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Brian O'Connor
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  • Powell Butte, OR
  • United States
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Roger Varo left a comment for Brian O'Connor
"Hey Brian,  I really don't have many stories that would mean much to anyone but me.. only one "there I was, thought I was gonna die" story. Got lots of shooting stories. From 45 pistol to the 3"50, my favorite. Boom…"
Mar 29
Brian O'Connor left a comment for Roger Varo
"Roger, I'm putting together a book of stories and sea stories and could use some of yours if you like. Let me know. Thanks"
Mar 28
Brian O'Connor posted a status
"Whew, finally got my plate carrier straightened out and workable, balancing ammo and everything is such a pain!!"
Mar 27
Brian O'Connor and Bernhard W Behling are now friends
Mar 27
Brian O'Connor left a comment for Bernhard W Behling
"Funny how things come back around sometimes. I was active '75 - '95, and have a good friend who was a cannoncocker and the ships armorer. We did a lot of shooting together. He taught me a lot of stuff, small arms related, that paid off in…"
Mar 18
Bernhard W Behling left a comment for Brian O'Connor
"I got off active in Nov of '76 and at that time scuttlebutt was saying that El Paso was going back into the yards (she came out of a refit in '74) to have the aft mounts replaced with BPDMS, but at the same time scuttlebutt was also saying…"
Mar 18
Brian O'Connor left a comment for Bernhard W Behling
"Yup, DURHAM, LKA-114, Additionally served in MT. VERNON, LSD-39, also armed (at the time I was there) with four twin 3"/50's. Shortly after, they started pulling one forward and one aft mount off most of the Gators. I'm guessing NGFS…"
Mar 18
Bernhard W Behling left a comment for Brian O'Connor
"Looks like you served on one of the sister ships to the gator I served on, USS El Paso LKA-117"
Mar 18
Brian O'Connor left a comment for Bernhard W Behling
"Those are 3"/50's !!!"
Mar 17
Brian O'Connor replied to Philip Tucker's discussion BASIC TRAINING
"I went to bootcamp in '75. it was 12 weeks. Then later some high ranking moron decided that bootcamp should be fun. After that we had a rash of major disciplinary problems Navy wide and they wondered why. Gee ya think it might have been because…"
Mar 11
Brian O'Connor replied to John Riddle's discussion Have you written a book about your Navy days?
"Published (Self Published) my first book in 2016. IN REPOSE - Diving on the USS Arizona with the National Park Service. It's about my time as a Navy diver and NPS volunteer diver/researcher. My second and third books are anthologies of Navy…"
Feb 23
Brian O'Connor replied to James A Fick Jr's discussion Rank Question
"The proper thing would be; Jane Doe HM3 USN"
Feb 23
Brian O'Connor replied to Andy Warywoda's discussion black pens with the silver band in the middle
"They were just government pens, you know; Pen, Ink, Ball Point, Black, 1 ea., NSN 7530-00-222-2735 (or something like that! Used to pick them up by the dozen at Servmart. And actually, if you took the silver cap off the clicker, there were colored…"
Feb 23
Brian O'Connor replied to Wm. E. Gardner's discussion cribbage
"Heck no, nothing is fun there anymore. That's why we got out !!! Actually a lot of the guys I knew when I was in played; Backgammon and Acey-Duecy was big too but a lot of that has changed."
Feb 18
Brian O'Connor posted photos
Feb 15

Profile Information

Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Enlisted Rating
Machinist's Mate
Where were you or your family stationed?
West Coast / Hawaii
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War, Iran
Current Status with the US Navy
Retired
Start date of your service
October 16, 1975
End date of your service
October 31, 1995

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At 11:15am on March 29, 2019, Roger Varo said…

Hey Brian,  I really don't have many stories that would mean much to anyone but me.. only one "there I was, thought I was gonna die" story. Got lots of shooting stories. From 45 pistol to the 3"50, my favorite. Boom M_____F____ Boom! LOL! Up front 90%  of my service time was boring or BS. But the 10% was exhilarating,  magical abosolutely priceless. If you get hard up I can help you out. But my stories will probably be pretty ordinary. Looking back on some of it, man this farm boy was stupid. Good luck with the book

At 1:39pm on March 18, 2019, Bernhard W Behling said…

I got off active in Nov of '76 and at that time scuttlebutt was saying that El Paso was going back into the yards (she came out of a refit in '74) to have the aft mounts replaced with BPDMS, but at the same time scuttlebutt was also saying she was going on a North Atlantic cruise, which is what actually happened. She went in the yards after that and a forward and aft CIWS added but kept the forward mounts.  I believe one of the aft mounts was eventually demiled and put aboard the Intrepid museum ship in NYC. When I was in NYC with my wife in '08 we went aboard and I swear the 3"/50 on display but roped off was my old mount 34 because of some distinctive marks on it. We had a recoil spring shatter in '75 while doing NGFS training with our Marines and it left a gouge in the steel of the barrel.  Not enough to warrant replacing the barrel but enough to be noticed from a distance. I'm almost certain I saw that gouge on the Intrepid mount but couldn't get close enough to be sure.

At 4:28am on March 18, 2019, Bernhard W Behling said…

Looks like you served on one of the sister ships to the gator I served on, USS El Paso LKA-117

At 8:57pm on February 12, 2019, David De Rooy said…

Thanks for the reply Brian. I'm looking forward to reading your second book when it comes out. Memories from the days in blue are what I like.

At 2:48pm on February 11, 2019, David De Rooy said…

Welcome aboard Brian. Glad to have you along. It looks like you've got a good start on sharing. Keep posting, we like that.

At 11:37pm on February 10, 2019, Emmet Molloy said…

Welcome aboard Brian! 

 
 
 

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