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Thomas R Parish
CT, US Navy
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Queen Creek, Az 85142
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Did my boot camp at Sandiego, Ca Sept-thanksgiving 1963. Due to a lack in opening in my A school, I spent Dec to May on board the USS ESSEX CVS9, most of that time was spent at the Brooklyn Naval Yards. After a rebuild, and a shake down to Gitmo, Cuba, we returned to Quanset Point, RI. where I was able to go back to NY  and take in the Worlds Fair.

Then I went to Pensocola Fla for my CT school, where I failed my second attempt at learning moris code. Rather than send be "out to the fleet", they enrolled me in CT'O' school, which I excelled at and graduated first in my class.

Then mid December I eported to NAVCOMSTA Guam, for my final two years of enlistment, I was a "Kiddy cruser" having enlisted at 17 years old.

My first few months were spent assigned to Anderson AFB with the curruer transfer service. After getting my final top secret clearance, I moved to Guam NAVCOMSTA. Where I passed my PO3 test and was sent TDY to the Phillipines. Where I made two trips for a month on a destroier doing a search and rescue mission off the coast of north Vietnam, in the Tonkin Golf. This made it possible for me to join the VFW.

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