Together We Served (in the United States Navy)


I enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school and ended up spending about twenty years in the service. It was the Navy that brought me and my family to Mayport, Florida, where we settled in Jacksonville Beach. If you are interested in reading more about my navy service, take a look at my service summary on the Together We Served website where you view a list of the the ships and other duty stations where I served. You can view some of the travel photos I shot overseas on my photo website at Al’s Navy Travel Photos. Here are a few samples-

Mt. Etna from Catania, 1976
Fatima, Portugal, 1973

Valberg, France, 1973

Valberg, France, 1973
Tour bus stopped to put on chains, French Alps, 1973
Corinth Canal (Agean to Ionian seas) 1973
Acropolis 1973
Palma, Spain, 1973, Al with his rental car

You can also check out some shipboard photos from those days in the Military section of my photo site. Here are a couple of samples-

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Heavy Seas on Intrepid (CVA-11) 1973


Heavy Seas on Intrepid (CVA-11) 1973
Arrested  Landing on USS  Intrepid, 1973


Arrested Landing on USS Intrepid, 1973
Plane Catapulted Off USS Intrepid


Plane Catapulted Off USS Intrepid
Phantom jet Launched of  USS F.D. Roosevelt 1976.


Phantom jet Launched of USS F.D. Roosevelt 1976.


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Kilroy Was Here

Kilroy Was Here Drawing

I grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, the birthplace of John Adams, John Quincy Adams and John Hancock. Quincy also was the home of the shipyard worker, Kilroy, whose name became well known during World War II.  


Quincy is also the birthplace of the popular catchphrase “Kilroy Was Here”: During World War II, James Kilroy – a worker at Quincy’s Bethlehem Steel Shipyard – chalked the message next to rivets he inspected on ships under construction. With no time to paint over the markings before the ships went into battle, “Kilroy Was Here” traveled the globe, where battle-weary GI’s adopted the phrase as a rallying cry, scrawling it wherever they went. Soon, a legend sprang up that no matter where Allied Forces landed, “Kilroy” somehow managed to get there first!

From the Quincy Chamber of Commerce site:

After the war, “Kilroy Was Here” grew in popularity. So popular, in fact, was the phrase – which was sometimes accompanied by a cartoon of an eyes and nose peering over a wall – that it’s rumored “Kilroy” has been to the Great Wall of China, the top of Mount Everest and even on the moon!

I can remember as late as the 1970s seeing fresh “Kilroy Was Here” writings on men’s room walls. I’ll bet that even today, somewhere in the world, there is someone carrying on Kilroy’s tradition.

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