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harry jackubiak
Years Served: 1951-1953
I was just a kid & did not understand the great honor to be serving on the good ship but I all so served on the Midway, Coral Sea. In all, the U.S. 41-42-43.


Dave Fincher
Years Served: 1971-1973
I was aboard during the extended cruise in 1972. I was in VF-84 but was TAD to the supply dept. and in the barber shop almost the entire time! Made a lot of good friends and some not so good, but you'll have that! 8)


Jack Van Ness
Years Served: 1970-1973
First reported aboard the Rusty Roosie on April 10, 1970 in Palma. Finished that cruise and 2 more plus all the shake downs and carrier quals inbetween. Served with VF-84 all that time. Shop was next to the after brow for the liberty lauches. Had a lot of interesting times aboard. Still run across ship mates now and then.


joseph abbondolo
Years Served: 1948 1952
it was so long ago


James Weld
Years Served: Feb 1972 - Feb 1976
Sailor of the Month Award May 1974. Two Med cruses. Great tour of Duty!


Steven Speidel
Years Served: 1972-1975
AO3- Spent my entire 3+ years aboard the FDR in G-Division, Forward Bomb Assembly....and recall every moment of it with great fondness. It is unfortunate I have lost contact with everyone I served with over the last 30 years....perhaps this will help find some. I will attend the reunion in Jacksonville 2007 and will look for you.


Lee Hendrix
Years Served: 1694-1967
Served on board the Rosie as an ET. Worked on the landing control radar. Made a Med cruise and a West Pac cruise. Lots of memories, and made some good friends.


Paul Funk
Years Served: 1962-1964
I served on the FDR 1962-1964 in the R Division. Many, many fond memories. They were good years.
Just last week I had the pleasure of meeting Capt. Ted H. Winters who was the Commanding Officer of the FDR in 1960. He now lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.


James P. Wheeler Jr
Years Served: Two Tours
I am entering this guestbook entry on behalf of my father, J.P. Wheeler. My Dad lived in North Carolina during his tours on the Franklin. His accounts tell us that he was onboard both times the Franklin was bombed. He now lives in Lake Mary, Florida, 20 miles north of Orlando. I would appreciate any contacts to relay to my Dad. Take care, and many thanks.

Sterling Wheeler Dixon (Daughter)


Dennis Langford
Years Served: 1975-1978
Served in the ships Aviation Supply Div. aft hanger deck supply cage. I was proud to serve on OLE ROSEY . I met a lot of good men during my tour and have a lot of good memories .Crashing in the Straights gave me a scare but we still proved that we were Numero Uno .


Helm Roberts
Years Served: 1956-57
Served aboard CV-42 as member of VA-175. Suez Crisis/Hungarian revolution, cold weather cruise.


Bill Coleman
Years Served: 1962-1965
I served in W Division during my tour. Two Med cruises and six weeks in Gtmo. Lots of great memories.


Anthony Fava
Years Served: 1970-71
I had the pleasure of serving during 2 Med cruises as a junior officer in the communications dept.; many good memories of Barcelona, Palma, Athens, Trieste.


Porter J. Smith
Years Served: 1950/52
I was 7th Division officer and E Division Assistant Division Officer with Lt. John Doheny as Division Officer. We made 3 (I think) Med deployments and two Gitmo retraining trips. Great Med tours, Golfe Juan, Nice, Genoa, Malta, Istanbul. Siciliy, Spain, etc. We lived in the midship J.O. quarters, that was called Boy's Town. My shipmates included Lt (jg)s: Robert krag, who died on USS Thresher, Bill Greenwood, Don Buseck (legal officer), Don May, Carrol Whipple(retired as Captain, CEC), a Marine we called John The Jar, Anthony Pignoni (deceased). Saw enough deadly accidents to convince me that my mama did not raise me to be a naval aviator!! I was on bridge watch the morning the twin engine plus jet engine AJ-1 Savage bombers tried to roll off. (they were too heavy to Cat). The first one rolled right over the end of the flight deck and the ship ran over it. 3 men killed. I could not believe my eyes when i saw the next one rolling down the deck. He knew he was joing to crash and banked keft and hit clear of the ship. Crew was saved, I think. Hope to hear fro old shipmates.


Bill Stevens
Years Served: 1976 - Decom
My first ship! Served in OI Division. Made the last Med cruise and right up to decommissioning before transferring to pre-com Oliver Hazard Perry. Collision in Straits of Messina was interesting to someone new to the ship, but got us another 3 weeks in Naples :)


Gerald R. Tallon
Years Served: 1968 -1969
Served as an ASM-3 on the Rosie, in the Aviation Ground Support Equipment Repair Shop under the mezzine in hanger bay #3, during it's stint in the shipyards for a major overhaul at Portsmouth, VA. Went on shake down cruise to Cuba and the Virgin Islands. Was discharged off of her on October 31, 1969, before she made a med cruise in January 1970. Made some really good friends while on board her. It is sad that the grand old Rosie met a death in the scrap yards in 1982.


Doug Gilpin
Years Served: 1964 - 1966
Served with VF-11, the Red Rippers


DAMON E. DANNER
Years Served: 1971-1974
Being a homeboy, I missed the woods and the swamps of Louisiana, but I did my tour on the Rosie.... Had some good times and don't remember many bad. I served with VA-176 AE-2. Its was a good ride. damon danner shreveport, la.


Edwin D Cummings
Years Served: 1958-1966
I came aboard as part of VAH-11 Heavy Attack. We deployed aboard FDR until the Cuban Crisis. A long time later I happened into Mayport and found FDR up and ready to deploy I was shocked and excited and ready to go myself. My wife pointed out I was long out of the Navy and way to old. I would have given anything to be aboard her one more time. I guess Rosie is gone for good but she will always be a part of me. The fruity roo the best ship I ever sailed on.


Steve Malina, AFCM Ret.
Years Served: 60's-70's
Served 5 cruises aboard the Rosey. Different fighter squadrons. Aboard during Vietnam cruise and storm that tore her up


Charles Karl Willis
Years Served: 1962 thru 1964
Served in W division - 3 med cruises - Home port Jacksonville, FL - Aboard when ship collided with transport taking on ammo in Mediterranean.


