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L. DESTROYER SQUADRON
TWENTY-FOUR AND STAFF
Captain William B. Latham enlisted in the Navy early in
World War Two and served in the Pacific at Guadalcanal in
the consolidation of the Soloman Islands, in the invasion of
New Georgia and Bougainville, and the Battle of Empress
Bay. In 1945, at the age of twenty, he became one of the
youngest men in the Navy to attain the rate of Chief Petty
Oflicer in the Navy. He was promoted to Warrent Officer in
1952 and to Ensign in 1953. Between 1958 and 1961,
Captain Latham "qualified for Command of Destroyers",
earned a B. S. Degreee, completed Line School, completed
Nuclear Power Training and qualified as a chief operator of
1 a nuclear power plant. From 1964 to 1972, Captain Latham
participated in an unreplenished circumnavigation of the
world, completed tours as Executive Officer, Captain of the
USS Halsey Powel, three tours in Washington, DC, and on
the staff of CINCLANTFLT. In April 1976 Captain Latham
assumed command of Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Four.
Captain Latham is married to the former Merlaine Gould of
Bremerton, Washington. They have two children.
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LCDR Richard F. Beal has been a life time resident of Ellsworth, Maine. Following graduation from the local high
school, he entered Bowdoin College and received his AB Degree in Marine Biology in 1964. Subsequent to college, LCDR
Beal entered naval service and was commissioned an ensign in April, 1965, and reported aboard to his first duty station
in Panama City, Florida aboard the minesweeper USS Valor, MSO-472. LCDR Beal has served aboard the Albany, CG- 10
as the Navigator, USS Norfolk, DL-1 as the Communications Oflicer, Staff Commander Squardron Two as Material
Oflicer, and USS Buchanan, DDG-14, as Engineering Ofiicer. He was assigned in Country Vietnam as Senior Naval
Advisor to River Assult Groups 21 and 33 and was additionally assigned to Seal Team Two Det "G" during the period
of July, 1969, through July, 1970. LCDR Beal is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia and
Surface Warfare Oflicer's School Department and Executive Courses. '
LCDR Beal is the receipient of the Bronze Star with 'fV',, two Navy Commendations with "VN, Navy Achievement
Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and several other U. S. and foreign awards. f
LCDR Beal relieved LCDR Martin as the Executive Officer of the USS Dewey in October 1976.
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