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I Am a Navy Veteran

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    I Am Afraid

    Hello, My name is of no matter i guess because i doubt if anybody will ever read this anyway. I have been trying for a long time to get some response from other vet sites but so far nothing. I wish i knew where to start but i dont because most of the time i think i have narrowed...
    3 Responses Jan 13, 2013

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    From '88 To '92

    I had my time in from 1988 to 1992. I had gone in to study Interior Communications (IC). Sadly I failed out of IC "A" school, I was assigned to USS Reid FFG-30. She was stationed out at NAVSTA 32nd st. While there I served as both a Fireman then a Seaman (non-rating). During that...
    Michael820 Michael820 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 19, 2012

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    Vxn8...pax River Nas...

    Oceanagraphic Development Squadron Eight... The best duty you could pull...Flew all over the world in civilian clothes...including the North Pole. Those were the days...
    Hankster2 Hankster2 61-65 Jun 21, 2012

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    I Had Almost A Similar Experience As Cruise Ship Making News 2/14/2013

    I have been seeing on CNN's News this February Tuesday 12 - 14, 2013.Especially the trouble this CARNIVAL LUXURY CRUISE SHIP having lost its Engines and having been getting Stranded out in the Gulf Of Mexico. And needed to be tugged into Mobile, Alabama (?).This reminded me from...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Feb 14, 2013

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    This Is Life

    u laugh.u cry.happy mode.sad mode.u are satisfy.sometime u are not satisfied.some time u are cheated.sometime u cheat some one.u miss him/her too much.u hate him too much.u dislike him/her too much.u enjoyu are borredur time passes like secondssometime time doesnoot passu wana...
    rolex928 rolex928 22-25, M 12 Responses Mar 31, 2011

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    Was On The U.s.s. Coral Sea Cva-43 Aircraft Carrier 1973 - 1975

    I was in the Navy for 3 years. Went in of October 1972 - and left it October 1975. I served on the U.S.S. CORAL SEA CVA-43 AIRCRAFT CARRIER of April 1973 to the Time the Carrier was in Long Beach, California at the Dry Dock for refurbishing it, October 1975.  Been Overseas...
    ChakraSolipsismMGP ChakraSolipsismMGP 56-60, M Feb 26, 2010

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    Sea Stories

    I love sea stories. I think it is a great way of putting some humor into what may have been an arduous situation. Most of us sea going types have that "gallows" sense of humor anyway.For the uninitiated reading these threads, there are fairy tales and sea stories. Fairy tales...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 4, 2012

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    Just a Normal 4 Year Termer

    Spent my time as an ET (electronics Technician), was specialized in the TACAN beacon system, Laser Gyro systems, INMARSAT satellite, and electronic test equipment calibration scheduling; my shop also ran and setup all network stations on the ship (about 100 stations). This was...
    dedre dedre 31-35, M 1 Response May 29, 2008

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    US Navy 10 &1/2 Years

    I served on the USS Puget Sound AD38, USS Piedmont AD14, USS Sierra AD18, USS Vulcan AR5, USS Shenandoah AD 26, USS Orion AS18, and NAVSUPPACT Naples Italy
    DoneWEP DoneWEP 46-50, M 2 Responses Oct 16, 2007

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    Was In For 12 Years

    I went to boot camp in 1995. Served on the USS George Washington, am a plankowner of the USS Pearl Harbor and also served on the USS Firebolt. I I did three deployments to the Persian Gulf a West Pac and a Med cruise.
    Walkingcontradiction93 Walkingcontradiction93 36-40, M Jan 3, 2013

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    A Sailor's Christmas 'Twas the night

    before Christmas, the ship was out steaming, Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming. They lived in a crowd with racks tight and small, In a 80-man berthing, cramped one and all. I had come down the stack with presents to give, And to see inside just who might...
    QuasiModdo QuasiModdo 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 24, 2013

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    GSM 4124 & 4128

      I served from 92 til 98. Uss Cape Cod AD-43, and Uss Paul F Foster DD-964. I still have nightmares about the Foster, LOL. The second to last ship to leave Long Beach naval shipyard before it closed. When we Op-Tested the fuel system in the Aft engine room fuel sprayed...
    identitytwo identitytwo 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 1, 2009

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    Waves And Ways

    I enjoyed being in the Navy in the communications field.  I was a Radioman when we still used the old teletype machines, the punched card system and paper tape to enter info into the giant computers.  Though there was a boot camp in San Diego and I am from Sacramento CA I was...
    rubyetuesday rubyetuesday 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 4, 2012

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    I miss all my buddies on the boat

    and the experiences we had together. I haven't even been out a year and I miss it already. The Navy was one of the best times in my life.
    IAmAnElasticFirecracker IAmAnElasticFirecracker 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 23

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    Blackshoe All The Way

    I was commissioned on July 1, 1983 and served until February 28, 2005. I did 5 sea tours that accounted for 12 years and 3 months of sea duty. My initial plan was to do my obligated service and get out. I found that I loved being on ships at sea and more importantly working with...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 2, 2012

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    1989 Hurricane Hugo

    September 1989: USS Dahlgren DDG-43 anchored at Saint Croix, Virgin Islands during Operation Hawkeye,the relief effort following Hurricane Hugo.I went ashore here to help clean up a school.I was a Fire Controlman , those two radars in the aft where my babies.
    1changingheart 1changingheart 51-55, M Oct 25, 2013

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    Sonar Tech Submarines.

