Arrived at TI by train from Bainbridge, MD in April, 1953. Quickly
found out that the only way you could go off base without standing
inspection in your dress uniform (then changing into civvies) was to
be in the band or on the drill team (drill team members carried their
liberty card). Joined the drill team a month later and had a most
enjoyable 36 weeks on base. Finished the first 20 weeks of school
with a perfect score and wound up second in my class at the end. The
drill team captured yet another California State championship in 1953,
a proud moment in my life. We marched in parades and field
competitions virtually every weekend, travelling all over Northern Cal
and to Texas, to perform at a Texas/Oklahoma football game.
Following advice from the instructors, while at home on leave, I took
the Commercial Radio Operator test and passed easily, which was the
starting point for a very prosperous carer er.
Dated the daughter of an associate warden at Alcatraz during my stay
at TI and spent a few nice evenings out there on the Rock, taking the
12:15 AM guard boat home.
Following TI, I went to CT school at Skaggs Island, then served for
another year at the receiver station at Sabana Seca, PR. Returned to
my civilian career at Bell of Pennsylvania in 1955 and retired at
executive level to pursue the really exciting part of my business
All in all, I treasure my time at Treasure Island and the training I
received at the Electronics School. It surely was the kick-off to the
retirement that I now enjoy.
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