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Cuban Blockade Survivors Association

Underway Rearming off the Coast of Cuba. Cuban Quarantine, October, 1962

Veterans: 16
Latest Activity: Oct 9

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Cuban Missile Crisis from a Key West prospective.

Started by Lee Damicone. Last reply by Wm. E. Gardner Oct 9. 1 Reply

54 Years ago in mid-October I was sitting on my favorite bar stool in the “Top Hat Bar & Lounge on Daval Street with “Captain Morgan” when the Shore Patrol approached me & informed me to…Continue

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Started by Raymond Heinssen Mar 24, 2010. 0 Replies

Hey Paul, you have to e-mail me and tell me how to get my photo on the CBSA. Looks like I have to ask a BOATS to help me out Tks. Ray H.

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Comment by Lee Damicone on September 20, 2017 at 6:25pm

Coming up on 55 years this Oct. 2017 since President JFK Initiated the Cuban Blockade. Too all of you shipmates who woke up "On The Right Side of the Grass"...Stop and leave a few comments as to how you are faring.

As for this OLD Tar my wife ILENE of 53 yrs. and I are doing fine in So. Ca.

Looking forward to reading some comments.

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on October 24, 2013 at 10:20am

I don't know how to post pictures on the net.Send me an e-mail with your mailing address at ken.shee@netzero.net.I'll send a copy.

Comment by Donald E. Kemp on October 23, 2013 at 8:26pm

Kenneth,

Any pic would be great. I've never seen even an Official Navy photo of our deployment.

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on October 23, 2013 at 7:13pm

The photo was taken at some distance,from a bridge if I remember correctly.Not much detail.

Comment by Donald E. Kemp on October 23, 2013 at 2:05pm

Kenneth,

Can you please send me a copy of the photo.  nnn0vjm(AT)gmail.com.

A lot of the DD's were from Central American countries. Some of us from R3 Div went aboard to give them some lightbulbs. They could not afford to buy them but were helping us in the blockade. Their crews lounge was an unpainted compartment with a picnic table in it and one light bulb. Tough way to go to sea! ICC Smith and ICC Palmer snuck over to a Columbian Sub to give their gyro a quarterly. It was not even working. they got it fixed for them. We were not supposed to do any repair work "officially" for them.

Comment by Kenneth C. Shee on October 22, 2013 at 5:25pm

Hi Donald,I have an old photo of the DD's and DE's tied up alongside the Vulcan.I was stationed in the communications center on the base.When the blockade ended,the cruise ships came back.The tourists came ashore and we went aboard and went up to the top deck bar for beer and all the free snacks.

Comment by Donald E. Kemp on June 29, 2013 at 5:27pm

First I've seen a Cuban Missile Crisis group. Thanks for starting one. Was on USS Vulcan stationed at San Juan for repair duty for ships in the quarantine.

Had a bunch rotate in and out. Anyone remember being along side us?

 

Comment by Frank L. Arcieri, Jr. on May 7, 2013 at 1:17am

What years qualify for this group.  I was onboard USS WREN,DD568, and remember patroling off the Cuban coast in 1961 and 1962.  I have a B&W picture showing a freighter or tanker against the Cuban coastline that we were shadowing.

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on June 8, 2011 at 2:18pm
WELCOME ABOARD  SHIPMATE
Comment by Paul F. Palladeno on June 8, 2011 at 9:42am

Kenneth,

Welcome Aboard Shipmate!

Paul

 

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