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Russell Goodwin
Years Served: May 1977 to Sept 1978
wow, all those years in commission and I'm the only post. I fondly remember the Gilmore and LaMadd. This was my first duty station out of Boot and ASchool and I thourghly loved living on the Gilmore, well it was a bit old, but the people I met and the sailors I served with were great. My time on the Gilmore set me on my career in the Navy, eventually making Chief and retiring in 1997. If anyone from my time on board is still around I'd love to hear from you. Fair Winds and all that!


Fred D. Curtis
Years Served: 1958 to 1962
Went aboard in Sept 1958 in Key West Florida. Was assigned to E div, ship's company and worked in the power shop. Was seperated in May 1962 at Charleston,SC as an EM2.


Jeff Cook
Years Served: 1967
Welcome any email from former shipmates from 1967-8.


HOWARD S. NEIKAM
Years Served: 4 yrs active
Reported on board the Gilmore after boot camp in November of 1961 and served on board her in the Aft Engine Room until August of 1965.Couldn't wait to get out and was almost extended 3 months because of Viet Nam, but looking back, they were some of the greatest days of my life. Had alot of fun, met some great guys. Would do it all over again if I could.


Bob Campbell
Years Served: 11-1953/3-1959
Went on board from Pipefitters school as FA and left as SFP-1.
Enjoyed most of it except the broken jaw. Spent a lot of weekends up on Little Duck Key fishing, scuba diving and just being lazy. Drove a '34 ford coupe at the race track for a few races.
Over all I had a good stay in Key West, hope all hands had it as good as I did.
Take care. Bob


Michael Shrader
Years Served: 1977-1978
Served in the sheetmetal shop while the ship was at LaMad. Had a great time there. It was a great duty station to go to right after A school. Remeber the commissary fire?


Stephen L. Brown
Years Served: 1969-1971
After serving on the USS Nueces APB40 TF117 in the rivers of Nam I was transfered to the USS Howard W. Gilmore AS16, at pier November, Charleston, S.C. in March of 1969. In June 1970 we untied from pier November and headed down the James River to the Atlantic Ocean and sailed her to Key West, Florida. I stayed there until I retured to my cilivian life in October 1971. Many a times I wished I had reenlisted. Most of my memories have faded, but I still have a lot of good ones left. I was an Engineman Second Class and I worked in the foward engine room to start with. Later I worked in the small boats department and in the engineering office. Would love to hear from any of my old shipmates or any one aboard. I know She's gone, but not forgotten. Anyone out there with some pictures of her I sure would love to see them.

A Good Navy Is Not A Provocation To War. It's The Surest Guaranty Of Peace.


Robert S. Hollinger
Years Served: 59-62
I was in the DC shop. Spent a year on the Proteus in Scotland then returned to the Gilmore until I got out. I worked with William Pless, Winston Trainum, and a bunch of other great guy's. Chief McNerney was my division Chief and quite a guy. A Lot of great memories.


Richard Painter
Years Served: 1960 - 1968
Joined the ship in Charleston in Mar 1961 and left in Mar 1963 just before the movement to Holy Loch Scotland. Came on board as SA in the deck force and left as EM2C in the Electrical Division. Served in the Battery shop, lighting shop and the power shop. Got to sit on top of the aft mast to string 4th of July lights in Guantanamo Bay. Spent the month there for sea trials after the Nuke Boat retrofit. Had all that fun over the horseshoes disappearance at the picnic with the Everglades (AD24)


Kevin E. Vance
Years Served: Spring 1975
I was only on the Gilmore in the spring of 1975 but it was one of the best times of my life. I went to LaMadd right out of TM school. I dont remember many names of others that I worked with but it sure was a great time on a Great Ship.


Lenny Weinberg
Years Served: 1960-1964
Some of the best years of my life.


Mark B Rose
Years Served: 1975 - 1976
Served on the Gilmore in 75-76 as a SK3 in the S-1 Division of Supply Department. Those were fun times in La Maddalena, Sardinia. We sailed to Barcelona, Spain and Palma De Mallorca. Fun Times!


Steve Davies
Years Served: Jan 75 - Jan 77
I was on the Gilmore from 1975 to 1977. In the forward engine room, Enc White was the lead. I also wrote a column for the Gilmore Globe. My 1st wife and I lived in Santa Teresa. That bus ride was almost worse than the Liberty Boat ride out to Santo Stefano. I returned to La Madd 10 years later to work on the Uss Holland AS-18. Loved the summers but hated the rest of the year!


Robert Maldonado
Years Served: 1977 to 1980
LOOKING TO RECONECT WITH OLD SHIPMATE , WORK AS MAA force HOPE TO HEARS FROM YOU ALL.


