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Name: Skip Koellhoffer
Email_Address: luvdadogs@hotmail.com
City: San Diego
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1970
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: BT3
Date: Sunday September 07, 2014
Time: 02:05 PM

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I was on USS Swensen up through the de-commissioning of the ship. During that time I drew the cartoons that you show on your web site. I can hardly believed that someone saved all those! After I got out, I remained in San Diego. Thank you for printing the cartoons! ~Skip~


Name: phil sanfilippo
Email_Address: filippo@verizon.net
City: howell twp j
State: NJ
Year_Boarded: 1944
Year_Departed: 1946
Highest_Rank:
Date: Thursday August 28, 2014
Time: 09:49 AM

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Trying to obtain ifo on my dad Manny Sanfilippo {Flip) He served in the Lymen K Swenson He recently passed on and I am trying to get info i order get his dd214. I am a Vietnam vet and Served on the USS Ramsey from 1970-1974.Doing 2 WESPAC tours serving as plane guard and gun rie support unit off Quang Tri Porvince. thanks Phil


Name: rhonda preece
Email_Address: rondapreece@gmail.com
City: Phoenix
State: AZ
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Wednesday August 20, 2014
Time: 12:33 AM

Comments

I'm the daughter of Ronald Fraga that served on Lyman K Swenson ship from 1964-1968.I've been looking for any information or stories about my father. so if knows him, please email me.


Name: Richard Frick
Email_Address: rdfrick46@gmail.com
City: Asheville
State: NC
Year_Boarded: 1966
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: CS 2
Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014
Time: 10:23 PM

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Name: GARY C STILES
Email_Address: gcstiles@verizon.net
City: PICO RIVERA
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1960
Year_Departed: 1963
Highest_Rank: SN
Date: Friday August 15, 2014
Time: 01:52 AM

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Name: Larry Ledom
Email_Address: lmaxl806@att.net
City: Topeka
State: KA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Monday July 21, 2014
Time: 02:50 PM

Comments

Served aboard USS Higbee DDR 806 1959 to 1962. While buying groceries today I enjoyed brief conversation with one of your fellow shipmates who served aboard 1965 to 67. He said he went into the Seaman to Admiral program and retired out as a Commander. Didn't get his name. Higbee ran with the Swenson on occasion while I was on board the Higbee.


Name: F A Altice
Email_Address:
City: Va beach
State: VA
Year_Boarded: 1965
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: Sn
Date: Friday June 13, 2014
Time: 08:33 PM

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Name: Joe (wop) Attisano
Email_Address: joekathie@reagan.com
City: Gainesville
State: GA
Year_Boarded: 1960
Year_Departed: 1963
Highest_Rank: E-3
Date: Tuesday May 13, 2014
Time: 04:47 PM

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Name: Bob Logan
Email_Address: surferacs@gmail.com
City: Redding
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1966
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: SN Signalman
Date: Tuesday April 08, 2014
Time: 10:37 PM

Comments

I will always remember seeing my family on Point Loma at the lighthouse (Nice to have the big binoculars on the signal bridge) while we headed to WestPac in '67.


Name: Brett Hampson
Email_Address: bushy100@gmail.com
City: Sydney, Australia
State: Select From List
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Thursday April 03, 2014
Time: 09:04 PM

Comments

Hi, I am in Sydney and found you guys using google because I have found some old slide photos, and some are of USS Lyman K. Swenson. There are other ships from US and Australia but I thought I would let you know about the photos of your ship. Links to the photos below. http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/photos/i-LJqHG5w/1/XL/i-LJqHG5w-XL.jpg http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/photos/i-JV8W9wf/1/XL/i-JV8W9wf-XL.jpg http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/photos/i-mTG5Rb9/1/XL/i-mTG5Rb9-XL.jpg http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/photos/i-w9fnFpS/1/XL/i-w9fnFpS-XL.jpg Full Gallery is http://bretthampson.smugmug.com/Slidescanning/1960s-Navy-Photos I hope you enjoy seeing them. I am unsure of what ship the photos were taken from but it would have been one of the Aussie ships. I am also unsure of exactly when they were taken but it is around Asia. If anyone knows when they might have been taken (sometime in 1960's I believe) then could you let me know. Regards Brett


Name: Roger Makin
Email_Address: coltinker55@gmail.com
City: Grants Pass
State: OR
Year_Boarded: 1958
Year_Departed: 1960
Highest_Rank: SO 2
Date: Wednesday April 02, 2014
Time: 12:03 PM

Comments

Permission to come aboard, Sir. WOW looks just like I remember it. Had some fun times aboard but can't say I really miss it. Oh, I remember the time that- - - maybe I should just keep my mouth shut, Huh, Smitty. Good to see all my old friends looking so chipper. I am just like I always was but you all look older than dirt. Stay well, Yur-ol-buddy, Rog


Name: A. D. Harrison
Email_Address: evinrude6@knology.net
City: Madison
State: AL
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1968
Highest_Rank: SN
Date: Saturday March 29, 2014
Time: 08:42 PM

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Name: Gregory Smoyer
Email_Address: webmaster@dd729.com
City: Albion
State: MI
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: MM2
Date: Thursday March 27, 2014
Time: 06:32 PM

Comments

System test post.


Name: Joe (Wop) Attisano
Email_Address: joekathie@reagan.com
City: Gainesville
State: GA
Year_Boarded: 1960
Year_Departed: 1963
Highest_Rank: E3
Date: Sunday February 16, 2014
Time: 01:09 PM

Comments

Willy, are you out there???


Name: Wade King
Email_Address: wking6547@hotmail.com
City: Hanceville
State: AL
Year_Boarded: 1965
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: E3
Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014
Time: 07:45 PM

Comments

Has anyone who was on when I was been able to get agent orange benefits please let me know at the email addy above


Name: Edmund Chamberlain
Email_Address: ednrena@att.net
City: San Antonio
State: TX
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: 3 class petty office
Date: Thursday February 06, 2014
Time: 04:06 PM

Comments

It was one hell of a trip. From Yokosuka Japan, Hong Kong, P.I. to Bangkok, and down town Saigon then Port Moresby New Guinea then onto crossing the line then on to Brisbane and Sydney Australia then to Soma island and back to U.S. it was a trip I will not forget. Then the several trips back to Vietnam.


Name: Arthur B. Parker
Email_Address: bullypar@yahoo.com
City: Sulphur
State: LA
Year_Boarded: 1958
Year_Departed: 1958
Highest_Rank: 3rd class gm
Date: Tuesday February 04, 2014
Time: 12:32 PM

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Name: Donald E Lockwood
Email_Address: delockwood@hotmail.com
City: Duluth
State: MN
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: FTG2
Date: Friday January 03, 2014
Time: 06:40 PM

Comments

Vietnam, Oct 1965, I was in the fire control director with my finger on the trigger when we fired the 2966 rounds of 5 inch ammo & burned up the barrels on MT 52. I hope to see all of my shipmates who were on board and got very little sleep during this time, at the ships reunion in Warwick RD Sept 4 through Sept 7, 2014.


Name: GARY WINK
Email_Address: HACBGW@COMCAST.NET
City: BEAVER
State: PA
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: MM3
Date: Thursday January 02, 2014
Time: 09:39 AM

Comments

HOPEFULLY I DID IT RIGHT THIS TIME. LOOKING FOR PHOTOS OF ME IN UNIFORM FOR CHILDREN.


Name: Kent Tarver RM-2
Email_Address: kent1@cccomm.net
City: Fallon
State: NV
Year_Boarded: 1948
Year_Departed: 1951
Highest_Rank: E5
Date: Sunday December 08, 2013
Time: 01:17 PM

Comments

Woah there mate. What is this I read, a boat swaby writing his lies in a tin can sailor's wrag? I assume the Schelling he speaks of in his blog is not our Capt. "Rapid Robert Schelling"? BTW, do you want photos we made of the ship and of some of us crew?


