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Rm1 Michael Hyland USN(Re
Years Served: 1966-1969
Have good memories of the LT, met my wife and our daughter was born in Newport while on the LT. Made two med cruises, remember the USS Liberty incident, Hope to hear from old shipmates.


Pete Dattwyler
Years Served: 10/1959 to 10/1961
Ships barber. Boxed for the LT. summer 1960 on the Wasp, in Gibralta.


RICHARD E. DUTTON
Years Served: 1/56-10/59
TO HAVE SERVED ABOARD THE LLOYD THOMAS WAS TRULY ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. WE WERE, AND STILL ARE A PROUD GROUP OF SPECIAL PEOPLE. THE LAST OF A DYING BREED. NO ONE ELSE WILL EVER KNOW THE WONDERFUL BOND THAT WE ALL SHARE
IN THE LIFE ABOARD A DESTROYER IN NORTH ATLANTIC. I WILL CHERISH THOSE MEMORIES FOREVER.

RICHARD E. DUTTON MM3


James R Moore
Years Served: 1963-1966
Served during Viet Nam era.....was Radarman....Saw many places in the Meditteranean Sea....went below the equator to the Seychelle Islands.....almost made around the world cruise to Viet Nam but was called back to the Indian Ocean to check out an Indian airline crash....believe this was in 1966. Wound up back in Newport, RI


tom nuthall
Years Served: dec 65-oct 69
I served onboard through two med cruises, ('66 and '67), the israeli 6 day war, two equator crossings, Seyschelle Islands, and even stints in Boston drydock. Was a shame to view the articles concerning her demise at the bottom of the china sea. Would love to hear from any of the old shipmates, especially those that were in R division


JIM HEIM
Years Served: April 1951 to December 1954
THIS WAS MY FIRST AND ONLY SHIP IN MY 4 YEARS. 10 OF US FROM NEWPORT, R.I. COMPANY 142 BOARDED IN BOSTON, MASS. WHILE SHIP WAS IN DRY DOCK FOR OVERHAUL. HAVE MANY GOOD MEMORIES AND MANY GOOD FRIENDS. STILL IN TOUCH WITH MANY OF MY SHIPMATES. ENJOY ATTENDING REUNOINS AND MEETING SHIPMATES. I CAN REALLY SAY THAT I DID ENJOY MY 4 YEARS ON THE LLOYD THOMAS. LETS HEAR FROM Y'ALL. NOW LIVING IN TEXAS. E-MAIL unclejimmynj@aol.com


Robert W. McMahon
Years Served: 1951-1953
Being a tin can sailor taught me what the Navy was all about - It taught me self value and teamwork and what life is all about.


Jim Lakes, RD2
Years Served: 1961-1964
Jim Lakes, RD2. Served aboard her from overhaul in Brooklyn Naval Ship Yard in early 1961 until Sept 1964 after the Med cruise when the Vietnam war started. Would love to hear from some old shipmates. Was the postal clerk and also cut hair. Email me at: jlakes7056@aol.com.


Al Liftman
Years Served: 1951-52
I reported aboard Lloyd Thomas in 1951 whle she was in drydock at Boston Naval Shipyard. Was I impressed! My first and last sea duty, having served as an AEM during WWII
I was Supply Officer on board and was relieved in August of 1952 prior to deployment to participate in MainBrace.
I relieved Hart Stringfellow and was relieved by Don Liebert,
Service on Lloyd Thomas was certainly memorable. Worked with a great bunch of officers and sailors.
I started the reunion association and served as its president for close to 10 years. Hope to see you alll at the Richmond gathering in the fall of 2008.

Al Liftman
Commander (SC) USNR Retired


Jim Gallagher
Years Served: 4
Hi, Served on the Lloyd Thomas from 1964 to 1967 as a GMGSN.Best time I ever had. Many a Med Cruise.Also Gitmo.Was amember of the four piece R&R band that was formed.Sad ending for a proud ship.Lost track of some great shipmates.Be great to hear from them.


Jay Slagle BT2
Years Served: 1964 to 1967
I served on the L. T. from March 1964 to August 1967. Med. trips 64, 66, and 67. I live just 80 mi. north west of New Orleans, La. So e-mail me if you are going to be in the N. O. area.


Greg S.
Years Served: 2
Take care out there


Dave O'Brien
Years Served: 1965- 1966
I was a Radarman fresh out of boot camp. We were assigned to the OI Division prior to going to A school. I was on the 1966 Med cruise before A school, visiting the Seychelles, as well as countless other ports. I remember Jim Moore ( who signed the guestbook earlier today) as well as many others. Jim, who can forget Eddie Meyer. Contact me at DaveO@OCSConsulting.com if you care to reminice.


H.B. CAREY BT3
Years Served: 1952-1956
What a great bunch of sailers. What I learned on board the Lloyd Thomas, I've stayed with it through out my working years. Now living in KY. Would love to hear from anyone that served on board. www.careylift.com


Roy Pugh
Years Served: 1967-1970
Served on the LT in the gun gang from early 67 to late 70


T M (Mike) Smith
Years Served: 1972 to decom
Underway - shift colors. Ready to do it again. Retiring next month (2nd career) going to Oregon. Have been in San Diego for 35 years and its time for a change. SM1 on L T take care all.


bob kind bt3
Years Served: 1959 1961
had a great time on the LT see you at the reunion OCT 1st o8


Andrew Vargo
Years Served: 1958-1961
Hello shipmates, time aboard to L.T. was some of the best in my life. Was assigned to the A gang and Main Control. Always glad to see shipmates at the reunions and will be in Richmond for the up coming reunion. Andy Vargo MM3


Ron Brewbaker
Years Served: 1968-1970
Went to LT out of bootcampt in 1968. Assigned as deck ape then went to ship's office where I made YN3. Owe a lot to PN1 Larry Stroud who I eventually lost contact with. Best duty station in my 21 year career.


