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Paul78zephyr
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posted 12-03-2006 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In this photo:
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a12/ap12-KSC-69PC-636.jpg

a tattoo can be seen on Pete Conrad's left forearm (was Pete left handed?). Anyway I was wondering if anyone knew wnat the tattoo was? I kind of looks like the ship (Intrepid?) in this pic:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:AP12goodship.png

Anyone else?

Also in the pic are Dick Gordon (reading newspaper), Tom Stafford?, Al Bean?, and a young George Abbey in hardhat (according to Mike Mullane).

Paul


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posted 12-03-2006 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tatoo does look like a sailing ship.
You are correct about Stafford and Bean in the photo, but the other person is actually Jim McDivitt (not George Abbey).
See link...
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a12/ap12-69-H-1830.jpg

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posted 12-03-2006 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FutureAstronaut   Click Here to Email FutureAstronaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have any knowledge of this, but it could be an anchor. I don't mean to stereotype, but a lot of NAVY guys have anchor tatoos.

Very observant Paul.

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posted 12-03-2006 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tom:
The tatoo does look like a sailing ship.
You are correct about Stafford and Bean in the photo, but the other person is actually Jim McDivitt (not George Abbey).
See link...
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a12/ap12-69-H-1830.jpg


No no no...
The guy in the HARDHAT. According the Mike Mullane thats George Abbey.

Paul

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posted 12-03-2006 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
oh...lol

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posted 12-04-2006 12:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lola Morrow   Click Here to Email Lola Morrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And to the right of Al Bean is Paul Weitz

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posted 12-04-2006 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is the guy sitting in the background? That wouldn't be "Animal" (Conrad's nickname for Gordon), would it?

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posted 12-06-2006 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Courtesy of the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal, the following is a second shot of the tattoo. I fear it does not help much (but part does appear to be an anchor). http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a12/ap12-KSC-69PC-637HR.jpg

Also, the captions for the pre-launch photos identify the gentleman with the hardhat in the background, as attributed to Dave Scott, as the "Fourth Crewmember."

[Edited by WAWalsh (December 06, 2006).]

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posted 12-06-2006 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PC JR   Click Here to Email PC JR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tattoo was an anchor and his intials with a rattle snake head. He had it put on his arm during WWII. He was 15 years old and he wanted to look like a sailor or an adult he was small in stature and looked very young. He also was right handed

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posted 12-06-2006 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pete,

Thanks for posting. Your Dad was a special guy. I'm sorry I never got to meet him.

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posted 12-06-2006 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PC JR:
The tattoo was an anchor and his intials with a rattle snake head. He had it put on his arm during WWII. He was 15 years old and he wanted to look like a sailor or an adult he was small in stature and looked very young. He also was right handed

Thanks so much. Do you recall / have photos to check to know if the blue anchor was surrounded by stars, with his initials underneath? That is what I read somewhere.

Thanks!

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If memory serves me right I believe the anchor was blue and there were stars around it. I know he was not very proud of it and that he did not want any of his children to have tattos.

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posted 12-07-2006 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PC JR:
If memory serves me right I believe the anchor was blue and there were stars around it. I know he was not very proud of it and that he did not want any of his children to have tattos.

Thanks so much for that recollection - much appreciated.

Paul78zephyr
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posted 12-07-2006 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul78zephyr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello to PC JR! I did not know that you were Pete Conrad's son. I am so glad you are here and answered my question. You father was, is, and will always be my favorite astronaut. He made being an astronaut seem very 'human' and always acted like a regular guy, not stuck up or anything like that. Ill always remember how you father stood up for the DC-10 which was a great plane. And Im old enough to remember the 'Do you know me...' commercials. And I did!

God bless Pete Conrad, he is missed.
Paul

ps The only reason that I asked if he was left handed was that in the picture he is holding the coffee urn in his left hand and the tattoo is on his left arm.

[Edited by Paul78zephyr (December 07, 2006).]

carmelo
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posted 12-09-2006 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carmelo   Click Here to Email carmelo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello to PC JR,and many thanks for posting.Your Dad is one of my favourite Astronauts,a great guy.

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