U.S.S. Midway, San Diego

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910 N. Harbor Drive (619) 544-9600

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    USS Midway

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2015

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    I didn't have to twist my wife's arm to get her to the Midway. She comes from a Military Family chocked full of Navy, Army, Marines and Air Force so she loves Military history. Many of her family served in WWII in the Pacific Fleet so she has a fondness for anything involving Naval history. Being a former Navy Man, I always like to check out naval vessels to compare them with my own experience.

    The Midway was once a active service Air Craft Carrier but is now a floating Museum with many exhibits, aircrafts and some flight simulators open to the public. The Midway was commisioned after WWII ended and was the largest ship until 1955. In 1992 she was decomissioned and became a public museum in 2004.

    My wife and I enjoyed our exploration of the ship as well as the many veterans on board telling their tales of service. We sat in on many lectures through the ship and one in particular on the flight deck. I was able to participate in many of the discussions with the lecturers due to my service on a Carrier. Of course my carrier was different as it was Nuclear; and built much later than the Midway. It was fun pointing out different aircraft they had on display that I actually flew in.

    This was a great time and we both enjoyed exploring the Midway. I think it is a must see when in San Diego whether you are military or not. So many people forget the sacrifices people make in the military that it is important to support those who serve and have served.

    Ticket PricesGeneral Admission
    $19 Adults
    $16 Seniors (62+)
    $15 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $10 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $10 Youth (ages 6-12)

    Online Price
    $17 Adults
    $14 Seniors (62+)
    $13 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $8 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $8 Youth (ages 6-12)

    Thumbs up! I loved touring this carrier
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    Pearl Harbor Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

    I think this memorial gets overlooked since it is shadowed by the U.S.S. Midway and it reads:

    Dec 7, 1941~~Dec 7, 1984
    In memory of the 2335 men
    who perished in the
    Service of their country on the island of Oahu, T.H.
    December 7, 1941
    Pearl Harbor Survivor Associtation
    Carnation of Chapter Three
    San Deigo 1984

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    United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

    It reads:
    West face:
    [Seals of the Department of the Navy: U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps]

    “The air fleet of an enemy will never get within striking distance of our coast as long as our aircraft carriers are able to carry the preponderance of airpower to sea," Rear Admiral W. A. Moffett, USN, 1922

    The advent of the aircraft carrier revolutionized modern naval warfare. This memorial was conceived by aircraft carrier veterans to honor this nation’s carriers and the personnel who proudly served aboard them. Powered by the human soul, these ships changed the course of history.

    This site is known as the Old Navy “Fleet Landing”… where countless thousands of servicemen boarded boats that transferred them to their ships.

    The names of all U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and their hull numbers are inscribed hereon … from the smallest to the largest. Every “flattop” is of equal distinction - none above the other. The personnel who manned, fought and in some cases perished aboard these ships were and are a part of the finest Navy and Marine Corps in the world.

    Dedicated this Seventeenth day of February Nineteen hundred and ninety three

    South face:
    CV – Fleet Carriers:
    CV 1 Langley * CV 2 Lexington * CV 3 Saratoga * CV 4 Ranger * CV 5 Yorktown * CV 6 Enterprise * CV 7 Wasp *CV 8 Hornet * CV 9 Essex* CV 10 Yorktown *CV 11 Intrepid * CV 12 Hornet * CV 13 Franklin* CV 14 Ticonderoga * CV 15 Randolph * CV 16 Lexington *CV 17 Bunker Hill * CV 18 Wasp * CV 19 Hancock * CV 20 Bennington * CV2 1 Boxer * CV 31 Bon Homme Richard * CV 32 Leyte * CV 33 Kearsarge * CV 34 Oriskany * CV 36 Antietam * CV 37 Princeton *CV 38 Shangri-la * CV 39 Lake Champlain * CV 40 Tarawa *CVB 41 Midway *CVB 42 Franklin D. Roosevelt * CVB 43 Coral Sea *CV 45 Valley Forge *CV 47 Philippine Sea * CVA 59 Forrestal * CVA 60 Saratoga * CVA 61 Ranger * CVA 62 Independence * CV A63 Kitty Hawk * CVA 64 Constellation * CVAN 65 Enterprise * CVA 66 America * CVA 67 John F. Kennedy * CVAN 68 Nimitz *CVAN 69 Dwight D. Eisenhower * CVAN 70 Carl Vinson * CVAN 71 Theodore Roosevelt * CVAN 72 Abraham Lincoln * CVAN 73 George Washington * CVAN 74 John C. Stennis * CVAN 75 Harry S. Truman * CVAN 76 Ronald Reagan *

