George explains the pictures shown above:
The individual pictures of us are from boot camp; we were in different companies. The picture
of the Radio Gang, was taken on the bridge when in Palma Mallorca, Spain, 1969. Jon and I are next to RMC Kaufman, 2nd
row on the right. The picture of us receiving Commendation Awards from Capt. Pinkipank, was for extended duty in the
6th fleet . ((This picture is on Concord's Home page)) The picture of us in front of the 1940 Ford, , was taken 3 years ago. Our parents
went on their honeymoon in that car in 1940!
George and Jon's contribution \ memories
- What years did you served and what was your rate while on board:
- Jon Fuller RM3,
George Fuller RM2, 1969 - 1971
- What department and division were you assigned
and who did you work for:
- Lt.Jg McNulty – Communications Officer, RMC Kaufman –
Communications Central and Lt.Commander Weirsema - Operations
When we first came aboard the Concord, we both worked in Comm Central (Radio Shack), and were assigned different
watch sections...eventually watch section supervisors. When we had been on board about 2 weeks, the Operations Officer
made a comment to RMC Kauffman and said..."That Fuller guy....he's up here 24 hours a day. Every time
I come in to check my messages, he's up here working his ass off!" The chief said..."There's two of them...they're
- Who did you hang out with:
We had a
lot of friends in other areas of Operations, and because we were in different watch sections, liberty would be different
for both of us. Sometimes we were off duty at the same time, so we would hang out with the same guys. Most
of the guys we hung out with were other RM's, RD's, ET's, SM's & QM's.
- List any cruises or deployments during your assignment:
- 3 – Mediterranean deployments, 1 - GITMO Refresher Training deployment and 1
– North Atlantic deployment, Glasgow, Scotland
- What is your fondest memory of Concord:
- Concord was anchored off the coast of Malaga, Spain. Our
parents met us there and we were lucky for both of us be off duty to visit with them. They also came on board to have dinner with us one night. Both Mom and Dad bragged on how
good the food tasted!
- What is your most unexpected/experience on
- After departing Malaga, Concord performed scheduled UNREPS and headed towards
Naples. Our parents were to meet us there. With a lot of unrest int the Middle East and a lot of commercial aircraft being
hijacked, Concord was ordered not to deploy to Naples but to stay at sea awaiting additional orders from NAVCOMSIXFLT. So
Mom and Dad did enjoy other parts of their trip to Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Italy. Jon and I, unfortunatley, did not
get to see them again during their trip. Concord was at sea for 50 straight days. It was an honor to help fellow Americans
in other areas of the Mediterranean, helping them evacuate some of the Embassies in certain locations during this unrestful
time, but always keeping the 6th Fleet supplied!
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