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I AM LOOKING FOR A COPY OF MY WESTPAC TOUR OF THE USS PIEDMONT FROM THE 1955 1956 CRUISE. AM WILLING TO BUY OR COPY AND RETURN.

ALWAYS FOUND MYSELF IN OPS DIVISION AS QUARTERMASTEWR AND SIGNALMAN...THEY KEPT SPLITTING AND COMBINING THE RATES. ENDED UP A SIGNALMAN ABOARD THE USS RUPERTUS DD851, DESDIV 32 DESRON 3 WITH THE USS MASON, USS GEORGE MCKENZIE, AND THE USS TUCKER.

APOLOGYS FOR THE UPPER CASE...MANY YEARS HAVE CREATED VISION PROBLEMS AND THE…

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Added by MICHAEL BEST on August 27, 2013 at 4:46pm — No Comments

all alone

On AD-26, in late 1978, everyone had gotten out or transferred. I found myself standing in the shop wondering. Here I was, by myself. Unknownst to everyone the ship was going out of commission in late 79. I called the detailer and was told that there was a ML3 on the way, and should be there at any time. A few vdays later the CMC brought down a ML3. He was not the one I expected. This young man had been working in the tech library, did the courses, took the test, and made it!!. He had never…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 27, 2013 at 2:01pm — 1 Comment

It was just fun!!

When I made MLC we were about halfway thru a med cruise. The MR1 that was in charge of the machine shop also made it. His last name was Osborne.One afternoon the ENC that ran the boat shop came in . He had a piston ring in his hand.He said that there were no more in Supply, and he was going to have to get some made. Then he said"Do you know what this piston ring was made of?".Now this guy was known to be a very serious individual. Never smiled,all business. He handed it to me,I flexed it a…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 26, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments

Contact me if you know anything

 I found this website because I was looking for information about a crash of a Grummin S2 tracker that crashed 2 miles short of the runway behind Rockland Place, Rockland, Ma. It was the station aircraft for N.A.S. South Weymouth. Ma. I am looking for the exact date of the crash. It happened during spring/Summer 1978,79,80,8 1 or 82. Please let me know if you have any information on this. 

Added by Richard Tomolillo on August 26, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments

AD-26

When more bodies began to arrive, we had one hell of a shop. First was a young kid right out of A school by the last name of Brown. He was small and thin. He couldn't have weighed much more than a 14x14 bench mold. He worked hard, but the Navy just wasn't all that suitable for him. First off when he went to sleep, nothing would wake him. I was nalways telling him that with the almost daily fires we had on that old ship, it was dangerous. Myself, if we lost power in the middle of the night ,…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 25, 2013 at 4:35pm — No Comments

AD-26

When I had 6 yrs. in I changed my rate from SH to ML.Prior to A school I  was sent to the Vulcan for OJT. That was for 90 days. It was to see if I could cut it. After a school I went onboard the Shenandoah. When I arrived I went right down to the shop.There were two people there in coveralls, on their knees cleaning out from under a core oven. I asked where the chief was, and they both stood up and asked which one. One was MLC Langston, the other was MLC Bright. And that was it!!!. Noone…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 25, 2013 at 2:24pm — No Comments

getting of the Vulcan in time

After I had the fiasco with the RO, I was gaiven a MM2 and a GSE1 to help me review the thousands of job orders for the up comimg 12 month yard period in Boston. It was about 90 days before leaving that I realized that my annual eval was relly late. I looked into it I was told that the RO wanted to have input. I thought why?? I only worked for him for about 3 weeks. I went to see the XO about it . He came aboard the same time I took over as 3-M coordinator. I told him that he may not be…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 23, 2013 at 12:47pm — No Comments

plaques??? not on my watch.

In 1983 time frame I was sent to the Vulcan AR 5. Ml2 Herb Munker was the shop sup.,and Young was I believe a MLFN.I was exited about this, being a huge shop. They had about 10 molders onboard at the time.after a couple days I noticed that all they did was plaques. I was really surprised at this.I had been to that shop before and they werealways involved in good work. I asked Munker what the hell was going on. He said that all the RO would approve was plaques. He said that he had a MLFN…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 21, 2013 at 12:59pm — No Comments

2nd U.S. Naval Facility Barbados Reunion

REUNION: U.S. NAVAL FACILITY BARBADOS 2ND REUNION APRIL 16th-22nd 2014 ON ISLAND. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ME AT: barbadosreunion@gmail.com.

Added by Mike Noonan on August 18, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

instant reliability

My mlcs had been recently transferred, and I was the shop sup as a ML1,on the old Shenendoah ad26. a young Lt. Mpa from a ship we were working on came in the shop to check on his main shaft bearings. I told him when they should be up to the machine shop. From there he went right to my div. office to verify it. My master chief called and I told him that I had answered all his concerns. The next day I made MLC> A few days later the Lt. showed up again. I told him we were pouring it that…

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Added by Jo Perkins on August 17, 2013 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

Dave 'Spud' Sawley

 After Argentia, NFLD, I was stationed at NAS, Alameda, CA. I was assigned to the small SeaBee unit there. While there, a civilian who worked at the glass shop taught me how to repair broken windows. They were all the same size, So when we got a broken window report, we just replace the sash with a new pane in it. Then we took all of the old sashes, cleaned and repainted them, and put in new glass for the next job. It was a pretty good system. We always had several to do every day!…

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Added by David sawley on August 13, 2013 at 2:52am — No Comments

Dave 'Spud' Sawley

 Before I was stationed at NAS, Argentia, I was stationed at Naval Support Activity, Danang, Vietnam in the Public Works Dept at Camp Thien Sha. My main job there was building and maintaining/repairing fences. Sometimes I helped out with Pest Control, too. Sometimes I worked with and supervised Vietnamese female laborers, that was usually a lot of fun. We had a concrete block mill. The only way to get blocks over there was to make them. Supply didn't have them. Can you imagine women standing…

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Added by David sawley on August 13, 2013 at 2:35am — No Comments

Anyone Remeber Bill Sanders?

My father was Bill Sanders.  He retired in Pensacola Florida in 1979.  I am looking for shipmates who were stationed with him on Adak, Alaska from 1974 - 1976.  His title then was Cdr. Wilbur F. Sanders, XO NAVSTA under Cpt. Childers.

Added by Benjamin E. Sanders on August 6, 2013 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Old Sailors PoemOLD SAILORS SIT AND CHEW THE FATIN POORLY LITE BARS SITTING IN THE BACKTHE LIVES THEY LIVED AS THOSE DAYS DON'T LASTAND ALL THE GOOD TIMES REMEMBERED FROM THE PASTWITH THOUGHTS OF BEL…

Old Sailors Poem



OLD SAILORS SIT AND CHEW THE FAT

IN POORLY LITE BARS SITTING IN THE BACK



THE LIVES THEY LIVED AS THOSE DAYS DON'T LAST

AND ALL THE GOOD TIMES REMEMBERED FROM THE PAST

WITH THOUGHTS OF BELL BOTTOM BLUES

AND THOSE LITTLE WHITE HATS

AS THEY SINGLE UP LINES

BOTH FORE AND AFT



THEY RECALL LONG WATCHES LATE AT NIGHT

WHILE THE STARS AND MOON

WHICH SHINED…

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Added by John M Andresen on August 2, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

I was a Sailor Once

"I WAS A SAILOR ONCE"

Sharing a glimpse of the life many so dearly loved...

I liked standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe I liked the sounds of the Navy - the piercing trill of the boatswains pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, harsh, and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.

I liked Navy vessels --…

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Added by Roger Hutchings on August 1, 2013 at 8:11pm — No Comments

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