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To all who Served

The sailor stood and faced his God which must always come to pass He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you sailor, how shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"

The sailor squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't because those of us who stand the watch can't always be a saint.

I had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was tough, And sometimes I've…

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Added by Lee Orie Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 8:24pm — No Comments

I am the American Sailor

Hear my voice, America! Though I speak through the mist of 200 years, my shout for freedom will echo through liberty's halls for many centuries to come. Hear me speak, for my words are of truth and justice, and the rights of man. For those ideals I have spilled my blood upon the world's troubled waters. Listen well, for my time is eternal - yours is but a moment.

I am the spirit of heroes past and future. I am the American Sailor. I was born upon the icy shores at Plymouth, rocked…

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Added by Lee Orie Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 8:21pm — No Comments

REMEMBERING Key West in the early 1960's

 

When money was scarce and you had the weekend off we (John Skondill, Richard Brown & et al) headed to Smathers Beach, across Roosevelt Blvd. and the Key West Airport. All you needed were a Swim Mask, Fins and a Hawaiian Sling (spear gun). The water there was shallow (waist deep) for approximately ¼ mile (give or take). After that it dropped off to an unknown depth, but there among the crevices were numerous Longouste’s …also referred to as Spiny Lobster I only…

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Added by Lee Orie Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Hello, Remember me?

 

Some call me Old Glory, others call me the Star Spangled Banner, but whatever they call me, I am your Flag - the Flag of the United States of America...There has been something that has been bothering me, so I thought that I might talk it over with you here today.

I remember some time ago, (I think it was Memorial Day, or was it Veterans' Day?) that people were lined up on both sides of the street for a parade. A high school band was behind me and,…

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Added by Lee Orie Damicone on July 22, 2019 at 7:08pm — No Comments

ref USS REPOSE AH-16

I have tried the internet to locate the crew/ medical staff /nurses but only found one Corpsman for the Oct 1967 to Nov 1967 time frame . It seems the nurses finished their tour / time in the USN and faded into life. ANyone have any idea how to locate

Added by Aubrey O. Nabb on June 28, 2019 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Great lake's Illinois,Rtc/Ntc recruit training command,Airmen Apprenticeship school,December 31,1986.

 ATD,AIRMAN APPRENTICESHIP SCHOOL,4 WEEK'S. DECEMBER 31,1986.LOOKING FOR BUDDIES.

Added by Christopher James Cook on April 24, 2019 at 7:04pm — No Comments

Vietnam Blue Water Navy Wins in Court

 

WHAT HAPPENED?

On 29 January 2019, the Federal District Court reversed the BVA and CAVC denials of Mr. Procopio’s claim AND reversed HASS. In addition to Mr. Procopio, this decision restored the Blue Water Navy’s rights and benefits under the Agent Orange Act of 1991. No longer can the VA deny Blue Water Navy Agent Orange claims based on a “boots on the ground” (or lack thereof) requirement.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

If you have any…

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Added by Raymond Melninkaitis on March 4, 2019 at 2:35pm — No Comments

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…

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Added by peter joseph bono on January 25, 2019 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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…

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

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

Hurricane Florence

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

     https://www.stripes.com/news/navy/florence-likely-to-become-hurricane-navy-warns-of-possible-deployment-of-all-ships-1.546631

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

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. 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…

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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…

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

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