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Archived messages - January - December 2007

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Happy New Year to all my former shipmates!!! Tripp Corbin Former OS2 88-93 Tripp Corbin Dacula, Georgia USA - Monday, December 31, 2007 at 11:52 PM.

Happy New Year Pappa Pete and the old v-4 div. And all of the other ship mates who severed aboard the SARA. Bryant Blakeley Neosho, Mo. usa - Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 2:11 PM.
I served onboard from 86-90 in V2 Div. In the Bow Cats. Lots of memories in cat 2 water brakes, One in particular is after the joint french & US independence day celabration. Would love to here from some of the crew! Dennis Jackson Bangs, Texas USA - Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:06 AM.
Our father Lt. Commander MacDonald Thompson a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy 1937 served on the U.S.S. Idaho BB-42; U.S.S. Saratoga CV-3; U.S.S. Enterprise CV-6 and U.S.S. Hancock CV-19. He was a Naval Pilot who flew the Avenger Torpedo planes ( TBF & TBM ) in VT-3; VT-10 and VT-7. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; The Presidential Commendation; The Navy Commendation Medal and others. He was killed in his plane on September 21, 1944 while serving his country! Bill & Don Thompson Garden Grove, California USA - Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 8:32 PM.
I was on the Saratoga From 93-94 made the last deployment and was so thankful I had a chance to be a part of a great team onboard. The sprit of Sara will always live. Thanks MM3 Bailey Jody Bailey sarah, ms USA - Monday, December 24, 2007 at 11:31 PM.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all Saratoga veterans and volunteers. Jim Dudley Stamford, CT USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:55 AM.
Was aboard the Sara 1969/70 with Vf 103. Would be nice to hear from any one I knew then. Howard Kliewer PR2. Howard Kliewer Grand Lake, Colorado USA - Friday, December 21, 2007 at 7:57 AM.
Served on the Sara 1962-1965. G Div, AO3. I'll never forget my time on board, hope I get to walk the flight deck again. dan bialik raleigh, n.c. USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:15 PM.
Former 'grape' here. Served from 84-88 in V-4 Div. Drop me a line if you remember me! ABF3 Jeff Kennedy (Kiddy) Varwig will understand the (kiddy) part! Jeff Kennedy Independence, Mo. USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 12:29 AM.
hey all i served in v4 div 1978-1981 ive tried to contact some of yall from v-4 but there old email addresses, any way god bless yall hope all is well would love to hear from old ship mates from v-4 stoorza bare mutshler and what happened to our fuels artist tony morris greg buzz bradley monett, mo. USA - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 1:12 PM.
Served on the Sara 62-63 as a Radioman 3rd Class. Any "ditty" chasers out there? Only a short time aboard, got sent to crypto-repair school on a non-returning basis. Went to the Shangri-La (CVA38) same pier at Mayport. Douglas Janelle Somerset, NJ USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 2:05 PM.
I served on sara from 87-89.Looking for Tyron phair,frank willshire and andrew payne from v-2 division. I find myself thinking about the ship and the friends I made a lot lately. Ronald c Lipscomb south,boston , virginia USA - Friday, December 7, 2007 at 5:35 PM.
served from 87-90 v2 arresting gear (gearratt)that would be a great name for the fantail cafe are u going to open the arresting gear spaces on the 03 level down from the cic roger kevin cabe belmont, nc USA - Monday, December 3, 2007 at 2:48 AM.
My father (David L.Lee) served on the SARA from 16 July 1959 to 2 July 1961. My mom told me he always talked about a Ronnie from Delaware. Just looking for pics of him of any pics from that tome frame. Thanks :) Stacy , Texas USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 11:57 PM.
Served on the Sara 1965 to 1969 R div 2nd class shipfitter I think of her often and the shipmates would like to see her and to introduce my family to part of my life. Joseph Snedeker , PA USA - Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 4:07 PM.
I just wanted to wish each and every Sara Veteran a Happy Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas. Hope all any your families have a blessed 2008 Tommy D. Brooks E Division 1977 - 1981 Tommy Dale (Bunkey) Brooks Mansfield, Texas USA - Monday, November 26, 2007 at 1:11 PM.
I would like to hear from papa pete and any other crew memebers from 58 to 63 that were in v-4 & v-6 divison. Bryant Blakeley neosho, mo. USA - Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:55 AM.
Hi shipmates, I served on the MIGHTY SARA from1956 to 1958. That makes me a PLANK-OWNER. I stood watches in #1 main machinery room. I was a BT-3. EDWARD HIRSCH    FRENCHPAPA@AOL.COM HUNTINGTON STA., NEW YORK USA - Friday, November 23, 2007 at 1:37 PM.
