Balcom, Robert, DCC

Damage Controlman
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
DC-4811-Senior Enlisted Damage Control Prog. Management & Training Spec.
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Damage Controlman
Primary Unit
1999-2002, DC-4811, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
Previously Held NEC
HT-0000-Hull Maintenance Technician
HT-4954-General Maintenance Welder
DC-0000-Damage Controlman
Service Years
1980 - 2002
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Persian Excursion
Plank Owner
DC-Damage Controlman
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

  1990-1992, DC-0000, USS Pigeon (ASR-21)

DC-Damage Controlman

From Month/Year
- / 1990

To Month/Year
- / 1992

USS Pigeon (ASR-21) Unit Page

Chief Petty Officer

DC-0000-Damage Controlman

San Diego

 USS Pigeon (ASR-21) Details

USS Pigeon (ASR-21)
Hull number ASR-21

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit
Surface Vessels USS N-Q


Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Feb 7, 2009
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Most of my guys in R Division were good people. Thank you all for your hard work.

MMC Steve Stokes and QMC Rick Beckner- I always enjoyed talking to you guys as well.

Best Moment
The decomissioning ceremony. Because of a variety of issues, USS Pigeon was of very limited value to the taxpayers. She was an interesting assignment, but she really needed to go!

We took a trip out to Catalina Island one time. It was my first time there and I had a good time. I don't remember ever going anywhere else except back to the Long Beach shipyard for a while.


Worst Moment
I don't know if it was a submarine community thing or what, but on Pigeon it seemed like most things were much more difficult than they needed to be.

Other Memories
Salvaging a downed CH-46 helicopter off the coast near Santa Barbara and recovering the body of the young Marine who was stiil aboard. It was the one moment we got to shine during my two year assignment.

We had a very good crew, but there was a high level of frustration because the ship could not be certified to do her job. We mostly just sat around taking up pier space in San Diego.

My Photos For This Duty Station
USS Pigeon (ASR-21) Decomissioning booklet
Helo Recovery USS Pigeon (ASR-21)
Helicopter recovery USS Pigeon (ASR-21)
USS Pigeon (ASR-21)
45 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Pigeon (ASR-21)

Martinez, Anthony, PO2, (1987-1993) DC DC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
White, Darrel, (1990-1991) MS MS-0000 Other Service Rank
Lambert, Eugene, MCPO, (1976-2003) 00 9517 Master Chief Petty Officer
Bogle, Martin, SCPO, (1975-1996) ST ST-0450 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Stokes, Steve, CPO, (1978-2000) ND ND-5311 Chief Petty Officer
Apodaca, Craig, SCPO, (1985-Present) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Balagtas, Marcelo, CPO, (1982-2006) CS CS-3529 Petty Officer First Class
Curfman, Bruce, PO1, (1980-2000) EN EN-4339 Petty Officer First Class
Henslee, Robert, PO1, (1974-2009) EM EM-4615 Petty Officer First Class
Juarez, Fernando, SCPO, (1982-2009) ND ND-5311 Petty Officer First Class
Laven, Ron, PO1, (1962-1993) MS MS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Tremaine, Ted, PO1, (1980-2000) HT HT-4954 Petty Officer First Class
Wilkinson, Tim, PO1, (1983-1998) EN EN-4291 Petty Officer First Class
Faretra, Joseph, CPO, (1988-2008) ET ET-1504 Petty Officer Second Class
Harmon, Curtis, PO2, (1987-1995) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Krichbaum, Scott, PO2, (1988-1997) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
McNulty, Sean, SCPO, (1986-2010) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Sargent, Mike, PO1, (1988-1996) MS MS-3525 Petty Officer Second Class
Kugler, Don, PO1, (2002-2008) ST STG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Malbrough, Gerald, PO3, (1989-1991) EN EN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Parr, Steve, PO1, (1981-2001) STG STG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Duval, Jon, SN, (1991-1993) BM BM-0000 Seaman
Lien, Donald, SN, (1988-1992) SN SN-0000 Seaman
Captain, Jimmie, FN, (1988-1991) EN EN-0000 Fireman
David, Jason, PO3, (1991-1995) BM BM-0000 Seaman Apprentice
Smith, William, CPO, (1988-2007) EN EN-4310 Fireman Recruit
Carlson, Alton, SCPO, (1978-2004) Petty Officer First Class
Lee, Charles, CPO, (1985-2007) Petty Officer First Class
Patterson, Neil, SCPO, (1982-2004) Petty Officer First Class
Belviy, Jim, PO1, (1981-2007) Petty Officer Second Class
Martin, Scott, MCPO, (1985-Present) Petty Officer Second Class
Peterson, Jim, PO1, (1982-2005) Petty Officer Second Class
Tocco, Sal Petty Officer Second Class
Day, Alfready, PO1 Petty Officer Third Class
Tippins, Robert, PO1, (1987-2007) Petty Officer Third Class
Bicanovsky, Rob, CPO, (1991-Present) Seaman
Rafter, Rich, CPO, (1991-2007) Seaman
Thornton, John, PO1, (1987-2007) Seaman
McAdams, Mike, PO3, (1991-1995) Fireman
Hammock, Frank, PO1, (1976-1999) Petty Officer First Class
Cabacungan, Joel, CPO, (1987-2008) Petty Officer Third Class
Dawkins, Marland, PO1, (1988-1996) Petty Officer Third Class
Fisher, Mark, PO3, (1986-1994) Petty Officer Third Class
Starr, Bill, PO1, (1987-2003) Petty Officer Third Class
Thornton, John, PO1, (1987-2007) Fireman

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