Commander  S. E. Ramey  
January 1954- January 1955
Captain H. B. Sherry 
January 1955-May 1956
Commander M. A. Zimmerman 
May 1956-Feb 1958
Commander R. H. Buckley
February 1958- June 1958
Commander C. J. Peterson
June 1958- May 1959
Commander R. E. Muller
28 May 1959- 2 November 1960

Commander W. K. Wilson
November 1960- October 1961
Captain T. C. Williamson
October 1961- August 1962


Commanding Officer
 W. G. Matton
August 1962- August 1963
 

In February, 1941 Captain Matton received his 

commission upon graduation from the U.S. Naval 

Academy. After serving two years on USS 

WASHINGTON, he was awarded his Naval Aviator 

wings in November, 1943. Following a tour as a flight 

instructor, he became Executive Officer in 1945, of 

Photo Squadron 4 which was engaged in mapping 

operations of post World War II China. Captain 

Matton was later to serve as an intelligence officer 

on the staff of CINCLANTFLT, as Executive 

Officer of Patrol Squadron 24 and then to attend 

the U. S. Naval War College. In June, 1951 he 

commenced a tour of duty with the Central 

Intelligence Agency and then served as Executive 

Officer of the USS CORREGIDOR. In April, 1954 

he took command of Patrol Squadron 5 which won 

the CNO Safety Award in fiscal year 1955. Captain 

Matton then went to the U. S. Naval Photographic 

Center as Executive Officer and to Commander, 

Fleet Air Wings, Atlantic as Assistant Chief of Staff 

for Readiness. Captain Matton was on the faculty 

of the Armed Forces Staff College from 1960 to 

1962. Captain Matton was Commanding Officer 

USS DENEBOLA from August 1962 to August 1963

and then Commanding Officer of the Naval 

Reconnaissance and Technical Support Center 

until December 1965.  He was Commander Fleet 

Air Wing Two from February 1966 until May 1967 

and FAW-2 received the Navy Unit Commendation 

during this period.  Prior to his retirement in 1968 

he was Deputy Inspector General, CINCLANTFLT.  

Captain Matton died in July 1992.




Commanding Officer Refo-

August 1963-June 1964

Captain REFO is a graduate of the U.S. 

Naval Academy in the Class of 1940.  After 

serving two years on USS New Mexico he 

received his designation as a Naval Aviator.  

During a one year tour of duty, with Patrol 

Bombing Squadron VPB-127,  he held 

positions of Flight and Executive Officer. 

Just prior to VE-Day, Captain REFO, 

reported to the U.S. Navy Academy Post 

graduate School for a course in Ordnance 

Engineering (Aviation) culminating in a 

year of advanced study at Massachusetts 

Institute of Technology and a Master of 

Science degree.  He was one of the plank 

owners, of the Navy’s first atomic bombing 

squadron, VC-5 and served seven years in 

Heavy Attack aircraft billets, the last as 

Commanding Officer on her first Sixth Fleet 

deployment.  Following three years in the 

POLARIS program, where he was awarded 

the Legion of Merit, Captain REFO was 

assigned to the National War College for 

one year and subsequently to Staff, Carrier 

Division TWO as Operations Officer.  

Captain REFO was Deputy Missile 

Development Officer in the Bureau of Naval 

Weapons September, 1962 to August 5, 

1963, at which time he assumed command 

of  USS DENEBOLA.  His next command 

was Commanding Officer of USS 

RANDOLPH (CVS-15).  He died November 

1986.  Reference:  Ships Crew Book dated 

1963-64





Commanding Officer Eggeman 

June 1964-July 1966

Captain Eggeman was born in Grand Haven, 

Michigan, 14 January 1918. He was 

educated in Lakewood Public Schools of 

Lakewood, Ohio and received a 

Commission as Ensign in the Naval 

Reserve upon graduation.Ordered to active 

duty in September of 1941, Captain 

Eggeman was assigned to the staff of the 

Commander South Pacific and 

subsequently to South and Central Pacific 

Amphibious commands.  He was awarded

the Bronze Star Medal and the Navy Unit 

Citation as Boat Control Officer for 

Amphibious landings at Saipan, Leyte Gulf, 

and Iwo Jima, Post War assignments 

included Operations Officer of the heavy 

cruiser Salem, Command of the Destroyer 

Putnam, Staff of ASW Carrier Division 18 

and Shore Assignments in OPNAV and 

the Joint Staff of JCS. Captain Eggeman is 

married and has three sons.  He has been 

active in Boy Scout activities in Fairfax 

County, Virginia and enjoys sailing and 

fishing as hobbies.Reference:  Ships 

Crew Book dated 1964-65


 Captain Leland B. Cornell 
July 1965- September 1966

Captain Cornell was born in Denison, 

Texas on 13 November 1919 and attended 

Southeastern State College in Durant, 

Oklahoma. In December of 1941 he entered

the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and was

 designated a naval aviator in August 1942.

