J. David Rogers'
Junior Officer Years
During the summer of 1959, my family spent a week at a beach house at Balboa with the Bergmans. Bert Bergman told us about a Navy helicopter flying low along the beach around 6 AM, so my brothers and I rose early the next few days to watch the Navy chopper fly by. On our last day the pilot and a crewman waved to us as they passed by! From that moment forward I had my heart set on becoming a naval aviator! This shows the same type of chopper and paint scheme: a Sikorsky HSS-1N Seabat from HS-6 on the USS Kearsarge.
with the Navy came primarily through Cub Scout field trips to Long
Beach and San Diego. These views show me visiting the USS Galveston
(CG-3) in San Diego on my 10th birthday, in May 1964.
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