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Conrad Dowhaniak Conrad Dowhaniak from Herkimer wrote on November 10, 2018:
Served on board from 76 to 78 in the supply dept. Looking for shipmates I served with
Served on board from 76 to 78 in the supply dept. Looking for shipmates I served with
Gene Mazza Gene Mazza from San Jose, CA wrote on August 4, 2018:
We were with USS Turner Joy, Gulf Of Tonkin, 28, January, 1973. My regards to crew and their families. Gene Mazza (MM3) USS O'Callahan DE 1051
We were with USS Turner Joy, Gulf Of Tonkin, 28, January, 1973. My regards to crew and their families. Gene Mazza (MM3) USS O'Callahan DE 1051
Amanda Crane Amanda Crane from Sacramento wrote on June 29, 2018:
I’m wondering if anyone served with my father during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. His name was Walter Crane
I’m wondering if anyone served with my father during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. His name was Walter Crane
Paul Kovar Paul Kovar from Edna, Tx wrote on June 7, 2018:
Served aboard during 65-66. I reported aboard in Subic Bay Phillipines and as I approached my new home, a crane was hoisting a new gun mount into place on aft part of ship. After repairs were completed, we left Subic and headed to Viet Nam. A lot of memories and great shipmates.
Served aboard during 65-66. I reported aboard in Subic Bay Phillipines and as I approached my new home, a crane was hoisting a new gun mount into place on aft part of ship. After repairs were completed, we left Subic and headed to Viet Nam. A lot of memories and great shipmates.
EVERETT JOYCE EVERETT JOYCE from Toledo, Ohio wrote on May 9, 2018:
Served on board 77-78, 1st ship, recognized a couple names.
Served on board 77-78, 1st ship, recognized a couple names.
Patrick Jerrold Patrick Jerrold from Elberton Ga wrote on April 28, 2018:
Hello to all. TJ was my first ship. Served on her from Apr 78-May 80. Went through the major overhaul in Long Beach and sea trials. Was transferred just before Westpac. I basically grew up in the Navy on her.
Hello to all. TJ was my first ship. Served on her from Apr 78-May 80. Went through the major overhaul in Long Beach and sea trials. Was transferred just before Westpac. I basically grew up in the Navy on her.
Ray frakes Ray frakes from Mineral Wells Texas wrote on April 8, 2018:
On board 59/64. Hope too see shipmates in 2018.
On board 59/64. Hope too see shipmates in 2018.
Chad James Chad James from Redmond, OR wrote on February 25, 2018:
This is a "Shout-out" to all shipmates to gather as many crewmembers you can find and have them come to this years reunion onboard our legacy ship in Bremerton, WA. She promises to behold you and give you back some personal feelings and memories. To honor her and to share with each other in telling your stories. It will be a good time for all - especially for those onboard during her final years of steaming. We the reunion committee - look forward to your early sign-up and commitment to participate in this years reunion. In doing so, this allows us to better prepare for your visit. Thanks
This is a "Shout-out" to all shipmates to gather as many crewmembers you can find and have them come to this years reunion onboard our legacy ship in Bremerton, WA. She promises to behold you and give you back some personal feelings and memories. To honor her and to share with each other in telling your stories. It will be a good time for all - especially for those onboard during her final years of steaming. We the reunion committee - look forward to your early sign-up and commitment to participate in this years reunion. In doing so, this allows us to better prepare for your visit. Thanks
LCDR JIm Chester USN (Ret) LCDR JIm Chester USN (Ret) from Carson City, NV wrote on January 4, 2018:
