My daddy flies jets on the John F. Kennedy.
Well, my dad’s a flight officer on the John F. Kennedy.
What does your dad do in the Navy? My daddy’s the commander of the John F. Kennedy From Hampton Roads to the Med, It’s a Navy Christmas with your hosts Joe Flanagan and John Wessling. It’s a Navy Christmas is brought to you by Newport News Shipbuilding and Taco Bell We at Newport News Shipbuilding are proud of our long association with the US Navy We have built more than 200 Navy ships and Navy people have been a large part of our shipbuilders lives for almost 100 years During this our centennial year and especially during this holiday season We are happy to co-sponsor this telecast. We send a deep appreciation To all Navy people and their families for the sacrifices they make for our country Hello, I’m Laurie Dewey and I speak for everyone at Taco Bell when I tell you how proud we are to bring you this program, A Navy Christmas This is the time of year to reflect upon the past 12 months and to set our sights on the future. A future That is so directly tied to you: the men, women, families and friends of the United States Navy We’re grateful for the opportunity to extend our warmest of holiday wishes in a very special way. Thank you from Taco Bell Merry Christmas everyone from Naples, Italy I’m John Wessling. You know, the Mediterranean is a beautiful place to be lonely. The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier John F Kennedy is anchored just over my shoulder It’s here in the Med that the Kennedy and the other members of its battle group and the marine amphibious ready group will all be spending the holidays They’re about two-thirds of the way through their six-month cruise. Now during the next hour We’ll show you some of the emotion and some of the hard work that goes into a sailor’s Christmas in the Med, right Joe? Absolutely, John. Merry Christmas everyone. I’m Joe Flanagan.
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This just in: Santa Claus has… Arrived! He’s here! Oh ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! You know every year, old Saint Nick leaves the North Pole and travels all across the world to bring some goodies to all the boys and girls… Well, one of my favorite stops is always here in the Mediterranean to visit the boys of the US Navy They do a great job for us year in and year out to make this whole world safe and the least old Santy can do is Bring them a little Christmas joy. Why, in my bag here? I might even find a toy for a Marine or two. Who knows? Whoa, not too funny there Santa Claus, but we’re gonna have a good time here We you brought some special gifts from the Wives Club and a videotape or two. It’s gonna be a great Christmas Italy is a festive country especially during the Christmas season Italians love to celebrate. They have songs to sing, ornaments to hang, and gifts to buy But off their coast are some 8 to 10,000 Norfolk-based sailors who are celebrating Christmas a little differently For them Christmas is another workweek with long lines, long hours, long days and long nights It is a long, long way away from home But the candle of Christmas finds a way to burn here and a light of hope and the spirit of the season manages to shine We’ll show you that in places like Naples and Sicily Where a Marine and a merchant can exchange holiday cheers. We’ll show you people like Petty Officer Wayne Coram of Norfolk, away from his wife and four children for the first time and missing them dearly. And we’ll show you people like Master Chief Larry Crawford of Virginia Beach 43 years a Navy man who says no matter how long you serve you never get used to being away from home at Christmas From the cities at sea like the USS Saipan and the Kennedy to the smaller ships like the USS Sumter and the Yarnell We’ll try to bring them home for the holidays at least for the moment and try to share Christmas with our Hampton Roads neighbors on the frontlines of peace on Earth The overwhelming sense of life on a carrier is energy in speed The flight deck is a busy and dangerous place where life-and-death decisions are made by young people like aircraft handler Theodore Walker The pilot’s life and so are my shipmates which work with me Their life depends on me One of the people who depends on Theodore is Kenn Crandall who just a week ago became commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 32 based at Oceana This is his fourth deployment. Each one has meant being away at Christmas leaving his wife and three children at home in Virginia Beach It’s not fun… You decorate the ready room here and we Probably, you know have a nice dinner at the ship here and you get lonely probably, write a letter and I know it’s hard But make a phone call. Decorating the ready rooms is a ritual for the air squadrons who spend Christmas on a carrier It gives you a high but it gives you kind of a low too because you’re decorating for yourselves, you’re