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Archived Messages 401- 800


Message Number: 800
Posted March 17, 2004

LSD-13 Has A New Webpage
We host the LSD Reunions Page. Phil from the USS Casa Grande LSD-13
organization has been communicating with me in regards to their new site.
Thought you might like to see it: USS Casagrande

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Message Number: 799
Posted March 17, 2004

Charles A Osborne
Aboard: 61 to 65

Does anyone know the whereabouts of M. Stemburg in A Division??
He was on board in 61 to 65. Charles A Osborne (OZ)

What was his first name, OZ?
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Message Number: 798
Posted March 17, 2004

Charles A Osborne
Aboard: 1961 to1965
E-Mail: mrcandwife@juno,com
Responding to message: 786

Pruitt and I always rode together on the week ends to Tenn.

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Message Number: 798
Posted March 14, 2004

James K. Ives
706 Glendale Rd.
Glenview, Illinois 60025-4004
Email: cmay@glenbrook.k12.il.us
Phone: 847-486-4570
Aboard: 1943-1945
Rate: Watertender 2nd class

Hello,
I am writing to fill information in about my father. He passed away from
emphysema on January 16th 1992 in South Bend, Indiana. After the war
he worked for 38 years as a bus driver for the South Bend Transportation
Company. He loved CB radios, the passengers who rode his bus, and a
good joke. His wife the former Bette Barnum, and sons Larry and Randy
still live in South Bend. His daughter Carol lives in Glenview, Illinois.
They would love to hear any stories about Jim!

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Message Number: 797
Posted March 14, 2003

John Vaught
Aboard: 56 57
Responding to message: 795

Hey Jim Doyle, I did not make it to Bike Week this year.   I had some health
problems over the last year.   Hope they have things on keel now.   I hope to make
M. Beach in May if all goes well.   Other than that I am doing quite well.
Don't set any fires in the artic.
JSV MM3

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Message Number: 796
Posted March 13, 2004

Paul (Bill) Staples
4245 E Fountain St.
Mesa, AZ 85205
Email: ppstap@cox.net
Phone: 480-830-7597
Aboard: 1952-1956
Rate: QM-3


What's the best way you have found to find former shipmates?

I'm glad you brought this up, Bill. Paul Adams has written it up several times
in the newsletter but we haven't discussed it here. The Internet Telephone
Directories are great for locating shipmates. The majority of us have a few
shipmates in our memories and remember where they were from. Look on
the roster to see if they have been located. If not, let us know where they
used to live. Paul Adams or myself will undertake a search for them. Why
not click on reply and send their names and information right now?

If you find a shipmate on your own, let us know so Paul can send them the
newsletter and an introductory letter.


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Message Number: 795
Posted March 13, 2004

Jim Doyle
Aboard: 55-56-57
E-Mail: sirjames316hotmail.com
Responding to message: 792

Hi "Daddy John", missed you at Bike Week this year.   Were you there
by any chance?   Hey, us Order of the Blue Nose would like to see
some of our exploits in print.   Hope they can find someone to type
it up.  How the hell are you by the way?
Jim Doyle

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Message Number: 794
Posted March 11, 2004

Scott Catterton
Aboard: 1991-1994
E-Mail: crfd1@yahoo.com

Looking for Kris Mills. If you know where he is, have him e-mail me.

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Message Number: 793
Posted March 10, 2004

Gilber Zuluaga
223 Harrison Ave
Garfield, New Jersey 07026
Email: gilberzuluaga@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1997-2000
Rate: EN3

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Message Number: 792
Posted March 7, 2004

John Vaught
Aboard: 56 57
E-Mail: DADDYJOHN_2002@YAHOO.COM

Why don't the 50s have anything about the dew line resupply [cruise] in 56?

We have the decklogs for 1956 but have no volunteers to type them. They are
paper copies and have to be typed on a computer before being uploaded to our
webpage.


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Message Number: 791
Posted March 7, 2004

George M. Vaughn Jr
2016 68th Ave
Greeley, Colorado 80634
Email: gmvjr2000@yahoo.com
Phone: 970 330 2038
Aboard: 1962-1965
Rate: ETR3

Just found this home page and brought back such fond memories of my tour of Duty
aboard the USS Ashland. Came aboard her right out of ET School. She was in dry
dock in Hoboken NJ at the time.
Thanks
George

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Message Number: 790
Posted March 4, 2004

Paul Adams reports:

I'm having problems sending a message to the E-Mail News even though I
can print off any messages that are on there. Please post this message
for me.
Sorry to report the death of Jack Ryan on 2/13/04 of massive heart
congestion. He had been in the hospital for a period of time. Certainly,
he and Pauline were participating members of the Association. He had
hoped to make Texas this year but it won't happen. His son, John, was
going to take him and a daughter lives in San Antonio (M/M Sam Vargas)
so they probably would have been there too.

Jack was aboard USS Ashland as a Coxswain, 1944-1945.  I met
him when he came to me to bum a cigarette at one of our first reunions. Pauline
wouldn't let him smoke anymore. We became good friends. He proof-read the
Articles of Incorporation for me and when they were finished, drove over to
Frankfort, Kentucky and presented them to the proper officials. Jack's name is
on our incorporation papers at the applicant for incorporation. What fine
people he and Pauline were. God be good to them. - Jimmie


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Message Number: 789
Posted March 4, 2004

Nicholas T. Sundai
11209 SE 309th St
Auburn, WA 98092
Email: MR_DAISUN@YAHOO.COM
Phone: Not answered
Aboard: 1993-1997
Rate: E-4

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Message Number: 788
Posted March 4, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 786

Sure do remember him.   He and Mike Thornton (R Div) used to use prearranged
signals in the card games, so one or the other would win a hand.   Both thought
they were wheeler-dealers

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Message Number: 787
Posted March 1, 2004

John Osborn
Aboard: 44-46

I want to know if any of the WWII shipmates remember me having an appendicitis
operation 1-8-45?   We were in the Philippines, Luzon.   Dr. Hartman was surgeon.
It hit me while under attack.   I was on the 20/mm aft of port crane.   I was taken to
sick bay.    1030 They operated at 1900 hours.
John Osborn, 529 N Woodrow, Bartlesville, OK 74003-2040
My email: unclejohnnavy@aol.com.

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Message Number: 786
Posted March 1, 2004

John Venema
Aboard: 63--67
E-Mail: j.venema1@rochester.rr.com

Does anyone remember O. PRUITT DC? Couple the would play cards in co-2 shack.
Has anyone heard from him at all.
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Message Number: 785
Posted March 1, 2004

Michael J. Hill SM3
Aboard: 1964 - 1967
E-Mail: Hillmike47@aol.com

Dear Jimmie,
My name is Michael J. Hill. I served on the USS Ashland from
64-67. I contacted a Mr. Paul Adams, who provided me with you
email address. He put me in contact with a very dear friend of mine,
Paul Pitcher. I contacted him last night & we talked about ole times.
Very pleasant conversation. I understand there is a reunion in Fredericksbug, Tx.
in a few months. I plan on attending this affair. Am interested in
contacting other buddies during that era. I also noticed another signalman,
Mr. Dale Foreman, who was my immediate boss. Do you have his email?
Thank you so much. Michael J. Hill SM3

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Message Number: 784
Posted February 28, 2004

Davis Deane has a new Email address as follows:

excfd0204@verizon.net

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Message Number: 783
Posted February 27, 2004

Sean Higgins
5980 Richmond HWY APT 610
Alexandria, VA 22303
Email: sean.higgins@navy.mil
Aboard: 1992-1995
Rate: LT
Plankowner LSD-48.

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Message Number: 782
Posted February 25, 2004

LSD MEETING TODAY AT CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
Thanks to Mike McKeon, who drove 200 miles up from south Florida,
there were four of us from USS Ashland (LSD-1) and we outnumbered
the three men from LSD-32.   Gayle Coon, Jerry Barrett, Jimmie Barnes,
and Mike McKeon.   Click on the picture below to see a larger version.

The next meeting will be at Ray's Bar-B-Que, Crystal River, Florida,
2PM, March 25.



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Message Number: 781
Posted February 25, 2004

Michael J. Hill
Aboard: 64-67
E-Mail: hillmike47@aol.com

Would like to hear from past buddies.

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Message Number: 780
Posted February 25, 2004

JAMES C. KENDALL MM/2
Aboard: AUG 43-FEB46
Responding to message: 731

HOW WELL I REMEMBER

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Message Number: 779
Posted February 24, 2004

Davis Deane, Paul Adams wants to contact you by e-mail. The address
we have for you is incorrect. Please click on "reply" below to send
your correct address.

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Message Number: 778
Posted February 23, 2004

Rod Gates sent pictures of the booklet, Message Number: 777.
Click on the small picture to see a larger version.






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Message Number: 777
Posted February 22, 2004

Rod Gates
Aboard: 1966 to decommissioning

Just ran across a small blue booklet with a large 25 on it.
Inside: USS ASHLAND 25th Anniversary Ball, Lake Wright Motel July 25th 1968.
Commanding officer J.J. Ridge CDR
XO D.E. Eckels LCDR
Cocktails 2000-2030
Dinner 2030-2130
Floor show 2130-2200
Ashland ball highlights 2200-2230
Dancing and cocktails 2230-0100
Music by Charles LaCascio and orc.

I don't remember this but it must have happened. Does anyone remember going?

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Message Number: 776
Posted February 21, 2004

NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS
Rodney Gates
Aboard: 66-70
E-Mail: rkg55@netzero.net
Responding to message: 742

New e-mail address. Was in 1st div.

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Message Number: 775
Posted February 21, 2004

MESSAGES MOVED TO ARCHIVES
The file was growing too large to load quickly so all messages
1 - 750 are now in the archives. To view them, click on
Archived Messages 1 - 750 at the top of this page.

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Message Number: 774
Posted February 14, 2004

SSgt Kevin Ellicott
124 Iroquois Trail
Medford Lakes, NJ 08055
Email: fi25@verizon.net
Aboard: Jan 2003-Feb2003
Rate: SSgt

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Message Number: 773
Posted February 13, 2004

John J. Cooper, Pres. LSD Assoc
Aboard: 1952 thru March 1955
E-Mail: jayjaycoop@aol.com
Responding to message: 669

I reme ber that many on the old # 1 reffered to it as ole' # 1. I do not remember anyone
reffering to it as the A** land

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Message Number: 772
Posted February 13, 2004

Gary Pruitt
1520 W 117th St South
Jenks, Oklahoma 74037
Email: grpruitt@netzero.com
Aboard: 1968-1969
Rate: BT-FN

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Message Number: 771
Posted February 12, 2004

Vaughn Land QM2
Aboard: 51--54
Responding to message: 770

Mike. That was good info you stated and your right, unfortunately there is a lot of VETS
that are unaware of what is available. I know I didn't go into all the details of the application
requirements, what I was hoping for,was to call attention to some, that there is things available,
if you can meet the requirements. And the only way to find out, is to ask. It's sure worth
the attempt. In my case, I was able to get a 90 day supply, that was costing me $ 360,
for $ 21.......not bad.

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Message Number: 770
Posted February 12, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 766

Vaughn, The VA takes into consideration all your assets, Pension,Real Property, Stocks ETC. (Property except for your primary residence).

To my knowledge Purple Heart Awards and I think POW's, and 100% Service connected Injury's get their treatments and Med's for free.   You are also entitled to a free Flu shot once a year, and the pneumonia (?) shot once every five years.   Unfortunately there are lot of VETS that don't know what they are entitled to through the VA.

If you receive a 60, 90 day supply on your MEDS then the price is 60 days $14.00. 90 days $21.00 ETC. Still not a bad deal for the VETS.   There are a lot of services to be had, and a lot of them have a small co-pay, again depending on the category you are placed in according to your income, and your primary insurance if you have that.

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Message Number: 769
Posted February 11, 2004

WELCOME ABOARD!
Michael J. Hill
13555 Breton Ridge #1735
Houston, TX 77070
Email: hillmike47@aol.com
Phone: 281-894-8047
Aboard: 1965-1967
Rate: E-4
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Message Number: 768
Posted February 11, 2004

Ken Loomer
Aboard: 66-68 EM1

I have changed email servers.........new email address is now
usn28yrs@cox.net pls change ur address books and keep in touch..........tks
Ken
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Message Number: 767
Posted February 11, 2004
Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 765

ARG me laddies I say we hang him from the yardarm, then we KEEL HAUL him.
Then use him for chum in Lake Ontario

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Message Number: 766
Posted February 10, 2004

Vaughn Land QM2
Aboard: "51-"54

This is some general information that may be of some assist to some of you. Especially to
those who have prescriptions that need to be filled monthly, this info maybe helpful to you.

Just by chance, I thought I would check out the VA. and see if I could fill any of my
prescriptions through them, or at the least see it they would be available just in case
my present HMO, decides to bail out on me out completely. Well to my surprise,I found
that there is some help to be found at the VA. I had to fill out a financial form, basically
stating what my household income is for the year. Well, I was above the threshold for
receiving medications for free. But I was eligible to have my prescriptions filled for a $7.00
co payment, ( 30 day). In most cases this is for generic drugs. In my case, I was able to
get the Brand name, for there was no generic available. So it's apparent that they try to
accommodate when possible.

I have no idea what the threshold is that would make you ineligible for any assistance.
I guess what I'm trying to say, It might be worth your time to check it out,especially the
way the Medical scene seems to be heading.

I am extremely fortunate that the Long Beach V.A. hospital is about 4 miles from my home.
This is a terrible thing to mention, but it's right on my way to the golf course (nothing like So. Cal)
Good Luck,guys......it could be well worth the time spent, at least it don't cost anything to
check it out.

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Message Number: 765
Posted February 10, 2004

The check wasn't in the mail, and that is why the website has
been up and down in the past week. John Cooper wrote today:

I apologize to all of you for misplacing the check I was supposed to mail
back to Gene Miller. I found it yesterday, behind my desk. It slipped back there
right after I put the stamp on it. the ck was in the mail on 14th.

AGAIN, I'm sorry for the delay. (Do I get keelhauled once or twice)
John

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Message Number: 764
Posted February 5, 2004

Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 752
Mike, we are leaving Monday weather permitting. We now have about 250 inches of snow.
My cell is 906.369.0043 and we are in Davenport, FL. I will get in touch. We will be there
until mothers day and then head for the reunion in texas. We called there yeaterday for our
rooms and it was 30 degrees folks..
OZ

Hey Oz, Maybe you and Mike can come to the LSD meeting at Crystal River, Florida
on Thursday, February 26. Jerry, Gale and I need some help! We outnumber the
guys from LSD-32 but they outweigh us. - Jimmie


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Message Number: 763
Posted February 5, 2004

Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 750

Paul, do you remember me--1st division? How many other guys off the Ashland
are you in contact with? A group of us from the 60's have been trying for the
past 3 years to get more people involved. Talk to me...
Ozzie

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Message Number: 762
Posted February 5, 2004

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953-1956
E-Mail: esbjr@adelphia.net
Responding to message: 760

If any one would like a CD of the pictures from the Association Reunion of 2003,
just contact me and I'll put one in the mail to you. The pictures on file are two sizes....
small thumbnails and larger ones, approx 9 inches high by 12 inches wide at 72 dpi.
(or 12 hi by 9 wide in case of verticals).

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Message Number: 761
Posted February 5, 2004

"The check is in the mail." That didn't wash with our server
and they shut us down last evening. This afternoon the
server adminstrator took my word that the check was coming and
activated our account.

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Message Number: 760
Posted February 4, 2004

Ed Kavanaugh
Aboard: 1955-1956
Responding to message: 758

If someone has access to all the information available from start on history, pictures,
and deck logs that would fit on a cd, that sure would be a desirable item for me
to have. It might be a way for the association to document itself and raise a bit of
cash for further research, etc. Something to think about and maybe discuss at next
face to face meeting of association officers.
Ed Kavanaugh

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Message Number: 759
Posted February 4, 2004

Tom Grimmer
Aboard: 94-96
E-Mail: fc2grimm@grimmshouse.com
Responding to message: 751

Since I was doing the '48 webpage before getting activated on 9/11, I can pick it up again.
Chances are that if I get activated again it will be back to Rota, Spain and I should be able
to keep doing the page from there.

Send e-mail to  Tom Grimmer
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Message Number: 759
Posted February 4, 2004

WANTED! WE NEED YOU
Experienced webpage man/woman to redo the first
page at www.ussashland.org.

Nine volunteers, men/women, daughters, girlfriends,
to do one month of the 1962 decklogs. January
through September. Pick a month and I'll send you
a copy of that month's log. Type it in Word or
Wordperfect and return it to me by e-mail. Lets
get the 1961 - 1963 logs finished.

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Message Number: 758
Posted February 4, 2003

HISTORY, PICTURES ON CD
If for any reason, it would be convenient to you to
have the histories and pictures on CD, click on
"reply" below and tell me what you would like on
the CD.
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Message Number: 757
Posted February 4, 2004

Richard R. (Chuck) Edgar
1705 Laurel Lane
Canton, GA 30115
Email: mperre78@hotmail.com
Phone: 770-345-1170
Aboard: 1967-1968
Rate: Radioman 3rd class

Great Med cruise, best 12 mos of my tour of duty.

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Message Number: 756
Posted February 4, 2004

ATTENTION ALL LSD-1 MACHINIST MATES
I have on CD, a copy of the Skinner Uniflow Engine
book. There are 31 pages with drawings and pictures
on every page. If you are interested in obtaining a
copy, click on "reply" below and I will give you details.
Jimmie

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Message Number: 755
Posted February 4, 2004

John J. Cooper
Aboard: 52 - 55 EM3
E-Mail: jayjaycoop@aol.com

Just wishing all you "Swabbies" fair sailing and calm seas.
Hope to see many of you at the 2004 Reunion in Fredericksburg, TX.
President, USS Ashland LSD Association, 2003-2004

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Message Number: 754
Posted February 4, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 751

Pretty darn good picture of The Old LADY. Damn, I miss being aboard HER.

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Message Number: 753
Posted February 4, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 748

Dave, I contacted my State Congressman, the one that goes to Wash, DC.
Yours should have a state office. You will need to go see his Military Rep.
Bring your DD214 with you. and tell them you need their assistance to claim.
Award and/or Medals that you earned for your time in service, also request from
them to have your DD214 amended to show the Awards and/or Medals, any
any schools that you were sent to that do not appear on the 214. It took me a
year and a half to receive mine. Steve Luty and Marcus Osteen got theirs in about
2 months. So its depends on your Congressman.

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Message Number: 752
Posted February 4, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 749

Ozzie: I am In Lehigh Acres , which is east of Ft Myers near I-75 on the West Coast.
About 2 1/2 hours from Orlando. The Ship was awarded TWO, But You will only
receive ONE MEDAL W/ a small Bronze star for the 2ND award. Plus we were also
awarded the National Defence Service Medal. NESM - The 1st was for Feb, 1962 and
the 2nd was for Oct 1962.

Ozzie when you come down you can reach me AT HOME 239-368-2566 OR 239-826-3502

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Message Number: 751
Posted February 3, 2004

How do you like the new picture at the top of the page? Found it
it in an older folder. We will keep it up for a couple of months and
then replace it with a picture of LSD-48.

Speaking of LSD-48: It is time to split this website into two
parts and we are looking for someone from the '48 with webpage
experience.   Click "reply" below if you are interested.

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Message Number: 750
Posted February 3, 2004

Paul R Rabidoux
301 S. Signal Butte Rd #133
Apache Junction, Az 85220
Email: rabster53@msn.com
Phone: 480-983-1963
Aboard: 1961-1963
Rate: SN

I have some pictures of myself and a few other shipmates, taken while serving
aboard the ship. I wish I would have known about the Association last year, because
last years reunion was in Newport, R.I. which happens to be where I'm from.

I'm in the process of having a house built, and we should be in it by mid March.
I will keep you informed of the new address when we move.
Thanks
Paul

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Message Number: 749
Posted February 3, 2004
Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 741

Mike I was aware of the one Navy Exped medal but not 2, talk to me.
I am heading to Florida next week.  Where are you in relation to Orlando.?
OZ

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Message Number: 748
Posted February 3, 2004

Dave Van Putten
Aboard: 1961-1963
E-Mail: dputsie@msn.com
Responding to message: 741

Mike I just read a message about you receiving awards while on board the Ashland,
who did you send it to and what did you ask for. I am not very good about requesting
things like that but I may just try it and see what happens.
Thanks
Dave Van Putten (DKSN at the time of release and EN Yoman before that)

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Message Number: 747
Posted February 1, 2004

CUT-OFF DATE FOR MARCH NEWSLETTER IS FEB. 15
Paul Adams wants your newsletter contribution to be in his hands by February 15.
He is always looking for new material for newsletter. Why not take a look at your
Ashland memrobilia to see what you can send him. It might not mean much to you
but would be interesting and meaningful to the newsletter readers. You can send
copies or originals. Paul is careful to see that originals are promptly returned to
their owners.

He welcomes questions, sea stories, pictures, etc. You can e-mail Paul directly
at Paul Adams or click on "reply"  below and your message will be forwarded to him.

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Message Number: 746
Posted January 31, 2004

WEBMASTER and HISTORIAN WANTED
For sixteen years I've been working for the Ashland Association.
It is time to give it up and get back to doing genealogy research,
which I love.   At the May reunion I am turning everything over
to whomever the Association picks to be the webmaster and
historian.   Contact John Cooper, Association President, if you are
interested in doing this work. E-mail: John Cooper

You can use "Reply" below to ask what the webmaster and historian does.

Jimmie Barnes

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Message Number: 745
Posted January 31, 2004

DECK LOGS POSTED
Mike McKeon and Paul Suchy are working on May 1963 and December 1963 and
the first few pages have been uploaded to the our web site.   Jim Botonis is working
on November 1963 as his work allows.    Soon, all of 1963 will be complete. We
need volunteers to help with 1962.

Logs for 1964 - 1969 have not been purchased.    $500 was donated for the purchase
of additional logs.    We need volunteers to go to the archives and copy these logs.
If the archives makes the copies the charge is fifty cents a page.   If we make the
copies ourselves, at the archives, the cost is fifteen cents a page.

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Message Number: 744
Posted January 29, 2004

David Hensley SN 1992 - 1994
E-mail: redtyphoon72@aol.com

I served on the Ashland thru 92-95 then went to Ft Meade as a CTT/CTR. How
could I purchase a hat and maybe a shirt with the USS Ashland logos on them?
thanks.

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Message Number: 743
Posted January 29, 2004

Sam Crochet
Aboard: 1966-1968
E-Mail: ssamcr@aol.com
Responding to message: 459

Hi Zero! Sam Crochet here. Were are you? Were is Swag. or Spearbeck.
I was is the 3rd division with you. I got out in 1968. Are you still in Philly?
I have tried to find Swag but I have had no luck.
Please write me at SSamcr@aol.com

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Message Number: 742
Posted January 29, 2004

Yesterday we posted a link about Navy downsizing. The
following e-mail addresses have problems. If you are on
the list and wish to have your address updated, then click
on reply below to send your new address.

