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Was a highlite of my life


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Lots of great memories with great people. The ET gang was a wild bunch of "Steamers'!


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Had a great time aboard her


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I'd like to wish all Decatur sailors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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Joined the ship right after boot camp in the summer of 68, along with Louis Murray. Two West PAC tours and side trips to Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Singapore, Pago Pago, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii going to and coming back. Left the ship as an RM2 in the summer of 70 hoping to go to the Antarctic with Operation Deepfreeze. Did not make it because of eyesight, (also kept me from being a Supply Officer in 1980), so I got mad and told the detailer to send me to Vietnam. He did and I ended up at MACV, serving as a radioman at AFVN in Saigon. Met my first wife, got her with baby, and came back to Treasure Island where I was discharged in Oct 71, four days shy of four years (no Good Conduct Ribbon). Returned to Vietnam in Jan 72 to reconnect with my wife and new son, who was born the previous Nov. I worked for Federal Electric Corporation as a lineman/installer/cableman until all three of us returned to Seattle in Jul 73. I joined the Naval Reserve and served on an ocean-going minesweeper decommissioned in 75. I joined Washington State Patrol in 75 spending the next 30 years in a variety of law enforcement connected jobs. In 80 I joined the National Guard. Spent 28 years in the Guard or Active Army until I retired in Oct 2008 as a Master Sergeant (E-8) with 35 years, 9 months, 18 days total time. Stopped working for a living and left my last civilian job at the State Law Enforcement Academy.


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Chief Whetstone, I remember you.. and Chief Manning.. When I went aboard in March of 1971, we had just came out of drydock, I guess,, was still doing a makeover to DDG I believe.. lol I wanted to be an MR and you guys tossed me down in the bilges, with Francis Fouts as my leader in Forward FIreroom, lol, I dont think I have ever recovered from that experience.. lol



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checking back to see if I recognize anyone new . I've been researching our wespac cruises trying to find info on escorting minesweepers to Haiphong to time spent in Okinawa with the marines .


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Looking to see if anyone knew or knows the where about of HTC Willie Rachel or anyone else from R- Div. from Dec. 1980 till 1983 .I am not sure what happened to the crew when crew mates got their orders. I am inquiring , because I want to find out things that happened while I was on board the ship I was in a motorcycle accident back in 1985 I spent around 7 weeks in a coma and about a year in a wheelchair. I have some memory loss I am not sure what I am looking for, but its will be good to know anything.


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Happy to hear from any or all. Gotta long Navy history from South Pole to Vietnam and even more. How about you?


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Well folks the 2013 Decatur reunion in San Diego was a total success... as usual we all had too much fun just short of being arrested.... For all that have never been to one of the Decatur reunions you need to keep an eye on the website for next years location and dates Jerry Hihn former SK2 DDG-31


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Com Crew in Boston thru west pac 68 had alot of fun except for loosing Part of my fingernin 68 tarnsfered to Australia, continued till then retired as MMCS. Now retired in Va Beach VA seen alot of names that i remember. To all the snipes I have Diagnosed with Asbestos, please get checked.


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Steve Gremillion , Calvin Williams I tried to E mail you shipmates I had the incorrect E-mail , so if by chance you find time E-mail or call . jsmartinez23@comcast.net or 1-408-600-8522.


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Good to hear from any one on board during that time


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This is AKA PCSN Ron Lucio reporting to all who was on board with me from 1968 thru 1969 WestPac tour of duty,on board the USS Decatur DDG-31. SN Danny Larese assisted me in the Post Office on board ship. I'm sorry to say I have forgotten most of your names. But, I have fond memories of that time of era out on the Tonkin Gulf. How can I forget the famous Bob Hope USO Christmas Show that took place on board the USS Hancock as we plane guarded that Aircraft Carrier out in the Tonkin Gulf. Probably,my most memorable account of duty was also during the seizing by the North Koreans our Communications Ship Known as the USSPueblo. I don't think that I have experienced an area of Ocean more turbulent and cold than that off the shores of North Korea, outside of a typhone during a Monsoon season in and around the Philippine Islands.At that time, in and around the Philippine Islands, I was on board another ship as a SN in ADMINSTRA-tTION known as the USS Bryce Canyon AD-36, from 1967-1968. My Duty on board both these Ships led me to a 42 year US Postal Service career, a total of 45 years of Government Service. Brothers, Shieldbacks and Swabs,can you believe??


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I met a lot of good people from different parts of the country.


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Great ship, great crew!


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We had a good bunch of BTs onboard who had rough "row to hoe" on board. May they all have smooth sailing!


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I went through most of this list and so far haven't seen anyone from DDG 73. I am proud to say I served on the Decatur.


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Good crew, great mates.


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kenny says hi


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I am trying to locate MMSC Robert H. Lyle


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Came aboard as an E-3 in WDE in 1969 and joined an outstanding group of sailors. The memories are too many to remember, and many that I just can't seem to (might have been the alcohol consumption). The cruises were out of sight and somewhat blurry but the friends I made have lasted a life time. Yes Rick, you can blame Lurch and I for getting us all into trouble but we were always the last ones out the door. You know Mary won't believe a word of this and you will be in trouble. You should have stuck around for our continuing adventures in WesPac. I must admit that it was one of the best times of my life. Our officers were outstanding( Mr. Brands!!), Big Red, Parda and the rest but the best thing was the Decatur itself, she was a great lady. I am so proud to have been a member and served with so many great people. Yes, you to Steven!


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Came aboard as an E-4 in WDE, could not have asked for a better bunch of guys. Amoung the many outstanding memories were; our West-pac cruise, my first son being born while we were off 'Nam, shellback initiation, and liberty in the many ports inspite of "Pat and Lurch's" ability to get us in and out of trouble. I transferred to the USS John S McCain DDG-36 in 1971 (they were going into dry dock) as an E-5 to miss the '71 deployment since my wife was due again, but we deployed for 'Nam right after I got there. Another great crew and memorable cruise, but must of my good momories come from the time and guys on the Decatur .


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Would like to find a hat with ribbons and awarded medals from my years aboard DDG-31. 74-76. I was an BT3 in the boiler room. I would like to find some shipmates for that time Tom Kuhl Terrence Neilson Martin Poole


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just checking to see how shipmates are doing and to say hello to anyone that remembers me.


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I dont see many guys from 70 to 73 here.


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Be nice to see a few more plankowners sign up.


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Sorry to see so few of the original Missile gang signed up. Over the years I have come across a lot of the guys here in Dahlgren, Virginia as they filtered through on government business. Hope to catch up with a few of the old gang in 2013.


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Worked on the ex USS DECATUR once it became a SDTS. As a weekend warrior, didn't do too much but took jungle juice to the hose nozzles, welded the front hatch to the galley, helped put in transformers, and convert the magazine chamber under where the guns would be to shelving units. We did find a couple of booze bottles hidden between the two round bulkheads of the chamber and would be nice to hear from the party(ies) responsible. Also will answer questions as to what we did to it. It even had a helipad put aft on the weather deck. Good times - I miss those days. GOD BLESS ALL WHO SERVED ON BOARD.


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Left for Europe to get married the day that we got back from WESTPAC Aug. 30, 73. Srill married to the same sweet ladie, almost 40 years. Was bummed to read thar the old Dickie doe was sunk, would have liked to have seen her again. Saw the new boat when she was moored in Santa Barbara. Checked out the pic. From fantail party in Hong Kong and recognized the lanky commissary chief with his beard, don't remember his name though. TheNav started my cooking career and it payed off throughout my life. I became a culinary instructor and developed programs in Juvenal correctional faciilities and taught in a community college, they even called me chef. Been retired from the State of Ca. Dep. of Juvinal Justice since 03 and from the community college just about a month ago. Great to read that soo many of you are still around.


