Archived messages - January - December 2006
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It might help if I posted my dad's name! My father, PFC John Gibson, served on the Saratoga between 1959-61. He spoke of the fire in January of 61, if that helps with the time frame. He was in the Marine attachment. Please contact me if you remember him. Semper Fi! JG Bowman email@example.com Toledo, Ohio USA - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 8:54 PM.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Papa Pete,Bud Beal Rosey, Gable, Blakemore,Joe Kelly,O'neal Ken Cox,R.L Coughlin,N.C Boswell,Motsinger. Bryant Blakeley navybilt57@yahoo,com Neosho, Mo USA - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 5:05 PM.
Hello mates, Served on the Mighty Sara 1961-1965, M-Div. 1AMR. I was a fireman when I came aboard and left an MM2. Anyone on at that time let me know. This is great. I am looking forward to communicating with my former shipmates. We were part of the blockade of Cuba during that time. Earnie W. Curtis Uniproinc@charter.net Smyrna, GA USA - Friday, December 22, 2006 at 11:48 PM.
My father served on the USS Saratoga between 1959-61. He was in the USMC and talked of the fire on board in 61. He has since passed away, and I am just out and about trying to find out more about his time there and see if anyone remembers him. If you were on the Saratoga during this time, please contact me. Thank you so much! J. JG Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org Toledo, Ohio USA - Friday, December 22, 2006 at 8:17 PM.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of the sara shipmates and many more. Bryant Blakeley email@example.com Neosho, Mo USA - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 10:37 PM.
Looking for photo's of my dad, David L. Lee. My dad served on the Sara in or around the 1960's. stacy firstname.lastname@example.org , Texas USA - Saturday, December 16, 2006 at 11:41 PM.
I'm trying to locate any information on my Uncle, Joseph Degraw (Joe). I'm told he served on the Saratoga as a radioman from 1942 to probably the end of the war. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Tom Tom Carroll email@example.com Lee's Summit, Missouri USA - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 11:21 AM.
hi to all... i am a former member of vf-103 which was attached to the " sara's " sister ship the uss forrestal, cva-59... had the pleasure of attending the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the afterbrow on veterans day, 2006... the forrestal has been taken off "donation hold" status and is now in the beginning stages of an environmental cleaning in order to prepare her for SINKING!!! navsea estimates the cost of this cleaning to be $16,000,000.00... most probably, the actual number will be higher... too bad, in their infinite wisdom, navsea couldn't use these taxpayer dollars to help fund the USS Forrestal Assn's. efforts to bring her to baltimore as a floating museum, much like her sister ship... good luck with your project, and thanx for letting me ramble on... mike shamroy... ams-3... vf-103 ( f8's )... plane capt. & flite deck troubleshooter... jan. 1961 - jan. 1965... made '62/'63 & '64/'65 meds... mike shamroy firstname.lastname@example.org setauket, LI, ny USA - Monday, December 11, 2006 at 4:00 AM.
Sad to report, Curtis J Smith, ABE-3, V-2 Arresting Gear, 1969-1972 has passed on to his heavenly father on Dec. 4, 2006. David W Beck DaveNC8722@aol.com Weaverville, North Carolina USA - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 9:08 PM.
CS Division March 1960 to 1963. Changed email address so I thought I would sign up again Tom Antrim email@example.com Mountain View, Missouri USA - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 8:23 PM.
I need a USS Saratoga book 4907 leland st 2144262349 Eric firstname.lastname@example.org Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 11:43 AM.
I served aborad the "Sara" 1961 and 1962. I was in X division (Legal). Caught her in Gitmo 1961, made the Med cruise 61 and into 62. Left her in drydock at Portsmouth in 62. Would like to hear from any of the X Division folks or the print shop/photo lab guys during that time. X Division names that come to mind...Lt Rupp, Ensign Polley,YN2 Smith from Utah, Chief Roland,YN1 Warmke/Warnke, Ernie Larimer Sealy Texas, Jacobowski from Wisconsin, Frank Goddard from North/South Dakota, Bob Alshire West Virginia, Harry West West Virginia. Help me out guys...help me reconnect Thanks Sammy King email@example.com Owensboro, Kentucky USA - Monday, December 4, 2006 at 7:20 PM.
I've missed the Sara for almost 29 years now, and to see her getting stripped down on my last trip to RI broke my heart . Now I long to hear from the mate I know well while aboard her in the Med. Miss alot of you but not all of you Mad Dog (1986-1988) Keal Madsen firstname.lastname@example.org clarksville, Tn USA - Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 9:28 AM.
I was going to post a "GO NAVY BEAT ARMY" which I just did. But I also have some information to pass along to shipmates from the Wespac Cruise of '72-'73. We had a pilot by the name of Fredrick "Bat" Masterson that was shot down over N. Vietnam and was a POW. The day he was shot down we bumped into each other as he was headed to the flight deck and I was heading to the HS7 readyroom. He never made it back to the ship. After all these years I tried to locate him and I talked to his wife today and found out that 5 years ago yesterday he was killed in a head on collison in Annapolis,Md. I never forgot that day and I'll never forget finding out today that another American hero has passed. "GO NAVY BEAT ARMY!" Win one for "Bat". John DiMasso email@example.com Woodville, Ohio USA - Saturday, December 2, 2006 at 1:37 PM.
Hope you reach your goal. Would love to explore the ship when she's made available. Howard Cooper Wescosville, PA USA - Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 12:29 PM.
I served from 83-85 on the Sara in the 2m engine room (steam'n deamons )MM's Boonie, Ham Bone, Miller hope to hear from you, along with anyone else from 2 main. Glad to see the Sara will have a home and not be scrap! Kirby Ricketts firstname.lastname@example.org Trenton, Mo. USA - Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 1:08 AM.
Hi Guys, Just want to wish all hands a Happy Thanksgiving Day. I can remember (2) years in a row in the Med with the "Sara" 1959 and 1960. I was in S-1 Division from 58-61 retired as SKC in 1978. Louis K. Schneider email@example.com Bayside, New York USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at 3:26 PM.
I served On the USS Saratoga CVA 60 from 1971-1975, in V-4 divison. Those were great years, made some great friends. It is a great ship. Would like to hear from other Grapes from that time. I retired as an ABFC in 1995. Aaron Rook firstname.lastname@example.org Virginia Beach, Virginia USA - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 3:23 PM.
I was in v4div and v6div. From 57 to 63. I hope that all of the sara shipmates will have a happy thanksgiving. Bryant Blakeley Bryant Blakeley email@example.com Neosho, Mo. USA - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 2:02 PM.
I hope all of the old ship mates of v4 and v6 Div. have a very Happy Thanks Giving.And i hope that you remeber all of the ones on the saratoga.57 two 63. Bryant Blakeley firstname.lastname@example.org Neosho Mo., Mo. USA - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 1:24 PM.
Served in E-Div (IC Gang) From 1973 To 1976. Worked under a Chief by the name of E. L. Westbrook who we called Unk. Sure would like to hear from anyone I served with I'll never forget the Med cruises and serving under Capt Robert Dunn. Smooth Sailing Odie G. Lewis email@example.com South Boston, Va. USA - Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 9:38 PM.
Hello. I just want to say, that I hope you will sucedd, to get saratoga as a museum, I have always been facinated by your ships and the history of them. In 1988 me and my wife was on Oahu and I were on the memorial of uss.Arizona, it was a dream I allways had from childhood.I hope from bottom of my heart that you all will make it happens, so that people can se that this ship is fantastic. many warm regards J. Vincent John de la BruyËre Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org Borup, denmark - Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 3:29 AM.
1986-1990 S-5 & S-2 ---SHIPS COMPANY YO---- Whats up. Anyone from S-5 OR S-2 DIVISIONS --- MS'S FRANK VALENTINE, SCOTTIE BRASFILED, JOHN FATH, LARRY, PRINCE, MARKEL, BLACKBURN, STOVER, NAVARETTI, JB, MOBLEY, HILL, MACK FROM AIRWING -- KNOW I'M FORGETTING A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT HARD TO REMEMBER ALL THE NAMES AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I HATED THAT LIFE BUT HAD SOME GREAT TIMES IN MAYPORT AND VA BEACH. ANYONE FROM THAT TIME ---HIT ME UP! I WAS ALWAYS IN SOME SH*T AND LEFT SOMETIME IN 1989 AL MCILHENNY REPHILLY2000@AOL.COM PHILADELPHIA, PA USA - Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 2:38 AM.
