Saturday, May 17, 2008

Who were the BlueJackets Guard?


The google will not tell. Someone on 7th Avenue is (was?) proud of being a part of it. We salute you all the same.

(NB: 'Bluejacket' is oldish slang for a UK or US sailor. But still...)

6/13 UPDATE: an answer in the comments from 'brooklynpity':

This was a very nice club or organization such as the boy scouts. If I remember well the activities were held at the old courthouse on 44th street and 4th avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. They participated in parades and community activities. It was like a summer camp but all year round. They met twice a week, played dodgeball and other games and acivities, had drill practice. Held field trips and other weekend activities. I was a Blue Jacket almost 20 years ago.
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Blogger BrooklynPity said...

This was a very nice club or organization such as the boy scouts. If I remember well the activities were held at the old courthouse on 44th street and 4th avenue in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. They participated in parades and community activities. It was like a summer camp but all year round. They met twice a week, played dodgeball and other games and acivities, had drill practice. Held field trips and other weekend activities. I was a Blue Jacket almost 20 years ago.

10:26 AM  
Blogger ace said...

Thank you, brooklynpity

12:45 PM  
Blogger David said...

I was a BlueJacket from about 1979 to 1986. Back then, the activities were held in a public school. I believe the school was either P.S.94, or or P.S69. Which were very close to the headquarters office on Seventh Avenue.

I originally started in the Color Guard and eventually got onto the band. The band was the coolest group in the BlueJackets at that time. The band was exempt from many of the drilling activities, since they had to practive their songs. I recall selling boosters on the Subway, and the highest booster sellers went up to Camp Alert in upstate, NY during the summer. I spent two summers in Camp alert. I also recall marching in numerous parades around the country,Puerto Rican Day, Veteran's Day, etc..

I also recall the BlueJackets Guard held an awards ceremony every year in Floyd Bennet Field.

I have to assume Captain Rice has passed on about now.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I was also a Blue Jacket back in 1988. I was part of the marching band and practiced at the 44th street court house. It was a great community club for young boys and I remember it fondly. Recruits came to my elementary school (PS 169) and I begged my mother to join.

2:44 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

I was also a Blue Jacket back in 1988. I was part of the marching band and practiced at the 44th street court house. It was a great community club for young boys and I remember it fondly. Recruits came to my elementary school (PS 169) and I begged my mother to join.

2:45 AM  
Blogger Fabian said...

i was associated with the bluejackets captain rice did pass and it was taken over by Mr. General and Mr. Spencer who has recently passed i was a detail commander and i also was in the band my whole family was involved in the bluejackets and i am still friends with several people who were involved in the bluejackets they were thinking of opening it again but funding and volunteers weren't available i still have communication with Mr. General and he still has headquarters i think that would be a great program to reinstate in brooklyn again

8:43 PM  
Blogger Johnny B said...

Enrolled 1968 - 1979 when I then enlisted in the US Navy. Was band major and wore the midshipmen uniform. Loved Camp Alert and the outtings, parades especially commaradeeship. Retired after serving 20 years Navy. The Bluejacket Guard was by far the best youth organization of it's period. We need a reunion. Salutes are in order for Captain Rice, Mr. General, Mr.Spencer, Mr. Talada, Mrs. Davis, and Mr. Scarentino with our Marine counterpart.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Johnny B said...

I read all six previous comments and can attest to all. What a great experience. I'm in constant contact with Raymond Samaria who enrolled in 1967.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Johnny B said...

If anyone remembers John Benitez, e-mail at johnnyb357@cox.net.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Goldcoast Chronicle.com said...

I belong to the Bluejackets in the 70's, I missed it alot.

I look forward to hearing from you dan@goldcoastchronicle.com.

You can visit my website: www.goldcoastchronicle.com

7:33 PM  
Blogger Julieann DeName said...

I was a blue jacket back in the 70's,I believe it was in 76. I remember Capt Rice. I can't remember for sure, but I thought the meetings were some where on Nostrand ave in Brooklyn. We would have drill practice a couple of times a week and march in parades. I was supposed to go the the Camp in the summer, but I broke my leg and my mother would let me go! A girl by the name of carole got me into to it. She was a little older then me.

11:29 PM  
Blogger David said...

