US Coast Guard
Page No. 3
"1966"
​​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.

Good job Tom - That is the ONLY video in existence of the trip that we know of.
It was good that Kyle bought the camera over there.
One thing about the hydrofoil - It went from Denmark to Sweden.  Malone and I made that trip just to see what it was like. I can't remember if anyone else went with us. Also went on the cablecar to the restaurant.
Really unnerved me because I don't like high places but I made it Ordered a hamburger up there (I thought) and got something weird made out of eggs.
Rich Notestine.
This is the best compliment I have ever gotten since I have started this website in 2009.
Plenty of pleasant memories with Rich & Jim, I cant believe so much time has gone by, 50 years.​

Click onto picture below for advertisement on finding
​crew members that was on the Spar's Trip North in 1966.

The Spar's journey zigzagging across the North Atlantic & up through the Arctic circle.
Click below for food and information in Belfast Ireland.
​Also read about Rich & I going out to eat a steak dinner in Belfast just below.

                     This  dance was arranged for the "Spar crew members" in Belfast Ireland. It was held at the
                                  Flying Angel Club at #81 Corporation Street in Belfast. 24 Sept.1966.
                                There are two maps and the center one is a ticket to get in uniform only.​

​​ No. 1                                                                  No. 2                                                                  No. 3
1- ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Below are some bank notes transferring our American money for their money
on the left is 2- Iceland Bunadarbanki.  3- from Tromso Norway.
Click onto the globe to go to Google world maps.
1- This is where the Spar moored back in 1966 when we were in Belfast Ireland. 
2- The dance for the crew members this was taken from Google Earth on Sunday 8 2012.
3- ​The dance wasn't to far from the ship you could walk it.
You can click onto this picture below and enter the address in on Google it
will give you an idea of what it looks like some 50 years later.  The water boundries normaly stay the same just killing time.  ( 81 corporation street Belfast Ireland ).

1-Jim Malone and Rich Notestine in front of his house in KC Missouri - 8th grade.
2- Just being a couple of chuckleheads - bored.
3- Rich had Weekend duty in port.
Well Rich, it looks like you found my Website at last...
​​
Hey Tom
It's been a long time but it seems like yesterday. I've been off the net for awhile. Just got hooked back up recently. Ran across your Spar website today by a fluke. Man, you have put a lot of work and information into that site. You have pretty much saved all of that information from just disappearing into the past. Nice work!! Also saw you in a couple of other places but this seemed to be the easiest way to contact you. Needless to say a lot of water has passed under the bridge but I could never forget my Coast Guard days. I've exchanged emails with Sam Smith (Smitty) awhile back and also Dave Milinak. I'll have more time to exchange info with you later but you can email me any time at rln1945@gmail.com.
Do you still pinstripe? I remember you pin-striping one of the guys black Ford Falcon on the dock.
​ Always amazed me.
Well I've got to run. Talk to you later. Rich Notestine

A short story from Rich while on the Spar-403
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I just remembered something that happened back on the Spar in Bristol,a real close call where I almost had my head removed literally. I don't knowif you were on board at that time. I was hanging around on the buoy deck with a couple of other guys and chief Downs was there also. We heard a loud metallic crack andsomeone yelled my name and I turned around andsomething breezed by my head leaving some black grease on my hair.When someone secured the boom with the hook in a padeye on deck,they had it pulled way too tight. Up where the block and Tackle was securedto the bridge (see the pink oval in the photo) the steel link holding it upthere snapped and the block and tackle came swinging down on the cable.You remember how big those were and solid steel, 3 or 4 hundred pounds. When I turned it just grazed my hair leaving grease in it and the chief jumpedout of the way just in the nick of time and it hit the inside of the hull about where the sinker chocks are and put a large dent in it. We looked at eachother like how did we get so dang lucky. Had to have been God lookingout after us. Buoy tenders were freakin' dangerous! One other time I almost got my legs crushed or worse but that's another story and it's getting late. Talk to you later
​ Rich Notestine SPAR WLB-403

1- ​​​​​Rich Notestine in the 180 engineroom whats he doing?
2- A postcard to Jim Malone in 1964.
3- A Christmas card between good friends Rich & Jim when on the Spar wlb-403.
I wonder why Rich doesn't have a beer in his hand?
on Jan Mayen island​.

