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Lone Sailor"Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile ..... can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction,
'I served in the United States Navy'."


President John F. Kennedy
1963, Annapolis, MD


Thomas Andries (SH3)



E-mail: mona.andries8@gmail.com
Onboard: 1953-1955
Dept./Div. Laundry
Rate/Rank: 3rd Class Petty Officer

I am still missing being with all my shipmates. I live in Alexandria, LA with my wife. We often talk about my travels. If anyone remembers me, please Email me.
Thomas Andries

Posted: 03/16/2017
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Dale T. Prescott (BM3)


E-mail: oldsalt65@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1964-1965
Dept./Div. 2nd Division
Rate/Rank: BMSN-BM3

I loved my time on the USS Skagit. I learned how to run cranes and Mike Boats. Made a lot of friends. Had fun on the cruise {young and dumb). Remember A. Warden and J. Asher.

Posted: 02/18/2017
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Thomas W. Worring (DC2)


E-mail: tinkerthom@AOL.COM
Onboard: 1955-1956
Dept./Div. Damage Control
Rate/Rank: DC2

I WILL SOON BE 82, FOND MEMORIES MOSTLY PROUD TO HAVE SERVED.ONLY REGRETS ,SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN.HAVE A GREAT DAY,AND THANKS FOR DOING WHAT YOU DO.GOD BLESS AMERICA

Posted: 11/11/2016
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Dave Skeahan aka Skeeter (EN3)


E-mail: dandeskeahan@att.net
Onboard: Feb. 1951 - May 1953
Dept/Div. Boat
Rate/Rank: Engineman 3rd Class

I was on board Feb 1951 when we sailed out from San Diego to the Far East during the Korean war (conflict). I was in the Boat Division with George Rateike, we were both Enginemen on a LCVP. In April the Skagit was ordered to sail to Inchon to stand by to evacuate an Army group due to the advance of Chinese Communist forces to Inchon. We were in Inchon May 02 to May 25 and left after the United Forces held the line. Don Vogan was also aboard and he started our Reunion Association.

George Rateike was also in WW2 aboard the USS Achernar AKA 53 and was in the Invasion of Normandy June 6 1944 D-Day landing on the beaches. When Germany surrendered the Achernar was sent to the Pacific to join the war against Japan and was in the battle of Okinawa. The Achernar was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze air plane but they survived the attack.

George - Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Dave Skeahan

Posted: 04/01/2016
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Don McCain (BM3)


E-mail: mccainm@marietta.edu
Onboard: 1950 to 1954
Dept/Div. Boat
Rate/Rank: BM3/c

I enjoy the web page, news letter and other misc.articles.
Thanks Don.

Posted: 01/16/2016
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Paul "Doug" Holliday (SMSN)


E-Mail: pauldocholliday@gmail.com
Onboard: 1963 - 1966
Dept/Div. Signal
Rate/Rank: SMSN

These were the days I will never forget.

Posted: 09/01/2015
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Dennis Paukert (FN)


E-Mail: dpaukert1@gmail.com
Onboard: 1962 - 1964
Dept./Div. B Division
Rate/Rank: FN.

If any of my shipmates remember me I would like to hear from you.

Posted: 08/01/2013
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Edward Nezworski (QM1)


E-Mail: chief.ski@elknet.net
Onboard: Nov 27, 1963 to Nov 16, 1964
Dept./Div. Navigation Department
Rate/Rank: QM2 - QM1



ROAD TRIP


Dear Family, Friends and Shipmates:

New photo (colorized) that I just found in a frame under with a different photo on top of it. I would guess that it was taken when I was on board the USS Stone County LST-1141 from 1965 to 1967. From the kanji on the back I would think it was taken during 1967 in Sasebo or Yokosuka. I don’t ever remember being that young.

Itinerary for my trip to the USS Skagit AKA-105 Reunion in Norfolk, VA 5-9 September, 2012

Depart home Northwest of Elkhorn, WI at 0700 local (CDT) Tuesday 4 September.

Arrive at Day’s Inn Somerset, PA (1-814-445-9200) about 1830 local (EDT) Tuesday 4 September. A long day on the road (634 miles 10 1/2 hours) but only the first 7 miles and about 53 miles in northern Illinois that is not Freeway/Tollway. My I-Pass is going to get a workout.

Depart Day’s Inn Somerset, PA at 0800 local (EDT) Wednesday 5 September en route to Norfolk, VA.

Arrive at Quality Suites Lake Wright in Norfolk, VA (1-757-461-6251) about 1430 local (EDT) Wednesday 5 September. Not a long day on the road (362 miles and a little over 6 hours).

The highlight of the Reunion for me will be seeing all of my old shipmates from the 1960’s, the harbor tour on the Victory Rover (wonder if I will need my sextant), the visit Nauticus and tour of the USS Wisconsin BB-64.

Depart Norfolk, VA at 0800 local (EDT) Monday 10 September and arrive at my sisters home in Kernersville, NC that afternoon.

Planning on a side trip to the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC.

Depart Kernersville, NC 0800 local (EDT) on Thursday 13 September en route to a overnight stop at the Comfort Inn in Lexington, KY. (1-859-299-0302).

Depart Lexington, KY 0800 local (EDT) on 14 September en route to home. Planning to arrive home in late afternoon.

Attend High School Reunion in Racine, WI on the afternoon of 15 September. I was in the class of 1960 but quit school in 1958 and enlisted in the Navy in October of 1959.

This looks like a fun trip.

Eddie, Chief and Ski

Posted: 08/28/2012
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Charles Michael Shepard (LCPL)


E-Mail: mikeindayton@earthlink.net
Onboard: July 1964 ?
Dept./Div. Marine A Company 3rd Motors
Rate/Rank: LCPL

Skagit and crew took us to Taiwan for a war game. She was a fine ship and fairly comfortable even in rough weather. We were nearly hit by an aircraft carrier early one morning because of a missed change of course. I feel privileged to have sailed on her. My date of passage may be wrong. Skagit returned us to Okinawa after our two weeks on Taiwan. I was very impressed with the crews skill at handling our trucks.

Posted: 08/07/2012
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LaVerne D. Rose (SKSN)


E-Mail: rosebuds1@earthlink.net
Onboard: 1952-1954
Dept./Div. Supply Division
Rate/Rank: SKSN

I was aboard ship in Alaska, Japan, Phillipines, Iwo Jima, Hong Kong, and Korea. I left the ship in August, 1954 to the States for Discharge.

Posted: 06/06/2012
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Alan Rice (SN)


E-Mail: RiceAlan10@gmail.com
Onboard: 1956-1957
Dept.Div. Boat
Rate/Rank: SN

An LCM, now that's a real surfboard.

Posted: 06/01/2012
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William P. Athas (Y2c)


E-Mail: bill.athas@dfg.com
Onboard: 1945-1946
Rate/Rank: Yeoman 2nd Class (Y2c)

My Dad William (Bill) P. Athas was a "plank owner" of the USS Skagit.
Unfortunately he passed away in 1998. I remember listening to stories about his time in the war and in the pacific. If anyone remembers my dad I'd love to hear from you.

Regards

Bill Athas

Posted: 05/29/2012
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William R Neiman "Bill" (BM2)


E-Mail: blueridgelily@centurylink.net
Onboard: 1963 to 1967
Dept./Div. 1st Div./Boat Group/3rd Div.
Rate/Rank: BM2

Jim Honberger, I do remember your Hong Kong wedding. I called Angelo Mancinie 15 years ago. How about BM Fear? Saw Harry Workman's (BM3) e-mail but could not reach him. Would like to talk with him or any of my old shipmates. The Skagit was a grest ship that I will never forget. Maybe I can make Norfolk VA.

Posted: 05/07/2012
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Don Koliboski (FN)


E-Mail: brenee@cox.net
Onboard: 1961-1962
Dept./Div. M Division
Rate/Rank: Fireman (E3)

Posted: 04/10/2012
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Eugene C. Gerhart (SN)


E-Mail: eugenegerhart@sbcglobal.com
Onboard: 10-1-1965 until 7-13-67
Dept./Div. 1st Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman (E3)

We deployed in April, maybe, for Viet Nam with a full cargo of Marines and supplies. Pulled into Danang Harbor and unloaded on the weekend and headed for Okinawa. I was sent back to the states because my time was up. A very memorable trip. Another world over there.

Posted: 03/22/2012
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Mark Evdemon (RM2)


E-Mail: usnavymark@comcast.net

Interesting site Mike. I was on "Tin Cans", USS Beale and USS Brough, (58-61, RM2). Went to Boot camp at Great Lakes and RM school in Bainbridge. Enjoy surfing Military / History sites, especially Navy. Just stopped by to update my e-mail address.

Posted: 12/12/2011
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Mike Hessner


E-Mail: mlnflair@aol.com
Onboard: 1965-1968
Dept./Div. E
Rate/Rank: E-4

Posted: 11/27/2011
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Gary Rowan (SWC) USN Ret.


E-Mail: gdrowan38@comcast.net

I am looking for any one that may remember my brother in law YNC Edwin J Wilson.
Ed served on board from Sept. 1964 to May 1966, he passed away in June of 2001.
This is one great web site, you have to be proud.

Posted: 11/26/2011
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Jack Daniels (FN)


E-Mail:
Onboard: 1962-1963
Dept./Div. Engineering
Rate/Rank: Fireman

I am the "unknown" in the picture listed as "Engineman All 1961" on the Ship's Pictures page.


