Others missing: John Bernard "Monkey" Montgomery,
Terry Bailey, Steve "Duty Ops" Rogers, Butch Ruiz****, Jeff Tamblyn, (more?)
*     - Bruce Helmboldt now lives in Duvall, Washington.
**   - Bill Broderson now lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
*** - Ray Schwartz now lives in Clifton, New Jersey.
**** - Here are some pictures of Butch Ruiz (now living in Alpharetta, GA) -
past and present.
In November, 1969, both DD-850 and the USS Warrington, DD-843, were
assigned to an Escort / ASW Task Group for a Med cruise.
The two destroyers were separated much of the time, but when we were
together, occasionally, on the midwatch, the radio voice net would resound
to the call of "BIRDIE NUM NUM - BIRDIE NUM NUM". Here's a picture
taken when both ships ported in Piraeus, Greece, for the Christmas
/ New Years 1969/70 holidays.
Here's Warrington's "Birdie Num Num" (Jack Loan, RD3)
and me ("Hymie" Helmboldt, RD3) at the Athens Hilton on Christmas
Jackie Kennedy, atop DD-850's fire control director during the 1970
America's Cup races off Newport, R.I., when the Kennedy and the
USS Newman K. Perry, DD-883, carried passengers out to the course to
watch the American 12 meter yacht "Intrepid" hold off Australia's
"Gretel II" and retain the "Ould Mug".
Here are some of the webmaster's long-time friends, the Nagels from
Grand Rapids, MI, on the gangplank of the J.P.K. during a visit to
Battleship Cove, MA, during the summer of 1997.