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Frank Jack Fletcher was bom in Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 29, 1885.
Appointed to the U.,S. Naval Academy from his native state in 1902, he was
graduated from Annapolis on February 12, 1906 and commissioned an Ensign
on February 13, 1908 following two years at sea.
The early years of his career were spent on the battleships RHODE ISLAND,
OHIO, and MAINE. He also spent time on USS EAGLE and USS FRANKLIN. In
November 1909 he was assigned to USS CHAUNCEY, a unit of the Asiatic
Torpedo Fiotilla. He assumed command of USS DALE in April 1910 and in March
1912 returned to CHAUNCEY as Commanding Officer. Transferred to USS FLOR-
IDA in December 1912, he was aboard that battleship during the occupation of
Vera Cruz, Mexico, in April 1914. For distinguished conduct in battle engage-
ments in Vera Cruz he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
He became Aide and Flag Lieutenant on the staff of the Commander in Chief,
U. S. Atlantic Fleet in July 1914. After a year at this post, he returned to the Naval
Academy for duty in the Executive Department.
Upon the outbreak of World War I he served as Gunnery Officer of USS
'KEARSARGE until September 1917, after which he assumed command of USS
MARGARET. He was assigned to USS ALLEN in February 1918 before taking
command of USS BENHAM in May of 1918. For distinguished service as Com-
manding Officer USS BENHAM, engaged in the important, exacting, and hazard-
ous duty of patroling European waters and protecting vitally important convoys,
he was awarded the Navy Cross.
From October 1918 to February 1919 he assisted in fitting out USS CRANE at
San Francisco. He then became Commanding Officer of USS GRIDLEY upon her
commissioning. Retuming to Washington, he was head of the Detail Section,
Enlisted Personnel Division in the Bureau of Navigation from April 1919 until
He returned to Asiatic Station, having consecutive command of the USS
WHIPPLE, USS SACRAMENTO, USS RAINBOW, and Submarine Base, Cavite. He
served at the Washington Navy Yard from March 1925 to August 1927, became
Executive Officer of USS COLORADO, and completed the Senior Course at he
'Naval War College, Newport in .Iune 1930.
He became Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, U. S. Atlantic Fleet in
August 1931. In the summer of 1933 he was transferred to the Office of the Chief
of Naval Operations. Following this assignment he had duty from November
1933 to May 1936 as Aide to the Secretrary of the Navy, the Honorable Claude A
He assumed command of USS NEW MEXICO, flagship of Battleship Division,
THREE in June 1936. In December 1937 he became a member of the Naval
Examining Board, and became Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in
June 1938. Retuming to the Pacific between September 1939 and December 1941
he became Commander Cruiser Division THREE, Commander Cruiser Division
SIX, Commander Cruisers, Scouting Force, and Commander Cruiser Division
FOUR. He was in command of one of the two Task Forces participating in the
Marshall-Gilbert Islands in February 1942 and was second in command during
the Salamaua-Lae operations.
On April 19, 1942 he was designated Commander Cruisers, Pacific Fleet. He
was in command in May 1942 during the Battle of the Coral Sea. In June during
the Battle of Midway, he was Senior Task Force Commander, his flag flying in USS
YORKTOWN. It was in this battle that the Japanese suffered the first decisive
defeat in three hundred and fifty years, restoring the balance of naval power in the
Pacific. During the Guadacanal-Tulagi landings on August 7 and 8, 1942, he
commanded two of the three Task Forces engaged as well as the American Task
Forces in the ensuing battle of the Eastern Solomons. He was awarded the
Distinguished Service Medal "for exceptionally meritorious service as Task Force
Commander, United States Pacific F1eet..." during the battles in the Coral Sea and
off Midway Island in .Iune 1942.
In November 1942 he became Commandant, Thirteenth Naval District Seattle,
Washington, and Commander Northwestern Sea Frontier. He was relieved as
Commandant in October 1943, and later became'Commander, Alaskan Sea
Frontier, with additional duty as Commander North Pacific Force and North
Pacific Ocean Area. It was revealed in .luly 1945, that a Task Force under his
overall command had made the first penetration through the Kurile Islands into
the sea of Okhtosk on March 3 and 4, 1945, and the same task force on February
4, 1944 bombarded Paramushire in the first sea bombardment of the Kurile
Islands. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the War Depart-
ment for "...his professional ability and able leadership in the vast wartime
expansion and organization of naval installations in the North Pacific Area...be-
tween October 1943 and August 1945."
