USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Association
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Sunday February 18, 2018 - 01:53 PM
Name: catherine earl  
Rank/Rate: E1
Division/Squadron: VF-21
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1973
Location: moriarty nm usa
Comments: Did anyone serve with Jerry Earl in 72-73 ? I need to find any living shipmates who knew of his boots on the ground involvement. I am fighting the VA as surviving spouse.

Friday February 09, 2018 - 08:53 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 shipmates: The 2018 Midwest Spring Fling will be in Dayton. OH. Please check out the March 2018 issue of "Sea Breeze" for the registration form or contact me for the form. Hope to see a big turnout at this event.

Tuesday February 06, 2018 - 02:10 PM
Name: Richard Frasure  
Rank/Rate: E3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1979
Location: Benton City Washington US
Comments: Boiler Tech. 4B boiler

Monday February 05, 2018 - 02:28 PM
Name: Charles Nagle  
Rank/Rate: AD-1
Division/Squadron: HC-1 Det 3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-81
Location: Winter springs FL USA
Comments: Does anyone know the dates for the spring fling in Venice FL??

Friday February 02, 2018 - 04:29 PM
Name: Carl Young (CV)   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: BT3
Division/Squadron: B DIV.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1967
Location: Aguilar Colorado USA
Comments: Served 90% of my aboard time in 1Able fire room.

Friday February 02, 2018 - 04:29 PM
Name: Carl Young (CV)   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: BT3
Division/Squadron: B DIV.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-1967
Location: Aguilar Colorado USA
Comments: Served 90% of my aboard time in 1Able fire room.

Saturday January 27, 2018 - 10:38 AM
Name: Glendon S Anderson  
Rank/Rate: Abh-3
Division/Squadron: v1 rep 8
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 61-65
Location: longview Texas gregg
Comments: it been a long time ago

Thursday January 25, 2018 - 10:29 PM
Name: Camilla Idurre  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Missouri USA
Comments: 5 credit card rewards hacks to earn you more in 2018
More Info:

Thursday January 25, 2018 - 05:26 PM
Name: Tom  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-1969
Location: El Cerrito California USA
Comments: No comment

Wednesday January 17, 2018 - 02:44 PM
Name: Michael Preston  
Rank/Rate: E-3, DPSN
Division/Squadron: S-7
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1982-1985
Location: Port Orchard Washington USA
Comments: Arrived when the Ship was coming to Alameda. Was there for Hurricane Iwa and the World Cruise. Remember being so close to Australia, that we could pick up radio station only to go to the Gulf. Ran laps on the Flight deck during the Suez Canal transit. One day in Spain and none in Honduras, sad. Got to Norfolk and then into NNSY.

Tuesday January 09, 2018 - 09:21 AM
Name: Tony Spagnolo  
Rank/Rate: ptr1c
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1947-48
Location: Harrisburg PA
Comments: I was on the commissioning crew Oct 1947; does anyone know how many of the original crew of about 4000 are still with us? I just had my 90th birthday

Saturday January 06, 2018 - 07:18 PM
Rank/Rate: YN3
Division/Squadron: Admin
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1983-1985
Location: Long Beach California United States
Comments: Worked for the EMO, XO and Captain Ferguson.

Monday January 01, 2018 - 03:12 PM
Name: Irvin Gates  
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: E
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 61,62
Location: Marshall TX United States
Comments: West Pac cruise in 62.

Sunday December 31, 2017 - 02:55 PM
Name: David Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva Il USA
Comments: 1963 I joined the Navy, thought I would be a 20 year sailor, wrong. When I counted on my fingers I realized I could retire in 1983, wow, was that a long way off. Now I only remember 83 because my first child was born that year. What happened?
I wish to thank those who are standing watch today, those who stood watch the last couple of centuries and those who gave it all while on watch, Also to those who cared for us, friends and family.
America is the best thing to happen to this planet, keep it that way, register to vote and vote. Don't give your vote or your money to the parties, give to individuals running for office and for issues. We need to put politicians on notice that they work for us and the need to respond to our needs and concerns.
God bless all the military and America.

