Captain Bill Earnest was the Commanding Officer of Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Charleston. I served under Captain Earnest when I was assigned to SIMA Charleston from 1987 to 1992.
Like me, Captain Earnest was a Limited Duty Officer. O-6 mustangs with battleship experience were few and far between. His leadership skills were second to none. I would have died for Captain Earnest. He was a total professional and noble leader who accepted nothing but the highest results. Captain Earnest had a keen knack for stating the best words at the opportune time. He was a powerful, positive force. And, Captain Earnest was the absolute most exceptional United States Naval Officer I had the pleasure to serve.
While serving at SIMA Charleston, I was the ADP Officer, the Assistant Repair Officer, the Assistant Supply Officer, and the Officers Mess Treasurer. I worked closely with Captain Earnest; it was an exciting assignment!
United States National Archives (NARA) photo by PH1 Jeff Hilton ~ 19840108 Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) William G. Earnest, left, and LCDR Christopher B. Martin of the battleship USS IOWA (BB 61) are transported back to the battleship aboard a utility boat after a day of supervising civic action programs in El Salvador.
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