My last ride home was similar also. My retirement ceremony was held the way a sailors should be. It was in the gulf in 1999 at sea on The Hanger Deck of the USS Carl Vinsen. Next morning we pull into what is known as the sand box. It was at Dubai. I was piped ashore as MY Name USN RETIRED. Rode a bus for 3 hours to Fujairah. There we sat around for 4-5 hours. On an up note I used to fly out of there 4 years earlier. So I new what we could have ordered and delivered. Pizzias for everyone. Then caught a Marine C-130 to Manama Bahrain. Spent 4 days there. Then got on a Boeing chartered 757. With stops in Sicily, Naples, Rota Spain, The Azores. 36 hours later I landed in Norforlk Va. 8 hours later catch a commercial flight to Charlotte then on to LAX then to Fresno. Taxi from FAT to train station in Fresno. Take the the train to hanford Ca. 40 miles south. Taxi from train station in Hanford to my home. The next morning I report to the processing people. Lt ask if I had seen my son I told him no just got in last night. This was thurs. Morning. He told me to go see my son and come back Mon. Morning.
"I won't be wronged I won't be insulted I won't be layed a hand on. I don't do these things to other people. And I require the same from them." (John Bernard Books) John Wayne The Shootist his last Movie.