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Ya'all have a happy and safe INDEPENDENCE DAY! ...Believe me - a lot of people praying here in the mid west for you East Coasters because of your storms.. Smack dab in the middle of tornado alley and the nation's crosswinds, (Joplin, Mo., etc.), we know what it's like and wouldn't wish it to happen to anyone. Have to say again, thanks Tony for all you do; 4.0 outstanding website; and Alumni for voting me Chaplain, as absentee as I've been. To Pat Serafine, I hope and pray you are doing better. I wish I'd met you and your sons by now, and Mark before he 'went to sleep.' Too many great events, and a few bad ones to remember; Decatur was, and crews/cruises were, (have to be) among the Navy's 'Top Ten.' God Bless you all, and God willing, I'll see you in September.


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Experiance on board was the best ever for me. I learned alot short period of time.


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The plaque from the U.S.S. Decatur has been with me for about 30 years now and hangs proudly over my desk. Thank you all for the comraderie and frindship you shared with my dad. He spoke of his service on the ship with great pride and you could see what his time on ship meant to hom. Again thank you all for the memories you gave my dad.


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Was on ship in R.I. till 1970 looking for blesi, stewart, terrill boys, schaur.


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Enjoyed all my duty aboard the Decatur on the pre-commision detail. Friends were John Ganey and Joe Tobin, Mickey Silva and Paul Galley, along with Jake Banner, Calvin Brown and Ken Smith and BM Emanuel. I can remember fight night at the Blue Mirror in Charlestown. In charge of the paint locker when Smitty and I mixed up that light blue hull color for our arrival onto Long Beach! That got some attention! Shipped out on the USS St. Paul for WESTPAC in 68.


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my father john r. pore was original crew and plank owner, would love to talke to anyone who was aboard for operation strickback sept. 19 to sept. 29 1957, really want to hear about the night you guys stopped the queen mary. my father still alive  can call me at 646-287-8883 and leave message with return call, i will call you, thanks.


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A great crew makes a great ship, and "Jerico" was a great ship. Can remember being so proud to send out over the bridge radio the ranges from contacts snared by the booming sqs23 sonar (i think that was the designation).


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I'd like to be at the next reunion but I have a daughter getting married just about that same time. Family does come first however I do think of all Decatur sailors (past and present) as family. Good luck and smooth sailing to you all.


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Hey Tiddbitts ,ROSE .BAKER ,GRAFF,REX CORTER,CHEZ,and allyou other swabs. great times on the DICKY DOO.will never forget mid watch,midnight refueling, gab gab beach grande island,and ken dodgen (uuuggghhh) Lots of high times in Guam!


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When is the next reunion?


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I flew straight from Great Lakes boot camp to Saudi Arabia, got on the Decatur and steemed back to San Diego. Best time ever, best crew, and hands down best command


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HAVE MANY GREAT MEMORIES ON BOARD THE DECATUR.


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Served as ICFN/IC3/IC2 during 2 westpac cruises and logged a whole lot of miles on board. Very good to find the site and to see some great old pictures and recall many memories. Would like to make a reunion - maybe in 2012. Peace & Prayers to all you salty dogs...


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seeing if I am still here


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Wow. Saw some names that I have not thought about for 30 plus years. Good Feeling. Pictures that brought back a lot of good memories, WestPac, Australia, Pago Pago. Would like more info about the 2011 reunion if possible.


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Some good times were had while onboard. That picture of the ship steaming into Sydney harbor stirred up some good memerories.


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ASW


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Of the 5 Tin Cans, 3 Carriers, 3 Naval Air Stations and one @!*%#!! Admiral's Staff, the Decatur was best of all. Nothing but excellent memories of good times and great shipmates - particularly Bill Ellis, Mike Goldhammer, Star Exley, Mike Coutts & Bob Franks.


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IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY SHIPMATES. SOME OF MY BEST MEMORIES ARE FROM MY HITCH ONBOARD DECATUR. I MET SOME OF THE BEST GUYS I HAVE EVER KNOWN.


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I was suprized to find this web site. I retired, married for 36 yrs to the same woman. father of 4 and 2 grandchildren. Shipped out of Long Beach Cal. I still carry my shell back card when we crossed on 7-30-70.What a day that was. I want to wish all my shipmates the best of luck.


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Borge, you old scalawag,, how the heck are ya??? I remember you well,, you always reminded me of Steve McQueen, with your boyish looks,, LOL,, Seems you said your dad looked like Bob Hope, if my memory serves me right. Im still kicking too... barely,, had colonoscopy on November 8th, which turned into 4 bypasses on my heart November 10th, with complications on stomach restarting, so wound up spending 2 weeks in the hospital. then 2 weeks later, back in for a week with fluid in my lungs out of hospital til January 2nd, and went back in for internal bleeding,, 14 units of blood later they got it stopped, and a weeks stay. back home for the weekend, then back in the following Monday morning with chest pains wound up being my gall bladder, and a weeks stay before they removed it. Ive been out one week today (Knock on wood) and recovering,, the whole ordeal, 6 hospital visits/stays, 2 surgeries, 3 colonoscopies, CT scans with radiation, etc, has sapped me of my strength, but its coming back a little at a time,, start Cardia Rehab (finally) next Monday.. everytime I was going to go, wound up back in the hospital, LOL so now I just want to sit at home for a while,, or go down the street and drink a beer with friends,, I think I can lift 12 oz's still,, LOL Good to hear from you Borge,,, James M Rigsby Oil King Uss Decatur DDG-31 1971-1974


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I am still alive and well. would like to see or hear from you guys they sunk my boot lets kill them. i wanted to see her again. sam still alive and well. would like to see or hear from you guys they sunk my boot lets kill them. i wanted to see her again. some one email me ome one email me


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Many fond memories of my time on board the Decatur


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My time aboard was wild. Was dropped on board in the Gulf of Tonkin from the Coral Sea.We ran shotgun for the mine sweepers in Haiphong Harbor. Went DIW in the Gulf. I loved being at sea however quite often I would fail to return on time when in the states. Alot of wild and crazy times that would probably kill me today. Now I have 4 children and 6 grandkids. Who would've figured?


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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who served on the Decatur.


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Anyone know what happened to Bob Standrif or BMC Howard?


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SERVED ON THE USS DEACTUR 31 LIKE HEAR FROM OLD SHIPMATES


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Hi guys I am still alive


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How is everyone in our division, serving from 1980-1983? Has anyone heard from Chief Rachel? I am currently in San Jose, CA. I am a father of 5, 4 girls and a boy. Ages 10-29 and a 5 year old granddaughter.


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I was amoung the first of the plank owners fo the USS Deactur in 1957.I came aboard her out of boot camp. THE FIRST COMM.officer was comm. Skahill. He was killed in a plain crash while on his way to sub warfare school in Florida. I was with the ship in the Lebenon crisis, Cuban Missel crisis. I was with her when she cought fire in Napols, Italy. The ship got tore up in a bad storme up in the North Atlantic. We worked our was down to the Med. went into cannes France for dry dock and big time repairs. I was the last of her argenal member of plank owners to be tranfered of. Then I had to put in a request for it. From there I surved on other ships Dealy de 1006, Luce DLG7, which I was a plank owner. And made 3rd class BM From there I went to the Fisk DD ???. Then the Waldo County 1163. Put out of the Navy on a med discharge in feb,1970. Now I am an Artist. I have a tv show that has been on the air since 1993. My show is now on the net and in 9 different countries. Even with all of this I still miss the ships and the sea.


