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Cuban Blockade Survivors Association


Cuban Blockade Survivors Association

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

Veterans: 17
Latest Activity: Jan 25

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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 Robert Val McCarter on January 25, 2020 at 5:40pm

I was stationed at the naval Station Boat Shed from Jan.1962-july 1963 it was a great learning experience ,with a lot of great people.

Comment by Lee Damicone on December 2, 2019 at 3:46pm

Comment by Wm. E. Gardner on July 17, 2019 at 5:51pm

welcome aboard served aboard USS CHARLES P.CECIL DDR 835 crew forced rusian sub to surface.a long time ago.

Comment by Lee Damicone on July 15, 2019 at 3:11pm

Served aboard the USS John R. Perry (DE-1034) in Key West during the blockade.

Comment by Andrew LaPorte on January 2, 2018 at 9:13am

USS Roosevelt VAH-11 Det 8, 17 year old watched as the older guys cried because of the interim extension

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'll send a copy.

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


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


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

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.


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