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<ul><li> 1. TOurNavy 1969 NewCapDeviceAuthorizedforSeniorChiefsandMasterChiefs BuPersNotice1020of14January1969announcedachangetoNavyUniform Regulationsthatprovidedforauniquecapdeviceforseniorchiefandmasterchiefpetty officers.Thecapdeviceforseniorchiefpettyofficershadonestarabovethefoulanchor andthemasterchiefdevicehadtwostars.Allseniorchiefsandmasterchiefs,activeand reserve,weredirectedtoimmediatelybeginwearingthedevice. FirstAfricanAmericanNavyNurseCommander NavyNurseHazelP.McCreewasselectedforpromotiontoCommander.She was the first African American woman to attain that rank in the Navy Nurse Corps.CommanderMcCreeenteredthenavyin1956.Shewasagraduateof NewYorksHarlemSchoolofNursingandColumbiaUniversityTeachersCollege where she earned a bachelors and masters degree in student personnel administration.McCreessister,Dorothy,wasalsoaNavyNurse.AHJanuary 1969 NavyChaplainAwardedtheMedalofHonor LieutenantVincentRobertCapodannowasposthumouslyawardedtheMedalof Honor.HewasthethirdchaplaintoreceivetheawardandthesecondNavychaplain tobesohonored.CapodannowaskilledinVietnamwhileservingwithMCompanyof the5th MarineRegiment.ChaplainCapadonna,eventhoughseriouslywounded, ministeredtowoundedanddyingmarines.Hewaskilledwhilerushingtotheaidofa woundedhospitalcorpsman.AHFebruary1969 CombatActionRibbonAuthorized SECNAVNotice1650of17February1969authorizedtheCombatActionRibbon. TheribbonwasauthorizedbytheSecretaryoftheNavyinrecognitionofNavy personnelwhoactivelyengagedingroundandsurfacecombat.Theribbonwasauthorizedforofficer andenlistedpersonnelbelowtherankofCaptain.Sailorsengagedinriverineandcoastalwarfare,SEAL Teams,UDTwereamongthosethatwereimmediatelyeligiblefortheaward.ShipboardSailorswere eligiblewhenthesafetyoftheshipwasendangeredbyenemyattack.TheCombatActionRibbonwas authorizedtobeawardedretroactivelyforcombatactionsthatoccurredfrom1March1961.AHApril 1969 PrototypeUniformofFirstClassPetty </li></ul> <p> 2. The Chief of Naval Personnel has released details of a prototype firstclasspettyofficersuniformwhichhasbeenundergoinglimited reactiontestsforthepasttwomonths.Thisuniform,whichismade of gabardine material, is one more indication that the Navy is focusingmoreattentionontheimprovementoftheappearanceand enhancementoftheprestigeofitsseniorpettyofficers. TheNavyblueuniformconsistsofanavaljackettypecoatandcuff less trousers of straight leg styling. The proposed uniform will be wornwithadistinctivecapwhichcanbewornwithalluniforms.The caphasaclothcoveredbillofthesameNavybluegabardineusedin theuniform.Thewhitecapcoverisaccentedwitha11/4inchblack bandwithflatgoldU.S.NAVYletteringacrossandinfrontofthe cap.Asilverfirstclassratingcapdeviceiscenteredabovetheband onthecapcover. Theuniformcoatissinglebreastedwiththreesilverbuttons.The coats distinctive features are that it is tailored to the end of the sleeve,andithasdoublesideventsintheback.Theratingbadgeand hashmarks, red or gold, are sewn on the left sleeve in the usual positions.Thecoathastwochestpockets,aninsiderightpocketand anoutsidepocketontheleftoverwhichribbonsand/ormedalsareworn.Thecoatiswornoverthe conventionalwhiteshirtandblacktie. Thecufflesstrousershavefrontslashpockets,foreandaftcreases,arightwatchpocket,andtwoback pockets.TheNavybluewebbeltandbucklewillremainthesame.Thisisbynomeansthefinaluniform. Changesmaybemadetoallorpartoftheuniformasthereactiontestscontinue.Thisuniformisalong wayfrombeingforissuetotheFleet,anditwillgetfurtherthoroughtestingandofficialapprovaland thentakeoverayeartomanufactureandstock.AHMAY1969 PolarisBreastPinAwarded TheNavyannouncedthatanewPolarissubmarinebreastpin was beingawardedtopersonnelinshipscompaniesofthesubmarine fleet. The pin which was a successor to the Submarine Combat Patrol Insignia that was awarded for submarine patrols during World War II. The official designation of the pin was SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia. Awards of the pin were retroactive to the first Polaris patrol of the USS GeorgeWashington(SSBN598)whichwascompletedon21January1961.AHJune1969 NavyTransfers109RiverineCrafttoSouthVietnameseNavy 3. During the month of June 1969, the U.S. Navy transferred sixtyfourMobileRiverineForcepatrolboatstotheRepublicof Vietnam Navy (RVN). This brought the total number of river craft transferred to the RVN, in 1969, to over one hundred. Nearly 500 U.S. Navy Sailors were involved in the transfer. Most