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Proud single dad of two great Navy kids!! My daughter is a Navy vet and served on the USS Abraham Lincoln as an MC3 (Mass Communications Specialist). My son who is an AM1 (Aviation Structural Mechanic, Second Class) served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, then after re-enlisting was stationed at the Marine Air Base at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii attached to the "Easy Riders" or HSM-37. He recently re-enlisted, was attached to VAW-125- the "World Famous" Tigertails, had TDY to VRC-40 the "Rawhides" and just returned to VAW-125. I've been chief chemist for a number of world-class gold, silver, and copper mines for 35+ years. Raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains, graduated from the University of Maryland (class of '77), a confirmed Westerner and Proud Navy Dad !!!
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But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word,
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
Fitz-Greene Halleck

Some words Eric sent the evening before the Theodore Roosevelt left on cruise on Sept. 8, 2008:

I leave tomorrow to assist in maritime operations. To do my job in assisting in aviation maintenance which will in the end help to put warheads on the foreheads of those who dare to upset the balance, to hurt the innocent and to those who we deem terrorists. As in the rich naval tradition since October 13th 1775 I sacrifice my time and being to put my life in the hands of my fellow shipmates who in turn puts those same trusts into mine. To cast off and set sail to cross the seas in something bigger than what it is we can understand. To help those who need it is what we do, although we may be the cold forged steel harvesters of death in the modern age, we supply hope and change to those who need it most. In these final moments I realize that everything I've done, sacrificed in this last year all amount to something now. It finally means something. What I'm not sure but its reassuring to know that I'm not here in vain. I will dearly miss you all and cannot wait till my return next year. I look forward to seeing you all and telling my tales of other lands and the sea. Wish me fair winds and following seas as I look forward to my return home.

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Tiger Cruise - My Long Promised Follow-Up

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

I sat here and just re-read all my posts about my Tiger Cruise experience and realized I still had not completed the promised follow-up.  It is not that I haven't least a dozen times I've sat down to write this, but words eluded me.  I'm not sure why.  But I'm gonna try again- so please bear with me!!

Much has happened over the past few years and much has changed.  Kat is no longer in the Navy- her enlistment was up in '10 and she lives outside Seattle in…


A Virtual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 9:21pm 0 Comments

I ran across a very interesting website that I thought I would is a virtual Vietnam Veterans memorial of the pages lists those that gave their lives by a state name and you can eventually get to a list of medals and often a bio. This was a monumental amount of work and it is a reminder that many gave their lives in a far away land with a funny name.......

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Thanks Paige!

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

I wanted to take a minute to thank Paige for opening her home up to a number of Navy parents yesterday in Prescott Valley. It was a great chance to meet others with kids in the Navy and to compare stories...and to brag a little too!! I know Paige will post some photos as well but here are a couple.....

Thanks to Paige and to neighbor Brenda for all the work and hospitality! It was fun… Continue

Tiger Cruise - Homecoming !

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 12:30am 3 Comments

Wow….homecoming….after seven-plus months at sea everyone was returning to US soil and their families. I knew it was going to be a memorable day with lots of mixed emotions for all.

Eric and I had agreed to make it another 06:00 day, but around 05:00 I managed to wiggle out of the rack and get cleaned up. I wasn’t sleeping anyway, so why stare at the inside of my eyelids when I could go ahead and get cleaned up and get ready for the day. The ship’s movement had eased over night and…


Brothers at War Movie

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Tiger Cruise blog continues with next post---- click NEXT POST in the bottom right to contiue

Saw an interview with Gary Sinise this AM and he was talking about a movie out today...if you look at the website: you can watch a clip and read about the looks powerful and something that all Americans should see. I know this is off-topic here but the fight for freedowm is larger than…


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At 8:13am on April 11, 2018, Kevin Hayes said…

Thank you both for the quick acceptance and insight you've offered.  I wish I would have found this site prior to my son's PIR.  He's just bagan A school and I think I'm more excited than he is.  I did review the OPSEC link, I get it.  I too am very proud of my son.  He is the first in my immediate family to serve our country.  Thanks agin guys............KEV

At 8:59am on March 10, 2018, Nick Padway said…


Thanks for the welcome information.  I have been a member of the FB page for sometime, but only learned of the website today.  The web site is loaded with great information, congratulations.  I hope to be able to spend more time on it and learning.  I do feel like a “veteran parent” as our daughter has been active duty (including training) for almost 2.5 years now and will soon complete 2 years overseas in Yokosuka and be home around the end of this month for a brief week before she moves on to her next permanent duty station.  She will be home for the first time in 27 months! So we are very excited though we did go over to Japan and had the chance to spend some time with her over there and meet the exceptional group that she works with.  Makes one incredibly proud to know that your child is working and spending time with such talented and clear thinking people.  I should note that even as. JAG officer she spent almost 5 months deployed at sea last summer, three of which were on a guided missile destroyer, so her overseas experience has truly been well rounded.  

Again, thanks for putting together a great web site.

Nick Padway

At 10:50am on January 25, 2018, Stan S said…

Paul, thank you very much for the information, links and sharing your personal story.  I appreciate the time and energy devoted to making this site available and welcoming to those of us new to this experience!


At 12:45pm on January 8, 2018, Kathleen Watson said…

Thanks so much Paul,

I will be sure to study the site.  I am so grateful to have this information and place to feel a part of the experience.

thanks again!


At 2:16pm on December 22, 2017, David Wisinger said…

Thanks ! My son joined in June 2015 and after he got out of high school June 2016 he went to basic January 3 2017 after basic he went to CTR school for 7 months and now been in San Diego for about a month he on the USS Boxer.

At 3:57pm on December 15, 2017, mario said…

Thanks paul

At 8:03am on December 2, 2017, Erik Resch said…

Thank you Paul! My eldest arrived at bootcamp on Wednesday. My other son is currently in the DEP. I'm pretty sure after New Year's they're going to push his date up. I've been doing my best to educate myself. This is a great place for that.

At 1:31pm on November 27, 2017, Bryan Fortner said…

I spent 10 years in the Navy and this has been something my son has wanted to do his entire life.

At 7:51am on November 6, 2017, sussan perry said…

Hi Paul,

First of all ,thank you for responding. I do not have a comment, but I do have a concern in regard to my nephew Kyle. While Kyle was stationed in Japan, he incurred some injuries to his Head, which I believe affected his brain, and he is no longer the person he use to be. Because of his age (he's now 28) we do not know where to turn for help. he enrolled in 2009 at the age of 21. It breaks my heart to see him like this, hence the reason for me reaching out. I am hoping that you or someone can guide us, in this situation ,as to where do we go from here.We live in New york.

I anxiously look forward to your response and guidance.

thank you 


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