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The first skipper, com skahill was killed in a plain crash shortly after we had out the ship into comm. I was with her during the Lebanies crisses, Cuba crisis. I was with the ship when she cought fire in Napols Italy and gutted 1/3 of the ship midship. I was the last of the plank owners at that time to leave the ship for other duty. i served on other ships after that, Luce DLG 7, Waldo County LST 1163, Dealy DE 1006 , The Waldo County was my last ship,and ture in the Navy. I served from 1955 to 1970. Now I am an artist and I teach. I have a tv show called Pore's Easel. It has bee now the air now since 1993 and still going. My show is now in 9 different countries. You cann see my show on the net-- tiptontv.com. My show is on Tue. and Fri. With all of this going on I still miss the sea and ships.


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MM2 in AER when I got out. Safety Administrator in a power plant now.


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I was a Gunner's Mate (SN) aboard the Decatur (DD-936) when we lost stirring control and ran into the USS Lake Champlain(an anti submarien carrier). We hit their elevator(which was down at the time & did the most damage), and lost almost everything from the 01 level upwards. Contrary to what some have said : That just hitting the side of the Champlain did the most damage----it was their elevator that did the damage. I watched it all from the fantail ( myself and about 25+ other sailors. It was a beautiful ship and I appreciated her that much more when I was transferred to the USS Beatty ( DD756 ). The Beatty was commissioned right at the end of WWII.



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IC 3 was on the 1970 WestPac Cruise


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Best ship the Navy ever had. Reported onboard as an MMFN and made MM2 just as I left. I remember Gitmo, the fire in Naples, drydock in Toulon, France (with the outdoor squatter toilets in the middle of the winter) and a lot of other things I don't want to mention. The Navy was good to me... I retired as LCDR.


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I was just looking at some pictures I have of the "B" & "M" Div. gang taken at the Whitehat club in Cuba while on the shakedown cruise. Like Dave Evans wrote in his comments, I too, remember the forward fireroom fire in Naples and the damage receiced along side tender in Sardinia that resulted in a month in drydock in Toulon France. I was the Oil King during the fireroom fire.


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When you asked me what Division I was in it caught me off guard. I served on Somers then Decatur and then Waddell and all three had different Division names for the Division I was in. I know on Somers it was WM (Weapons Missile) and Fox or M on either the Decatur or Waddell. I think it could have been M Division on Decatur. I was an FTM2 on Decatur and my work center was WDE until I crosstrained in Missile Radar. I remember that soon after I reported for duty that we went to the yards in Long Beach and then made a WestPac. I then swapped duty with a sailor on the Waddell and that was the last ship I served on. Both Somers and Decatur lie in Davy Jones's Locker and Waddell was sold to the Greek Navy where she served for a period of time and then cut up for scrap. All three shps have different types of web sites and Waddell's is the worst. Check out the Somers site and click on Somers photos. Then click on more Somers photos and view the last one submitted #116. I just got that picture submitted only a couple of weeks ago and there is a very interesting story about it. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures from when I served on board Decatur. Was Decatur in the Tonkin Gulf in Oct. or Nov. 1972? If so I might have an interesting story to tell about her.

I hope that I am not starting to bore you but the reference I was making about the Decatur in Oct.72 can be viewed as the top and last entry of Sea Stories on Somers home page. I had written that to Dale but did not know he was going to post it. I think the three DDGs that led the fleet were Somers, Decatur and Berkeley and the fleet knew at the time that they would never be recongnized for it because we were not supposed to be there.


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Got out in Feb. '76 while in Long Beach, Ca. shipyard.....went to Golden West College, then worked for Sperry-Rand corp. as computer draftsman (loved the work, hated the job), did custom home remodeling then went to work for home developer as track superintendent until home building crash in late '79-early '80. Went to work for So. Cal. Edison as power plant operator until 2001 when Edison sold their plants.....worked for new owners until March '03 then retired (still really enjoyed the work but couldn't work for 'IDIOTS' any longer). Past three years girlfriend & I have been traveling USA....Full Time RV'rs and loving every moment. Call South Dakota home because that is were our drivers license/registrations/snail mail is but it's just a mail box.......have been there twice though. Usually move every week or so to a new place, sometimes stay as long as a month or less than a day, just depends on where we are or where we are heading. Biggest concern is "Do I need to fuel up truck today or tomorrow".......ahhh the good life, highly recommend it to all.


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aboard uss barry dd933(cuban crises). transferred aboard decatur sometime in 62 out in 63.

WAS A RADIOMAN 3RD CLASS. FORM MAY 62 TO JUNE 63


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enjoyed a great 2 years aboard ship, westpac was the best, a great bunch of shipmates


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Looking for anyone who made the 1973 and 1974 Westpac cruises.


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Reported to Newport Rhode Island in Sept. 66 and to the Boston Naval Shipyard after Christmas in Jan. 67. In August of 67 we went through the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Acapulco and to our home port in Long Beach California. In June of 68 I was discharged before the WestPac cruise.


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Looking for anyone from 1970 WestPac cruise who remembers me


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Merry Christmas---served my last year on board after serving on the New Jersey from Philly to Bremington--hope to make the reunion in Charleston--one of America's best cities


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I came onboard just after the 70 cruise and made the 71 and 72 cruises. I was probably the worst ETRSN in the Navy but I sure could clean #2 Head and do messcranking. I slept in M/B berthing which was great due to always being dark and it had AC when nowhere else did. The Line Crossing was in 71/72 as I got greased. Photography saved me and I eventually made PH3 in Kaohsiung and transferred off in Feb 74. A bunch of memories! I can still walk the whole ship in my mind. Became a Combat Cameraman until after the Gulf War (22 years total when I almost didn't make it the first four). I took hundreds of photos on the boat and crew ( alot I sold back to you guys in midcruise, thanks Oil King Ridgsby who let me use his Oil Shack for processing slides, there's a story in that), still have them around here somewhere. Read that St. Andre died. Anybody know what happened and when/where? He, RM2 Mike Salazar and I were a tight group. I was the only one to reup. Then I went into law enforcement where everyday was a bad day for me in CSI. Now I make wine in Walla Walla, WA where I can have wine on my breath at 10 am and it's all part of the job. I remember you Doc, do you remember Splicing the Main Brace when we saved the couple from drowning late one night just prior to the 72/73 cruise? Write if you feel like it. By the way, by pure coincidence I filmed the decommissioning ceremony of the boat for the Navy. Pretty emotional for me. Also, If you have ever seen the first episode of "NCIS" the Dicky Do is in the background.

I made a few mistakes in my previous log entry. I made the 71-72 WestPac and the 73 WestPac. Crossing the Line was in 1973 when we went to Australia and New Zealand. I think we got between a typhoon and a storm for a while which broke some welds. Apologies to Oil King Rigsby on my misspelling.



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Reported to R.I. then to Boston as radioman. Made the transfer to Long Beach via the Caribbean with Ream, Chaffinch and Roberts. Was discharged just before it's first westpac cruise.


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I was on the Decatur from 75 to 80, made 2 west pacs and evac Iran in 79, had a great time, meet lots of good people, like to hear from anyone.




