Concord sailors have two families, one that is biological
and one borne out of steel, deployment, and dedication to our country. A loss of either family member is heartbreaking and
difficult. This is one of the main reasons our association was formed, to remember our brothers and sisters who have sailed
on. LCDR Shepperd sent the following report of a shipmates' passing and his thoughts concerning his mentor warranted posting
below. Thanks Mike.
I retired from the USN in September of 1994, I’ve been trying to track down LCDR Richard A. Buttina. He was Ops
boss on the USS CONCORD (AFS-5) from about the time that I first reported until the Spring of 1980. He taught me a lot.
I finally tracked him down. Unfortunately, he died on Christmas Day 2011. This breaks my heart. While moored
in Norfolk, VA in February 1980, (I think it was 20 February 1980) he was CDO on the CONCORD. We were watching the “Miracle
on Ice” hockey game in the wardroom. After the USA had won, I asked his permission to pass the word to the crew,
even though it was after Taps. He immediately said, “yes.” I went to the Quarterdeck and personally
passed the word to the crew that team USA had beaten the Russians and were to take on Sweden in the Gold Medal round.
The team won that, too! After I passed the word, you could hear a roar emanating from below decks all the way to several
levels above the main decks. LCDR Buttina was a special man. He needs to be remembered by the crew of the USS
Michael B. Shepperd, LCDR, USN (Ret.)
I'd like to report a deceased shipmate
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