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At random: The first boat known to have been navigated under water was built in 1620 by a Dutchman, Cornelius Van Drebbel. Van Drebbel is said to have developed a chemical which would purify the air and allow the crew to stay submerged for extended periods.
How I got there.
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Buff
Posted 2006-12-17 10:32 PM (#972)
Crew

Posts: 71

Location: Lakeview, OR
Subject: How I got there.

While as a senior in high school I met the local Navy recruiter who happened to be an RM1 (SS). The town of Marysville, Ca is an Air Force town and I was fed up with "Air Force". I talked with the RM1. He didn't feed me a line of bull about boot camp or the Navy. He told me the "straight skinny"! I joined up as an Auxiliaryman. Went to Great Lakes for MM "A" school, Groton for Sub School, and Charleston for Submarine Auxiliaryman School. I got orders to the USS Aspro (SSN648) in PSNS (Bremerton,Wa). I was on Aspro for
5 1/2 years. After Aspro I went to Trident Training Facility, Bangor, Wa for 3 1/2 years.
After TRITRAFAC, I got orders to USS Puffer (SSN652) in PSNS (again). I don't recall deliberately making my detailer mad but I must have. All I was hoping for was to catch a different class boat to possibly expand my "knowledge and horizons". Oh well. After 4 years on Puffer I got out of the Navy in San Diego in December 1990 as an MM1 (SS).
I still keep in contact with many of my old shipmates and I'll be a Submariner 'til I die!

Thanks,
Buff

nhegge
Posted 2007-03-11 5:46 PM (#2679 - in reply to #972)


Mess cooking

Posts: 40

Subject: RE: How I got there.

USS PUFFER 74-75 , bomb operator , grew up in Brookings OREGON , glad to meet ya.

Edited by nhegge 2007-03-11 5:47 PM
Buff
Posted 2007-03-13 7:54 PM (#2746 - in reply to #2679)
Crew

Posts: 71

Location: Lakeview, OR
Subject: RE: How I got there.

Back at ya, Shipmate! Thought you would like to know we took care of her (Puffer) even long after you were gone. You know us A-Gangers are kinda "touchy" when it comes to who's taking care of the "ol girl".

Later,
Buff
Old Goat
Posted 2007-12-28 11:05 AM (#10821 - in reply to #972)
New on board

Posts: 2

Location: Salem Oregon
Subject: RE: How I got there.

Typical A-Ganger, has to do it the most difficult way possible. We TMs know that you get into submarines through the hatch, just like the torpedos do. Now they have gone and combined the rates and made us all MMs. I feel dimmer already.
BlackBeard
Posted 2007-12-28 2:05 PM (#10826 - in reply to #972)


Great Sage of the Sea

Posts: 566

Location: Inyokern, Ca.
Subject: RE: How I got there.

Did either of you Puffer sailors serve with Vic "Bigfoot" Van Horn? I can't remember what years he served on her but I know he loved his time onboard. I got the annual Christmas letter from Crystal and the kids are doing great. Dustin has a little girl of his own now and Chelsea is doing great. They both got Vic's height with Dustin over 6' and Chelsea right near there.
Here's to Vic and his memory.

BB
Buff
Posted 2008-05-08 10:48 AM (#15728 - in reply to #10826)
Crew

Posts: 71

Location: Lakeview, OR
Subject: RE: How I got there.

Hi Blackbeard,
He doesn't sound familiar. But, I'll search my archives. All the best to you and yours!

Buff
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