I was attached to VS-30 Diamondcutters and completed 2 of my 3 cruises on Sara. I served on Sara during the '87 med cruise and the '90/'91 cruise (Desert Shield/Storm). Hopefully she will become a museum for all to experience the Carrier first hand. In the mean time, I live close enough to enjoy the USS Hornet museum and keep track of USS Iowa as her organization is trying to find her a home so she can be a museum. Someday, I would like to take my kids on board Sara and show them the ship that I proudly served on. Best wishes to all! Tim Gulliford USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 10:55 PM.
I was a member of the crew of USS Saratoga (CVA60). I was in VA-35 and made three med cruises, 1958, 1959 and 1960. I would like to see and go though the ship once again. I am going to enlist for membership. It won't be too far for me to travel. Peter Mazzeo Cheektowaga, New York USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 8:55 PM.
For info on Adm George Steele former commander of the USS Saratoga, who retired from USN in 1936 please visit Marion Public Library at: Before assuming command of the Saratoga, Adm Steele commanded the rigid airship USS Los Angeles. kevin reynolds marion, in USA - Saturday, November 17, 2007 at 11:36 AM.
Are there any new developments as to the status of the museum? I know for years alot of hard work has been done but it seems like there is no new status reports. (The last being the harbor study) After the letdown in Jacksonville,the sub sinking,and the amount of time that has passed since the project began one has to be concerned. Frank Lennon should be commended for all he has done, let's hope the finalization of the project is near. In the meantime let's not forget to continue any financial help we can provide the project.....Jim Dudley, Saratoga Veteran Jim Dudley Stamford, Ct USA - Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 3:36 PM.
I left prior messages but I keep changing my e-mail address. Hopefully I will be here for a while. I served on board the " Sara" from late 1958 to late 1961. I was in V-2 Div. ( Arresting Gear). I have been talking with a couple shipmates and would like to hear from others that might have been in Arresting Gear. Ronald Lowe Jarrell, Texas USA - Monday, November 12, 2007 at 2:56 PM.
damn proud your saving such a fine ship,with such a rich tradition and namesake.will pass the word to all I know.served for over four years and was the time of my young life.God speed don breedlove Austin, texas USA - Friday, November 9, 2007 at 1:01 AM.
It's good to see that our Sara will be a museum!!!! I've hoped for many years that I would have the opportunity to show my children where I gave blood, sweat, tears, and a life for many days at Sea. I left VS-30 in 1994 and joined the Army, however I still have an undying bond to this ship!!! A brother of the Airwing lives only 4 houses down from me - Christian Stair. He was a member of VFA-81. He and I will be among the first to see this accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to earn a spot on the "Final Deployment" to R.I.!!!!!!!! PN3 McCauley, John (VS-30) Parker, Colorado USA - Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 1:16 AM.
Hey shipmates: I was on the Sara from 83 to 87 in S-8. Looking for some folks to reconnect with. LTJG Ed Thompson, Raul Contreras (worked in one of the engine rooms), and SK2 Chuck Harding. If you know the whereabouts of these guys and could drop me a line at, I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Ray Sweeney Phila, PA USA - Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 9:58 PM.
Been helping build a steel model of CV-60 for 5 years. Trying to obtain photos/negatives of all aircraft flown off CV-60. Need to make DECALS for Tails etc. Would like to meet anyone with a CRUISE BOOK for any year. Already have made/or bought more than 20 different models: AH-1 to F-18, but very few have decals. Using 1:48 SCALE the CV-60 STEEL MODEL is 25 FEET LONG. Will submit a picture as soon as I can. Richard E. Morse Jacksonville, FL USA - Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 6:29 AM.
My father, Dennis Eugene Parks, joined the navy in November of 1940 and did basic training at Great Lakes and then went to the Ford Mechanics School in Detroit. He was then assigned to the Saratoga in 1941. He was Fireman First Class and then Waterman First Class. He left the Saratoga in early 1943 to go to sub school in New London, CT. He served on the USS Cubera until the end of the war. Dad is alive and well and tells great stories about his time on the Saratoga. He would enjoy hearing from anyone that remembers him or from anyone who had family that served with him. He doesn't use a computer but I will be happy to pass on any messages. Thank you. Denise Hearld Wyoming, MI USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 7:14 PM.
My father, Dennis Eugene Parks, served on the Saratoga during WWII as a Fireman First Class. He joined the Navy in 1940 and after basic traning at Great Lakes he attended the Ford school for mechanics in Detroit. He was then assigned to the Saratoga where he served until he left for submarine school in Groton,CT in 1943. He then served aboard the USS Cubera until the end of the war. He moved back to Michigan where he retired as a Captain on the Grand Rapids Police Dept. after serving 32 years. Dad is alive and well and tells great stories of his time on the Saratoga he would be interested in finding anyone who remembers him or anyone who has heard of someone that remembers him. Dad doesn't use the computer but I will pass on any information. Thank you... Denise Hearld Wyoming, MI USA - Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at 10:46 AM.
