US NAVY BEACH JUMPERS
US Navy Reserve 1966-1972:
I joined the US Navy (Reserve) in 1966. My decision to join
was that I was brought up to believe it was my duty to serve my
country. I chose the Navy for clean living conditions, ability to
travel throughout the world, I was the son of a WWII Coast Guard
veteran and by joining the reserves I was able to get my affairs in
order during the first year before going on active duty. This was
important as we were at the height of the Viet Nam War and I was
unaware of where my first duty station would be.
When I reported for active duty at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
in New York, I was handed a set of orders directing me to the
Commander of Amphibious Operations Atlantic at Little Creek
Amphibious Base in Virginia, and was assigned to Beach Jumper Unit
#2. Upon my arrival at the Amphib Base I reported to the quarterdeck
of what was once the base brig and was now the Beach Jumper Unit.
The physical location of the unit would later become clear to me
once I received my Secret clearance. I served my entire active duty
tour as an Electrician Mate 3rd Class in Beach Jumper Unit #2.
Although I was not sent into the war zone, many other Beach Jumpers
from Unit #1 in San Diego were sent to Viet Nam.
I received an early release from active duty in 1968, as
did some 5,000 reservists at that time. This early release
eventually made it possible for me to take the police officer exam
for the Saddle Brook Police Department.
In 1996 when I put up my first webpage about having been a
Navy Beach Jumper, I was contacted by a dozen other Beach Jumpers
from around the country. This prompted me to develop a more
informative website about Navy Beach Jumpers and by 2003 an
association was formed and our first reunion was held in Virginia.
Today (2007) we have over 400 members, a slate of Officers and a
Board of Directors.
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