There I was no s**t… er… never mind… I wasn’t there, there aren’t any pictures, and nobody saw anything… Yeah, yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Best story of the night, Skipper Walker, VP-4 CO in the mid 60s, just after the squadron got the P-3A. They had designed a new logo, and were going to be called the Griffins. BUT, the squadron patch came out a little ‘screwy’…
And they are on deployment in Iwakuni, JA. In the club, and there is alcohol involved… Apparently a waitress named ‘Suzi’ came over to the table, pointed at the patch on his shoulder and asked, “What that supposed to be?” He said a griffin, and she laughed, saying, “Look more like skinny dragon.” They all laughed, and the Skipper said all was good until he heard one of the young maintainers say something about skinny dragons in the hangar. Three weeks later, they proposed a name change from Griffins to Skinny Dragons, which is what they are today.
We toasted him for that one, and the vagaries of the way things get done in the Navy sometimes… LOL
And somebody else brought up that a system was ‘named’ for a dancer at a bar in Warminster, PA, and another system was named for the bar where it was roughed out on a napkin… Good times!
What we didn’t realize was the Air Boss, VADM Martin was standing behind us, and he shook his head and said words to the effect that he was ‘glad’ we were all retired… LOL