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Top - Del Davis, R.D. Weers
Bottom - Robert Groves, John Guy
Robert (Grover) Groves
Joined the Navy in July. 1959 After boot camp in
San Diego, Ca. he was assigned to the USS RANGER, it was at that time the "largest" carrier in the fleet. I married him in Aug. 1962 just before his
last westpac tour. The memories of serving on the Ranger, the travels, the
bonding friendships, the experiences that have been captured on film & kept close to his heart were irreplaceable. He was an aerial photographer PT2.
I waved "goodbye" to my new husband among a "sea" of Navy wives watching
the enormous carrier disappear into the horizon.
We spent our 1st year of marriage waiting for "mail" ( I still have all of the letters, a wonderful diary of his travels) I met the ship upon it's return in May of 63 with "sea" of navy wives, AND a special gift of our baby son,
Grover ended his Navy duty with that cruise, but he NEVER ended his special attachment to
his "enormous steel home" We talked about it often, longing to see it, or go aboard it.
The closest he got to it was in 1991 when it was in San Diego, he could only see it from afar.
My wonderful, very unique husband became a Private Investigator. We started our own firm in 1982. We had two wonderful sons, & four
grand- children, but then as impossible as it seems to be, he had a massive heart attack in April 1998, & died, much too young, much too early.
I recently recieved a call from Del Davis telling me about this web site,
Grover would be so excited about sharing all of his memories & fabulous photos.
John Guy, & Del Davis & Joe Lucken, Coy Ross, Pete Naseth, Edmon Benavides, Lamm, Pelletier, so many names he
mentioned with fondness & laughter throughout his life.
I was lucky enough to have been
an 18yr old navy wife, participating in "dependents" cruises under the
Golden Gate Bridge. I briefly got to share the Navy experience, but I was lucky
enough to be married to my "sailor" for almost 36 years. I'll miss him forever,
but seeing this site develop is so very exciting, Grover NEEDS to be a part of
I cant think of a higher tribute to the man I loved, than to have him remembered
amongst the untold stories of the USS RANGER