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Visitor_Name: Scott  A. Miller
Email: scottmiller@clevelandorchstra.com
Where_From: Grafton, Ohio
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 12/26/01   Time: 01:11 PM
Comments:   After all these years of trying to forget Oct.'72 it was a real revelation that this site existed...as I read the list of victims I cried for the first time in 30 years for those guys...we were all so young...it's good to finally face what happened...I still walk that ship at night in my dreams...


Visitor_Name: Hollie
Email: hjm1@gate.net
Where_From: FL
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 12/22/01   Time: 03:05 PM
Comments:   Great Site! Lots of good info.


Visitor_Name: Ray Krolkowski
Email: raykrol@msn.com
Where_From: Philadelphia, PA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 12/21/01   Time: 04:00 PM
Comments:  Served on the NN in '67 & '68 and made the 1st 'Nam cruise. I still live in Philadelphia and every once in a while, I visit the Phila. Navy Yard to look at CA 134-USS Des Moines in mothballs and it brings back many memories. Happy Holidays to All, Ray


Visitor_Name: Dr. Dennis Agin
Email: n8iln@mindspring.com
Where_From: Marysville, OH
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/21/01   Time: 04:33 AM
Comments:   Served with the crew 67-69. I sure would like to hear from all of my shipmates.

Dennis Agin (9370642-3812


Visitor_Name: Kari M  Kuurne
Email: kari.kuurne@telia.com
Where_From: Stockholm, Sweden (North-Europe)
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/12/01   Time: 07:56 PM
Comments:   Re: NN:s visit in Helsinki, Finland in '69 and '71.

Sorry ship-mates, my computer crashed a bit more than one week ago, so I lost at least TWO private e-mail. If YOU know that YOU had written me message, PLEASE re-write. Just as I should open the first one, my computer went black and it has taken more than ten days to re-install all. I am still seeking the fellow officers and ship-mates who were with NN in Helsinki, Finland in late summer in '69 and/or '71. Kari Kuurne, Cmdr (Ret.)


Visitor_Name: Robert J. Guinard
Email: none
Where_From: Leominster, Ma.
How_find_us: My Division officer told me to go here.
Date: 12/10/01   Time: 09:07 AM
Comments:   I came across the site to see the vessel my father served on in the late 60's early 70's time frame. (not quite sure) I've recently joined the NAVRES as a Hospital Corpsman, for myself and to honor my father who passed away last year. I would love to hear from anyone who may have known my father Robert N.Guinard,PO3. If anyone had served with him please contact me, leave a note on this board, I'll check back periodically..... Thanks, HM3 Guinard


Visitor_Name: Craig Depew (Tennessee)
Email: cdepew@chatertn.net
Where_From: Kingsport, Tennessee
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 12/05/01   Time: 06:51 PM
Comments:   Just wanted to say hi, and see if any of the store-keepers form 1971-72 still remember me. I was also the country DJ on the radio station.


Visitor_Name: Robert E."Willie" Williams
Email: Cymraeg1884@webtv.net
Where_From: Goshen, IN
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 12/05/01   Time: 08:19 AM
Comments:   On board the NN from Jan. 20, 1951 to Dec. 7, 1953. Spent 6 months or so in Fox Divn then transferred to T Divn. Made 2 Med cruises, one in '51 and another in '53. Spent most of '52 at ET school, Great Lakes. I have spent the last 40 years trying to locate Howard L. "Gus" Palmer, ET1, T Divn. Would like to hear from anyone from that era. My search for Gus brought a reply from a young man in Louisiana who had seen the NN in New Orleans while she was being dismantled. He had a short video of her, which he sent to me. Not a pretty sight. Hope to hear from some of my shipmates.


Visitor_Name: Geo-Oliver
Email: PEPSI-VET-99
WebPage: http://pepsi-vet-99
Where_From: Richmond, VA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 11/27/01   Time: 08:17 PM
Comments:   Years of service on the 148 was 1951 to 1955 looking for Ed Basset 7th div last add Lakepark Florida I Have memories of the old C A 148


Visitor_Name: Kari M  Kuurne
Email: kari.kuurne@telia.com
Where_From: Stockholm, Sweden
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/26/01   Time: 04:16 PM
Comments:   In the summer's '69 and '71 I was assistant Liaison Officer omboard when NN visited my home-port Helsinki, Finland. Some time ago I took contact with U.S Embassy here in Stockholm (Naval Attache, Cmdr Mike Coomes) and asked his help to get contact to NN site, so here I am now. Unbealivable, that it's three decades ago I were "part of the crew" even it was only for few days, but now those memories comes back. And what an memories. I were guided around from Admiral's quarter's to the engine room and into big cannon turrel. I think it was turrel two we were inside. I am interesting to know if there are any possibilities to find any stories of that time when NN were here in Scandinavia for "showing the Flag" in these rather small and wery peacefull countries. I am proud that I still have NN cap with capital NN on it, embroidered in gold and two joined silver bar for my rank at the moment. Later I resign from the Finnish Navy as commander and worked 20 yrs for PAN AM World Airways until the bankruptcy in '91. Now I am freelance photographer in Stockholm, Sweden. Within a few days I will do my order for some items from NNRA Ship's Store. Yours Sincerely, Kari M Kuurne, Cdmr (Ret.)


Visitor_Name: Sam Morris
Email: coolsam@tampabay.rr.com
WebPage: http://web.tampabay.rr.com/coolsam/
Where_From: St. Pete Beach, Florida
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/22/01   Time: 12:53 PM
Comments:   Was aboard for 8 months in 1957. Enjoyed the Med Cruise and left for Sub School after Northern Run in December. I have dedicated my page on the Fleet Submarine at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/coolsam/fleetsub.htm to Captain Post. Anybody remembering him let me know please. He was a great tennis player. Sam Morris


Visitor_Name: Max Mclanahan
Email: maxmclanahan@msn.com
Where_From: Humble Texas 
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 11/21/01   Time: 09:11 PM
Comments:   Really enjoyed the site great info on your boat and great job done on it also. Into scale RC boats PT boats mostly but like all scale US Navy boats. Like to find more info in scale boats plans, running hardware, how to scale up or down a set of plans etc . Thanks again AMS 2 USS Ranger CVA 61 1972 & 1973


Visitor_Name: Dana  White
Email: pretzelb3@aol.com
Where_From: Llynn, Mass
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 11/19/01   Time: 06:49 PM
Comments:   Wanted to hear from anyone who was aboard the U.S.S. St Paul in Vietnam ...1969 and 1970


Visitor_Name: Richard DiSanto
Email: Radd276@cs.com
Where_From: Cheektowaga, NY   That's near Buffalo NY
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/19/01   Time: 03:30 PM
Comments:   I was in Norfolk, Va. , Not to long ago and was trying to find out more about the Ship. My Wife & I got to the Museum there. The big display they have about the Cuban Missile Crisis, does not mention anywhere in the display about the USS Newport News even being there......let alone being the Command Ship. I would like to know WHY! THANKS A great job to all of you


Visitor_Name: Ralph Young Jr.
Email: ralphyoung@inet99.net
Where_From: Ashland, Kentucky
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/15/01   Time: 10:11 AM


Visitor_Name: Gregory Graham Carlson
Email: gregcarlson69@hotmail.com
Where_From: Boston MA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 11/14/01   Time: 02:39 PM
Comments:   It is a wonderful page. I was hoping to hear about a uncle of mine from some of the guys who might remember him. His name was Robert Graham. I think he was on board in 72'. He passed away in 95' and nobody in the family really knows about his time in the service, also I thought some of his old buddies might want to hear what happened to him. Is there a message board or some forum where I could ask if anybody remembers him? Is this the place? I know my mother would appreciate it, she misses her brother dearly and would love to hear stories. any ideas would be greatly appreciated. thanks. Greg Carlson


Visitor_Name:  Jerry Jones
Email: jerryjanicejones@earthlink.net
Where_From: Orangeburg, South Carolina
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 11/14/01   Time: 05:18 AM
Comments:   Thanks for a great web site. i served six years in the navy starting in 1966. we saw the Newport news many times in Vietnam. i was station on destroyers. i got to go on the Newport news one time when she pulled into Guam to get fuel. i had a friend who was station on your ship. he would always brag about your ship. it would be nice sometimes i think if some of us old timers could go back and hear some one say set special sea and anchor detail make preparation to get under way. take care and god bless. Jerry Jones


Visitor_Name: John K. Canupp
Email: AJCanupp@yadtel.net
Where_From: Advance, N.C.   USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 11/12/01   Time: 05:38 PM
Comments:   My brother, Lee R. Canupp, Jr. served aboard the USS Newport News sometime during the Korean War. He was Boatswains Mate 3rd.


