I am looking for pharmacists mate Edwin Houson Sims who was on the Shangri-La
Monday, July 19, 2004
I served aboard her from 1963 to 1965. I was in V-4 division (Fuel) and learned
a lot. She was old but could hold her own. The swabs of today do not know how
lucky they are to have AC on the new ships. Great site!
E. Wendling, Emmaus, Pennsylvania<email@example.com>
Monday, July 19, 2004
Jim Bramlett signed the guest book on Dec 25 2003 and his email comes back
to me. I served with him in VA-115. I just found this site and have added to
my favorites. If Jim reads this I'm George Hull adr2 VA-115. My address is
Also check out Able Dogs site several of our ship mates are signed in there.
Get in touch. Thanks. (editor's note: click here to view the Able Dogs website:
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
Hello! I am looking for anyone that knew my grandfather, Edward Lee. He served on the USS Shangri-La
from 1943-1945. I believe he was one of the guys on the deck that put the bombs on the airplanes.
I would welcome any information, stories or pictures. Thank you for your time!
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
My grandfather was Verl D. Reichenbach. Only after his death (12/02) did I find
out he was in WWII. I knew he was in the navy, but that's all. My dad says he
never talked about his experience, but he and I are both interested in learning
more. If anyone has information please e-mail me at
Thanks so much! I have one picture of him with his family that I can post.
Tuesday, June 1, 2004
My father is a plank owner from the Shangri La (CV38). He served on the ship
from 1944-45. His name is Robert J. DuHadaway, he was a Machinist mate. Is
there any of orginal crew out there that may still remember him? If so please
Sunday, February 8, 2004
I served aboard the Shangri La during a '58 Westpac cruise. Was an AO3 in VA-115
(CAG-11) out of NAS Miramar. I'm wanting to locate and hopefully purchase a cruise
book from the '58 cruise. Thanks.
Jim Bramlett, Texas<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday, December 25, 2003
My father served on the "Shang" from 07-58 to 08-62. 01Div. SA / BM Bruce H.
Gardner. I am trying to find anyone that served with and/or knows my father.
please contact me.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
My name is Carlos Sanchez, I served aboard the USS Shangri-La from 1966 to 1968.
I loved the old ship. My fondest memories of my youth are from the time I spent
aboard this ship. I am very surprised to see the great web site you created!
Thanks for the memories.
Carlos Sanchez BS MS (Third class Petty Officer)<
Thursday, December 11, 2003
I was aboard the ship from 1960 to Sept. 1962. I was in the X-div band and would
love to hear from some of the old band members. Please contact me. Thanks. PS Great site.
Thursday, December 11, 2003
My name is Chris Johnson. I am 32 years old. I am trying to locate my father. I
have never met him, and my mother cant provide much information. I am posting
messages everywhere in hopes that someone can give me some search tips. I do
know that he served on board the USS Shangri-La sometime around 1970 or 71. My
father's name is John David Maul. I believe the ship was at Mayport Naval Station at the time.
My mother's name was Laurel E. Johnson. I do know that for a very short time he
was married to a Grace Finnerfrock. That was around the same time that he was
stationed in Mayport. I think that the ship went on a Med. Cruise at the
beginning of the year (in 1970). Thank You very much for taking the time to
read this message. If you have any tips, or you can help me in any way, please
E-Mail me. Hope you have a wonderful day.
Christopher A. Johnson<email@example.com>
Saturday, November 22, 2003
My father served on the Shangri-La 55-?. Does anyone have any info from this time? His name
is Burl Currin. He served as a bt. Thank you for any info.
Saturday, November 22, 2003
My father was on the ship during 1954-1956 name Floyd W. Hicks.
I am looking for a crew list or pictures for that timeframe.
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
GREAT SITE! Hi, I went aboard the Shang while she was in dry dock in Bremerton
WA and was aboard for the recommissioning 1/10/55 until my discharge in Sept.
