After retiring from AT&T, and thinking about the old Navy days, I started to collect all the things that I run across from the Navy Days.
The first box was out grown in about two months. So I started a new and bigger box. The new box will do for awhile.
I thought that you would like to take a look at some of the things that I have found.
Just to see if you remember what some of the things are, I have put the description below the picture.
Maybe that will start the gray matter going again, and bring back some old memories.
I hope you have some fun with this....
I will start off with my boot camp picture.
I found it in the bottom draw of the dresser, under everything.
U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL
Recruit Training, Company A22
29 Mar 1961
C. R. del Mus EN1
You remember this from the first days in the Navy.
This is a close stop, and was used for any thing that had to be tied.
Recruit Petty Officer
If you are in the right place at the right time with the right answer,
you get one of these.
Navy Unit Commendation
Awarded to the crew of the USS Proteus AS19, March 1963
This is the original ribbon I received in the little brown envelope
Standard Navy Wallet
It was the only one you could buy in the ship's store
You'll remember this from your first liberty from boot camp.
This was warn on the inside of the cuffs on dress blues.
aka "Liberty Sleeves"
Mats Boarding Pass
This is from October 1962
This is my ticket to Holy Loch, Scotland
Map of the Firth of Clyde
This is a map of the Holy Loch on the River Clyde The blue line
on the map shows the route that the Box-L took from
the Holy Loch to Cardwell Bay at Gourock
If I could only make up my mind.
Finally, a Boatswain Mate helped me with my decision.
He assigned me to the boat division and the 50 foot liberty boat.
Well, if I'm going to play a Boatswain then I will need some tools of the trade. First a Boatswain Pipe, this I can practice on the boat runs. It will probably drive the passengers crazy, but they're going on liberty while I have the duty.
The Boatswain's Pipe
Next, how about a Boatswain Knife
The Boatswain's Knife from the ship's store on the USS Proteus
The leather case and lanyard I made.
Now we will need a fid to help make the lines for the boats.
The Fid is used to open the lay of the line when splicing line.
And if you have a fid you may need a marlinespike
The Marlinespike is like the fid, but is used on wire, or wire rope.
And to complete the ensemble, we will need a Palm,
not a Palm Pilot, just a Palm.
The Palm is used when sewing the sail canvas or leather.
It helps to push a sail needle through the canvas or leather.
Used for both canvas and leather
That is just some of the tools of the boatswain mate.
The Boatswain Mate needs one more item for the dress blues or
dress whites, and that is a Lanyard for the Boatswain's Pipe.
The white lanyard is worn with the blues, and
a blue lanyard is worn with the whites.
Ash Tray from the days on the Hunley in 1963 - 64.
And I never smoked...
Radiological Monitor Badge
From the 40th anniversary Site One Ball
1961 - 2001
The first reunion of the Holy Loch.
I found this in the coxswain's flat of my boat.
It is a sonar probe cover.
When on the Proteus I recovered this line
from the USS George Washington SSBN 598
The Proteus shoulder patch from my uniform.
My Hunley shoulder patch is still on my uniform in the attic.
And the Squadron shoulder patch.
Call Signs for the boats.
November Sierra Quebec Yankee
was the call sign of the USS Hunley
That's all I have found up to now but I'll keep looking...
Cold War Recognition Certificate
This is the link to the only official site on which to request your own
Cold War Recognition Certificates.
CONNECTICUT VETERANS WARTIME SERVICE MEDAL
PURPOSE: All Connecticut veterans with qualifying wartime military service are eligible to receive the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal.
In order to receive the Connecticut Veterans Medal, the veteran must
meet all of the following requirements:
One last item from the Greenock Telegraph dated Thursday, 17 May 2001
That's Mary and I, now and then.......
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