Stephen Miglionico
Years Served: 1968 -1970
Enjoyed my tour on Rosey. I was the Deck Department Yeoman. Stayed in the Navy for 22 years and retired in 1990. Memories of ship, friends and duty stations are always there. YNC Miglionico (Mig) Retired


Steve Nance
Years Served: 1972 - 1973
I was in S-3 div, I ran the Officers and Chiefs Ship Store back in Officers country. during the 1972 cruise.


PATRICK KENNEDY BM3
Years Served: 1966-67
GOOD SHIP GOOD CREW


Dewey L. Rabun II
Years Served: 1972-1974
5th Division. Many fond memories of Spain. I heard there was a reunion coming up, does anyone have any information on that?


Billy Waters
Years Served: 1976-1977
Made last med cruise on the Rosie, Airwing 19. I was in VF-51.


Julian Bradford
Years Served: 66-67 on the Roosy, 65-75 all told
Wonderful memories of that WestPac tour.....Shit River in Olongapo (heyyy change your dollahs to pesos here!), the outstanding floating restaurant in Hong Kong, Yokosuka (who remembers the Shitkicker Club near the Club Alliance and the outstanding Western bands?) A lot of water past the taffrail since then, but the memories linger on. Good friends, a lot of hard work but the satisfaction of knowing we were doing our bit. Fair winds and following seas to all!


Joseph W. Harrison, Jr.
Years Served: 1958-61
4th (transportation) Division Officer; GQ Officer of the Deck; A great Division. Hugh Winters, a great Captain.


Dennis (Tim) Holt
Years Served: Nov. 1957 to May 1959
Enjoyed a couple of great years with some swell guys in OP Photo Div. Still in contact with some but have been unable to attend the reunions. The Rosie remains a wonderful memory for me. Those of you who would like to rekindle some of those experiences, may wish to visit the Midway, now a memorial tied up in San Diego, Ca. I was fortunate to be able to visit with my friend Larry Blumenthal back in 2004. It was quite an experience. I had forgotten just how big the Midway class was, even though small in comparison to the new nukes. Best wishes to you all. Tim


terrence l. gurnee
Years Served: 1961 to 1963
gunners mate 5th div


Richard J. Taylor
Years Served: 1960/1961
1st Division -


Albert Rodgers
Years Served: 1962 to 1964
I served aboard FDR from March 1962 to March 1964 as EM1 and EMC in charge of Lighting shop and then Leading Chief. The duty and people were all good except for the ship being gone for long periods of time. My second son was born in November 1962 during the Cuban crisis when we were in the Med and it took five days to be informed due to radio silence. I didn't see him until we returned from the Med in April 1963 five and a half months old. I eventually went to the USS Intrepid, USS Pocono and retired off of the vUSS Forrestal in January 1973 as a Master Chief.


Bob Grady ABCM Ret
Years Served: 1956 to 1957
The FDR was my first ship, I went aboard in Gitmo during her underway training after she was recommissioned and came to the east coast. I left her in June '57 and went to the precom detail for the Ranger.


Dennis Pacheco
Years Served: 1966-69
Served a west pack in the Gulf of tonkin 1966-67 and a med cruise 1967-68 rosey roads In the yards at Norfolk 1969 and discharged in Mayport, Fla ABH 3 V-I division and elevator operator flight deck crew blushirt


George DeVirgilio
Years Served: 2
Served in H Div and S-3 Div in 1959 & 1960. Two great Med Tours. Email if you want: cwhepkat@cox.net


mike bell ao2
Years Served: 1969, 70 71 va 15
attached to va 15 a7 as & bs


Andrew Shinnick
Years Served: 1965 to 1967
I was aboard Roosevelt for part of a Med cruise and her only WestPac tour. I was a brainless 20-year-old third class when the Rosie caught fire during a replenishment in 1966 on Yankee Station. Something went terribly wrong. My GQ station was on the mess decks in Repair Locker #1. I was a phone-talker. I listened as a fellow talker screamed as he burned to death. My life was saved by extraordinary courage by the ordinance crews who dumped live ammo into the South China Sea. Thank you, shipmates. My life changed that day. During a Condition George drill, I ate my C-rations on the top of a nuclear weapon. My life changed that day. I was on a port sponson when an A-4 on an elevator dropped its center fuel tank. I thought I was dead ... but then I wasn't. I was close enough to a hatch to save myself. My life changed that day. I was on deck when to witness a Group Alpha strike. The blasts were enough to blister paint on Rosie's starboard side. My life changed that day. I watched as a pilot from a Fud walked into the prop of a A-1 Sky Raider. Blood & bone sprayed the Island. My life changed that day. I was in Pri-fly when I watched a 100-foot wave sweep the ship from stem to stern in a typhoon off Hong Kong. My life changed that day. On the way home to Mayport, we broke down in the middle of the night in the Indian Ocean. I joined hundreds of other shipmates on the flight deck to watch the brilliant Milky Way turn every so slowly above us. My life was changed that night. I saw sea snakes and giant jelly fish and five breath-taking white water spouts in the Strait of Molucca. My life was changed that morning. My life has been changed because of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42). I have an enduring love of life and death and beauty. Thank you, Rosie. Thank you, U-S Navy. The Navy kept it's promise and I grew up to appreciate what's really important.


Joe Rodriguez
Years Served: 1959-1962
I worked in 3 engine room main controland as I look back ,I have great memorys of my time on the Rosie. As long as there old sailors still around the Rosie will always sail on.


Joe Rodriguez mm3/c
Years Served: 1959-1962
I worked in 3 engine room main controland as I look back ,I have great memorys of my time on the Rosie. As long as there old sailors still around the Rosie will always sail on.


