Sailor Jerry: Life At Sea
In Wisconsin, United States
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Having served honorably for over 30 years in the US Navy I decided it was time for some R and R. With nothing much to do but think, I tried to remember all of the ships that I was proud to have served on over the years. The list includes but is not limited to:
the USS Hyman G. Rickover, a nuclear submarine, named for Retired Admiral Hyman Rickover, known as the "Father of the Nuclear Navy",
the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz class supercarrier, named for Carl Vinson, former chair of the House Armed Services Committee,
the USS Wayne E. Meyer, a guided missile destroyer, named for Wayne E. Meyer, "father" of the Aegis combat system,
the USS Arleigh Burke, a guided missile destroyer, named for Retired Admiral Arleigh Burke, former 3-term CNO (Chief Of Naval Operations),
the USS Mahoning County, a tank landing ship, named after Mahoning County, Ohio,
the USS Schenectady, another tank landing ship, named after Schenectady County, New York,
the USS Hanson, a Gearing-class destroyer, named for First Lieutenant Robert M. Hanson, a United States Marine Corps quintuple ace who was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously,
the USS Garfield Thomas, a Cannon-class destroyer escort, named in honor of William Garfield Thomas, Jr., who was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his actions during the Battle of Cape Esperance
and the USS Capodanno, a Knox class frigate, named after Fr. Vincent Capodanno, recipient of the Medal of Honor.
Having completed that task I decide it was time for some much deserved I and I.
Solve for N44 AB.CDE W087 5F.GHI
A = USS Mahoning County - USS Garfield Thomas
B = USS Carl Vinson + USS Arleigh Burke - USS Wayne E. Meyer
C = USS Wayne E. Meyer
D = USS Schenectady
E = USS Garfield Thomas
F = USS Hanson + USS Carl Vinson
G = USS Hanson
H = USS Capodanno - USS Garfield Thomas
I = USS Hyman G. Rickover
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Pictured above is the USS Hanson. She was launched March 11, 1945. On December 27, 1972 she became my very first duty station. On March 31, 1973 she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in a decomissioning ceremony and transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan). That ceremony marked the last time that I would ever see the USS Hanson again.
Robert Murray Hanson was born February 4, 1920. He trained as a fighter pilot and became part of the 25th Marine Fighting Squadron. He was credited with shooting down 26 Japanese planes, 20 of them in 6 consecutive flying days. His country recognized the quintuple ace's skill and daring by awarding him the Medal of Honor, the Air Medal and the Navy Cross. Lt. Hanson was lost in action when his plane crashed into the sea over Rabaul, New Britain, February 3, 1944.
The Secretary of the Navy presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation to the USS Hanson for meritorious service in combat operations against the enemy from April 21 to October 20, 1972. The Hanson provided naval gunfire support to allied forces in Military Region ONE of the Republic of Vietnam. Her accurate and timely gunfire inflicted significant damage on the enemy and is credited with saving the district capital of Mo Duc from being overrun by enemy forces. Years earlier she had received eight battle stars for service during the Korean War.
After 31 years of service in the Republic Of China (Taiwan) Navy it was decommissioned in 2004. In July 2006 the ROC/TW conducted a national joint armed forces Han-Kung Exercise. The Hanson participated as a target ship and was sent to the bottom in the South China Sea, resting as an "artificial reef".
The actual Sailor Jerry in 2007.
Other Sailor Jerry Caches.
GC1JE3K Sailor Jerry
GC2DY23 Sailor Jerry: Gator Navy
GC2E9QD Sailor Jerry: Full Astern
GC2ECFD Sailor Jerry: Day of Infamy
GC2ECPX Sailor Jerry: The Navigator
GC2EJCN Sailor Jerry: Oceanus
GC2ENM7 Sailor Jerry: Battle of Sunda Strait
and GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage.
The adventures never end.
I would save the final coordinates
to all of the Sailor Jerry caches.
They will be needed to solve
GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage.
Actual decommissioning ceremony.
I am standing on the fantail of the far ship.
Congratulations to Cachelovskys with the FTF
and becoming an Old Salt.
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Last Updated: on 7/29/2014 11:32:26 AM Pacific Daylight Time (6:32 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum