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USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association

AOG 38   AO 148   TAO 148

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Commissioned by the USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association and presented to the City of Ponchatoula, LA.
 
Date:
31 May 2003

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To the member who left the first comment. Inadvertently, I erased your comment. Your comment was appreciated, I just made a mistake. Sorry. Webmaster.


Date:
02 Jun 2003

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The USS Ponchatoula reunion held in Ponchatoula, La. in May, 2003 was a really good time. It was very good to see that I'm not the only one that has aged a little and grown a few gray hairs. Thanks to all that planned and organized the event. Excellent job!!!

Photos of the event may be viewed on-line at the following address: http://albums.proshots.com/litchfieldphoto/

Under the drop-down list titled "Find Your Event" select "USS Ponchatoula Reunion"

The password is: Ponchatoula

Barry Litchfield USS Ponchatoula, 1966-1967


Date:
11 Jul 2003

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Gerald(Jerry) Van Loh YN2 onboard from 1959-1962. Email jvlsf@aol.com. Any ship mates from that time period, contact me.


Date:
15 Jul 2003

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If anyone knows two Second Class Radioman by the names of James Temple or John Hall who served on the PONCHATOULA during the mid to late 60's tell them that several of their (old) shipmates would like to get in touch with them. Ask them to contact:

RMC Hugh Campell, Retired 209-268-1156 Camp3750@softcom.net

OR

PF Hammond Secretary/Treasurer USS PONCHATOULA Shipmates Association 707-553-8789 PF@USSPonchatoula.com


Date:
01 Sep 2003

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Larry Zarek here. Was BM2/BM1/Ens. From 58 to 63.Would like to hear from any old shipmates. Heard from Jerry and Tate. Hope to hear from more. LZarekL@Cox.net.


Date:
10 Oct 2003

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I served on the Ponch from 66-68 in Radar Operations. I just found out about this site from Ken Okolowitcz who recently attended your reunion, and through John Rhodenberry, we got reconnected this morning, after these 35 or so years. My e-mail address is: lwortman@charter.net I'm retired, from 30+ years with the Post Office, and living in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. I am very interested in reconnecting with anyone who might remember me from those days. I was kinda the ship's drunk, so I truthfully don't remember an awful lot. Ha. It was either get sober or die back in 75, so I did finally sober up. I want to find out more about the next reunion, and hopefully attend. Thanks. Larry Wortman PO Box 1363, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 (541) 298-8600


Date:
27 Oct 2003

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I'm a B.T looking for other B.Ts and MMs from the years 70-72. Westpac cruise of 71.

Darry Barrell. drb619@yahoo.com


Date:
07 Nov 2003

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Hello: I joined the Ponch in Oct '58 as a seaman apprentice straight out of book camp. Was yeoman striker for several months after being on the deck crew. Then was a radioman striker, ultimately making RM3. I was a reservist and left the Ponch in about June, '60. I obtained a 3 month early out because I enrolled in college (I was 19 at the time). I then obtained AA, BA, MA & PhD degrees (audiology), thanks to the GI Bill for graduate studies. Chief Rainey was in charge of the radio shack, Capt. Higgenbotham was our leader (great guy). RMs that I remember are Christensen, Simington and Olson (RM1). The rest is a blur after all these years.


Date:
07 Nov 2003

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I forgot to sign my entry... Brad Billings (RM3, '58 - '60)

Chit, I forgot my email, too... brad_billings@eee.org Redlands, CA (I was a lot sharper back then!)


Date:
17 Nov 2003

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phyllis sherrer daughter of edgar mcdonald grantham i need to see if my father served on this ship we have an old uniform with this name on it. he name was edgar mcdonald grantham served usnavy around 1948-1954 please let me know phyllissherrer512@hotmail.com


Date:
18 Nov 2003

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My name is Charles C Hoage I live at 264 Waterfield Dr. Roseville Ca. E Mail haogecharlie@aol.com.

I served aboard the Ponchatoula from May 1964 till Jan 1968. I was a Shipfitter 3rd class in the R division. I was discharged Jan 12 1968 in San Francisco.

I would like to find John Love and Jimmy Ray davis if any one knows where they are please forward my information to them.

Thanks Charlie.


Date:
20 Nov 2003

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Shipmates -

Jay M. Horwitz served on the PONCH in 1959-60. He was a MM2. His physical condition precludes his attending any reunions. He would however like to hear from any shipmate who remembers him. He is not on the internet.

He can be reached at: 1502 Woodroyal West Dr., Chesterfield, MO 63017-5553, (636) 532-5497

Info entered by:PF Hammond, S/T


Date:
08 Dec 2003

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I am writing for my dad who served during WWII on the AOG 38. His e-mail address is violet.snyder@worldnet.att.net Please let him know about the association and how to join. He is interested in knowing if any of the shipmates are around and would love pictures of the ship. Thanks - Cindy Snyder Schiffbauer danny3623@aol.com


Date:
18 Dec 2003

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My name is Jeffrey McMeans(contact me at jmcmeans@earthlink.net). I served on the Ponchatoula from December of 1961 through June of 1963. During that period, we did one Westpac tour, visiting Japan, Hong Kong, and the Phillipines. While in Hong Kong, our new skipper decided to stay in port during Typhoon Wanda, which sunk over 250 vessels. It was a harrowing experience, with steam up for 20 knots while going 3 or 4 knots toward an island, which we missed. We had a hawser stretched along the jungle deck, which was how we got from the forward part of the ship to the living quarters. On our hands and knees. Several people, on anchor detail, were almost thrown overboard by the high velocity winds. When it was over, Hong Kong, not like the Hong Kong of now, but more a town of shacks, was blown over. We got early liberty by donating blood. They told us not to go to Kowloon, so I went by myself on the Star Ferry. This was my first experience in such a strange place, unlike anything I had experienced in my young life. Strange faces; strange places. I still remember seeing a Sikh with full beard and turban. Dorothy, I wasn't in Kansas anymore! Our ship hired Mary Sue's Girls, who came aboard and painted the ship for our spent 3 inch/50 shells and we also let them stand by where we emptied our trays after chow and the girls took all edible food in a plastic bag. That was one of my earliest eye opening experiences on how hungry the world was. Subic Bay and the beautiful women I will never forget. This was all in 1962, and the next thing that happened was, one day, while walking down Kalakaua Ave in Waikiki, we were rounded up and ordered back to our ships or bases, and then found out that the Russians had planted missiles on Cuba. We left Pearl without a full crew and headed toward the Panama Canal refuelling ships as we went. I remember we refuelled one carrier and many, many DD's. The corpsman came out, all spic and span in his clean uniform, a huge contrast to us on deck, who were grimy, and had a tray of pills and cups of water. He told us to do 2 pills and we wouldn't be tired. We did and were introduced to drugs in this way. They were amphetamines and we certainly weren't tired anymore, but continued many, many hours refuelling. It wasn't until many years after that that I realized how close we were to nuclear war. In early 1963, we slipped our moorings and headed to Christmas Island, to participate in Dominic 1, the last series of nuclear explosions aboveground. The day before, we crossed the equator and participated in the Neptune's Court ceremony that sailors make when crossing the equator. It was fun, scary, filthy, but we were all turned into shellbacks from slimy pollywogs. After going through the garbage chute, laid on on deck with a lot of real funky, slimy garbage in it, we were thrown over the side of the ship and presto!, we were shellbacks. Back on board, we waited for one officer who was an ass and as he slid through the garbage chute, we took our 2 foot sections of old fire hose and whooped his ass. Then, the next morning, we woke around 3am and I went outside and observed what was going on. The ship was motionless, the stars beaming down on a very placid sea. It was a black, black sky. You'd look in the water and the stars were reflected. It was gorgeous. Then, they put us inside of the ship, dogged down all hatches, blew off the nuclear bomb from around 1500 feet, after it had been dropped from a plane, and after 10 seconds after the bomb went off, they opened the door and we were bathed in PURE WHITE LIGHT. This light intensely burned for it seemed 2 minutes and then the easily discernible features of the mushroom appeared. It seemed to stay light for a couple of minutes, when the brilliance disappeared. I remember being awestruck at how it had been black night, then it was as if a sun was lighting the world. Of course, it was a sun, but 27 miles away. I am happy to have not contacted any disease from being around this explosion. I have more memories and I'll log on again and contribute more. Anyone who would know the date we crossed the equator, I would love to know that. Peace, Jeffrey McMeans, deck seaman, 1st Division


Date:
26 Dec 2003

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HELLO, GMGSN RUSS PADEN PARKERSBURG,W.V. 26101 SERVED FROM 1976 TO 1979 SERVED WITH A BUNCH OF GOOD GUYS, INCLUDING 2 WEST PACS. RPADEN1@CHARTER.NET THANKS


Date:
03 Jan 2004

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SERVED ONBOARD THE PONCH FROM 78-80 IN R-DIV. GLAD TO SEE ITS STILL REMEMBERED.IS BOB PROVEN OR JERRY MALY OUT THERE. THANKS DAN WAKEFIELD


Date:
13 Jan 2004

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My first ship and I came aboard in January 1961 and departed September 1962. I was an Engineman striker and worked with Frame EN2, Hill EN3, Sua Tua EN3 and many others in Engineering and other departments. I also remember the Christmas Island Nuclear blast (last surface burst), Typhoons, rammings ( DD Port anchor left on deck) and other exciting events. Most of all I remember growing up with a great bunch of guys aboard the Ponchatoula. Anyone wishes to email me, please do so my address is v.ward@adelphia.net and I live in Post Falls Idaho. Regards to all. vern Ward USNR/CWO/Ret.


Date:
18 Jan 2004

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hi i forgot to put my email on here , must be getting old. lol hi i was on the ponch from 1976 to 1980 in A div i was en3 Larry Rhoades would like to hear from any body who was on during those years.

booboo@inter-linc.net


Date:
20 Jan 2004

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I hope this finds all you guys happy, healthy and somewhat more sane than when I served on the old girl from back in May of '76 to June of '79. My name is Bert Young and I was an MSSN in the galley. Yeah, I remember you Russ Paden. Have you heard from Wolters. I still remember the day you guys stole my pies cooling in the porthole. Ha! If any of the following people see this I'd like to hear from you: Mike Hall, Charlie Dasnoit, Alex Anderson, Layton Stewart, Mike Risden, Randy Kutter, Bobby Shellenberger, Dan Bame, Louis Maldanado, Bob Poole, Jim Miasano, Doug Brown, Mike Whalgreen, Mark Robinette, Steve Petersen, Willy Tallan, Steve Tognoni, Sam Goodman, Billy Trippi, Terry Williams and Tony Barreras. My Email is byoung4ever53@hotmail.com. If anybody knows how to get in touch with ANY of these guys let me know. They were all good friends and many more I'm sure I just can't remember right now. Westpac '77 was one for the books. The PI, Hong Kong,Australia,Kuwait and Bahrain and back. Senior Chief Kosciuk you still s--k for making me miss that last night in port in Olongapo, sweet rolls for an admiral my butt! Absolutly the worst of the worst! Oh yeah, tell Ed Stringer to watch out for cars that are turning too. If any body talks to him he'll know what I mean. Broke his leg rear-ending an MG on a motorcycle coming back from Makaha while we were in dry dock in '78. Well, it's gettin late and guess that's about it. Can't really say I miss it alot, but boy did we have some fun!!!!! Take Care where ever you are and Good Luck. As Always, Bert


Date:
27 Jan 2004

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Larry Zarek 1958-1963 BM2/BM1/Ens. New E Mail LZAO148@msn.com


Date:
30 Jan 2004

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Don Ragsdale here.Served aboard the "Ponch" with my two brothers from 11/67 to6/71.Can't wait for the reunion.I will be there.I'm at donr208@earthlink.net


Date:
03 Feb 2004

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Tom Stone served onboard the Ponch in '68-'69 as a commissaryman(cs).I'd like to find him(he owes me money-no,just kidding).I 'm Larry Hamm and can be reached @ clhamm@mchsi.com or 515/285-6250.Thank you.


Date:
03 Feb 2004

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Hey, I served on the Ponch from '73 to '76. Anybody out there remember Garavaglia, Mike Perkins, Mike Hansen, Jerry Smith,Duane Broyles, Johnny Contreras,"Big" Poole,Ray Compton,"Doc" Potter,The time in dry-docks at Guam? West-Pac? Contact Al Borrego. address redhorse@csinet.net


Date:
03 Feb 2004

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Hi my name is Jerry Smith I was on board from Feb74 till July 77 E-div Emfa-Em2 had a great time in Ponchatoula for the re-union Anyone know the whereabouts of Duane Broyles? my e mail is Drjeckel104@aol.com


Date:
09 Feb 2004

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My name is Bill Hanzel. I was in the first "MilDet" of the T-AO 148 USNS Ponchatoula. I am looking for members of that MilDet. I would like to find SM1 Rexroat, ET1 Bob (last name escapes me), SM2 Bill Dionne, ET2 Knauer. Anybody knowing their whereabouts please contact me at bhanzel@comcast.net.


Date:
17 Feb 2004

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Then BTFN/3 Nicholas Bowen; I was there for the last WestPac w/the Boiler Expolsion and the Decommission to USNS.


Date:
17 Feb 2004

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served aboard ship AO148 from 1966-1970. BM3 Ed Camus. would like to here from anyone serving aboard during this time. looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. eddiannec@aol.com


Date:
18 Feb 2004

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Greetings! David Lee Sm2/Sm1. Served onboard AO-148 from 1976-1980. Met a lot of good friends! Many, many fond memories! I am a legal assistant in Phoenix, Arizona and also a professional clown! My website is http://glorybeclowns.com and my e-mail is dlee53@cox.net. Would love to be in contact with SMCS Russell G. Nobriga or any of the guys who served 1976-1980! Cheers!


Date:
18 Feb 2004

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Hi my Name is Norman Rogers PFFN/SFP2. I served on the Ponchatoula from 1956 TO 1960. I have a lot of fond memories of the ship and the shipmates. I like to hear from anyone that was aboard during this time


Date:
27 Feb 2004

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BM3 Doyle Brown New York, served on USS Ponchatoula from 1969-1970.Looking to hear from shipmates who served with me. Email prvti52@aol.com


Date:
27 Feb 2004

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MM2 Mark Malanka 1977 1980. mmalanka@aol.com


Date:
17 Mar 2004

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IKENNETH SMILEY LAWSON WILL BE GOING TO THE REUNION IN JUNE.I WORK FOR THE U.S.D.A. AT THE HONOLULU AIR PORT. IAM SORRY I MISS YOU ALL WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN HAWAII IN JAN. I WAS SICK AND MY EMAIL ADDRESS WAS CHANGE SMILEY@VERIZON.NET AND VALSMILES9999@YAHOO.COM.JOHN MULLAHY AND MARK HEPLER WERE MY SHIP MATES IN THE 1972 TO 1975 IAM NOT SURE IF THEY REMEMBER ME.DO YOU HAVE A PICTURE OF PONCH PLAQUE WITH IT'S MOTO I LOST MIND AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ANOTHER ONE .THANK YOU. YOUR SHIPMATE SMILEY LAWSON.


Date:
24 Mar 2004

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I am writing for my father James Allen Riffe. He served on the USS PONCHATOULA from 72-74? and I was wondering if anyone out there remembers him? Thank You, Aaron Riffe


Date:
26 Mar 2004

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TO JAMES & AARON RIFFE - We cannot communicate with you if you do not leave us your email address or phone number. I will send your father information about the Association if you will contact me. PF Hammond, Secretary/Treasurer, USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association 707-553-8789 or PF@USSPonchatoula.com


Date:
01 Apr 2004

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Mike DEGEL YN 3 Was on board the PONCH between 1963-1965. Make a couple of WESTPAC Cruises. I have kept in touch with Tom Botwinski YN2. Am looking for Tom Wagner YN 3 serverd on board the same time. Looking for anyother shipmates. E-Mail Address Papadegs@yahoo.com.


Date:
01 Apr 2004

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George Augustine (Auggie). Served with Paz, Boyette, Bertolocci and many others in 2nd division. (Second to none)Worked for LT C F Newton is the yeoman's office.served 66 & 67. Would like to be in contact with anyone I served with. GEAUGUST@yahoo.com.


Date:
01 Apr 2004

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Hi Guys, My is SSG Charles Carnes, I served on the Ponch from 74-76 in the Electric shop with D.R. Broyles(DRB), Jerry Smith, Al Borrego, Bruce Buller, EMFN Bernie Sabbarone, PO1 Charlie ?. I am currently in the Army getting ready to retire in Jan 05. Stationed in Wash DC. E-mail: c.e.carnes@verizon.net


Date:
06 Apr 2004

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JERRY A. CALDERON 1967-1970 E-MAIL LESANDJER@COX.NET


Date:
24 Apr 2004

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Ah, the Ponch. GMG2 Ken Wright-served from August, 1966 to February, 1970 AO-148 Would be galdto hear from any shipmates. krwright1@aol.com


Date:
29 Apr 2004

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My name is Lauren White. I needed to know if the USS Ponchatoula was ever at Port in Vietnam for my father, Robert White. Please contact me as soon as possible because there is a time deadline concerned. Thank you, alexiswhite@yahoo.com, 716-854-5634 or my mother Susan White 716-938-6724


Date:
03 May 2004

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Eric Westerholm another proud member of the ponch, Served aboard in ships office as a yoeman 68/69 thru 71. Guys found one of our old shipmates Doug Earl(ships barber) living in upstate New York, Question mates... what ever happen to or where are... LT. Keeler, LCDR Wheeling,Chief Bailey, signalmen Tehand,Flokerson,Slavens,Carvaleho,deck crew Donald "Duke" Dukisin,Newcomb,Richard"Indian"Harvey,yeoman Ricitelli,Tom Elliot,anybody remember Dugan was on the deck crew had that heavy NY accent or Gunnersmates Mills,Renfro. Been quite a few years guys was an honor to serve with each and everyone of you. Hopefully can make the reunion, if not can get in contact with me a jewest50@sssnet.com where us old salts can swap a few lies


Date:
10 May 2004

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Dan Wolniakowski, 1978-1980 Was there during the boiler room blast and decommisioning in San Francisco. A hospitalman striker, Now chief Information officer for a Naval Hospital in Washington State. drwolniak@aol.com


Date:
05 Jun 2004

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RM Smith,tworms43@hotmail.com See you all tomorrow in Vegas!


Date:
20 Jun 2004

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6/20/0 SeBurton Fa B Divison 1971 thru 1972 Would like to here from any B.T's or MMs Westpac curise 71

seburton@scrtc.com


Date:
23 Jun 2004

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Art Jaring (SN-SK2) served on board the Ponch from March 1975 till Dec 1979. Made 2 WESPAC deployments, 1975 and 1977. Worked with (SK1)Bill Avery, Frank Bolen, Ken Williams, Willie Aquino and Lt Hill(suppo). Email address is jaringas@ewtglant.navy.mil


Date:
25 Jun 2004

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DAN ROBBINS JR. E-MAIL BUFFRILA@COMCAST.NET WAS ON BOARD FROM 15 JULY 67 TO 18 JAN 71


Date:
04 Jul 2004

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Stanley Mewhorter (MM3) served on the USS Ponchatoula from Oct 1962 - Jan 1965 . I'm retired now from Xcel Energy a power company in Minnesota. I would like to here from anyone from "M" division during that period. e-mail at britm20@aol.com


Date:
09 Jul 2004

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My name is Dale Houghton (Hoot) I was a Yeoman in the ship's office and the Engineering Dept with Lt Johns. Came aboard in August, 1966. The Ponch was just returning from Australia. What a cruise to miss I served until 1969 and then transferred to the USS Reclaimer ARS-42). I couldn't bear the thought of being in dry dock at Pearl Harbor. The Ponch spent many hours and days in the Gulf of Tonkin. We broke all the unrep records in the fleet. R&R in Hong Kong was the best. We also visited Sasebo, Japan and the Nagasaki nuclear bomb site. The japanese people were very gracious toward us. On our way to Taiwan we slipped over the International Date line and all of us polywogs became shellbacks. I will never forget the garbage shute we had to crawl thru. I met many good friends while on the Ponch and hope to see many of you in Branscom, Mo next May. My E-mail address is dalehoot@snip.net. My address is 5 Colonial Way, Turnersville, NJ 08012 and my phone # is 856-227-5506 - Cell # 609-932-7821. Hope to see all of you in May.


Date:
20 Jul 2004

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My name is Jeffrey Stief.I served on the Ponch. from 76 to 1980 Was In A div. Did two West packs. E Mail Jeffr13596@adelphia.net


Date:
24 Jul 2004

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I served on The USS Ponchatoula as a de-commissioning crew member. Captain Dunleavy was my commanding officer and I took part in a West-Pac cruise and was homeported in Pearl Harbor prior to our decommision cruise to Alameda, Ca. I have fond memories of being a young sailor while being assigned to this ship's company.

Jeff Waller OSSN


Date:
30 Jul 2004

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phil olson telephone 405 273 6770 shawnee okla, my email philolson800@earthlink.net.i was a guest on your ship from dec 3 1966 thru dec 11 1966. i met many great sailors on board your ship.i was in tranist to the uss hoel ddg 13. you had a great crew and made me feel right at home.can anyone tell me if the ponch was ever in a viet nam port, i was thinking that i came onboard while in danange or saigon.then went out in the gulf of tonkin for about 10 days, and then transferd to the uss pictor on dec 11 1966. if you can help,please contact by email or leave your phone number and i will call you.thanks one of your ships. phil olson oklahoma.


Date:
09 Aug 2004

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Bob Hadfield - rhadfield@charter.net

Served on Da' Ponch March 1976 through September 1979 as a Corpsman. Two West-Pacs and a shake down cruise to San Franciso.

Jumped ship in 1983 and went to work as a civilian employee of the Army and joined the Army Reserve. Currently, still working as an Army Civilian in West Virginia and I am an Engineer Sergeant Major (E9) in the Army Reserve (go figure - pecker checker to grease monkey!) Still see GMGSN Russ Paden every now and then.

Recently obtained a large picture of the Ponch to hang in my 'War Room.'

Contact me if you want to trade sea stories. Anybody out there heard anything from GMG2 Jim Brandau or EN2 Danny O'Connor?


