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68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub meets fellow Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Vet Jim Robinson
68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Posted on 08/12/2004 3:05:59 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Well I finally had the chance to meet and some time with Jim Robinson
And meet Shelia and their son Chris.
We met Wed about 11:30 PM PST in Bandon and had lunch.
We then went to Charleston (about 40 minutes one way) to the Coast Guard base.
This is the base that I have been going to for almost 3 years as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The base CO came outside and Welcomed Jim, Shelia and Chris.
When I mentioned Jim was the founder of the largest conservative site on the internet
he told me to make sure I sent him the url.
(E-mailed it to him today)
I then gave Jim, Shelia and Chris the base tour.
Showed them what I do on Thur and where I do it.
Showed them the radio room where I used t stand watches.
All the admin offices, mess deck, rec room etc.
Then the engineering building then the haul out bldg.
Down to the boat house itself.
Fireman Harper gave them a detailed description of the boats and specs.
Then, just as we were leaving a Search and Rescue case came in and the 47' boat
was underway in mere minutes.
By the time we drove up to the watch tower we watched the 47' cross the bar.
We met again in the evening about 7:30 PM PST and ate dinner by the jetty.
It was a great dinner.

My personal observations of Jim Robinson : A real down to earth guy.
We do share a lot in common since we are both tin can sailors.
Our experiences in Vietnam are similar also.
Jim did 2 tours there, I did one.
It was like talking to an old shipmate of mine.
Shelia is one of the funniest people I have met in a long time.
As she put it
"Tell everyone that I've been married to Jim for 34 years
and he puts his pants on like anybody else."
Chris was a bit quiet but very friendly and sincere.

All in all we all had a mutual good time.
Jim, Shelia and Chris all enjoyed the tour.
All 3 felt honored since the CO took time out his day to come out and greet them.
Me, I felt is was and honor and privilege to meet Jim, Shelia and Chris.

Pictures will be posted some time between now and Wed.
I tried to get photos today but no luck at WalMart, one hour service was down.
Jim has a digital camera BUT can't upload till he gets home next week.
I WILL ping you again when I get pics.


Pics of the Coast Guard base that Jim toured.



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1 posted on 08/12/2004 3:06:02 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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I met him and his wife on Sunday and really enjoyed partying with them at Libertina's house.


2 posted on 08/12/2004 3:08:51 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (You can turn your head away from the Berg video and still hear Al Queda's calls to prayer.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

SHEILA!
SHEILA!

WE WANT MORE OF SHEILA!

Isn't she GREAT?????

Tonkin, THANKS for the thread!!! I'll be looking forward to the pics.


3 posted on 08/12/2004 3:09:11 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (If only hamsters could vote.......)
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To: Jim Robinson; OneLoyalAmerican; Delta 21; CWOJackson; The Sailor; kjfine; Old Sarge; USAF_TSgt; ...

PING!


4 posted on 08/12/2004 3:09:15 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Congrats Tonk on the privelege...and same to you Jim, I can speak from experience that it is a privelege to stand side by side with Tonk!


5 posted on 08/12/2004 3:09:55 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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BTTT!!!


6 posted on 08/12/2004 3:11:37 PM PDT by cyborg
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Thank You!


7 posted on 08/12/2004 3:16:27 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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Thanks for the Ping, Tonk! Can't wait to see the pictures! Both of you are great men that I admire and look up to!


8 posted on 08/12/2004 3:16:53 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens
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Hey, Tonk, nice report. I met Jim, Sheila and Chris when they came to St. Louis. That fire breathing dragon is one of the sweetest men I have ever met. He signed my copy of Richard Poe's book (he did the forward, as I'm sure you know. It was a very special night. I can tell you feel the same.


9 posted on 08/12/2004 3:17:27 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Jeff Head

Thanks Jeff
It was an honor to meet you at Klamath Falls!


10 posted on 08/12/2004 3:18:01 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

I never knew you were a vet, JimRob. Thanks to you and 68-69 for giving me a free country to grow up in, for me and my daughter.

Thank you.


