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USS FORREST SHERMAN (DD-931)

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The USS Forrest Sherman DD-931 Foundation, Inc. 

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KELLEY, FREDERICK

 KELLEY, Frederick J., 93, Captain, U.S. Navy Retired, passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2017. He is survived by his children, Colleen Wade, Kevin Kelley (Linnea) and Brian Kelley; four grandchildren, Christopher (Melanie Agee) and Timothy (Dianne Revelle) Wade, Kristin Brown (Keith) and Kevin A. Kelley (Claire); and his brother, Joseph Kelley. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth; two grandchildren, Patrick Wade and Stasia Kelley; and his son-in-law, Robert Wade. Fred had a very satisfying naval career as a destroyer sailor. He commanded Escort KYNE DE744, Destroyer FORREST SHERMAN DD 931 and Guided Missile Leader HARRY E. YARNELL DLG 17. His last sea duty was Chief of Staff Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. He was born in Charlestown, Mass. on May 6, 1924. Graduated from Boston Public Latin School in 1941, and entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the class of 1945. With the curriculum shortened to three years during WWII, he graduated in June 1944 to join his first destroyer, TWINING DD 540, serving in the Pacific with the fast carriers in the Third and Fifth Fleets. At war's end, prior to the official surrender, he accompanied a company of Marines ashore to accept the surrender of the Japanese at Tateyama Naval Air Station in lower Tokyo Bay. In 1954, he spent five months in the Arctic aboard icebreaker HMCS LABRADOR as chief staff officer to the Canadian Task Group Commander, who led a major group of MSTS cargo ships supported by four large amphibs with Corps of Engineer cargo handlers to deliver the first sea lift of DEWLINE (distant early warning radar) equipment. As docking officer, Brooklyn Navy Yard, he had the unique experience of drydocking the commercial liner SS America. He played a major role in introducing towed arrays (for the detection of submarines) to surface ships. During the Cold War, his commands detected and surfaced several underwater contacts later identified as soviet submarines. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Navy Commendation Medal. Fred married Betty Coggins of New York City in 1946. Having lived in many places, including Cannes, London, Naples and Gaeta, they elected to settle in Midlothian, Va. to be closer to daughter Colleen and several of the grandchildren. Fred holds a B.S. (EE) from MIT, and attended the Staff College in Norfolk and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He retired from the Navy in 1973 to join the faculty of the Defense Systems Management College. After six years at DSMC, he co-founded and became president of Atlantic Management Center, a project management and procurement training group. The family thanks his caregiver, Tina Washburn and the staff of The Chesterfield at Brandermill Woods, for their compassionate and loving care. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., June 23, 2017, at the Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond, Va. 23236.

 

 

 

We are in the process of looking towards a total rebuild of the web page, and yes we have said that before - but it takes some time when you do not do this for a living.

I just removed the Ship Store connection because we have received reports from some of our members that the company previously providing the serve has stopped responding to our members when they try to contact the for materials.

We will be putting together some information real soon and sending it out on our next reunion - Kurt is working on information now, including the new membership cards.  Keep in mind we are still doing some fund raising in order to complete the area in the Maine Maritime Museum - so you can still send in your tax free donations.

 

 

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