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:
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.