I knew one day a party would arise that suited my politics.
Raining this morning. Sixth straight day of rain. The ground can't hold any more water so the water is running down slope in rivulets. I haven't been off the mountain since this started, but I am wondering how the bridge over the creek is holding up. If it goes, I'm stuck. The only other way out is through the National Forest, and you have to ford two creeks that way. I doubt I could get across now even with the truck.
I was looking at my "I Love Me" wall this morning, which is what brought all these old ships to mind. . I spent varying amounts of time aboard these classes of vessel, The longest periods were on LPD's, LPH's, and LST's because those were ships I was embarked on for floats which were months in duration.
U.S.S. Whitney was a command and control ship, and I had plenty of time aboard that ship. U.S.S. Puget Sound was a destroyer tender but also the Sixth Fleet flagship in the med, in 1982-1984.
I served on the LPH Iwo Jima . Some years ago she was scrapped and the pilots chairs from the ready room were offered for sale by a surplus company. That was sad. DLGN 25 was the first American nuclear powered frigate, I spent two and a half months training
in the Pacific aboard Bainbridge in the early 1970's. Met the ship in San Diego, spent the next two months in Pearl Harbor, then disembarked at Long Beach.
I probably shouldn't include the Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey, since I only spent several days aboard her, during the Lebanon Intervention in 1984, but that was such an experience I am going to list her here as well. No one who saw the battleship firing her sixteen inch guns will ever forget it. Especially not the ragheads on the receiving end, if any were left to remember anything at all.
I did two floats on LST's, the U.S.S. Barnstable County and the U.S.S. Manitowac. I spent a good bit of time embarked on the USS Raleigh.
None of these ships are still around anymore, as far as active duty goes. Most of them were scrapped, some were sold off to third world, and some were made into artificial reefs. Nothing lasts forever.
New Jersey off the coast of Lebanon, 1984