QM1(CC) Ron Booth, USNR RET grew
up in the small coastal village of
Avondale, RI located on the
CT border. After a attending a junior
college in Boston, MA he joined
the Navy in December of 1965.
After Boot Camp at Great
Lakes,IL SN Booth was send to NAS
Pensacola,FL for a year of shore
dtuy. he was assigned to the air
station's Port Service Division
as a crewman and,later,coxwain on 40'AVR
Crash Boats & LCPL's earning
the NEC as a Small Craft Crewman
and the right to wear the Small
Craft Insignia and, later, the
designation of "(CC)" for "Combat
From Pensacola Ron was given
orders to the USS FECHTELER DD870 based
at Long Beach,CA where he was
assigned as a Deck Division Seaman
and,later, as a YN Striker.
He attended YN"A" School at San Diego and
became a designated YNSN.
Aboard FECHTELER he completed 1 full WESTPAC
Cruise to the gun line in Viet
Upon returning from WESTPAC,
YNSN Booth was sent to the San Diego
based USS JOUETT DLG29 and assigned
as Engineering Department, or Log
Room, Yeoman. Aboard JOUETT
he advanced to YN3 & YN2. Upon arrival
home from a WESTPAC in February
of 1970 he was separated from Active
Duty & returned home to
his home state.
Ron then attended the University
of Rhode Island graduating in 1974
with a degree in Commercial
Fisheries & Marine Science. While attending
URI he affilated with the Naval
Reserve and changed his rating to
Quartermaster (QM) and returned
to Active Duty.
QM2 Booth reported to the minesweeper
USS INFLICT MSO456 at
was a Naval Reserve Training Vessel.
He later served aboard minesweepers
USS DETECTOR MSO429 & ADROIT MSO509,
both at Portsmouth,NH.
Petty Officer Booth also served with MIUWU 21 at
Portsmouth,NH, SAM Recruiting
duty at Lewiston,ME and at ASWOC 701
COMPATWING 5 @ NAS Brunswick,ME.
While aboard the MSO's he qualified as
a JOOD and at ASWOC as an OPCON
Watch Supervisor, both a rare feat for a
Reservist. QM1(CC) Booth
was retired on Disability from all Naval
Service in December of 1991.
He has lived since 1974
in the Portland,ME area and since 1994 he has
lived in the town of Windham,ME
with his 18 year old daughter Emily who
plans on joining the Navy after
high school graduation in 1999 - a chip
off the Old Man's block!
Petty Officer Booth was married in 1975 and
divorced in 1983.
Ron retired from the LL Bean
Co where he worked as a Customer Service
Representative since 1986 and
plans to become a full time writer and
possibly to work part time at.
"something easy & not too stressful".
Hew also hopes to spend more
time with his hobbies of amateur (ham)
radio,callisign WA1WRI, computing
and, in warmer weather camping &
boating in his 12' Zodiac inflatable
In Feb of 2000 Ron moved back
to his home state of Rhode Island and now
resides in the beach town of
Charlestown. He is now the RI State Rep for
the US NAVY CRUISER SAILORS
ASSOCIATION and is an active volunteer with the
SARATOGA MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
which is trying to get that carrier ouf of
mothballs in Newport,RI &
bring to the old Naval Air Station at Quonset
Point,RI as a museum. Check
out SARA's website at WWW.SARATOGAMUSEUM.COM.
Ron is also the national president
of the USS JOUETT ASSOCIATION,which just
held it's first reunion in Bremerton,WA,
JOUETT's site is WWW.USSJOUETT.COM.
In addition to his 12'
Zodiac boat Ron now has 24' Luhrs powerboat to
chase striped bass and bluefish
& tautog in.
He is employed as a security
officer in N. Kingstown,RI.
Daughter Emilie joined
the Navy in Sep 1999 and is now a CTR3 in Yokusuka,
Japan. Emilie loves the navy
& plans on making it a career."