Thanksgiving Greetings

The Old Retired Petty Officer sends greetings and best wishes to all this Thanksgiving. I hope all of you have a splendid day, truly.

Missus ORPO and I are at home with the usual although it will be delayed until tomorrow due to the effects of my flu shot that I received on Monday and the crappy work hours that I currently endure.

To all the First Responders, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties out there doing what they do away from home this day, we appreciate all that you do. Some of us have been there and done that.

I had my first Thanksgiving away from home at RTC San Diego. I had two aboard the Good Ship Independence while deployed to the Med and Nor Lant. Then there was the one on Ranger and one on Kitty Hawk.

Even in my ballast train days, I had Thanksgiving with the Eldest Son(SFC) at the Repple Depple at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

So please, enjoy the company that you have this day with family and close friends. I will crack open a Stone Go To IPA later and raise a toast to all.

ORPO sends.


Remembrance Day

The text was posted at Facebook by my friend Scott Ruch along with the picture.

Today, however you chose to call it, Armistice Day, Rembrance Day or Veteran’s Day, is a difficult one for myself and my family. On this day 27 years ago, we lost my Dad to cancer. As an Airman and then Soldier, I suppose it was most appropriate.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”


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Sad news today

My cousin died today from a massive heart attack. I have no other details.

My aunt lost two husbands and the younger son as well as her last relationship to cardio pulmonary issues.

The only one left is the daughter.

Richard was a retired HM2 and worked as a physical therapist.

Niece’s Wedding

Ashlee Luque, My Niece became Mrs. Michael Quick on 20 July 2014.

Family and Friends came from Near and Far to Celebrate.

Mrs. ORPO made the cake and it was awesome!

L-R. Eldest Son, Daughter in Law, Niece Ashlee
The Cake under Construction
Missus ORPO, Her Sister, Son Pat, Daughter in Law Diane
The Groom
Niece Stephanie with the Ring Bearer, Grand Nephew Austin Nicolas
Brother in Law Hector and The Bride
Missus ORPO and The Daugher in Law
Eldest Son and His Bride
Mother and Son
ORPO and My Bride of 31 years, Mrs. ORPO
Father Daughter Dance
Mother and Son Dance
Cutting The Cake

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Significant Milestone……………..31 years

This day, 31 years ago, Sharon Naatz and I exchanged vows at the First Methodist Church in Oak Harbor, Washington. Think about that………………..31 years. I was at the nine and a half year mark in my Navy Career and she said yes and accepted all that came with it………………………….Damn………………………………

We put two households together that day. Four kids who all were part of the event, three of which have blessed us with a total of five grandchildren…………………………….Sharon was 29 and I was 28, now she is 60 and I am 59.

We have had those ups and downs………….at times those have been sheer cliffs but we are still here.

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Christmas Day 2013: Angeles National Forest and Wrightwood.

Missus ORPO and I did something different this year as we did not go back to Kansas or visit in Palmdale with family there. We took a day trip to the San Gabriel Mountains to see some snow and have a look around. The road into this area is The Angeles Crest Highway.

The new Nikon D3000 came in handy………………………………….

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Damn where did the time go?


Today is the 20th Anniversary of the commencement of my retirement leave.
This date in 1993, I detached from Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron One Four Zero on board Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington.
The trip back to my home town began. I headed up I-90 with Seattle in the rear view mirror………..I stopped at the scenic pull out on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge at Vantage……to look back for a bit. I spent 11 of those 20 years in squadrons at NAS Whidbey Island. It had been home for that long. Sharon and the kids were already in Havre, Montana in a house we had made an offer on that previous spring on the TAD/TDY that was given under the draw down.
In the following years I have become a grandfather, suffered ups and downs in employment, had a knee surgery, a broken back and a short go around with renal cell carcinoma.
Twenty years being retired from that world we all keep, those of us who take the oath, be we Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman…………………………….Damn where did the time go?