12-28-06 - OS2 Ray
"Mad Dog" Evanouski PB757 Do we all
remember those tough and grueling "training
evolutions" at beautiful San Clemente Island? Ah
yes, loading up the old PBs; 20mm, .50 cal., 7.62mm,
and my favorite: 81 mike mike mortar rounds.
All for an early Sat. morning underway. What?
somebody has to stay aboard and guard the ammo while
everybody else grabs a burger and a couple of brews
at the bowling alley/snack bar? ok, gimme the .38
and I'll stand guard....wake me up when somebody
Mad Dog Evanouski finishes a sardine
breakfast while OIC up chucks breakfast.
underway!!! Hell, the SUN is barely UP! The nice
leisurely, balls to the wall trip to the gun
range...How many times has EVERYBODY besides me, a
misnamed OS, did a tour as duty engineer: tightening
or loosening the shaft packings, checking the fuel
tanks and filters, recording the pyrometer readings.
Damn, those old 871s sure did get hot!
Then FINALLY getting
to the range. Range is Hot!! Lock and load! High
speed run to the beach, boats in line, 81's dropping
into the draws up from the beach... oh lookie there!
Goats running for their lives!! cool, moving
targets!!!! 20's, M-60's, 50's all blasting
away....Oh God, I think I'm getting a woody!! Sniff,
" I LOVE the smell of cordite in the morning".
Well, it's been a
long morning, what say we grab some chow at the base
chow hall, and do it again this afternoon? Yessir
skipper, sounds like a plan to us! Duty Engineer lay
to the fantail and fire up the BBQ! And somebody
remember to take down the Jolly Roger before we pull
into the base and tie up for the night! "yessir
Mister Herring, will do! AARRGGG!!!"
Yep, I sure do miss
the good old days when men were men, and WE were
disgusting degenerates... but more about going up
the hill to the club some other time. By the way
anybody seen my .50 cal. head spacing and timing
gage?? - Ray "Mad Dog" Evanouski