As a fighter pilot during WWII he participated

in the Solomon Islands Campaign. During

the pacific war, he downed 5 enemy planes

and is listed as an "ACE".Captain Cornell 

was Assistant Air Officer on USS TARAWA 

( CVA- 40)  In 1956 he served on staff of

COMCARDIV FOUR  as Air Operations and 

Special Weapons Officer. In 1957 he took 

command ofVA-25 and in 1959 took command

of VA-65. After Commanding USS DENEBOLA

Captain Cornell served in the Pentagon 

( Op-05 ) for a few months and then became 

Commanding Officer of Lemoore Navel Air 

Station,  Lemoore, California from July 1967 

to July 1969. After Lemoore, he served on staff

of the Commandant 12th Naval District San 

Francisco from 1969 to 1971. In July 1971 he 

became Chief of Staff of the 12th Naval District

 San Francisco and retired in July of 1973.

Leland B. Cornell remains very active and 

will be celebrating his 86th birthday this 

November.


      

                   Captain Bach  

Captain Bach -

September 1966-October 1967 

Captain Bach was born in McVille North Dakota on  

3 January 1923. He attended Wisconsin State 

College in LaCrossse, Wisconsin ,and joined the 

Navy as an aviation cadet in 1943. He won his 

wings and commission the following year.  As a 

carrier based fighter pilot he participated in five 

campaigns against the Japanese, winning the 

Distinguished Flying Cross and seven Air Medals.  

He also wore the Presidential Unit Citation for 

service aboard USS HORNET during World War II.  

Later tours of duty have included five deployments 

to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. During the 

first two, Captain Bach was Operations Officer 

and Officer-in-Charge, respectively, of night 

attack detachments of VA (AW) 33.  The third was 

as Commanding Officer of light jet attack squadron 

106, and the last two were as Air Officer of USS 

INDEPENDENCE.  Captain Bach has also 

commanded a large replacement Air Group 

Squadron 43.  Attack Squadron 106 won the Airlant 

Battle Efficiency award under Captain Bach's 

command.  He personally scored six "E's" in eight 

competitive events.  USS INDEPENDENCE won 

the Admiral Flatley Award for safety in carrier air 

operations during Captain Bach's tour as Air Officer.  

Captain Bach has a BA in Foreign Affairs from 

George Washington University, and is a graduate 

of the Naval Test Pilot School and the National 

War College.  He took command of the USS 

DENEBOLA on 7 September 1966. Captain Bach 

and the former Sally Ann Glidden of San Diego, 

California have one daughter, Rebecca. 

Reference:  Ships Crew Book dated 1967


Commanding Officer 
October 1967 -July 1969

Captain Quinley R. (Dutch) Schulz was a sailor's Captain. 

He truly cared for his crew and frequently would stop the 

ship dead in the water and over the 1MC you would hear 

"Now swim call." I grabbed my trunks and put them on 

running to the port side bulwark. As I climbed up I 

looked to my right and up on the 03 level port wing was 

"Dutch", a perfect dive. I nearly killed myself diving from 

main deck. Another time In Valletta, Malta the ship ran 

a ground in the harbor. If I remember correctly "Dutch" 

got scuba equipment on and went down under the ship 

to "Assess" any damage. There was none. I have written 

to Dutch to see if he can give us his bio and photo.

Submitted by John Train EM2 1969-1973

Captain H. G. Rodgers 
July 1969- October 1970

 

 

 

Submitted by 

RM2 Tom Jurgensen 69-70 

Captain Carl H. Herrick 
October 1970-April 1972
 
  Commanding Officer James F. Todd
March 1972 - January 21, 1974

Commander James F. Todd was born in Dearborn, 

Michigan, enlisted in the Navy in 1949,  entered the 

United states Naval academy in 1951 by fleet 

appointment and was graduated in 1955. After 

receiving his commission he served on various 

ships and staffs of both the Pacific and Atlantic 

Fleets. These included USS WISCONSIN (BB-64), 

USS WALKE (DD-723), USS CORRY (DD-817) and 

Staff, Commander Cruiser Division THREE. 

Commander Todd Studied Engineering Electronics 

at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, 

California and taught at the U.S. Naval Academy, 

Annapolis, Maryland. His also served as Plans 

Officer for Fleet Electronics Warfare Support Group 

and Commanding Officer, USS TUTULLA (ARG-4) 

which was transferred to the Republic of China Navy

on 21 February 1972 after it completed duties in the 

brown rivers of Vietnam. Change of Command 

ceremonies were on 21 January 1974 when 

Commander Richard F. Dewey assumed command 

of USS DENEBOLA.Reference: 

Welcome aboard brochure

 

 

Captain Dewey passed away on April 12, 2007 of heart failure.  He will be missed by his family, friends and the Denebola crew.

