Carter, John, CPO

Data Systems Technician
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Data Systems Technician
Primary Unit
1997-2000, DS-1615, Fleet Technical Support Center (FTSCPAC)
Previously Held NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
DS-1684-CG/CGN/DDG CDS Upgrade Data Display Technician
DS-1636-AN/UYK4 Computer Maintenance
DS-1622-CDS Upgrade Computer/Peripheral Maintenance Technician
DS-1615-Shipboard Tactical Data Systems Technician
Service Years
1969 - 2000
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Ditch
Order of the Magellan
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Emerald Shellback
Panama Canal
DS-Data Systems Technician
Five Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Navy Chief Initiated

Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary




 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Providing technical support to the Fleet in the areas of CDS/ACDS, AEGIS Link, and CEC.
   
Other Comments:
Not Specified
   
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Vietnam War
From Month/Year
January / 1960
To Month/Year
June / 1973

Description
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1969
To Month/Year
December / 1970
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Swift Boat Snipe, Stationed at II CORP, NAS Qui Nhon, Republic of Vietnam.


Memories
Standing perimeter tower watches as a young scared EM3 with M-60 and M-14 for company. Repairing Damaged PCF's (electrical Systems) after combat damage.

   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Adkins, Terry, PO3, (1967-1976)
  • Akin, James, PO1, (1964-1975)
  • ALBERT, ROBERT, PO3, (1966-1970)
  • Alberts, Dennis, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Alcorn, Wendell R, CAPT, (1961-1992)
  • Alston, Rodger, PO3, (1964-1970)
  • Amborn, Lloyd, CAPT, (1965-1995)
  • Anderson, Dale, PO2, (1965-1971)
  • Anderson, James, MCPO, (1963-1993)
  • Anderson, Jr., George D., CPO, (1953-1973)
  • Andreasen, Earnest, PO3, (1965-1969)
  • Antonen, James, PO2, (1967-1976)
  • Armstrong, Rodger, CWO4, (1956-1979)
  • Arnell, Michael, SCPO, (1968-2006)
  • Arnold, Charles, FN, (1966-1969)
  • Arrans, Guy, PO3, (1965-1968)
  • Arsenault, Rick, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Arthur, Stanley R., ADM, (1957-1995)
  • Asmussen, William, LCDR, (1966-1988)
  • Awalt, William, PO1, (1964-1972)
  • Backer, Leroy, PO1, (1978-1992)
  • Bacon, Lester, SN, (1970-1974)
  • Bailey, Jerry, MCPO, (1968-1998)
  • Baker, Fred, SCPO, (1970-1994)
  • Barden, William, PO2, (1959-1963)
  • Barker, Jr., Virgil, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Barnes, Robert, SCPO, (1968-1996)
  • Bassett, Jim, PO3, (1971-1975)
  • Bassett, Michael, PO2, (1963-1972)
  • Baumbach, David, SCPO, (1968-1990)
  • Beach, Stanley, CAPT, (1953-1987)
  • Beamer, George P., CAPT, (1963-1993)
  • Behnke, Michael, MCPO, (1965-1992)
  • Belk III, John, PO2, (1968-1971)
  • Bell, Lyle, SN, (1974-1976)
  • BELL, RICHARD(RICH), PO2, (1971-1976)
  • BELL, ROGER, SN, (1966-1968)
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