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

Frank being promoted to RM3
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Captain Stillwell presenting Frank his "Crow"
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. 
Frank Korzeniewski was a key player in the life of our ship and is a strong member of our association. Enjoy Franks pictures, and enjoy his memories below; Thanks Frank.
Frank and Theresa
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Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting
Darrell Pauley (standing) and Frank
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Frank's contribution
 

1.    What 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 Discharge 

as RM2 in 1982.

 

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 out with:

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 – February 74

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.

      

5.  What 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.

 

6.  What is your worst memory of Concord:

Well, 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 birthday!

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If you know of a member that you would like to recognize as "Spotlighted" or have input your self that you wish to nominate, contact the webmaster below with the name and reason.

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