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Howard N King
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  • Manning, SC
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Chief Warrant Officer 4
Enlisted Rating
Culinary Specialist
Where were you or your family stationed?
NTC Great Lakes57/58, Qrts K Arlington, VA 58/59 USS Bigelow DD942 59/61, USS Gyatt DD 712 61/63 Nav Rad Sta Totsuka 63/64 USS Independence CVA 62 65/66 Nav Air Sta Argentia, NFLD 66/68 Sup Corps Sch 69 USS LY Spear AS 36 70/73 PortsmouthVa Ship Yard 73/74 USS Holland AS 3274/75
NTC Great Lakes 75/77 Nav Fac Argentia 77/80 NAS Pax RV 81
Veteran of Foreign War
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
November 19, 1957
End date of your service
September 30, 1981

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Posted on November 26, 2014 at 8:13pm 0 Comments

Had the opportunity to get back in uniform after 33 yrs retired and pin Chiefs anchors on our daughter. She is in the reserves and lives in PA. Was a special moment for the both of us. I received her first salute as a Chief Petty Officer.

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At 8:01pm on April 25, 2018, Emmet Molloy said…

Yes, my first duty station after boot camp also. Got there in late 1965 as I recall, been a long time. Nothing there now but a parking lot I believe and from what I have read the BUPERS building was torn down to expand Arlington National Cemetery. 

At 10:37am on July 6, 2017, Bob Engleman said…


I was stationed at Argentia form 05/61 until my discharge 10/63, with VW-11. When I applied for an extension in 1962, I was sent to the base counselor, who upon learning of my reasoning, chuckled and granted my application.

As a lifelong single man age 74, it is my opinion that Newfie women of that era were the warmest alive. To the best of my recollection, I have neither ever read or heard of any sailor that found that duty a speck less than great.

At 7:54pm on May 12, 2016, Jim Sherburne said…

Argentia was my first active duty station. Never knew how great a duty station it was, till I left. As an Engineman, I stood watch on the generator shop at the Fac. I learned a great deal there. The meals in the Chow Hall were great! Lived a lifetime or two there, boy howdy!!. The history we discovered, hiking all over the base was amazing. Sid Stovall (active duty personnel at the Exchange), I believe that was his name; was my diving instructor, received my NAUI open water certification there. Just a flash of memories rattling by. Thank you for awakening them!! -Jim "Sherb"

At 8:58pm on November 25, 2014, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

The pay is much better today, but the Navy, as you say, is not the same...I joined at 17
and went to boot in S. Diego. I will tell you a story that happened on the McKean..We had a PO1 Baker in charge of our mess. He was a hard ass. He made the best sweet rolls I have ever had and on the mid-watches we would always try to get something to eat..nothing doing with that guy. Hell I thought we were special...we were Radiomen...ha Well we were on our way to westpac and he had left his wife very pregnant and about to deliver.. He got a letter that she was having problems and he really got to be hard to get along with. We put our heads together and decided to hook him up with KMI Oakland and let him call home.He made several calls and the delivery went well..From that day on Radio had sweet rolls and ice cream for every Mid Watch the rest of the cruise...Turned out to be a real nice guy...
I extended a year in Kami Seya after making RM2 and tried to extend for another year when I had just a few months to go up for RM1. OIC said no...six or nothing
so I went home and went to college. As a vet I was exempt from PE but had to get
a sign off each semester. The coach was a Navy Commander and over the reserve
base in Paris Texas close to home in Dallas. He found out that I had been an RM
with ship and shore duty and told me If I would sign up he would get me OCS andput me over the Radio crew..Promised me Lt JG out of OCS, I was having some wife
problems, at the time, and we moved to south Texas to get away from her Mother.
Sooo I missed two good chances for a Navy retirement. Often wish I had gone one
way or the other, but life has not been all that bad as a civilian. BUT we sure had
some good times back in the day...miss them still....

At 9:00pm on November 24, 2014, Gene Gowen RM2 said…
Thanks for the come back...I had the pleasure of going by Totsuka once. A couple of my buddies and I ran into some RM's from there on the beach and decided we would
go take a look at the transmitter site. Not sure what gate we went to but after a brief look see we decided we were glad to be at kami Seya..ha It was a bit of the bonnies there as I recall.
I started out on Navy Vets and Together we served. Found one RM and one ET that I was stationed with at Kami. Five or six I served with on the McKean DDR-784 on Navy vets. Facebook has a lot of commands on it I belong to the Destroyer site, Radioman site, U.S< Navy site and a couple other military sites. Lots of fun talking and reading the post, but, at my age, it is hard to find someone that remembers what I remember about the old Navy..
Thanks again for the come back and good luck finding some of your shipmates.
At 1:19pm on November 24, 2014, Gene Gowen RM2 said…
I see we were stationed close ot one another in '63. I spent '62-'63 at NRRF Kami Seya
as a Radioman.....Great duty and Liberty..

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