In September 1945, following the cessation of hostilities in the Far East, he
proceeded to Ominto, Japan, with the North Pacific Force for the emergency
naval occupation of Northern Japan. He remained there until ordered to retum to
the United States, and on December 17, 1945, reported for duty as a member of
the General Board, Navy Department. On May 1, 1946, as senior Member of the
Board he became Chairman, and continued to serve in that capacity until
relieved of all active duty pending his retirement on May 1, 1947.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Medal,
Army Distinguished Service Medal and the Purple Heart Medal, Admiral Fletcher
was awarded the Mexican Service Medal, World War I Victory Medal, Destroyer
Clasp, Yangtze Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp,
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, World War II
Victory Medal, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal, Asia Clasp. He also held
the Sulu Mindanao Campaign Badge, presented bythe Philippine Govemment in
1924, the Order of an Officer of the Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam, and
the Order of the Bath with the grade of Companion, awarded by Great Britain
Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher died April 25, 1973.
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USS FLETCHER CDD-992D is the thirtieth SPRUANCE Class Destroyer to be
designed and built by the lngalls Shipbuilding Division of Litton Industries,
Pascagoula, Mississippi. Homeported in San Diego, FLETCHER is assigned to
Destroyer Squadron F'lVE.
The SPRUANCE Class Destroyer is unique among today's warships in that it is
the first major class to be powered exclusively by gas turbine engines - four
General Electric LM-2500 engines which produce 20,000 shaft horsepower each.
Twin controllable-reversible pitch propellers work in conjunction with the
engines to move FLETCHER through the water at speeds in excess of 30 knots
and give her a degree of maneuverability unequated by any other warship her
Built with future growth in mind, FLETCHER's design is modular. This allows
for easy installation of entire subsystems within the ship. This ease of installation
also will allow new weapons and electronics systems to be placed on
FLETCHER, thus allowing the ship to be used as a proving ground for new
military technology. FLETCHER is truly a ship of the future as well as the present.
Crew comfort and habitability were also a prime consideration in FLETCHER's
design. Berthing areas are spacious and considerable care has been taken to
equip the ship with features uncommon to most destroyers. Such features
include: a ship's libraryg a crew's lounge, a gymnasium, a hobby shop, and many
other items which enhance crew comfort. In addition to these specifically
designed-in comforts, the many automated weapons and engineering systems
onboard Fl..ETCHER allow for reduced manning levels. This results in more
space and easier living conditions for all.
As a highly versatile multi-mission destroyer, FLETCHER is capable of opera-
ting independently or in company with amphibious or carrier task forces.
Although equipped to handle a wide variety of mission areas, FLETCHER's
primary mission is that of Antisubmarine Warfare. FLETCHER canies the most
advanced ASW equipment in existence to facilitate her accomplishment of this
complex and demanding task. The ship is equipped with a sophisticated sonar,
the SQS-53, which is directly integrated with a third generation digital computer
system, the Naval Tactical Data System. In addition to her sonar, FLETCHER's
ASW weapons suit include an Antisubmarine Rocket CASROCJ and two triple
barreled Mark 32 torpedo tubes. This integrated combat systems provides
FLETCHER with an enhanced target information processing capability and an
extremely fast threat reaction time.
FLETCHER also boasts two 5 inch 54 caliber Mark 45 fully automatic gun
mounts controlled by the digital Mark 86 Fire Control System. Also integrated
with NTDS, these systems allow FLETCHER to excell in her secondary mission
areas of Naval Gunfire Support Surface Warfare, and Anti-Air Warfare.
ln conclusion, USS FLETCHER constitutes a destroyerman's dream. She
incorporates the best of modern technology. Her exceptional propulsion system
and fully integrated combat system combine with her modular construction to
make FLETCHER a platform not be surpassed.