Brad Bromling
Years Served: 1977-1978
I worked in the Machine Shop--first ship after MR A School. Remember mess cook duty, watches in the shack, work parties to replenish stores, cruises to France, Spain, Greece. Loved living on the beach, going to movies at the NSO and being in the Rock Photo Club.


Tom Roman
Years Served: 73-74
Served aboard as an electrician striker. Sure remember all the switchboard watches making shore power for boats alongside. Also pulling up and lowering the power cables. First building that went up was the beer hall. Before that the only thing on shore was the stucco Italian barracks. Some I remember, EM-1 Rzeppa, Chief Shue, Ken Twombley, Gary Salverson and his brother the TM. Isolated duty but great port calls periodically. Anyone from this era drop an E-mail if you have time.


WALTER GRAY
Years Served: FEB 1969 TO NOV 1971
SERVED IN 2ND DIV. DECK DEPT. AND THE RIGGING SHOP.


Ted Rauert
Years Served: 1958-1960
Came aboard the Gilmore in Key West early in 1958,straight out of engineman school in Great Lakes. I was assigned to the R 38 repair shop ,right under the machine shop. Chief Yaeger was in charge. We replaced mufflers and induction lines ,installed stuffing boxes for electrical lines ,worked on the antennas and snorkels and many other things on the subs. i enjoyed my tour especially when we went to St.Thomas and Kingston Jamaica. would enjoy hearing from friends that servedPL92CN with me ,sincerely ,Ted R.


Mike Nawalaniec
Years Served: 1973 1974
I am living in Ohio on Johnson's Island


j
Years Served: 1961-1962
I worked in the personnel dept, came from shore duty at Great Lakes to the Gilmore . names have faded away, the 2 I still rembember are Bill Garrison from Navoo, Al. and Joe B. from W.palm Beach, Fla. , we had some good times. I left the Gilmore and went to Norfolk for the rest of my enlistment, then went back to my home in Mi. Would like for them to do what they had talked about doing with her instead of scraping her.


VIC PRATT
Years Served: JUNE 55 TO JAN 57
:D I CAME ABOARD IN THE 'E' DIVISION AS A FIREMAN. LEFT AS A 2ND CLASS. STAYED IN THE RESEARVES FOR A TOTAL OF 12 YRS. WORKED AT IBM FOR 34 YRS. RETIRED AT 52. NOW 73. WISH I COULD DO OVER--ALMOST THE SAME WAY. MARRIED 47 YRS. TWO GREAT KIDS AND 3 GRAND KIDS. ANOTHER ON THE WAY!! I REMEMBER SOME GREAT GUYS.--JOHN DAVIS, HARRIS, ROY GRANT, BULLDOG, AUTENRIGHT, ENDRES, VESSEL, SHAKEY, BILL CHAMBERS, ODWYER, FORSHEE, MADSEN, MOHLER, BIDEL, RAULERSON, HOOPER, JENZAKE, COX, ANDERSON, HANSEN, ALLER, KIRST, AND MORE, THEY'RE NAMES ARE FADING HAVANA CUBA, NEW ORLEANS, DRY TORTUGUS, NEW YORK CITY(FALL OF 56 THE GREATEST TIME I EVER HAD) THE GATE BAR, MATTI GRAIS, SLOPPY JOES, LA CHONCHA, AND ALL THE 50 WOMEN ON THE ISLAND. THE GREAT TIMES IN MIAMI, FORT LAUDERDALE, HOLLYWOOD. THEY SHOULD HAVE A SPELL CHECK ON THIS SIGHT!!! E ME AT GUY44442654@YAHOO.COM PS. I VISITED KEY WEST ABOUT 13 YEARS AGO AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! VIC


Stephen L. Brown
Years Served: 1969-1971
I made an entry to the guest book back in October and I didn't leave a e-mail address for anyone to contact me. It's stephenbrownsr@yahoo.com . Looking forward to hearing from any shipmates.


Donna
Years Served: 1977
Hi my huband was stationed on the USS Howard Gilmore in 1977. At that time I met an Italian girl named Assunta she married a navy guy from the ship his last name was McClure..I know after they left LaMadalena they headed for Connecticut..I was wondering if anyone knows their whereabouts? The left Italy with a baby girl less than a year old and she was pregnant again...thanks!!!


Doug Keller HTFN
Years Served: Jan 1976 to Jan 1977
Reported aboard on January 14, 1976 and left January 3, 1977. I was in shop 11A the shipfitters shop. Spent alot of time in Palau at Pirates Cove. Helped fight the big fire on the Rock. Anyone remember Big Smitty, or Joe Moon from the shop, which we called the Animal Locker. Had a great time there, as this was my first ship. Cruised to Barcelona, Palma, Malaga, and Marseilles. I was sorry to hear she was scrapped a couple of years ago. Anyone interested, there is a great Howard W. Gilmore Association, with membership of $10.00 annual. Anyone from the '76 and 77' time frame feel free to contact me at dkeller18@verizon.net. Would like to hear from former shipmates or anyone who has served aboard.


