What a work week it is!!!

What a work week it is!!!

Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

April 7th, 2011, 11:17 pm #1

Work week is going great! There are over 60 guys here at the ship from all over the US... including our own airline pilot - Dean Armstrong, who is working on the 325's possible trip to France in 2014!

The tanks are being cleaned and we are making great progress, new fans are being installed for the tank deck and lots of work in the engine room and other areas of the ship. It is amazing how much work gets done when we all pull together! The only downside is this - we are having WAY too much fun! Yes, FUN! To those of you who aren't here this time, we miss you and hope that you can join us soon. We are family.

MANY, many thanks to all of our volunteers who are performing a labor of love for LST 325. It is your efforts that keep us traveling and sharing the mission the Gold Crew laid out for us.

The photos below are courtesy of Beany 'the Bean Man' Smith. We appreciate him allowing us to share them with all of you. (I think you'll see him in many of these, but you'll also see a lot of familiar faces and a few new ones!)






















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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

April 7th, 2011, 11:30 pm #2




Where ever we go, what ever we do, in our minds are the thousands upon thousands who served - those of you who are Veterans still here and working, those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who are still missing...






At morning muster


Ray must be a good influence.. Mr. Prez has his work gloves on!


Is there a reason Beany isn't in this photo? Hmmmm... what was the wheelbarrow for? And the ramp is down... hmmmm..... (Just kidding.. they would never do such a thing!)






Do I really want to know what you did to get this shot? (I love it!)


Captain J... coffee?




A bunch of sailors on the tank deck


Chris will be copying this fashion statement (SOME men aren't afraid to wear pink!)









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Joined: December 9th, 2004, 6:55 am

April 8th, 2011, 6:07 am #3

It looks like it has been one big party since I left the ship late Sunday. I particulary liked the pic of Kenny sitting in the Ward room with that brown bottle in his hands. And then Capt J with that styrofoam cup....sheeesh. And everybody smiling and laughing? Rumor has it that muster was at noon! The picnic is over at noon on Saturday. I think that it's in the best interest of the ship that I confiscate all adult beverages till all work is over. Heck, even Jerry Howe was smiling .
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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

April 9th, 2011, 1:38 pm #4

Work week is going great! There are over 60 guys here at the ship from all over the US... including our own airline pilot - Dean Armstrong, who is working on the 325's possible trip to France in 2014!

The tanks are being cleaned and we are making great progress, new fans are being installed for the tank deck and lots of work in the engine room and other areas of the ship. It is amazing how much work gets done when we all pull together! The only downside is this - we are having WAY too much fun! Yes, FUN! To those of you who aren't here this time, we miss you and hope that you can join us soon. We are family.

MANY, many thanks to all of our volunteers who are performing a labor of love for LST 325. It is your efforts that keep us traveling and sharing the mission the Gold Crew laid out for us.

The photos below are courtesy of Beany 'the Bean Man' Smith. We appreciate him allowing us to share them with all of you. (I think you'll see him in many of these, but you'll also see a lot of familiar faces and a few new ones!)





















I am amazed at the collection of talent that reports for work week. We have people with all kinds of professional skills. We have electricians, welders, plumbers, painters, pipe fitters, HVAC specialists, mechanics, skilled office workers and many more. No matter what skill level you come with there is always something you can do. Many of our volunteers gladly work outside their expertise when needed where ever they are needed. No one is too proud to chip paint, haul mud or get dirty. Everyone chips in. "What can I do to help" is a common question. I am also amazed at the amount if ingenuity and creativity they can come up with. Obstacles are overcome and jobs are done. More than once I have heard "It takes 30 minutes to find the stuff to do a 5 minute job". Not easily discouraged, they improvise. I have also observed that safety is always in the forefront. You would think, that with all the work to do there might be some safety short cuts, but everyone tries to be extra careful and watches out for each other.
The slogan "no job to big or small" certainly fits here. Another impressive thing I have observed; everyone generally gets along and works as a team. If there is a problem, the work together to find a solution. No supervisor has to constantly monitor them. One might think they are getting paid well to do this hard work. The only pay they receive is three hots and a cot. They are here out of love for the ship and her history. All are here on their own dime and time. Many are retired but many take vacation time from jobs and families to come to work week. They are not all spring chickens but all chip in to do what they can. Sure we may have to take a rest after climbing from the tank deck to the 01 level, but spirits and morale are high and determination prevails. I venture to say you will never find such cooperation, determination, and drive in the work force as these volunteers exhibit. In this way we pay our respects to those who served on the ship and those who served our country. When work week is done, we never say good-by, only see you next time. The work will be there.
Bravo Zulu troops.

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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

April 10th, 2011, 4:52 am #5

Absolutely right, BP... these are absolutely the best times. Y'all will never know how much I missed you... wish I could have been there, but I'm still a working gal!

Hope no one misses all of the great photos on the Progress Report page either... Look at all of the happy faces while they work!
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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

April 10th, 2011, 12:30 pm #6

Some might argue that the best times were liberty in Olongapol City Subic Bay or other ports of call, but for our age, yes, this is the best of times ;.)

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