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This is my wife, Mary Pickard. We were married July 21, 2001 in Michigan. Mary is retired from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Here is our very well trained and pampered Yorkie, Alex!
I was born the oldest of 4 brothers and 1 sister in Snover, Michigan. We were raised on a dairy and crop farm in Sanilac County located in Michigan's "Thumb Area".
Dad's early tractors were Minneapolis-Moline as they had a hand clutch and were easy for us kids to operate.
After graduating Sandusky High School I served in the U.S. Navy as a radioman both overseas and aboard ship.
I spent 18 months on the Island of Malta with Fasron (Special) 201. While there I also served on the islands of Sardinia and Crete.
We had a squadron of P2V-5 or P2V-7 antisubmarine patrol bombers and WV-2 airborne early warning aircraft that patrolled the Mediterranean area.
Here is a site by Bill Gusky which describes life on Malta and with Fasron (Special) 201
I spent 6 weeks on the USS Alameda County AVB1 (Advanced Base Ship) while on a NATO exercise on the island of Sardinia. She used to be a LST (Landing Ship Tank)