I served aboard the Sara between 1976 & 80 in V-3 and V-5 division. I have great memories and had a great time serving! Robert Amilibia Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 9:58 AM.
Served on The Sara in 84-87,, Operations IO Div. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers,, Have a good one 678 697 9812 Jim McIntyre Jonesboro, Georgia USA - Sunday, October 14, 2007 at 1:47 PM.
Hey all, I served on the Sara in 84-87. OS3 McIntyre Operations IO Div,, CIC moles, anyone remember me, then email me so we can catch up. Great memories on the Sara. Hope everyone is well. 678 697 9812 Jim McIntyre Jonesboro, GA USA - Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 11:09 AM.
My old e-mail address is no good. This is the new one and would like to hear from anybody in S-1 div between 1962-1965. E-MAIL : James Harness Lakeland, Florida USA - Friday, October 12, 2007 at 10:50 AM.
My uncle John J Williams served on the Sararoga thru both world wars. Is there any way I can get a list of the crew members for the period of time between 1920 and 1945. Danny Williams Amity, Arkansas USA - Friday, October 5, 2007 at 5:47 PM.
Hello old shipmates! I served in the S-7 division from '88-'91. Anybody serve during that time? Pat Connor? Myron Berstein? Jesse James Haley? Ferguson? Greg Barnett? Jim Ripple??? Contact me if you want to chat! I'm living in Indiapolis now working as a Software Engineer. We can chat! Take care, Scott Scott Jones Indianapolis, IN USA - Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 4:11 PM.
In memory of Lt. Cdr. William "Bill" Kane my grandfather. I'm not sure how long he served on this ship but it was at least 10 years. I can't wait to visit the museum in RI. Matt Kane Jacksonville, FL USA - Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 10:08 PM.
Just like to add my ditty to the best ship I ever served on. As a "shoe" coming from a career in the "small boys" it was a great and lasting memory to work with the airdale community on my last sea tour. What a time too! Great group and great times, thought about making a career out of it! George Skinner QMCS(SW) ret. Jacksonville, Fl USA - Monday, October 1, 2007 at 9:04 AM.
I was in vf171 Det Key West. We supplied fighter support for the sea trials in october of 82. I remember the ham radio was down due to a broken and missing antenna. I was the one who found and fixed the antenna and then helped mount it back on the ship one night. I had head of the line priviledges the rest the cruise. patrick c murray bainbridge, ohio USA - Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 11:49 PM.
Just like to say hello to S-1 Division shipmates, served onboard from 58-61, retired 1978,Chief SK. Made 2nd & 3rd Med cruises of the Sara. Lou Schneider Bayside, New York USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 12:20 PM.
My dad, Albert Dixon, Jr served on the USS Saratoga from 1943 to 1946. He was a gunner's mate and was proud to have served his country but never spoke of it with us kids. He passed away in 1992 but I would love to hear if anyone remembers him. God bless all the veterans. sandra dixon albany, ny USA - Monday, September 24, 2007 at 10:50 AM.
I was on board from 1973 to 1975 and did the Med Cruse. I worked in the Im-2 division. Worked on the Yellow gear as a Electrican. I would like to hear from some one from that time. Paul K. Ayers send me an e-mail Bruce G. Heisey Manchester, MA USA - Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:24 AM.
Served on Sara from July 1969 - Jan 1973, OI Division as OS2 (electronic warfare/operations specialist) working in "CIC". Other shipmates are welcome to email me. Thanks to this site, I have run across shipmates I knew, but lost contact with them over the decades. I have scanned many artifacts into my computer that I can share, such as some photos, form letters from the CO sent back home to families, a few of those little "port of call" description booklets. Hopefully, you have some photos or info to share as well. Even 35 years later, I still remember the smell of JP5 (jet fuel) and the rush of planes launching from the deck. Lots of memories, but a vivid one was standing on the deck watching a cruise ship go by. They waved as they enjoyed themselves to luxury while we struggled with the Vietnam war. Since that time, I have take 22 wonderful cruise ships and occasionally I see Navy ship. I always wave and cheer to wish them the best. The most chilling experience was after launching off the ship on my last day. I flew to Da Nang before flying back to Hawaii. The air strip was bombed that night and I was almost shot down the next morning while leaving out. I recall the relieve I had when I knew I was 100 miles off the coast with nothing but clear skies ahead. Hello to my fellow Radarman, EW techs, the DS (data systems) gang, and guys in IOIC. Glen Hamilton San Ramon, California USA - Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 1:39 PM.
Served on Sara during Desert Shield/Desert Storm Cruise 90-91 and 92 during the bosnian conflict, I was in VF-74. Hope all my old shipmates are well! Brett Moss Ocala, FL USA - Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 9:15 PM.