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Eddie Gasque,, wow,, lol Dan Fouts was a football player,, your thinking of Francis Joseph Fouts (Joe) lol,, the 1st class in forward fireroom. I seen Joe, in the late 70's when he came to Indianapolis, to visit... (drink) He is the reason I joined the VFW back then.. actually, me, and a few others joined when we got back from the first Westpac in 1972. Post 2122 in Inglewood California.. I talked to him again, 3-4 years ago,, he lives somewhere in/near chicago, I think.. we were emailing each other, til the computer crashed and I no longer had his email. Still havent heard from Gerald Licht, or Whitlock for a while now.. Thought about taking a weekend trip to see Mitch Whitlock,, its a pretty nice drive through the mountains, to see him in Salem Virginia. Don Trammel was one of the guys that had a Corvette.. I think Sparks, was the other kid that had one,, not sure of that name, though. You guys from DDG-31/DD-936, sign up to wwwlbluewaternavy.org (there is a link at that site, to join the discussion forum) There are bills in congress/senate (HR2254 and S1939) that are still in committee, waiting to be brought out to the vote, to reinstate our VA benefits for Vietnam exposure to agent orange, through our evaps. If you have diabetes, or ischemic heart disease, and a few other illnesses, when those bills are passed, you could receive a couple hundred a month,, would help out in our old age,, LOL Write your sentaors and congress critters to get them to co-sponsor and support those bills.. at http://capwiz.com/fra/home/ they write the letter all you do is sign it. Good to hear from you, Gasque. Rigsby


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came aboard in overhaul in long beach .made westpack 78 just good memories like to hear from you guys. and im still makin steam.


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Great memories. Cuban blockade, Springboard, Med, Collision, Boston.


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Serving aboard the Decatur was the best time of my life. I meet many great people, and really enjoyed the west pac. Especially Australia and New Zealand. Great honor to be a Shellback. GO NAVY !!!


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HM3, worked with and learned from Chief Gerrard. Have a great family, outstanding career, and vivid memories of WestPac 1973! "Doc Vegas"


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I want to personally thank Mr. Tony West for his hard work in putting together this 2009 reunion. We all had a great time and it would not have happened without his motivation and I would like to also thank him for not letting the shore patrol pick me up on the Naval Base during our tour. ha ha ha ha.


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I want to personally thank all my shipmates who signed the 'Get Well' card at the 2009 Reunion. It meant a lot to me. I will continue to fight this cancer, and look forward to being with you all at the next Reunion to see and share the many sea-stories we all have. I will raise my glass/mug to toast all of you and show recognition that WE are the best Destroyer Association there is. You all have become my extended Family. "Fair Winds and Following Seas, my Brothers, and Sisters", Mark


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I was discharged in 1974, went back to school and received my MBA , from Long Beach State. Worked part time at the Navy Exchange in Long Beach while finishing school. I have worked with Douglas Aircraft, now Boeing ,for the past 30 years. My wife Virginia and I will be married 37 years this month. I still get seasick. A lot of memories. Hello, and take care to everyone.


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i was on decatur 69-73. lots of memories, but hard work for bts/mms. when i think of rigsby i think of dan fouts.remember licht, irving waterhout, rigsby , btc jones ,, stewart, ramsey, yribe, and so many more. sorry to hear about larry sealy. i retired from the navy in l988 as a btcm, then retired from dept of correction then my last job was for homeland security as a custom officer. im fully retired now., whitlock, who was the guy who drove the corvette he was from michigan. . we made trips from san diego to long beach together. fair winds following seas guys !!


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BEST COMMAND EVER


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Enjoyed my Time aboard Decatur.


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I CAME ABOARD IN BREMERTON WA. #1 fire room and was top watch and oil king with mike asapati or azz as we called him and and issy or isadore hayes BT2 at that time and others , benton,stovall,epps? opps? a lot to catch up on fellow fire eaters, would be great to hear from anyone .


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I CAME ABOARD IN BREMERTON WA. #1 fire room and was top watch and oil king with mike asapati or azz as we called him and and issy or isadore hayes BT2 at that time and others , benton,stovall,epps? opps? a lot to catch up on fellow fire eaters, would be great to hear from anyone .


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never knew this site was on here ,my wanted to see the ship i was on and i found it. i remember a lot of the people on the dicky do had alot of great times and grew up alot . it a shame they put her down. my brother sherwood and i talk about those days on westpac often , he was the barber if anyone remembers him ..i,d like to hear from someone i see stan voss is on here we partyed together


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Wow! Just decided to check internet about the Dicky-Doo and found this. Noticed some of my ship mates, most from R-Division. Remember the two WESSTPACS in 81 and 83. I'll never forget those times, have not partied like that since! Good to see some of the old shipmates still around. Erich T., Calvin W., Glenn D. and Jose M. Allot of great memories I'll never forget. I left the Dicky-Doo about 6 months before her decommission. June of 83. Anyone hear from Walters, Rachel or CPO Rodgers R-Div. Believe it or not I've been a COP for about 20 years now.


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Wow! Just decided to check internet about the Dicky-Doo and found this. Noticed some of my ship mates, most from R-Division. Remember the two WESSTPACS in 81 and 83. I'll never forget those times, have not partied like that since! Good to see some of the old shipmates still around. Erich T., Calvin W., Glenn D. and Jose M. Allot of great memories I'll never forget. I left the Dicy-Doo about 6 months before her decommission. June of 83. Anyone here from Walters, Rachel or CPO Rodgers R-Div. Believe it or not I've been a COP for about 20 years now.


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My first ship. Came aboard during the Med Cruse in the summer of 1963I was the JOD when we had the collison with Lake Champlain. Transfered off when she was decommisioned 1n 1964. A great ship and crew, I will always have fond memories of Decatue


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THIS IS FOR MY BROTHER JIM,HE SERVED ON THE U.S.S DECATUR IN OR AROUND 1959-1963 OR 64 DID ANYONE KNOW HIM,HE WAS FROM CUMBERLAND,RHODE ISLAND.HE ALSO HAD A FRIEND ON THE U.S.S KITTY HAWK.they had both worked for mister Hirsh in Massachusettes before going into the navy.MY E-MAIL IS ABOVE SO YOU CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM THROUGH ME.


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Its been a long time would like to catch up with some of those I worked and lived with.


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Rest in peace Art Audi and Larry Sealey. We wil meet again someday for some smooth sailing.


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Tony emailed everyone this morning about Larry's death.. I served with Larry aboard the Decatur, I remember him going home to marry Linda, and I went ice fishing in sturgeon bay with Larry and his son Neil a few years ago. Larry was a good friend, a lifelong friend, and will be missed. Larry Wayne Sealey, 59, of Forestville, passed away at home on May 13, 2009 of pancreatic cancer. He was born on Jan. 21, 1950 in Flint, Michigan to Harold and Miriam (Smith) Sealey. On April 22, 1972 he married Linda King in Sturgeon Bay. Larry enjoyed hunting and being in the outdoors, especially the mountains of Colorado. He also liked to carve and work with wood. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.Larry served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1970-1974 and from 1989-1998. He worked for Kewaunee Fabrication and was a member of the Algoma VFW. Survivors include his wife, Linda; 2 sons, Neil (Stephanie) Sealey, Forestville, and Brian (Rebekah) Sealey, Algoma; 6 grandchildren, Ben, Sadie, Oliver, Simon, Paul, and Eliza; his mother, Miriam Sealey, FL; a sister, Susan (Steve) Redman, FL; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Eva King; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne (Barbara) King, NM, Keith (Sherry) King, KY, and Bruce King and Beth Schnorr, Neenah; nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Mark. A memorial service will be 11:30 AMThursday, May 21 at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay. Friends may call on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established. Click here to send an electronic condolence to the family.


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If it was not for my days aboard the Decatur I would have not gotten to see as much of the world. The worst part of being aboard was when we collided with the USS Lake Champlain after refueilng, which led to the decommissioning of the DD-936.


