Log Book No. 73

Date: 9 February 2003
Name:Thomas J Wehinger
Email: tomandrita@bright.net
Where are you from?: Lima, OH
Years aboard Gurke: 1945-1946
Comments:

Date: 4 February 2003
Name:Harry E. Simmers, Jr.
Email: HARRY8773@AOL.COM
Where are you from?: Lumberton, MS
Years aboard Gurke: 1950-1951
Comments: YN3 ON BOARD WITH MY BROTHER BILLY J SIMMERS ET3

Date: 29 January 2003
Name:Terry Andreassen Rd 3
Email: Terrytearose@aol.com
Where are you from?: Waterloo, IO
Years aboard Gurke: 1958
Comments: Was only on The Gurke for eight weeks or so when it went down to South America to escort the Ranger.

Date: 24 January 2003
Name:HARRY F SIMMERS JR
Email: No Email
Where are you from?: LUMBERTON, MS
Years aboard Gurke: 1950-1951
Comments: YN3

Date: 23 January 2003
Name:Herman J. Carney MMCM USN/Ret
Email: hjcarney@cox.net
Where are you from?: San Diego, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1972 - 1974
Comments: Although I was a Machinists Mate, I was assigned to the Gurke as the Command Career Counselor. I was one of three counselors reassigned from COMSURVGRU THREE when the Bureau did away with the Career Information Team concept in July 1972. I left the Gurke in July 1974 when the billet was done away with - again - and ended up on the USS Midway CVA-41, later to be CV-41. I came to and left the Gurke as an E-8. Even though I was with the Gurke for only a short time, I thoughly enjoyed those 2 years.

Date: 17 January 2003
Name:Dale Cenefelt
Email: Cennie1@awol.com
Where are you from?: Green Bay, WI
Years aboard Gurke: 1968-1970
Comments: Machinest

Date: 16 January 2003
Name:Robert O Murphy Jr
Email: romurphy@nps.navy.mil
Where are you from?: Monterey, CA
Years aboard Gurke:
Comments:
GSCM(SW) R.O. Murphy
Command Master Chief
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, Ca 93943

Date: 14 January 2003
Name:Billy Thomas
Email: ramfanbill@aol.com
Where are you from?: Gardnerville, NV
Years aboard Gurke: 1974-1976
Comments: I was a BM in WD division Would like to see some of are guys at the reuion. Hope to see you in March.

Date: 13 January 2003
Name:David 'Dave' E. White
Email: email here
Where are you from?: Bakersfield, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 72 - 75
Comments: This is an update with a new email address, bad virus ate my files. I was in WA Div. and really enjoyed being a tin can sailor. I spent 2 years on a carrier in the early 60s, but tin cans are better. Like to hear from any of you and maybe we can get to a reunion sometime. We went to San Diego a few years back but were almost the youngest people in the room because we were in grade school during the Korean Conflict.

Date: 11 January
Name:Mark Coratti
Email: jomar@onemain.com
Where are you from?: HUNTINGTON, IN
Years aboard Gurke: 1947-1949
Comments: Hello former shipmates. You may remember me from your shore leaves as I was the Coxswain that took you ashore every hour on the hour for the first year and a half before I went into the Radio Shack. We had the two cruises to Japan for occupation and on the way back from one we were advised that we were to take a detour to Alaska to celebrate their 50th Gold Rush Days. We would have liberty during daylight hours or 23 hrs. The crew was split into thirds, 1 third would have duty and 2 thirds went on liberty. The hardest part was to remember if it was midnight or noon. I heard that we outnumbered the locals. Someone mentioned that there were 300 residents (counting cats and dogs). When we got back to the States the ship went into drydock to be retrofitted for misc. equipment.

The time I spent on board was great except when one of our radioman was discharged and we ended up standing 4 hours on and 8 hours off. Then 4 on and 4 off. The hard part was to go on liberty as the boat ran once each hour and the bus to town did the same. It did not leave any time for liberty.

Hope to hear from some of my shipmates and we can trade some sea stories.

Mark
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