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Donald Harrison
Years Served: 1985-1988
God bless all who served on the USS Coral Sea. Contact via e-mail anyone who remembers this Yeoman (YN) that served in ADMIN and Weapons department. 1985-1988


Doyle Odell EN-3
Years Served: 1958-1966
On behalf of my uncle Ray King BM-3 I'm posting this message. Ray is now deceased but I know that he was very proud to serve on the Coral Sea. I was on the USS Higbee DDR-806 in Yokosuka Japan when the Coral Seas joined the 7th fleet in Yokosuka after its Fram conversion.


Greg Caton
Years Served: 1976-1978
Have looked extensively for a copy of the Cruise Book for 1977 Westpak. There doesn't appear to be one on the market. Would pay to rent use of one to make photocopies and return. Looking for a shipmate who can help out. My copy was destroyed in a storm in 1981.

Greg Caton
gregcaton@aol.com


Joe Yannuzzi
Years Served: sept. 1960 march 1961
was a great time in my life. good times, good friends, good memories!


Bill Trent, CPO, USN-Ret
Years Served: 1962-1964 & 1973-1991
It's great to see a site deticated to the Naval Service.


John Tumlinson
Years Served: 1972-1976
I worked in G division on flight deck and in foward bomb assy.


Fred M Creekmore AB2
Years Served: 12/55 to ~04/1957
Once upon a time she was a straight deck carrier with 5 inch gun mounts, ling both port and starboard.

It was exciting to say the least, working on the flight deck then. We lost 7 fine men on the 1956 Mediterranean Cruise.

I really believe it was the Hey Day in the 50's to be an American Sailor. We were loved the world over.


C. Van Kirby
Years Served: 1953
Was Training Yoeman for the Flight Deck division along with Walt Braemer.


jay lidy
Years Served: 1984-1988
hi all, would like to hear from you all from g-4, g-5 and weapons dept.


Dennis Meents
Years Served: 1976 to 1978
I had a great time on her. was on west-pac 77 she was a great ship I was a cook abroad her so any one in the S-2 divison e-mail me please


En2 John W Sletten
Years Served: JAN1967 TO SEPT1970
I had a Great time and a world of experience aboard the Lady Would enjoy hearing from my shipmates from the Refer Decks and the A/C shop


AL ERCOLANI
Years Served: 1960-1961
A GREAT TIME IN MY LIFE. GOOD FRIENDS AND LASTING MEMORIES. VMA 324 WAS A GREAT OUTFIT TO SERVE WITH.JAPAN WAS AWSOME!!!!!!


John W. Shaffer ABF-1 RET
Years Served: Feb. 1964 To Mar. 1968
Worked in after HEAF pump room and sometimes on the flight deck fueling planes. Had a great time and had many friends and shipmates.


James E. Heany
Years Served: 1964 - 1968
V-1 Division, Blue Shirt. Elevator Operator, Flight Deck Spotter and Flight Deck Control. Sure miss those days aboard her. Ken Platte, Where are you? Anyone know of Ken, let me know. 64/68


Herbie Hernandez
Years Served: 1972 thru 1975
Assigned to V-4 Division fueling aircraft during on and off operations, later on flight deck control. Lot's of great memories, and great friends.


Kelly Cooke, DP2(AW)
Years Served: 1984-1987
Lots of good memories of the USS Coral Sea, S-7 Division, Med Cruises and the shipyards in Portmouth, VA in dry-dock. Memorable cities: Naples, Instanbul, Marseille, Toulon, Haifa, Cicily, Capri, Bethleham, Jeruselum,


Robert Miller SN
Years Served: June 1950 to November 1953
4th division: I had a great time aboard the Coral Sea. Many wonderful memories of the Med. and Norfolk. nadiabobmiller@aol.com


John Aldrich
Years Served: 1977
I made the '77 cruise as a member of VA95, the Green Lizzards which was an A-6 Intruder squadrom out of Whidbey Island Washington. I was an aviation ordnanceman second class. I remember the water out of the scuttlebutts tasting of jet fuel and the stack gas smelling pretty bad on the flight deck. I also remember great shipmates and being young and having a great time. Drop me a line and say hello! John Aldrich


Larry R. Reim AE3
Years Served: 1961-1963 VA-155 [ichy go go ]
One of the best times of my life was serving aboard the CORAL SEA. The Liberty was fantastic!! If anyone know the where abouts of John Tollison AT2 I would appreciate some correspondence. He was a lifer and probably made Chief, but when I knew him he was a 2nd class. I would like to hear from anybody else that was in VA-155 in 1961-63.


David LaPorte
Years Served: 1965-66
Worked in V-2 division, Number 2 Cat. Hook up and water brakes. Was on board when she threw a screw on the way to yankee station. Made good friends and enjoyed the liberty.


H. D. Jackson
Years Served: 1960-1963
Radioman 2nd Class. Worked in TTY Repair and Radio Central. Have contacted a couple of guys. Retired as RMC in '77.


Jonathan Frost
Years Served: 3 years on Coral Sea 24 years total Navy
Served aboard from 1985 - 1988 as CATTC Air Controlman and CATTC Supervisor. Retired ACCS. Highlight of my career on Coral Sea was Operation El Dorado Canyon (Libya FON Ops). Awarded Coral Sea Sailor or of the year in 1986...got shot in the leg in Naples, Italy on New Years night along with a YN from Air Ops...what a liberty that night! Write me a note at frostair@comcast.net.


Gerald L. Davis
Years Served: May,1966 to June, 1969
OP2, Ph2 Photo lab 1966 to 1969, stayed in the USNR untill 1978, changed over to USAR and was recalled to active duty 1990, stayed on active duty, and retired 1 Jan 05 MSG/E8 US Army. My time on Coral sea at times seems like a dream. but after all these years I can still hear the cats launching A/C, the roar of the after burnners and the smell of jet fuel.


Joe Lopez
Years Served: 1971-1973
V-4 division flight deck purple shirt then AV/Gas below decks. Loved the clubs in Olongapo and the great party the ship and the city hosted. I didnt think these would be some of my fondest memories from my teen years!!


Irving A. Smith
Years Served: 3
Hello Shipmates: I served with the S-5 Division, Mess Management Specialist. I also served on the Theodore Roosevelt, and Minesweepers USS Exultant,Engage, Illusive, and Impervious. I was stationed at land facilities Great Lakes, Orlando, and at Virginia Beach as a Squadron member of VF-84 the Jolly Rogers.


Gerry Flynn
Years Served: 1951 to 1955
I served aboard from October 1951 until Feb. 1955. Served in the 4th Division. Spent some time in the brig. Spent mess cooking in the soda fountain. Helped open up the radio station with Jim Clark and Jim Kelly. Wonder what ever happened to those two? Ray Flynn from Massatoosuits too. (No Relation) Met a few 4th divisioners, Al Paterson, Bob Miller, Ray Furrows. Gerry Flynn


ken claybaugh
Years Served: last med cruise aft. galley capt.
i have a criuse book from the last cruise and it is perfect it was the best time in my 20 years


richard jones
Years Served: 1947-1949
was in the 6th div and OI div left as rd3.27years in the navy and left as ETCS. I was one of the line handlers that rode the coral sea from the shipyard she was built at to the navy shipyard portsmouth.


Foster Wendell AS1
Years Served: 1976 to 1977
served in AIMD, it was not the best time in my life, but was part of it. PI was fun. met a couple of good people.


STEVEN PATTON
Years Served: 1979-1983
I SERVED ONBOARD THE USS CORAL SEA FROM 1979-1983 IN THE OFFICERS WARDROOM, CO'S MESS, FLAG MESS. MY NICKNAME WAS GENERAL PATTON , I MADE TWO WEST PACS AND SERVED NUMEROUS DIGNATARIES.


