Rick Holly

The Times have certainly changed all of us since our Tarawa days. However, I still feel like that young guy walking up to the Tarawa in Ingles Shipyard and thinking how can anything that BIG be able to float. Now, Tarawa is in mothballs. The Times they are a-changin'

Was the Navy one of your best times of your life?

Bob Dylan - T
he Times they are a-changin'

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'
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Carguy1965
I loved my time in the Navy. Was on a horribly depressing Sea command (USS REntz FFG-46) after my Shore Command. It killed my desire for a Military Career. Was nothing like my 5 Years on the Tarawa LHA-1. I really enjoyed FCTCPAC and my time as a Navy Instructor I did a littler over 2 years there.   
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AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983
I loved being in the Navy.  I really wish that I had just accepted that the wife and I were getting a divorce and stayed in.

But, I didn't.  I took my discharge, fought to stay married for 2 more years, dumped her ass and moved on.

As a result, I've been married to a great lady for almost 18 years, retired from the Federal government with 37 years total (9+ yrs Navy) and I have great memories of my time in, and a lot of great friends to remember it with.
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Charles R. Petrach
I loved the navy unlike Leo I divorced 2 wives while in the navy then found #3 we have been married 25 years and retired from the navy, then went on to retire from another federal job. With a total of 38 years.
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uva7
i was young and most of the time wanted out..... now as im older i have thought about how to get back in...  good friends , good times.....   mostly regret not doing 20.
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Jason Gietter
I loved my time in the Navy and would have been in for as long as they would have me.. But my desire to have kids with my wonderful wife pulled me away. I often find myself thinking... What if...
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Ray Jones
I think at times I just wanted to go home. Glad that I didn't. I would not have got to have all you guys as friends. I was a big party most of the time and you all know that. If I had never joined and did what I did I would have never met Wendy. She has been my rock come Aug. 35 yrs. We have 3 kids and 7 grandkids. So yeah I love my time in the Navy. Wish I could have done 20 but not to be. 
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Rick Holly
Ray Jones wrote:
I think at times I just wanted to go home. Glad that I didn't. I would not have got to have all you guys as friends. I was a big party most of the time and you all know that. If I had never joined and did what I did I would have never met Wendy. She has been my rock come Aug. 35 yrs. We have 3 kids and 7 grandkids. So yeah I love my time in the Navy. Wish I could have done 20 but not to be. 

I enjoyed meeting your family, Ray.
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Rick Holly
Jason Gietter wrote:
I loved my time in the Navy and would have been in for as long as they would have me.. But my desire to have kids with my wonderful wife pulled me away. I often find myself thinking... What if...

I think everyone has "What if" thoughts.
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John Green
Yes! I just chose to start a family instead of staying in. I REALLY.................thought about reenlisting before my 35th birthday. I thought long and hard, but at that time my kids were only 10, 7 and 5. I couldn't do it.
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Rick Holly
John, was the Navy willing to give you your old rate back or add a stripe for reupping?
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John Green
Rick, I didn't even get that far into it. After the wife and I had long discussions about it a few times, I decided against it. I didn't want to keep moving the kids from school to school.
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Keith Brownmiller
That can be an issue for some kids, but for many its truly an awesome learning experience.

For me, Jo and I were either engaged or married for 18 of my 20 year career. My son wasn't yet 7 when I retired. In fact, my deployment on the Tarawa in the summer of '79 was my last long stint away from home.
The Gunny
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Jason Gietter
John Green wrote:
Yes! I just chose to start a family instead of staying in. I REALLY.................thought about reenlisting before my 35th birthday. I thought long and hard, but at that time my kids were only 10, 7 and 5. I couldn't do it.


I tried convincing the wife it was a good idea... That didn't go to well.
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