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Blue Jackets Choir, San Diego Recruit Training Command


Blue Jackets Choir, San Diego Recruit Training Command

Searching for all members of The Blue Jackets Choir while attending Boot Camp at San Diego RTC

Veterans: 42
Latest Activity: Nov 12, 2017

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BJC Feb 1968

Started by frank reams. Last reply by frank reams Sep 13, 2017. 3 Replies

Greetings all.  I entered San Diego boot camp the last week of Jan 1968.  I moved into the BLJ they had not long retgurned from tge Hollywood trip where they recorded the record.  Does anyone have a…Continue

bluejacket choir 1967

Started by frank b. mccullough. Last reply by Gary Wayne Bible Jul 2, 2016. 1 Reply

I saw the photo that John Vaclav posted and it really looked familiar.  Then I saw the date.I also graduated boot in Sept 67 but was in section 4, I believe one week behind John.  Anyway,am adding my…Continue

new to this group

Started by Rick Sullins. Last reply by L. Michael Barney Aug 8, 2015. 6 Replies

Glad we called it a choir back then... truly was ! I was in BJC in April/May 1969 ... Trying to find any recording of our voices from that time frame or in general from the 1960's or early 70's ...…Continue


Started by HARRY L RASMUSSEN JR. Last reply by William Mahodil Mar 18, 2010. 2 Replies

I was stationed at Fort Allen from Jan 1970 to Jan 1972 as a Radioman. It being somewhat of a small base one got to know most everyone. I remember that the chow hall was the tops at this base and…Continue

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Comment by Louis E. Washington on February 6, 2012 at 7:19pm

Hi Camburn, You must have come along just I was leaving. I left in late May of '71. Our CC was DJ Krider.

Comment by Camburn Shephard on February 6, 2012 at 6:24pm

I was in the Choir during the summer of 1971.  Was a great time to sing.

Comment by Robert William Wallace on December 7, 2011 at 7:06am

was in BJC april 1065 went to nam after boot was messed up have memorie loss but remember the enjoyment of singing in th bjc. would like to find pictures of my troop if possible. thanks my email is would love to get together and sing again.

Comment by Roger J. Donnay on November 14, 2011 at 11:32am

I was in the Blue Jackets Choir in 1961.  I was in company 263 and was given a rating of recruit petty officer 3rd class just because I liked to sing.  Our High School Choir (Alexander Ramsey HS) won the Minnesota State Vocal Music championship 6 straight years, so obviously we had good teaching by Donald Brost.  My Navy years were the best years of my life.  I recently took on the duties of Secretary of the USS James E. Kyes Association (DD-787):  It's almost like being back on board again.   I thought I lost my singing voice over the years, but I surprised myself at a party a few nights ago.

Comment by Mark P. Mains on November 3, 2011 at 12:21am

I was a memeber of the BJC Oct.-Dec of 1964.  When I got to the barracks it looked like heaven on earth.  Guys were hanging out sunbathing, eating food snatched from the mess hall, doing everything non-reg.  A week after I joined the company two black shirted trouble shooters came in to straighten us out.  It was hell on earth - except for the shared vocal music.

I think the Chapel is still standing at "Liberty Station".  Not much else is.  Wait, the U.S.S. Recruit is still there too.

So many of us went through NTC over the years.  How did it just fade away?

Comment by L. Michael Barney on October 28, 2011 at 5:11pm
I was with the BJC San Diego NTC March 1967.  The Company Commander, a Senior Chief at the time, was a real hellion, tougher than my regular company commander was.  I thought I'd won the lottery by getting in, only to find it tougher!Any videos from that time period available? 
Comment by Thomas L Bateman on August 31, 2011 at 10:36am
I was in the BJC in late 1967.  It happened by mistake that I was scheduled to audition although I had never sung in a choir.  Although only 1 in seven were selected I made it!  We sang - of course for church services - in Blaboa and with a mass choir in the San Diego civic center at Christmas.  I remember that we got a standing ovation!  I sang baritone.
Comment by Louis E. Washington on August 30, 2011 at 6:30am
I think it was James (Jimmy) Hansen?
Comment by Howard Boylin on August 30, 2011 at 5:29am

He had another man play the organ,Think his name was Jimmy


Comment by Jim Decota on August 30, 2011 at 1:35am
Well Howard Boylin, I am going to have to check further back on pages! I just found the track you loaded last year! Dr. Williams made a lot of changes in 4 years! In 72 we sang things quite differently! I've forgotten whether he handled the organ with us or had someone else do it!

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