NameBillie Whitaker
Retirement/Discharge DateNovember 1964
Tour 1 DatesMay 1962 - November 1964
Tour 1 Rank/RateSM3
Tour 1 DivisionOC
NATO Mixed Manned CrewYes
Comment I went to Newport, RI for precom school, then to Philadelpia and went aboard the Biddle. Started out on 1st div., in charge of the boatsman locker, how borning. Next to the signal bridge with a great bunch of guys. I think about those days quite of

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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)

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