View the 2000 guestbook

I was serving on the USS SARATOGA [CVA-60] homeported at Mayport, Florida, when the Shang was decommed. We were instructed to come aboard and strip the bedding for the Sara. I'll always remember the Huge Florida License plate on the bow. It had WWII on it. Terry OUT!
Terry L. Harris GMG2/RET <>
Peru, IN USA - Friday, December 31, 1999 at 13:17:28 (EST)

My dad, William P. Ormiston (ser. # 6112053) served on the Shangri-La. I remember him telling me about the shake down cruise to Trinidad, the air attack on Okino Daito Shima, and attending the beer party on Mog Mog Island at Ulithi!
William M. Ormiston <>
Atascadero, CA USA - Friday, December 31, 1999 at 01:13:13 (EST)

G4 and CR Division 1944-1946
Fortin A
New Bedford, Ma USA - Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 20:19:12 (EST)

showing my son paul knox III the ship his grandpa was on paul knox sr. a plank owner from the shakedown cruise of father and son wish all happy new year
paul knox <>
foxboro, ma USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 17:55:09 (EST)

Enjoyed visiting the site. Any info on the Shang is good to know about, especially the early history of the ship. I served aboard from 66-69.
Doug Balthis <>
Claremont, CA USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 12:29:13 (EST)

Must have been August 1946 when I went aboard the Shangri-la after duty at Bikini. Quite a vessel after serving on LSTs!!!! We went into San Diego as I recall then on to a discharge!!!.
Rod van Ausdall <>
Keswick, VA USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 21:13:49 (EST)

OI Div. 1969-70.Anyone know where Sumerville,Radakavitch or Hytinnen are?
Jan Mierzejewski <>
USA - Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 23:08:22 (EST)

a pleasure to view.nice work on website.looking forward to hearing back on my email
paul knox <>
foxboro, ma USA - Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 13:52:16 (EST)

I served on board the Shangri La from 1966-1968 as a ECM & Radarman.
John Swol <>
Plymouth, MN USA - Friday, December 24, 1999 at 11:02:39 (EST)

I served aboard the Shangri-La from 44 to 46 My duty station was No. 1 Fireroom. Any one left out there t5hat was in No. 1 fireroon at the same time. I was a Machinest Mate and manned the pumps that feed water to the boilers and heated the oil. I can still picture every one's faces but am also bad on names. I went the whole time know only as Smokey, even at muster, because no one could pronounce my name. If any one is out there please get in touch.
John T. (Smokey) Smolcnop <>
Englewood, FL USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 16:21:33 (EST)

Lately I have been trying to find information about my father during his service years and have gotten tremendous response from the association. My father as far as I have found served during 46-47, and his name is Carl Lee Cox SM3 K Division on the USS ShangriLa. If there is anyone out there that may remember him, please contact me at the posted address. Thank you for this chance to get his name out there.
Carla Cox <>
Crossville, TN USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 19:45:58 (EST)

Thanks for your Shangri-La website! My father, Dean Merle Anderson (Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class) was aboard CV 38 from late '44 thru the end of the war. He was attached to a Marine Corps unit out of San Diego. Home town (mine too) was Brockway, PA. Petty Officer Anderson told me precious little about his days at sea (he worked 4 yrs in the Merchant Marines following the war), but he did take some good pictures. This is just an opening salvo; hope to be in touch again soon. Anderson, LR (US Navy Reserve '85-'93) Photo Lab USS America CV 66
Lowell R Anderson <>
Millersville, PA USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 09:41:23 (EST)

Additional comments:Names of crew I remember: Chief Segelke Ralph Wilcox, S C Kelley ,Richard Monday, Charlie Flack Ramon Rice ,William H Rogers,Maurizio, Donofrio, Gallo. Are any of you out there?
Edward E Culver <>
Montgomery, AL USA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 19:46:58 (EST)

I am a plank owner of the Shangri-La. I served from commissioning until March 1946. My rank at discharge was WT2c. I was a member of the "oil gang". We took on fuel from tankers and refueled Destroyers.
Edward E Culver <>
Montgomery, AL USA - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 19:35:49 (EST)

V1A division 1946.At the time I was an AMM2C.Transferred off in Oct. 46 while Shang was in Bremerton.I rememember Naccari,Kauffman,Stancell,Deshler,Leininger and few other. At 73.5 memory suffers a bit.Web page is excellent!
Serge Maliar <>
Philipsburg, PA USA - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 18:36:03 (EST)

