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Roy Johnson and Bill Minick 1949PlankOwner Roy Johnson remembers the birth of Thunder and pays tribute to the Newport News Troubadour, Bill Minick. Bill was beloved by all the Shipmates he served with, as well as those of us who met him and heard his music at many ship reunions.
6:36min WMV File, (3.9MEG) Hi-Res
Rags Ragland, 1952-58Another beloved Shipmate was Franklin Delano "Rags" Ragland. Rags was chairman of many ship's reunions where he excelled at organizing some wonderful trips down memory lane. Rags is remembered and sorely missed by all his Shipmates.
4:18min WMV File, (3.1MEG) Hi-Res
ThunderStorm 1961Jim Sollee (NN 1960-64) Remembers the worst storm Thunder went through during her 26 year history. Only a BM could present this Sea Story as it should be told. AttaBoy, Boats.
4:30min WMV File, (3.3MEG) Hi-Res
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962This Video Clip, narrated by Dexter Goad (NN 1961-64), shows Thunder's participation during a period of history that brought the country to the brink of World War Three.
4:15min WMV File, (2.8MEG) Hi-Res
Counter Battery, 1967This running gun battle with the N Viets is described by Captain McCarty and audio from a Huntley-Brinkly News report. The audio is edited in by Dexter Goad with some excellent movie film taken by Lt Bruce Yarborough of Radm Kinney's staff.
5:58min WMV File,
Music Video NAM, 1967Driving home one night, I heard the 1954 song Thunder Road by Robert Mitchum. With apologies to the late Mr. Mitchum (and my Shipmates), I wrote and recorded this version in about 5 minutes. Editing the clip took almost 4 hours. (Dex 11/17/05)
1:00min WMV File, (2.6MEG) Hi-Res
Turret Two Tragedy, 1972Chuck Zendner introduces news clips of Thunder's darkest moment. Those who were there will have trouble watching this, and we understand. But we must never forget Those Who made the Supreme Sacrifice for our Country.
6:10min WMV File, (4.6MEG) Hi-Res
The Lone Sailor, May, 2002Rags and Chuck unviel a plaque dedicated to our T2 Fallen Shipmates. This plaque is located with others and the Lone Sailor statue at Wisconsin Square in Downtown Norfolk. Original VHS tape had some interference lines, but overall good coverage of event.
5:39min WMV File, (4.1MEG) Hi-Res
Bells and Wreath for'72 Shipmates Mike Treece and Jim Lawler participate in a ceremony held by Turret Two after the Working Party. Chuck Zendner (NN 72-73) Emcees as Rich Jordan, wounded in the turret explosion, tosses a wreath to Honor our 20 Heroes.
Every Day isCountry-Music Singer, Red Johnson, loans his popular song to be edited with video out-takes from the ceremonies above. His song is very appropriate for this occasion. Red is a Patriotic American and we thank him for the use of his song and for his support of All our Military Personnel.
Now Hear This,On June 28, 2003, over 125 Thunder Shipmates Manned the Rails aboard the USS Salem. This event Honored the arrival of our Fallen Shipmates' Family Members, Former Skippers, and other VIPs.
Newport News ArrivingCommanding Officers McCarty (NN '66-68) and Snyder (NN '68-69) are piped aboard the USS Salem which, for us, was Thunder for a day of reunion and ceremonies. And they say you can't go home again. Some excellent camera work by Jim Sollee and Ralph Mulero.
This is The Captain SpeakingCaptain Lindsay McCarty addresses the crew as he did so many years ago on the GunLine in NAM. There is a lot of background noise, but if you listen closely, you can hear him clearly remind us of how great it was to serve on the best ship in the US Navy with "Such a Wonderful Crew".
2:48min WMV File, (7.1MEG) Hi-Res
Wreath of Honor, 2003John Noll calls the ship to Attention. Taps played by 2 Buglers echos accross the deck. Executive Officer Leverone passes a Wreath to other '72 Crew Members and Survivor Rich Jordan tosses it over the side to honor our Twenty Fallen Shipmates.
1:15min WMV File, (3.2MEG) Hi-Res
Our Fallen ShipmatesThis Video Clip honors the 20 Shipmates lost in the Turret Two explosion in Vietnam. The clip is from the Memorial DVD as shown in our USS Newport News Museum aboard the USS Salem. The Salem is located in the harbor accross from Boston.
2:56min WMV File, (1.3MEG) Hi-Res
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