KEITH L. DECLERCQ, born Sept. 12, 1937 in Georgetown, NY. He enlisted in USN in February 1955. Following basic training in Bainbridge, MD, he attended Radioman School and served on various ships and shore stations before being selected for the Seaman to Admiral program in 1962. After graduating from OCS in August 1962, Ens. DeClercq was assigned to the USS Brownson (DD-868) and participated in the Cuban missile crisis. After various assignments and graduation from the USNPGS Monterey, CA in June 1968, Lt. DeClercq volunteered for duty in Vietnam.
Lt. DeClercq reported September 1968 to RIVDIV 593 operating near Saigon.
He assumed command of RIVDIV 591 January 1969 and commanded the division
in the Mekong Delta until turned over to the RVN Navy in October 1969.
Awarded two Bronze Stars w/Combat Vs, two Purple Hearts, Navy Commendation Medal w/Combat V, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Cuba, Dominican Republic and Vietnam. He earned various campaign ribbons and unit citations among other awards.
Retired as LCDR March 1975 after 20 years of service. He then worked as an engineer/project manager and later became president/GM of EG&Gs, Washington Analytical Services Division. He now lives and works on his family farm in upstate New York and is a life member of Gamewardens and VFW.
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