    Received an Honorable Disability Discharge in 1987. Still fighting the VA for a disability. Hate bureaucracy.
    CowboyFarmer CowboyFarmer 46-50, M 3 Responses Jan 27

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    13 Year Veteran

    I was in the Navy for 13 years before being discharged due to the PRT.  Initially I joined in 1989 and got an honorable discharge in 1995.  After a few years out, I rejoined in 1999 and then was discharged in 2006.  While in I went to bootcamp in Orlando and on...
    arrby1234 arrby1234 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 12, 2010

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    I Was a Navy Corpsman(woman) :-)

    Hi to all, I was active duty 6 yrs at Bethesda, Great Lakes, Miramar, Jacksonville, Fl, & Ft. Sam Houston plus 6 yrs in the reserves as a FMF Corpsman.  
    myndsi myndsi 51-55, F 3 Responses Jun 21, 2009

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    Proud Retiree

    retired from the Navy Seabees 2003 did a 11 month tour on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower before I found out about the Seabees.   Crossed to the Bees in 1984, joined my 1st Battalion (NMCB-4) in Sept of 1985   Did tours in NMCB-4, NMCB-40, ACB-1, 31st NCR, Port...
    SEABEEMIKE SEABEEMIKE 41-45 1 Response Jan 24, 2009

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    I'M Leaving In June For The Navy. Did You Guys Like It?

    I'm leaving in June or July for the Navy. Basic training only, but I am soo exited! I'm going to be doing active duty. I hope I get deployed shortly after I get out!!! :)
    IluvScotty IluvScotty 22-25, M 8 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    Leaving Before Underway Time

    I used to be in the Navy,the U.S. Navy if you want to be specific and/or picky. I also used to be married to a former sailor who had 2 children from a previous marriage. I spanked my step- children alot but that's not the main point that I am atempting to make.Every time the ship...
    gingershuman gingershuman 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 10, 2012

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    Drunken Sailor

    I take offence to the statement----- "The government is spending money like a drunken sailor" I was a drunken sailor and when I ran out of money I stopped spending. Maybe the government should take a lesson from a drunken sailor!!!!
    1changingheart 1changingheart 51-55, M 1 Response Sep 13, 2013

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    Served Usn 1986-1994, Vfa-132/aimd Nas Jax

    Sea Duty: VFA-132 "Privateers", NAS Cecil Field, Fl., 1987-1990. Deployed with VFA-132 to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan as part of MAG-15, 1987-1988. Deployed with VFA-132 (CAG13) aboard USS Coral Sea (CV-43) on her sunset cruise, 1989. Shore Duty: Aviation Intermediate Maint...
    Mosstrooper Mosstrooper 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 27, 2008

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    I Am A Sailor

    I am a veteran of the US Navy and god bless it for being the best time of my life. It was hard and sometimes more of a headache than it needed to be, but damn did it make me a better person. I served on the USS Ogden LPD5 and got to decommission that beautiful floating heap of...
    Rustyninja Rustyninja 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 12, 2012

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    I Was An It...

    I had served from May 2000 until July 2008. I have been stationed at the Naval War College, USS George Washington (twice), VAW 123 as a network administrator, USS Enterprise. My experience as an IT and as a woman in the Navy was negative and it was one of the reasons why I...
    lefteye02 lefteye02 31-35 Aug 23, 2009

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    My Sailor.my Hero

    Hey all you Navy girlfriends, fiances, wives, boyfriends, husbands, etc!!!!!! Come on over to My Sailor.My Hero on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/MySailor.MyHero We are a group for any and all Navy s/os and family members! We love sharing stories and pictures, answering...
    caitc91 caitc91 18-21, F Dec 9, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    ***A VETERAN*** Whether on active duty, retired, national guard or reserve, or justserved, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United...
    ken757 ken757 31-35, M 4 Responses Apr 4

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    Not long ago, I read in a newspaper that a veteran was having to sell his medals that he earned in WW2 to pay his rent/bills.. Makes me so angry!
    clurrby clurrby 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 7

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    I would like to thank our veterans from Canada as they have served, sacrificed and lost friends...they have given a huge price just to keep us safe:) and I would also like to thank...
    DavidWahlstrom123 DavidWahlstrom123 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm going to be joining the Navy reserves. I'm blessed that my bf is a Navy recruiter so he's helping me out but I do have my own recruiter. I'm very excite and can't wait to start...
    kaylinanna kaylinanna 22-25, F Mar 22

