Sterling, Forest, YNC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1947-1948, YN-0000, USS Redfish (SS-395)
Service Years
1930 - 1956
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Five Hash Marks

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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Gulfport, MS

Date of Passing
May 22, 2002
Location of Interment
Biloxi National Cemetery - Biloxi, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Navy Chief Initiated

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Chief Sterling is the author of the book "Wake Of The Wahoo".  This was the first Navy book I ever read and I think it's still one of the best.  I can't count how may times I've read it over the years.  It's a great enlisted man's view of life aboard one of WWII's most daring submarines, USS Wahoo (SS-238).  I would highly recommend this book to anyone, submariner or not. 
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1930, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Advancement Schools and CoursesUSS Holland (AS-3)USS Barracuda (SS-163)USS Nautilus (SS-168)
US NavyUSS Canopus (AS-9)USS Silversides (SS-236)USS Wahoo (SS-238)
USS Sailfish (SS-192)School Assignments - StaffUSS Seal (SS-183)USS Tusk (SS-426)
USS Redfish (SS-395)
  1930-1930, RM-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1931-1933, RM-0000, USS Holland (AS-3)
  1933-1934, RM-0000, USS Barracuda (SS-163)
  1934-1935, RM-0000, USS Nautilus (SS-168)
  1935-1936, RM-0000, USS S-40 (SS-145)
  1936-1937, RM-0000, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1937-1942, Broken Service
  1942-1942, YN-0000, USS Silversides (SS-236)
  1942-1943, YN-0000, USS Wahoo (SS-238)
  1943-1943, YN-0000, USS Sailfish (SS-192)
  1943-1944, YN-0000, Stenography School
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS John Land (AP-167)
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Comet (AP-166)
  1944-1944, YN-0000, USS Comet (AP-166)
  1944-1945, YN-0000, USS Seal (SS-183)
  1946-1947, YN-0000, USS Tusk (SS-426)
  1947-1948, YN-0000, USS Redfish (SS-395)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
  1956-1958, Others/Not Listed
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