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"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

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Kent Champagne (LTJG)

E-Mail: kchampagne@indy.rr.com
Onboard: November 1961- May 1963
Dept./Div. Combat Information Center
Rate/Rank: Ensign/LTJG

I served as CIC officer from November, 1961 - May, 1963, replacing LTJG Otto Kratzenberg.

There's so many good memories, including the WestPac cruises.

I transferred to COMPHIBRON Three staff in May, 1963 and left the Navy in November, 1964. I've just recently retired and found the website. I have been living in Carmel, IN since 1979.

Posted: 11/18/2005
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Kenneth M. Zipperer (RM2)

E-Mail: bellmtnmusic1@alltel.net
Onboard: 1955-1956
Dept./Div. Radio
Rate/Rank: Radioman 2nd Class

Thank you for providing this web site.

Ken Zipperer

Posted: 11/07/2005
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Joe Slayter, Jr.

E-Mail: joeslayter@verizon.net

My Dad served aboard the USS Skagit in 1957 before I was ever born. He never got the chance to explain much to me about his early Navy career...It is wonderful to see the rich history of the ship, and that he was a small part of it.
Thank you for the pictures.

Joe Slayter, Jr

Posted: 11/05/2005
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Michael McKeown, MD (Lt.)

E-Mail: mckeowm@easystreet.com
Onboard: August 1962 to Sept. 1963
Dept./Div. Medical
Rate/Rank: Lt. MC, USN

I have very fond memories of my time on the Skagit. We got a 4.0 for the Medical Dept. during the inspection after our shipyard time and re-training. I learned a lot of people skills there.

Posted: 10/31/2005
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Charles D. Hammond

Onboard: 1947

My uncle was Captain W. A. Hammond, former commander of the Skagit.
I had dinner with him on board when I was 15 years old in Long Beach, Calif. harbor.

Posted: 10/26/2005
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Ken Hoving (Ens.)

E-Mail: ken-barbathome@comcast.net
Onboard: 1960-1961
Dept./Div. Operations
Rate/Rank: Ensign

A great ship, great shipmates....
I remember our WestPac cruise and training very well today.

Posted: 10/20/2005
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Chris Slinkard

E-Mail: clscpa@olemac.net

I picked this site up on a search of the USS Skagit. My father was Garry L. Slinkard (Westpac 1964). Thanks for the work that you have done.

Posted: 09/01/2005
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D. Edward Brown (BTC Ret.)

E-Mail: edbrown@hslink.com
Onboard: 1959 - 1960
Dept./Div. Boilers
Rate/Rank: BT1

Retired BTC, the Skagit was one of the best I served aboard.
Captain Purdie was an excellent skipper, he also had a great crew.

Posted: 08/18/2005
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Robert H. Rexrode Jr. MD Lt.(MC)

E-Mail: rrexrode@san.rr.com
Onboard: 1965 - 1966
Dept./Div. Medical
Rate/Rank: Lt.(MC)

I often think about those days on the Skagit and the men that I was proud to serve with.

Bob Rexrode Jr.

Posted: 07/17/2005
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Dave Marshall (Ens.)

E-Mail: g1orie@juno.com
Onboard: 1967 - 1969
Dept./Div. Boat Group
Rate/Rank: Ens.

The web site looks great, thanks! Also, do you have Stan Durkee's e-mail address or tel # - it was great to see the old plan for the day in the last Skagit Log.

Posted: 07/10/2005
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Curtis T. Henson Jr. (LTJG)

E-Mail: henson31@aol.com
Onboard: Mid 1953 to Early 1955
Dept./Div. 2nd Division
Rate/Rank: Ensign - LTJG

I served under Captains Winter and Torgerson, and was on board during the Asia cruise in 1954.
I roomed with Gene Hus who was the 2nd Divison Officer, and I was his assistant.
In early 1955 I was transferred to the USS Hillsborough County LST 827.

Posted: 06/19/2005
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Kathleen M. Kennedy

E-Mail: kmkennedy@earthlink.net

I enjoyed the site very much - thank you.

Posted: 06/14/2005
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Douglas R. Welch (ET2)

E-Mail: dougrobot@aol.com
Onboard: 1962-1966
Dept./Div. Electronics Div.
Rate/Rank: ET2

Hello, again!

