Hartington, Neb. Quartermaster 3rd class, U.S. Navy
Served from September 1969 to September 1973, on USS Kansas City for three western Pacific cruises.
Memory: “We left on our first cruise in May of 1971 from our home port of Long Beach, Calif., arrived at Subic Bay, Philippines ... on 5th of June. From there, we would go 'on the line' to the South China Sea for a month at a time to refuel and (resupply) the fleet conducting operations off the Vietnam coast.
“After six months of this and a stop in Yokosuka, Japan, we headed for the States. On Nov. 25, 1971, we were 300 miles off the coast of California when we finally picked up the TV signal. The ship's crew watched the 'Game of the Century' on the mess deck, with the majority rooting for the Sooners. Too bad! Huskers 35, Sooners 31. What a great way to come home.”
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