My Navy & Coast Guard Reserves Service Ranks and Years

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Your Web Master's Navy & Coast Guard Reserves Service Ranks and Years

1965 to 1971

SR, SA, SN, SN(SG), TMSN(SG), TMSN(SS), TM3(SS) to TM2(SS)

USN Submarine Reserve 6/1965 to 6/1971

Torpedoman's Mat
TM

Torpedoman's Mate

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Torpedoman's Mates in Action - Stories & Photos


 

This photo was taken, as I recall, on board one of those covered Coaxain's Boats.

This was just after i had completed a week end working in the Torpedo Shop on the Sub Tender USS Sperry or USS Nereus.

Another Reservist from my Submarine Reserve Unit, TM2(SS) Ruiz. I believe, snapped this photo.  He was a photographer by trade, as I recall.

He took the photo as we were returning to shore from the tender, which was moored out in the water at Fort Roscrans, Ballast Point Submarine Base, San Diego, California.

 

USNR My Training & Advancement

 
 

 

SR
Seaman Recruit

 

1965
 

 SA
Seaman Apprentice

 

1965

 SN
Seaman

Actually TMSN(SG)

1966

 TMSN(SS) in 1967

 TM3(SS)
Torpedoman's Mate
Third Class

1967

 TM2
Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

1968

Bluejacket's Manual
Sixteenth Edition
1965

 

Basic Military Req'ts
NAVPERS 10054-A

1965

 

Seaman
NAVPERS 10120-D

 

1965

 

Petty Officer 3 & 2
NAVPERS 10056-A

1966

 

TM 3 & 2
NAVPERS 10163

 


1967

 USN Service Stripe:  1 for each 4 years (6 years total)

1 x


1978 to 1997

Your Web Master's Navy & Coast Guard Reserves Service Ranks and Years

Torpedoman’s Mate

Torpedoman's Mat
TM

SR to TM2(SS) USN Submarine Reserve 6-12-65 to 6-12-71

 Qualified in Submarines on USS Diodon (SS-349) under the Yellow Sea on August 15, 1967

USS Diodon (SS-349) Home Port with Frame Pages - for Diodon Shipmates, Photos, History
 

PS

Port Securityman

PS3 E4 to Senior Chief E8

 

U. S. COAST GUARD RESERVE
Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay

October 2, 1978 – January 01, 1997 (18 years 3 months)

PSCS USCGR Retired

Served as 
MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER; 

District 11; ASSISTANT TRAINING OFFICER for 95 people
CURRICULUM COORDINATOR for 95 people

MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLANNING SPECIALIS
T
MARINE INVESTIGATOR
MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT HEAD

PORT SECURITY PLANNING SPECIALIST
.

CERTIFIED MARINE SAFETY BOARDING OFFICER: regulatory application, enforcement and interpretation of 33CFR, 46CFR, 49CFR, IMO, U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated experience. Was the first USCGR member to obtain this certification. Designed and published Marine Safety Boarding Officer hand book.,

CURRICULUM COORDINATOR designed and taught multiple classes which resulted in very many of my shipmates passing their End off Course Examinations on their first try. 

 MARINE INVESTIGATOR: performed investigations of marine accidents; 

MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT HEAD: managed and scheduled 9 Marine Investigators doing marine accident investigations;

CERTIFIED MARINE INVESTIGATOR: regulatory application, enforcement and interpretation: U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated

PORT SECURITY PLANNING SPECIALIST:  worked in PORT Security Planning Department, developed Port Outload and Security PlaN; Regulatory application, enforcement and interpretation:  U.S. Codes and U.S. Codes Annotated

Over view of duties

5 years as Marine Safety Boarding officer:  boarded cargo ships in port, check marine facilities, responded to chemical spills, boarded and inspected USSR Cargo ships at anchor on two occasions for radiation inspection.

2 years in Marine Safety Office reserve unit as instructor for rate advancement and port security instruction – resulted in all enlisted personnel who toke my rate advancement personal instruction all passed there service wide exams for advancement.

5 years in special project developing a Marine Firefighting Contingency Plan by providing my computer expertise.

I was then a MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLANNING SPECIALIST: Worked with LCDR Frank Bateman to develop the MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLAN over a five year period.  The USNS Kawishiwi was the first implementation of the MARINE FIREFIGHTING CONTINGENCY PLAN.  It was a big success!!!!!

USCGR: 6 Meritorious Team Awards for Marine Firefighting Contingency Plan, Area Environmental Contingency Plan, Port Outload and Security Plan.

     3 years as MARINE INVESTIGATOR in MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT.

   1 year as MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT HEAD in MARINE INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT

2 years in Port Security Planning Department- helped to develop Port Outload and Security Plan. by providing my computer expertise.

USCGR Schools attended
· Instructor Training (first in class) (2 weeks) 
· Port Securityman Basic (first in class) and Advanced Schools (4 weeks).
· Marine Environmental Response Basic (first in class) and Advanced Schools (4 weeks) & HAZWOPER course (2 days)
· Reserve Senior Petty Officer Leadership and Management (first in class) (2 weeks)

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1965

Woodrow Wilson High School
Class of June 1965

The Fleet Type Submarine (Navpers 16160 & Others)
Web-Master's Note:  Navpers 16160 is the very text I studied in USNR SP/SG School at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard during 6 weeks in the Summer of 1965 

Here is my reserve training boat, USS Dentuta, SS-385. on which  I studied SS qualification training in her insides in USNR Submarine Reserve Unit 12-31 at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard from June 1965 until I went to SP/SG training school there.

