Dexter Goad's My Love of Thunder Guest Book



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Total: 214 guests


Name: MaryK Rainey
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Indiana
Time: 2000-06-28 21:38:48
Comments:
This is a great site. Keep up the good work. Thank you.

(You're welcome, MaryK. Thank you for for stopping by and for the kind words. Dexter 6/28/00)




Name: Karen
Website: UFO's The Beginning of a New World
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: New Zealand
Time: 2000-06-27 17:10:57
Comments:
Really lovely site! I was visiting another homepage when I saw your link so have dropped in for a visit. Karen

(Thanks for visiting Karen. Come again anytime. Dexter 6/27/00)




Name: Joe Dovenbarger
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Ohio
Time: 2000-06-26 16:41:25
Comments:
My Dad, H Gene Dovenbarger was aboard the NN in about 1969-71(?) Played in the Navy Band. Anyone remember him?

(Thanks for visiting, Joe. Enjoyed out talk on the NN chat line last night. Your Dad came aboard Thunder about (or right after) the time I left, but I remember that was one of the best Navy bands ever. Dexter 6/26/00)




Name: Dex II
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Oh, everywhere!
Time: 2000-06-26 15:01:33
Comments:
This site ROCKS! Wow, I'm impressed, and the last time anything impressed me was the time my Dad shot below 100 at Putt Putt. :-) Seriously, this is a really great site if you're interested at all in living history. Keep up the good work.

(Thanks, Son. Coming from a straving novelist (and the REAL writer in this family), you've made your old man feel really good. Now, get busy and finish that Pulitzer-winning novel. Love, Dad 6/26/00)




Name: Prentice
Website: A Journey Back In Time
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Davis WV
Time: 2000-06-26 12:53:28
Comments:
Great photos, enjoyed the page.

(Thanks, Prentice. I also enjoyed your site, especially your photo of the falls. Dexter 6/26/00)




Name: Emile
Website:
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: Rhode Island
Time: 2000-06-23 21:46:30
Comments:
Wonderful site, I loved it keep up the good work.

(Thanks for dropping by Emile, and Thanks for being the first to sign my new Guest Book. Dexter 6/23/00)



Name: Sid White
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Azle, Texas
Time: 2000-06-21 15:39:34
Comments:
I was on Old Thunder in 50 and 51 but sure wish that I could have been on her during the 60's, but I was born too soon.

(Thanks for visiting, Sid. Each period on the News has it's own stories and memories. We envy you guys who were on Thunder when She still had the new-car smell. Dexter 6/21/00)



Name: Ray Bradbury
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Reno, NV
Time: 2000-06-21 02:07:40
Comments:
Dex you did a great job and put in a lot of time on this site by the looks of it. It's really the best. Keep it up!!

(Thanks, Ray. Coming from a great Science Fiction Author like yourself, your words mean a lot. Seriously, I appreciate your visiting and helping us keep the Memories of a Great Lady alive. Dexter 6/21/00)



Name: Fred Welch
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Ocean Grove, New Jersey
Time: 2000-06-15 05:30:35
Comments:
I was a cook in the S-2 division while on board the USS Newport News. I always think of the USS Newport News beacause my car license plates say NNCA148.

(Thanks for visiting, Fred. Great license plate - keep the NN memories alive. Good to see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 6/15/00)



Name: Fred E. O'Neill
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Texas
Time: 2000-06-10 21:31:45
Comments:
I was very impressed by your rapid response to my sign up to the Newport News crew. You are a great advertisement for the N.N. Keep up the good work.

