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Editor: AG1 Steven "Smitty" Smith, USN (Ret.)

Email: aerograph@navalweather.org

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As always, Ihopethis finds youand yourloved onessafe anddoing well, especially duringthesedifficultand challenging
times.Undoubtedly, the speed at which events havechanged life as we know it,not only here in America,butall around the world,has beenliterallybreathtakingandwill no doubt lead to much discussion atreunion #46.
Source: Aerograph November 2022

Greetings and well wishes everybody,

Sometimes, the best laid plans go to waste. So it was with our planned vacation to Montana that we had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. However, all was not lost as we were able to take a fantastic road trip and visit family in Idaho, which turned out to be a wonderful blessing.

Speaking of Idaho, if you ever visit the city of Nampa (located 20 miles west of Boise) you’ll have to put a restaurant by the name of “Brick 29 Bistro” on your list. It sits on top of what used to be an old Masonic Temple (Lodge 29) that was built circa 1923, and has terrific panoramic views of the small city below. The food and service were outstanding and for those who may like an adult beverage of choice with some friendly conversation before or after a meal, it has a Craft Lounge on the first floor behind an innocuous looking janitor’s door resembling Speakeasies of long ago. Fun and quirky to say the least!

Courtesy of membership and yours truly, I found it most enjoyable and entertaining to include an assortment of articles in this issue. Some true, some funny, some sad, some inspiring, and some with various quantities of each. So whatever your reading genre may be, I’m sure you’ll find something to satisfy your bibliophilic cravings.
Enjoy! 

Smitty

Thursday, 26 January 2023, is the cut-off date for the February issue of The Aerograph

E-Mail Steve at aerograph@navalweather.org
USPS Address: AG1 Steven Smith, USN (Ret)
750 Avenida De La Barca
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(571) 278-5259 (If I don’t answer, please leave a message and
I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.)





In Lighter Vein
© Jeff Bacon 2021


Editor’s Closing Thoughts

The preceding painting adorned the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on March 6, 1943, during the trying and uncertain times of World War II. And every time I see it, it brings to mind cherished memories and makes me extremely grateful for the wonderful life God has blessed me with.

 

It also makes me think about simpler things in life that bring me so much joy, things that perhaps we all take for granted now and then. Sights….seeing a sunrise or sunset, when clouds and perfect lighting conditions blend together to give a display of colors so mesmerizing, all we can do is stand in awe. Or sitting around a campfire and gazing at the reds, blues and greens of flames dipping and dancing while our thoughts wander. Sounds....I love the sound of a prop airplane lazily flying high overhead, a motorcycle or muscle car roaring off to destinations unknown, a train or ship’s whistle in the distance that makes me think of traveling. Scents....the aroma of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon in the morning, the sweet fragrance of jasmine on a soft and warm summer’s evening, smoke from a fireplace on a cold winter’s night. Family….when the laughter of a newborn baby brings an amazing sense of wonderment, joy and hope. When graduations, weddings and anniversaries are cheerfully celebrated and the thoughts of loved ones, who have  passed before us, live on in our hearts.

 

And then….as in the painting’s gathering, a celebration of life takes place that strengthens familial bonds, warms our hearts, comforts our souls, and brings us incredible happiness.

 

To be sure, life isn’t always like a Norman Rockwell painting, and can be downright hard at times. But when all is said and done, I believe my blessings have far outweighed the difficulties, and I sincerely hope the same for you.

 

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season with those you love, and may God’s abundant blessings be with you and your families through the rest of this year, and in the year to come.

 

Smitty
Source: Aerograph August 2022

Greetings everybody,

I hope this finds you and your families safe and doing well! It’s hard to believe that more than half of 2022 is now in the rear view mirror! Here in the Smith household, the passing of time has been expedited by a flurry of activities. House renovations, doctor and dental appointments, visits with family and friends, morning walks, working a small garden along with a variety of other of life’s daily routines really have us looking forward to our upcoming vacation in God’s country, the majestic mountains of Western Montana. We’ve always found time spent in the beauty and serenity of the mountains good for the soul. Many years ago while sojourning the Sierras of California, John Muir wrote “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of autumn.” Having the good fortune to hike the Sierras many times myself, I can only imagine what it was like for Mr. Muir to walk in the splendor of Yosemite Valley, or stand in the shadows of the mighty Sequoias, years before the widespread footprint of mankind. But thereby I digress…..….Smile


In this issue, I’m sure you’ll find a variety of articles sure to please, compliments of members who enjoy making my job easy. I’ve included another pitch for Paul E. Carrigan’s book “The Flying, Fighting Weathermen of PATWING Four.” The Forward by Paul’s son, Michael, and personal note from his wife, Jean, are opening teasers to a marvelous work of historical military literature. Once again, if you would like to receive a free PDF electronic copy of  the book, send an  email to   Mr. Ed Sawicki at ed@alcpress.com stating you are a NWSA member. Placing NWSA in the subject line will help. It is scheduled to go on sale in printed form at a future date.

