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Marvin Dockery01-Mar-2017 14:19
I am in Tennessee and about to start my spring camping. Still in the old truck camper, but with good insulation, eight hundred watts of solar power, I stay warm, and have 12 volt and AC power every where. On sunny days three of the eight panels would be enough, but in shade or clouds it takes all eight to charge the four golf cart batteries.

New print offerings on ebay will go up soon. My eBay seller ID is modelsmodels.

I went off grid in 2006. It has been hard to make the change, and until getting the solar panels my gas and propane bill for generators and heat often topped $250.00 in the clolder winter months.
Since mid December 2016 I have spent under $60.00 for propane, and never cranked the generator. Big difference.

I often camp in the Snowbird Mountains west if Robbinsville, NC., and on Citico Creek in Tennessee. There are also several free places between the two locations.
Limits average two weeks in one spot.
A short drive is often required to get phone signals or to check emails.

Finding lost items left by other campers has become a hobby.
Marvin Dockery15-Jun-2016 16:33
Its June in 2016 and I am visiting a friend in the mountains of eastern Arizona.
He has Internet, so a new message. I do read the guestbook here from time to time, but today most of my time is spent in an old truck camper in national forrests where camping is free, but no Internet.
Library's block me from getting on my website because of the nudes. But I refuse to pull them.
Many thanks to everyone who leaves a message.

Marvin Dockery08-Feb-2016 02:51
I have been away from the internet most of 2015, but hope to get these pages updated soon. There are still a few pictures of the piers at Newport to copy and display. I am still looking for Paul Willis. He worked in the Chaplains office at Newport in 1961 - 62.
John Howard 09-Jan-2015 23:05
If history is any source of credibility my memory is that I had basic training in San Diego beginning Sept 1959 until Dec 1959 then on to Pensacola then to Whiting (Milton) where I was assigned to Crash and Rescue on North Field. Who knows if there any crossing of paths along the way. If I can find your albums of picture would like to view them. John Howard
Guest 20-Aug-2014 15:03
Hi Marvin:
I enjoyed your picture of Milton, Fl as that is my hometown. I may have met you at the Milton USO. I was a USO hostess there in 1960 and my Mom became the director after Mrs. Smith "Smitty" retired. I loved all the hours I spent at the USO. I learned to dance, met a lot of great guys, had lots of pen pals after they left. I miss those wonderful times. I support the USO here in Pensacola, Florida. Such a wonderful organization.
Jack Boettger 27-Aug-2013 13:23
Hi, was stationed at Newport, RI as part of Atlantic Fleet Camera Party aka Atlantic Fleet Photo Tiangulation Group from 8/57-6/60. Got out as a PH2. Was on many of the ships at Newport during that time when they were doing their firing exercises to earn their 'E'. Went on part of Inland Sea Cruise (1959) and high lined between ships in order to photograph USN Academy midshipmen for Fleet Home Town News.
Bruce Maxwell 03-Jun-2012 12:06
My name is Bruce Maxwell ADR3 stationed at Whiting VT3 10/60 to 10/63 got out did Army time then Air Force retired CMSGT USAF. Had a great time a whiting if you did'nt mind having to use a locker club to change your mil cloths to civ then back to mil colths to get back on base... You have a great site.enjoyed it. Thanks
DON SMITH 31-May-2012 01:17
Marvin Dockery21-Feb-2012 20:10
Ernie collected early LP music albums in the late 1950's. His only boat in 1960 was an 9 ft pram, that he built from plans. We fished out of it a few times off Blackwater River, at Milton, FL. He was interested in buying large Junks in Asia and then sailing them to france for some profit.
He had two sisters, and I am trying to locate one of them. One died, and now both my be gone. He lived in southern N.M. when he was five, but was born in Texas to kentucky born father, and a tesas born mother.

Thank you for your comments. If you have any photographs of Ernie let me know. I can display them here and give you credit. I have space for at least a thousand more images.
Ken Bailey 21-Feb-2012 02:47
I was a Combat Photographer, out of NAS North Is., San Diego from 1978-84 and made many trips to Subic Bay. We had 6 month deployments there. Yes, I knew Ernie Gaines and spent alot of time at his beautiful Beach. I loved it and have great memories of staying there. I just saw the photos on another website and was shocked at what I saw. My Combat Camera Unit had many parties out at his beach and I spent many weekends out there. I will never forget his stories, big band music at night playing at the bar with the roar of a generator humming in the background. The hike up to the falls and skinny dipping with my LBFM made it very special. I shall never forget!!! From going to bed in the little cabins with the mosquito coils burning to waking in the morning having a strong cup of Joe and later throwing horseshoes with Ernie made it so worthwhile. Seeing the Dingo breed dogs hanging around the bar while drinking San Magoos with Ernie telling stories of Thunderbird sailboat races around Snake Island was a highlight of my time in the P.I.
Bill McMillian 29-Jun-2011 23:41
Good evening Marvin
I was just looking at your website to see if you had added any new photos of New Port Ri to your website, but you have not added any. recently I came accross a really nice color photo
of Broadway New Port,Ri I can not recall where I got it from it is a daytime photo maybe in the early evening hours, I would like to share it with you if I had an email address I could email it to you.did you ever get any photos of the Hideaway it was a bar on the right hand side of Thames Street,also a pretty nice bar on the right hand side of Thames St it was near the post office it was on the left hand side of street. also another bar
I used to go to quite often the Blue Moon Bar and Grill the had great country music back then. Have a great 4th of July Holiday.

