USS Mt McKinley Association Deck Log

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Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 22:20:33 (MST)

Name: Elizabeth
Email: <dewisdom@comcast.net>
Location: Aurora, IL - USA
Comments:

My father, F. Ross Crowcroft, was in Communications during WWII. He just passed away, after suffering from Alzheimers for 6 years. He loved to talk about his experiences in WWII and the Pacific...anyone out there remember him?


Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005 at 22:20:23 (MST)

Name: Elizabeth
Email: <dewisdom@comcast.net>
Location: Aurora, IL - USA
Comments:

My father, F. Ross Crowcroft, was in Communications during WWII. He just passed away, after suffering from Alzheimers for 6 years. He loved to talk about his experiences in WWII and the Pacific...anyone out there remember him?


Posted on Friday, October 07, 2005 at 06:20:20 (MDT)

Name: David Long
Email: <davidlong1944@msn.com>
Location: Chagrin Falls, OH - US
Comments:

I've had days when I felt like that.


Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2005 at 10:55:43 (MDT)

Name: Ron Outlan
Email: <outlan@voyager.net>
Location: Gladwin , Michigan Comments:

I was aboard the ship from 1961 until oct. 1963.....I was in 1st divison worked on the Commadors boat.....made two Mid- crusises and was aboard during the Cuban crises.....


Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 22:16:07 (MDT)

Name: Maria Carroll
Email: <nadogirl_2000@yahoo.com>
Location: Imperial Beach, CA - USA
Comments:

I was wondering if there was anyone who might have remembered my father Edward John Carroll, who was stationed on there in 1943. I'm not sure if he was UDT back then, while stationed on here, but eventually spent the rest of his military career (20 years) as a UDT member. I recieved a copy of his service record which showed him stationed on this shio. If anyone can remember, or can help me find a way to some pics, etc. of my father, please contact me. I am terminally ill (at the age of 36), and am currently working on a scrapbook for my daughter (his only grandchild) so that she can know her grandfather's accomplishments, and be very happy of his achievements throughout his military career, and how he helped shape the Navy SEAL's as they are today. Thank you for this website as well.
Marie


Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 22:12:48 (MDT)

Name: Maria Carroll
Email: <nadogirl_2000@yahoo.com>
Location: Imperial Beach, CA - USA
Comments:

I was wondering if there was anyone who might have remembered my father Edward John Carroll, who was stationed on there in 1943. I'm not sure if he was UDT back then, while stationed on here, but eventually spent the rest of his military career (20 years) as a UDT member. I recieved a copy of his service record which showed him stationed on this shio. If anyone can remember, or can help me find a way to some pics, etc. of my father, please contact me. I am terminally ill (at the age of 36), and am currently working on a scrapbook for my daughter (his only grandchild) so that she can know her grandfather's accomplishments, and be very happy of his achievements throughout his military career, and how he helped shape the Navy SEAL's as they are today. Thank you for this website as well.
Marie


Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 22:12:41 (MDT)

Name: Maria Carroll
Email: <nadogirl_2000@yahoo.com>
Location: Imperial Beach, CA - USA
Comments:

I was wondering if there was anyone who might have remembered my father Edward John Carroll, who was stationed on there in 1943. I'm not sure if he was UDT back then, while stationed on here, but eventually spent the rest of his military career (20 years) as a UDT member. I recieved a copy of his service record which showed him stationed on this shio. If anyone can remember, or can help me find a way to some pics, etc. of my father, please contact me. I am terminally ill (at the age of 36), and am currently working on a scrapbook for my daughter (his only grandchild) so that she can know her grandfather's accomplishments, and be very happy of his achievements throughout his military career, and how he helped shape the Navy SEAL's as they are today. Thank you for this website as well.
Marie


Posted on Monday, September 26, 2005 at 22:10:57 (MDT)

Name: Maria Carroll
Email: <nadogirl_2000@yahoo.com>
Location: Imperial Beach, CA - USA
Comments:

I was wondering if there was anyone who might have remembered my father Edward John Carroll, who was stationed on there in 1943. I'm not sure if he was UDT back then, while stationed on here, but eventually spent the rest of his military career (20 years) as a UDT member. I recieved a copy of his service record which showed him stationed on this shio. If anyone can remember, or can help me find a way to some pics, etc. of my father, please contact me. I am terminally ill (at the age of 36), and am currently working on a scrapbook for my daughter (his only grandchild) so that she can know her grandfather's accomplishments, and be very happy of his achievements throughout his military career, and how he helped shape the Navy SEAL's as they are today. Thank you for this website as well.
Marie


Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 at 09:21:50 (MDT)

Name: Roosevelt D Ward
Email: <vvarward@vba.va.gov>
Referred by: Donald L. Wells
Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Comments:

Hi Shipmates;
I am a Service Officer of The Vietnam Veterans of America and I look for Shipmates of Veterans who have not been able to look on their own. I am seeking anyone on board the MAC during Oct. 68 to Mar. 69 with knowledge of combat action while in the harbor of or near Da Nang.If So, Please contact this office or E-mail. Thank you
Roosevelt D Ward GMGC RET. was on board USS Ingraham in the delta 65-66.CSO VVA


Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 at 09:20:28 (MDT)

Name: Roosevelt D Ward
Email: <vvarward@vba.va.gov>
Referred by: Donald L. Wells
Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Comments:

Hi Shipmates;
I am a Service Officer of The Vietnam Veterans of America and I look for Shipmates of Veterans who have not been able to look on their own. I am seeking anyone on board the MAC during Oct. 68 to Mar. 69 with knowledge of combat action while in the harbor of or near Da Nang.If So, Please contact this office or E-mail. Thank you
Roosevelt D Ward GMGC RET. was on board USS Ingraham in the delta 65-66.CSO VVA


Posted on Friday, September 09, 2005 at 09:19:59 (MDT)

Name: Roosevelt D Ward
Email: <vvarward@vba.va.gov>
Referred by: Donald L. Wells
Location: Seattle, WA - USA
Comments:

Hi Shipmates;
I am a Service Officer of The Vietnam Veterans of America and I look for Shipmates of Veterans who have not been able to look on their own. I am seeking anyone on board the MAC during Oct. 68 to Mar. 69 with knowledge of combat action while in the harbor of or near Da Nang.If So, Please contact this office or E-mail. Thank you
Roosevelt D Ward GMGC RET. was on board USS Ingraham in the delta 65-66.


Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 17:32:53 (MDT)

Name: Scott Lasater
Email: <scottl@icehouse.net>
Comments:

Although I was never a shipmate, per se, of all of you, I have to tell you of my experiences aboard.
In 1976, I was a radio operator in the Washington AIR National Guard. I received, with my section supervisor, orders to proceed to the Mt Mckinley for 2 weeks of TDY providing liason communications for an exercise off the east coast. This was a VERY unusual assignment, as we were activated into the USAF, and placed aboard a Navy ship! The first day after I checked in, I became aquainted with one of the sailors whom I belatedly discovered to be a major troublemaker. When I came in to my bunk area after evening chow (which was right next to the CMA's office, where my newfound "buddy" was standing with some other sailors. He motioned me over, and told me to stand there. The Master-At-Arms came out, looked at me and asked me if I was on any report. I said no, and he told me to "shag ass" if I wanted to keep it that way. My "buddy" thought that was the funniest thing he had ever done, and made me look like a fool. Turns out, for those who haven't figured it out yet, was that little formation was the sweeping party for those bad little sailors! Quite a little introduction to the traditions of the Naval Service for me!
Of course, I had my own little fun on board. Several new sailors asked "what's an Air Force guy doing on a Navy ship?" I just replied that we were there to test out a theory to launch B-52s off the deck!
On the whole, I enjoyed my two weeks on board, and to this day am proud to never have gotten seasick!

Scott Lasater


Posted on Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 17:40:19 (MDT)

Name: Russell Behrmann
Email: <bbbutah@netzero.net>
Referred by: web search
Location: Taylorsville, Utah - USA
Comments:

I'm trying to find out the military, or battle history of the USS Mount Mckinley (AGC-7) during the period February 7, 1944 and November 1945. My grandfather, Claude Behrmann served on that vessel sometime in that time period. I'm not sure even of the exact dates.

Is there a web-site, or is there a link from this web-site that I'm missing that might provide the ship history, and the dates he served specifically?


Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 01:58:56 (MDT)

Name: Gene Brick
Email: <embrick@comcast.net>
Location: Prineville, OR - USA
Comments:

I would like to have copies of the Mt.McKinley's smooth log covering the dates from May 12,1945 thru May 25,1945. I need the information about the hearing that was held aboard the Mt. McKinley regarding the deaths of Commander Louis A. Drexler and Douglas F. Barkell, S1/c who were ambushed by Japanese troops ashore on Kerama Retto on May 12,1945. Both of these men were aboard the LST 918. Drexler was the CO of the LST Group 47 and Barkell was a crew member of the LST 918. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated and I will pay for any copying expense you may incur. Thank you, Gene Brick GM2, survivor of the USS Drexler DD741.


