From: Ronald L Graves
E_Mail: rlg27@voyager.net
Date: 20 Sep 2002

Comments

I was thrilled to run across this site!! I was at RTC in 1961. Company 61-255. I lived 20 miles from Great Lakes but wanted to get further away from home, so San Diego it was. I was discharged in 1965 (EM2) and really never looked back or thought much about it, never contacted any friends I made. That was a mistake. About a year ago I ran across a web site of the last ship I was on and since that time I've been on a quest to try to remember as much as I could. I dug out "The Anchor" that I hadn't looked at in 20 years and forgot I had and it jogged my memory a little, but not a lot. I remember that for the first part of training we were at Camp Nimitz, but after a time we moved over to the other side of the bridge. How long we spent at Camp Nimitz I don't recall. I do remember that that seems to be where they seperated the guys out that just couldn't adjust to the Navy.I remember marching more than once by a snack shop that had like a screened-in porch. But we couldn't go in yet. I could hear the music playing inside and it was Dion singing "Run Around Sue" I was soooooo homesick. Eventually, I was able to go in there and pig out on candy. I also remember going to a movie that was in walking distance of the base on Rosecrans Blvd, I believe. Also, Thanksgiving of 1961 a buddy took me to his home somewhere in San Diego or close to San Diego and had dinner with his family. They were Italian and we had ravioli and pigged out on it, then they brought out the turkey. I wish I could remember his name!! After recruit training I went to EM School and Motion Picture School in San Diego, but at graduation, requested east coast. I ended up in Norfolk VA on the USS Earle B Hall (APD-107), then the USS Chesterfield County (LST 551) and finally the USS Fremont (APA-44). I made a couple Caribbean cruises and one Med Cruise. My Navy life was influential on whatever sucesses in life I've had. And, life has been good. Just wish I would have kept up with some of the guys. Again, thanks for the site. I'll return often.

Ronald L Graves 1961-1965


From: Delane Burnette, RM2
E_Mail: delane@centurytel.net
Date: 18 Sep 2002

Comments

Beautiful site! Brought back many memories. I attended SDNTC Oct. 1959 thru Jan. 1960. I was a member of Company(496). Went from there to Radioman "A" school in Norfolk and spent my tour of duty aboard the USS Zellars DD-777


From: Idris
E_Mail: mamamuguzero@yahoo.co.ca
Date: 18 Sep 2002

Comments

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From: Idris
E_Mail: mamamuguzero@yahoo.co.ca
Date: 18 Sep 2002

Comments

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From: Sara Blankenship
E_Mail: fleebeedeep@hotmail.com
Date: 15 Sep 2002

Comments

Does anyone know Charlie Ketterman? When he was boxing he went by Red Ketterman He was my great unkle.


From: Dale   Eichmann
E_Mail: daleeichmannyahoo.com
Date: 15 Sep 2002

Comments

my Dad was on the uss cogswell dd-651, i,am Proud of Dad and all of you on U*S*S* cogswell-dd 651 . IF YOU KNOW MY Dad he like,s to see you all some time. if you are in Menomonie, WI come and say HI to my Dad. he was in 19-51 to 19-54 the navy of uss cogswell-dd651,,. I thank you for the proud job for the usa and the American I LOVE IN MY HEART FOR ALL OF YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON FOR US**************** FROM his son Dale p.s. navy is one !!!!


From: Dale   Eichmann
E_Mail: daleeichmannyahoo.com
Date: 15 Sep 2002

Comments

my Dad was on the uss cogswell dd-651, i,am Proud of Dad and all of you on U*S*S* cogswell-dd 651 . IF YOU KNOW MY Dad he like,s to see you all some time. if you are in Menomonie, WI come and say HI to my Dad. he was in 19-51 to 19-54 the navy of uss cogswell-dd651,,. I thank you for the proud job for the usa and the American I LOVE IN MY HEART FOR ALL OF YOU PUT YOUR LIFE ON FOR US**************** FROM his son Dale p.s. navy is one !!!!


From: EN2  JACK ALLAN TAYLOR
E_Mail: JACKTAYSONCONSTR@AOL.COM
Date: 15 Sep 2002

Comments

I SERVED WITH MR DECONTO. SEEING HIS NAME AND PICTURE ON THE PC AFTER ALL THESE YEARS REALLY BROUGHT BACK ALOT OF GOOD MEMORIES. IF ANYONE OFF THE EXCEL WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL ME FEEL FREE I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HERE FROM YOU. GOD BLESS THE DECONTO FAMILY.


From: ronald l graham
E_Mail: rlgraham51@yahoo.com
Date: 15 Sep 2002

Comments

thankyou for contacting me to thi website i have good memories about the n.t.c in san diago bootcamp.wait for my stories,yet,where is your sea bag?shipmates.r.l.graham.


From: Richard Harcombe
E_Mail: rbharcombe@yahoo.com
Date: 14 Sep 2002

Comments

I attended boot camp from May to August of 1971 at Great Lakes. Company 151, James Cobert was CO, The Actor Pat O'Brien gave graduation speech. Looking for photos or a copy of The Anchor. This is a great site.


From: ronald l graham
E_Mail: rlgraham51@yahoo
Date: 13 Sep 2002

Comments

shipmates,yesterday i had received your first edition of the quarterdeck,i thankyou for your attention at trouble times for are good country,u.s.a.sence 911 in new york,washington.d.c.,all i can thank of mostly everyday is to be on my station ship,u.s.s.hassayampa inside that big gun i was asign to back in 1972.i maybe 51 now but i know i'd be the shooter that fine ship would ever had.i want to fight,and fight harder then i ever been,there will not be a target lift standing,no evil enemy will not try to destroy this great free country of my,are grandchildrens if god and the u.s.navy would alow me just one more time.i still have a keen eye of an ace,i am older and i am able stand the watches to help the younger ones to able to work as they honorly do everday thou they can get thier rest,and, not an enemy will get by me with out being seen.it is sad that there is evil like that there in this world,however,now maybe there is for once a chance to destroy that evil for ever,once and for all.please think of me if needed. sensorely shipmate ronald l.graham. one other thing,a thankyou to all american sailors, thankyou for giving it all to help keep are country free.god bless you all.


From: ronald l graham
E_Mail: rlgraham51@yahoo
Date: 13 Sep 2002

Comments

shipmates,yesterday i had received your first edition of the quarterdeck,i thankyou for your attention at trouble times for are good country,u.s.a.sence 911 in new york,washington.d.c.,all i can thank of mostly everyday is to be on my station ship,u.s.s.hassayampa inside that big gun i was asign to back in 1972.i maybe 51 now but i know i'd be the shooter that fine ship would ever had.i want to fight,and fight harder then i ever been,there will not be a target lift standing,no evil enemy will not try to destroy this great free country of my,are grandchildrens if god and the u.s.navy would alow me just one more time.i still have a keen eye of an ace,i am older and i am able stand the watches to help the younger ones to able to work as they honorly do everday thou they can get thier rest,and, not an enemy will get by me with out being seen.it is sad that there is evil like that there in this world,however,now maybe there is for once a chance to destroy that evil for ever,once and for all.please think of me if needed. sensorely shipmate ronald l.graham. one other thing,a thankyou to all american sailors, thankyou for giving it all to help keep are country free.god bless you all.


From: Jeff Cook
E_Mail: jwcook01@aol.com
Date: 12 Sep 2002

Comments

Was in Company 034, year 1965. Would love to communicate with anyone who was in boot camp during that timeframe.


From: Jeff Cook
E_Mail: jwcook01@aol.com
Date: 12 Sep 2002

Comments

I miss San Diego. Wish I had chosen to live there. Would love to communicate with anyone anywhere who was in boot camp company 034 in January, 1965.


From: Leonard Herod
E_Mail: smthw@fadco.net
Date: 10 Sep 2002

Comments

I am looking for info from my time at Camp Moffit at Great Lakes Naval Training Center 1959, August-October. Anyone who was in that company(372) please contact me @ this email address.


From: Leonard Herod
E_Mail: smthw@fadco.net
Date: 10 Sep 2002

Comments

I am looking for info from my time at Camp Moffit at Great Lakes Naval Training Center 1959, August-October. Anyone who was in that company(372) please contact me @ this email address.


From: Hilton Roberts
E_Mail: hilton.l.roberts@boeing.com
Date: 10 Sep 2002

Comments

Pictures sure do bring back a lot of memories. I am going to my ship's reunion next month. The Navy has been a big part of my life for a long time. Thanks for the memories!!!!


From: Richard Perry
E_Mail: omnsc@gte.net
Date: 10 Sep 2002

Comments

Was in Charlie Moore's Company 490 from October 1958 to January 1959.


From: Patricia Johnson
E_Mail: grann.pj2@verizon.net
Date: 10 Sep 2002

Comments

My husband was Theodore S. Johnson. He finished his basic training 13 Oct., 1948, and was in Company 411. He retired 1 Nov., 1968, as BM1. He was a hard hat diver; a member of UDT #5; and served most of his 20 years on amphibious ships. His last tour was with MCB #6 in Vietnam Oct. 1967 to March, 1968. Ted passed away April 30, 2001. He always loved the Navy.


From: Jennifer H
E_Mail: hanc@co.brunswick.k12.nc.us
Date: 05 Sep 2002

Comments

I am hoping someone can help me locate the proper agency to contact in order to purchase a replacement copy of the yearbook or annual from the USS Enterprise tour of duty which ended in April 1983 in San Francisco. They grounded in the harbor on the return. My friend has lost his copy over the years and I would like to surprise him with another one if possible. I have been trying forever and hope maybe someone out there would know where I need to go or who I need to talk to. Thanks so much for any suggestions. Jennifer


From: Jennifer H
E_Mail: hanc@co.brunswick.k12.nc.us
Date: 05 Sep 2002

Comments

I am hoping someone can help me locate the proper agency to contact in order to purchase a replacement copy of the yearbook or annual from the USS Enterprise tour of duty which ended in April 1983 in San Francisco. They grounded in the harbor on the return. My friend has lost his copy over the years and I would like to surprise him with another one if possible. I have been trying forever and hope maybe someone out there would know where I need to go or who I need to talk to. Thanks so much for any suggestions. Jennifer


From: Jerry Waterhouse
E_Mail: jwaterhouse4@yahoo.com
Date: 03 Sep 2002

Comments

I was in Sad Diego from 12/69 thru 3/70 ( Co. 782) SMC T.H. Eubanks CC--if anyone knows what happened to him please let me know. Thanks, Jerry.


From: John Hagan
E_Mail: john.hagan@biw.com
Date: 02 Sep 2002

Comments

Great WEB page..I hope it catches on and can become a real source of getting in contact with old shipmates from that most memorable time.Boot Camp. Let me know if I can do anything to help. John Hagan MCPON Retired


From: John Hagan
E_Mail: john.hagan@biw.com
Date: 02 Sep 2002

Comments

Great WEB page..I hope it catches on and can become a real source of getting in contact with old shipmates from that most memorable time.Boot Camp. Let me know if I can do anything to help. John Hagan MCPON Retired


From: Jack C. Jestes
E_Mail: jcjestes@msn.com
Date: 27 Aug 2002

Comments

I was with Company 316-50 and after bootcamp was assigned to LST-762 serving in Korea from May 1951 -May 1952Then assigned to LST-692 from May 1953 - Dec.1953 - Assigned to NARTU Anacostia D. C. from Feb 1954 - Feb 1957 - Enjoyed my Navy service up to Feb. 1957 at which time I joined the USAF and retired after 28 years of service. Anyone knowing of members of company 316,LST-762, LST-692 or NARTU would appreciate hearing from you.


From: Bob Evans
E_Mail: rjesilverfox@lycos.com
Date: 26 Aug 2002

Comments

Would like to hear from any and all who were in company 802 of 1952 USNTC San Diego.I have company photo with everybodys signature and home town.I am looking for some kind of company roster and any thing else pertaining to this group of recruits at NTC SanDiego.


From: Glenn Stanfill
E_Mail: zipcode@ipa.net
Date: 26 Aug 2002

Comments

Bootcamp GLNTC co. 366 nov. 52 jan 53 any one out there


From: don lampley
E_Mail: bigdipper @charter.net
Date: 25 Aug 2002

Comments

gave you incorrect e mail address last time.


From: Jerry Waterhouse
E_Mail: Jwaterhouse4@yahoo.com
Date: 24 Aug 2002

Comments

company 782; 12/69 thru03/70--SMC T. H. Eubanks was the CC. Any of the old company out there, would love to heat from you. I served 6 years in Uncle Sam's canoe club, some of the strangest memories are from Boot Camp. Thank you for the site. I hope it only gets better.


From: Kim Byars
E_Mail: kimbyars@compworldnet.com
Date: 22 Aug 2002

Comments

Anybody have any info on James (Jim) R. Hall? 1968 Company # 528-68 He was a recruit petty officer The company commander was a black man with the last name of Hackner.Please send any info or pics Thanks a bunch.


From: Juergen Huett
E_Mail: jhuett@freenet.de
Date: 19 Aug 2002

Comments

Hi there ! I`m very much interested in buying a complete sailorīs dress (white/black, especially from around WWII. Size would be extra-large. If someone has to offer the whole dress or parts at a reasonable price, please contact me under my email-adress. Thanx a lot !!!


From: Joe Mirci
E_Mail: jmirci@hotmail.com
Date: 17 Aug 2002

Comments

Co. 44-316..Company Commander - A.H. Snell..and I thought I was the only sailor to go through the Training Center..What memories it brings to mind.after all these years the Navy is still an important part of my life


From: don lampley
E_Mail: bigdipper@charter.com
Date: 16 Aug 2002

Comments

as an old retired skivvy waver. boot pusher and fed. prison hack i think this is the best website ever.


From: Richard Salcido
E_Mail: rsalcido4@cs.com
Date: 16 Aug 2002

Comments

I began my short but life changing experiance at NTC/RTC San Diego in 1992 when company 085 was formed back on 13 July 92. Company commanders:MM1 Johnson & CPO Cabroll. I still have the fond memories of the cool ocean breezes that would grace the grinder as we marched to chow.But my most treasured memory I have is the day I stood with my company to graduate from bootcamp and earn the privlege of wearing the uniform of a USN Sailor.I wish I could be there again.. I also served with VFA-136 Cecil Feild Jacksonville Fla., USS George Washington CVN 73, VR-55 Moffet Feild, San Francisco, California I would love to hear from old shipmates.


From: Dick R. Collins  PNCS Ret.
E_Mail: Ecolldrc@aol.com
Date: 12 Aug 2002

Comments

Enlisted to go to bootcamp NTC SDIEGO. Ended up in GRT Lakes. Finally stationed SDIEGO PNC C SCHOOLS.


From: Dennis A. Whittinghill
E_Mail: nomsgplz@prodigy.net
Date: 12 Aug 2002

Comments

I was in company 256 in 1964, I was rhe guide on bearer( I carried the company #256 flag all the way thru boot camp ) I still have the company picture, email me if you want a copy.


From: bruce h butler
E_Mail: butler420man@yahoo.com
Date: 11 Aug 2002

Comments

looking for friends from boot camp. 06AUG90 to 10OCT90 CO.214. Roger Valentine Swaminathan, are you out there?


From: MANDY
E_Mail: Dejavu0901@hot mail
Date: 11 Aug 2002

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From: Bob Evans
E_Mail: rjesilverfox@lycos.com
Date: 09 Aug 2002

Comments

It would really be great to hear from anybody else who was in Company 802,USNTC,San Diego,from Oct.of 1952,to Jan. of 1953.A lot of good memories.


From: james fontenot
E_Mail: fontenotjr@AOL.COM
Date: 09 Aug 2002

Comments

I,was in boot april 64 plt 132 first batt. looking for DI CPL MARSH,CPL KIRK. AND ANY MARINES AT THAT TIME. I HAVE ONLY FOUND ONE MARINE GARY Usrey.


