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The Importance of Voting

If you recall the malarkey about Bush having stolen the election in '90, a little known detail was often omitted. The Dems managed to scuttle a great deal of the Deployed Sailor mail from Florida's major Navy bases due to missing postmarks. Get out and VOTE! Become a voting assistance rep! Make your future happen!

Kevin Armstrong, AZ1(AW) retired

Added by Kevin Armstrong on February 12, 2008 at 9:22pm — 3 Comments

The election of President Regan

President Reagan had a true affinity for the uniform services, and when he ran he said he would improve our quality of life, instill pride back in us. Particularly for the Navy his 600 ship Navy was a real boon. He respected us and we respected or even idolized him.

On a personal note his pay raise made a real difference in my retirement.


I believed in him, more than any President. I am have Master's in History and a BA in Political Science, and Social Studies and have… Continue

Added by Ron Banks on February 12, 2008 at 3:42pm — 1 Comment

The Russians Are Back At It...

A pair of Russian TU-95 Bear bombers overflew a US aircraft carrier in the western Pacific at an altitude of 2,000 feet (660 meters) over the weekend, prompting US fighter jets to scramble, a US defense official said Monday.

Four F-18 fighters jets intercepted the Russian bombers Saturday morning, but not before they had overflown the USS Nimitz, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

See the… Continue

Added by Bob Hettel on February 12, 2008 at 3:12pm — 1 Comment

The ship was laid down on November 28, 1944 by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Texas. She was named ORLECK on January 11, 1945 and was launched on the 12th of May, 1945, and then commissioned o…

The ship was laid down on November 28, 1944 by the Consolidated Steel Corporation of Texas. She was named ORLECK on January 11, 1945 and was launched on the 12th of May, 1945, and then commissioned on September 15, 1945.

Ship's Characteristics:


Gearing Class, Long Hull


390 feet, 6…


Added by Gerald Hannah on January 16, 2008 at 1:16am — 1 Comment

Navy News: Report: Chinese ships confronted Kitty Hawk

I find this disturbing and wondered what you all think of this situation. Please comment.

Report: Chinese ships confronted Kitty Hawk

Kyodo News Service

Posted : Tuesday Jan 15, 2008 16:08:22 EST

TAIPEI — A Chinese attack submarine and destroyer shadowed U.S. warships in November in the Taiwan Strait, sparking a 28-hour standoff that brought the group to a battle-ready halt in…


Added by Tim Gulliford on January 15, 2008 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Navy Vets

Finally a website aimed at Naval Vets and their family. I found this sight last night while surfing around and after getting approved for membership, I have spent the last few hours modifying my spot including uploading a few things.

Thank you to Doug for creating this site and I look forward to a large following.

Added by Tim Gulliford on January 15, 2008 at 1:35am — 1 Comment

In the Middle of the Med

I'm not sure that other forces get to experience the same feelings a sailor does at sea. Every once in a while when I drift off, I still think back to starry nights on the deck of the USS Spartanburg County out in the Mediterranean.

A Tank Landing Ship (LST) is a flat-bottom ship so in calm waters it didn't slice the water like a tin can, it tended to bob and weave on it gently. We ran off of a couple diesel…


Added by Douglas Karr on January 9, 2008 at 7:57pm — 3 Comments

Military Sea Transportation Service, Atlantic

I am wondering if there are any veterans of the Military Sea Transportation Service. I was stationed out of the Brooklyn Army Terminal on First Avenue. My ship was the Gen. Wm. O. Darby T-AP-127.

Added by Frank R. Bartolotta on January 9, 2008 at 5:59pm — 5 Comments

Happy New Years!

I sent this out as a broadcast email earlier today (with a spelling error... argh!):

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my thanks for being an early adopter and one of the first members on NavyVets, the social network for the United States Naval Veteran.

NavyVets isn't owned and operated by some media giant who badmouths our military in public and then sells their data for advertising dollars - NavyVets is owned by a Naval Veteran!



Added by Douglas Karr on December 31, 2007 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Send a Holiday Voice Message to the Troops!

