Thomas Ringate, FTM2
Semmes 1963-1965

1964

1996

  • 1962 - Enlisted in September, and went off to boot camp in San Diego California. After boot camp, served aboard the USS Uhlmann, DD-687. Made a west-pac cruise.
  • 1963 - Attending Class "A" school in Bainbridge, MD, and Tartar Weapons Class in Dam Neck VA. Reported aboard Semmes.
  • 1965 - Discharged from Semmes/Navy
  • 1965 - Started work for IBM in Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1965 - Married, had three children, all boys.
  • 1981 - Divorced.
  • 1984 - Re- married, one step son.
  • 1985 - Moved to Tampa FL, company transfer.
  • 1996 - Retired from IBM after 31 years of service.
  • 2002 - Put up the Semmes DDG-18 WEB site.
  • 2004 - Volunteer on SS American Victory Museum Ship (Education Director)
  • 2005 - Member local chapter of C.F.Adams DDG-2 (Locate Adams to Tampa Area)

I enjoy SCUBA diving, Amateur radio (K0ZXF), computers, boating.
I have been doing computer consulting work since retirement, on a free lance basis. Just to keep busy.
Traveling is a major part of our life now, seeing the places at a slow pace, with my wife, (my best friend).
We have two grandchildren, and hope for more.

Boys grew up to be:
  • 1- Business Owner, Volunteer Fireman
  • 1- Police officer
  • 1- UPS Manager
  • 1- Construction worker

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