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David De Rooy
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  • Cashmere, WA
  • United States
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  • Lorena Kiefer
  • philip hembrey
  • Emmet Molloy
  • Kraig Knutson
  • Martin A Brent
  • Dan Perkins

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Emmet Molloy commented on David De Rooy's status
"Thank you! "
20 hours ago
David De Rooy posted a status
"There are group pages for nearly every command on facebook. You can join these groups and find old mates. the ship I was on has 400+ members"
23 hours ago
David De Rooy left a comment for Jeffrey b puritz
"Welcome aboard Jeff. As a QM you stood watch on the bridge and got to steer the ship. You must have some good stories. I'd love to read them. Glad you're here"
David De Rooy left a comment for Curtis Bellfy
"Welcome Aboard Curtis. Another airdale. You can't have too many. share some sea stories or pictures. Glad to have you along"
David De Rooy left a comment for Mark Evan Burns
"Welcome aboard Mark. I love airdales and I was one. Share some tales from your long career. Glad You're here"
David De Rooy left a comment for Alvin John Ernst
"Welcome aboard Alvin. Still on active duty. share what you can It's good to have you here Thank you for your service"
David De Rooy left a comment for Elaine Stangler
"Welcome aboard Elaine. Share some stories, pictures. that's what we like or make some new friends. we'd all like to hear what a Lithographer in the Navy does"
David De Rooy replied to Andy Warywoda's discussion black pens with the silver band in the middle
"I don't recall these being called by anything specific. I do remember that they had a embossed stamp that said "Property of U S Government". That never stopped anyone from taking home a few of these."
David De Rooy commented on Terry L. Morris's photo

1965-fresh out of Boot at PaxRivNAS/NATTC

"You received OJT prior to going to Lakehurst for school. How long was your A school?"
David De Rooy commented on Emmet Molloy's blog post A day in Bay Hill Galley, Gitmo 1968-1969 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
"That was interesting I'd always wondered what the AG 's did on the job. I just knew it had something to do with weather tracking"
Greg E Allen left a comment for David De Rooy
"Exploit was my first assignment Dave Conquest was T.A.D. for about 6 months in early  '73 then I went back to Exploit. I was assigned to Glover in summer of '75 after a several months in a medical hold unit with a bad knee injury.…"
David De Rooy left a comment for Daniel E. Dempster
"Welcome aboard Dan. Glad to have you sailing with us. You go back a long ways with the Navy. Please share some stories with us if you can remember"
May 20
David De Rooy left a comment for Katherine Eads
"Welcome aboard Katherine. I see you've recently rejoined civilian life. Share stories or picture about your Navy experience, while it's still fresh in your mind. I'm glad you're here"
May 20
David De Rooy left a comment for Terry L. Morris
"Welcome aboard Terry. you served a few different commands while on duty, including Lakehurst which is where I was schooled as an ABH. Tell us a story we'd love to read it"
May 20
David De Rooy left a comment for Kurt Hernandez
"Welcome Aboard Kurt. It's good to have another airdale onboard. please share or comment. We'd love to read it"
May 20
David De Rooy left a comment for Jim H. Lindstrom
"Welcome aboard Jim.I hope you post and comment about what your Navy days from way back were like.  I think your last name is Dutch, am I right?"
May 20

Profile Information

Petty Officer Second Class
Enlisted Rating
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling)
Where were you or your family stationed?
RTC NTC San Diego CA. 1968 Company 788
NAVTRCEN Lakehurst NJ 1969 ABH class 909
NAS Cecil Field Jacksonville FL./OLF Whitehouse crash crew
USS Vancouver LPD2 San Diego CA. Westpac
Veteran of Foreign War
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
November 12, 1968
End date of your service
November 10, 1972

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At 9:02pm on May 21, 2018, Greg E Allen said…

Exploit was my first assignment Dave Conquest was T.A.D. for about 6 months in early  '73 then I went back to Exploit. I was assigned to Glover in summer of '75 after a several months in a medical hold unit with a bad knee injury. Thanks for the welcome Dave.

At 7:17am on May 16, 2018, Jonathan B. Bower said…

Thank you, David. Here I am - South China Sea 1975, Stbd side catwalk aft.

43 years and 43 lbs ago.11114251_937475006292290_5594442357502543400_n.jpg

At 12:36am on May 16, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

Being that his ship transported the defoliant to Viet Nam and he was on damage control if any of the containers leaked, his exposure was more than if it came on the air.  You are very lucky to not have any problems.  My husband had type 2 diabetes, COPD, kidney failure and he lost both legs below the knee.  I am continuing the battle with the VA.  They say that he was not there nor was his ship.  We have deck logs and ships logs and his DD-214 that all disagree with their finding.  The hearing was last Friday and now we have to wait two to three months for their decision.  If yes then on to the compensation hearing, if no to the Court of Appeals VA and if maybe provide what they say they do not have.  That is why I would like to connect with any sailor that had been on the USS Great Sitkin in 1968 when it was in Viet Nam.  Thank you for welcoming me and I will not give up. 

At 4:46pm on May 15, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

My husband's name was Bruce C Kiefer.  Most of the men on his ship called him Keef.  I would like to reach out other veterans of the Great Sitkin while she was in Viet Nam.  We are fighting with the VA to get him recognized as having been exposed to Agent Orange.  If anyone knew him and knew that they transported Agent Orange to VietNam please reach out to me.

Thank you

At 4:29pm on May 15, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

My husband was a machinist mate on the Sitkin from 1967 to 1969.  He made a West Pac cruise and a Med cruise during that time.  I was an ET but never finished school as I married my sailor and got pregnant right away. Back then you were discharged for that.  I was stationed at Bainbridge, MD for boot camp and Great Lakes for school.  This was during a time when there were only two WAVES in the ET classes and we took a lot of ribbing.  Being from CA I spent the winter of 1967-68 with a constant cold or walking pneumonia. Wasn't used to the snow.  Back then if you were going to dinner at the mess hall, dress uniform was required and this was before panty hose.  Skirts were required.  The Navy has really changed since I was there but I did enjoy my short time in the Navy

At 4:29pm on May 3, 2018, Robert Baker said…

Thank you.

At 10:34pm on April 30, 2018, Marc Aarens said…

Thanks for the good welcome David. I am pleased to share some family photos from

my dad's WWII service in the navy.

At 12:37am on April 30, 2018, philip hembrey said…

thank you so much for welcoming, i will certainly spend time uploading photos and writing about my father , it is an honor to meet you

At 7:18pm on April 29, 2018, Thomas Carlos said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 4:17pm on April 23, 2018, Martin A Brent said…

Thanks for becoming my online friend, Dave.  It so happens that I just got through telling Ron Zimmerman Sr of about the tiny Great Sitkin group on Navy Vets, + the fact that joining is free.  He is a dynamic person, so I'm sure he'll follow up.  As Ron wished me in a reply to an earlier email to him: Fair winds and following seas,



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