Visitor_Name: James B. (Jim) Hofler
Email: james.hofler@eeco-net.com
Where_From: South Hill, VA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 11/09/01   Time: 08:39 AM
Comments:   I was informed of this website and was glad to find it! The pictures and stories really brought back a lot of memories, especially the '72 Westpac Vietnam cruise. I was honored to have worked for sush a fine Captain as Captain Walter F. Zartman and Commander Leverone. I was also honored to have worked under Vice Admiral Vincent P. De Poix, whils stationed in Norfolk. I would love to hear from anyone in "CR division, in addition to hearing from my superiors, as well as those listed above. I've also tried without success, to locate Val Wilson and Cliff Matics-both from "CR" division. Croolshanks, I'd like to hear from you too! It's been over 29 years since I departed the ship but many great memories and friendships will never be forgotten!


Visitor_Name: Raymond R. Krolikowski
Email: raykrol@msn.com
Where_From: Philadelphia, PA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 11/07/01   Time: 02:56 PM
Comments:   I served on the NN in 67 & 68. I made the first cruise to Vietnam. I was in engineering and served as a BT3. I have many positive memories of this ship. Ray


Visitor_Name: Gary L. White
Email: garylwhite@hotmail.com
Where_From: Wytheville, Virginia
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 11/05/01   Time: 09:52 PM
Comments:   Thank you for this site, especially the memorial page. I also found the pictures to be quite interesting and informative.


Visitor_Name: Carolyn McConnell
Email: Bcmcc17@aol.com
Where_From: Volant, PA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 11/02/01   Time: 12:15 PM
Comments:   I found this sight when my father had me look up some of the ships he was on. He told me about this one and about the 21 men killed during the time he was in service. It's an awesome sight and I'm learning things about my dad that I never knew.


Visitor_Name: Larry Webster
Email: webster@dhcd.state.md.us
Where_From:  Bel Air, Maryland
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 11/01/01   Time: 01:39 PM
Comments:   I was in Fox Div from 1966 to 1968. I often retell stories of my experiences while on this famous ship.


Visitor_Name: Frederick Albert Feld, 3rd
Email: tigge55@bellsouth.net
Where_From: Huntsville, Alabama 35801 USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 10/31/01   Time: 01:39 PM
Comments:   A sincere thank you to all who served below decks and on her decks in good times and bad. SALUTE!

Former USAF Preventive Medicine Specialist, AFSC 907X0. Served with the 377th USAF Dispensary, 377th Combat Support Group, 7th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) at Tan Son Nhut Air Base (Saigon), former Republic of Vietnam.

From one generation of patriots to the next may Lady Liberty's torch always shine as a symbol of freedom and hope to a world in darkness.

To those passing this way seeking hope in these very troubled times may I recommend reading from The Bible: Ephesians 6:10-20 The Armor of God.

Once again thank you and may God always bless those who stand in defense of liberty and freedom for all mankind!

Sincerely and with warmest high regards always, "tigge55@bellsouth.net

Esprit de Corps!


Visitor_Name: Tammy Sanders
Email: tsanders101@hotmail.com
Where_From: Hartwell, Ga.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/31/01   Time: 06:59 AM
Comments:   Keep up the good work. My prayers are with all of you,


Visitor_Name: Michael Nattress, Sr.
Email: acacia20@cfl.rr.com
Where_From: Edgewater, Florida
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/30/01   Time: 05:33 PM
Comments:   I was a crew member form 1-62 to 6-63, I think. I mean I know I was a crew member but not the dates.

Michael Nattress 3043 Silver Palm Drive Edgewater, Fl. 32141-6001


Visitor_Name: Richard & Sandy
Email: Shahwk2@aol.com
WebPage: http://richojr.50megs.com/POW-MIA/Page1.html
Where_From: North Carolina
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 10/30/01   Time: 12:18 AM
Comments:   Wow this is such an awesome site.................so well put together. It is very informative and the graphics are just stupendous. We thank you for this site as well as your caring and concern for our veterans WELCOME HOME


Visitor_Name: William W.  Chesser
Email: chesserp@bellsouth.net
Where_From: Montgomery, Alabama
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/28/01   Time: 02:33 PM
Comments:   I would like to hear from anyone who served from 1949-50 in the 6th Division.


Visitor_Name: Bill Rautio
Email: billr5@aol.com
Where_From: Gwinn Michigan
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/21/01   Time: 07:51 AM
Comments:   I served on ca-148 when it was the flagship for ComSecondFlt..


Visitor_Name: Kimberly Grant - Bartlett
Email: kbartlett@carlocompanies.com
Where_From:
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 10/16/01
Time: 11:11 AM


Visitor_Name: Ronald Huffman
Email: Rainysnights1@aol.com
Where_From: Leavenworth Kansas
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/10/01   Time: 05:24 PM
Comments:   Well I served on the USS NEWPORT NEWS from 1963 thru 1966 i was injured in the Dominican Republic.. stayed in the hospital a year.. Till my discharge...Those were the best years of my life....I was a Diesel Engineman...we took care of two Diesels on board that was emergency lighting.. Plus the whale boats and the Captain's Gig and Admirals Barge...The main thing we were in charge of the air conditioning.. and the brig was next to our compartment.. Best food I ever had.. well that's about it. cept high to all that served on the best ship in the NAVY.. Ron


Visitor_Name: Bruce Russell
Email: brussell472@home.com
Where_From: Follansbee ,West Virginia
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 10/08/01   Time: 09:27 PM
Comments:   I come here often to see who has come on board new. I remember the days on board and tell my son, who was on a tin can through the gulf war ,what it was like a a ship. A real ship! o yes good memories!!!!!!


Visitor_Name: Wilbur Chester Carruth RM3
Email: ab4xk@juno.com
Where_From: Eagle Lake Florida
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 10/06/01   Time: 05:32 PM
Comments:   I was not on the 'News very long, but I loved every minute of it. When I got transferred to a tin can, I agreed to re-enlist for 6 years if I could go back to the 'News....... they didn't take my offer..... Captain Bowers was in command and we were ComSecFlt. I would have stayed for 30 if they had left me alone.


Visitor_Name: Jaap Muilwijk
Email: jmuilwijk@zeelandnet.nl
Where_From: Europe/The Netherlands/Koewacht
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 10/01/01   Time: 12:56 PM
Comments:   I visited the ship during it's visit in Rotterdam in 1973 or 1974 and I did not forget the ship and the name of it. It was rather unusual that a such a big war-ship visited the port of Rotterdam. It was a great experience and very interesting.


Visitor_Name: Thomas (Tom) L> Jackson FT2
Email: grandpaj14@yahoo.com
Where_From: Old Bridge, NJ
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 09/30/01   Time: 02:50 PM
Comments:   Served in Fox Div 5/55-2/57 after 2yrs on USS Coral Sea and 1 yr in FTA school Wash DC. Quite an experience going thru the Panama Canal. We just fit. Got a kick out of being "piped" off the ship in dry-dock as I was discharged. Probably coincidence, but I took it for myself. Still looking to reach ex-shipmates Bill Higdon & Bob Russo. Happy Retirements.


Visitor_Name: Harris Deere
Email: hdeere@tn.fhwa.dot.gov
Where_From: Nashville, TN
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 09/26/01   Time: 12:02 PM
Comments:   Wonderful experience for a midshipman in 1956.


Visitor_Name: Terry Lee Akins
Email: t.l.akins@worldnet.att.net
Where_From: Seguin, Texas USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/24/01   Time: 07:24 PM
Comments:   Glad to have found old friends at this period and time in our Country. I served from 69 to 73 including tour in Vietnam. I was aboard the night of disaster in T-2. Lost close friends, GOD BLESS AMERICA !!


Visitor_Name: Richard L. Wahl
Email: Jackie1947@Aol.com
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 09/23/01   Time: 05:35 PM
Comments:   This is a fine web page for a fine ship. I served with the USAF in Vietnam 1967-68 as a dog handler. My brother-in -law Duncan Tuningia was an officer on the Newport News during that period. I will pass along your web sight to him.


