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Keith Brownmiller

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You would have been a great Chief as would you uva7. The only question would you have gone Gold.

Now back to the main subject of this thread. I just received my new hat. Photos to follow.

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Slow but have figured out some of the camera features, I needed, so here is a photo of the new hat sitting on top of my head.


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good lookin hat....
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Keith Brownmiller

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I think it is awesome. Tis one I would hate to wear often and get dirty.
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Does this count as one, I work, go to school ,don't own a gun yet . I check the forum and reunion sites frequently but 399, no points for reunion attendance teach?

You are 14 posts ahead of 350 members I deleted for having no posts.
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Can I buy one? Or donate towards the Reunion fund in exchange? Looks sharp. I'd like to have one and I'm not that chatty.

Cannot buy one. You can only earn one. When you get it, don't wear it. Put it in your trophy case. It will last you your entire life.
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I need to spend more time here.  I had no idea you were giving awards for being yacky.  I had been checking in once a week or so, but guess I need to stat checking in a couple times a day.

Leo, you are well on your way!
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Charles R. Petrach

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Thanks Rick for bringing the forum back I was going through withdrawal.
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Great move, Rick. I was hoping you would make this happen. Besides surgery tomorrow, and getting the 2015 Tarawa On-line Competition to see if Steve will keep the target on his back.
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Great move, Rick. I was hoping you would make this happen. Besides surgery tomorrow, and getting the 2015 Tarawa On-line Competition to see if Steve will keep the target on his back.

Poor Steve!
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Thanks Rick for bringing the forum back I was going through withdrawal.

No lurking, and I will delete all accounts not posting. Everyone will need to reach a total of at least twenty (20) posts by June 26, 2015.
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rick, i too agree ! thanks for bringing the forum back... and for those of you who  are new.. check out the forums, there are alot of good threads that were started, not all of them are tarawa, there is  nra, cars trucks,   pics of your pets etc.... theres stuff for everyone...  have a hobbie?  start a thread about it...    







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Yes, Thanks for bringing the Forum back.  I do a lot of lurking - after sitting in front of 2 computer monitors all day long, I'm pretty much brain-dead when I get home and look around different websites to help me relax and get my mind off work.  Hopefully before I have another heart attack!

Looking forward to shooting against you Gunny.  You better practice [smile]  I don't mind losing the Top Gun, but I'd prefer to lose by 1 or 2 points between all shooters [smile]
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Wanted to join usaf, but brother got into a bit of trouble.. guilty by association back in the 70's turned out had a lot more fun in the navy, probably twice as much then I would of had in the af

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Only 597 to go
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Yall just full of hot air. I really wanted on of those caps. Lost mine and several more items in a house fire several years ago.
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Ray, anyone on the forum can earn the Plank Owners' ball cap. Just let me know when you get 600 posts. I have them here ready to go. Don't forget the Tarawa Eagle of the Sea sticker, too. Check the rewards forum. You may already have earned it. I don't remember how many posts are needed. Just let me know.
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Earning things is more rewarding....................
No exceptions or favoritism here.
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Rick Holly

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John did win more contest prizes (and bonuses) then anyone on the forum!
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Wa Hoo..........
Do I get a prize for that stat as well.........? Lol. I'm just trying to be funny. [wink] [wave]
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If I don't give away ~120 Tarawa hats to forum members before going to the assisted living retirement home, you get all the hats and all the other Tarawa stuff I have simply because you are the youngest here. I'll pay ten years ahead for the forum and give you the keys, ha. You get it all! (I will not sell them. That's too easy. They have to be earned.) I may just get a U-Haul and get all the stuff to you that way.
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Ok, so when are you going?  And which one?

I haven't decided if I want to be at the same one or accross the country.
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Either in Ohio or Florida. I don't have to decide for awhile.
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Ohio or Florida.  Hmmm. Not a big fan of either.  I was thinking Tahiti or St. Kitts...  [smile]
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If I don't give away ~120 Tarawa hats to forum members before going to the assisted living retirement home, you get all the hats and all the other Tarawa stuff I have simply because you are the youngest here. I'll pay ten years ahead for the forum and give you the keys, ha. You get it all! (I will not sell them. That's too easy. They have to be earned.) I may just get a U-Haul and get all the stuff to you that way.


Broken over and over record.........

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hey rick, if i hit 1200 can i get another one [smile]

thanks again for the first one , it is fantastic!!
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hey rick, if i hit 1200 can i get another one [smile]

thanks again for the first one , it is fantastic!!

Yes!
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that was too easy , think i should have said 800 [smile]
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Holy cow!  With all my posts, I'm almost a LCDR.  But don't call me Sir.  My parents were married.  Not to each other, but still married.  LOL
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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Rick, we need a new contest...  something to get everyone talking and posting...
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leo, i was thinking the same thing, but i think one of us needs to run it, that way we dont put all the work on rick ....


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That's a great idea, I vote for the last winner to run it!  He/she who wins, runs the next one!
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sounds good to me !
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Come on guys, double-up on your posts and get another Eagle of the Sea original plank owners' hat. I have four big boxes of them in my basement, plus another box of them with minor flaws. The minor flaws would be great to wear outside while working. The others are for your trophy rooms. They can only be gotten on our forum. Doing the math, each one of you should get 15 hats each.
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LOL! 15 hats each!  WOW!  That's only 9,000 posts!

I'm at 300, so I'll earn my 15th hat some time around, 2050...

Rick, if we do a shooting contest every other month, you could give the winner one of the "GOOD" hats and the runner up one of the "WORK" hats...

That will get rid of them in only 3 to 5 years...
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LOL! 15 hats each!  WOW!  That's only 9,000 posts!

I'm at 300, so I'll earn my 15th hat some time around, 2050...

Rick, if we do a shooting contest every other month, you could give the winner one of the "GOOD" hats and the runner up one of the "WORK" hats...

That will get rid of them in only 3 to 5 years...

Great suggestion, BUT I will only give the hats away on the forum for making posts. I won't sell them or offer them for contests. Just for anyone who wants to talk TARAWA.
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would love another hat  , but at my current post rate it will be years... i do love talking tarawa..    im guessing her status has not changed.....  had a buddy at ford island a few weeks ago and asked him for pics, but he never got over to see it....
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This is a horrible thought, maybe we should have a calendar date contest to see who is the closest to guessing the sinking, scrapping, or recommissioning of Tarawa? A guess would be the month and year, for example, May 2017.
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well rick,  its been on my mind.  the longer she sits the harder it will be to drag her out of moth balls.. im not sure  what they r doing to preserve her.   would need to go to dry dock for sure to clean the underside, intakes,  rudders.  recon the flight deck etc etc....    im guessing fuel tanks are empty , need to re pack the valves .. the list goes on on and on...  plus you would know better than all of us, how old are the electronics? thats a major upgrade...      

ive always wondered how big of a mess would be brewing before they called the t back into action....

does the navy have a minimum requirment for available ships in inventory...   if so are they waiting for a new lha-r to be afloat before they pull the plug....??

my guess, june 2020   we will have some sort of an answer...
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Actually the LHA-R became LHA 6 USS AMERICA with LHA 7 USS TRIPOLI under construction. And then you have the LHDs that are in the fleet now. 
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steve i just added lha/lhd status in the new contest thread.
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