USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Association
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Thursday December 24, 2015 - 11:10 AM
Name: David Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-1967
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: 49 years ago today had my pocket picked in Hong Kong. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

Thursday December 24, 2015 - 03:38 AM
Name: Richard Parker  
Rank/Rate: LI3
Division/Squadron: X
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1965
Location: Mishawaka Indiana USA
Comments: Just want to wish all shipmates A
MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR

Wednesday December 23, 2015 - 07:51 PM
Name: Lynden Beffort  
Rank/Rate: E-5 RM2
Division/Squadron: ComCarDiv 5
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960-1961
Location: Las Vegas Nevada USA
Comments: I was aboard The USS Coral Sea CVA-43 on the 1960-1961 WestPac Cruise. It was my last cruise before leaving the Navy. I have great memories of That last cruise. I had been to WestPac on two previous cruises, aboard both the USS Bennington CVA-20, and then the USS Midway CVA-41. Lots of great memories.

Wednesday December 23, 2015 - 06:51 PM
Name: Donald W Hibbert  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1973_1975
Location: Prineville OR USA
Comments: Would like to meet up with old ship mates. Great ship

Saturday December 19, 2015 - 01:50 AM
Name: Luisito Francisco  
Rank/Rate: HTFN
Division/Squadron: R Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1977 to 1981
Location: Anaheim California USA
Comments: Had fun serving aboard

Friday December 18, 2015 - 07:07 AM
Name: mccart  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Texas Texas USA
Comments: I live in usa and life is worth living comfortably for me and my family now and really have never seen goodness shown to me this much in my life as I am a mother who struggles with three children and I have been going through a problem as seriously as my husband found a terrible accident last two weeks, and the doctors states that he needs to undergo a delicate surgery for him to be able to walk again and I could not pay the bills, then your surgery went to the bank to borrow and reject me saying that I have no credit card, from there i run to my father and he was not able to help, then when I was browsing through yahoo answers and i came across a loan lender MR TONY HARTON, offering loans at affordable interest rate and i have been hearing about so many scams on the internet but at this my desperate situation, I had no choice but to give it an attempt and surprisingly it was all like a dream, I got a loan of $ 50,000 and I paid for my husband surgery and thank God today is good and you can walk and is working and the burden is longer so much on me more and we can feed well and my family is happy today and i said to myself that I will mourn aloud in the world of the wonders of God to me through this lender GOD fearing MR TONY HARTON and I would advise anyone in genuine and serious need of loan to contact this God-fearing man on financialhome34@outlook.com through .. and I want you all to pray for this man for me
Thanks

Thursday December 17, 2015 - 05:32 PM
Name: Marvin Bruce Mashburn  
Rank/Rate: AO2
Division/Squadron: GM Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1970-1973
Location: Asheville North Carolina United States
Comments: We won the war ! Goggle 'Operation Pocket Money' where you will see where we mined Haiphong Harbor (with the help of a member of the U.S. Coast Guard) which led to the finalizing of the peace agreement.

Thursday December 17, 2015 - 07:10 AM
Name: Gary Arney  
Rank/Rate: L/CPL
Division/Squadron: Marine Detachment
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Loan Beach CA USA
Comments: USS Bennington CVS20 Marine Detachment 1966-1968

Monday December 14, 2015 - 02:33 AM
Name: Jane  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: California CA USA
Comments: Message: Hi, My name Jane and i just want to share my experience with everyone. I have being hearing about this blank ATM card for a while and i never really paid any interest to it because of my doubts. Until one day i discovered a hacking guy called John Brown. he is really good at what he is doing. Back to the point, I inquired about The Blank ATM Card. If it works or even Exist. They told me Yes and that its a card programmed for random money withdraws without being noticed and can also be used for free online purchases of any kind. This was shocking and i still had my doubts. Then i gave it a try and asked for the card and agreed to their terms and conditions. Hoping and praying it was not a scam. One week later i received my card and tried with the closest ATM machine close to me, It worked like magic. I was able to withdraw up to $10000. This was unbelievable and the happiest day of my life. So far i have being able to withdraw up to $88000 without any Fear of being caught. I don't know why i am posting this here, i just felt this might help those of us in need of financial stability. blank ATM has really changed my life. If you want to contact them, Here is the email address jerry.robert70@yahoo.com And I believe they will also Change your Life...

Sunday December 06, 2015 - 12:33 AM
Name: Bill Hampton  
Rank/Rate: YN3
Division/Squadron: Ship's company
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964-1966
Location:
Comments: Served aboard during longest cruise ever, around 7Dec64 to 5Nov65. We were at sea for five months, I think, at one point without pulling in. I previously served on a DDR. Quite a difference. I was in Special Weapons Division. Anyone have a guess?

Saturday December 05, 2015 - 03:19 PM
Name: dave nelson  
Rank/Rate: e/4
Division/Squadron: a div o2n2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972/1975
Location: leominster ma U.S.A.
Comments: good times with a lot of good shipmates would relive it again!

Friday December 04, 2015 - 04:59 PM
Name: W. B. Bowers  
Rank/Rate: AMH2
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1970
Location: Stanwood Washington United States
Comments: Looking to confirm this is Walter Burl Bowers, picture found in U.S Navy Cruise Books, 1969-1970, USS Coral Sea CVA-43, listed in photo was:LT J.D. Lefevers, AMSC J.N. Conwell, AMS1 H.L. Gilkey, back row: AMH2 W.B. Bowers, AMS2 R.E. Oliver, AMSAN F.J. Banke, AMS2 D.R. Nice,ASH2 R.J. Miros. Walter Burl Bowers born 17 February 1938, Batesville Arkansas, enlisted in the Navy twice, 1) 28 June 1955 to 17 August 1966, 2) 27 October 1966 to 30 December 1974. Walter Burl Bowers passed away, 10 December 1984, San Diego, California.
Walter Burl Bowers was my cousin, and am hoping this was a picture of him. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated! - Brenda Tengelin

Friday December 04, 2015 - 04:21 PM
Name: George Scott  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: G
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1969
Location: Spokane WA USA
Comments: Wanted to say hello to all of my friends from the Coral Sea
Back then went by the nick name of scooter. Hung around with Larry Harnish,
Robert Ross, Jack McDaniels, Paul Tomazack, Michael Gaiser. Loved the fun we shared together.

Monday November 30, 2015 - 08:59 AM
Name: Barbara Wright  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Pendleton Oregon United States
Comments: I am looking for the Air Craft Carrier that might have been on maneuvers off the coast of South Korea in late May or early June 1962 and who might have launched a Navy bomber retrofit with spray tanks to spray the DMZ in Korea. The plane would have come back to the ship with bullet holes in the fuselage one engine that had been hit with gun fire and nor working.

Sunday November 29, 2015 - 03:15 PM
Name: david whitehill   No Email Address
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968 1969
Location: hamilton ohio usa
Comments: why isn't uss corral sea on agent orange list if sailors where in Vietnam?

Saturday November 28, 2015 - 02:37 AM
Name: Roger Ross  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 10-67 to 4-71
Location: Bowling Green KY. USA
Comments: Hello Richard Jackson, seen your post in the quest book. I would love to visit the Midway. lots of memory's of the old girl. loosing both no. 1 and no. 2 elevators in the same night by a big wave. haven't heard anything out of john hrbek or steve polson. steve's mother would all ways send boxes of cookies. hope all is well with every body. roger ross

Wednesday November 25, 2015 - 11:29 PM
Name: Robert Loutzenhiser  
Rank/Rate: EM3
Division/Squadron: E
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1979-1982
Location: Port Orchard wa us
Comments: My first ship and definitely an interesting experience. Worked #3 Switchboard, FWD IC and Power Shop (EMC Good)

Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 07:44 AM
Name: John H. Ranson  
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas KY. USA
Comments: Shipmates,
We've learned of the passing of Shipmate Jim Johnson. As we know the details, he was found deceased in his home in Madison, WI. by a neighbor. Cause of death is unknown at this time. Details of the funeral will be distributed when they become available.
Shipmate Jim is well known by all those who have attended Coral Sea reunions as he's been an active member of the USS Coral Sea Assoc. for many years. He will be truly missed. Please keep him & his family in your prayers.
Godspeed.