From: deborah stark
E_Mail: debo76446@yahoo.com
Date: 08 Aug 2002

Comments

my son will graduate from the marines on sept.6 2002 sure will be glad to see him he sure will be a different person when he comes out of it i wish all of you the best of luck in what ever you may do and may god bless each of you


From: deborah stark
E_Mail: debo76446@yahoo.com
Date: 08 Aug 2002

Comments

my son will graduate from the marines on sept.6 2002 sure will be glad to see him he sure will be a different person when he comes out of it i wish all of you the best of luck in what ever you may do and may god bless each of you


From: MIKE (FEATHERS) BEST QMSM3
E_Mail: RUPEDUDE@aol.com
Date: 06 Aug 2002

Comments

ARRIVED USNTC SAN DIEGO SEPT 1954. WAS IN THE 1ST. COMPANY TO GO TO THE BRAND NEW ADVANCED BOOT AREA AFTER COMPLETING R AND O. I WANT TO SAY WE WERE COMPANY #32 OR 352, MEMORY IS FOGGY ON THAT ONE.MOST OF THE GUYS WERE FROM THE SOUTH, AND A FEW OF US FROM CALIF. COMPANY COMMANDERS NAME WAS R.T. CONNERS GM1. LAST SAW HIM IN VERY BAD CONDITION ABOUT 2300 HOURS @ FLEET LANDING IN SUBIC BAY, NEVER SEEN AGAIN.BIG TIME DRINKER, BLESS HIS HEART. AFTER BOOT CAMP MY FIRST DUTY STATION WAS ABOARD THE USS DIXIE AD14 FOR OJT AS SIGNALMAN WITH 6 OTHER HANDS IN DEC 1954. TRANSFERED TO THE PIEDMONT AD17 WITH FLAG AND CONTINUED OJT. WAS ASSIGNED TO PIEDMONTS SHIPS COMPANY AFTER TRAINING. WENT OVER THE POND EARLY 1955. RETURNED TO DIEGO AND THEN TO BREMERTON WA. FOR YARD PERIOD.AFTER A YEAR IN 56 WAS TRANSFERED TO USS ST. PAUL CA73 IN LONG BEACH CA.MADE ANOTHER WESTPAC CRUISE.DURING THIS CRUISE WE WERE ONE OF AMERICAS REPS TO PRESIDENT RAMON MAGSAYSAY FUNERAL IN MANILA. OF COURSE OUR PORTS OF CALL WERE SUBIC, HONG KONG, YOKOSUKA, KEELUNG KAOSHUNG PEARL AND LOTS OF AREAS SURROUNDED BY H2O, AND LOTS OF IT.OPERATION BEACON HILL WAS A LARGE PART OF THIS CRUISE. UPON MY RETURN TO LONG BEACH IN MARCH 57,WAS TRANSFERED TO THE USS RUPERTUS WHERE I SERVED ABOARD AS SIGNALMAN 3RD UNTILL JULY 58.THIS 3RD CRUISE HAD A GREAT ITENERARY, FIRST TO PEARL, THEN PAGO PAGO ON TO BRISBANE AUSTRIALIA, TO MANUS ISLAND FOR REFUELING TO SUBIC FROMOSIAN PATROLS NORTH AND SOUTH. HONG KNOG MIDWAY YOKOSUKA AND A LOVELY SPOT AT SEA BY THE NAME SAGAMI WAN WHERE WE FROZE TO DEATH @ WAY BELOW ZERO TEMPS. DURING THIS CRUISE THE RUPE EXPERENCED THE WORST TYPHOON I HAD EXOERENCE. WE LOST FORWARD STACH GUY WIRES, LOST THE ANAMOMETER, POPPED TWO SEAMS ON OUR PORT SIDE AND TOOK A ROLL I BELIEVE NEARED 40 DEGREES. I HAD THE MIDWATCH AND IT WAS ALL I COULD DO TO STAND UP. HAD SEA WATER FLUSHING AROUND MY FEET ALL NIGHT. GOOD THING I WAS YOUNG AND INVENCABLE. SOMEHOW SOME WAY I HOPE THAT SOMEONE WILL SEE THIS AND RESPOND WITH INFO THAT WILL HELP TO JAR MY MEMORIE BANKS. I AM PUTTING TOGETHER INFORMATION TO DO A BOOK OF MY LIFE FOR MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. THEY ALL HAVE A DESIRE TO KNOW ABOUT ME, AND I WANT THEM TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHO I AM AND HOW I ARRIVED AT TODAY. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY AND TAKING A MOMENT TO READ THIS. GOD BLESS ALL AND REQUEST PERMISSION TO LEAVE THE SHIP SIR. MIKE BEST QMSM3


From: Jim King
E_Mail: jkingusnfr@aol.com
Date: 06 Aug 2002

Comments

Looking for anyone from Company 555 1963 at NTC Great Lakes.


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E_Mail: cparker335@aol.com
Date: 05 Aug 2002

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From: BOBBY D. CATES
E_Mail: BJCAVALONXLS@AOL.COM
Date: 04 Aug 2002

Comments

I JOINED THE NAVY IN 1954 AND ATTENDED BOOT CAMP IN GREAT LAKES. COMPANY 161. RETIRED 24 YEARS LATER ON JULY 13, 1978. MANAGED RECEIVING AND WAREHOUSING OPERATIONS FOR AMERICAN GREETINGS FOR 18 YEARS, THEN RETIRED.


From: EN2 JACK ALLAN TAYLOR
E_Mail: JACKTAYSONCONSTR@AOL.COM
Date: 03 Aug 2002

Comments

I SERVED ON THE USS EXCEL MSO 439 FROM 1980-1983 I JUST WANT TO LET ALL MY OLD SHIPMATES THAT THOSE WERE THE MOST MEMORABLE TIMES IN MY LIFE. I WOULD LIKE ANY OLD SHIPMATES TO GET AHOLD OF ME AT 816-630 0744


From: Robert Davis
E_Mail: rodavis2001@yahoo.com
Date: 02 Aug 2002

Comments

I was in company 163 at RTC-NTC San Diego in February, 1969. Our Company Commander was Dorsey.


From: Glyndal Cowan
E_Mail: GCowan1050@aol.cm
Date: 01 Aug 2002

Comments

I trained at the San Deigo NTC in the summer of 1962. I have some fond and some not so fond memories of that experience. It is difficult for me to believe that there is no longer training at San Diego. I guess everything changes, hopefully for the best.


From: Wilbur O. Green
E_Mail: wgreen9458@aol.com
Date: 31 Jul 2002

Comments

NTC was the place that I started to grow up. Started January 1952 You have a great web site.


From: Wilbur O. Green
E_Mail: wgreen9458@aol.com
Date: 31 Jul 2002

Comments

NTC was the place that I started to grow up. Started January 1952


From: Wilbur O. Green
E_Mail: wgreen9458@aol.com
Date: 31 Jul 2002

Comments

NTC was the place that I started to grow up. Started January 1952


From: Bobby Hargrove
E_Mail: bgh2241@aol.com
Date: 30 Jul 2002

Comments

Went to San Diego NTC 1955. Arrived on a cool morning Feb.15 Assigned to CO 110. After 3 weeks I went to the Naval Hospital for 24 days then assigned to CO 146 with GMC E.N. McGRATH was the Company Commander. Would very much like to hear from anyone who was in CO 146 as that was the co I graduated with. I like to say I belive this will be a tribute to the Navy Men of the past and of the future. BOBBY HARGROVE


From: USS Surfbird Reunion Assn
E_Mail: surfbird_383@yahoo.com
Date: 30 Jul 2002

Comments

Great Job! 4.0 web site. Former crewmembers of the USS Surfbird (AM/MSF/ADG-383) http://home.attbi.com/~surfbird_383/index.html


From: Ron Macdonald
E_Mail: medicinehorse@canyoncountry.net
Date: 28 Jul 2002

Comments

I have one of those long thin photos of Company 37-19. Was my father's company back in 1937.

He busted out of the Navy - don't know why, wound up as a fighter pilot in the RAF during War2 Don't know if old records are still available. He died in 1978

Also have a photo of Company 37-19 on parade


From: Glenn D. Smith
E_Mail: snuffytu@bellsouth.net
Date: 27 Jul 2002

Comments

I went through boot camp at San Diego in April-June 1959 and find it difficult to remember some of the sailors that went through with me. From there I went to Electronics A School in Treasure Island.

Very pleased to have run across your site.


From: Steve Clement
E_Mail: skcthree@charter.net
Date: 26 Jul 2002

Comments

Company 106 1977


From: D. Quinnell
E_Mail: uuq@earthlink.net
Date: 24 Jul 2002

Comments

Came home from Korea on LST 199 in March 1954. Searching for photo of that ship from that time period.


From: Kenny Craig
E_Mail: ccraig958@cs.com
Date: 24 Jul 2002

Comments

I was just looking at the graduation picture and wondered what has happened to all of those people.


From: Shelly Simonin
E_Mail: shellsbells@myplace.com
Date: 22 Jul 2002

Comments

great site


From: Richard L. Muller
E_Mail: nrmuller1@aol.com
Date: 22 Jul 2002

Comments

Member of Company 192. Commenced training 13 July 1953, Completed training 5 Oct 1953. Company Commander were Frank T. Hansen and J. I. McLaughlin. Recruit Chief Petty Officer was Walter R. Jones. After boot camp in San Diego, went to HM school in San Diego, Served in Washington State, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Part of the time with the FMF. Would like to hear from members of Company 192 (1953).


From: evert mudersbach
E_Mail: emud37@yahoo.com
Date: 20 Jul 2002

Comments

1961, Company 295,,,,,anyone else around that went thru boot in that company


From: Paul F. ~~~~~~~
E_Mail: pm~~~~~~~@netzero.net
Date: 20 Jul 2002

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From: Clark Stone
E_Mail: csstone@ix.netcom.com
Date: 19 Jul 2002

Comments

Boot Camp at NTC, San Diego, Company 933, August-Oct 75, TMC Nentwig. He told us we'd never forget his name as long as we lived, and I sure haven't. Also did BE&E School at NTC, then FT "A" School at Great Lakes, then 3+ years on USS Little Rock and USS Albany in Gaeta, Italy-- great duty!!

I visited NTC a few weeks ago-- sad to see it now, but a great history and much will be preserved.

Clark


From: Luis Garza,SHCM,USN,RET
E_Mail: mstrjefe@omniglobal.net
Date: 19 Jul 2002

Comments

My history at RTC,San Diego: recruit company '55-349, company commander;QMC Moore.SSC student SK"A" school '62. Company commander Sep'72-Aug'75. Company commander Sep'78-Apr'82,Command Master Chief Apr82-Apr83. Retired 1 Oct '85 after thirty plus years of service. Last duty was as CMC VAW-110,NAS Miramar. I don't think any one can say they will miss NTC,San Diego more than I ever will. I may not have the record for lenght of service at RTC, San Diego, but I'm sure I'm close to the top.


From: Dr Edwin Davis
E_Mail: docd400@cox.net
Date: 18 Jul 2002

Comments

I was in Co.548,Nov. 48-March.49,I remained at NTC for almost three years as a cook striker and CS3,went on to various ships and Subs ,and the food service team twice retired as CSCS SS in Dec 1968,would like to hear from any shipmates that was there during that time or that remembers me from the FST or the ships.


From: Mac McAnallen
E_Mail: macslkn4@aol.com
Date: 17 Jul 2002

Comments

I logged on this guest page before as well as going to www.quarterdeck.org/discus and trying to start a thread and nothing. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. I would sure like to know! I was with 65-079. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank You.


From: Andy Kinkella III
E_Mail: AJK398@cs.com
Date: 17 Jul 2002

Comments

Was in Co. 613. 1961. Started Nov. 28th . Company Commander was Chief Harris. Some day i gotta go back and visit S.D. Anyone know if Chief Harris is still around? The Navy made for a lot of lasting memories.


From: William L. Green
E_Mail: bgreen@terraworld.net
Date: 16 Jul 2002

Comments

went to bootcamp in jan. or feb. 1964. I was part of an all Kansas company.


From: Nicholas M Williams MLC Ret.
E_Mail: chief5777@comcast.net
Date: 15 Jul 2002

Comments

I was stationed on board twice, once in Holy Loch, and in Charleston, SC.worked in the foundry,and as ship's superintendant. I ran into a man who wants to know when you are going to have a state side reunion. I have been looking in the Navy times, but have not seen any ads. to the effect. He would like to attend. Thanks, Mike Williams, President USS YOSEMITE ASSN.


From: Nicholas M Williams MLC Ret.
E_Mail: chief5777@comcast.net
Date: 15 Jul 2002

Comments

I was stationed on board twice, once in Holy Loch, and in Charleston, SC.worked in the foundry,and as ship's superintendant. I ran into a man who wants to know when you are going to have a state side reunion. I have been looking in the Navy times, but have not seen any ads. to the effect. He would like to attend. Thanks, Mike Williams, President USS YOSEMITE ASSN.


From: OSADEBE
E_Mail: ALLMUGUS@ndiocha.com
Date: 14 Jul 2002

Comments

COOL,MANA GUYS NILE FEE AKA NA EBEA.


From: H J Rutz
E_Mail: wk6s@attbi.com
Date: 13 Jul 2002

Comments

I am researching navy training for 1907 where else did the navy have boot camp beside calif.


From: H J Rutz
E_Mail: wk6s@attbi.com
Date: 13 Jul 2002

Comments

I am researching navy training for 1907 where else did the navy have boot camp beside calif.


From: tom allen
E_Mail: ta120799@aol.com
Date: 11 Jul 2002

Comments

I am producing a documentary film on traditional style tattooing, and its history in California. An important part is the tattoo parlors of San Diego, Long Beach (the Pike), and San Francisco. I badly need sailors stories of their tattoo experiences from WWII era through the Vietnam years, and pictures of any kind. Your stories and pics will be credited accordingly. Thank all of you for any help you can give me. Regards,

Tom Allen


From: Michael Koffler
E_Mail: windwalker2002@hotmail.com
Date: 10 Jul 2002

Comments

These pictures bring back a lot of memories from my 1964 training at RTC. I started and ended my naval career at NTC San Diego. In boot camp I remember doing pushups on my bare knuckles one afternoon for about 30 minutes for lacing my boot leggings the wrong way. The deterrent theory of punishment the navy used made a lasting impression on me and made me a better person.


From: Michael Koffler
E_Mail: windwalker2002@hotmail.com
Date: 10 Jul 2002

Comments

These pictures bring back a lot of memories. I started and ended my naval career at NTC San Diego. I remember doing pushups on my bare knuckles one afternoon for about 30 minutes for lacing my boot leggings the wrong way. The deterrent theory of punishment the navy used made a lasting impression on me and made me a better person.


From: Odell Lee
E_Mail: OdellLee1@cs.com
Date: 07 Jul 2002

Comments

I am looking for pictures of 1956 San Diego NTC Company 322 and 363. I was in both. Had surgery at Balboa and had to pick up the rest of my training in Company 363. After NTC sent to Pearl Harbor where I served aboard USS FOSS DE-59 (56-57), USS WALTON DE-361 (57-58, and USS VANCE DER-387 (58-59).

Great Web site!

Odell OdellLee1@cs.com


From: james fontenot
E_Mail: fontenot@aol.com
Date: 06 Jul 2002

Comments

just looking at differnt sites. was in san diego boot april 64,only one marine i have found from bootplt 132,that was gary usrey.so anybody out there send E-MAIL.


From: Roger H. Shelton
E_Mail: RHShel@aol.com
Date: 04 Jul 2002

Comments

Graduated NTC San Diego, 1961-2. I'm making a scrapbook of my NAVY days. I didn't even know NTC closed till I started looking about on the NET. I would like to find some pictures of the old Grinder filled with marching sailers. No luck yet!

Roger H. Shelton HD YN3 1997


From: Jack Hester
E_Mail: snook592@erols.com
Date: 04 Jul 2002

Comments

I was an instructor at Radioman "A" School 1962-66. I was a RM1(SS) at the time.

I think it's great that the Naval history and San Diego are being preserved. Great job!!!


From: Mac McAnallen
E_Mail: macslkn4@aol.com
Date: 27 Jun 2002

Comments

Would like to locate anyone who was with Company 079 in Janruary of 1965. Couple guys I remember well were Billy Wagner and Bobbie Dutine sitiing around singing DooWop. I remember alot of the faces,But hard to put the names. Our C.O. would take us to the Gedunk for cigerettes and then confiscate all of them.Others Gene, Rileyand a real tall guy that stuck out, but forget his name.Anyone see this e-mail or contact me on AOL quick message.I'm listed with the rest of my family. We're from Las Vegas Nv. I'm originally from Ellwood City Pa.

 


From: John Larson
E_Mail: jklarson@lsol.net
Date: 22 Jun 2002

Comments

This is going to be a very valuable website, keep up the good work. You should have a page on the best examples possible of each rating. Looking forward to your future work.


From: Sheila Parks
E_Mail: sheila.kaye@mindspring.com
Date: 22 Jun 2002

Comments

My Father, Ray J. Mayse, was with Company 472 in late Oct. 1945 at NTC. He remembers being in the picture and was standing on the back row on the end on the left side if you were looking at the picture. Would love to find this picture or the company book. I'm getting all my father's military history gathered into a book for him and the family. Hope someone out there "was there". Please email me with any info. Thanks, Sheila


From: Dan Parks
E_Mail: Daniel.Parks@juno.com
Date: 22 Jun 2002

Comments

What a wonderful web site. I was in company 62-507 which was formed on September 20, 1962. I was the company honor man and educational PO. San Diego was my home town, and my parents lived on top of the hill overlooking NTC. I was able to go home for Thanksgiving and took several guys from my company with me. Our company Commander was Chief Wilcoxson, a great leader. After boot camp, I went to Beeville, Texas for several months and then on to NATTC, Memphis for my "A" school and became an Aviation Fire Control Technician. Next it was off to Miramar and VF-151, the fighting Ardvarks.


From: Charles Ganster
E_Mail: ganster@ptd.net
Date: 21 Jun 2002

Comments

Great site! I was one of company 191,4/65-6/65


From: David Schlickbernd
E_Mail: dave@schlickbernd.com
Date: 20 Jun 2002

Comments

Great Site! Brings back "fond" memories of being company 71-441 yeoman in boot camp. Eventually had 3 younger brothers that entered the Navy.


From: Jim Alexander
E_Mail: jalexndr@u.washington.edu
Date: 19 Jun 2002

Comments

Do you have a membership page or information for the San Diego Navy Historical Association?

Thanks


From: Jim Alexander
E_Mail: jalexndr@u.washington.edu
Date: 19 Jun 2002

Comments

Do you have a membership page or information for the San Diego Navy Historical Association?

Thanks


From: Dean W.E. Andow
E_Mail: andowinv@shaw.ca
Date: 19 Jun 2002

Comments

I am a Canadian who served with the U.S. Navy from 1958 through 1964. While stationed in Wash. D.C. in 1963-1964, I was assigned to the Joint Armed Services "Death Watch" I had the honor to stand the "Death Watch" on President John F. Kennedy, General Douglas McCarthur & President Hoover. After 3 months of civi life, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, who accepted me at my Navy Grad E-5. Unfortunately, I was banged up in Viet Nam in 1967, and upon receiving my 3rd Honorable Discharge, I returned home to Canada. From 1968 thru 1998 I was a Manager/Investigator with Canada Employment & Immigration.

The best years of my life, and my most fondest memories were the years I served with the U.S. Armed Forces.

