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At 7:01pm on September 23, 2014, Carlos E. Moller said…

G'day James

                  You wouldn't recognize me now as I was 17 in Boot Camp. I looked into the RTC book from boot camp to look you up. If you don't have a copy, I can email (PDF file) you the guys in the company. Company 402 shipmates Hal Varner, Carlos Sevilla (retired as a BM1) after 20 years, Richard Minsberg, and myself all got assigned to the USS Ticondergoga CVA-14. I vaguely remember you being gone for some flu shot problem while in Boot Camp. I met the guide-on bearer we had (short muscular guy) in 73 and I thought he lost a leg in Vietnam but was then a civilian in San Diego. I had a guy named Montoya (name something like that) behind me in formation who disappeared at week 10 when the police came to take him away (I met him in 81 in San Diego). I remember CO 401 getting clobbered by that car near the bridge that went to the chow hall.   I did only one run around the grinder with my rifle above my head - forgot why. At Camp Elliot for weapons training, being the youngest recruit, I got to shoot the 50 caliber - almost weighed as much as me back then.
  
 I became an RD (now OS) and was on the Tico from 66-68 (2 Cruises). I was then assigned in-country to Naval Support Activity Danang working harbor security on  PBR's but got reassigned within a month to USS Repose.in the harbor because I got stung by a bunch of invisible jelly fish with a severe reaction. We went swimming a lot while on patrol.
After almost a year on the Repose, I was re-assigned to the USS Arlington AGMR-2 in 69 and ended up decommissioning her in Long Beach. That was considered in-country duty like the Repose and I see you were assigned to the Annapolis also in country duty. I remember see the Annapolis when one relieved the other in the Gulf of Tonkin.Yes, we also did a few of the Apollo missions and was at Midway for Pres Nixon and Prime Miinisters Thieu's meeting on Vietnam. 
 
I re-enlisted and stayed in on 8 more ships until I retired as an LDO LCDR out of COMNAVSURFPAC i n 97.I then worked as Defense Contractor for 9 years at COMSPAWARSYSCOM in San Diego before moving back to Hilo, Hawaii  to take care of my mother-in-law who was 89 at the time. Still working.
 It's very rare that I can share Navy history with someone like yourself who was there at the beginning. You can email me at cmoller@imiloahawaii.org if you want pictures of the guys in 402.
R/Carlos. 
 
At 8:10am on March 8, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

Looked up Jimmy Ward for face book but could not find you.Wife tried to set me up a face book but they would not let us have 2 sites. No problem,you can go to her site and call me Suzanne seelye. There are 2 sites but her site is the one with the orange cat for profile picture.Later. 

At 6:30pm on March 7, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

Glad to hear that the volcano is dormant.Not very nice of chief Dionne to say things about a well adjusted guy like you. I was running around on the web this morning and I saw that chief Dionne had retired. Them chevelles are awesome gotta be great having one to work on.A labor of love. Now about that witch doctor,i hope you put him in his place.A couple days the wife said I was going to have to get my own facebook page.Going to set one up tomorrow and will let you know what I go by.Catch ya later

At 5:33pm on March 6, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

Gave up that heavy drinking years ago now I have a beer once in awhile,2 is my limit a lesson learned. Sure do remember Lt. Stills, how could you forget. I remember being a pollywog and then the better days doing the butt slapping. I still have my butt slapper wife beware.Sounds like you did pretty well for yourself staying in the same field as you were in.Sure sounds like a nice climate there but do you have to worry about the volcano ?

At 8:12am on March 6, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

This Navy veterans Page is really great and Dam proud to be a Navy Vet. Was hoping one of my boys would carry on the tradition. My dad was on the USS Guadalcanal and he was aboard 6-4-1944 when they captured  the German sub U-505 that is in the Chicago museum. If it wasn't for this site I never would have been able to get in touch with you. Thank-you all for making this possible.

At 7:29am on March 6, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

That had to be an awful shock on the body bouncing around on that hard flight deck. To bad about the back,i Know all about that. Repaired large punch presses and tool room machinery in a automotive stamping plant for 35 years.Back pretty bad now was able to retire at 58. Gotta tell ya sure is nice to be able to communate with an old friend I have not seen in 44 years. Temperature here 7 am 3.9 degrees f  There 58 degrees. Catch ya later.

At 6:43pm on March 5, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

After all these years was not sure but I thought that was the storm you had a history with.As for Jumping out of a perfectly good copter guess you thought you could fly.HA HA!!!!  The only close call I had was when I had to go to the top of the island and climb the tube to the 4 antennas on narrow rails with a wire brush and clean them. Slipped just as I was hooking up safety belt,bout near s*** my pants, awful jerk when belt came tight.

