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USS Recruit TDE/TFFG-1

Every one that went to boot in San Diego should be a member here! She needs us!

Commissioned July 27, 1949. remained in service until NTC closure in 1997. Thousands of recruits passed her bow and learned seamanship on her decks.

Veterans: 71
Latest Activity: Jul 1, 2017

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Comment by Jimmy Hassell on January 19, 2014 at 10:04am

Augest 66, company #490 MHayen BM1 co.commander

Comment by Alton Ray Adams on December 31, 2013 at 3:58pm

I was in boot 6-72 to 8-72. Company 188 all state from New Mexico (that's from the USA)

Comment by David W Asche on December 27, 2013 at 6:52pm

It was a fun day when our boot company got to go to the recruit.  I already knew all the crap like port, starboard and fore and aft and could already tie all the knots and stuff.  Kinda pissed off the instructor that I already knew it better than he did. 

Comment by Harry Kozlowski on September 5, 2013 at 5:26am

I was sent to work on the Recruit during our service week. We actually got maintenance duty instead of mess duty. They must have liked the work I was doing so they had me transferred there for the rest of my time as a recruit. I was in charge of other recruits sent to us for working parties and for setting up all the classes taught onboard the ship and the adjacent knot tying training installation. I also had to maintain all of the equipment and keep the ship clean and painted just like a real ship. They gave me a rank of recruit chief petty officer (RCPO). I still had to attend and pass all required recruit training in my spare time. I just didn't have to do "Close Order Drill" anymore. I did have to march my recruit working parties to and from the ship and to the mess hall. I was kept pretty busy and had a heavy responsibility but it helped me learn leadership, honor, and commitment. I hope they will paint the TDE-1 back on the ship and turn it into a historical museum. I attended basic training from November 1969 to February 1970.   

Comment by Dalton Ray Phillips on August 31, 2013 at 9:59am

1964 Company 348 DCC(A) Sims

Comment by Leonard Lewis RM1 on August 30, 2013 at 8:29pm

trained on the recruit in 434

Comment by Donald Lee Basped on August 30, 2013 at 7:34am

Went aboard 1984 .....Company 033

Comment by ted blair on July 30, 2013 at 12:07am

Did my training aboard USS Recruit Aug-Oct 1968.  Glad it has not been destroyed, would like to see it again someday. Have not been back to NTC San Diego since I graduated, sad they shut the place down.  Would have been nice to wander around and relive the experience there.  Upon completion of boot camp, transferred to Balboa Naval Hosp for Hospital Corps training, graduated Feb-69, discharged Aug 1972, HM2.

Wonder what happened to all the great guys I went through boot camp with ... Steve Wisner, Albert Holiday from Detroit ... those were the days.

Comment by Damon Israel (Izzy) on July 2, 2013 at 5:17pm

What good times! I was Company 153, July-September 1993. CC's were FC1 Murillo and SM1 Shaw. I'll Never forget those guys! When I first saw the USS Recruit, I couldn't wait to get on it, 20 years later....I WANT TO GET BACK ON IT! --HA!   --(she did look quite a bit different back then, then when I was aboard in 93')

Comment by Billy R. Winn on May 13, 2013 at 10:41am

company 200 under Winston J. Whoseclaw, signalman 1st class, met him again on a West Pac cruise  as a Warrant Office for deck Division, made so many West Pac's but I believe He was on the LPD  Denver 



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