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My parents' home sold, and I am cleaning my parents' home out. My mother moved to a retirement community. Yesterday, I found all the letters I wrote my parents while on Tarawa! They saved all of them! I will place them in chronological order according to the stamp from the ship. I will then try to write an account of daily activities on board ship.

Reading these will be weird. It will be like going back in time. I am sure it will joggle many, many memories. I will have a thread dedicated to the stories I wrote home about. Actually, it will be a diary of what was going on Tarawa.
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My parents' home sold, and I am cleaning my parents' home out. My mother moved to a retirement community. Yesterday, I found all the letters I wrote my parents while on Tarawa! They saved all of them! I will place them in chronological order according to the stamp from the ship. I will then try to write an account of daily activities on board ship. Reading these will be weird. It will be like going back in time. I am sure it will joggle many, many memories. I will have a thread dedicated to the stories I wrote home about. Actually, it will be a diary of what was going on Tarawa.


I know the feeling.  I had a footlocker that I haven't gone into for many years.  Inside were all the letters I'd written to my <then> wife.  Long after we divorced, I was cleaning out my garage and opened the footlocker.  I started reading the letters and it was basically a chronological story of my time onboard.  I no longer have the letters.  But I do have the memories.

Along the same lines, as a RM, we had station logs that were required to be kept for years.  After I left the TARAWA, I was stationed at Naval Ocean Systems Center in Point Loma (now Space and Naval Warfare Center) in the Navy Research and Development (NRaD) Division.  While there, I volunteered to go TAD to Fleet Training Group San Diego while their only staff RM had to go on an extended leave.  While I covered for him, I renewed friendships with the FTG RMs.  After my "TAD" ended, I asked if I could stay longer since NRaD wasn't tasked with supporting a fleet event and there wasn't a new piece of equipment I would be assigned to for Test and Evaluation, and the request was granted.  I learned how to be a REFTRA Observer.  Since LHAs had very unique Radio Shacks, they asked if I would go back onboard to do their REFTRA Training and for the REFTRA Observation.  I said yes.  One evening while waiting for the Mid Watch to come up, I sat in the Chief's office.  On the shelf were the standard Navy 3 inch Black Navy Binders holding the Master Station Logs.  I pulled one down and opened it.  I instantly saw my "chops" on the typewritten pages and it instantly took me back to that very point in time.  I read for hours, and it was like I was an angel, hovering over my "self", watching me while I was on watch.  Wow.  [smile]
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Here is a picture of the letters.

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Would be an interesting read. What if there was a person that had that type of information upto and including the time in reserve. This would be a call for all shipmates to submit their information where it can be collated. Rick, looks like you have started something such that we might need a forum historian.
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Would be an interesting read. What if there was a person that had that type of information upto and including the time in reserve. This would be a call for all shipmates to submit their information where it can be collated. Rick, looks like you have started something such that we might need a forum historian.

Are there any forum historians out there, ha?
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How many remember when the tower crashed on the flight deck.
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thats really cool rick, my parents had saved mine also... not sure what happened to them ... i do have a few old vhs lettters home..
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How many remember when the tower crashed on the flight deck.

I remember that. I took some pictures of it when it happened. The pictures can be seen in our picture section of our forum.
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That happened just before the first Deployment.  The RM and SM berthing was just Aft of the Aclime Room and there were a few holes punched into our berthing, so I'm told.  I do know on the first deployment, one of my friends was a CT and their berthing was on the "L" of the Lounge and his rack always got wet in the rain because of a crack in a padeye that was never fixed, no matter how much he complained. 
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That happened just before the first Deployment.  The RM and SM berthing was just Aft of the Aclime Room and there were a few holes punched into our berthing, so I'm told.  I do know on the first deployment, one of my friends was a CT and their berthing was on the "L" of the Lounge and his rack always got wet in the rain because of a crack in a padeye that was never fixed, no matter how much he complained. 

I wonder why he did not try to fill it with something to prevent getting wet?
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Because the crack was so fine.  It was finally fixed in Long Beach when they removed and replaced a bunch of the padeyes.
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Do you remember when we had the 25th anniversary playboy tour onboard I believe it was candy loving.
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I was on watch in Radio.  Missed it.
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I was in CIC she was escorted threw
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