That Ella Is Some Cook, Friday May 2, 1975

Martindale, continued

Friday, May 2, 1975

         Yeah, we got on the copters at 8:00 a.m. We took off at 10:20 though. I had a bit of diarrhea and made a couple of trips to the latr—, John, no–the head (Navy). We landed at U Tapoa (how do you spell it?) at 10:50 a.m., or 9:50 Bangkok time. We took a while to get transferred to a C-130 to go to Bangkok, getting there around noon, Bangkok time. Then to USOM around 3:00 P.M. and good care from Jim McMahon, Clark Gregory, Rick Albores and company.

         After finally checking into a hotel I had a fever and thought I had caught a bug.  Paul Kostamo and Clarence Combs saved my life with a martini (actually a glass of gin). Clarence was getting around pretty well on his two broken feet, after a bit of  Tanqueray (my allegiance is no longer strictly to Beefeater). I felt well enough to go to Albores’ house where, after another glass of gin, Ella Albores whipped up a wonderful cheese omelet, steak and hash browns (or was it fried rice).

         After visiting with the Albores and John Klein, I returned to the hotel. I felt much better and I think I was just exhausted, and hungrier than I realized. I probably ate twice as much as I usually do at one sitting. That Ella is some cook.

Word is that there was difficulty with the Thai Government on our coming in. May 1, 1975

Martindale continued

Thursday, May 1, 1975

         Nothing much during the morning. I heard that Ron Pollock left last night, with some of the Vietnamese girls who were assisting in registering the Vietnamese passengers, to take one of the Pioneer vessels to Guam. It will probably take a week. I can get there before that by air.

         Four of us took a trip with a Lt. Plask to the hangar deck, where he  gave a very technical briefing on the ship’s fighters and bombers. Then to an observation deck above the flight deck and to the pilot’s ready room. The flight deck is full of helicopters but this carrier ordinarily launches fighters and bombers. Rumor is that we may leave for Thailand about 4:00 p.m. today, a 1 1/2 hour helicopter flight.

         Well, we boarded the helicopters at 4:00 p.m. and stayed on board a little over an hour. Then it was called off and we returned to our same quarters. The sailors had just cleaned them out and were ready to move back in. Word is that there was difficulty with the Thai Government on our coming in. Maybe they thought we were Vietnamese. Now we are sailing all the way into Thailand and expect to get off about 8:00 a.m.