The Heritage Committee is focused on ensuring that the US Navy Supply Corps captures the rich history of the Supply Corps and the Supply Corps contributions to the Navy and to the United States.
The Heritage Committee reaches out to former Supply Corps officers to gather "sea stories". The first article in this endeavour is by RADM (ret) Robert Phillips. RADM Phillips gives a fascinating account of the Navy Supply Corps involvement in DaNang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War in the excerpt below:
"To understand the Navy Supply Corps involvement in the "I" corps (the five Northern Provinces of VietNam) Tactical Zone, one needs to go back to the events which occurred in the 1968 Lebanon Crisis.
An oversimplified version is that the USMC was sent in to assist the Lebanese government and they were to secure the airport. The USMC WWII experiences were not of a garrison variety but rather to take control by an amphibious landing, secure the island, and move on to the next island. In Beirut they quickly landed and secured the airport but over the following months it became apparent that they did not have a sustainable system for getting logistical support from the waterfront to the troops."
Read the entire story here.
Photos courtesy of RADM (ret) Phillips
THE VINTAGE OAKLEAF CLUB
The Heritage Committee is compiling and archiving the rich historical impact that our most senior Supply Corps officers have had on our Navy and our community. We have a list of our most senior Supply Corps officers called the “The Vintage Oakleaf Club”.
The committee will be contacting each member of our Vintage Oakleaf Club, or their associated family members, to capture their stories. Information that will be sought includes name, rank, years of service, tours, post Navy career accomplishments, as well as photos and sea stories. The Heritage Committee will ultimately feature each member in the Oakleaf, on the Foundation website, and also the Navy Supply Corps Newsletter for the enrichment and appreciation of our entire Supply Corps Community.
If you know of any Supply Corps officers 90 years and older who we may be able to add to our list and contact, please contact CAPT (ret) Joe Spruill.