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RTC San Diego

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RTC San Diego Company 788 1968

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Comment by Donald Sparks on May 26, 2009 at 9:39pm
Hit Boot Aug.11,1977 _ Had a seemed like forever 8 weeks there. Was there when some civilian was robbing all the boots after lights out. After boot, BT-A school in Waukegan, Ill for 4 months. Then a MAC flight to Madrid, Spain and C-10 to Rota. Next, off to Sig., Scilicy and the to the Guadacanal and finally to the USS Manley for a few years. Haze Grey and Under Way. Got to see natural sunlight about 3 months out of 3 years, Ha!
Comment by H. Buning on May 20, 2009 at 5:13am
It certainly wasn't very hot in spring '72, but we were very
appreciative that it was warmer than it was at Great Lakes, LoL.
You guys sure had a lot of awards, Mr. Rushing. We didn't get any
awards, but we didn't (majorly) screw up, despite a lot of gloomy
warnings from our CC. My company was strictly average :)
Comment by Bradley P Stenstrom on May 19, 2009 at 2:31pm

To go with my last post, This was me at boot camp when I was 17.
Comment by Bradley P Stenstrom on May 19, 2009 at 2:30pm

A few things still stick out in my mind about boot camp. Every morning after we would get up and head out too the grinder I can remember smelling breakfast cooking over at Sambo's restaurant. (it was located very close to the edge of the base near our barracks) Once I completed Boot Camp and had my Liberty (had to wait an extra day as I had the duty on graduation day) I went over to Sambo's and had breakfast there. It was as good as it smelled ! I also enjoyed going to Baskin Robbins on the base on Sunday's after church service. One very powerful memory happened on Memorial Day, May 26th 1980. We were all sitting on the floor in the back of the barracks right about the time for mail call when a 6.2 earthquake hit the San Diego area. Myself and all the other guys were really freaking out (except maybe the California natives) It lasted about 10 seconds. I watched the steel door and frame on the back wall bend and twist with the bucking motion of the ground. I felt like I was on a small row boat in 6 foot seas. Our CC had us all go outside and line up. We had some aftershocks continuing throughout the day but not quite as strong. Being an Illinois native, I wasn't used to the earth moving unless I was waiting for the "L" in Chicago. I had a good friend named Jim Ferrer, I met in boot but never ran into him again while I was in the Navy. I did meet a guy from boot near the very end of my first enlistment when I was tossing some trash into the dumpster on the pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Leonardo, NJ. I had been on the USS Suribachi AE-21 for 4 years and the other guy was on the USS Nitro AE-23 accross the pier. Our ships were always on opposite deployments which is why I never ran into him. He was a MS3 and I was a PC3. Hopefully I will find a few old boot camp buddies freom this site.
Comment by Joe Gonzales on May 19, 2009 at 2:10am
I went to boot camp San Diego August 1972 and assigned to the USS Point Defiance LSD-31, sure would love to find some old sailors, I was a gunners mate and discharged in 1975 (honorably), thx joe
Comment by H. Buning on March 29, 2009 at 11:56pm
I sure remember spit-shining shoes....and the catcalls directed at the
still civilian-looking R.&O. groups "marching" to chow while they waited
for their company to form up.
All the companies on the 'advanced' side of RTC, we imagined them to
be on a whole other level of existence, though they'd only been there a
few more weeks than us. I remember looking longingly at the world outside, and during our 7th (?) week we got to leave RTC, first to fire-fighting school at Carroll Canyon, and then the rifle range at Camp Elliot. As good as the outside looked, our company never had anyone make a serious effort at going awol.
Comment by Tommy G Wallin on March 29, 2009 at 10:28pm
Things i remember in boot camp:clothes stops,ki brush,ditty bag chit book,smoke lamp,spit shine shoes: also bend over and grab your ankles.A song they sung to us " lookie lookie over there all boys with no hair they must be our new recruits"
Comment by H. Buning on March 29, 2009 at 9:54pm
I remember the popular songs on the radio from my boot camp days,
and the smell of the soap...."Zest" soap is what they had us showering
with (evidently it left less residue and made the showers easier to clean)
and "Wisk" detergent was what they had us use to scrub our white hats
with (I thought our white hats were the only thing we washed by hand. But
for the first few weeks we wore ball caps....maybe we did skivvies
and t-shirts too.) :P
The songs and the soap smell can still take me back. has a thread in the Navy forums about RTC San Diego.
A guy posted a bunch of pics, including the derelict conditions of the
older barracks on the R.&O. side....sad.
Comment by Tommy G Wallin on March 28, 2009 at 10:49pm
Welcome : H. Buning I was in co . 080 back in early 57 could't wait to get out of boot camp wish was close to the 110 lbs I weighed then 25 cent for a hair cut them days are gone for ever. Think green we washed stuff out by hand . Dan he went thru 52 so that make me a boot .
Comment by H. Buning on March 28, 2009 at 6:25pm
I've been back to NTC a few times, most recently last month. "Liberty
Station" is OK, I guess, but It's weird to stroll the streets, remembering
marching to class, to chow, and the long awaited graduation on Preble
Field....I got a Subway sandwich and ate it on the Nimitz Bridge,
remembering all the times I'd marched across from the 'R & O' and
basic side to the much awaited 'advanced' side of the little channel.
Planes still fly over....of course, everyone dreamt of the day they would be on one, looking down at NTC.....

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