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Mike_The_First
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posted 11-23-2014 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've started collecting Apollo-era prime recovery ship (PRS) postal covers and I think it would be cool to get them signed by members of the recovery crew, such as the ship commander, helicopter pilots, etc.

I'm having some difficulty, though, finding who they are, if they're still alive, and if they sign. Has anyone taken on a similar task that can shed some light on this?

I've found that some resources contradict the others in terms of the names of the PRS commanding officers, which really adds to the whole mess.

Mike_The_First
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posted 12-02-2014 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone?

ea757grrl
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posted 12-02-2014 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just off the top of my head, just about every ship past or present has a reunion organization. I'd suggest getting in touch with them. From experience most of these crewmembers are proud of their time aboard the particular ship in question, and can set you straight on who the skipper was at any given point. If the captain is still around I imagine they can put you in touch with him (although I'd imagine the number of those still alive is few, given the passage of time; the PRS captains still around would be in their 80s or 90s now).

The helicopter squadrons may be a little trickier, but I'd imagine some detective work can suss out some similar organizations for them. You can probably find out definitively who the crews were and get in touch with those members still around. It may take a little patience, but it can be done.

Good luck.

Mike_The_First
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posted 12-02-2014 05:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know — that's what I've been doing, along with contacting ship museums for clarification on crew lists, a lot of Googling, and various other tacts that will hopefully work out.

The only thing I know for sure at this point are the names of a few helicopter pilots who have passed away.

It's shaping up to be a fun project.

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