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At 6:10pm on July 19, 2019, James Walter Piliero said…

I remember Cecil Field. I knew some guys who were there too.

At 1:36am on July 19, 2019, James Walter Piliero said…

Where in Florida were you stationed? We would fly down to NS Mayport Florida to embark on the Forestall . Went to Mayport many times.

At 1:21am on July 17, 2019, James Walter Piliero said…

Hi David, It's great to know you. I see you were on the West coast for some time. I was in A6 Intruder Squadron VA-85 "Black Falcons"  at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach Virginia.We deployed on the U.S.S. Forestall CV-59. I made 3 Med Cruises with them. I miss the Navy and would do it again. Hope to hear from you again.  Jim Piliero AD3

At 2:11pm on July 16, 2019, Judson Porter Rogers said…

 This took place on the NITRO, while in the Med.

At 2:08pm on July 16, 2019, Judson Porter Rogers said…

I would do it all over again if I was younger.   It was a good place for an 18 year old to grow up and be responsible.

The use of the G.I. bill was a true help with my education, after discharge. I went on and acquired my degree in Industrial engineering and worked 40 plus years in the trade.

I recall one incident while on the main switch board during G.Q. The EXEC called the engine room and said we are making black smoke. The engine room reply was, we should because we are burning black oil.The EXEC. DID NOT TAKE 5 MIN TO GET TO THE ENGINE ROOM. THE PERSON WHO MADE THE REPLY WAS NEVER FOUND.  There are many more, but that was a long time ago.

At 6:17pm on July 15, 2019, Jimmy D Ford said…

Thank You! glad to be aboard David!  What’s a few months between comrades? I’m sure the memories aren’t to much different...

At 3:32pm on June 25, 2019, Michael D Myers said…

I dont't know if this counts a recovery but I did have the honor of being the TA-18 driver when Apollo 9 was off loaded at pier 1 and towed to LP-2 after is's mission.

At 7:31am on June 20, 2019, Bill Harris said…

Thank you David!

I was a torpedoman aboard the the USS Orion from Aug. 1972 till May 1974.

While I was stationed on the Orion I became very good friends with David Boomsma. I saw David had a post on this wesite and I would love to get in touch with him. I didn't see any contact info so I hope he sees my post and contacts me. 

After my time on the Orion I was stationed in Keflavick Iceland for a year and the transferred to the reserves. 

At 12:19pm on June 19, 2019, George Kurth said…

Thank you David!  I am looking forward to sharing experiences and meeting new peopole.  I'll update my information in a couple of days.

At 6:51am on June 19, 2019, Cynthia Sue Schwartz said…

Thank you David!  My husband ,whose name is also David, retired in 2011. We  met in  1994 in Rota. Married in 1995 and 4 kids and 3 dogs and 1 cat still going strong in Pa!

At 7:16pm on June 18, 2019, ALEXANDER R SANABIA said…

Thank you David!  Glad to be part of this fine group of people.

At 1:41am on April 18, 2019, Christopher James Cook said…

 Hey David, you still live in Washington?

At 4:18pm on March 28, 2019, Roger Varo said…

I got a ton of stories after just a couple years on the Point D. Loved shooting the 3"50s. Great fun, I owed that to the best loading crew on the ship. But I would have to say the most standout memory was a 2 day train trip in Taiwan. I loved that country and its people. The little farms the train passed was most interesting. I grew up on a dairy farm and returned there after the Navy. I wanted so bad to check out just everything on their farming methods. I know, that was kind of lame. LOL!

At 12:40am on March 26, 2019, John R. O'Rourke said…

Well, I've been retired 23 years, come Dec. My first recollection as an airdale goes like this. My first Command (VA 34) : We were just going out on work ups on Big John       (CV 67). Anyway, I was showing a fiend of mine (AO2 Parker) around, before we left Pier 12. Being new in the Navy and first time on a carrier, was overwelmed. Like a little kid in a toy store. Got excited and jumped up going thru the hatches, smacked top of head, to this day, still have that bump on top of head. lol, near forgot that day

At 9:54pm on March 25, 2019, Thomas Roy Lewis Jr said…

Me dad was on





Don't have Ships for Uncle Joe - much research

Don't have Ships for Great Uncle Richard Gaffney more research

 will deliver soon for other Navy Family Members. 