1956. I was an SN in the 2nd Div. and coxswain of one of the motor launches
(took a lot of you ashore for liberty in San Diego when we docked at North
Island,anchored in Manila Bay or some other ports where you needed a lift). The
last year aboard the Shang I was one of the 4 men crew of the Captains Gig (great
duty). I am very proud to have served aboard the USS SHANGRI-LA CVA 38 and to
have served with her great crew.
OK City, OK - Monday, October 6, 2003
I SERVED ABOARD THE SHANG IN 1956-1957. I WAS IN V-6 DIVISION, WORKED IN PRI-
FLY, AND ALSO AVIATION METAL SHOP. I HAD THE PRIVLEDGE OF BEING ON THE CRUISE
STARTING JANUARY 1956 ENDING JUNE OF 1956. THERE WAS AN AIR GROUP CALLED VC-3
FLYING MCDONALD F2H BANSHEE, WITH A LIEUTENANT BY THE NAME OF JAMES A. LOVELL,
WHO TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE ASTRONAUTS, AND COMMANDER OF APOLLO 13. THE
SECOND CRUISE WAS FROM NOVEMBER 1956 TO MAY OF 1957. I HAVE MANY GOOD MEMORIES
OF THE CRUISE'S AND THE LIBERTY PORTS. I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO WORK IN PRI-FLY
AND BE ABLE TO WATCH FLIGHT OPERATIONS ON A DAILY BASIS. WOULD LIKE TO SHARE
MEMORIES WITH ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE SERVED ON THE SHANG DURING THE 1956-1957
CRUISE'S. YOUR FELLOW SHIPMATE FRED DOZIER AM3
MC HENRY, IL USA - Monday, September 22, 2003
It is interesting and informative in reading all the comments. I was onboard
from Oct 62 - Feb 66. During this time period, we made two Mediterranean
cruses, and one to St. Thomas. In the summer of 94 when Hurricane Dora
approached the coast of Mayport, FL the ship was about 12-14 hours late getting
out to sea. We had two days of really rough going. We also encountered screw
damages and made a quick dry dock in Boston for repairs. We had a pretty severe
fire from an airplane crash on the flight deck during a reserve flight training,
and made a trip to Brooklyn NY for repairs, which was during the 64 World's
Fair. We were on "water hours" at times, because the ship could not produce
enough water for both the catapults and crew...and one of the 3 water storage
tanks was also used for oil (or fuel). During a normal "flushing" of the water
tanks prior to taking on fresh water while in Cannes, France..the wrong tank was
flushed, and resulted in about 30,000 gallons of oil being spilled on the
beaches of Cannes. Bob Hope and his Christmas tour came on board our ship
during 1964. While leaving the Mediterranean from the 2nd cruse, Aug 65 (on our
way home), during a war exercise...and after the war games were secured, we had
a collision with the USS Perry, a destroyer. We returned to Naples for another
3-4 weeks for repairs before we could return to the States. This was the most
important education of my life.
Luther Yount DK2<Jethro@insightbb.com>
Charlestown, IN - Saturday, September 20, 2003
Great site. I served on the Shang from 1964-66 S-2 Division before getting sent to
Vietnam on the PBR. USN 1964-71, M/Sgt USA-Ret.
Monday, September 8, 2003
I was called Johnny Johnson, real name Bill Johnson. Home town and still residing
in Plymouth Wisconsin. I served on the USS Essex and on the USS Shangri-La. I
was a plane captain in Squadron vf 13. Guido, Scopp, Frisco, Bozman, Gasparillo,
Schwindt, Biles, Schroeder, ship mates, we hung out at the Texas Drive Inn and the
Pig and Whistle, Jacksonville. Sandra Reese, Sandra De Polo, Linda
Heston, friends from Jacksonville, Fl. 1959 - 1961 with vf 13 Home Base Cecil
Field f4d fighters. Lt Bulwork, Jim Nansteil, Lt Swank, a couple of the pilots.
