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|10k||David George Ouellet was born on 13 June 1944 in Newton, Mass. and attended Wellesley Junior High School. He was then employed by the Alfred Fisher Trucking Company in
Wellesley. On 28 July 1964 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at Boston, Mass. and had recruit training at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill.. Completing his training in October 1964,
he joined Assault Craft Division 12, and while attached to that division served for five months in 1965 in the Vietnam era. Between June and August 1966 he had river patrol boat training
at the Naval Schools Command, Vallejo, Cal., after which he had training at the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, Cal.. On 21 September 1966 he reported for duty with River Squadron 5 and
was attached to River Section 532, My Tho.
On 06 March 1967 while serving as the forward machine gunner on River Patrol Boat 124 on patrol on the Mekong River, Seaman Ouellet observed suspicious activity near the river bank, alerted his Boat Captain, and recommended movement of the boat to the area to investigate. While the PBR was making a high-speed run along the river bank, Seaman Ouellet spotted an incoming enemy grenade falling toward the boat. He immediately left the protected position of his gun mount, ran aft for the length of the boat, warning his fellow crew members to take cover. Observing the Boat Captain standing unprotected on the boat, Seaman Ouellet bounded onto the engine compartment cover, and pushed the Boat Captain down to safety. In the split second that followed the grenade's landing, Seaman Ouellet placed himself between the grenade and his shipmates, absorbing most of the blast fragments with his own body in order to protect his shipmates from injury and death. His extraordinary heroism on behalf of his comrades at the expense of his own life were in the finest tradition of the United States Naval Service. For his heroic sacrifice, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor.
USS Ouellet (DE 1077) (1970-1993) was the first ship named in his honor.
|322k||17 January 1970: Westwego, La. - Two shots of the future USS Ouellet being side launched after being christened.||S. Dale Hargrave|
Newport News, Va.
|98k||17 January 1970: Westwego, La. - The future USS Ouellet immediately after being launched, afloat for the first time.|
|678k||29 September 1970: the Gulf of Mexico - Two views of the future USS Ouellet (DE 1077) shown underway off New Orleans while on sea trials in the
Gulf of Mexico.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 74021 and #NH 74020 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|189k||11 December 1970: from The Charleston Shipyard News - USS Ouellet's Commissioning Announcement||Robert Hall|
|440k||July 1972: the Gulf of Tonkin - USS Ouellet (DE 1077) shown underway off the coast of Viet Nam while on her first WestPac deployment.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #KN-21684 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|237k||22 November 1972: the Pacific Ocean - USS Ouellet (DE 1077) shown underway off the coast of Hawaii. Note Destroyer Squadron 33 emblem on the side of the
superstructure and Base Point Defense Missile System director atop the hanger.|
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #USN 1150762 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|228k||date / location unknown: A photo of Ouellet underway. This picture was produced by the Photo Shop aboard USS Bryce Canyon (AD 36) and may have been taken while both ships were at Pearl Harbor.||James Bass|
|560k||29 January 1976: the Pacific Ocean - USS Ouellet (FF 1077) shown underway off the coast of Hawaii.
(U.S. Navy National Archives photo #KN-26232 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|108k||date unknown: San Diego Harbor - USS Ouellet (FF 1077) is shown leaving port.||Robert M. Cieri|
|149k||02 June 1983: Naval Station, Apra Harbor, Guam - A port beam view of Ouellet moored in the harbor.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07732 by PH3 M. Anderson from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|169k||02 June 1983: Naval Station Guam - A port bow view of Ouellet moored in the harbor.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-90-07731 by PH3 M. Anderson from the DVIC)
|391k||16 December 1988: the Pacific Ocean - USS Ouellet (FF 1077) shown underway at sea near Kauai, Hawaii.|
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 107456-KN by PH2 Dave Simpson, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|194k||***01 January 1993: Naval Station, Subic Bay P.I. - A view of the repair ship USS Ajax
(AR 6) moored at the Boton pier. The three frigates nested with the Ajax are the USS Brewton
(FF 1086), Ouellet and USS Whipple (FF 1062).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01096 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC) (This, and the next photo are dated 01 January 1993. However, as pointed out by Carl Musselman, Ajax was decommissioned in 1986. In addition, Brewton hadn't received her hull upgrade in these shots. The date has to be incorrect, and the real date has to be prior to 1984.)