Jerry Quinn PH2, 01 Div
Years Served: 1952-54
Seems like yesterday. Still correspond with shipmates Dudley and the Grock!


Ken Peaslee
Years Served: 1948-----1952
I still have a couple of shipmates that I have contact with, She was a good ship.


Kurt von Elm
Years Served: 1974-1978
I was an AE2 with VA-95 Green Lizards (A6-E) 74-78. For those of us that had the honor of serving on the Coral Sea she will always be a part of our lives. Lots of great memories! Lots of great shipmates!


MR2 Joseph Stafford
Years Served: 1986 - 1990
Wow this brings back memories!!! Long Live the Coral Sea! I served onboard her in the machine shop, main deck across from the engineering log room. I was also part of the decom crew in 1990. I will never forget her. Cheers Joe


Danny Jones
Years Served: 1973-1975
Just got back yesterday evening from the spring fling in Ft. Wayne, In. It was good to see everyone again and it was a great time indeed. If you ever thought about coming....you should. There is someone new every year and they come back again. Bring you significant other, they will enjoy it also. I wish all you Coral Sea saiilors well!


Mike (Oscar) Pfeffer
Years Served: 1974-77
Looking thru this guest book, not too many SNIPES have entered any words of wisdom. We sure did miss you at the Spring Fling Reunion in Fort WAyne this last weekend. WE HAD QUITE A BLAST... OK< Write this down NOW. October 3rd-7th 2007... LAS VEGAS NV. Promises to be the Best... Looking forward to seeing alot of NEW faces .... maybe YOU.. Mike (Oscar) Pfeffer Join The USS Coral Sea Assn.


robert i rubin
Years Served: 1973-1975
hello to all,god bless, great times on # 43 va 94 (94 underground) what a time .anybody out there? still talk to lamsy ,herbie mia lost touch with most still remember the good times though go navy!!! love peace and happiness to all god bless america!!!


JOHN J HASSELBACH
Years Served: 1961-1966
HELLO, EVERYONE. I SERVED ON THIS GREAT SHIP 1965, TONKIN GULF, WITH VAH-2 AMS2 JOHN


David Benton
Years Served: Navy 1978 to 1985 on board from 79 to 81
I would enjoy hearing from any of the 3 screw crew. I have been looking for Harry and Clancy with no luck yet! When I transfered to Scicily I lost contact and never hooked up again.


Marco (BEBE) Rodriguez
Years Served: 1973- 1975
Served from 1973 - 1975 in CIC...Looking for Pops (Roy)....Also had good friend Thomas Trevino from Edcouch texas, he was a boatsman's mate....I'm sure we're all rust buckets by now, but man sure would be great to hear from you guys....


Lewis Gauger
Years Served: 1953-1954
I served oboard the lady from 53 thru 54 in v2 div. worked in pri fly most of the time. made thr Med. cruises in 53 and 54. Some of the best years of my life. Lets hear from some of my old shipmates. :D


Lou Prinz, MCPO/Ret
Years Served: 1978-1980
I was the photo chief.


Raymond Burkhardt
Years Served: 1955-1956
I served in the V4 division for 2 Med cruises. Worked in the aviation repair shop and gas pump room.


Jack G. Lucas
Years Served: 4 years
Served onboard from 1971 through 1974 in the Legal Office and the Education and Training Office


Robert Christen
Years Served: 1972 till 1976 BT2 3baker fireroom
Would love to here, from any other snipes who I served with and worked with, especially Bob Katsma and David Simon Daniel Stewart Schwartz the third both Boiler Tech's aboard the Coral Sea


Rich MacEachern
Years Served: 1969-1970
Hi All !, I served onboard in 69-70. Did my time in Communications Radio aka CR-Div. Ran into an old friend in London of all places a couple years ago. Got my sea legs via the Tonkin Gulf Yaht Club.


Paul Blackey
Years Served: 1966-1968
I was in FOX Division as a Fire Control Technician


Robert Hampton
Years Served: 1974 to 1978
May 2, 2007 I was a Radioman RM3 on the Coral Sea (CVA-43/CV-43)1975 thru 1978 (during the 1977 Pacific Cruise). Lots of stories to be told. I also helped put the big Yellow Ribbon (built by the Navy wives) on top of Coit Tower in San Francisco for the Coral Maru's arrival back from the 1975 Pacific Cruise, just after Bootcamp and Radioman A School. If your interested in seeing a great Aircraft Carrier Museum see the U.S.S. Hornet in Alameda, CA. Practically the whole ship is accessible for touring. The Communications/Radio room and CIC are now open for tour. Their ham radio club has done a fantastic job re-creating the Communications Room with TTYs and radios. Robert Hampton (Old RM3'er).


ROBERT E HANSEN JR
Years Served: 1971-1972 VMA-AW-224 HYD. SHOP A6 MECHANIC
Was E-4, CPL Durring Minning of Haiphong Harbor. Was a long line period when we were volonteered to take the Americas duties after she lost an elevator durring a re-supply attempt while we we on Yankee Station. A San Miguel at the Zanzabar Club in Olongapo was never better after 60 days at sea.


Edward Trerotola
Years Served: 1954 - 55
Arrived as an Ensign fresh out of gunnery school in Washington DC. Was assigned to a deck division and made a Guantanamo cruise and a Med cruise, with H H Caldwell as Captain. Enjoyed every day of service on NIJA. During 2nd med cruise was transferred to Bainbridge MD. Loved my time on the Navy! A wonderful experence.


DOUGLAS A. OLSON
Years Served: 1969-70
air squadron VA-45 3rd class Aviation Electrician


Ray Johnson
Years Served: 1983-1986
More and more Coral Sea stuff pops up every day. alot of people are working hard to keep her alive, if only in our memmories now. thanks to all, fair winds and following sea's shipmates!


Marty Flick, RDSN
Years Served: 1969-70 WESTPAC O-I Division
Thanks for putting this together. I have URLs from two other websites, you might know, or not. It's great that the memories are kept alive - and CSEA will always be my finest military memory, fer sure! 8) URLs follow: http://www.usscoralsea.org/, and http://www.usscoralsea.net/. The first link will give you notice of reunions, and the last one has a whole section for 'salty sea stories', and terms you might wish to remember --- or, maybe not. Anyway, thanks for keeping it alive on the 'net!


David Dixon
Years Served: 1972 -1974 V-1div. Flight deck
WesPac 73 Had some great times aboard the old girl and had some great experiences. Had some good friends in V-1 , worked as blue shirt , tractor driver , worked days then went to nights. Everyone called me Tex. Looking for some old friends , Time has really slipped away from us all.


Joe Pogorzelski
Years Served: 1965-19671
Was in OA Division came on board by hi-line what a great sight that was !!!


Dan "Murf" Mu
Years Served: 1973-1975
Like most everyone who served aboard the Coral Sea, there were many great memories that I experienced -- like the sweat and hard work I enjoyed for 18 hours of flight ops. Actually, NOT really. But, the two Westpacs in 73 and 75 were memorable, especially Australia. Go to my website, double U - double U - double U ---- allaboutfaces --- dot com. You can check out what I've been doing for the last 30 years. I was in V-1 Divison (flight deck). I got an email from good 'ol Chief Joe. I'm wondering if ABH-1 Moritz realizes, that every time he gave me stores working party in Alameda, my good friend Jeremiah Hickman would muster me in and I'd have a day off, down to San Jose, where I grew up? At any rate, most everyone knew how to work the system.


ron Heller
Years Served: 1972- 1975
VA-94 I was an aircraft maints flight deck trouble shooter.


