FOUNDER of NEGMOAA
Captain Calvin Chester Dudley was the 12th CO of the USS Turner DD/DDR-834 from Aug.23 1963 until Apr. 2, 1965. He passed away on February 9, 2004. Captain Dudley began his sea service in 1944 as a member of the Merchant Marine, retiring from the Navy with four stripes in the summer of 1978. His last job was Commander, Naval Recruiting Area 3 in Macon, Georgia. In these 34 years, he had 15 Navy assignments. He served on eight merchant steam ships and six of the Navy’s. Commanding the Turner, his only Navy sea command, was of the high points of a successful Navy career. Not only was he the skipper of the Turner, he was XO (Executive Officer) of the USS Northampton, the Presidents Flagship. During his Naval service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and several more medals and ribbons.
After his naval service, he was very active in health care, forming his own home health agency. In addition, he also founded the Retired Officers Association, Northeast Georgia Chapter (known now as NEGMOAA, Northeast Georgia Military Officers Association of America) and also served as the President of Georgia Association of Home Health Agencies. He was a 32 Degree Mason. Calvin’s smile lit up the room according to those who were fortunate to have served with him. MOAA members are appreciative and honored to have known Captain Calvin Dudley and appreciate his service to this great country.