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At 4:29pm on June 2, 2018, Philip Tucker said…

Actually being sent to VAH 6 was a whole new world to me..Only had to do @ 90 days of mess cooking and that was while I was stationed at NAS WHIDBEY ....Never had to do it again...This whole experience was a fantastic experience to me....I can honestly say during this period I NEVER GOT WROTE UP...well lets just say I never got caught ??

Only wound up doing 90 days of mess the SEAPLANE BASE at NAS WHIDBEY...then was sent back to VAH 6...It was around late 63 when VAH 6 wqs notified it would be sent to the EAST COAST and were stationed at NAS VIRGINA BEACH and then assigned to the USS FORRESTAL...I "DID" have a few pics but "WIFE 1" decided I didn't need them ....which eventually led to the BIG D...

At 7:59pm on May 31, 2018, Emmanuel mitra said…

Thanks recently visited this website very helpful.

At 6:21pm on May 31, 2018, Geoff McCuen said…

Thanks for the welcome David.  I'm glad that I met Doug Karr and got connected.

At 9:02pm on May 21, 2018, Greg E Allen said…

Exploit was my first assignment Dave Conquest was T.A.D. for about 6 months in early  '73 then I went back to Exploit. I was assigned to Glover in summer of '75 after a several months in a medical hold unit with a bad knee injury. Thanks for the welcome Dave.

At 7:17am on May 16, 2018, Jonathan B. Bower said…

Thank you, David. Here I am - South China Sea 1975, Stbd side catwalk aft.

43 years and 43 lbs ago.11114251_937475006292290_5594442357502543400_n.jpg

At 12:36am on May 16, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

Being that his ship transported the defoliant to Viet Nam and he was on damage control if any of the containers leaked, his exposure was more than if it came on the air.  You are very lucky to not have any problems.  My husband had type 2 diabetes, COPD, kidney failure and he lost both legs below the knee.  I am continuing the battle with the VA.  They say that he was not there nor was his ship.  We have deck logs and ships logs and his DD-214 that all disagree with their finding.  The hearing was last Friday and now we have to wait two to three months for their decision.  If yes then on to the compensation hearing, if no to the Court of Appeals VA and if maybe provide what they say they do not have.  That is why I would like to connect with any sailor that had been on the USS Great Sitkin in 1968 when it was in Viet Nam.  Thank you for welcoming me and I will not give up. 

At 4:46pm on May 15, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

My husband's name was Bruce C Kiefer.  Most of the men on his ship called him Keef.  I would like to reach out other veterans of the Great Sitkin while she was in Viet Nam.  We are fighting with the VA to get him recognized as having been exposed to Agent Orange.  If anyone knew him and knew that they transported Agent Orange to VietNam please reach out to me.

Thank you

At 4:29pm on May 15, 2018, Lorena Kiefer said…

My husband was a machinist mate on the Sitkin from 1967 to 1969.  He made a West Pac cruise and a Med cruise during that time.  I was an ET but never finished school as I married my sailor and got pregnant right away. Back then you were discharged for that.  I was stationed at Bainbridge, MD for boot camp and Great Lakes for school.  This was during a time when there were only two WAVES in the ET classes and we took a lot of ribbing.  Being from CA I spent the winter of 1967-68 with a constant cold or walking pneumonia. Wasn't used to the snow.  Back then if you were going to dinner at the mess hall, dress uniform was required and this was before panty hose.  Skirts were required.  The Navy has really changed since I was there but I did enjoy my short time in the Navy

At 4:29pm on May 3, 2018, Robert Baker said…

Thank you.

At 10:34pm on April 30, 2018, Marc Aarens said…

Thanks for the good welcome David. I am pleased to share some family photos from

my dad's WWII service in the navy.

At 12:37am on April 30, 2018, philip hembrey said…

thank you so much for welcoming, i will certainly spend time uploading photos and writing about my father , it is an honor to meet you

At 7:18pm on April 29, 2018, Thomas Carlos said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 4:17pm on April 23, 2018, Martin A Brent said…

Thanks for becoming my online friend, Dave.  It so happens that I just got through telling Ron Zimmerman Sr of about the tiny Great Sitkin group on Navy Vets, + the fact that joining is free.  He is a dynamic person, so I'm sure he'll follow up.  As Ron wished me in a reply to an earlier email to him: Fair winds and following seas,


At 6:11pm on April 13, 2018, Emmet Molloy said…

Thanks for the welcome, looks like an interesting forum. 

At 4:43pm on April 6, 2018, Thomas constantine said…
I did boot camp and hospital corps school at great lakes
In 1970
7o to 74 at chelea naval hospital 70 to 74
My first paticent was a "self inflicted" gunshot wound from vietnam in the nerosurgery ward
Later on to general surgery ward
Great people and friends at both places
Boston great town
In 73 on to field medical school at camp mo#it in north carolina
Then on to 2/6 with marines
Cruise to viegas pr on uss fort snelling
Then a med cruise in 73
Great times there
Keep it touch all
At 9:33am on April 2, 2018, MT1 Richard L. Van Natta said…
Thank you for the "Welcome Aboard", David! As soon as my arthritic fingers will let me, I intend to enjoy finding and reconnecting with former shipmates and some new ones as well!
At 12:48am on March 28, 2018, Jose Vidal said…
Thank you very much.
USS Ranger CV-61 1989-92
V-1 Division ABH ROOFRAT
Ship's Company
At 12:53pm on March 26, 2018, Martin A Brent said…

You're 100% welcome!  And thanks for YOUR reply to my question.  The 'y' at the end made me think it could be South Afrikaans because of the British influence there.  But then it's not much different in the US, is it?  But the fact that your dad came to this continent as an infant kind of dashes my hopes to converse with you in Dutch at a future re-union, although that doesn't lessen my looking forward to meeting you in person then.

In a reply to Lee I wrote that my being Dutch earned me the nickname "Wooden shoes" on the Great Sitkin, later shortened to just "Shoes", so that's how I'll sign off from now on.  As I urged him in doing so,

Hang in there and eat organic to stay healthy,


At 10:06pm on March 25, 2018, Martin A Brent said…

Thanks for the welcome, Dave.  Is your last name Zuid Afrikaans, Dutch or Belgian?  Although the name Brent is not really Dutch, I joined the Navy when I was still a Dutch immigrant with the last name Ottow - which isn't really Dutch either!  Changed it to Brent in 1982 after a magazine subscription came back with the last name O'How!  I guess the person filling my subscription was pulling his or her hair out wondering how to spell it, since I often crossed both 't'-s with one line.  But after numerous other misspellings like Ottwa, Otow, Ottou and even Ottawa, THAT was the last straw. You may have had the same kind of experiences with YOUR last name. Well, as one Dutchman to another, Het ga U goed (May it go well with you).  Martin Brent

At 9:47am on March 25, 2018, Edward Badgley said…

I was at Great Lakes. Then on to Glynco GA, and first duty station was NAS Meridian, MS

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