Speaking of members, I recently had the pleasure of talking with Captain Ace Trask. He is doing well and after a much needed respite, is back to sharing some great sea stories, two of which you’ll find in the “Best Experiences While on Active Duty” section of this issue. Welcome back Ace!

 

 

I also enjoyed a great lunch with LCDR Mike Gilroy (the bearded one) at a local watering hole called the 3N1 Sports Bar & Grill. Having never served together, it was nice getting to know  each other a little and sharing a few sea stories of our own.

 

And finally, I tweaked the header of The Aerograph (mainly the font and Old Glory) on the cover of  this issue.  Feedback welcomed.

 

Take good care of yourselves everybody, and may the waning days of summer be followed by a glorious autumn!

 

Smitty

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 is the cut-off date for the November issue of The Aerograph

 

E-Mail Steve at aerograph@navalweather.org USPS Address: AG1 Steven Smith, USN (Ret) 750 Avenida De La Barca

Chula Vista, CA 91910

(571) 278-5259 (If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.)


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© Bacon 2022 Broadside.net
Source: Aerograph May 2022

My, my, how time flies! With summer rapidly approaching, I hope this finds everyone in good health and doing well! Many of you may have heard the old song “It Never Rains in Southern California” by Albert Hammond when it played over the airwaves back in 1972. Well, the verse that ends “it pours, man it pours” is absolutely correct, at least on those occasions when a moisture laden cold front moves onshore. We experienced such an event in late March that produced over an inch of liquid gold overnight. For many of you in other parts of the country that may make you laugh at us weather wimps here in Southern California, but for a semi-arid region that more often than not receives less than ten inches of rain a year, that was a big deal! Speaking of weather wimps, I had to laugh when I saw a young man dressed more for Siberia than San Diego when the mercury dropped to the low 50s a few weeks back. Yeah I know, only in SOCAL, ha!

 

 

Like many significant historical events that fade with the passage of time, so to the memories of D-Day, June 6, 1944. I daresay that many of you had family members who served and fought in WWII, some perhaps, paying the ultimate sacrifice. My uncle, Leo Frederick Parsell, was a PFC in the Marines. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the brutal jungle island fighting of the Pacific. For reasons known only to God, he survived and lived to the grand old age of 90. And like so many who have experienced firsthand the brutality of war, he rarely, if ever, spoke of it. Beginning on page 20, you will find the story of the Bedford Boys, a moving tribute to one small town in America who remembers all too well that freedom is never free.

 

In closing, thanks again to all who contributed to this edition of the Aerograph. Have a fantastic summer everybody!


Smitty

 

Wednesday, 27 July 2022 is the cut-off date for the August issue of The Aerograph


E-Mail Steve at aerograph@navalweather.org

USPS Address: AG1 Steven Smith, USN (Ret)

750 Avenida De La Barca

Chula Vista, CA 91910

(571) 278-5259 (If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.)





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© Bacon 2022,Broadside.net
Source: Aerograph February 2022

As I sit here writing this, the calendar tells me it’s late January with two months give or take of winter remaining. However, here in SOCAL under sunny skies with temps near 70 belies that fact, leading me to admit that for the most part, Harumi’s yearning to return to San Diego has turned out quite well. Yes, there is the daily rush hour traffic and constant hustle and bustle almost everywhere in now what is America’s eighth largest city. Yet there is no denying the geographical beauty, variety of attractions, plethora of restaurants and outdoor activities, all combined with near ideal weather year round, still make San Diego one of the most beautiful places in the world. And on rare occasion when I hear a ship’s whistle informing crew they will be separated from families or loved ones for weeks or months at a time, I can’t help but reminisce a little about days long gone, but never to be forgotten.

 

A hearty thanks to all who contributed to this edition of the Aerograph. As you may recall, last August’s publication included two wonderful letters from our 2021 scholarship awardees, Alvin (Alex) Cheung and Preston Grooms. On page 4 you will find excerpts of correspondence and photos sent from AMS Executive Director Keith L. Seitter to NWSA Scholarship Chair, LCDR Mike Gilroy, USN (Ret). Enjoy!

 

Smitty


Wednesday, 27 April 2022 is the cut-off date for the May issue of The Aerograph

 

E-Mail Steve at aerograph@navalweather.org

USPS Address: AG1 Steven Smith, USN (Ret)

750 Avenida De La Barca

Chula Vista, CA 91910

(571) 278-5259 (If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.)





Source: Aerograph November 2021

All good things must come to an end. After thoroughly enjoying two years of Texas hospitality here in Abilene, Harumi and I are making the move to back to our home in San Diego, California. I cannot say there is no angst on my part, but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do to keep his little lady happy. I truly regret I could not attend Reunion #46, which by all accounts, was a smashing success! Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see many of you at #47.

So as 2021 draws to a close, I wish you all a blessed holiday season surrounded by those you love, and God’s abundant blessings throughout the coming year.

Smitty

 

  

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 is the cut-off date for the February issue of The Aerograph

 

E-Mail Steve at aerograph@navalweather.org

USPS Address: AG1 Steven Smith, USN (Ret)

750 Avenida De La Barca

Chula Vista, CA 91910

(571) 278-5259 (If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I’ll get back to you ASAP.)