SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
|CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
JANUARY-FEBRUARY - 2016
|As all of you with email addresses know the Wash./Annapolis group has had to face up to some changes. This has been brought on predominantly by the slow decrease in our individual driving ranges usually by virtue of each of us deciding what our limits are. For example, I will no longer drive at night and now drive only to places close to me where I know the route very well. As a result our luncheons are being reduced to Annapolis, attended by folks living there, and Washington the same. There is less and less interchange certainly influenced by the level of traffic in this area. We also now have a luncheon committee, organized by Judy Flood, which has made the arrangements for the next gathering to be on Dec. 4th in Annapolis.
This has also ended my attendance at the Council of Class Presidents (COCP). Since I will no longer drive to Annapolis I asked Bob Flood if he would attend the meeting on 19 Nov.. He did and called me yesterday to give me a quick rundown. I will report to you when I receive the minutes; however, one thing he commented on was that the Class of ’19 is 27% female. That reminded me that our Class Memorial Honor Scholar is Jessica Cozine whose thank you note I included in the Sept-Oct column. Here is additional information about Jessica, which I believe you will find of interest. She attended Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ where she lettered in track and field. She spent all four years at school as a member of the marching, symphonic and jazz bands and was the drum major during her senior year. Jessica was a member of various clubs and student organizations, including being a Student Ambassador leader where she spoke to prospective students and parents at open houses and local junior high schools. Outside of school, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was a catechism teacher at her church. Under Foundation sponsorship, Jessica attended Northwestern Preparatory School in Crestline, CA, and University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ for second semester.
A letter from Jack LeDoux responding to my plea for column material.
Scribe’s note: if you have a 50 year book read Jack’s bio therein. Also, the Internet gives you additional geographical and historical info about the Rock.
|Barbara Mitchell and Jack LeDoux|
I had an interesting discussion on the phone with Bill Borchert. He and Lois bought a condominium before she died and one of his grandchildren and spouse are living with him. I asked him if he played golf but he said he quit. He used to play bridge but now plays poker. He said,” those bridge players are mean, the poker players are nice to each other”. He also said his radius of action is about one mile.
Since the last column I have received word that we have lost four Classmates and one wife:
Let’s close with a story about another delivery to a rock. In 1959 I was in VP-16 in Jacksonville flying P2V-5F. We deployed to Argentia, NFLD where we flew ASW patrols. We also, with a Coast Guard observer in the glass nose of the plane, flew ice patrols between Argentia and Thule Greenland. On our route between Argentia and Thule we passed the very tall rock on which the Air Force had a radar station and we always spoke to the men stationed there. On one trip they asked if we had any reading material so I asked the crew to see what we had aboard. They soon had a package ready to drop and I made a low pass to drop it. I asked my crew what we dropped and it was a fairly large package of Playboy and Penthouse. While in Thule the crew shopped for more reading material and, as you might expect, the guys on the rock were waiting for us when we returned to Argentia. When they called they said, “do you have any reading material for us-pant, pant”? I made a low pass, called out drop, and my flight engineer said the package bounced off the ground onto the barracks porch. The rest of the crews in the squadron picked up on this so we kept those folks well supplied. Certainly not as productive as Jack’s work but it brought a lot of joy.