Nitro Class Ammunition Ships
Quarterdeck Log



Thank you for visiting the USS Nitro (AE-23) web site. We have developed this section of our website for those former crew members of the Nitro or Suribachi Class Ammunition ships who would like to take a look back at life aboard their homes for so many years. If you would like to sign our quarterdeck log, please press the picture above.
Thank You.

E-4 rating James Timmons, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1968-1969, YN3, Operations Division. Welcome to the Nitro Class Web Page and thank you for signing in at the Quarterdeck. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will bring back some fond memories of the time you have spent on board these ships. Best Wishes in the Future.
James Timmons, Waukesha, WI, USA, - Fri, 26 Feb 1999 navy65-69@sbcglobal.net


E-4 rating Robert Palmeter, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1967-1969, RD3, Operations Division.
Robert Palmeter, Wilmington, NC, USA, - Tues., 2 Mar 1999 rpalm@bellsouth.net



E-4 rating Anthony Medeiros, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1963-1964, GMT3, 3rd. Division. Hoping to locate some fellow members of 3rd. Division who where on board when I was.
Anthony Medeiros, Cheshire, CT, USA, - Wed., 3 Mar 1999 TM322@aol.com


E-3 rating Wayne Misner, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1961-1962, SN, Deck/Radio. I worked on the deck crew when I first came aboard, but was transferred to the radio room while in the med. After completion of the med cruise in 1962 (spring) I went to RM Class A school in Norfolk and then to the USS Salinan ATF 161 out of Key WEst Fla. I was honorably discharged in Jan 1965 RM3.

By the way; I have what I believe is the original commisioning pennet from the USS Nitro. We took it down for some reason right after I went aboard. The old first class bosan told me it was the original. He had been on the ship since it was commisioned.
Wayne Misners, Owensville, MO, USA, - Sun., 28 Mar 1999 bones@fidnet.com

E-3 rating Sam Kobalkin, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1962-1964, SN 2nd division. I now live in Passaic NJ and would like to get in contact with old shipmates, especially John Bodino of Connecticut. I'm on a friend's computer (don't have one myself) so if anyone would like to contact me they can reach me at this e-mail address (MSmoAPA31@AOL.Com).
Sam Kobalkin, Passaic, NJ, USA, - Thurs., 8 Apr 1999 MSmoAPA31@AOL.Com

E-5 rating Joe Valenzuela, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1970-1974, ETN2, Operations.
Joe Valenzuela, Pittsburg, CA, USA, - Sun., 2 May 1999 joval@techie.com


Dennis Kugler, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1964-1967, MR_, M Divison. Thanks!
Dennis Kugler, Holdrege, NE, USA, - Wed., 5 May 1999 qd23334@navix.net


E-7 rating RICHARD A. KLEPADLO, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1975-1978, RMC, OR Divison.
RICHARD A. KLEPADLO, USA, - Sat., 8 May 1999 K1GKM@JUNO.COM


E-4 rating Steve Jacobson, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1980-1982, RM3, Ops Divison. Just happened on your site as I was searching for information on Mount Suribachi. I am giving a presentation at church on Sunday about how we honor those who have gone before us and I will be using Mount Suribachi/USS Suribachi as a reference. I was a Radioman 3rd on the Suribachi from 1980 to 1982. I remember that the Nitro caught fire during that time frame and they just about lost the ship. It was great seeing your sight. Thanks for the memories.
Steve Jacobson, USA, - Fri., 28 May 1999 stevej@sidney.heartland.net


E-3 rating Patrick Moore, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1991-1993, RMSN, Ops Divison. I wanted to respond to the registry you have for the Nitro Ships. I was a radioman on the Haleakala from 1991 or 1992 until she was decommissioned in 1993. It was my first ship assignment and I repaired the old teletype eqpt. The ship was in poor shape and many things were falling apart all of the time (i.e. drinking H2O pumps, engines, etc.). Shortley before I arrived berthing had been installed for female crew. We were stationed in Guam during this time and we made one final WestPac on her, visiting HongKong, Singapore, Japan, and Australia. Our C.O. at the time was Cecil Bradley, who went on to Norfolk to teach or attend the War College. The crew I served with was a great group of people. Patrick is currently a school counselor in Virginia.
Patrick Moore, USA, - Thu., 24 Jun 1999 atvmudder@cox.net


E-5 rating Guillermo Tarango, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1982-86, BT2, Propulsion. I was on board the USS Haleakala AE25 from December 1982 until August 1986. Looking back, those were some of my best years of my life. I hope to hear from some of my former shipmates, especially BT1 Brian T. Lewis. Thanks for providing this site.
Guillermo Tarango, Golden Valley, AZ., USA, - Sun., 29 Aug 1999 cuervo@ctaz.com


E-3 rating Steve Valcq, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1965-1966, SN, Third Division. Looking for crew mates who served on Pyro Sep 65 to Feb 66.
Steve Valcq, Orange Springs FL., USA, - Fri., 03 Sept. 1999 % brenda@isdn.net


E-4 rating David Ballerstein, USS Haleakala (AE-25), BM3, 1972-1974, 2nd Division. NICE TO SEE SOMEONE KEEPING THE OLD GIRLS ALIVE
David Ballerstein, Concord, CA, USA, - Sun., 5 Sept 1999 DirtyDav43@aol.com



E-4 rating Hugh Roberts, USS Wrangell (AE-12), RM3, 1966-1970, Operations Division. I am 52 years old and was in the navy from May of 1966 to March 1970 active duty aboard the U.S.S. Wrangell AE-12. I know this is not one of the ships that your web site covered but I am trying and have been since I got out of the navy contact some of my old shipmates and also would love to have a dialog like you did on the other ammo ships all about the Wrangell to show my family. I did two med cruises, one WestPac cruise, brief North Atlantic cruise, lots of shakedowns in Cuba and was stationed (ship was) out of Charleston South Carolina. I never left the ship. Started out as a seaman and wound up as a Radioman 3rd class. During rearming I also was a bomb roller. Would love to hear from you and or any info you can give me ref my old ship and how I can possibly contact the old people I served with. The web site set up is really very very good. enjoyed it tremendously.... The Wrangell looked exactly like the ones of the other ships in your photos. You brought back some fond memories and made my day.
Hugh Roberts, Orlando, FL., USA, - Sun., 19 Sept 1999 Rob9554@aol.com


E-4 rating Jose Silva, USS Nitro (AE-23), BT3, 1974-1977, "B" Division. just came across this page today by mistake was looking for something else glad i found it will be interested to hear from any one that served with me would like to hear from some james (opie) farrel,bobby felton,brown,rick ogle and so on
Jose Silva, Barrington, RI., USA, - Sat., 2 Oct. 1999 jsilva@providence.edu


E-5 rating Troy Coen, USS Pyro (AE-24), DC2, 1988-1992, "R" Division. I was a DC2 in R-Div. It was the best ship that I have ever served on and I have been on 4. Currently serving on the USS Nashville in Norfolk,VA. The crew was great.
Troy Coen, USS Nashville (LPD-13), Norfolk, VA, USA, - Sat., 2 Oct 1999 Coent@Nashville.navy.mil


E-4 rating Dan Griffiths, USS Haleakala (AE-25), MM3, 1987-1988, Race Division. Short stay, but enjoyed my time in guam.
Dan Griffiths, Ridgecrest, CA., USA, - Mon., 4 Oct. 1999 dsgrif@hotmail.com



E-4 rating Tonya Munns, USS Haleakala (AE-25), OS3, 1991-1993, Ops Division. I came aboard right after the integration of females onboard. Things were still a little tense but the shock of it all wore off over time. I spent my fair share of time hanging over the side chipping and painting on the superstructure. I was aboard my second command USNS Kilauea when I saw the Haleakala being towed out from Guam. She was bought by another country. The two years I spent aboard her were the most enlightening years of my life.
Tonya Munns, Somerset KY., USA, - Wed., 6 Oct. 1999 bluvalk@yahoo.com


E-5 rating Gerard Breton, USS Nitro (AE-23), BT2, 1981-1985, "B" Division. Hope to hear from shipmates during my tour and especially those of you who where there for the fire. Reading and see the site on USS Nitro brings back fond memories! Thanks, Gerry.
Gerard Breton, Cumberland, ME, USA, - Wed., 3 Nov 1999 mashe@maine.rr.com


E-4 rating Larry Mathews, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), YN3, 1971-1972, 3rd. Division. Glad to know that you have your AE web site up and running. I just thought tonight that there MUST be a web site that features the USS MAUNA KEA and I was right. I served on the MAUNA KEA from Oct 71 thru July 72 and spent 4 months of that time on the line in Vietnam. I worked for 3rd division as a YN3. (but I pushed a lot of bombs too). Always wondered where the MAUNA KEA ended up and when it decommissioned. Take care and keep up the good work.
Larry Mathews, USA, Tues., 9 Nov. 1999 pasture@otn.net


E-4 rating Tony Lupo, USS Suribachi (AE-21), RM3, 1987-1990, Ops Division. I am glad to have found the website, I didn't even know the Suribachi was decommissoned (I am starting to feel old now!) If you have any info on Suribachi crew member registration please let me know. If a suribachi patch is needed like the others on this page let me know I still have one. Thanks , Tony Lupo
Tony Lupo, USA, Fri., 12 Nov. 1999 eagle_1983@yahoo.com


E-5 rating C. H. Williams, USS Pyro (AE-24), OS3/OS2, 1974-1979, "O-I" Division. Love the web site. I served aboard the USS Pyro (AE-24) from December of 1975 to June of 1979. I was an OS3/OS2 in O.I. division. The Pyro was a great ship with great crew mates, many of whom I remember fondly and would love to hear from..
C.H. Williams, USA, - Fri., 12 Nov 1999 arzobrown@yahoo.com


E-3 rating Kevin Tapp, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1978-1980, QMSN, Nav/Ops Division. Reported aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) in Civitavecchia, Italy in November 1978 as a very young and green QMSA, just out of "A" school. Guys I remember are QMC Klumpp, QM2 Kinney, QM3 Sam Drury, QM3 Mario Fenandez, OS3 "Hatz", MS3 Rudy Steiner (Pardeeville, Wisconsin), BM3 Bannister, ENSN "Gus" Nesbitt, GM1 Brown, GM3 Jaime Maldonado, Capt. Jockle, LTCDR Churchhill, LTCDR Wallace (Cheng), (Bull) ENS Lippa, CWO Bear, Ens. Gold, the"First Louie", LT. J.C.Kitts, among others. After my second Med on Nitro in spring 1980 transferred to the USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) in Vallejo, Ca. In 1982 went TAD to the USS Pyro for a few weeks to assist the QM gang for sea trials. Honorably Discharged as QM2 in June '82, got a "Z-card" and joined MSC-Pacific as an AB. After a few assignments, in October '87 wound-up on the USNS Kilauea (AE-26) . Sailed as AB and Boatswain Mate. Got a Deck License in July 1990 and was sent back to Kilauea in Subic Bay as a Third Mate, just in time to load-out for "Desert Shield". Stayed aboard Kilauea until we arrived back in Subic from "Desert Storm" and the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in June 1991. An appropriate end of a career aboard AE's. My fondest memories though, are from my first assignment- USS Nitro. It was a damn good ship and crew. I am now with the Offshore Division of the Masters, Mates, and Pilots Union and last sailed with Sea-Land Service. I hold a Chief Mate license.

