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Quarters K Naval Barracks Arlington, Virginia

A now defunct station that was built sometime during or before World War II. It was my first duty station after leaving Great Lakes Naval Training Center in late 1965. It was located along the Columbia Pike In Arlington, across from the old Navy Annex, Bureau of Navy Personnel and the Marine’s Henderson Hall. Fort Myer, being just down the road, afforded me the opportunity to go to a movie in the evenings and take an occasional stroll through Arlington National Cemetery. The Cemetery, The…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on April 20, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Some of you old timers might have heard some sea stories of T.C. or you might had a Beer or 2 with him . He was a Navy Legend and served on many ships and did 2 tours at RTC Great Lakes and 30 year N…

Some of you old timers might have heard some sea stories of T.C. or you might had a Beer or 2 with him . He was a Navy Legend and served on many ships and did 2 tours at RTC Great Lakes and 30 year Navy career. T.C. was involved in a terrible home accident that ended his life to soon . I pushed with T.C. in 1968-72 his fist tour at Great lakes we were both First class . His company always took all the flags .  …

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Added by Norman Atwater HTCS on April 13, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

subase Pearl Harbor

I was stationed at the subase 1965 thru 1967 first as the indoctrination school yeoman then as the subase police department yeoman.

In 1967 the first Japanese warship since WW2 visited Pearl Harbor, it was a submarine on the down low and she was docked out of the way behind the bowling alley,  I was TAD as the driver for the captain, anytime he needed to be transported I was at his peck and call, including a ride to a formal dinner at CINPACTFLT .

There were many…

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Added by John Houghtaling on April 1, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

63-65 worked on the hill in Legal Office

Had a great time at Rosy. Deployment was for two years however; I only had 8 months on my enlistment so the

Commander I worked for pull some strings and I got to stay on the hill for 8 more months.

Actually they were going to transfer me to VWFour or VU8 on base. Cannot remember which one.

its been over fifty years now so my memory is not the best. 

Been back to San Juan a few times but never had time to get back over to the base.

we were on cruises. an…

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Added by Stanley W Cohen on March 13, 2018 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Boot Camp

As a 17 yr. old kid in July of 1958 I spent 13 wks. at Great Lakes, Co. 315. It was a big change but I had a great time.

lots of sweat & a whole lot of laughter.

Added by Raymond Edward Ramos on March 3, 2018 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

Tender Museum

I am reaching out to all Veterans, no matter what rank or rate. Those Veterans that served on any of the Repair Tenders on active duty for your comments. As of 1997 the Molders and Patternmakers ratings were discontinued, and are no longer recognized in the active Navy. Sadly even on  this site they are not recognized. Those same jobs no longer exist in the civilian Naval Shipyards as well. If any of the  Veterans out there had your rates discontinued I would like to hear from you. I would…

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Added by Robert Bruce Brantner on February 17, 2018 at 8:46pm — No Comments

In memory of David W Asche and Jim Reardon.

The older we get the closer we get to that Great Sandbox in the Sky. a lot of us don't know it until we start loosing our good health. Like me, and find its closer than you think. So many good friends so little time. Heck, a lot of us don't keep in touch with our immediate family, let alone the friendships and bonds we shared early in our lives with our molder brothers. We get all wrapped up with getting married, raising families, and making a living. In all that pursuit we somehow seem to…

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Added by Robert Bruce Brantner on February 14, 2018 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Looking for fellow Naval School Instructors from GLNTC

Looking for Naval School Instructors from :

Class 27BA-64

Graduated 28 Feb. 1964 @ Great Lakes

Also looking for RD "A" School Staff Instructors @ GLNTC for years 1965 & 1966

Added by Lee Damicone on January 21, 2018 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Film and Television

 For anybody interested in learning about the film and television industry

check out their website.

Added by Denise Boulet on December 6, 2017 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Help finding dungarees

I have been looking and can't find them. If a shipmate knows please let me know.