Name: Joe (Wop) Attisano
Email_Address: joekathie@reagan.com
City: Gainesville
State: GA
Year_Boarded: 1960
Year_Departed: 1963
Highest_Rank: E-3
Date: Sunday December 08, 2013
Time: 12:12 PM

Comments

Looking to find my old shipmates


Name: Don Snider
Email_Address: DD729Secretary@gmail.com
City: Portland
State: TN
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: Senior Chief
Date: Friday November 29, 2013
Time: 07:05 PM

Comments

This post is for Tom Rahaim's son who posted a couple of weeks ago. I am the Secretary for USS Lyman K Swenson (DD-729) and have a record of all Plank Owners of the ship. I note that your father was one of them, and his entry states: Thomas John Rahaim, 403-48-14, MM1, 28 Nov 39, Brooklyn, NY. This record has all the names of the enlisted Plank Owners and I will mail it to you for your father if he would like to have a copy. I can also put him in touch with some of the other Plank Owners. Most have already stood their last watch, but a few are left. You have my email address so you can contact me that way. Don Snider Secretary


Name: william babylon
Email_Address:
City: hanover
State: PA
Year_Boarded: 1962
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Sunday November 24, 2013
Time: 01:07 PM

Comments

Looking for the ships yearbook or any one that was on the ship with me


Name: Jim Schuchert
Email_Address: jschuchert@comcast.net
City: South Jordan
State: UT
Year_Boarded: 1955
Year_Departed: 1959
Highest_Rank: radarman 2c
Date: Wednesday November 20, 2013
Time: 04:47 PM

Comments

Several tours to Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Hawaii, etc. Home port was Long Beach, California. Our division was with Mansfield, DeHaven and one I can't remember.


Name: Tom Rahaim
Email_Address: araim@aol.com
City: Claymont
State: DE
Year_Boarded: 1944
Year_Departed: 1945
Highest_Rank:
Date: Monday November 11, 2013
Time: 01:44 PM

Comments

Posted this for my dad who was on the original crew till the end of the war. He just turned 91


Name: Arthur B Parker
Email_Address: Bullypar@yahoo.com
City: Sulphur,
State: LA
Year_Boarded: 1958
Year_Departed: 1958
Highest_Rank: 3rd class gm
Date: Thursday November 07, 2013
Time: 12:22 PM

Comments

I enjoyed my stay on the swenson more than any other ship. Iwas on the uss iowa BB 61 temporary,a heavy cruiser and a light cruiser.I was gun capitan of mt. 51.


Name: Bill Orr
Email_Address: orebee@hotmail.com
City: anchorage
State: AK
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: Sn
Date: Tuesday October 08, 2013
Time: 02:58 PM

Comments

it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Gary Smith& Ed Winn, where are you?


Name: rj butler
Email_Address: butlerrj1946@yahoo.com
City: lexington
State: MO
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1968
Highest_Rank: bt3
Date: Thursday September 12, 2013
Time: 10:03 AM

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Name: Michael Scott
Email_Address: ms514156@gmail.com
City: Washington,
State: DC
Year_Boarded: 1952
Year_Departed: 1955
Highest_Rank: LTJG
Date: Monday September 02, 2013
Time: 08:22 PM

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Reviewing the various entries, I was startled to see communications from the son of Clyde MacDonald and from Lowell Curran. Clyde, Lowell, and I -- newly-minted Ensigns from college NROTC programs -- all reported to the Swenson on the same day in the summer of 1952, and found ourselves off the coast of Korea, shooting at various objects, within about three months after our college graduations. Both Clyde and Lowell managed transfers off the Swenson after about a year, but I spent my full three-year tour of duty on board, eventually becoming Operations Officer under Captain James G. Ross (one of the finest men I have ever been privileged to know). Problem was that when I was separated, my discharge papers showed that I was qualified to be the Exec of a DE, and I really didn't think that was a good idea. So I joined a Naval Intelligence unit in the Reserves, and eventually got my designator changed to from 1105 to 1605 (Intelligence Duty Only) with a mobilization station in Lisbon Portugal. That sounded pretty good. Fortunately or unfortunately (I've never been sure), I haven't been called up, but I'm ready. Mike Scott


Name: Erik Nelson
Email_Address: buddahman28@hotmail,com
City: Port Townsend
State: WA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Friday July 19, 2013
Time: 10:55 PM

Comments

My aunt Nancy's father was Commander Francis T. Williamson, the Swenson's first skipper. I served in the Army for 26 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. I wish all of you smooth sailing at your reunion in Long Beach this September.


Name: Kathy Ausmus
Email_Address: Kausmus01@aol.com
City: Springfield
State: IL
Year_Boarded: 1954
Year_Departed: 1957
Highest_Rank: FN
Date: Monday July 01, 2013
Time: 05:34 PM

Comments

I just received my Fathers DD 214 and found out he was aboard the USS Swenson 729 was looking for anyone that may have known him or may have pictures of him.


Name: GARY J. WINK
Email_Address: HACBGW@COMCAST.NET
City: ALIQUIPPA
State: PA
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: MM 3
Date: Friday June 21, 2013
Time: 02:02 PM

Comments

LOOKING THROUGH THE WEB SITE BROUGHT BACK FOND MEMORIES. I HAD NOT VISITED IN SEVERAL YEARS, SINCE KEN BRYDABELL PASSED.


Name: alan collum
Email_Address: alancollum@gmail.com
City: plainview
State: TX
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: cs3
Date: Sunday June 09, 2013
Time: 07:23 PM

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Name: John E Penn
Email_Address: 444jbp@gmail.com
City: Mansfield
State: Select From List
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: E7 MMC
Date: Monday April 22, 2013
Time: 07:35 PM

Comments

How can I obtain Deck Logs for June and July 1970?


Name: Harlun "Rabbit" Peterson
Email_Address: charlie@palshotrodparts.com
City: Otsego
State: MN
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1969
Highest_Rank: RN?
Date: Tuesday April 02, 2013
Time: 06:33 PM

Comments

Like to communicate with others I served with...


Name: max shinkle
Email_Address: maxshinkle@yahoo.com
City: warrenton
State: MO
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: mm3
Date: Saturday March 16, 2013
Time: 01:41 PM

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Name: Roger Merritt
Email_Address: merritt_roger@bellsouth.net
City: Winchester
State: KY
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: SM3
Date: Thursday March 14, 2013
Time: 03:11 PM

Comments

Hopeing to see more signalmen that were onboard Swenson! Looking for the following shipmates: Jay Friend, Philip Meyer, John Woo, Dennis Ring


Name: James S. Cremins
Email_Address:
City: Richmond
State: VA
Year_Boarded: 1944
Year_Departed: 1946
Highest_Rank: Lt (jg)
Date: Sunday March 03, 2013
Time: 02:58 AM

Comments

At 91 years, I am unable to participate in reunions. I wish shipmates smooth sailing.


Name: william trainor
Email_Address: garuda3@hotmail.com
City: jupiter
State: FL
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: 3rd
Date: Wednesday February 01, 2012
Time: 10:22 PM

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Name: Tiffany Leiter
Email_Address: my3boysleiter@gmail.com
City: Freeland
State: MI
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Tuesday January 17, 2012
Time: 05:03 PM

Comments

My grandfather was aboard that ship from 1/26/46 til 4/1948. I have his journals and a couple pictures. Do you remember Harry R. Calkins?


Name: Joe Tomlinson
Email_Address: jetomlinson@windstream.net
City: Valdosta
State: GA
Year_Boarded: 1954
Year_Departed: 1957
Highest_Rank: BT 3
Date: Saturday December 10, 2011
Time: 12:52 PM

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Name: James Saunders
Email_Address: jimsxray@hotmail.com
City: Tehachapi
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1960
Year_Departed: 1962
Highest_Rank: RD2
Date: Saturday December 03, 2011
Time: 12:25 PM

Comments

Would like to hear from any of the Radarmen that served 60 - 62. It was a great time and great friends!


Name: Richard L Baker
Email_Address: navalphoto@aol.com
City: Coos Bay
State: OR
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Wednesday November 30, 2011
Time: 03:15 PM

Comments

As a naval photographers mate for 22 years I have a collection of ships photos, among them one of the Swenson taken 12 Feb, 1944 that I would like to send to your collection.


Name: Robert J Briggs
Email_Address: rjusnbriggs61258@yahoo.com
City: Topeka
State: KA
Year_Boarded: 1965
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: Lt(jg), SC, USN
Date: Thursday October 27, 2011
Time: 08:43 PM

Comments

Have a lot of good memories of my time aboard, including the ship's deployment to VietNam, Harbor Defense Ship DaNang, gunship North SAR Station, plane guarding the carriers, etc.


Name: Deb Stillman
Email_Address: stilldeb56@gmail.com
City: Florissant
State: MO
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Sunday October 16, 2011
Time: 11:11 PM

Comments

What a Great Reunion in Mobile. Thanks to all..Had a wonderful time and it was so great to see everyone. Looking forward to Charleston


Name: william a. jenkins
Email_Address: valpoinds@gmail.com
City: joshua tree
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1950
Year_Departed: 1950
Highest_Rank: icfm
Date: Wednesday October 12, 2011
Time: 05:09 PM

Comments

i will never forget the inchon landing and the men i served with.


