Pappa, Edward, BT1

Boiler Technician
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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Current/Last Primary NEC
BT-9512-3-M System Coordinator
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Boiler Technician
Primary Unit
1995-2000, BT-0000, Shore Intermediate Maintenance Facility (SIMA), NRMF Newport
Previously Held NEC
BT-0000-Boiler Technician
BT-4512-Automatic Combustion Control (Hagen) Maintenanceman
BT-4524-Steam Propulsion Advanced Maintenance Technician (Phase I)
BT-9573-SNAP II Ship System Coordinator
Service Years
1980 - 2000
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Desert Storm
Great Lakes
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Emerald Shellback
Order of the Golden Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Order of the Horned Shellback
Panama Canal
Suez Canal
BT-Boiler Technician
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Recruit Company Commander Master Training Specialist ComSixthFleet Firefighter

US Navy Retired 20 Command Master at Arms

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback Cold War Medal

Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order Of The Lakes Order of the Emerald Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran Did the Ditch (Suez Canal) Maritime Warfare Excellence Award

Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) Ship Safety Award Efficiency Excellence Award

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

NEO - Operation Sharp Edge (Liberia)
From Month/Year
August / 1990
To Month/Year
January / 1991

Operation Sharp Edge was a non-combatant evacuation operation carried out by the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) and 26th MEU of the United States Marine Corps in Liberia in 1990 and 1991. The MEUs were supported by U.S. Navy Amphibious Readiness Group including USS Saipan (LHA-2), USS Ponce (LPD 15), USS Sumter (LST 1181), Fleet Surgical Team TWO and the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969).
The 22nd MEU was composed of Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion 4th Marines (ground combat element), HMM-261 (REIN) (aviation combat element) and MSSG-22 (logistics combat element).

Company "H" of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines executed a pre-dawn vertical envelopment of the besieged U.S. Embassy, with 237 Marines inserted via medium and heavy lift Marine CH-53E Super Stallion and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. The landing zones were under sporadic fire from light, medium and heavy weapons from belligerents. "Hotel" Company secured an extended perimeter around the U.S. Embassy and began evacuation of other allied embassies. Ground elements were supported by U.S. Marine AH-1T SuperCobra helicopters and Marine AV-8B Harrier II attack aircraft. Simultaneously, elements of BLT 2/4 secured landing zones in the surrounding areas, extracting U.S. and foreign nationals. Non-combatants were flown off to the USS Saipan (LHA-2) and USS Ponce(LPD-15) for processing and ultimately Freetown, Sierra Leone. Although BLT 2/4 conducted the initial entry into the embassy, the Marines of BLT 3/8 with 26th MEU arrived on station and continued with the evacuation operations as the 22nd MEU began its retrograde and departure.