I was on the USS Saratoga in the VA-105 "Gun Slingers" during the Med Cruise of the Summer/Fall 1971. We Cross Decked from the Sara to the USS Wasp in Bermuda upon returning from the Med and the Wasp brought us back to Mayport, FL while the Sara went on into Norfolk, VA. What a great ship she was. I am older now and really proud I was able to serve my country in the United States Navy. I almost stayed in to become a Navy Seal, but got married and you know the rest of the story. I am a Professional Engineer (Control Systems) and work at Oconee Nuclear Site. Thanks, Willard. Willard H. Killough, Jr, ATR3 email@example.com Seneca, South Carolina USA - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 4:16 PM.
served 66-68...was PH-3 Worked in the Photo-Lab Larry Kemmer firstname.lastname@example.org Mount Vernon, Ohio USA - Tuesday, October 24, 2006 at 3:37 PM.
1976 ETR2 AN-SPS43A Radar Technician Melvin Martin Mr.M.M.Martin@gmail.com Port Arthur, Texas USA - Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 11:15 AM.
hello shipmates. Just got back from the reunion in Washington D.C. We all had a great time. Wish there was more shipmates there. We had a great turn out. Hope to see you all next year 2007 at Disney World. Also want to say to all my airgroup guys and ships company keep up the good work as we are getting close to saving the Sara. Hoot Hoot to you Heavy nine shipmates. God bless all. Heavy Attack Squadron Nine VAH-9 61-63 JERRY FERRARA email@example.com hauppauge, NEW YORK USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 10:23 AM.
I was an AK3 attached to AIMD. 69-70 Med Cruise. I am looking forward to visiting the ship soon. Greg Breslin firstname.lastname@example.org Souderton , Pa. USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 12:56 AM.
I was on SARA from 1969-70 out of Mayport, Fl. Was IM2 mechanic and plane captain (Adj). Did Med cruise. Hung with a great bunch of guys and I'm hoping to find some of them on this site. If any of you guys are out there drop me a line. I hope the museum project comes to fruition so I can once again step foot on her deck and relive old memories with all the others who served aboard this mighty ship. God Bless Us All! vito scudiero email@example.com baldwin, ny USA - Saturday, October 14, 2006 at 1:45 AM.
Journalist aboard Sara. 1973-1977 and 1990-1993, and at decommisioning. X-2 Division. Phone# 703-472-4240 (cell). Richard [rick] Toppings firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandria, Virginia USA - Friday, October 13, 2006 at 1:22 PM.
hey shipmates served on the sara V2 BOWCATS Got on the sara when she left philly SLEPT PROGRAM 83 to 85 worked CAT ONE DECKEDGE i will never forget all the great times i had on the FIGHTING COCK . I cant belive that its in my home state RHODE ISLAND i cant wait to take my daughters on the ship . I miss the guys we were the best. take care anyone can reach me at 401 255 0478 Gary Morin lincoln, ri USA - Friday, October 13, 2006 at 12:46 AM.
1980 Med Cruise Marine Detachment I am looking for V. Savage "Swammie" who served on this cruise as part of the Marine Detachment. I have his jacket with all of his patches and memorabilia from the trip and want to get it back to him or his heirs. Please contact Terry at email@example.com. Any information appreciated. Terry Sweeney firstname.lastname@example.org , USA - Monday, October 9, 2006 at 9:55 PM.
My late husband Eugene Smart Jr.. served on the Saratoga from 1977-1980. He past away at the age of 42 in 1999. Our son, now 15 has many memos that I have past on to him from his Dad's Navy days.. I am looking forward to visiting the museum.... It will be great for my son...Thanks. Karen Smart Karen Smart Granite City, Il USA - Thursday, October 5, 2006 at 7:46 PM.
On the Sara from Dec.64 to Dec.67,MI division,MMFM.Made three Med cruises.Worked mainly in 1 main machinery room.I remember some close friends, Jack Valentine, Ricky Splettstoezer, Gerald Smith, Scott Prier, Larry Bradford, Gene Roth, Many more. Got in a lot of trouble but had some great times. Ronnie O'Neal email@example.com Ellijay, Georgia USA - Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 9:42 AM.
I was on the Saratoga from 1961 to 1966. I was in S-3 Div. and worked in the Officer's Barbershop. Trimmed Capt. Moore and Capt. Lambert's hair and all officers on the ship. I would be happy to hear from anyone I served with. Gene P. Ladik firstname.lastname@example.org The Villages, FL 32162 USA - Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 8:25 PM.
I served aboard the Sara from 1970 to 1972 in M-Div. # 2 Engineroom. My first son was born as we where pulling into Norfork returning from 71 Med Cruise. Best wishes to all my fellow shipmates. Robert Fugate email@example.com Oswego, Ks USA - Saturday, September 30, 2006 at 2:16 PM.
Served aboard Sara in the Communications CR Division from 79 to 81. Looking for anyone that might remember me. Are you out there Mike Smith? Tony Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org Dayton, Ohio USA - Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1:08 AM.
Great site. Served on the sara in cr div. 1965 to 1967. looking for old shipmates. Have found some of them. Hoping to see more of them at the reunion in dc next month. gerald heikkinen email@example.com lake linden,, mi. USA - Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 8:14 AM.
Did anyone serve aboard from 1973 to 1975 Med Cruise? I was an RM3. I also went to Radiomen School in Bainbridge, MD in 1972 to 1973. Donald (Fred) Fidler firstname.lastname@example.org Willow Street, PA USA - Sunday, September 3, 2006 at 8:44 PM.
I was stationed on the Saratoga 1984 to 1986. Bobby Jones email@example.com Palm Coast, Florida USA - Saturday, September 2, 2006 at 11:18 PM.
HS-7 will be having another reunion, next year, Oct.10-14, 2007. It will be held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. We are looking for former Shamrocks that served between Jan. 1970 through 1973. For more information contact John DiMasso at 419-849-3707 or Rick "Guido" Little at 401-828-6855. Maybe the next reunion will be back at Quonset Pt. on board Sara. John DiMasso Woodville, Ohio USA - Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 12:16 PM.
Served on the Sara, 1959-1963. V-4 Div. Where are all my shipmates? Don't see any from that era on here. Let me hear from you.. Bill Shultz firstname.lastname@example.org Tiffin, Ohio USA - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 9:57 AM.
I served on the Sara from 72 theough 75. I had some good times on that ship. I was with the Crash & Salvage working on the Flight Deck. Those F14s taking off from the flight deck were something to look at. Marc Jacob Sr. email@example.com Cottage Grove, Oregon USA - Thursday, August 17, 2006 at 7:50 PM.
Hello i searved on the Saratoga in 1980 the med cruise. I was in the CR div as a radio man. Capt james Flatly was the CO then. She is some ship! Rich salom Jr firstname.lastname@example.org East meadow, New York USA - Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 3:27 AM.
Our dad Lt.MacDonald Thompson was stationed on the U.S.S.Saratoga CV-3 out of N.A.S. North Island in the ships voyage to the Hawaii Islans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a TBM-TBF avenger pilot. He served on the and VT-7 U.S.S. Hancock and the U.S.S. Enterprise CV-6 in VT-7 and VT-10 "The Buzzard Brigade". Mac Donald Thompson was -a graduate of the United States Naval Academy Class-1937. He died in his Avenger with his crew in September 21,1944.God Bless Each and Everyone who serves his country! Bill & Don Thompson email@example.com Garden Grove, California USA - Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 12:33 AM.
