1500, February 3, 2001 onboard PCF-104at CISM Field, Naval Amphibious Base,
Coronado, Ca. was an extremely nostalgic sentimental time of day for QMCS John
(Jack) C. Gallop, USNR.
Enlisting in the US Navy a way back in 1966,
this will be his final re-enlistment ceremony which will allow his Military
service to span 30 years. Senior Chief Gallop is presently assigned to NRCFA
Chin Hae Det-1 where he acts in the capacity as the Command Senior Chief at the
Naval Reserve Center, Fresno, Ca.
Senior Chief Gallop is one of a very few men
still on active or reserve duty who actually served during the Vietnam War. He
served with CTF-115 Coastal Squadron One, Coastal Division 12/16 as a crew
member onboard PCF-55 from 5/69 to 11/69, PCF-70 from 11/69 to 3/70, and with
Naval Advisory Group 143 (Swift Boats) Da Nang from 3/70 to 5/70.
The American Flag flying in the breeze from the
Swift Boat flag staff, along with the attached original Commander Coastal
Division 12 pennant of Captain Kenneth B. McGhee, USN, Ret. (then LCDR). The
full dress ship bunting around the Swift Boat Railing on main deck and the 13
American Flags to dress the perimeter of the Small Boat Display. It was
beautiful military setting for the re-enlistment ceremony to be conducted which
was sentimental and a little emotional as the pride could be felt by everyone
in attendance for Senior Chief Gallop's final I DO.
Prior to the commencement of the re-enlistment
ceremony onboard PCF-104, The Commanding Officer, LCDR Steven Semple, USNR-T,
Naval Reserve Center, Fresno, ca. spoke briefly to the assemble group of Family
Members, guests, and Senior Chief's complete reserve unit in attendance in
Senior Chief's family members in attendance for
the ceremony was his wife Barbara, his mother Margaret, aunt and uncle from
Tennessee Mr. & Mrs. Vic Fox, his sister Peggy Bridges, nieces Kaity &
Brittany Bridges, and son-in-law SSgt James V. Staiky.
Friends in attendance was CDR David P. Atencio,
USN, Ret, CDR Ann Fallon, MC, USN, John Branca, and Ralph Fries.
His Reserve Unit members from Task Unit
Coronado in attendance was BMC Miguel Victoring OIC, BM1 Ryan H. Metzler, MR1
Joseph B. Healy, BM2 Edward A. Armstrong, BM2 Henry Perez, BM2 Debra Sanchez,
BM2 Shawn M. Schubert, BM2 Christopher M. Wells, DC2 Token M. Adams, EM2 Eddie
R. Dawson, IC2 Nikki L. Adams, MM2(SS) Terry S. Faubel, MM2 Monty F. Sharp,
MM2(SW) Robert S. Roberson, BM3 Ocegario Prado, MM3 Jack D. Sneed, and SH3