Isbell - Unknown - Walker


Posted: 11/13/2011
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Dr. Franklin R. Freeland (SN)


E-Mail: shandiinfrf4@yahoo.com
Onboard: December 1965 - December 1966
Dept./Div. Medical
Rate/Rank: SN

I served as Hospital Corpsman striker. I was accepted into Hospital Corpsman school, San Diego, CA. in January 1967. In May 1967, I was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC at the Naval Hospital. In May 1968, I was assigned to the U.S. Marines.

In May 1966, the USS Skagit left Danang for Sasebo, Japan, and for the USA. A Chief Petty Officer had a heart attack as we left Danang. The Skagit turned back, and I volunteered to escort the Chief into Danang for medical care. Does anyone recall this event?

Posted: 11/06/2011
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Ernest Swartz (EM3)


E-Mail: Ernest3514@Att.net
Onboard: Dec. 1965 to Mar. 1969
Dept./Div. E Division
Rate/Rank: Electricians Mate 3rd Class

I just got a computer, looking foward to hearing from old friends.

Posted: 11/04/2011
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Edward Nezworski (QM1)


E-Mail: chief.ski@elknet.net
Onboard: Nov 27, 1963 to Nov 16, 1964
Dept./Div. Navigation Department
Rate/Rank: QM2 - QM1

Retired as QMC in 1986 with 27+ years of service. USS Skagit AKA-105 was my 4th ship. Onboard for the 1964 Westpac cruise.

Posted: 10/01/2011
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Brian Cox


E-Mail: Rowdy12c@hotmail.com

Ens. Charles Peake III (Plank Owner) is my grandfather. I think its great how you have reunions and stay in touch.
Thanks for your service.
Brian

Posted: 08/27/2011
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Thurman L. "Johnny" Johnson (SN)


E-Mail: PamjNaz@aol.com
Onboard: Nov. 1952 to 1954
Dept./Div. Deck
Rate/Rank: Seaman

On board 16 months from San Diego, Ca to the frigid waters of Alaska close to Point Barrow July/Aug. 1953.
Went by "Johnny" never Thurman, for Johnson.
Was in San Diego hospital when she left for Japan. Let me hear from you. Living in Arizona.

Posted: 08/25/2011
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Eugene Hojsack (EMC)


E-Mail: eugenehojsack@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1962-1964
Dept./Div. Engineering, E Division
Rate/Rank: EMC

Posted: 08/08/2011
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J. D. Green (SFC)


E-Mail: htcgreen@bellsouth.net
Onboard: April '65 - Jan. '66
Dept./Div. R Division
Rate/Rank: Ship Fitter Chief

Would like to hear from any Chiefs that were on Skagit during the time I was on her.

Posted: 06/26/2011
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Kenneth M. Zipperer (RM2)


E-Mail: kenzipp@windstream.net
Onboard: 1955-56
Dept./Div. Radio
Rate/Rank: RM2

I left Skagit in March of 1956 after I fell into a cargo hold and broke my back.
We were enroute to Pearl Harbor shipyard, I ended up in Tripler Army Hospital for 7 or 8 weeks.

Posted: 06/20/2011
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Kedric H. Cecil (SN)


E-Mail: kedriccecil@hotmail.com
Onboard: August 1963 to October 1963
Dept./Div. Deck
Rate/Rank: SN

I was on board for two months in 1963 until I fell down a cargo hold onto the concrete bottom deck, and broke my back, wrists on both arms, and an elbow!
I spent six weeks in Balboa Naval Hospital, until I was discharged.
At least I went back to finish high school and eventually became a Psychologist.
Does anybody remember my Swan Dive? (On operations off San Clemente island)

Posted: 06/01/2011
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Kristi Staker


E-Mail: Krissish@ymail.com

My Dad was on this ship during 1951-55. He passed away last year, and I miss him so much.
It's Memorial Day and It's been nice looking at where he has been.
Thanks :)

Posted: 05/30/2011
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Bill W. Collins jr. "Tex" (SA)


E-Mail: bc56@live.com
Onboard: Nov. 1950 to Apr. 1954
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: SA

Posted: 04/26/2011
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Thomas Leslie (EN3)


E-Mail: theo@windstream.net
Onboard: 1966 to 1968
Dept./Div. B E Division
Rate/Rank: EN 3

Found a old picture of some of the guys. Joe Tenpenny, Ernie Castle, Jim Ferson. Wonder what ever became of them.

Posted: 03/23/2011
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Emil R. Infusino (FN)


E-Mail: emilinfusino@comcast.net
Onboard: June 1965
Dept./Div. M Div
Rate/Rank: FN
I serverd on board for a 1 month period as a very young Naval Reservist from Racine Wi, Naval Surface Div 9-210L, while the ship was in San Diego.

Posted: 03/14/2011
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Eugene C. Gerhart (SN)


E-Mail: eugenegerhart@sbcglobal.com
Onboard: 1965-1967
Dept./Div. First Div.
Rate/Rank: Seaman

Posted: 03/12/2011
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Frank A. Borsella (CS)


E-Mail:
Onboard: 1950-1951
Dept/Div. Cook

Skagit was my dad's ship I'm not sure the dates are correct. He died August 11, 2004.
I will write back with an e-mail address next time.

Posted: 02/26/2011
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James Cavan (LTJG)


E-Mail: cavanjj@msn.com
Onboard: APR 1964 - NOV 1965
Dept/Div. DCA, ENGINEERING DEPT
Rate/Rank: LTJG

I would like to join the Association ... Please let me know how.

Thank you,
Jim Cavan

Posted: 02/20/2011
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Earl Vidrine (LT.)


E-Mail: evidrine@gt.rr.com
Onboard: 1966-1969, (Decommissioning)
Dept./Div. Repair Officer
Rate/Rank: LT. USN

Out of nine ships I was assigned to, The Skag' was my favorite because of the comradeship and true friends. The ward room was a Bon Voyage fun and hard working group. My wife and I have attended all of the 2000 reunions and hope to see ya'll in San Diego in October.
Bon Voyage Earl

Posted: 02/11/2011
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Jimmie W. Honberger


E-Mail: BigJtravel@aol.com
Onboard: 1963-1966
Dept./Div. 1st Division
Rate/Rank: BMSN

I was the first marriage on the USS Skagit, April 20, 1964 in Hong Kong, BC.
I have the 1964 & 1965 Cruise Books.

Posted: 02/11/2011
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Ms. Tabitha Brookes


Hiya Mike,

I just wanted to thank you for putting together these great links:
http://www.ussskagit.org/LINKSTOALLTHINGSNAVY.html

My class is learning about World War II this year and I've found some great teaching points from your suggested resources. But I thought I'd share a page you don't have listed:
http://www.onlineschools.org/guide-to-world-war-ii/

It has a lot of great references about World War II. My school put it on the teacher's section of Blackboard. It might be a nice addition to your site. I hope I could help!

Tabby Brookes

Posted: 01/04/2011
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Julie Rome


E-Mail: juliearome@gmail.com

My father, David A Waldron (BT3) was on board during the Korean War. His hometown was Rocky River, OH. He's now 83 and speaks fondly of his time on board. It was be nice for him to take a walk down memory lane.

Posted: 12/29/2010
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Willis J. Rhodes


E-Mail: willisjrhodes@yahoo.com

I am trying verify that my brother, Keith E. Rhodes, GM1 was indeed a crew member of the Skag-Maru from 1954-to ?. My brother and I served together on the Menard APA 201 from 1952 till 1954, and as my memory hopefully serves me he then transfered to the Skagit. Will you please check this out for me.
My brother passed on October 8, 2010 at the age of 88.

Willis and Keith Rhodes USS Menard

Posted: 11/16/2010
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Bobby G. Westmoreland (SA)


E-Mail: bigblue500@yahoo.com
Onboard: March 1948 - October1948
Dept./Div. Second Div.
Rate/Rank: SA

I made the trip to Point Barrow, Alaska, summer of 1948, then got transfered the moth ball fleet in San Diego, Calif.

Posted: 11/15/2010
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Dennis Paukert (FN)


E-Mail:
Onboard: 1962-1964
Dept./Div. B-Div.
Rate/Rank: FN

Posted: 11/06/2010
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C.V. (Bud) Norris Webmaster & Historian


E-Mail: cvnorris@att.net

Hi, A very nice website. Surfed by and enjoy all your information. Please visit our USS Curtiss AV-4 website when you get a chance.
www.usscurtiss.com/

Posted: 09/20/2010
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Harry l. Workman (BM3)


E-Mail: tina5879@aol.com
Onboard: 9/62 to 9/66
Dept./Div. Boat Group
Rate/Rank: BM3

Posted: 09/14/2010
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Mike M. Chapman



Shared the Lodge of the Ozark with your wonderful crew 9/11/10. Stopped in and bought a hat.

Mike Chapman USS Mullany DD-528

Posted: 09/11/2010
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Ralph Ely (Jack) McSpadden (SK3)


E-Mail: shirley_holt@comcast.net
Onboard: March 1948 - December 1948
Dept./Div. Stores
Rate/Rank: SK3

We sailed from San Diego up the coast to Point Barrow, Alaska. At Point Barrow, Alaska, we encountered a lot of ice floes and were concerned about being grounded into the beach.

