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Dustin Checotah

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  1. I bought a slide rule to use for high school senior year Physics class. I learned to use it for multiplication/division and for Trig functions. When I joined the Navy and went to nuclear power school I learned to use most of the scales. The Navy issued slide rules but I used my own. I have it still. It is the one at the top of the picture. The one below is one my father gave a neighbor kid back in about 1965, that guy returned it to me in 2002. the others are some I picked up at random places. About all I remember is multiplication and division. At the Navy nuke school, we had to use the slide rule on tests even though electronic calculators had come way down in price and size.
  2. I saw him in at the Naval Ammunition Depot in McAlester Oklahoma on Armed Forces Day about 1965. He did the quick draw demonstration with blanks and paper cups. He would balance one on the back of his hand held just above the pistol. He would then drop his hand and shoot the paper cup before it hit the ground. I was about 12 then and I was impressed. Lots of people have only seen Thompson guns in the movies and have never fired one. They seem to think the movies are real and that they are uncontrollable.
  3. Look up SL-1 Reactor. It was a joint Army-Navy reactor that went prompt critical during maintenance. There was a steam explosion and a couple of guys died, and yes there was radiation leakage. When I went through the Navy's nuclear power school, we saw a movie about the reactor. At the time it was classified. I later (a few years ago) saw the same movie on some history type programing. They must have declassified the movie.
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