My grandfather, Rex Vaughan, served on the USS Saratoga during WWII. He just passed away in July and I wish I could have known more about his service. Kellie     Denver, CO USA - Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 2:19 AM.
I went on board in the year of 1963. It was great. I even was allowed to get into one of the aircraft. I met a Jack Lagard and a Joe Ramsey. And wondered what they are doing now. Eleanor Ford nee Doughty Tendring, Essex england - Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 3:09 PM.
Served on Sara 1978-1980 making two Med cruises. Worked in V2 Div. Waist Cats. Served on the Forrestal before that (76-77) V2 Div. Waist Catapults. Les Jones Houston, Texas USA - Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 8:15 AM.
Served aboard the Sara 79-80 As a PMT in Medical Div. Was initated as HMC on 1980 Med cruise. Hope to see this great old lady as a museum. Steve Putter Branson, Mo USA - Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 9:46 PM.
Aboard her 1969, Squadron VA-75,AE,enjoyed every minute of my ride on her... Sterling Lee Mac Allister angleton, texas USA - Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 2:48 PM.
Was plane captain,vf-31 a/c 104,left '76 med cruise in march,'Tag' fell on me in line shack,brok my leg,sent home to Phily by way of Naples. 6 months latter assigned to vf-74 then onbd nimitz in out in '78 did 20 nav res.then 6 yrs in army res.rail unit retired ful time NYC transit system. Kudos to all. R W Royes     franklin square, new york USA - Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 10:09 PM.
hey all I change my email address to the above. served on the sara with vf31 in 1960, 61. great ship and a lot of memories jack koskey pennsville, nj USA - Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 5:28 PM.
looking for anyone who served with my father John Franklin in 1973 on the USS Saratoga cristina jones portsmouth, va USA - Monday, August 13, 2007 at 5:54 PM.
looking for old shipmate mark wall or any one from 82-86 in the aviation machinist mate dept. titka ad2 poughkeepsie, ny USA - Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 8:57 PM.
i would love to see the sara reborn i took her out of dry dock and sailed on her for 4 years the thought of being able to reboard her again would astonishing. thank you all for a job well done and please keep me posted as i know others who sailed on her also. james titka poughkeepsie, ny USA - Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 8:27 PM.
Served in S-6 Div from April 1989 thru October 1991. Rode her during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Glad to see the old "Super Sara" will be saved from the ship breakers. Look forward to seeing her again. Hope my shipmates are well and enjoying life. Winston Tedin Old Town, Florida USA - Monday, August 6, 2007 at 3:14 PM.
I was on the super sara from 83 to 87 in V-2 waist cats. I made two cruises working on the flight deck. if any waist cat want to get in touch give me a line.. Fate samuel roberson pikeville, tenn USA - Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 10:40 PM.
I was on the 85-86 Med cruise. I am Bobby Jones and was in the weapons department and worked in the armory. Would like to hear from anybody who worked in the armory. Also looking for a good friend of mine that was a waist cat named Richard W. Reed from Magee Mississippi was also in boot camp with him at Great Lakes. Good luck and good fortune to all who served aboard the Super Sara. Bobby Jones palm coast, florida USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 10:43 PM.
..........hey fellas...!!!......make a special nice job fixin' up CVIC and CIC-spent a lotta time in there as an Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class with VA-75... aka 'Tonk' 72-76............ Mario Tonkli , Ooooo-HI-ooooo USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 3:32 PM.
hey all just want to say hay to all my old shipmates from V-4 div 1978-1981 would love to hear from yall i live next to the lake in sw mo. my life changed alot. greg buzz bradley monett, missouri USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 3:30 PM.
While assigned to VAQ-136 as AVWEPS Division Chief, we deployed to the Mediterranean in 1978-79 on the "Fighting Cock." That was my final Navy cruise as I retired shortly afterward. Two ships-company friends I would like to hear from are CDR Buddy (Benny) Martis - CDR Stike Operations, AVCM Frank Batreal - AIMD Division Chief and ATC Bob Mary - ECM Shop Chief. I commend the foundation for restoring the Saratoga and preserving some of our important military history. I am the webmaster for Patrol Squadron Forty Four [ ] - the squadron that found and reported the Japanese Fleet approaching Midway on June 3, 1942. I will post a link for this website there. Your efforts are appreciated. Ray Beck Godley, TX USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 10:11 AM.
AS2 Beck AIMD- I served on the final voyage turning figure 8s in the Adriadic. My dad, ATC Beck AIMD (Ray Beck) served on her in 78. Perhaps that would a story for the museum? Would love to hear from some of my shipmates, espeacialy ASC Pryne. I am glad the ship will be a museum so I can take my kids and grandkids to see a real part of history someday. The song that played as she pulled out for her final cruise was; "Sarah, No time is a good time for goodbyes" They played it for a VERY long time! God bless all and god bless the Museum Foundation! Kenneth Beck Godley, TX USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 9:14 PM.