Visitor_Name: Arthur W. Hunt III
Email: vicky@massed.net
Where_From: Massachusetts
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 09/20/01   Time: 03:11 PM
Comments:   Served Newport News 1956-58 Marine Detachment


Visitor_Name: Bernie Krzykwa
Email: thebernminnesota@aol.cp,
Where_From: Minneapolis, MN
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 09/19/01   Time: 07:21 PM


Visitor_Name: Vernon R Young
Email: vryoung@sstelco.com
WebPage: http://www.youngvr.homestead.com
Where_From: Kansas, Oklahoma
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 09/06/01   Time: 08:14 AM
Comments:   I served aboard the Newport News from 1956-58. Fox Division. I'm glad that someone is keeping us informed about what is happening with her.


Visitor_Name: Sam
Email: sjtd63@yahoo.com
Where_From: AZ
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 09/04/01   Time: 01:06 AM
Comments:   My grandfather served on the USS NEWPORT PF-27. We are looking for any information about that vessel. The days before it was sent off to the USSR. Any information that you would be great appreciated, and be sent to <sjtd63@yahoo.com>. Thanks for all who help in this matter.


Visitor_Name: BM1 SW CHARLES BROWN USN RET
Email: ONE SOON
Where_From: ST LOUIS MO
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 09/01/01   Time: 09:34 AM
Comments:   Yes I remember CA 148 very well for you see I am a plankowner of OF LCC 20 I was there at pier 7 when CA 148 was ordered to Viet Nam I was on the working party moving Com Second Fleet from your ship to ours this was the first time Com Second Fleet ever flew his Flag on LCC 20 I wanted to serve in CA 148 because she looked like a real warship to me my LPO at the time told me I wouldn't make it in a Cruiser but later in I came back in the Navy to serve in both USS IOWA BB61 and USS NEW JERSEY BB 62 so I sure fooled him. Iowa lost shipmates same as you guys, strange it was turret two in both ships. So shipmates why not drop us a line at www.ussiowa.org or www.ussnewjersey.org  At this time we are fighting so BB 61 doesn't meet the same fate as CA 148 Fair Winds and Following Seas. [BOATS]


Visitor_Name: David Porchey
Email: dporchey@houston.rr.com
Where_From: Houston, TX
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 08/28/01   Time: 04:03 PM
Comments:   Great Pages. Is there a way I can order a picture of the Newport News?


Visitor_Name: Charles H. Jarrett
Email: rjcj1953@cs.com
Where_From: Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/27/01   Time: 07:23 PM
Comments:   I served on the USS Newport News from 1953 to 1955. And I would like to be in touch with some of the crew members, from the ship during the same era. I am also interested in obtaining more information about the ship and be able to attend the next reunion.


Visitor_Name: Frank Rogers
Email: xtuckyxx@aol.com
Where_From: Danbury, CT USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 08/24/01   Time: 04:27 PM
Comments:   I served aboard the Newport News 1954 &1955, then was transferred to the Forestall I was in the radio gang.


Visitor_Name: Robert F. Kubis
Email: kubis@tnaccess.com
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/24/01   Time: 08:45 AM
Comments:   Served aboard the "NEWS" July 1961-May 1963 6th Div.BM3 Looking for Danny Snowhill, Dave Hadden  U.S.M.C.


Visitor_Name: Robert Carmack
Email: rcarmack@msn.com
WebPage: http://www.rollanet.org/~rcarmack
Where_From: Steelville, Mo.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/22/01   Time: 05:07 PM
Comments:   I was stationed at SRF Subic when she came in with her center gun missing from the explosion. I was in charge of getting the turret turned back around and facing forward again. My heart goes out to the family's of the fine men whom lost there life's that day.


Visitor_Name: John Spillane
Email: jspillan@th.walpole.ma.us
Where_From: Walpole, Massachusetts
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/17/01   Time: 12:12 PM
Comments:   Was a RM SN on board from 8/61 thru 1/64. Really interesting to see all the stuff on the website.


Visitor_Name: Paul Johnson
Email: chaplainFBE@webtv.net
WebPage: http://www.firebaseeagle.org
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/16/01   Time: 05:49 PM
Comments:   Hello shipmates....I served proudly on thunder from 1968-1971 ....please visit the website www.firebaseeagle.org and see what your shipmates been up too.....GOD BLESS YOU ALL

REV. PAUL JOHNSON/chaplainFBE@webtv.net


Visitor_Name: Tom Jackson
Email: grandpaj14@yahoo.com
WebPage: Rdy2go14@aol.com
Where_From: Old Bridge, NJ
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 08/08/01   Time: 07:01 PM
Comments:   Served on News '55-'57 (FT2) in Fox Div. Looking to make contact W/ MM2 Bill Beyer ('56). Anyone recall him?


Visitor_Name: Doug Miller
Email: dmille3818@aol.com
Where_From: Springdale, Arkansas
Date: 08/07/01   Time: 08:37 PM
Comments:   I served on the U.S.S. Newport News 1968-1972. I was in the 2nd Division and was a Gunner's Mate GMG3. Where is the ship located now? I had heard it was in dry dock in Newport News. My wife and I are interested in taking our three sons to Virginia to see it--IF tours are given. Thanks for any information!


Visitor_Name: Salvatore Milo
Email: salmilo@worldnet.att.net
Where_From: Mesa Arizona
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/06/01   Time: 05:09 PM
Comments:   Served on the Newport News from 1951 - 1954. Was ENGD 2nd class.


Visitor_Name: Larry C. Kite
Email: kite@abcs.com
Where_From: Clinton, In  47842
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 08/06/01   Time: 06:23 AM
Comments:   I served on the Newport News during 1953-1954 as an ET3 and was wondering what ever happened to the ship.


Visitor_Name: Myron ''Mike" Everett
Email: ekimev1@alltel.net
Where_From: Lincoln, Nebraska
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 08/04/2001   Time: 08:35 PM
Comments:   An ex shipmate sent me a copy of your roster list and on the bottom of the page I got your http address I was aboard the USS Newport News 55-56 with the staff of COMSIXTHFLT, Flafallowance as a second class radioman. I was on 5 cruisers but I loved the Newport News the best. with COMSIXTHFLT I served on the USS Salem.


Visitor_Name: Kimberly Grant - Bartlett
Email: 0
Where_From: Michigan
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 08/03/2001   Time: 08:12 AM
Comments:   My father, Al Grant was a Gunner's Mate from '58-'62 He past away in '96. Dad spoke fondly of his time on board. It's great to see the ship and read the her and her crew.


Visitor_Name: Tim Clements (Clem or Kid)
Email: rhentz@ix.newcom.com
Where_From: E. WINDSOR  NJ
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/30/2001   Time: 09:00 AM
Comments:   '71-73 OE-Division looking for past friends.


Visitor_Name: Kayla Stephenson
Email: tripleb1501@earthlink.net
Where_From: Cedar Grove, West Virginia
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 07/29/2001   Time: 08:14 PM
Comments:   This is a cool website and everyone who gets on the chat room is a little crazy.


Visitor_Name: Dick Martin
Email: forthrt@bright.net
Where_From: Central Ohio
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/28/2001   Time: 10:20 PM
Comments:   I was aboard the News from 1961 to 1964. Was a gunners mate in turret 2. Still remember all the crew and wonder about Chief Predix; if anyone remembers .A wonderful person. Was aboard during the Cuban Crisis and had a wonderful tour while I was aboard. Nice to see that there are still close memories of her.


Visitor_Name: Ken Sneyd IC3
Email: kensne@yahoo.com
Where_From: Troy, MI
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/28/2001   Time: 06:30 AM
Comments:   Served on the Newport News from Dec '65 thru Sept '66 when I was sent to "A" school. I was supposed to return, but sent to the FDR as replacement for an IC man killed in the flash fire. Always wished I could have returned to her. Had one Gitmo cruise aboard, and several stops along the East Coast, NYC, Bermuda, West Palm, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Caribbean. Would like to hear from M Cummings, Al Weaver, J. Glick, K Good speed, and any others who might remember. An impressive ship, with an unfortunate end.


