Hey Chif (isn't that the way Steve Reuben used to say it?),
From time to time I wonder what ever happened to some of my shipmates. I see a few are members of this organization. How have you been?
I have kept in touch with John Meyer over the years. I accidentally ran into Lash Larue in a Houston mall when I was building a store there. I asked him if he had done the check-your-change shuffle lately. Was he ever surprised. I looked up George Roper in Philly once and talked to him. He never pursued his cartooning career but instead retired as a railroad security guard. I have run into a few other guys who were in out squadron over the years like Mike Shinn who was a Personalman.
As for me, after I got out in August of 1970, I joined the Naval Reserves in January of 1971. After college I received a commission as an Intel Officer and retired as a Lieutenant Commander in 1993. I had several jobs over the years but I finally started an electronics company in 1998 and we manufacture controls and instruments primarily for the Cement, Mining and Power industries. My website is www.westecinstruments.com. I turn 65 in a couple of weeks but I enjoy working and selling this equipment and only have to answer to my wife. So retirement is not in the near future. We have 2 kids and one grandson and fly out to San Francisco about every 2 months to visit them. Better than living there.
When I used to go on Acdutra I often ran into a few guys you may remember. LCDR Mears of the Connie, Commander Scruggs (by then Captain) at the Pentagon, Commander Zophy at JRB Fort Worth. He died about 10 years ago. That's all I can remember.
It would be nice to hear from you. Give me a shout at 817-637-7392 sometime or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.