Minton, Joseph, LCDR

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Current/Last Primary NEC
644X-Limited Duty Officer - Information Warfare/Cryptology
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
2001-2004, 644X, COMNAVSECGRU
Previously Held NEC
CTI-9211-Basic Chinese (Mandarin) Linguist
CTI-9201-Basic Russian Linguist
CT-9134-Subsurface Augmentee Operator
Service Years
1975 - 2004
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Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
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Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Navy Chief Initiated

Order of the Golden Dragon LDO/CWO

 Military Association Memberships
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)American LegionMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)Dept of South Carolina
United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)
  1985, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2001, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Dept of South Carolina (Member) (Lexington, South Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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  1983-1983, CT-9134, USS Spadefish (SSN-668)

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Petty Officer First Class

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 USS Spadefish (SSN-668) Details

USS Spadefish (SSN-668)
Hull number SSN-668

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USS Spadefish (SSN-668) on her sea trials off Virginiain 1969.

USS Spadefish (SSN-668), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for thespadefish, a spiny-finned fish found in coastal waters of the western Atlantic from Cuba to Cape Cod.

The contract to build Spadefish was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport NewsVirginia, on 9 March 1965 and her keel was laid down there on 21 December 1966. She was launched on 15 May 1968, sponsored by Mrs. Charles T. Booth, and commissioned on 14 August 1969 withLieutenant Commander George M. Henson in command.

Spadefish was assigned Norfolk, Virginia, as her home port, and it remained her home port throughout her career. She was attached to Submarine Squadron 6.

Following shakedown in the Atlantic OceanSpadefish underwent post-shakedown repairs and alterations at Newport News from April to June 1970 and in July 1970 participated in antisubmarine warfareexercises in the North Atlantic Ocean. After returning to her home portNorfolk, Virginia, she deployed in the Atlantic from October to December 1970 and then returned to Norfolk for upkeep.

On 18 February 1971, Spadefish got underway for her second deployment in the Atlantic, visiting FaslaneScotland, before returning to Norfolk on 18 April 1971. She operated in the Norfolk area for the remainder of 1971, participating in antisubmarine warfare exercises and attack submarine training.

In 1972, Spadefish participated in training operations in the Norfolk area until deploying in the Atlantic from June to August, visiting Holy Loch, Scotland, before returning to Norfolk. She again deployed in the Atlantic on 10 October 1972 and returned to Norfolk on 17 December 1972.

Through June 1973, Spadefish operated out of Norfolk along theUnited States East Coast. She conducted independent exercises, afleet ballistic missile submarine security exercise, and independent attack submarine training. In May and June 1973, she supportedCruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 8 in an Atlantic readiness exercise and a sea control exercise. At the end of June 1973, she spent a week at the Isle of Portland in England, and, in July 1973, returned to the U.S. East Coast. At the beginning of September 1973, she commenced a major overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard inPortsmouth, Virginia.

Spadefish completed overhaul in July 1974 and resumed operations along the U.S. East Coast.

Spadefish completed two deployments to the Persian Gulf in 1995 and 1996, crossing the equator on both occasions. The 1996 deployment began at Pier 21 in Norfolk and ended at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in BremertonWashington

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USS Spadefish (SSN-668)

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Valendo, Eugene, LCDR, (1973-1998) OFF 161X Ensign
Hay, Gregory, CPO, (1971-1994) MM MM-3366 Chief Petty Officer
Littleton, Charlie, CPO, (1973-2003) EM EM-3364 Chief Petty Officer
Stalcup, Richard, LT, (1974-1996) RM RM-23JS Chief Petty Officer
Baumgardner, Joe, PO1, (1979-1987) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Judy, James, CWO2, (1973-1999) YN YN-2526 Petty Officer First Class
Sidlovsky, John, PO1, (1978-1988) ET ET-3353 Petty Officer First Class
Adams, Donald, PO1, (1982-2002) IC IC-4731 Petty Officer Second Class
Barnett, Sammy, PO2, (1983-1992) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Crego, Alan, PO2, (1981-1987) ET ET-14BF Petty Officer Second Class
Gnandt, Martin, PO1, (2003-2010) MM MM-4245 Petty Officer Second Class
Page, Robert, SCPO, (1977-2004) MM MM-4230 Petty Officer Second Class
White, Bob, SCPO, (1982-2003) ND ND-5345 Petty Officer Second Class
Burnette, David, MCPO, (1980-2003) EM EM-3354 Petty Officer Third Class
Crabb, David, CPO, (1979-2011) CS CS-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Petrosky, John, S1c, (1977-1983) FTM FTM-1189 Seaman First Class
Szymczak, Robert, CWO3, (1970-1991) SK Chief Petty Officer
Odell, Jim, CPO, (1966-1988) Petty Officer First Class
Wszolek, Christopher, CPO, (1978-1998) Petty Officer First Class
Cubbedge, Carlon, LT, (1978-1999) FT Petty Officer Second Class
Golson, LV, CPO, (1975-1997) Petty Officer Second Class
McGinn, Michael, SCPO, (1982-2010) Petty Officer Second Class

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