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Old 04-26-2015, 06:54 PM
 
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Some good stories here,

I was born in '47 and got called for my draft physical 6/6/66. Got my post card saying I passed 2 days later, my date to report was 6/27/66. I would have been 18 1/2 yrs old on that day.

My dad was in the 5th Army in WW2 and had gotten terribly wounded in Italy. When my draft letter came he sat me down at the kitchen table and urged me to go talk to the Navy recruiter. Among other things , Dad told me in the Navy I would get a school, always have hot chow and a dry place to sleep.

I took his advice, enlisted in the Navy and got to delay reporting for duty until Sept. I wasn't in a rush to go into the service, the surf was great that summer, I had a good job making $1.88/hr, a sharp convertible, and a sweet girlfriend (that still sends me a Christmas card every year........even tho she "Dear John'd" me when i was in boot camp )

I enjoyed my military experience and made a career out of it, made plenty of lifelong friends and got to see the world in ways many folks don't get to do. I am thankful for my Dads advice all these years later, even tho the part about always having hot chow and a dry place to sleep wasn't 100% accurate. As for the school, it was Catapults and Arresting Gear, not to many jobs for that in civilian life.

Oh yeah, I had a sea going Rate and served on Aircraft Carriers. I think I only chipped paint once (in 1968) and that was "punishment" for coming back late from Liberty. I still have a little, black and white Poloroid picture of that day somewhere, my buddies took it to break my chops. But I did polish plenty of brass before I got my Crow !! Just part of the game.

Thanks to all of you that stood up, met the call and served. Welcome home.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:13 PM
 
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Some good stories here,

I was born in '47 and got called for my draft physical 6/6/66. Got my post card saying I passed 2 days later, my date to report was 6/27/66. I would have been 18 1/2 yrs old on that day.

My dad was in the 5th Army in WW2 and had gotten terribly wounded in Italy. When my draft letter came he sat me down at the kitchen table and urged me to go talk to the Navy recruiter. Among other things , Dad told me in the Navy I would get a school, always have hot chow and a dry place to sleep.

I took his advice, enlisted in the Navy and got to delay reporting for duty until Sept. I wasn't in a rush to go into the service, the surf was great that summer, I had a good job making $1.88/hr, a sharp convertible, and a sweet girlfriend (that still sends me a Christmas card every year........even tho she "Dear John'd" me when i was in boot camp )

I enjoyed my military experience and made a career out of it, made plenty of lifelong friends and got to see the world in ways many folks don't get to do. I am thankful for my Dads advice all these years later, even tho the part about always having hot chow and a dry place to sleep wasn't 100% accurate. As for the school, it was Catapults and Arresting Gear, not to many jobs for that in civilian life.

Oh yeah, I had a sea going Rate and served on Aircraft Carriers. I think I only chipped paint once (in 1968) and that was "punishment" for coming back late from Liberty. I still have a little, black and white Poloroid picture of that day somewhere, my buddies took it to break my chops. But I did polish plenty of brass before I got my Crow !! Just part of the game.

Thanks to all of you that stood up, met the call and served. Welcome home.
Ah, the ABE rate !

I was a 2 year Navy draftee in Naval air, but never went to sea. (VR-8 C-130 planes and VA-128 A-6 planes )............Plane captain on the A-6

While at VR-8 , one guy assigned to our shop was 3-11 shop supervisor

Moulden ABE2..........a great guy and one slow night he brought in a projector and showed films of the carrier he was on

If I had decided to stay in, the ABE rate did interest me.
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Old 04-26-2015, 07:45 PM
 
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Ah, the ABE rate !


If I had decided to stay in, the ABE rate did interest me.
Well, if you liked steam, grease, lots of noise and some hair raisers that job would have been right up your alley, thanks for serving !

here is a Gator going off the FDR


http://ussfranklindroosevelt.com/wp-...8ejectsq6a.jpg

and a tragic but detailed read about one of our Intruders going into the soup

http://ussfranklindroosevelt.com/?page_id=5299

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Old 04-26-2015, 10:21 PM
 
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Well, if you liked steam, grease, lots of noise and some hair raisers that job would have been right up your alley, thanks for serving !

here is a Gator going off the FDR


http://ussfranklindroosevelt.com/wp-...8ejectsq6a.jpg

and a tragic but detailed read about one of our Intruders going into the soup

1970 A6 Loss-Tom Collins & Bob Schultz – USS Franklin D. Roosevelt

thank you for the links

The A-6 squadron I was with( VA-128) was stationed in Whidby Island Washington.
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