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  • 1st & 4th Division Posted on July 13, 2008 12:52 am Name: Calvin C. Doddroe Jr.
    Location: Burley,Idaho

    Comments: Served on board Canberra 1964-1968 in both 1st & 4th Divisions. Separated 7/29/68.Served 8 yrs in active reserve in CA. Discharged 1976 Boatswain Mate 2. I own my own business and travel all over the country. Would like to hear from some of the guys who served with me and possibly be able to see some of you again. It's easier to call me, than try by E-mail. My cell #
    612-581-3917. I will return your call the same day. The KAN-Do-Kangaroo will always be a big part of me.
  • Canberra Survivor Posted on July 12, 2008 05:47 pm Name: Leo Shea
    Location: Schenectady, NY

    Comments: My father, Leo A. Shea, a plankowner who was assigned to the ship during construction, served on the Canberra during WWII, including the Oct. 13 attack. He had just been relieved of duty in the engine room and gone to an upper deck when the torpedo struck the engine room. Sadly, his friends in the engine room didn't survive the attack. He will be 86 on Sept. 9 and lives in Schenectady, NY in an assisted living facility. If anyone knows him or would like to communicate, contact me, his daughter, at the above e-mail address. He would like to hear from shipmates or anyone interested in the Canberra and its sailors.
  • Aloha.. Posted on July 6, 2008 07:45 pm Name: Tom Baltao

    Comments: I was was on the decommissioning crew of S-5 Div. (Supply Dept.) as a young TN
    at Hunters Point. Did made 2 WestPac fresh from SD A-school.It was a sad day in February, 1970 on our last walk out off the ship.. still have my decommissioning certificate of the CA-70..
    Love to talk story with my group and time frame.
  • USS Canberra Posted on June 26, 2008 07:29 pm Name: Quentin Smith
    Location: Colchester, Connecticut

    Comments: Found and old photo of the Canberra while it enters a submerged ABSD at Manus to repair Torpedo damage
    The Photo is in the The National Geographic Magazine Dated June 1946,
    six months before I was born. Wow!
  • OR Division Posted on June 25, 2008 02:16 pm Name: Gary Bontrager
    Homepage: GBontrager
    Location: Horton KS

    Comments: Served from Feb 1962 thru Sept 1964, two Med cruises and Cuban missile crisis.
    Like to hear from old shipmates.
  • 65 VIETNAM Posted on June 22, 2008 12:26 pm Name: Jim Keys
    Location: Orange County California

    Comments: I was a musician on the first deployment to Nam. Would love to hear from any of my old MU's. Remember when we were on our way to Hawaii and while refueling a destroyer, it rammed us and put a big hole in the side of the Canberra?
  • Memories Posted on June 21, 2008 04:30 pm Name: John A. (Jack) Foster
    Location: Webster City, Iowa

    Comments: I served in CANBERRA 10/59-9/61, first as AA Battery Officer and later as First Lieutenant. Was aboard for the 1960 World Cruise. CANBERRA was a great ship, and I still use a picture of her underway in Hampton Roads as my computer desktop background.
  • World cruise book Posted on June 18, 2008 08:22 pm Name: JOHANN DOHMANN
    Location: Minnesota



  • Can-do service Posted on June 17, 2008 10:42 am Name: Pat Vashaw
    Location: Portland, MI

    Comments: I was aboard the Can-do from New Year's day 1962 until late 1962. Served as Yeoman 3rd in Ops office & ship's Engineering offices. Like to hear from any fellow shipmates that might remember me.
  • Canberra Posted on June 14, 2008 02:38 pm Name: Denis O'Connell
    Location: Jersey City

    Comments: I served on the Canberra from 1962 to 1963 in OL Division. I'd love to talk to some of my old shipmates. Denis O'
  • Helicopter Landing Posted on June 14, 2008 04:11 am Name: Davis Newman
    Location: Barstow, CA

    Comments: In summer-fall of 1968 I was a UH-1 helicopter pilot for the 1st Cavalry Division based north of Danang, RVN. I had brought one of our commanders to visit some wounded on one of the hospital ships off Danang. We got a request to go over to the USS Canberra a few miles away to pick up two sailors who were ill and needed to be transferred to the hospital ship. I remember to this day the roast beef sandwiches and hot coffee (poured into paper cups from a silver coffee pot with a teak or mahogany handle) we were served while waiting on our passengers to be brought up to the helideck. We took the sailors to the hospital ship, picked up the colonel and flew back to Camp Evans. No one would believe we had real (not canned) roast beef.
  • Can do Kangaroo Posted on June 8, 2008 12:27 am Name: Bill Shonerd YNT-3
    Location: Lincoln, Nebr.

    Comments: I was a legal yeoman and general yeoman for officers from Jan. 59-Aug.59. If you remember me please write at my email address. Thanks, BILL SHONERD
  • 1960-1963 B Div. Posted on June 5, 2008 06:33 pm Name: Ray E. Michael
    Location: Dalmatia, Pa.

    Comments: Looking for anyone who served with me during 1960- 1963.
  • The Loss of an Old Friend Posted on June 4, 2008 07:12 pm Name: Richard Ferguson
    Location: Tulsa, OK

    Comments: I was sorry to learn about the loss of my good friend and shipmate, Dennis Falhstrom. While serving on board from 1965 to 1968, in OI Division, we had some grand ol' times in Subic and other ports.
  • Shipmates Passing Posted on June 3, 2008 02:32 pm Name: Jesse James, Jr.
    Location: Lawrence, KS

    Comments: Just to let you all know that my father, Jesse James, Sr., served aboard the Canberra during the mid to late 1950's. I believe he was in the "R" Division? My father passed away in June of 1997 and is buried in Lee's Summit, Missouri. Dad is listed and shown in the US Navy Memorial Website and the WWII Website.
  • Shipmate Posted on May 28, 2008 12:38 am Name: Larry F. Mahar, CPO, Ret

    Comments: Just found out about website from Was looking for some pictures. I was a Radioman First Class
    on her from Aug 61 to Aug 62.
  • Vietnam Posted on May 22, 2008 04:57 pm Name: Larry Frediani
    Homepage: Remembering Wansan Harbor
    Location: San Jose, CA

    Comments: I served on the Canberra (CAG-2) from October of 1967 thru April of 1968 on it's last Vietnam cruise while it still had the missiles....We fired the 8" guns around the clock for days when the Marines took Hue. Anyone remember when we steamed for home and a fire broke out amidships in the main powder magazine....Gee, that was swell....God bless all of our Navy men. Past, present and future....(of course, all of the other services, too)
  • My dad Posted on May 22, 2008 10:29 am Name: Rodney Wisinger Jr
    Location: New Orleans La,

    Comments: My father served aboard the Canberra from 65 to 68.he was a gunners mate on the 3 inch guns. If anyone has any info or knows him, please contact me by e-mail
  • R Division Posted on May 20, 2008 11:05 am Name: Tom Kralik

    Comments: R Division

    Served in R Division as a 3rd Class Pipefitter from 4-1956 to 4-1958.
    I'm a blue nose and a shellback. Had some great shipmates. Would like to
    hear from any one who served with W-4 Chief Warrant Carpenter Stewart.
  • In memory of Posted on May 19, 2008 09:07 pm Name: Sarah Lobdell
    Location: NH

    Comments: My grandfather, Harry Perry, served on the Canberra. I don't know the extent of the dates, but know he was wounded in the October 13 attack. He died several years ago - before I could ask many questions about his past. It was a very long time ago, but if anyone knew him or was also on-board at that time, please email me any stories you have. It would mean a lot to me. Thank you.
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