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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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    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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    U.s.s. Kitty Hawk Cva 63 1964-1967

    I served aboard the Kitty Hawk in the mid 60s, our carrier air had NH on their tail and that stood for NEVER HOME. She was almost brand new when I reported onboard in Bremerton Wash. December 1964, the day I arrived there was about 6" of slush on the ground. She was in dry dock...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2012

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    One Hitch Was Enough

    I joined and went off to boot camp in Orlando, then PN 'A' school in Meridian "MF-kin" Mississippi. Off the ASU Bahrain (ASU = Alcoholic Support Unit lol) for a year then to the USS LaSalle, now decommissioned and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. This was in the mid 1980s when Iran...
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 1, 2011

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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 2 Responses Sep 13, 2013

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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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    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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    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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    So Long Ago

    I was in the navy for 10 years. I have another story about going from a "Black shoe" to a "Brown shoe"Any way I juined the navy on the delayed enlistment program. 15 days after i was out of H.S. Im off and in the navy we flew out to San Diego for boot camp I still remember waking...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 20, 2012

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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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    1964 Till 1970

    we decide it was best for all concerened and there officers if i just got out in 1970
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Nov 3, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    Us Navy 1978 - 1988 Black Shoe To A Brown Shoe

    Joinde the Navy 1978 right out of H.S. shipped off to San Deigo for boot camp from Orlando hell I didnt even know they had a boot camp in orlando. Oh well, boot camp to A school, San deigo 1978 - 1979, Orders to my first ship A FF Lots of work ups, stupid drills (remember when...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 19, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    US Navy Vet

    I'm a retired Navy sailor! Spent all of my sea duty on destroyers, Grey Hounds. Spruance Class and Burke Class. The AEGIS system rocks!
    socogun socogun 46-50, M Jan 20, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    To all those that served in the military...Happy Veterans Day...I Did ....Us Navy....Thanks!!!!!
    SVengeanceBaile SVengeanceBaile 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 9

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    Happy Remembrance Day!!!! Thank you too all of our veterans who have served our country for years and years! Thank you for the sacrifices that you made so that we as a nation can...
    CuteBlondie321 CuteBlondie321 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    I grew up in a Navy town,Home of The Blue Angels,Built and repaired military ships. Much sacrificed and blood has been spilled by our veterans so we can stay a free nation,Thank...
    itsmrsockmonkey itsmrsockmonkey 70+, M 2 Responses Nov 11

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    I'm spending my Veterans Day watching Surprise Homecoming, I might be sitting in a pile of tissues, but this show makes me smile along with the tears. It makes me even prouder of...
    Navygirl24 Navygirl24 18-21, F Nov 11

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    To all Veterans Past, Present and Future " A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for...
    rcp4961 rcp4961 61-65, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    ...at least that's how most people see it. To be truthful, I was a plain veteran first. I came home safe and sound...everything working and where it should be. The car wreck that...
    petergavin69 petergavin69 41-45, M Nov 11

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    Thank u to all the veterans out there n those who will serve after them! Thank u for giving up ur lives for us!! Many people take their lives for granted, but I truly am grateful...
    Chipmunk1023 Chipmunk1023 16-17, F Nov 11

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    I want to say a huge thanks to all the British, Commonwealth and Allied veterans past and present. I know a lot of people here are American and mainly most of the thanks here go to...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 10 Responses Nov 8

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    Thanks for your service to all veterans! Have a Great Veterans Day!
    CannaCat CannaCat 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    Happy Veteran's Day!!!!! Thank you to our veteran's for your sacrifices made for our freedom.
    SuckMyAwesome SuckMyAwesome 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you to all veterans past and present on this Veteran's Day. I am forever grateful for the freedom and our way of life you all are responsible for.
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 11

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    I am a proud veteran of Vietnam and I want to say is WELCOME HOME BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Never be ashamed you are a veteran, be proud and honored to have done your duty. Because of...
    Pmacphoto Pmacphoto 66-70, M 5 Responses Nov 11

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    Thank you so very much for all the Veterans out there who served our nation and made many sacrifices. As a daughter of my father whose spent now over 15 years in the military, I...
    SincerelyLorissa SincerelyLorissa 16-17, F Nov 11

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    Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country. Thank you for protecting the freedoms we so enjoy. Thank you to my Papa in heaven. By far my favorite veteran.
    Pharmalady Pharmalady 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    May I tell you about my nephew, my wife’s sister’s son? He was a veteran. He was a troubled child, violent & aggressive. At three, playing board games, his only concern was...
    ColdMountain ColdMountain 61-65, M Nov 11

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    Coming from a big military family, respecting and appreciating veterans is of utmost importance. If you're reading this, and you're a veteran, THANK YOU. From the bottom of my...
    boley1501 boley1501 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    I lived in DC for a short period and got to see the opening of the WWII Memorial. All week they had tributes on the mall lawn. It was then that I felt for what was probably the...
    tenhourdays tenhourdays 31-35, M Nov 17

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