A member of VA-63 and did a cruise on the ship in 1957
Frederick E. England <>
Dayton, OH USA - Tuesday, December 31, 2002 at 19:09:23 (EST)
I boarded the Shangri-La for the first time in 1966 straight out of Great Lakes Radar 'A" School. I asked for a destroyer out of California and naturally I was assigned to a carrier out of Florida, the true Navy way. What A huge ship she was, intimidating at first until you got to know her. I spent my time aboard the Shang in the OI division but was primarily in the ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) side. So many memories of our Med cruises between 66-68 and our jaunt to Guantanamo Bay. The poker games, the short-timers verus the lifer strife, our job in Mayport was running the switchboard too, and last but certainly not least all the 12 on and 12 off, hard work. But all you remember is the fun when you now look back on it. What good friends and what great experiences we had. The folks that don't experience it will never know.
John Swol <>
Plymouth, MN USA - Monday, December 30, 2002 at 09:02:25 (EST)
I first reported aboard the Shangri-la on Jan 1, 1966 in Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in dry dock, a new Ensign right out of OCS. I was assigned as an assistant Division Officer to the First Division In about six months I became First Division Officer for the remainder of my time on board which was through the Spring of '68. I was on two Med Cruises, became a qualified OOD. My divison participated in at sea refueling and repenishment and anchoring the mighty Shang. These two and a half years on this wonderful ship changed my life and taught me how to survive in this big world. I met my future wife in Jacksonville, Fl because of the ship's homeport of Mayport. The Shangri-la is a warm and big part of my life. Best of all to my shipmates.
Henry Beck <>
Covington, LA USA - Saturday, December 28, 2002 at 19:44:55 (EST)
My father, Mel Kleinschmidt, served on the USS Shangri-la during WWII. He passed away in October of this year.
Ronn Kleinschmidt <>
Green Bay, WI USA - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 20:48:25 (EST)
I served on the Shangri-la 1959 -1962 seems like we were in v3 div. I was an AO3 and helped move the ammo to the planes. once I helped to make some napalm bombs,I hope I will always have my memories of her
Joe W. Carmon <>
Earle, Ak USA - Thursday, December 26, 2002 at 19:50:01 (EST)
My Grandfather, Joseph Lala, served onboard during WWII. After he passed away in '00, we found his copy of the '44-'45 log and it is a great find indeed. Love the site and thanks for keeping it running.
Kent Harrington <>
Kailua, HI USA - Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at 14:58:57 (EST)
Served onboard during 1970 with VAH-10. Enlisted Aircrewman in the KA-3B.
Raymond. F. Murphy <>
Maple Ridge, BC Canada - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 18:49:23 (EST)
I served on the "Shang" in 1967 & 1968.
Ken Condry <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, December 23, 2002 at 14:01:12 (EST)
My father served on the shang in the late 60's. We are looking for anyone who served in W div or for anyone who remembers the ship going into the harbor at Danang. please feel free to contact me. Patti
Patti Holcomb <>
MO USA - Sunday, December 22, 2002 at 14:36:07 (EST)
I started a cruise on the "Shang" in 1956, injured my hand and was transfered off. Returned to Ship in Bremerton in 57.Started 57 cruise but dischared before it was complete. I served in V5M div. would like to hear from others who were there at that time.
Thomas R. (Tom) Miller <>
Weatherford, Tx USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 18:34:55 (EST)
USA - Saturday, December 21, 2002 at 09:58:36 (EST)
boarded the USS SHANGRI-LA Yokuska, Japan 6/58, was in deck crew for 1 year; transfered into radar division-"scope dope". Transfered off 6/60 as ship was about to go around "horn". Loved the time I spent aboard the SHANGRI-LA, have lots of personal pictures. Remember that the Blue Angels were on ship at this time.
Ival B. "sonny" Hunnel <>
Rancho Cuca., ca USA - Tuesday, December 10, 2002 at 23:34:42 (EST)
Nice site. I enjoyed it very much!
David Jay <>
USA - Saturday, December 07, 2002 at 22:50:00 (EST)
My name is William Gebo. I served on the Shang from September 1944 until March of 1946. I was a Seaman 1/C. I served in the arresting gear crew and flight deck crew. I'm currently living in Methuen, MA. Does anybody know where John J. O'Leary of Glensfall NY is? Thanks.
Stacie Kisiel <>
salem, nh USA - Wednesday, December 04, 2002 at 15:48:06 (EST)
The Shang was my first boat in 1967. Only got to make one Med cruise on and I was in S-6 division. Transfered to Keflavik, Iceland following the 1968 cruise. Funny, the most memorable thing about the Shang though was buying Marlboro cigaretts for .50 a carton. Best boat I ever rode.
Dallas G. Miley AT1 Ret. USDR Missouri State Director <USDR4U@AOL.COM>
Kansas City, Mo USA - Monday, December 02, 2002 at 22:27:41 (EST)
During wwII I worked in the Issue Room of the Laundry, my friends called me doc, I would like to hear from anyone who worked with me or remembers me. I love this site!
