Cdr. J. J. Doak, Jr.
Cdr. K. V. Johnson
Cdr. J. D. Faull
LCdr. O. C. Chisum
Cdr. G. G. Bailey
Cdr. A. D. Branch
Cdr. Allen Smith III
Cdr. Siras D. Browning
Cdr. Peter S. Corr, Jr.
Cdr. Kenneth F. Robinson
Cdr. Wayne E. Hagan
Cdr. Thomas M. Mc Nicholas, Jr.
Cdr. William T. Shiffer, Jr.
Cdr. Grant D. Fulkerson
Cdr. Neil M. Brennan
Cdr. Francis J. Mc Caffery
Cdr. Johnnie F. Nemec
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COMMANDER J.J. DOAK JR., USN
COMMANDING OFFICER 11 August 1962 - 11 December 1963
Commander Joseph J. Doak Jr., USN, was born on 30 January 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended Public Schools and Saint Joseph’s College. He is a graduate
of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1944, he was assigned to the
USS QUINCY (CA-71) and served in her throughout the remainder of World War II.
Following the war, Commander Doak served in a variety of sea and shore assignments.
In July 1951, he was ordered to USS HEALY (DD672) for the first of several tours of duty in various billets in destroyers, including Gunnery Officer of
HEALY, and Executive Officer of
USS BORDELON (DDR-881) and commanding officer of USS VAN VOORHIS
and USS DOUGLAS H. FOX (DD-779. His shore assignments had been as an instructor at
the Naval Academy and at Tufts University.
On the 11th of August 1962, at the moment of breaking her commissioning pennant,
USS BARNEY (DDG-6) became the responsibility of her first commanding officer - Commander
Joseph J. Doak, Jr. On 11 December 1963 at La Spezia, Italy, he was relieved as Commanding Officer by Commander Keith V. Johnson.
COMMANDER KEITH V. JOHNSON, USN
COMMANDING OFFICER 11 December 1963 - 23 July 1965
Commander Keith V. Johnson, USN, was born on 12 December 1923 in Fremont, Nebraska.
He was commissioned ensign, USNR upon graduation from the Reserve Midshipmen School at the University of Northwestern in 1944. His first tour of duty was as Gunnery Officer aboard the USS LST-1073. In 1946, he received his commission in the regular Navy. Following this, Commander Johnson served in a variety of sea billets; aboard USS BOXER
USS BRADFORD (DD-945) in Gunnery and Operations Departments; as Executive Officer of
USS ROBINSON (DD562) and as Commanding Officer of USS CHARLES E. BRANNON
Commander Johnson’s shore duty assignments included duty as Assistant Attaché
in the US Embassies in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a tour on the staff of the Commander in Chief, US Atlantic Fleet. In 1959he attended the Armed Forces Staff College.
Prior to his assignment to BARNEY, Commander Johnson was the Operations Officer aboard
USS ALBANY (CG-10). He became BARNEY's second commanding Officer at La
Italy , on 11 December 1963, while the ship was on her first deployment with the Sixth Fleet.
J. D. Faul
COMMANDING OFFICER 24 July 1965 - 16 Feb 1966
Commander George C. Bailey
Officer 18 June 1966 - 26 July 1968
George G. Bailey joined the Navy in 1943 and was commissioned as Ensign
from the Naval Reserve Officer’s Training Corp, Tufts College at
Medford, Massachusetts in March 1946.
After commissioning, Commander Bailey was ordered to his first
tour of duty on the USS Topeka
(CL 67) where he served as Gunnery and Navigation Division Officers.
the Korean conflict he was assigned duties as Gunnery Division Officer
aboard the USS Sicily (CVE
118) and spent a year at Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas.
In 1955, Commander Bailey reported aboard the USS
Toledo (CA 133) as Guided Missile Officer.
He left the Toledo in 1957 and became an Instructor at the U. S.
Naval Line School. Teaching
only lasted a year, however, for
Commander Bailey was selected for U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in
graduated in 1960 with a masters degree in Electrical Engineering.
His next set of orders took him back to sea again as Executive
Officer of the USS Harlan R.
Dickson (DD 708). Following
two years of duty on board Dickson,
Commander Bailey reported to the USS
Preserver (ARS 8) in 1962 as Commanding Officer.
With his extensive guided missile and engineering background, he
was well qualified for his last billet which he held before reporting to
the Barney, Chairman of the Systems Engineering Committee and Instructor
in the Weapons Department, U. S. Naval Academy, from 1963 until 1966.