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clintfkeltner@cs.com clintfkeltner@cs.com
Rodney K. Gates rkg@theriver.com
Michelle Williams zaykeese1@aol.com
Uchrin, Phillip elvisbird99@cs.com
Osborne, Charles MRCANDWIFE@cs.com
theuphams@email.msn.com
Vance Phillips phillipsv@nctamspac.navy.mil
mosleyg@TACRON.PHIBGRU2.SPEAR.NAVY.MIL
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Message Number: 741
Posted January 20, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1963

I sent this letter requesting any info as to Awards/Commendations that are due the Ship/Crew from my time aboard the Ashland. Some may not be aware that we have earned the Navy Expedionary Medal for Cuba in 1962 (there were two awarded) and also the National Defense Medal.

I received mine in June of 2003, after having my Congressman in N.J. submit the necessary paper work.   We had a PN aboard that didn't enter this on our Separation Papers.   I have also felt that we were due other Awards/Commendations.   This is the reason I sent the letter for research of the Ship.   As of 20 Jan 2004, I have not received any answer.   When I do, I will post the answer here.

November 25, 2003

Chief of Naval Operations
Awards and Special Projects Branch
(N09B33)
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20350-2000

Dear Sir;
I was stationed aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-1) as part of the Recommissioning Crew From Oct,1961 until my Separation from the US Navy on 11 Jul ,1964.

The Ship was assigned to The U.S.Atlantic Fleet, Amphibious Squadron Four, Based in Little Creek, Va. Commanded By A. Price, CDR USN,and later by E.J. King, Jr. CDR USN.

The Ship received Two Navy Expeditionary Medals for Cuba, and a National Defense Medal, both of which I was Awarded earlier this year, through my Congressesman The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen, of Washington, D.C. and Morristown, New Jersey.

I have had the feeling that the Ship was awarded other Citations and/or Awards during my service aboard Her.Could you please research this matter, so I can report back to my Assoc. USS Ashland LSD Assoc. of which I am a member.   And pass on any information to the members of the Crew that served with me, so that they can receive their Awards also, if any are due.

Sincerely Yours:
Michael A McKeon Sr

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Message Number: 740
Posted January 14, 2004

Mike McKeon has again volunteered to type deck logs. I am preparing
to send him May, June, December 1963 for typing. We do not have
logs for 1964 - 1969. There are eight months of 1962 that remain to be typed
and uploaded to our website. Hopefully, volunteers will step forward.

The position of webmaster will be open in May. One person can do it
all, or it can be split up between LSD-1 and LSD-48. If you know how
to publish HTML and FTP files and would like to try, contact me.

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Message Number: 739
Posted January 3, 2004

Donald J Lecik Sr
Aboard: 1964 & 1965
E-Mail: motowndojo@sbcglobal.net

I wish you all a vary good New Year, I am a service officer for the Sterling Hgts, MI American Legion.
I served two times on LSD-1 with ACB-2.   I was the EO1 with the surf team.   Now shipmates
I have an SOS.   I have a woman named Maryrose Patrick whose husband William James Patrick FP-2,
who was a member of your ship in 1965.   Bill pasted away in July of 2003 from more likely than not
asbestos.   She has file a clam with the VA and we sure know about the VA.   Hope there is one
or two of you shipmates out there remember Bill and can give a statement that he did work with and
handeled asbestos.   Sure hope we can get some shipmates to help her out?   Her email is michlady51@aol.com.
Mine is motowndojo@sbcglobal.net. You shipmates keep a good wind to your back.
Don Lecik EO-1 God Bless America

Several years ago I talked with a lady whose husband had served aboard USS Ashland during
WWII.  He died as a result of handling asbestos aboard ship.   She fought the VAand was finally
awarded a settlement.   Unfortunately, I do not recall her name.  She lived somewhere out west.

Jimmie

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Message Number: 738
Posted January 3, 2004

Jim Stolleis
8 Guilford
Springfield, Ill 62707
Email: jimstolleis@famvid.com
Phone: (217) 546-3188
Aboard: 1962-1964
Rate: MM2

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Message Number: 737
Posted January 3, 2004

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953-1956
E-Mail: esbjr@adelphia.net

A Happy New Year to all.   I have been eagerly awaiting for folks to sign up for the Reunion
in May in Fredericksburg, TX.   I just got my first e-mail registration, from Bob Parrish.   Come on
guys, don't wait for the last minute.   Get those registrations in early to help the Cannons with
planning.

Ed Bolen
Reunion Registrar
esbjr@adelphia.net

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Message Number: 736
Posted January 3, 2004

LSD-48 CHANGE OF COMMAND

"LITTLE CREEK, Va. - Cmdr. Gary Boardman will relieve Cmdr.Samuel Howard as
Commanding Officer, USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) during a ceremony to be held Friday,
October 17, 2003 onboard the dock landing ship USS ASHLAND (LSD 48) at Naval
Amphibious Base Little Creek.

Boardman's operational tours include USS FREDERICK (LST 1184) as First Division Officer,
Main Propulsion Assistant, Chief Engineer, and Navigator; USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44)
as Chief Engineer; CINCLANTFLT Propulsion Examination Board as Diesel and Steam Space
Examiner; USS NASSAU (LHA 4) as Assistant Chief Engineer and Damage Control Assistant,
and USS CARTER HALL (LSD 50) as ExecutiveOfficer.

Most recently, he served in the Pentagon as Action Officer for Future Amphibious Ships
programs (N75), Expeditionary Warfare.

For Howard, the ceremony marked the end of a successful 20-month tour commanding more
than 350 Sailors. His tour included a short-notice deployment with Amphibious Task Force EAST
in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. His next assignment will be as
a College of Naval Warfare student, Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island."

THANKS to Ed Bolen for looking this up on the Internet.

The Commanding Officer LSD-48 is the honorary President of The USS Ashland (LSD) Association.

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Message Number: 735
Posted January 1, 2004

John Osborn
Aboard: 44-46
Responding to message: 731

Correction, I was aboard 44-46, the last Christmas was in Tinsen, China.
We had liberty. We had to go up the river to Tinsen. it was cold, 10 below zero.
We had a good time at a night club. the music wasn't the best. When we got
back to the ship all liberty was cancled. Waiting on orders to come home,
the good old usa. Left Jan.6 1946.

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Message Number: 734
Posted January 1, 2004

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

RE: Christmas aboard Ashland:
Christmas aboard LSD-1: Three-- 61: at Little Creek, 62: Anchored at Athens Greece,
and 63: don't remember if we were in port, or at sea.

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Message Number: 733
Posted December 27, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail: lsd_1_snipe@yahoo.com

As the 2004 Reunion is getting closer.   This is to inform all who will be driving to
Texas for the Reunion.    The State of Texas enacted a new MONEY MAKER.
Any Vehicle that has a Licence Plate Frame, that COVERS any portion of the
letters, numbers or stickers that are attached to the plate, no matter how minor the
coverage is, Will receive a Traffic Summons.   The cost of the fine is $200.00. And it
dosen't matter which State you are from.   This Law was passed in early November
of 2003.   I will also send this to Paul Adams so it can be added in the Ashlander
for March 2004.

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Message Number: 732
Posted December 27, 2003

Chuck
Aboard: Speigel Grove (LSD-32)
Responding to message: 725
Hey Jimmie.....Didja think that maybe the Grove was a better feeder?

We need help! Come to the LSD meeting in January and help
us beat those guys from LSD-32.


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Message Number: 731
Posted December 27, 2003

John Osborn
Aboard: 44- 46
E-Mail: unclejohnnavy@aol.com

I spent 3 years 44-45-46. I enjoyed every minute of it. Have a happy new year, smooth sailing.

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Message Number: 730
Posted December 26, 2003

Nothing but spam in the mail this morning. I am watching
for a reply to "Dogs in shaft alley on Greenland Cruise".
Surely someone remembers them and will comment.

Do you have a topic, event, someting about the ship, or just
anything you would like to have posted for comment? Send
it to me and it will be posted.

The next LSD meeting in Florida is on January 22.

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Message Number: 729
Posted December 25, 2003

Steve Parker
369 Carawan Ln.
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Email: chrisparker71@cox.net
Aboard: 1991-1994
Rate: BM3

Looking for Master Chief Poore? or OS3 Gregoire?

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Message Number: 728
Posted December 25, 2003

Ron Gibb
Aboard: "63" "64"
E-Mail: threewheeler@surfbest.net
Responding tomessage: 702
Did not recieve your test message ??????
Ron

Thanks, Ron, I have added your e-mail address to the list.

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Message Number: 727
Posted December 25, 2003

JOHN H VENEMA DC-3
Aboard: 63-67
E-Mail: jvenema1rochester.rr.com

I want to wish every Merry Christmas and happy New Year and it be good one for
each one was aboard the USS ASHLAND -1 and 48.   God bless every one.

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Message Number: 726
Posted December 25, 2003

Robert E. Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
I have received word from Dick Pasquale that our shipmate and friend John H. Nelson
of Troy, Va. passed away on Dec. 12, 2003.   I thought some may want to send his wife
Fay a card.   They had been unable to make the last reunions due to John health.

Fay Nelson
4816 Three Chopt Road
Troy, VA 22974
(434)295-5282
John Nelson was a MM2, aboard 1954 - 1954

Hope everyone enjoys the season and can remember all their old friends.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bob Parrish

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Message Number: 725
Posted December 23, 2003


Jerry Barrett and Jimmie Barnes
USS Ashland (LSD-1)


Carl Cox and John Malloy
Spiegel Grove (LSD-32)


Sunday afternoon the LSD sailors living in the region got together with their wives for lunch.   Jerry Barrett and Jimmie Barnes represented LSD-1.   Carl Cox and John Malloy from LSD-32.  The numbers were even, two to two, but again Jerry and Jimmie were outweighed.  Mike McKeon was supposed to tip the figures our way, but got a late start and arrived after we had all left.

The next LSD meeting will be held at Ray's Bar-B-Q, Crystal River, Florida, 1 PM, January 22.   Join us if you are in the area.

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Message Number: 724
Posted December 23, 2003

JOHN VAUGHT
Aboard: 56 57
E-Mail: daddyjohn_2002@yahoo.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME AND MINE TO YOU AND YOUR'S.
IT WAS ALONG TIME AGO WHEN I SPENT CHRISTMAS ABOARD
THE MIGHTY ASHLAND. AS I REMEMBER THE FOOD WAS GOOD,
FRIENDS WERE GREAT, IF ONLY I COULD REMEMBER WHERE WE
WERE. (SEE WHAT ALL THAT TIME DOES TO US OLD SALTS!!! )
MOST SUFFER FROM (CRS) KEEP THE KEEL DOWN AND THE
STACKS UP.

YOUR OLD BUDDY MM3 JSV
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Message Number: 723
Posted December 21, 2003

Does anyone remember where the name PEACOAT came from, e.g. WHY
do we call them that????

Pea Coat
According to the "Naval Terms" website - the following description of
the origin of Pea Coat:

Sailors who have to endure pea-soup weather often don their pea coats
but the coat's name isn't derived from the weather. The heavy topcoat worn
in cold, miserable weather by seafaring men was once tailored from pilot
cloth, a heavy, course, stout kind of twilled blue cloth with the nap on one
side.

The cloth was sometimes called P-cloth for the initial letter of "pilot"
and the garment made from it was called a p-jacket and later, a pea coat.
The term has been used since 1723 to denote coats made from that cloth.

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Message Number: 722

Posted December 22, 2003
John Osborn
Aboard: 44-46
E-Mail:: unclejohnnavy@aol.com
Responding to message: 718

There was some monkeys aboard, I don't know who got them. They come from
New Guinea. Merry christmas to all Ashland LSD-1-48. I was proud to serveaboard
the Ashland-1. Smooth sailing.
John Osborn, 529 N. Woodrow, Bartlesville, OK 74003-2040.

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Message Number: 721
Posted December 21, 2003

John Carroll
Aboard: 1968-1970

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone.

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Message Number: 720
Posted December 17, 2003

C. Richardson
153 Meadow Lane
Port Huron, MI 48060
Email: crichardson@advnet.net
Phone: 810 388 9217
Aboard: 1951-1954
Rate: SN
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Message Number: 719
Posted December 17, 2003
James W. Jones Sr
Aboard: 1951
E-Mail: daisy35@bellsouth.net

RE: Ship's Store Item

Mr. Hausner,

I have tried several times to e-mail you about a cruise book. I have one ready to ship.
Waiting on your check. Please call me if you still want it. Note my new e-mail address
is daisy35@bellsouth.net. My phone Number is 205-926-1699.

Waiting to hear from you.
James W. Jones Sr. Ships Store

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Message Number: 718
Posted December 17, 2003

TOJO - ASHLAND's PIG
Yes, there was a pig aboard USS Ashland (LSD-1) in WWII.
Click on the icon below to read the story of Tojo and to see
pictures.


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Message Number: 717
Posted December 16, 2003

John Osborn
Aboard: 44-46
E-Mail: unclejohnnavy@aol,com
Responding to message: 715

I forgot to tell you the pigs name was to-jo

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Message Number: 716
Posted December 16

John Osborne
Aboard: 1944-1946
E-Mail: unclejohnnavy@aol.com
Responding to message: 715

Yes, there was a pig onboard.   If memory is right it came from Guadalcanal
and Dugger took care of it.   I never knew what happened to it.

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Message Number: 715
Posted December 14, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Was there a PIG aboard the Ashland in WWII. I say yes, if you want
to consider the JAP PIG Boat in Her well deck

WRONG!
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Message Number: 714
Posted December 14, 2003

Robert Zonderwyk GMG3
Aboard: 1967-1969
E-Mail: rcz19@aol.com

Please send a copy of the ships roster, it would be great to look
up some old friends. Add my email address to the list
Thanks,. Bob

Want a roster?   Click reply below and send a message asking
for a copy.   It will come, attached to e-mail, in Microsoft Word format.

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Message Number: 713
Posted December 12, 2003

Lets send a Christmas message to Jayme L. Evans OSSA.
Jayme is currently serving aboard USS Ashland (LSD-48).
E-mail: jevans@ashland.navy.mil

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Message Number: 712
Posted December 12, 2003

There are 270 individuals on our e-mail roster at this time.
Of this number, 63 are LSD-48 shipmates. Their number
is growing.

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Message Number: 711
Posted December 12, 2003

Robert E. Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
E-Mail::rep1933@yahoo.com
Didn't get test message.   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of
our Ashland buddies and friends.   Hope everyone will try to make reunion
in May in Texas.
Bob & Wilma Parrish

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Message Number: 710
Posted December 12, 2003

Terry A Cuthbertson
8490 Conley Dr.
Marine City, MI 48039
Email: terbearnohair1@yahoo.com
Aboard: 1967 to 69
Rate: EN3

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Message Number: 709
Posted December 10, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953-1956
Responding to message: 704

The Marine Sargent had been aboard the 48.  He was soliciting contributions
to Toys-for-Tots in front of Walmart.

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Message Number: 708
Posted December 9, 2003

Jimmie,

I am glad that you tested this e-mail address because I wasn't sure of how
to get a hold of someone from the Ashland.   I regretfully report that my
dad is now on Eternal patrol as of December 6, 2003.    Would you please
report this to whomever writes The Ashlander so it can be put out to his
old shipmates.

Thanks,
P. L. Hayman
firedoc@onewest.net

His father was Jackson Hayman LT(jg) 1951.

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Message Number: 707
Posted December 9, 2003

Ashland E-mail Test
The test worked out fine. We picked up some names that had been dropped
due to changing addresses, etc. Unfortunately, I have to do it again, for one
of the little bugs deleted the e-mail list and I spent all day reconstructing it from
an older list.

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Message Number: 706
Posted December 9, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail: lsd_1_snipe@yahoo.com

The Ships Band did play at the Ships Party in Valetta, Malta on the 64 Med Criuse.
Don't remember the name of the building.........but a Hell of a good time was had by all.

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Message Number: 705
Posted December 9, 2003

John 0sborn
Aboard: 1944-1946
E-Mail: unclejohnnavy@aol.com

I was proud to serve on the USS Aashland LSD-1.   she was a good ship.   I was
in the starbord engine room, M/M 2/C, was throttleman.   When we made
invasions I was engineer on landing craft.

Shipmate John Osborn, 529 N. Woodrow, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74003-2040

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Message Number: 704
Posted December 9, 2003

Ed Bolen ET1
Aboard: 53-56

Ashland e-mail test:
Mine works.   Met a Marine outside Walmart manning the Toys-for-tots collection that
had traveled around South Africa aboard the 48.   I was wearing my 48 hat I got from
Cmdr. Howard last year..   As I pasted the Sgt, He said "Hey, I was aboard that
ship!".   So I stopped to chat with him.
Ed B

The Toys-for-Tots collection had traveled around South Africa aboard LSD-48?

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Message Number: 703
Posted December 9, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Alfred Ruglio
27 East Lincoln St.
Verona, New Jersey 07044
Email: aruglio@comcast.net
Aboard: 1962-1963
Rate: BT 3
Served in ships port fireroom. Made med cruise in 63

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Message Number: 702
Posted December 8, 2003

TEST OF E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Today a test e-mail message was sent to everyone on our
e-mail roster. If your e-mail address has changed you did
not receive the test message and your old address will be
removed from our e-mail roster. If you do not receive a
test message, you can send your correct address by clicking
on "reply" below and fill in the form.
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Message Number: 701
Posted December 8, 2003

Harvey M. Dow
1558 Mifflin St.
Thorofare, NJ 08086
Email: apdow@snip.net
Phone: 856-845-4656
Aboard: 1951-1955
Rate: RD2

I visited Fredericksburg, TX several yrs ago. Nice small town.
H.M. Dow

Fredericksburg, Texas is the site of our reunion next year, May 12 - 16, 2004.

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Message Number: 700
Posted December 8, 2003

Tom Grimmer
Aboard: 94-96
E-Mail: fc2grimm@grimmshouse.com
Responding to message: 694
I would be happy to volunteer to type the LSD-48 command histories.

Tom, I will get with you and we will get this project moving.   We have the
Command Histories for 1992 - 1996.   If someone can give me the name,
e-mail address, of the public affairs officer or executive officer presently
serving aboard USS Ashland (LSD-48) I will contact them and ask for
more histories.


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Message Number: 699
Posted December 8, 2003

Paul Stacy
Aboard: 1966? with the Beachmasters for 3 months
E-Mail: pauljoycestacy@aol.com

I had a blast reading the logs.   Are there any available from the
mid 60's i.e 1966, when I was aboard?

We have logs for 1961 - 1963.   $500 was contributed for the purchase of
more logs.  No effort has been made to use this money to purchase additional logs.


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Message Number: 698
Posted November 28, 2003

Carol and I are leaving tomorrow on a 7 day cruise
to St. Thomas and a couple other islands.   I'll stand
by the rail, close my eyes and for a moment perhaps
it will be like Ashland fifty years ago.

Anyway, we won't be here.   Will catch up on mail
when we get back.   Next big trip is Ireland in March
and April 2004.
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Message Number: 697
Posted November 28, 2003

Robert W. Hausner
4512 N 57th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
Email: shausner@wi.rr.com
Aboard: 1962-1964
Rate: MM1

Does anyone know how to locate a cruise book from the
63-64 med cruise?

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Message Number: 696
Posted November 27, 2003

John Venema
Aboard: 1964 - 1967
E-Mail: jvenema1@rocester.rr.com

Starboard side wing wall

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Message Number: 695
Posted November 26, 2003

Paul Suchy
Aboard: 1956-57
pfsuchy@juno.com

I'll give the deck logs a shot. You have my address I assume?

Thanks Paul. Yes, I have your address and will send you copies of the logs.

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Message Number: 694
Posted November 26, 2003

NOVEMBER 1963 DECKLOGS

Jim Botonis is still employed and very busy, but is helping with the
typing of the 1963 decklogs. He has finished the first few days of
November 1963 and they have been uploaded to the webpage.

Mike McKeon says to send him copies of December, January and
Febuary and he will type them. Having typed several moths of logs
myself, I know this is a major undertaking.

We need men (or women) to step up and volunteer to type one or
more months of 1950's logs. The 1960's people are really showing
us up.

Volunteers Needed For:
Type 1950's decklogs
Type 1960's decklogs
Type LSD-48 Command Histories
Maintain Association E-mail list
Take over Ashland history
Take over Ashland webpage

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Message Number: 693
Posted November 26, 2003

Jayme Evans
216 W. Pine Street
Colquitt, GA 39837
Email: jevans@ashland.navy.mil
Aboard: 2003
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Message Number: 692
Posted November 22, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail: lsd_1_snipe@yahoo.com

Responding to message: 679
Jim, if I remember right he was a tall skinny dude from West Virginia.
He was drinking buddies with O'Connor, Maloney, Hatch and Frenchie.

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Message Number: 691
Posted November 22, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail:   lsd_1_snipe@yahoo.com

I think Ballast Control was located in the Oil Kings Shack

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Message Number: 690
Posted November 20, 2003

LSD MEETING TODAY
Jerry Barret, Gayle Coon and Jimmie Barnes represented USS Ashland.
There were two guys from LSD-32, so we outnumbered them, but the
two of them out-weighed the three of us. Then the secretary from the
LSD-32 Association, Chuck Siedschlag, from Tampa, showed up and the
number was even, LSD-1 with three and LSD-32 with three. Mike
McKeon planned to come and would have allowed Ashland the lead, but
at the last minute he became employed. Nine LSD men spent an hour
and a half together. A fine time was had by all.

The next meeting will be on Sunday afternoon, 1PM, at the Ale House
in Crystal River, Florida. Any LSD sailor is invited and at this meeting
you bring wives, girlfriends, prospective girlfriends.

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Message Number: 689
Posted November 20, 2003

SHIPMATE LOOKING FOR CHIEF BONHOMME
Does anyone know how to contact MACS(SW) Sidney Bonhomme, Ship's Master-at-Arms,
from Millington, TN?   Today a shipmate of his was looking at the LSD-48 Commissioning
Book and saw Chief Bonhomme's picture.   Chuck said he put the Chief's hat on him in
1982 and would like to correspond with him.

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Message Number: 688
Posted November 17, 2003

Derek L. Montrose, USNR-R
800 State St. Apt. 129
West Columbia, SC 29169-7114
Email: dmontros@sde.state.sc.us
Phone: 803-791-8385
Aboard: 1968-1969
Rate: SH2

I retired from the Naval Reserve with 20 plus years.

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Message Number: 687
Posted November 16, 2003

Copied from the LSD-1 Message Board:
Hello to all. I would like to report the passing fo your shipmate and my father.
Edward Marti was on LSD-1 from 1951-1954. He spoke fondly of his time
aboard and his "sea stories" were instrumental in leading me to my career in
the US Air Force. He passed away on Tuesday 11 Nov at age 70. Cause of
death is listed as natural causes. We will be having a memorial service at my
sisters house in Newport News Virginia on Friday14 November. Please contact
me if you'd like any further information.

