2009 F.O.UWSS Reunion FL
2009 F.O.UWSS Reunion FL and other old pictures of years past
photos courtesy of Gerry Flowers & Erasmo Riojas
From: Gerry Flowers
To: Erasmo “Doc” Riojas
SUBJ: Imagine Marine Corps Boot Camp with the last name of Flowers and being Canadian.
Doc, They told me from the get go that I would never make it through because I was a pussy from Canada with a pussy last name and they were going to be happy to throw me off the Island. Parris Island.
I was not allowed to send my clothes home like everyone else and the three Drill instructors had me leave my civvies in the mailing box (everyone else mailed home?) and they drew me a map of how to get off P.I. with a right turn and directions to the bus station. Each D.I. ponied up five bucks each and put it in the envelope with the directions.
Did you know this about me….this surprised the shit out of me when it was announced in the squad bay and it was also the proudest day of my life on the Grinder at graduation when they announced that the Series Honor Man, was From Toronto, Ontario Canada. Doc, I got a standing ovation from all those in the crowd watching. Parents, brothers, sisters of all the Marines and no one from my family from Canada. Doc, I was one proud MOFO. That is where I found the “Never Quit Gene” was in my DNA.
Miss you doc, and hopefully …… talk to you soon…
Your friends………..Gerry and Terry.
Doc Rio’s Reply: We miss you also. Perhaps in 2017, If we are still above ground, Lil Rio and I will fly up to Washington State and you can pick us up at the airport and take us to Vancouver?
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UWSS , when it first was commissioned
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to NmccJeanaAquad., NMCharlie, NMJim, NMJan, NMAndré In the summer of 1954 Charles Aquadro and two other graduates, Eugene Mayberry and Henry Long, of the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis were ordered to Navy duty under instruction at the Naval School, Deep Sea Divers, in the Washington DC Navy Yard. Although contemporaries and acquaintances they were not , because of the Tennessee practice of running classes on a quarter system, strictly classmates. At DSDS their mentor and intructor was Ed Lanphier from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit. Assignments after training were: Aquadro to Underwater Demolition Unit One in San Diego [comprised of UDT-11, -12 and -13], Mayberry to UDT-21 in Norfolk, and Long to the Salvage School in Bayonne NJ.
After his tour of Navy service Henry Long went into private practice in Tennessee. Eugene Mayberry entered a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and stayed on there afterwards, rising to CEO of the Clinic before his retirement a few years ago. Charlie Aquadro went on to a varied career in the Navy, then worked with Jacques Cousteau in Monaco, and with TAP Pryor in Honolulu before entering private practice in North Carolina. Charlie always viewed Lanphier as his mentor. He tele-phoned regularly to discuss diving subjects and problems. Whenever Aquadro was in DC or later Buffalo he would drop by Ed’s lab to continue these conversations face-to-face.
Ed Lanphier was the perfect guide for these young JGs. His knowledge of the field of undersea medicine was extensive, his energy and enthusiasm were infectious, and the three were for him a training field for the Manual on SCUBA medicine that he was working on – which was ultimately published as part of the Navy Diving Manual. In every phase of his career Ed Lanphier’s intelligence and drive made him stand out. This was true of his early training at the Loyola University college of medicine, his fellowship at Penn, his work while on active duty in the Navy, his years at SUNY Buffalo school of medicine; and that part of his career after he trained for the priest-hood in the Episcopal Church and became professor at the University of Wisconsin. [He told me once that upon entering his seminary he felt, after wandering for many years, that he had at last come back home.]
Ed’s name, Lanphier, was not French, as I had originally surmised, but Welsh. It comes from a long Welsh place name which begins LLANFAIR, and refers to the Church of St Mary there. In my church hymnal is an Easter song set to an old Welsh melody entitled “Llanfair”. The words begin, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!” Ed died in 1999 in Madison WI, and those words express well, I think, how Ed felt about his life.
Robert C Bornmann
submitted by: Robert C. Bornmann MD
Let us rejoice therefore
Ubi sunt qui ante nos
Where are they
Vita nostra brevis est
Our life is brief
Long live the academy!
Vivant omnes virgines
Long live all maidens
Vivant et republica
Long live the State
(vers. C. W. Kindeleben 1781)
Let sadness perish!
Meaning of Flag Draped Coffin
All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it’s high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation’s history. Pass it along and be proud of the country we live in and even more proud of those who serve to protect our ‘GOD GIVEN’ rights and freedoms.
I hope you take the time to read this … To understand what the flag draped coffin really means … Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers.
Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?
Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!
The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.
The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.
The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world
The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’
The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.
The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.
The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.
The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.
The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.
The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are ! uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.
There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why.
Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of ‘ Liberty and Freedom.’
MAYBE THE SUPREME COURT SHOULD READ THIS EXPLANATION BEFORE THEY RENDER THEIR DECISION ON THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
FORWARD IT; MAYBE SOMEONE WITH THE NECESSARY POWER, OR POLITICAL AND FINANCIAL INFLUENCE, WILL GET IT TO THEM.
IN THE MEANTIME, MAY GOD PROTECT US ALWAYS.
ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
“Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile … can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, ‘I served in the United States Navy’.”
— President John F. Kennedy
No thanks to you, Mr. Kennedy, for leaving my SEAL brother, A. Dee Clark, on some ungodly mountain in CUBA as a Forward Air Observer to direct the airstrike agains Fidel Castro’s troops.
The Fraternal Order of the UWSS Key West FL is open for membership to all its students, staff, and those who are recommended by a voting member to become an associate member. We meet every two years at a different USA site. First reunion set up by “Pappy” Hewitt ( who has disappeared from our planet ) & MCPO Driscoll at Key West FL . The Second reunion was at Panama Beach FL. A. Dee Clark, our secretary – treasurer is awaiting your suggestions for the third reunion in 2002.
LCDR LINDA HUBBELL (D.V.O.) LCDR, USNR: the best looking SCUBA diver in the USN.
Layton Bassett EM1
John Cooke BREWTON LTJG (SEAL)
Instructor Gene Cahill (DV)(PJ) and wife:
WILLIAM C. COPELAND
RED OAK, IA
05/1946 – 12/1968
BERNARD WESLEY DIGGS JR.
05/1946 – 07/1976
James HAZELWOOD LT (SEAL) USN
WILLIAM H.HAMILTON JR.
Alvin 0. Harrelson
Neil “Pappy” Hewitt Rate: PMCM (DV) Branch of Service: US Navy originator of the F.O. UWSS Key West FL 1998
Erasmo “Doc” Riojas and Jerry “Indian” Sweezy
Claude E. Manley’s (EOD) Class
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