Name: Mark Ryan
Email_Address: mryan@charter.net
City: Red Wing
State: MN
Year_Boarded: 1966
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: GMGSN
Date: Monday September 05, 2011
Time: 01:27 PM

Comments

Sad to hear of the passing of Capt. Thorson. Best commanding officer I served under in my 24 years. Always proud to be one of Thorson's Raiders, even if it only meant we sent over a cake! Remember the banner "You are now rearming Thorson's Raiders" stretched between the stacks? I didn't do particularly well aboard the Swenson but that time was the foundation on which I built my adult life. Lots of fond memories.


Name: Rick Lottie
Email_Address: rlottie@gmail.com
City: McKinney
State: TX
Year_Boarded: 1966
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: Midn
Date: Tuesday August 23, 2011
Time: 01:41 PM

Comments

Midn 3/C aboard Lyman K. Swenson June 1966 - July 1966 third class cruise. Ship's captain was Thorson ("Thorsen of Swenson"). Graduated USNA 1969, commissioned 2nd Lt, USMC, infantry. Swenson's crew was fantastic. I learned a lot about teamwork, leadership, and the ship itself from them. To you, the crew, go my admiration, respect and thanks.


Name: Bill Trojanowski
Email_Address: WTrojanowski@stny.rr.com
City: Horseheads
State: NY
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: BT3
Date: Monday May 02, 2011
Time: 11:03 AM

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Name: Paul Dorris
Email_Address: pauldorris@excite.com
City: Fresno
State: CA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Thursday April 14, 2011
Time: 04:31 PM

Comments

I am wrighting to let the shipmates of my brother radarman Thomas Reed Dorris know he past away 04/14/2011 may he find calm seas


Name: Victor Johansen, Jr (re: Vic Sr)
Email_Address: vjohansen@cinci.rr.com
City: Cincinnati
State: OH
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: 1946
Highest_Rank: SOM2/c, USNR V6
Date: Sunday April 03, 2011
Time: 07:36 AM

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Victor Charles Johansen Sr., SOM2/c, USNR V6 1943-1946, WWII, Lyman K. Swenson, DD-729 Just a note to tell you that Victor Charles Johansen Sr. fell down his basement steps on April 1st, 2011 and died later that evening after serious trauma to the head. Victor C. Johansen 2134 South Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45233 Vic's visitation and services will be at the White Oak Christian Church, 3675 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, April 6th from 9am to 11am. Burial will be at the Bridgetown Cemetery on Bridgetown Road in Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife Carole, daughter Geri (Jim), son Vic (Lynn), and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. He served in WWII as a sonar tech on the Lyman K. Swenson, DD-729 - 3rd and 5th Pacific Fleets. Victor Charles Johansen Sr., SOM2/c, USNR V6 1943-1946, WWII I tried to use email ID's from the Tin Can Sailor's web page but they rejected. Thanks, Vic Johansen, Jr. 2073 Southacres Drive Cincinnati, OH 45233 513-826-6439


Name: Claude (Dave) Davis
Email_Address: cldavis@bartnet.net
City: Nowata,Ok
State: OK
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: FTG2
Date: Saturday April 02, 2011
Time: 08:40 AM

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Update to my last-The shipmate looking for fellow shipmates is Fred Smith,torpedoman striker?and also yeoman?He was aboard 63-66(?) and now has terminal cancer.He is looking for Gary Scratcher, PC3,whom is on our roster and I sent Gary an email stating same.Fred welcomes any contact from fellow shipmates and his friends are rounding up funds to send him to next reunion in Mobile(surprise).He lives in or near Ishpeming,Michigan which is on the Upper Peninsula and very close to Canadian border(HEY).He can be reached @ 906-204-2116


Name: Mike Meier
Email_Address: metaledger1@charter.net
City: Madison
State: WI
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011
Time: 09:39 AM

Comments

Hello fellas. I was an RD3 on the USS Duncan DDR 874 from 65-69. We spent so much time together that I feel I know you as well as the crew of Duncan. You have a great website. I wish you all the best. We went through alot together...I hope to visit again.........Mike


Name: stephen fulgieri
Email_Address: georgiaopt@yahoo.com
City: odessa
State: FL
Year_Boarded: 1970
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: sn3
Date: Saturday March 19, 2011
Time: 05:22 PM

Comments

Without a doubt, the greatest experience of my entire life. Picked up the ship in Hong Kong, after it had just completed its SAR in Tonkin Gulf. It was on R&R at the time, so my timing was good. Stay away from Kowloon and tatto parlours. I cannot forget BM1 Van Fleet, who had tattos before it was the in thing. I still tell people about the Typhoon we hit in the China Sea, I had messinger watch that afternoon, and for the life of me I still don't know how I didn't barf my insides out. 33 degree rolls, 15ft seas. Yowza. The worst was the decommisining of the ship. Under the engine, scrapping the paint for days on end. So much more to talk about but little time. Bt the way, I am encouraging my 18 year old son to join the Navy. I'd love for him to be a SEAL. God love those guys we need so many more like them. I'm out SN3 Fulgieri


Name: Claude (Dave) Davis
Email_Address: cldavis@bartnet.net
City: Nowata
State: OK
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: FTG2
Date: Friday March 18, 2011
Time: 08:25 PM

Comments

Just received phone from Franson in Michigan@906-204-2116 requesting contact with anyone who was aboard 1962-1967 that might remember him.He was specially looking for one person and I could not make out the name.He has terminal cancer and is looking for someone which can place the ship in Saigon during his tour for VA purposes in obtaining medical help. He was a deck hand and would like to hear from fellow sailors of this time period.I clued his wife to our website and roster but a personal call from someone who remembers him would be quite welcome. Hope we can help,Dave Davis.


Name: Lee Aldridge
Email_Address: handlebars@hughes.net
City: Hurricane Mills
State: TN
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: RD 3
Date: Wednesday February 23, 2011
Time: 11:55 PM

Comments

Mobile is ready for the LKS. Are you ready for Mobile, Alabama -ya'll. Home of the "first" Mardi Gras. If you need more encourgement, email me. Lee Aldridge


Name: Ellie Johnson
Email_Address: ellejohns@sbcglobal.net
City: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Friday January 28, 2011
Time: 12:41 PM

Comments

In December I asked if anyone remembered James Walker Lee who served on USS Lyman K Swenson, and who died in 1951 and I got the most wonderful responses, with pictures from Ed Martin, John Hegar, Ted Scanlon and Don Snyder! Ed also sent me beautiful 8 x 10's of the Swenson, which I have framed, along with Lee's pictures. What wonderful shipmates Lee had! You all have my eternal thanks!


Name: Dick Ginchereau
Email_Address: dginch@aol.com
City: The Villages
State: FL
Year_Boarded: 1968
Year_Departed: 1970
Highest_Rank: DK3
Date: Thursday January 27, 2011
Time: 06:26 PM

Comments

I was a member years ago and fell off the table so to speak. Looking forward to rejoining!


Name: GEORGE PINTO
Email_Address: g.pinto201@comcast.net
City: East Hartford
State: CT
Year_Boarded: 1944
Year_Departed: 1946
Highest_Rank: F /1 class
Date: Wednesday January 12, 2011
Time: 01:46 PM

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Name: DANIEL J. DUBLIN III, 'DUBBY'
Email_Address: cits@att.net
City: gahanna
State: OH
Year_Boarded: 1965
Year_Departed: 1967
Highest_Rank: SN
Date: Thursday December 30, 2010
Time: 02:54 PM

Comments

ANOTHER LIFETIME AGO!!! RECENT PROBLEM WITH MY GRANDSON---HAD TOLD HIM ABOUT 'THE NAM' & ABOUT RUSSIAN BEARCATS, FREIGHTORS & SUBMARINES. HE IN TURN SOKE TO HIS HISTORY TEACHER, ADVISING THE TEACHER THAT THE HISTORY BOOK SAID NOTHING ABOUT RUSSIAN INVOLVEMENT. THE HISTORY TEACHER TOLD HIM THAT I WAS WRONG & THAT RUSSIA HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH VIET NAM. HELP!!!!


Name: Lowell L Baker
Email_Address: lowelllbaker68@gmail.com
City: Lone Tree
State: Select From List
Year_Boarded: 1970
Year_Departed: 1971
Highest_Rank: SN
Date: Sunday December 19, 2010
Time: 03:08 PM

Comments


Name: Ellie Johnson
Email_Address: ellejohns@sbcglobal.net
City: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Sunday December 12, 2010
Time: 05:59 PM

Comments

The love of my life served on the Lyman K. Swenson. He was James Walker Lee, called Lee by all. He was wounded in an accident on board in 1952, taken to the hospital ship, Repose and then to the Naval Hospital at Yukuska(sp) Japan. He died at the hospital on October 25, 1952. I was only sixteen at the time, but I have never forgotten him. If anyone who reads this remembers him, I would be so appreciative to hear from you.


