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At 12:16pm on December 12, 2018, joseph john rich said…

john, I was stationed on leeward point, gitmo during the Cuban missle crisis in '62 and left in '63. I was in VU-10.

At 1:10pm on September 16, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

Yes,I remember the machine gunners,a seaman at the boatshed by the name of Whitehead from Arkansas was one of them,I would like to make the reunion in Charleston,I have been there a few times visiting my Grandson when he was in the Citadel colledge,he is now in the army in Arizona in I.T. school.,We have one son and 3 grandsons.

At 6:06pm on September 15, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

I was on the opposite end of the barracks..I was a fire team leader in the 3rd platoon of negdf.My main job at the boatshed was boat operator or Coxswain.We mostly carried FTG personell to and from the ships.I was in the navy for 8 years ,bm3 was as far as I got,getting out worked good for me,I got married gave up drinking ,been married 50 years, retired from ALCOA Aluminum co.I have had a better life than I would have if I had stayed in the navy.

At 8:17pm on September 14, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

My bunk was on the 1st floor ,I guess it would be the east  wing across the street from the mess hall and I remember a workout room across the street from us,the dorm I was in was the boatshed people.It has been over 50 years now.I live in East Tn 30 miles south of Knoxville.

At 5:40pm on September 12, 2014, Robert Val McCarter said…

John,I was at the naval station boatshed from jan.62-july 63.I must have known Summerall en3,I was a bm3 who operated boats and the enginemen were the engineers on our boats.I remember the officer in charge was a LT JG Graves from Alabama a good man who was an ex engineman.

 

At 10:48pm on November 7, 2013, Al Lieberman said…

Thanks John.  I'm long over due for an eye exam.  Will they help?

At 9:50am on February 6, 2011, Thomas Duane Ruggiers said…

John, Plan on being there.

I found a couple of Marines from the area that were in Gitmo.

They said when I get some info to let them know.

Tom

At 4:17pm on February 5, 2011, Pat Sensing said…

Hi John... Thanks for the invite.  I was at GITMO  once on the USS Kalamazoo AOR 6.

We had completed an overhaul and was sent to GITMO for refresher training.  Being an engineer and working in the fireroom I didn't get to much time to take in the sites.  I did get the chance to go to Cable Beach.  Great place to lay in the sun and relax and swim.

At 7:32am on January 6, 2011, Dennis W. Marshall said…

Thanks for the kind comments John...     I did indeed have an interesting navy career.   Not many navy wx guessers ride a coast guard cutter throughout Philippine waters on the job.   I actually did visit GITMO while aboard the USS Intrepid... she was on shake-down after a refit for an enclosed bow and steam cats.    We pulled liberty in Guantanamo City and of course the base...  

Those were the days my friend.

At 6:26pm on September 5, 2010, Dennis M Morey said…
no did it all on the west coast
At 12:36pm on May 6, 2010, Al Lieberman said…
Hello John,
Thanks for the invitation. I spent a short time in GTMO, Iprobably for some air exercises. Unfortunately It was so long ago that I can't remember much detail to talk about. Although I do remember that someone once warned me to shake out my boots before I put them on because there may be a scorpian hidden within. I also remember getting reacquainted with an old roommate from A school who was stationed there. I wish I can remember his name.
At 7:53am on April 27, 2010, Ronald Earl Bereman II said…
Hay John, I spent most of my type on Tin Cans, got to GTMO for training a couple of times. Being a PN at sea had its perks. Never stood a watch and was duty Yeoman every four days which required me typing the POD, watching the movie and hitting my rack.
At 11:13am on March 23, 2010, Thomas Duane Ruggiers said…
John,
Thanks for the invite. October is far away. Let you know later.
Nice spring so far up here on the hill top. Tom
At 6:18am on March 19, 2010, Rebecca L. Simpson said…
I have not been over here in a long time. (SORRY) My home is in Washington, PA. Doug was kind enough to let me join Navy Vets when he first started this group since I lived on a Navy base in Newport, RI. (a spouse) He has really shined this place up. I will have to go have a look around. You have a great day John......Welcome Aboard! I will have to come here more often now that it is really filling up with members!
At 11:50am on March 9, 2010, Eugene J. Alliston, Jr. said…
John,
It doesn't look as though I'll be joing you in Branson. We have a lot going on this year and it is a little pricey when you add in air fare. But if it wasn't for other commitments, I'd try to make it. Thanks for the info on Navy Vets.

Eugene
At 3:34pm on February 18, 2010, Darrell A. Nelson ENC Retired said…
I am not sure but I think it was near the street to the movies and the pool was right out our back door, I just can't dig that info out of my memory bank right now.I am the adjutant at our post, and also am a volunteer driver for the VA hospital in Fort Snelling. Our post is quite small and holdijg it's own.
At 1:08pm on February 18, 2010, Darrell A. Nelson ENC Retired said…
John thanks for the info to join this Web site, it is great. Not only were we close in boot camp I was in GITMO from Jan. 1960 to Jun 1961. I was stationed at the Boat Shed, lived on Bay Hill, drank at the barrel club,was on a bowling team, played golf, had a basketball team, for NEGDEF I was the Mike boat engineer and rode the stern with an M1 rifle. Don't forget the outdoor movies and the USO show with Bob Hope we were dubbed Cape Canaverals ash tray. Fond memories I loved GITMO. Maybe we should start a NEGDEF or Bay of Pigs group. Damn we were lucky that invasion did not go as planned we would have been over run in short order. By the way did you get the Naval Expeditionary Medal for that, we rate it and not every one got it. I have committed myself to AE Association reunion in ST. Louis this year so won't make the Gitmo one. I do want to make one though. Ambrose Farmer and Garland Summerall are members and were at the Boat Shed with me are both members too. William Gazer is also a shipmate of mine from another command who is a member. I will send my info in a join here soon.
At 7:16pm on February 6, 2010, Dan Tremblay ASM2 said…
It's good to hear from you again John. I was there in PA for 4 years and I loved every minute of it. I moved from there in 81 and got stationed at NAS So. Weymouth MA and did another 6 years there, but I missed PA the whole time. I've always wished that I could have stayed in PA. The one person i can remember from uour squadron is Joe Hively. A very colorful character he was and a good guy. I have to tweek my memory mroe to see if i can remember some names. I spent all of my time at Willy's Grave in AIMD at the south end of the base. Across the street from Base Personell.
Good to hear from you.
Dan
At 6:50am on August 17, 2009, William (Bill) Karr ETC(SS) said…
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