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Rodger Clement QMC

Rodger Clement, 2007

Rodger Clement, 1962

I joined the Naval Reserve in Yakima, Washington while still in high school. I moved to Seattle and transferred to the Naval Reserve Training Center at Lake Union where I was recruited to serve as part of the Reserve Crew aboard the Whitehurst.

Ten months after returning to Seattle from the 1961callup my enlistment was up so I got out. After a very short while I re-enlisted at the Naval Reserve Training Center at Lake Union under LCDR Laws (The Whitehurst XO during the call up). I later transferred to the mine sweeps serving on the Res-Crew of the Warbler (MSC-206), the Implicit (MSC-455) and the Conquest (MSC-488), retiring in 1977 as QMC.

After we returned from the call up, I returned to work at The Boeing Company as a Draftsman and later went into Material Technology where I became responsible for all the elastomeric (rubber) materials. I retired from Boeing the end of June of 1999. At present I still do a little technical consulting.

I pursue a few hobbies; one is working with wood especially turning segmented bowls.

My wife Mary and I have remained in Seattle. We have a daughter and a son; the daughter lives in the area while our son resides in California.

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