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John Kellett
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  • Mount Wolf, PA
  • United States
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  • John Santoni
  • Robert Val McCarter
  • Gary Lennert
  • Peter D. Lister
  • bruce wayne robertson
  • Pat Sensing
  • Ronald Earl Bereman II
  • Thomas Duane Ruggiers
  • HARRY L RASMUSSEN JR
  • Eugene J. Alliston, Jr.
  • William T. O'Brien
  • David Rumpeltin
  • Gary  Lutz
  • Richard  Emerson  Benjamin
  • Darrell A. Nelson ENC Retired

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John Kellett and John Santoni are now friends
Wednesday
John Kellett commented on S D Martin's group Naval Station Rota
"I was in the regular Navy from 1958-62, and USNR from 1970-78.  If Roger C. Enright was there 1975-78, he was there when VP64 arrived each summer.  Back then there were only 4 combat ready patrol squadrons on the East Coast.  Each of…"
Wednesday
John Kellett commented on William Towne's group Cold War Navy Veterans
"Wm. E. Gardner was in around the same time as me.  However, I didn't serve on a tin can, just travelled on them from Guantanamo Bay to Jamaica for Liberty.  I was in GTMO from 1960-62 and our only liberty was when a tin can would ask…"
Oct 1, 2015
John Kellett commented on Douglas Karr's group Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO
"I just got back from a wonderful week in Guantanamo Bay. If any of you ex-GTMOites would like to join us for next year's trip to Guantanamo Bay, go to www.gitmobay.org and join the Association. Details for next year's trip should be…"
Mar 31, 2015
John Kellett commented on Douglas Karr's group Naval Base Guantanamo, Cuba GTMO
"If everything continues to go well, members of the Guantanamo Bay Association will be going back to GTMO for a week, in March 2015.  We are limited to 70 visiitors.  Even though the  buildings have changed dramatically, I am looking…"
Nov 29, 2014
John Kellett left a comment for Robert Val McCarter
"It would be great if you and I got to meet and talk about our time in GITMO.  I don't know if you have checked our website, but it might be difficult to get hotel reservations for the reunion.  We already have somewhere around 80…"
Sep 16, 2014
Robert Val McCarter left a comment for John Kellett
"Yes,I remember the machine gunners,a seaman at the boatshed by the name of Whitehead from Arkansas was one of them,I would like to make the reunion in Charleston,I have been there a few times visiting my Grandson when he was in the Citadel…"
Sep 16, 2014
John Kellett left a comment for Robert Val McCarter
"It sounds like we were in ECHO COMPANY together.  I was a gunner on a light 30 machine gun crew.  We may have been assigned to your platoon, sometimes.  I only put 4 years in the regular Navy, but after I got married and had 3 kids, I…"
Sep 15, 2014
Robert Val McCarter left a comment for John Kellett
"I was on the opposite end of the barracks..I was a fire team leader in the 3rd platoon of negdf.My main job at the boatshed was boat operator or Coxswain.We mostly carried FTG personell to and from the ships.I was in the navy for 8 years ,bm3 was as…"
Sep 15, 2014
John Kellett left a comment for Robert Val McCarter
"I was on the first floor of the same barracks.  I don't know which direction was East and which was West.  However, if you approached the back of the barracks from the swimming pool, I lived on your right side.   Charleston, SC…"
Sep 14, 2014
Robert Val McCarter left a comment for John Kellett
"My bunk was on the 1st floor ,I guess it would be the east  wing across the street from the mess hall and I remember a workout room across the street from us,the dorm I was in was the boatshed people.It has been over 50 years now.I live in…"
Sep 14, 2014
Robert Val McCarter and John Kellett are now friends
Sep 14, 2014
John Kellett left a comment for Robert Val McCarter
"Robert, you are eligible for the VFW because of your time in GITMO.  Why don't you join us at our GITMO reunion this October, in Charleston, SC."
Sep 12, 2014
Robert Val McCarter left a comment for John Kellett
"John,I was at the naval station boatshed from jan.62-july 63.I must have known Summerall en3,I was a bm3 who operated boats and the enginemen were the engineers on our boats.I remember the officer in charge was a LT JG Graves from Alabama a good man…"
Sep 12, 2014
John Kellett posted an event

