This is a really condensed version of the Naval Career of Boatswain Jacque Edward Van Cleef, CWO-4, US Navy, Retired.  It covers the time from boot camp in early 1941 to his retirement in August of 1970, after 29 years and 16 months. (You get no additional retirement pay after 26 years.)

These stories were originally posted on the blogging site Journal Space, which lost all of its files in disk crash.  We were able to get our hands on a Word copy of the original posts and will be uploading them in the original order.  Unfortunately, the date of posting was not maintained, so we will simply try to guess, only so the comments in the post make sense.

If this is your first time here, you may want to read the posts from the beginning. (Please note: Because you are reading “backwards” by blogging standards, the “Previous Entries”  and “Next Entries” links at the bottom are labeled “backwards”.)


Note: As an experiment, I am playing with Google Adsense to get the word out about this site.  Because of that, I activated the free Adwords conversion tracking feature on 8/26/2012 to see if it is worth even playing with.  Needless to say, I am not in any position to abuse any data Google might share with me.  Heck — I can’t even get this page to format correctly. 🙂

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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.



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