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USS Eaton DD-510 Guestbook
1997 - 2002

These are the original entries in the Eaton Guest Book.  


Proctor, I remember Volker real well. He was tall and thin at that time. He would come to the signal bridge from time to time. The USS Eaton was and always a grand ole lady and very fast. Andy
Tom (Andy) Andrews SMC (SM2) <saltytsmc@sc.rr.com>
Columbia,, S.C. USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 07:47:38 (EDT)
Eaton was my home for over five years, (57-62), knew a lot people during that time (write me if you remember)or better if you dont remember. (OLD CARL VOLKER and I dont remember much anymore)...write him too, he's recovering from a fall and needs lots of TLC!
Clayton Proctor <Clayton_Proctor@hotmail.com>
Hugheston, Wv USA - Sunday, September 08, 2002 at 19:18:33 (EDT)
I served on Eaton from July 60 till Nov. 61 Made RM2 on her. Learned so much on that old sleek and very fast ship. Was on her during Bay of Pigs. Probably the most exciting experience of my life. I can also remember the terrible but exciting storms, especially one coming back from the Caribbean when all the ships sustained so much damage outta Cape Hatteras. Like everbody else I was saddened to hear that she was sunk for target practice/structure. She had such a great record before, during and after I was aboard her. Would love to contact anyone aboard during that time especially the radio gang. Hey "Witchey" (John), Clayton Proctor found me last Dec. via e-mail and we've been in constant contact. He would love to get in touch with you. Please update your latest e-mail in this Logbook so he can contact you. Carl C. Volker
Carl C. Volker <Nw3h@aol.com>
Mohrsville, Pa. USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 16:51:47 (EDT)
my dad served on the eaton in ww2 i have some notes he & a budy of his took during thr time he spent on eaton my fathers name was jasper m. ramsey jr if anyone remembers him or you have info please email me at shirleypriest@yahoo.com
shirley priest <shirleypriest@yahoo.com >
oh USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 13:10:19 (EDT)
As co-ordinator of USS EATON reunions we would like the following men to contact us if they see this: Donald R, Moser--Keneth L. Smith---Wally Gamble---Carl Peddie---Ron Hecht---Chuck Zink--Art Rimback---Johnny Bennett---Joe McCarry---John Duke---Chuck Burkhardt---? Jorgenson. We are trying to update our Roster. Thankyou!
Larry or Barb Gorvin <lbgor@southslope.net>
Oxford, IA USA - Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 00:05:19 (EDT)
Best Regards Leon Freeman.When do you think you will update the re-union pictures.It's been almost a year since the 2001 re-union in York.Pa. and our site is still showing the 1999 re-union picture also the info about next year's re-union in Branson needs to be posted.TKS....DMI
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, Fl. USA - Friday, August 23, 2002 at 00:38:26 (EDT)
I was on the Eaton in June, It is sad that thet used her for target practice 1967 the day before leaving for Viet Nam. I was a GMG3 on the starboard 3"/50. I was also the Gun Captian. Does anyone Know John Paterniti e-mail address. I am looking for Charlie Thompson, Gary Weaver. Does anyone remember at our return on the fantail just before movie call,seeing two round lights passing over the Eaton. They were about 150 ft in Dia., side by side above the cloude cover. No sound ,no radar sig. just a round lite.
Ron Hecht <ronlefty2002@yahoo.com>
Ajijic, Jal Mexico 45920 - Wednesday, July 31, 2002 at 17:37:12 (EDT)
I SERVED ON THE EATON FROM 1957-1959. I WAS IN THE FORWARD ENGINE ROOM JUST BELOW THE DECK WHERE THE WEAPON ABLE HIT. I ALSO PITCHED FAST PITCH SOFTBALL IN GITMO WHEN WE PLAYED OTHER SHIPS. I BECAME THROTTLEMEN IN THE FORWARD ENGINE ROOM DURING GQ. AND SEA DETAIL. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS GIVE ME A SHOUT. THANKS CHUCK ZINK
CHUCK ZINK MM. <CEZINK@AOL.COM>
BOULDER CITY, NV USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 13:23:03 (EDT)
I SERVED ON THE EATON FROM 1957 TO 1959
CHUCK ZINK <CEZINK@AOL.COM>
BOULDER CITY, NV USA - Tuesday, July 09, 2002 at 12:13:44 (EDT)
Served on board in the after engine room from Oct65-Oct66. My nick name was rabbit. Hello to anyone who remembers me.Johnny Bennett,126 E. Edgefield Dr, Summerville SC 29483
Johnny Bennett mm3 <jfb1047@yahoo.com>
Summerville, SC USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 12:38:03 (EDT)
great web site--my dad, walter wilczynski(nickname SKI) served PROUDLY on the uss eaton during ww2. he was in bath, maine waiting for the ship to be finished and served until l945--sadly, he passed away in l996 from a brain tumor.
cheryl wilczynski magera <wordsndeeds@msn.com>
madison, ct, USA - Saturday, June 15, 2002 at 21:45:20 (EDT)
Shipmate 1961-1963 Lt.j.g.
Art Rimback <tororio@aol.com>
Medford, NJ` USA - Sunday, June 09, 2002 at 12:46:21 (EDT)
My name is Lee Snook, my father Al Snook served from June '67 to Aug'68. My father passed away in Feb of 2000. I would be interested in hearing from any one that served on at the same time and perhaps remembers my father. He Was a boiler tech. Thanks.
Lee Snook <Giz343@aol.com>
TX USA - Thursday, June 06, 2002 at 15:38:36 (EDT)
Iam Kenny Bryant the grandson of David a Bryant who served on the mighty Eaton during ww2 from the begining to the end , although David passed away in 1987 he had fond memories of the ship and the crew on it if anyone has pictures of the ship or crew in the early to mid fourtys I would like you to contact me at my e-mail address I have some pictures of him and a bunch of other guys somewhere in the south pacific, also have some pictures of natives in outriggers coming out to greet the ship somewhere in the south seas, If Im not mistaken he worked in the engine and boiler room on the Eaton I know he used to talk to a shipmate in mims or vero beach Fla, before he passed, if anyone has any pictures maybe we could get copies and trade or if anyone remembers David I would love to hear from them ,his wife and sons are still living in charleston wv and would love to hear from you just maybe to step back in time to see what it was like to be there my grandmother still remembers the stories Dave would tell, as I still do, from kamikazies and zero's they shot down to typhoons to shanghai china ,and the stories about all the wild things they did while in service for their country. God bless them all who served this country and the mighty USS EATON 510....
