Davidson (DE 1045) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1967

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LIEUTENANT COMMANDER PAUL L. MERWIN, U.S. NAVY Lieutenant Commander Paul L. Merwin. U.S. Navy, first Executive Officer of USS DAVIDSON (DE-1045). was born in Peking. China on 24 November, 1931- While attending college, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and was commissioned as Ensign in June, 1953 through the Reserve Officer Candidate School. After attending the U. S. Naval Mine Warfare School, Lieutenant Commander Merwin served aboard USS TERCEL (AM-386) and USS KITE (AMS-22). He was promoted to Lieutenant (junior grade) while assigned USS KITE (AMS-22). Following a short tour of inactive duty, during which time he witnessed the sinking of the ANDREA DORIA. Lieutenant Commander Merwin served as CIC Officer and Operations Officer of USS STEPHEN POTTER (DD-538), and was promoted to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Commander Merwin ' next assignments were as Operations Officer of USS PRESTON (DD-795), Executive officer of USS RAMSDEN (DER-382) and USS EDMONDS (DE-406) from March 1958 thru November 1961. In December 1961. Lieutenant Commander Merwin reported for duty at the Bureau of Naval Personnel. While there he was promoted to his present rank. After graduating from the Naval War College, Lieutenant Commander Merwin reported to the precommissioning detail of USS DAVIDSON (DE-1045), as the first Executive Officer, in August 1965. Lieutenant Commander Merwin was reassigned to duty with Commander Carrier Division 20 in June, 1967 while USS DAVIDSON (DE-1045) was a unit of Seventh Fleet. A Bachelor of Arts From Maryville College. Lieutenant Commander Merwin is authorised to wear the National Defense medal. China Service medal, andVietnam Service medal. He is married to the former Iris Gisladottir and has two sons, Robert and Kenneth. LIEUTENANT ROBERT K. U. KIHUNE, U.S. NAVY Lieutenant Robert K.U. Kihune, U.S. Navy, the second Executive Officer of USS DAVIDSON (DE-1045) was born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, on 15 June 1937. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1959. After graduation from the U S. Naval Academy, Lieutenant Kihune served as Damage Control Assistant, CIC Officer and Electronics Material Officer on board USS PRICHETT (DD-561). He was reassigned in October 1961 to the commissioning crew of USS ROBISON (DDG-12) as the Prospective Communications Officer. LT. Kihune served one year on board ROBISON as the Communications Officer and one year as CIC Officer. From June 1963 until June 1965, LT. Kihune attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, studying in the field of communications engineering. Following the tour at the Postgraudate School, LT. Kihune was assigned as Operations Officer of the USS FARRAGUT (DLG-6). In April 1967, he departed FARRAGUT and arrived in June 1967 on board DAVIDSON and assumed the duties of Executive Officer. Lieutenant Kihune has a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science which he recieved from the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in communications engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He is authorized to wear the National Defense medal, the Vietnam Service medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, and the Expert Pistol medal. Lieutenant Kihune is married to the former Hope Zablan of Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. They have two sons, Gordon and Tracy, and one daughter, Lisa Ann.

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