Hey Tom,
l didn't think l had spelled the girls name right when l sent the last email. She was from Norway, but l met her in a bar in Copenhagen, Denmark. That bar was in the Nyhaven district on the waterfront in Copenhagen and l remember the OOD telling us before we left the ship, not to go there. So, what did we do? Everyone went there. lt was FUN. l do remember the Toborg and Carlsberg beer was very strong; l could only handle about six before l felt like worming around on the floor. l am going to look for more pics and l believe l have some embroidered patches from the different countries we visited. Iceland, Norway etc. lm going to find someone with a scanner and try to get the pics sent when l get them all together. l did ask them at the library if l could send or receive pictures and they said no. As for the 2 pics you sent me, the first one of 'Chooch" & me is fine the way you have worded it. The goofy looking one of me you might say: " l always look this way after a four hour watch on the bridge." l hope you stay the course of not drinking. Gina (my wife) had a bout with alcohol for many years. She finally went to AA and kicked it about three years before she died of cancer. Those 3 years were a blessing for both of us as she was a different person. We probably grew together more in those last 3 years than the previous 27. We sure can waste a lot of our lives if we don't have a direction, or a plan, or a guiding force. Take good care, my friend. Your old/shipmate/friend, Jim Malone. PS: You will have to give me your phone# and if l get stuck on emailing the pics you might be able to help me.
Jim Malone​
​Jim, here is what Laila wrote on the table cloth
​I have been meaning to send it back.   Yeah...right.

Notice the stance & the look of dedication of the CO Jim Malone as he
decides the important headings to command to 3rd class petty officer Notestine.
It wasn't long after this picture was taken that they both got caught impersonating officers & sentenced to20 years in the brig. "Malone and I screwing around as usual".
Crew Members transferred from the USCGC Spar (WLB-403) to the USCGC Cactus (WLB-270)
not long after we returned from our voyage in 1966.

T​​​​​​wo Shipmate reunite 47 years after while serving on the Spar wlb-403-1966.   Dave Milanak, Kyle Chapman & & Rich Notestine  on 11/31/2011 was in touch with 5th crew member Jim Malone ( Impress Me ) & myself Tom  5 of us out of 102 crew members and 12 officers.
Dave Milanak and Kyle Chapman  2010.
On the right, Dave Milanak​
​Tom and Pat Hough  2010
Two crew members on board the
​Spar-403 in 1966
Dave Milanak & Kyle​ Chapman

lt's such a small world. l met my wife Gina at a party Carl Provost and his wife Kathy invited me to on a New Years Eve. l believe Mark Chadwick and his girlfriend Sheila came along also, and the rest is history. Wow, l had completely forgotten about Carl. l think it would have been quite a distraction having lady crew members, although all the male members on the crew probably would have taken better care of themselves (like showers, shaving and brushing their teeth etc.) l hate to sound so old school, but l dont think it would be good. l was at a lifeboat station before l "mutualed" with a guy on the Spar. l think they renamed the lifeboat station "search and rescue units" about the time l was leaving. l will see about the pictures when l get home.
Jim Malone.
​11 / 7 / 2011
She was from Norway her name is Laila but l met her in a bar in Copenhagen Denmark. That bar was in the Nyhaven district on the waterfront in Copenhagen and l remember the OOD telling us before we left the ship, not to go there. So what did we do?  Everyone went there. lt was FUN. l do remember the Toborg and Carlsberg beer was very strong; l could only handle about six before l felt like worming around on the floor.
Tom, Laila and Jim Malone in Iceland 1966.
I don't know who I was with, looks like just a beer for me.