Herley Dockery <>
morgantown, ky USA - Friday, November 29, 2002 at 11:44:04 (EST)
AO3-G Division 1968-1971
James Margrave <>
Robesonia, PA USA - Friday, November 29, 2002 at 11:39:25 (EST)
hi i served on board of the uss cascade ad16 in naples
albert capecchi <>
buffalo, ny USA - Friday, November 29, 2002 at 09:18:45 (EST)
enjoyed and surprised of your web site, would appreciate any contact from the men I served with during ww2.
Petty Officer 2nd class Herley N. Dockery <>
Morgantown, Ky USA - Wednesday, November 27, 2002 at 14:59:00 (EST)
I was in OI Div. from '67 - '69, was too short to make the Westpac cruise, so x-ferred to the Sara, and then was too short to go back to the Med , so finished up on the Forrestal, discharged in Sept '70...
Fred Silberman <>
Dripping Springs, TX USA - Friday, November 22, 2002 at 15:27:28 (EST)
Served aboard the Shangri-La from Sept. 1944 till Oct. 1946. Was in the V3R division, the radarmen gang. Anyone out there in my group please drop a line. Please ignore my previous e mail address.
Edward J. Dooley <>
Austin, MN USA - Monday, November 18, 2002 at 10:25:53 (EST)
served on the Shangri-la 1965-1967 made several Gitmo cruises and a Med cruise.I was an Air traffic controlman AC3,retired in 1979.Great site,proud to join the the ranks of so many other Shang sailors.
Ricard Steinhauer <>
wellborn, fl USA - Thursday, November 14, 2002 at 15:03:49 (EST)
My father-in-law served on this ship in ww2 .He is alive and well Ivan LeRoy Hibbs. You could reach him at this address. He was a gunners mate I Think
dick robinson <>
turpin, ok USA - Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at 16:28:18 (EST)
Hi. I was looking for patches of the "Shang" for my dads cruise jacket and ran across this website. This is a great site, by the way. So i thought that i would see if i could possibly find anybody that may have served in any of the Squadrons for '68- '71, which was the period that my dad was aboard. please email if you were, thanks
John E Delack AD2 USN <>
Huntingtown, MD USA - Saturday, November 09, 2002 at 17:16:47 (EST)
My father served on the Shangra-la from 1944-1946. Anyone who remembers Albert L. Hester please e-mail me. My father would like to hear from some of his shipmates. Thanks, Al Hester
Al Hester <>
Dawsonville, Ga USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 20:36:41 (EST)
My father served on the Shangra-la from 1944-1946. Anyone who remembers Albert L. Hester please e-mail me. My father would like to hear from some of his shipmates. Thanks, Al Hester
Al Hester <>
Dawsonville, Ga USA - Tuesday, November 05, 2002 at 20:35:36 (EST)
I served on The Shangri-La as a Radarman V3R division from '44 to early '46
Jack Jones <>
Laurinburg, NC USA - Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 22:29:12 (EST)
My husband Joseph M Parsons(Joe)was a photographers mate 66-68 shipped from Mayport to the Med twice. Believe it our not we just bought a HOUSEBOAT because its name is Shangrila. Well, that and we wanted one. I am looking for pictures suitable for framing or hats and shirts from the ship as Christmas gifts. I know the need for pictures is silly, he was a photographer honest. Someone keep in touch....
DUBLIN, CA USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 18:56:38 (EST)
Seved aboard Shang in 1965 with squadron VA-81. Anyone else aboard then? Any idea if there are models available anywhere that can be purchased-models to put together?
Hans David Carter <>
Trenton, OH USA - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 18:06:33 (EST)
My dad, Edward Lampert (Ed or Eddie) on original Shang. crew. He passed in 1976. I carried his plan holders card in my wallet for years before it wore out. He was from Cincinnati.
Ed Lampert, Jr. < >
Lebanon, TN USA - Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 20:16:16 (EST)
I would like to more imformation on 2003, reunion. Served aboard the shang, 1954-1958.
Robert V. Vincent <>
Montezuma, In USA - Friday, October 25, 2002 at 15:59:12 (EDT)
I would like to say that I am the proud daughter of the late James H. Daggett, V1H Division- He served from 1944-1946, Seaman, Second Class (S2C). This is a truly great website. Thanks to all. Any photos during the above years on the Shang would be very appreciated.
Rita Lombardo <>
Blackstone, MA USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 20:34:58 (EDT)
I served in the navy aboard the Shang. The years of June 1966-1968. I would like to know how to contact old ship mates.
Kenneth Joseph Derouen/MR3 <>
westlake, la. USA - Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 19:12:16 (EDT)
Enjot site very much, reunion also in 2002.Sister to deceased (1960) Theodore G. Smith.
Barbara Smith Powell <>
USA - Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 15:39:36 (EDT)
Repeat visit !!!! I tried to email you a picture of the Shangri-La taken 8/17/45 while she was on station off the coat of Japan. But your posed email address was invalid. Please respond so I can get this picture to you.
