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co_06.jpg (80926 bytes)Captain Jerry A. Dickman is a native of Dunsmuir, California and now resides with his wife in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953, he reported to his first sea duty assignment as DCA aboard the USS WEDDERBURN (DD-684). His next assignment was Executive Officer aboard the USS JEFFERSON COUNTY (LST-845) until August 1957, and then the staff of Amphibious Operational Training Unit, Pacific before attending the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, CA. Following postgraduate school in June 1960 he reported to the Pre-Com Detail and as Engineering Officer of the USS JOHN KING (DDG-3). Subsequent tours included instructor duty at the Naval Destroyer School, Newport, RI, Executive Officer of USS ROBISON (DDG-12) from May 1965 to March 1967, Engineering Officer of USS INTREPID (CV-11) until June 1969 followed by staff assignments at OPNAV and NAVSEASYSCOM. 

Captain Dickman served as Commanding Officer of USS BERKELEY (DDG-15) from June 1971 to October 1972, at a time when the ship was heavily engaged in the Viet Nam conflict. During this period the ship participated in numerous Linebacker Operations, shore bombardment assignments and as part of surface strike forces into Vingh Harbor and Haiphong Harbor during mining operations.

Prior to taking command of the USS REEVES (CG-24) in June 1975, Captain Dickman was assigned as the senior member of the Atlantic Fleet 1200psi Propulsion Examining Board. Following command of USS Reeves he served as ACOS for Command and Control at Operational Test and Evaluation Force.  For his final tour of duty he was assigned to CINCLANT Staff as Special Assistant for the Caribbean Area Security Assistance Program. Following retirement from the U.S. Navy in July 1983 he worked for Q.E.D. Systems in ship repair and overhaul projects.

Captain Dickman’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with combat device and two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Citation (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal and various campaign ribbons.