Matt Johnson
CWO3 USN (Ret)

CWO3 Matt Johnson, USN

CWO3 Matt Johnson, USN (1988)

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Matt reports to GM Division after 90 Days of Mess Duty


DEPLOYED - SOUTH CHINA SEAS - APRIL, 1967
GM DIVISION - USS HANCOC


Yes, Chief. I'm glad to be back in the division. No Chief, I don't think you are picking on me because you sent me mess cooking for 90 days the first day the ship left for the cruise.

The Chief:
"Well, welcome back Hoss. Now, since you are going to be making the next cruise, we want you to learn the electrical system of the A-4 aircraft."

Really Chief, gosh, that will be great!!! When do I start?

Uh, tomorrow morning!!

Report to VA-93 Ordnance shop. Yes, Chief. Thank you Chief.

All right, he's not mad at me. Going to let me learn the electrical system of the A-4 aircraft. This could help me on my rating exam. He's not such a bad guy after all.

0300 - GM DIVISION BERTHING

What do you mean get up?

Oh, the squadron is waiting.... OK. Go to their Ordie shack, check in with the LPO... OK.

Man, they start early !!!

0330 HOURS - VA-93 ORDIE SHACK

Good Morning, I'm Johnson, supposed to be with you guys so you can teach me the electrical system of the A-4 cause I'm going to be making next cruise.

(Humm.... wonder why they are laughing??)

Uh, ok.... hold onto this bar...... take it with me to the flight deck..... stay in Jone's hip pocket..... you got it.

(Is this what they call a "Hernia Bar"?...... wonder what part of the electrical system it's applied to??? Guess I'll soon find out.)

Ok, I'm going to screw this bar into the nose of the bomb, curl my arms under it.... Use my legs.... And we are going to lift the bomb up to the bomb rack and lock it in. Got it !!!

(Maybe we load bombs, then check out the electrical system.... Hummm)

OK, bar screwed into nose of M-117, 750 LB fat boy bomb.... Standing beside it..... holding onto it....only 4 of us.... Two on nose...two on tail...listening to crew leader...

READY FORWARD ........ READY AFT........... UP !!!!!!!!!!!

(GEEEEEZZZZZEEEEEE...... OH MY GOD !!!!!)

LOCKED FORWARD....... LOCKED AFT..... NEXT


Hummm..... let me pick up these two little things that just dropped from between my legs....
While I'm down here..... ok..ok...I'm screwing the bar in ...

READY FORWARD.......... READY AFT........ UP !!!!!!

GEEEEZZZZEEEE....I think my arms just grew a foot !!!!

LOCKED FORWARD.... LOCKED AFT.....NEXT


How many planes we gonna load?

I'm screwing !!! .... I'm screwing !!!!

Five huh, whew.... That won't be so bad.

READY FORWARD....

Oh, five this launch......

READY AFT......

seven launches a day......

UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GEEZZEEEE....It doesn't get any easier....

LOCKED FORWARD AND AFT...... NEXT

Yea !!!....Yea.... I'm screwing !!!

READY FORWARD.......

seven .... days ......a ....week... huh .....

READY AFT.......

thirty plus day line periods.......

UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOCKED FORWARD AND AFT.......NEXT

You guys know, I'm going to be too tired to learn much about the electrical system.

(Now why are they laughing??)

12 HOURS LATER - GM DIVISION

Uh Chief, do you know that I spent all day on the flight deck loading bombs and they never showed me the electrical system of the A-4?

(Why?? He just walked away...... laughing)

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