NAVAL ACADEMY GRAD'S CAREER RUNS AGROUND
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By all accounts we have received, Navy CDR Dennis Volpe is a good man and outstanding officer.
That's why we feel bad that his career may be prematurely ended over an incident that he had little control over.
The 1996 USNA grad was skipper of the frigate USS Taylor when the ship ran aground earlier this month during preparations to moor in Samsun, Turkey.
No one was injured and damage to the vessel was minimal.
"HORRIBLE HOLLY" GOT KID-GLOVE TREATMENT
Volpe, a native of Long Island, New York, has been relieved of command for the usual boiler-plate reasons. CAPT Jim Aiken, head of Task Force 65, said the disciplinary action was taken "due to loss of confidence in Volpe's ability to command."
Guess Aiken never heard of "Horrible Holly Graf" who threw hard objects at underlings and, on two separate occasions, physically attacked junior naval officers. She got relieved of command of the cruiser Cowpens, but with "Big Sis" an admiral, and other family connections and help from ring-knockers at the Naval Academy, she got to retire in-grade, when she should have been court-martialed and busted in rank. (See related-stories box below.)
We recall another officer who had a problem with a ship run aground.
FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHESTER NIMITZ
On July 7, 1908 a young ensign ran aground the destroyer Decatur on a sand bar in the Philippines.
He too was relieved of command, as was Volpe, and received a letter of reprimand for "neglect of duty." But the USNA graduate was allowed to remain in the service.
That was a wise decision by our leaders at the time, as Chester W. Nimitz went on to become Fleet Admiral of the Navy and one of America's greatest commanders in World War II.
MilitaryCorruption.com hopes CDR Volpe will be shown an equal measure of mercy as was Nimitz, and kept on duty for the good of the Navy and our country.
It would be a shame to lose a man of his ability, temperament and experience in times like these.
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THE "FEMALE CAPTAIN BLIGH" ESCAPES JUSTICE
HORRIBLE HOLLY GRAF TO BE RETIRED IN-GRADE
GETS GENERAL DISCHARGE BUT NO PUNISHMENT
FOR EGREGIOUS CONDUCT - STAYS A CAPTAIN
BUT AT LEAST WILL NEVER BE ADMIRAL - BOARD
OF INQUIRY SPLIT ON VOTE 2-TO-1. ONE FEMALE
ADMIRAL ON THREE-MEMBER PANEL - CREW OF
COWPENS CONTACTS MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM
CALLS GRAF SLUR "WORST SHIP ON WATERFRONT"
A FLAT-OUT LIE - "WE WERE BEST, DESPITE HER."