This is the guy that got me started blogging about 8 years ago...so blame him for foisting me on the blogosphere. Old NFO besides being a real nice guy and a class act, has been around a while...This was the guy that had the tiller when Admiral Farragut stated "Damm the Torpedo's full speed ahead" and his flagship the USS Hartford as they sailed past the Confederate Batteries protecting Mobile Bay during the American Civil War.
You can see Old NFO on the Tiller during the battle.
This Gentleman was by no means ready to hang it up, he continued to serve, He was with Admiral Dewey in the Battle of Manila bay in 1898 when Admiral Dewey broke the Spanish fleet at Manila with superior gunnery and ships.
As I understand it, he was on the bridge with Admiral Dewey during this battle.
Not content to just sail, he started working with the new arm of the fleet, the air arm. Old NFO became an accomplished aviator....I had to look for his first plane
Here is Old NFO earning his wings for the first time...
After many years and many airplanes and many adventures Old NFO finally retired and became an author where he writes several kinds of books and they are an awesome read. Please go to his website Here and check out what he has written and visit his spot on the web. I know the article above is a mild exaggeration but the man is really larger than life and a class act and I sincerely wish him a "Happy Birthday."