Hi, I served at Farfan from Jan 1954 to Jan 1956, two whole years of the best duty of my four years in the Navy.
I left Farfan and was assigned to the USS Siboney, CVE-112 out of Norfolk, Va.
I joined the Navy in July of 1952,
went to boot camp at San Diego, then attended Class A Radio School in San Diego right after boot camp. I first served aboard the USS Howard W. Gilmore, AS-16 out of Key West, Fla. I was transferred from the Gilmore to Farfan.
After I was discharged from the Navy, I returned to San Diego for a year, attended the San diego Junior College, then went to Tennessee for a short while, and wound up in Chicago, where I attended DeVry Technical Institute studying electronics. I obtained a job at GTE manufacturing plant in Northlake, Il and worked as an electronic technician for about ten years then was promoted to engineer. I retired from GTE in 1987 and worked for about 8 years at a small company called Olympic Controls in Elgin, Ill.
During my first 3 years in chicago, I met my wife Rose Marie and married her in 1960. She brought 3 children into the marriage, and we had two more. We have 9 grandchildren in all. My wife, Rose, passed away last year, May 30, 2006. I am now living alone with my two Yorkie dogs in Davis, Ill at a place called Lake Summerset where I have lived for 10 years. It is about 20 miles northwest of Rockford. My hobbies are Ham radio, KC9IOZ, I have a General License, and the other hobby is playing the musical keyboard. I am active in the LDS church and Masonry, AF&AM.
At Farfan, some of the guys that I remember, were Bob Cressey, Melvin Sydow, Dewey burton, Henderson, Ed Durovic, Bryant, Willie Stoller, Chief Keaton, and later Chief Ritter who I also served with on the Gilmore. Also Evattek, Vic Butler, who taught me how to use the bug. I left Farfan as a RM1.
Renzy Stepp, RM1