(Thanks, Fred. Good to see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate!Chuck Zendner, our NN WebMaster, deserves all the credit for the way the Official USS Newport News web site is set up and operated. The small contributions some of us make to the NN site fade in comparision to those of "The ZenMaster". Dexter 6/11/00)



Name: Norman W. Osborne
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Bellows Falls, Vt.
Time: 2000-06-08 22:04:51
Comments:
My most lasting memory is being assigned to clean out the spud locker after they had been frozen and then thawed out. somebody goofed, and we were left with a smelly, gooey mess to dump over the fantail. Who says the Navy never screws up? I was one man too many for the ships company. Never had a pad of my own the whole time on board, slept on mess deck tables, laundry bags and peacoat lockers, and I still love the Lady. It was not her snafu, and she was grand to me all the while on board. No finer ship ever sailed the seas.

(Thanks for the memories, Norm. Though your time on board was short, you seem to have captured the true sprit of Thunder. I see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 6/8/00)



Name: Mary Lou
Website: In Memory
Referred by: Clicked on a 'Guestbooks by GuestWorld' Button
From: Kentucky
Time: 2000-06-07 17:19:05
Comments:
Great sight! i wish to invite you to view my page and to sign my guest book. Lest we forget!

(Thanks, Mary Lou. I just gave your site a quick visit, and I like what I saw. I will visit again when I have more time and sign your guest book. Thank You for Your fine Tribute to all Our Veterans. Dexter 6/7/00)



Name: DJ
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: MA
Time: 2000-06-07 15:51:01
Comments:
I had to check it out because i am the wife of a vietnam vet.

(Thanks for visiting, DJ. And Thank You and Your Husband for your Service to Our Country. Dexter 6/7/00)



Name: Leon Alexander
Website:
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: San Diego, CA
Time: 2000-06-04 17:24:31
Comments:
Found you on the Newport News Site.

(Thanks for visiting, Leon. Come back anytime. I see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 6/4/00)



Name: John Mitchell
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Epping NH
Time: 2000-06-04 13:41:35
Comments:
Thanks to you Dexter.
The old ship did a hell of a lot after I served on her. I was there for the commissioning, the first GTMO shakedown and her first Med cruise. I was sent to the naval hospital in portsmouth after returning from the Med and as the ship was at sea when I got out of the hospital I got re-assinged to Charlestown SC, sorry I missed out on a lot of what happened after I left the ship.

(Thank you John, for adding some memories for the rest of us of how Thunder was when She still had that "New Car Smell". Mitch, I see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 6/4/00)



Name: Jerry Bell RM2
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Jefferson City, Tennessee
Time: 2000-06-04 11:29:09
Comments:
As a member of USS Newport News, 1965-1967, also was stationed in Gitmo Bay, 1963-65,
at Crane Hill, I remember these songs, and the good and bad times we had at Gitmo.Was
a Rm, attatched to the Radar section and air-control unit on Crane Hill. Very tense times'....
There was another record at this time, I'm petty sure by the same Lt. This was about the old
Marty Robbins song "Big Iron on his hip", Don't know if you have this one or not.

I remember when the Admiral of the Base cut the water supply lines, and shipped in water
until the distill plant was built and in operation. this was very rough times.

Thank for the songs, they brought back the good times we spent on the base.
Take care. Jerry Bell RM2

(Thanks, Jerry. It's good to hear from a Shipmate who also has had two of the best duty assignments in the US Navy. I'm drawing a blank on the "Big Iron on his hip" Gitmo song. Maybe someone who reads this has a copy and will get in touch.I asked a friend in Gitmo why the locals called it "LOU-Ward Tower" instead of "LEE-Ward Tower". He said he wasn't sure but he thought it was named after that great Confederate General, Robert E. LOU. Dexter 6/4/00)




Name: Gary Jacobson
Website: Vietnam Picture Tour
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Idaho
Time: 2000-06-03 23:04:12
Comments:
Thanks for visiting my guestbook and the compliments on my poem Papason. Thanks for voting for me in the Top History Sites...I also voted for you. You really captured my interest here Dexter, creating a page that is very contemplative to us all. The Cuban missle crisis must indeed have been a heart in your throat time, really feeling you were at the epicenter of world war III. Either way it turned out you were not just a part of history, but makers of the focal point of history that generations would look back on.

