Commanding Officers USS Gurke (DD-783)
COMMAND AT SEA
THE PRESTIGE, PRIVILEGE
AND BURDEN OF COMMAND
By Joseph Conrad
Only a seaman realizes to what extent an entire ship reflects the personality and ability of one individual, her Commanding Officer. To a landsman, this is not understandable, and sometimes it is difficult for us to comprehend - but it is so.
A ship at sea is a distant world in herself and in consideration of the protracted and distant operations of the fleet units, the Navy must place a great power, responsibility, and trust in the hands of those leaders chosen for command.
In each ship there is one man who, in the hour of emergency of peril at sea, can turn to no other man. There is one who, alone, is ultimately responsible for the safe navigation, engineering performance, accurate gunfire and morale of his ship. He is the Commanding Officer. He is the ship.
This is the most difficult and demanding assignment in the Navy. There is not an instant during his tour as Commanding Officer that he can escape the grasp of command responsibility. His privilegesin view of his obligations are almost ludicrously small; nevertheless, command is the spur which has given the Navy its great leaders.
It is a duty which most richly deserves the highest time honored title of the seafaring world… "CAPTAIN"
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|CDR K. LOVELAND, USN||MAY 1945 - JUN 1946|
|CDR W. L. TAGG, USN||JUN 1946 - AUG 1947|
|CDR C. E. KING, USN||AUG 1947 - AUG 1948|
|CDR W. W. WALKER, USN||AUG 1948 - MAR 1950|
|CDR F. M. RADEL, USN||MAR 1950 - AUG 1952|
|CDR E. J. FOOTE, USN||AUG 1952 - JUL 1954|
|CDR E. M. ROSENBERG, USN||JUL 1954 - MAR 1956|
|CDR A. J. LITTLE, USN||MAR 1956 - NOV 1957|
|CDR M. D. NORTON, USN||NOV 1957 - DEC 1958|
|CDR S. T. EDGERTON, USN||DEC 1958 - OCT 1960|
|CDR R. E. KIPE, USN||OCT 1960 - AUG 1962|
|CDR C. R. ANDERSON, USN||AUG 1962 - JUL 1963|
|CDR T. R. KENT, USN||JUL 1963 - JAN 1965|
|CDR J. W. WILSON, USN||JAN 1965 - AUG 1966|
|CDR J. F. MURPHY, USN||AUG 1966 - APR 1968|
|CDR E. B. ACKERMAN, USN||APR 1968 - JUL 1969|
|CDR R. A. BERGER, USN||JUL 1969 - MAY 1971|
|CDR D. T. HOLLY, JR., USN||MAY 1971 - NOV 1972|
|CDR J. L. HOLLAND, USN||NOV 1972 - JAN 1975|
|CDR C. E. WARD, USN||JAN 1975 - JAN 1976|