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Recruit Training Command, RTC Great Lakes


Recruit Training Command, RTC Great Lakes

Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes is located in Northern Chicago, Illinois

Veterans: 257
Latest Activity: Jun 9

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Company 053 (1972)

Started by William Thomas Ditewig Sep 12, 2017. 0 Replies

Co. 299 RTC Great Lakes Ill.

Started by Daryl Clint Lynch Mar 1, 2017. 0 Replies

Boot camp

Started by Walter Zappa Sep 10, 2015. 0 Replies

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Comment by michael kerkes on April 22, 2018 at 1:48pm
Co 257 june-sept 1962 cc Charles Farley TM 1 the sixties were real Navy clothes stops and leggings
Comment by Emmet Molloy on April 22, 2018 at 1:42pm

Thanks, yes I was 20 when I arrived there from Pennsylvania. I flew to O’hare airport Chicago from Pa. and then a bus to the center, as I recall. It has been a long time. If I remember correctly we arrived there about midnight and then they woke us up about 5:00 am for breakfast. I definitely was not ever a fan of breakfast, especially all that heavy food. But I learned to eat it and later became a commissaryman and got up at 4:00 am to start breakfast myself. I never liked coffee either until I got up at that hour and had to start the coffee in the big stainless containers. Then I learned to like that too. I was glad when my company commander told the company that we were getting out of boot camp early due to so many new recruits coming in with the build-up of the Vietnam War. 

Comment by John Houghtaling on April 22, 2018 at 12:29pm

Hey Emmet we were shipmates at RTC Great Lakes, I believe  I was in company 246 and I remember having happy birthday sung to me while I was scrubbing my uniform, scrub brush in hand dipping into the bucket of soapy water.  August 22, 1965, I just turned 21 years old.

I graduated the following week.

You were coming and I was going.     

Comment by Emmet Molloy on April 22, 2018 at 7:52am

Company 426, August 26, 1965 to October, orders to leave early for new duty station due to too many recruits being trained with war heating up in Vietnam. 

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on January 20, 2018 at 10:08am

I  was there in 1959  comp.588  welcome aboard

Comment by Thomas S Nash on January 20, 2018 at 7:41am

Company 057 (Color Company), March-May 1978.

Comment by Richard Allen Miller on December 6, 2017 at 4:02am

Co.171 Great Lakes,Ill also Drill team 1958

went on to USS Saratoga CVA-60 1958-1962 then USS John Willis DE-1027 1962-1963

Comment by michael kerkes on November 19, 2017 at 10:26am
Company 257 june-sept 1962
Comment by chris keene on November 19, 2017 at 10:18am
Looking for my company commander Ben Christian,company 070 March of 1974!
Comment by James H. Houchin MMC(SW) Retired on October 3, 2017 at 12:40pm


I was at RTC Great Lakes from 4 March 1977 to 22 April 1977. Company 060

Company Commander was ETN2 J.A. Bianco  I was a Second Class Recruit Six Squad Leader.

The link is my boot camp photo I am last one in the row. Still have my Keel Book


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