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Stephen G. Ward
Plank Owner
Member in good standing
Stephen G. Ward
P.O. Box 1663
Roswell, Ga. 30077-1663
(678) 755-1326


Enlisted US Navy June 1968,Teaneck N.J.reported Great Lakes, Ill. Sept.22,1968. Co.564 Batt.12 I was appointed Recruit Chief Petty Officer. 

Reported aboard U.S.S. Princeton LPH-5 in Subic Bay,P.I.late Dec.1968. Assigned as a BT Boiler Room #1. During this assignment participated in the A-Bomb test off Amchicta Is., AL. and the recovery of Apollo 10, May 1969. Became a Shellback during the Apollo mission. Princeton decommissioned 1970. I have a piece of the flight deck from this ship from the Naval Historical Center Washington, D.C., so, I guess, I am a Plank Owner. The Princeton was based in Long Beach, Ca. 

Then assigned to U.S.S. Dubuque LPD-8. based in San Diego, California. http://navysite.de/ships/lpd8.htm MOS changed to SF (shipfitter), later reclassified as HT (Hull Maint. Tech). I was one of the persons responsible for running the Ballast Control Room. Became accomplished in welding, sheet metal work, Carpentry and Damage Control. DC duties were #1 hose man on firefighting squad. Overhauled and revamped Preventative Maint. System (PMS) ship wide.

Participated in several campaigns in Vietnam on both vessels as well as other missions/activities. Both ships were 7th Fleet/Gators. Honorably Discharged Sept. 26 1972. I am now a Carpenter.

Ribbons/Medals: Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation(*), Meritorious Unit Commendation(*), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal(****),Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal. Awarded Navy "E" three times. Honorable Discharge, Shellback. Cold War Certificate. (*= bronze star)

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