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Nicholas Alexander Nicholas Alexander from Bellflower, Ca. wrote on November 8, 2016:
Served on the Turner Joy 73-77. Proud to be part of her history.
Served on the Turner Joy 73-77. Proud to be part of her history.
Carl Bishop Carl Bishop from Redwood City wrote on October 22, 2016:
It was my home aboard this historical ship in the early 70’s. Earn my Shellback and Golden Shellback upon crossing of the Equator in two consecutive tours. Thanks Dick for creating this website in keeping TJ alive on her historical and collective memories.
It was my home aboard this historical ship in the early 70’s. Earn my Shellback and Golden Shellback upon crossing of the Equator in two consecutive tours. Thanks Dick for creating this website in keeping TJ alive on her historical and collective memories.
Paul Witteman Paul Witteman from Kodiak wrote on August 13, 2016:
Does anybody remember a Jack Grindstaff ? He would have been an STG2 or 3 in the 70's. He was my Chief on the John Young, DD 973 in 81.. one hell of a good guy...
Does anybody remember a Jack Grindstaff ? He would have been an STG2 or 3 in the 70's. He was my Chief on the John Young, DD 973 in 81.. one hell of a good guy...
Brian Soncrant Brian Soncrant from Mesa wrote on August 5, 2016:
I was on the TJ during the 1971 Westpap
I was on the TJ during the 1971 Westpap
Patrick R Pitts Patrick R Pitts from Seaside wrote on July 30, 2016:
I served on the TJ from 67-72 as STG2. I remember Chief Moberg, Todd Hale, Precious Procter! Now retired living in California. Ahoy Mateys!
I served on the TJ from 67-72 as STG2. I remember Chief Moberg, Todd Hale, Precious Procter! Now retired living in California. Ahoy Mateys!
Jay Wilson Jay Wilson from La Habra, CA. wrote on July 21, 2016:
Hello to all my Shipmates especially all plank owners, I was aboard 59 thru 63 as an FT. Enjoyed my service aboard, the best crew and Officers.
Hello to all my Shipmates especially all plank owners, I was aboard 59 thru 63 as an FT. Enjoyed my service aboard, the best crew and Officers.
Mike Shaw Mike Shaw from Chiang Mai, Thailand wrote on July 19, 2016:
Onboard Jan - Jun 1970, EM2, now retired living in Chiang Mai since July 2014, met a Thai lady shortly after arriving, married last year, bought a new townhouse 2 months ago. If interested, I'm poka513 on YouTube.
Onboard Jan - Jun 1970, EM2, now retired living in Chiang Mai since July 2014, met a Thai lady shortly after arriving, married last year, bought a new townhouse 2 months ago. If interested, I'm poka513 on YouTube.
Terrill N Brown Terrill N Brown from Mesa wrote on April 27, 2016:
Terry Brown, aka 'Charlie Brown', MM3 I served on the TJ from 1965 - 1968 in the Aft engine room. From Nebraska/Colorado and now am in Mesa AZ since '68.
Terry Brown, aka 'Charlie Brown', MM3 I served on the TJ from 1965 - 1968 in the Aft engine room. From Nebraska/Colorado and now am in Mesa AZ since '68.
Shirl Maldonado (SNITH) Shirl Maldonado (SNITH) from Kansas City MO wrote on February 23, 2016:
The only man I ever loved was stationed on USS Turner Joy 1981 and 1980. He died shortly after coming home in 1982. Miss him so much. Hope one day to visit the ship and feel where he once was.
The only man I ever loved was stationed on USS Turner Joy 1981 and 1980. He died shortly after coming home in 1982. Miss him so much. Hope one day to visit the ship and feel where he once was.
Gary Nelson Gary Nelson from Carlsbad, California wrote on February 4, 2016:
Served aboard the Turner Joy from April 1973 until January 1975 as FTG-3. Assigned to MK-56 GFCS and MK-5 TDS maintenance and operation. I spent three weeks in the Gulf of Tonkin just after the last 5" shot was fired (Good timing eh!). Chief Bartlett was in charge of the Fire Control team at that time. I reported directly to FTG-1 Ferrell. Very good memories of the two West Pac deployments. Subic, Hong Kong, Subic, Surabaya, Subic, Yokosuka, Subic, Honolulu, Long Beach and San Diego. I attended the Bloomington, Mn. reunion and I plan to attend the next reunion (wherever it is?). Thanks to all of you, my shipmates for maintaining contact to keep the the proud legacy and legend... Read more
Served aboard the Turner Joy from April 1973 until January 1975 as FTG-3. Assigned to MK-56 GFCS and MK-5 TDS maintenance and operation. I spent three weeks in the Gulf of Tonkin just after the last 5" shot was fired (Good timing eh!). Chief Bartlett was in charge of the Fire Control team at that time. I reported directly to FTG-1 Ferrell. Very good memories of the two West Pac deployments. Subic, Hong Kong, Subic, Surabaya, Subic, Yokosuka, Subic, Honolulu, Long Beach and San Diego. I attended the Bloomington, Mn. reunion and I plan to attend the next reunion (wherever it is?). Thanks to all of you, my shipmates for maintaining contact to keep the the proud legacy and legend of the USS Turner Joy alive and well.