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Waterhout you old scalawag. you brought up some names I havent thought of in years. LOL I buzzed through Virginia a few years back, stopped in Salem and seen Mitch Whitlock.. tried to hook up last year, and he was gone when we blew through. Went to Wisconsin 3-4 years ago, went ice fishing on the lake with Larry Sealey. He isnt doing real good,, Prostate Cancer. lots of chemo and experimental crap. anyone remember Larry, stop by this site and leave a message for him http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/larrysealey went up to Montana about 1985 and went fishing with Gerald Licht. Mike Trogett and Jerry Irving, showed up for an evening of bs in the parking lot. stayed in touch with Gerry, but havent spoken with him for a couple years now, guess he is still traveling around with KMart. He was regional mgr or divisional mgr, something like that,, but gone all week, tried calling a few weeks ago, wasnt home, didnt try back over the weekend, which is best,, think he lives in Billings,  Guess we have to use this as a message board.. maybe we can get more guys if we had a live message board to come to..or if you guys have messengers,, I imagine if we emailed around to each other, we could get a conference IM going or something. Laters guys good to hear from you Blake. Papaw


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SPENT 4 YEARS ON THE DIRTY D.......BT-3 SCHURR AND I DROVE FOR MAYFLOWER OVER THE ROAD FOR A COUPLE YEARS....FINALLY GOT MARRIED AT 27...GOT 2 KIDS....WAS AN IRON WORKER FOR 33 YEARS.....AND NOW....WELL....RETIRED AT THE OLD AGE OF 55...AND HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE LAKE AND WORKING ON OLD CARS FOR 7 YEARS NOW.....HOPE TO SEE OR HEAR FROM SOME OF YOU SHIPMATES SOMETIME...STEWART...ALLISION...BALIE...GIVE ME A SHOUT AND MAYBE WE ALL CAN GET TOGETHER


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SPENT 4 YEARS ON THE DIRTY D.......BT-3 SCHURR AND I DROVE FOR MAYFLOWER OVER THE ROAD FOR A COUPLE YEARS....FINALLY GOT MARRIED AT 27...GOT 2 KIDS....WAS AN IRON WORKER FOR 33 YEARS.....AND NOW....WELL....RETIRED AT THE OLD AGE OF 55...AND HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE LAKE AND WORKING ON OLD CARS FOR 7 YEARS NOW.....HOPE TO SEE OR HEAR FROM SOME OF YOU SHIPMATES SOMETIME...STEWART...ALLISION...BALIE...GIVE ME A SHOUT AND MAYBE WE ALL CAN GET TOGETHER


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I was on board that fateful day when we hit the Lake Champlain. I rememberGunners Mate Slattery & Boatsman Auvil......


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Dicky-Doo was my first taste of the Navy, she left memories and I was able to see her one last time at PSNS before she became a professional target. Served onboard during shipyard and following Westpac, last US Warship to visit Aukland New Zeland. Still remember writing on old VP boards and doing CIC work the old fashion way. She was my favorite duty, and will always be "my first love"


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if I had it to do all over again, I'd have shipped over for a Cheeseburger and a Scooter pie!...I got stuck in a galley's porthole after stealing brownies, I almost fell overboard late at night in a high sea state., I met my best of friends, Lance Bell there and we remain ever so close to this day!, 'just hooked-up with Kelly Rich this year...the Decatur experience established my life's sense of adventurism...amazing how it all remains so present today...take care and God Bless all, Terry


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sure enjoyed the site ! will try to get membership asap. have been in touch with several of the crew members and look forward to hearing from more now that there's a viable forum. e-m = lancebell@rocketmail.com . TAKE GOOD AND GOD BLESS !!! ... lance


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Great ship and a great crew. It broke my heart when they put her down.


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Caught up with Decatur at Subic Bay after BT-A School. Then started school of hard knocks in "THE PIT!" Had a lot of adapting to the fireroom to do. but once I figured everyone out things went ok after. Made two westpac cruises on her then went in the shipyards for overhaul. I worked on the SOAP team until we got ready to steam again. Made BT-3 and applied for early discharge to go to HVAC school back in St. Louis. We sure had some weird times on that ship Thou, several boiler casulities causeing us to be dead in the water with the minesweepers in Haiphong harbor for about 3 hours! I now am working as a Facilities Manager At Rock Hill Mechanical. Still tell sea stories to my wife, Phyllis and everyone else that will listen.My Favorite port of call was Hong Kong. Hello Chief Jones if you are still around. How about Rick Gilbert. What ever happened to you? Hi to Smitty, Cutting, Yirbe, Rigsby and Sealy and Eddie Gasque are you all still around?


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Alot of memories, alot of friends, Butler, Lurch, Superman, McPherson, Snizak, Buck Buck, Newcomer, etc. etc. We had some great times together and faced some rough seas but somehow we made it through. I just retired from 30 years of teaching so now I spend time riding my bicycle through the beautiful Colorado mountains, painting, and playing guitar. Still married to the same girl who waited for me to return from Vietnam. I have two sons, one in L.A. and the other in Vermont so my wife and I do alot of traveling. Hope to hear from some of you out there.


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I would like to wish all Decatur crewmembers a Merry Christmas and Happi NewYear.


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HELLO GUYS, MISS YOU ALL. PETE, HAYES, CHARLE,JORDAN, EVERYONE IN M AND B DIV


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Everyone that can should try to attend the reunion. I went to the Corpus Christi reunion and had a great time.


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Best chow in the Navy, ate my first Maine lobster aboard Decatur - ate many more since - One of the 3 ships photographers on the 1960 Med cruise - also was able to sneak a few photos of the first orbital space capsul recovered be Decatur.


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Was new Sonar Technician 3rd class onboard my first ship in the Navy. I learned many things there and wish I could remember more of the people I met there. I believe STGC Severn was my Chief. I know he made Masterchief later, as I saw him around during my career. I retired as a Senior chief sonar man after 27 years.


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Great Site...I'm currently in Salt Lake City, UT in the Reserves. I am the Senior Enlisted Leader for a NIOC Unit up in Ogden. I would never have made it to where I am today if were not for two outstanding Chief Petty Officers whose leadership put me in my place when I needed it. Thank you STGCS Day and STGCS Barker and Thank you to the USS Decatur!!!


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STARTED AS TNSN-OUT OF SD SCHOOL,PRIOR SERSERVICE VET-ARMY 61B(BOATSWAINS MATE) WENT FN-FWRD HOLE /STRUCK AS FN-ERO9/ERO4-DAMAGE CONTROL..TO DCFN-HTFN GOT OUT CAME BACK AS BOATSWAINSMATE SEAMAN-RATED,BM-064


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It would be nice to hear from someone I served with.


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I served 4 or my 6 yrs on the Decatur with a great bunch of guys . Lurch , JT, Rip, mcneil , jerry , don, Wizard, and the list goes on and on . I've been researching my time onboard and found this site , hope others find it too ! AHOY SHIPMATES .


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met some great guys , sherrill, lurch, jt , wizard , dandy don , rip , mcneil and his band of thieves, etc ... two trips to vietnam and a long breakdown spent in Guam . Many a visits to Subic , hong kong, taiwan , japan . and a stint in dry dock in long beach after the commador ran us aground in San Diego !


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I had some great times aboard that lady,seen a lot from her bow,and i liked that old Chief Howard. Sail On !!


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wondering what happened to everybody from 71-75 hopefully gromko remembers me ,,i remember everybody in radar div.......remember trying to write down all the words to stairway to heaven in the compartment gromko..... ive been in touch with rex, and butler in tenn....take care for now...


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Remember practicing with dummy capsule to pick up Sheppard. Good thing "Champ's" Helos got to him first as we ran the capsule down more than we snagged it. Great Mermories. Larry Baker??? Gunnersmate Parker???


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Onboard during 1970 WestPac Cruise, when Commodore Johnson was (mostly) aboard as DesDiv 132. I remember the great times; Subic, Keelung, HongKong, Sydney, Auckland, Pago Pago, etc. Does anyone else remember going through the tailend of Typhoon Ruby?