Posted: 05/21/2005
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L. R. Crum (BM3)

E-Mail: Lrcrum2@aol.com
Onboard: 1961 - 1963
Dept./Div. 3rd Division
Rate/Rank: BM3

I remember cowboy LTJG Frank Buck Jones, from La Mesa Texas. Also Seamen Dana and Willie who would finish 60 days restriction, get a week's liberty, and go back on 60 days.
I also remember numerous times going 48 hours in cold soaking rain without a wink of shuteye or a cup of coffee, running Mike boats in places like Puget Sound.
Even so, had some good times while in Skagit.

Posted: 04/30/2005
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Bob Evans

E-Mail: bobevans@horizonview.net

Towing from Wilmington, NC to Hoboken, NJ. Nov. 1944

My father, Lt.JG Charles C. Evans was the nominal "skipper" of the Skagit when it was towed from Wilmington on Nov. 30, 1944.
It was being towed to Hoboken to be outfitted with engines etc. After one day out, it broke tow in a storm and as I have heard the story, was adrift for 24 days. it was a ship with no ballast, served by 14 men and my father.
I only ever heard the story once from my father, and that was many years ago. He passed away in May 1968, so most of the story went with him.
I have learned some of the story, but, as the ship apparently had not been commissioned yet, information about the ordeal is hard to find.I remember dad saying he had to record his daily log on the bulkhead and it was later transcribed after the ship finally was recovered and towed into New York harbor. I also remember him saying that there was an official inquiry by the Navy, but Ihave not been able to get details about that.
I would think, with the freedom of information act, we could get complete details (good and bad) about this incident. Could you help me with this? I think it important for his grandchildren and others to know the story in detail.
I would also like to see if there are any living men from the trip who I might contact.

Thank you.

Bob Evans

Posted: 04/10/2005
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Charles L. Dreblow (BMC Ret.)

E-Mail: charlesdreblow@cox.net
Onboard: 1961 - 1969
Dept./Div. Deck Dept. 3rd Div. (Boats)
Rate/Rank: Seaman to Bos'n Mate1st Class

The last crew member onboard to depart the ship........last official Deck Department job was to paint over the hull numbers on the bow and stern.

Posted: 04/10/2005
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Bill Pailthorpe (HM3)

Onboard: Dec.1963 - May 1966
Dept./Div. Medical Department
Rate/Rank: HM3

After graduating from hospital corps school my wish was to serve at any stateside medical facility...I did NOT want to go to sea duty. But, once assigned to the Skagit, I loved every minute of it. Hope to see other shipmates at the reunions.

Posted: 03/17/2005
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David Wilson

E-Mail: djwilson@ibtco.com

My father, Jack Wilson served aboard Skagit from May 1950 to February 1954 in the Engineering Department as an EN3.

I found this beautiful site while researching his Naval carreer. He passed away almost six years ago. I will be utilizing this site again in the future.

Posted: 03/01/2005
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Clifford Belcher (HM2)

E-Mail: poodleoodle@peoplepc.com
Onboard: Nov. 1964 - Jan. 1966
Dept./Div. Medical
Rate/Rank: HM2

I have many fond memories of my time on Skagit, and would like to hear from others who were on board at that time.

Posted: 02/09/2005
Updated: 07/01/2005, E-Mail address
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Donald R. McCain (BM3/c)

E-Mail: mccainm@marietta.edu
Onboard: (Approx.) Aug. 1950 - Mar. 1954
Dept./Div. Boat Div.
Rate/Rank: BM3/c

On viewing the ships scrapbook I only see one face that I remember and that is Jim Harless the ships barber, who was a great barber and shipmate.
I'm not aware of what has become of all the other shipmates I served with on board the Skagit during this time period. If you would have any information on any of these "swabs" I would like to hear from you.

Posted: 01/06/2005
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John L. Donnelly (1st Lt., USMC)

E-Mail: johnbarbaradonnelly@verizon.net Onboard: 1961-63
Dept./Div. Combat Cargo Officer
Rate/Rank: 1st Lt., USMC

I relieved 1st Lt. Don Hall, USMC when the ship was at White Beach, Okinawa. I was relieved by 1st Lt. Seaholster,USMC in 1963 when the ship was in San Diego. It was a great cruise with memorable shipmates.

Posted: 01/04/2005
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Peter Wentworth

E-Mail: peter@ikebites.com

Ahoy Sailor,
I enjoyed your sea stories.
I'm writing to see if you would be willing to trade links? I have a sea stories website: www.ikebites.com (USS Eisenhower CVN-69)
I'd like to have lots of sea-stories links to and from my site for shipmates to locate other ships they may have served on.
thanks much! and have a great Navy Day!

