Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bobby Hebb's autograph to his bandmate Bill Root of THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES

Bobby Hebb's friend, Bill Root, recently passed on. Here's a photo Bobby autographed to Bill - To: Bill Root. Thanks for teaching guitar aboard the U.S.S. Pine Island, Sincerely Bobby Hebb. Bill cherished this photo. I'm glad I have this xerox copy to share. Bobby and Bill had a band, THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES which played for Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Madam Chiang Kai-shek (nee Soong May-ling or Soong Mei-ling)


The boat was the U.S.S. Pine Island AV-12

Here's additional information

USS Pine Island (AV-12), a Currituck-classseaplane tender, is the only ship of the United States Navy to hold this name. The ship was named after Pine Island Sound (off the coast ofLee County, Florida).
Pine Island was laid down on 16 November 1942 at the Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation, in San Pedro, California; launched on 26 February 1944, sponsored by Mrs. Knefler McGinnis; and commissioned on 26 April 1945, CommanderHenry Titus Hodgskin in command.

from Wikipedia


Picture of the boat Bobby Hebb served on in the Navy, the U.S.S. Pine Island AV-12. Bobby was born July 6, 1938, so he was probably 20 years of age when he performed for Chiang Kai-shek and his wife with the band THE PINE ISLAND PIRATES. From Wikipedia:
Sailing for WestPac in May 1958, she visited Bangkok, Thailand, and was at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, during the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis. She returned to San Diego in December, and departed for WestPac in June 1959. During 1960 and 1961 she continued her Pacific duties.


Other crew mates of Bobby Hebb who 

submitted their names to this U.S. Navy list site

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