Posted: 08/31/2010
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Frank B. Jones (LTJG)


E-Mail: fbjii@aol.com
Onboard: July 1960 - April 1962
Dept./Div. 1ST Division & 3RD Division
Rate/Rank: Ensign & Lt(jg)

The pictures bring back many fond memories.

Posted: 08/31/2010
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William "Bill" Davis (PC3)


E-Mail: davisbillm@hotmail.com
Onboard: March 1965 - June 1966
Dept./Div. Personel/Postal Clerk
Rate/Rank: PC3

Working man's Navy but enjoyed everything but the long chow lines.

Posted: 08/20/2010
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Gary Hibner (BMCS)


E-Mail: ghibner@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1968 thru Decom.
Dept./Div. Deck, 1st Division, Boat Division
Rate/Rank: SR, SA

This was my very first ship. Pretty scary for me being from Chicago. I learned a lot about deck in that short time ..... In fact I went on to retire from the Navy in 1998 as a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate BMCS(SW) loved every minute of it, will never forget Skagit.

Posted: 07/30/2010
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B. H. Matthews Jr. (PVT) USMC


E-Mail: b.h.matthews@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: 1962
Dept./Div. Medium Support Company 3rd Service Bat. 3rd Mar. Div.
Rate/Rank: PVT.

One of the highlights of my service in the USMC.

Posted: 05/24/2010
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Sam Sangrey (BM3)


E-Mail: sammdvret@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1961-1965
Dept./Div. 3rd Division
Rate/Rank: SA - BM3

What a ship, my first ship, called "lifer" as SA, I loved the navy, went into diving program and retired as a BMCM (MDV)after 32 years in 1993.

Often wonder what happen to some of my shipmates, saw BM Fears a few years ago, BM Angelo Mancinie last year. Other than that, loving life.

Posted: 04/30/2010
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Charles "Chuck" Sears (ET1)


E-Mail: searsgen@charter.net
Onboard: Aug. 1950 to Dec. 1951
Dept./Div. Electronics
Rate/Rank: ET1

Helped take the ship out of mothballs at Mare Island, then to Japan and Korea, Pusan and Inchon.The ship had a normal complement of 9 Electronic Techs, but they were a scarce breed. Hubert Garrett, ET2, and I were the entire Electronics crew, doing the work of 9 techs, missing a lot of meals and getting very little sleep, but we kept all our electronic equipment in top working condition. Most of the posts on this site are from a later era, but the Skagit Maggots were men to be reckoned with ashore, during the Korean war.

Very interesting to read about the later life of the Skagit. I settled in San Diego for a while -- 1950 to 1964 -- and saw the Skagit in the harbor there once, even went aboard briefly, but that was still in the early 50's, and I never expected her to last so long. Just on a whim, I Googled U.S.S. Skagit and found this site. Brings back some fond memories.
Thanks, mates

Posted: 03/28/2010
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Joe Burkhardt, Captain USMC


E-Mail: 15oak@insightbb.com
Onboard: April 1965
Dept./Div. Personnel
Rate/Rank: Capt. USMC

I reported onboard in Hawaii in April 1965. The ship had just returned from Japan; and was competing its mission of transporting a "ceremonial rock" to the a Japanese community located on Oahu. A rock that almost 'holed' its space during rough weather in transit. What was I getting myself into?

I was the Skagit's Combat Cargo Officer (CCO) from April 1965 to April 1967. Gerald Sampson, Marine Captain killed in August 1969, was my relief.

My experiences and information mostly all surround the ship's preparation and initial deployment to the Viet Nam theater of operations. Many experiences and activities with the ship's officers and crew during this period. Sinking a tug at Seal Beach while getting our ammo load and destroying our prop in the process, resulting in dry-dock in San Pedro and deployment from Long Beach. Ramming the pier at White Beach when our Army tug failed to show up...reorganizing our priorites during an offload at Chu Lai when the beer run was obviously a much higher priority; are just a few.

Posted: 03/26/2010
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Mike Hessner


E-Mail: MHessner@ldc.dds.ca.gov
Onboard: 8/65-9/68
Dept./Div. E Division
Rate/Rank: E4

I was in charge of the battery locker most of my time aboard.

Posted: 03/24/2010
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Dave Wallace (ENS)


Onboard: 1969 (Never Deployed)

I recall hearing from several Skagit crew members that she and her boats were involved in supplying material up the river, so to speak. If any of the guys are having trouble with AO-related illnesses, they should see the VA right away. Many kinds of cancer are in the listing now.

Dave Wallace

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VA Blue Water Claims Update 10: The VA Compensation and Pension (C&P) Service has initiated a program to collect data on Vietnam naval operations for the purpose of providing regional offices with information to assist with development in Haas related disability claims based on herbicide exposure from Navy Veterans. To date, they have received verification from various sources showing that a number of offshore “blue water” naval vessels conducted operations on the inland “brown water” rivers and delta areas of Vietnam. They have also identified certain vessel types that operated primarily or exclusively on the inland waterways. The ships and dates of inland waterway service are listed below. If a Veteran’s service aboard one of these ships can be confirmed through military records during the time frames specified, then exposure to herbicide agents can be presumed without further development:

All vessels of Inshore Fire Support [IFS] Division 93 during their entire Vietnam tour.

a.) USS Carronade (IFS 1)

b.) USS Clarion River (LSMR 409) [Landing Ship, Medium, Rocket]

c.) USS Francis River (LSMR 525)

d.) USS White River (LSMR 536)

All vessels with the designation LST [Landing Ship, Tank] during their entire tour [WWII ships converted to transport supplies on rivers and serve as barracks for brown water Mobile Riverine Forces]

All vessels with the designation LCVP [Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel] during their entire tour

All vessels with the designation PCF [Patrol Craft, Fast] during their entire tour [Also called Swift Boats, operating for enemy interdiction on close coastal waters] – and that PCF belonging to LTjg Wallace that spent its entire tour in the rivers/canals of the Delta/IV Corps.

All vessels with the designation PBR [Patrol Boat, River] during their entire tour [ Also called River Patrol Boats as part of the Mobile Riverine Forces operating on inland waterways and featured in the Vietnam film “Apocalypse Now” ]

USS Ingersoll (DD-652) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, OCT 24-25, 1965]

USS Mansfield (DD-728) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River AUG 8-19, 1967 and DEC 21-24, 1968]

USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849) [Destroyer] [Operated on coastal inlet north of Da Nang, JUN 2-5, 1966, protecting Marines holding a bridge]

USS Basilone (DD-824) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, MAY 24-25, 1966]

USS Hamner (DD-718) [Destroyer] [Operated on Song Lon Tao and Long Song Tao Rivers, AUG 15-SEP 1, 1966]

USS Conway (DD-507) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, early AUG 1966]

USS Fiske (DD-842) [Destroyer] [Operated on Mekong River, JUN 16-21, 1966]

USS Black (DD-666) [Destroyer] [Operated on Saigon River, JUL 13-19, 1966]

USS Providence (CLG-6) [Cruiser, Light, Guided Missile] [Operated on Saigon River 3 days during JAN 1964]

USS Mahan (DLG-11) [Guided Missile Frigate] [Operated on Saigon River OCT 24-28, 1964]

USS Okanogan (APA-220) [Attack Transport] [Operated on Saigon River JUL 22-23, 29-30, 1968 and AUG 5-6, 1968]

USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) [Combat Stores Ship] [Unloaded supplies on Saigon River and Cam Rahn Bay, APR 22-25, 1968]. Also, Cam Ranh Bay is a qualifying location for "inland waterway" service.

If you served on any of those vessels during the times specified, you will be granted, without further development and delay, a presumptive exposure to herbicides for the purpose of health care and monetary compensation. Note: This list is not complete. If you served on a ship that entered the inland waterways of Vietnam, please contact navy@bluewaternavy.org with as much detail as possible so they can provide this information to the DVA for processing and inclusion in their data base.
[Source: Compensation & Pension Service Bulletin Jan 2010 Policy 211 ++]

Posted: 02/02/2010
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Milton N. Barbour (BM2)


E-Mail: theseafoodplace@yahoo.com
Onboard: WWII
Rate/Rank: Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class

My father, Milton N. Barbour served aboard during WWII. He also witnessed the signing of the peace treaty in Tokyo Bay.
Captain Parker gave them a letter about the event.

Posted: 01/30/2010
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Matthew Show


E-Mail: mcshow50@gmail.com

My dad, Phillip Norton Show served aboard the USS Skagit durning the Korean War.
He has passed but it would be nice to hear from someone that may have known him. He never would talk about his service time.
I have all kinds of pictures and other information from that time because he sent everything home to his sister so she kept a really good scrap book of his 4 years.
Anyway thank you for being there and I hope someone may remember my Dad Phil Show from Arroyo Grande CA.

Posted: 01/28/2010
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Charles R. Hild



My father, CMDR Daniel R. Hild was Operations and Executive Officer from March of 1956 to June of 1958. He passed away in June of 1995

Posted: 01/17/2010
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Mickey Kappes (LTJG)


E-Mail: divermick@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1956
Dept./Div. Engineering/Small Boats Officer
Rate/Rank: LTJG (Kings Point Grad)

I was amazed to find a 1956 letter posted (in the Nov. '06 box) on your site which I wrote to Playboy. Wow!
After the Skagit, I went to EOD and then after leaving the Navy, into the CIA for an interesting 32+ year career. I remember getting the Skipper's approval to take a LCM with crew members and some civilian divers off Pt. Loma for abalone diving. Of course the highlight of my Skagit tour was when we went to Pearl for extended drydocking and could bring our cars aboard. Those were the days!