I attempted to register my name, etc. etc. and indicate that I graduated from San Diego Boot Camp in April 1958, Company 58, but the site will not accept Canadain Zip Codes. PLEASE ASSIST


From: Kenneth S. "Red " Reightler,Sr.
E_Mail: shangmem@exis.net
Date: 18 Jun 2002

Comments

Was in VC-8 1952-54 AM B-school 54-55 VC-8 1955-56 Made AMCA Sanford Fla. 1956 NAF Annapolis, MD 1956-58 VAH-15 Aug 1958 Feb 58- Feb 59 That is my Heavy Attack career. Red Ryder


From: Kenneth S. "Red " Reightler,Sr.
E_Mail: shangmem@exis.net
Date: 18 Jun 2002

Comments

Was in VC-8 1952-54 AM B-school 54-55 VC-8 1955-56 Made AMCA Sanford Fla. 1956 NAF Annapolis, MD 1956-58 VAH-15 Aug 1958 Feb 58- Feb 59 That is my Heavy Attack career. Red Ryder


From: John Hogg
E_Mail: John.hogg@bigpond.com
Date: 18 Jun 2002

Comments

From an ex Aussie sailor (FFG-44) who happened to spend 7 weeks on course (not boot camp but SK) at your lovely base in 1983. Keep up the good work and well done on this site.


From: Walter Jones
E_Mail: walterjones@honeywell.com
Date: 15 Jun 2002

Comments

Was in Company 297, 1960


From: Walter Jones
E_Mail: walterjones@honeywell.com
Date: 15 Jun 2002

Comments

. I must be dreaming as I looked at your web site. When I went through boot camp in June of 1960 We did not have visitations by anyone, no phone calls were allowed, one day of liberity, on your 9-1 day I belive. was not allowed to visit the gedunk. Forced to write home every day by c/c. I wrote 6 pages on my boot experiences, no fun and games,here. I heard that the next company my c/c had he was charged with abuse of recruits and kicked out of the Navy.


From: George A. Brubaker RM1 ret.
E_Mail: eyesright@military.com
Date: 14 Jun 2002

Comments

What a great Webpage you've built..Although I didn't go to boot in Sdiego.I sure would like to hear from those at USNTC GLakes, Illinois Co 490, Comp. Cmdr. J.K.Crouch, SMC, Oct 62 - Dec 62. God Speed and Fly them Flags High and Proud today..


From: George A. Brubaker RM1 ret.
E_Mail: eyesright@military.com
Date: 14 Jun 2002

Comments

What a great Webpage you've built..Although I didn't go to boot in Sdiego.I sure would like to hear from those at USNTC GLakes, Illinois Co 490, Comp. Cmdr. J.K.Crouch, SMC, Oct 62 - Dec 62. God Speed and Fly them Flags High and Proud today..


From: George A. Brubaker RM1 ret.
E_Mail: eyesright@military.com
Date: 14 Jun 2002

Comments

What a great Webpage you've built..Although I didn't go to boot in Sdiego.I sure would like to hear from those at USNTC GLakes, Illinois Co 490, Comp. Cmdr. J.K.Crouch, SMC, Oct 62 - Dec 62. God Speed and Fly them Flags High and Proud today..


From: Gerald W. Baty
E_Mail: yktyykdnttkbk@aol.com
Date: 14 Jun 2002

Comments

Just wanted to say that this is a great thing that you are trying to do. I hope and pray that people can learn just how important this is.


From: James Harold Owens
E_Mail: big_jho_100@yahoo.com
Date: 13 Jun 2002

Comments

I remember arriving in San Deigo on the second Saturday of July 1943 and (Having) beans and corn braead for breakfast. I enlisted in Nashville 5 July 1943 and met Henry Carlton Moore for the first time at the recruiting station. Also from Nashville was Norris Kaylor. (Norris and I came from the same neighbor hood in North Nashville). We three were the only people from Nashville (proper) in our boot camp company, (43-261). Henry and Norris are no longer with us but their WWII service is. The men in The Company were from Tn., LA., and Tx. (mostly). Company 43-261 was the only Company formed that second Saturday in July 1943. I certainly hope there is some one out there reading this from 43-261 and will contact me at big_jho_100@yahoo.com or (901) 683-1927


From: James Harold Owens
E_Mail: big_jho_100@yahoo.com
Date: 13 Jun 2002

Comments

I remember arriving in San Deigo on the second Saturday of July 1943 and (Having) beans and corn braead for breakfast. I enlisted in Nashville 5 July 1943 and met Henry Carlton Moore for the first time at the recruiting station. Also from Nashville was Norris Kaylor. (Norris and I came from the same neighbor hood in North Nashville). We three were the only people from Nashville (proper) in our boot camp company, (43-261). Henry and Norris are no longer with us but their WWII service is. The men in The Company were from Tn., LA., and Tx. (mostly). Company 43-261 was the only Company formed that second Saturday in July 1943. I certainly hope there is some one out there reading this from 43-261 and will contact me at big_jho_100@yahoo.com or (901) 683-1927


From: Richard B. (Dick) Harrell
E_Mail: dickandgloria@prodigy.net
Date: 12 Jun 2002

Comments

I went to Boot Camp at USNTC San Diego in Nov. of 1956. Was in Company 56-542. Company Commander was QM1 W.K. Nelson. I have a Company Picture, but at 12"by 10" it is too big for my scanner. I also have a copy of "The Anchor" (or class book) for Co.542 from which I CAN scan pictures. Would like to hear from anyone from this Company.


From: Richard B. (Dick) Harrell
E_Mail: dickandgloria@prodigy.net
Date: 12 Jun 2002

Comments

I went to Boot Camp at USNTC San Diego in Nov. of 1956. Was in Company 56-542. Company Commander was QM1 W.K. Nelson. I have a Company Picture, but at 12"by 10" it is too big for my scanner. I also have a copy of "The Anchor" (or class book) for Co.542 from which I CAN scan pictures. Would like to hear from anyone from this Company.


From: Rolf Sabye
E_Mail: sabyegrp@attbi.com
Date: 12 Jun 2002

Comments

I have my book from CO 441 fall 1967, and will gladly scan any pictures you might want to have.


From: Jim Hosang
E_Mail: JHosang@aol.com
Date: 12 Jun 2002

Comments

Went through boot camp in San Diego. Company 43-151. Would appreciate hearing from anyone from same company.


From: BOb Thompson
E_Mail: scooter@ok.azalea.net
Date: 12 Jun 2002

Comments

Would love to hear from anyone from ole camp Nimitz I hear it is shut down and a family living place now. I retired from VA Hospital in Muskoge, Ok. And now a Service Officer for the Oklahoma Department Of Veterans Affairs here in Muskogee. Boy if I had only know then what I know now

BOB THompson


From: micheal  kenny
E_Mail: elmalis30@yahoo.com
Date: 11 Jun 2002

Comments

i like this very site because it is very informative to my work. keep it on but avoid fruadsters in lagos nigeria.mugu must pay me my own money.


From: micheal  kenny
E_Mail: elmalis30@yahoo.com
Date: 11 Jun 2002

Comments

i like this very site because it is very i


From: Marshall Sanders
E_Mail: marshallssanders@yahoo.com
Date: 10 Jun 2002

Comments

I would like to hear from anyone who was at NTC RTC San Diego {"boot camp"} from September to November 1974, or get a copy of Company 268's graduation book.


From: Robert Andrew Dulaney Jr.
E_Mail: rdulaneyjr@yahoo.com
Date: 10 Jun 2002

Comments

I was in San Diego Bootcamp Company 1974-160. Our Commander was BMC Sansusi (spelling ?) I remember a lot of the guys and still have company pictures and "cruise book" I retired in 1994 as BTC(SW) after a wonderful and colorful career. would love to hear from any of the guys from that company.


From: Carl Williams
E_Mail: cwilli@flash.net
Date: 10 Jun 2002

Comments

I was in NTC Boot Camp Company 276 in June 1955 to 26 August 1955. Company Commander was GMC R.L. Spencer. RCPO was Gary Purcel. I went on to IC "A" School and USS Yorktown CVS-10, NAS Corpus Christi, IC "B" School, USS Jenkins DD-447, and USS Hamner DD718. Discharged 1 July 1966, with 11 years as IC1. This is an interesting site..I'll be back.


From: Bob Hatcher
E_Mail: bobhatch@columbus.rr.com
Date: 10 Jun 2002

Comments

Went thruogh boot at Great Lakes summer 1966 company 367 any news from shipmates welcome Thanks


From: Concepcion Esquibel
E_Mail: esquivel/80@cs.com
Date: 09 Jun 2002

Comments

Was in boot camp june 1969 San Diego Company Commander was McBride Signalman Senior Chief anyone from that era email me. Fernando DelValle you out there.


From: Lyn Hargrove
E_Mail: lharg76859@aol.com
Date: 08 Jun 2002

Comments

I went to boot camp april 26,1960,company 180,like to hear from any old co.180 buddies.


From: Charles Hillis
E_Mail: lhillis@swbell.net
Date: 08 Jun 2002

Comments

Great job on the site.I was a member of Co 331 in 1965.After basic,went to NAS Ream Field for temp duty awaiting SK "A" school back there in Diego.After that to Jungle Survival at Little Creek Va and Cargo Handling at Williamsburg, them to Nam.Finished tour on Orion AS 18 in 69.Still have recruit book with all pic's if you ever need it.Thanx.Larry Hillis..Forrest City Ar


From: BOB CATES
E_Mail: BJCAVALONXLS@AOL.COM
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

STATIONED AT ACB ONE CORONADO RIGHT AFTER BOOT CAMP IN GREAT LAKES. REPORTED TO BM2 KANABY WHO TOOK ME ON LIBERTY WITH HIM TO GET MY FIRST TATOO AT PAINLESS NELL`S ON BROADWAY. DATED A YOUNG LADY BY THE NAME OF DIANE KUHLOW FROM NATIONAL CITY. ALL THIS OCCURED IN 1954. I RETIRED FROM THE NAVY TWENTY FOUR YEARS LATER.


From: Mike Harrison
E_Mail: mh123456@juno.com
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

My father and I are visiting San Diego July 4-6 and will be trying to retrace his steps as he served in the Navy at the end of WWII. He went thru "BOOT" camp at the NTC and then went to the LA area to what he thinks was Shoemaker Distribution Center and then on to Seattle to board the Liberty Ship Freemont.

He would like to see as much of the old ground as possible but I'm having trouble locating exactly where I need to take him, especially locating the Shoemaker facilty.

He currently lives in North Georgia and hasn't been to San Diego or LA since 1947. He is 75 years young.

Can anyone help me?

Mike Harrison 310-416-3353 (work) El Segundo, CA


From: Patrick W. D'Ostilio
E_Mail: pat@inter-linc.net
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I would love to hear from anyone who was in my boot company,52-923,USNTC San Diego. Sad to learn that they closed NTC. Thanks for a great site.


From: Patrick W. D'Ostilio
E_Mail: pat@inter-linc.net
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I would love to hear from anyone who was in my boot company,52-923,USNTC San Diego. Sazd to learn that they closedc NTC. Thanks for a great site.


From: Ronald Sharp
E_Mail: sanron@teknett.com
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I think your site is great! I went through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.Does the GLNTC have a similar site as yours? After boot camp at the Great Lakes and a year of duty at the Great Lakes, I reportd for duty aboard the USS Hanna DE-449 whose home port was San Diego.


From: Ronald Sharp
E_Mail: sanron@teknett.com
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I think your site is great! I went through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.Does the GLNTC have a similar site as yours? After boot camp at the Great Lakes and a year of duty at the Great Lakes, I reportd for duty aboard the USS Hanna DE-449 whose home port was San Diego.


From: Ronald Sharp
E_Mail: sanron@teknett.com
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I think your site is great! I went through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.Does the GLNTC have a similar site as yours? After boot camp at the Great Lakes and a year of duty at the Great Lakes, I reportd for duty aboard the USS Hanna DE-449 whose home port was San Diego.


From: Ronald Sharp
E_Mail: sanron@teknett.com
Date: 06 Jun 2002

Comments

I think your site is great! I went through boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.Does the GLNTC have a similar site as yours? RRS


From: Johnny Durden
E_Mail: Redwood716@aol.com
Date: 05 Jun 2002

Comments

Additional information. I was in Co-633 NTC 1952 I as assigned ship's company at NTC after graduation, then to NAS Miramar 1953-54, served aboard the USS Halsey Powell DD-686, 1954-55, then the USS Hanna DE-449 1955-56. I have a picture of the Boot Camp picture Co-633 with most names and their home state.


From: Johnny Durden
E_Mail: Redwood716@aol.com
Date: 05 Jun 2002

Comments

Just found this site, enjoying it very much.


From: THOMAS V. LORD
E_Mail: TLORD26592@AOL.COM
Date: 31 May 2002

Comments

I WOULD LIKE TO FIND ANY PICTURES OR A COPY OF THE CLASS BOOK, OF COMPANY 042, 1962.ALSO TO HEAR FROM ANY FELLOW CLASS MATES


From: Donald E. Harpold
E_Mail: Donaldharpold@aol.com
Date: 31 May 2002

Comments

I was in company 342 from June-Sept. 1962. I'm looking for Dennis Devine.


From: RICHARD WELSH
E_Mail: devlexkyl@aol.com
Date: 31 May 2002

Comments

Went through "Boots" in San Diego,1958; Company 368. Co. Comander was Chief Cook (Bo'suns Mate). Would like to have photos from my company training book if possible. I have "zilch". Graduated from Radar Class "A" School at Treasure Island and served aboard the USS Hopewell DD 681 (WestPac)and the USS Wilhoite DER 397 (Operation Deepfreeze--Antarctica 60/61). My home town at that time was El Paso, Texas. Any shipmates from Co.368 (1958) please give me a holler. Quite a journey for a 17 year old straight out of high school. Thanks, Richard (RD 3rd Class P.O.)


From: Don Gillispie RMC (Ret.)
E_Mail: dongil_99@yahoo.com
Date: 31 May 2002

Comments

Keep up the good work! We support your efforts to document and preserve the history of the Navy in San Diego.


From: RICHARD WELSH
E_Mail: devlexkyl@aol.com
Date: 31 May 2002

Comments

Went through "Boots" in San Diego,1958; Company 368. Co. Comander was Chief Cook (Bo'suns Mate). Would like to have photos from my company training book if possible. I have "zilch". Graduated from Radar Class "A" School at Treasure Island and served aboard the USS Hopewell DD 681 (WestPac)and the USS Wilhoite DER 397 (Operation Deepfreeze--Antarctica 60/61). My home town at that time was El Paso, Texas. Any shipmates from Co.368 (1958) please give me a holler. Quite a journey for a 17 year old straight out of high school. Thanks, Richard (RD 3rd Class P.O.)


From: Donald W. Reece
E_Mail: donr@oknet1.net
Date: 30 May 2002

Comments

Company 199 San Diego NTC 1950


From: Charles Green
E_Mail: charlesgreen@worldnet.att.net
Date: 30 May 2002

Comments


From: Marion (Kidd) Banuelos
E_Mail: mkidingaltx@aol.com
Date: 29 May 2002

Comments

Was in CO. 169 June-Aug. 1950.

In OGU for 3 weeks in the Color guard.

Was on the USS Rupertus DD851 Sept.1950-March 1954.

Was in the aft. fireroom (Snipe)BT3

Do you have a "photo" of Company 169 (1950)?

I am a member of "Tincan Sailors" and USS Rupertus DD851 Association in good standing.

Smooth sailing Marion A. Banuelos (1950-54)


From: John Hedgpeth
E_Mail: Jsjhedg2001@yahoo.com
Date: 28 May 2002

Comments

went to boot camp san diego in 1970,,company 380.just want to find a picture or something of memory.I had a house fire in 1993, which destroyed all pictures, of everything..


From: Paula Rosson Annino
E_Mail: pannino@aol.com
Date: 25 May 2002

Comments

Went to DT"A" school in San Diego Class A11-66. The school was in the recruit training section , and I remember we WAVES created a stir as we walked to class. I loved San Diego and really enjoyed this site.


From: Cyrus Parker
E_Mail: cparker335@aol.com
Date: 24 May 2002

Comments

I was in company 52-524, after boot camp served at Pearl Harbor at CINCPACFLT from Oct 52 thru Dec 55. I then served on the USS Hamner DD-718 out of San Diego thru my enlistment in June 1956.


From: Don R Murphy
E_Mail: smurfdm@msn.com
Date: 24 May 2002

Comments

I am interested in locating any of my shipmates who where in Company 356 formed up on May 25,1968 at NTC San Diego. Our Company Commander was Shipfitter Chief Schwartz. Anyone who could forward pictures of our experience would be greatly appreciated! We where all in The Navy during a very difficult time! A time when it was not cool to be identified with the military. I am proud of my 6 years in the Navy and am proud to say that my son followed my footsteps 25 years later and spent 8 years in the Naval seabees.


From: Poasa "Pose" Fa'aita
E_Mail: stelpo67@charter.net
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments

Great to see the history of Naval Training Center San Diego being preserved. San Diego was where I learned how to become a Sailor (Company 667 / From 22 DEC 1964 to April 1965).

I would like to correspond with former Company 667 members or the many shipmates. Would like to share photos and stories. Served 30+ years and retired a Command Master Chief of USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64).


From: Art Jorgensen
E_Mail: jorgie14@cox.net
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments

Great website! I went to BOOT Camp at Great Lakes in 1958. Stayed for 30 years and retired as a Senior Chief Photographer


From: Art Jorgensen
E_Mail: jorgie14@cox.net
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments

Great website! I went to BOOT Camp at Great Lakes in 1958. Stayed for 30 years and retired as a Senior Chief Photographer


From: JAMES BECKER PHM1c
E_Mail: JWB238@AOL.COM
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments

I WAS IN CO 41-86. IT IS SAD THAT THE OLD TRAINING STATION IS GONE. I HAD MANY GREAT LIBERTY'S IN SAN DIEGO. I SHIPPED OUT FROM SAN DIEGO FOUR TIMES FROM 1941 TO 1946


From: T. D. Jones
E_Mail: texun@earthlink.net
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments

RTC San Diego Company 020 1980. AO2 Smith CC. Would like to hear from shipmates.