I served aboard from Oct. 1961 until Feb. 1964. Spent all my time in #2 MMR as a BT-3 and BT-2. Hard days but still great memories. And yes, I'd do it all over again. I just wanted to make an update to my e-mail address in case someone wants to drop me a line or two. Richard "Ozzie" Osburn Brunswick, Ga. USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 4:49 PM.
I am very pleased with your effort on saving Sara. I was on the Forrestal your sister ship from 1973-1976 and I am glad one of these two will be saved. I cant wait to visit when its done. MS2 Steve Deneen steve deneen millington, mi USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 9:14 PM.
Was surprised to find my your ship on "GOOGLE" Never thought my navy contacts would be made public outside the service. Hasta Lavista George Clark    Bluefish Upper Darby, PA USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 5:29 PM.
Hello Everyone. If any shipmates know me or were in V-4 or V-1 during 1987-1991 I'd love to hear from you. I'm now living in South Florida directly in the path of the next Hurricane. Visit my web sites, or . Stephen J. Engasser Coral Springs, FLORIDA USA - Friday, July 6, 2007 at 3:17 AM.
Happy 4th. To all of the memebers of the sara's crew.Who served with honor on a great ship.The sara was the best. Blake Bryant Blakeley Neosho, Mo. USA - Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 10:34 AM.
I was the driver for Adm. Robert J. Stroh at the time of his retirement in Nov. 1969. I served aboard the Saratoga from April 1975 til April 1978 as POIC of # 4 main machinery space and # 1 Aux. Machinery space. Dennis Roy Hale MMCS (Ret.) Whitley City, Kentucky USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 6:17 AM.
The Saratoga is a great carrier who serve this country proudly with all her crews. Every year when I go over to the Naval War College I take a picture of her and the Forrestal. I happy to hear that your foundation have saved her. Nicholas J. Valhos Hyde Park, New York USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 1:14 AM.
I served aboard her 73-77. Glad to know she lives on as a museum. Old ships like old sailors are museum pieces but at least neither of us will become part of the ocean like her sister ships. Thanks for the memories SARA Jack Groshans evansville, indiana USA - Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 4:16 PM.
My husband served on the Sara as an AZ from 90-91. Sparky's Wife Albany, GA USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 12:24 AM.
I'd like to thank the 3 people who were interested in the Saratoga belt buckle I had. It went to David Kerwood, webmaster for the Saratoga Museum Foundation, and I hope it will become part of the museum display. God bless all who sail on the seas. Ginny Brommelsick Largo, FL USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 6:13 PM.
Served aboard the Sara from 1977-1980 and made 3 Med-Cruises. Worked in AIMD/IM3 and had a lot of good memories & friends while doing my time. If you remember, please give me a shout! Gene White , Indiana USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 3:09 PM.
I was part of the Crew During the Final Voyage and decommisioning of The Sara working out of G division and MSC. I would like to know if anyone has any information on optaining the Final Voyage certificate that was given the crew after the decomissioning. If anyone has information please contact me at (904)434-3108 or by e-mail. AO2 Vazquez, J.M. Jacksonville, Florida USA - Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 9:53 AM.
I served on Sara CV-60 1986-1989 HM2 Medical I loved this old girl from the bottom of my heart, I was always so proud of seeing her and being part of her crew and what she stood for,,,When is the dedication ceremony and can we get some ship shirt rockers,,,, I will be there,,, I would have loved to get 1 more underway period with her Following seas Sean Doc O'Reilly Sean O'Reilly Chesapeake, va USA - Friday, June 1, 2007 at 2:24 PM.
would love to talk to ship mates from v4 1978-1981 greg bradley monett, missouri USA - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 6:23 PM.
Somehow I ended up with a military style belt buckle engraved USS SARATOGA above of base relief of an aircraft carrier, with CV 60 under it. My dad was in the Navy from 1942 until 1956 and I think it was in a bunch of his stuff. He was in the Pacific as an aircraft machinist mate and on the USS WASP at Hunter's POint, CA, 1955-1956. If anyone is interested in owning this, please let me know and it will be in the mail posthaste. Save them all from every peril on the sea. Ginny Brommelsick Largo, FL USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 9:21 PM.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of "Tommy Dunn"? He was a snipe on the Sara in the mid 60's and was from Arkansas. Gerald C Portner Longview, WA USA - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 2:47 AM.
I served on board from 1960-1963 in 4MMR as a Machinist Mate I have been in contact with a few old shipmates through the reunion. Brad Senter was one of my shipmates also Dan Stiltner. would like to hear from any more out there John Gutwein Springfield, Ohio USA - Sunday, May 27, 2007 at 9:13 PM.
