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RADM David F. (Kelly) Welch
RADM Cathal L. Flynn
RADM Karl J. Christoph Jr.
LT George Atcheson
LT Alan M. Voorhees

RADM David F. (Kelly) Welch, USN, RET TC Early

Rear 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.

Curriculum vitae:
Born, Fort Wayne, IN 9 Sep 1918. Education: BA Arts Franklin College, Indiana, MA, The George Washington Univ., Doctor of Education, The American University.

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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The two Admirals Kelly Welch and Karl Christoph are standing next to each other—upper left corner (answer to "Notes" question)

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RADM Cathal L. Flynn, USN, Retired, TC COR 1960

Rear Admiral Cathal Flynn was Born in Dublin in 1938. He attended schools in Ireland, France and Spain, and graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 1959.

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.
He performed studies and analyses of international arms transfer, and identified applications for advanced technology in military special operations, counter-terrorism, and aviation security. He served on committees of the National Research Council and the Defense Science Board.

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.

Radm Flynn's awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Defense and Navy Meritorious Service Medals, Vietnam Service Medal (5 campaigns), and Superior Achievement Awards from the FAA and Department of Transportation. He has an M.A. and B.A.I. (Civil Engineering) degrees from the University of Dublin and an M.A. (international Affairs, East Asian Studies) from the American University, Washington , D.C.
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LT George Atcheson, USNR
Training Class early 1948.

George came through Cadet training program. He served at NAS Livermore, and NAS New Orleans and Memphis. He had fleet service on the Corry, Agerholm, and Thompson, all DD'S. All his time in UDT was in Team Three. He left in 1956 with 13 years service.

In civilian life he had a range of experience as a Foreman of a lumber yard, trading boat owner, construction foreman , and a building contractor. He retired in 1990. He completed 1 1/2 years of college courses.
He was married and divorced. He remarried Clair Nowell and has been married for 32 years. No children. They reside in Santa Monica, CA at 300 Mesa Rd, zip 90402-1130. Tele:310- 459-3081,Fax:310-459-3822.

Legend: Remembers vividly the day "Limey Austin shot his cap off in Korea"

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LT Alan M. Voorhees, USNR, TC Early WWII
Al entered the service in 1943. He recalls that he served on the USS Kline APD 120 and UDT 11. He did not supply much info about his service days. He was discharged in 1946 with three years service.
In civilian life he became an Engineer/planner, with a Masters Degree, and spent 50 years on the job. He is semi-retired and still employed.

Widowed, Alan has three children: Susan Hunt, Nancy Voorhees, and Scott Voorhees.
You can reach him at 703- 490-5355, or by email at
Legend: He says, "The years with UDT-11 helped me mature a great deal!".

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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