LSD-1 Message Board
Message Number: 686
Posted November 11, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964 OK shipmates, here's my new address:

2 Pinewood Blvd
Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936
Phone: 239-368-2566
Cell # 239-826-3502

lsd_1_snipe@yahoo.com
mmckeon56@hotmail.com is still working.
Anyone that wants to contact me can use either e-mail

If any of you get down to this neck of the woods, give me a shout
Fair Winds and following Seas

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Message Number: 685
Posted November 11, 2003

John Vaught
Aboard: 56-57
E-Mail: daddyjohn_2002@yahoo.com

Let's hear some of the personal events of our life.
What upbeat thing have we experenced lately? I am
still working at 66 years of age and enjoying most of it.
I work in the craft I learned while in the Navy. [Steam,
Refigeration, Air Compressors] I enjoy passing along the
skills I learned while serving my country.
John Vaught

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Message Number: 684
Posted November 11, 2003
  Cliff Richardson
153 Meadow Ln.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Email: bingopat40@hotmail.com
Phone: 810-388-9217
Aboard: 1951-1953
Rate: SN

Comments: This is a new address

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Message Number: 683
Posted November 1, 2003

NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Paul Adams is putting the next newsletter together.   All material
must be in his hands on or before November 15.   If you have
items for the newsletter, send them directly to Paul Adams at:
9 Andrea Road
Newark, DE 19702-5109

or e-mail: psadams@delant.com
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Message Number: 682
Posted October 28, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Hey Jim, great job on the Deck Logs for Oct 1963.   Keep up the good work.

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Message Number: 681
Posted October 28, 2003

Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
Master At Arms Shack

In the 60's it was in with the 1st and 3rd div forward and the resident
bad ass was none other than Sam Elliott

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Message Number: 680
Posted October 28, 2003

Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 678 Barber Shop 1960's

Mike was right but I think it was right next to the 1st Div office.

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Message Number: 679
Posted October 28, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965 - 1967

Hey early 60's crew. While doing the ships log I seen a name that rang a bell.
Does anyone remember J.A.Bailey SF1?   If so can you discribe him?   He wasn't
on the roster that I received a couple of years ago.

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Message Number: 678
Posted October 27, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr.
Aboard: 1961-1964

Barber Shop in the 60's, forward of the carpenter shop, starboard side

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Message Number: 677
Posted October 27, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1963

Ahoy Crewmates: Well I made the move, been here in sunny Florida since the 21st.
Have been staying with friends in Lehigh Acres, soon hope to have my own place.
Right now I"m using their puter until I get my self on line again.
For now Fair winds and following Seas
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Message Number: 676
Posted October 24, 2003

Shipmate Received Eternal Orders
Warren A. Poole CSF, PO, 1943 - 1945
Born: Nov 7, 1921 Died: June 21, 2003

Mrs. Eloise Poole is now living with her son at:
12380 Tansboro St.
Spring Hill, FL. 34608
Same phone number 352-686-1928

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Message Number: 675
Posted October 21, 2003

LSD MEETING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23.
Ray's Bar-B-Que, Crystal River, Florida, 2 PM
Men from all LSDs meet for lunch, drinks, sea stories,
and more. Join us if you are in the area.

Contact me if you think you might like to have a
meeting like this in your area. Little Creek, VA
would be a great place for one, for scores of
Ashlanders live there."

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Message Number: 674
Posted October 20, 2003

John Cooper wrote on the LSD-1 Message Board:
In after steering, what was used for steering??? Was there a phone connection
to the bridge. Did you have a compass down there? How did you get directions
for steering down there.??? (Oct 17, 2004)

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Message Number: 673
Posted October 19, 2003

Foster E. Ryan
825 Miller Creek Lane
Newport News, VA 23602-9459
Email: walsh.bonny.s@att.net
Phone: (757)988-8871
Aboard: 1968-1969
Rate: BT3

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Message Number: 672
Posted October 19, 2003
Don Bang
223 Edgewood Drive
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Email: bngdonorm@aol.com
Phone: 615-8226386
Aboard: 1953
Rate: PNSN

Hi:
I just wanted to change my summer address to the winter address:
178 Country Club Blvd
Eustis, FL 32726
Phone: 352-357-9279
Thanks for taking care of this - so that I can continue to receive "The Ashlander"
I will reestablish the summer address in the spring. Take care,
Don Bang

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Message Number: 671
Posted October 19, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 669

Mike,
Let me know when you find out who this Clown is and we take a ride to visit him
and show him the error of his ways.
Steve

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Responding to message: 600

Great to hear from you. I sure hope you will try to make one of our reunions in
the near future. It would be great if a good number of the gang would try to be
at reunion in Texas. It is a location that allows for both East and West members
to travel less to attend.

I have renewed and have visited with several of the old gang over the past 13 years
since going to reunions.
Keep in thouch.
Bob Parrish

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Message Number: 670
Posted October 12, 2003

I am off to Las Vegas. Thirteen years ago I promised Carol I would take her.
Did not say when. Will be gone Monday - Saturday. Continue to send mail
and I will post it when we return.
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Message Number: 669
Posted October 10, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
To all former and present crew members of LSD-48

Has any one EVER called LSD-48 A**LAND???. There is a clown on the
Military.com site,on the Navy Discussion Board,that stated the Ashland is refered
to as this name. He claims by crew members and by the other ships at
Little Creek. I already nailed him with LSD-1, now I need Ammo to nail him
with the 48

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Message Number: 668
Posted October 8, 2003

Steve Parker
Aboard: 91/94
Responding to message: 654

I was a boats, 2nd div., a plankowner, trying to get up with old friends myself.
If you have any info. on BM3 Zanotelli or anybody have info on BM Rodgers 1st. div.
I think somewhere in Alabama, please let me know. Thanks, any old shipmates please
call 757-410-4214.

Steve, e-mail sent to you at the address you gave keeps bouncing.

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Message Number: 667
Posted October 8, 2003

Steve Parker
Aboard: 91 - 94
Responding to message: 379

Eric, this is Steve. You lived with me and Becky in VA. We drove to Fla. several times.
I was just talking about finding you. Are you still in Kansas? I'm still in VA. If this is you,
call me, 757-410-4214.

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Message Number: 666
Posted October 7, 2003

Richard Washer
PO Box 1804
Dahlgren, VA 22448
Email: navseacop@aol.com
Aboard: 90-94 Plankowner
Rate: EW2

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Message Number: 665
Posted October 7, 2003

Glenn Prewitt
904 Santa Rosa Dr.
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Email: gandsp@canufly.net
Aboard: 1967-1968
Rate: SH-3

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Message Number: 664
Posted October 5, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to question of the week: Where was the Post Office located on USS Ashland (LSD-1) during the 1950's?

Mike's answer: 2nd deck starboard side forward near the armory. Is his answer correct?

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Message Number: 663
Posted October 5, 2003

Cindy Sanders wrote on the LSD-1 Message Board:
I am trying to contact Rell Simonton.   He just got on the ship before Isabel blew into Norfolk. Have him e-mail me. Cindy

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Message Number: 662
Posted October 5, 2003

James C. Speshock
46189 Chateau Thierry
Macomb, MI 48044-3658
Email: navmm1man@c3net.net
Phone: 586-463-1383
Aboard: 1966-1967
Rate: MM1

I came off of preferred sea duty USS Krishna and came aboard the Ashland hoping
I could finish off my last year in port. We sailed for the Med. and kept steaming till
I got out in July 1967. A great ship to be aboard, made some good friends.
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Message Number: 661
Posted October 5, 2003

Jim Parker
Aboard: 12/26/50-May 1952

I've aready logged in, joined several months ago.   What I would like to see is a membership roster.

Membership roster was sent as an attachment to e-mail. Does anyone else need
a copy? Click on "Reply" and ask for a copy.


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Message Number: 660
Posted October 1, 2003

Josh Walker
1019 SE 41st Street
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Email: WayTuKul@cs.com
Aboard: 1993-1997
Rate: PN3(SW)

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Message Number: 659
Posted September 30, 2003

Dale C. Huschka
1021 CrossGates Place
Mobile, Alabama 36609
Email: dbjetta@earthlink.net
Phone: Not answered
Aboard: 1943-1944
Rate: M/M 2C

This is my first time to look up this web site. I am looking forward to all the
enjoyment I will get from this opportunity. Thanks for all the great work it took
to put all this together!

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Message Number: 658
Posted September 30, 2003
COUNTER ON THIS PAGE
The counter is at the top of the page, underneath the picture.
Sparklit.com hosts the counter and the forms used on our
website.

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Message Number: 657
Posted September 30, 2003
OCTOBER 1963 DECKLOGS
Jim Botonis sent the first installment, ten days, of the October 1963 decklogs.
They are available for viewing by clicking on 1960's History, Logs, Personnel
at the top of this page.

No one volunteered for May and June 1963. I have the copies before me and can
mail them to you if you will agree to type them. Mike McKeon and Jim Botonis
will tell you that it isn't a difficult task.

We have no vounteers to type October 1953 logs. Ed Bolen is typing November and
December 1953. Volunteers Needed!!!

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Message Number: 656
Posted September 26, 2003

Jerry Owen SM3
Aboard: 1966-1969

This is my first post here.  I was in second div deck force about 1 1/2 years, then went
to the signal bridge about 1 1/2 years.  I've seen several familiar names here.   Will
try to attend the reunion in Charleston SC, hadn't been to any others.  Have 2 grown
children and 6 grandchildren.

Jerry Owen, 101 NW 20th St, Oak Island, NC 28465 (910)278-1140

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Message Number: 655
Posted September 25, 2003

LSD MEETING TODAY

Gayle Coon and I represented USS Ashland at the meeting.
Spegiel Grove had two guys present and their combined
weight was much more than ours. Gayle had his gall
bladder removed last month and he weighs 135 lbs.

The next LSD meeting will be on October 23, at Ray's Bar-B-Que,
Crystal River, Florida. 2PM. If you are in the area, drop
by.

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Message Number: 654
Posted September 25, 2003

Hames, Galen P.
Bayou Road,
New Orleans, LA 70118
Email: g_hames@yahoo.com
Phone: (504)251-1670
Aboard: 1991-1994
Rate: Ship's Serviceman
I'm looking for any pics of Plankowners and early crew aboard LSD-48. I'm interested
in touching bases with some of the plankowners from Ashland's Pre-com days. Any
feedback will be appreciated.
Thanx
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Message Number: 653
Posted September 25, 2003

Paul Suchy
Aboard: 56-57
Responding to message: 646

Derek. I will e mail you with what I have so far.

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Message Number: 652
Posted September 25, 2003

Vaughn Land QM2
Aboard: 51-54

The P.O. during the time I was aboard, was located near the paint locker, which was on
the lowest deck toward the bow.The P.O. was on the starboard side of the bow. Colder than
a well digger's butt down there. But it was a perfect place to keep the booze stored.

Lonnie D. Edwards was our postmaster at the time. Shot lots of craps and played poker
down there. That mail bag that Edwards carried on the beach to pick up the mail, carrier
more than just "mail from home" when he returned to the ship. Yeah, those were the day's.
Great memories. Edwards really knew how to stock a liquior cabinet for those northern cruises.

Vaughn, You are probably right, having been there many times for duties that did not
include purchasing stamps. Me, I thought it was on the main deck, starboard side,
immediately forward of the disbursing office. Wait a minute, some of the chiefs had
statetooms on the main deck, starboard. So, was the disbursing office, post office, one
deck below?


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Message Number 651
Posted September 25, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967
Responding to message:: 642

Jimmie, when and how are going to send me the logs? you typed? I've been busy for
a few days with a rocket launch but am back now.
Jim

Jim, Made the copies this afternoon. October and November 1963 will
be mailed to you tomorrow.


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Message Number: 650
Posted September 24, 2003

William Sicher
Aboard:
1957 Responding to message: 102

Hi John, I used to ride back and forth with you up to Allentown

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Message Number: 649
Posted September 24, 2003

William Sicher
Aboard: 1957
Responding to message: 123

I am looking for William Robert Walters. he was aboard in 1957

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Message Number: 648
Posted September 24, 2003

William Sicher
Aboard: 1957
Responding to message: 493

It was the Baltimore Maryland Bethlehem Steel dry dock

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Message Number: 647
Posted September 23, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 53 - 56 ET1

Jimmie, can the counter go at the top of the news page? Most of us look often
enought that we only scan down far enought to see what we haven't read before.
Why bother to scan down, especially with folks who have a slow telephone connection.?
Just a thought...
Ed B

OK - It is at the top now.

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Message Number: 646
Posted September 23, 2003

Derek L. Montrose
800 State St. Apt # 129
West Columbia, SC 29169-7114
Email: dmontros@sde.state.sc.us
Phone: 803-791-8385
Aboard: 1968
Rate: SH2

Just wanted to update my address and send my e-mail address.
Will be attending the 2005 re-union in Charleston, SC. Please send name,
address and phone number of the person that will be heading up the
2005 reunion. Hopefully I can help in some manner since it will be in
the state where I live.
Thanks,
Derek L. Montrose, SH1, USNR-Retired

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Message Number: 645
Posted September 23, 2003

A new counter has been added to the bottom of this page.
The old counter read over 12000 hits when the company
hosting the counter stopped sending numbers.

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Message Number: 644
Posted September 22, 2003

NEW MESSAGE BOARDS!
I don't know what happened to hostedscripts.com, the company that
hosted our message boards. After several failed attempts to reach
them, I deleted them and signed on with sparklit.com. They are
now hosting our new message boards, for LSD-1 and LSD-48. You
can access the boards at www.ussashland.org or at the top of this
news page. I would like to see us use the message boards for banter,
sea stories, or any subject you wish to discuss. As administrator, I can
delete any offensive message. Let me know if something is posted that
we should be concerned about.

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Message Number: 643
Posted September 22, 2003
Michael Jasinkowski
5600 Elliston-Trowbridge
Martin, OH 43455
Email: mjj42836@aol.com
Aboard: 1968-1969
Rate: EM3

Hey, all you EM's - Give Michael a shout. Michael, were all the armatures still
in the racks in the electric shop? How about the battery bank in the little room at
the rear of the shop? The two sided workbench? Ron Thomposon used to hide out
under the workbench after having a bad night ashore.


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Message Number: 642
Posted September 22, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Jim Botonis: I hope doing the Deck Logs for the month of October 1963, will be as easy
for you as it was for me for the last three months.   Any AWOL, Captains Mast, injuries or
the like OMIT the Service Number of the person (s) involved.

To the rest of the Crew.   I'll be moving to Florida around the middle of October.
Fair winds and following seas
Mike McKeon Sr

Jimmie: Here they are the last of September 1963.   Had a ball doing them. Let
you know when I'll pick them up again.   Probably for the December 1963 LOGS.
(??????????????????)
MIKE

Jim Botonis - I will try to make the October 1963 copies made tomrrow and get them posted to you.
Everyone who enjoys reading the logs should give Mike a big hand. He volunteered for one month and
I sent him two.

We didn't have a volunteer for September 1953.   Does anyone want to volunteer to type October 1953?
Ed Bolen is typing November and December 1953, so it isn't like you will get stuck with the next couple of months.


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Message Number: 641
Posted September 21, 2003

Don Price
Aboard: 1962 - 1965
Responding to message: 626

Ed, It was sure nice and thoughtful of you to post pictures of the reunion. Cathy and I were
unable to make this one, but it was great to be able to see pictures of the group. Maybe next year.
Thanks again, Don Price

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Message Number: 640
Posted September 21, 2003

Henry Dugger
Aboard: 43-44 MMC PO

Jimmie, hard to believe I am still alive and well reading about the 59th anniversary of the
USS Ashland, LSD-1. Sure brings back many memories of the ship, and crew. I came
aboard as a MM1, and was assigned to the Starboard Engine Room with a great bunch
of young men. Still fondly remember all of them. Made Chief, and was transferred back
to Destroyers, USS Van Valkenburgh DD 656. Put her in Commission in Chicasaw, Al.
Went right back to the Pacific to participate in the Iwo Jima, and Okinawa invasions,
and on to Japan.

I enlisted in the Navy in Richmond Va. March 8, 1936, boot camp Norfolk Naval Training Station,
15 weeks of pure hell! Sailed to the west coast aboard the USS Nitro, Ammo Ship, and was
transferred to the USS Borie DD 215 at Mare Island, Calif. Hello Georgia Street. Shipped over
in 1940. 1941 Transferred to the USS Stansbury, DMS # 8, made the invasion of Casablanca.
Returned to Norfolk, and was transferred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Skinner Reciprocating
Engine School, and then on to Treasure Island and Commissioned the Ashland in 43.

Served aboard other Destroyers, Mc Card DD822, Jarvis DD 799, Turner DDr 834. Completed 20 on
Recruiting Duty, Charleston, West Va. I have left out the many other Navy Schools I have successfully
completed, even High School, went on to Commercial College, and ran a Business for many years here
in Pensacola, Fl. I now only play golf, read, mow the lawn, and play with this computer. Have four
Grandchildren, and four Greatgrand children.

Thanks, Jimmie for your dedication to the Ashland, and all the crew members.

Henry.
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Message Number: 639
Posted September 21, 2003

John Carroll
Aboard: 1968-1970
E-Mail: Jcarrfra68@msn.com
Responding to message: 613

Roland I lost your e-mail address when my computer crashed, so if you see
this e-mail me. John Carroll

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Message Number: 638
Posted September 19, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD!
Fred Brunner
RD2 aboard 1956-57, on board when decommissioned
Email - fsbrun@aol.com
2116 Whitcomb Road
Forked River, New Jersey 08731
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Message Number: 637
Posted September 19, 2003

Rod Gates
Aboard: 66-68
E-Mail: rkg55@netzero.net
Nnew e-mail address is rkg55@netzero.net

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Message Number: 636
Posted September 19, 2003

Gregory W. McMillan
770 Interstate Highway 35 North Apt 723
New Braunfels, TX 79130
Email: Lifes_Light@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1991-1995
Rate: EW2

Now that I am separated from the Navy I have nothing but fond memories of my ship and her crew.
I had some rough times of course but the good times now outweigh the bad by far. 12 hour ammunition
on loads when we were not moored to a pier that was rated for a crane seem like an insignificant
drop in the bucket in comparison to the camaraderie built during fire drills at 9pm when my wife was
visiting on a duty day and I had to leave her hanging in the E-Dub (EW) shop to go play fireman.
I hope you love that boat because being part of the commissioning crew I love her

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Message Number: 635
Posted September 19, 2003

Robert E. Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
E-Mail:: rep1933@yahoo.com

Midwest Mini-Reunion
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, TUSCOLA, ILLINOIS
I57 Exit 212- Rt.36 West
Oct. 24-25, 2003
Make your reservations Call: 217 253-6363 Tell them your with
Code USS Cost: $83.25 King or Two Doubles
Cut off date for motel Oct. 10, 2003
LET US HAVE A LARGE GROUP FOR THIS MINI-REUNION
Any questions email or call Bob Parrish 217-732-9705
rep1933@yahoo.com

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Message Number: 634
Posted September 19, 2003

LSD-1 and LSD-48 Message Boards
They aren't working and haven't worked for several days.
I am unable to contact the company. We pay for these
message boards. If this continues, we will drop them and
use this forum for all messages.

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Message Number: 633
Posted September 17, 2003


Jennifer Weaver
Aboard: looking for a friend
e-mail: weaverjen78@yahoo.com

I am looking for someone who was serving aboard the USS ASHLAND and may still be.
His name is Jason Matus. If you have any information as to how I can get a hold of him,
please contact me by via e-mail. Thank you.

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Message Number: 632
Posted September 17, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 631

Jim, as long as you have Microsoft Word and one finger on each hand you'll do ok.
The only somewhat annoying part was doing the main heading for the first day of the
month. Typing it out and getting it lined up in the center of the page. After doing the
first day the next ones were done with copy and paste, with some minor editing,
adding or deleting. For me I could do 7 days of logs in about an hour. Thanks for
volunteering, my fingers need a rest after doing three months LOL. And the best time
to e-mail them to Jimmie is just before race time on Sunday (NASCAR).

Jim, don't worry about the main heading for the first day of the month. All I have to
do is copy the previous month and change the dates and location of the ship.


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Message Number: 631
Posted September 16, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967
Responding to message: 625
Mike, how big a deal is it to type the logs. I work full time but am willing to help.
Jim

Jim, I think Mike will tell you that one needs to know how to type and be
able to use the Cut and Paste function of the word processor.


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Message Number: 630
Posted September 16, 2003

Fred Brunner (wife's name - Susan)
2116 Whitcomb Road
Forked River, N.J. 08731
Email: Suzeangel1@aol.com
Aboard: 1956-1957
Rate: RD3

I am sending for this information so that I may surprise my husband with it.
He was on the ship as a radarman and has a certificate for the Arctic Cruise
made in August 1956. He was also on it when it was decommissioned in 1957
when he was trasferred to the Saratoga.

The above email address is mine - so that I can surprise him. ;-)

I have gone through your website and there seems to be a gap in when he was on
the ship and am hoping that maybe since the site has not been updated that you may
have listings of some of his shipmates.

Thank you for your time and answer,
Susan Brunner

Hi Susan - Wish we could help you, but unfortunately we can't. The deck logs for
that period have not been typed
.

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Message Number: 629
Posted September 13, 2003

Michael J.Presti
2000 W 92nd Ave.
Federal Heights, CO 80260
Email: mmduffers@msn.com
Aboard: 1964-1966
Rate: MoMM 1c

I seem to have a little difficulty getting to read all the latest news.
Have you changed the format in any way

No, the format hasn't been changed.

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Message Number: 628
Posted September 5, 2003

Jack Kendall sent three pictures to be added to the website.
Click on the small pictures to open a larger picture.

GOLDENDRAGONOCT26,1943t.jpg - 5794 Bytes


NEPTUNUSREXOCT241943t.jpg - 5518 Bytes


RIBBONS4346t.jpg - 3168 Bytes


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Message Number: 627
Posted September 5, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953-1956
E-Mail: esbjr@adelphia.net
Responding to message: 622

Anyone wanting a 5x7 hard copy of a photograph in the Reunion 2003 series
can contact me directly with their request. Please include the three digit .jpg number
and the text to make sure of identifying the picture wanted.

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Message Number: 626
Posted September 4, 2003

2003 REUNION PICTURES
It took a lot of work to find the very small HTML mistake that prevented our
viewing the pictures. The HTML is complete and you can view them by
clicking     2003 REUNION PHOTOGRAPHS 800 x 600 72dpi

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Message Number: 625
Posted September 4, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 617

It's not as hard as you think to copy the logs to Word. Most of the time
you can use copy and paste, type out the first page, and the rest is easy.
Worked great for me. You can do a weeks worth of logs in about one hour.
Once I get settled in Fla. I'll be glad to pick up the logs again.

We need volunteers to type October 1953 and October 1963.