Best regards to my old AE shipmates
Kevin Tapp, Detroit, MI., USA, - Sat., 27 Nov.1999 kmtapp@aol.com


E-5 rating Lyle Powers, USS Nitro (AE-23), EN2, 1977-1980, A Division. It was great to find this site. I have great memories form my time on the Nitro. I would like to hear from others I served with.
Lyle Powers, Traverse City, MI., USA, - Sat., 27 Nov 1999 lylep@netonecom.net


E-5 rating Jim Hetherington, USS Suribachi (AE-21), ET2, 1979-1982, Operations Division. I've got some fond memories of the Bachi... Lost track of most of the people that I knew back then. Thanx to my great Nephew who sent me your page, I now have a place to show others as well as make contact with former shipmates. I also was onboard the Suribachi when the Nitro Caught fire and almost sunk. As a matter of fact I believe that Abandon Ship was sounded. Im sure it was a very scary day for those guys. We used to leap frog with her on Med Cruises. She would come home and we would go out...I would love to hear from some old shipmates if they happen upon this page. Thanx again for making the page....
Jim Hetherington, Raleigh, NC.., USA, - Thurs., 16 Dec 1999 jerseyjim@mindspring.com


E-7 rating William Perry, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1980-1982, YNC, X Divison. Ahoy Jim - Was just surfing around and found your homepage for Nitro/Suribachi class ships. FYI, I served aboard Suribachi from 80 to 82. I happen to have a cruisebook from the 81-82 med cruise. Unfortunately, all the pics are in b&w and names in pics are not identified except for pic of QM2 Robert Bouthillette receiving his Sailor of the Year award, bio's of then Commanding Officer, CDR Jerome T. Murphy & XO, CDR C.F. Kauffman, and pics of Department Heads - LCDR R.J. Sensat (Ops), LCDR L.E. Hess (Eng), LT C.P. Steele (Sup), and LT A. Jansky, Jr. (Deck). If these may be of interest to you, I can try to scan and send. SURIBACHI has a special place in my heart with regard to my 22 year career ... went through my Chief initiation and earned my Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist insignia. In 1988 I transferred to the Fleet Reserve (officially retired in 1996) as Senior Chief Yeoman.
William Perry, USA, - Mon., 3 Jan 2000 wperry@neteze.com


E-4 rating Robert Rinehart, USS Pyro (AE-24), BM3, 1972-1975, 1st. Division. ANYONE FROM FIRST DIVISION EMAIL ME. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO QUICK OR DRAKE? I AM IN CONTACT WITH GUY FORBES. LASHER STILL GOES TO SLEEP IN HIS T-SHIRT! HAM IS CHIEF OF OPERATION AS OF 1999 IN CHARGE OT THE 6TH FLEET. CASTRO IS IN TEXAS RUNNING A FORK TRUCK LAST I HEARD. ANYONE KNOW IF SMITTY STAYED IN THE NAVY? REMEMBER CHIEF RYAN? HOW ABOUT THE GEAR LOCKER, PAINT LOCKER, NUMBER 1 HOLE? EMAIL ME I WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU BEEN. I AM A POLICE OFFICER WAITING TO RETIRE (4 YEARS). NO I NEVER SHIPPED OVER. I HAVE 3 KIDS, ONE DOG AND STILL THE SAME WIFE (20 YEARS) HEY DAVE ROSNER EMAIL ME!
Robert Rinehart, USA, Sat.., 15 Jan 2000 rino@penn.com


E-3 rating Scott Dayton, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1993-1994, SN, RASE Division. What a great class of ships I do not think I have ever had a tighter bond with a group of guys like I did on the Pyro. If any of you other deck apes get a chance e-mail me. BM2 Dayton
Scott Dayton, Great Lakes, IL., USA, - Thurs., 27 Jan 2000 daytonsc@gateway.net


E-4 rating Ronald Noble, USS Suribachi (AE-21), RM3, 1965-1967, Ops. Division. Served as a radioman 3rd class, aboard the "bachi" from May 65 until May 67. I still keep in touch with some of my shipmates. My eamil address is MOD91@aol.com. Iam sending this from another site. I have some pictures and the 66 med cruise book from the Suribachi. I can scan and then forward the pictures to you and some others. I look forward to hearing from you.
Ronald Noble, USA, Fri., 18 Feb 2000 MOD91@aol.com


E-5 rating George R. Ferris, USS Haleakala (AE-25), ETR2, 1964-1967, Communications. I was an ETR2 and also worked on communications gear in addition to radar. I checked aboard her while she was undergoing the FAST conversion in Seattle. Your page has some info from Bill Toohey who was my successor as the Radar ET. Can you give me Toohey's e-mail address? I tried to contact him through the AE sailors' association without any success. By the way, I still keep in touch with a couple of "Hockey Box" sailors. (The 'Fast Lady' was a name that the crew didn't like that much. It was the brainchild of Capt. Nyberg.) I am currently an administrative law judge employed by the State of California. The home address is: George R. Ferris, 2595 Eastmoor Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. Feel free to add me to your log. PS I am sending a cc of this to a couple of other Haleakala sailors who may also get in touch with you..
George Ferris, Santa Rosa, CA., USA, - Fri., 18 Feb 2000 wcjbull@pacbell.net


E-4 rating David Small, USS Haleakala (AE-25), IC3, 1964-1967. I was on the Haleakala from December 1964 through March 1967. I was Interior Communications Electrician, 3rd class. I am now the Director of Public Works (civil service) at a small Army Reserve Training Installation in Dublin, CA. If either of you has Robert Speckman's Email, please pass on. Last I heard he was working for IBM in Kansas....
David Small, Concord, CA. (that's right, next door to the Naval Weapons Depot), USA, Sat., 19 Feb 2000 dcsmall@jps.net


E-5 rating Gail Brownlow, USS Haleakala (AE-25), ETN2, 1962-1965, Operations. Came aboard an ET(N)SA, left as ET(N)2. Haleakala was an important learning experience. If I could has only been half as smart as I thought I was, it would have been even better. Only after making Chief and reporting aboard a DDG, did I realize how well, in comparison to Destroyermen, we lived.
Gail Brownlow, Coronado, CA., USA, - Sun., 27 Feb 2000 nadogail@pacbell.net


E-4 rating Steve Taylor, USS Nitro (AE-23), EM3, 1971. I spend about eight month on the Nitro in 1971. I was an EM-3 assigned to E-Div. When I went on her she had just came back from a Med. Cruise and and after two months we went to Bethleham Steel Shipyards in Boston for an overhaul. I bought a 1971 Med. cruise book even though I wasn't on the cruise I knew most of the people in the book. I still have some good memories.
Steve Taylor, Jacksonville, FL., USA, Tue., 29 Feb 2000 taylorsl@juno.com


E-5 rating Larry Cox, USS Suribachi (AE-21), EW2, 1980-1983. I came across your web page the other day and found it quite interesting. I was on board the USS Suribachi 1980-1983 EW2 Larry Cox. I saw two names on the list from the Bachi, Jim Hetherington and William Perry that I remember from my days on board. Too bad there does not seem to be more information about the Suribachi and its crew during the early 80's. Any idea how to get a crews list from those days?

Answer to question on ship rosters or deck logs. Go to: http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/ships/faq/.www/logs.html (U. S. Navy FAQ page on Navy ship rosters or deck logs)
Larry Cox, USA, - Mon., 13 Mar 2000 lcox01@earthlink.net


E-4 rating Marvin Cribs, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1957. Marvin Cribs who, way back when, was a "plank owner" on the Mauna Kea is trying to find anything about the ship, as well as contacting early members of the crew. He also stood the first watch when the ship first put to sea. Any help what-so-ever would be greatly appreciated. Responses should be directed to Marvin Cribs % Dale Consley.
Marvin Cribs, USA, - Thurs, 16 Mar 2000 Marvin Cribs % Dale Consley, consley@netonecom.net


E-5 rating Robert Williams, USS Suribachi (AE-21), HM2, 1979-1982. I'm a former crewmember. In fact, My DD214 is signed by PNC C.F. Fryer ...nice guy. I left the Navy in 1982. I have some snapshots of the Suribachi on a sunny day in the Caribbean. I'll dig around and see if I can find them. Tell Chief Perry that Doc Williams said "Hi" ...tell him I went on to get a REAL medical degree and am practicing in rural Arkansas right now.
Robert Williams, Arkansas, USA, - Thurs, 16 Mar 2000 KD5TXO@amsat.org


E-3 rating Roger Chinn, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1990-1993, SN, 2nd. Div.. The Haleakala was my first command and I enjoyed the ship very much. I served on her during the Gulf War of 1991, during my tour onboard we went to PI, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapor, Malaysia, Australia, Hawaii, Coronado, and of course the Gulf. I there is anyone else out there who served on her during that time I would love to hear back from you.
Roger Chinn, Milwaukie, OR, USA, - Fri.., 17 Mar 2000 rchinn@lclark.edu

E-4 rating James Kitchens, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1961-1963, GMG3, 3rd. Div.. Have Med cruise books from '61 to '63. Have a ship's patch on my work jacket. Many b&w photos of ship and crew and a colorized photo of the ship prior to its conversion. Would like to hear from shipmates that served on the "bachi boat" during that time. Would also like to hear more about AE reunions and associations. Please contact me at: James Kitchens, 117 CR 171, Corinth, MS 38834
James Kitchens, Corinth, MS., USA, - Sat, 18 Mar 2000


E-3 rating Clinton Roy, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1994, FN It is great that you have this web page set up! I was on the Pyro decommissioning crew in 1994.
Clinton Roy, USA, - Sun.., 2 Apr 2000 clintonroy@worldnet.att.net


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Bob Kotinek, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1966-1968, GMG3, 3rd. Div..
Bob Kotinek, Lawrence, NE., USA, - Mon., 3 Apr 2000 bobkot@email.com


E-5 rating Mike Kelly, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), GMG2, 1987-1990.. Hello, found and enjoyed your ammunition ship website. My name is Mike Kelly, I served aboard Mauna Kea from Jan 1987 until Sept 1990 completing my service at the rank of GMG2. We completed two WestPac deployments during the time I was onboard. I have many pictures taken during this time frame and will be sending you some of the best examples. I do not know when the modifications you asked about on the web were performed, although I strongly suspect that they occured in the same time frame as Suribachi. I am inserting a nice picture of the Mauna Kea taken during the mid 80's. I think it was taken off the coast of San Diego in 1987, but I am not positive at this point. More to follow as I sort through my stuff..
Mike Kelly, Knoxville, TN.., USA, - Mon., 3 Apr 2000 MBKELLY1@prodigy.net


E-5 rating Bobby Foster, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1965-1967, IC2, E Division.. I did a web search for the USS Mauna Kea two or three years ago and got nothing. I tried again today and hit paydirt. I really enjoyed reading about the Mauna Kea and other ammunition ships. I am a little disturbed that most of the remaining AE's have been turned over to the Maritime Service and are USNS's as opposed to USS's. I, too, rember Yankee Station, Olongopo and Port Chicago. I appreciate your effort in maintaining this web site.
Bobby Foster, Houston, TX., USA, - Thurs., 13 Apr 2000 blfoster@ix.netcom.com


