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WW II Navy Harley Davidson with sidecar by Caveman1a WW II Navy Harley Davidson with sidecar by Caveman1a
At the Harley-Davidson Museum in Mil, Wisc.

This is a flathead 45cid and would be a WLA or WLC military model.
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musksnipe Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Found a story about the incident, but it doesn't seem to be the same I remember, reading in Officer's Country.
"Walla Walla Union Bulletin", Tuesday, June 13, 1967, p.3.
Sub Rams Highway Near Stella, Wash.

AP:   "Traffic ground to a halt on U.S. Highway 830 about 10 miles west of Longview Monday, when the submarine Tender USS Sperry plowed into the highway breaking pavement and knocking down power and telephone lines. The 530-foot Sperry was making its way down the Columbia River enroute from the Portland Rose Festival to San Diego when its pilot lost steerage, the 13th Naval District headquarters said.

Witnesses said sirens were screeching and the ships public address system was blaring an alert to the crew as the vessel sliced through the muddy bank near the little town of Stella and came to rest after chopping out half the pavement.

The Navy said the Sperry was aground for about two hours before backing off and proceeding down the river. The ship was not visibly damaged, the Navy said.

The Sperry, stationed in San Diego, is commanded by Capt. Michael M. Elliott, Manlius, N.Y.. A civilian pilot was abouard at the time of the mishap."

Caveman1a Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool Thanks! :)

I think that I've seen a picture(s) before, but I had no idea what it was about. In 67, I was about 3 so I don't remember it from the news ;)
musksnipe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
USN. Some lucky snipe got to play with this regularly.
Snip= USN slang for Engineering gang. It evolved to cover all mechanics, in the Navy.
I was one. :D Engineman/GM Diesel Technician
Caveman1a Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What year(s) were you in...and what all did you get to operate? :D
musksnipe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was in from '72 -'76. I went to Engineman "A" and "C" schools. C schools are tech schools. I was trained in GM diesels. Basically big train engines, modified for ships. I was certed in GM 248, 567, and 645. The 567's were the cooler ones. Double blowers.
I worked mainly on V12 and V16 248A's. We had 4 V-16's and 2 V-12 (auxiliaries for ship's power) in each ER. plus all the other engineering stuff, fire pumps, purifiers, etc. The engines had a 10 inch stroke, 8.5 bore. 248 per cylinder.
I also worked on GM 6-71's, periodaclly, on board the ship's launchs. Plus, as duty Engineman, I had to know how to run every piece of machinery in all the Engineering spaces, from the boilers, to the engines. Trips to sea sucked, engineering, first on, last off. I sat on an engine 8 hours a day, worked 4, slept another 8, and hung out the rest of the time. :)
Caveman1a Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds like fun! LOL

How big was the ship(s)?

Let me ask you something...I know that a lot of GM Diesels were 2-stroke, were they all 2-stroke? 
musksnipe Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Here you go. I couldn't remember the length, but I was 32 feet under water, in the Forward Engineroom. :D
The Proteus was in Florida, when I was on board the Sperry. The Dixon was there, in San Diego. The Sperry was the first ship, commissioned, after the attack on Pearl Harbor
Caveman1a Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's  pretty big! 
musksnipe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, she was. We took care of all types of subs, from old diesels, to boomers. One of two ships in the Navy, capable of that, at the time. It was interesting, fighting those dirty ruskies, during the cold war. :)
Caveman1a Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My Grandpa (on my Mom's side) was in the Navy during WWII. I don't remember what ship that he was on but I think that it was a destroyer. He said the most scared that he ever got was during the kamikaze attacks. He said that the guns could kill the pilot and shoot the plane all to hell but the engine, bomb (if equipped) and the rest of the aircraft was still going to hit close by!       
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