Posted: 01/09/2010
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Stevenson, James L. (END 2)


E-Mail: jjsteve@mindspring.com
Onboard: February 1955 - December 1956
Dept./Div. Boat Group
Rate/Rank: END 3 - END 2

Have had no contact since leaving the ship. This is a good web-site. I'll visit it again!

Posted: 01/06/2010
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Michael Conklin


E-Mmail: mconklin58@gmail.com

My Father Alvin B Conklin was in the Navy on this ship during The Korean War.
Is there anyone who might be able to tell me more about my father, and I want to update my email address.

Thanks

Posted: 12/26/2009
Updated e-mail address 08/18/2010
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Bob Conder, Capt, USN (Ret)


E-Mail: bconder_7@yahoo.com
Onboard: April 1965-July 1968
Dept./Div. E, 2nd and 4th, Boat Group Cdr.
Rate/Rank: Ens. to LT.

After 26 years in the Navy, retiring in 1991, I still remember the SKAGIT crew as the most unique I ever served with. Am still in touch with several of these shipmates. Capt Gerald Sampson would be delighted that one of my daughters joined the Marine Corps and married a Marine. God bless him and his service to the country. God bless all of our service men and women, past and present.

Posted: 12/24/2009
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Richard Reay


E-Mail: richnkim7@comcast.net

I am trying to find out information about my Stepfather who was Alexander Skibo Jr, who has passed away
He served on both the USS Skagit and USS Koelsch.
I am trying to find out dates and locations of when and where he and the two ships were.
Any help would be appreciated.

Posted: 12/24/2009
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Howard E. Anderson Jr. (EN3)


E-Mail: howiewho@hotmail.com
Onboard: Aug. 1958 - Nov. 1959
Dept./Div. Engine Room
Rate/Rank: EN3

Had a fun time on the Skagit. Thought about it a lot while watching Mr Roberts. The time we went to Acapulco

Posted: 12/06/2009
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Nick Nichols


E-Mail: mrsnmn@gmail.com

In the advancement presentation photo november 1955, pictured in the back row 2nd from the right is my grandfather William Duane Sillett Sr.
He passed from this life Feb. 6th 2009.
He told me many stories of his time in the Navy, and he had no regrets. If there is any other information on him I would like to see pictures or hear more stories.
Thank you and God bless.
Nick Nichols
Lexington, Alabama

Posted: 12/03/2009
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Mark Spigler


E-Mail: mspigler@zoominternet.net

My father , Ed Spigler served on this ship and was aboard during the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay 1945. God Bless all our servicemen.

Posted: 12/02/2009
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Elise Yates


E-Mail: KDEANW@CHARTER.NET

I'm the wife of Curtis Yates, see you at the reunion.

Posted: 10/04/2009
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Johnny Rowlett (BT3)


E-Mail: jrowlett@centurytel.net
Onboard: 1951-1952

I'm posting this in honor of my Dad who served aboard USS Skagit 1951-1952.
I followed in his footsteps by joining the Navy myself in 1979, but I went the Patrol Squadron route.
My Dad is doing great and I'm sure he'd love to hear from anyone who served with him.
You can also reach me at-----
Cindy Rowlett Tollekcranchaz@hotmail.com

Posted: 09/07/2009
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Jerry Lee McAbee (EM2)


E-Mail: grandpa33@gmail.com
Onboard: Nov 1951 to May 1955
Dept./Div. E Division
Rate/Rank: EMFA -- EM2

A TIME WORTH REPEATING

Posted: 08/13/2009
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Bill Kelley (HM2)


E-Mail: kelceo@yahoo.com
Onboard: June 1956 to June 1957
Dept./Div. Hospital Corpsman
Rate/Rank: HM2

It is wonderful to see so many visit the USS Skagit site.

Posted: 08/03/2009
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Russell Haas (SK2)


E-Mail: russelhaas@aol.com
Onboard: 1951-1955
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: SK2

Posted: 07/30/2009
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Charles "Buddy" Buckley (MM2)


E-Mail: cbbudman@aol.com
Onboard: 4/62-9/62
Dept./Div. M
Rate/Rank: MM2

I was checking out the web site and updating the new links to my favorites, when it occurred to me that the last time I signed in was November of 2001. Just doing so now, so that all will know that if you aren't reading my e-mails, I really am still around. Hoping to make it to the reunion in Branson in 2010. Keep up the good work Mike. Still one of the best ship sites around.

Buddy Buckley

Posted: 07/30/2009
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Michael Conklin


E-Mail: ptcruiser@suddenlink.net

My Father Alvin B Conklin was in the Navy on this ship during The Korean war. I'm not sure what Department or Division, and I'm not sure what Rank. Is there anyone who might be able to tell me more about my father.

Posted: 07/26/2009
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Twila Blowers


E-Mail: twilablowers@yahoo.com

I am looking for anyone who remembers my father who served in the Navy aboard the USS Skagit in 1947. His name is Kenneth H. Williams. I have pictures of him and some of his friends aboard the Skagit.

Posted: 06/17/2009
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Debbie McCabe


E-Mail: MAVSnews@aol.com

Are you trying to locate an old friend, but want to do some of the research yourself instead of just relying on posting a search on websites?

"How To Find Your Military Buddy" gives you a FREE How-To Guide and you can also send buddy-search questions to the webmaster.

http://www.how-to-find-your-military-buddy.com

Posted: 05/29/2009
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Felixberto Q. Baluyot Jr. (SD1)


E-Mail: Bataan39@aol.com
Onboard: 1960-1966
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: SD1

I have been looking for you guys for the last 46 years.
And even today I keep on dreaming that I am still aboard the Skagit.
Most of my friends left me for dead but I am still here, hope I can find some Pilipinos on board.

Posted: 04/29/2009
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Joseph Fusco (SK3)


E-Mail: fuscojoseph22@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1960 1963
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: SK3

Posted: 03/30/2009
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William O. Starkey (SK3)


E-Mail: barbnbills@bajabb.com
Onboard: Aug. 1952 - Aug. 1956
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: Storekeeper 3d Class

Posted: 03/14/2009
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Joe L. Long (LTJG)


E-Mail: sushidot@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1961-1963
Dept./Div. Engineering, Damage Control Officer Rate/Rank: LTJG

Hi....this is Joe L. Long's Son.
I am just trying to re-acquaint him with all of you...feel free to contact either he or I anytime....
He plans on attending the reunion this year.
Take Care
J.J.

Posted: 02/09/2009
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Frank Hagio (SH2)


E-Mail: hagio@sunrivertoday.com
Onboard: 1954-1956
Dept./Div. = Supply
Rate/Rank: SH2

I just found this website through a fellow Skagit shipmate, Bill Starkey.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone that was aboard the Skagit from 1954-1956.

Posted: 02/09/2009
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Walter Hansen (CS2)


E-Mail: whansen1@verizon.net
Onboard: 3/1/1967 to 9/1/68
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: CS2

I was what the department called the "Jack Of The Dust".
I ordered all food supplies for the ship and had them put in storage to last until we pulled into a port, then sometimes went ashore grocery shopping like in Japan, Da Nang, etc.

Posted: 01/31/2009
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Bill Turner's Daughter


E-Mail: turner146@yahoo.com
Onboard: Early 1950s

My father ran the Ship's Store on the Skagit at the end of the Korean Conflict.

Posted: 01/31/2009
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Ermino Mazzarino (SN)


E-Mail: mazzphil@embarqmail.com
Onboard: 1965-1967
Dept./Div. 3rd Division
Rate/Rank: E-3, Cox'n

Posted: 01/30/2009
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Tim Catt


E-Mail: tcatt1@earthlink.net

I am the grandson of Charles Catt, he served on the ship from May 1945 to August 1946. Thank you for everything you have done to create this website. This website is a great reminder of all the wonderful tales my grandfather told me about his time on the ship.

Posted: 01/21/2009
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Leon Cheramie "Shoes" (SN)


E-Mail: LCHERAMIE@COX.NET
Onboard: 1956-1957
Dept./Div. 1st Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman

Volunteered for the draft in 1955, spent 20 months on Skagit. Had a good time....remembering names like Jolip, Johnson, Killerbrew, David Manness, Carter, Smithy, Pat Frenchy, Ramzey, Peterson, Cook, Butterfield, and Britt Cambell.

Retired from LA Power and Light Co. Married with 2 kids, 2 grand kids, and 2 great grand kids.

Posted: 01/12/2009
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Melissa Everett


Hey Mike,
 
Good morning, my name is Melissa Everett. While searching the Internet I came across your website at http://www.ussskagit.org. I think it is great that vets are able to use this site to reflect on the time they served fighting for our freedoms. Your dedication to the website clearly shows your passion for your country, constitution and for other war-time veterans. War veterans might have been aware of the dangers they faced when entering the military, what they may have not known about was the danger that would linger with them for many years to follow. They were never told that 30-50 years after they finish the service their lives could still be in danger. It is important to remember the soldiers who were lost during battle, as well as the veterans who lost their battle with mesothelioma.

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Posted: 12/12/2008
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William G. Richards (BM3)


E-Mail: wrichards37@mchsi.com
Onboard: Feb. '67 thru Oct. '68
Dept./Div. Boat Group, Captain's and Commodore's Gigs.
Rate/Rank = BM3

Heard of the site from a guy at work. Got on just today to have a look. Did not know of any reunions, might be interesting. Would like to find a fellow, Sonny Bennett, hailed from Texas, Boat Group also. Any info would be great!

