CHIEF LEONARD REENLISTS
and tells about seeing Sam, the
Space Monkey, come aboard AD31
off I would like to say you have done a real good job
on presenting the Tidewater! I have signed your guest
book and looked at all the pages.
thing I noted was the article about "Sam"
the space monkey. It just so happens that I had
the OOD at the forward brow when all that took place!
I will never forget all those cars pulling up on the pier,
flag vehicles, marines galore and having to summon the
CDO and the Captain down as no notice was passed on to
me. Not even when all this parade of personnel passed
over to the other ship did I know what was happening!
When Sam was retrieved and was crossing over to the pier
I was in a position to get a real good look at him in
his little capsule. Cute little bugger, all wide eyed
and looking around.....looked as confused as I was!
a photo of my reenlistment on board in 1959 with Capt.
Hunt congratulating me.
for a good job!
Earl Leonard EMCS USN (RET)
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