Friday December 29, 2017 - 05:50 AM
Name: David Lyng  
Rank/Rate: ETR 3
Division/Squadron: OE
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-74
Location: Brandon South Dakota USA
Comments: Happy New Year to all who served past and present!

Sunday December 24, 2017 - 07:12 AM
Name: Charles Nagle  
Rank/Rate: AD-1
Division/Squadron: HC-1 Det 3
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 79-81
Comments: Merry Christmas to all who served aboard. and to all who serve today all ovethe world. fair winds and calm seas this Christmas.

Saturday December 23, 2017 - 03:49 PM
Name: Ken hagle   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: Amh2
Division/Squadron: Vf151
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1970
Location: Marquette Mi
Comments: Merry Christmas to all my old shipmates and God bless all those that have served and to those that are serving. We were not home for Christmas 3 years in a row so I'm sorry for the boys that are not home now.

Friday December 22, 2017 - 10:40 AM
Name: David Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva Il USA
Comments: We spent Christmas in Hong Kong in 66, But home with my wife and kids is so much better. God bless America, Equality and our future.

Tuesday December 19, 2017 - 05:47 AM
Name: George Irvin  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1959 -1962
Location: Danbury TX United States
Comments: Tagging onto RM2 Thornburgh's memory below, I just happened to step up on the hangar deck from below that day from a hatch on the port side directly across from the #3 elevator.. I felt the ship list hard, and then noticed the elevator rise, maybe 2 feet above the hangar deck, then abruptly drop. Then a little wave of water (maybe and inch or two) came across the hangar deck in that area. A chief who was up there kinda climbed up on a plane tie down chain, to keep his feet dry I suppose. Several men ran over to the edge of the deck looking down. When I got there, all I saw was dangling cable. Looking over the deck edge, the elevator was gone. It took a little while to realize it was really gone. And yes, It was unusual for an engine room snipe to be up on the hangar deck while underway.

Monday December 18, 2017 - 08:49 PM
Name: Charles Thornburgh  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: OR
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1959-1962
Location: Maple Valley Washington USA
Comments: Just before I was transferred to NAS North Island, SanDiego we lost the deck edge elevator located behind the Island structure.

Friday December 15, 2017 - 11:24 AM
Name: Jim Keller  
Rank/Rate: ETN3
Division/Squadron: OE
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967-1969
Location: Keizer Oregon USA
Comments: Hope I can find some old shipmates from 67-69 in OE Div

Friday December 08, 2017 - 10:44 AM
Name: David Bolt  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-67
Location: Geneva Il USA
Comments: Met a retired Navy pilot 12/07/17. He was aboard the maru 66-67 flying A4s. He told me he destroyed a SAM site with a Shrike and blew up a junk with a Bullpup.
Go Navy,go aviation go GM Div.

Tuesday December 05, 2017 - 05:29 PM
Name: matthew harkness   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: EM 3rd class
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1984-1987
Comments: Hi everyone

Friday November 24, 2017 - 03:14 PM
Name: Robert Wayland  
Rank/Rate: AO2
Division/Squadron: GM/G
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 74-79
Location: Annapolis Maryland USA
Comments: The best of times and the worst of times.

Thursday November 23, 2017 - 07:21 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: To all Shipmates: Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday November 22, 2017 - 07:33 AM
Name: kele man  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: lome lome togo
Comments: nice site

Wednesday November 22, 2017 - 06:15 AM
Name: David Lyng  
Rank/Rate: ETR 3
Division/Squadron: OE
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1970-1974
Location: Brandon South Dakota USA
Comments: Happy Thanksgiving to all of my shipmates!

Saturday November 18, 2017 - 07:01 PM
Name: Jack J.Lombardo  
Rank/Rate: SEAMAN
Division/Squadron: SECOND DIVISION
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): SEPT.1959 TO SEPT. 196161
Location: OVERLAND PARK KANSAS 66215-2221 USA
Comments: Hello,
During the recommissioning of the USS Coral Sea I was in Bremerton Washington to held make the ship anti magnetic. several lines were wrapped around the outside of the ship. Then a electrical charged went to the lines. I would like to know if we have any ship mates that recalls this event?

In addition I thought we were to receive a recommissioning certificate. I did not receive a certificate. Would any shipmate have any additional info on these certificate?

