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RADM David F. (Kelly) Welch, USN, RET TC Early
Admiral Welch Rear Admiral Welch entered the Navy in 1940 and went to US Naval Academy through the V-7
Program. He saw plenty of fleet service serving on six different ships.
Significantly, he served as CDR Task Force 43, NavSupp Force, Antarctica
(Operation Deep Freeze). He retired in 1972 with 32 years service.
Married to Mary S. Stewart, for 54 years, they have no children. They
reside at Villa Compana, 214-6653 Caron-delet Dr, Tucson AZ 85170 Tel: 520-546-9111.
Rear Admiral Welch entered the Navy in 1940 and went to US Naval Academy through the V-7 Program. He saw plenty of fleet service serving on six different ships. Significantly, he served as CDR Task Force 43, NavSupp Force, Antarctica (Operation Deep Freeze). He retired in 1972 with 32 years service. Married to Mary S. Stewart, for 54 years, they have no children. They reside at Villa Compana, 214-6653 Caron-delet Dr, Tucson AZ 85170 Tel: 520-546-9111.
Civilian Positions: Professorial Lecturer, American University, Washington, DC; Asst. Treasurer and Administrative Executive, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Tucson, AZ; Advisory Council (now defunct); Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; Supervisory Committee, Pima Federal Credit Union, Tucson AZ; Docent Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; Advisory Council, Women of the West Museum (WOWM), Denver, (formerly Boulder) CO.
Military Service: Commissioned Ensign, USNR. 15 May 1941, at USNA through V-7 Program, Retired Rear Admiral, USN, 1 July 1972.
Sea Duty: As Commander (Com), Commanding officer (CO), or Executive Officer (XO). CO USS PC 473; XO USS Carter DE 112, CO USS Ray K. Edwards, APD-96, CO USS Frybarger DE-705; CO UDT-1, CO USS Bausell DD-845:Com- MinRon 8, Com DesOn 10, Com- PhibTraLant,; ComphibGru4; Commander, Task Force 43, Naval Support Force, Antarctica, (Operations Deep Freeze)
Shore/Staff: US and Overseas: Instructor, ASW Training Center, Key West; Staff Naval War College, Newport, Operations Division, CINCPAC Staff, Honolulu; OPNAV 1) AAW Assistant, Surface Warfare Divisions (OP-34), 2) Assistant VCNO Logistics (Op-04B), Washington DC; ACOS Logistics, Staff CINCUSNAVEUR, London, Head Requirements Section, Operations Division, Staff COMUSMACV, Saigon.
Major Service Schools: ASW School, Miami, FL; General Line School , Monterey, CA; NAVWAR- COL, Newport RI, NATO Defense College, Paris, France.
Honors and Decorations: Honorary Doctor of Laws, Franklin College of Indiana, Antarctica mountain ranges named Welch Mountains, minor planet (2504) named Welch; Silver Star; Legion of Merit with 3 gold stars, Bronze Star w/Combat V,; Navy Commendation Medal w/ combat V, PUC, NUC with 1 bronze star, MSM.
Organizational Affiliations: The Explorer's Club, The Army-Navy Town Club, The Antarctic an Society, Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum (ASDN) Association of Zoo and Aquarium Docents (AZAD), The Retired Officers Association, (TROA), The Navy League,; The US Naval Institute; Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW); Destroyer Escort Sailor's Association (DESA), The Tin Can Sailors Association: The Arizona Historical, Adobe Corral of Westerners International, Inc.; Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations, Tucson Lodge No 4, F&AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, York Rite, Sabbar Shrine.
Legend: The first woman in history to have gone to the South Pole did so under his command.
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Retired, TC COR 1960
In 1960, he enlisted and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and completed Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) replacement training, thus beginning 30 years of active service, predominantly in the field of naval special warfare, joint special operations, measures to combat terrorism, and international security affairs.
He served in UDT-11 and SEAL Team One. He led SEAL detachments in Vietnam in 1964 and 1967-68, and commanded UDT-12. Later he commanded the naval special warfare forces of the Pacific Fleet, and served in Joint Special Operations Command. In intervals between operational tours, he served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet, and Secretary of Defense. He was graduated with distinction from the Naval War College (Command and Staff Course) and the National War College.
Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1985, Cathal Flynn served successively as
Commander, Naval Security and Investigative Command (and concurrently as
Assistant Director of Naval Intelligence for Counter-intelligence and
Anti- terrorism, Director of Plans and Policy, US Special Operations
Command, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special
Operations. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1990, RADM Flynn
joined Science Applications International Corporation.
From 1993 to 2000, RADM Flynn was the Associate Administrator for Civil
Aviation Security in the Federal Aviation Administration. During that
time, the FAA introduced far-reaching changes of regulations to improve
air carrier and airport security programs within the United States and
abroad. The FAA also led research, development and acquisition of
security technologies, and a government-industry program to deploy and
effectively use explosive detection systems, state of the art x-ray
machines, explosive trace detectors and computer-based security
training systems. Working closely with the National Security Council
staff, the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, and
authorities of other nations, the FAA fostered cooperation in policy,
systems and procedures to strengthen worldwide defense of civil aviation
against terrorist attacks.
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George Atcheson, USNR
LT Alan M. Voorhees, USNR, TC Early WWII
Editor Notes: Alan was kind enough to get the Fifties Frogs Journal placed in the Library of Congress' Veteran's Project for me. Nuff said.
Thanks Alan on behalf of 50's Frogs.
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