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Glenn Blanchard, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1976-1980, ETSN, Ops. Div.. Ran across your site searching for Suribachi info. Too bad no one from the Suribachi is as motivated as you Nitro guys. It's a great site you've put together. I bought a pen and ink line drawing of the Suribachi from a place I thought I'd tell you about. It's www.windjammer-arts.com. The Nitro is listed so check it out. The quality is exceptional. So much so there's a money back if not delighted-I was!
Glenn Blanchard, USA, - Sat., 15 Apr 2000 gblanchard@mac.com


E-4 rating Robert Mock, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1975-1977, QM3, Ops/Navigation Division.. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to stay in and make the Navy a career. I am living in Houston and am Vice President of a utility operations company. Married with four kids a dog and a cat. I used to have lots of little stuff saved from the service but it got lost in a move 10 years ago. I remember Jeff Ware,Richard Franklin,Chief Holt, Denny,and others. E-mail me for swaping stories.
Robert Mock, Houston, TX., USA, - Tues., 02 May 2000 rlmock@swbell.net


E-6 rating Robert Perier, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1973-1977, ET1, Operations. My time on the Haleakala was a real learning experience. I saw places I would never have seen and had plenty of good and bad times. I have plenty of sea stories to tell and enjoy sharing those times with others. When I got out of the service and went to work for my current employer (23 years), I found my former division officer was and still is working there as an engineer. I'm currently working as a Business Analyst..
Robert Perier, San Jose, CA., USA, - Wed.., 03 May 2000 bperier@garlic.com

E-4 rating Donald Cariker, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1960-1963, YN3. Tried to register at your web site. (I found it by going to the Phillipines, then typing "Olongopo". Yes, it was a suprise) Served aboard PYRO from Oct 60 to about Oct 63, not sure about the latter date. Boarded as a SN and left a YN3. From there on to Subic Bay aboard AFDL-10 for the duration. ( I extended 8 months to get overseas shoreduty, hoping it would be Japan.)
Donald Cariker, USA, - Sat., 10 Jun 2000 duknrose@juno.com


E-5 rating Bennett Landry, USS Nitro (AE-2), 1937-1940, RM2, Communications Division.. Left NITRO in 1940 to go aboard USS Badger.
Bennet Landry, Crowley, LA., USA, - Tues., 27 Jun 2000 connie@LH-CO.COM



E-5 rating William Horsley, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1974-1977, BT2, B Division.. I would like to hear from people who were on the Suribachi at the same time I was I have some pictures I will try to get on the web site soon.
William Horsley, Hadyen, AL., USA, - Fri., 30 Jun 2000 owleyes@bellsouth.net


E-6 rating William Simon, USS Haleakala (AE-25), SM1, Operations. I was on the Haleakala AE25.
William Simon, Romance, AR., USA, - Sun., 25 June 2000 wsimon@cyberback.com



E-5 rating Larry Badgley, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1978- 1981, BM2.. I served aboard the USS Nitro from sometime around February 1978 to July 1981. I was abroad the ship during the major fire in the Mediterranean during our 1980 - 1981 cruise. I would love to hear more about any crew members that you have located that served during my time aboard. If I can assist in any way please let me know.
Larry Badgley, Ukiah, CA., USA, - Thurs., 6 July 2000 ldb@saber.net


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Paul Nolan, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1979-1981, BMSN, 1st. Div.. I was stationed aboard the Uss Nitro AE-23 from Dec. '79 till Sept. '81(1st division). I just found out about your website and association. WOW it really brings back alot of good memories.....although i am very surprised that no one wrote about the fire we had on June 2, 1981. 60 miles off the island of Crete. I will put some thoughts together and consult with a few shipmates and email in the future. Good Luck. The gray ghost from the Jersey coast will live forever. Haze gray and underway!
Paul Nolan, Penndel, PA, USA, - Mon., 17 Jul 2000 sflpb@email.msn.com


E-4 rating Hal Mamay, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1968, QM3, Navigation. The only person I have kept in touch with is Jock Edwards. I would love to hear from anyone who knows how the following guys are doing: Groninger, Blue, Hernandez, Landry, Ford, Ertle, Kravchek, Mulholland, Zedlitz, Collins, Murray and Rose.
Hal Mamay, USA, - Fri., 28 Jul 2000 mamay@enter.net


E-6 rating Christopher Johnson, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1985-1987, BT1. I WAS ON BOARD FROM 1985-1987.I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY OF MY OLD SHIP MATES FROM THIS TIME FRAME.I AM KNOW AS BM1. GREAT WEB SITE!
Christopher Johnson, USA, - Sun.., 30 Jul 2000 cjjsdj@arn.net


E-5 rating Bruce Franklin, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1970-1972, BM2, 1st. Division.. The Pyro is anchored in Sinclair Inlet, Bremerton, WA. I pass this along because I have always wanted to know what happened to my ship, the "hockey box", AE-25. The Mauna Kea was also at Bremerton and I was told it was sold to some outfit when it left there about two, two-and-a-half years ago. Of course, the Sacramento and the Camden are still active and in and out of Bremerton, too. I saw the Flint there when she was transferred to "civil service" control-- don't know how else to call it.

I enjoyed finding your page and hope to purchase a set of prints if they're still available. It's nice to know that there are folks who remember and appreciate the auxilliaries; I know we worked hard to carry out our missions even if some of us were largely oblivious to the significance of the larger campaign. Saw AE-35, the Kiska, tied up in Elliott Bay, Seattle, mid July, with yellow and blue stack markings (MSTS?). I appreciate your efforts. I have spent quite a bit of time looking for shipmates on the net with little success. I fear that Haleakala, like so many other ships with names both fascinating, somewhat haunting, has slipped away largely unnoticed. The Nitro is, indeed, fortunate to be so well regarded by her former crew members! Thanks for your time.
Bruce Franklin, Kingston, WA., USA, - Sun., 6 Aug 2000 max_mainspring@yahoo.com


E-3 rating V_G_Lucas1a.jpg Vincent George Lucas, deceased, Serial #250-17-63, USS Pyro (AE-1), 1920-1923, SN, Painter Div.. Served on board the ammunition ship - USS Pyro - from December 1920 thru December 1923. This ship had been newly launced in 1920. For pictures of the USS Pyro (AE-1) circa 1920 and first Commanding Officer, please see Nitro/Suribachi Class Ammunition Ships page. EDITOR Note: Listing and picture of Vincent George Lucas provided by Grandson John Lucas and Great Grandson Scott Lucas
Submitted by: John Lucas, Alexandria, VA, USA, - Thurs., 24 Aug 2000 attretired@worldnet.att.net and Scott Lucas lucasweb@erols.com


E-5 rating I'd like to pass the word that BM2 Michael Impastato, USS Haleakala '71-75, passed away 27 Aug 02. Perhaps you could append that information to his listing? He was 50 years old and a highly regarded fireman in Antioch, Ca. Thanks for your efforts...pages such as yours are important, probably more than many realize.

B Franklin, BM2, Haleakala, '70-72


Michael {Vito} Impastato, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1971-1975, BM2, 1st. Division.. The times spent at sea on board Haleakala were some of the most memorable of my life. I have always said that it was the hardest working ship in the Navy. I was proud to be part of her crew.
Michael{Vito}Impastato, Antioch, CA., USA, - Sat., 26 Aug 2000 impasta@pacbell.net


E-4 rating Glen Smith, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1963-1964, BM3. I have no pictures for you, but I found you on the web, much to my surprise. I was stationed on the Mauna Kea in 1963-64. I'm looking for other crew members during that time. Never will forget the time my friend and I painted the bow numbers a powder blue. Of course we had to re-do them.
Do you have any former members names. I would like to contact them by phone or email.
Glen Smith, USA, - Mon., 4 Sep 2000 snuffy@arkansas.net


E-5 rating Aaron Scholten, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1986-1988, EM2, Eng/RACE Division.. Glad to see this page. Had a lot of fun on the Hakeakala, lots of good folks on that ship.
Aaron Scholten, Jacksonville, FL., USA, - Tues., 5 Sep 2000 beerbong@ix.netcom.com


E-4 rating Keith Anklam, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1969-1971, GMG3. I have a "Crew's Log from the 1969-1970 one and Deck Log records from Nov. 69 to June of 1971. Anxious to contact anyone who might have been aboard at the same time I was.
Keith Anklam, Bothell, WA., USA, - Tues., 12 Sep 2000 kanklam@yahoo.com


E-3 rating Peter Boucher, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1993-1995, SN, Deck Div. I served on the USS NITRO out of Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey from Oct. 1993 to Jun. 1995.
Peter Boucher, Concord, NH., USA, - Tues., 12 Sep 2000 johnboucher@mediaone.net


E-3 rating Robert Clark, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1989-1991, MSSN, S-2 Div. I really can't remember a better group of people if any of read this,, write me back.
Robert Clark, USA, - Mon., 25 Sep 2000 robclark42@hotmail.com


E-5 rating Carl Magann, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1976-1978, EM2, STREAM Division.. Great website, also found it accidently. Any chance of more photos? Served in STREAM division with MM2 Haas, MM1 Stark, MM1 Petersen, forgotten the rest. Editor's Note: For further info on STREAM division, see Nitro Class AE web page (USS Pyro section). Thanks Carl.
Carl Magann, Willits, CA., USA, - Sun., 1 Oct 2000 ccmagbar@saber.net


E-5 rating Ron Foltz, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1988-1991, ET2, OE Division.. Haleakala was my first command. The ship wasn't in very good shape but we had a great crew. I learned a lot from my three years onboard. I'd like to hear from some of my old shipmates, especially ET2 Mark Kalal.
Ron Foltz, Loveland, OH., USA, - Tues., 3 Oct 2000 RFOLTZ@ohmartvega.com


E-7 rating Bill Shelby, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1984-1987, MMC, M Divison. MY NAME IS BILL SHELBY I'M A RETIRED MMC AND WAS M DIV LCPO. I WAS ON BOARD FROM 8-84 TO12-87. I LIVE IN FAIRFIELD CA. MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS PAPASHELBY@AOL.COM . COULD YOU ADD ME TO THE QUATER DECK LOG AND SIGN ME OUT ON THE CPO BOARD AS ASHORE.
Bill Shelby, Fairfield, CA., USA, - Wed., 25 Oct. 2000 PapaShelby@aol.com


E-3 rating John Lohrey, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1968, FN I was one of the "Nuc" trainees that were assigned to non-combatant ships during that period awaiting our class start date at the Nuclear Power Training Unit on Mare Island. While onboard, I was assign to the "A" Gang but spent most of the time as a "Mess Cook" working with the "Jack of the Dust" breaking out stores for the meals. This was my first and only "Ship". I spent the rest of my career on boats and was medically released in 1977 with a rank of MMC.
John Lohrey, USA, - Tues.., 14 Nov 2000 John.Lohrey@PSS.Boeing.com

E-3 rating Charles Pennington, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1973-1975, FN, B Div. I was on the Pyro from May 73 to Dec 75. I got in touch with " Pud " Rinehart through the Nitro site. I would like to get in touch with some of the guys from "B" and "M" Div. I wonder what ever happened to: Barnes, Andrews, Anderson , the O'Deay s, Kellerman, Cantrell, and the little guy with glasses. I enjoyed my time on the Pyro sometimes I think I'd do it all over again..
Charles Pennington, Blackey, KY., USA, - Sun., 26 Nov 2000 edd-penn@lycos.com