Sunday November 15, 2015 - 01:24 PM
Name: John L. Willis  
Rank/Rate: AO2 / AZ2
Division/Squadron: G / XMAA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964 - 1967
Location: Oak Grove AL USA
Comments: Hello to all. ...still searching for any info/update on former shipmate C. W. Fortune, G Division, 64 - '67 era. Shipmates on the west coast also have interest/update info on "Nick." Thanks for those of you who have sent me an e-mail in the search effort. In e-mail reply, please include the subject "Coral Sea G-Div". I found few 2015 guestbook entries from G-Div shipmates. I left the ship in March 1967 via COD & was sorry to learn of the ship's disposition. // Thanks for providing a nice, revised guestbook for 2015 entries.

Saturday November 14, 2015 - 02:11 PM
Name: Arthur Conway  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: CR
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Leesburg Florida USA
Comments: Looking for documents, pictures, etc., of USS Coral Sea's visit to Da Nang Harbor in either 1969 or 1970 (might have been in 1968 since I can't remember). Ship in harbor to off load helicopters that were unable to fly.

Proof of this activity would place the USS Coral Sea into the 'Brown Water' category for Veterans Disability Benefits.

Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 03:32 PM
Name: chris pittman  
Rank/Rate: E1/2
Division/Squadron: R division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 82-83
Location:
Comments: Good times

Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 12:13 PM
Name: Richard Jackson  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 68-71
Location: Ketchikan Alaska USA
Comments: Hello to shipmates on Veterans Day. Just got back from San Diego and went aboard the USS Midway. It was a positive expierence many memories. A shout out to A-1 gang especially to Roger Ross, John Hybek and Steve Polson. We shall sailon.

Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 11:42 AM
Name: Robert D. Gill  
Rank/Rate: MN2
Division/Squadron: G
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1972
Location: billerica Mass. USA
Comments: 12 Nov. 1971..........CVA-43 departs San Francisco , CA. for another cruise off the coast of Vietnam. We will return in July of 1972.

Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 11:36 AM
Name: Randy Sistrunk  
Rank/Rate: AO-3
Division/Squadron: G-4 DIV
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1981-1987
Location: Gainesville TEXAS USA
Comments: For all my shipmates have great day is for all us

Wednesday November 11, 2015 - 05:36 AM
Name: Dave Lyng  
Rank/Rate: ETR 3
Division/Squadron: OE
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): '71-'74
Location: Brandon South Daktoa USA
Comments: May all our our shipmates have a wonderful Veterans Day!

Monday November 09, 2015 - 07:39 AM
Name: frank alford  
Rank/Rate: GMT3
Division/Squadron: W
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-68
Location: richland ms usa
Comments: I still vividly remember the explosion & fire that killed our shipmates. I had just came aboard and they wouldn't let me go to our spaces (NUC). I helped fight the fire and then seeing them bring those charred bodies past all of us, that was gut wrenching! GOD have mercy on their souls. red, Jessie, Ollie,ya'll out there? also, pueblo incident. we had one of our nuc's on an a-4 Skyhawk in hanger bay. never went to flight deck.

Thursday November 05, 2015 - 03:55 PM
Name: Jack Armstrong  
Rank/Rate: ABH-3
Division/Squadron: V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Lake mi usa
Comments: Looking for shipmates to get in touch

Sunday November 01, 2015 - 02:56 PM
Name: Greg Hawke  
Rank/Rate: BT2
Division/Squadron: B division 4 Charlie fireroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Hales Corners Wi United States
Comments: Didn't get my last name on the last post, I'll blame autofill.

Sunday November 01, 2015 - 02:54 PM
Name: Greg  
Rank/Rate: BT2
Division/Squadron: B division 4 Charlie fireroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Hales Corners Wi United States
Comments: Came aboard May 67, 3 Westpacs. Worked in 4 Charlie fireroom the whole time, started as BTFA, ended up BT2. Got out on arrival(from Westpac) 1Jul70. BT1 Windbigler was LPO, anyone remember him, red handlebar mustache. Anybody from that time give a shout out.

Saturday October 31, 2015 - 05:51 PM
Name: Lynden Lee Beffort  
Rank/Rate: E5
Division/Squadron: ComCarDiv 5
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960-1961
Location: Las Vegas Nevada UNITED STATES
Comments: I came aboard with Commander Carrier Division 5 as a radioman The Cruise gave me a lifetime of memories. I was proud to serve onboard with the Admiral. Very proud time of my life.

Friday October 30, 2015 - 10:16 AM
Name: Carl Weaver  
Rank/Rate: aoan
Division/Squadron: gm div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 72-74
Location: Alameda Ca. usa
Comments: Made the 73 wespac !

Thursday October 29, 2015 - 10:46 AM
Name: Steve Stinnett  
Rank/Rate: PH-3
Division/Squadron: OP-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1968
Location: Saint Cloud FL United States
Comments: I worked the 'PLAT' Camera 0-7 level...

Thursday October 29, 2015 - 10:44 AM
Name: Terry Bringham  
Rank/Rate: BT-3
Division/Squadron: B
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1968
Location: Las Vegas Nevada U.S.A.
Comments: I worked in 4-A & 4-C & Oil Shack...

Wednesday October 28, 2015 - 03:32 PM
Name: T.F.  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: USA
Comments: Skyraider accident off USS Coral Sea
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AD-5W_of_VAW-12_crashes_off_USS_Coral_Sea_%28CVA-43%29_c1956.jpg

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AD-5W_Skyraider_of_VAW-12_afloat_after_crash_c1956.jpg


http://cgibin.rcn.com/jeremy.k/cgi-bin/gzNavySearch.pl?target=133764&series=3
133764 (VAW-2) lost power on takeoff from USS Coral Sea in 1955 and crashed into sea off. port side. All 3 crewmembers recovered.

Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 09:05 PM
Name: John L. Willis  
Rank/Rate: AO2/AZ2
Division/Squadron: G/X-MAA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964 - 1967
Location: Oak Grove AL USA
Comments: Hello to all former shipmates. I'm still trying to get info on our shipmate C. W. Fortune, G Division, aboard 64-67 era. I also have west-coast shipmates trying to locate this shipmate. Sorry, I don't know Bill's duties in G Division, but believe he worked on hangar deck for some time... perhaps you can help with some info. Please post info as appropriate or look me up in Sylacauga, AL phone-book. I retired Jan 1981 at AIMD Jax, FL.

Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 03:27 PM
Name: Richard E. Satchell  
Rank/Rate: EMC/CMAA
Division/Squadron: E/X
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 70-73
Location: Apple Valley California 92307 USA
Comments: Served in "E" Division as upper deck lighting Chief, CPO Mess Cater, Mess Deck CMAA, Ships CMAA until I retire. Worked for XO Bos, and CO Capt. Harris. I think I had the smartest, sharpest Division of Master at Arms in the Navy. All had to be at least 3.5 for me to take them. It was a pleasure to be their Chief. They worked their rears off, even the TAD Air Wing personnel. BM1 Gray was my LPO. An outstanding sailor. I have been looking for W."Willy" Green ICC, E Div. Anyone know his where about's?

