I’m proud to say that during WWII, I served with the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. How did this happen? I joined the Navy June 26, 1943. Boot camp was in San Diego. Then it was to Hospital Training School where I learned to administer medication, give shots and do the work… Another Time“>Read more »
After Normandy and a 30-day leave, I reported to a Naval Station in Boston. About 200 hospital corpsmen, including me, were assigned to serve with the Fleet Marine Forces. We all went to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, where we went through six weeks of Marine Corp. boot camp, then six weeks of training for field… Read more »
Dead and wounded from the invasion on Okinawa Island were brought to the Army Hospital on Saipan for treatment and transport. The hospital was overwhelmed with casualties. Our company commander, a Navy doctor, also wearing a Marine uniform, volunteered our services. I worked the night shift on a ward. We had one nurse for three… Read more »
Boring, boring, boring, best describes our camp life on Saipan. After serving at the Army hospital, we were free to go anywhere on the island, except the Airdrome. But that required some walking. My $21 a month salary all went for toiletries, candy and beer at the camp commissary. Aug. 6, 1945, a single silver… Read more »
My Chief Petty Officer called for me to come to his office. He said, “Black, you have earned enough points for a discharge.” He explained that my service in Europe, the Pacific and my promotions, plus the correspondence courses, all counted. He said, “Black, you are going home. Be on the truck to Nagasaki at… Read more »
First I have to apologize for taking so long to recognize a great GWRRA Member Glen Seavy for his hospitality and friendship during our visit to Billings, Montana, back in August 2014. My wife Jeannette and I (her first time traveling on a bike) were traveling from Sturgis, South Dakota, to Montana. Pickings were slim… Gold Book Really Works”>Read more »
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Preparing your motorcycle is one aspect to entering a bike show, but it is also a good idea to know how they judge the motorcycle.
A History of Illinois District Chapter Q Gold Wing Road Riders Association’s Illinois Chapter Q was formed in October 1984. This birth came about after Charles and Nancy Mallett attended a Wing Ding held at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. At Wing Ding, they met one of the founders of GWRRA, Paul Hildebrand…. Read more »
Good times and the Gold Book Twenty-five years ago, Laurie and I, plus John and Linda Laprade, planned a trip for a long weekend to Washington D.C. John reached out via the Gold Book to a fellow GWRRA Member in Baltimore to ask if he would be willing to give us a tour of the… Read more »
I remember our front wheel hitting the back right corner of the trailer ahead of us. The impact snapped the handlebars hard to the left (which was likely when my five rib fractured, bruised the underlying lung and started the collapse of my left lung).
A Day at a GWRRA Trike Class WRRA has long history of providing classes to Members for further education in motorcycle riding and safety. But one class that not everyone is aware of is trike-specific, and on a particularly warm September afternoon in Scottsdale, Ariz., I headed out to see what the word was all… Read more »