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Ship 13, Div 133, PIR 4/4/2014

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Ship 013 Div 307

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Comment by Kenny Porter on February 26, 2017 at 1:41pm
Btw, #1 is in his 3rd yr of college now, courtesy of the US Navy!!
Comment by Kenny Porter on February 26, 2017 at 1:40pm
Our son went to boot camp 3 weeks ago. This is our 2nd son who has served in the Navy. Last one was back in 2011-15. First son was a communications electrician on the USS Nimitz CVN 68. We were and are very proud of them!! Hope #2 enjoys his time like his big brother did! Hope to be more involved here this go around!! Thanks Navy Dads
Comment by John Alexander on November 17, 2016 at 1:59pm
My oldest daughter will be stationed in Japan in January. My youngest daughter left for Great Lakes yesterday. Very proud!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 23, 2016 at 9:20am

One more thing to be careful of are apps and electronics that use geotracking/geotagging.....some good guides at

Comment by Gary Ray on June 23, 2016 at 8:54am

Bill, You should also consider putting What'sApp on his phone. He can then call and/or text over wifi from anywhere in the world where he can attach to wifi. My wife uses it for communicating with co-workers in India. It works great. A friend's son was coaching baseball in Israel last year and he told me it sounded like he was just talking across town on the phone rather than across the world.

Comment by Bill Harper on June 23, 2016 at 8:41am
Garrett Roy. Just before my son went to basic, I purchased a new IPhone for him. We are hoping that with that and his laptop, when he gets to his deployment destination, there will be a wifi hookup and we can use either email or Skype. All we know at this time is where his specific location will be. No other details given out as yet.
Comment by Garrett Roy on June 22, 2016 at 6:35pm


Almost forgot, with all of the communications methods you need to keep OPSEC in mind.  See the link near the bottom of this page on the right side.

Comment by Garrett Roy on June 22, 2016 at 6:32pm


On the electronics side, if your son has an Android device and access to Wifi we have found the LINE app to work pretty well, especially for the price (free). If he has an Apple device then there is Facetime.  If he is going to be stationed on a ship then he will have limited access in any case. My son is coming back from his 2nd deployment in a few months and we have tried several of these methods.  They all work some of the time, but none of them are 100%.

Don't forget to get his APO address.  He will love any cards and letters as much as any voice conversation because he can hold on to it and re-visit it as often as he likes.  Care packages are great and you send them to the APO you only pay the domestic shipping, however there are restrictions on what you can send.  There is actually good info on this at the USPS web site.


Comment by Bill Harper on June 22, 2016 at 6:04pm
My son is almost finished with A school at G.L. He will have another ten day course learning the basics of fire suppression aboard a ship at sea. From there he goes to Japan on his first deployment. Sure would like to hear from some other parents of sailors about the best way to communicate with their sailors overseas. Several people have suggested a Skype account. Any info would be appreciated.
Comment by Bill Harper on May 6, 2016 at 10:09am
My son graduated BC April 29th. He is in A school at GL Now. His grandad, his grand parents and I don't know how many more of my family is buried in a little Cemetary outside of Knox City, Tex. I would have given anything in the world if my dad, Bill Harper, SR. Could have seen my son's PIR. He would have been so proud, just as I was. Anyone else from Knox County have a sailor currently serving?

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