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O IVIANDI G CFFICERS
SEPT '61-APRIL '63
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R. L. WESSEL, USN
Commander Howard J. Ursettie, U. Navy, the present
Commanding Officer was born in Harvey, Illinois, 1922.
He attended Depauw University, and was graduated from
the U. S. Naval Academy in June 1944.
Commander Ursettiels first duty was in USS Philadelphia.
He later served as Executive Olhcer, USS LSM 370,
Executive Officer, USS Porterfield CDD-6821, and Com-
manding Officer, USS Carronade CIFS-ID. He has been
with Armed Forces Special VVeapons Project, Special
Weapfaiis Unit 1233: Staff lVIilitary Sea Transportation
Service, Pacific Area: and his most recent assignment was
Naval Operations Officer, Navy Section Military Assistance
Advisory Group, Vietnam. He wears the following campaign
and service medals z American Defense Area, European A rea,
World War II Victory, Korean Service-two stars, United
Nations Service, China Service, and Armed Forces Expedi-
Commander and Mrs. Ursettie, the former Miss ,loan
M. Remillard of lVlinneapolis, lVlinneso1a, have six chilclirn-
Catherine, Mary Margrel, llowarrl, Daniel and .laincs
They will make their lionnr in San llicifo falilornia.
Captain Robert l.. Wessel, U. Navy, past Command-
ing Ollicer, was born in Fresno, California in Qlune 1919.
Ile graduated from the School of Engineering, University
of California in May 1941, entered the naval service in
November 1941 and was commissioned Ensign in luly 1942.
During VVorld VVar II, Captain VVessel served in Nfotor
Torpedo Boats in the South Pacihc and Philippine cam-
paigns from Guadalcanal to Leyte. He also participated in
the Southern France campaign with lVIotor Torpedo Boat
Squadron Fifteen. His PT commands included TTs 124,
127, 188 and MTB Squadron Eleven.
Following Worlcl VVar 11, Captain VVessel served as Ope-
rations Officer in USS N. K. Perry CDIDR-8831 : Executive
Officer, USS F. E. Evans CDD-7541 1 Navigator, USS Toledo
CCA-133D z and Operations and Executive Officer USS Roc-
hester CCA-124j. He has Commanded USS Shields since
13 September 1961.
Captains VVessel's present shore duty billet is with the
Defense Atomic Support Agency, Field Command, as Officer
in Charge, Livermore Branch Lawrence Radiation Labora-
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