Part of Lake Sun's tribute to Veterans Day published Nov. 6.
In 1969, Richard Hosgood headed to boot camp in North Carolina. Less than three years later after orders to ship out to Vietnam were cancelled, he enlisted in the Navy for a two-year stint that ended 17 years later.
His travels in the Navy took him through the Arctic Circle, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.
"After boot camp in North Carolina and advanced individual training in Kentucky, I went to Fort Ord, Calif. as a radar operator. I had orders for Vietnam, but they got cancelled, and I actually got out early. When I went into the Navy, it was on a two-year conditional enlistment. I went to Adak, Alaska in the Aleution Islands for "underwater research." I came back as an undesignated seaman and reenlisted for aviation electronics." Hosgood said.
From there he went to Tennessee for training then to NAS Oceana and served aboard the USS Nimitz.
"In three and a half years, we did two Med cruises and a cruise in the North Atlantic. We crossed into the Arctic Circle to get to Wilhemshaven, Germany." he said. For the young man from Washington, D.C., his career path took him places he never imagined he would visit.
"It was a great time. I would do it all over, again," Hosgood said.
During his naval career, he was stationed at the naval air station at Patuxent River, Md. for three years, working on IFFs (Identification, Friend or Foe) and radios, radio altimeters - the stuff that went on the planes. Then he went back to Tennessee for advanced electronics training, then I went o Lowry Air Force Base in Denver for calibration and calibration management school. From there,
"I was stationed on the USS Carl Vincent out of Alameda, Calif. We did two WestPac cruises and a NorPac cruise — the northern pacific and back up around the Aleutians for war games,"Then I wen to San Diego as an instructor for three years before retiring. I was involved in the work-ups to Desert Shield. Other than that you knew you were launching a lot of planes — the pace of activity sped up — the work was fairly routine."
In 1994, Hosgood left the Navy as an Aviation Electronic Technician First Class — an E6.