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At random: Capt. Don Ulmer, USN SS (Ret.), and noted submarine author, began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1947 and in 1949 while serving as an electrical technician E-4 aboard the submarine USS Clamagore, he was transferred to the Naval Academy. When he asked his commanding officer why he was being sent to Annapolis, the skipper replied, "I don't think you're smart enough to make E-5 and I need the bunk space." Ulmer graduated in 1954 and in 1967 returned to command Clamagore, possibly the only officer to command a U.S. warship having served on it as an enlisted man.
Moving to Charlottesville

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Sid Harrison
Posted 2017-09-12 1:09 PM (#85026)

Great Sage of the Sea

Posts: 570

Location: Colton, NY
Subject: Moving to Charlottesville

It has been a while since I have posted on this forum.

Background:  Wife had a stroke in 2015.  I had handicap modifications
made to the house. She and I thought I could look after her.  The stroke
was a small bleed on the brain stem. Her brother and sister had the
same kind of stroke (maybe a genetic thing) and today you would never
know it. Linda and I thought her situation would be similar.  Not so.

Anyway, even with some aides coming in it was not realistic to
continue.  Our daughter is a senior nurse at the U of VA hospital in
Charlottesville VA. That is her home and she found an outstanding care
facility in Charlottesville which we could afford. In May this year my
wife left here never to return  She is getting excellent 24hr care.

Now I am in the process of getting things ready to sell our "sweet spot"
here in Northern New York.

When the Estate sale is done and the place is sold and our "keeper"
stuff is moved to C-Ville I plan to move to a small apartment in

Our daughter will be scouting for a suitable seniors complex that would


So, my question to any of you is do you live in a seniors apartment
complex in Charlottesville, or know anyone who does or have any info
that would be helpful?

If so, email me, or just post the info here.

We are moving into a new normal. That's life.  But at least I'll be in the
same town as my wife and daughter.

That's about it.



Posted 2017-09-12 2:28 PM (#85027 - in reply to #85026)


Posts: 7267

Location: Upper lefthand corner of the map.
Subject: RE: Moving to Charlottesville

Sid, nice hearing from you. So sorry about the situation with your wife but it sounds like you have been taking the steps necessary to carry on. It won't be your old "normal" but you will be together.
Good luck.

Ralph Luther
Posted 2017-09-12 3:24 PM (#85028 - in reply to #85026)

Posts: 5959

Location: Summerville, SC
Subject: RE: Moving to Charlottesville

Life goes on, Sid, and it sounds like you've got a handle on it. Hopes and prayers are there for you both.
Posted 2017-09-12 3:52 PM (#85029 - in reply to #85026)
Old Salt

Posts: 472

Subject: RE: Moving to Charlottesville

getting old is not for the feint of heart, and sometimes it's punch in the gut. I applaud your efforts to care for her. This decision probably did not come easy. Take it day by day shipmate and keep looking up.
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