Fireman To Fire Inspector
From Tom Ganse
USS Bennington , Fox Div. Fire Control Tech. Second Class FTG-2
Found Bennington 3-67 in Sasebo Japan did yankee station and must have done a good job because they sent the ship to Sydney Australia. Ships company till 1-13-70 two days before decommissioning.
Came home to PA.and jumped from job to job worked in a watch factory, was a printer and repaired cooking equipment. Hired on 11-73 with the fire dept. and did whatever the guy on the bottom of the seniority list does. Move from station to station work shift work fight fires and shovel snow and clean toilets whatever. Promoted to Lt. 1-83 put in charge of a ladder truck and really enjoyed that. Ten years later the night work was getting to me so I took a job in Fire Inspections. All day work no weekends or holidays a first after 20 yrs. I enforce the fire code do plans review and all the department statistics.
I have a wife Gina of 11 years and a grown daughter AMY who works in a local hospital lab. She works with taking tissue samples and like that. She is dating an ex-marine she listened to me on most things so I can not gripe about the marine. It gives me someone to pick on.
I have only missed two reunions CO and CA. Gina and I really enjoy our NAVY friends and now and then find someone that I served with.