3 Med cruises. Went to Cuba, Guantanamo Bay.
Plymouth, WI - Thursday, September 4, 2003
Hello from Melvin R Harris from Texas City, Texas. I would like to correspond with anyone from the WWII
era who remembers my uncle CLOIS IRVIN RUSSELL born in Vernon Texas. I can be reached via e-mail at
Melvin R Harris<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Texas City, TX - Thursday, August 28, 2003
I am looking for anyone who knew of my father that was stationed on the Shang during the years of Jan 1946 - Nov 1947. His name was Donald L Brigman, nicknamed - "BRIG"
He died at the early age of 39 and I am looking for any info or pictures from someone who was with him while he served in the Navy. Anything would be very much appreciated.
Donna L (Brigman) Taylor <Donna9254@sbcglobal.net>
Washington, MO - Saturday, August 16, 2003I served in V-5-O Division from 1956 to 1957. Then transferred to Norman Oklahoma for Aviation Prep School.
Many memories, especially Yokusaka Japan and Hawaii before it became a state.
To all crewmates past and present, it was an honor to serve on her.
Ronald Curt <email@example.com>
Sacramento, CA USA - Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 14:11:27 (EDT)My Dad served aboard the wooden deck in the '50's
It is good to find this history is alive and well so it can be shared with my children about my dad and their Grand-Dad,Great Grand-dad
Virgil Culverson lll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 14:22:51 (EDT)nice site.
Dave Smith <email@example.com>
waltham, MA USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 21:11:14 (EDT)Great site...Glad its here....My Grandfather served aboard Sir Shang in 1958....then LtJG Harold C. Marshall...Then served aboard USS Canberra Cag-2 In Vietnam....Ret. LCDR in 1971....died 1995......even though he wa not apart of crews listed on your site...he would have been proud to say he was there....thanks again
Paul Fredericks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Everett, Wa USA - Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at 01:41:25 (EDT)Came aboard the Shang in June of 68 and remained until Nov 69. M Division, Evaps Gang. Looking around for Dale Lindahl, William Kelly and Steve Horn. Found Steve Brester.
Had some great times and some not so fond times, but alot of memories. Enjoyed reading all the different comments by former shipmates. Saw the Shang in Philly just prior to scrapping. Should have never happened! Recently toured the USS New Jersey and thought it was a well worth the cost of admission. Had been using another Shangri-la site with no luck. Glad I recently found this one.
John Weber <email@example.com>
Pitman, NJ USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 20:31:31 (EDT)My name is Wes Rosser i served on the Shang. 67-70 V-4Div.
change of email address. Would like to hear from you guys.
Wes Rosser <Wersar2@wmconnect.com>
Louisa, VA USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 19:23:56 (EDT)I've been looking through old Navy photos (about 1966) and
found a picture of a refueling of a carrier (I was on the U.S.S. Camden). On the back of the photo I had penned "Shangri-La". I am glad to verify this photo with your page. Thanks.
John Hopkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Westminster, CO USA - Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 15:12:35 (EDT)i served aboard the Shangri-La from 1960-1962, worked in the air office.NATO CRUISE, MED CRUISE.BROOKLYN DRY DOCKS, GITMO,BAY.like to hear from anyone that might have known me then. this is a great sight, thanks
william r. collins <email@example.com>
altamont, tn USA - Thursday, July 03, 2003 at 01:40:19 (EDT)VAH10/VAQ129 1970 cruse
ATC Nels L. (Swede) Larson
USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 19:41:25 (EDT)Served on the "Shang" from 1967 to July of 1971, and was discharged in Boston on July 1, 1971. This site brings back many forgotten memories. Keep up the good work. Served in V3 and would enjoy hearing from mates theat served during that time frame.
