MP outfit in big Pasco when we were juniors
in High School. Upon graduation on June 6, 1957 we found
ourselves in boot camp in FT Ord, CA on the 9th of June. We
were the last inductees to ever receive the old Ike wool army
class A uniforms, the next group that came through got the new
army greens.

-Floyd MELTON ('57)
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: Black shoes/Brown shoes

Only shoes we had in the Marine Corps were black and they
hadda be spit shined to a faithywell (tho occifers did have
"corfam")... I still shine mine the same way... but I do
recall when I was with the lateda Firm, one of my Partners
wore those ugly shoes that looked like the ones they used to
advertise in the Sunday Newspaper Supplements... problem was
he had a bad habit of wearing one brown and one black... HAPPY
BIRTHDAY, Judy BOGGS ('64) on your special day August 17,
2017... catch on the flip side for your other half's day

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

A little of the USCG mission: Drug interdiction, one of our
most dangerous missions.

One of the events in the Gulf of Alaska concerned an ocean-
going tugboat (they are fairly large ships). This one was
carrying big bales of marijuana. He was overtaken by one of
our 278s and a 170 (relates to length) white hulls. (The White
Hulls refer to vessels that function on the operational side
of the USCG, law enforcement and the like as opposed to the
marine safety side, waterway safety and navigation issues)

He had one on either side of him. He was ordered to heave to
and prepare for boarding. Instead, he turned sharply and
rammed the 278, cutting a 30 foot gash in the hull just above
the water line. When he noticed the 5 inch gun trained on him
(it was something of an act of war), he finally complied.

Our boarding team set out to board the vessel. He set the 
boat on fire (at the bridge) and opened all the sea cocks to
scuttle the vessel and eliminate the evidence below decks. The
crew gave up peacefully.

One of our boarding team ran through beside the fire on the
bridge and opened the forward hatch. As the boarding team got
the crew and captain on our small boat, they had to wade
through water on the fantail of the tug as it was sinking.

As the boat slipped beneath the water, big blue bales of MJ
started popping up-the evidence we needed for the drug
charges. We already had all we needed for the attempted
sinking of a US Government vessel.

Then there is the life-saving mission-another very dangerous

I think the large bulk of the distress calls we receive 
are when somebody is out on the water in weather that they
shouldn't be out in. [OR the weather changed rapidly and 
they weren't prepared for that. -Maren] So we go out in that
weather to effect the rescue. One of the most spectacular
incidents was recorded on film we saw. The cargo ship was one
of those with tall cranes on the deck to lift cargo on and off
the vessel from the hold. The ship was dead in the water and
turned sideways to the waves in heavy weather. So the cranes
were moving back and forth with the sideways roll of the ship.

Our helicopter was lowering the rescue basket down to the deck
picking up the crew one at a time. The USCG crew had to lower
it between the cranes while holding steady in the storm with
the wind blowing the basket around. Had the basket hooked on
one of the cranes, the chopper would have possibly gone down.

Just a couple of the reasons I've been proud to be a part of
this service.

-Tedd CADD ('66)
   PS: the Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) description of what
   happens to a ship in heavy weather (worse in some wave
   lengths than others), is a useful thing to keep in mind
   when you see a video of a ship plowing through those
   big waves. There have been incidents over the years
   where a ship has snapped in two with that hogging
   problem, generally larger vessels.
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not a memorial - only INFO today

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

Service: TODAY, 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.