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Visitor_Name: Sam Wilson
Email: samshell1@aol.com
Where_From: San Diego Ca.
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/28/2000   Time: 05:20 PM
Comments:   I served aboard the ship 1955-57 in the 3rd division and 8th division my twin brother was also on board he was a personnel man. i have a lot of fond memories of the time i was aboard. Made a lot of friends .


Visitor_Name: Tom A. Robertson
Where_From: Jefferson City, MO
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/25/2000   Time: 05:50 PM
Comments:   The USS Newport News was a good ship and this web site is worthy of her memory. I served aboard her from September 1968 to June 1969. I was in the OE division under Chief Heep, a veteran of WWII and Korea. We in the OE division had a nickname for ourselves. I left before the cruise was over to attend nuclear power school and enter the submarine service. I served aboard two submarines before I left the Navy, but my fondest memories are of the Newport News.


Visitor_Name: Kenneth Maxwell
Email: kd6esj@aol.com
Where_From: Sacramento, California
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 12/25/2000   Time: 04:54 PM
Comments:   I am a member of the commissioning crew, fox div. After serving almost a year I transferred to USS ROCHESTER (CA-124) And the rest is history. On shakedown I operated Turret three radar during local control and came too close to a target sled. But I did not catch cold during the arctic cruise and east coast war games.


Visitor_Name: Dennis Yeoman FTG2
Email: d.yeoman@verizon.net
Where From: Santa Maria, California
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/24/2000   Time: 02:31 PM
Comments:   Served on Newport News from May 1960 to Feb 1964. Have found quite a few names I recognize. I also have copies of '61 '62 and '63 cruise books and also personal photos from that era. If I want to send pix, who do I send them to and in what format, jpeg, bmp, tif, gif, etc??? Would appreciate any response from any of the Fox division guys from that time frame. I currently live in Santa Maria, California and am still in the active workforce (computers of all things)


Visitor_Name: Angelo Manfra
Email: Agmanf@aol.com
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 12/23/2000   Time: 10:41 AM
Comments:   Angelo Manfra SFP3,USS Springfield CLG7 '65-'67 Great site this is the second time I came aboard the Newport News. The first time was in Norfolk Va. in 1967.


Visitor_Name: Seth Hoyte
Email: shoyte@uswest.net
Where_From: tucson, az
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/21/2000   Time: 10:38 PM
Comments:   My father Barry Hoyte served onboard from 1964 to 1975 I took a few father son cruises


Visitor_Name: Scott L. Greene
Email: deepbluedad@aol.com
Where_From: W.Gardiner Maine
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 12/21/2000   Time: 09:35 PM
Comments:   Merry Christmas to everyone involved in this website and to all the guys who served on board the NN during her whole career!


Visitor_Name: John Campbell
Email: jbc@ijntb.net
Where_From: Beaumont, Texas
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/18/2000   Time: 07:25 PM


Visitor_Name: Maggie
Email: ecklund@midwestinfo.net
Where_From: Clarissa, Minnesota  USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/18/2000   Time: 03:06 PM
Comments:   Boz, told me to come see this, to help explain a little of his past.
Thank You


Visitor_Name: David B. Diller      
Email: midstateconsult@hotmail.com
Where_From: Rocklin ,California
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/18/2000   Time: 08:29 AM
Comments:   I served on the USS Newport News from 1959-1963 "A" division as a MM3 in the refer gang. The USS Newport News was the 2nd fleet flag ship. We were involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. I made some great friends while I was aboard her. I never thought about using my computer to locate info. on 4 great years of my life. I will spend some time viewing your web site over the coming weeks.


Visitor_Name: William Craig Hall, Marine Detachment
Email: cfedcoyote83@aol.com
Where_From: Collierville, TN  38017   USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 12/13/2000   Time: 09:04 PM
Comments:   Aboard from April 1966 until September 1967. While in Ship's Company, served as XO and Captain's Orderly, and later with Flag as Chief Of Staff's and Admiral's Orderly. Also at times loader on 30mm guns portside. I've been in every compartment and hole. I love that Ship. Miss midrats! I want any information about Marines aboard. Do you remember we were called the "Rebel Ship" during Capt. McCarty's time, because much of the High Brass, Chiefs, and Marine Col. were from the South. Do you remember the Ice cream fight on the mess deck after leaving Oslo or Copenhagen when we had taken on all that ice cream. I received the communication that was brought up to the Admiral of the explosion and fire on the Forrestal. It was unclassified, and I was allowed to read it before giving it to the Admiral. Does anyone have any pictures of the Marines aboard? I'm in the Cruise Book on page 82. "REGINA MARIS"


Visitor_Name: Joe Jones (jonsey48)
Email: jjones4@maine.rr.com
Where_From: Gray Maine
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/10/2000   Time: 04:01 PM
Comments:   When I was last here, I was requested to tell a sea story. This one is true, in 1950 the NN was the first man of war to visit a Spanish Port we anchored off of Palma. Myself & Dusty Rhodes DC3 were in the 1st liberty party & first boat, we decided to pool our money I had 4 bucks & Dusty had 10. We changed my $4.00 and had such a time that I still dream of it, i shall not say more, but it was a sailors dream come true. when we finally returned to the ship exhausted we discovered that we hadn't touched dusty $10. The next day all prices doubled.


Visitor_Name: William T. McCain, CDR USN (Ret)
Email: wmccain@thegrid.net
Where_From: Fairfield, Ca
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/08/2000   Time: 05:10 PM
Comments: Actually my son, an Ensign in the Civil Engineering Corps found this site. He knew I served on the NEWPORT NEWS from 1969 to 1973. I was an Ensign when I reported aboard assigned to the Communications Department. I was a Lieutenant when I detached as was in the Operations Department. On October 1, 1972 at 0100 I was the OOD when Number Two Turret exploded. We were conducting NGFS off the coast of Vietnam. I will never forget that night. I loved and still love the NEWPORT NEWS. In fact, a friend of mine, a master model builder, built a 1/16 scale model of the ship. I had the ship modeled after the way she looked when I was aboard. All but two of the 3"/50 mounts are gone and it is flag configured. It was a beautiful ship and if you look at an old "Proceedings" it states that the NEWPORT NEWS is one of the last ships that looked like a warship. I have book marked this site and will come back often. Well Done to those that put this site together.