Visitor_Name: Edwin R Andrews
Email: ea41@ptd.net
Where_From: Lost creek Pa. 17946
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/22/2001   Time: 07:51 PM
Comments:   I served aboard from May 1956 to June 1965


Visitor_Name: Jim Ellson
Email: jimellson@msn.com
Where_From: New York City
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/22/2001   Time: 02:07 PM
Comments:   Served aboard the Newport News 6/55 - 10/56, Transferred to the Salem until 1/59


Visitor_Name: Tom A. Ingham
Email: Tingham@compaq.net
Where_From: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/21/2001   Time: 11:04 AM
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Visitor_Name: Andrea Lyaski Bennett
Email: abennett@olean.wnyric.org
Where_From: Olean, NY
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 07/20/2001   Time: 07:59 AM
Comments:   My Dad, Bernard Lyaski served on the Newport News from '53 to '57. He has always spoken fondly of Navy days, and our family has always enjoyed his stories. Dad is still alive and very well, he retired from Dresser-Rand about 10 years ago. I am trying desperately to drag him into the "age of cyberspace", I believe he would love to visit this site, and be very glad to hear from his shipmates.


Visitor_Name: Noel Ford
Email: jeno4d@aol.com
Where_From: Mesa, AZ.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 07/18/2001   Time: 05:42 PM
Comments:   I was a plank owner. I helped put the Newport News in Commision in January 1949. She was one hell of a good ship. I built a scale model of her from actual plans and am very proud of it. The problem now is I don't have a place for it. it is about 4ft long and a little to big to display in my home. Help !!


Visitor_Name: DCC George Kaiser USNR ret
Email: dcckaiser@juno.com
Where_From: Collingdale, PA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 07/18/2001   Time: 05:59 AM
Comments:   Supplied ammo to CA-148 from USS Great Sitkin AE-17. We were with NN in Gitmo, Summer of 70. Have some great pictures of re-arming with her, I will scan and email them to appropriate people. Sad to see the pictures of NN destruction, she should have been a museum ship like her sisters.


Visitor_Name: John Holzmeister
Email: barnelf@earthlink.net
Where_From: Olympia Wash.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/18/2001   Time: 01:44 AM
Comments:   My father served on the USS Newport News in 1950. he is alive and well but without a computer so if you remember him please contact me. I would love to here stories from his buddies. thank you


Visitor_Name: John F. Simitz
Email: jhsmtz@aol.com
Where_From: Whitehall Pa. USA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/17/2001   Time: 01:39 PM
Comments:   I served on the Newport News from 61 to 63 as a Photographer third class. I would like to sign up on the crew list but don't know where. Thanks


Visitor_Name: Richard Day
Email: rickdaysigns@whiteface.net
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/14/2001   Time: 04:35 PM
Comments:   Great job on the site thank you very much.


Visitor_Name: Paul Lougee
Email: plougee@aol.com
Where_From: Framingham, Ma.  01701
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 07/13/2001   Time: 03:48 PM
Comments:   Served onboard from 1961 - 1964 and 1967 - 1969 and in 1973. Left Newport News in 1973 as a GMG1. Attended the last reunion held in June 2001 (my first).


Visitor_Name: Charles A. Hurd, LT USNR (Ret)
Email: charlie_hurd@hotmail.com
Where_From: SAN DIEGO, CA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/12/2001   Time: 08:25 AM
Comments:   Paul Schuerenberg, an ex-naval officer type who works with me at our company (Integrated Systems Analysts) in San Diego advised me of this outstanding Web Site. I reported on board Newport News as a LT (jg) and served for two years (from 1966 to early 1968)as Second Division Officer and Combat GQ Spot One Director Officer before my active duty naval service was completed. In 1967, from the Spot One director, I was an eye witness to the NVN 155 MM shore battery hit of the Perth fantail deck. On reading some of the great stuff on the Thunder site, I wrote of the experience and I have submitted it via Email. The Newport News was and is perhaps the most beautiful man-of-war ever constructed. Her fire power was just awesome and she was a greyhound to "drive" as OOD. Although we lived through some frightening/close call experiences, I believe Capt. McCarty and his crew always responded with true professionalism in the face of battle. She was a special ship to serve aboard, and I still have a picture of her hanging on a bulkhead at my office. Bravo Zulu to all that helped create this great site.


Visitor_Name: Gerry Morris
Email: babs@quixnet.net
Where_From: Philadelphia, Pa. USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/04/2001   Time: 10:28 AM
Comments:   Just attended the USS Newport News reunion. I enjoyed it very much and would like all info on any activities up coming. Thanks, Gerry


Visitor_Name: Jennifer Rober
Email: JenSp1437@aol.com
Where_From: Norfolk, Virginia
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 07/01/2001   Time: 05:06 PM
Comments:   Thank you for being so brave to Join the Navy, so many men put their lives on the line and very few get to hear just how important they were and are. I respect you and your life, you men truly are my heroes. My husband is now serving in the navy aboard the USS Newport News (SSN-750).


Visitor_Name: Maryglenn  Huffman
Email: edandmghuffman@mindspring.com
Where_From: Va. Beach, Va
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 07/01/2001   Time: 09:06 AM
Comments:   "None of the above" should be an option. Actually found out about it when Ed "Huffy" Huffman "stumbled" onto the reunion when attending another function at the reunion hotel. He asked me to look up the web site and add his name to the roster. Will pull up web page for him when he has time to sit and enjoy it.

 


Visitor_Name: Patrick J. Michener
Email: usnca148@yahoo.com
Where_From: Philadelphia, Pa USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 06/29/2001   Time: 12:18 PM
Comments:   I will never forget growing up on the NEWS; my first ship. even though I have served on many more I will never forget the good times and the bad that molded us into a family and a crew. May the lord bless and keep you all. and may the wind be always at your back. Until we all ship out again good luck. I served in 4th div deck dept 69-71. Until we all ship out again first ship. times were hard and we were hated by some; but we did or jobs for god & country.


Visitor_Name: Peggy Mower
Email: peggy.mower@state.me.us
Where_From: Maine, United States
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 06/29/2001   Time: 11:54 AM
Comments:   I found USS Newport News website because a very dear friend of mine, Blaine (Curly) P. Marston was in the Navy in the early 60's and he told me about USS Newport News. He passed away on February 25th of this year at the Maine Veterans Home on Hogan Road in Bangor, Maine where he spent the last year of his life. He'd been on oxygen for a long time and he died of complications from advanced COPD. I'd appreciate hearing about any memories anyone may have who might have known him worked closely with him.


Visitor_Name: Alfred J. Mancuso Jr.
Email: BUTCHSHARON70@AOL.COM
Where_From: Erie, Pa
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/28/2001   Time: 08:33 PM
Comments:   I served on NN from Oct 60 to July 63 I loved that ship. I still dream of her after almost 40 years. A great ship, many memories. I was in the 5th Div.


Visitor_Name: Tony ( formerly Bernie) Snesko
Email: Snesko@aol.com
WebPage: http://www.baldrus.com
Where_From: Capitol Hill, Washington DC
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 06/25/2001   Time: 07:30 AM
Comments:   I was a BM in the 4th and 1st Div. from 63 -67. I've heard that the Newport News sister ship,” Salem," is permanently docked as a museum in Massachusetts and open 7 days a week for tours. A great friend and former shipmate, Jim Hermance(EM), toured the Salem recently and said that it is the duplicate of the NN with a few minor exceptions. They are open 7 days a week. What are your thoughts about having the next reunion on the Salem?


Visitor_Name: George W. McClellan
Email: valley92@aol.com
Where_From: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 06/24/2001   Time: 10:17 PM
Comments:   Great site.....would like to see more types souvenirs offered.....served on USS Newport News..71-74


Visitor_Name: Robert Martin
Email: romartin@christianacare.org
Where_From: Philadelphia, PA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 06/21/2001   Time: 11:12 AM
Comments:   My father, Thomas Richard Martin, USNR, (Deceased), was a Chief Damage Controlman on board the USS Newport News. Not sure how many years he served but he retired in 1959 and that was his last duty station. He made several scale model ships from scratch, USS Stanley DD? USS Wisconsin BB64, a seaplane tender, Duksburry Bay??, and the USS Newport News CA148. After his death in the early 80's the models I think were donated to a museum. I would like to take my children to see them but do not know where they are?? Can anyone assist?


Visitor_Name: Jon M Snyder
Email: jsnyder@TonkinGulfYachtClub.com
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 06/16/2001   Time: 12:04 PM
Comments:   I was on board late 65 till August 66 before that I was in WestPac aboard the Salisbury Sound AV-13 first in country at  Danang 64


Visitor_Name: Robert Chapman SK1(RET)
Email: chapman_2496@msn.com
Where_From: Zion, Ill. USA
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 06/12/2001   Time: 10:32 PM
Comments:   Excellent site.