(Thanks, Gary. As always, you have a way of putting things that gets right to the heart of the situation - you word-wizard you. The Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam showed the world that America was willing to take a stand for Freedom. It is my hope that we can achieve World Peace in our lifetimes and that none of our desendents ever have to experience the horrors of war. Dexter 6/4/00)

Other links to Gary's Sites:
ANGEL'S MESSAGE
REALM OF POETRY



Name: Bill Pendleton (bill59)
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Marmet, WV
Time: 2000-06-03 22:02:42
Comments:
Great songs, I was in Gitmo in aug. 59 hot hot!!!!!!!!!!

(Thanks for visiting, Bill. HOT is Gitmo's middle name. Dexter 6/4/00)



Name: Mike Boster
Website: Iron Mike's Bunker
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Manassas, Va. USA
Time: 2000-06-03 19:25:25
Comments:
Excellent! Had no idea that you were that part of history. Remember, vividly, the tension and fear of that day....praying that no one got 'trigger happy'. You and your crew have my utmost respect.
Thank you for what you have done,

Mike Boster

(Thanks, Mike. Your kind words and respect mean a lot to all of us. We went right to the brink of WWIII during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was more afraid that day in 1962 than I was in NAM with 20+ N. Viet Gun Sites shooting at us. Dexter 6/3/00)

Iron Mike, Thank You for Your Service to Our Country!




Name: Bob Miller
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From: Richmond,Va.
Time: 2000-06-03 07:28:24
Comments:
Thanks much Dex. A bit before my time on board but anything involving "Thunder" interests me, after all She was the best.

(You're welcome Bob, and thanks for visiting. NN has a great history, as can be told by Shipmates Roy Johnson (48-50) on the Pre-Com Crew to Greg Herman (74-75) on the De-Com Crew. Dexter 6/3/00)

Viva Regina Maris!




Name: Donnie O. Freeman
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Greeneville,Tennessee
Time: 2000-06-02 21:59:36
Comments:
Enjoyed your site. I was a crewmember from march 1971 till
august 1974. Great ship and great crew.Lots of memories.


Name: James Bowling
Website:
Referred by: Signing another Guestbook
From: Martinsville, VA
Time: 2000-05-30 03:01:43
Comments:
Dexter
Enjoyed the Thunder site very much. Pictures were great. Thanks for all your work.
James

(Thanks, James. I see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 5/30/00)



Name: Gabe Eagler
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Pocomoke City, MD
Time: 2000-05-29 12:53:57
Comments:
Chief, I salute you this Memorial Day, for giving us this site, so that we can feel closer to those shipmates and comrades that have given their all so that we can be a NATION OF FREEDOM. Smooth sailing. Gabe Eagler RM2, USS NEWPORT NEWS (64-67)

(Thanks, Gabe. Well said and it was a pleasure to have you aboard. Dexter 5/29/00)



Name: Ralph Mulero
Website:
Referred by: From a Friend
From:
Time: 2000-05-29 10:04:24
Comments:
Nothing like an action shot to attract attention!

Great job Dex!

Ralph 66

(Thanks, Shipmate. The Old Girl was involved in so much action, it's difficult to decide which "action shot" to use. Happy Memorial Day, and my best to Diana and rest of Family. Dexter 5/29/00)



Name: Hagy Merlin G.
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Sikeston,Mo.
Time: 2000-05-27 23:33:05
Comments:
Great Memorial page Dexter....Hard to view some of these memories and know what finally happened to the greatest ship in the U.S.N.
GREAT WORK!!!

Merlin

(Thanks, Merle. Chuck Zendner did a great job with the Memorial Pages on our Official USS Newport News Site [See Link Below]. Let us all remember Those Who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Country. Dexter 5/28/00)

WE REMEMBER OCTOBER 1, 1972



Name: Mapie
Website: Mapie's Page
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Australia
Time: 2000-05-25 08:00:44
Comments:
It's people like you that will (hopefully) show the next generation about War and the effects it had on you, the soldiers.

