Baimbridge, Horace, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
611X-Limited Duty Officer - Deck - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1968-1971, 611X, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
Service Years
1943 - 1971
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Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Cheryl Baimbridge-Family to remember Baimbridge, Horace (Joe), LCDR USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Morrow Bay
Last Address
10603 Raydell Drive

Date of Passing
Jan 02, 2009
Location of Interment
Houston National Cemetery - Houston, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Navy Chief Initiated LDO/CWO

Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Per the National Cemetery Administration........
  DATE OF BIRTH: 10/23/1925
  DATE OF DEATH: 01/02/2009
  (281) 447-8686


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On January 2nd, 2009, at 0845 CST, Joe Baimbridge slipped his lines to this mortal coil and set his course for that eternal harbor where he dropped his anchor for the last time.
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The following is an obituary or legacy, as it is called in the Houston Chronicle, and I think I prefer that term better:

H. "Joe" Baimbridge
LCDR H. H. "JOE" BAIMBRIDGE Ret. passed away on Jan. 2, 2009 in Houston, TX. Born on Oct. 23, 1925 to Bill & Ruby in Warren, AR. Joe was preceded in death by parents; 3 brothers; first wife, Mattie & daughter, Stacy Busard & is survived by his loving wife Diana; daughters Cheryl Juarez, Melinda & Rebecca Baimbridge; sons, Wayne, Clay & Scott Baimbridge; 3 brothers; 3 sisters; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. When his country called, Joe answered by joining the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander and serving in WWII, Korea and the Vietnam Wars. Visitation - Mon, Jan 5, 2009 from 6-8pm. Funeral Service - Tue Jan 6, 2009 10 am at Crowder in Webster & Burial - 1:15 pm at Houston National Cemetery.

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His full name was Horace Haywood Baimbridge.� During his first assignment on a ship in the Navy someone called him "Joe" ... which was sort of like calling someone "Bud" or "Pal" back then, but the nickname stuck and thereafter it was how everyone knew him.

Joe also became known as Diver Joe or DJ on NTWS because the thread he was most active on had three Joes, and to identify each a modifier was added to their "Joe".
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My intentions are to leave, intact, his words on this Profile, written by his own hand and in a style that represents his personality.�

It is a singular honor that I have been allowed to be the caretaker of his Profile.� For which I am deeply humble.

S.L.J. Dahl, LT, CEC, USN (Retired)
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Other Comments:
In checking over my comments with the pictures, I keep referring to my "Second Family". Maybe that needs to be explained. The day after my retirement, my wife of 25 years, announced that she was "divorcing me", because she "didn't want to be married anymore". Our divorce became final on November 1, 1971 (just one month after my retirement). In the spring of 1972, I started dating a college student who was 20 years younger than me. We were not going to get serious and certainly not going to have any children if we did. She was 27, I was 47. We were married on June 15, 1972 and our first of five children arrived on March 5, 1973. She is the one that I refer to as "My Deceased Daughter". My ex-wife, whom I had met at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked at the 'Gedunk Stand". Passed away in April of 2003. That 'first child' of my 'second family' passed away in October of that same year. No, I'm not superstitious! Well...maybe...just a tad? Nah! My second wife, Diana, and I have now been married 35 years, and we had *five* children. Four of them still with us, the youngest turned 20 yesterday.
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Diving Officer Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Farragut, ID), 1541
  1960, Officer Candidate School (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Construction Force (NCF)NAS Corpus Christi/Truax FieldUSS Toledo (CA-133)USS Burton Island (AGB-1)
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Chanticleer (ASR-7)USS Sperry (AS-12)Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
USS Florikan (ASR-9)USS Nereus (AS-17)USS Coucal (ASR-8)Deep Sea Divers School
USS Greenlet (ASR-10)Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
  1943-1943, SN-9700, ACORN Training Unit
  1943-1945, BM-0000, ACORN 12
  1945-1947, BM-0000, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1947-1949, BM-0000, USS Toledo (CA-133)
  1949-1951, BM-0000, USS Burton Island (AGB-1)
  1951-1952, BM-0000, Mixed Gas HEO2 Diver Course
  1952-1953, USS Chanticleer (ASR-7)
  1953-1954, BM-0000, USS Sperry (AS-12)
  1954-1956, BM-0000, Navy Recruiting Station Galveston, TX
  1956-1957, BM-0000, USS Florikan (ASR-9)
  1958-1960, ND-5342, USS Nereus (AS-17)
  1960-1962, 611X, USS Coucal (ASR-8)
  1962-1964, 641X, Deep Sea Divers School
  1964-1966, 612X, USS Coucal (ASR-8)
  1966-1968, 612X, USS Greenlet (ASR-10)
  1968-1971, 611X, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II1
  1960-1973 Vietnam War2
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