United States Navy
Ship fitter, high pressure welder
Battleship New Jersey
I got this tattoo on November 4th, 1968
before reporting onboard the battleship New Jersey. I hadn't thought
about it much before I just thought, "Well, it's time to get a tattoo."
There were about four other guys, we went over to Camden -- I was stone
sober. It was a decision I'd made.
After reporting, I deployed to Vietnam, March of '68 to November of '68.
Stayed in the reserves till the end of 2001. The New Jersey is now a
museum right across the river -- I've been back a number of times. And I
also had a unique experience with the New Jersey as a reservist, I took
it to Bruit in 1982 and got recalled for active duty for Desert Storm,
it's been a good career, 37 years, United States Navy.