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David De Rooy
  • 69, Male
  • Cashmere, WA
  • United States
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David De Rooy posted a status
"Many of our members especially the newer ones are shellbacks. there is a shellback command page here for sharing your stories. check it out"
yesterday
David De Rooy and Joseph P Pacheco are now friends
yesterday
Bernhard W Behling left a comment for David De Rooy
"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…"
Monday
David De Rooy left a comment for Bernhard W Behling
"What a great memory you have of your Navy years. Sorry to say I can't  do as well. I like your gun mount in the museum. Thanks Bernie"
Monday
Tom Witman left a comment for David De Rooy
"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…"
Monday
Dave Worley left a comment for David De Rooy
"Thanks David, happy to be back. I will post some pics soon."
Sunday
David De Rooy left a comment for James Vinci
"Thank you for the short bio and photo. Sorry the SECDEF decided you were Army material."
Sunday
David De Rooy left a comment for Bernhard W Behling
"Thanks for  the great photos of the gun mounts. I wasn't a GM so I'm not sure what size they are. The ship I served on had four gun tubs, all 3 inch 50's."
Sunday
James Vinci left a comment for David De Rooy
"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+,…"
Sunday
Bernhard W Behling left a comment for David De Rooy
"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…"
Sunday
David De Rooy left a comment for JOEL B Williams JR
"Thanks for the introduction Joel. Please share your stories with us. that's why we're here. I had a 63 VW also while in the Navy."
Sunday
JOEL B Williams JR left a comment for David De Rooy
"I am new to this wonderful website, so bare with me (plus I am now 71)! Joel B. Williams JR (aka "Willie" / "Bennie Williams USNR ADJ3, NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA. Charter member of VA205 /A4's, F8's, 1972/1975 NAS…"
Saturday
David De Rooy left a comment for A J Koone
"Welcome aboard A J. Glad you've joined us. Share about your Navy days."
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David De Rooy left a comment for Mariana M Bennett
"Welcome aboard Mariana. Nice to have you join us. You seem to have a great memory. Please share some with us."
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"I thought an old "Tin can sailor" would enjoy those. You're welcome."
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David De Rooy left a comment for James Vinci
"Welcome aboard Colonel. It's good to have you with us. Share more about your experience with the Navy"
Saturday

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 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

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,

Jim

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.

At 7:25pm on March 16, 2019, JOEL B Williams JR said…

I am new to this wonderful website, so bare with me (plus I am now 71)!

Joel B. Williams JR (aka "Willie" / "Bennie Williams USNR ADJ3, NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA. Charter member of VA205 /A4's, F8's, 1972/1975 NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA GA (I was 22 years old then).

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS/MEMORIES: * My father (now deceased) was Chief J.B. "Willie" Williams UNSNR CPO ADRC  NAS ATLANTA, Chamblee/Marietta, 1940 thru 1968, VP?? and VR54??? He was a rare "lifer' at one base his entire career in the USNR NAS ATLANTA due to his undeniable expertise with aviation and a leader of men. He was hand picked to set up the "NEW: NAS Atlanta Base move from NAS ATLANTA Chamblee (1966/69) and completed that task! * I Graduating Bootcamp (2x6  program, extended to 3 years to get shore duty) @ NAS Memphis in top 10% (1972) and as a result got my pick of shore station, which of course was...NAS ATLANTA/MARIETTA! Yes,  I was a military brat! *Going to the Allatoona Lake NAS Atlanta Recreational Site where a Seabee with last name MINGO was on site manager. * Flying to and from bootcamp from NAS Atlanta to NAS Memphis in a P3 ORION! * Getting PAID to drive my 1963 VW Bug to NAS Mayport for fire fighting school (per diem gas pay)! *Going on summer 2 week cruises with our 4x4 weekend warrior squardrons 3 to 4 times a year...on USN A/C Carriers...Rossevelt, Independence and the Forrestal, MCAS? Yuma, NAS JAX, NAS NOR, NAS Mayport and GITMO (Guantanimo Bay Cuba)! I have hundreds of stories to share and WOULD NOT TRADE ANYTHING FOR ALL THE FRIENDS AND MY TIME in the USNR. ...more to come! Sorry for the ramble!

At 8:10pm on February 12, 2019, Brian O'Connor said…

Yeah, looking for stories /sea stories for a book I'm writing. I already have one book out and am working on two others. First book; IN REPOSE, about diving on the USS Arizona, Second book; HOO YAH DEEP SEA, expected out this year, and third book; SITTING ROUND THE CHARLIE NOBLE, looking at next year. The second and third books are story anthologies.

At 9:52am on February 7, 2019, Jose E. Luna said…

Sorry David, been away from my computer. In response to your question, Yes, I did spend many a time on top deck during flight ops in the little two man room designated for the medical dept. Eyes couldn't, get use to the "red" light that we were required to use at all times while on hard top or in our room. Made for difficult time trying to read anything with the red lights.

At 6:29pm on February 6, 2019, Bryan L. Andrie said…
Yes, USS Pargo, fast attack from March 1979 to August 1983. Nuclear Machinist Mate.
At 7:09pm on February 1, 2019, Jose E. Luna said…

USS Independence CVA-62  Sick Bay Ward #2  Unable to determine which Med deployment this was since I was ships company from 1969 until 1972. I believe we made a minimum of 3 deployments to the med.

 
 
 

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