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RTC San Diego

Started by Larry Steven Anderson. Last reply by David De Rooy Nov 17, 2018. 16 Replies

RTC/NTC SAN DIEGO COMPANY 270

Started by Lawrence "larry" H. De La Cruz Jun 9, 2018. 0 Replies

RTC San Diego Company 788 1968

Started by David De Rooy Apr 22, 2018. 0 Replies

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Comment by Joe Dreiling on February 18, 2019 at 12:24pm

To continue:  I spent the first 2 years at Reg 1 working for LT Johnson, LT Hamilton and last for LCDR Terry Tassin.  At the end of the 2 years I was due to ship out (already had my orders), but the oil embargo came along and everyone was frozen in their duty stations,  so I was to spend the rest of my enlistment at RTC San Diego.  LCDR Tassin was promoted to Military Training Officer and he transferred me with him to his new assignment.  I left the Navy Sep 75.  I had met so many exceptional individuals, from so many different duty stations and duty situations, that I had become friends with, which made leaving really hard.  After picking up my final paperwork and driving out the gate it felt strange.  It was hard for me to transition to civilian life.  In the Navy there was always someone who had your back, you always had someplace you belonged.  I totally missed and still miss the comradery that I experienced in the Navy.    

Comment by H. Buning on February 17, 2019 at 7:01pm

Always nice to read the comments....H. Buning, Co. 086, 1972, March through May 9. Co. Commander was SH1 Kirkeby, a tough but fair Seal, who did a pretty good job with us. Didn't win any awards, but didn't fail any inspections, either.

Comment by Lee G Howze Jr on February 16, 2019 at 4:30pm

Went to San Diego in July 1965, a lifetime ago.  Still remember the way it looked, so many of the firsts in this 17 year olds life.  Company 329, RD1 Green was our Commander.  I remember the hot days and cool nights.  Standing watch, washing our clothes in the concrete tables and hanging them up to dry. Remember standing watch at the Brig, and one of the prisioners carrying "Baby" around.  Anyone know what baby was? The march over the bridge off of Worm Island. The Classes, the drills, the chow, the Recruit. Just looking over my copy of The Anchor to bring back some memories.  Sad it was torn down.  Life moves on and history settles into the dust. I served five years in the Navy and enjoyed every minute of it and was proud to do it. Good to see that others remember also.

Comment by Joe Dreiling on February 4, 2019 at 5:15pm

Went through Bootcamp at RTC, San Diego in Sep - Nov 71, Company 322.  Sent to Yeoman A School at NTC, down the street from RTC.  Graduated A School in Feb 72.  Everyone in my class got their orders but me.  I was told there was some kind of a glitch.  Finally a few days later I was given my orders to report to RTC San Diego.  It seems some of the instructors at the school were trying to get my orders changed with theirs but to no avail.  They couldn't believe someone who has never been to sea duty would be stationed at RTC.  I reported in March (after getting married and moving to Ocean Beach) and was assigned to the MTO office till they could figure out what to do with me.  It was really strange being on the other side now and seeing how the Company Commanders really were.  I only stayed at the Military Training Office with the MTO Yeoman for a month before I was assigned as the Regiment One Yeoman on Primary Training, working for LT Hearn who left at the end of the week for his new duty station.  My work week was M-F from 7-1500, typing up Company Commander reviews, dealing with recruits sent to Regiment for Captains' Mast, sending out orders to Battalions, et al  Will have to stop here for now...…...

Comment by Stan Robertson on January 31, 2019 at 8:50am
I was NTC Aug. '71. CC was BMC Jones. Company 278. I hated that mans guts!. LOL. Guess what? I saw him in a club about 2 years later. I was a BM2. (go figure, right?) He didn't remember me, but I sure did him!. We had some beers together, and while not exactly friends, we parted amicably. I retired after 20 as a BM1.
Comment by peter joseph bono on January 25, 2019 at 2:34pm

i was a navet in training when i reenlisted in navy on 28 aug 85 till nov 85 we had half days in the barracks alot of drinking going on then

Comment by Ronald Lee Froman on December 21, 2018 at 6:02pm

Way after my time...went through boot in "63" .

Comment by Brian Stokes on December 21, 2018 at 5:53pm

I am trying to find out some info about a recruit that committed suicide in late May or Early June of 1988 at RTC San Diego. I was in Company 80 - I think- but this recruit was near my company but not the same company. Does anyone have any thoughts on where else I can look for info? I remember a rumor of it being a chief's son.

Comment by David De Rooy on September 7, 2018 at 7:16pm

My time at RTC San Diego was coming to an end in just a few weeks and we were issued our dress uniforms and were going to have our first Dress inspection. To make sure we were going to be ready for Graduation day ceremonies. We were all standing at ease waiting for things to start. Our Company Commander was dressed in his CPO blues and a seagull flew over and dropped a bomb on the Chief's hat and shoulder. It was hard not to laugh but that would have been stupid. Chief Gray left to clean up and put our Recruit CC in charge while he was gone.  RCPO Larry Peterson was not known for being "in Charge" and we were not being watched very closely. The smoking lamp had not been lit for us at all that day and I was craving a smoke. I decided to walk a very short distance to some barracks and go behind the building and have a few puffs. I had just gotten my cigarette lit and out of nowhere comes a man in an officers uniform. He took one look at me and came over and busted me. He got my name and Co. number and later that evening I got to attend my first and only "Marching Party" It wasn't a fun party

Comment by David De Rooy on August 31, 2018 at 6:28pm

I recall the first three weeks of boot camp in the primary training area. We had to cross a bridge to get to what was called "worm Island" Most days we would cross the bridge to attend training on the main base, but we were isolated from the rest of the recruits in advance recruit training. we were treated like worms until we finished Primary and crossed the bridge to go to our new barracks on the main base. After that day we never marched across the bridge again and I was very happy about that. We were treated better on the other side like we had proven some measure of worth 

 

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