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Surprised

Motel Williams spoke concerning the sailors who were captured by Iran. A surprising fact came out: Read

Hong Kong

My ship, USS Kitty Hawk, port of call was Hong Kong. This was during the time when the British occupied the asian city. It was one of the only ports that the Chinese people didn’t know we were there. There were over 5000 men on board the ship and when we went into a port, we flooded the places we visited. The Chinese flooded us. I remember walking up a sidewalk that was nearly twenty people across and people as far as the eye could see. I took several restaurant tours and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Many of the sailors bought items at Hong Kong.

Liberty

I love thinking back to my Navy days, especially on a day like today. One particular memory was being on the USS Joseph Hewes, a fast frigate. We were suppose to get underway but something was wrong with the engines. The captain refused to give liberty call in fear that the engineers would slow down in order to be able to leave the ship. One of my jobs was ordering and storing food items. I ordered food from around town and had my wife and small daughter meet me at the pier. We spent the day together going from store to store getting all the food supplies needed. Oh, that was such a precious day. Liberty call was granted that night and we sailed the next day.

Navy Cook


I so remember this scene. This sailor is a cook on board USS Nimitz. We were called Mess Specialists when I was in the Navy. Cooks are called Culinary Specialists now. I was stationed aboard USS Kitty Hawk.

Esculator

The Australian group came on board ship. I began telling them about the USS Kitty Hawk. We walked through the hanger bays. Some sailers were hard at work and greeted the Australian visitors. We went to forward part of the ship and descended one deck. I showed them my office and then asked them if they would like to climb an esculator. They excitedly said, “Yes”. We proceeded to the bottom of the escaltor. It was off because we were in port but the people thought it still would be fun going on a ship’s large escaltor. I with several Australians started to proceed up the escalator. What I didn’t know was that when you go up a shut off escalator it begins to reverse. What I also didn’t know is when a “off” escalator starts to go backwards the natural inclination is to run faster forward. Well you can see the senario in your mind. Most of the people pilled up at the bottom of the small room that held the escalator while a few of us made it to the top. I breathed a sigh of relieve when the people picked themselves up and began to laugh. They thought it was the greatest thing. I can’t remember anything else of the tour since my mind was dominated by the excalator.

Pollywog

There is an initiation in the Navy when crossing the equator. Before you cross you’re a pollywog. After you go through the initiation you are a shellback. It’s a wild day. Obstacle courses are set up for the pollywogs to go through. My shellback who took me through it put a collar around my neck and had me go on all fours all day. We had to roll around in garbage, get hit by streams of water, blow water out of holes and all kinds of things like that.

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USS George Washington

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