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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.

Comment by H. Buning on January 24, 2017 at 10:24pm

I haven't checked in for a while, don't really have a good reason (awol, LoL)

I went through San Diego RTC in 1972, Co. 086. CC was SH1 Kirkeby, a tough SEAL, and a very effective instructor.

Comment by Donald Bruce Davis on January 18, 2017 at 7:37pm

RTC San Diego 1962. Company 62-281. Arrived Memorial Day weekend 1962, graduated August. Declined "A" school, (like an idiot), and spent first six months at Naval Station San Diego mothball fleet as a mess cook. Ordered to VF-213 at Miramar NAS. Served several months compartment cleaning, and finally asked if I'd like to wash airplanes or work in office as PN or YN. Opted for PN. Made Wespac cruise 1963 aboard USS Hancock operating out of Subic Bay, PI. At sea when receiving word that JFK had been killed. Completed tour of active duty in 1965.

After several years of civilian life, and getting married, decided to re-enlist in the TAR program 1970. Requested change of rate and attended AE "A" school in Jacksonville, FL. Assigned to VP-64 at NAS Willow Grove, PA. 

Three children later, and stuck at AE2, decided to get out in 1975. Needless to say I'm envious of those of you who gutted it out to retirement. In hind sight, wish I had stayed in to retirement. Never had a job I liked half as much as being in the Navy.

Curious to know if anyone out there has a similar story, or can relate to mine.


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