We took a little half day trip in to Topeka. Charlotte was telling me of a place that her and the daughter had gone to eat at while they were on a Topeka shopping trip a while back. The place was called the Blind Tiger, the food there was great. I had the rib tips and Charlotte had the burnt ends. The story behind the Tiger goes back to the prohibition days. The establishment would have a stuffed tiger or a tiger of some sort and this would mean they had alcohol that could be purchased. And I guess the law did not know about what the tiger meant. Thus the Blind Tiger.
After leaving the restaurant we decided to go to the Topeka Combat Air Museum. It cost $6 a head but I feel it was well worth it. They had two hangers full of all types of air craft. There were at least 35 air craft in the two hangers and 1 Lockheed EC-121T-LO Warning Star setting out side. Yes again since I drug her to the museum I had to take her to the mall to shop, after all that was only fair. If you click on the link below you will be able to see all the planes and other memorabilia.
Sunday August 22nd 1965 It was a hot summer day. I haven’t seen Charlotte since around 11:59 the night before. She told me that it was bad luck to see the bride on the day of the wedding before the ceremony starts. After the ceremony we had the reception across the street at her folks house. It was raining very hard and we all got soaked running across to their front door. I felt sorry for Charlotte’s mom though for while we were all there lighting struck the house and knocked out the kitchen stove, luckily there was no fire. It does just seam like it was yesterday to me, for her it probably feels like 100 years. We have had such fun together all these years. She is my lover and best friend. I tell her daily that I love her. I tease her that she married me for my money, which she has yet to see. Also she needed a strong man to carry her cello for her, I always asked her why couldn’t she play something small like a violin. The Lord has truly looked over me and my family. It has been a wonderful 49 years,
Our daughter had a couple trips lined up so we told her we would come up and take care of the hounds. These two basset hounds are getting up in years but they are fun to watch, that is when they get the energy to do something. One of their favorite things to do is watch doggy TV. That is when you open the front door so they can watch for someone walking by or maybe even another dog. Then they start barking and run out the back door through the doggy door and bark like crazy. Of course after that they haft to come in and lay down for a nap.
While I was looking for one of my older relative I discovered something that I did not know. This story started out with my wife bringing me a picture of a couple and asking me who it was? I did not know who it might be and all of my aunts, and uncles have passed away. My folks and my two sister
s have also passed. This makes doing genealogy work very hard. I posted the picture on my Facebook page to see if any of my cousins might recognize them.
While I was checking on Facebook my wife got on ancestry.com and was searching on the military part seance the man was in uniform. She found one of my uncles but he was Army and the man in the picture was Navy, I believe his uniform is WWII.
We still do not know who the couple is for while Charlotte was looking at the different records and spotted one that said Harbin and that he was aboard the USS Monticello. Well she knew who that was for he was setting right there in the room with her. She told me about it so of course I looked it up on my computer and started reminiscing for it was a cruse book called USS Monticello 1970. I never knew this book existed. I left the ship in August of 1970. When I went up to the Captain to have my discharge papers signed, he told me that if I would re up that he would promote me to EN2 rank. I had already taken the exam for that rank but seance I was getting out I did not
think any more about it. Any way while I was looking through the book I saw My picture and it had me listed as an EN2. I was surprised for on my discharge papers I am listed as a EN3. Oh well maybe that just meant that I had passed my exam.
The book is located at this address.
The grand kids asked me the other day about my Navy days. After telling them and showing some pictures of the USS Monticello it brought back some good and some sad memories from when I was aboard her. I was an engineman while on board the Monticello, one of my duties was to go on one of the four small boats. We had two Mark 11 and two VP that was carried on board.
She was commissioned in March of 1957. I did not board her until October of 1968. Even though I was only on board for almost two years I did enjoy my time on her. Even though I missed my family while we were deployed I was able to have my wife with me some of the time. I have some pictures of when the ship was ballast down and took a tug boat in side the well deck. We also loaded 3 Jets on board with our cranes, two went in the well deck and one on the helo deck to be delivered back overseas. Also I got a picture of a helo landing while we were off the coast of Vietnam. As you can see in one picture we had loaded some troops and their equipment on board which tears up the wood in the well deck.
The Monticello spent three months in dry dock at the Bremerton Washington Navel ship yard. While there we received brand new wood in the well deck. So before we loaded any more troops we had a swim party where we ballast down, opened the stern gate took on about twelve feet of water then closed the gate.
Our ship held around 350 crew and could haul 350 troops plus all of their equipment. I have one picture that shows how close the sleeping bunks were.
While refueling out at sea our ship was sucked into the refueling ship and their gun turret ripped us open above the water line thank goodness. I had found this picture taken from the USS Kawishiwi AO 146 which is the ship we collided with. The other picture is of the USS Monticello and The USS Tripoli being refueled at the same time.
The Monticello was decommissioned in 1997 where she was towed out used for target practices and sunk. She will always be in my memory. I know my two youngest grand kids wanted to go see her and go on board her but I had to tell them that it has been sunk and that they can only see her in my pictures.
I have some pictures where the Monticello looks necked from being stripped. I have also add two URL that will show what was done to sink her and to show her finial resting place.