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    Founder Edward C. Reese,
    NCCS, USN, Retired

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    Plank Owner Darrel J. Cherry
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    Born 7 September 1940, Bristol, Colorado, 4th of eight children. Three beautiful sisters and four brothers smarter than me. Two brothers and a brother-in-law are USN vets. One brother is a USMC vet. 

    Graduated from Loveland (Colorado) High School on 6 June 1958 at age 17. Enlisted in United States Navy on 10 June 1958. Recruit training in San Diego. 

    After a brief tour at Naval Base, Newport, R. I. waiting for my school slot to open, I attended Guided Missileman (GS) "A" (Dam Neck, VA) and "C" (Pomona, CA) schools before being ordered to my first ship. 

    Sea duty included tours aboard USS LUCE DLG-7 (1961 Plank Owner), USS DEWEY DLG-14 (CDR. Zumwalt C.O. - later to be CNO), USS HARRY E. YARNELL DLG-17 (1963 Plank Owner), USS AMERICA CVA-66 (when she had Terrier missiles aboard), and USS LITTLE ROCK CLG-4 (6th Fleet Flagship homeported in Gaeta, Italy). 

    In addition to Missile Technician (MT) "B" and Mk 10 Guided Missile Launching System (GMM) "C" schools, I served two brief shore tours. As an enlisted instructor at the Nuclear Weapons Training Center, Pacific (North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA and as an officer instructor at the Combat Systems Technical Schools Command (Mare Island, Vallejo, CA). The first ending upon promotion to Warrant Officer (SECNAV said "all new warrants back to sea"), and the second ending when I was placed on the temporary disability retired list on 1 April 1972. 

    Against my wishes, I was permanently retired from the United States Navy on 1 December 1973. 

    For the past 25 years I have been employed by VITRO Corporation, Rockville, MD, in various levels of Combat System's Integration. This has afforded me the opportunity to remain near the Navy, the ships and participate in many diverse/interesting landbased and shipboard integration projects. It has also provided me with the means to live up to my theme song "On the Road Again". I have an extensive collection of ballcaps and ceramic coffee cups from ships/stations/projects that I have worked on or visited. Just one of my hobbies. 

    I retired from VITRO on 7 July 1997. 

    Fair Winds and Following Seas to you all! 

    Gunner Cherry

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