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Message Number: 624
Posted September 4, 2003

Aaron Stauss
2211 Wycliffe
Houston, Texas 77043
Email: aaron_stauss@yahoo.com
Aboard: 1992-1994
Rate: E-4

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Message Number: 623
Posted September 4, 2003

John Vaught
Aboard: 56-57

If you guys have not logged into the Dewline page it will be interesting to
those of you who are of the [Order of the Blue Nose.]
John Vaught, Cincinnati Ohio 45224

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Message Number: 622
Posted September 2, 2003

Ed Bolen used his digital camera to take some wonderful
pictures of our 2003 reunion. Click below to view them.

Reunion 2003 Pictures

Later this afternoon they all should be available for viewing.

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Message Number: 621
Posted September 1, 2003


Ed Kavanaugh has sent the final installments of August 1953 decklogs:
Ed says: "Here are the last of August logs.   Sorry, but I'll have to
take a break for a while, and get caught up on other things, but may be available
later.  Good luck on finding typists!!!
Semper Fi
CUL Gator
Ed Kavanaugh

Any volunteers for September 1953?

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Message Number: 620
Posted September 1, 2003


The USS ASHLAND (LSD-48) 1993 COMMAND HISTORY

consists of ten pages. If somone will volunteer to type them, I
will post them to the internet. Click "reply" below if you are interested.
I will send you copies of the originals.
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Message Number: 619
Posted August 31, 2003


This file was getting very large and many of you, without fast internet connections,
were having a time with the downloads.   I moved all postings, 600 and below to
the archives.   You can view them by clicking on Archived Messages at the top of
this page.
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Message Number: 618
Posted August 31, 2003

I'm having a HTML problem. Do we have an experienced HTML
shipmate? If so, please click reply below to let me know if you
will try to help. - Jimmie

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Message Number: 617
Posted August 31, 2003

Mike McKeon, Sr., has typed and sent up the logs for
September 1- 7, 1963. Click on 60's Logs, History, Personnel
at the top of this page.

Mike says he has had a ball typing the logs but this is the
last one for quite a while. We will need another volunteer
if Octobter is to be on the internet.

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Message Number: 616
Posted August 30, 2003

Ed Kavanaugh
Aboard: 55 - 56 S1c

Interesting e-mail from Ed Kavanaugh, dated June 5, 2003. He responded to my note about our trip to Ireland. Ed has typed the May, June, July and August decklogs - quite a job!

So you got to the "Old Sod". That is quite an adventure, and an eye opener. The country is (or was 40+ years ago) like a chapter out of a story book. I was tapped in early 1958 for TAD to ComXXXXX, some command that no one ever heard of. It turned out to be a detatchment of CincNelm, which was to be on standby. We first went to London, and then because of a glut of people there, 12 of us "radiomen" were sent to Londonderry to work in the shore station there. There were no facilities for housing the men on the station, so we had to live in town. What tough duty!!! The only hook in the whole thing was that we could not be over two hours away from the station. Even so, we managed to get around a bit. I used to go to a pavilion in Buncrana, over in the "free state" to dances. Also, took several bike tours around Limavady. The IRA was also active, so we had to be very careful what we said and who we said it to. The weather was quite like that here in Seattle. Rain on one side of the street and sunshine on the other. Everything green and a lot of poverty. Lots of "Pubs", which I made liberal use.

Couldn't find any "Kavanaugh" in the national registry. I found out that it is an unusual spelling of the name over there, mostly changed over here to be different from the crowd.

I got burned out in 1962, in Omaha and lost all my photos and other memorabilia. After my stay in Londonderry, we went afloat in Beirut, on the USS Mount Mc Kinley. We stayed there quite a while and then the Pocono (the ship from which I was TAD) pulled in and tied up to the same pier we were. Every one else in that group got to fly home with 30 day delay enroute. I got 30 minutes, and an SP escort. If you have any photos digitized that are interesting, I sure would appreciate it if you would share them with me.

I am on my usual routine. Every day I get at 7:00 AM up and go to the local mall for walking. I walk with a cd walkman playing Sousa marches. Sure is hard to keep your feet still when they play "Stars & Stripes Forever" or Washington Post March". Anyhow, I walk (120 Steps per minute) for 1 hour, then go to the senior center to use their "fast" connection on internet. At 9:30 I go about a blokc to the local YMCA for an hour swim in heated pool. Doctor said after the by pass that I had two choices. I could exercise and stay in some kind of shape, or I could make out a will and sit in the chair and wait for it to become effective.

If you have any doubts that I am an Irishman, my long winded note should remove all doubt. You can alweays tell an Irishman. You just can't tell him very much!

CUL
Ed Kavanaugh

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Message Number: 615
Posted August 29, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Jimmie: I sent this e-mail on 3 August and just got this reply, thought you
might be interested in it."

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike McKeon, Sr
To: "PT Boats, Inc."
Sunday, August 03, 2003 3:10 PM
Subject: Pt Boat and USS Ashland LSD-1

Hello, my name is Mike McKeon Sr. I am a member of the USS Ashland LSD
Assn. We recently held our Reunion in Newport RI June 18 - 22 .2003. While
touring the Battleship Cove, and looking through the Pt Boat Exhibit, I noticed
a Group of Pictures of Ship that supported the Pt's. during WW-ll. And I noticed
that the USS Ashland was not among the photo's. I recently checked our war
diaries for June 1945 and read that my Ship was involved in transportation of
the boats. I spoke to some of the men there and they suggested the we contact you.

You can access our Web Site by going to www.ussashland.org. When the page
comes up, click on E-NEWS, then go to read all of USS ASHLAND in WW2.
I think our Ship deserves a spot on the wall of your Memorial. There is also a
list of the Ships Assn. Officers, on the bottom of the main page of ussashland.org.

Thank You for your time to read this.
Calm Seas and Fair Winds,
Mike McKeon Sr.,
USS Ashland (LSD-1)
Aboard 1961-1964

From: "PT Boats, Inc."
To: "Mike McKeon, Sr."
Subject: Re: Pt Boat and USS Ashland LSD-1
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 14:14:26 -0500

Dear Mr. McKeon:
Thank you for sending information about USS Ashland transporting WW II PTs.
Very pleased that you visited our museum and saw the PT exhibits.

The ship photos that you saw are the nineteen official PT tenders; that is,
they were AGPs. AGP is the Navy designator for PT tender. Museum space is
reserved for the AGPs.

PTs were transported by a wide variety of ships including oilers and numerous
Esso tankers. And although we've tried to determine all of them, we haven't
been able to, so your information is welcome.

Unfortunately, there isn't space to put up photos of all ships that transported PTs.
This doesn't diminish the importance of transports; but our focus is PTs and their
direct support units. LSDs are really outside that focus.

We are happy to add Ashland to our archives as one of the ships that transported
PTs thanks to you.

Smooth sailing,
Alyce N. Guthrie
Exec VP
WW II PT Boats, Bases and Tenders
PO Box 38070
Germantown TN 38183
www.ptboats.org

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Message Number: 614
Posted August 29, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Yesterday 8/26 I decided to take a ride to Bordentown, New Jersey and try to
find the old Doan's ship scrap yard. Which is now called North American Marine Salvage.
After riding around I finally located the place, pulled into the yard and was met by abandoned
buildings and empty yards (there is a working phone number).

I left two messages to call me , but never received a reply. Checked around the area
and no-one could give me any answers. This was one of the places the Old LADY was
seen in the early 70's being towed to a shipbreaker.

Alas this was a dead-end. Will have to recall a shipyard down in Norfolk, VA, where she
was also seen being towed. I have a feeling this will be my best shot,and maybe take a
couple days off to go to Norfolk. Will keep every-one posted.

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Message Number: 613
Posted August 26, 2003

Roland Briere
Aboard: 11/68-decomm

RM3 Served under Cdr Ridge.   John Carroll RM1 was the boss in radio.
Served on Ashlands last 2 Med cruises, including the loss of her tailgate.

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Message Number: 612
Posted August 18, 2003

Carol and I will be away for a few days. While we are gone there
will be no updates to the website.

We expect to be back in town for the LSD meeting at
Crystal River, Florida on August 28.

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Message Number: 611
Posted August 15, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 610

Steve, Talked to Marcus yesterday, and he thinks that the time frame
is about right for our shake down 1962.

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Message Number: 610
Posted August 15, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63

Mike,
Check with Marcus he will know all the dates.
Steve

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Message Number: 609
Posted August 12, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Responding to message: 608
Steve: Yes we were in the Med Jan 1963. I had a SENIOR moment
when I said 1963 for Gitmo. I meant to say 1962 for Gitmo. As for the
Logs,Jimmie is checking them for around the time we were on our Shakedown.

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Message Number: 608
Posted August 11, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63

Mike, wouldn't this be mentioned in the logs ???   And yes, we were in the Med in 63.
Orsburn may have got his dates mixed.
Steve

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Message Number: 607
Posted August 6, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 606

Dave: The only thing I could think of is. They may have been an investigative
unit that was looking into an incident aboard the ship in the Starboard shaft alley,
while we were on shakedown, and anchored in Gitmo Harbor in Jan 1963.

Mike, are you sure about Ashland being in Gitmo in January 1963. You all were
still in the Med. on January 22, 1963.


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Message Number: 606
Posted August 6, 2003

NEW MYSTERY TO SOLVE

I've been curious for some time about an odd occurance that happened on a
Carribean cruise either in 62 or 63.   The LCVP was put in the water somewhere
off Cuba late at night, we were lights out at the time.   Three people were brought
from the officers qtr's and put in the boat.   We took them to shore and were met
by a jeep.   I remember that the lady didn't want to get her feet wet so they pulled
the vp up with a wench and I had a heck of a time backing off.   Does anyone
know any of the details of that operation?
David L. Orsburn
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Message Number: 605
Posted August 4, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
OK Jimmie, 1 August has came and went, What the heck was the MAJOR MISTAKE??

Ok, Mike, here it is. The history of USS Ashland (LSD-1) post number 577 reads:

Ashland was recommissioned on 27 December 1950 and completed her shakedown training at San Diego in February 1951.   She sailed for the east coast in April and reported to the Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Baltimore, Md., on 2 May for additional alterations.   The ship's first assignment upon leaving the yard was Operation "Bluejay," held in conjunction with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS).   From June to September, she was deployed to Thule, Greenland.   In September, Ashland left Greenland and sailed for the Caribbean for two months of operations before returning to Norfolk in November for the remainder of the year.

Now, let's take a look at the deck logs. They are the true record of Ashland's activities:

May 1 - 31, 1951 Moored port side pier #5, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
June 1 - 22, 1951 Moored port side pier #5, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
June 23 - 30, 1951 Resting on keelblocks, drydock #4, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
June 30 - July 14, 1951 Moored port side pier #5, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
July 14 - July 19, 1951 Resting on keelblocks, drydock #4, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
July 19 - Aug. 24, 1951 Moored port side pier #5, Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
Aug. 24 - 26, 1951 Conducting sea trials. Anchored Hampton Roads, Virginia on August 26, 1951
Aug. 27, 1951 Underway enroute pier #2, U.S. Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia
Aug. 28 - Sept. 5, 1951 Moored pier #2, U.S. Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia
Sept. 5, 1951 Underway enroute Charleston, South Carolina.
Sept. 7 - 13 U.S. Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolinia.
Sept. 13, 1951 Underway enroute U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia
Sept. 15, 1951 Moored Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Sept. 22, 1951 Moved to anchorage, Hampton Roads, Virginia
Sept. 24, 1951 Underway Morehead City, North Carolina.
Sept. 25, 1951 Anchored Onslow Beach anchorage area, Camp LaJeune, North Carolina.
Sept. 25, 1951 Underway enroute Lynnhaven Roads, Norfolk, Virginia.
Sept. 26, 1951 0644 Anchored Lynnhaven Roads, Norfolk, Virginia. 0806 underway on signal and
commenced sortie from harbor. 0832 Took position in column 800 yards astern of
USS Libra (AKA-12) 1205 Commenced steaming in cruising disposition OC1, USS Taconic
(AGC-17) formation guide. ComPhibLant in USS Taconic.
Sept. 27, 1951 Steaming in company with Task Group 21.6 enroute Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.
Oct. 3, 1951 Anchored in berth 6, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.

The MAJOR mistake: "From June to September, she was deployed to Thule, Greenland." This is NOT true!

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Message Number: 604
Posted August 3, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail: mmckeon56@hotmail.com
Responding to message: 603

Also if anyone wants a copy of the July Deck Logs (in word format) before
I clear them off the Hard drive, send me an E-Mail

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Message Number: 603
Posted August 1, 2003

There is a sizeable number of men who visit this site to view the daily
decklogs. If there were no one to volunteer to type them, you could
not view them. Last month Ed Kavanaugh typed July 1953 logs and
Mike McKeon typed the July 1953 logs.


They have volunteered to do the logs for August 1953 and 1963 and
have sent the first installments. These will be uploaded to the internet
this weekend.

The work they are doing is greatly appreciated by all those who get
enjoyment from reading the logs. How many people in American can
go to the internet and see where they were on a certain day many
years ago? Thanks Ed and Mike.

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Message Number: 602
Posted July 31, 2003

Vaughn Land   "Satch"
Aboard: 51--54
Responding to message: 555

John, talked to Leaper a couple of weeks ago, he mentioned that you were making inquires about
a mini reunion of the N & O gang. Sounds good......give me a call.........Vaughn

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Message Number: 601
Posted July 31, 2003

Robert E. Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
Message Number: 600
Posted July 30, 2003

Vaughn Land aka: "Satch"
Aboard: '51--'54 QM2

Not knowing if this is the correct aveune to use to get my email address out there,
along with my address & phone #. But this will have to do for now.

5833 Candlewood St.
Lakewood, Ca. 90713
Ph. 562 8042616
Email...vaughn5154@hotmail.com

Would like to hear from some of the guys that were aboard at that time...especially
anyone that was around the bridge gang.

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Message Number: 599
Posted July 30, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

It looks like Our LADY is underway again .Possibily for Africa. Has anyone heard anything about this?

Amphibious Ships:
Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) [26 MEU] - Atlantic Ocean
USS Nashville (LPD 13) - Mediterranean Sea
USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) - Atlantic Ocean
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Amphibious Ships:
USS Peleliu (LHA 5) - Pacific Ocean
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Ogden (LPD 5) - Pacific Ocean
USS Denver (LPD 9) - Pacific Ocean
USS Germantown (LSD 42) - Pacific Ocean
USS Ashland (LSD 48) - Atlantic Ocean
USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) - port visit Kuantan,
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Message Number: 598
Posted July 28, 2003

JAMES C. KENDALL MM2/C
Aboard: AUG 43 - FEB-46
E-Mail:: jkendall4@cox.net
Responding to message: 444
A great engine. Stood watch in the port engine room with Chief Jennings.

Responding to message: 428 I would like a copy of the WW II 1943-1946 ROSTER

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Message Number: 597
Posted July 28, 2003

Robert E. Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
E-Mail: rep1933@yahoo.com

NOW HEAR THIS
ALL HANDS AND SPOUSES ON DECK
TAKE NOTICE THE PLACE FOR THE MIDWEST MINI REUNION HAS BEEN DETERMINED

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TUSCOLA, ILLINOIS
I 57 Exit 212-Rt.36 West take Mall Entrance watch for signs
Date: OCT. 24 AND 25, 2003

Make your own reservations with motel
Call: 217-253-6363 Tell them your with CODE USS
Cost: $83.25 King or Two Queen Beds
Cut off date for Motel Rooms is Oct. 10,2003

Please email, mail, or call Bob Parrish if you are coming for one or both days.
Email: rep1933@yahoo.com
1416 Broadway Lincoln, IL. 62656-3155
Phone: 217-732-9705

If you would like a planned activity for Saturday morning let Bob know. If majority wants this, we will plan something for the group to do.

WE HOPE YOU WILL PLAN TO BE IN ATTENDANCE.
WE KNOW YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME, WE ALWAYS DO.


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Message Number: 596
Posted July 26, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 594

I think this is the MAJOR Mistake you are refering to. Refer to the Artic Bluenose
cruise of 4 June to 22 August 1953, in the Ships Log of the 50's This is the 1st two
paragraphs of the article:

"While most of the inhabitants of the United States were sweltering and suffering in the heat of summer the fortunate crew aboard the USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) were enjoying cool, invigorating Arctic air, during part of June, all of July and most of August, 1953."

"ASHLAND started her voyage by going south. On the 4th of June she left Norfolk, Virginia for Charleston, South Carolina. At Charleston ASHLAND loaded two Army LCU's and an Army Queen boat into her well deck and on Monday, 8 June sailed from Charleston for Norfolk."

Mike, I think what you are saying is that the account "1953 ARCTIC BLUENOSE CRUISE" written by LTJG PETERSON, Navigator, starts by saying Ashland crew enjoyed cool, arctic air, then goes on to say the ship sailed to Charleston, South Carolina. We know Charleston is hot and sweltering in June.

The article you quoted is not from the ship's log. It is a first hand account, written by LTJG Peterson, the ship's Navigator. He says they enjoyed the cool arctic air during part of June. The ship's log states Ashland's crew saw their first iceberg on June 21, 1953.

Mr. Peterson was correct. This is not a mistake.


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Message Number: 595
Posted July 25, 2003

ASHLAND CREW WINS BIG!
Yesterday was the monthly meeting of LSD men who live
in this part of Florida. Five men from LSD-1 attended. We
out numbered and outweighed the other ships.

Gayle Coon RMSN 1951 - 1954
Jerry Barrett SK3 1954 - 1957
Al Jarvis BM3 1951 - 1954
Darvin Hoke DC2 1953 - 1956
Jimmie Barnes EM2 1952 - 1956

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Message Number: 594
Posted July 24, 2003


MISTAKES FOUND IN ASHLAND HISTORY - MESSAGE NUMBER 577
1. Ashland earned seven battle stars, not six as the history states.
2. Ashland was not decommissioned in March 1946.
3. Yet to be found! Hint: The mistake is in the 1950's portion of the history.

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Message Number: 593
Posted July 24, 2003

ASSOCIATION ROSTER
Ed Kavanaugh
Aboard: 1955-1956
Responding to message: 591

Please address a copy to me.   A project for some ambitious soul would
be to go through the ship log and compile a crew list on a running basis by the day to
accompany the activity log.
Just a thought.
Ed Kavanaugh

Ed, Another good project for someone who is willing to spend a couple of hours
on the roster, and knows how to "copy and paste", is to separate the roster into
four separate rosters. WWII, the 1950's, 1960's, and LSD-48. Don't you volunteer
for this, for I need you to type the August 1953 logs.


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Message Number: 592
Posted July 24, 2003

Mike McKeon is typing the July 1963 logs and I will shortly send
him the logs for August 1963. We need someone from the 1960's
to step up and volunteer to type the logs for April, May and June 1963.
It is a project that can be done at your own pace.

$500 was donated to purchase more decklogs from the 1960's period.
The National Archives will made copies for 50 cents a page. If we
go to the archives and make the copies ourselves, then the cost is 15
cents a page. We are asking for one, two or three volunteers to go
to the archives and make copies.

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Message Number: 591
Posted July 23, 2003

UPDATED ASSOCIATION ROSTER IS AVAILABLE

If you need a copy, use "reply" below. One will be sent to
you as an attachment to e-mail.

Paul Adams says "I still consider the decommissioning date of March, 1946
as a major error in the history."

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Message Number: 590
Posted July 22, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Today I called about a dozen ship companies in Norfolk, Va. And they all
led me to a company called Jacobson Metal. I placed a call to this company,
and the person who would have any info on the OLD LADY, was not available.
I left my number, and will report back with whatever info they can provide.
This is the closest I have come to finding out what happened to Her.

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Message Number: 589
Posted July 22, 2003

Lou Stubbs
Aboard: 1955 or 1956

Hi Jimmie!
I went on two cruises during the summer of 1956 or 55. I was in the Naval
reserve while I was in college. I was a Chief Engineman and I think I was
in the A Division. It's been a long time! I understand the 2004 reunion
will be held in Fredricksburg, Texas. We were there last summer and found
it to be a delightful place. I'm looking forward to going there again.
Lou Stubbs
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Message Number: 588
Posted July 21, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Dr Louis D Stubbs
907 Red Cut Rd
De Queen, Arkansas 71832
Email: lstubbs@ipa.net
Aboard: 1956

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Message Number: 587
Posted July 21, 2003

Posted on LSD-1 Message Board
By: Jean McCluskey

It was exciting to see my father, WOJG Wm. A. SHERFESEE listed on this website.
I had just recently been compiling his military records. He served as chief Engineer
for the USA Army. I believe this may have been the last ship he served on as
Chief Engineer. He served proudly from April 1941 until November 30, 1963. He is
now buried @ Ft Sam Houston Natl Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.

In a communication with her, she says:
That is cool! Even though he was ARMY, he loved LOVED LOVED ships. Due
to curcumstances beyoung his control, shortly after he was on the Ashland, he
was never to serve as chief engineer again. It broke his heart. The sea
had been his life since 1930. He was never happier than on the Sea. He
retired in 1963 and died in 1998 and was buried w/ full military honors @
Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio Tx.

Thanks for the website!
Jean in Houston

June 12, 1953
Ashland was moored starboard side to south bulkhead, Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation,
Hampton Roads, Virginia. 0915 Pursuant to Special Orders #134, of Army Transportation
Major Port #373D, the below listed Army Officers and personnel reported aboard for transportation
to U.S. Naval Base; Argentia New Foundland CARVER H V, CWO; STURGILL, D R; CWO;
ROBERTS, C A, WOJG; SHERFESSE, W A, WOJG; etc.


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Message Number: 586
Posted July 20, 2003

Dennis L. Martin
Aboard: 1991 - 1994 EN3 Plankowner
E-Mail: SPCLD22@aol.com

Hello all, for those concerned, I am no longer living in Massachusetts. I moved to
a small town just outside Cinncinatti, OH -- the town is Oregonia, OH.   Also, I do
have a new e-mail address.   It is SPCLD22@aol.com .   So, if anyone is interested
in dropping me a line, please do...... Thank you very much.   Dennis

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Message Number: 585
Posted July 20, 2003

Paul Adams has pointed out one of the mistakes in Ashland's official history. Ashland
earned seven battle stars in WWII. The history gives credit for six. At our first meeting
in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1988, I heard our WWII veterans talking about it.

There is still a MAJOR mistake to be revealed. If no one can find it, I will post it
on August 1st.

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Messaage Number: 584
Posted July 20, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Henry Clay was born in Hanover County, Virginia, on April 12, 1777. His only formal education was three years at a small school. After his father died, his mother remarried and Clay moved to Richmond. His stepfather secured him a position with the clerk of the High Court of Chancery. Inspired, Clay began law studies in 1796, finished a year later, and quickly earned a reputation as a skillful lawyer. In 1797 Clay moved to Lexington, Kentucky, a city with a reputation for culture and influence.

