Biography

CONLEY ROBERT TIPTON, JR., born at home in the mountains of Johnson City, TN Dec. 24, 1946. His father had served in the USN SEALS in the Pacific during WWII, so in November 1964 Conley Jr. enlisted, too.

After basic boot camp training in San Diego, CA, he was sent in March 1965 to Coronado Amphibian Base for Amphibious Boat Repair and Boat Coxswain School. Upon completion of training, he served on two US Navy ships at sea. From 1966 to December 1967 he was on the USS Union (AKA -106) and on the USS Matthews (AKA-96). During that time he made three tours to Vietnam.

After completing his first tour of duty in December 1967, Tipton re-enlisted in early 1968 and was sent to San Diego, CA for PBR training and Vietnamese language training. In 1968 he was given orders to go to Task Force 116, RIVDIV 593, Iron Butterfly in Nha Be, as EN3 and then EN2 on boat #761. Participated in operation Giant Slingshot and operation Gamewarden. During that time he also made over 250 combat river boat patrols.

Discharged in 1969 and awarded two Bronze Stars w/Combat V and two Naval Commendations w/Combat V. Again he re-enlisted in 1974 and ordered to USS Sellers (DDG-11), where he worked in A gang and AC&R group for two years. Discharged in 1976.

Tipton now lives in Jacksonville, FL and has his own construction and remodeling business. A member of AM-Vets and other veteran groups, he feels very proud and honored to have served his country with such a well-trained and elite group as the RIVDIV 593 and SEALS group 1 and 3. May God bless all the Vets!

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