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My Father's Ship

This morning after a nice breakfast of pancakes, biscuits with sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, and bacon, K and I went out to the Naval Aviation Museum onboard Pensacola Naval Air Station. 2LT Son1 had a professional development seminar to attend this morning before getting off duty and joined us at the museum later in the morning.

The Naval Aviation Museum is a wonderful repository of aircraft that have been part of Naval History since the first carrier, the USS Langley, was constructed by converting a collier into the Navy's first flattop. There are also several beautiful done large scale models of many of the Navy's most noteworthy aircraft carriers. Along one wall, to the left of the main entrance as you walk into the museum, is a list of all the air craft carriers that have ever been in service.

Included on that wall was CV-32, the USS Leyte, named in honor of the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines during World War Two. My father served on board her from 1955 until she was decommissioned in 1959. He was part of the crew who oversaw her decommissioning.

I don't know if my father will ever be able to visit the museum but at least I can provide him a picture of his ship's name on the wall of honor there at the museum.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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ViperGirl85 wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:26 AM

I'm glad you were at least able to get a photo for your Father. That's cool to have found the ship he served on.

cheri wrote on July 29, 2015, 1:51 AM

It is still better if he can see it for himself but a picture can also make him smile

Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 3:28 AM

I haven't had a breakfast like yours for such a long time, and regretably with my condition, will never be able to have again. I was never on a ship when I was in the Navy.

bestwriter wrote on July 29, 2015, 6:02 AM

Your affection for your father shows in no uncertain terms.

CoralLevang wrote on July 29, 2015, 12:38 PM

I LOVE going to Naval museums. Glad to hear that you were able to get this for your father.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:39 PM

What did you do when you were in the Navy that you never served on board a ship?

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 29, 2015, 9:41 PM

I hope I can blow it up more and frame it for his birthday.

Paulie wrote on July 29, 2015, 10:53 PM

I was a cryptolinguist. At that time I was called a Communications Technician Interpretive Branch(CTI.)

CoralLevang wrote on July 30, 2015, 10:57 AM

I am sure he will love it.

lexiconlover wrote on July 31, 2015, 7:14 PM

Nex time yall are down, we will have to plan something. Im glad you guys got to see some of the cooler things while you were here.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 31, 2015, 10:33 PM

We are hoping, depending on Son1's training schedule, to come down next February or March. If we do, we'll fly, not drive...unless I get a really cool mid-life crisis car for my birthday next week. emoticon :smile: