NameDavid P Goodall
Retirement/Discharge DateJanuary 1971
Tour 1 DatesJanuary 1970 - January 1971
Tour 1 Rank/RateFTM1
Tour 1 DivisionFox
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
CommentThe Ricketts was my last of three ships and my first destroyer. I had spent five years on two cruisers. Most of my time aboard was spent in dry dock, and followed by a shakedown cruise. I was medevaced to Roosevelt Roads, sent on to the hospital in Chelsea, MA. I was discharged from there. I remember having a locker in Fox Div. that had been used by a Greek sailor during the MMC. I know this because he wrote a record of all his paydays in drachmas on the inside of the locker door.

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The Crews of DDG-5
USS Biddle (5/5/62 - 7/28/64)
USS Claude V. Ricketts (7/28/64 - 10/31/89)

Below are the names of the men that, together, made up the crews of the USS Biddle and USS Claude V. Ricketts during her 27 year career.  The names below represent those who have registered on this site and do no comprise the whole of the men who served on board the DDG-5 during her career.  It is estimated that at least 4000 men served on board the DDG-5 during her lifetime.  If you were a crew member of either the Biddle or the Ricketts and you have not yet done so, you can register here.
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