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  • Posted on October 14, 1999 04:52 am Name: DONNA ROBERTS
    Location: NJ

    Comments: Today being the anniversary of the torpedo attack that took the life of our uncle, James D. Roberts along with his shipmates, I impulsively called Bob Greco in neighboring Cranford, NJ. Together with Joe Griffen, they toasted their lost high school pal and crew members every year on this date. With Joe's passing last year, I felt compelled to be there for Bob so my in-laws accompanied me & we joined Bob & Betty Greco for an evening of good company & a toast. We will not forget the sacrifice made for us.
  • Posted on October 13, 1999 03:57 pm Name: John Myers
    Location: Maryland

    Comments: My grandfather was captain for a few years on the Canberra. I was just looking for more information for him. He was at the reunion this year.
  • Posted on October 12, 1999 04:03 am Name: Joe Oles
    Location: Formally NY, NY now Ozone Park, Queens

    Comments: On board CAG-2, 11/58 - 11/61 I haven't been to a reunion yet but looking forward to one. Maybe 2000. I'd like to see some old shipmates and go over old times. Great page keep up the good work.
  • Posted on October 1, 1999 09:05 pm Name: Robert T. (Bob) Grieson
    Location: Currently, Greensboro, NC

    Comments: I had a great time at Falls Church, especially Sunday going back to Arlington and getting some great pic's of the Memorial...and the rest of Arlington. Looking forward to Seattle for 2000, hope to see yahl there! This is a fantastic site, keep up the great work... Bob Grieson
  • Posted on October 1, 1999 09:00 pm Name: Robert T. (Bob) Grieson
    Location: Greensboro, NC.

    Comments: Bryan, had a great time in DC. Went back and got some good pic's of the memorial. At this time Jan and I are planning on seeing yahl in Seattle! This is a great site, keep up the good work. Bob
  • Posted on September 30, 1999 08:12 pm Name: Wessinger, W. Ray
    Location: Columbia, SC

    Comments: Member of the crew from January of 1958 till September of 1959. SN in S-1 Division.
  • Posted on September 23, 1999 05:59 pm Name: CHARLES A WHYNOTT JR
    Location: SALEM, MA 01970

  • Posted on September 23, 1999 06:16 am Name: Rick Perry
    Location: Salem, Oregon

    Comments: Hello. I sent an e-mail to you quite awhile ago to let his shipmates know about his amputation of his right leg. I want you all to know that for those who responded. it lifted his spirits immensely and probably helped to fuel his excellent recovery. My mom is still in a rest home with Alzheimer's disease. Now I want to let you all know that now he's in his last Battle. He has Lymphatic Cancer. He had Prostrate Cancer last year and the doctors were sure it was gone, it was from his prostate, but not his Lymph Nodes. The doctors are giving him about 6 months to live. Of course this devastating to me and my family. We're not expecting another comeback like the last 3 or 4 ailments that struck him down. This one is probably too big. I want to ask all of you, his Shipmates, if you can see your way clear to maybe share some words of encouragement or maybe even talk about the times that you guys shared when you were fighting to preserve our way of life. I am his only son and my dad is, as are you from the last great generation of this planet. I realize that those from your generation may be fading from this earth as happens with all generations, but in my mind yours will always be remembered for being one of the strongest and the most honorable. That alone will ensure that yours will never be forgotten. I have yet to really feel the impact of my father's predicament and it's implications, but I'm sure that I will very shortly. His doesn't have a computer so I'll give you his address. He was on the Canberra during it's initial commissioning, and he was on it when it took the torpedo. He was close friends with Harry Georgeappolis and quite a few others. He also appears in the book Remnants of the Blue Fleet. I don't have the book with me but he's in the photo of a group initiating a "polywog". He's the one standing directly behind the polywog in the white t-shirt and hat.
  • Posted on September 22, 1999 08:35 pm Name: Tim Strouth
    Email: nywant2b.@aolcom
    Location: Reston, Virginia

    Comments: Hello, I just wanted to thank everyone for a great weekend that me and my wife were fortunate enough to participate in. I am referring to the 1999 reunion this past weekend at the Fairview Marriott in Falls Church VA. We were guests of Chester (Ski) and Mary Skurski. Chet is my father-in-law and invited my wife (Judy) and myself to attend Saturday's functions. It was such a pleasure to see everyone together one more time. It is such a shame that men like the ones that were honored will not have anyone to replace them. I am currently 50 years old and was not able to serve in the military for medical reasons, but I really believe that a part of America will disappear with the end of this era that was honored. Again, thank you all for your contributions that have made America what it is today. Because, without men like your selves, I shutter to think what might have been.
  • Posted on September 21, 1999 09:32 pm Name: Rollin Dunbar
    Location: formerly Maywood, IL, now from Palm Harbor, FL

    Comments: I just found this site about a week ago, and did it ever bring back a bunch of fond memories! I'm a plank owner from Her recommissioning in '56, and served aboard her as a guided missileman in the 7th div. until 8/22/58. I still have the first 3 cruise books from Her as CAG 2. Great site!
  • Posted on September 21, 1999 02:18 am Name: DONNA ROBERTS
    Location: NJ