Visitor_Name: Robert Carmack
Email: rcarmack@misn.com
WebPage: http://www.rollanet.org/~rcarmack
Where_From: Steelville, Mo.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 12/05/2000   Time: 06:23 PM
Comments:   I worked in the Ship. Supt. office at Subic Bay when she came in after the explosion of Oct 72. I directed the work of turning the turret around to face forward again. My heart goes out to those who lost love ones in that disaster. What memories this page brings back of those times. Bob


Visitor_Name: John Sargent
Email: delphi1115@mcttelecom.com
Where_From: Henniker NH USA
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 11/27/2000   Time: 01:18 PM
Comments: I have a picture taken from the flight deck of USS America CVA66. August 1972 Subic Bay PI. I tried to e-mail but you wouldn't allow my e-mail address.
//Note// Only members of the Newport News Crew and special authorized persons are allowed to send messages or pictures on the Newport News Mail List. Any time any one has something that they would like to share please send to one of the Webmasters listed.////// Jim Sollee Administrator of the Mail List and Guest Book.


Visitor_Name: Suzanne Lambert
Email: picagirl@aol.com
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 11/19/2000   Time: 05:40 PM
Comments:   I recently bought some furniture at an estate sale, and when I was cleaning it out, a photograph autographed by a man in uniform named Sheldon Kinney and dated 1956 fell out. A search on his name led me to this web site. I am curious about him and would appreciate any information.


Visitor_Name: Gary Boswell
Email: garyb@mtaonline.net
Where_From: Wasilla, Alaska
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/17/2000   Time: 12:44 PM
Comments:   I would like to say thanks to everyone who had anything to do with setting up this site. I would also like to thank my sister for telling me about it. It has really helped to fill a void in my life. Even if it meant buying my first computer. This thing is driving me nuts!! HA HA!


Visitor_Name: Mike Boster
Email: cweird@gte.net
WebPage: http://mikeboster.com
Where_From: Manassas, VA. USA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 11/14/2000   Time: 09:33 PM
Comments:   Excellent site. Very well laid out. Spent more time here than I intended.


Visitor_Name: Jacquie Scherr
Email: jscherr@rcn.com
WebPage: http://jjscherr.50megs.com
Where_From: New Jersey, USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 11/13/2000   Time: 11:11 AM
Comments:   Excellent site. I have enjoyed cruising through it.


Visitor_Name: Gerald Polzin
Email: tpol792@aol.com
Where_From: Minnesota
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 11/10/2000   Time: 08:08 AM
Comments:   Son's e-mail for correspondence


Visitor_Name: Jeremy Thomas
Email: jeremyrogerthomas@yahoo.com
Where_From: Copperas Cove, Tx.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 11/08/2000   Time: 08:47 PM
Comments:   One of the ships that my Father (William Thomas) served on was the Newport News in the Vietnam War era as an electrician. I don't know if he went to Vietnam with the NN but he arrived on Dec 25, 1969.


Visitor_Name: Gary Rinehart
Email: grr35@pacbell.net
Where_From: Piedmont, CA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 11/08/2000   Time: 08:27 PM
Comments:   I was in the 6th Fleet Band, 1955-1958. The flag went from the Salem to the Newport News to the Des Moines and back to the Salem to stay another 18 months. Our band had a reunion last year, here in CA. We played a concert aboard the USS Hornet, now a museum in Alameda, as is the Salem in Quincy, Mass. I'm searching for a copy of the Newport News 1955 cruise book titled "Life Aboard the Newport News, with a cover showing the ship at anchor at Villefranche. Thank you for your efforts in keeping our history alive.


Visitor_Name: Anthony Gallagher
Email: TGTraining@aol.com
Where_From: Naperville, IL
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 11/03/2000   Time: 12:29 PM
Comments:   Served on board the USS Newport News from September 63 to November 66 FOX division. The last time I saw her she was tied up in the Philadelphia Navy yard. What happened to her?


Visitor_Name: Paul Britton  (UCCM USNR Ret.)
Email: phbritton@msn.com
19 Levi Road, Chattanooga, TN 37415
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/31/2000   Time: 11:07 AM
Comments:   I wanted to commend every one on the great job you are doing on maintaining the NN site. I Received a call from an old ship mate after almost 40 years who told me about the site. I have enjoyed the great stories and look forward to attending the next reunion. Have located some old shipmates and enjoy communicating with them after all these years. THANKS AGAIN.


Visitor_Name: L. J. "Gunner" Bachman CWO4 USN Ret.
Email: larrybachman@dellnet.com
Where_From: Central Virginia
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/30/2000   Time: 08:30 AM
Comments:   Greaqt site! I was a "Main Battery" FTG on board USS New Jersey BB-62, USS St. Paul CA-73, USS Providence CLG-6, and USS Oklahoma City CLG-5. I was Leading Chief on the Providence, which was re-gunning in Subic Bay, when we learned of the turret explosion on Newport News. GMG2 Hawker, one of those killed, was a friend and former shipmate of mine. Thanks to those responsible for this site, who ensured that they won't be forgotten.


Visitor_Name: Norman Swanfeldt
Email: Nswanee@aol.com
Where_From: Hudson, Massachusetts
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/28/2000   Time: 09:00 AM
Comments:   I was attached to the Newport News from July of 1953 to July of 1955 as a member of the Marine Detachment. I have many fond memories of the Newport News especially, our visits to Ville France


Visitor_Name: Barry G. Hoyte GMCS USN Ret
Email: bhoyte@earthlink.net
Where_From: Manchester, WA.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/27/2000   Time: 09:33 PM
Comments:   I served two tours aboard Newport News 65-68 and 70-decom. She was the best ship I was aboard. I went from seaman to chief onboard. I was turret captain in turret three in 72 trip north. Great web site I'll be back


Visitor_Name: Bill Hartley
Email: BB62BATDIV7WW2@aol.com
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/26/2000   Time: 09:23 PM
Comments:   Join [U.S. Navy cruiser sailors association] Website WWW:.navycruisers.org thank you


Visitor_Name: RADM Dave Janes
Email: djanes@pacbell.net
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/25/2000   Time: 03:45 PM
Comments:    Looks great guys! Keep up the great work.


Visitor_Name: Richard (Brad) Bradway
Email: RichardBradway@aol.com
Where_From: Florida
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/21/2000   Time: 01:48 PM
Comments:   Served in "A" Div. from 64 to Sept. of 69


Visitor_Name: Norm Katz
Email: normk12065@aol.com
Where_From: Norfolk, VA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/20/2000   Time: 05:53 PM
Comments:   Great web site. Look forward to seeing some familiar names from over 40 years ago.


