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USS SPRUANCE DD 963

Veterans: 7
Latest Activity: Oct 6, 2012

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Comment by mike johnson on January 19, 2012 at 3:52pm

hello im admin for USS Spruance (DD-963) on navytogetherweserved.com any info you can give so i can add it will be helpfull

Comment by JOSEPH FONDEK on August 19, 2011 at 7:35pm
I wish I had known the people on board. I was transferred from A-school in 1975, while building was still not complete. During the wait my dad got sick and I was transferred to Great Lakes to be closer to home.  Finished my time working at the brig.
Comment by Frank Cupp on March 29, 2010 at 1:54pm
EW Onboard 1982-1984
Persian Gulf 1983, Teamwork 1984
Comment by EWC (SW) Jerry Emert on November 9, 2009 at 11:14am
I don't know why but I guess the string of idiots in command just kept on going. It was a surprise because my experience prior to that was that most officers didn't get picked for command unless they were pretty good! As they say "s*** happens".
Comment by Rick "Dutch" Wegman on November 8, 2009 at 9:00pm
Oh yeah...............there wasn't any way that my rear end was going in after that nut. Not in the channel, especially Norfolk's. LOL
Comment by Rick "Dutch" Wegman on November 8, 2009 at 8:59pm
Oh yeah, another example of sheer brilliance on the skippers part. We were heading back into the piers in Norfolk, and for some unknown reason, an idiot jumped overboard. Rumor had it that he thought that he could swim ashore. Anyways, we were already in the channel, past Hampton Roads, when this happened. The ever bright skipper turned the ship around in the channel........with another destroyer about 2 miles behind us............AND, the pilot boat was about 200 feet from the idiot swimmer. In fact, the pilot was the one to pick his sorry butt up. The "Spru" never got turned around in time to do anything but screw up the traffic in the channel. THEN, he turned it around, again, still....with the other tin can coming. What a whiz kid he was. I loved p****** him off, too. He absolutely hated being called "skipper" and of course, all airdales called their captains that. Poor fella.
Comment by Rick "Dutch" Wegman on November 8, 2009 at 8:52pm
You're very welcome, Jerry. From the timeframe that I was on the "Spru" , and after I left, it seemed like they sent the idiotic Captains to her. God only knows why. Ours ran aground down near Puerto Rico and claimed it was a huge rogue wave. Rogue waves don't put "Huge" smiley faces into sonar domes, I'm sorry. He also insisted on having Captain's Mast on the top of the hangar, regardless of the weather. Thanks to him, we had to reschedule flight quarters a couple of times. Go figure.
Comment by EWC (SW) Jerry Emert on November 8, 2009 at 9:11am
I was on Sprucan from 1990-1993 (retirement). Made high speed run across big pond with Wisconsin as we rushed to liberate Kuwait. Wisconsin went to PG, we stayed in Med showing the Flag. Endless port visits, I ran out of money and stamina early. We did finally get into the Red Sea and we were the only surface unit, that I know of, to fire Tomahawks from the Med. I remember the CO was a real idiot! He banned smoking on board, I didn't smoke, then sat in his chair on the bridge smoking cigars. I was very happy to retire when I did. Good people on board and I had a great time though. Thanks for the welcome Dutch!
Comment by Rick "Dutch" Wegman on November 7, 2009 at 4:39pm
Welcome Chief Emert
Comment by EWC (SW) Jerry Emert on November 2, 2009 at 3:44am
Make it 3!
 

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