Smith, Danny, CNOCM

Command Master Chief
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
CNO Directed Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
9580-Command Master Chief
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Command Master Chief
Primary Unit
1991-1993, 9580, Naval Station (NAVSTA) Puget Sound, WA
Previously Held NEC
Service Years
1962 - 1993
Other Languages
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Order of the Ditch
Panama Canal
Suez Canal
Seven Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command US Navy Retired 30 US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

 Unofficial Badges 

Sea Bees Badge Order of the Shellback Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Persian Gulf Yacht Club

Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 7909Post 68
  1994, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 7909 (Member) (Jacksonville, Florida) - Chap. Page
  2018, American Legion, Post 68 (Member) (Paw Paw, Michigan) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

      Underground Electric Inspector for Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) Contract Administration from 1994 to 2008, retiring again in November 2008. 
**Below: Field Meeting of Inspectors**

Inspector Field Meeting


  Purchased 2009 Ford F-250 Lariet and 35' 5th-wheel trailer and have visited Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois in 2009,  2010 saw us in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Alabama.  Last year, 2011, we visited South Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Northern Michigan and The Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.  Had planned on going to Canada.....maybe next year if fuel prices come down.  2012: Fuel prices still not down.....looks like Chattanooga, Tennessee and North Carolina this year.  Next year: Michigan for 50th High School Reunion for sure, then maybe Canada.

Twenty-One plus years riding with Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club


  1980-1983, YN-0000, USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)


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USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) Unit Page

Senior Chief Petty Officer


Base, Station or City

 USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) Details

USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)
USS Blue Ridge LCC-19

Blue Ridge Class Command Ship/Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Built at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA. 1967
  • Commissioned USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), 14 November 1970, Naval Base Philadelphia, PA., CAPT. Kent J. Carroll in command
  • During the Vietnam War Blue Ridge (LCC-19) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Consolidation II
    25 to 27 February 1972
    4 to 5 March 1972
    *Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
    29 to 30 April 1975
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    7 April to 5 June 1972
    15 to 30 June 1972
  • *Blue Ridge earned two campaign stars for Vietnam service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Op. Frequent Wind or 3 campaign stars if the Armed Forces Medal is exchanged for the 18th Vietnam campaign, Operation Frequent Wind
  • USS Blue Ridge is currently assigned to the Pacific Fleet and serves as COMSEVENFLT flagship
    Displacement 18,874 t.(fl)
    Length 634'
    Beam 108'
    Speed 23 kts.
    52 officers
    790 enlisted
    Staff and Troop Accommodations
    250 Officers
    2500 Enlisted
    Super RBOC chaff rockets
    two 25mm Bushmaster guns
    four 50 cal. Machine guns
    two 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    Aircraft all helicopters with the exception of CH-53 Sea Stallions
    two boilers
    one geared steam turbine
    single propeller, 22,000shp

Surface Vessel

Parent Unit
Blue Ridge-class


Created/Owned By
YN Pierson, Al (USview, NTWS Chief Admin ), YN2 7950 

Last Updated: Mar 4, 2011
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff (C7F), Onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19)

Best Moment
Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff (C7F), Onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19)


Worst Moment
Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff (C7F), Onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19)

Chain of Command
Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff (C7F), Onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19)


Other Memories
Commander SEVENTH Fleet Staff (C7F), Onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19)

My Photos For This Unit
USS Blue Ridge Photos
296 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19)

