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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 6th 2012, 1:09pm

TemerityB wrote:No jokes or cracks from me; welcome. A salute to your service, from the son of a proud Navy man, of whom I could never be 1/100th the man that he was.


Many thanks! (I always like to say that I got paid to do something I love, and as such, feel I should be thanking y'all, as taxpayers, for paying my salary for 26 years.) My dad was a Marine who served in Korea, and was one of the few guys to walk away from the Chosin reservoir under his own power; or, as he used to say, "I was leakin' oil pretty bad, but I was still moving along with no help from anyone." I feel the same way about my dad as you do about yours: he was worth >1000 of me on his worst day, and I remain in awe of him and his generation.

What era was your dad from? What warfare community did he serve in?
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Post by jason_recliner » February 6th 2012, 2:42pm

conjurer wrote:
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conjurer wrote:Welcome, goddamn it!

BTW, the Seiko Monster is a piece of crap, and anyone who buys one is a dick.

Good luck with that sale, mate.


Oh, HELL--I was AFRAID that might happen...


No worries, Mortuus. This is an old joke around here which, like all my humor, tends to get overused until any funniness has dissipated.


For the record - still funny!
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Post by hawkeye » February 6th 2012, 4:53pm

nope The Ouellet was homeported out of Pearl Harbor.Yes she was sold to the Thai navy I think in '93 if I am not mistaken.We did a few things,we were with the connie when she did a cat launch of F-14s while she was anchored at Deigo Garcia in may '87 when the Stark got hit by a Iraqi Exocet missle,I believe it was 1s time that has happened since ww2 not sure though,seems to me the captain came up to the bridge wing and watched it with us and saying something to that effect.We a part of battle group delta that started the Operation Ernest Will.(President Reagan reflagging all the tankers and us escorting them thru the straight of hormuz).We also tore up Reunion Island so much our CO made us wear dress whites in Seychelles as punishment(everywhere but beaches,needless to say where I was and I didnt use any sun tan lotion).Reunion Island at that time has not had a US Navy visit for 100 years..that was late may 87.

Then in '88 we were the 1st US Navy ship to fly the coasty flag to do a drug bust.Which we got I think it was 12 tons of thai weed.

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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 6th 2012, 5:18pm

Horse Feathers wrote:Welcome Don, fine introduction, other should take note Image


Many thanks, both for your kind note and for your cool avatar photo; I grew up as a Marx Brothers fanatic, and it's always nice to be reminded of the their genuinely wholesome humor and just-plain-fun-to-watch movies. (When I was applying for membership here at WL, I kept thinking over and over of Groucho saying that he 'd never join anything because he didn't want to belong to an organization that would have someone like him as a member...)
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 6th 2012, 5:55pm

hawkeye wrote:nope The Ouellet was homeported out of Pearl Harbor.Yes she was sold to the Thai navy I think in '93 if I am not mistaken.We did a few things,we were with the connie when she did a cat launch of F-14s while she was anchored at Deigo Garcia in may '87 when the Stark got hit by a Iraqi Exocet missle,I believe it was 1s time that has happened since ww2 not sure though,seems to me the captain came up to the bridge wing and watched it with us and saying something to that effect.We a part of battle group delta that started the Operation Ernest Will.(President Reagan reflagging all the tankers and us escorting them thru the straight of hormuz).We also tore up Reunion Island so much our CO made us wear dress whites in Seychelles as punishment(everywhere but beaches,needless to say where I was and I didnt use any sun tan lotion).Reunion Island at that time has not had a US Navy visit for 100 years..that was late may 87.

Then in '88 we were the 1st US Navy ship to fly the coasty flag to do a drug bust.Which we got I think it was 12 tons of thai weed.



I always get a kick out of stories like your Seychelles uniform tale above. I used to wonder just what exactly our skippers were thinking...but of course, I went and did almost the exact same silly thing in the midst of my own CO tour, which makes me think they must have put something bad in the wardroom's fresh water supply system--other than JP-5, of course!
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Post by hawkeye » February 7th 2012, 6:04pm

another funny CO story,the 1st skipper when I reported in to the Ouellet was Cdr larry eggleston.Well,he was towards the end of his career,and he had a bad leg (I was told he was wounded in Nam)and you alway heard him coming up the wooden steps to the bridge,clop clop..OMG how many times a OOD would do something wrong,you would hear clop clop clop..the faster the madder.