USS Dentuda SS-385
Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, CA


(Dentuda pulling into Hunters Point, 1946 - Courtesy Larry Derouin)

Dentuda was decommissioned 11 December 1946 and stationed in the 12th Naval District (HUNTER's POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD) for use as a Naval Reserve Training Boat. Dentuda was stricken and sold for scrap February 12, 1969 to Zidell Explorations of Portland Or. for $55,459.00 .

Note: Assigned to JTF 1 as a test vessel for Operation "Crossroads," Dentuda returned to Pearl Harbor 14 February 1946, and on 22 May sailed for Bikini Atoll. She underwent both atomic weapons tests with her crew safely away from their submarine, and returned to Pearl Harbor 6 September. On 7 October she got underway for Mare Island Naval Shipyard, arriving 14 October. She was decommissioned 11 December 1946 and stationed in the 12th Naval District for the training of members of the Naval Reserve.

1966

After graduating from USN Submarine Reserve SP/SG Submarine School at Hunter's Point, San Francisco Naval Shipyard in the Summer of 1965. I was assigned to attend the Basic Electricity/Electronics Prep (BEEP) School (1600 to 0100 hrs, Monday through Friday) for 6 weeks and Torpedoman Mate's "A" (TMA) School for 8 weeks in San Diego in 1966 as a SN(SG) - Seaman, Submarine School Graduate.

Before going to those schools, I got a copy of the manual, typed in the text with a typewriter and hand drew some of the drawings to highlight them for better study. Here are some of them below on the hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Submarine Torpedo Tubes Pneumatic and Hydraulic Operational Sequences

After BEEP School and TMA School completion, my designation was TMSN(SG), Torpedoman's Mate striker, Seaman, Submarine School Graduate. I was returned to Submarine Devision 12-31 at Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard.  Then I was assigned to active duty in January 1967 at Treasure Island CA. Reported on USS Diodon SS-349 in February 2, 1967 While serving on USS Diodon (SS-349), I qualified on submarines as TMSN(SS) and passed my 3rd class Service Wide Exam and became TM3(SS). While aboard Diodon, I later took the Service Wide Exam and passed the exam for TM2(SS), but picked up the advancement in rank after I was separated from active duty and returned to Submarine Reserve Division 12-9 in Alameda, CA.

1967

Then I was assigned to active duty in January 1967 at Treasure Island CA. Reported on USS Diodon SS-349 in February 2, 1967 While serving on USS Diodon (SS-349), I qualified on submarines as TMSN(SS) and passed my 3rd class Service Wide Exam and became TM3(SS).


USS Diodon (SS-349) Submarine History Page for 1967 - I came aboard her and Qualified in Submarines during a WEST PAC deployment that year
USS Diodon (SS-349) Home Port with Frame Pages - for Diodon Shipmates, Photos, History


Here is your Web-Master Qualified in Submarines as a TMSN(SS) on USS Diodon (SS-349) in September 1967 in Hong Kong, BCC.  That is an Australian frigate's bow seen in the background.

 

 

 

1968
 

1968
USS Diodon (SS-349) Submarine History Page for 1968 - I served aboard her until October that year

USS Diodon (SS-349) Home Port with Frame Pages - for Diodon Shipmates, Photos, History

I returned home in October 1968 from the USS Diodon (SS-349) in San Diego and USNR Sub-Div 12-31 had closed and I was then attached to USNR Sub-Div 12-9 at the Alameda Navy and Reserve Training Center with the USS Parche (SS-384) there as the reserve station boat.

While aboard Diodon, I later took the Service Wide Exam and passed the exam for TM2(SS), but picked up the advancement in rank after I was separated from active duty and returned to Submarine Reserve Division 12-9 in Alameda, CA.

After World War II, the USS Parche served as a target ship for Operation Crossroads, the atomic tests at Bikini Atoll. She survived both the aerial bomb and the underwater bomb, and she underwent decontamination before heading to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. The submarine was decommissioned on December 10, 1946, and she was reclassified as an auxiliary submarine, AGSS-384, on December 1, 1962 to serve as a Naval Reserve Training Submarine. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on November 8, 1969 and sold for scrap on June 18, 1970. The USS Parche received five battle stars and two Presidential Unit Citations for her service in World War II

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January 31, 2011, marks the 43rd anniversary of the Tet Offensive, a surprise attack by the North Vietnamese that took place on the first day of the Vietnamese new year -- a day that had been expected to be a quiet religious holiday. NavyTV is airing two episodes of the documentary series "Virginians At War," which feature vintage film footage taken during some of this historic event and first-person accounts from Virginia veterans of the Offensive. Above is Chapter 1, click here for Chapter 2.

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Good Read Especially Vietnam Vets & Era Vets!
I am forwarding this excellent essay on the Vietnam experience- authored by Sen. Jim Webb(D-Va.), His contrast of the Vietnam military with the WWII "greatest generation" military is  fascinating- especially the point that it was the 'greatest generation' who sent us to 'Nam.
I am personally one of those vets who believed the war was worth fighting and one which we could have won if permitted to do so.
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