Jim Malone's Collection of patches from 1966
​l wish l had bought more of these but l guess l was having too much fun at the time.Not in bad shape for 47 years in a sea bag. The bugs seemed to like the stuff from Iceland. They got eaten by moths or whatever, Jim.
1- Me with my leather jacket standing in front of a poster of Marlin Brando from the Wild One. Its really hard to look bad with a baby face like that! Picture of me in sunglasses l am sitting of Gary Nordins Honda 305 Scrambler.  2- Picture of the motorcycle and car are mine a BSA 441 Victor Special. 3- The other bike lm sitting on is a 650 BSA Lightning Rocket. ​lt belonged to another guy at the Kenosha Lifeboat Station.
 ​Nordin and l kept these bikes in a garage in Warren Rhode Island, when we were on the Spar.
This is a popular image of the Spar showing off her capabilities.
The picture of the BMW with the fairing was taken in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1966 on our trip.

A letter & a post card from Jim to his parents in the U.S. back in 1966.
 Below is my original 3rd Class Petty Officer Patch from my dress blues.
The patches below are from my shipmate Rich Notestine,
he​ sent me these patches for this website.
Thank you Rich.​
1- This is a picture to send back to Jim's parents after seeing this they will know he is doing fine.
2- This is set at the way back Coast Guard setting.
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1- Jim Malone SA standing on the grounds of Kenosha Lifeboat Station. Sign at entrance to Lifeboat Station.
2- Rich Notestine standing by my Dads light blue 1963 Plymouth Belvedere.
3- Sign at entrance to Lifeboat Station. We both were fresh out of boot camp in 1964.

The two pictures below are of Jim Malone. They were on Kyle's 8MM film strips.
​So this is the only two I could make out they are not photos.
Those flags l was waving around are call Semifor flags used for signalling other ships.
That is DJ Hart standing in back of me when l was doing the signalling.​
 1-was the gateway to the Spar's mooring on the cement slab. Not to much else.
2- This is a great shot of the Spar's stern while underway - this picture was taken I believe in 1982.
Joseph Mark Chadwick & his wife Sheila (Lawrence) Chadwick.
1- Another shot of Tromo's docks​
2- Somewhere in the North Atlantic
3- ​​Some fishing boats in Tromso
Below, Swedish navy 3 masted schooner.
​When these guys signed up for the navy it was for 8 years.
​Rich Notestine, and Jim Malone's Page​
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"1966"
Header Designed by "Rich Notestine "
From A True Shipmate
​Rich I just recieved your package in the mail. I must admit I had no idea what is was you were sending to me The SPAR'S Ensign from 1966 WOW!! I would never have guessed it Buddy. I put it on it's Site , Where It Belongs. All I can say Rich is thank you. Not many people would do that.
Posted on ​ 4 / 11 / 2011
The Spar's Original Ensign from 1966... Thank you Rich

​​​​​​​​​A Night Out In Belfast.
​​Rich & I went out to eat treat ourselves to a good meal...
​​​​​​Dinner in Belfast when we were in Belfast Ireland Notestine & I had liberty this one night before work hours were over I asked him what he thought about going out tonight and treat ourselves to a good steak dinner? It sounded good to him as well with our dress blues on & shoes shined we were off it took a little while to pick a spot out but we finally found what we thought was a good spot good God - were we wrong. We seated ourselves at a table we wanted that's because we were the only ones in the place. It didn't take us long to know what to order we both wanted the same thing a steak, baked potato and a salad with a lot of cold beer to wash it down if they had It. The waiter came over and took our order as he placed a plate full of bread and butter before us it looked good then our beers came out and I said wait and just chugged that one down as did Rich we asked the waiter for another round. I reached for a piece of bread and went to butter it and I noticed a bite had been taken out of it so I said to Rich if you don't want the bread please don't put it back on the plate. He said he wasn't anywhere near the bread I just put the Bread back our steaks came out and soon after I noticed the waiter looking at the bread that we didn't want. As we were trying to eat our steaks I asked Rich how his steak was he said a little tough & I also said so was mine. It had a lot of gristle to cut off & a lot of fat and other unknown crap. We both looked at each other and said there really Isn't anything to eat. It was Mess on a plate. Well it soon became obvious that the waiter was also the proprietor. He asked what the hell was wrong with his food? I said we didn't complain about anything so why are you upset? He started to yell at us and said you Americans have everything so easy and nothing that he had was not good enough for us. I think that was are cue to get the hell out of there and do some serious drinking somewhere else.
​Actually we thought it was rather funny.

