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At 4:57pm on November 11, 2018, Joe W Wilkinson, Sr. said…

Thanks David, Happy Veterans Day.

At 7:37pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

When I first got to OLF Middleton we had a old Dodge Power Wagon with Light water and PKP and when it went down maint would drive a MB 5 up and a flatbed tractor trailer to take the Dodge back, which seemed to happen often, LOL. Later we got a big F series Ford 16' flatbed 4x4 with a AFFF unit on it and PKP. This id the one I drove through the woods to get to the crash site. Wrecked the truck, got put on report for destroying Government Property and later a Letter of Commendation. I still got to the aircraft right behind the starboard wing, well what was left of it, with two crewman, one fell off rolling out of the setup spot. I remember it like it was yesterday. The T-28 was an amazing airplane I wish I was a pilot and able to afford a surplus, or at least get another ride.

At 4:55pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

There were six of us the senior Petty Officer was a 1st class, the runway crew consisted of four and one in the crash shack, and I do mean crash shack. Two runways four approaches 28/10 and 1/19.  All of us were married, lifers loved it, I wanted to be on a boat, actually it was good duty for married sailors. Daily routine man the runway when the T-28's started flying three squadrons out of Whiting. Lot of touch and goes. Routine emergencies, sump lights, electrical failures, one crash while I was there, T-28 in the trees, prop governor failure, all souls rescued, I was senior PO that day and drove the crash truck, never forget it.  More later, good to be here thanks 

Greg

At 3:44pm on November 10, 2018, Greg Scott said…

Looks like you had some good duty stations, after Lakehurst all my requests were probably s*** canned, no 7th Fleet, no CVA, LPH, etc- NAS Whiting Field  Milton Florida then OLF Middleton Field Evergreen,  Alabama. Six petty officers 65 miles from the NAS, not even USN. I had plenty of time to study so made 2nd Class in record time. Good to hear from another air boatswain.

Greg 

At 3:33am on November 9, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Thanks for the welcome. I'll see you in the ready room for the movie.

At 3:30am on November 9, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Reporting for duty, Sir. Just PLEASE don't stick me in the Transit Barracks, OMG

At 5:16pm on November 1, 2018, Michael Bonaventura said…

Thanks for the warm welcome...

At 2:19pm on October 20, 2018, Wayne R. Gadberry said…

Thank you brother. Was a Aviation Storekeeper, attached to VP19. Deployed to Adak in 1969. and was assigned tad to base supply. Found VP19 in one photo on a wall but not our Squadron Patch, nor could I find any photos of VP19, nor our hanger or working spaces. At least I have my cruse book. Did you see the photo of the P@ that was wrecked on take off, then came down too fast, collapsing her nose gear? I was there when that happened, and many of my squadron donated clothing to the crew of the downed bird. No one was hurt badly, bit they lost all of their belongings. They were coming back from their West Pac tour.

At 9:43pm on October 16, 2018, Barry C McGuire said…

So glad to be apart of this group.

At 7:39pm on October 15, 2018, Bertram deHaan said…

Thanks David,

my parents came from Holland. I am the only child born in America. I joined the Navy in Aug 26, 1968, discharged Aug 25, 1972.  After boot camp, I was stationed on the USS Kearsarge CVS33.  Did a West PAC tour.  

When it got decommissioned, I went to Radioman school.  After that I got stationed to AFSOUTH, Naples Italy.  I worked under a mountain called PROTO.  I got discharged in Naples and went to Holland to meet my relatives.  

Am a retired Electrician now.

At 10:35am on September 25, 2018, jerry lee deborde said…

thanks David  I might have one or two glad to be here

At 2:28pm on September 23, 2018, Richard Eriksson said…

Hi David ... Bootcamp for me was in GLakes.  Enlisted on Nov 28th, 1968.  Bootcamp started early December but I've forgotten what company.

At 7:40pm on August 17, 2018, Paul Capuano said…

Thanks for the Welcome David,

I have been on a lot of different ships in the time I spent mostly TAD. My favorite Mid Watch was on the Lamoure Cty when I cut my teeth as a QMSN getting my quals done for promotion. We were off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C riding on the back of a Hurricane doing 50 degree rolls. The QMSC had pinned himself under the Chart Desk holding a fire pot and evacuating contents he probably had eaten 3 years before. I was hanging with a death grip on the roll bars above the chart desk with one hand and plotting radar bearings on the chart with my other.

I never got sick but there were times I thought was our death roll. I look back on that time now and realize...it was some of the greatest moments of my life!

Stay true!

Paul 

At 5:58am on August 16, 2018, James McClain said…

Thanks for the WELCOME ABOARD David Deroy, During my 4 year enlistment '68-'72 I was stationed at Whiting Field, Milton Florida for the first 2 years, working as a stock clerk at the O club, then on to the fuels division, running the quality control of the AV GAS for the base where I advanced to the rate of ABF3.  Then onto the USS ENTERPRISE CVAN 65 assigned to the V-4 division working the flight deck. The remainder of my enlistment which included a westpac deployment to Vietnam 71-72.  As was said before my time spent in the U.S. Navy becomes more nostalgic as time passes.  I was fortunate to have worked for and with some very special people and have many lasting memories. 

At 10:33pm on August 15, 2018, Richard Serroels said…

Thank you.  San Diego RTC, then ET'A' school at Treasure Island, and Crypto school at Mare Island Naval Shipyard before going to Guam.

At 6:27pm on August 12, 2018, Juan L. Acosta said…

Thanks for the welcome. The Peoria was a fine ship before she was sunk for target practice. However, she did manage to come out briefly in the Pearl Harbor movie.

At 2:10pm on August 10, 2018, Curtis Bellfy said…

thank you for the welcome!

At 9:33am on August 9, 2018, Charles Allen DuVall said…
Thanks shipmate. Looks like we were both active at the same time. At least for a couple of years. Sea stories later.
At 8:34am on August 9, 2018, Jeffrey DeVilbiss said…

Thanks for thr welcome aboard David, I can't remember my RTC company # 15 November 1968-January 1969 , Christmas spent on the Back Dock of the Chow Hall, New Years Spent in the Hospital with Measels. Don't remember much else. 

At 8:25pm on August 8, 2018, Ray Ferguson said…

Thanks for the welcome.  "fair winds and following seas" David!

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