AOU3, VF-154, 1956-1959

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Hi Jake,

I don't recall the months, too many years ago now - "kiddie" cruise, discharged prior to my 21st Birthday.

Thanks for this page Jake, you are a great Yeoman, I was an "Ordie" in VF 154 on the 1958 cruise when "mousy tongue" decided to take Taiwan. This cut our stay in Hong Kong short as we were rushed up the straits to stop him.

I really miss the old girl and my shipmates and am very proud to be a member of this maritime fraternity. By the way, I took your advice and adopted MIA's.

Jake's Comment: That's great LD!! We can't forget our brothers who never came home!

More from LD..

[Something that has always bothered me Jake are those who gave their lives and continue to give thier lives in that very dangerous environment during our nations cold wars that never receive any more recognition than the average local automobile accident., I think here of my buddy James Gaddy from Boise Idaho who had a tire he was inflating blow up, He had apparently grabbed the high pressure line and did not know it, he died a horrible and painful death and the pilot we lost because of early landing gear design in the F8U, As I recall, we were the first to deploy with this aircraft].

Jake: LD, I seem to think along the same lines as you, for early on, I put up a memorial for these valiant souls and found at my Tribute Site..

Those who go Down in Ships Memorial
Visit my own Memorial to these, our 'Fallen' Comrades
Still more from LD...

I hesitate to tell what I think of as interesting stories, one could be the night when 2 "lifer" buddies and I were returning to the Hancock in Olongapo on a full liberty launch when one of my buddies spotted a "foreign" (I believe it was the "Essex") shoulder patch and decided to have a good time with this poor misplaced soul, his tongue-in-cheek suggestion that we throw this particular individual overboard was not well received as it turned out, we were on their launch .

In spite of this gross and embarrassing infraction of etiquette, the Hannah was gracious enough to send a launch over to this sister ship and pick up 3 of her very embarrassed sailors. I'm thankful the Coxswain was a neutral or we may have been wet in addition.

We had one pilot who took multiple barriers. As I understand it, he had stated that he would not push his luck after the last one and resigned. They were all ugly, each time the barrier tore loose on the starboard side and hung the aircraft up on the port catwalks and the flight deck Bosun and his people were successful in extracting him prior to losing the aircraft, very impressive work.

As I have grown much older, I am even more impressed by the job that ships kids did on every level.

LD Tullis, AOU3,  VF-154

From the Yeoman:
You can see pictures of this sort of mishap in our "Extended Middle Years Gallery" by R. A. Kirsch, who was fortunate enough to snap some pictures of encounters with the barriers.

Jake: LD's son Tye Tullis, wrote the Yeoman 1/2/2016, stating the following:

"My father was LDTULLIS AO 3rd class. He submitted some things on your site.(this page). As he was passing away in 2006, we talked some of James l. Cook "cookie", Viznah and his other friends. He mentioned the pilot that had to take the barrier as Miotelle? Possibly another pilot from bad gear as Miotelle roomy Clark? He said the 404 and 411 f8 I think"

Thank You