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You guys ever look at them? I haven't in a long time. Niska was looking through them last night, mostly flight deck pics with me but a few are inland on Marine support ops. She said I never knew you looked so young.
I guess we all did once. They were all the old 35mm pics and they have faded a bit over the years or did they always look like that? I can't remember.

The old F4 Phantoms I couldn't remember them looking so hammered.But mine are from the very early 70s.
I guess the old gals had been through he|| before I ever got there.

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If you mean "Vietnam Era" then you can count me in. I was Coast Guard at that time but did not serve in country. The Ice Breaker I was on sailed literally from Pole to Pole and everything in the Pacific in between...so I wasn't even "back home" kissing my girl, much less yours...which someone probably did for us both.


I have a lot of old B/W photographs of my days in service. I was Ship's Photographer as one of my collateral duties when not navigating. Some of my best work was left in New Zealand in multiple slide projector cassettes (of the day). How I managed to leave them there I will never know, but they are gone-gone-gone.


Here are the MONOPOLY KINGS of 1977!
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If you mean "Vietnam Era" then you can count me in. I was Coast Guard at that time but did not serve in country. The Ice Breaker I was on sailed literally from Pole to Pole and everything in the Pacific in between...so I wasn't even "back home" kissing my girl, much less yours...which someone probably did for us both.


I have a lot of old B/W photographs of my days in service. I was Ship's Photographer as one of my collateral duties when not navigating. Some of my best work was left in New Zealand in multiple slide projector cassettes (of the day). How I managed to leave them there I will never know, but they are gone-gone-gone.
You were a Sailor I can tell that. If not my girl probably my mother lol.
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LOL! Probably! I stopped wondering about turning a corner and finding myself standing face to face with a younger "me".


Here's how it looked from my vantage point on the Bridge...somewhere in the Beaufort Sea north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in company with the Canadian Coast Guard and some Private Ice Breaker/Drilling Rigs:
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It is not like we didn't have an armory, it is just that they really frowned on us "lighting up" friendly places like Hawaii, Fiji, Peru, Australia and the like:
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What could be more fun and entertaining than being 8,300 miles from home in -20* F weather, taking pictures of the ship, glacier, helo ops, a flying bird (Skua Gull probably), and penguins from their Antarctic rookery?
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I just saw a documentary on war birds and was surprised that 500 F-4 Phantoms got shot down in 'Nam

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I do hope you're not looking at the past through rose colored glasses.
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I just saw a documentary on war birds and was surprised that 500 F-4 Phantoms got shot down in 'Nam
We lost two due to mechanical failure and five to combat related issues during the time I was onboard.
Those F4s had a lot of flight hours on them and some of them really showed it. But all the aircraft were
getting up in age thank goodness that was the last deployment to the gulf for the Sara.

And even she was starting to look like a rust bucket.

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It is not like we didn't have an armory, it is just that they really frowned on us "lighting up" friendly places like Hawaii, Fiji, Peru, Australia and the like:
My BIL was in the Coast Guard and he has a lot of old pictures like that. Those Coasties were a real tight bunch who still keep in touch with each other. Once the Sara arrived back in Norfolk I was shipped out to Iceland so I lost contact with all my old shipmates.
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