Friday November 17, 2017 - 03:40 PM
Name: Paradis W Brian  
Rank/Rate: ABE-3
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1973
Location: Bristol CT 06016
Comments: Attended a wonderful reunion in October truly enjoyed my visit with many shipmates. The planning was done with great consideration for all us old sailors. We had guys from the 1960s and 70s all sharing our sea stories. The V 2 Division has a great organizer who worked for months contacting as many division guys he had contact information for. We had a very large group of men and ladies join us at the reunion. Thanks Tom Pulkiski for your work with getting so many of us to attend. Your ability to be able to talk with anyone about any thing and using that talent to work your magic. I am truly glad you have continued to bring us together ( You are the man )
Thank you SKI

Saturday November 11, 2017 - 06:18 PM
Name: Fred bashans  
Division/Squadron: M div
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1975 -1976
Location: Port Orchard WA
Comments: Looking for some of the friends I had aboard.
Glen, Willy, Woody Woodruff, to name a few.

Friday November 03, 2017 - 11:51 PM
Name: James Pawelko  
Rank/Rate: YN2
Division/Squadron: R Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1973
Location: Palatine IL USA
Comments: Just looking for anyone still around from the past 2 WESTPAC cruises that I worked with.

Thursday November 02, 2017 - 12:12 PM
Name: John L. Willis  
Rank/Rate: AO2
Division/Squadron: G / XMAA
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964 - 1967
Location: Oak Grove Alabama USA
Comments: I'd like to locate or hear from Steve Wilcoxson, AO2, G Division, 1964 - 1967 era. Anyone out there got any info on Steve? ? ? Would enjoy hearing/reading posts by anyone from G Div or XMAA Div.

Wednesday November 01, 2017 - 10:53 PM
Name: Daniel Kaffee  
Rank/Rate: 10
Division/Squadron: USN
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1999
Location: Guantanamo bay Cuba Cuba
Comments: looking for Lt. Kaffee

Wednesday November 01, 2017 - 03:36 PM
Name: Donald W. Charlton  
Rank/Rate: DC 2 (e-5)
Division/Squadron: R division Ships Company
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1954 - 1955
Location: New Castle Virginia United States
Comments: This Midway class carrier was the last with such pretty lines. No canted deck. Really a quality crew and a bunch of guys doing a good job in the early 50's.

Tuesday October 31, 2017 - 09:07 AM
Name: John H. Bruffett  
Rank/Rate: E4
Division/Squadron: Ordinance/Squadron VF 21
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 66-67
Location: Salmon Idaho United States
Comments: I was on board 66-67, with VF21, attached to the Air Wing. Trying to find any of the guys I served on board with. Moses E. Houston, Danny Kellogg.

Wednesday October 25, 2017 - 08:53 PM
Name: Gary Duncan  
Rank/Rate: E-3 L/CPL
Division/Squadron: VMFA-314 USMC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1985-1986
Location: High Point NC. USA
Comments: I served on the Coral Sea with pride during the Kadafy days when we bombed the air fields at Bengazi and Tripoli. The Benia air fields in particular.

Sunday October 22, 2017 - 09:17 PM
Name: Camilla Idurre  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Missouri USA
Comments: 2019 Online Visa and Mastercard
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Sunday October 22, 2017 - 05:26 AM
Name: Ron Roberts  
Rank/Rate: PN3
Division/Squadron: X
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962-1964
Location: BALDWIN MD United States
Comments: I see a guestbook entry from Larry Brandt. I served with him and remember that he used to talk about running for mayor of his hometown after he got out. Nice guy, good shipmate. Some of the guys called him "Governor".

Monday October 16, 2017 - 09:39 PM
Name: Ron Schmitt  
Rank/Rate: 3rd class / EM
Division/Squadron: A&O Shop
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1970 - 1972
Location: Evansville In. USA
Comments: I have been to two association reunions in the past. Duty on that ship was good duty. Very exciting and loved it. I work on the fight deck and tried to keep the elevators going. Loved it and I am proud to have served on her.


Ron Schmitt EM 3

Saturday October 14, 2017 - 11:26 AM
Name: Ira Ford  
Rank/Rate: BT3
Division/Squadron: B/oil shack
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1970-1974
Location: Orange CA
Comments: Worked in 3C for about 3weeks then got trans. to the oil shah.

