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
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.’