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  • Fox Div 59-61 Posted on August 19, 2009 12:39 am Name: Tom Pitts FT3

    Comments: Just noticed that I previously entered incorrect email. Served in Fox Div Spring of 59 untill fall of 61. Made Med Cruise 59 and Round the World in 60.Transferred to the Gator Navy USS San Marcos LSD 25 right after she returned from Bay of Pigs. Wife and I visited Barcelona for our anniversary in 2002. Recently in contact with a couple guys from Fox Div after 40 years.
  • WWII survivor Posted on August 18, 2009 09:59 pm Name: Ralph Alequin
    Location: Hummelstown, PA

    Comments: I served aboard Canberra in the first division. I was on board when the ship was torpedoed in the China Sea. Interested in contacting any one stationed aboard at that time.
  • Vietnam 1964-65 Posted on August 18, 2009 07:04 pm Name: James Mcintyre QM3

    Comments: Ahoy mates--how have the years treated you all? I hope you all are "can-do" sailors still.
  • Reunion Posted on August 18, 2009 06:43 pm Name: James M McIntyre
    Location: Pensacola, FL

    Comments: Looking for info on crew serving 1963-1965--also if a cruise book of 64-65 WestPac (Vietnam exp force-flag cruise).
  • Lifesaver Posted on August 16, 2009 07:28 pm Name: Robert Downey
    Location: Philadelphia, PA.

    Comments: I hold the distiction of being stupid one day in 11-62 by falling off the officer's motorboat. We were anchored off the coast of Istanbul Turkey. The guys on duty that day saved my life. Till this day I still don't know who they were but, thank you. They had me out of the water in less than 15 minutes and I was 300 or 400 yards from the ship!!!
  • Agent Orange Scare Posted on August 3, 2009 10:55 pm Name: John Nall
    Location: Texas

    Comments: I served on the Canberra from early 65 to late 66 in the Engineering Log Room. We were responsible for the maintenance of the engines, boilers, generators and evaps. If there was an Agent Orange problem, I do believe we would have known about it. When we were on line for shore bombardment we were at least a half mile away...we never set foot on Vietnam soil in the 2 years I was on board her.
  • Agent Orange Posted on August 3, 2009 11:34 am Name: Frank Manning
    Location: Kendall Park, N.J.

    Comments: I served on Canberra for two WestPac cruises (65&66) in OR division. I have prostate cancer and leukemia plus two handicapped boys and I'm trying to find out info on how close we were to the spraying of Agent Orange.
  • Obituary - Leo Arthur Shea - served on the Canberra during WWII Posted on July 23, 2009 07:42 am Name: Frederick R Miller, PH1, USN Ret 55-73
    Location: Ballston Spa, NY 12020

    Comments: Published in Schenectady (NY) The Daily Gazette Co.

    Leo Arthur Shea, 86, of Scotia passed away on Monday, July 20, 2009. Born in Arlington, MA on September 9, 1922, he was the son of the late Thomas and Myrtle (nee: Hamall) Shea. He was raised and educated in the Bellevue area of Schenectady, and a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School. He also attended SUNY as well as the GE apprentice program. During WWII, Leo proudly served with the U.S. Navy, as a Plankowner aboard the USS Canberra CA-70 Navy Heavy Cruiser. Following WWII, Leo moved to Scotia where he lived most of his life. He was employed by General Electric Co., Schenectady, as a specialist of shop operations, for over 42 years until his retirement. He was a longtime communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Scotia. Leo was a past volunteer fireman for Scotia, past commander of American Legion Post 1001 of Scotia, board of directors for GE Retiree Group, a member of GE Quarter Century Club and a member of the Electric City Barbershop Chorus. Married in June of 1947, Leo was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred (nee: Wilhelm) Shea, who passed away in 1966. In October of 1969, he married his second wife, Barbara (nee: Stark) Shea, who passed away in 2002. He was also predeceased by his sister, Rita S. Dougherty; three brothers, Joseph H., Donald J., and Kenneth J. Shea; and a son-in-law, Kevin Kane. Leo is survived by his children, Marilyn Shea and her husband, Tom of Ijamsville, MD, Eileen Kane Roberts and her husband, Michael of Baldwinsville, NY and Suzanne Denney and her husband, Jim of Scotia, NY; seven grandchildren, Daniel (Catherine) Shea of Clarksville, TN, Brody Shea of Eugene, OR, Ryan Kane of N. Syracuse, NY, Adam (Melissa) Kane of Clay, NY, Colleen Kane of Charleston, SC, James Denney and Kayleigh Denney, both of Scotia; and two great-grandchildren, Finnegan and Nora Shea of Clarksville, TN. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 231 Second St., Scotia. Burial will take place in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 9:30 until 11 a.m. prior to services at the church. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation for the loving care provided by the attentive, compassionate staff of Ingersoll Residence, The Avenue Nursing Home (B-2 wing), and Community Hospice. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice. Arrangements are entrusted to The White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. To express condolences visit

