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First Class Association

Come on in Shipmates. Have a seat in the First Class Lounge. We'll play a little Acey-Deuce and swap sea stories. As always, you have front of the line previleges on the Mess Decks.

Location: Just off the Enlisted Mess Decks
Veterans: 140
Latest Activity: May 21, 2018

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Comment by Lee Damicone on December 31, 2017 at 6:44pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of my fellow FIRST CLASS ASSOCIATION members.

Comment by Lee Damicone on September 15, 2017 at 11:42pm

WOW! 52 years ago on September 17, 1965 I was promoted to Radarman First Class while an instructor at the RD "A" School, GLNTC. Was honorably discharged on October 20, 1966.

Comment by Samuel Lee Shelton on May 31, 2016 at 6:21pm

Made 1st Class Electronics Tech in 1971. Retired in 1991. Hard to get Chief when they make 1 Navy Wide.

Comment by Jesse Marvin Colson Jr. on May 25, 2015 at 10:07pm
Made AMH1 in 1981. Retired as AMH1 in 1991. At my retirement ceremony someone asked, "You only made it to 1st class. I said hell yeah. I spent my first 10 years trying to make 1st class, and I spent my last 10 years trying to keep it. Nuff said . . .
Comment by Larry R. Thomas on February 27, 2015 at 5:39pm

Left the VXN-8 on August 30, 1967.  Went to college, seminary and pastored in 6 churches until 1998.  Retired and then Agent Orange took over and we know the outcome of that chemical.

Comment by Bruce A. McKnight on February 24, 2015 at 4:27pm

made 1st class BT in April 1966 aboard USS Sproston DD577 in the Tonkin Gulf.Passed the Chiefs test in January 1969(PNA)Left the Navy in April 1969.Like a lot of us I wish I had stayed.,,,Fair Winds to all especially stick shift BT,s

Comment by mark anson walsh on February 22, 2015 at 10:35am

I made first class bm in 1982.then drew shore duty at the NETC brigg. no more liquid lunches. although the LT I worked for was a guy the navy was lucky to have. passed the chiefs exam in 85 but decided to get out at 10yrs .the navy was changing back then. anyway I  look back at my time in the navy and the ships I served on as some of the greatest moments of my life!

Comment by Jerry Ballard(sw)SH1Ret on December 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

0001 Merry Christmas from the Chaplain's Corner

Comment by Daniel Lee Campbell on May 22, 2014 at 10:23am

I made 1st class in June 1979 and retired in 1992.  As a Personnelman First Class I got the opportunity to serve some of the best people that the Navy has to offer.  This was an experience that I will never forget.

Comment by Walter williams on November 21, 2013 at 7:30pm
I made 1st Class in 1975 and retired in 1978. I started out as an AMS first tour. Got and re-enlisted after a year as a civilian. I changed my rate to ADR and was flight crew and Finally made 3rd. Then , I knew I had to change to jets , I changed my rate to ADJ . I was on west all my career until my twilight tour and went E-2 sqd and went on a med cruise on Nimitz. I'll take west pack any day. Walt williamsi

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