Left is James A. (Skinny) Johnson from S-3 division
I am the "mystery" guy on the right in the photo - Bill Stine
OK, here's a little more on Miss Santa Monica, and .....
This is from DC, Dwayne Carroll, also a ship's barber, you may remember last week's e mail about this came from Nick, Larry Nicole, ship's barber.
DC and Nick were running buddies, back then and even now, when they come to a reunion, they wear Hawaiian type shirts nice guys.

The guy on the left is James Johnson, he was from Iowa. He was ship service and worked the barber shop with me for awhile. Then he went to the laundry. We gave him the nick name of Skinny Johnson because we had a Fat Boy Johnson that had the same name, but you got it. He was fat.
I was standing next to skinny when he was chosen from a group of sailors. Any one of them was more than willing to make the sacrifice of going out on a date with either one of those babes.

D.C. Ships Barber

From: Bill Copeland []
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 4:57 PM
To: Undisclosed-Recipient:;
Subject: California girls

New guys are still finding us, here is an e mail I got this morning from Bill Stine, CVS 20 1966,
It's interesting because it's part of a story, now if you have been to
HERE - (This page and Photo)
the Photo gallery and went way down the bottom to 1966, you would have seen the story,
Drop Bill Stine a "welcome aboard" -

Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 7:34 AM

Subject: "Bennington Girls" photo

While surfing the web site I came across your e-mails.
I am the "mystery" guy on the right in the photo.
I actually had a few dates with the gal I am standing next to.
But I don't remember the name of the other guy either.

Bill Stine

and now, as they say, the rest of the story :

Subject: Good times!
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 21:57:17 -0700
From: "R Howell"

These guys are getting ready for some fun.
Can anyone identify the two wearing the Navy uniforms?

Subject: Picture of the week
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 05:30:45 -0400
From: "Bill Copeland"

OK, this week's picture of the week is direct from the Captain Howell Archives!

There is a story behind this picture, although one of the girls are Miss Santa Monica 1965, it is actually May 1966. (I guess Miss 1966 hadn't been picked yet.) The ship anchored out in Santa Monica Bay for Navy w/e. and had open house and tours all weekend. The liberty was great, well.................................. for some of us. Let me assure you, not ALL of the girls in Santa Monica looked like these 2. Let's just say I have a story to tell, which I will ony tell on my death bed, if then, or after awhile in the hospitality room at the reunion. (Thanks, Frank Sporkman, whereever you are!!)

(Did you ever hear the story about waking up with someone, and wanting to chew your arm off rather than wake them up to get them off your arm?)

ANYWAY........... does anyone know these lucky 2 sailors from 1965?

Subject: Just who were those guys?
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 13:00:25 -0400
From: "Bill Copeland"

Re: the picture of the wek and the 2 guys in Santa Monica,

you guys are getting old!
you rememember the guys and that w/e, but you don't remember the names!

Bill- I have these identical pictures-
I have them in my house in the mountains.
Next time I am there I will check- may have their names written on the back.
Also have another picture from that trip!

Gordon Brown

Hey Bill...
Got your pics of the two Santa Monica belles and the Benn Boys...
Yes I did know one of the two sailors,kinda sorta....
The guy on the left was a running partner of mine....
BUT FOR THE LIFE OF ME I cant remeber who the hell he was!!!!...
After 30 some yrs my ol brain is a little fuzzy!...
As for the date where you chew your arm off....
Well some of my best buddies got mustered out ARMLESS!!!....

Take care Stu Hirschfield