J. ERNER,USN, RET.
Captain Erner began his naval
service in 1950 as an Airman Recruit. He went to Aviation
Electronics Technician School and was then assigned to VP-772..
Subsequently he did a tour of duty in the Korean Conflict
as an airborne radar operator. Departing the squadron as
a 2nd class petty officer, he was assigned as an instructor
in Memphis, Tennessee. During his tour there he was promoted
In 1956 he was selected for commissioning through the Integration
Program. After completion of Officer Candidate School in
Newport, RI he was assigned to the USS Brush (DD-745).
He subsequently served in a number
of destroyers including:
Communications Officer, COMDESRON 9, in USS Mansfield (DD-728)
Weapons Officer, USS Wilkinson (DL-5)
OIC, USS Alvin C. Cockrell (DE-366)
Executive Officer, USS Black (DD-666)
Commanding Officer, USS Perkins (DD-877)
Other assignments included a 2 year tour in Sasebo, Japan
as Officer in Charge of METU 3.
In 1967 he was ordered to Vietnam as an adviser to the Deputy
Fleet Commander of the Vietnamese Navy. He served a year
in-country including the period of the Tet Offensive.
Naval Postgraduate School where
he attained a degree in International Relations.
Air War College, where he also
obtained a Master's Degree from Auburn U.
Commanding Officer, Naval Recruiting
District, Kansas City, MO.
Surface Operations Officer, COMCARGRU
Chief of Staff, Middle East Force.
CNO Staff, Naval Research and
Then CDR Erner assumed command
of USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) in November 1972. It was
unknown at the time but he was to be the last Commanding
Officer of the ship.
CAPT Erner holds the following
awards and decorations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with
V, Navy Commendation (2), Combat Action, VNN Honor Medal
1/c, Navy Good Conduct, Air Medal in Korea, and a number
of campaign and area awards.
CAPT Erner retired in 1981.
Decommissioning of a Great Ship