Harry T. Kelley, Jr.
Years Served: Dec. 1968 to Sept. 1972
Shipmates, Its great to see this webb site. Its only us that know how things were at the time of our service that we give to our country. Its always good to talk to someone from that time. I traveled all over this USA as a truck driver, I have run in to shipmates on the road. Its great to see them again. Thank you again for this webb-site I wish you all the best of health. Shipmate, Harry :D


Harry T. Kelley, Jr.
Years Served: Dec. 1968 to Sept. 1972
Shipmates, Its great to see this webb site. Its only us that know how things were at the time of our service that we give to our country. Its always good to talk to someone from that time. I traveled all over this USA as a truck driver, I have run in to shipmates on the road. Its great to see them again. Thank you again for this webb-site I wish you all the best of health. Shipmate, Harry :D cva43roofrat@sbcglobal.net


Jim O'Malley DC3
Years Served: 1967-1971
I wish everyone the best. Although the time aboard seemed long, the experience and memories have shaped a life that has been well worth living. Good luck!


jim williams
Years Served: 1981-1984
AO with VF154 during Westpac and world cruise


Ricky Mabe (HT2)
Years Served: 1984-1987
Hello all... Just remember good friends are hard to find, dont egnore when someone is tring to get ahold of you. Today just happens to be my birthday, and I was just thinking I have lost three of my classmates from high school in the past year, this is not a downer letter but just a reminder that we can never have to many friends... Keep in touch with as many as you can. God bless.... Ricky


4th DIV
Years Served: 1964-1966
Hello all. Glad they have this site. Would love to hear from all who served from 1964_1966. 4th DIV. Great memories. So come guys I know you're out there!


Peter J. Gutierrez
Years Served: 1969 - 1970
Proudly served aboard San Francisco's Own homeported in Alameda, Ca. Captain Sam Gorsline was my Commanding Officer. I was a Disbursing Clerk Striker and later became a Federal Disbursing On-site Examiner for a total of 35 years. I learned alot about life and good times aboard this ship. I look at photos of her in my den every day. Great people and great life experience.


Peter Garra
Years Served: 1966- 1967
Started in G div. as an aviation ordanceman, hung around the photo lab an then made it in. Went to A school for photography then Albany Georgia as staff photographer. Have a 30+ year carrier as a photographer for the city of Los Angeles. As they say the older I get the better I was, miss the adventure of Tonken Gulf.


George W. Crouch
Years Served: June 1967 to September 1970
Left the Coral Sea in 1970 after making three West Pac cruises. Took early retirement as an RM2 in CR Division. The best job I ever had and was too young and ignorant to know it at the time. I would repeat those years in a heartbeat if I could. Wonderful times, great life-lessons learned, and many shipmate friends made over those twenty-seven months at sea. I was really sorry to see the old gal go, but I am pleased to see that so many who served on her are keeping memories of the old gal alive. Cheers and smooth-sailing to all who ever rode her. God Bless America, God Bless our military folks who voluntarily put themselves in harms way, and God Bless all you old squids.


pedro a amador
Years Served: 1987 - 1990
served onboard with ships company air departement V-4 division. also part of the deccomisioning crew. left just weeks before the ceremony itself.


Glenn Horn RD3
Years Served: 1968 - 1972
I think back fondly of the days spent on the Coral Maru. Many great life lessons and fun in OI Div. Lots of time spent on the 07 level looking at open ocean and the jungles of 'Nam. Lots of fun in Sasebo, Japan, PoTown, Sydney and so many other places. It was a bit of a magical time that will be frozen in a gentle glaze of happiness. This is a really good thing to reunite with shipmates from long ago in a land far away. I look forward to hearing from people in my div and the mess decks and all over the ship. I feel like I shave with the Coral Sea almost every day. Cheers to all my shipmates!



Years Served: 82-85
Like so many, I have great memories of my time aboard. If anyone happens to have been in the Medical Div. during 82-85 or so, please drop me an email.


L/CPL Alan Kane
Years Served: 79-80 westpac...
VMFA-323 westpac 79-80. A Great time was had by all...


kenneth E Cook
Years Served: 1964-1968
served in M div. 1964-1968


H.V. (Bud) Harris
Years Served: 11/64 - 11/66
Served aboard her during the two WESTPAC deployments. X Division Officer/Admin. The greatest achievement of my 20 year Navy career was when as an LDO I qualified for OOD Underway. Will never forget the beautiful early morning silhouettes with the five Carrier Task Groups all operating in the Tonkin Gulf. I could not have served with a more dedicated crew. The Long hours and hardships were endured with a sense of pride. I reverted to E9 and transferred to the fleet Reserve after 20 years. Later retired as a LT and traveled the USA in an RV.


Jeff Million
Years Served: 1974-1978
I couldn't realize what an impact this proud ship and my crewmates would have on me. Only now I wish I could make one more cruise (but without the midwatch....) Thanks for all the dedicated people I served with to make the memories sweet.


AE3 Charles Wright
Years Served: 73-77
I was attached to VA-95 out of Whidbey Island, Washington and was Petty Officer in charge of the electrical rehab for our spaces before the 74 WP cruise in Long Beach. I also did many favors for ships company while on board. She was a garbage skaue when I boarded her and when we left for Subic she looked beautiful, we left Christmas Eve, too bad we went on water hours just outside the Golden gate, golden showers w/JP5...just thinking about it brings back that wonderful aroma. I had a great time in the Navy and the Coral Sea with all her faults has a warm place in my memory. I MISS THE SEA!!!!!! and my shipmates. We were the last of the golden age in this mans Navy.


Dan Perdue
Years Served: 1968-1969
R Division SFM3 Loved the Sea have always wished I had stayed in. Would really like to hear from some old mates.


Tony Arrizon
Years Served: 1979-1980
Would like to hear from more of the Marine F-4 Phantom Squadron Personnel who served during the 152 Americans Hostage rescue attempt VMFA-531 and VMFA-323 Grey Ghosts and Death Rattlers respectively Thanks all! Sgt. Tony Arrizon


richard starliper
Years Served: 1984-1988
oe division. worked in radio room 4 and uhf and fox offices. just wondering if how some of the guys r doing


David Wilcox
Years Served: 1953-1954
I served in the #3 engine room as throttleman. Wonderful experience even though I was there for only a short time between ships. (The USS Palau and then on to the USS Lake Champlain.) I happened to be on my own boat traveling up the ICW years later when the Coral Sea was being towed from Portsmouth VA to the scrap yard. It was a very sad experience for me to witness the last journey of a great ship.


Ruben Esquibel
Years Served: 1973-1974
#4 engine room is where I started as a bilge watcher,I was low man on the totem pole and I have vivid memories of opening the main steam valves ! I had the pleasure of going overseas.By the time I left I had worked my way up tp Top boiler and Generator watch, it was an experience I'll never forget! Only another sailor can know what I'm talking about !


Lynn Hahn EN2
Years Served: 1969
Served my last year in the Navy aboard the Coarl Sea. Worked in A division---(air Compressor Gang) Had some great times, met some great people. Brought one of the guys (Dennis Blakley) home for the weekend while we were in Alameda.....he met my sister.....he's been my brother-in-law for 34 years now. (Had no intention of that happening, but it seems to have worked.) Would not trade my expierence on board for anything


Harlan Updegraff
Years Served: 8/65 to 7/67
What a ride for a young 19 year old. Spent two years in V6 metal shop. Had a good job pumping LOX on flight deck. Seems like a dream I had so many years ago. Boken screw on way to Yankee Station and fog foam all over the hanger deck. Gives me lots of stories to tell my kids and grandkids.