Friday October 23, 2015 - 10:29 AM
Name: Emilio Aerjorn   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: ex-ABH1
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): Not aboard Coral Sea
Location:
Comments: I wish to inform you of the death of Edward C. Dixon, ABEC, USN (Ret). Ed served aboard USS Coral Sea V-2 Division 1963-1968 as ABE1 . He served US Navy for twenty years retiring in 1975.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2015/oct/19/edward-c-dixon/?obits

Thursday October 22, 2015 - 12:57 PM
Name: Josh Stumpf  
Rank/Rate: NA
Division/Squadron: NA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): late 60s
Location: Little Falls Minnesota USA
Comments: Hello, my name is Josh and my father was aboard the Coral Sea in the late 60s. He has been searching for contact that he may have served with. He worked the elevators and pushed the planes around deck. His name is Al (Albert) Krueger and lives just several miles from me. He doesn't have a computer so I am trying to help him out being so many of his friends are passing away. He is very involved in veteran benefits. Please feel free to email me or contact me at 320-266-5933.

Thanks and thank you for your services to our Country
Josh

Thursday October 22, 2015 - 07:25 AM
Name: James R. Williams (Willie)  
Rank/Rate: AMS-2 E-5
Division/Squadron: V-6
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960-1963
Location: Lake Charles Louisiana USA
Comments: Having just turned 75 years young; I find it to be an honor to be reporting in for another year! Actually, never thought I would be around this long. I spent my 4 year navy tour on the gray lady and V-6 division. From 62 and 63, I was a crew member of the COD,032. and also when the call sign TF was changed to CIA.

Wednesday October 21, 2015 - 07:07 PM
Name: Dave Peterson  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: V-5 Air Department
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-68
Location: Grand Ledge Michigan United States
Comments: to Roger DiVitto ,

I served on the Coral Maru from Sept of 1967 thru Nov of 68 . Working in the V-5 Dept meant I was in the " tower " during launches and recoveries . I can't really fathom how much stress you guys on the flight deck went through . I did know a few guys from the arresting gear crew , like Tim Orngard . Since then I have joined the local VFW and am quite active in it's activities .

Dave Peterson

Tuesday October 20, 2015 - 08:23 PM
Name: Jim Taylor  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: X Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1971
Location: Fort Woth Texas USA
Comments: Looking for David Thurman X-Div. Legal and Randy Ford AIMD If anyone has any information, I would love to know about them. Thanks!

Tuesday October 20, 2015 - 09:25 AM
Name: Sid (Doc) Dockery  
Rank/Rate: BTFN
Division/Squadron: B-Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1974-1978
Location: Northport Alabama USA
Comments: To all shipmates who ordered Patches at the Re-union in Charleston!!! I had back to back week-end trips and running a little behind on getting them sewn out and shipped... They will all ship by the end of this week! Thank you for your patience!!! Doc

Monday October 19, 2015 - 09:35 AM
Name: David Cate  
Rank/Rate: aa
Division/Squadron: 155
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967 1968 cruise
Location: miamisburg ohio united states
Comments: I served with attack squadron 155 67 68 cruise

Wednesday October 07, 2015 - 11:29 AM
Name: Charles M. Morgan  
Rank/Rate: AZ3
Division/Squadron: VF-151
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Lake City Florida USA
Comments: Really could you not make ordering from the small stores a little more complicatied? Tried printing the order form, 39 pages later I had the whole catalog. Lots of pictures of patches and things, but what do the shirts, jackets and caps look like?

Sunday October 04, 2015 - 10:21 PM
Name: David Mcpherson [Mac}  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1966
Location: Norfolk Va USA
Comments: Like to find Terry Curry

Friday September 25, 2015 - 09:44 AM
Name: Robert "Bob" King  
Rank/Rate: AS2
Division/Squadron: IM4/Ships Company
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1987-Final Decom
Location: Hardinsburg Kentucky USA
Comments: Reported aboard while ported in Naples Italy with 2 Shipmates, You know who you are. If you see this, Contact Me. To all that remember Our last 2 Med Cruises, Contact Me. rceking@live.com

Monday September 14, 2015 - 11:47 AM
Name: glendon s (andy) anderson  
Rank/Rate: abh-3
Division/Squadron: vi rep-8
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961-1965
Location: longview texas gregglooking for any one on
Comments: looking for any one that was aboard from 1961 two 1965 in v1 rep 8

Monday September 14, 2015 - 11:14 AM
Name: Greg Hawke  
Rank/Rate: BT2
Division/Squadron: B division 4 Charlie fireroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-70
Location: Hales Corners Wisconsin
Comments: Jim Cline, are you out there? I tried to send an email to you, came back undeliverable. Send me an email if you see this.

Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 10:46 PM
Name: John C. Holder  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1969
Location: Chesterfield Va. USA
Comments: I'm going to be at the reunion in October and hope to see some guys from Main Control.

Sunday August 30, 2015 - 09:41 PM
Name: William V. Renfro  
Rank/Rate: GMG 3
Division/Squadron: 5Th Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 70-74
Location: Urbana Il USA
Comments: Looking for shipmates!

Thursday August 27, 2015 - 04:28 PM
Name: James D. Blackmon (Blackie)  
Rank/Rate: ADJ-3
Division/Squadron: V-6 (COD Crew)
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961-1962
Location: Hereford Texas USA
Comments: Looking for any history & pictures relating to the COD crewmembers and the aircraft TF-1 nose #032 1961 tob1962

Thursday August 27, 2015 - 10:10 AM
Name: Dave Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: Thomas, Make that "agent orange blue water". oops

Thursday August 27, 2015 - 10:08 AM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: Thomas, Google "agent blue water",you will get lots of sites.

Wednesday August 26, 2015 - 03:37 PM
Name: Thomas Drake  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: V-3 & V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967 - 1970
Location: Sebring Florida USA
Comments: Would love to know if any of my shipmates are on this site. I worked on the hanger deck pushing planes, sound powered phone, and elevator operator. also worked in flight deck control, and elevator operator. Does anyone else suffer from agent orange, and what are your experiences with VA claims.

Wednesday August 26, 2015 - 10:36 AM
Name: Bob Ferullo  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: CM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1968
Location: Stamford CT USA
Comments: I'm thinking of attending the 2015 reunion in Charleston in October. Anyone from my division/time going?

Sunday August 23, 2015 - 10:40 AM
Name: Charles Hegenbart  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Hohenwald TN USA
Comments: I found a bracelet among my mothers things. Seems to made of nickle and has this printed (embossed) on it.

LT JG Norris Charles
30 Dec 71

Would like to return it to it's owner

Saturday August 22, 2015 - 10:37 PM
Name: Kevin (Rocky) Renaud  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: A-Gang
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1986- 1990
Location: Ridgway Pa USA
Comments: I would love to hear from anyone I served with...

Friday August 21, 2015 - 01:51 PM
Name: John Baxter  
Rank/Rate: airman
Division/Squadron: V-4
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-72
Location:
Comments: Any one in V-4 1969-73 Get in touch with me via E mail !

Tuesday August 11, 2015 - 06:24 PM
Name: Gary (Sonny) McDonald  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 73-74
Location:
Comments: My name is Elizabeth and my father served on the USS Coral Sea. I was wanting to see if anybody has any stories about him. I would love to hear them. Please email me.

Thursday July 23, 2015 - 02:03 PM
Name: Marty W. Faulkner  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: AIO/Strike Ops
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1974
Location: Fort Worth Texas USA
Comments: Need for find out information on Blue Water Navy/Agent Orange. The USS Coral Sea is not on VA list Trying to refile claims to VA for diabetes and cancer. Any information would be appreciated

Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 03:52 PM
Name: Gary LaBombard  
Rank/Rate: SFM-2
Division/Squadron: R
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1967
Location: Piedmont South Carolina United States
Comments: Look forward to hooking up on reunions & internet any of those great guys I served with from "R" division. Been a long time, hope many of us are still here.

Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 11:03 AM
Name: thomas drake  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: V-3 &V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-170
Location: sebring florida usa
Comments: looking for shipmmates that i served with to help me varify a veterans claim and to see if there is anyone still alive after all the years that have gone by please take the time to e-mail

Wednesday July 22, 2015 - 10:44 AM
Name: Thomas Drake  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: V-3 &V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Sebring Florida USA
Comments: What is your favorite color

Monday July 20, 2015 - 12:08 PM
Name: James A Yearnd  
Rank/Rate: IM3
Division/Squadron: S3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Harvard IL US
Comments: Served repairing typewriters and other office machines.
My office was B02-10-30A I also took a ton of photographs that are limited in available cause I cannot scan the 4x5 negatives but be willing to work with anyone who can.
My most important memories were of the mining activities, "Operation End-sweep"
Visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan and reporting for the first time while the ship was in dry dock in Hunters Point.

Thursday July 16, 2015 - 09:57 AM
Name: jerry earl  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron: VA22
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1974
Location: TIJERAS NM USA
Comments: I have corrected the squadron. I would like to hear from anyone serving at the time I served, in my squadron.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 - 03:46 PM
Name: Ramon Gaeding  
Rank/Rate: E3-ABHAN
Division/Squadron: V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1979-81
Location: Chicago IL USA
Comments: Trying to connect to a couple of good friends while aboard the Ageless Warrior. Russ Harry, Stewart Copeland and Chris Schenk(may have misspelled that last name, sorry)If you guys are around, send me an email. Would love to hear from you guys and catch up. Email me at Rayding@sbcglobal.net

Monday July 13, 2015 - 02:37 PM
Name: Ron "Robbie" Roberts  
Rank/Rate: PN3
Division/Squadron: X
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1964
Location: Baldwin Maryland USA
Comments: Reported aboard Jan or Feb (can't quite remember anymore) '62 in Yokosuka, Japan. I had just turned 18 years old in January. They immediately sent me to messcook duty. Got in a fight in the spud locker. Two guys jumped me for dumping garbage from the scullery in their spaces. One guy held me, the other guy punched my lights out. But I was a PN and got assigned to the Personnel Office. I didn't get mad but I damn sure got even if you know what I mean. I served with some of the finest guys you could imagine. Joe Hoesley, Chuck Bell, Dennis Woolworth, Dennis Westergreen, "Hap" Litzell, Danny Tom and many others. We were Golden Shellbacks from the '63 visit to Sydney, Australia. Very proud of my service time. Still wear my Coral Sea hat and jacket. Plan on going to the reunion in Charleston, SC in October. I have only been to two other reunions but they really are special. Hope to see some of the guys there that I served with. Smooth sailing to one and all.

Sunday July 12, 2015 - 09:28 AM
Name: Tony Youmans  
Rank/Rate: airman
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 78 to 81
Location: Alamedia Naval air station California USA
Comments: world war class carrier oldest active in navy at that time.102 day Indian ocean Iranian hostage crisses

Friday July 10, 2015 - 06:03 AM
Name: Marc Remhof  
Rank/Rate: AMH-3
Division/Squadron: VA-94
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1972 1973
Location: Inver Grove Heights MN United States
Comments: Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. One quick comment on today's picture (July 10, 2015). The photo was take sometime during the '71-'72 WesPac cruise. The paint designs on the F-4's and A-7's are from that cruise.

Thursday July 09, 2015 - 01:30 PM
Name: Jay Griffiths  
Rank/Rate: HT2
Division/Squadron: R-Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 81-85
Location: St Paul MN USA
Comments: I emailed an order for some items from the ships store on 6/22/15. I have not received a confirmation or anything. Does anyone read these to find out if I will be getting my order?

Thursday July 09, 2015 - 01:04 PM
Name: jerry earl  
Rank/Rate: AR/E1
Division/Squadron: VAF21-MIRAMAR
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1974
Location: tijeras nm USA
Comments: Please contact me if you were in my squad.

Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 06:48 PM
Name: Donald M. Windham  
Rank/Rate: E3
Division/Squadron: Air Group 15 Squadron 152
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960 & 1961
Location: Haysville Kansas United States
Comments: would like to find patches for the westpac cruise in 1960 and 1961. Was aboard Coral Sea with Air Group 15 for these two cruises. Was sent back to the states when the Ship was in Subic Bay and somehow I lost all my cruise patches. These are the only two I have not been able to replace.

Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 11:58 AM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: Oops, that was August 66, sorry bout that

Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 11:56 AM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL 60134
Comments: We went into dry dock in yokosuka in august 67. They kept us on the ship, no barracks. That was when I realized how narrow the afterbraw was, looking down to the botom of the dry dock waaaaaay down there kept a lot of us from getting drunk. I sure didn't want to be wobbly crossing that skinny thing.

Friday July 03, 2015 - 01:09 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: MMFN
Division/Squadron: M Div 2 Eng.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Franklin Ind USA
Comments: Walt

I remember that dry dock well. I got so drunk I couldn't find the barracks they put us in, what a night what ever I remember about it I may have got drunk but by god I staggered back like a sailor.



Thumper

Thursday July 02, 2015 - 09:13 PM
Name: Wally Elgert  
Rank/Rate: FNMM
Division/Squadron: M-Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968/1972
Location: Lincon Park Michigan USA
Comments: July 2nd 1970 Hunters Point I remember that ,they took Fleet Sailors off the ship and put us in barracks, then allowed drinking in those barracks , What where they thinking , got to love it.
Big Ben we will always be sailors !!!!

Thursday July 02, 2015 - 07:09 PM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva Il USA
Comments: One day you are young, then you wake and realize you are old. It was 48 years ago July 1st, 1967 I arrive home, no longer a sailor, just some guy trying to figure out what to do with himself for the rest of his life. Was proud to have served at a time when most of my age mates were acting like fools and to thick headed to know how good they had it. God bless my shipmates and those currently serving.

Monday June 22, 2015 - 07:22 PM
Name: Joseph W Blandford (Speed)  
Rank/Rate: 2nd class Petty Officer
Division/Squadron: S2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1/49 - 10/52
Location: Lowell IN USA
Comments: My tour aboard the Coral Sea was a great experience.
Any old friends out there.

Monday June 22, 2015 - 07:06 PM
Name: Joseph W Blandford  
Rank/Rate: 2nd class Petty Officer
Division/Squadron: S2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1/49 - 10/52
Location: Lowell IN USA
Comments: The four years aboard the Coral Sea was a great experience.
Any old friends out there ?

Monday June 22, 2015 - 06:23 PM
Name: John Firth  
Rank/Rate: AMS-3
Division/Squadron: HC-1 DET 43
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67. 1967-68
Location: Hampton Georgia USA
Comments: I would to hear from HC1 members who served with me

Thursday June 18, 2015 - 04:33 PM
Name: Ralph R. Cardenas  
Rank/Rate: E7/HMCPO
Division/Squadron: Medical
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1976-1977
Location: San Antonio Texas U.S.
Comments: Have been looking for this so as to locate fellow shipmates, as well as any reunions.

Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 08:23 AM
Name: Charles Daff  
Rank/Rate: E-5 /MM2
Division/Squadron: M-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1982-1986
Location: Canfield OH United States
Comments: Just found this association while surfing the web for articles on the USS Coral Sea. Application for membership is going in the mail today!

Monday June 08, 2015 - 10:13 AM
Name: Chrisopher Thomas  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: A-Gang Hydraulics
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1987-1990
Location: USA
Comments: I was a member of her last "Med", it was called short because of budget concerns. On our way back to the States we told anything we didn't want to have to carry off the ship in Portsmouth (Shipyard) it was to go over the side. Lot's of materials on the bottom of the Atlantic. Moved to the Kitty Hawk CV-63 in Philly while she was still undergoing SLEP.

