: Hey Mike, your post brings back many memories of electronics school. I arrived at TI December 1969 for ET “A” School after BEEP school in San Diego. We were all wondering whether we’d get to go home on leave for Christmas, but that didn’t fly. But the new barracks were plush. I remember the circular, slanted pathway around the central atrium. Every day after school the TV room would be crowded with guys watching re-runs of “Star Trek.” I left in the summer of 1970 for the fleet before returning to Nuclear Power School in January of 1972. After I washed out of Nuc School because of poor eyesight, I ended up at the transit barracks at Treasure Island. I was a MAA at the administrative building buffing floors and telling guys to get haircuts while I awaited orders. After a couple months of this duty I got orders to the USS Tutuila ARG-4, which was anchored in the Saigon River 10 miles south of Saigon. I got the chance to use my radar training to install and repair pathfinder radars. I didn’t get to use my SPS-10 radar training until I reported aboard the USS Joseph Strauss DDG-16, homeported out of Pearl Harbor. I wrote a novel about a Westpac onboard this ship entitled “Steve McQueen Would Be Proud.” Read about it at www.westpacstories.com.
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