April 11, 2012
50 Years ago today I received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy. At that time I was serving as a Radarman Petty Officer Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Boston CAG-1. It was the World’s first heavy guided missile cruiser and home-ported in Boston, Massachusetts.
I found the below photo of the ship online when it was docked at Genoa, Italy on January 27, 1962. I was serving on board at the time on my third and final Mediterranean Sea cruise…
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Here is the only photo I have of myself from those days. I remember it was taken in 1961 when the ship was in Amsterdam, Holland. I would have been 20 years old at the time…
Here’s a photo of me that Mary took of me a couple of months ago while we were in Tombstone, Arizona…
What a difference 51 years makes in the way a person looks. How has the 50 years since my discharge gone so rapidly?
All things considered…I’m glad I’m still around to have my photo taken.
I’ve had a blessed life…most of it in a traveling capacity. I’ve been many places, have met many people and lived through many experiences.
I’m most pleased that I still enjoy good health so that I may continue to travel as a full-time RVer. I cannot think of a finer way to spend my golden years!
All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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