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Blue Jacket Choir Great Lakes

Anyone who sang with the Blue Jacket Choir at Great Lakes, Illinois. The 100th Anniversary of the Blue Jacket Choir will take place in 2010 and they will try to assemble alumni to sing in a special program.

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Latest Activity: Oct 6, 2019

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I was a member of the blue jackets choir during boot camp

Started by ronald lee shaffer. Last reply by Kenneth Parese Oct 6, 2019. 1 Reply

I was a singing member of the  Blue Jackets Choir at USNTC San Diego, California from  December of 1959 to April 0f 1960  Boot company #a609Ronald L. Shaffer AMH-3/PO-3Continue

Hey Mates,

Started by Jimmy Carl Licquia. Last reply by Larry D. Stanley Feb 21, 2017. 2 Replies

Sang with the Great Lakes BJC during Boot Camp, through Hosptal Corps School and Operating Room Tech School from 1959 into early 1961. Earl Sandager, a civilian, was the Director. Many memories of…Continue

December 1956

Started by Richard E. Lekang Dec 23, 2013. 0 Replies

I was in the choir from December 1956 until completion of boot camp. one of our trips was into Chicago to record a concert that was board cast later on a radio station. My only regret was not getting…Continue

Blue Jacket Choir

Started by Richard D Marion. Last reply by Bob Hilderbrand Jun 13, 2013. 1 Reply

I was with the Choir at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center February to May 1971 (back when we still had Camp Moffett active :~} ). We traveled to Evenston, Illinois to perform on TV. I wanted to…Continue

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Comment by Richard Edward Botteron on December 7, 2013 at 11:44pm

I sang Bass with the Bluejacket Choir Apr-Aug '61 while in boot camp. Sang at Chicago's Grant Park and a couple of Chicago churches. E. D. Sandager was the director.

Comment by William E. Davis, Sr. on November 23, 2013 at 9:30pm
I sang with the Bluejacket Choir from July '63 - Nov '64. Missed going "home" to South Bend IN for the Irish-Navy game. Carl Sandager was director then. He apologized for not including me on that trip.
Highlighting my choir experiences was singing at a Chicago TV station the afternoon President Kennedy was assassinated. I will never forget that awesome day.
Comment by Larry Kinyon on November 23, 2013 at 7:17am

Sang with them in boot camp in 64.  Director was Ed Sandager.  Really enjoyed it.

Comment by Leslie A Kaun on August 4, 2013 at 8:35am

Sang with them around Easter in 1970 at boot camp. Great experience, will never forget it.

Comment by Robert Chrzan on June 27, 2013 at 12:32am

Hi I was in the Choir from March 1978 to June 1978, company 914. We got to sing on ABC Chicago for a Memorial Day special. I would love to get a copy of that!

Comment by Michael A. Main on April 30, 2013 at 10:54am

Sang w/ the BJC in Basic Training and BEEP School at GLakes, Jul - Nov, '68.  Ed Sandager was the Director, and Steve Shiley was his assistant.

Comment by kirk w. whisenhunt on December 15, 2011 at 4:36pm

Hey all,

I sang with the B.J.Q. in boot camp 1988. Took a field trip to Dixon,IL to sing at the Memorial Day festivities. Had a blast!


 Whisenhunt AMS2 Discharged

Comment by Carl V. Wade on November 3, 2011 at 1:30am
Hello, I am CWO4 Carl Wade USNR Ret. I was a FTCS before I was commissioned.  I sang with the Navy Bluejacket Choir in 1961 and 1962 while in FT schools at Great Lakes, IL.  E. D. Sandager was the director and Chief Personnelman Oliver Reardon accompanied on piano.  It would be great to get a CD of the old choir singing.  Is there a choir presently singing there?
Comment by Herbert Edward Harfst on May 24, 2011 at 2:26pm

24 May 2011

Good morning!  My name is Herb Harfst.  I sang in the choir while in boot camp and EM "A" school at Great Lakes, March through August, 1957  It was a wonderful "getaway" from the drudgery of both!  I even got out of "service week" because the choir flew to Dallas, Texas.  I though I would never forget, but can someone remind me what the choir director's name was?  I got out of the Navy after my 4x6 but rejoined the reserves 17 years later and retired as a Chief Boatswain's Mate in 1998

Comment by Dave Paul on April 29, 2011 at 5:52pm
Shipmates:  Better late than never.  Just noticed this group and proud to join.  Membership in the choir during boot camp, Sep 61-Nov 61.  Thanks.  djp...out 

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