Posted on Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 20:25:27 (MDT)

Name: Gregory Harrison
Email: <harrison_gregory@bah.com>
Location: Fairfax, VA - USA
Comments:

Passing of a shipmate - LCDR Frank E. Harrison on 15 July 2005, age 89, veteran of 4 years in Pacific Theatre during WWII, including Navy Unit Commendation for service aboard U.S.S. Mount McKinley (Capture Southern Palau Islands; Leyte Landings; Lingayen Gulf Landings, Okinawa Operation). Served on staff of ComPhibGrp 5 as flag comm officer. Buried Fairfax Cemetary 21 July w/Full Military Honors.
I found reference to my father's service on U.S.S. Mount McKinley in his service records while making arrangements w/the Navy for his funeral. I have an orginal map that tracks the "Odyssey of Amphibious Group 5" with battles, routes, and dates that track well w/the Ships unit commendation for that era. A copy might be of interest to the members. Would be interested in learning more about the ship (e.g., AGC operations and mission), and its history and have a couple of questions about his battle stars i.e., there is one large silver one, and another smaller made of dark metal. Total of 6? (earlier ribbon sets have four dark stars). Also not sure of the correct position of the Navy Unit Citation ribbon relative to other ribbons in a shadow box. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Finally, a sincere thank you to everyone who has served aboard the U.S.S. Mount McKinley during its long history in defense of our great nation. You are all heros. VR Greg Harrion.


Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2005 at 19:26:58 (MDT)

Name: Clark Kanish
Email: <cmjmkan@wmconnect.com>
Referred by: Self
Location: Randallstown, Maryland - USA
Comments:

I served aboard the Mt Mckinley from Oct/1959 thru Jul/1960. I was an RM2 in the Radio Division. Reading the Deck Log entries brought back alot of memories of my tour of duty; the Panama Canal; Cruise Amigo to Valparaiso, Chile; becoming a Shellback; the Med. cruise; and the Radio Gang in general.

Best wishes to all that served aboard the Mighty Mac,

Clark Kanish


Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 02:19:10 (MDT)

Name: Ken Oxenrider
Home Page: <http://www.USSMtMcKinley.Com>
Location: Front Royal, Virginia - USA
Comments:

This is just a note from your Webmaster. Guys, please hold your discussions using the discussion board. This deck log is for comments from guests. Anyone can use the discussion board. You will find it on the menu bar at the top of nearly any page.

Be sure and register at the discussion board and then have fun posting.
Thanks, and hope to see you all at the Charleston Reunion...

Kenny


Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 20:32:29 (MDT)

Name: louis fronista
Email: <elfron@att.net>
Location: dayton, ohio - USA
Comments:

I served on the Mac 1951 to 1953 as a quartermaster (signalman). In '53 Lt. Clark ok'd my transfer to the USS Consolation (AH15), a hospital ship where I served till '55 when I was discharged. Anyway, I transferred to be with my brother who was a corpman on the hospital ship. Can anyone tell me if these guys come to the Mac reunions: Petty, Fletcher, Lovato (our bugler), Englund. I haven't joined the Mt MAC ASSN. yet. But I'd like to show up for next year's get-together. Best wishes to all of you wonderful folks. (lou fronista)


Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 at 20:32:17 (MDT)

Name: louis fronista
Email: <elfron@att.net>
Location: dayton, ohio - USA
Comments:

I served on the Mac 1951 to 1953 as a quartermaster (signalman). In '53 Lt. Clark ok'd my transfer to the USS Consolation (AH15), a hospital ship where I served till '55 when I was discharged. Anyway, I transferred to be with my brother who was a corpman on the hospital ship. Can anyone tell me if these guys come to the Mac reunions: Petty, Fletcher, Lovato (our bugler), Englund. I haven't joined the Mt MAC ASSN. yet. But I'd like to show up for next year's get-together. Best wishes to all of you wonderful folks. (lou fronista)


Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 10:22:22 (MDT)

Name: E. W, "Red" Grace
Email: <ewrojo72@aol.com>
Referred by: myself
Location: Fishers, IN 46038 - USA
Comments:

What is poop on Reunion at Charleston?

Sincerelyy
Red Grace


Posted on Friday, July 08, 2005 at 17:00:03 (MDT)

Name: Dennis Merritt
Email: <DennisMerritt816@USSMtMcKinley.Com>
Location: Sacramento, Ca - Sacramento
Comments:

Hello Shipmates,

Im trying to locate one RM2 or RM1 Jack Byron.. Last heard he was aboard COMPHIBGRU-1. That was in 1972. Jack was from the Petaluma California area.

Thanks much.

Dennis Merritt
EX RM2 Comphibgru-1/USS Iwo Jima


Posted on Sunday, July 03, 2005 at 18:29:38 (MDT)

Name: wood, 2nd division
Location: charlotte, nc Comments:

i served aboard from 1958 to 1961, boat hook, vp coxswain,
after steering watch when underway, bosn's mate at the
quarter deck when in port.

does anyone remember the mt mac's phantom sh ter?
he shat in quite a few places at night all around
the ship, on the weather decks, below decks, in
unlocked offices and areas - even on the mess deck.

the chief master-at-arms was going crazy trying to
figure who the phantom sh ter was, and how to catch
him. then, the master-at-arms office got a phone
call out of the blue. the caller said, "i'm the
phantom sh ter. i'm going to sh t on the port
quarterdeck tonight at midnight."

the master-at-arms went one step ahead of the
phantom and posted a sentry at the port quarter
deck and the starboard quarter deck. the sentries
waited all night but nothing happened.

the next morning the chief master-at-arms saw
that the phantom had shat in the master-at-arms
shack !!! THE PHANTOM NEVER STRUCK AGAIN.


Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2005 at 21:48:41 (MDT)

Name: Doyle R. Osborne (Ozzie)
Email: <razorback_oz@cox.net>
Location: Spring Valley, Ca. Comments:

Chang ein E-Mail address.


Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 09:59:35 (MDT)

Name: Roy Richardson
Email: <rodeoroyr@earthlink.net>
Location: Huntington Beach, CA - USA
Comments:

Recently I received the Master Roster, 1950-1959 to see if I could find some "old Shipmates" circa 1952-53. Particularly, four of us who had spend many good hours together both in the mainland and the far east.
Two I am still trying to locate They (LTJg Chuck White, LTJg Don Hawkins. Unfortunately, I also found out that the third, LTjg Bill McClure, from Alva, Oklahoma died in the late 1990's. The fourth one, LTjg Don Finstrom we have been able to keep in touch for the last 40+ years.


Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 at 17:35:05 (MDT)

Name: Jackie Russell Hughes
Email: <Oneplus5@bellsouth.net>
Referred by: Just doing History Research
Location: Bessemer , NC - USA
Comments:

Dear Sirs.

It gives me deep sorrow to inform you that Yoman 3rd Class Petty Officer Russell D Norris has gone on to be with our Lord. This man ment the world to me and he loved the Navy. I will deeply miss him but will always remember him when I look at my son. He was named after my grandfathers ship the USS MT. Mckinley. Please place this in your history books He passed away June 4th at 3:40pm.

Thank you

His Grandson
Jackie Russell Hughes.


Posted on Monday, June 06, 2005 at 16:02:16 (MDT)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Comments:

George Clark, This is message board "is not the way to order items from the store" I cannot ship until I have your order with a check or MO included. I thought I would see your order by now, please review the instructions for ordering items from the Ships Store.
Steve


Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2005 at 10:06:38 (MDT)

Name: Don Angstead
Email: <rhino718@intergate.com>
Location: New London, Iowa - USA
Comments:

Just found the site. I was in COMPHIBGRU ONE (1964-1965) and was aboard Mt Mac for a six-month period during that time. I was later assigned to ship's company (1967-1969). Would love hearing from any of the old hands that were aboard during these periods.


Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:57:17 (MDT)

Name: George F Clark, Jr
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, Pa - USA
Comments:

As a result of my left rear quarter panel on mu Odyssey being hummed by a HUMMER< my rear window was blown out, causing loss of my decals. Would Steve Schermerhorn send me a $3 and $2 decal as well as $15 white hat ASAP. Previous purchaser. Check right back. Please ensure hat will not be crumpled. Good job on first one. If you ever order a white hat from Seagrams V.O. BEWARE!!!! Clark 113 N Fairview Upper arby PA 19082. Any TACRON 22 guys out there???????


Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:43:35 (MDT)

Name: GFClark, Jr
Email: <Bluefish George @ msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Just a piece of trivia. If you are a salt water fisherman and have visited a few libraries, you will not only find the "Splendid Splinter" in many books, but you might also find a picture or two of a threesome named Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx who frequented a seaport named Brielle. As I have had my hands three time on or down the throat of someone choaking, I recently related my most recent situation and an elderly person with more years than myself told me about how Jimmy Foxx choked to death with food in his throat. As a ball player on TACRON 22's 1960 championship team, I'm sorry to hear how DOUBLE X died, but interested in the trivia. As I grew up close to the Schuylkill Arsenal in Phila. I recently learned that Lewis & Wm. Clark were outfitted on Grays Ferry Ave. before their famous trek where they met Sagaguea. Adios. Have new jokes, but its late.


Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:43:31 (MDT)

Name: GFClark, Jr
Email: <Bluefish George @ msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Just a piece of trivia. If you are a salt water fisherman and have visited a few libraries, you will not only find the "Splendid Splinter" in many books, but you might also find a picture or two of a threesome named Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx who frequented a seaport named Brielle. As I have had my hands three time on or down the throat of someone choaking, I recently related my most recent situation and an elderly person with more years than myself told me about how Jimmy Foxx choked to death with food in his throat. As a ball player on TACRON 22's 1960 championship team, I'm sorry to hear how DOUBLE X died, but interested in the trivia. As I grew up close to the Schuylkill Arsenal in Phila. I recently learned that Lewis & Wm. Clark were outfitted on Grays Ferry Ave. before their famous trek where they met Sagaguea. Adios. Have new jokes, but its late.


Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 23:43:22 (MDT)

Name: GFClark, Jr
Email: <Bluefish George @ msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Just a piece of trivia. If you are a salt water fisherman and have visited a few libraries, you will not only find the "Splendid Splinter" in many books, but you might also find a picture or two of a threesome named Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx who frequented a seaport named Brielle. As I have had my hands three time on or down the throat of someone choaking, I recently related my most recent situation and an elderly person with more years than myself told me about how Jimmy Foxx choked to death with food in his throat. As a ball player on TACRON 22's 1960 championship team, I'm sorry to hear how DOUBLE X died, but interested in the trivia. As I grew up close to the Schuylkill Arsenal in Phila. I recently learned that Lewis & Wm. Clark were outfitted on Grays Ferry Ave. before their famous trek where they met Sagaguea. Adios. Have new jokes, but its late.


Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 08:02:05 (MDT)

Name: WALT JENNERICH
Email: <WALT2001@PTD.NET>
Location: HONESDALE, PA - U.S.A.
Comments:

I SERVED ABOARD THE MAC FROM AUG.54 THRU JAN 57. I WAS A FP2. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO MIGHT REMEMBER ME. OTHERS IN R DIV. AT THE TIME WAS, SAM WHITE, BILL LOWERY,ARCHER,PRESSLER,JOYNER,CLOER,YOUNGBLOOD,LOPEZ AND MANY MORE


Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 07:39:19 (MDT)

Name: WALT JENNERICH
Email: <WALT2001@PTD.NET>
Location: HONESDALE, PA - U.S.A.
Comments:

IT NEVER COMPLETED. IT GOT HALF WAY THRU AND NEVER FINISHED


Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 at 09:42:40 (MDT)

Name: nate ballivian
Location: sand lake, MI - U.S.
Comments:

My grandpa was a sailor on the USS Mt.Mckinley during world war II. His name was William Barron (Bill, for short)and i am wondering if anyone has heard about him and what he did while in the navy. I need the infomation for a paper, this would mean a lot to me, thanks.


Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at 16:58:37 (MDT)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby PA 19082, - USA
Comments:

Monday, May 9, 2005 I was interviewed by a physciatrist at 9am and at llam, I was presented a handicapped placard. It was 45 years ago today, that I woke up in the morning and joined the Navy in the afternoon, as there was no ball game due to muddy conditions. I should also add that I eventually took all my tests at the Schuylkill Arsenal on Grays Ferry Road in Phila. and a month or so ago, I found out that that is where Lewis and Clark were provisioned prior to their trek tp the Northwest Passage. Adios & God Bless. Pray for this sailor.


Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:36:19 (MDT)

Name: Bill Ellis
Email: <bili1000@aol.com>
Comments:

I received the following message with a dues payment from our member Bob Ball. Thought some of you would be interested in his comments.
"There is something I haven't heard mentioned before. I do not know just where we were anchored, anyway, due to the impossibility of relieving each other, we stayed in place during GQs. I was on the fantail, off duty (radio man) and did not move immediately since I was not in the way although I had to leave the area.
As I left I looked where the 5" gun crew were aiming. A Jap plane was coming as though down an aisle between other ships, directly toward us. The 5" went off and the plane disappeared. I heard that a Destroyer was credited with the kill."

Hope you enjoyed this rememberance from one of our shipmates.
Bill Ellis


Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2005 at 19:11:16 (MDT)

Name: Bruce Lanning
Email: <blanning@acadia.net>
Location: Winter Harbor, Maine - USA
Comments:

Enjoyed reading all the comments from many of my OLD shipmates. I was aboard from August 60 until March 63 as Electronic Officer. If anyone remembers me,I would enjoy
hearing from you. I would like to get in touch with the Chaplain from thoes days, Jim Little. If anyone knows anything about him, please let me know.


Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 17:21:57 (MDT)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

If no one would offer an objection, when there has been no postings for a week or so, I would submit one of my original jokes. For example, my wife and I were doing landscaping the other day, an she was doing so much work, I didn't need my whip. And when my posthole digger came apart, I was searching my toll box for a part to reassemble it. When she asked me what I was looking for, I told her "a NUT", to wit whe replied, LOOK IN A MIRROR. Today I attended a HEALTH FAIR at work, and submitted my face to a melanoma scan, to wit the nurse asked me if I had any oil on my face and I replied, I'm allergic to soap and water. I only bathe in the rainstorm, especially "acid rain". I never know what I'm going to say till I hear it. Adios. God Bless. PS. over the radio, the other day, I heard Connie Francis' rendition of GOD BLESS AMERICA. Thought only Kate Smith's was in vogue. Adios, again. Feedback invited.


Posted on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 09:15:34 (MDT)

Name: Jolene Stratton
Email: <jx2@bresnan.net>
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado - USA
Comments:

I have a cover envelope from the USS Mount McKinley that was posted July 1, 1946. The cover has "Operation Crossroad" (Atomic Bomb Test) Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands printed on the lower left. There is a letter fom J.W. Hunt S2c, USN JTF-1, Section (J-11B) USS Mt. McKinley (AGC-7) FPO San Francisco, Ca. to his mother describing his and his shipmates anticipation on watching the atomic blast.
I bought this at an estate sale, it was going to be thrown away. Does anyone have any information on this item, historical significance etc. please advise.
Thank you.........Jolene Stratton


Posted on Friday, April 15, 2005 at 18:47:16 (MDT)

Name: scott davis(lt(jg)
Email: <woof@rea-alp.com>
Referred by: member
Location: farwell, mn - lipoma
Comments:

anybody remember louis insalaco? he was a jg from new york. his eyebrows went straight across and then continued down his nose. looked like he had a hairy "t" in the middle of his face. we went on liberty together and tried to get diseases all over the med.


Posted on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 15:46:30 (MDT)

Name: G. Roger Bowers, Esq.
Email: <rajbowers@hotmail.com>
Location: Bensalem, Pa. 19020 Comments:

I just answered my own question. While the one website appears to end in 2003 if you log on anyway it takes your message to the updated website. Suggest that the 2003 website advise persons that there is a website with current entries and how to log on to that website.


Posted on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 15:40:01 (MDT)

Name: G. Roger Bowers, Esq.
Email: <rajbowers@hotmail.com>
Location: Bensalem, Pa. 19020 Comments:

Is this website still current? It appears to end in 2003 and I have located a different website which is current. I served about the Mac from 1949 through 1951 as a weatherman attached to Admiral Doyle's staff. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. At that time I was a petty officer 2nd class and known as Jerry Bowers and not as Roger.


Posted on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 15:39:54 (MDT)

Name: G. Roger Bowers, Esq.
Email: <rajbowers@hotmail.com>
Location: Bensalem, Pa. 19020 Comments:

Is this website still current? It appears to end in 2003 and I have located a different website which is current. I served about the Mac from 1949 through 1951 as a weatherman attached to Admiral Doyle's staff. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me. At that time I was a petty officer 2nd class and known as Jerry Bowers and not as Roger.