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Added by Douglas Karr on December 25, 2007 at 11:08am — No Comments

Boot camp memories. ( mine of Sept. 26 1950, Newport RI Co 26)

[ Draft ] I'm 75 year old now but, I can vividly recall boot camp. Roughly a month after my 18th birthday I found myself on the second deck/floor?? of an old WW2 barracks. It was the first time I had been away from home and I admit I was a bit apprehensive (scared even). Who were all these tough looking guys I found myself with? A bunch from Brooklyn and the Bronx. They all seemed to have DA haircuts, a sure sign of tough. (for those to whom a DA is a foriegn term, it stands for Ducks Ass.…


Added by WILLIAM (Bill) HOLLANDER on December 17, 2007 at 4:38pm — 3 Comments

Be Careful when Giving to Veteran's Charities

Fox News has a story on Veteran Charities and how many of the charities are simply scamming veterans. This is a story that hits home because I hope this Network grows to a point that I can donate significantly to Veteran Charities!

Right now, all the profit from the Navy Vets Store will go to the Navy Relief Fund. The Advertising you see in the right-hand side-bar goes to… Continue

Added by Douglas Karr on December 14, 2007 at 4:18am — No Comments

Navy Duffle Bags!

Unsure how to do this, but here goes.....all I ever heard when my husband was in the Navy stationed in Newport, RI was the following, "If the Navy wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one in your duffle bag!" Is that saying still around? What all is in those duffle bags anyways? I remember I was in quarantine in the base hospital in Newport. I had hepatitis. I remember wanting to just die. I was so sick & they never knew how I got it in the first place. I kept telling the… Continue

Added by Rebecca L. Simpson on December 9, 2007 at 11:14am — 4 Comments

Sixth Fleet Music Show Singer Releases Christmas Album

Some of you may or may not remember the Sixth Fleet Music Show and singer Diana Peterson. Diana is a former featured vocalist with the Sixth Fleet Music Show who has teamed up with fellow Music Show alumnus, trumpeter Alan Gaumer, and other top notch musicians in the DC area for the record. These musicians have come together again after first meeting more than 30 years ago to make beautiful music for the holidays.

The CD is in the tradition of classic pop Christmas albums and features…


Added by Douglas Karr on December 3, 2007 at 3:02pm — No Comments

How to Add a Picture to your Profile

One of the great things about this Social Network is the ability to see photos of your shipmates and find folks you recognize. Be sure to add your photo to your profile first:

Click HERE to Add your Profile Photo

Then, you can continue to add other photos using the Photo tab

Click HERE to Add more Photos

We've got a lot of profiles with no photos, so…


Added by Douglas Karr on November 24, 2007 at 12:22pm — No Comments

It's been way too long!

I've visited the sites that my shipmates have put up to meet and greet other men and women they served with. I've been to the Yahoo! Groups, been to and What I found on all these sites was that they were always difficult to navigate and terrible to try to find what I was looking for.

I bought the domain name, quite a few years ago. I've had many offers for the domain but I knew that I could put something together and get everything in a… Continue

Added by Douglas Karr on November 18, 2007 at 5:14pm — No Comments

How to use the NavyVets Blogging Tool

First, what the heck is blogging? Blogging is nothing more than a journal. It's where you can put down your thoughts - perhaps on the politics of the day, the military, or even sharing a great story with everyone. Blog posts will be displayed on your "Footlocker" and also shared on the home page as they are written.

That's right, when you right a blog post, all the members will see it on the home page, which shows the most recent posts. Or - you could mark it so only your…


Added by Douglas Karr on November 17, 2007 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Be Sure to Join your Commands and Invite Other Shipmates

I'm up to the "K"s on adding ships! Let me know if there's a station that I don't have a group set for that you'd like to join. Once you join the command, be sure to use the invite feature to send your shipmates an invitation to join your command. My goal is to make the best social network on the web for Navy Vets.

Welcome Aboard!

Added by Douglas Karr on November 16, 2007 at 11:43pm — No Comments

The Blue Angels

Great photos of the Blue Angels, but check out the other items of interest at the bottom of the last picture. Click on the link below for some real good shots by an amateur photographer known as the Z-man.

Click and Paste My wife June is from Vallejo which is 30 miles from San Francisco. I met her when the USS Orleck DD-886 was in the Shipyards at Mare Island in 1966. I was also stationed at Treasure Island on two different Occasions, first time on a… Continue

Added by Gerald Hannah on November 30, 1999 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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