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NameRichard G Fowell
Retirement/Discharge Date- Month - 1973
Tour 1 DatesJanuary 1971 - September 1971
Tour 1 Rank/RateGMM3
Tour 1 DivisionF
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
CommentWish I'd been a little more mature at the time. Too young to appreciate what we had going for us. Transferred to the USS Albany after the Med Cruise, CG-10. Awarded the Navy Marine Corp Medal for my attempt to rescue the Chief that had been washed overboard during the storm off Cape Hatteras. (I had only been married for two weeks at the time.) Then shore duty at Jax Naval Air Station, discharged in June, '73. Best memories: When we went right thru the middle of the Russian Fleet. Pissed them off pretty good. Also, the missile shoot when the missile malfunctioned and self destructed. What a light show that was!!!

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The Crews of DDG-5
USS Biddle (5/5/62 - 7/28/64)
USS Claude V. Ricketts (7/28/64 - 10/31/89)

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