Visitor_Name: Bob Harris
Email: rah@altavista.net
Where_From: Minnesota
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/20/2000   Time: 12:47 PM
Comments:   USN, NAS Whiting Field 1962 & 63, USS Essex CVS-9 1964 & 65. We trained South Vietnamese pilot at NAS Whiting long before we knew where Vietnam was. On the Essex we fought the "Cold War" in the Atlantic. Never saw combat, but came as close as I want when we spent some time off the coast of Cuba in 1964 when things were pretty hot between the US and Russia. Some of my high school buddies who were in the Army weren't as lucky as I was. They didn't make it home from Vietnam alive. Glad you made it back brother. Welcome home.


Visitor_Name: John Williams ETR2
Email: JohnWms@hotmail.com
WebPage: http://johnwms@hotmail.com
Where_From: Southfield MI
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/20/2000   Time: 11:55 AM
Comments:   Was aboard from November '59 until April '62, ETR2, OE Division. One of the defining times of my life; that only those of us who have done it will truly understand. I missed her in New Orleans while there on business, and she was being scrapped, and later when I was there and knew she was there. It was too late. She was already gone; however, she was such a beautiful ship that I don't think I would have wanted to see her in that way.


Visitor_Name: Donald S. Auten
Email: dsa@ecr.net
Where_From: Fredericktown, (Knox County) Ohio
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/19/2000   Time: 06:52 AM
Comments:   I was stationed aboard the Newport News from 02 march 1970 through 01 Sept 1971.Just recently I went back to visit an old friend who also served on her. After taking to him about our Navy days I was wondering if there was any information about the ship on the web. Using a search engine I am pleased to have found this site. I plan to visit this site many times.
Thank You D.S. Auten


Visitor_Name: James Keeney
Email: asaenick@aol.com
Where_From: Beaver Dams New York, USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/18/2000   Time: 05:50 PM
Comments:   Served on the Newport News 1963-1966 in A division


Visitor_Name: Thomas Doornbos
Email: tomdoorn@worldnet.att.net
Where_From: Wyoming Mi.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/18/2000   Time: 04:53 PM
Comments:   Served on board 6/59 to 7/61 lots of fond memories


Visitor_Name: William Snipes
Email: gwing@dtccom.net
WebPage: http://homepages.go.com/~gwing46/index1.html
Where_From: Smithville, TN.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/17/2000   Time: 01:13 PM
Comments:   It is a wonderful web site, I am an ex MM3 I served in the us amphibious forces and was on board the USS Raleigh in Norfolk when we were next to the Newport News...she looks as great today as she did then


Visitor_Name: Robert Eads
Email: weeseldad@aol.com
Where_From: Chesapeake, Va.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/16/2000   Time: 09:22 PM
Comments:   Happy to have found the site. I was on board from 1971-1972. I was a BM in Fourth and First div. and made the Nato and 72 Nam cruises as well as a couple others.


Visitor_Name: ICC Newt Robinson, USN, RET
Email: nrobi@ccp.com
Where_From: Stewartsville, Mo.
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 10/16/2000   Time: 09:13 PM
Comments:   Wow! Not much time to view it all tonight, but will later. Served in Newport News from Aug 71 to decommissioning. I still miss her. Seems like only yesterday! Looking forward to renewing old friendships. Good to hear my tape made it to the big time. Luck was with us that night, but the Admiral didn't keep his word! Got your website from the Foundation letter.   Newt


Visitor_Name: Edward Cook
Email: cookjtk@aol.com
Where_From: New York
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/16/2000   Time: 07:21 PM
Comments:   I served from 62-66. Gunners mate 3 inch/50's.


Visitor_Name: Andy Skowronek (Ski)
Email: ajslds@usa.com
Where_From: Roseville, MN.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/16/2000   Time: 03:05 PM
Comments:   Great Site. I served aboard new port news in 68-69 I worked in the galley as a cook.


Visitor_Name: Joseph Romero
Email: KC5MIP@Yahoo.Com
Where_From: Rt.30 Box 1016  San Antonio, TX. 78264
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/15/2000   Time: 08:23 AM
Comments:   I serve on the new port news between 1965 to 1970 It, a great site.


Visitor_Name: Alan Taylor
Email: ataylor@gorge.net
Where_From: Hood River, Oregon
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/14/2000   Time: 04:21 PM
Comments:   I was a member of the COMSECFLT Band from 1970-73. I will probably never get such an opportunity again for such great travel. We were reassigned to the USS Little Rock when the NN headed for Nam. Anyone remember the little degaussing bldg at the end of pier 7? That was our rehearsal space off the ship. This site is a real trip down memory lane! MU2 Taylor


Visitor_Name: Joseph Whitney
Email: josephw51@prodigy.net
Where_From: Tampa, FL
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/12/2000   Time: 09:26 PM
Comments:   I was in the USAF when I was assigned for Temporary Duty on the Newport News for Exotic Dancer IV in 1973. It was my only experience on a US Navy ship. I was an E-4 Sergeant radio operator and was assigned a position in the Flag Plot. After being on the ship for a day or two I learned about a Navy custom with which I was not familiar. I strolled out on the the Flag Bridge and was surveying the activities on deck. After a few minutes I decided I wanted to sit down for a rest. There was a very comfortable looking chair that I took advantage of. I sat there a few minutes by myself when an enlisted member of the ship's crew walked by and said, "I don't think the Admiral would appreciate you sitting in his chair." I'm just glad it was an enlisted man that found me there.


Visitor_Name: John White
Email: johnnyboy2239@aol.com
Where_From: West Nyack NY.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/12/2000   Time: 06:25 PM
Comments:   Great show, went aboard Sept.1951 right out of boot camp 5th.Div.


Visitor_Name: Don Bellemare
Email: dbellemare@triad.rr.com
WebPage: http://www.navhelo.org
Where_From: Greensboro, NC
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/11/2000   Time: 01:41 PM
Comments:   Served aboard as Helicopter Detachment Crew leader 1971-1972. Newport News was the most beautiful ship I ever had the opportunity to sail on.
Don Bellemare, CDR, USNR


Visitor_Name: William "Bill" Elliot
Email: elfrickobet@aol.com
Where_From: Hattiesburg, MS.39402
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/10/2000   Time: 08:03 PM
Comments:   Served on USS Newport News from March,1965 To July,1968.