David Thieme <>
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 22:49:52 (EDT)
Grandson of EM2 James T. Watkins Plank-Owner U.S.S. Shangri-La (CV-38)
David C Thieme <>
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 22:25:54 (EDT)
My grandfather, Wayne Bonnell served on the Shangri la
Cara Bonnell <>
USA - Thursday, October 03, 2002 at 01:04:45 (EDT)
was aboard 1967 to 1969 bt3 ,found website didn,t know what happened to ship or when it was decom. boiler rm 2 was my home located one shipmate who lives in up of michigan haven,t been intouch with others brendan muir 314 s main st mt vernon oh 43050 1-800-249-1138
BRENDAN t muir <>
mt vernon, oh USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 16:58:57 (EDT)
I served on the USS Shangri La 1955to 1956 would like anything on it dureing that time. I still have my cruise book from that tour. Thank you.
Jerry L.Lockler <>
Denison, tx USA - Saturday, September 28, 2002 at 15:14:06 (EDT)
Served on the USS Shangri-la from 1962 till 1964 as a Nuclear Weapons Technician. Would like to here from shipmates from those times.
Stephen J. Dixon <>
Chaska, , MN USA - Thursday, September 26, 2002 at 01:33:14 (EDT)
Served aboard 1959 through 1963 as Machinist Mate 3rd Class. Supervisor was MM2 Shirley. Ship stationed at Jacksonville, Florida. Made 1960 Med Cruise. Great ship and crew. Retired U.S.N.R. 1985 as AMS1. If I had it all to do again: "I would my friend, Fernando".
R.L. Ellis <>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 20:57:34 (EDT)
Signed in guest book 2001. Have a new e mail address since then. New address now: Was aboard from Sept. 1944 to Oct. 1946 V3R division Radar gang drop a line if you were there
Edward J. Dooley <>
Austin, MN USA - Sunday, September 22, 2002 at 16:58:27 (EDT)
I served on the Shangri-La in OC Div. from Nov. 1961 until Nov. 1962. I would like to hear from anyone from that period or anyone else that is interested in the Shangri-La.
John Cain <>
Louisville, KY USA - Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 18:30:55 (EDT)
Enjoyed looking at the pictures and history.
Donna Crane <>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Monday, September 16, 2002 at 21:39:03 (EDT)
I served aboard the Shangri-la, 1955-58 in the after engine room.
Donald Kidwell <>
Franklin, Oh USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 18:16:13 (EDT)
My dad James H. Waller was a gunners mate on the Shangra La 44-45, his plank holder certificate was one of his proudest possessions.He passed away a couple of years ago. Wished I'd found this site sooner, he would have really enjoyed it
Terry Waller <>
Washougal, Wa USA - Sunday, September 15, 2002 at 16:26:56 (EDT)
Looking for anyone that served with My Father .. Winford JL (Wink) Burcham on the shangri-la... he was a signalman and very proud to have served with the other great men of the USS Shangril la ... Thank you Terry N. Burcham
Terry N. Burcham <>
Broken Arrow, Ok USA - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 22:17:56 (EDT)
was on shang from 11/57 to 2/61 in v-2 division aresting gear
c.l. williams ab2 <>
augusta, ga USA - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 21:50:26 (EDT)
This is a great sight.I Served on the Shang from 1962 to 1965.I was in the GM Division (Guided Missles)I am a retired Fire Fighter. I would like to hear from anyone who was abord at that time.
Mike Varga <>
Cliffwood Beach, N.J. USA - Wednesday, August 28, 2002 at 21:26:43 (EDT)
I just found an old picture of me aboard The Shangri la taken in 1957. I was a member of VR-23 COD out of Atsugi, Japan. We were youpr mailmen. I'm going to a reunion of the COD in Norfolk 9/8/02b and was wondering if you had any pins or patches you could mail me to borrow or buy. my address is PO Box 103, city above. Thanks for anything you can come up with on such short notice. Your Shipmate, John
John J. Davis <>
Kulpsville, PA USA - Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 17:32:17 (EDT)
My father was a Gunners Mate 3/C who had the #2, 5" 38 Turrent. He came on board in Jan/Feb 1945 and served until Oct '45. Started in G.O. Division and moved to G-1 Division. Grew up with a picture of the Shang on our wall.
Jim Trigg, Jr. <>
Sulphur, LA USA - Wednesday, August 21, 2002 at 01:00:05 (EDT)
Very good webpage you have here, and best greetings to all your visitors. You Are also --> WELCOME <-- To Visit My Webpage as well Have BIG fun...
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Akranes, ICELAND - Friday, August 16, 2002 at 20:53:01 (EDT)
Served in 7th. division (USMC Detachment) from 1958 to 1960. I looking for a "few good men" who served with me.
Thomas Orange Gray <>
Terrytown, LA USA - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 10:11:00 (EDT)
My father, Bernard T. Pickard, is a plank owner of the Shangri-La. He was an AMM 3rd class. I have been trying to send you an e-mail with details and several photos & newsletter from his collection but keep getting error msg. non del./host unknow. Are you having down time? We would really like to share some of his treasures.
