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  • Half a century later Posted on July 5, 2015 10:16 pm Name: Hutch

    Comments: My home from '65 to'67

    Served under two Captains, Mark W. Woods and Elmo Zumwalt (who later became CNO)...

    Remember much gunfire support; enough that at times general quarters became port and starboard watch sections as we fired continuously (only ship with major caliber guns in Vietnam)...

    some of the charts we navigated by had the water in close to shore as being deeper than it actually was, which made more than one OOD and OOC rather nervous...

    we never ran aground although I do remember a close call when we reversed the screws to back out...

    The Can-Do had no sonar but we had a fathometer in the charthouse which a striker occasionally had to man because those charts were often found to be inaccurate regarding shifting depths as sand moved on the Vietnamese coastline...

    Doesn't seem that long, but I first went aboard more than 50 years ago

    Harry Hutchison Jr.
    QM3 in N-Div.
  • Served with honor Posted on June 24, 2015 09:20 pm Name: Barry Alden Rocap

    Comments: I regret to inform any and all members who served with my father aboard USS Canberra of his passing on June 15 2015. Any and all members of this great ship who knew my father, who may have stories of my father or photographs of my father in uniform, I would highly appreciate pictures or information concerning this. They would be highly treasured and sought after for my family.
    email at:
  • History Posted on June 16, 2015 11:04 am Name: Dan Foley
    Location: North Carolina

    Comments: Crew member 1962
  • My grandfather served on the Canberra Posted on June 9, 2015 08:33 pm Name: Jennifer Almeida Webb
    Location: North Carolina

    Comments: My grandfather, Gabriel Almeida, served aboard the Canberra during WWII and was on board during the torpedo attack. He has many pictures of his shipmates and a daily log of shelling operations. He passed on April 23rd of 2015.
  • Had friends on USS Canberra Posted on May 30, 2015 08:46 pm Name: K.L. Sears
    Homepage: 1965-1966 USS canberra
    Location: USA

    Comments: Hi,
    I had a couple friends on USS Canberra, they went to Vietnam mid to late 60's
    George Andrew Roberson and
    Kent Fullerton, they were very nice people, don't know what ever became of them, hope they are well and have happy, proud families, I thank them for their military USN service,
  • For my father Posted on May 25, 2015 06:08 pm Name: Allan Gardner

    Comments: BTGC Lawrence Howard Gardner served on this ship during WWII. He told me many stories of their voyages and skirmishes including the time they got torpedoed. He had a picture depicting the Canberra as a kangaroo with a bandage on its tail.
  • Marine Lt. James Robert (Jim Bob) Johnson Posted on April 18, 2015 11:54 am Name: ANDREW D JOHNSON
    Location: Massachusetts

    Comments: Dad commanded 20mm anti-aircraft batteries during the Friday the 13th action off Formosa and witnessed the enemy torpedo striking the ship. He was a tough Texan but admitted being mighty scared that day. He passed away in 1988 and would be 97 today.
  • Signing in Posted on April 9, 2015 06:48 pm Name: Jose Silva Jr
    Location: Laredo Tx. 78045

    Comments: 3rd Div. 1964 to 1967
  • BMCS Leroy E Harris Posted on March 31, 2015 02:53 pm Name: Patricia Guensler
    Location: United States

    Comments: My father served on the USS Canberra during WWII. He was a proud Navy man who served 32+ years. He passed away June 1, 2014 unexpectedly. I know he had attended reunions in the past. I just thought I should let anyone who may have known him know of his passing.
  • Served on the ship 59-61 Posted on March 26, 2015 04:22 pm Name: Cecil Kersh

    Comments: I served on this wonderful ship from 1959 thru 1961. I was on the ship when it made the world cruise. I also have a cruise book, but I would not take any thing for it.
    You can call me or email me and I would be glad to talk to you about the ship and the cruise. Sorry to hear about your dad. My phone # is 504-885-5725.
    Cecil Kersh
  • Looking for a dry dock date Posted on March 26, 2015 01:16 pm Name: Bennett Broadway

    Comments: I served on the Canberra from 1963-1967. I was a MM2 in the generator gang (B-Div.). It was a memorable part of my life. I was wondering if anyone who served with me can remember the year we went into dry dock in Long Beach, CA? Thanks so much.
  • Looking for anyone who served on the Canberra during the 1960 World Tour Posted on March 25, 2015 08:55 pm Name: Meisha

    Comments: My dad served on the USS Canberra during the world tour, his name was Bobby G. Andrews. He passed last year in Dec. from lung cancer. He truly loved talking about his navy days and I searched in vain for a 1960 World Tour Book of the Canberra. Dad had lost his to a house fire. If anyone has any memories, pictures or a tour book please contact me.

    Sincere Thanks.
  • Canberra crew member Posted on March 17, 2015 04:04 pm Name: Kenneth J. Miller
    Location: Missouri

    Comments: I was a crew member from 68 to 69. We decommissioned her in San Francisco
  • Looking for anybody on the USS Canberra from 1963 to 1964 Posted on March 11, 2015 05:50 pm Name: Charles D Holmby(David)
    Location: United States

    Comments: Looking for any one who knew my husband, Charles D Holmby(David), on the USS Canberra when they were in Vietnam. While they were shooting the guns at the time in 1965. He was a fireman.
  • Information Posted on February 24, 2015 12:38 pm Name: Jim Thompson
    Location: Cadiz, Ohio

    Comments: I'm a Veterans Service Officer and I am gathering information for Don Jochims, who served on the Canberra from Dec. 66 - April 67 in "B" Div. Is there anyone out there that knew him.
  • Looking for a picture Posted on February 8, 2015 05:42 pm Name: Brian Notter

    Comments: I am looking for a picture of my friend George Roberts who was stationed on the USS Canberra from 1966 to 1969. All his pictures were destroyed and I am trying to help his family replace them. He was a FA and was a "generator man" on board the ship. I am hoping that someone might have a cruise book with a picture of him in it. Thank you all so much for your service to our nation !

    Note: I know he was on-board when the ship crossed the equator on 23 April 1967
  • Crew Member Posted on February 6, 2015 04:30 pm Name: Virgel Frank Hanley
    Location: Fort Worth,Texas

    Comments: Was station aboard Canberra from 66-69 started out in 1st div ended up in 8th div. Have only found a few guys I was stationed with.
  • My Father & Uncle Posted on January 29, 2015 02:05 pm Name: Troy Wills
    Location: West Virginia

    Comments: My father, Troy T. Wills and Uncle, Golden Pettry II, served on the USS Canberra CA 70 during WWII. They were both on board on October 13, 1944 when the ship was torpedoed. My father was a Chief Turret Captain on a 5"/38 gun turret. He and my uncle are no longer with us.
  • Find a crew member Posted on January 27, 2015 08:27 am Name: Robert L. Wood
    Location: Okinawa , Japan

    Comments: In 1965, myself and Robert Newton enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
    Went to Boot Camp, Great Lakes , IL.
    I saw Bob one time since 1965.
    Is there anyone that was a crew member in the 60's who remembers Robert Newton?
    He was my next door neighbor in Davie Fl.


    Robert L. Wood BM1 (DV)
    U.S.N. Retired
  • My dad served on the Canberra Posted on January 17, 2015 03:07 pm Name: Allen Keene
    Location: United States

    Comments: My dad, Edward Allen Keene, served on the Canberra circa 1960. He was a Radioman. If anyone that served with him reads this and you have any photos or memories to share, I'd greatly appreciate it!
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