Paul E. Garner
Years Served: 1980-1982
Served in the ET shop first in ACLS then as Supervisor of UHF untill I left in July of '82. Another day, another diode! I actually enjoyed serving on the old girl.


Vince Genato
Years Served: 1966-1968
Hoo-Yah to all the Tonkin Gulf Pirates especially G Division, and to everyone who served on the Grand Lady. I was heart broken when I saw the final pictures of the Coral Sea in the scrap yard. I will always remember her as a great place to come home to after a raucous night on liberty overseas...


Joe LaBella
Years Served: 1989 - Decom
Anyone from S-8, would love to hear from you!


Dennis B. Clifford
Years Served: 1983 - 1987
Hello shipmates, I was in V-1 Div. any other roof rats out there?


RAY SERRANI
Years Served: JAN 1961 THRU SEPT 1964
I was a yoeman in v-1 for a short time. Than I was transferred to the tower for two and half years. My last 8 months I was on the flight-deck as a blue shirt. :D


kenneth cook
Years Served: 1967-1970
I made 3 west pac. cruises.some days good some not so good.over all more good days than bad days.a long time ago.


Rick Salinas
Years Served: 1972-1975
I was onboard the Coral Sea during the 1973 WestPac, serving with HC-1 Det 6.


Mike Perry "Winkle
Years Served: 1974-1976
She was a fine lady, too bad I was not the perfect gentleman! I grew up on her, a lot! I should have stayed. Blessings!



Years Served: June 81 - December 84
Hello to all my shipmates, Served in the S-3 division from 81 through 84. Made one westpak and the world cruise which took us from Alameda, CA to Portsmith, Va. I ran the gedunk (candy and snacks) store for awhile. Was the Chief and above barber while in drydock at Portsmith. Hope to hear from some of the old gang in S-3. Wish you all well, Bill


Marv Johnson
Years Served: October 1961-December 1966
Deployed all of 1965 flying the F4B Phantom in VF-151


Peter Garra A/O, PH
Years Served: 1966- 1967
G div at first then went to photo lab. Any body remember those great days in subic bay? Peter.Garra@ladwp.com


TERRY CORDLE
Years Served: 1868-1970
done a lot sweating in 3-charlie boiler room. enjoyed my time on the west-pac cruises. wouldn`t take anything for the memories. i still pray for all military people. god bless america.


Dan Veargason, ME2
Years Served: 1954 - 1957
Fine memories of a grand ship and crew. The 50's were a great time to be an American Sailor. Would also like to remember John Stickel, FP2, a fine shipmate and friend, who passed away March, 2007


John Stansberry BT3
Years Served: 1986-1990
Greetings to all!!!!!! Coral Sea memories are always with me. B5 Oil & Water Lab. Fair Winds and Following Sea's to all.


Ed Ohle (Oly)
Years Served: April 4, 1982 - April 15, 1985
I worked in S-2 in the Aft Galley and Aft Bakeshop. My boss was MS2 Leo Balange from Milpitas. The guys I remeber were Liban (from Disbursing), Ortiz, Pelen, Perdy, McCrayer (all from the Aft Bakeshop), Tolentino and MSCS Isla and a bunch of guys from S-9 (the Chief's Mess). I ran the Aft Bakeshop after Belange left us in Hawaii. I remember the World Cruise, the Shipyard in Portsmouth, and all the workups in Gitmo before departing to USCINCPAC in April or 85. This was one of the best ships I've been on. Feel free to contact me if you were on board during this time. -ed


Conrad Lawrence ABF-3
Years Served: 72-74
I came aboard while Coral Sea was at Hunters Point for an overhaul. Made 1 wes-pac cruise. worked in the fuel quality control lab. loved being on the flight deck during flight ops.


Joe Costello
Years Served: 1978-1981
I served aboard the Coral Sea during Captain Dunleavy's tenure as an Operations Specialist. He was a great CO!! I still serve in the military as an Army reserve warrant officer. However, I count the years onboard the Coral Sea as among the best in my life. If anyone knows AC2 Rich Ray, I'm looking for him. All the best to the great men of OI Division. By the way, Charlie Dodge, Hugh Kelly and I had a mini-reunion at my home in San Diego. We visited the Midway and it brought back a flood of memories as well as pride in service. I highly recommend it! Joe Costello, OS3 78-81


Les Wood
Years Served: 164-1967
Looking for anyone who might have served with a Lawrence Wood


Mark Johnson
Years Served: 1979-1982
79-80 cruise, I was O-level with VA196, then 81-82 cruise, I was in AIMD IM-3, W/C 650. Main memories are not having to tie up so far from the main gate in Subic, and rough seas between Hawaii and Guam (typhoon), and a F-4 broke loose on the flight deck, rolled off into the catwalk. It punctured the centerline drop tank and 4000 gal of JP-5 flooded my berthing...


Edward Frank Ivins
Years Served: 1955-1957
Hi! Everybody, I served on the USS Coral Sea from 1955-1957. I am currently living in Forest, VA and we spend the winters in Clearwater, FL.


Steven Stinnett
Years Served: 1965-1968
Steve Stinnett PH-3 Plat Operator OP-1 Division, I also served as a Blue Shirt in V-1 Division in '65'



Years Served: 1976 to 1978 MM2
A lot of great memories serving on-board CV-43. First stop was M-3 Div...made it to A-1 Div ,beat the odds, pretty hard to get out of the hole once your a hole snipe. I have managed to stay in touch with some of my fellow shipmates...others have slipped away, some ,I have heard, have also past away ; MMCS Bob Cameron, MM3 Mike Reese, just to name a few...all great sailors. God Bless you all and may all of your memories be as good as mine...hoist one for our shipmates.


Bernard Mikulski
Years Served: 1960 to 1961
My twin brother Len and I served with Heavy Attack Squadron Two (VAH 2) on board the USS Coral SEA CVA 43 .We had the big Birds the A3D's with the twin J57's. the West Pac Cruise was great. Yokosuka. Sasebo and Hong Kong great liberty.Like to hear from my shipmates who were in the Liquid oxygen and the parachute shop.


Bill Major
Years Served: 1969-1970
I served aboard her for two tours 1969-1970. I was sorry to hear that she was scrapped out. I have many good memories from those days.


roger e marble
Years Served: 1987-1991
i was in vfa-136 as a plane captain and then aviation hydraulics mechanic


Danny Schultz
Years Served: 73-75
I am Bill the brother of Danny. He was with VA-22 on the 73/74 and 75 WESPACs. He was a brown shirt. If you knew him, please email me. Thanks. wfschultz@bak.rr.com


Don Birkes
Years Served: 1952 - 1954
Served as Radioman Seaman in the communications division 1952-1954. Made the very memorable Med. cruse twice and finished up my Navy enlistment as RM2 on Rhine River Patrol at Wiesbaden, Germany, June 1957.


Robert Dell
Years Served: 1966-1969
Served 3 cruises on the Gray Lady- anyone else from #2 Cat out there? Heard from Jimmy Thompson a couple of years ago


Neal Simpson
Years Served: Sept. 1959 - Jan. 1965
Assigned to V-1 division. Plenty of good times and many friends.


Gary Harris
Years Served: 1984-1989
Hi to all and God bless the Coral Sea! I am trying to get in touch with anyone who has served in the medical dept. aboard this ship from 1988 to 1989.. It was good to serve on this fine vessel and I made a lot of good memories. God bless all.


Arthur W Van Why Jr
Years Served: 4 Years
Was On Board 1948 IC2 Ran the Telephone Exchange and was Head Movie operator. I enjoyed the Coral Sea immensley. Loved being able to see all the foreign country's The best was France. Always enjoyed liberty. Art


Rodney Mantooth
Years Served: 1973-1976
I was in V4 Division (purple shirt). I enjoyed my time on the Coral Sea. Thanks to Uncle Sam for taking me places I'll probably never see again in person.


