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63-65 worked on the hill in Legal Office

Had a great time at Rosy. Deployment was for two years however; I only had 8 months on my enlistment so the

Commander I worked for pull some strings and I got to stay on the hill for 8 more months.

Actually they were going to transfer me to VWFour or VU8 on base. Cannot remember which one.

its been over fifty years now so my memory is not the best. 

Been back to San Juan a few times but never had time to get back over to the base.

we were on cruises. an they do not give you much time.

By what I see and hear you can not get in the Bundy Area [Enlisted Men’s Barracks, chow hall,etc]

Anybody been back in last few years ?

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Boot Camp

As a 17 yr. old kid in July of 1958 I spent 13 wks. at Great Lakes, Co. 315. It was a big change but I had a great time.

lots of sweat & a whole lot of laughter.

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Tender Museum

I am reaching out to all Veterans, no matter what rank or rate. Those Veterans that served on any of the Repair Tenders on active duty for your comments. As of 1997 the Molders and Patternmakers ratings were discontinued, and are no longer recognized in the active Navy. Sadly even on  this site they are not recognized. Those same jobs no longer exist in the civilian Naval Shipyards as well. If any of the  Veterans out there had your rates discontinued I would like to hear from you. I would like to know  your comments about creating a Repair Tender Museum. Included would be exhibits showing the History and the importance our jobs were for the Fleet when Tenders were utilized. The Tender Services served the Fleet for over 100 years. Thru the Navy's history they were the backbone of the United States Navy. Keeping  ships like Subs, Destroyers, and other Fast Attack Craft. Sometimes even Carriers repaired and maintained. In foreign ports they created a forward floating base so that they were Battle Ready in the front lines around the globe. A lot of those overseas duty stations no longer exist because of the Tenders Demise. In 1982 the USS Sperry AS-12 was decommissioned and She was laid up on hold for a possible Museum Ship. In 2011 She was sold for scrap! There are as of 2017  only two left in service, The USS Emory S Land AS-39 and The USS Frank Cable AS-40. All the other Support Ships have been scraped. Those existing Ships are outdated and slow (Approximately 18 knots).We do need newer modernized Tenders to continue Servicing our Fleet. to bring back those forward bases that we no longer use, but that is a different story all together. We have today Battleship Museums, Submarine Museums, Destroyer Museums, and  Aircraft Carrier Museums. If not for our Repair Tenders when they were in service those floating museums may not have survived long enough to be Museums. I feel humbled that I was allowed the opportunity to learn a time honored trade in the Navy. We need to preserve our long history and heritage  as Specialized Sailors. Future generations will be able to witness the Pride, Honor, and Integrity, that we had. But most of all the Importance and Necessity of our jobs we did for the Navy in the past. Some of those jobs need to continue now and into the future to keep our Navy Strong and Ready. Repair Tenders were the floating shipyards for the Active Fleet. Providing maintenance, service and a Home Port wherever they were needed around the globe. It is only fitting that a museum, whether in a land facility or on board a ship should be assembled to preserve our History and Contributions that Navy Tenders gave to our Navy. There's an old saying, We Would Be Dead In The Water Without Them. I  encourage all of you Veterans to comment back on what you think. If you have any suggestions about how we can go forward on getting this started, Please contact me. Or if you just want to make a comment, That's ok too. As soon as more info surfaces about this subject, I will post it when I get it.       Thanks

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The older we get the closer we get to that Great Sandbox in the Sky. a lot of us don't know it until we start loosing our good health. Like me, and find its closer than you think. So many good friends so little time. Heck, a lot of us don't keep in touch with our immediate family, let alone the friendships and bonds we shared early in our lives with our molder brothers. We get all wrapped up with getting married, raising families, and making a living. In all that pursuit we somehow seem to forget that the brotherhood that we formed so early in our lives 'MOLDED' us to whom we are today. I knew David W Asche and Jim Reardon personally. I started out in MLA school with them. With pride honesty and Heart felt remembrance I salute you David and Jim and all our fallen molder brothers, past and present.      May your ladles be always be toped off. Your sand never to wet. And your castings always be sound.                   God Bless.   MLFN Robert b Brantner.

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To all my Navy Brothers and Sisters

I like to let people know when I get a benefit that actually works for me.  I had several bankers tell me I had to bring the 16k to the table!  I didn’t really feel like that was a VA benefit because I could do a little better on the conventional market.  I also had a heck of a time with other brokers to get me a 15-year loan!  They really didn’t listen to my goals or needs.

