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Herbert Edward Harfst
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  • Richmond, VA
  • United States
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Chief Petty Officer
Where were you or your family stationed?
Great Lakes, boot camp and EM"A" school, Sandia Base, Albuquerque, NM, SWULANT, USS Ranger, USS Saratoga, 17 years broken service, Coastal River Squadron 2, USS El Paso, USS Preserver, Special Boat Unit 20, Military Sealift Command, Inshore Undersea Warfare Group 2, USS Clark
Veteran of Foreign War
Desert Storm
Current Status with the US Navy
Start date of your service
March 15, 1957
End date of your service
September 30, 1998

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At 4:25pm on July 4, 2015, Mike Landers said…
USS Truckee Reunion - Nashville - sept. 2016
At 8:28pm on August 2, 2012, Martin A. De Young said…



      I am sure that our director was Mr. Marvin Genucci.  A good director and a good guy.


    I ended up going to Norfolk to serve as a Yeoman in commander Service Squadron FOUR.  Our flag was moved from the USS VULCAN (AR 5).  Then on to the USS TRUCKEE (AO 147).  Then on to the USS AMPHION (AR 13).


     I really loved the Navy as much as you said you did.  I figured I was not a real sailor 'til I learned to drink black coffee & get tattoed.  So I did both........Never Sorry!


     I have spent a lot of time singing over the subsequent years with several groups and quartets.  I'll always treasure my time with the Blue Jackets.  Although, I did get into a couple of fist fights with a couple of Texans in our company when I missed service week to go fly to Dallas.  It was worth it, even though I took a "whuppin"!



At 2:14pm on August 1, 2012, Martin A. De Young said…

Hi Herb,

    I was a member of the Great Lakes Blue Jackets during this time, and was mosty likely on that flight with you to Dallas.  We did not get to sing at the Cotton Bowl at the Easter Service, as the weather was bad.  I recall that our Navy pilot was a Chief Petty Officer.  We also flew to Minneapolis that year, as well as to sing in Chicago a few times.  Director was Mr. Marvin Genucci.  A great experience!!  We were singing a lot of South Pacific music back then.  Also remembered "Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees", a beautiful Christian hymn.

  We formed a barracks quartet: Haggard,-Colorado, Tenor, Nugent- Pennsylvania, Lead, DeYoung - Michigan, Baritone & Wright,- Nebraska, Bass.  Great Life Changing memories. 


                                               Smooth Sailing,  Mart De Young


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