Jones, David, AME1

Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment
Primary Unit
1978-1980, AME-9502, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)
Previously Held NEC
PR-0000-Parachute Rigger
AME-0000-Aviation Structrual Mechanic Safety Equipment
Service Years
1959 - 1980
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Shellback
AME-Aviation Structural Mechanic, Safety Equipment
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Police (enlisted) Master Training Specialist Firefighter US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Vietnam Combat Craft Crewmember Badge

Cold War Veteran Mobile Riverine Forces Mekong Delta

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)Mobile Riverine Force Association
  1984, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Mobile Riverine Force Association [Verified]
  2007, Mobile Riverine Force Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
After retirement from the Navy, I worked for a year at a large hospital in Memphis, Tn. I then embarked on a 21 year career as a professional firefighter. 1981- Honor graduate U.S. Navy Crash, Rescue and Salvage School NAS Memphis, TN. I retired from the Federal Fire Service  in 2001. Using the medical skills learned as a firefighter, I then began a third career as a licenced Laboratory technician.

In 2007, I decided to once again retire, so until something better comes along, I be just working on the ranch, whittling down that "honeydo list".
Other Comments:
We, who entered the Navy as boys, full of bright promise and fervent patriotism, those of us who survive, still carry that love of country and deep patriotism that we learned together in our formative years and never forgot, even though we were greeted when we returned , by the vilification of an ungrateful nation. I cherish the memories of my brothers, forged in the blood and shock of war and the recollections of experiences, both good and bad, that service to my beloved country afforded me. And if I could do all over again, I would not change one solitary thing, save the ability to restore the lives of all my friends and comrades who left their youth and innocence on the fields, jungles and seas of Southeast Asia. May Almighty God grant their souls eternal rest and may perpetual Light shine upon them.
We are all old men now, and before long we will just be footnotes in a forgotten war, but when my grandchildren ask me, "were you a hero in that war, Grandpa? I will say, "No Iwas not a hero, but I served with heroes."
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 Ribbon Bar
Air Crew Wings
Basic Parachutist

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1959, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 6081
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
School Assignments - StaffSERE SchoolVP-17 White LightingAdvancement Schools and Courses
VF(AW)-3Fleet Composite Squadron 7 (FLECOMPRON 7) VC-7Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)USS Currituck (AV-7)
VP-50 Blue DragonsVF-53 Iron AngelsUSS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)Instructors Training School
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)VS-33 ScrewbirdsUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1960-1960, PR-0000, (PR) Parachute Rigger A School
  1960-1960, PR-0000, SERE School
  1960-1961, PR-0000, VP-17 White Lighting
  1961-1961, AME-0000, (AME) Aviation Structrual Mechanic Safety Equipment A School
  1961-1963, AME-0000, VF(AW)-3
  1964-1965, AME-0000, Fleet Composite Squadron 7 (FLECOMPRON 7) VC-7
  1965-1967, AME-0000, Commander Fleet Air Western Pacific (COMFAIRWESTPAC)
  1966-1967, AME-0000, USS Currituck (AV-7)
  1967-1969, AME-0000, VP-50 Blue Dragons
  1969-1971, AME-0000, VF-53 Iron Angels
  1969-1971, AME-0000, USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31)
  1971-1971, AME-9502, Instructors Training School
  1971-1975, AME-9502, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)
  1975-1978, AME-0000, VS-33 Screwbirds
  1977-1978, AME-0000, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1978-1980, AME-9502, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Staff), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1962-1962 Cold War Event - Cuban Blockade
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1970 Operation Market Time
  1966-1968 Operation Sea Dragon
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (68)
  1968-1969 Operation Search Turn
 Colleges Attended 
  1972-1974, Others/Not Listed
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