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FReeper Canteen~The USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571)~6 Sept 2007
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Posted on 09/05/2007 5:50:54 PM PDT by AZamericonnie

The FReeper Canteen Presents.....

The USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571)

USS Nautilus is arguably the most famous submarine in the world. She was first in many respects, including being the first nuclear submarine, first submarine to navigate under the North Pole, as well as setting many endurance records for submerged operations. She also participated in many exercises that helped to rewrite Anti-Submarine Warfare doctrine.



USS NAUTILUS was laid down 14 June 1952, President Harry S. Truman officiating, at the Electric Boat Co., Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Connecticut; launched 21 January 1954; sponsored by Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, wife of President Eisenhower, and commissioned 30 September 1954, Comdr. E. P. Wilkinson in command.

Following commissioning NAUTILUS remained at dockside for further construction and testing until 17 January 1955. Then, at 1100, her lines were cast off and she was "underway on nuclear power." Trials followed and on 10 May NAUTILUS headed south for shakedown. She remained submerged while enroute to Puerto Rico, covering 1,381 miles in 89.8 hours, the longest submerged cruise, to that date, by a submarine, and at the highest sustained submerged speed ever recorded for a period of over one hour's duration. Throughout 1955, and into 1957, she investigated the effects of the radically increased submerged speed and endurance, such changes in submerged mobility having virtually wiped out progress in anti-submarine warfare techniques. The airplane and radar, which helped defeat submarines in the Atlantie during World War II, proved ineffective against a vessel which did not need to surface, could clear an area in record time, and swiftly change depth simultaneously.



On 4 February 1957, NAUTILUS logged her 60,000th nautical mile to bring to reality the achievements of her fictitious namesake in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In May she departed for the Pacific Coast to participate in coastal exercises and the fleet exercise, operation "Home run," which acquainted units of the Pacific Fleet with the capabilities of nuclear submarines.

NAUTILUS returned to New London 21 July and departed again 19 August for her first voyage, of 1,383 miles, under polar pack ice. Thence, she headed for the Eastern Atlantic to participate in NATO exercises and conduct a tour of various British and French ports where she was inspected by defense personnel of those countries. She arrived back at New London 28 October, underwent upkeep, and then conducted coastal operations until the spring.

On 25 April 1958 she was underway again for the West Coast. Stopping at San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle she began her history making Polar transit, operation "Sunshine," as she departed the latter port 9 June. On 19 June she entered the Chukchi Sea, but was turned back by deep draft ice in those shallow waters. On the 28th she arrived at Pearl Harbor to await better ice conditions. By 23 July her wait was over and she set a course northward. She submerged in the Barrow Sea Valley 1 August and on 3 August, at 2315 (EDST) she became the first ship to reach the geographic North Pole. From the North Pole, she continued on and after 96 hours and 1830 miles under the ice, she surfaced northeast of Greenland, having completed the first successful voyage across the North Pole.



Proceeding from Greenland to Portland, England, she received the Presidential Unit Citation, the first ever issued in peace time, from American Ambassador J. H. Whitney, and then set a westerly course which put her into the Thames River estuary at New London 29 October. For the remainder of the year she operated from her homeport, New London, Connecticut.

Following fleet exercises in early 1959, NAUTILUS entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, for her first complete overhaul (28 May 1959 - 15 August 1960). Overhaul was followed by refresher training and on 24 October she departed New London for her first deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, returning to her homeport 16 December.

NAUTILUS operated in the Atlantic, conducting evaluation tests for ASW improvements, participating in NATO exercises and, during the fall of 1962, in the naval quarantine of Cuba, until she headed east again for a two month Mediterranean tour in August 1963. On her return she joined in fleet exercises until entering the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for her second overhaul 17 January 1964. On 2 May 1966, NAUTILUS returned to her homeport to resume operations with the Atlantic Fleet. For the next year and a quarter she conducted special operations for ComSubLant and then in August 1967, returned to Portsmouth, for another year's stay, following which she conducted exercises off the southeastern seaboard. She returned to New London in December 1968, and into 1970 she continued to participate in operations as a unit of the 2nd Fleet.

