Bill McKinnon
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Funny experience in Athens Greece
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Back in the day we gave tours of the ship I was stationed aboard. I was assigned to give tours of the navigation bridge. A Greek Orthodox minister came on the bridge. He was in traditional robes and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claudia Bartow Oct 14, 2013.

My Uncle Bill and the USS Salamaua
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My Dad and his twin Brother (Uncle Bill) joined the US Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. They were Seniors in High School but left early (as many young men did) to fight in WW2. Both were sent to "A"…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claudia Bartow Oct 29, 2013.

Hair cuts in the shipyard
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A better title would have been no time for haircuts in the shipyard. While we were being refitted in the Portsmouth Navel Shipyard we worked from sunrise to sunset(and later sometimes), 5 days a…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Boyd Jan 18, 2012.

Our first married Christmas
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My wife, Vicki and I were married on June 29, 1973. In late August I shippped out on a "six" month ( they were rarely 6 months long. more like 7 months) Med cruise. Anyway, we were both pretty bummed…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Claudia Bartow Dec 13, 2011.

 

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Bill McKinnon commented on Claudia Bartow's blog post YOUR Military Story- Did your family or friends enlist into the military at the same time you did?
"3 buddies and I enlisted in January to enter on a delay program after high school graduation. These were 3 of my best buds thru middle school and high school. Two of us had Fathers who were sailors. We kind of talked the other Two in to joining. All…"
May 6
Claudia Bartow replied to Bill McKinnon's discussion My Uncle Bill and the USS Salamaua
"Hi Chris, glad you made a connection with Bill on this website. Please feel free to share some of your grandfather's flight log info. Oh and welcome by the way!"
Oct 29, 2013
Chris Hammond replied to Bill McKinnon's discussion My Uncle Bill and the USS Salamaua
"My grandfather was also on that carrier and part of the Composite Squadron Seventy. He told my father and us kids that he never really saw anything but his flight logs tell a different story. I also have some great photos from him that tell amazing…"
Oct 29, 2013
Claudia Bartow replied to Bill McKinnon's discussion Funny experience in Athens Greece
"Haha Bill I can hear you saying (yelling) that!   Why do we shout when someone speaks another language (or we think they speak another language in your case)?  They either understand us or they don't."
Oct 14, 2013
Bill McKinnon posted a discussion

Funny experience in Athens Greece

Back in the day we gave tours of the ship I was stationed aboard. I was assigned to give tours of the navigation bridge. A Greek Orthodox minister came on the bridge. He was in traditional robes and hat and had a full black beard. Knowing that he didn't speak English I did what every Red blooded American does.....I said in a very loud voice "I AM QM3 MCKINNON. THIS IS THE NAVIGATION BRIDGE." He responded I am Frank Andropolis from Batavia, New York. If I could have found a hole to crawl into I…See More
Oct 10, 2013
Bill McKinnon commented on Claudia Bartow's blog post What was your nickname in the military? Or what are some of those you served with?
"Everyone on board the USS Columbus called me Mack. I don't remember who first called me that but it stuck. After about 42 months of being called that when I came home and people would call me Bill I didn't answer. My wife thought I was…"
Sep 12, 2012
Bill McKinnon posted a photo

Uncle Bill Gramp McKinnon My Dad Bob 001

My granddad was a WW1 vet. My Dad and his Twin Brother joined right after Peral Harbor. One of my favorite pics.
Aug 25, 2012
Bill McKinnon commented on Tom Kirkpatrick's group Navy Vets.
"Jack, I had an old Sr Chief ( he was probably all of 40) who use to tell us to look for Charlie Nobel when he wanted us to do a major cleaning. Never asked him what it was all about just did what we were told. I found out years later that it has to…"
Aug 19, 2012
Bill McKinnon commented on Tom Kirkpatrick's group Navy Vets.
Aug 19, 2012
Bill McKinnon replied to Claudia Bartow's discussion Riding in a Convoy
"C, Geat story. My convoys were a little different. Usually comprised of a carrier 4 destroyers or DE and us along with a sub or two that no one was suppose to know about but we all did. Our job and the job of the destroyers and destroyer Escorts was…"
Jul 10, 2012
Claudia Bartow replied to Bill McKinnon's discussion My Uncle Bill and the USS Salamaua
"Bill, thanks for sharing. Your uncle carried more than the physical burn scars I am sure. One can only imagine the images held in his mind."
May 16, 2012
Bill McKinnon posted a discussion

My Uncle Bill and the USS Salamaua

My Dad and his twin Brother (Uncle Bill) joined the US Navy shortly after Pearl Harbor. They were Seniors in High School but left early (as many young men did) to fight in WW2. Both were sent to "A" Schools and upon completion were sent to the fleet.After Uncle Bill completed Radio school he was assigned to a TBM squadron aboard the USS Salamaua CVE 96. The TBMs were torpedo bombers. Uncle Bill was a radio operator and rear gunner.On January 13, 1945 the Salamaua was operating in the Lingayen…See More
May 15, 2012
Bill McKinnon commented on Claudia Bartow's blog post Can you spot a veteran from across the room?
"The other day one of the stores cashiers' boy friend stopped in for a visit. As the young lady introduced me to him I asked Army of Marine? He said Army and we shook hands and talked for a minute. After he left the cashier ask me how I knew her…"
Apr 5, 2012
Bill McKinnon replied to Claudia Bartow's discussion Thomas R. Murrell- My Vietnam- Part IV- The Final Chapter
"Thank you Mr. Murrell for sharing."
Apr 5, 2012
Bill McKinnon commented on Claudia Bartow's blog post More awesome pictures-WWII in color AND Civil War pictures you should see
"C., Great pics."
Mar 15, 2012
Richard Boyd replied to Bill McKinnon's discussion Hair cuts in the shipyard
"That's funny. Yeah, haircuts were/are a big issue in the Marine Corps, too. Don't remember that many being written up at once, though."
Jan 18, 2012

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At 7:05pm on July 24, 2011, Claudia Bartow said…

Welcome, Bill!  Looking forward to your Navy memories........don't forget to add a handsome mug shot of yourself into your profile.

Claudia

 
 
 

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