He was elected a U. S. senator for a short term in 1806-1807. He then returned to serve in the Kentucky legislature from 1808 to 1809. He returned to the United States Senate from 1810-1811; he also served in the Senate from 1831-1842 and 1849-1852. Henry Clay had the distinction of also serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1811 to 1821 and from 1823 to 1825; he was Speaker of the House from 1811 to 1820.

Clay also served as a member of the Ghent Peace Commission. President John Quincy Adams appointed him secretary of state from 1825 to 1829, and he ran as the Whig nominee for President in 1832. Clay was author of the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. Henry Clay died on June 29, 1852.

Ashland, Henry Clay's plantation at Lexington, Ky, cannot be his boyhood home, for he moved to Kentucky when he was twenty years old.
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Message Number: 583
Posted July 19, 2003
Paul Adams
Aboard: 1945 - 1946

Jimmie:
I tried to send a reply on the E-Mail News format but for some reason
it wouldn't work out for me.

I did have some comments on the published history E-mail Msg. 577
and Msg. 576 the keel laying. I have three comments.

First, I would not call Ashland the boyhood home of Henry Clay
since he lived there from 1811 to 1852.

I have read on a couple of occasions where the Ashland was awarded
seven (7) battle stars for WWII.

Finally, I was still aboard the Ashland on July 12, 1946 and I have
Personnel Changes notes that indicate 42 men were transferred to the USS
Cabildo (LSD-16) on August 30, 1946 so placed out of commission in
March, 1946 is not correct. August, 1946 is probably a better date.

For Mike Mc Keon re the laying of the keel.The date of laying the keel
of 22 June, 1942 as shown in the history is correct. I looked in Gene
Bracken's LSD Book which is well researched and he gives the same date
as the history. Finally, if you shaved with a safety razor this morning
it may be material from LSD-1. I am sending you a compilation of
mothball ships (1997 version) at the seven reserve fleet locations and
there is not one LSD among the ships in reserve. Peace!

Paul A.
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Message Number: 582
Posted July 16, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967

Jimmie, I don't know what the major error is but I do find it kind of funny that the
same article and document is found on the USS Ashland LSD-1 part of the homepage
under the History of USS Ashland LSD-1.

Jim, It isn't our document.   It is the same one your son put you on to. We link to it.   Doesn't make it accurate.   There are two mistakes, both BIG ones!!  By now I would have thought someone from WWII would have pointed out one of them.

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Message Number: 581
Posted July 16, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Could it be that Ashland's original designation was APM-1?

No, this is a MAJOR outstanding error!!
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Message Number: 580
Posted July 15, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953 - 1956

Jimmie, you may want to post this.
As those of you who attend our annual reunions know, one of the items auctioned for
the benefit of the Association is a United States of America flag that is contained
in a wooden display case. A brass plate with the name of the winning bidder is added
to the case, and the winner gets to display the case until the next year's reunion.

At the 2003 reunion in Newport, RI, the Ashland men of the sixties pooled their
resources and won the bidding, in memory of Michael "Droopy" Bennett. The plate
has been installed on the display case, and is shown in the attached photo.

Michael attended the 2002 reunion in Fairfax, VA, but died 12/26/02.

DroopyFlagE-M.jpg - 34448 Bytes


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Message Number: 579
Posted July 15, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967
Responding to message: 578

Sorry about the bad information guys. After looking on the National Registory of Naval Vessels and not finding anything about LSD1 or 2 I turned to my brother who still has contacts in Washington DC.   That was the info he sent to me stating that both vessels were sold to the same company in BC for scrap.   He was an LDO in (nuke) Subs so I can't hold it against him.

The MAJOR error in the history has yet to be revealed!!

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Message Number: 578
Posted July 14, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 578

Displacement is wrong, light 4,055 tons, loaded condition 7,404, Armament is also wrong 1,5' 38 open mount, 2 40 MM quad, 6 40 MM twin, and 12 20 MM. And if I wasn't so tired right now I could probably find more items.

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Message Number: 578
Posted July 14, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 1952-1956
Responding to message number: 577

Jim Botonis has given us what is is the official history of USS Ashland (LSD-1). The history is only as good as the person who researched and typed the account. There is one MAJOR mistake in the history and there may be others I don't know of. Can anyone tell us what the MAJOR mistake is?

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Message Number: 577
Posted July 14, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967
Responding to message: 565 & 563

Jimmie and Vern, after reading your questions about what happened to the Ashland,
I did some investigating with the help of my younger brother who is retired Navy and
here is the answer.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
Naval History Division . Washington
USS Ashland (LSD-1)
The boyhood home of Henry Clay, which is located in Lexington, Ky.
(LSI-1: dp. 9,375; l. 457'9"; b. 72'2"; dr. 18'; s. 15.4 k.; cpl. 326; a. 1 5", 12 40mm, 16 20mm; cl. Ashland)
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Ashland (LSD-1) was laid down on 22 June 1942 at Oakland, Calif., by the Moore Drydock Co.; launched on 21 December 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Jabez Lowell, the wife of Capt. Lowell who was then the inspector of naval material at San Francisco; and commissioned on 5 June 1943, Lt. Comdr. F.J. Harris in command.

Following two months of trials, the dock landing ship loaded amphibious craft and personnel at San Diego, stood out to sea on 11 August, and headed west. After arriving at Pearl Harbor on 19 August, the ship paused to take on more cargo and sailed on 25 August for Baker, Island. Ashland reached that destination on 1 September, unloaded her equipment, and returned to Hawaii on 27 September. Following voyage repairs, and the embarkation of Army troops, she sailed on 19 October for New Caledonia. At Noumea, the ship loaded tanks and marines and proceeded to Efate where she joined Task Force (TF) 53 to take part in amphibious assault exercises in the Gilbert Islands area which she completed on 28 November and set a course for Hawaii. She arrived at Pearl harbor on 7 December and then commenced an availability period for voyage repairs and alterations.

On 11 January 1944, the vessel got underway for amphibious exercises off Maui. She sortied with TF 52 on 23 January for the assault on the Marshall Islands. From 1 to 5 February, Ashland was involved in assaults on Kwajalein Island and on several of the other small islands in the atoll that bears the same name. On 15 February, the ship embarked marines and equipment at Roi and Namur and proceeded to the assault on Eniwetok. The ship entered Eniwetok Atoll on 17 February and served as a repair ship through 29 February. On that day, she got underway for Pearl Harbor.

After a period of availability and operations in Hawaiian waters, the ship headed for the west coast of the United States. She reached San Francisco on 1 April, began loading landing craft, and was back in Pearl Harbor on 17 April. Ashland then conducted training exercises off Maui before leaving Hawaii on 29 May for the initial assault on the Marianas. She launched boats for the invasion on Saipan on 15 June and then assumed duties as a repair ship. On 8 July, Ashland sailed to Eniwetok for fuel and supplies.

The ship's next assignment was the invasion of Tinian on 24 July. She left the Marianas on 28 July and returned via Eniwetok to Pearl Harbor. Ashland underwent repairs and held amphibious landing exercises before sailing with Task Group (TG) 33.1 for the assault on Yap and Ulithi. Ashland was diverted to Manus Island where she was assigned to TF 79 and prepared for the invasion of the Philippines. The ship sailed on 14 October and launched her boats on the 20th for the first assault against Leyte. Ashland left the combat area on 22 October and proceeded to Hollandia, New Guinea. There, she embarked troops for transportation to the Philippines; and, after delivering them to Leyte, she returned to Hollandia on 21 November.

Ashland headed for Cape Gloucester on 28 November for training exercises. Three days later, she got underway for Lingayen Gulf and the occupation of Luzon. All her equipment was unloaded by 12 January 1945, and Ashland retired toward Leyte. She continued on t9 Ulithi where she was reassigned to the 5th Fleet. The ship proceeded to Guam on 7 February, loaded 18 amphibious craft, and sailed to Saipan. There, she took on spare parts and more troops. On 12 and 13 February, Ashland participated in landing rehearsals at Tinian. She sailed for Iwo Jima on 16 February and began launching her boats on the 19th. Despite continuing air attacks, Ashland's crew carried out repair work on schedule until she finally withdrew to Eniwetok on 31 March.

Ashland entered Pearl Harbor on 13 April and underwent an availability She took on amphibious craft late in May and got underway for the Philippines on 3 June. She touched at Samar on 1 July to embark PT boats and their crews for transportation to Kerama Retto. The ship sailed on 3 July, unloaded her charges, and returned to Leyte on 10 July. She shuttled a similar cargo to Okinawa soon thereafter and arrived at Eniwetok on 7 August to refuel. The war ended on 15 August while Ashland was steaming independently to Espiritu Santo. After mooring there on 17 August, she proceeded with a load of PT boats to Okinawa.

Then she next sailed for Jinsen, Korea, and arrived there on 29 September. She remained at that port two days before getting underway for Leyte for a three-week availability before returning to Okinawa in late October. Ashland continued her duty of carrying and tending landing craft in the Far East until January 1946. Shortly thereafter she returned to the United States and was placed out of commission, in reserve, in March 1946 at San Diego.

Ashland was recommissioned on 27 December 1950 and completed her shakedown training at San Diego in February 1951. She sailed for the east coast in April and reported to the Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Baltimore, Md., on 2 May for additional alterations. The ship's first assignment upon leaving the yard was Operation "Bluejay," held in conjunction with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS). From June to September, she was deployed to Thule, Greenland. In September, Ashland left Greenland and sailed for the Caribbean for two months of operations before returning to Norfolk in November for the remainder of the year.

The ship headed back toward the Caribbean in January 1953 for a month-long cruise. She arrived back in the Virginia capes area in February and remained there until mid-June. On 14 June, Ashland commenced a trip to the North Atlantic and operated in those waters through mid-August. In September, she took on board two French submarines and seven French naval personnel for transportation to the west coast. The vessel transited the Panama Canal on 10 October and touched at San Diego on the 14th. She returned to Norfolk in October and resumed service along the east coast.

From April to June 1955, the ship underwent repairs at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and then proceeded to Newport, R.I., for underway training. On 20 September, she got underway for Operation "Sunec," which took her to Thule, Greenland, and ports in Labrador and Newfoundland. After returning in December, Ashland entered an upkeep period lasting through February 1956. She then received further repairs at Baltimore. In April, the ship took part in amphibious exercises at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Following this evolution, she made a reserve training cruise to Bermuda. In July, the vessel embarked Army personnel and equipment at Argentia, Newfoundland, and sailed on 19 July as part of the DEW line resupply mission. This operation lasted through 8 October.

On 1 November, Ashland was transferred to the control of Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic, for alterations enabling the ship to tend aircraft. By July 1957, she was configured to handle six P5M-2 aircraft. The ship deployed to the Caribbean from 1 August to mid-September. At the conclusion of this assignment, the dock landing ship was decommissioned on 14 September 1957 and placed in the Norfolk Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

Ashland was recommissioned on 29 November 1961. Assigned to Amphibious Squadron 4, she began a routine alternating operations off the east coast with 6th Fleet deployments to the Mediterranean and to the Caribbean. In October 1964, she participated in Operation "Steel Pike I," during which the ship served as a primary control vessel and boat repair ship. Upon completion of "Steel Pike," the dock landing ship visited ports in Spain and Portugal before returning t Little Creek, Va., her home port, on 19 November.

Early in February 1965, Ashland took part in Operation "FirEx," a joint Navy-Marine Corps exercise off the Puerto Rican coast and returned to Little Creek on 6 March. She got underway for the Mediterranean in June along with five other ships of Amphibious Squadron 4 and there served in six amphibious landing exercises. During this deployment, she visited nine European ports of call before returning to her home port on 3 November.

The ship was deployed to the Caribbean on 3 March 1966 as part of the Caribbean Ready Group and conducted numerous amphibious landings, including Operation "Beachtime" which involved over 40 ships of the 2d Fleet. Upon her return to Little Creek on 27 June, Ashland conducted upkeep until sailing for Narragansett Bay on 18 July for a series of training exercises. She was back in Little Creek later that month and went alongside Amphion (AR-13) for an availability. Ashland spent the next few months in training exercises and then entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard on 18 November for and overhaul.

The yard work ended on 3 March 1967, but Ashland remained in the Norfolk area until 10 April, when she left for underway training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She returned to Norfolk on 11 May but, four days later, reversed her course and proceeded back to Guantanamo Bay. Ashland touched back at home port in early June and engaged in local operations until 3 October, when the dock landing ship sailed for Vieques. She returned to Little Creek on 20 October and ended the year in an upkeep status.

Ashland was deployed to the Mediterranean on 3 January 1968. She relieved Donner (LSD-20) at Almeria, Spain, on 24 January and then held landing exercises at Aranci Bay, Sardinia, and Lovo Santo, Corsica. She visited Gibraltar; Valencia, Spain; Marseilles, France; and Naples and La Spezia, Italy. From 29 April to 10 May, Ashland took part in NATO Exercise "Dawn Patrol" which also involved French and Greek naval forces. She returned to Little Creek on 30 May.

During July and August, the amphibious warship made visits to several east coast ports and embarked American and Australian midshipmen for a training cruise. She spent September and October undergoing extensive repairs alongside Vulcan (AR-5). On 12 November, Ashland weighed anchor for what prove to be her last Mediterranean tour. During the deployment, she repeated her routine of amphibious landing exercises and port visits before returning to the United States in mid-1969. There, it was found that the repairs she needed to continue efficient operations would be prohibitively expensive. Therefore, Ashland was decommissioned on 22 November 1969. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 25 November 1969. She was sold to N.W. Kennedy, Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia in May 1970.

Ashland earned six battle stars for World War II service.

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Message Number: 576
Posted July 14, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Does any one remember seeing a plaque,either on the Starboard quarter,
or up in Officers country, about the Ashland's KEEL being laid in 1939.

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Message Number: 575
Posted July 13, 2003
Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Does any one remember seeing a plaque, either on the Starboard quarter,
or up in Officers country, about the Ashland's KEEL being laid in 1939?

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Message Number: 574
Posted July 11, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965 - 1967
Responding to message: 571

Hey Mike, I was just busting your chops. I'm as guilty as the rest. I decided
that from here on out I am making a point to go to as many of these re-unions
as possible. I'm finally to an age where I can afford to take a few days off
and my wife of 36 years is grateful to have some time to herself. I hope they
get the details out early and we should start talking the other 60's shipmates in
going to the reunion. I would like to see the guys like Redmen and Houck,
Bill Law and others that I shipped out with. Anyhow good to hear from you.
Jim B

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Message Number: 573
Posted July 11, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63

To all my Ashland Brother.
For the past 5 years my plate has been so full. With work here at Goodrich aero space
and my home on the cape and my main residence here in Danbuty Ct and my Viet Nam
Vet Motorcyle Club obligations.
I know, who wants to hear excuses.
I will try in the future to keep more in touch.
LR&B
Steve Luty MM3 61-63 #1

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Message Number: 572
Posted July 11, 2003

Allen Ross Warmington
Address: 2 Crabapple Lane
City: Olmsted Township, Ohio 44138
Aboard: 1966-1968
Rate: LTJG
Comments: None at this time
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Message Number: 571
Posted July 11, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 568

Jim: It wasn't aimed at the people that post from the 60's . It's the ones
that disappeared for some reason unknown. Like my post that I was going to
Little Creek to greet the 48 when She returned.

I was the only one from the 60's crew that showed up, and there are quite
a few of them that live in the area, and could have made an effort to be there.

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Message Number: 570
Posted July 11, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard:: 1961-1964

Responding to message: 569
Ozzie: Congratulations on both of your Retirements. One thought though, when Sam
comes up to Pipe you Ashore, make sure that is what he is doing, and not trying to
auction you off to the highest bidder.
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Message Number: 569
Posted July 9, 2003

Ozzie Klein    a yooper
Aboard: 61-63

Well everyone I am now officially out of the Navy Reserve as of July 1st and I have just put my papers in to retire from the University,   My retirement will be in Fort MCCoy, WI on July 26th and Sam Elliot is going to pipe me ashore.   I think that is just awesome.   I agree with Mike, you 60 bums are reading but not taking part.   You are missing out on some good times.   Hey don't worry about rank or rate we leave it at the pier, we are just a bunch of guys with a common interest -the ASHLAND- and the good times we had just griping about just anything.   Take the plunge and let us know your out there.
Ozzie Klein 61-63

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Message Number: 568
Posted July 9, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965 - 1967
Responding to message: 566

Hey Mike, why are you limiting the years. Just because I came aboard in 1965,
I still sailed with the guys you did. Lets just say the 60's guys.(:
Jim

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Message Number: 567
Posted July 7, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 565

Jimmie: Spoke to O. B. "JESSE' James today 7/7/03.   And he stated to me what he
said about the Ashland being taken to a yard for scraping, in Virginia.   He also stated
that about three years ago he toured the Ghost Fleet at James River, on his boat.
And he stated that the Ashland was not part of the Ghost Fleet.   He stated to me that
he is going to try and get the name of the scrap yard, and will contact me, with the
name.   I'll do a little research with 411 locate and see what I come up with.   I
recalled JRRF in DC on my query to them, still no word.

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Message Number: 566
Posted July 7, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

To all the 61-64 Crew, we know you are out there. because you have posted
here before. Another Reunion came and went, a Great time was had, it would
have been better, If YOU were there.

Com'n guy's let us know you're still with us, Steve Luty, Jimmy Hughes, John Matera,
Charles "ozzie" Osborne, and the rest.
WHAT'S UP let us know

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Message Number: 565
Posted July 5, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 1952 - 1956
Responding to message: 563

What Happened To Ashland?
Back in the 1980's Milt Ferguson and I asked shipmates to send us copies of Ashland
memorabilia and personal recollections of Ashland. This came from O.B. James:

"I can't remember the exact date, but it must have been in the late 60's or perhaps early 70's.
I was crossing the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River (one of the rivers along with the
James and Nansemond which flow together to create Hampton Roads) on the Military Highway
bridge when what should I see but LSD-1. She was obviously in the hands of a shipbreaker
and most of her superstructure had been cut off, but the hull was still intact with her hull number
plainly visible. As I had served on her for three years, needless to say I was interested and
excited."
"I was not allowed to go on board and I don't remember the name of the shipbreaking firm.
But she was moored to a pier just on the north side of the bridge over the Southern Branch
and was clearly well on her way to being cut up for scrap or whatever."
O.B. James, "Jesse James", RD2, 1951-1954.

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Message Number: 564
Posted July 5, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 563

Vernon: As of March 1970 the ship was sold to The NW KENNDEY LTD, of Vancouver,
B.C. I have sent numerious E-Mails and letters to various shipbuilding, dismantling, and
salvage yards in Vancouver. I have also had variuos people check old phone books from
the late 60's, and early 70's. No one has heard of NW KENNEDY LTD, I have checked old
Tax records in Vancouver, No LISTING FOR NW KENNEDY LTD.

As of 25 June, when I was at Little Creek, to greet the "48 ", I made a phone call to the Director
of the James River Reserve Fleet, he stated that as far as he knew the Ashland LSD-1 was not
there in the Nine years he has been there. He gave me the phone number for the JRRF in Wash,
DC, I explained who I was and the Assn.I am assoc. with the lady I spoke with spent a good
45 minutes searching the computer files, for the JRRF. I gave her all the info on the ship, and my
address and phone numbers. I will call her sometime this week, and see if any new information has
devoloped. Either way I will post that info here. I have been trying to find Her for the past 6 years,
I have a feeling the the ship is still afloat somewhere.

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Message Number: 563
Posted July 4, 2003

Vernon W.C. Staerkel
1419 Pierce Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Email: sastaerk@aol.com
Phone: 1-920-233-2228
Aboard: 1954-1955 (about)
Rate: NTC-FP3

I would like to find out as much as I can about ship and what happened to it.
Roster at the time and any pertinent information you may have.

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Message Number: 562
Posted July 2, 2003

Knikky Balson
738 Johahn Drive
Westminster, Maryland 21158
Email: pkdreyer@earthlink.net
Aboard: 1996 - 1998
Rate: EWSN

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Message Number: 561
Posted July 2, 2003

Knikky Balson-Dreyer
Aboard: 96 - 98 EWSN
pkdreyer@earthlink.net

I am trying to find Robert Young. He was a 2nd class electrician when I was
there. I know he left the Ashland sometime after 1998 and went to a
Carrier. We were good friends and I have lost his e-mail address and I
moved and changed mine, so I have no idea how to find him. Any ideas? I'd
love some help.
Knikky

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Message Number: 560
Posted July 1, 2003

Gene Miller (Mieloszyk)
Aboard: 53-55
E-Mail: gjm34@comcast.net

Internet address changed today from attbi.com to comcast.net

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Message Number: 559
Posted June 29, 2003

Shipmate Passes
Robert Simmons SC2
Aboard: 1944 - 1946

Robert Franklin Simmons, Sr., of Monroe, VA, died Thursday, June 26, 2003.
He was the husband of the late Christine Goodwin Simmons.

Born Aug. 14, 1925, in Minden, WV, he was the son of the late James Caperton
and Mattie Hubbard Simmons. He was retired from the Lynchburg Foundry Co.
and was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Simmons was a member of
the Amhurst VFW.

Mr. Simmons is survived by four sons and three daughters, a brother and two sisters.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 PM, Monday, June 30, at Whitten Monelison
Chapel. Interment with military honors by American Legion Post 16, will follow in
Briarwood Memorial Gardens, Amhurst.

To send condolences to the family, please go to Whitten Funeral Home

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A couple of CPO jokes from Henry Dugger MMC

A Navy Chief and an Admiral were sitting in the barbershop. They were
both just getting finished with their shaves, when the barbers reached for
some after-shave to slap on their faces.

The admiral shouted, "Hey, don't put that stuff on me! My wife will think
I've been in a Red Light District!"

The chief turned to his barber and said, "Go ahead and put it on. My wife
doesn't know what the inside of a house in a Red Light District smells like."

*************************************
"Well," snarled the tough old Navy Chief to the bewildered Seaman. "I suppose
after you get discharged from the Navy, you'll just be waiting for me to die so
you can come and urinate on my grave."

"Not me, Chief!" the Seaman replied. "Once I get out of the Navy, I'm
never going to stand in line again!"




Message Number: 558
Posted June 27, 2003

Ed Bolen, ET1
Aboard: 11/53-7/56
Responding to message: 555

John, I have been trying the last few years to stir up interest in reunions by
the O&N divisions... Haven't had a lot of luck. If you haven't got a recent roster,
ask Jimmie Barnes to e-mail you one.. Most of the folks have rates listed so
you should be able to identify the 03 deck dwellers. A radioman from the 50's
was planning to come, but had to back out, a career man at that. I'd love to see
a bunch of the from the Operations Department represented. Good luck on the effort!
Ask if you need help. Ed Bolen.

Ed and Bob - Today I sent John the roster via e-mail. - Jimmie

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Message Number: 557
Posted June 27, 2003
Robert Parrish
Aboard: 1952-55
Responding to message: 555

John:
You can get list from Jimmie Barnes or Paul Adams can mail you a paper copy.
We are planning a midwest mini reunion in October. The reunion in Springfield,
Illinois I sent a personal invite to the 50's RM, RD, QM, YN, & ET but got very
few to attend. I'm sure some would be interested in a reunion. Let me know how
you make out with the interest from our members.
Bob Parrish

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Message Number: 556
Posted June 27, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

LSD-48 Back at Little Creek. Type deck logs.