Monday October 09, 2017 - 06:34 PM
Name: Douglas Thoman  
Rank/Rate: YN3
Division/Squadron: Engineering Logroom
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1985-1988
Location: Jenison Michigan USA
Comments: Served in the Engineering Logroom for Captain Pratt. 1985-1988.

Sunday October 08, 2017 - 03:59 AM
Name: Barry B Cross  
Rank/Rate: DS2
Division/Squadron: OE
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1981-1983
Location: Philaselphia PA United States
Comments: I came on-board during a Pineapple Cruise in Pearl Harbor 1981. Did the Wespac visiting Pearl Harbor, Olongapo City Subic Bay, Singapore, Pattaya Beach Thailand, Hong Kong and Sasebo.
I was on the Masters of Arms during the Cruise.

Started the World Cruise and left the USS Coral Sea, CV-43 in Pusan Korea in April 1983 to head back to Submarine Force, USS Norfolk SSN-714

Saturday October 07, 2017 - 10:12 AM
Name: Bill Hudson, (John W.)   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: ABE 2
Division/Squadron: V 2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1976 - 1980
Comments: Good times with alot of good people

Saturday September 30, 2017 - 05:04 PM
Name: Larry Brandt   No Email Address
Rank/Rate: PNSN
Division/Squadron: X
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1963-64
Location: Atlanta IL USA
Comments: was only aboard 1 yr. great guys, great friends in the admin div. knew a few men from other divs. all in all a very good tour. caught her in Japan long after she was in port at Sydney. whole crew was still in love with Sydney, I heard countless great stories.

Thursday September 28, 2017 - 01:47 PM
Name: Walter Elgert  
Rank/Rate: MMFN
Division/Squadron: M
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968/1972
Location: Lincoln Park Michigan USA
Comments: To all my shipmates attending the reunion in Corpus Christi , I hope you have a great and wonderful time, I wish I could attend but for reasons beyond my control I can not.

Tuesday September 19, 2017 - 10:53 AM
Name: Robin Pierce  
Rank/Rate: ABEC
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 59/63 73/76 79/80
Location: Fernley Nv
Comments: Hi to all my old shipmates

Monday September 18, 2017 - 11:30 AM
Name: Leggett, James H  
Rank/Rate: HM3
Division/Squadron: H Div,
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1964-1965
Location: Fairborn Ohio USA
Comments: I was ward and flight deck corpsman ...

Friday September 15, 2017 - 08:22 AM
Name: Paradis W Brian  
Rank/Rate: ABE-3
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1973
Location: Bristol CT 06016
Comments: Looking forward to the ships reunion happening in Corpus Christi TX in 3 weeks. I spoke to the hotel yesterday everything is in great shape. I hope we have a great turn out. See you there.

Monday September 11, 2017 - 01:58 PM
Name: William Lofthouse  
Rank/Rate: PH3/E4
Division/Squadron: Ships Company OP Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1977-1980
Location: Alameda CA
Comments: I haven't seen this site in years. Great improvements. Too bad I can't afford the $20.00 it takes to join. I'll just watch the log book. I'm looking for a shipmate by the name of Jeff Peters. We served together while in IO on the 79-80 WesPac. We were very good friends. Our wives at the time lived together while were gone. Saw him again in 1982 at NAS Key West. Last I heard he got out and lived in San Antonio, TX. It's been 35 years too long. If anyone has any knowledge of him, please let me know and I'll send my phone number. Thanks.

Wednesday September 06, 2017 - 06:26 AM
Name: David Gray  
Rank/Rate: BM3 E-4
Division/Squadron: 1st Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1982-1984
Location: Vacaville CA UnitedStates
Comments: Just checking in to see if there are any BM's that remember steering the ship during Hurricane IWA that hit Honolulu. No GPS and weather satallites back then so we had to exit Pearl really fast! I remember coming back to port and seeing Wakaki with all the palms down and water in the underground parking lots. Anyway fair winds and following sea's to my brethren.