Hello to all the folks from 75-76. I was an OS in OI division working in CIC. All these big ships are about gone, they sunk the America in a secret weapons test, hopefully we can save the SARA, as I would to visit her and show my wife and grandkids what it was like. I am sending off my $35.00 and challenge everyone else to do so. Let's save her, so we have somewhere to go to remember the days of our youth. If you remember me, write me, I would be glad to hear from anyone I served with, especially Randy Peckinpaugh and Batey. Kerry Whitworth firstname.lastname@example.org Lynden, Wa USA - Friday, August 11, 2006 at 10:40 PM.
Hello to all, I served on board 1970-1974 in #1 aux room making water and electricity. I sailed the Med,west-pac,and north atlantic. The time I served on that ship saved my life, as I was an out of control teenager when I got on board. My ship mates called me Moe; I would love to hear from anyone I served with. I often think of the high flying times, had by all, in Subic Bay. email@example.com Rick Moore firstname.lastname@example.org Pittsfield, ME USA - Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 11:23 AM.
Hey all, I served aboard "Super Sara" From 1987-1990. Back then i was a Dental tech. I got out of active duty and have been in the Reserve ever since but as a Master At Arms. I just returned from my second deployment to Iraq and am pleased to hear that the "Sara" is doing fine. Best to you all! GREG PIELAAT HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA USA - Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 3:56 PM.
My father Tommy Ruttura served on the Saratoga from '70 to '71. He was on the '70 med cruise and the shakedown cruise before the Sara went to Vietnam. He was honorably discharged and spent the next twelve years in the reserves. I was the final checker for VAW-123 the E-2 squadron. Todd Ruttura TRuttura@msn.com Seaford, NY USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 9:06 PM.
When I first had arrived at Mayport I was put in the transient barracks waiting for the Sara to come into port. A few of us were sitting around shooting the breeze, when all of a sudden the lights went out through the windows. I thought my God is this the end of the world. A couple of us went running outside and much to my surprise, all I saw was this massive behemoth sail by. I had always seen carriers from afar, but not close like this. I was totally awe struck. I though, is thing the thing I am getting on? I finally got my things together later on and went to get on the Sara. Boy, I tell you, was I impressed. When the ship was tied up at the pier I stood their looking straight up in the air for which it seemed like forever, and from left to right and could not figure out how in the world how this thing would float. Its not like the super carriers of today, but certainly it was huge then. After being assigned to V-3 division and having going around looking at the ship I really developed a tremedous respect for the Sara.I was very proud to have been able to serve on such a great ship and to work with super officers and enlisted men.My hats off to everyone who made this wonderful ship sail the seas. Thanks for the many memories Bill Cogdill ABH 3 V-3 Bill Cogdill V-3 Div 1970 email@example.com Klamath Falls, Oregon USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 11:52 AM.
I served in V1 division from 76 thru 80 with guys Phelphs, Turner, Justice, Pratt, Manning, and more. If you remember me give me a hollar, at Bookfreak411@hotmail.com or my website myspace.com/damnedcops I would really like to hear from anybody I sailed with in V1 Shields Raymond J firstname.lastname@example.org sioux falls, S Dak USA - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 11:38 PM.
I was on the Sara in 1970. I made 1 Med cruise and enjoyed every minute of it. I also met some great guys who I had the chance to work with. Bill Cogdill V-3 Div 1970 email@example.com Klamath Falls, Oregon USA - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 11:49 AM.
I was on Sara from 84 to 87. First half in Deck dept, 2nd Div, "The Zoo". Then I became a Lithographer and worked in the print shop till I got out. I'll never forget taking care of Quadafi and his "line of death", or getting those hijackers from the Achille Lauro. All the ports were great, especially Singapore, Christmas of 85. But most of all, I'll never forget my buddies. Where are you guys at? Dave Simmons, Ange Belton, Terry Kitchen, Jake Jacobs, Chris Sherlock, Pete Mohr, Fozzy, Wiz, I could go on and on. If I only had a time machine!! "Mighty Fine" eddieo2(at)gmail.com Eddie O, "Odie" eddieo2(at)gmail.com baltimore, Md USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 10:00 PM.
Was on the Sara from the beginning of the 80 med cruise,til halfway thru the 84 med. Served as MM3 in 2 aux then later 1 aux. Kevin Weigerding firstname.lastname@example.org Willowbrook, IL USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 1:32 AM.
The Saratoga was the first ship I went to sea on, a MED cruise as member of Commander Carrier Group Four Sep1974 and a number Carrier workups. I have a lot of memories of those days and of Mayport Florida. RMC Joseph M Schimek USNR-RET email@example.com Peachtree City, GA USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 12:35 AM.
Served on the Sara from 1968 Phili Yards to 1971 Mayport. Two Med cruses working in AIMD, ships company as AT-2 (Tweet) on the (COD) C-1A Air Crew. Lost touch over the years with my mates, if any of you are out there give me a shout. Lets save that ol' girl and don't let her become a fish farm. Pete "Rick" Ricker firstname.lastname@example.org Parker, Colorado USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 6:08 PM.
I served on The Saratoga CVA-60 in the OE Division from June 1960 through December 1961. I made one full Med cruise and part of a second one before being transferred to a new command in D.C. Would like to hear from any fellow crew members who served with me in the OE Division. David McQuiddy email@example.com Richardson, Texas USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 10:33 AM.
I Was aboard the Sara from Dec 72 to Sept 74.. I was very glad I joined the military service in 72.. 6 years Navy then to the Army Guard. 6 years Air Guard and now back in the Army National.. on my 3rd trip to Iraq.. loving my country all 28 plus years.... Richard L Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org Chattanooga, Tenn USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 5:21 PM.
I proudly served aboard the Saratoga from 1958 to 1962. I was in A-5 division. I'm looking forward to the day that the Saratoga is open to the public! I was on 4 Med. cruises & have alot of unforgretable memories. If anyone out there remembers me ------ please contact me. James Rusnak email@example.com Hubertus, wi. 53033 USA - Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 8:11 PM.
Good morning Guys Good site. Thanks a lot. Jack Woot firstname.lastname@example.org Ladson, AUS - Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 6:36 PM.
What an unbelievable coincidence. The USS Saratoga was attacked by a British ship on September 11, 1814, and her gallant crews fought back despite the ship sustaining some damage. Ms. Leeza Spiegl email@example.com Brooklyn , New York USA - Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 2:33 AM.
I am glad to hear the sara was not scraped.I served on the saratoga 81-85 i was a boiler technician i worked in the oil/water lab yes i was a snipe.i had such a good experiance that almost being out of the military for 20 yaers i am know in the seabees nmcb21.give a shout bt3 taylor russell taylor firstname.lastname@example.org clarksburg, newjersey USA - Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 12:00 PM.
I served onboard from 1982-1985. I just happened to bump into this nice website. If anyone remembers me please e-mail me....would glad to hear from you. I ended up doing anothe 3 yrs aboard the Ranger and got out in 1988. I now work for state government. Robert Ankenbrandt email@example.com Pleasant Plains, Illinois USA - Thursday, July 6, 2006 at 11:39 AM.
As the "historian" for the USS BENNINGTON CV/CVA/CVS-20 Association, I'd just like to say "BRAVO ZULU" to all those who have and are presently working as hard as they can to preserve the memory of the SARA and her crew. I envy the task that you all have at hand. I only wish we were given the opportunity to do what you are presently seeking. I hope with all my heart - that SARA Survives and that she becomes the Pride of Rhode Island. Sincerely & Fraternally, Joseph L. Pires USS BENNINGTON Ship & Wesbiste Historian Vietnam Veteran (1966-1968) Cape Cod, Ma. Joseph L. Pires firstname.lastname@example.org Osterville, Massachusetts USA - Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 7:39 PM.
former crew member of Uss Intrepid and friend of Uss Saratoga frank matthews email@example.com , USA - Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 7:30 PM.
Hi Shipmates, 35 years ago today,I was onboard Sara in the Med. 34 years ago we were in the Gulf of Tonkin. I can't wait to gather with old shipmates onboard Sara,in Quonset Pt. I'm going to make a donation on behalf of HS-7 reunion group. It won't be a lot but every donation will help. We had a reunion in R.I. five years ago and we all donated then. Let's all help " GIT ER DONE" Happy 4th,Shipmates. John DiMasso John DiMasso Woodville, Ohio USA - Monday, July 3, 2006 at 8:10 AM.
