Charles R. Petrach wrote:
I for one had a good time on the Tarawa, still keep in touch with a few. I would like to catch up with others. I remember when your shipmate had your back, I look at the reunion as a way to do this. I am glad to see some of my friends feel the same way. To them I will see you in August. I would have liked to meet some of the crew that came after we left just to see what changed on board. I made 5 deployments on board as ships company or as staff. I enjoyed them all.
The Tarawa made us all better and to me we has Navy/Marine brothers are a few steps ahead of people who chose not to serve, out of all my friends that I went to HS with they didnt serve and they all say now they wished they had, they have said to me I did life the right way, mainly because they are still working and I have been retired since 2008, I am proud of my choices and glad I made it to retirement, some people tease me because they say I do nothing, to me these people are envious , I say you make your choices and you made yours, end of story. Tarawa was the best and a big part of my life, Rick you said you made 5 deoyments? How many ships were you on?
I made no deployments. Charlie was the one who made five deployments. My time was up when the ship was getting ready to pull out. I finished my college degree when you were on Tarawa's first deployment.