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  • Happy New Year Posted on December 31, 2008 11:09 am Name: Gerald Hoefling
    Location: Saginaw, Michigan 48603

    Comments: Served 1960 to 1963 in 1st, Bos'n and
    4th divisions. Was in 4th when they put on the Helo Deck.
  • I Served on Canberra CAG 2 Posted on December 30, 2008 11:35 pm Name: Carlo Giarraffa
    Location: second division

    Comments: I served from the end of 1956 to April of 1959 on the Canberra, CAG-2, 2nd Division. Wishing everybody a Merry Christmas and a safe Happy New Year 2009. If anyone from Canberra, CAG-2, remembers me, ""Carlo Giarraffa", from the ship, contact me anytime. The ship served in the North Atlantic, Med, Caribbean and more. Hope to hear from someone who remembers those days.
  • World Cruise Posted on December 30, 2008 07:14 pm Name: Gary Burton
    Location: Lorain, OH.

    Comments: I served on the CANDO from 4/59 thru 6/61 as an FT3 in FOX Div. One of my most memorable stops of the World Cruise was the 1960 Olympics that I attended in Rome! I would like to hear from anyone on board at that time especially from the Fox Div. Have a great 2009 ....glb.
  • ALL BOATSWAIN MATES Posted on December 25, 2008 06:54 pm Name: Robert Hatcher

    Comments: Served aboard 1959-1962. Ship's sail locker. Had a wonderful world cruise in 1960. That ended with the cuban crisis.
  • World Cruise Posted on December 24, 2008 12:52 pm Name: Sybil Fulk
    Location: Klamath Falls, Or

    Comments: My late husband, Ralph Joseph Fulk, served on the USS Canberra during the years from 1960-1966, and now almost two years after his death, I am in a position to prove that he was on that ship and that he disembarked in Vietnam to help with a "clean up" effort. His rank was SA K-2. If there is anyone that remembers Ralph and/or would be willing to send a letter to the Veterans Administration verifying this, I would SO appreciate it. Please contact me. I take care of my aging mom and this would greatly change our lives. Thank you.
  • Merry Christmas Posted on December 24, 2008 12:21 pm Name: Beth Sorensen
    Location: Amery, Wisconsin

    Comments: Merry Christmas to all the CA-70 E-Division shipmates of John Sorensen.
  • Mary Christmas & A Happy New Year Canberra Sailors Posted on December 20, 2008 09:50 am Name: Kenny R. Vaden

    Comments: Wishing all of the Canberra sailors that read this post a very Merry Christmas & a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperious New Year.Thanks for your service.
  • Charles Youngblood Posted on December 13, 2008 10:37 am Name: Wes Youngblood

    Comments: My father served on the Canberra during WWII and was on the ship during the attack. He had turned 19 (Sep 4th) three weeks prior to the attack in Oct of 1944. My father passed away (cancer) in 2002. He rarely spoke of his wartime experience and I am hoping someone might remember and share any information. My family would surely appreciate any news.
  • Served 6/'59 to 12/'60 Posted on December 11, 2008 05:25 pm Name: Charles Zink

    Comments: I was 7th Division Ass't Division Officer, then FOX Division ass't and FOX Division Officer before I left to join the Long Beach. I have had communication in the past two years with Cdr Hank Williams, who was CIC Officer and later Operations Officer during my tour.
  • My brothers served Posted on December 7, 2008 05:02 pm Name: Mike and Steve Lamb

    Comments: Mike worked in S3 (supply)and would love to hear from shipmates.
  • Thank you Posted on December 7, 2008 12:51 pm Name: Bill Corwin
    Location: Phoenix, AZ

    Comments: Thank you for posting my father (Roland Corwin) in this month's newsletter, regarding the list of men who met the Supreme Commander.

    with much appreciation,
    Bill Corwin
  • Dad Served Posted on December 2, 2008 02:53 pm Name: Steve Hill