Visitor_Name: Lou Pezzuti
Email: Pezzuti9@ptd.net
WebPage: http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Meadows/4161/intro.html
Where_From: Lehighton, northeast, PA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/10/2000   Time: 04:53 PM
Comments:   I was aboard Thunder during the 61 & 62 time frame. Many fond memories. The people I worked with were all cream of the crop and viewing all the flags that the lady acquired during her lifetime proves that to be true. I would like to say hello to all the guys assigned to the OI Division during that time. The USS Newport News made it possible for me to see my father's family for the first time when we docked in Naples, Italy. You have to view my web page to see that area of Italy that I saw when I was granted a pass for a few days to visit with my uncles located a little further south of Naples.. (Thank you for that Thunder) Lou Pezzuti a/k/a Pezzutti


Visitor_Name: Joseph U. Jones Jr.
Email: jjones4@maine.rr.com
Where_From: Gray Maine
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/07/2000   Time: 04:22 PM
Comments:   I am a plank owner. Served on Newport News before commissioning until Detached in 1951 . I was a FP2 in R Division. Made the first Med Cruise. What a wonderful ship. Joseph U. Jones Jr. LCDR USN Ret


Visitor_Name: Tom Stoodley
Email: stoodley3@mediaone.net
Where_From: Lowell, MA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/07/2000   Time: 04:24 AM


Visitor_Name: Tom Ertle FTG1
Email: ert2@hilconet.com
Where_From: Brackettville Texas
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 10/06/2000
Time: 08:00 PM
Comments:   Really brings back the memories


Visitor_Name: EiJoe
Email: eijoe@eijoe.com
WebPage: http://www.EiJoe.com
Where_From: Northern, VA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 10/06/2000
Time: 06:53 PM
Comments:  Great Website!!! All active and retired military personnel are invited to post their sentiments, military buddy search or reunion information at EiJoe.com, Military Communications Center.
For more information please visit our website at: http://www.eijoe.com   God bless, and Thank You for your service to this great country!


Visitor_Name: John F. Martin
Email: btfdf4@gateway.net
Where_From: Columbiana, Ohio
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/06/2000   Time: 05:10 PM
Comments:   I served aboard the CA-148 from 12/56 to 01/59. I left as an FT3 spending all my time in Fox Division. A" memorable" time was the time I spent mess cooking in the First class Petty Officers Mess. On my first Med cruise in 1957 I threw a bottle overboard with my address in it. It was found by a girl from Marseille and we wrote back and forth for the next two years. I was able to take a 5 day leave on the next Med cruise and spent time with her family. I have a lot of fond memories of time on the Newport News. A close shipmate of mine was Legan "MAC" McDonald, from the LOG ROOM.


Visitor_Name: Robert Matson
Email: ptc@totcon.com
WebPage: http://www.ptc-2000.com
Where_From: Ormond Beach Florida
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/06/2000   Time: 07:26 AM
Comments:   I was stationed on board in the OE division from '62 till August '65. Many fond memories. Anyone in OE then?


Visitor_Name: Ed. Dinova
Email: dinova@earthlink.net
Where_From: Naples Fl. U.S.A.
Date: 10/05/2000   Time: 11:29 AM
Comments:   Great site -- Keep up the good work. Ed


Visitor_Name: Frank  A. Kish
Email: SHAFONG@aol.com
Where_From: Indianapolis, Indiana U.S. A.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/03/2000   Time: 08:25 PM
Comments:   What a great pleasure it was to have served upon the USS NEWPORT NEWS. And now, once again, I yearn to come aboard and share my thoughts with my shipmates. I have enjoyed very much renewing old acquaintances in the several past reunions and look forward again to seeing my shipmates this next June. I was happy to hear that the USS SALEM are joining forces to keep the memories of our great ships alive.


Visitor_Name: Michele Raspa
Email: michele_raspa@icpphil.navy.mil
Where_From: Voorhees, New Jersey, USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/02/2000   Time: 07:06 AM
Comments:   Very impressed. Well done. Easy to follow. I work as a civilian for the Navy, and am married to a Vietnam Veteran (Army). I admire and respect the work you all have done here.


Visitor_Name: Ben Kessler
Email: benjamin58@wirefire.com
Where_From: Craigville, WV
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/02/2000   Time: 07:04 AM
Comments:   A real beautiful site to be seen by all service personal USS Constellation CVA64 Aug61To Jan.64


Visitor_Name: James H. Phillips, SKCM, USN, Ret.
Email: gotmacjp@swbell.net
Where_From: Wichita Falls, TX  USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/01/2000   Time: 06:25 PM
Comments:   It was an honor to visit your Website.  May God bless our fallen Sailors.  Keep up the good work. Your Website really came to me through NAVETSUSA.
Jim


Visitor_Name: BOB COLANTUONO
Email: YMS425@mediaone.net
WebPage: http://www.geocities.com/yms425/YMS425.html
Where_From: Mashpee, Ma USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/01/2000   Time: 05:47 PM
Comments:   Great site to honor those fallen comrades, and in extension, all those who have given their lives while serving this great country. As I visit the many Navy sites, I am constantly amazed at the dedication all we old "salts" have to the Naval Service.


Visitor_Name: Mrs. Danis Lensch
Email: Baton689@aol.com
Where_From: Newport News, VA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 09/30/2000   Time: 10:56 PM
Comments:   I am the secretary of the USS Newport News Liaison Committee (NNLC) for the current submarine named after the City, Newport News. I recently had a gentleman from Kentucky contact me in regards to the "cruiser" who has been trying to locate crew members. I told him that I was aware there was a NN Association and told him I would try and contact you and forward his information. The information follows:
Shannon Graham 122 Gastonia Drive Richmond, Kentucky 40475 859-369-5303
I will also forward this to Rags.
Sincerely, Danis Lensch Newport News, VA 249-8707


Visitor_Name: Russ Johnson
Email: Garplool@aol.com
Where_From: Rock Springs, WY
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/26/2000   Time: 08:57 PM
Comments:   Came aboard NN Sept. '68 in 5th Div. until made GMG2. Went to 2nd Div. Ass't Turret Capt. of Turret 1. One of Rasdibidious Robert's Rabble Rousers. The explosion was not caused by an oversized powder tank. Some sillyvilian installed a gas check seal in the projectile improperly, the quality control people weren't doing their job either and it was shipped that way, loaded that way, and exploded! Both of them probably had one to many beers for lunch.


Visitor_Name: Gary P. McIntyre GMG2
Email: gmcint2827@hurricane.net
Where_From: Bremerton,  WA.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 09/24/2000   Time: 11:01 AM
Comments:   Even though the lady is gone we can still relive our time on board her, Thank you for the memories


Visitor_Name: Fred Welch
Email: f034920@netzero.net
Where_From: Ocean Grove, New Jersey
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 09/23/2000   Time: 07:52 AM
Comments:   How are the plans coming along for the 2003 USS Newport News reunion in Boston?


Visitor_Name: Mike Subritzky
Email: kusza@ihug.co.nz
WebPage: http://www.geocities.com/mike_subritzky
Where_From: Te Awamutu, New Zealand.
How_find_us: I have no earthly Idea how I came across this page.
Date: 09/21/2000   Time: 06:45 PM
Comments:   Warmest greetings from New Zealand.