Posted: 12/12/2008
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Nicholas Apugliese (RM3)


E-Mail: aps314@aol.com
Onboard: 1963 to 1965
Dept./Div. Communications
Rate/Rank: RM3

This is a great sight and have enjoyed it many times and hope to keep doing so in the future.

Posted: 12/10/2008
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Larry E. Williams


E-Mail: lew35@aol.com

Looking for someone that may have served with my Uncle Hassell Williams ME3 between 1952 and 1956. He was a welder that worked on the landing craft.

Larry E. Williams

Posted: 11/23/2008
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Daniel R. Elkins (SN)


E-Mail: drelkins42@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1960 to 1963
Dept./Div. 1st Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman 1st Class

Good to be back on board with my shipmates.
I hope to see many of you this Oct.
I never dreamed I would ever hear from any of you.
Thank GOD for allowing this to happen.
Danny Elkins

Posted: 11/17/2008
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James Montague (BMSN)


E-Mail: nanaspapj@aol.com
Onboard: 1958-1960
Dept./Div. Boat Coxswain
Rate/Rank: BMSN

Looking for any one that served on Skagit AKA-105 1958-1960.
Went to WestPac June 1958, returned to San Diego on Dec 8, 1958.

Posted: 11/15/2008
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Orville "Jim" MacClellan


E-Mail: macclellanjm@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1962-1964
Dept./Div. A Division
Rate/Rank: E-3

I joined the Navy 12/18/1960, and went aboard Skagit in 1962, and was discharged from the Navy 12/18/1964.
I made two trips overseas to WestPac in 1962 and 1964.
I enjoyed my time aboard Skagit. I stay in contact with Tim Halseth who lives in Vancouver WA.
I now live in Anchorage Alaska, and think of my Navy days often, can't hardly believe it's been 46 years since I first went aboard the old Skagit.

Thanks for listening.........
Jim MacClellan

Posted: 11/13/2008
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Carl Schulz


E-Mail: cbs610@yahoo.com

My dad, Adrian J. Schulz DCC served on Skagit 1957-1959.
Does anybody remember Chief Schulz?

Posted: 11/10/2008
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Robert Philbrook (Seaman, Cox'n)


E-Mail: blb1913@aol.com
Onboard: Jan. 1967 to Dec. 1967
Dept./Div. B.C.
Rate/Rank: Seaman, Coxswain

Would like to know when the next reunion is, also looking for the assault boat coxswain patch.

Posted: 10/22/2008
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Don Smith (FP3)


E-Mail: pockwoodpond@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1953-1957
Dept./Div. R Div.
Rate/Rank: FP-3

Long time with Skagit, from Skagit went to
USS Pickaway.

Posted: 10/06/2008
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David Spindle (RD3)


E-Mail: dspindle@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: 1966-1968
Dept./Div. CIC
Rate/Rank: RD3

Came aboard while ship was in dry-dock at San Pedro. Would love to hear from guys in CIC during '66-'68. Rick Fabano, Tony Verducci, Ensign Durkee. Give me a reply!

Lost my cruise book..where can I get another?

Posted: 10/03/2008
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James N. Glenn, M. D. (LT. USNR)


E-Mail: jkgjng@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: July 1967- July 1968
Dept./Div. Medical
Rate/Rank: LT, USNR

Great and memorable year of my life.
We all remember and honor LT Gerald Sampson, USMC.

Posted: 09/06/2008
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Gene McRae (MM3)


E-Mail: geno506@yahoo.com

Onboard: 1965-1968
Dept./Div. Engineering
Rate/Rank: MM3

Served in the good old hot engineroom for over 3 years. Love those throttles!

I would like to contact Ron Schuster and Philip Medina who I served with.

Posted: 08/22/2008
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Randall Vertrees


E-Mail: dropd5150@hotmail.com

Hello,
My Father Eddie "Butch" Vertrees served sometime between 1965-1969 in Vietnam.
My Dad died from a Heart Attack at age 39 on Nov. 24,1986. I don't have alot of pictures of Dad, but I do remember the stories of him driving supply boats up the rivers in Viet Nam.
He was on the Skagit and the Renville.
If you have anything about my father would love to hear from you, also any info on the names of the kind of boat he drove up the rivers over there...
Thanks for the cool site...
Sincerley Randall Vertrees..Son of Eddie Vertrees USN.

Posted: 08/21/2008
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Janice Eshe Vicain


E-Mail: jrvicain@aol.com

We had a family member who served on this ship in 1947. His name was Gilbert Vicain.

Posted: 08/21/2008
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Robert L. Price (YN1)


E-Mail: bobprice@wispwest.net
Onboard: 1954-1955
Dept./Div. X
Rate/Rank: YN1

I served on board for one year 1954-1955, a bit hazy about this, but I do remember while on board the only XO was Ahern, and my personnel officer was Ens/Ltjg Rogge.  I was YN2/YN1 in the ships office. Commander Ahern was one first class Executive Officer and I remember when at sea he worked my tail off getting out the plan of the day always about 8:30 to 9:00 pm (2030 to 2l00) and then having to deliver it throughout the ship.

I was the Captains telephone talker during GQ.  I remember we were in Honolulu in dry dock for a few weeks, then went to sea trials and we ran aground. Carl Tiedeman was Captain at that time. There was a board of inquiry. Nothing happened and no one was at fault.

We had a fire in the paint locker (for real) on the way to Hawaii. The chow was always good. We had a first class baker who provided the best bread in the fleet.  As I recall the bake shop was next to the ship's office. The First Class mess was located on #3 hatch. What a crew.......
 
Was transferred to COMSTRIKEFORSOUTH Naples Italy in 1955, and in September of that year was promoted to YNCA.

Retired November 1967 as YNC.
 
Robert L. Price

Posted: 08/02/2008
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Clyde Warner (SN)


E-Mail: clydesw@gmail.com
Onboard: May 1951
Dept./Div. Deck Dept.
Rate/Rank: SN

Would like to attend a reunion and to hear from anyone who was onboard and can remember me.

Posted: 07/25/2008
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L. Crum (BM3)


E-Mail: kjunluc@yahoo.com
Onboard: '60 - '62
Dept./Div. 3rd Div.
Rate/Rank: BM3

Would like to get in touch with Frank Buck Jones of La Mesa, TX. He was a LTJG when released from active duty. He promised to buy me and Larry South a beer if we made 3rd class.
We made it, but he was gone, but he kept his promise, he sent us the money.

Posted: 07/21/2008
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Jack Donnell (MM2)


E-Mail: jackdonnell64@msn.com

I was on the USS Magoffin APA-199, we operated with the USS Skagit on many Westpac tours. I was a MM2 on the Magoffin, and aboard from 1960-1963.

Posted: 07/15/2008
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Gary Hanes (EN2)


E-Mail: hanesg66@aol.com
Onboard: 1956 to 1960
Dept./Div. A Division
Rate/Rank: EN2

Served on the Skagit for 4 years and would like to hear from Ron Griener or Frank Riddle.

Posted: 07/07/2008
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M. E. Brown


E-Mail: cycledisciple@yahoo.com

Great site, I check it out often, keep up the good work.
I recently spent some time with a couple of the Skagit's finest and heard a few of their sea stories.
Had a great time Mike and Ray, hope to do it again soon. I haven't laughed like that in a long time. Thanks!

Posted: 06/23/2008
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Kelly Fair


E-Mail: Kelly.Fair@sbcglobal.net

My father was John A. Fair and he recently passed away. While cleaning up his things I found pictures of himself and some of his buddies on the Skagit, and at Inchon.
He never told myself or my brothers much about his time in the service.
If you remember him from this time (sometime in 1951) please let me know, I would like to understand better his experiences in the military.

Posted: 06/23/2008
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William Wendling (EN3)


E-Mail: wendling3448@musfiber.com
Onboard = Dec. 1948 to June 1950
Dept./Div. R Division
Rate/Rank: EN3

All sailors that served on the "SKAGIT" during my time period will know about MicroX-49 (a training operation in Alaska waters). It was in Feb. '49, It can't get any colder.
I was a boat engineer and I stayed wet most of the time. Anyway we had a great crew 300+men, after a while I got to know most of them.
Some good memories and some not so good. To all you amphibious sailors out there I SALUTE YOU - It's a tough job - I know.
I also served on the USS MULIPHIN AKA61 for two years 1959 - 1961

Bye for now.
WILLIAM WENDLING
USN RET. CPO E7

Posted: 06/17/2008
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Donald Shearer (LTJG)


E-Mail: tpjackie@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: April 1954-April 1957
Dept./Div. Boat Group
Rate/Rank: LTJG

Served as CIC Officer, Officer of the Deck, and General Quarters Boat Group Commander.

Posted: 06/16/2008
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Ken Hurt (EN1)


E-Mail: kenp68c@comcast.net
Onboard: 1948-1949
Dept./Div. Diesel Engineer, Boat Crew
Rate/Rank: Engineman 1st Class

Served aboard AKA 105 on 1948/49 cruise to Pt. Barrow, Pribilof Islands, and the. Aleutians in Alaska.

Also served aboard a LST as Deck Equiptment Engineer EN3 at Inchon, Wonson, and Puson Korea.