Kenny Bryant <kennybryant69@hotmail.com>
Dunbar, wv USA - Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 00:09:11 (EDT)
Iam the grandson of David Bryant, who served on the mighty Eaton in ww2 from appro 1943 to 1946 im not sure but he was on the ship since the war started and i believe to the end ive heard of the stories he used to tell about the zeros that were shot down and the kamakozi pilots that were buzzing around when the war ended he brought home a few souvineers from the planes they had shot down i guess as a reminder , David died in April of 1987 and one of his last wishes was to walk the deck of the mighty 510 USS Eaton once again, he used to call it the old tin can he was very proud of the old warship and talked of it often, I can remember a story of him and some of the guys that had gotten a monkey somewere in the south pacific and how the monkey had rifled thru all the clothes drawers in the quarters and pulled out all their clothing and threw them in the floor finally the men were caught with the monkey and were made to get rid of it at the next stop,my grandfather was full of pride and stories of the mighty 510. SINCERELY Kenny Bryant
David a Bryant <Kennybryant69@hotmail.com>
Dunbar, W v USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 22:21:46 (EDT)
My cousin Donald Roy Moser served aboard the Eaton.I will get his Email address and forward it to you. I am an old Marine from WW2 Hdq. Co. 2nd. Bn. 2nd. Reg. 2nd Div
Bud Moser <k8dhd@aol.com>
Columbiana, OH USA - Monday, June 03, 2002 at 14:04:18 (EDT)
Served on the Eaton from early 1967 to June 1968 as ship's First Lieutenant. Made the Westpac trip, was on board when we pulled the surveillance ship out of Havana. On our first try the towline parted and we were so close we could see the balconies on the Havana Hilton. Our second try at towing her was successful, and we took her almost all the way to Key West. The Westpac trip was supposed to be an around the world trip, but the war in the middle east in early-June 1967 closed the Suez Canal (for about 8 years) and we came back the way we went, meaning two trips through the Panama Canal. I remember when the anchor winch burned out while we were shooting while at anchor in the Mekong Delta, and how a group of enthusiatic, strong sailors pulled the anchor up by hand. I remember well the seaman who jumped overboard near the DMZ. After we found him he was transferred at night by highline to a supply ship. The captain sent me over by highline too, so that I could explain to the captain of the supply ship that they ought to keep the fellow locked up. Returning that night by highline I was dipped quite close to the water, close enough to get soaked. On the Westpac trip a sailor in my division, First Division, keeled over on the mess decks, and died as we were leaving Kaohsiung. He apparently choked on a piece of food. He was a great kid, and his death was a great shock to me. It was the saddest time I ever spent in the Navy. We returned to Kaohsiung and the Chief Corpsman and I accompanied the body to the military installation on the island, in order to identify the body and take care of the necessary paper work. I can see that night as if it were yesterday. I served with a great group of guys. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me, or who has memories of events during the time I served on board. And yes, I remember the nickname "Beno." How about the weapon Alpha, too. Bob Goldfried, promoted to Lt(jg) while on board.
Robert M. Goldfried <rgoldfried@cogolaw.com>
Los angeles, CA USA - Monday, May 27, 2002 at 18:09:37 (EDT)
Sorry gang changed my e mail address about a year ago and forgot to tell everybody. Looking forward to hearing from my old ship mates.
Ed McHugh <emchugh@stny.rr.com>
Binghamton , N.Y. USA - Sunday, May 12, 2002 at 09:54:52 (EDT)
MEMORIES: Forty six years ago today, May 6th at approximately 3:14pm the USS Wisconsin (BB64) collided with the good ship Eaton (DDE510.
Bob Sposito <rfsposito@msn.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA - Monday, May 06, 2002 at 09:21:18 (EDT)
West-Pac'67,If You Have trouble Getting To The Cruise Book Website,Send Me An E-Mail And I Will Send You The LINK. Thanks, Joe Lind.
Joseph Lind <lindjoseph@msn.com>
Morrisville, Pa USA - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 20:17:01 (EDT)
I would like to here from anyone that was on the Eaton at that time
Charles Light mm2 1953to 1956 <chaslight@webtv.com>
cornwall, pa USA17016 - Monday, April 29, 2002 at 17:43:03 (EDT)
Iserved aboard the 510 from 1953 to 1956 as a M M 2nd in the after engine room.Was Midship Port side maindeck when we were hit by the Battleship Wisconsin May 6 1956
Charles Light <chaslight@aol.com>
Cornwall, Pa USA 17016 - Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 14:33:47 (EDT)
West-Pac 1967,I Am In The Process Of Posting The 1967 Cruise Book,You Also Can Download Pictures That You Might Have From The Cruise,It Can Be Reached At: http://communities.msn/WestPac1967USSEatonDD510
Joseph Lind <lindjoseph@msn.com>
Morrisville, Pa USA - Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 10:20:25 (EDT)
My father Kenneth L. Smith Served aboard the Eaton. I believe during or right after viet nam.
Ken Smith <mageeyes@hotmail.com>
Chillicothe , OH USA - Monday, April 08, 2002 at 12:34:54 (EDT)
Jan.1955..To..Dec.1957 David A. Del Gardo SM3..msg.to.follow ..Welcome to our website GAMBLE.I remember you very well.We had some good communications, radio & flags.We survived some tough times on that old tin can.I am again referring to my 1957 Middle East Cruise Book. I see you surrounded by Jorgensen, Renaud,Proctor,Thomas,Callicchio,Cherry & Kilmister.Jorgensen lives in Sebring,Fl..latest..he wrote a book..Callicchio lives in Barnegat,N.J..retired from city buses...Cherry is a Professor. Kilmister is around and a lot of other guys you know.They will e-mail you soon.Good Luck and God Bless.....Dave
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, Fl USA - Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 21:36:30 (EST)
Jan.1955..to..Dec.1957...David A. Del Gardo..Signalman Third Class....Msg. to follow; Welcome to our website TOM SYKES, ship serviceman 2/c. I am right now looking at a picture of you besides Vodden,LaGatta,Phillips and Riggs in the Mideast Cruise book of 1957.We have a lot of other guys around here that remember you.They will start e-mailing you.You guys always put a little too much starch in my whites. Ha..God Bless.... from one of the skivvie wavers...........................
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, Fl USA - Saturday, April 06, 2002 at 21:10:06 (EST)
Aboard in the 50's
Thomas P. Sykes <tsykesinsu@aol.com>
Haw River, NC USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 23:47:55 (EST)
Served on the USS Eaton, Five & Dime, 67 - 68, ships barber, Vietnam cruise. O'Neil, McHugh, Childers, and others, where are you pirates? Dave Grose
Dave Grose <dgrose@twcny.rr.com>
Massena, NY USA - Wednesday, April 03, 2002 at 11:15:49 (EST)
Hello everyone, I served on the Eaton from Spring of '56 to the Spring of 59. Came aboard right out of Radio School in '56 just before our "BUMP" with the Wisconsin. I belive John Witchey RM3 was lead in the radio shack at that time. I remember a couple of strickers, Mackey King from Lansing Mi and Jorgenson from Tampa Bay were in the radio gang at that time. There were one or two others but I can't remember their names now. I remember Del Gordo and Kenedy and a QM1 by the name of ML Logan but can't put a face to the names, to many years have passed. I left the "five and Dime" in the Spring of '59 for discharge. Then moved to Colorado and lost all contact with the old shipmates. a friend of mine from the Conway put me on to this site. When and where is the next reunion? Wally Gamble RM2
Wallis Gamble <ac0t@juno.com>
Lakewood, CO USA - Tuesday, March 05, 2002 at 11:03:44 (EST)
My Father Edgar J Mason Sr. served on this Destroyer in the bay of pigs,as of now he`s getting ready to retire from Wrightsville Police Department in N.J. for 25 year`s.I am very proud of my Dad for overcoming so much in his life, and hope to be half the man he is.
Edgar J Mason Jr. <madd66maxx@aol.com>
Fayetteville, N.c USA - Sunday, March 03, 2002 at 20:52:06 (EST)
Sorry....my dad was also on the Eaton from '55-59' I beleive....possibly a year earlier.
