Bill R. Niemiste

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US Navy

Name: Bill R. Niemiste

Place of Birth: Virginia, Minnesota

Personal History: Virginia, MN is located in northeastern Minnesota about 80 miles south of the Canadian border. The primary industry is iron mining and lumber processing.

Place of Recruitment: Parkville, MN

Branch of Service: Navy

Class: Enlisted

Military Occupation: Electronic Technician, Communications, ETN3

Service History, Stateside or Abroad: From Oct. 1963-Oct. 1966
Oct. 1963-Jan. 1964: Basic training in San Diego, CA

Feb. 1964-July 1967: Assigned to the Bon Homme Richard (CVA31) for Pacific Fleet Operations. The Bon Homme Richard patrolled the south China Sea providing air support for expeditionalry ground forces in Viet Nam.

Aug. 1964-June 1965: Electronic Technician School at the Grat Lakes Naval Training Station in Chicago, IL

July 1965-Oct. 1966: Assigned to the Naval Communications Station in Sidi Yahia, Morrocco. While there, I was assigned to a remote Tropospheric Scatter communications station.

Commendations & Honors: Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Recognition for Service during the Cold War

Present Location: Carrollton, TX