Robert McKelvey, RM2
Years Served: 1979-1983
While onboard stationed in Alameda, CA. Two West-Pacs and One World Cruise. Have great memories of times spent in Ports all over the World. It's really a shame she couldn't be saved, what a proud old Warrior the Coral Maru CV-43 was. I did get the chance to see Midway CV-41 in San Diego with two old shipmates and am very happy she was saved, if you get the chance, it's a must see, just head to downtown San Diego and you can't miss her. It will bring back some old memories!!! Fair Winds and Following Seas


Jerry Varichak GMG3
Years Served: 1982 thru 1985
What I remember the most about my tour of duty was when we collided with the Equadorian oil tanker, and the kicker was that we just got out of dry dock with a major overhaul and were working out the bugs and then back into dry dock for major front end repairs. What a night that was. I also remember the ports we stopped at while doing the world tour. Korea and the Phillipines seemed to be everyones favorite, I wonder why LOL. I was the ship's armorer for the small arms on board during my tour, that was a blast, not even the Capt. could get in without our permission. Winding shotline and stores working parties were my favorite things to do, NOT I had some good times and some bad but for the most part had alot of fun. I'm sure dissapointed that the old girl is gone but her memories live on.


Jerry Varichak GMG3
Years Served: 1982 thru 1985
What I remember the most about my tour of duty was when we collided with the Equadorian oil tanker, and the kicker was that we just got out of dry dock with a major overhaul and were working out the bugs and then back into dry dock for major front end repairs. What a night that was. I also remember the ports we stopped at while doing the world tour. Korea and the Phillipines seemed to be everyones favorite, I wonder why LOL. I was the ship's armorer for the small arms on board during my tour, that was a blast, not even the Capt. could get in without our permission. Winding shotline and stores working parties were my favorite things to do, NOT. I had some good times and some bad but for the most part had alot of fun. I'm sure dissapointed that the old girl is gone but her memories live on. jerryvarichak865@msn.com


James Columbia
Years Served: 89-90
Web site looks very nice. GREAT JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!



Years Served: 1979-1981
I was the Ship's Gunner and G-3 Division Officer. Would love to hear from old shipmates. I am currently the Security Manager at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey.


Barry Healan
Years Served: 4
Hey Guys, I worked in V-1 On the bow in fly1 as a blue shirt. My best memories were of the amazing bond that Coral Sea crew members had with each other. It didn't seem that way with guys off of other boats. Anyway , she was a good boat and I still have connections with shipmates and with people we met ashore in foreign lands. It's a great shame what happened to this carrier. She'll live on in memory. I think the Navy should name another carrier after her.


Terry
Years Served: 1968-1970
I am looking for any information about when coral sea went into vietnam to pickup helocopters from (i think Da nang) for transport. I was on board from 1967 to 1970 with VF-161. any help would be great Thanks


Dan Borchert FCC(ret)
Years Served: 1959-1961)
I was in Fox Division from recomissioning and 1st West Pac cruise. Would like to see if any shipmates from that time frame are still steaming


Robert Grunder
Years Served: 1969 - 1973
Served in GM division


Steve Bachus
Years Served: 1962-66
Still looking for Robert (bob) C. Cordell, from Oklamaha.


D.E. Borders
Years Served: 1950-1953
I grew up on the Coral Sea. I feared Ryan, the Mess Deck MAA and Chief Dugas the ships CMAA. We had our fun with the Phantom Shitter, beer parties when we had done a good job, the woman from Sardinia who was smiggled aboard for a day(She probably made a lot of money that day), the errant whale who ran into us, raisi jack in handgar bay one etc. I've had lots of jobs/assignments since thos days but none were as enoyable or provided me with such a learning experience. That is why I favor a draft for every young man or woman.


Rodney Gouine SH2
Years Served: 1977-1979
Coral Sea was my first ship, and was a great experience, to the men of thigreat sip Bravo Zulu


Greg Sherwood
Years Served: 1976 - 1978
An interesting time of my life I must say. S-7 Division was a good place to be. I still sail by the old dock at Alameda on a regular basis. Cheers...



Years Served: 1965-1969
I'm glad to see the online site up and running


Richard Marcoux
Years Served: 1948 to 1952
Great Ship. Served in the R div. Had a lot of fun and saw a lot of countries. Still in touch with one of the crew


John Kinley PH3
Years Served: 1981 - 1985
Served on the Coral Sea from '81 to '85 in the Photo Lab. Was part of the Flying Squad and Repair 7 Forward. Would be interested in keeping in contact with any of the shipmates that remember me.


Bruce Butler
Years Served: 1959-June 1961
It was one of the best times in my life! Where are all the corpsman from the ship? I thought I knew many of the shipmates from the shake down and Westpac cruises but not too many seem to be around.


bruce stovall
Years Served: 1981-1983
va-97 ordy that did two westpac's . . .


bob white bt2
Years Served: 1960 to ?
worked in 3b boiler room.


Rodney Gouine (gedunk)SH2
Years Served: 1977-1979
Looking for anyone that served in at that time the S-3 Div It was great serving aboard the best ship in the fleet.


Manuel (Jay) Gesulga
Years Served: 1971-1972
worked in the photo-lab, OA division busted to PHAN


Dewey C. Williams
Years Served: 5/61 -8/62
I took the tour of the Midway a couple of days ago and there were a lot of things that are not quit the same as the Maru. I was a QM and I would like to get pictures of the Navigation Bridge, Wings, Wheel house (pilot House) and chart house of the Coral Sea. They can be E-mailed to me. It really breaks my heart to know that the old gal is scrapped. :mrgreen: well I hope all those who served aboard stay out of Harms Way. Dewey


Bruce Kraft
Years Served: 2
Served aboard until 1957. Brought her around the Cape and into Bremerton where she was decommissioned and refitted with her new Angled Deck.


Charles Arkon
Years Served: June 1963 to June 1966
Hello Shipmates.......I served in the Evaporator Gang of B Division. I'd like to hear from any of my old shipmates. :D There must be a few of you pirates still around. 8) I'm looking forward to reminissing about some of the good times we had. Contact me via email anytime. Sincerely, Charles Arkon MMCM SW, USN (Ret)



Years Served: 1977-1978 ABH3
Tractor King V-1 Some of the best times of my Life ! Best way I could think of for a young man to get introduced to the WORLD ! And that truly did happen. Would love to hear from some of my shipmates. And I've got plenty of pictures from my times aboard ship .... One Hellava Boat and Crew !!! Bopcityusa@netscape.net


Dennis E. Boren
Years Served: 1974-75
I spent time in V-3 and got to go to the Flight Deck as FLY II PO. In the years before CVA-43, I served in CVS-12 and LPH-2. A CVA Flight Deck is the only place to be for a ABH. I would have stayed aboard longer but had to go home on emergency leave. Retired ABHC.


chuck wothke
Years Served: 1966 to 1969
came on board old coral maro at hunters point. she had just recieved her angle deck.she was resting next to her sister ship the midway.both looked very huge out of water.i was appointed to a division. air conditioning and refrigeration.met some great men in that division.found my best friend just a few years back who lives in new jersey.(dennis heller).had many great times aboard and off the ship.so hello to all. and will be happy to hear from anyone that was on her . hey guys my e-mail address is cewoth@netnitco.net hope to hear from some of you. chuck wothke hebron indiana


Richard Parker
Years Served: !963 to 1965
Iwas a 17 year old from this state of IN. Ihad never seen any thing so large in my life. Served in X division (print shop). Have many fond and not so fond memories more fond than not. Attended the spring fling in Fort Wayne IN. Was a great weekend. Looking forward to Vegas in October.