    [IX] - Training Carriers:
    IX 64 Wolverine* IX 81 Sable

    East face:
    CVL - Light Carriers
    CVL 22 Independence* CVL 23 Princeton* CVL 24 Belleau Wood* CVL 25 Cowpens* CVL 26 Monterey* CVL 27 Langley* CVL 28 Cabot* CVL 29 Bataan* CVL 30 San Jacinto* CVL 48 Saipan* CVL 49 Wright*

    CVE - Escort Carriers
    CVE 1 Long Island* CVE 9 Bogue* CVE11 Card* CVE 12 Copahee* CVE 13 Core* CVE 16 Nassau* CVE 18 Altamaha* CVE 20 Barnes* CVE 21 Block Island* CVE 23 Breton* CVE 25 Croatan* CVE 26 Sangamon* CVE 27 Suwanee* CVE 28 Chenango* CVE 29 Santee* CVE 30 Charger* CVE 31 Prince William* CVE 55 Casablanca* CVE 56 Liscomb Bay* CVE 57 Coral Sea/Anzio* CVE 58 Corregidor* CVE 59 Mission Bay* CVE 60 Guadalcanal* CVE 61 Manila Bay* CVE 62 Natoma Bay* CVE 63 Midway/St. Lo* CVE 64 Tripoli* CVE 65 Wake Island* CVE 66 White Plains* CVE 67 Solomons* CVE 68 Kalinin Bay* CVE 69 Kasaan Bay* CVE 70 Fanshaw Bay* CVE 71 Kitkum Bay* CVE 72 Tulagi* CVE 73 Gambier Bay* CVE 74 Nehenta Bay* CVE 75 Hoggatt Bay* CVE 76 Kadashan Bay* CVE 77 Marcus Island* CVE 78 Savo Island* CVE 79 Ommaney Bay* CVE 80 Petrof Bay*

    North face:
    CVE - Escort Carriers, cont.
    CVE 81 Rudyerd Bay* CVE 82 Saginaw Bay* CVE 83 Sargent Bay* CVE 84 Shamrock* CVE 85 Shipley Bay* CVE 86 Sitkoh Bay* CVE 87 Steamer Bay* CVE 88 Cape Esperance* CVE 89 Takanis Bay* CVE 90 Thetis Bay* CVE 91 Makassar Strait* CVE 92 Windham Bay* CVE 93 Makin Island* CVE 94 Lunga Point* CVE 95 Bismarck Sea* CVE 96 Salamaua* CVE 97 Hollandia* CVE 98 Kwajalein* CVE 99 Admiralty Islands* CVE 100 Bougainville* CVE 101 Matanikau* CVE 102 Attu* CVE 103 Roi* CVE 104 Munda* CVE 105 Commencement Bay* CVE 106 Block Island* CVE 107 Gilbert Islands* CVE 108 Kula Gulf* CVE 109 Cape Gloucester* CVE 110 Salerno Bay* CVE 111 Vella Gulf* CVE 112 Siboney* CVE 113 Puget Sound* CVE 114 Rendova* CVE 115 Bairoko* CVE 116 Badoeng Strait* CVE 117 Saidor* CVE 118 Sicily* CVE 119 Point Cruz* CVE 120 Mindoro* CVE 122 Palau*

    LHA/LPH – Amphibious Assault Ships
    LHA 1 Tarawa* LHA 2 Saipan* LHA 3 Belleau Wood* LHA 4 Nassau* LHA 5 Pelelieu*
    LPH 2 Iwo Jima* LPH 3 Okinawa* LPH 7 Guadalcanal* LPH 9 Guam* LPH 10 Tripoli* LPH 11 New Orleans* LPH 12 Inchon
    LHD 1 Wasp* LHD 2 Essex* LHD3 Kearsarge

    Erected 1993 by Aircraft Carrier Memorial Association.

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    The Homecoming Statue~San Diego

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    This wonderful statue is a series of statues located in various areas of US dedicated expressing the joy of reunion between a family when the sailor returns from a long period at sea. The original work is located in the United States Navy Memorial~The Homecoming Statue, in Washington, DC, (If seen this one and I provided a link too). There are full sized copies in Town Point Park, Norfolk, Virginia; Riverfront Park, North Charleston, South Carolina; and Tuna Harbor Park, San Diego, California.

