This is the graduation photo of my Naval School of Photography class 730. That’s me seated in the front row on the far left. Surprising how few of the men’s names I remember, but 1967, after all was a long time ago. First Class Petty Officer Easiley is our company commander. He’s seated in the center between the two Marines. Petty Officer Fuller is forth from the left in front. Eldon Allison a good friend is standing in the back, fourth from the left. Our Patrol Squadron 46 would relieve Eldon’s squadron in Cam Rahn Bay three years from this day. Eldon and I would cross paths many times when finally in the fleet.
In the middle row standing fourth from the left is Honala Visser a wild Samoan who we all discovered was a man to avoid when he’d been drinking. One night, about the time this photo was taken, Visser clearly illustrated this fact. At a formal graduation party and for reasons no one would understand, Visser suddenly attacked Petty Officer Eaisley. Sailors were in dress blues and our wives were there all dressed in formal attire. Visser held the superior enlisted man in a headlock and refused to release his captive. The entire class tried to pull Hona off Eaisley, and he took on all comers with one free hand. Visser was able to send wave after wave of two to three men at a time crashing into the wall across the room. Visser would fling us off like King Kong swatting at biplanes. Eaisley was starting to pass out from lack of air when some of us struggled free the Visser’s choking arm from our commander’s neck. It took almost all the men in this photo to finally subdue Visser. While we all expected Visser to find himself in serious trouble for this display, Eaisley gave him a break and didn’t press charges.