Sunday June 07, 2015 - 09:46 AM
Name: charles ( Chuck) Holder  
Rank/Rate: AKC
Division/Squadron: S-6 (ASD)
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1976-1979
Location: Tempe Az USA
Comments: Enjoyed my tour and retired June 1981 from NAS Alameda Ca,

Sunday May 31, 2015 - 07:23 PM
Name: Hunter Kilpatrick  
Rank/Rate: AT3
Division/Squadron: Hs-10
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1978
Location: Morro Bay California United States
Comments: I saw a truck today with this associations bumper sticker, tried to catch them but couldn't. I served one short tour on the Coral Sea for NATOPS Evals in 1978. Before today I didn't know this group existed and very happy to have found you.

Friday May 29, 2015 - 04:23 PM
Name: Michael J Lennon  
Rank/Rate: MM-3
Division/Squadron: M-Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: LONG BEACH CA United States
Comments: Mike(Doc)Lennon MM-3 M-Div #3 group 1973-1976 Looking for Richard (big Red or El Rojo) Pierce.(Spelling questionable)

Friday May 29, 2015 - 10:45 AM
Name: Jesse B Honeycutti   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: CS3
Division/Squadron: S2 Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-1969
Location: Stantonsburg NC USA
Comments: trying to locate Alan Trimble and Michael l Vickers. Ph.252-289-5707

Wednesday May 27, 2015 - 11:10 PM
Name: Robert Reed  
Rank/Rate: FTG2
Division/Squadron: Fox
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1959-1962
Location: Redding California Usa
Comments: I was with the recommissioning crew when it came out of FRAM

Monday May 25, 2015 - 03:51 PM
Name: Leonard Lee Gee  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: Aviation
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1971
Location: San Francisco California USA
Comments: I am looking for some old shipmates that were on the Coral Sea during the years of 69-71. Do any of you remember the PURPLE HEART ceremony aboard the Coral Sea in 1970. I and some other guys were awarded the PURPLE HEART medals. I think the captains name at that time was Gorse Line. If any one can remember this please contact me at 415-368-3407.

Tuesday May 19, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Name: John H. Ranson  
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas KY USA
Comments: Shipmates,
I want to make all of you aware of very important legislation affecting Viet Nam “Deep Water” Navy personnel. Contact your Members of Congress now and urge them to co-sponsor and support HR. 969. The companion Senate bill is S.681. Contact your US Senators and urge them to co-sponsor and support that bill also. Those of you who are members of the Fleet Reserve Assoc. can refer to the article regarding this important legislation on page 9 of the May 2015 issue of the FRA Magazine. Contact me if you need your Congressman’s and Senators points of contact. Call their offices or send e-mail messages. Do not send messages by US mail. Due to screening of mail, they may never get the letter. This is very important to those of us who served in the Tonkin Gulf during the Viet Nam war.

Tuesday May 19, 2015 - 03:19 AM
Name: Joe Fraser  
Rank/Rate: SK3
Division/Squadron: S-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964-66
Location: Memphis TN USA
Comments: Hi Ollie. Send me an e-mail.

Monday May 18, 2015 - 06:51 PM
Name: Ollie Lofton   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: SK3
Division/Squadron: Supply
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1967
Location: Ontario California USA
Comments: Looking for anyone who was in Supply at that time

Sunday May 17, 2015 - 07:27 PM
Name: keith dixon  
Rank/Rate: e4
Division/Squadron: oc
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1977-1980
Location: CHARLOTTE NC United States
Comments: looking for some of my old Catcc..buds

Tuesday May 12, 2015 - 11:10 AM
Name: Ricky Burks  
Rank/Rate: LCPL.
Division/Squadron: Marine Detachment
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1977-1979
Location: Kansas City, Kansas United States
Comments: I served aboard the USS CORAL SEA from 1977-1979.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 - 09:59 AM
Name: Ernest De La Rosa  
Rank/Rate: E4/BM
Division/Squadron: 1st Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1969
Location: Weatherford TX United States
Comments: Miss the OLD Girl

Monday May 11, 2015 - 08:34 PM
Name: Ralph Wooden  
Rank/Rate: ADJ3
Division/Squadron: V3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1966
Location: Carrolton Mo. USA
Comments: Looking For Dan Dial Houston TX.

Friday May 08, 2015 - 08:36 AM
Name: Roger DiVitto  
Rank/Rate: ABF2
Division/Squadron: V-4 Grape Crew
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): Sept 68 - Apr 72
Location: Oak Forest Illinois USA
Comments: I have had to 'block' a lot of what I experienced during my time on the Coral Maru. Have not been in contact will anyone since I left the ship. Some tough times in the 68-69 and 69-70 west-pac cruises. Most of what I remember was the stress involved with working on the flight deck during flight-ops especially the night time operations, still makes me anxious. Worked with a great group of guys very professional during flight operations, crazy/prankish guys when we got to port. First ? in port 'Where's the milk?', second ? What time do the bars open? AHH Olongopo, Philippines (once called sin city of the world) what a great liberty port, exciting especially when there were 2 carriers docked. Base sailors hated to see a carrier come into port, prices for just about anything went through the roof. Girls, booze, switchblades, shoe shines (get any on your whites)you know all that fun stuff. Going through some of the 2014 guest book filings really brought back memories. God bless to all that I served with, hope age hasn't done you wrong.

Tuesday May 05, 2015 - 11:21 AM
Name: Gene Brown  
Rank/Rate: BR1
Division/Squadron: B
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1966
Location: Rochester NY USA
Comments: Looking for Charlie Githens (B Div) and Charlie Wright (B Div)

Sunday May 03, 2015 - 08:13 PM
Name: Lewis Clark  
Rank/Rate: E-9
Division/Squadron: Ship Serviceman
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1987-1989
Location: Sibley La USA
Comments: She was a grand old gal...Retired from her.

Sunday May 03, 2015 - 09:00 AM
Name: Charles Gilpatric  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: 3rd div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69-71
Location: Lisbon Maine
Comments: still trying to find David Trout who I served with. She was a great ship and hated to see her torn apart like that. what a history she had and the honor.

Saturday May 02, 2015 - 08:51 PM
Name: Rodney Lynn Nixon  
Rank/Rate: Sgt USMC
Division/Squadron: VMA(AW)224
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 71-72
Location: Hoover AL USA
Comments: Worked for H&MS-14 at Cherry Point, NC and was assigned to 224 for the WestPac cruise. Tested and repaired electronic equipment. Have good memories of Subic Bay, Grande Island, Olongapo City, Hong Kong, Japan, and Pearl Harbor. Remember the mining of Haiphong Harbor, because it was on my 21st birthday, 9 May 1972.

Friday May 01, 2015 - 08:15 PM
Name: Robert Wheelock  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: VMA-224
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 71-72
Location: Coeur d' Alene Idaho United States
Comments: Havn't posted on this site for a few years, and new guys out there from 224?

Friday May 01, 2015 - 08:42 AM
Name: James M Stephenson  
Rank/Rate: ATAN
Division/Squadron: AIMD SEAOPDET
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1989-1990
Location:
Comments: Worked in avionics Com/Nav shop.

Monday April 27, 2015 - 05:22 PM
Name: Jim Johnson  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: OC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972 - 1973
Location: Madison WI
Comments: Got home yesterday from the Spring Fling in Springfield, IL. We had a great time as usual. Met some first time attendees Nice making new friends and renewing old friendships. I hope all had as much fun as I did. Jon Lickey did a great job getting everything started. Too bad he was injured and could only spend a few hours on Saturday with us. Good time and good company as always.

