Melton, David, RMC

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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
RM-2304-Morse Code Operator
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1984-1985, RM-2350, USS Edward Mcdonnell (FF-1043)
Previously Held NEC
BM-0164-Assault Boat Coxswain
RM-2343-Communications Maintainer
RM-2318-Communications System Technical Control Operator
RM-2319-Communications System Technical Control Supervisor
9515-Equal Opportunity Program Specialist
9519- Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor
RM-2350-NAVMACS(V)5 Ship System Operator
Service Years
1962 - 1985
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Assault Boat Coxswain US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Post 7909, Wesconnett PostUnited States Navy Radioman Association (USNRMA)
  1985, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 7909, Wesconnett Post (Member) (United States) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2007, United States Navy Radioman Association (USNRMA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Before I retired from the navy, I swore I would stay away from any type of Military work for at least 10 years. I made it, plus one I think. Ha! Went to work before I was completely on the retirement list for a company called PTC Aerospace, later changed to Aircraft Products Co. Started as an Expeditor and Moved to Production Supervisor in less than a year. Main product of the Co. was building Aircraft Galleys, Military and Civilian. I stayed there 5 years, ran the Night Shift for 3 of those years. I got caught in a manpower reduction lay-off and moved on to an Inventory Service as Southeastern District Marketing Manager in training for Southeastern District Supervisor. I left them after either 8 or 9 months. They wanted me to move to Virginia Beach and take over Training & Scheduling for the Co. I had to say no to going back to that area of the country -- so, we parted ways. I moved immediately to the Di-Centenial (I think)Census Bureau, Data Entry Div., in Jacksonville & stayed with them until they finished up, about 8 months. I started working with Gibson Greetings, Inc. about a month before I was completely through with the "Senseless Bureau," as the Jacksonville Division Distribution Manager. I handled distribution of Greeting cards and all the ancillary products involved for all the Winn-Dixie Stores in the Jacksonville Division, a few in the SC Div. of W/D & later added 20 stores from the Montgomery, AL, div of W/D. I had a warehouse in Jacksonville and had to add a small one in Tallahassee, which I later had to change over to a larger warehouse. I have to say the job had it's fun times along with it's hard times. I was picked to open and train all the personnel for the Tampa, Div. of Winn-Dixie's, while still running my own Div. Then, one of my old driver's that had left and went to Contractor work on the base finally convinced me to put in an application for the company he was working for. And, here I still am 11 years later. I guess I like it. I've worked my way from Equipment Specialist through Data Entry Technician to Warehouse Floor Supervisor to Operations Manager. Having the Associates Degree didn't hurt, I guess. And, if I had pushed myself a little harder and finished about 9 more credit hours I might've gotten the big bucks but, that just isn't what I wanted.  I either shine for what I do and rise to what ever level I am capable or I do the best where I am at 'til I decide to leave.
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  1974-1975, 9515, USS Independence (CV-62)

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Petty Officer First Class

9515-Equal Opportunity Program Specialist


 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.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit

Aircraft Carrier

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2010
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204 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Independence (CV-62)

Mattison, Bernard, PO3, (1974-1979) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Toth, Eric, PO3, (1974-1980) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Hernandez, Diego, VADM, (1955-1991) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Tritten, James, CDR, (1965-1989) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Burns, Edward, LT, (1972-1977) OFF 152X Lieutenant
LaChance, Dennis, LT, (1958-1979) BT BT-4524 Lieutenant
Batten, Phillip, LCDR, (1966-1989) OFF 111X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Craven, John, (1972-1974) AN AN-0000 Other Service Rank
McDonald, James, PO3, (1972-1976) HM HM-0000 Other Service Rank
Clausen, Paul, CDR, (1965-1997) BT BT-4503 Senior Chief Petty Officer
ROBB, JERRY, SCPO, (1957-1977) AD AD-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Stevens, Alfred, LT, (1965-1989) EM EM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Granados, Armando, CPO, (1972-1996) AT AT-6612 Chief Petty Officer
Logan, Lanny, CPO, (1960-1978) ETN ETR-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Muller, Kenneth, CPO, (1956-1986) AW AWH-7881 Chief Petty Officer
Nida, Harold, CPO, (1955-1975) PC PC-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Nootnagel, Fred, MCPO, (1959-1985) AK AK-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Stone, Richard, CPO, (1963-1978) DS DS-1621 Chief Petty Officer
Brooks, Robert, PO1, (1959-1978) HM HM-8404 Petty Officer First Class
Cody, William, SCPO, (1962-1990) RM RM-2318 Petty Officer First Class
Flenniken, Charles, PO1, (1956-1975) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Fletcher, James, CWO4, (1965-1987) AG AG-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Keegan, Michael, LT, (1970-1991) BT BT-4503 Petty Officer First Class
O'Neal, Gary, PO1, (1971-1979) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Smith, David, PO1, (1971-1977) AQ AQ-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Adams, Steve, PO2, (1975-1979) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Agrait, Jorge A, PO2, (1973-1978) ABH ABH-7011 Petty Officer Second Class
Applebee, Michael, PO1, (1972-1991) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Austin, Kenneth, SCPO, (1973-1993) ET ET-1502 Petty Officer Second Class
Bair, Gregory, LT, (1965-1992) OS OS-0319 Petty Officer Second Class
Ballard, Scott, PO2, (1974-1978) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Berezuk, Peter, PO2, (1970-1974) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Berndt, Gary, PO2, (1975-1980) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
BIALEK, RAYMOND, PO2, (1971-1975) AB ABF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cassel, Glenn, PO1, (1973-1993) OFF 000X Petty Officer Second Class
Cassel AMH1(AW) USN, Glenn, PO1, (1973-1993) AM AM-7212 Petty Officer Second Class
Chaffee, Gerald, PO2, (1971-1977) ETR ETR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Charland, William, PO2, (1973-1978) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Coats, Don, CPO, (1971-1991) AM AM-8377 Petty Officer Second Class
Collier, Alton, PO2, (1970-1976) AT AT-6611 Petty Officer Second Class
Cook, John, PO2, (1975-1979) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Day, Dan, PO2, (1972-1979) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Dreiling, Steve, PO2, (1970-1976) RM RM-23TA Petty Officer Second Class
Dusett, Richard, CPO, (1968-1989) MS MS-3529 Petty Officer Second Class
Eck, Leland, PO2, (1970-1974) AC AC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Fary, Lawrence, PO2, (1973-1977) HT HT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Frazier, Robert, PO2, (1974-1978) AO AO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Glenn, Allen, CPO, (1971-1992) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Golden, Murray, PO2, (1972-1978) ET ET-1436 Petty Officer Second Class
Griesman, Michael, SCPO, (1972-1993) AC AC-6902 Petty Officer Second Class
Griffith, Scott, MCPO, (1969-1994) CT CT-9169 Petty Officer Second Class
Grondahl, David, SCPO, (1973-1993) HT HT-4955 Petty Officer Second Class
Hanna, Stanley, LCDR, (1972-1993) AT AT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hickel, Brian, PO2, (1973-1977) AS AS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Jones, David, MCPO, (1974-1994) MM MM-4283 Petty Officer Second Class
Kemmerer, Stephen, PO2, (1973-1978) EM EM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Knight, Dana, PO2, (1974-1980) AQ AQF-8324 Petty Officer Second Class
Lance, Leonard, PO2, (1974-1975) HM HM-8482 Petty Officer Second Class

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