Jim Barrett
Years Served: 1975
Just a few months in 1975,


Marvin Bryant
Years Served: Early 1980's
Served for just a couple of months in LaMadd before she was replaced by the Orion. Was an Electronics Tech.


Alex Russin
Years Served: 1969 - 1970
Hi all you Happy Howie vets. I started my tour when the Gilmore was in San Jaun. I was MM3 in the Oil King gang. What great duty that was. We left San Jaun and headed back to Charleston. Really good times there. Isle of Palms was a great beach party place. In early summer of 1970, we left Charleston and ported in Key West. Had to be there to appreciate Key West. I was discharged in 1971 and still love reading about the Gilmore, remembering the great duty on her, almost as if it was shore duty. If anyone out there served around the same time, would love to hear from you. Anyone remember Mike Quinn from Vegas?


Francis J. Judy
Years Served: 1960---1964
The Gilmore was my only duty station after boot camp and engineman A school . Had a great time and met many friends . Some I have met at the Gilmore reunions and others found online and talked to by phone , some took a vacation to visit. Was a great feeling after 46 yrs . to see old friends again. Still trying to find E. L. Johnson ( Harry ) I believe those are his first and middle initials. Believe he lived 50 miles south or east of Youngstown, Ohio . I was EN-2 in after engine room I believe Harry started in the fwd. engine room but was later transferred to the Aft engine room. Was discharged in 1965 as a 2nd class engine man. Would app. and help.


edward
Years Served: cormier
I came on board the Gilmore in Key West in 1971 and left her in La Madlena in 1974. I was a radioman. Best times I can remember in the Navy.


James Henry
Years Served: 1953-54
Came aboard Jan.of 53 and left in 54 due to the death of my father.I was in the repair dept. Got reasigned to Amphibs.in Little creek VA.The duty on old building 16 was fantastic.I was one of the EMs in the battery locker by the after gangway.


James Dickinson
Years Served: 3 Years on the AS 16, 20 years in the Navy
Hello Shipmates served on AS 16 from June 1960 to March 1964, in R-1 Div Sheetmetal Shop. :D


Sandra Buckman
Years Served: 1944
My father, Charles E. Buckman, served during WW II on the sub tender. I was a little girl, and I missed my Daddy very much. He had some good friends from that time, and they visited often after he came home. I know very little what life on a sub would have been like for him. He never talked about it much. A torpedo exploded near him, and he was deaf in that one ear, and it transferred later to the other ear, so he only heard 1/4 in his good ear. THANK ALL OF YOU FOR SERVING!


Walt Darnall
Years Served: 4 years service (2 yrs.9 months aboard Gilmore)
Came aboard the Gilmore in late November '68 (at Charleston, S.C.) as an SFM-3. I was assigned to shop 11-A shipfitter shop (aka The Animal Locker) in the R-1 Division. A guy in our shop by the name of Edgar Putnam made the painting of the animal-like sailor that we affixed to the buffalo (iron worker) machine (I always wonder what happened to that painting). We had animal locker I.D. cards made up for all the guys in the shop, and one side of the I.D. card had the drawing of the animal sailor on it. I was saddened to see the old girl get scrapped and cut up.


Stan Olensky
Years Served: 1973 - 1974
I was part of the crew that went ahead to La Maddalena in February of '73 to get ready for the ship arriving. When the ship arrived in summer of '73 we were transferred to the Gilmore. I was given the job of PMCC (Passenger, Mail and Cargo Coordinator) I handled all the transportation coming and going out of La Maddalena, whether it was priority cargo, medevac, or getting transferred, I arranged it. Was supposed to be a one year tour but I extended for another. My time on the ship changed my life. I left her when she made port in Tunis, Tunisia in late November, 1973.


Ted Ediss
Years Served: 67-2000
I went to the Gilmore after MRA school in the fall of 76, transfer to San Diego. I worked in the machine shop the whole time, never mess cranked. Loved the summers and the cruses. Made a lot of friends. Other ships, Jason ar8, Sperry as12, Dixon as37, McKee as43, Frank Cable as 41?. Stayed in the repair business the whole time.


Arthur " BUCK &qu
Years Served: OCT 73 NOV75
Reported aboard as ETC for COMM but was assigned as R4 Division Chief then Div Officer. Great time and was great for my career left as ETCS selected for Warrent. Areally great Chief's Mess under GMCM Varney. A book could be written about those 2 years


Roy Cortez
Years Served: Nov. 1977 to 1979
First duty station was put in C divison, later called port services. LOVED it there all year long.


