I knew Skipper only a short time. We were in electroics school oh, it must have been 1959. I don't recall what type of technician he became but I became a Airman Navigation and Communications technician. I recall we rode a bus together from Norman Oklahoma to Memphis Tennesse. Our names we called out for a stint of mess cooking but I held his hand to keep him in formation. Enough people stepped forward so we didn't have to go. Instead we started the six months of schooling.
I had no idea where Skipper went but I asked for a seaplane squadron which I was given as not many people wanted to work in that type of squadron. At the time I has this serious girlfriend that wanted to get married. I asked for a shore duty station and sea planes were always shore based. It was about the middle of June as I married June 25th 1959. We've been married now over 52 years.
I'm saddened to hear of his passing. It would have been nice to have gotten with him but I had no way of knowing his whereabouts.