Vietnam wasn't anything more than routine and hard work.  Load up during the day, Go out and Strike at Night. But we did a lot of it. Almost got me head blown off with a North Vietnamese 3 inch shell.  Had my rebellious moments but nothing serious. Four tours, two different ships, three dry dock visits two in Long Beach, one in Sasebo Japan.  I do love the sea,and I didn't mind the guys that I worked with, as they say your all in the same boat. 

Gave me a humble understanding of my fellow sailors, their plight, not always good, but mostly they were reasonable men, with common sense.  Was part of the event "Into the Lions Den"  aboard the USS Robison DDG-12.  Lived off based when ever we had dry dock duty.  Was aboard the USS Mahan DLG-11 during the Earth Quake that hit Long Beach.  Ship was in Dry Dock at the time and scared the living daylights out of all of us. 

Saw some crazy Admirals, went to Hong Kong, Subic, Yokosuka, Hawaii, Midway, Guam, San Diego and Long Beach a lot of times.  Got a lot of electronic Training, which put me to work up in Silicon Valley once I got out via Treasure Island.  Honorable Discharged. 

At 2:27pm on March 18, 2019, Bernhard W Behling said…

I can't say I completely enjoyed my time in.  Losing my E4 stripes less than 36 hours after earning them hurt quite a bit, though I completely acknowledge it was my own screwup that lead to that.  I just think the punishment was harsher than it needed to be.  That's what directly lead to my getting out as an E2 after six years instead of making it a career as I'd intended going in.  Ah well, I was young and stupid and actions sometimes have bad consequences. I've gotten smarter about that in the past 40 some odd years.

Navy duty did have its moments though. I'd love to spend time in the Carribean again (my wife refuses to move anywhere south of Virginia), or retire to Mallorca, Spain, a place I totally fell in love with on my first Med cruise. I got to see parts of the world I'd never have seen otherwise, got to play with some really nice "bang-bang" stuff, and generally met and interacted with some really wonderful people.

At 9:56am on March 18, 2019, Tom Witman said…

Thanks David and Jim.

That's quite a ccareer shift, Jim!  Glad it worked out for you.

Yep, I was and always will be a 'submariner'.  It's a 'family' thing amongst us.  I still communicate with shipmates 50 years later.  I served on a missile boat in the Pacific out of Guam but also did TDY's on a diesel boat out of San Diego (USS Pomfret) and a fast attack (USS Scamp).  Like a fool, I served 4 1/2 years of active duty as a LT in Radio and Sonar as well as in the engineering spaces.

Loved every minute!


At 6:19pm on March 17, 2019, Dave Worley said…

Thanks David, happy to be back. I will post some pics soon.

At 10:02am on March 17, 2019, James Vinci said…

Dear David,

As requested:

I was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy in 1966 after completing OCS in Newport RI, and my first assignment was aboard the USS Hickman County, LST 825 in December 1966 as her communications officer. Doing the year+, I was aboard, we operated in the Vietnam delta, various Vietnam costal cities and on the DMZ. My next assignment was with Naval Beach Group One (NBG-1) in Coronado, Ca., albeit I did several TDYs to other locations. Doing that time I was promoted to LTJG and was tentatively going to Monterey for post graduate training but In September 1969, I was transferred to the US Army by the Secretary of Defense and immediately promoted to the Army rank of Captain.

I remained in the Army, reaching the rank of Colonel, with various assignments and worldwide post until I retired in 1992. 

Best Regards,


At 9:52pm on March 16, 2019, Bernhard W Behling said…

I just posted a few photos you might enjoy. These are about all I have left of the hundreds I took when I was in. I lost everything I owned but a few pics I had in an album my dad had when a ruptured gas line and resulting fire destroyed my home and left me living on the streets for a couple years.

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