Visitor_Name: David R. Meyers
Email: dmeyers@blazenet.net
Where_From: Gettysburg, Pa.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/11/2001   Time: 10:46 PM
Comments:   I served on the NN from 1958 to Feb 1962. I was in the 5th, 6th, 1st, and a short time as a store keeper. I am interested in hearing from anyone that was there at the time. Am also looking for pictures of those divisions for those years.


Visitor_Name: Brian Zannone
Email: bz3333@worldnet.att.net
Where_From: Las Vegas Nevada USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 06/11/2001   Time: 06:57 PM
Comments:   My father (Zannone, Richard J. E-7? (apparently more than once) engine room? from Bronx NY) served onboard 67-68, and I think he was crew member prior to assignment to Pacific Fleet as well. Just reading up on history of ship, proud to say father took part.


Visitor_Name: Donna M. Duncan
Email: dmd845@aol.com
Where_From: USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 06/04/2001   Time: 08:48 PM
Comments:   I truly enjoyed your Web Site. My son is currently serving in the Navy. Also my brother. My uncle served in the Navy in Korea. My dad is a WW2 Navy Veteran. Proud to be Navy!!!! Very informative site and pictures are beautiful. Thank you.


Visitor_Name: Matt Higgins
Email: jambamatt@aol.com
Where_From: Sacramento, California
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 06/01/2001   Time: 09:45 PM
Comments:   Great site....I wonder if anyone out there knows my dad, Billy Higgins from Kenner, Louisiana I believe his tour was either 67 or 68. he was on the admiral's staff. any info would be greatly appreciated.


Visitor_Name: JACK LALLEY
Email: dobrojack@yahoo.com
Where_From: REDDING CA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 05/31/2001   Time: 09:28 AM
Comments:   I was on USS America,  the Navy for 6 years and the Army for 4 years....


Visitor_Name: Jack @ Dean'a Lalley
Email: dandjlalley@yahoo.com
Where_From: Redding, California
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 05/31/2001   Time: 09:24 AM
Comments:   Great site keep up the good work..like to talk to you some time...Have you ever heard of Grenada?


Visitor_Name: Tom Luckett
Email: tomluckett@mindspring.com
Where_From: Owensboro KY 42303-6423
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 05/30/2001   Time: 11:41 AM
Comments:   Really glad to find this site..has been 30 years since I walked off the NN..would be nice to keep up with some of my old buddies from way back then! drop me a line when you can!


Visitor_Name: Marie Linder
Email: linder@lar.forthnet.gr
Where_From: Larissa, Greece working for NATO
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/28/2001   Time: 11:56 PM
Comments:   The poem really touched my heart! Political wars are the worst! The military had the best intentions! It really was shameful to our country what you had to endure during this time!


Visitor_Name: William R Fitzgerald
Email: lumpy1@att.net
Where_From: Portsmouth VA.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 05/27/2001:   Time: 03:19 PM
Comments:   My first ship, spent 3 yrs. 8 months and 23 days 1959-1962. Hated every minute of it and spent the rest of my time in the Navy (28 years) trying to get back on her.....A GREAT SHIP!!!!!!!!!!


Visitor_Name: Charles E Clark
Email: charlesclark@apex.net
Where_From: South Fulton Tenn.  USA
How_find_us: I have no earthly idea how I came across this page.
Date: 05/27/2001:   Time: 02:05 PM
Comments:   Belong to fleet tug association as that was my first ship served aboard USS Salem in sixth fleet like what I have found will join your association the Salem was a fine ship I hope to go back aboard her this summer keep up the fine work


Visitor_Name: Tully and Sandy Sells
Email: 3dhunter@preferred.com
Where_From: South West Va.
How_find_us: From another guest book
Date: 05/26/2001:   Time: 11:23 PM
Comments:   I also served in Viet Nam in 1968-1970...I am touched beyond words. What you have done for our fallen comrades is the greatest thing I have ever experienced! Thank you for Serving and WELCOME HOME MY BROTHER! We will all stand together again one day and we will never forget our dear FRIENDS we Lost. GOD BLESS YOU AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE!


Visitor_Name: Eugene J. Hamlett
Email: hamlett@Dav.net
WebPage: http://www.geocitles.com/eugenejhamlett/index.html
Where_From: USA-Altavista, Virginia  25517
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/25/2001:   Time: 08:58 PM
Comments:   I was in 3rd. inf. division in Italy taken P.O.W. at Anzio Italy. Finish the war with the Germans as p.o.w at stalag 11 B. in Poland on a farm. I have only seen a little of the page . Before I finish I will read every word of it I can get it out off this computer . Any of you go to my website and read it please let me know .Thank you Eugene J . Hamlett E-mail address is >>>>>hamlett@DAV.net<<<<<

Eugene J. Hamlett

Visitor_Name: James Larry Ryan
Email: cuhulin@webtv.net
Where_From: Mississippi U.S.A.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 05/25/2001:   Time: 07:56 PM
Comments:   Hello. I received this Great website in my email box today. I was in the U.S. Army,1962 till 1965.I was in Nam,1964,Ammo Humper, Tan Son Nhut. I always remember our fallen Sisters and Brothers. May I add this website? www.angelfire.com/md2/Ldotvets page three, I am, Tain.God Bless you all. Thank You.


Visitor_Name: Charles R. Taylor
Email: patandcharli@alltel.net
Where_From: Linesville, Pa. U.S.A.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 05/25/2001:   Time: 05:41 PM
Comments:   Hello, I served with the 27th, Inf  R.C.T. in the 1st Bn. Co,B.25th.Div, 8th.Army in Korea, In 1950 and 1951. I left Korea in Feb.1952 and returned home to Pa. so far I have enjoyed my visit on this page, .and I will return,, Bye now,, Charlie..


Visitor_Name: Jerry Jones
Email: jerryjaincejones@earthlink.net
Where_From: Orangeburg South Carolina
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 05/25/2001:   Time: 04:18 PM
Comments:   Your ship has an outstanding web site. thanks Dexter foe sending me the memorial about the ones that died on the USS Newport News. I was in the navy for six years some of the very best friends i ever made was station on the destroyer with me. yall take care and keep up the good work. I do volunteer work at a naval museum so I do not miss the navy to much.


Visitor_Name: Jen
Email: bb_bettyboop1@go.com
WebPage: http://borntoboop.homestead.com/veterans.html
Where_From: Daytona Beach, FL  USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/24/2001   Time: 08:10 PM
Comments:   I really enjoyed your website. A friend, that was on board on USS Newport News at the time of the explosion, sent me the Memorial page for the 20 killed in the explosion. My brother is a Vietnam Vet and my son just started his second tour in the Navy. God bless!


Visitor_Name: JS Frye
Email: jsf@dp.net
Where_From:  United States of America
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/20/2001   Time: 06:41 AM
Comments:   My dad.. Marvin Frye.. served aboard  the Newport News.. and was very proud of it.. and we were proud of him.. he recently passed away, but he left us many memories of the Navy and also pride in the fact that...... "We are a Navy family"


Visitor_Name: Ron Jones
Email: rjones@ronjonesrealty.com
WebPage: http://www.ronjonesrealty.com
Where_From: Somerset, KY  USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 05/19/2001   Time: 12:49 PM
Comments:   You have a very interesting site. I will return again as time permits.


Visitor_Name: Ronald Patten
Email: Okeefenok@aol.com
Where_From: Orange Park, Fl
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 05/17/2001   Time: 04:43 PM
Comments:   I served on the News from 1962-1965 and thought it was a great ship. I sure did enjoy all of the Northern Europe cruises we took.


Visitor_Name: Joseph Ferri
Email: CarloF2000@aol.com
WebPage: http://
Where_From: Parrish, Florida
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/16/2001   Time: 06:38 PM


Visitor_Name: Jimmie G. Daniel
Email: jdaniel@madisonville.com
Where_From: Hanson Kentucky USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 05/16/2001   Time: 03:14 PM
Comments:   I served on the Newport News from 1956 to1960 was a RD/2 in 01 div. My brother Alton D. Daniel served from 1954 to 1958 as an RD/2 would like to hear from Raymond (Mule) Mclain or Hee Haw. Hope to see a lot of our shopmates at the reunion in Norfolk in June 2001.