decorating for the spirit of the thing, but on the other hand, you’d rather be home with your family decorating with them and You know It builds your spirits But then it also kind of let your spirits down a little bit. No matter how fast the tempo is on a carrier It just isn’t fast enough to keep a sailor’s mind in the Med at Christmas It’s my thoughts our own home. My family my wife my kids. It’s my first Christmas away from home Now I thought we just back home with them There were efforts to by the ship’s commanders to break up the tedium. A caroling competition Christmas Eve and on this day a Demonstration of what this ship is all about: a bombing exercise by the carriers A6 and A7 aircraft And some razzle-dazzle in the sky by the F-14s What the demonstration does is break up the loneliness in the 18-hour days on the flight deck and deep inside the carrier Now I haven’t seen Joe Flanagan for a while. While we’ve been watching some of these 5,000 men hard at work If I know Joe, he’s found his way to some food. Hey, you think that Christmas turkey of yours was hard to prepare Try cooking 5,000 meals three times a day, seven days a week. Now that’s the job of the cooks here in the main galley Talk about food. It takes 12 cooks to man the pans here in the main galley and because the Kennedy is so large There are 60 other cooks working four other dining areas around the ship 12 hours on and 12 hours off Now why would someone want this kind of duty?
I just love to cook that’s just how come I become an MS And it just being around food makes me feel good. I was working breakfast where we go through 8,000 eggs, 800 gallons of milk and some 2,500 donuts. Fourteen to 15-hundred sailors and Marines marched through these lines each morning and there’s no time to mess up on the eggs …Flanagan Have you ever seen an omelet this big? You can make it at home all it takes is I’m gonna add a little ham on it A little bit of bell peppers
How many can they eat one of these omelets? Ok about… I could feed 10 omelts of about 10 people. Christmas Day, the Kennedy cooks will prepare 800 gallons of turkey rice soup, 1,600 pounds of grilled tenderloin steak 2,400 pounds of roast turkey 200 turkeys, a thousand pounds of potatoes, a thousand pounds of dressing, 700 pounds of broccoli 800 pounds of corn, a hundred pounds of cake, 500 pies, and 300 gallons or about 5,000 servings of eggnog… unspiked. A lot of food for a lot of people. Yeah, each day some 3,000 enlisted come to the line here in the main galley. Now just down the hall from here about 250 officers Dine in the ward room under the watchful eye of a man by the name of Wayne Corum. Wayne truly likes what he does and just this month he made petty officer, which really made him feel good But this time of year, he’d feel a whole lot better if he were somewhere else… That somewhere else is here on Helmick Avenue in Norfolk where his wife Sherree and their four children live Laura’s 10 Jennifer’s 9 Sarah’s 6 and little Cody just turned 3 The holidays just don’t seem the same without Daddy Wayne around Empty… more empty. It’s sad, you know because This time of year makes you think about family And everything but it makes you feel empty and kind of lost. Everybody has their little pairs they go off on and… And we’re just here… waiting. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way… Yes, the Corums are singing and decorating but their real Christmas will be in two months. Well, I… We did get him his Christmas present, but he doesn’t want most of it until he gets home. So we’re gonna have a Christmas when he gets home in February. We’re gonna have our Christmas tree up and everything… lights and it’s gonna be interesting because a lot of people are coming down for his homecoming. So… It won’t be too much like Christmas here until he gets home. Now leave it to Santa Claus to bring Wayne a video for Christmas for a first-hand look at his loved ones home in Norfolk Watching his family celebrating Christmas without him Reminded Wayne just how much he missed them. It’s hard on you… It’s the first time me and my wife’s been apart for any length of time except, you know, for when I went through boot camp in high school It’s really hard, especially when a family’s kind of close Ohh ho ho ho! Merry Christmas everybody! We’ve come all the way from Norfolk to bring to you a special gift from the Wives Club of Norfolk and America Remembers. While the guys were opening the gift from the Wives Club, Santa made the rounds and everyone seemed anxious to talk to him The gift was a banner that stretched from ceiling to floor and contained signatures and messages from home. I think it’s fantastic, is what I think it is. No I don’t recognize any names yet. I’m still going to look here for a little bit longer then I’ll head out. Many a sailor searched for a familiar note and many a sailor found one I likes that, that shows they love us and miss us back home, it’s real nice.
