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I Am a Navy Veteran

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    I recall coming ashore in Beirut.

    Everyone was shooting at someone. Hezbollah, Christians Israelis and of Course the New Jersey tossing 2 ton 16 inch rounds into the Shute mountains. Like mini Volkswagen flying by. We moved to a position close to the end of one of the outer runways at Beirut International...
    ImHungry2 ImHungry2 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 6

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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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    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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    lilwoody75 lilwoody75 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 15

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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 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 am a US Navy veteran

    and I am proud of my time serving my country
    Navyvet901 Navyvet901 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 15

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    theworldofbobby theworldofbobby 41-45, M 1 Response Dec 20, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Retired for 13 1/2 years. Hard to believe. Seven ships, one overseas assignment, taught for three. I loved it all. Such a great experience. I learned a lot and now have a great job...
    skinsfan83 skinsfan83 51-55, M 5 days ago

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    Thank you for your service and sacrifice and God Bless all our nation's veterans. Special thanks goes out to my son and his shipmates, serving aboard the U.S.S. New York, far from...
    Maverick1962 Maverick1962 70+, M 5 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I don't want to patronize, but I am compelled to write this, because I refuse to believe that the 'veteran spirit' is dying. In my family and in my husband's as well, remembering...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 4 Responses May 13

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    Be a part of this important documentary. Help us change and even save lives. #Veterans with #PTSD need our help. https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/26650-veterans-need-civilian...
    camiller21 camiller21 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    I would like to Thank all U.S Veterans ans Veterans of our Allies a Peaceful and well deserved Memorial Day. To those standing the watch and serving now, Thank you for your service...
    Imhungrytoo Imhungrytoo 51-55, M 1 day ago

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    Honestly my father just died of cancer and he fought in the war, people are very rude about it, but yet he fought for you to be free? People need to start thanking them, because if...
    dusk1234546 dusk1234546 16-17, F 9 Responses May 6

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    Happy VE day. Thank you to our veterans
    sonoflk sonoflk 51-55, M May 8

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    My boyfriend of three years left for Bootcamp just around a week ago, and I'm already a complete mess. I try to do things to distract my mind but for some reason it always leads...
    jennalmcnulty jennalmcnulty 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 27

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    Hi my boyfriend just shipped off for the navy yesterday. We have been together for a year but known eachother for longer. In the year we have been together we have not spent a day...
    valentina6991 valentina6991 18-21, F 2 Responses May 5

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    I am lonely. My relationship is everything I could have ever asked for and so much more. This love is what you wait a lifetime for, and I've found it. I'm so thankful and blessed...
    KassidiSikes KassidiSikes 16-17 2 Responses May 13

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