Visitor_Name: Keith B. Zemnes
Email: MurdockZ23281245@aol.com
Where_From: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 05/09/2001   Time: 01:51 AM
Comments:   My lady asked me about "The Lady", She works at one of the V.A.'s and she brought all this information home to me the next day! I have contacted Ramjet and we are going to try and make the reunion. Ski was on board 10-69 to 6-73 and a bunch of health problems I have only good memory's for the most part! I was in S-3 Div. and my last name was Zmijewski and everybody just called me SKI. The website is very good and my memory about that time in my life is coming back and that is still important to this sailor!


Visitor_Name: Sal Maida
Email: salmaida@aol.com
Where_From: Waukesha, WI Near Milwaukee
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 05/05/2001   Time: 03:03 PM
Comments:   I was stationed on the NEWS IN 63-64 AS A Machinist Mate. I was surfing military.com and had an idea to try to find her to show my son the ship.......great to see the pictures and i will look at the rest of the site....like to get a hat or shirt.....sorry to hear she went to scrap...great ship. I went to New Orleans with her for some ceremony back then. That was cool. She was Flag Ship then. Please sign me up for any news letters or other info...thank you Sal Maida............please feel free to contact me at salmaida@aol.com


Visitor_Name: Robert  F.  Mongelli
Email: tincanbobby@aol.com
Where_From: Ocean City, NJ  USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/30/2001
Time: 11:01 AM
Comments:   Former USS Little Rock(CLG-4) sailor, served in the Navy from 1975 to1982


Visitor_Name: Ray Riedel
Email: jenterpr@dcr.net
Where_From: Frankfort, Kentucky
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 04/28/2001   Time: 09:40 AM
Comments:   Served on the 148 in 1950. Mike Division. Would like to hear from any "old" Vet of that era.


Visitor_Name: Christa Nöske
Email: cn_privat@yahoo.de
WebPage: http://www.christanoeske.4xt.de
Where_From: Wismar/Germany
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/25/2001
Time: 09:35 PM
Comments:   Hello, has stranded accidental on your home page. You/they have a wonderful home page, I admire you, everything has also seen not yet long. I would like myself with you, applies simultaneously for an Award, even if I have not driven to the sea, but I live at the coast. I will more frequently look at your home page anyway because she/it participates truly wonderful. Greetingses of the Ostsee Christa


Visitor_Name: Jessica Stockton
Email: crakerjackchick01@Hotmail.com
Where_From: Gainesville TX U.S.A.
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 04/23/2001
Time: 10:35 AM

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Visitor_Name: LEE KILPATRICK/KILLER;BT-
Email: IRISHFRG@BELLSOUTH.NET
Where_From: Bolivar, Tennessee Country Boy
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/18/2001   Time: 07:28 AM
Comments:   I served on the USS Newport News from 1971-1973 BT#2 Boiler room. A lot of things happened to me. I have been a mental case for all this time. I have been diagnosed as having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any one out there that can help me of knows me and what all happened in Viet Nam to me please help me remember my nickname was Killer my brain shut on me in Nam. This is not a Drill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May God Bless you. Peace


Visitor_Name: Michael Koenig
Email: mkoenig@wyoming.com
Where_From: Wyoming
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/17/2001   Time: 08:29 PM
Comments:   I was on gun line onboard the U.S.S. Grey DE-1054 the night of the accident on Oct. 1, 72. We were as close to the beach as we could get and the Newport News was firing over us. I'll never forget the sound of those shells going over and hoping they didn't fall short. I was out on deck when I saw the lights come on. I knew something was wrong because we were to maintain dark ship. We heard later that there had been an explosion in a gun turret. All I knew until I found this page that there were 6 people killed in the turret. I never knew about the other 14. I would like to find out exactly where that gun line station was. It was called Point Claudia (I think) and I know the general area of the coastline but not the exact point. There was a village there but I've forgotten the name. If anyone has this info please let me know. I spent a lot of time there watching the NN fire those big guns.


Visitor_Name: MICHAEL MESTACH
Email: mikemestach@yahoo.com
Where_From: Northern Indiana
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/17/2001   Time: 06:18 PM
Comments:   I spent 2 years on this ship from Feb. 63 to Feb. 65.I was machinist mate in engine 1.


Visitor_Name: Fred Welch
Email: f034920@netzero.net
Where_From: Ocean Grove, N.J. USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 04/15/2001   Time: 10:06 AM
Comments:  Hello Shipmates, Fred Welch here from N.J. I just ordered new license plates for my car. They will read NNCA148. I can't wait to put them on my car. See you at the reunion.


Visitor_Name: LCDR Pete Greenwald
Email: greenwal@cnrf.navy.mil
Where_From: Oak Harbor, WA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 04/13/2001   Time: 03:39 PM
Comments:   Wow. I'm very happy you have a web site. A PNC Stan Bottineau (USN retired) works for me here at NAR Whidbey Island. When interviewing Stan, now a GS employee, he stated that the USS Newport News was his favorite ship in his 27 years of service, with over half at sea. Stan also stated that his shadow box for his retirement was somehow lost in the mail. I want to present a shadow box to Stan some time in the near future and thought a flag flown over the sister ship, the USS Salem would make that shadow box very special. Stan served on board the USS Newport News in 1966 and remembers being on station for 40 days straight, shelling North Vietnam. Please let me know if you can help me.

Respectfully,

LCDR Pete Greenwald (360)240-8571


Visitor_Name: Sam Ferguson SK2
Email: Billiefayful@aol.com
Where_From: Gibsonville, NC
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/31/2001   Time: 07:19 PM
Comments:   Would like to locate Thomas Erickson served on USS Newport News CA148 1968-72 S1 Division or family. Last known address Chicago Illinois. Have a lot of catching up to do.


Visitor_Name: Lisa Gutknecht
Email: countryriver@aol.com
Where_From: Pittsburgh Pa
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 03/29/2001   Time: 08:32 PM
Comments:   My father was on the USS Newport News (early 60's)and that this is a great way to get to know about his past with the NAVY. Our family gets to hear all the big Navy stories !!! P.S. I know he's looking forward to the 2001 reunion in June. I know he'll have a new story to tell when he gets back!


Visitor_Name: Jim Walsh
Email: JNWalsh1@yahoo.com
Where_From: Plymouth, MA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/26/2001   Time: 05:03 PM
Comments:   Very proud to say that I helped design, fabricate and install the signage on the wall of the compartment aboard the USS Salem. I hope to attend the dedication ceremony.


Visitor_Name: Susan Pilot Armour
Email: armours@salisbury.net
Where_From: Salisbury,N.C.
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/26/2001   Time: 03:05 PM
Comments:   This is a wonderful thing all of you have done. My brother would be proud to know people still cared so much about the well-being of fellow crew members. My brother was proud to serve on the USS Newport News. I'm sure many of you still have valuable memories of the tragedy that occurred on Oct 1,1972. Thanks again. In special memory: SA Stanley George Pilot


Visitor_Name: Ellwood Miller
Email: elmvlm@home.com
Where_From: Pikesville, Maryland
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 03/26/2001   Time: 11:00 AM
Comments:   I was a yeoman in the log room July 1959 - July 1960. This web site brings back many fine memories of the time I served on NN...Med cruise, etc. I would love to hear from any of my "old" ship mates.


Visitor_Name: Sgt.Dan Evanoff USMC
Email: dmevanoff@earthlink.net
Where_From: Long Beach Ca.
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 03/24/2001   Time: 02:08 PM
Comments:   Hello, I was one of Marine guards for Admiral Combs and came aboard with his staff in the Tonkin gulf from the St Paul. Have fond memories of service on The Newport News. Remember long hours on the gun line and some good Liberty in Hong Kong. Does anyone remember me? I used to pump iron with some of the snipes. Also remember seeing 8 inch brass all over those teak decks after fire missions


Visitor_Name: Ken Loomer RMCS RET
Email: kloomer@aol.com
Where_From: Norfolk, Virginia
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 03/24/2001   Time: 12:13 PM
Comments:   Never had the Pleasure of serving on USS NN, However I had the pleasure of watching her pull in many times. I was stationed on USS BOXER (LPH-4) and we always tied up at pier 7 NOB, I think USS NN always pulled in to pier 5? anyway the entire waterfront went to watch her pull in. WHAT A MAGNIFICENT SIGHT!! She was the kind of ship that impressed sailors! And I am proud to say we have a picture of her underneath the USN emblem in Post 327 of The American Legion here in Norfolk, Thanks to the generous donation by "RAGS" RAGLAND who is a member here. Thanks again RAGS Ken


Visitor_Name: Larry Corcoran
Email: DONK16@AOL.COM
Where_From: WEST NEWBURY, MA,
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 03/23/2001   Time: 10:29 PM
Comments:   I was invited to go on the Salem when it went to Quincy, Ma. I was on the U.S.S. Northampton CC-1 I was a Machinist Mate 3RD. I served in A& M division. I am looking for former shipmates or people who served on it from 1963-67. My brother was a Radar man 3RD on it. Also Stu Corcoran.