Tom McDaniel
USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 00:39:16 (EST)
Please note my (NEW) e-mail address. Thanks, Tom...son of James (JD) McDaniel...USS Halford...GM....'43-'46
Tom McDaniel <mcdaniel1951@comcast.net>
Chattanooga, Tn USA - Saturday, March 02, 2002 at 00:37:31 (EST)
I was a Chief DC,SF,HT (whatever they called it at that time.) I came aboard Eaton in march 68 from a floating dry dock in charleston that had sunk a couple years before. I was aboard less than a month and received orders to the Strong (DD 758) back in Charleston. What I remember the most was getting so sick I didn't care if I lived or died. A SMC (GOD bless him) gave me a 7UP and some popcorn on the second day of my illness. I remember that as one of the BEST meals in all of my 24in the cannoe club. Departed Eaton Oct.68....Retired March 78
Allen Condon <buckeyenavy@aol.com>
Chesapeake, Va. USA - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 20:02:32 (EST)
My dad, James (JD) Doyle McDaniel, served on the Eaton in the mid 50's. He was a gunnersmate and was assigned to the "Weapons Able". I believe he may have been one of the first sailors to fire this weapon as I remember him talking of attending school to learn the weapon and one of the men who invented the weapon being onboard ship. He was the pitcher on the softball team as well. He continued to pitch after to was discharged. He was an avid golfer as well. I have met a few sailors online who knew him. The only sailor I have ever met in person was Charlie Foxx but I do not know of his whereabouts now. My dad also server aboard the USS Halford 480 during WWII as a gunner and spent 4 years in the active reserves in between. He loved the Navy and told me many great stories of his Navy days. The collision with the Wisconsin, Suez Canal, Med Cruise, softball games, crossing of the equator, many more. I am interested in any and all pictures from that era, from around 1955 until 1959. I would also like to hear from any sailor who may have known him. He passed away on August 31, 2000. I wish I had known about this site before then. He would have loved to seen the pictures and names. God Bless each of you. Many thanks.
Tom McDaniel <mcdaniel1951@home.net>
Chattanooga, Tn USA - Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 02:10:48 (EST)
sm2 1967-68
tom tallent <tallfam@peoplepc.com>
neptune city, nj USA - Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 18:20:20 (EST)
I was aboard from mid 1961-Jan 1965 and was stationed in the after engine room. Some of the guys I remeber are: Tommy Sambino (?) from Boston. MM3 Tom kutzco (?) from Ohio. MM3 There was also a guy we called "Woody', i belive also from Ohio. Stomper(nick name)and his freind (aka) Blue. Both where MM2. The where two brothers also. We called the younger one "baby snipe". I belive there last name is Conner or O'Conner. CPO Peoples was the CPO for the aft-engine, the first class was Holmes. Have a few stories to swap. The crew was the greatest, best in the Navy. The Eaton was and always will be, one of the most memorable parts of my life. She gently lulled me to sleep at night as we peacefully sallied the Caribbean and protected me from the cold, icy North Atlantic and all its raging power. In my minds eye, it is still out there, quietly slipping through the water, taking us to and from safe passage. Would like to hear from anyone who served onboard. Dave Parenteau MM2
DAVID L PARENTEAU <dave.parenteau@districtenergy.com>
Maplewood, MN USA - Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 14:51:22 (EST)
I was on the Eaton from Jan 65 to Dec 65. After fire room. Some of the BT's were Dawson, Cyr, Howard, Mitzle, Rummle, Joe McCurry, Reed, Good people. I had to transfer to the west coast, the wife run off with the kids. I missed the kids. The kids are grown, the wife is dead, HaHa, and I am retired and having fun.
Willie Brown BT2 <wgbortc@msn.com>
Augusta, GA USA - Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 22:30:15 (EST)
Does anybody know when Mr.Leon Freeman will be on duty to install the new re-union pictures taken in Sept.2001. He's done a great job in the past.
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@ AOL.com>
Orlandoi, Fl USA - Monday, December 31, 2001 at 13:42:50 (EST)
I served aboard the Eaton Maru during 1944 until she was decomissoned in Charleston. I had forgotten all that had happened until I read some of the responses. Joined the ship in espritos santos and went through all of the actions from that point on. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Eaton. M.B. Cutler, YNCS, USN RET.
Marion Cutler <MBUDCUTLER@cs.com>
San Jose, CA USA - Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 13:40:31 (EST)
I was a signalman during the vietnam cruise and I still have an American flag used for holidays, flew over the grand old lady during that time. Yes, it was suddenly missing and after all these years it still is kept in a special place.
Robert Thornton <holograme@aol.com>
Belvidere, Il USA - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 22:14:35 (EST)
MY DAD, LT. DANIEL KENNEDY KIRK USNR,RET SERVED ON THE FIVE AND DIME IN THE EARLY FIFTIES. DAD IS SLOWLY APPROACHING DEATH WITH A BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER. FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO KNOW HIM, SAY A PRAYER FOR HIM! OR WRITE POB 99, FORT TILDEN, NY 11697. TXS DAN
DANIEL KIRK <DJKSPYONU@ATT.NET>
BELLE HARBOR, NY USA - Thursday, December 06, 2001 at 10:54:11 (EST)
Served aboard from April 61 to July 62. Came aboard as the ship returned from the Bay of Pigs and left just prior to the final battle problem in GITMO. I came aboard as a LTJG and made LT while we were in GITMO. I was the Chief Engineer and a OOD. I learned a lot on EATON and came to really respect the 600 psi steam plant. My success in this tour lead to years later my being Chief Engineer of the USS MIDWAY CV41. The engineers on EATON did a good job in teaching me how to do the job. I made one reunion and hope to make several more.
Charles Soules <cwsoules@mindspring.com>
Alameda, CA USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 21:11:13 (EST)
BROWN, BT2 After fire room, Jan 65 to Nov 65. Home Ph 706 738 7132 address 3122 Switzer Dr Augusta Ga 30909 I am now retired and having a ball.
BROWN, WILLIE G BT2 <wgbortc@MSN.com>
AUGUSTA , GA USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 12:24:28 (EST)
I SERVED FROM 1961 TO AUG.17 1964 AS AN ELECTRICANS MATE I SERVED WITH DALE HUNT ROD SIMMONS AND MANY MORE GOOD MEN I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ROD SIMMONS IF HE READS THIS ALSO ANY ONE WHO CAN REMENBER ME.I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM MAIL TO 2 TRIMBLE ST.MEDFORD NJ 08055 OR IF ANY ONE HAS ANY PHOTO'S FROM THE TIME WE WERE ON BOARD. I THINK THIS IS GREAT AND THANKS TO BARB GORVIN FOR FINDING ME. MY VERY BEST TO ALL MY SHIP MATES.
ED MASON <NONE AT THIS TIME>
MEDFORD, NJ USA - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 03:50:56 (EST)
CHANGE OF ADDRESS FROM PAUL BECHAM@MINDSPRING.COM TO JPAULBECHAM@MINDSPRING.COM ON BOARD USS EATON '56-'59 EM2
PAUL BECHAM EM2 <JPAULBECHAM@MINDSPRING.COM>
LaGRANGE, GA USA - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 22:58:47 (EDT)
I read in a May 14,2001 Newsweek Magazine that retired Soviet Admiral Vitaly Agafonov stated to a group of former US Defense officials that each of the Russian submarines involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 had twenty-two torpedoes on board one of which was a Nuclear torpedo. Some of you EATON sailors were on hand to escort these Subs out of American waters. Phil Jordan DDE 510 '51/'53
W. Phil Jordan <clyphi@earthlink.net>
Monticello, GA USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 18:49:26 (EDT)
Hello again everyone. My name is Alex Estelmann, grandson of CDR. (later CPT.) Herman J. Estelmann, who commanded the Eaton in the early sixties, mostly the Med Cruise. I've received a lot of E-mails and help from all of my granddad's shipmates, abd I'd like to thank all for that. I was wondering; does anyone out there have any pictures, sound bits, or even video of my grandfather while he was serving aboard the Eaton? I would be eternally grateful for anything of this nature. I also have a lot of Eaton memorabilia, such as the log book from the med cruise, and a painting by a man named Soren Brunoe, of the Eaton at sea. His times aboard the Eaton were the happiest times of his life, and she ws the only ship he ever commanded. I'll try to get pics of thes items up ASAP. Sincerely, Alex Estelmann
Alex Estelmann <Cyberuga2@aol.com>
LV, KS USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 21:02:21 (EDT)
A message to Andrews, SMC..You couldn't carry my glove on the ball field...Edwards, didn't you play third base in '57? Sorry I missed the reunion. Bad legs..In the meantime remember, you all served aboard an American Man of War. Some of us have tied up to the same fuel pier in Aden where the USS Cole was bombed. Many have served in all the armed conflicts since WW1. Walk tall and be proud, we represent a breed of men that is in a minority today. God bless you all and most of all bless America in her hour of trial..Brian Kenedy, QM1 Uss Eaton, 1955-1959.
