USS Richard E. Byrd DDG-23
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Sept. 18, 2015

I took the below photo through the viewing port in the launcher control station on the Richard E. Byrd. Not sure of the date, as I served on her from 1971-1974. The slogan wrapped around the ship's logo medallion on the launcher trunnion reads “JUST LIKE CANNED HAM, WE STAY READY”. Memory fades, but I believe the phrase was coined by GMMC Cornbread (Jerry) Wilkerson, who made sure the armament lived up to it.

Rhea L. Adams, Jr. GMM2

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