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Submarine School Enlisted Sailors Graduate With Distinction

Basic Enlisted Submarine School Graduation

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villerreal, Class Honorman of Basic Enlisted Submarine School Class 13060.

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villerreal, Class Honorman of Basic Enlisted Submarine School Class 13060.

Eighty-three Sailors, “Class 13060”, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), graduated from Basic Enlisted Submarine School, on January 11.

Seaman Apprentice Guillermo Villarreal was Class Honorman with a 96.46 Grade Point Average. Villarreal, who was also meritoriously advanced because of his academic achievement, continues in Apprentice Team Training, ATT.

Seaman Noel Runyon received the Navy Core Values Award for best exemplifying the standards and expectations of a United States Navy Sailor and Seaman David Williams, Class Leader, was recipient of the Heritage Award.

Both Runyon and Williams join Villarreal in ATT.

With Grade Point Averages exceeding 90.0, Fire Apprentice Benjamin Renfro, Fireman Recruit Braden Anton, Seaman Alexander Meaux, Seaman John Shackleford, Machinist Mate Third Class Michael Lamprecht, Fireman Recruit Ryan McKenney, Seaman Apprentice William Smartwood, Seaman Recruit Jared Brooks, Seaman Recruit Shawn White, Seaman Recruit Joshua Chandler, Seaman Apprentice Sean Blaine, and Seaman Apprentice Steven McSperrin joined Runyon as Graduates with Distinction.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) “A” School Graduation

Fireman Jacob Young was the Class Honor Graduate of Machinist Mate (Weapons) Apprentice Training Class 13010.

Fireman Jacob Young was the Class Honor Graduate of Machinist Mate (Weapons) Apprentice Training Class 13010.

Nine Sailors of “Class 13010” graduated from Machinist Mate (Weapons) ‘A’ School on Friday, 11 January.

Fireman Jacob Young received the Torpedoman Plaque as Class Honorman with a Grade Point Average of 95.21 and was meritoriously advanced because of his academic achievement.

Machinist Mate (Weapons) ‘A’ School is a ten week enlisted apprentice training school providing basic knowledge and skills at the entry level in the MM (Submarines) rating in Shipboard 3-M, Mechanical Skills, Three-Inch Launcher operation, Explosives, Torpedo Tubes and MK 48 ADCAP torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

James M. Mosley Graduates at 78

by Anne Pappalardo

Anyone who has a chance to meet and talk to James M. Mosley, would like to ask him for two things, about his secret for remaining active during retirement, and his autograph.

James, 78, received a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in Social Science and Biology from Eastern CT State University on May 18. One of 13 children, James was born on August 12, 1929 and raised in Homestead, PA. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy because of a lack of available jobs in the area.

He was trained as a Navy medical corpsman and stationed at various naval bases throughout the US, including the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. In 1956 he became the first African American to attend the submarine medical technician school in Groton, where he graduated first in the class. He was also the first African American medical corpsman to attend and graduate from the Navy’s nuclear power school in Groton. During his career as a medical corpsman, James was assigned to tours of duty on the repair ship USS Cadmus, and on the submarines USS Volador, USS Skipjack and USS Thomas Edison.

By the time he retired from the Navy in 1968, James achieved the rank of senior chief hospital corpsman. Shortly after, he started working at Electric Boat in Groton. He retired in 1991 after 24 years with the company.

James was profiled in the 2005 book, “Black Submariners in the United States Navy, 1940 to 1975,” by Glenn Knoblock, who encouraged James to pen his autobiography. During his life, James had the opportunity to meet Rosa Parks, John F. Kennedy, and Thurgood Marshall.

James and his wife, Lillie, were married for 31 years before she died of a stroke in 1985. During his career with the Navy, the family relocated according to his assignments until they bought a home in Waterford, where he still resides. He has been married to his second wife, Gloria, for 20 years. James, who lost a son and stepson, speaks proudly of his remaining four children and two stepchildren.

James remains active during retirement. He enjoys gardening and traveling with Gloria. He is a member of a legislative political action team that is currently focusing on preserving veterans’ benefits. He visits the Groton Subase whenever he has the chance and enjoys joining in on pick-up basketball games with Navy recruits.

James has no plans to slow down. He plans to take a year off to write his autobiography, and the following year to begin graduate studies in molecular biology or African-American history.