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PLANK OWNERS
   
Charles Horch 1942-1946 Jack Gannon 1943-1946
   
Doug Roach 1943-1945 George Aument 1943-1944
   
   Russian Missile Trackers  

Russian Missile Trackers October-November, 1963 -  Sent to us by Dale Nicol

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  • We are about 1500 miles SW of Oahu...The USS Wilhoite DER 397, spent 6 weeks intercepting radar, radio and telemetry signals from the Siber, Suchan and Sakhalin before we were relieved by the USS Newell DER-322

  • Russian smoke screen to prevent us from seeing what they were doing.

  • Russian helo called a "Hen" is seen on aft deck

  • President Kennedy was killed just before the Newell relieved us..ten minutes after we knew Kennedy was killed, the Sakhalin sent us the flashing light message, "sorry of your great loss"

  • Early morning rendezvous with the Newell about 25 miles away from the Russians.  You can see the mast head, range and port light as she closes in for our dawn rendezvous

  • Hi-lined 5 guys and gear to the Newell...these were three Navy CT's and two Marines to guard top secret stuff

  • Back to Pearl Harbor and greeted by my wife Judy and 4 month old daughter, Shelley at the Bravo pier.  I do not recall the names of the two other wives on the pier.

  • Dale Nicol, RD-2, 1961-1964 on the Wilhoite

The Movie

   
Troy Dooley - 1965 at Pearl Harbor Sailor reading letter
 
Panama Canal in 1955 JJ McGrath – Bobby’s Gunnery Officer on left
 
Sailors Who is this cooking?
 
Above photo compliments of the family of Donald J Thomas (2nd from right)
 
Gene Strickland