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Looking for signalmen, quartermasters, or ops personnel from '71-'75.

Shortly before the end of the war, in 1971, I was assigned as a signalman to the Adams. I met her in Portugal and finished the Med cruise. I think it was '72 or '73 that the Adams went on a Mid-East cruise. I'm wondering if there are any out there that may have been on either of these cruises and I'm wondering if anyone remembers the Africa shipboard race riot--however short-lived (??). John ? was my 1st-class signalman boss and I was also familiar with the quartermasters, ops people, and the EW's (one Canadian)working on the signal bridge in the EW hatch. Does anyone remember Captain Gurke, or Gerke? I have a lot of other revealing details about that ship if anyone is interested.

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The National Archives should have the ship's muster rolls. The ship(s) listed the crew in alphabetical order up until late 72 from what they're telling me now. Staff has undergone a shakeup (people retire or moved around) making responses from the Archives slow. One can go to the National Archives and copy all they want. You just need to let them know in advanve. If you need further info I can help.

Re: Looking for signalmen, quartermasters, or ops personnel from '71-'75.

Have been trying to contact you but Yahoo is kicking everything I send to you back at me. Do you have an alternative (non Yahoo) email address? Email it to me, don't post it here.

In short, you may have to try contacting "Joe" by telephone if he doesn't answer via email. His name should be in the phone book for the area I indicated.

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Don,
I'm posting this as a backup, in case my email to you doesn't get through once again. Yes, the email address you have for Joe is correct. He's just not a "talker", and I can't do anything about that. Either have patience and keep trying, or just write it off as a good try. Sorry.

Jim

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Re: Looking for signalmen, quartermasters, or ops personnel from '71-'75.

I was stationed aboard the CFA during the Mid-East cruise of 1973-74 and assigned to the Ops Dept (OE Div)as an ET (ETN3). You can see the cruise book for the deployment at: http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/ddg2-73/index.html

The CO at the time was CMDR D. L. Gurke. The Canadian EW you mention was MCPL Doug McGregor, who was also assigned to OE Division. Unfortunately Doug passed away a few years ago (5/2/2006).

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Jim,

Give me a call at 918-291-1041 if you are unable to get me at my email don.burns54@yahoo.com

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I think the SM1C was John Connelly...Crusty old dude to us young'uns... I was in OC division with him, Rogelio Chavez and Johnny Weldon as RM1.. Came on board in 70 during that Med Cruise when the Adams was hit by a Greek freighter in Naples...what a wonderful place... Was on the STANAVFORLANT Cruise following the yard period in 70-71 in Chareslton, and the RefTra in Gitmo. Believe we joined the Nato group in the fall of 72, and went through the winter in the North Atlantic...except for being in Curacao in January, and three weeks later were steaming just south of Iceland or thereabouts.. I got out just before the MidEAst cruise, and was afraid they were going to extend me, as they did one of the 2nd class QM's

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Re: Looking for signalmen, quartermasters, or ops personnel from '71-'75.

Donny,
I am Joe Cooner. Was RM1 and leading Radioman on the Deuce 1972-1974. I remember you well with your little chin beard. Also remember SM1 John Connolly and Richard Holt. If you hear from John tell him I still have his shoe brush with his name on it. Don't know how I got it. The CO then was CDR Donald Gurke, the Comm Officer was LTJG Tom Anderson. During the MID-EAST cruise August 73 thru 30 January 74 the signal gang was John, you, Russ Comeaux, Joe Watson and Ed Kleich, a tall skinny guy. You have to remember some of the Radio guys like Mike Skurka, Jim Lewis and Ken Lee. We all bunked in the same compartment. You can contact me at coonnected@yahoo.com.

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Re: Looking for signalmen, quartermasters, or ops personnel from '71-'75.

Joe...
Rick Holt here;
Did you come onboard just after the STANAVFORLANT cruise? I am dealing with oldtimers disease now.. I have one of the cruisebooks from that deployment, and remember most of the guys in the radio and sig shacks from that time, but a lot of changes took place between then and the planned deployment to the MidEast. I remember RM2 Boogie Brown, Ken Lee, Dominic DellaBarba, Glenn Boldt, Don Hubsch, Henry Valdez.. and..... I will probably think of the rest about 2AM - which is really bad since I have to get up at 0500 to get myself geared up for Sunday School and Worship.

Where is it that I can look up the guys who were in the shack when I came aboard in Jan 70? And who was the chief when you came aboard?

Grace and Peace;
Rick

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Rick,

I Don't know about when you went aboard in 70 cause I didn't until 72. I was not in the Stanavforlant cruise book. In the 73 Mid-East cruise book I am the 1st class in the OC Division picture. We didn't have a Chief billet in the OC Division while I was aboard. John Connolly and I were the ones in charge in the Shack and Sig. Bridge. If you don't have that cruise book go to the web site noted in a few messages up from this one. Nice to hear from you.

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