Geraint Griffiths is a Welsh singer-songwriter and actor. He works in the Welsh language. Born in Pontrhydyfen, Griffiths attended Pontrhydyfen Primary school and moved across to Ysgol Gymraeg Pontrhydyfen when it opened. In 1960 he attended Glan Afan Grammar Technical School in Port Talbot. In 1966 he left to study nursing at The Prince of Wales Orthopaedic Hospital, at West Wales General Hospital, at Saint George's Hospital, London. Griffiths started his recording career as a session musician with Welsh language bands Hergest and Edward H Dafis. In 1976 he returned to Wales to join the short lived band Injaroc, leaving one album Halen Y Ddaear. In 1978 he formed the Welsh language rock band Eliffant; the band recorded two albums on the Sain label and a single on the band's own label, "Llef". In 1985 he started his professional career with his own six part television series on S4C, Nol Ar Y Stryd, he released several albums of his compositions on the Sain label as a solo artist. M. O. M. with the band Eliffant.
Gwin Y Gwan with the band Eliffant. Madras Rebel Ararat Blynyddoedd Sain 1977-1988 Compilation. Eliffant Compilation. Cadw'r Ffydd Compilation, he recorded the Welsh language rock version of Handel's Messiah -Teilwng Yw'r Oen in 1984. He founded his own record label, Diwedd Y Gwt, in 1992, he has released several albums on this label. Donegal Hewl Glastir Miya-Jima Clwb Dydd Sadwrn Havana Brooklyn Y Cloc Endaf Emlyn Ffair Roc Richard Powelko Fel Dail Ar Bren David Lyn Derfydd Aur Paul Turner Nel Richard Lewis Sant Mewn Storm The Proposition Strathford Hamilton Dirgelwch Yr Ogof Endaf Emlyn, BBC Music. Official website. Biography on the Sain Recording Company website. Geraint Davies & John Davies, HEWL: STORI GERAINT GRIFFITHS, Gomer.
USS John R. Craig was a Gearing-class destroyer in service with the United States Navy from 1945 to 1979, she was sunk as a target in June 1980. The destroyer was named for Lieutenant Commander John R. Craig, USN, commanding officer of USS Grampus killed in action when the submarine was sunk by enemy Japanese destroyers in the Blackett Strait on 5 March 1943 and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. John R. Craig was laid down by the Consolidated Steel Corporation at Orange, Texas, on 17 November 1944, she was launched on 14 April 1945 by Mrs. Lilian Hyde Craig, widow of Lt Cdr Craig, commissioned on 20 August 1945. After shakedown in Caribbean John R. Craig, departed Charleston, South Carolina on 19 January 1946 for Naval Station San Diego, arriving 1 February, she departed 7 February to join the United States Seventh Fleet and assist in repatriating Japanese soldiers from North China. The destroyer returned San Diego on 31 January 1947. In the years prior to the Korean conflict John P. Craig alternated Far Eastern deployments with periods of training off the California coast.
After the Korean War broke out, John R. Craig arrived in the combat zone on 19 February 1951, she commenced operations with Task Force 77, screening aircraft carrier strikes on enemy shore positions. During the Chinese spring offensive the destroyer performed shore bombardment in the Wonsan area, knocking out enemy installations and disrupting transportation, but for two brief periods in San Diego, she continued operations off Korea during the remainder of the conflict. Following the cessation of hostilities in July 1953, John R. Craig continued patrol operations south of the 38th parallel. From 1954 to 1962 the destroyer engaged in exercises off the West Coast with annual deployments to the Far East. During her 1955 cruise she took an active part in the evacuation of Chinese nationalists from the Dachen Islands during the First Taiwan Strait Crisis. Subsequent cruises consisted of exercises with the Japanese Self Defense Force in 1957, anti-submarine warfare exercises, Taiwan Strait patrol and maneuvers with the Republic of China Navy during the 1961 cruise.
She arrived San Diego 6 March 1962 and underwent an extensive Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization overhaul at the Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard at San Francisco, between 6 March 1962 and 15 March 1963. During the Vietnam War, John R. Craig served as a plane guard for aircraft carriers on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, participated in Operation Sea Dragon, patrolled on search and rescue duties, carried out naval gunfire support missions. While responding to a mayday on 28–29 July 1965 in the Da Nang area, John R. Craig supported U. S. Marine and Army of the Republic of Vietnam units with naval gunfire support. At night with danger close, she fired 348 5-inch rounds, preventing the overrun of 3rd Platoon, Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines on and near the beach as well as two platoons of the ARVN 2nd Regional Force by a larger Viet Cong unit. In doing so she destroyed the 7th VC Battalion engaging Marines on the Ca De River Bridge and the northern sector of Da Nang.. On 9 April 1972 while supporting ARVN and American units close to the DMZ, the John R. Craig took North Vietnamese artillery fire, using 105 mm howitzers captured from the ARVN.
Hundreds of artillery shells fell around her and she was struck by numerous fragments as well as five direct hits which started several fires. One hit at the waterline flooded a compartment with three feet of water, she was dead in the water until the electrical systems and power could be restored. After a quick fix with a soft patch at Da Nang she returned to fight and support allied units the next day, again receiving enemy fire, but did not take any hits. With newer destroyers coming on the scene during the Vietnam War, John R. Craig was assigned to United States Naval Reserve training at San Diego, California, in 1973. During this time the ship provided naval gunfire support for Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer training, performed plane guard duties for carrier training, conducted goodwill cruises to ports on the United States West Coast, she made cruises to Oregon. John R. Craig was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 27 July 1979 and sunk as a target off California on 6 June 1980.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here; this article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U. S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here. Photo gallery of John R. Craig at NavSource Naval History