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Was a FTM3 and was on the last deployment and decomm. Reenlisted on her in Bremerton in 1992 when she was being fitted as a target ship.


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loved the days we spent in Australia and New Zealand after WESPAC 1970. Thanks J.P. North for being on Quarter deck watch when I signed on board. He helped me get assigned as an ET instead of Deck Division. Man how I hated chipping paint. I spent 30 years as an ET at Eglin AFB, FL working for a civilian contractor.


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First and best ship ever. If any of you DDG-31 types want to chat just e-mail me and for those of you who want a 81 cruise book I could probably get mine copied for you. E-mail me and we will chat Jose Martinez it was good to see your name on this list.



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ALL WHO SERVED ABOARD THE DECATUR CAN HOLD THEIR HEADS HIGH AND KNOW THAT YOU WERE THE BEST AT WHAT THE NAVY ASKED YOU TO DO. I WAS HONORED TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE RELM OF SHELLBACKS WHILE ABOARD.


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I transferred from the USS Brush to the Decatur in Boston. I am a plank owner. I worked in the engine room. Left the ship after a serious auto accident while in Long Beach California. I eventualy ended up in California State Law Enforcement and retired after 23 years. I own "The Coffee Shop at Seaside" in Seaside Oregon and invite anyone from the Decatur for a latte, mocha or regular coffee. I make much better coffee now than I did when I worked in the engine room.


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First of 5 ships and 20 years. Retired in 95 as BTCS ( SW ). I have to say the Dickey Doo brings back the most enjoyable memories .........Back in Ohio and am a cop...........


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I came aboard in Newport Ri, saw alot of the orient, remember the brawls Big Smittyand Emanuel would get deck force in Charleston Mass. Would like to see Brian Sullivan,Dave Maconche,Donnie Young, Lumley,George, Smitts,Paul Galley, Jake Banner, John Copeland John Falconer someday. Had alot of good times aboard her . the beauty contest for the crossing the Eqautor, the awarding of the Navy cross to Doc, the storms in the south china sea all are fond memories as you can tell I made it back alive from PBR's in Nam boy that was alot of fun I was very lucky. Three days out of Brisbaine I get orders for boat school wheres the justice I bet that was a great liberty.......... I just found this site and will return as often as I can...


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hELLO miss this ship alot! and my buds chip and dabrowski boxing champ of desron 7!! i have copy of last cruise if any diky do,s want a copy peace joe "schroeds" hey hadji wear are you dood ?????


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Since the Navy, I've worked on the Kill Floor of a Beef Packing Plant in Lincoln, Ne. Graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration, and currently work for Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, IA.


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She was a good ship. GO NAVY........


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Had fun,made alot of friends,did a westpac.where is Bolich,Bryant,Crabtree?and HMCS Roberto Hernandez at ,these days?


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I have many, many fond memories. Times with Boog, Bob, Gil, Ed, Bobby, Ken. Was lucky enough to have taken two West Pacs and spend time with some great people.


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Anybody in SAM Divistion, West Pac 74-75 contact me.


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Lots of great WestPac memories. Cheif Huffine taking us rookies out on the towns and showing us the ropes. Tossing Pesos to the girls when crossing shit river on the way back to base in PI. Liberty in Austrailia was the absolute best. What a blast.


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Looking for friends


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Looking for my old frends


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Hey General Stewart, been trying to look ya up...e-mail when you get a chance...I'm sure you haven't forgot about TJ mexicio


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had some great times aboard her, heard she went down off Hawaii,well i`m glad she didn`t get cut up.


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pre -commision crew/rhode island -aok in boston/plank owner-Dirty "D"

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Will never forget my time on board. My second boat & westpac.


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The Decatur was my first duty after converting to the Supply Corps and I had the honor of serving under the best C.O. Cdr. John Skahill. Made one reunion about 7 years ago and will try to make the next


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just wanted to say thank you for all that you have done. to let you know that my father George w schafer passed away 12/10/07.


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Have alot of good memories and made alot of friendds. Met my wife on the last WestPac. Still married to her. Hope to hear from some of you shipmates.


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Great memories - wish I had found this site earlier


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Great Ship.... Great Crew.... Great Memories.... Remember many of you.... Was the "DOC" while aboard.


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Came aboard in Subic, left in San Diego during REFTRA. What a great time to leave!


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if anyone has an extra copy of the 1981 cruise book I would love to get it. I left the ship before the book was ordered and would love to have one. Thanks,,,,IC3 Glenn Daniel ( Dan )


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I was a 2nd class engineman onboard. Was transferred from the USS Camp DER 251 to the Decatur. Had a terrific time and saw a lot of places other people just get to talk about. Loved setting on the fantail when at sea, after knock off ship's work. The whole crew was the best.



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Two WESTPACs 76-77 and 78-79. Good memories. TAD during 78-79 cruise to 7Th FLT Shore Patrol. Re-enlisted first time on Decatur (Dicky-Do). Went on to retire in 99 as CWO. Best ship of six: Henderson, Decatur, JPJ, Peleliu, Wabash, Indy. That WESTPAC in 76... nothing could ever came close to that. Even being "station dito.".


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I was only on board for seven months and spent most of that time on liberty!. If anyone remembers me, get in touch. I do remember one young FN from Worcester, MA. (Krzynowick) I was a MM2 in "M" division.


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Looking for Morgan Ellingson, any other from SAM/Deck during that time.


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Stopped in to say hello to the Decatur Crew. Also to invite you guys over to view our vanity plate gallery page ! http://usshancock.net/?page_id=95


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Suez ,Cuban, Lake Champlain Criseses deck ape 1st div. Shore Patrol driver for flag DESRON 12 during our Med. cruise wrecked the Peugeut 404 on our last day in France. 122 degrees in Aden Saudi Arabia.Leehelmsman during the WRECK w/ Champ. What a mess ! Great shipmates & memories. Transferred to USS Bushnell AS15 from Boston. Drove a '59 Triumph TR3. carcompj@tampabay.rr.com


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My first and best ship with best memories. Went to 4 CO's Masts. never did i think i would stay in for 23 yrs and make Chief. What a ride and it all started on board the Decatur, we called her the "Dicky Do"


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I am glad to virtually see some of you again. Hope you still remember me too, the last DK1 on board the DDG31. I really enjoyed the fun in the cruises we made together. I am very sad to see her go (SINKEX) from my backyard in Port Hueneme. The best ship/command I ever had. She "followed me home till her death do us part." We both retired in 1983 and I moved on to become an accountant with an MBA in Health Care Mgt. It is very nice sailing with all of you.



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Great ship great times Fire Suez Canal ,2 med cruise, Cariban cruise RM3 we had flag on in those days comdesrom20 Capt A.W. Mcclain


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served on the Decatur 1st as a MM and then as an ICman,,GREAT ship


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Jose S. Martinez...I need your full e-mail address or contact me at the above address for reunion particulars...thanks


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Hello My name is Jose Martinez, and I served aboard the ship from 1980-1983 and they used to call me Joe and I would like to get more information on the Reunion and to keep in touch with other members of the Decatur.


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Would like to hear from former shipmates. I really enjoyed my tenure on the Decatur. Does anyone know why we were at Manus Islands in 1970?


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Came aboard right after shakedown cruise.i remember the forward fireroom fire in Naples and the damage receiced along side tender in Sardinia that resulted in a month in drydock in Toulon France. Currently live in condo complex site of old Chelsea Naval Hosp. accross river from BNS where Decatur was first commissioned. Good memories , see ya in Vegas


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I served as a BT my first year and transferred to R Division as a shipfitter. Got out in Jan 72 as an SFM2. Will try to see you in Vegas.


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The Decatur was my first ship. Man - was I "green" back then. She gave me some GREAT memories and the crew was top-notch. What a shame she's sitting at the bottom of the ocean. She'll be missed.


