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Camp Moffett, RTC Great Lakes

Recruit In-processing Center, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes

Location: Great Lakes, Illinois
Veterans: 39
Latest Activity: on Monday

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RTC Great Lakes Arrival

Started by Robert M Todaro Aug 7, 2013. 0 Replies

My Recollection.Feb. 1967.  Cold, and getting colder!  What a strange time.I screwed up the 'stenciling" of my raincoat royally.Company 103. MM1 Howell.  We were known as "Howell's Angels.  Mr.…Continue

finally; beginning to see some hope!!! Camp Moffett

Started by ALLEN GRAY LLOYD. Last reply by JOHN ALFRED GRABOWICZ Sep 18, 2011. 1 Reply

  For several months I have been trying to locate any discussion pertaining to Camp Moffett, Great Lakes, I entered recruit training there in Jan. 1965. Oh, it was sooooo COLD.!! Would be great to…Continue

camp moffat

Started by francis mickey doyle Jun 18, 2011. 0 Replies

on 2/15/1963 i entered the rtc,coldest place i have been in my life,i remember the guys from "mickey mouse co." yelling at us to turn around and go home.moffat was the only part of boot camp i…Continue

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Comment by Ernest Copenhaver on Monday

Entered Camp Moffat October 1st 1969. Instantly convinced myself that I had made the worst mistake of my young life by joining the Navy. Later went on to serve with some really great people on board the USS Dahlgren DLG-12 and the USS Richmond K Turner DLG/CG-20

Comment by Dan Alan Seelye on April 16, 2014 at 4:36pm

Went thru training in  1966 CO.584 Sure was a wakeup call.

Comment by richard alan schlesier on October 14, 2013 at 8:06am

well I think I got you all beat I got to Moffat in Nov 1958 we got there and it was so cold the snow was frozen on top I felt sorry for the guys from Florida in shirt sleeves we all could not wait for our Pea Coats

Comment by michael kerkes on October 13, 2013 at 11:35pm
I reported to boot june 1962 was in co 257 graduated 10 sept who could forget the wood fire traps of camp moffet was so glad to go across the road to porter anyone remember the bicillin shot
Comment by Bud Stilwell BT Snipe on August 26, 2013 at 3:30am

Reported in on Jan 16, 1987, Company 025, Left for Bt. A School Main Side in March of '87 and Graudated A School in June '87.  First Duty Station was SIMA-NRMF Long Beach, Ca.

Comment by richard alan schlesier on August 25, 2013 at 9:30am

I flew from New York to Chicago in 1958 force down in Cleveland ice on wings got to Chicago middle of night the snow but deep got to Moffat cold tired and hungry felt sorry for the guys from Florida in shirt sleeves



Comment by Douglas James Riley on August 7, 2013 at 6:56pm
I remember arriving Moffet Field in late January 71. It was dark and my first thought getting off the bus (& being screamed at) was "damn I screwed up"!
We stayed in the old WWII barracks the first couple of nights. I remember that freezing cold wind blowing in through broken window panes!
I seemed blessing to move to the new barracks through that tunnel!
I see photos now off beautiful tree lined brick buildings at both camp. When I was there, Moffet barracks were old wooden things, almost barns!
The main barracks at Porter were plan concrete buildings three stories high. No warm looking brick buildings.
They were square with a courtyard in the center for freezing, oops I mean drying, clothes. There were also "hot rooms" somewhere inside, but I think we were only allowed to use them as a earned privilege.
Remember washing clothes in the concrete troughs? And ironing clothes with you soap box?
Comment by Norm Atwater HTCS on July 30, 2013 at 8:49pm

Arrived at Camp Moffat at 0200 on March 16th 1960  and 9 years later went back there 7 times to pick up a new company of recruits,  Never thought i would return but my detailer must have had it in for me .But looking back he did a favor for me pushing boots helped me make CPO 

Comment by Joseph A Sobeck on July 30, 2013 at 4:48pm

Walked into Camp Moffat in 1979, Company 227.. Trainned with some Great Guy's..

Comment by John F. Dillon on July 6, 2013 at 2:34pm

I've been writing about my Navy experiences, especially Boot camp in Camp Moffet July 1948.  You can read them here:


Just scroll down a bit to where the boot camp stories start.

Mixed in the previous yarns are other sea stories as well as Navy yarns some aboard the USS Coral Sea CVB 43




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