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From: Ridgefield, CT USA
Registered: Jan 2009

posted 03-27-2011 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 102 (March 27, 2011)

Space Cover #102, Special Message from USS Intrepid

Gemini 3, the 1965 manned space flight that sent Gus Grissom and John Young into space was launched on March 23, 1965. Here is an interesting cover sent on launch day from the USS INTREPID the aircraft carrier that recovered the craft and the crew.

My father, Paul Calle was assigned to the Intrepid to document in a series of drawings the recovery operations and the medical debriefing of the crew. He often told us of his time on the ship and the preparations he went through as they waited for the splashdown.

He set to work almost immediately after boarding the aircraft carrier to understand the layout of the ship, how and where the crew would arrive and most importantly what the procedure was for the debriefing. He asked members of the crew to run through the timeline and even set them up like Grissom and Young would be in order to prepare for where he would stand while sketching and asked the medical personnel to run through what they would be doing, where the crew would sit, etc.

While enroute to the area in the Atlantic designated for the splashdown my father sketched the captain, the crew, and the helicopter taking off to pick up the crew. One of my favorite drawings is a pen and ink sketch which later evolved into a four part series of large pencil drawings of the crew waiting in a long line to view the inside of the "Unsinkable Molly Brown" (see images 60-64).

What makes this cover really special to me is that it was mailed to me from my father. The letter enclosed on USS Intrepid stationary reads -

My Dearest Chris,

I know that you can't read yet but perhaps some day you will find this letter of interest. It will be mailed to you on the day the first two man Gemini capsule is launched and this ship that your father is on picks it up after it's trip through space. I send you all my love and kisses,

Your loving--

Fun stuff!

Bob M

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From: Atlanta-area, GA USA
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posted 03-29-2011 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating - thanks for sharing, Chris.


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From: Guyton, GA
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posted 03-29-2011 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! What a blessing!


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From: Fairfax, VA USA
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posted 03-29-2011 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, this is a fantastic historical and family letter and cover.

Thank you for sharing this with us.


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posted 03-29-2011 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's Great! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!


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From: Upcountry, Maui, Hawaii
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posted 04-03-2011 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"I know that you can't read yet but..."

How cool is that?

Thanks for sharing that Chris!

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