    Comments: My father, Donald M. Hill, served on board the Canberra in the early '60's. He died in 1966 when I was 7 so I don't really remember him. One of the few things I have, he sent to my brothers and me, is an information packet about the ship. If anyone remembers him, please email me.
    Thank you all for your service.
    Steve Hill
  • Photo inquiry Posted on November 29, 2008 05:19 pm Name: Diane Hnath

    Comments: My grandfather, Gerald C Butler, was a crew member during WWII. I am looking for any one who may have information or photos regarding his time on the Canberra. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    Diane Hnath
  • Interesting site Posted on November 24, 2008 04:54 pm Name: William H. Long

    Comments: My father, William S. Long, Jr., was a 'plank owner' of the Canberra, having been assigned to Boston after completing 'basic' at Bainbridge, MD in early Spring of 1943 as a Pharmacist Mate. He was aboard during 'shake-down' and subsequent cruises before departing for the Pacific. On deck for the torpedoeing (minor injury) and rode it back to Hawaii. Sadly, he passed away in Nov. of 1986.
    Would like to hear from any surviving members who might have known him.

  • 1st Ship - The Great Lady Posted on November 21, 2008 03:29 pm Name: Fred Harmon

    Comments: I was a Quarter Master on the 1961 Bermuda cruise. We left Bermuda early to avoid a hurricane, only to get caught in the storm. What a ride, better than a roller coaster and water slide all in one.
    Also made the cruise to the Med in 1961, but was transfered back to the states and went to the USS J. P. Kennedy, DD-850, and the Cuban crisis.
    Would like to hear from former shipmates from both ships.
  • COMCRUDIV4/COMCRUDESFLOT10 Posted on November 21, 2008 12:53 pm Name: Paul L Pratt
    Location: Georgetown, TX

    Comments: Served under the Flag of Rear Admiral Robert Weeks during 1962. We were COMCURDIV4 and then became COMCRUDESFLOT10 during this time. Also was aboard the USS BOSTON CAG-1 during my tour of duty. Would love to hear from anyone who served with me. Highlight for me was Exercise Riptide where we brought 5 aircraft carriers together in formation...what a sight!
  • Anybody Remember? Posted on November 19, 2008 12:41 pm Name: Al Cairns aboard in 67
    Location: RVN

    Comments: My Father-in-law, (FTCS Al Cairns), passed in 1997, but we would love to find anyone who remembers serving with him aboard Canberra in 1967 off RVN. He talked about the ship until the day he died and we would enjoy talking to anyone who has stories from that time.


    Glenn McFeeters
  • AN/SPQ-5 RADAR Posted on November 19, 2008 08:58 am Name: LeRoy D. (Lee) Ingraham
    Location: JAX Beach, Fl

    Comments: I was an SPQ-5 tech in 68/69. I met the ship in Subic & it went immetiately back to the gunline. My RADAR was in bad shape, but it didn't make any difference because we weren't allowed to light off the transmitters anyway - they lit off the black boxes in our pilots cockpits giving them an indication that they were being shot at with Vietnamese missiles. The cruise was cut short and when we got back we went to Long Beach Shipyard and began the removal of the SPQ-5's and the Terrier Launchers.
    FTM2 Lee Ingraham - '68/'69
  • My Grandfather Clyde Stone Posted on November 12, 2008 11:20 pm Name: Jamie Stone

    Comments: My Grandfather told me the story today of leaving the impact zone moments before the torpedo hit.
  • My father served Posted on November 7, 2008 11:27 pm Name: Bill Corwin
    Location: Phoenix, AZ

    Comments: My father (Roland Corwin)served on the Canberra during WWII. He was aboard at the time it was hit by a torpedo. He never talked much about it before he passed away, but my brother told me that was the first time he ever took a drink and immediately upon being towed into dock he went directly to a church to pray for his lost shipmates. He was in his thirties when he joined. He was a tough, but good man. Does any have a similar story? Or more information regarding this time or shipmates of that time.
    Thank you,
    Bill Corwin
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