Name: Eddie L Muller
Email_Address: edmlr@embarqmail.com
City: Aubrey
State: TX
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Saturday December 04, 2010
Time: 09:31 PM

Comments


Name: Richard Viscarra
Email_Address: richard.viscarra@gmail.com
City: Albuquerque
State: NM
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Tuesday November 02, 2010
Time: 06:42 PM

Comments

Father served on the Lyman K. Swenson.


Name: albert f kutchera
Email_Address: alkutchera@gmail.com
City: weeki wachee
State: FL
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: BT2
Date: Tuesday November 02, 2010
Time: 05:55 AM

Comments

I am thinking of going to the next reunion.


Name: Captain Gerald W. Abbott, SC, USN (retired)
Email_Address: abbottg@cox.net
City: Fairfax Station
State: VA
Year_Boarded: 1962
Year_Departed: 1964
Highest_Rank: LTJG
Date: Monday October 11, 2010
Time: 09:26 AM

Comments


Name: Al Weber
Email_Address: alw755@austin.rr.com
City: Austin
State: TX
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Friday October 08, 2010
Time: 08:52 PM

Comments

Howdy, I served on the Destroyer, USS John A Bole DD-755 during Korea 1952-'53. At our recent reunion in Branson it was mentioner that a Shipmate and good friend, Jim Alexander had died early this year. Can you provide any addition information.. Thanks, Al Weber


Name: William "Bill" Crosby
Email_Address: willc5370@yahoo.com
City: San Jose
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1969
Highest_Rank: DK2
Date: Friday September 24, 2010
Time: 06:50 PM

Comments


Name: Greg A. Staudt
Email_Address: enyukon@yahoo.com
City: east norwich
State: NY
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Wednesday September 01, 2010
Time: 09:11 PM

Comments

Hey All, My Grandfather, Robert A. Staudt was aboard the Lyman K. in WWII. He is still going strong and loves his navy talk. If anyone out there would like to try to swap some stories, feel free to email. Thanks to all of our protectors.


Name: Eric McDonald
Email_Address: ecmcdonald@pol.net
City: San Diego
State: CA
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Monday August 23, 2010
Time: 03:38 PM

Comments

My father Clyde McDonald served on the Swenson during the Korean War. He died this week. A link to his obituary is here: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Clyde-McDonald&lc=7220&mid=4353112 Thank you to those shipmates on the Swenson who served with my father.


Name: James Thorson
Email_Address: jthors@mac.com
City: Minneapolis
State: MN
Year_Boarded: NA
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank:
Date: Saturday August 14, 2010
Time: 05:38 PM

Comments

Dear Swenson crew, It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that my father, Capt. Robert Thorson, who was the CO of the Swenson from '65-'67, passed away yesterday morning. He was 84. He spent 31 years in the navy and commanded 4 different ships but I know some of his fondest memories were from his time with the Swenson. He still has a photograph of her under sail hanging in his office. If anyone would like to contact me please feel free to do so.


Name: Enrico Biasetti
Email_Address: TheresaB23@verizon.net
City: Groveland
State: MA
Year_Boarded: 1945
Year_Departed: 1948
Highest_Rank: Aft Fire Room
Date: Friday July 23, 2010
Time: 08:57 PM

Comments

The best of luck to all my shipmates and their families, I wish you all good health. I hope to see you all very soon.


Name: Ed Hidalgo
Email_Address: loretoed@ca.rr.com
City: Santa Fe Springs
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1967
Year_Departed: 1969
Highest_Rank: Rm3
Date: Wednesday July 07, 2010
Time: 03:29 AM

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Name: STANLEY B. MORSE
Email_Address: domorse@rsu10.org
City: ANDOVER
State: ME
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: ETR-2
Date: Sunday June 20, 2010
Time: 09:36 PM

Comments


Name: Donald Brewer ( baby cakes)
Email_Address: dbrew1945@msn
City: Roswell
State: NM
Year_Boarded: 1964
Year_Departed: 1966
Highest_Rank: BT2
Date: Tuesday June 15, 2010
Time: 02:16 PM

Comments

I Was the oil king, looking for Lloyd H. Brown. He was a BT3 from Colorado. Great web site!


Name: Alfred Foster
Email_Address: Danfcarey@aol.com
City: Keithville,
State: LA
Year_Boarded: 1961
Year_Departed: 1964
Highest_Rank: FN
Date: Wednesday June 02, 2010
Time: 11:17 PM

Comments

Alfred is deceased. December 21, 2008. He is buried at Northwest Louisiana Veterans cemetery


Name: John V Clark
Email_Address: jvc2ret@att.net
City: Southington
State: CT
Year_Boarded: 1948
Year_Departed: NA
Highest_Rank: F1c
Date: Sunday May 30, 2010
Time: 12:15 PM

Comments

this is a great web site. if there are any people still around from my era, i would like to hear fro them.


Name: Jack Goddard
Email_Address: GODDARD2493@msn.com
City: Roy
State: UT
Year_Boarded: 1959
Year_Departed: 1961
Highest_Rank: SN
Date: Friday May 21, 2010
Time: 10:54 PM

Comments

HI gang. My Dad and (Joe Goddard FT 2) I were abord durning FRAM.Dad was in WESTPACK abord the Swenson. I came abord the day it came back from WESTPAC in 1959. Dad died about 1975 in Kerville TX. Was a great time. I did get in a little sea duty on the Swenson. Most of the time we were in dry dock. Emails are welcome


Name: "Pres" Spalding
Email_Address: presspa@sbcglobal.net
City: Newark
State: CA
Year_Boarded: 1952
Year_Departed: 1953
Highest_Rank: DC3
Date: Friday May 07, 2010
Time: 10:42 PM

Comments

Twenty ten Reunion comes fast, get the reservations in. You'll love Monterey and enjoy San Francisco Bay aboard the Potomac, FDR's floating White House.


Name: Roald Meyer
Email_Address: finsol@si.rr.com
City: Staten Island
State: NY
Year_Boarded: 1945
Year_Departed: 1946
Highest_Rank: QM3
Date: Friday May 07, 2010
Time: 09:50 PM

Comments

I served as a "special sea detail, and GQ helmsman" also was Capt. Braun's and ship automobile driver while in Mare Island


Name: George Saylor
Email Address: dukeofclovis@suddenlink.net
City: Clovis
State: NM
Year Boarded:  1966
Year Departed: 1967
Highest Rank: ICFN
Date: Tuesday May 04, 2010
Time: 03:29 AM

Comments:

I served aboard the Swenson for just a short time, most of which was spent in drydock in Long Beach, CA. I was in the IC shop and worked for IC1 Dye. Transferred the the Piedmont AD17 in early April 1967. I enjoyed the ride on the Swenson.


Name: Gregory Smoyer
Email Address: webmaster@dd729.com
City: Albion
State: MI
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: MM2
Date: Wednesday April 28, 2010
Time: 11:42 AM

Comments:

Don - I deleted all the offending postings. Once again "they" have found a way around my protections. Clever little ba****ds. Have you been receiving any emails from the Quarterdeck Log notifying you a message has been posted? Please let me know if you get an email message from the Quarterdeck Log telling you this message has been posted. I have not received any since last October. Did find the reason for that though and have corrected it, I hope.


Name: Maria Schwarz
Email Address: mariaschwarz544@msn.com
City: Layton
State: UT
Year Boarded: None
Year Departed: None
Highest Rank: none
Date: Tuesday April 27, 2010
Time: 10:33 PM

Comments:

My father was an MM on this ship James (Jim) A Ray and is looking for shipmates. Would have been in the late 50's or early 60's Would love to help him find someone! thanks


Name: Albert Kutckera 1964 to1966
Email Address: alkutchera@gmail.com
City: Weeki Wachee
State: FL
Year Boarded: 1966
Year Departed: 1968
Highest Rank: BT2
Date: Saturday April 17, 2010
Time: 11:36 AM

Comments:

I would like to hear from anyone who was onboard at the same time


Name: Winfred Lovell
Email Address: brenda108@aol.com
City: Key West
State: FL
Year Boarded: 1944
Year Departed: 1945
Highest Rank: BM3
Date: Tuesday February 16, 2010
Time: 06:04 PM

Comments:

My grandfather lost all but 1 of his photos from his war-time service on the ship during the flooding of Hurricane Wilma. If anyone from that time period (1944-1945) has any they would be willing to copy and contribute it would be much appreciated. Does anyone from that time period remember the little mascot dog that was on-board? It got killed by the concussion of one of the guns firing. Thank you all for your service to our country.


