Captain Peter A. Stark Jr., U.S. Navy, The first Commanding Officer of the
Guided Missile Escort Ship SIX, Julius A. Furer (DEG-6) has Completed Twenty
one Yeras in the Navy.
Born in Timmins, Ontario Canada and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, he was
graduated from Hibbing High School in 1946. He elisted in the Navy shortly
after graduation and two years later entered the U.S. Naval Academy via the
Naval Preparatory School and a Fleet appointment. Graduating with the Class
of 1952, he was ordered to the USS KEAR-SARGE (CVA-33) where he served until
Transferred in August 1954 to the Pre-Commissioning Detail of Uss Plymouth
Rock (LSD-129) as the Prospective Gunnery Officer.
Subsequent Assignments at sea included: Operations and Executive Officer
on board Command Destroyer Flottilla FOUR as the Project Mercury Retrieval
Techniques Officer, and the first Executive Officer of USS HOEL (DDG-13).
Duties ashore included tours on the Staff Commander Naval Air Force, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet as Ordnance Officer, Ship Material Section; Officer-in-charge
of Naval Pre-paratory School, Bainbridge, Maryland; and Student of the
Command and Staff Course Naval War College.
While a Naval War College student he earned his Master of Science Degree
in the field of International Affairs from George Washington University.
Prior to reporting to the JULIUS A. FURER, Commander Stark was attached
to the Naval Advisory Group, Military Assistance Command Vietnam where he
was assigned duties as first Coastal Zone Advisor to the Vietnamese Navy
and Commander, North Surveillance Group (CTG-115.1) with headquarters
located in Danang, Vietnam. He was relieved as Commanding Officer USS
JULIUS A. FURER (DEG-6) on 2 July 1968 and assumed duties as Force
Personnel Officer for COM CRUDESLANT.
Commander Gardner S. Barrett, U.S. Navy, graduated from Massachusetts
Maritime Academy on September 9, 1951, and was commissioned an Ensign,
U.S. Naval Reserve. From graduation until October of 1955, he served as
a Deck Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. In October 1955, Commander
Barrett came on active duty as Lieutenant Junior Grade, and became Officer
in-charge of the Branch U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, Yokosuka, Japan.
Upon leaving the Hydrographics Office in August of 19957, he became the
Navigator of the USS ARNEB (AKA-56) the following October. While on board
the ARNEB, he participated in Operation Deep Freeze III. From October of
1958, until January of 1961, he was the operations Officer of the USS LLOYD
In Febuary of 1962, Commander BARRETT reported to the Bureau of Naval
Personal as LTJG/ENS Desk Surface Retention Officer. In August of 1963,
he was assigned as Executive Officer of USS MITSCHER (DL-2). Commander
BARRETT assumed his first at-sea command in March 1964, as Commanding
Officer USS JOHN WILLIS (DE-1027. He served in this capacity until July
of 1965, when he attended the Command and Staff Course at the U.S. Naval
War College until June of 1966. This tour was followed by duty with the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington D.C. He assumed his duty as Commanding
Officer, USS JULIUS A. FURER (DEG-6) in August of 1968.