I was a 'blue water' sailor doing time on USS Bennington CVS20 1965, USS Truxton DLGN35 1969 - 70 and USS Enterprise CVAN65 1972 - 73. We were in the Gulf when the war shut down and did not get back until May or Jun of that year. Most of my time I did as a reactor operator on the Truxton and Enterprise. I got out in Oct of 1975, probably the biggest life mistake I made. Things would be alot easier now if I had stayed and retired.
I look back on my Navy time as a really good time. My wife may not think that she put up with a lot. And still does.
If that had happened we would not have our 2 grandsons and I don't know if we would like that.