NameTom Lerner
Retirement/Discharge DateMar 1973
Tour 1 DatesDec 1968 - Mar 1973
Tour 1 Rank/RateFTM2
Tour 1 DivisionFOX
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
Comment Probably like every other sailor serving onboard a ship, there were good times and bad times. I don't remember the bad times like I used to, but I do remember the fun times and exciting times. My shipmates were probably some of the finest guys I have ever known. I'm proud to say that I am a Navy Tin Can sailor, and proud to have served on the Claude V. Ricketts.

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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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