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Chancellorsville Supports Fire Victims

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Story Number: NNS071101-19
Release Date: 11/1/2007 4:50:00 PM

By Lt.j.g. Emily A. Novak, USS Chancellorsville Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Impelled by the plight of 22 of their fellow shipmates who were evacuated during the San Diego fires, more than 100 Sailors from USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) volunteered their time and resources Oct. 22-27 to assist in relief efforts throughout the county.

"I am extremely proud of the Chancellorsville crew and their demonstrated heart for service," said Lt. Cmdr. Corey Wofford, Chancellorsville's executive officer. "When we reported for duty on Monday, this was just hitting the news and the number one unanimous concern of the crew was 'how can we help?'"

In addition to providing aid, dozens of Chancellorsville Sailors opened their homes to shipmates who were displaced by the fires.

"I am proud to be a part of the Chancellorsville team," said Yeoman 1st Class Nelson Munoz, who had to evacuate with his family of seven. "It was comforting knowing that my shipmates were volunteering their homes and time to help people like my family."

Aboard, members of the crew collected food, blankets and clothing, donating the items to local relief agencies, while others provided support at Qualcomm Stadium and local shelters.

"Sailors on board Chancellorsville took time out of their day, and in some instances away from their own families who were also displaced, to provide whatever assistance they could," said Command Master Chief Richard Pullins. "They have made a viable impact on assisting our community."

Wofford added, "The response was overwhelming. While we defend our nation daily, it was very heartening for the crew to help in an immediate tangible way for this crisis that hit home."

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