Posted on July 7, 2012 08:12 am
Kenny R. Vaden
Hope to see many Canberra crew members @ the October reunion this year. It will be 10/10/12 thru 10/14/12 @ the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI. Make your reservations and lets celebrate our time on this Proud old Ship.
Posted on July 7, 2012 12:53 am
Today I received notice of the passing of Jack Whitmeyer on July 5. His memorial service is set for July 9 at St. Francis Church, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, at 10:30. If anyone desires to attend and to get directions, I can be reached at 310 544-6589.
List of Crew?
Posted on June 26, 2012 08:51 pm
I was trying to look up information on my Uncle, Nelson Karns, who just passed away on 6/13/12. I know he was on the USS Canberra CAG-2. I am not sure what year he served, but it would have been in the 50's/60's. Is there any list of those who were aboard during those years?
7th Div - Recommisioning crew 1956
Posted on June 18, 2012 02:05 pm
Location: Palm Harbor, Fl
Is anyone else, besides me, left out there that remembers how hot it was in Philly that day?
CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS BOOK
Posted on June 14, 2012 04:27 pm
For those that may have missed it in our recent Canberra newsletter I have compiled a book pertaining to the USS Canberra's participation in the Cuban Missile Crisis. The cost of the book is $10.95 plus $2.00 shipping. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-216-7847. You can also send a check or money order to Ron Risch 665 Grant Ford Dr. Dawsonville, GA 30534, please include your address and phone number.
My Pop on USS Canberra '43-'45
Posted on June 12, 2012 01:10 am
Location: Laguna Niguel, California
My pop was on the USS Northampton (CA-26) when she was sunk on 30 Nov 1942 at the battle of Tassafaronga. He survived and I believe he was then transferred to the USS Canberra (CA-70) sometime in early 1943. I also believe he was on the Canberra when y'all went to Boston Navy Yard (16 February-17 October l945) for repairs from the Jap aerial torpedo strike that hit you on 13 October 1944.
Is it possible someone has a cruise book or some info to see if his name appears on the crew list? My pop spent his entire career in engineering. I don't know his rank or rate at that time. My guess is that he may have been a warrant or ensign. He was a mustang and retired in 1957 as a commander with 28 years of service. His last duty assignment was chief engineering officer of the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64).
He passed from lung cancer in August 1982 at the young age of 69. His name was CDR Andrew J. "Dutch" Dallendorfer, USN, Ret. (I think he also went by the nick name "Andy" but "Dutch" was how he was known in later years). I would greatly appreciate any info you can give me or a resource that I may be able to use to get further info.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
God Bless those of the Greatest Generation for where would we be today without their courage and sacrifice.
Posted on May 22, 2012 06:30 pm
Was wondering if anyone knew what year my father served on this ship. His name was Richard Schmidt. Any information would be great.
June 1969 to Jan. 1970
Posted on May 15, 2012 03:46 pm
Location: Gowanda, NY
My first Ship.. First time I saw her she was painted Bright orange from top to bottom sitting in dry dock in Long Beach.
Severed in 7th div. Great times...
USS Canberra CAG2
Posted on May 14, 2012 10:21 pm
I served on Canberra from August 1966-June 1968 as RD3. Would welcome hearing from anyone that served at that time.
Posted on May 6, 2012 02:27 pm
John K Westergren
Location: Hospital Division
I was stationed on the Canberra from 1965-1067.
If anyone remembers me, please send off an
e-mail. It was a great time in my life.
USS Canberra '43-'45
Posted on May 4, 2012 07:07 pm
Location: Lumberton, TX.
I served on the on the USS Canberra form 1943 to 1945. S1/C Charles Munselle. Looking for information on old shipmates. (Jack Cassidy, Carson (Don't know if it's a first or last name.)
The passing of Frank Manning, November 2, 2011, from pancreatic cancer.
Posted on April 27, 2012 03:19 pm
Capt Jim McIntyre
Location: Pensacola, FL
It brings me great sadness to announce the passing of our brother and shipmate Frank Manning who served aboard 1963-1965 in 1st Division.
He is survived by his two sons and his faithful wife Carol.
He was a fun-loving guy who could always make us laugh.