*Non-QTVR USS Nautilus Tour*


General Characteristics: Awarded: August 2, 1951
Keel laid: June 14, 1952
Launched: January 21, 1954
Commissioned: September 30, 1954
Decommissioned: March 3, 1980
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT.
Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
Propellers: two
Length: 324 feet (98.75 meters)
Beam: 27.8 feet (8.47 meters)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)
Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 3,530 tons Submerged: approx. 4,090 tons
Speed: Surfaced: approx. 22 knots Submerged: approx. +20 knots
Armament: six 533 mm torpedo tubes
Crew: 13 Officers, 92 Enlisted

*Nautilus Video Clip*


In the spring of 1979, NAUTILUS set out from Groton, Connecticut on her final voyage. She reached Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California on May 26, 1979 - her last day underway. She was decommissioned on March 3, 1980 after a career spanning 25 years and over half a million miles steamed.

In recognition of her pioneering role in the practical use of nuclear power, NAUTILUS was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior on May 20, 1982. Following an extensive historic ship conversion at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, NAUTILUS was towed to Groton, Connecticut arriving on July 6, 1985.

On April 11, 1986, eighty-six years to the day after the birth of the Submarine Force, Historic Ship NAUTILUS, joined by the Submarine Force Museum, opened to the public as the first and finest exhibit of its kind in the world, providing an exciting, visible link between yesterday's Submarine Force and the Submarine Force of tomorrow.





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1 posted on 09/05/2007 5:50:56 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Kathy in Alaska; All






Supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen
at more than 1,000 places across the U. S. and around the world.

~Tribute to Our Troops~


2 posted on 09/05/2007 5:51:34 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

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3 posted on 09/05/2007 5:52:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: AZamericonnie

I’ve been aboard, at Groton-New London back in 1997. Fantastic museum experience. Claustrophobics, Beware!


4 posted on 09/05/2007 5:53:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: SandRat

/ back atcha!:) Good evening Sandy! *Hugs*


5 posted on 09/05/2007 5:54:51 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: StarCMC; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ...
Jules Verne's Nautilus

6 posted on 09/05/2007 5:56:25 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: buccaneer81
Claustrophobics, Beware

I might have a hard time with it!

Good evening buccaneer81, how neat you got to tour it.

7 posted on 09/05/2007 5:56:47 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

Good evening all!


8 posted on 09/05/2007 5:56:55 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: AZamericonnie

Yoboseyo!


9 posted on 09/05/2007 5:57:13 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Tanniker Smith

A very good evening to you Tann...hope your week is going well!


10 posted on 09/05/2007 5:58:24 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: Tamar1973

And to you Tamar! I trust you are well?


11 posted on 09/05/2007 6:00:12 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

It wasn’t all without problems. My second cousin was on that sub.


12 posted on 09/05/2007 6:01:54 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.)--has-been, will write Duncan Hunter in)
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To: familyop

Good evening familyop & thanks for joining us.

I was reading some of the accidents earlier. I hope your cousin was safe from them!


13 posted on 09/05/2007 6:04:08 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: All

Back in a bit....


14 posted on 09/05/2007 6:04:36 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

HiYa AZ!!! ***HUGS***


15 posted on 09/05/2007 6:06:33 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: AZamericonnie
I watched her under going museum conversion at Mare Island in 1983, then toured her several years later at Groton while attending a school. I really need to plan a trip back up there and take the family this time. They also have the Ships Control Panel from one of my boats at the museum.
16 posted on 09/05/2007 6:12:38 PM PDT by PogySailor (Murtha'd: To be attacked by a corrupt politician for doing your job.)
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To: AZamericonnie; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; tongue-tied; laurenmarlowe; StarCMC; MS.BEHAVIN; fatima; ...
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17 posted on 09/05/2007 6:12:45 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: AZamericonnie

BOO!


18 posted on 09/05/2007 6:14:25 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: AZamericonnie

Evening Connie. Thanks for tonight’s thread.:)
(((hugs)))


19 posted on 09/05/2007 6:18:49 PM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: AZamericonnie

Very interesting. I ought to read RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP for greater appreciation.


