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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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To: A Navy Vet

"Didn't know they allow Auxillary to inspect commercial vessels, or to even board."

Not if it's a commercial boat that was part of a Search and Rescue case.

That's a mandatory boarding.

HOWEVER if it fails and needs further inspection we can, once fully trained.


51 posted on 08/12/2004 5:30:50 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

They are both great.

The Boathouse is our favorite.


52 posted on 08/12/2004 5:32:44 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: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Great pics Tonk...lookin for more.


53 posted on 08/12/2004 5:34:35 PM PDT by afnamvet (USAF Tuy Hoa AFB RVN 68-69 NOT FONDA KERRY!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Let me know next time you are here.


54 posted on 08/12/2004 5:37:41 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: SheLion; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks, Tonkin.

Glad you all had a good time!

55 posted on 08/12/2004 5:39:55 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I will try to do it.


56 posted on 08/12/2004 5:47:34 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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68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub meets fellow Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Vet

Sounds like a COLLISION!

Please submit any damage reports promptly...

57 posted on 08/12/2004 5:48:02 PM PDT by Libloather (What did Bergler stow - and when did he stow it?)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Tonk - that's awesome! Can't wait to see the pics!


58 posted on 08/12/2004 5:52:56 PM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (God Bless America!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Did any Swift Vets know about the movie Kerry's long time friend George Butler is producing? It's going to be about Kerry and his Vietnam Experiences.
Here's one of the links,
George Butler is a New Hampshire Film Maker and a long time friend with Kerry. He made such films as "Pumping Iron". Butler is currently making a film about Kerry's experiences in Vietnam, called "Going up River", expected to hit theatres this September. I believe this is why they are against this book because it will blow his cover and bring questions to this films accuracy. This is a quote from Butler on WHDH TV Boston, Aired 7/21/2004.
"Everything John Kerry said about Vietnam applies to Iraq as well. So there's a message in the film that's very interesting film indeed."

Link to George Butler interview.
http://www1.whdh.com/features/articles/specialreport/DBM564/
59 posted on 08/12/2004 6:00:29 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: tobyhill

GOOD!

He'll really trip over his lies!

It will really finish him off, once and for all!


60 posted on 08/12/2004 6:11:50 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Outstanding!!
Glad you two got to meet!!
I admire you both so much!!
Thanks for all you do for us!!
Ms.B


61 posted on 08/12/2004 6:15:39 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds Re-elect George W Bush)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
"Tell everyone that I've been married to Jim for 34 years and he puts his pants on like anybody else."

A great tribute to the man and the woman

62 posted on 08/12/2004 6:16:17 PM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
bump !!

The Freepmobile .....



63 posted on 08/12/2004 6:37:36 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Tonk, I'm so glad you got to meet The Great One. He is a super nice guy isn't he? I feel very honored to be one of those Freepers who has met and thanked Jim for being one of the greatest Americans of our time. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Sheila yet, but I know that since Jim married her she has to be a winner.


64 posted on 08/12/2004 7:01:46 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Hey Tonk,

Give FN Harper a pat on the back from a prior Station Coos Bay Fireman.

I had engineer quals as a FN(E-3) on all 3 44'MLBs, the 30' SRB (aka - Torpedo) , and the 52' MLB Intrepid.

Are surf drills still on thursdays? and how are the darts, pool and ping-pong on the rec deck?

My first three years in the Coast Guard was a blast in Coos Bay. And the beaches at Bandon are awesome.


65 posted on 08/12/2004 7:07:52 PM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: Delta 21

Tue and Thur are "driill" time on the boats.

Pool table and darts, never have seen anybody play ping pong.

I've got almost 3 years here (Oct 3)


66 posted on 08/12/2004 7:10:55 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Delta 21

PS Jim stayed at the Best Western at Face Rock in Bandon


67 posted on 08/12/2004 7:11:52 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: MeekOneGOP

I heard that thing is bulletproof and has a minigun that pops out of the top!


68 posted on 08/12/2004 7:12:51 PM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

I did 2 summers straight on the Coquille river patrol.

...and the government paid ME to do it!


69 posted on 08/12/2004 7:17:32 PM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Woo-hoo!! Good for you Tonk!!

I am still kicking myself that I missed then when they were here!!


70 posted on 08/12/2004 7:20:05 PM PDT by StarCMC (It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Bump! Tonk! Glad you had a great time.


71 posted on 08/12/2004 7:28:09 PM PDT by Calpernia ("People never like what they don't understand")
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To: Delta 21; MeekOneGOP

I got to fire the 50 cal after dinner!


72 posted on 08/12/2004 7:28:17 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Delta 21
"I did 2 summers straight on the Coquille river patrol."

And amazingly enough it's still here! LOL
73 posted on 08/12/2004 7:29:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: Delta 21
hehe! Could be ! ;^D

74 posted on 08/12/2004 7:34:07 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Good report Tonk. Are the Robinsons continuing down 101 toward Eureka or are they headed for I/5...
75 posted on 08/12/2004 7:36:15 PM PDT by tubebender (If I had known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself...)
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To: tubebender

They left this morning down the 101 to Ft Bragg, then Monterey


76 posted on 08/12/2004 7:38:33 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Wow. That'll knock you back just a tad, eh ?? Fun!

77 posted on 08/12/2004 7:39:30 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Darn. I would have liked to meet with them for a few minutes. I could have showed them my brand new triple bypass scars. ;~o(


78 posted on 08/12/2004 7:46:19 PM PDT by tubebender (If I had known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself...)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Dont laugh too hard!

