THE LAST EIGHT PLANKOWNERS
TO SERVE IN USS OAKLAND





A "Plank Owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. In earlier years, this applied to a first commissioning; since then, it has often been applied to one who was part of a recommissioning crew as well. "Plank Owner" is not an official Navy term, and has consequently been variously defined by different Navy units. Plank Owner certificates are procured by and issued to crew members of the ship being commissioned; they are not officially issued by the Navy. Some ships' crews 
design their own, while others purchase them from commercial sources. Perhaps the best-known of these are the ones sold by the United States Naval Institute. These color certificates can be obtained as blanks; if the purchaser wishes to provide the necessary information, they can be filled in for an additional charge. In the case of ships with wooden decks, if the veteran has a Plank Owner certificate or statement of service showing that he was on the ship when it was commissioned, the veteran can write to the Naval Historical Center's Curator Branch, and request a piece of deck planking. If the veteran meets the above criteria and the Curator Branch has possession of deck planking, the plank owner or his widow can receive a small section of the deck. For more recent ships with metallic decks, the Navy is regretfully unable to issue deck sections. 

plankown
Focht;   Hanson;   ADM Phillips;   Reilly;   Sackman;   Henriott
This picture was taken outside the Ball Room at First Reunion.(at dusk)



THESE ARE THE  LAST EIGHT PLANKOWNERS
TO SERVE IN USS OAKLAND


FOCHT, PETER CBM, USN, RET (DECEASED)(1979)
HANSON, ORVILLE ELPHON MM3 (DECEASED)(1995)
HENRIOTT, PAUL DEVON CWO, USA, RET LIVING IN IN
NELSON, ROBERT OSCAR FC2 STATUS UNKNOWN
NIELSEN, ALLAN CRISTIAN SK1 LIVING IN CA
PLASTER, HENRY MANSFIELD CMOMM, USN, RET (DECEASED)(1996)
REILLY, LAWRENCE JOHN MCGM, USN, RET LIVING IN NY
SACKMAN, LOUIS MCBM, USN, RET (DECEASED)(1985)








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