Date:
09 Aug 2004

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Dave Baker,M Div. Boarded Ponch. in Japan,79. Made last WestPac and decom.in Cal. Looking for fellow holesnipes from 79-80. John Lehto,Mike Dunning or any one from M Div. metfan1995@yahoo.com


Date:
16 Aug 2004

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Bill Kneeland sh/sn 1970 thru 1971 I was in charge of the laundry. I've been in contact with Patrick Louden (Mail Room) , John Moore (gunners mate) We were the ships band. I read Eric Westerholms entry (may 04) I remembered all of the names he listed. anyone hear from Jerry ? He worked in the ships store. or Kevin Arnold (he was also in the band ) I've kept in touch with Greg Cook (ET). It would be great to hear from any of you guys that served during that time. email barbabernts@cs.com Take care !!!


Date:
19 Aug 2004

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I served on the PONCHATOULA From December of 1963 until June of 1966. My name is Tom Curran Email adress is tcurran@studentaffairs.osu.edu I am from Columbus, Ohio. I served on the deck crew with a bunch of great sailors. Anyone remember those days.


Date:
29 Aug 2004

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Stacy Bingham 713 S 14th Street Escanaba, Mi 49829 1976-1980 Div. M Div. A


Date:
30 Aug 2004

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My name is Dale Johnson. I was an RM straight out of A school who served with the first MILDET onboard USNS Ponchatoula from 1981 to 1983. My email address is djohnson@imajeamericas.com if my name rings the ship's bell. BT AR


Date:
03 Sep 2004

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August S. De Guair was a signal-man on the Ponch from around 1963 thru 1965. Am trying to find a ship-mate whos name is: Clarance (Clancy) Goad, I believe he was from Illinois State. e-mail deguair@comcast.net


Date:
04 Sep 2004

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CAMPBELL,DONALD BM3 SERVED ONBOARD THE PONCH,1ST DIVISION.1971-1973 WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE OLD SHIPMATES. EMAIL ME AT CRDECAMP1@aol.com


Date:
08 Sep 2004

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Bill, Pat and John, damn I didn't know they had an ISP in roach infested third world jails! :-) Damn, found a few flashes from the past here, Recognixed the names in Eric's post as well. I saw Suggs in 74 when he turned up at my cabin in the north woods of Hampshire and exchanged a few e-mails with Hepler a while back. Rob Mott Fox Div. 71-73


Date:
12 Sep 2004

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Dennis Johnson served on ponch from 1969/1971 electrican work # 662-243-4233

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Date:
16 Sep 2004

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Lisa Melton 120 Julia Lane Lexington, North Carolina 27295 336-249-0475 E-mail: lamelton@lexcominc.net

Colen Levens Mize-Navy-Joined-9-10-1957-Discharged 9-8-1961-Chief Petty Officer-Radio Technician Operator-on the USS Ponchatoula, AO-148, San Francisco, CA, Hawaii, Japan, he was on an oil carrier in the Pacific. Levens was my uncle and the family knows very little about him. He died July 4th, 1977 by drowning at Cape Hatteras, NC. Any information about him would be great.


Date:
02 Oct 2004

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Phil Kinnicutt here...Laundry & Morale Officer, Ret.,1966-68. Still in Hawaii and loving it. I am in regular contact with former gunnery officer Sam Low, otherwise known as the Red Baron, as well as some others from around my era. E-mail me at leafishing@aol.com if you want to get in touch or report me to the shore patrol.

Aloha, Phil


Date:
05 Oct 2004

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BT2 Quincy King here. I served on the Ponch from 77 to 80. I was a transplant from the Hassayampa after her decommissioning in early 77. After a brief tour on the Ponch, I re-enlisted in the Phillipines just before the Ponch headed back to the islands during the her last Wes Pac cruise. Hey Nick Bowen...remember me? Jeff Stief, how are ya? ....and Dan Wolniakowski, I don't know if the Ponch was decommissioned in San Fran. What I do know was that there was a boiler explosion whle underway. I was standing boiler checks at the time. Remember... it happened during morning muster. They told me that flames shot out of the stack twenty feet high. You might remember that I'm a black man, but after the blast, the white guys emerged from the fireroom looking blacker than me. It's good to be alive!! What's up Mark Malanka?!

Shout at me at: Kingqwik58@aol.com

Happy Sails!!


Date:
05 Oct 2004

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Tom Botwinski,FN/YN2 served on the Ponch from Jan 63 to Jun 65' I was striking for MM when the XO had me pulled out of the 'hole' into the ship office. Chief Webb was in charge of the place. He was meaner than a junk yard dog but learned alot. Moved down to the Log Room later. Looking for Roger's. He replaced me in the Logroom after I was transferred to the USS CREE (AFT 84)out of San Diego. Will be at the reunion in Branson. My 1st.


Date:
07 Oct 2004

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Don Justin, CWO USN (Ret) drj1229@yahoo.com Served as a GMG2 onboard in '74 out of guam and Pearl. Great site, BZ.


Date:
19 Oct 2004

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Mike Kitsko, SN, July 1960 to June 62. rf-amps@earthlink.net Duty on the Ponchatoula was my salvation, after being told I'd spend my full tour in the motor pool. I never revealed that I sang bass next to, and was on a first name basis with the admiral in a off-base church choir. I never asked him any other favor. I worked as an RM, and deck-ape, and from Zarek, BM1, and a few others, I learned a work ethic that lasted my full work career as a radio D.J., missionary, and radio design engineer. My best project was the Navy's GBU-15 TV camera guided bomb, which knocked out 2 nuclear reactors in Iraq. Thank you U.S. Navy, and U.S.S. Ponchatoula.


Date:
20 Oct 2004

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Looking for SN, Ed Crippen, 1960-62. Homeland Tenn. Also, from the ammo ship Vesuvius, which also sailed with us in 1961, my friend Bell, Signalman, a black guy who was like a brother when crossing racial lines was not fashonable. Tried on and off over 30 years to find these guys. Mike Kitsko rf-amps@earthlink.net


Date:
23 Oct 2004

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Edward E Hankins 702 King Charles Rd Scroggins, TX 75480 903-860-2798

brenda75457@yahoo.com I served in 1969-1971 Still hauling fuel!!!!! This is a great web site. Thanks for you work on this.


Date:
23 Oct 2004

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Do you guys remember a guy falling overboard while the gig boat was being pulled up alongside. we were underway leaving Pearl Harbor???? Hello Doyle Brown, Stewart, Barker, Duggan, I miss yall guys very much. still living in Texas, Hope to see ya in Branson, holler at me at brenda75457yahoo.com Edd Hankins (Hank)


Date:
05 Nov 2004

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Dan Axtell RD3.. reported aboard Jan 63 signed out Aug 65 .. remembering Duty RD3, Mellas RD3, Steele RD3, Snowden RD3, Jahraus RD3, Funk RD3, Sammons RD3 --- Schneider ET3, Waldrop ET3, Snow SM2, Bannick SM3

My email: sailor4419@cableone.net


Date:
09 Dec 2004

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Was on the Ponch as QMC from '75 til late '77 (when I got transferred to Subic).Weird/wild times then. I retired in '93 as QMCM. Correspond with (and sometimes visit) periodically with BMCS (Ret) Dan Robin in CALIF. Would you believe I also was commuting on the Washington STate Ferry with LT "Mad Dog" Danaher!!!! (He's reired CAPT now). Bill Cowan (QM2) sent me an e-mail after 911; Chuck Costello (ex-QM3) was one of those that perished in the Twin Towers. Remember when CAPT Furlong was on there (58 days going to Sea Detail in Subic, thanks to Woodward Governers), then we got a REAL skipper, CAPT (Ret ADMIRAL) Bud Edney. Greatings to all my fellow Ponch sailors. I'm up here in Seattle working now.


