BACKGROUND: The Navy ocean escort ship USS Valdez (DE-1096), named in honor of Hospital Corpsman Third Class Phil Isadore Valdez, will join the fleet in commissioning ceremonies at the Charleston, S.
BACKGROUND: The Navy ocean escort ship USS Valdez (DE-1096), named in honor of Hospital Corpsman Third Class Phil Isadore Valdez, will join the fleet in commissioning ceremonies at the Charleston, S.C. Naval Base, July 27.
Senator Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico will deliver the commissioning address at ceremonies for the 4,200-ton anti-submarine ship.
A native of Espanola, New Mexico,Petty Officer Vladez was born in 1946, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos (Chavez) Valdez. He joined the Navy in 1965 in San Diego, California.
After corpsman training and serice at he Key West, Florida Naval Hospital, he was assigned to First Battalion, First Marine Division, serving in Vietnam.
He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on the morning of January 29, 1967.
Commander Joe D. Peden, of Wales, Tennessee, is the commanding officer of the Valdez. The ship carries 17 officers and 238 enlisted men.
The new vessel is a Knox-class escort ship designed for locating and destroying enemy submarines. She can operate as a unit of a anti-submarine warfare task force, screen amphibious or underway replenishment forces, patrol coastal waters for missile firing submarines or escort military convoys.
Joining Senator Domenici at the commissioning ceremonies will be a number of senior ??? personnel, members of the Valdez family and invited guests.
USS VALDEZ, a 4200-ton ocean escort will join the Navy's Atlantic Fleet in commissioning ceremonies at Charleston Naval Base July 27. Built by Avondale Shipyards, West-wego, Louisiana, VALDEZ was launched March 24, 1973. The ship is named in honor of Hospital Corpsman Third Class Phil Isadore Valdez. Valdez, a young Spanish-American hero of the Vietnam War, lost his life while saving the lives of two Marines. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery.
Primarily designed or locating and destroying enemy submarines, the 438-foot craft is commanded by Commander Joe D. Peden of Wales, Tennessee.
VALDEZ carries a complement of 17 officers and 228 enlisted men. The ship's armament includes one 5-inch 54 caliber gun and an antisubmarine rocket (ASROC) system. Principal speaker at the ceremony will be Senator Pete V. Domenici, Republican of New Mexico. Also present for the occasion will be Valdez's parents, Mr. Carlos and Mrs. Manuelita (Chavez) Valdez of Espanola, New Mexico.