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Naval Boot Camp: 1943

Naval Boot Camp: 1943

Naval Boot camp, Platoon class 43-321, San Diego, California, August-October 1943. My father, Horace A. Dillard, is the last sailor on the right, 3rd row from the bottom. He was trained as a Fireman aboard the YMS329 Minesweeper. His graduation picture from boot camp was found in my father's possessions after he died. I wish I knew who the other men were. I understand from another poster, Code Basher, that the info on the ranks are as follows: The Chief Petty Officer was probably the Company Commander. The First Class Petty Officer (fourth from left, front row) was probably the Executive Officer. All other men are E-1 Seamen Recruits (white band around right shoulder.) The tall recruit between the petty officers would have been the "Recruit Company Commander." The third from the left and the fourth from the right would have been "Recruit Platoon Leaders." View full size.

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Names on back of picture

15 Oct 1943 H. A. Dillard’s Rate was now S2c V6, Reported to U. S. Naval Receiving Barracks, Shoemaker, CA. He was there 7 weeks. He shows up in the picture but not in the signatures. Not all the men signed this that are in the picture. Thanks to gceleste55 for sharing these names from his grandfather's picture.
“Babe” Wayne Rogers S2c
“F.G.” Monzingo or Mongingo
“Tiny” Walton
A. T. Smith
A.W. Cook
Albert Rearham or Branhan
Aly Ferrington ( or Terrington)
Arthur Light
Bernard M. Spivey Jr. (A+5)
C. F. Temples
C. L. Hicks
Cary J. Ward
Chris Cover (or Pauer or Power)
Dalton G. Clark
Douglas L. Westmoreland
Earl Braddock
Erol B. Knox, Best of luck
Floyd D. Brown
Frank B. Plummer
Galline H. Dawson Jr.
Garland H. Williams
Graduating class of 43-321, US Naval School, Shoemaker, CA
H. C. Jinks
H. D. Risinger
H. L. Yates
H. S. Blankenship
Harvey F. Foster
Herbert F. Ballew
Hershel Theo Barron
J. A. Celeste
J. A. Durpree
J. L. Mahoney
J. L. Watts (Cowboy)
Jack K. Allen
James (Mr. Right) Simons
James “J” Richardson
James Panos
James Pete Sutter
James W. Means
Jim Garcia, Beaumont, Tex
Jimmie Lee Flint
Joel Junior Williams
John E. Walker
Kain Asbury
Ken G. Early
Kyle R. Shumway or Sumway
Lowry Daughtry
M. E. Carter
Marion W. Sheppard
Marlin Ray (Roy) Thomas
Merle C. Maddox
Names on back of picture:
R. H. Mc Curley Rec C.P.O.
R. S. Sanford Jr.
Raymond Betterton
Robert C. Perdue
T. Baray
T. S. Goodwin Jr. (Shotgun)
Trey Frank Chafin
W. Shelor Rodgers
Walter Earl Plaster
Weldon G. Rushing
Wilbur Jesse Fain
William Max Gamble
Winfred Sanders
Worin (SP?) Marvin L. Coleman

Joseph Anthony Celeste

Hello - I found this photo a few years back among my grandfather's belongings. He died in 1999. I just finished framing this and placed it on a wall in my house and that's when I decided to try and look up where he was when this photo was taken.

His name is Joseph Anthony Celeste and he is standing just below your father, far right, second row from the bottom. The photo I have is actually signed on the back by many of the men in this photo (I presume). I can pull it out of the frame and take a picture of the back if you would like to see the signatures.

Thank you very much for posting. I had no idea that my search would turn up anything. I enjoyed reading your comments and learning a bit more about this photo.

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