Plank owner Jan 56 to June 59 OI Div. Great Time in my life Herb Golder Baltimore, MD USA - Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:52 AM.
JOSEPH W. O'KEEFE, JR. Regarding my previous message today: my deceased husband's service was from 1967 - 1973. Joe's DD-214 states his position was Aviation Electrition and Pilot Rescue. Does anyone remember him? Thank you, Marianne Marianne O'Keefe Ogden, Utah USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 9:09 PM.
JOSEPH W. O'KEEFE, JR. Vietnam service 1967 - 1973. Does anyone remember my husband, Joe O'Keefe? He died on July 7, 2004, after a short but brave battle with brain cancer. He was much too young (only 54) and we his family miss him so very much. He filed documentation with the V.A. regarding a service-related claim in April 2004 before his death. I've let it slip due to mourning and illness. I've been told to find shipmates of his that might help me with clarification of service details, needed to proceed with the claim. The V.A has been no help, they want me to go away, but I'm a tough old broad. If you know my wonderful husband, please e-mail me. Hugs to all of you, for your service. Thank you, Marianne Marianne O'Keefe Ogden, Utah USA - Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 8:30 PM.
was on the ol sinkin sara from 74 to 76 on the best mardet in the world , aqny of my old friends out there? sam yaun augusta, ga. USA - Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 9:41 AM.
I served with VS 22 late 76 to early 80 just wondered if anyone that I served with has vised this web site? Ron York Albuquerque , NM USA - Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 12:47 AM.
I thank your doing the right thing with your projects. Too bad there was not enough interest in the USS TARAWA CVS40. I was still living in RI back then. Bu1 Hilscher USN ret Joseph W. Hilscher usn ret Dickinson, Texas USA - Monday, May 7, 2007 at 7:15 AM.
I served on the USS.Saratoga from 82-86. I am looking for a copy of the 85 med-IO cruise book. my e-mail is richard goldman ,  USA - Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 4:42 AM.
Gentlemen, I am so glad to see the progress on a park for the Super Saratoga! I served on board by squadron in 1985-86. I will seriously consider being a monthly provider in the near future. Tim Ridings AQAN Ridings, Timothy VA-85 Greenville, IL USA - Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM.
I was on the Sara from 1985-1988 AIMD I-M4 Division. Drop me a line, and we can chat about the best times of our lives. (Now) Barry Kirby Columbus , ohio USA - Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 5:27 AM.
The memories are forever, thank God the cruises only seemed like forever. Hope all is well with any and all SUPER SARA SAILORS. Barry Kirby columbus, ohio USA - Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 5:02 AM.
Served onboard Sara from 1986 to 1990. Was Cat Captian on Cat One then V-2 LPO and converted to NC1 and became one of the Command Career Counselors. Had great time on Super Sara. Appreciate what your doing trying to preserve her and make her a museum. They blew up the other carrier I served on, the America. My son's in the Navy because of my "sea stories." Clayton Mitchell montgomery, alabama USA - Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 6:01 PM.
My uncle Russell Amundson, BM2C, served on the Sara in WW II. He was killed 21 Feb 1945. Would like to hear from anyone who may have been there or who knew him. Jane, Jane Ann Rubin , Florida USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at 1:21 PM.
Served as a SH3 from 1984-1988 it was the hardest I ever worked in the Navy and I had the best time doing it. Served with a lot of people whose friendship I will cherish forever. BRET BURROW Olivehurst , California USA - Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 5:58 PM.
I served aboard Sara from '68 ~ '70 in OE Division and I'm glad to see they're trying to make this beautiful symbol of our military strength and independance into a museum. She's a gracious lady and deserves continued recognition. Jack Gerundo Macungie, Pennsylvania USA - Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 5:29 PM.
Served on board from 62-66 2mmr most of that time. As a BT I can still hear the sounds and smell the smells. jim makins USA - Sun, April 15, 2007 10:15.
I just learned of the people trying to make the Sara into a museum. I was aboard the sister ship The USS Forrestal CVA 59 back in the early '70s . I only wish they could save the FID. I took my family to Newport to see both ships. I so wanted for my daughters to see the FID, for my oldest was born while Iwas on board. But seens they are sisterships, maybe there is a chance to see the inside of one. GOOD LUCK!!!! Art Morrison Jr Mayfield, New York USA - Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 7:56 PM.
hello shipmates Gene Ladik S-3 div uss saratoga cva 60 61-66 orignally leechburg, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh,Pa. currenty living Lady Lake, Fl. [past 8 years] I worked in the officers barbershop cut the captains hair. and meet a lot of fine people on the ship I'll be in Orlando for the reunion . hope to see you there. new Email address Gene P. Ladik The Villages, FL 32162 USA - Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 7:41 PM.
