Dupee, John (JED), BMC

Boatswain's Mate
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
BM-0215-Harbor/Docking Pilot
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
2003-2006, BM-0215, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
Previously Held NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Service Years
1984 - 2006
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Spanish Main
Plank Owner
Suez Canal
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Have returned to serving the National Defense again as a Pilot.
The first day we passed at sea was the Sabbath. As we were just from port, and there was a great deal to be done on board, we were kept at work all day, and at night the watches were set, and everything put into sea order. When we were called aft to be divided into watches, I had a good specimen of the manner of a sea captain. After the division had been made, he gave a short characteristic speech, walking the quarter deck with a cigar in his mouth, and dropping the words out between the puffs.

“Now, my men, we have begun a long voyage. If we get along well together, we shall have a comfortable time; if we don’t, we shall have hell afloat.—All you’ve got to do is to obey your orders and do your duty like men,—then you’ll fare well enough;—if you don’t, you’ll fare hard enough,—I can tell you. If we pull together, you’ll find me a clever fellow; if we don’t, you’ll find me a bloody rascal.—That’s all I’ve got to say.—Go below, the larboard watch!"

Richard Henry Dana - Two Years Before The Mast

Fiberglass goes into metal ONCE.
Metal goes into fiberglass MANY, MANY TIMES.


"We believe in command, not staff,
"We believe we have 'real' things to do. The Navy believes in putting a man in a position with a job to do, and let him do it--give him hell if he does not perform--but be a man in his own name. We decentralize and capitalize on the capabilities of our individual people rather than centralize and make automatons of them. This builds that essential pride of service and sense of accomplishment. If it results in a certain amount of cockiness, I am for it. But this is the direction in which we should move."
- ADM Arleigh Burke

Other Comments:
The Rule of the Road

When all three lights I see ahead,
I turn to Starboard and show my Red:
Green to Green, Red to Red,
Perfect Safety -- Go Ahead.

But if to Starboard Red appear,
It is my duty to keep clear --
To act as judgment says is proper:
To Port or Starboard, Back or Stop her.

And if upon my Port is seen
A Steamer's Starboard light of Green,
I hold my course and watch to see
That Green to Port keeps Clear of me.

Both in safety and in doubt
Always keep a good look out.
In Danger, with no room to turn,
Ease her, Stop her, Go Astern.

"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet...- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship."
-Ishmael/Moby Dick

Eternal Father, Strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bid'st the mighty Ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
O hear us when we cry to thee,
for those in peril on the sea.

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st on the foaming deep,
and calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger's hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe'er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee,
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1984, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 9422
 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Mahan (DDG-42)Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU-2)USS Savannah (AOR-4)
USS Portland (LSD-37)NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PRNAVBASE Guantanamo BayNAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1984-1984, (SN) Seaman Apprenticeship School
  1986-1991, BM-0000, USS Mahan (DDG-42)
  1991-1993, BM-0000, Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU-2)
  1993-1995, BM-0000, USS Savannah (AOR-4)
  1995-1997, BM-0000, USS Portland (LSD-37)
  1997-1997, BM-0000, Helo Control Officer Training Course
  1997-2000, BM-0215, NAVSTA Roosevelt Roads, PR
  1998-1999, BM-0161, USS Agawam (YTB-809)
  2000-2003, BM-0215, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
  2003-2006, BM-0215, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1994-1994 Operation Support Democracy
  1995-1996 Operation Joint Endeavour (IFOR)
  1996-1996 NEO - Operation Assured Response (Liberia)
  1998-1998 Operation Full Provider (Caribbean)
  1998-2002 Vieques, Puerto Rico Naval Training Range
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
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