Served from 82-86 as a BM Anyone that I served with it would be great to hear from you. (Dont mind the email address its my wifes) Richard C. Kotzmoyer firstname.lastname@example.org Newville, PA` USA - Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 3:37 PM.
I was on the Sara 64 to 67 in N-Div. Hope to see you at the next reunion. John Morgan email@example.com Canandaigua, New York USA - Saturday, June 10, 2006 at 8:42 AM.
I have been looking for my father and came across this website. Figured it wouldnt hurt nothing to get the story out theres since someone out there was on the good ol Sara with him. From the best of my knowledge he was aboard the fighting Sara from 76-80. As far as i know, or so I was told, him and my Uncle... Preston Kriegshouser joined together fresh out of high school. The man I am looking for is Michael Richard MaGee.... the long lost father/soldier... I know that he was discharged in late 79 or early 80 for going UA... I have lived right here in Jacksonville my whole life and keep running out of places to turn to find my dad. I think my dads nick name when he was on the boat was "Fibber" funny since our last name is MaGee huh LOL Anyways, if anyone out there reads this and knows the man that I am speeking of... PLEASE PLEASE feel free to email me, I would highly appreciate it! And to all of the men and women that have served THANK YOU for fighting for whats right!! My heart is with you all! Natasha MaGee Malouin BrokeAzzKracker@aol.com Jacksonville, Florida USA - Thursday, June 8, 2006 at 4:22 PM.
Shipmates, I'm going ashore. Retirement ceremony is 22 June, and inactive ships has allowed me to do it adjacent to 60 from Dixie -- part of the ceremony will be on the pier, and part onboard. After 28 years, it's a fitting way to be sent off. She looks a little tired, she looks a little rough around the edges, but she deserves a little rest. I'm very honored to have served on this ship with a proud history. To all my former shipmates from the 1979-1982 period, I offer my thanks for working harder and hanging tougher than just about any other crew I've seen. Your work ethic and sense of duty was unparalleled. The Navy has changed -- "our" time was pretty special. From Hurricane David to that sea trial from hell toward the end of SLEP, I found strength in the brothers I made onboard this ship. I'll have a drink in honor of all of you -- the heart of this mighty ship. Cheers aye, AE. Al Elkins firstname.lastname@example.org Newport, RI USA - Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 11:33 PM.
I was an SK3 on the Sara from 1965 to 1966, the med cruise. I am now a retired SKC. My first carrier was the USS Lake Champlain out of Quanset Point in 1965. After 6 month on board we decomissioned her. She was the last of the wooden deck carriers. James W. Thomas SAILJWT@AOL.COM St. Petersburg, Florida USA - Saturday, June 3, 2006 at 8:13 PM.
If any one has any info on the battles of the USS Saratoga CV-3 please send them to me. I am trying to create a idea of what my dad's cousins did in World War 2. He died in 1992, same year I was born. I never met him. I don't have any pictures of him. His name is Harry Donald Felt. So if you have any info on him it would be great. Oh and Go Navy! Mike Felt email@example.com Mon, 29 May 2006 18:57:48 GMT
I served aboard Super Sara from May 88 through June 91. V-2 Div. It's Memorial Day 2006, and just like every memorial day since 21 Dec 1991 I stop and give pause, honor, and a prayer to the families of those 21 shipmates who lost their lives that night. I was the JOOD on the fantail at the time the ferry went down, and the hardest thing I have ever witnessed was when they pulled up a friend of mine ( a purple shirt ) up on the landing barge working feverishly for what seemed like hours to bring him back to us before running him off to sickbay...I later learned he didn't make it. For my shipmates who served during that time, while you're watching a parade, having a picnic, enjoying time off from the job, please never forget those 21 souls who, maybe, in someway, touched each and everyone of us at the time. Frank Spirito ABE1/USNRet. Nomad1815@yahoo.com Mon, 29 May 2006 14:47:48 GMT
Served as ship's company from 1962-1966. Boilerman and working in the watershack. John Michal firstname.lastname@example.org Sun, 28 May 2006 15:31:51 GMT
Just hope everyone takes time this Memorial Day weekend to remember all of our Saratoga shipmates who are deceased. A nice gesture would be to donate to the Saratoga Museum Foundation and help us reach our goal. I also hope anyone who visits this site contributes to save the Sara. Jim Dudley Sat, 27 May 2006 15:41:54 GMT
I first boarded the Saratoga on a dark evening in late December of 1963 and was awestruck at her size. I was a "Weather Guesser" fresh from a T.O.D. in Argentia, Newfoundland and this was my first ship. I was attached to the OA Divison and served on the "Big Sixty From Dixie" from Dec. 1963 to July 1965. Our Divisonal Officer was Lcdr Vincent J. Shuppert and our Chief was Gerald Dillard. We went into drydock in the summer of '64 and left for the Med the day after Thanksgiving 1964. Am looking for shipmates Tony Petrillo of Brooklyn, Daniel Hager of Maryland, Jim Crouse of Georgia or anyone attached to OA Division between 1964-65. A Boatswain Mate wrote me up for releasing a Weather Balloon off the fantail in 1964. If he reads this, please contact me (no hard feelings, I swear!) William P. Keitz email@example.com Fri, 26 May 2006 22:01:24 GMT
My father, James O'Neil, served on the Saratoga in the 70s. I look forward to taking my son with him to tour the great ship and hear all the stories he told us on the ship. If anyone was in VAW 123 and served with him let me know. God Bless, P.S. if anyone knew Stan Heckman drop a note. Ed O'Neil firstname.lastname@example.org Fri, 26 May 2006 01:10:34 GMT
I was on board from 78 till the ship yards in 1981 in v4 division. i worked below decks and the flight deck. i would love to hook up with some old ship mates of mine and see how yall have been, stoorza Mgbada Eze email@example.com Thu, 25 May 2006 23:33:07 GMT
Hey all! I served in AIMD just after the Gulf War and on through her decommissioning. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the members of the Honor Guard during the decommissioning. Please write. AT3 AW/SW Valencia firstname.lastname@example.org Mon, 22 May 2006 23:18:49 GMT
Hello Shipmates; Well its less now then a year is all we have to save our ship. Remember May 01,2007 is the dead line. In case some of you did not here last weeks news let me inform you. The USS ORISKANY was sunk of the coast of Florida to make a fish hotel. A sad ending for a great ship. We must never let this happen to our ship. We must renew the fight to save our Saratoga. Let us not let her be sunk for any reason. The faith of our ship is in our hands. ( ITS UP TO YOU AND ME) JERRY FERRARA ELVISJF1@OPTONLINE.COM Mon, 22 May 2006 14:05:41 GMT
Served on the Saratoga, 1983-1986. Ken Barr FIRELT4@AOL.COM Sun, 21 May 2006 15:41:45 GMT
V-3 division 63-66 will hold it's 5th annual reunion in New Orleans on June 8th thru 11th. More old friends show up each year. e-mail for hotel info and discounts. Gerald C Portner email@example.com Sun, 21 May 2006 03:19:09 GMT
WELL SHIPMATES A SAD DAY FOR THE NAVY AND MAYBE US AS WELL. MARK THE DATE MAY 17, 2006. YESTERDAY THEY SUNK THE USS ORISKANY AND MADE HER A FISH HOTEL OFF THE COAST OF FLORIDA. A SAD DAY FOR HER CREW. I SAW THE NEWS THIS MORNING AND SAW HOW SHE WAS SUNK. REMEMBER THIS WELL AS WE HAVE UNTIL MAY 01, 2007 TO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO OUR SHIP. NO ONE CAN FEEL AS BAD AS ALL THOSE SHIPMATES THAT SERVED ON HER. (DONT LET THIS HAPPEN TO OUR SHIP) !!!!!!!! JERRY FERRARA ELVISJF1@OPTONLINE.COM Thu, 18 May 2006 14:28:41 -0400
Hello Shipmates, I served on SUPER SARA from 90-94, Air ops, and on the flight deck. Lets help out and make her a museum!!! Todd Roegner Toddroegie@yahoo.com Thu, 18 May 2006 01:14:27 GMT
my dads cousin was on the saratoga he was Lt.-Comdr. Harry D. Felt please send me nfo on him if u have any its for a report mike felt firstname.lastname@example.org Tue, 16 May 2006 20:25:08 GMT
I am Plankowner USS Saratoga cva60. I served on sara. from 1956 to 1959. Looking to contact Peter A.Papa v4. Peter L Dellaquila email@example.com Mon, 15 May 2006 18:24:36 GMT