Jimmie:
I almost didn't make it to the docking. I had a hard time getting on the
base. But then I got the pass word needed to greet the Ship.
I got there just as the tugs were backing Her to the Pier. Seeing Her was
awesome,and it brought a tear to my eyes. Just walking thru the well deck,
it almost seemed that the old Ashland would have fitted in there. I took a
few pictures and will get them to you soon. I also had a chance to meet and
talk to Capt Howard, after he performed a re-enlistment for one of the Crew.
He said to me, you are Home, to which I replied, its not the 1, but yes it
is Home. And that's exactly how I felt. I wish I had more time to explore
the Ship, but with all the Family of the Crew, it was not possible to do so.
If you have Capt Howard's E-Mail address could you send it to me, He is
going to give me the info on the re-enlistment of which I took a couple of
Pic's.

I will be starting on the Logs this week-end.
Fair Winds, Mike

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Message Number: 555
Posted June 27, 2003

John Haney
2071 Birch Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Email: haneyj2@cs.com
Phone: 651-762-8878
Aboard: 1952-1953
Rate: RD3

I'm thinking of trying to organize a reunion of the O & N Divisions in 2004.
Is there a list of names and addresses, on line, that I can access so that I
can send out feelers to see if the guys are interested? I have the names of
about 11 guys and I have some, but not all of their addresses. Please advise.
Thanks! You have my new address. Look forward to each edition of the Ashlander.
My kids especially liked reading the log entries when I was aboard. I attended
one reunion but really didn't know anyone there. Consequently the N & O Division
reunion try.
John Haney
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Message Number: 554
Posted June 22, 2003

James Conwell
777 Hunter CT.
Azle, TX, 76020
Email: james.conwell@gsa.gov
Aboard: 1993-1996
Rate: BM3

Its been a long time...   For those of you who knew me way back when here's a little
up-to-date history....

I went back to college after the Ashland experience, and received my Bachelor's of Business
Admin. Degree in Computer Information Systems....   Like everyone else in the world, right...?
I currently work, again, for the US of A as a Systems Analyst in the General Services Administration...

I am married to my Junior High Sweetheart, and we have one daughter, Chloe, who just
turned three in April..

I am not going to lie about the experiences on the Ashland....    It was the best mistake of my life...
  I hated it the whole time I was on, but as time goes by I realize there isn't a better group of guys,
& I guess gals, I have known....    I guess all in all its bitter sweet...   But I guess most things in
life turn out that way when you look in the rear view mirror...

On another note Boatswain Strausbaugh, or whatever, I never hated any one human more than
I hated you....    But looking back on it you probably made me a better person....   Wish you and
your's the best..

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Message Number: 553
Posted June 18, 2002

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Will be at Little Creek on the 25th to greet the Ship.

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Message Number: 552
Posted June 15, 2003

Pat Redmen
Aboard: 1964/1967
Responding to message: 550

Jim,
Received your E-Mail.   Spoke with Mike McKeon last evening by phone.
Won't be going down to see my son as he is due home soon.   May be in
the Fla. Keys in December/January.   Will Let you know. Good to hear from you.
Perhaps we'll hit the next reunion.
RED

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Message Number: 551
Posted June 12, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 1952 - 1956

Just updated Ashland's position for June 11 and 12,
1944, 1953, 1963 and 1993.   It takes about thirty minutes
to do the updates and it seems I can not quite get to
it on time.   How many of you read it to see where you
were on this date back then?

NEWSLETTER
Paul Adams is working on the newsletter. If you have anything to submit,
please do so soon.   His e-mail adddress is:   psadams@delanet.com

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Message Number: 550
Posted June 12, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965-1967
Responding to message: 544

Hey Red,
I sent you an e-mail to you aol address, let me know if you get it.   Glad to hear that
you're okay and if you get down to see your son let's get together.
Jim
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Message Number: 549
Posted June 10, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Our LADY will be arriving Little Creek, VA on 25 Jun 2003.
Refer to message boards LSD-1 and 48

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Message Number: 548
Posted June 10, 2003

Pat Redmen
Aboard: 1964/1967
Responding to message: 542

Mike,
I am one and the same. Pat From Gloucester, NJ. Not living there now but did then.
You can contact me at 412 South Cummings Ave., Glassboro, NJ 08028. I will then
send you my phone number. Great to hear from you!! Look forward to your response.
Pat Redmen
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Message Number: 547
Posted June 10, 2003

Officers for 2003
President: John J. Cooper
1st VP: Rick Parks
2nd VP: Davis Deane
Secretary: Mrs. Don Nita Schoor
Treasurer: Gene Miller

Addresses and phone numbers will be printed in
the next newsletter.

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Message Number: 546
Posted June 9, 2003

The number of postings had grown so large that downloading
became slow for some of you. Messages 520 and below
were moved to the archives. To view them, click on
"Archived Messages" at the top right on this page.

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Message Number: 545
Posted June 9, 2003

Patrick J. Redmen
Aboard: 1964/1967
E-Mail: Patnjans@aol.com
Responding to message: 540

Dale,
Remember Me?????????   Pat Redmen????????
Love to hear from you.

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Message Number: 544
Posted June 9, 2003

Patrick J. Redmen
Aboard: 1964/1967
E-Mail: patnjans@aol.com
Responding to message: 541

JIM,
I AM VERY MUCH STILL WITH YOU!!!   I AM LIVING IN NEW JERSEY.
MY SON PATRICK JR IS AN AIRMAN USN AND STATIONED IN
PENSACOLA, FLA.   WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
PAT REDMEN

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Message Number: 543
Posted June 9, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965 - 1967
Responding to message: 540

Hi Dale,
I was stationed with you and now live about 10 miles from you. I tried contacting
you via e-mail but you probably deleted it since you did not reconize the address.

Jim B. Melbourne, FL
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Message Number: 542
Posted June 9, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 541

Jim. Is this the same Patrick Redmen that came aboard in 1964 as a SFFN?
and made the 64 Med Cruise?   I got out when we returned, and also lost contact.
If it is, he talked about a friend that that he met in "A" School. And he went to
Colorado with him after "A" School.
If this is the same one the town of Glouster, NJ, sticks in my mind, as to where he
was from. I E-mailed his son, about two weeks and haven't received a reply.
and the phone is an unlisted number.
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Message Number: 541
Posted June 9, 2003

Jim Botonis
Aboard: 1965 - 1967
E-Mail: jandshar50@earthlink.net
Responding to message: 523

I was stationed with Patrick Redmen from 1965 until I left the Ashland in 1967
for shipfitter "A" school.   He was a shipfittr pipe (welder) and a darn good one.
I have a funny story about the first time I met Redmen for a later time.   I stayed
in touch with a few of his buddies.   I have tried to find him for the last few years
without any luck.   From the way you talk he must not be with us anymore.   Any
information would be appreciated.   He was a good man and a great shipmate.

Jim, His son, Patrick Jr., says the address in message 523 is that of his father, so he
is still with us. You can write him at that address. Let us know how it turns out.
Jimmie

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Message Number: 540
Posted June 9, 2003
Dale W Foreman
Aboard: 1966 - 1967
E-Mail: NPF1024@aol.com

I was a SM1 aboard the USS Ashland in 1966 and 1967, looking for old shipmates would appreciate copy of roster.

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Message Number: 539
Posted June 6, 2003

Jeffery Beadle
206 Westgate Dr.
St. Marys, GA 31558
Email: kfd324@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1992-1994, 2001-2002
Rate: EN3, EN2
Looking for a friend that was onboard the second time I was there, EN1 Murray.

Didn't know you had been aboard twice, Jeff.    EN1 Murray is not on our roster.   Does
anyone know how to contact him?

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Message Number: 538
Posted June 3, 2003

June 1953 logs are being typed by Ed Kavanaugh SN, 1955 - 1956.
As he completes a page, it is posted to our webpage. Click on
1950's History, Logs, Personnel at the top of this page.

Ed certainly deserves a big thanks for doing this. He wasn't
aboard until two years later. It would really help if several people
would volunteer to type just ONE month of logs. Before long
the entire 1950's logs would be available.

We have several months of 1963 logs available to anyone who wishes
to help with the typing.

Want to know where you were on a certain date? Send me an
e-mail and I will look it up and send you a reply.

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Message Number: 537
Posted June 2, 2003

Jim Lalla
Aboard: 52-53
Responding to message: 530

Mike, Same thing happened to me in the bank in my hometown.
I was wearing my Ashland cap and a lady asked if I had been
aboard that ship. When I said I was she thanked me for serving.
It made me feel good all over.

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Message Number: 536
Posted June 1, 2003

Dear Mr. Adams,

This is to inform you that Neil O'Brien Hart, formerly on the LSD-1
during WW2, passed away on April 30, in Roseburg, OR. I am
encloseing a copy of his obituary and his discharge papers. He was
a wonderful man and great husband and will be missed by many family
and friends.

Sincerely,
Mary Kent Hart 1970 W. Harvard, Apt. 311, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: 541-677-1378
E-mail: hart2hart@Ramcell.net

From his discharge form
Niel O'Brien Hart
Chief Machinist Mate, USS Ashland (LSD-1
Aboard: 1943 - 1945
Service Schools Completed:
MM School, San Diego, Calif. - 16 Weeks
Skinner Uni-Flow Engines, Milwaukee, Wis. - 2 Weeks
Active Duty: 8-25-1942 to 1-9-1946
Remarks:
American Theatre
Asiatic Pacific - 6 stars
Philippine Liberation - 2 stars
Good Conduct Medal
Victory Medal WW II
Point System

Chief Hart was a Plankowner, USS Ashland (LSD-1), 1943 - 1946

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Message Number: 535
Posted May 29, 2003

GOOD NEWS!!
We will be picking Jerry up tomorrow from the hospital. He had the
second drain removed today and an Xray done to make sure all the fluid
in the lungs are gone. He is now a HAPPY CAMPER!!!! He has been thru a
lot, so we are most anxious to make him feel comfortably at home.
Again, thanks for your many prayers, positive thoughts and caring
friendship.
Many hugs....JOAN
JERRY BARRETT SH3 1954-1957
AshlandLSD1@webtv.net

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Message Number: 534
Posted May 29, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Dale & Nancy Foreman
303 Arcadia Court W.
Melbourne, FL.32901
(321) 725-5802
E-mail: NPF1024@aol.com
Aboard '66-'67
SM1

Murray Fleck
3835 Cornell Drive
Oceanside, CA. 92056
E-mail: Zelmur@aol.com
Aboard '52-'53
YN3

I've tried to get an address for Michael D. Fernandez and Mario Stewart
but to no avail. This will make the fifth contact. I can not add them to
the Roster or send out Association information without it. I can't
figure out why they even contacted the website.
Paul A.

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Message Number: 533
Posted May 28, 2003

UPDATE ON JERRY BARRETT, SH3 1954-1957
Jerry still in hospital. They had to put the drain in again surgically
this time. He will be releaseed....possibly.....on Friday. I am sure
it will be removed at that time. If you care to call him....number is
352 265 0111 Room 6444A. He needs a lot of support at this critical
time. Apparently, the liver isn't metabolizing as they had hoped even
tho the tumors are gone. My daughter and I hope to go back tomorrow for
a brief visit.
Thanks for your concern...Joan

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Message Number: 532
Posted May 27, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard:: 1961-1964

Jimmie: Is there anything wrong with the LSD 1& 48 Message board?
I can access every thing on the E-News Site, except the Message Boards.

Mike, Hostedscripts.com was down all weekend. I see they are back up this morning,
(Tuesday). They host the message boards free of charge. We use another company
for the reply forms on the news page. We pay for their service.
Jimmie

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Message Number: 531
Posted May 25, 2003

Hi Jimmie:
Jerry's surgery went well and a complete success.    However, some
complications including pleural effusion and pulmonary problems due to
the closeness of the tumors to the lungs and diaphragm.   A "pigtail
drain" was used to drain the fluid and they are giving him oxygen to
relieve his breathing.    He is still in SHANDS and will most likely be
discharged on Tuesday, providing the breathing is better and oxygen tube
not in use.

My daughter and I were staying in Gainesville (Florida) until today.    We will return
to SHANDS when his discharge is for certain.    Thanks for your concern
and Jerry relays his best wishes to everyone.
Joan Barrett

JERRY BARRETT SH3 1954-1957
AshlandLSD1@webtv.net

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Message Number: 530
Posted May 24, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
E-Mail: mmckeon56@hotmail.com

Jimmie: I just returned home from shopping at the Home Depot in Riverdale,N.J.
While I was there, I was approached by a young man in his late 20's, he asked
me if I was aboard the Ashland (had my LSD-1 cap on) when I said I was, he
shook my hand and said Thank You for serving.   This really made me feel quite
good, and restored my faith in the younger generation.
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Message Number: 529
Posted May 24, 2003


Decklogs for May, 1953 have been typed and posted to our website. To access
these logs, click on: 1950's History, Logs, Personnel, at the top of this page.
Thanks to Ed Kavanaugh for typing these logs.
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Message Number: 528

Posted May 24, 2003

Jim Lalla
Aboard: 52-53
Responding to message: 497

Thanks to who ever gave the other Jim Lalla my phone# He called me and we
had a nice chat and are corresponding with e mail. I am ancious to come to
the reunion. It might be hard to do this time by myself but I'm sure everything will be ok.

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Message Number: 527
Posted May 24, 2003

Jon Knowles
Aboard: 1990 - 1993
jonknowles@usa.com

I am back in SC. We got back a couple of days ago.
I was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq.

My address is the same. I won't keep the same ph#.
I'll let you know when my service is back on.
I'll be taking some leave soon and hopefully get to see some of 'ya.
Thanks for everything while I was gone.
Jon

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Message Number: 526
Posted May 24, 2003


The grizzled old Master Chief was conducting the course in boot camp.
He growled at the seaman recruit: "If you were on night sentry duty and
saw a figure crawling towards camp, what procedure would you follow?"

"Well, Master Chief," answered seaman recruit, "I'd help the officer to his
quarters."

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Message Number: 525
Posted May 23, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964

Amphibious Task Group East
USS Saipan (LHA 2) - Gulf of Oman
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3 ) - Gulf of Oman
USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Gulf of Oman
USS Ponce (LPD 15) - Gulf of Oman
USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) - Gulf of Oman
USS Ashland (LSD 48) - Gulf of Oman
2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB)
Change in Status as of 23 May 2003 from Navy.Mil Web Site

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Message Number: 524
Posted May 23, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 523
Jimmie, I seem to remember a Patrick Redman coming aboard prior to the
1964 Med Cruise.  And if I'm not mistaken he was assigned to
"R" Div. and he did live in the Glassboro N.J.area.

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Message Number: 523
Posted May 23, 2003

Patrick Redmen
412 S. Cummings Ave.
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Aboard: yes
Rate: E-5

The above information was supplied by his son, Patrick, Jr.
Patrick says his father was a welder. We have asked for
additional information. We are guessing that he was aboard
USS Ashland (LSD-1) in the latter 60's.

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Message Number: 522
Posted May 22, 2003


Henry Dugger MMC 1943 - 1944, being towed to shore by able deck hand.



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Message Number: 521
Posted May 22, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 52-56

Had a good trip to West Virginia to see mother and family
members. The older I get the longer and harder the drive is.

This afternoon Gayle Coon and I will meet with other men from
LSD's. Jerry Barrett is still in Shands Hospital, Gainsville, Florida,
recovering from an operation Tuesday. Keep Jerry on your prayer
list.

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Message Number: 520
Posted May 14, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 53-56

Tomorrow I'm head up I-95 and I-77, to visit my mother.
Will be back Wednesday and will update this page then.
The logs show nothing much happening to LSD-1 in the
next week in 1953 and 1963. LSD-48 was still down
south conducting exercises in May 1993.

In May 1944, LSD-1 was conducting exercises around
Pearl Harbor, preparing for the invasion of SAIPAN
in June 1944.

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Message Number: 519
Posted May 14, 2003
Directions to the Newport Ramada Inn, Route 114, Middletown, Rhode Island

GENERAL INFORMATION

A.    Traveling through the Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and New York City metropolitan areas before 10:00 A.M. and after 2:30 P.M. is more difficult because of the high volume of commuter traffic.   Usually the best bet is to utilize the outer circumference highways.
Interstate Route 495 around Boston:
Interstate Route 295 around Providence:
Interstate Route 287 around the New York City metropolitan area.

The combination of Interstate Route 81 North, to Interstate Route 84 East, to the Hartford, Connecticut area is also a good bypass of the New York metropolitan area. An option on this route is to take Interstate Route 691 East to Interstate Route 91 North to Connecticut Freeway Route 9 South to Interstate Route 95 North. To continue see "Directions from the Southwest (New York Metropolitan Area)"

B.    Newport is on an island named "Rhode Island" that has 3 vehicular access roads.
1. Rhode Island Freeway Route 24 from the North.
2. Rhode Island Highway Route 114 from the North via the Mount Hope Bridge.
3. Rhode Island Highway Route 138 from the West via the Jamestown and Newport/Pell Bridges.

In the afternoon, with the sun behind you, this is the most scenic approach. Both 2 and 3 give expansive scenic views of Narragansett Bay.

Directions from the North:

From North Option 1.
Access Massachusetts Freeway Route 24 South from old Mass. Freeway Route 128, the inner circumference Freeway around Metropolitan Boston. Mass. Freeway Route 128 has been divided into portions of Interstate Routes 95 and 93. Mass. Freeway Route 24 northern end interchanges with Interstate Route 93 at I-93 Interchange #4.

Then south on Mass. Freeway Route 24 South merging with Interstate Route 195 Westbound (towards Providence), traveling approximately 1 mile to Exit 8A which is Mass. Freeway Route 24 south to Rhode Island where it continues as Rhode Island Freeway Route 24.

Rhode Island Freeway Route 24 ends as it merges with Rhode Island Highway Route 114. Route 114 is the primary north/south highway on the island of "Rhode Island", upon which are three towns:

Portsmouth, Middletown & Newport. The distance between Interstate Route 195 and Rhode Island Highway Route 114 is approximately 7 miles.

Continuing southerly on Rhode Island Highway Route 114, traveling through 13 traffic lights {the 13th light being at the intersection with Gate 17 Access Road). The Newport Ramada Inn driveway is the right hand turn immediately after the Gate 17 Access Road intersection.

NOTE: Watch out for the 20 MPH speed zone/TRAP in the vicinity of the school approximately 1 mile south of the Route 24 merge into Route 114.

From North Option 2.
Use Interstate Route 495 Southbound. This is the outer circumference highway around the Boston area.

Take Interstate Route 495 to Mass. Freeway Route 24 Southbound (interchange 7) and follow directions as set forth in "From North Option 1"...."then south on Mass. Freeway Route 24 South merging with Interstate Route 195......".

Directions from the West:

Via the Massachusetts Turnpike aka Interstate Route 90, easterly to:
From West Option 1.

Exit at Interchange 11A and connect with Interstate Route 495 Southbound and continue according to "From North Option 2" , etc.

From West Option 2. Exit at Interchange 10A and connect with Mass. Route 146 southbound, which becomes Rhode Island Highway Route 146. This highway/Freeway takes you towards the City of Providence, Capitol City of the State of Rhode Island. Enroute you have two(2) primary options to travel to Newport:

From West Option 2a.
Exit from Rhode Island Freeway Route 146 Southbound onto Interstate Route 295 Southbound to its southern connection with Interstate Route 95 South (towards New York). After merging with Interstate Route 95 South, immediately start moving over to the two(2) extreme left lanes for the left lane exit to Rhode Island Freeway Route 4 South. Continue south on Rhode Island Freeway Route 4 to its joining with Rhode Island State Highway Route 138 Eastbound which will take you to and across the Jamestown and Newport/Pell Bridges which cross Narragansett Bay enroute to Newport. Thereafter follow the directions as set forth in "From the Southwest (New York Metropolitan Area)".

From West Option 2b.
Continue south on Rhode Island Freeway Route 146 to its southern connection with Interstate Route 95 Southbound. After merging with Interstate Route 95 South, immediately start moving over to the extreme left lane for the left lane exit to Interstate Route 195 Eastbound. It is advisable to remain in the left lanes of Interstate Route 195 Eastbound until you have crossed from Rhode Island into Massachusetts. There after you have three (3) options:

From West Option 2b-1.    Exit at Interchange 1 and follow signs for State Highway Routes 114A and 114 South towards Newport. This will take you through the Rhode Island Towns and/or Villages of Barrington, Warren and Bristol enroute to and crossing over the Mount Hope Bridge, thereafter continuing south on Rhode Island Highway Route 114. Continue as set forth in the last paragraph of "From North Option 1".

From West Option 2b-2.

Exit at Interchange 2 and follow signs for State Highway Route 136, passing through the Rhode Island Towns and/or Villages of Barrington, Warren and Bristol to Route 136 junction with Rhode Island Highway Route 114 Southbound just north of the approach to the Mount Hope Bridge. Continuing south on Rhode Island Highway Route 114 across the Mount Hope Bridge, as set forth in the later portion of "From West Option 2b-1"

From West Option 2b-3.    Continue Eastward on Interstate Route 195 through and beneath the center of the City of Fall River, exiting at Interchange 8 South on to Massachusetts Freeway Route 24, thereafter following "From North Option 1" in the 2nd paragraph after "....Exit 8A...".

Directions from the Southwest (New York Metropolitan Area):

Interstate Route 95 North to Rhode Island to Exit 3. Follow Rhode Island Highway Route 138 East, crossing the Jamestown and Newport/Pell Bridges. Continue to the 2nd (last) exit off of the Newport/Pell Bridge. At end of ramp (across from the Jai-Li) take the right fork, continue under the bridge to the Rotary aka Circle, take the first right after entering the Rotary aka Circle. This is Coddington Blvd. [The Newport Naval Base is on your left as you travel along Coddington Blvd.] Thence approximately 1 mile to the traffic light at Rhode Island Route 114. Turn left at this intersection and head North on Route 114, and after 1 traffic light stay in the left hand lane and turn left into the Newport Ramada Inn driveway, just before the 2nd traffic light at the intersection of Gate 17 Access Road.

Jimmie Barnes: Can this be e-mailed to all and/or posted on the web site?   Thank you.

Jay Jay Cooper:    Hope this helps.