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    Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    It reads:

    Awards
    Navy Cross for the 25 October 1944 action off Samar. Admiral Sprague was aboard the escort carrier, USS Fanshaw Bay during this engagement.
    Legion of Merit Medal for his command of the USS Wasp.
    Gold Star in lieu of second Legion of Merit for the Morotai landings.
    Gold Star in lieu of third Legion of Merit for the Iwo Jima and Okinawa operaitons.
    Gold Star in lieu of fourth Legion of Merit for Operation Crossroads.
    Presidential Unit Citation to Task Unit 77.4.3, the escort carriers and screen he commanded off Samar.
    Philippine Presidential Unit Citation to Task Unit 77.4.3.
    The guided missle frigate USS Sprague (FFG-16) was launched at Bath, Maine, on 13 February 1980.
    Inducted into the Carrier Aviation Hall of Fame in Charleston, South Carolina, on 13 October 1985.

    History Panel 1:
    Admiral Clifton A. F. Sprague led the thirteen ships of Task Unit 77.4.3 (known as Taffy 3) in a decisive battle against a vastly superior Japanese task force of battleships, cruisers, and destroyers on 25 October 1944.

    "What chance could we have with 6 slow, thin-skinned escort carriers and 7 small screen vessels, each armed with 5-inch pea-shooters, against the 18-, 16-, 8- and 5-inch broadsides of the enemy warships bearing down on us at twice our speed?" - Admiral Sprague.

    Sprague's decisive action came five days after General Douglas MacArthur's soldiers and Marines established a beachhead on Leyte Island in the Philippine Islands.

    History Panel 2:
    The courage and determination of the officers and men aboard the 13 ships and the valor of the men of the air squadrons memorialized here probably saved the lives of thousands of Allied fighting men on the shores of Leyte.

    "If we can get the enemy task force to attack us, we can delay its descent on Leyte until help comes, though obviously the end will come sooner for us."- Admiral Sprague.

    The 7 Ameican screen vessels made effective torpedo attacks on the enemy battleships and cruisers and a number of salvos from their 5-inch guns struck the Japanese ships' superstructures. This unexpected counter attack by the Americans disrupted the enemy's plan of attack and forced several ships out of formation as they attempted to avoid the U.S. Navy's attack.

    This monument has been funded by the men who served on the ships and flew the aircraft during this historic battle and by their families and friends. We are deeply grateful to the San Diego Unified Port Authority which has donated the land and will provide perpetual care for this monument. Dedicated 23 October 1996.

    Panel 3:
    Five American ships were sunk before the enemy turned away from the intended target that lay just over the horizon. Land and carrier-based aircraft sank or seriously damaged many of the enemy ships, negating their effectiveness as a fighting force for the remainder of World War Two.

    "Few can compare with the courage, coolness and tactical genius of 'Ziggie' Sprague. His aggressiveness bewildered the Japananes and infected all his forces, surface and air." - quoted in John Wukovits' biography of Admiral Sprague, "Devotion to Duty."

    Admiral Sprague survived the Battle of Leyte Gulf and was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic action and outstanding leadership.

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    USS San Diego Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    It reads:
    Panel 1:
    USS San Diego (CL-53)
    Light Cruiser
    Crew: 756 Officers and Men

    Battle Record
    Guadalcanal to Tokyo Bay 1942 to 1945
    34 Enemy Engagements – 18 Battle Stars
    Steamed 312,000 NM
    Second most decorated ship in World War II,
    Never lost a man to enemy action.

    First major Allied warship into Tokyo Bay at war’s end, August 1945

    Major Campaigns
    *Guadalcanal, *Truk, *Leyte Operation, *Buin-Faisi-Tonolai, *Marianas, Okinawa, *Santa Cruz Islands, Bonins, Formosa, *Third Savo, Saipan, Luzon, *Rennel Island, Guam, Visayas, *New Georgia-Rendova, Philippine Sea, *Luzon Operation *Bougainville, *Tinian, Luzon, Buka Bonis, *Western Carolines, Formosa, Rabaul, So. Palau Islands, China Coast, *Gilbert Islands, Philippine Islands, Nansei Shoto, *Marshall Islands, *Iwo Jima, Kwajalein-Majuro, *Okinawa, Jaluit Atoll, Japan

    Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts
    Launched 26 July 1941
    Christened by Mrs. Grace Benbough, wife of Mayor of San Diego

    Commissioned 10 January 1942, Boston Navy Yard
    Length 542 feet, Beam 53 feet, Displacement 7500 tons.
    Main armament 16 5-inch guns in 8 twin mounts

    Decommissioned 4 November 1946

    Panels 2 and 3:
    Commanding Officers
    Captain Benjamin F. Perry, USN
    January 1942 – March 1943
    Captain Lester J. Hudson, USN
    March 1943 – March 1944
    Captain William E. Mullan, USN
    March 1944 – December 1945

    Executive Officers
    Commander Timothy J. O’Brien USN
    January 1942 – May 1943
    Commander John J. Lewis USN
    May 1943 – November 1943
    Commander Brooke Schumm USN
    November 1943 – August 1945
    Commander George F. Pittard USN
    August 1945 – December 1945

    Panels 4 and 5:
    Flag Officers
    Rear Admiral John D. Wilstie, USN,
    Commander Cruiser Division 11
    Rear Admiral Oscar M. Badger, USN,
    Commander Task Force 31

    “You have written your names in the golden pages of history and won the undying gratitude of your countrymen,” Vice Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, Commander, South Pacific - 17 November 1942, after victory in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal

    Panel 6:
    Hundreds of thousands of sailors went to sea and fought in World War II, perhaps the most singular unifying event in the history of the United States. These young Americans set aside their individual hopes and aspirations, left families, homes and jobs in a collective sacrifice to defend their country and their common ideals. The men of the USS San Diego (CL-53) remembered here are emblematic of all who fought for victory in the epic struggle.
    [Artists: Eugene L. Daub and Louis T. Quaintance.]

    Erected 2004 by USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial Association, Inc.

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    National Salute to Bob Hope and the Military

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    This wonderful memorial by Eugene Daub & Steven Whyte is dedicated to the sacrifice and love for its military members that Bob Hope would entertain overseas with his clever humor and the Hollywood celebrities he brought with him to entertain our troops. The fifteen sculptures have uniforms on that represent World War II through the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, and the first Persian Gulf War. The fifteen military bronze figures were designed and fabricated by the Daub Firman Hendrickson Group and the Steven Whyte Studio. What a fitting tribute to man who was not home with his own family, but found it rewarding to spend it with the men and women of the US military forces and made them his family. Thanks for the memories Mr. Hope.

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    Unconditional Surrender by Seward Johnson

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    As many may recognized this as the famous kiss in New York Times Square in 1945. It reads: This sculpture depicts one of the most famous and iconic moments in the history of the United States, reflecting the joy of the American people upon learning World War II had ended. It is inspired by the spontaneous celebration in New York City's Times Square in August 1945.

    The USS Midway Museum thannks these communities leaders whose generousity paved the way to "Save the Kiss" for San Diego's waterfront. Dedicated February 16, 2013

    Taken from the Midway roof deck. My sis and her hubby recreating the famous kiss:0
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    U.S.S. Midway Museum Island Superstructure Tour

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

    This is considered the Admiral's and Captain's Country and you can tour it, but in groups only. Make sure to line up no later than 3:30 or you might not make this tour. They take only groups at a time and you can only access this tour by climbing ladders. Like most of the ship, the quarters here are even tighter and bulks heads are even lower. So watch your head. A very enlightening tour and interesting.

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    U.S.S. Midway Museum Audio Tour

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

    This is included with your admission. So take advantage of it and get your self-guided audio tour to over 60 locations. You can go anywhere on the ship and choose to skip some locations or revist them. All you have to do is punch in the number of the location on the recorder and it is very easy to use. It comes with a neck strap and ear phones. The tour takes about 3 hours. Make sure to get a tour map which will give you the number of each location to listen too.

    My sister, the audio tour model:)
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    U.S.S. Midway Museum Flight Simulators

    by Yaqui Written Jul 19, 2015

    For an extra cost they have two Flight Simulators:

    Air Combat 360:
    Two people enter the state-of-the-art simulator for a pulse-pounding aerial combat ride where you control all the action. Air Combat 360 pilots can roll, somersault, spin and loop as they fly missions. The cost is $8 per person (double occupancy) or $16 for a single rider. No reservations required, flights are on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Restrictions: Must be at least 42" tall to ride with an adult. Must be at least 48" tall to ride without an adult. Maximum height to ride is 77" (6'-5").

