REPLY FROM OLD SENIOR CHIEF 1946: OK - I wrote this one, in memory of an old friend. Older Than Dirt (OTD) died in January of 2011 He was in his mid eighties. He was involved in the A-Bomb tests in the Pacific in the late 1940's and he often talked about it. I would like to hear stories from others who participated in those tests. Maybe some of you knew him - William E. "Bill" Gooch.
REPLY FROM OLD SENIOR CHIEF 1946: OTD was a gifted artist. The first photo above was from the early 1960's. He is showing off some of his artwork; the second photo is a drawing he made from his imagination showing American soldiers around a campfire in the Revolutionary War; the third photograph shows OTD with Vice Admiral Fitzhugh Lee, circa 1958, holding a sketch he made of the Admiral. His work appeared in All Hands and various other Navy publications.
REPLY FROM OLD SENIOR CHIEF 1946: Photo of OTD taken in 2003 - a Proud Mason. He kept his sense of humor and stayed mentally sharp until the day he died. He was a credit to the Goat Locker! I met him through one of my websites back in 1999. We were distant cousins and were both looking into our genealogy back then. He was a helluva nice guy and we grew very close over the years. He was like an older brother to me. He is missed by all of us who were close to him.