Visitor_Name: Dr. Mark E. Young, Sr. (son of Plank Owner)
Email: AdvancedMgmtServ@aol.com
Where_From: Hampton Roads, VA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/20/2000   Time: 10:21 AM
Comments:   My father, Col. (then Sgt. USMC) Timothy R. Young, Plank Owner, was stationed onboard from 2/1/1949 to 7/11/1951. He started his deployment as a PFC, 522 Sea Guard & 745 Inf. Rifleman, then 0771 20mmAA MG & 5800 Guard, promoted to Cpl., 0311 Inf. Unit Leader, and then Sgt. 5831 Guard NCO, 0311 Section Ldr., MG plt., FMF. He served as body guard for King Paul and Queen Fredrika of Greece while they were onboard. He also served as a guard for the Admiral and other visiting dignitaries who visited, including General Omar Bradley and Secretary of Defense, Charles Wilson. He guarded other dignitaries such as Rita Hayworth, and her husband the Ali Khan. Sgt. Young, left the ship in July, 1951 to go ashore and fight with the WpnsCo. 3rd Bn 7th. Marines, 1stMarDiv, in Korea. He fought heroically and was selected to represent (carried the colors) the entire 1st Marine Div. in Ike's inaugural Parade. His picture appeared on the front page of the Washington Post and in Time Magazine. He met Eisenhower twice, once in the field and after he was President. The first time he met Ike in the field, Gen. Ike singled my father out (Dad was 6'4" and stood out) and asked him how he got to be so big. Dad, barked back in true USMC form, "Sir, I eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Sir!" Years later at Ike's Inaugural festivities, Ike spotted my father again and approached him. Pres. Ike said, "Son, I see your still eating those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches." We were so amazed that the President would have remembered my father and much less his comment years before that. Dad went on to make the USS Newport News proud. He joined the VaArng and Army Reserve and attained the rank of Col. He was the highest "military" educated officer and also earned 7 Master's degrees and was Chairman of the business department at William & Mary's Richard Bland College in Petersburg, VA. Dad passed away at age 50 in 1981. I'd love to hear from his shipmates! My warmest regards to all of you who served on this beautiful ship!


Visitor_Name: Ike Standifird
Email: ikest@yahoo.com
Where_From: Evansville, IN
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/13/2000   Time: 08:04 PM
Comments:   This site brings back a lot of fond memories, and feelings of pride.


Visitor_Name: Lela Breger
Email: LBWest@aol.com
Where_From: Phoenix, Arizona
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/12/2000   Time: 07:14 PM
Comments:   This is a great Web Site. Its an honor to read about the men that served on this ship. Thanks to all of you that served, so that we may be free. I am so proud that my son Al Siegel served his country on this ship. Good luck to all of you


Visitor_Name: James A.  Whitman
Email: slimdaddy1945@home.com
Where_From: Cedar Rapids, IA USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 09/10/2000   Time: 11:32 AM
Comments:   I WAS ON BOARD THE USS NEWPORT NEWS CA-148, FROM 1965-1969. I WORKED IN THE WEAPONS OFFICE, WITH LCDR DENNION, WEAPONS OFFICER. ON NEWPORT NEWS FIRST TOUR OF DUTY IN Viet Nam,  I WAS THE ONE THAT FIRED THE FIRST NINE GUN SALVO, OF THE EIGHT INCH GUNS. A GREAT WED SITE: JAMES A. WHITMAN


Visitor_Name: Beverly Schermerhorn
Email: Bev1337@aol.com
WebPage: http://hometown.aol.com/Bev1337/
Where_From: Bradenton, Fl.
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/09/2000   Time: 07:21 PM
Comments:   I want to thank all of the servicemen that served on board this ship and all over the world, that have fought to keep us free here in the United States.. Those who have survived and those who didn't, thank you!


Visitor_Name: COL  AJ
Email: www.findoldies.com
WebPage: http://www.marinechat.net
Where_From: Miami
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 09/07/2000   Time: 07:41 AM
Comments:   Hi great site check out www.marinechat.net its the BEST


Visitor_Name: Patricia Meadows
Email: meadows@integrityonline.com
Where_From: Lawrenceville, Georgia USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 09/03/2000   Time: 03:43 PM
Comments:   My 8 yr. old son loves history, wars, and ships. My father was on the USS Newport News (69-72), John B. Roberts. He doesn't talk about it much, so my son suggested that we use the web. I was shocked to find this site. I have been doing a lot of piecing together, so to speak, of those days through pictures, 8mm films, and letters my parents wrote to each other during Dad's tour. This site will be huge help. I am truly grateful for all that you men did during the WAR. It was a difficult time, but you wore your colors proudly. Thanks for bringing my Daddy home to his little girl.


Visitor_Name: Reginald Marlatt
Email: regmarlatt@netscape.net
Where_From: Brighton Mi USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 08/29/2000   Time: 07:39 PM


Visitor_Name: K. Pitman
Email: kknight@erols.com
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/29/2000   Time: 01:16 PM
Comments:   To all the men, the wives & the loved ones of the Newport News... When I came across this web page.. it brought tears to my eyes. I was there on Christmas eve 1972 with my three small children (I believe pier 7)....... A damp gray morning Watching her come into view, it was such a relief after all those months....but her losses two months before brought a sadness to those who were waiting. I'll never forget that morning & how proud I was to have belonged to my husband and a beautiful ship.


Visitor_Name: Joe Wilson
Email: audreyandjoe@aol.com
Where_From: Manitowoc, WI 54220
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/27/2000   Time: 05:41 PM
Comments:   I was on the News from Jan.57 through Oct.21, 1960. At the time, I couldn't wait to get off Old Thunder, but when I did, I missed her. 40 years later, I am conversing with two shipmates. We had a chance to get the News in Superior, WI back in 1995, but the cost was too great for that small town. I tried to talk to a councilwoman there, but to no avail. It would have been a great little city to have a reunion. My duties on the News varied from bugler to special sea detail helmsman. After the Navy, I joined the Wisconsin National Guard and am retired with the rank of captain. When I think of comparing the News with the Salem and Des Moines, I get sick. The News is the only ship we should have on our web site. It great to pay tribute to those cruisers, but we should stick our own guns. I use to have to climb the mast to replace halyards that let go. I hated that job, but now that I think of it, it wasn't so bad. I'd like to contact Milton Gibson, QM3. A true friend. Take care, mates. Willie57 (Joseph E. Wilson, Jr.)


