Here is his bio:
I enlisted in February 1968 and following boot camp and Interior Communications “A” school I reported to the USS Canopus in December 1968. I was assigned to R-3, the Electrical Repair Division in the Repair Department while she was home ported in Rota, Spain. I remained on board Canopus while she changed homeport to Bremerton Washington for overhaul to the Poseidon platform. In 1970 we departed for our new home port of Holy Loch, Scotland which entailed a crossing of the Equator and passage through the lochs of Panama I served onboard until my enlistment end in Feb 1972.
I reenlisted a few months after my discharge in 1972 (missing the fun and excitement) and was sent to another tender the Fulton located in Groton which was followed by a short shore tour and then returned to Canopus back in the Loch until 1975. I left after my second tour of duty for shore duty as an instructor at Great Lakes as a First Class Petty Officer. Having spent 4 years teaching the fundamentals of Basic Electricity and Electronics I returned to Holy Loch aboard the USS Holland. I was selected for ICC in 1979 worked as a ship superintendent for the units assigned to the squadron and remained onboard until 1982 when I was selected as a Chief Warrant Officer in submarine maintenance. As luck would have it I was assigned back onboard Canopus to be the Electrical Repair Officer returning to the same division in which I had reported to in 1968. Funny how things can come around especially when I started reviewing all the documents that the division maintained and found the name of IC3 Barratt and IC2 and so on located throughout.
I remained onboard Canopus until 1986 a period of which provided many different opportunities and changes. During this tour of duty I served in several different divisions from R3 to R7 as the Non-nuclear Planning officer to finally ending up as the Assistant Repair Officer. I was promoted from CWO 2 to CWO3 and finally selection as LT( jg) Surface engineering. This tour of duty was satisfying for many more reasons I was able to gain the experience of a good “mustang” and with a great deal of help I was able to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer as a Chief Warrant Officer. And additionally I had the pleasure of meeting a certain Supply Corps Ensign, Kelly Smith, who years later would become my wife.
After I left Canopus for the last time I reported for duty as the MPA onboard USS Mount Baker (AE-34) a big changed from AS-34. I remained onboard until 1988 when I reported for duty as a new Lt as the Assistant Port Operations officer for Charleston Naval Base. I remained there through good times and we both survived the trails put on all of us by Hurricane Hugo. From there Uncle Sam decided that it was time for a change of pace again. So far to date I have maintained submarines, operated and maintained Diesel and steam power plants and now I was to move onto Gas Turbine engines, what a kick! And they said life could be boring and not full of change. I reported onboard USS Thomas Gates (CG-51) as the engineering material and maintenance officer but unfortunately this tour was to be cut short as I was injured while deployed for Desert Shield and thus ending my cruiser days. To allow for recuperation of my back I was assigned to the Naval Station Norfolk as the degaussing officer.
My last tour of duty was as the Repair Officer of Assault Craft Unit Four at NAB Norfolk. This was a great job being able to draw on my experiences of the submarine force and putting some of them in place while under the watchful eye of the every cautious surface navy. My time was done in July 1993 with just over 25 year’s service. I would not change many things but admit that there were a few errors made along the way.
After retiring from the Navy I was able to take advantage of the GI Bill and obtained a Bachelors and Master degree in Economics. I continued working in higher education as a program administrator and some did some teaching. I left higher education to work at a non-profit that deals with educational choice in k-12 education. I currently run my own consulting company and fit in a round of golf between swim practices for our youngest daughter. One of the little things that I have been able to pay back somewhat is to help in the original formation of the Canopus Association. I have to admit it was a little on the selfish side because having left the Navy in Virginia and retiring to Colorado there was little chance to run into fellow shipmates. The association has come a long way since the meeting of five in Kings Bay in 1998 and it will hopefully continue to grow.