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Boatswains Mate

The Backbone of the Fleet!

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Comment by Robert Val McCarter on January 25, 2020 at 5:51pm

I was a BM3 at Gitmo and aboard the USS Kiowa ATF 72

Comment by Bob Dubreuil on November 12, 2015 at 8:30am

BM3 on the USS Kansas City AOR-3 from 1971-1972.

Comment by mark anson walsh on July 12, 2015 at 10:18am

started E2 ended BM! best time of my life!

Comment by Kenneth Reno on July 27, 2014 at 11:51am

I was very lucky that GOD chose me to be a Boatswains mate  and sail with the greatest  sailors that ever sallied the seas. Thank you for letting me join this group

Comment by Hector F Latorre on July 24, 2014 at 9:38am

thanks for letting me join this select group of 'Boats". Served aboard USS Constellation CV-64 from 1978-1982. Started from being a 'side cleaner' to BM3. Later served, making BM2 as a Equipment Operator as part of of Naval Reserve Weapons Station Earle, Unit 1104 in Colts neck, New Jersey.

Comment by Dave moore on June 21, 2013 at 9:48am

Made BM3 on an old Adams Class Destroyer in the late 80's....USS Semmes DDG-18....Talk about turn two......

Comment by Deanna Little on January 11, 2013 at 7:31pm
what a job* whew
Comment by Larry Oswalt on October 24, 2012 at 4:39pm

I made BM3 on board the USS LY Spear [AS-36] and was transferred to new construction for the USS Barnstable County [LST-1197]. After we all were welcomed aboard the Barn we had a lot of work training the new seamen and then on our shakedown cruise . We worked hard and we played hard. I made BM2 on the Barn and there is no other rate in the navy that I could ever want. I'm proud to say I served as a BM for the USA!!!

Comment by Stan Robertson on September 9, 2012 at 11:38am

I was USN '71-'92....Started out wanting to be an ASROC Gunners Mate. Was striking for 2nd Div, when I slugged a vice cop in Long Beach. There went my security clearance!. LOL. They sent me Mess cooking for the Chiefs Mess. Head of the mess was a BMC. Talked me into striking for BM. Best decision I ever made. As I heard it back then, "Anyone can make rate....It takes GOD, to make a Bosuns Mate". I'd have to agree. We had some wild times, and the seas were not always "following", but I'd do it all again, tomorrow!

Comment by Herbert Edward Harfst on August 2, 2012 at 1:34pm

Hello fellow vertebrae in the backbone of the fleet!

I was a Nuclear Weaponsman 1957-1963.  Got out an stayed out til 1978 went back in the Reserves as a BMSN and made Chief before I was high-year-tenured out at age 60 in 1998.  Served in Coastal River Squadron 2, Special Boat Units 20 and 24, USS El Paso, USS Preserver, MSC Red Sea, InshoreUnderseaWarfareGroup 2 and retired from USS Clark.  Loved the NAV and loved being a Boatswains Mate.  BM's are the only real sailors all the others are just boat riders.

Herb Harfst, BMC, USNR, Ret


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