NameFrank W Merritt
Retirement/Discharge DateSeptember 1982
Tour 1 DatesFebuary 1968 - August 1969
Tour 1 Rank/RateLT
Tour 1 DivisionSupply
NATO Mixed Manned CrewNo
Comment Made two Med deployments in 68 and 69. Best port ever was Finale Ligure, Italy. We were supposed to deploy to WestPac in 1969, but someone threw crap into the reduction gears, so they punished us by assigning us to Newport RI as the SWO School Ship for a few weeks. We did not gamble much in the wardroom, but I made a lot of money playing Poker in the 1st Class Mess and the CPO Mess.

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