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  • CAG2 crew Posted on December 30, 2016 09:25 pm Name: John J Noonan
    Location: NC

    Comments: I was on the CAG2 original shakedown cruise in Gitmo Bay 55-56. Wanting to reach out to shipmates from that era.
  • An old friend Posted on December 16, 2016 03:15 am Name: David Long

    Comments: One of my closest high school friends enlisted and went through boot camp together back in 1961. After boot camp, I went to "A" school and he went to the Canberra. He was in one of the deck divisions then got into training to be a barber. Eventually, he become the Captain's barber. Sadly, he was killed in a car accident in 1967. I still look at a photo of the two of us now and then. He was not easy to forget. He always had a big smile and a quick laugh. His name was Charles (Chuck) Clemons if anyone remembers him.
  • crew member Posted on November 12, 2016 10:11 am Name: arthur kachelski

    Comments: I was a crew member aboard the USS Canberra from Dec 1962 until June of 1965 3rd Division.
  • DD taking shell through turret Posted on November 1, 2016 05:07 pm Name: James Spencer
    Location: North Vietnam coast

    Comments: This is in regard to Alfred Griffin's recalling a DD operating with Canberra taking a shell through one of its front 5" turrets.
    The ship in question was USS Keppler DD 765. There were 7 crew members injured, one critically. Presumably they were gunners mates. The date was March 11, 1967. The injured were actually helicoptered over to Canberra the night of the event, some being delivered on the ship's bow. They were high lined back to Keppler the next morning. I have photos of part of what happened, including a patch on Keppler's forward rear turret where the shell entered.
  • USS Canberra CA 70 info in 1941-1945 Posted on October 20, 2016 03:54 pm Name: Jennavieve Brausen/LeLoup

    Comments: I'm searching for any information what so ever on my Grandpa's time in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific. His name was, Lawrence Albert Brausen he was born in Buckman, Minnesota and died in Bonita Springs, FL and is buried in Ft Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I know he was on the USS Canberra on October 13th 1944 when it was torpedoed. He was awarded the purple heart for being burned helping others. We eventually got that fixed in his records and had the Purple heart put on his headstone which was a HUGE deal for all of us but MOST of all my dad, his son who is a 100 percent service connected disabled Vietnam veteran and has No Idea the true extent of the role my Grandfather had in the Pacific and the importance of him and his bravery and sacrifice for being a part of the Greatest Generation! I have been searching for him for years and I can't find anything. I know there's a lot of things he was involved in that were so important in history that have just recently been declassified, like the wind talkers. I also know he was aboard the USS Nevada, USS Houston, Sitkoh Bay, and the Missouri. He was in the hospital in Boston, Massachusetts after the torpedo. If there is anyone who might have ANY information or might know who or where else I could try it would be GREATLY appreciated! I want to be able to gather all of the recognition he earned and deserves and make sure it lives on in our family and generations to come. Any suggestions or help would be amazing. Thank you in advance. Oh, and he was a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class. I also have his separation form and service number, etc...I just haven't been able to find anything else.
  • I was on board 66-68 Posted on September 16, 2016 06:41 pm Name: ALFRED GRIFFIN

    Comments: Trying to recall the event when 17 shipmates on board a DD were wounded/killed. When a round from shore hit the DD 5\" gun mount dead center. We high lined many of the injured to the Canberra. Do we know a date.
  • CAG-2 Service Posted on September 3, 2016 02:26 pm Name: Jack \\
    Location: HOMOSASSA, FL

    Comments: I served on Canberra from 1959-1962.Started as a \"Deck Ape\" in 5th Div., moved up to GM \"Striker\" than on to H & D Division. Thanks to my Shipmates
    for the education that helped me complete a VERY REWARDING NAVY CAREER.
  • 5th Division 1968 & 1969 Posted on August 17, 2016 03:33 pm Name: Clifton P. Marek
    Location: Granger, Texas

    Comments: Served as 8" gunner turrets 1 & 2
  • Friends of my brother Posted on August 9, 2016 07:33 pm Name: Beverly Chewning

    Comments: Looking for anyone who may have known my brother. Edgar Chewning, while he was in the Navy and was on the USS Canberra,,,,years would have been between 1964 and 1967. Thank you!!!
  • Summer Cruise 1958 Posted on August 5, 2016 02:55 pm Name: Paul Lang
    Location: Annapolis, MD

    Comments: I was a third class midshipman on CANBERRA during summer of 1958. That was when the first Lebanon crisis occurred and we went on Condition Three wartime watches. My GQ station was loading fins on the missiles. We called at Vigo, Spain; and Gotheberg, Sweden. Don't recall the other port. The CO was Captain Smith who had just relieved.

