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My first Watch Section Chief was Bob Masciangioli at NAVFAC Argentia in August 1975. Bob was a fun guy to work with and he made sure the young sailors got started on the right foot. When it came to the job, he was all business and I for one appreciate the ease in which he took care of his folks without beating us up. We had an awesome division, Debbie Spear, Bunny Jarnot, Steve and Sylvie Higgins, Bill Hay . . .
It was a great time to be an OT. We had fun but worked our Venus Uniques to nubs and sucked up the carbon dust. I wouldn't have traded it for anything.
The incredibly patient, kind, patient, helpful, patient OT1 Rick Matthews, section 1, NavFac Midway
Did I mention he was patient?
My first sup was SOG1 Herb Fabricus, plotter was SOG2 Jim Peavyhouse (OTCM), and me SOGSN. First few watches was hay Herb is this a new one, he would come and look, yep write it up, after numerous times of asking is this a new one he would sit at sups desk and just say yep write it up. That was 1964 Navfac Coos Bay OR.
Master Chief Fabricus was my guest speaker at my retirement 1990.
Well we did not have a chief assigned to our watch section until STG1 George Widenor our Watch LPO made STGC. I also recall Senior Chief Ray Burnell was assigned to our watch section but I think that was only for a temporary period.
My first suervisor (at a Navfac) was ota2 Mark Hetterick.....Navfav Lewes de 1971-73
My first watch sup was OT1 Dave Beauchmin and OT2 Glenn Downing as Plotter at Lewes in 1980. TOM
My first Watch Supervisor was STG1 Robert E. VanAlstine at U.S. Naval Facility, Keflavik, Iceland, in 1969. Van was a great (and tough) supervisor and mentor.
Bill Turner, ex-OT2
My first Watch Section Chief was OTC Ralph Logan at NAVFAC Argentia (Section 5 - October 1975) the same time frame Tim Herman was in Section 3. The LPO was B.J. Williams. Before long OTC John Keith took over the section. I learned a lot from all of them. We also had a great team with Tony Gallo, Rae Sword, Rick Foster just to mention a few.
I agree with you Tim, it was a great time to be an OT. We worked our tail off and I can still to this day smell carbon dust!
Anybody know where Tony Gallo is now. We were pretty good friends back then .
Tony Gallo is living in Tucson, AZ working for Raytheon (as do I). We stay in touch periodically. Good to hear fron you...
Caught me sleeping on watch as a screamin' seaman.
Last time I ever slept on watch.
OT1 RD Holland at NAVFAC Brawdy. Section 3. Still have my beer mug the section gave me when I went to Kef. Made a trip to St Mawgan for a Nimrod flight with RD, Marilyn Champion, and Flt Lt Orr.
TM2 (yes, a Torpedoman) Gasnick - San Nicolas Island - April 1960. He didn't know much about SOSUS, but knew a lot about the Navy. I still remember that on EVE watches, he used to order two steak sandwiches on the Gee Dunk run. One for him, and the other for the dog that hung around the T Building compound. The supervisors had their own rotation (5 section), and included GM1 Manley, SOG2 Johnson, a BM1 whose name escapes me, and a fifth I cannot recall. Sadly, only the SOG2 was interested in what was going on operationally. But these fleet types were important because if it were not for the Navy lessons they taught, I don't know where or how we would have understood the navy world outside of the T-Building.
First watch section I was assigned to at San Nicolas Island:
OWO: Lt[jg] J.A. [Jean Ann] Tompkins
Sup: OT2 Mike Legan
Plotter: OT3 Kenny Leighton
Reader: OTSN Mike Card
Reader: OTSN Robert "Buster" Graham
Reader: OTSA Bob Rose
Radioman: RM3 Conrad Jackman
December 1973 through July 1975
We didn't have Chiefs assigned to the sections at the time, but my first Coordinator was OTA1 Dennis Bleck - NAVFAC Adak, Feb '84.
My fondest memory of Dennis was when the Navy did away with beards (I believe we were in the middle of a 2-2-2-80 watch string, probably on a swing-back). The poor guy, it had to be traumatic enough to shave for the first time in 10 years but, he never stood a chance with us. We were already punchy enough from lack of sleep, and when he showed up to catch the bus from the barracks the roar that went up was deafening. I remember everyone taking turns trying to decide what kind of a bug he looked like…the laughter and merriment continued all watch long!!! Dennis was a good sport that day; he was a good guy all around.
