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Thanks for that info Minelab Pirate.-----I meant to say Rusty spent 10 yrs. in Australia (not Alaska).---It's terrible to get old!Rusty Henry used his first metal detector in 1968, as a Navy Frogman on Underwater Demolition Team 22. That machine was built by Telex in New York, and cost the Navy $3,800.00! He got his first “civilian” detector, a Garrett Master Hunter BFO, in 1969. From 1969, through 1974, Rusty was a Navy Seal Team 2 member, and averaged three-hours a day, 250-days a year detecting! By 1974, Rusty had found over 500-rings, countless Civil War relics and over 50,000 coins!
After leaving the Navy in 1978, Rusty became Vice President of Bounty Hunter Inc, in Tempe, AZ. He hadn’t been there long, when the first report of a gold nugget found with a metal detector in Australia came in. The nugget was found at Cue, in Western Australia. That first report was followed in weeks by even more spectacular finds there, and in Victoria. Rusty folded his tent, and he and his family immigrated to Australia! He spent the next 10-years swinging a metal detector 8-10 hours a day, 200-250 days a year! It is estimated that by 1995, Rusty had over 35,000-hours of experience using metal detectors and gold nugget shooting.
Today, he is on the road exploring the United States, and visiting old friends, and I'm proud to say I'm one of them.
Rusty told me Tesoro just got everyone together and said we're closing and today is your last day.If memory serves---at one point in his life Rusty was a Navy Seal.------He also later spent 10 yrs. in Alaska as a gold hunter.----Tesoro lost an excellent service manager when Rusty retired.----I guess it don't make any difference now though since Tesoro has closed their doors.------Rusty probably got out at the right time.