GUANTANAMO BAY ASSOCIATION REUNION at HOLIDAY INN, MOUNT PLEASANT

October 25, 2014 to October 30, 2014
October 25-30th of 2014, we will hold our annual reunion in Charleston, SC. As of August 10th, we already have over 60 people who have registered. If you need information, go to www.gitmobay.org for details.See More
Aug 10, 2014
John Kellett commented on S D Martin's group Naval Air Station Norfolk
"Hi Glenn Duffy.  We were at NAS Norfolk at the same time.  I was assigned to the NAS Personnel Department.  I got there in December 1958 and left in June 1960.  My next two years were spent at GITMO."
Apr 14, 2014

Profile Information

Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Where were you or your family stationed?
NAS Norfolk, NavSta Guantanamo Bay & VP64 at Willow Grove, PA.
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
June 30, 1958
End date of your service
August 31, 1978

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At 1:10pm on September 16, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

Yes,I remember the machine gunners,a seaman at the boatshed by the name of Whitehead from Arkansas was one of them,I would like to make the reunion in Charleston,I have been there a few times visiting my Grandson when he was in the Citadel colledge,he is now in the army in Arizona in I.T. school.,We have one son and 3 grandsons.

At 6:06pm on September 15, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

I was on the opposite end of the barracks..I was a fire team leader in the 3rd platoon of negdf.My main job at the boatshed was boat operator or Coxswain.We mostly carried FTG personell to and from the ships.I was in the navy for 8 years ,bm3 was as far as I got,getting out worked good for me,I got married gave up drinking ,been married 50 years, retired from ALCOA Aluminum co.I have had a better life than I would have if I had stayed in the navy.

At 8:17pm on September 14, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

My bunk was on the 1st floor ,I guess it would be the east  wing across the street from the mess hall and I remember a workout room across the street from us,the dorm I was in was the boatshed people.It has been over 50 years now.I live in East Tn 30 miles south of Knoxville.

At 5:40pm on September 12, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

John,I was at the naval station boatshed from jan.62-july 63.I must have known Summerall en3,I was a bm3 who operated boats and the enginemen were the engineers on our boats.I remember the officer in charge was a LT JG Graves from Alabama a good man who was an ex engineman.

 

At 10:48pm on November 7, 2013, Al Lieberman said…

Thanks John.  I'm long over due for an eye exam.  Will they help?

At 9:50am on February 6, 2011, Thomas Duane Ruggiers said…

John, Plan on being there.

I found a couple of Marines from the area that were in Gitmo.

They said when I get some info to let them know.

Tom

At 4:17pm on February 5, 2011, Pat Sensing said…

Hi John... Thanks for the invite.  I was at GITMO  once on the USS Kalamazoo AOR 6.

We had completed an overhaul and was sent to GITMO for refresher training.  Being an engineer and working in the fireroom I didn't get to much time to take in the sites.  I did get the chance to go to Cable Beach.  Great place to lay in the sun and relax and swim.

At 7:32am on January 6, 2011, Dennis W. Marshall said…

Thanks for the kind comments John...     I did indeed have an interesting navy career.   Not many navy wx guessers ride a coast guard cutter throughout Philippine waters on the job.   I actually did visit GITMO while aboard the USS Intrepid... she was on shake-down after a refit for an enclosed bow and steam cats.    We pulled liberty in Guantanamo City and of course the base...  

Those were the days my friend.

At 6:26pm on September 5, 2010, Dennis M Morey said…
no did it all on the west coast
At 12:36pm on May 6, 2010, Al Lieberman said…
Hello John,
Thanks for the invitation. I spent a short time in GTMO, Iprobably for some air exercises. Unfortunately It was so long ago that I can't remember much detail to talk about. Although I do remember that someone once warned me to shake out my boots before I put them on because there may be a scorpian hidden within. I also remember getting reacquainted with an old roommate from A school who was stationed there. I wish I can remember his name.
 
 
 

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