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Remembering RMC Harry Kidder, USN

RMC Harry Kidder (first On The Roof Gang instructor)
September 27, 1889 – November 21, 1963

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Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day – September 25, 2022

Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day falls on September 25 this year and is traditionally observed on the last Sunday in September. The day is for honoring families of those who have received The Gold Star – the military award no one wants.

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Remembering NSGA Kamiseya, Japan Fire – September 24, 1965

57 years ago today a fire broke out in one of the operational buildings killing twelve United States military personnel. Most of the deaths occurred because the men were unable to escape through a locked exit and were overcome by the smoke.

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My Memories and Thoughts about the NSGA Kamiseya Fire (Guest Post), By Fred Ames

I enlisted in the US Navy in May of 1963.  My recruiter had told me that I would be trained as a nuclear technician and assigned to submarine duty, but he lied.  After I was sworn in I was told that since I required glasses I could never be assigned to submarine duty, and I was reassigned.  I arrived at Kami Seya in early 1964 as an E-3, after going through ET “A” school at Treasure Island. 

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September 24, 1914, Early Interest in Japanese Communications

On September 24, 1914, the Captain of the Cavite ship yard on the Philippine Islands sent a letter to the commandant providing details of radio wave propagation and indicated an early interest in Japanese radio codes and a suggestion for extra pay for operators who become proficient in the Japanese language.

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FY23 Navy Reserve Chief Warrant Officer W-3, W-4, and W-5 Selections

Congratulations to the officers selected to Navy Reserve CWO3, CWO4 and CWO5.  Cryptologic Chief Warrant Officers selected are highlighted in yellow.  Message follows:
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