(Thanks, Mapie. As the old Indian Chief said during the Peace Treaty; "I will War no More Forever". Dexter 5/25/00)



Name: Ron McCuiston
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Pensacola, FL
Time: 2000-05-24 16:41:05
Comments:
I listened to the Capt. McCarty phone call. It was interesting. Thanks.
Keep trying to get Capt. McCarty to a reunion; I think he will like it.

(Thanks, Ron. Gunner Mitchell and I will do our best to get him to the next reunion. Dexter 5/24/00)



Name: Eric
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Illinois
Time: 2000-05-23 14:53:26
Comments:
I'm not a shipmate. I was an infant when Thunder went through the hurricane and in high school when she was decommisioned.

However...

I looked up this proud ship after reading "Without Remorse" by Tom Clancy. The NN played a significant role, and it piqued my interest in researching "The Real Navy" (cans & cruisers). It's good to see that there are folks who have saved rememberances of our history and are willing to share them. Thank you for creating this site.

Many times each year, but especially around Memorial Day, I remind my children, my scouts (BSA Troop 575) and anyone else who will listen that war is the greatest of sins and a crime against humanity. Because of that we can never lose our respect for, or fail to honor the warrior. Freedom comes with a price. Those who are willing to sail/march/fly in harms way are there to prevent armed conflict, not to perpetuate it. When the governments fail to reason, then these warriors stand ready to defend freedom whatever the cost. They are to be honored and thanked.

I personally salute those who served on CA148, and in any other capacity in any other branch. Be assured that MANY Americans appreciate it.

(Thanks for the kind words Eric, and Thank You for being a Patriotic American. You are truly an excellent example and role model for your Scouts. After retiring from the Navy, I worked for a company that had several defense contracts. When the cold war ended, a lot of us were laid off or forced into early retirement. Like you, I think that it's wonderful that we have begun beating our swords back into plough shares. Dexter 5/23/00)



Name: Gary jacobson aka Knights_Lance
Website: Vietnam Picture Tour, from the lens of a combat infantryman -- Realm Of Poetry
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Idaho
Time: 2000-05-21 19:29:24
Comments:
It is easy to understand the deep affection you have for this heavy cruiser. The magnificance of unexcelled power is deeply inspiring, the very name thunder awesome. I myself have never even been on a ship of this magnitude, and I feel myself drawn to that gallant lady who by her sheer force of presence assumes almost a mortality and life of her own. As you know, I was but a groundpounder, a grunt, a combat infantryman with the first Air Cavalry in that little Vietnam fracus...that misunderstanding across the pond that got so many people riled up. I wish I could have ridden the waves with you instead of walking the park looking for firefights and the bullet with my name on it. I just wanted to thank you for visiting my "Vietnam Picture Tour," and the complimentary and humbling words you put in my guestbook.

(Thanks for the nice words, Gary. You are always welcome on this site and it is always a pleasure to visit your excellent site. Keep up the good work, Brother. Dexter 5/21/00)



Name: Michael Petticrew
Website:
Referred by: Signing another Guestbook
From: Eunice, Louisiana
Time: 2000-05-21 12:41:14
Comments:
I saw you on the HMAS Perth (WWII) guest book. I am also Navy veteran...and always thought that the USS Newport News was a very fine cruiser. I also had an Uncle who was a Marine Sgt. in WWII and was lost by enemy action 1 MAR 42 on the USS Houston along with the HMAS Perth. And I have nice friend in Australia; she and I are going to visit the memorial at Perth when I go see here. Just wanted to say hello, Chief.

