Since 2012, David Schnell has served as the general manager of Los Angeles express lanes for the Americas Commercial & State Transportation Group in Los Angeles, California. He is also a retired naval Captain who served as executive and commanding officer of several U.S. Navy warships over the course of his 27-year military career. One of the warships under Captain David Schnell’s command was the USS Peleliu.
Categorized in the United States Navy’s Tarawa class, the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu first launched in 1978 under the name “Da Nang ,” but it ultimately took the name Peleliu in honor of the Third Amphibious Force’s capture of the eponymous Palau island. Members of the military also know the USS Peleliu by its nickname the “Iron Nickel.”
Over the course of its service, the USS Peleliu deployed 17 times into battle and conducted more than 178,000 aircraft movements. All told, the ship traveled nearly 1,012,000 nautical miles.
The Navy decommissioned the USS Peleliu in 2015. It was welcomed into retirement by 10 former commanding officers, as well as hundreds of past and present crew members.