Commander John D. Scull

Commanding Officer, 03 August 1968 to 23 May 1970

CDR J. D. Scull


Commander SCULL, a native of Southern California, attended the University of California at Los Angeles and was commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Navy upon graduation in 1951.

As a junior officer, Commander SCULL served in USS PRINCETON (CV-37) and in USS ROWAN (DD-782). Following these sea tours, he served at the ASW School in San Diego, California. Commander SCULL's next assignment was as Executive Officer of USS CURRIER (DD-700), followed by a tour as Flag Lieutenant to Commander FIRST Fleet. Upon completion of these assignments, Commander SCULL reported to the Pentagon in Washington where he served in the capacities of Personal Aide and Joint Chiefs of Staff Aide for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Plans and Policy), and also as Joint Chiefs of Staff Assistant to the Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Plans and Policy. This two year tour was followed by his assignment to USS MC CAFFERY (DD-860) as Executive Officer.

In early 1964, Commander SCULL became Commanding Officer of USS JOHN R. PERRY (DE-1034) during which period PERRY was awarded two Battle Efficiency Pennants. In January 1966, Commander SCULL was ordered to the Staff of Commander, U. S. SEVENTH Fleet where he performed duties in both Operations as ASW Officer, and in Plans as Current Plans Officer and Surface Plans Officer. This tour was conducted in its entirety in the Western Pacific, and Commander SCULL was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and the Vietnamese Distinguished Service Order.

Commander SCULL assumed duties as Commanding Officer, USS KING (DLG-10) on 3 August 1968.