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Veterans Day 2016

6 Nov. 9, 2016
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VETERAN VOICES

TERRY from page 3 CAVEN from page 4 DUNCAN from page 5


gone down in the Atlantic.
We called Brandywine, this is Polar
Chief; Brandywine, this is Polar Chief, by
Assistant to the Budget Officer at the north- tory making development was the dis- can audience, Joe recalled. underwater radio and other means, over
ern Michigan facility. covery of a group of primitive people Comparing his fathers in-service days, and over.
Don fell in love with the Upper Peninsu- who had no knowledge of the outside Joe said, The chow was nearly always We were on station for three days and
la of Michigan and has revisited the area in world. The Philippines consist of over good on the Gato. The cook would bake found no evidence of the lost sub. Scor-
past years. 7,000 islands and the stone-age Tasaday loaves of bread and you could pick up the pion was one of two American submarines
Kincheloe, also known as Kinross Air people had never crossed paths with bakery aroma throughout the submarine. lost that year. It was a very low point for
Force Base has since closed and is now anyone from the more developed pop- Wed store cases of eggs up in the escape the sub fleet.
home to Kinross Correctional Institution, a ulations. hatches where it was cooler than on the Following duty on a pair of sub tender
state prison. After ten years in the USAF, J.D. was main deck and below. Our patrols would surface ships, Joe left the navy with seven
Reassigned as Base Controller in 1966 to medically grounded. He applied for and last sometimes as long as 90 days. I years and three months of service and is
help build an air base in northern Thailand, was accepted in an Air Force program know we went 30-40 days without seeing now a Field Service Engineer for a med-
Don spent more than a year as Budget Offi- that allowed him to attend law school at the sunshine. ical equipment firm.
cer on the commanders staff, even though the the McGeorge School of law in Sacra- Happier moments included steak dinner I would recommend the navy to anyone
position required an Air Force Captain or mento, California. Following graduation on the halfway point of a patrol and when about to graduate high school. I enlisted
above rank. Don also found himself taking but still part of the Air Force, Lt. Colonel in a presumably safe location, Swim Call for six years and got to see a lot of the
a course in road building. The landing strip Cavens first assignment was to Lowry was announced by the captain. The guys world, including Spain where the U.S.
was put together with perforated steel plank- Air Base in Denver, serving as Chief of would swim in their shorts around the hull has a submarine base. If I ever left the
ing. Civil law and the Chief of Military Jus- of the sub while a marksman with a rifle United States, I think Spain would be my
The holes in the steel allowed rocks to tice. Elevated to the role of Chief Mil- would keep an eye out for sharks. next choice.
squeeze up in the rainy season, damaging the itary Prosecutor, Caven covered the up- In May of 1968, the Gato was ordered to Gatos were a class of submarines
propellers of the single engine fighters in serv- per Midwest prosecuting the more se- assist in the search for the nuclear sub- launched 1941-43 named for a species of
ice at the time. We got buckets of tar and rious courts marshals. Caven also marine Scorpion that had mysteriously small catshark.
filled the holes. This saved thousands of dol- served as Staff Judge Advocate at Hurl-
lars in the cost of new props. burt Field in Florida for four years.
Don retired again at the end of that year. A final assignment was as Chief Area
Following the Thai experience and home Defense Counsel for the US West Coast.
with his wife, 20 years later, we got to talk- My wifes family in Kansas had been
ing about retirement and the benefits of a 20 coming to the Lake of the Ozarks since
year career. Don had 15 years from com- World War 2 and we heard about a new
bined service in the Navy and Air Force but development called The Villages at
at age 54, he was unlikely to land a spot in any the lake. Our first tour was via bulldozer
service.
At the Oklahoma Army National Guard in
roads in what is now one of the lakes
showpiece properties.
Thank You To All The Veterans
Tulsa, they gave me an age waver and I was After 21 years in uniform, J.D. Caven
able, once more, to wear the uniform. I en-
joyed my Navy time most and would have
retired with three Distinguished Flying
Crosses, 11 Air Medals, and five Meri-
That Have Kept Our Families Safe!
liked to have served in just one of the serv- torious Service Medals.

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