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Douglas James Riley
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  • Sparta, WI
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Tragedy at Travis

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Franklin Benson May 6, 2014. 3 Replies

Eddie Andreini crashed his Super Steerman at Travis air show a few hours ago. Was a great pilot (had a P51 mustang also) Soar with the angels Mr. Andreini.

China submarine

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Franklin Benson Feb 8, 2014. 3 Replies

Anyone know what the second flag on this Chinese sub is for? I lived in China for 5 year and I do not recognize it. The characters to the left of the star are not representative of numerals.Photo…Continue

BDUs

Started Jul 5, 2013 0 Replies

Damn I hate that blue camo uniform the Navy is using!And it really annoys me to see all the sailors/marines/soldiers walking around in their BDUs instead of traveling in dress uniforms.Guess I am…Continue

 

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Profile Information

Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Enlisted Rating
Engineman
Where were you or your family stationed?
Great Lakes RTC, ACU-1 Coronado, ACU-1 and various ships in Vietnam, CNAVRES (flag staff) New Orleans.
Veteran of Foreign War
Vietnam
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
January 21, 1970
End date of your service
September 21, 1979

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At 1:08am on May 20, 2014, Doug seskey said…
Also I have been operating boiler plants since I got out in 1984, 1st at hospital ( low wages ) 2nd I got a job with the federal prison system steaming it's boiler plant. 3rd took up a position in a boiler/ chiller plant at a VA. Hospital, after 22 years of the governments b******* and gun- ho professional wanna be's I'm an operating engineer with the 4th largest banking system in the country where I maintain and operate the chiller and boiler plants for the banks properties.. Jobs came easy for me after the navy but it was the training and work ethic from the navy that got me there... Good luck
At 12:59am on May 20, 2014, Doug seskey said…
I seen my Topwatch do it in 1981 in 2 MMR aboard the kitty hawk, very dangerous but it better than getting wrote up and bitched by the MPA or chief engineer. It was embarrassing to lose the load while underway so some topwatches took that chance. Most of us was to young to realize the dangers, keep on steaming hole snipes..
At 9:57am on July 27, 2013, Rob Sitze said…

I do remember the boiler fronts moving when that happened.  I haven't done anything with boilers since I got off the ship in 89, shore duty until I got out in 92.  IIRC the Midway had M type boilers, that was my first ship.

At 9:54am on July 27, 2013, vince bonderczuk said…

not a very smart thing to light off the back wall saw a burner front on an lpd expand 4 inches when it lit good watchstanding keeps those fires in the box. How many of you guys steamed m-types?

At 9:32am on July 27, 2013, Rob Sitze said…

If fires went out in the boiler while steaming, protocol stated to emergency secure the boiler, then re-lite it back off.  This was time consuming.  The walls inside the firebox are red hot, so if you turned on the fuel to splash on the back wall, you could get your fires re-lit without losing any time or steam pressure.  It was dangerous as it caused a small explosion inside the firebox, and cracked the firebrick.  It was a serious offense but happened just the same.

At 1:35am on July 15, 2013, David W Asche said…

Yes, I keep telling my son about stuff from years ago and he looks it up  on the web to see if I am full of crap about it or not.  Wish I could do that with my dad.

At 6:13am on July 14, 2013, David W Asche said…

I remember "mini bikes" from the fifties and early sixties.  Always wanted one.  Know where I can get the plans to build one?

At 9:33am on June 30, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

I wonder how many years the sextant has been obsolete.He sure looks like he knows what he's doing.I remember when the Signalmen had SO MANY different signal flags hanging from the flying bridge ( or yard arm).Wonder if they still do that anymore.

 

At 8:28am on June 24, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

talking about mid rats...you should have been around when they took out,and replaced the life-saving provisions in each of the many emergency life rafts up on the main deck.They had,among other things,packs of Camel cigarettes so old and forgotten they gave away to the nearest swabbie that was said to taste like @#$%!...oh,and don't forget the small cans of tuna fish.with green things sticking to them....I'll stick with the good ole midrats...I had to stand lots of four hour steering watches,and it seemed they were always mid watches.Was steering on the mid once going to Northern Europe and the Stormy North Atlantic was not co-operating,then sonar called up to the bridge reporting a definite Russian sub contact.Everything went crazy,the old man flew to the bridge,eyes red,nostrils flaring,but we never could get the sub to reply to our requests.Finally lost contact.

At 6:59pm on June 23, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

Hi Douglas,from looking at your pic.I can see you using an old-fashioned,and I would think a totally out of date sextant...Our XO,and quartermasters relied on those for their navigation purposes,and we even at one time had our boatswains' mates on the forecastle using the old fashioned lead-line to take depth readings....Sadly,I found out many years later that my last tin can had a boiler to blow,causing at least three gunners mates deaths.Chances are very good that I could have been one of the casualties had I still been aboard...Didn't spend much time in San Diego,only stopped briefly at a locker club on my way to  beautiful downtown  Tijuana to see my beautiful Senorita!

 

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Problem with Together We Served

Posted on February 15, 2014 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

Just a heads up- "Together We Served-Navy" could not make their site work with an iPad. I originally enjoyed the site and then they did some sort of update that made it basically non-functional. Unfortunately I had just renewed for three years, then after 4 months of very poor customer service replies, they got very unresponsive and so far have refused to refund my three year subscription costs.
Shame, as I loved the site. Bigger shame that they would treat a vet this way.

Marine girly cap

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 7:13pm 1 Comment

Everyone see that the Marines are considering a unisex cover? One option is a girlie looking cap that reminds me of a French military or French police mans hat. Jeez, are our Devil Dogs also going to become poodles? NO WAY,
 
 
 

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