Euless, TX USA - Sunday, June 29, 2003 at 14:02:15 (EDT)Am searching for some shipmates of my dads. His name is Charles E. Johnson, he was on the USS Shangri-La from about 1955 to 1958. Anyone that was on board during that time or knows someone that was, please let me know. Thank you, Brenda
Brenda Ladnier <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wiggins, MS USA - Friday, June 27, 2003 at 20:56:06 (EDT)Served on the Shang from July 56 to July 58. Was RM3 in the OR Div. Would love to hear from any OR div guys who were on the Shang during that period. email me at: email@example.com
Vince Bowler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Farmington Hill, MI USA - Thursday, June 26, 2003 at 15:19:45 (EDT)F Division, June, 1956 - August, 1958
Bob Hammers <BandMHammers@Juno.com>
Lake Oswego, OR USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 20:06:25 (EDT)One of the thrills of my young life was when I got the chance to ride down the launching of the USS Shangri-La when she was launched in Norfolk Naval Shipyard. My dad, Captain William J. Malone, was Planning Officer for the shipyard and in charge of her construction. I remember (and somewhere have pictures) sticking my head out the bull nose as she rode down the ways. During outfitting, I spent many hours on board selling newspapers to the workers fitting her our, and to the crew when it cam on board. (Of course, I had to turn it over to them when it was time to go to war.)
I know my dad was very proud of his contribution to her.
Bob Malone <Bog@queensburygroup.com>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, June 20, 2003 at 06:53:07 (EDT)My dad,Wallace H. Hafner was a Plankowner and a member of the bomber division during WW2. He was a big tall fellow who joined up with the Navy at 17. If there is anyone who remembers him, I would be honored to hear from you. Thanks. Jim Hafner
James W. Hafner <email@example.com>
Easley, SC USA - Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 10:03:58 (EDT)Still trying to locate my uncle, Donald Travers, who served on Shangri-La I believe in late 50s, early 60s. Last known location was Lancaster, CA as an employee of Lockheed. If anyone has information on him, please contact me. Thanks.
Lynn Travers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hazelwood, MO USA - Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 12:23:09 (EDT)Served 68-70, PN2 Sommer, X-Div. Would like to hear from any of PersOff group.
Bob Sommer <email@example.com>
Stuttgart, Germany - Friday, June 06, 2003 at 09:31:21 (EDT)Grandson of John R. Dickey LtCmdr, CO of Acorn 13
Nathanel Greene Cruzen Winthrop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, June 03, 2003 at 15:49:31 (EDT)I was part of the re-commissioning crew in 1955. At that time I was an AB striker. I have Cruise books from the 2 Wespac cruises. And I'm interested in any one who was in V2,and OA, Divisions during that time. I retired in 1981.
Al (Pete) Wohl <email@example.com>
Mukilteo, Wa. USA - Thursday, May 29, 2003 at 14:19:20 (EDT)Served on the Shang 66-68 in the OP Division working as a Yeoman in the Operations Office.
John Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Queensbury, NY USA - Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 01:02:08 (EDT)my name is wes rosser i was on the shang 1967-1970 v- 4 div
wes rosser <email@example.com>
louisa, va USA - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 19:30:52 (EDT)V-2 Catapults 1960-1961. A great experience for an under achiever. Belong to reunion assoc. and have become close friends with others who have served aboard the SHANG
E. J. Janse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dartmouth, MA USA - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 15:49:11 (EDT)VAH-10/VAQ-129 Det 38 1970 cruse
ATC Swede Larson <email@example.com>
crawfordsville, Or USA - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 18:20:25 (EDT)I was a cook on the Shangri-La from Jan 1955 to Oct 1956.
I would love to hear from anyone that was aboard during that time. My best regards to all who were lucky enough to have served on this grest ship.
Don Walls <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Irvine, CA USA - Tuesday, May 06, 2003 at 00:10:08 (EDT)Just a test posting to see how the revamped site is working. Hope to see you at the reunion in Lafayette, LA this June! Kelly Crawford <ShangriLa@kellycrawford.org>
Noble, OK USA - Monday, May 05, 2003 at 20:51:41 (EDT)GREAT SITE. WAS ON THE SHANG FROM NOV 60 TILL 62, X DIV.
SONNY MULLINS <MULL1977@BELLSOUTH.NET>
JACKSONVILLE, FL USA - Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 20:38:03 (EDT)I would like to know if you have a list of sitter in the gonzales area?
claudia richard <email@example.com>
Gonzales, la USA - Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at 10:55:49 (EDT)Served on the Shang from 66-68 (E-Div). Spent alot of time doing alot of things to keep out of trouble. The best was small boat duty the last cruise. "the phantom"
Greg Williamson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Fayetteville, NC USA - Monday, April 21, 2003 at 21:12:22 (EDT)I was stationed on the USS Shangrala from Aug. 59 to May 60
and was very lucky to be able to ride her from Bremerton,Wa
to Mayport Fl. all the way around South America. I have had
nothing but great memories of the Shang all my life. Her
picture has been on a wall in my home for over 40 years.
