Bateman, Tom, GMM1

Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
GMM-0986-TERRIER GMLS MK-10 Mods-0 & 7 Maintenance Tech
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
Primary Unit
1985-1989, GM-0986, Standby Reserve - Inactive
Previously Held NEC
00-0000-Unknown NEC Rating
GMM-0000-Gunner's Mate Missiles
GM-0986-TERRIER GMLS MK-10 Mods-0 & 7 Maintenance Tech
Service Years
1976 - 1989
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Neptune Subpoena
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Shellback
Panama Canal
Persian Excursion
Safari To Suez
Suez Canal
Voice Edition
GMM-Gunner's Mate M (Missiles)
Two Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Persian Gulf Yacht Club

Cold War Medal Persian Excursion Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

GONZO Station Yacht Club Did the Ditch (Suez Canal) Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

 Military Association Memberships
National Rifle Association (NRA)Association of Gunner's MatesUnited States Naval InstituteVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
United States Navy Memorial United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
  1982, National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  1998, Association of Gunner's Mates [Verified]
  1998, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1999, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2005, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Network Architect for Wayne County Airport Authority, the entity that manages the Detroit Metropolitain Airport and Willow Run Airport.
Other Comments:
I am the webmaster of the USS Preble (DLG-15/DDG-46) website.  Stop on by and visit.

I am also the Cruiser Archive Manager at  An expansive website which provides a photographic history of every United States Navy vessel.
 Countries Deployed To or Visited

Countries Visited

Svalbard Spain United States of America Antarctica South Georgia Falkland Islands Bolivia Peru Ecuador Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname French Guiana Brazil Paraguay Uruguay Argentina Chile Greenland Canada United States of America United States of America Israel Jordan Cyprus Qatar United Arab Emirates Oman Yemen Saudia Arabia Iraq Afghanistan Turkmenistan Iran Syria Singapore China Mongolia Papua New Guinea Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Malaysia Tiawan Philippines Vietnam Cambodia Laos Thailand Burma Bangladesh Sri Lanka India Bhutan Nepal Pakistan Afghanistan Turkmenistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Japan North Korea South Korea Russia Kazakhstan Russia Montenegro Portugal Azerbaijan Armenia Georgia Ukraine Moldova Belarus Romania Bulgaria Macedonia Serbia Bosonia & Herzegovina Turkey Greece Albania Croatia Hungary Slovakia Slovenia Malta Spain Portugal Spain France Italy Italy Austria Switzerland Belgium France Ireland United Kingdom Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Russia Poland Czech Republic Germany Denmark The Netherlands Iceland El Salvador Guatemala Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Belize Mexico Trinidad & Tobago Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica The Bahamas Cuba Vanuatu Australia Solomon Islands Fiji New Caledonia New Zealand Eritrea Ethiopia Djibouti Somalia Kenya Uganda Tanzania Rwanda Burundi Madagascar Namibia Botswana South Africa Lesotho Swaziland Zimbabwe Mozambique Malawi Zambia Angola Democratic Repbulic of Congo Republic of Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Central African Republic Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Burkina Fassu Cote d'Ivoire Liberia Sierra Leone Guinea Guinea Bissau The Gambia Senegal Mali Mauritania Niger Western Sahara Sudan Chad Egypt Libya Tunisia Morocco Algeria
Map Legend:

ArubaAustraliaBahrainBarbadosBahamas, TheBelizeBrazilCanadaCubaEgyptFranceGibraltarHaitiHondurasBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryItalyJamaicaMonacoMexicoNetherlands AntillesPanamaPuerto RicoSaint Kitts and NevisSingaporeSpainSaint LuciaUnited StatesBritish Virgin IslandsVirgin IslandsHoly See (Vatican City)

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  1978-1982, GM-0986, USS Preble (DDG-46)

GM-Gunner's Mate

From Month/Year
November / 1978

To Month/Year
June / 1982

USS Preble (DDG-46) Unit Page

Petty Officer First Class

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 USS Preble (DDG-46) Details

USS Preble (DDG-46)
The USS PREBLE (DDG-46) was the fifth ship to be named in honor of Commodore Edward Preble. PREBLE was commissioned on May 9, 1960 as DLG-15 and was one of the first ships built from the keel up to fire Terrier guided missiles.

Surface Vessels


Parent Unit
Farragut-class (1959-1993)

Destroyer Guided Missile

Created/Owned By
GMM Bateman, Tom (Batman), GMM1 314 

Last Updated: Sep 5, 2016
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends

Dave "Vito" Verone
Larry Works
Gerald "Geek" Franzen
Tim Hartmann
William "Bubba" Stevan

Best Moment
Home port Pearl Harbor...


Worst Moment
Getting in an accident with the ship's van the day before my discharge and getting a ticket.

