Help me with this Korean War era, U.S. Navy acronym.
December 27, 2009 11:36 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know what this acronym stands for, from a U.S. Navy training center in San Diego in 1952? I think it's BFGC or BTGC.

When I was cleaning my sister's house, I found a portrait of my dad with his fellow trainees in 1952. Unfortunately, the portrait hasn't been taken care of and has been bent, torn, and scotch taped. I've scanned it in and my uncle is going to see what he can do to repair it in Photoshop, but there are some handwritten white letters at the bottom of the portrait -- they were apparently written on the negative. It's all pretty clear except for four letters after the commander's name, plus there's a large, scotch taped tear through the letters. I've googled for about an hour and can't find anything for either possibility. It says:
13 MAY, 1952
posted by onemorething to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Battle focused training center?
posted by amro at 11:45 AM on December 27, 2009

Navy vet here

BT would mean Boiler Technician, the C would mean Chief (as in Chief Petty Officer), the G I am not sure of..but it would be a subset of the BT rating...his specialty within BT rating

CO. Cmdr, that means he was in charge of training new recruits, lor an "A" school training new BT's

hope that helps
posted by timsteil at 11:45 AM on December 27, 2009

BTG is a subspeciality of BT, or Boiler Technician. The C means Chief Petty Officer which is an E7. Take a look at this website: USN Ratings
posted by mamaquita at 11:46 AM on December 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

Oh, disregard mine. Wrong first letters.
posted by amro at 11:46 AM on December 27, 2009

ah wait..I might have misread, seems he might have been IN the class. sorry
posted by timsteil at 11:47 AM on December 27, 2009

In this case it means:

Company Commander, G.D. Basista, BTGC (Chief, Shipboard Boiler Technician)
United States navy Training Center, San Diego, California
posted by matty at 12:02 PM on December 27, 2009 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Wow! Thanks! A quick question on Ask MeFi and I get more than I got with 30 minutes of googling!
posted by onemorething at 12:43 PM on December 27, 2009

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