The dental department was a separate entity in itself, with it's owndepartment head. The department head is usually a full commander was a lotof the time the third highest ranking officer onboard, with only the XOand CO above him. His department usually consisted of two assistantdental officers, an O-4 and O-3, and an enlisted staff of 10 or more. Of course everyone knows what dentists do - and it's the same on a Tender -

Dental Department write-up by William B. Haggerty, D.D.S. He served as assitant dental officer aboard the USS Hunley (AS-31) 92-94 (a decommissioning plank owner); and the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) 94-95.

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