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Message Number: 518
Posted May 14, 2003

Davis & Lee Deane
Runion Hosts 2003
Jimmie: you might also post these web sites for those who desire to preview the area. Thank you,   Davis & Lee Deane

For Newport, Rhode Island:
     www.gonewport.com
For Battleship Cove, Fall River, Mass.
     www.battleshipcove.com
For Fall River Historical Society:
     www.lizzieborden.org
For Fall River, Mass.
     www.fallrivertourism.com
For New Bedford, Mass.
      www.nps.gov/nebe
For New Bedford Whaling Museum
      www.whalingmuseum.org
For Plymouth, Mass.
      www.plymouth-1620.org

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Message Number: 517
Posted May 12, 2003

Kyle Landers
707 Braddock Street
Tampa, Florida 33603
Email: dlanders@QuixNet.net
Phone: 813-223-3229
Aboard: 1991-1997
Rate: E-5

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Message Number: 516
Posted May 12, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 1953-1956
Responding to message: 510

No, Mike, they are Hot Tubs, not swimming pools!

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Message Number: 515
Posted May 12, 2003

Add Jerry to your prayer list:

Good Morning Jimmie
Just to update you, On May 16th I go to Shands Hospital in Gainsville
for pre-op testing, On May 20th I will have surgery to remove tumor from
the liver, The doctor says it will be a 3 to 4 day stay. I will still
be on Chemo after that for how long I don't know yet, If anything
changes Joan will keep you informed. Jerry

JERRY BARRETT SH3 1954-1957
AshlandLSD1@webtv.net

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Message Number: 514
Posted May 12, 2003

OP (Oar Powered) DUGGER
Captained by Henry Dugger MMC 1943 - 1944 PO.   Henry is spraying the weeds in his pond at Pensacola, Florida.
At Sea.jpg - 63588 Bytes

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Message Number: 513
Posted May 10, 2003


USS Ashland (LSD-48) was 11 years old yesterday. She was commissioned
on May 9, 1992 at New Orleans, LA.

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Message Number: 512
Posted May 10, 2003

USS ASHLAND (LSD-1) Became An AIRCRAFT CARRIER On This Date, 1944

At 0821 got underway and shifted berth to Hickman Field Dock, PEARL HARBOR.
Loaded on board 4 Piper Cub airplanes, U.S. Army, and 10 Piper Cub airplanes of
Marine Observation FOUR with various personnel. Received 158 Marines personnel of
Company B., First Corps Tank Battalion, FOURTH Marine Division.
-Decklog, USS Ashland (LSD-1), May 10, 1944

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Message Number: 511
Posted May 8, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 510

My guess is they are swimming pools for the Officers

Shipmates see you all in Newport R.I.

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Message Number: 510
Posted May 6, 2003

Picture of Ashland, taken January 1951, San Diego, California.

Ashland's bridge has not been enclosed. This will take place when
she gets to Baltimore in April.

What are the two circular things (?) on the deck, below the 40MM
mounts? I've noticed these in other pictures. They were removed
when the staff quarters were added in Baltimore.


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Message Number: 509
Posted May 3, 2003

BATTLESHIP COVE, FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS

This is where our reunion group will be on Friday, June 6.
To view the photographs, click on:   Battleship Cove

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Message Number: 508
Posted May 3, 2003

The Marco Burdi pictures are back up on the web page.
More pictures have been added and thirty remain to be
scanned. Click on: Burdi Pictures

Ed Kavanaugh continues to type and submit Ashland
logs for May 1953.   If you were aboard then (I was),
you can look at the logs and see where you and the
ship was at 50 years ago.  May 1953

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Message Number: 507
Posted May 2, 2003

Marco Burdi's LSD-48 pictures should be back up today.
There is a problem and I'm having to trouble-shoot the
HTML.

Ed Kavanaugh is typing the May 1953 Decklogs. The
first page was posted last evening. The address is:
http://www.ussashland.org/50folder/may1953.htm
or click on May 1953

I need a volunteer typist for June. Let me know if you will
type June 1953 logs. I will send you a copy of the logs.

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Message Number: 506
Posted May 2, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD Mario Stewart
Email: mario_stewart@yahoo.com
Aboard: 1994-1997
Rate: E-4
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Message Number: 505
Posted April 29, 2003

NEW LSD-48 PICTURES POSTED

Marco Burdi, SN, 1994 - 1998, has sent 123 pictures from his duty on
USS Ashland (LSD-48). Some have been scanned and published:

http://www.ussashland.org/burdi.htm

or   Burdi Pictures

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Message Number: 504
Posted April 29, 2003

Al Jarvis
Aboard: 51-54 BM2

Edna and I have a new E-mail address. It's:
MimiEdna@aol.com.

See you in June.
Al Jarvis
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Message Number: 503
Posted April 27, 2003

Mike Grooms
5019 Yankee Rd.
Middletown, Ohio 45044
Email: mikegrooms@fuse.net
Aboard: 1963-1965
Rate: Seaman
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Message Number: 502
Posted April 27, 2003

Jim Cannon
Aboard: September, 1952 - September, 1953 COMLSDRON TWO
E-Mail: jimcannons@aol.com
Responding to message: 498

Harvey,
Are you coming to the reunion? I want to see if you still have those big waves
in your blond hair as you day dreamed for three months prior to the wedding.
Regards, Jim Cannon

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Message Number: 501
Posted April 26, 2003

John Osborn
Aboard: 44-46
Rate: MM2
E-mail: unclejohnnavy@aol.com

An old ship mate WW2. I have e-mail unclejohnnavy@aol.com. I was on the Ashland from
1944 / 1946 MM2, starboard engine room. My duty was throttle man while at sea. When
we made invasions Iwas engineer on landing craft. We are ok in Oklahoma. Don't know if
we will make the reunion this year. You have a good summer.
John Osborn, 529 N. Woodrow, Bartlesville, Ok 74003-2040
Take care, shipmate John Osborn

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Message Number: 500
Posted April 26, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Dale Forsythe
5600 New King Street
Troy, MI 48098
Email: DaleForsythe@WowWay.com
Aboard: 1993-1997
Rate: PN3

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Message Number: 499
Posted April 26, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Fernandez Michael D.
Email: mikefern26@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1993-1996
Rate: SN

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Message Number: 498
Posted April 24, 2003

Jerry Barrett, Gayle Coon and Jimmie Barnes met with three men
from other LSDs this afternoon. This time they were clearly the
winners. Gayle brought along two pictures.

harveydow.jpg - 20599 Bytes
Harvey Dow

dennyfair.jpg - 18396 Bytes
Denny and Fairchild, St. Thomas, USVI, October 1951

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Message Number: 497
Posted April 22, 2003

James Lalla
Aboard: I wasn't but someone with the same name was.
E-Mail:: j_lalla@conknet.com
Responding to message: 369

Just curious to make contact with someone who has the same "somewhat unusual" name
as myself. -Jim Lalla

This isn't our USS Ashland James Lalla. Another man with the same name.

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Message Number: 496
Posted April 22, 2003

Dr. L. D. Stubbs
907 Red Cut Rd.
De Queen, AR 71832
Email: lstubbs@ipa.net
Phone: 870-642-2500
Aboard: Made a naval reserve cruise in 1956
Rate: ENDC

I enjoyed a two week cruise along with the Mayor of Ashland, Ky. Went to Havana

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Message Number: 495
Posted April 22, 2003

George Stish
Rt#1 Box 1585
Buckingham, VA 23921
Email: gstish@newagebuildersva.com
Aboard: 1993-1994
Rate: LCpl
I was a Marine aboard the Ashland on her maiden voyage. I was with 2nd Tracs.
Fairwinds and Gods speed. Semper Fi!

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Message Number: 494
Posted April 21, 2003

Are you going to the reunion but haven't made a reservation at the hotel?

Our reunion host blocked 60 rooms at the motel. The block expires tonight
and there are people waiting to reserve the unused rooms in our block. Unlike
reunions in the past, you will not get the discount rate if you reserve a room after
the block expires.

Davis Deane says:
The guarantee of 60 available rooms runs out tonight and the hotel already has a
request for 15 rooms of our unreserved block.

To Jimmie, Are you able to e-mail these people tonight that do not have their hotel
reservations and tell them that they have to make them promptly, tonight. The 800
phone of the Newport Ramada is 800-846-8322. Fax number 401-849-6919.

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Message Number: 493
Posted April 21, 2003

Richard Provost
Aboard: 56-57
E-Mail: theprofam@earthlink.net
Responding to message: 479

Not 100% sure but I think the name was Bethlaham Steel Yards. Hope to se you in RI.
      Rich

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Message Number: 492
Posted April 21, 2003

John Vaught
Aboard: 56-57
E-mail: daddyjohn_2002@yahoo.com

Hey guys, I have been out of order of a sort.   On the 6th. Feb. I had a stint
installed in my ticker, all the 2% things that could go wrong did.    I was in the
hosp. until the 3rd. of March then had home care for the next mo.    It all
started with a stress test check up.   I had no idea there was a problem.
Just goes to show you never can tell.   Things seem to be going in the right
direction now.
--- John Vaught MM3 Starboard Pump Room.

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Message Number: 491
Posted April 20, 2003

Wearing my Ashland cap in Ireland, April 11, 2003

ireland.jpg - 38356 Bytes

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Message Number: 490
Posted April 20, 2003

Ozzie Klein 1st Div
Aboard: 61-63
E-Mail: ozklein@up.net

David Osburn, if you are checking in, I would like that patch to put in
my shadow box, contact me. Hey 60's guys, I thought we might get
together this year on the east coast but not many are responding to the
call for the reunion. Time is running out and don't be afraid to make a
commitment. It really is good to see old friends, hell even old enemies and
forget rank and rate, it stays on the pier. C'mon join us you will enjoy yourselves.
Jay Jay, say a prayer to St Michael to find the lost souls of the 60's ....Ozzie

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Message Number: 489
Posted April 17, 2003

A letter from Ed Bolen, President, was sent by e-mail
last evening. A large number of e-mails were returned
with a statement saying the person could not be found.

If you did not receive a 2003 Ashland Reunion e-mail,
then it is possible you have been removed from our e-mail
list. Click on reply, below, if you wish to be added back
on the list.

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Message Number: 488
Posted April 15, 2003

Gene Garren
Aboard: 56-57
Responding to message: 479

I was thinking Beltheham Steel. It was on Pratt or Suzzex street maybe.   I remember
that we were allowed to take our cars on board when we went back to Little Creek.
And there was a bar right across the street from the dry dock.
Gene
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Message Number: 487
Posted April 8, 2003

Jim Turner
7716 Bonniebrook Ct.
Sylvania, OH 43560
Email: james.turner@promedica.org
Aboard: Oct'90 - Feb'93
Rate: LT

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Message Number: 486
Posted April 8, 2003

AL WARMINGTON
2 CRABAPPLE LANE
OLMSTED TOWNSHIP, OHIO 44138
Email: DURCHFALL43@AOL.COM
Aboard: JAN '66-JAN '68
Rate: LTJG
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Message Number: 485
Posted April 8, 2003

NO POSTINGS FOR A FEW DAYS
Tomorrow Carol and I are off to Ireland. Continue
to send your messages. They will be posted when
we return next week.

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Message Number: 484
Posted April 8, 2003

EAST COAST REUNION
For several years we heard from many of you that you wanted a reunion
in New England. Typically, the majority of reunion attendees are from the
midwest. Your voices have been heard and the reunion will be held in
Rhode Island. Let's hope you do better then the west coast shipmates who
called for a reunion, then only a small number showed up for the San Diego
reunion.

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Message Number: 483
Posted April 2, 2003

Jeremy Murphy
23 Coral Dr. NE
Rockford, MI 49341
Email: murphy3414@chartermi.net
Aboard: 1995-1997
Rate: FC2

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Message Number: 482
Posted April 2, 2003

DON BANG
223 EDGEWOOD DRIVE
HENDERSONVILLE, TN 37075
Email: BNGDONORM@AOL.COM
Phone: 615-822-6386
Aboard: NORFOLK
PLEASE CHANGE MY ADDRESS TO THE ABOVE ADDRESS - WE ARE HEADING
BACK TO TENNESSEE FOR THE SUMMER...
THANK YOU

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Message Number: 481
Posted March 31, 2003

The following was received in reponse to a letter we mailed in search of
Vernon Lestor Baie F1c, who served aboard USS Ashland 8/18/44 - 12/22/45.

March 25, 2003
The Vernon Lester Baie you are looking for was my husband for 48 yrs.   Yes, he
was on the USS Ashland in WWII.

I am sorry to tell you he died July 22, 1993.   I have pictures of the USS Ashland
in Hawaii and some of the shipmate and Vernon together.

I am sure Vernon would have liked to hear about the organization and the
USS Ashland and the men who served on it.

Sincerely,
Myrtle L. Baie
23865 N.E. Larkins Rd.
Newberg, OR 97132

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Message Number: 480
Posted March 30, 2003

James Sidney Fussell
Address: 11770 Creek Gate
Conroe, TX 77385
Email: debbbimc@aol
Phone: 281 681 9480
Aboard: 92-94
Rate: EN3

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Message Number: 479
Posted March 30, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 53-56
Responding to message: 488

I'm titling some pictures I took during my time aboard the ASHLAND.   Can anyone remind
me of the name of the shipyard in Baltimore the ASHLAND was in while the original
Baltimore Harbor Tunnel was being built?
Thanks, Ed Bolen.

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Message Number: 478
Posted March 29, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 52-56

I've told you about the LSD club we have here, with 15 members
from various LSDs.   Yesterday four of us from USS Ashland
were at the meeting:    Myself, Jerry Barrett, Gayle Coon and Al
Jarvis.    We outnumbered the three guys from LSD-32, but they
were big guys and we were outweighed.

If anyone from Florida wants to meet with us, get in contact with
me.    We meet at 2:00 PM on the 4th Thursday of the month at
Crystal River, Florida.

Let me know if you want a copy of the roster.   Most every day I
get a request for a copy.    It will be sent as an attachment to your
e-mail.

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Message Number: 477
Posted March 25, 2003

Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 1952 - 1956
Just received the latest roster from Paul Adams. If you want a copy, click
on reply, below, and tell me you want a copy of the roster. I will attach
it to an e-mail. Paul sent along the following figures:

Active Members on Roster 1002
Found, Now "Missing"   43
Found, (Do not care to receive newsletter)   51
Honorary Members    28
______
Grand Total 1124

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Message Number: 476
Posted March 25, 2003

Ozzie Klein
Aboard: 61-63
To all my Ashland friends. I recently returned from Pt Hueneme, California and Ft McCoy, WI.
I have been involved in sending my fellow Seabees to war. It is not easy to send people you
have been in charge of their care and feeding and have to be a stay back, but I was happy I
could serve in that capacity. They are members of NMCB-4 and can be followed by going to
ddodge@insidevc.com. -Ozzie Klein
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Message Number: 475
Posted March 25, 2003

Ed Kavanaugh
Aboard: 1955-56
Responding to message: 429

I suppose that by now you have more than enough help to type the logs up!
If perchance you still could use help, all you have to do is get me a few pages
and I can give you a couple of hours a day. Being all the way across the
country, I waited for some one closer to you to respond, but we need to get this done.
Please advise.
Ed Kavanaugh

Ed - At this time I have no volunteers. We need typists for April 1953 and April 1963
decklogs. Your offer is gratefuly accepted and I will send you the logs for April 1953.
You were aboard in 1955-56. If you find the April 1953 logs to be an easy task, I can
send you some months of the period when you were aboard.


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Message Number: 474
Posted March 22, 2003

Billy W Dixon
Address: 399 Wildwood Lane
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Email: ktf35@yahoo.com
Phone: 336-764-0762
Aboard: 1949-1954
Rate: Fireman

The information is about my father. The e-mail address belongs to me, but I can get
the message to him. If you knew him aboard the USS Ashland, or during his stay in
the navy, please email or give him a call. He'd love to hear from you.
Thanks and may God Bless!

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Message Number: 473
Posted March 22, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Comments: Amphibious Ships:

Amphibious Task Group West
USS Boxer (LHD 4) - Arabian Gulf
USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) - Arabian Gulf
USS Dubuque (LPD 8) - Arabian Gulf
USS Anchorage (LSD 36) - Arabian Gulf
USS Comstock (LSD 45) - Arabian Gulf
USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52 ) - Arabian Gulf

Amphibious Task Group East
USS Saipan (LHA 2) - Arabian Gulf
USS Kearsarge (LHD 3 ) - Arabian Gulf
USS Bataan (LHD 5) - Arabian Gulf
USS Ponce (LPD 15) - Arabian Gulf
USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) - Arabian Gulf
USS Ashland (LSD 48) - Arabian Gulf
2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB)
This was taken from The US NAVY SITE, STATUS OF THE NAVY 22 MARCH, 2003

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Message Number: 472
Posted March 18, 2003

Dennis L. Martin
Aboard:  7/91 thru 4/94
E-Mail:   Tttd10y@aol.com
Responding to message: 247 (see below)

Hello, I am EN3 Martin, from the 48. You're message states that you have some documents
from the equator crossing that the guys would like to have. I never recieved mine. If you
have access to one for me, please e-mail me. Tttd10y@aol.com, or you can call me, 978-297-9666.
Thank you very much.

Message 247
Posted June 6, 2002
Benjamin Rogers EM3
Aboard: 92-95
I would like a copy of the '48 roster. I have some documents from when we
crossed the equator that some of these guys might like to have. Also if someone
takes up the '48 page let me know because I have some pictures from the
Cuban Refugees and our Med' cruise.


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Message Number: 471
Posted March 16, 2003


Messages 375 to 450 were moved to the Archives.
The file was getting too large and some with slow
connections were experiencing difficulties with
downloading.

To see the archived messages, click on "Archived Messages"
at the top right of this screen.

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Message Number: 470
Posted March 16, 2003

Dennis L. Martin Jr.
60 North St.
Winchendon, MA 01475
Email: Tttd10y@aol.com
Phone: 978-297-9666
Aboard: 7/91 - 4/94
Rate: EN3

Hello, I am Dennis Martin. I am a plankowner of LSD 48. I was EN3. I am happy to be back.
I have been "off line" for the last 1.5 years, recently got a computer, again. I look forward to
being in the association, again. Thanks.

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Message Number: 469
Posted March 16, 2003

Carl T. Ahlersmeyer Jr.
1532 Airline Drive
Ft. Wayne, IN 46819
Email: danahler@gte.net
Aboard: 1945 to 1946
Rate: Seaman First Class

When will the ships personnel log be complete for 1945 through 1946?

Having time to type the roster is the hold up. If I can get the computer
file from Paul Adams, I might speed it up some.


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Message Number: 468
Posted March 14, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Francis D. Cleber
155 Forbes Rd.
Bedford, OH. 44146
Aboard: 11/7/45 - 5/21/46
Rate: F1c

Hello Jimmie Barnes.
My father recieved a letter from you
yesterday searching for the crew of the
USS ASHLAND. You have indeed found the
right Francis D. Cleber 283 96 73
Fireman First Class . He's now 75. and in
good health. He doesn't mess with computers
at all. So I'm sending this message to you for
him. Feel free to contact him any time .
Home # is 440-232-5129. He currently works
Mon - Fri until 430 pm. any time after that
is good. and weekends are also good.
He was quite excited about hearing from you.
And just in case you mailed letters to several
CLeber's. his address is 155 Forbes Rd.
Bedford, OH.44146

Thank You for the letter.
Denise M Ficzeri

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Message Number: 467
Posted March 14, 2003

Marco Burdi
241 Nautilus Drive
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Email: marcoburdi@hotmail.com
Phone: 609-978-8463
Aboard: 1994-1998
Rate: SN
I'm looking for a UNITAS WATC 36-95 cruise book. I recently lost my own and is
very important to me. Thank you.

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Message Number: 466
Posted March 14, 2003

Jim Black
PO Box 341
Park River ND 58270

E-Mail: jblack@amfmradio.biz
Jim Black is my radio name...

My name is James Valiquet, from Exeter, New Hampshire.

I wanted to write to let you know I was on the USS ASHLAND for a few months
before leaving on a medical release (which I regret). I Started boot camp
in December 1992 and was assigned to the Ashland in March 1993. I met up
with her when she was at port in Moorhead North Carolina. My first job was
to help with bring supplies on the ship. I departed the ship 15 days prior
to its first med. It is sad to see how much time has past, and all the
interesting missions that I have missed. I would like to be added to your
list for contact in the future. I currently live in Canada along the North
Dakota/Minesota Border, and work for a radio station in North Dakota.

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Message Number: 465
Posted March 12, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Cruz Aranda
1510 S. Grandview Dr.
Gallup, NM 87301-5906
(505) 863-4778
E-Mail: aranda@cnetco.com
Aboard: 4/18/33 - 6/24/44
Rate: F1c

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Message Number: 464
Posted March 12, 2003

Jon Knowles
Aboard: 90-33 PO HM2
KnowlesJA@3mawdm.usmc.mil

If anyone is interested, here is my address:
HM1(FMF) KNOWLES, J.A.
VMFA-251 / MEDICAL DET
UNIT 77229
FPO AE 09509-7229

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Message Number: 463
Posted March 11, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Greg McMillan
125 Sawyer
Durango, CO 81301
Email: lifes_light@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1992-1996
Rate: E-5

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Message Number: 462
Posted March 11, 2003
Jon Knowles
Aboard: 90-33 PO HM2
KnowlesJA@3mawdm.usmc.mil

Well, for those who did not know.....I've been deployed to Kuwait going on a
month now. I really don't know if this is getting thru but I'll send the same anyway.

If you do get this please attempt a reply. Hopefully something will slip in.
Appearantly there has been somekind of blocking.

Anyway, I'll talk to ya'll when I can.

Jon

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Message Number: 461
Posted March 10, 2003

MEMBER CHECKING IN WITH E-MAIL ADDRESS
Harvey Dow
1558 Mifflin St.
Thorofare, NJ 08086
Email: apdow@snip.net
Aboard: 1951-55
Rate: RD2

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Message Number: 460
Posted March 9, 2003

Vincent P. Mc Donough
32 Woodbury St.
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Email: vmcdonough@webtv.net
Phone: 508 295 4294
Aboard: 1961-1962
Rate: Lt.
On pre-com detail and was Dept, Head, First Lt . and Gun Boss under Adm Art Price.
Great Ship and outstanding crew.

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Message Number: 459
Posted March 9, 2003

Robert (Bob) Zonderwyk GMG-3
Aboard: 1967-1969
E-Mail: RCZ19@aol.com
Responding to message: 420

I would like a copy of the ASHLAND 1960's roster.
It would be great to look up old shipmates.
Thanks for all your help. Bob

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Message Number: 458
Posted March 9, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Jack Saragusa
P.O. Box 2343
Covington, LA 70434
(985)892-5984
Aboard: 4/18/44 - 6/24/44
Rate: Cox
847 30 18 Cox

Jack was a member of the same boat pool as Dwayne Ascue.

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Message Number 457
Posted March 8, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Dwayne W. Ascue
304 N. Summit
Tonkawa, OK 74653
(580) 628-2898
Cox 4/18/44 - 6/24/44
Dwayne was a LCM Cox and member of the boat pool. He was aboard Ashland for the
invasion of Siapan and Tinian, then trasferred to the Tinian boat pool. Later he was
again assigned to Ashland for the invasion of Iwo Jima.

