Log Book No. 44

Date: 17 April 2000
Name:Reinstatler, Deborah W.
Email: debjer1@earthlink.net
Where are you from?: West Carrollton, OH
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: My father served aboard the USS Gurke. His time in the military was one of great importance to him, and he was always proud of his service to country. We have been regaled over the years with stories of the ship, and of navy life in general. He now tells these same stories to our children. Our oldest son has developed an interest in joining the USN, partly a tribute to his grandfather, and all of you who have given of yourselves to serve our country. Thanks!

Date: 17 April 2000
Name:Brian J McCallister
Email: mccallister6@juno.com
Where are you from?: Silverton, OR
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Aboard USS LEFTWICH DD - 984, 1990-1992

Date: 16 April 2000
Name:Howard Krech
Email: No Email
Where are you from?: Balsam Lake, WI
Years aboard Gurke: 8
Comments: ETR2 in OE Division

Date: 13 April 2000
Name: William E. Miller (Bill)
Email: bmiller@utmb.edu
Where are you from?: Galveston, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1960-63
Comments: Excellent idea to start this site! I see in the Log a lot of my ol' shipmates [you notice I avoid the word 'old']. I still remember the rolling decks and beautiful sunsets. Any bad memories… nope! Mid-watch was wonderful - that next morning headache was a sign of maturity! Met a wonderful woman while serving on board, and we had three wonderful children. I went on to complete 20 years in the Reserves. Those days seem like a long time ago, but the memory was only yesterday… see ya'll at the reunion.

Date: 9 April 2000
Name:Harvey Bock
Email: hbock@remc7.k12.mi.us
Where are you from?: Holland, MI
Years aboard Gurke: 1944-1945
Comments: I came on board the USS Gurke when she was commissioned at the navy yard in Bremmerton WA.After her shakedown we went to the south pacific. I stayed on board until about november of 1945 when I had enough points to return to the States for discharge. My rank was Baker 2C. hbock@remc7.k12.mi.us

Date: 4 April 2000
Name:Paul LeCours
Email: p-l@citlink.net
Where are you from?: Lake Havasu City, AZ
Years aboard Gurke: None

Date: 2 April 2000
Name:James M. Allen
Email: jjallen@wa.freei.net
Where are you from?: Arlington, WA
Years aboard Gurke: 1966-67
Comments: Does anyone remember me - I'm from Independence, Missouri?

Date: 24 March 2000
Name:Jim Boutwell
Email: jimboutwell@hotmail.com
Where are you from?: Penn Yan, NY
Years aboard Gurke: 59-62
Comments: This is a great web sight, sorry I didn't visit it sooner. I attended the first reunion but have not had a chance to make any others, maybe when I retire. keep up the great work.

Date: 18 March 2000
Name:George J. Bennett
Email: g-jbennett@saber.net
Where are you from?: Covelo, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1966-1968
Comments: Nice job on this web site. I just finished watching the Cain Mutiny before logging onto my computer to check email. On a whim I typed in a search for the "U.S.S Gurke." I was shocked to see a picture of myself at 19. Although, I must confess, I needed my glasses to pick myself out in the picture. I recall our task force going to Korea when the N. Koreans seized the U.S.S Pueblo. Was this assignment left out intentionally or was it omitted due to oversight? Thanks for putting all of this together it was a joy to find. George SK3 Division: Supply

Date: 16 March 2000
Name:George L Meagher
Email: glmeagher@aol.com
Where are you from?: Tyler, TX
Years aboard Gurke: May '45 - Jun '46
Comments: I was part of the original crew that put the Gurke in commission at Todd Shipyard in Seattle. One of the things that sticks in my memory is that one of the first tasks the electrical crew undertook was to clean the engine room main switchboards with rubbing compound and give them two highly polished coats of Simonize car polish. When I left the ship in June of '46 we still had the best looking switchboards in the fleet. The most interesting part of that first cruise to the Western Pacific were the times we were given liberty while we were at the Southern Ryukyu Islands of Miyako Shima and Ishagaki Jima repatriating Japanese soldiers stranded at the end of the war.
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