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Recruit Training Command, San Diego, California

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Boot Camp Summer of 1977

Started by James C Aultman. Last reply by BILL WIEBER Oct 1, 2015. 8 Replies

Boot Camp Oct. 79

Started by James D. Peterson Jan 22, 2015. 0 Replies

RTC San Diego

Started by Larry Steven Anderson. Last reply by Jon Yim Jan 17, 2015. 10 Replies

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Comment by Jim Decota on November 7, 2010 at 5:01pm
The old worm island bridge that I crossed so many times in 72

The "new" bridge was built in 92! I wonder what the routine was during it's construction. Was the new one built along side the old one?

Comment by H. Buning on November 7, 2010 at 3:57pm
Thanks for the pics, Mr. Decota....the primary training/worm island
barracks where my company stayed in '72 are gone, bulldozed to
make room for the airport remote parking lot that's there now. The
old "R&O" barracks are still standing, part of the community college
(I think) complex there.
Comment by Jim Decota on November 6, 2010 at 8:51pm
The plans for Camp Nimitz in the future are for the entire site to become a large resort hotel and water park!

Comment by Jim Decota on November 6, 2010 at 8:50pm
The barracks on the NTC side were so much more rustic and historical! I remember these so well!

Comment by Jim Decota on October 24, 2010 at 3:52pm
I made a web visit via Bing maps and I know what you mean! Funny to see my old barracks on the basic side still standing and the Fire Dept using it for training? I remember marching over that bridge to the advanced side one day and having a seagull that was on one of the street lights make a deposit on my shoulder! The CC said to consider a "good luck" sign! Then he said "since I had already been dumped on, he would cut me a little slack for the rest of the day!"
Of the three boot camps you would think they would have kept San Diego with it's location and history and not Illinois? Just some more of that "sharp" decision making at the top!
Comment by Paul Mupo on October 17, 2010 at 8:56pm
What a strange day last Saturday was walking around what used to be NTC/RTC. Never would of thought that this great Command would end up like this. The infamous "worm island" bridge, which still stands, but not even a glimpse of what it once was. The parade grounds where graduation was held is gone and of course the place where we all experienced the Mark V gas mask is gone. I know life must go on, and I would like to end this by saying "Thank You" to NTC/RTC for starting my life out with great respect to this great nation we live in!---> GOD BLESS AMERICA
Comment by Jim Decota on October 16, 2010 at 4:18pm
A site that alumni of San Diego might find interesting! Check out the book about NTC.
Comment by John James Howard on October 16, 2010 at 12:19pm
Thanks Larry and Jim. I have searched Ebay, to no luck though. Here is the kicker. I have been in a little bit of contact with a boot camp shipmate (one I even took to my parents house for Christmas dinner, since I lived about 100 miles away and he was from the East Coast). He lives back Esst now and has told me he would get the Anchor copied for me or send it so I can copy it and he, never did it and he has stopped answering my emails. Drives me crazy!
Comment by Jim Decota on October 16, 2010 at 11:36am
John, have you checked on Ebay? There is a bunch of "Anchors" on there for sale.
Larry, those of us that came before will not hold your youth against you!
Comment by Larry Penatzer on October 16, 2010 at 7:00am
Finally!! Someone who's about my age! Thanks John! I went to boot camp in San Diego in January, 1986. Company 005. Our company commander was BTC Fisher. After graduation I went across the base to NTC and went to DP "A" school. My kids look at my copy of "The Anchor" every now and then. They like to laugh at my pictures in it.

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