Date:
19 Dec 2004

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James "Dusty" Rhoades North Little Rock Arkansas Was aboard from November 1959 to October 1962 Radarman 3rd Class

dustyrhoades@yahoo.com 501/771-7656


Date:
27 Dec 2004

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Hello Shipe Mates Arch Metcalf EM3 1968 -1970 Just found this web site. Could not be happer Over the years names have left me. E-mail archmetcalf@aol.com


Date:
31 Dec 2004

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CWO-3 A. Sloan, Jr., SC, USN (Ret.) e-mail: asjr@enter.net

In September 1955, after having graduated from Storekeeper Class A School at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, I was assigned to the pre-commissioning detail of Ponchatoula (AO-148) at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. We did most of our outfitting work at the New York Shipbuilding Corp. in Camden, New Jersey, which was a tugboat-ride away from the Philly shipyard. New York Shipbuilding Corp., of course, built the Ponchatoula.

I was a young SKSA, and Philadelphia being my home, I considered myself lucky to be assigned such an interesting job. On January 12,1956 we commissioned USS Ponchatoula at the shipyard and the adventure for a young sailor began. I suppose it was a couple of months later that we sailed through the Panama Canal, via Norfolk, Virginia and finally to our new home port of Long Beach, California. I think it was in 1957 that our home port was changed to Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii.

Being a young man at the time, a teenager to be exact, some of the fondest memories of my life are attached to my time aboard Ponchatoula. I'm certainly glad that so many shipmates have, through subsequent years, created their own memories in their tours aboard this great old ship and that they continue to honor Ponchatoula by having this association.


Date:
05 Jan 2005

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Arthur Sloan, Jr., SK2, plankowner; pre-commissioning detail; asssigned from September 1955 to May 1958. W.R. Wilson was the commanding officer, Franklin C. Heinemann the supply officer and J.B. Lovelace the disbursing officer who relieved Mr. Heinemann as supply officer. E-mail: asjr@enter.net


Date:
05 Jan 2005

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John Hunt FTGsn > FTG2 Fox Div '71 to '74

Email: John.R.Hunt.civ@msc.navy.mil (work) or N6QY@jps.net (home).

Just found the site! Remeber some of the names posted fm my era. Made 2 West-Pac's and the repair period in Guam in '74. Still at sea... as a civilian R/O-E/T since '78 and back with the Navy again for the past several years. Be glad to hear fm any shipmates fm my era.


Date:
06 Jan 2005

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My name is Dennis Trainor. I was also known as Doc Trainor. I was the Hospital Corpsman (HM3) serving on board the Ponchatoula from June 1967 to November 1968, when I received orders for the 3rd Marine Division Viet Nam. Interested in hearing from anyone that may remember me. I currently live in Lodi California. My e-mail is ldtrainor@aol.com


Date:
08 Jan 2005

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hi my name is michael moritz im 14 and live in ponchatoula,la and in the letter to the editor about the 2003 reunion in ponchatoula its says you raised and lowered the largest american flag in La accually the largest flag is flown in baton rouge above a car dealer ship.

p.s. great web site


Date:
09 Jan 2005

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Hi, my name is Ronald Hoyt. I was an E6 and aboard the lady during 1965-1968. Need any shipmate who remembers me to contact me immediately.I was exposed and drenched with a hazardous material during rough seas along with a few of the other crew members. Having lots of medical problems from it. The VA needs to substantial proof this happened and won't take my word that it did. Please come forward if you recall anything. Call me at 423-926-1238 or email me at marianne2u2@earthlink.net. Thank you. God bless you, our troops and America!!!


Date:
11 Jan 2005

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Greetings from MS1/MS2 Joe DeStefano part of a galley crew that was second to none and proved it by winning the NEY AWARD for best mess afloat. Does anyone out there know where Dan Rust, T.J. Ponder have disappeared to. Eddie Cunningham one of my strikers(the one with long hair) is in LA doing well with a country band. Garavaglia owns his own ranch/vineyard outside Stockton, CA and I carry the US Mail in Lafayette, La. What a cruise with 58 days in port. We all nweeded a rest after that.


Date:
11 Jan 2005

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Arch Metcalf @aol.com abord the ponch 1966 - 1970 in "E" divison


Date:
22 Jan 2005

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Ronald Hoyt,E4,FTG3 from 1966 to 1968. I am in great need of anyone on the "Ponch" during this time to contact me. I'm having many medical problems due to hazardous chemical exposure onboard the Ponch. Need persons to verify that we carried more then just AV gas and black oil and hazardous materials in 50 gal. barrels. Need to get my VA Disability but have been denied all three claims. I served two tours in VietNam. Unable to work due to Dementia, anxiety attacks, PTSD, Parkinson's type tremors and Diabetes Type2. This is a plea to any shipmates to help a comrade in need. Contact me at marianne2u2@earthlink.net.


Date:
22 Jan 2005

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Ronald Hoyt,E4,FTG3 from 1966 to 1968. I am in great need of anyone on the "Ponch" during this time to contact me. I'm having many medical problems due to hazardous chemical exposure onboard the Ponch. Need persons to verify that we carried more then just AV gas and black oil and hazardous materials in 50 gal. barrels. Need to get my VA Disability but have been denied all three claims. I served two tours in VietNam. Unable to work due to Dementia, anxiety attacks, PTSD, Parkinson's type tremors and Diabetes Type2. This is a plea to any shipmates to help a comrade in need. Contact me at marianne2u2@earthlink.net.


Date:
02 Feb 2005

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Russell Nobriga 1975-79 Retired SMCS(SW) in Hawaii 1988 My home state. Work as Parts Mgr for Local Tour company<Polynesian Adventure Tours>Who came part of NCL America, FL. email: busparts@polyad.com


Date:
13 Feb 2005

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HUGH T LAYNE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM JIM POWERS FROM THE 2nd DIVISON, I LIVE IN AZ MY PHONE NO 928-704-1266 ANYONE HAVING THE WHERE ABOUTS ON JIM PLEASE SEND ADD OR PUT ON THE PONCHATOULA WEB SITE. MY ADD;HUGH T LAYNE 1718 ASH AVE BULLHEAD CITY AZ 86442 E MAIL:hugo1@npgcable.com


Date:
16 Feb 2005

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Date:
16 Feb 2005

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DON RAGSDALE Served on board from 67 to 71.HAD A GREAT TIME IN VEGAS.JERRY REMEMBER THE TWO FEATHER GIRLS.ED CAMUS AND I FLEW DOWN TOGETHER.HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.SEEN ALOT OF OLD FRIENDS.MY BROTHER JIM IS NOT DOING WELL.TOLD HIM HI FROM ALL OF YOU.MY NEW EMAIL IS donr208@aol.com


Date:
16 Feb 2005

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USS Ponchatoula from 70 through 72. I worked for Chief Nipper in the ships office. Buddies were Gary Britzke, Joe Riccitelli, Bert Hale, Doyle Robinson. Have not heard a word from them since I was discharged in Pearl. Remember Postal Clerk Pat Louden? I never got a 71 cruise book. He got his copied for me. Thanks again Pat. Brad Johnston, YN3


Date:
17 Feb 2005

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Hi all, I was aboard the Ponch 9/65 thru 9/68. Great duty and crew. Charles Krieg SK3 E-mail ckrieg@snet.net. Phil Kinnicut, remember when you crossed the equator? Glad to hear from ex ship mates.


