pete george silvernale
cpo us navy feb74- mar96

  I was born in Hanau W. Germany, 29th Nov. 1955. I came to America in 1961 as an immigrant with my sister and mother after being adopted by my American father whom was an Army G.I. stationed in Hanau. After arriving in the USA we lived in Columbus Georgia until my father left the army, and then eventually we made our way to the Southwest. I spent most of my childhood living in Texas and Oklahoma, and consider Texas as my home. I joined the Navy in Feb 1974 and went to bootcamp in San Diego. Next I went to Aviation Structural Mechanic School in Millington, TN and spent the next 22 years of my life in Naval Aviation. My 1st duty assignment was VRC-50 at Cubi Point, Philippines. While At Cubi Point I became a Naval Aircrewman on the C-2A COD (Carrier onboard delivery) aircraft. After leaving Cubi in 1976 my next assignment was VAW-114 on board the USS Coral Sea. While in VAW-114 my duty was working on the E-2B Hawkeye as a maintenance trouble-shooter on the flight deck during night carrier ops. My next duty assignment was VT-25 in Beeville, TX working on the TA-4 Skyhawk. This was a training command for new Naval Aviator’s, and one of the most boring places on earth to be! Never the less it was close to home (Corpus Christi) and I had the chance to see my family often. While at Beeville I became a Naturalized American citizen. After leaving Beeville I went to VR-24 in Sigonella, Sicily and once again was a C2-A COD crewman. After 2 assignments flying the C2-A Greyhound and over 2500 flight hours I decided to go on to bigger and better things, so I went to C-130 Flight Engineer School in Altus, OK and little Rock ,AK. Then I spent the next 11 years of my life flying the C-130 Hercules. My duty assignments consisted of VQ-4, Patuxent River, MD,”TACAMO ops” (If you don't know, don’t ask, I can't tell you). Then I went on to VR-22 in Rota Spain. Our mission was to support the 6th fleet with cargo and inflight refueling, and occasionally tactical operations in support of SEAL teams. We also flew many missions in support of Dessert Storm. Last but the most adventurists was VXE-6, flying on the ski-herc’s down in Antarctica. Our mission was to support the National Science Foundation. I retired from the Navy in Mar 1996 with over 7500 hours of C-130 flight time.

  For the next 3 years of my life I went back to school using my G.I. Bill in New Iberia, Louisiana. I graduated from trade school with a diploma in Commercial Refrigeration and Air Cond. Shortly after graduating I got a call from a friend to come back and fly the Herc again, except this time in Africa. It was much more exciting than air-cond work and a heck of a lot more money, so I took the offer. I spent the next 7 years of my life flying commercial model C-130’s in some very nice places like Angola, Congo, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, etc. I moved to Angeles City in 1999 and met my true-love whom I am about to marry this Feb, she has put up with me for 13 years already. I have 1 child, our daughter that just turned 12 this past Dec.

   Medals and Awards:   Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medals (2), Good Conduct Medals (5), Humanitarian Service Medals (3), Navy Expeditionary Medals (2), Sea Service Deployment Ribbons (7), National Defense Service Medal (2),  Overseas Service Ribbons (4), Southeast Asia Service Medals (3), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Antarctic Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and a few more peanut gallery awards.