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In 1962 I had just returned to Charleston from a "Med Cruise" on the 
U.S.S. Eugene A. Greene DDR711. I was sent to Westwego Louisiana and 
assigned to the U.S.S. Semmes DDG18 that was being built in the Avondale
Shipyards. Shortly after I got there, Mike Dunn, another ET was assigned.
We were given finances for food and houseing as there were no service 
quarters in the area. Mike and I ended up renting the upper floor of a 
two story house across the river from New Orleans. There was a balconly 
off one of the rooms and on Halloween night, Mike and I filled up a bunch of 
balloons with water and chunked them at the kids as they roamed the 
neighborhood collecting candy. Boy was that a hoot! This photo was mid 
Nov '62, my 21st birthday. Actually Mike and I didn't drink much.
I think we dug those bottles out of a dumpster just for "decoration".
The cock roaches there were so big, that when you stepped on one, it gave 
off a loud "pop". Mike, and another ET, John "Moose" Brinkheide and I were 
part of the skeleton crew that steamed out of New Orleans to Charleston. 
 Alex

In 1962 I had just returned to Charleston from a "Med Cruise" on the
U.S.S. Eugene A. Greene DDR711. I was sent to Westwego Louisiana and
assigned to the U.S.S. Semmes DDG18 that was being built in the Avondale
Shipyards. Shortly after I got there, Mike Dunn, another ET was assigned.
We were given finances for food and houseing as there were no service
quarters in the area. Mike and I ended up renting the upper floor of a
two story house across the river from New Orleans. There was a balconly
off one of the rooms and on Halloween night, Mike and I filled up a bunch of
balloons with water and chunked them at the kids as they roamed the
neighborhood collecting candy. Boy was that a hoot! This photo was mid
Nov '62, my 21st birthday. Actually Mike and I didn't drink much.
I think we dug those bottles out of a dumpster just for "decoration".
The cock roaches there were so big, that when you stepped on one, it gave
off a loud "pop". Mike, and another ET, John "Moose" Brinkheide and I were
part of the skeleton crew that steamed out of New Orleans to Charleston.
Alex