Rick Jorgensen, a Course Leader with the Conservation Land Management Branch at the National Conservation Training Center, sent this photo of him in the Navy dress whites of an E-4 (third class petty officer) on the USS Sarsfield, DD837. On their return from the West Pacific in 1972, Rick says, âWe were coming into Pearl Harbor and the CO required us to comply with quarantine rules to dispose of all organics obtained offshore U.S.â He adds that he had cultivated that coconut palm âfrom a nut picked in Guam and reared in a 30 cal ammo box all over the Pacific Theater in coffee grounds. It was sort of the shipâs mascot.â He was stationed at Mayport, Florida, from 1971 to 1973, but did a tour in Vietnam as a Signalman. The Sarsfield provided gunnery support for land operations.
April 12, 2014
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