Loomis, Steven, IC3

Interior Communications Electrician
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
IC-4718-IC Journeyman
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Interior Communications Electrician
Primary Unit
1970-1971, SN-9740, Vietnamese Naval Shipyard (VNNSY), Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
Previously Held NEC
SR-0000-Seaman Recruit
SN-9740-Seaman - Other Technical and Allied Specialists
IC-0000-Interior Communications Electrician
Service Years
1969 - 1983
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Kiel Canal
Order of the Rock
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Voice Edition
IC-Interior Communications Electrician
One Hash Mark

 Official Badges 

Battle E US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon SERE Brown Water Navy (Vietnam)

Order of the Ditch (Panama Canal) Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
National Society Sons of the American RevolutionSons of Union Veterans of the Civil WarVeterans Associated With The Department of Veterans AffairsNavy Together We Served
  1950, National Society Sons of the American Revolution - Assoc. Page
  1950, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Assoc. Page
  1950, Grand Army of the Republic
  1974, Veterans Associated With The Department of Veterans Affairs
  1975, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1530, Thomas Rooney Post (Member) (La Crosse, Wisconsin) - Chap. Page
  1975, American Legion, Post 52 (Member) (La Crosse, Wisconsin) - Chap. Page
  2004, Mobile Riverine Force Association
  2008, Navy Together We Served
  2013, Navy Club of the United States of America
  2017, United States LST Association
  2017, Veterans of the Vietnam War - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I retired on the last day of June, 2011, the month I turned 61,
and took my Arizona State pension, then Social Security at 62. 
I spent my post-navy life as a photographer and media manager.
The Navy gave me gypsy feet, and I've enjoyed them all my life.
As a result, traveling was not just a bucket list item for me. 
With the way things have gone, it was a good investment.

I'm a direct descendant, tenth generation, of Joseph Loomis.
The Loomis Family arrived in the New World on 17 July, 1638. 
We have defended America ever since. 

Other Comments:

"Service included boots-on-the-ground in Viet-Nam"
[ One year, 365 days, 24/7 -- 7 June 1970 to 7 June 1971 ]
U.S. Naval Advisory Group, Vietnamese Naval Shipyard, Saigon RVN.
I am also a Plank Owner and Shellback, USS Harlan County (LST-1196).
During my 4 years of active duty, 3 years were credited as foreign or sea service.

Technically, I was on Active Duty, USN, 3 years, 11 months and 16 days. However, I was in the Naval Reserve before that and after that, both Active Reserves and Inactive Reserves. So N/TWS has credited me from April 1969 through April 1983, 4 years active USN plus 4 years USNR and 6 years inactive Naval Reserves, and that is why my profile may occasionally show three hash marks. 1983 was my final Inactive Naval Reserve discharge date. Also, because I worked overseas, I never managed to take the 2nd Class Exam. So, actually I never wore more than one hash mark on my dress blues. And yes... there is a "V" on my Navy Achievement Medal even without having a Combat Action Ribbon because that's the way it was awarded. For more information click on the NAM w/V ribbon in my ribbon rack. 

I am glad, proud, to have been born an American.
I voluntarily joined the armed forces, and for that
matter I volunteered for duty in Viet-Nam. 

What I had hoped for was to not bring the violence,
the lack of value of a human life that I experienced
in Viet-Nam, back to America.  It is that simple.

During my civilian career I spent over ten years as a hospital/medical photographer, two years in Saudi Arabia with Lockheed, and then two and a half decades as the media specialist and manager for a 9,000+ student public school district in Phoenix, Arizona. I feel fortunate to have retired without ever having a single unemployment or welfare check. 


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 Tributes from Members  
Vietnam 1 posted by Mundy, Robert, RMC -Deceased 
Congratulations on your outstanding care... posted by Sanderson, Harlan G. (Sandy), AO2 -Deceased 
Bravo Zulu (Well Done) posted by McWatt, Michael (Mike), RM2 -Deceased 
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  The Old Navy
Jan 1, 1900

Last Updated:
Feb 11, 2018

A few of the photos in this series are of older naval vessels.

One is the HMS Warrior. Photographed in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth England.

When HMS Warrior 1860 made her triumphant return to Portsmouth in 1987, she was fully restored to her Victorian glory and changed the panorama of the City, sitting proudly in the Harbor.

When she was originally built she was, quite simply, bigger, faster and more heavily armed than any other warship afloat. Warrior was the world?s first iron-hulled, armored warship powered by steam as well as sail and constructed of wrought iron. She was the ultimate deterrent. She never once fired a shot in anger. Her strength was her ability to keep the peace. She represents Pax Britannica at its zenith. However within a decade she was obsolete, her technology surpassed.

The only surviving member of Queen Victoria's Black Battle Fleet, Warrior was used for 50 years as an oil jetty at Milford Haven before being restored to her former glory.


HMS Victory

HMS Victory is the Royal Navy's most famous warship.
She is the world's oldest commissioned ship and a proud memorial to Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, Britain's greatest Naval hero.

Standing proud in her home of No. 2 dry dock, HMS Victory is one of the most famous warships ever built. Built between 1759-1765, Victory was a first-rate, ship-of-the-line.

In 1805, Vice Admiral Lord Nelson on board his flagship, HMS Victory, led 27 British ships into battle off Cape Trafalgar against a much larger combined French and Spanish fleet.

Thanks to Nelson's inspired leadership, the British won a great victory and the Battle of Trafalgar has become a defining moment in our history. But Nelson paid the ultimate price - struck by a single bullet as he paced the quarterdeck with his captain, Thomas Hardy, he survived just long enough to learn the outcome of the battle.

My Photos From This Event
USS Commodore Perry 1861
The Uniform
flag grouping

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