The second year one of the old riverfront mills caught fire and burned to the waterline. We got close enough with the 44408 to squirt some water on it but was a lost cause. It was a 2 or 3 story wood building about 600 or 700 foot long. Biggest fire I ever seen up close. Im glad it wasnt any worse.

Im sure you gave Jim the full tour in bristol fashion.


79 posted on 08/12/2004 7:51:44 PM PDT by Delta 21 (MKC USCG -ret)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Way to go, Tonk! Kudos and hugs!


80 posted on 08/12/2004 8:26:53 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Now if I could only meet my FReeper Mentor.


81 posted on 08/12/2004 8:36:26 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Thank You Troops : Present, Past and Future)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

We do share a lot in common since we are both tin can sailors.

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors : The Extraordinary World War II Story of the U.S. Navy's Finest Hour
by James D. Hornfischer

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553802577/002-6204662-4964865?v=glance

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers, creating a microcosm of the war's American Navy destroyers. Hornfischer, a writer and literary agent in Austin, Tex., covers the battle off Samar, the Philippines, in October 1944, in which a force of American escort carriers and destroyers fought off a Japanese force many times its strength, and the larger battle of Leyte Gulf, the opening of the American liberation of the Philippines, which might have suffered a major setback if the Japanese had attacked the transports. He presents the men who crewed the destroyer Taffy 3, most of whom had never seen salt water before the war but who fought, flew, kept the crippled ship afloat, and doomed ships fighting almost literally to the last shell. Finally, Hornfischer provides a perspective on the Japanese approach to the battle, somewhat (and justifiably) modifying the traditional view of the Japanese Admiral Kurita as a fumbler or even a coward-while exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve. (American admirals don't get off so easily.) Not entirely free of glitches in research, the book still reads like a very good action novel, indicated by its selection as a dual split main selection of the BOMC and History Book Club alternate.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


From Booklist
This piece of World War II naval history reads like a particularly good novel. It is an account of the October 1944 battle off Samar, in which a force of American destroyers and escort carriers drove off a Japanese fleet at least 10 times its strength. The struggle was a part of the epic Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was the beginning of the campaign to liberate the Philippines. Hornfischer focuses on the men of the escort carrier unit Taffy 3 (the radio call signal for Task Unit 77.4.3

Book Description
“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history.In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory.

MUST READ!!


82 posted on 08/12/2004 8:40:11 PM PDT by Valin (John Kerry: Dumber than Gore, more exciting than Mondale)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

LOLOLOL! I look forward to meeting you one of these days, Tonk!


83 posted on 08/12/2004 8:45:27 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

You always get to have ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the fun. ;-)


Great report. Thanks for the ping.


84 posted on 08/12/2004 9:49:42 PM PDT by amom
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To: LadyX

"{{{ Hugs for a wonderful American }}}"

Ditto!


85 posted on 08/13/2004 12:53:56 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Great story!

I can't wait till you post some pictures of the festivities.

It sounds like you folks had a blast.

-good times, G.J.P. (Jr.)

86 posted on 08/13/2004 1:13:50 AM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid (...)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT!!!!!!!


87 posted on 08/13/2004 3:08:40 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Jim Robinson

Alright! I hope Jim takes a Southern tour soon. My wife Freeper Laura Earl and I would drive up to 5 hours to meet him. Most Southern Freepers would travel a bit to meet Jim.

I'll look forward to the pics.


88 posted on 08/13/2004 4:14:54 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Conspiracy Guy, Secretary of Humor and Tomfoolery)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Skipper, can you tell how envious I am?

I hope you passed on all our greetings to the FReep Family Robinson. We're as proud of them as they are of us!

And a brother under arms, to boot!

89 posted on 08/13/2004 4:37:37 AM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Whoo hooo!


90 posted on 08/13/2004 8:23:37 AM PDT by 4CJ (||) Men die by the calendar, but nations die by their character. - John Armor, 5 Jun 2004 (||)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

FOUR-OH!!!!


91 posted on 08/13/2004 10:31:19 AM PDT by exnavy
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Wonderful!
Thank you for the update on your great visit !
God's Blessings!


92 posted on 08/13/2004 4:26:09 PM PDT by LibertyLight (I've got more hair than Kerry & Edwards together!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

BTTT !!


93 posted on 08/15/2004 3:19:15 AM PDT by davidosborne (www.davidosborne.net)
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To: davidosborne

Bump


94 posted on 08/15/2004 9:30:32 AM PDT by JockoManning
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Hello Tonk,

We had a great time dining and visiting with you and touring your Coast Guard Base. It was an honor to meet you and your skipper and your shipmates. Y'all are doing outstanding work up there.

Here are the photos that Chris took (disregard the erroneous camera date):


95 posted on 08/16/2004 12:09:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

You guys are great.....Tonk, Jim, and Sheila...Thanks for the tour of the Coast Guard base, and while I have your attention, Thanks for giving us Free Republic.com and all the work you put into the site.


96 posted on 08/16/2004 1:20:07 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: Jim Robinson; The Sailor; kjfine; Old Sarge; USAF_TSgt; darkwing104; txradioguy; Long Cut; ...
Pics from my cheapie use once, throw away camera
Hopefully Jim's turned out better.





97 posted on 08/17/2004 5:22:17 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support Free Republic!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Cool pics Tonk...


98 posted on 08/17/2004 5:26:28 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Jim Robinson

I just saw you pics!

Thanks!!


99 posted on 08/17/2004 5:27:11 PM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Support Free Republic!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

Great thread, TGYC.


100 posted on 08/17/2004 5:27:31 PM PDT by doug from upland (John Kerry is a sports fan like Lorena Bobbitt is a surgeon)
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