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Message Number 456
Posted March 6, 2003
James Doyle EM3
Aboard: 55-57

Wednesday, March 5:
Hi gang.   Back on line.   Jim Doyle

Wednesday, March 5:
To James Doyle:
Where have you been - what has been happening with you? - Jimmie

Thursday, March 6:
Hi Jimmie; The past couple of months I been cruising in the Keys on my little
cabin cruiser, The "Pura Vida".  But Im gonna stay put for a while and catchup
on all the news.  You planning on going to Rhode Island?
Jim Doyle

Jim, No, I won't be at the reunion this year. A trip to Ireland next month is going to
delete our travel funds for a long time. - Jimmie

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Message Number 455
Posted March 6, 2003

Michael L. Christiansen
830 1st Ave. Lot 113
East Moline, IL 61244
Email: sandplumber@aol.com
Aboard: 1966 - 1968
Rate: RD3
I served under CMDR Rueff a total of 3 times while serving in the Navy for 21 years.
I retired in February 1986 while serving under Capt Rueff.
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Message Number 454
Posted March 6, 2003

WECOME ABOARD
Ronnie Richardson
16342 Cox Road
Church Road, VA 23833

Served aboard the Ashland in the sixties. (Found by Ed Bolen)

John Hosington
29315 Palomino Dr
Warren, MI 48093
(Found by Ed Bolen)
Was a crew member of the LCU1470 who made the 1954-1955 Med cruise with us. He
commented on spending Christmas 1954 in Toulon, which was where the Ashland was when
I took the Christmas tour to Paris.
He doesn't remember anyone from the ship because they stayed mostly aboard the LCU.
(The LCU's were anchored some distance from Ashland. The scuttlebut was that they really partied over there. Visitors came aboard in small boats. Mind you, that was the scuttlebutt. -Jimmie)

WELCOME ABOARD THIS WWII ASHLAND VET
Delbert E Bolin
2345 SW 49th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73119-4820
(405)685-2238
Rate: S2c
Aboard: 8/8/43 - 6/24/44

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Message Number: 453
Posted March 3, 2003
WELCOME ABOARD
Louis Bassi
2040 Wyoming Ave
Pueblo, CO 81004-3750
(719)560-9627
Rate: FC2C
Aboard: 6/5/43 PO - 8/9/45

He is in a nursing home and says he is in bad shape.
Lets send him some cards and let him know that the Ashland
crew welcomes another plankowner.
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Message Number: 452
Posted February 28, 2003

Decklogs for March 1953 were typed by Ed Bolen. They have
been uploaded to the website. Click here, MARCH 1953 or click on
"1950's History, Logs, Personnel" at the top of this
page.

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Message Number: 451
Posted February 28, 2003

Jeff Lawton writes:
Fella's the lighter's are in and they look great!! If you want one or more just
email me at jlml@earthlink.net, I will get you a photo of the lighter and all
the detail's for shipping.
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Message Number: 450
Posted February 28, 2003

Yesterday Gayle Coon and I attended the monthly meeting
of Citrus County LSD sailors. Jerry Barrett had other
committments on the other side of the state. Chuck, the
secretary for the Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) Association, drove
up from Tampa and we heard some new sea stories.

Let me know if you are interested in starting a LSD group
in your area. If I lived in the Virginia Beach area, I would
set up monthly meetings of LSD sailors. - Jimmie
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Message Number: 449
Posted February 28, 2003
Paul Swanson
526 Stowe St.
Jamestown, New York 14701
Email: pbs@madbbs.com
Aboard: 1962
Rate: Corpsman
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Message Number: 448
Posted February 28, 2003
Stanley V. Sargent
289 Waldoboro Road
Friendship, Maine 04547-4238
Email: stanandhazel@prexar.com
Aboard: 1962-1962 Rate: PFC

I was in the Marines. I was TAD to ship service, in the laundry.

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Message Number: 447
Posted February 27, 2003

Ronald A. Dix
102 2nd St. NE
Spring Grove, Minnesota 55974
Email: RNDDIX@ MEANS.NET
Aboard: 1964-1965
Rate: SMC

Looking for a ship patch. If someone has an extra one, I would like to buy it.
Thanks,
Ron Dix

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Message Number: 446
Posted February 25, 2003
David Dean
1301 N.W. 188 Street
Miami, FL 33169
Email: dave2dean@yahoo.com
Phone: 305-793-3796
Aboard: 1992-1995
Rate: BM3

PLANKOWNER, My first tour of duty in the USN, on board USS Ashland LSD-48.

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Message Number: 445
Posted February 17, 2003

Fifty-nine years ago today, Ashland participated in the attack
on ENIWETOK, in the South Pacific. I would like to hear
from all you WWII vets who were aboard that day. Click
on the reply button below.
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Message Number: 444
Posted February 16, 2003

YO MACHINIST MATES
Bill Hertz, our LSD shipmate from USS Lindenwald (LSD-6),
has shared a real prize. It is a 30 page book, "Skinner 'Universal
Unaflow' Steam Engines, Vertical Type" by Skinner Engine
Company, Erie, Pennsylvania.

Because of the copywrite it cannot be posted here. There will be
a copy at the reunion. Does the picture bring back memories?

If you have pictures taken in the engine rooms, boiler rooms and pump
rooms, I would like to scan them and then post them on the webpage.

Front Cover(2).jpg - 9985 Bytes


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Message Number: 443
Posted February 16, 2003
USS ASHLAND LSD-1 ZIPPO LIGHTER'S
Posted by Jeff Lawton on 2/15/2003

To all my fellow gator sailor's out there.  My name is Jeff and I was a BMSN SECOND DECK DIVISION on the USS SPIEGEL GROVE LSD-32 1984-1987.  I had zippo make the lighter's for the Grove this past summer and now I had them do lighter's for the ASHLAND LSD-1 using their original art work.  I should have them in hand in about two more week's, MARCH 1, 2003 and am offering them to the sailor's of the ASHLAND LSD-1 before selling them to the collector's.  If you are interested in getting one or more or just want to get a photo of it let me know.  It will be the same deal as the one's I did for my fellow GROVE sailor's.  They will be $26 dollar's each and they are done on brushed chrome.  If you want to see the Grove lighter's go to www.kevinflatley.com and check out the link for the Grove zippo lighter's.  I will be adding a photo of the ASHLAND lighter's as soon as I get them in hand.
Thank you!
Jeff Lawton
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Message Number: 442
Posted February 15, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Jason J. Hammond
4001 South Dr.
New Iberia, LA 70563
Email: bignastyspirit@netscape.net
Phone: (337)-367-0913
Aboard: 1991-1995
Rate: EN

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Message Number: 441
Posted February 13, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Edward Kelly SN, 1963 - 1964
63 Almeda St.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
15207-1835
kerrymen3@hotmail.com

Jeff Urquhart
1659 W Hunt
Decatur, Illinois 62526
Email: j.urquhart@insightbb.com
Aboard: 1990-1994 (Plankowner)
Rate: EM2

Here are some new members obtained through media publications and an
e-mail from Jim Jones.

Walter J. & Barbara Vogel
47 Paradise Blvd.
Toms River, NJ. 08756
Aboard '52-'55
TE2
E-Mail: BVogel47@msn.com

Byron & Alice Caylor
634 County Road 1300
Savoy, TX. 75479
(903) 583-3034
Aboard '44
Cox
E-Mail: caylorab@fanninelectric.com

John H. Herbert
416 Moore Road
Neptune, NJ. 07753
Aboard '52-'55
GM3

Vincent P. Mc Donough
32 Woodbury Street
Buzzards Bay, MA. 02532
(508) 295-4294
Aboard '61
Lt.
E-Mail: vmcdonough@webtv.net

YN2 Jack Hutton
USS Ashland (LSD-48)
FPO AE 09564-1736
Still aboard the "48"

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Message Number: 440
Posted February 11, 2003

Edward Kelly
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Email: kerrymen3@hotmail.com
Aboard: 1963-1964
Rate: SN

Does anyone know him? I've written to ask his address, etc.

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Message Number: 439
Posted February 11, 2003

Name: Ed Kavanaugh
Aboard: 1955-1956
Responding to message: 434
That card is to acknowledge a contact made from "maritime mobile" aboard the USS Ashland
on 05 March 1963 via "ham radio". I didn't know that the Navy allowed "hams" to operate
from ships. For the record here is the data on the guy who has the callsign on the card.
It might be interesting to find out how many of the former crew are "hams".

Darrel D. Moore, K7CPJ
350 S 2nd W St
Soda Springs, ID 83276-1519 USA
License Class: General
License Issue/Renewal Date: 07-06-1998
License Expiration Date: 07-06-2008
Birth Date: 1940

CUL
Edgar J. Kavanaugh, NB7S
201 Main St
Algona, WA 98001-4444 USA
License Class: Extra
License Issue/Renewal Date: 03-13-1997
License Expiration Date: 03-13-2007
Previous/former Callsign(s): (N7DQF)
Birth Date: 1938

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Message Number: 438
Posted February 11, 2003

NEWSLETTER CUT-OFF DATE: FEBRUARY 15
If you have anything for the March newsletter, send it to
Paul Adams immediately.

Paul says, "The cut-off date for the March newsletter is
February 15, 2003 with material in my hands by that date."
His e-mail address is: psadams@delanet.com
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Message Number: 437
Posted February 11, 2003

Carl Dewhurst BT3
Aboard: 1955 - 1958

Just wanted to let everyone know I have a new email address
(as I finally have high speed access!):   cdewhurs@insight.rr.com

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Message Number: 436
Posted February 7, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD!
Ken Loomer
Aboard: 66-68
E-Mail: kloomer@aol.com

Ashland LSD-1 was my first sea tour. Was not all fun for me as I was not a sea going sailor
at that time. Capt Rueff and I had many talks! Well he talked, I listened. Made RM1 onboard
Ashland in 67. Don't remember many names from back then. I was trying to survive. I learned
more on that Gtmo trip in 67? than I did in the rest of the Navy... I didnt get much sleep ....but
I learned.
God Bless all who served on her and her successor.
Would be glad to hear from any old Ashland sailors from the 66-68 timeframe in the Norfolk area.
My mailing address is:
Ken Loomer
Box 8857
Norfolk, Va. 23503

Ken Loomer RMCS (RET)

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Message Number: 435
Posted February 6, 2003

Mike McKeon Sr
Aboard: 1961-1964
Responding to message: 434

Its quite possible it was made up by one of the USS Ashland's record jocky's.
There was a small room Starboard side 02 level, above the bakery. Where we had
different people such as "Spider Webb" that played different music that was piped
thru out the ship after we knocked off Ships Work, while out at sea.

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Message Number: 434
Posted Febuary 6, 2003


USS ASHLAND LSD 1963 QSL On 4ct US postal
Item # 2909914731

This QSL card is for sale on E-Bay. Can anyone tell me something
about it? Should I bid and obtain it for our memrobilia collection?


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Message Number: 433
Posted February 5, 2003

Bonnie Fewell called to say that Levin (Tobie) Fewell
succumbed to emphysema and pneumonia on January 28.
He was buried Monday in the National Cemetery at
Bushnell, FL

Tobie was a CCS and Plankowner on USS Ashland,
serving 1943 - 1945. He and Bonnie attended and
supported our reunions until health prevented their
travel. He will be missed.

3292 McMath Drive
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 786-8831

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Message Number: 432
Posted February 4, 2003


Gerry Gow
Aboard: 54-55

I'll tell you what's making me feel old:

It's 50 years ago today, February 3, that I entered the Navy !


Jerry Gow

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Message Number: 431
Posted February 2, 2003

Decklogs February 1953
Ed Bolen put his typing skills to good use and typed the February 1953 decklogs.
Click on 1950's History, Logs, Personnel, above.

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Message Number: 430
Posted February 1, 2003

Fifty-Nine years ago today, Ashland's crew was putting
the Army ashore at KWAJALEIN Island. If any of our
WWII men will send their memories of that day, I will
post them here.

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Message Number: 429
Posted February 1, 2003

ATTENTION USS ASHLAND CREW, FEBRUARY 1963!
The logs for February 1963 have been posted and can be
accessed by clicking on "60's History, Logs, Personnel" above.
Howie Mirkin typed them. Who will volunteer to type
March 1963? I'll send you copies and all you have to do is
type a page or two at your leisure.

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Message Number: 428
Posted January 27, 2003

Jim Parker
23538 Via Castanet, Valencia, CA 91355
Email: jjxpjxp@aol.com
Aboard: 12/127/50--mid 1951
Rate: ENS.
The first time I looked at this web site, I think I found an association membership list.
Since then, I've wanted to look at it more carefully, but can't seem to find it. Any suggestions?


I e-mailed him a copy of the Association Roster today.   The following rosters are available
and can be e-mailed to you:
Association Membership Roster
*WWII 1943 - 1946 Roster
*1961 - 1969 Roster
*LSD-48 Roster
* Taken from the Association Roster.

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Message Number: 427
Posted January 27, 2003

Dick Beach
222 Shaver Ave.
North Syracuse
New York, NY 13212
Email: nsfd29@firehousemail.com
Aboard: 1945-1946
Rate: MM3

Just saw the picture of the ships company taken during my assignment on the Ashland.
I remember the picture being made, it's been so long I find it hard to recognize those
that I worked with during those days on the Ashland. The experience was worth a million.
Came home wiser but not richer.
Dick Beach

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Message Number: 426
Posted January 27, 2003

James W. Jones, Sr.
Aboard: 52-56 EN2
Jim posted this message on the LSD-1 Message Board:

I received a message from Jack Hutton who is aboard the 48. He would like to hear from
everyone. He would like to become a member of the Association.
E-mail him - jhutton@ashland.navy.mil
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Message Number: 425
Posted January 27, 2003

Paul S. Adams
Aboard: 1945-'46
Responding to message: 423

Unfortunetly, Mike Karas is back in the hospital as of two weeks ago.   He had a
urinary track infection and a blood infection.   He still has therapy twice a day and
Annette indicates he is doing okay but does not have a high energy level so he is limited in what
he can do physically.   She believes he may be coming out of the hospital soon.

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Message Number: 424
Posted January 25, 2003

Ronnie Richardson
16342 Cox Road
Church Road, VA 23833
Email: roho27@juno.com
Aboard: 1962-1966
Rate: BM3

The USS Ashland SD-1 is carried on classmates.com

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Message Number: 424
Posted January 25, 2003

Jon Knowles
Aboard: 90-93 HM2

Well, some of ya'll knew I was looking at getting deployed.   I am.   I reported to a Marine FA-18
squadron today and will be somewhere over the horizon in a few weeks.   Which is a lot better
than a couple of days like was first thought.   It's not a bad deal being with the aviation side.
At least, I know I'll be sleeping in a bed every night after having 3 hot meals.
I'll pass on more when I know it.
Jon

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Message Number: 423
Posted January 25, 2003

Gerard J. Mack [ Jerry ]
5 Windward Walk
Brunswick, Maine 04011
Rmail: jerry&carrol@aol.com
Aboard: Aug 43 to Feb 44
Rate: nomm 2c

What's the latest news on Mike Karas ?

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Message Number: 422
Posted January 25, 2003

MIke Grooms
5019 Yankee Rd.
Middletown Ohio 45044
mikgrooms@fuse.net
Aboard: 1963-1965
Rate: Seaman
Comments: I am sending change of e-mail address. I will be sending my dues
I am already reg with USS Ashland

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Message Number: 421
Posted January 17, 2003

Dick L Schumacher
P. O. Box 8168
Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657-8168
Email: dschum@tstar.net
Aboard: 1943-1945
Rate: Lieut SC

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Message Number: 420
Posted January 17, 2003

USS Ashland LSD Association Membership Roster
Ashland's WWII Crew Roster (224 men)
Ashland 1960's Roster
USS Ashland LSD-48 Roster

Click on "Reply" below to request a copy of these rosters by e-mail.

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Message Number: 420
Posted January 17, 2003
Chris Rockwell
1932 Pageant Way
Holt, MI 488842
Email: chrisrockwell@voyager.net
Phone: 517-699-1931
Aboard: 1992-1995
Rate: EM3
I'm looking for some shipmates.   Scott Osterhoff EM2,  Todd Houk HT3,  Mark Groover HTFN.  Thank you for any help you can give.

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Message Number: 419
Posted January 16, 2003
Ed Bolen
Aboard: 53-56

Jimmie, it might be nice to post these links to similar new articles
about the departure of Ashland from Little Creek last Sunday:

Picture of LSD-46

Warships Depart Va.



USS Ashland (LSD 48) takes aboard LCACs in Hampton Roads


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Message Number: 418
Posted January 16, 2003
Jimmie Barnes
Aboard: 52-56

Carol and I will be on a five-day cruise next week,
Sunday - Friday, stopping at Key West, Florida and
Cozumel, Mexico. Will attempt to pretend it is
Ashland with boose and broads.

Saturday night will be our last posting until Saturday
next week. If you have any comments or news items
to be posted, send them in.

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Message Number: 417
Posted January 15, 2003

Jim Parker
23538 Via Castanet
Valencia, CA 91355
Email: jjxpjxp@aol.com
Phone: 661-255-5075
Aboard: 27 Dec 1950--for 6 or seven months
Rate: Ensign

I was the first to arrive for recommissioning in Dec 1950. We limped to Long Beach for repairs
so we could get to Philadelpia for yet more repairs. LSD-1 was originally intended for the British, and
there was no 115 volt power. I have more trivia and a photo of the Supply Division with names.
Would like member ship info and roster.
Best Regards, Jim Parker

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Message Number: 416
Posted January 15, 2003

Michael Bishop SN 1994 - 1997

E-mail sent to you has been bouncing. Please send correct e-mail address.

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Message Number: 415
Posted January 14, 2003

Paul Adams
Aboard: 45-46
Responding to Message: 406

Barbara:
The information I have is that your father came aboard the Ashland
LSD-1 on March 11, 1944 and was transferred off on November 7, 1945.
(This last date happens to be the date I went aboard in Shanghai,
China).   His service number was 853 24 66 which means he probably
enlisted in the Chicago area.   His rate was QM3C.   Ed Bolen already filled
you in on the fact there are two ships named Ashland and the website
address for histories.   What I need is a full name and a confirmation of
a mailing address and I will send out a package to you and put you on
our mailing list for future issues of our newsletter.
Paul Adams

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Message Number: 414
Posted January 14, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63
Responding to message: 400

Hey John, I'll be going again this year to Daytona.  It will be my 33 year.   The plan is to go down
the first of the week.   I will be staying up in Jax.   I then ride in every day. Hope we
can get together this year.   I ride with the VNV M/C.  A great bunch of guys. Drop me a line stluty@yahoo.com.   Also check out out web site www.vnvmcct.com.
Steve Luty
MM3 61-63 #1

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Message Number: 413
Posted January 14, 2003

Marco Burdi
241 Nautilus Drive
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Email: marcoburdi@hotmail.com
Phone: 609-978-8463
Aboard: 94-98
Rate: SN
I would like to see my shipmates from Unitas 36-95 cruise.

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Message Number: 412
Posted January 14, 2003

Steve Luty
Aboard: 61-63
To all aboard the Ashland 48, God speed on your journey.
Steve Luty MM3 61-63 #1

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Message Number: 411
Posted January 14, 2003

Dave Dawkins
Aboard: 91-93 SM3

The link I'm enclosing shows a pic about midway down the lefthand side of a LtJg Yunker and his wife saying goodbye just before the Ashland departed for the war preps. I've also included the pic and text from the story, in case the link doesn't work. Keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the '04 reunion in Fredericksburg!
Dave Dawkins

Text from picture - Lt. j.g. Michael Yunker, left, and his wife, Lee, say goodbye aboard USS Ashland. The Ashland began its deployment and repositioning in preparation for any possible attack on Iraq. (Photo: AP) Link to Story

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Message Number: 410
Posted January 13, 2003

Ed Bolen
Aboard: 53-56

Jimmie, here's the article in the Jan 13, 2003, "Lynchburg News &
Advance", about the departure of the 48. You may want to post this jpg
on the news web page.
Regards,
Ed Bolen

Click to see the news article and picture: USS Ashland Leaving Port

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Message Number: 409
Posted January 13, 2003
Joe Josephson
Aboard: 1953-1955
Responding to message: 401

Sent email to your new email address - no reply. Not the bridge gang but spent lot of time on
signal bridge. RMSN/RM3 Joe Josephson

See pic under your name, me on left, you on right of the long glass.
Joe

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Message Number: 408
Posted January 12, 2003

Carol saw USS Ashland (LSD-48) on the Tampa Bay
News. The ship and crew were leaving port, headed
for the Persion Gulf.
Jimmie

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Message Number: 407
Posted January 12, 2003

Sam Crochet
388 H. Moore Rd
Anacoco, LA 71403
Email: ssamcr@aol.com
Aboard: 1966-1968
Rate: GMG3
Please contact me and let me know what happened in your life.

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Message Number: 406
Posted January 12, 2003

Richard William Yerbury
CMR 416 Box 1173
APO AE 09140
Email: barbara@renner-yy.com
Phone: 011-49-9829-932649
Aboard: 1941-1945
Rate: unknown
My father served on the USS Ashland. I am his daughter. I am very interested in knowing about the
battles that my father fought in. He didn't like talking about WWII, so I don't know very much about it.
He was a navigator, served in the Pacific.

I am a civil service employee serving for the 11th Aviation Regiment in Illesheim, Germany. I saw on
the news that the USS Ashland has been sent to the Persian Gulf and wondered if this would be the
same ship my father served on or if it's a new one.

My father died on 23 Aug 94, but I would like to know more. I never felt he was honored enough.

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Message Number: 405
Posted January 12, 2003

WELCOME ABOARD
Stephen C. Mills
2807 Deck Mtn. Road
Algood, TN. 38506
(931) 537-9719
Aboard '94-'95
EM-3
E-Mail scmills@tntech.edu

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Message Number: 404
Posted Thursday, January 9, 2003
WELCOME ABOARD
John W. Neumann
207 Sparrow Road
Chesapeake, VA. 23325
Unlisted Phone Number
Aboard '53-'54
YNSN
E-Mail: Jhnnello1@aol.com

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Message Number: 403
Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2003

Gene Garren
Aboard: 56-57
E-Mail: genegarren@ohiohills.com
Responding to message: 400

John do you have a E-Mail address, I have a picture you might like to look at.

John's e-mail address is: daddyjohn_2002@yahoo.com

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Message Number: 402
Posted Tuesday January 7, 2003


The decklogs for January, February and March 1953, have surfaced.
Typing is being done on the January 1953 logs. You can view
them by clicking on "1950's History, Logs, Personnel" at the top
of this page. Then click on January 1953.

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Message Number: 401
Posted Monday January 6, 2003

Stephen Patrick Flynn
3327 Rolling Knoll Drive
Dallas, TX 75234
Email: spflynn48@aol.com
Phone: 972241-8289
Aboard: l951-l955
Rate: QM3
Note new e-mail. Please make change from flynnm161@aol.com.
I would like to hear from any old bridge gang members.

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