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OPERATIONS Lieutenant (jg) Jess E. Benton 3rd, graduated from the I ' niver- sity of Southern California, Los Angeles. California, witii a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. He received his commission as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve from Officer Candidate School. Newport, Rhode Island, in June 1963. Lt. (jg) Benton reported a- board LOWE in July 1963 as Communications Officer, becoming Ope- rations Officer in May 1963. He left LOWE in April 1966 upon com- pleting his active duty commitment. Lieutenant Theodore Fijak Jr., I ' .S.N., graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in January 1961, with a B.S. Degree in eco- nomics, and a commission as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He augmented into the Regular Navy in 1964. Lt. Fijak ' s first duty station was aboard USS BRYCE CANYON (AD 36), as First Division Officer and later as First Lieutenant. After completing training at CIC Officers School and AIC School at FAAWTC. San Diego, he reported aboard USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG 5). Seventh Fleet Flag Ship. Aboard OKLAHOMA CITY. Lt. Fijak served as Ol Division Officer, assistant CIC Officer and Air Control Officer. Lt. Fijak came aboard LOWE via high line in May 1966 and relieved Lt (jg) Joynt as Operations Officer.
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EXECUTIVE OFFICER ' " »i III I Lieutenant Michael J. Blackwell. USN, is from Cleveland. Ohio. He received his BA Degree in Classical Languages from Loyola University. Chicago, Illinois in 1954. In September 1957. he completed training at the Officer Candidate School. New- port. Rhode Island, and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Lt. Blackwell augmented into the Regular Navy in 1961. Lt. Blackwells first tour of duty was a Round-the-World cruise in 195.S on board USS ESSEX (CVA-9). During this cruise ESSEX participated in the Lebanon campaign and Quemoy-Matsu crisis. In 1961-62. Lt. Blackwell served as Flag Lieutenant for RADM. F.T. Williamsan. ISN. (now retired) and RADM. R.H. Weeks USN. (currently Director of Naval Communications). From 1963 until July 1965 Lt. Blackwell was the Weapons Officer on USS HOPEWELL (DD-681). HOPEWELL was nominated to represent CRUEDSFLOT 11 in the 1965 Arleigh Burke award competetion- Lt. Blackwell reported aboard LOWE, in July 1965. as Executive Officer.
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WEAPONS w Wi it H Hi ' . -_ -r-.- ' li H l Lieutenant Williams S. Verdell. I ' . S.N ' ., graduated from Georgia Institute of Technolnny in December 1962. with a BS Degree in Me- ellanical KnginrerinK and a NROTC comission aa Ensign in the U.S. Navy. His first duty station was aboard US.S SNOHOMISH COUNTY (LST 1126), serving as Damage Control Assistant from 1962 to 1964. Lt. Verdell reported aboard LOWE in December 1964, serving as Weapons Officer. ENGINEERING Lieutenant (jg.) Chester G. White Jr. I ' SN. was commissioned from the I ' .S. Naval Academy in June I9K:i. His first duty station was aboard USS PERKINS (DD 877), from July 1963 to October 1965, serving as MPA, M Division Officer and finally as Navigator. PERKINS participated in Yankee Team and Naval Gunfire Support missions off Vietnam in June of 1965. Lt. (jg). White next went to USS WILHOITE (DER 397) in November and December of 1965, as Communications Officer. Lt (jg). White reported aboard LOWE in December 1965 relieving Lt (jg) Farley as Engineering Officer.
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