Bailey is married to the former Joanne Smith of Berkeley, California.
They have three children, Sherry,. Kent, and George, and reside
in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Commander A. Deon
Commanding Officer 26 July
1968 - 3 December 1969
A. Deon Branch, United States Navy, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, was
commissioned from the United States Navy Academy in 1951.
Since then he has served as Gunnery Officer, USS
Miller (DD-535), Main Battery Officer, USS
Iowa (BB-61), Executive Officer, USS
Hazelwood (DD-531). He
has commanded USS San Jacquin
County (LST-1122), USS Sussex
(AK-213), and USS Cromwell
(DE-1014). Commander Branch
has also served as Flag Lieutenant to Commander Service Force, Atlantic
Fleet and as Operations Officer to Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla
1963, he received a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis from
the U. S. Naval Post Graduate School. Since the summer of 1966, he has
been assigned to the Office of Program Appraisal which functions in
direct support of the Secretary of the Navy.
Branch relieved Commander G. G. Bailey on 26 July 1968 and assumed
command of the Barney.
Allen Smith, III
Officer 3 December 1969 - 20 May 1971
Allen Smith, III was born in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from the
U. S. Naval Academy in 1954. He
reported to the Barney from duty as Executive Officer of the USS Biddle (DLG 34). He
has previously served in the destroyers Damato
and Robert K. Huntington and
has commanded the Ocean Minesweeper Affray.
assignments include duty at the Fleet Training Center at Norfolk, the
U.S. Naval Academy, and the Strategic Plans and Policy Division in the
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
Commander Smith is a graduate of the Command and Staff Course at
the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
to the former Donna Rae James of Indianapolis, Indiana, Commander Smith
has three daughters, Dee Ann, Dixie and Ashley, and twin sons, Allen IV
assumed command of Barney on 3 December 1969.
Commander Siras D. Browning
Commanding Officer 20 May 1971 - 25 August 1972
Siras D. Browning received his introduction to destroyers while a
Storekeeper Seaman. It was
after serving on board the USS
Ozbourn (DD 846) that he entered the University of Texas where he
received his commission upon graduation.
is the third ship to have him in command.
The USS Hammerberg (DE
1015) and the USS Mitscher
(DDG 35) have also had this distinction.
and his wife Marjorie and their two daughters, Helen and Mary, live in
Virginia Beach where gardening, woodworking and, whenever there is
enough time, oil painting helps him to relax from the pressures of the
Peter S. Corr, Jr.
Officer 25 August 1972 - 1 March 1974
Peter S. Corr, Jr. was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in
1958. He is a native of
Providence, Rhode Island. Upon
graduation he was introduced to destroyers by serving as Communications,
CIC and Operations Officer of USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865). Later
he served as CIC Officer of the USS Dahlgren (DLG 12) and as Executive Officer of the Claude V.
Ricketts (DDG 5). He has
been Commanding Officer of the USS
Kingbird (MSC 194).
of shore duty have included participation in the Nuclear Power Training
Program and service in Washington, D.C. in the Bureau of Naval Personnel
and as Personal Aide to the Chief of Naval Material.
He has attended the Armed Forces Staff College and he received a
Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University.
Corr’s record is one of high achievement.
The performance of the Barney
in STANAVFORLANT is in keeping with that record.
Wayne E. Hagan
19 December 1975 - 13 January 1978
Wayne E. Hagan graduated from Quincy College in 1955. After
attending graduate school at University of Mississippi, he entered
Officer Canidate School, Newport, Rhode Island; graduating with the
Class 39 in October 1958. Upon being commissioned he reported to
the USS San Joaquin County (LST-1122) and served as Damage
Control Assistant, Communications and Operations Officer. Commander
Hagan left active duty in December 1961 to attend graduate school at St.
Louis University, after which he returned to duty and augmented to
Regular Navy in February 1963.
attending a four-month Combat Information Center course at Glynco,
Georgia, Commander Hagan reported to USS
Mullany (DD-528) as Operations Officer.
His next billet was Communications Officer on Commander
Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla ELEVEN Staff where he was awarded the Navy
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and graduated from the Staff
Communications curriculum in 1969.
After graduating, Commander Hagan served as Executive Officer of USS
Hawkins (DD-873) from September 1969 to March 1971 during which time
the ship was assigned to the NATO Standing Naval Force. He reported to Commander Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-TWO in
March 1971 and served as Chief Staff Officer until September 1972 and
then moved to Washington, DC for duty in the Defense Communications
Agency as a project Manager in the Facilities Acquisition Branch.
prior to his present assignment, Commander Hagan served as Executive
Officer of USS Biddle (CG-34).
