' ■: ' . " ' -■■■ ' ■ — - U.S.S. FLATLEY (FFG-21) MED CRUISE 2-65 i 4 ' , ' (t» 4 MJ ' Leader of the Pack P " a PQMMtoa - , Ports Visited Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Naples, Italy Gaeta, Italy Palma de Mallorca, Spain Cartagena, Spain Haifa, Israel Tunis, Tunisia Barcelona, Spain Palma de Mallorca, Spain " He loved his country and the navy with a passionate devotion. I do not think he distinguished between the two because to him the Navy was the tool by which our precious national heritage would be protected. " Vice Admiral James H. Flatley, Jr. was so eulogized by a dear friend and shipmate, a Navy chaplain, in 1958 when death of the 52 - year - old aviator - sailor ended one of the most illustrious careers in modern naval history. The " enlisted man ' s admiral, " as he was fondly called because of his abiding concern for their well- being, in fact entered World War II with enlisted pilots — the famed " White Hat " squadron which he joined as executive officer just days before Pearl Harbor. Flying from the carrier USS Yorktown with his enlisted comrades, he became one of the nation ' s earliest war heroes as " the first American flier to shoot down the first enemy aircraft in the first American sea victory of the war " during the battle of the Coral Sea. He won the Navy Cross for " extraordianary heroism and conspicious courage " during the days of the epic battle in which Americans, out - numbered eight to one., finally stemmed the tide of the Japanese sweep in the Pacific. " Everything that followed only verified what we had learned at the start — that Jimmy Flatley was a giant among men. " said the ships intelligence officer of the time. The tenacious warrior then assumed command of his own fighter squadron — soon to be known as the " Grim Reapers " — and lead them in countless storied battles from the USS Enterprise, when the " Big E " was the only U.S. carrier holding the battle line in the Pacific. " He stood out from among his associates and shipmates like a diamond in a handful of glass. " recalled another of his close friends. Born June 7, 1906 in Green Bay. Wisconsin, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, Flatley ended World War II with more than 1,000 aircraft under his command — the largest force of such naval power in history. He planned and directed their attacks at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and. finally, against Japan itself. His post-war assignments included commands of the USS Block Island and the carrier USS Lake Champlain. Typically, both his ships were awarded the Navy ' s top citation for battle efficiency, distinguish- ing him as the first naval officer to win the conveted honor twice. Always concerned for the enlisted man, he initiated an education program to assure that every sailor could study for and obtain a high school diploma. It continues to this day, know informally throughout the Navy as " Flatley High. " Before cancer forced his premature retirement in 1958. he was Director of Air Warfare. During the war years he asked the chaplain and friend who was one day to deliver his eulogy: " Put fire in their souls, Father. Because many of these men will give their lives for their country and they must know for what they are dying. " His courage was based in deep religious faith, capsulized by his favorite biblical verses. John 16:33. " Have courage. I have overcome the world. " In additon to the Navy Cross, he earned the Distinguished Service Medal. Legion of Merit with Combat " V " . Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars. Bronze Star Medal and Commendation Ribbon with American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal with two Silver Stars for ten engagements, American Campaign Medal. World War II Victory Medal. National Defense Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. JAMES H. FLATLEY JR. VICE ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY ROBERT J. STANKOWSKI, JR. CAPTAIN, U.S. NAVY COMMANDING OFFICER Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation and Meritorious Unit C Captain Stankowski is married to the former Mercedes Amigo two children, Fredrick and Alexandra. Captain Robert J. Stankowski hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned an Ensign in the United State Navy upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1966. His first assignment was to the USS DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD 779), where he served as Main Propulsion and Damage Control Assistants. In 1968 Captain Stankowski was ordered to Commander Coastal Divi- sion SEVENTEEN, deployed to the Republic of Viet Nam, as Officer in Charge of a Patrol Air Cushion Vehicle (PACV). Following this tour, and after completion of the Surface Warfare Officer School department Head Course, he served as Engineering Offi- cer in USS JULIUS A. FURER (DEG 6). Captain Stankowski was next as- signed to the Surface Effects Ship Facility as its first Assistant Officer in charge. In 1975 he attended the Com- mand and Staff Course