2007-01-12 11:27:19Lyons, NYUSS Preserver, USS Lamoure County, USS McCandless, USS Kalamazoo, USS Mount Whitney, USS WaspBoot camp June 1980, still on active duty, this summer 27 years, still having fun, happy to be here and proud to serve. "Trust your keel to those who wear the wheel"
2007-01-12 21:45:37Charleston, SC.USNS Range Sentinel, USS Robert A. Owens, USS Benjamin Franklin,USS George Bancroft.20 Years service in submarines and targets. retired 1996 QMCS(SS) in Charleston. Now still going to sea. Captain of small Pilot Boat FORT SUMTER. Allways looking for shipmates. Great web site.
2007-02-02 12:01:01Iowa City, IowaUSS KIDDHello fellow Quartermasters, anyone have an idea of what goes in the ship's very first deck log entry?
2007-02-02 21:01:09Hi Donna,I don't know the answer to your question, but I served as a QM on a DLG in 1968, and on one cruise RADM Kidd came aboard as flag. He was strictly Navy, but respected the enlisted men and was well-liked by the crew, and on several occasions I personally watched him at work on the bridge handling the squadron with the skill and precision of an infantry platoon leader. He was a superb seaman and a formidable warrior. He earned the honor to have a ship named after him and any vessel with his name is bound to be a good luck ship.I often wondered though, how much flak did he have to take when he was a Captain?
2007-03-15 18:30:35Placerville, CAUSS TAYLOR (FFG-50)NEW! CNO came out a few days ago in a message that OS will not merge with QM. Lets see if we won this battle. Cross your fingers!
2007-04-03 19:32:35beulavilleA schoolYea I'm in qm a school right now. All kind of rumors going on. But masterchief said it wasn't happening now, but shit will prolly change.But we are still doing OS shit. In my class its 2 Qm's and 14 OS's. And have the mods are OS mods. Why the fuck they went to computers to teach this shit I dunno, cause a computer can't teach you shit. Hope that a qm will take me under their wing and show me the ropes on my future ship. But yea thank god they're not merging.
2007-04-04 22:01:46Now, now, watch your language! This is a Family Deck Log.You said "OS" three times! Go wash your mouth out with soap!
2007-04-06 22:34:23my apologies
2007-04-09 01:50:04QM 4 life. Fuck OS'S!!!! Navigation recomends course 180. AAFLK
2007-04-11 07:45:48USS INGRAHAM (FFG-61), USS FARRAGUT (DDG-99)To All, As one of the oldest rates in the Navy I think we should have a legacy other then just history. I would like to suggest that we band together much like the AO's do with a QM association. Comments to this are welcome.
2007-04-17 06:58:15East Wenatchee, WAUSS INGRAHAM (FFG-61), LCAC NAV, USS CHINOOK, PATROL COASTAL CREW CHARLIEAs an OS I might seem out of place here, but I am no stranger to the QM rate. For the last 3 years I have been serving on a Patrol Craft standing watch as a QMOW and even assistant navigation officer, also I have been through alot of the QM schools, so I feel I have a pretty good grip on the rate. QM has a proud history and with all the work I have done along side them I have gained a respect for the rate and the people in it, hat's off to you gents and keep up the good work. Also Josh I e-mailed you and haven't heard anything back, email when you see this, look forward to catching up with ya.
2007-04-24 10:58:45USS Fitzgerald(DDG62); USS Tarawa(LHA1)I have been in the Navy for 7 years, I just came to shore duty. Now all of the sudden I am on the way out of the navy. I have never been on fep never gotten a page 13 besides this last prt and yet they are saying I failed 3 prts and I am getting admin sep. I have always been told I passed my weigh ins now they are saying it says not in standards in prims. Is this right?
2007-04-29 13:09:18CincinnatiBunkerhill CG-52, Mobile Bay CG-53, Inshore Boat Unit 14I hope to God that the Master Chief is right. I wnat to retire as a QMCM, the ONLY way to retire.Although I haven't been a fleet sailor for some time, (seven years) I got bit by the Brown Water bug.
2007-04-29 13:16:41John, where is your Chief? If you are the good sailor thst you say you are, he should be standing up for you. In a worst case, you could request mast, and talk to the CO. But make sure that you use the Chiefs Mess and CMC first.
2007-04-29 13:22:11CincinnatiCG-52 CG-53 IBU-14I'm game for a QM (NAVY QM) Association. Lets start one. I know nothing about computers, so we'll need a computer guy to set up a website. Or, maybe we could have the webmaster set up a page off of this site. Lets get behind this idea. You fleet guys, get our fellow QMs behind this. I can see about the NCW side
2007-04-30 18:14:57Groton CTWell, I'm game. I'll look into the web end, at least. Perhaps this discussion should be moved to the bulletin board (see the link on the main qmss.com page).--Steve Your Cruise Director
2007-05-07 10:06:47Marysville, CAUSS Bonefish (SS-582) 1984-1988I was on the Bone at the time of the fire. I was a QM2(SS) when I left the Navy in 1990.
