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Don Kazimir, LTJG
SECTION 7.
LTJG Don Kazimir aboard the USS Savage in July 1959
Left to right Cary Levy (from Georgia), and George Munnich.  January 1960.
Jim Moon, Tom Judge, and Tom Farnham.  January 1960.
Don Kazimir's roommate, LTJG Tom Judge.  January 1960.
X. O. in stabilized bunk during 25   roll.  January 1960.
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Ensign Jim McLendon.  January 1960.
Lt. Ed Hamilton on the bridge.  January 1960.
Side boys ready for brass to come aboard.  Ensign Glenn Skaggs in center.  January 1960.
"Savage was my first Navy assignment after graduating from Columbia Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC).  I reported aboard on a gray day in February 1958 with my shiny new gold ensign stripes and was warmly greeted by an experienced Chief who helped me with my bags. He led  me  to  the After Officer's Quarters (AOQ) and was so respectful I was somewhat embarrassed. 

DER-386 was a great place to start a Navy career.  The ship was very modern and squared away. We had a good wardroom group and I made friends quickly.  As junior ensign, I got all the high level jobs like showing  movies  and   buying   the   wardroom   food   in   downtown Seattle.

I had never been seasick before but it happened enroute station after passing Cape Flattery. My first mid watch was awful - seasick and sleepy but I got better after eating crackers and peanut butter.  Eventually I learned to take Bonine the morning before, the night before, and the morning we got underway.  I'll never forget giving a lecture in the Combat Information Center (C.I.C.) while bucking heavy seas.  The  electronic technicians and radarmen got quite a kick out of watching a green  ensign  get  very  green.

I became a good shiphandler while on station - one shaft, one engine and maneuvering to pick up Japanese  fishing  balls.    We  found  plenty  and  most  of  the  crew  were  able to take one home.

Those reliable diesel engines were great as long as we had plenty of "Liquid Steel" to repair leaks in the  cooling  jackets.

One particularly memorable event was the time I went to C.I.C. and lo and behold there was an albatross  walking  around.   We  never  did  find  out  who  pulled  that  prank.

Tropical hours at Pearl were great.  We worked till noon, ate lunch and walked across the pier to the "O" Club for tennis and swimming.  This was followed by a snack, 18 holes of golf at the Navy Marine  course,  dinner,  and  a  movie.   And  we  actually  got  paid.

After watching the cool submarines across the base at Pearl, I applied to subschool and left in December  of  1960.

I ended my Navy career the summer of 1967 and became Captain of the Ben Franklin, a deep diving research submarine being built in Switzerland by Grumman Aerospace.  We spent 30 days submerged  exploring  the  Gulfstream  in  1969  from  Florida  to  Nova Scotia."  
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SECTION 7. CONTENTS
BACK TO SECTION 6.Charles W. Bird, LTJGRoger B. Christen, EN3"Admiral"  R. J. Crumley
Raymon J. Crumley, DC3Joseph F. Drouin, QMCEscort Squadron 5Gailon O. Hall, RM2
Gene Hansen, EM3Fred C. Hochreiter, AG2Don Kazimir, LTJGLt. Bruce Keener, III
Ensign Mel KowalHarold "Hal" Lucas, ETN2Roger Nolan Makin, SN2cBobby G. McLeod, A/1c
Nome Visit 1963Nome Visit (2)Officers 1962Edward W. Russell, ET3
Edward P. Stone, LTJG Jesse F. Turner, EN3Jesse F. Turner, EN3 (2)Ron Werner, BMSN

HOMENEW ADDITIONSSITE MAPINTRODUCTION
FOREWORDINVOCATION1. WALTER S. SAVAGE, JR.2.  DE-386 (WWII)
3.  DE-386 CREW4.  DE-386 CREW PHOTOS5.  DE-386 SHIP PHOTOS6.  DER-386 (1955)
7.  DER CREW 1955 - 19648.  DER-386 PHOTOS9.  SAVAGE IN VIETNAM10.  VIETNAM CREW
11.  VIETNAM PHOTOS12.  SHIP'S AWARDS13.  ACTIVE SERVICE TERMINATED14.  REUNION ASSOCIATION
15.  DECEASED16.  ROSTER17  REUNION PHOTOS18.  KEEPSAKES
19.  MISCELLANEOUS20.  SITE POLICIES21.  WEBMASTER22.  SHIP'S STORE
23.  SITE AWARDS24.  COMMANDING OFFICERS 25.  SHIP'S HISTORY

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photograph of (L. to R.) Chief Electronics Technician Hopkins, Master Chief Shupzinski, and Jim Moon 01/1960.
photograph of Jim Moon, Tom Judge, and Tom Farnham
photograph of Lt. (jg) Don Kazimir, July 1959
photograph of Cary Levy, and George Munnich
photograph of Lt. (jg) Tom Judge
photograph of X. O. in stabilized bunk
photograph of Ensign Jim McLendon
photograph of Lt. Ed Hamilton on the bridge
photograph of side boys with Ensign Glenn Skaggs in center
Proud to be an American Citizen medal
Proud to be an American Veteran medal
by Donald J. Kazimir
Copyright    2008, Proceedings
U. S. Naval Institute 
Annapolis, Maryland
article used with permission
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(L. to R.) Chief Electronics Technician Hopkins, Master Chief Shupzinski, and Jim Moon 01/1960