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This Members Spot Light page highlights a particular Concord sailor
and shares their memories while stationed aboard. 

                                Matthew Arnold MS3 89-92 our "Fall" SLM

Quarterly we seek input for our web-page spot lighted shipmates. Clearly all who sailed Concord qualify for this recognition but in our search we try to locate those shipmates that have a unique story or contributed to Concord in a special way during her service. 
Matthew Arnold was a key player in the life of our ship. Enjoy Matts memories below.

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Matt and Lisa on the bus in San Juan
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Lisa and Matt on the beach in San Juan
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sharing a pineapple Concoction
San Diego La Jolia Beach
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Matt's contribution
 
 
 1.    What years did you serve and what was your rate/rank while on Concord: 

      1989-1992 SN/MS3

2.    What department and division were you assigned and who did you work for:  

D-3 / S-3

3.  Who did you hang out with:

       MSSN Chester Lee Stanfield (Best Friend until he passed away by self-inflicted wound in 1998 ~), SN Sanders (D-3). I loved this man with all my heart, we lived together years after and were very close with our girlfriends and families.

4.  List any cruises or deployments during your assignment:

MED-RED 1990 / 1992          

5.  What is your fondest memory of Concord:

As a young Sailor I enjoyed playing cards on the Mess Decks and working with a team the finest Sailors in S-3 Division as part of the D-3 (Boat Division) responsible for maintenance and care of all the small boats and the platforms associated with them. 

6.  What is your worst memory of Concord:

Having a JP5 hose pop out of the connection and flare around spilling fuel all over the deck and myself.

 7. Any additional thoughts / memories i.e. commissioning Concord etc.:

    Conducting all the underway replenishments was an amazing job by the team that was providing necessary supplies to the warfighter in order to keep them on station especially during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. These UNREPS were completed sometimes 4 at a time and several different times with at least 65 different commands during a single deployment and even  a  Submarine.

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If you know of a member that you would like to recognize as "Spotlighted" or have input your self that you wish to nominate, contact the webmaster below with the name and reason.

 "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

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