 Jennifer had a program that was able to roll the funding fee into the loan no money at closing!  I had already used my benefit once so don’t let them tell you they can’t it’s because they are not working with the right lender.

 My rate went from 6.375 to 3.875 for a 15-year jumbo loan!

The fee paid including the VA funding fee was $16K (Same as the others)

The savings over a 10 year period will be 300K in comparison to the 2 loans paid off through closing.  MBA’s remember in finance class PV Get = PV Give-up  --My get is 300K more in my pocket.

There is a six-month seasoning and you can Streamline the loan as long as it would result in a lower monthly payment or a shorter term.  So if the rate is less than 3.8 I can lock again saving more money!

Update Sept 2017!  4 years ago I did this loan and if you saw my recommendation you might have called Jennifer!  Since I closed on this 4 years ago the loan provider Quicken Loans re-worked my loan once in the first year.  I now have 11.2 more years to go and a rate of 3.25 down from 3.875!  Is it tough to do a 15-year loan the answer is yes it is a little out of my comfort zone for my payment but I will be 63 when it is paid off versus 78!  This will give me more options during retirement so overall I am still glad I did this loan and hope many of you took the same path!




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Hi All,
Trying to research my wife's father so that I can build her a shadow box of his career.  I'm an active member in the USAF Reserve so my Navy is a bit weak. Could anyone help me out with awards and decorations and rank insignia?

On the NavPers 553 ratings held shows: AS, S2/c, S1/c, S1/c(Y), and Y3/c. I understand the S to be general seaman the Y bit has me a bit perplexed. Yeoman perhaps? Under Qualifications it shows: Y3/c Rtng. Desc. Bklt. not available. 
Decorations show: Asiatic Pacific (1) Star, American Area, Victory Medal, are there any ribbons associated during this time frame that wouldn't show up as a medal?  He was aboard the USS DORAN DMS-41 and USS RUCHAMKIN APD 89.
Any information or even where to start looking would be much much appreciated. This is all the info we were able to get with the SF180 and veterans bureau.
He also has a DD214 for what appears to be service in the Naval Reserve with the following
"Called from Inactive duty"
"Grade or rank at time of entry into active service: YNT3"
"Foreign and/or sea service: 1 yrs 6 mos"
"Decorations, medals badges.... : European-Asiatic"

If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on how I can get a grasp on a good authentic way of memorializing this man's service,I would be very grateful.
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Looking for WWII Navy AROU Veterans

We are looking for any living WWII Pacific Theatre AROU (Aviation Repair and Overhaul Unit) Veterans.  Our annual AROU reunion is taking place in October in Nashville TN and we'd love to find more of the living members of that group who were on various islands creating and operating air bases for the repair and overhaul of Navy planes.  We honored 5 veterans at our last reunion in Clearwater, FL with a fun event but the ranks of these wonderful men are thinnning at an alarming rate as you all know.  I am privileged to still have my dad ready and able to go and he just celebrated his 94th birthday this month!  I am also privileged to be able to organize, with other AROU family members, these reunions to honor and celebrate these wonderful men.

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Any carrier-based squadron and shipmate member should consider joining Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. (google it) for excellent reunion activities. The group was originally formed for members of USS Midway and FDR carriers, but is NOW open to all carrier and ship-based squadron members.  June 2017 reunion will be held in Dayton,Ohio and 2018 reunion is scheduled to be held in Tuscon, AZ.  Great group of folks who enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans.     

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USS Independence going for scrap