Doug Kiracofe
Years Served: 1972 - 1975 VF-84 Line Div
First came aboard in Naples, 2 months of Mess Cooking, and then to the VF-84 Crud Crew. Man was my Navy career going places ! Transferred to Air Frames back at the Beach and then to the Line for the next two cruises and all the shake downs. Stayed on the Line during the big experiment VF 84/41 Cruise. Left the ship in Naples May 15, 1975 escorting a badly broken F4 to NARF Norfolk and my discharge.


LARRY "CRAZY"
Years Served: 1966-1968
served in VA-12 Flying Ubangis, enjoyed the people that I met aboard the Rusty Rosie and wished to hear from any of them.


Dante Iorio
Years Served: 1965 to 1968
I served ‘65 to ‘68 as a 3rd class Machinist Mate. Was in “M Division 1 Group - work in #1 Engine, #1 pump, and #1 Generator. I had the shaft alley watch the night we threw a screw on our West Pac and the shaft alley started to flood. Thanks to Bob Long who did an emergency pump out that I am here today? Still don't believe that Capt. Davis came down in waist high water to see the damage. Love my time on board; I made 2 ½ med & 1 West Pac. Memories keep coming back.


Victor M. Montanez Jr.
Years Served: Sept. 15th, 1959 To Sept. 17th, 1962
I went on board the Rosie on Flushing Ave. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard just 10 minutes from my home and if I knew than what I know now I would have done my 20yrs. Those that served during those years I was on board more than likely remember the crews barbar shop and my crew of barbars who just before the old man had captains inspections visited us for your regulation haircuts, sorry we had to rush the haircuts but it was alot of fun. But seriously I have great memories and I will always remember the Rosie for what I am today. To all my shipmates that would like to contact me my e-mail address is v.montanezjr@att.net


John Douglas
Years Served: 1959 - 1962
I served on the FDR in the W-Div. Many great memories of all the ports of call in the Med. I fortunately I took many pictures so the memories can be revived easily. Her picture still hangs on my office wall.


Bill Koenig
Years Served:
I am signing the guestbook on behalf of my dad, Bill Doc Koenig. He was senior corpsman on the Viet Nam trip in '67(?) Dad retired from Mayport NAVSTA in '68. I know he served 2 tours on the Rosie. I am very proud of his service. He still lives in Atlantic Beach, FL.


Bryan Driscol
Years Served: Dec. 1974 thru Aug. 1977
I served onboard during her last two deployments. Started as a blue shirt on the flight deck and then in AIMD W/C 050. To all of those who served we made history and did some things only a few can brag about. Rosie made a change in my life and I will never forget it.


Robert Dewar
Years Served: 1961 - 1963
I served in CR Division, in Main Comm and in Crypto. I made one Med Cruise, 2 Gitmo Deployments, and 2 yard periods in Brooklyn. We were in the Med during the Cuban Missile Crisis, on liberty, in Cannes, France. They sent Marines with trucks to get everybody back to the ship. Also, they went up and down the line of bars on fleet landing with a bullhorn telling all U.S. military to return to ships immediately, and all ships in port headed out to sea for the duration. I was a radioman striker and made third class just before discharge in Brooklyn.


Jerry Batton
Years Served: 1964-1968
she was a grand lady, hated to see her go. 4 meds and a west pac. many great times and people. would do it again. jb rd2


David Brandau
Years Served: 1970
I ended my 4 years of service on the FDR during 1970. Served in the W Division as GMT2. Have always been proud of the Navy and serving on CVA 42. I picked her up while on a Med cruise and still remember my arrival. Walked through the hangar bay and saw an outlined area of plane remains that were picked up from a cold cat accident. Had a lot of good times while on board and made many friends. After her Decomm a friend was walking in an area on the Norfolk Naval Base and saw a huge section of doorway or metal painted with CVA 42. A sad ending but a proud career.


Airman - Robert S. Harris
Years Served: 1956 to 1958
I came aboard at Mayport, Florida in 1956 and was assigned to V-3 Division (hanger deck crew). We did training at Gitmo and spent time in the Med. and also the Suez Canal crisis. The Rosie was a great ship with a great crew and I miss those days aboard. I paid for our Med. Cruise book, but never received it and that peeved me off. Since those days, I've been in touch with V-3 Division member Glen Morrison and also crew member Ed Winslow. I haven't seen any former V-3 crew members (1956 - 1958) listed in our directory. If any are out there, do contact me. The loss of the FDR was certainly a sad one. - Bob


Danny Vanas
Years Served: ABE3 1968-1971
The Best experiance any young could ask for in life. went to Gitmo out of Dry Dock on the maiden Cruise Then 2 Med Cruises. I was Operator of Arresting Gear #4 Great Times ,Many Friends, and Fond Memories.


David Swanson
Years Served: 65-67
I worked in the Tower and Air Admin when we were in port. Looking for any one in my Division. Terry Hardwick, Russ Burnett, Henry Vasare, Gerald Butcher, Denny (?) and old George. These were the enlisted men and our Div Officer was Larry Westphal. Air Bosses were Joe Elmer, Jon Geer.


Carlo Giraulo
Years Served: 10/73 to 10/76
I served as a commissaryman then mess management spec. Was in the aft galley as well as the spud locker, the officer's mess and chief's mess. I have fond memories of the FDR. Remember Philly?


John Meli
Years Served: 1952-1954
I served on the FDR from July 1952 until 1954 for two Med cruises and the good will cruise in with a skeleton crew around South America to Bremmeton, Washington. I was a CS1 when the FDR was overhauled in 1954. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who served with me at the time, especially Charlie who years ago moved to Key West.


John Wilson
Years Served: 1976-1977
I was a Mess Management Specialist and enjoyed cooking for the crew on our final Med Cruise. we had the perfect homeport with warm weather in Mayport , Florida.


Lt Joseph Ronald Stone
Years Served: 1974-1975
RIO with the Jolly Rogers of VF-84, 1973-1976, Med Cruise onboard USS Franklin D Roosevelt, 03 Jan 1975 - 15 Jul 1975.


