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Chamblis, Ron (Gunner), LT.
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Last Address Detroit, Michigan
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Last Known Activity Lt. (j.g.) Ron Chamblis, a 19-year Navy veteran and former NCO, from Detroit, Mich., said when things get tense, some young sailors get depressed, some get a little scared and some get a little nervous. To keep morale high, Chamblis said, you get them all together and talk to them. "You say, 'Hey this is the world situation at the present time. We're all familiar with our jobs. We know what we have to do. We're going to do it with the best performance. You guys are the best.'"
Other Comments: Chamblis was a great leader especially during the time of war. I'll never forget him! He was the one who first called me "Kez" because he got tired of me correcting peoples pronounciation of my last name. I'd always scream at them saying, "Kez-Kez...not Quez" For some reason Chamblis always called me "Preacher", I never really acted like one but when I asked him why he called me that he said, "I have a got feeling you're going to preach. I can feel it." Boy was he on target...and I didn't realize it then!
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).
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.