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Knots are essential for work on a floating repair ship.
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Any sailor, even an Air Corps one, worth his salt, must learn to splice ropes.
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Mustn't forget cleanliness in a military organization.
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Through the use of charts, the instructor teaches the parts of the ship to aircraft repair mechanics.
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Aircraft Repair Unit personnel escape the heat by sitting in the shade while the instructor demonstrates the use of the cargo boom for handling cargo.
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Here another group of Aircraft Repair Unit personnel receive training in elementary marine navigation.
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In the Alabama heat it was much cooler giving ship orientation briefing outside in the shade.
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Students march as a unit from one class to the next.
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Officers' Mess at the Grand Hotel
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Standard enlisted quarters at the Grand Hotel.
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Born January 31, 1906 in Newcastle-on Tyne, England, Lt Col Thompson entered the British Navy in 1918. During the next 20 years, he worked as a navigating officer, British Merchant Marine, Staff Officer, and Master, American Merchant Marine. He entered the Army Air Forces in April 1942 where he graduated from the first class of Officers' Training School, Miami, Florida. An assignment as Port Air Officer, Charleston Port of Embarkation began a string of temporary assignments to various ports both in the US and overseas to Port organizations. In July 1944, he was assigned as Commandant of the Mobile Air Service Command, Marine Training School to train Officers and enlisted of Aircraft Repair Units (Floating) and Aircraft Maintenance Units (Floating) in basic marine operations prior to boarding their vessels.
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Following "School Call" personnel head off to class
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Personnel of the Second Aircraft Repair Unit
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Personnel fall out for morning formation prior to days training.
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Class forms up for parade.
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Flares over the beach at night.
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