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NameChuck LePoidevin
Retirement/Discharge Date??? 1966
Tour 1 DatesOctober 1961 - ??? 1965
Tour 1 Rank/RateGMG3
Tour 1 DivisionGUNNERY
NATO Mixed Manned CrewYes
CountryUS
CommentPut the ship into commission out of Philadelphia as the USS Biddle and then back into dry dock and recommissioned it as the Claude V. Ricketts after Admiral Ricketts. Was on Board during the mixed manning force for (NATO). Seven different crews from Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

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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)

Below are the names of the men that, together, made up the crews of the USS Biddle and USS Claude V. Ricketts during her 27 year career.  The names below represent those who have registered on this site and do no comprise the whole of the men who served on board the DDG-5 during her career.  It is estimated that at least 4000 men served on board the DDG-5 during her lifetime.  If you were a crew member of either the Biddle or the Ricketts and you have not yet done so, you can register here.
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