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November 2014 Blog Posts (5)

Beruit Lebanon

Hello shipmates. I am Darryl Teets, 'DJ', an OS2 on board the USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) during the bombing of the BLT in 1983. Was wondering if there are any members who were part of the MARG 2/83 and were present during this time. Along with us was the USS Austin, Portland, Barstable County, and I think Harlen County. Of course the USS New Jersersy was there along with the USS Kidd and did some gunfire support missions.

We of course received those brave Marines who gave their lives…


Added by Darryl Teets on November 29, 2014 at 4:33pm — No Comments


Hello!  I'm Carl M. Bonner.  Bonner SN./BM3 to my shipmates and friends aboard the Mazama AE9.  I was on board from Dec. 1967 to 1970 when we decomissioned her.  We were in Vietnam in 1969.  We made one trip to Camaroon Bay and one trip to Da Nang Harbor.  We rearmed offshore in sight of land.  I'm looking for any shipmates who can remember and testify to a working party involving me and 2 or 3 more seamen, a winch operator, three 55 gallon drums, and our 1st Lt. Vadinsky.  Time is of the…


Added by CARL M BONNER on November 28, 2014 at 7:52pm — No Comments


Had the opportunity to get back in uniform after 33 yrs retired and pin Chiefs anchors on our daughter. She is in the reserves and lives in PA. Was a special moment for the both of us. I received her first salute as a Chief Petty Officer.

Added by Howard N King on November 26, 2014 at 8:13pm — No Comments

As we remember shipmates and those that gave all...

Proud to serve. "In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in ordered row,

Their young hearts sleep... beneath the wave...

The spirited, the good, the brave,

But stars a constant vigil keep,

...For them who lie beneath the deep.

'Tis true you cannot kneel in prayer

On certain spot and think. "He's…


Added by Jim Decota on November 11, 2014 at 4:01pm — 1 Comment

Now here's a shipmate that not only deserves your support .... He outdoes us all!

91 year old Ernie Andrus is one of the original veteran crew members that sailed LST-325 back from Greece 14 years ago. Yes, 30 Navy veteran crew members, average age 72 (at the time) sailed her all the way back! Like our crew that has restored USS Slater, DE-766, the crew of LST-325 have also done an amazing job of restoring their WW2 veteran. But, this "old salt" isn't stopping there! No, he's running across the country to raise funds for his ship!

He started out in October of last…


Added by Jim Decota on November 9, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments

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