were reassigned to other Mobile Riverine Force Commands or rotated back to the United States. AH August 1969 EnlistedAdvisorsAppointedtoServeonReservePolicyBoard MCPON Delbert D. Black, Senior Chief Yeoman H.A. Barriger, and Chief Engineman W.D. Shaver were appointed bytheSecretaryoftheNavytoserveon the 1969 National Naval Reserve Policy Board. They were the first enlisted personnelappointedtoactasadvisorsto the board on matters relating to enlisted service members. The board was first convened in 1939. In 1956, it was given statutorystatusbylaw,underTitle10of theU.S.code.AHAugust1969 CPOson1969NRBoardlrENCW.S.Shaver;MCPON DelbertD.Black;RADMJ.T.Burke,Jr.,AssistantCNO(Naval Reserve);andYNCSH.A.Barriger. FireTrucksonAircraftCarriers FiretrucksofthetypeusedonNavyairbases andairstationswereaddedtothefirefighting capability of attack air craft carriers. The addition of fire trucks on flight decks was a response to the threat of fire and explosions that occurred on USS Enterprise CVAN65 and USS Forrestal CVA59. The first trucks were delivered, in March 1969, to USS Kitty Hawk CVA63 and USS Coral Sea CVA43. The fire trucks replaced smaller motorized carts that provedinadequateincombatingthefiresonEnterpriseandForrestal.Thenewtruckscarriedsixtimes morewaterandfoamthanthesmallercartsandhadarangeof100feet.AHAugust1969 4. SocialSecurityAccountNumber(SSAN)replacedServiceNumbers In August 1969, it was announced that the SSAN would replace military service numbers. BuPers Instruction1070.20wouldgointofulleffecton1January1972whenallenlistedservicenumbersand officer file numbers would be replaced by Social Security Numbers. Beginning with the automated personnelandfinancialsystemstheSSANwasphasedinoverthenexttwoandahalfyears.AHAugust 1969 VNeckShirtRulingModified BuPersnotice1020,dated11July1969,modifiedNavyUniformRegulationswhichhadprescribedaV neckundershirtforofficersandchiefpettyofficerstobewornwithTropicalKhakiandTropicalWhite uniforms.ThemodificationrescindedtheauthorizationforchiefpettyofficerstowearVneckunder shirts.OfficerscontinuedwearingtheVneckundershirtornoundershirtifdesired. MasterDiver,DivingOfficers,andNavalObserverInsigniaAuthorized BuPers Notice 1020, dated 16 June 1969, announced that a breast insignia was approved for wear by Master Divers and Diving Officers. Theinsigniawasametalpinwithtwoseahorsesinanuprightposition facingadivinghelmet,withtwotridentsprojectingupwardandcanted outwardfromthehelmetcover.TheDivingOfficerinsigniawasgoldand theMasterDiverinsigniawassilver. ANavalAviationObserverinsigniawasalsoauthorizedtobe wornbyFlightMeteorologistsandNavalAviationObservers notdesignatedasFlightOfficers.Theinsigniawasdescribed asAgoldembroideredorgoldcolormetalpin;wingedwith acentraldeviceconsistingofanOcircumscribinganerect,plainanchor,bothinthecolorsilver;theO andtheanchorinboldrelief,thecenteroftheO;filledwiththecolorgold.Theembroidereddevice shouldbeonabackgroundwhichmatchesthecoloroftheuniformonwhichworn. FiveSubsRetired Five Pacific Fleet submarinesall veterans of World War II actionwere decommissioned at Mare Island.TheywereUSSBream(SS243),Bluegill(SS242),Charr(SS328),Raton(SS270),andTunny(SS 282). Tunny,oldestofthegroup,wascommissioned1Sep1942.ShewonthePresidentialUnitCitationfor thesecondandfifthofherninewarpatrols.In27years,shehasfilledtherolesofFleetsubmarine, guidedmissilesubmarineandunconventionalwarfaresubmarine.Asaguidedmissilesub,shelaunched thefirstRegulusfiredfromasubmarine.Laterforherperformanceisunconventionalwarfaredutiesshe receivedtheMeritoriousUnitCommendation. 5. Raton,commissioned13Jul1943,sank44,000tonsofenemyshippinginsevenpatrols,andreceived twoNavyUnitcommendations. Bluegill,commissioned11Nov1943,sankthelightcruiserYubarionherfirstpatrol,toearnthefirstof twoNavyUnitCommendationsinsixpatrols.Duringthelastpatrol,hercrewmanswarmedashorewith smallarmsandsaberstocapturePratusAtoll,siteofaJapaneseradioandweatherstation.Bluegillmen raisedtheU.S.flagandrenamedtheislandfortheirsubmarine. Breamwascommissioned24Jan1944,andmadesixwarpatrols.Duringone,shemadeasoloattackon acolumnofcruisers.SheeliminatedtheheavycruiserAohafromtheBattleofLeyteGulf;afterwardshe wasseverelydepthchargedandwasclaimedasavictorybyTokyoRose. Charr,commissioned23Sep1944,madethreepatrols.Inonedaringaction,shelayatanchoramileof thecoastofIndochina(nowVietnam)forfourhoursinbroaddaylight,whilecrewmanpaddledashore torescueadownedaviator. </p>