I was never stationed at Dam Neck, but I guess I have something in common with both of you - and that is your comments regarding Capt."Scratch". I had the privilege of having him as my commanding officer at the NavFac in Bermuda and one could not ask for a better officer to serve under; not to mention having him on the same bowling league team! We met several times later in our careers and once after I retired, but can't recall where or exactly when; perhaps at one of the IUSS reunions? I would love to get in touch with him, as I know he would remember me. I will give you a call Jim and see if that is an option.
I was there in those pre-op days. Capt. Scratch was a true gentleman. I was able to complete my B.A. while stationed there due to time off given for research in the library.And, I must say, the officers were outstanding people too..Cdr.Asher-Xo and others. And the Right Reverend Dr. Lee "Bud" Cole (OT1 Bud Cole)> Bud was not only an upbeat guy, he was an excellent vocalist. So many great people, so long ago, good memories.