I came across a treasure last night whilst digging through some boxes of junk. Never did find my passport but in the bottom of an old trunk I found a folder of stuff from my 1985 Med deployment.
Stuff I hadn't seen in a very long time.
That '85 Med was quite the action packed adventure. In many ways it was my most memorable cruise. I've been kicking around the idea of writing about a few of the more noteworthy events but there's always been a bit of a problem. The most interesting stuff was classified. Turns out that almost everything was declassified last year, so I'll be able to treat these topics the way I'd like to and without dancing around a lot of detail. Which is nice, but then I started spinning my wheels a bit due to old brain syndrome. The folder of stuff I found last night contains a bunch of letters and pictures, and those things are really turning the key in the old memory lock. So now I just need to get on with it.
Here are a couple of ratty old polaroids.
|Sticking a chest tube.|
|Flight Deck Battle Dressing Station. I'd forgotten that we pooled for a refer!|
And a couple of track charts with part of the story of the cruise. I'd actually forgotten that we did ORE down in the Caribbean before translant and chopping to Sixth Fleet. We lost an Intruder in Panama.
|First two ports, Toulon and Haifa, followed by Alexandria about 70 days later.|
|Might be successful. Those eggs appear to be robin's egg blue.|
|Shithead. Dangerous tanking from the aft station.|
|Soaking up the morning sunshine.|
|I see you! Youngest calf.|
|Western wheatgrass and sweetclover.|
|It's a calf's life.|
|The cow with the white 'stache has yet to calve.|