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Naval Station, NTC Great Lakes

Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois. Home of Naval Training Center, Great Lakes.

Veterans: 76
Latest Activity: Jul 5

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Company 444 Sept 1963

Started by Anthony G Fowler Sr. Last reply by Anthony G Fowler Sr Nov 19, 2017. 2 Replies

galley 409/school side

Started by terry l barentsen Oct 14, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by Philip Tucker on June 6, 2018 at 5:44am

After spending 9 wonderful weeks as a recruit in Company 121 CPO John Poissant was my CC ...he made Senior Chief just before we graduated.


a.k.a. Gate Guard...My NEW "BOSS" was Master Chief Senior Murphy..IIRC HE ran the whole operation no matter how many Admirals there were on the base.As long as we didn't screw up Chief Murphy was happy...but you never wanted to screw up.2 gates on the recruit 4 on Mainside.Had several experiences the one that really surprised me was...It was a Saturday morning..Me and my partner were on the Main Gate...everything was traffic coming in the gate yet...when all of a sudden we hear gun shots..we look a each other he goes to the inbound side of the gate..I stay by the gate...all of a sudden we see Marines in full gear run across the inbound side of the bridge...My parter starts walking slowly to the end of the bridge...I call the guy on the desk at our building freakin out saying "I see Marines in full gear running across the end of the bridge I also hear gun shots!!!"The guy at the desk says jeesh I forgot to tell you guys the Marines are doing "wargames"today..n I'm like jeeze man you shoulda told us at the start of the watch

Comment by Robert Gregory Baker on June 2, 2018 at 12:02pm

I went to Hospital Corps School in 1980 , was in Boot Camp Co. 038 from Feb to April 1980 , then to Corps School class 028 

Comment by Emmet Molloy on April 16, 2018 at 9:20am

I enlisted August 26, 1965 and was at Great Lakes for training for a reduced amount of weeks due to the amount of recruits being trained there due to the build up of the war in Vietnam. I was in Company 426. We had a first class machinists mate as company commander. It has been a long time but I think he was from Alabama and his last name was Freese. There were so many recruits there at that time that we had to use the old barracks at camp Barry and the water in the showers came out rusty. I also was at camp Moffett. From there I went to Arlington, Virginia. 

Comment by Ken Long on March 23, 2018 at 11:59am

Attended ET A School here from about March to November 1977. I can still picture the faces of some of my classmates but the names have been gone for a long time.

Comment by ray w fonner on March 23, 2018 at 10:23am

any one rember carlson's companin 1974 i think it was 285 not sure can't find it anywhere

Comment by Thomas S Nash on January 20, 2018 at 7:42am

June-August 1978, BE&E school.

Comment by Ralph Wharton on March 27, 2016 at 8:36pm
I was in company 470 September 1965
Comment by Mark D. Mayer on May 24, 2015 at 10:32am

  I did my basic Aug 74 , I was in company 259 my company commander was EM1 Butcher. WE won the color company award we were two flags from honor.    Great shipmates, if you know or served you can e-mail me at

Comment by Stephen L Waters on March 12, 2015 at 2:00am

Arrived in Dec. 1968 for BP&E school then BT/A school. Coldest winter in my life, for a Florida boy.

Comment by Daniel Lee Campbell on May 20, 2014 at 8:25am

I also worked at the Transient Personnel Unit at Great Lakes from July 1972 until November 1975.


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