Name: THOMAS CROMER
Email Address: cpo.cromer@yahoo.com
City: Galveston
State: TX
Year Boarded: None
Year Departed: None
Highest Rank: GMGC
Date: Friday February 05, 2010
Time: 02:29 PM

Comments:

I was aboard the Lyman K for 2 yrs and K. G. Magee was the weapons officer and we had a excellent crew at that time, I served on many ships in my 21 yrs in the navy and the LKS was one of the best, I remember a lots of good times.


Name: John Yeoman
Email Address: xroadsyeoman@gmail.com
City: Whitwell
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1954
Year Departed: 1959
Highest Rank: E-5
Date: Wednesday January 13, 2010
Time: 10:19 AM

Comments:

What memories. Great site.


Name: George Millspaugh Jr
Email Address: gfmillsp@aol.com
City: lakeside
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1951
Year Departed: 1953
Highest Rank: none
Date: Friday January 08, 2010
Time: 05:03 PM

Comments:

George Millspaugh Sr passed away April 4 2009 he served on the Swenson from 1951 to 1953 He was a proud father of 8 children and proud of his military career and those who served with him.


Name: Norman J. Miller
Email
Address: junkman12@embarqmail.com
City:
Granite Falls
State:
NC
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank:
None
Date:
Friday December 11, 2009
Time:
09:41 AM

Comments:

My deceased uncle served aboard the Swenson during the Korean war period. I would like to hear from anyone who may have known him or remember him. his name was Boyce William Miller & I think he was a Radioman 2nd Class. Thanks, phone: 828 396-3931


Name: Anthony C Machcinski
Email Address:
Anthony.Machcinski@blackbox-vs-com
City:
Lyndhurst
State:
NJ
Year Boarded:
1944
Year Departed:
1945
Highest Rank:
Gunners Mate 3rd Cla
Date:
Wednesday December 09, 2009
Time:
06:20 PM

Comments:

Funeral arrangements for Anthony T. Machcinski are being handled by Ippolito-Stellato Funeral Home 425 Ridge Road Lyndhurst, NJ 07071 201-438-4664 Viewing: Thursday 7-9pm, Friday 2-4pm, 7-9pm Funeral Mass is Saturday, December 12 at Saint Michaels Catholic Church, Lyndhurst, NJ. There is a memorial fund set up for donations in lieu of flowers: Autism Speaks, in memory of Anthony T. Machcinski 1060 State Rd., Second Floor Princeton, NJ 08450 609-228-7331 (Make checks payable to Autism Speaks)


Name: Anthony C. Machcinski
Email Address:
Anthony.Machcinski@blackbox-vs.com
City:
Lyndhurst
State:
NJ
Year Boarded:
1944
Year Departed:
1945
Highest Rank:
Gunners Mate 3rd Cla
Date:
Wednesday December 09, 2009
Time:
06:04 PM

Comments:

It is with great sorrow that I announce the passing of my father Anthony T. Machcinski. He was a Plank Owner and attended the last reunion in Memphis with his entire family. The Navy was such an important part of his life that it is only fitting that God decided have him join his shipmates on December 7.


Name: James Ray
Email Address:
sherray@tds.net
City:
Anderson
State:
CA
Year Boarded:
1959
Year Departed:
1961
Highest Rank:
MM2
Date:
Thursday November 05, 2009
Time:
03:56 PM

Comments:

I am looking for 3 buddies, Patrick D'Aurilio from (New England State), James Ewing from (Virginia's or Carolina's), and Donald George (Kansas or Oklahoma)


Name: Wayne Bury
Email Address:
WrBury@optimum.net
City:
East Islip
State:
NY
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank:
None
Date:
Saturday October 31, 2009
Time:
11:21 AM

Comments:

My uncle Robert A. Staudt was a member of the original WWII crew. He set the depth on the depth charges that were rolled from the stern rack. He is still with us and has all his fingers but has quite a bit of hearing loss. He still has a piece of shrapnel (probably ours) that hit him in the leg and gave him a burn but thankfully didn't break the skin. He was only 19 in 1944 and was certainly scared of all the "suicide Charlies" they encountered, but not as frightened as he was during the two typhoons. God bless all who served aboard the LKS.


Name: Mike Calvert
Email Address:
mtcalvert@cox.net
City:
Tulsa
State:
OK
Year Boarded:
1967
Year Departed:
1969
Highest Rank:
E4 - Sonar Tech
Date:
Wednesday October 21, 2009
Time:
10:36 PM

Comments:

Great memories. Lots of fun. Sure miss good ole Subic.


Name: Edward E Ellison
Email Address:
edlucy@cox.net
City:
Omaha
State:
NE
Year Boarded:
1958
Year Departed:
1962
Highest Rank:
MM3
Date:
Tuesday October 20, 2009
Time:
02:05 PM

Comments:

I would like to hear from anyone severing during this time.


Name: John P Rita
Email Address:
jrita57509@aol.com
City:
East Freetown
State:
MA
Year Boarded:
1957
Year Departed:
1958
Highest Rank:
RM1
Date:
Tuesday October 20, 2009
Time:
01:33 AM

Comments:

Thanks for the memories!


Name: Bill Ingram
Email Address:
williamingram0@gmail.com
City:
Patterson
State:
CA
Year Boarded:
1959
Year Departed: 1961
Highest Rank:
BT3
Date:
Monday October 05, 2009
Time:
12:33 AM

Comments:

Just found this site. Thanks for the great work. Brought back many great memories.


Name: Ron Hutson
Email Address:
drhutson@msn.com
City:
Wever
State:
IA
Year Boarded:
1966
Year Departed:
1970
Highest Rank:
BT-3
Date:
Thursday September 17, 2009
Time:
09:57 AM

Comments:

Looking for BT's from 66 to 70 or anyone that camped out near the ET shop


Name: Kenneth "Mac" McElhaney
Email Address:
alittleold@netzero.com
City:
Spring City
State:
TN
Year Boarded:
1969
Year Departed:
1971
Highest Rank:
SN
Date:
Tuesday August 18, 2009
Time:
08:07 PM

Comments:

I would love to go on another WESTPAC cruise. I knew an exchange student who said I wouldn't know Hong Kong since the place has changed so in the last forty years. Email me BM3 Becker. Where are you, Karo?


Name: Jim Ray
Email Address:
sherray@tds.net (wifes)
City:
Anderson
State:
CA
Year Boarded:
1959
Year Departed:
1961
Highest Rank:
MM2
Date:
Friday August 14, 2009
Time:
02:19 PM

Comments:

I am looking for info about shipmates. Jim Ewing, Patrick D`Arulio, Donald George and others. Please send email to my wife's email address.


Name: Lowell F. Curran, Jr.
Email Address:
l.curran@att.net
City:
Princeton
State:
NJ
Year Boarded:
1952
Year Departed:
1953
Highest Rank:
Ensign
Date:
Thursday July 23, 2009
Time:
08:39 AM

Comments:

Changed home port from San Diego to Long Beach in Summer of 1952. Then went to WESTPAC via Pearl, joined Seventh Fleet in Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea. Went to Taiwan then Hong Kong and maybe back to Seventh Fleet and some more gunfire support of U. S. ground troops on both coasts of Korea. Went into Wonsan harbour, a beautiful sight. In and out of Youkouska, Japan several times. Saw Mt. Fugi, Japan, and went through Tsushima (sp?) Strait in southern Japan. Later, back to Long Beach Spring 1953 and I was transferred to Washington, D.C. in May or June 1953. Captain was CDR William E. Kuntz, USN


Name: Aubrey (Skip) L. Wallace
Email Address:
TxArbo@gmail.com
City:
Abilene
State:
TX
Year Boarded:
1946
Year Departed:
1949
Highest Rank:
E3 ?
Date:
Tuesday June 30, 2009
Time:
12:52 PM

Comments:

I am posting this for my dad. He was killed in the 60's when I was a young boy. So I do not have a lot of info on his time on the USS Lyman K Swenson. Have Pictures from the time frame from 46-49 and he must have been a Torpedoes Mate TM.


Name: Charles R Colman
Email Address:
crcolman@hotmail.com
City:
San Jose
State:
CA
Year Boarded:
1970
Year Departed:
1970
Highest Rank:
MR2
Date:
Tuesday June 09, 2009
Time:
01:14 PM

Comments:


Name: Maryellen Schultz
Email Address:
memarisie@comcast.net
City:
Addison
State:
IL
Year Boarded:
1944
Year Departed:
1945
Highest Rank:
F 1 C
Date:
Saturday May 02, 2009
Time: 08:36 PM

Comments:

My father Eugene Schultz was on board. I noticed a few other signed in that were there during that time would love to hear more.


