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

50th anniversary of USS Concord, reunion Daytona Beach Shoes, Fl. 11/26/18-11/29/18
 
Attending:
 
Steve Lampp SK3
12/3/1968-7/7/1972 and wife Sandy

Jim Schultz SK
1968-1970-plank owner and wife Jackie
 
Danny Gatchell GMG3
1968-1970-plank owner and wife Polly
Dave Smith ET 1
1982-1983
 

 
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. Steve and Sandy Lampp was chosen due to their memores, and dedicaiton to our ships memory.  (I particualry liked one thing Sandy messaged to me "After all the time Steve spent aboard and all the stories he had told me, it just seemed right to honor the ship that was home to so many" that pretty much says it all. Enjoy the pics and read their thoughts below.

Steve Lampp
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Steve at home 4/71
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Steve aboard Concord
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December 1970

Jim Schultz
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Jim Schultz
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Danny Gatchell
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Steel beach picnic, Terrill, Steve and Langston
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Concord Mass, Steve Lampp far left
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Steve Lampp Rome 7/72
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Dave Smith "then"
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Dave "now" (left) with Jim Schultz
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Jim Schultz, Steve Lampp, Danny Gatchell
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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Veterans Park

Danny Gatchell, Steve Lampp, Jim Schultz
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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Veterans Park

Danny, Steve and Jim
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Toasting the ship

Danny, Polly, Steve, Jim and Jackie
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toasting the ship

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Jim
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Jim
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Safe Landing

Danny, Steve and Jim
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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Veterans Park

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The Concord was in Rota, Spain pierside. The Sylvania came in was going to moor next to the Concord. It was windy and the tugboat lost control of the Sylvania and it slammed into the Concord

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Sandy's contribution

  • Steve was assigned to the ship 11/19/68 he didn’t report directly to the ship as during that time frame anyone receiving orders to the west coast was headed to Vietnam. So, he took leave and went home for Thanksgiving. He arrived to the ship 12/3/68 and was the 1st one to come aboard after commissioning, while the ship was still in Long Beach, Ca. While walking down the pier towards the ship he met Chuck Fleming Who helped him with his seabag, which weighed as much as Steve did. Once on board they called Jim Schultz to get Steve settled and they became good friends. Steve remained on board until his 4 years active duty was completed on 7/7/72. Choosing to stay on the ship instead of reassignment.

    Some of the Stories that were told: the time in Cuba when Capt. Collister sent a shell right over the bow of a ship that was in the wrong waters, the Concord was patrolling off the coast. After that flags and radio quickly identified themselves and the ship left. The time you’ll arrived in Tunica to assist the ship the Good Hope. on board BBQ’s, movie’s on deck, shore leave in so many different countries, going through a hurricane; which broke the support beam of the ship, the time the Sylvania Ran into the Concord. War games where captain Collister was able to hide so well you'll were not found for several days. Captain Collister was a destroyer captain and was one of the senior captains of the Med at that time. The time the ship came up on a Russian fishing fleet and there were so many ships that Steve-who was tracking ships, at that time; went through the alphabet twice. Finally captain Collister said to erase all that were behind them. They were able to weave their way through all those ships and boats. Just to name a few of the stories discussed.

    Besides hanging out we visited Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Where Jim being Jim decided to go down the slide. Steve being a good friend said he’d catch him. That afternoon we toasted the ship.We hung out and shared photos, cruise books and rimenenced. We raised a toast to the ship and all the Minutemen and Women who served on her. Job well done to the Grape and May she Rest In Peace.

     USS CONCORD Commissioned 11/27/1968 Sunk 7/17/2012

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