One time I was the QMOW (this was within 6-7 months after I reported on board and I knew the clop clop clop as we been underway a few times before) We were on the Northpac heading towards Bremerton and we crossed a timezone line,I went to do the announcement,boats said hey,let me do it.I said nah,I can do it as I was 18 years old and knew everything,well,I fucked it up, by saying the wrong zone..and I knew it was about to hit it,i was just hoping to hear the twirl of the captains voice tube and not the clop clop clop.

Just as I was going whew,after the correction,and boats looking at me and said oh,you got lucky...and then it came... clop clop clop...not really fast but,fast enough.

Door to the bridge flew open,as it was after dark he stood there a second to get his night eyes.And then it came,"HALVERSON" what the hell was that?
I said sir I messed up and he came over to the chart table,and said I guess that wont happen again..I said no,sir.I will have boats do it from now on.. He smiled and said I thought so.... he looked at the chart and went to his chair and proceeded to give the OOD hell for something else lol..

Cdr Almony was the one that did the Seychelles debacle
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 7th 2012, 9:52pm

That's HILARIOUS! And the funny thing is that the name Larry Eggleston is somehow very familiar to me, though I'll be damned if I can tell you why. I don't know if he ended up as a techrep after his USN career ended, or some such similar thing as that, but I KNOW I've heard that name before.

The funniest thing about that is the sheer number of times I heard stories about the SWO guys and how poorly they treated their crews, in particular their JO's. They had a saying back in the early 80's, when the Reagan buildup was hitting its stride: "the SWO community eats its young." Tons of hapless young ensigns and JG's would run afoul of their CO's/XO's, sometimes for the simplest, stupidest things, and their careers would be over before they even could get properly started. The same thing would happen to the dept heads here and there, and before you knew it, the skipper and his XO'd be the only zeroes left in the wardroom!

Compare that with the way the young aviation nuggets were treated: squadron CO's/XO's would treat us like we were their kids, and would literally go out of their way to ensure we were happily settled in. Our job was to become the best aviators possible, while the chiefs had the job of running our divisions. No wonder the sea-skimmers hated us so much! Poor saps'd be in three-section underway watch rotation, and would STILL have to run their divisions. We'd fly a two- or three-hour patrol and would be REQUIRED to get 8 to 10 hours of "crew rest." (It STILL makes me LMAO all these years later...!) Of course, getting command of a squadron or group doesn't sound as impressive as getting a ship, but we still had all the perks without all the exhaustion.

And I hope I haven't bored the heck out of you with these last couple of paragraphs...! At any rate, I LOVED hearing about the clop-clop-clop on the laddder and the Seychelles uni of the day stories. We had to go through some funny shit, didn't we? Still, in the end, we got to have a lot of fun and do things that the high school kids we once were wouldn't have believed possible; and they PAID us to do it, too! How cool was THAT?
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Post by ocean » February 8th 2012, 1:54am

Welcome, I'm happy to see your intro. Other newmembers should take a look. Before posting their one line BS. Thank you for your service.
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 8th 2012, 2:57am

oceanaut wrote:Welcome, I'm happy to see your intro. Other newmembers should take a look. Before posting their one line BS. Thank you for your service.


Many thanks for your very kind note; I was extremely honored to have been allowed to serve our country, and have always felt that I should thank my fellow countrymen for making that service possible. I am truly in your debt, sir, as you paid me to do a job I genuinely loved for more than a quarter century.

In the meantime, I hope you have a great rest-of-the-week.
Best regards,
Don (AKA Mortuus)

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Post by hawkeye » February 8th 2012, 8:07am

Oh Mort,
I got many many stories.I was also the "Royal" baby for crossing the line.

Here is another!

I had a friend his name is Tom Bond and whenever he made rank,he would go get busted because he didnt want to be a petty officer so he said.So,one time he just made 3rd class for the 3rd time.He was a Boatsmate,they had a 1st division party over at Hickam's beach which was near the Officer's golf course.Well,he was rowdy drunk..He got drunk,and he stole a golf cart from said golf course and proceeded to lead the Hickam
police all over the base and I just happened to be standing Petty Officer of the Watch when they dragged back in chains and shackles.It was funny as hell,he just did his funny laugh as his as he crossed the brow.And you know the funniest thing is both of his parents are Chicago Police Detectives.

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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 8th 2012, 5:47pm

WatchDorks.Net wrote:C'mon man, stop! I honestly don't know how to react to a decent human being at WL... I've never seen one here before.