Vic Doepke
Years Served: 70 - 72
Served brother duty on her. I was in Communications and he was in Weather. Great times, great memories. What a lady...


AFCM Albert H. Murray
Years Served: October 1986 thru November 1988
I reported to AIMD as the Leading Chief as a ADCS. When I made AFCM the XO, Capt Denny McGinn made me the ships CHT division officer under Lcdr Joe Dattoli. My nickname in the mess was Ed Norton of Jackie Gleason fame. I spent two years aboard and then moved on to be the CMC of VF-11 at NAS Oceana. Then to NAS Oceana as CMC before retiring in Sept of 1992. I loved the Coral Sea and the crew I led and served with. Now I live on my small farm, fix and drive school busses and preach when I am needed. God Bless bentnailduo@kywls.com


Bruce Rich
Years Served: 1973-1974
CTO3 in OS Division 1973-1974 Subic Bay to GOT over and over - great time



Years Served:
served in e division great times great people


Lowell Marsolek
Years Served: 1959-1961
Where are all the S-1 Division Storekeepers that served during the 1959 and 1961 time period? If your out there let me know. It would be great to talk to Butch Acuff and Joe Boston and any of the rest of you guys. lmarsolek@tds.net


william v. renfro
Years Served: 1970-1974
I spent the major part of my naval career aboard the U.S.S CORAL SEA (CVA 43). I was in 5Th. DIV. I made two WEST PAC Cruises.


Robin S. Jones
Years Served: 1977-1979
I served as Disbursing Officer, Ship's Store Officer, and Wardroom Officer taking her from Westpac 1977 through the 1978 PSNS overhaul to her homeport at NAS Alameda. I miss the old girl!


Daniel E. Whitaker
Years Served: 3 onboard
Served as PN3 1987-Final decomm. Would like to hear from anyone who wants. Can be reached at rideasporty2003 at yah who dot com. Great memories with the old girl.


Barry W. Sellmeyer
Years Served: 1969-1970 VF-151/CAG15
Served in VF-151/ Powerplants on the 1969-1970 westpac cruise.


James E. Anderson
Years Served: 1980-1983
I was the Fly 3 PO and moved up to Flight Deck LPO. My experience will never be forgotten. Till this day I get a tear in my eye when I hear theStar Spangle Banner played properly.



Years Served: June 81 - Dec. 84
Hey Rodney Gouine, We didn't serve together, but was wondering if you knew any of the guys that we would have overlaped in service. The names that come to mind are Jerry Lazaroni (sp) Marion Jr. Mudd, David Boyd, Kim Gingrich. They would have been newbies as you were getting off the ship. As so many have stated, what great memories on this ship. Bill


Kenny Williams
Years Served: 10
I served on the US Coral Sea from 01/1977 - 09/1980. I made the 77' and 79' Westpacs. Hopefully I will see and hear from fellow shipmates.


John Blondin
Years Served: 1972-1975
Older and bolder. well I feel older but not bolder. I find it interesting that a 4 year block of life holds so many memories and pain. ut.. Iam very glad that the folks coming home now from overseas are getting a good warm welcome. Unlike what we got. Be happy Ya'll


John Blondin
Years Served: 1972-1975
Looking for Benard Forester, Steve Baker and ? Barker Radiomen 1972-1975 Westpac. Assigned to the teletype shop.


Gary (KID) Marcantel
Years Served: 76-80
She was my home for 4 years. Sure hated to see the way she was treated when she was sold for scrap. She will always be a part of my life. I was 17 years old when I first laid my head on her bunk. What a Lady !!! Louisiana Kid AO Forever !!!


Scott Wisnieski
Years Served: VA-97 Warhawks (1980-1983)
I was with VA-97, had some good memories and not so good on the Coral Sea. I made WestPac 81-82 and World Cruise 83. I worked the flight deck as a troubleshooter/ final checker. Espeacially remember the lack of non skid on the flight deck, aircraft sliding everywhere....scarry.


Albert Bodt
Years Served: 6 June 1967 to 7 August 1970
It has been 37 years since I walked off the after brow for the last time as a crew member. I visited her again about a year later in Alameda. I have nothing but fond memories of my time aboard, even though at the time I didn't appreciate the experiences I was having while aboard. It takes the perspective of time to appreciate what it meant to be a crew member aboard such a great ship, and to be in the Navy at such a historic time. I truly miss the old gal. I spoke with RAdm Ferris (my skipper during 1968-1969 WestPac cruise) about two years ago. He mentioned that she was scrapped in part due to the plan to move her to Puerto Rico, where it was felt she would not be adequately cared for and she would rust. I will treasure the memories of the three plus years I was aboard her, and will never forget the crew with whom I had the privilege of serving with.


Don Lawrence Jr
Years Served: 1959/61
walked under her at Bremerton! Proud plank owning, bellyrobber, watched her slip the ways and hit the sound awesome exp! Hope to hear from some of the original ships company.



Years Served: 1984-1988
I served from 84-88 in the S-5 division. I would love to chat with some old friends.


AQF2 Jim Baldinger
Years Served: 1963 - 1965
It is good to remember the good times and the tough ones. I did 2 cruises as part of VF-151. A lot has changed since those times. All the planes I worked on are in the grave yard, NAS Miramar is a Marine Base, Hong Kong has gone back to Chine, Okinawa has gone back to Japan, there are no bases in the Phillipines, and of course our ship has been retired. But with all that the memories last forever.


ALLEN RUSSELL
Years Served: 1979-1985
DROP ME A LINE. GOD BLESS OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN HARMS WAY!


David D. Neuer
Years Served: 4 years 1949 to 1953
After Sunbury, PA High School at age 17 I enlisted and was in Great Lakes 2 weeks later. The Coral Sea CVB 43 took me to places I never knew existed. Our cruises were like a text book, from Panama to Istanbul and a half dozen Med cruises there was never a dull moment. I would like to hear from any of my IC buddies that were there from 1949 to 1953. chardave@dejazzd.com


PH3 Phillip Taylor
Years Served: July 1985 - March 1987
GOD I MISS HER!!


Donald Todd
Years Served: 1962-1965
Served as Signalman. Departed for civilian life 7/65. Great times, great places, great stories and some great lies. Love you all!


MIKE ADAMS
Years Served: 1964 TO 1968
SERVED FROM SEPT 65 TO SEPT 68 . WESTPAC/GULF OF TONKIN VET. WENT BACK TO ALAMEDA AIR STATION 2 YEARS AGO . THAT HAS ALSO BECOME A GHOST OF THE PAST . SAW A COUPLE OF OLE SEADOGS WANDERING AROUND THERE . GLAD I WASN'T THE ONLY ONE THAT REMEMBERS THE TIME ON THE GREAT SHIP U.S.S CORAL SEA. IT WAS A LONG THREE YEARS ABOARD HER. WASN'T GREAT THEN BUT NOW I'M GLAD I WAS ABLE TO BE ONE OF HER CREW. HEY TO ALL YOU RADIOMAN AND THE MUSTANG ......CHICO, PRELIC,J. SLAVIK HOPE YOUR ALL DOING FINE. MIKE RM3


Belynda Clark
Years Served:
First of all I want to say thank-you to all the men and women who served on the USS Coral Sea.Your dedication and work will never be forgotten.I'm posting this in hopes that someone out there can help me in finding my mom's first love.His name is Richard C. Manning.He also went by Nick.My mother tried for years to find him with no luck.I've even tried but again with no luck.If anyone out there knows anything about Nick please e-mail me.We just want to know what ever happened to him.Thank-you.