Name: Lee Aldridge
Email Address: handlebars@powerc.net
City: Hurricane Mills
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Monday April 20, 2009
Time: 10:49 PM

Comments:

Don't forget... 2009 Reunion is in Memphis, TN 1 October thru 4 October. We will see historical Memphis and we will see Elvis' Memphis. But we will also meet our shipmates from the past.


Name: Ken Sandberg
Email Address: jillreisetter@live.com
City: Coon Rapids
State: MN
Year Boarded: 1951
Year Departed: 1954
Highest Rank: GM3
Date: Saturday April 04, 2009
Time: 05:36 PM

Comments:


Name: John Clancey
Email Address: jackieclan@sbcglobal.net
City: San Jose
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1950
Year Departed: 1950
Highest Rank: Rdsn
Date: Friday April 03, 2009
Time: 11:19 PM

Comments:

Short timer. June thru September Inchon Invasion. Took test for Annapolis from Ens. Dickson. Flew off to become officer. At Naval Academy prep School in Newport RI. Was demerited back to sea duty. No regrets! Ship's motto "Fortune Favors the Bold"


Name: HOMER H "JACK" JACKSON
Email Address: pbjackson@gmail.com
City: LAWRENCEVILLE
State: GA
Year Boarded: 1967
Year Departed: 1968
Highest Rank: STG3
Date: Monday January 19, 2009
Time: 10:34 PM

Comments:


Name: John Ballard
Email Address: jballard15@kc.rr.com
City: Belton
State: MO
Year Boarded: 1956
Year Departed: 1962
Highest Rank: SK1
Date: Wednesday January 07, 2009
Time: 10:58 AM

Comments:

Looking for some of the crew from that time frame. Namely Bernie Nagel former SK2, LT(jg) Spengler SO and anyone else who remembers me.


Name: Ben Blackburn
Email Address: bla729@tds.net
City: Jasper
State: GA
Year Boarded: 1950
Year Departed: 1952
Highest Rank: Lt(jg)
Date: Sunday January 04, 2009
Time: 03:47 PM

Comments:

I am more proud of the time served aboard the LKS, and the many fine friends developed as a result of that time, than of an other service I have experienced in my lifetime. My lifetime includes many, and varied experiences. My happiest experience, of course, is the marriage to that former Navy Nurse - Mary Antonia Pandora!!


Name: Ronald MMoseley
Email Address: bam7204@yahoo.com
City: Greenwood
State: SC
Year Boarded: 1965
Year Departed: 1968
Highest Rank: 3rd Class
Date: Tuesday December 30, 2008
Time: 09:52 PM

Comments:


Name: Jack W. Robinson
Email Address: jwrobinson@austin.rr.com
City: Austin
State: TX
Year Boarded: 1954
Year Departed: 1957
Highest Rank: LTJG
Date: Tuesday December 23, 2008
Time: 05:56 PM

Comments:


Name: Sanford E. Williams
Email Address: Williams1703@cox.net
City: Mesa
State: AZ
Year Boarded: 1946
Year Departed: 1947
Highest Rank: Seaman 1stit was a g
Date: Wednesday December 17, 2008
Time: 01:54 PM

Comments:

It was a great ride!


Name: Ladd Tremelling
Email Address: ltrem@comcast.net
City: Belmont
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1961
Year Departed: 1963
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Tuesday September 30, 2008
Time: 03:41 PM

Comments:


Name: Gale Hastings
Email Address: galehastings@email.com
City: Glenallen
State: MO
Year Boarded: 1963
Year Departed: 1965
Highest Rank: E-6 RM1
Date: Thursday September 04, 2008
Time: 11:12 AM

Comments:

Of all the ship I had served in, the LKS was the one most dear to me. It had a great crew with some real characters like "El Floppo QM1, High Flying Glen Spencer, EM1, Mondozzi, EN2, and others I cannot recall. I treasure our cruise book put together by Ens. Kissam, after we returned from being stationed in Yokosuka. I have attended a reunion of my first ship, USS Exploit (MSO440) but haven't for the LKS. I'm very interested in coming. Gale Hastings, RMC, USN(Ret)


Name: Muriel Gillespie Bryant
Email Address: seekers@mchsi.com
City: LeGrand
State: IA
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank: none
Date: Tuesday September 02, 2008
Time: 08:12 PM

Comments:

My Dad, Luther C. Gillespie, MMC, was aboard from 1950- 1951. He passed away in 1986 and is still greatly missed. He was stationed on the Nevada at Pearl and was on the Tucker 1959-1960. Still waiting for copy of his service record to fill in the rest of the years, 20+ years I would like to more about. Thanks to all of you for all you did for us.


Name: Grundmeier, M.D.
Email Address: mitchgrump@verizon.net
City: Kennewick
State: WA
Year Boarded: 1956
Year Departed: 1958
Highest Rank: ETN3
Date: Saturday August 30, 2008
Time: 10:13 PM

Comments:

She was my first ship out of three in 20 yrs.


Name: Pete Fonner
Email Address: pefonner@illinois.edu
City: Champaign
State: IL
Year Boarded: 1970
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: MM2
Date: Friday August 29, 2008
Time: 06:58 PM

Comments:

Made the last WESTPAC cruise and stayed through decommissioning. Went on to become MMCS and retired in 1986. Great website! I have all the cartoons from decommissioning if anyone wants copies.


Name: Charles E. Sickels (POPS)
Email Address: rustysic@aol.com
City: Corning
State: NY
Year Boarded: 1966
Year Departed: 1968
Highest Rank: RM2
Date: Friday August 29, 2008
Time: 12:29 PM

Comments:


Name: Edward W Ambrose
Email Address: brose672005@yahoo.com
City: Arapahoe
State: NC
Year Boarded: 1963
Year Departed: 1966
Highest Rank: SN
Date: Tuesday August 26, 2008
Time: 08:52 AM

Comments:

Edward Wendall Ambrose served during this time and I would like to here from all of you. Contact me anytime.


Name: Warren Tucker (Doug)
Email Address: wtuckert@aol.com
City: Radford
State: VA
Year Boarded: 1970
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: MMFN
Date: Wednesday August 20, 2008
Time: 08:13 PM

Comments:

Came on Swenson in her last WESTPAC worked in aft engine room work with G. Smoyer, D. Moore, G. Wink, P. Bomm


Name: Dan Davis
Email Address: dantherigger2224@yahoo.com
City: Mesa
State: AZ
Year Boarded: 1961
Year Departed: 1964
Highest Rank: BMSN
Date: Saturday August 09, 2008
Time: 12:13 AM

Comments:

Had a lot of good times while touring Southeast Asia and Far East! Remember names like Gary Sidel, Gale Switzer, Sours, Carey, Turley,....if anyone remembers me feel free to contact me if you'd like to swap old military stories!


Name: Robert H. Tourtelt
Email Address: tbkaw3@linkline.com
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1958
Year Departed: 1959
Highest Rank: SK3C
Date: Wednesday August 06, 2008
Time: 02:32 AM

Comments:

I am trying to find contact information for Ltjg G. Willenburg, who served as the Supply Officer on the Swenson in 1958-1959. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Bob Tourtelot


Name: Charles Colman
Email Address: crcolman@hotmail.com
City: San Jose
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1970
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: MR2
Date: Sunday August 03, 2008
Time: 11:10 AM

Comments:

I reported aboard the Sunday afternoon before the Swenson was scheduled to sail for her last WESTPAC, which was delayed due to the holes in her side. I was transferred as soon as we got back to San Diego. I would enjoy hearing from my shipmates.


Name: For Ray Mayberry
Email Address: petecomputer@msn.com
City: Silver Springs
State: Florida
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank: none
Date: Thursday July 10, 2008
Time: 12:37 PM

Comments:

Doing this for my Uncle. H-954-427-8200


Name: Teresa
Email Address: teresafbk@yahoo.com
City: Vallscreek
State: WV
Year Boarded: 1941
Year Departed: 1949
Highest Rank: boatswainmate 2/c
Date: Tuesday July 08, 2008
Time: 08:41 PM

Comments:

My father served on the Swenson between 1941 and 1949. His name was Bernard Bradley. If anyone remembers him please contact me. I would like to know anything you can tell me about his time on the ship. Thank you so very much - his daughter


Name: Robert Benitez Jr
Email Address: robert.benitez@sbcglobal.net
City: Corpus Christi
State: TX
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank: none
Date: Monday June 30, 2008
Time: 12:26 AM

Comments:

My dad was on the this ship in the 60's. His name was EM3 Robert Benitez, he pass Feb 27, 2008. I just wanted to get some info about his time in the service. Thanks you


Name: Dan Reese
Email Address: dqreese@netzero.net
City: Lawrenceville
State: GA
Year Boarded: 1967
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: ST1
Date: Tuesday June 24, 2008
Time: 09:48 PM

Comments:

Now hear this! ST1 Gary Petersen lay to the quarterdeck and sign in.


