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Jul 7, 2023 21:28:17   #
jim quist Loc: Missouri
 
I was part of the 7% of military personnel who served on a submarine. How many teenagers can say they did that?



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Jul 7, 2023 21:35:57   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
That had to be a very interesting period of time for you. Thanks for your service.
--Bob
jim quist wrote:
I was part of the 7% of military personnel who served on a submarine. How many teenagers can say they did that?

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Jul 7, 2023 22:14:20   #
bikinkawboy Loc: north central Missouri
 
Thanks to people like you present and past, people like me can go to bed knowing I will wake up safe and sound. Thanks!

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Jul 7, 2023 22:21:24   #
lxu532 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
Wow! You're very brave! :) Thank you for your service!

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Jul 7, 2023 22:25:02   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
jim quist wrote:
I was part of the 7% of military personnel who served on a submarine. How many teenagers can say they did that?


I was on an aircraft carrier. I worked with a submariner in Philly, he said they called carriers targets.

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Jul 7, 2023 22:26:54   #
josquin1 Loc: Massachusetts
 
How scary was it?

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Jul 7, 2023 22:29:06   #
uhaas2009
 
Thank you for your service

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Jul 8, 2023 00:01:43   #
jim quist Loc: Missouri
 
josquin1 wrote:
How scary was it?


We had a couple of serious close calls. During one of them men were freaking out scared. Like yelling to God for help scared.
But for the most part I just thought it was the coolest duty in the navy.

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Jul 8, 2023 00:06:46   #
jim quist Loc: Missouri
 
Mac wrote:
I was on an aircraft carrier. I worked with a submariner in Philly, he said they called carriers targets.


All ships are made to sink. Some of them just needed our help.

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Jul 8, 2023 00:15:30   #
luvmypets Loc: Born & raised Texan living in Fayetteville NC
 
Thank you for your service!! You are a brave soul to have served in a sub.

Dodie

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Jul 8, 2023 00:23:09   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Thanks for your service. I served in the '70s in the Army.

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Jul 8, 2023 00:24:15   #
josquin1 Loc: Massachusetts
 
jim quist wrote:
We had a couple of serious close calls. During one of them men were freaking out scared. Like yelling to God for help scared.
But for the most part I just thought it was the coolest duty in the navy.


Takes tremendous courage. My brother was a medic in Nam. Totally messed him up.

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Jul 8, 2023 01:40:54   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
And people called me crazy for jumping out of airplanes You're a better man than me Gunga Din

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Jul 8, 2023 01:48:43   #
JBuckley
 
Thank you for your "Sub" Service.
Submariner's are a special breed of Navy.

Back in the 50-60's my uncle was a Master Chief (E-9) Torpedoman.
Keeping a top mental state and physical condition requires a lot of
a Submariner. How my uncle managed 9 children (from two different
wives,) is amazing. His career was cut short because of addiction to
excessive drinking. (You can't keep a top secret clearance and have
an alcohol problem). I've known a few Submariners, that succumbed
to drinking, which cut their Sub service and sent them back to the
surface fleet.

Enjoy your retirement, Sailor.

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Jul 8, 2023 02:10:16   #
Curmudgeon Loc: SE Arizona
 
Back in the day every branch of the service had their allotment of "28 day wonders". Usually, although not always, E-5 and E-6s. Immediately after getting paid they would disappear for 2 or 3 days. They would go to the PX/BX buy their supplies for the month, cigarettes, shoe polish, etc. They would then proceed to drink up their remaining pay. When they returned, looking like a recruiting poster soldier they would perform their duties in an exemplary manner until next pay day. Smart Officers put up with this because of their skills.

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