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MCCANDLESS QFF 1084D
WILLIAM A. GAFFNEY
UNITED STATES NAVY
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IVICCANDLESS QFF 10841
I-IARRY B. ELAIVI
UNITED STATES NAVY
L' t nant Commander HARRY B. ELAM was born in Clarksville, Virginia. A native of southcentral
Virginia tobacco country. he ioined the Navy in 1965 and served as an Electronics Technician.
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Lieutenant Commander Elam was commissioned through NESEP in December of 1972 with a . in
Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina University.
LCDR Elarn's first tour after commissioning was on board USS Saginaw, LST 1188, where he
served as Electronics Maintenance Officer, Communications Officer, and First Lieutenant. During his
tour, USS Saginaw made deployments to the Carribean, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe.
LCDR Elam's next tour was on the staff of COMPHIBGRU TWO where he served as assistant
Material Officer. During his staff duty, LCDR Elam made deployments to the Carribean and Northern
After tours as Team Commander of ANXMPO-T-1 and Underway Training Liaison Officer at
FLETRAU, LCDR Elam attended SWOS Department Head Course Newport, Rhode Island. LCDR
Elam returned to sea on USS Trippe CFP 10751 as Engineering Officer. During his tour on board, USS
Trippe made UNITAS. Northern Europe, and Mediterranean deployments. LCDR Elam returned to
sea as Chief Engineer on USS Sylvania QAFS 21 and made deployments to the Carribean and
LCDR Elam next reported to CINCLANTFLT Propulsion Examining Board as a space examiner for
steam. diesel. and gas turbine powered ships. He returned to sea as Executive Officer of USS
McCANDLESS lFF 10841.
LCDR Elam's awards include two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement medals.
Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense and several unit and campaign medals.
He is married to the former Charlene Searcey of Danville, Virginia. Lieutenant Commander Elam
and Charlene live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have one son, Danny.
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