BREMERTON The USS Independence soon will become the third inactive aircraft carrier in 2 ½ years to be towed away and dismantled. Final preparations are being made for a mid-March departure from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Navy spokeswoman Colleen O'Rourke said Monday. The exact date hasn't been set. The Indy, farthest south of the ships, will follow the USS Constellation, which left in August 2014, and the USS Ranger, which left in March 2015. The USS Kitty Hawk will be the only remaining inactive carrier. The Navy is holding it in reserve status until the USS Gerald R. Ford enters service. The Navy awarded a $6 million contract in August to International Shipbreaking to tow the Independence to Brownsville, Texas, and dismantle it. The company only received a penny and the value of the scrap metal for the Ranger. It's getting more this time because the price for metals is down. The 16,000-mile tow around South America usually takes 4 ½ months as the aircraft carriers are too large to fit through the Panama Canal. Using a towing ship instead of a tug this time is expected to cut the time to about two months. International Shipbreaking Chief Operating Officer Robert Berry originally expected to embark in November, after a crew spent a couple of months installing towing gear and an alarm system to alert the tug captain if the ship takes on water, and give the carrier a complete inspection to make sure it's safe for towing. As part of the preparations for the tow, Navy divers scraped marine growth from the carrier's hull to comply with rules limiting the spread of invasive species. The Squamish Tribe, Washington Environmental Council and Puget Soundkeeper believed they were releasing toxic levels of copper-based paint into Sinclair Inlet and sued. The Independence was commissioned Jan. 10, 1959, and decommissioned Sept. 30, 1998, in Bremerton, the oldest active Navy ship. The 1,070-foot-long, 60,000-ton vessel was the fourth and final of the Forrestal class. It made one tour in 1965 off the coast of Vietnam, carried out airstrikes against Syrian forces during the Lebanese Civil War and operated over southern Iraq to enforce a no-fly zone during Operation Southern Watch. The Independence was heavily stripped to support the active carrier fleet, limiting its potential as a museum ship.'.

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Passing of a shipmate

It is with great sadness that I have just learned of the passing of yet another shipmate. PRC Kenneth Owen Getchey. Kenny stayed the 20 plus. I just learned of his passing earlier this month through the internet. Ken passed away back in 2007. Yeah, 10 years ago. How time flies. You young guys and girls in uniform will soon learn as you grow older, you lose touch as the 4 winds scatter you and your friends to all corners of the earth. You lose touch. Fortunately for me, I found my shipmates spouse and was able to tell her stories that she didn't know. We had a great time laughing and reminiscing. WE will stay in contact. To my brother K.O., Rest In Peace, I'll see you and Turnage and Martin on the other side. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is scrapping its decision to eliminate dozens of enlisted sailors' job titles, including many that end in "man," after hitting an onslaught of opposition from the force.

The decision to drop long-held traditional titles and instead refer to sailors by their rank was announced in September and signaled a sharp cultural shift for the Navy. Three months later, after hearing persistent complaints and questions from sailors around the world, Navy leaders are going back to the drawing board.

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a memo that modernizing the job ratings or titles was designed to give sailors more flexibility in training and assignments. Switching to names more understandable to the civilian world, Navy leaders argued, would make it easier to get jobs once sailors left the service.

But after hearing angry feedback from thousands of sailors, Richardson said Navy leaders believe they can find a way to provide better job flexibility without dropping the titles.
"We have learned from you, and so effective immediately, all rating names are restored," he said.

The memo will be publicly released at 8 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, and sailors can expect to see correspondence from Navy leaders.
Richardson outlined what he called a "course correction" in the memo, saying the Navy will continue to review ways to update the names.

"Modernizing our industrial-age personnel system in order to provide sailors choice and flexibility still remains a priority for us," he said. "We will need to tackle the issue of managing rating names."

The Navy called for a review of the titles in January, shortly after the Pentagon ordered that all combat jobs would now be open to women. The idea was to eliminate titles such as "chief yeoman," ''corpsman" or "boatswain's mate" — titles steeped in tradition but difficult for the public to translate or understand.

Under the plan, sailors would be known by their ranks, such as petty officer or chief. And job titles would be made more gender-neutral.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who pushed the plan, said at the time that he wanted titles to better convey the job a sailor is doing.
For example, few civilians know what a hospital corpsman does, Mabus said in a June interview. A corpsman could be called a medic or an emergency medical technician, much like "messman" was previously changed to culinary specialist, he added.

Sailors, however, protested the decision, launching a White House petition and gaining some support from Capitol Hill. They said that while they liked the idea of more flexibility, they wanted to hold onto their traditional titles.
It's unclear now whether the move to make titles gender neutral will continue.

Richardson said that sailors who want to provide input can email their ideas to:

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I have an issue - having inertial fibrosis - scaring of the lungs from asbestos.  Served on the USS Springfield (CLG 7), two MSO's:

USS Exultant (MSO 441) and USS Dominant (MSO 440).  Any other sweep sailor dealing w/similar lung issues.

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Retirement benefits

I lost touch w/my financial benefits - what would be due to my wife if I should kick off before her.  I have VGLI.  I read some where that my wife would only get 55% of my pension.  Is that true?

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