United States Navy USNTC Graduation Books
As you may probably know, only a very limited number of copies were printed of each yearbook. Typically, copies of a book become available when one of your classmates (or heirs) decides to sell their copy of the book. We have all of our inventory of Keel and Anchor books uploaded. We also hope that more sailors will scan in their books and forward the scans to us so that our collection becomes more complete in the future.
In the meantime, we recommend that you set up a Google alert for Great Lakes or San Diego 19xx Naval training center and check with the US Navy – they have some holdings - http://www.history.navy.mil/library/guides
/yearbooks.htm but their collection is quite incomplete.
A number of graduation books are sold via eBay, so you will probably want to visit eBay on a regular basis. I recommend setting up a search, include descriptions for Keel Great Lakes or Anchor San Diego or keel navy book or anchor navy nook. As sellers are not uniform on what they call the book, it is best to work with a more generic search terms.
The longer the time after the publication of a yearbook, the less likely you are to be able to obtain a copy. Recruit Training Command contracts with a publisher for a certain number of copies based on the size of the recruit division and pre-sale of the yearbook.
The only way to obtain a copy of a yearbook is to find someone who was in your recruit division and buy it from him/her. Please do not e-mail asking for copies of The Keel or the name of the publisher. If it has been longer than a year since your graduation, you will not be able to buy a copy of The Keel from the publisher.
Setting Up A Google Alert
Google Alerts are emails sent to you when Google finds new results -- such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs -- that match your search term. You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web. We recommend that you set up a broad-based query keyword such as 1951 Navy Keel Book or US Navy Graduation Book Company 343.
If you start receiving too many results that are not relevant, add more words to your queries such as 1951 Navy Keel Book Great Lakes Company 343. One final note is that these books do not have a common name that everyone uses to refer to them. With that in mind, it is best not to insert queries within quotes.
We hope this will help you in your quest for a replacement graduation book. We are starting a query page for USNTC Books Wanted List. To list your query with us send us the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your Name
- USNTC Location: (Great Lakes, San Diego, Orlando, Bainbridge, etc.)
- Year of Graduation
- Story about your experience at the Boot Camp (Optional)
We will add a forwarding email address to your inquiry that will allow you to receive information directly from those able to provide a book or images.