Fleet ASW Base, San Diego, CA
Duties at ASW Base, San Diego
Apr 1965 -
In Apr 1965 I
active duty and attended Anti Submarine Warfare School in San Diego.
The Fleet ASW Base was a satellite command of the Naval
Diego, where we were taught all aspects of Anti-Submarine
Our motto was "Sargire Classis Distructum" (Search - Classify - Destroy)
As a pre-requisite, I
Electricity and Electronics and then Sonar Class "A" school. (This was
vacuum tube technology)
We thought our base was
cool and the new pretty blue glazed brick buildings showed that we were
a real modern base. We lived in something that sort of resembled
private rooms. OK, our "rooms" were actually cubicles with a
door-less doorway, plain cinder brick walls and 4 men to a room.
other schools at the time were still using open bay barracks - one long
room with 25 or more sets of bunk beds. We thought we were cool!
At ASW Base, the CO's idea
of PT was volleyball. Everyone was required to play volleyball
every day after the noon meal. No exceptions. It was fun
and everyone actually enjoyed it. One day, during a game, I
jumped to block a shot, but, landed twisting and badly tore the
in my right knee. I was sent to Balboa
Hospital where they performed repair surgery.
This was before arthroscopic surgery and this was considered major
surgery. I ended ended up with 3 inch scars where my knee was
laid open and I was in recovery and rehab for four weeks.
When I returned to school I
was set back to the next class and graduated middle of my class in Sept
1965 and was designated STGSN
After two weeks leave, I
was assigned to the USS