  • Agent Orange Claim Posted on July 21, 2009 03:41 pm Name: Tom Adams
    Location: Spokane

    Comments: I was on the Canberra from 1/66 to 9/66.
    Tom Adams (IC2 (SS)) at the time.
    Strange but true.
    I was a war monger at the time so I was sent from my submarine duties to Vietnam aboard the Canberra for a short stint.
    Just long enough for the exposure and some medals.
    I remember the Eng. Offices giving me a real hard time for having my Dolphins embroidered on my shirts.
    I've just heard that we might qualify for some monthly cash from the VA for our "potential" exposure to agent orange. Apparently they've extended the coverage to the blue water Navy
    if we were within 100 miles of shore.
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think we were sometimes within a few miles at times when we were firing the 8" and 5" guns at the hill sides.
  • Engineering water distillation Posted on July 15, 2009 01:32 pm Name: Thomas J. Reed
    Location: Wilmington, DE

    Comments: I am a law professor at Widener Law School. I run a legal clinic for disabled vets and Charles Linder, one of your shipmates, is our client. We are trying to show his diabetes is service connected by showing that Canberra's fresh water distillation system could not remove dioxins from seawater. I need a member of the engineering gang in 1968 to help out with this claim, to explain how fresh drinking water was distilled and whether Canberra, a gun line ship, made fresh water in the Mecong river's brown water outwash. I really need help with this.
  • Looking for Posted on July 14, 2009 04:15 pm Name: Rich Peter
    Location: Los Angeles, CA

    Comments: I was on USS Canberra from October 1967 to January 1969, San Diego.
    When I came aboard I was a seamen and assigned to the deck force, main deck, port side forward. After making rate as Storekeeper, I was assigned to the Cook's division as commissary food records keeper. My GQ station was in the center 5 inch gun mount between the bridge and the 8 inch turret. My Damage Control Station was somewhere on the 3rd deck down.

    I am trying to get my VA benefits and they are pressing me for details. If there is anyone on the deck force, in that gun mount, or part of the commissary division, during the times I was on board I?d like to hear from you. Maybe it will help me put the pieces of my time on Canberra together. Thanks

    Names I remember: Dennis Goetein, Tom Lewis.

  • Robert Andreason Posted on July 12, 2009 03:02 pm Name: Kyle Hicks
    Location: COB Adder, Iraq

    Comments: My grandfather, Robert Andreason, served on the USS Canberra (CA-70) during WW2. Looking for any info I can get about him. BIG 'thank you' to all for your service.
  • WW2 Service Posted on July 7, 2009 12:43 pm Name: Jason Lewis
    Location: Utah

    Comments: A freind of mine, Charley Lance, served during WWII.He was on her when they were torpedoed.He is living in Utah.
  • Changes Posted on July 5, 2009 03:28 pm Name: Don Spruill
    Location: Birmingham, AL

    Comments: Looking to see what changes have been made.
  • God Bless you all Posted on July 4, 2009 11:47 am Name: Jody
    Location: Harpster, OH

    Comments: My Dad R. Lee Starner was on the USS Canberra when it was hit. He passed away in September of 1985. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him. Miss him a lot!!!
  • Old Shipmate Posted on July 1, 2009 05:48 pm Name: James F. Beaver
    Location: Marietta, Ohio

    Comments: I served aboard the kan-do kangaroo from 1957 to June 1960. In the OI Division as Radarman second class. I have often wished that I had shipped over. I truly enjoyed the 4 years that I served our country. If anyone remembers me and would like to write, I would be glad to hear from you.
  • Newbie Posted on June 30, 2009 10:26 pm Name: Willard S. Burns

    Comments: Looking for guys from 1963-1966.
  • Served Aboard Posted on June 25, 2009 11:06 pm Name: Klaus Girk
    Homepage: Art in Time
    Location: Westminster, CO

    Comments: Served aboard from November 64 to March 68 in M Division. Made four Westpac cruises.

    Klaus "Fred" Girk
  • CAG-2 World Cruise Posted on June 25, 2009 09:05 pm Name: Sybil Fulk

    Comments: As I similarly posted before, I am trying to find anyone that recalls any shore excursions during the world tour from 1961-1965. Please.. that is all I have left to prove, to receive benefits as a result of the exposure of my husband to Agent Orange. He had told me of a couple of incidents when he was on land, and I just need someone to remember anything... Thank you SO much!!
  • 2nd Div. Personnel Posted on June 23, 2009 01:01 pm Name: Dan Donnelly
    Location: The Villages, Fl.

    Comments: Helluva good time from '56 to '58.

    Would like to make the Baltimore reunion.
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