Posted on Monday, April 11, 2005 at 15:27:12 (MDT)

Name: G. Roger Bowers, Esq.
Email: <rajbowers@hotmail.com>
Location: Bensalem, Pa. 19020 Comments:

Why are there two website logs? One ends in 2003 and this one is current and took a lot of work to locate. I last logged on in 2004 but that website took me this time to the one ending in 2003 and appears now to be an abandoned site.


Posted on Tuesday, April 05, 2005 at 13:58:05 (MDT)

Name: NORTON , WARREN
Email: <HANDLEBAR6@CHARTER.NET>
Location: DEFOREST, WI. 53532 - USA
Comments:

I THINK IT WAS ONE OF STEINMETZ BROTHERS. THAT SANK THE VP ON THE BOOM.


Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 at 22:25:43 (MDT)

Name: BILL GEROSKI
Email: <poppa1g@aol.com>
Referred by: SEARCHING THE WEB FOR THE MAC
Location: EDGEWATER, FLORIDA - USA
Comments:

HELLO SHIPMATES -- I served aboard the Mount Mckinley from 1961 to 1964 in second division deck force under captains Lauerman,Flynn,and Schwab.I remember alot of the gang,(billings,tibbs, hageman,witt,sawyer,the steinmetz brothers,norton,sanchez,gero,wade,and many more).had alot of good liberty ports of call.I was a lcvp boat coxswain,and life boat crew -AND NO- it wasn't me who swept the lcvp out with the ramp down,we had two lcvp's and I can't recall that mishap.I got a few good memories I'll post over in the memory section soon.


Posted on Saturday, April 02, 2005 at 08:35:02 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, Pa l9082 - USA
Comments:

Once again, I'm surprised that there has been no entries since March 12th. With the health of Pope Paul headlining the news, it reminds me of a period during my navy days when I was tending to teletype machines aboard the Chilton about late May or early June of 1963, following my three or four month tour of duty on the Mt Mac. The teletype was printing and hour by hour report on Pope John XXIII's condition. I have related many times this story as Pope John had a special attchment to me for I attended a New Year's midnight mass celebrated by Him one one visit to Rome and on another visit, I took a photo of Him waving from his apartment window. I believe he was asking all inebriated sailors to get out of his piazza, and he was looking directly at me and my buddies, who would have been Ray Thomas and Don Howard. Now I wonder if I was wearing blues or whites, if I can find my slides. I should mention the Chilton was returning to Norfolk after its tour. Of my eight ships, Chilton is only ship I have no photo of. Adios. Bluefish. Our prayers go outto our fighting men and the Pope also. Amen


Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 16:19:33 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, Pa 19082 - USA
Comments:

Just found some postcards that you would purchase on the beach in the Med. Haven't viewed them in many, many years, and was surprised that one of them appears to have a CARRIER along the quay wall. Wonder is water was deep enough. Could this be. Usually one of my AGC's was backed into the "rockpile" and tendered alongside another ship, whether it be a supply ship like the ALTAIR or another type. Oh, I'm referring to Naples, Italy and as such, I don't think I"ve ever mentioned the eerie and beautifully brightness of a magnificent cave. Interesting enough, years later it was reported that the Greeks, or perhaps the Romans, placed many of their scupltures at the bottom of the "BLUE GROTTO", located on the Isle of Capri. If you've ever been on the beach at Capri, no doubt you would advise future visitors to bring along for a walk on the beach. Just remembered that I have a photo on that beach with a Draftsman named Don Castlemen. Where is he???? Bluefish George from TACRON 22. You know, my wife is so smart she only made one mistake. People ask me how I met her. It was during a BLACKOUT, We were both desperate. Adios, God Bless.


Posted on Friday, March 04, 2005 at 14:05:07 (MST)

Name: linda anderson
Email: <andrslin8@aol.com>
Location: gig harbor, washington - usa
Comments:

I am looking for my father Ralph Herbert who served on the great Mt McKinley between the years of 1955-1962. we have been trying to locate jerry l smith -smitty nickname,or anyone who served and was on board when the typhoon hit and do you remember how bad it actually was. we have been looking for this information for awhile now with no luck on finding out about the typhoon anywhere, thought we found a web site but it was no longer available
If anyone has any info please email or call at 253-857-6571
my name is linda and my husband is Dan thank you all for your services you have done may god bless you all


Posted on Friday, March 04, 2005 at 12:51:16 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, Pa - USA
Comments:

Don't know why I havent' thought of this before, but does anyone remember a RM Chief by the name of Chobot, pronounced showboat? Also, one of the greatest officers, I had the pleasure of serving with was a Lt. Sturm. This was while we were stationed together at LCreek, Va. @ TACRON 22. know I was on the Pocono with the Lt. and probably on the Boxer and/or Monrovia with the Chief. I remember a Boatswain by name of George on either the Boxer or Monrovia while serving with another Philly buddy, by name of William H. Burkett, who got discharged in 62, a year ahead of me and who I last saw about the time that JFK was assassinated. The Lt. was also a pilot. Been searching for "Burkey" for years with no success. Joke of the day. Just received certified mail from last employer(retired) indicating my dental coverage will terminate. Gees, I can't even get a cavity. Or,I wish I could get a cavity. Phila. Eagles once had a "Gummy" Carr. Mt Mac now has a "Gummy" Clark


Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2005 at 15:53:54 (MST)

Name: Jerry Whelpley
Email: <azicon@aol.com>
Referred by: member
Location: phoenix, az - usa
Comments:

Steve, the last card I had from him, he was in Pewaukee, WI.
We both went to "A" school together and I came to the Mount McKinley from the Taconic when the Mt. Mac was transferred to the west coast. If you want his address email me.
Jerry


Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 at 18:37:08 (MST)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Location: New Paris, Indiana Comments:

Jerry,
Yeh, McGill and nickname Moose, that's who I was trying to remember - any idea of his where abouts?

Thanks,
Steve


Posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 19:01:35 (MST)

Name: Jerry Whelpley
Email: <azicon@aol.com>
Location: Phoenix, AZ - USA
Comments:

Steve are you thinking of Roy McGill FTG3? We called him "Moose".


Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 04:54:16 (MST)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Location: New Paris, Indiana Comments:

Jim Chapman,
Just noticed your rate of FTCS as well as the time you were aboard, I have been trying to remember a FT3 that was aboard during that cruise or maybe he left the ship in Aug 64 before westpac.(he was from Indiana/Illinois, his hometown was on the state line and you never knew if he would say Indiana or Illinois when expressing where he was from) He was continully in the ET repair shop chew'n the fat, it seems that his last name was Mc(something), Can you help me remember?


Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 04:37:08 (MST)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Location: New Paris, Indiana - USA
Comments:

"CRUISING IN THE MAC" The history of the ship compiled from Deck Logs and other sources by Ken Boenitz, a Mount Mckinley Plank Owner is now available in the Ships Store. $16.00 plus the normal $5.00 shipping will get this 125 page History of the USS Mount McKinley fact filled book to you.


Posted on Monday, February 07, 2005 at 12:48:08 (MST)

Name: J. Chapman
Email: <tujcha@aol.com>
Referred by: self
Location: Phoenix, Az Comments:

Addition to my entry yesterday.
I retired Mar 30 1966 (22 yrs) as FTCS, Last ship was USS Columbus CG12. Actually MM was moored behind us at Subic in Jan 1965. At that tim VADM F. J. Blouin had his flag in MM. He was CO of MM in 1958 for the med cruise and Amphib Squadron commander in MM 1959 Med cruise. He left that job for a DC assignment as Rear Adm.
After retireing I toiled as Test eng for 23 years for Honeywell Information Systems. Retired June 30 1989. At age 79 after several MAJOR Surgeries I dont get around much, The wife of 52 yrs does a pretty darn good job of looking after me.


Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 13:24:10 (MST)

Name: James T. Chapman
Email: <tujcha@aol.com>
Location: Phoenix, Az, Comments:

Glad to see that one of my pals (Harry Cox GMSN?GM3) 3rd div is now involved with MM assoc. I was FTC in third div from Dec 1957 thru Apr 1960. Clark named me PAPPY because of my wife and I having several Children. After leving MM we had two more for a total of 8. Good luck guys.


Posted on Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 16:32:43 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Regarding my entry on January 22nd, the Monrovia onloaded those derelict automobiles at Rota, Spain, where I believe task force 61 may have refueled before returning to Norfolk after our Mediterranean cruise. Adios. No jokes again


Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 08:25:01 (MST)

Name: kuldeep singh
Email: <mkuldeep2002@yahoo.com>
- india
Comments:

looking for shore job as i have navigation and radio officer exoerince and looking for good friends also.