From: T. D. Jones
E_Mail: texun@earthlink.net
Date: 23 May 2002

Comments


From: LARRY FERGUSON
E_Mail: MODEL-T-GUY@WEBTV.NET
Date: 19 May 2002

Comments

HEY ANONE FROM CO 511.1966.LETS HERE FROM YA


From: Nicholas John LaGattuta
E_Mail: NJLAGOD@msn.com
Date: 19 May 2002

Comments

Went to Hospital Corps School in Balboa Park in 1944 Sept. to Nov. We slept out on tents, The area was the old PanAmerican Exhibt location Some of the buildings were still standing then since 1932. I use to go to LaJolla on my weekend liberties.


From: Nicholas John LaGattuta
E_Mail: NJLAGOD@msn.com
Date: 19 May 2002

Comments

Went to Hospital Corps School in Balboa Park in 1944 Sept. to Nov. We slept out on tents, The area was the old PanAmerican Exhibt location Some of the buildings were still standing then since 1932. I use to go to LaJolla on my weekend liberties.


From: Jim Moore
E_Mail: JMoor 74 @ c.s. com
Date: 19 May 2002

Comments

Went through boot camp company 508 - 1945. Served on U. S. S. Tucson.


From: bruce butler
E_Mail: butler420man@yahoo.com
Date: 19 May 2002

Comments

anyone from co. 214, 06AUG90 to 10OCT90, drop a line.


From: Jerry Dixon
E_Mail: HBEEJAD@geotec.net
Date: 18 May 2002

Comments

Arrived NTC July '54 - assigned Co. 192, under RH Gumm, GM1


From: walter van fleet
E_Mail: walter@applecity.com
Date: 17 May 2002

Comments

Comp. 356/ AUG 1963 NTC San Diego. Like this site. Co Comdr: BTC Ragsdale.


From: tim kennedy
E_Mail: taverenn2@aol.com
Date: 17 May 2002

Comments

can we get lists of compsny recruits? any way? thanks great site but you have to get old enough to appreciate it.


From: Freddie Bright
E_Mail: arpt5@charter.net
Date: 16 May 2002

Comments

Enjoyed the site brought back many memories. Company 269-1965.


From: John N Munn PNC USN-RET
E_Mail: johnnmunn@ayrix.net
Date: 14 May 2002

Comments

I was in Company 51-147 NTC San Diego, CA. I send a picture of this Company to Chief Clint Steed. Thre were 11 guys that enlisted at NRS 7 ONOP, New Orleans, LA. on 7 FEB 1952. We were in Company 52-147. Would like to here from the one that ensilted with me in New Orleans.E-Mail johnnmunn@ayrix.net Address: 797 Hwy 43 South, Pelahatchie, MS 39145 phone # 601-854-8988


From: Shantrice L. Posey
E_Mail: msshantrice@yahoo.com
Date: 13 May 2002

Comments

I have been searching for an old friend by the name of Kris Raines. I am so determined to locate him. He was one of my best friends. He can contact me at the following phone number 619-474-8122 Or email address; msshantrice@yahoo.com He was/ is stationed at 32nd street Naval Station


From: William A. "Bill" Chandler
E_Mail: wmjchandler@aol.com
Date: 13 May 2002

Comments

Graduated RTC San Diego 1961, Company 358, Company Commander G.D. Sperling, SF1, USN. Attended Disbursing Clerk, Class "A" school. Retired DKCS in 1987.


From: Roobert Worley
E_Mail: bworley@tucomm
Date: 12 May 2002

Comments

This is great.sure brought back memories of my say there in 1945 1946 co 301.I plan to visit in june 2002. Bob


From: Patrick R. PATTERSON
E_Mail: patoanh@cox.net
Date: 12 May 2002

Comments

Bootcamp @ NTCSD Co.697 in 1952 Sept-Oct. Spent 4 weeks at Camp Elliot, did anyone else go there? Retired in 1974 LCDR. I've never had any luck finding classmates, etc , but if you knew me , would love to hear from you. Was an HM while enlisted. This is a great site. Deserves support!!!


From: jeff byrd
E_Mail: jeby70@excite.com
Date: 11 May 2002

Comments

I was surprised to find out they closed san diego ntc/rtc base. I was in company 227 (chief Paul) from Oct. to Dec. 84. Spent a total of 22 weeks in san dog. Lot of memories.


From: dietta cherveny twyford
E_Mail: dtwyford@webtv.net
Date: 10 May 2002

Comments

my dad was in the korean war,went in 1949 his name was John R. Cherveny. i would like to knew if some one out there new him? he had a twin brother, they were from Boomer West Virgiana.


From: HMCM Johnny R. White,USN-RET
E_Mail: jrwhite@texramp.net
Date: 10 May 2002

Comments

CO. 251, 1960. Would love to locate shipmates. I know whereabouts of 3-4. Love to visit NTC whenever Im in San Diego. Many fond memories. From Texas, retired in Texas from Navy and Postal Service.


From: Gary N. Richardt
E_Mail: garyrichardt@hotmail.com
Date: 10 May 2002

Comments

I graduated from NCRSD in August of 1972 Co.171. I went on to serve in Vietnam and also in the reserves, the last time I was at the base was in July of 1986 and was surprised by all the changes that had taken place. This is a very interesting site and will inform everyone I can about it. Keep up the good work.


From: Lloyd Boles GM 2/c USN
E_Mail: mbbbiko12@aol.com
Date: 10 May 2002

Comments

Your website is magnificent. I graduated in 1941 in Company 41-20. Attended May 1-5-02 reunion of my destroyer USS Aaron Ward DM 34 (took six kamikazes aboard on 3 May 1945. Forty-two dead.) I was terribly saddened when I found the old NTC was gone, not without a trace, but gone. We're now at war; I thought we needed splendid naval training centers as this one was. I'm unimpressed so far by what I see of the "Liberty Station" project. God bless the millions who trained there. Thanks for allowing me a peek into the past. I wish I had a photo of my company 41-20. Perhaps it's now lost in antiguity. Your historical association is wonderful.


From: Barbie
E_Mail: malibubarbie975@cs.com
Date: 08 May 2002

Comments

My Dad and my brother went to Boot Camp at San Diego NTC/RTC. My Dad went through in 1952 and my brother went through Boot in 1982. I was there for my brother's Boot Camp Graduation Ceremony on Oct. 1, 1982. It was very touching. I think it is a shame that this base had to close down.


From: Dave Shapiro SKC USN (RET)
E_Mail: chie105542@aol.com
Date: 08 May 2002

Comments

I went to Boot camp Great Lakes, Oct 71-Jan 72. Company 379, However I did a tour in San Diego Oct 74 to Oct 76, I was on the ELK RIVER IX 501 at the Naval Undersea Center. It was on Rosecrantz street, at the beginning of the road to the Sub base. I never thought I'd do 25 yrs, I did. Retired as a Naval Reserve Recruiter in charge/Zone Supervisor. All I can say is maturity comes with age. There are SO many people I want to thank, I can never name them all. (My big brothers). God Bless you all. Any one out there who wants to say hello, send me an email and we'll get in touch. Take care. Dave


From: Travis Fagg
E_Mail: travisef01@netzero.net
Date: 07 May 2002

Comments

Went through Boot in San Diego from June 67 until August 67 in Company 310. I still have my Company group picture, Blue Jacket Manual, and the Company Book with pictures of all the guys. This is really a nice web site and brings back lots of memories.


From: Jim Chandler
E_Mail: jim@jimchandler.net
Date: 06 May 2002

Comments

CO 487, RTC San Diego October, 1958. Went from there to ISCF, Pearl Harbor and later served aboard the USS Walker, DDE-517 1959-60. Would be interested to hear from anyone who also served on those stations during the time frame.


From: Carol L. Brenner
E_Mail: Poppy1794@aol.com
Date: 06 May 2002

Comments

I was at ntc in company 50-615. I would be interested in hearing from anybody that was in that company. thank you.


From: E. M. Campbell
E_Mail: Geneloyce@aol.com
Date: 06 May 2002

Comments

I was in Company 73(March-May, 1954) followed by Teleman "A" School, USS Mt. McKinley AGC-7, Teletype Maintenance School, ComPhibGru One and NAS Cubi Point, Philippine Islands. Discharged January 1958 as a TE1. Would like to hear from anyone who might have crossed paths during that time.


From: Jerry Givens
E_Mail: dustyobear@bearshadow.com
Date: 05 May 2002

Comments

Great web site, went to RTC bootcamp in Oct.1969 to Dec.1969 company 674,then went to A school in Memphis became an ADJ,was sent to NAS Pt.Mugu,Ca.Was then assigned to Naval Missle Center, jet line,was plane captain for a number of years, then went to the F-8 nite check shop,was discharged in Jan.1974. Never got to see the world(as planned),but the memories live on. If anyone out there has any photos of F-8 Crusaders,please e-mail me, working on matching photos to there Bureau numbers.


From: Alicia Noble
E_Mail: www.leash_luvs_jr@excite.com
Date: 03 May 2002

Comments

I am looking for a guy named Mathew Crank. I love him so much. I was wondering where I can find him.


From: GMC(SW) Zinkgraf
E_Mail: zinkgraf@stis.net
Date: 03 May 2002

Comments

I spent time at RTC in 1977 (recruit training) and 1986 (NAVET training). I find your sight very educational and well organized. I do have one question? Does anyone know what the "MOTTO" for RTC during any time frame (i.e., FTC San Diego is "Sea power through training"). I will retire from the navy in July and want to put all my commands motto's in my shadow box. Also, if anyone knows the motto's for the USS FULTON (AS 11) or USS W.H. Standley (CG 32) I would like them too.


From: Drake Parrish
E_Mail: dpjpzp@aol.com
Date: 03 May 2002

Comments

My father Haywood Parrish graduated boot camp in 1951. Company 113 I have graduation photo. He served on USS Walker DD\DE 517. Looking for anyone who may have known him


From: TIMOTHY HORAN
E_Mail: HIPPIEDUDE66
Date: 03 May 2002

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From: Rolf Sabye
E_Mail: sabyegrp@attbi.com
Date: 02 May 2002

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QM2 USS Hornet CVS 12. 3/67 to 7/70. Now a volunter and past Board member on the USS Hornet Museum. Attended boot at San Diego Sept. 67, company 441.


From: craig brissfeild
E_Mail: sychoboy33@hotmail.com
Date: 02 May 2002

Comments

it was a sunny day out and i saw this cannon comin right t me i couildnt dodge it i was so petrifid it blew my right arm off and everyone calls me cannon craig


From: joey tardif
E_Mail: sychoboy33@hotmail.com
Date: 02 May 2002

Comments

it is terrible im only 13 and i call this site terriable.


From: Carlisle F. Bryant
E_Mail: PapaGooseOne@aol.com
Date: 01 May 2002
 

Comments

I served on The San Diego 1943-1945 (4th division). I was sky lookout on starbard side. Looking for anyone in those years.


From: William C. Hagwood (Bill)
E_Mail: Hagwood857@AOL.Com
Date: 30 Apr 2002
 

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Went through boot camp at NTCSD beginning in June 1951. Company 611 with CPO Ledbetter as Company Commander. Later returned to Service School Command Class A Storekeeper's school Class 6-54 and graduated 19 February 1954. LTJG E. G. Duchess was Officer in Charge and the instructors were R. R. Enghart, SKC and R. P. Byergo, SKC. Served aboard the LST-1090 from 1951 until May 1955 with San Diego as home port. Would like for anyone to contact me who was in Company 611-51 or in the same Storekeeper class 6-54. I think that the Navy made a big mistake in closing NTC San Diego and continues to train boots at Great Lakes. Bill Hagwood


From: Gary Locke
E_Mail: glocke380@hotmail.com
Date: 29 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Hello, My name is Gary Locke, I am recruitment coordinator for the Navy MSO Association. We are seeking MSO Sailors, The NMSOA is a group of former Ocean Minesweep sailors whose objectives are to Save the memories of MSO's into a Memorial and Museum. To allow those on the eGroups to tell sea stories,look for old friends and to keep in touch with each other. There are hundreds of picture of MSO's and other minecraft, forums and chat and also links to other MSO sites. If you are interested surf on in to: http://www.NMSOA.org/ Or contact Dick Lewis 1863 Bright View Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111 There are no costs involved at all. Reunion coming soon! If you know of any other MSO sailors that might be interested please forward. Thank You, Gary Locke Former EN-2 Gary Locke USS Excel MSO-439 1978-1982 In Memorium: Capt. Gerald Deconto USNA KIA: September, 11, 2001 Pentagon U.S.S. Excel(MSO-439) 1980-1982


From: Michael A Deutsch
E_Mail: madeutsch@yahoo.com
Date: 28 Apr 2002
 

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I spent the summer of 63 at NTC and still remember some of my fellow recruits. I have both fond and not so fond memories of Navy boot camp.


From: ben munji
E_Mail: sadapar2001@yahoo.com
Date: 27 Apr 2002
 

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memories..its equivalent if not more than any riches in the world. co 103 cc reigert. in san diego. i would like to hear from anyone from this class. march 1973 to may 73. i still have a whole group picture and the class book. great site please continue your service thanks


From: John Nida
E_Mail: janida@eee.org
Date: 27 Apr 2002
 

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1952 NTC SD Company 555, CC was E. B. Meyer ENDC. I Served on the LST 1090 52-54 Looking for anyone who served on the USS Russell County LST 1090 at anytime. Please visit http://www.lst1090.org


From: Dan Hunt HMC (AC) USN/Ret
E_Mail: dleehunt@mindspring.com
Date: 27 Apr 2002
 

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Was at RTC San Diego, Jul-Oct 1961, Co. 291. Company Commander was AOC Kritchfield, he retired the same day we graduated. He was a great cc had a lot of Navy pride and did his best it impart this to us boots. Boot training was really great, a whole lot better the bucking hay bales in Idaho at 104 degrees, was like a vacation. Really enjoyed my Navy career, Retired from VF 51 At NAS Miramar. To bad they are all gone now, but nothing stays the same.


From: John N Munn PNC USN RET
E_Mail: johnnmunn@ayrix.net
Date: 26 Apr 2002
 

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(Note from Webmaster) John was in Company 147 that went trough Recurit training at NTC San Diego, CA from 11 FEB 1952 to 6 MAY 1952 and is looking to hear from anyone in that comapny or anyone that may be able to provide a company list of personnel.

 


From: George Roberts
E_Mail: georrobbie@cableone.net
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

Comments

NTC59-187,airman recruit,then to ADJ A school,59-61 vf-92,61-63 vf-121,63-66 vf-96,66-70 NWC China Lake,B school,71-74 VF-143, 74-77 COMVAVAIRPAC fighter class desk staff 18months- NAS Miramar NAESU 18 months, 77-79 VF-151. made cruises on the USS Ranger (3), USS Enterprise (3), USS Midway (18 months) Great 20 years,retired as ADCS.


From: George Roberts
E_Mail: georrobbie@cableone.net
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

Comments

NTC59-187,airman recruit, then to ADJ A school,59-61 vf-92,61-63 vf-121,63-66 vf-96,66-70 NWC China Lake, B school,71-74 VF-143, 74-77 COMVAVAIRPAC fighter class desk staff 18months- NAS Miramar NAESU 18 months, 77-79 VF-151. made cruises on the USS Ranger (3), USS Enterprise (3), USS Midway (18 months) Great 20 years, retired as ADCS.


From: Don Oglesby
E_Mail: bgdok@aol.com
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Great site. Was in Co. 288, graduated Oct '57 from USNTC San Diego. Went back for a look-see March of last year, what a change! Did recognize where I received my first Navy haircut and where we learned about M1's. CC Was QMC P.R. Schlaffman.


From: John K. Ellett, RMC, USN, RET
E_Mail: mercedman@hotmail.com
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

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Man, there are a bunch of Boots on this site..Hey out there anybody from Co. 52-195, BMC Bishop as Co. Commander?.I set foot on NTC SDiego on 27 February, 1952..Loved it then, and love it now..HAVFND....John


From: Charlie Chase
E_Mail: ancientmariner@attbi.com
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

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Just got the word about this site from the Goatlocker. Just want to sign the guestbook and also track down anyone who went through boots at NTC SDiego beginning Feb 1948, looking for those who were in Company 59, CBM Tryba was Company Commander, Recruit Company Commander was a guy name Porst (dont even know if he's still around).


From: Stan Warnock HMC USN RET
E_Mail: oldguy@panhandle.net
Date: 25 Apr 2002
 

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Co 429 Aug 1956. BMC Hall Co Commander. Said he was going to put me between two slices of bread and eat me like a sandwich. Scared me to death but he was a great chief. Seems like yesterday.


From: Ron Rutherford
E_Mail: navydocwv@hotmail.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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I graduated Bootcamp in September 1985(Company 85-135) ENCS Horner was our CC(I think he retired after us). I am still active duty, now a HMCS(SW) stationed on the east coast.


From: Jerry Tallent, ETCM-USN-RET
E_Mail: lowflyer@citlink.net
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Attended Boot camp from Oct to Dec 1956, CO 490 Company Commander was BMC Lee, who was an inspiration for my Navy Career. Attended many schools in SD, was Stationed on the USS Cogswell DD-651, USS Buck DD-761 out of SD. Final duty station was NRD San Diego. I was the first Chief Recruiter for this new recruiting district.


From: Ken Ransbottom
E_Mail: lkr585@aol.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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From: William E. Schultz
E_Mail: oschultz@co.el-dorado.ca.us
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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Company (1952) - 0488, CPO Barnfield in charge. Was the honorman of company. Started June 18, 1952, now, 50 years later, am a retired CPO (ACC)and serving as the elected Recorder-Clerk for El Dorado County, Ca.


From: Joe Harris
E_Mail: jharris@brbilaw.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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I was in Company 367 in 1962. I was 17 years old and grew up on a farm in Iowa. I was completely amazed to see Balboa Beach and all of that water in the Pacific Ocean. Spent 14 years on active until I was medically discharged. I served one tour in Vietnam from February 20, 1970 til February 12, 1971. WELCOME HOME BROTHERS.


