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May 2009 Blog Posts (10)

My Dad - Aubrey Lee Johnson, Jr. WWII Marshall Islands

Hello. This page was created to honor my dad who served in WWII. He never liked to talk about his time in the Navy so I didn't ask a lot of questions. I grew up living with my mother and step-father so I never knew my real dad as well as I should have. I just accepted my reality. I have a lot of questions now, and wish I had more information. I am going to try to find out more about his service in the Navy. I have a few pictures and will post them, when I can find them.

I had a few… Continue

Added by Aubrey Lee Johnson Jr. on May 31, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Memorial Day Remembrances at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Northern View, Pacific Ocean on left

Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Westward View, Pacific Ocean in background

A highlight of my mid-April visit to San Diego was those reverent hours spent at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. What a magnificent and respectful place… Continue

Added by Dave Paul on May 30, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

My Son

My son left for Fort Benning Ga for Army Boot Camp today...........

Added by Ricky Humphries on May 26, 2009 at 8:31pm — 2 Comments

Nearing 1,000 US Navy Vets

It appears that within the next 30 days we're going to go over our first milestone - over 1,000 US Navy Vets on board

Now that clicks on ads are surpassing the cost of the site, we've hired an attorney that specializes in online businesses. David Alerding will be retained to make NavyVets, LLC - a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.

This is exciting because we'll be the only online website for US Navy Vets that will be 100% charitable - and give… Continue

Added by Douglas Karr on May 25, 2009 at 11:23pm — 1 Comment

Memorial Day

Another year zips by and we have to be reminded to remember those that are no longer with us. We aren't reminded in ways like a phone call or text message from others, but by all the BS Memorial Day sales events.

To me, it makes the time that much more sad. I, personally, never will remember family and/or friends lost by a sales event. It's not enough that we lose a loved one but to mark a day of remembrance with BS events, is obscene. And I'm sure that loved ones that I have lost… Continue

Added by Rick "Dutch" Wegman on May 24, 2009 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

My Time in the U.S. Navy

I entered the Navy in June of 1968. Boot Camp Co.#511 in San Diego, Ca. Went to VA-22 NAS Lemoore,Ca.attached to USS Bon Homme Richard. I then transfered to B-School in Millington, Tn. Then onto VA-75 NAS Oceana, Va. Beach, Va. & USS Saratoga. I then got sent to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. Then to VR-1 NAS Norfolk, Va. for 6 weeks then reassigned because of personnel cutbacks They gave me orders to Corpus Christie, Tx. but I swapped orders with another E-5 and I went to NAS Key West, Fl.… Continue

Added by Ken Huth on May 18, 2009 at 10:21am — 3 Comments

Out to Sea... Perhaps!

Continued from Mini-Mo to 4.0...

As soon as everyone caught wind that I didn't have orders in Orlando, I was shipped out within a couple of weeks to the USS Coontz DDG-40 up in Norfolk, Virginia. The USS Coontz had quite an illustrious career but it was quickly coming to a close.

The Coontz just returned from a Med Cruise… Continue

Added by Douglas Karr on May 16, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Joining the Navy

In 1965 with my graduation from high school complete I was looking for something new, something that was out of the normal order. I knew that I wanted to go to college but now was not the time. I was looking for something that would challenge me and give me new grist for the mill.

I had always been an avid reader, a surfer, someone who enjoyed new experiences and the Navy seemed to fit that bill.

I was seventeen and the war in Vietnam was heating up. My parents were very unsure about… Continue

Added by Joseph P Fernandez Jr. on May 2, 2009 at 10:18pm — 2 Comments

USS Berkeley DDG 15

Hello to all my old Shipmates. I was on the USS Berekely from 1973 - 1978 It was the best time of my life. I hope you are all doing well. I have been looking for a bootcamp Navy buddy his name was Bruce Brown and was from Calf. he was on another ship on the west pack cruse. Please email me at if you have any info. Thank You

Added by Merle Clinton May on May 2, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Lessons of Vietnam, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib

After we left Vietnam, the Khmer Rouge enacted a genocidal policy that would kill over 1/5 of all Cambodians. After repeated border clashes in 1978, Vietnam invaded Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) and ousted the Khmer Rouge in the Cambodian–Vietnamese War. In response China invaded Vietnam in In 1979. The two countries fought a brief border war, known as the Third Indochina War or the Sino-Vietnamese War.

Leaving Vietnam didn't bring peace, it brought death and instability to the… Continue

Added by Douglas Karr on May 2, 2009 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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