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Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on July 12, 2012 at 12:48am

Thanks Richard for showing those Photos. Ya He was a Great Guy! and his wife was wonderful also. Had a great opportunity to spend the Day with them and have a lot of photos i took even his autograph on my white hat sealed in a clear bag.

Have his Address also that he gave me when I sent him the photos I developed after the Change of Command. Ya.... He will me missed!

Comment by Richard Oropeza on July 11, 2012 at 5:47pm

I errored he was honorarily given the GMC rate from MCPON Terry Scott in 2004, he also  played a LCDR not Lt as previously noted. he was in the Navy in the 1930's and reenlisted after Pearl Harbor....

Comment by Richard Oropeza on July 11, 2012 at 5:42pm

Comment by Richard Oropeza on July 11, 2012 at 5:29pm

Comment by Richard Oropeza on July 11, 2012 at 5:22pm

Jerry Ballard, yes I do it is Ernest Borgnine who was meritoriously promoted to GMC after getting out as a GM1...he also played Lieutenant Quinton McHale, USNR in "McHale's Navy" on TV.

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on July 10, 2012 at 5:32pm

USS Prairie  Stationed in Long Beach  1984 - 1990

Worked in the Barbershop as an SH and then worked in the Ship's Store and was MAA

But enjoyed working in R-5 Division in the photo Lab  and as a photographer went to the USS Wallbash for the Change of Command and Guess who was the Guest there:

He died this last week sadly.... Really nice guy too. Know who this is? the other person in the photo is me

Comment by Ronald Eason on July 10, 2012 at 1:39pm

Joined USN while a senior at Hiram Johnson in Sacramento, delayed entry program.  Left for boot camp San Diego 2 weeks after graduation.  Arrived at OM "A" School in Great Lakes, ILL directly out of boot camp.  Graduated in 13 weeks and extended to get OM3 at graduation in December 1974.  Two weeks leave and reported to USS Hector (AR-7) at Mare Island on Jan. 1, 1975.  She pulled out the next day for my first WestPac.  I got out in '79 and joined the USNR in 1983 in Seattle at Naval Control of Shipping, then moved to San Diego Area in 1984, where I joined up with NAVSSES-219 in San Diego till 1987.  Some of the very best times of my life.  I regret not staying in to retire on active.

Comment by Richard Clementson on June 9, 2012 at 9:18pm

Jerry Ballard, it's not often you find another shipmate.  I really enjoyed the "San Berdo" and all the friends I made on it.  One in particular was Cletus Arnold (Eddy Arnold's nephew).  He wrote the words to a song about the ship and I wrote the music to it.  That was really fun to do that with him.  May God Bless you in all you do.

Comment by Robert A. Scott on June 9, 2012 at 1:44pm

N. A. S. Lemoore Ca. 1965-69

Assigned to Attack Squadron VA-122

TAD to IMA Power Plants


Comment by Ron Elshire on April 15, 2012 at 2:45pm

Joined the Navy right after graduating from Napa Sr Hi in June of 1958...I hung up my Navy blues in Aug of 1978.....retired E-6 (radioman rate).



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