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USNTC - Great Lakes - The Keel

Commissioned in 1911, the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Illinois was responsible for training over 125,000 men during the First World War and over 1 million Bluejackets trained during World War II.

The Keel was published for each graduating Recruit Training Command Class and provided a record of their experience at the Training Center along with their name, portrait, Company Commanders and Commanders of the Training Center.

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USNTC Great Lakes Graduation Souvenir Books - Recruit Rosters

[Year, Company, Company Commander, (Number of Recruits)]

1947

1948

1949

1950

1951

History of Great Lakes NTC (1951)

1952

1953

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1971 Group Photographs

1972

1973

1977

1997

2000

1979 USNTC Generic Book, The Keel - Great Lakes, Illinois, Recruit Training Command. Book only, Graduating Class was provided in a 32 page supplement which was not included with this book. A few autographs and the Owner's Name: William M. Huffman and October 19 - believed to be the graduation date.

The Company Commanders

Company Commanders were typically USN Petty Officers, First Class with one of the following designations (specialty). The number following their designated specialty was the class (C = Chief, 1 = First, 2 = Second, 3 = Third).

  • Electronics Technician (ET)
  • Fire Control Technician (FC)
  • Gunners Mate (GM)
  • Interior Communications Technician (IC)
  • Boatswain's Mate (BM)
  • Hospital Corpsman (HM)
  • Electrician's Mate (EM)
  • Culinary Specialist (CS)

Main Entrace to the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes circa 1948

Main Entrance to the United States Naval Training Center at Great Lakes circa 1948

 

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