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Dude! Is that a Saab Sonnet III?
Yes Danny it is a Sonnett but it was a Sonnett 2 but never really called that, just a Sonnett V4. It was one of my Dads company cars that were shared in the fleet, the bump on the hood is the clue to the V4 power plant.
When they offered the series 111 car it had a four on the later in production.
I went to the SAS terminal at Kennedy Airport with him to pick up the first two stoke Sonnett for the New York Auto Show. They had actually produced a Sonnett 1 which was an open car like your Spyder. There was one that sat for years in East Haven Connecticut at the back of the garage when they were head quartered for many years before moving to Orange Connecticut.
I couldn't find a photo of me or my brother without going down into the basement and digging so I just snapped this one from a wall picture in my office. I was Navy Aviation and my Brother was Army 101st Airborne.
Oct 3 1962, USS Kearsarge CVS-33. We picked up Walter Schirrar Jr. in the Pacific after 6 orbits. Project Mercury, Sigma-7. An unforgettable event in my life ! Everyone was holding their breath when the capsule hit the water and went totally under for a few seconds. While waiting out on the Pacific for them to send Wally up, we had "swim call" over the deepest place in the ocean at 36,000 ft. We jumped off the #2 elevator the hangar deck level. They had two Marines with M-1's on shark watch. Anyone onboard was invited to swim. The CO actually jumped in with everyone.
I salute all those who have gone before and will light a single candle for them all !
Somewhere I have a folder of ancient photos (still haven't found it). WW II saw three Navy (CB's in Europe/Pacific), Two Army (both Infantry in Europe) and an Air Force veteran (Newfoundland and Thule, Greenland) all male.
Korea saw a brother in law, Army, rear echelon.
Vietnam saw my other brother in law, a Lt. Colonel, Army Ranger, Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP) among the Hmong people in the Central Highlands, Laos and Cambodia for seven years. Vietnam also saw three cousins in the Army - two infantry (only one came back) and one nurse - and my brother in the Air Force (Tan Son Nhut Airbase).
My hat's off to all of the Veterans on here. We owe you people a lot.
Most all of my military memorabilia got lost during my various relocations since honorable discharge from Air Force (1967 - 1971). Found these, both when I was at Shepard AFB Tech School for my initial medical training. Right after these were taken, the '68 Tet Offensive really escalated the war. Hello Vietnam!!
I salute all the men & women in uniform that have put themselves in harm's way for the sake of this great country!
Thanks, even before jungle fatigues..
7 tours, all corps areas and then some.
"They gave up two lives. The one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers and revered old men. And all we can do is remember."
Penned by Peggy Noonan and delivered by Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day, 1985.
I wish to add something. Those that served and survived their service also gave up a life; the life they might have lived without the knowledge of combat and the trauma of extreme loss. I am sorry for their loss. For those I've met and that have befriended me, here and elsewhere, I am sorry for your loss but grateful that life has somehow led us to know one another. Your service and your friendship have enriched my life.
Since Vinny isn't on this forum, I'll add pics of my 'brutha from anutha mutha', Vince Manto! (Aka; Cuzn' Vinny)
Vince was in Vietnam, 101st Airborne Artillery, and 'brought the smoke' when it was necessary to clear an area in country. Thnx Vinny!