From: John K. Lowe Jr. HMCM, USN, RET
E_Mail: jklowejr@yahoo.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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I went thru Recruit Training August-November 1953, Company 360; Company Commander was a Chief Herr, he was about half my size, and I was terrified of him. The majority of the recruits were from Oklahoma and Akkansas. Several of us from the Pacific Northwest. We had an outstanding company, won numerous pennants for athletics etc. From RTC I went to Hospital Corps School. I too, am saddened that RTC, San Diego has closed, have a lot of fond memories.


From: Richard "Mitch" Mitchusson, YNCS(SS), USN, Ret.
E_Mail: mtchssn@tscnet.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Boot Campt 56-003, YN"A" and YN"B" schools over time. Spent time with SubDevGru One in San Diego. Loved the City.


From: George Roberts
E_Mail: georrobbie@cableone.net
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

error in information: 1970-1973 was attached to VF-143 PUKIN DOGS , made cruises on the Enterprise 3, Ranger 3, America 1, Midway 18 months.


From: Kevin D. Williams  ADCS(AW)
E_Mail: ADCS-Kevin.D.Williams@cnet.navy.mil
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

I was in Co. 81-165 Bad Company. Would like to hear from anyone in that company. Great Website!


From: Stephen P. Miciak
E_Mail: Meechuck3@aol.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Attended bootcamp in San Diego summer of 1976, Company 122. My Company Commander was HT1 Michael Aboe. I retired as a YNC(SW) after 22 years 7 months of every meal being a feast and every day a holiday! I'd like to hear from anyone from those times!


From: George Roberts
E_Mail: georrobbie@cableone.net
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

bootcamp co.59-187. airman recruit ,trained to be a jet engine mech.retired may 1979 as ADCS. 59-61 VF-92, 61-63 VF-121, 63-66 VF-96,66-70 NAS China Lake,70-73 VF-96,73-76 CNAP&NASU, 76-79 VF-151.


From: Dave Moore
E_Mail: davemoore38@cox.net
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

I went to boot camp at NTC Bainbridge MD in March (exact date March 24) 1955. I do not remember what company I was assigned to, but my Company Commander was a Chief Commissaryman whoes last name was "French". After Boot Camp I attended RM A school at Bainbridge for 6 months and finally left Baionbridge for my first duty station in Japan around Feb of 56. Anyone out there at Bainbridge during the same time?

Dave Moore


From: James D. Blair
E_Mail: JBlair3427@aol.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

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Company 389-57, Company Commander was TMC Sullivan. I retired an AMCS on 1 November 1989 after 30+ great years. Was one of seven "Yankees" in the Company, fightin' the Civil War daily was entertaining to say the least! "JD"


From: Paul Morrison, HMC USN, Retired
E_Mail: pwm0816@msn.com
Date: 24 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Company 524 Sep 1964. Retired after 25 years service.


From: Sandra Emerson
E_Mail: prmenrs@cox.net
Date: 23 Apr 2002
 

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You can't imagine how excited I was when my sister called me and told me that NTC had a web site, and that "her" ship (her initials were TDE) and our Dad were on it!! You also can't imagine how impressed my son was to see his grandfather's picture "on the web" "Just like WWF, Mom!" My father passed away before my son was born, so this whole site is very special to us. Thank you seems inadequate for the amount of work you have put into this, so Mahalo Nui Aloha!!


From: Glenn Barbee
E_Mail: barbeeg@hartcom.net
Date: 23 Apr 2002
 

Comments

Co. 337, 1953. It was my first experience away from North Carolina. San Diego laid the ground work for a 22-year Navy career. Visit my personal homepage at http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~barbeeg/

 


From: Danver Tarin
E_Mail: danvertarin@hotmail.com
Date: 16 Apr 2002

Comments

Enjoyed your web page, enlisted march 1958, boot-camp in San Diego, and on to Pearl Harbor serving on board the destroyer USS JENKINS DD447 Greatest adventure of my life: US NAVY


From: Tommy D. Jones
E_Mail: toomanykids@earthlink.net
Date: 13 Apr 2002

Comments

Company 020 1980. Would like to hear from any shipmates who were there.


From: JOSEPH DUANE ROUGH
E_Mail: JOE@FONE.NET
Date: 12 Apr 2002

Comments

COMPANY 284: JUNE 1965 THRU AUGUST 1965. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.


From: F.E. Church
E_Mail: budechurch@juno.com
Date: 12 Apr 2002

Comments

Joined the Navy in Oct. 1949. Was in Co. 244. our co. comdr. was J.R. Trammell, a wonderful guy. Our ass't co. comdr. was R.A. Lewis. Still have pictures of some of the guys. We graduated in 1950 but do not remember the date.


From: Raymond Bracht
E_Mail: ray.bracht
Date: 10 Apr 2002

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From: Scott Bradshaw
E_Mail: sljbrad@yahoo.com
Date: 09 Apr 2002

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I was in company 326 in 1970, july to Oct. I would like to get in touch with anyone who was with this company. I have several pictures of the company and the anchor.

Scott


From: Charles J. Williams
E_Mail: cjwaa1@msn.com
Date: 08 Apr 2002

Comments

Thanks for your website. It brought back memories from 1958 when I went through recruit training there. Our company was 580, possibly the last company or near the last to go through that year. Our company was selected to march in the big "Rose" parade downtown. We were there from October through December 15th. Our RCPO was Whitten, an ex Marine and our APO1 was Rudd, an ex Soldier. We changed Company Commanders and I can't remember the names of either one. I have some pictures of most of the guys in our company, if anyone would like a copy. I'd love to hear from anyone that was in our company. I went on to make Chief (AMSC) and retired in 1977. Thank you again for your site. I think it's great and enjoyed seeing this place again for the first time since 1958! It's sad it had to close. It was the best training I ever received in discipline and just shaping up. This place truly changed my life forever and yes, I still fold some of my clothing the way I was taught there!


From: Edward Merrick
E_Mail: adam90277@mail.com
Date: 06 Apr 2002

Comments

I'm looking for a picture or people who was in company 099 in may 1976. If any records are found please notify me.


From: Edward Merrick
E_Mail: adam90277@mail.com
Date: 06 Apr 2002

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From: gary wright
E_Mail: glwright1946@yahoo.com
Date: 05 Apr 2002

Comments

i went thru ntc august1963 thru mid november 1963, i still remember being greeted at the airport ,told to get on that gray bus and to shutup and the last person off the bus was in a world of sh**.i was in company 353.squad leader second squad.the grinder and red board inspectors, placing your skivv~s on the clothes line so the opening would face the marines. standing in chow line watching the marines run.guarding the clothes line and fire watches. no candy, no soda pop. as archie bunker used to say on tv . those were the days .. anchors aweigh from alabama


From: Paul Dickerson
E_Mail: pauld@nortelnetworks.com
Date: 04 Apr 2002

Comments

I was a recuit there in San Diego July 1964..company 352. When on to radioman school over at the naval airstation north Island and then to Hawaii at the receiver site in the mountains. I then when to the USS Garrett Country on the Co Chin River in Vietnam. Was discharged July 1969 in San Francisco.


From: Steve Dunlap
E_Mail: steved@cruzio.com
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Comments

Company 731 - December 1966 - Company Commander was SF1 Shields (who told us he wanted to be a school teacher and not to get tattoos on Boot Liberty as they'd be with us forever. Good advice). Funny how you can get nostalgic after 35 years about a place you hated for 12 weeks.


From: Tim Marsh
E_Mail: tpmvabch@hotmail.com
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Comments

Great site.many fond memories of NTC. I tried my best to stay in San Diego near NTC after graduation, but I eventually ended up in Norfolk. I'm a graduate of NTC, 1983 (September), Company 928. I'm looking for any pictures or addresses for my fellow 928 members. Thanks.


From: Ron Bihler
E_Mail: rbihler@idcomm.com
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Comments

Great site


From: Ron Bihler
E_Mail: rbihler@idcomm.com
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Comments

Great site


From: Stan Smith
E_Mail: templarstansmith@hotmail.com
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Comments

All Hands:

I was the Supply officer of the Recruit Training Command at MCRD in '67 when we had less than 60 sq. ft. per recruit of billeting space per man. That was BAD! Spinal Meningitis and other bad situations arose over the crowded conditions we endured back in those bad old days of VietNam, so we called our sister command at NTC. The word came back from them: "We'd love to help you but we have even less than that for our Recruits!" So, out of that I gained a respect for my Navy compadres (had just shipped off from the USS Oklahoma City anyway) and appreciated their situation too. Now as a civilian feather merchant I'm on the local planning commission at Pt. Loma and fight hard for USN heritage at the old base. I appreciate the good work Clint Steed is doing and would love to hear from any old salts out there about NTC!

Semper fi,

Stan Smith


From: Stan Correll
E_Mail: scorrell@TonkinGulfYachtClub.com
Date: 02 Apr 2002

Comments

Great Site - hope I can see NTC again after 45 yrs. I remember going thru main gate like in it was last week. I was in Co 178 June '57 to Aug. 10 ,57 - after very short leave, to Sonar School just accross Harbor Island Dr. for 7 mo. - then 3yrs at sea on U.S.S. Forster DER 334. Any mates of 178 please contact me. Stan


From: Chuck Huber
E_Mail: charles379@webtv.net
Date: 02 Apr 2002

Comments

Great website! I was in Company 0291, Oct-Dec '53, one of the first to prepare for the "new" Navy, ie., lockers in lieu of seabags! Can't remember Comp. Commander's name, but it was his last assignment before retirement, and he really was NOT into marching competetions, etc. (for which I at least was thankful)! About 20% of the Company were older professional men from the Philipines, as this was the last chance for them to obtain U.S. Citizenship by military service. I was on the whaleboat racing team (to avoid calisthenics and mess duties)! Served ten years in Naval Aviation (Heavy Attack - VC-8, VAH-1; and Reconnaissance (VQ-2), as AT, AQ and PT1).


From: James Austin Youngblood
E_Mail: austincases@webtv.net
Date: 01 Apr 2002

Comments

Company 441 .. Aug '59 to Nov '59.

After 2 week leave (San Pablo, California) .. back to San Diego for ship to Pearl Harbor .. USS Richard S. Edwards DD-915.

Then Barber's Point NAS Oahu, Hawaii remainder of tour.

Would like to hear from shipmates from 441-'59.

Jimmy Youngblood


From: SCOTT LUTZ
E_Mail: www.ridingvet@hotmail.com
Date: 31 Mar 2002

Comments

looking for recruit training command patches and seaman school training patches from san diego. Anyone who has a link or possible idea on finding such items please email me. Thanks! GMG3 Scott Lutz


From: A. H. Greenwood
E_Mail: alkay54@hotmail.com
Date: 30 Mar 2002

Comments

Boot camp NTC SanDiego, company 157, Nov 1947 thru Feb 1948. Would appreciate a photo of our company.


From: MA1 Steven Hampton
E_Mail: Shamp10282@aol.com
Date: 28 Mar 2002

Comments

Great site, concise and to the point. Your definitions sections is super.


From: ANDY BRODELL
E_Mail: kabrodell@bscn.com
Date: 28 Mar 2002

Comments

I am anephew of James F Novak. He was in company 42-437of the US. NAVAL TRAINING STATION OF SANDIEGO CA. 28 OF AUG 1942. I have the gradation picture of this class. James past away 26 of March 2002 .This the first time in 30yr the picture been down. I am looking for any information if any one still alive or family member that know were the member are standing in picture of thise class . DO NOT HAVEPICTURE SCAN YET TO PUT ON INTERNET. PICTURE IS OVER THREE FOOT LONG. I ALSO LOOKING FOR ANY PICTURE OF THE USS SPERRY DURING WWII . HE SERVER ON THE SPERRYAFTER NAVEL TRAINING . THANK YOU ALL THATWILL HELP ME IN MY SEARCH !!!!


From: David Grawey
E_Mail: army_mp_2lt@yahoo.com
Date: 28 Mar 2002

Comments

This is an outstanding website. When I was a member of the Navy Ceremonial Guard, I had the opportunity to be the van driver for the Fleet/Force Master Chiefs who went to DC. It was during this time that I met Master Chief Plackett. It was was truly a honor to meet Mr. Plackett, Mr. Cole, and the others. Although an Army Officer, the Navy was a wonderful experience for a young 17 year old, and I would not trade those experiences for the world. Again, this is an outstanding website.


From: gary wright
E_Mail: glwright1946@yahoo.com
Date: 24 Mar 2002

Comments

iwas at ntc august,1963 thru november 1963 company 353.of all the places i have seen and been, i dont know why but ntc san diego is always at the top of most remembered places.from the scrub buckets to placing your underware on the clothes line facing the marines. uss.recruit,red board inspectors,the grinder,i was a squad leader .second squad.like your website. anchor`s aweigh from alabama


From: Jim Lochray
E_Mail: jplochr@aol.com
Date: 24 Mar 2002

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70-458 Rifle Company (Primary Training, CC: RDC Howell) and 71-4006 Recruit Drum & Bugle Corps (Advanced Training, CC: QMC McLamb)

My time at NTC, though at times pretty tough, stays with me today. My thoughts of the time spent there, have acquired what seems a spiritual quality. I was saddened to learn that NTC/RTC San Diego was being closed by the Navy. It was by far, my favorite stateside Navy Base. It was really a majestic base with a great climate, next to the Pacific Ocean, having a metropolitan location, with a skyline background. The Base was a great showcase for the Navy.

We can take consolation in that Navy/Marine family housing, will now occupy some of the sacred places where our youthful commitment to Navy & Country began many years before.


From: Don Jones
E_Mail: Djondap@aol.com
Date: 24 Mar 2002

Comments

Great Website. Thank you for all of your hard work. Coming to San Diego 06-02 for visit after 45 year absence. NTC CO. 134 6June 1954-26August 1954.


From: donald k.gray
E_Mail: wildhoss65@hotmail.com
Date: 23 Mar 2002

Comments

i went throw boot camt there in 1956 ant bend back there sence i got of boot camp. would like to see more of the old bootcamp like in the 50 sure like the web site you got thank you very much for the good work on it thank again your truly donald k gray


From: donald k.gray
E_Mail: wildhoss65@hotmail.com
Date: 23 Mar 2002

Comments

i went throw boot camt there in 1956 ant bend back there sence i got of boot camp. would like to see more of the old bootcamp like in the 50 sure like the web site you got thank you very much for the good work on it thank again your truly donald k gray


From: Sean C. Stephens
E_Mail: seans93@hotmail.com
Date: 23 Mar 2002

Comments

Very nice was really impressed with site good work on it and keeping with the tradition of the U.S. Navy.........


From: Mike Sheen
E_Mail: Captsheen@aol.com
Date: 23 Mar 2002

Comments

Great Idea! Looking forward to seeing this site grow


From: Tom Lynch
E_Mail: tlynch3024@aol.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

Aug.1972 All State Texas Co 290, CC J.P.Small I was the one who carried the state flag! After graduation, went to VA215 on the USS Oriskany CVA34,UH2 squadron in Da Nang, then stationed at NALF Crows Landing,CA.


From: Roger Freeman
E_Mail: gentle_m55@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I graduated from boot camp U.S.N.T.C. Great Lakes Ill. in month of July (approx) of 1951 Company 492 sent to U.S Naval Mine Depot , Yorktown Va. A Chief Bo'sun was the company Co. Name of Davenport... company upstairs was 491 Co. commander was a 1st class bosun named Diggs i believe.....Been a long time now.. Anyone remember this????


From: Roger Freeman
E_Mail: gentle_m55@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I graduated from boot camp U.S.N.T.C. Great Lakes Ill. in month of July (approx) of 1951 Company 492 sent to U.S Naval Mine Depot , Yorktown Va. A Chief Bo'sun was the company Co. Name of Davenport... company upstairs was 491 Co. commander was a 1st class bosun named Diggs i believe.....Been a long time now.. Anyone remember this????


From: Tom Lynch
E_Mail: tlynch3024@aol.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I attended NTC San Diego Aug 1972 Company 290 Tom Lynch, Co.290 All State Texas Co. Aug 1972 We were the first "All State Texas" company, I was the state flag bearer CC was First Class J.P. Small I recentaly went to visit the NTC (Feb 2002) Lots of new construction going on at NTC San Diego. Most all the old wood barracks were demoed, they are building public condos now. The new development is called "Liberty Station". Some of the old buildings still remain, but for how long? Tom Lynch tlynch3024@aol.com


From: Roger Freeman
E_Mail: gentle_m55@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I graduated from boot camp in month of July (approx) of 1951 Company 492 sent to U.S Naval Mine Depot , Yorktown Va. A Chief Bo'sun was the company Co. Name of Davenport... company upstairs was 491 Co. commander was a 1st class bosun named Diggs i believe.....Been a long time now.. Anyone remember this????


From: Roger Freeman
E_Mail: gentle_m55@hotmail.com
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I graduated from boot camp in month of July (approx) of 1951 Company 492 sent to U.S Naval Mine Depot , Yorktown Va. A Chief Bo'sun was the company Co. Name of Davenport... company upstairs was 491 Co. commander was a 1st class bosun named Diggs i believe.....Been a long time now.. Anyone remember this????


From: Paul Reinert
E_Mail: castle@willinet.net
Date: 22 Mar 2002

Comments

I graduatd from RTC San Diego on August 13th, 1982. I was in Company 091-Division 4. The Company commander was EM1 C.M. Fontillas. What does the recruit part of NTC look like now. Anyone who knows please e-mail me and let me know and how i might obtain pictures of RTC as it looks now. Sincerely, Paul Reinert-Sioux City, Iowa.


From: Mark Hatherill
E_Mail: markit@family.net
Date: 20 Mar 2002

Comments

My Father and Uncle both served more than 20 years in the Navy and retired here in San Diego. My father, James R. Hatherill, was a suviver of Pearl Harbor. My Uncle, Ray S. Hatherill, was on the USS San Diego when it was commissioned in 1942.


