WILLIAM M. PORTER, JR. - USN RETIREMENT CEREMONY
Our son, William M. Porter, Jr. advised us that he would be
retiring from the USN on May 2, 2008 and wanted us to be there. I
can't remember if he supplied the plane tickets or we did since eight (8)
years has passed since we visited with him and his family for a week and to
attend his retirement ceremony. My bride advised me that he provided
the plane tickets! Our last visit to his home was during
San Diego County, CA Wild Fires in 2014.
I still had the pixs archived of which
Bill transferred them onto a disc and/or auxiliary portable hard drive with pictures taken from three different
cameras. I emailed pixs out of his retirement but for whatever reason,
did not get around to creating a web page for his retirement ceremony.
Many of the facts about the trip and what we did during that week stay has
certainly been lost in the ole brain and for the most part, the pictures
taken will have to speak for themselves........grin if you must! There
is a non-medical name for this type of memory loss called CRS disease
aka "Can't Remember Sometimes"
which is the clean version.
Below pix of the Porter family home there
in Vista, California:
Property in California is certainly at a premium and homes are close
together without a lot of extra yard space.
Click on below
thumbnail pixs for a larger screen view:
The Porter home is lovely and spacious with all the whistles and bells
needed. Bill and his family are into the technology age and have the
latest gadgets for TV, gaming, internet, music, photography, etc. My bride did have
trouble coming down the stair case one morning and forgot about the little
short step landing and took a pretty good fall and was stove up for a day or two but
nothing was broken other than her ego.
CEREMONY - MAY 2, 2008
The retirement ceremony was held at the
Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center, Balboa Park, San Diego, California at
1000 hours. Bill has been stationed in San Diego for many years and
fell in love with California the first time he was assigned duty there.
It is easy to understand why he liked the State of California so much since
there is something for everyone. The mountains can be seen in the far
distance and many places to visit along the coastline as well. There
are various types of cuisine, amusement parks and indoor and outdoor
activities for the various sports. Bill is an avid mountain trail
biker and his two sons are also into mountain bike riding, hiking,
roller blade hockey, etc.
As usual, it doesn't take too much to get myself
side tracked a little and now back to the retirement ceremony. The
Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center there in Balboa Park is awesome to say
the least and very well maintained. They have displays inside covering
the different war campaigns with actual items the soldiers, sailors, airmen and
marines used. There is a gift shop located with plenty of T shirts and
other things to mark the occasion.
camera had the wrong date programmed into it......grin if you must!
RETIREMENT BROCHURE SENT OUT BY THE US NAVY
Bill gave an excellent motivational presentation from the elevated podium
signifying a position of authority. I got choked up a couple times
when Bill elaborated about how much he loved our country and the US Navy,
whereas he got emotional himself.
Bill advanced to ETCM (SW) being a Command Master Chief E-9 which is the highest
rank an enlisted man can obtain and we are certainly proud of his
accomplishments. Bill already has a new career lined up as a Defense
Contractor and got on the ground floor with some new technology provided to
the US Navy before his
retirement and will continue with that technology.
There were several young seaman in the audience and they certainly did look
Bill was presented his retirement shadow box plaque with his advancements
through the Navy. There is a special name for this type of plaque but
will have to research it out.
Bill was saluted as he exited the ceremony with the ship's bell sounding.
LET THE PARTY BEGIN
After the ceremony, it
was time for refreshments and a variety of excellent Hors d'Oeuvres were available.
My bride definitely learned what a "California
Roll" is.......Sushi aka fish bait!
After the refreshments, we gathered outside for a few more pixs.
BACK AT THE PORTER HOME FOR SOME "REAL FOOD"
Bill is cutting a
Tri Tip Steak across the grain that he prepared on the charcoal grill and
it was delicious. His Father-in-Law, Myron Kroll taught him the
technique for grilling that tasty cut of meat. You rarely see that cut of
meat on the East Coast.
Porterhouse and T-Bone steaks are my personal
favorites along with Ribeye steak.
Filet mignon in my humble opinion
does not have the flavor of the three steaks just mentioned because filet
mignon from the tenderloin doesn't have the fat marbling content and is more
of a social status cut of beef due to its cost. The average weight of
a whole tenderloin is 5 pounds and a
steer will only have two of them
and that accounts for the higher cost. Filet mignon grilled rare, is about as
tender cut of beef you will experience grilled but the flavor is somewhat lacking
because of the near non-existence of fat marbling as just mentioned.
I don't remember exactly what was on the menu but it was all excellent food!
I believe Ben and Myron were hitting the portable bar that Myron brought
along on a regular basis and those cold beers were getting gone pretty fast
too! Bill's in-laws Myron and Pat Kroll are separated with a pending
divorce but seem to be getting along on amicable terms. Myron had his
younger than him red headed girl friend with him and she made a trip to the ABC
store to replenish some of the consumed liquors. I think he must keep a
supply of those blue pills on hand too........grin if you must!
VISIT WITH PAT WARNER IN ESCONDIDO, CA
I had Bill drive me to Escondido, CA which was is 12.9 miles or 15 minutes from Vista and
got a chance to meet an internet business acquaintance
I caught Pat off guard and got this pix of him:
Pat is a router guru and has much educational material available and I have
a copy of most of the books he has written about the subject along with some
of his products which are First Class All-American for sure.
WILL AND JAKE ROLLER BLADE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT
Bill took us to a roller blade hockey tournament that Will and Jake were competing
in and I was amazed at how fast that sport really is. Below a few pixs
SCENIC RIDE MOUNTAIN VIEW
Below pix of Jake
There are many mountain bike trails through out the Mountains in San Diego
County and Bill has many of them
documented with pictures, maps, technical
reviews and video clips
of his rides.
The above pictures were taken when Bill took us through the mountains for a
scenic ride and my bride still remembers the orange groves with orange trees
in peoples yard along the route with the delicious fruit ready for harvest.
In closing, it is hard to believe
that over eight (8) years has passed since the above pixs were taken,
Bill and his wife Casey divorced a couple years ago on not too friendly
terms, whereas both have moved on with their lives. Bill and their two
sons, Will III and Jake visit and they do things together which is very
My bride and myself had a wonderful visit with Bill, Casey, Will and Jake,
Myron and Pat Kroll and Ben Kroll
during the week along and
As I post at every opportunity on my blog, "Two of the Greatest Ships that
ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship" and it certainly does make Life
wonderful even with the normal obstacles that Life throws at you.
I give God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, The Praise,
Glory and Honor
in all things!
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 07-10-16 and updated on 07-11-16