Serving aboard the USS Noa

November 11, 2012

I served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967. I was assigned to the USS Noa DD-841 (a destroyer ) that picked up John Glenn after one of his space flights. They even painted his footsteps on the deck where he walked after recovering the capsule. My rating was Disbursing Clerk, and I got to handle a lot of money and pay the ships bills overseas. The military taught me how to follow orders and also be a leader and respect others.

I made three Mediterranean cruises, one Red Sea cruise and a lot of trips to Gitmo for at-sea war games. I got the experience of being highlined from one ship to another, a collision with a tanker when our ship lost steering during refueling and visiting a lot of counties.

When I got out of the service, jobs were plentiful so no problem with the job market. Since NAFTA passed, this is not the case as manufacturing has moved out of the country. If I were in the service now, I would make a career of it as the job market is really bad now.

God bless all who served and who are still serving this great nation.