Date:
25 Feb 2005

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I was a BT on the Ponch in 78 & 79, made the West Pac Tour enjoyed every bit of my time on AO 148,great C.O., good experience.I served from 78-86 My E-Mail address is jabo1234@buckeyeexpress.com


Date:
26 Feb 2005

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My name is Chris Jablonski, would like to here from any of my old shipmates aboard the Ponch from 78-80. I served as a BT, remember the boiler explosion, glad I was out on deck for morning muster. Quincy; still play the drums? I Ended up reenlisting serving until 86. By far the Ponch is what I remeber when thinking of my Navy days. Hope everyone is doing fine. (25-Feb-05) Email jabo1234 at buckeyeexpress.com


Date:
26 Feb 2005

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My name is Chris Jablonski, would like to here from any of my old shipmates aboard the Ponch from 78-80. I served as a BT, remember the boiler explosion, glad I was out on deck for morning muster. Quincy; still play the drums? I Ended up reenlisting serving until 86. By far the Ponch is what I remeber when thinking of my Navy days. Hope everyone is doing fine. (25-Feb-05) Email jabo1234 at buckeyeexpress.com


Date:
26 Feb 2005

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My name is Chris Jablonski, would like to here from any of my old shipmates aboard the Ponch from 78-80. I served as a BT, remember the boiler explosion, glad I was out on deck for morning muster. Quincy; still play the drums? I Ended up reenlisting serving until 86. By far the Ponch is what I remeber when thinking of my Navy days. Hope everyone is doing fine. (25-Feb-05) Email jabo1234 at buckeyeexpress.com


Date:
01 Mar 2005

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BM3 Donald E. Jones -1960-63 my e mail is (flamingair @aol.com)


Date:
02 Mar 2005

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Hi Everyone: This is Edd (Hank) Hankins, just let you know that my phone number has changed. 903-860-7509 Enjoyed talking to Robert Stewart. We had a great visit. Tell Brownie hello. Edd Hankins served 1969-1971


Date:
03 Mar 2005

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Bill Hickey Corpsman 1960 thru 1963 bettybil@bellsouth.net Left ship in 1963 - Went to San Diego - Then to NavHosp Millington - Left in 1965 for Vietnam with U.S. Marine Corp 3/9/3 - Wounded 1966 - 3 Purple Hearts and Navy Cross - 1991 went to Desert Storm with Marines - Had Heart Attack in Kuwait May 1992 Division Officer was Lt Pauleen -


Date:
04 Mar 2005

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Anders P White BM2 worked jungle deck AVGAS and HILINE during unreps helped develop the PROBE fuel method. I remember a LIETO BM3 and a BMC VASTINE. was also MAA/messdeck for a while the time frame was mid 60s a GREAT LADY to ride email abigtruckgrandpa@aol.com


Date:
06 Mar 2005

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My name is Fred Morgan. I served on the Ponch from Feb. 1968 to Nov. 1969. I was a GMGSN. Would like to hear from any shipmates during that time. Some would remember me as "Shorty". Contact me at: drtrainman@aol.com


Date:
07 Mar 2005

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To Joe DeStefano:

Being a mailman in Lafayette maybe you could help me find a shipmate, John R Foreman RD3, 1959-1960 time period. Thanks, Dusty Rhoades dustyrhoades@yahoo.com 501/771-7656


Date:
08 Mar 2005

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I served on the Ponch from March 1976 to June 1979. SK2 Frank Bolen. Hey Bert Young, I remember you, I think we got off the ship at the same time, the day they left for Wespac 79. Art Jaring, good to see you around to! You guys hear from anyone? My email is bfp1@qwest.net. Great site!


Date:
08 Mar 2005

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I served on the Ponch from March 1976 to June 1979. SK2 Frank Bolen. Hey Bert Young, I remember you, I think we got off the ship at the same time, the day they left for Wespac 79. Art Jaring, good to see you around to! You guys hear from anyone? My email is bfp1@qwest.net. Great site!


Date:
13 Mar 2005

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From Phil Kinnicutt to Charlie Kreig... Charlie, not only do I remember the crossing, I have lots of photos of the event plus a copy of the "yearbook" we published after that cruise. Good to hear from you. What are you up to...? I have lived in Hawaii since I left the Navy except for 6 months back East right after I got out. Married, 2 kids. Have worked for the University of Hawaii for the past 7 years after being in advertising & public relations the whole time. Hope you are well....


Date:
13 Mar 2005

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Donald Lofgren RM3 [for a short time] to Dan Axtell. I was on the PONCH with all the guys that you named in your comments of 5 nov 2004. There were others: Nick Calvert, Ron Wyatt, Larry Maciolek, Bell and Johnson from the ridioshack. I have a lot of slides [remember those?] from 1963 to 1965 when I left the ship. elofgren@ntd.net


Date:
17 Mar 2005

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Hi Ponch sailors!! You guys came along side us Uss Worden DLG18 many times off in Tonkin Gulf.. Looking for a chief, Thomas VanBrock or Vanbrook. He was my recruiter and later I hooked up with him in Pearl. I was a salty SFM 2 by then aboard the Worden Had a good chat with him. Knew he was from Connecticut but can't locate. Any one got an address? Thanks. Happy sailing. Blessings. Tom Oppelt toppelt@i2sworld.com 3/14/05


Date:
24 Mar 2005

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Hello,

My name is W. K. Simmons, Sr. the Uss Ponchatoula AO-148 was my first ship in the Navy. I served in her from October 1976 to November 1978.

I am now retired from the Navy and employeed by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Dallas, Texas.

It was great to see this ship again. Keep up the good work.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

W.K. Simmons, Sr. OS1(SW) Retired Navy wksimmons@sbcglobal.net


Date:
27 Mar 2005

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My name is Roy Gonzales and I served on board the USS Kawishiwi AO-146 from 1960 thru 1962. I am looking for a navy buddy who was with me at mosquito junction, Waipaho in '59. His name is Johnny Miles. Any info would be appreciated. My home ph. (281) 452-0032, e-mail address: roydaris@mailev1.net. Thanks


Date:
04 Apr 2005

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hello,I served on the ponch 77-79.my name is pat stevens and I was in r divsion.hi dan wakefield I remember you.you were always chewing/spitting tobacco.I can pretty much remember everyone in r divsion.WILD TIMES!


Date:
04 Apr 2005

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hello,I served on the ponch 77-79.my name is pat stevens and I was in r divsion.hi dan wakefield I remember you.you were always chewing/spitting tobacco.I can pretty much remember everyone in r divsion.WILD TIMES!


Date:
05 Apr 2005

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Date:
05 Apr 2005

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NOTE TO ALL WHO VISIT OUR WEBSITE ----

We encourage you to leave comments for all to read but, LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER so your shipmates may contact you.

PF Hammond, Secretary/Treasurer


Date:
10 Apr 2005

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Hi all,

It is great finding this site.

I have an extra 1975 WESTPAC Cruise Yearbook if anyone is interested.

I was on the "Ponch" 1974-1977 as part of the "Main Mission" team as Liquid Cargo Officer!

I would like to hear from anyone who served during that time and remembers Capt Furlong and Capt Edney!

Andy Dlinn (LCDR, USNR(ret) wa2ffy@amsat.org


Date:
11 Apr 2005

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Hi All! Miles Gibbons (Gibby) here and hoping to see as many of the crew from Aug 66 - May 68 I was your Personnelman (PNSN). We sure had some great cruises to Westpac and great ports of call. My email is nxtlvl@earthlink.net and phone (925) 457-8820 I live in Walnut Creek, CA


Date:
03 May 2005

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HI, my name is Dale Jaacks EM3 served on board 64 to 68. Was in the Electrician Shop. Some guys I remember are Mike Stanton, Mike Bell,Charlie,can not think of the other guys that were in the gang right now. It was a good time serving on the Ponchatoula.