Name: Don Snider
Email Address: DD729Secretary@gmail.com
City: Portland
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: STCS
Date: Sunday June 08, 2008
Time: 12:18 PM

Comments:

Frank Briggs, I do not have any of the names you mention in your post except Ed Frolich who attended our Reno reunion and ask that you send me Glen Covey and any other contacts you may have so I can contact them and hopefully build our membership. They ain't making any more of us as the mold has been broken. Also I hope you will join us in Orlando this October. Don Snider Ship's Secretary


Name: Don Snider
Email Address: DD729Secretary@gmail.com
City: Portland
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: STCS
Date: Sunday June 08, 2008
Time: 12:05 PM

Comments:

Let me try this again. Jerry "Buzz" Buzan, I do not have your name in our Ship's roster and would like to add you. Also since you plan to attend the Orlando reunion I could send you our last newsletter that outlines all the planned activities, just email me your mailing address or call me at 615-325-0222. Don Snider Ship's Secretary


Name: Frank E. Briggs
Email Address: FEB59@aol.com
City: South Glens Falls
State: NY
Year Boarded: 1954
Year Departed: 1956
Highest Rank: SK3
Date: Wednesday May 28, 2008
Time: 07:26 PM

Comments:

I found Glen Covey ship serviceman 2 remember Bernie Nagel, Landers, Shumake Ensign Wheat, LtJg Graham, Johnny Johnson et3, Ox Roelfing et3, Littleraven the baker, O. R. Plumb chief commissaryman, Andy Anderson et1, Ed Froelich gunnery seaman, Wapp a signalman.


Name: Jerry "Buzz" Buzan
Email Address: JBuzan1@cfl.rr.com
City: Holly Hill
State: FL
Year Boarded: 1969
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Friday May 16, 2008
Time: 07:35 PM

Comments:

Looking forward to Orlando. Made her last WESTPAC cruise hope to see all the "Scope Dopes" there.


Name: Steve Becker
Email Address: srbecker2003@msn.com
City: Denver
State: CO
Year Boarded: 1969
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: BM3
Date: Sunday May 04, 2008
Time: 10:17 AM

Comments:

Made last WESTPAC trip, was on board when the front gun mount was smashed in during the typhoon. Also spent many months de-commissioning the Swenson and was on the quarterdeck with Lt. Wixom, I believe, during the de-commissioning ceremony. I think of many guys I was on board with, Lowell Baker, Mike Barnes, Dan Mckisson, Donovan Scott, Steve Kestler. A lot of great times and better memories.


Name: Peter Newkirk Braun
Email Address: peter.braun@labschool.org
City: Alexandria
State:
Year Boarded:
Year Departed:
Highest Rank: none
Date: Thursday May 01, 2008
Time: 07:09 PM

Comments:

My Dad, William B. Braun, was the second CO, my uncle, Francis T. Williamson was the first, and my brother, William B. Braun II served in Vietnam. It is great to see that your association carries on the name and serves to honour a great ship and it's crews. With the greatest of respect, Peter Braun


Name: Bob Vessells
Email Address: bvandme@uneedspeed.net
City: Laks Havasu City
State: AZ
Year Boarded: 1960
Year Departed: 1962
Highest Rank: Seaman
Date: Saturday April 19, 2008
Time: 02:17 PM

Comments:

Just pokin' around the internet and thought about the ole LK. Can't remember too many names though. I came aboard while the ship was at Mare island (horrible place) and made it thru till right before the Laos conflict when I was discharged while in Yokosuka. Flew out on MATS as I remember from Tachequawa Ja.(sp?) and discharged at SFRECSTA in Aug 1962. Anybody from that time period? I was a seaman but on the torpedo deck. I remember names like Tamborelli, Medina, Luna, Pylant, Rodriguez, Wright etc. Thanks, Bob


Name: David Petsick
Email Address: petsickdavid@sbcglobal.net
City: Woodland
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1958
Year Departed: 1960
Highest Rank: SK 2
Date: Saturday April 12, 2008
Time: 08:12 PM

Comments:


Name: TIM BENEDICT
Email Address: timroxx@yahoo.com
City: Chandler
State: AZ
Year Boarded: 1963
Year Departed: 1966
Highest Rank: en3
Date: Friday April 04, 2008
Time: 01:28 PM

Comments

I just remember the good times


Name: Don Snider
Email Address: elroyds@gmail.com
City: Portland
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: STCS
Date: Tuesday April 01, 2008
Time: 09:10 PM

Comments:

I already have about half my money saved for the upcoming Orlando reunion. The tax voucher will help too. I hope to see you-all this October.


Name: John D. (J.D.) Buck
Email Address: johnd164@hotmail.com
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year Boarded: 1965
Year Departed: 1967
Highest Rank: MM3
Date: Saturday March 22, 2008
Time: 11:16 PM

Comments:

I'm not really a Hooser, but a misplaced Tennessee hillbilly.


Name: Richard Kephart
Email Address: richard@playonlight.com
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1961
Year Departed: 1964
Highest Rank: QM2
Date: Friday February 22, 2008
Time: 05:49 PM

Comments:

Memories of Yokosuka, Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Bangkok, Saigon, Brisbane, Sydney, Pago Pago, crossing the Equator, and Kraus' pastries. Served with a great crew. We really did see the world!


Name: William L Bradley
Email Address: cookless@charter.net
City: Deatsville
State: AL
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: ET2
Date: Saturday February 02, 2008
Time: 11:51 AM

Comments:

Am glad to see this page. Looking forward to hearing from some of you .


Name: James J. Brummitt
Email Address: jjbrummit@msn.comt
City: Forsyth
State: IL
Year Boarded: 1962
Year Departed: 1966
Highest Rank: EM2
Date: Friday February 01, 2008
Time: 04:51 PM

Comments:

Trying to contact Oland Cutchins MM1 who served aboard the Swenson 1962-1966?


Name: Edward Rose
Email Address: janeygates@sbcglobal.net
City: Olathe
State: KS
Year Boarded: 1952
Year Departed: 1956
Highest Rank: 3RD Class Comm
Date: Monday January 28, 2008
Time: 05:23 PM

Comments:

I was a cook. I would enjoy hearing from anyone during that time.


Name: Glen Ingram
Email Address: g-jing@Indian-Creek.net
City: Bandera
State: TX
Year Boarded: 1950
Year Departed: 1953
Highest Rank: SO2
Date: Sunday January 27, 2008
Time: 09:13 PM

Comments:

Many thanks to Web Master, Gregg Smoyer, for creating and maintaining these memories of our ship and shipmates. Excellent site! Great reunion photos!


Name: Glen F. Goggins
Email Address: gne@charter.net
City: Monterey
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1958
Year Departed: 1960
Highest Rank: PN2
Date: Friday January 25, 2008
Time: 07:35 PM

Comments:


Name: Homer A. Smith, Jr.
Email Address: homeralvin@verizon.net
City: Portsmouth
State: VA
Year Boarded: 1954
Year Departed: 1957
Highest Rank: LTJG
Date: Thursday January 24, 2008
Time: 04:21 PM

Comments:


Name: Dan Reese
Email Address: dqreese@netzero.net
City: Lawrenceville
State: GA
Year Boarded: 1967
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: ST1
Date: Thursday January 24, 2008
Time: 10:10 AM

Comments:

It was great to see some old shipmates at DC reunion.


Name: Walter Alley
Email Address: alleykok@att.net
City: Kokomo
State: IN
Year Boarded: 1963
Year Departed: 1967
Highest Rank: BT3
Date: Tuesday January 22, 2008
Time: 04:54 PM

Comments:


Name: Johnny Leos
Email Address: jleos1@yahoo.com
City: Bogalusa
State: LA
Year Boarded: 1965
Year Departed: 1965
Highest Rank: DC2
Date: Friday January 18, 2008
Time: 09:56 PM

Comments:

Swenson was my last ship before discharge. Great ship and crew!!!


Name: Glen F. Goggins
Email Address: gne@charter.net
City: Moterey
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1958
Year Departed: 1960
Highest Rank: PN2
Date: Saturday January 05, 2008
Time: 08:00 AM

Comments:

I would like to know what the phrase on the bottom of the insignia and what language is and what does it mean.