Dennis Davis <email@example.com>
Huntington Beach, CA USA - Friday, April 18, 2003 at 17:37:19 (EDT)I served on teh shang from Jan 1963-Oct '63-Most of the time I was aboard- she was in Brooklyn Navy Yard and shakedown cruise in Gitmo area. I was only on for 9 months and was in V-4 AVFUELS div during that time- as a kid I always wanted to be in the Navy- I was in San Diego at age 12 and the first ship I was ever on was the Shang Oct '56- it was only fitting to be sent to that ship as my first ship when I was first assigned as a sailor. Great web site- she was a great ship.
Mike Floyd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marion, Oh USA - Friday, April 18, 2003 at 06:15:13 (EDT)served on USS Shangri-LA CVA FROM 1968 - 1970
Steve Petranto <email@example.com>
Rochester , ny USA - Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 08:43:07 (EDT)My grandpa Grant Rhodes Jr. servied on the USS Shangri-La before I was born, but he has told me all about Navy life at sea. Thanks to him I am joining the military when I reach the right age. Right now I am 16yrs old and in the NJROTC program at my school Western Heights High School, and having a blast. I wish all military personal now to stay safe. God Bless you all.
C/PO3 Brewster, Lacey
Lacey Brewster <NavyDragonGrl@aol.com>
Oklahoma City, OK USA - Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 11:42:42 (EDT)Good Website; I deployed on the Shangrila while attached to VF-13 in 1960 timeframe.
W.M. PETTY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oak Harbor, WA USA - Monday, April 07, 2003 at 17:02:35 (EDT)My Dad was aboard the U.S.S. Shangri-La during WW2; George W. Nicholson.
David J. Nicholson <email@example.com>
Vestaburg, MI USA - Thursday, April 03, 2003 at 17:22:21 (EST)I served on the Shang 65-66. Radarman-OI Division. Division commander, LCDR Horne, Division Chief, Master Chief Williams. Drydock Philly Navy Yard winter of 65. Chipped paint on the mast above the O-10 level in the middle of January when the temp was 20 with 40mph winds..boy did that suck!
Eric Ivansheck <BestEricYet@aol.com>
USA - Monday, March 31, 2003 at 18:29:35 (EST)Was on the Shang '62-'65. Mustered onboard in Norfork while unloading munitions preparing for 9-month overhaul in Broklyn Navy Yard.> Carribean, Med Cruise 10/63 - 5/64, Quebec, World's Fair'64, Med Cruise 2/65 - 6/65,> flew Philly for discharge. Worked in Battery Shop, Lighting Shop, A&O Shop and Flight Deck Lighting. Being an electrician had excuse to be in most every place on the ship. From having to check circuits on bottom of the hull to goofing-off in the secondary bow steering compartment to changing aircraft warning lights at the tip of the mast or taking a smoke on the fantail. Thought I hated it at the time, but looking back, I was having the time of my life!
Wayne Medaris EM2 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Russell Springs, KY USA - Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 13:23:28 (EST)was on shang 67-70 v-4 div had a lot of fun would do it again
wes rosser <wersar2>
louisa, va USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 18:11:33 (EST)i was aboard sept 1954 1957 in the v2 div arresting gearhad a great 3 years any of you guys still around drop me a line
w c wolden <w wolden @ aol, com >
san p[ablo ca, USA - Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 18:46:34 (EST)My father,Dennis "nellie" Nelson , served on the shang from 64-68 ,he was a smoker (lightweight)in 67 and lost to a boatsmate named williams
also V-1 Fly-2 ,caught the gear. I would like to hear from any of his old shipmates. He is planning on attending this years reunion.I will pass on any messages till he gets his own e-mail
Nanette Nelson Holder <email@example.com>
gainsville, fl USA - Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 13:36:39 (EST)Served on the Shang from 1955 to 1957. Division V3 - Hanger Bay 1. Are any of you out there?