Belynda Clark
Years Served:
I guess I should have added my e-mail addy.oppps sorry.mddfc_2005@yahoo.ca


Darrell Legg
Years Served: 1981 to 1983
Served in OI Division on 83 World Cruise


William Bennett
Years Served: 1961-63
Ltjg, CIC, Westpac cruise Dec 1961-Jul 1962 WQould love to hear from you


Dale N Dahlberg
Years Served: 1954-1956
The Ship was called Coral Sea CVA-43, when I came aboard in Beruit in 1954 after boot camp. I tossed my sea bag down a hatch and almost hit a fellow from my home town and high school. I enjoyed the time aboard very much. After 2 Med Crises I became a Plank owner on the USS Forestal.


William L. Schmidt
Years Served: 1953-1956
I am proud and honored to have served aboard the USS Coral Sea. It was a fond memorable experience that I shall never forget. dicktracy007@optonline.net


bob gill
Years Served: 1971-1972
I was a 2nd class po (mineman) in G division from nov. 71 to july 72.I still live in Billerica, Mass. Don't miss Bomb assembly.


KENNETH MCGEE
Years Served: 1969-70
i WAS A PLANE CAPTAIN IN VA-35. THE BLACK PANTHERS, AN A-6 SQUADRON. dID A WEST PAC CRUISE


Bob Bush
Years Served: 1967-1969
I was in VF-151 Fighter Squadron and did two cruises, 67-68 &68-69. Myself, Burden. Leon Baughman, Del Johson. Chief Laswell and Chief Hollifield started jamming in the hanger bay and ended up playing as an opener for the USO show. Are any of you out there??bbush@sio.midco.net


John Freiburger
Years Served: WestPac 74-75
My one and only cruise in 31-1/2 years of Naval service, I have fond memories of PI, Singapore and Perth, Australia.


E.W. "BO" LEW
Years Served: 1964-1966
I was a young Ensign Supply Officer-first in general supply, then (on the cruise) Wardroom Mess Treasurer, then I ran the crew's mess. The first Vietnam cruise (the Long Cruise-11 mos.) was my introduction to WestPac. I grew up a lot on that cruise. And it seasoned our new marriage rather than breaking it up. Old Salts like John Delaney guided me through the tough spots, like when we found out we were at war for the first time in 12 years. My chiefs also shepherded me- I depended on their experience and know-how. I'm now a retired Presbyterian Minister. Not a day goes by that I don't remember or refer to a Coral Maru memory. It was great preparation for this calling. She's gone to the scrapyard, but the memories will last a lifetime. Thanks, Old Gal. You brought us home.


Terry Moonlight
Years Served: 1981-jan1985
Hey all it was a pleasure to serve on San Fransiscos own


Clarence Cassler
Years Served: 1963 to 1965
Was proud to have served on the Coral Sea and feel that same pride by belonging to the Coral Sea Association. :)


Clarence Cassler
Years Served: 1963 to 1965
Was proud to have served on the Coral Sea and feel that same pride by belonging to the Coral Sea Association.


James R. Caballero
Years Served: May 1966 to September 1969
Made 3 10 month crusies as a Quartermaster. Worked on the bridge in the chart house (Navigation Division). GQ station was steering the ship. Also, taught others to steer the ship. One sailor from the BM Division, that I taught, ended up in the same town that I live in (Oxnard, CA) and is now my barber. His name is Tony Yubrra. Also, worked in After Steering. Any shipmates that served in Navigation, email me. My last Captain was Captain James Ferris, who, in 1969 was promoted to Rear Admiral and put in charges of the West Coast. He was a great Captain.


Washington "Paco&q
Years Served: 1984-1988
hi all,served in 2 med cruises with all my grape buddies,V4 div.slept right underneath the No.3 arresting gear.have a lot of great memories.wish to hear from the guys who proudly served with me.you can email me any time.take care guys.god bless


Mike Haley
Years Served: 1965-1969
Sure do miss all the guys I served with. I worked in the ship's store. Would love to hear from anyone who served with me.


Ben Reyes
Years Served: 76/82
Looking for shipmates of my dad John (Jack) Brown. Worked flightdeck during the 77 WestPac if I'm not mistaken. Would have been around 20 at the time. Was good friends with Harry Blacker (at least I think that is his last name). If any of this rings a bell I would like to hear from you.


C.D.McCurdy
Years Served: 1948-1952
Serving aboard the Coral Sea was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Working with A.VanWhy, R.Horness, and Bill Craig in the telephone shop was a fun time. And then too the movie gig, which VanWhy and Craig maintained added some off work entertainment for the IC gang and others. At this point in time, some of our shipmates have passed on to other seas but they will always remain in our scrapbook of memories. I still keep in touch with E.E. Smith, and Bill Craig. Will be glad to hear from others that wish to E mail a note. cmac@ambcoach.com


Kevin (Tony) Butler
Years Served: 86-89
Great ship, great men. A ship is only as good as the men, wooden ships and iron men.


matthew cates
Years Served: 4
would like to find kenneth richards and Thomas Fortner from the coral sea from years 87, 88, 89


Ray Champlin
Years Served: 64-65, VA-165
Hi looking for information on my late fathers naval career. AFCM Robert Champlin. VA-165. I recall 1964-65. Anyone remember him?


Dale Smith ABF2
Years Served: 71-72 / 77-78
Entered Hunters Point at 17 years of age to see a ship totally torn apart and in dry dock... Checked in and was shown the hatch to V 4 and was imeadiatly corrupted by the crew from the cruise before..DAMN I had a good time...Worked my ass of during the last cruise of Nam...still remember the pilots that never came back and the shot up planes that came back....that one A6 sticks in my mind..he was a lucky pilot for sure. Was headed for the 73 cruise, but had a chance to jump ship for Iwakuni Japan where I ended up with a top notch commander who liked to fly, he made me part of his crew ...made alot of Island hoping all over the Japan region. And of coarse it was in a twin engine cargo plane...it was right out of a MASH Movie!!! Got transfered to Naha, Okinawa and again!!!!! we could have made a movie...fueled alot of P3's and Marine F4's.....Again, my thoughts to the crew of a certain P3 that never came back.. Got out of the Navy and then went back in Nas Master Jet Base Cecil Fies in Jacksonville Fla for two years and then to school in NJ...and back to the coral sea in 77...It just wasnt the same anymore, made some more friends but the thrill was gone....Alot of drunks and loosers were lifers this time around and my Eyes were opened and that was it.....Besides I had layed all the gals on both coast and most of asia!!! So all that was left was the dry land gals and new adventures....and Im still going....Shitty Smitty Iowa Boy



Years Served: 1964_1966
I MISS HER! BIg part of my life. Miss the ones I served with. Would love 2 hear from ANYONE That was in 4th DIV!!


