Write articles about anything you want and other members can comment on it.  For instance; When I was in the Navy it probably was not run as efficiently and politically correct as now but I think sailors had more fun.

We have also added an online chat-room, You can find access to it on the lower right corner of this page and on the front page, it is called CHATWEE, click on it and enter your name where it says you are entered as (will have an anonymous name) . then type your message and hit enter


Mike Bertalan

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18 comments for “OPEN CHAT

    2015-02-15 at 07:30

    We worked hard and played hard. I would do it all over again!

    Al Hass

    • 2020-04-02 at 18:02

      We sure did and yes I would be more than happy to do it all over again! I really miss the tight knit crew of FMC Subic.

    2015-02-16 at 16:43

    How many of you black-shoes out there served with the Seabees? I had duty
    with two battalions from Sep.1968 to Sep.1970. NMCB-9 ( decommissioned
    Nov.1969) and transferred to NMCB-3 both home port at Port Hueneme ,CA.
    Was deployed 5 to 6 months with both battalions on “the rock” (Okinawa) at
    Camp Kinser as it was called then, now I believe renamed Camp Shields. We
    were not too far down road from US Marine Corps Camp Hansen with a Amry
    K-9 (dog) unit next door. Also not far from Kadena AF base. Route 5 took you
    to Naha Naval Air Station dispatch/pick up mails in good old duce 1/2 ton truck.

    Patrick Huston

    2015-02-17 at 12:12

    is there anyone homethis AM

      2015-02-24 at 19:45

      Good evening PCC (Ret) Gary Lybarger. How are you doing? Everything is fine here in Pennsylvania except for being very cold. Hopefully the weather will take a turn for the better.

      I keep looking at the website and trying to think of new things to put on the site. If you have any ideas let me know. You may want to do a best duty station article on yourself. It will give others a chance to know you better.

      Nashville reunion plans are on track. Not much to do at this time. I will be sending an update on reunion plans sometime in the April time frame.

      Take care
      Al Hass

    2015-02-19 at 16:55

    The Ruger 10/22 rifle is in the final stages of completion. I looked at the rifle this afternoon and Dave, the engraver, pointed out that some epoxy dripped out from one of the medallions and blemished the walnut stock. He said that he will continue to work on it. If necessary he would remove the stock and refinish the entire stock. All other work, The pc medallions and engraving are excellent. I will post photos when the rifle is completed. I’m sure that this raffle item will be well sault after at the reunion.Looking forward to seeing all of you in Nashville.

    MACS Larry Smith

      2015-02-25 at 18:18


      Thanks for all your efforts. Last year’s raffle was a big hit and I am sure we will have a lot of interest again at the next reunion. FYI, my one son, Steve, may be moving to Raleigh or Charlotte. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

      More people have shown an interest in the NPCA. I am confident our membership will grow. I hope a lot of people sign up for Nashville. It is a good place for a reunion. I will be sending out some more info in the April time-frame.

      Take Care

    2015-02-20 at 11:30

    Originally written upon retirement USN. Still feel the same.

    Thank you Navy for what you’ve meant to me,
    The opportunity to serve our country,
    The opportunity to go to sea.
    Here’s to liberty with shipmates ashore,
    Good times to be remembered ever more.
    Steaming days and steamy nights,
    Cold beer, warm women, strong whiskey,
    And a few good fights.
    The good old days when sailors were sailors,
    Around the edges a little rough.
    Bell-bottom trousers, 13 buttons, white hats,
    And WESTPAC dragon cuffs.
    Old seadogs who don’t go down for the count.
    Ride the WESTPAC tiger my friend,
    And it’s hard to dismount.
    Yokohama, the Yokosuka Haunch,
    Paradise Alley in Sasebo,
    The liberty launch.
    Nancy’s in Kaohsiung, the rooftops in Hong Kong,
    And good ole Subic Bay.
    And Duffy’s Tavern in Chinhae.
    Bangkok, Saigon and Singapore,
    Yes, all of those and many more.
    Take in all lines or anchors away.
    Sound a long blast, shipmate, we’re underway.
    Secure sea detail; set the underway watch,
    For a while forget the beach, the sweeties,
    The beer, the wine and the scotch.
    Hit the deck and trice-up sailor.
    We’re going to sea.
    Stand a taught watch,
    And pay attention to the 1MC.
    Watch for seabats, mail buoys,
    And dolphins at the bow.
    Ask the Jack of the Dust, he’ll show you how.
    There’s nothing like weeks at sea,
    To erase the differences ‘tween you and me.
    So you’re black, so you’re white.
    So you’re something else, like “other,”
    In the Navy, if you’re a shipmate,
    You’re a brother.
    Turn your ass to this fine Navy day,
    A day’s work sailor for a day’s pay.
    We’re sailors, we’re shipmates.
    We’re a special breed.
    Let the rest of the world note the cut of our jib,
    Kiss our ass and take heed.
    Ask the barmaid, ask the skipper, ask the judge,
    Ask the bailor .
    There’s nobody better than a good U.S. Navy sailor..

    Respectfully, Ron Prestidge

  6. Terry B
    2015-02-20 at 18:00

    Finally got registered, a little passwood issue but all fixed. Many many great memories as a PC. We worked our asses off, two flat decks, one an amphib, humping mail for every other ship in the fleet it seemed at times. Flew in H-46’s and 53’s dropping mail to ships all over the Med. In two crashes, first a Marine H-46, left Naples headed back to the Iwo Jima, lost both engines ten minutes out, by the grace of God landed on the end of Fleet Landing Naples. Second was COD off Carl Vinson, on the beach at Gitmo, left for the ship, lost the right strut upon landing, caught the last wire. God was riding with us once again. Biggest satisfaction was seeing shipmates reading letters from home or sharing care packages. All good.

