Mom and Dad
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This photograph was taken at some point between January and March of 1969. My Dad (then a commander) was standing somewhere on the fringes of the flight deck of the USS Enterprise—the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. It must have been cool because he was wearing a pea coat with his hands buried deep in the pockets. His cap carried the ship’s name and designation—then CVAN 65. Even though he was on his way to support the war in Vietnam, was thousands of miles from us, and was probably questioning the worth of his small contribution to the war (he was a dentist, afterall)—he was smiling. I think he was excited to be on an incredible adventure with a bunch of truly dedicated men. No women then—sorry!