    Flight Avionics:
    Naval Combat Mission is a group motion simulator for up to 12 guests at a time, featuring a daring mission in Operation Desert Storm. Imagine the pressure-filled launch off the flight deck in an F18 Hornet, weaving through canyons to avoid enemy radar, racing toward your objective, engaging in air-to-air combat, and evading enemy missiles. Do you have what it takes to make it back aboard? Features authentic pilot conversations recorded during Operation Desert Storm. $6 per rider. For more information, call Flight Avionics at (619) 398-8266. VISA and Mastercard accepted.

    Restrictions: Must be at least 38" tall to ride.

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    U.S.S. Midway Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 19, 2015

    Make sure to present you VA card or your 214 and you will recieve a discount.

    The USS Midway was commissioned September 10, 1945 and built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. It is 997,4 feet (304 meters) in length with the flight deck with 237,9 feet (72.5 meters). It can sail at 30+ knots and weights 64,000 tons with a full load. It can hold in 1945 80-145 planes in later years with aircraft being more advance and larger up 65 planes. It can hold up to 2,533 souls. The USS MIDWAY was the lead ship of her class and served 47 years with more than 200,000 American veterans served aboard her. During that time, the USS MIDWAY served during WWII, Vietnam, Persian Gulf and in other conflicts or crises. Eventually USS Midway returned to North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego for decommissioning in 1992. The USS Midway was honored with the Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Commendation; U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal; China Service Expeditionary Medal; and Vietnam Service Medal.

    Now the USS Midway serves as a museum and reminder of those who served aboard it and the sacrifices they endured.

    Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft. Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck.

    Many of the areas are Wheelchair friendly such as Hangar Deck and Roof Deck and they're elevators, but the internal exhibits might be tricky since to access this areas only from ladders and stairs to climb.

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    The Famed Aircraft Carrier

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    the symbol of Navy's Might and it won the Naval Battle During World War II and since then, Aircraft Carriers are the main Source of Power Projection by Major Navies around the world and if you want to see the inside of a typical US Navy Aircraft Carrier and the various Aircraft She Carried, then you can Head to the USS Midway Memorial to see and experience what was like living and being inside an aircraft carrier. The USS Midway was a Midway Class Aircraft Carrier that served for an unprecedented 47 years and was decomissioned in 1992 and was made into a museum here at San Diego Harbor in 2004.

    Ticket Prices:

    $20 Adults (18+)
    $17 Seniors (62+)
    $15 Students (13-17 or w/ college ID)
    $10 Retired Military (with valid ID)
    $10 Youth (ages 6-12)
    Children under 5 are free

    Hours:

    The USS Midway Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Last admission is at 4 p.m.

    the icon helicopter aircraft resto?
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    the Admiral Clifton Sprague Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    on the the famed admirals in the Pacific Theater in World War II. he was a hero in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 which was the largest Modern Naval Warfare during Modern Times which was almost lost due to Admiral Willam Bull Halsey's Blunder of Pursuing the Remnants of the Japanese Imperial Carriers, which were just decoys. That Battle was the Admiral's Shining Moment.

    according to wikipedia:

    Sprague's greatest achievement came on October 25, 1944 when his Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy III) consisting of 6 escort carriers, 3 destroyers, and 4 destroyer escorts fought off the vastly superior Japanese Center Force at the Battle off Samar. The Japanese force consisted of 4 battleships, 6 heavy cruisers, 2 light cruisers, and 11 destroyers off the Samar Island in the Philippines. The Taffy CVE pilots bombed, strafed, and made dry runs while the Destroyers first laid smoke to cover the carriers, then made torpedo runs on the battleships and cruisers of Center Force then fought toe-to-toe gun duels with them. For the leadership he displayed in this incident, he received the Navy Cross.

    hero of Leyte Gulf!
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    The Famous Unconditional Surrender Statue

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 19, 2014

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    an icon in the USS Midway Area. This famous Sculpture is relatively a new addition of the Waterfron at the Embarcadero beside the USS Midway Musuem that was only inagurated in 2007. The Sculpture is about 25 feet long and depicts a navy sailor and nurse kissing and celebrating the end of the Pacific War that was famously taken in Times Square during WWII when Japan surrendered in 1945 by Life Magazine. There are some weirdos who posed at the statues unbderneath the skirt of the Nurse like my friends he he.

    wow marker peeping tom! romantic get out there pervert!
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