245 years!

ClassicRockr

Well-known Member
Happy Birthday, Navy!!
Enlisted during Vietnam, right before high school graduation in 1968. Knew the Draft would be after me and got my Notice while at Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL. Spent 99% of my Navy career onboard Destroyers in both San Diego and Long Beach, California.
 

P A Tracy

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Happy Birthday, Navy!!
Enlisted during Vietnam, right before high school graduation in 1968. Knew the Draft would be after me and got my Notice while at Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL. Spent 99% of my Navy career onboard Destroyers in both San Diego and Long Beach, California.
Thank you for your service, you had the right idea to enlist before they made the decision for you.
Both my sons spent most of their time on the east cost.
One out on duty aboard The Kennedy. He was able to see much of the world from that ship.
 

Pecos

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Location
South Carolina
Thirty one years in the Navy for me from 1960 to 1991.

My son also served in the Navy as AW (Anti-submarine Warfare Operator), and as a Rescue Swimmer.

I always enjoyed going to the annual Navy Day Ball, but have not been to one in about 18 years.
 

Pecos

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Location
South Carolina
Happy Birthday US Navy and blessings to all who served.

I can honestly say that I have never seen this particular uniform before. I notice that they are all wearing the National Defense metal (red and yellow), but I have no idea what the second metal is. Maybe I have been out too long. It is a good picture and I can see that the mix includes some who are designated surface or subsurface, some who are headed to aviation assignments, some who are headed for engineering duties, and at least one woman. I cannot tell if this is an individual graduating Company, or an Honor Guard of some sort.

One big difference between a graduating company and newcomers is the level of physical fitness. This group of sailors is sharp.
 

RadishRose

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Location
CT USA
I can honestly say that I have never seen this particular uniform before. I notice that they are all wearing the National Defense metal (red and yellow), but I have no idea what the second metal is. Maybe I have been out too long. It is a good picture and I can see that the mix includes some who are designated surface or subsurface, some who are headed to aviation assignments, some who are headed for engineering duties, and at least one woman. I cannot tell if this is an individual graduating Company, or an Honor Guard of some sort.

One big difference between a graduating company and newcomers is the level of physical fitness. This group of sailors is sharp.
Enlisted Full Dress Whites worn at a Change of Command Ceremony in 2009. This is the older-style version that is due to be replaced in 2021; it lacks the blue piping and stars
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniforms_of_the_United_States_Navy
 

Pecos

Senior Member
Location
South Carolina
Many thanks. I am way behind the times. I have seen all the components of this uniform except for the black thing around the neck. I am sure that this would have been the uniform of the color guard at all those Navy Balls that I have missed.
Well, my Dress Uniform is a bit to tight these days. The last ball that Helen and I went to was about 11 years after I retired from the Navy and had me renting a civilian White Tuxedo.
Those sailors sure do look sharp.
 

Pecos

Senior Member
Location
South Carolina
Happy Birthday , US Navy. From 1968-1972, that was me. Never step foot on a ship. Lots of memories.

One thing, though-I hated wearing that white cap. I don't like anything on my head.
I will sure agree with you about that white hat. It did not offer much protection from the sun, it wasn't warm, it made a fine "rain catcher" and let the rainwater dribble down your face, they liked to say that it could function as a makeshift life preserver but I doubt that. The only thing it did do pretty well was help keep your head from getting bashed when you were careless going through a hatch.

Now that combination hat that chiefs and officers wore had its own set of issues. It would not stay on in the wind, I bashed my head more than once going through a hatch, and it was awkward to mess with. I wasn't very fond of it either.

The Navy simply did not have good headgear.
 

cdestroyer

new tablet so may return
Location
montana
Nothing more impressive than a military graduation, 10 classes of 80 men is quite something.
As a navy radioman I saw most of the message traffic that came accross the networks and I
always remember seeing the address form...It read 'to the armed forces of the united states
and the department of the navy'. There are good and bad memories of my time in the navy.
Served during the vietnam conflict in the 'brown water navy, riverine forces' the mekong delta
and southern coastal waters on a small cargo ship resuppling the various bases.
We delivered food, soda pop, booze, lumber, cement blocks, swapped movies, and up to
325 tons of ammunition. Was never fired upon nor did we fire upon however on more than
one occasion the area we were at came under fire.
 

Lewkat

Senior Member
Location
New Jersey, USA
I will sure agree with you about that white hat. It did not offer much protection from the sun, it wasn't warm, it made a fine "rain catcher" and let the rainwater dribble down your face, they liked to say that it could function as a makeshift life preserver but I doubt that. The only thing it did do pretty well was help keep your head from getting bashed when you were careless going through a hatch.

Now that combination hat that chiefs and officers wore had its own set of issues. It would not stay on in the wind, I bashed my head more than once going through a hatch, and it was awkward to mess with. I wasn't very fond of it either.

The Navy simply did not have good headgear.
I had a boyfriend in the Navy back in the 50s and he looked adorable with that hat squared off as they did back then.
 

DaveA

Senior Member
We also wore the blue "flat hats" until sometime in the mid 50's. As I remember, they were banned in the First Naval and Coast Guard Districts due to a couple of sailor getting hit by cars while thumbing rides. Drivers complained about not seeing them. From then on we wore the white hats, winter and summer.
 


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