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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!

At 7:33pm on August 8, 2018, Glenn Whitefield said…

Not certain how many sea tales I can spin since my Navy days ended so long ago. Also, the GC was a tender, and whenever we got underway, pulling the lines usually resulted in the pier sinking. Thanks so much for the greeting!

At 7:30pm on August 8, 2018, Gregory Lloyd Stevens said…

Thanks for the hale and hearty welcome!  My Navy experience was great.  I get more nostalgic about it as the years roll by.   Never served on a ship!  Vietnam then Japan in COMMS stations.   Published a station newspaper with a buddy and played music for troops in an Army Soldier Show program at the tail end of my hitch in Vietnam, and in Japan I had office jobs and lived off base the whole time, playing piano in O-Clubs at Camp Zama and Yokosuka.  A captain of a cruise ship, a regular at the Yokosuka O-club offered me a gig on his boat going back stateside, which is how I came home.   Just about the coolest  4-year chapter of this old life.  Thanks for asking!

At 8:05pm on August 1, 2018, David De Rooy said…

This is for all the sailors who have been to the west pacific and in particular the P I  In Subic bay there is an island called Grande island. it was used by the Navy and had ballfields and an EM club. transport to and from provided by small navy boats at ,regular intervals. I only spent one day on the island but it left me with good memories of a special day I would just like to invite others who have been to Grande to leave a comment to share of your memories of the island

At 6:01pm on July 17, 2018, Christopher James Cook said…

THANK YOU DAVID!FOR THE WELCOME.HOW ARE YOU NAVY VETERAN,I BET,YOUR WORKING!ME TO DAVID.RIGHT NOW I AM WORKING AS A WV.SERVICE OFFICER,AMERICAN LEGION ORG.VETERAN'S BENEFITS.I'VE BEEN TO WASHINGTON STATE,WHILABY ISLAND,I WAS ON THE CV-62.I LOVE WASHINGTON STATE(CLEAN).MAYBE LATER I MAY MOVE,TO WASHINGTON.

At 3:19pm on July 17, 2018, Robert Bennett said…

Hi there, let's see...it's been a while. Joined up as an EW then changed rate to RM... I made it to Ft. Allen the beginning of 1979 and left Roosy Roads the beginning of '82. Worked in the Comm Center Tech Control (2318). 

I remember hurricane parties during hurricanes Freddie and David and the worry that the base will flood. I remember the time the Eastern 727 landed on the base thinking the runway was Ponce's airport and that when it took off it blew off some roofs across the road.

I remember Capt. Ferdinand C. Duggan III and how he prevented some of us from going up to Sebana Seca for memorial services when a few of our buddies were shot (one killed one shot in the face).

My kid was born down there... I remember buying a 70 'Cuda for $400 and now kicking myself for not hanging on to it or the 440 Charger I picked up in San Diego...watching those Barret Jackson Auctions can be torture...

One of the people I remember most is an RM1 Fred Fowler. He was the person who showed me the "real" ropes of Tech Control and some of his lessons still serve me today. Great guy and I miss him and all of the people I had the pleasure to meet.

"The Fort" was a special place. Being a "plankowner" at the new comm center at Roosey and the time spent there was nice too but there will never be another "Fort".

At 1:22pm on July 17, 2018, Edward C. Evans said…

Thanks David,

I was a Chief Gunner's Mate before I became a Surface Ordnance Limited Duty Officer (LDO) :-).

Ed

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