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Navy Ships, and Sailors in the late 1950's, and early 1960's.

NOTE: Please Check out the new Whiting Field Gallery. There are several prople on the Whiting Field page that I need help finding. I found two guys in June of 2010, with both of them living close to Orlando, FL. One of these people gave me a link about my old photolab chief, Ernest J. Gaines, who died in 1985 in the Philippnes.

The images in this gallery were made with my personal camera's from May 1959 until Sept of 1962. The first images were made on boot leave from the Naval Basic Training Center in San Diego. I bought a used twin lens reflex in a pawn shop, and starting making pictures around San Diego. After returning to the base my first images were of the barracks, and the sailors in my company, number 148 of 1959.

My next duty station was at NAAS WHITING FIELD, near Milton, FL.

Whiting Field was a large part of the Air Naval Basic Training Command in north west Florida. Cadets started out at Pensacola, and then moved on to NAAS Whiting Field after completing basic flight training in the T-34's. The larger 1300 HP T-28's were the next phase of the student pilots training. Today Whiting is a full NAS, with helicopter training. (I left Whiting as a photographers mate third class.)

In the summer of 1961 I was ordered to Destroyer Development Group Two, at Newport, RI.

The development group had a staff of about forty officers, and enlisted men, with Commodore, (Captain), Donald G. Dockum as the commanding officer. (He died in the late sixties while on a hunting trip in upstate NY.)

The group was housed in building Eighteen near the two destroyer piers, in Coddington Cove. Most of the groups officers had started out as enlisted, and were commissioned through the LDO or Warrent programs. (Commodore Dockum was a 1936 graduate of the Naval Academy.) The group was small with everyone from the commanding officer down working closely together. (Commodore Dockum would often fish with the enlisted men in the evenings, and we had lots of good chats when I drove him to or from the airport at Providence, RI.

The developement group's purpose was to invent and test new equipment that would improve navy destroyer's. We had four WW II era destroyer's to use as test ships. The USS Hazelwood, DD 531, USS Hugh Purvis DD 709, USS Glennon DD 840, and the USS Brownson DD 868. I got to spend some time on all of these ships, but I was on the Hugh Purvis more than any of the others. Everything was classified, with a need to know.

My enlistment ended on Sept, 26, 1962. I was a Photographers Mate, Second Class at this time. PH2


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November 15, 2013

It's been over fifty four years since I enlisted, and sometimes at night I will wake up and think about those days when I could hear the sounds of a radial engine going up to full power, or see the food being served on a chow line. I still miss being in the navy.
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Destroyer Tender at Pier Two , 1961, Newport , RI.
Destroyer Tender at Pier Two , 1961, Newport , RI.
Letter from Home,  1959, NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL.
"Letter from Home", 1959, NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL.
Navy Pilot 1959, My first aerial photography traning flight.
Navy Pilot 1959, My first aerial photography traning flight.
 Boot Camp Buddies, 1959,
Boot Camp Buddies, 1959,
Destroyers and Tender at Newport, Rhode Island in 1962
Destroyers and Tender at Newport, Rhode Island in 1962
Clouds at Sea, 1962, Eastern Atlantic
"Clouds at Sea", 1962, Eastern Atlantic
Destroyer Escorts at Newport,  RI. ,1962
Destroyer Escorts at Newport, RI. ,1962
AN102 , Destroyers, and Desrtoyer Escorts  at pier one, Newport, RI, 1961-62
AN102 , Destroyers, and Desrtoyer Escorts at pier one, Newport, RI, 1961-62
AN103, Guard duty in the eastern Atlantic, Feb, March, 1962
AN103, Guard duty in the eastern Atlantic, Feb, March, 1962
AN106.  Forward berthing section, USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709
AN106. Forward berthing section, USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709
AN17, USS Glennon, DD 840 along side Tender at Newport, RI., 1962
AN17, USS Glennon, DD 840 along side Tender at Newport, RI., 1962
Ships Laundry, USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709, 1962
Ships Laundry, USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709, 1962
USS Arcadia  A D 23
USS Arcadia A D 23
Lifeboat on the USS Hugh Purvis DD 709
Lifeboat on the USS Hugh Purvis DD 709
Thames Street, in Newport, RI
Thames Street, in Newport, RI
USS Alagash, AO 97 Feb,  1962
USS Alagash, AO 97 Feb, 1962
Outlying Field at Brewton, Ala. ,1960
Outlying Field at Brewton, Ala. ,1960
Sailor resting before evening chow.
Sailor resting before evening chow.
Field Day abord the USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709, 1962
Field Day abord the USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709, 1962
Sailors,  Heading Home for the weekend, in 1959
Sailors, Heading Home for the weekend, in 1959
Hoisting the Flag at Bermuda, 1962.
Hoisting the Flag at Bermuda, 1962.
Newport Destroyers 2 ,  Christmas time 1961
Newport Destroyers 2 , Christmas time 1961
 Newport Destroyers 3
Newport Destroyers 3
 Newport , RI, Pier one  (Rare Color image)
Newport , RI, Pier one (Rare Color image)
Newport Destroyer pier.
Newport Destroyer pier.
 USS  Alagash, Oiler 97  (Feb 1962)
USS Alagash, Oiler 97 (Feb 1962)
Tender and destroyers at Pier one, Newport, RI  in 1961-62
Tender and destroyers at Pier one, Newport, RI in 1961-62
 Hugh Purvis sailors
Hugh Purvis sailors
Cook on the USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709
Cook on the USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709
Navy Barracks, NAAS Whiting Field, in 1960
Navy Barracks, NAAS Whiting Field, in 1960
 Me in my room in Newport,  RI  (1962)
Me in my room in Newport, RI (1962)
Navy Barracks ,  NAAS Whiting Field. 1959
Navy Barracks , NAAS Whiting Field. 1959
Barracks back steps, NAAS Whiting Field, 1959
Barracks back steps, NAAS Whiting Field, 1959
 Bayview Hotel, near Newport, RI. in1961- 1962
Bayview Hotel, near Newport, RI. in1961- 1962
 Big Fish, San Diego, CA in 1959
Big Fish, San Diego, CA in 1959
Bootcamp Buddies CA. 1959     CO. 148
Bootcamp Buddies CA. 1959 CO. 148
Navy Bootcamp. CA. 1959
Navy Bootcamp. CA. 1959
Navy Milton FL main street 1960
Navy Milton FL main street 1960
 Milton Florida, at night, in 1960
Milton Florida, at night, in 1960
 Playing Checkers in the barracks rec room, 1960
Playing Checkers in the barracks rec room, 1960
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