Tuesday September 05, 2017 - 07:12 PM
Name: Daniel Graves  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Murfreesboro Tennessee United States
Comments: I'm a VA accredited attorney (and a veteran myself) trying to get VA benefits for my client who was aboard the USS Coral Sea from January 1960 to July 1962, encompassing the period of deployment in Vietnam. VA has turned us down again and I just don't want to give up. I found a Navy statement that the USS Coral Sea (CV-43) shows service in “West Pac-Vietnam” for dates between December 1960 and June 1961. Am I wrong? Will he not qualify? Any shipmates aboard during that time? I'm reaching out for some help, this gentleman could really use the benefits.

Wednesday August 30, 2017 - 01:05 PM
Name: Felipe caoili jr  
Rank/Rate: Bt1
Division/Squadron: B division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-76
Location: Santa clara CA USA
Comments: Looking for shipmate Daniel brown was married to Veronica Brown.

Wednesday August 23, 2017 - 12:35 PM
Name: Bruce Butler  
Rank/Rate: DT2
Division/Squadron: D
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1958-1961
Comments: I just found out today agent orange was first used 1961 in Vietnam. When we were on Oakinawa on our way to WestPack 1960 the ship left Jan 1st 1961 and left a number of crew members on Oakinawa, latter to be sent to the ship. Was the ship going to Vietnam with agent orange?

Thursday August 17, 2017 - 12:15 PM
Name: John C. Holder  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 67-69
Location: Mesa AZ USA
Comments: I would like to hear from anyone that knew Barry Vermillion, a very good friend of mine, he passed away in Feb. of this year after a short battle with cancer. He served aboard from 1967to 1970, M div. #3 engine room. A fallen Hero!

Sunday August 06, 2017 - 10:49 AM
Name: Paradis W Brian  
Rank/Rate: ABE-3
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1969-1973
Location: Bristol CT 06016
Comments: Looking forward to reconnecting with shipmates at the reunion in Corpus Christy Texas October 4-8 2017.

Monday July 31, 2017 - 02:30 PM
Name: Stephen Ohlund  
Rank/Rate: E-4 ABF3
Division/Squadron: V-4
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1981 1984
Location: Kentland Indiana USA
Comments: we had some good times

Wednesday July 26, 2017 - 07:37 PM
Name: Kevin Pernot  
Rank/Rate: PHAN
Division/Squadron: X & OP
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1972-1976
Location: michigan
Comments: Many great memories from Special Services and the Photo Lab. Like to hear from
ship mates.

Sunday July 23, 2017 - 05:28 PM
Name: Norman Buckley  
Rank/Rate: RM2
Division/Squadron: OC
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1971-1975
Location: Bothell Washington Snohomish
Comments: Just visiting...I'm very much alive at case anyone is checking!

Sunday July 23, 2017 - 12:41 PM
Name: Natalie Baker  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: NY NY USA
Comments: My late dad served and i was just looking at the association. Thank you.

Friday July 21, 2017 - 01:30 PM
Name: Daniel J. Bellay  
Rank/Rate: LCDR
Division/Squadron: Ops-Aero
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1968-1970
Location: Mclean Virginia USA
Comments: 1. I was the Meteorologist for 2 years on Yankee Station in 1968-1970.
2. Our Motto for the ship was 'fighter, feeder, task force leader'
3. Ship was San Francisco's Own as we were based out of Alameda, CA
4. I flew the COD from Coral Sea to Da Nang and Saigon, Viet Nam and was the task force training officer.

Wednesday July 19, 2017 - 12:20 PM
Name: David Lee Gamber  
Rank/Rate: AMS3
Division/Squadron: Squadron Attached to VF151
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1965
Location: East Peoria IL USA
Comments: Looking for ship mates

Sunday July 02, 2017 - 08:31 AM
Name: Tony Lopez  
Rank/Rate: ABE2
Division/Squadron: V2-Division
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1980-1984
Location: Rialto California USA
Comments: From boot camp in San Diego to A school in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Sent to the 7th fleet onboard the Coral Sea in Alameda, California. Spent 3 yrs & 6 months working on catapult #3. Deployed on a wespac cruise from 1981- 1982. Deployed on a world cruise in 1983. Ending up on the east coast, we went into the dry dock at Portsmouth, Virginia.

