By Betsy Thorpe
On July 7th City Councilman Jason Holleman presented a Metro Proclamation to OS 3 Reilly Mealer acknowledging Mealer’s service on board the USS Nashville.
Mealer who was home on leave after completing the ship’s final mission, African Partnership Station 2009, was the only sailor from Nashville to serve on her during her last deployment.
The Proclamation authored by Councilman Holleman also commemorated the Nashville’s 39 years of service as a United States Naval vessel, and its place in history as the fifth war ship to carry the city’s name.
The USS Nashville is scheduled to officially decommission on September 15th 2009. Commander of VFW Post 1970, John Furgess plans to attend the ship decommission ceremony in Norfolk Virginia. Local Naval veteran Danielle Hopkins is working with Navy officials to bring the ships anchor to Nashville. She hopes the anchor will be placed in one of the city’s parks to remind the local community of the USS Nashville and her service to our country.
OS 3 Reilly Mealer has returned to Norfolk Virginia and will soon join the crew on board the USS Woodby Island, a ship that is scheduled to patrol the Mediterranean Sea.