Log Book No. 82

Date: 11 May 2004
Name:CAPT Richard E. (Rick) Strutner, USNR
Email: Rstrutner@goodwill-ni.org
Where are you from?: South Bend, IN
Years aboard Gurke: 1975 (Summer)
Comments: I was privileged and honored to serve in this great destroyer as a Midshipman 1/C during the Summer of 1975. I worked for LT's Bill (Cheng) Steussy, Bruce (Biceps) Plyer, and Jim (Gilly) Giblin. Just 6 months later, as a young Ensign in San Diego, I roomed with the legendary ENS Larry Strizich and LTJG Gene Baker. (Oh man, could I tell you some stories! Of course, if you knew these two gentlemen, nothing would surprise you). Up until my all-too-brief tour in USS GURKE, I had my heart set on flight school. She was the sole reason I chose to be a Surface Warfare Officer. The officers and crew, from CAP'N Ward on down, epitomized topnotch Tin Can Sailors. They truly lived the "Work hard, play hard" philosophy - they were consummate professionals and shore leave/liberty steamers. I will retire next year (2005) with nearly 30 years of service to our Navy and nation. My fond memories from that Summer training cruise are among my most treasured. I will take them to my grave. God bless all of you. FRAMS FOREVER! - Rick

Date: 3 May 2004
Name:Larry O. Hutchinson
Email: hutchbhc@ctaz.com
Where are you from?: hutchbhc@ctaz.com, AZ
Years aboard Gurke: 1960-63
Comments: SOG 2 FOX DIV

Date: 1 May 2004
Name:Eugene McCario
Email: mccario4@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Panama, IL
Years aboard Gurke: 69-72

Date: 27 April 2004
Name:Bill Appenfeldt
Email: wbilla12@wm.connect.com
Where are you from?: Zephyr Hills, FL
Years aboard Gurke: 1973-1974
Comments: I met up with the ship in Kaohsuing, Taiwan. We went to Keelung in route to Yokosuka. I was in the pay line to sign up people for the VFW now they say I'm not eligible and I am not on the ships registration. I dont know if you can help I am in my Ships Book Jan 73 -Apr 74 page 34 upper left corner name spelled wrong. I need something to prove we were in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Date: 20 April 2004
Name:Kay Hoernemann
Email: kayloberg@tds.net
Where are you from?: Glencoe, MN
Years aboard Gurke: NA
Comments: Pfc. Gurke was my Great-Uncle. Our family is proud and honored to know of the men who served aboard the USS Gurke. Thanks!

Date: 20 April 2004
Name:Paul McGee
Email: h2obeagle@msn.com
Where are you from?: Plattsburgh, NY
Years aboard Gurke: May 58 to Dec. 58
Comments: Enjoyed my time aboard the Gurke albeit short especially in fact that the ship went to South America to escort the carrier Ranger around the Horn and up to Alameda to her new home port. After 3 wes pac cruises this was a most welcome change of scenery and new ports of call for me. As well as meeting new shipmates. The Gurke was my third TinCan and last before my hitch was up. I was proud then to be a Can sailor and prouder still today to have sailed on some of the finest fighting ships ever to sail the sea's. The world will never see the likes of those old Tin Cans that rode like bucking bronco's and made real sailors of land lubbers like me and my ship mates. It was a sad day for the U.S. Navy when the last old Fletcher, Sumner and Gearing class Cans went to the scrappers torch or used as targets. I still walk the decks of my old ships in my minds eye as I did so many years past. Especially at night in the south Pacific when the stars in the sky were so close it seemed one could reach out and touch them and the sound of the wind in the rigging was music to ones ears.

Date: 19 April 2004
Name:Ron Henne, SOG2
Email: rhenne@bak.rr.com
Where are you from?: Bakersfield, CA
Years aboard Gurke: NA
Comments: I served aboard your sister ship, USS Rowan DD782 1959-1962 as a Sonarman. I really enjoyed your website.

Date: 16 April 2004
Name:Stefanos Karanasios
Email: skaranasios@theweb.gr
Where are you from?: Greece
Years aboard Gurke: 1990-1991
Comments: I am from Greece and I was an officer.

Date: 9 April 2004
Name:Sam C Lyckholm
Email: res1vixp@verizon.net
Where are you from?: Crestline, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1966-1968
Comments: Spent 2+ yrs on Gurke,as BM3, then the last year in Danang as BM2 on YFU-55 hauling cago of all sorts up and down the Rivers of I-Corps. (Cua Viet, Dong Ha, Hue, Chu Lai, Sa Hyngh)

Date: 4 March 2004
Name:William B. Finney
Email: None
Where are you from?: Richmond, VA
Years aboard Gurke: 1962-1964
Comments: Storekeeper 3rd class. Left ship while it was deployed on West Pac.
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