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Event Coverage Veterans Day

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 11, 2023.

  1. Today's TJJ Blog by @Ryan reminded me that Hot Rodding legend, Fran Hernandez was a WWII Navy veteran . . . who served aboard the USS Cabot (CVL-28) as a machinist.

    Here's some pics (& documents) from the Fran (Francisco) Hernandez FB logo.png page:

    Francisco Hernandez - Machinist Mate First Class.jpg
    Francisco Hernandez - Machinist Mate First Class

    Pat & Fran Hernandez - December 1942.jpg
    Pat & Fran Hernandez - December 1942

    USS Cabot CVL-28.jpg
    USS Cabot (CVL-28)

    USS Cabot CVL-28 - A Division - Fran, front row 2nd from the right.jpg
    CVL-28 - A Division - Fran is in the front row, 2nd from the right

    USS Cabot CVL-28, Island .jpg
    CVL-28 - Island

    Fran's Shellback Certificate.jpg
    Fran's Shellback Certificate

    Fran's Award of Meritorious Conduct.jpg
    Fran's Award of Meritorious Conduct

    Fran's Presidential Citation.jpg
    Fran's Presidential Unit Citation

    Fran's WWII dog tags.jpg
    Fran's WWII dog tags

    HOT ROD Magazine - April 1949 - Cover.jpg
    Cover of the April 1949 issue of HOT ROD Magazine
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  2. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 1,591


    I was a jet engine man USAF 1965-1969. Strategic Air command. No body gave a shit about us then, nobody gives a shit now. Too little too late
  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 33,720


    Drafted in July of 1968, Flew to Nam the middle of December 67.
    I was a "blue" = grunt with A troop 1/9 cav, First Cav.
    After I got drafted in July of 67 I put my 51 Merc up at my grandparents house and moved it out behind the cow shed in November/December where it sat until I moved back from Texas in 1977. I think I had taken this photo in December 68 after I got back and my then girlfriend and I walked out back to look at it. the hood blew off in a wind storm in 68 and hit my granparents camp trailer that was sitting in the shed straight back from it. The cows licked the primer off it.
    In front of my newly built Hooch after I switched from blues to Scouts to be a scout observer/gunner in OH 13 and OH 6 helicopters.
    Short timer photo in early December 68.
    I finally got the Merc running with a 350 Buick and turbo 350 that my buddy gave me in late 78 or 79.
    The Merc (gray primer front right) sitting in front of Paul Harpers house up on the hill in Roslyn in the early 80's.
    A Vet and his car.
  4. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 2,151

    Stan Back
    from California

    I was drafted in 1964 and served in the 1st Infantry Division, ending up after a 30-day cruise outa Oakland to Vietnam. A friend kept the roadster, ran it every month. The Parilla, not so good -- another friend let his younger brothers learn to ride a motorcycle.
  5. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,703


    The Parilla brings back memories. I sold my '31 Model A in 1967 for $300.00 and bought a Parilla. Needed lots of work. Parts were hard to come by but Cosmopolitan Motors in Philadelphia, PA was the US distributor. My dad worked for GE at the time and traveled to Philadelphia on a regular basis. He brought back many apart on the red eye from Philadelphia to LAX. Ran the piss out of the Parilla until the crank broke on the way to work at a local smorgasbord restaurant. First and only motorcycle.
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  6. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 26,330


    Thank you for your service...Birdman, when you were doing that pretty wild stuff, really it was, what were they B52's, XR/SR71 Blackbirds, B2s...anyways I was 5-9yrs old in that stretch and as your neighbors to the north I can assure you that you assisted the allied world in protecting our freedom so I do give a shit...

    By the way, please share a pic of your Hotrod perhaps then or now (I know you had a few) as that was the second half of Ryan's theme for the Veterans Day Thread...
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2023
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  7. Leroy says 87 or 88 for that photo
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  8. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 26,330


    A moment in time...that was a pretty moving story @swade41...tearing a bit right now...:oops:...the real deal...that's a nice thing you all did in remembrance and carrying the torch forward...
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2023
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  9. Toms Dogs
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 336

    Toms Dogs
    from NJ

    Mr.William J. Weckel H.S. History teacher and mentor... Chenango Valley NY... upon retiring he and his wife Esther moved to Florida... a short video :rolleyes::D
  10. HarryT
    Joined: Nov 7, 2006
    Posts: 718


    Thanks Toms Dogs. A wonderful tribute to a great American.

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