Charles R. Petrach
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.
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Rick Holly
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.

X2! See you in Las Vegas!
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thejammer
see you there
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Charles R. Petrach
Glad you will make it.
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Keith Brownmiller
Will be there, too.
The Gunny
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ABH-2DavidMcnair
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?
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Rick Holly
ABH-2DavidMcnair wrote:
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.
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Charles R. Petrach
5 deployments on tarawa, as ships company or as staff. 1 on the FFG 30 Reid. That was in 18.5 years tour of recruiting duty in Michigan and 3 years at point loma as a instructor. 5 years with tacron 12
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John Green
I'm sorry to say I'm only in contact with (ONE) shipmate from my division (HT2 Surla). It's hard to even get him to answer whether or not he'll be at the reunion. I guess I'll have to make new friends at the reunion  [wink]
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Rick Holly
John Green wrote:
I'm sorry to say I'm only in contact with (ONE) shipmate from my division (HT2 Surla). It's hard to even get him to answer whether or not he'll be at the reunion. I guess I'll have to make new friends at the reunion  [wink]

And you will!
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Charles R. Petrach
I agree with Rick, you will meet some great people.
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