Some of the reporters at the Windsock/ISO
office. At one time we had a dozen reporters and one photographer.
That second reporter, name forgotten but
let's call him Jerry, in this photo had an interesting career
in the Marines. Prior to his posting at Cherry Point he had been
in Japan and fell in love with all things Japan. I think he may
have had a Japanese wife at one time. He also had been a corporal
or sergeant. At Cherry Point he was a PFC. Something happened.
He wouldn't say what but he was always good for a joke on the
The photo behind the front reporter, a
picture of a KC-130 refueling two A4 Skyhawks, was the central
figure in one of my most pleasant memories. It involved myself,
Jerry, the OIC, AOIC, NCOIC, the green door. Here's the
From time to time the three behind the
green door would get a hair up their collective asses and
insist I help with the weekly, Thursday, field day of the office.
Even though I was the one that cleaned the ISO photo-lab. On one
occusion after we cleaned the office I went and flipped the picture
upside down. I though it would be returned right-side-up before
the next morning. It wasn't.
I wasn't there when then next events took
place but this is the story related to me from those in the office.
First to notice the picture upside-down
was our OIC. We called him Tweedledee. Think Tim Conway in a Marine
major's uniform. After he noticed the picture upside-down he went
into the front office and closed the green door.
Jerry, quick thinking reporter that he
is, flipped the picture right-side-up. The next moment the gunny
peeks out from behind the green door and then closes the
door. We think the gunny is telling Tweedledee that there is nothing
wrong with the picture.
As soon as the green door closes
Jerry again flips the picture upside-down. Next, and we are not
makeing this stuff up, Tweedledumb peeks out from behind the green
door. As soon as he closes the green door Jerry again
puts the picture right-side-up.
Now the gunny comes out into the office
area and just stares at the picture. He then goes back into the
front office and closes the green door.
A few moments later all three come out
of the front office and the Gunny explains in frustration "See,
the fuckin' picture is just fine!"
I swear this story is true. Ask anyone
who was there. Ask Jerry. [Next]