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David De Rooy
  • 69, Male
  • Cashmere, WA
  • United States
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Edwards and sister ships

"Hey there tin can sailor. How was it riding in the water instead of above the water?"
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"Here is an interesting photo taken from a different perspective. I don't know what ship but I think it's a battleship."
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Bill Harris left a comment for David De Rooy
"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…"
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George Kurth left a comment for David De Rooy
"Thank you David!  I am looking forward to sharing experiences and meeting new peopole.  I'll update my information in a couple of days."
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Cynthia Sue Schwartz left a comment for David De Rooy
"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!"
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David De Rooy left a comment for Patrick J. Lyng
"Welcome aboard  Patrick. Pleased to have you with us. Share your memories of the Navy days"
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David De Rooy left a comment for Steve Melton
"Welcome aboard Steve. Glad you're here. It's an honor to have a General among us. Share your stories from an officers perspective."
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David De Rooy left a comment for David B McDonagh
"Welcome aboard David. Nice to have you with us. We'd love to hear your stories from your Navy days"
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David De Rooy left a comment for George Kurth
"Welcome aboard George. Good to have you join us. Share some stories from your Navy days."
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David De Rooy left a comment for David K Dolen
"Welcome aboard David. Happy you have found us. Share some memories from long ago. I was also stationed on the USS Vancouver LPD2 in 1971-72"
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David De Rooy left a comment for James McCoy
"Welcome aboard Captain. Please share your memories of serving "all over" We'd love to read 'em"
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David De Rooy left a comment for Norbert J. Bugaj
"Welcome aboard Norbert. Glad to have you here. Share your airdale tales here."
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"Welcome aboard Ron. Glad to have another old airdale with us. Share some stories."
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David De Rooy left a comment for Edward R Blake
"Welcome aboard Edward. Good to have you join us. share some stories from the old days"
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Profile Information

Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Enlisted Rating
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling)
Where were you or your family stationed?
RTC NTC San Diego CA. 1968 Company 788
NAVTRCEN Lakehurst NJ 1969 ABH class 909
NAS Cecil Field Jacksonville FL./OLF Whitehouse crash crew
USS Vancouver LPD2 32nd st Naval Station pier 8 San Diego CA.
Veteran of Foreign War
Vietnam
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
November 12, 1968
End date of your service
November 10, 1972

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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

USS ARKANSAS

USS COSSAOT

USS COLONIAL

HMS ARIADNE

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!

Tom

 
 
 

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