A fellow asked me why my screen name was widowmaker. Well, it has nothing to do with being an actual widow maker.
It comes from a hill I used to try to climb on a motorcycle in the mid 1960s.
It was located in a place called 3 Rocks just off highway 33 in the central
California valley. I rode an old stripped down Honda 305. A group of us tried to climb that darned hill for years. Very few made it all the way and more than a few wound up in the hospital. At the bottom of the hill on the run out area about 200 yards away there was a gully that was about 30 feet across and 20-25 feet deep. Several people ran off into it and had to be helicoptered out.
So thats the source of my screen name.
Keep your powder dry boys.
Things are gonna get rough.
Funny we had a Battalion C.O.(on my first duty posting) we called the Widowmaker!! As a company C.O. in the Nam he tried charging a Cong stronghold with half his company wounded...he got some lettuce but he had to write all those women and tell them why their husbands weren't coming home....Glad I got outta that Unit
CWO-4 US ARMY Ret./Med.
Proud to be a Soldier, Proud to be a Night Stalker!
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment(S.O.A.R.) The Army's Taxi for Special Operators *NSDQ*
In the Mid '60's a 305 Honda was pretty new! In the early '70's we would work Honda 250's and do the same stupid stuff. Coming down was often even worse.
We didnt have scooters that could climb steep hills, just horses. That can be a bit scary when you get half way up and wished you hadnt tried it. Horse dont fail me now! I never rolled a horse but came damn close a few too many times. I dont know how I survived being young and dumb!