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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 Steven Strehle on August 8, 2015 at 3:49pm

Comment by Steven Strehle on August 8, 2015 at 3:48pm

Comment by Steven Strehle on August 8, 2015 at 3:43pm

Louis E. Washington,

You are welcome.  From BJC San Diego it was on to NATTC Glynco, GA for Air Controlman A School.  From there to the USS Enterprise CVA(N)-65.  While there I hooked up with a buddy from the BJC, William Kruger, who was a Photographer.  Good times.  Liberty with Bill, in Hong Kong, was a blast!

Comment by Louis E. Washington on August 8, 2015 at 2:46pm

Steven Strehle - Thanks brother! Hard to believe I could have forgotten this. I appreciate your sharing it. I love your story about singing it at graduation. 

Comment by L. Michael Barney on August 8, 2015 at 1:38pm

Someone sent me a recording of the BJC singing, and I have since gotten a new PC and can't find that music.  Does anyone have such a recording?  I was a member Feb 67 to May 67.

Comment by Steven Strehle on August 4, 2015 at 6:38pm

Louis E. Washington asked a question a while back about the BJC verse to the Navy Hymn.  Sorry, I have not checked this site in a while.  I still sing it in the shower, on occasion.  When we sang in front of the assembled parents, etc. at my graduation the RCPO tried to cut us off, but we sang the last verse anyway.

Fraternal Brother raise your song of pride and truth and friendship strong.

May God be with us as we sing the spirit of our Heavenly King.

Blue Jacket forever reign, and may God bless our glad refrain.  Amen.

Comment by Raymond Kozlowski on August 4, 2015 at 3:10pm

I was a member of the Blue Jacket Choir in a June of 1961 Naval Training Center San Diego California

Comment by Louis E. Washington on July 29, 2014 at 11:16am

Does anyone remember the words to the fourth verse of the Navy Hymn? I'm referring to the verse that was specific to the BJC. Obviously, this verse was added by the choir unit long after the hymn was published. My memory is that it started with the words: Fraternal Brother . . .  If anyone remembers and could share the complete verse, I would appreciate it.

Comment by William L Chessher on December 26, 2013 at 11:37am

My daughter gave me one of the best Xmas gifts I've ever received...a link to this site! I enlisted just before my high school graduation in May of 1964 and when I reached San Diego RTC was assigned to Rifle Company 330. As soon as I heard about auditions for the Blue Jacket I signed up, only to then face Farrold Stephens' icy glare as he pointed out that I needed to learn to control my vibrato if I expected to sing in his group!  To my surprise, I was accepted, and went on to enjoy boot camp far more than I expected too...and learned more about vocal performance in 3 months than ever before, or since.  Sadly, I never ran into any of my BJC shipmates during my remaining years of duty, (WestPac - South China Sea, with an HS4 detachment flying SAR missions off CVAs like the Ranger and the Enterprise), so I'm hoping to hear from some of them...maybe from somewhere down here in South Texas.

Comment by Barry Sherry on November 1, 2013 at 9:54am

I went to San Diego on 21 Sep 1973. I think it was Week 4 before we actively joined our units which was the time Dr. Williams was seeking a new recruit choir director. I was lucky because the search was limited to three classes at best, the newest three, so my competition didn't include Gary Goodlin, who was about four weeks ahead of me. Anyhow, he was a much better singer than I and it would have hurt the choir to have him direct. I directed the choir under Dr. Williams' guidance until graduation in December 1973. We had the usual three church services every Sunday, graduation every Friday, plus off-base functions at Balboa Park for Veterans' Day, a Chaplains' Christmas party in Mission Valley, and a Christmas show at Sea World. Not a bad way to spend boot camp.


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