USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Association
USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Association Guestbook 2017 USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Association
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Tuesday April 25, 2017 - 07:08 AM
Name: robert D. Gill jr.   No Email Address
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Comments: Can anybody tell me what medals, (Commendations, etc)were awarded to CVA-43 for the Nov.1971 to July 1972 westpac tour? Thank you !

Saturday April 22, 2017 - 08:25 PM
Rank/Rate: AO2
Division/Squadron: VAH-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961-64
Location: Brisbane Qld. Australia
Comments: April 22, 1963 0--180 East. I was there. In 2005 I married the girl (17) I (19) met in Sydney way back then. Thank you Coral Sea for the ride "Down Under."

Saturday April 22, 2017 - 08:08 PM
Name: James Jorgensen  
Rank/Rate: PFC
Division/Squadron: Marine Detachment
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960-1961
Location: El Dorado Hills Ca USA
Comments: I served as part of the decommission crew in January of 1960

Wednesday April 19, 2017 - 09:06 AM
Name: Jerry Clay  
Division/Squadron: Navy
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): Korean war
Location: Meridian Miss Lauderdale
Comments: I think my dad was on this ship in the Korean War Bernard M Clay. Was a deep sea diver

Tuesday April 18, 2017 - 02:18 PM
Name: Bill Hampton  
Rank/Rate: YN3
Division/Squadron: Weapons
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964-66
Comments: I was aboard for the longest cruise since WWII -- a year sailing up and down Nam. I was the yeoman for Weapons Division. Anyone I know out there?

Tuesday April 18, 2017 - 09:22 AM
Name: John Albert Handford  
Rank/Rate: IC2
Division/Squadron: E Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1972
Location: Center Sandwich NH USA
Comments: Was on board at the end of my enlistment when the Ship was in Vietnam.

Thursday April 13, 2017 - 01:25 PM
Name: Michael T. Fetter  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: V-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1974-1976
Location: Lockland Ohio USA
Comments: I was an ABH in V-1 I was Director #5 I also did the rehab for the ship

Thursday April 13, 2017 - 03:03 AM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Salem Ohio USA
Comments: My dad was on the initial deployment - he just passed in October 2016. He was a Machinist. And darn good at it! And he met my Mom in Boston.

Wednesday April 12, 2017 - 09:35 AM
Rank/Rate: BM3
Division/Squadron: 2ND DIVISION
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1974-1978
Comments: Just checking's been awhile. It's great to read the stories of all who served on her, from commissioning to decommissioning. What a long span of time that meant so much to those who sailed her, to the mark she made on our lives. We were thee best of the US Navy!

Sunday April 09, 2017 - 10:39 PM
Name: Harry Morrison   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: As3
Division/Squadron: Aims im-4
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1989-1990
Location: Denver Colorado Usa
Comments: Made the old girls last med cruise.
Lots of good and bad memories. Most of
All she was a good old and proud ship.

Monday April 03, 2017 - 07:53 AM
Name: glemnon (andy) anderson  
Rank/Rate: abh-3
Division/Squadron: rep-8 v-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1951-1965
Location: longview texas greg
Comments: on this day 54 years ago we set sail for a 9 month cruse we was the show boat of the western pacific we was only at sea notmore than 2 weeks at a time. just wondering how many of the men on her renbers this day i rember her very well i rember a simpsion cahill osburn griffih littlejohn sneed hendiness i just wonder how many are here with us 2 day any way i would like 2 hear fom any 1 that service on her i will never for get my time i servied oh the greatest ship in the word that my opion

Wednesday March 29, 2017 - 09:02 AM
Name: William s Burton  
Rank/Rate: ABF 3
Division/Squadron: V-4
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1986-1990
Location: Bowling Green Kentucky
Comments: Unforgettable time in my life . Couldn't wait to get out , now I wish I was still there

Wednesday March 29, 2017 - 08:46 AM
Name: Joseph Toms  
Rank/Rate: DC3
Division/Squadron: Damage Control Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966 to 1970
Location: Cincinnati Ohio Hamilton
Comments: I enjoy reading the Coral Sea Breeze .Hope to be at the fling in Erlanger Ky.See you there!

Wednesday March 22, 2017 - 07:40 PM
Name: Kelley PJ  
Rank/Rate: BM3
Division/Squadron: 1ST
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1960 1964
Location: Sacramento Ca 95816 USA
Comments: Part of the commission crew straight from boot to alameda, to Bremington Washington discharge in alameda ca

Monday March 20, 2017 - 04:05 PM
Name: Sean Sipos  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: Navigation
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1981-1984
Location: Rolling Hills California USA
Comments: Just making sure al my shipmates are happy and well!

Monday March 20, 2017 - 01:54 PM
Name: Jim Bradley   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: ASE-3
Division/Squadron: AIMD
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 72-74
Location: Fort Worth TX
Comments: ASC Robert Knox... Any chance you can attend the reunion in Corpus Christie in October? A bunch of the AS guys who worked with you are hoping to attend and having you there would be the icing on the cake. Hope to see you in Corpus...

