18 July 2013

It Was 40 Years Ago Today

On this date in 1973, I reported to the Great Lakes Recruit Training Command to begin boot camp.

I can't figure out how it could be so long ago, and yet I'm just as youthful as ever ... :)


12 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Amazing how that works, isn't it?

Rev. Paul said...

Indeed, PH, it's borderline amazing. Heh.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

It's so hard to believe how time flies. Thank you for your service.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Sandy. I might do some things differently, but I'd do it all again. In a heartbeat.

Stephen said...

Ah, now I feel so old. I attended in Orlando, now closed. We called the water tower the doorknob to a world of poop. Congratulations. Nice photo.

Chickenmom said...

OK - I give up. Which row are you in?

NavyOne said...

I love it. Good for you, Shipmate!

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, don't feel bad. I attended A School in Orlando, before they moved it. That area's a subdivision now, which is kind of sad.

Chickenmom, that picture was taken before my time. See their white feet? Navy recruits used to wear white spats that buttoned up about 10". Because of that, the recruits were called "boots", hence boot camp.

Thanks, NavyOne. I was hoping you'd see this. :)

Richard said...

Only beat you there by 11 years or so. It does seem like a long time ago but then again only yesterday. But then again it's been 31 years since I retired.

Rev. Paul said...

Richard, 11 years is a significant number, but we served at the same time. Thank you for your service, sir.

SENIOR said...

Ah, good'ole Great Mistakes... Oh how I miss that place with a passion. well, not that much. Congrats on your milestone. They may still take you back?

Rev. Paul said...

That's okay, Senior; I don't miss it enough to want to go back. Thanks anyway. :)