Short, Diane, SA

Seaman Apprentice
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Seaman Apprentice (E-2)
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
SA-0000-Seaman Apprentice
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman Apprentice
Primary Unit
1977-1979, NAVSTA Mayport, FL
Service Years
1975 - 1979

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US Navy Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1975, Recruit Training (RTC Orlando, FL), 301466
  1975, Recruit Training (RTC Orlando, FL), 30196
 Duty Stations
Naval Surface Weapons Center Solomons MDNAVSTA Norfolk, VANAVSTA Mayport, FL
  1975-1977, Naval Surface Weapons Center Solomons MD
  1977-1977, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1977-1979, NAVSTA Mayport, FL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1976-1976 SAR Operation - USMC F-4 crash near NAS Oceana, Va
 Reflections on Service
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 were the most significant to you and, if life-changing, in what way.
Was there a particular incident during your service when you believed you were in a situation you might not survive? Please describe what happened and what was the outcome.
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which one was your least favorite?
From your entire service, including combat, describe the personal memories which have impacted you most?
What achievement(s) are you most proud of from your military career? If you received any medals, awards, formal presentations or qualification badges for significant achievement or valor, please describe how these were earned.
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or any other memorabilia, please describe those which are 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?
Please recount the names of friends you served with, at which location, and what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
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?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
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  Jul 07, 1979, Van Halen 792
  Mar 07, 1985, USS Ouellette3
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  Jun 26, 2010, Birthday Party7
  Jul 23, 2010, Visit with Todd2
  Aug 13, 2010, Girls Night Out4
  Sep 18, 2010, Visiting Family1
  Apr 27, 2011, Forum Photos1043
  May 28, 2012, General Photos22
  Oct 27, 2012, 1st NTWS Reunion15
  Aug 01, 2013, Message Photos58
  May 25, 2014, May Dispatches38
  Apr 24, 2015, UCT One, Det November Mike 85 POW Medal Ceremony153
  May 02, 2015, Lunch Bunch5
  Nov 02, 2015, Gettysburg152
  Dec 25, 2015, Christmas Present to Mr Bill4
  Jul 01, 2016, Lake Broadwinsor- Flood of 201612
  May 15, 2017, Email Photos396
 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
What a long strange trip it's been.

First & foremost I am a Snipe. Though my discharge says SA, I have diesel in my veins & grease under my fingernails.

My first navy experience was as part of the crew of the YSD-72. It was a vintage WWII Seaplane Salvage Barge that left the pier on operations in the Chesapeake Bay.

It was a first, putting a woman aboard anything that actually got underway. There was no "Woman's Head" & no separate berthing. I slept where the guys slept, in a hammock no less.

My first day, they threw me down into the hole expecting me to cry & want to go home. What they didn't count on was the fact that I grew up with three brothers. Getting dirty was nothing new to me.


I also have a stubborn streak, the more you tell me I can't, the harder I will fight to show you I can.

When I got out in '79 I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter. For a while we lived like vagabonds moving wherever his work as a cable installer took him, going from Jacksonville, FL to Jackson, MS, to Dayton, OH to Sioux City, IA to Stockton, CA, all in a little under two years. I convinced him that we didn't move that much when we were in the navy so he re-enlisted.

We spent seven years in Pearl Harbor & nine years on Subase Bangor. We bought a house & settled into the area.

Three years after he retired, we divorced & I ended up down in Florida near my parents.

TWS has changed my life... no really!!! When I joined I started searching for old shipmates. That is where I got in contact with Bill Short. He was also part of the crew on the YSD. We started catching up on where life had taken both of us in the last 30 odd years, never expecting it to lead to a wonderful life I now have with a husband that spoils me rotten, friends I don't get to see often enough and a job I love. It's nice having someone in your life who "knew you when." Life is good. And I have definitely come home.

Since 2010 I have been blessed to be a part of a very small dedicated team of people working for TWS. We work long hours but we do it for the love of the site and the people in it. Where else can you get to talk to so many true heroes?

Other Comments:
My USS Laffey Rememberance Profiles

When I was stationed at NSWC in Solomons, MD, the USS Laffey was used as part of the EMPRESS experiments. She was moored in our little harbor with all sorts of sensors attached to her. Usually in the middle of the night an alarm would go off & we would have to go aboard to reset the alarm & make sure nothing was amiss. From the first moment I set foot on her I could feel something powerful. Especially when walking past the Ward Room & the aft turret. And at the time I didn't know her history. I had even had dreams of her getting underway by herself. The ship haunted me. Then I read a book called "The Ship That Wouldn't Die". After reading it, I knew that what I felt was real.

So this is my way of putting names & sometimes faces to my ghosts.
It also honors each of them for their sacrafice.

Please visit one.

Thanks to Rich Hopka, Felix Cervantes & Gary Schreffler for their help & encouragement.

My first interview for Save Our Stories.

 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)TWS Volunteer Profile Assistance Team (VPA)TWS Living History TeamDaughters of the American Revolution
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  1993, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, TWS Volunteer Profile Assistance Team (VPA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, TWS Living History Team [Verified]
  2011, Daughters of the American Revolution [Verified]
  2014, NTWS Forums Team
  2014, NTWS Memorial A-Team
  2014, NTWS Unit Historian [Verified]
  2014, TWS Memorial Team [Verified]1
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