Saturday, October 18, 2014
Former U.S. Navy Shipmates Who Served Together During The Vietnam War Reunite After 40 Years Of Searching For Each Other
The below story in the Daily Mail about shipmates reuniting many years after serving together on the USS White Plains during the Vietnam War interested me, as I too reunited with two of my former shipmates.
Via social media I contacted a good friend and shipmate who served with me in 1971 during the Vietnam War on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA63). We shared good times ashore in the wild city of Olongapo in the Philippines and other ports-of-call during our WESTPAC cruise.
Through a Navy veteran's web site I later contacted another good friend who served with me in 1974 and 1975 on the Navy Tugboat USS Saugus (YTB780) at the nuclear submarine base in Holy Loch, Scotland. We shared some good times in the Scottish pubs.
I'm glad that after all these years I'm able to email and talk on the phone with these two old friends who shared some great and not so great times. There are a couple of other old shipmates that I'd like to get in touch with as well.
Sophie Ann Evans at the Daily Mail wrote a good piece on the two Navy veterans reuniting. You can read the piece via the below link:
Note: Above is a photo of the White Plains.
Below are photos of the Kitty Hawk and the Saugus and you can link to posts about the carrier and the tugboat via the below links: