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Just to add some detail to the grouping. Your GP enlisted in 1940. He was originally, a Shipfitter, (Metalsmith, welder, plumber Damage Controlman). He became a Pipefitter (Plumber), when that was made a separate rate. Reverted back to Shipfitter, when Pipefitter was folded back into the Shipfitter rate. Made Chief Petty Officer in 1956. In 1960, after 20 years of active duty, he transferred th the FLEET RESERVE. This is NOT the Navy Reserve. The Fleet Reserve is a List that we Transfer to at the end of 20 years. We draw a pension (officially called Retainer Pay). It is supposed to be a pool of Old Hands that can be recalled immediately in emergencies. For all intents and purposes, youre retired. Ten years later, on the 30 year anniversary of your Active Duty Start Date, you are officially moved to the Retired List. But, for that 10 years, you are NOT in the Reserves. You dont report to anyone, attend drills, do not attend summer training.

 

The assorted discharges are because at the end of each enlistment, you must be discharged in order to re-enlist. When you Ship Over, they hand you all your discharge papers ( they have a code on them that says For immediate Reenlistment). Then slide your Shipping Over papers to you and a pen to sign up again. Always good for a bit of humor .

 

Any way, beautiful display! He sounds like a great Old Sailor. Thank you for sharing.

 

Steve.

Thanks Steve, As a kid My Grand parents moved around allot. He has award papers for training at Vandenburg AFB. My Grand parents lived on base. We used to visit them. He has training certificates for a bunch of odd things. Some have to do with missile's and a citation for a nuclear response team he led, all Air Force awards. I never could understand those. Prior to his 30 year mark in the late 60's they were in Adak Alaska for a year on a base, In my head they were all duty stations. Thanks for clearing that up!

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Thanks Steve, As a kid My Grand parents moved around allot. He has award papers for training at Vandenburg AFB. My Grand parents lived on base. We used to visit them. He has training certificates for a bunch of odd things. Some have to do with missile's and a citation for a nuclear response team he led, all Air Force awards. I never could understand those. Prior to his 30 year mark in the late 60's they were in Adak Alaska for a year on a base, In my head they were all duty stations. Thanks for clearing that up!

. Im guessing he worked for DOD. Many of us go into government service when we retire. My first job after I Transferrd to the Fleet Reserve@, was as a Contractor for the Army. I was based in Orlando, but went to Army bases all over the world.
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Sigsaye, Sounds like you had a good deal going too! The last thing my Grandpa did before retiring for real in the 70's was working for Cal Trans. Something about triple dipping. : )

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Just to add some detail to the grouping. Your GP enlisted in 1940. He was originally, a Shipfitter, (Metalsmith, welder, plumber Damage Controlman). He became a Pipefitter (Plumber), when that was made a separate rate. Reverted back to Shipfitter, when Pipefitter was folded back into the Shipfitter rate. Made Chief Petty Officer in 1956. In 1960, after 20 years of active duty, he transferred th the FLEET RESERVE. This is NOT the Navy Reserve. The Fleet Reserve is a List that we Transfer to at the end of 20 years. We draw a pension (officially called Retainer Pay). It is supposed to be a pool of Old Hands that can be recalled immediately in emergencies. For all intents and purposes, youre retired. Ten years later, on the 30 year anniversary of your Active Duty Start Date, you are officially moved to the Retired List. But, for that 10 years, you are NOT in the Reserves. You dont report to anyone, attend drills, do not attend summer training.

 

The assorted discharges are because at the end of each enlistment, you must be discharged in order to re-enlist. When you Ship Over, they hand you all your discharge papers ( they have a code on them that says For immediate Reenlistment). Then slide your Shipping Over papers to you and a pen to sign up again. Always good for a bit of humor ?.

 

Any way, beautiful display! He sounds like a great Old Sailor. Thank you for sharing.

 

Steve.

 

Great post Sigs!!

 

OP, your gramps did everything that became my rate, a true forefather to us Hull Maintenance Technicians! Talkin' direct lineage!

 

 

So very cool! Had he hung in til '72-3, he would have most likely became an HT as well.

 

 

 

*SEMPER FORTIS*

USN '92-'96 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN-73

HONOR*COURAGE*COMMITMENT

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