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 encouraged to at least visit our Ship's Office and fill out our "members registration form" IT'S FREE,
(and while this does not make you a card carrying active member, it lets your shipmates know that you sailed Concord,
and your rate / dates you served). Your personal information is safeguarded and accessible to "active
Concord members" only. To register on the CVA roster, visit the Quarterdeck-Ship's Office Access page
or click the "Register Now" button below.
Otto Will Commanding Officer
May 30, 1931 - March 28, 2016
COMMANDER OTTO W. WILL, III,
on 30 May 1931, the son of Otto W. WILL, Jr. and the late Mrs. WILL, Commander WILL is a native of Metuchen, New Jersey.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in June 1953.
USS HUNT (DD-674) was Commander WILL's first ship, on which he was First Lieutenant. After two years, he was ordered
to USS RUFF (MSC-(0)-54) as Executive Officer, serving there 1955-1957. Following six months at U.S. Naval CIC School in Glynco,
Georgia, Commander WILL reported aboard USS MACON (CA132) where he served as CIC Officer. Rotating ashore in 1959, Commander
WILL reported to the U.S. Naval Academy where he served three years as a naval operations and naval operations drill
instructor in the Command Department. Commander WILL's next sea tour took him in 1962 to the Staff of Commander Destroyer
Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT where he served as Chief Staff Officer and Operations Officer, then to USS FURSE (DO-882) in 1964 for
duty as Executive Officer. In 1965 Commander, WILL reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel where he was Head of Schools
Placement Section. Two years later he departed Washington for the Naval War College in Newport to attend the School of Naval
Command and Staff. Returning to sea duty in mid-1968, Commander WILL served as Executive Officer, USS BELKNAP (DLG-26) until
he took command of USS NEW on 2 February 1970.Captain Will served as Commanding Officer of USS CONCORD AFS-5 from 1977-1979.
Service medals awarded Commander WILL include China, National Defense with one star, Korean,
Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam and United Nations.
Commander WILL and his wife, the former Shelby Everett of Orefield, Pennsylvania, with their three children make
their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disppointed by the things that you didn't
do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your
sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain