Hillis, Thurman E., SMSN

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Last Rank
Seaman (E-3)
Last Primary Designator/NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1962-1964, SM-0000, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Service Years
1958 - 1962
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Cold War
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Contact Info
Home Town
Stevinson, CA,95347
Last Address
Argyle, TX

Date of Passing
Jul 10, 2015
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
United States Coast Guard AuxiliaryUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43) AssociationAmerican LegionChapter 920
Dept of Texas
  2007, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary [Verified]4
  2007, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Association [Verified]
  2009, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2011, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 920 (Member) (Denton, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2012, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of Texas (Member) (Austin, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Enjoying Retirement. My wife and I travel in our RV. I kayak and fish. We have 5 Children between us. They live in Mariposa, Ca, Spicer, MN, Keller, TX, Goose Creek, SC and Gillitte, Wy. I am very proud of my children and Stepchildren. Two daughters served in the Air Force during Desert Storm. I am also very proud of my grandsons; Tom Wittenberg, who graduated from Basic Training and HN School at  Great Lakes, and his brother Trey who graduated Army Basic in Ft. Benning, GA and Culinary School in VA and is back home in the Minnesota National Guard.
Other Comments:

I enlisted in Merced, Ca in July 1958 and went to boot camp at NRTC, San Diego. During my boot camp I caught pneumonia and was transferred to Balboa Naval Hospital, where I spent a month. I was transferred back to NRTC and graduated in 7 October 1958. My first duty station was Harbor Defense Unit, Point Loma, California on the US Army Base. I was there until the Navy decommissioned the unit in the fall of 1959 and I was transferred to the US Naval Station, San Diego to undergo Re-commissioning Training for the USS Coral Sea. In December 1959 we boarded a troop Transport for Bremerton, WA. I served on the Coral Sea until July 1962. I was discharged from active duty on July 17th, the day we returned from our Far East Cruise and spent two years in the inactive reserve. I was asked to re-enlist for another 4 years and considered it, but was married at that time and wanted to start a family. Upon leaving the USN, I worked two years in a poultry plant at Turlock, Ca. In 1964 I joined the Merced, California City Police and worked there until Jan 1968 when I joined the US Border Patrol. After graduating from the Border Patrol Academy I was assigned as a Immigration Patrol Inspector at Calexico, CA. I worked there until Sept. 1968 and resigned. It was not the kind of career I wanted. I returned to the Merced Police Department where I stayed until July 1971. I then left the Merced Police Department and went to work as a Special Agent for the ATSF Railroad Police Department in Fresno, California. I stayed with the ATSF until April 1990 when I took a buyout and retired.  I had worked in California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and Texas and my rank was Assistant Chief of Police.  I tried selling insurance and did some private investigating on the side. In August 1991 I was hired as a Patrolman with the Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad with the promise that I would be their next Chief Special Agent upon the retirement of the current chief. That never came to pass. The Houston Belt and Terminal Railroad was sold to the Union Pacific Railroad and in 1995 I was one of the 5 patrolmen chosen to work for the Union Pacific as a Special Agent. I worked for the Union Pacific as a Special Agent, Background Investigator, Firearms Training Officer,  Lieutenant and  Captain. I retired for a second time in January 2007.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2011
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29 Members Also There at Same Time
Naval Reserve Forces Command

Rauschkolb, John Andrew, SCPO, (1938-1977) SM SM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8)
Copeland, Robert Witcher, RADM, (1935-1965) OFF 111X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Gannon, Frances X., CAPT, (1945-1977) OFF 510X Captain
Jeffords, James Merrill, CAPT, (1956-1990) OFF 250X Captain
Lodge, John Davis, CAPT, (1939-1966) OFF 655X Captain
Wolf, Fritz Emil, CDR, (1939-1967) OFF 131X Commander
Peery, Kenneth, LT, (1943-1946) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Narehood, Ermin Daniel, CPO, (1943-1964) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Galles, Lester, PO1, (1942-1945) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Lindberg, Robert, PO1, (1958-1980) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer First Class (E-6)
Smith, Clark, PO2, (1960-1966) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Taylor, Charles, PO2, (1959-1965) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Terrill, Duane, PO2, (1958-1964) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
May, Bruce H., SCPO, (1960-2000) YN YN-2516 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Swoboda, Darrell, CPO, (1958-1980) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Valenzuela, Edward, PO1, (1960-1975) FTG FTG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Watkins, Earl, SCPO, (1962-1991) FT FT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)
Thatcher, Steve, PO2, (1962-1971) QM QM-0230 Seaman 1st Class (E-3)
Brace, Joseph, CPO, (1962-1984) HM HM-0000 Hospitalman (E-3)
Casey (LEPRECONDO), John (Jack), PO3, (1963-1969) 00 00-0000 Seaman Apprentice (E-2)
Rodgers, Larry, PO2, (1963-1976) RM RM-0000 Seaman Apprentice (E-2)
Spencer, Roy Gene, MCPO, (1960-1984) SA SA-0000 Seaman Apprentice (E-2)
Brower, Robert, CDR, (1940-1970) Commander
Varricchio, Philip, CDR, (1941-1973) OFF Commander
Watson, Richard G., LTJG, (1939-1968) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Norstrom, Dale E., CPO, (1950-1991) Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Carey, Frank, PO2, (1960-1972) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
English, Dennis, PO2, (1958-1964) Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
Barker, David, PO3, (1958-1968) Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)

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