He is designated a proven sub specialist in communications.
Hagan is married to the former Margaret Koch of Cairo, Illinois and they
have three children: Mark, Shawn and Kathleen.
T. M. Mc Nicholas, Jr.
Officer 13 January 1978 - 27 October 1980
Commander Thomas M. Mc
Nicholas, Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was commissioned in 1961 upon graduation from the U.S. Naval
Academy. After his initial
tour as Damage Control Assistant aboard USS
Allen M. Sumner, Commander
Mc Nicholas attended the U.S. Naval Destroyer School in Newport, Rhode
Island, and was then assigned as Chief Engineer aboard USS
Jonas Ingram until May 1965.
June 1965 until June 1966, Commander Mc Nicholas attended graduate
school at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute where he earned a Master of
Science degree in Industrial Management. He then served as an instructor on the Leadership and
Management Committee at Annapolis until August 1969 when he assumed
command of the Ocean Minesweeper USS
August 1971 until June 1972, Commander Mc Nicholas attended the Command
and Staff Course of the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode
Island. From June 1972
until June 1975 he served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel as head of
the Officer Recall and Release Branch and of the Temporary Additional
Duty Orders Branch. In
September 1975 he reported to USS
William H. Standley as Executive Officer where
he served until November 1977.
Commander Mc Nicholas relieved Commander W. E. Hagan during
change of command ceremonies aboard USS
Barney on 13 January 1978.
More information on Thomas Mc
Nicholas, Jr. can be found
W. T. Shiffer, Jr. USN
Officer 27 October 1980 - 18 November 1982
Commander William T. Shiffer, Jr., U.S. Navy, was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He attended Elmhurst College and is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. Commander Shiffer enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in 1962.
He attended Officer Candidate School, Newport Rhode Island and was commissioned Ensign, United States Naval Reserve in 1964. He augmented to the
United States Navy in 1966.
Commander Shiffer has served primarily in Destroyer Type Ships. His initial sea assignment was as Communications Officer in
USS Somers (DD-845). He subsequently served in the commissioning crew of
VOGE (FF-1047) and in USS BAUSELL. Shiffer Commissioned USS SURPRISE (PG-97) as Commanding Officer and served as Executive Officer in
His assignments ashore include Financial Manager, Combat Systems Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Administrative Assistant and Aide to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Surface Warfare); Director of Management Systems in the Recruiting Advertising Department, Navy Recruiting Command; and Assistant Surface Commander Assignment Officer, Naval Military Personnel Command.
Commander Shiffer is a graduate of the Naval Destroyer School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the Senior Officer Material Readiness Course. Personal Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (second award) and the Navy Achievement Medal. He assumed command of
BARNEY (DDG-6) on 27 October 1980.
Grant D. Fulkerson
18 November 1982- 18 May 1985
Captain Fulkerson graduated from the United
States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in 1964. His first assignment was on USS
GRIDLEY (DLG 21). After graduation from the U.S. Naval Destroyer
School in March 1967, he reported aboard the USS
BEATTY (DD756) as Weapons Officer.
His next tour was with the Fleet Command Unit of the U.S.
Military Advisory Group Vietnam, where he served as an advisor onboard
the Vietnamese river gun boat, LSSL-229.
Captain Fulkerson received a Master of Science Degree in
Personnel Administration from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, CA. Captain Fulkerson was assigned as an instructor at the
U.S. Naval Academy in the Naval Weapons and Systems Engineering
Department (1971-1974). Following
a tour as Combat Systems Officer in USS BAINBRIDGE (CG 25) from 1975 to 1977, he assumed duties as
Executive Officer, USS HULL
(DD-945). In 1979, Captain
Fulkerson was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
(OP‑11) as the Head of the Military Manpower/Hardware Procurement
November 1982, Captain Fulkerson assumed command of USS
BARNEY (DDG 6). During
his tour in BARNEY, the ship completed a successful overhaul, numerous
underway training periods including two Caribbean cruises and a
deployment to the Persian Gulf. Captain
Fulkerson completed a 30 month tour on BARNEY in May 1985.
Fulkerson was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and
Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, RI.
In 1986 he was assigned as the Operations Officer for CCDG-8 in
October 1988 Captain Fulkerson assumed command of the Guided Missile
Cruiser, USS BIDDLE (CG-34).
Following a 2 year tour on BIDDLE, he reported to the Joint Staff as
Deputy Director for the Manpower and Personnel Directorate.
