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Ensign Mel Kowal 1955 header
Ensign Mel Kowal 1955
SECTION 7.
photograph of DER-386 Officers - 1955
Top row left to right:  LTJG Howie Egan, LTJG Dale Mix, LTJG Charley Johnson, 
LTJG Dick Berry, LTJG Don Ruth, LTJG Mel Kowal, LTJG Lou Schlaufman.  

Middle row left to right:  LTJG Pat Howe, LT Tom Fitzgerald, Lt. Cmdr. Ray Davies, 
LTJG Fred Adair, LTJG Clark Gill, LTJG Curt Brotherton.

Bottom row left to right:  Ensign Paul McCarthy, LTJG Terry Rawson, Ensign Irv Levy, 
Ensign Terry Dearborn.     
DER-386 Officers 1955
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photograph of DER-386 at Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington
Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington
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photograph of DER-386 Christmas party - 1955
photograph of a family outing on the DER-386 in Puget Sound
DER-386 Wardroom - 1955 Christmas party
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Family outing on Puget Sound
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Ensign Mel Kowal - 1954
Plank Owner
Electronics Officer
Operations Officer onboard 1954 - 1957 
[All  photographs were most graciously provided by Mel Kowal.]
photograph of Mel Kowal's boat - the MEI LEE
The MEI LEE - Mel's current craft - on U.  S.  Coast Guard  Auxiliary Regatta Patrol for the America's Cup off San Diego several years ago.  Mel is a 21 year member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and is still active in it.  Mel is on the flying bridge waving. 
photograph of Eileen and Mel Kowal
Eileen and Mel Kowal 
(they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November 2004)

Eileen (e. b. kowal) has written 5 children's books and are available HERE

photograph of lamp made from wood salvaged from the Savage
Ashtray made from a 3" 50 mm gun shell casing from the SAVAGE.  Made for Mel by the Engineering Department. 
Mel crafted two lamps from wood that was salvaged from the ECM antenna.  Base is made from circular plastic radar screens.
Mel was presented with this commissioning pennant the day he left the SAVAGE.
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SECTION 7. CONTENTS
BACK TO SECTION 6.Charles W. Bird, LTJGRoger B. Christen, EN3"Admiral"  R. J. Crumley
Raymon J. Crumley, DC3Joseph F. Drouin, QMCEscort Squadron 5Gailon O. Hall, RM2
Gene Hansen, EM3Fred C. Hochreiter, AG2Don Kazimir, LTJGLt. Bruce Keener, III
Ensign Mel KowalHarold "Hal" Lucas, ETN2Roger Nolan Makin, SN2cBobby G. McLeod, A/1c
Nome Visit 1963Nome Visit (2)Officers 1962Edward W. Russell, ET3
Edward P. Stone, LTJG Jesse F. Turner, EN3Jesse F. Turner, EN3 (2)Ron Werner, BMSN

HOMENEW ADDITIONSSITE MAPINTRODUCTION
FOREWORDINVOCATION1. WALTER S. SAVAGE, JR.2.  DE-386 (WWII)
3.  DE-386 CREW4.  DE-386 CREW PHOTOS5.  DE-386 SHIP PHOTOS6.  DER-386 (1955)
7.  DER CREW 1955 - 19648.  DER-386 PHOTOS9.  SAVAGE IN VIETNAM10.  VIETNAM CREW
11.  VIETNAM PHOTOS12.  SHIP'S AWARDS13.  ACTIVE SERVICE TERMINATED14.  REUNION ASSOCIATION
15.  DECEASED16.  ROSTER17  REUNION PHOTOS18.  KEEPSAKES
19.  MISCELLANEOUS20.  SITE POLICIES21.  WEBMASTER22.  SHIP'S STORE
23.  SITE AWARDS24.  COMMANDING OFFICERS 25.  SHIP'S HISTORY

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photograph of Ensign Mel Kowal - 1954
photograph of 3" 50mm gun shell casing ashtray (top)
photograph of 3" 50mm gun shell casing ashtray (bottom)
photograph of base of lamp made from plastic radar screen
photograph of commissioning pennant