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As many of you know I am a Marine, a moderator on this great forum, an attendee of the 2012 USS Tarawa reunion, but most importantly I have been honored with the first USS Tarawa email account. My USS Tarawa address is
firstname.lastname@example.org. I would challenge all of you to send me a message. In the message, I would like you to share one thing about your interaction with the Marines deployed on the Tarawa. Lets say 7 Dec, 2013, I will announce on the forum, the story that I enjoyed the most. I will keep the submitters name private only to be announced if they so choose and the name will be released by our forum administrator and reunion planner extraordinar, Rick Holly. So start those emails coming and stay tuned here for your story. Remember for it to show up here you must send an email to email@example.com. The winner of the best interaction with a/the Marine(s) deployed on Tarawa will receive a large, very colorful USS Tarawa LHA-1 Eagle of the Sea car sticker.
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Here is the WINNER! BRAVO ZULU.
Subject: Deployed Marines I served on board the USS Tarawa from October '95 to October '98. My first west-PAC happen only a couple weeks after my arrival to the fleet. I was awestruck at the amount of Marines that we carried on board. I was in 3rd deck division and one of my duties was standing watch at the helm on the bridge. I learned that, through the help of my deck mates, you could make that big tub sway something awful with the right conditions. One night on deployment I was standing watch at the helm. Chow that night had been some consistency of navy beans with sauce. We were steaming along at a steady 5 knots, why I don't know. My deck mate on the Lee helm suggested that I "sway" the ship. An evil grin crossed my face as I began the maneuver. I began by turning the wheel 30 degrees to the port. I waited until the needle began to move, and spun the wheel 30 degrees starboard. After the needle came back to starboard I corrected again to maintain my original course. Within a minutes time, the ship began to list heavy. First to port, then to starboard. The sway continued for a couple minutes, progressing in degree. After a couple minutes the sway subsided and the ship steadied. After my watch was over, I made my way to the lower ramp to smoke. I met several of my shipmates there who where describing a horrible scene. During and after my maneuver there were several Marines loosing there dinner all over the ship. Marines were throwing up all over the place. I won't say that I was the only cause, but I'm sure that I didn't help matters.
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I remember the typhoon in '86 when we had to turn around and head back to the Philippines on our first try to Hong Kong. Drink stations tipped onto the deck with bug juice all over the place, tables sliding from port bulkhead to starboard and back again, along with Marines.......Lmao. I went to DCC to watch the monitors on the flight deck to view the water cascading over the flight deck. There were times you couldn't even see the flight deck at all. I thought it was so cool to watch and never even had the thought of a catastrophe could happen. I was young and in such 'Awe' that I had no fears. It was pretty exciting that day. We were all laughing at the Marines puking everywhere after the storm calmed down. We then made a successful second attempt to Hong Kong a day later I believe.