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  • World Cruise Posted on March 30, 2010 07:20 am Name: Jim Whitaker
    Location: Floyds Knobs, IN

    Comments: My late father was on the World Cruise. His name was Jim Whitaker, I think he was an FTM1. I know he was around the guided missiles. He loved the Navy all his life. Nice site. Thanks
  • Vietnam Vets Posted on March 28, 2010 07:25 pm Name: Peter Jelito
    Location: Tuolumne Co., CA

    Comments: The time: Sunday March 28, 2010, 1PM; the place: Sonora, CA from the Red Church to a shopping center one mile away; The purpose: A Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade, spurred by the Governor's declaration of this week being the belated Welcome Home to Vietnam Veterans week and organized by the local Vietnam Veterans organization, being the largest in California and the third largest in the Country as far as membership is concerned.
    The parade was headed by a Sheriff's and Sonora PD's patrol car with a US Navy sailor's color guard, followed by an active military 25 member band. Before us, where we were sitting, the parade stopped and a flag was unfurled which had flown on the USS Constitution and the band played the Star Spangled Banner. A moving moment. What was amazing is the fact, as the parade progressed down Washington Street, an incessant applause greeted the local and visiting Vietnam Veterans without a pause.
    A story can be found in the Friday (3-26-2010) issue of the local paper and probably a recount of the parade on Monday March 29, 2010 at
    I was transferred off the Canberra in November 1963 before her transfer to the Pacific Fleet and her participation in the Vietnam War.
    Smooth sailing to all of you, especially those who served on Canberra during her years in the Pacific.
  • World Cruise Posted on March 28, 2010 11:26 am Name: Robert Myers

    Comments: I was Aerographer's Mate during 50,000 mile cruise. On board late 1959 to early 1961
  • crew member Posted on March 27, 2010 05:49 pm Name: Snead Robert. L.

    Comments: Served on Canberra from Sept. 1959-1962. Second Div. Gunners Mate, 8" #2 turret
  • My Dad Oct. 13, 1944 Posted on March 20, 2010 01:20 pm Name: Susan Cox
    Homepage: USS Canberra
    Location: Georgia

    Comments: My dad (James Franklin Cox) was on the Canberra when it was torpedoed Oct. 13, 1944. He was a Machinists Mate First Class in the engine room. He talked about losing his buddies and how close he was to losing his own life. He volunteered to dive and retrieve his shipmates bodies. They had a burial at sea. My dad died in 1995 and I wish I had known about this site before.
  • shipmates Posted on March 20, 2010 12:21 pm Name: Ron Weaver
    Location: Cottonwood, AZ

    Comments: Looking for shipmates who served aboard 1959/1961. I was in the OS division.

    Ron, SM3
  • Torpedo Strike Posted on March 13, 2010 08:55 pm Name: Don Armbruster
    Location: Michigan

    Comments: My father, Harold Armbruster, was serving aboard the U.S.S. Canberra when it was torpedoed in the South Pacific.
  • Herbert G. Miller Posted on March 11, 2010 05:20 pm Name: James Herbert Miller

    Comments: My father was one of the 23 killed on 13 Oct 1944. I always assumed he was buried at sea. Was doing genealogy stuff and came across a National Cemetery Admin. web-site and note that he was buried in Section F; Site 207-A in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, KY. In 1991, I had a memorial headstone placed in Arlington National Cemetery, section H-575 for my dad, as I could not find any other memorial for him. The letter I have from Captain A. R. Early of the USS Canberra indicates that burial services were conducted on the Canberra. I do not know who or how a memorial was placed in the Kentucky National Cemetery.
  • Shipmates Posted on March 9, 2010 12:34 am Name: Ron Weaver

    Comments: HI Guys. Am looking for shipmates who were in the OS div 1959/1961.
    Ron Weaver SM3
  • Navy Life Days Posted on February 28, 2010 11:56 am Name: Don Mathews (Matt)
    Email: MKDCO@AOL.COM
    Location: Odessa, Tx.