You see your name? Yes, uh huh.
Sharon Walker, my wife in Norfolk, Virginia. Merry Christmas, baby, I love you. Be home soon.
Yeah my wife and children’s on there… Merry Christmas. Hi I miss ya and I love ya. Yeah, I found her… Fran and Victoria Nelson, they live in Virginia Beach. Merry Christmas, honey. I love you! Thank you. So Santa was doing his part and seemed to put people in the Christmas Spirit You know, nothing says Merry Christmas more to Hampton Roads sailors than a warm wish from you at home This is the fleet post office in Sigonella, Sicily where all the mail from you gets sorted and shipped to the sailors stationed anywhere in the Med It comes in here by the truckloads and is dropped off in the postal warehouse Here the crew starts the long process of sorting bags according to ships and land-based locations.
Mail is very important to us… there isn’t a sailor out here with the Sixth Fleet or here at Naval Air Station Sigonella that doesn’t appreciate getting mail from home and We like to think that somewhere in all these bags and bundles back here, there’s something for everybody. Once the bags have been sorted individual letters are tended to under the watchful eye of handlers who know their job is very important. It sure helps around here to get the mail here and get the mail to the ship’s the guys that come in here They, they thank us every time we see a guy off the ship We were heading for the Kennedy with 6,000 pounds of holiday mail from Hampton Roads That’s a whole lot of love. By the time our Big Bird was on the deck The number one priority soon became the transfer of these orange bags to the elevator for a ride down below And to think there was another six to 10,000 pounds of mail not far behind coming from Sigonella. What we’re gonna do now is we’re gonna break down the letter mail in these pitching cases here and Well, I’ll probably hold a mail call When the bags get full here, and then probably have to hold another mail call later on this evening. Mail call the best time on ship?
It is for a lot of people. Yes, sir Next to… Chow time probably most important here. The mail is sorted into divisions to eventually find its way to the ship’s various departments This mail belongs to the America Remembers campaign. Each and every letter will be answered Well the campaign and I think everybody’s pretty aware of is simply letters and cards Back from the folks at home These guys are over here in the Med. A lot of them are Away from family. They’re married guys and away from their families The younger ones not married are away from their their parents and so on, their sweethearts… these letters and this whole campaign is Is to try to make Christmastime away from home just a little bit less lonely than it would have been otherwise and it’s working Finally our mail ends up in the right hands and a sailor Can take that precious time to sit down and read the latest from a loved one In all it’s about a six day journey from home to ship Certainly letters say it all when it comes to families apart at Christmastime, you know some families even send videotape messages It’s with a great deal of pleasure. Now that I introduce a special videotape message from the skipper of the USS John F. Kennedy, Captain Jack Moriarty. I would like to take and express to of course first of all, to all the families of the John F. Kennedy that that we want to wish them a very Merry Christmas and joyous New Year’s season We will be home quite soon and I want all the people back home to know that we Very thoroughly feel and enjoy the support that they have given us throughout the cruise But most especially the support that that they’ve shown during this Christmas season you yourself have have seen the great volumes of mail and gifts that have come from From friends and loved ones back home and we appreciate that because that’s the kind of thing that makes this Ship go and makes every ship go is the people that support us back home and we’re very very grateful to have them and I just want to thank them all From all on Kennedy and be rest assured that we’ll have a lovely Christmas aboard this ship There will be a tinge of disappointment because we can’t be with our family and loved ones But we’ll be thinking of them and we want to wish them all Merry Christmas MY wife is Cindy Anderson and Matthew and Bradley and like to send my love to them. Hope to have a very wonderful holiday season Say hi. Anyway, wish you could come over Be my roommate for the night, but I guess she can’t Hi everybody Hello to Ingrid Brigham. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and I love you very much. See you soon Yeah Hello Ginger… that’s my dog. I’m in trouble now! Happy holiday kids, mom and dad and everybody Just to say happy holidays and wishing I was there and say hello to the Norview football team A call to General Quarters on the guided-missile cruiser Harry E. Yarnell Each week roughly we go to General Quarters to maintain a certain level of proficiency in firefighting and commanding flooding and the like We’ve had hit Alpha, it’s a loud underwater explosion. We will pair a five which means we respond to all damages That go for the main spaces, the main engineering spaces General Quarters in this case saving the ship after a mock mine explosion is a standard drill on Navy ships It means man your battle stations but not all aspects of life are the same from one haze gray ship to another Even though they may serve in the same battle group the men aboard the smaller ships- the destroyers, the cruisers, the frigates Find a different lifestyle than on the carrier itself with its 5,000 or so men The smaller ships affectionately known as tin cans have smaller crews. The Yarnell has less than 1/10 of the sailors on a carrier Well, I think the camaraderie is the main difference. It’s a family in the cruiser destroyer force You don’t get lost in the shuffle.
The contrast shows up in various ways. The Chiefs are closer community, for example It seems too, it’s easier to throw a party for 400 than for 5,000. A fact of life appreciated by Alan Doc Reichenbach, the ship’s corpsman who grew up in Phoebus Since we’ve been on the Med, we’ve done some fun things. We’ve had cookouts on the fantail Where we actually set up Makeshift grills, grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and that was fun We also have a ship’s band to play at the cookouts and that was during the quieter moments Perhaps it was in one of those quieter moments that Petty Officer Walter Shivel, an electronics technician created Mr. Wally who took us on a holiday tour of the ship This is ITC-2 Johnson! He works down here! He’s a very good neighbor! Would you like to say something to the people back home in North Pole?
Yes, I would, Mr. Wally I’d like to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Gee that was a nice Christmas message! Come on, let’s go see some other people that work here in our neighborhood! Walter like most of the men on the ship is enlisted Bridging the gap between the enlisted men and the commanding officer falls to Command Master Chief Bob Johnston a 28-year Navy veteran My Navy’s 211 years old My shipmates on this ship can’t have a problem that somebody else has not already had So my job is to once we identify what that problem is, is to help them find the solution and not reinvent the wheel Bob writes home to Virginia Beach every day, but it’s that phone call at Christmas that makes it really tough to be away I have difficulty on the telephone I’m not the old crusty Master Chief that most folks would want to believe I cry a lot honestly on the telephone because I do miss them. The hurt never goes away. It never gets any easier Captain Tom McNicholas, the commanding officer of the Yarnell sends this holiday message home on behalf of his crew First of all We’re very pleased and that may sound funny But I think as a whole the crew is very pleased to have the opportunity to be over here Doing our thing. Somebody has to be here and We’re kind of proud of the fact that we happen to be here this this year We service people all over the world defending our way of life One of the messages of Christmas is Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men and I think that I think that our Navy does a good job of that and that’s what we’re here for So we’ve got a proud crew and we’re glad to be here and have the opportunity to serve and next year this time We’ll be home and will appreciate home all the more Christmas for Americans stationed in places like Sicily is quite an experience We found that out when we attended this Christmas Bazaar in Catania with a group of transplanted Hampton Roads residents There was food to eat prepared by an Italian butcher complete with a whole array of sausages and interesting little cheeses There were gifts to buy like this chair purchased by Clarence and Edna Harris of Kempsville for the little son And there were ornaments and toys that caught the eye of all of us especially little Patrick Maroney of Norfolk who dreamed