A Vietnam-era Marine has sentimental memories of his old carrier Kitty Hawk and the sights, sounds, smells, and high emotions that accompanied her homecoming.
A few old friends from my seagoing days invited me recently to a reunion of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); we had been part of her crew in the early 1970s. At first, I was surprised that she was still in service. I had heard terms like battle-worn and metal fatigue in the past, and I was sure they must fit that old ship by now. How many miles of sea water had passed under that keel; and how many arrested landings had jarred that flight deck in the nearly 40 years since she was commissioned?