I reported aboard october of 93 for the last cruise, and was assinged to G-3(MAG RATS). I think this is great to see the SARA being used in a meaningful educational roll for our children and all those who have not had the chance to serve. I personally am glad that I will be able to see the ship once again. My experiences on board that cruise and following months gave me the ensight and leadership qualities that I needed so badly to go forward in my life and succeed at no matter what I did. For that I thank not only the ship but my shipmates that showed me the way when I needed that kick in the right direction. Thomas Horseman firstname.lastname@example.org Sat, 13 May 2006 05:33:10 GMT
My grandfather served on the Saratoga during the Vietnam Confict. I was in search of a list of personnel that served aboard the Sara until her decommission in 94. Any information on CPO Jack Davidson would be gladly appreciated. PV2 Davidson, Jesse email@example.com Fri, 12 May 2006 09:55:30 GMT
I am very proud to know this site exists. My father was a plank owner who loved to talk about the sea trials and days he spent aboard the "Super Sara" May God rest his sould and bless his Navy brothers. Thank you on behalf of our family for keeping the memories alive. With deepest respect, John R. Komor, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org Mon, 08 May 2006 19:54:44 GMT
Looking for any shipmates from V-4 div 1978-1981, I was attached to V-4 below decks till the shipyards in Philly, would love to hear from y'all, "Buzz" looking for especially, Stoorza, Ward, Baily, Baer, Klinkhardt. Greg Bradley email@example.com Sun, 07 May 2006 19:15:37 GMT
ao2 aw gregory allen zagnoni retired 1983/1986 gregory zagnoni firstname.lastname@example.org Thu, 04 May 2006 23:17:38 GMT
As I turn 60 this year, I think back to a dark night in March 1964. It was the night I arrived on the pier next to the Sara in Mayport Florida. I was 17 and had just come from the Brooklyn Naval Receiving Station in NYC. I was a reservist that had gone to active duty. The Sara was my first Navy home away from home. I had no idea what life would bring for me. When I look back on all the opportunity the Sara (and her crew of Electronics Technicians in OE division radar gang) provided me, there are no more words to say what this grand ship means to me. I am hoping to live long enough to visit her after she becomes a living museum. GOD bless that ship, all who have served on her, and all who have served this country. Without them, there would be no freedom for anyone! Leon Morris email@example.com Mon, 01 May 2006 19:36:50 GMT
I was on Sara from 1971 to 1974 in supply (s-3) division. Would like to hear from shipmates I served with. Great 3 yrs on board the Sara. James Munsch Jmunsch@austin.rr.com Sat, 29 Apr 2006 20:21:39 GMT
I SERVED ON THE USS SARATOGA IN 1963 AND 1964 I AM LOOKING FOR THE 1963 MED CRUISE BOOK I WAS KNOWN TO THE CREW AS JERRY OR RED IN THE V1 DIVISION. JERALD ALBERT MATTA firstname.lastname@example.org Tue, 25 Apr 2006 20:40:14 GMT
I was aboard Sara in 69-70. I was an AE but lucky enough to work in the Jet Shop to maintain the test cell. You guys I worked with were all good friends and I was proud to work with you. David Binkley AE 3 email@example.com Thu, 20 Apr 2006 01:43:52 GMT
My wife's uncle, Gene Erickson, served on the Saratoga (CV3) from Nov 43 to Dec 44. During part of this period, (Feb-May)the ship was assigned to the British Eastern Fleet helping it to resurrect it's mission and presence in the Indian Ocean/Southwest Pacific area; the CV3 was stationed with the BEF in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In looking at some photos of Gene in his uniform, he displays a multi-colored ribbon (not a US Navy award) that appears to look like the British Pacific Star Medal. Does anyone know if crew members received the "Pacific Star" for their service with the BEF? Thanks for any help you can provide. I'm writing the family's military history, so this info can help. Gene died two years ago, after serving many years as head of the music department at Janesville (WI) High School. George Braun firstname.lastname@example.org Tue, 25 Apr 2006 01:04:39 GMT
Reported aboard Sara exactly one year to the day (April 14, 1957 ) after she was commissioned. As Don Adams would have said "I MISSED BEING A PLANKOWNER BY THIS MUCH!" HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO ALL THE PLANKOWNERS. Don Sager email@example.com Wed, 19 Apr 2006 17:09:51 GMT
Happy Birthday SARATOGA/ Plank Owners! Plank Owners can you believe it was 50 years ago yesterday that Captain Stroh assumed command of SARATOGA CVA-60, and ordered the XO to SET THE WATCH. It was a beautiful day in Brooklyn as we stood on the Flight Desk for the commissioning ceremony. I shall always remember the good times we had as pre-com sailors, and the many good friends I had from our days in Brooklyn, and our nightly visits to Flushing Ave., and the train ride to the Big Apple, Coney Island etc. I was one of the 1st 100 to report aboard at NavSta Brooklyn, I worked in the Commissary Office (S-2) Division, then moved to the Admin Office (S-1) Division. Remaining there till I was transferred to COM6thFlt for duty on his staff with a new homeport of VilleFrance, riding the USS Salem/DesMoines/and USS Springfield. I will always remember Mayport the finger pier, Jax Beach and local pubs, I will always remeber the poor Mascot being painted Green, and that Sunday afternoon inspection, Flooding Hanger Deck, Drag racing on the flight deck in Brooklyn, Losing the anchor. Returned to NYC for duty on Staff of COMEASTSEAFRON at 90 Church St., arrived there just before JFK was shot. Then headed West to put Chicago CG-11 in commission, taught SK school in San Diego then transferred to Gator Navy USS Eldorado AGC-11, couple of trips to Nan then received orders to Pre-Com USS JFK CVA-67, made 1st Med cruise and got OK to retire from BUPers and retired Xmas Evening Dec 24th l969. Named Manager of Admin for Stone & Webster Engr Corp retired in 1995 now Secretary Treasurer of Eastern Junior Hockey League 14 team league., also Public Address announcer for Boston University Hockey Team. Would like to hear from some of the plank owners. Hard to believe 50 years have passed. Went to the Decommsioning and to see her now sitting in Rhode Island is heart breaking. Best Regards to All Plank Owners and to those who sailed in her. Jim Prior firstname.lastname@example.org Mon, 17 Apr 2006 16:10:18 GMT
I was with the Crash & Salvage crew from 1973 through 1975. I remember the time we did a Shake Down in Cuba after our repairs in Portsmith. Drills, Drills and more Drills. The Air Boss was a real Pill. Terry Piper Ex-AQ2, VA-75 Sunday Puncher Marc Jacob Sr. email@example.com Sun, 16 Apr 2006 14:29:22 GMT
I will never forget my last day on board the Saratoga. I was setting in VA-75ís ready room as an AQ2. I heard them call ìstand by for a collisionî and shortly there after the collision alarm sounded. Then you heard and felt this crunching sound and the ship started lisping at about 30 degrees as the tanker which was fueling us hit lost control and started tiring holes all the way down her ( the Saraís) side. I remember running up on deck and seeing fuel all around us. Then a chief told me to get to my general quarters station after I had asked him if I should help up there by joining the other men on the fire hoses. As I was heading to my station the general quarters was sounded. It seemed like we where lisping for hours, but it was probably only 10-15 minutes. I do not think anyone was lost aboard the Sara but I think a couple where lost on the tanker. I went to shore duty after that to VA-42 and was discharged after six years. I had made a Med cruise prior to that in which I believe we lost seven aircraft, one of which we lost a B/N as the aircraft went into the water right in front of the ship. We also lost an anchor and I believe the chain wrapped around a prop or damaged the prop some how and the ship had to go back into dry dock. I also believe we where the largest or deepest ship to pull into Rota, Spain because we had to have the radar repaired that cruise. I donít know for sure, but I was told that was the worst cruise in peace time for any med cruise. I was supposed to join my squadron, on the Sara, in Vietnam December 7th 1972. Tom Luhn and Dave (canít remember his last name but he ended up going to OCS) left the week before from NAS Oceana after graduating from ëcí school. I believe it was one or two days before I left they said the ship was due back in one month and so they canceled my orders. They then extended the ship for three months and I sat back on shore duty with VA-42 until they returned. I do not know if that was good or bad only the ones that where on the cruise can answer that. Tom and Dave took a month getting to the squadron but they crossed the Equator twice I never did, a memory never had. Good, Bad you who have been there decide. The chow was good. The liberty was good. Going though it then I did not always think so but now I have fund memories of the Sara that I tell my children about. My only regret is that, at that time, I was not living for the Lord, but I know because of His love, mercy and grace he has paid the price and forgiven me. May He bless all of my fellow shipmates with the same knowledge. Terry Piper Ex-AQ2, VA-75 Sunday Puncher Terry Piper firstname.lastname@example.org Fri, 14 Apr 2006 20:45:50 GMT
