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USS Shangri-La CV-38

This was a very proud lady

Veterans: 14
Latest Activity: Mar 11

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Comment by Homer Colclasure on November 18, 2013 at 5:10pm

Served aboard the Shangri La from 1963 to 1966 as a Fire Control Technician in Fox Division.  We had the luck to shoot the "Delmar" off the towing aircraft and were awarded cigars by the "Gun Boss" during a Battle Efficiency Drill.  The ship was awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" for the efforts of all the departments.

Comment by Charles Jursch on August 7, 2013 at 2:29pm

Served on the Shangri-La from December 1958 to February 1960 in Fox Division as a FT.  Made the last WestPac  cruise in 1959 and left her in February 1960 before she went to the East Coast.  We were in Buckner Bay, Okinawa when the Nationalist Chinese shot down several MIGs over the straights of Formosa.  We were underway within 8 hours and spent the next week patrolling the straights.  It was the first time we actually armed the planes.  At the end of the week we were back in Sasebo as if nothing had happened.  We lost 5 aircraft and 3 pilots on that cruise as well as an airman due to an on board accident.  Even in "peacetime" it was a dangerous place to be. 

Comment by Gary D Chase on April 21, 2013 at 9:59am

Served on the Shang during the 61 Med Cruise as Radarman (primarily Bridge Radar Watch) before being shipped out to Gtmo and a very interesting tour during the Missile Crisis (got out in July of 64)

Comment by Paul L. Kelley on January 2, 2013 at 10:13pm

Served on the Shangri-La from February 1970 until June 1971. Was a DP2 in S-7 Division under Lt(jg) Scott J. Taylor. Made the West Pac cruise around the world which included Rio de Janeiro, Subic Bay, Yokosuka, Manila, Hong Kong, Sydney, Wellington and six line periods on Yankee Station.We were also initiated as Shellbacks and joined the Order of the Golden Dragon.  It was an experience I shall never forget.

Comment by paul garcia on June 5, 2012 at 2:02pm

I went aboard the Shang in aug.-68 and left in jun.71. did the 69 med cruise and the west pac cruise.I help decommision her up in Boston.Iwas in #3fireroom.Have contacted quite a few  fellow bt's along with other shipmates.

Comment by Wayne Shipman on September 28, 2011 at 2:03pm
This is realy exciting, both my Dad and Uncle Ray, (my mom's brother) served on the Shang.
Comment by Terry Stiffy on April 30, 2011 at 12:07pm
Served on board from Jan.1965 to Dec.1966 .Was a 3 Class Machinist Mate MM3 . Assigned to "M" Division ,the Aft Engine Room.
Comment by Henry W Wilson Sr on November 24, 2010 at 9:42am
Doe's anyone have a copy of the music used to exercise us in the drill hall in the late 70's. it would do me a world of good. thank you Henry W wilson.
Comment by Henry W Wilson Sr on October 1, 2010 at 2:39pm
3rd Class B.T,,qualified for 2nd. Stood Top Watch at sea, Med. cruises 65 and 66-67. A complete Snipe,8 months at sea and I never went top side the 2nd cruise. more later. Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Comment by Richard T. Johnson on October 23, 2009 at 2:55pm
Made 1969 Med Cruise aboard the Shang as a member of VA-172 A-4C Skyhawk squadron.
 

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