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May 2013 Blog Posts (13)


  went  through  rtc  orlando 1977  received  message  from  sanders  ropertson  cheryl  thru  navybuddies , was not able to  send  email  through  that  sight .  went  thru  facebook/ navybuddies this is  were  i  came across  you !!!

Added by PHILLIP G MORGAN on May 29, 2013 at 12:31am — 1 Comment

Me and My Navy Times

I have never blogged before so here goes, never to late to start. I have to say my RTC in FL. was different, I learned that you do not tell a MCPO he has an attitude. Yep, I did and set me back they did. Another piece of advise, don't stand on the grinder and watch the drill team as your company goes marching off without you. Yep did that, 50 pushup later while be slapped on the head with my CC papers did not help. Lucky for me, I could have wound up at I/T.. that is a horror story in…


Added by Jackie Bickford (Martin) on May 26, 2013 at 9:23pm — 2 Comments

Cold War Navy vets, 1950-1965

I wonder how many guys like me got out and forgot about the Navy, then started thinking more fondly those years.  I came to cherish the sea stories we threw back and forth whenever I'd run into ex-Navy guys.  Some thirst or yearning to bring those times back, and just to speak the lingo, those words nobody other than ex-sailors knew. 

I started writing about those times back in march 2012, and finished after 79,000 words, my Navy memoirs, entitled, "Gone Asiatic," and I published it…


Added by Gordon W. Martin on May 24, 2013 at 8:33pm — 1 Comment

Watching Hunting Videos On The "Sportsman's Channel"

I began shooting when I was six, started following my dad around deer hunting at nine, shot my first greydigger at ten, carried a gun on a deer hunt myself at twelve, I have gutted and skinned my share of Oregon mule deer and elk, have gone on numerous solo canoe trips in the wilderness of Alaska, shot in competition for years, I am certified with archery and black powder as well as handguns and high power rifles, camped, sat under the stars and thanked my GOD for all of it, and as of this…


Added by David W Asche on May 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Boston First Responders

To those who run toward danger and save our lives, the First Responders in Boston:

John Barell


Added by John Barell on May 16, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

A Few Words About Bigotry, Racism and Hatred

It seems we have a society where anyone who disagrees with a particular part of another person's way of life, the color of their skin, the religon they practice, the kind of car they drive....WHAT EVER DIFFERENCE they may have is somehow a reason to cut that person out of the general rule of "acceptance".

Let me discuss that a bit.

We all go through our lives living within a set of rules and guidlines that we either accept or reject based on our perspective.  Some of these can…


Added by David W Asche on May 16, 2013 at 4:57am — No Comments

Boot Camp

RTC, co 554, 11/56 thru 1/57.  Then RM "A" school, graduated 16 Aug 57.  Loved NTC and Broadway downtown!

Added by Patrick J Gibney IV on May 11, 2013 at 12:59am — No Comments


does any of you old molders have the original founry manual or the 3&2 and !st&chiefs books?will be going in front of a board for asbestos exposure. Been fifghting the VA since 2000. just need copies of the front covers and the pertinent pages.VA said that they do not think its service related. Where do they think I got it? In my living room?They want me to quit trying or die, but I have news for them. I will take it to the Supreme Court if I have to. It has become a matter of…


Added by jo perkins on May 3, 2013 at 4:21pm — 3 Comments

Operation New Life


By   David W. Asche

The USS Hector(AR-7) was in Guam the first few months of 1975, leaving  Mare Island on Jan 3, and having cruised all across the broad Pacific, via Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to be laid into by the shipyard workers of the Naval Station there, and have work done to her berthing areas, mess decks and convert the ship over to Naval Distillate fuel.

Upon arrival there, all the crew had to move all their belongings to the barracks on base as the bunks and…


Added by David W Asche on May 3, 2013 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Adventures on Shore Patrol



Hector was once again in WESPAC, this time it was our 1973/74 cruise, and she had dropped her hook in Victoria Harbor, or as we all like to remember, Hong Kong!

I had drawn "the duty" once again, but I was a full fledged Third Class Petty Officer this time, and had stood several Shore Patrol stints over the last few months, and now it…


Added by David W Asche on May 2, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments



 by David W Asche 


There came a time aboard Hector, in the Foundry no less, when one of our new guys was enjoying the delights of his new girl friend. He was young, brash, full of piss and vinegar, but a bit....stupid.

His girl...I never laid eyes on her, or any other part of me either, Well, let's just say she had "pets".  Some people refer to them as "Tiny…


Added by David W Asche on May 2, 2013 at 4:43pm — No Comments

My Dirty Little Secret


 by David W Asche


When I was a lad of six or seven years old, living in Portland, Oregon, my father would take me down to the "Sea Wall" on the Willamette River during the Rose Festival and tour the ships that came up there. My father had served in the Navy during World War Two and Korea. He knew a lot about the ships and what they did, or could do. He had also told me many stories…


Added by David W Asche on May 2, 2013 at 4:41pm — No Comments



by David W Asche 


I do not know who started it, but he had to be a landlubber or some ARMY dude trying to start trouble, but whomever started it, they got in a shot that is hard to put down. It grates at the truth like a rusty hack saw and throws a shadow of muck upon one of the proudest ships ever to sail the seas of this earth.

Someone said the USS Hector (AR-7) was a…


Added by David W Asche on May 2, 2013 at 4:39pm — No Comments

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