Following the initial 20 August 1990 evacuation by the 22nd MEU and her support elements, the MEU was relieved by the Company "K" and a detachment of Headquarters and Support (H&S) personnel of the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment (designated as Battalion Landing Team 3/8), a part of the 26th MEU 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on the US Whidbey Island (LSD-41). Also present were embarked service support group elements from the MEU command element, as well as the USS Barnstable County, which was used to ferry evacuees out of Monrovia. Remaining on station for the next 121 days, the Marines and sailors of the USS Whidbey Island evacuated over 1000 civilian personnel from Monrovia, most of whom were subsequently transprted to Freetown, Sierra Leone aboard the accompanying USS Barnstable County (LST). The 26th MEU was relieved by FAST Company 5th Platoon of the Marine Corps circa December, 1990, when the USS Whidbey Island and her embarked troops steamed to the Mediterranean in anticipated support of the growing Operation Desert Shield.. All told, the 26 MEU and 22 MEU evacuated a total of 2,439 people between the summer of 1990 and 9 January 1991.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
August / 1990
To Month/Year
December / 1990
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  228 Also There at This Battle:
  • Anderson, Robert (dba Bob), CPO, (1984-2005)
  • Ault, Dale, CWO4, (1972-1996)
  • Austin, Richard, PO1, (1978-1998)
  • Badillo, Rick, PO1, (1987-2011)
  • Balducci, Frank, PO2, (1987-1994)
  • Barr, Robert, LCDR, (1985-2007)
  • Batten, Stephen, CPO, (1979-2004)
  • Bedingfield, James, PO1, (1988-2008)
  • Bell, Dale, PO1, (1985-1998)
  • Berry, Steve, MCPO, (1978-2008)
  • Black, Norman, CPO, (1988-2012)
  • Bonner, Antonio, LT, (1979-2006)
  • Booth, Jason, PO2, (1988-1994)
  • Boswell, Douglas, MCPO, (1981-2007)
  • Broncy, William, PO2, (1995-2012)
  • Broussard, Roger, CPO, (1977-1998)
  • Browning, Merrell, CPO, (1982-2006)
  • Bruns, Dwayne, CMC, (1979-2008)
  • Buchmann, Mark, PO2, (1986-1992)
  • Buell, Lance, PO1, (1986-2006)
  • Bueno, Rafael, PO1, (1988-2008)
  • Burch, Randall, LCDR, (1985-1997)
  • Burns, LaRon, LTJG, (1988-Present)
  • Burslie, Michael, SCPO, (1989-2015)
  • Caldwell, Stephen, SCPO, (1976-1999)
  • CARIUS, ROY, PO1, (1989-2007)
  • Carter, Ron, CPO, (1988-2010)
  • Cash, Jesse, SCPO, (1987-2007)
  • Cash, Tierian, CAPT, (1981-2008)
  • Cervi, Joe, LT, (1987-2007)
  • Clark, Harold, CPO, (1973-1993)
  • Cloaninger, William, CWO4, (1988-Present)
  • Cogar, Joe, SCPO, (1988-2008)
  • Collett, Rob, LCDR, (1989-Present)
  • Compton, Jimmy, CWO4, (1978-2009)
  • Conklin, Bob, FORCM, (1969-2004)
  • Costello, Rob, LCDR, (1980-2000)
  • Courtois, Robert, SCPO, (1989-2007)
  • Cover, William, SCPO, (1966-1999)
  • Cruz, Richard, PO1, (1990-2006)
  • Cunningham, Adam, PO1, (1986-2006)
  • Deakin, Dan, LT, (1981-1993)
  • DeLuisi, Edward, PO2, (1987-1993)
  • DeSantiago, Victor, PO1, (1987-2007)
  • Dickson, Patrick, PO1, (1989-2007)
  • Divens, Timothy, PO1, (1989-2005)
  • Dowlen, James, CPO, (1981-2005)
  • Drake, Timothy, CPO, (1987-Present)
  • Duncan, David, PO1, (1972-1995)
  • Edwards, John, PO1, (1976-1996)
  • Eller, John, CPO, (1985-2002)
  • Elliott, Norman, PO1, (1989-2009)
  • Ergus, Paul, PO1, (1988-2007)
  • Fahey, Larry, MCPO, (1979-2011)
  • Feliciano, Rodney, MCPO, (1984-2014)
  • Floyd, John, PO1, (1978-1998)
  • Forrest, Tom, CAPT, (1986-2015)
  • Franklin, Jr., Johnny, CPO, (1987-2011)
  • Frost, Peter, PO1, (1989-2009)
  • Fuchs, Merl, LCDR, (1979-2001)
  • Gamble, Rodney, PO1, (1989-2005)
  • Gardner, Mark, PO1, (1972-1997)
  • Glosson, Mark, CPO, (1977-1998)
  • Green, Brian, PO3, (1990-1996)
  • Hale, David, MCPO, (1977-2003)
  • Hale, Gregory, PO2, (1981-1992)
  • Hampton, Leslie, PO1, (1989-2009)
  • Harden, Maurice, SCPO, (1986-Present)
  • Harvey, Peter, PO1, (1985-2005)
  • Hazen, Michael, PO1, (1981-Present)
  • Henry, Jonathan, PO1, (1990-2010)
  • Herrick, Craig, CAPT, (1985-2013)
  • Hildebrandt, Randy, PO2, (1989-1999)
  • Hopkins, Don, MCPO, (1975-2005)
  • Howard, Bryan, PO1, (1987-2007)
  • Hudgens, Patrick, PO1, (1986-1997)
  • Hurst, Brian, CPO, (1981-2004)
  • Hutchens, Duane, CPO, (1988-2008)
  • Isler, Brian, CPO, (1987-2011)
  • Jack, Philip, PO2, (1988-1994)
  • James, Robert, CAPT, (1968-1996)
  • Jeffcott, Joseph, CPO, (1989-Present)
  • Jimenez, Andres, PO1, (1988-2009)
  • Joaquin, Branton, LCDR, (1984-2011)
  • Johnson, Louis, PO2, (1982-2002)
  • Keefover, Ken, CPO, (1982-2010)
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