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James Franklin Benson
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  • Claremont, NC
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Mariana Trenches

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Franklin Benson Jul 7, 2013. 13 Replies

anyone ever had swim call in the Mariana Trenches? I remember back in'59 while on the USS James E. Kyes DD 787 our Skipper told the OOD to pass the word "swim call...swim call".The skipper got on the…Continue


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Where were you or your family stationed?
uss James E Kyes DD 787
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
February 14, 1957
End date of your service
October 1, 1959

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At 6:07pm on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

that time frame is efore I got out ther you ended 1959 I was just getting g my feet wet 1961

At 2:15pm on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

you went too Australia about two year before me I was on the USS NAVASOTA (A0-106) that's one of those conventional AO all steam driven we went down in 1962 for the Coral Sea celebration  


At 7:32am on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well we never did any highline down there in fact the whole cruse there was no highline it is not needed down there

At 8:23am on December 7, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

they might have I think the Gm. used a line throwing gun to sent of the line can't remember for sure all I remember is hearing the hole post gas drill digging the holes one forward and one aft


At 8:19am on December 6, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

James a BM on an Ice Breaker has some special job that no other BM will do not too many BM going too another command can have in there record that they tied up an Ice Breaker to an ice berg to have a beer party

At 2:53pm on December 5, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well James there is a story about that cold beer you see that picture was taken down in Antarctica in 1963. you see before we deploy from Seattle Wash. they load the brig on board with beer. the x.o. has the key after a days work the skipper ties up the ship too an ice berg and sells bear that one can that did not get pick up. were the brew type come from not sure could of been from Seattle or Christ Church New Zeland

At 11:02am on December 5, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well James I wound up staying for 20 went too shore duty out of boot in Texas got married there and just stay in I don't regret it now one bit with all the bull going on now I don't have too worried about health insurance me and the wife are covered

At 2:30pm on December 4, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

Hi James I got too the lake in Dec 58 but don't remember my co. no.

At 7:14am on August 23, 2013, Bud Stilwell BT Snipe said…

James, I was stationed at Long Beach N.S. and Worked at Sima NRMF out on the Mole.

Got out in '89 and just a short time later they closed the base and then Clinton sold it to the Chicom.  Sad indeed.  One large Container Base for them to use now.

At 7:05am on July 14, 2013, David W Asche said…

That's OK.I entered "Mini Bikes" on my server and found a whole bunch of stuff about them including kits and engines etc.  Not all that expensive, either.


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