Kathy Martin <>
Yorba Linda, CA USA - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 03:06:35 (EDT)
gased the aircraft on the kitty in token bay from 1965/1967 would love to hear from some of my ship mates g.a.f.
daniel robinson <>
doylestown, oh USA - Wednesday, August 14, 2002 at 18:18:00 (EDT)
Proud to have served E div 66-68
Freddie Bright <>
Duncan, SC USA - Monday, August 12, 2002 at 22:58:58 (EDT)
I was a RM with COMCARDIV-7 onboard Shangri-La in 1958. After the 1958 cruise, COMCARDIV-7 transferred to the Lexington in mid-ocean and stayed for another 3 months in Westpac. Any other RM's out there remember?
woodland, CA USA - Tuesday, August 06, 2002 at 15:26:52 (EDT)
i am wes rosser.i was on the shang .1967-1970. trying to find people in v-4 div.
wes rosser <WERSAR@aOL.COM>
RICHMOND, va USA - Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 20:29:20 (EDT)
Was a Quartermaster on board the Shang, 69-71. Circumnavigated the globe on her. Great memories and thanks for bringing some more back....
Michael Rozos <>
Manassas, VA USA - Saturday, July 27, 2002 at 11:16:29 (EDT)
My father-in-law served on the ShangriLa. It was great to see his picture and see him named as part of the aviation repair crew. He wouldn't talk about his time in the service, we only knew that he had served during WWII. Thank You.
John and Debra Drzich <>
Fort Worth, TX USA - Thursday, July 25, 2002 at 22:02:40 (EDT)
i served on the Shangri-La from 60-62,first in#4boiler, then in the ships band,and lookout on the bridge, what a GREAT TIME!!would love to hear form band members, think one owes me $5.00
Larry Palmisano <>
Buffalo, ny USA - Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at 22:46:56 (EDT)
On the Shangri-La From Commissioning u-in Norfolk until November 1946.
Thurman L. Bowen, MM2/C <>
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 06:17:31 (EDT)
Served with VA-106 from May 60 to Oct. 63. Made 3 Med cruises, 1 North Atlantic cruise, and went to Cuba every time Castro rattled his chain. Great ship and great times with wonderful shipmates.
Jay Rower
Spotsylvania, VA USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 16:50:54 (EDT)
My father was on the Shang in 1957-58. He was CWO2 Everett Russell. I beleive he was a flight Deck Bosun. I am looking for a copy of the cruise book. Or if anyone knew my father I would appreciate a note. He passed away in 1994.
AWC Andrew Russell Ret. <>
spring, TX USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 13:07:44 (EDT)
I am a grandson to Joe Reinert who was a machinist mate in the 40's.
Michael Mitchell <>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, July 14, 2002 at 23:26:20 (EDT)
I was on the shang from 61 until 65. If there is anyone out there with any cruise books I would love see one. All of mine were lost.Also any one out there that went to boot camp in Aug 61 Co365 We were the only co that lost our flag We were so bad that our company comander(a very short CPO)took our flag away from us and made us march arround without a flag on our staff. We never won anything
Arthur V Von Tetzlaff(bones) <>
KEARNY, nj USA - Saturday, July 13, 2002 at 10:29:38 (EDT)
served 1969 - 1971 on shang (M. div.)
Douglas M. Schroeder <>
bay city , mi USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 15:31:07 (EDT)
Served aboard the Shang in squadron VSF1 the Winter Med cruise 1966-1967. My first time aboard ship and I'll never forget her or the times we had aboard her.
Dan Elliott
USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 14:19:02 (EDT)
My father was Calvin Clymer (SAM) if any one remembers my old man Please write me, tell me something aboult him. thank you,my name is Bob Clymer,and my Dad told me that he named me after some of his navy buds,and i don't know if i could beleive that he was full of you no what...
Robert Clymer <>
Sayre , pa USA - Friday, July 12, 2002 at 00:29:52 (EDT)
PARRISH, AL USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 16:15:42 (EDT)
Made the "Magellan" around the world final cruise in 1970. In OC Div., in the tower. I harbour fond memories of that experience. Where are some of the tower group, Buffalo, Dave Green, Adrian Hanft?? Bill Dunning, are you out there somewhere??
Stan Kutt <>
Tampa, FL USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 10:24:39 (EDT)
I was on the Shangri-La from 6/10/62 to 12/28/64 in the V4 Div. (GAS GANG) Looking for anyone that served with me.
Gap, PA USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 09:32:13 (EDT)
my grandpa was on tha ship uss shangri-la his name was raymond miller he dead now he died 2 years ago im only 15 and me and my grandma and sis and momma has beem look fer a pic fer ever and if u have ene recent pics like tha 70's id appreciate it so much if u would send me a pic of thanx
jonathan robinson <>
parrish, al USA - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 09:09:34 (EDT)
Greetings to you and your guests. Love what you’ve done with your site. As an educator I can say you have great communication skills.