Visitor_Name: Manuel A. Gonzales aka SPEEDY
Email: copgonzo@aol.com
Where_From: Pueblo, Colorado
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/24/2000   Time: 09:31 PM
Comments:   I came aboard in Oct. 1957 discharged Oct. 1960. Assigned 'A' Div. EN3. Hello Johnston 'KNUCKS', McLees, Franklyn, and the rest of the guys!


Visitor_Name: Floyd J. Ludwig
Email: jessiel1@prodigy.net
Where_From: Powell, Tennessee
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/23/2000   Time: 07:52 PM
Comments:   Would like to talk to anyone from M Division 1960-62.


Visitor_Name: Tony Benicewicz
Email: Toekneeben@aol.com
Where_From: Baltimore,Maryland
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/21/2000   Time: 08:35 PM
Comments:    A good friend of mine served on her during the Korean War and didn't have a computer so I got some info for him. I really like your wonderful website and I'm sure my friend will get a kick out of it too. Many thanks, Tony


Visitor_Name: Scott LeRoy Greene
Email: deepbluedad@aol.com
Where_From: West Gardiner Maine
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/21/2000   Time: 06:28 PM
Comments:   Quite a surprise and honor to read about some of the great folks who served along side my Dad LeRoy Greene


Visitor_Name: Omer A. Livernois
Email: omarnoise@aol.com
Where_From: Virginia Beach, Va.
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/18/2000   Time: 07:25 PM
Comments:   Of the eight ships I had the privilege to serve on, the USS Iowa BB-61 and USS Newport News CA-148 were the highlights. They were what defines dreadnought. All the other ships, though fine in themselves, were support ships. After retirement I worked at NAVSEA in ship design. One task I worked on was Project Ominous. What design struck fear in the hearts of our potential enemies? The Newport News design was the best example.


Visitor_Name: Bob D. Hanks
Email: hbhanks@aol.com
Where_From: Lady Lake, Fl.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/14/2000   Time: 04:21 PM
Comments:   I served aboard the NN from April 1958 to August 1959 It was a wonderful experience, loved those Med cruises and North Atlantic (Midshipmen) cruise. I was in the OR division as a Radio Seaman. I originally went to school to become a Teleman, but as soon as I graduated from school in Bainbridge, Md. the navy canceled the rating and gave us a choice of striking for radioman or yeoman and I chose to be a radioman. My father retired as a Chief Radioman. I enjoy the web site very much as well as all the e-mail. I would like to hear from anyone from the OR division that was on during my tour...THANKS.


Visitor_Name: Leon Katz
Email: lckatz@earthlink.net
Where_From: West St. Paul, Minnesota
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/14/2000   Time: 03:12 PM
Comments:   If Henry Katz reads this please get in touch with me......Your e-mail does not receive my message....Have some interesting info from NN


Visitor_Name: Al Cipriano
Email: alecatt@msn.com
Where_From: Rockland MA. 02370
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/14/2000   Time: 02:28 PM
Comments:   I reported aboard in August 1955 fresh out of Machinist Mate School. I transferred to the USS Macon October 1959 as MM2. I just returned from a tour of the Salem, it's like going HOME.


Visitor_Name: Lyle Honeycutt
Email: lyles@ipa.net
Where_From:4276 Haynesville Hwy  Eldarado, Arkansas 71730
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/12/2000   Time: 10:40 AM
Comments:   Served aboard the Salem from 1955-1959 Turret-2 . Rate GM-3  Lots of good memories along with great  shipmates. Might have known some folks if Salem had this type of crew list.


Visitor_Name: Dan McKelvey IC2
Email: dan_j_mckelvey@yahoo.com
Where_From: Macomb, Illinois
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 08/12/2000   Time: 08:16 AM
Comments:   Served on board 70-71 as IC tech. Would like to hear from fellow crew members. I left ship in may 71.great web site.


Visitor_Name: BM1 Ron Gould USN/USNR Ret.
Email: Wileecoyote677@cs.com
Where_From: Nantucket, Massachusetts
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/07/2000   Time: 06:54 PM
Comments:   A great ship. Memories, friends will forever be. Fair Winds and Following Sea's shipmates.


Visitor_Name: James H Lynch
Email: chieflyn@csrlink.net
Where_From: Altoona, Pa.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 08/07/2000   Time: 03:34 PM
Comments:   I served with Wilber Schoff at NAVCOMMSTA NOVA, Norfolk, VA. 56-57, we both transferred out around the same time, I to USS Salem CA139 (sorry fellows but she was the best of the CA's) and  Wille to the Nukey New's as she was called then, he would have been an RM3 when coming aboard probably made RM2, if anyone knows of him or how I can reach him please contact me at my email. Tks


Visitor_Name: Glen E. Hunter
Email:  glen800@yahoo.com
Where_From: 49 Court Ave, Kingston, NY 12401
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/07/2000   Time: 04:23 AM


Visitor_Name: Bill McLaughlin
Email: onesimus@hotmail.com
Where_From: Florida,  West Coast
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/29/2000   Time: 08:37 PM
Comments:   Thanks for the memories. I served aboard the "NO PORT NEWS" from 1958-1964. I was an Electronics Tech. Would like to hear from anyone that was aboard about that time. I have a Ships Crew picture taken in 1959 at NOB. Thanks again.


Visitor_Name: Mark Weber
Email: mweber7@uswest.net
Where_From: Denver, Colorado
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/29/2000   Time: 01:02 PM
Comments:   My father-in-law Daniel W. Romero was here visiting us this last week and we looked up CA-148 and found this web site. Dan is a plank owner of the USS Newport News and he recognized a few of the other sailors names. He thinks this web site is GREAT and it brought back fond memories.   Thanks! Mark Weber (Son-in-law of a Plank Owner)


Visitor_Name: BOB MCCONNELL
Email: rmcconne@mcla.massedu
Where_From: Adams , Mass   Berkshire county
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 07/29/2000   Time: 11:39 AM
Comments:   Great web site


Visitor_Name: Jack Wingate
Email: jwingatejr@aol.com
Where_From: Charlotte, NC
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/28/2000   Time: 10:55 AM
Comments:   So glad to find the NN web site! I was an FT on board from '68-'70. What a great ship she was.


Visitor_Name: Mrs. Michael Richard Wolf
Email: southerngirlicu@yahoo.com    
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/28/2000   Time: 09:19 AM
Comments:   My husband served with you, I was surprised and pleased to find this site. I can't wait until he gets home to show it to him. I'm sure he'll be amazed.


