Ralph reported aboard the Hermitage in May of 1976 as an E3 Machinist Mate. He was discharged in May of 1979 as a MM2. Ralph qualified as a MMOW in the forward engine room and auxiliaryman in A-Gang. He resides in Mogadore, Ohio.
The Hermitage won the afloat football championship. I think won the basketball championship. Won the softball championship. And the stoner swim team showed and swam. Getting a swim team together is what got the Hermitage enough points to secure the Admirals Cup. Olympian Rafer Johnson was the keynote speaker at a Navy banquet when they presented awards.
April 18, 1972