Bowers, Gerald, MCPO

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Master Chief Petty Officer
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2002-2005, ABF-0000, COMNAVAIRLANT
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1979 - 2011
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  1980-1982, ABF-0000, USS Independence (CV-62)

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March / 1980

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Petty Officer Third Class

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 USS Independence (CV-62) Details

USS Independence (CV-62)

(later CV-62)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - November - Quebec - November
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "GUN TRAIN"

Displacement 56,000 Tons, Dimensions, 1046' 6" (oa) x 129' 1" x 37' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/54, 100 Aircraft.
Armor, Unknown.
Machinery, 280,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 3800 - 4280.

Operational and Building Data

Built by New York Navy. Laid down 1 July 1955, launched 6 June 1958, commissioned 10 Jan 1959. Redesignated as a multimission carrier (CV 62) 28 February 1973. after being modified to operate ASW aircraft. SLEP at Philadelphia Navy Yard 4/1985 to mid-1988.

Replaced Midwayas forward-deployed carrier in Japan, 1991. Island was extensively enlarged during SLEP and other modernizations. Replaced by Kitty Hawk in July 1998 and decommissioned to reserve on 30 September 1998. Struck from the Navy list on 8 March 2004.

Status:Stricken, to be disposed of (Maintenance Category X).

Berth:NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA.

Planned disposition:In April 2004 Navy officials identified ex-Independence as one of 24 decommissioned ships available to be sunk as artificial reefs. As of February 2008, however, she was scheduled to be dismantled in the next five years.

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Aircraft Carrier

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Last Updated: Feb 16, 2016
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481 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Independence (CV-62)

Froehlich, Kevin, PO1, (1982-1989) ABF ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stranix, Francis, PO3, (1977-1981) ABF ABF-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Edson, Herbert, AN, (1981-1984) ABF ABF-0000 Airman
Edson, Herbert, AN, (1981-1984) ABF ABF-0000 Airman Apprentice
Strickland, Joseph, AA, (1979-1981) ABF ABF-0000 Airman Apprentice
Rafferty, Bill, CMC, (1973-2003) AB AB-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Yager, Cliff, CMC, (1974-2005) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Asbell, Mike, PO2, (1978-1998) AB ABF-7022 Petty Officer Second Class
Foley, Dave, PO2, (1979-1987) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Gaines, William, SCPO, (1980-2003) AB ABE-7003 Petty Officer Second Class
Pierce, Kevin, PO2, (1977-1981) AB ABH-7011 Petty Officer Second Class
Rowe, Anthony, SCPO, (1982-2010) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Waldon Sr, Zane, PO2, (1978-1987) AB ABE-7006 Petty Officer Second Class
Alnutt, Gary, PO1, (1973-1995) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Austin, Richard, PO1, (1978-1998) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer Third Class
Collison, Chuck, PO2, (1979-1985) AB ABE-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Collison, Chuck, PO2, (1979-1985) AB ABE-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Curry, Michael, PO1, (1982-2002) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hunter, William, PO3, (1977-1984) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Jones, Charles, PO3, (1976-1980) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kons, Joe, SCPO, (1981-2004) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Laughner, David, CPO, (1980-2003) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Leonhardt, James, PO1, (1977-1994) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pollard, David, PO1, (1977-1997) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Rhoads, Roger, PO3, (1981-1985) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer Third Class
Taylor, Matthew, MCPO, (1981-2008) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer Third Class
Tomlin, KENNY, CPO, (1979-2003) AB ABE-7005 Petty Officer Third Class
Walls, John, PO3, (1979-1983) AB AB-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Case, Ernie, AN, (1976-1980) AB AB-0000 Airman
Nouse, John, AN, (1980-1984) AB ABH-0000 Airman
Thomas, Michael, AN, (1977-1980) AB ABH-0000 Airman
Tolan, Kevin, PO3, (1978-1982) AB ABH-0000 Airman
Robinson, Thomas, AA, (1979-1983) AB ABE-0000 Airman Apprentice
McCoullough, James, (1982-1988) PC PC-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Jenkins, Alan, CDR, (1959-1980) OFF 110X Commander
Stewart, William, CDR, (1965-1987) OFF 152X Commander
MacKenzie Jr, Warren "Gair", LCDR, (1982-1995) OFF 165X Lieutenant Commander
Shepard, Michael, LCDR, (1962-1984) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Steffen, Norm, LCDR, (1965-1989) OFF 132X Lieutenant Commander
Swanson, Bob, CAPT, (1978-2004) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Wingert, Neil, CDR, (1968-1999) OFF 132X Lieutenant
Carpenter, Norman, LCDR, (1979-1991) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Murray, Francis, LTJG, (1977-1981) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rehbaum, Karl, LT, (1969-1990) PH PH-0000 Ensign
Groombridge, Hermann, CWO4, (1961-1991) OFF 741X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Jones, Kenneth (Ken), CWO4, (1961-1991) OFF 719X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Fields, David, MCPO, (1977-2005) AC AC-6902 Master Chief Petty Officer
Rodriguez, Cesar, MCPO, (1975-2005) NC NC-2186 Master Chief Petty Officer
Simpson, Jack, CMC, (1961-1991) RM RM-2312 Master Chief Petty Officer
Drake, Frank, CMC, (1962-1990) AK AK-8012 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Margerum, Gary, SCPO, (1963-1983) FT FT-1138 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Stevens, Alfred, LT, (1965-1989) EM EM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Callahan, Ed, LCDR, (1966-1994) IS IS-3901 Chief Petty Officer
Goggin, Robert, SCPO, (1968-1994) PR PR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Granados, Armando, CPO, (1972-1996) AT AT-6612 Chief Petty Officer
Green, Peter, CPO, (1962-1982) GM GMT-0926 Chief Petty Officer
Hardesty, Jerry, CPO, (1966-1985) MA MA-9545 Chief Petty Officer
Hilton, David, CPO, (1961-1981) DP DP-2730 Chief Petty Officer
Killough, Joe, CPO, (1968-1988) AD AD-6403 Chief Petty Officer

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