San Diego, Ca US - Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at 04:55:46 (EDT)
U.S. Navy 1965-1969 Never did carrier duty. my salute to those of you that did... ~h~
~hutch~ <>
Tonasket, WA USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 22:20:02 (EDT)
My brother James Rosevear served on the ship in 1945
Barbara Sullivan <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 20:23:07 (EDT)
I was on board from Nov. 62 until June 65 in GM Division Made 3 Med Cruises I would love to hear from anyone in GM Division
Arthur V Von Tetzlaff <>
Moonachie, nj USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 12:43:46 (EDT)
Uncle served on the carrier in 1945. Will sent details via your email
Ron Sullivan <>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 09:15:29 (EDT)
I was a board the Shang from 23 Dec 1958 till April of 1962,in V-4 division Avation JET FUELS PUMP & FILTER ROOMS, IF YOU WOULD ASK ME WHAT MY TOUR OF DUITY WAS LIKE, WATCH McHALES NAVY.
John C. Adams <>
Springfield, Mo. USA - Saturday, July 06, 2002 at 12:51:19 (EDT)
I served aboard the Shang in 61/62 as RDSN in OI Division before being sent to Gitmo/TACC for rest of tour (out in 1964. Anyone from the OI gang out there-drop me a note.
Gary Chase <>
Chantilly, VA USA - Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 16:42:31 (EDT)
looking for help in asbestos litigation. Shipmate:Stanley Gibson AS-S2/c - F2/c (cv38)engine room. 8/2/45 to 8/20/46 looking for the manufacturers of the Generators and Boilers that were onboard at this time.1-800-479-9533 Thank You!
Brian Hausman <>
East Alton, IL USA - Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 12:12:29 (EDT)
I was on the Shangrila in 1947 on the trip to Australia.I served with air group 5 in VF5A and my rate was S1(AEM)I read the 1947 deck logs and remember the night that seamen Walker fell over the side like it was yesterday.
Bill Williams <billwilliams>
Marshall Marshall , MO USA - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 07:43:29 (EDT)
I was on board when Capt, Wilson ordered emergency break-away during a refuling and then ordered flank speed...after that Russan trawler had gotten the way one too many times...Sure had fun dumping our garbage all over their decks...
D. G. Whitlock
Waldorf, MD USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 14:16:03 (EDT)
My dad, Emmett, was a plankholder on the Shangri-La. He worked as a radio operator during WWII. Luckily, he is still alive and well in Arkansas. I am really glad to see this website, since, unfortunately, you do not see a whole lot about the Shangri-La in the history books.
Steve Skipworth <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 04:22:20 (EDT)
Early 60's fireroom #2 How did you like the picture that Spike painted in the stairwell? Chief still around?
Dan Laperriere <>
Washington, MI USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 02:40:57 (EDT)
Early 60's fireroom #2 How did you like the picture that Spike painted in the stairwell? Cheif still around?
Dan Laperriere <>
Wsahington, MI USA - Monday, June 24, 2002 at 02:16:07 (EDT)
Served onboard from December 66 - August 68 as a SK2 in S1 Division. Would love to hear from former shipmates. Both me and my brother, Floyd Daniel S-7 Division served together. Remember the storm of 68 in the central Med and our unscheduled stop in Toulon, France.
Jim Daniel <>
Lusby, MD USA - Wednesday, June 19, 2002 at 22:22:55 (EDT)
Served on CVA-38 in 1959 as PH-3
Jerry V. Isham <>
Ft. Worth, Tx USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 13:46:22 (EDT)
Served on CVA-38 in 1959 as PH-3
Jerry V. Isham <>
Ft. Worth, Tx USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 13:46:21 (EDT)
Served on board 1958-1962 as RD3 in the OI Division Retired from US NAVAL RESERVES 2001 as SKC 24 years
Jim Holt <>
Southaven, MS USA - Thursday, June 13, 2002 at 17:28:43 (EDT)
I'm looking for Mr. James Paul Peirce who was a PFC at the marine base in San Deigo back in 1960. He was also a gate guard. If you have any information will you please email me? Thanks!
Kimberly Christopher <>
Harriman, TN USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 20:15:27 (EDT)
Served on the Shang 66-68 S-2 Division (2 Med Cruises).
