Date: 23 April 1998
Where are you from?: Napa, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1972 TO DECOM


Date: 23 April 1998
Name:Robert H. Smith
Where are you from?: Millbrae, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1969-1970


Date: 19 April 1998
Name:Richard G. Walther
Where are you from?: Victoria, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1968-1970
Comments: I was in the navy 6 years, stationed on 4 ships, but the Gurke was the tops. Made the 1969 westpac cruise. Really do like your home page it's one of the best I've seen. Got off the Gurke the same day they left for the 1970 westpac. R Div


Date: 19 April 1998
Name:Roy McKinney, President USS Rowan Reunion
Where are you from?: Imnaha, OR
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Served on the USS ROWAN DD782 1952/1953.


Date: 14 April 1998
Name:George W.Doktor
Where are you from?: Sanoma, CA
Years aboard Gurke: USS ROWAN DD782 51/53 FC/3C
Comments: Good luck on your reunion. Any thoughts about the old squadron having a combined reunion??? IE: Gurke, Henderson, Rowan and Southerland and/or McKean. --- Doc


Date: 12 April 1998
Name:Lewis Daniell
Where are you from?: Lacey, WA
Years aboard Gurke: Oct 1973 to Dec 1975
Comments: Would like to say hi to all former shipmates.


Date: 11 April 1998
Name:Joseph J. Beaudine
Where are you from?: Minneapolis, MN
Years aboard Gurke: 1973 to Decommissioning
Comments: I would like to see old Jim Royal again. I hope he is still alive. I received a letter from Douglas Pierce and a phone call from Duwayne Roberts. I would like to also contact Charlie Andrews and Joe Rohla. The Gurke was the greatest ship of all the ones I servered on. I retired from the Navy in May 1982 and I work for the Veterans Administration in the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building in Ft Snelling Minnesota. My home phone number is 612-869-6040 and my work number is 612-725/3973 or 1729 or 1879. Will be glad to hear from anyone who remembers the big boomer on the fuel line or the big mouth in the ship's office.

I am using my friends computer I am too cheap to buy one. Maybe one day I will splurge and buy one if I quite spending all my money chasing woman I am still as dumb as I always was. When it comes to women.

Date: 4 April 1998
Name:Luke Blackwelder, Jr
Where are you from?: Homer, LA
Years aboard Gurke: 1949-1952
Comments: Steam train driver.


Date: 1 April 1998
Name:David W. Howe
Where are you from?: Atlanta, GA
Years aboard Gurke: 1970-1971
Comments: Thanks to this excellent site, I've gotten back in touch with some long lost shipmates and friends. If you're an alum of the Ron Berger/Bruce Sunderland administration, put me on your e-mail list and let me know if you're coming through Hartsfield airport. I was the Supply Officer the CO called "Chops" (Ron Berger) and the XO called "Porky" (Bruce Sunderland). There was something proud about this mint condition WWII-vintage ship. She wasn't as glamorous as some of her younger sisters, but she was a tough old sea dog that gave me one of the best experiences of my life.

Date: 25 March 1998
Name:Steven L. Cleland Invalid email addresss
Where are you from?: Union City, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1974-1975
Comments: ETR3/2 While onboard USS Gurke. My first ship in WESTPAC. Some really great memories of that time. I retired in June 1993 as ETCM. Am working in Silicon Valley now. Hello to all the Gurke shipmates.

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