Friis, Robert Allen, ASCS

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Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
AS-7609-Support Equipment Maintenance Manager
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Support Equipment Technician
Primary Unit
1996-1998, 9578, USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
Service Years
1975 - 1998
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Horned Shellback
Icelandic Domain
Neptune Subpoena
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Rock
Order of the Spanish Main
Persian Excursion
Realm of the South Wind
Safari To Suez
Suez Canal
AS-Aviation Support Equipment Technician
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
103 Sea Pines Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Passed away peacefully on May 22, 2010 from Cancer.

Date of Passing
May 22, 2010
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Command Career Counselor Firefighter US Navy Retired 30

Afloat Training Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Cold War Medal Persian Excursion

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Retired from the US Navy. Started working for a Special Metallic Painting firm in Chesapeake, VA.
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  1996-1998, 9578, USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)

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USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) Unit Page

Senior Chief Petty Officer

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 USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) Details

USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
Hull number LPH-7

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Echo - Gulf

USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7), the third Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship (helicopter), was launched by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 16 March 1963, sponsored by Mrs. David Shoup, wife ofGeneral Shoup, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps; and commissioned 20 July 1963, Captain Dale K. Peterson in command. It was the second ship in the Navy to bear the name.

Upon completion of sea trials and outfitting, Guadalcanal departedPhiladelphia to join the Amphibious Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. One of a new class of ships designed from the keel up to embark, transport, and land assault marines by means of helicopters, she lent new strength and flexibility to amphibious operations. After departing Norfolk 23 October 1963 for 6 weeks shakedown training at Guantanamo BayCubaGuadalcanal steamed to Onslow Beach,North Carolina, 6 December for practice amphibious landings. She then carried on training and readiness operations with the Atlantic Fleet, based in Norfolk until departing for Panama 11 February 1964. Following 2 months on station as flagship for Commander PhibRon 12 with the 12 Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked and ready to land anywhere needed. Guadalcanal entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard 26 May, but was deployed again 7 October as a unit of Operation "Steel Pike 1", a NATO landing exercise on the beaches of southern Spain.

Highlights of her career included 21 July 1966 when she recoveredGemini X astronauts after their spacecraft landed in the Atlantic east of Cape Kennedy, and 13 March 1969 when she recovered Apollo 9off the Bahamas. In October 1985 the ship logged its 100,000th aircraft landing. In 1987 the Guadalcanal was leading minesweepingoperations in the Persian Gulf when it encountered the Iran Ajarlaying mines in the shipping lanes. Helicopters from the Guadalcanal attacked the ship; troops from the Guadalcanal boarded and captured the ship. (Iran Ajar was the second enemy warship captured on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815; the first was the German submarine U-505 captured in 1944 by the first USSGuadalcanal, an escort carrier.) This Guadalcanal also provided the Marines for the first wave of Operation Provide Comfort, the Kurdishrelief operations in Northern Iraq immediately following the Persian Gulf War in 1991. She was decommissioned in 1994, and stored as part of the James River Reserve Fleet until she was used as a target and sunk in the Virginia Capes area on May 19, 2005

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Parent Unit
Iwo Jima-class


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Last Updated: Aug 31, 2008
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6 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)

Oliveras, Angel, CDR, (1985-2007) OFF 111X Ensign
Ryan, Kevin, (1975-1997) MS MS-0000 Other Service Rank
McWay, Bernard, PO3, (1986-1996) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Burke, Mike, FN, (1993-1996) EM EM-0000 Fireman
Arrington, Dennis L, PO1, (1978-1998) AK Petty Officer First Class
Smith, Mark, PO1, (1985-2005) Petty Officer Third Class

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