Served aboard the Sara in 1964 CS Division as an SA. Great times.. G Randall RMC(SS)(AC) Ret. Gary Randall email@example.com Fri, 14 Apr 2006 19:13:52 GMT
I was on the "SARA" from 10/63 - 01/67 in the "GM" Div. I did Med. cruise of 64-65 & 66. Many great memories, best four years of my life.I have seen the "SARA" in R.I. many times.I like to see "The Park" become a reality so we could visit and re-live old times. CVA-60 THE BEST EVER !!! Peter Keyser Thu, 13 Apr 2006 13:14:39 GMT
I was on the "SARA" from 10/63 - 01/67 in the "GM" Div. I did Med. cruise of 64-65 & 66. Many great memories, best four years of my life.I have seen the "SARA" in R.I. many times.I like to see "The Park" become a reality so we could visit and re-live old times. CVA-60 THE BEST EVER !!! Jerry Glass firstname.lastname@example.org Wed, 12 Apr 2006 00:16:57 GMT
I had the pleasure of calling the Saratoga home from 1/72 to 10/75, my duty station was the #2MMR. During the time I served aboard Sara we did a tour of Vietnam, did a Med. Cruise and completely overhauled her in dry dock at Portsmouth Va. Jerry Glass email@example.com Wed, 12 Apr 2006 00:16:57 GMT
I left Sara on 13 March 1959 and in that time I have somehow lost all contact with those I served with in V-2 Division. One shipmate I cannot find is Jim Sweeney. He lived in Brooklyn at the time but I've pretty much lost track of Jim and all the others. I have been to two reunions (Saratoga Springs and Charleston) but did not run across a familir face. Where are you guys? I know there must be some of you still around. Contact me if any of you read this. Don Sager firstname.lastname@example.org Wed, 12 Apr 2006 00:16:57 GMT
Looking for William Robert (Bill) Park(s) who served aboard the Saratoga roughly around 1969-1973. Was formerly from Penna. Missy Doerr email@example.com Sun, 09 Apr 2006 02:25:12 GMT
SERVED ABOARD SARATOGA AS AN ABE1 LPO OF WAIST CATS IN LATE '60s DID SLEP ON SARA AS A FOREMAN MARINE MACHINEST AT PHILA NAVY YARD RETIRED FROM PNSY IN '94 ANYONE REMEMBER PETE HUNTLEY ? SARATOGA CREWMEMBER firstname.lastname@example.org Wed, 5 Apr 2006 21:39:45 EDT
Great to hear Saratoga is to become a air/sea exhibit I was crew in 1st div & CS div 1958 thru 1962 Jim Gallinari Signarama@i-2000.com Wed, 05 Apr 2006 19:26:27 GMT
Where are all the Radiomen from 1973-1975. I was one and would like to here from other's. Had the time of my life. I will enjoy going back with my two boys and rubbing it in. Larry Stevens email@example.com Sat, 01 Apr 2006 19:39:15 GMT
This is a long shot...My uncle, Albert Legris was an Aviation Radioman on the Saratoga. He was officially reported MIA on January 29, 1944. The plane he was on crashed in the water in the vicinity of Wotje Atoll, Marshall Islands. Of the original squadron of which he was a member, only one survived. The chaplain, Maurice S. Sheehy wrote several articles about my uncle and how he brought several men into the church. If anyone knew my uncle or knew of him, could you please write back? I heard that there was also an out of print book on the Saratoga with a picture of Albert Legris standing on the ship deck... if you have any info on this book please let me know also.. thanks very much.. susan 815 344 4267 susan forgacs hathcock firstname.lastname@example.org Sat, 01 Apr 2006 04:26:34 GMT
By the way the Chinese Navy is building up it would be wise to keep all our battle ships ,carriers and destroyers and just up gradethem as possible.We should not sell this steel to a possible enemy. Its a shame though beause alot of the ships we scraped the Chinese ended up with to build their modern fleet. Who cares about the national debt when someday there may be no American Nation here at all. We need more Ships in our Navy constantly upgraded to the lasted technoligies. We have the technoligy but the politicians are selling us out. So I say save the Carrier just in case it can be used if needed. If I was the president Id make a MIRV Missile launching Platform out of it. It would look like a carrier but in realy be a launching vehicle for Nuclear missiles. Either that or make razor blades out of her. I wonder how many razor blades you could make out of an aircraft carrier, Osama could use one. Right through his throat. I love your Idea. As you see I spout off alot. and Im sorry for that.
Dallas Army Veteran 1970-1980 Dallas D Snell RainEagle@aol.com Tue, 28 Mar 2006 05:16:18 GMT
well...I have to say..I enjoyed the Sara being in port. I worked at Jerry's Bard just off base. Paid my bills...Happy trails ;) Kayleigh email@example.com Fri, 24 Mar 2006 19:03:36 GMT
The Saratoga was a great boat, I have many fond memories, and I have video footage I took on board durin the last cruise that I will treasure forever. One thing that kinda miffs me is that I never got my Cruise Book from 94, I recieved the Video that was made but never got my Cruise Book that I bought and paid for. The Sara will always live on in my life as being my first boat and what an experiance I had 12 years ago already. I am now at NSAWC at NAS Fallon. Take Care and as always thanks for this wonderful site for keeping The Sara legacy alive. V/R PR1(AW) Peter Petroski, USN firstname.lastname@example.org Tue, 21 Mar 2006 16:11:56 GMT
I served in VF-31 from 1965-1968 and worked as a AME on the flight deck. I found out both our skippers John Wissler and Ken Cornell passed away. It would be great to hear from anybody who served with me. Looking for that crazy marine corporal Sullivan. ed duber email@example.com Tue, 14 Mar 2006 02:03:05 GMT
served onboard as second class bt in 3mmr from 1968 to 1970 busy ship. reese h e firstname.lastname@example.org Fri, 10 Mar 2006 23:20:02 GMT
TO EVERYONE WHO SERVED ON THE SUPER SARA,MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. TO THOSE WHO WEREN'T FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE HERE WITH US, YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I WILL NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN SHIPMATES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THAT NIGHT ON DECEMBER 1990.I SERVED ON THE SUPER SARA FROM '88-'92 IN THE V-3 DIV.DURING DESERT STORM/SHIELD. I WAS A BLUE SHIRT FOR A WHILE BEFORE BECOMING A YELLOW SHIRT TRACTOR DRIVER. I'M LOOKING FOR A LOT OF MY OLD BUDDIES. ANYONE ON THE SARA DURING THAT TIME I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. warren cotton email@example.com Fri, 10 Mar 2006 06:39:49 GMT
My brother (Mike) and I requested brother duty and was granted it, we served together from 1975 to 1977. I worked in V-1 and V-2 after A school and he was a cook. I remember reading the walls while standing in the long chow line of how many days left in the long cruise, 40 days and a wake up. I use that phrase today waiting to retire. I worked on the flight deck as a hook runner, you couldn't pay me enough to do that today. Sara thanks for the memories. Rodney Dougan firstname.lastname@example.org Wed, 08 Mar 2006 18:55:28 GMT
Plank owner 1956-1958 looking to hear from any guys that I served within v-4 div. Peter Papa email@example.com Mon, 06 Mar 2006 21:28:26 GMT.
