USS GONZALEZ is the 16th ARLEIGH BURKE class guided
In 1999 she participated in Operation Allied Force where she has fired
Tomahawk cruise missiles towards
Yugoslav ground targets.
Keel Laid: February 3, 1994
Launched: December 12, 1994
Commissioned: October 12, 1996
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: Four GE LM 2500 gas turbine engines
Blades on each Propeller: five
Length: 505,25 feet (154 meters)
Beam: 67 feet (20.4 meters)
Draft: 30,5 feet (9.3 meters)
Displacement: approx. 8.300 tons full load
Speed: 30+ knots
Aircraft: None. But LAMPS 3 electronics installed on landing
deck for coordinated DDG/helicopter ASW operations.
Armament: two MK 41 VLS for Standard missiles, Tomahawk;
Harpoon missile launchers, one Mk 45 5-inch/54 caliber
lightweight gun, two Phalanx CIWS, Mk 46 torpedoes.
Homeport: Norfolk, Va.
Crew: 23 Officers, 24 Chief Petty Officers and 291 Enlisted
Alfredo Cantu "Freddy" Gonzalez was born on May 23.1946, in Edinburg, Texas.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from San Antonio, Texas, on June 3, 1965, but was discharged and enlisted in the regular Marine Corps a month later. After completing Individual Combat Training, he then became a rifleman and served in that capacity until January 1966.
On July l, 1966, he was promoted co Sergeant. After moving up in ranks and serving a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam, he became an instructor at Camp Lejeune, teaching Marines the techniques of guerrilla warfare, and expected to serve out the rest of the war in that capacity. His plans changed when he learned that an entire platoon, including men who had served under him during his tour, had been killed in an ambush in Vietnam. Gonzalez requested to be sent back for a second deployment. On 31 January 1968, during the initial phase of Operation Hue City, Sgt. Gonzalez, distinguished himself, and on the 3rd and 4th of February Sgt. Gonzalez, successfully knocked out a rocket position and suppressed much of the enemy fire before falling mortally wounded. For his meritorious actions during the Battle of Hue from January 31 to February 4, 1968, Sgt. Gonzalez was awarded the Medal of Honor.