I was a crew member on the Shangri-LA in 1964-65. S-2 Division I have a cruse book from 1965 to the med it has some pictures from the 40;s i will try to get one copied ang mail it to you. my Street address is 186 Sixth Ave Phone (401) 769-3861 day or night hope to hear from you.
Roger Jodoin CS-2
Woonsocket, RI USAProvidence - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 23:22:01 (EST)

Hi: I visited my brother, Ed Coulson, AMM, aboard the Shangri-La when it was docked at North Island, Diego, CA, About '44 or '45. Can't anyone remember when I walked thru that hatchway on my tour of your ship. My brother had a couple of friends I met, Jerry Adams and Fred Jester. I wonder if they are still Ok. Ed hasn't heard from them. I met a Chief during that visit but don't remember his name and he probably doesn't remember mine either. I hate to say it but I'm not sure but I think the Chief and I went out on a date. Hey, it's been a lot of yrs. Smooth Sailing to all. Irene PS Kelly already wrote to me and also read my story of my visit aboard ship which is on the Waves National Site #1 and is linked to the Reunion Association site as "Good Wave Site" That's our local unit and then it links to #1. Can't remember the URL but then at my age, I'm lucky to remember how to connect on the web. LOL
Irene Coulson <>
MA USA - Tuesday, December 07, 1999 at 00:21:31 (EST)
Editor's note: You can view the Waves site at Also, you can see Mrs. Coulson's writeup by visting, and then clicking on "MY VISIT ABOARD THE SHANGRI-LA".

Great website. Thanks for your efforts. I served aboard from August 68 to March 70 in OI Division and am now the SHANGRI-LA Association Historian.
Bob Ketenheim <>
Shrewsbury, PA USA - Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 11:03:07 (EST)

I enjoyed the log. I was an 18 year old Marine when I joined the ship, and I am also plank owner. I will try and send some additional info for your web. I am still working so it will take me a few months to pull things together.
Thomas F. Horton <>
Ojai , CA 93023, USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 12:13:40 (EST)

I'm glad to see a page devoted to the early years of the "Shang." I was aboard from March, 1946 to October, 1947. (Up to the point of decomissioning at Hunters Point San Fransisco.) I was in the "F" division as a FC3. Would like to hear from anyone else who served about the same time as I did.
John Zollo <>
West Babylon, NY USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 00:14:40 (EST)

Original crew member in Marine Detachment (1944 & 1945).
Bob Myers <>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 21:41:20 (EST)

Some of my greatest memories are of the Shangri La; I was aboard the ship 1946-47 and was part of the group who decommissioned her at Hunters Point, SF. I was an aviation bosun. It was nice to read about the Shangri La. Good job, Mr Crawford. Sincerely, Paul Myers
Paul R. Myers <>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 20:00:58 (EST)

Your web site is very well done. Was just given the information from a former shipmate Jerry Yates. Jerry & I served on the Shang together. I we both went aboard in May 1946 and I was aboard till decommissioning Nov 1947 at Hunters Point in San Francisco.Keep up the good work
Harold Duncan <>
Upland, ca USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 19:27:08 (EST)

My Uncle, Raymond Charest, BT-1 (Later BT-C) was Ships Company, from 1958 to 1960(January). My Dad, was Ship's Company in 1968, his last tour before retiring, as EMC. His name was Issac E. Shipman.
Wayne Shipman <>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 15:51:22 (EST)

Kelly, You have a very good page here, I hope you receive lots of photos and stories to share with the rest of us. I am going to put a link to you page from my Shang page: Good luck ......OUT HERE . . . TOM
PACIFICA, CA USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 14:36:38 (EST)

I came aboard August 1944 and left the Shang in November 1947. My rate was Machinist Mate 2/c and a thtottlemen in number 2 engine room on number 3 & 4 engines. Your Dad was a way up and I was a way down.
Thomas J. St. John Jr. <>
Naples 34114, Fla. USA - Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 18:35:40 (EST)

Great to find another Shangri-La site. I am attempting to contact former shipmates from 1955-57 period - Ship's company Airdale division.
Donald R. Garrison <>
Paducah, KY USA - Friday, November 26, 1999 at 13:04:22 (EST)

very cool!!!!
Travis Crawford <>
Denton, TX USA - Thursday, November 18, 1999 at 23:08:01 (EST)

View the 2000 guestbook