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NameRichard J Moenaert
Retirement/Discharge DateAugust 1971
Tour 1 DatesAugust 1970 - August 1971
Tour 1 Rank/RateRM2
Tour 1 DivisionOC
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
Comment Our Med cruise in 1971 was great. You know you have reached the Med when you pass THE ROCK, it was exciting. Than you made it to Naples and with extra time off went to Rome, WOW was all I could say. That is until we got to Greece and Athens. Walking through the ruins there was almost like walking into history, you could almost feel the Army and the Senators and you were walking the same stairs and roads that they did. This being my last cruise before separation, I have to say this was almost the best. The best was a UNITAS IX cruise. That was another ship though. The crew we had (enlisted & officers) really blended together both on the shhip and liberty. This was a very memorable cruise.

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The Crews of DDG-5
USS Biddle (5/5/62 - 7/28/64)
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