years did you serve and what was your rate/rank while on Concord:
US Navy – Active Duty – July 1971 – February 1974.
Served onboard Concord from March 72 – Feb 74. Honorable Discharge from Active duty upon arrival Norfolk on February
5, 1974 with rate/rank of RM3 (Radioman).
Continued my USN Reserve service until 1978. Honorable Discharge with rank/rate of RM2.
Enlisted in US Coast Guard Reserve as RM2 in 1978, Honorable
as RM2 in
2. What department and division were you assigned
and who did you work for:
OC Division, Operations – Radio. Don’t remember the RMSCs name, but do remember he advanced to Master
Chief during our ’73 Med Cruise. We also had a CWO as well (again, do not recall his name). My section was led by RM1
Larry Downs and RM1 West
3. Who did you hang
Would spend most
of my time with shipmates from Operations, RMs Dale Decker, O’Rielly, Lawson, Keifer, JJ Devlin, Gould, Mars and also
Signalman Darrel Pauley
4. List any cruises
or deployments during your assignment:
Gitmo – October-November ’72. This was our “shakedown” after the yards.
Med Cruise – December 72 – June 73
Med Cruise – December 73 –
There was another
6 week Med Cruise in September 73 which I remained stateside to get married, and was TOD for training in Norfolk the remainder
of the time till Concord returned.
is your fondest memory of Concord:
Honestly, it was the time spent with my shipmates during our 73 Med Cruise. We had some good times in port. It seemed
Captain Stillwell’s favorite port was Malaga, Spain. I seem to remember Malaga more than the others, and enjoyed going
up to Torremolinos and spending time in the Beir Keller and Jimmy’s Bar.
is your worst memory of Concord:
let’s not call it my worst memory, but rather my Most Memorable!
During our ’73 Med Cruise, this one particular morning I was on the morning
watch in Radio. We also happened to be in some rough seas this particular morning. Well, I had made my way up from the galley
with two cups of coffee and made it to the Radio room without spilling a drop. Now to open the door to the Radio shack I put
one cup down on the deck, open the door, pick the cup of coffee up and step inside. Just as I stepped inside, I heard Capt.
Stillwell yell “Ski, hold the door”. Well, two cups of coffee in my hands, the ship pitches a bit, the door slams
shut. I put the coffee down, turn quickly to open the door, and there is Capt. Stillwell looking at me with his eggs and coffee
all over his freshly pressed Khaki’s, and all I can say is “Sorry Cap”. Well, Capt Stillwell turned around,
went back to his quarters, changed, came back up to Radio to check his messages, and, brought me, a fresh cup of coffee. Thought
for sure I was going to get something other than a cup of coffee!
7. Any additional thoughts / memories i.e. commissioning Concord etc.:
Having to leave home on Christmas day,
to prepare for departure on December 27thfor both Med Cruises. Why would I remember that date, it was my Fathers