Captain Don H. Flowers, a native of Chicago, Illinois entered the United States Navy in 1962 at the lowest enlisted pay grade (E-1). He was advanced to Electrician’s Mate Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in 1975 and subsequently to Electrician’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8) and Electrician’s Mate Master Chief Petty Officer (E9). In 1976, he was commissioned as an Ensign (O-1) and has worked his way through the ranks in the officer corp, retiring with the rank of Captain, US Navy (O-6). He served more than thirty-eight exemplary years, in the United States Navy.
Captain Flowers had a varied naval career. He was a true sailor. He served on the USS CONSTELLATION (CVA 64) as Maintenance Electrician, and USS BORIE (DD 704) as Electrician Supervisor. He saw action in Vietnam while assigned to the Assault River Squadron 15 as Staff Electrician. Subsequent to his tour of duty in Vietnam, he was assigned as an instructor to the Naval Inshore Operation Training Center at Mare Island Vallejo, California. After this assignment, he went back to sea aboard USS CORAL SEA (CVA 43). He later returned to Mare Island and served at Commander, Service Group One, as Technical Assistant for Underway Replenishment Equipment.
In May 1976 he was assigned as Electrical/Auxiliary Officer onboard USS WABASH (AOR 5) providing fleet support during two Far East deployments and taking the ship through a Complex Dry Docking and Repair Overhaul. After detaching from the USS Wabash, he reported to Commander, Amphibious Group Eastern-Pacific and served from 1979 to 1981 as Material/Maintenance Officer in San Diego, California. He was then assigned as Engineering Officer onboard USS Cape COD (AD 43) until 1983. In June of 1983, he was assigned as Director of Engineering and Hulls Schools, Service School Command, San Diego, CA. In 1985, he went back to sea aboard USS NORTON SOUND (AVM-1) as Engineering Officer and then did a follow on tour onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) as Ships Maintenance Manager, from 1986-1988.
He got a brief respite from sea duty serving from October 1988 to November 1990 while assigned as Repair Officer, Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity, San Francisco, Alameda, California. In November 1990 he was promoted to Commander. In March of 1991 he moved to Norfolk, VA., via Newport Rhode Island and in May of that year he assumed duties as Engineering Officer, USS WASP (LHD 1) until May 1993.
In July 1993, he assumed command of Sustain AFDM-7, a floating ship repair dry-dock. In August of 1995, Commander Flowers was assigned to Commander, Amphibious Group Two as Assistant Chief of Staff For Maintenance and Material until October 1997. He was promoted to the rank of Captain United States Navy in June of 1997. Captain Flowers was assigned to Afloat Training Group Pacific, San Diego, CA, as Director Engineering Training from November 1997 to May 2000. Captain Flowers retired from active duty on June 1, 2000. He was employed by the Marin Community College District in Kentfield, California from April 2001 – July 2014, as Maintenance Supervisor, Interim Director of Modernization and Interim Director of Maintenance & Operation Department.
Captain Flowers’ personal decorations include the Legion Of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” (three awards), Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (three awards), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and numerous other awards and medals.