Bill Leonard
Years Served: 1952 till 1953 when it left Norfolk for dry-dock
I was AD2 in engine build up both Jet and Reciprocating. Did one Med. cruise. it was a great ship.


robert smith PO3
Years Served: 1/65-6/68
W DIVISION. Med cruise, viet nam, Med cruise. A lot of good guys aboard. Many in my division.VN cost us some ships personnel in a fire/sabatage, aircraft shot down. Still have the memory once in a while. She was a good ship, sad to see her go. Like to have seen as a museum somewhere. Yeah we all hated it there and missed home, but we grew into men on the rosieboat, and had some great times ashore. Like to hear from any other Wdiv guys


AL LOKITZ
Years Served: 1952--1954
IN FOX DIVISION & PUT OUT OF COMMISSION FOR CANTED FLIGHT DECK IN BREMERTON WASH, & RECOMISSIONED INTREPID IN 1954


Jerry Andersen
Years Served: 1953
Man, does this site bring back memories! Did the '53 Med cruise as an FT3 and enjoyed every minute. One highlight was bringing food, water and supplies to an area in the Ionian Islands that had suffered a devastating earthquake. It is sad that the FDR is gone but the memories will always be vivid.


Walter "Dusty&quot
Years Served: 1966 - 1970
3 years, 10 months, 19 days on board Rosey. Knew her well from fantail to forecastle. Spent most of my time in the Ship's Captain's Office as a SN then YN3. Visited Vietnam, Hong Kong, Cape Town (only visit where we couldn't leave the ship per Congress). Two Med tours. Departed Rosey in Naples, Italy for Rota, then Phily and finally out. Joined the Reserves in Baltimore, MD and went back active as a TAR (Training and Administration of Reserve) in 1982 and retired active as YN1 in 1998. Live in Catonsville, MD with my wife of 32 years. Have a daughter living in New York City and special needs son living with us at home. Now work for The Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk Campus in the Alumni Relations Office. Life is good.


AK1 Mike Mullins
Years Served: 1965-1968
Served from 1965-1968 with S-6 Division. Enjoyed the memories. Wish to hear from anyone who served when I did.


LYNN HARGROVE
Years Served: 1968-70
I was in Aviation Maint. Div, Tech Library. I was E3 and older than my other shipmates, having grad. from college. Had good time (and bad ones too). Did a shakedown at Gitmo, hotter than --. Did a Med cruise too. Enjoyed that. Saw lots of things and met some good people.


Eugene R. French
Years Served: 1967 - 1968
I came on board after the west pack cruse and left the ship while it was in the Portsmouth Navel yards. I spent my tine aboard the Rosie in A-3 Division. http://EugeneRFrench.INFO


jeff theroux
Years Served: 3 years
I came aboard her in Nov of 1974 till 1996. I was a deck hand in 1st division most forward quarters under the catapults and hung over the sides painting in port and watching the helm when offshore. Any fellow members of my division is welcome to email me at jethros97@yahoo.com


Peter Lussier
Years Served: 1973-1975
Was an ATAN/3 with VAW-121 for two med cruises. Remember good times and bad.


Robert (Bob) Murray
Years Served: 3 Jan to 16 July 1975
Was AMS/AN with VAW-121 for the next to last cruise that Rosie made. It was an experience I'll never forget.


Thomas G. Thornes
Years Served: 1962-1967
I was in A-Div and MDMAA. I miss my Shipmates. I left the Rosie as a MM2 for duty in Japan. My wife and I flew to Sasebo and after 6 month's onto NAS Atsugi. We spent a total of 3 years in Japan.


Rev. Randall D. Scallan
Years Served: 1968 - 1972
Served in Weapons Department, W Division, as a GMT-1 in the after SASS magazines. Had many great memories and many extended cruises. I remember a lot of great friends, such as Cmdr. Brown, GMT-1 Ray Steele, GMT-2 Acey Henshaw, and GMT-3 (later CWO-3) Gerry Ouelette.


Phil Hertzog AME-2
Years Served: 1962-1965
I WAS IN VF-11 (RED RIPPERS) I MANUALLY (LOL) PULLED A LIQUID OXYGEN TRAILER WUTH 50 GAL.OF OXYGEN IN HER. ALL OVER THE FLIGHT DECK FOR 3 YEARS. SERVICING AIRCRAFT. I HATED THE ARRISTING GEAR CABLES, GOT HUNG UP THEM A FEW TIMES.THE SHIP WOULD ROLL TO PORT & STARBOARD & THE TRAILER WOULD EITHER BE CHASING ME ,OR I WOULD BE PULLING IT UP HILL. (LOL) MADE 3 MED CRUISE'S ON HER. SAW A SHIPMATE FROM VF-11 PRAN (ONLY 18) WALK BEHIND A VAH -11 HEAVY BOMBER THAT WAS TURING UP.HE WAS BLOWN OVER THE SIDE , HE DROWNED AND CHOPPER DIDN'T GET HIM IN TIME.SAW A VF-14 PILOT GO OVER THE BOW OFF CATS IN A F3-D I BELIEVE.THE SHIP RAN OVER HIM. THAT WAS BEFORE THEY GOT F-4'S. I'VE BEEN BLOWN DOWN THE FLIGHT DECK A FEW TIMES MYSELF.LUCKILY TO CATCH HOLD OF SOMETHING. I LOOK BACK AND I REALLY HAD SOME GOOD TIMES ON THE ROSIE I'AM GOING TO SHIPS REUNION IN JAX NEXT WEEK. WILL GET TO SEE HER OLD HOME PORT ONCE AGAIN.



Years Served: 74-75
i wonder where ol' rosie is now. would love to visit her. i am also wanting to know when the reunion is and where. if anyone has the info please contact me racemonkeyjunky@yahoo.com . would hate to miss movement again. haha


William A. (bill ) Walker
Years Served: 1949-1950
WORKED HANGER DECK & CATAPULT


William A. (bill ) Walker
Years Served: 1949-1950
WORKED HANGER DECK & CATAPULT


Chester Hiestand
Years Served: 1957-1960
I served in V-1 Division on the flt. deck as a plane director and catapult spotter.(yellow shirt)Made three cruises to the Med during that time period.I would like to hear from anyone who served in V-1 Division with me.Im proud to have served with all shipmates on the FDR those many years ago.