2007-06-08 19:40:01Port EvergladesUSS LOWRY (DD-770)Just located this site, looks great. I was aboard LOWRY during our deployment to WestPac (Vietnam) in '68. We fired just over 6,100 rounds of five inch in I Corps, II Corps, IV Corps (using SEALS as spotters) and North of the DMZ (having Aussies as spotters). We weathered Typhoon Bess and survived a collision when the FURSE (DD-882) got us on the port side during a highline op. FURSE lost her starboard anchor after ripping us open from the break to the screw guard..... We were on DR for about 3 days on the return voyage across the Pacific (Big Pond) due to severe weather.....no stars, no sun, no loran. But, I found a way to get a fix...I navigated by the ocean's floor and we steamed right over a hole in the big pond that was, if I remember correctly, 3000 fathoms deep. The trusty fathometer became very valuable that day, as the other 3 Tin Cans in our formation missed it completely. I'm the Historian of the USS LOWRY Association and if anyone out there served on her, please let me know. We've got men from 1944 to 1973 in our group of 550 members. Fair Winds & Following Seas.........QM2 Bill
2007-07-12 08:58:15CincinnatiCG-53 CG-52 IBU-14Good news, as for now, the QM/OS thing is off. They are going to let us stay QM's a bit longer!
2007-07-22 22:54:01Bradenton, Fl.USS Spruance DD-963Hello everybody. I was a QM3 when I left the Navy. At the time SM's were being merged with us. I had to be trained on SM duties with the merger. I can never go back due to a Heart transplant. I miss those good old days.
2007-08-06 22:51:18Oakdale, CTSSBN 642(b), SSN 638, SSN 710QM2 Bill Mackey wrote: "We were on DR for about 3 days on the return voyage across the Pacific (Big Pond) due to severe weather.....no stars, no sun, no loran. But, I found a way to get a fix...I navigated by the ocean's floor and we steamed right over a hole in the big pond that was, if I remember correctly, 3000 fathoms deep. The trusty fathometer became very valuable that day, as the other 3 Tin Cans in our formation missed it completely."Bill, bathymetric navigation used to be an intregal part of submarine navigation. I suspect it's now considered one of those 'quaint' practices, like Azimuths,gyro error checks using ranges and maneuvering board operations. Anyway, thanks for the story.Chris, QMCS(SS) Ret
2007-08-10 15:03:46Approaching Midway Island along the null-signal Loran axis, out of visual range and with no radar, our QM1 was able to find it by noting the bottom of the cloud hovering over the distant atoll was greenish (from reflected light off the lagoon)."It's an old Polynesian voyager trick," he explained.
2007-09-05 21:10:19Houston Tx.nice web site, I was wanting to know the good and bad of being a QM can anybody give me any insight.
2007-09-08 10:00:02Groton CTJameel, check out the article on this site, "The QM Rate: Advice to a Recruit from the Fleet."
2007-09-25 16:16:50New Braunfels, TXDealey DE 1006, Shenandoah AD-26Looks like a good site. I got out of the Navy in 1967. I did not see much action but see a lot of sea time. I was stationed in Norfolk, VA.
2007-10-23 00:21:39Kansas CityOdax SS484, Tusk SS426, Thomas Jefferson SSBN618Do they teach operating a sextant anymore?
2007-10-24 03:16:20Pacific Grove,CAUSS Ethan Allen SSBN-608, USS Sargo SSN-583, USS George Washington SSBN-598QM on above boats. I was a SN and struck for QM, took the QM3 test and passed w/o A school. Stood many a QMOW watch along with Diving and Driving ans Seaman Gang stuff including mess cooking. Was TAD on the Georgefish when we had our little "incident" south of Japan in 1981. Dont miss "Up All Bunks, commence field day" but sometimes I get a craving for bugjuice and donkey dick sandwiches, strange as it may seem. GREAT SITE....
2007-10-26 16:17:33Stratford, OKSSN 678, SSBN 728, SSBN 738, SSN 666, SSBN 730 and SSBN 740Retired 2007 working for Hornbeck Offshore Services out of Covington, La
2007-11-19 09:01:02CHARLESTONSSBN 655, SSN 637, SSN 669, SSBN 734, SSBN 741(One of) the stupidest things the Navy ever did was to get rid of the QM rating on Subs. Not to mention all the real QM's who got screwed on the rating exams with no reach-around!
2007-11-20 23:17:32Lumberton,NCUSS Francis Marion,USS Josephus Daniels,USS Bristol CountyWhile conducting war games at total emcon the Loran went down, Being the pubs PO, I remembered we had classic outboard on the Daniels. I talked to the CT chief and we used the old RDF way to navigate through the islands. The other ships in our task group followed us and we snuck up on the blue force and won.
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