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NameCharles N Wooley
Retirement/Discharge DateJuly 1972
Tour 1 DatesJanuary 1971 - July 1971
Tour 1 Rank/RateRM3
Tour 1 DivisionO C
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
CommentSome great guys. High points: Never will forget the Kithira Anchorage harassment on July 12, 1971. It was great! I think that the message from Soviet ship was ?Your maneuvering is too close to be polite. Off with you?. New Captain made it happen. Enjoyed winning a chess game against the Commodore's staff officer that had beat him. Remember winning the pot in a poker game. I kept getting winning hands - not because of my skill. It was real easy. I never played again, because it would be that easy to lose. Enjoyed Athens! On leave Jan. 15th, 1st child was born Jan. 16th, back to ship the 25th, and we sailed on the 29th. Think we were were delayed 1 day due to bad weather.

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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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