Sunday April 26, 2015 - 01:02 PM
Name: John L. Willis  
Rank/Rate: AO2/AZ2
Division/Squadron: G/XMAA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964 - 1967
Location: Oak Grove AL USA
Comments: Hello to all former shipmates. I'm still trying to get info on shipmate C. W. Fortune, G Division, aboard 64-67 era. Several shipmates are trying to locate C.W. "Nick" or "Bill" Fortune for possible meeting in western U.S. I did not realize earlier that e-mail addresses were not included in guestbook postings, so please contact me with any info you might have on "Nick" or "Bill." Sorry, I don't know his duty station in G Division... perhaps you can help with some info. I'm listed in Sylacauga, AL telephone directory. I salute you all.

Friday April 24, 2015 - 08:40 PM
Name: Robert S. Webber, Jr.  
Rank/Rate: MM2
Division/Squadron: A Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1981-1985
Location: Evans GA USA
Comments: Great looking over the old pictures and reading some of the comments. She was a Great Ship and I am proud to have served aboard her. I have great memories of my time aboard. My oldest has just entered the Army (Navy just not his thing). I have tried to instill in him the thoughts of protectingservingrespectinghonoring your fellow mates by being the best you can. I truly believe he has understood and does follow those thoughts. To my fellow Shipmates God Speed and may Seas be calm.

Friday April 24, 2015 - 02:40 PM
Name: James (CHRIS) Cowan  
Rank/Rate: ABE-2
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-82
Location: Tacoma WA USA
Comments: Lest we forget, 35yrs ago,Iran hostage rescue attempt. Dave Taylor (plat/lens) you out there brother?

Friday April 24, 2015 - 02:36 PM
Name: James (CHRIS) Cowan  
Rank/Rate: ABE-2
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-82
Location: Tacoma WA USA
Comments: MMMMMMMM,Mystery meat & chicken feet,need a bottle o' White Castle.

Thursday April 23, 2015 - 02:29 PM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: That is supposed to read "monkeys RATS and cats".

Thursday April 23, 2015 - 02:27 PM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO#
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: Remember the mystery meat on a stick at the jeepney turn around at subic? It sure was tasty, although I was concerned about the lack of monkeys tats and cats in the area.

Wednesday April 15, 2015 - 11:18 AM
Name: Kenneth R Smith  
Rank/Rate: BM3/
Division/Squadron: Third Division /
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966/1970
Location: Ray OHIO USA
Comments: Looking for Kenny Frazer 😀

Monday April 13, 2015 - 02:19 PM
Name: John L. Willis  
Rank/Rate: AO2/AZ2
Division/Squadron: G/XMAA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964 - 1967
Location: Oak Grove AL 35150-6707
Comments: Hello shipmates,
I would like to locate "Nick" Fortune, former shipmate, G Division, 1965 - 1967 era. I have 6 former G- Div. shipmates trying to locate "Nick." Anyone with info, please e-mail me. Thank you.

Sunday April 12, 2015 - 02:53 PM
Name: John Vecero  
Rank/Rate: ADJ3
Division/Squadron: VF 161Troubleshooters
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-70
Location:
Comments: Marc, the switch was located in the Port main gear well. The troubleshooter threw the switch an a signal from the Cat Officer

Sunday April 05, 2015 - 05:43 PM
Name: Marc Remhof  
Rank/Rate: AMH-3
Division/Squadron: VA-94
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 71-72 & 73
Location: Inver Grove Heights MN United States
Comments: O.K. shipmates, some of us from Attack Squadron 94 are looking for an answer that has been on our minds lately. Remember now, our minds aren't what they used to be.
The question: How was the nose strut extended on the F-4's prior to cat launch? Some of us were trouble shooters during our time on board and we just can't recollect how that strut extended. We have discovered that it was not a switch in the cockpit, so it had to be a cat crew member. Anyone out there know the answer? Contact Rem at remhof@q.com with the answer. No prize, just a hearty thanks.
Rem

Sunday April 05, 2015 - 01:44 PM
Name: John Ranson  
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas KY USA
Comments: Happy Easter to all Shipmates. I hope to see many of you at the Spring fling. Check out the registration info in "Sea Breeze".
Godspeed!

Sunday April 05, 2015 - 06:14 AM
Name: Rudolph Lawrence Beacham  
Rank/Rate: BT-3
Division/Squadron: B
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1969
Location: Chocowinity North Carolina Beaufort
Comments: Hope that everyone has a very HAPPY EASTER

Saturday April 04, 2015 - 04:59 PM
Name: Greg Hawke  
Rank/Rate: BT2
Division/Squadron: B division 4 Charlie fireroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-70
Location: Hales Corners Wi United States
Comments: Looking to see if there's any BTs from 67-70 living in the Phoenix area.
I'm in the area for a while.
Send me an email.

Thursday March 26, 2015 - 12:54 PM
Name: Jim Coleman  
Rank/Rate: ABH2
Division/Squadron: V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1973
Location: Mosinee WI USA
Comments: I served om the flight deck as a yellow shirt and the FLY 3 PO. I remember long hard hours on the flight deck of alpha strikes, recovering aircraft in the barricade and the mining of Haiphong Harbor. I am currently serving on the board of directors for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, flying veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorials. I have many memories of the crew and ship from the 2 cruises aboard her.

Monday March 23, 2015 - 04:51 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN / MM
Division/Squadron: M Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Franklin Ind USA
Comments: It took you a little longer too get ticked off then it did me Big Ben. It is a shame fools do it. We are having our USS Coral Sea reunion next month as you probably know, I will see if the web sight can do anything about it, more then likely not but at least they don't leave the crap on there.

Tim Coble

Monday March 23, 2015 - 03:42 PM
Name: David "Big Ben" Bollt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: How F....D in the head do you have to be to get your jollies screwing with sites just to make yourself feel good.

Saturday March 21, 2015 - 09:57 PM
Name: Duane Miller  
Rank/Rate: MM2
Division/Squadron: M-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1988-1990
Location:
Comments: Looking for anyone who served with me, I was tagged with the nickname "Clyde" by a couple of jokesters, (Mike Hinkle and Jim Dowdy) in M-2 when I reported aboard, and it stuck like glue....

Thursday March 19, 2015 - 02:54 PM
Name: patrick shelley  
Rank/Rate: cyn4//rm4
Division/Squadron: radio
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): jan 1966-july 1967
Location: milwaukie or usa
Comments: just wondering if anyone i knew is reading this// thank you

Thursday March 19, 2015 - 11:25 AM
Name: Charles Thornburgh  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: OR
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960-1962
Location:
Comments: Served aboard 1960-1962. I am a Plank Leaser. Part of the recommissioning
crew in January 1960 at Bremerton Naval Shipyard in Washington. Also attended the decommissioning ceremony in Norfolk, VA in April 1990.

Monday March 16, 2015 - 12:10 AM
Name: Mike McCreary   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: SH-2
Division/Squadron: S-3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1975
Location: Vancouver Washington USA
Comments: Shipmates: I ran the ships store located across from the doggy diner and also the officers store.

Sunday March 15, 2015 - 09:28 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN/#2 Eng.
Division/Squadron: M Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Franklin Ind USA
Comments: Mary

My name is Tim Coble I was on the Coral Sea the same time 1967-1971 and I also was an MM. If you could give a little bit more information maybe me or some of the guys could put something together for you, may be we can, hope so. We are going too have a reunion in Springfield, Ill. next month we can also work on it there.


Tim Coble

Sunday March 15, 2015 - 08:22 PM
Name: mary williams on behalf of Jarvis Henson  
Rank/Rate: E3/ machinist mate
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: San Antonio Texas United States
Comments: Looking for information about the USS Coral Sea. My father was on board and has recently passed and I am attempting to make a memorandum of his time on board.

