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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: Dec 31, 2017

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gold has marks and chevrons

Started by vince bonderczuk. Last reply by John Saldana May 18, 2015. 3 Replies


Started by vince bonderczuk. Last reply by terry l barentsen Nov 20, 2013. 2 Replies

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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
Comment by terry l barentsen on November 20, 2013 at 2:27pm

made bt1,aug 1968,aboard yortown cvs-10

mite have made chief,had i stayed in,

uss-hull dd-945,got out 2 months,got bt"b" school 1963,met my beautiful "scottish"

bride,uss tap 176,breckinridge,then maa,gally-409,great lakes,yortwn cvs10, til discharg aug 1969

Comment by James S Strickland on November 19, 2013 at 5:57am

 i started as an SA deck seaman on the USS Durham LKA114, then got slected for TD "A" school. made rate every time i took the test, until E6. they were doing away with the rate and held a select few of us until our EAOS. that held me for 3 more years before i cross rated to AX and made first class on the first time.

i spent a tour as a P3C inflight tech w/ VP49. then went to HSL42. i was hurt in a helo crash and placed om limited duty. took chiefs exan made the board and was selected. then along came the first round of force reductions and i was medically discharged 30 days before my advancement date.

  worked out good though, i was hired by the FAA as soon as i left the service 50% disiblity and ten years after that they medically retired again as a GS12 and i haven't worked in fifteen years.

Comment by Peter D. Lister on November 19, 2013 at 5:19am


I remember the TraDevMen. I changed rate from AO to AW right around the time the TDs became AWs. Coincidentally, while we were cleaning out our storage room last night, I came across the gabardine dress blues I retired in, gold crow, hash marks, and all. Never knew a sailor from Alaska before, but I have a buddy from Alaska who flew Air Force Phantoms in 'Nam.

Comment by James S Strickland on November 19, 2013 at 5:10am

This is just a general comment. However after browsing so many sites that i cant see right, it is starting to seem that i am the only person from Alaska that joined the NAVY.

 Also my hash marks are gold, but two of the rates i wore on my sleeves no longer are around (TD & AX). i hope that some of you still remember them....

Comment by David P. Spurgin on August 21, 2013 at 6:17pm

Made BM1 at DESRON 33 San Diego California 1995

Comment by Larry R. Thomas on July 17, 2013 at 3:58pm

As a ADR1 I was an flight engineer on the EC-121 "Connie" and accumulated almost 5000 hours flying the pacific barrier, Patuxent River NAS, and VietNam.

Comment by Lindsey E. Ford HMC (SW) on July 15, 2013 at 9:41pm

Amnesiac looks correct to me:) Been over 20 years since I have had to use those terms.

Comment by Douglas James Riley on July 13, 2013 at 9:09pm
Yeah, liquid lunch was like an amnesiac (sp?). As a Corpsman you can spell check my medical term right Chief?
Problem was, being in NOLA, and at my young age, and single, we also, often followed it with a liquid dinner! Surprised I got enough nutrition and didn't end up an alcoholic!!! Also probably why these days I might have only 4-5 drinks a year on special occasions.
Comment by Lindsey E. Ford HMC (SW) on July 7, 2013 at 9:16pm

I remember doing those liquid lunches a few times, remember alot more of the solid lunches :)


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