Fulcher, William, ABC

Aviation Boatswain's Mate
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
AB-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
2012-2012, ABH-7011, Air Detachment Norfolk (Chambers Field), NAS Oceana, VA
Previously Held NEC
00E-Unknown NEC/Rate
ABH-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate Aircraft Handling
ABH-7011-Aircraft Firefighting and Salvage Specialists
Service Years
1992 - 2012
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Operation Iraqi Freedom
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Safari To Suez
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Suez Canal
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Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA
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  1992-1994, AB-0000, USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)

AB-Aviation Boatswain's Mate

From Month/Year
December / 1992

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September / 1994

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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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Iwo Jima-class


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Last Updated: Jul 11, 2018
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203 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)

Opatovsky, Joseph, PO3, (1992-1996) AB AB-0000 Airman
Figueroa, Erick, PO1, (1982-2002) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Del Rosario, Dennis, PO2, (1992-2000) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer Third Class
Minter, Robert, PO2, (1991-1997) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Pittman, Michael, PO3, (1993-1997) AB ABH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Wallin, Danny, PO1, (1987-Present) AB ABH-9508 Petty Officer Third Class
Backer, Carl, AN, (1992-1994) AB ABE-0000 Airman
Jones, Zachary, PO1, (1991-2008) AB ABF-0000 Airman Recruit
Bozman, David, LCDR, (1965-1994) OFF 613X Lieutenant Commander
Mallow, D. Doug, LCDR, (1965-1994) OFF 410X Lieutenant Commander
Taylor, Donald, LCDR, (1977-1997) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Weibley, John, LCDR, (1972-1995) OFF 613X Lieutenant Commander
Crawford, Steve, LCDR, (1988-2002) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Dunn, Mike, LCDR, (1978-1996) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Filean, Graham, CDR, (1988-2017) OFF 230X Lieutenant
Mapp, Carlius, CDR, (1989-2010) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Jessen, Thomas, LT, (1960-2001) OFF 649X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Norley, David, LCDR, (1992-2007) OFF 310X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Seavy, Randy, LCDR, (1980-2003) OFF 618X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Mueller, Patrick, CDR, (1977-2009) OFF 619X Ensign
Oliveras, Angel, CDR, (1985-2007) OFF 111X Ensign
Clatterbuck, Daniel, SN, (1991-1993) SA SA-0000 Other Service Rank
Ryan, Kevin, (1975-1997) MS MS-0000 Other Service Rank
Fortney, Dennis, CWO4, (1968-1996) OFF 741X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Shoaf, Rick, CNOCM, (1970-2000) AD AD-8215 Master Chief Petty Officer
Smith, Don, CMC, (1971-1996) ET ET-1452 Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Gramlich, Wayne, SCPO, (1974-1994) MA MA-9545 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Lemmons, Gary, MCPO, (1977-2002) LN LN-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Mutter, Kurt, SCPO, (1974-1996) AK AK-8012 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Probst, Reggie, SCPO, (1973-1996) DC DC-4811 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Bickel, Mike, LCDR, (1983-2010) EW EW-1734 Chief Petty Officer
Lacy, Bill, MCPO, (1982-2009) MM MM-4204 Chief Petty Officer
MCPHERSON, MAC, SCPO, (1980-2000) OS OS-0344 Chief Petty Officer
Moes, Tim, MCPO, (1981-2007) MA MA-2002 Chief Petty Officer
Moes, Timothy, MCPO, (1981-2009) MA MA-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Thornton, Les, CPO, (1972-1992) AC AC-6903 Chief Petty Officer
Welch, James, CPO, (1977-1997) HM HM-8425 Chief Petty Officer
Yurko, Donald, SCPO, (1978-2003) AM AM-7225 Chief Petty Officer
Ament, John, PO1, (1981-2002) MS MS-3529 Petty Officer First Class
Brown, Thomas, SCPO, (1980-2008) AE AE-8215 Petty Officer First Class
Crandall, Lewis, PO1, (1978-1995) EW EW-1734 Petty Officer First Class
Cullen, Joe, PO1, (1971-1992) PC PC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Davis, Howard, SCPO, (1978-2004) AD AD-8215 Petty Officer First Class
Goosen, Ted, SCPO, (1981-2003) AS AS-7607 Petty Officer First Class
Hermanns, Phillip, SCPO, (1982-2010) DP DP-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Howard, LeeRoy, PO1, (1972-1993) MM MM-4295 Petty Officer First Class
Johnston, Charles, SCPO, (1982-2005) AG AG-7412 Petty Officer First Class
Lammers, Keith, PO1, (1981-1995) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Lejman, Daniel, CPO, (1980-2000) DC DC-4811 Petty Officer First Class
Marshall, Mike, SCPO, (1983-2008) AT AT-6613 Petty Officer First Class
Martin, Donald, PO1, (1974-1994) AD AD-6419 Petty Officer First Class
McClelland, Michael, PO1, (1971-1992) ET ET-9526 Petty Officer First Class
Miller, Derrick, PO1, (1977-1997) DS DS-1664 Petty Officer First Class
Phifer, William, PO1, (1981-2001) AM AM-7222 Petty Officer First Class
Shea, John, PO1, (1963-1994) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Baker, Dan, PO2, (1987-1995) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Brock, Edward, CPO, (1988-2010) FC FC-1127 Petty Officer Second Class
Craven, Melvern, PO2, (1986-1994) AS AS-7609 Petty Officer Second Class
Ford, Ed, SCPO, (1989-2007) EOD EOD-5332 Petty Officer Second Class

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