Martinez, Alfred, RM2

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USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1971-1989, 00-0000, US Army (USA)
Previously Held NEC
23CQ-Submarine Combined Cryptographic Equipment Maintenance Technician
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
Service Years
1964 - 1969
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US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Cold War Veteran

Vietnam 50th Anniversary Blue Water Navy Brown Water Navy (Vietnam)

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Dept of CaliforniaDepartment of CaliforniaAmerican Military Retirees Association (AMRA)Branch 163
  2006, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of California (Member) (Sacramento, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, American Legion, Department of California (Member) (San Francisco, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2010, American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), Branch 163 (Associate Member) (Phoenix, Arizona) - Chap. Page

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  1964-1965, RM-0000, USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)

Seaman 1st Class

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November / 1964

To Month/Year
July / 1965

USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) Unit Page

Seaman 1st Class


Long Beach, CA

United States
 USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) Details

USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)
Hull number DD-869

Following his successful command of the Card, Captain Isbell was on duty with the Tenth Fleet, Anti-submarine Warfare, Navy Department, Washington, D.C., for a year. He then reported to the Pacific Fleet for assignment as Commanding Officer of USS Yorktown. It was while taking passage on USS Franklin prior to assuming command that Captain Isbell lost his life when the carrier was hit by bombs from a Japanese plane off Okinawa on March 19, 1945.

USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869), a Gearing-class destroyer, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Arnold J. Isbell, an aircraft carrier captain during World War II.

Her keel was laid down on 14 March 1945 at Staten Island, New York, by the Bethlehem Steel Company. She was launched on 6 August 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Arnold J. Isbell, the widow of Captain Isbell; and commissioned on 5 January 1946 with Commander Carlton B. Jones in command. She joined the Atlantic Fleet and operated off the east coast. In January 1947, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and homeported at San Diego. She spent the remainder of her US Navy days homeported on the West coast.

Arnold J. Isbell made 16 tours of the Far East and earned six battle stars for Korean War service and two for Vietnam War action.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit
Surface Vessels USS A-C


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Last Updated: Sep 8, 2013
Memories For This Unit

Worst Moment
Asbestos Risks

The brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces have always known that their service comes with certain risks, regardless of whether or not they experience battle action. However many were unaware of a risk unrelated to explosions or enemy action. The possibility of developing a disease related to asbestos exposure was also a danger that came along with serving aboard a vessel through the late 1970s.

The ability to stop the spread of fire onboard a navy ship is vital as numerous maritime incidents illustrate the hazards of fire at sea. During the period that the USS Arnold J. Isbell and other destroyers were built, the mineral known as asbestos was often utilized on ships because of its innate resistance to heat and fire and its ability to insulate. Unfortunately, what wasn't always known by those aboard ships and vessels, was that inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious diseases such as pleural plaques and mesothelioma. The damage caused by asbestos exposure can occur when tiny fibers are inhaled or ingested, causing inflammation or infection in the body.

During an enemy attack, severe storm or even during daily operations, asbestos exposure may have occurred when fibers broke free and entered the air of a destroyer. Those who served on destroyers like USS Arnold J. Isbell faced some level of asbestos exposure since practically every compartment of the ship contained asbestos. Since asbestos was prevalent around ship's conduits and engines, sailors whose jobs placed them these areas were particularly at risk. Those who repaired USS Arnold J. Isbell or other destroyers when they were in dry dock for overhaul were subject to the possibility of asbestos exposure as well.

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Chain of Command
Commanding Officer
CDR Mark Bernard Lechleiter Jr. Aug 18 1965 - Jul 10 1967

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBGR

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HELLENIC HERO

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY March 14 1945.
Launched August 6 1945 and commissioned January 5 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1962.
Decommissioned December 4 1973.
Stricken February 1 1974.


Other Memories
In 1965 the ship took part in Operation "Silverlance." In March 1965, she received a drone antisubmarine helicopter (DASH) system and held trials of her new equipment off San Clemente Island. A midshipman training cruise occupied a large part of her summer. The destroyer sailed on 19 October for the Western Pacific. Following stops at Pearl Harbor and Subic Bay, Arnold J. Isbell relieved Brinkley Bass (DD-887) on 30 December on the northern search and rescue (SAR) station in the Gulf of Tonkin and began her first duty in the combat zone off the coast of Vietnam. The warship then became a unit of TF 77.

Search and rescue duties occupied the vessel until she was relieved on 31 March 1966 and sailed to Hong Kong for four days of rest and relaxation. On 12 April, she got underway to return to the United States. After fuel stops at Midway and Pearl Harbor, Arnold J. Isbell reached Long Beach on the 28th and commenced a leave and upkeep period. She returned to sea on 11 June with a midshipman training cruise to Hawaii and several fleet exercises. The destroyer unloaded her ammunition at Seal Beach, Calif., on 29 July and entered the Mare Island Naval Shipyard on the 31st for overhaul. Refurbished, the ship began a training period on 16 September and spent the remainder of the year in exercises along the southern California coast and in upkeep during the Christmas holidays.

Arnold J. Isbell held refresher training out of San Diego in March 1968

Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)

My Photos For This Duty Station
Arnold J Isbell (DD-694) waiting to be scrapped.
Isbell docked at Long Beach CA 1965
Zumwalt Leaves the Isbell 1957
The A. J. Isbell's Keel Laying 1945
6 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869)

Boyle, Jerry, PO2, (1962-1967) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Burkholder, Roy, PO2, (1964-1969) ET ET-1516 Petty Officer Second Class
Hoffmann, James, PO3, (1962-1965) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Folsom, Michael, SN, (1961-1964) SOG SOG-0000 Seaman
Hall, Leon, CPO, (1957-1987) Petty Officer First Class
Thorne, Timothy, SN, (1965-1967) Seaman

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