    Comments: Hi! I just attended the 1999 reunion in Falls Church, VA & shared a tremendous moment in time with the shipmates of my husband's uncle, James D. Roberts. It is an occasion I'll treasure always. We've made new friends, soaked up stories and shared laughs as well as the tears. It was a privilege to talk with Jim's friends who walked with him & it's comforting to know his memory is very much alive. I'm sure he would have done the same for all of you. My heart ached for Joe Griffen & Bob Greco who went on the ship with Jim but came home without him. I think of my own high school buddies & how devastating it would have been to lose one of them. A big "thank you" to Paul McManuels for organizing this special event & assisting the Roberts family who heard about the reunion almost "at the last minute." We thoroughly enjoyed the company the Joe Nelson family from MI, Sam Adams of MA (what a hoot!), Charlie Koestner of South Plainfield, NJ, Charlie Forssell of Delran, NJ, Dick & Betty Landis of CA, John Miliano & sons who turned out to be "neighbors" close by and my pal Felix that I kept running into. God bless all of you and thank you for what you did for us.
  • Posted on September 10, 1999 10:52 am Name: Kathrin (nee Miller) Lecksell
    Location: Born-Binghamton, Live-Buffalo

    Comments: Good Morning! I have just spent the last couple of hours or so perusing and printing here at the web page. My Dad, Howard F. Miller, was aboard the Canberra in it's earliest and deformed days. He WAS on duty when the torpedo struck, on the 13th of October 1944. Due to the fact that Dad has not been in the best of health as of late, I decided it was important to provide him with as many memories -- both good & bad, that I know he cherishes. Unfortunately, he is not online, so I have tried to to my best to bring everything to him. I am hoping to find any of the men that may remember serving with my Dad, Howard some may have called him "Howie"-- or at least figure out they HAD to, because of the dates he was in the service & on board. This is where I will probably goof up, but I will try my best. To the best of my recollection, he came aboard when she was first left port, and then went to another duty station just a few weeks after the CA 70 was torpedoed. I would greatly appreciate it if any/many of you would wax on about any funny, sad etc. that happened on the ship when the two of you would have been on board at the same time. I hope that you won't mind taking a few minutes to sit down and send me an email, telling me about these happenings in ''43 to '44. I know that I will thoroughly enjoy reading the posts, and I hope to get some insight to the highs and lows of a man at war --- Especially, a man that I have loved & admired all of my life. When it is his "turn", I am sure that Dad will either be delighted or down in the dumps. However, which ever way it goes, I know that he will be very appreciative for being able to relive and be bibulous of this time in his life. I also plan on making the rounds to any other sites that persons from the early Canberra days may visit. So, if you happen to think of us, please pass it along that I am attempting to do this. I will try to be as patient as possible, it is just difficult to do so when I have a fear lurking in the back of my mind, that his medical problems will start to worsen at a more alarming rate. So, I think that I have rattled on more than enough for the day. This will be the second time I have written this, I made a BIG mistake when I tried to submit this earlier, and it came back to me as a failed delivery. Thanks ever so much for listening to me rattle on. Please, take your time and try to appreciate your own experiences as you write down your own thoughts and recollections. If there is any information that you think I may know about, please --- do NOT be afraid to ask. I will do my level best to answer any questions that you may have. For those I have no clue about, I will ask a couple of people I know if they happened to know the answer. The very best to you and yours, and thank you again for your understanding and consideration. Respectfully, Kathi "Miller" Lecksell
  • Posted on September 8, 1999 01:09 am Name: Daryl Zimmerman
    Location: Phoenix, AZ

    Comments: Shipmates, Am proud to be a member of the crew of CAG-2. Some of the very best times I've ever had. Zimmy
  • Posted on September 7, 1999 03:20 am Name: Ken Berreth
    Location: Sioux Falls, SD

    Comments: Served aboard the Canberra from 64-66. Made 2 WestPac cruises. I was one of your friendly faces in the Personnel Office.
  • Posted on September 6, 1999 05:20 pm Name: DONALD C SMITH
    Location: NEWPORT NEWS, VA.

  • Posted on September 4, 1999 04:23 pm Name: Jim Owens Sr.
    Location: Naples, Fl

    Comments: USSCANBERRA.COM is a great Web site to visit! We are looking forward to the
  • Posted on August 25, 1999 05:15 am Name: CLYDE WEBB
    Email: cwebb27857@cs,com
    Location: DAYTON, OHIO

    Comments: BM3 3rd div 1964 to 1968
  • Posted on August 22, 1999 04:19 am Name: Laura Edwards
    Location: Virginia

    Comments: My father, David Donovan, was on the Canberra in 1959. I am trying to locate two of his fellow officers who were members of his wedding party-Norm Keller and Charlie Hughes. Also looking for Dave Troyer - I believe he was on, too. If anyone knows the whereabouts of these men, please contact me. Thank you!
  • Posted on August 20, 1999 07:13 pm Name: Al Allgood
    Location: Gainesville, GA

    Comments: I was in X-Division from June, 97 - Jan., 99 - legal office & captain's office. I joined the reunion association in 1997. I'm looking forward to the 99 reunion.
  • Posted on August 12, 1999 12:26 pm Name: Floyd W Terry
    Location: Tucson, Arizona

    Comments: Just looking to see if I could see any names that I might remember. Served on Canberra July 63 to Dec 65
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