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.


CWO4 Brian Ashpole, USN - Retired said...

I served with "H" on Ticonderoga. He's a great guy and fantastic leader of Sailors.

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more. I recently served with him at SEVENTH Fleet... finest officer... EVER. Senior Flag in his future!