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San Diego Welcomes USS Reagan
TheSanDiegoChannel.com ^ | 7-23-04

Posted on 07/23/2004 10:00:59 AM PDT by Pylon

San Diego Welcomes USS Reagan 10,000 People Expected To Greet Navy's Newest Carrier

SAN DIEGO -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan and other dignitaries are scheduled to be on hand today as the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, arrives at its homeport in San Diego.

The 1,096-foot ship with a crew of about 3,000 is scheduled to dock at Naval Air Station North Island about 10 a.m.

The Reagan has two nuclear reactors that can power the ship for more than 20 years without having to refuel. It carries more than 80 combat aircraft and can house up to 6,000 sailors.

The Nimitz-class carrier was was named for the former president who died of pneumonia at his Bel-Air home at age 93 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The ex-president's son, Michael Reagan, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, members of Congress, state officials, Mayor Dick Murphy, actor Tom Selleck and other dignitaries are also scheduled to attend the welcoming ceremony.

The ship, commanded by Capt. James A. Symonds, left Norfolk, VA. in May and traveled more than 12,000 nautical miles, going around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, to reach San Diego Bay.

During the trip the carrier conducted training and air engagement exercises with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.

According to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce's Economic Research Bureau, the carrier will contribute $430.2 million annually to the local economy.

Five squadron detachments from Carrier Air Wing 11 are aboard the Reagan, including Strike Fighter Squadron 14 and 41.

Both squadrons fly the F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft and are based at Naval Air Station Lemoore.

Also aboard, are the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117, based at Point Mugu, Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Six and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 30, based in San Diego.


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Mrs. Reagan landed on board abour 45 mins ago. The ship is tying up at NASNI as I type
1 posted on 07/23/2004 10:01:03 AM PDT by Pylon
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To: Pylon

Fri Jul 23,12:45 PM ET

A tribute to former president Ronal Reagan plays on a video monitor next to the USS Nimitz during an arrival ceremony for the Navy's newest aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) with its 3,000 crew members at their new homeport at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego July 23, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Blake


Thu Jul 22, 6:21 PM ET

Actor Tom Selleck, right, walks the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (news - web sites), Thursday, July 22, 2004, somewhere off the coast of California. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, will get a presidential-style welcome when it arrives at its new homeport of San Diego Friday morning. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Thu Jul 22, 6:18 PM ET

Michael Reagan son of former President Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) watches an E-2C Hawkeye launch off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Thursday, July 22, 2004, somewhere off the coast of California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2 posted on 07/23/2004 10:09:15 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: A.A. Cunningham


Cool!
3 posted on 07/23/2004 10:14:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


4 posted on 07/23/2004 10:17:22 AM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: Pylon
Trav, perhaps of interest.

At the least, a great excuse to get down to the bay and get some fresh air. $:-)

If you so, say hi to that waterfront that I recall so well!

5 posted on 07/23/2004 10:17:45 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Pylon

Cool, my stepson and his wife are at the event. They work for a food supplier.

My wife and I get to babysit for granddaughter and grandson for the weekend. Double Cool


6 posted on 07/23/2004 10:18:10 AM PDT by UB355
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To: Mia T; Mudboy Slim

Peace Through Strength ping


7 posted on 07/23/2004 10:18:12 AM PDT by jla (http://www.ronaldreaganmemorial.com/memorial_fund.asp)
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To: Pylon
Sorry, Pylon. Wrong address! Thanks for this post, though. Sure wish I could be there.
8 posted on 07/23/2004 10:19:10 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: Travis McGee
Trav, perhaps of interest.

At the least, a great excuse to get down to the bay and get some fresh air. $:-)

If you so, say hi to that waterfront that I recall so well!

9 posted on 07/23/2004 10:19:20 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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Interesting tidbit...The anchors on the USS Reagan are from the USS Ranger


10 posted on 07/23/2004 10:28:37 AM PDT by Pylon (NSD 7-4-69 12-24-87)
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ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN - A smiling Nancy Reagan greeted sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (news - web sites) on Friday as it steamed toward its homeport in San Diego Bay for the first time.

Making her first public appearance since her husband's death, Mrs. Reagan was flown to the ship off the San Diego coast Friday morning.

Meanwhile, thousands of spectators, mainly relatives of sailors aboard the ship, arrived early to witness the impending arrival, filling grandstands along the pier at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. Others lined the mainland side of San Diego Bay to witness the arrival of the Navy's newest carrier.