Donald Biddison
Years Served: 1957-1959
Made two Med cruise's and one shakedown criuse after a stint in the Brooklyn navy yards,which was an experience all to itself!! Chased Castro around Cuba,never did catch him.Worked with a real good group in O.I. division,mostly!Was a real learning experience!!


harry watling
Years Served: 1957-1960 M-division
Had 3 fine years on the FDR, made 2 Med cruises, assigned to #3engine room.looking forward to the reunion in jacksonville fl.


John M. Harris Jr.
Years Served: May 22-1969 thru May 22-1973
I was in the V-4 Division my entire tour of duty. I served with many great men, some of which I am still in touch with today. I made 2nd. class just before I got out of the Navy. We pulled the North Atlantic, South Atlantic, and 3 Med. cruis's. Being in the service has helped me more than I would have ever thought. I cherish the memories and appreciate the ones I served with. Some of us get togeather several times a year. Thank you ROSIE. JOHN M. HARRIS JR. V-4 DIVISION BELOW DECKS


Matt Malady
Years Served: V-4 Div until Decom
Would really like to hear from some of my old mates. Usually find myself thinkin back too the good ole days Anyone wants to get hold of me: mattm16602@yahoo.com


Ron Peceri
Years Served: 1962 - 1966
Operations division: Hope everyone has a wonderful and enjoyable gathering, prior committments didn't allow me to make this reunion,but I'll schedule the next one. All you Ol'salts behave like every bow legged sailor does. Calm seas ahead and god bless Ron Peceri


Ed Billings
Years Served: 1957 to 1959
Parts Petty Officer in OE Division


Tom Jones
Years Served: 62-63
In VA12 62-63 Went to Gitmo and was on te beach with our A4s. Also to Dominican Republic( so hot). Then a Med cruise. Anybody from 12 at that time?



Years Served: 1963 to 1966
Now this was a life time ago.. That I was aboard the Rosie. A little of this and a little of that. well any I spent time playing sailer or what ever. And was glad to get of her before she headed to that tropical location no one wanted to go to... By the way does any remember that trip to yard in the middle of the 1964 med cruise? And a chance to see the worlds fair in NY city. And what were you doing when she broke the blade off the screw? I still remember all the shaking.


ROBERT MAIDA
Years Served: 1967-1971
:D V-1 DIV. 67-71 CRASH CREW, FLIGHT DECK, NICK NAME ,LIL BROOKLYN IF YOU REMEMBER ME E- MAIL ME MAIDABFISH@AOL.COM


JAMES G. BURKE
Years Served: 1973 TO 1975
:D I SERVE ON BROAD THE RUSTY ROIE IN EARLY 1973 IN MAYPORT FL. WAS ASSIGN TO MESS DUTY BUT IT ONLY LASTED 2 DAYS AND REASSIGN TO M DIVISON ENGINE ROOM #3 STARTED AT E1 MAKE IT ALL TO E 4 AND THEN REASSIGN TO A RESERVE UNIT IN CHICAGO IL MADE 3 CRUISE'S AND THEN OFF TO PHILLY FOR OVER HAUL TRY TO FIND SOME OLD SHIP MATES BUT NO SUCESS HAD FUN ON THE OLD ROSSIE ANY ONE THAT REMEMBER ME WRITE BACK THANK'S ALL SHE WAS A GOOD OLD GAL JIM BURKE USNMM3


David Timblin
Years Served: 1969-1971
Came on board as an SK3 to go into supply division. Put up in the retrograde store room.


Steven (Mac) McCollum
Years Served: 1973-1975
Hello to all the shipmates out there. Came on board in 73 after the Rosie Hanger Bay Door was hit by a wave during a storm coming back from deployment. I made Mess Cook of the month and end up in the Weapons Department. Cdr Stevenson, Lcdr Nanny, GMGCM Shotsberger and YN2 Murray. Enjoyed Mayport and the Med. Glad to see many of us are still aboard. Morin and Yeasterling were the CO and XO.


Phil Balantic
Years Served: 1966-1970 V-2 Division
Just touching base, it would be great to have a reunion sometime. Phil


"Heartattack Ed&qu
Years Served: 1970-'71
When I'm asked about my military time my answer is always the same. It was the worse time of my life, and it was the best time of my life. I was ship's company, V4 Division (fuels.) If I was to receive a letter from the Navy Department requesting me to work the flight deck one more time, even at my age I'd jump at the opportunity. How I envy those boys on the big carriers they have now. Those decks are huge. If you get knocked down by a jet blast on one of those babies, you'll roll down the deck for a while before you hit water. The work was tough, the hours were long and the accomodations were second to everything else, but the liberty in the Med made it an even trade-off. Hell yes, I'd do it again.


Tom Pinder
Years Served: 1962-65
VA-172 Blue Bolts' ATN-3


Mike Smith
Years Served: 1967 untill 1970
I servered in V2 in the gear. I find myself wondering what happened to all my shipmates over these last years. I am proud to say I served on the Rosey,and just as proud to say I servered with the crew of guys I did.


Tommy M. Cole
Years Served: 1958 - 1962
I had a great time on the Rosie. I served as the Flight Deck Electrician until I left in December of 1962. We had some great times. I have often wondered what happened to a lot of my shipmates My email address: Real(as in Real Estate) Tom(as in my first name) Cole(as in my last name) @Northstate.net


Harry Shortt
Years Served: 1973-1975 "A" Division
I was in the Hydraulics division.I was stationed in elevator #2. Did 2 Med cruises and weathered the riots and the big ass storm.If any of you remember me feel free to e-mail me at short_i55@yahoo.com.Hope to hear from some of you.


