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Commander B. J. Ricardo, USN
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BIOGRAPHY OF COMMANDER JAMES F. DONOVAN
Commander DONOVAN entered the Navy in May of 1953 from the job of Clinical
Psychologist at William State Hospital while pursuing graduate studies at Colgate University.
He had graduated from Colgate University with a BA Degree in 1951. Following completion
of OCS Commander DONOVAN volunteered for Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training and
was subsequently assigned to the EOD school as a student. Following completion of the
Explosive Ordnance School Commander DONOVAN was assigned to the Special Weapons
Disposal School for further instruction and then ordered to the Naval Ordnance Laboratory
at White Oak, Maryland where he participated in many of the field tests of both
conventional and special weapons now in the fleet. Included in this tour was a six-month
assignment with the Pacific UTF conducting atomic testing in the Marshall Islands. In 1956
he reported to the USS INTREPID QCVAIIQ as the EODXSWD officer and 5" Battery
Officer. His next assignment in 1958 was as'Operations Officer and Executive Officer of the
USS LEARY from 1958-60. In 1960 Commander DONOVAN became Aide to Chief MAAC
Norway and in 1962 attended the USNPGS at Monterey where he received an MA in
Management. Upon completion of his graduate work Commander DONOVAN took
command of the USS LOCATOR fAGR6j in 1963. The LOCATOR was assigned to the
operational control of NORAD and served as a forward part of the early warning net off the
western coast of the U.S. and Canada. In 1965 the LOCATOR was decommissioned and
Commander DONOVAN was ordered to the Naval Academy for instructor duty in the area
of management. From 1965-68 Commander DONOVAN served not only as an instructor in
the management program, but also as Academic Officer for the Naval Science Department
where he devoted much effort in developing curriculum changes to improve the professional
program at the Academy. From 1968-1969 Commander DONOVAN served in the Staff of
COMUSMACV as a logistic plans officer. His primary duties were in the development of a
computer base program for various alternative plans for relocation of forces from Vietnam.
Commander DONOVAN was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in developing the
program and was ordered to the FLOYD B. PARKS in September of 1969 as Commanding
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BIOGRAPHY OF COMMANDER BENNY JOE RICARDO, USN
Commander Benny Joe RICARDO was born 22 April 1929 in Port Arthur, Texas, and
was graduated from Baylor University with a BBA Degree. After attending Navy schools in
Florida and Pennsylvania, he graduated from Officer Candidate School, Class 7, and was
commissioned an Ensign on 24 July 1952.
His first tour of duty was aboard USS HOOPER ISLAND QARGl7j, where he served as
Gunnery Officer and Ist Lieutenant. From August 1954 until January 1955, he attended
Combat Information Center Officers, School, NAS Glenview, Illinois.
Upon completion of this school, Commander RICARDO was assigned to USS
AGERHOLM fDD836j as Gunnery Officer from January 1955 until August 1956, and later
served as Fire Control Officer of USS SHANGRI-LA QCVASSQ. In August 1957, he reported
to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as Military Sea Transportation Service Representative.
Following this tour of duty, Commander RICARDO assumed command of USS DUNN
COUNTY QLST742J from August 1959 until March 1961.
In 1961 he was assigned to Fleet Anti-Air Warfare Training Center, San Diego, as
Surface Operations Officer. Following this tour he was ordered back to sea as Executive
Officer of USS MANATEE QAO58j in March 1963. This was followed by a tour of duty as
Executive Officer aboard USS COLLETT QDD730j from July 1964 until March 1966.
Commander RICARDO served as Plans Officer, Commander Military Sea Transportation
Service, San Francisco from April 1966 until he assumed command of USS FLOYD B.
PARKS QDD884j. On October 8, 1969 while the ship was deployed in WESTPAC,
Commander RICARDO was relieved as Commanding Officer by Commander James F.
DONOVAN. Commander RICARDO is presently serving as Chief of Staff for
Commander RICARDO has been awarded the following medals: China Service Medal,
Korean Service Medal Q2 starsj, National Defense Service Medal Q1 starj, United Nations
Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
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