Fleet Broadcast for 02 Mar 15
Forty years ago, the North Vietnamese were rapidly advancing towards Saigon and a helicopter evacuation of the city to awaiting American ships off the coast occurred on the 29th and 30th.
Appropriately, it was called “Operation Frequent Wind” and the OkCity received some 150 of the evacuees.
If any shipmates have recollections or stories they would like to share about this operation, please send them to John Baker no later than April 4th so they can be included in the next OKCorral.
Caught On Camera
This photo was forwarded by my high school friend and Air Force veteran Paul Brady, who resides in the Lone Star State. Anyone know who this belongs to?
Read The Fall / Winter 2014 Issue
Of The USS Oklahoma City
The Flagship sailed
The world at sea,
The Sailor shipped
To see the world.
The ship’s Ports-of-call
Hosted Sultans and Kings,
The Seventh Fleet Admiral
United diplomatic gains.
They Steamed for decades
From Perth to Pusan,
They fought for freedom
Off the coast of Vietnam.
Old Salts they became,
A tourist he was not,
Sailors drink beer and chase women
Before the sun gets hot.
An Eleven-year era, this WestPac span,
The “Majestic Lady” received final task.
Sayonara to the Oki Boat in Japan,
She singled-up and shoved-off Old Navy’s past.
A Ship, a Sailor shared glory,
Finally cast ashore to stay.
Many a sea sliced by their bow,
Since the years of yesterday.
MUCS, USN (Ret.) 68-71 & 74-77
Used with permission
2015 Reunion Information
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Pledge of Allegiance
Walmart's New Greeter
Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time.
Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late.
But he was a good worker, really tidy, clean-shaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies.
One day the boss called him into the office for a talk.
"Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome."
"Yes, I know boss, and I am sorry and am working on it."
"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.”
“Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder.“
Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?"
The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled.
He chuckled quietly, then said with a grin, "They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get your coffee, sir?
Editor's note: This story is not verified. It was sent in by my brother Dennis Caruso (PH2 USS Philippine Sea 1955-59) who is also somewhat unverified. I would love to believe this is true but I remain skeptical, even though there is no information at Snopes to refute it.
Operation Frequent Wind
There will be a 40th commemoration ceremony on the Midway 26 April 2015.
Branson Reunion Photos
Robert H. Davidson, 1st SGT, USMC, 60-62
New to the Crew for October
Doug Brewer, FN 76-776
New to the Crew for June, 2014
Neil Ringlee, SGT USMC 72-74
New to the Crew for May, 2014
Bob "Batch" Batchelor, CYN3 69-70
New to the Crew for March, 2014
William Boysel, CS3 72-74
Dennis Green, BM3 75-77
Sam Robinson, FTM2 75-76
New to the Crew for February, 2014
Glen Ryel, SK3 67-68
Ed Wrona, SH3 71-73
New to the Crew for January, 2014
Ronald Walters, CPL USMC 1971
New to the Crew for November, 2013
Robert Phillips, FTM1 72-76
New to the Crew for July, 2013
Lawrence (Larry) Wittenberg, LTjg 67-67
New to the Crew for June, 2013
Thomas F Murray IV, Ensign 78-79
James Gilbert, IC3 64-66
Gary Rosema, OS3 70-73
New to the Crew for March, 2013
Samuel B Allen, LTjg 71-74
Quote of the Month
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation...
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