E-3 rating Paul Huther, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1958-1960, SN. Well how time flies. All this came about by watching J A G . on tv and saw the Suribachi. Wow my ears perked up. Wrong, it was all wrong. I said that ain't the ship and they only showed it in the dark. Well, so much for movies. I was on board for about 2 years i got out on Aug 14 1960 at Earl N J.
Paul Huther, New Orleans, LA., USA, - Sat., 2 Dec 2000 pacala1@earthlink.net

E-4 rating Steve Rothstein, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1986-1988, BM3, 1st. Div.. Homeported the ship to Guam. Division Officer was LTJG Tomas Ranchit. I am trying to find him, so if any one can help it would be great.
Steve Rothstein, USA, - Sun., 3 Dec. 2000 Srothste@aol.com


E-4 rating Phillip Lair, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1991-1993, RM3, OC Div.. The Hal'en Haleakala was my first ship and man was it a surprise, not quite what I had in mind, but looking back at my Naval career (9 years worth) I can say my time on the Haleakala was very good, and the things I saw and did...I still tell the stories today. For all of you that served on a AE you all know that at times it was the best ship in the fleet, but when the going got tough then so did we. Out of all the places I have been and people I have meet I can say the crew of the Haleakala from 1991-1994 was the best and the closet Navy team.
Phillip Lair, Alexandria, VA USA, - Mon., 4 Dec. 2000 PLair@BOATUS.com


E-5 rating Russell Dionne, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1975-1978, IC2, E Division.. Glad I found this site. It instantly took me back to my days on the Nitro. Would be interested to correspond via e-mail with any of my former shipmates.
Russell Dionne, Yarmouth, ME., USA, - Tues., 12 Dec 2000 RDionne-Yarmouth@worldnet.att.net


E-4 rating Michael Redden, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1971, BM3, First Div.. Would like to hear from some of my shipmates that were on the "Hockey Box" during 67-71. Would like to see the Old Girl again but know that it would be unlikely. Merry Christmas to all of you.
Michael Redden, Saint Joseph, Mo., USA, - Sun., 17 Dec. 2000 southernson1948@yahoo.com


E-5 rating Steve Bruneau, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1982-1986, EN2, RASE Division..
Steve Bruneau, Spring Lake, MI., USA, - Sat., 23 Dec 2000 bruneau@novagate.com



E-4 rating Manny Carabel, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1988-1991, SM3, Ops. Div. I originally was assigned to RAS Div and have great memories doing unreps. Became a Signalman and the story goes on from there. Towards the end of my great tour of duty on the NITRO, the Capt and XO attempted to flaw my 4.0 career. But I beat them and won the battle. I am now doing what the "capt' said I would never do. God bless..
Manny Carabel, Matawan, NJ., USA, - Thurs., 28 Dec. 2000 ManTC47@aol.com


E-5 rating Derrell Gillespie, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1964-1966, QM2, Ops Division. Am interested in hearing from anyone who served on Pyro during this time frame.
Derrell Gillespie, South Carolina, USA, - Thurs., 28 Dec 2000 glippy@carol.net


E-7 rating Raymond (Ray) Gillman, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1962, RD1; USS Pyro (AE-24) 1963-1966 RDC, Opeartions Divison. Served as RD1 aboard Haleakala March to December 1962, and as RDC aboard Pyro November 1963 to July 1966. Fine ships, fine crews. Being fully retired am devoting considerable time and effort to locating former friends and shipmates. Please don't hesitate to be in touch.
Raymond (Ray) Gillman, Sebastian, FL., USA, - Fri., 29 Dec 2000 r.p.gillman@worldnet.att.net


E-3 rating Tony Keena, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1988-1990, SN. I was very pleased to find out that the there was a web page devoted to the USS Nitro. It was also nice to find out that I have a fellow salior here in my own back yard. My name is Tony Keena and I was stationed aboard the Nitro from 88-90. I am also a Wisconsin native and am living in Milwaukee. Would like to hear from former shipmates
Tony Keena, Milwaukee, WI., USA, - Sun., 31 Dec 2000 tskeenacmg@aol.com

E-4 rating Ron Groninger, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1964-1968, BM3, 2nd. Div. DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HARD WORK WAS TIL I SPENT MY WHOLE ENLISTMENT TRANSFERING AMMO ON THE "HOCKEY BOX.". I WAS THERE FOR THE F.A.S.T. CONVERSION. MYSELF AND A FEW OTHERS WORKED VERY HARD TRYING TO GET IT TO WORK. GOT A COMMENDATION FOR THE WORK WE DID ON IT. FOR SOME REASON IT WASN'T ENTERED INTO MY SERVICE RECORD. I WENT ABOARD HER SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS TIED UP AT THE OAKLAND SUPPLY DEPOT. THE NAVY HAD GIVEN UP ON F.A.S.T. IT WAS VERY SAD TO SEE HER TRANSFER HEADS GONE AND HER F.A.S.T. HATCHES WELDED SHUT.

SAW LLOYD MURRAY IN 1984 IN WARNER OK. HAVEN'T SEEN HIM SINCE. HAL MAMAY QM3 GOT IN TOUCH WITH ME ABOUT A MONTH AGO. ANY MORE OF YOU GUYS OUT THERE?
Ron Groninger, Shingletown, CA., USA, - Mon., 1 Jan. 2001 brjgmred70@aol.com


E-4 rating Walter Carter, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1965-1967, RM3, Ops. Div. Looking to talk with other Suribachi Sailors. Presently in contact with Ron Noble RM3, Ken Estes RD3, Jim Beaumont ET3, John Lapp RD3, David Likely RM3. We were all aboard during that same time period (65-67). We were part of first crew onboard after Suribachi's FAST Conversion.
Walter Carter, San Antonio, TX., USA, - Fri., 5 Jan. 2001 wwcarter@c-america.net


E-3 rating Russell Sexton, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1960-1964, BMSN, 2nd. Div. I just found out about this all today. I can`t belive I can talk to shipmates of the Nitro. I been after this for thirty eight years. I stayed all four years on board the NITRO in second division.I was a BMSN (E3). I sure liked the NITRO. I can still remimber when desingned & order the patch for our blue jacket. I hope to hear from you again.
Russell Sexton, Bradley, WV., USA, - Tues., 9 Jan 2001 russae23@hotmail.com


E-4 rating Steve Mullin, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1968-1971, BT3, B Div. Enjoyed finding this site after all these years. Hope the years have been kind to all my ex-shipmates and please feel free to drop me an e-mail. Rememember all the great times in Olongapo and the night the boiler exploded off the coast of Vietnam.
Steve Mullin, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., USA, - Fri., 12 Jan. 2001 steve@powercycle.net


E-3 rating Frank Whitcomb, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1969-1971, FN, B Div. I had a great time on her and I do think about the guys all the time and wonder how the are doing. I have spoken to two of the boys would like to here from more. .
Frank Whitcomb, USA, - Sun., 14 Jan. 2001 FranBlrmkr@aol.com


LTJG rank Mike Bartlett, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1985-1988, LTJG, DCA and RAS Officer. I am the former DCA and RAS Officer on Nitro Oct 11, 1985 - Aug 2, 1988. Not that I needed to remember the days...they were imbeded in my mind!

I served with a lot of good sailors....some I still keep in touch with. My CO's were W.J. Stillmaker and D.B. Jennings. I roomed with CWO3 Skip Hessler ...and the CHENG was LCDR Phil Russell...the 1st LT was LT Wes Carey.

I'm a Nassau County (New York) Police Department, Police Officer and am assigned to the Arson/Bomb Squad.

My reserve duties are as the N7 (Training and Readiness Dept Head) of Naval Coastal Warfare Group Two, Williamsburg, VA. I travel a lot...to say the least.
Mike Bartlett, Nassau County (New York), USA, - Tues, 16 Jan 2001 Bart184@aol.com


E-4 rating Conrad ''Moxie'' Heibel, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1963-1964, HM3, X Div. I was ship's company during the years of 1963 through 64 when she went into the yards in Baltimore. I was in X-Div as a HM3. The Suribachi was my first ship and my favorite of those I served on. I mentioned several shipamtes names and requests of anyone reading the log to reply to me if they have knowlege of their where-abouts. Merlin K. ''Pinky'' Proctor, Gary Haack, Mark Reimer, Peter Kautzi, J. Kitchens, Casey Forbes or anyone who may have been on board her the years I was. I have a copy of the 62-63 cruise book if any one is interested. I look forward to hearing from my shipmates.
Conrad "Moxie" Heibel, Thorton, IA., USA, - Fri., 19 Jan. 2001 moxieh@frontiernet.net


E-4 rating Jeffrey Kenny, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1988-1993, MM3, RASE Div. USS PYRO WAS A GREAT SHIP THAT WAS REALLY GOOD TO ME. I AM PROUD TO HAVE SERVED WITH HER AND HER CREW. SHE WAS SURELY THE WORK HORSE OF THE FLEET. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME. LEFT THE PYRO AND WENT TO BRIG DUTY IN CHARLESTON ,S.C. THEN I WAS ON THE MT. BAKER. SHE WAS TURNED OVER TO MSC (A HOT TURNOVER) AND I JUST STAYED IN CHARLESTON, S.C. I AM MARRIED AND HAVE A SON. THANKS FOR YOUR HARD WORK I FOUND SOME PEOPLES NAMES I WAS STATIONED WITH, WHAT A GREAT TIME THOSE WERE.
Jeffrey Kenny, Charleston, SC., USA, - Sun., 21 Jan. 2001 PUNKIN3635@AOL.COM


E-4 rating Thomas Papsodero, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1965-1966, MM3, M Div. FOUND YOUR WEBSITE BY FATE. NEVER NOTICED ANY MENTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OR REUNION IN ANY OF THE SEAFARING MAGIZINES. I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT HAD AN AFFECTION FOR THIS SHIP. THE FOND MEMORIES, AND EXPERIENCES THAT I SHARED WITH MY FELLOW SHIPMATES HAS NEVER BEEN FORGOTTEN. AFTER LEAVING NITRO, I CONTINUED MY NAVY CAREER IN THE RESERVES AND RETIRED AS A MMCS IN 1993. AT PRESENT, I AM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FACILITY OPERATIONS WITH THE CITY OF NEW YORK. YOUR WEBSITE IS OUTSTANDING! WILL BE SENDING MEMBER APPLICATION WITH ANNUAL DUES.
Thomas Papsodero, Staten Island, NY., USA, - Sun., 21 Jan. 2001 SEAMPARO@AOL.COM


E-3 rating Richard Churchill, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1992-1994, SN, 2nd. Div. I originally worked in 2nd Division, but we got combined with 1st in 93. I worked mostly under BM1 Ortiz, who was probably one of the best BM's on board at my time. The group of shipmates I worked with had a really tight bond, and I don't thimk I would have had it any other way. If any one from this division happens to run by this, feel free to e-mail me
Richard Chruchill, La Grande, OR., USA, - Fri., 26 Jan 2001 churchie@eoni.com


E-4 rating Cabell Hogan, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1959-1960, SM3, Ops Div. I served aboard the Nitro from February, 1959 until November, 1960 and was part of the pre-comissioning crew.
Cabell Hogan, USA, - Fri., 26 Jan. 2001 CabHogan@email.msn.com


