I am looking for my ship mates from USS Atherton DE 169 Check our web site
The crew of USS Atherton DE 169 wish to give a special thanks to Pat Stephens, web master DESA and Pat Perrella for their help with preserving the history of DE 169 Much Love, Preston
I am writing this after spending 3yrs, 11mos.,13 days aboard the U.S.S.Brister DER327. I picked up the ship in Guam in 1964, sailed to Australia on a decommisioning cruise ,bound for San Diego. We put into Pearl Harbor for replenishment. The Ships orders were cancelled and sent to Vietnam .I was an E-2 going aboard and a E-5 when i got off her.Really an interesting experience to become a proud salior aboard her.
My father-in-law, Oscar Woodrow Passmore from Nantahala, NC, served aboard the USS Chaffee DE-230 1944 thru 1946. He still talks about being onboard the Chaffee, especially the time the ship was hit by a torpedo that did not explode. I would really appreciate copies of any photos anyone has of the ship, especially ones made onboard.
I just wanted to let all the Destroyer Escort fans out there know that I have completed a book on the ship my father served on: USS HOLT (DE-706). I tried to make it as interesting as possible and got multiple crew members involved with providing stories about events and other crew members. Also included are various photos of the crew and maps where the HOLT participated in the Philippine war effort. The book is available at various online bookstores which can be seen at this page on the HOLT's website:
I hope everybody enjoys it!
Message by Frank B Gorges October 29 2008
3:52 PM USCGR DESRON 22
My duty station was the radio shack, I was a RM 2/c on the USS Pettit DE 253. I am a plank owner and was on the ship when they commissioned it in Houston in 1943, Shake down was in Bermuda and we served in the Atlantic until VE day. we made 24 crossings on convoy duty ad our home port was Brooklyn in the US and were spent six times in Lisa Holly, Londonderry, Ireland. Then went to southern England ports. We were assigned to the Pacific fleet and were in Pearl Harbor on VJ day.We were sent out looking for lost fly boys and ended up working out of Samoa. I caught the USS Matsonia back to the west coast and then to Philadelphia for discharge.
Joined the USNR and was called back to serve on the DD844 Uss Perry. We were on the med cruise during the Korean War (Harry Truman,s peace action)
One funny incident that I remember was when we made coffee in the radio shack we also hard boiled eggs at the same time in the coffee pot!
Daniel J. Williams, August 29, 2008
Wanted to say hello to Donald Frankhouser. I too served on the USS Edmonds DE-406 in 1956 and 1957 while she was homeported in Pearl Harbour. I made several rotations to Guam for six months at a time. Good duty patroling the UN Trust Terr. area. I had the good fortune tonight of finding an old ship mate----Bill Elliott FT2. Lot of good memories on board the Edmonds!!
Many years ago I purchased the rough deck log for the USS Presley DE 371. I and my brother serve aboard diesel submarines during 1958-1969. I would like to give the log to the reunion commitee for the Presley. I reside in Las Vegas and can be contacted via phone at 702-648-1901 or 702-334-8089. The first entry is November 1st, 1945 and the last entry is Feb 17th 1946.
A few years ago I read Captain Sheldon Kinney's obituary in the Washington Post. Since then I have tried to find information on this brave American and I have not had much sucess. Does anyone out there have that they can provide me with? Anyone that actually served with him? I would really appreciate it.
Hi Guys....I'm posting this message for my dad, who doesn't know a whole lot about computers and such. He was on the USS CHRISTOPHER from approx., June 1943 - til the Brazilian Navy got Her. My Dad's name is Arthur Bell...Hometown then was Scotland Neck, NC
Hope to hear from someone soon!!
My brother, Paul H. Kleinman, served as MOMM3 aboard the USS Witter, DE636, from 1943-1945. He passed away on October 7, 2007, and I've posted all 225 of his letters home plus some photos at:
My father, Robert D.(Bob)Mundella served on the USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183)as a radar operator from about 1942-1945.Would love to get in contact with anyone with information and/or pictures.
I was a RM2/Leading Radioman aboard the U.S.S. Joseph K.Taussig (DE-1030) (1965/66) . . .recall the J.K.T. getting rammed in Pea Soup foggy conditions when attempting to enter port at Newport, R.I. Took a heavy list, not once, but twice. Hit by a freighter. A buddy of mine, Al Larson, ex-crewman aboard made mention of that collision at:
The Taussig, when I was aboard, had a skeleton crew on board for over a year but yet, played an active role within the U.S. Navy. As well, she became a training ship as part of the Vietnam build up.
Looking for any pictures during my time aboard, possibly pictures of that collision. I do know there was a huge gash up forward right near the bow.
Wishing all DE sailors a very Merry Christmas and the very best in 2008
I was aQuartermaster aboard USS croslry APD 87.we carried udt team for preinvasion assault on Okinawa.shot down 1 kamakize. another misse us and hit Whitehurst.another missed us but exploded and bent fantail a foot. was carrying 50 tons tetretol.very lucky .
Hi, Kenneth Kixmoeller, Jr. My father is sitting next to your father in the picture of the ordance gang (the chief). My father does not remember the picture being taken and wonders when and where it was. He said your father was a good officer, and a "nice guy" (something he didn't say about many officers.)
MY LITTLE RIDE
My little ride on a tin can started in December, 1962. An old guy with ten hash marks on his sleeve at Treasure Island hands me papers, says "get in that car". Bingo, I'm at Todd Shipyard in Alameda in 15 minutes. There it is. . . the USS Edmonds DE 406. . . spooky looking thing. It's got guns. big guns. This guy named Lt. Skiles says "welcome aboard". He is a nice guy. Now. I've got a rack and a locker. Two days later, we're under the Golden Gate Bridge heading to San Diego on a shake-down cruise. . . Two years later, we've been in every port from Canada to Mexico on the West Coast and Pearl Harbor. Drill, drill, drill, all day, all night. Boy this is fun. 5" 38 goes off. Who's catchin' the shells? Me. Who's on the helm all night? Me and the kids. What great guys!
Between looking for Russian subs, and smashing into bigger ships, my two Captains hated me. Lt. Commander Lockheim and Rockwell and our XO Lt. Ike would just shake his head. But I loved all of them. There's something about a brass hat that sticks in the back of your mind. There's something about riding in a DE that is special -- flat hot sea or forty foot swells and spray in your face. The USS Edmonds DE406 was my home and a good home at that.
Part of that home was Lt. Roy Heilpern who passed on last year. He was a great man and officer. Off the Soloman Islands in 1942, Burt Edmonds was killed. He's my hero too. Now someone has just turned on the record player. It's the "Syncopated Clock". If I have the strength I'll crawl out of this chair and waltz my wife and daughter around the house. They won't feel the tear in my eye, but you will.
My dad, Kenneth B. Kixmoeller, served as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Stockdale, DE-399 during WWII and USS Maurice J. Manuel, DE-351 during the Korean War.
After his passing, I discovered a large cache of photos taken on both ships. For anyone interested, I have posted them on our family Web site:
Many of the photos (expecially WWII) have captions with names and circumstances. You are welcome to add comments or other historical information if you have any to share.
I was a Radioman/HF/DF operator aboard the USS DOBLER DE48, '45-'46. We were coming home from Oran after the war, stopped at the Azores and then proceeded on our way. Some of the crew had picked up a monkey in Africa, hoping to have a pet to bring home--no such luck. The little bugger broke free, took a running leap off the fantail and the last we saw of him he was swimming like an Olympic star away from the ship. Luckily the Skipper never knew about it.