Back, Darrol, BM1

Boatswain's Mate
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
BM-0169-Causeway Barge Ferry Coxswain
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1991-1993, BM-0000, St Louis MO/NR SIMA San Diego 2318
Previously Held NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
BM-0164-Assault Boat Coxswain
Service Years
1971 - 1993
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Golden Shellback
Jr Sailor of the Quarter
Jr Sailor of the Year
BM-Boatswain's Mate
Four Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Police (enlisted) Assault Boat Coxswain US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Sea Bees Badge Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration

 Ribbon Bar
Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1971, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 218
 Duty Stations
USS Ashtabula (AO-51)USS Wabash (AOR-5)NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San DiegoAssault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
NAS North IslandNavy Beach Group 1 (NBG-1)/Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1)
  1971-1975, BM-0000, USS Ashtabula (AO-51)
  1975-1977, BM-0000, USS Wabash (AOR-5)
  1977-1979, NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) San Diego
  1979-1983, BM-0164, Assault Craft Unit 1 (ACU-1)
  1983-1985, BM-0000, NAS North Island
  1985-1991, BM-0169, Navy Beach Group 1 (NBG-1)/Amphibious Construction Battalion One (ACB-1)
  1991-1993, BM-0000, St Louis MO/NR SIMA San Diego 2318
 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.
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