(And Hello to You, Michael. Those were sad times at the beginning of WW11, and I'm sorry to hear that Your Uncle was one of the many of Our Allied Forces lost during that period. So many paid the ultimate price so we all could have the Peace we now enjoy. I envy you going to Australia. Twice the NN missed out on a chance to visit there. I may go there myself one day soon. Dexter 5/21/00)



Name: Kenneth R. Niner
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Centerburg Ohio 43011
Time: 2000-05-21 12:37:21
Comments:
Brings back lots of memories. Proud to have served on the NN.(6/73-6/75) Thanks.

(Thanks for stopping by, Kenneth. Let's all help keep the memory of The Newport News alive. Dexter 5/21/00)



Name: Bob Miller
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Richmond,Va.
Time: 2000-05-20 22:38:04
Comments:
Very good presentation.

(Thank You, Bob. The approval of "The SeaFox" really means a lot to me. I wish you Peace, Smooth Sailing, and Following Seas. Dexter 5/21/00)



Name: Art Gregory
Website:
Referred by: Clicked on our Banner Advertisement
From: Stockton, Ca.
Time: 2000-05-20 14:21:57
Comments:
I was aboard the USS Newport News from '73-'74...I was
COMSECONDFLT Staff as an RM1...made a north Atlantic cruise
aboard her...GREAT SHIP...I was also aboard 2 other cruisers, USS Oklahoma City CLG-5 and USS Little Rock CLG-4.
Loved those cruisers...Take care...Art.

(You're right, Art. Cruisers are where it's at. But to go into battle on the last of the Rapid-Fire All-Gun Cruisers, as a Fire-Control-Technician Controlling the Aiming and Firing of the Big 8in Guns, It don't get no better than that. Dexter 5/20/00)



Name: Steve Youll
Website: HMAS PERTH National Association
Referred by: From a Friend
From: CANBERRA Australia
Time: 2000-05-19 21:52:07
Comments:
Dexter,

Have just listened to your interview with CAPT McCarty. It sure brought back memories to hear again my guide and mentor during my days in NEWPORT NEWS in JAN '68.

Give him my regards if you are talking to him again and, hell, I might even make the reunion, if I am entitled and if I can convince my wife that it would be an integral element of our annual North American skiing holiday!

Keep up the good work - you are certainly keeping the memories alive

Yours, Steve

CLICK HERE FOR STEVE'S LOPAC COMPANY

(Steve, Thanks so much for the kind words and I will certainly pass on your regards to Captain McCarty. I'm sure he will remember the bright young Aussie Officer who came aboard Thunder and made such an impression on our Weapons Officer and others. Good to hear from you. Dexter 5/19/00)



Name: Jules
Website: JULES PATRIOTIC PAGES
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Arkansas via Massachusetts
Time: 2000-05-19 08:59:16
Comments:
Ahoy there, permission to come aboard, sir!! Great site. Thank you for sharing and serving!! I hope that you will visit my vast site.. I think you'll like it!! Take care and may God bless you and yours.

(Permission Granted Jules, and God Bless You for being a Patriotic American. Your Web Site is truly a Tribute to all Our Veterans. Dexter 5/19/00)



Name: dan
Website: Danny Boy
Referred by: From a Friend
From: u s of a
Time: 2000-05-18 20:48:50
Comments:
thanks much for the updates friend. great phone conversation with the captain how old of a man is he now?

(The Skipper is 80+ Danny. Hope I make it to his age and I am in as good a shape then as he is now. Thanks for visiting, Friend. Dexter 5/18/00)



Name: Woody
Website: Woody tyson's homepage
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Illinois
Time: 2000-05-18 18:37:48
Comments:
nice site. (Thanks, Woody. Come back anytime, Dexter 5/18/00)


Name: KEN FERGUSON
Website: KEN'S RESTING PLACE
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: ohio org. fla now
Time: 2000-05-17 23:44:38
Comments:
hey bro! welcome home! im nam vet inf. RTO 6-68 I ENJOYED YOU SITE VERY MUCH, LOT OF GREAT PICS. MANY NIGHTS WE LOVED TO HEAR THAT THUNDER, WHILE DUG IN A HOLE, IM A GOSPEL SONG WRITER, PLEASE VISIT, TAKE 5! REST, SIGN MY BOOK SO I'LL KNOW YOU CAME BY. GOD BLESS KEN FERGUSON

(Thanks for visiting, Ken. And Thank You for Your Service to Our Country. Dexter 5/18/00)

Welcome Home Brother!