Peter Wentworth

Posted: 01/04/2005
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Richard Simpson (BM3)

E-Mail: rsim248742@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1957 to 1961
Dept./Div. 3rd Divison
Rate/Rank: Bos'n Mate 3rd Class

I live about 15 Miles from the county the Skagit was named for.

Posted: 12/23/2004
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Thomas Herbert (LTJG)

E-Mail: roseyherbert@AOL.com
Onboard: June 1964 - July1966
Dept./Div. Gunnery, Second Div, E Div.
Rate/Rank: Ens - Ltjg

Made two cruises on the Skagit. We had an unexpected three month trip in early 1965 to bring Marines from Hawaii to Okinawa and a long 9 month cruise to Okinawa, Viet Nam and other places.

Posted: 12/16/2004
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Bob Harker (SN1/c)

E-Mail: payroll6@msn.com
Onboard: Sept. 1965 to June 1966
Dept./Div. X Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman 1st Class

Yeoman Striker, worked in the ships office.

Posted: 12/09/2004
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David J. Heuvelmans

E-Mail: DHeuvelmans@wi.rr.com
Onboard: 1966-1967
Dept./Div. Supply
Rate/Rank: E3

I Still have the WestPac cruise book of 1967. Would love to hear from anyone who was on board during that time.

Posted: 12/07/2004
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Joseph A. Toth (MM3)

E-Mail: jatoth33@hotmail.com
Onboard: 1956-1957
Dept./Div. = M
Rate/Rank: MM3

Posted: 11/07/2004
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Darrell Daugherty (SN / Cox'n)

Onboard: 1951-1955
Dept./Div. Boat
Rate/Rank: SN / Boat Coxswain

New e-mail address

Had to get a wireless for the crows nest, kinda windy up here,he he.


Posted: 11/07/2004
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Ted Henry (PN2)

E-Mail: teddy.g.henry@lmco.com
Onboard: June 1960 - Aug. 1961
Dept./Div. Personnel Office
Rate/Rank: PN3 - PN2

Went on the Pribiloff Island seal operation in 1960 and Westpac later that year and Operation Pony Express in Borneo in 1961. Had a great time on board that ship.

Posted: 10/28/2004
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Dan Rozzi (SN)

E-Mail: dlrozzi@msn.com
Onboard: 1964 - 1966
Rate/Rank: Seaman

I just want to say how proud I was to serve on the USS Skagit. Love to hear from some of the crew.

Posted: 10/28/2004
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Doug Egdorf

E-Mail: degdorf@charter.net

I 'accidentally' came across an 'editorial' by Dr. Koenig
(Author, "Reflections Of A Black Shoe").
Over the past day or so, we have shared e-mails. Although we most certainly do not agree on all issues, he seems to be an extraordinary person. I am glad to have had the opportunity to correspond with him.

Posted: 10/24/2004
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Earl Vidrine (LT.)

E-Mail: earelsvid@pnx.com
Onboard: July 1966 - July 1969
Dept./Div. Engineering
Rate/Rank: Lieutenant

I went aboard after five weeks of Engineering School, and caught the ship during refresher training.
Had one week aboard with Lt. Harris before I releived him as Chief Engineer.
We made two West Pac crusies. The ship encountered problems with the main turbine, main shaft, and stern tube.
We never overcame the shaft problems and we finally put her to rest in San Diego.
I was the last man to leave her upon decommissioning.
We had a great reunion in Sept. Looking forward to the next one.

Posted: 10/07/2004
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Earl J. Nestved (SGT)

E-Mail: ejnestved@msn.com

Went to Okubo Japan aboard the USNS General A. W. Brewster (AP 155) with the Serv Co 3rd Engr Bn 3rd Mar Div, in August 1953. The trip was great, came back on an APA, this wasn't very good.

Posted: 08/29/2004
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Jerry R. Chapman (SH3)

E-Mail: chaps925@aol.com
Onboard: LST 692 1952-1955

We were there for Passage To Freedom

Posted: 08/17/2004
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Memorial Garden Custodian

E-Mail: memorialgarden@btopenworld.com

What a superb site. It makes one feel very humble. I would be honoured if those who view this site would also view my memorial site to those members of the British Armed Forces who lost their lives in Desert storm 1991, Iraq 2003, Northern Ireland, Falkland Islands, Balkans, etc.

Our web site is....


I would also like to exchange links with your site,

God bless America and the United Kingdom in their fight against all evil.

Posted: 08/16/2004
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Philmore B. Steele (SKCS) USN Ret.

