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At 8:25pm on December 5, 2013, jeff puritz said…

thanks for the nj website richard. i enjoy your comments. i was a qm on the uss stein de 1065. i took part in operation endsweep 1973.

At 5:32pm on December 5, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

I have the most respect for swabbies who sailed on ice breakers,and like another sailor who replied to one of your posts,I would not want to be a BM on board one of those things! I worked in Ordnance& Gunnery on tin can surface ships lobbing depth charges down at the bad guys and sending Mk.15 torpedoes at 'em as well.,finally firing  3" .50 Cal twin AA rounds up at the other bad guys trying to set up for a strafing run at us......NOW,back to that LUCKY LAGER I saw on your time line....Ha! Ha! I lived in Long Beach,Cal for a short time& after serious conferences with my first cousin,who lived there at the time.....It is confirmed that we both enjoyed that particular brew back in '63 ! 

At 11:23am on December 5, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

Well Richard,good for you....You made it thru 20 years,and survived to find a nice place to retire....I find myself chewing on hind sight sometimes & asking myself why I didn't stay in for 20.The Capt. recommended me for e5 if I would ship over,but I decided to part ways with the lonely weeks at sea...btw...I was looking at your photos you posted on your time line,and noticed a bottle of LUCKY LAGER beer,and for the life of me I cannot remember where I once enjoyed my share of that wonderful stuff...If you don't mind,how about refreshing my memory on where you got that exciting elixor....I remember Asahi,Nippon Ginko,San Miguel,Sun Tory,and lots of OTHER good past times,but for some reason that one eludes me, Ha!

At 10:13am on December 5, 2013, James Franklin Benson said…

I really don't know how I have remembered all the info about Glakes thru all these years,maybe it's because something inside my brain forced me to remember it all so that I wouldn't do it again,Ha! Ha!...Welll,whatever the reason,I sure wouldn't do THAT again...Tell me,where did you go after Boot Camp?Did you stay in for 20,or run for the hills as soon as you could?

At 9:35am on November 17, 2013, Joseph A. Beetar said…

Hi Richard,

Icebreaker duty is certainly different. What was your rating? I wouldn't want to be a Bosun's Mate on an icebreaker out in that cold! What'd you do in Danang? Some of the guys I served with went to Vietnam for duty on PBRs. One was awarded the Navy Cross and another was seriously wounded, but survived. He just died about two years ago where he retired to near Charleston, SC.

I'm originally from New York and moved to East Brunswick in '73. Now I live in northwest New Jersey in the hills near Hackettstown.

Regards,
Joe Beetar

At 9:53pm on November 13, 2013, Dorian Flint Howard said…

Thanks for the info, Richard. My husband & I are living in Monroe Township now but I am originally from Clifton. My husband is a retired Navy CPO & he's originally from West Keansburg. Funny how two people from the same state who never knew each other & had been shipped all over the world, would eventually be stationed together and marry. 

At 6:44pm on October 18, 2013, A. Sylvan Pena said…

Glad to meet you Richard.  I was on the Falls 1983 to 1985. Just missed you, shipmate.

At 3:04pm on October 15, 2013, WILLIAM R. OSBORNE said…

Well Richard I was at the Naval Support Activity Danang '68-69.My job was security intelligence. My last duty station was Corpus Christi '87-90. I retired there and stayed here since retirement.

At 10:51am on October 4, 2013, Kenneth Levonne Garrison said…

What years did you serve aboard the Barnstable County?

At 11:09am on August 20, 2013, David J Whittington said…

Yeah, that's not good. How can we meet that will be more convenient to you.

I have a car, can go where you want, close to you. I was just trying to make it convenient to me for my VA appointment.Right now, my week next week is pretty much wide open (subject to last minute assignments) except for the 27 1pm Dr. appt at VA and another at 9am at VA Martinez.

At 7:43pm on August 19, 2013, David J Whittington said…

Yes, the Mare Island VA clinic has a small canteen inside.

Go in the main / front doors at the Walnut St. entrance. Go back and left past the lab area to the pharmacy. The canteen in on your right across from the pharmacy.

I gave you my home phone before. My cell is 707-495-4771 and I'll have it with me.

See you then.

At 11:12am on August 19, 2013, David J Whittington said…

Richard,

I looked at my calendar wrong. I have work to complete this week. My appointment is for next week, the 27th. How does that day work for you? If so, how about meeting at the VA canteen about 11:30-12?

Dave

707-648-3299

At 1:19pm on August 18, 2013, David J Whittington said…

I work from home, kinda busy first couple days of this week. Next week, 21st I'm going to the Mare Island VA clinic for a 1pm appt. How about before or after that?

At 6:40pm on August 16, 2013, David J Whittington said…

Thanks for the "HI" Richard. Took me a while to get back. We'll have to try and meet for a cup of coffee soon.

At 4:33pm on August 9, 2013, Jim Decota said…

Richard, It is on the Legacy.com site on the Navy Memorial page. You can list it by today only or many other ways.Here is the link to the page

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/navy/profile-search.aspx?beginswith=All

I am not sure how they get their info, because Chief Karr is not listed but should be!

At 3:53pm on June 13, 2013, David W Asche said…

OK.  After a good look, I found almost three hundred people who were a member of that crew at one time or another, you can get street signsm post cards and all kinds of memorabilia, and though the ship was decommed, it is alive and well working for another country right now.  I did not find a separate web site for the ship, but there are a lot of things on Military.com and VetFriends.com  LOTS of pictures!

Hope I helped you out a bit.

 

At 3:53pm on June 13, 2013, Jim Decota said…

Richard, check out this site for the BC, http://lst1197.hikertechnologies.com/

She was sold to Spain and then decomm'd by them in 09. On Google maps she is still sitting at the pier in Rota, Spain.

At 3:43pm on June 13, 2013, David W Asche said…

Let me dig around a bit for you.  I'll get back to you.

At 2:57pm on June 13, 2013, David W Asche said…

USS Barnstable County is mentioned by several people on here.  You can find them by going to the "commands" section, scrolling down to the "view all", then enter the name "USS Barnstable County" in the "search" box.  There are several entrys and they are from different people, so you may find a shipmate or two.

At 8:28am on May 18, 2013, John Barell said…

Richard,

Mattaponi was a converted tanker, single screw.  Unfortunately, once during early morning refueling, carrier to port, DD to starboard, officers and crew lost their bearings and we collided.  I was navigating at the time.  

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