Behind the grandstand, images from Reagan's life flashed on a huge screen.


"I think its a special ship and its named for a special person," said Gail Everett, 46, who drove from Atlanta to attend the ceremony and see her son, a sailor aboard the USS Reagan.


The late president's son Michael Reagan was flown to the aircraft carrier Thursday morning as it steamed hundreds of miles offshore. Celebrities such as actor Tom Selleck and members of the news media also were brought aboard at that time, ahead of Mrs. Reagan's arrival on the ship.


"It's really such a pleasure to be here," Michael Reagan told a gathering of crew members.


Mrs. Reagan had christened the partially completed ship in 2001, breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine against its bow. She was on hand in Norfolk, Va., again last year when it was commissioned, telling the crew to "bring her to life."


Capt. Andres "Drew" Brugal, the executive officer, said hosting Mrs. Reagan aboard the ship would be a thrill.


"Obviously it's kind of a sad time right now, so close to the president's death. She's the sponsor of the ship and we're very happy to see her. Her only request was she wanted to see the sailors and see the Ronald Reagan Room," he said. The room is a museum featuring wardrobe from Reagan's movies, posters and a video presentation.


Ahead of the ship's arrival, a carnival atmosphere prevailed along the pier where family members eagerly waited. SeaWorld workers dressed as whales and a Navy band playing rock music shared space with vendors hawking souvenirs, soft drinks and commercial services.


The USS Reagan towers 20 stories above the waterline and is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. Its flight deck covers 4 1/2 acres.


The ship sailed May 27 from Norfolk with a crew of 3,600, making its lengthy journey through the Straits of Magellan at the tip of South America. Reagan died June 5 at 93.


"It was probably most fitting and most appropriate that at the time of his passing, a carrier strike group named in his honor was in fact conducting the very same kind of operations that he espoused through his presidency — peace through strength," said Rear Adm. Robert Moeller, who commands the carrier strike group named for Reagan.


As a nod to Reagan's Hollywood days, the ship has a celebrity walk of fame with such names as Alfred Hitchcock and Spencer Tracy on the mess deck.


11 posted on 07/23/2004 10:34:17 AM PDT by Pylon (NSD 7-4-69 12-24-87)
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To: Rummyfan

Be still my heart!


12 posted on 07/23/2004 10:41:19 AM PDT by iceskater
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To: Pylon

Ah, I will be in San Diego in early August.

Hope I get the chance to see this magnificent ship up close!


13 posted on 07/23/2004 10:43:54 AM PDT by StoneColdGOP (Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault... Nothing is Bush's fault...)
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To: iceskater

Watched her come in from 24 floors up. A truly inspiring sight.


14 posted on 07/23/2004 10:45:13 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: marblehead17

Sweet.


15 posted on 07/23/2004 10:46:49 AM PDT by Darth Reagan (your lazy butts are in this too)
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To: Pylon
Props for SHeDAISY, also aboard the Reagan, who gave the crew a concert in the last few days.


16 posted on 07/23/2004 10:47:30 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Play that funky music white boy!)
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To: socal_parrot
SHeDAISY...


17 posted on 07/23/2004 10:49:39 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Play that funky music white boy!)
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To: socal_parrot
Michael Reagan...


18 posted on 07/23/2004 10:51:43 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Play that funky music white boy!)
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To: socal_parrot

19 posted on 07/23/2004 10:53:35 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Play that funky music white boy!)
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To: socal_parrot

I don't see any pics of Ron...guess he's too busy with his cats.


20 posted on 07/23/2004 10:57:12 AM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: ErnBatavia
I think Ron was too busy rehearsing his DNC speech...

On the brighter side, here's Nancy Reagan...


21 posted on 07/23/2004 11:02:23 AM PDT by socal_parrot (Play that funky music white boy!)
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To: ErnBatavia

Yeah, where are those two wonderful children of Ron and Nancy? I guess they are too busy getting ready for the DNC convention when they further stab their father in the back.

Shameful behavior.


22 posted on 07/23/2004 11:04:57 AM PDT by alisasny (Dewey, Dickya and Howe....Kerrys new ticket : ))))
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To: Pylon
We are winning ~ the bad guys are losing ~ trolls, terrorists, democrats and the mainstream media are sad ~ very sad!

~~ Bush/Cheney 2004 ~~

23 posted on 07/23/2004 11:09:30 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: socal_parrot

Great photo!! Thanks for posting it. I hope Nancy is having a wonderful day!!! I hope today lifts her spirits, as it has so many others.


