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Topic: Happy 96th Birthday to CJ Willis
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Happy Birthday to CJ Willis of PT 242 - Ron 19 & 23 who is celebrating number 96 Easter Sunday. Still going strong and extending his best wishes to all his buddies on this board and especially to Jerry Gilmartin for hosting us for a very special visit and ride on the 658 a few years ago. Special memories for both of us!

Randy Willis

Posted By: Randy Willis | Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 - 2:00pm
Total Posts: 8 | Joined: Jul 16, 2007 - 12:53pm



I uploaded CJ's picture to the gallery but can't figure out how to post it here. [:-laughing-:]

Maybe one of you guys with more expertise can post it for us.

Thanks!!!

Randy Willis

Posted By: Randy Willis | Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 - 3:04pm
Total Posts: 8 | Joined: Jul 16, 2007 - 12:53pm



Duplicate [please delete]

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 - 9:55pm
Total Posts: 1311 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm



Take 2
Hi Randy,
I will try to post the picture here. Thanks Jerry


Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

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Dick I could not just select the image code from the Photo Gallery and insert it into my message after the initial post. The Edit Message field does not have the photo gallery functionality. So I had to save the photo of CJ from the Gallery onto my hard drive, then re upload it as part of a new message. I don't know if anything can be done to simplify this but i just wanted to raise attention to the issue in case you can.

Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 - 10:13pm
Total Posts: 1311 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm



I found the photos from when CJ and Randy came to Portland and rode the PT658. It was on August 19th 2011 and we were on the way to visit Milwaukee OR for the Milwaukee Daze Festival. Here are some pretty good pics of the great time we had that day with both CJ and his son Doctor Randy manning the 40mm and the port side 50 cal turret, which was CJs Battle Station aboard PT242 Celeste.

Jerry

This first photo is of CJ Willis and Maury Hooper, both PT Boat vets, on board PT658, Maury was President of "Save the PT Boat Inc" at the time.

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Jerry Gilmartin
PT658 Crewman
Portland OR

Posted By: Jerry Gilmartin | Posted on: Apr 2, 2021 - 11:10pm
Total Posts: 1311 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 11:16pm



It is good to see you CJ, and Happy Birthday! [:-cheers-:]

Thanks Jerry, great photos. It looks like you gave them a wonderful time. I'll bet you guys made those rowers nervous, sighting in the 40mm on them! heh...




Posted By: Jeff D | Posted on: Apr 3, 2021 - 6:06am
Total Posts: 2071 | Joined: Dec 21, 2006 - 1:30am



Looking fantastic C.J. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you on SUNDAY.



Posted By: Frank J Andruss Sr | Posted on: Apr 3, 2021 - 6:54am
Total Posts: 3315 | Joined: Oct 9, 2006 - 6:09am



Happy Birthday, C.J.!

God Bless!



Posted By: Drew Cook | Posted on: Apr 3, 2021 - 8:03am
Total Posts: 1291 | Joined: Oct 19, 2006 - 10:44am



Many more, C.J.! Here's hoping you take an attack angle on #100!

Will

Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Apr 3, 2021 - 5:04pm
Total Posts: 1954 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm



HAPPY BIRTHDAY C.J.!!!!!

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Posted By: TED WALTHER | Posted on: Apr 4, 2021 - 7:47pm
Total Posts: 2933 | Joined: Oct 16, 2006 - 7:42am



Awesome! Happy Birthday CJ!!

David Waples

Posted By: David Waples | Posted on: Apr 4, 2021 - 7:52pm
Total Posts: 1638 | Joined: Jan 2, 2007 - 9:55pm