Posted: 06/09/2008
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Harold L. Franks (S1/c)


E-Mail:
Onboard: Feb. 1956 - Sept. 1957
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: Seaman

I served aboard as a Storekeeper, and as the Captain's phone talker.

I have many fond memories of the liberties my shipmates and I had together.

I would like to find James Lyle from Cincinnati Ohio, and William Turner from Framington Mass.

If you have information as to their whereabouts, please e-mail the Webmaster.......
mike@ussskagit.org

Posted: 06/05/2008
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William R. Tims Jr. (EN3)


E-Mail: dtimms@centurytel.com
Onboard: 1967-1969
Dept./Div. M
Rate/Rank: EN3

Posted: 06/01/2008
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Bob Westmoreland (SA)


E-Mail: bigblue@localnet.com
Onboard: Mar. 1948 - Nov. 1948
Dept./Div. Deck, 2nd Div.
Rate/Rank: SA

I was in 2nd Division, we made a trip to Point Barrow, Alaska with a load of cargo. I was only on board for a short time but liked the ship & crew.

Bob Westmoreland

Posted: 05/10/2008
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Robert Bard (BT3)


E-Mail: bbard163@netzero.com
Onboard: 1964-1967
Dept./Div. M
Rate/Rank: BT3

Currently living in Tucson AZ

Posted: 04/26/2008
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Jack Redick (RD1)


E-Mail: jackluc@cox.net
Onboard: 1954 to 1956
Dept./Div. Operations
Rate/Rank: RD1

Would like to see the crew list for the years I was aboard?

Posted: 04/26/2008
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Robert "Bob" Fleenor (EN3)


E-Mail: robertfleenor@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: Dec. 1961 - Nov. 1964
Dept./Div. A Div.
Rate/Rank: ENFA - EN3

A friend at work told me about this web site, and I was glad he did because I have wondered about old shipmates. If anybody remembers the "Flea" and wants to remnisce about the good old days send me an E-mail.

Posted: 03/29/2008
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Joseph R. Sacca USN RET.


E-Mail: josephsacca@bellsourh.net
Onboard: Feb. 1955-Apr. 1957
Dept./Div. = 1st & C Div.
Rate/Rank: SN / SMSN

My first Navy ship, and a great ship. made 2 WestPac cruises.....great.

Posted: 03/29/2008
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Tom Grippen (PN3)


E-Mail: tgrippen@frii.com
Onboard: 1958-1960
Dept./Div. Ship's Office
Rate/Rank: PN3

A friend looked up this website - WOW!
Still have pictures of the ship; after discharge I wrote a "Ship's disorganization Manual" and sent it to Captain, still have the letters I received in response to that; I remember good times on her.

Posted: 03/18/2008
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Dusty Bills


E-Mail: ferrillbills@comcast.net

My father recently passed away. He served on the USS Skagit in the A Division.

I got his information from one of his books, (USS Skagit AKA-105 Westpac Cruise, 1960-1961.)

I grew up hearing about his stories. He was very proud to have served on the USS Skagit.

His name is Charles Dustin Bills 1941-2008.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 12:00 p.m, at the Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 4335 West. 4100 South, West Valley Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years.

I will dearly miss both of my parents. They were the best.

And thanks to all the veterans who have served our great nation.

Dusty Bills Jr.

Posted: 03/08/2008
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Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret.


E-Mail: veteranprograms@aol.com

GREAT WEB SITE! We have added a link to our monthly newsletter so that more veterans can be made aware of this tremendous resource. Also, please visit our web site to learn about hidden benefits you are eligible for and how to increase your service-connected compensation or VA pension.

http://www.veteranprograms.com

Posted: 12/31/2007
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Jerry Cox (DC2)


E-Mail: J1545BOH@SBCGLOBAL.NET

A great site with lots of memories. I served aboard the USS Montague AKA-98 from 1951 to 1955 and took part in Operation Passage to Freedom.

Thanks

Posted: 12/31/2007
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Henry Neal Lynch, Jr.


E-Mail: prestomeco@yahoo.com

My father, Henry Neal Lynch, served on the USS Skagit as a Storekeeper 1st Class in WWII. I am interested in knowing more about the ship's service during that time.

Posted: 12/25/2007
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David Slayter


E-Mail: Tslayter@sbcglobal.net

I would like to know if anyone served with Joe Henry Slayter around 1957. This was my father-in-law.
My husband never got the chance to meet his dad and after his death, they brought us some of his medals and we would really like to know about him and what they mean.
Any information if you knew him at all would be greatly appreciated.
My sister-in-law has a post on this site but not sure what information you have sent her so if you would please send anything at all you might have to Tslayter@sbcglobal.net
Thanks again for your time and the photo of him was great we will treasure it always. Have a good one, hope to hear from someone.

Lane

Posted: 11/28/2007
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Dennis Daniels


E-Mail: dennydaniels@comcast.net

A friend of mine (Joe Toth) who served on the Skagit told me about the website. It is unbelievable!
I just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who served on the Skagit. It is because of you that I can sit here and do things like viewing this website.
You people who served never get the credit you deserve.
Thank You!

Posted: 11/21/2007
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Andrew Reiner


E-Mail: andy@cvcog.org

I just happened across your site and wanted to say thank you. I am the son-in-law of John Cooper Rutherford, whom you recently posted a memorial for. I just wanted to thank you for remembering him and I am going to pass the site on to the rest of the family (his wife and mine in particular). I think that this site is a wonderful idea and helpful to many, I'm sure. Thank you again.

Posted: 11/03/2007
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Deneene (Artherhults) Winters


E-Mail: morethanhorsin@aol.com

My dad, Don Artherhults served aboard the USS Skagit during his 4 yrs. in the Navy. Now my son has followed in his Grandpa's footsteps and enlisted May '07.
I hope he has fond memories of his time spent serving our country just like my Dad has.

Posted: 10/19/2007
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Edmund Harold Estes (MOMM2/c)


E-Mail:
Onboard: May 1945-May 1946 "Plank Owner"
Rate/Rank: Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class

Came on board when ship was commissioned. On board when peace treaty signed in Tokyo Bay. Served as Captain's Orderly for Captain Parker. After the war worked as a civilian machinist at Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. I now live in Greenbelt, MD.

Posted: 10/03/2007
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Jim Kennel (MM1/c)


E-Mail: jmknnl@sbcglobal.net
Onboard: Jan. 1954 to Apr. 1957
Dept./Div. M Division
Rate/Rank: Fireman to MM1/c

I just wanted to update my email and thank you for the wonderful job you do on the website.

Posted: 09/20/2007
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Bob H. Roberts (E3)


E-Mail: brbhr@earthlink.net
Rate/Rank: E3

I am pleased to find this site. I was aboard the USS Whetstone LSD 27 during Operation Passage To Freedom.
Our well deck was full of refugees, all carrying their own food and fuel. I missed the ending of the mission as I was sent stateside for discharge 28 September, 1954.

Posted: 09/03/2007
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Jonathan P Alter


Who knew Cecil Jones of Whichita, KS who served on the USS ANDROMEDA AKA 15?

Jones was taken off the ship in Naples, Italy late July 1944  to a Military Hospital in that City, and was buried around the first of August in Naples Allied Cemetery.

Would love any info and photos of Naples gravesite.
 
Thanks,
Jonathan P Alter
cebudragonaldy@hotmail.com

Posted: 08/31/2007
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Frank Banzer (LTJG)


E-Mail: fjbanzer@aol.com
Onboard: 1967-1969
Dept./Div. Deck and Boat Group
Rate/Rank: Ensign / LTJG

My first (and last) ship! Scrolling through the guest book certainly brings back memories! Great Web Site!

Posted: 06/28/2007
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Larry Muth (RD3)


E-Mail: larry_m_92551@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1965-1967
Dept./Div. CIC
Rate/Rank: RD3

Posted: 06/16/2007
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Nick Apugliese (RM3)


E-Mail: na314@aol.com
Onboard: 01-1963 to 01-1965
Dept./Div. Operations
Rate/Rank: Radioman Third Class

Enjoy the site very much, check it often. It would be great to hear from shipmates who served on board at the same time.

Posted: 06/08/2007
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Pat Bennett


E-Mail: pbennett55@houston.rr.com

My late husband, Capt. William Leo Bennett, Jr. (Navy) was the commanding officer of the USS Yorktown July 2,1967 to July 26, 1968.  He passed away Nov. 27, 2006 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on January 26, 2007 with full military honors befitting his rank.  If you want more information, please e-mail me.
 
Mrs. William L. Bennett, Jr. (Pat)

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/wlbennett.htm

Posted: 05/19/2007
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Arley R Tyler (BM2)


E-Mail: awtyler@grandecom.net

I served aboard USS Kawishiwi AO 146 from April 1958 to March 1962.

We ran with the Seventh Fleet and refueld it's ships. We had some close incounters while refueling in bad weather, we refueld carriers on the port side other ships on starbard side, we had a small collision with a carrier once in bad weather, no one was hurt thank GOD.

I love going to the Navy reunions

Posted: 05/19/2007
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Joe L. Long III (LTJG)


E-Mail: sushidot@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1961-1964
Dept./Div. Repair "R"
Rate/Rank: LTJG

Any fellow crewmembers who remember me, please e-mail. I'd love to reunite. I am living in the Sacramento area.