Karen Wisser-Falise
Years Served:
My Fathers served during the Korean war. I'm not sure of the years. His name was Charles Wisser. He passed away in 1980 and I am trying to get information together for my children. If anyone visits this site that remembers serving with my father I would love to hear from you. my e-mail is karenf@ptd.net Thank you all for your service and sacrifice.


Johnny Dollar
Years Served: 1968-1970
I was on the Gilmore from 12/68 -8/70. Worked in the personnel office. I remember some good times during Springboard 1969 and in St. Thomas


Leonard Bruno
Years Served: 1979-1980(decom)
CAN ANYBODY HELP ME FIND MARK TURK HE WAS A ENFN IN 1979-1980 PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN leobru1961@yahoo.com' Went straight to the Gilmore after EM A school (after 30 days leave first) in the end of 1979 in La Madd. Was a scared 18yr old grew up in Newberry Michigan pop.1500, lived on shore next to the beach for awhile, was there when the X.O. got killed by the aft rope breaking pulling out of port on the way to Spain, All that anybody did then was drink and smoke and I did my share of both, a lot of smoking right in the Engine Room, Then went right to mess cranking for 129days, then went to doing tool repair for the ship, then went to Va. for decom, what a partying time I had, Great CREW you could trust everybody if not, kick their ass,(problem solved), These were the days that you were a SAILOR and when liberty came you took it like it was going to be your last Then the times change we get old and just remember the good old days instead of creating more my favorite saying is You get busy living or you get busy Dying Let us live


masterchief perkins
Years Served: 30 years
im looking for a shipmate name grover who was station with me around 1960-1960 in charleston sc. if you are out there or no anyone who know him email me at masterchiefperkins@gmail.com thank you we miss you !!! :D


masterchief perkins
Years Served: 30 years
im looking for a shipmate name grover who was station with me around 1960-1962 in charleston sc. if you are out there or no anyone who know him email me at masterchiefperkins@gmail.com thank you we miss you !!! :D


joe (HARPO)Mac Allister
Years Served: 1975-1976
Any on still around from then,we were kids back then


Tony MancusoZelkman
Years Served: 1954 to 1956
I was a ships cook in key west


Jimmy Lewellen RM1
Years Served: 1979-1981
Haven't thought about the Gilmore in years. Was just researching old ships and ran across this posting. Lived in Capo Testa (outside Santa Teresa) and worked in comm div. Remember Gary Butterbaugh and Dusty Rhodes from the diving barge. It was great having a expresso in Palau waiting on the boat to the ship. Previous posting noted great summers but nasty winters. Played golf at Porto Cervo and enjoyed traveling around Sardinia.


Charles F Pierce
Years Served: 1955-1957
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FRANK SULLIVAN
Years Served: GILMORE 1964/65
I served on deck gang, laundry, and ice cream store. Came aboard mid 1964 and all of 65.


Pyles,Daniel L.
Years Served: 1963--1966
went on Gilmore at 17 in charleston out of boot camp an FA left in 66 SFM-2 reupped for orders to simon, Lake went to the Holy Lock for 2 YRS. and got out I did not know it then but I loved the old girl,I worked in the shipfitters shop X11 in the sheetmetal shop on Simon Lake stood my watches in the Brig as a Guard.



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  • Dan Howell HT on

    Served on the Gilmore from 72-74 in the Shipfitter Shop 11A.. From Key West to the yards and La Madd

  • Ted Nesius on

    Served on Gilmore 1954 1957

  • T.M. Dowdey on

    Am sending this for my husband due to his failing eyesight. Tim (nickname)MM3 is a planker on the Cunningham 1944-46. Ship was at Okinawa when both atomic bombs were dropped. He is now 93 yrs. old, still is able to cut the grass, and is amazing with other chores in maintaining the yard, etc. In August we will be heading toward 73 years married, two sons, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren. Life has blessed us greatly. The Cunningham was a great ship and I spent most of my time aboard her in the Engine Room.

  • William Donaldson ( Bill) on

    I was wondering if anyone on with me from R-1 Division. I was ship fitter second class and would love connecting with some from the years 58 to 60 on the Gilmore. Started in Key West and ended in Charleston SC. Please email me if there is a reunion or a gathering of these guys. Bill

  • Martin Wolff on

    I remember the day our XO was killed on the stern of the ship when a 6 inch mooring line snapped under extreme pressure and it hit him as he stood on the stern of the ship. It was very sad because he was a people person and talked with anyone and listened to his crew. It was a very very sad day and I still remember the funeral for him.



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