20 posted on 09/05/2007 6:19:49 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: AZamericonnie
Aloha Connie!

Wonderful choice.......one which I'll pass on to some friends who will regale the Canteen with tales of daring and debauchery!
21 posted on 09/05/2007 6:20:15 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: AZamericonnie

Cool subject.

I trained on the prototype reactor for Nautilus up in Idaho. What a hoot.


22 posted on 09/05/2007 6:20:35 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: AZamericonnie
Minor crisis is finally over and I can play for a bit. Our checks refused to print from the checkwriter. It's a good thing that I know how to make it work from the Xerox copier. Unfortunately, when they spit out into the output tray, they don't want to lie flat, so I had to babysit very closely!! Thus my lateness.

How was the traffic on your way home? Not too congested I hope.

23 posted on 09/05/2007 6:20:58 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: buccaneer81; All

If you’re ever in Mobile, Alabama, check out the USS Alabama BB-60 (including the submarine USS Drum SS-228 and a nice aviation exhibit): http://www.ussalabama.com


24 posted on 09/05/2007 6:22:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Our next president: Fred Thompson!! http://www.ImWithFred.com)
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To: SandRat
And the gold for Sand...my day has been interesting, to say the least.


25 posted on 09/05/2007 6:23:02 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: AZamericonnie

All Freepers owe it to themselves and their families to visit the Submarine Museum (and adjacent USS Nautilus) in Groton, Conn. It is only a couple of miles off I-95, easy on/easy off, open year-round except Tuesdays, I think, and best of all it’s FREE! But there’s so much great stuff to see and do, esp. for the kids, I defy you to leave there without putting a Hamilton or a Jackson in the kitty. It is a wonderful place, even for sea-skeptical ground-pounders like Snickersnee.


26 posted on 09/05/2007 6:23:27 PM PDT by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket?)
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To: Snickersnee

Been there myself during the short stint I was stationed in Groton. It is a great museum.


27 posted on 09/05/2007 6:26:35 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: buccaneer81
And the silver goes to buccaneer....
I guess I won't be touring the Nautilus...I could just barely make the sub ride at Disneyland without screaming to get out.


28 posted on 09/05/2007 6:26:45 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Tanniker Smith
And TS snags the bronze...good evening to you.


29 posted on 09/05/2007 6:28:35 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: AZamericonnie

Launching of the Nautilus
30 posted on 09/05/2007 6:29:08 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: Doohickey; SmithL; IonImplantGuru; El Gran Salseron
Bubblehead History ping.....ping....ping......ping....

(There will be women and children on this thread so salty language is discouraged.)
31 posted on 09/05/2007 6:29:56 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: AZamericonnie

He said that he was hospitalized—”sickest” that he’d “ever been” in his life. He didn’t talk about it until the ‘70s, and then only with family. Was he telling the truth? I don’t know. ...didn’t know him all that well. He had been in the service and seemed to be an honorable man the few times that I met him. He was thin and active but passed away (fluke heart attack) in his 40s quite a long time ago.


32 posted on 09/05/2007 6:29:57 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.)--has-been, will write Duncan Hunter in)
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To: AZamericonnie
I actually operated with the USS Nautilus while on board the USS Leyte (CVS 32) around 1955 or 56 for anti submarine training. They had one demo for everyone on board that I recall to this day. They sailed to the horizon and submerged. A very short time later they surfaced by the Leyte. It was really fast underwater. I might be able to dig up a picture- given enough time.
33 posted on 09/05/2007 6:30:11 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Well.... at leat it wasn’t dull.


34 posted on 09/05/2007 6:30:16 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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35 posted on 09/05/2007 6:32:42 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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A PRAYER OF PROTECTION

The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are, God is,
And all is well.
Amen.

BLESS THIS HOUSE
 Bless this house O Lord we pray; Make it safe by night and day; 
Bless these walls so firm and stout, Keeping want and trouble out:
Bless the roof and chimneys tall, Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove ever open to joy and love.
Bless these windows shining bright, Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there, with smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within, keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we May dwell O Lord with thee. 
(Click on graphics for music)



36 posted on 09/05/2007 6:34:11 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: RedRover

Meet you there!


