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The Backbone of the Fleet!

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Comment by Kenneth Reno on July 27, 2014 at 11:51am

I was very lucky that GOD chose me to be a Boatswains mate  and sail with the greatest  sailors that ever sallied the seas. Thank you for letting me join this group

Comment by Hector F Latorre on July 24, 2014 at 9:38am

thanks for letting me join this select group of 'Boats". Served aboard USS Constellation CV-64 from 1978-1982. Started from being a 'side cleaner' to BM3. Later served, making BM2 as a Equipment Operator as part of of Naval Reserve Weapons Station Earle, Unit 1104 in Colts neck, New Jersey.

Comment by Dave moore on June 21, 2013 at 9:48am

Made BM3 on an old Adams Class Destroyer in the late 80's....USS Semmes DDG-18....Talk about turn two......

Comment by Deanna Little on January 11, 2013 at 7:31pm
what a job* whew
Comment by Larry Oswalt on October 24, 2012 at 4:39pm

I made BM3 on board the USS LY Spear [AS-36] and was transferred to new construction for the USS Barnstable County [LST-1197]. After we all were welcomed aboard the Barn we had a lot of work training the new seamen and then on our shakedown cruise . We worked hard and we played hard. I made BM2 on the Barn and there is no other rate in the navy that I could ever want. I'm proud to say I served as a BM for the USA!!!

Comment by Stan Robertson on September 9, 2012 at 11:38am

I was USN '71-'92....Started out wanting to be an ASROC Gunners Mate. Was striking for 2nd Div, when I slugged a vice cop in Long Beach. There went my security clearance!. LOL. They sent me Mess cooking for the Chiefs Mess. Head of the mess was a BMC. Talked me into striking for BM. Best decision I ever made. As I heard it back then, "Anyone can make rate....It takes GOD, to make a Bosuns Mate". I'd have to agree. We had some wild times, and the seas were not always "following", but I'd do it all again, tomorrow!

Comment by Herbert Edward Harfst on August 2, 2012 at 1:34pm

Hello fellow vertebrae in the backbone of the fleet!

I was a Nuclear Weaponsman 1957-1963.  Got out an stayed out til 1978 went back in the Reserves as a BMSN and made Chief before I was high-year-tenured out at age 60 in 1998.  Served in Coastal River Squadron 2, Special Boat Units 20 and 24, USS El Paso, USS Preserver, MSC Red Sea, InshoreUnderseaWarfareGroup 2 and retired from USS Clark.  Loved the NAV and loved being a Boatswains Mate.  BM's are the only real sailors all the others are just boat riders.

Herb Harfst, BMC, USNR, Ret

Comment by James Wayne Corley on April 19, 2012 at 8:37pm

I started out to be an SK, But retired a BMC. It was great, i was on the Mt. Whitney,LCC-20, and  oh well 4 other ships Naval Training Center SD, Recurting in Louisville KY (HOME) and Diego Garcia BIOT, BM is the best Rate in the navy.

Comment by mike carlson bm1 (sw) on April 19, 2012 at 5:42pm

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

Comment by Gere K.Sprague on March 25, 2012 at 7:56pm

 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.

 

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