NameEdward J Fitzgerald
Retirement/Discharge DateJune 1975
Tour 1 DatesSeptember 1969 - June 1971
Tour 1 Rank/RateLTjg
Tour 1 DivisionMPA
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
Comment Was a privilege to know the hard-working men of M & B division. And a great wardroom. Many memories, especially Med cruise in 1971(Finale Ligure,...) and at Gitmo before that. Met my future wife (now of over 43 years) while aboard in Norfolk; she was a Navy nurse, outranked me then, and says she still does. Hello and best wishes to anyone who served when I did.

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The Crews of DDG-5
USS Biddle (5/5/62 - 7/28/64)
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