Base, San Diego, CA
My Duties at
ASW Base, San Diego
1965 - Sep 1965
In Apr 1965
I reported to active duty and attended Anti Submarine Warfare
School in San Diego.
The Fleet ASW Base was a satellite command of the Naval
Training Center, San Diego, where we were taught all
aspects of Anti-Submarine Warfare.
Our motto was "Sargire Classis Distructum" (Search - Classify
pre-requisite, I attended Basic Electricity and Electronics
and then Sonar Class "A" school. (This was vacuum tube
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. But, 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 cartilage in my
right knee. I was sent to Balboa
Naval Hospital where they performed repair
surgery. This was before arthroscopic surgery
and it 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