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I started Navy Reunion – Day 2 with plans to see the USS Midway in San Diego harbor. The spouses went a different direction, one of the guys wasn’t feeling well, and another was off to visit a friend. So, five of us are off on an adventure. The Midway was commissioned a week after World War II ended and was the flagship for Navy forces during Desert Storm. With guided tours and self-guided tours, we decided to walk around on our own. As the Driveby Tourist, that was great for me! A “picture is worth a thousand words,” so:
On the flight deck of the Midway. Down the length of the ship, we were looking forward. The superstructure is on the right. They are used for ship and aircraft operations. By the way, here’s a link to Day 3.
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Three carriers in port. This is the USS Carl Vinson, named after a Congressman recognized for his contributions to the US Navy.
Back to the USS Midway – Navy Reunion – Day 2
Having been in communications in the Navy and several others working for telephone companies, I headed for the communications area. It looks much like military communications “back in the day.” Here’s a link to the USS Midway website.
Somebody had to have a perfect memory to remember each switch’s settings!
See, navy people didn’t have it so bad! This is the captain’s suite. Most people didn’t have anything like this!
And the most important of all…. payday! Notice the currency. Called MPC (Military Payment Certificates) used during the Cold War. I Remember that!
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Those who know me know that I spent four years in the Navy and never was on a ship, so I can’t relate, but just being around this brings us back to “the day.”
After the ship tour, we spent the time until dinner, talking about old times. Funny how most people remember things differently. It makes for interesting conversations when “I didn’t think it was that way; I thought we did…..”. Seven of us this year weren’t all in Japan at the same time. All of us did overlap, but in some cases, not by very much. Still great to get together again.
About 95% sure we will meet in Charleston, SC, in 2020. By the way, COVID stopped this from happening, but now we plan to meet there in April 2023.
That’s it for today. Thanks for reading!