Sunday June 25, 2017 - 04:14 PM
Name: Big Ben  
Rank/Rate: AO3
Division/Squadron: GM
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1966-1967
Location: Geneva Illinois USA
Comments: I want to testify about my Navy Recruiter. He was tall and handsome and very smart. Then I was introduce to my company commander, company 496 1963. He called me names and said terrible things about my mother. I tried to get back to my recruiter but it was to late, he found another recruit and broke my heart. I went to the V.A. and they put me on a list. Finally I was introduced to old age, now I don't remember what I am writing about.

Friday June 16, 2017 - 09:38 PM
Name: Steven Brown  
Rank/Rate: ABE2/WT2
Division/Squadron: V-2/W
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 81-84 & 87-89
Location: Norfolk Va USA
Comments: Started working on Cat1 got out went back in in 85 as a GMT/WT.

Friday June 09, 2017 - 05:32 PM
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1953-1956

Saturday June 03, 2017 - 07:30 PM
Name: Kevin Johnson (for my dad, Vincent C.)  
Rank/Rate: electronics engineer
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1950- 1954
Location: Stone Mountain Georgia United States
Comments: Greetings honorable sailors.

It is with regret that I forward that my father (Vincent C. Johnson) has passed away yesterday after a short illness. He was 87 years old.
His naval career found him on 4 carriers to include the Coral Sea, the Oriskany, Midway and Roosevelt.

He spent four years in the Navy but always acted like he spent 50. He loves this country, his family and his sailors. He has supported me in my 35 years as a paramedic / firefighter and I want you to know that he admires his ships and those that served on it.

He was an honorable man, a gift to his country and a friend to all. May those of you that served with him, knew of him or simply believe that what you have done in your past reflects the honor of the future, be blessed in heaven.

May his soul rest in peace, but know that you are all legends among men, hero's among the stars and forever will be in my heart.

Kevin Johnson
Fire Rescue
5908 Ohara Drive
Stone Mountain, Ga 30087


Friday June 02, 2017 - 12:25 PM
Name: Cynthia Malloy  
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Orlando Florida
Comments: Hi. My father in law was a member of the crew and I was just visiting the Association website.

Monday May 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM
Name: Frank L. McKenzie  
Rank/Rate: SN
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1980-1983
Location: Springtown Tx USA
Comments: I Served as a PN on her. Also as a cook. Good times!

Wednesday May 24, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Name: Robert A. Zeller  
Rank/Rate: E-3
Division/Squadron: Mardet
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1976-1977
Location: Haughton La. Bossier
Comments: Served in Marine detachment 76-77 was hot caseman on gunmount.

Friday May 19, 2017 - 02:39 PM
Name: Roger Ross  
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1967 to 1971
Location: Bowling Green KY. USA
Comments: I have the last set of colors flown on the USS CORAL SEA, I was wondering if there is any room next to the plaque to display this "FLAG"? If interested, please contact me. ROGER

Saturday May 06, 2017 - 02:31 PM
Name: John Baxter  
Rank/Rate: airman
Division/Squadron: V-4 V-2
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 69-72
Location: Marion IL
Comments: The next ships reunion V-2 yr 69-72 is haveing a large number of guys coming together , wish you all can plan ahead and attend last one was a huge success around 40 or so so put it on your calender!

Friday May 05, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Name: John H. Ranson  
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965):
Location: Ft. Thomas KY USA
Comments: Attention all Shipmates planning to attend the 2017 CVA-43 Assoc. reunion in Corpus Christi, TX.: the correct phone number to make hotel reservations is 1-361-883-5731. The quoted room rate as shown on the registration form is good starting on Tuesday, Oct.3, 2017 thru Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. See you all there!

Tuesday May 02, 2017 - 11:47 AM
Name: Chuck Bell  
Rank/Rate: PN2
Division/Squadron: X Div Personnel Office
Years Aboard(ex:1963-1965): 1962, 1963
Location: Clinton Wi USA
Comments: Wow May 2, 1963 Sydney, Australia.....54 years ago. Seems like just the other money, cab ride, pub after pub, and then finding the lounge's..all in the first couple hours ashore..memories are forever....

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!!!!!!!!!!!!