Commander Francis K. Holian
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LCDR Resser assumed the duties of Executive Officer from
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LCDR Edwards served as Executive Officer on board the
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which FLETCHER is attached.
"Flight Quarters, Flight Quarters, all hands man your flight
quarters stationfor hot pump and turn around."
This was heard endlessly throughout the WestPac but
mostly during meal hours or sleeping hours. If you were not
involved you got used to it but if you were a part of it you
The flight quarters personnel deserve a lot of credit for a
job well done.
Flight Quarters is set any time an operation with a helicop-
ter is anticipated. These operations included launching and
landing of MAGUS 34 Cour birdj, refueling, mail and PAX
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and ammo, and medivacs.
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"Are we having fun yet?"
Left: The end of another UNREP.
CDR Holian and LCDR Edwards during UNREP.
"Go tell BM1 Doolittle that I dropped the line again."
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Another successful UNREP with the USS CONSTELLATION.
Smile guys you're on candid camera.
Okay boys till'er up.
Refueling lines being brought across. It's hard work "Okay guys pull just a little more and we will have the carrier just
bringing them over. where we want her."
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sea they are very essential. We had many such evolutions at
all hours of the day and night.
These working parties brought on important items such as
stores, sodas, mail, ammo. You name it, we humped it.
The working parties are vital to FLETCHER's maintaining a
high state of battle readiness.
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Reenlistments and Award Ceremonies occurred regularly
FLETCI-lER's Fifth Birthday was celebrated in July, while many
of the Crew were advanced to the next higher paygrade. Several
more were presented awards and Letters of Commendation for
ETC Hammerle retLu'ns from helo flight reenlistment.
YN3 Johnson reenlists on the bridge. -
ICFN Careyette takes the oath in aft IC.
ET1 Flores receives an award. FLETCHER crewmembers presenting colors.
PN3 Berlin reenlists on board. ET3 Hensley receives an award for a job well done
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gave us a chance to relax,... considerably.
"Good Burger!" "It's not just a job...and it's better than flipping burgers at McDonald's."
"No! I'm not a tourist!" GSMFN Bloomlield.
"ls it lunch time yet?"
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"Hey XO, where did all this food come from?"
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his Chevy Luv truck.
Taking it easy in the crew's rec.
Honorable Shellbacks ensure the Wogs are cleansed of their slime.
The equator is no place for the unwary to cross. Be you
captain or recruit, each will be at the mercy of the King. The seas
that girdle this globe are the sovereign domain of Neptune.
Before him each must kneel in tribute, as his is the true demo-
cracy where all are treated the same as his servants.
There are two ways to survive his wrath, as Neptune believes
in being fair.
The first is sport. VVhereby the day before the crossing is one
on which those who are unworthy of belonging to his court may
try to seize control of the ship. lf this be done-meaning none of
Neptunes own are free-then the ship may cross the equator
unscathed. Good chance, but none have been successful during
the centuries man has dared think he has challenged the sea.
The other means is to accept the scum yea be, and crawl
before the King, when he comes to hold court. lf, with his
omnipotent benevolence, he sees a grain of worth, you will be
given a chance. But this chance is paying penance for all your
crimes to past. If you survive this tribute, then yea shall sail freely
and proud, and become an Honorable Shellback.
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The Royal Dentist takes care of another patient.
MS3 Dennis loves the Navy this much.
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OS2 Seiber lambastes Senior Chief Wog.
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l'm getting the hell out of here before they send me through agaln
Okay, so the moustache ain't real, what
you gonna do about it!
FLETCHER crewmembers enjoying African safari.
During WestPac the most enjoyable thing to do is pull into
port. We spent many enjoyable hours in some of the finest ports
of the world.
We started off with Hawaii and ended with Hawaii. We spent
14 enjoyable days in the Philippine Islands, six days in Mom-
basa, Kenya, three days in Singapore and last but not least three
days in Hong Kong, one of the most exciting places in the world.
We may forget the long hard hours we spent at sea but l'm
sure we'll never forget the foreign countries we visited.
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lt is a throbbing world in miniature.
Today, "the piece of useless granite" of 1841, as it was
described in Queen Victoria's time, is a showcase of pro-
gress and prosperity.