|228k||***01 January 1993: Naval Station, Subic Bay P.I. - A view of the repair ship Ajax moored at the Boton pier. The three frigates nested with
the Ajax are the USS Brewton (FF 1086), USS Whipple (FF 1062), and Ouellet.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01095 by Don S. Montgomery from the DVIC)
|375k||01 August 1984: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A starboard view of Ouellet and a port bow view of the frigate USS
Whipple (FF 1062) docked at Bravo Piers.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-88-04250 from DefenseImagery.mil)
|107k||07 December 1984: Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi. - Bow views of various U.S. Navy ships moored at Bravo Piers. The ships are, from left to right, the fleet
oiler USS Willamette (AO 180), the frigate Ouellet, the guided missile destroyer USS
Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22) and the guided missile destroyer USS
Hoel (DDG 13).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-09115 from the DVIC)
|325k||15 May 1986: off Oahu, Hi. - A port view of frigate Ouellet underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-86-08821 by PH2 Powell from DefenseImagery.mil)
|154k||01 August 1987: A starboard beam view of Ouellet underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-08869 by Barrett from the DVIC)
|149k||01 August 1987: A port bow view of Ouellet underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-08873 by Barrett from the DVIC)
|137k||01 August 1987: A starboard bow view of Ouellet underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-89-08883 by Barrett from the DVIC)
|147k||16 December 1988: A port bow view of Ouellet underway near Kauai, Hawaii.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-01176 by PH3 Dave Simpson from the DVIC)
|135k||01 November 1989: A starboard bow view of Ouellet underway near Kauai, Hawaii.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-04481 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|104k||01 January 1989: A port bow view of Ouellet underway off the coast of Barking Sands.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-92-08697 by OS2 John Bouvia from the DVIC)
|71k||May 1993: Hobart, Australia - Ouellet coming into port for a visit|
(taken by Glenn)
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
|20k||undated: Portland, Ore. - shown here after being stricken from the U.S. Navy, but before being overhauled for transfer to Thailand in 1996.||-|
|93k||21 June 2005: A Royal Thai Navy bugler on board the frigate His Thai Majesty's Ship HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (F 462) sounds a call marking
evening colors onboard his ship. The colors detail stationed on board the US Navy Whidbey Island Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS
Fort McHenry (LSD 43) (right) prepares to lower the Ensign. The two ships are participating in Exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2005.
CARAT 2005 is the second part of an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the
respective sea services. The Phutthaloetla Naphalai was formerly the Knox Class Frigate USS Ouellet (FF 1077), decommissioned in 1993 and sold to Thailand in
1996. David Ouellet was killed on board a PBR (Patrol Boat River) in the Mekong delta of South Vietnam in early 1967.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SD-06-10060 by JOC Melinda Larsen from the DVIC)
|71k||date / location unknown, as HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (F 462)||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|228k||April 2008: Chuk Samet, Southern Thailand - HTMS Phutthayotfa Chulalok (F-461)(ex-Truett) and HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (F-462) (ex-Ouellet) are photographed while moored in port.||Raymond Davis|
XO, MSC EPU 112
|154k||15 June 2008: Gulf of Thailand - The Royal Thai Navy frigate HTMS Phutta Loetla Naphalai (462) (ex-USS Ouellett FF 1077) steams in
formation with U.S. Navy and other Royal Thai Navy ships participating in tactical maneuvering exercises during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2008. CARAT is an
annual series of bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. and Southeast Asia nations.
(U.S. Navy photo #080615-N-8138M-569 by MC1 Daniel Meaney from the Navy Newstand)
|Robert M. Cieri|
|View the USS Ouellet (DE 1077) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Ouellet's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 12 Dec. 1970 -08 Jul. 1972||Cmdr. Albert Luther Henry Jr. (College Park, Ga.)|
|2.) 07 Aug. 1972 - 16 Oct. 1973||Cmdr. John Frederick Baumgardner (Coffey, Mo.)|
|3.) 16 Oct. 1973 - 15 Jun. 1975||Cmdr. Daniel Charles Richardson (USNA '59) (Littleton, Col.) ( ret. as Radm.)|
|4.) 15 Jun. 1975 - 21 Jul. 1977||Cmdr. John Simonson Ekstrom (USNA '59) (Ironwood, Mich.)|
|5.) 21 Jul. 1977 - 02 Dec. 1978||Cmdr. Dennis Spencer Read (USNA '59) (Kaneohe, Hi.)|
|6.) 02 Dec. 1978 - 24 Sep. 1980||Cmdr. Nicholas C. (Nick) Paleologos (OCS '60) (Frederick, Md.)|
|7.) 24 Sep. 1980 - 23 Sep. 1982||Cmdr. John Godfrey Bloomer|
|8.) 23 Sep. 1982 - 04 Jan. 1985||Capt. Isadore (Bud) Larguier Jr.|
|9.) 04 Jan. 1985 - 11 Apr. 1987||Cmdr. Larry Glenn Eggleston (Westfield, N.Y.)|
|10.) 11 Apr. 1987 - 01 Jul. 1989||Cmdr. Joseph Robert Almony (Kailua, Hi.)|
|11.) 01 Jul. 1989 - 09 Sep. 1991||Capt. George Boardman Allison (Flushing, N.Y.)|
|12.) 09 Sep. 1991 - 16 Aug. 1993||Capt. Alexander Y. Watt Jr.|
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