USS Concord Veterans Association

Commanding Officers




I’m trying to get the names and dates of the Ship’s Masters (Commanding Officers) after CONCORD joined the USNS fleet. If you served on board from 92 – untill her retirement and have information please email the webmaster below. Thanks


Commanding Officers USS Concord (AFS-5)

Louis J. CollisterCaptain1968 – 1970
Merrill C. PinkepankCaptain1970 – 1971
Edward P. StillwellCaptain1971 – 1973
Crawford A. EasterlingCaptain1973 – 1974
Richard T. Gaskell IIICaptain1974 – 1975
William F. MeyerCaptain1975 – 1977
Otto W. Will IIICaptain1977 – 1979
C. E. ArmstrongCaptain1979 – 1980
Van F. WestfallCaptain1980 – 1982
Donald V. BoeckerCaptain1982 – 1983
Francis J. DoughertyCaptain1983 – 1985
Herbert W. TaylorCaptain1985 – 1986
George WatermanCaptain1986 – 1988
James I. MaslowskiCaptain1988 – 1989 
Donald WeissCaptain1989 – 1991
Barry J. DysartCaptain1991 – 1992
John ArnoldCommander1992 – 1992
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ENS Nerino gets some good advice from CAPT Donald Boecker 83′

Read about Captain (then LT) Boecker’s harrowing escape from the North Vietnamese after his plane was shot down,

McDermott Library Newsletter July 2010

CO’s timeline

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Captain Otto Will Commanding Officer

May 30, 1931 – March 28, 2016



Born on 30 May 1931, the son of Otto W. WILL, Jr. and the late Mrs. WILL, Commander WILL is a native of Metuchen, New Jersey. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in June 1953. 

USS HUNT (DD-674) was Commander WILL’s first ship, on which he was First Lieutenant. After two years, he was ordered to USS RUFF (MSC-(0)-54) as Executive Officer, serving there 1955-1957. Following six months at U.S. Naval CIC School in Glynco, Georgia, Commander WILL reported aboard USS MACON (CA132) where he served as CIC Officer. Rotating ashore in 1959, Commander WILL reported to the U.S. Naval Academy where he served three years as a naval operations and naval operations drill instructor in the Command Department. Commander WILL’s next sea tour took him in 1962 to the Staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-EIGHT where he served as Chief Staff Officer and Operations Officer, then to USS FURSE (DO-882) in 1964 for duty as Executive Officer. In 1965 Commander, WILL reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel where he was Head of Schools Placement Section. Two years later he departed Washington for the Naval War College in Newport to attend the School of Naval Command and Staff. Returning to sea duty in mid-1968, Commander WILL served as Executive Officer, USS BELKNAP (DLG-26) until he took command of USS NEW on 2 February 1970.Captain Will served as Commanding Officer of USS CONCORD AFS-5 from 1977-1979.

Service medals awarded Commander WILL include China, National Defense with one star, Korean, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam and United Nations. 

Commander WILL and his wife, the former Shelby Everett of Orefield, Pennsylvania, with their three children make their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.