Best regards
Bill McMillian
New Richmond,Ohio
Larry Briggs 18-Jun-2011 05:03
I was stationed at NAAS Whiting Field from 1957 - 1960 assigned to BTG-3 later commisioned to VT-3, lived in barreks 1418 lower deck worked in the AT shop on night check.
Marvin Dockery05-Apr-2011 18:28
I remember the crash, and another photographer made crash site photos.

Nothing was found wrong with the plane's engine. The cylinders were photographed on the inside, and there was no lockup, or scoring found.

His helment was cracked, as if he had passed two close under another plane, or another plane had crossed too close over his, and the planes prop had come through his canopy.

I was told that his plane went into a long shallow glide, and then crashed.
Bill Eskridge 01-Apr-2011 17:09
My brother was a Cadet and crashed Sept 1959 2 mins flying time from Whiting in a T-28..Remember anything about it or know anyone who might ? Thanks..His name was Poe Winston Eskridge III
Bill Eskridge
Marvin Dockery15-Feb-2011 22:49
I turned sixty nine in September of 2010. It seems like my navy time was only a few years ago. A lot of the guys have died, and others are now in nursing homes. Some are even homeless.

Newport, RI is now back to being a rich mans place with the rooms in some of the hotels running as much as eight hundred dollars a night.

Thanks for leaving comments on the pictures. I hope to add a few more of Newport, and San Diego soon

Marvin Dockery
Alcoa, Tennessee
Michael G.B. Evans 13-Feb-2011 15:36
Marvin, these photos of Newport and the ships are wonderful and bring back great memories. I was at OCS in August to December 1962, then sent to USS Myles C. Fox DD-829 in Mayport, FL, then to USS Brownson DD-868 for temporary duty for damage control training, then back to the Fox in Newport until Dec 1965. Thanks, Mike Evans, Ltjg, USNR, now almost 71.
Lou Vutianitis 20-Oct-2010 15:45
I served on the Barry DD933 from 1958 to 1960 as RD3,your pictures bring back great memories,I am now 70. Idid have the opputtunity to visit The Barry in the Wash D.C. navy yard some years ago.
Marvin Dockery25-Nov-2008 19:56
I am working on new navy scans of Newport to add to the navy pages. Also Charles miller from my 1959-61 days at the photo lab at NAAS Whiting field has made contact. He has several images made at Whiting. Would be nice to get some of them for the pages here.
More info soon

Marvin Dockery
Bill Mc Millian 09-Nov-2008 01:59
Hello and good evening Marvin
This is really a great website the photos are excellent and do bring back many memories
I also was stationed in Newport,RI aboard the U S S William R.Rush DDR714 From November 1955 to July 1961 over 6 wonderful years I spent there. I evend turned down Florida to stay in New Port, I got out of the Navy in 1961 and remained out until 1977 I spent 5 years in the Army Reserve from 1977 to 1982, I then went back in the Naval Reserves from
1982 to 1997 when I retired from the Naval Reserve as a Storekeeper. Thanks again for the great website. I am now 70 years old, Thanks for the memories.
John Janse 04-Dec-2007 19:50
Stationed at NAAS Whiting Field 1958 - 1960 and loved seeing the way it was. Looking forward to picking up some photos.
Guest 01-Jul-2006 17:14
Thanks for your wonderful web site. I served in the U.S. Navy during WW II on a battleship. Did you serve in the Navy too?

Bill Welch
tammy 01-May-2006 19:13
hey whats up?remember me?this is tammy just thought id say hey
nick 08-Aug-2005 20:12
Hi Marvin, how can I register for your special sale? Many thanks and more importantly whats in there

paul yung25-Mar-2005 01:37
The images and comments in these galleries are made with brutal honesty, compassion and high technical skills. We have an artist at work here. Congrat!!
Marshall Woodson 07-Mar-2005 18:33
I have been a photographer/collector since 1984. Marvin is one of those photographers I love to collect. The execution is flawless, both in technical aspects and the asthetics. His subjects always seem more interesting than most photographers and judging from the results, he has a deeper connection to his models than just as a photographer. I would suspect that the models themselves value his photographs more than other photographers they have shot with. His photographs are a bargin today. In the years to come he will be highly collected. Photographers like Marvin are a vanishing breed and a national treasure.
Quill 24-Feb-2005 16:40
Very nice selection, great models and great pictures - keep up the good work!
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