E-3 rating Jim Caithamer, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1966-1968, SN, 1st.. Div. I was aboard the USS. Suribachi (AE21) from 1966 thru 1968. 1st Div deck force. Just wanted to let my ship mates that I was still around.
Jim Caithamer, Chicago, IL., USA, - Sat., 27 Jan 2001 jcaith@ameritech.net


E-4 rating Billy Eckstine, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1964-1968, MM3 Best ship and officers in the world
Billy Eckstine, USA, - Fri., 03 Feb 2001 ble@gscyclone.com



E-4 rating Jahmal Ross, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1990-1993, SM3, Operations. My first command my best command. Our crew was so tight and no matter how hard it became we got the job done. I would love to here from any of my shipmates from the Puck. I happened along this site looking up pictures of all my pats commands as I will be leaving the Navy in a few more days. I would also like to say Good bye to a friend who did not get to leave the ship he passed aboard and I think of him often FN. Young Rest in Peace Bro.
Jahmal Ross, Detroit, MI., USA, - Sat., 03 Feb. 2001 expiscor@hotmail.com


E-3 rating Peter Curtis, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1956-1957, SN, Suribachi plank owner. Would like to register in the hopes of locating two shipmates: Marshall S. Bates and Wayne R. Lewis.
Peter Curtis, USA, - Sun., 11 Feb 2001 CPTcurtis@aol.com


E-4 rating Brendan Riley, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1968-1970, QM3, Navigation Dept.. Looking for a cruise book for 1968-1970. Any leads? It was fun to find this website -- a real trip down memory lane.
Brendan Riley, Genoa, NV., USA, - Sun., 18 Feb. 2001 genoans@hotmail.com


E-5 rating Tom Stalvey, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1977-1980, OS2, OI Division. When you get a chance, please enter me in the Log. My name is Tom Stalvey, I served aboard USS HALEAKALA (AE-25) from 1977 - 1980. I was an OS2 and worked in OI Division, Operations Department. The only note is to my Shipmates to drop me a line some time. Tom has a web site at: http://members.home.net/twstalvey/twstalvey/welcome.htm
Tom Stalvey, USA, - Wed., 21 Feb 2001 twstalvey@home.com


LTJG rank James Verrier, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1968, LTJG, 2nd.. My first sea duty assignment aboard the USS Haleakala was a terrific learning experience. Not only prepared me for future assignments in Vietnam, but made some great friendships that will remain always in my memory. Would love to hear from any former crewmates who happen upon this site: i.e. Bert Zaccaria, Pat Shea, Hal Bender, Dick Hanecak (skipper during most of my tour), Dennis O'Connell or Doug Samuelson (the Log Room Yeoman) to name just a few off the top of my head.
James Verrier, Springfield, VA., USA, - Sat, 03 Mar 2001 jverrier@sc.rr.com


E-4 rating Kim Lyle, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1979-1981, PC3, X Div. I have visted the Nitro site and I really can't believe there are so many shipmates listed there that I had served with, I am in awe !!!! I served on Nitro as a Postal Clerk from 1979-1981 with PC2 Vashaw. I was a BM in first division before becoming a Postal Clerk on Nitro. I re-enlisted in 1982 and was stationed aboard the USS Iwo-Jima (LPH-2) out of Norfolk, VA.(The Amphib. Navy). The highlights of my second enlistment was being a member of the Multi-National Peacekeeping Force, Beirut Lebanon 1983 and Cargo PMCC.

I Was also a member of the Salvage/Rescue Team sent ashore after the bombing of the Marine Battallion Landing Team Building 1-8 October 23, 1983 to extract weapons, confidential paperwork and the dead from the rubble. We lost over 250 brothers. An experience which still resinates in my mind on a daily basis.
Kim Lyle, Jersey City, NJ., USA, - Mon., 05 Mar. 2001 prize@freeze.com


Al Straub, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1967-1968. I was pleased to come across your site for the AE ships. I was on the Surbachi from 67 to 68. They were great ships to be on at that time. Do you have any listings of the personnel at that time? I would like to find some of my former shipmates. Thank you for bringing back some great memories.
Al Straub, Erie, PA., USA, - Tues., 06 Mar. 2001 STRAUBLYNX@aol.com


E-6 rating Larry "Pete" Nibi, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1982-1984, DK1, Supply. I am trying to find out where I can get a cruise book from any of the cruises 1982-1984. I now go by "Pete" Nibi instead of Larry. Any help would be appreciated..
Larry "Pete" Nibi, USA, - Tues.., 13 Mar 2001 nibi@corp.earthlink.net


E-5 rating Norman Jennings, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1971-1973, OS2, Ops. Division. I served aboard the Suribachi from 1971-1973. I went aboard as RDSN and left as an OS2. The Navy changed the rate name in '72 (same job). I was aboard when we served at Yankee station, Tonkin Gulf, etc. We UNREPed with 109 ships (165 total mission) during our time there. We also lined up one day with AE-22 and the Nitro (AE-23); I believe it was Nitro to port side of the 'Bachi and Mauna Kea to starboard. Ammo transfer. The Suribachi also received the USS Newport News alongside just after the horrible gun turret accident which killed 11. I have some pictures of that day (OCT / NOV '72) of some of the activity. I can remember times when we spent 30 hours straight with ship after ship alongside - NONSTOP. Total miles covered during that period was 52,000. Terrific crew; Terrific times; Great Ship! Your web site is great!
Norman Jennings, USA, - Sun., 19 Mar 2001 pistolpete1068@earthlink.net


E-5 rating Anthony Fitzgerald, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1988-1990, MM2, RAS. Division. Tony has provided many photos from the Bachi '88 cruise book which will appear on the "Virtual Nitro Class AE" page in the near future. These should bring back many memories. Thanks Tony!
Anthony Fitzgerald, USA, - Mon., 20 Mar 2001 ZR15x12@aol.com


Chief Warrant Officer W-1 rating Donald Symanek, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1959, SUPCLK (W-1), Supply Divison. What a wonderful site! Cudos for all you do for the crews, and their being able to share the lives they left behind upon leaving the Navy.

My father-in-law, Donald Symanek, was a plank owner of the Nitro, AE-23. He left the Navy soon after the Commissioning cruise of May-Aug, 1959.

He died in 1998, after spending 5 years lost in Alzheimers. 5 years after forgetting his wife and family, his job, his home, his life. But a die hard Navy man until the end! Yes, he retreated to his Navy days, his happiest days. He was assigned an orderly who had also been in the Navy, so Donald would have a "shipmate".

We very proudly display his plank in our home. Packed away are more precious memories: the invitation to attend and the program booklet of the Commissioning, the thank you note and personal cards from the crew who sent Donald the plank at a later date, and a very tattered photo of the Nitro.

Donald would be very pleased to know that you keep the memories alive.

thank you,

Cyndi Symanek
Donald Symanek, USA, - Wed., 04 Apr 2001


E-3 rating Scott Maxey, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1987-1989, FN, A Div. Remembering those days fondly; even though I was always in trouble. One of my six times at Captain's Mast, Capt. Jennings said "I'm going to go light on you, because I haven't seen you here in almost six months, and I'm very proud of your progress." Now a fireman in Las Vegas. Loving life! I owe it all to the Nitro, as she gave me my first taste of FF in Gitmo. I miss all you guys, and would love to hear from any of my old shipmates!!
Scott Maxey, Las Vegas, NV., USA, - Thur., 12 Apr 2001 fireman@lvcm.com


E-5 rating Robert Harring, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1974-1978, IC2, E Division. I reported aboard in Mayport, FL as an ICFA in 9/74 and separated in Earle, NJ in 3/78. I made 3 Med Cruises.
Robert Harring, Turnersville, NJ., USA, - Fri.., 13 Apr 2001 rharring2@home.com


E-4 rating Patrick C. O'neil, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1969-1972, MM3, M. Div. My Father Patrick O'neil passed away in Feb of 2000. He was very fond of this ship and spoke of his time on it often. If any of his old shipmates would like any info or have just got a good sea-story to tell, drop me an e-mail..
Shane O'neil, AZ3, USN, (In honor of his father), USA, - Tues., 17 Apr. 2001 o'neil.shane.j@naspm.navy.mil


E-6 rating Richard L. Hummel, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1969-1971, YN1, X Diviision. Service aboard the Suribachi was the best tour of sea duty that I ever experienced. That includes duty aboard two destroyers, a PCE, an AKA, an AO and a CV. By the way, a PCE is a patrol craft escort. This and the AKA were two weeks crusises completed through the reserve program while I was still in high school.
Richard Hummel, Pontiac, MI., USA, - Thurs.., 19 Apr 2001 POHUMMEL@AOL.COM

E-3 rating Bob Knoll, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1965-1966, MMFN, M Div. Some loves you never forget and the Nitro is one of them. The Nitro was my first ship and I'm very fond of her. When I served on the Nitro I wasn't exactly a model sailor. I didn't get into a lot of trouble but I did go mess cooking twice in my 16 months on board. I enjoyed both times too. I guess I didn't try hard enough to do my job but I sure enjoyed my time on the Nitro. The first crossing was coming back from the Med in Jan of 65 and those on board then know what a crossing that was. I have movies of the 65 crossing. What a storm, what a ride. Thanks to the hard work of the Nitro Association we have this reminiscing site
Bob Knoll, Brooklyn Center, MN., USA, - Fri.., 20 Apr 2001 RKnoll5200@aol.com

E-7 rating Richard Faurote, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1972-1973, BTC. I wason the Haleakala 72-73 She was a good ship. I retired from her in Dec 73.
Richard Faurote, USA, - Wed., 9 May 2001 Sirdustyf1@aol.com


E-3 rating Pierre Caouette, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1979, ATAN Temporary Duty - Was stationed aboard Nitro for 3 months, mistake in orders. Can't remember any names but sure do remember the long nights in town and the long walk on the pier after the last bus. Remember a shipmate from PA who went home with me in RI for the weekend. If I miss any part of the Navy, It was the Nitro. Thanks for the memories!
Pierre Caouette, Claremont, NH.., USA, - Thurs.., 10 May 2001 PETEMOE@TURBONT.NET

E-4 rating Jeffrey Matheny, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1990-1992, DC3, R Dept.. I would love to hear from anyone who was onboard at that time. Feel free to post my email address. Thanks.
Jeffery Matheny, USA, - Thurs., 24 May 2001 uglytruckling@hotmail.com


E-5 rating Jeffrey Holdorf, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1973-1975, RM2, Operations. Looking to get in touch with other shipmates.
Jeffrey Holdorf, Phoenix, AZ., USA, - Sat.., 02 Jun 2001 metronj@hotmail.com



E-4 rating Mark Ostrander, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1981-1985, BM3, 1st. Div.
Mark Ostrander, USA, - Sun., 03 Jun 2001 OSTRANDER5@aol.com



E-3 rating Johnnie Emory, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1966-1968, SN, 2nd. division. I was a skipper on the 26' motorwhale boat while in Gitmo in 1967 and picked up a cuban that had jumped off a fishing boat and brought him back to the ship. I don't know what ever happended to him. I guess he was shipped off to Miami. Also we ran aground and it took 5 tugs to get us off the rocks. We also ran through a concrete pier. Once while we were replenshing the USS Bang a sub surfaced bet. us and we had an emergency breakaway while outside Cuba. A drink was named after the nitro: Nitro on the rocks with a pier chaser.
Johnnie Emory, Martinville, LA., USA, - Tues., 19 Jun 2001 jlemory@earthlink.net


