: Mr. Lyons,|
:Inasmuch that you had the energy and determination to sacrifice one nights sweat in order to safeguard your right to skate henceforth hardly qualifies your claim of BEST.
:BEST is a subjective term to the beholder. Therefor I nominate the APES as BEST inasmuch that we did all of the GRUNT and WATCH while you congratulated yourselves about your station and responsibilities.
:Story: Paul Baer was rather entertained with my loquaciousness which led him to tout my verbal skills to Chief Vaughn while in the mess line. Chief Vaughn patiently listened to my diatribe and critisism of the food where upon he announced that " It all sounds like a bunch of bullshit to me." Thus I loved him henceforth. Deck Crew. Fine Navy Day. Hackers. Best Paint Crew.
:Your name is familiar and I'm sure I would recognize you face to face. Be well.
Hi Jack - First, I wonder if or how many of us would recognize the rest of us! I still write to Mike Price, Harry Elam, and several of the other guys. It is interesting to see where we have all ended up so far. Sadly, some of the guys are at permanent rest already. The purpose of the one night painting exercise was not to attempt to diminish the fine and repetetive work done by the deck apes on the ship, but to foil the personal vendetta perpetuated against Mr Price by one IC1 Tom Dooley (really). I don't think Tom ever figured out that it was me and, I think, three of the spray guns that I bought in Italy that were at that particular party. Some time and over a couple (at least) of beers, we should clarify the situation, just so we present a united front to anyone else who should ask! Phone (360)683-0731 or look me up in Sequim, Washington. Just for info, my brother Dave still lives up here too. I realize that the ET's had sort of a reputation on that boat, but that's part of revisionist history isn't it! Best Wishes and take care - Ralph