This is for Brian Andrew Bartlett! I was there on the USS Turner Joy with your Dad and I am reasonably sure he pulled the trigger down in gun plot that fired the last naval round of the Vietnam conflict at 0759 and 15 secs to impact in the DMZ at precisely the cease fire! The heavy combat we endured for nearly one solid month was not an exaggeration whatsoever! Until the publishing of Fighting to Leave in 2008, by Bob Stoffey, the truth about the end of the Vietnam conflict was not properly told. The Alpha and the Omega is also true, because TJ was involved in the Tonkin Gulf incident in early August 1964 with the USS Maddox... Read more
This is for Brian Andrew Bartlett! I was there on the USS Turner Joy with your Dad and I am reasonably sure he pulled the trigger down in gun plot that fired the last naval round of the Vietnam conflict at 0759 and 15 secs to impact in the DMZ at precisely the cease fire! The heavy combat we endured for nearly one solid month was not an exaggeration whatsoever! Until the publishing of Fighting to Leave in 2008, by Bob Stoffey, the truth about the end of the Vietnam conflict was not properly told. The Alpha and the Omega is also true, because TJ was involved in the Tonkin Gulf incident in early August 1964 with the USS Maddox (DD-731) where the Johnson Administration chose this incident to escalate the Vietnam War under the HOT War part of the Cold War doctrine. Furthermore I worked closely with your Dad in combat and did things that were nearly impossible because of his knowledge and team spirit! He helped produce miracles in combat! Your Dad is NOT exaggerating one bit! That may shock you, but it's all true! Also we had a civilian techrep, Hal Settle, we took into battle with us and he maintained the laser and the FLIR. That is also fact! One last thing! TJ fired more rounds in direct combat [3200] in one day than any other destroyer in the Vietnam conflict! Just happened to be the last day of the Vietnam War until the cease fire at 0800 Local, 28 Jan 1973. TJ was the last all gun destroyer ever built! Your Dad is a very large part of history! Jim Chester
Ricky jacobs Ricky jacobs from Brunswick,Ga. wrote on December 4, 2017:
Served aboard from late 1964 until mid 1967 hello to all shipmates
Served aboard from late 1964 until mid 1967 hello to all shipmates
Brian Andrew Bartlett (USN 1994-1998) Brian Andrew Bartlett (USN 1994-1998) from Gainesville wrote on October 18, 2017:
My father FTGCS Oscar Jay Bartlett (Ret.) was aboard during both the Gulf of Tonkin incident and when the last shot of the conflict was fired. I LOVE dad, but I'm not sure I belive his story (dad exaggerates sometimes, but it's in good fun) that being the senior FT aboard he pulled the trigger for the last shot. I'd love it if one of his shipmates could confirm or deny it. Also is "The Alpha and Omega" an official ships nickname or something dad calls her? Either way, it's appropriate and BillyBadAss! Thanks shipmates Go NAVY! Beat ARMY!
My father FTGCS Oscar Jay Bartlett (Ret.) was aboard during both the Gulf of Tonkin incident and when the last shot of the conflict was fired. I LOVE dad, but I'm not sure I belive his story (dad exaggerates sometimes, but it's in good fun) that being the senior FT aboard he pulled the trigger for the last shot. I'd love it if one of his shipmates could confirm or deny it. Also is "The Alpha and Omega" an official ships nickname or something dad calls her? Either way, it's appropriate and BillyBadAss! Thanks shipmates Go NAVY! Beat ARMY!
Claude Fuhr (RD2) Claude Fuhr (RD2) from Greenwood, IN wrote on October 11, 2017:
A shout out to everyone I served with on the TJ during 64,65, & 66
A shout out to everyone I served with on the TJ during 64,65, & 66
Robert Erick Robert Erick from Chesapeake wrote on September 25, 2017:
I was chaplain with DesRon 19 from 1965-1966. Always enjoyed my time on the Turner Joy. She of course, was the ship fired on by the Vietcong along with the other ship in the squadron, the USS Maddox.
I was chaplain with DesRon 19 from 1965-1966. Always enjoyed my time on the Turner Joy. She of course, was the ship fired on by the Vietcong along with the other ship in the squadron, the USS Maddox.