Posted on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 11:32:48 (MST)

Name: Bob Whitehouse
Email: <bobusnret@earthlink.net>
Location: Mexico, ME - USA
Comments:

I served aboard the USS Mt Mac 64-65 as an RM3. I am now
retired as of 1990 as an RMCM. Would love to hear from
some of my old buddies, such as Dave Long, Hopper, Moody
Yogi, Attinkson, Garrety etc.


Posted on Monday, January 31, 2005 at 11:32:02 (MST)

Name: Bob Whitehouse
Email: <bobusnret@earthlink.net>
Location: Mexico, ME - USA
Comments:

I served aboard the USS Mt Mac 64-65 as an RM3. I am now
retired as of 1990 as an RMCM. Would love to hear from
some of my old buddies, such as Dave Long, Hopper, Moody
Yogi, Attinkson, Garrety etc.


Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 19:13:27 (MST)

Name: Darlene Ouellette
Email: <irisheyes294362000@yahoo.com>
Location: Cross, South Carolina - USA
Comments:

My late husband served on board the MT Mac.I would like to hear from anyone who served with him.He was a radioman first class Gerald (Jerry) Ouellette.Would love to hear from Hughes or Burnett or Kolwasky...Thank you....
darlene Ouellette


Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 17:30:11 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <Bluefish George @ msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

I just wonder if there is anyone out there who happens to remember a stop that the USS Monrovia made in probably l96l where we on loaded many of the derelict automobiles, which were subsequently disposed of at sea and were decorated with such artwork as "SO RARE"? Somewhere I have Polaroids of these autos. I am surprised that there aren't a lot more stories entered on this site. Has anyone else been to Montserrat, or to Ephesus, or to Corfu. I missed Liberty at Corfu and would like to know what I missed. Any recent developments on that huge cathedral they've been building in Barcelona for a hundred or so years. Adios. Bluefish


Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 17:27:24 (MST)

Name: raymond a winfree usn ret.
Comments:

i served on the mt. mac. as leading sm;from yard period in long beach to through decomissioning.would like to hear from any signalmen that served on her during this time.
ray winfree


Posted on Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 13:34:40 (MST)

Name: Roy Peterson
Email: <mslizpete@rrt.net>
Location: campbell, mn 56522 - USA
Comments:


My name is Roy Peterson, known as "Pete" to my shipmates. I was aboard for the atomic bomb tests in 1946. I was radarman second class in charge of the radar gang for the tests. Wonder if anyone has had any ill effects from the radiation. If anyone was in this unit please E-mail me. Thanks, Pete


Posted on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 08:36:11 (MST)

Name: Ray Burley
Email: <dynalifter@adelphia.net>
Location: Toledo, Ohio - USA
Comments:

Quick note: Wondering is anyone remembers Ray Burley, the ships baker during all south Pacific invasions, years 1940-45 I think, he was older than most at 28 yrs old, they called him "Pappy". Liked his beer.... he is in Toledo and still telling the stories of the time on the ship as it was yesterday. He also was a relay(communication) man for the gunner when on alert. He is in his late 80's. If anyone remembers him he would be thrilled to hear.
regards Ray Burley's grandson


Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005 at 19:30:42 (MST)

Name: George Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Just finished visiting the site of the USS Rankin. She has a neat history of her ports of call. The MT Mac was in Rhodes, Greece around 8 APR 63 as I have a postcard bearing that date. I have brochures of visits to Toulon France undated, but must be 1963, a visit to Naples in March 1963. As I locate more details, will post. My thanks to K.O. for posting my "helo" photo and await return of original. Does anyone ever here know of the call sign WHISKEY TWO SUGAR LOVE CHARLIE??? I'm positiv I used it in 1962 and again in 1963 to call home from thje Med, but another Radioman, RAY THOMAS, who patched me through just fails to remember. So long and GOD BLESS!!!! No jokes this time.....Bluefish


Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 18:47:16 (MST)

Name: George Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Does anyone know how to get into the USNTC Bainbridge MD website? Bluefish George @ msn.com


Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 17:27:55 (MST)

Name: GFCLark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

Tks KO 4 inserting that helo photo. Now I have credentials to pursue a career as a funny looking comedian. God Bless.


Posted on Monday, January 03, 2005 at 21:37:21 (MST)

Name: don wilson
Email: <don.wilson3@worldnet.att.net>
Location: sun city, az Comments:

i was on the mt mckinley when it left san diego
for japan, and was aboard during the invasion of inchon
would lihe to know what the 1st class botson name was of
the1st div


Posted on Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 09:47:34 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA - USA
Comments:

Roger that Kenny. I cannot send E-mails normally. MSN has send me 7 or so steps to correct it, but I'm too skeptical to try. Will probably screw up ssomething else. Usually only play hearts and spades on this. Apologizes for contacting you this way. Please delete. Also have a photo me me on heloport dated JAN 63, which was probably taken on Pocono. Helo # is 92. Want to include this on my home page before I go to great beyond. God bless and Safe Journeys. Bluefish George. Again. please delete. This should not be used for personal commuinications. QSL..QSL...


Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 15:02:39 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA - USA
Comments:

Cannot link up with the USS TACONIC thru your site, but exploring, found USS SARATOGA site and was able to enter Taconic's. I never thought I'd find a girl dumb enoughto marry me, but when I met my wife, whe wasn't wearing her glasses....It was like a double bonus. Bluefish George...


Posted on Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 03:00:59 (MST)

Name: Carole Peek Bailey
Email: <cafgb@aol.com>
Referred by: Lee Scott
Location: Paradise, CA - USA
Comments:

My former husband, Richard P.Peek was a Radarman on the USS Mt. McKinley from 1953-1955. Richard passed away the day after his 39th birthday on Dec. 1, 1973. I still keep in touch with Lee Scott and his wife and they fill me in on the reunions. I have a lot of fond memories of the ship dinners, Easter in particular and many of the guys and wives of the married guys all getting together and playing pinocle. It's been 50 years, but the memories are so vivid. When Lee gave me this site info, I just had to check it out and I am so glad I did.


Posted on Friday, December 24, 2004 at 13:46:16 (MST)

Name: George F. Clark, Jr.
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Referred by: Previously
Location: Upper Darby, PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

Have so many fond memories, its hard to know where to start. For instance, during my Navy career of 4 Yrs, l mo and 3 days, so many remarkable and/or noteworthy events took place although I do not know the specific date/year. For example, I was in Malta aboard the Pocono when I heard of death of Marilyn Monroe, I was in Tacron 22's second floor offices when Bill Mazeroski hit the homerun that defeated the Yankees in 60 or 61; I remember reading the back page of a newpaper in Little Creek when Wilt "the Stilt" scored 100 points, I recall reading about Ted Williams' homer in his last at bat while in Norfolk, I recall the death of Pope John XXIII, while crossing the Atlantic on a return voyage aboard the Chilton, while attending to the teletype machines (sidsebar RYRYRY), I remember the moment I read about Maris' 61st HR in 1961 as I was present at an Eagles game in Franklin and they put it up on a lighted scoreboard. I hope these remembrances rekindle pleasant memories and significant reflections among others who find these words. Haven't told any original jokes yet, but I don't have a mirror in front of me. I was remiss when I related my memories about playing centerfield for TACRON 22 in 1960, for I pulled a TOM Dempsey stunt before he became famous for kicking barefooted. I was barefooted when I made that Willie Mays catch. That's why I remember, because of the remarks when I came in carrying my sneakers. I would also like to know if anyone remembers who pitched for LFTU in 1960. TACRON beat them 3 to 2 in our fourth game, and I have related to others many times while standing on 2ND base and he turned and said, "NO MORE CHANGE UPS FOR YOU!" Time for a joke...People ask me how I met my wife---It was during a BLACKOUT...We were both desperate!!!!!!


Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2004 at 13:26:12 (MST)

Name: Ann Eisenberg
Email: <ann.eisenberg@att.net>
Location: Oakland, CA - USA
Comments:

From: ann.eisenberg@att.net [ Save Address ]
To: Dwight Janzen
Subject: A granddaughter
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 13:21:23 -0700


Dear Mr. Janzen:

My family has a lot of stories, secrets and myths. I remember my mother telling me that my grandmother Rose Miller served on the McKinley in WWII as a Red Cross nurse. Also that my grandfather, Franklin James Walsh, served on it as well. This would have been in 1944-45-- in the Pacific. Do these facts match any part of the USS Mt. McKinley story? Is there a way to find out who was serving on the ship in a given year?

Incidentally, I think my grandmother believed that she was on the McKinley, refurbished as a freighter ship, when she took a freighter trip in the late 70s or early 80s.

Thank you for your help!