Friday March 13, 2015 - 09:39 AM
Name: Martin (Marty) Ort  
Rank/Rate: ADJ3
Division/Squadron: V-6
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 65-67
Location: Charlotte Hall MD. USA.
Comments: I'm looking for anyone who was on board ship in V6 division somewhere in between 1965 & 1967. I have a cruse book with a lot of pictures, however none of them are pictures of me. I know of one sailor who I am in touch with but that's about it. I was a compartment cleaner then went on to work on the yellow gear equipment.

Thank you for your help.

Wednesday March 11, 2015 - 05:05 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN #2 Eng.
Division/Squadron: M
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: franklin Ind. USA
Comments: You are right Big Ben a tree hugger is a person concerned about the environment but too the extent of being an idiot conservation its good too an extent, when you go so far you turn into an idiot. You are right though the bell has been rang let it go.


Coble

Wednesday March 11, 2015 - 08:57 AM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: I don't wish to put anything on this site but Navy related items, BUT....
A "tree hugger" is a person who has concerns about the environment. Those idiots writing about DR. Whatsisface are idiots and scammers. So let's leave at that please.
Also does anybody understand the Navies new division numbering system? I can't figure out what G-? number is the old GM (Guided Missile) division. Thanx

Tuesday March 10, 2015 - 02:20 PM
Name: Wally Elgert  
Rank/Rate: MMFN
Division/Squadron: M Div #2 Engineroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968/1972
Location: Lincoln Park Michigan USA
Comments: Outstanding job on deleting, as Tim put it the tree huggers and there stupid idiotic posts leave the vet to vet sites alone , Fair Winds and Calm Seas to all who sail and have sailed them

Tuesday March 10, 2015 - 12:40 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN/MM
Division/Squadron: M Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Franklin Ind. USA
Comments: I would like too thank who ever is deleting all the nonsense all the tree huggers are putting on the guestbook site. Its sorry they have nothing better
too do with their lives then put that crap on a good vet web sight. (THANK YOU)

Tim Coble

Monday March 02, 2015 - 03:37 AM
Name: John P Simmons  
Rank/Rate: radiomen
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-?
Location: Johnstown PA USA
Comments: Writing to see if anyone remembers the squadron and my Dad John
Simmons (Jack) he would have been on board around 1963 out of San Diego. That is my email address please email me if you know him.

Sunday March 01, 2015 - 09:32 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M/2Eng.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Franklin Ind. USA
Comments: Who the Hell is all the idiot tree huggers that is putting down all this crap that who knows what it is for on the Coral Seas guestbook, that is not what the site is for. Hopefully the Association can figure out how too block all their garbage. Thank you!!

Friday February 27, 2015 - 10:30 AM
Name: Richard F Griswold  
Rank/Rate: AFCM /CMC Ret
Division/Squadron: CVWR=30
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1975
Location: Hamlin New York United States
Comments: Carrier Qual Air Wing off San Diego Calif. Great exp for pilot's and maint support pers. !! CVA-43 was my 7 th ship during my 26 yr tour !! P/S HU=2 NAS Lakehurst NJ was my 1st hitch // (8) Helo Dets (6) Ships And a World cruise with CVA =41 /USS Midway / 1954 = 1955 / Helo Det 35 / HUP=2 AC (6) Squids & (2) Pilots / Formosa China / Task force 77 / Com Car Div 3 / also add (6 ) Naval Air Stations V/R Dick Griswold

Thursday February 26, 2015 - 06:09 PM
Name: Juan lopez  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: San Antonio Texas United States
Comments: My name is Juan Lopez n I'm trying to find anybody who may remember my grandfather Roy "rocky" Montoya he served aboard in the mid 60's when he retired as I never met him im just looking for anyone who may have known him, I know he was a barber but thats all if any of you can help me I would be forever thankful...thank you

Wednesday February 25, 2015 - 05:45 PM
Name: michael hennen  
Rank/Rate: pfc
Division/Squadron: golf co. 2/9 3rd platoon
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): may 15th 1975
Location: savannah Tennessee United States
Comments: Thank you for taking us marines abour. semper fi to my naval brothers

Tuesday February 24, 2015 - 07:02 AM
Name: Jeffrey L Danner  
Rank/Rate: RM3
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1975
Location: Mooresville IN USA
Comments: Just found the site. Don't know if anyone on here remember my brother, Jerry Danner along with myself Jeffrey Danner. We served brother duty and he reenlisted on ship in tax free zone and stayed on ship until its decommission!

Thursday February 19, 2015 - 07:05 PM
Name: neil beaudoin  
Rank/Rate: e-2
Division/Squadron: vfa-137
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1987-1990
Location: st. ignace Michigan United States
Comments: Had a lot of good times sailing on this ship would like to hear from anybody from the ship or squadron during this time fr a me

Monday February 16, 2015 - 10:56 PM
Name: Bill Beauchamp  
Rank/Rate: MM-3
Division/Squadron: M
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-69
Location: Eureka Ca USA
Comments: Hope to see some of m divisions crew at this years reunion.

Monday February 16, 2015 - 05:55 PM
Name: Roger Ross  
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Bowling Green Ky USA
Comments: Shipmates, need a little help, the other day on the home page, was a picture of the Coral Sea being decommissioned. I would like a copy of this picture. the flag that was flying is the same flag that is setting on my mantle. I got it from the person that lowered it. I want to show this person that picture. thanks Roger.

Sunday February 15, 2015 - 11:37 AM
Name: John H Ranson  
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas KY USA
Comments: Attention all Plank owners,
I have a few small copies of plank owner certificates. These are wallet size, about the size of the membership cards. Send me a request by e-mail, US mail or call (859-781-2536) & I'll be glad to send you this card.
Godspeed!

Sunday February 15, 2015 - 11:16 AM
Name: James Johnson  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: OC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972 - 1973
Location: Madison WI
Comments: Dave Bolt the Midwest Spring Fling is in Springfield, IL at the Northfield Inn and Suites. The dates are April 23rd to the 26th. Registration information will be in the upcoming issue of the Sea Breeze. You can get basic information in the current Sea Breeze.

Saturday February 14, 2015 - 07:51 PM
Name: Dave Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva IL USA
Comments: Where and When is the Midwest Spring Fling?

Tuesday February 10, 2015 - 04:37 PM
Name: James Johnson  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: OC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972 - 1973
Location: Madison WI
Comments: Made my reservations for the Midwest Spring Fling end of April. Looking forward to it. See you there.

Monday February 09, 2015 - 06:27 PM
Name: Scott McKay  
Rank/Rate: PH2
Division/Squadron: PHOTO
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 3
Location: El Cajon CA USA
Comments: 1983-1986 World tour as photographer

Thursday February 05, 2015 - 12:05 AM
Name: Roger Ross  
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1971
Location: Bowling Green KY USA
Comments: I remember todays picture. spent many hours on watch there. I believe that Billy Joe Johnson was the one that drew the picture. he also drew pictures in no. 2 elevator on hydraulic tank of snoopy raising a plane with a jack on a elevator platform. can't remember if he drew any in no.1 and no. 3 elevator. he was a good artist and good friend. Happy New Year to all shipmates.

Tuesday February 03, 2015 - 07:25 PM
Name: James G. Najar  
Rank/Rate: AOAA/AO2
Division/Squadron: G-1 MISSILE SHOP
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-83
Location: HOUSTON TEXAS USA
Comments: I can honestly say that that this was the best command while serving in the navy from my weapons officer Cmdr Washbush and my Co Capt Dunlevy. Have alot of good memories from the ageless warrior. From the Iran Hostage rescue attemp,to the 102 consecative day's in the Persian Gulf. Miss alot of my shipmates, george goode,eddie medina, fred giest, rick garza, george ramos, roberto tobias,oscar luna, kevin vasquez.We were all part of this great carrier USS CORAL SEA, she may be gone but will never be forgotten. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS SHIPMATES...AO1 NAJAR

Tuesday February 03, 2015 - 04:11 PM
Name: Thomas L. Darkus  
Rank/Rate: DT2 [DTCS]
Division/Squadron: D Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-64
Location: Baguio City Philippines
Comments: Golden Shellback.