Visitor_Name: Sasha Homichevsky
Email: sashha@mail.ru
WebPage: http://www.angelfire.com/music/CelineRussia/
Where_From: Russia, St. Petersburg
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/24/2000   Time: 10:17 PM
Comments:   Good morning, I want to tell you that your Website is very interesting. I like the way how it explains to your visitors about using sound files. I think that personal of the Heavy Cruiser CA-148 must be proud to have such site. Best wishes, Sasha


Visitor_Name: JERROLD GUNTER
Email: rottiesami@aol.com
Where_From: Charlotte, North Carolina
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/24/2000   Time: 05:46 PM
Comments:   Former crew member seaman First Class  OI Division


Visitor_Name: Doon Shirey
Email: djshirey@msn.com
Where_From: Roanoke VA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/23/2000   Time: 08:51 PM
Comments:    Working Party Coordinator, USS Salem CA-139 Next semi-annual party is W/P-10 23 Sept to 30 Sept.
We will work in trunk C-403-T and C-303-T fab and install pipe handrails for safe egress to Aft Plot & IC Rooms. Will also be working in CA-148 Memorial Room. Sleep on board, eat ashore, coffee and.. on board. Bring bedding, sleep & shower in Sick Bay or JO Bunk Rm fwd of W/R I will forward your names and arrival dates to Bill Anderson who is onboard coord for berthing and liaison with Exec Dir for work project approval.


Visitor_Name: Tom Sprtel (PAO Office, JO3)
Email: tom@typewerx.com
WebPage: http://typewerx.com
Where_From: Northern Illinois near Wisconsin Boarder
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/23/2000   Time: 05:54 AM
Comments:   Served while she was flagship in Atlantic and then for tour in Nam. It's nice to see some memories, and find a home for her in cyberspace.


Visitor_Name: Mel Levi
Email: melevi1@home.com
Where_From: Longboat Key, Manatee, FL
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/19/2000   Time: 10:31 AM
Comments:   I am very interested because my son, Robert L. Levi was a GMG3 during the 60's and made two trips to Vietnam so I, too have vivid memories of Newpie News.


Visitor_Name: John Newlander
Email: jnewland@ix.netcom.com
WebPage: http://www.geocities.com/johnnewlander/FineArt.html
How_find_us: I have no earthly Idea how I came across this page.
Date: 07/17/2000   Time: 03:48 PM
Comments:   I was a cook on the News during its 72 tour of Nam. Actually, I served several years on this fine ship, but this is the only time that sticks out. I will never forget cleaning out the milk reefer and stacking 21 bodies from the explosion. The error that caused this accident, an oversized powder casing that slipped by in the mandated rush to shoot off eight inch ammunition in order to clear the handling rooms for the next day's ammo order, put the political bias of the Vietnam War into bold perspective for me. There were some great guys on this ship--the Cong found out when they made the mistake of chasing us with those torpedo boats in Haiphong. I am glad I found this page; brings back lot's of memories.


Visitor_Name: Gary Jacobson
Email: pgriz@hotmail.com
WebPage: http://PZZZZ.tripod.com/namtour.html
Where_From: Idaho, US of A
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/16/2000   Time: 07:42 PM
Comments:   I give with honor an infantry salute to this fine old lady of the sea. Information gained here makes me stand impressed by the power and might wielded by this floating fortress. I surely wish I could have been floating the waves on her decks rather than being a ground pounding grunt, humping the sweltering jungles of Vietnam. I invite all to visit my web site, "Vietnam Picture Tour," from the lens of a combat infantryman. Take a walk through the park with the 1st Air Cavalry on combat patrol.


Visitor_Name: Ronald (Doc) Parlee
Email: rtparlee@jps.net
WebPage: http://navetsusa.com/members/rparlee.html
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/16/2000   Time: 02:12 AM
Comments:   What an indecent death for such a grand lady.


Visitor_Name: Bob Combs
Email: rc51@earthlink.net
Where_From: Prescott, AZ
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/14/2000   Time: 06:05 PM
Comments:   Served aboard from 1966 until 1968. 6th then 3rd Div.


Visitor_Name: Ronald Krise aka  "JC"
Email: ronkrise14@aol.com
Where_From: Washington,  DC
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/14/2000   Time: 06:04 PM
Comments:   I was aboard the Newport News from Easter Sunday, 1965 till it went into the dry dock for a refitting and was temporarily aboard the USS Little Rock (CLG4)and then returned to the News. In Sept. 1967 the News went to Vietnam and then I went aboard the USS Springfield till discharged Oct 67. I spent two years with ComSecondFlt when VAdm  Kleber S. Masterson was the Fleet CO. For those of you who remember the Adm, he passed away here in Washington DC about a year ago. He was 89 years old. I believe Adm. Bernard Clary took over for him at a change-of-command ceremony we had in Oslo in 1966. I remember we also went to Berlin in 1966 when the Chaplain of the News sponsored a trip there when we docked in Hamburg. We also were part of the Dominican Republic Crises in 1965 (DomRep)... If anyone remembers this stuff, respond. I remember a bunch of great guys...Dennis Pohl, David Kowalczyk from Buffalo, Jim Shannon from Chicago, Clyde Terwilliger aka "Chilly" from NYC (I think...RM1 Nelson Haller, Chief Meservy, Senior Chief Ivan McMillan (who was well-know throughout the Navy)...RM1 Kasserman  (a WWII vet), Chief Greene, Lt. Cross, Lt. Walter Visotsky from Chicago (I think) Ens. John Kegley, and Kenneth Henry from Hastings Nebraska. Also, Dennis Lee Long in the "weather shack" from Bloomington, Illinois, David Burlingame from Manistee, Michigan, etc. Reply if you can remember any of these fine gentlemen.


Visitor_Name: Barry Lehmann
Email: blehmann@bigpond.com
Where_From: Perth, Western Australia
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/12/2000    Time: 07:26 PM
Comments:   Goodaye: My name is Barry Lehmann and I served on the HMAS Perth as a radio operator doing the Tonkin Gulf waltz in 1967 and was onboard the day we took a hit from shore batteries. You had a great ship as did I and I had the privilege last August of being a guest onboard HMAS Perth on her final voyage. We sailed from Perth to Adelaide in South Australia. A great website.. Keep it up.. Would be keen to see any past crew if they are ever in Perth Australia


Visitor_Name: SMCM BERNIE CORTEZ USN  RET.
Email: BERNIE@NETSCORP.NET
Where_From: Laredo, Texas
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/12/2000   Time: 04:29 PM
Comments:   Served aboard USS Des Moines CA- 134  from 1958 To 1960 during  Beirut Lebanon crisis. SN To SM2. Retired USN in 1989. Loved to operate with USS Newport News CA-148. BRAVO ZULU.