Name: Bill Psaras
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Beachwood, New Jersey
Time: 2000-05-17 23:07:46
Comments:
My last med cruise was April 1960. We too hit a bad storm. I had a buddy who was washed overboard. We
only retrieved his foul weather jacket. His name was Francis McGee from Philadelphia. We did
three months KP together.

(Bill, we are in the process of adding Shipmate McGee to the Memorial Page on our Official USS Newport News Site. If you would like to add some words on his behalf, please contact us. Dexter (5/18/00)



Name: Steve Kennedy
Website: USS Newport News
Referred by: From a Friend
From: N.C.
Time: 2000-05-17 22:01:44
Comments:
Hello Dex,,,,,,I can't begin to tell you how much it meant to me to hear the Captain again. I am thrilled that he is still alive and kicking ( and I might say it sounded like he was kicking high) He has always been and will remain my Hero. I have thought of him often through the years. This man is one major reason we all came home in one piece. We owe him alot. I hope you can get him to the reunion. I feel like most of the crew feels the same way. Captain-------If You read this: I Salute You Sir and my family Thanks You. Steve Kennedy

(Thanks, Shipmate. It was wonderful to talk to Captain McCarty again. He was, and is, an inspiration to us all. I am proud to have served with such a great American Leader. Dexter 5/17/00)



Name: Roy Johnson
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 2000-05-17 21:54:22
Comments:
Keep up the good work Dex. It is men like you that will keep the Newport News alive for many, many generations..

(Thanks, Roy. Coming from a Newport News Plankowner like yourself, your words really mean a lot to me. Dexter 5/17/00)



Name: Krista
Website: Mindstalker's Mansion
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Ontario
Time: 2000-05-13 12:47:53
Comments:
You have a great website. I enjoyed my visit. (Thanks, Krista. Please come again. Dexter 5/13/00)


Name: RM1 Ret. George Brubaker
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Reinbeck, Iowa
Time: 2000-05-09 19:21:15
Comments:
Chief: WOW....It has been a long time since I've visited such a site as this.
I have spent the last two hours with you, and reconnected to the internet
countless times in the process....I will bookmark for sure...I missed you guys
on the gunline in the Gulf of Tonkin, but had the company of 26 ships at
one time as gunline commander on the Uss John S. McCain DDG-36 in
the late 70's. God Speed Thunder

(Thanks for all the kind words, George. Also, Thank You for Your Service to Our Country. I wish you Smooth Sailing and Following Seas. Dexter. 5/9/00)



Name: Margaret Goad
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Greensboro, NC
Time: 2000-05-06 05:15:59
Comments:
Dad, Here is another VOTE for the US Navy Vietnam War Veterans as we learn and see so much about the Vietnam War through your eyes. You guys deserve so much more than you received. Thanks for serving our country, you all should feel very PROUD!

(Thanks, Margaret. And I'm PROUD to have you as my Daughter. Love, Dad. 5/6/00)



Name: Robert L. Tait
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Corpus Christi, Texas
Time: 2000-05-05 09:39:34
Comments:
What a great site. Brings back a lot of memories. BZ to Dexter.

