Almost knocked down that Big Old Crain
Bob Morelli (April 1959 - June 1960)
Thu, 1 Jun 2000 23:22:31 -0700
Arrived USS BENNINGTON April 1959 Departed June 1960 to Miramar Ca. VF121
While onboard I was assigend to V6 Division as their Storekeeper, many a night I Stayed up chasing down supplies when the Squadrons were onboard.
When to Hunters Point around October 59 and returned to San Diego, North Island to be exact. About April or May 60.
After coming back from the yards we mad a lot of training crouses around san Clemintie Island, that's the closes I ever got to going on a west pack cruise.
There's only a couple of people in my division I can still remember one was a Big German Kid from Munich named Bucher and a Voight, I heard the latter was sleeping behind one ofthe fire doors in the hanger when they closed them he was crushed but survived.
Hey does anyone remember the morning the ship almost knocked down that Big old Crain while we were pulling out to sea. Someone forgot to untie the bow of the ship while we seperated from the dock.
1974 I had an opertunity for a helo ride and talked the pilot in flying me over the USS BENNINGTON when it was still moored at the Bremerton Ship Yard.
That brought back a flood of memories, just thinking about the days onboard we complained about everthing , worked hard played hard and most of us young dumb and really had not responsibilites except to ourselves and our shipmates, hell that was home and I loved it.
I have retired from the Army Reserves and plan on retiring from civial service in the next two years.