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RTC San Diego

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


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 Daniel J Chesley on July 18, 2017 at 1:33pm

Just curious. But it's been a little over 51 years since I graduated from Boot Camp. How many of you folks still have contact with any of your old shipmates ? I still have one or two.

Comment by Thomas Collier on July 16, 2017 at 12:55pm


Comment by Robert C Smith on July 16, 2017 at 11:00am

RCPO Company 66-555 September to December 1966

Comment by James W Ward on April 21, 2017 at 5:00pm

Got it done on the photo album of the Viet Nam vets (Vietnam Veterans photo club).  I have worked hard to help a lot of us, but so many of us suffer from PTSD it is hard to live life.  God Bless

Comment by Thomas Collier on April 21, 2017 at 4:08pm

Thanks James it would be wonderful. 

I do want to tell all that the 2nd paragraph to the end is an exert from my friend Jim Davis who writes a weekly letter to inform veterans of the current pending legislation and DoD information for the benefits and services for us veterans. His dad was in Vietnam as was I. His web site is Veterans for Change.

I used his news of Graham Gentles to pass along to all my memberships to military site and forums. 

Last I checked there was still 95,000 of us Vietnam vets still around and it never hurts to keep all informed hat we are.

Thanks again for your offer. Will look it up on acebook.

Comment by James W Ward on April 21, 2017 at 3:45pm

Thomas, If you do not object, I will post your comment on facebook at the Viet Nam veteran site.  

Jim, how are things, haven't talked to you in a while..

Comment by Jim Decota on April 21, 2017 at 2:35pm

I totally agree with you SK2 Collier.

Youur posting will get better and more exposure if you start a "blog" for it. When placed in the individual commands like RTC, it will only be seen by those who follow that command after it scrolls out of the main page.

To start a blog go to your profile under "My Page" click on "blogs" on the left and when that page opens up, click on the "ADD" button on top.

Comment by Thomas Collier on April 21, 2017 at 11:48am

Every day I run across an item concerning a VET that needs to be passed on. I realize this has no bearing on NRTC, but we all are VETS and this item touched home.

Almost every day when I begin to read all the news alerts I get, I always dread coming across another article or DoD alert on the death of another Veteran.

This time, it was a Veteran from here in Pasadena, California!

Graham Gentles was working as a cashier at a Pasadena Target when he was subjected to the “walk of shame,” a disciplinary practice involving employees being paraded around the store in handcuffs, placed in a police car and taken into custody!

And although the reason this happened is still unclear, the police did find no reason to file charges and Graham was released, but he was also terminated from Target, and within a few days he took his own life.

You would think by now the civilian population would have heard, read or seen a new piece on PTSD, and Veterans taking their own lives as a solution to a problem they feel can't be fixed.

But you would also think a business, or store manager would use discretion in dealing with any problem within the confines of a business, but it seems the department stores take great pride in displaying their issues and problems publicly.

This in my opinion, should the person be innocent would open the door for a massive lawsuit and in this care Mrs. Gentles will be doing so and I truly hope she wins one hell of a massive settlement.

I must admit that now I think twice about shopping Target.

Comment by Nickolas George Ramus, Jr on March 24, 2017 at 10:04pm
I was in RTC 11/70-1/71 We were 12 weeks in boots! I no longer remember my company number and my annual is in storage somewhere!
Comment by Thomas Collier on January 25, 2017 at 9:39am

Haven't checked in myself for some time.

Been to San Diego 4 times last year and always make it a "must," to drive through the Depot for "old times sake." Lots of memories,left there in 1961 but always seem to come back for a visit.


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