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Rick Holly

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This is where I display my Tarawa memorabilia. Do you have an area in your home where you display your Tarawa and military memorabilia?

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Charles R. Petrach

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Nope it's in the garage on the wall
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This is where I display my Tarawa memorabilia. Do you have an area in your home where you display your Tarawa and military memorabilia?


Very Cool Rick. I'll get mine loaded up in 2-3 weeks after I get all my stuff situated.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Rick, what's the harpoon's story?
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Rick Holly

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It's a replica from the Charles W. Morgan whaler. It's a famous whaling ship in the 1800s.

By the way, look closely at the model. It is totally handmade by a master ship maker!

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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My memorabilia is mostly the other 28 years with the government.  There are things from the 9 years I spent in the Navy, but they are drastically out numbered.

I see about getting a pic uploaded later today.
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All my stuff is still boxed up. Work on this house a little at a time before I can get it all out.
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OK Leo spill the beans, 9 years Navy, cool, but what's this 28 with other government?
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Rick Holly

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Leo, we are still waiting for your promise to upload a picture, ha.
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Ray, take a picture of the boxes! We can at least look at the boxes, ha. I know you have some very tech savvy people in your family!
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Well...

After I got my discharge, I went out to Lowery AFB, just outside of Denver and put my application on file.  I wanted a job that would carry the Navy time over. But they never called.

So I took a job at a local car dealer working in their extended warranty office. 

Then, I got a call from the IRS.  Yep, them.  I went in for an interview and was offered the job on the spot.  It was just a clerical job, but 2 years later I moved to a computer assistant job, then a computer specialist, programmer, Team Leader and finally Manager.

When I started, I was making around 20k a year and when I retired, well over 120k.  I retired at about 1/2 pay for life.  And yes, I paid my taxes like everyone else.  I had to, or I would have been fired.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Of the Hats, The VC-7 and Tarawa hats are vintage.  VC-7 was my first assignment out of A School (1975 to 1977) and Tarawa was my last (1983).

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Leo, did you like the USS Coral Sea?
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My most valued memorabilia is my "never been worn" plank owner's hat.

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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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The Coral Sea was my first ship and first time out of the country.  They were already 20 - 30 days into the deployment when I caught up in PI.

I have great memories of that ship.  But, she was old and really, the smallest carrier in the fleet.  We only visited 3 ports, PI, Japan and Korea.  Japan and Korea 1 time each and PI, well, we basically lived there.

I never realized the similarities of my first and last deployments.

First deployment: I flew from California to Clark AFB and rode a bus to Subic, where I joined my squadron aboard the Coral Sea.  They had only been deployed about 20 to 30 days.

Last deployment: We pulled into PI and I left the Tarawa with about 30 days left on the deployment, rode a bus from Subic to Clark AFB and flew back California.

Guess it was fitting that my sea duty started and ended there.
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In case you didn't notice, On the top shelf, just right of center is a picture of the Tarawa I've had since '83.

To the left of that, behind the plasma ball, is a plaque I received as sailor of the month from VC-7 in 1976.  Just left of that is a VC-7 squadron picture from '76.

On the far right is my 35 year plaque from the IRS and between it and the Tarawa are 2 plaques from the Boy Scouts and a clock/award from the IRS I got in the 90's.
 
On the second shelf, dead center in a very dark red dragon.  That was the coolest birthday card I ever received.  Even though it was from an ex-girlfriend, I still keep it.

On the far right is a picture of my grandfather.  The rest are various items that belonged to family or I collected over the years.

Also in boxes are all of the awards I received while in the Navy and over the years from the IRS.

I loved my 9 years in and enjoyed my 28 years with the IRS.
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Check this out on ebay:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Diecast-metal-USS-TARAWA-/151700539621?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23520e88e5
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Leo, is that your bid?
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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No, I'm not bidding on it.  I'll be away from a computer from 6/6 - 14.
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The trouble for me with memorabilia is that at the time it didn't occur to me to pick things up. Years later, when it matters most, I think, "... Damn, I wish..." Like seeing others stuff though. JJ did send me some things he had and like Ray they are in boxes. I keep thinking one day I'll get them out...

The hat is pretty cool though Rick. I have 2 from the ship at decommissioning, but my original plank owner hat is in the wind somewhere.
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Like Danny I did not collect much while in but look back and say damn should have. Now paying the price trying to find some of the things I should have.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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I come from a family of pack rats.  I'm always picking things up and holding on to them.

Prior to this last move, I had all of my tax returns and checks going back to 1974.
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