37 posted on 09/05/2007 6:35:35 PM PDT by lilycicero (It would be a nice day trip for you.)
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To: All; laurenmarlowe


United States Marine Corps Band~National Anthem


38 posted on 09/05/2007 6:37:06 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: All


Kate Smith ~ God Bless America


39 posted on 09/05/2007 6:38:31 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: AZamericonnie; All
Good morning Troops, Veterans and Canteeners.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Our Flag Flying Proudly One Nation Under God

* * * * * * * * * * * *

Lord, Please Bless Our Troops, They're fighting for our Freedom.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
of the United States of America,
and to the Republic, for which it stands;
one nation UNDER GOD,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.

Prayers going up.


40 posted on 09/05/2007 6:38:38 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
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To: AZamericonnie
Can't discuss the Nautilus without giving proper credit to the man most responsible for bringing her to reality:

Hyman Rickover---The Father of the Nuclear Navy.
41 posted on 09/05/2007 6:41:53 PM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: AZamericonnie; All
This Day in U.S. Military History September 6

1863 - After months of campaigning against Battery Wagner on Morris Island in a protracted Yankee effort to capture nearby Charleston, South Carolina, a Confederate garrison finally flees the island.

Union Rear Admiral Samuel du Pont was ordered to capture Charleston in January 1863. In April, he launched a naval attack through the mouth of Charleston Harbor but the nine-ship squadron faced heavy fire from the forts that protected the narrow channel, and his ships sustained several hits. Du Pont turned the ships around, and Rear Admiral John Dahlgren assumed command of the effort to capture Charleston. Morris Island protected the southern rim of the harbor, and the Confederates constructed a massive fortress of sand and timber on its beach called Battery Wagner. In July, Dahlgren landed troops and made two major attacks on the fortress. In the second attack on July 18, the 54th Massachusetts, an African-American regiment led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, was repulsed with heavy losses, and Shaw was killed. The story of the attack later became the subject of the 1990 movie Glory. Waiting until September 4 before renewing his assault, Dahlgren launched a massive bombardment and continued to pound the forts for two days. By September 6, General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, commander of the Confederate defenses around Charleston, realized that the situation at Battery Wagner and nearby Battery Greg was hopeless. He ordered Morris Island and the two forts evacuated, and the job was complete by the end of the day. Although the Yankees captured Morris Island, Charleston was still beyond their grasp. The Confederates continued to defend the harbor and the city where the war began, until they finally evacuated the area in March 1865, just days before the end of the war.
42 posted on 09/05/2007 6:42:05 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: buccaneer81

I have also been onboard the Nautilus at Groton, CT., and went through the museum. Great place.


43 posted on 09/05/2007 6:42:43 PM PDT by Mogollon
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To: SoldierDad; sneakers; arbee4bush; vigilante2; Jemian; jackv; Old_Professor; mystery-ak; freema; ...
Thanks, Families, for your service to our country.

Thanks, Sonora, for the perfect woohoo.


John Conlee ~ They Also Serve


44 posted on 09/05/2007 6:43:34 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
That was great! My late father (Gunnery Sergeant—WWII, Korea & Vietnam) would’ve loved it!
45 posted on 09/05/2007 6:43:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Our next president: Fred Thompson!! http://www.ImWithFred.com)
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To: PogySailor

Good evening PogySailor & thank you for posting.

How many ships did your serve on?

Thanks to you & your son for your service!


46 posted on 09/05/2007 6:44:54 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

BOO to you too!:)

How ya doing tonight sweetie? *Hugs*


47 posted on 09/05/2007 6:45:54 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thanks to you and your father for your service to our country.


48 posted on 09/05/2007 6:48:22 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: MeekMom

A very good evening to you MMom! Hope your having a lovely week! *Hugs*


49 posted on 09/05/2007 6:48:33 PM PDT by AZamericonnie
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To: AZamericonnie

OK, launched 1954, FIFTY THREE years ago. Can we get something more accurate than +20 knots underwater? PLEASE.


50 posted on 09/05/2007 6:49:36 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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