Walter M. "Pete" Reckinger III
Pete enlisted as a Seabee under the Direct Procured Petty Officer (DPPO) program during the peak of the Viet Nam conflict. He entered the service as a UTA-3 (Utilityman Air Conditioning, Third Class Petty Officer) when he was inducted at Fort Wayne in Detroit Michigan. He reported for duty at Davisville, Rhode Island.
While stationed at Davisville, Pete met up with several other Seabees with musical backgrounds, and it wasn't long before they started a rock and roll band that was performing at area bars and clubs. Pete performed as lead singer and guitarist for the group. Soon their talent was discovered and the public affairs office had the group performing on local TV shows promoting the United States Navy Seabees around New England.
Promoting the Seabees became Pete's full time job after being permanently assigned to the COMCBLANT public affairs office where he worked on publishing the office's annual report and served on the Seabee Drill Team. The picture shown is of Pete in the drill team uniform outside the house that Pete and six other Seabees rented off base in East Matumic, Rhode Island. The "magnificent seven" rented the large home from a widow through a special arrangement to fix the place up with their building trades skills in return for a significant discount on the rent.
After receiving an Honorable Discharge October 31, 1967, Pete returned home to his job as a service technician at the family business, Reckinger Heating and Cooling Company, and returned to college under his G.I. Bill education benefits.
I am no longer president of the family business as I have retired and sold the business to my employees. I am still retained by the corporation as a paid consultant.
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