Date:
09 Aug 2005

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Hi I am looking for an old friend of mine who came from the same neighborhood and served on the Ponchatoula while I was on the HECTOR AR-7 in SASEBO around 1970-71 His name is TOMMY PEPPAS I believe he was a BM.My email is bigtatti@yahoo.com THANKS HERMAN


Date:
09 Aug 2005

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My name is Dave Wagner and I was an ENS/LTJG aboard Ponchatoula during the 1964-66 time frame, first as Gunnery Officer and then as CIC Officer. I remember crossing the Equator on our way to Sydney very well. I still have the certificate they gave us to commemorate it. Does anyone remember the MM1, nicknamed "Fang," who was the Royal Baby? I'd also like to get in touch with ET2 Snowden and anyone else from that time period.


Date:
09 Aug 2005

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This is a follow-up to Dave Wagner's comments. I forgot to include my email address, so here it is: davidwagner@comcast.net


eMail:
Dave@ussponchatoula.com
Date:
Friday, August 12, 2005

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Shipmates, I think the "Ship's Log" is fixed. Sorry for the long delay. Hopefully the bad guys (spammers) won't be back. Webmaster


eMail:
ldtrainor@aol.com
Date:
Sunday, August 14, 2005

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Dennis Trainor here. Was on the Ponchatoula June 1967 to November 1968. I was the Hospital Corpsman on board. I'm looking for George Garber. If any one remembers me or if you see this George email me back. Thanks Dennis ldtrainor@aol.com


eMail:
jodiuofm@aol.com
Date:
Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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My husband was on the Ponch 1970-1974


eMail:
PF@USSPonchatoula.com
Date:
Thursday, August 25, 2005

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Now is the time for all good men to join the USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association.


eMail:
tjponder@yahoo.com
Date:
Friday, August 26, 2005

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Tim Ponder here. I served aboard the PONCHATOULA August 1974 to January 1978. I started out in deck department chipping/painting, cleaning and working on one of the unrep stations. After doing that for several months the BMC was looking for volunteers to go mess cooking and I rose my hand. I eventually became an MS and last year (February 2004) retired as an MSCM from the Navy after 30 years. I was just a young punk when I served aboard the PONCH and I am pushing 50 now but it seems just like yesterday. Although I am retired from the Navy now I think about the Navy and the PONCH and other activities I served at frequently. Almost daily. Sometime late 1989 I was deployed aboard USS DOWNES (FF homeported in San Diego, CA). Were we inport I believe in either Sasebo or Yokosuka, Japan and I came across the PONCH tied up in port with us. It was USNS then. Managed to get aboard and look around a litte. Although some changes due to conversion to USNS it still brought back alot of memories. Take care. tjponder@yahoo.com


eMail:
counter@jdhcpa.com
Date:
Friday, August 26, 2005

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Served aboard ao148 from Feb, 1962 to Nov 1963.


eMail:
jerrymouton@sbcglobal.com
Date:
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Looking for the Birhting schematics you sent out recently. Also wanted to know the dues owed. Thanks.

Jerry Mouton

Also other email is jmouton@herculesoffshore.com


eMail:
jerrymouton@sbcgobal.com
Date:
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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Served aboard the "Ponch" Jan. '70 to Jul. '71. GMG2 in Fox Division. Looking to connect with some of my shipmates. Thanks for the website.

Jerry Mouton "mouse"


eMail:
SBorgstede@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Monday, September 12, 2005

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My name is Scott Borgstede and served on the Ponch from 1971 through the first half of 1975 as an ET and I don't mean extra-terrestrial. I remember what some of you guys thought of us. Some of you may remember me as "Turtle". While surfing the web this evening I ran across the Ponch's website and saw all the postings. I am a bit embarrassed that it never occurred to me before to Google the Ponch. It never occurred to me that there was so much camaraderie. Maybe more things should occur to me. Oh well! I've recently made contact with another shipmate, Ken Goldman, RD then OS then civilian.

Branson would have been a convenient reunion as I live in Houston. I'll have to see about the next one.


eMail:
kenneth.goldman@shell.com
Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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1970 to 1973 Had some of the best times of my life.


eMail:
artistparks@yahoo.com
Date:
Friday, September 16, 2005

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My father, Robert L. Beecroft, was a shipmate from 1970-73.


eMail:
MikeLeavverton@aol.com
Date:
Friday, September 23, 2005

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My wife's uncle Cleo Rigney was Ltjg C.Rigney aboard the USS Ponchatoula from beginning until end of war


eMail:
Z5CH2@hotmail.com
Date:
Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Hi All, reading all the posts here is like going back in time! Seeing a lot of good folks I have not thought of in years! I served on the Ponch from 71 to 74 I am one of the Turret Two survivors, USS Iowa April 89, retired in 1991. Then worked in Saudi Arabia for a while then to Spain back to Saudi. And now retired in Pattaya, Thailand (life is good) I wish everyone the best and hope to make a reunion and see you guys! John Mullahy Z5CH2@hotmail.com


eMail:
bflat879@bellsouth.net
Date:
Sunday, September 25, 2005

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My name is Jim Temple. I served on the Ponchatoula from July 1965 until July 1970. I have many fond memories from that time, the cruise to Australia, Westpac Cruises, Hong Kong, Sasebo, Subic Bay and, of course, Olongopo City.

Regretably, I found this site right after Hugh Campbell died and didn't get to contact him. Would love to hear from anyone who was on board and remembers me from that time. Please put Ponchatoula in the subject line, since I don't open e-mail from addresses I don't know.


eMail:
bradjohnston52@aol.com
Date:
Monday, October 03, 2005

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Brad Johnston here, served aboard 70 through 72. YN3 Ship's office. Worked for PNC Nipper. Looking for Gary Britzke, Bert Hale, Doyle Robinson (Robbie) Just got a copy of a 71 Westpac cruise book from Postal Clerk Pat Louden. Pretty scruffy bunch! Great times. The good old Ponch paid all my GI bill for school, Can't Beat that! E Mail bradjohnston52@aol.com


eMail:
jdrk@bellsouth.net
Date:
Sunday, October 16, 2005

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I neglected to put my email on my comments on my earlier entry. To the crew of westpax 1975-76 I salute you and commend you for surviving all that yard and in port time in Subic and Yokouska. To all those in the galley I say if you survived MSCS Kosciuk you were a better man than I. To all those I served until Mar 1977 I enjoyed serving you all and would still rather work the egg grill than anything else. MS2/MS!/MS2 Joe DeStefano


eMail:
jkinney@centurytel.com
Date:
Thursday, October 20, 2005

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Jim Kinney MM2 1969-1971 M Divison K Division I see some names I remember.

Some of you mentioned a boiler explosion at sea....That must have been the second one because I was running the generators(in the fire room) when one blew. We were just getting underway from the yards to the fuel pier in Pearl. We had just converted to distalate from black oil..Anyone else remember?? I know it meant more time in Pearl instead of WestPac..


eMail:
zlotnik283@hotmail.com
Date:
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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my name is john zlotnik GMG3 looking for shipmats G.E. Barber BM3,@W.pierce QM/sn Jan 1963-Feb 1964 T Gazzet GMG3 and the rest of the Fox div. gang.


eMail:
mattos@hialoha.net
Date:
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

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I'm Looking for Dave Evans who serverd on the Ponch from 59 to 61. I was a yoeman in the ship's office. Had some good memories on board the Ponch.

