Honoring Our Heroes
This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!
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Honored Military Alumni
John (Jay) Otis Class of 1966
Navy, 6 Years Entered the Navy, July 13,1966, and went to bootcamp, in San Diego, California. Caught my first ship in San Diego, the uss Seminole AKA-104. She was a world war II cargo ship. In September, 1967, on the way back to the States, I volunteered for a tour in Vietnam. In November, I then was stationed in Coronado, California for training in security guard duty, dismanteling land bombs, and survival trainig in Widby Island, Wa. While there, we had to go through a mock POW camp, which was really an eye lifter, because it was made to be as real as can with intentionally drawing blood. On February 3, 1968, we shiped our for Vietnam. Afer a 17 hour flight, we landed in DaNang, Vietnam. I was a Boatswains Mate, so I was assigned to the piers to unload cargo ships, since I also came off a cargo ship. I was there a month, then sent closer to the DMZ to a small Naval Detachment. There were only about 200 of us. Again, I was assigned to the off loading ships, and loading Marine, convoys, and Army convoys. I was there until February of 1969. Our small detachment was hit by the enemy many times. First time under fire of machine gun, mortors, and rocket round was very intense, and I dont mind telling you I was scared, and each time then on. I lost two good buddies. Praises to God, I am able to talk to you. When I came back to the States, I was assigned duty on the uss Decatur DDG-31, a beautiful, fast destroyer. While serving aboard, her, I went back over seas for the third time. I was honorably discharged August, 27,1970. 14 years later, I joined the Naval Reserves out of Hutchinson, Kansas. I was there 2 years, and was assigned to the uss England, a cruiser. The only reason I left the reserves was because I was trying to send my then wife to Nursing School, and the time away from work hurt the finances. Other wise I would have stayed in the Reserves. I really loved everything about the Navy..I f I could do it over, I would still join the Navy, and still volunteer for Vietnam, or any war, because I love my country!!! John F. Kennedy, Said,"Ask not what the country can do for you, but what can you do for the country." That has been my motto. I am proud that I volunteered, and I am proud I served in the Navy, and I am proud I served this great country, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LAND OF THE FREE.. I have the highest respect for all those men, and women that have served this Country. I salute, each and every one, because we are free because we served honorably, and bravely, and with much dedication to this Country. John J. Otis
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