Tom, guess what - Jim Malone found me.    Here's what he sent.

​Well Richard l finally found out how to get a hold of you. This is Jim Malone. lt's been a long time, my friend. So much has happened since l last saw you or spoke to you. l have thought about you and your family often, and as far as l can remember your last location was Eudora, Ks. l called the phone numbers l found in a letter you had sent to me some time ago to no avail. How in the heck are you, anyway? l got a phone call a couple of months ago and you will never guess who it was. D.J. Hart from Rhode island. Wow, what a surprise. We must have talked for over two hours going up and down memory lane asking questions and laughing about old times in the Coast Guard. He asked about you and l told him about your last location that l knew of in Kansas. lt sure was good to hear from him. He called me back a short while later and said he ran into the same dead end that l did in Eudora. (man, l hope l'm spelling that right) Anyway, l just got a little curious this week and started looking up stuff on the Internet about the Spar. Low and behold, l found all kinds of info, including pictures of the 1966 trip up north on the Spar. l found another web sight today, and got your email address off of it. l was glad to find it. l am not hooked up on the Internet, so l have to use a public PC or a friends. Right now i'm in the library. l still live in the KC area, more specifically Lee's Summit. l have lived there since 1992. i'm retired now and burn a lot of my time giving care for my mom, kids and grand kids. l guess you can get my email address from this email. l will have to sign off for now. Hope to hear from you soon. God bless.
Your friend, Jim Malone ​

Posted 8 / 17 / 2010
Hey Tom - what's going on?
I just remembered something that happened back on the Spar in Bristol a real close call where I almost had my head removed literally. I don't know if you were on board at that time. I was hanging around on the buoy deck with a couple of other guys and chief Downs was there also. We heard a loud metallic crack and someone yelled my name and I turned around and something breezed by my head leaving some black grease on my hair.When someone secured the boom with the hook in a pad eye on deck,they had it pulled way too tight. Up where the block and Tackle was secured to the bridge (see the pink oval in the photo) the steel link holding it up there snapped and the block and tackle came swinging down on the cable.You remember how big those were and solid steel. 3 or 4 hundred pounds.
When I turned it just grazed my hair leaving grease in it and the chief jumped out of the way just in the nick of time and it hit the inside of the hull about where the sinker chocks are and put a large dent in it. We looked at each other like how did we get so dang lucky. Had to have been God looking out after us. Buoy tenders were freaking' dangerous! One other time I almost got my legs crushed or worse but that's another story and it's getting late. Talk to you later -
​​Rich Notestine-- SPAR WLB-403

Hey Jim.
​I am usually home by 10:00 AM, if you ever wanted to talk and make the day go faster. When I hung up the phone my wife said you don't like talking on the phone,well I guess its who it is I am talking to. That went fast buddy and we said nearly nothing it would take weeks months perhaps.
​It was good talking with you Jim. Give me a shout if anything is wrong, captions, pictures arranged differently so on. Your Shipmate & friend. Tom Hough EN3 Spar wlb-403/66
You got it Tom, l'll be in touch it was good to talk to you. Jim Malone, Spar, class of '66.
​The three stooges.

1-Bottom left Rich just relaxing probably looking at a motorcycle magazine.
Cannot remember who these two were with me. 2- What a group of studs.
My last duty station. CG headquarters in DC as a graphic artist. This was before the
red orange stripes were put on CG vessels. 3- The final design is hanging on the partition behind me

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