Jefcoat, John, PO1

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, CM-0000, Naval Construction Force (NCF)
Service Years
1934 - 1944
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Chery Jefcoat, YN3 to remember Jefcoat, John (Lloyd), BM1c.

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Home Town
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Last Address
Santa Rosa, CA and Burney, CA

Date of Passing
Feb 26, 2005
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Dad's first enlistment was 1934-1938 but he extended for two years in 1938 and served until 1940 and was discharged as a CM3. Dad returned to the Navy and was "inducted" as USN-I on 7/21/43 "in accordance with Selective Training & Service Act of 1940. He voluntarily enlisted the same date as BM2 (Rigger) V6, USNR-SV to serve for 2 years & was placed on inactive status. He was recalled to Active Duty 7/28/43 & became a CB (seabee), stationed at NCB Camp Peary in Williamsburg, VA. He was medically discharged (bilateral deafness) in January, 1944 as a BM1.

In reviewing his service records I found that Dad first qualified as a 2nd class diver in January 1937 while  serving on the USS Canopus in the Asiatics and doing temporary duty aboard the USS Pegasus. He continued to qualify as a 2nd class diver through July 1938 after being transferred to the Pegasus in Dec. 1937. Dad also qualified twice as a rifle sharpshooter, once on the Canopus and then on the Pegasus. Dad was also a Navy boxer and would've won the Asiatic fleet championship around this same time period. The fight was stopped by the ref when Dad's nose was broken and Dad remained angry about it throughout his lifetime. This story was confirmed by another "old salt" who met my brother by chance and told how he was stationed on another nearby ship the night of the fight. He remembered being stuck on his ship that night with duty & listened to the fight on the ship's radio!
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Dad received a Good (Medical) Discharge on 13 Jan 1944 and received an Honorable Service Lapel button (w' Ruptured Duck)

My parents were married in October, 1940 following Dad's first discharge. They remained married for almost 65 years and raised six children (two boys, four girls....I am their youngest child). My oldest brother is a Vietnam Army vet, and obviously I followed in Dad's footsteps and am a Navy vet (btw, we all volunteered)!
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Second Class Diver Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1934, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 34-16
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Canopus (AS-9)US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesCNO - OPNAV
NCBrigade 5 (NCB)Naval Construction Force (NCF)
  1934-1937, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1937-1938, ND-5343, USS Pigeon ASR-6
  1938-1938, CM-0000, USS Genessee (AT-55)
  1938-1938, CM-0000, CM 3C Course
  1938-1939, CM-0000, SUBBASE Cavite PI
  1938-1939, CM-0000, CNO - OPNAV
  1940-1943, Break in Service
  1943-1944, BM-0000, NCBrigade 5 (NCB)
  1943-1944, CM-0000, Naval Construction Force (NCF)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 01, 1919, Young Dad & Uncle Gene1
  Mar 02, 1934, Enlistment Application-19342
  Feb 09, 1937, USN Sharpshooter Qualifications1
  Apr 15, 1940, Dad's First Discharge-19402
  Oct 15, 1940, My Parent's Church1
  Jan 13, 1944, Dad's Second Discharge-1944 (Seabees)2
  Jul 30, 2000, Mom & Dad1
  Feb 26, 2005, Dad's Obituary1
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