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Wow i cane in the navy to be a cook didnt take me long to know i wanted to be a BM one of the most hardest and challenging rates in the navy i was on crusers destroyers AS AE we BM's earned our pay check underway never made chief got caught to many times playing hard ret as BM1(sw) and craft master qual 2 nec's miss it gl to all fair winds and following sea's
Joined Navy 1961 retired 1981, Served on 4 ships home ported in Yokosuka,Japan. And Tugs I had the YTB 779 U.S.S. Manhatten, and dock master also. After the Navy I sailed MSC for 20 years, all TAO's and one AFS. Great life and best job I ever had. Still here in Sasebo living the good life.
Made BM3 onboard USS Chicago-1969 thought I died and went to heaven
I served onboard the USS Haleakala AE-25 from 1967 to 1971. Could not have served with a better bunch of guys.
Thanks for the reply, I note that we were both in the Service Fleet.
Regulus and Rigel are in all probability, Sister Ships.
While you Served on the Mauna Kea, I Recommissioned the Mazama AE9
The Rigel was a relatively new Ship, and I was spoiled with power Booms,
and hydraulic Hold covers.
I had a rude awakening when I reported aboard Mazama, it required backs and elbows
We never highlined a round of live ammunition, until the Cuban Blockade, and
then we all remembered seeing pictures of the Mount Hood being vaporized.
My Daughter made me aware of the AE Association, which I joined a few Years ago, however, I am more inclined to keep in touch with my Blockade Shipmates.
We shared the emanate danger of being shadowed by a Soviet Sub.
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