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my navy career 34 years 11 months 10 days, retired as a GM1, not possible you say, well it happened to me

I entered bootcamp on 07 jan 1970 in great lakes illinois after failing my initial swim test i was asmowed to another division i started in 19th division and ended up graduating in 43 division. I did learn to swim, after boot camp i was sent to the USS Butte AE 27 stationed in nofuck va i did 4 carribbean and two meds and then in 1972 the boat did a west pac where i ended up in vietnam for a longer period that i thought i would be, i was taken off  the boat, and TAD they said and i was put…


Added by peter joseph bono on January 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Privacy Shared Information

Today I googled my name (Bill Fihlman) and found a complete discussion and personal information that I posted on this website on the internet. I just went on my page and changed my privacy settings, but I want to completely delete any information that I have posted on Navy Vets website and my membership. I don’t know how to contact Doug Karr or this website’s administrator to do this. I thought this website was private, but I guess I was mis-led. I am a police Officer and don’t need…


Added by Bill Fihlman on January 25, 2019 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

A Destroyerman’s Creed

We are Destroyermen.

Ready to sail and always can-do.

The first to arrive and the last to go.

We believe a big-ship man would have trouble filling our shoes.

We like to think we would have no trouble filling his.

We have learned the lesson of self-reliance, of pressing the fight with all we've got, of not being afraid of a little rough living, or any tough assignment.

We are the green-water, open ocean sailors in the little but mighty combat…


Added by Lee Damicone on January 4, 2019 at 4:12pm — 1 Comment




Lee O. Smith, Captain

William Raymond Calvert, Captain

Louis Colbus, Captain

Gerald D. “Jerry” Scott, Lt. (Weapons Officer)

Philip Baxter Arms Jr. (unk)

Laing Batchler, TM2

Robert Foster, (unk)

William Furlong, AG3

Cody Hanna, CT2

William Hamburg, RD2

Eugene Pettibone, (unk)

Leon Moore, SM1

John Skondill, SM2

Ray A. Swaney, (unk)

The Watch

For twenty…


Added by Lee Damicone on December 15, 2018 at 7:36pm — No Comments

Introduction & how to find help with VA

Hello Navy Cousins! I am an accredited County Veterans Service Officer.  That basically means I teach veterans about VA, help you do the multiple forms, and then yell at VA when they try to not give the benefits you are eligible for.

Unfortunately this means I won't have a lot of time on this site but I recommend that if you don't already know your CVSO you get to know them soon.  

Go to the VA database and search the VSO Rep area. We are veterans trained, tested, and attend…


Added by CVSO Patricia JANE Babcock on December 11, 2018 at 5:41pm — No Comments



  I like standing on deck at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe-the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing as her engines drive her through the sea.  

I like the sounds of the Navy-the piercing sound of the boatswain's pipe, the clang of the ships bell on the quarterdeck, the squawk of the 1MC and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.  

I like the…


Added by Lee Damicone on November 15, 2018 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

An American Navy Sailor

An American Navy Sailor

You've never been in love, some say you've never been ALIVE, till you've fallen in love with a Sailor. An American Navy Sailor. Is there another kind?

Likely he's tall. Six feet or more. He's probably thin. Some say "reedy." He sports a funny white hat. He wears bell bottom trousers that button. No zipper. He wears a kerchief he's proud of. It has three stripes that represent Nelson's three greatest sea battles. No kidding.



Added by Lee Damicone on November 15, 2018 at 5:19pm — No Comments

The Old Navy

The Old Navy

Come gather round me lads and I’ll tell you a thing or two.

About the way we ran the Navy in nineteen sixty two.

When wooden ships and iron men were barely out of sight,…

I am going to give you some facts just to set the record right.


We wore the ol’ bell bottoms. With a Dixie cup or flat hat on our head;

And we always hit the sack at night but we never “went to bed”.

Our uniforms were worn ashore, and we…


Added by Lee Damicone on November 15, 2018 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments

Hurricane Florence

With landfall a very good possibility, the Navy has plans to move ships from Norfolk, to sea.

Added by Emmet Molloy on September 9, 2018 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

up date from 2015

well it has been about too years now. since I was denied A.O. .but I was given 100% on P.T.S.D. . MY discharge papers stated that I had be come very depress . that was enough for them to give me the compensation. but the A.O. nothing. so look in your records for any thing that will help you. GOD bless you all. don't give up.

Added by benito garcia on August 21, 2018 at 10:51pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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. It was built in the 1940’s. 

I was here in 1967 wrapping cables around ships, mostly submarines at that time, for the deperming process and one of two commissarymen on the station. We had a fifty foot liberty launch to get back and forth from the station to shore. I had my car parked at the landing. The barracks consisted of a room full of racks, a tv, a pool room and a dining…


Added by Emmet Molloy on May 3, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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…


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 .  …


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

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