Sunday March 19, 2017 - 01:34 PM
Name: Duane Harvey  
Rank/Rate: AK2
Division/Squadron: S-6
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964-1966
Location: Leander Texas United States
Comments: USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Aviation Supply S-6 Division 1964 - 1966

I am worried that our government will not recognize other countries Agent Orange diseases list which is much larger than ours for Blue Water Navy and Boots on land in the Vietnam War for our Veterans and families.

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, Canada, France, England, New Zealand, Thailand and etc., their Military and government, recognizes many more diseases due to Agent Orange, then the USA, even for their Blue Water Navy for serving in Vietnam war.

See my website for Agent Orange:

Blue Water Navy - The Forgotten - No Compensation for Us

Sunday March 19, 2017 - 12:35 AM
Name: Edwin Mitchell  
Rank/Rate: Rd 4
Division/Squadron: OI
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965-1967
Location: Covina California usa
Comments: Great ship

Friday March 17, 2017 - 12:54 PM
Name: Tony Spagnolo  
Rank/Rate: Printer 1/c
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1947-48
Location: Hbg Pa.
Comments: Would anyone know how many men served aboard the Coral Sea while active?

Friday March 17, 2017 - 12:54 PM
Name: Tony Spagnolo  
Rank/Rate: Printer 1/c
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1947-48
Location: Hbg Pa.
Comments: Would anyone know how many men served aboard the Coral Sea while active?

Thursday March 16, 2017 - 04:36 PM
Name: PALMER, Richard L.  
Rank/Rate: AOC
Division/Squadron: "G" Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1973, 1983 CVW-14
Location: Phoenix Arizona USA
Comments: By far my favorite ship and my favorite time.

Thursday March 16, 2017 - 02:07 PM
Name: Mike Obritz   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: AMH-3
Division/Squadron: AIMD/AIR
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 77\80
Comments: I havn't been able to make a reunion in awhile deffinately would like to come to the next Spring fling, looking forward to more info. Take care Shipmates

Monday March 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM
Name: Sara Erager  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Vancouver WA
Comments: Hi, I'm looking for any information on my grandpa, Kermit Erager, from his time aboard. Thank you.

Saturday March 11, 2017 - 03:31 PM
Name: Charles "Bigun" Beneventi  
Rank/Rate: ABH3
Division/Squadron: V-1 crash &salvage
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1984-1988
Location: East Peoria Il USA
Comments: Checking in, miss the Old girl and all the shipmates

Monday March 06, 2017 - 05:27 PM
Name: Donald Streine  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: COMM/OPS
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1957-1960
Location: Corpus Christi - Select One - United States
Comments: WAS PART OF THE RE COMMISSION CREW IN Bremerton Washington after being transferred from the USS Bennington CVA20

Sunday March 05, 2017 - 05:21 AM
Name: Richard Hall   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: an
Division/Squadron: IM3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1973-1974
Comments: 73 westpac

Saturday March 04, 2017 - 06:26 PM
Name: Clarence Neander  
Rank/Rate: MM/2
Division/Squadron: M-Div 4 Grp.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 6-66 to 9-69
Location: Cornell ILLINOIS United States
Comments: The Coral Sea Memorial Plaque has been installed at the Mt Soledad National Veteran's memorial in San Diego, CA.. Plans are still being worked on for a dedication ceremony.
There will be information as to date and time posted on the website as it becomes available. Consider attending the dedication if you can

Saturday March 04, 2017 - 06:18 PM
Name: charles [chuck] gilpatric  
Rank/Rate: E3
Division/Squadron: 3rd div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69-71
Location: lisbon Me
Comments: slooking for you dave. would love to get in touch with you. she was a great ship and will live on in history.

Thursday February 23, 2017 - 08:31 PM
Name: Media Emil Colvin (Mec)   No Email Address
Division/Squadron: Admin/VA-65
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1986-1990
Location: Fayette Alabama USA
Comments: It was great memories during the Med Cruises and with the Today show coming onboard while in France. Harlem Globetrotters, and many more entertainers

Sunday February 19, 2017 - 03:17 PM
Name: Chuck Bell  
Rank/Rate: PN2
Division/Squadron: "X" Personnel Office
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 62-63
Location: Clinton Wi USA
Comments: All is well on this end, wishing the best to ALL Coral Sea mates.

Wednesday February 15, 2017 - 08:43 PM
Name: Mark Boberick  
Rank/Rate: E4
Division/Squadron: AC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1974
Location: Fairbanks AK
Comments: Anyone out there like me who served aboard the 43, involved in combat operations yet never awarded the Vietnam Service Medal? If so, you are likely eligible to receive that and more.
Having served from -72-'74, I didn't give it much thought when I was not awarded the VSM, yet my shipmates received $10,000 combat reenlistment bonuses during that same time frame.
I spent the next 30 years putting it behind me. In 2004, I contacted the Navy in an attempt to get the medal I believed I was entitled, yet received no assistance what so ever other than to be told that "hostilities had ceased in 1972." Well, I called bullshit on that.
Looking back through the annual cruise history of the 43, her squadrons lost 16 aircraft in combat operations over the course of the two cruises in '71/'72 and '73/'74.
In 2016 I decided to try again to get my combat service recognition, enlisting the assistance of my U.S. Senator, a member of the VA Committee. Much to my amazement and surprise, eight months later I am happy to say I was awarded both the VSM with one Bronze Star and the Navy Unit Citation, along with a corrected 214.
Will wonders never cease?