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    Well ladies, I'm not longer a Navy girlfriend... I am, however, a Navy FIANCÉ! Today was wonderful. Seeing my sailor was beyond amazing. I hope you all have a good weekend.
    TheGirlWhoWaits TheGirlWhoWaits 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 28

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    I go to many sporting events and before they getting going! And before or while The Play The Star Spangled Banner? The Navy Seals will jump out of a airplane way up and jump out...
    jon2403 jon2403 56-60, M Apr 8

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    So, my sailor gave some not great news a few days ago. He wasn't able to class up with his friends in A-school because the classes filled up before they got to him. Now he has to...
    Madikwebb Madikwebb 18-21, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the sailor in my life. Being with a guy in the military was the last thing I thought I would ever do... In fact, I had told God many times that...
    alyssamarie909 alyssamarie909 18-21, F Mar 19

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    Hi, I recently became real close with someone in the navy. By the time we got to know each other (through a dating site) he did not know he was going to be deployed. We kept on...
    cgcz1781 cgcz1781 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    I'm 18 and just enlisted in the navy. My boyfriend is staying home to go to college. I love him so much and we are thinking about getting married before I ship out. I just wish I...
    Brittanyleehutto Brittanyleehutto 18-21, F Mar 23

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    I am almost 20 years old and as of January a new navy wife. My husband gradated boot camp in October and got stationed almost 9 hours away from where we used to live. I recently...
    watson13 watson13 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    So I have recently became a navy girlfriend i couldn't be more proud of my sailor and he just left for bootcamp yesterday and I'm sooo happy for him because i know this is always...
    noellegabriella95 noellegabriella95 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    My best friend has been in the Navy for almost 3 years now and I'm still not use to it. We've been best friends for almost ten years. We're more like brothers. We even fight like...
    SDJ317 SDJ317 22-25, M Mar 26

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    Ok so my sailor just left today after a week long visit at home. We spent every waking moment together and time seemed to just stop. But now I miss him so much that I can't stop...
    ForloveofCurtis ForloveofCurtis 41-45, F Mar 27

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    I am just beginning my experience as a navy girlfriend. My sailor is leaving for basic training and the officer candidate school in less than a month and I have to admit, I'm...
    NavySwingDancingGirl NavySwingDancingGirl 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Right so just a little update for you all, I am no longer a navy girlfriend :( my baby unfortunately got medically discharged yesterday and right now he is on the train home. I don...
    Bethanykate1994 Bethanykate1994 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Hi, I am a new Navy Girlfriend, I have been with my lovely boyfriend for 2 months now. I can honestly say I am in love. And it only took one look. He is going out to sea for 3...
    shanlee2195 shanlee2195 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    So I am feeling really down today. My Sailor's Dad, who served in both the Navy and the Army, remarried a few years ago, but he proposed to her within a week of knowing her and...
    Sammie60030 Sammie60030 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    We met over the internet July 25, 2013. It was an instant connection from that moment on. Jamie is his name. He's absolutely amazing. I fell in love with him. It just so happens he...
    navygirlfriend22 navygirlfriend22 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 5

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    Hi! I will be gone for a little while, but if you want to, message me! :) I would love to meet other navy girlfriends here! :)
    navygirlfriend22 navygirlfriend22 22-25, F Apr 5

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    It's almost been a whole year since my boyfriend/fiancé left for the navy. Crazy. A whole year. I still remember that first day he left for bootcamp. All the feelings rushing...
    Mynameisolivia Mynameisolivia 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 6

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    I have been with my boyfriend for 2 years & 8 months now. He is from Boston & I live in Pittsburgh. We met online then he came here to Pittsburgh to meet me. We live 10 hours away...
    LindsMarie93 LindsMarie93 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I am new to the Navy Girlfriend experience. My bf left for BC two weeks ago. Anxious to hear from him! How long does it typically take before I start getting his letters? Help!
    QuinnTork QuinnTork 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    So tomorrow, I'll be 18. I'm kinda excited but at the same time really upset. All I asked for was my sailor to spend the night, and right now he's out with his friends at dinner...
    Navygirl24 Navygirl24 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 10

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    Trying to spend as much time with my boyfriend before he leaves. I have a "Before The Navy" book that I write down anything about him or spending time together. I'm gonna let him...
    tsmith25 tsmith25 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    My boyfriend and I have been dating for over a year now. We knew each other for a long time before we made the choice to make it official. Our entire dating relationship he has...
    fitesgirl fitesgirl 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    So my sailor has been reading a book and there were exerts from Navy SEAL wives. He asked me to read them and i started today. I actually kind of enjoy them, they do scare me...
    Navygirl24 Navygirl24 16-17, F 4 days ago