24 posted on 07/23/2004 11:11:12 AM PDT by exhaustedmomma (“John Kerry has fought harder for the Vietnamese communists than he fought against them in Vietnam.”)
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To: socal_parrot
I think Ron was too busy rehearsing his DNC speech...

Nah...Ron "Pea" Reagan is back to calling dog shows on Animal Planet. I caught a bit of the latest dog show they covered a couple of nights ago. (About all he's fit for.)

25 posted on 07/23/2004 11:24:03 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Pylon

Pylon, I posted a nearly identical thread about an hour after yours. Didn't find yours even though I did a search. Asked the Admin Moderator to pull mine. Do you mind of I post more photos here during the morning?


26 posted on 07/23/2004 11:25:54 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Wolfstar

Post away, it's here for everyone


27 posted on 07/23/2004 11:26:51 AM PDT by Pylon (NSD 7-4-69 12-24-87)
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To: Wolfstar; Pylon

I see no problem with 2 threads on this wonderful occasion : )


28 posted on 07/23/2004 11:30:48 AM PDT by alisasny (GO LANCE GO....: ))
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To: Pylon

Thanks. So far the Moderator hasn't pulled my duplicate, but I'll use this one anyway.


29 posted on 07/23/2004 11:34:30 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: socal_parrot
What a great woman!

30 posted on 07/23/2004 11:36:06 AM PDT by 6323cd ("It is prohibited to make use of such emotional signs in a cellphone!")
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To: All
MORE PHOTOS:

Michael Reagan son of former President Ronald Reagan watches an E-2C Hawkeye launch off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Thursday, July 22, 2004, somewhere off the coast of California.


31 posted on 07/23/2004 11:38:52 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Wolfstar
Actor Tom Selleck shakes hands with petty officer Shaunik Johnson aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, Thursday, July 22, 2004, off the coast of California.


32 posted on 07/23/2004 11:40:27 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Rummyfan

33 posted on 07/23/2004 11:46:04 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 7 month old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: socal_parrot

34 posted on 07/23/2004 11:46:34 AM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 7 month old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: Wolfstar

Huge crowd to greet the ship: FR's own Jim Robinson is there along with other FReepers.


35 posted on 07/23/2004 11:47:39 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Pylon
San Francisco welcomes the USS Ron Reagan Jr.


36 posted on 07/23/2004 11:50:52 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Uh, Pokey, he's no junior.
37 posted on 07/23/2004 12:09:47 PM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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To: Rhodedust

PING!


38 posted on 07/23/2004 12:13:43 PM PDT by Maigrey ( If you disagree with {Kerry} on most any issue, you may just have caught him on the wrong day. -GWB)
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To: Martin Tell; Pokey78
Uh, Pokey, he's no junior.

No, he's Ron "Pea" Reagan. He insists on using his middle initial, so I accommodate him in my own special way.

39 posted on 07/23/2004 12:16:45 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Pokey78

ROTFL Good one!


40 posted on 07/23/2004 12:21:11 PM PDT by octobersky
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To: Wolfstar; Travis McGee; Hildy; Jim Robinson; doodlelady; All

Just got home. It was really fabulous.
Travis McGee's boat is gorgeous. We were right
in the middle of a huge flotilla of boats
sailing right alongside the USS RWR. It
was magnificent. I'll never forget it.

We were close enough to see the sailors
standing at attention in their dress whites.
That sight alone was overwhelming. I loved
every minute of our voyage.

The ship is magnificent. Stunning. I am
at a loss for proper words to describe her.
President Reagan deserves no less and I am
certain he is honored, humbled and hopefully
pleased.

I have beautiful photos of the flotilla
and the ship, but I can't figure out how
to post them here. I will print them and
take them to Jim's dinner tomorrow and hopefully
someone will have a scanner for a later posting.

Thak you so much TravisMcGee. It was an honor
to sail with you. Hildy, I adore you.


41 posted on 07/23/2004 12:25:36 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry '04: The Sears Tower is just an eyesore.)
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To: Jim Robinson; CyberAnt; My2Cents; Howlin; PhiKapMom; onyx; doodlelady; All
Aircraft carrier Reagan arrives in San Diego
By Jeff Wilson
ASSOCIATED PRESS
10:37 a.m. July 23, 2004

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN: A smiling Nancy Reagan greeted sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan on Friday as it arrived at its homeport in San Diego Bay for the first time.