Ann Eisenberg
ann.eisenberg@att.net


Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 04:41:38 (MST)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Email: <stevesch@npcc.net>
Location: New Paris, Indiana - USA
Comments:

63 years ago December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacked.
40 years ago December 7, 1964 Mount McKinley crosses the Equator at 105 deg. east.
I was not yet born in 1941, but I was aboard the Mount McKinley and became a shellback in 1964.
December 7 does have significance for me.



Posted on Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 12:25:18 (MST)

Name: Robert L. Brouse
Email: <bobbrouse@aol.com>
Location: Lebanon, Pa. - USA
Comments:

I served on the Mt. McKinley from 1953 to Sept. 1955. I was a QM2 in the N-Division. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that served on board at this time that remembers me.
bobbrouse@aol.com


Posted on Friday, November 26, 2004 at 17:14:23 (MST)

Name: Doug Cole (TJ)
Email: <bossman1@tampabay.rr.com>
Referred by: promise to join
Location: Inverness, fla - USA
Comments:

WellI was quite surprised that I was a few years late in signing up.I seem to remember my pinochle days and nights a lot better now. Balls was my partner when he had a double run in clubs and I had a run and double kings we bid it up pretty high and made abute 300 pts that hand. Smitty and all you guys in CR division those were the days no worries and really not much responsibility etc....... I am sure there are a lot of guys that slip under the radar of my 59 yr old brain but excepy for MOODY we all were cool. Hello to Don sands,Bear,Johnson and Balls, LT Alogna,Gossen,Beetle,Patterson,Paul Hall,all my Marco0det buds and all I have left out of this short note. When I wrote before I had a different address and had a crash without backup so lost touch, will answer all who e mail and share memories.


Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2004 at 10:38:51 (MST)

Name: Sheila Scarbrough-Young
Email: <sheilam_young@hotmail.com>
Referred by: Cecil Bernard Scarbrough, Jr
Location: Meridian, Mississippi - United Stated
Comments:

Bernard Scarbrough is looking of shipmates that were aboard the USS MTMckinley during the period 1968 and 1969.
He is currently residing in Meridian, Mississippi and his cellphone number is (601)479-4690 or (601)481-1699 (home).


Posted on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 at 10:14:37 (MDT)

Name: Mrs.Darlene Ouellette
Email: <go5330@hotmail.com>
Location: Cross, S.C. - USA
Comments:

My late husband was Jerry Ouellette RM1 who served aboard tha MT.Mac from Jan 1967 to Jan 1969.He passed away October 1999 at the age of 60.Would like to hear from anyone who knew him.Have fond memories of the ship. Thanks.


Posted on Monday, October 11, 2004 at 20:05:56 (MDT)

Name: Beth Blake
Email: <remingtonmodel7@zoominternet.net>
Location: Ceredo, WV - USA
Comments:

My husband, Charles Franklin "Frank" Blake served in the 2nd division as a boatsman mate on the Mount McKinley in 1962-1963. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him or would like to correspond. Please e-mail us.


Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004 at 22:03:00 (MDT)

Name: Charlie Taliaferro
Home Page: <http://www.kitchentablegang.org>
Email: <chast@kitchentablegang.org>
Referred by: friend
Location: NAS Lemoore, CA - USA
Comments:

Attention USS Mt. McKinley veterans . . . having problems getting your veteran's benefits? Check out the Kitchen Table Gang's website at
http://www.kitchentablegang.org
It's a great resource, and might be able to give you direction towards the right answers you have been searching for!


Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 at 14:28:01 (MDT)

Name: William Wong
Email: <wbw37804@go.com>
Location: Maryville, TN - USA
Comments:

Served as Photographers Mate aboard AGC-7 before, during and after Operation Sandstone.....


Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 at 07:28:14 (MDT)

Name: Mr. Ashley S. Harrington
Email: <harringanj@hotmail.com>
Location: Culloden, Georgia - USA
Comments:

My brothers and I want to make a donation to the Association in memory of our Father, Miller H. Harrington, who passed away on Jan. 25, 2004. If someone would send me the proper mailing address, I would appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Mr. Ashley S. Harrington


Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2004 at 17:15:13 (MDT)

Name: G. Roger Bowers, Esq.
Email: <rajbowers@hotmail.com>
Referred by: Myself
Location: Bensalem, Pennsylvania - USA
Comments:

Checking the web to identify the Army Division we offloaded from the Mac at Pohang Dong in July 1950 (the First Cavalry Division) when the thought occurred why not google the Mac. I served aboard on Mac several times from 1949 to 1951 (as well as other Amphib ships) as part of ComPhipGroup 3's weathermen. After checking numerous articles in the deck log I am surprised there are so few entries from the Korean war. I will check the log periodically. I have a few tales if anyone from that time reads the log. Quere do the people who served aboard the Mac as part of the Amphib Group flag units attend the reunions?


Posted on Tuesday, September 07, 2004 at 19:44:23 (MDT)

Name: George Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

Concerning my previous comments a while back about the fighter pilot who was shot down and married his "Sweetie Pie" nurse, who also flew in formation with TED WILLIAMS and WAYNE MORRIS...I mentioned that I was regular centerfielder on TACRON 22's 1960 PHIBLANT CHAMPS in Softball, I have some ironies to that. I once made a WILLIE MAYS type over the shoulder catch during a night game, and I was probably in the dark as I caught it, and ironically, a cousin of mine "Chick" Sweeney, who hated the NAVY was the umpire.(haven't seen him in years). Also, our right fielder ocassionally was a cook by the name of JAMES STRAWBERRY, who if you believe this coincidence was on night shift at a LINTON'S diner many years hence when I stopped in in the AM after a night of carousing and drinking. I should add if anyone knows them that Chick Sweeney was from Germantown and Strawberry waw from 22nd and Bainbridge Sts. in So. Philly, while I was only a few blocks away at 26th & South STS. in "Schuylkill". I'll end now, but I have a story about a kid from my high school by the name of BILL CLINTON. Next time I'll have to include some of my orginal jokes. So Long and remember our men in the fighting zone. God Bless....Clark RM2 ..Also called BLUEFISH.


Posted on Monday, September 06, 2004 at 09:08:14 (MDT)

Name: Steve Schermerhorn
Comments:

Well, the Ships Store is finally in the Car only have 2 more small suitcases to get in there, then Connie and Myself, and we will be heading to Branson in a couple of hours hopefully arriving Wed morning. (stopping a couple of places on the way)
Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones.


Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 21:24:27 (MDT)

Name: Walt Kuecks
Email: <wjkuecks@mtco.com>
Location: Peoria , Illinois Comments:

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in Branson.I can't believe its only eight days from now, I hope we have a big turnout. See you all then. Walt & Janet Kuecks


Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 21:24:21 (MDT)

Name: Walt Kuecks
Email: <wjkuecks@mtco.com>
Location: Peoria , Illinois Comments:

Looking forward to seeing everyone again in Branson.I can't believe its only eight days from now, I hope we have a big turnout. See you all then. Walt & Janet Kuecks


Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 15:37:20 (MDT)

Name: Victoria Sutton
Email: <vbsutton2002@msn.com>
Location: Garland, TX - USA
Comments:

My father, John Calvin Baker was on the McKinley from 1946 to 1949. He had always told me about being there during the testing of the bomb. He has suffered fromm 6 types of cancer and is currently in ICU for multiple infections due to chemo therapy. He has always had fond memories of those times, especially getting the okay from the Captain to attempt shooting an albatross, with the Captain feeling sure he would miss, but didn't. He was UDT and shared alot of stories with his family. I would love to take any messages to the hospital he might get here.


Posted on Friday, August 27, 2004 at 12:59:25 (MDT)

Name: Doyle R.Osborne (Ozzie)
Email: <arkansas_oz@cox.net>
Location: Spring Valley, Ca Comments:

I served onboard Mt Mac from mid 1963 to Nov. 1997 as an EN1 in "A Gang". I made two cruises aboard. I was onboard when we landed the Marines in Da Nang and Hue. In 1965 I was TAD to Viet Nam for 6 mos. on a mobile training team. I made Chief in Nov. 1967 and was transfered to NTC Great Lakes to become a company commander. I retired as SCPO in 1979.
I would like to hear from some of the "A Gang" guys if you are out there.


Posted on Friday, August 27, 2004 at 12:59:15 (MDT)

Name: Doyle R.Osborne (Ozzie)
Email: <arkansas_oz@cox.net>
Location: Spring Valley, Ca Comments:

I served onboard Mt Mac from mid 1963 to Nov. 1997 as an EN1 in "A Gang". I made two cruises aboard. I was onboard when we landed the Marines in Da Nang and Hue. In 1965 I was TAD to Viet Nam for 6 mos. on a mobile training team. I made Chief in Nov. 1967 and was transfered to NTC Great Lakes to become a company commander. I retired as SCPO in 1979.
I would like to hear from some of the "A Gang" guys if you are out there.


Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at 12:36:32 (MDT)

Name: Roy Richardson
Email: <rodeoroyr@earthlink.net>
Comments:

I served on TF90 Staff under Commander Wilson (operational Readiness & Training officer (Sept 1952 to April 1953) Was transferred from duty on an AKA just before the AKA was to return to the states. We headed back to the states 6 months later. (I had dated Adm MacInerny's daughter in Coronado and that is why I "got a six month's extended duty in Japan/Korea!


Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 14:41:03 (MDT)

Name: Bob Simonetti
Email: <Bulldogsimo@aol.com>
Location: Boston, Mass. - U.S.A.
Comments:

My name is Bob Simonetti and i was aboard the Mighty Mac 1967 and 1968. I was in 2nd Division ( Boatswainsmates )Some of my shipmates were Frank Collins, Bob Magee, Ski,
Rudy,Delph and thats about all i can remember right now. It was a long time ago. We had a great time on our West Pac cruise, i remember that. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers me or served at the same time as i did.


Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 10:29:36 (MDT)

Name: George Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA - USA
Comments:

Still haven't heard from anyone to converse with to share memories of the BlueBird EM club in Naples, Italy. It was so long ago, but yet I can still feel the vibes as well as the castle or fortress that was only a block or two away. Today was trying to connect with Ken Oxewnrider as I found a photo taken on flight deck, but unsure which AGC. Had requested help in identification. Maybe someone recalls a helo with # 92 on it. Adios for now. Spectacular and Magnificent website. Cannot be one better. Clark RM2 TACRON 22.


Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 10:29:24 (MDT)

Name: George Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA - USA
Comments:

Still haven't heard from anyone to converse with to share memories of the BlueBird EM club in Naples, Italy. It was so long ago, but yet I can still feel the vibes as well as the castle or fortress that was only a block or two away. Today was trying to connect with Ken Oxewnrider as I found a photo taken on flight deck, but unsure which AGC. Had requested help in identification. Maybe someone recalls a helo with # 92 on it. Adios for now. Spectacular and Magnificent website. Cannot be one better. Clark RM2 TACRON 22.


Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 11:39:51 (MDT)

Name: Peggy L. Schriner
Email: <arttexs3@msn.com>
Location: Boulder, CO, 80301 - USA
Comments:

I am looking for anyone who may remember my husband James A Schriner who was a Lt Commander when he served on the Mount McKinley from May 1963 to March 1965. He was the Supply Officer. I also need to know if anyone has information on who went ashore in Vietnam during this period. My telephone number is 303-440-5545.

Jim died of cancer in January 1998.


Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 11:39:46 (MDT)

Name: Peggy L. Schriner
Email: <arttexs3@msn.com>
Location: Boulder, CO, 80301 - USA
Comments:

I am looking for anyone who may remember my husband James A Schriner who was a Lt Commander when he served on the Mount McKinley from May 1963 to March 1965. He was the Supply Officer. I also need to know if anyone has information on who went ashore in Vietnam during this period. My telephone number is 303-440-5545.

Jim died of cancer in January 1998.


Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 11:39:36 (MDT)

Name: Peggy L. Schriner
Email: <arttexs3@msn.com>
Location: Boulder, CO, 80301 - USA
Comments:

I am looking for anyone who may remember my husband James A Schriner who was a Lt Commander when he served on the Mount McKinley from May 1963 to March 1965. He was the Supply Officer. I also need to know if anyone has information on who went ashore in Vietnam during this period. My telephone number is 303-440-5545.

Jim died of cancer in January 1998.


Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 11:39:28 (MDT)

Name: Peggy L. Schriner
Email: <arttexs3@msn.com>
Location: Boulder, CO, 80301 - USA
Comments:

I am looking for anyone who may remember my husband James A Schriner who was a Lt Commander when he served on the Mount McKinley from May 1963 to March 1965. He was the Supply Officer. I also need to know if anyone has information on who went ashore in Vietnam during this period. My telephone number is 303-440-5545.

Jim died of cancer in January 1998.


Posted on Wednesday, July 07, 2004 at 14:45:59 (MDT)

Name: Ed Basham
Email: <ed@servolink.com>
Location: Fort Worth, TX - USA
Comments:

For those making reservations at the Raddison in Branson, you might want to use the following number 888 566 5290. We called to make reservations using the 800 333 3333 (Raddison's national reservation center) and were informed the $80 rate was only good for Sept. 8 thru Sept. 12. Rates would be $88 for any nights which did not fall within the above dates.
We called the 888 number and they were delighted to give us the $80 rate for early arrival and/or late departure.
We look forward to seeing everyone there.
Ed Basham E Div. 1956 - 1959




Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 at 22:00:13 (MDT)

Name: Ann Rios Hill
Email: <rioshill@yahoo.com>
Referred by: self
MO - USA
Comments:

I think my father served on this ship during WWII any
information on Manuel F. Rios , please send to me.
My father Manuel F. Rios passed October 2003 and I do not
have much information about his service. I know he was PROUD and always wore a US NAVY ball cap and he was the
best father in the world.
His loving daughter who misses him,
Annie
email at
RiosHill@yahoo.com


Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 at 22:00:05 (MDT)

Name: Ann Rios Hill
Email: <rioshill@yahoo.com>
Referred by: self
MO - USA
Comments:

I think my father served on this ship during WWII any
information on Manuel F. Rios , please send to me.
My father Manuel F. Rios passed October 2003 and I do not
have much information about his service. I know he was PROUD and always wore a US NAVY ball cap and he was the
best father in the world.
His loving daughter who misses him,
Annie
email at
RiosHill@yahoo.com


Posted on Friday, June 25, 2004 at 22:00:00 (MDT)

Name: Ann Rios Hill
Email: <rioshill@yahoo.com>
Referred by: self
MO - USA
Comments:

I think my father served on this ship during WWII any
information on Manuel F. Rios , please send to me.
My father Manuel F. Rios passed October 2003 and I do not
have much information about his service. I know he was PROUD and always wore a US NAVY ball cap and he was the
best father in the world.
His loving daughter who misses him,
Annie
email at
RiosHill@yahoo.com


Posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at 02:00:30 (MDT)

Name: Gene Brick
Email: <embrick@prinetime.net>
Location: Prineville, OR - USA
Comments:

I would like to get a copy of the McKinleys smooth log for the dates: May 10 thru May 25 of 1945. Interested in a report of a hearing of LST Group 47 that was held aboard the McKinley. Need if for the historical up-date for the USS Drexler DD741. Thank you. Gene Brick


Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 03:00:01 (MDT)

Name: Philip Runion
Comments:

Please remeber me in your prayers Dr mess up had a CT SCANIN SEVERE PAIN WILL GO BACK wED MORING FOR RESULT
God Bless and Keep everyone is my prayer
Philip


Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 02:59:55 (MDT)

Name: Philip Runion
Comments:

Please remeber me in your prayers Dr mess up had a CT SCANIN SEVERE PAIN WILL GO BACK wED MORING FOR RESULT
God Bless and Keep everyone is my prayer
Philip


Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 14:22:06 (MDT)

Name: Jim Whittaker
Email: <jimwhitt@att.net>
Location: Crawfordville, Florida - USA
Comments:

Just wanted to say that I was aboard the Mt Mckinley for a short time from 1958-1960. What a great ship. My brother and my Brother-in-Law, both were on that ship. Where is Joel Valdez and Ted Newton:Ship's Barbers? Where are the Roark brothers who were in the Radio Div with me.Cheif Webb,Bless you.You were my recruiting officer in 1956 and I had the pleasure of serving in the Radio Room with you.
Does anyone remember "Shaky"? He was in ship service with JJ Jones.
Just some notes for the Proudest Ship in the 6th Fleet and left some memories for the 7th Fleet.
Jim Whittaker Radioman Seaman
Good Luck and God Bless all of you.


Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2004 at 09:00:00 (MDT)

Name: George F. Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

I would like to pass on a memorable conversation I had with another veteran who was a fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII. I met him at the Granite Mall shopping center in Springfield(DEL CTY), PA during the summer of 2003. He related to me about how he was shot down over water and woke up in a hospital bed, bandaged from his belly button to his scalp. His nurse called him "Sweetie Pie". Hew married her, but she recently passed after about 50 years of marriage. He was heading back to Arizona at the age of 84(I beleve). He was TED WILLIAMS's wingman and his wingman was WAYNE MORRIS. His last name I'm sure was Mitchell, and I think his first name was Dale. I wish I had posted this sooner, so I'd be more sure of his name. When you wear something displaying your service connection, you never know who you'll meet, or who will greet you. I know I confused him with the slugging Atlanta Braves 1st baseman who also played for the Phillies some years ago. And since we're on the subject of ballplaying; Anyone out there familiar with the championship 1960 softball team that TACRON 22 had. Played at LCREEK, Va. I was Centerfielder before shipping out on the Boxer for the second fleet. Clark RM2.


