After college David enlisted in the Navy. He was stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Center , San Diego, California. October 16, 1967 he was appointed Radioman Third Class at the Naval Communication Station, Norfolk, Virginia. David made the rank of RadiomanSecond Class on Nov 16, 1968. David reported to Little Creek VA., forthree weeks of Counterinsurgency School before transferring to Commander, Military Assistance Command, Saigon, Vietnam. From February 1969 to January 1970 David served in the Republic of Vietnam with the U.S. Naval Advisory Detachment, Da Nang.

  On January 7, 1970, the Department Of Defense awarded David the Joint Service Commendation Medal, for meritorious service in the performance of his duties during the period February 1969 to
January 1970 while serving with the United States Naval Advisory Detachment at Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam. During this period, Petty Officer Murff distinguished himself as an extremely capable
administrator. As assistant to the Administrative Officer, he was responsible for the internal distribution of  unclassified and classified material, preparation of messages , accounting and allocation of personal and maintenance of all Army and Navy directives. In addition, Petty Officer was responsible for the
coordination of air transportation for personnel of all branches of the Armed Forces and for Vietnamese military and civilian personnel. His close liasison with administrative personnel of the detachment's Vietnamese counterpart organization fostered harmonious relationships with the Vietnames. Radioman Second Class Murff's distinguished performance of duty represents outstanding achievement and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

Submitted by Thomas Murff

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