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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 Billy R. Winn on May 13, 2013 at 10:35am

she was the first ship I had ever been, smile April 1965

Comment by Jack Reed on February 23, 2013 at 8:41pm

Booth Camp company 047 January 60 to April 1960. Remember recruit to this day. Had to salute and graded on  "request to come aboard" before graduating from booth camp.

Comment by Rick Gamber on February 18, 2013 at 9:16am

I went to boot camp 7/72.  company 72-227.  Funny how 40 yrs later I still remember that.  I do remember my CC saying that "you will remember your company number for the rest of your ******** lives!!!!".  CC was EN1 Contreras.

Comment by Michael E King on February 2, 2013 at 5:13am

I was in boot camp from 6-73 To 8-73. Company # 194

Comment by Michael L McShane on January 22, 2013 at 7:54pm

Company 80-925 Drill Division under CC ABF1 Hurricane Curry Jun-Aug 1980

Comment by Paul Basso on January 11, 2013 at 9:58pm

I was in boot camp in Oct 1972, Co. 72-410.  I remember running around on the Recruit during my time there.  I made the BMC mad and he kicked me out of the Marlinspike Seamanship because I knew what he was teaching and then some.  Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts sure helped me out a lot in boot.  I left the Navy in Oct 1983, because I was 6 pounds over my weight limit.  But I left as an AME-1, having worked on EA-6B Prowler and A-6E/KA-6D Intruder aircraft and making 6 cruises on 4 different aircraft carriers.

Comment by Terry Schiele HM-2 (RN) on December 1, 2012 at 2:00am

Greetings Shipmates,  I was in boot camp in Sept of 1967 and spent some time on the USS Recruit. Classes in "Sound Powered Phones" and Marlinspike Seamanship. I know there were some members of the Boot Camp group that did not spend any time on her, when we talked to them they had not been there. Our Corps School class reunion (1968 Class 27-68) went there on part of our tour and had pictures taken.  It was strange to be there after the trauma of boot camp out in the grinder, but still a familiar warm feeling to see it still there. It does hve a different superstructure than when we were in boot camp. Boot camp at the time was very large.  I was in company 528 and when we graduated we had already seen Company 628, and 728.  Bob Hope was at our graduation since his adopted son was in boot camp a couple of companies behind me.



Comment by william c. mitchell on November 30, 2012 at 12:06pm

Their July 1964 Company 415 All State Company from Georgia.  I still remember her.


Comment by Lawrence "Ski" Gorski on November 29, 2012 at 4:23pm

I fully agree that without a hull number she just doesn't look right.  Just a glance and you know something isn't right.

Most recruits got their turn on her, and Seaman Apprentice Training got to use her even more.  It was a great training tool and should never be removed for whatever reason.

Comment by Gene Gowen RM2 on November 29, 2012 at 3:03pm

1959 Company 316 under Ivester BMC. Thought I would never learn all those knots.

Square knot is about all I remember...It is good I became an Rm2 and not a BM.

Loved San Diego...


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