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EW1 onboard from 1975-1979. Was on WESPACs 76 and 78.


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Don't think I can make any reunions until there is one close enough to drive to. But, would like to see some of the guys after thirty years.


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You only remember the good times. And I remember plenty! Hey Augie, Hey Mac!


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Intersting times, but was the start of a highly entertaining career.


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Just 17 when I went aboard, did alot of growing up on this great can ! Alot of memories came back with word of Sinkex...


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My last tour in Australia (83 - 87)was the only tour enjoyed as much as my time on the Decatur. Great crew and lots of good memories.


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I recently had a visit from a boot camp buddy Bill Howe - fun - The Navy was good to me.


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GREAT SHIP...LOTS OF MEMORIES...BEST SHIPMATES POSSIBLE...RETIRED FROM U.S. POSTAL SERVICE...STRANGE FEELING TO LEARN OLE DDG'-31 IS LYING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PACIFIC NOW...


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Was BT-3 in both firerooms. A plank owner and proud of it . Good times on West Pac tour . Jim Stewart and I had good time in Montreal , just ask him. Canadian soldiers are tough huh! Jim.


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A great ship and crew!


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Have great memories of the ship and crew.Had the big collision at sea under heavy fog with the lake champlain.had to go in dry dock tulane france.


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Have great memories of the ship and crew.Had the big collision at sea under heavy fog with the lake champlain.had to go in dry dock tulane france.


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Transferred from bb62 to the decatur so I could make 1 more westpac trip worked in eng rm


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LOOKING FORWARD TO REUNION


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Great Job on this Site! Great ship and fun team from OI Division.


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Alot of great memories & friends


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Precom. I was King Neptune when we crossed the equatur. MR1 Ret. 1971


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Would like to see a reunion on the east cost our ship was stationed out of New Port RI. A large part of our men were from this area.


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My favorite ship and fondest memories of being in the nav. Remember Dershem? Ha ha ha ha ha. I bet he's still stoned.


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The best crew I ever steamed with.


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Reported aboard after the Cubin blockade and transferred in Boston during decomissioning


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Was part of the pre-comm crew in Newport for a few weeks then transferred to Boston to handle the yeoman aspects there. Went from E-2 to E-5 aboard DDG31. Currently married (Violet) with four sons (all married: Jeff, Dave, Aaron, Rob) and 6 grandchildren (Dave, Steven, Shylo, Kaitlyn, Hailey, and Corra). I retired from Federal Court (E. District of Michigan) on 12/31/2006 where I was the Unix Systems Manager. I write SF/F and am currently published in many different anthologies. Check my website for more information: www.rolian.com/lore


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Worked for EN Babbitt (aka Parker) in disbursing.


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Ens/LTJG in original crew of 936 . A great ship and crew with "Obie" OBrien ET1 who had been Arleigh Burke's driver for several years . The greatest cumshaw artist in the Navy . (Right , Homer?)


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Served during last deployment, to Persian Gulf. Left active duty in 1985, retired USNR 2004. other points of contact: www.homestead.com/carlosofcoronado


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I'm 75 years old now. Not many of us left!


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Just a GREAT ship and a GREAT CREW. I was lucky to sail with her. I remember Martorano when he made 3rd class BM. I also remember Ferguson GM1.Later got to sail on the USS Courtney DE1021. Hope to see you all in Las Vegas


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My first Med cruise, thru the Suez Canal, Red Sea. Got our "blue nose". Capsule pick-up. Some names I remember are Bundy, Wallace, Bannon, Sarge, Close, Zweig and Noble. Was transferred to the USS Miller DD535, Boston 62-63.


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Plant owner joined pre-com crew in Newport RI in Sept 1966, moved to Boston Naval Shipyard Jan 67 and remained on board until after returning from 1st Westpac cruise in March 1969. Great memories..........


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Got on board Decatur when it arrived in Hawaii and returning from the 1968 WestPac (Jan or Feb. 1969). Left the best ship I was on in Nov. 1970 after becoming a shellback while on the 1970 WestPac. Most memorable moment was while steaming through Puget Sound (on the midshipmans cruise) deciding to go into forestry for a career. It worked out. Hope to get to Las Vegas and meet up with John Otis.


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What a Ride!!!


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I see there is another "Decatur" in commission now. Lots of fond memories of serving aboard her.


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Will retire in 7/2007 to Panama City, Panama


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Enjoyed the last renunion, and looking forward to the next in Vegas.


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TNSN-TO SDSN WORKED WITH NAVARRO,SCHANGED RATE AFTER WORKING #FIREROOM,ERO9/ER04/WENT DC,AND WORKED AFT...BEST OF ALL MY 9 SHIPS TO COME..CHANGED TO BM


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STARTED AS TNSN(SDSN) WORKED WARDROOM THEN #1 FIREROOM,DC-ERO9/ERO4/CHANGED RATE TO DC AND LATER TO BM.....BEST CRUISES EVER...


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Oil King from '67 to '69. Hope to see some MM and BT types at the Reunion. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. (Kinda like what happened in Olongapo, Kowshung, Keelung, Sasebo, Hong Kong and Singapore, stays there as well!!)


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Looking forward to reunion. Haven't made one yet. Great ship, great crew! Joe Felt, CAPT USN (Ret) http:\\www.pioneernet.net\joensun\persdata.htm


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Made one Westpac Cruise. Joined Decatur after a year in Vietnam. Great ship, great crew and one of the highlights of my career. Retired in June 1975. Now living in Arizona and enjoying life as a golf pro teaching wonderful people how to play golf. Looking forward to the reunion. This will be the first reunion I have ever attended.


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Aboard while ship was in the yards. Got out just before the Westpac of 1976.


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Have nothing but fond memories. Was part of the Cuban blockade with a Russian trawler in our sites if the s--- hit the fan. Would like to find some fellow sonarmen from that period.


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Great crew, CPO mess and wardroom. My best tour as a CPO. Even crossing the equator as a "wog" was fun.


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Out of FTM school, I requested on my dream sheet, brother duty on the USS Decatur. I got it. So Tom & I serve together on her.


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Came aboard from the USS Wadleigh DD689 in 1961 and mustered out in 1962. I was extended 6 months due to the "Berlin Wall Crisis". Worked on the infamous Gunar Fire Control System with Pat Foy (FT2). Almost got it to work too - what a bummer. Those were the days of vacuum tubes and mechanical (gears and servos) fire control computers. We spent 3 months in Gitmo prior to the missle crisis and a then took a short tour of the Carribean. Enjoyed the worst drunk of my life in San Juan after leaving Cuba.


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EXCELLENT JOB! Thanks from all of us! Best ship I served on!


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Came aboard as a Ping Jockey Seaman, left as a Sonarman 3rd to commission the USS Macdonough. Hello to Guy Herrington, Jerry Cain and a bunch of other Sonar guys


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I was the oil king 1972-1974..


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My first ship out of "C" school. Reported aboard Feb. '69. Made E-4 in '70 and became a shellback on the '70 cruise. Made E-5 on July 1st of '71 and before the month was over I was transfered to the Schofield DEG-3. Oct. 72 I was transfered to Naval Weapons Station, Concord. I made E-6 in May '74 and discharched in May of '75 and I'm still kicking my ass for getting out after 8 years. The Decatur and Decatur spirit lives in me still. I had a lot of good times along with some rough times, but it all taught me professionalism.


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I feel really old seeing when others were on the Decatur. Left her 47 years ago. Can't go to the reunion; but wish y'all a good time.


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My first ship out of FT "A" school. I reported onboard August 1982. Left for first WESTPAC a few months later. I was a FTM3 working on the "WDE" system. Great memories!


