I was in the Naval reserve for 6 years and was on active duty from May 1967 to October 1968. The Naval reserve center was on Oakley St. in Poughkeepsie, NY. For my 2 week cruise the Navy sent me to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a destroyer the USS Henley for spring break in 1966.

I started active duty when I reported to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I was assigned to two ships during my tour of active duty. I was on the USS Nitro an ammo ship from May 1967 to March 1968. After I was promoted to a Radarman 3rd class I was transfered to the USS Papago a sea going tug and stayed there until I was released from active duty in October 1968.

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