Mark (Stretch) Wiesner Mark (Stretch) Wiesner from Brunswick wrote on July 13, 2017:
OS on the WesPac 1980/81 met some great people and saw half the world!!! ALWAYS looking for shipmates!!!! On the Turner Joy Page of face book under stretch wiesner
OS on the WesPac 1980/81 met some great people and saw half the world!!! ALWAYS looking for shipmates!!!! On the Turner Joy Page of face book under stretch wiesner
Greg Toomes/Rock Greg Toomes/Rock from Los Angeles wrote on June 20, 2017:
Hello fellow shipmates. I served aboard the TJ from 1978 to 1982. I would like to hear from some of my shipmates; Hop, Alleyne, Kid Blast, T-tight. Spence, Kirby D, Slim, Hercu-Rock, Mayfield, and others.
Hello fellow shipmates. I served aboard the TJ from 1978 to 1982. I would like to hear from some of my shipmates; Hop, Alleyne, Kid Blast, T-tight. Spence, Kirby D, Slim, Hercu-Rock, Mayfield, and others.
Dan Rinkoski-MSSN Dan Rinkoski-MSSN wrote on June 15, 2017:
HEY CREWMATES! SEE A FEW NAMES AND REMEMBER GOOD TIMES! WAS SERVING MEALS WITH THE LAST CREW 80-81. BEST OF TIMES AT MID-RATS AND THE LAST CRUISE. GOD BLESS & TAKE GOOD CARE!
HEY CREWMATES! SEE A FEW NAMES AND REMEMBER GOOD TIMES! WAS SERVING MEALS WITH THE LAST CREW 80-81. BEST OF TIMES AT MID-RATS AND THE LAST CRUISE. GOD BLESS & TAKE GOOD CARE!
Wayne Moberg Wayne Moberg from Buhl, ID. wrote on June 9, 2017:
Aboard1966-1968. Retired off her. Greatest duty in eight ships. Wonderful crew,outstanding captain and exec.Seeyou in 2018... Retired off her.
Aboard1966-1968. Retired off her. Greatest duty in eight ships. Wonderful crew,outstanding captain and exec.Seeyou in 2018... Retired off her.
Fred Van Lith Fred Van Lith from East Wenatchee, Wash. wrote on May 22, 2017:
FTG2 Fred Van Lith I served aboard the TJ from July '69' until Nov. '73'. I was assigned to the MK 68 GFCS maintenance and operation, under FTGC Bartlett. During my 4 1/2 years on board I made three Westpac cruises. I was in Plot one when we fired the last round in Viet Nam. Just wanted to say "Hi" to all those I served with!! Would love to hear from any of you. I will visit the TJ In June of this year...a great ship!
FTG2 Fred Van Lith I served aboard the TJ from July '69' until Nov. '73'. I was assigned to the MK 68 GFCS maintenance and operation, under FTGC Bartlett. During my 4 1/2 years on board I made three Westpac cruises. I was in Plot one when we fired the last round in Viet Nam. Just wanted to say "Hi" to all those I served with!! Would love to hear from any of you. I will visit the TJ In June of this year...a great ship!
Ernst Linnemann` Ernst Linnemann` from Issaquah, WA wrote on April 9, 2017:
I understand that the ship went in to have the hull scraped and repainted. Is the job complete? If not yet completed, when is the due date as I'd like to photo coming out of the Ballard Locks. Please advise via my email above.
I understand that the ship went in to have the hull scraped and repainted. Is the job complete? If not yet completed, when is the due date as I'd like to photo coming out of the Ballard Locks. Please advise via my email above.
Claudine Miller Claudine Miller from Seattle wrote on February 28, 2017:
My father-in-law was the TJ's last XO. I've heard so many wonderful stories of this great ship, and my husband and I love that our little boys are so proud of the TJ ("Grandpa's ship!"). We visit it as often as we can, as my boys love to hang out in their grandpa's old berth and wandering the ship connecting all of the stories to the TJ. The Turner Joy is almost like a family member! 🙂
My father-in-law was the TJ's last XO. I've heard so many wonderful stories of this great ship, and my husband and I love that our little boys are so proud of the TJ ("Grandpa's ship!"). We visit it as often as we can, as my boys love to hang out in their grandpa's old berth and wandering the ship connecting all of the stories to the TJ. The Turner Joy is almost like a family member! 🙂
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