From: Jerry  Boysel
E_Mail: jerryboysel@aol.com
Date: 17 Mar 2002

Comments

Looking for anyone who served on the USS Kenneth Whiting AV 14 (V-1 division)1956-1957, or any of the old crew. Please contact at the above email.


From: albert longobardy rm3c
E_Mail: longobardy@peoplepc.com
Date: 13 Mar 2002

Comments

{ served on the uss san diego from Dec 1943 to Jan 1946


From: Mark S. Johnson
E_Mail: msjohn@mbrservices.com
Date: 12 Mar 2002

Comments

Especially enjoyed the 360 photos. I have often wondered what was becoming of the old Boot Camp. Went through in Company 62-375 and retired from Naval Reserve as CDR in 1966. Can't say I enjoyed my time in USNTC, but it was memorable and life changing.

Thank you for an excellent, evocative site. Very well done.


From: David Townsend Budrick
E_Mail: Dbud1654@yahoo.com
Date: 12 Mar 2002

Comments

I would like to sign this guest book because my grandfather was on the U.S.S. San Diego (CL-53) in 1943 to about 1945 he is still alive and living in Sherman,Pennsylvannia


From: William E. (Bill) Barnard
E_Mail: BILZ52@HOTMAIL.COM
Date: 11 Mar 2002

Comments

Would like to know where I could purchase military patches, specifically NTC since I went to Boot Camp there in 1973. Any plans for a reunion or the future of the grounds and it's structures? Please feel free to email me. Thank you!


From: Gerald W. Baty
E_Mail: yktyykdnttkbk@aol.com
Date: 09 Mar 2002

Comments

Graduated basic training 17 Oct 1986 Division 6, Company 186 under Company Commanders Perez and Enumerables. Searching for anyone with knowledge of how to obtain copy of Basic training annual called "The Anchor." My copy as well as all of my service records, pics, and memorabilia, were lost due to fire. Any assistance, Shoves in the right direction, or pics would be Greatly appreciated.


From: GMCM Dick Nolan USN Ret.
E_Mail: richardnolan3@cox.net
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

On board USS San Diego, Jan.10,1942 to Dec.1945. Was in 1st. Div. Mt.1, 3rd. class gunners mate. Got out, called back in for Korea, two years on a LST,3 battle stars,made second class.From there put 10 years on Tin Cans,10 years in Gator Navy.In between 9years shore duty,Dam Neck,Great Lakes,Mayport FL.Retired 33 years Master Chief Gunners Mate,1977.


From: Dave Heckman
E_Mail: dsheckman@ablewb.net
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

I was in Company #210 the summer of 1971. If anyone remembers me-please contact me. I haven't went into the website yet.


From: Valentina Everly Mullins
E_Mail: Valentine720@msn.com
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

My uncle Timothy Joseph Everly served with you all.He was inlisted in 1981.He had recently died on April 1,1997. I have been told that he had many achievements while he served for the Navy. If you have any information please contact me through my e-mail or write me at PO Box 812 Jenkins KY 41537.I have his birth certificate and S.S. # if you need it. Please help me. Also when he died he didn't even receive a military funeral and now the cemetary won't even put up a flag pole to show that he served for the United States. So if you have any information that could help out on at least getting a flag pole and head stone for him also cantact me. Thank You for all you do . Val One more thing he was stationed on the FF1075 if that helps any.


From: Valentina Everly Mullins
E_Mail: Valentine720@msn.com
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

My uncle Timothy Joseph Everly served with you all.He was inlisted in 1981.He had recently died on April 1,1997. I have been told that he had many achievements while he served for the Navy. If you have any information please contact me through my e-mail or write me at PO Box 812 Jenkins KY 41537.I have his birth certificate and S.S. # if you need it. Please help me. Also when he died he didn't even receive a military funeral and now the cemetary won't even put up a flag pole to show that he served for the United States. So if you have any information that could help out on at least getting a flag pole and head stone for him also cantact me. Thank You for all you do . Val


From: Robert Paige
E_Mail: roberttpaige@aol.com
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

Hello ! And looking for former members of Boot Camp Company 51-616 (1951).


From: Robert Paige
E_Mail: roberttpaige@aol.com
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

Hello ! And looking for former members of Boot Camp Company 51-616 (1951).


From: Michelle
E_Mail: tag_blitzy@hotmail.com
Date: 08 Mar 2002

Comments

My mom bought a frame at a yardsale and there was a picture of a graduating navy class in it. The only info i have is what is written on the picture. She would like to find someone that is in that class cause i'm sure it is important to them. I have a friend scanning it and sending it to me so i will have a copy of it. The info i have is: January 25,1951 at the U.S. Nav. Tra. Cen, San Diego CA.. Co. Comd'r RE Bryant ENC. One of the men is holding a sign that has 631 on it also. Thanx Michelle


From: Steven Isherwood OTA1(RET)
E_Mail: joyceish@aol.com
Date: 07 Mar 2002

Comments

I was in Company 290 between April/June 1969. I have my "ANCHOR" with some autographs from the 'Boots'. I was stationed at 32nd Street three times aboard the USS John R. Craig DD885, USS Albert David FF1050 and the USS HEWITT DD966. Just like the Training Center those ships have all been decommissioned as well. Many fond memories. I met one of the 'Boots' while stationed in Centerville Beach near Eureka CA. He was a Chief Corpsman at the time. I retired in Eureka, CA in 1989, liked the big trees better than the flat ocean.. sometimes still miss the oceans relaxing roll.


From: Chuck Baughman
E_Mail: cbaughman@houston.rr.com
Date: 07 Mar 2002

Comments

I went through RTC San Diego from May 1984 to July 1984,Drill Company 921 Senior Chief Smith, He was also the LCPO for the Company Commander school at that time. I would love to track down any pictures that are around..Thanks


From: William C. Fifer
E_Mail: billkar@eosinc.com
Date: 05 Mar 2002

Comments

I really enjoyed your site. I went through "boot camp" in 1960 in San Diego and I still have warm feelings about NTC. I will be attending a ship's reunion in San Diego in September and hope to get by the NTC grounds.


From: chuck lee
E_Mail: cclee@samlink.com
Date: 04 Mar 2002

Comments

went thru bootcampsept-oct1958 co.546,deck force uss havanah12long beach,1960&61nassangley point philippinesboatops,1061-62uss finch der328,deckforce


From: Gary A. Head
E_Mail: ghead@junction.net
Date: 04 Mar 2002

Comments

I just decided to add a few comments about myself to see if there is anybody out there that remembers these times. I was in Company 041 - 1963 and graduated in April. I went to Hospital Corps School at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, and after graduating I was stationed at the Naval Training Center as a Hospital Corpsman doing various duties from Nimitz dispensary to Decateur dispensary to the Health Record Office. I was there until June of 1965. Although a short stay there, it was one of the most memorable. Being a corpsman had its advantages as well, living on Mission Beach was only one of many perks. I would like to contact a Charles (Chuck) Mann who was stationed at NTC in 1964/5 - Great times in HRO. He made Ensign the last I heard. I still have my Anchor from Boot Camp. Even have autographed pictures of some of the guys. I would love to share the pictures on a data base to be set up somewhere.. something to think about fellows, eh? I am having my 40th high school reunion this year. Grand Junction High School in Colorado. My, where has the time gone, like I said. :-) Keep smiling mates, keep the memories safe.

Gary


From: Gary Head
E_Mail: ghead@junction.net
Date: 03 Mar 2002

Comments

Just wondering where all the time went :-) Gary A. Head Company 041 - 1963 Company Commander T.M. Dunn Hm1


From: Surjit s. Dhatt
E_Mail: dhatt@seanet.com
Date: 02 Mar 2002

Comments

I was in boot camp from March 1st to may 1968. Volunteer to go out of conus and end up in Vietnam served two tour of nam repairing swift boats. I was given the inpression by some of the people I met in the navy that I was one of the very rare person of Indian (from India) heritage and perhaps one of the very fist person enlisted in the Us Navy. I don't think I regret it but I have lot of memories mostly good but, some bitter.


From: Marshall Sanders
E_Mail: marshallssanders@yahoo.com
Date: 28 Feb 2002

Comments

I truly appreciated learning about NTC RTC San Diego's history from you website and having a chance to make contact with someone who was in the same time I was through your guest book. Thank You.


From: Bruce Packman
E_Mail: Navymusician@yahoo.com
Date: 27 Feb 2002

Comments

Graduated 15 sept. 1961 CO 284. Hopped aboard yellow school bus 22 Sept 1961 to go to Lindhberg field. wearing dress blues to go home for boot leave. Happiest day of my life!!!! I enjoyed my Navy Life. Served in the Polaris Tender USS HUNLEY (AS-31) B N Packman I have great memories of Recruit training center San Diego..


From: Dan Burciaga
E_Mail: dan0077@msn.com
Date: 27 Feb 2002

Comments

1977-78 NTC Boot Camp Honor company #016. Does anyone have a graduation Photo Album? My kid's still don't believe me!!!! Ha. I reside in San Diego I can be contacted at my e-mail address. I went on to serve on the USS TARAWA LHA-1 V-1 DIVISION< (airdale) Any help would be appreciated


From: Dan Burciaga
E_Mail: dan0077@msn.com
Date: 27 Feb 2002

Comments

1977-78 NTC Boot Camp Honor company #016. Does anyone have a graduation Photo Album? My kid's still don't believe me!!!! Ha. I reside in San Diego I can be contacted at my e-mail address. I went on to serve on the USS TARAWA LHA-1 V-1 DIVISION< (airdale) Any help would be appreciated


From: Pierre Meunier (from Belgium)
E_Mail: pierre.meunnier@skynet.be
Date: 26 Feb 2002

Comments

As a collector/historian specialized in Marine corps and navy uniforms and insignia, I think your site is very intersting and, I am sure will become one of the best on the subject of naval uniforms.


From: Tom Flaherty
E_Mail: tjflar@ultranet.com
Date: 26 Feb 2002

Comments

Looking for WWII shipmates on the USS San Diego (CL - 53)of my great uncle: SK3 John "Jack" Luddy of Waterbury, Connecticut. Jack passed in 1984 and never spoke much of his service to his family. He is greatly missed and we would love to hear from any shipmates, especially those who may have known him.

Thank You, Tom Flaherty (IS2 USNR)


From: Richard Pilgreen
E_Mail: rpilgreen@iopener.net
Date: 22 Feb 2002

Comments

I was in Company 460 in 1960.Funny how what was so unpleasant at the time could become such treasured memories with the passage of so many years.


From: Rick Allen
E_Mail: rallen_bandmaster@yahoo.com
Date: 22 Feb 2002

Comments

Would like to contact anyone who was a member of the USNRD San Diego DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS.Looking for photos and or recording.Also similar items from GLNTC and ONTC Fla. and any Naval Base/station Drum Corps.

Thanks

Richard Allen CD RCN ret'd


From: Reggie V. White
E_Mail: snuffy@san.rr.com
Date: 21 Feb 2002

Comments

I went through NTC in Feb1960 in company 111 commanded by Charles S. Record. Everytime I drive dow Harbor Island Dr or Nimitz or Rosecrans the memory of those in my company pass through my mind and I wonder what has happened to them. I lost my yearbook in a hurrican in and have never been able to find a replacement. This site may be as close as I get to renewing my memories


From: Nolan A. Darcey
E_Mail: narar@mobiletel.com
Date: 20 Feb 2002

Comments

1964 Co. 333 Stiil live in Theriot, La. looking for "The Louisiana Gang" You Have a GREAT SITE, Keep Up the GOOD Work.


From: Malcolm Hoffman
E_Mail: Malcolm248@cox.net
Date: 18 Feb 2002

Comments

Your sight is excellent and I look forward to reviewing it as continues its growth!!


From: Dawn Stewart
E_Mail: dawnstewy@hotmail.com
Date: 16 Feb 2002

Comments

This is a great site! Would anyone out there have a photo of the recruits from 1954 who went into navy corpsman training?


From: frederick e huntington
E_Mail: fredhunt@ineffingham.com
Date: 16 Feb 2002

Comments

great site company 293,oct-dec 1953


From: jim. huntington
E_Mail: treeman@effingham.net
Date: 16 Feb 2002

Comments

GR8 web site, i was in boot camp in GR8 lakes, 55 CO. 440


From: jim. huntington
E_Mail: treeman@effingham.net
Date: 16 Feb 2002

Comments

GR8 web site


From: Rena (Brahosky) Pytlak
E_Mail: angel8008@aol.com
Date: 15 Feb 2002

Comments

Hello My Fathers Shipmates! I had the honor of attending a reunion with my Father - Joseph V Brahosky in September 1991 [he passed away November 24, 1991]. My Mother - Mary - has contributed to the memorial. Can anyone tell me when it will be dedicated? I would love to take her to San Diego for this memorable occasion ! She celebrated her 79th birthday just 2 days ago - I really want to give her this as a birthday gift ! Please - Can you tell me when this will be ? Thank You All for everything - Your sacrifices, Your service to our country and Your support when my Father passed away. One of the reason he was so special was because he such great friends in the Navy. Thanks again ! -Rena Pytlak


From: Dean Schamore
E_Mail: dean.schamore@webdcplus.com
Date: 14 Feb 2002

Comments

I was stationed at NTC San Diego from Nov 87 to Mar 88 while attending BEE school. I lived in the berthing compartments up by the Exchange.


From: Robert J. Thompson
E_Mail: scooter@ok.azalea.net
Date: 13 Feb 2002

Comments

Was in company 706 in November 1967 till Feb 68. Was in State Flag Color gaurd. Sure makes a person grow up fast. Seemed like it was so rough at the time now it seems so easy. If life was as easy as that was it would be a breeze.


From: Franklin J. McIntyre
E_Mail: f.j.mcintyre@att.net
Date: 13 Feb 2002

Comments

I wish you luck in what you are trying to accomplish. I went to boot camp in San Diego in early 1973.


From: JOHN D. HEAPHY
E_Mail: HEAPHYJOHN@CI.DAYTONA-BEACH.FL.US
Date: 13 Feb 2002

Comments

ONE OF THE BEST WEB SITES I HAVE SEEN. I WENT THROUGH "BOOT CAMP" AT BAINBRIDGE AND EVERYTHING IS GONE.


From: Allen Roy
E_Mail: rebelpunk66@cox.net
Date: 12 Feb 2002

Comments

I saw your display in the RSO building on the dry side and just thought i would visit. The site is very vivid and well organized.


From: PCMurphy
E_Mail: vmurphy2@earthlink.net
Date: 10 Feb 2002

Comments

I came to RTC/SD for boot training in Sept. 1965 Co. 520. J.M.Bitler SPCM, CO. I still have my copy of the ANCHOR grad book. I commend all of those who put this very special site together- its a real treasure trove of USN History! I noticed some posts inquiring the where-abouts of more RTC photos and there are many more to be seen at such web sites as the City of SD/NTC pages (go to the "Overview" page). These pages and many others with photo tours are listed right here in the comprehensive LINKS section of this great site.


From: Norman L. Crawford, DDS
E_Mail: nornalhana@!aol.com
Date: 08 Feb 2002

Comments

I went through boot camp at NTC San Diego from 4-52 to 8-52 as a member of company 343; attended Class A school at Great Lakes NTC, and later, Air Cond.and Refrigeration Class C school at NTC San Diego; Served on USS Satyr ARL23 and Geo. K. Mackenzie DD836. I left active duty on 4-22-56 as a a MM1; I had a fantastic time in the USN. This country should require all young men to serve in the military.


From:
E_Mail: hagensrus@aol.com
Date: 07 Feb 2002

Comments

I was at NTC San Diego between November 12, 1968 and January 29, 1969. I was a recruit in company no. 783. From there, I went into the Seabees where I became an electrician. I was released from active duty in 1972. I enjoyed your web site, but would like very much to be able to see more photographs of the buildings I remember...old barracks, the chow hall, auditorium, the grinders, front gate, etc.

Bob Hagen North Carolina


From: Bill Nelson
E_Mail: williamsnelson@cox.net
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Comments

I went through boot camp there from June to August, 1946. Company 240.


From: Anthony Jordan
E_Mail: adjordan@ucdavis.edu
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Comments

I attended RTC/NTC San Diego from Sep. 1980-Apr. 1981. I enjoyed Radiomn "A" school, but was glad to graduate from company 228. Our company commander was Chief Lovett. I love the city of San Diego. I was born in Ventura, and also lived in Oxnard. I currently live in the Capital city Sacramento, Ca.


From: Michael Dale
E_Mail: Drmbd10442@aol.com
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Comments

I was pleased to see this web site and its future plans. I was in Co. 456 in 1960......Sure was a long time ago.


From: Matt Slagle
E_Mail: mheels3@aol.com
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Comments

Went to RTC in Sept.1988, company 218. Looking for anyone that was in my company. I'am sad to see that the base that I grew up in ,is now closing.


From: Matt Slagle
E_Mail: mheels3@aol.com
Date: 05 Feb 2002

Comments

Went to RTC in Sept.1988, company 218. Looking for anyone that was in my company. I'am sad to see that the base that I grew up in ,is now closing.


From: bryan scott
E_Mail: squid9195@aol.com
Date: 03 Feb 2002

Comments

i went to rtc san diego june 16 1991, company 184. company commanders chief dotimas, and po1 alvia.hope to hear from some people from my company.


From: Sharon Steele Ward
E_Mail: srward1@bellsouth.net
Date: 02 Feb 2002

Comments

Just some info for people looking for copies of "The Anchor", other graduation books, try looking on ebay. I can't tell you how many I have seen in the listings. Who knows? Maybe you'll get lucky and find the one you want. My uncle Roy Steele was at NTS early 1942 and died in Nov. 42 at the naval battle off Guadalcanal. I'm trying to find his boot camp photo, (the long one with his whole class). If anyone has one around early 42, will they please peek on the back and see if maybe their dad wrote names of the guys and check for his name. I'd pay all costs associated with a copy of this. I would like to give a copy of it to my dad and my uncle who lost their big brother. Thanks so much. Sharon srward1@bellsouth.net


From: Keith G. Boyles Jr
E_Mail: keithx.g.boyles.jr@intel.com
Date: 01 Feb 2002

Comments

Its a sad thing to find out that the Recruit training center was closed down.


