Friday, May 3, 2013
How a letter reconnected Naval officers - 38 years later
Read about how a letter reconnects the former XO of USS BARBOUR COUNTY (LST 1195) and the former CO of USS LASSEN (DDG 82) many years later.
Commander Hung Ba Le was the commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS LASSEN (DDG 82) from April 2009 to December 2010. One of seven destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, Lassen's namesake is Commander Clyde E. Lassen, who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam. Commander Le is currently serving as a fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs in Cambridge, MA.
Read Thomas E. Ricks column HERE.
Hat tip to LCDR Christopher Nelson for pointing me to this article. He has a excellent blog HERE.