Phil Morrison AE-3 VF 51 1963-67
Phil by the Grace of God dodged an early death several times in his life. At the age of 4 he was stricken with a severe dose of Rheumatic fever causing the Dr's to tell his mother that,"he may not last the night." Three days shy of his 15th birthday just a mere second or two of hesitation may have saved him from a horrible car crash that did kill a good friend. At age 16 he narrowly escaped drowning along with two friends in a river, and a month later a brother of a friend of his did drown. Throughout his young life Phil had "Pivotal Moments" that would serve to help mold the man he would become.
I joined the Navy at age 17 in August 1963. and joined my 24 year old brother T.J. straight out of boot camp December, 1963, and was assigned and checked into Fighter Squadron 51, (Screaming Eagles).
I was personally welcomed aboard by
Commander James B. Stockdale the skipper of VF-51 on December 7,
1963. I still have the Welcome Aboard booklet he gave me.
Skip and I had a lot in common as we both had our fathers pass
away while on the Tico 64 West Pac Cruise. Skips father in
the summer and mine in October.
|Skip and I were a part of
I was on 3 WestPac Cruises, on 3
different carriers, (mainly the Tico) and all of this happened
before I turned 21.
I am now 65 years old and have written a book about my life.
It started out as a tribute to my Skipper James Bond Stockdale,
and turned into a years labor of love with stories of Skip that are unique from any other written about him.