Posted on Sunday, June 06, 2004 at 08:59:54 (MDT)

Name: PhilipRunion
Comments:

Dose anyone know Richard Hayes Harry Duckworth i believe he was from Ohio .BM Gartman BM Bob Smith Dennis he was in Phot LAb


Posted on Monday, May 31, 2004 at 05:15:01 (MDT)

Name: Mr. Ashley Harington
Email: <harringanj@hotmail.com>
Location: Culloden, Georgia - USA
Comments:

My brothers, James Harrington, and Heyward Harrington, and I, wanted to let the Association know, that our Father, Miller H. Harrington, passed awayed on January 25, 2004. at the age of 94. He was a proud member of the Mount McKinley Association.
Since 1995 , he had been in a nursing home in Macon,Ga. On the wall of his room there was a picture of the Mount Mckinley on which he served in the Pacific theater from 1944 till the end of the war. When anyone came to visit him, there was always a discussion about the Mount McKinley.
I took him to a Mount McKinley reunion in Pensacola, Florida in 1993 or 1994. He was reunited with his wartime buddy from Jackson, Alabama, Mr. Casey Dubose, and they had a great time together.
Although he was proud of serving on the "Mighty Mac" he was proud to get back home to his wife and 3 children.(I didn`t come along till 1948) I always laughed when he tells about the Navy trying to get him to re-enlist after the war was over.His answer was : I wouldn`t stay in the Navy if you made me Admiral of the Fleet.
I would like to thank all the members of the Mount McKinley Association for their service to this great country. Without you, and people like you,we would not know the freedoms we have today.

Sincerly,
Ashley S Harrington


Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:08:34 (MDT)

Name: Philip Runion
Comments:

Thanks Shipmates and all that prayed for me im felling great and owe it all to Jesus Chrisr and all my shippmate and everyone that pray
God Bless and Keep you and your family grandchildren
I hope i can attend one of the reunion soon
Philip Leona
Im a ordain minister if any one need my help.


Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 22:08:30 (MDT)

Name: John Feitshans
Email: <feitshans86@yahoo.com>
Comments:

My grandfather Alvin Rider served on the MtMcKinley during WWII. He was a Petty Officer, 2nd Class, and worked on radar. Any information about him or were the ship served at that time would be appriciated.


Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 00:08:29 (MDT)

Name: Philip Runion
Email: <Phillipw39@aol.com>
Comments:

Wish everyone that was aboard Mighty Macthe very best for there family and there grandchildern is my prayer Was aboard Sept57 to Aug 61 was in Photo lab will close for now im very sick remmeber me in your prays
Philip
Nick name Sputnik


Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 18:00:45 (MDT)

Name: Jim "Nick" Nickerson
Email: <huskidawgs@msn.com>
Referred by: surfin'
Location: Green Valley, AZ - USA
Comments:

I was on the Mac on several cruises in 1957-58, moving on and off ship as part of the ComPhibLand staff--I was in the band, man. Had a great time on those cruises, few people seemed to get seasick even though that ship rolled like crazy in the North Atlantic in October. We took a HUGE roll one time, and we all were really holding our breaths until she rose again. Went to NATO exercises in Portsmouth, England, where we sat in port as communications flagship for three weeks while all the other ships bobbed around in the channel. We were overcrowded, since we brought onboard comm personnel from British navy. But we did get some excellent chow while we were there. Then we went to LeHavre for a week--I came down with Asian flu and was unconscious for the first three days, they tell me--didn't get to see much of France. On the way into the harbor we rubbed the narrow entrance, possibly screwing up the drawbridge. On the way home, more rolling in huge swells while we refueled some tin cans--the band played during refueling, of course, that's the custom, so for a few hours we stood on the weather deck getting soaked, no one around to hear us. But that's the Navy way, of course.
I saw Roy "Tiny" Strausbaugh's entry from 2001--tried to email but the address was outdated, I guess. Tiny, if you read this please email me. And anyone else that was in the band during 56-58. I retired in 97 in Olympia, Washington, and moved down here to dry out.

That's ComPhibLanT, of course. Fat-fingered again!


Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 11:01:33 (MDT)

Name: George F. Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby, PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

as a second thought to my previous entry, I have often wished to converse with someone who visited the Bluebird EM club in Naples, Italy. The memory of that spacious watering hole with its lovely and sensual female singer(s) and live band and affordable prices has lingered with me forever. But would you believe there is such a comparable place on the east coast?? A few years ago, I found a post, a few miles from Rhehobeth Beach: POST 28 (Oak Orchard/Riverdale), which reminds me when I was in my twentes and in Naples, Italy. If you've been to the Bluebird, you'll love Post 28. I'll try to find my photo taken outside whem you could tell the difference between myself and a tank. Post 28 is on Route 24, a few miles weestof Rhehobeth Beach. God Bless. When you sign in, ask for me.....Bluefish George....


Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 10:47:44 (MDT)

Name: George F Clark
Email: <BluefishGeorge@msn.com>
Location: Upper Darby , PA 19082 - USA
Comments:

This past week, I finally figured out how to enter the secure site. It's neat. I sent a photo of myself dated JAN 1963 to someone a while back. Maybe I sent it to the POCONO, but it must have been the MT MAC. Love your site and your music. Looking for anyone from TACRON 21 or 22 fromLCReek VA. May God keep our fighting men safe from harm, if that's possible. God Bless you all!!


Posted on Friday, April 16, 2004 at 22:40:12 (MDT)

Name: Philip Runion
Comments:

Just a few lines to say hello to everyone that was aboard Mac. I was on board Sept57 to Aug61 I was in Photo Lab my nick name was Sputnik. Was glad i severd on the Mighty Mac. God Bless and Keep everyone and there family is my prayer. I f anyone need my service please let me know Im a ordained minister PHILIP


Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 18:08:51 (MST)

Name: Ryan Fahey
Email: <rfahey@ptialaska.net>
Location: Sitka, Alaska Comments:

I'm interest in commnicating with anyone who knew my father
Mike Fahey. He served on the McKinley during the invasion of the Phillipines and when they went to Japan after the the surrender. (ps. Dad was from ND)
Thank you,
R. Ryan Fahey
rfahey@ptialaska.net


Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2004 at 10:52:59 (MST)

Name: Susan Clark
Email: <jgcskc@aol.com>
Referred by: did a search
Location: Ventura, CA - USA
Comments:

just looking to try and find pictures and more about what my father did the his stay on the USS Mt McKinley.
Winfred Charles Knight.
thank you


Posted on Friday, March 05, 2004 at 21:51:44 (MST)

Name: John Kilgore
Email: <john kilgore@charter.net>
Location: Corpus Christi, TX Comments:

Just found the site. Was BT2 1964-1965 WestPac


Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 at 18:20:22 (MST)

Name: Richard E. Davis
Email: <rdav1305@aol.com>
Location: Cleveland, Tn - USA
Comments:

I am trying to locate Anna Wang, daughter of Thomas Landeta who served on the Mt. McKinley 1951 - 1953. I may have some information concerning her Father of interest to her. Anyone knowing where abouts of Thomas Landeta please forward to my "E" mail address. Thank you

red (423/478-3026)


Posted on Monday, January 05, 2004 at 18:20:16 (MST)

Name: Richard E. Davis
Email: <rdav1305@aol.com>
Location: Cleveland, Tn - USA
Comments:

I am trying to locate Anna Wang, daughter of Thomas Landete who served on the Mt. McKinley 1951 - 1953. I may have some information concerning her Father of interest to her. Anyone knowing where abouts of Thomas Landeta please forward to my "E" mail address. Thank you

red (423/478-3026)


Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 at 04:59:53 (MST)

Name: Kenneth W Dandrow
Email: <kdandrow@aol.com>
Location: Carmel , New York - USA
Comments:

Came on Board Oct.62.Just before Cuba. Was a Hospital corpsmen.Remember Dr. Buyers ,Fred Benz , John Yoli, Bob Langworthy, and Gill HM1. Stayed wit MM until Early 64.


Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 at 10:42:41 (MST)

Name: tom jones
Email: <tpopjones43@aol.com>
Location: medford, or - u s a
Comments:

WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL THAT SERVED ABORAD THE M M A VERY

WOUNDERFUL AND WARM HOLIDAY SEASON.

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