Firing Up The Wayback Machine……………….aka, Where I Come From……………….

A couple of links to The Missoulian concerning Havre, Montana, the hometown of this Old Retired Petty Officer……………………”H” is for Havre as the paper says……..

The old Post Office is where I registered for the draft in 1972 after graduation and turning 18. We did it in person those days. The Selective Service Office was on the Third Floor.

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Marc Whitacre stands outside the historic post office and federal courthouse in Havre that he and his wife Erica Farmer have restored as an event center, professional office space and living quarters for their family. The building had extensive damage from water leaking in from the roof and years of neglect when Whitacre, an ophthalmologist, and Farmer, an optometrist, bought it in 2011, and they have done much of the restoration themselves

http://missoulian.com/news/local/h-is-for-havre-family-lives-in-renovates-historic-post/article_b24e0021-a08f-5299-9112-9cb3dce529b3.html

The second link is about the “……..remote Hi-Line town of Havre.”

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The railroad and U.S. Highway 2 run straight through the heart of Havre, which is an important hub of transportation, commerce, farming and ranching, education and health care in north-central Montana.

http://missoulian.com/lifestyles/territory/everything-s-a-short-drive-in-remote-hi-line-town/article_69ce79fe-3bf8-5c7d-a56b-81d14d2498b8.html

All due credit to Cory Walsh and The Missoulian

Tom Russell and Nancy Griffith-Canadian Whiskey

“In the hills of Montana
There’s a timber wolf howlin’
The Rangers are prowlin’
For a woman alone
She’d run away
From an Indian lover
He’ll never recover
She turned him to stone”

This is one of those………….just because posts…………………Coors in the 1936 Commemorative Bottle………….more than one, I assure you fine readers!

I have stashed somewhere this song sung by Nancy Griffith and Ian Tyson………………………………..Tyson was a part of my youth when I lived in The Princess Province of Alberta, Canada……………………………………………………..

I imagine our good friend, Bill Paisley would understand that it is a Canadian Thing, Eh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attack Squadron One Two Two Reunion 2015

A gathering at the Fleet Reserve Branch 261, 788 E. D Street, Lemoore, CA and The Naval Air Station Lemoore CA………..

Lemoore was home to Missus ORPO and I from June of 1985 to March of 1989. We still treasire that time in our lives.

It was good to meet a few old shipmates……………..Errecart, Taylor and Edgren…………………………..

Errecart and Taylor and I did the World Cruise together on The Good Ship Kitty Hawk………………………..in 1987. Edgrenn was my Indoc PO and Ejection Seat/Cockpit Safety Instructor at VA-122 FRAMP.

Damn………..I ain’t a kid anymore…………………..

The first picture below………………..yes.

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I finally made it……………….yes, tears were shed.

122 Group and Jet 4 122 Reunion Flying Eagles Lin 122 Reunion Group 1 Argonauts CVW 2 Flying Eagles

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Late Addition.

The Picture of Me with John Edgren, Richard Taylor and Mark Errecart……………………………………..

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Surfing while home nursing a sore back netted this Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE

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rcaf hornetHome today due to a back that is cramping up and generally making life a bit unbearable.

I did some surfing and decided to check theBrigade. Positive results were obtained.

Two samples are provided to pique your interest………Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force.

Hit the link and have a look at the Canadian Forces!

(2) Photos of Canadian Military for 2015 Canada Day : theBRIGADE.

Warplanes to Siberia: Recreating an Untold Story of WWII

When your major newspaper is the Great Falls Tribune, you know about this. Great Falls was the jump off point for these ferry flights after the airplane left the factory.

Add this to World War II’s seemingly infinite supply of untold stories: Warplanes to Siberia will retrace the historic Alaska to Siberia route used to deliver American planes to the Soviet war effort through President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program. Wait, what?

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Read more: http://undertheradar.military.com/2015/07/warplanes-to-siberia-recreating-an-untold-story-of-wwii/#ixzz3fkpv5ha9
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The Loneliest Road | Explore the Loneliest Road in America

 

This is from a friend at Google Plus. It is pretty awesome, IMO…….A Ural Gear Up with the Sportsman Package, my camera and a tent, sleeping bag and MRE’s with a lot of water and it would be a great trip!

 

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Ural Gear Up-Sporstman. Russian version of the classic BMW from the 30’s and 40’s. This is the dream ride for me.

The Loneliest Road | Explore the Loneliest Road in America.

The Real “No-Go Zone” of France: A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War | Messy Nessy Chic

Found on Ye Olde Facebooke Today

Interesting article that a friend of mine had posted. I was never aware of this and I have a Great Great Grandfather who came to The United States from Belgium(Flanders).

This shear quantity of unexploded ordnance including chemical weapons of the period is mind boggling.

I am tossing in a few pictures from the article and I do recommend going to the link and checking it out.

“When you imagine France and its scenic countryside, you might think of the picturesque villages, vineyards a plenty and endless rolling green hills to drive through on a blissful summer road trip. But there’s one corner of this scenic country that no one has been allowed to enter for nearly a century, known as the “Zone Rouge” (the red zone).”

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The map below indicates the red zone and the less dangerous zones in yellow, green and blue.

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The Real “No-Go Zone” of France: A Forbidden No Man’s Land Poisoned by War | Messy Nessy Chic.

New Flavor!

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Excellent color

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The view to the NE.

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Ale Camino Amber Ale from Tap It Brewing in San Luis Obispo, California.
We are staying at Camp San Luis Obispo Billeting. Pretty nice little visiting quarters.
We went to eat at Woodstock’s Pizza downtown. I’m hooked.
Oh yeah, the Ale Camino is excellent!

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Happy Birthday Lewis “Chesty” B. Puller (29 Photos and Story)

ORPO1:

This was at theBrigade. I check it on Mondays. It was too good to pass up.

This has some really good pictures and narratives as well. I think all will enjoy it!

A Marine officer and enlisted man for 37 years, General Puller served at sea or overseas for all but ten of those years, including a hitch as commander of the "Horse Marines" in China. Excluding medals from foreign governments, he won a total of 14 personal decorations in combat, plus a long list of campaign medals, unit citation ribbons, and other awards. In addition to his Navy Crosses (the next-highest decoration to the Medal of Honor for Naval personnel), he holds its Army equivalent, the Distinguished Service Cross.

“A Marine officer and enlisted man for 37 years, General Puller served at sea or overseas for all but ten of those years, including a hitch as commander of the “Horse Marines” in China. Excluding medals from foreign governments, he won a total of 14 personal decorations in combat, plus a long list of campaign medals, unit citation ribbons, and other awards. In addition to his Navy Crosses (the next-highest decoration to the Medal of Honor for Naval personnel), he holds its Army equivalent, the Distinguished Service Cross.”

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Kansas artists making money selling cactus to Arizona cities

Jayhawks to the Rescue!!!!!!!! This is funny in a way but it does show some serious ingenuity on the part of a pair of entrepenuers in Wichita. I wonder how much a pair of Joshua Trees would be?!?!?!?

Yes, I miss Wichita…………………We consider it to be home.

A couple of Kansas artists with an affinity for desert landscapes are making a name for themselves in Arizona and the southwest.

The full story at KWCH 12 is at the link. It is short but very interesting. Kansas artists making money selling cactus to Arizona cities.