One of my projects this holiday has been going through family photo archives with my mom and sister. My son Zach and I are digitizing them for distribution and archiving purposes.
One of the most intriguing sets of photos was a slide carousel taken by my dad, Gerald Sisco, when he was stationed in Vietnam in 1969 as an army signal corps officer. I know he was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay; I also know he spent time at one or more forward locations. Beyond that, I don’t know much about these images that are a part of my family (and military) history.
Click on the image below to go to the complete Flickr photoset – the image quality is a little uneven as some of the slides were faded, color-distorted and scratched.
I find it intriguing that these aerial images could potentially be the type of materials that the military would not want made available to opposing forces. In 1969, there was no Internet and with reasonable precautions these photos would not fall into the wrong hands. Today, such amateur photography is the type of data that triggered the 2005 DOD crackdown on military blogging & online social networking.
Posted on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 by Jeri
Under: family, military, photography | 3 Comments »
This photo, taken in the late 1950s, is of Women’s Army Corps (WAC) soldiers presenting the colors. The US flag bearer is my mother, Sgt Marilynn Barham.
Today, I’d like to express to her, to my dad, my military family and friends, as well as the countless men and women across the nation who have served in our armed forces…
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Posted on Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 by Jeri
Under: military | 4 Comments »
This very rainy afternoon we took a drive around the area in Maggie. One stop was the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, home to many decommissioned aircraft carriers and, currently, one active carrier undergoing refitting, the USS John C. Stennis.
Maggie feels especially MINI next to the aircraft carriers.
We pulled up next to the CV-62, the USS Independence, decommissioned in 1998, and got out and wandered around in the rain. This place is a photographer’s dream, or at least it would be in the sun. The huge bins of parts, the giant ships, and the juxtaposition of Puget Sound blue, rainforest green and battleship gray is pretty striking.
The USS Independence
, slowly being stripped down.
It makes me think – if a mountain of metal could tell stories, what tales she could spin! The thousands of men who have lived aboard her, the journeys she’s seen, the battles, the heartache, the victories… the ghosts who walk her halls must be restless and agitated to see her dismantled around them.
It makes me once again thankful for the men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to serving, living aboard this giant floating city for months at a time while she charts her way from port to port.
The fishes that swim — the rocks — the motion of the waves –
The ships, with men in them
What stranger miracles are there?
~ Walt Whitman, “Miracles”
Posted on Sunday, August 24th, 2008 by Jeri
Under: military, MINI, Puget Sound | 8 Comments »
Sgt Wayne Lede of the Washington National Guard is returning to Iraq for a third tour of duty this fall. He’s served two tours over there already in the regular Army, and was told he did not have to return, but volunteered. He feels accompanying his unit is his duty, and he’s going.
This particular national guardsman won the lottery in February – a million dollar scratch ticket. He works full time as a banker in his home town, and while he’s not retiring and living off his interest any time soon, he could certainly be living more luxuriously than in a tent in Iraq.
Apparently, he has a heck of a lot more character than that. Thank you, Sgt Lede, and to all the men and women in your unit who are leaving family and the comforts of home behind to serve our country.
Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2008 by Jeri
Under: military | 1 Comment »
Go visit Jim’s blog. Read his wonderfully foamy post “Jerkoff of the week: Downey Savings and Loan“. This particular story is especially entertaining because it appears that a snarky troll, adding all sorts of vitriolic commentary, seems to have done so from an Internet address labeled “downeysavings.com” – perhaps an ill-advised employee?
If you happen to be in California and anywhere near a branch of the aforementioned savings and loan, you might want to drop by and mention this story to them. I’m sure they’re proud of themselves. [/sarcasm]
While you’re on Jim’s blog, stay and read some other stuff too – Jim’s a good writer AND has great photoshop skills, too.
Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2008 by Jeri
Under: military, money, rant, ucf | 2 Comments »