USS Concord (AFS-5) Veterans Association's homeport
on the web! This site was created for the purpose of giving Concord Veterans a place to share their stories, reconnect
with long lost shipmates, and facilitate an information source for planning a reunions! If you're a Concord
sailor, please consider joining the Association. This includes any member of an embarked air detachment.
Click the ship's seal to go to the Join CVA page! If your'e a visitor, we welcome you to the site honoring
the finest Combat Stores Ship in the Fleet!
The Association is a fraternal organization for current or former U.S.Navy members who served aboard the USS/USNS Concord.
The primary purpose of the Association is for shipmates who share a common background of service aboard USS Concord to
enjoy the camaraderie and to provide the opportunity for members to actively participate in reunions and other Association
activities. Please consider lending your support for the site and the Association by joining us!
CVA MEMBERS: DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP, AND IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP EXPIRATION
DATE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND OUR SECRETARY WILL ADVISE YOU OF YOUR DUE DATE! Click the "Join Now" page
on the left or click the link below!
I WANT TO JOIN/RENEW MY CVA MEMBERSHIP NOW!
TELL ME WHEN MY MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES!
Attention Concord Veterans! - Still undecided about joining? Then you're encourged
to visit our Ship's Office and fill out our "members registration form". Your personal information will be safeguarded
and available to "active Concord members" only. To muster on the CVA members roster, please visit the
Quarterdeck-Ship's Office Access page or click the "Register Now" button below.
shipmate, Keith Church (SKC 82-85) has departed on Eternal Deployment. Chief Church was an active member of
USS Concord Veterans Association and most recently reunited with fellow shipmates at the
2010 Concord reunion. Please remember his family in prayer and his obituary is posted at
our Eternal Deployment web-page.
Keith Church, one of my dearest shipmates
and friend, passed away on 17 July 2015.
Our families were bound together by Keith and I serving together in USS Concord (83-85).
Many other families and shipmates have also remained close from this assignment. My wife Mary, and daughters Jackie
and Heather, attended the viewing Sunday. Transiting the miles between Richmond and Virginia Beach, the car was filled
with recollections of life events that included my family (the Kruse’s) and Keith’s (the Churches). There
was the barbeques, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, the birthday parties, weddings, births, the hunkering down at 405 Grenfel
for a hurricane, and the events that occurred when we were at sea. Each one of us, girls included, shared stories filling
most of the 4 hours.
In addition to being my friend, Keith was my mentor and partner in making Concord Supply top
Thinking about his other assignments.
Pre-commissioning Abe Lincoln? Keith
was there to organize and run Stock Control. I’m sure that supply operations on Yellowstone and Simon Lake were
also significantly enhanced by Keith being engaged in their supply operation.
But most importantly, I’m confident
that there are many young box-kickers who became masters of their ship’s accounting or inventory management systems
through Keith’s mentoring.
Sitting here with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat, I say so long, Senior
Chief. Thank you for being my friend, shipmate and mentor for all these years.
Dan Kruse, SKCS, USN-Retired