Brian Kenedy <Kenedyb@worldnet.att.net>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 00:48:37 (EDT)
Love your site. I served aboard the USS Wisconsin during the collision with the Eaton.Was Corpsman (HM2). Would love to hear from anyone. Thanks
Gere Mullican <gerep64@msn.com>
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 11:34:36 (EDT)
I served on the EATON from commissioning until sept 1944 and was aboard when we shot down the first 7 planes and sunk the sub on the surface plus all the invasions we were involved in in the South Pacific. I was EM2/c at that time. I just returned from the reunion in York PA. There were only 4 of us old plank owners there. yes we are getting old I'm relizing and wonder how many more reunions I can attend. It was good to see everyone. The picture of the ship with all the rust that was taken just before she was sunk 90 miles off the coast of Norfolk sure is sad looking. She was a good ship. Paul Hecht.
Paul W. Hecht <pwhecht@earthlink.net>
Portsmouth, VA USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 17:19:25 (EDT)
I just returned from the reunion in York, Pa. and WOW did we have a good time. The same old stories just keep getting better and better. The familiar faces aren't changing, the wives are pretty and there are more shipmates showing up. We had a good visit with shipmates from the 40's. It is a real honor to meet an honest to goodness Plank Sailor. The Guy's from the 50's were full of tales and we saw some films of the damage from the Wisconsin collision. The Greenies over the gun director looked the same as the those in the 60's. I guess the ocean doesn't age so we all have these same pictures in our minds and know exactly what each is talking about regardless of when he was aboard. There were a lot of shipmates from the 60's. Most of us were amazed at how many were showing up. Weis brought the Holiday Colors again and we all honored them. That's as close as we can ever come to the Eaton again. We have a new greeting now thanks to a stunt worthy only of 18 year olds. RO-O--O-M SE-RV-ICE.
Tom Cadenhead <Tomssaw@mediaone.net>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 10:22:50 (EDT)
I was on the Eaton 67 thru 69 in Philly.retired in 1981 STC
carl peddie <cmp116@hotmail.com>
bristol , flI USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 17:14:58 (EDT)
I was a Snipe down in Forward Fire Room from 67 to 69, enjoyed the ship, the guys, the memories. Love to hear from You. Endres BT3
Mel Endres <MelandJoJo@MSN.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 10:06:56 (EDT)
I am looking for the list of military troops that will be leaving if you go to war. Someone who I love is in the militay down there because he's got passion for you country, and I want to know if he's going or not if anyone can help e.mail me
Tammy Mensinger <t_mensinger@hotmail.com>
Grande Prairie, AB Canada - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 21:13:59 (EDT)
my dad served on the eaton in the first few years of ww-2 and asked me to see if anyone during that time might know the whereabouts of hank allen thompson
j.b.spikes,jr. <jmmyspks@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 17:13:10 (EDT)
served aboard the Eaton DD 510 '61 to '64 as an ICman Would like to hear from Berry or Bill or any one of that time
Gerald Koogler <bsrc@train.missouri.org>
Licking, MO USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 19:27:11 (EDT)
My father, Jack M. Estes, PhM3c, served aboard the USS Eaton during WW II. The only dates I have found are in Feb. and March of 1943 when he "joined" the Order of the Golden Dragon and the Ancient Order of the Deep. He passed away in 1981, but I am trying to gather information on his military service and would appreciate any information from anyone who may have served with him or known him. Thank you in advance
Chris Estes <estesck@msn.com>
St. Louis, MO USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 23:15:20 (EDT)
Jan.1955..to..Dec.1957...David A.Del Gardo...Signalman Third Class..........Tomorrow 9/15/01@1200 I depart for our USS EATON re-union commencing 9/18/01. I look forward to meeting with my shipmates from 45 years ago. I will miss the ones who cannot be there.On 9/23/01 at our banquet we will remember those who died for our great country and this yeara special rememberance for those Americans who perished in the NYC Twin Tower Disaster.God Bless America.Thank You.....
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, Fl USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 18:52:51 (EDT)
My dad, CPO Robert H. Stallard (Chief Bosun') served on the Eaton in the early '60's. He passed away aboard ship on his last cruise prior to retirement on August 30, 1962. His wife, my mom, has passed away recently. We are trying to put together a book for the grand kids, and great-grand kids so that they will be able to remember these two great people. We are requesting that anyone who remembers Dad and perhaps may have photos of him beplease contact us at the listed Email. Any help would be so appreciated. Bob
Robert Stallard <bob465@lycos.com>
Bristol, GTN USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 23:22:45 (EDT)
My dad, CPO Robert H. Stallard (Chief Bosun') served on the Eaton in the early '60's. He passed away aboard ship on his last cruise prior to retirement on August 30, 1962. His wifw, my mom, has passed away recently. We are trying to put together a book for the grand kids, and great-grand kids so that they will be able to remember these two great people. We are requesting that anyone who remembers Dad and perhaps may have photos of him beplease contact us at the listed Email. Any help would be so appreciated. Bob
Robert Stallard <bob465@lycos.com>
Bristol, GTN USA - Monday, August 27, 2001 at 23:22:00 (EDT)
ok...TQ
john <mbiak@yahoo.com>
us, us USA - Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 03:16:03 (EDT)
Does anyone know H.J. Horner's correct email address? The one posted on here is in correct. Thanks, Andy
Tom (Andy) Andrews <saltytsmc@sc.rr.com>
Columbia, S.C. USA - Monday, August 20, 2001 at 10:17:49 (EDT)
I went aboard the Eaton in Jan. of 58 as a deck SN. I left in 61 as an SM2. I later retired as SMC. She seemed to have a lot of bad luck but it was good duty. She was fast. I have a lot of fond memories. I remember Brian Kenedy always trying to out do me on the ball field but he never could. Warm regards, Tom Andrews, SMC (SW) RET.
Thomas J. Andrews <saltytsmc@sc.rr.com>
Columbia, SC USA - Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 17:47:18 (EDT)
1966-1969 GMG3 I was one of the last crew members to leave the ship while it was in Philly. While walking through the ship I ran accross the Holiday Colors. I took it to the 1996 Eaton reunion and we had a Flag folding Ceremony.
Tom Weiss
Ottawa, IL USA - Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at 04:03:26 (EDT)
Mike Burge's entry reminded me of Eaton in Cadiz Spain, Bache alongside getting underway first and yanking the Eaton's starboard anchor off and dropping it on the bottom. Delays while waiting for a diver to recover it. Then another time in Gtmo - Eaton alongside pier - ships in front and back - Commodore wants to take it out - (what can the captain say) Comdr had a theory that back full on one of the engines would walk the stern away from the pier then we could be on our way - well engine orders got confused and we are backing rapidly toward the merchant in back of us before the captain resumed the conn with some ahead orders...never a dull moment.