Bill Clarkin
Years Served: 1961-1964
My first and only ship, but we all know the L. T. WAS THE BEST IN THE FLEET.


Ken Jennings
Years Served: 67-68
Swapped to get on board LT in 67. I was an STG-2 and served as one of the Master at Arms. LT was a squared away ship!


Jon Fincher Sr.
Years Served:
I came aboard the LT right out of boot camp.I made fn on board her and learned more than I ever thought possible.I have had a seizure and don't remember many people,but I do remember a man named Thurman, we called him monk.He showed me what it was like to be a machinist mate in main control. :D


Bob Pleger
Years Served: 1951
My dad served on the LT in Newport , where I was born in the old Navy Hospital, Dad was a MM2 and I can still remember watching the ships come into the harbor and waiting to see my dad and The greatest ship in the US Navy The Lloyd Thomas DD-764, Dads name is Jack M Pleger, he resides in Sun City West Arizona , enjoying his richly deserved retirement.


james hall
Years Served: 1971 to 1973
the thomas was my fist ship i served on a fine old girl she was


daniel cogliano
Years Served: 1969 to 1970
yes i remenber all the good and the bad i was one of the shell handlers under the terit when it blew up may they rest in peice hi all


Ernest Foster
Years Served: 1969 - 1971
I am writing on behalf of my late father, Ernest Foster YN1, who served on the LT in Hawaii from 1969-1971. Although I was a child, I remember going to Pearl Harbor when the shipped departed for its months-long stints, as well as the happy reunions when the shipped returned from a cruise. I have fond memories of life living on the base. My regards to all who proudly served on the LT.


Joe Maluchny
Years Served: 1963-1967
After reading the posts they bring back some great memories. The med cruises, Gitmo, ASW School in Key West, the wild trips across the Atlantic when we played submarine and standing watch in Newport with no shack to protect us )dam it was cold. So many great memories and so many years.


Edward 'Butch' Hammonds
Years Served: 1965-1968
I am signing this guestbook on behalf of my late husband, Butch Hammonds. He was on the Med tours twice, and in the Caribbean several times and spent time in Newport and Little Creek. He always remembered his ship mates and his Navy travels.


Raymond G. King MSC
Years Served: 1947-1954
Plank owner round the world cruise, many cruises to the Med north atlantic nato countrys. good times and many good buddies.Now retired and enjoying life.


Thomas PRKINSON
Years Served: 1967 THRU 1969
Served aboard the LT as a SM3 joined ship when it came back from Med cruise. Had alot of good times in Newport and aboard ship. :)


HMC Adrian Lane
Years Served: 1967-1968
Served as ship's medical rep from 1967-1968


Edwin A. Whitworth, RM3
Years Served: 1964-1966
Thomas was In the yards in Boston when I came aboard in 1964. shakedown to Gitmo the Med C. Raido men I would like to get in touch. Rollins Rm2 Stantion RM2 King RM3 Donhue RM3 Buffalo NY


Roland Farmer BT3
Years Served: 2 Years
Just returned from the Richmond reunion. It was good to see everyone. Looking forward to 2009 reunion.


Larry Crawford
Years Served: 1970-1972
I was part of the forward fire room crew.


Jim Gee
Years Served: 1966 - 1968
I served on the Lloyd Thomas from JUN 66 to JUN 68. My dad was on the USS Wiltise and I always wanted to be a Tin can sailor. She was a beautiful can with great lines and I still have fond memories of her. I wanted to be a corpsman but the striker job was filled so I took up other duties. Went to Corps School after the LT and stayed in until retirement on 01 JAN 92. Made HMC, got a degree, became a Medical Service Corps officer and retired as LCDR after Desert Storm ... also served lots of time with the Fleet Marines. Now live in the Mountains of NC. Give me a call 336 385 6085 fair Winds and following seas .... Jim


Milton (Bill) Bailey SM1
Years Served: 66-69 Long nights and days
So glad to find you online!! e-mail me mbailey@classicnet.net



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  • Bruce Watson on

    Served on the LT as an EM from 69-72 great experience.

  • Paul Slovinski (ski) on

    Served on the LT from 2/64-2/66 was yeoman in the office. Saw 2 med tours, 3 months in Gitmo, and visited laharve france after riding out a hurricane at sea.

  • Tom Shelton on

    the Thomas was my first ship Aug 68-Dec-68—(Newport)— although I was transferred to DE 1049 in Jan 69… She was my start as a gunner (striker) … my leading petty-officer was GMG3 Roy Pugh…. he taught me much! I later made GMG2 in 1971 … could not have made it without Roy getting me started. Can any one let me know the 3 who died in mount 51 off the Vietnam firing line in 69? 51 was my gun. I would love to hear from Roy… georgeshelton@gmain.com

  • Bob Wenger on

    Server 59-60 was radioman. Don’t see any morse code anymore everything HI Tech
    Served 59-62

  • Fred Binford ET2 on

    John Brown, the chief your dad remembers is probably Chester Poliskey STCM. SEE TINCAN SAILOR SITE . Email shows stcmusnret@version.net .
    He was a good man and spent 4 years on LT. I helped him on sonar electronic problems once in a while.



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