Smith, William, ABE3

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Launch & Recovery
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Current Service Status
USNR Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
ABE-7004-C-13 Mod 1 Catapult
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Boatswain's Mate Launch & Recovery
Primary Unit
1981-1984, ABE-7004, USS America (CV-66)
Previously Held NEC
00E-Unknown NEC/Rate
AB-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate
ABE-0000-Aviation Boatswain's Mate Launch/Recovery
Service Years
1980 - 1991
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Shellback
Suez Canal
ABE-Aviation Boatswain's Launch & Recovery
Two Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge US Coast Guard Honorable Discharge US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge

Cold War Medal USCG Cutterman Pin Cold War Veteran GONZO Station Yacht Club

Did the Ditch (Suez Canal)

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Deployment - Mediterranean (MED) Cruise '83
From Month/Year
January / 1983
To Month/Year
December / 1983

A Mediterranean Cruise is a ship's deployment from her home port, usually lasting between 5 and 8 months. Ships visit different ports such as Athens, Istanbul, Izmir, Naples, Livorno and Gibralter . The ships hosted foreign militaries, performed numerous underway replenishments-at-sea and conducted general quarters drills, fire drills and maritime patrols.
US Navy provides during these deployments provocative "freedom of navigation" operations, known as FONOPS, that send warships into the disputed areas around the world on any given year.
Any cruise is hazardous with sailors injured or killed during flight, refueling, ordnance, operations or weather; day or night. Foriegn military vessels threatening by fast approach to ramming. Often at times ships are endangered by low fly overs from hostile aircraft.

My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1983
To Month/Year
December / 1983
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
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  25 Also There at This Battle:
  • Alston, Rick, PO1, (1975-1995)
  • Bednarz, Andrew, PO3, (1981-1985)
  • Campoli, Thomas, PO2, (1981-1994)
  • Chase, Robert, PO1, (1978-1998)
  • Coello, Jorge, FN, (1981-1985)
  • Colpaert, Joseph, MCPO, (1978-2001)
  • Croteau, Michael, PO2, (1981-1992)
  • Furr, Mickey, CDR, (1973-2005)
  • Glidden, Morris, SN, (1978-1983)
  • Goodwin, Dennis, PO2, (1980-1992)
  • Harrell, Douglas, PO3, (1980-1985)
  • Hill, Andy, LCDR, (1976-2004)
  • Hurst, Christopher, CPO, (1981-2005)
  • Jacobs, Mark, PO1, (1981-2002)
  • Maxwell, Doug, MCPO, (1974-2004)
  • Moore, William, LT, (1977-1986)
  • Paine, William, LT, (1981-1994)
  • Skinner, Howard, LCDR, (1966-1991)
  • Springer, Kimeth, MCPO, (1981-2003)
  • Stubblefield, Allen, CDR, (1980-2005)
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