Ralph Stevens <ralphstevens@worldnet.att.net>
Coronado, CA USA - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 23:55:05 (EDT)
I was on the USS Wisconsin from Jan 1956 to 1958. When we put her out. I remember May the 6th of 1956 do you? thanks ED.
Ed Edwards <muffylbe@tnh.net>
punta gorda, fl USA - Sunday, August 12, 2001 at 20:21:50 (EDT)
I was a snipe (MM2)aboard the Eaton 61-65.
Robert P. Holmes <Cytodance@Juno.com>
Pinellas Park, Fla USA - Thursday, August 09, 2001 at 23:26:32 (EDT)
I served aboard the USS Bache DDE 470 as an Electricians Mate from 1952-55. I spent a lot of time watching the Eaton, Beale, and Murry. Great squadron. Lots of fond memories
Harry "Frank" Hiatt <rintinradr@cs.com>
Sandston, Va USA - Wednesday, August 08, 2001 at 21:40:15 (EDT)
Hey mike, I tried sending you some information via e-mail but I got it back. Is the e-mail address you have posted correct? I've got Jeff's address and phone # if interested.
Merv Terrell <merv46@midwest.net>
New Haven, IL USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 21:52:46 (EDT)
I just became aware of the EATON web site. I contacted Joe Paterniti through the internet "people search". Evidently, my name was not on the EATON crew member list. I thought about my days on the Eaton (1965-1967), over the years, but lost track of everyone. I was not aware of the reunions. I served on the Eaton from 1965-1967 FTG3. I turned 20 just before I was transferred off the ship (just prior to the Viet Nam cruise). Reading the entries in the guest book brings back old memories. Key West: I was at the helm when the anchor hit the pier in Key West. I have told that story many times. The locals would always line up to watch the captain navigate the currents in Key West harbor. The currents were a little tricky in that harbor! That's why the old man had such a rough time. Also, it wasn't exactly his strong suit! He reversed the engines first, then when he realized we were still moving too fast, he let go the anchor! Unfortunately, we had already slammed into the pier. Interesting mooring tactic. We ended up in dry dock (Portsmouth), for several months as a result of that incident. Actually, as I recall, most of the time, when entering Key West harbor, we would end up with the stern at one pier, and the bow at the other. The big decision was always... "where do we toss the lines?". There are a lot of stories to tell… I hope I can make the reunion. In the meantime, here are a few questions for the hands of the Eaton. They are sort of random thoughts! If anyone knows the answer, I’d appreciate hearing from you. EATON 1965 – 1967 Name of the IC1 with red hair? Name of the IC Seaman, from Green Bay, WI? Anyone know where Jeff Haugen, FTG3 can be found? Who was the machinist mate who road the motorcycle (all year around, ice and snow)? What was the barber’s name who gave the absolute worst haircuts ever. Turcott? Who was the guy who fell off the gang in Puerto Rico. La Riviera Club? More questions to follow.
Mike Burge <mburge@appworx.com>
Homewood, IL USA - Tuesday, August 07, 2001 at 16:34:46 (EDT)
Make that spinning the helm, not spinning the help. Typo
Paul Ferguson <ferguson@coqui.net>
San Juan, PR USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 14:52:54 (EDT)
April 66 to November 66, was QM3 until wet off to OCS. Greatest pre boarding memories were hearing about ship's company throwing potatoes at the Russians during the Cuba Blockade, Captain Pehr Pehrsson dropping the port anchor in the Dempster Dumpster in Key West, and after I came aboard, QM2 John Farmer sending the ship into super steep lists by spinning the help while we were off of Cape Hatteras on a blustery day - spilled the wardroom coffee was what he said. All good memories! Was also aboard for the USNS retrieval 9 miles off of Havana Harbor - in fact I took photos of the Russian PT sytle boats that were poking around.
Paul Ferguson <ferguson@coqui.net>
San Juan, PR USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 14:51:03 (EDT)
April 66 to November 66, was QM3 until wet off to OCS. Greatest pre boarding memories were hearing about ship's company throwing potatoes at the Russians during the Cuba Blockade, Captain Pehr Pehrsson dropping the port anchor in the Dempster Dumpster in Key West, and after I came aboard, QM2 John Farmer sending the ship into super steep lists by spinning the help while we were off of Cape Hatteras on a blustery day - spilled the wardroom coffee was what he said. All good memories! Was also aboard for the USNS retrieval 9 miles off of Havana Harbor - in fact I took photos of the Russian PT sytle boats that were poking around.
Paul Ferguson <ferguson@coqui.net>
San Juan, PR USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 14:51:02 (EDT)
My father served aboard the Eaton during WW II but I do not know the dates.
Gerald G. Myers Jr. <gmyers6478@aol.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, August 02, 2001 at 00:10:08 (EDT)
Served on the USS EATON DD-510 1962-1964. Update email address.
David Meador <dwmjm@reliable-net.net>
Martinsville, In. USA - Sunday, July 29, 2001 at 02:42:50 (EDT)
Went aboard 2/53 as a FA right out of EM school. Left for discharge 7/56 as EM1. Remember many good times as well as some not so good. Would like to hear from any of the Black Gang of the above period, especially those in and around the Harrisburg,Lancaster,York area.
Jim Lorimer EM1 <libjim@redbird.net>
Cardington, OH USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 22:59:53 (EDT)
Served on USS Eaton DDE 510 from 1960-1963.
Keith Allbright (Shorty) YN3 <dnkhealy@dmrtc.net>
Shoals, IN USA - Monday, July 16, 2001 at 20:54:55 (EDT)
I gave an erroneous email address in my previous statement, the correct email is rdhunt123@msn.com.
DALE HUNT <rdhunt123@msn.com>
Lexington, Ky USA - Friday, July 06, 2001 at 09:54:38 (EDT)
Served aboard the Eaton 61 to 63. as an Electrician. I vividly recall the Bay Of Pigs, the failed rescue attempt,and the weakened men we brought back aboard. I also remember the Russian submarine during the blockade. Does anyone remember the ice storm in the North Atlantic when we had to come back to Boston Harbour and chip ice for a few days? I just found this web page and I think it is great.
Dale Hunt <rdhunt@msn.com>
Lexington, ky USA - Thursday, July 05, 2001 at 20:37:27 (EDT)
My Dad was a barber on the Eaton in the 60's. I know he did a Med cruise. His name is Dan Smith. His email is: dsmith@infonline.net.
Dan Smith <smith@infonline.net>
Sharpsville, PA USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2001 at 10:47:07 (EDT)
Just found my blue copy of "Eaton Middle East Cruise - 1957".... A lot of pics of names from this Guest Book. Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Vernon Edwards <vedwards@fairwinds.com>
Maitland, FL USA - Sunday, July 01, 2001 at 20:48:33 (EDT)
Aboard Eaton 1958-1960 - Any info. ref. John Duke (GA) or Chuck Burkhardt (CO)?
Vernon Edwards exET2 <vedwards@fairwinds.net>
Maitland, FL USA - Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 13:03:40 (EDT)
My uncle Stanley [Stash] Schmidt [deceased]from Jersey City served on the Eaton During WW2. I believe he was a gunner firing on the Japanese suicide boat 25 yards from the ship in 1945.He was one of the fellows injured when it exploded.I would appreciate any info about your experiences on the Eaton and if any of you knew my uncle. He used to tell us war stories almost every Saturday when we were kids and we ate em up as kids do. Thanks in advance!!! J.S.
