Gene Allen Hart

Navy Badge
  • Name: Gene Allen Hart
  • Location of Birth: Ball Club, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 5, 1943
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Charles and Isabel Hart
  • High School and Class: Graduated High School
  • College: 1 year of college
  • Highest Rank: MM 3 (Machinist's Mate Petty Officer 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: February 8, 1964
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: December 11, 1967
  • Place of Discharge: Long Beach, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    February, 1964 April, 1964 Great Lakes Navel Station
    April, 1964 August, 1964 Naval Air Station Oceana - Virginia Beach, Virginia
    August, 1964 February, 1965 Great Lakes Machinist Mate School
    February, 1965 March, 1965 Long Beach Naval Base (Home Port)
    March, 1965 December, 1967 USS Bennington CVS 20 (Anti-submarine Aircraft Carrier)
  • Military Awards:
    National Defense Service Medal
    Vietnam Campaign Medal
    Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (this was a foreign medal created by the Vietnamese government that was authorized for war to American troops as of December, 1966 for their service in Vietnam)

  • Military Highlights:
    I enlisted in the Navy in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in December, 1963.

    In February, 1964 I went to Boot Camp at Great Lakes Training Center. In May I was sent to Naval Air Station in Oceana, Virginia awaiting orders for schooling. I went to school at Great lakes Training Center and entered Great lakes Mechanical Mate school finishing in February, 1965. Then I was sent to Long Beach, California to wait for the return of the USS Bennington. I went onboard in March, 1965 and worked in the forward engine room. My duties were four hour watches, which included watching the main engine for leaks, repair of valves, checking oil separators, and cleaning oil screens. On my first cruise, we stopped at Hawaii, where we did maneuvers getting ready for conflict in Vietnam. I had two tours of duty in Vietnam. Our airplanes flew reconnaissance missions around Vietnam. We toured many countries--Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines. While in Australia, we celebrated "Celebration of the Coral Sea" which is crossing the equator. The USS Bennington picked up an unmanned space capsule. In 1966, we hosted the Bob Hope Christmas Division M Program. I was honorably discharged in December, 1967.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    I went to work for Minnesota Power for 1 1/2 years. Then I went to Baptist Maranatha Bible College.

    In 1970, I was married to Dawn (Mayo) Hart and we raised three children--two sons and one daughter.

    I worked for over 30 years for Itasca County as a Diesel Heavy Equipment Mechanic.

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