DD(Dad’s diary) 44

After 4 years at HS-31 , I got orders at the same base to HSL-35 , their hangar was right next door , The H-2 helicopters , The were used to deploy on the navy ships housed nearby. So my first deployment was for 9 Months on the USS-Merrill , a Spruence class destroyer to accompany the Aircraft Carrier Battle Group on the Pacific Ocean . Our 1 Helicopter was used as a tool to hunt submarines and other assorted duties for the Group. The H-2 cabin was just large enough to house the 2 pilots and 1 aircrewman , so when we outfitted the helicopter to carry passengers , we had to remove all of the submarine  sensing gear and install the troop seats for a few  people , usually new transfers to the many ships in the group. So we rarely left the ship by air , so when we neared pearl-harbor , I requested my re-enlistment ceremony on the USS-Arizona Memorial , The helicopter flight was different for me , not just a sightseeing trip of the island , but also a different view of the shipI was on too

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