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    jetskibrian's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    Poquoson Virginia

    Thanks "Sea Doo" Dave!

    Several months ago my brother John and I decided we wanted to do something special for Dave Waters.

    Dave is a young enlisted Navy man that is stationed here in Norfolk Virginia. He was on a 7 month deployment that turned into 9 months aboard the USS McFaul. His ship returned to port on Sunday.

    While Stationed here Dave has shown a genuine enthusiasm for salt water fishing. He has participated in many seminars and local Angler Club meetings.

    Before he deployed Dave dropped his pwc off at Martin's Custom Structures in Gloucester Va. to have some custom pipe work done. My brother John and I surprised him by taking care of the expense while Albert Martin also agreed to store Dave's ski under cover while he was out to sea.

    I had told some friends and local businesses of my intentions to surprise Dave when he returned from deployment and they were all were eager to join in.

    Some of the items given to Dave;

    Two nights at a Hampton Inn
    Personal EPIRB
    Two Custom rods w/ Shimano reels
    Diawa reel
    Several shirts and hats
    Dinner for two
    Several gift certificates
    Custom embroidered back pack
    Many fishing lures
    Framed pictures of USS McFaul

    These are the great people and businesses that donated Items.

    Aberdeen Barn Williamsburg
    Appomattox River Outfitters
    Atlantic Bait and Tackle
    Bishops Fishing Supply
    Grafton Fishing Supply
    Hampton Inn Capital Landing
    Martin’s Custom Structures
    West Marine Hampton
    York Embroidery
    Rob Cowling
    Julian Cox
    Cynthia Lockwood
    John Lockwood

    Last Sunday as the McFaul finally pulled in to Norfolk Rob Cowling and I where there to great the ship and take several pictures.

    We all gathered last night at Yorktown beach, and with the help of Dave's girlfriend Melanie, we were able to totally catch Dave off guard and surprise him with all these things.

    Thanks Dave for your service in the United States Navy!

    Dave is next year going to be stationed in Connecticut. For the next several weeks he will be in the Chesapeake Bay after Striped Bass on his PWC.

    Here are a couple pictures of Dave's newly rigged Sea Doo and some of last night.

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    Aug 2006
    Thats awesome. Dave thanks for your service where in CT I would like to shake your hand in person.

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    North Central Arkansas
    Cool, my older brother just got back to port recently. He has been in the Navy since '93 and is currently in San Diego. He was in Virginia Beach for a while and still owns a house there with renters that are late and won't pay. Nice to see you guys helping a fella out.

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    Pain is fear leaving your body.... rlovebk's Avatar
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    So. Cal.
    That is A-#1 first class treatment of a Patriot there. Congratulations on your safe return from deployment and THANK YOU for serving your country Dave. And a big +1 to Jetskibrian for doing such a great thing for this young man. That is also a great service. Right on!
    Nothing like being haze grey and underway, except being home.

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    St. Amant, LA
    This is a First Class thread all the way around. Props to all on both sides of the equation.

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    El Campo, Texas
    I previously read this on Brian's webpage and as always. Brian (as well as Sea Doo Dave) is my hero. Well played good sir. I thank you both for your good work!

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    Mod less, ride more! troyheb's Avatar
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    Nederland, Texas
    Great job Brian and thanks for your service Dave.

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    Poquoson Virginia
    Dave says thanks and so do I. He was out on the water yesterday trying out his newly rigged ride!

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    Virginia Beach, VA
    Welcome back Dave.

    Hope to see you out there.


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