Ray Beck <>
Bay Shore, NY USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 18:31:36 (EDT)
I just stopped in to say hi! My dad served with pride aboard this ship. My father did not talk much about the war and I did not ask questions. For this I am sorry and I apologize to him for what probably was mistaken as a lack of interest! He passed away in 1967, before I matured mentally enough to express my thanks and say how proud of his service I was and still am ! I can still to this day, not imagine the feeling of being a target in the middle of a big ocean, far from the safety of dry land! Where would we be without the proud men and women of the United States Navy? God Bless you all, and thanks for all you did to help this country become the great nation and the Home of the Free and Land of the Brave ! My sister and I are forever greatful, and now that we have this site to remember even more, and to feel just a little closer to him! Back in those days my father was known as Robert C. Smith WT 2/c . And hello to Mr Robert{?} Means who served with him! Thanks for the site people, it is important to us! Bobby and Linda Smith
Charles R. Smith Jr. <>
Beaver Falls, Pa USA - Monday, June 10, 2002 at 18:36:19 (EDT)
When 7 years old my father took us to Long Beach Harbor, where we boarded this most beautiful ship. This had to be around 1946. I remember the beautifu blue-gray Hellcat on the hanger below and on the deck. And of course, was I surprised when I found out I was standing on an elevator. I have been a Navy buff since that day on the Shangra-la
Gerald W. Gause <>
Vallejo, ca USA - Friday, June 07, 2002 at 16:38:20 (EDT)
hello I am interested in finding shipmates--anyone remember me??? thanks
Harry Shaffer <>
lakeland, fl USA - Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 11:32:35 (EDT)
My name is Edmund Marco and it's a pleasure to sign your guest book. I work for an advertising agency in London. Our agency represents direct marketing companies that are involved in the marketing of products as seen on TV in England. Most of the infomercial products come from the U.S. but then again we export our talents as well. My brother has appeared in infomercials in the U.S. advertising various products. I think it's hilarious that English people respond so well to American products while Americans tend to respond well to sales people who have an English accent!
London, Kent England - Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 05:55:21 (EDT)
Served 65-69-V4 Division
Joseph Yeni <>
Vero Beach, Fl USA - Wednesday, May 29, 2002 at 10:22:53 (EDT)
I just wonted to say thank you for this web sight it means a lot to me . My uncle served on board her .Please if possible add a crew list for WW.II Thank you CHIP DAUGHERTY NEPHEW OF CLARANCE TALBOT
chip daugherty <>
Boaz, AL USA - Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 16:51:28 (EDT)
I Served On The Shang From 1958-1959 In V-2 Div. ( Arresting Gear.) Would Like To Hear From "The Tail Hook Gang" Ernie Silverio
Ernie P. Silverio <>
Ankeny, Ia. USA - Tuesday, May 21, 2002 at 13:02:06 (EDT)
On 8 jan. 1962 the USS Goodrich DDR-831 was plane guarding for the Shangri-la. A plane went into the water that night and the rescud swimmer went into the warer (Harry Foley). Harry couldn't get a line around the pilot so as off-duty swimmer I went into the water and got a line on the pilot. I learned later that he was dead. At the time I was putting a ling around the guy I hadn't noticed he was Dead! Anyway after all the years I was wondering who the pilot was, wher he was from etc. Any information appreciated. Thanks, Jerry Hollingshead.
Jerry Hollingshead <>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, May 08, 2002 at 17:13:39 (EDT)
My brother was on the USS ShangrLa in the fifties and was in for 4 years. I am printing a lot of the history for him. I would like to find out all I can about the carrier and it's history through the years. He has told me so much about it and he wrote to me when he was aboard ship. It is really facinating to see all the pictures and etc. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Shirley Sweat <>
Shepherd, Tx. USA - Sunday, May 05, 2002 at 19:41:28 (EDT)
I served on the Shangri from April to July, 1946, as an ETM/2c. I was in charge of maintaining the S-Band Radar that tracked drones through the atomic cloud at Bikini.
Perry B. Wilson <>
Redwood City, CA USA - Thursday, April 25, 2002 at 01:17:36 (EDT)
I joined the ship on the day it left San Francisco for the around the horn trip and was transfered off the day we arrived at Mayport, Fla. I was an AK2 in S-6 Division
John R Krejci <jkrejci@wi,rr,com>
Pewaukee, Wi USA - Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 21:56:39 (EDT)
Found 3 fellow oi shipmates by reviewing your guestbook. Looking at everyones comments sure caused me to remember the ole memories. Everyone in our OI division had nick names, like horse, rabbit, worm. I was just RM maybe because there was a JL,(2 johnson's). Sept 66-June69
Rick Johnson <>
Utica, Mi USA - Friday, April 12, 2002 at 23:34:27 (EDT)
I served on the Shang from 59to62 Most of the time in N div.
Dale Crouse <>
Blanchard, OK USA - Friday, April 12, 2002 at 23:08:15 (EDT)
My Father , Robert C. Erler Sr. was a Marine who served on the Shangri-la from 1944-1946. I have lots of photos of personnel and from the commissioning including Mrs Doolittle cutting the cake.
Robert C. Erler Jr. <>
Colorado Springs, Co USA - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 11:23:26 (EDT)
My Dad, Thomas J. Grillo, was an original plank owner aboard the Shangri-La during WWII. He was an Aviation Machinist Mate. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him.
John A, Grillo <>
Mountainside, NJ USA - Sunday, April 07, 2002 at 21:02:45 (EDT)
I served on the showboat 1956-1957 in the pacific and far east. a tear came to my eye to hear that she was scrapped..I have cruise book of 56- 57 cruises....
james a millsap <>
USA - Thursday, April 04, 2002 at 08:42:20 (EST)
Served aboard "The Shang" in V-4 Div.(Aviation Fuels) from Oct.62 thru Dec 62. Great Times.