Visitor_Name: Dale C. Mcelroy
Email: robdalemc@aol.com
Where_From: Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 03/22/2001   Time: 07:44 PM
Comments:   Thank you for allowing me to view your site. I was stationed aboard the sister ship USS Rochester CA-124, during the early sixties. I have been looking for a childhood friend for many years that was stationed on CA148 about 1959-1961. I do believe he was in an engineering division. His name is James Stanfield. If any of your members have any information on him, please contact me at above email address. Thank you again, Dale RM1 USN Retired


Visitor_Name: Keith Trawick
Email: ktraw@ci.salisbury.nc.us
Where_From: Salisbury, NC, USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/22/2001   Time: 01:09 PM
Comments:   Wonderful Page! Thanks for the opportunity to express my feelings for Stanley Pilot who died Oct. 1, 1972. God Bless, Keith Trawick


Visitor_Name: Joe Barron
Email: jbarron@springgardentwp.org
Where_From: York, Pa. (previously Philadelphia, Pa.)
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/20/2001   Time: 06:49 AM
Comments:   I served on CA148 for a very brief time in early 1959 after leaving the USS Salem when she was being decommissioned in Norfolk - I worked in the Gunnery Office


Visitor_Name: John  Olson
Email: NOSLOJP@aol.com
Where_From: Grand Junction, CO
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 03/18/2001   Time: 02:46 PM
Comments:   I was in the original crew when she was put in commission. I was in M-2 division down in number two engine room. Did the shakedown cruise to Gitmo Bay & then several Med cruises. I left her in 1952. A great experience. Hope I can make the reunion


Visitor_Name: Thomas L. Jackson  FT2
Email: grandpaj14@yahoo.com
Where_From: Old Bridge, NJ
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 03/17/2001   Time: 09:32 PM
Comments:   Served in Fox Div 5/55-2/57 after 2yrs on the USS Coral Sea and 1 yr in FTA school Wash. DC. Only excitement I recall is being piped over side on my discharge day while we were in Portsmouth dry dock. Don't know who did it, but thanks. Checking mail list for '55-'57 I found 2 familiar names, but 1 had no email address (Bill Higdon) & the other one for Bob Russo didn't fly. Anyone know them? Also after serving 4 yrs 11 months & 20 days I had to argue to leave Fri. instead of hanging around till Mon. Whew!


Visitor_Name: Peter (Tibbo) Tibbett
Email: tibbo106@dingoblue.net.au
WebPage: http://ozvets.homestead.com/one.html
Where_From: Cooroy, Qld, Australia
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 03/10/2001   Time: 08:08 PM
Comments:   Great website enjoyed my visit here very much, will be back.


Visitor_Name: Terry & Mary Hartsock
Email: HeartPita309@aol.com
Where_From: Millport, New York, USA
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 03/09/2001   Time: 08:02 PM
Comments:   We really enjoy the information we have been able to find on the USS NN - My husbands father was on the USS Newport News when him and his twin brother were born in 1952. We believe he may have been in Italy at the time. I know he would look forward to talking to anyone that was there at the time. His name is Gordon "Gordie" Hartsock Sr. You can contact him at the above e-mail address until I can get him signed up on the crew page, I will as soon as I get further information. Thank you for remembering all of our veterans. My husband is a Vietnam Veteran with the USAF.


Visitor_Name: Martti Markovaara
Email: martti.markovaara@uusimaa.fi
Where_From: POrvoo, Finland
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 03/09/2001   Time: 07:06 AM
Comments:   Hello Newport News, I'm visiting ship 1972 in Helsinki Finland. I was then young boy who was a interesting war ships and navys. I still remember (30 years later) one moment when we was in guntower and radios play CCR-music, soldiers songs and they have good feelings. I remember that moment because I heard this same music just a one moment today. Then I coming net and looking if I found something informations at you. You pages is very intresting and nostalgy. Now i´m 44 years and still this short moment in your ship 1972 is my minds. I wish to you all everything good and God Bles You.


Visitor_Name: AL SHEMKE
Email: al.shemke@gateway.net
Where_From: Costa Mesa, California
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 03/08/2001   Time: 02:08 AM
Comments:   I am Al Shemke, formerly YN3 of the USS GUADALUPE (AO-32) 9/71 to 7/72, Commander, Coastal Squadron 3 in Guam 8/72 to 9/72, USS TACOMA 10/72 to 12/72, and COMCOSRON 3 in Guam again 12/72 to 6/74. While on Guadalupe, we fueled you guys sometime in late spring or early summer '72. Many of you smiled and waived to us, and we always appreciated the well wishes. I had left the Guadalupe and was at Coastal Squadron 3 in Guam when we heard about the tragic accident you had. We were all saddened, and I wondered whether any of those friendly sailors I saw off the coast of Vietnam during "unreps" had been casualties. I guess a lot of vets are like me in those thoughts. Such is the nature of war, but I hope all of you and the civilian survivors are doing well now. I salute all of you, living and dead, and hope that the memorial stays. Thank you for your service to country, and welcome home. God bless you. Al p.s. Your website is very good.


Visitor_Name: Joey H Phillips, M. Ed
Email: jphill6114@aol.com
How_find_us: Please select one
Date: 03/04/2001   Time: 02:56 PM
Comments:   I'd like to thank the Newport News Reunion Association for their assistance to a project in my Special Education Classroom. We have been working on an Album of Naval Vessels. This is a favorite activity for many of my students who are Navy Kids. The association donated photos and frames to this cause and it is much appreciated. On behalf of my students Thank You to the Newport News Crew and a special thanks to you Rags. _ Joey


Visitor_Name: Robin Gordon
Email: Rob2Dev@midmaine.com
Where_From: Maine
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 03/04/2001   Time: 11:26 AM
Comments:   Newport New named a ship after my brother in 6/96 the USNS Gary I. Gordon I believe it was TAK296 I would like any information of where the ship has been and how its doing. I would also like to be able to chat with anyone whose is aboard it. Thank you for your time. Robin


Visitor_Name: Ishmail Osborne
Email: L_Indio@yahoo.com
Where_From: Battle Creek, Mi
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 03/03/2001   Time: 08:55 PM
Comments:   I served aboard from 64-68 and then from 71-73. I started out in OR/DIV Flag Message Center and when we went in the yards I transferred to R/DIV pipe shop. I re-upped in 68 and was transferred to Wash DC Navy Yard for diving school, from there I went to MCB-53 and back to NAM & then to MCB-74 and back to NAM and then to San Diego 32nd street class 'C' welding school and then back to the News and yes back to NAM then came Oct 1st 1972 a night that will never be forgotten by those there...May God bless all who were there.... Ish


Visitor_Name: Cindy Dick
Email: dickgimp@aol.com
Where_From: Pittsburgh Pa
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 03/01/2001   Time: 08:43 PM
Comments:   Hello I found your website by accident when looking for information about the USS Houston which sunk in the Java Sea in 1941. My Grandfather was on board when this happened. I was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia and I think very highly of our men and women in the armed forces. My brother-in-law was on the Newport News when the bun turret blew up in 1972.  I was 15 years old at the time but will never forget the panic my family felt when this happened. My sister was 6 months pregnant at the time and we didn't know if he was dead of not for a while. Thank God he was OK but his best friend died and my brother-in-law has never been the same. I miss the old Randy before this tragedy happened. I just wanted to let someone know that all of us were touched very deeply by this and still think about it. To all the brave men and women who lost there lives may God bless you.
Cindy


Visitor_Name: Larry Hileman
Email: biglare@ix.netcom.com
Where_From: Waldorf, Maryland
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 02/28/2001   Time: 11:46 AM
Comments:   What a great site! I served on the Newport News from 1965 until 1967. I was on what was affectionally known as "a kitty cruise", getting out before my 21st birthday. My wife has fond memories of the "dependants cruise" & meeting the ship at Pier 7 in Norfolk many times.


