Log Book No. 50

Date: 16 September 2000
Name:G.W. Hushman
Email: No email
Where are you from?: Mills, WY
Years aboard Gurke: Commissioning-1946
Comments: Radioman

Date: 14 September 2000
Name:Lt John (Jack) Giessmann USN Ret
Email: ngeissmann@msn.com
Where are you from?: Miami, FL
Years aboard Gurke: 1973-1975
Comments: Nickname - Hulk. Assigned as Sonar Technician

Date: 9 September 2000
Name:Jean L. Collette
Email: rjcollet@uslink.net
Where are you from?: Grafton, ND
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments: Henry Gurke was my uncle.

Date: 8 September 2000
Name:Rob Collette
Email: coolette22@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Shaw AFB
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: My Grandmother Fiedler (NECHE North Dakota) was one of Henry Gurke's sisters. I met Henry's parents when I was a little boy growing up in North Dakota. Henry is my great Uncle and I thank you fine men for honoring a relative I never had the honor to meet. I am interested in attending your get together. Rob Collette,TSGT,USAF.

Date: 6 September 2000
Name:James L . Hutzell
Email: sjhut@hotmail.com
Where are you from?: Cumberland, MD
Years aboard Gurke: 1969-1970
Comments: I spent 1 good year on Gurke and was ordered to RVN,Gurke was my first ship of 14 before retiring in 1992

Date: 6 September 2000
Name:Jesse McMackin, Jr.
Email: jesse.mcmackin@murray.k12.ga.us
Where are you from?: Morriston, FL
Years aboard Gurke: 1973-1975
Comments: All of you Snipes of the Golden "E" I bid you my best wishes and hope that you will try to attend the party in April. I came aboard the Gurke in March of 1973 and did not leave until two years later. It was my best ture of duty. I miss all the ports of call from Pusan Korea to Brisbane Australia and all ports and friendships in between. I would like to find a 2nd class deck ape who went by the name of "Chicken Man", a sailor with a fishy tatoo, and a snipe by the name of Jimmy Northcut, hope youll both be around for the party. I would also like to remember a friend who was special to the "Golden Crew", a snipe who became sailor of the year and then was lost to us in a motorcycle accident, Rocky Franfelder. To the crews that came before mine, I would like to thank you for taking care of and handing over to us the finest ship that one could serve on. To you who walked across her brow for the last time she is not gone so long as we remember. PS Charles Carp, Remember you were a BT before you were a EM.

Date: 3 September 2000
Name:Ed Brostrom
Email: edkt2@olypen.com
Where are you from?:
PO Box 415
Brinnon, WA 98320-0415
Years aboard Gurke: 1951-1954
Comments: Would like to hear from any QM-SM aboard at this time.

Date: 25 August 2000
Name:Larry Brophy
Email: lmb3606@aol.com
Where are you from?: West Covina, CA
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Have been a friend of W. H. Craig for about 35 years.

Date: 25 August 2000
Name:Bob Cross
Email: bcross@mccolly.com
Where are you from?: Crown Point, IN
Years aboard Gurke: 1952-1953
Comments: Saw a few of my shipmates names , our N officer Ken Masters, Al Salisbury, Bill Craig, and Bernard Mayhle (asking for the QM's)

Date: 24 August 2000
Name:Dan Ponder
Email: ponderd@mediaone.net
Where are you from?: Corona, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1945-1946
Comments: My name is Dan Ponder, and I'm entering this for my grandfather, Luther Ponder Jr. Growing up I heard stories of his time aboard the U.S.S. Gurke, which was his first duty station out of basic. My grandfather transferred off the ship when Admiral Byrd (spelling?) took the Gurke on an expeditionary mission to the North Pole. My grandparents had recently married and had my uncle, so he didn't want to be stuck in the North Pole for who know's how long. My grandfather worked in the engine room, and fresh water condensor. I apologize if my knowledge of the ship is lacking, I mean no disrespect. I showed the photo of the Gurke passing by Alcatraz Island. He got pretty excited and believes he was aboard ship when it was taken. Should anyone remember my grandfather, please feel free to contact me at my e-mail address dnponder@downeyca.org

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