Wilkinson, Gary, RMC

Radioman
 
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Life Member
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
RM-1541-Crypto Technician Maintenance TSEC/KY-8
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1974-1977, RM-9502, FTG (Faculty Staff) Pearl Harbor, Fleet Training Group (Faculty Staff)
Previously Held NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
RM-2312-Communications System Manager
RM-1431-Crypto Technician Maintenance TSEC/KY-8
RM-9502-Instructor
Service Years
1958 - 1978
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Decommissioning
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Voice Edition
RM-Radioman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Career Counselor US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

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 Ribbon Bar

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1958, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 157
 Duty Stations
NAS AlamedaUSS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Miller (DD-535)
NAVFAC Pacific Beach, WAUSS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)USS Constellation (CVA-64)CTF 77
USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)FTG (Faculty Staff) Pearl Harbor, Fleet Training Group (Faculty Staff)USS Anchorage (LSD-36)
  1958-1959, NAS Alameda
  1959-1962, USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)
  1962-1962, RM-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1963-1964, RM-0000, USS Miller (DD-535)
  1964-1966, RM-0000, NAVFAC Pacific Beach, WA
  1966-1966, RM-2312, (RM) Radioman B School
  1967-1967, RM-2312, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1967-1967, RM-2312, USS Constellation (CVA-64)
  1967-1968, RM-2312, CTF 77
  1967-1968, RM-2312, USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63)
  1968-1969, RM-0000, USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)
  1969-1970, RM-1541, Crypto Repair C-1 (KY8) Training Course, Norfolk Naval Ship Yard, Portsmouth, VA
  1970-1970, RM-1431, USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)
  1970-1970, RM-9502, Instructor Training Course
  1971-1974, RM-9502, (RM) Radioman B School
  1974-1977, RM-9502, FTG (Faculty Staff) Pearl Harbor, Fleet Training Group (Faculty Staff)
  1977-1978, RM-1541, USS Anchorage (LSD-36)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1968 Vietnam War4
 Reflections on Service
Gary
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 made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is 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?
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 TogetherWeServed.com helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
After nearly 30 years with Pacific Microwave, Joint Venture (formerly Pacific Telatronics, Inc.), I have finally retired completely.  It's been a long career in the communications and the electronics field, both Navy and Civilian. 

Enjoying the life of leisure and traveling.  Spent the entire month of September 2008 after my civilian retirement traveling Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, & Nevada; visiting many national parks and Las Vegas & Reno before returning home. 
Made a trip to Boston & New Hampshire in April 2009 for three weeks to visit my wifes family and relatives/friends and for sight-seeing, and made the trip again in 2011.  We have made various short side trips around Oregon and Washington for visiting family and for relaxation and sight-seeing.  We did make a trip up into British Columbia and Alberta, Canada for our 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2014 and toured the Canadian Rockies.  One of the most beautiful areas in North America.  Spent some time in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia before coming back into USA.

I spend some of my spare time repairing & restoring old radios & electronic equipment as a hobby, with a friend of mine.

 
   
Other Comments:
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 Military Association Memberships
National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV)
  1986, National Association of Atomic Veterans (NAAV)1
  1997, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 68 (Grants Pass, Oregon) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, USS Samuel N. Moore DD-747 Association
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