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Sailor getting his LDO commission in 1962
summer 1962 dockery

Sailor getting his LDO commission in 1962

Newport, RI.

There were several ways to get officer commission's back when I was in the navy, and one of the ways was through the Limited Duty Officer program.(LDO) About half of the officers in "Destroyer Development Group Two" at Newport, RI. had come through this program.

This photograph shows Commodore Donald Granville Dockum, and a newly commissioned LT JG, in the summer of 1969.

MORE About Donald G. Dockum


CDR Donald G. Dockum was the commanding officer of the USS Young, DD580 from August 1944 until November 1945.

Captain Dockum was Commanding Officer of DESDIV 342 Newport, RI in 1955

Commanding Officer of the USS Marias, AO 57 from Oct. 31, 1959 until Oct. 27, 1960.

First Commanding officer of the USS Wilkinson.


I though a lot of Commodore Dockum, and after a few years back home I tried to get in touch with him. It took several years to find out that he had died of a heart attack in 1969, while hunting in upstate New York. He often came back to the base on the weekends, or at at night to fish from the piers.

I got to travel with him for six weeks aboard the USS Hugh Purvis, DD 709, in early 1962. No duties, and I got to make a lot of the personal photographs showed here.(Project Mercury)

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Tom Hayes 10-Mar-2011 20:34
Hi Marvin, I'm in your photo!---6th man down the row. Seeing myself there 49 years ago opened a floodgate of fond memories. I spent many a night fishing off the pier with commodore Dockum. One memorable moment occurred when a nitwit, not paying attention to his backcast, slammed an 8 inch casting plug festooned with 5/0 treble hooks into the paint locker seen at the far end of the pier in your photo where it firmly attached itself and remained dangling inches away from Commodore Dockum's head. The Commodore's displeasure at this could be heard all the way to the Naval War College. I was an ET1 in charge of the ECM lab from early '61 till aug '64 and made chief there. I also rode the Hugh Purvis down to Gitmo during the Cuban Missile Crisis. DesDevGru 2 was one of most professionally rewarding and enjoyable tours of duty I had during my 22 year Navy career. Thanks a million for reawakening some really special memories. Tom Hayes CWO2 USN (RET).