Tuesday February 03, 2015 - 05:46 AM
Name: Carl Erickson  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1980-1983
Location: Seattle Wa
Comments: Wat up M2? Longest shaft, best screw

Monday February 02, 2015 - 06:58 PM
Name: Greg Hawke  
Rank/Rate: BT2
Division/Squadron: B division 4 Charlie fireroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-70
Location: Hales Corners Wisconsin
Comments: Just looking at this day in Coral Sea history, Feb 2, 1948, shakedown cruise.
I was born days 5 days later.

Monday February 02, 2015 - 06:29 PM
Name: Ben F Perry  
Rank/Rate: mm2
Division/Squadron: M Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1966
Location: Valrico FL
Comments: It is easy to remember the good times. And sometimes the 18 hour days and 140 deg. heat in # 1 and #3 boiler feed pump rooms,

Friday January 30, 2015 - 07:53 AM
Name: Clarence Neander  
Rank/Rate: MM/2
Division/Squadron: M-Div 4 group
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/66 to 9/69
Location: Cornell IL.
Comments: Hi Tim Email I posted was correct; accrane@msn.com Please try again, I don't have an Email for you. Maybe try my phone 815-341-5928 Clarence

Thursday January 29, 2015 - 07:17 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M / 2 Eng.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-71
Location: Franklin Indiand USANeander
Comments: Neander

Some how I have received a wrong e-mail address for you, once again if you see this message send me the right e-mail for you at the e-mail you used for me the last time. Thanks

Coble

Thursday January 29, 2015 - 11:18 AM
Name: Clarence Neander  
Rank/Rate: MM/2
Division/Squadron: M-Div 4 group
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 6/66 to9/69
Location: Cornell IL.
Comments: Hey Tim
No Email from you yet, try again.
Clarence

Tuesday January 27, 2015 - 10:24 PM
Name: Ernie Evans  
Rank/Rate: E3
Division/Squadron: Snipe engine # 3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1975-1978
Location: Collierville TN United States
Comments: Was in Frequent Wind and the Mayaguez incident stationed on 2 westpac's in Olongapo visited Yokohama Japan, Perth Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Perth Korea. Would be cool to hear from anyone onboard at that time.

Tuesday January 27, 2015 - 09:23 PM
Name: Ronald D. Sofge   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: MR-2
Division/Squadron: A-Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1964
Location: San Jose California Santa Clara
Comments: I am the person who painted the Micrometer and Gear on the door of the Machine shop, in 1963.

Tuesday January 27, 2015 - 03:30 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M/ #2Engine
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-71
Location: Franklin Indiana USA
Comments: Neander

I know what you mean about the e-mail part of the guestbook it doesn't work I sent you my e-mail address . If you see this on the guest book send me an e-mail. If you didn't receive the e-mail let me know on this site.

Coble

Tuesday January 27, 2015 - 02:52 PM
Name: Rod McNeely  
Rank/Rate: AMS E-3
Division/Squadron: VA-55
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1984-1988
Location: Abingdon Illinois United States
Comments: Loved my time on the flightdeck as an Airframes Troubleshooter, I miss the job just not the military so much lol. I've got lifelong brothers that I still maintain contacts with and am always willing to help out a shipmate.

Friday January 23, 2015 - 02:11 PM
Name: Dave "Big Ben" Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 3/66-6/67
Location: Geneva Il USA
Comments: Say hey to all hands in Guided Missile Div. Extra hey to Chief Foote, Katz, Dave,
Spanky, Rowdy, Fisher etc. Kinda miss my youth as well as the Maru. Stay healthy, stay happy, and as the chief would say, a clean missile is a happy missile.

Friday January 23, 2015 - 10:34 AM
Name: Clarence Neander  
Rank/Rate: MM/2
Division/Squadron: M-Div 4 group
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 7/66 to 7/69
Location: Cornell Il. USA
Comments: Hi Elgert and Cobles, Sorry to hear about Lisi, recognize the name, having trouble put a face with it. Give me a shout via Email @ accrane@msn.com. I can't access yours through the guest book.

Friday January 23, 2015 - 07:49 AM
Name: Buddy Clayton  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: CR/COMM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1982-1986
Location: Guyton Georgia USA
Comments: Checking in for the new year. Onboard for the '83 World Cruise as well as collision at sea with oil tanker off Gitmo Bay, Cuba. Was saddened to hear the Gray Lady was scrapped! Have shown my kids and grands this website many times. Godspeed!

Thursday January 22, 2015 - 10:14 AM
Name: Tim Coble  
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M/ 2 engine
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967to1972
Location: Franklin Indiana USA
Comments: I didn't know you tried to put Sals death notice in before, you did it the right way. Your shipmate.

Tim Coble
Thumper

Wednesday January 21, 2015 - 04:06 PM
Name: Ron Elders   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: Gunnery
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961-1962
Location: Bonne Terre Mo USA
Comments: I was on a West Pac during 1961-62. DID TIME AS PART OF THE CRASH CREW ALSO.

Sunday January 18, 2015 - 06:59 PM
Name: Jim Barlow   No Email Address
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location:
Comments: I am transcribing the personal journal of Lt jg J. W. Hummel from his tour on CVA-43 From August to December 1967. I am looking for information about Lt. Hummel, his experience on Coral Sea and the roll of the ship in Vietnam.

Friday January 16, 2015 - 10:52 PM
Name: Richard Freitas  
Rank/Rate: DP3
Division/Squadron: S7
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968-1969
Location: Santa Rosa California USA
Comments: Will never forget the night the Zuni rocket went off on the forward mess deck. I was part of that rocket crew until 2 weeks before the event. RIP Pomeroy and Wooden.

Monday January 12, 2015 - 10:15 AM
Name: Leslie Katschor  
Rank/Rate: BTFN
Division/Squadron: B-2Div. 2-Baker
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: grand rapids mi,
Comments: 2 Baker Boiler - on coral sea 78-81

Tuesday January 06, 2015 - 04:50 PM
Name: Ophelia Donelson  
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Moore Oklahoma USA
Comments: Gary Eugene Baker my Father served on the USS Coral Sea from 1960-1964 Gary died September 16,2014. I have pictures of his Navy life aboard ship and of some of the ports he docked at. I would like to find the men in the pictures and let them know that their old shipmate has died. If anyone reading this is interested email me and I will share the pictures with you. Vern Goad, Don Sherrod and Fat Rat are the only ones I have identified by my Father. Booth and Kromall are names I also have, first or last name I don't know.

Monday January 05, 2015 - 11:19 AM
Name: Walter Elgert  
Rank/Rate: E3/E4 ?
Division/Squadron: M-Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968/1972
Location: Lincoln Park Michigan USA
Comments: Hello Fellow Shipmates
I am informing you of the passing of one of us on 7/6/2014, I notified the Association in Sept. of his passing but brought no response. So I am posting this now,
Salvatore T. Lisi FN
M-Div.
1967/1971
Assigned #2 Engineroom

Passed away on 7/6/2014
Dedicated Sailor, Great Friend ,Loved life, He will be missed by many.

Friday January 02, 2015 - 06:20 PM
Name: David Ingham  
Rank/Rate: OS-3
Division/Squadron: OI
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1970-1973
Location: San Angelo Texas USA
Comments: Anyone in OI during those years.

Thursday January 01, 2015 - 07:43 AM
Name: John Baxter  
Rank/Rate: Airman E-3
Division/Squadron: V-4 V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69-72
Location: Marion ILL Williamson
Comments: Wishing all my shipmates and there families a very Happy new Year and Healthy!