Posted: 05/03/2007
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Robert Isbell (EN2)


E-Mail: grahamgator@hotmail.com
Onboard: Sept. 1961 - Feb. 1965
Dept./Div. A Div.
Rate/Rank: ENFA to EN2

I enjoyed my time on the Skagit. I was on the boats and the diesel generator. I live in Texas and have gone to Fredericksburg where the ships wheel is in Admiral Nimitz Museum.

Posted: 04/28/2007
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Norman W. Cameron ENCS (Ret.)


My father, Norman W. Cameron ENCS (Ret.) served on board. I can't wait to share this with him. I am not sure what dates he actually served, but I will find out and post them. Maybe some one out there remembers him. He has the ship's picture hanging on the wall in the living room, he is very proud of this ship.

David A, Cameron
E-Mail: dacameron@cox.net

Posted: 04/21/2007
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John Sanders (IC2)


E-Mail: k4dwg1@gulftel.com
Onboard: 10-1-59 to 5-12-62
Dept./Div. E Div
Rate/Rank: ICFN to IC2

It's great seeing some of the old names come up from time to time, so I guess it is time to post mine also. There are many great memories of the time spent in Skagit.

Posted: 04/19/2007
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Sherri Stark


E-Mail: tekabox123@aol.com

My brother Gerald Sampson was a veitnam war casualty and I check all the military sites. He was a proud Marine.


Captain Gerald H. Sampson USMC


Posted: 04/19/2007
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Renee Slayter


E-Mail: rgbs_2000@yahoo.com

Anyone know Joe Henry Slayter?
He served aboard Skagit in 1957.
Please contact me.

Posted: 03/29/2007
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William D. Sillett Sr. (SN)


E-Mail: BeverelyK@aol.com

My Dad served in the Navy during the Korean War and aboard Skagit from 1954 to 1956.
He was from Nemacolin,  PA. but now lives in Alabama.
I would love to know if there is anyone who remembers him.

Thanks again,

Beverely Sillett Nichols

Posted: 02/27/2007
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Lee G. Cahanin "Frenchy" (EM3)


E-Mail: LeeNell@cox.net
Onboard: 1957 - 1960
Rate/Rank: EM3

Best memories of my life was on the Skagit. Would like to hear from my old shipmates.

Posted: 02/03/2007
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Bill Palmer (CDR) USN Ret.


E-Mail: w_a_palmer@bellsouth.net
Onboard: Aug. 1963 - Feb. 1965
Dept./Div. OC Division Officer
Rate/Rank: ENS/LTJG

The "Skag Maru" was my first ship. A great experience, and probably the main reason I decided to stay in the Navy. The 1964 WesPac was a great cruise, particularly spending the month of April in Hong Kong as station ship.

Posted: 01/25/2007
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Arthur J. Young (LT. USNR)


E-Mail: ajynb2@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1951-1952
Dept./Div. Engineering Officer
Rate/Rank: LT USNR

Great ship and crew. Enjoyed my tour.

Posted: 01/25/2007
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Frank M. Stoltz (END3)


E-Mail: JMASRETIRED@EXCITE.COM
Onboard: 4/52 - 6/53
Dept./Div. BOAT DIVISION
Rate/Rank: END3

MY BROTHER FOUND YOUR SITE AND SAW PICTURES TAKEN IN KOREA BY DON MCCAIN AND RECOGNIZED STONEMETZ AND OTHER PICTURES INCLUDING TURINI AND MARINELLO.   I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE ASSOCIATION AND ATTENDING THE REUNION IN KENTUCKY IN SEPTEMBER. I WAS PLEASED TO SEE THAT YOU HAD A WEBSITE AND AN ASSOCIATION.

Posted: 01/16/2007
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Peter Hansen


E-Mail: phansen@ourladys.org.au

Hi, I am presently completing a doctoral thesis on the evacuation of the Vietnam refugees in 1954-1955. I am particularly interested in the role of the Catholic clergy and religion amongst the refugees. But in fact, any recollections of participants would be of very great interest to me.

Thank You.
Peter Hansen
Melbourne, Australia

Posted: 01/02/2007
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William Park (EN2)


E-Mail: bbpark@comcast.net
Onboard: 1951-1955
Dept./Div. Boat
Rate/Rank: EN2

New e-mail address:

bbpark@comcast.net

Posted: 12/30/2006
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Jerry Morrison (BMSN)


E-Mail: Rockinjerel@netscape.com
Onboard: 1960 - 1964
Dept./Div. Second Division
Rate/Rank: BMSN

Just checking the site again. Brings back a lot of memeories. Also wanted to update my new e-mail address. Those were truly some of the best years I remember!

Posted: 12/24/2006
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David Wallace (Ens.)


E-Mail: eg65@bellsouth.net
Onboard: 11/68 - 07/69
Dept./Div. CIC
Rate/Rank: Ensign

My first duty station, CDRs Sparger and Graf farmed me out to other ships to get qualified.
They also assigned me to a CWO Carpenter (Chips) who gave me the best leadership training I've ever received anywhere!

Posted: 12/22/2006
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Russell G. Haas (SK2)


E-Mail: russelhaas@aol.com
Onboard: Oct. 1951 - Mar. 1955
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: SK2

Where do I send the $15.00 for membership?

Posted: 12/11/2006
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Don R. Climer (BM3)



E-Mail: dclimer@usa2net.net
Onboard: 1953 to 1954
Dept./Div. Deck
Rate/Rank: BM 3

Posted: 12/09/2006
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Ron Alder


E-Mail: r.alder1@ntlworld.com

I remember Skagit while I was on board HMS Bulwark of the Royal Navy. She accompanied us in Excercise Pony Express in 1961.

Posted: 11/25/2006
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Al Keefer (Cpl.) USMC


E-Mail: Justperfek@aol.com
Onboard: 1957
Dept./Div. USMC
Rate/Rank: Corporal

The Skagit was in the south Pacific and carried us from Okinawa to the Philippines. We were combat engineers sent to build bridges and roads. This was in 1957 (+ or -) At my age, memory is the second thing that goes...

Posted: 11/25/2006
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Samuel G. Potter (Cox'n)



My Grandfather was a boat cox'n aboard Skagit in the Pacific during WWII.

I am just curious if there are any maritime records of him being on this ship and how I may obtain copies of them.

I believe he served from 1942 to 1946. He had a wife and 3 children all living in the McPherson, Kansas area.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Wesley M. Black {Grandson}
E-Mail: wes_black@hotmail.com

Posted: 11/23/2006
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Dave Gleason (LTJG)


E-Mail: dagleason@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1965-1967
Dept./Div. Deck Dept. 2nd and 4th Divisions
Rate/Rank: LTJG

My first ship; good and bad times.
Couldn't believe some of the things that happened and the characters I served with. Capt. Gerald R. Sampson, USMC, Combat Cargo Officer, was a Marine's Marine. His name's on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
I made one 9-month deployment to Philippines (Zamboanga, Cagyan De Oro, Tacloban) Da Nang, Hue, Guam, Sasebo, Hawaii. Survived one month in Sasebo for screw replacement (I discovered a crack in one blade), and one yard period in San Pedro (Todd).
Capt. Joe Chambliss was a real steamer, Capt. Mackey was more of a typical avaitor, in the days when the amphibious force was a salty bunch -- like McHale's Navy in spite of the efforts of some.

Posted: 11/02/2006
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Kevin Burgess


E-Mail: mosher3255@aol.com

Great Web Site!

I served aboard the USS Rankin LKA 103 1969-1971

Posted: 10/31/2006
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Jerry Butler (MM1)


E-Mail: whitewhiskersma@aol.com
Onboard: 1967-1969
Dept./Div. Eng. M Division
Rate/Rank: MM1

Reunions.....Great people, lots of fun and memories.

Posted: 10/24/2006
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Bud Norris


E-Mail: cnorris1@socal.rr.com

I was a member of the USS Curtiss AV-4 in 1953-1955. A shipmaate told me that the Curtiss participated in Operation MICOWEX 49A. Do any of your members who were on that operation remember the Curtiss? I cannot find any information of the ships participation.

Posted: 10/22/2006
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Donald "Don" Artherhults (SN)


E-Mail: dartherhults@cox.net
Onboard: 1958-1962
Dept./Div. 1st Division & "S" Division
Rate/Rank: SN

Found this Web Site from a Ship Mate (Jim Bair) that I went through Boot Camp, and served aboard Skagit with for 4 years.

He called after almost 45 years and we talked for an hour, we will indeed keep in contact with each other.

We joined the Navy with an All State Indiana Company, had a lot of really good times while aboard Skagit, and saw a lot of places that I would normally have not been able to see.

Posted: 10/10/2006
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Everett J. Mattoon (Cox'n)


E-Mail: Matrlty@adelphia.net
Onboard: 1945-1946
Dept./Div. Boat
Rate/Rank:

Posting this for my Dad. He was very proud to have been on board. I do not know if he was a plank owner, but he will be tickled when I tell him about this website.

Posted: 09/19/2006
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Joe "Whitey" Weckerle (GM3)


E-Mail: lionheartins@msn.com

Onboard: 1955 to 1957
Dept./Div. Gunnery
Rate/Rank: SN to GM3

Good Memories

Posted: 09/02/2006
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Virgil L. Hiatt (PNSA)


E-Mail:
Onboard: 1950 - 1954
Dept./Div.
Rate/Rank: PNSA

Posted: 08/12/2006
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Matthew Kovacinski


E-Mail: mkovacin@indiana.edu

My grandfather Lt. Ben Kovacinski served on the USS Skagit during WW II. He recently told me stories from his Navy days. Thanks to all the brave men and women who served on the Skagit.
I would like to find a picture of him on board.

