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It has been said that great accomplishment is born in dreams but dreams if they are to be realized must be nourished given time and a place in which to grow here on four hundred seventy acres of the James River in the Tidewater area of Virginia is such a place clanging immense. Powerful and in its own way beautiful the first thing we run through my mind was. Like most people this is not the place for me if I live to get out here this afternoon I'm planning something else to do when I came in I. Discovered I loved my job my mother didn't understand it she said why don't you go get a woman's job. And I said mom I love what I do I said we're working six months a year but the boy said don't drink that water you drink that water then you can't go. Nowhere and I've been here ever since. I had a full ping job to provide for me and my family I met a girl when I was in seventh grade and she and I had dated all through junior high and high school and I was able to get married in on August 5th 1978 I actually was married to the shipyard before I was married to my. Wife my cousins that work here in the past they say it'll be a. Great place to work so I had to put my name in it and thank God I got my first day of work I started out in the shop because I actually was hired as an apprentice. Pipefitter and if you saw what I wore the first day you would understand I had no clue what I was getting into I had on my knife peach colored pantsuit the next day I was in genius my. First ship was the Carl Vinson and the guy interview with took me on. A tour with that and I. Thought it was amazing that you had such a huge huge ship that did so many things and it was powered by two plants well dried up now if y'all that's why I started if you make it there you can make it I call that basic training everybody should go through basic training when it come to shipyard. My very first job was a shot machinist I was in the apprenticeship program so I was working in the machine shop and building 65 well I can literally say James pew in 1978 was half the man he is now because I probably only weighed about 105 pounds so I was a small guy that. Came in I was second-generation shipyard cuz my father who worked here but still hearing about it and and. Seeing it's two different things I came in and I worked three weeks x31 pulling cables then I heard it was layoffs from the gas tankers that they had you know price of gas natural gas it drops so I was telling this gentleman they worked you if while I said look I'm a little. Worried now because I understand that maybe they'll have a layoff said don't worry about it and in fact I'm gonna put the word good word in for you so come Friday at 1:00 o'clock I was. Told to report to personnel and you can imagine country boy thinking man he actually did for the good word is but there may even promote me so when I got there they said well mr. Bueller sorry you know but we hadn't to lay you off I packed up a cave home and I saw my wife I said sweetheart. You know I have some news to tell you and she said I got something to tell you too and she said well you know James we expect well that's great because I don't have a job so you know I went from that to this. I came back in a couple of months and reapply. I was hired in the machine shop in like said. The career sorta took off of there and I have mister paycheck for 40 years so I really haven't had a. Bad day forty years I've kind of flown through life i seated my britches I actually was the accidental apprentice I came down to the shipyards I put in my application the man said we'll call you I said forget you'll call me I know you. Hired people off the street and I want a job so he asked me do you know anything about premise Allah said nope give me an application and I already had two plus years of college so they called me almost right away and the apprenticeship wasn't my intent but I'm so glad now that I did that. And I had a four-year plan. Finish apprentice school and then maybe go back up to New York I wasn't sure but suc I stayed a. Little bit longer than that tena koe kabuemon aircraft carriers submarine LNG you and all that stuff like that working the. Coal in the coal chain close Nicole I said man why did I come in here but then I touched it out man I just got married I had a kid fight he won't go on I love my job I could I come every day if I didn't love it I worried all day and. I'm here every day don't miss no time when I came in the shipyard I got was my first single I thought I called me john-boy that name stuck me with me for 40 years I love the shipyard man I do all the presses if I can get it in the house like impressive I'll press everything mild steel aged white. LF 65 you name that breath well I'm from the small town of Mary here in North Carolina and when I get up here I feel man I'm out in the city I see all the great ships and and it was just exciting to me to see all of this when I. Came in and back in 1978 I was making $4 in 24 cent hour I believe was $4 hour and that was all the. Money and challenge of me I do but I don't even want to discuss it it's so pitiful but it was the time and if I'm not mistaken it. Was three dollars and sixty five cents an hour oh my goodness I do not remember how much I was making it my first car was a smooth fluke still an arrow that was real good old girl I can take battles and fill it. Up rat always going I got home I got tossed nobody chip y'all went out of it made me what I am this whole place in a package that keeps me coming back you just you grow into trusting and respecting building the energy that is put into bringing everything together it's mind-blowing to me that we can take. A drawing as human beings and he connect into pieces like a puzzle it's just like Noah bill. In the art. The past 40 years the the the calculation technology has improved so much where you've gone from hand calculations to calculations you perform on a computer and have number results to her actually you can visualize what you've done 3d and I think that's a tremendous step and I've enjoyed working here it's been a. Challenge it's made me think sometimes I had to think on my feet other times I could sit down and at a desk and think about what to do for certain. Problems but it's challenged me and it's. Been rewarding beep around for 40 years like I said it all it means a lot was that I had no idea I would be here when I left it took military back in oh three slide in the racket whoa I mean I made it back but we made it back. Now I got 40 years and it means a whole lot to me I'm bigger I'm slower I'm Grail whole. Out James man yeah I'm steer here I think a master shipbuilder has a responsibilities. To set the example I really love helping people to be better to me train and teaching you know you're helping people be successful and when I look at those young faces I just think possibilities they just have so much ahead of them if they understand that life is short and the only. Thing they're gonna leave behind is what they leave in others these are the good ol days because you know 40 years has almost. Been a blur but I enjoy working I enjoy doing what I do and. Guys give them that health and strength and which is what allowed me to do a lot. Of different things that I'm still active and playing different sports field active in church so yeah I'm living the best of both worlds yeah I heard people say about the good old. Days to me these are the good days I am gay Niall love I am role as Waldron I'm Mike Peters I'm James all of you I'm. Rita Mary Bruce I'm Herman honey we are proud. To. Be mastership. Below you.

 


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