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    Makes me feel like I was in just after the Little Big Horn.
    I can imagine. I spent some time and an aircraft carrier that was retired a couple of years ago. I couldnt beleive it.

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    A group of us went to Parris Island in 1996. Now, I had gone thru there in November of 1963. So here I am there 33 years later, and I thought of how I would feel if I saw a guy sitting in the bleachers there who said he was there in 1930.....I would have no reference point.
    So a DI came by with his platoon, stopped it, walked over and asked me if I wanted to talk to them and i said no thanks, Sarge, wouldn't know what to say. He asked when I was in and I told him and he looked at me like I was there at Lincoln's Assassination and exchanged a few pleasantries and left. But you really feel old when folks do that.
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    This thread was funny. Tedious but funny. I can't believe I took the time to read all of that.
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    I certainly hope you did not take the time to try to figure out the Morse Code, like I did for ten minutes last night. How naive.
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    Any of you in Japan 1960-1965? Kami Seya, perhaps?
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    Not me but maybe buddies of mine. Were you 2571? I know guys who were in Kami Seya.
    I was at Co G, Sabana Seca Puerto Rico, as an R brancher, 1965-1967, USMC 1963-67. Went thru school at USNCTC Pensacola Florida. Top secret clearance etc etc
    Go to a vast vast website The Navy CT / SECGRU History in photos, facts, and people from Joseph A. Glockner CTTCS USN (Ret) and see the various duty station rosters and you might find some on the Kami Seya roster. Great great website, and massive.
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    I was a CT (Crypto Tech) in the Navy for the Afghan conflict. We did radio intercepts all the time. None of them were in Morse. We did, however, have Persian and Arabic speakers aboard for that tour. So, most of what we intercepted was unencrypted voice from radio signals, with the occasional over-the-air fax. Pretty vanilla actually. With SW and INMARSAT there don't seem to be a lot of Morse comms out there, even among the uber backwards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    I can imagine. I spent some time and an aircraft carrier that was retired a couple of years ago. I couldn't believe it.

    Man...
    how time flies...
    The carrier I was on lies at the bottom of the Atlantic.......The USS America CV-66, was used in a SINKEX a few years ago.......
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    Not many Morse Intercept Operators these days. This was in 1963-1967 when they had plenty of us, worldwide, all services. Imagine an 18 year old being told that he is going to Puerto Rico for two years? I was unloading a supply truck at Camp Lejeune after Navy comm school, waiting for an opening worldwide, for a year's wait. My Sergeant came over and told me I was headed to PR and I said ok sarge, right after i unload this, Just let me unload and I will head out, thinking he was kidding.
    That job of morse code intercept operator was the best we ever had, me and the fifty or so guys with me in PR. We all agree that if they did have that job today, we would quit our present jobs immediately.
    But that stuff is obsolete now.
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    dcb188:
    How's about the names Wayne Gonchar, Red Knox, Rocky Bruner, Sandy Williams, Benjamin J. Basham (retired a major, he was a Gunny Sgt. back then - scary guy) and a host of others. A bunch of Navy guys, too. I'm familiar with the website, know a lot of them on the site. I was an "O" brancher, then to "I' and a ditty chaser. US Army Language School, Monterey grad (now DLI) learned Russian - in and out of Japan on various classified "sightseeing expeditions." Left the USN in 1965 and I still miss it and the guys I served with. My dad was in USMC 1918, got pictures of him in boots and britches, he rode horses, they all had sabers. Got "adopted" by Marines from the Korean War when I was a 17-year old kid going to college - all combat experienced and Chosin and other scenic spots...lot of respect for the Marines...enlisted as a corpsman but ended up in intel - no desk job, either, field ops, "special projects" etc. Sounds like you've had interesting jobs, also...
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    Hi Joel: I don't know any of those guys. Did you check out the massive site The Navy CT / SECGRU History in photos, facts, and people from Joseph A. Glockner CTTCS USN (Ret) Especially the duty station rosters. Those guys' names might be on there. They even have a buddy locator feature where you can post what you did above and maybe hear from someone who knows where these guys are. The only guy I knew who was in Kami Seya is Mike Baker. Maybe John Damron also. Do check out that Navy website though, you and any other Intercept types here in USMC or USN.
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    Mos 2571 sro

    I was in the Corps on active duty from 64-67. Went to CT school in Pensacola in 65 then on to Okinawa 65-66 as a 2571 (equiv to USN CTR). Went down South in August 66 with 1st Radio Bn on Hill 327. Participated in the start up of the DF teams that spread out over Happy Valley to DF Charley.

    Curious as to where you were and if we happened to run in the some of the same spaces.

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    I just now wondered if any of you were Morse Code Intercept Operators (cryptology). In those days it was 2571 and called Special Radio Operator so they would not have to use the word "intercept" at that time. Now it is all obsolete stuff and is in museums.
    That was my USMC MOS and it just occurred to me to ask and see if anyone had that job in any armed service.
    That was the best job I ever had, and my buddies and I keep in touch almost daily, since way back when. If that work were available today I would leave my present job within the next day.
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    Sorry....I was an Army grunt. We still pointed at helicopters and cried "Whoop-Whoops" as they flew over head.
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    In the USAF the Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) for a morse code operator was a 207X1. I was a 207X2 (Non Morse Intercept Operator) but we still had to learn morse code up to 18 GPM in technical school. The morse and non-morse fields merged a number of years ago and they have merged with other fields since...

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    At my best (early/mid 80's), I was copying 60 WPM (I could only send about 30, and I was even slower with a speed key).

    It is a really strange feeling to have your hands automatically typing something up without any cognitive clue as to what they were typing. We are wired in strange and wonderful ways.
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