Matthew Kovacinski

Posted: 08/04/2006
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Mary Lambeth


E-Mail: lambethgang@yahoo.com

My maiden name was Mary Purdie, my dad was Samuel B Purdie, Captain of the Skagit from 1959 to 1960.  I found your website tonight and thought I'd try to find some pictures to scan and send to you.  It'll take me awhile to dig them up and send them. Mostly, I just wanted to thank you for your website.  My dad died when I was nine so I don't know much about him.  It was nice to find his name on the net.  Especially if any of the people connected to you have any stories, good or bad, I'd love to hear them!
 
Mary Lambeth
Florida

Posted: 08/04/2006
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Michele Maria Goudreault


E-Mail: mmg91@hotmail.com

I believe that my uncle, William G. Maria, USN Seaman 1st Class served on the USS Skagit (according to his discharge papers). He served from 1944-1948. He was about 20 yrs old at the time and from Portland ME. He died there in 1989.

Posted: 08/01/2006
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Susan McNiff


E-Mail: treader275@yahoo.com

My cousin, Jim Isenogle was on board the ship at least from 1956-57, I think. I would love to see pictures of him or hear from anyone who knew him. I hardly knew him myself, since he as twelve years older than I. All his family is gone now and I'd like to get to know him.

Posted: 07/28/2006
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Gary Hibner USN Ret.


E-Mail: glhibner@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1968-1969 (Decom.)
Dept./Div. 1st
Rate/Rank: SR-SA-SN

My first ship, my most vivid memories since I was only 18. I retired in 1998 as BMCS(SW)

Posted: 07/26/2006
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Scott Zoeller


E-Mail scott_zoeller@hotmail.com

My Dad, Franklin Milton Zoeller (Micky) was stationed on the Skagit in WWII. He was a motor machinist mate. He died in 1966 on December 7th......... If any of you knew him, please e-mail me. I miss him terribly.

With respect and regards,

Scott

Posted: 07/21/2006
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Stan Durkee (LTJG)


E-Mail: stanmaran@prodigy.net
Onboard: Aug. 1965 - Apr. 1969
Dept./Div. CIC - Navigation - Deck
Rate/Rank: LTJG

Serving on the Skagit and going to WESTPAC with her crew was the best. I see the ship every day in the picture on my wall at work. There are so many memories. I am in contact with a few shipmates. Have attended a few reunions. About a year ago I spoke with Jim Taft, Ships First Lt, who, at age 83, told me that he felt he would like to go to sea again! And many years ago at one of those reunions I recall BM1 Conn saying that he thought about the ship every day. I dont think we can ever truly articulate what made it so special serving on this ship. But its true and its for keeps.

Hope to hear from other shipmates!
Stan Durkee

Posted: 07/02/2006
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Tom Cantele (MM3)


E-Mail: tomcantele@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1965 - 1967
Dept./Div. Eng. M Div.
Rate/Rank: MM3

Turning 60 and looking back. Nice web page.

Posted: 06/26/2006
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John B. Moore "Jack" (ET3)


E-Mail: jmoorej@juno.com
Onboard: 1956-1957
Dept./Div. Electronics
Rate/Rank: ET3

Joined the Skagit in 1956 while in dry dock at Pearl Harbor. Left in September 1957 to return to OSU to finish education in engineering. Was among the draftees that were drafted into the Navy, first since WWII.

Posted: 06/19/2006
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John Casey


E-Mail: cdrcasey@comcast.net

My Dad, Bobby Lynn Casey, served aboard the Skagit Nov. 53 to sometime in '57.
Looks like he started as an EMFA and made it to EM3.
I have a copy of his service record (with some gaps), which details some of the ship's activities, and my dad's summary court martial for being UA for 16 days.
My dad served 20 years, retired as an EMC in '73 and passed from kidney cancer in 1986.

Posted: 06/12/2006
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Louis D. Borst (ETR2)


E-Mail: FINALLYLDB@COMCAST.NET
Onboard: 1966-1968
Dept./Div. OE
Rate/Rank: ETR2

Posted: 06/08/2006
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Charlie Rainwater (ICFN)


E-Mail: charlesrainwater@bellsouth.net
Onboard: May 1960 - May 1961
Dept./Div. E
Rate/Rank: ICFN

Came to Skagit from "A" school.....was aboard a year. Requested tansfer to Sub School almost immediately (missed sub school by one tenth of a point out of "A" school) I really enjoyed my tour, especially the West Pac Cruise.

Lotta great people in our crew at that time.......

Posted: 05/23/2006
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Rick Lehtonen (RD1)


E-Mail:
Onboard: 1961-1962
Dept./Div. OI
Rate/Rank: RD1

Posted: 05/23/2006
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John Vinson (Ens.)


E-Mail: docatty@yahoo.com
Onboard: Sept. 1967 to Aug.1969
Dept./Div. CIC/First Div
Rate/Rank: Ensign

Here is a link to a hero who served on the Skagit as the Combat Cargo Officer.

Captain Gerry Sampson USMC Semper Fi and Rest in Peace.


Captain Gerald H. Sampson USMC



Posted: 05/12/2006
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Carl Neuman (Ltjg)


E-Mail: cfnsln@aol.com
Onboard: June 1966 to May 1969
Dept./Div. Boat Group - BE Div.
Rate/Rank: Ens./Ltjg

I'm still looking for the anyone from BE Div. I still haven't learned to change the oil in my car.  

Where are the guys in BE Div. between 1966-1968?

Had a great time on the ship and keep in touch with a few of the crew.

E-mail me!!!!!

Posted: 05/09/2006
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Paul D. O'Dell Sr. (GM3)


E-Mail: modell@liuna.org
Onboard: May 1945 - Oct 1945
Dept./Div. Gunnery, 6th Division.
Rate/Rank: GM3

We could see the Japs on the USS Missouri at the time of the surrender. We were anchored just off her bow. I Think the Skagit is in a picture of the surrender from the USS Missouri.

Posted: 04/20/2006
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W.E. "Bill" Darling (LT.)


E-Mail: cdarling6@juno.com
Onboard: Jan. '65 Thru Dec. '66
Dept./Div. Navigator
Rate/Rank: LT.

Can we ever forget beautiful Danang and Subic in the winter?

Posted: 04/20/2006
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Keith H. Stewart (PN2)


E-Mail: beefhamstew@webtv.net
Onboard: 1956-1957
Dept./Div. Administration
Rate/Rank: PN2

9 month tour of WESTPAC

Posted: 03/25/2006
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Bollinger, DeWayne L. (EM3)


E-Mail: bostoy@webtv.net
Onboard: April 1954 - June 1958 (42mo's)
Dept./Div. Electrical
Rate/Rank: EM3

Looking forword to September 2006 reunion. My eighth and the highlight of my year.
BO

Posted: 03/15/2006
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Gene Hair


E-Mail: mso465@yahoo.com

Served: U.S. Navy 1956 - 1962
USS PRESTIGE, MSO-465,
USS INFLICT MSO-456

Every ship can be a minesweeper - ONCE

Where the fleet goes, we've already been.

Wooden Ships - Rusty Old Men

NMSOA - Navy MSO Association

Posted: 02/28/2006
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Jack Pruitt Lt. (USNR) Ret.


E-Mail: cjpruitt1934@yahoo.com
Rate/Rank: Ensign/Lt(jg)

Served: Feb. 1957 to Aug. 1960
USS Prestige MSO 465,
USS Constant MSO 427.

Beautiful web site loaded with information and good "stuff".

Posted: 02/28/2006
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William D. Jenkins (SN1/c)


E-Mail: cindyrela6@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1959 - 1961
Dept./Div. 1st Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman 1st

Enjoyed my tour of duty.

Posted: 02/22/2006
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William S. Denison (SN)


E-Mail: willyden@charter.net
Onboard: 1959-1962
Dept./Div. Deck
Rate/Rank: Seaman

Posted: 02/20/2006
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John J. Seidel, Jr. CDR USNR-Ret


E-Mail: Jjseideljr@aol.com
Onboard: May 1945 - July 1946
Dept./Div. 1st Deck Division
Rate/Rank: ENS USNR

Glad to have discovered this site, almost sixty years later.

Posted: 02/19/2006
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Al Petersen (RD2)


E-Mail: apete@netins.net
Onboard: June 1959 to Jan. 1960
Dept./Div. OI Div.
Rate/Rank: RD 2

Looking for any RD's from that time frame, Murri, Swanson and Boyles and any others that may remember me.

Great site and thanks for the help.

Posted: 01/21/2006
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Ted Henry (PN2)


E-Mail: tedgailh@att.net
Onboard: June 1960 - August 1961
Dept./Div. Admin.
Rate/Rank: PN2

Just to let you know I am now retired and have a new email. This is a fine web site. I am planning on the reunion in September in Charleston.

Posted: 01/13/2006
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Frank Jaynes


E-Mail: frankjaynes@hotmail.com

Great Website, I served aboard the USS Wrangell AE12 1964-1967.

Posted: 01/03/2006
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LOOKING FOR


Looking for shipmates of Gerald T. Robinson EN3 1964-1967.
If you know the whereabouts of Julian Cranford, Danny E. Moore, and  Joseph R. Tenpenny, please let me know.

Mike
E-Mail: skagamaru@webtv.net

Posted: 01/01/2006
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