11 posted on 08/12/2004 3:18:10 PM PDT by Terabitten (Father, grant me the strength to live a life worthy of those who came before me...)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson
Congratulations Tonk and Jim! The number one supporter of our troops meets the number one founder of the best place I ever found 'family' at the other end of a keyboard!

I am happy that both of you could finally meet in person. You are both, as Sean Hannity says,
'GREAT AMERICANS'!

12 posted on 08/12/2004 3:18:46 PM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John lies!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Looking forward to the pics bump.


13 posted on 08/12/2004 3:19:54 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (When it came to Intelligence, Kerry was absent)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 8mmMauser; EGPWS; Acela; afterhoursguru; AlextheWise1; AniGrrl; ...

Thanks for sharing this Tonkin!


14 posted on 08/12/2004 3:20:10 PM PDT by SheLion (The terrorist are here.......living among us. It's too late to close the borders.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Glad you got to meet the bosses, Tonk. It's a lot of fun sharing Sea Stories with one who's been there done that.


15 posted on 08/12/2004 3:21:54 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Stay Prayed Up)
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Sounds like a good time was had by all! Thanks for the report Tonk, please ping me when the pics are posted.


16 posted on 08/12/2004 3:22:05 PM PDT by AZamericonnie ("Really only two things matter, sex & politics. At least I'm getting politics!")
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Outstanding!!!!


17 posted on 08/12/2004 3:27:42 PM PDT by Militiaman7 (Jesus is my Physician)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Excellent report and thanks for sharing. Please ping me when the pics are available!
18 posted on 08/12/2004 3:28:36 PM PDT by DocRock (Check my homepage for more "home movies" of the Kerry campaign)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks for the ping Tonk, and for sharing your experience. Looking forward to the pictures!


19 posted on 08/12/2004 3:31:17 PM PDT by laurenmarlowe
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To: Diver Dave

Maybe next time you'll take 101!


20 posted on 08/12/2004 3:33:18 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

We will and I'll come knockin' on your door, brother.


21 posted on 08/12/2004 3:39:59 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Stay Prayed Up)
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Yea!!! Thanks for this thread. Let us know when the pics are on.


22 posted on 08/12/2004 3:45:26 PM PDT by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
A great account of a great moment, Tonk!
Thank you for sharing it with us, and we look forward to the photographs when available.

God bless you for who and what you are.....

{{{ Hugs for a wonderful American }}}

23 posted on 08/12/2004 3:46:16 PM PDT by LadyX (((( To God be all praise and honor and glory -- ))))
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Sounds like a good time. Thanks for the ping.


24 posted on 08/12/2004 3:50:10 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Hi Tonkin,

So happy you got to meet The Robinsons. Nice you had a good time reminiscing about Viet Nam. Ping me for the pics.
25 posted on 08/12/2004 3:50:26 PM PDT by Soaring Feather
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Hey! Sounds like you had a great time!
I cant believe you didnt do breakfast! Surely Jim knows about your infamous breakfasts!

PS Glad to hear Im not the only fossil using 35mm film.


26 posted on 08/12/2004 3:56:46 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Did you get a chance to talk to Jim about a raise? ;)

Seriously: Sounds like you had a fantastic time with a fantastic couple!


27 posted on 08/12/2004 4:00:23 PM PDT by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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Thanks for the ping Tonk, sounds like you had a great time. Thanks to the Robinson's we all get the straight story right here on FR!!!
28 posted on 08/12/2004 4:02:02 PM PDT by NYCop (Bush, the right choice for real men)
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Thanks for the report, Tonk.

Jim's earned his "Great American" stripes several times over.


29 posted on 08/12/2004 4:02:19 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (You're it)
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That was cool and fun to read. Your story put a smile on my face, BUT, now I am starving for Bandon cheese curds.....there is nothing better you know!! LOL


30 posted on 08/12/2004 4:03:23 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Thanks Tonk ~ wish I coulda been there!


31 posted on 08/12/2004 4:04:05 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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Well, it's about time the two of you got to meet!