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Came aboard in January 1970 after decommitioning USS New Jersey BB-62 and was transfered to USS Ramsey DEG-2 in June 1971(for 3rd WestPac tour)while on Decatur's SOAP team in Long Beach.


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I, too, remember the original commissioning at the Naval Shipyard, Charlestown, on Dec 7th, 1956 with the speech by the Sec of Navy. I also remember the Shakedown Training at Gtmo in March-April 1957 for 11 weeks and the time CNO Burke decided to stay on board because it was a new Destroyer. We could not find one of those 4 or 5 star flags to save our souls. It was brand new and so clean and shiny bright.


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Best ship - best crew I served with.


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Was at the fwd refueling station when we collided with the "Champ". Decommissioned the lady in Boston Naval Shipyard. Many fond Memories.


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During the Cuban Crisis. After 42 years the Navy Dept. sent by awards for the Cuban Crisis. Emai.: Gaylnjim@mchsi.com


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Site is looking great, Tony.See all at the next reunion. Last one was a blast! Don't worry, I'll be there with wife and our friend "Tito's" also from Texas. :-) Mark


  • Name: Dean C. Schoettler AKA: Shetler
  • E-mail: schoetd@montanasky.com
  • Years Aboard: 4 years 67-70
  • Division: "M" MM2 After Engineroom
  • State/Country: Montana USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 66.135.65.103
  • Date: 07 Feb 2007
  • Time: 09:40:36

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In commissioning crew. Assigned Newport R.I. Plank owner.


  • Name: AKC J. D. BROOKS USN RET.
  • E-mail: jd.brooks@sbcglobal.net
  • Years Aboard: LATE 58 - LATE 61 USS HANCOCK
  • Division: S-3 / MAA FORCE
  • State/Country: TEXAS USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 12.74.223.25
  • Date: 06 Feb 2007
  • Time: 16:40:47

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ORDER ABOARD USS HANCOCK LATE 1958, DEPARTED LATE 1961. ON THE 1960-1961 DEPLOYMENT I WAS TAD TO MAA FORCE THIS DUTY WAS GREAT MY RATE WAS SH3. I HOPE THIS WEBSITE GETS TO BE AS GREAT AS OURS. LATER JD


  • Name: Alan W.Hill EMC Retired 1973
  • E-mail: lhial1@aol.com
  • Years Aboard: Nov.57-Aug 60
  • Division: R-Div.
  • State/Country: Miss./ USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 152.163.100.66
  • Date: 05 Feb 2007
  • Time: 11:51:51

Comments

Cleanest Ship I served on. Hey Wooly ET2


  • Name: Ed "Doc" Powers, HMC Retired
  • E-mail: elpowers36@yahoo.com
  • Years Aboard: (Precom) 1966 - 1968
  • State/Country: Masachusetts until '72, now Virginia
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 70.174.57.77
  • Date: 04 Feb 2007
  • Time: 13:47:44

Comments

Will try to make the Las Vegas Reunion


  • Name: Barry E. James
  • E-mail: barrjam@cox.net
  • Years Aboard: 1973 to 1975
  • State/Country: Florida
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 70.187.33.44
  • Date: 03 Feb 2007
  • Time: 14:14:39

Comments

SK1 retired naval reservist. 2 west pacs 73, 74 - worked deck division and then supply. Can't make reunion this year


  • Name: CAPT Tom Williams
  • E-mail: twilli346@aol.com
  • Years Aboard: 1980-1982
  • State/Country: Alabama
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 64.12.116.72
  • Date: 03 Feb 2007
  • Time: 06:41:09

Comments

My first and best ship.


  • Name: John T. Klanderud
  • E-mail: johnjoan@pathwaynet.com
  • Years Aboard: 1963 - 1964
  • State/Country: Michigan
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 216.46.213.242
  • Date: 03 Feb 2007
  • Time: 05:20:48

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I was onboard the Decatur at the time of our collision with the USS Lake Champlain. We were take to Norfolk, VA for temporary repairs. The Decatur was a fine ship.


  • Name: Ira O'Neal
  • E-mail: iraa42@chartermi.net
  • Years Aboard: 1980 - 1983
  • State/Country: Michigan
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 24.247.222.184
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 21:44:02

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  • Name: Homer "Wooly" Cox
  • E-mail: ussdecatur936@yahoo.com
  • Years Aboard: 1956-1958 Plankowner c.7Dec1956 , former ET2
  • State/Country: Fullerton, California
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 63.194.245.2
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 20:16:11

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Hope to live long enough to go to Vegas reunion....I am a Plankowner from DD936 commissioning, 7Dec1956 at the Boston Navy Yard. Departed Sep1958. Good show. How do I add photos to this web site?


  • Name: Nicholas L. Ruthart
  • E-mail: nruthart@edd.ca.gov
  • Years Aboard: 1966-1969
  • State/Country: California, USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 72.199.107.5
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 19:21:13

Comments

Hope to see you in Las Vegas. On Decatur I was an RD2 when I went aboard and left an RD1.


  • Name: Jerry Hihn
  • E-mail: Jerryh@mosers.org
  • Years Aboard: 67/71
  • State/Country: Missouri
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 168.166.24.2
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 14:40:25

Comments

See you all in Las Vegas. I was SK2 in SSC DDG-31 67-71


  • Name: Ken 'Jake' Jaccard
  • E-mail: Jake@usshancockcv19.com
  • Years Aboard: 1962-1964
  • State/Country: TN United States
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 67.72.98.120
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 14:30:04

Comments

I was a Captain's Yeoman on the USS Hancock CVA-19. It's nice to see the Rise of the Decatur DDG-31 Site! Welcome to the Internet Community of fine Naval History Websites... Come visit one other, the USS Hancock CV/CVA-19 Memorial -Jake-


  • Name: Thomas (Augie( augustine
  • E-mail: ranchero062@netzero.net
  • Years Aboard: 1973-75
  • State/Country: Nevada
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 66.53.21.1
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 13:59:42

Comments

Been many a year since Wespac 74-75, was a good cruise, lots of adventure


  • Name: Webmaster
  • E-mail: webmaster@usshancock.net
  • Years Aboard: None
  • State/Country: New York / USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 69.121.114.188
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 13:28:47

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To all The military folks who read this... Hopefully you enjoy this internet portal! Your all my Heros !!! webmaster@usshancock.net


  • Name: Tony West
  • E-mail: Tony0705@aol.com
  • Years Aboard: 1966-1970
  • State/Country: Maryland / USA
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 69.121.114.188
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 12:37:08

Comments

The reunion is for ALL Decatur hulls. Please join us...thanks


  • Name: John Rebel
  • E-mail: ivontellalie@myway.com
  • Years Aboard: 1980-1982
  • State/Country: co/usa
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 207.119.182.106
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 12:15:26

Comments

Hope some from engineering are around


  • Name: VERL RINGGENBERG OSCM Retired
  • E-mail: nyring@localnet.com
  • Years Aboard: precom-1970
  • State/Country: New York
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 69.121.114.188
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 12:04:17

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  • Name: Wayne (CHRIS) Christian
  • E-mail: waychris1947@comcast.net
  • Years Aboard: Sept 1974 thru Dec 1975
  • State/Country: TennesseeD
  • Validation: DecAtuR
  • Remote Name: 76.18.139.118
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 11:59:07

Comments

Can't make the reunion, but I'll be thinking about you guys


  • Name: Jim Stewart
  • E-mail: singlemaltbiker@gmail.com
  • Years Aboard: 1967 to 1970
  • State/Country: Plano, Texas USA
  • Remote Name: 64.213.64.146
  • Date: 02 Feb 2007
  • Time: 11:44:49

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