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Started by Gary D. Mickle. Last reply by Gary D. Mickle Nov 29.
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Started by Wm. E. Gardner. Last reply by Jack Washburn Oct 19.
I am trying to find someone who graduated from Great Lakes RTC,in Jan. '57 from Company 640,Camp Moffitt,barracks 1502,lower east...CSC Roach was CC.
WHAT WE SANG MARCHING OUT OF THE ARENA AFTER GRADUATING FROM BOOTCAMP IN GREAT LAKES FEB. 1971.
I was at camp moffett,and even had mess-cooking duty at the mess hall,and boy,that was a crummy job,Ha! Ha! Never thought I would ever look at a soup bowl big enough to walk around inside it....I worked in the SKULLERY,of course!!...BOY!! WHAT FUN!!...I always thought from that day on,that the CPO stew-burners ( known at the time as COMMISSARYMAN) were as mean as the Chief Boatswains' Mates in the fleet...I just know I didn't mess with either of them.
coldest place I have ever been in my life and I am from new jersey.i was there in feb. to may of 1963.standing a dumpster watch saying to my self who in their right mind would steal a dumpster.when we went to firing range to fire the m1 it was so cold your eyes froze.i have no idea where those bullets went but I know I never hit the target.
In Dec 61, they called the misfits company 'Mickey Mousers' . I remember they gave them all green civilian suits for their trip home. Pretty sad. We had dumpster watches too, but I usually pulled clothesline watch. One of my favorite memories is standing in the dark morning chow line at Camp Porter, just trying to keep warm while we hear reveille sounding in the brig nearby.
I was at Great Lakes from Nov. '56,with a Christmas break for seven days,then back to finish my " valuable " training, & graduated two weeks later.I was one of the poor bastar&s who stood Dempster Dumpster watches,just to be sure no one stole the darn thing while we were asleep.Back in '56,there was a Company known as.."800 BAKER"...It was for the poor guys who just could not adjust to boot camp,who couldn't ( or wouldn't ) follow orders...We were told to NOT be anywhwre near this company!!...Any old-timers out there remember that?
Looking for Company 249 1973
Don't recall having had the honor of guarding the dumpster lol but I do recall hearing that...also I recall some guys stood fence guard out in the cold....Did several four hour barracks watches at the Lakes though. Boring and scared I would fall asleep which fortunately I never did.
I did some night watches in hangers and the line at NAS Albany which were totally boring and tiring. I was relieved of that when I made E4 and the worst was a roving barracks watch with sitdown time in an office, which wasn't bad.
nd got the hell out of there in may of 63..how about standing watch on those dimpsi dumpsters.that is all- mickey doyle em2 discharged in may of 1967
I had a top Rack - when they came through one morning I rolled out as the garbage can went past and landed on the CC! He wasn't real happy with that - and made sure I regretted it!
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