Log Book No. 48

Date: 29 July 2000
Name: MMC Jesse R. McCormack USN-RET
Email: hickory@millry.net
Where are you from?: Chatom, AL
Years aboard Gurke: 1960-1962
Comments: Got a great home page. Nice to hear from friends like Jerry Pugh, Smokey Hightower, and Jim Boutwell. Very fond memories of those days. Especially Pappy Beeler and Joey. A lot of other names come to mind, but the mind is going fast. Y'all write.

Date: 20 July 2000
Name:Ted Roche
Email: tedroche@earthlink.net
Where are you from?: Metairie, LA
Years aboard Gurke: 1962-1966

Date: 20 July 2000
Name:Herbert L Merchant
Email: Thndr703@cs.com
Where are you from?: Texas City, TX
Years aboard Gurke: 1960-1963
Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who was aboard at the same time. I still have a cruise book I get out every now and again. The bagpipes while coming into port, wandering if that blasted midget kangaro was going to fall overboard. Great job.

Date: 19 July 2000
Name:Charles I Keith
Email: unclechuck@onemain.com
Where are you from?: Brownsville, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1955-1958
Comments: USS Gurke Best Ship Best time of my life.

Date: 18 July 2000
Name:Robert C. Rasmussen
Email: No Email Address
Where are you from?: Salt Lake City, UT
Years aboard Gurke: 1945 - 1946
Comments: My father, Robert C. Rasmussen, has enjoyed the information I have sent him from this website. He did share a sea story form the Gurke. Shortly after the end of WWII, the Gurke was assigned to await a flyover by some B-17s on their way to Japan. The flight was delayed and the Gurke spent several days in a very calm sea just off the coast of Japan. Time was spent in part playing football on the fantail. A disaster for the ship's morale occurred when the football went overboard. The disaster was averted because the ship was brought about and the football was recovered. If this ship could find a lost football in the Pacific Ocean, those B-17 pilots had a well drilled crew had they needed to ditch.

Date: 16 July 2000
Name:Richard L. McFadden (Dick)
Email: lkbosworth@aol.com
Where are you from?: Everett, WA
Years aboard Gurke: 1950-1951
Comments: Thanks Tom for this great website!

Date: 3 July 2000
Name:Rachel Jackson
Email: Rachel62139@aol.com
Where are you from?: Huffman, TX
Years aboard Gurke: ???
Comments: I was not a member on the ship but my husband was. I would like it if you would send me any e-mail letters or news on the gurke. I am very excited about finding this website and am looking forward to reading any mail. Thank you Mrs. Jackson

Date: 3 July 2000
Name:David K. Ford
Email: dford9@kc.rr.com
Where are you from?: Overland Park, KS
Years aboard Gurke: 1967-1968
Comments: Would like to hear from old friends from the "Gurke". RM3

Date: 28 June 2000
Name:John F. Withington
Email: jackwi@starband.net
Where are you from?: Pacific, Missouri
Years aboard Gurke: 1960-1961
Comments: SOGSN Division: Fox

Date: 24 June 2000
Name:Kenneth Horton
Email: koine@bellsouth.net
Where are you from?: Birmingham, AL
Years aboard Gurke: 8/51 - 2/55
Comments: IC3 Division: A - Electrical

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