Larry Emmett Curtiss

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  • Name: Larry Emmett Curtiss
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 14, 1952
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  • Parents: Bert and Joan Curtiss
  • High School and Class: 1971 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: Petty Officer - 2nd Class
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: March 2, 1972
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: October 15, 1976
  • Place of Discharge: San Diego, California
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    March, 1972 May, 1972 Recruit Training Command - Great Lakes, Illinois
    June, 1972 November, 1972 Hull Technician "C" School - Sand Diego, California
    November, 1972 October, 1976 USS Dixon (AS37)- San Diego, California
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    I was stationed aboard the USS Dixon for over 3 years. The Dixon was a submarine tender. We repaired and resupplied submarines in port and at sea. I was a Hull Technician. We went to school for damage control, plumbing, carpentry, sheet metal work, metal fabrication and repair, as well as metallurgy.

    While stationed abroad the Dixon, we seldom were at sea as most of our time was at the submarine base in San Diego.

    We carried many torpedoes armed with nuclear warheads. It was said that if we were attacked and our arsenal was hit, then Southern California would no longer exist.

    We also had the only decompression chamber south of Los Angeles. Many civilian divers were decompressed aboard the DIxon.

    I carried a high security clearance as we also stood watch over the nukes and their armament procedures.

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