Dickson (Dick) Clifford
Years Served: 1959-1962
Served in OE div. 1959-1962. Had lots of great times with lots of great guys. Went through a hurricane (seasick), was aboard when a landing plane veered off to the right and hit the starboard yardarm at night (pilot lived, I think). Took leave and traveled by train through Switzerland to Denmark and Sweden, flew into and out of Berlin, and by train back to Italy. Just made the last boat from pier back to ship. (can you say missing movement)? Wouldn't trade all those good times for anything. Still a few guys out there that I wonder what happened to: Bob Williamson (LA), Gerald Smith (NC), Gene Conrad (NC). Any of you guys out there know me, give me a call: 843-345-3259 Charleston SC


Michelle
Years Served: Father served
I'm trying to find someone that served with my father in the 60's on the USS F.D.R. His name is Henry Walsh.


Dick Donze
Years Served: 1947-1948
Radar tech. favorite radar was the 1 meg-watt SX. Could see weather fronts coming in before we used radar for weather. Good memories.


Jim Mahaffey
Years Served: 1976 - 1977
Served in V3 Division upon arrival and then VO Division during the last cruise. Had a lot of good times on the old Rosey, but still have have the sore neck from having to bend over most of the time to clear some of those low overheads.


James Conroy
Years Served: 1964 - 1966
I'm sorry that I can't be at the reunion this year, but my finances aren't sufficient for the trip this year. I wish you a great reunion and I'm looking forward to hearing about the memorial dedication. Tell all the guys from VF-14 and the other squadrons that I'll be thinking of them. Jim Conroy


Thomas Lutz
Years Served: 1963-1965
Great experience working under outstanding leaders... Captains Miller, Cagle, and Burbage. Spent many hours on watch in Main Engines Control lighting off and securing the plant when we came in and out of port. Learned a lifetime of experiences in leadership and engineering from MPA Willie Westberry and DCA Vern Hazard. T. A. Lutz, Lt (jg) USNR Very Happy


Thomas Lutz
Years Served: 1963-1965
Great experience working under outstanding leaders... Captains Miller, Cagle, and Burbage. Spent many hours on watch in Main Engines Control lighting off and securing the plant when we came in and out of port. Learned a lifetime of experiences in leadership and engineering from MPA Willie Westberry and DCA Vern Hazard. T. A. Lutz, Lt (jg) USNR


Jim Mooring
Years Served: 1971
The 6 months that it took to make the Med Cruise (VA-87) aboard the Roosevelt, and the experience and all the places I got to see as a 21yr old guy will never be forgotten. I never worked so hard in my life (damn airplanes kept breaking) and wouldn't give a million dollars for the memories. Happy Sailing Shipmates,


Bill Elliott
Years Served: 1970 Med Cruise
Great Website..Rusty Rosie was the scene of the Crime for my Ist Class Middie Cruise V-4 Division..apprenticed to Ens Goober Holmes. and LCDR Williamson..After Med Cruise decided to Volunteer for Sub Service spent 1971-1976 on SSBN 611(John Marshall Gold)


Dennis Desmond
Years Served: August 1967 thru June 1968 Med cruise
Embarked as member of Commander Carrier Division Six staff for Med Cruise as Task Force Sixty and completed the 9+ month Med Cruise flying the Homeward Bound flag for the Rosie's first time.


Kenneth B. King
Years Served: 1956-1957
Would like to do it again.


Jim Leggio
Years Served: 1975-1977
I was a mess specialist when I was assigned to Rosie I'm trying to contact and old friend from back in the day named David Marsh from Ohio. We had some scary times aboard Rosie. The collision in the Straits of Messina comes to mind initially. I miss alot of you guys and I owe Dexter Carpenter an apology. God bless the U.S.A. and please keep our troops around the world safe and in his hands. We live in a new world, it was eventual, but we must be vigilant and smart. I love my country and I love my crewmates aboard Old Rosie. Aye aye Captain Bordone.


BILL QUICK
Years Served: 1960 - 1963
Made (3) Med cruises and went to Cuba during the blockade during the missle crisis.


marc sminkey
Years Served: 1973-1977
Remember the last cruise of the rosie?? Especially you guys in E division heavy power shop..better known as the chain gang lets ketchup!


Darryl Dugas
Years Served: 1969-70
1969 Med Cruise. VA-67, A-7's Check Crew. We lived in the small cage on the starboard side of the first hangar bay. Lost most of my hair on that trip.


Warren McGuigan
Years Served: 1969 - 1971
Served 2 years in B Division down in Boiler room 1-B. 2 med cruises and lots of good times !


Dallas Willingham
Years Served: "62-65"
Was an AE3 assigned to VA 12. Made 3 Med Cruises, 4 if you count the one we had to return to Bayonne,N.J. to get one of the screws replaced & then return to the Med. Left ship & squadron while we were anchored in Valencia, Spain in Aug of 65 to start heading back to states for discharge. Lots of good memories & good people.


Les Zetmeir
Years Served: 1968 to 1971
Two Med cruises. MM2. Worked in the A Division. Spent lots of hours in the forward auxillary equipment room. Some great memories. I have lost track of everyone I knew on the Rosie. It would be great to hear from anyone who might remember serving with me.


james burke
Years Served: 7/73 to 11/75
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO WORK WITH ME IN ENGINE ROOM #3 WRITE BACK NICK NAME CRIMMIAL CHIEF FLAKEY GAVE ME THAT NAME AND CHIEF GRIL FRIEND GAVE HIM THAT NAME IN PHILLY


Samuel B. Phillips
Years Served: 48-49, 51, 56-57, 67-68
I have many fond memories of my tours in FDR. I remember during a fleet training cruise to Gitmo in 1948 when a drone plane came out from Gitmo for our deck guns to have target practice with. It seems that our gunners couldn't get a bead on the drone and the ship keep asking the drone's mother pilot to fly the drone closer and closer to the ship, but the gun crews still couldn't hit the drone. Finally the drone mother plane pilot adised the the ship to clear the flight deck and he would land the drone aboard, and the gun crews could beat the drone to death with swabs!!!Samuel B. Phillips LCDR USN Retired


Tom Lutz
Years Served: 1963-1965
Served as B-Div J.O and Division Officer. Made two Med cruises and made many lasting friendships. Have had E-mail exchanges with Capt. (then) Jerry Miller in recent years. What a leader and inspiration to new junior officers. Stood many long hours as refueling officer with some very savvy P.O.s: Brown, BM2, for one, saved the refueling detail from a span-wire gone astray with his quick thinking and action in an emergency breakaway. Those two years yielded great memories.