Hurlen, Gene, CWO4, (1968-1996) YN YN-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Kabella, Joe, PO3, (1981-1988) YN YN-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Kelley, William, PO1, (1966-1990) YN YN-2526 Petty Officer First Class
Samothrakis, George, PO1, (1971-1991) YN YN-2526 Petty Officer First Class
Samothrakis, George, PO1, (1971-1991) YN YN-2526 Petty Officer First Class
Gordon, Ian, CDR, (1962-1986) OFF 111X Commander
Hamilton, Al, LCDR, (1963-1992) OFF 612X Lieutenant
Klansnic, William, LT, (1959-1981) OFF 612X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Snelgrove, Edward, LT, (1980-1987) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Young, David, LCDR, (1961-1993) OFF 611X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Morgan, Charles, CDR, (1980-Present) OFF 310X Ensign
Rector, Pete, CWO4, (1958-1986) OFF 719X Chief Warrant Officer 4
Cole, Robert, CWO3, (1962-1990) OFF 714X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Flaherty, William, CWO4, (1966-1993) OFF 713X Chief Warrant Officer 2
Ramirez, Alan, MCPO, (1982-1991) MS MS-0000 Master Chief Petty Officer
Cortes, Benny, SCPO, (1961-1990) SK SK-2814 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Cortes, Benny, SCPO, (1961-1990) SK SK-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Epperson, Earle, MCPO, (1962-1992) EM EM-4666 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Lahr, Joseph, SCPO, (1960-1983) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Lahr, Joseph, SCPO, (1960-1983) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Mobley, Royce, SCPO, (1979-2004) NC NC-9588 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Edward, LT, (1968-1996) EW EW-1734 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Beesley, Walter, SCPO, (1960-1985) DP DP-2739 Chief Petty Officer
Cruz, Sonny, CPO, (1983-2006) CS CS-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Hicks, Buddy, CPO, (1966-1986) RM RM-2318 Chief Petty Officer
Lepien, Glenn, CPO, (1970-1994) OS OS-0318 Chief Petty Officer
McDanel, John, CPO, (1961-1984) FTG FTG-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Nicely, Larry, CPO, (1961-1990) DP DP-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Radkay, Richard, CPO, (1967-2008) SK SK-2815 Chief Petty Officer
Stanford, Sammy Joe, SCPO, (1964-1984) SK SK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Wynn, Roy, CPO, (1971-1984) RM RM-2346 Chief Petty Officer
Aldridge, Mark, PO1, (1979-1999) OS OS-0318 Petty Officer First Class
Andresen, John, CWO3, (1970-1991) ET ET-1436 Petty Officer First Class
Asai, Jon, CPO, (1973-1993) RM RM-2304 Petty Officer First Class
Bashaw, Keith, PO1, (1968-1990) HM HM-8463 Petty Officer First Class
Brockschmidt, Dennis, PO1, (1968-1988) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Dean, PO1, (1981-1992) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cantwell, James, PO1, (1973-1985) DK DK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cantwell, James, PO1, (1973-1985) OFF 1710 Petty Officer First Class
Cassatt, Douglas, PO1, (1972-1992) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Chillingsworth, Roger (NMN), PO1 CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, Daniel, PO1, (1973-1988) RM RM-2371 Petty Officer First Class
Clark, Jack, PO1, (1975-1986) BT BT-4505 Petty Officer First Class
Cook, Steven, PO1, (1983-2003) GS GS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Cuevas, Constancio, CWO4, (1969-1999) DK DK-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Edlen, Steven, PO1, (1977-1987) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Ferelli, Thomas, CPO, (1974-1994) AG AG-7412 Petty Officer First Class
Flores, Frank, PO1, (1972-1991) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fujii, Eric, PO1, (1975-1995) ET ET-1572 Petty Officer First Class
Holdsworth, Rick, MCPO, (1972-2002) MU MU-3808 Petty Officer First Class
Jackson, Houston, PO1 IS IS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Patrick, Elmer, PO1, (1967-1987) DP DP-2735 Petty Officer First Class
Penzien, Clayton, CWO4, (1968-1998) EW 1761 Petty Officer First Class
Rhodes, Darold, CPO, (1974-1995) CT CT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Roberts, Philip, S1c, (1979-1990) CTO CTO-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Rogers, James, CPO, (1965-1986) RM RM-2313 Petty Officer First Class
White, Bryon, PO1, (1977-1991) ET ET-1589 Petty Officer First Class
Woodin, Leland, PO1, (1982-1989) EN 4319 Petty Officer First Class
Alvarez, Omar, PO1, (1978-2000) DP DP-2702 Petty Officer Second Class

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