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PH3, US Navy
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Phil Elsner
PH3, US Navy
2303 Brigham St
Brooklyn, NY 11229
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I served from August 1964 to August 1967. I was sent to Great Lakes NTC and was in company 444.  This was from August 64 till November when I graduated. After my first leave I was sent to Anacostia Naval Air Station in Washington DC. I was assigned to special services where we took care of all the troops in transition. After my year was up I was sent to the USS Yorktown CVS-10 at Long Beach Naval Station. When I got aboard I went to the ships photo lab and I asked them if i could come aboard. They gave me a test in camera work and I passed and that was my station aboard part of opperations. When we left to go to West Pac in December 1965 our first p.o.c was Pearl Harbour. From there we sailed to Japan and from there to our first duty station, the Tonkin Gulf where we sailed up and down from north to south picking up downed pilots and sending our aircraft out to photograph all of the Russian and Chinese transport ships bring in weapons to the VC and NVA. We did two combat tours and finally left to go back to Long Beach. This was my tour of duty and if I could I would do it again.
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