John Scheuerer <jhs8956@hotmail.com>
Roebling, NJ USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 20:09:51 (EDT)
My uncle Stanley [Stash] Schmidt [deceased]from Jersey City served on the Eaton During WW2. I believe he was a gunner firing on the Japanese suicide boat 25 yards from the ship in 1945.He was one of the fellows injured when it exploded.I would appreciate any info about your experiences on the Eaton and if any of you knew my uncle. He used to tell us war stories almost every Saturday when we were kids and we ate em up as kids do. Thanks in advance!!! J.S.
John Scheuerer <jhs8956@hotmail.com>
Roebling, NJ USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2001 at 20:02:08 (EDT)
My dad, Lawrence H. (Hawk) Hawkins, was on the Eaton about 1944/45. He remembers going to the Philippines and having liberty there. He says he arrived on the Eaton after the Battle of the Philippines. He would enjoy hearing from shipmates who were on board in 1944-45. Mauri Vurlicer
Lawrence H. (Hawk) Hawkins <Mvurlicer@cs.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, June 09, 2001 at 00:43:45 (EDT)
well itss that time again' time for our ships reunion. this year it will be held in YORK, PA. from Sept. 18- 23 of 2001. I would like love for eack and ever one of you fellow ship mates to be there. i'll see you in PA
Joe Giaccone MM3 <j.giaccone@att.net>
Baker, La USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2001 at 02:41:58 (EDT)
After all these years the reunion group found me alive and still kicking. Thanks, Barb for all the effort. I served on the Eaton 1944-46 as a seaman and shipfitter. I also was the "talker" and a loader for the fantail 20s. I have quite a few pictures but few names. I thought I would never forget.
Al Leonard <aeldot@att.net>
Littleton, Co. USA - Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 18:07:38 (EDT)
I served aboard the USS Bache DDE 470 from 1952-55 as an Electricians Mate.I spent lots of time watching the Eaton, Beale, and Murry. Great ships! FRANK!!!!
Harry "Frank" Hiatt <rintinradr@cs.com>
Sandston, Va USA - Friday, June 01, 2001 at 21:03:16 (EDT)
My father Edwin P Wurtz III served on the Eaton from 1944-1946.
Alice Wurtz <a2000mo@aol.com>
USA - Friday, June 01, 2001 at 19:48:08 (EDT)
I served aboard the USS EATON DD 510 FROM fEB 1963 TILL fEB 1965. WAS ON THE DECK FORCE FOR ABOUT A YEAR THEN WAS THE POSTAL CLERK. DOES ANYBODY REMEBER THE DRAG RACE WE HAD WITH THE BACHE, MURRARY, & AND THE BEALE RIGHT BEFORE WE CAME BACK FROM THE MED. iF I REMEBER RIGHT THE MURRARY WON & THE EATON WAS SECOND. GREAT SHIP & A LOT OF GOOD TIMES.
H G Bel <haymo8@aol.com>
Marshfield, Mo USA - Monday, May 28, 2001 at 03:54:45 (EDT)
Sherrill Moore SFP3,1960-1962. ASW with Task Group ALPHA.On board for change of command from Cmdr Hamilton to Cmdr Peter R Perkings. Lot of great memories on the 510 esp with Morgan,White,Jones,Baker, and Aurther (charlie) Brown.
Sherrill Moore <smoore221@msn.com>
Hendersonville, NC USA - Thursday, May 24, 2001 at 00:45:26 (EDT)
Updating my e-mail address. Anyone in the 1st Div. 59 to 60 please write.
Bob McCarthy <bokymc@home.co>
Va Beach, Va. USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 23:18:50 (EDT)
MY GREAT-GRANDPA WAS IN THE WORLD WAR 2!
Justin.t.Maniaci <jmania@edmail.com>
SOUTHGATE, MI USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 14:08:04 (EDT)
cool web site
Justin.T.Maniaci <jmania@edmail.com>
southgate, mi USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 14:06:26 (EDT)
cool web site
Justin.T.Maniaci <jmania@edmail.com>
southgate, mi USA - Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at 14:05:36 (EDT)
Refresh your memory! 45 years ago today, May 6th all hell broke loose aboard the USS Eaton(DDE 510)!
Bob Sposito <rfsposito@msn.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA - Sunday, May 06, 2001 at 15:48:19 (EDT)
I served as XO in EATON from 24 OCT 1955 to 20 JUNE 1957. This is a correction (change) of my e-mail address.
Ralph Newberry <rednewberry@msn.com>
Tolono, IL USA - Sunday, April 29, 2001 at 19:56:25 (EDT)
It has taken me a long time to stumble across this site and read what my shipmates of long ago have said here. I was Gunnery Officer, relatively new onboard, when we collided with Wisconsin in May forty-five years ago. Pete Schoeffel was in the hot seat because he was OOD and Dick Varley because he was CO and had the conn when it happened. Tony Esposito (you were Tony then?) was a hero because he had the courage to confront the Weapon Able warheads which had been broken up in the collision. I was assigned as a Special Assistant to the Captain to help him with his testimony at inquiry which followed. I have newspaper articles and pictures of the ship after the event which I will share with anyone interested. I also must confess that I "rescued" Alan McChesney's pen & ink & watercolor of the ship which hung in the wardroom prior to the collision. Best regards to all of you.
Dana Peckworth <dpeck57@yahoo.com>
Wilmington, NC USA - Tuesday, April 24, 2001 at 11:51:58 (EDT)
Served on the USS BEALE (Squadron 28) 58-60 as RM2. Was transferred to Eaton for several weeks to help our flagship's Radio Crew handling traffic while on ASW exercises with Valley Forge. Eaton was a fine ship.
MARK EVDEMON <markevdemon@webtv.net>
N.HUNTINGDON, PA USA - Sunday, April 08, 2001 at 14:22:36 (EDT)
How many of the class of 1955-59 are going to the reunion in York, PA.? I'd like to go..How about it Spo,Sykes,Rollo, Cherry,Delgardo, Weaver,Red Lead, Shaky Jake et al.We could remind Lcdr. Newberry about his first docking drill...
Brian Kenedy, QM2 < Kenedy@worldnet.att.net>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 21:22:39 (EDT)
I served as a radioman aboard the Eaton from July 61 to June62. I think this site is a great idea.
Gene Odom (Flash) <godom@charter.net>
Thomaston, GA USA - Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at 22:13:07 (EST)
Served on the USS Eaton DDE510 1958 to 1961 was a BT2 in the #2 boil boiler room . I have alot of good memories of the time i was aboard .
George Randall <grandall@lemoorenet.com>
Laton, ca. USA - Wednesday, March 21, 2001 at 00:50:50 (EST)
I served aboard the USS Bache DDE 470 from 1952-55 as an Electricians Mate.
Harry 'Frank' Hiatt <rintinradr@cs.com>
Richmond, Va USA - Monday, March 12, 2001 at 20:00:18 (EST)
Please note my new email address and I am now a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona: Robert Nierescher, GM3/c USS Eaton DD510 1945-46
Robert Nierescher <deenbob@earthlink.net>
Scottsdale, AZ USA - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 18:12:26 (EST)
I served on Eaton from commissioning until Sept 1944 as EM 2/c I am including my new email address. Would love to hear from any of the old timers that were aboard in the South Pacific during WW-II.
Paul W. Hecht <pwhecht@earthlink.net>
Portsmouth, VA USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 23:21:41 (EST)
Hi I'm a 16 year old high school student who is doing a report on the Missel Crisis of 1962. If anyone has any pictures or information or interesting personal accounts, please contact me at my E-mail. Thank You very much
Me Myself and eye <Eblackport@aol.com>
grand Rapids, MI USA - Wednesday, February 21, 2001 at 08:34:29 (EST)
I was an RM2 on the USS BEALE DDE471 and Eaton was our flagship. I was recruited to spend 2 weeks on the Eaton's radio gang during some intense ASW excersises out of Norfolk, early 1960. A fine ship.
