Croix, John, MMCS

Machinists Mate
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
MM-4204-Steam Propulsion Maintenance Supervisor
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1985-1988, MM-4204, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
Previously Held NEC
AR-0000-Airman Recruit
AD-0000-Aviation Machinist's Mate
MM-3385-Surface Ship Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator - Mechanical
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Service Years
1961 - 1988
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Shellback
Suez Canal
MM-Machinists Mate
Six Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Chief Master-at-Arms U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Career Counselor Firefighter

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

Navy Chief Initiated Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club First Nuclear Powered Task Force in Combat

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran Did the Ditch (Suez Canal) Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

Blue Water Navy Maritime Warfare Excellence Award Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)American Legion
  1988, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
I am finally retired completely.
Other Comments:
Not Specified
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

World Wide Travels 1961-1988

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria

AustraliaBermudaBelgiumCanadaNorthern Mariana IslandsCosta RicaDominican RepublicEgyptFranceGermanyGuamHong KongItalyJapanKorea, SouthMacauMidway IslandsMexicoNew ZealandPanamaPhilippinesPuerto RicoSingaporeSpainTurks and Caicos IslandsTaiwanUnited StatesVietnamVirgin IslandsHoly See (Vatican City)Samoa

 Remembrance Profiles -  4 Sailors Remembered
  • Bell, William, PO2, (1960-1968)
  • Olmstead, Mickey, PO2, (1961-1973)
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 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1962, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 026
 Duty Stations
RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CANaval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff)  MemphisVT-26 Flying TigersNuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff)/Nuclear Power School Mare Island (Staff)
Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Idaho Falls (Staff)USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)USS Maddox (DD-731)Professional Schools and Courses
NAVSTA Long Beach, CACommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)Naval Reserve Forces CommandUSS Dubuque (LPD-8)
USS Kirk (FF-1087)School Assignments - StaffNAS Kingsville TXUSS John King (DDG-3)
Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
  1962-1962, AR-0000, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego, CA
  1962-1962, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Memphis
  1962-1964, AD-0000, VT-26 Flying Tigers
  1964-1965, AD-0000, Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff)/Nuclear Power School Mare Island (Staff)
  1965-1965, MM-3385, Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) Idaho Falls (Staff)
  1965-1966, MM-3385, USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25)
  1966-1969, MM-0000, USS Maddox (DD-731)
  1968-1968, MM-0000, Career Counselor School
  1969-1970, MM-0000, NAVSTA Long Beach, CA
  1970-1972, MM-0000, Commander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)
  1972-1975, MM-0000, Naval Reserve Forces Command
  1975-1976, MM-0000, USS Dubuque (LPD-8)
  1976-1979, MM-0000, USS Kirk (FF-1087)
  1977-1977, Leadership and Management Education and Training for Leading Petty Officers (LMET) Course
  1979-1982, MM-0000, NAS Kingsville TX
  1980-1980, MM-4204, Career Counselor School
  1982-1982, MM-4204, Leadership and Management Education and Training for Leading Petty Officers (LMET) Course
  1982-1985, MM-4204, USS John King (DDG-3)
  1985-1988, MM-4204, Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1970 Operation Market Time
  1966-1968 Operation Sea Dragon
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
  1975-1975 NEO - Operation Frequent Wind (Vietnam)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy?
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Texas State Techincal Institute Waco TxGeorgia Military College
  1970-1972, Texas State Techincal Institute Waco Tx
  1979-1980, Georgia Military College
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