of Christmas morning We even spotted an Italian version of Farm Fresh’s Susan Mayo She was busy frying up a batch of tasty little waffles that everybody ate It’s in between a cookie and a cracker… and a Cheeto! Well, we have our own traditions that we keep our American traditions in Italy. They also have Christmas trees and lights and home celebrations and They dwell on the religious, also. They have beautiful Precipios which are Nativity scenes set up in the churches And evenings they have fireworks they have fireworks for any occasion here and the churches the Towns, they try to compete with each other on the volcano and on a clear night from the base You can look up and see fireworks displays going off around the side of the volcano. It’s really impressive Mark Bizzell is a ’74 Kellum High grad. He found an Italian bargain in a German language So she lived in Germany for 10 years and my father was stationed in Germany for three years when I was living with him So I know a little German so we were able to communicate that way, worked out really well And what did you buy? An Angora sweater for my wife back home I’ll take it to her and we’ll have Christmas in January when I get home That Angora sweater, it was a good price… I think probably one thing that’s very different between Italy and the States is that Christmas starts later here It doesn’t start the weekend or two weeks before Thanksgiving It starts two weeks before Christmas So you can’t really find Christmas supplies up until just a few weeks before Christmas There’s plenty to shop for here. But some things just can’t be replaced Fake tree and we’re used to having a real tree all the time The majority of time, you know, like say hey, I like the smell of a real Christmas tree now You got the smell of a fake one sitting around there Fireplaces, yeah even looking at A Charlie Brown Christmas things like that We don’t get to do that So you’ve gotten a glimpse of Christmas shopping here at the Catania Christmas Bazaar Now John Wessling will take his Christmas shopping with the Marines in beautiful downtown Naples Naples has been a haven for seafarers for centuries. So it’s the logical place to headquarter support activities for the U.S. Sixth Fleet Marine Lance Corporal Reeve Swainston is one of several thousand support people in Naples Reeve has picked up enough Italian to enjoy the town in between providing security for the American facilities here On this morning Reeve was touring Christmas Alley with some friends Christmas Alley is a place where you can buy just about any Christmas item you want year-round Reeve was looking for something Italian for his mother. Easy you say? Believe it or not. If you go around here in Naples, you’ll find a lot of things American Believe it or not and I was basically just out looking for something all-Italian. 100% Italian so that I could send it to her It’s hard to walk through Naples without stopping to visit some of the hundreds of churches many of which are hundreds of years old Reeve’s British friends says one of the tricks to getting around is to learn Italian time Someone says we’ll meet you half past 11, you usually double the time, half past 12 It’s usually think of a time and double it with the Italians But a visitor also learns that the Italians are a friendly and enthusiastic people And they also make a heck of a pizza Of course being a Marine in Naples means work like pulling guard duty at this Christmas show put on by an international grade school Christmas in Italy is a colorful and festive time but it’s not the same as being home for Christmas There’s no place like home, there really isn’t. All I have is my mother and my brother Back in Philadelphia and it’s all I have in the world And I’m gonna be working the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I just worked Thanksgiving Day And sometimes it even hurts. It really does but it’s my duty. I’m proud to do it Of course the men who spend the holidays here in the Med depend on support from home And home is where many sailors’ hearts are at this time of year. Joe tells us about one such family separation Come see your father Here’s big brother Yeah, we had trouble finding clothes this year because he’s so little so this is his little Christmas outfit Linda Rowland is new to all this Married just three and a half years, this is her first Christmas alone it’s also her first Christmas in her new Virginia Beach home and her first Christmas with her 2-week-old baby A son husband John Rowland has yet to see.
