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    Posted: 24 Dec 2020 at 6:09pm
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a great New Year.
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Merry Christmas to one and all, especially my shipmate Ron Martini who likely signed my Qual Card.

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Could have been me.  I rode the 599 63-68 with 6 months off for B school in 65.  Some of the best times of my life.  Great boat, great crew, even the forward types.  I roomed on SubBase with a RM and a MT-That was 63-65 Blue crew.
We (Blue) brought the boat back to EB for overhaul/missile change in 65 and they divested 1/2 of the crew or more.
When I graduated B school I had orders to new construction Greenling in Portsmouth.  I was the only one there for 6 weeks before they decided I was too early and got orders back to 599/Gold. I was thrilled.  Some of the guys on the boat were PO'd because I had missed 7 months of fire watches and a dirty yard period.  LOL. Made E-6 in B school and walked out the gate in 68 after 8! 

ps: 599 was the first boat to Holy Loch.  The 598 left they yard and went right on patrol. 

pss: In my small town here there is a guy who was Blue Plank Weapons officer.  He will be 90 next month. 


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I knew you signed my card. When I saw your name I thought, does he know there's a drink named after him. Who was the MT? I remember J.E.B. Stuart, Craig Ehlers, Woodie, George Rosenbaugh, and Curtis Breaux. The last two defined "submarine animals". I have a memory lapse as having been at the original COB's house for a visit in Florida. He was COB during construction and later became a Mustang. I'll be seeing him again this Winter if all are healthy. He had a scrap book with a lot of 599 history.
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Possibly Ron just doesn't want it known he was involved in your qualification. Plausible deniability to preserve a separation of political view.Big smile

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Ron,

I have the Chief's name. He's Dennis Murphy. I'll be visiting him again the Winter if the Covid doesn't screw that up.
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It's a small world Tom, just like I found out you went to H.S. with a kid I grew up with. I found that to be an amazing coincidence...
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It is a small world Joe. Now I'm stuck with that Disney World "It's a small world" in my head. I hope 2021 is so much better for you and Elsie.
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The MT was Al Smith who eventually made W4 on Tenders
The RM was "Bones" Byron. His parents lived in Rhode Island. Bones is now in Florida.
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