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At 7:25pm on March 16, 2019, JOEL B Williams JR said…

I am new to this wonderful website, so bare with me (plus I am now 71)!

Joel B. Williams JR (aka "Willie" / "Bennie Williams USNR ADJ3, NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA. Charter member of VA205 /A4's, F8's, 1972/1975 NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA GA (I was 22 years old then).

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS/MEMORIES: * My father (now deceased) was Chief J.B. "Willie" Williams UNSNR CPO ADRC  NAS ATLANTA, Chamblee/Marietta, 1940 thru 1968, VP?? and VR54??? He was a rare "lifer' at one base his entire career in the USNR NAS ATLANTA due to his undeniable expertise with aviation and a leader of men. He was hand picked to set up the "NEW: NAS Atlanta Base move from NAS ATLANTA Chamblee (1966/69) and completed that task! * I Graduating Bootcamp (2x6  program, extended to 3 years to get shore duty) @ NAS Memphis in top 10% (1972) and as a result got my pick of shore station, which of course was...NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA! Yes,  I was a military brat! *Going to the Allatoona Lake NAS Atlanta Recreational Site where a Seabee with last name MINGO was on site manager. * Flying to and from bootcamp from NAS Atlanta to NAS Memphis in a P3 ORION! * Getting PAID to drive my 1963 VW Bug to NAS Mayport for fire fighting school (per diem gas pay)! *Going on summer 2 week cruises with our 4x4 weekend warrior squardrons 3 to 4 times a year...on USN A/C Carriers...Rossevelt, Independence and the Forrestal, MCAS? Yuma, NAS JAX, NAS NOR, NAS Mayport and GITMO (Guantanimo Bay Cuba)! I have hundreds of stories to share and WOULD NOT TRADE ANYTHING FOR ALL THE FRIENDS AND MY TIME in the USNR. ...more to come! Sorry for the ramble!

At 8:10pm on February 12, 2019, Brian O'Connor said…

Yeah, looking for stories /sea stories for a book I'm writing. I already have one book out and am working on two others. First book; IN REPOSE, about diving on the USS Arizona, Second book; HOO YAH DEEP SEA, expected out this year, and third book; SITTING ROUND THE CHARLIE NOBLE, looking at next year. The second and third books are story anthologies.

At 9:52am on February 7, 2019, Jose E. Luna said…

Sorry David, been away from my computer. In response to your question, Yes, I did spend many a time on top deck during flight ops in the little two man room designated for the medical dept. Eyes couldn't, get use to the "red" light that we were required to use at all times while on hard top or in our room. Made for difficult time trying to read anything with the red lights.

At 6:29pm on February 6, 2019, Bryan L. Andrie said…
Yes, USS Pargo, fast attack from March 1979 to August 1983. Nuclear Machinist Mate.
At 7:09pm on February 1, 2019, Jose E. Luna said…

USS Independence CVA-62  Sick Bay Ward #2  Unable to determine which Med deployment this was since I was ships company from 1969 until 1972. I believe we made a minimum of 3 deployments to the med.

At 7:03pm on February 1, 2019, Jose E. Luna said…

At 1:28pm on January 25, 2019, peter joseph bono said…

yes i was on blue ridge from nov 1985 to may 1988, i was the POIC fro the ships armory and the 2 twin 3" gun mounts, i love my time on the blueridge capt heidt busted me from first class po to third class po for assaulting a fellow crew member, it was a very unfair co's mast i contact senator john mccain and he assisted me in getting my stripes back within 30 days, and eventually capt heidt retired as a capt and not as an admiral as he wanted to. i enjoyed my time on the ridge made good friends im looking to contact mark babutzke and larry sirmans if you can help me id appreciate it sail on ridge mate thanks pete

At 4:02pm on January 18, 2019, Gerald A Todd said…

Was a plane captain, at the time worked on F8 Crusaders. Also training Petty officer for line shack. Asst to PO1 for our division.

At 3:09pm on January 18, 2019, Gerald A Todd said…

Thanks for the welcome. San Diego boot camp nov 1967, NAS Chase field Beeville Tx mar 1968 to mar 1970. GITMO BAY CUBA apr 1970 to sept 1970. AT3 at discharge. Joined the Navy to see the world, native Texan so saw southern cal, south Texas and the tropical paradise of Cuba. Great memories tho.

At 5:57pm on January 14, 2019, George Trentacosta said…

Thank You David!

At 9:50am on January 11, 2019, Clarissa Burton (Buford) said…

Hello, David:

Thanks for the warm welcome. As for stories, I don't have anything exciting to add. :-)

At 11:41am on January 2, 2019, Thomas Loncto said…

Glad to be aboard Dave. My time of active duty was 8/61-8/64 at LITTLE CREEK AMPHIBIOUS BASE,VA. At the time of my discharge I was HM-3. A very long time ago.I never was aboard ship until I went on a TIGER CRUISE in 1988 aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT CVN-71,my son's duty station. He put in 20 years.

At 7:02pm on December 30, 2018, Donna K Biagioni said…

Thank you for the warm welcome and Happy New Year! I don't really have any major stories that I can think of. I went to basic training in Orlando in March 1981 and then on to A school for Dental. I put in for ship duty with the hopes I could go on a westpac but received orders to Long Beach California. One of my classmates was going through a very nasty divorce and asked if anyone would swap (we were allowed to do this one time). I was angry that I didn't get a ship so I swapped for Portsmouth VA. My family was on the east coast so I figured I'd take advantage of being closer to them. I got out of the Navy in 1985 but missed it terribly so I joined the reserves in 1987. I was stationed out of Pensacola Florida until 1988. I relocated to Brunswick ME branch and stayed until 1990 when I transferred into the Massachusetts Army National Guard. I made this difficult choice ( loved my unit!) because I started nursing school and the Guard paid 100% tuition. My favorite TDY in the reserves was in Okinawa Japan. I wish I could've been stationed there on active duty. What a great place!

At 9:17am on December 23, 2018, Edmund Shew WONG said…

Thanks for the welcome, David. I first experienced Olongapo in 199!

At 5:29pm on December 10, 2018, WILLIAM D. RUTLEDGE JR. (BILLY said…

David,  I was there from August 1969 until VA-44 was decommissioned in 1970. My best memory there was playing on the base football team with Chief Jackson.  We went on to the 6th fleet east coast championship and was defeated by the Navy Seal team.  What a ride that was.

Thanks, and thank you for your service also.

At 1:49pm on December 9, 2018, Charles (Chuck) Snyder said…

Thanks for the welcome. I've got some great pics I'd like to add of the ship and her crew. Will add soon.

At 10:58pm on December 8, 2018, Jeff Kemper said…

Thanks for the welcome, David. I need to get my profile squared away, and might have to do it over a few days time. I'm happy to be a part of this with all of y'all.

At 9:39pm on December 8, 2018, ROBERT VAN DER BORG said…

David, I am also a member of Hull.com. Under that web site I can see various info about the Anchorage's history. I am trying to find out how to get ahold of shipmates that may have info about our trip to Anchorage, AK back in 70 or 71. I happened to be in Anchorage a couple years ago and I visited their historical society and was asking about our visit, they said they had no record of our visit only the newest USS Anchorage a few years back.

Is there anything you can do?

Robert    

At 2:52am on November 22, 2018, Richard L Paton said…

Mess cooking was a blast. Met some of my best friends ever there. We ate well without having to stand in line for hours. Good in-port liberty.

At 10:05pm on November 20, 2018, Jill Raines said…

Thank you for the welcome

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