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Where is everybody from?

Started by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza. Last reply by Brent Bedwell Oct 7, 2014. 14 Replies

Northern Indiana

Started by Steve Hilty. Last reply by Michael Kuhn Oct 26, 2013. 12 Replies

West of Indy

Started by John J.. Last reply by John J. Aug 19, 2011. 4 Replies

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Comment by Paul Barger on September 21, 2018 at 9:03am

I havent commented since my son left for basic back in 2014. He ended up being separated due to his back while in basic. I am a Navy veteran as well as Army, Navy Reserves and Air Force Reserves. I am disability retired from the VA in Marion as a Police Dispatcher, at least that was my last job there. I am pro Navy all the way and if I can add some encouraging words for kids heading to basic Ill be glad to share even though alot has changed in basic since I was there in the 70's

Comment by Carol Pigg on September 21, 2018 at 8:36am

Hi Cynthia. I know several of us now meet on

i also help at Molly’s Adopt a Sailor

both groups are on facebook

just curious what part of Indiana? I used to live in Carmel. 


Comment by Cynthia Rudich on September 20, 2018 at 10:00pm
Is this still an active group? Just had son #2 enlist this week and am wondering if there any other parents needing support. Even though I’ve been through this before, it is still emotional and somewhat nerve wracking! So very proud to be a Navy Mom x 2!!!!
Comment by Steve Hilty on September 17, 2015 at 4:25pm

Hi Joe, welcome aboard from Nappanee!  My son Andrew just finished his enlistment in the Seabees after 5 years. This is a great place to get your questions answered as your son prepares and enters Navy life. Good luck to him in his coming adventures.

Comment by Joe Olmsted on September 16, 2015 at 10:11pm

Hey everyone!  I see that this group has been stagnant for almost a year now.  Let's change that!!! My son just enlisted on 9-9-15.  I am so proud of him!!!  He ships out to boot camp on April 12, 2016.  I'm a very proud but very nervous Navy Dad!  

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on October 3, 2014 at 9:59pm

It is a reminder that this journey our children have chosen involves serious risks under potentially adverse conditions.  We honor life of Cpl. Spears and his service and sacrifice to our Country.

Comment by Paul Barger on August 4, 2014 at 12:21pm

I am from Marion, North East Indiana

Comment by Paul Barger on July 18, 2014 at 8:47am

I am a Navy Vet, Army vet and disabled vet and also disability retired from the VA as a Police Dispatcher. 

Comment by Paul Barger on July 18, 2014 at 8:45am

I am from Marion, son is getting ready to leave for basic in about 2 weeks

Comment by Mike Whitesell on June 23, 2014 at 5:48pm
Just joined the group. My son (Jon) is in Goose Creek SC for A-school and Nuke training. He had PIR on May 30, 2014. Looking forward to meeting some other families with sailors here in IN.

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