Captain Fulkerson served for a year on the Navy Presentation Team
before retiring in June 1994.
and Mrs. Fulkerson, the former Ann Gillen of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
have two sons, Michael and David. Ann and Grant currently reside in
Neil M. Brennan
COMMANDING OFFICER 18 May 1985- 6 June 1987
M. Brennan is a native of Annapolis, Maryland.
He attended the U. S. Naval Academy and was graduated in 1966
with a degree in Naval Science and was commissioned Ensign, USN.
completing Nuclear Power Training, he served on board USS
Bainbridge (CGN 25) from 1968 to 1970 as Auxiliaries Officer and
later as Damage Control Assistant.
After completing the Department Head Course at the Naval
Destroyer School, he served in USS
Rich (DD 820) as Weapons Officer in 1971 and 1972.
In August, 1972 he reported for duty at the Naval Academy as the
Fourth Company Officer.
He then returned to sea duty in October of 1975 as Electrical
Officer in USS Long Beach (CGN
Brennan served on the staff, Commander Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific
Fleet, from January, 1978 to July, 1979 as a member of the Nuclear
Propulsion Mobile Training Team and as Maintenance Manager for USS
Enterprise (CVN 65).
served as Executive Officer on board USS
California (CGN 36) from November, 1979 to May, 1982.
He then reported for duty at the Naval Military Personnel Command
as head, Surface Nuclear Power Officer Branch and Surface Nuclear Power
assumed command of USS Barney (DDG 6) on May 18, 1985.
McCaffery, Captain USN (RET)
Commanding Officer 6
June1987 - 18 August 1989
Then Commander Francis J.
McCaffery USN was born in Mineola New York.
He graduated from Marquette University in 1968 and was
commissioned via the ROTC (contract) program.
Sea Tours included Gunnery
Officer aboard USS LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD-729); Air Missile Officer aboard
USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA-42); Weapons Officer aboard USS BORDELON
(DD881); Operations Officer aboard USS DAHLGREN (DDG 43); and Executive
Officer aboard USS CLAUDE V. RICKETTS (DDG-5).
Shore assignments included US
Naval Destroyer School as a student (class 35); Defense Intelligence
School; Assistant Head and later Head of Department of Naval Science at
the US Merchant Marine Academy. During this tour he earned a MS in
Political Science and International Law from St. Johns University.
Integrated Tactical Systems Department Head at Fleet Combat Training
Center Atlantic; and Senior Air Warfare Instructor at Tactical Training
As a Lieutenant, Captain
McCaffery commanded USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) and later Commanded Fleet
Training Unit, Atlantic prior to assuming command of BARNEY.
Subsequent Command tours included Commander US Military
Assistance Group Philippines and Commanding Officer Fleet Training
Center, Norfolk Virginia.
his service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious
Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (2 Gold Stars); Navy
Commendation Medal with Combat V (2 Gold Stars) and numerous unit,
campaign and service awards.
Johnnie F. Nemec
COMMANDING OFFICER 18 Aug 1989- 17 Dec 1990
Johnnie F. Nemec was born in Taylor, Texas on 10 February 1949.
After attending parochial grammar school, and public high school in
Jarrell, Texas, he graduated from Southwestern University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1972. Following
graduation, Commander Nemec attended Officer Candidate School and was
commissioned an Ensign in 1972.
first sea duty assignment included duties as Communications Watch
Officer and CMS Custodian on the staff of Commander, FIRST/THIRD
Fleet. He then served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer in USS
RATHBURNE (FF-1057). Following six months of surface warfare
department head school in Newport, Rhode Island, Commander Nemec served
as Engineering Officer aboard USS SAMPSON (DDG-10) from October 1976
through July 1978. In August 1978 he reported to USS SURIBACHI
(AE-21) to serve as Navigator and First Lieutenant until June 1980.
a short tour as the Surface Initial Assignment Officer at Naval Military
Personnel Command in Washington, DC, he returned to sea as Executive
Officer of USS HARRY W. HILL (DD-440) in December 1982. Commander
Nemec commanded USS EXPLOIT (MSO-440)from December 1984 to April
1987. Subsequently, he serves as instructor at the Surface Warfare
Officers School in Newport, RI as an instructor at the in the PCO/PXO
Training Department. Commander Nemec holds the following decorations:
Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Battle Efficiency Award
(four awards) and the National Defense Medal.
Nemec is married to the former Alicia M. Favata of Bronx, New York.