Fair Winds and Following Seas for a shipmate

I just found out a few minutes ago that my “Sea Daddy” from my early P-3 Orion days died almost two years ago.

This reminds me of Matt’s post a couple of days ago over on Better and Better, how we lose touch with our Friends. I really feel badly about this, as Charlie was really one of the good guys…

Leonard Charles “Charlie” “Navy Charlie” Six, 63, died Nov. 20, 2005, at his home in Quakertown, Pa. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Mrs. Six.
He retired in 1988 after 29 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, which included three tours of duty in Vietnam.

I flew with and learned a TON from Charlie during ’73 to ’76 timframe, including some things that I passed on when I instructed that hopefully kept a few folks alive.

Keep it on centerline Charlie!


Fair Winds and Following Seas for a shipmate — 2 Comments

  1. Sitting under a wing
    under the night sky
    as the engine cools in the night air
    just sitting after that last flight
    amazed at how the scent
    of the sky remains in my hair
    fireflies sparking the sky
    mistaking them for stars
    looking up
    fireflies and stars
    thinking though, about friends gone
    looking at the brilliant spots of light
    in the night heaven
    and the dark shape of airplanes
    darker then the sky
    for which they sit in wait
    thinking how much we miss them
    telling their stories out loud
    not loud, really, but very quietly
    those stories, those fearless days
    their courage
    saying their names
    speaking to them in the night sky
    a pilots prayer
    for those who went before
    to light our sky
    to guide us home
    – “Scully” 2006