Bobby J. Hanson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Quitman, TX USA - Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 17:37:50 (EST)E Division from 1961-1962: distribution & power shop,
2 med cruises and served during the massive flotilla off Cuba in the fall of 1962.
Thomas Totin EM-2 <email@example.com>
Pt Pleasant Bch, NJ USA - Thursday, March 20, 2003 at 10:56:30 (EST)I GOT ON THE USS SHANGRI LA CV 38 IN NEW YORK
AFTER GETTING OFF THE USS ANTIETAM CV 36. TOOK THE SHANGRI LA TO PANAMA TO PUGET SOUND NAVY SHIPYARD IN WA. STATE.THE YEAR WAS 1952. PERCY HIERS & BILL ALEXANDER & I WERE IN THE ( R-DIV ) DAMAGE CONTROL. WE ARE LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES. PLEASE HELP.
LYLE L. HABEL <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PLATTEVILLE, WI USA - Friday, March 14, 2003 at 12:51:33 (EST)I served aboard SHANGRI-LA from Nov 1959 to Nov 1961.
Forrest B. Jackson <email@example.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 13:37:11 (EST)My grandfather was abourd this ship some time in the 50s. His name was Richard I. Selvey (Better known as "Dick"). I am his daughter's daughter and i got curious about his naval career as I am one year shy of graduating from High School and am contemplating joining the Navy. If you have any info on Richard "Dick" Selvey, please, don't hesitate to contact me. He died in 1987 of a heart attack, and his wife is still receiving mail in his name. ^-^
Sarah Pocock <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bellevue, OH USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 12:42:07 (EST)GREAT SITE...WAS SHIPS COMPANY 57-58...LATER TO THE FLAG,CARDIV-7 WHICH WAS ABOARD...HAD BROTHER ON BOARD IN 5th. DIVISION...GREAT SHIP...
JACK L. SONGER,USN(RET) <email@example.com>
USA - Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 17:58:39 (EST)I SERVED ABOARD HER FROM 1958-1960.IWAS ASSIGNED TO THE 1ST DIVGUNNERY DEPT.MADE 2 FAR EAST CRUISES AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE OR COMMUNICATE WITH OLD SHIPMATES.IAM RETIRED FROM THE US ARMY.HOPE TO HEAR FROM OF YOU GUYS LATER
jerry jones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
arlington , tx USA - Tuesday, March 11, 2003 at 12:54:04 (EST)I served in Shangri-La as an EMFA and EMFN from May 58 to May 59. We made a West-PAC cruise during that time. It was truly a learning experience for a young sailor.
G. Wasko EMC retired
Smithland, KY USA - Monday, March 10, 2003 at 08:35:04 (EST)Great site, fine tibute to a legend.
Staten Island, NY USA - Wednesday, March 05, 2003 at 22:20:17 (EST)Visited the guestbook site recently and decided to sign in. I served aboard the Shang 60-63 and was attached to X Division, working in personnel, education and training and finally captain's office. Two skippers I remember rather well were Herbert N. Houck and Robert W. Rynd.
Also remember heading south to Gitmo everytime that Castro sneezed.
It was nice to read some of the comments in the guestbook. I will never forget the Shang.
Bob Likens <email@example.com>
Cumberland, Md. USA - Friday, February 28, 2003 at 22:54:58 (EST)ships company S-3 Div.
Reported on board in Brementon, Wa.
Looking for a shipmat, Raymon Garcia
A.L. Hanan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Exeter, Ca USA - Thursday, February 27, 2003 at 01:37:06 (EST)I SERVED WITH VA-46 AN AIR ATTACK SQUADRON BASED AT CECIL
FIELD, FLA. I SERVED FROM OCT 59 THRU NOV 62. WE BOARDED
THE USS SHANGRA-LA 1960 THRU 1962 ON TWO MEDITERREAN CRUISES
AND THE LAST CRUISE WERE RELIEVED BY THE USS ENTERPRISE. I
WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM SOME OF OUR SQUADRON
PERSONNEL WHO SERVED DURING THOSE YEARS.
