I was stationed aboard the USS Lowe DER 325 at TI from July 1962 through November 1963 . I was a little over 17 ½ when I got there and just had turned 19 when I went to SubPac in Pearl. I didn’t appreciate how nice TI was until I got to Pearl. The Sub Base was a lot like TI, but we had about 3 Admirals on the base and had about three or four-Medal of Honor guys—Admiral Flucky, Captain Street, another Admiral and some lowly Commander—so you had to watch your Ps and Qs. One Sunday about 6:30 AM I pulled over a really speeding car while I was on MAA watch and it was Admiral E. B. Flucky driving himself in his wife’s car. He stopped and when I got to his window I almost passed out when I saw who it was. I asked if I was going to, “write me one” and I just gave a nervous laugh and waved him on. Didn’t have to worry about that at TI and anyway, we had the Few and the Proud taking care of us at TI. And it was a homey place. I was also discharged there in mid 1966. Anyway I was doing some consulting work in the Bay Area back in the Spring 2002 and went out to see the Island and I actually was really saddened to see what has become of it. The piers were all gone, including Pier 21 the long refueling pier out on the NW corner of TI. The place was a mess: The Exchange was falling apart, the new brig looked like an old brig, and the “A” school was shot. Nothing stays the same. I went over to YBI to see if I could find the house Nimitz had lived in while I was there and I did. Too many memories of my youth and I had to get out of there. Nothing stays the same.
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