E-5 rating David Glass, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1989-1993, IC2 (SW), E Division.
David Glass, USA, - Thurs., 28 Jun 2001 DGlass2915@aol.com



E-3 rating Bruce Lallathin, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1968, RMSN, Deck. I was an RMSN, E-3 in the "reserve" on active duty. It seems the radio shack was fully manned when I came aboard and my services were needed by the paint chippers and the cable greasers so my time aboard was spent in First Division, on the deck crew. I was assigned to the boat decks early on and was Bow-Hook on the Captain's Gig in port. During UNREPs I was winch operator at the first station forward of the bridge. When I wasn't standing underway watches I made myself as scarce as possible, retreating to the boat decks to work on the Gig. I boxed in the "smokers" on the fantail helo deck a couple times and got the tar beat out of me by Hawkins and several others more than once. I think my bout with Gregowitcz was a draw. I learned a lot and grew up some while on that ship. On balance it was a good experience and I returned home safe and sound. Many of my classmates were not so fortunate. I would like to hear from others that served with me during those days, March '67 to December '68.
Bruce Lallathin, Rives Junction, MI., USA, - Fri., 29 Jun 2001 aa8u@modempool.com


E-4 rating Nikki Martinez, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1991-1993, QM3, Nav. Dept.. I am writing in regards to the USS Haleakala- I am a former member of the crew- 1991-1993- part of the 1st females ever to go on an Ammo ship. I still keep in contact w some but would love to hear from others.
Nikki Martinez, USA, - Mon., 09 Jul 2001 Xpalabra2@aol.com


LT rank Chuck Wolfe, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1991-1993, LT, A & E Div.. I was a division officer on "Deuce-Five" during the Gulf War under CDR Dennis Worley and through her last days of decomm. The last 18 mos. under command of CDR Cecil Bradley were fantastic! There was a lot of pride and hard work and the crew was well rewarded with visits to Hong Kong, Singapore (twice), Australia, Hawaii, and a bunch more. We were the "Haulin' Haleakala, where bombs-R-Us. You call, we haul!" I learned a helluva lot and it's good to see some other shipmates on this site as well. I've had contact/e-mails with David Blackwood (Commo), Sean Jermyn (Commo/DCA), Jose "Hot Rod" Rodriquez (RASE), Roman "Reuben" Bowles (1st LT), Nikki Martinez (QM3), Willie Preston (YN1) and run into others while on Reserve Duty. I've lost contact with some of the excellent crew in the "Arts & Entertainment" (A&E)Division like IC1 Michael Wright, MMC Don Hudson, EN1 Smith, EN2 Creed, EM2 Wagner and a whole bunch of others. I pulled out the cruise books and the first picture I saw was ENS Heffner doing the "Zombie Chicken"!!! What a blast that ship was! (no pun intended). I'd do it again with the same shipmates.
Chuck Wolfe, Raleigh, NC., USA, - Wed, 11 Ju1 2001 cfwolfe330@earthlink.net


E-3 rating Christian Cerney, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1991-92, QMSN, Nav Div. .
Christian Cerney, USA, - Sat., 14 Jul 2001 buggs@dotnet.com


E-4 rating Dennis Karnbach, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1976-1980, BT3. Enjoying the web site. Time on board ship 1976-1980. Made two west pacs. Enjoyed both of them. From the Phillipines to Taiwan and all contries in between. Wish I had done it again for God's country, apple pie and Cherevolt. I would like to coorespond with fellow snipes. Still working for the US Postal Service. Hope all hands are well.
Dennis Karnbach, USA, - Sun., 15 July 2001 Zippy62858aol.com


E-5 rating Ronald G. Morrow, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1969-1971, EM2. I reported to the "'Bachi Boat" in Mobile, Alabama, where she was in dry dock. There was only a skeleton crew on board at the time. From there we went to the Home Port of Mayport, Florida. We sailed up the East coast, "shake down" in Cuba, and then on to the Med. I served on her until I was transferred to El Paso, Texas for Vietnamese language school (1971). I would like to get in touch with anyone serving during that time, especially a guy named Mike Farley who later went on to become a Navy pilot.
Ronald Morrow, USA, - Fri., 27 Jul 2001 morrowr@basf.com


LT rank Gary Ajemian, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1977-1978, ENS, 2nd. Div. Officer. A great WestPac that year!
Gary Ajemian, USA, - Fri., 03 Aug 2001 GAjemian@aol.com


E-3 rating Shannon Smyers, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1991-1992, SN, RAS. Div. I have mostly fond memories of life onboard the Nitro, although it seems we spent more time in dry dock than we did underway. After Desert Storm we spent about 12 months at the Brooklyn ship yard and peered in Staten Island before making our way back to Earle Weapons Station. It is great to read the stories from sailors who share the same good memories of such a fine ship. Keep up the good work - Bravo Zulu
Shannon Smyers, Barberton, OH., USA, - Thurs., 09 Aug. 2001 HM1NavyDoc@aol.com


E-3 rating Mark Hiatt, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1992-1994, FN, RAS Div. I was on board the Nitro from 1992-1994 as an FN in R.A.S. division. Being fresh out of boot camp, this was my first ship. Some of my fellow shipmates were MM1 Duncan, BM3 Rodrigues(PeeWee), BM2 Nelson, IC3 Atkins, and DCFN Minard and my LCPO (BMC Gallagher)
Mark Hiatt, USA, - Sat.., 11 Aug 2001 m.a.hiatt@worldnet.att.net


E-5 rating Mark Woten, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1982-1986, EN2. I was on there 1982 - 1986 . It was my first ship. Left as an EN2. Pretty good set up here. I am looking for a color picture of the ship. Please advise. ENC(SW)Woten SSC Great Lakes, IL (Instructor for Engineman "A" school).
Mark Woten, Great Lakes, IL., USA, - Fri.., 24 Aug 2001 mwoten5674@aol.com


E-3 rating Gary Boyte, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1984-1985, BMSN, Deck Div. I served in Deck division as a Surface Rust Combatant, as well as a STREAM specialist. Mauna Kea was the hardest working ship I ever sailed aboard. We were usually following a carrier either to or from Hawaii, and UNREPing all the way. I remember the holds full and the main deck piled so high with crated 250lb and 500lb bombs that you had to walk on top of them to cross the deck.

I later went on to sail in the Merchant marine aboard oil tankers for Chevron and Unocal. It was all a piece of cake after sailing Mauna Kea! I will never forget the friends I made in her.
Gary Boyte, USA, - Sat., 08 Jul 2001 vera@underpussy.com


E-4 rating Michael Miller, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1985-1988, QM3. I served on the Pyro (AE-24) 1985-1988. I've been trying to gather info about any awards and service ribbons we obtained in 1988.
Michael Miller, USA, - Wed., 3 Oct 2001 bucknaked2167@e-isco.com


E-4 rating Tom Stover, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1973-1975, ET3, Electronics Dept.
Tom Stover, Canal Winchester, OH, USA, - Sat., 27 Oct 2001 toms@sostv.com



E-4 rating Mark Kraemer, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1980-1983, MM3, B & M Div. I served aboard the USS Haleakala from May 1980 until November of 1983. I was a MM3, assigned to B & M division (hole snipe). During that time we did two WestPacs. We weren't told it at the time, but apparently we loaded up on big shells for the New Jersey, and spent some time cruising around the southern end of Mexico during Britain's campaign in the Falkland Islands.

My kids found an old copy of AE-25's "Pacific Voyager", and started asking a lot of questions, so we got online and found the web site. Great job- keep up the good work!!
Mark Kraemer, USA, - Tues., 13 Nov 2001 Trexkraemer@aol.com


LT rank Kirk Even, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1989-1992, LT, B Div & COMMO.. I spent 3 hard, but rewarding years aboard the Haleakala through 3 yard periods (1 in drydock), several repair availabilities, countless inspections, too many typhoons and one war. In the end it was the people that made the difference and they should all be proud, just as I am, of the successes we had. That pride was evidenced by the fact that I departed a better ship than the one I first stepped aboard. Best memory is of standing the mid-watch on the bridge doing independent steaming on the way to PI with a calm sea, clear sky and a full moon... cup of thick coffee in hand, nightly drills complete, boiler tubes blown, 2 hours ahead of track, and standing on the bridge wing with the warm breeze blowing on my face. Finally on Liberty!
Kirk Even, California, MD, USA, - Fri, 16 Nov 2001 kirkeven@earthlink.net


E-5 rating Gary Hale, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1984-1988, BM2. I reported onboard Nitro seventeen and green, and was introduced to exotic surroundings of her homeport NWS Earle,NJ. I was along way from my south Alabama home and fresh out of Bootcamp as a Seaman Apprentice. I reported along with GMG3 Joe Diekmann and BM2 Robert Malesinski who pretty much became my mentor and running buddy, and later was my best man at my first wedding. I was also an apt pupil of BM1 Robert Prest, who taught the qualities of a true leader and professional sailor. I quickly learned the many skills of a good Boatswain's Mate and was the only Seaman E-3 at the time to be the Coxswain of the Captain's Gig. I made two Med Cruises and a North Atlantic Cruise where I was initiated as a Bluenose when the ship crossed the Arctic Circle, and also made several trips to Puerto Rico. Spent many long nights at UNREP stations giving away ammo & fuel. I remember those long, grueling carrier uploads (especially the USS Nimitz and USS Coral Sea) as well as the Battleships Iowa and New Jersey. I remember blowing my whole paycheck in some liberty port and having to bum cigarettes for the rest of the week. I remember the sense of pride and accomplishment I felt after every UNREP or Anchoring Detail and how good it felt to be part of a team, part of a family. I will always cherish the memories of stars on a clear night at sea, the sunset on the open ocean, the cool salt breeze blowing on my face, and of course, most of all, the men and brothers I served with. God Bless you all, you are not fogotten.
Gary Hale, Dothan, AL., USA, - Mon., 19 Nov 2001 IMA18NASCARNUT@aol.com


E-3 rating Jack "Hambone" Hamm, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1974-1978, SN, 1st. Div. I was 17 yrs. when I came aboard her, and 21 yrs. when I departed. First division was the toughest division on main deck. If we could not do the job then no one could. I made two west-pacs. One in 1974 and the other in 1978. I was always getting into trouble, but I had a lot of fun. My navy days were the best. I will never ever forget serving on the Pyro or my shipmates. Anyone who served from 74-78 please get in touch. Remember: Drake, Forbes, Hatfield, Olson, McCann, Ramos, and a guy named Fish. Remember Peaches from Georgia? Randy Thompson from Oklahoma? Email me if you can relate........................
Jack Hamm, USA, - Thurs., 06 Dec. 2001 Pyroajjl@aol.com


E-5 rating Robert Brown, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1989-1991, MM2, P Division. Back in Oklahoma. Parlayed my Mauna Kea experiences into a good job with Oklahoma Gas & Electric as a control room operator in a gas-fired 600 MW power plant. Have forwarded a few pictures of some VERTREPs, one of an UNREP on WESTPAC 1990 and one of main control. Hope they are of some use.
Robert Brown, Edmond, OK., USA, - Wed., 23 Jan 2002 rbrown6@mmcable.com