RONALD ZILLMANN <email@example.com>
BELGIUM, WI USA - Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 15:32:37 (EST)I AM LOOKING FOR INFO ON THE SHANGRI LA FOR MY DAD, REYNALDO BENITES, HE WAS ON THE SHANGRI LA IN 1956 THRU 1958, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LOG BOOK AND PHOTOS FOR THAT PERIOD
Michael R. Benites <TAZDRUMMER@HOTMAIL.COM>
FRESNO, CA USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 14:17:45 (EST)I ave really enjoyed this site I feel like I am getting to know my dad better because of it thank you
Tom Padberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Oklahoma City, ok USA - Monday, February 17, 2003 at 03:05:41 (EST)This is such a great site, I have found several old crew members from the 66/68 years aboard the SHANG! I travel extensively throughout the US on business and ANYONE who would like to meet an discuss those wonderful times aboard the SHANG just contact me, dinner will be on ME! I really like turkey, I'm the one who stole the Captains Thanksgiving turkey while on the 1967 Med cruise and the OOD anounced over the 1-MC a reward for the capture and return of the bird!
Bruce Brasher <email@example.com>
Conroe, TX USA - Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 17:38:09 (EST)Served aboard for the Nam cruise in 1970. Would like to hear from any of the Evap. crew. Dale Lindahl - Where are you?
Steve Brewster <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dunedin, Fl USA - Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 10:07:25 (EST)Served on board the Shang from 68 to 70 in the Supply Dept in S-1 Div and main supply office. Very nice web site on her.
Ron Cowart <email@example.com>
York, SC USA - Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 13:52:25 (EST)I served 44-45 as an aircrewman with VT85 and became good friends with a Pio Taotao from Manila, PI and Tommy Cepeda of Agana, Guam. Would love to hear from anybody who may know anything about them or their families.
Fred Coffee <FCo051047@aol.com>
Ft. Wayne, IN USA - Monday, February 10, 2003 at 23:58:54 (EST)I served aboard the Shang from 18th October 1954 to 27th October 1957. I was assigned directly out of Boot Camp to the Shangri-La Pre-commissioning school in San Diego. We were flown from San Diego to Washington on Christmas Eve 1954. We resided in the Bremerton Navy Yard Barracks untill we moved aboard for final preparations to live aboard, recommission and make ready for sea. I served in the Chief's Mess for 6 months then in M Division after engine room for balance of enlistment. Last duty was throttleman main engine # 3. I was honorably discharged directly from the Shang October 27th 1957, holding the rate of MM3. I'm a Plank owner of recommissioning January 10th 1955 in Bremerton, Washington.
Those 3 years were most rewarding and filled with experiences and memories for a life time. I enjoying remembering my Shang shipmates. I only have one shipmate that I see pretty regularly, but wish to know where others are and how they faired with civilian life. Perhaps this note will find a networking source that will allow me to find some who served during the same time frame and even in the same division.
Roy Kaple, born in St.Petersburg, Florida and resided there until joining the Navy in 1954.
Roy Kaple <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St.Matthews, SC USA - Tuesday, February 04, 2003 at 16:09:24 (EST)Our family laid to rest a good man today at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery St. Louis. He was a fighter pilot on the USS Shangri-La during WWII. His name was Lowell Williams. He was from Indiana. I ask that everyone reading this remember all the brave people who served under trying times away from their families for our country during WWII. They made possible our freedoms today. Let us never forget their service to God and Country.
Gibson County, IN USA - Monday, February 03, 2003 at 23:18:17 (EST)I'm pretty sure my uncle, Paul Warzocha, was a plank owner. If anyone knew him I'd appreciate a response back
Bill Gingras <email@example.com>
New Britain, Ct USA - Monday, February 03, 2003 at 18:21:53 (EST)Served in S-2 Div on Shang, '64-'67, two Med Cruises, Philly Dry Dock winter of '65-'66. Remember Hurricane Dora, the oil spill in Cannes, the NK Perry colllision,water hours, cancelled boating, good and bad times. WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR 4 YRS OF COLLEGE! Does anyone remember the MILK spill in the Aviation Stores compartment above the reefers? You all should check out the reunion ass'n., it's great!