William E. Wetherholt
Years Served: 04/57 to 11/60
Went to 2nd Div. in beginning, then transferred to 4th Div when it was modified from gunnery to all transportation ( cars and boats) I was boatswain on the P-Boat #1. Just attended FDR Reunion in Jacksonville,FL What a big turnout, over 400. Next year, (2008) will be held in Covington,KY. If you've never participated you should think about going, you won't be dissapointed. Have been searching for several friends to no avail. They are Jim Hall from Brevard, NC, John Hall from Charlotte, NC, Jerry Owens from Rockford, IL, John Brooks from Philidelphia,PA, Roger P. Korn from St. Paul, MN . Most anyone that was in the 4th Div. from 1958 to 1960. Need help!!


Phillip P Hertzog AME-2
Years Served: 1962 thru 1965
THE SHIPS REUNION IN JAX WAS GREAT. ONLY MY SECOND TIME ATTENDING ONE. MEMORIAL SERVICE AND MONUMENT PLACED AT MAYPORT HONORING THE MEN THAT SERVED ON HER WAS VERY NICE. BASE SKIPPER WELCOMED US ABOARD ALSO. IF ANYONE LIVES NEAR MAYPORT .THEY SHOULD GO ABOARD THE BASE AND SEE THE MONUMENT.WILL GIVE YOU GOOSE BUMPS. LOL AS USUAL, I WAS THE ONLY SAILOR TO REPRESENT VF-11 AT THE REUNION. THIS NEXT YEARS REUNION 2008 WILL BE HELD AT COVINGTON,KY . HOPE TO SEE ANOTHER RED RIPPER THERE! WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE ROSIE AND GOOD TIMES I HAD ABOARD HER.


Dallas Willingham
Years Served: "62-65"
Served on board as a member of VA12 Flying Ubangis, A4C Skyhawks, as an AE3. Lots of good memories & some not so good when lives were lost. Departed Rosie in Aug of 65 while we were at Valencia, Spain and started the process of getting back to CONUS for discharge. Have since attended one squadron re-union at Pensacola,Fl. in May of 06 & plan to attend our next one in May of 08 in Memphis.


Dr. Marc Sminkey
Years Served: 1973-1977
Served on the rosie for her last cruise in th E division heavy power shop with Pags Gorney Weaver, and so many more hard working chain gang crew!


Roy Thomas Hamand
Years Served:
My Father, Roy Raleigh Hamand, served on the Roosevelt In 1947 when he retired. He joined the Navy In 1927 and was on the Utah, Chicago,Cincinnati, Wharton,Argonne,Catoctin and the Neches. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer.


Paul Platanitis
Years Served: 68-70
I came onboard the FDR at Portsmouth while in dry dock in 1968. I was in the S-6 Div. (Aviation Storekeeper) Made the shakedown to Gitmo and the Virgin Islands. Also Med Cruise before going to AK school in Tennesse. I have very fond memories of the FDR and crew I served with. She was a fine ship and the best crew and friends one person could ask for. Would like to hear from shipmates who served or remember me. I was nicknamed Greek. It was a sad day when the FDR was decommisioned and sold for scrap. With it went alot of history but its crew members still keep her alive.


Rock Spillers
Years Served: 3
Yep, I was there from 72 -75. I would never had been able to travel to all the places I've been without the help from CVA-42. I made many friends and still keep in touch. Big shout-out to Jim Votono, one of my very best friends there and the guy who informed me about this site! Some have left us too soon (Steve Nauta) and I miss them so very much. Rock


Chester W. Langlois
Years Served: 1961-1963
I served aboard with CAG-1, VA-12.


Edward S Friedmann
Years Served: 1969-1974
Os-3 Edward Friedmann sighing in.


CHARLIE "SPECK&quo
Years Served: 4
WE WORKED ON COESAIR FIGHTERS DURING THE WAR, I BELIEVE 1941 TO 1945 IF MEMORY SERVES ME WELL. I'M 81 YEARS OLD BUT MY MEMORY OF SHIPMATES IS CLEAR. EMAIL ME IF YOU WERE THERE IN GREECE ALSO. SPECK


CHARLIE MCCASKILL
Years Served: 4
WE WORKED ON COESAIR FIGHTERS DURING THE WAR, I BELIEVE 1941 TO 1945 IF MEMORY SERVES ME WELL. I'M 81 YEARS OLD BUT MY MEMORY OF SHIPMATES IS CLEAR. EMAIL ME IF YOU WERE THERE IN GREECE ALSO. SPECK


BILL
Years Served: PETERSON
A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE GUYS FROM S-3 DIVISION FROM 1961-1964.SAYING HI TO MIKE BISOREK, GUZMAN, ROCKY. AND ALL THE OTHERS. GREAT JOB YOU ALL DID!!!!!!!!!!!I STILL HAVE THE MED CRUISE BOOKS EVEN BROUSE THROUGH THEM LOL. BOY WERE WE ALL YOUNG BACK THAN LOL. I LIVE IN FL SINCE 1988 AM RETIRED NOW STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SOME OF THE GUYS FROM THAN YOUR SHIPMATE BILL PETERSON PS I WORKED IN THE GEE DUNK WITH ROLAND PENNY, THE LANDRY,COKE MACHINES BACK WHEN IT WAS A WHOLE 5 CENTS A CUP LOL.SURE DID HAVE ALOT OF FRIENDS WHEN I WAS FILLING UP THE MACHINES WITH COKE LOL. HOPE TO HEAR FROM MOST OF YOU FROM THAN LOOKING FORWARD TO KEEPING IN TOUCH YOUR SHIPMATE BILL


Jerry santora
Years Served: 71-73
Was aboard Feb 72. Jan 73, V-4 Div.. To all those guys that I served with I just want to say hello, and hope that all are still with us and doing well. Drop me a line if you like at : jerry@jerrysmodelcars.com


Bob Moss
Years Served: 1975-76
I was Main Engines Officer for the time I was aboard Rosie. I enjoyed my time on board with the greatest sailors of my 22 year career. Those young men restored my lagging faith in American Manhood. I loved the experience so much I retired when I had shore duty coming. Nothing could top the crew of Rosie Snipes.


