I joined the Naval Reserves one day after my 18th birthday on August
21, 1963 and was sent to Hospital Corps School that year at the H.S. Christmas
break - seems like the Navy needed Corpsman in the mid-sixties! I went
on active duty in July 1966 after finishing H.S. and one year of college.
I reported to Charleston for assignment and was ordered to Naval Hospital
NAS Pensacola to serve on general medicine ward A for 3 months; then sent
to the Central Sterilization Room (CSR) for three months. I noticed that
all of my fellow Corpsman were getting orders to Viet Nam and knew that
mine were be just around the corner so I extended my enlistment for Aviation
Medicine School there in Pensacola so I could be attached to an air squadron
if I went to war. After graduation, I got orders to the dispensary at NAS
Norfolk in July 1967 and did physicals on aircrew members. In July 1968
I got orders to VP45 in JAX and then the war orders arrived in December
0f '68 for the squadron to deploy to PI. Our squadron was split and 1/2
staying at Cavity City, PI and 1/2 to Utapao Thailand and I (being the
senior corpsman) chose that station. Thailand was a beautiful country.
I flew a5 flights as an observer to earn hostile fire pay and tax free
exemption.After a few near-miss incidents, I quit flying. My EOS came in
April '69 so I was sent to Treasure Island for release. I got home on April
11th, one week after my first child was born on 4/4/69.
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I stayed in the reserves but after the Nam war was over, the Navy
had thousands of Corpsman and making rate was very very hard. Finally,
I was selected for Chief in 1985 while drilling in Tuscaloosa,AL. I retired
in 1991 with 28 years. I love my Navy.
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