MARK EVDEMON <markevdemon@webtv.net>
IRWIN (N.Huntingdon), PA USA - Sunday, February 18, 2001 at 14:47:27 (EST)
I was recently asked to wright a paper in History on Vetreans. So I decided to ask my Grandfather about his experiance at the Bay of Pigs. I later found out that he had searved on the Eaton during the Bay of Pigs. The dates I am not sure of. My grandfathers name is Robert Howard. If you would like to get in touch with him please e-mail me or post a message on the message board. My e-mail is zero_87111@yahoo.com
Stephen Saunders <zero_87111@yahoo.com>
Fredricksburg , VA USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 19:19:55 (EST)
Chuck served on the USS EATON from 1958 til sometime in the mid sixtys. Chuck passed away on JANURARY 9 2000. I'm Chucks brother Don. I served on the EATON from 1956 til 1959.Chuck came aboard in 1958. he left the EATON sometime in the mid sixtys. Chuck stayed in the NAVY and retired after twenty. We always talked about the NAVY when we were together but we always talked about the EATON the most. WE both loved the NAVY and we both loved the USS EATON. If any of you remember my brother Chuck you can let me know at stamperdr@aol.com
Charles "Chuck" Stamper <stamperdr@aol.com>
middletown, oh USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 18:49:33 (EST)
Served from 1957 to 1959
Birney L. Phillips <birose@penn.com>
Westfield, PA USA - Monday, January 29, 2001 at 18:01:53 (EST)
In a previous posting, I made some errors that need to be corrected. I served on EATON from Jan. 1955 to September 1955. The hull number on the BACHE was 470. I have been rudely reminded of this by a crew member of EATON. The error was not intended and is hereby corrected. Henry Cybulski YN2
Henry Cybulski <HCybulski@Compuserve.Com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Sunday, January 28, 2001 at 11:29:54 (EST)
Served in 1959, but not ships company. Was transferred from the BACHE DDE510 to work for Capt. T.H.W. Connor who was COMCORTDESDIV 22. I remember the SS MORMACKITE disaster.
Henry Cybulski <HCybulski@Compuserve.Com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Friday, January 05, 2001 at 15:43:34 (EST)
My name is Greg Bantin and I served aboard the USS Eaton from Feb. 1966 to Apr. 1968. I was a Machinist Mate assigned to the After Engineroom. First of all I would very much like to thank Leon Freeman for creating the USS Eaton Web Page. I have created quite a Destroyerman Scrapbook by using this site and others that are easily accessible to everyone. Bravo Zulu Leon on a job well done. Second, even though I know I have misspelled many of the following names, I do truly want to say a sincere Hello and God Bless to the following: Blankenship,Lennox, Laddie, Ward, Benson, Stafford, Meade, Hill, Nestegard, Giaccone, Chesbrough, Cyr, Engle, Coleman,Dawson, Warnoch, Woleslagle, Rummel, Richard, Deaglesmith, Carlson, Knowles, Woods, Ferreria, Ferara, Soto,Sellers, Weiss, Vermillyea, Blanchard, Lind, Diaz, McHugh, Gorvin, Freeman, Mason, Meyer, Smith, Terrell, Mack, Farmer, Turcotte, Troxel, Baird, Lind, Thornton. And also to those I have forgotten to name, after all it has been almost 35 years! And finally, as I watched the USS Cole Memorial, I was reminded of another time. A time when I reported aboard a grand old ship named the USS Eaton. The Eaton was my sole source of security for the next 26 months. She allowed me to learn the true meaning of teamwork, respect, and devotion to common cause. The Eaton safely delivered me to San Juan, Barbados, Key West, Panama Canal, San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Olongapo City, Yokusuka, Sasebo, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tonkin Gulf, Vietnam, and always brought me back to Norfolk happy and ready for Liberty Call! As I reflect on my Eaton Years, I realize that I served 26 months on the USS Eaton and when I departed, the ship was in her 26th year of service. But more importantly, I remember the wonderful times I spent in the After Engineroom and all the fine snipes that I worked with. I hope that 2001 will bring Fair Winds, Following Seas, and the Best of Health for ALL USS Eaton sailors everywhere. Greg Bantin Daytona Beach, Fl EXUMABOUND@cs.com
Greg Bantin <EXUMABOUND@cs.com>
Daytona Beach, Fl USA - Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 16:49:38 (EST)
My grandfather, Rynart Haling, served on the USS Eaton. If anyone remembers him and has any information or stories about him please send me an e-mail. Thank you.
Teresa O'Kelley <okelleyt@yahoo.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Friday, December 29, 2000 at 23:43:57 (EST)
Thanks to everyone for their messages concerning my grandfather, Cpt. Herman J. Estelmann. All the messages I've received have given me great insight into what my father was like. Again, thank you for all the E-mails you've sent, and if you have anything AT ALL on my grandfather, please let me know.
Alex Estelmann <Cyberuga@aol.com>
Ks USA - Thursday, November 23, 2000 at 13:55:17 (EST)
Served on the Eaton from 1962 to1965 as a radioman. When I first came aboard, Cmdr P.R. Perkins was Cmdr. Later, in 1962, S.F. Durbin and in 1964 H.J. Estelmann. I was Proud to serve under their command and proud to serve aboard THE EATON as a crew member. Those who served aboard our ship are among the finest.
Paul Evanatz <Pme@pwrtc.com>
Monticello, In USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 21:37:12 (EST)
Served on the Eaton from 1962 to1965 as a radioman. When I first came aboard, Cmdr P.R. Perkins was Cmdr. Later, in 1962, S.F. Durbin and in 1964 H.J. Estelmann. I was Proud to serve under their command and proud to serve aboard THE EATON as a crew member. Those who served aboard our ship are among the finest.
Paul Evanatz <Pme@pwrtc.com>
Monticello, In USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 21:23:34 (EST)
Served on the Eaton from 1962 to1965 as a radioman. When I first came aboard, Cmdr P.R. Perkins was Cmdr. Later, in 1962, S.F. Durbin and in 1964 H.J. Estelmann. I was Proud to serve under their command and proud to serve aboard THE EATON as a crew member. Those who served aboard our ship are among the finest.
Paul Evanatz <Pme@pwrtc.com>
Monticello, In USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 21:22:23 (EST)
I served aboard the Eaton from 1959-1962. Interested in hearing from shipmates. Involved in the Blockade of Cuba and Bay of Pigs. RD3 Montgomery.
Thomas A. Montgomery
Lynn, MA USA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 12:24:16 (EDT)
I often spoke with the guys on the Eaton when my ship the Cony tied up next to her in Norfolk, but don't remember their names. Visit the Chronology of the USS Cony DD 508 at http://home.dencity.com/rrjeep/cony/cony.html
Roger Rieman <rrjeep@bigfoot.com>
Ocala, FL USA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 10:32:44 (EDT)
I look at our page a least once a month and find it interesting to see the names and times served. I was assigned to the Eaton from 11/63 to 3/67. I was a quartermaster on the bridge gang and did two tdy assignments to the USS New DD 818 for Med and Red Sea deployments. I am sure I know many of you. I worked with Richard Daiz who has a message here in SLC for the years. We worked for the airlines. Still looking for Gary Kress QMC.... John Farmer QM2
John Farmer <johnfarmer@peoplepc.com>
Murfreesboro, Tn USA - Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 21:10:33 (EDT)
I served aboard the USS Eaton DD510 from February 1962 to August 1965. Had many fond memories and good shipmates. Did a Med Cruise, cruised the Caribbean, and antisubmarine warfare. Remember torpedo recoveries and special sea detail steering with Tom Carey, GM3. I would appreciate any information that would assist me in locating James B. Guthrie, GM3. I would also enjoy hearing from anyone that I served with on the USS Eaton.