    Terry Baardsgaard

      2015-12-01 at 22:06

      Yo Terry, its me PC1 Dominic Mc Glade we worked together at NLSO in Norfolk. I retired in 2005. Living in Fort Worth Texas now. I got an e-mail about joining the Postal Clerk Assoc. Looked around the web site and found you. I am going to join as a life time member and I will go to the meeting in Nashville in 2016. When you read this call me at 817-489-8199.

    2015-04-10 at 10:51

    I log onto the web ever day or so, and look on the right side of the page and see there is 1 or 2, (sometimes 3) members
    on line. Where are they? I can never find them

      2015-04-15 at 16:17

      At this time there is no way of knowing who is on-line unless they decide to chat with you by replying to your comment. I don’t know how to explain it any other way. I have one suggestion. Pick a subject you want to talk about or something of interest you may want to share, or questions you may have of other members. By doing this others may open up to you. I wish we had the ability to chat verbally, but that capability does not exist at this time.

      Al Hass

    2017-11-09 at 10:34

    – article from USPS ‘LINK” 8 Nov 2017 –

    War hero
    Veteran recalls delivering mail during WWII

    Loyd Leatherman, 90, recently recalled his experiences delivering mail aboard the USS Oglethorpe during World War II. Images: ABC News

    Loyd Leatherman took his job as a Navy sailor seriously during World War II — but just as important was his job delivering the mail.

    Leatherman, now 90, was one of about 56,000 postal personnel who served in the U.S. armed forces during the war.

    From 1944-1946, his home was the USS Oglethorpe, a massive Navy cargo ship. He still remembers his captain explaining mail’s crucial role in building the sailors’ morale.

    “He said, ‘I want you to understand, from my point of view, the mail is the most important thing on this ship,’” Leatherman recalled last week in an ABC News report.

    Sailors looked forward to receiving the handwritten letters from loved ones that Leatherman delivered.

    “Every time I got back to the ship with all this mail, they could hardly wait for me to get it sorted and get it out to them,” he said.

    Although Leatherman never fought in battle, he was constantly surrounded by potentially dangerous situations.

    A Japanese spy plane once shot and killed his friend as they were walking on the ship’s deck, he said.

    “He got a bullet in his heart and his heart exploded. He was dead before he hit the deck. And I never got a scratch,” Leatherman said.

    After the war, Leatherman applied for a postal position in his hometown of Rand, CO. The Post Office wasn’t hiring at the time, so he found another job as a jewelry salesman.

    Today, Leatherman, a widower and father of two children, lives in Denver, where his small apartment is filled with mementos and cherished memories of his wartime contributions.

    “We delivered the good news, basically,” he said.

  9. Mike Bertalan
    2020-03-18 at 10:07

    Hey Postal Clerk
    Our NPCA website, has a chat room and with most of us over 65 being restricted to quarters why not use some of your free time to post some PC sea stories

    2020-03-18 at 12:33

    Hi shipmates, I guess Ill add my 2 cents. I served from 78-82. Fist duty station was Treasure Island San Francisco as the transient postal clerk dealing with short term stays on the island. I then requested to leave the Island early and went to Bahrain and aboard the USS LaSalle LPD/AGF-3 the Great White Ghost. A month later the hostages were taken in Iran and so began the Iran Hostage Crisis. We were constantly threatened by the Iranian Navy and F4’s of the air force . One day after General Quarters I stepped outside to find 3 other ships with us with missile batterys loaded and tracking the jets. During the following months Nov, Dec, Jan we received little mail they were not sure of a conflict or not. Remember this was Christmas time with no mail or packages. I believe it was being held in Rota and Bahrain, not sure we never go to go back onshore during that time. Then I believe the end of Jan it was released and we were bombarded by mail for 4 ships. CHRISTMAS mail, box after box after box let alone the bags of letters was staggering for 3 postal clerks to handle. We set up a net system for sorting out on the flight deck loading mail for the different ships in separate nets to be picked up and delivered as they were filled all the while helicopters continued to bring inbound mail. I believe we spent 4 days sorting and delivering mail to the other ship and ours. Staying up late hours just to get the mail out. We even got a Lobster dinner form the Admirals staff for a job well done. (we were Command Mid East Force 5th fleet). The tour is a 1 year unaccompanied tour and considered arduous duty and counted as 2 years sea time and sea pay. Adding the Hostage Crisis prompted a couple of shipmates to try and commit suicide due to dear John letters and since were were out to sea for so long without a break. The Mail was a Godsend for many and kept the spirits up. Our ship was not known to be considered stationed in the Persian Gulf at the time and the so with tensions high the MCPON paid a visit to us to ease tensions. We kept hearing about all the other ships involved in the rescue attempt but nothing about us and many were tired of it. The Carriers in the IO (Indian Ocean) got Hamburgers delivered from like Burger King or Mc D’s not sure which, had Miss America visit, ect and we received nothing but the Master Chief of the Navy from Washington. LOL. I left after my year was up, went home for 40 days only to find out my next duty station was the USS Jesse L Brown FF-1089 out of Charleston which they did not know where she was or did not tell me. After a week in Charleston they finally found out where the ship was Yup you guessed it Back over in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf area so I flew around the other way towards the West to meet up with that ship. I went completely around the world with a combination of flying and sailing. I ended up getting out of the Navy in Bahrain after returning to the PG about 1 1/2 years later for the 3rd time but thats another story Ill write about later because it is a tale in its own right with alot of stops just to get to the Brown. Ah the Memories that I would’nt trade for anything in the world. Once a “Old Salt” always and Old Salt. God Bless.
    Paul “ZIP” Barger

      2021-03-02 at 18:42

      Great story Paul. Not always pleasant, but I know your time in the Navy was rewarding. Good memories also.

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