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Bob Pulrang 
Yesterday at 08:07

Years On Board From/To: Oct.1966 to June 1969

Division V4

Rate/Rank E3

Home#: 6128690239

Cell#: 9526498950

Address: 6609 Columbus av.s.

City: Mel's.

State: Mm.

Zipcode: 55423

Comments:
Love to hear from any of you guys.Hope your all doing well hope to hear from you.Call,leave a message if I don't answer.


Paul D. Wagovich 
08/09

Years On Board From/To: 1970-1972

Division IM-2

Rate/Rank AMS-3

Address: 2369 Ambrato Way

City: Covington

State: KY

Zipcode: 41017

Comments:
Working in the Airframes department lead me to a career in welding. I will never forget the Apollo 16 mission!


Wayne Loudermilk (Lad) 
07/22

Years On Board From/To: 4/25/58 - 8/04/61

Division B (Oil King)

Rate/Rank BT3

Home#: (405) 789-1123

Cell#: (405) 501-3658

Address: 6508 NW 31st ST

City: Bethany

State: OK

Zipcode: 73008-4113

Comments:
I've only been to 2 reunions but I've never been able to find anyone that was on board or heard of the Mighty T sinking at the pier tied up at Alameda, I mean we were sitting on the bottom, was towed across the bay to Hunters Point. It was rumored we were going to Australia until this happened.
If you're interested email me and I'll tell you the rest of the story.


Paul Cummins 
07/21

Years On Board From/To: 1970 - 1972

Division E

Rate/Rank IC3

Home#: 509-768-6507

Cell#: same

Address: 52 E Everett Ave

City: Spokane

State: Wa

Zipcode: 99207

Comments:
Have no comments at this time. But would like to be informed of reunions and such.


Robert J. Villa Sr 
07/08

Years On Board From/To: 1968-1970

Division Boilerman

Rate/Rank E-2

Home#: n/a

Cell#: 814-619-9340

Address: 430 Whitetail Rd

City: Johnstown

State: Pa

Zipcode: 15909

Comments:
I served on the Ticonderoga for two years as a Boilerman. I also served on the uss Hornet as I volunteered to go on the mission to pick up the Apollo 12 recovery. I will never forget the experience and the wonderful time I had on the Hornet.


Rick Kilmer 
07/07

Years On Board From/To: 1966 & 1967

Division V-4 below decks on CVA-14

Rate/Rank E-3

Address: 7 Dashwood Ct.

City: The Hills of Lakeway

State: TX

Zipcode: 78738

Comments:
Went on to fly 2nd Mech on a P-3 in VP-40 for 1968 & 1969. Diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006. Recently learned that Lymphoma is a "Blue Water presumptive disease" for filing with VA for disability if stationed near Viet Nam.  However, I also qualified under "boots on the ground" while in VP-40 as we flew out of Cam Rahn Bay some. Now waiting on the VA's response. If you have had cancer or heart disease due to Agent Orange, file for your well-deserved benefits.


Bill Petty 
06/06

Years On Board From/To: 64-67

Division v-1

Rate/Rank ae-3

Address: 102 hull st

City: santa rosa

State: ca

Zipcode: 95401

Comments:
was a very busy time. lots of memories


Bob Hughes 
05/20

Years On Board From/To: 1957-1960

Division X

Rate/Rank PN2

Address: 2 Gladys Rd

City: CapeElizabeth

State: ME

Zipcode: 04107

Comments:
Worked in the personnel office and took care
Of discharges and reenlistments. Changed career paths
In 1964 and retired as Chief Cryptographic Technician in
1976. Loved the WestPac cruises. The Big T was a great ship
And I was proud to be part of her crew.


melcor chavez 
05/04

Years On Board From/To: 61-62

Division A&B

Rate/Rank Firemen 1 st class

Address: 1679 Cerro Crestado dr

City: Los Lunas

State: New Mexico

Zipcode: 87031

Comments:
Wonderfull memories.On board when Big T collided with an other ship,Can't remember the name.


Michael Crozier 
04/30

Years On Board From/To: My dad WWII/1942-1944

Division Deck

Rate/Rank sfc

Cell#: 661-305-8050

Address: 645 Pepper Drive

City: Hanford

State: CA

Zipcode: 93230

Comments:
My dad served on CV-14 during WWII. He was a signalman. We lost him in 2008. RIP dad. I love and miss you. Thanks for your service.


Ken (Mac) McClendon 
04/26

Years On Board From/To: Dec 61-Jan 65

Division OE

Rate/Rank ETN 3

Cell#: 262 894 8657

Address: 1961 17th Ave

City: Grafton

State: WI

Zipcode: 53024

Comments:
 Reunion plans had to be changed. Such things do occur. We were looking forward to visiting Tampa, and Tico sailors, again. Maybe next year. I hear in may be in the Midwest.


Leo Miller 
04/17

Years On Board From/To: 5/55-5/57 4/84-1/87

Division E E/admin

Rate/Rank EM# EMCS

Home#: 252 221 7029

Cell#: 252 301 7593

Address: 213 Cherokee trl.

