THE BUSH LIFE

THE BUSH LIFE
My tent cabin on the Kvechak River

The Bush Life

The Bush Life
My old buddy "KAYAK"

Sunday, May 28, 2017

I Remember

                                                          IN MEMORY

                                                 U.S.S. OZBOURN DD846
                                                           
                                                                 

12/4/1967

IN MEMORY OF

RAYMOND CORK

ED O'BRIAN


On this date, my 2 best friends and shipmates were killed in action  off the coast of North Vietnam while handling shells for the after gun mount in support of a SPECIAL FORCES compound being overrun by North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong forces.

While providing gunfire support, we came under fire of 81mm mortar shells. Close to 200 rounds bracketed our ship with one round going through the deck and exploding in the handling room where Robert and Ed  was stationed.  We were also hit in the electronics room where 3 were wounded and took 2 rounds in our Anti Submarine rocket launcher starting a fire. We also took some rounds in and near the water line. Despite all this, we remained online and along with U.S. Navy fighter planes, we prevented the enemy from overtaking the Special Forces camp.


"ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL"

Ed and Robert will always be in my memory

ANCHORS AWAY MY FRIENDS



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Another setback

Hi everyone, when it rains, it pours. A few months ago, I noticed very small tremors in my body, within the last 3 months they progressed more and more. I decided to visit my doctor and she examined me and decided I needed to see a specialist. Last Wednesday I had an appt. at the Brain Center where they gave me an MRI Cervical Spine Impression and an MRI Brain Impression. The first one showed I have multiple disc herniation's and degenerative changes.  The worst is in the C5 and C6 level where a disc herniation presses against the Spine.

The Brain scan discovered some white matter foci of increased T2 signal, which means one of them has an orientation consistent with minimal manifestation of Multiple Sclerosis.

It's a lot to take in, I have an appt. next Wednesday with a specialist to determine surgery procedure. This is putting all my plans this Summer on hold. Depending on the results, I may have to make some life changes. I do have a lot going through my mind. I will keep all of you updated.

Thanks for being there and take care