I arrived on the island of Oahu in 1983 to report to Hawkbill and the next morning as we were driving around to get our bearings the Perry & Price radio show was on. They talked about the fact that Queenfish was returning from a six month deployment...my first introduction to the stealthy world of submarines. Very cool and very different from the surface Navy I came from...but it turns out I thrived in that environment, despite what was thrown at me.
U.S. Navy 1977-1981NRMC Great Lakes, Echo Company 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Camp Lejeune, NC HM 3 (E4)
U.S. Army 1981-1986 505th Signal Company Ft. Huachuca, AZ, 581st MI Detachment Zweibrucken AFB Germany. Then from 1987-1990 Indiana National Guard Alpha Company, Anderson, IN, followed by Bravo Company, Elwood, IN. SGT (E5)
USMC 1949-1955 Active; 1955 to present Former Active. Units served, Parris Island, Camp Lejune, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Pendleton 1st Aggressor Platoon, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Brigade Korea, 7th Marines Korea, 8th Marines Camp Lejune, Base Fire Department Quantico. I gave the Marine Corps what many called their best birthday present ever. I was discharged on the Marine Corps birthday Nov 10, 1955 Semper Fi until the day I die. J.
USS Piedmont (AD-17)
USS Hawkbill (SSN-666)
USS Cavalla (SSN-684)
USS Hawkbill (SSN-666) Chief of the Boat
Shore duties were mixed in there too...
USN Recruiting District San Antonio, TX - HQ as the Command Master Chief