"Having joined the Nueces late in her Vietnam duties, I reaped the benefits of her prior CO's and fine Officers and crew. In my 30 years active duty, which included 3 afloat commands and 2 shore commands, I have never seen the equal of the Stamina, Readiness and Plain old Devotion to duty, as I had the pleasure to observe aboard Nueces. I salute each and every one who served in her. You exemplify the Warrior Sailor we would all aspire to be."
Woodie C. Stegall
LCDR, USN (Ret)