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Mar 27, 2016 11:53 PM # 
That brings back memories. I used to drive through Mattapoisett on my way from OCS in Newport, to spend weekends on the Cape during the summer of '64. Back before the interstates. Maybe you were a boat maintenance worker that summer? Lots of 12-meter racing action out of Newport, getting Constellation ready to win the America's Cup. Which I listened to as I drove, on the AM radio in my MGA.

Don't know about Mattapoisett, but the Cape was full of young people. Spent Labor Day weekend with a bunch of girls from Pembroke College...back when Brown was just for men, and Pembroke was for women. I'd love to get back there someday. If you're ever looking for crew, let me know.
Mar 28, 2016 9:48 PM # 
I was @ Navy OCS in Newport winter '68-9. Had a shipmate in the Pacific, Ltjg. DKE, the communications officer, who finangled duty at Newport in the
early 70s to race in the America's Cup (had to have been INTREPID) - from aboard our ship in the western Pacific to duty in Newport.... I can still see & hear the XO hiss that info. Then DKE became Commodore of the American YC in Rye which is the place I learned to sail in the 50s-60s. Then he became the 61st Commodore of the New York YC: someone who gets what he wants or gets to the top or both. We've never knowingly crossed paths since navy days.
Mar 29, 2016 7:59 PM # 
Ha ha! Spit polishing your black 'boonies' in those drafty barracks, and then Pass-in-Review on Saturday mornings in the snow during the winter must have been a 'character builder.'

Too bad you haven't seen your old shipmate since WestPac. Sounds like you have a lot of interests in common. My group of officers still get together for reunions in various parts of the US. Next summer: Savannah!
Mar 29, 2016 8:03 PM # 
That is impressive - the reunions. I continued on to supply corps school in Athens with 3 OCS 6904s for roommates but they, too, have gone off radar. Still remember all that stuff pretty well though. And certainly the captains and XOs. Did a high school 50th & will do the same for college but that's about it.

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