Name : Trent Sherman
Age : 37
My brother is Todd Sherman.
2. I spent 7 Years in the U.S. Naval Service. I was originally 4 & 2, but turned my reserve time into active service, then extended for another year after that. I spent 2 years stationed on Santo Stefano Island (NATO Site) in LaMaddelena, Sardinia, Italy. Ship there at that time (1982-1984) was the U.S.S. ORION (AS-18). I was working for the Port Services Division. I was a Boat Coxswain (MIC-8) that was moored along-side a floating barge that was next to the ORION. We were responsible for all the dependant runs, garbage and donut moves and mooring ships/subs to the pier/along ships, etc. We used MIC-8 (LCM) Boats (75 footers), that were really converted ramp boats that Marines used to get onto the beaches with during war. Only, we converted these into a 99 seat capacity transports (with a roof) so as dependants could get from Island to Island and to the NATO Site Commissary.
This is where I learned the in's and out's of Seamanship and handling the
weather, "rules of the road" (Coxswain), knot tying, engineering, LAN work,
bilges, understanding Radar/Tracking, etc. Because of this and having this
knowledge..it only made me want (someday) to operate along the coast. I've
always loved boating! After that tour of duty, I was stationed onboard
the U.S.S. Spruance (DD-963) for the
remainer of duty till my EAOS. We toured the Med Coast to ports such as
Spain, Italy, Halifax/Nova Scotia, Finland, Suez Canal to Kuwait (I
presume you all know why..ahem) and Africa. I would love to meet up with
my friends some day. I don't have pictures of everyone, I apoligize, but
please tell them they were mentioned here and maybe we'll meet someday again
Onboard the U.S.S. Spruance (DD-963):
SM3 Taylor and BM3 Lafayette Wright.
Also: Capt. Gottchalk (Spruance Captain),
BMC Gomez (1st Div),
BM3 Ron Apt (Port Services),
BM3 Rebello (Port Services),
BMSN Chaney (Port Services),
BM2 Hugh (Spruance)...
...and the whole Spruance Helo Fire Party Crew I worked with and the Helo Squadron ( I have photos of all the helo fire party in this one, I just have to get around to scanning them and posting them here.)