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Old June 19th, 2015, 10:37 PM   #31
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1st Day at NTC San Diego was December 24th, 1975. Company 952, was 3rd Battalion Commander during the graduation ceremony.....

The baracks we stayed in once we "crossed the river" were gone the last time I was down there. They knocked those nice ones down but kept the asbestos (and roach) infested ones.......

North Island hadn't changed too much that I could see. They did make a new, longer dock out on the point so a carrier could dock there. Used to it was just the Pegasus and the Truxtun out there....

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Old June 21st, 2015, 08:27 PM   #32
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Old March 20th, 2017, 07:34 PM   #33
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I was in 905!!! "Good Companies Never Die...They Just Sail Away. Man, we had a great Drill Company. I still stay in contact with one other person since we both went on to serve as RPs.

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Old March 22nd, 2017, 05:30 PM   #34
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I wish I could have gone to San Diego for basic. Great Lakes was like Hell frozen over. My father went to basic in Orlando so I'm sure he didn't have to worry about freezing to death.
He may not have had to worry about freezing in Orlando, but it could get hot as hell in the summers and the barracks were like refrigerators. It even often required using blankets to sleep at night and there were a lot of pneumonia cases.

I did prefer the Orlando location to the Great Lakes (MM A School there) in the winter. Wintertime in this area with only a motorcycle for transportation had its issues.


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Old March 22nd, 2017, 06:24 PM   #35
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I went to basic in Orlando. The nice thing was it was where females did their basic, so at least you had something nice to look at every so often.

Left Florida in my summer whites, 80 degrees. Got to Great Lakes it was 20 below zero. 100 degree temperature change in just a few hours. They laughed at me when I showed up in summer uniform!

Coldest wind chill I've ever experienced, -80. The one and only time we did not have to march to school!

Also was in machinist mate school.

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Wow.....an old thread brought to life.......the OP was RNS!...wonder how the old coot is getting along these days?....well I hope.....

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Old March 22nd, 2017, 07:07 PM   #37
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I have not gone to Coronado & North Island yet, but will let you know when I do.
Going to Coronado is OK, getting off Coronado is another thing altogether....

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 01:48 AM   #38
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I never got close to any of those bases. I went to a combined Boot Camp/Airmans school at NAS Olathe, Ks in Jun/Sep 53 and then to NAS St Louis for A school.
I did fly out of North Island and Alameda in later years. I liked Whidby Island, Wa better.
I also had one of those rapid weather change occurances - we left Roosevelt Roads, PR in 80 degree sunshine and landed at NAS Olathe in a snow storm. We were wearing whites since that was the uniform of the day in PR.

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Old March 23rd, 2017, 09:51 AM   #39
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Another San Diego RTC graduate: Company 321 1963. Here's the test for your memories: Can you remember the name and rate of your drill instructor? Mine was Chief Electrician's Mate Mue***** (no need disclosing the rest of his name, just in case), a short sawed off runt of a guy.

Remember watching the freedom birds taking off from Lindberg, wishing we were on it.

BTW, thanks for the picture of the USS Recruit.

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Old March 24th, 2017, 03:47 AM   #40
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RTC San Deigo

18 Dec 67 to 28 Febr 68 Company 012 Electrician's Mate First Class Jordan.

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