The U.S.S. Fanning was the third ship to be named for Nathaniel Fanning. Nathaniel Fanning was an officer in the Continental Navy and later the United States Navy. In 1778 he was taken prisoner and shipped to Portsmouth, England. In a prisoner exchange, he was sent to serve under John Paul Jones. From 1779 to when he returned to the United States in 1804, Fanning served on various ships, fighting against the British. During that time, he was taken prisoner twice and wounded. Upon his return to the U.S. in 1804, Fanning was promoted to Lieutenant. Unfortunately, he died in 1805 from yellow fever. The third U.S.S. Fanning was launched in January 1970. It was a Knox-class design modified to extend range without a long-range missile system. Twenty-three years later, the ship was decommissioned in 1993.
This week we salute Tim Fulton. Tim served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1994. His military occupational specialty was a sonar technician. Tim served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During his navy career, he served on the U.S.S. Fanning. Originally from Glendive Montana, Tim moved to Forsyth in 1973. He served in the Rosebud County Sheriff’s office for 20 years. He owns the Forsyth NAPA in Forsyth, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. He is married to Jo Fulton, and they have six children. When asked what his most memorable memory from his military service was, he stated it was traveling and visiting over 50 countries.
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