Charles Hatch
Years Served: 53, 54, 55 last yr Trans to Randolf..CV 15 TO SAVE my ass
I REMEMBER THAT KID... HE WAS A WISE-ASS THAT NOBODY LIKED... AND THEY KICKED THE SHIT OUT OF HIM... AND HE SPENT 2 TRIPS ON THE MESS DECKS... I WAS LUCKY TO GET OUT WITHOUT GOING TO JAIL... DID SOME CRAZY SHIT... I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT (YEAH, NOW) BUT NOT THEN... I THOUGHT I HATED IT... I REALIZE NOW THAT THIS WAS DURING THE KOREAN WAR... AND I WAS A PISS POOR SOLDIER. WHAT A SHAME... NOW, TODAY MY HEROES, MY NEMESIS... TONY HERBERT & DAVID HACKWORTH STARTED ON THE FLIGHT DECK - GASOLINE - TRANSFERED AFTER 1ST YEAR TO SIGNAL BRIDGE... by the way, I replaced TONY TRABERT... THE TENNIS PLAYER... I ENDED UP AS QUARTERMASTER SIGNALMAN 3RD CLASS... ON THE RANDOLF... CV15... FOLKS I REMEMBER: MOOSE ALWYRD (sp?) QMS 1.. Moose's brother was a pilot/air WNG on a Med trip... Then there was Reno QMS3/2.. SIMPSON, SHIVOK,TILTON,...& one of favorit shipmates CHICK BRADY... AND LETS NOT FORGET ORRIN RYAN... MESS DECK MA...1ST CLASS... THESE WERE ALL GREAT PEOPLE.. Ryan probably a plank owner. and is probably still there... and if dead, his mummy is there. CALL ME IF YOU LIKE... 302-858-6130 OR YOU CAN EMAIL ME AT charleshatch@mchsi.com


Gilbert Moot
Years Served: 1988-Decom
Great first ship...truly miss it. She and the crew were family.


WALTER HARDY JR
Years Served: 10/22/64 TO 4/6/68 AND 6/17/77 TO 9/12/83
I SERVED DURING THE VERY FIRST THREE COMBAT VIETNAM WESTPACS WHEN I WAS AN E-3 AIRMAN IN V-3 DIVISION AND GOT OUT FOR FIVE AND HALF MONTHS. I CAME BACK IN SEPT. 1968 TRYING TO GET BACK ON THE CORAL SEA BUT GOT THE U.S.S. SHANGRI-LA CVS-38 OUT OF MAYPORT, FLORIDA MADE ONE MEDITERREAN CRUISE AND ONE WORLD CRUISE TO VIETNAM IN 1970 AND GOT OUT AGAIN FOR SIX AND HALF YEARS ONLY TO RETURN TO THE U.S.S. CORAL SEA CV-43 IN P.I. ON JUNE 17, 1977 TO SEPT. 12, 1983 WHEN I CROSSEDDECKED TO THE U.S.S. CARL VINSON CVN-70 FOR TWO YEAR WENT TO SHORE DUTY DOWN NAS MOFFETT FIELD AS BASE POLICE AND HATED IT I'M A FLEET SAILOR. CAME BACK TO THE CARL VINSON IN 1989 TO 1993 WHEN I RETIRED AFTER 23 YEARS TOTAL NAVAL SERVICE. BEING STATIONED AT NAS ALAMEDA FOR 20 YEARS AND MAKING 11 CRUISES 8 WESTPACS, TWO WORLD CRUISES AND ONE MEDITERREAN CRUISE BEING A FLEET SAILOR WAS THE GREAT THING ABOUT BEING IN THE NAVY BUT HAVING SERVED ON THE U.S.S. CORAL SEA WILL ALWAYS TO ME BE THE GREATEST AIRCRAFT CARRIER AFLOAT AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, PERIOD! WALTER HARDY, JR. ABH-1 U.S. NAVY RETIRED


Dennis Gorman
Years Served: May 1981 to june 1982
joined the ship in the middle of the pineapple cruise in 81in Hawii and 1 westpac seems like right afterwards. first time out and crossed the meridian time line and the equator at the cross point...what a kick. steel beach bbq...and seeing places i otherwise never would have.what a grand old girl.sail on in our memories you ageless warrior.oh, when i first arrived i worked in g-4, then was transfered to im3.best time of my short naval career.


Jerry A Akers
Years Served: 1964 - 1968
I served apx. 2 years on the Cora Sea and made one cruise to the South China Sea. I served in V3, and plane handler division on the hanger deck. It was great to talk to Al Krueger yesterday on the telephone. We talked about topics that I have talked about for over 40 years. I am a life member of VFW, in Medina, Ohio, 44256 I enjoyed giving tours on the ship and mainly to show everyone where the golden rivet was. Coral Sea was a fine lady. Too bad she is not any longer with us, and she left a lot of memories. Had a great time in my life, good friends, and lasting memories during this time. Nice work on the engraved plaque and stand display. My phone is 216 387 2738 and live in Litchfield, Ohio, which is in Medina County, which is where I lived prior to 1964.


Richard F Scorsone
Years Served: 1968 thru 1970
I was in the Boilers Div. #2A boiler, with BT1 Lutzow in charge. Made 2 or 3 Cruises on the ship to Nam. That was a long time ago now.


Robin Young
Years Served: 6
Fire Controlman FC1 Onboard from 1984-1989 Glad I served !


George Marks, PO3
Years Served: Aug 1972 - Jun 1975
What a Great time with Great Sailors, Brothers and Friends. The USS Coral Sea CVA-43 toured me around the world. I boarded her in San Francisco, CA. Hunters Point, cruising the Far East with many ports of call including Subic Bay Phillipines (Ahh good Ol Olongapo City & Subic City with Victory Liner Bus travels through the mountains to Manila Bay. Some of the Best Liberty ever experienced. We spent alot of time in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam with lots of Air Ops.. Visited ports of call like Sasebo and Yokuska Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Perth and Fremantle Australia, San Diego, CA. .. Didn't know it then but my tour in the USN was probably one of the best times of my life. As RM rating in Communications I handled alot of sensitive documents for the C.O. Capt. Peck and the Admiral when aboard, running the daily early morning Top Secret Boards to them and enjoying Steak & Egg Breakfast's with them in my dungaree's and T-Shirts.. pretty cool. On the ship we had tours of duty in Vietnam and the Mayaguez incident with Cambodia after pulling out of Vietnam May 1975. I remember the pull out.. Choppers were landing on the USS Coral Sea CVA 43 flight deck with passengers evacuated from the U.S. Embassy in Siagon, Vietnam. We had to push the Choppers off the flight deck and into the Gulf of Tonkin to make room for more Chopper landings with evacuee's. Times of our Lives.


Michael Kartchner
Years Served: 1968 to 1972
Proudly served on ships crew, the Air Department, V-3 division my entire enlistment from Nov of 1968 until Aug of 1972


Phillip Brown
Years Served: 1943-1953
:D Looking for Ship photo's and crew muster lists for the years 1943-1953 my uncle served on the Coral Sea during this time frame as an engineer so if any one can help I would be very great full His name was Ronald L. Brown E mail brownphillipr@yahoo.com.


Frank Leon Guerrero
Years Served: 1969 to 1973
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Comment on this post (5 comments)

  • Jamie Davis says...

    I’m Jamie Davis the last QM to drive this historic vessel even to the scrap yard. Served under Cmd. Dwyer. Skipper Capt. Allen. Any QM’s that served with me please contact me

    May 31, 2018

  • James Reynolds/Wilson says...

    I was assigned to the evaporators “B” Division for late 1965 to early 1968. From there I was transferred to NSA Saigon with the River boat support “PBR” and Mic Boats on YRBM 16/18 and 21. I was a MM2 at the time of my separation.

    March 27, 2017

  • Ron. Saltzman says...

    Hello Boys
    This is your officers Barber from 1965-1967
    S-3 Division now living in Florida I miss all
    The good times I had on the ship.
    Dennis Morganlander who cut hair in the
    Crews Barber Shop lives just a couple of
    Miles from me we keep very much in touch with
    Each other and are hoping some of you live in
    This state as well.
    Here is my phone number 435-229-5076
    Call any time ….. Ron

    June 10, 2016

  • Rickie Smith says...

    1973 – 1975 V2 division catapult 2 hold back. God bless you all.

    May 22, 2016

  • william nicholson HT 3 says...

    Hello I’m trying to find out if my name was on the ships personnel manifest during 1977-1979 thanks a million

    July 04, 2015

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