E-4 rating Marion Munn, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1967-1970, MM3, M Division. I was on the mauna kea from Oct 67- Feb 70. The Mauna Kea was a great ship. There were so many great saliors on her. One pereson who meant a lot to me that help me learn you had to work hard to get anywhere in life was LT CMDR. Novotney. He was our Engineering officer. Doyou know if is still living? Do you have any knowledge of these guys Chris Bodeker, Jack Sudak, M.Shaw, Dale Ewing, MMC Davis, L Daniels. All of were in M division. I would also like to find Bobby Bolton. He and I went through the navy all the way with each other.
Marion Munn, USA, - Tues., 29 Jan 2002 POPIEmunn@aol.com


E-7 rating Bobby Moore, USS Suitrbachi (AE-21), 1973-1976, MMC, M Division. Tried the regester but no luck. Thank you very much for all your hard work on this site. Found the AE Sailors Assn. listed in the American Legion mag. Tried for the Suribachi AE21 came up on this site. Sense aol won't go through I'll try this way as directed. Transferwd to Grand Canyon Aug 76 , Retired July '77. Thank you again for your hard work .
Bobby Moore, Bernice, LA., USA, - Fri., 01 Feb 2002 BOMOO11@AOL.COM


E-5 rating Mike McComb, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1965-1967, RM2, Operations. I served on the Haleakala from 1965 to 1967. Came aboard as an RMSN and departed as an RM2. Went on to make the Navy a career. Living in West Richland, WA.
Mike McComb, W. Richland, WA., USA, - Mon., 04 Feb. 2002 mccomb46@gte.net


E-5 rating Mitchell "Mick" DeLauney, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1976-1979, SK2, Supply department. My name is Mitchell V. DeLauney also known as Mick....my rank was SK2 aboard the USS Haleakala AE-25 from 1976-1979...would like to hear from any and all old ship mates especially the one's from the Supply Dept.
Mitchell DeLauney, USA, - Mon., 11 Feb 2002 MDelauney@aol.com


E-5 rating Ron Webb, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1959-1963, BM3, 1st. Division. MY NAME IS RON WEBB BUT EVERYONE ON THE SHIP CALLED ME "SPIDER" I WAS ON THE NITRO FROM MARCH 1960 TO DEC 1963. WE WERE IN THE YARDS AT BROOKLYN WHEN I GOT OUT. I WAS IN THE NAVY FROM DEC 1959 TO DEC 1963.
Ron Webb, Anaheim, CA., USA, - Thurs., 21 Feb 2002 RONWEBB832@aol.com


E-3 rating Paul Crow, USS Pyro (AE-23), 1984-1987, BMSN, 1st. Div. Served on board Nitro 1984-87.
Paul Crow, Alliance, OH., USA, - Mon.., 25 Feb. 2002 pdcrow98@yahoo.com


E-3 rating Leonard Limoge, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1962-1964, BMSN, 2nd. Div. I'M SENDING OUT A CHECK IN THE AMOUNT OF 23.95 CLUB DUES, THE ONLY THING IS I JOINED THE RESERVES I BELIEVE IN 1961 FOR 6 YEARS AND I'M AT A LOSS AS TO WHERE ALL MY PAPERS ARE. IAM IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO GET MY SEPARATION PAPER, I AM RETIRED NOW, SO BEAR WITH ME AND WILL CATCH UP ON THE DATES AT A LATER TIME. I HAVE ALREADY EMAIL THREE OF THE GUYS THAT I WAS WITH FROM 62-64. THIS IS A GREAT WEB SITE I HAVE SPENT HALF THE NIGHT JUST GOING THROUGH IT. I DO HAVE SOME PICTURES OF THE SHIP AND WHEN WE WERE REPLENISHING OTHER SHIPS, IT WAS A LITTLE BIT HARD GETTING THE PICTURES BEING THAT I WAS SUPPOSE TO BE WORKING ON DECK WITH TRANSFERS I WAS N THE SECOND DIVISION. WELL THANKS FOR THE EMAIL AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .
Leonard Limoge, USA, - Thurs., 28 Mar 2002 llimoge@stny.rr.com


E-5 rating Pete Ingenhutt, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1971-1974, QM2, Navigation. I found you by looking for a former shipmate, Del Kerr. He had sent me an email a year ago, but it is no longer valid. So, I did a Mauna Kea search and found you.
Pete Ingenhutt, Turlock, CA., USA, - Wed., 10 Apr. 2002 petering@charter.net


LTJG rank Deanna Smitha, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1990, LTJG, CHC, Command Chaplain. Although my tenure was brief due to a previous injury which "beached" me and led to my reassignment, I hold the men and women of NITRO in highest esteem, and am proud to have served with them even briefly. What a great bunch of kids!
Deanna Smitha, Simi Valley, CA, - Mon, 29 Apr 2002 DWSMITHA@yahoo.com


E-5 rating Joe Dove, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1970-1972, RM2, Operations. ENJOYED ALL THE CHIT-CHAT WITH THE OTHER SPARKYS DURING OUR UNREPS...GOT TO ENJOY PO-TOWN IN SUBIC BEFORE THEY RUINED IT AND PAVED THE STREETS...NEVER WILL FORGET HOW NASTY IT GOT DURING MONSOON SEASON....I WILL NEVER FORGET THE PRIDE IN OUR CREW DURING THOSE DARK NIGHT OPS. ...ENJOYED ALL THE SIGHTS, SOME OF THE WEIRD FOOD, AND THE GREAT GUYS I SERVED WITH...SHE WAS TRULY A LADY!!!
Joe Dove, W., CANYON LAKE, TX., USA, - Mon., 06 May 2002 twodoves@gvtc.com


E-4 rating Jorge Vega, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1984-1987, MS3, Supply Division. It has been a long time since my days in the Navy. I thought those miserable time would never go away. I know now the only things I remember were the dedicated brave sailors I had the honor of serving with. I remember those wonderful and exciting times in those far away places that are now just distant memories. The bonds of friendship transend time. I hope life has been as good to you as it has been to me. Haze Gray but not underway. God Bless.
Jorge Vega, Edison, NJ., USA, - Fri., 17 May 2002 jvega@keyspanenergy.com


E-7 rating Leroy Gates, deceased, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1962-1964, HMC, X Division. I am entering my Father's name, Leroy Gates, among those who served aboard the Haleakala. My father was on board 3/62-2/64. My father passed away in 1985. I would love to hear from any shipmates that remember him and might even have photos of him.
Sharon (Gates) Wilson, USA, - Sat., 13 Jul 2002 rvwilson@pacbell.net


E-3 rating Rob Murray, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1990-1993, SN, 2nd. Div. I worked in 2nd division from 90 to 93
Rob Murray,Yuma, AZ, USA, - Thurs., 15 Aug 2002 rkck72@yahoo.com


E-4 rating Eugene Trick, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1985-1988, BT3, B Division. I was onboard from 1985-1988 I rememeber the stories in the cruise book i was in b-div as a boiler tech.
Eugene Trick, USA, - Sat.., 21 Sep 2002 etrick@pdq.net


E-4 rating James Chubinsky, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1984-1985, BT3, B Division. I was on the USS Mauna Kea AE-22 from 1984 to 1985. I was a BT3 , it was B division but if I remember they changed it to P division for propulsion. I'm sure I've got some pictures somewhere.
James Chubinsky, USA, - Mon., 23 Sep 2002 jchubinsky@usa.net


E-4 rating Chris Backer, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1984-1988, GMG3, 3rd. Division. My name is Chris Backer, I'm from Beatrice Nebraska. I was on board the USS Haleakala as a GMG3 3rd division from 1984 thru late 1988. I am glad to see this web page, reading some of the stories and seeing some names that I remember brought back a lot of memories. I would like to hear back from anyone on board during this time, also how do I obtain a copy of the "pacific voyager"
Chris Backer, Beatrice, NE., USA, - Tues., 24 Sep 2002 cbacker@charter.net


E-4 rating Brian Richards, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1984-1988, ET3, Operations Division. The "Hockey Puck" was my first ship, and a real learning experience. I went on board in the middle of a full refit, at Pier 38 in San Francisco, and I was there for the change of homeport to Guam, through several West Pac milk runs and I could not have asked for a better group of shipmates or friends. I'd like to here from some of my old shipmates, see where their live went after those old days.
Brian Richards, Greenbrier, TN., USA, - Fri., 07 Feb 2003 richarba1@comcast.net


E-4 rating Scott McDonald, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1976-80, BM3, Deck Division. Looking for shipmates: Steven Lynch, BM3 and Bill Goswick, BM2. We did 2 West Pacs and got the Deck "E" for best UNREPER in fleet. Many, many good times. Saw Guam, PI, Japan and Korea
Scott McDonald, USA, - Wed., 12 Feb 2003 scott@csi-tn.com


E-5 rating James Stordock, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1982-1986, GMG2, 3rd. Div. Haleakala was a good ship. I think about the time spent aboard her often. After leaving her I went to NCS Stockton and made GMG1. Sites like this help keep the memories fresh. Thanks..BZ,
James Stordock, Outagamie Co., WI., USA, - Tues., 25 Feb 2003 sherrymed@yahoo.com


E-4 rating Jimmie Milliken, Sr., USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1968-1971, RM3, Operations Division. I reported aboard right after high school. My tour of duty was a great experience I met a lot of great people. I have been a firefighter in Nashville for almost 30 years live in White House, Tennessee
Jimmie Milliken, Sr., White House, TN., USA, - Wed., 21 May 2003 JMillik31@aol.com


E-5 rating Steve Hale, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1969-1970, MR2, M Div. Great site! Enjoyed the notes from other AE Sailors, I was on the Suribachi from November 1969 to July 1970. Worked out of the engine room and the machine shop. Started out as a messenger of the watch and worked up to throttles during UNREP. The liberty ports we visited during the 69-70 Med Cruise were fun and interesting. As others have said, the AE's were the best duty compared to the other assignments. Left the ship in July for MR-A School and was assigned to the USS Vulcan (AR-5) out of Norfolk, VA. Mustered out in August of 1973 and have lived in Topeka since then. I am the Chief Engineer of a power plant for one of the hosiptals and if it wasn't for the Suribachi, I wouldn't be where I am now. Love the work and miss the crew from the Suribachi. It would be great to hear from anyone from that time. Also looking for a cruise book from that cruise, I didn't get one due to the transfer to A School.
Steve Hale, Topeka, KS., USA, - Mon 28 Jul 2003 SDHale@aol.com


E-4 rating Charles Clarke, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967, HM3, X Division. Have been looking for some of the guys that I served with in 1967. Just found out when the ship was disposed of. Had some good times when I served on the Haleakala. Would like to hear from any of the guys. when will there be a reuion for the guys that were on her in 1967, if any one has any info on a reuion please let me know
Charles Clarke, Little Mountain, SC., USA, - Thurs., 14 Aug 2003 brighteyes686@hotmail.com