Added by Michael Moore on November 29, 2017 at 1:31am — No Comments

Best VA loan that I have found to date! One of the few benefits that are still good!

To all my Navy Brothers and Sisters

I like to let people know when I get a benefit that actually works for me.  I had several bankers tell me I had to bring the 16k to the table!  I didn’t really feel like that was a VA benefit because I could do a little better on the conventional market.  I also had a heck of a time with other brokers to get me a 15-year loan!  They really didn’t listen to my goals or needs.

 Jennifer had a program that was able to roll the funding fee into…

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Added by Sean T Duley on September 23, 2017 at 10:13am — No Comments

C Program

Looking for shipmates that were aboard the USS John R. Perry DE-1034 when she was  decommissioned  in 1973 and have a copy of the decommissioning program.

Added by Lee Damicone on September 18, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Help with WWII Navy Records - NAVPERS 553 / DD214

Hi All,
Trying to research my wife's father so that I can build her a shadow box of his career.  I'm an active member in the USAF Reserve so my Navy is a bit weak. Could anyone help me out with awards and decorations and rank insignia?


On the NavPers 553 ratings held shows: AS, S2/c, S1/c,…
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Added by Matthew Dunphy on June 22, 2017 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

MY YEARS AT CHELSEA

IN MAY OF 1956 ,I WAS CALLED INTO COMMANDING OFFICERS OFFICE,I WAS TOLD THAT I WAS PICKED OUT OF THE COMPLETE NAVAL DISTRICT THE ONE CORPSMAN ,TO GO TO ANNAPOLIS,TO BECOME AND OFFICER AND A INTERN  IN THE US NAVY MEDICAL FIELD. IT WAS RECOMMENDED,BY LL HAYNES COS,CAPTIAN ROGERS,AND REAR ADM GILMORE.BEING YOUNG ,MARRIED AND A BABY AT HOME,I DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT,THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN LIFE,THEM YEARS I RAN THE ADMISSION ROOM AT CHELSEA,I AM NOW 81 AND STILL REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT…

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Added by DONALD E MC CONKEY on June 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

name for a service number

I have a service number but no name> anyone have any ideas how to find the name associated with a service number?

Added by Mack Louis Horn on May 6, 2017 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

Looking for WWII Navy AROU Veterans

We are looking for any living WWII Pacific Theatre AROU (Aviation Repair and Overhaul Unit) Veterans.  Our annual AROU reunion is taking place in October in Nashville TN and we'd love to find more of the living members of that group who were on various islands creating and operating air bases for the repair and overhaul of Navy planes.  We honored 5 veterans at our last reunion in Clearwater, FL with a fun event but the ranks of these wonderful men are thinnning at an alarming rate as you…

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Added by Tim Lewis on March 30, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments

NAVY BLUE JACKETS CHOIR IN GREAT LAKES NAVAL TRAINING CENTER

Was a member of the choir while in boot camp and loved every minute of it.

Added by William Craig Doty on March 22, 2017 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments

PTSD

;(

Added by ROBIN HOPE TARAVELLA on March 17, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Carrier-based squadron and shipmate members

Any carrier-based squadron and shipmate member should consider joining Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. (google it) for excellent reunion activities. The group was originally formed for members of USS Midway and FDR carriers, but is NOW open to all carrier and ship-based squadron members.  June 2017 reunion will be held in Dayton,Ohio and 2018 reunion is scheduled to be held in Tuscon, AZ.  Great group of folks who enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans.     

Added by Joseph Tetrault on March 15, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

USS Independence going for scrap

BREMERTON The USS Independence soon will become the third inactive aircraft carrier in 2 ½ years to be towed away and dismantled. Final preparations are being made for a mid-March departure from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Navy spokeswoman Colleen O'Rourke said Monday. The exact date hasn't been set. The Indy, farthest south of the ships, will follow the USS Constellation, which left in August 2014, and the USS…

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Added by Norman Atwater HTCS on March 8, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

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