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Extraordinary People: 30 years under the sea

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Ray Chamberlain is from a family of Navy men. He spent 30 years in the service, most of it underwater, making him our extraordinary person of the week.

“This was my retirement gift from a wife Stephanie, she gave it to me after my 30 years of naval service,” Ray Chamberlain said.
For 30 years Chamberlain dedicated his life to the U.S. Navy.

“I decided at a young age that I wanted to be like my dad,” Chamberlain said.

19 years old in this boot camp photo and a Command Master Chief by the time this one was snapped.
A chief of the boat, or COB, for short.
But Master Chief Chamberlain’s resume is far from short.

The USS Andrew Jackson, USS Birmingham, USS Charlotte, USS Annapolis, and USS San Juan were all once a home to this retired Master Chief.

“Literally, the limits of a submarine force today is what you can carry for food,” Chamberlain said. “Everything else they have, just don’t run out of coffee. That’s the first thing I learned.”

Toilet paper also making the list of things not to run out of on a sub, he noted.
Also noted, taking small things seriously on a submarine.

“Next thing ya know, it burst into fire” said Chamberlain. “So there’s this big ol’ fire and people look over and are like COB, what do we do? I say is someone going to call fire? it was very minor, but in a submarine, that’s a very major thing.”

The Master Chief says over 30 years he’s experienced stories he’d love to tell us but simply can’t for classified reasons.

But his love for that former life says it all.
“The answer is yes. My wife knows it,” said Chamberlain. “Am I getting over it? I’ll never get over it.”

“That’s why I live in Wilmington. It’s close to the ocean,” he said.

Maybe he can now live through his son’s eyes.
One’s a 1st Officer in the Navy.
The other can’t wait to enlist.

If you know someone who is extraordinary, email Daniel at dseamans@wwaytv3.com


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Southport leaders to reorganize public works department

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The Board of Alderman recently eliminated Public Services Director, Robert Tucker's position during the board's annual retreat last Saturday.

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Snow attracts locals to Carolina Beach

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

You would think ice and snow would keep people away the beach. But Wednesday, there were several people in Carolina Beach enjoying snow. Many people drove out to Freeman Park to enjoy the white scenery the snow left behind. There was a jeep club out there hanging out, along with others who were just at the beach taking pictures.

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Super sled riders hit the streets in ILM

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Hundreds of sled riders of all shapes, sizes, and ages raced down the icy hills of Forest Hills Elementary School in Wilmington.

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Crews battle fires in frigid cold; one home destroyed

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department quickly put out a fire at a home on N. Kerr Ave. this afternoon.

Firefighters say that a crack in the chimney caused the fire by letting flames escape and get into the roof. It caused around $3,000 worth of damage.

No one was hurt.

In Columbus County an early-morning fire destroyed a home. Witnesses say there was a man in the house in Delco right off of US 74, but they say he was able to get out safely.

We have not been able to get a hold of the Columbus County Fire Marshal for more information.

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