Onboard: 1963
Dept./Div. S Division
Rate/Rank: SKCS

Posted: 08/13/2004
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John Jerome Morrison "Jerry" (BMSN)

E-Mail: RockinJerEl@ntelex.com
Onboard: 1960-1965
Dept./Div. Second Division
Rate/Rank: BMSN

I was on the USS Skagit from 1960 to 1965. I am 62yrs old, married and living in Oakdale, CA. Any of the old crew that remembers me, or that time, please email me at the above email address. Those years were the best years of my life.
Jerry Morrison

Posted: 07/02/2004
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Glenn D. Poindexter

E-Mail: gdpsr42@yahoo.com or
Onboard: USS Oriskany CVA34 March 1964-March 1966
Dept./Div. V1 Division

I was in boot camp in November 1961 in Company 577 would like to hear from anyone in that company.
Stationed in Corpus Christi after boot camp from Feb.1962-March 1964 in VT-28, Supply Department.
If anyone was stationed in Corpus Christi during that time sure would like to hear from anyone. Went to California in March 1964 to board USS Oriskany CVA-34 until March 1966, worked on the flight deck and would like to hear from anyone that was on the big "O" during that time.

Posted: 06/07/2004
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Robert Kneale (SN)

E-Mail: bomar1224@comcast.net
Onboard: Jan. 1, 1955 thru Dec. 1955
Dept./Div. Boat Division
Rate/Rank: Seaman

An excellent site. I will be going to it very often. Very good work and well done.

Posted: 05/18/2004
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Howard J. Landon

E-Mail: kingbears@comcast.net
Dept./Div. U. S. Navy XAP Communications Team
Rate/Rank: Radioman 3/C

I was a member of the crew of the SS Young America, a C2 troopship, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines in 1944.

Posted: 04/27/2004
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J. C. (Butch) McCain (MM3)

E-Mail: butchmccain@yahoo.com
Onboard: 1965 - 1968
Dept./Div. "A" Division
Rate/Rank: MM 3

I have a lot of great memories of the Skagit and crew. I will go through my old pictures and share them soon. Thanks for providing this site, it was a great visit!

Posted: 04/08/2004
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Leon (Jerry) Bakke (LTJG)

E-Mail: rowboy_99@yahoo.com
Onboard: June 1961 - Jan. 1963
Dept./Div. OE/ET
Rate/Rank: Ensign / LTJG

Currently retired, and live in Muskegon MI.

Posted: 04/06/2004
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Don Joscelyne

E-Mail: bordercenturion@tiscali.co.uk

A very well presented site, indeed a credit to the constructor and the contributors.
Visit http://members.aol.com/millgarth/millgarth/
this being a site dedicated to a friends son and crew members lost during the Iraq conflict.

Don Joscelyne UK

Posted: 03/14/2004
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Nathan Schmid MA2 (SW)

E-Mail: soudasailor@yahoo.com
USN24 January 1995 - Present
Dept./Div. SJA

A truly wonderful write up. I was an Engineman for seven years before cross-rating to MA.
Many a nights I fell asleep in a generator room to the humming of a diesel.
Thank you.

Posted: 03/02/2004
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Floyd D. Murray (RM1)

E-Mail: Floydm8766@aol.com
Onboard: Dec. '54 thru Dec. '57
Dept./Div. Operations
Rate/Rank: RMSA - RM1

Came aboard out of Radioman "B" school. While aboard went from RMSA to RM1. Loved the job as Radioman.Should have made it a career.

Great Website. Saw some guys that I forgot about. Will try to add to the photo list.

Posted: 01/17/2004
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David Spindle (RD3)

E-Mail: dspindl@aol.com
Onboard: 1966 to 1968
Dept./Div. Radar
Rate/Rank: RD3

Great site!! I would love to see more guys from 66-68 here. I came aboard in San Pedro when Skagit was in dry dock. Met some Radarmen, took the necessary exams and joined the Radar department. Made a lot of friends and have good memories of AKA-105.

Posted: 01/16/2004
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William D. Allen "Bill" (SF1)

My brother, William D. Allen (Bill), passed away in 1997. I have found records of his that say he was aboard the USS Skagit, "Received for Duty" June 16, 1957. I have been tracking his records before going to the WWII Memorial Dedication in D.C. the end of May. I was a younger sister and would just like to hear from anyone who knew him...he was a diver and rank seems to be SF1...also a Petty Officer...but I am unsure of that date.

Carole (Allen) Kuhn
E-Mail: carolek2@sprintmail.com

Posted: 01/08/2004
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