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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

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Latest Activity: Apr 3

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bluejacket choir 1967

Started by frank b. mccullough. Last reply by Thomas L Bateman Apr 3. 2 Replies

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

BJC Feb 1968

Started by frank reams. Last reply by Roy H. Scott Mar 31, 2018. 4 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

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 Raymond Kozlowski on April 3, 2020 at 3:45pm

Joined BJC in June of 1961 was a great experience

Comment by Jim Gabrielson on February 6, 2019 at 12:10am

I joined the BJC in late Aug. early Sep. 1970. I remember the barracks we were in were “old!” My bunk was on the second deck. I can’t recall the name of the 1st CC we had or the one that replaced him. I remember the 2nd CC was a short shrimp, MM1 ?? maybe. I remember the name of one shipmate that was there at the same time ‘Kevin David’....a shout out to you Kevin. I remember meeting up with him about a year later in Subic P.I. while I was headed to the msg center. I believe he was aboard the America. I remember marching for graduation every Friday, the way we had of getting our leggings white, and our white hats, as well as our whites. I never got to march for my own graduation. I came down with strep throat about 2 weeks before. I remember auditioning for Dr. Williams. I was glad to be a part of the BJC just wasn’t crazy about the extra 2 weeks in boot. Had fun though.

Comment by Michael Dover on October 12, 2018 at 3:19pm

Ah yes, the Blue Jacket Choir!  I was one of the lucky ones who got to go to Hollywood and record in the Mercury Recording Studio.  Lost the album long ago but still remember those days '67 - '68.  After moving to the second deck, I was in charge of the dispensary.  Later, on to Hospital Corps A School San Diego and EENT school.  Pensacola then Military Sea Transport Service when they changed the name to Military Sealift Command.  Korea and Vietnam with ROK marines and army.

Comment by Martin A Brent on April 23, 2018 at 2:09pm

Someone who heard me singing in the shower after sentry duty (when I thought no-one else was up) suggested that I should join the Blue Jackets' Choir.  This was in March 1958 and my Company # was 177. What I liked most about our off base performances was being invited to lunch by one or another family of a church we sang at.  Oh yes, I was a baritone, but sometimes sang base parts.

The picture of the USS 'Never Sail' reminded me of classes we had inside her and from where I was more than once sent ahead as "chow runner".  Once an officer in a car clocked me and commented: "Nice going, sailor; 10 MpH!". 
Boy did I feel honored, especially that he called me 'sailor' when I was still just a 'lower than whale sh*t' recruit!

Comment by Louis E. Washington on April 18, 2018 at 8:06pm


I was digging around in the basement today and found a bunch of old LP records. In the middle of the batch I came across my recording of the Blue Jacket Choir from 1971. I've attached a sample for your listening pleasure. The director during my tour was John Williams and the organist was James Hansen. Enjoy!

Comment by Ricky L Covic on November 12, 2017 at 11:08pm
I entered boot in San Diego the first week of Sept 1975 as part of Co. 936. I enjoyed being in the Blue Jacket Choir. We sang for a Dinner of WW1 Flyers at The Harbor Island Sheraton, The Fighters and Hummers Ball ar Miramar Naval Air Station and a huge function at The Hotel Del Coronado. We were suppose to perform at one of the Charger games but I do not remember what happened that we did not get to go.
Comment by Timothy Shugart on March 18, 2017 at 10:36pm

Remember USS Recruit, or USS Never Sail.

Comment by Timothy Shugart on March 13, 2017 at 10:55pm

Sorry, don't think I'm in the pictures. May be in the group, but can't tell. Thank you for trying. Have to wait to get back to our house in Iowa. In Florida at the moment. Good to see the pictures of our BJC group. Thanks again!

Comment by Howard Boylin on March 13, 2017 at 8:58pm

On the section Top right

Comment by Howard Boylin on March 13, 2017 at 8:56pm

First tenor also ,I can't remember what section but have the pictures . I have the pictures on file and can send them to you . 


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