City: Edenton

State: N.C.

Zipcode: 27932

Comments:
Lifetime member. served on both ships


Frank J Guarino Sr 
04/11

Years On Board From/To: 00

Division 00

Rate/Rank 00

Cell#: 8457023064

Address: 1 INKY LANE

City: HOPEWEWLL JUNCTION

State: NY

Zipcode: 12533

Comments:
I FOUND THIS SITE AND I WOUNDER IF ANY ONE KNOW MY BROTHER JOE.
HE WAS ABOARD IN1953 OR SO A FEW OF HIS FRIENDS WERE FROM THE BRONX, PLEASE GET BACK TO ME IF POSSABLE, GOD BLESS. I WAS ABOARD THE USS YELLOWSTONE AD27 DURING THE CONFLICT IN KEREA ? THANK YOU 'FRANK


Ray Wieser 
04/04

Years On Board From/To: 1958

Division V-6

Rate/Rank PRM-3

Cell#: 630-881-9972

Address: 1005 catherine Ct.

City: Naperville

State: Il.

Zipcode: 60540

Comments:
Netflix just released a new 3 part series titled "Five Came Back".
It's the story of five Hollywood movie directors and what they did in filming in WWII. 
I watched episode 3 today, which is the last of the series. In the 28th minute of this episode they show the Kamikaze
hitting the Ticonderoga and they mention our ships name. Have never seen this footage before. Thought this would be of interest to all.


Wayne Idzik 
04/04

Years On Board From/To: 1966 1967

Division Radioman

Rate/Rank Rmsn

Home#: 443-356-2109

Cell#: 443-356-2109

Address: 118 riverside rd

City: Essex

State: BALITMORE MD

Zipcode: 21221

Comments:
It was A privledge to serve on her.


David Schweigert 
04/04

Years On Board From/To: 95 - 97

Division Admin

Rate/Rank PNC(SW/AW)

Address: 3408 Longview Drive

City: Oakville

State: Missouri

Zipcode: 63129

Comments:
Beautiful ship.


David Graf 
03/31

Years On Board From/To: 1985-1988

Division OI

Rate/Rank OS2

Address: 2521 Thicket Ride Ct

City: Longwood

State: Florida

Zipcode: 32779

Comments:
Hoping to see everyone at the upcoming reunion in Tampa, May 18th - 22


Rick Kennedy 
03/19

Years On Board From/To: 6/1970 to 3/1972

Division ASW Group 3 Staff

Rate/Rank RM3

Home#: 470-778-9015

Cell#: 404-680-0638

Address: 2825 Shumard Oak Drive

City: Braselton

State: GA

Zipcode: 30517

Comments:
Lots of good memories on Tico's last
tour of Vietnam. I now have ALS and 100%
disabled with the VA. Anyone else out there have ALS?
Rick


William H Leech Jr (Bill) 
03/15

Years On Board From/To: N/A

Division N/A

Rate/Rank N/A

Home#: 770-487-2821

Cell#: N/A

Address: 121 Magnolia Dr

City: Tyrone

State: GA

Zipcode: 30290

Comments:
Everyone,

  My Father-in-Law,Robert Eugene Lewis,served on board the Ticonderoga during WW II. I have already written about him and you now have his history on record.

  I write today because of a recent book I just finished: "Bringing The Thunder",by Gordon Bennet Robertson,Jr. He flew 35 B-29 bombing missions right thru the end of the war against Japan. In fact,he flew on the last nite before the surrender announcement of August 15th,1945.

  In his book he tells a very funny story that ALMOST cost a B-29 crew a court martial. On a return leg from Japan, a B-29 crew made a low,feigned,landing pass,with gear and flaps,against the Ticonderoga ( late spring/early summer 1945).The flight crew knew it was a joke but the ship did not. All kinds of lites and wave-offs preceded the "go-around".

   Much was made about it at the bomber base. However,the line crews never heard what the Ticonderoga commanders or crew had to say.

    Any veterans from that era remember any of the details ?

     Just thought you might enjoy this.

     Thanks for your time,

          Bill Leech


Joe Draganosky 
03/09

Years On Board From/To: 1965-1967

Division S-7

Rate/Rank DP3

Address: Ken Caryl Ranch

City: Littleton

State: CO

Zipcode: 80127

Comments:
Hi Joe:

Come to think of it I haven't seen any posts or had contact with Jess in quite a while either. That is odd because he was fairly regular on here. There's just an occasional post from other guys in Supply; Sherwin Greenberg from S-6 wrote a post on Page 2, but nothing from the S-1 crew recently. Geez I hope he's OK; getting emails bounced back to you is not a good sign. He's the kind of guy who'd let friends know if he had a new address, he liked to stay in touch even if just once in awhile. 

Maybe one of the other guys will read this and update us if they know any more. Sorry I can't be of more help.

Joe D.
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