Commander Kurfess inducted David Wells as a new member of Post 8870 at our February Post meeting
Born in Everett WA, David Wells graduated from South Eugene High School in 1966 and joined the Navy in January 1967. After boot camp in San Diego he attended Naval Tactical Data Systems school in Vallejo, CA. (Naval Tactical Data System was a computerized information processing system first deployed in the early 1960s for use in combat ships.)
In August of 1968 he was assigned to the USS Mahan, DLG11 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. they made regular trips to the Gulf of Tonkin over the next two years. The ship returned to San Diego in January 1971. On the way home a a detour was taken to Australia and New Zealand for short stays in Brisbane, Sydney and Wellington. On crossing the equator, David experienced the Neptune ceremony, & after a day of hazing, became a Shellback. He was then transferred to the schools command at Vallejo where he served as an instructor until discharge in January of 1973. David lives in Edmonds with wife Kate of 42 years. They have three children and 2 grandchildren. Retired in 2018 and David enjoys playing Pickleball, hiking and drawing. Welcome Aboard!