I was reunited with him through this site just two years ago--may we meet again, God rest his soul, RESPECT, jim
Canberra designation change
Posted on April 14, 2012 01:05 am
Someone wrote me about dates of redesignation of Canberra. Was commissioned CA70, redesignated CAG2 on June 15 1956, and back to CA70 on 1 May 1968. Great ship to serve on, beautiful. Heartbreaking to see its prop in front of the Museum in San Pedro CA and remember what she was.
Posted on April 9, 2012 09:17 pm
Does anyone know what my father's duty station and job were aboard the Canberra During WWII?
SERVED DURING WW2
Posted on April 5, 2012 07:59 pm
Location: BAYVILLE, NY
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY FATHER, A YOUNG LtJG NAMED OTIS J. WEST, JR. WHO SERVED ON THE CANBERRA DURING WW2?
OI DIVISION, 61-64
Posted on April 5, 2012 03:44 pm
LEWIS A.WEREB, RD2
Hey, all you scope dopes from '61 thru '64! Any of you guys like PJ Bellville, RD3 "Morty" Johnson, RD2, "Barrel Ass" Chapman, RD2 Ralston M "Luke" Lucas, RD2, Doug Doniger, RD2 (California) Sammy Reindeer, ("Main Man) "maybe even Ens. A M Schadt, Ltjg Macknis, Lt. Messler and other Pennsylvania guys who braved the Blockade and (later) the West Coast ("DAGO") and a couple of the bars on Broadway with me please gimmee a holler if your sorry butts are still livin'!
And God be praised if I could ever talk to Dick (or Delores) Bales again. It's been 52 years, but in my mind it was yesterday. This is one of the many times I've said "Why the hell didn't I stay in?"
John Turek BT3 60-64
Posted on April 2, 2012 02:45 pm
I am posting this in memory of my father, John C. Turek. He served aboard the Canberra as a BT3 from 1960 to 1964. He was from Youngstown, Ohio and was proud of his service. I heard so many stories about his shipmates and experiences. Sadly he passed away March 18th 2012. I found some of his pictures from his time aboard. Most are of areas in and around the ship but a couple are of unidentified shipmates. I remember a man with the last name "Waynescott" that he talked a lot about. If anyone has any information about my dad or may be able to help me identify those pictured I would be honored. Thank you.
Gunners Mate 3rd class
Posted on March 30, 2012 05:38 pm
Bobby Gene Andrews
I posted this for my dad who served on board the USS Canberra, during 1957-1961. He is in poor health but he still remembers his proud ship, as he calls her. All of these incredible events in history on this cruiser are so amazing that when my dad started letting us know them we were fascinated. I have been trying to locate a 1960 world tour book but they are very hard to find or are so expensive they are beyond my reach. I wonder if any one knows whether or not you could purchase them from the navy?
Posted on March 24, 2012 04:05 pm
On Sunday March 18th at 3:10pm Clyde Stone passed on. He was surrounded by people who loved him very much. His obituary follows.
Clyde Stone, 85, of Winchester, VA, died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Winchester Medical Center.
Mr. Stone was born on September 13, 1926 in Cincinnati, OH, a son of the late Clyde W. and Goldie J. Shannon Stone. He was an Aircraft Mechanic for the Federal Government and a United States Navy Veteran for
20 years. He also was a charter member of the New Life Christian Church in Winchester, VA.
Mr. Stone married Virginia Meadows Stone on October 30, 1948.
Surviving with his wife of 63 years is one son: Daniel C. Stone of Winchester, VA; two daughters: Mary Ann Adams of Chesapeake, VA; Yvonne Wills of Winchester, VA; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at the New Life Christian Church, Winchester, VA on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. Officiating will be Larry Veach, Minister.
Family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday one hour prior to service.
Graveside service will be held at the Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester, VA on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 11 a.m. with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Christian Church, 2930 Middle Road, Winchester, VA 22602 or donorís choice.
Arrangements are by the Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, West Virginia.
To sign an online guest book, please visit
I love you Pawpaw. I miss you. I'm proud to be your Grandson.
Visit to Melbourne Australia
Posted on March 21, 2012 10:23 am
Location: Melbourne Australia
As a young boy of about 8 years I went aboard the Canberra in Melbourne. It may have been at Station pier Pt Melbourne. What a thrill for a lad! We met a short young sailor called Gary(from Cal. I think). My family took him home for Sunday roast then for a drive up through the Dandenong Ranges. He showed me round the ship & I seem to recall some damage being pointed out?? Anyway all the best to your sites' shipmates from down under.
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