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Hmmmm...I can't remember ever being called a "decent human being" before; I'm gonna have to redouble my efforts to get in touch with my "inner dickwad"... Maybe I could start by getting myself one of those way-cool 'Magnum PI' Speshal Forces decoder rings...?
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 8th 2012, 6:43pm

hawkeye wrote:Oh Mort,
I got many many stories.I was also the "Royal" baby for crossing the line.

Here is another!

I had a friend his name is Tom Bond and whenever he made rank,he would go get busted because he didnt want to be a petty officer so he said.So,one time he just made 3rd class for the 3rd time.He was a Boatsmate,they had a 1st division party over at Hickam's beach which was near the Officer's golf course.Well,he was rowdy drunk..He got drunk,and he stole a golf cart from said golf course and proceeded to lead the Hickam
police all over the base and I just happened to be standing Petty Officer of the Watch when they dragged back in chains and shackles.It was funny as hell,he just did his funny laugh as his as he crossed the brow.And you know the funniest thing is both of his parents are Chicago Police Detectives.

dave


It never ceases to amaze me how many guys like that found their way onto active duty. They're the same kind of guys who manage to make the Old Man laugh his ass off during CO's Mast, causing him to dismiss all the charges. You end up wondering if they're gonna talk their way out of murder charges someday! I remember Hickam being one of those really prim & proper places, so there must have been a lot of high-pressure hemorhoid-popping going on over in USAF officer housing after THAT little incident... And as for his folks' being Chicago cops? Well, we've all heard how bad ministers' kids are, haven't we?

Thanks for sharing those sea stories, Dave; they bring back some really good memories of my own...
WR/Don
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 8th 2012, 7:44pm

koimaster wrote:That ring the felon wears grates my ass. My father was Free French marine during WWII. To see some piece of crap flaunting the cross of Lorraine my father and others fought for.


I'm embarrassed to tell you that I didn't know just what that cross was; I DID, however, know that MD's wearing it was nothing but a very impolite affectation, and I disliked THAT a lot.

Your dad sounds like an amazing man, as was his remarkable generation. (I always liked what Winny Churchill said about them: "Uncommon valor was a common virtue.") I grew up idolizing our WWII veterans, and it's very hard to see them looking so old and frail as they live out their final years. Still, we are better off for having had them in our midst, and I thank God for them every day.

The tributes to your lovely Carol are truly wonderful; they remind me of the very special woman I was so lucky to have married 22+ years ago. The secret to a good marriage, I firmly believe, is to marry your best friend. I certainly did, and I'd hazard a guess that you did, as well.

Many thanks for allowing me to become a part of WL; I'm having the time of my life, thus far!
WR/Don
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 8th 2012, 8:07pm

surveyor wrote:Welcome Don,
Thank you for your service, I'm just an old draft dodger here, at least that's what the regular army guys called us in '69 during basic (Alabama Army National Guard '69-'75).




I seem to recall that a good many National Guardsmen and Reservists completed combat tours over in SE Asia from '69 to '72; it often came down, quite literally, to the luck of the draw during that amazing period in our military history. (I certainly flew a lot of missions with NAVRES aviators in the first gulf war, at any rate!) Many thanks for your very kind welcoming note; it and the notes other members have taken the time to send are among the genuine pleasures I've enjoyed in the days since joining WL.

BTW, I love that Omega diver in your avatar pic!
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Post by Horse Feathers » February 8th 2012, 8:19pm

WatchDorks.Net wrote:C'mon man, stop! I honestly don't know how to react to a decent human being at WL... I've never seen one here before.

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Post by Badco6354 » February 9th 2012, 4:41am

Hello,
This is my required check in and confirmation that I am real. I am new to collectiong watches and I DO own some Invicta watches. Very surprised at the hate mongers about the brand. Seems they were molested by the evil Invicter Monsters at birth or something. The watches I have are so far very well made, keep time +/- a second a month, and look good. I supose TIME will tell if they are worth the discounted price I paid. SO everybody jump on and tell me what a fool I am. See U on the blog!
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Post by Mortuus Fakeuus » February 9th 2012, 5:24am

codguy wrote:
Badco6354 wrote:SO everybody jump on and tell me what a fool I am.


Fool? No- Useless Troll and hopefully your name will turn color soon.
Way to shit in someone else's intro thread.

(Sorry Don)

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Post by Tzimisces » February 10th 2012, 5:26pm

Mortuus wrote:
(I always liked what Winny Churchill said about them: "Uncommon valor was a common virtue.")

Welcome, and I hope you will forgive a minor correction:
The above quote was Admiral Nimitz commenting on the Marines at Iwo Jima.
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