    A fine ship.
  • Daughter of enlisted man Posted on June 17, 2016 01:34 pm Name: Michele Morrison
    Location: Cumberland, MD

    Comments: My father, Anthony Molinari, served some time on the Canberra sometime between 54-61. I know he was briefly on the Macon CA-132, North Hamton CA-26, and the Des Moines CA-134. All I know is that he was stationed in Norfolk. I would love to know if anyone out there knew my father. Thanks.
  • CA 70 Posted on June 6, 2016 09:44 pm Name: Joseph W. Doka
    Location: Saddle Brook, NJ

    Comments: Now many of us here anymore but I thank God that I'm still healthy and will always do my very best to attend the reunions.

    Myself and my son Bill would like to thank you for this site. Keep up the good work and my best to our crew. All of us are patriots. Good Bless America and our US Navy.
  • Memorial Day Posted on May 28, 2016 03:52 pm Name: Peter Jelito EM2
    Location: Tuolumne, CA

    Comments: On this Memorial Day I will remember those with whom I served (1960-1963)and do know that they have passed away: Cliff Young EMC, Gerry Willis EM1, Herman Smithberger EM2, Larry Garland EM2, Byron Beebe EM?.
    I will cherish every day that I am alive and I am wishing everyone alive good health.
  • Dependent of a Navy enlisted man Posted on May 9, 2016 11:07 am Name: Maria Lynn Carr
    Location: East Peoria, IL

    Comments: My father, Edward A. Carr was Chief Commissary at the time of his retirement although the last several years of his active duty service was as a recruiter in the central Illinois area during Vietnam. My father was stationed aboard the Canberra during part of his time that was spent in Norfolk, VA. We left Norfolk in May of 1962. My father passed away in 1985 and my mother recently passed away. We had been going through the items still stored in the attic and came across our father's dress uniforms. All the ribbons, etc were removed, but we left the bars and insignia on the uniforms. One of the jumpers still had the upper arm patch with U.S.S. Canberra on the sleeve. My oldest grand-daughter took the uniforms to the Naval Reserve Center in Peoria, IL to donate them. One of the younger sailors stated his grand-father was also on the Canberra in the mid to late 60s. He set the jumper aside I think to keep. I shared as much as I could remember about my father's time in the Navy. He served 23 years active duty and then 7 years of active and inactive reserves. My father enlisted in the Navy when he was 17 so he was a veteran of WWII, Korean War, and officially Vietnam.
  • January-February \'68 Posted on April 12, 2016 07:57 pm Name: Harry Spencer
    Location: 65721

    Comments: Sorry, web site should have been the following
  • January-February 1968 Posted on April 11, 2016 07:49 pm Name: Harry W Spencer
    Location: 65721

    Comments: Those who were on board during January - February of 1968, when the USS Pueblo was taken by the North Koreans, may find the following web site interesting, (I stood watch in a MK 56 gun fire director and could that aluminum box get cold in the Sea of Japan!)

    Sad days for the Navy and the USA, and don't forget the crew of the USS Pueblo.
  • USS Canberra Museum Posted on March 15, 2016 06:01 pm Name: Gordon Peck
    Homepage: USS Canberra Museum

    Comments: My father Ralph Peck was onboard the CA-70. I created a museum website to collect and share photos and other memorabilia from both CA-70 and CAG-2 eras.
    Feel free to contact me at if you have any images to share. Check out the Museum THANKS!
  • Met a vet of the Canberra Posted on March 5, 2016 04:31 pm Name: Andrew Bradley
    Location: Pennsylvania

    Comments: Met Quartermaster 3rd Class Joseph J. Maslak at a local Lowes in Hermitage, PA today who was on board during the aerial torpedoing, anyone who may have more information, photos or even anyone who may have served with him, please email me at
  • barry rocap Posted on February 3, 2016 06:53 pm Name: barry rocap

    Comments: Looking for any who served with my father Barry Alden Rocap, Sr. He said wad a radar man .We lost him Jun 12 2015...would love to have any stories or photos of him in service..
  • We went up the Saigon River Posted on January 18, 2016 01:08 pm Name: Grant D. O\\\\\\\'Dell
    Location: 40076

    Comments: I am looking for any one who was onboard March 31- April 1966 when we were up the Saigon River. And ended up in sick bay with what the Doc. called Dysentery I am not sure how many of us there were, but we were very sick I lost 22 lbs in two days. The sickness came from drinking the water distilled out of the River. The Oil King who did this was distilling water for the Boilers but when he checked it for salinity it was to much for the Boilers, but ok for fresh water use. So he dumped it in the freshwater tank and made it available for those who drank it to get really sick. In his defense I probably would have done that too. Anyway, I would like to contact any one who also remembers this incident. reach me at
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