My half-brother is the son of the late Charles Kelsey, who was an a-3 and A-5 bombadier, who flew with RAdml Yates out of Sanford NAS in VAH-9 and was killed in an ejection accident in 1963. He served on the Saratoga during several cruises and I wondered if anyone might remember him and tell me something about him so I can pass the memories along to my brother. My other half-brother passed away last month, so Mike is the last of the Kelseys and some memories of his father would make his day. I appreciate you reading this far and god bless you. My emailaddress is firstname.lastname@example.org Tim VanScoy email@example.com Mon, 06 Mar 2006 18:59:57 GMT.
My father served on the Saratoga in '74 to '75 in VF-103 on the Med Cruise. Just wondering if anybody was there and knew him, his name is Jim Parda. E-mail me if you recognize that, he'd be happy to hear from someone! Jodi Parda firstname.lastname@example.org Sun, 05 Mar 2006 01:50:00 GMT.
Made 2 Med cruises aboard the USS Saratoga in 60 & 61. I was attached to Fighter Squardron 31. Some of my best memories are of this ship and the crew I served with. Its been over 40 some years since I debarked the decks of the 'Sara' and would like very much to see her again. Brian C. McPike BCMcPike@comcast.net Sat, 04 Mar 2006 22:44:36 GMT
Hi, served on tne Sara 65-67 in OA Division, best times I had while in the Navy. Would like to hear from other shipmates. Patrick Stranahan email@example.com Fri, 03 Mar 2006 21:39:30 GMT
WITH THE TEAM MEMBERS WELL IN THEIR GOAL AND FOR SUCH A GREAT JOB SO FAR IN GETTING THE SARA OFF THE HIT LIST AND BACK IN THE FLEET. THANK YOU TEAM, FORMER 39-4L RESIDENT 59-61 CHUCK CONKLIN firstname.lastname@example.org BRADENTON, FLORIDA USA - Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 6:30 PM.
MY FIRST SHIP/CRUISE AS AO3 SHRIBER, I WORKED AIMD ORD/IM-3 ON CV-60 FROM 87-88. THEY ALWAYS SAY YOUR BEST SHIP WAS YOUR FIRST, I AGREE SUPER SARA, WISH I COULD VISIT YOU NOW. ODDLY ENOUGH AS IT IS I AM CURENTLY ON ACTIVE DUTY IN BAHRAIN 21 YEARS DOWN, 3 MORE TO GO. DOES ANYONE HAVE THE "NOW YOUR MESSIN WITH A SON OF A BITCH" CRUISE VIDEO? LET ME KNOW, THANKS. AO1 (AW/SW) JEFF SHRIBER RAIDER404@YAHOO.COM SEBASTOPOL , CA USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 6:17 AM.
I SERVED ON SARATOGA FROM 79-81 WAS AB BLUE SHIRT WORKING ON FLIGHT DECK WAS NOT HAPPY GOING PHILA PA FOR [SLEP]LEFT THE NAVY 1981 I ENJOYED MY TIME ON HER IM GLAD SHE IS SAVED FROM THE DEEP BLUE THANKS SARATOGA I DID LOT OF GROWING UP!!!!!! ED CORBIN email@example.com thurmont, md USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 3:56 PM.
I SERVED ON SARATOGA 79-81 AB BLUE SHIRT WORKING ON FLIGHT DECK WAS NOT HAPPY GOING TO PHIL PA FOR [SLEP]LEFT NAVY 1981 ENJOYED THE TIME WITH HER!!!! ED CORBIN firstname.lastname@example.org thurmont, md USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 3:47 PM.
Served on board Sara during the 72 WestPac Cruise in S-1 Division. Would love to hear from any other S-1 Div. shipmates. We had some great times. Would be nice to hear from old shipmates. Bob Musker email@example.com Malden, Mass USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 2:26 PM.
Hello, photo lab ship mates. Let's keep in touch. Richard K. Suggs firstname.lastname@example.org West Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 9:02 PM.
I served onboard the USS Saratoga, as a mess specialist from Nov 78 to Dec 80 in the S2 (Enlisted) & S5 (officers) galleys. Even did a stint in the Admiral's Galley. They can turn the ship into razor blades, for all I care. The memories will live in our hearts & minds forever. The ship is currently an empty shell. . the NAVY can do with it, as they see fit. Party on Y'all =) Mr. Robert J. Camardi Rcamardi58@aol.com Tampa, Florida USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 4:45 PM.
I was onboard Sara,with,HS-7, on the '70 Med. cruise and '72-73, Wespac. Lots of memories from those two cruises. We are planning our fifth reunion and are looking for former Shamrockers. Give me a call at 419-849-3707 or Rick "Guido" Little at 401-828-6855 John DiMasso Woodville, Ohio USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 1:40 PM.
To all ship's crew and air wing,hope that this year is the year that the Big 60 gets her due servial for life. My time on the Lady was in 64-67 in Navigation. But we are known as Navi-Gators. I now work for the V.A. Medical Center in Canandaigua. All of us Vets need to stick together. See you all this year at the reunion. John 'Hawk' Morgan email@example.com Canandaigua, New York USA - Monday, February 6, 2006 at 1:25 PM.
This is a very good cause. The Saratoga lives in the history and hearts of all Americans. Richard Nacamuli firstname.lastname@example.org Califon, NJ USA - Thursday, February 2, 2006 at 6:40 PM.
I was on Saratoga as part of CVW-17 in VS-30 Diamondcutters from 2/1988 to 8/1990. I was due to leave in 9/1990, so they did not take me on the Desert Shield/Storm cruise. After Iraq attacked Kulwait, I almost had to go. But the Maint.MC realized that I had trained my shop to be as good as I was as supervisor. I then did seven years of active Reserve duty, 1st with Saratoga reserve unit NAS New Orleans, then with VFA-204 and 2 weeks onboard CVN-74. *** On Google Maps, you can see Saratoga and Forrestal if you pull up Newport, RI, click over to the base, zoom in and switch to satellite. Mike Japp email@example.com Pensacola, FL USA - Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 5:58 PM.
Hello to all Sara shipmates. I was on board Sara from 74-77. V3 Division. Looking for other shipmates. Dieter Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org , Indiana USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 3:07 AM.
I served 1978 to 1980. V-5 Division. If anyone remembers me, feel free to drop me a line. Anyone know the whereabouts of Edward G. Redden? Terry Moore email@example.com Indianapolis, Indiana USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 4:53 PM.
I served on the Super SARA during Operation Desert Shield/ Operation Desert Storm with Fighter squadron 103 ( Sluggers)I would like to contact some of my old shipmates from this era, e-mail me if you know me... Kurt Zevnik Grimreaper70@comcast.net Cleveland, Ohio USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 11:35 PM.
My son is building the saratoga from a model and he was looking for pictures for the Ship and he wants to make it look as real as he can. So we came to your site. thank you for letting us look at your site. I don't get much money but maybe I can send something to you all. Janet and son Stewart Jones firstname.lastname@example.org Mount Juliet , Tn USA - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 7:47 PM.
Served in the PLAT area of V-2 from 1970-1973. Whatever happened to Blaz?? Mike McCartney email@example.com Oklahoma City, OK USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 3:23 PM.
I was on the Saratoga 1972-73 and did a Wes Pac cruise. I was a second class dental technician in the lab and am looking for other dental techs from that cruise (Gillisheimer, Canavan or Brown). I remember the ship's fire while we were on shore leave in Singapore. Glenn Jefferson theJeffersons@fuse.net Cincinnati, OH USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 7:28 PM.
