Originally Published: November 10, 2015 6:51 p.m.
Tommy Ray 'Tom' Ticer
City of Residence: Prescott
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Dates of Service: October 1954-58 Active, October 1958-62 Reserve
Rank: Electrician's Mate 2nd Class
Sea duty served on the U.S.S. Estes AGC-12. That ship was an amphibious communication flagship. The enlisted crew referred to her as a "Floating Hotel for Officers" as it always carried an admiral and his flag. My most memorable experience aboard her was in the summer of 1956. Our ship was the command ship for the fleet. We spent four months in the Bikini and Eniwetok atolls for the hydrogen bomb tests. We were 45 miles from Ground Zero and observed 17 detonations. Needless to say, "it got daylight really quick!" When the detail was over and the ship's P.A. system passed the word that the ship was underway for Pearl Harbor, there were a lot of smiles aboard. It was my pleasure to serve.
I have been a resident of Prescott since 1977 with my wife, Jan. We celebrated our 60th anniversary this year.