Interview With Michael J. Fecho,jr.

From the interview with Michael J. Fecho, jr. of Port Hadlock, WA conducted by Eugene Walker at the Fort Worden History Center on  July 9, 2002.  Mr. Fecho was the son of Master Sergeant Michael J. Fecho, who served in the U.S. Army 14th Coast Artillery Regiment from 1927 to 1953.  Here he describes an unusual pet he had as a child growing up at Fort Worden:

“There was a deer, a fawn, I named her Bambi.  She roamed all over the fort.  I’d bring her into the house.  She loved cigarette butts.  Mom and Dad both smoked.  She’d come in and she’d just wipe the cigarette butts right out of the ash trays.  Of course, I had to put her back outside and make sure her little droppings went with her.”

He also tells of a memorable ride in a LCM from Point Hudson to the beach at Fort Worden:

“It got a little rough out there, which it can, in the summertime, storms come up here.  I just knew I was going to get seasick, I just had that feeling. I told the bosun who was driving the boat.  He said, ’Kid, you aren’t going to mess my boat up!’ The water started coming over the boat and he took me to the back of the boat and tied me to the flagstaff.  I thought I was going to drown.  I got sick, but the water just washed it away.  When I got off the boat down here at the beach, I was soaked.  I’ll never forget that GI who tied me to the flagstaff so I wouldn’t mess his boat up.”

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