Dear former shipmates, Lyle Clark, affectionately known as "bud" passed away a few years ago. Bud left behind a loving wife "nancy", who thinks of him each and every day. I am one of his sons. If you have any stories, no matter how insignificant you feel they may be please contact me. My e-mail address is and/or my cell 805-341-3211. He also worked on the Fleet Rehab. and Modernization. He served in the mid 50's to late 60's. Thank you bobby burns topanga, ca USA - Monday, April 9, 2007 at 11:44 PM.
Hi Shipmates Plank Owner reported Bklyn NY Nov '55 stayed on board till '58 when transferred to Com6thFlt Staff. Wishing all a Happy Easter. Sara looks in tough shape - we have to get her moved to Quonset Pt. and get her back into shape. Looking for two former shipmates Fred Leeds E-Div and Pearson A Div. Anyone know their whereabouts, please contact me if you do. Best Regards to all former Plank Owners and others that sailed her. Jim Prior Jim Prior Arlington, MA USA - Friday, April 6, 2007 at 1:13 PM.
Hi shipmates. I served on the Sara from 1963 to 1967. I was aboard for 2 years when one day I ran into an old friend, Ralph Dravis, from the old neighborhood in Johnstown, PA. I was walking past the aft Starboard mess deck to get in line, and there he was. We had been aboard together for over 2 years and neither of us knew it - and he was being seperated and leaving the ship the following day. I'm not sure exactly what Ralph did on board, but I know he was in one of the aviation divisions. Sadly, I must inform anyone who might have know Ralph that he passed away about 3 weeks ago. I really don't have any further details to pass on, but I'm sure Ralph would have wanted his old shipmates to know. Greg Greg Rager Lakeland, FL USA - Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 10:58 PM.
i served on the sara 1982-1984 thank you hollis williams jacksonville, fl USA - Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 7:51 AM.
Served onboard CV 60 1985-1989, V-2 Division, BOW Cats. First tour and two cruises as an undesignated AN that formed my appreciation for hard work and what the NAVY stands for. Look forward to hearing from any shipmates out there and stepping aboard once again in the future. Current position is as a CWO3 ALRE Bos'n onboard CVN 74. JIM KAY Bremerton , WA USA - Monday, April 2, 2007 at 8:47 AM.
It's great to hear that the Saratoga is going to live on. I was aboard while she was in dry dock in Portsmouth, VA back in the early seventies. At 6' 8" tall we were destined to net spend much time together. I was in the OX division. Dave Maravetz Gardiner, MT USA - Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 12:10 AM.
I served with G-3 Division from 92-94. Looking for anyone that might have served with me. Take care! "Hazmat" Jeff Hazlett ,  USA - Monday, March 26, 2007 at 4:36 AM.
Hi to all the Super Sara Family. Served from Nov 1981 thru Nov 1985 assigned to AMID/IM4 Ground Support in the forward of hanger bay 1. I first met the Sara while in SLEP in Philly. The 1984 MED Criuse was one of my most exciting expierences of my military career. I still watch the many videos of our operations and port visits. Kim Arbegast Louisville, Tn USA - Friday, March 23, 2007 at 9:43 PM.
I was with VF-43, on the Saratoga, on it's shake down cruise in the Carribean in 1956. I served with as a M@A and oversaw most of the great card cames. Is anyone left from that crew? Larry R. Staley : AT2 Mesa, AZ USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 10:09 PM.
Did a Med Cruise on the Sara From July 69 thru Jan 70 with the Tomcatters of VF-31. William Rio     Florham Park, N.J. USA - Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:06 AM.
on board around jan 1969 - oct 1972, 1mmr. Had great time, except for the fires & flooding. Hell of a flight off the deck in cod (mail plane) when transferred oct 1972. ross, stubs, pignolet, workman, cambridge, lorio, just a few steamers I still remember. ken ayers new port richey, fl. USA - Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:15 PM.
75,76,77 Oil Shack E-Div. Sam McMunn saltsburg, pa USA - Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 9:35 AM.
v2 div arresting gear 87 90 anybody from that or email me roger kevin cabe belmont, nc USA - Friday, March 9, 2007 at 12:55 AM.
Hello fellow "TOGARS". I was stationed aboard the "SUPER SARA FROM APR82-FEB84. I was the Career Counselors' peon, I mean PN. Worked with crazy MM1/NC1/NCC Dick SMALES {not to be confused with his equally crazy cohort in crime AO1/AOC Ray EDWARDS.} You guys out there? Remember me? I did all your work for you. Good old PNSN Jerry GILBERT too. Just want to say hi to all my shipmates from way back when. JOHN KROGULSKI WILLINGBORO, NEW JERSEY USA - Monday, March 5, 2007 at 4:53 PM.
I wound like to hear from popy pete. I lost your E-mail Bryant Blakeley Neosho, Mo. USA - Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 5:41 PM.
My dad was on the Saratoga around 1969. His name was Stephen Brown. I am just trYing to find some of his friends. He passed away in 1972, and I don't know too much about him. And would love to hear some stories. God Bless all of you. And Thank you for what you have done for our country. anne marie zufelt , ma USA - Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 5:15 PM.
Greetings shipmates. I had the pleasure of serving with VF-103, then flying as a Radar Intercept Officer in the F4J Phantom II as part of Air Wing Three aboard Saratoga in 1970 and 1971. I recall taking part in one North Sea NATO excercise before a short port call in Scotland, and the time the SARA blew main induction valves, one port, and one starboard a few days apart while in the area of the Eastern Med. That made for some interesting times! VF-103 was my first duty station, and the Saratoga my first ship. I have very fond memories of those days. "Fair winds and following seas" with the museum foundation! Rory A. MacDonell LCDR USN (RET) Hastings, Florida USA - Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 12:58 PM.
Hi everyone - I was on the Sara from 1972-1973. I was with VA-75 Sunday Punchers, AMS3, and Chief Pittman was my Chief Petty Officer in charge of my shop. I was good friends with Manny Lopez. I was also friends with Gene Howard and his older brother, who was first class. They loved to play guitar and country music. I worked the 12 midnight to 12 noon shift. Anyone who wants to get in touch with me, please do. I would love to hear from you. Richard (Richie) LaCava Barto, PA USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 9:07 PM.
I served on the Sara from 73-75 working on the flight deck with the Crash & Salvage (Red Shirts) I remember when we left the ship yard in Portsmoth to our home port in Mayport. Then we had a shakedown cruse in Cuba, drills, drills and more drills. I had some great times on that ship. Marc Jacob Sr. Eugene, Oregon USA - Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 11:08 AM.
I left earlier messages but I have changed my e-mail address again. New address: Was in V-2 Div. ( arresting gear) from Oct. 1958 to Dec. 1961. Have been talking with a couple ship mates from that time. Would like to hear from more. Ronald Lowe Leander, Texas USA - Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 6:29 PM.
spent high school years protesting 'war' in vietnam & marching 4 civil rights 4 african-americans, entered navy after receiving draft number (26) served in navy 1970-1974 (4years on ocean b4 2years in rice paddy) drew the uss saratoga after booted out of a-school 4critical analysis of richard m. nixon b4 '72 re-election. (eighteen weeks of twenty week a-school; flushed) saw cuba & mediterranian b4 sara was dry-docked 4 overhaul, went on two week leave 2b met @ door by telegram ordering me back2 ship 4departure (ship afloat, stores aboard). crossed equator, rounded horn, back accross the equator, bound4 vietnam. uncle sam saw fit2 give me 1year off the 'rice paddy' anyway. medaled4 service, the singapore fire. can only hint2 effect this has had on the remainder of my life... paul joseph (d 40-60-26) USA - Tue, January 30, 2007 11:14.
When I found out about this wonderful project I joined the 60's Club. I'm now waiting to hear when I can make plans ito come out there for this historic event! I served aboard the Sara from 1958 to 1962. A-5 Division. Jim Rusnak USA - Mon, January 29, 2007 20:19.
I am the Head Divemaster on Bikini Atoll, (the final resting place of CV3). During the 2006 dive season we discovered a pair of MK 5 diving helmets from inside the ship. I would really like any veterans or veteran family members who might havd anything to do with Navy dive operations to contact me. Anyone else who is interested in the condition of the grand old Lady as she is today can also contact me. We are considering writing a book about Bikini Atoll and the ships resting there. Once again if there are any veterans or family members who have anything they would like to contribute then please contact me. Jim Akroyd Bluffton, Ohio USA - Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 11:18 PM.
V-4 div. 71-75 Terry Myers East Liverpool, oh. USA - Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 8:49 PM.
Served in #1MMR 65-67 looking for fellow snipes MM's and BT's. Already spoke with Ronnie O'Neal we had a lotta laffs, so where are the rest of you guys?? CW Jones, JR Valentine, Gene Roth, Alphabet, to name a few...Love to hear from you better yet see you at next Sara reunion...Best wishes for all who served about our sea going Mistress...... Ron Schmidt Punta Gorda, FLORIDA USA - Thursday, January 4, 2007 at 7:20 AM.
I was on the ship in 1964 and 5. My 600 pictures r here. I was on the flight deck up front. I was a blue shirt. I would like 2 hear from anybody I may have worked with. Thanks 4 your time. Bye. Marty Lineen Hollywood, Florida USA - Monday, January 1, 2007 at 4:07 PM.
Happy New Year to all SARA shipmates!!!! AX1 Diaz, IM-3, Shop 7, '76-81 Joe Diaz Antioch, TN USA - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 8:26 PM.
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