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Latest Activity: Jul 5, 2017
Started by Joe D Walker May 1, 2016.
I remember that Bob Hope show well. Also appearing was Ursula Andress, the James Bond girl, and LoLa Falanna and of course that I'm now living near Cincinnati I got to mention Johnny Bench the Reds catcher at the time. All were backed up by Les Brown and his band of renown. Good memories you conjured up for me.
Christmas in Athens 1970 aboard the JFK we had Bob Hope and the Golddigger Dancers. That was pretty cool.
I do remember the coup, I was watching TV or something when one destroyer after another blockaded the harbor entrance. I don't know about being kicked out of Athens. I flew out of the airport in Athens just before Christmas '73. I do remember pulling too many stints on Shore Patrol in Athens.
Do you remember on the 1973/74 Indy Med Cruise while anchored off Athens, a military coup in November over threw the former Greek leader and self-appointed President, George Papadopoulos? Their were Greek Destroyers with their guns in ready position off the Indy's starboard side. Also, their were students ran over by tanks near Syntagma Square (center of Athens ). If I'm not mistaken we had one or two of our officers brought back to the ship at gun point. We were kicked out of Athens at that point, and headed back to sea.
Their will never be another like the Vigilante
I miss the time I spent with the squadron. The Viggie was beautiful to watch and the fellow squadron mates were family.
I'm sorry guys, I got confused by the dates in previous messages. I need the name of the squadron's Master chief in November of 1973.
I was Plane Captain on 602.
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