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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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bluejacket choir 1967

Started by frank b. mccullough. Last reply by Thomas L Bateman on Saturday. 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 Louis E. Washington on February 12, 2012 at 9:00pm
I've had the pleasure of singing in many choral groups and I would have to say that BJC was the one I'm most proud of.
Comment by Jim Decota on February 12, 2012 at 8:37pm

You'll be gratified to know that those of us that followed (1972) carried on the tradition and sang quite well also!

Comment by Camburn Shephard on February 12, 2012 at 6:49pm

I have no idea of what the blood draw was for.  Was curious if you had it as well.


CC Krider was a good CC.  I remember we had a song about him, but can no longer remember the lyrics.  While I was there, we had a well disiplined group who enjoyed singing.  And, I always thought we were quite good.

Comment by Louis E. Washington on February 12, 2012 at 5:09pm


Sorry for the delay in replying, I was on the road for a few days. I do not recall a weekly blood draw. I remember the daily dose of V-cillin K which I think someone figured was for prevention of menengitis.

I ran into Krider after I left and he seemed to be a pretty squared away fellow. I know I was glad we didn't have the CC that D&B Corp had, It seemed like every other week one of their guys was doing the old seabag workout.

I'm curious about your blood draw routine. Let me know if you find out what it was for. 

Comment by Camburn Shephard on February 6, 2012 at 10:38pm

Hi Louis:

Yes......DJ Krider.  I couldn't remember his name, but I certainly do now.

Quick question of interest.  Every week the med tecks would draw three vials of blood from us.  Did they do the same to you when you were there?

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?


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