1964-65 Bermuda interesting times with Section Chief Daniel Sherman SOG1 and supervisor Ransol "frenchie" Heibert from New Orleans. Other Section Chief was Nick Van Herpen SOG1. All good guys to work with including Robert Makas SOG2 of Hudson, NY, David Curley SOG2, Robert Matera RM2, John Capousis "Greek" SOG3, Gino Maupai SOG3, Harold Connor STGSN and lots of other great guys. Fun working with the red Venus Unique, rum swizzle parties, mo-peds, and carbon dust forever. Forgot a plotter's name but he was a tall SOG3 from Indianapolis and also a great guy. Getting old and the memory fades.
Doug Kuehl, ex STG3 BDA 64-65
mmm circa BDA 1983 i believe it was Jim (flash) Gordon, then Jerry Newell took his place when Jim went to Qa. it was all under the watchful eye of Ens Dunn aka (Capt Kathy Donovan)
Glenn, Are you sure about that? we were in Section 2 together right in BDA, I thought it was Master Sergent Quinn, RCF. But I could be wrong, haha
the canadian was working with Jim at the time remeber the forign forces were limited in thir clearence .. lololol
Good idea, Tim.
The names and faces of my supervisors more than 35 years ago seem to be blending together. But when I arrived at NAVFAC Bermuda in 1974 I was assigned to Watch Section One. My early LPOs or Watch Coordinators were OT1 Bob Hart and OT1 Dave Dunn.
Both were experienced OTs but I probably learned the most from Bob. Other members of my section were Greg Novak, Dave Radcliffe, Alex Gamber and Leo Lara. Leo went on to become our Watch Coordinator.
More than my direct supervisiors however, OTCS Dee Dematties and OTC John Ellis were the mentors I looked to most emulate. They had their acts together.
Cape Hatteras 1970 Chief Horn, and Later Chief Ditzler. So many years ago and still remember them well. Great men to work for.
Stcs Dave Dittler was watch officer and St1 Bob Bernell was sup.
back in 1970 when I was at Cape Hatteras.
Steve Lechowicz had one sta. and I had the other. Walt Bell was Plot
Had a great time there.
OT2 Rick Kersten (Radical Rick) in Eleuthera, Section 2 I believe...have a pic somewhere. And my Sea Daddy there was OT1 Malcolm Pope.
BMC Thompson 1960 San Sal. Asked him why ships sigs skipped beams. His answer was they were in rough seas and jumped out of the water. Actually sea mounts.
Ran into him in Key West in 62. He was an Ensign. Field stripped my 45 during cuban crisis and walked away. Luckily our past time at San Sal was field stripping 45's and putting them back together.
Those were the days...
Good answer Smokie...
Moses? Smokie, really, Moses? I thought it was Cain.
Best I can remember John Volpe was the Supv. at Midway Island. I can also remember having Dan Eddy, Dave Thorpe, and (forgot first name) Gerbig in the watch section with Ens Steve Kneedler as the OWO and Lt Ken Balcomb as the OPSO.
OB Corning was my sponsor if that helps.
I'm exhausted, haven't had to think that hard in sometime.
Dan Eddy was a big bear with a great smile. He relieved me in Antigua in '73 (OT3 to OT3 was a big deal) and died a few months later in a motorcycle accident.
I only knew him for a few weeks but think of him all the time.
I got lucky and got, at least, 37 more years on this planet than he did. I still remember his smile.
I remember him pretty much the same way, a very pleasant person to work with and be around, always had that big smile.
He did have one draw back, he used a dozen Venue Unique pencils every watch, they were wore down to where you could not get them to sharpen in the sharpener anymore, but his annotation was excellent.
I arrived at Navfac Antigua in Dec of 76. I remember hearing about the motorcycle accident. It had something to do about this man leaving a halloween party and had a costume on (with a cape). The cape got caught around the back wheel and he was thrown off the bike with a broken neck. Also, at the time of my arrival, they were having a memorial service for 5 Navfac personnel who died in little Diatsu when the driver tried to beat a dump truck and turned in front of it. That was a sad time to be at my first Navfac (during the first few weeks).
NAVFAC San Salvador in 1967 didn't have any CPOs on the watchbill when I first began pounding the mats. My first watch supervisor was STG3 Terry Curtin.
Al Maltby was my first supervisor. He was due for discharge soon after I got on board, but got a letter from uncle Sam extending his enlistment for 6 mo because of Nam.
Can't remember who it was in Adak in 78 (first NAVFAC). But it was OT1 Denny Conrad on Albert David in 73 while OTC Larry Leaver was our LCPO. Crossrated from ET to OT in 72 and first NAVFAC was 6 years later. CWO Al Maultsby was PAO, OTC Tarnow was maintenance LCPO.
My first Supv was STG3 Wills at Coos Head, 1965. My WO varied from STGC Bill La Pointe, STG DAN Sherman, and STGC Ernie Web. What a group we had.
