THAT COLD NIGHT IN ALASKA - 1963
Just thought I would relay this story to you and see if anyone else was on the liberty launch that cold night in Alaska 1963. You may have been on that cruise in 1963 when we went to Seattle and then on to Alaska (Great picture in the photo section-by the way would it be possible to get that print enlarged?) Anyway we had liberty that night and a bunch of us from HS-8 went into Kodiak to do our laundry and grab a few cool ones -of course the laundry's were packed and it took a while to do the wash. So like good sailors we spent the extra time tipping a few!!!!
Well it came time to head back to the ship and it was getting late and I think it was the last boat back to the ship-remember we had to anchor out because there were no piers - so it was full of drunk marines and sailors. Well about half way back to the boat the cox'n must have missed a buoy because we hit a reef and put a hole in the side. Well you never saw so many drunk guys sobber up so fast and get those life jackets on in about 2 seconds. Ha Ha. That water had to have been really cold and we sure didn't want to take a swim. Thank goodness we made it back to the boat and nobody got wet, but it sure did scare the heck out of us!!!! Any way thought you might pass this along -maybe someone else was there that night so long ago.
By the way I'm still looking for someone that can scan a picture of the avionics shop of HS-8 from the 63 or 64 cruise book with my picture in it- mine burned up in my house fire. Well guess I better get back to work talk to you later,
Richard York AT-3 HS-8