G. J. Mattos


eMail:
saul@leyendeckeroil.com
Date:
Friday, November 04, 2005

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would like to know the whereabouts of shipmates that were on the Ponch during the period of 1967 thru 1969. I was with the second division and later as a postal clerk.


eMail:
saul@leyendeckeroil.com
Date:
Monday, November 07, 2005

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This are a few of my shipmates that i proudly served with, CAMUS, SUTTON, CALDERON, ZAPATA, DUGGAN, HOGAN, WALTON, SMITHSON and postal clerk FREDRICK L SMITH hope to hear from any of them. PC3 SAUL ZAMBRANO. P.S. also from buddies that were station in CAM RHAN BAY VIET NAM, COMPTON, TREVINO, RISH, KOVALLY , CURRAN to name a few.


eMail:
jstanish@netins.net
Date:
Saturday, November 19, 2005

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I have listed a matching pair of USS Ponchatoula Zippos (a regular and slim) on eBay. I've enjoyed having them in my collection for several years and have appreciated information from two of your shipmates regarding the ship's seal on their backsides. Perhaps one of you would like them.

Regards,

Jay Stanish


eMail:
Theral@verizon.net......Or  Theral@aol.com
Date:
Sunday, November 20, 2005

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Robert L. Fortt FN,Aloha. Checking in to see just who will respond. I was on the Ponch in 69-70 Westpac unrep. This was the best time and the worse of my life. Met some of the worlds greatest people. I would like to here from some of them. Just thinking about the ship I can here from the quater deck,Now here this Now here this. Man the highline. and them my favorite Liberty call,Liberty call.


eMail:
rvm4ut@earthlink.net
Date:
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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was on ship from 71-72 2nd division.

Robert Maldonado


eMail:
Greatdane10@aol.com
Date:
Sunday, November 27, 2005

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I did not know any sites existed like this. I just happened to type in USS Ponchatoula for giggles and could not belie ve my eyes. I served onboard during 1970 to 1973.


eMail:
nmt002@shsu.edu
Date:
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

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Does anyone know my grandfather, Randy Kozlovsky? He was a RM3 and was on the Ponchatoula from 4/69 - 12/71.


eMail:
navychief7377356@aol.com
Date:
Monday, January 02, 2006

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Scott W. Place MMC USN (Ret)

I was an FN reporting aboard the Ponch in early 1978 and served aboard until her De-commissioning.


eMail:
this_is_so_messed_up15@hotmail.com
Date:
Monday, January 02, 2006

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My name is Carla tucker. I am from england, searching for a relative called Frank capella. Who is about 54 years old.He was in the merchant navy 32 years ago, on the ships The Neptune, marias and aedous and was in Devonport plymouth, Devon, England in 1973.He is thought to be afro american.If you may be related to or have any information about Frank or his whereabouts please email me at this_is_so_messed_up15@hotmail.com


eMail:
dspielma@cablevision.com
Date:
Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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I was a aviation boatswain mate aboard the USS Intrepid from Aug 1967 thru Jan 1970. The PONCH refueled us many times in the two tours I had in the Gulf of Tonkin. I have pictures of refueling from Oct 1967 and January 1968. Was the Ponch on line at that time.. My name is Doug Spielman and I was pride of my ship and the ships that kept us going...


eMail:
jvet@metrocast.net
Date:
Saturday, February 11, 2006

Comments

Rm2 Ken D'Angelo served on board 1977-78


eMail:
atmlwm@earthlink.net
Date:
Monday, February 13, 2006

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My name is A.T. Morris I reported aboard the Ponchatoula Feb. 1958. She was in dry dock at Pearl Harbor. Home port had just been changed from Longbeach. My frist cruise to westpac we lost Seaman Anthony Battle (Gig Cockswain) overboard during heavy weather Memorial Service was held July 20, 1958. Crossed the equator 7 April, 1959 at 0737 was a wonderful experience. When we departed Westpac the ship receive from Comservron three outstanding preformance by setting a fleet record of pumping 9577 BBLS per hour. I left the Ponchatoula in Sept of 1959 as MM3 assigned to M Division. A great ship with great shipmates.


eMail:
barrylitchfield@comcast.net
Date:
Thursday, February 16, 2006

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Barry Litchfield Served in 1st Division, 1966-1967. Looking for a Ponchatoula sailor named Dwight Banks. I believe he was a radarman or a radioman during the 1967 -1968 era. He was my next door neighbor in Flower Mound, TX approx. 1987 to 1993 and have lost contact. Possibly moved to Arizona. Thanks. e-mail barrylitchfield@comcast.net


eMail:
leafishing@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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Aloha Shipmates,

I have digitized over 60 photos of Ponchatoula people and operations in the 1966 - 1968 period, including a ship visit by Martha Raye off Yankee Station and a Crossing the line ceremony. Please send me an e-mail at the above address if you would like to see them.

I was the Assistant Supply officer aboard the Ponch for two WESTPAC cruises way back then...

Phil Kinnicutt Kailua, Hawaii


eMail:
dspielma@cablevision.com
Date:
Friday, February 24, 2006

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Does anyone remember Mike Corbett..he served aboard the Ponch from 1966 to 1968..He just retired from the Pompton Lakes, NJ police department..


eMail:
tlhubbub@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Friday, February 24, 2006

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Hi, I served on the Ponchatoula 1963-64 as an RM3. Some of things I remember are a lot of good buddies, surfing in Hawaii, working on a suntan and one big typhoon off Vietnam, plus a replenishment foul up that got me out of the Navy early so I could get home for Christmas.

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eMail:
reaux@bellsouth.net
Date:
Monday, February 27, 2006

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WAS ON THE PONCHATOULA FROM 59 TO JUNE 63.SOME OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE. SOME OF MY BUDDIES WAS,ROBERT (FRENCHE)LONCLOAS.ED BERRET,DUG A. PHILIPS,LAMAR MYRIC. I KNOW MY SPELLING IS BAD BUT WE TRY.MY FULL NAME IS LOUIS R. REAUX AND I NOW LIVE IN PENSACOLA,FL. WAS ON THE DECK CREW FOR BM1 ZERICK (GOOD MAN). WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF ANY ONE KNOWS OF EDWARD B. BERRET OR BERRIT.FROM CHARLOTTE N. CAROLINA TNX LOUIE


eMail:
rrlamont@pinehills.net
Date:
Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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My name is Dick Lamontagne Ens/Ltjg. I served on board from 6/1960 to 6/1962 as a deck officer. Served under Capt. Ed Spruance and his Exec Elwood Vaughn; good people. Worked for/with Bosun Bob Bishop, Larry Zarek BM2 who tolerated a wet behind the ears ensign and taught me a lot. Great ship, great crew that brings back many memories. rrlamont@pinehills.net


eMail:
RoofDr1234@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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Looking for crew mates of USS Ponchatoula cruise 1970 to 1974. Found Burt Hale, Delbert Brann and Bob Beck. Still looking for Chuck Spatholt, Parkhurst (Sparky) etc... John Pappas


eMail:
RoofDr1234@aol.com
Date:
Tuesday, March 07, 2006

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This was a great website. I never thought of looking for it. I served 70-74 on the "Ponch". Have tons of pictures plus 3 yearbooks if anyone needs a copy. Write me at RoofDr1234@aol.com I hope to be at the next reunion. Hope to see everyone there.


eMail:
candybert@peoplepc.com
Date:
Thursday, March 09, 2006

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My name is Bert Hale, served on the Ponch from 1971 to 1975. Assigned to x division and served as Personnelman until my discharge.


eMail:
catskillcakes@aol.com
Date:
Monday, March 13, 2006

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walter swarthout gmg3 72-75 westpac and guam drydock some of the best years of my life looking for richard gribble, fox div., dave motta, fox division and many more great buddies i can't remember names at this time


eMail:
candybert@peoplepc.com
Date:
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

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Looking for Brad Johnson and John Pappas


eMail:
mschoonmaker@verizon.net
Date:
Sunday, March 19, 2006

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is there a crewlist for the ponch ?


eMail:
robertjay_54@yahoo.com
Date:
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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i was a ship mate from 28 december 1976 until her decomission or turn over to msc in 1980

 

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