Tim DeGraff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Syracuse, NY USA - Sunday, February 02, 2003 at 00:39:50 (EST)Served in S-2 Div on Shang, '64-'67two Med cruises, two Gitmo shake downs, 6 month drydock in Philly, remember Hurricane Dora, the oil spill, the Newman K Perry,wonderful times ashore over there, especially liked Toulon while we were tied up for evap replacement in 67. Does anyone remember the MILK spill in the S-6 AK compartment above the reefers in 67? water hours?? cancelled boating?? They were good days (and some bad ones) I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE! You all ought to check out the REunion Ass'n. and the shang History Book.
Tim DeGraff <email@example.com>
Syracuse, NY USA - Sunday, February 02, 2003 at 00:36:25 (EST)Served from 1966-1969 e-div.last 6 months ingcharge of portable tools on the Shan.
Roy E. Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
orlando, fl USA - Friday, January 31, 2003 at 07:55:32 (EST)Pilot with VBF 85 January 1945 to September 1945.
John Chapman <email@example.com>
Anacortes, WA USA - Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 11:22:10 (EST)I served aboard This ship until transfered to the USS antietam
Robert M Lister <RMLLPNGR1@attbi.com>
Methuen, MA USA - Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 14:16:03 (EST)Anyone who was around Southampton England in the sixties knew the thrill that children especially felt as they toured mighty Nato war ships that for a brief time shared our city. One of my fondest memories was of the USS Shang Gri La, an aircraft carrier that came to the city in the early sixties . The weather was fowl but the mighty war ship was open to the public for three days. I spent the next three days on board the Shangrila. It was such an impressive ship. The crew were so friendly I definitely wanted to join the American navy. The trouble was I was English which made it a bit difficult. I remember asking a sailor where the toilet was, he said I will show you the 'heads.' From this time on I have always admired American hospitality.
Whatever your politics, those American sailors from the USS Shangri la did much for their country's prestige. I for one have always had a soft spot for Americans and a nation that could breed such nice and kind people as those American sailors I met as a child back in the sixties.
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02380497210 paddy maxwell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
southampton, england uk - Monday, January 27, 2003 at 14:33:07 (EST)
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Memphis, TN US - Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 23:46:23 (EST)My Dad was on the Shang in 45 (I think) He was Lt Cmdr J T O'Neill (Tex). If anyone remembers him please contact me. Thanks.
Stephen R. O'Neill <email@example.com>
Mountain View, ca USA - Saturday, January 18, 2003 at 07:37:30 (EST)I SERVED FROM JUNE 1958 TO FEBRUARY 1960 IN FORWARD ENGINE
ROOM MAIN CONTROL DISCHARGED IN FEBRUARY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF BY FOLLOW SNIPS
ROY ROBERT(BOB) FRAZIER <RRLEGG@SWBELL.NET>
KANSAS CITY, MO USA - Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 14:37:43 (EST)58TO 60 FORWARD ENGINE ROOM SHIPS COMPANY.FROM LOS ANGELES AT THAT TIME,WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM OLD BUDDYS JACK HATCH
DEZELL GOOD SHIP
BOB FRAZIER <RRLEGG@SWBELL.NET>
KANSAS CITY, MO USA - Monday, January 13, 2003 at 14:25:20 (EST)I served on the Shang from May, 46 until she was decommission in November 47. I was in V2 Division. Willie Norred <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. George Island, Fl USA - Monday, January 13, 2003 at 12:04:04 (EST)I was on the SHANG from 64 to 67. Came aboard at Genoa, Italy and got out over seas. Srarted out a signalman but wound up in the div. that handles the stores,barber shop etc. Love to hear from any old ship mates.
Oscar d. Barneos <email@example.com>
cedar rapids, ia USA - Monday, January 13, 2003 at 10:56:43 (EST)