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Holy Loch, Scotland

ak260scotlandThe “Goose” and the Proteus in Holy Loch

Photo credit: NavSource

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The “Goose” along side the sub tender USS Proteusin
1962 in port at Holy Loch, Scotland

Photo credit: Walkingfox
Bagpipe Wav Credit: Iowa State

 

On my first trip and liberty in Scotland,

I jumped into a cab (the driver was on the right side)

and had him slowly drive me around Holy Loch.

5-april1962View from Starboard Aft of the “Goose” April 1962

Photo credit: Bill Malloy & Bob “Skinny” Scannell

 

I stopped at a pub for a warm dark draft beer

and then reported back to the “goose.”

Just as I thought, Holy Loch and all of Scotland

was a beautiful place and the people

were warm and friendly.

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Holy Loch, Scotland April 1962

Photo credit: Bill Malloy & Bob “Skinny” Scannell

 

On my second trip, I joined some shipmates

on a Liberty pass and we went to

the Blarney castle and then took a

slow trip around Cork, Ireland.

as with Scotland, Ireland was a really

beautiful country too and I never

tired of visiting either of them.

 

While in Cork we stopped at a pub (just for a test mind you)

and I noticed that the local country men prided

themselves at guessing the country or countries

that my fellow shipmates were from.

When it became my turn, to have a little fun

with them, I gave my American Native name Storey,

instead of saying Kelley because I knew that my

mothers side had Irish and Mohegan ancestry.

that was the first time that I found out that

I had Irish on both sides of my family.

Well shut my mouth!

On later trips I got to visit Dublin

and Belfast, Ireland.

They were just as beautiful.

 

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The Robert L Wilson DD 847 April 1962

Photo credit: Bill Malloy & Bob “Skinny” Scannell

 

For any of you who have been to Holy Loch,

there is a great place to list your information,

in case you want to get in touch with others

who have served there.

http://thistlegroup.net/holyloch/email-list.html

 

Post script:

I feel very sad for some of the bitterness that I have read

in different places on the Internet about the

presence of our US Naval forces in Scotland

during the Cold War era of the Sixties.

I personally can remember nothing but kindness and

friendship from each of my many trips to that beautiful country.

 

rope

 

You can contact me at:

ussbetelgeuse  at  centurylink.net

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