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whats up with the new bill for the blue water navy in the white house? .

i was denied a claim for Diabetes and i hope this time it will be a good out come. that A.O.can sure make life very hard on all of us.God bless all of you.

Added by benito garcia on August 11, 2018 at 12:10am — 1 Comment

Boot Camp

Looking for Company 249 1973

Added by Martin George Gnandt on July 30, 2018 at 1:44pm — No Comments

GreatLakes,ILL..RTC/NTC.12th.Div.Company377.Cobra Company.I am searching for friends.Oct 01,1986.

 Anything about 12th.Div.Company 377,Cobra Company.Let me know.Send me Info.

Added by AOAN CHRISTOPHER JAMES COOK,NAVY on July 19, 2018 at 5:49pm — No Comments

Looking for my biological Father

Good day all, my name  is Thomas and I am 33 years old in the US Coast Guard. A recent DNA/ancestory kit revealed that my father is someone I never knew about. I would love to find him. He has no idea he would have a son out there somewhere. My father who raised me, Robert J Kotrba was a Master Cief in the US Navy. The person I am Looking for is Machinest Mate Bob Horton. He was stationed in the Great Lakes in 1894 and possibly the USS Sierra before that. I don’t know anything else. Thank…

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Added by Thomas kotrba on July 12, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments

A day in Bay Hill Galley, Gitmo 1968-1969 Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

I had the alarm set for 4:00 am to be in the galley for 4:30. It is already hot, as most every day on the island. I fill the big stainless coffee urns and have a cup myself. I drink it black. Then, from the recipe card, which is made for quantities of 200 portions, start the “soup of the day” in one of the big steam kettles. I will work with a wet towel around my neck and swallow the salt tablets from the dispenser that hangs on the wall. If working the grills I make eggs to order for the…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 16, 2018 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Lazy days off in Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base

Being a cook at Bay Hill Galley, I worked port and starboard, 15 days a month worked with every other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. There were about six cooks to each watch as I recall, and two night bakers total, who alternated. On an off day I might go lift weights after breakfast, then write a letter to my girl or go to the commissary store. Then perhaps drive to Windmill Beach (we had our own truck) where the iguanas hung out on the cliffs along the beach. I had a mask, snorkel and…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 16, 2018 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Lambert’s Point Naval Deperming Station, Elizabeth River, Norfolk, Va.

Consists of several free standing piers forming 3 Deperming slips, barracks and process control building.

I was here in 1967 wrapping cables around ships for the deperming process and one of two commissarymen on the station. While I was stationed here a fire started in the carpenter shop under the galley that spread to some of the berthing area. I was working on the automatic potato peeler in the galley and smoke started coming up through the deck from below. When I ran down the…

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Added by Emmet Molloy on May 3, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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 Naval 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 a Japanese submarine visited Pearl Harbor, 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 interesting stories that I experianced with my time on subase.

If there were any other members of the police…

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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

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