Dale & I were friends as kids, but when he joined the
Navy I soon lost track of him.
Thirty years later, I got
a phone call from Guam… from Dale! Since that time, we’ve stayed in touch via
Dale was going to be a “Country
Gospel Singer” and somehow, I was going to be part of that. He didn’t follow that dream; instead he made
the Navy his career.
One of the things that
Dale has achieved is being computer obsessive.
He has been a great help, when I’ve been in search for web site music
Dale does not visit the
chat rooms often, but when he does – you will find him to be quite
ole’ buddy… Dale.
I was born in a
hospital, on October 30th Nineteen Hundred Forty-Five at Poplar
Bluff, Missouri. It was a scary event for my mother! When I was about 5 (sometime
after my parents divorced) my
mother and I moved (via
train) from Missouri to Washington.
For several years we lived with my Aunt and Uncle out on
Bunker Hill, it was the very last place you could get to on Bunker Hill Road. We lived in several different places in
Longview, up until I was 17, when I went into the Navy. Sometime after I went into the Navy my
mother finally was able to buy her own home on Delaware Street.
My mother was a
Christian, and saw to it that I was raised in church. I came to know Jesus as
my personal Savior at a young age. I still remember my Sunday school days, and
“John 3:16” that we all memorized. I had some good, and some bad experiences in
church, and for the most part, don’t believe in “organized religion.” I have my
own belief in God and in the Bible, and I choose not to discuss it.
During my Navy years,
1962-1982, I lived in San Diego, California (for recruit training), Long
Beach, California where for a few months I was on the staff of Commander Mine
Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and then on the USS Acme (MSO
508). In 1965 I
transferred to the USS Falgout (DER 324) in Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. In June or July 1966 I was
transferred to San Diego, California for almost three years shore duty with
Service School Command (Commissary
“A” and “B”/Steward “A” School as Admin Assistant).
I then transferred in
1968 after two weeks training to the Naval Air Facility, Cam Ranh Bay, Republic
of Vietnam. In January 1970 I came back
to the states and went to Hospital Corps School where I later dropped out so
that I could try for advancement in my current rate of Yeoman. However, after being transferred to the USS
12) I was in a car accident, which put me in the Naval
Hospital, San Diego. While in the
hospital I was assigned as driver for the Hospital Corps School, and while
there was convinced to try again at going back to school, which I did.
In 1970 after
completing Hospital Corps School I was transferred to Naval Hospital,
Bremerton, Washington for a two-year tour.
In 1973 I was transferred to the USS Mount Hood (AE 29) in Concord,
lived in Vallejo).
During my time there I did a brief TAD period aboard the USS Pyro (AE 24)
as leading Medical Department Representative. In January 1975 I was transferred to the USS
Barbour County (LST 1195), the worse command in
my career. Due to unforeseen
circumstances I was later transferred to the Branch Clinic, Marine Corps
Recruit Depot, San Diego, California where I stayed until December 1978. In January 1979, I reported to my last Navy
Command, U.S. Naval Hospital, Guam.
In November 1982 after
twenty years I retired from the Navy.
We have now lived on Guam as of this writing for over 22 years. After the Navy I worked for about ten years
as a Police Officer for the Naval Station, Guam (during
which time from 1982-1985, I was also a Reserve Police Officer with the Guam
Since May 1992 to present I have been with the U.S. Immigration and
Naturalization Service as an Immigration Inspector.
For the most part I’ve
had a good life. With the exception of
a couple events my Navy career was satisfactory. I spent twenty years of my life in the Navy; I served 8 of those
years as a Yeoman (Administration)
and 12 years as a Hospital Corpsman, retiring as Hospital Corpsman First
In 1966 I married, and that has proved to be a
satisfactory experience, after all it has lasted as of this writing almost 35
years. We have two children, Charles who was born in 1968 and Brenda who was
born in 1972.
looking forward to retiring again within the next four to six years. We are thinking about leaving Guam at that
time and going to Nevada, Arizona, or New Mexico. (After so many years in
California and the South Pacific, Washington has proved to be too wet and
are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.
cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.
and Dale's Sunday Joke!