Sailor Jerry: Full Astern
In Wisconsin, United States
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I stopped by the enlisted men’s club after work one night for a few cold ones. Sitting alone I began to look back on all the great friends that I had made over the years as a US Navy sailor. Having been transferred from ship to ship over the years I had lost contact and would probably never see most of these men/women again. They had all done their time and moved onto civilian life years ago. I tried to imagine what each had done with their life and what they were now doing for a living based on the person that I remember. These were my thoughts.
Master Chief Boatswain's Mate John Oberster. He works as a civil service worker at NAB Coronado in the fiberglass department. John had to be the craziest man I ever met. We both served aboard the USS Schenectady. We remain close friends and stay in touch to this day.
Equipment Operator Recruit Rosa Lynn Akree. A green eyed blonde from Texas. She had married another Sea Bee and they had moved to Montana after their enlistments. Motherhood more than likely settled her down. She was a wild one back then.
Electrician's Mate 1st Class Don Sutton. Don went on to marry a Wave (female sailor) that was stationed with us on NAB Coronado. I imagine Don managing a repair shop of some sort just because that's what he did while in the Navy.
Store Keeper Apprentice Peter Scheile. He was kind of a nature boy. He probably became a park ranger or DNR agent. He was from northern California, so I imagine that is where he is at today.
Electricians Mate 1st Class David Quatrochiocci. While enlisted, Dave was a member of UDT Seal Team 1. After his enlistment, he attended Southwestern Community College as an art major. He is probably an art instructor at a college back East somewhere by now. We were civilian roommates for a while.
Radarman 3rd Class Frank Burns. On weekends we would drive up to Carlsbad Raceway and race his Super Bee on the quarter mile. I would tag along as a member of the pit crew. He's probably still building race cars.
Hull Tech 3rd class Ron Maez. Ron was always the health nut. We drove from San Diego, California to Caldwell, Idaho and back again in one weekend. Oh to be young and foolish again. He is probably still working out and is the owner of a chain of health food stores in Idaho.
Machinist's Mate Third Class Thomas Orwell Harrison. Tom was another car buff. Probably racing weekends at Phoenix Raceway to this day. He probably owns an auto repair shop.
Yeoman Apprentice Jay Robbins. I had stopped in Little Lake, Michigan to find him a few years back. His brother said that he was attending college in France somewhere. That's Jay. Doing his thing. Today he is probably still living the hippy life on a beach in Mexico somewhere. Probably teaching kids how to play guitar for a living.
Quartermaster Seaman Randy Strait. I saw Randy just a few years ago. He's still single and driving semi in Texas for a living. We keep in touch and chat at least once a year.
Boiler Tech 1st Class Mark Gabrilska. Mark was a Bull dozer operator, so I believe that he would still be working construction and is probably still in Wisconsin. Crazy Polock.
Damage Controlman Apprentice Sidney Eugene Babbit. Gene the giant. As big as Gene was, I picture him as a bouncer or body guard for someone famous in Texas.
Radarman First Class Bob Koltenbraun. Slick talking Bob. He probably went on to own a car dealership on the New Jersey shore.
Boatswains Mate 2nd Class Perry Peckham. Knowing Perry, he probably went on to become a Human Rights Advocate. That's just how he was.
Yeoman 3rd Class Tommy Morrison. The last time I saw Tommy was in Colorado where we had gone to do some snow skiing. Good times. I imagine Tommy as being a manager at a bank for some reason.
Personnelman Recruit Ken Kroll. Ken went on to live in the San Francisco Bay area after the military. I stopped to see him a few years ago as I was passing through the area for work. He was working as a food delivery/salesperson for a major supermarket chain. The hooligan finally settled down and now has a wife and two children.
Looking back (Full Astern) these were but a few of the great friends that I had made in my years as a US Navy sailor.
Frank Burns - Randy Strait = A.
Mark Gabrilska - Ron Maez = B.
Ron Maez - Bob Koltenbraun = C.
Bob Koltenbraun - Rosa Lynn Akree = D.
Don Sutton + Rosa Lynn Akree = E.
Mark Gabrilska + Peter Scheile = W.
Randy Strait - Rosa Lynn Akree = X.
Ron Maez - Sidney Eugene Babbit = Y.
Tommy Morrison - Ken Kroll = Z.
Solve for N44 AB.CDE W087 5W.XYZ
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Pictured above is an engine order telegraph or E.O.T. It is a communications device used on a ship for the pilot on the bridge to order engineers in the engine room to power the vessel at a certain desired speed. Traditional E.O.T.s required a pilot wanting to change speed to "ring" the telegraph on the bridge, moving the handle to a different position on the dial. This would ring a bell in the engine room and move their pointer to the position on the dial selected by the bridge. The engineers hear the bell and move their handle to the same position to signal their acknowledgment of the order, and adjust the engine speed accordingly. Such an order is called a "bell," for example the order for a ship's maximum speed, flank speed, is called a "flank bell."
The actual Sailor Jerry in 2007.
Other Sailor Jerry Caches.
GC1JE3K Sailor Jerry
GC2DY23 Sailor Jerry: Gator Navy
GC2E257 Sailor Jerry: Life At Sea
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.
Congratulations to Cachelovskys on the FTF
and becoming a Sailor.
[Classified Information. Loose lips sink ships.
All Sailor Jerry caches are located near water.]
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Last Updated: on 01/17/2015 15:28:37 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (23:28 GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum