1962, Alvin arrives at his new base… Warrior Block, HMCS Shearwater,
Shearwater, NS for Air Trades. Alvin is now an “O.S.A.F.” Here he will be
obtaining his trade and attend the N.A.M.S (Naval Air Maintenance School) There
are five Air Fitters. They were given a tour and the Trackers, Banshee jets,
Argus plane and Sikaraky helicopters.
loves his new post. He has a regular job from 8 am to 4:30 pm. They still have
to stand duty watch on the fourth evening. During his free time they get to head
down to the dance hall at Dartmouth. He tells his brother Ray, “you should see
the way they do the twist out here”.
was placed with the VU 32 Squadron, where they have 24 trackers and 12 T33 jet
trainers. His day starts at 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, with weekends off. He is very
happy. Alvin was born to be a mechanic… he loved working on the engines.
how Alvin said he was only “working out” with the boxing team? Well it
finally comes out in a letter to his mother that on April 14th he will have a
fight in the “Atlantic Command Boxing Tournament”. He will fighting in the
Junior Welter weight class (one above the light weight class).
his April 14, 1962 letter, he is disappointed that he won runner up to be the
champion. He tells his family how he should have knocked his opponent out in the
second round, but the bell went. He ended up with two black eyes and a bruised
nose, but gave it back to the other guy… he got a cut on his cheek and a split
lip! He was on the TV and made the papers but was very disappointment that they
called him “Don” instead of “Alvin”. He assures his mom that boxing is
now over for the year.
call him “Salty”…. May 11, 1962, he had ten days at sea on HMCS Haida.
Alvin and three mates volunteer as “sculling partie”, they clean up the
gallery after every meal working about four hours per day. Alvin was always
looking to try new things, and that was why he volunteer… so he could see what
it was like out at sea.