But that's not the only story he has.
I'll use his words as much as possible.
Marysville, California, October 1966
When I was in boot camp, we got passes to go into town twice a week. A lot of the guys tried to get some action with girls, but struck out -- the Sexual Revolution hadn't yet hit Marysville -- you couldn't even get condoms -- so they couldn't wait to get back to the base and go to the latrine.
Boomer: Striking out made them want to go to the bathroom?
Let me set up the scenario. All unmarried guardsmen under the rank of sergeant lived in barracks, or what they called dormitories. One long, narrow room with 20 single beds and lockers, 10 on each side.
At the far end, you go through a lounge with two couches, some chairs, and a tv set, and then the latrine, two urinals and a toilet, right out there, not in a stall. There was no window, so it was pitch-dark unless you turned on the light. The switch, for some reason, was out in the lounge, by the tv set.
During my first few nights in the dormitory, I noticed that most guys who got up to use the latrine turned on the light -- you could see it glimmering under the lounge door. But some didn't. Why were they fumbling around in the dark?
It was musty, smelling of urine and someone's aftershave, and pitch-black except for a little gleam. How could you even see where the urinal was? I gingerly moved forward, my hand outstretched -- and suddenly I was touching a bare butt!
Boomer: Side or back?
Side. He was facing the toilet, like he was peeing into it.
"Wait your turn, buddy," the guy growled.
Wait your turn for what? I wondered. There were two other urinals to pee into. I reached down past the bare butt and felt a buzz-cut head, ears, neck, arms grabbing the guy's butt -- then my hand was batted away.
"I said fuck off. I'm almost done."
The guy was getting a blow job! I had no idea that g.i.'s had sex with each other, right there in the barracks! My mind was majorly blown, let me tell you!
"It's all yours," he whispered in passing.
I returned to the latrine and shut the door, and inched forward. Someone grabbed my cock!
I reached down and felt that smooth hard chest again. Farther down to the belly, pubic hair, and cock. He was big -- at least 7" -- and aroused.
I fondled him for a moment, then stood directly in front of him, and he leaned down to blow me, his hands squeezing my bare butt. I caressed his hair and face, squeezed his shoulders. When he started jerking me while licking my balls, that did it!
"I'm going to cum," I moaned.
"Shush," he murmured, and swallowed my load.
It was a perfect set up.! Almost every night, about a half hour after lights out, the fag would get up...
Boomer: Watch your language.
Sorry. That's what they called oral bottoms in those days. Anyhoo, the oral bottom would go into the latrine without turning on the light, and we knew that he was ready to give blow jobs. We were all young and horny, so he was busy. On some nights there were two or three guys waiting.
If someone turned on the light from the lounge outside, the guy getting the blow job would just turn around and pretend to be peeing at the urinal.
Boomer: Was it the same guy giving the blow jobs every night?
Usually. Sometimes another guy beat him to it.
Boomer: Did you ever get to be the oral bottom?
Once or twice he let me go down on him for a few minutes before he did me, but not usually, no.
But I didn't mind -- I'm still more of an oral top than a bottom, if you'd like to get together sometime and try me out. Here's a recent photo. Not bad for 69, huh? And 69 is my favorite position, by the way.
Boomer: Mine, too.
Anyhoo, after 12 weeks of basic training, I shipped out to Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, where the latrine was right by the bunks, no way to hide. Of course, guys still found ways to get it on. There was a supply closet off the tv lounge, and plenty of street cruising.
Not to mention San Francisco a short train ride away. Golden Gate Park during the Summer of Love! That was one far out trip, man!
Boomer: Great story about being gay in the military in the 1960, but what does it have to do with Tony Dow?"
Oh, he shipped out somewhere else. I don't remember where. We weren't close, as I said. He mostly pal-ed around with Kurt.
Boomer: But you said this was a Tony Dow hookup story. Was he one of the guys waiting in line for a blow job every night?"
Lord, no. He was the f-- the oral bottom.
Boomer: The guy who sat on the toilet and gave blow jobs to anyone who wanted one?
Right. I thought I made that clear.
Was Jock Telling the Truth?
Tony Dow has been linked with women only since 1968.
I can see him engaging in some same-sex activity with a buddy, like his friend Kurt. I can even see him as one of the guys waiting in line at the latrine, thinking that a mouth is a mouth.
But to seek multiple experiences with near-strangers in the equivalent of a glory hole? I don't buy it. I think time has clouded Jock's memories.
It's a good story though, even without a celebrity hookup.
See Also: Tony Dow and Kurt Hook Up with a High School Boy.