Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Happenings.

It’s a mild cloudy day today in Dardenne Prairie, cloudy and it should reach 50 degrees, not much doing here, the pooches are asleep,


                      Rigg’s is snoring next to my chair


                        Charlie is out on Rigg’s bed.


         Little Sadie is asleep in her bed behind my chair.

I guess that means I have the watch for homeland security.

As most of you know I was a rotor head during my Naval service here are a couple of shots from those days.


     Picking  up a sailor from a Destroyer that lacks a helo deck. Gun mount trained

to the side and a guaranteed bumpy ride from the wind coming through the ships

Masts and stacks.


Landing on an oiler after hopping over the Destroyer that is being refueled underway,

Picture was taken from a carrier which was also refueling.

We did these kind of operations hundreds of times during a normal deployment.After we landed we would also refuel so you had the oiler refueling two ships and a helicopter while underway.We would usually wait until the carrier broke away and launch from the oiler, normally for us to land they would have someone who needed to be picked up and transferred to another ship.

Here’s one  really like.


                                         This  is what most of us look like now.

TBT When my Mom and Wendy came out from Pa.


My Mom, Me, Donna, and Sir Coal getting a tummy rub.ca 1980.


Sir Coal ,Wendy,my Mom,with Sammy Jr, and Tammy in the back ca1980.

That’s about it for today, we hope all our friends who are traveling are doing fine, Al& Kelly had some problems but got them fixed. Karen & Steveio also had to have repairs and are on the way home now.

Everyone be safe, Sam & Donna……..


  1. I could get seasick looking at those photos. I don't like being on the water at all, so that's why. The family pictures are really nice.

  2. Great flashback! I used to be dropped off on oil drill ships in the north sea from helo's. I was sure every time was going to be the last:)

  3. Cool pics Sam!~~~ Thank you for your service to our country!
    Yup, we are back on the road. Much poorer, but back on the road! Just crossed into Tx and on to OK. we blew our vacation budget to smithereens, but had a lot of fun! Time to go back to work. Sigh.
    KarenInTheWoods and Steveio
    (Blog) RVing: The USA Is Our Big Backyard