Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Home in Mission

A Recap of the Trip

3500+ miles

28 days

10 States

3 sisters

1 brother

2 in-laws

1 oldest best friend and his wife

3 Zapata friends

2 grand kids + 1.5 great grand kids.

3 attractions (2 ships and a historic town)

The summary = PRICELESS

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Plane in Battleship Park


The ships call sign in signal flags

November Echo  Xray  Whiskey

Monday, August 10, 2015

Slidell LA

Sunday was spent with my grandson Devon and his wife Jessica and the basket of energy Calvin, my two year old great grandson.
Great grandpa and Calvin blowing bubbles.

Jessica and Devon making the big reveal, it's a boy

USS Alabama
This morning it was a drive to Mobile Alabama to visit the ship with the same name and the other attractions in the park.

Planes tomorrow.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Oak Grove Kentucky

A night in Mattoon with my old Zapata neighbors and a breakfast at Cracker Barrel followed a nice visit and then it was off to Decatur for a one night visit with my sister Mary Michael and her husband Herb.

I hit the road this morning for Evansville Indiana and the USS LST 325 Museum. It is dedicated to all who served on LST's and especially those who died and tells the story of the 'gator' Navy. Having served LST 1162 the Wakiakum County during the early 60's they hold a special place in my heart. Here is some of what I saw. 

The small boat off the side is a LVCP or papa (personnel) boat. My job was to ride this to the beach during an invasion. Everyone on board took cover except the signalman (me) who stood on the stern signaling back to the ship on progress. (a special kind of stupid)

The main deck, the yellow things are cleats for securing cargo to the deck. On a ship that could roll 45 degrees this was sort of improtant.

The tank deck looking toward the bow doors.

You would have found me manning the signal  light on the wing to the side of the pilot house.

Although 325 was smaller and older than 1162 that I served on it still brought back many memories.

Tomorrow the tour will continue from Oak Grove Kentucky.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mattoon Illinois

After three days in Troy Missouri visiting with my sister and her husband I followed the three day rule and headed to Hannibal to visit my ex-brother and sister-in-law. We had a nice visit and while in town I also saw my brother. Sunday morning it was time to head north. 

I arrived in Savanna Illinois mid afternoon and went to visit my oldest friend, Pat, and his wife Ann. Pat and I began are schooling together in Kindergarten many moons ago and were together thru high school. Pat is currently undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and I planned my visit between his five day chemo sessions. We had a great visit and even managed to make it to Galena Illinois to play tourist. 

I am now on my way to Mattoon Illinois to visit a former neighbor from Zapata Texas who recently lost his wife.

And the friends and family tour continues.