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|36k||Phil Isadore Valdez (13 April 1946 - 29 January 1967) was born in Dixon, N.M., the son of Carlos and Manuelita Valdez. He graduated high school in Espanola, N.M. and joined the Navy, training as a Hospitalman Apprentice at San Diego. Advancing to Hospitalman in May 1966, he served at the Naval Hospital, Key West, Fla. On 19 December 1966 he was transferred to the First Battalion, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, serving in Vietnam.
Serving as a corpsman with the Third Platoon, he participated in a heli-lift with his platoon in support of Company "H", Second Battalion. Upon landing the platoon came under heavy enemy fire and sustained several wounded while maneuvering forward. HN Valdez ran over open terrain, under constant enemy fire, to aid a wounded Marine. He moved the man to a safer area and rendered assistance. Again exposing himself to enemy fire, Valdez moved across open ground to another Marine. While treating the second Marine, he positioned himself between the man and the hostile fire. It was at this time that Hospitalman Valdez was mortally wounded.
In addition to the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, Phil Isadore Valdez was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross with Palm, and advanced to Hospital Corpsman Third Class.
USS Valdez (DE 1096) (1974 - 1991) was the first ship to be named in his honor. (Photo from the The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veteran's Memorial)
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|191k||date / location unknown (size and coloring variation of 0602109603, the above photo)||John Klar|
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|15k||11 January 1976: on a port visit to Mahe Island, Seychelles||Douglas H. Cable
|63k||01 April 1977: At Barcelona, Spain, as she appeared early in her career , with no weapons on her fantail (she was never fitted with Sea Sparrow BPDMS and had not yet received Phalanx CIWS) and the original bow; on the other hand, she had been modified to operate the LAMPS-I manned helicopter. The class' distinctive "mack" supported the main air- and surface-search radar antennas, as well as radome-enclosed ESM receivers.||Fabio Peņa
|239k||16 May 1980: USS Valdez off the Virginia coast. (Photo courtesy of © Atlantic Fleet Sales)||Bill Gonyo|
|157k||24 June 1982: In the Mediterranean - A port bow view of Valdez underway. The Valdez, part of Task Group 6, is taking part in the
transfer of Americans and third nation personnel from Juniyah, Lebanon, to Larnaca, Cyprus.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-08216 from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|198k||25 April 1987: Norfolk VA - Two yard patrol craft and A port view of the frigate USS Valdez (FF 1096) moored at a pier. The amphibious assault ship
USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) is behind Valdez.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06373 by Don S. Montgomery (USN, ret.) from the DVIC)
|185k||May 1988: Key West, Fla. - USS Valdez (FF 1096) sailing past Fort Taylor.
(Photo #MM00037111 by Raymond L. Blazevic, courtesy of the Florida Keys Public Libraries)
England, United Kingdom
|154k||19 August 1991: Newport RI - Two yard patrol craft and Valdez ride out the high winds and heavy seas as Hurricane Bob passes through the area. The
yard patrol craft YP-697 is at right.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-92-04160 from the DVIC)
|192k||October 1993: Philadelphia NSY - Valdez and Patterson (FF 1061) at the
Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Photo taken from the deck of Salem (CA 139).
(Photo by Ed Zajkowski)
|209k||15 July 1999: off Yorktown, Va. - Port bow view of the Taiwanese frigate Ki Yang (F 939) underway departing the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.
Ki Yang was recently transferred to Nationalist China and is the former Knox class frigate Valdez (FF 1096).
(U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #990715-N-0000C-002 by William H. Clarke from DefenseImagery.mil)
Pamphlet - early 1980's
William F. Fessenden
Aboard Pamphlet - early '80's
|View the USS Valdez (DE 1096) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Valdez's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 27 Jul. 1974 - 05 Jun. 1976||Cmdr. Joe Dean Peden (prior enl.) (Wales, Tenn.)|
|2.) 05 Jun. 1976 - 27 Jul. 1978||Cmdr. Kenneth Chester Jacobsen (OCS '60) (Brooklyn, N.Y.)|
|3.) 27 Jul. 1978 - 22 Aug. 1980||Cmdr. Harry James Franklin Korrell, Jr. (USNA '59) (Catonsville, Md.)|
|4.) 22 Aug. 1980 - 02 Oct. 1982||Cmdr. Michael Francis Landers (NROTC '63) (Ann Arbor, Mich.)|
|5.) 02 Oct. 1982 - 14 Jul. 1984||Cmdr. John Thomas Zohlen (OCS '67) (Kenosha, Wis.)|
|6.) 14 Jul. 1984 - 06 Sep. 1986||Cmdr. Lawrence Lee Wagenseil (OCS '68) (Pensacola, Fla.)|
|7.) 06 Sep. 1986 - 14 Dec. 1988||Cmdr. Richard Arthur Erwin (OCS '69) (Ashland, Oh.)|
|8.) 14 Dec. 1988 - 08 Dec. 1990||Cmdr. William Augustine Nurthen (USNA '70) (Philadelphia, Pa.)|
|9.) 08 Dec. 1990 - 27 Nov. 1991||Cmdr. David K. Meier (OCS '72) (Baltimore, Md.)|
|10.) 27 Nov. 1991 - 16 Dec. 1991||Cmdr. Mark Morgan Borchers|
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