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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…Continue
Added by Thomas kotrba on July 12, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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 . …Continue
Added by Norman Atwater HTCS on April 13, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments
I was stationed at the subase 1965 thru 1967 first as the indoctrination school yeoman then as the subase police department yeoman.
In 1967 a Japanese submarine visited Pearl Harbor, I was TAD as the driver for the captain, anytime he needed to be transported I was at his peck and call, including a ride to a formal dinner at CINPACTFLT .
There were many interesting stories that I experianced with my time on subase.
If there were any other members of the police…Continue
Had a great time at Rosy. Deployment was for two years however; I only had 8 months on my enlistment so the
Commander I worked for pull some strings and I got to stay on the hill for 8 more months.
Actually they were going to transfer me to VWFour or VU8 on base. Cannot remember which one.
its been over fifty years now so my memory is not the best.
Been back to San Juan a few times but never had time to get back over to the base.
we were on cruises. an…Continue
Added by Stanley W Cohen on March 13, 2018 at 12:40pm — No Comments
As a 17 yr. old kid in July of 1958 I spent 13 wks. at Great Lakes, Co. 315. It was a big change but I had a great time.
lots of sweat & a whole lot of laughter.
I am reaching out to all Veterans, no matter what rank or rate. Those Veterans that served on any of the Repair Tenders on active duty for your comments. As of 1997 the Molders and Patternmakers ratings were discontinued, and are no longer recognized in the active Navy. Sadly even on this site they are not recognized. Those same jobs no longer exist in the civilian Naval Shipyards as well. If any of the Veterans out there had your rates discontinued I would like to hear from you. I would…Continue
Added by Robert Bruce Brantner on February 17, 2018 at 8:46pm — No Comments
The older we get the closer we get to that Great Sandbox in the Sky. a lot of us don't know it until we start loosing our good health. Like me, and find its closer than you think. So many good friends so little time. Heck, a lot of us don't keep in touch with our immediate family, let alone the friendships and bonds we shared early in our lives with our molder brothers. We get all wrapped up with getting married, raising families, and making a living. In all that pursuit we somehow seem to…Continue
Added by Robert Bruce Brantner on February 14, 2018 at 5:16pm — No Comments
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Added by Denise Boulet on December 6, 2017 at 10:51pm — No Comments
Added by Michael Moore on November 29, 2017 at 1:31am — No Comments
To all my Navy Brothers and Sisters
I like to let people know when I get a benefit that actually works for me. I had several bankers tell me I had to bring the 16k to the table! I didn’t really feel like that was a VA benefit because I could do a little better on the conventional market. I also had a heck of a time with other brokers to get me a 15-year loan! They really didn’t listen to my goals or needs.
Jennifer had a program that was able to roll the funding fee into…Continue
Added by Sean T Duley on September 23, 2017 at 10:13am — No Comments
IN MAY OF 1956 ,I WAS CALLED INTO COMMANDING OFFICERS OFFICE,I WAS TOLD THAT I WAS PICKED OUT OF THE COMPLETE NAVAL DISTRICT THE ONE CORPSMAN ,TO GO TO ANNAPOLIS,TO BECOME AND OFFICER AND A INTERN IN THE US NAVY MEDICAL FIELD. IT WAS RECOMMENDED,BY LL HAYNES COS,CAPTIAN ROGERS,AND REAR ADM GILMORE.BEING YOUNG ,MARRIED AND A BABY AT HOME,I DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT,THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN LIFE,THEM YEARS I RAN THE ADMISSION ROOM AT CHELSEA,I AM NOW 81 AND STILL REMEMBER MUCH ABOUT…Continue
Added by DONALD E MC CONKEY on June 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I have a service number but no name> anyone have any ideas how to find the name associated with a service number?
We are looking for any living WWII Pacific Theatre AROU (Aviation Repair and Overhaul Unit) Veterans. Our annual AROU reunion is taking place in October in Nashville TN and we'd love to find more of the living members of that group who were on various islands creating and operating air bases for the repair and overhaul of Navy planes. We honored 5 veterans at our last reunion in Clearwater, FL with a fun event but the ranks of these wonderful men are thinnning at an alarming rate as you…Continue
Added by Tim Lewis on March 30, 2017 at 1:00am — No Comments
Was a member of the choir while in boot camp and loved every minute of it.
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