Log Book No. 53


Date: 14 January 2001
Name:Edward Powers
Email: Powers1365a@Yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Fenton , MO
Years aboard Gurke: 1945-1946
Comments: I just found you on the computer today. Hope to hear from you soon.

Date: 14 January 2001
Name:Donald R. Phillips
Email: oscarcat119@aol.com
Where are you from?: Gardendale, AL
Years aboard Gurke: 1952-1956
Comments: BT3 B Division

Date: 14 January 2001
Name:Kevin George aka Gorgues George
Email: kevtina@ncws.com
Where are you from?: Grass Valley, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1974-1976
Comments: Just found the web site. I worked in the forward engine room for Chief Pearson, MM1 Jeff Stout, Jon Hayden aka Big Jon, and Steve Jackman.

Date: 14 January 2001
Name:Frank Walker
Email: goophiw@aol.com
Where are you from?: Livonia, MI
Years aboard Gurke: 1965/1966
Comments: Ltjg Supply Division

Date: 13 January 2001
Name:Richard M. Gillet
Email: rjgillet@glade.net
Where are you from?: Teague, TX
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments: I was not on the Gurke I was on the USS Duncan DDR-874. We have been having a discussion of the LST that has been brought back to the states from Greece. We have been dreaming about what it would be like to get a ship like the Gurke from Greece and bring it back. If it ever happened you will be happy to know that you have the force of the Duncan to draw on to fill a crew. I myself was a BT2. If you don't have a problem a couple of fellow crew members would like to drop by a visit with your people during the reunion. I live about 3.5 hours away, one lives in Houston and one in Fort Worth. We would not be crashing any of your parties just visiting. If there is a problem just let me know.

Date: 12 January 2001
Name:Tom Lathrop
Email: harbinger@cconnect.net
Where are you from?: , NC
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments: Served on USS Duncan DDR874 as ET 1950 to 1953.

Date: 11 January 2001
Name:Winston Caldwell
Email: caldwin@home.com
Where are you from?: Nashville, TN
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: I was suprised to read that the Gurke is still in "reserve fleet" status with the Greek Navy. I served aboard the USS Duncan, DDR 874, in the Korean War and aboard the USS Stanly, DD478, during World War II.

Date: 7 January 2001
Name:Thomas E. Armstrong
Email: CARMSTRONG@WHSB.COM
Where are you from?: CINCINNATI , OH
Years aboard Gurke: 1970-1973
Comments: I SPENT THREE AND A HALF YEARS ONBOARD THE GURKE AND THIS WEBSITE HAS BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF FOND MEMORIES. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM SOME OF MY OLD SHIPMATES. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT HAS GONE INTO CREATING THE BEST WEBSITE I HAVE COME ACROSS. RM3 OC DIVISION

Date: 29 December 2000
Name:Louis (Lou) E. Courtney
Email: hooknfib2@aol.com
Where are you from?: Mt. Blanchard, OH
Years aboard Gurke: 1956 - 1957
Comments: I was a Radarman third class while on the Gurke. We made the West Pac /Australia cruise in 1956. Some of the guys I served with in the radar shack were J.L. DeVoll, John Danehy, Ken Tribble and Bob Sproul. If you know where they are, please let me know so I can get in touch with them.

Date: 21 December 2000
Name:Chuck (Squeeky) Froetschel
Email: jafcaf@westernpa.us
Where are you from?: Mc Donald, PA
Years aboard Gurke: 1962-1966
Comments: I grew up on that boat, had a lot of good times, went to FRAM , did 2 wes pacs, as I read some of the comments they brought back some memories. One esp. when Capt. Wilson said "G Q THIS IS NOT A DRILL". I remember those 5" guns going off and rust and dirt coming off the pipes & places we couldn't clean in the foward fireroom. I still like to shine brite work. I have used my training in the Boiler room, in my life's work, I've been employed in the field of engineering since I left the Navy working in boiler room & engineering depts. of Pittsburgh hospitals, only problem w/ stationary engineering is you can't get the hospital underway! Back to the days in the service , while in homeport S.D. Cailf. we lived in a couple of beach houses on Mission Bay ,good times. My favorite port Hong Kong , remember Zambowanga. Anybody out there here's for Mike Shanly, L.T. Ford or Ed Starzick give them my address & email jafcafnb.net later.....

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