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Was a member of the choir while in boot camp and loved every minute of it.

Added by William Craig Doty on March 22, 2017 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments



Added by ROBIN HOPE TARAVELLA on March 17, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Carrier-based squadron and shipmate members

Any carrier-based squadron and shipmate member should consider joining Squadrons & Shipmates Inc. (google it) for excellent reunion activities. The group was originally formed for members of USS Midway and FDR carriers, but is NOW open to all carrier and ship-based squadron members.  June 2017 reunion will be held in Dayton,Ohio and 2018 reunion is scheduled to be held in Tuscon, AZ.  Great group of folks who enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow veterans.     

Added by Joseph Tetrault on March 15, 2017 at 2:16pm — No Comments

USS Independence going for scrap

BREMERTON The USS Independence soon will become the third inactive aircraft carrier in 2 ½ years to be towed away and dismantled. Final preparations are being made for a mid-March departure from Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Navy spokeswoman Colleen O'Rourke said Monday. The exact date hasn't been set. The Indy, farthest south of the ships, will follow the USS Constellation, which left in August 2014, and the USS…


Added by Norman Atwater HTCS on March 8, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments!!!&highlight=J.+Dillon+11+years+27+footer+Wow

The above blog or post contains my sailing, living aboard a 27' sail boat and travel adventures as well as US Navy stories including a boot camp yarn of company 256 1948.

Added by John F. Dillon on February 24, 2017 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Passing of a shipmate

It is with great sadness that I have just learned of the passing of yet another shipmate. PRC Kenneth Owen Getchey. Kenny stayed the 20 plus. I just learned of his passing earlier this month through the internet. Ken passed away back in 2007. Yeah, 10 years ago. How time flies. You young guys and girls in uniform will soon learn as you grow older, you lose touch as the 4 winds scatter you and your friends to all corners of the earth. You lose touch. Fortunately for me, I found my shipmates…


Added by Edward A. Blumberg on February 22, 2017 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Navy has decided to reverse the decision and restore ratings!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is scrapping its decision to eliminate dozens of enlisted sailors' job titles, including many that end in "man," after hitting an onslaught of opposition from the force.

The decision to drop long-held traditional titles and instead refer to sailors by their rank was announced in September and signaled a sharp cultural shift for the Navy. Three months later, after hearing persistent complaints and questions from sailors around the world, Navy leaders are…


Added by Jim Decota on December 20, 2016 at 11:49pm — 3 Comments


I have an issue - having inertial fibrosis - scaring of the lungs from asbestos.  Served on the USS Springfield (CLG 7), two MSO's:

USS Exultant (MSO 441) and USS Dominant (MSO 440).  Any other sweep sailor dealing w/similar lung issues.

Added by Robert P. Macey on December 18, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Retirement benefits

I lost touch w/my financial benefits - what would be due to my wife if I should kick off before her.  I have VGLI.  I read some where that my wife would only get 55% of my pension.  Is that true?

Added by Robert P. Macey on December 18, 2016 at 10:08am — No Comments

Wild Orchid Resort

I am going to stayat the Wild Orchid Resort on my visit to the PI.  It should be fun.

Added by william c. mitchell on December 16, 2016 at 7:09pm — No Comments

What NTC San Diego ..a shopping center now

Yeah shipmates i have been outt the loop far,far too long ..without checking anywhere beforehand i tripped to San Diego a few years ago thinking i was going to visit the Radioman A School location as a veteran and then head over to Balboa Park (my old neighborhood on 1st overlooking the harbor......what a shock.....found a pic of my old barracks Nimitz but what about that damned missle we used to polish for "character" development where did it tend up…


Added by RolloKnows on November 28, 2016 at 7:47am — 3 Comments

HI Dean Hager

Glad to hear from you.  Slowly but surely we make contact with old shipmates.  I am Facebook friends with Kent Garrison from boot campo and with Elaine Carey from Corps School.  I know Ernie Goodwin is on Facebook, I have messaged him a few time with no response.

There are four Facebook pages for RTC Orlando, the largest being Naval Training Center Orlando (NTC) Boot Camp.  There are multiple HM sites and Great Lakes hospital & corps school sites also..

Also FYI, there is a…


Added by Randall L. Bruns on July 25, 2016 at 10:01pm — No Comments

Blue Jacket Choir

http://blue jacket choir

I was in the Blue Jacket Choir in August-September 1967 at San Diego. What a privilege this was! It was a fun adventure and, at times, a real challenge. I also was on the whale boat who delivered Coronado to the beach of San Diego so he could "discover" California. The press was waiting for him to be delivered to the shore so the could interview him.

I believe the chief who taught us how to…


Added by Gary Wayne Bible on July 1, 2016 at 5:24pm — 2 Comments

Looking for Shipmates

Looking for shipmates from my boot camp company. My company number was 080 and I was at RTC, San Diego from Jan 1990 thru March 1990 our RCPO was Martin Strozier and laundry Petty Officer was Billy Parker from Russelville, Arkansas other than that I do not remember anything else

Added by Kevin M. McQuillen on June 28, 2016 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Crew of USS Pomfret SS-391 1961-1963

I would love to hear from members of the crew of the Pomfret or of Submarine School Class of June 1961.

Hope everyone from that crew is well. Thanks

Added by Ben Dasher on June 21, 2016 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Looking for stretcher bearers

I am searching for anyone that served as a stretcher bearer at NSA Danang. 1965-66.
I was stationed in the dry goods dept of the hospital, but frequently volunteered to be a stretcher bearer at triage I/ mass casualties. There was a sign up sheet on the wall at the hospital: it was voluntary.
Navy resource center says they have no record of me being a stretcher bearer, so I'm trying to find someone else that can confirm anything to help me.

Added by Patrick Powers on June 18, 2016 at 10:24pm — No Comments


Hello to all of my fellow shipmates!  I am in need of information, FAST!!!!  I am a veteran who served between 1988-1995 as well as a current college student.  I am writing a paper on the history of enlisted uniforms and I have some gaps of information that I am having some difficulties in finding answers to.  They all deal with the so-called 'Salt and Pepper' uniforms.  I have seen pictures of some of those uniforms on Google and Bing but there are still questions left unanswered.  The…


Added by Gregory C Fessia on April 14, 2016 at 9:05pm — 4 Comments

Locate old unit Personal.

If there is anyone who would know how to obtain a list of the personal of a particular unit that you last served-in I would be grateful if you would respond.

Added by Thomas K. Stephens on March 8, 2016 at 12:49pm — 6 Comments

Smoky Mnt. Submarine Base

The Smoky Mountain USSVI Base in Knoxville, Tn. is currently trying to build a replica submarine to be used as a float in local parades and veteran events. We hope to have it built by May 1 to be used in the Dolly Parton Sevierville, Tn. parade (yes that Dolly). We have set up a account, please consider donating. Any amount large or small will help us perpetuate the submarine service.

Added by James Burkholder on March 6, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments

Agent Orange/ Asbestosis/Ischemic Heart Disease/TIA"S/PTSD/ Sleep APnea

Back in 1978, I received a Letter from, Pa. Senator Arlene Spector, to get a Agent Orange Physical, well I did, plus four more A/O Physical, did not here from the VA, until 1983, I put Claims in for five years, and every time I was denied, so I did not stop there because that is what the VA wants for you to do, so the VA would save money, but I did not stop there, my wife, and my military friends, kept pushing me, so I kept going, always getting denied, so I wrote a letter to my Congressman…


Added by Robert Turley on February 27, 2016 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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