Administration and Personnel Offices
September 29, 1966 - May 20, 1967
Paul in the ADMIN/Personnel Office
aboard USS Shangri-La
After one semester in the Air Force ROTC in my freshman year at San Jose State College, I joined the Naval Air Reserve at NAS Alameda in the 2x6 program.
I started as an ADR striker, but was talked out of it by my Personnel officer who pointed out the advantages of working in an office compared to being on the flight line.
After three years in the active Reserves, I had made rate and used up all my college deferments, so it was off to Treasure Island for assignment and back to NAS Alameda for VSF-1. I had requested auxiliary ships home ported in San Diego, but the Navy knows best. (I took comrats and continued to live in San Jose with my granny, who finally asked me, “When ARE you leaving?”
The Med Cruise was the high point of my Naval career and bunking in a compartment with the aviation boatswains mates was a unique experience.
Careful study of the BuPers Manual yielded an early out to return to school, but I passed on remaining active in the Reserves. (The squadron I would have been in was activated for Viet Nam shortly after I got out, so compared to the Med Cruise it seems like a better choice.)
I enjoyed my enlistment, eventhough I had some close calls with the military justice system as I made the transition from civilian life. We can reminisce about that aspect of my Naval career, over beers, anytime.
I went back to school on the GI bill and got a community college teaching credential in Journalism. I met my wife when I was working as a copyboy at the local paper during graduate school. We've been married 35 years with no children. Cars have taken the place of kids, and we have several.
I've had a mixed career between teaching and freelance writing with a few odd jobs like working in a lumber yard and being a Teamster thrown in.
I grew up around San Jose and still live here -- the weather's nice for old cars.
Paul on the Flight line in Reserve Squadron VP-875 at NAS Alameda, California
Paul in the Office in Reserve Squadron VP-875
VSF-1 Med Cruise - Athens December 1966 on the Acropolis
Paul visit a Naples Orphanage with David King PN1 who took the picture
1969, while I was in graduate school, I worked as a copyboy at the San
Jose News. This photo of the Shangri-La came across the wires, and I saved
it. The ship was in WestPac sailing into Australia. "Hi Luv" was their
I want to thank you for posting the "Hi Luv" photo of the Shangri-La on your web site.
I have always wanted to see that photo again since that was my ship and I was actually in that picture!
If you look at the photo, the letter "i" is made up of two rows of sailors side by side. I was the sailor standing in the left hand row at the very bottom position at the base of the letter.
My parents saved a copy of that photo from our local newspaper, which they gave to me when I got home (I got an early out upon arrival in Mayport on December 17, 1970). Unfortunately, over the years I lost that picture so it was nice when I saw the photo on your site.
don't remember where this second picture came from. I think I found it
aboard ship and saved it. It's got Italian writing on the back indicating
it was taken at Naples, but there's no date. The twin blade helicopter
probably helps with the date, though.
Paul and Tom Loftis YN3 in 1981 in Paul's 1939 Morgan three-wheeler
of Hayward Volunteer & Awards Dinner
October 23, 2008 Photos
interviewed at the San Jose Veterans Day Parade
November 11, 2008
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at the spaghetti Factory, San Jose, Ca.
Paul with shipmate Bob Swanson and Bob's wife Donna
Articles Written By Paul
CAPs: Civil Air Patrol
Air Patrol always on a mission
rod club celebrates 13 years of cruisin'
Stage: Sellers only get one chance to make a first impression
Y: The YMCA began as a men's Christian organization
enthusiasts honored for giving $2 million
in Time: Tailor Ricardo Torres
Op: Confoti served up tiny round photos of the president as confetti
to be Square
the NAS Alameda Naval Air Museum and the USS Hornet Museum
Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) - 1966/1967 Cruise