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Paul Moller 

Years On Board From/To: 1967 WestPac Cruise

Division Mags

Rate/Rank E-3

Address: 1 Strides Dr

City: Ballston Spa

State: New York

Zipcode: 12020

Hey thar, mateys (LOL ), been a long time. Was transferred to Big T via the Sacremento in the Gulf while being resupplied, what a trip hanging from that basket, whoa!  Was Gunners Mate and worked the mags and hangar deck, occasionally the flight deck.  If you  see the photo of two of us pushing a loaded bombcart, I'm the guy in the background (not the one with the nose, just bustin'). Hope everyone has had a good life and is healthy.  WElcome Home...

Jesse C Custard 

Years On Board From/To: 1953 to 1955

Division V 2 Catapults

Rate/Rank Airman

Home#: 7113 861 8588

Cell#: none

Address: 1802 Millwood

City: Houston

State: Texas

Zipcode: 77008

Just  looking for some of the  old cat  crew
Worked  retracting room and tool room,

Jesse C Custard 

Years On Board From/To: 1953 to 1955

Division V 2 Catapults

Rate/Rank Airman

Home#: 7113 861 8588

Cell#: none

Address: 1802 Millwood

City: Houston

State: Texas

Zipcode: 77008

JUust  looking for some of the  old cat  crew

John 'Pat' Pattenger 

Years On Board From/To: 1968-69

Division CR

Rate/Rank RM3

Address: 491 E. Chadwick Dr.

City: North Muskegon

State: Mich

Zipcode: 49445

Was in dry dock in long beach when I reported aboard

Ernest G. Arriola 

Years On Board From/To: 1966 to 1970

Division 2nd and ship service div.

Rate/Rank È-4

Cell#: 661-809-1369

Address: 2100 Talisman Dr.

City: Bakersfield

State: Calif.

Zipcode: 93304

Looking to make contact with anyone that served aboard the Tico from 1966 to 1970.I have many memories of my service and the friends I made while serving my country.To anyone that knows me, feel free to call me.

warren alexander 

Years On Board From/To: 1965-66 west-pac

Division V-1

Rate/Rank E3

Cell#: 904-4875042

Address: 1435 gately rd.

City: jax.

State: fl.

Zipcode: 32225

worked on flight deck.would love to hear or see any of you guys.

Louis Rivera 

Years On Board From/To: July 1967- December 1969

Division W Division

Rate/Rank GMT1

Home#: 7329222907

Address: 712 Flagship Terrace

City: Tinton Falls

State: New Jersy

Zipcode: 07753

Served in W Division, went through the shellback ceremony in 1968 enroute to Singapore. Still have certificate framed and mounted.
GMTC ret

Paul Leasure 

Years On Board From/To: 1967-1970

Division V-2 CATS

Rate/Rank ABE-3

Home#: 724-439-9258

Address: 2006 Devon Lane

City: Hopwood

State: Pennsylvania

Zipcode: Pennsylvania


Theodore (Ted) Anderson 

Years On Board From/To: 1971-1973

Division E

Rate/Rank IC2

Cell#: 6027407770

Address: 4444 E. Paradise Village Parkway N. #119

City: Phoenix

State: Arizona

Zipcode: 85032

Served with a lot of great guys on the Tico on Viet Nam Cruise trips, Apollo XVI , Apollo XVII & Sky Lab. Got to meet my Senator, Ariz Sen. Barry Goldwater  and was Calif. Congressman Goldwaters' escort for Apollo XVII.

John J Ensing 

Years On Board From/To: Feb 1957 to Dec 1958

Division OR

Rate/Rank RM3/

Address: 1270 Auburn St

City: Hemet

State: CA

Zipcode: CA

Anyone that served about the Big T CVA14 during the above years in the OR div I would like to hear from you by email first.  I made the East to West cruise around Cape Horn in 
1957 and two cruises to West Pac in 57 and 58.  I plan to join the Big T and join up in May ?

john durkin 

Years On Board From/To: 1968

Division w

Rate/Rank e-3

Cell#: 9149242789

Address: 27 alta dr

City: mt vernon

State: ny

Zipcode: 10552

Im looking two guys from brooklyn they were twins and airdales.