The land that once had no water, and little more than a
sheltered harbor is now a must for every traveller and on the
lips of all who have been there.
Founded on the trade of tea clippers and merchant adven-
tures, it now plays host to mammoth container ships, ocean
going liners and dozens of international airlines.
Hong Kong is a port for all shoppers. It offers the traveller
a shopping experience unlike any other. If you can get past
the nightmare of the number and variety of shops you can
see why Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world.
After a long day of shopping, the dazzling Hong Kong
lights will mezmerize you.
Hong Kong by night will take your breath away with its
lights and night clubs. Although it is not "down under,"
Hong Kong offered the crew a well deserved port visit with
its culture Cantonese with a slight British influence.
Upon leaving, the FLETCHER sailors noticed she appeared
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china, crystal, and clothes brought aboard in Hong Kong.
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has lighting at all times.
Dreaming of the good 'ole days.
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The men of A Division, better known as
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The Electornic Warfare Technicians operate and maintain
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system. They also take care of all "Snoopy" operations per-
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battery. The sonar techs are FLETCI-lER's "Sub Hunters",
operating a variety of underwater detection gear in search of
an elusive enemy. The ASROC Gunners Mates and the Tor-
pedomen operate the ASROC launcher and the torpedo
tubes, ready to launch a weapon at a hostile enemy.
STG's ready and willing to head out for Pac.
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Technicians and Gunners Mates who
maintain the following systems on board
FLETCHER: MK 86 Gun Fire Control Sys-
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MS3 Dobose with his new friend.
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FLETCHER's Supply Department personnel take care of all
of us onboard in one way or another. They are responsible
for everything from a pan for the radar to sodas from the
The SK's maintain the shipis supplies, the MS's feed us,
and the SH's clean our clothes, cut our hair and sell us
pogie bait Ccandyj from the ship's store.
- All in all a vezy important group of sailors.
SKSN Phelps. "Do you want me to smile
"Ya, I got a hang over, so what..." SIC5 Skully.
"See what me and this cookie have in common?" - MS3 Dennis.
lt's only green paper - SHI Dechico.
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SKSN Phelps, the Pepsi Generation
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A relaxing evening aboard FLETCHER.
YN3 Johnson and SH3 Cambell enjoy Wog Day.
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line Navy haircut.
SKC Alvarado realfly getting i
the Wog celebration.
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Navigation! Executive Department personnel come from a
number of ratings and perform a myriad of jobs.
The quartermasters perform navigational duties in support
of the navigator. While underway, there are a variety of aids
to navigation used to maintain the ship's exact position.
The yeoman and personnelmen work in the ship's office
and are responsible for the tonsof paperwork and corres-
pondence generated by a ship.
The postal clerk takes care of FLETCHER's mail and the
Master-at-Arms are responsible for ship's discipline.
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Chief VWse plays sheriff even on Wog Day.
SN Ploof doing a normal days work.
"Shhh we don't want to interrupt P01
Robbins train of thought."
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key, AXI White, AMH2 Spindler. Bottom row: AW3 Martinie, AD2 Green, AEAN VWllson, AD2 Prevost, ASM2
DLu'den, AE3 Curtis, AXAN Haro, AW2 Ebersole.
Dolng a full check on the helo IS part of the everyday rouune of the A1r Department
dlcauon boys, Dedication Sub-Busters' A tltle well deserved
The A1r Detachment personnel and thelr blrd MAGUS 34
came aboard ln February They are a hlghly tralned team of
pllots and mechamcs who provlde a vltal addltlon to
FLETCHERS combat system They speclallze 1n antl subma
rme warfare but also provlde FLETCHER wlth a set of long
range eyes for antl surfacewarfare
Whlle deployed our helo made hundreds of launches and
landlngs haullng mall parts and passengers
The Alr Detachments outstandlng performance durlng
WestPac helped FLETCHER earn the tltle of The Blggest L1t
tle Deck 1n Battle Group DELTA
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While conducting operations in the North Arabian Sea,
FLETCHER was called upon to lend assistance to the
BURAK-M, a Turkish registered tanker that had been struck
by an Exocet missile which failed to explode. The Persian
Gulf War takes no prisoners but someone was overlooking
the BURAK-M the day she was hit by that missile.
