Here we are ... about to go aboard. (I'm getting better at selfies, no?)
Jem, getting a good look at the huge Essex-class aircraft carrier. It's just like the one he served on in the Navy. The carriers of today are even bigger.
My hero, on the upper deck. Jem worked on the flight deck as an "ordie," an aviation ordinanceman, also known as a red-shirt. He loaded bombs onto the airplanes.
|When not loading bombs, they hung out in this area.|
|This guy overhead Jem telling me about the flight deck, and asked a lot of questions.|
Sign on the flight deck, a very dangerous place to work.
This is the shop where they worked on the bombs.
We toured the other areas below deck, including the sleeping quarters. Pretty spartan, huh? I asked Jem how they could sleep in such an uncomfortable place, and he said, "We were so tired, we could sleep on the floor if we had to. . . and sometimes did."
The big banner below was on the wall, and I like these words. They are so true, and I am grateful to all who have been, and are currently, willing to lay their lives down for the people of our country.
We loved this big banner on the side of the carrier. We stand for our country, our flag, and our national anthem, and hope you do, too.
Next post will be about our visit to the Biltmore Castle in Ashville.
Blessings to you, dear Gail-Friends!
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