I am Looking for friends of Clarence Houston Deese SR he was boiler tender on the Sara 1972-1974 when medical reasons forced him to return back home. He passed away and I am trying to get information about his service for our daughters and make them a shadow box with patches and medals he would have gotten there..If anyone can help or remembers him please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Betty Deese Leigh email@example.com VA Beach, Virginia USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 3:38 AM.
Hello to you all. I was a young Marine in the Marine Detachment from 1972 - 1974. I truly got to see the world and was Olongapo City a Hoot or what? Where else could you go have fun in Hong Kong and Singapore and get paid to do it? I had the time of my life and can still remember the constant machine rumble of the Saratoga's power on the move ! I have the West Pack Cruse book if any of you squids need something ;] SA Gary Moore was a ships barber back then. He retired as a chief and owns 5 flags barber shop just outside the main gate at NAS Pensacola. I still drop in and let him cut my hair after all these years, just no more high and tights! Well God Bless You all as we sail into history! Randy Jackson Pensacola Fl. firstname.lastname@example.org SSgt. Randy Jackson email@example.com Pensacola, Florida USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 10:52 PM.
Great to hear from so many of you that served on the Mighty Lady. I served with VA-37 in AO shop from 75-79. Made 3 Med cruises and loved every minute of it. Currently am Pastor of Cape Fear Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC home of the Battleship, USS North Carolina. Let me encourage you to join the USS Saratoga Reunion Association. Great way to find shipmates that you may have served with. Web site is uss-saratoga.com. Next reunion is in DC. Pop Tall and sign up. David Braddy dbraddy@ec,rr,com Wilmington, NC USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 4:04 PM.
I was on the Sara when she took the 1980 Med Cruise....the last cruise she took before heading into the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for SLEP, ( Ships Life Extention Program). I was fortunate enough to see her rebuilt and at her best before getting dischrged in 1984...I hope I can hear from some of my shipmates....Been looking for you all.....John Shaw John Shaw Arkbear471@netscape.net Orange, CA USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 11:39 PM.
HOWDY SHIPMATES THE THOMAS SORENSEN AD-1 AW USN RET. THE USS SARATOGA WAS MY FIRST THAT I DEPLOYED WITH MY FIRST SQUADRON ATTACK SQUADRON 37. I CAN STILL HEAR THE SOUND OF THE MASCOT "THE FIGHTING COCK" AND OUR SONG SARA SMILE. DURING THE PERIOD OF 1978-1980 OUR CARRIER AIR WING WAS BEST I EVER SERVED WITH OUR SISTER SQD. WAS GUNSLINGERS VA-105 AND THE A-6'S WERE THE SUNDAY PUNCHERS VA-35.WORKING NIGHT CHECK AND JUST QUALIFIED A7-E PLANE CAPT. MY AD-2 SUP. GAVE THE ORDER TO SCULPTURE NY BUNS WITH MOLLY-B GREASE AND THUS INITIATED AS A PLANE CAPT. ALOT OF THING HAPPENED THAT HITCH MADE E-5 IN 1979 AND DID NOT SEE E-6 UNTIL 1987 BOHICA! NOT TO MENTION I GOT BLESSED ONE MORE TIME MY BUDDIES DUCK TAPED ME AND PUT ME ON CAT 1 BUT THEY WERE NICE THEY LET ME GO AFTER I WAS HUNG OVER THE SIDE PORT CATWALK. I THINK THE 1ST CRUISE IS WHEN WE HAD A UNREP AND THE USNS WACAMAW LOST STERRING AND RUN IN TO THE SARA ,I WAS IN HANGER BAY 2 AND HEARD THE COLLISION ALARM AND THEN I HIT THE HANGER DECK AND GRABBED A PADEYE. OUR SARATOGA WAS IN BAD SHAPE SHE HAD TO GO TO LIVERNO ITALY AND GO PEIR SIDE, GOOD LIBERTY WE HAD NO ROCKIN BOATS!!! MY SQUADRON VA-37 WAS THE GREATEST PILOTS AND MAINTENANCE CREW WERE A FAMILY . THE FLIGHTDECK WAS WHERE TO BE AT 18 YEARS OLD AND WAS A HIGH PERFORMANCE BALLIET I MISS IT ALL AND YOU WITH THE CRANIALS ON MARKED LIL'WAGS BIG WAGS ME HYPER T ,MOONBEAM AND BUDDAMAN AO-1 SMITH WHO MADE CHIEF AOC AND PASSED AWAY ON THE USS AMERICA I LOVE YA MAN! AND ALI-BABA AT2. WELL I SAID A BUNCH I AM HAPPY SHE WAS NOT TURNED INTO RAZOR BLADES WE MISS HER IN JACKSONVILLE ,WILL MAKE A TRIP TO SEE HER AGAIN FAIRWINDS FAIR WINDS, DROP ME A LINE SHIPMATES TOM SORENSEN THOMAS SORENSEN AD-1 (AW) USN RETIRED firstname.lastname@example.org MIDDLEBURG, FLORIDA USA - Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 11:26 PM.
Served 1966-68 as SN in 4th division coxswain utility boat 5 TAD R ADM LaRock's bardge. (stern hook) Remainder of enlistment in USNSAD ChuLai Republic of VietNam as BM3 I'd be glad to hear from old ship mates. Carl Kelso email@example.com DeSoto, MO USA - Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 2:32 PM.
Long live the Super Sara! I served on her flight deck from '81-'84, as Fly 3 yellow shirt..V-1 division. The V to be! Tony Mayor firstname.lastname@example.org Harrison, Ar USA - Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:45 PM.
I served on the USS Saratoga from 1989 to 1992 as a QM2. I was aboard during Desert Sheld and Desert Storm. I ended up staying in Jax after she was decommisioned. I know that Jacksonville tried to turn the Sara into a museum back when they decommisioned her, but were unsuccessful. I thought for sure that she was headed to the scrap yard. I ran across this website today and am overjoyed to see that she will be around for years to come. I can't wait to take my children on a tour! Paul Restivo email@example.com Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, January 6, 2006 at 3:51 PM.
I served aboard the Sara from 1977 to 1980 in the Dental Dept. If Keith Gillishammer is still out there, please contact me I have the Viet Nam cruise book you are looking for. Jesse Ruiz firstname.lastname@example.org San Antonio, Texas USA - Friday, January 6, 2006 at 2:21 PM.
What a great, worthwhile project! My father was aboard CV-3 in 1936-'37, as X.O. of Torpedo Squadron VT-2B, flying Great Lakes TG-2 aircraft. Anyone out there whose fathers served in that squadron? Please contact me! Ken Berner Mcqber@bellsouth.net Fairhope, AL USA - Friday, January 6, 2006 at 11:12 AM.
I was on CVA-60 for the 1966 Med Cruise. I was part of the Air Group in attack squadron VA-106 the GLADIATORS. I have the 1966 cruise book and would gladly donate it to the USS Saratoga Museum. I think this preservation of Saratoga is great. Roger Del Turco RDT9384@msn.com Ewing, New Jersey USA - Wednesday, January 4, 2006 at 1:08 PM.
I SERVED ABOARD THE SARA BETWEEN 1966 AND 1968/BM3 IN 3RD DIVISION/ I USE TO RUN RIGS FOR REFUELING SHIP TO SHIP AND SUPPLIES ETC. HAD GREAT TIMES AND MET A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE AND MADE GOOD FRIENDS//2 MED CRUISES ALSO. james carter email@example.com SLIDELL, LOUISIANA USA - Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 6:44 AM.
To all my shipmates on the U.S.S Saratoga CVA 60, I want to say hi and wish you and your families a very happy New Year! I served on the Saratoga from 1971 - 1972 and it was the best experiance I had. Till this day I remember the Med cruise being in all those countries and having the time of my life, I still remember the time me and a few of my shipmates went to Athens and drank Uzo and we got so drunk that I do not remember how I got back on board the Sara . Michael D Carpinona firstname.lastname@example.org Greenwood , fl USA - Saturday, December 31, 2005 at 7:56 AM.
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