Darryl Dugas
Years Served: 1968-69
I recently retired from the Military, but my last TDY was to SanDiego where my wife and I spent nearly 4 hours running around the Midway. If you want to relive the days of old, make the trip and spend the day on board our sister ship. I miss all the folks from VA-15, the Cecil Field crews, and the first Med deployment. I hope everyone is still hanging in there. By the way...Happy Veterans Day 2008.


JOHN PAPI
Years Served: 1957 1959
I WILL , AND HAVE, TAKING ALL MY EXPERANCES FROM THE 1ST DIV.. WITH ME IN ALL THE YEARS THAT WENT BY.. LOVE YOU NAVY.. JP


Doug Kiracofe
Years Served: 72 - 75 VF-84 A/F then Line Div
I remember well the rumor Christmas Day in Souda Bay on the 72 extended cruise. That smoking Intrepid was a beautiful sight when we out-chopped that December. Anyone from the flight deck or VF-84 or VF-41, give me a yell.


Tom Lutz
Years Served: 1963-1965
Walked up the forward brow and reported aboard on 21 December 1963 and flew off with the help of the starboard cat on 4 September 1965. Great experience. Served under two outstanding Commanding Officers: Jerry Miller and Malcolm Cagle. Did not get to know Captain Burbage that well before I left. Great friendships and superb memories including losing a blade off the #1 propeller somewhere around Naples and traveled back to Bayonne, NJ with that shaft locked to get a new prop. That was October 1964. Lots of stories.


Mark Hamblett
Years Served: 1974-1976
Best times I had in the Marine Corps was aboard the Rosie


THOMAS L GUM
Years Served: 62-65
WORKED ON FIGHT DECK AS CAT SPOTTER .SERVED FROM 62-65. V1 DIV WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM THIS TIME , HAVE ALREADY FOUND A FEW SHIPMATES , JERRY BOYD ... DENNIS COWHIG... ROGER COLITEIR. HAD REUNION IN MAY OF 2010. WAS GREAT !! TRYING TO FIND MORE SHIPMATES FROM THIS TIME . THANKS .....TOM GUM


Lito Bayacal
Years Served: 1969-1972
I served my first duty station on board the Rosie 169-72 E-Division Distribution group switchboard operator. 3 Med Cruises that I treasured.


Gordon Thumudo
Years Served: 9/60 - 2/63
Went aboard the Rosie in Jacksonville assigned to Navigation, I was reassigned after mess duty to Fox Division, called home right below deck from the Ge dunk, for the rest of my tour aboard. Two med cruises, shake down cruises, Dominican Republic uprising and extended for the Cuban Missal crises. All and all the best 2 1/2 years of my life, would do it all over in a heartbeat but couldn't wait to get out (the cost of youth). Made a lot of really good friends, where are you guys now?


Roger Lane AMS-2
Years Served: 1971-1972
served with VA-176 back to back 71/72 Med cruises. Shop was on the hangar deck, port, midship. night shift flight deck.



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  • JOHN MASON SEAMAN on

    LOOKING FOR A FRIEND NAMED R. GOMEZ WHO WAS IN 1ST DIVISION FROM 71-74, DECK-APE. CUBAN.

  • David Ward on

    MM2 that worked in #2 engine room and PO in charge of # 2 generator room. #2 engineroom supplied steam to one of the cats. 1972 until 1976

  • Jim Peck on

    Deployed to the Roosevelt in Naples with COMCRUDESFLOT6 in 70-71. RD2

  • JOHN MASON on

    ALL YOU 72 EXTENDED 11/HALF MONTH 2-DEPLOYMENT LONGEST IN HISTORY GUYS QWIT YUR CRYING, YOU DIDN’T WANT TO GO HOME TO THE WIFE N KIDS ANYWAY HA HA. PALMA A BETTER LIFE. VESPA AND MOPED RENTALS WHILE WAREING A HARLEY T-SHIRT YA JUST CAN’T BEAT IT. WISH I COULD SEE SOME OF THOSE JAR-HEAD PICTURES TAKEN ON THE BEACH AT CANNES, BET THEIR WIVES HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM HA HA. WHEN PEOPLE ASK WHAT DID I DO IN CANNES I ALWAYS SAY, SOMEONE HAD TO PROTECT THEM FRENCH WOMEN FROM OUR MARINES, THEIR SUCH BRUTES.

  • JOHN MASON on

    WAZ UP? 1ST AND 4TH DECK DIVISIONS, 1971-73. 4TH WAS BOAT DIVISION, ( TRANSPORTATION). DROVE THE OFFICERS LIBERTY BOAT, DIVISIONAL-YEOMAN, TAD TO THE ADMIRALS BARGE IN ATHENS. HELMSMAN ON BRIDGE WATCH. GUN-MOUNT 51 HOT-CASEMAN FOR G.Q. STATION. 5-INCH. FOREWARD/STARBOARD SIDE. OFFICE UNDER THE FAN-TAIL, BERTHING THE FRONT, 12-MINUTES IN HEAVY FOOT TRAFFIC TO GET TO WORK FROM 1-SIDE TO THE OTHER. WHERES A MASTER AT ARMS TRAFFIC COP WHEN YA NEED HIM? 1ST DIV CLEANED IN FRONT OF THE SMOKE SHOP PASSAGE. 4TH THE BOATS IN THE HANGER BAYS. SO ANYONE REMEMBER WHERE THE GUT IS?? HAPPY-SAILS, I MEAN TRAILS. HOLDEN-BEACH N.C. RETIRED ON MY 82-IRON-HEAD.



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