Wednesday February 15, 2017 - 01:02 PM
Name: Dennis Schutte  
Rank/Rate: ADJAN
Division/Squadron: Va95
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 76-77
Location: Potosi Missouri USA
Comments: 77 cruise VA95 line / power plants

Wednesday February 15, 2017 - 12:11 AM
Name: Tim J Johnson  
Rank/Rate: Ao E3
Division/Squadron: G-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1978-81
Location: Alameda CA. USA
Comments: If I could,I would do it all again. Except I would stay away from captains mass.I want to Thank all my shipmates even the time we were on the the coast of ran If I remember was 102 days. Thank You

Friday February 10, 2017 - 01:39 PM
Name: nicholas rao  
Rank/Rate: ab3
Division/Squadron: v4 div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1955 /1957
Location: brooklyn ny kings
Comments: the best time of my life

Tuesday February 07, 2017 - 01:05 PM
Name: Stan Griffin Reed   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: cpl
Division/Squadron: VMA(AW)-224
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1972
Location: Oneida TN USA
Comments: worked flight deck f/c a-6

Sunday February 05, 2017 - 01:56 PM
Name: Mark Boberick  
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: AT
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1974
Location: Fairbanks AK
Comments: Spent the first 30 years putting all that behind me and the last 15 trying to get official recognition for time served in the Gulf. Finally, in December of last year, with the help of my rep in the U.S. Senate, the Navy presented me with the Vietnam Service medal and a Unit citation. Now I'm trying to locate ship's and cruise patches for the period.

Sunday February 05, 2017 - 12:02 PM
Name: Jack Hines  
Rank/Rate: BT
Division/Squadron: B-5/oil shack/Evaps
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1979-1982
Location: Evansville Indiana USA
Comments: Any old shipmates that remember me feel free to email.

Monday January 30, 2017 - 02:45 AM
Name: Eugene J Carlino  
Rank/Rate: ABF3
Division/Squadron: V-4 Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1976=1978
Location: Pensacola FL USA
Comments: Just thought I'd look up and see if there was any the old Shipmates on this website

Sunday January 29, 2017 - 07:47 PM
Name: Ken Mohler  
Rank/Rate: GMT2
Division/Squadron: W
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961 - 1962
Location: Amherst NH USA
Comments: Fond memories of my time aboard the Coral Sea during the Wespac cruise 1961 - 1962

Sunday January 29, 2017 - 02:14 PM
Name: E.T. "Moe" Briggs  
Rank/Rate: CS 2
Division/Squadron: S2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1967
Location: Middleburg Florida USA
Comments: A great time in my life.

Wednesday January 25, 2017 - 04:32 AM
Name: Stephen Wolf  
Rank/Rate: E3
Division/Squadron: G div ordnance
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 70-72
Location: Astoria Ore Us
Comments: Anchors away

Tuesday January 24, 2017 - 03:21 PM
Name: tim   No Email Address
Division/Squadron: Grey Ghosts
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-81
Comments: Greatest F-4 Pilots in there time, always had the dirty bird
for there .....

Sunday January 15, 2017 - 01:13 PM
Name: John Baxter  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: V-4. V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69. - 72
Location: Marion ILL USA
Comments: Don't forget guy we have a great group on face book!

Sunday January 15, 2017 - 09:21 AM
Name: Charles Gilpatric   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: E2
Division/Squadron: 3rd
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69- 72
Location: Lisbon Me
Comments: t ship. would be nice to go back to the simpler times. Still looking for you David P Trout.

Wednesday January 11, 2017 - 09:05 AM
Name: Anthony (Tony) Spagnolo  
Rank/Rate: Ptr. 2nd class
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1947-48
Location: Harrisburg Pa. 17111 USA
Comments: I was on commissioning crew; does anyone know how many of the 1947 crew are still living? I will be 90 this year and hope to be at Corpus Christe.

Tuesday January 10, 2017 - 01:09 PM
Name: Eric K. Larson  
Rank/Rate: AA-AO3
Division/Squadron: G-1 Bomb Assy
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1980-1984
Location: Ferndale Washington United States
Comments: First time visit. Great Job and thanks!

Friday January 06, 2017 - 04:57 PM
Name: James Stotts  
Rank/Rate: AN
Division/Squadron: Port cat V-2 Div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1961-62
Location: Mountain View Arkansas United States
Comments: Happy New Year to my shipmates!!!!!!!!!!!!