Well, I miss putting up the Christmas decorations together, the planning, Taking Mike to see Santa Claus for the first time ‘cuz in past years he was scared to death of him The normal traditions that we started the first three years of marriage Just the being together December 3, 1986. Dearest John Hope all is well with you We are all fine. I’m beginning to feel stronger since the birth. Gee, can’t believe it’s so close to Christmas I’m not sure if I’ll be ready, but we’ll still have a Christmas Timmy had his first trip to Richmond. Dad’s new house is so nice. They have decorated lovely as usual Timmy was a great little traveler He cried some in the beginning but then slept the rest of the way. He seems to be such a calm and sweet, baby He rolls with Mike’s punches and seems to understand that’s the way it’s supposed to be Mike goes back to school tomorrow. They were off last week for Thanksgiving. Oh, the gals at his school have been great to us. Liz from the Catholic group offered to take him tomorrow But we can take him. Well better git, I love you very much. Things are fine here. Take care. We’ll write more later. Love Linda Linda’s husband works as a jet mechanic supervisor and is on his first six-month Kennedy deployment Now Santa knew the one thing to bring John this Christmas Was a chance to see and hear his family and he did just that! Santa knew he’d done the right thing.
Mike, I love you would Send in your little Christmas present and Take care of your little brother and your mom we’ll see in February and I’ll be calling on the phone pretty soon again before Christmas, hopefully and We’ll see you in February I’m gonna eat your brownies, see the brownies? Gonna eat these brownies here All these brownies I’m gonna get all up You’re not gonna have any but I get them all But we’ll be home in February, okay? Well, there are times at night that you walk around your bedroom saying okay dear I miss you I wish you were here, but it’s been a bad day, and I can’t take it but Everybody else you say, Oh, I’m fine. I’m doing well. There are times but yeah, it’s you realizing down deep that you miss him very much like You’re missing very much but you realize it’s this job and you you know, you take it that way And you want you want him to know that you’re able to handle it. So it makes me feel good By the time Santa Claus made it aboard the Kennedy you would have thought Bob Hope had arrived These guys were fired up and ready for a little holiday cheer from back home Is this wonderful or what?
What is it?
I don’t know! Family planning! There were gifts that tried to be optimistic and gifts that got right to the point I already had my boxers so uh… It’s not what you call a subtle hint.
These two aviators seem to mix and match as they went along Yes, a good time was had by all if the big man in the red suit… or was it the big man in the green suit? Spread the message of Christmas to all The Kennedy Wives Club Christmas party wasn’t really for the wives and families as much as it was for the sailors 5,000 miles away The families got together by department and put a quick Christmas greeting on videotape It would become the top-rated show on the Kennedy closed-circuit TV system Of course, no Christmas party would be complete without a visitor from the north One of the first to sit on Santa’s lap was 7-year-old Tony Griffin who asked if Santa could help bring daddy home No, but he could help explain why daddy was away. Would my North Pole still be standing?
Tony’s father was among the Kennedy sailors to see a three-second glimpse of the family Hearing from the family is one way the cruise passes more quickly.
We send tapes, we send audio tapes to each other and I think that’s what’s getting us… Making me get through here and the help of Jesus Math specialist Tim Morgan has only been married a short time. So without kids his wife Ann helped out at the party He and the other sailors left no doubt how the message hits them.
Right in the middle of your heart. It just hits home base… Seeing your wife, even if it is just for that split second or Two or three minutes. It’s just to see her smile and know that she’s thinking about you back there It’s a good feeling.
I kind of like to see her. You know, I know she’s really there and Everything’s okay. I see a smile on her face. It just makes me feel good and makes me makes me happy. The greetings go by so fast that a sailor has to have quick eyes to pick out his family But he always can even though the younger members of the family may not look quite the same as they did four months ago Rick Kerns knows they won’t be the same when he gets back.
Like when I left my son Matthew He wasn’t reading yet the time I get back My wife said he’s reading so, you know instead of dad reading the book to him He’s gonna break the book to me and say ‘Daddy. Let me read you this book.’ Andy Anderson is missing his family, too, but he and his roommate have done their best to bring Christmas to the carrier Decorating their stateroom while their minds wander home.
