Log Book No. 43


Date: 15 March 2000
Name:Tom Franceschiello
Email: frenchy@norcom2000.com
Where are you from?: Belleville, IL
Years aboard Gurke: 0
Comments: My dad, Bob Franceschiello, was onboard 1951-53. Discharged Mar 20, 1953 as an SO1. Got married, came back in 1955, stationed on USS Bristol then volunteered for submarine duty. Dad retired in 1970 as an STSC(SS). Worked civil service for twenty more years, mostly working in Naples Italy, retiring as a GM-14. On June 12, 1992, Dad lost the battle with cancer. His navy career inspired many family members to join up. His brother George retired as an RMC(SS). My oldest sister Jean did 10 years in the officer ranks, my brother Robert, Jr, did a hitch as a hospital corpsman with the Third Marines. I retired last June as a CTO1. I hope the crew has an awesome reunion, and if any of my dad's shipmates are out there, I would like to hear from you.

Date: 13 March 2000
Name:David J. Stiller
Where are you from?: Costa Mesa, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1959-1960
Comments: Met John Bundarin at lunch on 3-14-2000 and was informed of this web site. I was in the Engineering Dept. I have been living and working in Orange County, CA, since 1971. I am now retired.

Date: 9 March 2000
Name:Woody Baldridge
Email: USSGregoryDD802@aol.com
Where are you from?: Dallas, TX
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments: You guys have a great website. We on the Gregory just started our website on January 21, 2000.

Date: 5 March 2000
Email: boats2go@aol.com
Where are you from?: ARLINGTON, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 3
Comments: ET2 Division: ELECTRONICS

Date: 5 March 2000
Name:Thomas A. Boose
Email: TBoose@cancer.org
Where are you from?: Austin, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1969 & 1970
Comments: QM3 Division: OC

Date: 3 March 2000
Where are you from?: LAS VEGAS, NV
Years aboard Gurke: 61,62

Date: 2 March 2000
Name:Loren R Melton FTCM USN RET
Email: iceburg72@msn.com
Where are you from?: Port Hueneme, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1953
Comments: Hi Tom. I'm at Dok's house. I'm the firecontrolman that got transfered while we were in Yoko. Came from 782 before we left San Diego. Left in Yoka for fleet Gunners School in San Diego in 1953.

A Sailor's Prayer

Let this be a prayer from each of us to all of us to the Future, the Present and the Past. May it say the things that we can never utter, but which each feels in his heart. Let it be appreciation of the years we have been together In rough sea and in calm, in danger and safe haven; Let it remind us of the laughter, the comradeship, The thoughts, the sadness that have enriched our lives. We have lived richly in cramped mess decks And exposed stations in the thrilling and fearful moments of action. We have seen deep into each other's lives and found goodness and tenderness in the toughest of us. Men such as we, living as we have lived, are joined by a bound that is deeper than brotherhood, In the tests that we have faced none has been found wanting. Let this be a prayer to the men who will never sail again, the men who, in the glory of their proud spirits and the unselfish madness of their heroism have reached their harbour on the other side. Age shall not weary them. May peace and tranquillity be theirs, always Let us prepetrate the memory of our ships that sailed in every sea and were unafraid. Some lie underneath the waves, still unafraid. Their ensigns unfurled, their guns still maned. The memory of each man and each ship will live on In the hearts of us who are left. We shall not forget. May this prayer be to all that we have gained from these years. May we, in the new life that lies ahead, find the same friendly smiles that we have left behind, And may we all eventually find the sanctuary, and each other, In the Sailors' Heaven "Warwick"

Date: 2 March 2000
Name:Jerry Fitzgerald
Email: No Email
Where are you from?: Santa Clarita, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1963-1964

Date: 2 March 2000
Name:Warren Ringer
Email: wcringer@aol.com
Where are you from?: , CA
Years aboard Gurke: Apr, 1961/Jun, 1963
Comments: Ens/Ltjg Division: Operations

Date: 27 February 2000
Name:George Brubaker RM1 (ret)
Email: gtbru@staroute.com
Where are you from?: Reinbeck, Iowa
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Great site. Had the opportunity to operate with the ship during the early 60's. Looking for any old shipmates from the Uss Yorktown CVS-10 63-66 or the John S. McCain DDG-36 69-72, or Message Center Makalapa Hawaii 1967-69
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