Hello All,

I previously mentioned I was in the band. I actually remember you John. I just moved back to Park Slope a few months ago. I don't know if anyone has heard this little story over the years. I was at Camp Alert during the summer of 1980 or 1981. Several of my barracks mates decided to have a blanket party on one of the guys one evening. You know the blanket parties involved throwing blankets and pillows on the target who was usually sleeping. Well, I really did not like one particular person, our detail leader. So I suggested having a blanket party on the detail leader, and we did it one night. The following morning the detail leader was so pissed off at the rest of us. Just after breakfast One of the other kids said something to the detail leader about parties. The detail leader snapped and picked up a knife and tried to stab one of the kids and one of the officers. The officer disarmed him. Obviously, the detail leader was sent home immediately, and was kicked out of the Guard. I was made the detail leader for the rest of the summer.

I never forgot that incident. So if that kid is all grown up, and not incarcerated. If you are out there, I am really sooooo, sorry.

I can be reached at davidpagan@hotmail.com :)

9:14 PM  
Blogger ROB said...

I WAS IN THE BLUEJACKETS FROM 1968-70 LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT

4:35 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I was in the Guard late 50's. early 60's. I remember the military style training.. Uniforms like the Navy. I remember the call...left flank, right flank, double to the rear with a right step, left step, double to the rear...front back double to the rear...etc. We marched with unloaded rifles while doing cadence. We always marched in the Norwegien Day Parade. OMG where do the years go. Such great memories growing up in sunset park.

7:38 AM  
Blogger MikeT said...

i was a bluejacket since 1970 from ps 105 and ft hamilton detachment, joined the band in the 80s and did color guard too.. also this group is the best organization in nyc.. i wish they come back for the new batch of kids we have today..also i made 40 years doing cadets. so bluejackets made me what i am today..

5:47 AM  
Blogger Samarys Sanchez said...

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1:31 PM  
Blogger Samarys Sanchez said...

I was a cadet from 84 to about 87 or 88.....i lied about my age to get in....LOL I was only nine yrs. old. Yes to someone's comment about Capt. Rice he did pass the General tried to take over but after that I lost track. Good times and positive role models kept me off the street. Now I am a working mom and wish there were organizations like this for my 13 yr. old

1:32 PM  
Blogger Jack Grossman said...

I was just cleaning my garage and came across my grandfather's business card for the Bluejackets Guard. He was a Lt. Commander and I also have a dress sword that he left to me. He lived on 68th St. in Brooklyn. The card also says "Paymaster" on it. His name was Abraham Grossman. I think this was from 1937.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jack Grossman said...

I was just cleaning my garage and came across my grandfather's business card for the Bluejackets Guard. He was a Lt. Commander and I also have a dress sword that he left to me. He lived on 68th St. in Brooklyn. The card also says "Paymaster" on it. His name was Abraham Grossman. I think this was from 1937.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Jack Grossman said...

I was just cleaning my garage and came across my grandfather's business card for the Bluejackets Guard. He was a Lt. Commander and I also have a dress sword that he left to me. He lived on 68th St. in Brooklyn. The card also says "Paymaster" on it. His name was Abraham Grossman. I think this was from 1937.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Sweet Poison said...

Good morning... I was a Blue Jackets cadet in the 90s with my sister. Not long after I became Captain of the color guard & my sister joined the band & played the bells. Great times!

5:08 AM  
Blogger Sweet Poison said...

Good morning... I was a Blue Jackets cadet in the 90s with my sister. Not long after I became Captain of the color guard & my sister joined the band & played the bells. Great times!

5:09 AM  
Blogger Louis said...

I was also in the BlueJacket Guard, back in the mid to late 80's...Louis York. I was in the band and plyed the xylophone.

5:37 AM  
Blogger frankie63154 said...

my grandmother is the 7th ave blue jackets office is the landlord

11:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was a blue jacket in 1972 ,school was ps177
On ave p in Brooklyn off McDonald ave .
Lot of drilling and we marched in a few parads .
We also got to aee the nacy bace in Philadelphia
Went into a submarine.
Great memories. John M

2:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I was a blue jacket in 1972 ,school was ps177
On ave p in Brooklyn off McDonald ave .
Lot of drilling and we marched in a few parads .
We also got to aee the nacy bace in Philadelphia
Went into a submarine.
Great memories. John M

2:19 AM  
Blogger Lorenzo gonzalez said...

I was in Windsor terrace detachment around 1970 to 1973. Also went to camp alert upstate was a lot of fun

2:52 PM  
Blogger brooklyn15 said...

I was in the Bluejackets Guard back in 1948 and 1949. I was in the Bay Ridge Detachment in Brooklyn. I still have my 1949 photo it was Cadet Marinette Division. We did a lot of competition marching with other divisions. The date on the photo is 1/20/1949.

10:56 PM  
Blogger brooklyn15 said...

I still have my dummy rifle that we used.

10:57 PM  

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