Five long/short years ago ...

Five long/short years ago ...

Joined: July 30th, 2004, 6:32 pm

November 14th, 2005, 4:11 am #1

<font face="comic sans ms" color=navy size=4>LST 325 departed the Hellenic Navy Base at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. In some ways, it seems like yesterday. In other ways, it seems like an eternity ago.
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Joined: August 31st, 2003, 11:35 pm

November 14th, 2005, 3:41 pm #2

Thanks for reminding us about this fantastic voyage. What the ship didn't realize is all the Fans she was gaining along the way. So many of us were glued to our computers for the latest posting of news by Jackson Carter and then we just HAD TO BE in MOBILE for the arrival.

A lot of us figured the guys might need a lot of strong arm vets and "gator gals" to intercede if those rumors about "being arrested" were really true!

NO ONE WOULD HAVE DARED TO TOUCH ANY OF THOSE GUYS
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Joined: June 27th, 2005, 1:26 am

November 14th, 2005, 10:56 pm #3

<font face="comic sans ms" color=navy size=4>LST 325 departed the Hellenic Navy Base at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. In some ways, it seems like yesterday. In other ways, it seems like an eternity ago.
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Everyone has accomplished so much & we are so proud of all of them for their perserverance. The beginning of the story goes back a lot farther to when they developed their ideas & started to look for a ship. They overcame the disappointments & have put in so much work all along the way. They all deserve a big pat on the back & a big hug for making it come true! THANKS guys (& families) for making it happen so we can all enjoy the most beautiful ship in the world!
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

November 19th, 2005, 7:22 pm #4

<font face="comic sans ms" color=navy size=4>LST 325 departed the Hellenic Navy Base at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. In some ways, it seems like yesterday. In other ways, it seems like an eternity ago.
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about the thoughts and feelings they had as they left Crete. The goals this group of men, the "Gold Crew", were setting were amazing in their own right.

Many thought they would never make it; indeed that they were foolish to try. Aren't we glad they did?

What wonderful friends and mentors these men (and their families!) have become! What an outstanding example of good old fashioned American determination!

What a gift they have shared with us... You teach us, encourage us, inspire us. I think I can speak for many when I say that we want to continue to work with you to preserve this ship, your history, the history of our fathers, sons, brothers... It means a great deal to be allowed to share in the endeavor.

And it never would have happened had it not been for the Gold Crew - and so many Volunteers, the Blue Crew and the people of Mobile and Evansville...

Thank you....

And WebSkipper Emeritus... it might be a nice tribute to Jackson Carter if 'someone' posted one of his SitReps from the trip....
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

November 19th, 2005, 7:56 pm #5

"20 November 2000

Report from LST 325,

We are about 70 miles east of Sicily. In about 10 hours we will enter the Malta Channel. After we left Athens, had 2 days of beautiful weather and great views of the Greek islands. The water was like a mirror. Sunday the weather changed. Strong winds were blowing from the south and heavy swells were doing a rock and roll number on this old LST. There was thunder and lightening for good measure. We were hanging on all night. No one got much sleep that night. On Monday it moderated a little and this morning it was smooth sailing again. For the armchair sailors, this afternoon at 3:46PM (1546 here)we were at N36deg. 31.50sec, E16deg. 02.69sec. Pray for good weather and no breakdowns.

18 November 2000

Report from LST 325,

Underway report from LST325, 18 Nov 2000,0430UTC After sailing from Athens to the eastern end of the Corinth Canal and calling the pilot for a hour on channel 16, I called any station and learned from someone on a ship at the western end of the canal, that the canal was closed for 4 days. So much for "A Little Help from our Friends". After nearly 4 months of disappointments, we just put the rudder over to starboard and made a U turn toward Athens. The film crew in the Helicopter, called the Captain on his cell phone to ask why we were turning around, Ha Ha. We now have "steamed" south thorough the night, passing Athens to port. In a few hours, we will turn west and begin crawling westward through the Med. Gotta go, I need to eat before going on watch at 0800. From: N36 46, E23 20"


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November 20th, 2005, 1:29 am #6

<font face="comic sans ms" color=navy size=4>Jack Carter gave more of himself than anyone I've ever known. He always gave the impression that the "other" person was much more important than himself. He relished sharing his knowledge and experiences, and was a "teacher" in the truest and finest sense of the word.

I don't press veterans for details, simply because I know how painful they can be sometimes ... how much some people prefer to keep those details to themselves, or maybe just with others who have actually shared those experiences. But I'm an eager listener when someone cares to share. Jack did. He was a teacher. A laid-back, soft-spoken teacher, but one who wanted to teach. I will always remember Jack as an outgoing, selfless mentor and TEACHER.

Jack seemed to always center more on other people than he did on himself. What a MAN!

Jack was dying as he crossed the Atlantic on the 325, but he went way above and beyond. He assumed extra watches when others were too tired or ill. Even when he was tired and ill himself. On top of everything, he communicated with other hams all over the world during his "free time." "Free time" was actually "overtime."

I salute you, Jack. And I do so every day. If ever God gave us a real role model, it was you. May God grant you the peace and rest that you so much deserve. We know darned well you're looking down on us. And smiling. Probably even helping out, in your own way.

Thank you so much. Just for being you. You're a notch above the rest. Maybe several notches, really. Best to ya, Buddy. A simple BZ doesn't do ya proper credit. You're loved.
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