Pukin Dogs, or Life Is A Circle July 3, 2012Posted by johnhemry in Uncategorized.
Last Friday our family was down in Huntsville, Alabama for the graduation of our youngest son from the Space Camp Aviation Mach III Challenge. Each team in the challenge takes an aviation-related nickname, and our son’s team was the Pukin Dogs. This nickname was given long ago to the Navy fighter squadron VF-143, and on my first ship one of my shipmates (Commander Bill Dykes) was a real Pukin Dog, having served with VF-143 before coming to the ship. (As CDR Dykes said “once a Pukin Dog, always a Pukin Dog.”) My son isn’t a real Pukin Dog, of course, but it was still a funny coincidence. (By the way, Bill Dykes was partly the model for Commander Steve Sykes in the JAG in space/Sinclair books such as A Just Determination.)