Log Book No. 62

Date: 10 November 2001
Name:Ronald J. Ashton
Email: rjashton1@attbi.com
Where are you from?: McKeesport, PA
Years aboard Gurke: 1961 Thru 1962
Comments: I served on the USS Gurke from 1961 thru Dec. 1962 as a Machine Repairman 2nd class E-5 under Cmd. Richard Kipe when the ship participated in the atomic bomb tests at Christmas Islands (Operation Dominic). I also remember that the USS Gurke was called on to sink a derelict guano carrier ( A high floating burned out hulk), using one(1) torpedo as "quoted" in the San Diego newspaper. But the best of times were shared with Gary (King Montie Montana) Zurschmit, Jim Lang and "Sweet Billie" Southard as we were threatened, pushed and lead by MM/Chief Hicks. In closing I'd just like to say that the USS Gurke was my last duty assignment before being discharged, and the one most remembered due to the fine crew I had to serve with. Anyone who served at this time I'd like to hear from. "Good Luck to all crewmen of the USS Gurke DD 783"

Date: 5 November 2001
Name:David C. Palm
Email: crashandwillie@aol.com
Where are you from?: Lancaster, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1968 - 1971
Comments: Still single and having fun. Working and living here in So. Cal. Enjoying the sun and riding motorcycles. E me at Bryce Arnolds E-Mail address or call. It would be nice to hear from some of the people in my past.

Date: 4 November 2001
Name:David Owen
Email: davidmowen@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Spring Valley, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1971-1973
Comments: My first command. I retired from the Navy in 1991.

Date: 4 November 2001
Name: ERNEST L RANEY
Email: CHARLEY2@FIDNET.COM
Where are you from?: NORWOOD, MO
Years aboard Gurke: 1952-1953
Comments: I WAS BMSN IN 2 ND DIV GQ STATION MT3 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Date: 3 November 2001
Name:Gene Barnby
Email: eajmbarnby@lakesnet.net
Where are you from?: Detroit Lakes, MN
Years aboard Gurke: 1961-1962
Comments: Was on board during Operation Dominic. PN3

Date: 23 October 2001
Name: Michael E. Shanley
Email: meshan@ix.netcom.com
Where are you from?: Palm Springs, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1964-1967
Comments: After service on the Gurke I transfered to the USS Bausell DD-845 until leaving the Navy in Oct of 1969. After a brief stint back home in Washington DC I returned to my favorite "home base", San Diego. I raised two daughters there and moved to Palm Springs in 1989. I have been in the Real Estate business since and love the desert. I keep in touch with one or two of my mates from the Gurke and would like to hook up with more. Put me on your newsletter list and keep me informed concerning any reunions in the future. You may contact me at my home# or my e-mail address or my web site palmspringshomesales.com

Date: 22 October 2001
Name:Paul B. Wernke III
Email: wernke@islc.net
Where are you from?: Beaufort, SC
Years aboard Gurke: None
Comments: Although I never served aboard the USS Gurke, I am very excited about visiting the web site. My grandfather served aboard the ship during the Korean War. Currently I am serving in USMC, stationed aboard MCAS Beaufort SC. It was a great experience to see photos of my grandfather serving his country and I thank the individuals that have put all the time and effort into this web page and documentation of history.

Date: 22 October 2001
Name:Bryce Arnold
Email: crashandwillie@aol.com
Where are you from?:
Years aboard Gurke: 1968-1972
Comments: BT3

Date: 13 October 2001
Name:Glen (Ed) Meyers
Email: PDM39@msn.com
Where are you from?: Winter Haven, FL
Years aboard Gurke: 1955-1956
Comments: MM/3C, E Division

Date: 11 October 2001
Name:Joseph E Murphy
Email: m.mur1@juno.com
Where are you from?: Santa Fe, NM
Years aboard Gurke: 1945-1946
Comments: I was not aware that there was a Web Site for the ship until this week.
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