Aug 86, NOPF Dam Neck, OTA1 Higgins was Watch Coordinator, put on Chief the following month.
Watch Officer was LT Iverson.
Then OTA2 Dave Robinson "Robo" checked into the command same day as me and we both went to the same section.
Sorry for the delay but I’m having a hard time remembering who my first watch officer was at Pt. Sur upon arrival in Oct. 1971. Assigned to the galley for several weeks/months first, Loni Anderson was the head cook and a great instructor on how to crack eggs 2 at a time! Once I finally made it down the hill to the T building, OT2? Al Wymann was my supervisor/plotter and OTSN/OT3 Tom Hardy was the other reader. Mike Wildman was in Comm part of the time. Other names probably more familiar to many of you were LDCR Ed K. Dalrymple who was CO of the base, Lt. C. E. Gustafson as XO followed by Lt. G. T. Smelik as XO, and wandering around the base in some capacity (can’t remember what - maybe watch section chief?) was Chief John (Jack) Holdzkom.
As for my first female watch officer - it was ENS Mariane J. Soroka in 1974 when I was a supervisor on Adak. I was always impressed with how she treated everyone fairly and with respect no matter what rank or rating they were - from the CO of the base down to the newest OT fresh out of school. Our watch section really did work together and help each other out no matter what needed to be done. If it was a really busy night and the readers hadn’t gotten to rolling the grams at the end of the watch, it didn’t matter if we were reader, plotter, supervisor, or watch officer we all pitched in, got the job done, and had fun seeing who could do it the fastest!
Jack I have never heard your job description be so accurate!!!! : )
I would only change the word "Base" to the "Arg display room"!!
I certainly learned a lot from your wanderings.
My first supervisor was STG1 Pat O'Bryan, Plotter was Spike Tysynski, and WO was some young kid with red hair, college type I think his name was Peel or something like that. in 1968 Bermuda. OPS chief was STGCS Olson. Dont remember too much from that time period.
My first watch sup (Chiefs didn't stand watch in those days) was STG2 Chuck Lohmann. A heck of good Petty Officer and new as much about subs as anyone in those days. He retired as a Master Chief. Our Research Chief was STC Goerge Niebaur.
I statarted my career clearing jungle for an antenna field. Then stood watches in comm. Finally we watched the cable being dragged ashore and turned on the array.
Within two hours of the first watch being manned we had a November class SSN screamin around Petro. What a beginning.
Hey, Rick! Where was this?
But what a group in the precom! There were 5 future Master Chiefs from that group; Rick Matthews, Rich Larson, Chuck Lohman....and after 42 years I can't remember the other two. Can you help me out Rick?
My first watch section Chief was OTAC Harvey Robke.
I remember he would sit at the desk (at NAVFAC ANTIGUA) and his burgundy socks would definitely not match his Chiefs shoes and pantsdesk (smoking a cigarette) during a mid-watch!! He would flirt with OTSN Georgie Benedict with that BIG BROAD SMILE of his! What a ladies man!! I do believe that we had a darn good watch team though........all 5 of us! Can't remember the other watch team members name. He had us do a lot of training and we did very well when the ORI team came.
Harvey Robke was a sailor I remember well. He arrived at COSL as a STG1 while I was stationed there and we had some really fun off-duty times together. Robke was a great guy and I was so saddened to learn he passed.
ET1/OT1 Mark Grooms, eleuthera 1972. Mark was both an analyst and maintainer, eventually making OTMC...He was as patient as they come and provided this fellow convertee a ton of encourgement when things looked bleak. I remember his wonderful wife Kathy forbade him from after watch parties with this poster. I believe that Bob(Robin Hood) was also there at the time as a OT2 watch supervisor.
I know I'm gonna get this kinda wrong.. His last name was Goldberry, (I think).. And I'm pretty sure his first name was Dan. And to further stir the murkiness, I believe my first watch LPO was Jim Ciolek. If anyone knows Jim, maybe he can correct me on the Goldberry name. Pt. Sur, 1972 -73..... Jim, remember throwing flaming rolls of toilet paper at us?
I believe you're thinking about Dan Roseberry. I was stationed with him in 1970 at NAVFAC Keflavik. He was in OTEC and Maintenance school in Key West in the 1975-76 time frame while I was on instructor duty.
How have you been?
Chuck Cable! NavFac Eleuthera (78-79). I was a newbie in the rate. I do have some good memories of my time in his section.
I got there a bit later Tim as I had to paint the entire Q before they would let me be an OT. I'm not sure who the chief was or that there was one when I got there with you. I remember Ed. Silver working me to death in there. Was there a watch section Chief when I got there or just OT1 Silver ?