Lucien G.Piccioli (Pic) <>
Hilton Head Isl., SC USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 23:31:10 (EST)
Served in V-4 Div. From 10/27/60 to 12/10/62 Great times.
Lucien G. Piccioli (Jerry) (Pic) <JENAHHI@AOL.COM>
HILTON HEAD ISL., SC USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 23:09:35 (EST)
I was in VA-106 THE GLADIATORS From 1964-1967 I was an AO3. I made the balance of the 1964 cruise and all of the 1965 cruise on Shangri-La CVA-38. We flew the A-4C Skyhawk.
Roger Del Turco <>
Ewing, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 06:38:00 (EST)
I was in VA-106 THE GLADIATORS From 1964-1967 I was a an AO3. I made the balance of the 1964 cruise and all of the 1965 cruise on Shangri-La CVA-38. We flew the A-4C Skyhawk.
Roger Del Turco <>
Ewing, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 06:37:26 (EST)
I served abord the Shang from 1956to1958 in the 6th div. would like to hear from some of my old shipmates.She was A grand old div. officer was Ens Nagle.He helped me out of A lots of jams.
Charles Owen <>
sedro woolley, Wa. USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 18:25:45 (EST)
My dad and my Uncle both served on the Shangri-la before I was born I have to double check the years. they called my dad Sandy (Lester Overman) and my Uncle Rust (james Overman) My dad died when i was a year old and i v\never got a chance to know him if anyone out there rembers him i would like to know how you knew him, And what he was like then. MY Uncle told me he was a frog man and a firefighter, we would like to know all we can if someone rembers him email me at It would really mean a lot to me and my family.
Sandy <Sandy_allen1959>
St.Johns, az USA - Wednesday, March 27, 2002 at 16:11:34 (EST)
Conducting litigation support. I need to locate, and interview via e-mail or phone, BT's who worked on the Shangri La. Specifically, anyone who can address amount of work BT's would accomplish working on pumps in the firerooms. Thanks.
Ken Lord <>
Williamsport, TN USA - Sunday, March 24, 2002 at 12:33:51 (EST)
Was SK3 in S-1 Div. from 11/66-9/68. Great time and a lot of good memories. Made 2 MED Cruises. Would like to hear from anybody on board during that period. Nice site!!!!
Tom Ehlert <>
Maple Hts, Oh USA - Saturday, March 23, 2002 at 16:07:51 (EST)
My Grandfather, Roscoe L. Newman, was the Captain of the Shangra La in '55. The first skipper after she was fitted with an anlged flight deck. He passed away on 1/29/02. He was 95. This command was his proudest moment in his Naval career.
Matthew Geenen <>
Redwood City, CA USA - Wednesday, March 20, 2002 at 14:22:42 (EST)
I went aboard the Shang in January 1955 and helped recommision her. In about April 1955 she went to her home port of San Diego and started having shack down cruises. She had so many problems that she had to go back to Bremmerton to have fixed, that she bacame know as the San Diego-Bremmerton ferry. I served on her until Sept. 1956 in the Fox division. I would like to hear from anyone that served on her during that time.
Weldon S. McDowell <>
Amarillo, Tx USA - Monday, March 18, 2002 at 19:36:56 (EST)
I pulled a tour of Duty on the SHANGRI-LA, from DEC.1960-OCT.1962,I was in (M-Divison in the generator gang,A-Divison in the machine shop (CLEM!)
Russell A Berry <>
Prince George, VA. USA - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 21:12:36 (EST)
Hello! I read some of your page and found your guestbook. I figured I would sign it..
Tampa, CA USA - Friday, March 15, 2002 at 20:47:06 (EST)
As nice a memorial as could be imagined.
Colonel Roger A Cunningham <>
Naples, FL USA - Sunday, March 10, 2002 at 17:42:29 (EST)
was on shang 1969 to 71 v-1 div
michael phillips <>
indpls, in USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 21:29:08 (EST)
Was in the "FIGHTING FIFTH" division from Sept. 68 thru Dec 69. Made 69 Med Cruise. At the time thought it was the worst days of my life, but looking back, it was the most rememberable. Hope to hear from some old friends.
Don Costello <>
Alsip, Il USA - Sunday, February 24, 2002 at 08:34:08 (EST)
served two tours in shangri 60 to 64 67 and 68v3 div
wayne bernard <>
florence , ky USA - Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 23:38:23 (EST)
volunteer on USS Hornet Alameda,,,,,,,several crew members on Hornet crew---Charlie Gardineer(50's crew( cat officer(Wilkie) from Lodi CA,,,,,,brother-in-law Bernie Cijac served on "Shang" in 50's
Noel Thomas Barker <>
Hayward , ca. USA - Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 13:48:15 (EST)
Served on the Shangri-La during WW11 in the Pacific.
