John M. Miller
Photographer's mate, Navy
Served 1969-71; on USS Bon Homme Richard in Gulf of Tonkin from 1969 to 1970.
Memory: “I served as a photographer's mate along with about 20 others aboard the USS Bon Homme Richard, CVA-31, an attack aircraft carrier in the Gulf of Tonkin from late 1969 through 1970. In 1971, we took the ship to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., for mothballing and decommissioning. It was later scrapped. I was the last photographer's mate to leave the ship in June 1971.
“I was able to rescue many of the images that I and my fellow photo mates took on that cruise that were headed to the Dumpster and later, when the technology became easily available, I made a short video from some of them.”
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