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At 8:25pm on February 13, 2018, Robert Bruce Brantner said…

Thanks for friending me. If you get a chance check my latest post on the Holland. You will really get it. and I swear it is all true.

At 12:24pm on February 12, 2018, Robert Bruce Brantner said…

Yup that's me! Been  a heck of a long time. I went to the Sperry AS-12 out of A school and served under MLC James McCalla. In 74 I transferred to the Holland when it was in drydock  in Bremerton got out in June of 1975 the next day went to work in the Metaluragy lab and after 6 months transferred to the foundry there. They made me re enroll into their apprenticeship program. I tried for 3 years to let me take the Journeymans test but they refused so I quit. Left Bremerton went to L.A. and worked in Burkes Foundry which at the time made Edlebrock racing parts. Nixon and glenwood Marine parts. In 79 went back to Phoenix and started working as a Metal Fabricator/Welder till about 88 when I switched trades again and went to work as a Pipefitter/welder. In 2004 I switched one last time and became a Commercial HVAC Serviceman. At that point I started getting the same bull that you had commented in one of your comments I think it was to James McCalla. Ikepet getting Laid off and the comment always was things were slowing down but they always seem to have hired a few more guys just after letting me go. Finally in 2015 I went out on early retirement. In 2016 I developed Bladder Cancer had my bladder removed. Am on disability now trying to get a claim into the V A. Do you Know If James is still kicking sure would like to talk to him. I'm going to email Dave Asche about help with the Mesothelioma claim. I read in one of his comments he has some Info to share. I hope your doing O,K. You can email me at robertbrantner@hotmail.com. Good hearing from you.

At 8:52am on May 27, 2015, Daniel L. Ivester said…

I worked next door in the sheet metal shop. I got on in Charleston. Was on the Lake till 74 then went to Little Creek, VA.

I don't know if you remember me. I think you worked with Chuck Gundilfinger.

Do you remember John Craig from the carpenter shop? He is organizing a reunion at Annapolis in September.

I am living in Choctaw Oklahoma now. Retired from Tinker AFB 2 years ago. Now I do welding . I just do small jobs.

Got to go and get my day started. Email me at: divester1@cox.net .

Dan Ivester

At 9:57am on February 7, 2015, Thomas Kitchen said…

Yes, on facebook. I had two children, a boy and a girl, and now I have 7 grandchildren. Am presently in contact with a guy up in Georgia that is a machinist who is trying to learn how to make molds with petrobond and who has his own small gas fired furnace and who has poured castings to replace broken parts in antiques. You can guess how well his castings came out when he fed the melt directly into the mold cavity from the sprue. No runner. No leggings, poured while wearing sneakers, the list goes on. He is trying to fabricate another furnace, one that can melt iron, and when he is done I will be going up to his place and hold a class on gating systems. He's only poured non ferrous material before so He'll be surprised when I tell him how much more he'll have to do. 

At 1:10pm on February 5, 2015, Thomas Kitchen said…

Howdy Craig, I'm doing good...Retired as an MLC in '91, became an armed guard for almost two years before a job opened up on the Mayport Naval Station and I eventually became a Journeyman Electrician. Retired now and , like you, enjoying the good life. Will start to draw Social Security in a few months then , with my retirement pay, will be making what a Master Chief made while I was still in. Nice!

At 11:01am on February 4, 2015, Thomas Kitchen said…

Howdy Craig, Tom Kitchen here. Glad to see you're still out and about. Lots of Molders on the site. Glad to see that the life expectancy of a Molder has improved beyond 6 years after retirement. In case you don't remember the name, I was in MLA school with you. Later!

At 11:43am on July 9, 2012, Larry Allen Johnson said…

Craig:

Hope your doing well. Thanks for getting in touch. Did you know any of the HTs on the ship? Had a good buddy Phil Tindell.

Take care and talk to you later

Larry

At 1:52pm on April 10, 2011, Mike Moore said…
I reported onboard as an ML2. ML1 John Kappes was in charge and ML2 Rey Pamolo was the LPO and there was an mlfn in the shop too but I can't remember his name. I made ML1 on there and ended up running the shop when ML1 kappes retired
At 7:08am on April 10, 2011, Mike Moore said…
I checked on board while the ship was still in the yard in charleston we came out of the yard and went to diego garcia in april of 82
At 5:39am on April 10, 2011, Mike Moore said…
I was onboard from 82 to 85 worked in the foundry
At 11:54pm on October 22, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
I'm sure you will do well. What state are you going to be working in? Just don't give up. You will learn more from experience that you will in real estate school. They will teach you how to pass the test in the school, then experience will teach you how to close a deal. It was about a year before I make my first commission check. Like learning how to make a mold in the class room, you learn a lot more from actually ramming up the mold, nothing like experience.
At 11:02pm on October 22, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
Real estate is a good profession if you get with the right broker. I did this for three years in San Diego after I left the schools. The broker I worked for had thirteen years in the Navy and they wouldn't let him reenlist because he was a seaman. He now owns a home in L.A. with a large water fall in his living room and three caretakers just to keep his yard and shrubbery in good shape. He also has several offices in L.A. and San Diego. He said the only good thing the Navy ever did for him was making him get out.
At 10:26pm on October 22, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
Hello Craig, Good luck on finding a job. I worked in a few foundries after I retired from the USN, not the same. These civilians are interested in one thing and that is how much can you produce and how can it be done for less money. One foundry had 10 shell molding machines that would make 2000 molds in an 8Hr shift and the company thought they should be making twice that amount. That is when I went to work for a trash company in outside maintenance and did this for 23 years. Now I am the chauffeur on call for my grand kids. Don't know how I found time to work.
At 8:26pm on October 22, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
Hello Craig, In the picture the closest one is probably Doug Paxton, The second one is Beneventi, (not sure of the spelling) The third one is Steve Parker and I believe that is you next to the wall. I found a couple more pictures I will get up soon. One is what I looked like back then and what I look like now. A few short years makes a big difference.
At 4:48pm on October 19, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
Hello Craig, check out the pictures I just put up. Is that you by the wall with glasses? This was the crew I had at DATC with the exception of ML1 Paul Sims. He was either off that day or hadn't started there yet. He came in the Navy as an ML1 and went straight to shore duty
At 12:03pm on October 5, 2009, Martin Rodriguez said…
Yes, his name was Bill McGrath. He was a good man. He and Chief Winningham saved my butt on several occasions when I had to go see the Old Man.
At 11:05am on October 5, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
I was an instructor at ML-A from 9-68 to the last of 69 then was moved to ML-B for the duration of tour. I was also in DATC from 76 to 11-77 when I retired. A lot of students went thru ML-A while I was there, hard to remember them all. Later
At 12:05am on October 5, 2009, James L. McCalla said…
Hello Craig. MLCM Devonshire sent me the address of this web site. I can't remember if you were in A school or DATC at the same time I was. Long time ago. Later
At 3:04pm on October 4, 2009, Martin Rodriguez said…
I believe you were assigned there when Gunner, Reid and myself were sent back to the foundry. The last I remember about you was that you were walking with a limp at the time because you injured your leg or something like that.
SIMA was great and there was a bunch of good people there and many great memories.
At 1:43am on October 4, 2009, Martin Rodriguez said…
Craig Lami how are you doing? Don't know if you remember me but we served together at SIMA San Diego back in 77-78

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