Bob Henning 

Years On Board From/To: 1966 - 1968

Division X

Rate/Rank PC-3

Cell#: 904-400-2580

Address: 3072 Bridgeview Dr.

City: Jacksonville

State: Florida

Zipcode: 32216

It was a pleasure to serve on Ticonderoga during captains ward Miller and Norman mckinnis terms. Handling tico's Mail and other support ships. What a shock going from the lines in Nam to freezing in North Korea when they seized the Pueblo. What an experience straight out of high school. Thank you all who also served.

Phillip Matthew Strawser 

Years On Board From/To: 1991/1994

Division CO

Rate/Rank GMM2/E-5

Address: 1302 Wellington West Drive

City: Knoxville

State: TN

Zipcode: 37932

I served aboad the USS Ticonderoga CG47 from 1991-1994 as a GMM2 in the CO DIV. 

George Passantino 

Years On Board From/To: 1967-1970

Division V-4

Rate/Rank ABF3

Address: 9608 Tomahawk Trail

City: Ft Worth

State: TX

Zipcode: 76244


Shipmates: The bill to include Blue Water Sailors (HR-299) for Agent Orange exposure has passed the house and will be going to the Senate for their approval. The basis defining "territorial waters" has changed. An offshore waters "baseline" was established, as ship location must be within 12 nautical miles of this baseline to qualify for this exposure. So far, it has been determined that the Ticonderoga was within these parameters during the 65-66 cruise on November 8, 1965. Research is still underway to look at other deck logs to establish other times the ship entered this qualifying area. The "offshore waters" baseline coordinates are listed below. Please contact your two Senators and ask for their support of this legislation. More information to follow. George Passantino

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Michael Gethin 

Years On Board From/To: 1945

Division NA

Rate/Rank NA

Address: wil st

City: Quincy

State: MA

Zipcode: 02170


My Grandfather William Donovan served aboard CV-14 and was on the ship January 21 1945 when she was attacked and stuck by a kamikaze.  I am in possession of a bracelet that my grandfather wore after he served and the story goes as I was told was that the bracelets were made by a crew member after the attack for the men who were serving aboard the ship using pieces of scrap from where the kamikaze had struck.  

I was looking to see if anyone my have any information regarding this.  If so please contact me at

Thank You


Terry Mengle 

Years On Board From/To: 1966-1967

Division Dental

Rate/Rank E3

Home#: 253 856-7330

Cell#: 253 318-3022

Address: 10605 SE 240th St. #133

City: Kent

State: Washington

Zipcode: 98031

During the Vietnam war we had flight operations in both North and South Vietnam (Yankee station and Dixie station). I will always be proud of my time on the Ticonderoga CVA14.

James J Matuszak Sr 

Years On Board From/To: 82-86

Division Deck

Rate/Rank E3

Address: 705 Daisy St

City: Newberry

State: South Carolina

Zipcode: 29108

My brother John served aboard during 82 to 86 deck division also known as Big Bird

chet winslow 

Years On Board From/To: 1958/to sept.1960

Division bdiv fireroom 3

Rate/Rank btfn

Address: 21515 alexa forest

City: porter

State: texas

Zipcode: 77365

was just a kid

chester (tex) winslow 

Years On Board From/To: 1958/1960

Division B fireroom 3

Rate/Rank btfn

Address: 21515 Alexa forest

City: porter

State: texas

Zipcode: 77365

just the good old days 

Jim Winchester 

Years On Board From/To: n/a

Division n/a

Rate/Rank n/a

Cell#: (+44) 7910214913

Address: n/a

City: London

State: United Kingdom

Zipcode: n/a

I am nearly finished with my book on the Ticonderoga 'Broken Arrow' of Dec 5, 1965 and the loss of Lt(jg) Douglas Webster. If anyone has a story to tell about that or has photos from the '65-66 cruise they would like to see published, please get in touch.

Jim Winchester
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