Log Book No. 89

Date: 27 August 2005
Name:Rodney W. Smith
Email: rwsmith2004@netscape.com
Where are you from?: Chewelah, WA
Years aboard Gurke: 1969 to 1971
Comments: I'm still looking for the deck logs for the West Pac cruises in 1969 and 1970. In paticular I'm looking for dates and actions or incidents we experienced on those two west pac cruises Suck as the the time we spent up the Vung Tau Harbor/River during May of 1969. We provided Interdiction harrassment fire fo III Corps. I also remember pulling deck watch while there, Helmets, Flack Jackets, an M1 rifle and Concussion granades to descurage swimmers prom placeing limpet mines in our hull. Distinctly remember how high the collumn of water those granades produced, the Hugheys flying over, radio Sigon and Firing the 5" 38s all night long. Patictlarly difficult for me my birthing compartment was directly below the Magazine and the twin 5" mount, ya gotta give the Gunners mates credit they realy knew how to make noise. Please E-Mail me if you remember other names dates and ships we sailed with. Smooth Sailing to all. Rod Smith

Date: 26 August 2005
Name:Jerrold L. Semmons
Email: rivrat@theriver.com
Where are you from?: San Manuel, AZ
Years aboard Gurke: Commisson to June 1946
Comments: Seaman 1st, Fire ControI. Joined the ship at Todd Shipyard in Seattle and stayed with her until my mustering out on June 6th 1946.

Date: 19 August 2005
Name:William Craig
Email: mrbillcraig@sbcglobal.net
Where are you from?: Avon, IN
Years aboard Gurke: 1951 to 1954
Comments: QM1 N Div. Served with Salisbury, Mayhle, Kinsey, Urias, Graham, Lewis, Brostrom, Roberts, Cross, Hale, and many more great ship-mates. Just re-located to Avon, IN. from California. Would love to hear from any ship-mates. Bill Craig

Date: 15 August 2005
Name:Gerald J. Hood
Email: geraldhood@comcast.net
Where are you from?: MILL VALLEY, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1953-1955
Comments: I served as a YN2 aboard ship. A great experience for a farm boy of 19 who never left Nebraska until the Navy.

Date: 27 July 2005
Name:Shawn F. Sweeney
Email: smacsu@hotmail.com
Where are you from?: Grove City, OH
Years aboard Gurke: 1972-1975
Comments: Now known as Sean Mac Suibhne using original Irish spelling of my name.

Date: 7 July 2005
Name:Ronald Comber
Email: IamTgrrr2u@aol.com
Where are you from?: Pocatello, ID
Years aboard Gurke: 1950-1954
Comments: PO 3rd Class

Date: 3 July 2005
Name:DAVE SHEEHAN
Email: NONE
Where are you from?: JANESVILLE, MN
Years aboard Gurke: 1965-1966
Comments: I GOT TOGETHER WITH RUDY & WE PLAYED SOME GOLF UP IN MINNESOTA. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE HIM AFTER ALL THIS TIME. I NEED TO GET DOWN TO SEE HIM ONE OF THESE DAYS. I ALSO WAS CONTACTED BY TONY BM2 BY PHONE, IT WAS NICE TO HEAR FROM HIM ALSO.
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Date: 30 June 2005
Name:Robert O. Jack
Email: rojack@aol.com
Where are you from?: Palo Alto, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1954-1955
Comments: LTJG SC USNR Supply

Date: 12 June 2005
Name:Edmond Lee Melton
Email: edmomelt@aol.com
Where are you from?: Kerman, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1959-1963
Comments: FTG3 - GREAT SHIP, EVEN GREATER CREW, EXCEPTIONAL OFFICERS ( EXCEPT SNAKE )I CAN NEVER FORGET PAPPY BEELER AND JOEY. I SOON FOUND OUT THAT USS MEANT UNDERWAY SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS. SAW A LOT OF GREEN WATER UNDER THE KEEL, AND SOME OVER THE BRIDGE. WE SEEMED TO BE INVOLVED IN SO MANNY VARIED OPERATIONS I DONT KNOW HOW WE MANAGED IT ALL.

Date: 8 June 2005
Name:Ronald Smith
Email: ronsmith@pacbell.net
Where are you from?: Garden Grove, CA
Years aboard Gurke: 1966-1968
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