Wilson, Christian, ETC

Electronics Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer (E-7)
Current/Last Primary Designator/NEC
ET-1436-Crypto Equipment TSEC/KWR-37 and TSEC/KG-14
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1985-1987, ET-1436, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Previously Held Designator/NEC
ETR-0000-Electronics Technician Communications
ET-1442-KG-30 Family Limited Maintenance Technician
NC-9585-Navy Recruiter Canvasser
ET-1436-Crypto Equipment TSEC/KWR-37 and TSEC/KG-14
Service Years
1966 - 1987
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Plank Owner
Suez Canal
ET-Electronics Technician
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Recruiting Command of Excellence


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Veteran




 Military Association Memberships
Navy League of the United StatesPost 4273, Sandy Post
  1993, Navy League of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1995, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4273, Sandy Post (Past Commander) (Sandy, Oregon) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Worked in the civilian power supply industry for a while and then worked as a Oregon state civilian tech working on federal contracts for the Army National Guard for 17 years.  Currently Retired. Occasionally TV Extra for Grimm series and background actor for a few movies. Also own and operate a small internet business, Veterans Internet Service ( http://vets-internet.com/ ).
 
   
Other Comments:
Member of:
 
Columbia River Camaro Club
Multnomah Hot Rod Council
Oregon Zoo Foundation
Western Oregon Radio Club
ARRL
K7YVO (K7YVO.com)
Veterans Internet Service LLC
Gresham Eagles
Life Member Sandy VFW 4273
Life Member Navy League
 
   
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Egyptian Air Intercept of Achille Lauro Terrorists (Egypt)
Start Year
1985
End Year
1985

Description
On October 7, 1985, four men representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian MS Achille Lauro liner off the coast of Egypt, as she was sailing from Alexandria to Ashdod, Israel. The hijacking was organized by Muhammad Zaidan, leader of the PLF. One 69-year-old Jewish American man in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, was murdered by the hijackers and thrown overboard.

Hijacking
On October 7, 1985, four PLF militants hijacked Achille Lauro off Egypt. The hijackers had been surprised by a crew member and acted prematurely. Holding the passengers and crew hostage, they directed the vessel to sail to Tartus, Syria, and demanded the release of 50 Palestinians then in Israeli prisons.

As many of the hostages were American tourists, U.S. President Ronald Reagan deployed the Navy's SEAL Team Six and Delta Force to stand-by and prepare for a possible rescue attempt to free the vessel from its hijackers.

On October 8, after being refused permission by the Syrian government to dock at Tartus, the hijackers murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a retired, wheelchair-bound Jewish American businessman, shooting him multiple times. They then had the ship's barber and a waiter throw his body and wheelchair overboard. Klinghoffer's wife, Marilyn, who did not witness the shooting, was told by the hijackers that he had been moved to the infirmary. She only learned the truth after the hijackers left the ship at Port Said. PLO Foreign Secretary Farouq Qaddumi later denied that the hijackers were responsible for the murder, and suggested that Marilyn had killed her husband for insurance money. Over a decade later, in April 1996, PLF leader Muhammad Zaidan accepted responsibility, and in 1997, the PLO reached a financial settlement with the Klinghoffer family.

Achille Lauro headed back towards Port Said, and after two days of negotiations, the hijackers agreed to abandon the liner in exchange for safe conduct. They were flown towards Tunisia aboard an Egyptian commercial airliner.

Aftermath
The Egyptian airliner carrying the hijackers was intercepted by F-14 Tomcats from the VF-74 "BeDevilers" and the VF-103 "Sluggers" of Carrier Air Wing 17, based on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and directed to land at Naval Air Station Sigonella (a NATO air base in Sicily) under the orders of U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger; there, the hijackers were arrested by the Italian Carabinieri after a disagreement between American and Italian authorities. The other passengers on the plane (including Zaidan) were allowed to continue on to their destination, despite protests by the United States. Egypt demanded an apology from the U.S. for forcing the airplane off course.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1985
To Year
1985
 
Last Updated:
Mar 30, 2009
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

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