Doug joined the Navy in September 1966 and did boot in Great Lakes. He arrived onboard the Canopus in Holy Loch in 1975 and was assigned initially to the A Division Hydraulic Shop. Later when the Canopus went into the Charleston Navy Shipyard in 1976, Doug as re-assigned to the SOAP team. When in Rota he was in the R-9 Division Valve Shop. He departed the ship in August 1979.
During his career he also served on the USS Pandemus ARL-18, USS Tutuila ARG-4, USS San Diego AFS-6 and USS Hunley AS-31 (we won't hold that against him). He retired in October 1986 as an ENC.
When serving he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Vietnam Service Medal.
Doug currently resides in Charleston with his wife Carol, who was also in the Navy and retired as a SKC. His passion is everything Ford Motor Company. He owns a 1930 Model A since 1965 and a 1930 Speedster.
Doug has attended many of the reunions with Carol since the very first 1999 Charleston and has an endless number of sea stores. One of his many favorites is about how he got a Congressional investigation into the 1976 Canopus overhaul at the Charleston Shipyard that did not go well. Here is his chit and the resulting documents:
He is also proud of his Letter of Appreciation that he received from Captain Griffith:
As can be seen from the following photos, Doug is one of our more colorful shipmates at the reunions.