    Comments: Howdy to all old shipmates from Aug."66" thru Aug."68". Was in 4th. Div. with BM2 Prater and BM2 Jackson, Matheson, Sheffield, Bloodworth, Lewis and lots more guys back then. Those names come to mind. Moved into 7th. Div. with Holcomb, Corrigan, Beck, Chief Rose, Brown, Moya, and the guys from the weapons office, Vera, Clay and the others. Was transferred off in later Aug. "68" just the day before the ship left for WestPac again and went to PBR school and then in-country for real true to life fun and games. Got back in Feb. "70" and had Gary Lange in the Riv. Div. and he was off the ship also. We still keep in touch as with Chief Rose and Sheffield. Had a great time Holy-stoning the deck for our trip to Ausy land. Times that will not be forgotten. Got out as a GMG2.
  • A proud history Posted on February 28, 2010 06:20 am Name: Phil
    Location: Australia

    Comments: Last year we were lucky to visit the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, and were told the full, amazing story of the USS Canberra.
    Anyone who served on that ship can be very proud of there dedication to service.. in memory of the original H.M.A.S Canberra.
  • Vietnam Duty Posted on February 24, 2010 01:28 pm Name: Bill Gorisek
    Location: Winder, Georgia

    Comments: Served in fist and also bosn division from 1962 to 1966.
  • Service Posted on February 22, 2010 06:45 pm Name: Martin King
    Location: North Haven, CT

    Comments: I served aboard 10/1943-11/1945
  • Service Posted on February 18, 2010 01:58 pm Name: dedhed52

    Comments: My father-in-law, Stan Spoor, served aboard Canberra in WWII as a Pharmacist Mate. One of his duties was to prep the bodies for burial at sea after the ship was torpedoed.
  • Superbowl Posted on February 10, 2010 06:41 pm Name: Cecil Kersh

    Comments: Hello from the land of the Superbowl Champions. Just in case anyone out there did not see or hear the news the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS did win the Superbowl last Sunday night. What a game.

  • U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs Posted on February 9, 2010 09:20 pm Name: Rance Jurevwicz
    Homepage: U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs


    We love this website. It has been very helpful for our members. Also, our members tell us that our website is the best place for veterans to find information about compensation, pension and benefits for veterans. We have been told that VSOs now recommend that veterans visit our website first before filing a claim. Veterans learn about the process, who to see, where to go, and how to maximize their disability claims. Visit today!
  • Served 1962 Posted on February 9, 2010 03:59 pm Name: LeeAnn Martin
    Location: Bowling Green, Ky.

    Comments: I served aboard the Canberra from Feb, until Dec. 1962. I came aboard the night before we went to the Med for seven months. Was aboard during the Cuban Missile crisis. Discharged late Dec to return to school. I came aboard as a HM3 and made HM2 in the fall. I tried to talk my way out of the promotion as I was getting out in Dec, two moths early. I ran the treatment room and held sick call every morning.

    This will probably turn a lot of former shipmates off. I am half way through my sex resignment. That is the reason for the email address. My name is now LeeAnn Martin.
  • Vietnam Posted on February 5, 2010 11:09 am Name: Gary Hartley//Brandy Hartley
    Location: usa

    Comments: My Father, Gary Hartley, was aboard the USS Canberra from 1966 to 1968. He just passed away on Jan.12th, 2010. He had a very rare cancer (Mantle Cell Lymphoma). My family believes toxins from Vietnam were to blame. He was a healthy man up until last year, planted his own garden, walked miles in the woods ALL the time. Hunted, fished, quit smoking when he was twenty five & wasn't an alcoholic. He died twenty years too soon.
  • Around World Tour Posted on February 4, 2010 11:57 pm Name: Gerald (Jerry) Fein

    Comments: SFM3 (Repair Div) 1958 - 1960
  • Shipmates passing Posted on January 25, 2010 08:33 am Name: Bruce Whealton

    Comments: I'd like to report the passing of my Father-in-Law George John Gazire, Sr. , on Dec 15, 2009. He served on board during WW2. He used to tell me about the torpedo attack on the Canberra and how he was topside and watched the torpedo hit.The event is also described in the book "Sea of Thunder" by Evan Thomas, on page 165.Thank You !!

    Bruce Whealton EM1(SS) retired
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