JUNIOR CRAWFORD’S BOOT CAMP GRADUATION PHOTO IN 1954
Hi Hyman snipes. I’m Jim Crawford, MMI, but known as “Junior” while on board the Hyman. I went on board in late 1954, and worked primarily in the forward engine room. I made MMI just 2 months before I was discharged in 1958, and was re-assigned to be in charge of the after engine room. With only 2 months to go until my discharge, combined with my immaturity at the time (I was only 20), I didn’t much give a rat’s ass about being “in charge,” and consequently did a lousy job of it.
After going aboard in 1954 at the ripe old age of 17, and looking more like the age of 14, an old (probably about 37) Bos’n’s Mate started calling me “Junior,” and soon everyone I knew on the Hyman called me Junior.
In civilian life, I worked at several chemical manufacturing plants, a large engineering firm in Pasadena, California, and worked my last 13 years before retirement at the Northrop-Grumman aerospace facility in Palmdale, California on the B2 Stealth Bomber.
Recently, I began looking through some old photos from the Hyman days, and thought it would be a good idea to share them with other Hyman snipes by putting them on a web site, along with any other old photos or sea stories that other snipes may want to contribute.
If you, or someone you know has photos, or maybe an interesting story from the Hyman days that you would like to share, send it to: USS HYMAN SNIPES@AOL.COM, and I will post it. Thanks. Junior. I ANSWER ALL EMAIL LETTERS.