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Arriving in civilian clothes and soon to be a lowly squid

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Comment by Jim Decota on July 2, 2014 at 2:15pm

Of all the things that should have been saved when they closed down NTC/RTC San Diego, that sign should have been priority! But alas, as with anything that has meaning and history it was probably thrown in the scrap heap!

 Damn shame! A lot of boys were greeted by that sign before they bacame men, Navy men!

Comment by George R. French Jr. on July 2, 2014 at 2:00pm

Arrived at RTC San Diego Aug. 26 or 27 1961 Co. 407. Co. Cmdr. was a small built Chief, can't remember his name,but he left a lot of memories imprinted on my mind. Remember that when we first arrived on Nimitz Island for our first part, he took us to the fence between us and MCRD and told us "If you decide to go AWOL do NOT climb that fence.They will catch you and bring you back, and I do not want a chicken sh#& coward in my company!!"

We were his first company.  

Comment by Leonard Lewis RM1 on December 13, 2013 at 1:27pm

Looking at this picture brought back a lot of memories.  The sailor in whites "greeting" the new arrivals looks like G.H. McGuire TM1 who was the company commnder for company 434 in 1961.  This is the exact same picture that is in my copy of the Anchor from 1961.

Comment by David W Asche on December 12, 2013 at 5:57pm

When I got there, it was night, and raining...Not a lot of time to sight see or look at all the pretty scenery...

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