Visitor_Name: Drake W. McCarron
Email: mcdrake13@aol.com
Where_From: Phoenixville, Pa.
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 02/27/2001   Time: 12:57 PM
Comments:   What a great web site. I will be exploring it often. I served on the Newport News from 62 to 64. She was a fine lady. Please keep up the great work. Thanks


Visitor_Name: Tom Duffy
Email: tfranduf@aol.com
Where_From: Newark, DE 19711
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 02/26/2001   Time: 04:32 PM
Comments:   I served aboard the Newport News during it's Med cruise, 1956. I was not ship's company, but a member of ComSixthFleet's staff allowance. I was an enlisted man with the rank of CT2. I would very much like to hear from any "CT's" that were in the Med from the end of 1955 thru 1956 (USS Des Moines and Salem in addition to the NN), or who served with me on Guam (11/53 thru 5/55) or in Bremerhaven (6/55 thru 11/55)


Visitor_Name: Bill McGrane
Email: wmcgrane@aol.com
Where_From: Orange Park, Florida
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 02/26/2001   Time: 04:55 AM
Comments:   I was on the USS Salem, 1953/54 and I wanted to see what our sister ship has on there web site.


Visitor_Name: John Byford (SMITTY) Schmit  CYN3
Email: shortwheels53@hotmail.com
Where_From: Steinauer, Nebr.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 02/24/2001   Time: 12:47 PM
Comments:   Great web site, was glad too find it. Was looking for guys in O R div. COMSECFLT/staff duty that worked radio room from 4-66 to 6-67. Have been trying to find old shipmates for several years now so would be glad to here from anyone out there that I served with.


Visitor_Name: Duane Gomez
Email: Gomez@Kenyon.edu
Where_From: Mt Vernon, Ohio
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 02/23/2001   Time: 07:48 AM
Comments:   Stanley Pilot, one of my best friends in high school, was killed in October 1972 in an explosion on the USS Newport News.. It is very nice to see a memorial page in Stanley's honor. Thank you.


Visitor_Name: H. David Brownstead
Email: dbrwnstd@aol.com
Where_From: San Diego, Ca
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 02/21/2001   Time: 12:14 AM
Comments:   Am interested in communicating with any old shipmates


Visitor_Name: Joseph W. Phillips
Email: jwpcg@prodigy.net
Where_From: Orlando, Fl
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 02/20/2001   Time: 06:20 PM
Comments:   Was aboard from Feb.59 to July 61. Was one of your best "DOCS". I was aboard a couple of times after leaving to just look at the GREAT OLD LADY! Hope I can make it to the reunion.


Visitor_Name: Eddie L. Roady
Email: ELR42@lightspeed.net
Where_From: Taft, CA. USA
How_find_us: I have no earthly idea how I came across this page.
Date: 02/17/2001   Time: 12:37 AM
Comments:   BT2/B1


Visitor_Name: William W. Chesser
Email: Pegbillchess@aol.com
Where_From: Montgomery, Alabama 36109   
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 02/16/2001   Time: 07:36 PM
Comments:   I served aboard this beautiful lady from Jan.1949 until May 1950 and am a plank owner. Many fond memories. This is absolutely the best web site ever. Would like to hear from anyone in the 6th.Div. in the same time frame if they are still alive . Just broke my heart and brought me to tears when I saw them making scrap out of her. Keep up the good work.


Visitor_Name: Ed Blom
Email: thebloms@freeway.net
Where_From: Gaylord, Mi.
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 02/15/2001   Time: 12:12 PM
Comments:   Looking for Rod McNair ET2 served on the NN approx 65-66. he dropped off the face of the earth about 1970. Please contact your friends Rod


Visitor_Name: Robert F. "Bob" Stewart    MRC RET
Email: stewartlb2830@aol.com
Where_From: Virginia Beach, VA 23456-5920
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 02/12/2001   Time: 07:06 PM
Comments:   From Dec 1959 to Sept. Machinery Repairman - "R" Division


Visitor_Name: Paul Martinez
Email: paulmartinez51@hotmail.com
Where_From: USA,  Michigan
How_find_us: I have no earthly idea how I came across this page.
Date: 02/11/2001   Time: 05:48 PM
Comments:   Looking Richard Buzzy Sturdevant and Robert Treeman Veltrey, Michael J Shepard, John Spike Richardson and every one else who hung around 1st div gear locker.


Visitor_Name: Christian N. Seger
Email: cseger@houston.rr.com
Where_From: Houston, Texas
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 02/08/2001   Time: 08:26 PM
Comments:   I am writing a historical narrative about a Seal operation in Vietnam on 31 October, 1972, in which the Newport News (NN) shelled the beach in support of the Seals and later picked up the group and gave them medical assistance. I have several questions, can you answer them for me?
1. By some accounts there were two destroyers on the gun line with the Newport News, one of them carrying the flag officer normally riding the NN while NN was in Subic undergoing repairs. Who was he, what was his rank, and what was his command, and when did he rejoin NN, and what were the names of the destroyers?

2. The destroyers would have been firing 5" rounds. Did the destroyers come under hostile fire and withdraw from the scene upon arrival of the NN because NN had greater range?

3. In support of the Seals did the NN fire only 5" rounds, or did she fire 8" as well. The daily report on the website says she fired "only 104 5-inch rounds during the day..." 31 October 1972.

4. What are the effective ranges of a 5" and an 8" gun? How far off the beach was NN when supporting the Seals with gunfire?

5. Do you know any of your shipmates who might have been in radio contact with Lt. Tommie Norris USN Seals when he was on the beach calling in gunfire support from the NN?


Visitor_Name: Chuck Rogers
Email: cgloverr@aol.com
Where_From: Philadelphia, PA
How_find_us: From the NN Web Site
Date: 02/08/2001   Time: 02:11 PM
Comments:   Great Web site! My father served aboard "The News" during the mid late fifties (55, 57 or 57 I think). He was an 8" gunnery officer in charge of turret 3 (I believe).
I followed the ship with great interest while I was growing up in the sixties and seventies. I went aboard twice and was presented with a ship's patch which I have to this day. I also have the base of a 5" shell casing which was fired "in anger" during the Vietnam War.
From my grandparent's home in Norfolk, I watched the News many times as she transited the Elizabeth river on her way to Portsmouth. She was grand site, with the crew at the rails.
I saw her many times while she rested at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Even with faded paint and a missing gun barrel, she was a fine sight. She deserved better that the scrap yard!!


Visitor_Name: Tom Fuller
Email: murmer@pacifer.com
Where_From: Castle Rock, Washington
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 02/06/2001   Time: 09:37 PM
Comments:   I served on the USS Belknap (DLG/CG-26) from 1968 - 1972.We sailed a couple of times with the "NEWPIE NEWS". I remember one sunny day we high lined with her, as she came steaming along side, we all stood in amazement with our mouths open gawd what a sight! I remember my buddy Bob Langton saying " Now that's what I call a boat"! Although the Belknap was a good looking ship, the Newport News was gorgeous! Anyone that served on her deserves to puff their chest a little. Great web site, it was fun! Tom Fuller DC3


Visitor_Name: Kelly Bryan
Email: bryanfamily.net@prodigy
Where_From: Pasadena, TX
How_find_us: Just surfing and found it
Date: 02/02/2001   Time: 04:47 PM
Comments:   I was just looking around to see if an old friend was in this ship. Anyone heard of Kevin Pope?


Visitor_Name: Greene, Ken GMG3 Turret #2
Email: ken.greene@att.net
Where_From: Kentucky-USA
How_find_us: From a search engine
Date: 02/02/2001   Time: 04:03 PM
Comments:   6-64 6-66 Turret 2 looking back had a super good time on the gray ghost from the east coast. She was a sweet lady.


Visitor_Name: Grant Beatty
Email: NuNews148@aol.com
Where_From: New Jersey, USA
How_find_us: A friend told be about it
Date: 02/01/2001   Time: 04:50 PM
Comments:   I think this is a GREAT site. I will be back many times and finally found a place to order some things I've been looking for. Thank you for all the effort and time involved to produce this site. I served from '62 - '64, I was in Fox division with a great bunch of guys.


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