Date: 19 April 1999
Name:John H. Johnson
Where are you from?: Mooresville, IN
Years aboard Gurke: June 1947-Dec. 1951
Comments: I just found the Gurke website. Many of the names and comments brought back a lot of good memories. I was third class EM when I reported aboard and left the ship as first class EM Dec. 1951. I made chief in 1954 and retired with 20 years Dec. 1963. I would welcome any E-mail from any of my shipmates who remember me.

 

Date: 19 April 1999
Name:William Brummett (Brum)
Where are you from?: YAKIMA , WA
Years aboard Gurke: 7-72 , 7--74
Comments: E-4 RADIOMAN JUST CHECKING IN AND HOPE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD SHIPMATES AND WISH WELL TO ALL THAT SERVED ABOARD HER.

 

Date: 12 April1999
Name:Ted Bates
Where are you from?: Brisbane, Australia
Years aboard Gurke: nil
Comments: I well recall seeing USS GURKE in action off the North Korean coast in 1952 and 1953. I was aboard the British destroyer HMS CHARITY. Best wishes to all former US Navy men and women from this ex Royal Navy radio operator now domiciled in Australia. Cheers, Ted Bates

 

Date: 11 April 1999
Name:Gerald J. Nelson jerryn@connections-etc.net
Where are you from?: Princeton, MN
Years aboard Gurke: 1957-1960
Comments: Good to find the Gurke home page! BT3 in B Division

 

Date: 10 April 1999
Name:Mark R. Armour
Where are you from?: New Windaor, NY
Years aboard Gurke: 70/71
Comments: Great ship! I would like to hear from crew of time. Remember the Biz Bag PG's on WESPAC?

 

Date: 10 April 1999
Name:Brooks Baldwin
Where are you from?: WALNUT CREEK, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1956-1958
Comments: My one claim to fame. I believe that I am the only Gurke sailor who reported aboard for duty by being wenched onto the fantail from a helicopter while the ship was underway and operating in WestPac. I know that most of the crew was quite disappointed, since they were expecting a mail drop not a brand new Ensign. Definitely unique experience!

Best memories of the '57 WestPac cruise were the stops in Pago Pago and Sydney, and then or assignment as station ship Hong Kong. Does anyone else remember the transit from Hong Kong to Subic Bay? We hit the tail end of a typhoon and there were very few shipmates that did not suffer a bit of the old mal-de-mare as I recall there were only four of us eating in the wardroom that night.

I was also very fortunate to be aboard when we made the cruise down to south america to escort the Ranger to the west coast. We were able to stop in Acapulco, Panama, Lima and Valpraiso, and then return to Acapulco, since the Adm. on the Ranger wanted to visit that port for a little R&R. Sure like to hear from any of the old sonar gang!!

I have been in touch with a few of my wardroom mates,including Al Gauvin, Bob Basmajiam, Dick Meaux, and John Walker. Would love to here from any other shipmates who served aboard with me.

 

Date: 8 April 1999
Name:John S. Walker
Where are you from?: Tucson, AZ
Years aboard Gurke: 1956 - 1959
Comments: I'm looking forward to the 2000 reunion, since I am a Tucson resident. Hope to see other friends there. ENS/LTJG in OI Division.

 

Date: 7 April; 1999
Name:Léon C. ROCHOTTE
Where are you from?: ST MICHEL SUR MEURTHE, France
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments: During the period 13-15 September 1950, the USS MANSFIELD (DD727), DEHAVEN (DD728), LYMAN K. SWENSON (DD729), COLLETT (DD730), GURKE (DD783), and HENDERSON (DD785), navigated for the first time the difficult approaches to Inchon, Korea, through hostile enemy waters, under tide and current conditions well recognized for their navigational hazards and entered the well fortified harbor of INCHON. By determined precise bombardment effectively reduced the defenses of the port sufficiently to permit the sucessful landing of the United Nations Amphibious Forces on 15 September.

D DAY - 15 September 1950 : At midnight on the 14th, under a dark night with a new moon, FMS LA GRANDIÈRE F731 and her pontoon movement unit arrived off the Clifford islands. We progressed along the Flying Fish Channel which led to Inchon. All lights were switched off. The channel was narrow and subject to strong streams, the minesweepers went first and threaded their way between the groups of islands. A lot of warships took part in this precarious conditions.There was no accident... En route in the Salee River we were passed by element TE 90.67 USS MANSFIELD, DEHAVEN, SWENSON, HENDERSON, GURKE. USS SOUTHERLAND (DDR743) joined the column to replace USS COLLETT.

The FMS LA GRANDIÈRE was the French contribution in Korean waters in 1950. You can read her story and the story of other UN ships, principally English (Royal Navy, R.N.Z.,U.S.N.) of the Task Force 90.4, then TG 95.6 on the great website of my friend Karl Kristiansen USS MANSFIELD DD728 at the URL http://web.meganet.net/kman/nfleon.htm and links.
Stay happy, old buddies, and may you have good winds and following seas. Bons vents, vieux matelots, mes copains.

 

Date: 1 April 1999
Name:Clayton Heberling Jr.
Where are you from?: Beloit, WI
Years aboard Gurke: 1973
Comments: Tm in Weapons Division. Now I'm a teacher of 8Th grade students. Got 1 grandchild

 

Date: 31 March 1999
Name:Ted Reinke
Where are you from?: Garden Valley, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 56 to 59
Comments: Typical Tin Can Sailor, had a great time serving in the Gurke. Toyed with the idea of being a career man till I met my wonderful wife! After getting out had contact with only one shipmate, Harrel Goff AKA "Goof". Only other names I remember without looking at a cruise book are Mozingo, another sonarman, "Tank" another sonarman whose real name I haven't a clue, and one other MM3 named Moses Crib, always standing at the end of the payline with his little black book, collecting his "$5 for $7" loans

 

Date: 19 March 1999
Name:ROBERT L. DOWD
Where are you from?: COLUMBUS , OH
Years aboard Gurke: 12/30/69-5/11/71
Comments: I REMEMBER THE GURKE WELL. I WAS AN RM3 AND SAW THE E-MAIL FROM RM2 MIKE WALDROP TALKING ABOUT RM2 MARPLES. WE WERE ALL IN THE SAME RADIO SHACK. AND A RM1 ANDY FOSTER. I AM ORGINALLY FROM JAMESTOWN NEW YORK. I CAN BE REACHED AT 1bobbyd@nls.net. I HAD A GREAT TIME ON THE GURKE. A LIFE LONG EXPERIENCE.

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