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    Posted September 4, 2013 by
    Port Angeles, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics

    When Beards were still allowed in the Coast Guard.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     John Lawrence of Priest River, Idaho, says this 1982 picture was taken while beards were still allowed in the Coast Guard. He was in Port Angeles, Washington, at the time. A New York Times story from 1986 documents the last days of furry faces in the guard. Lawrence says he retired from the Coast Guard in 2008. In the photo, his son Jerall is 1 year old. The remote control in his hand is an early model.
    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    Before 1985 the Coast Guard and Navy both could have Beards, with permission of course, but that all ended when someone determined it was time for a "Clean-Cut" look. After many shaved their beards off there were a lot of "Ugly" faces out there......In this image I was stationed at Air Station Port Angeles, WA.  I was a mechanic on the HH-52 helicopters what we operated there at the time.  I was a qualified Flight Mechanic which allowed me to not only repair the helo's but fly in them as a Hoist Operator and Radio Operator. 


    My Son Jerall is laying on my lap, age about 1.5yrs old. He's waring his 80's rainbow shirt.

    You'll note the 70's/80's remote control in my had, that was the very first TV we bought with a Remote feature.

    Note the Large Stereo Speakers, a must have back then.


    I retired from the Coast Guard in 2008 after 30yrs service. I currently operate an RV repair business in Idaho.


    From what I remember about those early 80's days was that I don't recall anything about politics from that time.  I voted, but didn't pay any attention (like most young people) and only voted for who I thought I liked.  Didn't know the issues what so ever.


    I recall watching Crossfire from time to time, but cannot recall any specific stories, been a long time!

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