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

I reached out to Skip (one of Concords first sailors) after he stopped by our quarterdeck and updated his personal information in the website "Hatch" roster. He stated he was a player in the standup of our ship \ plankowner\ so I had to  ask about his time on board and thoughts. It's always good to look back at Concords early history, and get a feel of what that era was like. SK2 Dent was a key player while on Concord and was a key part of Concord's commissioning. Enjoy his input below, and thanks Skip for your commitment and loyalty to our association.

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In addition to his story, Skip also included 4 Ship letters, (which were sent to Concord family members), while on cruise. This provides a unique look into the ships life during those early years. Enjoy these letters below.

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1. What years did you serve and what was your rate/rank while on Concord:

>    June 1968 until June 1970 I was SK2 and the first SK to report aboard, June 1968. I left San Diego in early August and went "TAD" to Norfolk to set up mock holds and start receiving all of the stores for the Concord along with 5 other SK's and Chief Elmore and Lt. Habermann. It was a lot of work,12 hour days, but a lot of fun also. Chief was a great asset but a lousy bowler.

2. What department and division were you assigned and who did you work for:

   S-2 division and worked for SKC Don Elmore and Lt. Habermann. I Was hold captain hold 5 and worked with SKSN Ralph Ryan and SK3 Ron Gammel

3. Who did you hang out with:

   Ron Gammel and Tom Truskowski (RIP)

4. List any cruises or deployments during your assignment:

>    Original shakedown cruise to Gitmo for a month of training. Med cruise August 1969 until March 1970. May 1970 trip to Boston and Concord Mass.

5. What is your fondest memory of Concord:                            

>    One thing I know is that the crew for the Concord was pre- selected as I saw many who reported and transferred. I Was told that by a PN who had a bad evaluation from prior service. Lots of good liberty especially Palma where Pepe made the best mixed drinks on the island and we would salute the Russians in the bar. He hated them, “lousy tippers” he said.

6. What is your worst memory of Concord:

>    Witnessing a Helo Crash, blade hit the tower all safe. 36 hour unrep with no sleep and 20 foot seas. 

7. Any additional thoughts / memories i.e. commissioning Concord etc.:

 >    Concord Was a great ship, but lots of work and time flew by. We made an emergency stop in Tunis Tunisia for 3 or 4 days so the helos could ferry food and supplies to flood victims inland. We were the first American naval ship in Tunis since WWII. Tied up behind us was the hospital ship Hope with all those American nurses onboard. We Joined a few as they took us for a tour of Tunis. Quite an experience back then in a Muslim country. They looked at us in uniform like we were aliens. Allowing citizens, a tour of the ship was big mistake and turned into a mob scene. They were stealing everything that was not bolted down. We Had to secure all the holds as hundreds were swarming the ship.

 

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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.

The USS Concord AFS/TAFS 5 Association is a not-for profit and tax free organization IAW 501(c) 19. Dues \ donations however are non tax deductible.
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