My thoughts are Definitely not here in the Med. They’re at home with a wife and kids right now and all the people in the Tidewater area Andy like most sailors we talked to has a clearer sense of why we should all care about the servicemen and women who make the sacrifice This isn’t the best time of year to be away from home. But we really love America and all the people in the Tidewater area You know, we think it’s worth it what we’re doing out here We can’t wait to be home All right I’d like to wish my wife my daughter my mother father and my in-laws all very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year God bless you Denise, Duane, Nicole, mom, dad, everybody Merry Christmas. We’ll see you soon Merry Christmas To my wife Lori and my three boys Chris, Daniel and James and Merry Christmas to my mother and father who live in Virginia Beach and my sister who lives out in Chesapeake and another brother who lives in Virginia Beach, I’d like to throw it in to my brother and his family in Atlanta too. So they don’t feel left out! First of all, I could say Merry Christmas my mother and dad and I hope they have a nice Christmas… to my brothers and sisters All of them, is nine of us! This exercise room might be on any ship in the US Navy But because it’s on the USS Saipan most of the men who work out here are Marines They’re members of the Mobile Amphibious Ready Group and they like the Kennedy battle group are spending Christmas in the Med The ships in the group- the Saipan, the Raleigh and the Sumter are operated by Norfolk based sailors Their purpose is to get the Marines in a position to hit a beach if the need should ever arise The Saipan is home to Larry Crawford, one of the oldest master chiefs in the US Navy at age 62 He’s a 43-year Navy veteran who doesn’t mind being called a salty old sea dog I feel at home on the ship Master Chief Crawford has not only chosen to stay in the Navy. He’s chosen sea duty over a shore position.
I find it the family relationships Between the families are much closer between shipboard personnel than people on shore commands. Shore commands you may only know the The person works at the nest next desk You’re on the ship the next desk might well belong to a Marine Hitting the Marines embark has some impact on shipboard life. The weight room is busier. And so as the mess hall. George Bussey who runs the hall says the few and the proud can do the job with the knife and a fork We feed probably about a thousand a day Not counting the crew. So we average the feed right around 2,000 people for a meal. Well, yeah, they definitely a lot more than Between meals and workouts the Marines – a lot of amphibious Exercises going to beach heads by helicopter or by landing craft which are based at Little Creek Among the Marines who will spend Christmas on the ship is Gunnery Sergeant Joseph Alston He’s part of the high-tech Marine Corps spending much of his time in front of a computer terminal Even though at this time of year his thoughts often go home to Newport News It seems being away for the holidays is something you never quite get used to But Robert Gwynn of Norfolk just like his buddies has managed to cope And so our hour comes to a close and we leave behind the pizza, the shopping, the Crowded streets and the Italians wonderful passion for life.
At the same time, Joe We leave behind several thousand Norfolk-based sailors who’d rather be spending the Christmas home with you But instead they’re here in the Med You don’t come here for a week and not go home untouched by the men and by the emotion of holiday separation every chance that the sailors had to stand in front of the camera and look the camera in the eye and imagine it was Their mother, their sweetheart or their children you could see the tears well up in their eyes and we were getting goosebumps At one point we even had to turn the camera off when Wayne Corum was so moved by hearing from his family on the videotape that we just had to take a break from all of it because it’s a very Emotional and very moving experience to be here and see what these people go through at the same time that you sense that emotion Joe You sense their dedication of how hard they work and their sense of purpose for being here We had a chance to watch flight operations on the Kennedy from the flight deck and it’s dangerous on the flight deck It’s hot on the flight deck. It’s cold on the flight deck, but there is a true sense of purpose here I think it was probably best summed up by captain Tom McNicholas of the Guided Missile Cruiser Yarnell Who said that their their sense of being out here was peace on earth and goodwill toward men and that’s what the holidays are about And that’s what their six months here in the Med mean.
Absolutely and we leave you Christmas 1986 for the special homecoming prepared by photographer Bryan Barbee.
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