Great Americans and patriots deserve to know each other!

Tonk, you got to meet a very special family, and, Jim, you got to meet a man I've been wanting to meet for a long time!

KUDOS TO YOU BOTH!

32 posted on 08/12/2004 4:09:37 PM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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Everyone needs to get closer to Alabama. Pictures?


33 posted on 08/12/2004 4:14:24 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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34 posted on 08/12/2004 4:34:04 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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Tonk! My envy overflows. I hope some day my path crosses with JR. I appreciate your service, too, brother.

I am going to a reunion of my father's WWII ship in two weeks. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it.


35 posted on 08/12/2004 4:36:16 PM PDT by Aeronaut (A “sensitive war” will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans.)
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"Pictures?"

Pictures will be posted some time between now and Wed.
I tried to get photos today but no luck at WalMart, one hour service was down.
Jim has a digital camera BUT can't upload till he gets home next week.
I WILL ping you again when I get pics.


36 posted on 08/12/2004 4:41:26 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Aeronaut

"I am going to a reunion of my father's WWII ship in two weeks. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it."


Hope you'll have a great time!


37 posted on 08/12/2004 4:44:17 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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When is JimRob heading to Fla? I hope he'll find some time around the election...he can always vote absentee...


38 posted on 08/12/2004 4:47:36 PM PDT by Dutchgirl (Gen. Tommy Franks,"We owe it to Osama to kill him.")
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Wow! That's a meeting I would have loved to horn in on. Can't wait to see the pics.


39 posted on 08/12/2004 4:51:03 PM PDT by BykrBayb (5 minutes of prayer for Terri, every day at 11 am EDT, until she's safe. http://www.terrisfight.org)
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Hope you'll have a great time!

I think that is guaranteed. I talked to the reunion organizer. He is a Pearl Harbor survivor. Man, there will be so much history there..., I am pumped.

I'll send a post-op observation to the Canteen when I get back.

40 posted on 08/12/2004 4:53:15 PM PDT by Aeronaut (A “sensitive war” will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans.)
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" Showed them what I do on Thur and where I do it. Showed them the radio room where I used t stand watches."

You no longer stand radio watches? What are you doing now?

41 posted on 08/12/2004 4:58:25 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (www.swiftvets.com)
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Sounds like you spent some real quality time. :-)


42 posted on 08/12/2004 5:02:26 PM PDT by ride the whirlwind ("I will never relent in bringing justice to our enemies..." - President Bush)
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THANKS FOR     THE PING!

43 posted on 08/12/2004 5:14:22 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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Thanks for sharing this great event with us.

So where did you take them for lunch?


44 posted on 08/12/2004 5:14:34 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (I'm a donor to the Swift Boat Vets fund. Have you donated? If not please do it now!)
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To: A Navy Vet

"You no longer stand radio watches? What are you doing now?"

I am trained and qualified to work in the Operations Office.
My duties include verification and entry of all boat movements
and crew member training records.
I am still qualified as a Radio Watch Stander in the Coast Guard Base Radio Room.
Currently training with Coast Guard crew for COMMERCIAL vessel inspector.
(Different from RECREATIONAL vessel inspector with Auxiliary.)

FReeper makes Coast Guard / Coast Guard Auxiliary History
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/798008/posts


45 posted on 08/12/2004 5:17:15 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Grampa Dave

The Station Restaurant for lunch

The Boathouse for dinner


46 posted on 08/12/2004 5:18:20 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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Great! Keep up the good work. Didn't know they allow Auxillary to inspect commercial vessels, or to even board.


47 posted on 08/12/2004 5:19:35 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (www.swiftvets.com)
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Way to go!


48 posted on 08/12/2004 5:19:48 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://PostNineEleven.blogspot.com/)
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ZB!!!
49 posted on 08/12/2004 5:23:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist ©®)
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Great Host
Great Guests
It doesn't get any better. :)
Thank you for taking such good care of the Robinsons.


50 posted on 08/12/2004 5:28:58 PM PDT by Spotsy (The news media's job is to report the news, not manufacture it)
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