Anthony G. Nappi <>
Boca Raton, Fl. USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 17:27:34 (EST)
Hello, there. Hope all is well with you. As a graphic artist had to say yours'is smashing
Catherine Lake
Los Angeles, CA USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 19:37:36 (EST)
Aboard the Roosevelt from Sept'69 thru July '71. Did 2 Med cruises and a lot of bars. "B" Division in fireroom 1-B.
Warren McGuigan <>
Mt Airy, md USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 12:34:18 (EST)
Hey Website owner. Just wanted to say hi. I mean hey.
Catherine Lake
Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 03:54:24 (EST)
this is great my time on the shang '63 to '66 is my best memories
frank j canulli jr <fnfrfrank@aol>
hamilton sq, nj USA - Friday, February 01, 2002 at 21:40:39 (EST)
Was a member of the VA72 Bluehawks aboard Shangri La from 1968 to 1969 (Med Cruise)
James A. Haile <>
Edmond, OK USA - Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 16:52:07 (EST)
I served on the Shangri-la from April 1946 until October 1947.
Lowell Spiller <>
Eden, TX USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 23:31:36 (EST)
What a great site, brought back some fond memories of my days abourd the Shang. Was a BT3 in #4 fireroom 1960 to 64 and they had to be the best days of my life serving aboard her. 3 Med cruises, Cuba, Quebec, Brooklyn Navy Yards and many other ports of call. The Shangri-La has giving me a lifetime of memories. Thanks mates
Gary Jones <>
Elizabeth, NJ USA - Monday, January 28, 2002 at 13:44:05 (EST)
My dad John Pavlakovic served on the shangri-la during W.W.II, is a plank owner and is doing well in Pittsburgh. Any shipmates can contact John at
Rick Pavlakovic <>
Ponder , Tx USA - Friday, January 25, 2002 at 08:46:02 (EST)
NEPONSIT, NY USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 16:42:56 (EST)
was on the Shang from 69 to the end, G Div,good times and bad anybody else from G Div out there?
D Wood <>
USA - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 12:57:25 (EST)
FRED RADEK <flradek@merr.con>
MERRIMAC, WI USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 19:50:10 (EST)
Served on board July 61 to July 62 Three or four Months on Cats V2 Div, then Air Intelligence Office OP Div?
Victor Michael (Mike) Lahey <>
Stow, OH USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 10:56:32 (EST)
I Am Looking For Info. Or Former Crewmen Who Knew My Father Juan R Garcia He Was A Gunnersmate ON the shangrala 44To46 He Allways Said It Was The Best Years Of His Youth
Manny Garcia <>
Spring Valley , Calif. USA - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 20:25:21 (EST)
My father, Richard W. Lawrence was aboard in '47 when returned to San Fransisco. He has shared many fond memories with us. Sounded exotic, but lots of work.
Bob Lawrence <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 16:19:01 (EST)
Finding this website was really a prize---never knew it exsisted. I was a plank owner & served aboard from 44-2/46 & then discharged. I came aboard WT1/c & was discharged as Chief Watertender in charge of #4 Fireroom. If there are any old shipmates still out there I would love to get in contact again. I still have some pictures & other things from that time I would love to share. Joe Smits {Smitty} 128 Meadowbrook Drive-Nampa, Idaho 83686
Joe Smits <>
Nampa, ID USA - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 15:42:44 (EST)
I was aboard from Nov.56 to Dec.58 in V50 div. when i was not mess cooking.I still have Boot camp and both cruise books of those best years of my young life.Thanks for the guestbook
francis (Bud) miller <>
cottage grove, or USA - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 11:56:55 (EST)
I am the son of Melvin H. Kressley, Cpl., USMC who proudly served his country on the Shangri-la during WWII. He died in April of 1992. I would like to hear from a veteran who remembers my Dad. I can unbox his war belongings if necessary to pinpoint his service dates and photographs. It would mean the world to me if I could relive his past. God Bless all who served!!!!!!!
Sherwood Briggs Kressley <>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 04:53:18 (EST)
FARMINGTON, NY USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 05:25:04 (EST)
I am looking for a USS Ranger patch. Can anyone help me?
Lynn Mininger <>
Wauseon, OH USA - Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 20:06:02 (EST)
Served on board 1962 - Ship's Electrican 2. Great life.
Jack Cipriano <>
Potomac Falls, va USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 13:17:31 (EST)
My father was a plankowner. His name was Joseph Alfred Gendreau "Porky". He shared his memories (I don't think all of them!)and passed on his American Pride. If any of you remember any small thing please contact his grandsons. They would be forever grateful. We have wonderful photos if you are intersted...I know that "Whitey" is in them.We still have his seabag!!We miss him as he died 14 years ago...Thank you for a wonderful connection.
Fran Gendreau Marty <>
Atlanta, Ga USA - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 23:12:56 (EST)
Trying to locate my uncle, Donald G. Travers. I believe he was on Shangri-La in the late 50s, early 60s, possibly on flight deck crew. Thanks for any leads.
Lynn Travers <>
Hazelwood, MO USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 12:52:46 (EST)

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