Log Book No. 42


Date: 25 February 2000
Name:Gary Evans
Email: len-lin@earthlink.net
Where are you from?: Seattle, WA
Years aboard Gurke: 1959/1960
Comments: Who would have guessed? After all these years! And me such a square peg in a round hole. It's actually good to hear about the Gurke again.

Date: 25 February 2000
Name:Jack A. Mayer
Email: txjam41@aol.com
Where are you from?: San Antonio, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1959-1963
Comments: One of the most memorable West Pac Cruises was in 1961 crossing the equator and calling on the port of Australia. Served with some great enlisted men as well as officers. QM3 Division: Operations
Date: 24 February 2000
Name:John K. Sequeira
Email: jandmsequeira@thegrid.net
Where are you from?: Patterson, CA
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Hi all: I was on DD 805 Chevalier 1965/66/67. our desron included Chevalier, Dale, Black, Gurke and cruiser Chicago. we left for west pac with CVA64 Constellation and returned withCVA 34 Oriskany after her fire in 1966. Good page. Thanks John K. Sequeirs.

Date: 24 February 2000
Name:Robin L. Norcutt
Email: robinn@gcbinc.com
Where are you from?: New Hope, MN
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: My father, Calvin George Norcutt, was a plank owner and part of the commissioning crew. I'm sorry to say that Dad passed away about a year and a half ago. I served 4 years on the USS WESTCHESTER COUNTY LST-1167) during the Viet Nam Conflict and ran into the USS GURKE while in Hong Kong in early 1970. I have a fairly good broadside picture of the ship. If the Association would be interested in a copy for your upcoming reunion please let me know and I will send a copy to the appropriate shipmate. Regards, Robin Norcutt

Date: 24 February 2000
Name:Dave Malone
Email: Malonedave@aol.com
Where are you from?: Seneca Falls, NY
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: I didn't serve aboard the Gurke. I served aboard USS Buchanan (DDG-14) as an OS3, 1977-80. I'm one of the cofounders of the Buchanan Association, and your site was suggested to take a look at. Wonderful site here! My compliments to the webmaster! Looks like you've put in many hours here, and the work has paid off well. Loved the photographs of the ship and crew.

Date: 19 February 2000
Email: Billwaddell66@aol.com
Where are you from?: WEST JORDAN, UT
Years aboard Gurke: 1955 - 1957
Comments: First duty station after Electrical school in San Diego. EM2 Division: ELECTRICAL

Date: 19 February 2000
Name:Ray Roy
Email: dege@bigplanet.com
Where are you from?: Gardner, Mass.
Years aboard Gurke: 1965-1969
Comments: Happy to see so many of you are on line! Iwas the hospitalman on board and served with Mahr, Monihan and Strauss. If any of you remember me I would like to hear from you!! Division: OI Hn

Date: 18 February 2000
Name:Alan "Al" Compton
Email: alanocomp@insightbb.com
Where are you from?: Lafayette, IN
Years aboard Gurke: 6/68 to 8/71
Comments: Wow! What a nice web site. So many familiar names. Came on board as ETR3 to take over SPS-29C duties from B Wyderco. Remember Ken Briar, Gary Sampson, Al Palermo, Sandy Gant, Mike Elliott, Steve Nigherbon, Larry ?, "Pete" Peterson, Wathen, Czapala, Waldrop and Marples. And who could forget Howard Krech. Good old Howie. Left as an ET1. All the memories. Sasebo, Japan, Hong Kong (2weeks?), Captain "Crunch", the Saigon River trip, Hawaii, the barbecue cookout tied up to another destroyer in the Tonkin Gulf on water that was a smooth as glass, the Middie cruise to S.F. & Seattle. They all seem good when you look back 30 years.

Date: 18 February 2000
Name:Bill Ellingsworth
Email: bellin1@juno.com
Where are you from?: Springfield, MO
Years aboard Gurke: 51-54
Comments: Made the first reunion and hope to make another soon. Enjoyed seeing a lot of old friends. Have good memories of the Gurke, Proud to have been a part of her history. Many friendships were made during this time aboard. Division: Supply SH3

Date: 16 February, 2000
Name:William H. Steussy
Email: BSteussy@seton.org
Where are you from?: Austin, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1973-1976
Comments: The Gurke was undoubtedly the finest ship in the U.S. Navy. I had the honor to be the last Chief Engineer to the good ship Gurke and honored the request of the engineering department to leave the gold "E" on the stack, even though decommissioning instructions required the painting over of all awards. The crew of Gurke was the finest collection of true professionals that I have ever served with, and the lessons I learned "steaming" with them have served me well in every job I've had since then. I am now the Director of Engineering for a Healthcare Network in Austin and would love to be able to reassemble my department in this job. Their teamwork, dedication, cooperation and understanding of the "right" way to work was magical. The ship is gone, the memories remain. The best memories are of the wonderful shipmates that made this ship special. Bill Steussy Cdr. USN ret'd
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