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Bob Cookie VanDuren
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  • Elizabeth City, NC
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Bob Cookie VanDuren is now a member of My VFW WebCOM
Aug 28, 2018

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I am a...
VFW Member, VFW Life Member, Past Military Service
What Post do you belong to or are you a Member-at-Large?
VFW 6060 Elizabeth City NC, William Clarence Jackson Post
When did you join the VFW or Auxiliary?
2009
Military Service History
Entered US Navy Oct 1976. Basic training: Great Lakes Illinois. Mess Mgt Naval School, San Diego, CA. 1ST duty station: COMNAVAIRLANT, NAS, Norfolk Va; Flag Mess, Admirals: Vice Adm. Greer and Vice Adm. Kinnear.
Recommended by Adm. Kinnear to training at the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor School, Mirramar, CA. Then assigned to USS Nimitz Jan 1979 as their Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor, NEC 9522. Ship participated in movie Final Countdown. CVN68 deployed 9 mos Med Cruise. Orders for our ship changed do to 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. Deployed to Indian Ocean after crossing equator and Shellback Initiation. Ship and crew part of Operation Eagle Claw, attempted rescue of 52 hostages. Out to sea for more then 100 days without portcall. President Carter issued orders for 2 beers per man on our ship. Nimitz was gone from U.S. for over 1 yr.
Left active duty Navy Oct 1980. Re-enlisted in Navy Reserves same yr. Duty stations: Naval Weapons Base, Earl, Clifton, New Jersey. Moved to Virginia. Attached to MIUW806, Navy and Marine Reserve Center, East Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va. ACDUTRA Operation Kindle Liberty, Ft Sherman, Panama. Released Reserve duty 1988.

Enlisted in 1992 to North Carolina Army National Guard Reserves. Batt 2, 119th Mechanized Infantry, CoC, Elizabeth City NC. Discharged 1996. Joined VFW. org 2009. Became Life Member 26Aug18.
Tell us about yourself
To be added soon. A work-in-progress. But right now physical disability. But, I'm no cripple. Just lost 25 lbs. With physical therapy I'm looking forward to getting back to walking, used to walk over 8 miles every day. And gonna hopefully get back to running 5Ks.
Interests and hobbies
Member of Trinity Baptist Fellowship church. I sang solos Tenor, and in our church choir.
Reading the Bible.
Genealogy via Ancestry . com, Creative Writing especially penning stories of young adult genre, Sci-fi, Historical -Mystery; also reading and writing poetry, reading of all types of genre, especially young adult novels, sci-fi, mystery, fantasy.

Cooking, especially Southern y'all. Italian.

First Aid and Advanced First Aid training. CPR trained. HOSPICE trained.
Memberships in other organizations
Master Gardener here in Elizabeth City NC.
Past member and boardmember of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Past member with ECHNA (Elizabeth City Historic Association), past member with the Elizabeth City Albemarle Museum as a Docent. Past member of the Elizabeth City JAYCEEs.

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