From: Matt Knake
E_Mail: matt___69@hotmail.com
Date: 01 Feb 2002

Comments

i figured i might as well post here so if any of my buddies from SEPS or the division check in they can drop me a line..

DIVISION 063, SURFACE WARRIORS HURAH


From: HMCS Eileen P. Evans
E_Mail: evanse@aol.com
Date: 01 Feb 2002

Comments

Wonderful piece of history. As relevant today as ever. Should be required for advancement for all enlisted personnel and promotion for junior officers.


From: Ronald D. Mendenhall, Jr., AOCS(EOD/AW)-RET
E_Mail: r_mendenhall_98@yahoo.com
Date: 31 Jan 2002

Comments

I attended boot camp at RTC San Diego, CA Aug-Nov 1973 (Company 260-CC BM1 Kemp). It was sad to see the gates close on this remarkable landmark. What an experience I had there and memories never to be forgotten. This place forged many great things into the lives of countless numbers of Sailors. It is good to see that this historical landmark will be preserved and live on.


From: Jere A. Call
E_Mail: jac3143@msn.com
Date: 31 Jan 2002

Comments

Wonderful site! I had heard that RTC San Diego was closing.. I always wanted to visit boot camp again -- but now I'll just have to reminisce about it through this site!

I was in Drill Company 937, from September-November 1983. I'll never forget that first morning -- being awakened after 2 hours' sleep with a garbage can being kicked through the barracks!

After basic, I spent 7 years in the Navy: 2 years in electronics schools (in Memphis and Virginia), 3 years in Japan on the USS Midway, and 2 years at NAS Whidbey Island -- the BEST 7 years of my life!

Thanks, Navy -- and Thanks, RTC San Diego!


From: Stephen J Magyar Jr.
E_Mail: magarts@hotmail.com
Date: 30 Jan 2002

Comments

I am a member of company 517. Mr.Lawrence was co. commander. From sept18-nov.67' any one out there from co 517 give me a call. 303-979-1196


From: Ronald L. Pulliam, JOC-Ret.
E_Mail: pulliamr@pacbell.net
Date: 30 Jan 2002

Comments

This is a very interesting site and it brings back strong memories of my time on MCPON Walker's staff, along with memories of the Fleet and Force Master Chiefs I was acquainted with at that time.

It's amazing to read the accomplishments of the office -- it forces me to remember that things were much, much different when I entered the Navy in 1970 and many changes took place over the next 23 years.

I have no clue what changes have transpired since I retired, but I'm sure they are no less remarkable.


From: Tom Mc Carthy
E_Mail: tmccar1665@yahoo.com
Date: 30 Jan 2002

Comments

Went through boot (CO 224) in 53. CS "B" school in 65 Instructor duty SSC 70-73 . Served on the advisory board of the CPO club. Made E-8 here. Lots of fond memories.


From: Charlie D Chase
E_Mail: ancientmariner@attbi.com
Date: 27 Jan 2002

Comments

Looking for any information, photos, names etc of anyone who was in Co 59 RTC SDiego, Year and month was Feb 1948, Company Commander was CBM Tryba, Assistant company commander (another recruit) was Seaman Porst, spent my orientation (believe 3 weeks maybe 4) in Camp Decatur, I was the Right Guide for 2nd platoon, messcooking in Camp Lawrence. Met Senior Chief Barton (also was in Co 59)in RM B School, Bainbridge, MD. I retired in 1967 as A Senior Chief Radioman. Sure hope I can make some contact, long time but worth the try. Charlie Chase


From: Clyde W. Hylton, USN Ret.
E_Mail: chylton@triad.rr.com
Date: 27 Jan 2002

Comments

Great job. Many memories came back as I scrolled through the postings. I started in Co.#375, Aug. 1950, graduated with 377 due to a hospital visit. Went East to Memphis and never got back to Diego. I retired Apr. 1, 1972. The Navy was good to me and for me. I would like to hear from any 50-377 shipmates. I still have our company photo somewhere around the house.


From: Bob Alverson
E_Mail: BobAlverson@peoplepc.com
Date: 25 Jan 2002

Comments

Company 210 - 67.

Any chance of current pictures. I haven't been back to San Diego since Boot Camp.


From: Gary M. Steinhaus
E_Mail: gary@blue-shark.net
Date: 25 Jan 2002

Comments

I wish I was still living in the San Diego area. If so I could have been your official photographer. I sure miss the area especially Del Mar.


From: Gary M. Steinhaus
E_Mail: gary@blue-shark.net
Date: 25 Jan 2002

Comments

I wish I was still living in the San Diego area. If so I could have been your official photographer. I sure miss the area especially Del Mar.


From: Randy Kelso
E_Mail: randy_kelso@hotmail.com
Date: 24 Jan 2002

Comments

Great site. Joined 28 Nov 1962; went through boot camp at San Diego with company 62-626 and graduated with 62-639 after a bout with bronchial pneumonia. Later AQF "A" school in Memphis, training in VF-124 at NAS Miramar, sailed aboard USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) as member of VF-154 on combat cruise to Vietnam, 7 Dec 1964 - 1 Nov 1965. Released from active duty 27 Jul 1966 at NAS Miramar. Would be pleased to hear from old boot camp mates, shipmates or squadronmates as well as other acquaintances. Please visit our site at

http://www.geocities.com/randykelso/vf154page.htm


From: Vic Ray
E_Mail: oc_dilbert at yahoo.com
Date: 23 Jan 2002

Comments

I returned to San Diego recently and it broke my heart to see NTC/RTC closed and being dismantled.

Oh well. Fair winds and following seas,

Vic Ray Company 160 (1978)


From: Robert (Bob) W. Ray MS1
E_Mail: ht81vette@aol.com
Date: 22 Jan 2002

Comments

I went to Boot in San Diego in 1969, many "A" and "C" schools and was stationed at Galley 5 (1975\76) and again (ASW Galley) in 1979/80. I was very disturbed to know that NTC was not only being closed but ripped away from our Navy history. I have to admit I drive down there at times to take a look and every dump truck and piece of NTC I see torn down and drug-out I feel like a piece of me is also being torn down.


From: Duane Clifton,STGC,USN,RET
E_Mail: grampturk@msn.com
Date: 21 Jan 2002

Comments

Recruit Company 244-58.


From: chuck lee
E_Mail: cclee@samlink.com
Date: 19 Jan 2002

Comments

great web! went through bootcamp 1958,company546-uss havanah12(deck force)sangley point pi.(boat pool) ussfinchder328(deck force)discharged8-24-62


From: Brandenburgh, Toby F., RMSN
E_Mail: tobyb@atlantic.net
Date: 19 Jan 2002

Comments

I was attached to NTC, San Diego from approx. Sept., 1982 until approx. March, 1983. While there, I attended Radioman "A" school and IMCO school. It was my first, and to date, only trip to CA. While living in San Diego I attended the "Us" festival in San Bernardino (hitchhiking to and fro) and saw John Cougar Mellencamp open for The Who at Jack Murphy stadium. The movie "ET" was all the rage. I also visited Blacks Beach, El Cajon, La Jolla and went hang-gliding in Mexico. I even spent a night at the downtown San Diego YMCA. Several nights and many days were spent on Mission Beach. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that San Diego opened my 19 year old eyes to many things. Some good, some not so good but in the end it made me a better man. Email me, shipmates.


From: Walter Lee
E_Mail: totlee@webtv.net
Date: 18 Jan 2002

Comments

I served aboard the USS O,Bannon DD450 duing WWII as a RM 1/C and I am trying to put together a history of the O'Bannon for the benefit of my offspring .I would appreciate you people supplying me with what you have in your files


From: Allyn Stanton
E_Mail: astanton@axiomlink.com
Date: 11 Jan 2002

Comments

I do love this site.

For any of the old crew that cares: Axiom is going through bankrupcy and will reemerge as ImageCare.

I've got Larkin taking the rap at the old place while we pull together the new company.

Love ya Jamey!


From: Mike Storey
E_Mail: storeym@aol.com
Date: 09 Jan 2002

Comments

I have found a picture in family photos of a company taken at the U.S. Naval Training Station in San Diego, Cal. The picture was taken on July 17, 1941. The name on the back says Danny Preston Melson. I would like to know more about this company or this picture. The Flag the group is flying says 68. There is a group of about a 100 sailors on grandstands.


From: emily lorenzen
E_Mail: curtainrod@hotmail.com
Date: 08 Jan 2002

Comments

i have a question.how do i know the address to my chat room? please write me back.


From: Jeff  Cook
E_Mail: jwcook01@aol.com
Date: 08 Jan 2002

Comments

Company 034, January 1965 Radioman School, May 1965-Nov 1965

Anyone out there serve in either of the above duty stations?


From: Ashley Morrissette
E_Mail: sgrlu3@netscape.net
Date: 08 Jan 2002

Comments


From: Rick Rogers
E_Mail: plialoha@hula.net
Date: 07 Jan 2002

Comments

I graduated from Second Class Dive school on pier 6. Class of 69-01. Sure was cold crappy water in the harbor back then.


From: Rick Rogers
E_Mail: plialoha@hula.net
Date: 07 Jan 2002

Comments

Anybody know anything about ferro-cement ship building at Chula Vista in 1942 & 43? We have one in Hawaii that we are trying to identify.


From: elie safi
E_Mail: dareelmcoy@aol.com
Date: 05 Jan 2002

Comments

I am trying to find out how i can get a graduation book from boot camp. i was company 357 graduated form great lakes ILL. dec 14th 1985. Can anyone help? Thank you if so.if not.at least i tried this posting.


From: Paul Reinert
E_Mail: castle@willinet.net
Date: 04 Jan 2002

Comments

Great website you have here! I attended recruit training there from 18 June 1982 to 20 August 1982. I was in Company 091-Division 4 in Barracks #58(right by the boat channel,recruit store and the sick call building. My Company commanders were EM1 Fontillas and MS1 Ruffin. I was so sad to hear they closed the base as that is where my 6 years in the navy began. Being that i live here in Iowa it's hard for me to come see the base one more time. I would like to hear from any of my shipmates that were in CO#091 but also from anyone who started their navy tour at RTC,San Diego. Also i would like to ask anyone(owners of this website or anyone else located in the San Diego area) who is in the San Diego area to take some pitcures of my old barracks,the enlisted club(man did i party there on graduation night!),both chow halls,Preble Field,the bowling alley,RTC headquarters,Bainbridge Court as well as any other photo's of interest of the base(if the buildings do not exist take a pitcure of where they stood please). I will gladly reimburse the cost of the photo's and mailing cost's to me. This would be such a huge favor and mean so much to me. I'll list my mailing address below. Sincerely,Paul Reinert 610 13th Street-Apt.#7,Sioux City, Iowa 51105


From: Paul Reinert
E_Mail: castle@willinet.net
Date: 04 Jan 2002

Comments

Great website you have here! I attended recruit training there from 18 June 1982 to 20 August 1982. I was in Company 091-Division 4 in Barracks #58(right by the boat channel,recruit store and the sick call building. My Company commanders were EM1 Fontillas and MS1 Ruffin. I was so sad to hear they closed the base as that is where my 6 years in the navy began. Being that i live here in Iowa it's hard for me to come see the base one more time. I would like to hear from any of my shipmates that were in CO#091 but also from anyone who started their navy tour at RTC,San Diego. Also i would like to ask anyone(owners of this website or anyone else located in the San Diego area) who is in the San Diego area to take some pitcures of my old barracks,the enlisted club(man did i party there on graduation night!),both chow halls,Preble Field,the bowling alley,RTC headquarters,Bainbridge Court as well as any other photo's of interest of the base(if the buildings do not exist take a pitcure of where they stood please). I will gladly reimburse the cost of the photo's and mailing cost's to me. This would be such a huge favor and mean so much to me. I'll list my mailing address below. Sincerely,Paul Reinert 610 13th Street-Apt.#7,Sioux City, Iowa 51105


From: Howard I
E_Mail: qgardens@aol.com
Date: 02 Jan 2002

Comments

Attended DT A School in late 1969 & early 1970 at NTC San Diego. Revisited the base in 1987, 1988, 1997 & Jan 01. I always made a point of "stopping by" whenever I was in San Diego.The last visit was sad as they had already begun demolishing the portion of the base that housed the DT school.The old Rosecrans Gate 6 was gone along with most of Bainbridge area.However,there was enought of the base left to make it a worthwhile visit. Gate 3 looked as it did in 69.NTC San Diego was one beautiful base located in one beautiful city.I only wish I appreciated it as much then, as I do now. Anyone remember Ma Pauls on Rosecrans?

Bravo on your web site! I hope you continue to complete "Cradle" As I enjoy reading it.


From: Mark Loughrey
E_Mail: mslohms2k2@aol.com
Date: 02 Jan 2002

Comments

This my second visit to your site and wanted to let you know that I just found a small booklet I bought in bootcamp named "I'm At The US Naval Training Center San Diego, California". I bought it in 1964, Can't believe I still have it but glad I found it. The last page has a space to write a message which I did to my mom dated 11/8/64. Keep up the good work


From: Kim Pace
E_Mail: kapnurse1@aol.com
Date: 01 Jan 2002

Comments

I was wondering if there is anything in the records about a man named Fred Pace whom was chosen "honor man" in 1925?


From: leo a dagenais
E_Mail: leoy92@msn.com
Date: 01 Jan 2002

Comments

would like to e-mail some personnel on ships if possible


From: Paul E. O'Quinn
E_Mail: poquinn@houston.rr.com
Date: 01 Jan 2002

Comments

Company 55-378, anyone who was a member of this company, please contact me.


From: Robert Wendling
E_Mail: rgwendling@hotmail.com
Date: 30 Dec 2001

Comments

Was in Machinery Repairman "A" school, summer of 1967. Had some class mates that were assigned to VietNam. Always wonder if they made it back home. Was assigned to Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA42. From the midwest but loved southern California.


From: raymond agueros
E_Mail: jatay18@yahoo.com
Date: 29 Dec 2001

Comments

Graduated from NTC in December 1970. Was part of the Amphibious Battalion from 1970 through 1971. Went to Data Processing 'A' school at NTC(SD)in May of 1972 and graduated and was then assigned aboard the the Constellation(CVA64). Was part of the Blue Jacket Choir while in Boot Camp. Have only fond memories of NTC and although I live approximately 2hrs from San Diego, we go by it often on our frequent trips to San Diego.


From: Mark S. Loughrey
E_Mail: mslohms2k2@aol.com
Date: 29 Dec 2001

Comments

I really like this as it brought back a lot of memories. I entered boot camp 10/23/64 and graduated 1/65. I was in Co. 587 and I still have my copy of The Anchor. I did not know the base had been closed, I would like to get down there and see it again. Please keep up the good work, the Navy has a lot of proud traditions that need to be held onto. By the way, my uniform still fits. Thanks Again. Mark S. Loughrey Vet


From: josh guidry
E_Mail: jb_jingles@hotmail.com
Date: 29 Dec 2001

Comments

i am waiting after high school and i am joing the navy i cant wait.thanks josh


From: Charles E. Pickens
E_Mail: pickensart@aol.com
Date: 28 Dec 2001

Comments

To Whom it may concern, I have a family emergency.

I'm urgently trying to contact my nephew concerning

his mother. Could you pass on my message and have

him contact me through e-mail or phone.

I don't have an S.S. number.

But his name is: Audre Mosely from Los Angeles, and

he recently completed training in Chicago.

Please help me.

Hope to here from you soon.

Charles (818) 753 - 2898 e-mail: pickensart@aol.com


From: Joe Frederickson
E_Mail: jfrederickson@pe.com, svatus@pe.net
Date: 28 Dec 2001

Comments

USNTC RTC Co. 193-1963. Recently visited Camp Nimitz site, now San Diego firefighters training complex. Drove right in and walked around. Most barracks areas sealed and unaccessible, but the grinder and chow hall were generally intact. No access to main base via bridge; it, too, is fenced. It was an interesting visit as I enjoyed a freedom of movement I never had while there.


From: Joe Frederickson
E_Mail: jfrederickson@pe.com, svatus@pe.net
Date: 28 Dec 2001

Comments

USNTC RTC Co. 193-1963. Recently visited Camp Nimitz site, now San Diego firefighters training complex. Drove right in and walked around. Most barracks areas sealed and unaccessible, but the grinder and chow hall were generally intact. No access to main base via bridge; it, too, is fenced. It was an interesting visit as I enjoyed a freedom of movement I never had while there.


From: Robert Junior Colson
E_Mail: private
Date: 25 Dec 2001

Comments

I reported to the San Diego Naval Training Station on 5 Feb. 1941 and after graduating I was assigned to the U.S.S. Enterprise, CV-6, and we proceeded to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Anybody know where I can get a the Navy Publication of this particular boot camp with pictures of the attendees? Thanks, Robert Colson


From: Sheila Goodrich
E_Mail: spradeilhes@sympatico.ca
Date: 24 Dec 2001

Comments

I'm trying to find anyone who knew my father.Guy Albert Goodrich he graduated August 25th 1944..Class 1-45 Basic Engineers. I actually have the picture of his graduating class.

What I would really like is to find someone who knew him! He died in 1961 when I was a year and a half old, so I never knew him. He had contracted a lung illness while stationed on the USS Hope during World War II.

During World War II he was stationed on the USS Hope mostly near the Philippines..I'm trying to find information on that ship as well and anyone who was there at the time.


From: Marvin C. Hardin
E_Mail: marvin.c.hardin@opbu.xerox.com
Date: 22 Dec 2001

Comments

I seem to be the youngest on this. I graduated boot camp CO 270 Oct 13 1989 and IC A in 27 April 1990 I have my Anchor book and photos of my company if any body is looking. I am also a engineer for Xerox and have acess to large scanners if anybody needs help in copying pictures. Email me and I will contact you. Go Navy.


