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|6k||William Marshall Roark was born on 23 October 1943 at Sioux City, Iowa. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956, he graduated and was commissioned ensign on 8 June 1960 and advanced to the rank of lieutenant, 1 June 1964. He attended the naval flight school at Pensacola, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Tex., and subsequently reported for duty in Attack Squadron 153 on board USS Coral Sea (CVA 43). Lieutenant Roark was killed in action 7 April 1965 while on a bombing mission over North Vietnam.
USS Roark (DE 1053) (1969-1991) was the first ship to be named in his honor, and the first ship to be named for someone lost in the Vietnam War.
(Photo from the site: U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1960)
|45k||undated, broadside view of the Knox class ship, USS Roark (FF 1053), clearly showing her stern mounted missile system.||-|
|160k||undated||Cdr P. N. Leenhouts, USN|
|209k||20 February 1970: the Pacific Ocean - Two views of the escort ship USS Roark (DE 1053) underway off the coast of San Diego, California.
(U.S. Navy Photo #K-81934 and #K-81935 from the United States National Archives)
|753k||23 May 1972: Subic Bay, P.I. - USS Roark (DE 1053) and USS Francis Hammond (DE 1067) along side USS Piedmont (AD 17). (Photo #720909 by G. R. Sirkis)||Glenn R. Sirkis
MMFN, A Div.
USS Ashtabula (AO 51)
|83k||late 1970's: at Sydney Harbor, Australia (Photo © Barry Seward)||Barry A. Seward
|257k||14 September 1990: At sea - A port bow view of Roark underway. (Note date of photo. Date has to be incorrect since the hull upgrade isn't done yet.) (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-90-11614 by PHAN Burgess from the Defense Visual Information Center )||Navsource|
|143k||12 May 1981: At sea - A port bow view of Roark underway en route to Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-11732 by PH3 Swinland from the DVIC )||Navsource|
|233k||15 June 1982: NavSta, Subic Bay, Luzon, P.I. - An aerial view of the U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility. Berthed at the shipyard are the Knox-class frigates Roark and USS Harold E. Holt (FF 1074). Moored alongside them is the guided missile frigate USS Brooke (FFG 1). (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-84-06232 by PH1 David McLean from the DVIC )|
|73k||April 1983: the North Central Pacific Ocean - Taken during FleetEx 83-1 from USCGC Rush (WHEC 723). USS Roark approached us from astern as we formed a gun line for an upcoming gunnery exercise.||Bryan Fisher
|37k||1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Roark in reserve, nested with Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Knox (FF 1052) and Hepburn (FF 1055) alongside. (Photo © James H. Hopper III)||James H. Hopper III,
Cdr, USN (ret.)
|180k||July 1994: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Sailfish (USS 572), Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein (FF 1065) and Roark in mothballs at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photo by Gilbert Gyssels).||Gilbert Gyssels|
|155k||27 July 1996: Naval Inactive ship Maintence Facility, Bremerton, Wash. - Francis Hammond (FF 1067), Stein (FF 1065), Roark, and New Jersey (BB 62) in mothballs, nested at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. (Photos by Gilbert Gyssels)|
|27k||11 February 2004: Roark passing San Padre Island, Tex. on the way to International Shipbreaking (from the website of International Shipbreaking Corp., Brownsville TX)||Tom Bateman|
|110k||19 February 2004: Brownsville, Tex. - Roark awaits the cutting torches at the shipbreakers in the Port of Brownsville. (Photo from Pinemikey's Pbase Galleries)||© Michael Martin|
|183k||William M. Roark's place on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Panel 1E Line 107. Panel 1E is right where the memorial bends.||Steve Dietrich|
(post 1975, as FF)
|View the USS Roark (DE 1053) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Roark's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 22 Nov. 1969 - Nov. 1970||Cmdr. Wayne L. Beech|
|2.) Nov. 1970 - May 1972||Cmdr. Arthur Stanley Moreau, Jr.* (Mount Ranier, Md.) (died as Adm.)|
|3.) May 1972 - Nov. 1972||Cmdr. Robert J. Kerrigan|
|4.) Nov. 1972 - May 1974||Lcdr. Griffin Freeman Hamilton|
|5.) May 1974 - May 1976||Lcdr. Paul Davis Moses ('61) (ret. as Radm.)|
|6. ) May 1976 - May 1978||Cmdr. Jack Lane Weston ('57) (Marion, Oh.)|
|7.) May 1978 - Mar. 1981||Cmdr. Thomas Edward Ferguson|
|8.) Mar. 1981 - Oct. 1982||Cmdr. Frederick Gilbert Kleyn III|
|9.) Oct. 1982 - Feb. 1985||Cmdr. Hugh Leonard Webb|
|10.) Feb. 1985 - May 1987||Cmdr. Jeffrey R. Beinbrink ('67) (Manhasset, N.Y.)|
|11.) May 1987 - Feb. 1990||Cmdr. Warren E. Small (East Nassau, N.Y.)|
|12.) Feb. 1990 - 14 Dec. 1991||Cmdr. Steven Earle Pilnick (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.)|
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