US Navy Officer Candidate School, 1970
10 August 2018 | Pt. Judith, Rhode Island
As we motored and sailed from Westbrook, CT to Pt Judith, RI, just a couple hours from Newport, I reminisced about the start of my naval career. Newport in winter is brutal. The winds off the ocean were strong and biting, blowing a gale at our wool blues, lashing at us between classes when we had to change buildings, go to the mess hall, or back to the dorm. Of course, doing PT in the cold was brutal too. At least our swimming was indoors. Yesterday, I Googled the OCS program, and was able to learn about the 12 week program through their website which was non- existent in 1970. I remember lifting telephone poles with a dozen guys to practice teamwork; waxing the dorm floors with neutral shoe polish to remove black scuff marks; having good food in the mess hall; practicing commanding a yard craft (40' power boat); marching on the parade grounds before receiving shore leave for the weekend; and having David Eisenhower in our battalion, his wife Julie Nixon, and President Richard Nixon as our graduation speaker!!