An Explosive Grdanance Disposal CE.O.D.j team was
transferred by helo from the USS CAMDEN CAOE-25 to
Our mission included a cruise up into the Gulf of Oman, a
day and a half wait some 300 yards away from the BURAK-M,
and finally a fast cruise back to the Battle Group with pieces
of the missile and warhead on board. The mission con-
cluded when the E.O.D. team and pieces of the missile were
flown off to the CAMDEN.
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Communication plays a very important part in E.O.D. teams
success in locating and disarming the warhead.
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E.O.D. team prepares for disarmament.
Airlifting supplies to BURAK-M for E.O.D. team.
E.O.D. team preparing to debark FLETCHER in motor whaleboat.
Kris Kristopherson USO Show
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Kris Kristopherson and band on stage aboard the USS JASON.
ET3 Barrow poses with the lead guitar and bass players of the band.
Kris playing the acoustic guitar and smiling at the crowd
The band that comprises "The Kris Kris-
topherson Band" is a talented bunch of
musicians from various southeastern states
that write and play their kind of music. The
USO Show brought the group to us while
we were anchored off of Oman in the North
Arabian Sea. Two shows were held on the
USS JASON s forecastle A large majority of
the audience enjoyed the show even
though it might not exactly have been their
kind of music The morning after the
second show Kris and his band boarded
FLETCHER for a tour of our gracious ship
and to be transported on to their next
FLETCHER crewmembers gave his band
a warm welcome This was one of many
memborable occasions during WestPac
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Commanding Officer on behalf of his band. time Big EYGSH- the Signal Bndge
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Some of the best seats in the house?
"Look! Even FLETCHER officers take time out to party!
OS2 Seiber gets a band member
to cough up an autograph.
The Commanding Officer
raps with the boys in the
KRIS KRISTOPHERSON FT G2 Bradley makes a buddy
The Commanding Ofiicer and Kris stop for a publicity photo.
SN Cargill poses with the main man
on the bridge.
GMT2 Casses and STG2 Ogbum converse with the star of the show.
SN Sorenson gets an autograph for his wife.
- The band readies for departLu'e by he
l-lTCS Amon gives a lesson on damage control.
GSE3 Samuelson and father smile for the camera.
A Navy "Tiger" is a male relative or friend of a crew-
member who is invited to join the crewmember in Hawaii
and ride the ship back to San Diego.
During this last week of the deployment, our Tigers were
taken on tours of the ship and were permitted to participate
in many of the daily shipboard evolutions.
' Many demonstrations of FLETCHER's capabilities, includ-
ing a night gun-shoot using star-shells, were shown to our
Tigers. Possibly most exciting was the air show put on by
the CONSTELLATlON's air group. Who can forget the F-14's
going supersonic as they passed down FLETCHER's port side
at an altitude of about 800 feet.
GMG3 Rapaport's brother takes in the view of the Coronado Bridge.
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"Did someone say there was a full MOON out?"
FCSN Geneva awaits the word "Moored, shift colors". FLETCHER rowdies in P.I.
HTFN Flucker in his "cool man" get up
' "Now is that a happy bunch of Boats, or what?"
A View of FLETCHER from the aft mast' Line handlers for underway replenishment
stand by to 'heave around."
Award ceremony while underway.
Soviet "Bear" aircraft escorted by F-14 tighter.
U. S. Navy tug readies to direct FLETCHER to pier.
Manning the rails.
GSE3 Samuelson is readjusted.
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How great it feels to be back home.
The happy faces of reunited friends and family.
Quick! Get the brow acrossfl haven't hugged that special person in six months!
Family and fnends of STG2 Walsh relaxing in crews mess hall See you guys he looks yust like me' says FC2 Baker
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hear how we did and where we went. and baby are in the background.
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before, beautiful baby. "Heck, he even has daddy's smile
Old crewmembers, friends, family and even never before seen new babies smile and rejoice at their sailors return.
Ha! America the Beautiful. It really is!
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