Memorial Service was on April 29, 2007 Colfax, California

Commander  Richard F. Dewey
January 1974- 1975
  

A native of San Francisco, California, Captain 

Dewey entered active duty upon acceptance of 

a commission as Ensign from the NROTC Unit at 

Stamford University, on 6 September 1956.

Following an initial tour as Security Officer, U.S. 

Naval Biological Laboratory, Oakland, California, 

he embarked upon a series of sea duty 

assignments commencing when he reported to 

USS Brown (DD546), in November 1957.  

Succeeding tours, in order, included assignments o

in USS Saint Paul (CA73), Beach Jumper Unit ONE, 

USS Chicago(CG11) and USS Bayfield(APA33).  

In April 1967, then LT. CMDR. Dewey commenced 

a dual assignment with the Naval Advisory Group, 

Republic of Vietnam, and the US Navy River Patrol 

Force in the Mekong Delta region of Southeast Asia.  

During this tour he saw combat action on numerous 

occasions including during the Viet Cong Tet 

Offensive of 1968.Then came a tour ashore with 

the NATO staff of Commander Naval Striking and 

Support Forces, Southern Europe.  Following 

promotion, Commander Dewey returned to sea as 

Executive Officer, USS Concord(AFS5) and from 

Jan.1974 to Jan.1976, he served as Commanding 

Officer, USS Denebola(AF56). A series of staff 

assignments started when he reported for duty as 

Operations Officer, Commander Service Group 

ONE in Feb.1976.  It was while serving as Training 

Officer and Chief Staff Officer at Fleet Training 

Group, San Diego, that he was promoted to the 

rank of Captain on 1 April 1978.  Next came duty 

as Chief Inspector and Chief Staff Officer, Military 

Sealift Command, Pacific, followed by a tour on 

the staff of Commander Naval Forces Marianas.  

Captain Dewey's final tour of duty was as 

Commanding Officer, Naval and Marine Corps 

Reserve Readiness Center, Sacramento, 

California from which he transferred to the retired 

list effective 1 July 1987.  Captain Dewey's 

decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with 

Combat Action Ribbon plus various unit citations 

and service medals.  He is qualified for both the 

Navy Expert Rifleman and Navy Expert Pistol 

Shot Medals. Captain Dewey is married to the 

former Diane M. Morgan of La Mesa, California.  

Their marriage has been blessed with four children 

and seven grandchildren.  In the course of their 

naval career they have lived in the areas of San 

Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco, California: 

Norfolk, Virginia: Yokosuka, Japan: Naples, Italy: 

and the Territory of Guam, Mariana Islands.  The 

Dewey's reside in retirement near Colfax, California 

where they enjoy the many opportunities for hunting, 

fishing and skiing offered by that region of the Sierra 

Nevada Mountains.

 

 Commander Doolittle
January - April 1976

Commander Doolittle was commissioned Ensign, 

U.S. Navy Reserve through the NROTC Contract 

Program upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree

from Brown University in June 1958.  he served as 

Deck Division Officer aboard USS Franklin D. 

Roosevelt (CVA-42) from July 1958 until June 1960, 

when he was released from active duty.  he was 

recalled to active duty in April 1961 and served in 

the Bureau of Naval Personnel until September 

1963.  Commander Doolittle's next duty was in the 

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Office of 

Naval Intelligence) where he served from October 

1963 to February 1966.  He then attended the 

Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School at 

Quantico, Virginia from March 1966 to July 1966.  

Commander Doolittle then served as Operations 

Officer of USS Uvalde (LLA-88) until September 

1968 and from October 1968 to November 1970, 

he was Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve 

Center, Binghamton, New York.  His next duty was 

as Executive Officer of USS Waccamaw (AO-109) 

from January 1971 to April 1972.  He served in the 

Bureau of Naval Personnel from June 1972 to July 

1974 and in the Office of the Chief of Naval 

Operations from August 1974 to November 1975.  

He assumed command of USS Denebola (AF-56) 

in January 1976 and served in that capacity until 

the ship's decommissioning in April 1976.  He 

was promoted to Commander  on 1 July 1973.  

A native of Hamden, Connecticut, he is married to 

the former Katherine Ann Hill, of Hyde Park, New 

York.  The Doolittle's have a daughter, Ann and 

a son, Scott.  After Denebola, Commander Doolitte 

reported for duty as Commanding Officer, USS 

Nitro (AE-23).