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

Alice Daly contacted our association back in March of 2014 wishing to honor her husband at our website. We were glad to inform her that the wife of a departed shipmate was more than welcome to join our association as an auxiliary member and enjoy our reunions etc. Alice decided to join, as well as her two sons Sean and Scott, and has been a valuable asset to our club. 

BM3 Dave Daly
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Somewhere in the Med 1969-1970

Dave and son Skip
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September 2001 Ireland

Alice and the Plank Owners
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Reunion 2016 Kentucky

              The picture above epitomizes the lifelong bond that ship's plank owners enjoy. Alice proudly sits in with the group at the Kentucky reunion and rightfully so. She is a valuable member to our club and a key fighter in preserving our ships legacy. I have received several colorful examples of her "navy involvement" and one I think deserves mentioning here. Back in April 2014 Alice left a message at our "members message board" at our website that I enjoyed. 

Alice writes:

"We had a little white car that sported a "Go Navy" bumper sticker. After a liberty weekend, I noticed someone had taken a Sharpie and written the word "away" in between the "Go" and "Navy." On the next liberty weekend (this was before cell phones), I told Dave someone had vandalized the car. He said, "Are you talking about the bumper sticker, because I did that." He may have griped and complained about everything during those 2 years, but later on, the stories were lovingly told and retold many times. He missed the Navy and we all still miss him. Hope to meet some of his shipmates at the reunion in October".

Alice's' contribution \ memories:
 

Dave served onboard Concord from pre-commissioning in San Diego (September, 1968) to June 1970. He received an ‘early out’ to return to the University of Maryland to complete his bachelor’s degree. While serving onboard Concord, he earned the rate of BM3. While serving as a reservist, he was promoted to BM2.

On Concord, he was assigned to Deck Division D-1, he worked for BM1 Harris, Chief Hooks and Lt. Anderson. His closest friends onboard were Vince Dekeris, Paul Erasmus (both who have generously shared many stories!), Mel Lundbeck and Bob Hughart.

 

After bringing Concord around to Norfolk via the Panama Canal, there were cruises to the Caribbean for shakedown (where, I believe, the towline on a plane was shot),  the Founders’ Day cruise to Boston and then the long deployment to the Med from August 1969 to March 1970.

 

I can remember Dave saying one of his favorite things were the freshly made donuts that were served during mid watches. His least favorite…the long separations.

 

Vince told me a story recently that Dave never shared with me. It seems they were both on unrep stations, transferring pallets of eggs to a carrier. Vince said something like, “Hey, Boats…how many eggs you think are there?” Dave replied, “Hold on a sec,” did a quick mental math calculation and came up with a number. Vince asked, “How do you know that??” to which Dave replied, “I know how many pallets there are, the dimensions of each, the approximately size of each egg, and from there it was easy to calculate!” When he told me that story, I just shook my head and said, “that was so Dave!” He was always analytical in his thinking; it drove me crazy. While I tried to memorize formulas for my physics class, he would say, “why are you memorizing them; just derive them!” Yeah, right! 

 

After his Navy days were over, he completed his degree in electrical engineering at Maryland and went on to George Washington University for a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering. He worked for FDA for almost 30 years in the field of medical devices, rising to the position of director of the Office of Surveillance and Biometrics. He served on an international panel overseeing device analysis and testing.

 

His hobbies included basketball, golf and scuba diving. He was an absolutely perfect dad to our two sons, Skip and Sean, and coached many of their teams. He tutored high school students in math and physics and loved his time on the water on the Chesapeake Bay on our old sailboat.

 

He held his time on Concord in a very special place in his heart, as I still do today. I am so blessed to have become reacquainted with old friends and introduced to many new ones through the Concord Veterans’ Association…my Navy family.

 

‘Navy Blue and Gold….First Then, First Now.’

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