Visitor_Name: Otis Portier
Email: otipor@bellsouth.net
Where_From: Houma, Louisiana
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/11/2000   Time: 12:57 PM
Comments:   Lonie  McRight told me about it.. He served on the Newport News...


Visitor_Name: Del  Swan
Email: delswan@earthlink.net
Where_From: Euclid, Ohio
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 07/07/2000    Time: 11:00 PM
Comments:   As a member of the crew 1966-1968 with Marine Detachment, I got a huge lump in my throat as I look at the picture and listen to the tapes. Great job, a fitting tribute to a great lady.


Visitor_Name: Noah H FOLEY
Email: Noahfoley@prodigy.net
Where_From: Roanoke Virginia
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/07/2000   Time: 05:05 PM
Comments:   Board at Norfolk Virginia in July 1956 and was discharged in Dec 1959. Was in the engine no 4. Enjoy my tour of duty but the navy wasn't my life stile. NOAH


Visitor_Name: Gregory D. Toon          Photographer Mate 2nd
Email: Trainman@cvinet.com
Where_From: Virginia  USA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/06/2000   Time: 10:03 PM
Comments:   Great Web page


Visitor_Name: Stephen (Jack) Kessel
Email: jkessel@bellatlantic.net
Where_From: Franklinville, NJ
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 07/02/2000   Time: 04:14 PM
Comments:   Joined the 148 in 1958 after boot camp. Was in the 7th Div (god help me). Left to go on the USS Providence in1961.


Visitor_Name: Henry Katz
Email: fare99well@aol.com
Where_From: Pointe Verde, Florida 
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 07/01/2000   Time: 06:20 PM
Comments:    I served aboard the USS Newport News from October 1952 to July 1954. O followed my older brother, Max, by approximately two years. Max was an 'old salt" by the time I came aboard. He was in the 1st Division and was an SK2 in the supply office. his commanding officer was Lt. Commander, Von Kennel. his division mates affectionately referred to my brother as "rat" and could not resist calling me "little rat". I was in the fourth division at that time. My commanding officer was Lt. Ellison, and his underling was Lt. JG  Mccormick. Lt JG Mccormack was from my home town of Chicago. he was also my coach on the boxing team. eventually, I transferred from the deck division to the supply division, shortly before my bother, Max, received his honorable discharge, after serving four glorious years on our beloved CA 148, Newport News.  I recall manning the rail when King Paul and Queen Fredrika of Greece visited, what a thrill it was to see General Omar Bradley and Secretary of Defense,  Charles Wilson, among the other dignitaries whom we entertained was Rita Hayworth, and her husband the Ali Khan. I reminisce from time to time about the lovely French Riveria, which was our home away from home. I remember, my commanding officer, CWO Vedra. and I am now residing in Ponte Verde, Florida. I remember many of the crew members, officers, and my division mates. their names are too numerous to mention here. however, they know who they are, and I will welcome any messages from any one who remembers me, my brother Max, or who was aboard the Newport News during the period of October 1952 to July 1954. after July 1954,  I transferred to the Atlantic reserve fleet at Green Cove Springs,  Florida  I now reside about thirty miles from there. in conclusion, I will always cherish my association with the USS Newport News, and its crew members.


Visitor_Name: Dexter Goad
Email: dgoad@worldnet.att.net
WebPage: http://home.att.net/~dgoad/index.html
Where_From: Greensboro, NC
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/29/2000   Time: 03:43 PM
Comments:   Thanks much to Shipmate Steve Porter two comments below for his kind words. But the one individual who deserves KUDOS for this excellent Web Site is Chuck Zendner (aka The ZenMaster). Chuck and the fine Web Staff listed on the Site Map are responsible for this site being the best of the best on the Internet. Atta Boy Team!


Visitor_Name: Bruce Russell
Email: brussell47@aol.com
Where_From: Follansbee, West (by God) Virginia
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 06/26/2000    Time: 04:34 AM
Comments:   Truth is I discovered this site by accident a couple of years ago just looking for something about the ship.upon finding it I have been coming to visit on many occasions, even sent some pictures but yet have not seen them on the site. I was on board 3yrs or there abouts. Pretty much all good times. You fellows do a darn good job on maintaining the site. Good days ahead.


Visitor_Name: Steve Porter
Email: srporter@frii.com
Where_From: Loveland, CO
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 06/25/2000   Time: 08:29 PM
Comments:   The Newport News was a part of my early manhood and I like to visit the site occasionally just to keep in touch. You are doing an excellent job and I thank you with a special thanks to Dexter Goad who brings into focus those three years I spent aboard.


Visitor_Name: Ralph Mulero
Email: rmulero@email.msn.com
Where_From: Newark, Delaware
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 06/25/2000    Time: 02:08 PM
Comments:   I found this site during the winter of 98. It was great then. It's OTTA site now!. I know it took a lot of people many hours to do this site, My hats off to all of you who put it together. Great Job....


Visitor_Name: Carl Grissett
Email: carl808t@msn.com
Where_From: Bryan Texas
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/25/2000   Time: 05:24 AM
Comments:   It's good that the website is getting better everyday. Keep up the good work. Shipmate 1954-1956


Visitor_Name: Norman W. Osborne
Email: grngobln@email.com
Where_From: Bellows Falls, Vermont    05101
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 06/24/2000   Time: 09:15 PM
Comments:   It's great site, a fitting tribute to the most beautiful lady ever to go to sea, any sea. Not quite as thrilling though, as my first site of that beautiful Lady at the pier in Norfolk, all lit up for the holidays. I will never get over that one.


Visitor_Name: Robert D. Miller
Email: SeaFox68@webtv.net
Where_From: Richmond,Va.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/24/2000   Time: 08:06 PM
Comments:    Very nice web site. It does justice to the "Great Ship" it represents.


Visitor_Name: Fithian Breyer
Email: emcffb@aol.com
Where_From: Chula Vista, CA USA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/24/2000   Time: 07:57 PM
Comments:   Newport News was my first ship March 1955 until June 1959. I served aboard several other ships including a carrier, repair ship, three mine sweeps and two oilers. NN was the most impressive of all. A grand great lady of the sea who packed a wicked punch for her country. It has been almost fifty years but my memories of the years on board are still clear.


Visitor_Name:    John Mitchell
Email:           mitch82@ttlc.net
Where_From:      Epping, NH
How_find_us:     From a search engine
Date: 06/24/2000  Time: 07:34 PM
Comments:   It really brought back some fond memories of the brief time that I served on board the NN. I was there for the first year and a half  from 11/48 to 6/50 and I want to thank those responsible for the wonderful job that was done on the web page. You guys have done a remarkable job, thanks again


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