at the Peruvian Naval War College, Lima, Peru. Captain Stankowski returned to the United States in 1976 and assumed duties as Prospective Executive Offi- cer of USS CARON (DD 970), USS CARON was commissioned in October 1977. Following his Executive Officer tour he was assigned to the Naval Military Personnel Command, Wash- ington, D. C. serving as Communica- tions Activity Placement Officer and as the Flag Aide Placement Officer. In 1981 Captain Stankowski report- ed to the Department of the Navy, Office of Legislative Affairs and served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Legislative Affairs until March of 1983. Captain Stankowski ' s awards in- clude the Bronze Star with Combat " V " , two awards of the Meritorious ommendation. of Barcelona, Spain. Captain and Mrs. Stankowski have James K. Cross Executive Officer !s f|Sk ' r? Robert W. McMeekin Chief Engineer John P. Jones Chief Engineer James HB. Puckett Combat Systems Officer Walter C. Taylor Support Officer Steven L. Barnaby Ship ' s Control Officer E-l DIVISION GSMl L. Hale GSE2 B. Hammond GSE2 R. Van Wey GSE2 J. Felgenhaver GSM2 C. Sharpe EN2 |. Williams GSE3 D. Russell GSM3 S. Cherry GSM3 |. Clemons GSM3 K. Millard GSM3 R. Maine GSE3 T. Darter GSE3 |. Massey GSE3 G. Bognar GSM3 S. Whitaker GSEFN |. Newman GSE GSM E-2 DIVISION EM2 B. Weeks EN2 J. Walling EN2 B. [ones EN2 D. Derego EM2 P. Shrader EN3 J. Young FN L. Cormier ENFN K. Anderson EMFA G. Willis ENFN |. Marshall ENB |. Epperson ENFA S. Mayer EN FN E-3 DIVISION HT2 S. Kovacevich HT3 V. Guerin HT3 L. Hill HT3 I. Wilson HTFN ]. Patrick gr LT|G N. Young HT MR s-i Division SK2 ] Spurgeon SK3 V Smith SKSN C. Robinson SKC I Taute S-2 DIVISION MS2 T. Benson MS3 P. Parrot MSE |. Whilakei MSC M. Alfarn MS3 D. Leichtv MS3 Bishop MSSN J. Ruggere S-3 DIVISION SH3 |. Nelson DK2 C. Serrano SH2 |. Miller SHC C. Centeno SH3 M. Ray SH3 G. Loos SHSA Fager ESS sc-i Division B w a YN3 L. Jacnhs YNSN A. Wilson y YNl R. Thorpe PNl |. Ortiz QM2 S. Veal QM2 R. Randa QM3 D. Glenn QM3 ). McLean PN3 M. Mays SMSN D. Mitche QMSN |. Lyman QM3 |. Curtis SM3 R. Staton PC3 D. Baglev SM QM YN PN PC QMC |. Guy sc-2 Division RMl M. Crowder RM2 D. Wood RM2 |. Stephens RM3 P. Smallwood RM3 D. Dagliesh RMSN R. Greenwell RMSN |. Charrez RMSA S. Sanders Missing: RM3 D. Lawrence sc-3 Division BM1 B. Wynn BM3 |. Nicastro BM3 G. Kraklow BMSN T. Hargraves SN M. Hastings BMSN L. (ones SN C. Jenkins EMSN A. Sloan SN L. Manning BM3 H. Sager BMSN B. Smith SN D. Lause SN |. Nothum SN R. Current SN W. Richardson SN L. Romero CS-1 DIVISION OSl M. Land 051 C. Brown 052 M. McShane OS2 D. Williams OSl L. Ramsey EN2 C. Mansfield EN2 D. Maynard OS3 W. Brown OS3 G. Fairbanks 052 D. Roper 053 T. Welch OSSN P. Tidd OSSN |. Prescott ENSN T. Mantone OSSN M. Catalano OSSN R. Cold CS-2 DIVISION dfflWi STG2 M Hall TM2 N. While STG2 E. Militello STG2 |. English Missing: STGl G. Flechtner STG3 R. Noble cs-3 Division GMG1 L. Franke FTMl T. Busha FC2 L. Karnback FC2 D. Young FC3 K. Franklin GMG2 D. Nelson GMMSN K. Redden GMGSN R. Brolebeck Missing: FTM2 G. Farrell FTM2 S. Brown GMG3 D. Miller GMMSN R. Farley V " $r cs-4 Division DS1 S Ritualo IC2 |. Adams ET1 W. Hochmuth ET2 R (acobsen ET2 |. Russell ET3 W, ||D| Davis ET3 G Vellner [C3 W, Hipps « • OFFICERS LTJG S. Snyder CICO ENS R. Ryder MPA ENS G. Karpick AUXO ENS E. Moran COMMC Ts ? " LTJG J. Davis DISBO ENS W. Spann ASWO ORDO CWOi T. Huffine ERO CHIEFS ENCS ]. Colonel EMC T. Mead FCC R. Lang OSC C. Milstead ICC B. King GMGC R. Patsey GMMC D. Pinner HTC H. Poff ETC K. Perkins BMCS D. Shaw MSC M Alfaro RMC T. Stout QMC |. Guy SIIC C. Centen Missing STGC M Chamberlin EMCS W Cooksey HMC I) Perrvman Leaving Homeport . . . — ■ We do it for those we leave behind. READEX , -, ■ Si V-+.V 1 - 85 PUERTO PLATA, DOMONICAN REPUBLIC SNOW HILL P ■ iesistii. f 1 -r i _ 1 a - IK " (V v». - ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS n NAPLES, . i1! [ ' J i s i» ft - •If - g j« K ' ■ Eji 1 i 1 ■9 f Jit 1 ■ 1 1 El . lm I te 1 " a 7 ' §r f ... » ™ Irk. ' jlP J r ■ w i i 1 POMPEII ' IP m % | i ■ ' z tg " - ,v mc ar - ?0 W 4 i GAETA, ITALY More than just another port visit . . . « g tiiHiSi } HAIFA Mkitvtwu.- r..- JER U SALEM KliEiS : rf i-J ■ ' , + £ T: tti ' ' tMZ- . n i ! j . Ha. ttfti- • -! .- ran Jia Tunis TUNISIA f -m. 1 1 « » B L l fc ' m f i $ |V M (Li m. i M V BARCELONA SPAIN RN TO ■L 1W -« . — 1 1 1 " 1 - 1 t m ■ 1 JOHN WAYNE TO THE BRIDGE! The Winner . . . and still Champion ! ; a MONGO in Action r if ' Replenishment As we sail into the sunset. And think of oil we ' ve done. Thete wete times that tried the best of us and times we had out fun. A fine ship with a skillful crew, We gtew at every turn. Now that the end is approaching. The one thing we all knew. The roughesr parr of rhis whole Cruise Is the wait till we re home, and rhrough. Roberr R. Long Jr. WALSWORTH PUBLISHING COMPANY UI Murcelin. Mo USA. CRUISE BOOK OFFICE 1203 West Little Creek Road Nortolk. Virginia 23505 " " o ' ■ i . }- if-siy . : .
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