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My First Deployment In The Western-Pacific Was An Adventure For Sure. Bangladesh Was Not Only “A Tad Behind The USA” , But Also Made Our Life On Our Ship , That We Once Thought Was A Bit Inconvenient ,  Much Nicer After Bangladesh! We Got A Small-Look At Their Land , But Volunteering To Re-Hab A Local-Orphanage , Was Even More Of A Wake Up Call , And Being The Know It All American Of 19 , Showed Me More! And I Thought I Knew It All!? Also On That Cruise In The Pacific , We Went To Pearl Harbor. Reading About The Attack In School Was 1 Thing , Being There Was Even More Surreal For Me. At The Time , Hong-Kong Was Ruled By England  , So The Port Of Call There Was A Lesson In Capitalism , But Now The Chinese Are In Charge, So The Neon-Lights/Casinos/Shopping Etc. May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past.

Plenty More To Come…

 

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My First Deployment Was for (9 Months) In The Pacific Ocean On The USS Merrill  (Since De-Commisioned And Sold To South Korea) , A Destroyer In A Carrier-Group, We Sailed Around The World ,From Our Home Port In San Diego , Mostly In The South-Pacific-Ocean And Saw Just What We Have To Be Grateful For In The US. 1 Of The More Shocking Cultures  Was  Bangladesh Where I Volunteered To Re-Hab An Orphanage , So I Got A Close-Up On The Starving  Country , We Also Saw Plenty Of Lack Of Progress , As They Use Ox Pulled Carts , And Very Few Motorized Vehicles , And Roads Were All Dirt , Some Smoother Than Others. And A/C Is Rather Scarce There , So Most Meat Shops Are Open-Air, And Since The Climate There Is Rather Warm , It Goes Without Saying That The Meat Goes Bad Quickly , And We All Know How That Smells!

I Have Plenty More To Say Next Time…

 

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My Job As A Maintenance Technician Required Plenty Of Schools , But Being Around The Naval-Aircraft , Took Even More Training! Each Fastener On The Airframe Or Engine Was Secured With Lock/Safety  Wire. To Keep The Components Secure In-Flight . We Had A Small-Pouch Attached To Our Uniforms , To Use As A Trash Bag , To Keep F.O.D.(Foreign-Object-Damage) Away From The Aircraft. A Small Object/Trash Can Damage The Jet-Engines , And Get Blown Around The Flight Area By Jet- Exhaust, And Helicopters Rotor-Wash Throws Debris Anyway , So Even More Important.   Being On A Land-Runway Was One Thing , But When The Helicopter-Pad Was On A Naval-Ship , It Was An Entirely Different Story , As The Ship’s Crew Had No Such Training . Aircraft Carriers Are Taught About F.O.D. , Just Ask My  Brother! But We Deployed On Smaller-USS’s , So Most Of The Ship’s Crew Had No Interest In That Hazard , So We Were Very Aware When They Had To Work Around The Helicopter!

Plenty More To Come…