From: Marvin C. Hardin
E_Mail: Marvin.c.hardin@opbu.xerox.com
Date: 22 Dec 2001

Comments

I think it is great somebody wants to save this much history. I feel the navy let down a lot of people when they did not try and save that location. I would like to help in this process if I can. Please contact me.


From: Chris Piper
E_Mail: Kristobol@att.net
Date: 19 Dec 2001

Comments

Attended RTC San Diego in the Fall of 1969. Today (Dec 18, 2001) I visited the site of my primary training. The barracks are now occupied by the San Diego Fire Department, FBI, and Border Patrol. Managed to walk around the old complex and take some pictures. Unfortunately, I was unable to get on the mainside of the base. I was dissapointed. In any event, got to see the old chow hall and my barracks, bldg 72.

Regards,

Chris Piper RTC 1969


From: John Robertson
E_Mail: graford@earthlink.net
Date: 19 Dec 2001

Comments

I was at NTC San Diego from June 73/Aug/73. We were a special company from Texas called "Texas Prostockers" I have our company photographs if anyone from that company lost theirs and is looking for one. Would like to here from anyone from the company if out there.


From: James F. Lewis
E_Mail: USN HellCat @AOl.com
Date: 18 Dec 2001

Comments

What a wonderful project to reflect our navys herritage. How is the project funded,Is it possible to get a patch logo of the training Center and USS Recruit.


From: James F. Lewis
E_Mail: USN HellCat @AOl.com
Date: 18 Dec 2001

Comments

What a wonderful project to reflect our navys herritage. How is the project funded,Is it possible to get a patch logo of the training Center and USS Recruit.


From: Dick Harrell
E_Mail: dickandgloria@prodigy.net
Date: 17 Dec 2001

Comments

I was in Boot Camp in San Diego in 1956(Co.542).CC was QM1 W.K. Nelson. Graduated 1 Feb.1957. Have a copy of "The Anchor"(Cruise Book/Yearbook, whatever it's called)and a picture of the Company and a picture of the Company Recruit PO's, but don't have a flat scanner or a scanner big enough to handle the Co. Pic, but am open to suggestions.


From: Dick Schwartzmyer
E_Mail: rich2493@home.com
Date: 16 Dec 2001

Comments

Went through Boot Camp at NTC, San Diego (06/21/58 - 09/05/58) I have a group photo of Company 356 and will make a digital copy for anyone who would like a copy. The company commander was H.W. Kline, MMC. I maintain a web site for Utility Squadron One (VJ-1,VU-1, and VC-1). It also has pages on NTC, NATTC (Norman & Memphis). http://www.utron1.itgo.com/index.htm I have been searching for a web site on NTC San Diego - this is a great site.


From: John K. Ellett, RMC, USN, RET
E_Mail: mercedman@hotmail.com
Date: 16 Dec 2001

Comments

Company 52-195. First set fot on NTC SDIEGO February 27, 1952.


From: Andrew Carter
E_Mail: ata525@yahoo.com
Date: 14 Dec 2001

Comments

Hi,

I was stationed at NTC San Diego from Sep 1984 - March 1985. Possibly one of the best times of my life. I attended RM "A" School, then RM "C" (IMCO). I was in the days section of RM "A" school starting in Sep 1984. Would love to talk to anyone else from that class. San Diego was the most beautiful naval base, I've ever seen!


From: Robert T. Paige
E_Mail: roberttpaige@aol.com
Date: 14 Dec 2001

Comments

Completed Recruit Training in Company 51-616 (June-August, 1951). From there went to ET School at Treasure Island, USS Sicily (CVE-118) and USS Kenneth Whiting (AV-14). Passed exam for ET1, but would have had to "ship over" for promotion. Completed 38 years with FAA and retired in January, 1999. Looking for members of ("Boot Camp")Company 51-616 and ET School Company 10-52 (1951-1952) in addition to ships listed.


From: James DePodesta
E_Mail: depodesta@aol.com
Date: 14 Dec 2001

Comments

As an OS2 I was stationed at NAVADMINCom NTC San Diego from 1978 through 1980. I was the dispatcher in the Transportation Department which picked up recruits from the airport and dropped took them to RTC. What a great place. I can't believe that they closed San Diego and kept Great Lakes (where I went to boot camp). I sure appreciate this site especially the history. I worked with civilians who went to boot camp at RTC San Diego back in the mid to late 1930s. The stories they told. Keep up the good work and I will check in periodically.


From: Ron Ehlers
E_Mail: varn@gpcom.net
Date: 13 Dec 2001

Comments

I am a veteran service officer from Rushville Ne. I am attempting to locate people for veterans in the county, I'm glad to find sites like this to make my job easier


From: Ron Emanuel
E_Mail: remanuel@aol.com
Date: 13 Dec 2001

Comments

All California state company 002, 1966. Retired ADCS, 12/88. Any NTC photos would be great to see again.


From: Billy J. Koonts
E_Mail: billkoonts@aol.com
Date: 13 Dec 2001

Comments

Glad someone started a site. I was in company 622 in 1952. Went from San Diego to AP school in Norman Ok then to AT school in Memphis and on to VP56 for 35 months. Flew on 9 Boat p5m-1 and -2. Was AT2 when I got out in 1956. Now retired from FAA. Navy gave me a career for 41 years. Most of 622 was hungry North Carolina boys. We kept the Meatball flag for 10 weeks.


From: Hudson, John t. ADRC USN Ret.
E_Mail: hudso22@knology.net
Date: 12 Dec 2001

Comments

NTC RTC company 44-606


From: John Mc Leod,EMC(PJ)USN, Retired
E_Mail: usncpo@earthlink.net
Date: 12 Dec 2001

Comments

Great site. Would like to know what company I was in. CRS. Reported aboard San Diego 8 December 1955, finished around end of January 1956. Was RCPO for a while then the PO1. Had a number of Company Commanders. Most of our company were draftees and from Lousiania. 641? HELP!!!!!!


From: Larry D. Skeen
E_Mail: larry_skeen_2000@yahoo.com
Date: 12 Dec 2001

Comments

I was attached with company 344 My enlistment date was 7-20-65. I'm interested in hearing from anyone connected with my company


From: Greg Richeson
E_Mail: greg@richesons.com
Date: 10 Dec 2001

Comments

I went to boot camp(company 087 1979), radioman "A" school and C-7 school at NTC in the early 80's. Its great to know that something good is happening with old naval bases and installations. I can't wait to see it when I am there for the USS WADDELL (DDG-24) reunion in june. Back then boot camp was HARD!!!


From: Robert  Wayne Frost
E_Mail: bobfrost@quik.com
Date: 09 Dec 2001

Comments

I was at NTC boot camp in 1964,I believe in February. that was a major turning point in my life and I would like to obtain info on what my company number was and the names of those in my company.I am assuming the person responsible for this web site will have the resources to do this.thanks for any info you might send my way. am looking forward to making it down to California,from Washington, soon and hope to visit NTC.


From: Doug Hill
E_Mail: doughill6@hotmail.com
Date: 26 Nov 2001

Comments

I am one of the thousands that seem to be looking for info on how to find Boot Camp Books. I was a member of Company 78-017 Grad date was 3/17/78.San Deigo. I never recieved a book, but did get the group photo. If anyone has info, please write.I will e-mail a copy of the photo to any members of the company who needs it. GO NAVY


From: Jim Maxwell
E_Mail: stoeckle@dustdevil.com
Date: 24 Nov 2001

Comments

If anyone has a graduation photo for GMC Renbarger's recruit company graduating September, 1953, please contact me.

Thanks!


From: Dave Allyn
E_Mail: allynde2@aol.com
Date: 10 Nov 2001

Comments

Forgot to mention my unit: graduated with Honor Co. 652, March 1965. I was the EPO and proud to carry the Educational Award guidon on graduation day. I Have lost my NTC Company Yearbook and wish there was a way to obtain the photos of those great guys.


From: Dave Allyn
E_Mail: allynde2@aol.com
Date: 10 Nov 2001

Comments

Excellent website! I look forward to visiting the Museum when it opens.


From: James C. Hosang
E_Mail: JHosang@aol.com
Date: 09 Nov 2001

Comments

Went through boot camp in April of 1943. Company 43-151. Chief was Roland Roloff. Served on the USS Breton CVE 23 and USS Gage APA 168. Would like to hear from anyone of Company43-151


From: James Romine
E_Mail: jrromine@home.com
Date: 07 Nov 2001

Comments

I am serching for information, pictures etc. from Company #511. Dates of training Sept 22, 1960 until Aprox December 20,1960

I would love to hear from anyone who served in that company.

I am also searching for informtion regarding veteran status. I understand that all personnel serving during 1962 and 1972 were considered veterans regardless of where they served, stateside or overseas. Where can I check my status?

Thank you for hosting this site. I have searched for years and this site gives me hope.

Jim Romine


From: James Romine
E_Mail: jrromine@home.com
Date: 07 Nov 2001

Comments

I am attempting to locate pictures and information about my training company #511. Dates of training Sept 22 1960 to Dec. 21 1060.

How and where do I search such information.

Thank you so much for hosting this site, I have searched for years with no luck, access to this site give me hope.

I would love to hear from anyone in company #511 who served during the dates above.

Also, if we served during 1960 -1964 and served stateside, how do I dertermin my verteran status or do I not qualify. I have heard that all military personel during that time was considered a veteran. Yes or No.

jim Romine


From: dale  edmondson
E_Mail: dalwatters@hotmail.com
Date: 06 Nov 2001

Comments

thank you for what you are doing. i hope to support your efforts in the future. dale edmondson company 2027 may 1952


From: john scott
E_Mail: jscott@pinehurst.net
Date: 04 Nov 2001

Comments

I was in co. 529 in 1952. Would like to hear from anyone from that co.


From: James Long
E_Mail: Long1701@aol.com
Date: 01 Nov 2001

Comments

I was Sad to learn of NTC's closure. I came from Los Angeles in June 1990 to start boot. graduated and went to RM school there as well. The Navy Should not have let my second home go!!!! For the History, as well as the comaraderie that every Sailor develops. I'd like to learn more about your organization, please have someone contact me.


From: kerry b. riley
E_Mail: kerrysh3@aol.com
Date: 28 Oct 2001

Comments

Boot camp Jan 14th 1965. Company 040 any information, pictures, etc. appreciated. Contact me at above email address. Thank you for having this site hopefully I will be able to get anything about the time I was stationed there. Thank You


From: kerry b. riley
E_Mail: kerrysh3@aol.com
Date: 28 Oct 2001

Comments

Boot camp Jan 14th 1965. Company 040 any information, pictures, etc. appreciated. Contact me at above email address. Thank you for having this site hopefully I will be able to get anything about the time I was stationed there. Thank You


From: Sharon Steele Ward
E_Mail: srward1@bellsouth.net
Date: 24 Oct 2001

Comments

Hi! My uncle, Roy L. Steele, Jr. from Tennessee trained there before going on the USS San Francisco.I believe he would have been training there during early 1942. He died on the "Frisco" in November 1942. He was 19 years old. If anyone who remembers him during training and/or has the long picture of all the guys in his training group, please contact me at srward1@bellsouth.net. I would love to have a copy of the photo or talk to anyone who maybe remembers him. Thanks. I LOVE THIS SIGHT! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE ARCHIVES TO OPEN UP


From: G Snyder
E_Mail: snydergg@aol.com
Date: 23 Oct 2001

Comments

I just found this web site and was very interested. Don't let them change the name from NTC. It brings back a lot of memories when I was with Company 254, in 1950


From: Marty A.Striegel
E_Mail: MASTRIEGEL@AOL.COM
Date: 22 Oct 2001

Comments

LOOKING FOR ANYONE FROM CO.123 1971 WATERS SWEAT HARTS


From: Michelyn Caldwell (MacKinnon)
E_Mail: nascent4u@aol.com
Date: 21 Oct 2001

Comments

I was searching for information for my son, his grandpa, my father (Retired CWO4 James Phillip MacKinnon) had his training a the O.W. Waterman, U.S. Naval Training Station, San Diego, CA. I have the Picture of the unit my dad graduated with (Company 39-12 August 8, 1939 U.S.N.T.S San Diego, CA) That is word for word what is written on the photgraph. I am very proud of my Father as is his grandchildren. I only wish I had more history to share with his grandchildren. He is now retired as a CWO4 after serving 26 years in the US Navy. Now at age 84, he is still just as stuborn as ever but, that's what keeps him going and probable keeped him alive through both the Wars he served in (WWII & Korean war) I love him with all my heart and always will. Oh, by the way. The web site is very well done. It is an honor and very COOL, to be able to share my thought with the world of how proud I am of my Dad.

Michelyn Caldwell (MacKinnon)- 33years old

P.S. Ya, my Dad was a stud, he was 51 when I was Born, Mom? she was 24.


From: Joseph P. Roppolo
E_Mail: jropp45@aol.com
Date: 19 Oct 2001

Comments

Was in CO 233 June - July 1963 Lt Cdr. Weinbarger CC. Just checking to see if there's any way of finding info about those days..


From: Gene Rowley
E_Mail: ipsut@dol.net
Date: 18 Oct 2001

Comments

I have a picture of a training unit taken on 21 May 1941 of 38 new recruits. Caption reads "Reserve Company F." My uncle, George E. Biggs Jr is pictured therein.

I have decided to try to find a list of the names of the men in this Company, perhaps even eventually identify some of the men. Posting this message is my first step.

Can anyone reading this message direct me to a relevant information source?

Gene


From: Steven M. Lampkin
E_Mail: Talentedchef23@aol.com
Date: 18 Oct 2001

Comments

Yes.I am one of those thousands of navy veterans searching for answers on how to get a copy of my recruit company??? It has been some time..I was in training at San Diego in August 1974-October 1974 Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


From: Jesse R. Knighton
E_Mail: jrknighton@aol.com
Date: 17 Oct 2001

Comments

As a member of Company 287 in 1948, NTC holds many fond memories for me. I retired in 1967 and remained in San Diego.

You are doing an excellent job. Many, many thanks


From: Gerald Grant
E_Mail: www.jermo1@msn.com
Date: 03 Oct 2001

Comments

In the year of 1980, I went to bootcamp in San Diego. Written on our company banner was, HELL IS FINE FOR 239. I never did receive a picture of my bootcamp company. N.T.C. sent me the wrong company picture. I hope that one day I will be able to have this picture on my office wall as this was very dear to me and a major turning point in my life. I went on to serve in the prestigious Nuclear Submarine Force, SUBLANTFLT. This is an important historical document to me. Please e-mail me in regards to the procedure to obtain this important photograph.


From: Meggan A. Whitten
E_Mail: megganwhitten@hotmail.com
Date: 02 Oct 2001

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My grandpa, Ralph Alvin Whitten was aboard this ship. It was interesting to learn about what he went through.

I am glad this ship survived all of this because I wouldn't even be here if something had happened to Pop.

~Meggan Whitten, N.C. *=)


From: arthur
E_Mail: 10-02-01
Date: 02 Oct 2001

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I served in the navy from 1973 to 1977. I served the entire 4 years at the naval tr. center and really have many good memories. I left the Navy and persued my B.A. degree in psychology (Florida) then a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. I have been a licensed therapist for 14 years now. I wish the Navy hired Masters level therapist but this is not the case, only Ph.D. ---Happy in Fla.,Go Bucs!--


From: Tom Herman    2nd Division  Jan 43 - Dec 45
E_Mail: herman@ctitech.com
Date: 02 Oct 2001

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I enjoyed your article and your web site. I was proud to serve on the Dago and I am sending my regards to all of my old shipmates that are still surviving. May you continue on a long and happy cruise. Best Regards; Tom Herman 910 West Elm Taylorville,Ill. 62568 (217) 824-2169


From: Karl R. Martin
E_Mail: krm16@earthlink.net
Date: 26 Sep 2001

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comp.064 say hello


From: LEE PUCKETT
E_Mail: ORISKANYBOMBS@YAHOO.COM
Date: 24 Sep 2001

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WAS IN CO.532 IN SEPTEMBER OF 1962.. WENT ON TO:

USS Oriskany CVA-34 Aviation Weapons / G-Div / V-3 1964/65/66

NAS North Island, San Diego, Ca Administration / POD / SS-Div 1962/63/64

Lee Puckett Columbus Ohio geocities.com/oriskanypage1


From: glos_recipes@hotmail.com
E_Mail: wildwest@teknett.com
Date: 24 Sep 2001

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was just thinking. maybe you folks could start a intro to naval training for teenage boys and girls in the san diego area, maybe even a wider area then that. If you make it interesting, education, phyically challenging you would not only be servicing the city but, the U.S Navy. Giving the youngters a taste for Naval Service. Any way good luck on the Museum. anchors aweigh !


From: Guy Lozowski
E_Mail: wildwest@teknett.com
Date: 24 Sep 2001

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you folks are doing a great job.keep up the good work I was in co.360 may 1969.cc BTCS L.E. Hanks did you folks finish work on TDE-1. If I leaved closer I would have helped out.btw great ideas on the museum.If I think of anything I'll let you know.


From: ROBERT J.LE GETTE
E_Mail: legettebob@webtv.net
Date: 22 Sep 2001

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WAS IN CO.297-1960 GROW UP FAST!


From: ROBERT J.LE GETTE
E_Mail: legettebob@webtv.net
Date: 22 Sep 2001

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WAS IN CO.297-1960 GROW UP FAST!


From: CMDMC(SW) Enrique P. Rivera
E_Mail: riverae@nctssd.navy.mil
Date: 19 Sep 2001

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A must see/visit site for our Sailors. I encourage everyone who visit the site to get the word out to the deckplates. Keep up the energy, initiative and the dedication of your organization in documenting and sharing Naval History especially, San Diego's place in Naval History.