USS Flier, USS Redfin and the Memorial Ceremony

Posted by Rebekah
Aug 05 2010

Well, today, USS Flier is on her way to the war.  Not much else to say about that, at least, not today.

Meanwhile, USS Redfin is in the training stage for her fourth patrol.  They took a break on August 4 to award several commendations earned by Redfin’s Captain and her crew (even if some months late).  Cmdr. Austin was awarded a Navy Cross for “extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy.”  Ens. Eugene Helz was awarded the Silver Star for heroism for being the volunteer leader of a landing party on an enemy held coast.  Kenneth Herrington was also awarded a Silver Star for his part in that rescue.

That’s all for sixty-six years ago.  Today, we have news about the Memorial Service.  The Navy has announced the Keynote Speaker she is sending, as well as another official guest.

The Keynote Speaker is Rear Admiral Michael J. Yurina, Deputy Director of the Submarine Security and Technology Submarine Warfare Division.  According to his Navy bio, he’s done just about everything in the Submarine Force, serving on nucs (the diesels were REALLY rare by the time he graduated the Academy in 1978), a Submarine Tender, and many shore stations, culminating with several command posts.  In addition, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture, plus a Master’s in Public Administration and A Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy.

The Navy is also sending Command Master Chief Kirk Saunders, and if my search is correct, he is the Command Master Chief of Submarine Squadron Eleven based out of San Diego, California.

It’s only a week left!

Here’s a link to Flier’s webpage showing photos of both men.

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