(Thanks, Bob. Repeat after me: "On the mark, target will bear..." I see you just registered on our NN Site. Welcome Home Shipmate! Dexter 5/5/00)



Name: Raymond E. Romero
Website:
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: Mahaboula, Kuwait VIA Spokane, Washington
Time: 2000-05-04 19:21:13
Comments:
Found you on the VU-10 site which I check weekly. CA 148 delivered me to Gitmo for my first duty
station after AMHA school. We came on board late December 1963 and proceeded to Cuba after the
new year 1964. I barfed a lot, ate many saltines and slept with a trash can pretty close to my bunk for
the few days that We were on board. I was assigned to the X division. Chipped paint when I wasn't
incapcitated by the waves. 6 carriers and 9 cruises later I still save a special place in my heart for
CA 148, Where I began a 24 year affair with the sea. I am now in Kuwait working for their Ministry
of Defense with the F/A-18 program. Retired in Dec.1986 in Lemoore, CA.

(Thanks for sharing a very interesting story with us, Raymond. From the Cuban Missile Crisis to my duty as an Instructor at the Fleet Training Group, Gitmo is often in my thoughts. Dexter 5/4/00)



Name: Knights_Lance aka Gary jacobson
Website: Vietnam Picture Tour
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: Idaho
Time: 2000-05-02 23:15:40
Comments:
Dear brother Goad, I am back for another tour of your thundrous big ships and heavy cruisers...and again stand in awe! I bid my navy buds welcome to mine "Vietnam Picture Tour," from the lens of a combat infantryman...
http://PZZZZ.tripod.com/namtour.html; and invite you to also Come with me on a walk through the park,
http://PZZZZ.tripod.com/patrol.html; read, "I Felt I'd Died,
Feral stalking Night, Agent Orange, A Mother Lost her Son To War,"
http://Knights_Lance.tripod.com/vietnamwarpoems.html; and "The Sound Of Guns,"
http://PZZZZ.tripod.com/guns.html ... I also welcome thee to peruse mine, "Realm Of
Poetry" anytime thou art in the regal neighborhood ... I hath posted four new pages of
which ye may find interest... http://knights_lance.tripod.com/compassion.html; http://dreamerzz.tripod.com/ponder.html; http://knights_lance.tripod.com/dreams.html;
http://knights_lance.tripod.com/love.html ; http://knights_lance.tripod.com/tear.html

(Thanks for visiting, Gary. Your sites are always worth a visit. Keep up the good work. Dexter 5/3/00)

Welcome Home Brother!




Name: Richard Elliott
Website:
Referred by: NewsGroups
From: Cocoa, FL
Time: 2000-05-01 21:30:18
Comments:
I just saw the "Thunder Storm of 61" pictures and I remember it very well. I was a gunnersmate 1st div, turret 1 and a helmsmen during that storm. The chief gunnersmate out of turret 1 was Wetzel. The Med Cruise photos also brought back a lot memories of my tour of duty (4/60 to 2/62)aboard the News. Great site, keep up the good work!

(Thanks for the nice words, Richard. And thanks for the info on Chief Wetzel. We were very lucky that no NN Shipmates were lost in "Thunder Storm '61". Dexter 5/1/00)



Name: Rich Miller
Website: VU 10 Squadron Pages
Referred by: Viewing another Guestbook
From: NJ
Time: 2000-05-01 15:12:26
Comments:
Great Site.
I was a JD-1 target towman out of Gitmo,'57-'59, which gave me the best view of our ships during gunnery exercises. Was always glad we were on the same side.

(Thanks, Rich. I was Senior Fire Control Weapons Instructor at Gitmo in '72-'73 and I was just as nervous when we fired at your target sleeves as I was firing NGFS in NAM in '67-'69. In both cases we were shooting close to "Friendly Front Lines". My best to all the old and new Gitmo AirDales. Dexter 5/1/00)



Name: Fred Sturgeon
Website:
Referred by: AOL
From: Buffalo Grove
Time: 2000-05-01 09:06:40
Comments:
Dex,

I love the photo's. Even if they are after my tour of duty. I knew that Starboard was to the right and Port was to the left. What gives with these Ensigns? You are my hero.

Sturge

(Thanks, Sturge. Go easy on the Ensigns - they serve a useful purpose. If not for Ensigns, the crew would start blaming things on the Chiefs. Dexter 5/1/00)



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