Webmaster Note: The phrase is Latin, Audentis Fortuna Juvat. - Fortune Favors the Brave


Name: John Ausborn
Email Address: pipedopes@q.com
City: Aurora
State: CO
Year Boarded: 1967
Year Departed: 1969
Highest Rank: MM-2
Date: Monday December 17, 2007
Time: 05:39 PM

Comments:

Hi to all!


Name: R. J. Butler
Email Address: butlerrj1946@yahoo.com
City: Lexington
State: MO
Year Boarded: 1964
Year Departed: 1968
Highest Rank: BT#
Date: Saturday December 15, 2007
Time: 08:40 PM

Comments:

I would like to hear from someone who has contact with Bob Chambers, Tim or Paul Crady.


Name: Conrad J. Eshliman
Email Address: Eshliman@aol.com
City: Weston
State: MO
Year Boarded: 1962
Year Departed: 1964
Highest Rank: MM1
Date: Tuesday December 11, 2007
Time: 01:29 PM

Comments:

I suppose that I am probably not the first guy to wish I had taken more pictures while on board. Better yet I wish I could find them today. So thanks to those that did and for a while on this site I felt young again.


Name: Sanford Eugene Williams
Email Address: clntplywd@aol.com
City: Mesa
State: AZ
Year Boarded: 1946
Year Departed: 1947
Highest Rank: seaman 1st
Date: Friday November 16, 2007
Time: 12:07 AM

Comments:

I think there were seven men with the last name Williams on board at that time............would like to hear from any one of them


Name: Darrel L Young's daughter Donna
Email Address: doyoco54@yahoo.com
City: Gardner
State: MA
Year Boarded: 1953
Year Departed: 1955
Highest Rank: Unknown
Date: Saturday November 10, 2007
Time: 02:02 PM

Comments:

My father, Darrel Young, worked in the engine room of the Swenson in the Korean War. He passed away in August 2000, six hours before his 69th birthday. I really miss my Dad. He was a great Dad and I remember hearing and seeing stories about his Naval career. Does anyone out there know my Dad from that time period? I do have some pictures of my father with other crew members on the Swenson.


Name: Bill Stanford
Email Address: wes2@lehigh.edu
City: Bethlehem
State: PA
Year Boarded: 1963
Year Departed: 1966
Highest Rank: Lt.j.g.
Date: Wednesday October 31, 2007
Time: 09:17 PM

Comments:

You've done an excellent job with this site. Bravo Zulu! Anyone know the whereabouts of Ted Hoffman (c. 62-64)?


Name: James K. Lewis
Email Address: Lewislnd@aol.com
City: San Jose
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1969
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: EM2
Date: Saturday October 20, 2007
Time: 03:38 PM

Comments:

Would like to hear from others that I served with.


Name: Francisco (Frank) Armijo
Email Address: Farmijo@att.net
City: Duncanville
State: TX
Year Boarded: 1961
Year Departed: 1963
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Friday November 10, 2006
Time: 10:44 PM

Comments:

Remember FRAM job on Mare Island, fun times in Vallejo, Long Beach. Then overseas, Hawaii, Yokosuka, ( Hong Kong Bar ) Subic Bay, Hong Kong. Buddies: all Radarmen, Richard Diaz ( passed away ). John Giannino ( crazy Italian! ). Alderson, Barnett, favorite Chief, Stirkins, least favorite person, Ltjg Rudy Garcia ( Rudy, nothing personal, I hated your sunglasses!) Had some crazy times in Subic Bay, great bars, Papa Gallos Mexican Style restaurant, complete with Philippino mariachi band. Swim call! Miles off the coast of Subic Bay, had guards on deck with rifles in case sharks got hungry. I was only 18-19. God, seems like a million years ago. Didnít like playing cards with Ltjg Dickman. What memories . No regrets, had a great time looking back now. Maybe at the time I did not realize it.


Name: Gary L. Scratcher
Email Address: garyscratcher@zoominternet.net
City: Prospect
State: PA
Year Boarded: 1964
Year Departed: 1966
Highest Rank: PC3
Date: Wednesday June 21, 2006
Time: 11:30 AM

Comments:

Does anyone remember going to Saigon after the USS Card was blown up in the Saigon harbor in May 1964 ? Sure saw a lot of the world aboard the Swenson!


Name: Greg Oyler
Email Address: k111152@aol.com
City: Venice
State: FL
Year Boarded: 1970
Year Departed: 1971
Highest Rank: MM3
Date: Monday May 29, 2006
Time: 08:16 PM

Comments:

Info on reunions.


Name: Lee Aldridge
Email Address: handlebars@tds.net
City: New Johnsonville
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Wednesday May 10, 2006
Time: 11:17 PM

Comments:

Looking forward to Dallas. We are planning to travel around Texas for about a week before the reunion. Maybe Amarillo for a few days, then back down to Dallas, in a round about way. If you have suggestions for things to see and do, let me know.


Name: Curt Helmer
Email Address: curtnwendy@charter.net
City: Warrenton
State: OR
Year Boarded: 1969
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: ATN2
Date: Friday April 28, 2006
Time: 01:09 AM

Comments:

Why must we have a war for each generation? My grandfather served in the Navy in WWI; father in WWII; my brother and I served during the Vietnam war; my son is in the Navy now, but he is serving in Vietnam, of all places! He is an interpreter (Vietnamese and Chinese) for the archeologists looking to bring home the remains of Americans still missing over there. I'm sure we all wish them success.


Name: John A. Hegar
Email Address: johnhegar@netportusa.com
City: Forney
State: TX
Year Boarded: 1949
Year Departed: 1952
Highest Rank: Radarman Second Class
Date: Wednesday April 26, 2006
Time: 05:32 PM

Comments:

Since leaving the SHIP, very few days pass without my thinking about my ship and the greatest friends in the world.


Name: Jacob Berge
Email Address: jberge26@msn.com
City: West Islip
State: NY
Year Boarded: 1944
Year Departed: 1946
Highest Rank: F 1C
Date: Monday April 24, 2006
Time: 04:33 PM

Comments:


Name: Tom Johnson
Email Address: untbuff@aol.com
City: Slidell
State: LA
Year Boarded: 1961
Year Departed: 1963
Highest Rank: LTjg
Date: Sunday April 23, 2006
Time: 11:11 AM

Comments:

Just checking in on site. Hopefully more shipmates will happen by this site as I did and sign in. TJ


Name: Pres Spalding
Email Address: presspa@aol.com
City: Newark
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1952
Year Departed: 1953
Highest Rank: DC3
Date: Wednesday April 12, 2006
Time: 11:32 PM

Comments:

Just checking the site out.


Name: Raymond F. Lopez, Jr.
Email Address: RLOPEZ@ESNCC.COM
City: Woodbridge
State: VA
Year Boarded: 1967
Year Departed: 1969
Highest Rank: STG2
Date: Tuesday April 04, 2006
Time: 10:13 AM

Comments:

The ship that forced me to grow up. Maybe STGCS SNIDER had something to do with that as well! :)


Name: Lee Aldridge
Email Address: handlebars@tds.net
City: New Johnsonville
State: TN
Year Boarded: 1968
Year Departed: 1970
Highest Rank: RD3
Date: Wednesday March 29, 2006
Time: 10:51 PM

Comments:

If you are looking at this for the first time and you think this is good, you ought to try the reunion. See old shipmates from times past. Renew old acquaintances. Have a vacation, a family friendly vacation.


Name: Don Brandenstein
Email Address: brandensteind@fuse.net
City: Miamisburg
State: OH
Year Boarded: 1951
Year Departed: 1955
Highest Rank: SO2
Date: Sunday March 26, 2006
Time: 09:34 PM

Comments:


Name: Don Plank
Email Address: dplank@hotmail.com
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
Year Boarded: 1962
Year Departed: 1965
Highest Rank: RD2
Date: Saturday March 25, 2006
Time: 04:02 PM

Comments:


Name: Paul Shafer
Email Address: paulsam@bright.net
City: Ottawa
State: OH
Year Boarded: 1962
Year Departed: 1965
Highest Rank: MM2
Date: Saturday March 25, 2006
Time: 10:00 AM

Comments:

Hello to all.


 

Name: Joe K. Coker
Email Address: joe_c_29697@yahoo.com
City: Piedmont
State: SC
Year Boarded: 1955
Year Departed: 1958
Highest Rank: MM2
Date: Thursday March 23, 2006

Time: 10:15 PM

Comments:

VERY NICE SITE.


 

Name: Doug Lewis
Email Address: dustyacres2@aol.com
City: Oak Hills
State: CA
Year Boarded: 1964
Year Departed: 1965
Highest Rank: BT3
Date: Thursday March 23, 2006

Time: 02:19 PM

Comments:

Updating EM address. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Chamberlain, BT, Tony Hewittson MM ?????????

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