Former mechanic at the Navy Air Base in Tillamook remembers 62-year-old crash near Rockaway Beach
There are 2 comments on the The Oregonian story from Mar 26, 2010, titled Former mechanic at the Navy Air Base in Tillamook remembers 62-year-old crash near Rockaway Beach. In it, The Oregonian reports that:
Alvin Boese was a 19 year old civilian working for the Navy Air Base in Tillamook when a Helldiver crashed near Rockaway Beach.
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#1 Apr 3, 2010
Thats very interesting news and flying to San Diego my guess would be North Island NAS.
the pilot left behind a wife and a child
I guess the child would be about late 70's if still alive.
#2 Apr 3, 2010
Chief Aviation Pilot R.W. Smedley of Long Beach, Calif.
The Final Inspection
The sailor stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you sailor
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The sailor squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep ...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the sailor waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,
Step forward now, you sailor,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done you time in Hell."
You have been resting all these years but I give you a final salute Sir.
I do not deserve to be on the same quarter deck as you sir I'm just an old Navy vet. from later years.
Rest in peace "Sailor"
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