Thousands of spectators, mainly relatives of sailors aboard the ship, filled grandstands along the pier at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado. Others lined the mainland side of San Diego Bay to witness the arrival of the Navy's newest carrier.

Under overcast skies, a flotilla of pleasure boats and fire boats shooting 50-foot streams of water escorted the ship, and sailors in white uniforms lined its edges as it reached the dock to the cheers of the crowd.

Mrs. Reagan had arrived aboard the ship by helicopter as the vessel approached the San Diego coast Friday morning.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz greeted her on deck before Mrs. Reagan, wearing a white pant suit, passed along rows of sailors, shaking their hands and exchanging greetings.

The late president's son Michael Reagan, actor Tom Selleck, the country music group SHeDAISY and the news media were also aboard, after flying out a day earlier as the ship cruised hundreds of miles offshore.

The USS Reagan towers 20 stories above the waterline and is nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall. Its flight deck covers 4 1/2 acres.

Mrs. Reagan had christened the partially completed ship in 2001, breaking a bottle of American sparkling wine against its bow. She was on hand in Norfolk, Va., again last year when it was commissioned, telling the crew to "bring her to life."

Capt. Andres "Drew" Brugal, the executive officer, said he thrilled to be hosting Mrs. Reagan aboard the ship.

"Obviously it's kind of a sad time right now, so close to the president's death. She's the sponsor of the ship and we're very happy to see her," he said.

Mrs. Reagan visited the ship's Ronald Reagan Room, a museum featuring the former president's cavalry uniform, movie posters, a video presentation and a chunk of the Berlin wall.

In a nod to Reagan's Hollywood days, the ship also has a celebrity walk of fame with such names as Alfred Hitchcock and Spencer Tracy on the mess deck.

Ahead of the ship's arrival, a carnival atmosphere prevailed along the pier. SeaWorld workers dressed as whales and a Navy band playing rock music shared space with vendors hawking souvenirs, soft drinks and commercial services.

"I think it's a special ship, and it's named for a special person" said Gail Everett, 46, who drove from Atlanta to attend the ceremony and see her son, a sailor aboard the USS Reagan.

The ship sailed May 27 from Norfolk with a crew of 3,600, making its lengthy journey through the Straits of Magellan at the tip of South America.

Reagan died June 5 at 93.

"It was probably most fitting and most appropriate that at the time of his passing, a carrier strike group named in his honor was in fact conducting the very same kind of operations that he espoused through his presidency "peace through strength," said Rear Adm. Robert Moeller, who commands the carrier strike group named for Reagan.

Associated Press writer Seth Hettena in Coronado contributed to this report.

42 posted on 07/23/2004 12:27:03 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Pylon

bump


43 posted on 07/23/2004 12:27:25 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Jim Robinson; CyberAnt; My2Cents; Howlin; PhiKapMom; onyx; doodlelady; All

44 posted on 07/23/2004 12:28:56 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: Wolfstar; Travis McGee; Hildy

Under overcast skies, a flotilla of pleasure boats and fire boats shooting 50-foot streams of water escorted the ship, and sailors in white uniforms lined its edges as it reached the dock to the cheers of the crowd.





And we were one of the pleasure boats in the flotilla!
So was Dennis Conner's boat... the one that one the sailing
cup. What it's name?



45 posted on 07/23/2004 12:30:46 PM PDT by onyx (Kerry '04: The Sears Tower is just an eyesore.)
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To: Pylon

another "wish I could have been there" bump


46 posted on 07/23/2004 12:34:31 PM PDT by VOA
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To: onyx
So was Dennis Conner's boat... the one that one the sailing cup. What it's name?

"Stars and Stripes," I believe.

47 posted on 07/23/2004 12:37:50 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: onyx

Great "after-action report," Onyx. Thanks for posting it. Let's my imagination see the scene in my mind's eye.


48 posted on 07/23/2004 12:39:51 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: VOA; Pylon; onyx

49 posted on 07/23/2004 12:42:40 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Our Founders' bedrock vision: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, not the false equality of the statist collective.)
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To: onyx

Ditto, ditto, ditto. The name of Connors' boat is The STARS AND STRIPES! Photos will be forthcoming!


50 posted on 07/23/2004 12:56:13 PM PDT by Hildy ( If you don't stand up for what's RIGHT, you'll settle for what's LEFT.)
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