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Old 07-31-2012, 06:03 PM   #21
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Common man, It is just for fun everyone know's Marin is outspoken in his opinions of what he likes and dislikes he repeats it often. Just fooling around.

Marin has been a mainstay with the forum for many years.
His comments are all well regarded.

I for one would be honored to call such a man friend or at least personal aquaintence Even if just thru the internet and this forum.
I don't think his skin is that thin.

His comments are indepth well writen and well thought out.

If only I could write so well.
I admire him and his accomplishments.

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Agreed! Hope he sees it the same way....
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:41 PM   #22
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I don't have an "ignore poster" list so nobody is on it. Not even FlyWright or the ancora app.

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Old 07-31-2012, 06:47 PM   #23
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Yes, Frenchie is the nickname of the central character in the book I'm currently writing. He's a motor mac on a PT boat.



So tell us more about the book! please....
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Yes, Frenchie is the nickname of the central character in the book I'm currently writing. He's a motor mac on a PT boat.
So tell us more about the book! please....
Sorry, you'll have to wait until it's published which given the amount of time my employer and other activities are giving me these days will be aways off. Right now I estimate I'm about a third to halfway through the story.

The only thing I will say is it is the story of a single PT boat mission that was carried out in 1943 in total secrecy. It was a diplomatic mission, not a combat mission although it ended in combat. I was told about this mission by four of the surviving crew members who I met in Hawaii when I flew them around over Pearl Harbor in the mid-70s. I'd always been fascinated with PTs ever since reading "They Were Expendable" when I was just a wee lad, so we kind of hung out together for a few days until they went back to the mainland. They told me the gist of this mission which I thought at the time would make a wonderful story (and movie). But I wasn't writing then so the idea just got parked in the back of my mind for the next 20 years.

I started researching PTs in earnest in the 1990s so that if I did tell this story it would be as accurate as possible in terms of the boats and crews and the whole PT "scene." I've interviewed hundreds of PT vets, ridden on the only existing PT powered by its original-type engines, crawled for hours through the Elco PT that's in the naval museum at Battleship Cove, collected just about every book ever published about PTs including some very rare ones from WWII, and so on. But other than the basics of the mission, the reason for it, and its outcome, I'm having to make everything else up. So it's what I guess you'd call a novel based on a true story.

The attached photo is one I acquired in the course of my research. It is one of a series of photos taken early in the war to illustrate the proper way to load and secure a PT on a tanker for shipment to a combat theatre. The photo is unique in that it is the only known photo showing PT109, the boat that eventually was skippered by John F. Kennedy.

I've interviewed a number of vets who knew Kennedy or served in his squadron. Their opinons of him as a PT skipper differ radically from the carefully engineered image that's been put to the public all these years.

PT109 was one of the first batch of 80-footers turned out by Elco in New Jersey and with the 78-foot Higgins became the mainstay of the PT fleet throughout the war. The story I am writing takes place on an 80-foot Elco.
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I don't know if this thread is intended to be funny, but I find it in rather poor taste. Making a prolonged joke of a member's opinions is not the spirit of Trawler Forum.
All I can say is that the picture I posted "The Most Interesting Man In The World" wasn't meant as a putdown. He's been more places and done more things than many of us can even imagine; he may be opinionated but from what I've seen in the past and on other forums he can always back up his views with fact or experience. - Boyd
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I don't know if this thread is intended to be funny, but I find it in rather poor taste. Making a prolonged joke of a member's opinions is not the spirit of Trawler Forum.
I don't think that this will offend Marin. There is nothing mean spirited here. I think that he should be flattered that his writings have gotten his message through so clearly. You can tell by this that he is "listened to", Oops, sorry Marin. Ended a sentence in a preposition.
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Zero, but how many of us have Marin on our ignore lists?
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I don't know if this thread is intended to be funny, but I find it in rather poor taste. Making a prolonged joke of a member's opinions is not the spirit of Trawler Forum.
I`ve had concerns too, but gradually, perhaps selectively,I`ve become "marinized" to a degree, not unlike the good Ford Lehman diesel he often writes about.
Robust discussion is a good way to explore issues but it shouldn`t get personal. That benefits no one.
I`m pretty sure Marin is big and ugly enough to look after himself, but there are limits. BruceK
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You got the big and ugly part correct, no question.
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Zero, but how many of us have Marin on our ignore lists?
I've been banking on the answer to your question being "a lot."
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I don't really see the point here either, but if Marin doesn't mind, who am I to resist. HOWEVER, it's going into Off Topic where it belongs.
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Common man, It is just for fun everyone know's Marin is outspoken in his opinions of what he likes and dislikes he repeats it often. Just fooling around.

Marin has been a mainstay with the forum for many years.
His comments are all well regarded.

I for one would be honored to call such a man friend or at least personal aquaintence Even if just thru the internet and this forum.
I don't think his skin is that thin.

His comments are indepth well writen and well thought out.

If only I could write so well.
I admire him and his accomplishments.

Sd
Absolutely agree 100% Skippy, I enjoy reading every one of your post Marin and love it when you raises the neck feathers. Actually, I appreciate all the opinions expressed here and if I'm on anyones ignore list then oh well, so be it. I know Marin I wasn't on your ignore list...

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I don't know if this thread is intended to be funny, but I find it in rather poor taste. Making a prolonged joke of a member's opinions is not the spirit of Trawler Forum.
Relax, Mike. Nice of you to come to Marin's aid, but take a look at the number of posts with Skipperdude and Marin. They were pulling each other's chain long before we thought about this forum.
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