Joe Matthew Maurer III

Navy Badge
  • Name: Joe Matthew Maurer III
  • Location of Birth: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: July 16, 1947
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Joseph and Margret Maurer
  • High School and Class: Central High School - St, Paul, Minnesota
  • College:
  • Highest Rank: E-6
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: August 13, 1965
  • Place Sworn In: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: June 28, 1973
  • Place of Discharge: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    March, 1966 June, 1966 USS Eversole DD 789
    June, 1966 December, 1966 Nuclear Power School, Valejo, California
    January, 1967 June, 1967 Nuclear Power Prototype, Idaho Falls, Idaho
    June, 1967 August, 1967 Submarine School, Groton, Connecticut
    August, 1967 June, 1973 USS James Madison SSBN 627 Blue & Gold
  • Military Awards:
    National Defense Service Medal
    Qualified in Submarine Service
    2 Navy Good Conduct Medals
    Meritorious Unit Commendations (May 2, 1972)
    SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia with 1 Silver Star

  • Military Highlights:
    Report of Enlisted Performance Evaluation for December 2, 1972 to June 1, 1973:
    Description of Assigned Tasks: Maintenance and operation of S5W reactor plant primary and secondary fluid systems and equipment including coolant pressurizing, purification, air sampling, discharge, charging, and main coolant systems; steam, feed, condensate, sea water, propulsion, lube oil, and other propulsion auxiliaries. For critical reactor operations stands engine room supervisor watch responsible for the supervision and coordination of engine room and machinery two lower level watch, supervising their routine and casualty action. In port stands shutdown roving watch responsible for the routine operation of fluid systems and equipment and the security of the engineering spaces. Off-ship assignments include lectures, attendance preparation, and school. Assists division leading petty officer as leading welder and diesel engine petty officer.

    Evaluation or Performance: For 64 days of this reporting period Petty Officer MAURER participated in a strategic deterrent patrol. He performed in an environment of great stress requiring constant vigilance to maintain the ship's propulsion system ready to support weapon systems response, on short notice, to a nuclear weapons relase by higher authority. Petty Officer MAURER continues to be an outstanding machinist mate and nuclear power plant operator. His enthusiasm and ability to perform with complete confidence is unique. His efforts are always directed to the improvement of propulsion plant reliability and plant material condition. Petty Officer MAURER has been invaluable in the training of junior personnel both on watch stations and in maintenance. He will be missed by division and ship on his imminent separation from the Navy.

    Petty Officer MAURER performs all tasks in an accurate, complete, and efficient manner. He is a competent and extremely alert watch stander, who exhibits honest concern for proper functioning of both watch standers and equipment. Petty Officer MAURER is an ever cheerful and energetic person, who even under difficult and demanding conditions is an inspiration to both junior and senior personnel. He is respected by all those who come in contact with him and is extremely instrumental in promoting good morale throughout the ship.

  • Wars Involved:
    Vietnam Era

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