E-7 rating William Turner, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1979-1982, RMC(SW), Operations Division. WAS ABOARD NITRO FROM 79-82 ...I REMEMBER WELL THE GREAT PIER BRAWL...AND THE FIRE OF 1981...NIMTZ AND AMERICA BATTLE GROUPS BAGGED ASS..LEFT THE USNS NEOSHO TO BAIL FOR US...AND THEY DID QUITE A JOB AT THAT. THAT WAS ALSO THE DAY THE ADVANCEMENT RESULTS CAME OUT AND I MADE RM2 GOT FROCKED AND ENDED UP ON THE USS NASSAU BECAUSE THAT WAS WHERE OUR MSG TRAFFIC WAS COMING ONBD AT. RM1 FENSTER AND CHIEF MURPHY WERE ONBD. GREAT GUYS. I ALSO REMBER THE CRUISE WHERE WE LOST THREE OF OUR SHIPMATES IN A BAD CAR ACCIDENT IN NAPLES. NITRO HAS MANY STORIES BUT THE MAIN THING ABOUT NITRO WAS HER SHIPMATES, WE WERE A TIGHT CREW.
William Turner, USA, - Mon., 22 Sep. 2003 RMCBiLL@aol.com


E-4 rating Loyde Murray, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1965-1969, BM3, Deck Division. I'LL HAVE TO SAY THESE WERE SOME OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE.I WAS 17 YRS. OLD SO YOU MIGHT SAY THIS IS WHERE I GREW UP. THE MEMORIES ON THE FAST LADY I'LL CHERISH THE REST OF MY LIFE.HOPE TO HERE FROM SOME OF THE GUYS I SERVED WITH. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THIS SERVICE. IT MEANS A LOT TO ME AND I'M SURE TO OTHERS.
Loyde Murray, CHECOTAH, OK., USA, - Wed., 22 Oct 2003 SHADYREST@LAKEWEBS.NET


E-5 rating Robert Springer, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1959-1961, RM2, Operations Div. I am a Plankowner for the Haleakala. I helped put her in commission in Newport News, Va. I had a lot of good times aboard her ans sorry to hear that she had been decommissioned. If anyone out there remembers me, please send me an e-mail, I would be glad to hear from any of my old shipmates.
Robert Springer, Phelps, NY., USA, - Sat. 20 Dec 2003 boblor@localnet.com


E-4 rating Ronald Knudson, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1965-1967, RM3, Operations Division.
Ronald Knudson, USA, - Mon., 12 Jan 2004 ronaldknudson@netscape.net



E-4 rating Al Boyd, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1967, SH3 You guys did a great job on this page. I have really enjoyed going through it. It brought back alot of memories. Thanks
Al Boyd, USA, - Fri., 13 Feb 2004 pitown@aol.com


E-3 rating John O'Sulllivan, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1979-1982, QMSN, Operations. Div. Good ship, Good people.
John O'Sullivan, Westbury, NY, USA, - Tues., 30 Mar 2004 Johnnyos48@aol.com


E-4 rating DARIN MINNICK, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1989-1992, BT3, B Division. I'M LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES WHO SERVED ON THE BACHI FRM 89 TILL? ANY ONE WITH PICS OR INFO,OR JUST WANNA TALK ABOUT THE OL;GIRL(BACHI)PLEASE E-MAIL ME THANK YOU.
DARIN MINNICK, ALEXANDRA IN, USA, - Thurs., 10 Jun 2004 MADMANCR500@AOL.COM


E-3 rating James Jefferson, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1979-1984, MMFN, M. Div. It's been several years since I visited this website. I'm sorry to see that many of the names that were registered then are now missing. I have tried to forget the memory of living on that pile of razor blades, but I still remember many of the Men I served with, grew up with and dispite my arrogance, respected. Yes I do remember the great weenie roast of June 1st, 1981, and the one man who jumped overboard. Heaven knows where he thought he was going to go. I have photos of the engine room though. "Sorry Healy"
James Jefferson, Portland, OR, USA, - Sat., 12 Jun 2004 Netherweasle@juno.com


E-4 rating Martin Burnes, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1968, ETR3, Operations Division. I would like to be included in the Quarterback log.
Martin Burnes, USA, - Wed., 13 Apr 2005 IHScout1@aol.com



E-3 rating Jennifer Schreiber, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1991-1993, OSSN, Operations. Div. Married to MS3 Scobee for 12 years and have two sons. Would love to connect with our old shipmates!
Jennifer Schreiber, USA, - Fri.., 19 Aug 2005 thescobees@yahoo.com



E-4 rating Thomas Fink, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1985-1987, GMG3, 3rd. Division. I was hoping to see if I could find any of my old friends from my Navy days. Thanks for your help and for the Quarterdeck Log.
Thomas Fink, USA, - Tues., 30 Aug 2005 jr412@sbcglobal.net


E-5 rating Leo Falconio, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1980-1982, EM2, A Division. I went aboard just before the mini shipyard trip in Perth Amboy and left the same day as the change of command ceremony. I had my own change of commmand as it were. I was there for the fire and left just before sea trials. itwas a great experience and met some great people, would like to here from anyone who was there also.
Leo Falconio, Cohoes, NY., USA, - Tues. 18 Apr. 2006 Ljfalconio@verizon.net


E-3 rating Kevin Smith, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1989-1992, SN, 2nd. Div. Nice to see everyone still talks about the ship.
Kevin Smith, Cockeysville, MD, USA, - Thu.., 31 Aug 2006 natureb@comcast.net


E-3 rating William "Bill" Steele, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1966-1968, SN, 2nd. Div. Saw a message from one of my shipmates Loyde Murray of Oklahoma dated 2003. Would be nice to hear from others. I remember the hard work done during the cruise and the good times we had in port.
Bill Steele, Homeland, CA, USA, - Fri.., 2 Feb 2007 steelestick@yahoo.com


E-5 rating Robert Ouellette, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1966-1970, CS2, Supply. I served on the fast lady from 1966-1970 under Captain Grey and Captain Hanecak and made many friends. She was a great ship. One of my greatest experiences in life. I'll never forget those nights on the fantail, dreaming of the day I'd go home. Now I dream of those nights on the fantail. Bob Ouellette, commissary ..
Robert Ouellette, USA, - Tues. 27 Mar. 2007 roberto@sacoriver.net


E-7 rating Richard Lester, USS Manua Kea (AE-22), 1979, BTC, B Division. That was one best Wastpac that I was every on, thanks to the crew and the Captain. What every happen to Capt. Davis? I transfered when we returned from Westpac to Great Lakes RTC and went on to retire in 1988 as a Master Chief Boiler Tech.

We made up a brass plate with everyones name from B&M Division that made the 79 Wastpac and installed it on the front of the boilers.Hope it was still there when she was decomissioned.
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Richard Lester, USA, - Mon., 21 Jan. 2008 Galaxe500@aol.com


E-2 rating David Streater, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1975, SA, 2nd. Div. I cannot believe I found this great site on the web. I spend less than a year aboard - then a number of months in the orthopedic ward in a Navy hospital in Norfolk, VA due to surgery on my left foot. (I was admitted to the hospital while the AE-23 was in Norfolk for tender availability and repairs. The last time I saw her was when I left for the hospital.) I hated ship life but met and remember great people, enlisted and officers alike aboard the Nitro, AE-23. Most of the time on-board I chipped paint and two terms mess cooking in officer's country. I volunteered for the second term as mess cooking was better than chipping paint! After the hospital stay I completed active duty assigned to the JAG office at RTC/NTC Orlando. I then served three years in the active reserves while attending and graduating from college in North Carolina (back home). For graduate school I returned to Orlando, Florida and stayed for a career as a state probation & parole officer-supervisor and college instructor. I eventually earned a Ph.D. and am a college administrator and instructor as a second career, back home in North Carolina. Please feel free to contact me, as I would really like to hear from shipmates.
David Streater, Morganton, NC, USA, - Sat. 09 Aug. 2008 david.streater@cvcc.edu


E-4 rating Irv Gewirz, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1970-1972, SH3, Supply Division. I served on board from Aug.'70-Sept.'72 in Supply. I worked in the ship's laundry for less than 30 days and transfered to the ship's store for about a year. I then worked in the ship's barber shop for the remainder of my tour. Made lifelong friends and had great times on shore (Sierra Club, Berna's in Po town). Sad to report that about 5 years ago I read on a similar website the passing of Art Batz RD2 and Eugene Markowski SN..
Irv Gewirz, Napa, CA., USA, - Wed., 4 Mar 2009 irvg3@yahoo.com


E-2 rating Vincent T. Marshall Sr., USS Manua Kea (AE-22) and USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1972-1973, SA I proudly served aboard USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) and USS Suribachi (AE-23) in 1972 and 1973 in the Viet Nam War.
Vincent T. Marshall Sr., USA - Mon., 16 Mar 2009 vmarshall909@charter.net


E-3 rating Richard Franceschini, USS Haleakala (AE-25), 1967-1969 I was on the USS Haleakala AE 25 from 1967 to 1969. .
Richard Franceschini, USA - Tue., 12 Oct 2010 MargRGA@aol.com


E-3 rating James Kenyon, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1970-73, 1st.Div. I am not to computer savvy and I am trying to find people from that time any help you can e-mail me would be apreciated. Send me the news letter:
James Kenyon, Opelousas,La., USA - Tue., 31 May 2011 jimjohnkenyon@yahoo.com


E-3 rating Larry Ray, USS Pyro (AE-24), 1962-64, M Div. I am looking for a picture of Pyro AE-24 aground after leaving Port Chicago. She was going to Cuba but did not make it because of the incident. Were you on board off the coast of Viet Nam when we had a major fire in the engine room and went dead in the water because the emergency generator did not kick in? I was on her 1962-64 M division. I was one of the guys that showed movies on the mess deck.
Larry Ray, USA - Sun., 19 Jun 2011 ut92641@hotmail.com


E-3 rating Jerry Bardwell, USS Nitro (AE-23), 1978-79, HTFN Had only spent 9 months on board the Nitro, but remember well the 10 weeks of hell in Gitmo, the winter of '78 when the ship iced over. Remember Bob Iannoni, Chief Marsh, Steve Marazik, Joe Hatfield and the "Caveman" and Gerry Fiore. Was transferred the day before deployment to the Med due to knee injury...spent the rest of my time in Newport RI working admin at OCS/NAPS. Am now a 30+ year paramedic working for the Coast Guard in Falmouth, MA and an EMS consultant. All in all, not a bad time on the "Haze Grey Ghost from the Jersey Coast."
Jerry Bardwell, USA - Sun., 7 Aug 2011 Jerry.L.Bardwell@uscg.mil


E-3 rating Gerson Singer, USS Pyro (AE-24), Plank Owner Deck Ape/Postal Clerk. As a plank owner of the USS PYRO AE - 24 its hard to let go, its like losing your first love.
Gerson Singer, York, PA, USA - Tue., 12 Feb 2012 gsinger118@comcast.net


ENS rank John Leslie, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1958-1959, Ensign. Reported aboard in NNSY after ROTC as a green Ensign. Suribachi made a Med cruise shortly after and I was assigned to be "Tour Officer." (No, not Laundry and Morale Officer!") Saw many good places and some not so good. Spent New Years eve in Palma, Majorca, eating grapes at midnight.

Remembered names: Lt Potter, Lt Junker, LT Flickinger, Ens Jordan, Bos'n Bordelon, Chief Kinnear, Lt Kowalski, Lt Somers, Ens Hines.

Good memories all.
John Leslie, USA, - Wed, 7 Mar 2012 JPLNC@aol.com


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