Richard Wolff Richard Wolff from Avon, MN wrote on January 23, 2016:
I served on the TJ 63-67 as a MM in foward Engine Room
I served on the TJ 63-67 as a MM in foward Engine Room
James Haake James Haake from San Diego wrote on January 22, 2016:
Leon Haake, my father, was on the Turner Joy during the Gulf of Tonkin. Sadly he has passed, going thru his belongings I found the Zippo lighter he carried for many years with the Turner Joy on it the date Aug. 4, 1964 and the words Gulf of Tonkin. Any one know or serve with him? I also may be interested in donating the lighter to the Turner Joy. It was great to find the ship is still afloat and well.
Leon Haake, my father, was on the Turner Joy during the Gulf of Tonkin. Sadly he has passed, going thru his belongings I found the Zippo lighter he carried for many years with the Turner Joy on it the date Aug. 4, 1964 and the words Gulf of Tonkin. Any one know or serve with him? I also may be interested in donating the lighter to the Turner Joy. It was great to find the ship is still afloat and well.
Scott Dudley Scott Dudley from Miami wrote on January 19, 2016:
Does anyone remember the "Virgin Party" circa 1971?
Does anyone remember the "Virgin Party" circa 1971?
John Stires John Stires from Simi Valley wrote on January 17, 2016:
Hello Shipmates, another year has passed and hope this year brings joy and happiness to you all. Served on TJ from 1978 - 1982. Had some awesome times and met the love of my life during West Pac / South Pac 1980.
Hello Shipmates, another year has passed and hope this year brings joy and happiness to you all. Served on TJ from 1978 - 1982. Had some awesome times and met the love of my life during West Pac / South Pac 1980.
James Haake James Haake from San Diego wrote on January 11, 2016:
Any one know or serve with Leon Haake MM1?
Any one know or serve with Leon Haake MM1?
Don Hudson Don Hudson from Sanger,Texas wrote on December 25, 2015:
Was a Plank owner. Put the ship in Comission & went on good will tour. Was aboard until discharge in 1961 Worked in the boiler room
Was a Plank owner. Put the ship in Comission & went on good will tour. Was aboard until discharge in 1961 Worked in the boiler room
Debra Richard Sutphin Debra Richard Sutphin from Lake Charles wrote on October 6, 2015:
My brother Robert Richard served on this ship when he was in the Navy!
My brother Robert Richard served on this ship when he was in the Navy!
Frank Jowers Frank Jowers from Apopka Florida wrote on August 3, 2015:
I served aboard Turner Joy from 65-69 .I have I have heard president Obama plans to honor Jane Fonda as one of the women of the century. This is an insult to all of .
I served aboard Turner Joy from 65-69 .I have I have heard president Obama plans to honor Jane Fonda as one of the women of the century. This is an insult to all of .
Sue Irvine (Paul) Sue Irvine (Paul) from Yorba Linda wrote on July 26, 2015:
William Harper…if you are trying to tie in swift boat activity to AO…We are too. In 66-67 tour there were 2 viet cong prisoners and a guard from the boat brought onto the TJ. Pix are in cruise book…I am trying to get more info on issue. If I get it I will let you know. We have talked to commander Briggs and he remembers being taken to Da Nang airfield during that same cruise. The bosanmate (sp) who took him and stayed on shore while he was mtg was approved for benefits based on Briggs recollection. Need more specifics about any contact between shore and ship…if you get anything would love to know more. we are going to reopen... Read more
William Harper…if you are trying to tie in swift boat activity to AO…We are too. In 66-67 tour there were 2 viet cong prisoners and a guard from the boat brought onto the TJ. Pix are in cruise book…I am trying to get more info on issue. If I get it I will let you know. We have talked to commander Briggs and he remembers being taken to Da Nang airfield during that same cruise. The bosanmate (sp) who took him and stayed on shore while he was mtg was approved for benefits based on Briggs recollection. Need more specifics about any contact between shore and ship…if you get anything would love to know more. we are going to reopen Paul's case, just trying get more details to present. thanks sue
Barry C Wood Barry C Wood from Lodi, CA wrote on July 10, 2015:
I made the 2014 reunion, the first one I went to. It was good to see the TJ. A lot of changes were made since I was stationed on her (59-64). Was glad to see my first chief (Manuel Padilla) and Ron Trombley (we were the only plank owners at this reunion). Had a good time and hope to be able to do the next one at Bremerton. Anyone heard from the Mydruk? brothers?
I made the 2014 reunion, the first one I went to. It was good to see the TJ. A lot of changes were made since I was stationed on her (59-64). Was glad to see my first chief (Manuel Padilla) and Ron Trombley (we were the only plank owners at this reunion). Had a good time and hope to be able to do the next one at Bremerton. Anyone heard from the Mydruk? brothers?
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