At 10:39am on March 5, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

Do you remember the time we went thru that big storm in the sea of japan? The waves were coming over the bow onto the flight deck and freezing. One of my best friends  was on one of the DD and said there were more sick sailors on that trip than you would find on a good night on the town in Sasebo. Said they were tying themselves in their  bunks so they would not fall out.

At 6:34pm on March 3, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

I seem to remember how the chief always grabbed you for duty. thanks for the friend post ,that's all for tonight catch ya later.

At 4:29pm on March 3, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

never did go to teletype school,left Hornet in Washington may of1970. Dan Williams RM 1 and I and our familes drove back to mi. and then spent 2 years in reserves. still here in grand rapids mi. you taught me some repair and you were a good babysitter Semk also

At 9:36am on March 3, 2014, Dan Alan Seelye said…

Thanks for the Howdy and your right about the spider webs. We did have some times on the town. I spent a lot of time in that little bitty teletype repair room with you and some one else but name and face slips my mind, spider webs .If I get some one to help me figure out how to get a picture on my sight I am sure you will remember,Catch ya later. Dan   

At 8:58pm on August 10, 2013, Frederick Smith (Smitty) said…

Douglas Smith was an RM3 when he left NAVCOMSTAPHIL in 1967 and went to the Annie. He may have made RM2 while on board the Annie. Doug was maybe 6 feet tall with reddish hair and freckles. He was somewhat of a naive person from Colorado. I do have a photo of Doug and myself with a couple of girls in a bar in Olongapo, Philippines. I'll scan it some time in the near future for you to see.

At 12:04am on June 2, 2013, Gregory Charles Hunt said…

Respect, my Chief Preston, was  a corpsman, on the river there. My cousin David whom I worked as a field medic with , over ten years was there also. He died of complications of Agent Orange.. My father was a seaman on the James C Owens DD 776 , Korea

At 9:38pm on May 9, 2013, James A. Morgan said…
Sound good, got your e-mail add. mine is jamitinc@gmail.com looking forward to talk, lots of war stories, river boats suck, RM's get to have a radio antena stuck up, well you know what I mean. See Ya Jim
At 2:36am on May 9, 2013, James A. Morgan said…
Got your second message. I live in West Richland, Washington, have for about 30 plus years. Got re-married to a girl from Oxnard and lived in Ventura about 4 years, could not handle Calif. anymore and moved to Wa. Got an job in a glass company for about a year then went to work for the City of Richland, as an Electrical Engineer for 31 years, retired about 3 years ago. My wife (Kathy) passed in Nov. of last year but doing OK. I have 7 kids, a combo of hers mine and ours, 17 grandchildren and 3 great grands. Been a busy life but hey. My oldest son Mitch retired from the Navy after 22 years as a Chief Maint. Electrician, and spent more than 12 years in Hawaii, we visited him twice over there. My other son, Ed also retired from the Navy as a 1st class AEM. My son Matt spent a 4 year enlistment on a carrier during Desert Storm, and is now working as a sheet metal journyman and a sargent in the Army reserves. My other son Mike the baby you may remember did his 4 in the Navy in the Nuke field. Anyway I would like to visit, write me back. Jim
At 2:16am on May 9, 2013, James A. Morgan said…
I thought you would remember, I have some pics of us on liberty in Subic Bay & a picture of you and me hav'n a beer at my house in Ventura when my son Mike was just a 1 year old. Love to here from you, where you at, retired, all that stuff. don't know if we can share phone #'s or what, let me know. Good to see your still kicken, would love to talk old times, maybe even see you in person. Get back to me.
At 9:56pm on May 7, 2013, James A. Morgan said…
Hay buddy, long time no see. Was thinkin about you and took a wild guess and put up your name. It took me here, so I joined this website. Like to here from you after all this time, so answer back........We can all remember what the upside down stink bug, AGMR 1. I think you went on to TTY repair school, I got lucky and got put on a tin can and went right back over. Remember the party where we met, some dipsy dumpster. Get back to me.
Thanks: Jim Morgan
At 3:23pm on April 22, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

Great story James..   Thnaks for the come back...Gene

At 12:27pm on April 22, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

Hello Sparky

James it is good to see another RM on here.

Boot and RM"A" school in '59 in SD

At 11:33pm on March 18, 2013, Gregory Charles Hunt said…

James, lots of sympathy on your getting sick after those shots. They threw us all into the the sea survival pool the next day.... yep sick too

 

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