Chain of Command
CAPT Bailey/CDR Stone - Commanding Officer
?/LCDR Anderson - Weapons Officer
LT Derry/Ens Butler - Division Officer 
GMCS Relyea/FTCS Julian - LCPO
GMM1 "DJ" England/GMM1 Keith Lender - LPO


Other Memories
Condition 3 steaming in the Persian Gulf - port/stbd watches (12 hrs) in the Missile House + 4 hours as Engagement Controller in Combat. Sand Storms in the middle of the Persian Gulf. Collateral duty as Accountable Postal Clerk when the PC transferred. After Steering Special Evolution Helmsman for 3 years. Frocked to PO1 after 4 years 10 months in the Navy.

My Photos For This Duty Station
Russian DDG in the IO
Bird away!
Missile onload - 2
107 Members Also There at Same Time
USS Preble (DDG-46)

Relyea, Cris, MCPO, (1963-1993) GM GM-0986 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Hartmann, Timothy, CPO, (1978-1998) GM GM-0986 Petty Officer Second Class
Jones, Michael, CPO, (1965-1987) GM GM-0876 Petty Officer First Class
Shunk, Allen, CPO, (1976-2000) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Butherus, Robert, CDR, (1976-1996) OFF 000X Lieutenant Commander
Gano, Richard, CDR, (1965-1989) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Green, Kevin, VADM, (1967-2004) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Holly, Nelson, CDR, (1973-1995) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Bildhauer, Fred, CWO3, (1963-1984) OFF 718X Chief Warrant Officer 3
Huddleston, Robert, SCPO, (1961-1982) ET ET-1444 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Robertson, Dave, MCPO, (1960-1985) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Robertson, Dave, MCPO, (1960-1985) RM RM-2319 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Adams, John, MCPO, (1969-1991) FT FTM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Eldridge Sr., Paul, CWO4, (1965-1987) HT HT-4955 Chief Petty Officer
Jablonski, Charles, CPO, (1978-1998) OS OS-0317 Chief Petty Officer
McAlister, Steven, CPO, (1975-1997) QM QM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Van Gaasbeck, Charles, MCPO, (1963-1990) FC FC-1138 Chief Petty Officer
Fox, Tim, MCPO, (1965-1998) ET ET-1427 Petty Officer First Class
Glendenning, Steve, SCPO, (1972-1998) OS OS-0318 Petty Officer First Class
Jennings, Julius, PO1, (1973-1992) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Matroni, Harold, CPO, (1972-2000) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
McManus II, William, PO1, (1976-1982) FC FC-1138 Petty Officer First Class
McPhillips, William, PO1, (1976-1982) ST ST-0459 Petty Officer First Class
Potter, Fred, CPO, (1979-1999) BT BT-4532 Petty Officer First Class
Ryle, Joe, CPO, (1973-1996) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Shelton, Calvin, PO1, (1972-1982) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer First Class
Sisk, Steven, CPO, (1963-1994) IC IC-4721 Petty Officer First Class
Walker, Daniel, SCPO, (1975-1997) OS OS-0321 Petty Officer First Class
Archut, Bill, PO1, (1976-1999) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Auer, Ken, PO2, (1975-1979) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Bengel, Barry, PO1, (1980-1986) EW EW-1763 Petty Officer Second Class
Coldren, Paul, PO2, (1975-1982) DS DS-1616 Petty Officer Second Class
Coleman, Mike, PO2, (1977-1985) BT BT-4513 Petty Officer Second Class
Collins, Marvin, LCDR, (1978-2008) OS OS-0321 Petty Officer Second Class
Eichler, Glen, PO2 SH SH-3122 Petty Officer Second Class
ESPOSITO, BILL, PO2, (1977-1984) ETN ETR-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Foster, Gerald, CPO, (1978-1993) MM MM-4294 Petty Officer Second Class
Garrett, Raymond, PO1, (1980-2000) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Garrett, Raymond, PO1, (1980-2000) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hartman, Teddy, PO2, (1975-1980) GMG GMG-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hayes, Brian, PO1, (1982-1993) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hopkins, Mark, LCDR, (1975-1994) OS OS-0318 Petty Officer Second Class
Jones, Bobby, SCPO, (1973-1995) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kirkpatrick, Tracy, PO2, (1978-1982) OS OS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Kunzi, Mike, CPO, (1974-1992) FC FC-1155 Petty Officer Second Class
Leahey, Patrick, PO2, (1974-1994) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Madill, James, PO2, (1975-1979) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Moorhouse, Thomas, PO2, (1973-1979) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Olsen, Raymond, PO2, (1977-1980) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Pate, Edward, PO2, (1980-1986) ET ET-1503 Petty Officer Second Class
Peel, John, PO1, (1974-1980) DS DS-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Phillips, David, PO1 FT FT-1165 Petty Officer Second Class
Platte, Mark, PO1, (1978-1986) ST ST-0459 Petty Officer Second Class
Schutt, Jeff, PO2, (1981-1986) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Stevan, William, PO2, (1977-1983) FC FC-1163 Petty Officer Second Class
Thomure, Bruce, PO2, (1979-1983) RM RM-2342 Petty Officer Second Class
Watkins, John, PO2, (1979-1988) PN PN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Armstrong, Daniel, PO1, (1975-1995) BT BT-4511 Petty Officer Third Class
Brockway, Erick, PO1, (1978-2010) BT BT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class

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