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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Current/Last Service Branch
Engineering Technician
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
713X-Warrant Officer - Engineering Technician - Surface
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Navy Officer
Current/Last Duty Station
1985-1987, 713X, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
Previously Held Designator/NEC
IC-0000-Interior Communications Electrician
IC-4776-MK 9 MOD 4/MK 10 MOD 0 DRAI and MK 6 MOD 4B DRT Technician
IC-4712-Integrated Voice Communications Technician
Service Years
1967 - 1987
Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Plank Owner
Three Hash Marks
Engineering Technician
Chief Warrant Officer 3

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order of the Golden Dragon

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Operations and Maintenance of Automated Baggage Handling Systems, Passenger Boarding Bridges, and Ground Support Equipment.I also worked six years in production plant maintenance at General Cable Company's Apparatus Division. Made telephone lift trucks, air dryers, generators. Left there to go try maintenance on conveyor systems and been doing it ever since.
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  1977-1981, IC-4712, USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)

IC-Interior Communications Electrician

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USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) Unit Page

Chief Petty Officer (E-7) (1950-Present)

IC-4712-Integrated Voice Communications Technician

San Diego

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 USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) Details

USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3)
Hull number LHA-3

Tarawa Class Amphibious Assault Ship (General Purpose):
  • Laid down, 5 March 1973, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 10 July 2006, during SINKEX 2006
  • Launched, 11 April 1977
  • Commissioned USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), 23 September 1978, CAPT. Ted C. Steele USN, in command
  • Deactivated at Naval Station San Diego, 13 October 2005
  • Towed to Naval Station Pearl for lay up in the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility Pearl Harbor
  • Decommissioned, 28 October 2005
Displacement 38,900 tons (fl)
Length 820'
Beam 106'
Draft 26'
Speed 24 kts.
Complement 82 Officer, 882 Enlisted
Troop Accommodations 1900 plus
two RAM launchers
two single 5"/54 gun mounts
two 20 mm Phalanx (CIWS)
six 25mm chain guns
Aircraft 28 amphibious transport helicopters
Power Plant two 600 psi boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 70,000 total shaft horsepower

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit
Surface Vessels USS A-C


Created/Owned By
EM White, Charles (Randy), EM2 254

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2008
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Ken Koffel
John Maurer
Al Angel
Ralph Holechek
Charlie Wray
Paul Bach

Best Moment
Chief's initiation in Pascagoula.


Worst Moment
DIW during my watch.

Chain of Command
CWO Ledford
Cdr Morrissey
Capt Steele


Other Memories
Panama Canal was a very tight fit.

My Photos For This Unit
USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) IC Gang
Awards Ceremony
ICC Gibson
Casualty Control Drills
 14 Shipmates Assigned To This Duty Station:
  • Bach, Paul, SCPO, (1970-1990)
  • Bachman, Robert, PO3, (1978-1981)
  • Barlow, Brent, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Bechtel, Mike, SCPO, (1968-1989)
  • Calahan, Don, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Gibson, Henry, PO2, (1979-1981)
  • Kirkpatrick, Norman, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Koffel, Ken, LCDR, (1971-1999)
  • Maurer, John, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Miller, William, PO2, (1970-1979)
  • Shedenhelm, Timothy, PO1, (1977-1997)
 2 Members Also There with Rating/NEC Group IC:
  • Mallasch, Bob, CPO, (1975-1995)
  • Myers, Mafford, PO1, (1980-1984)
 96 Other Members:
  • Benoit, Roger, SCPO, (1978-2007)
  • Booth, Anthony, SR, (1980-1984)
  • Bowen, Mark, CPO, (1976-1987)
  • Boyd, Charles, MCPO, (1978-2008)
  • Brooks, Andy, PO2, (1978-1982)
  • Brown, Daniel, PO3, (1980-1984)
  • Brown, Henry, PO1, (1971-1985)
  • Cale, John, PO3, (1979-1983)
  • Casperson, Charles, CPO, (1976-1996)
  • Clifton, Wayne, CPO, (1976-1998)
  • Conner, Dennis, PO3, (1977-1982)
  • Corzine, John, SN, (1979-1983)
  • Cox, Bill, MCPO
  • Crosby, Lenny, CWO3, (1978-2003)
  • Cunningham, Glenn, PO1, (1973-1992)
  • Dahlin, Richard, CPO, (1973-1997)
  • Davis, Kevin, FN, (1981-1985)
  • Dolan, Michael, PO2, (1977-1981)
  • Dooley, Paul, PO2, (1978-2008)
  • Doty, Wells, CDR, (1958-1984)
  • Draper, Daniel W, PO3, (1977-1981)
  • Edgar, Gary, LCDR, (1981-2008)
  • Edwards, Freddy, SN, (1980-1986)
  • Emerson, Ken, PO3, (1977-1989)
  • Farrell, Pat, MCPO, (1975-2006)
  • Fisher, Kenneth, PO1, (1975-1979)
  • Fitzgerald, William, CPO, (1971-1994)
  • Gernand, John, CDR, (1979-1999)
  • Harvey, Michael, PO2, (1978-1983)
  • Harville, Ronald, PO2, (1972-1980)
  • Hathcock, Larry, CWO3, (1972-2003)
  • Hill, Lee, PO1, (1973-1993)
  • Islas, Frank, PO1, (1978-1998)
  • Jacobs, Tom, CPO, (1969-1989)
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