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.k % C0M SNDI1G CDR KENNETH M. VIAFORE UNITED STATES NAVY Commander Kenneth M. Viafore is the youngest of two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Viafore of Tacoma, Washington. He was commissioned an Ensign in June 1964 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. His first assignment after being commissioned was onboard USS GEARING (DD-710) as CIC Officer. Upon detachment from GEARING, commander Viafore attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. After departing Stanford, Commander Viafore attended the U.S. Naval Destroyer School, then served as Operations Officer aboard USS CARPENTER (DD-826). His subsequent assignment was to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. where he served as project manager in the Finance and Management Division. Commander Viafore then returned to Stanford University where he graduated with distinction earning a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Financial Management. Upon completing this assignment at Stanford University, he served as Operations Officer aboard USS GRIDLEY (CG-21) followed by a tour as Executive Officer on USS DECATUR (DDG-31). Prior to receiving orders to the USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) as Commanding Officer, Commander Viafore served as a financial analyst on the staff of the Secretary of Defense in Washington D.C. Commander Viafore ' s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and various unit and campaign awards. Commander Viafore is married to the former Cara Cella of Phoenix, Arizona. They have a son, Erik Charles, and currently reside in San Diego, California.
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SHIP ' S COAT OF ARMS The coat of arms of USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) serves as a heraldic reminder of the ship ' s namesake. Captain John Young. The shield of the coat of arms is a tricolor design. The upper portion is per fess gules (scarlet) and the lower portion is independence blue. These are separated by a wavy bar in white. John Young was appointed in the Continental Navy from Philadelphia in 1776 and received his Captain ' s commission in October of that year. During much of his period of service he was associated with France who was then helping the fledgling American nation in their struggle for independence. This is represented by the golden fleur-de-lis in the upper part of the shield. In August of 1780, while enroute from French Martinique to the United States aboard the 18 gun sloop-of-war SARATOGA. Captain Young captured four enemy vessels after a severe engagement with two of them at one time. This deed is symbolized by the wavy bar with four stars. On 20 March 1781, Captain Young ' s ship, the SARATOGA, sailing in the company of French and American ships, became separated in a storm and was never seen again. The loss at sea of Captain Young and his crew is symbolized by the anchor without cable. The tricolor design alludes to the national colors of both the United States and her Revolutionary War Ally, France. The mast with sail hoisted is symbolic of the Continental sloop-of-war SARATOGA. Captain Young ' s last command. The coat of arms of the early American family Young is represented by the red rose on the sail. The ship ' s motto, " Prends La Mer Avec Courage, " meaning " Set Sail with Courage. " serves as an inspiration for the men who serve aboard the USS JOHN YOUNG. CAPTAIN JOHN YOUNG The USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) is the third destroyer named in honor of Captain John Young, Continental Navy (c. 1740-1781). a gallant and daring naval officer who lost his life in the struggle for independence during the American Revolution. John Young began his seafaring career at an early age in the colonial merchant marine. A master mariner before the first shots of the revolution were fired, the Continental Congress honored him with a commission and the command of the sloop-of-war INDEPENDENCE. Captain Young ' s mission was the protection of American shipping in the West Indies, and the raiding of British merchantmen whenever and wherever the opportunity might arise. While in command of the INDEPENDENCE. Captain Young delivered important diplomatic dispatches to the American delegation to France, headed by Doctor Benjamin Franklin, and participated in the first salute of recognition to the American flag from a foreign power. Captain Young went on to command two other Continental Navy vessels, the IMPERTINENT and the SARATOGA. In August of 1780. while enroute to home waters from the French colony of Martinique in the 18 gun sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Captain Young captured four enemy vessels after a close engagement with two of them simultaneously. Shortly after taking his nineteenth prize on March 20, 1781, Captain Young ' s career was suddenly cut short. While sailing in company with French and American ships, the SARATOGA became separated in a storm and was never seen again.
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EXECUTIVE OFFICER LIEUTENANT COMMANDER DAVID L. PECK Lieutenant Commander David L. Peck is the youngest of two children born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Peck of Springfield. Illinois. He was commissioned an Ensign in June 1969 upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Illinois. His first assignment after being commissioned was on board USS STERETT (CG-31) as Assistant CIC Officer, Electronics Warfare Officer and subsequently as CIC Officer. Upon detachment from STERETT. Lieutenant Commander Peck attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Operations Analysis. After departing the Naval Postgraduate School. Lieutenant Commander Peck attended the Surface Warfare Officer Department Head School and then served as Weapons Officer aboard USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG-8). He was subsequently assigned to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington. DC. where he served as the Assistant for Officer Promotion Plans in OP- 13. Lieutenant Commander Peck reported aboard USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-973) as Executive Officer in October 1981. Lieutenant Commander Peck ' s awards include the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal and various unit and campaign awards. Lieutenant Commander Peck is married to the former Carolyn Zachary of Lansing, Illinois. They have a son, James David, and currently reside in San Diego, California.
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