Daniel Bennett, TM3 <sjgbennett@aol.com>
Milan, NH USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 21:58:01 (EDT)
Came aboard late 66 and left Friday 14April67 TAD Shenandoah awaiting admittance to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. On my way out with Osteoarthritis and I wanted to stay so bad. In the hospital there were injured from Nam that wanted out and they wouldn't let them. I loved the Eaton.
Tom Cadenhead <tomssaw@mediaone.net>
Jacksonville, Fl USA - Friday, September 29, 2000 at 20:37:42 (EDT)
Went aboard the Fleetin Eaton in April of 1966. Remember pulling the ""Geodatic Survey"" ship out of Havana harbour also that we were the battle ship that they wanted when Barbados got their independance also stood shore patrol there the night of the riots when Diana Ross and the Supremes preformed. Was SH-3 that took care of Ships Store records on WestPac cruise. Don't remember a lot of the names from that cruise Some that i do are: Pappy Baird GMG-1 he kept the 3" guns working, Joe Turcotte SH-1 laundry, Bill Troxel SK-3 ran ships store. I also left Eaton over the side on WestPac Cruise, But i had everyones blessing because i went by PBR it cost a couple of the big cans of coffee for them to take me to Vung-Tau. I left on emergency leave and XO said as i left it was small price to pay. After emergency leave was over i was transfed to USS E.A. Greene (DD-711) and went on Red Sea cruise.
George Blanchard <GeoPatBla@aol.com>
Lebanon, NH USA - Sunday, September 24, 2000 at 17:32:18 (EDT)
Served OnBoard Eaton 1967,Wes Pac,Does Anyone Remember The Time We Had To Pull Our Anchor Up By Hand,Because The Anchor Windlass Broke And The Time The Captain Had Our Crew Put Up Friendship Lights,Which Made Us Into A Real Big Tarket,How About Thanksgiving Day 1967,When We Were On Sea Dragon,Food Was Real Good,Looking At The Cruise Book Brings Back Good And Also Bad Memories,Mostly Good,Can't Beleive 33 Years Have Gone By ,Anyone Caring To Contact Me,Feel Free To Do So
Joe Lind <LINDJOSEPH@msn.com>
Morrisville, Pa USA - Tuesday, September 12, 2000 at 14:27:23 (EDT)
Jan.1955 to Dec.1957..David A. Del Gardo..Signalman Third Class...Recollections of my Signal Gang Shipmates..Jake Crawford,Charlie Fox,Frank Rossi,Brian Kenedy,Pat Weaver,Ike Williams,Mecca,Barnard,Riggs,Gary Pethke,Gene Berg,Jimmy Dykes,Phil McConnel,Lynch,Brandom^^^^Flashing Light^^^^Flags^^^^Bell Bottoms^^^^White Hat^^^^Youth....I loved my job.//I spent the next 36 years in the U.S.Merchant Marines...God Bless All You Guys..............
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Friday, September 08, 2000 at 23:31:37 (EDT)
My dad, James Doyle McDaniel served aboard the eaton during the mid 50's. He recently passed away and I am searching for sailors who may have known him. Also I am interested in pictures of her crew and of the Eaton around this time period. I am not exactly sure of his service dates on board but I believe he was with the ship around 55' to 59'.Thanks!
Tom McDaniel <trm1@bellsouth.net>
Chattanooga, Tn USA - Thursday, September 07, 2000 at 02:37:38 (EDT)
My dad, James Doyle Mcdaniel served aboard the eaton during the mid 50's. He recently passed away and I am searching for sailors who may have known him. Also I am interested in pictures of her crew and of the Eaton around this time period. I am not exactly sure of his service dates on board but I believe he was with the ship around 55' to 59'.Thanks!
Tom McDaniel <trm1@bellsouth.net>
Chattanooga, Tn USA - Thursday, September 07, 2000 at 02:37:20 (EDT)
I served aboard the USS Eaton 1961 till September 1964.
Rodney Simmons
Mt. Holly, NJ USA - Friday, September 01, 2000 at 21:13:23 (EDT)
My father, Lt. Archie H. Adams (Leeds, AL), served aboard the Eaton from October 1944 to March 1946. His duties were Gunnery Officer/Executive Officer & Sr. Watch Officer. In his paperwork is a "Letter of Commendation" signed by D. E. Barbey, Vice Admiral & Commander Seventh Fleet. Citation reads: "For distinguishing himself by excellent service as Automatic Weapons Control Officer on the Destroyer USS Eaton, during antiaircraft action against the enemy in the Sulu Sea, on 15 December 1944. Lt. Adams succeeded, by cool and capable direction, in bringing his battery to bear and delivering effective fire on an enemy aircraft, shooting it down before it could complete its intention of crash-diving into his ship. For his conduct throughout he is commended and authorized to wear the Commendation Ribbon." Dad moved to Gary, IN in 1950 and served as Plant Manager of U.S. Steel's Universal Atlas Cement Buffington Harbor plant from 1954 to 1975, retiring with 40 years of service. He passed away in 1988 and, with a house full of girls, never told too many war stories. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known my dad or anyone who recalls the Eaton's participation in the December 15 Mindoro Landings. Karen Smith, Indianapolis, IN August 25, 2000
Karen Smith <karen.smith@upbna.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 12:57:39 (EDT)
Jan.1955 to Dec.1957 David A. Del Gardo..Signalman Third Class..My Recollections; #1.Eaton/Wisconsin Collision #2.Suez Crises/Patroling the Red Sea #3.Eaton Whaleboat Capsizing Incident(me in boat) #4.Port of Havana #5.Port of Barcelona #6.In General,the Middle East Cruise of 1957 #7.Crossing The Equator Party
David A. Del Gardo <davidadelgardo@aol.com>
Orlando, Fl USA - Friday, August 25, 2000 at 05:13:13 (EDT)
I didn't serve abord the Eaton, but I can never forget her as one of the ships that I passed through her mid-ship when we often tied up outboard of her in Norfolk, VA. I served aboard the USS Cony DD-508 in the 1962 to 1965 era, and went on many of the same voyages and training cruises with the Eaton.
Roger Rieman <rrjeep@bigfoot.com>
Ocala, FL USA - Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 06:10:12 (EDT)
I served as XO in EATON from 1955 to 1957. This time frame included the tragic collision with WISCONSIN on May 6, 1956. There are no winners (only losers) in such an incident; however I have fond memories of a crew which responded nobly, some heroically, on that day and the stresssful days and weeks that followed. Isaid a little prayer as I waited for a muster report. I was happy to report to the CO, "All hands accounted for with no casualties." The good LORD was looking out for us that day. Some of you have alluded to working with the Nautilus near Key West, plane guarding for the FDR off Mayport, the trip to Gitmo for refresher training (always a bummer) and the trip to the Red Sea via the Cape of Good Hope and return through the Suez Canal and Mediterranean.a On the lighter side, a couple of events Iremember was the Norfolk Navy Yard cutting a big hole in the side of the ship to install an air conditioner and a Coke machine on the mess deck. We loaded about 500 cases of Coke concentrate in the Tropedo Room to the dismay of the CTM. the SO obtained about $100 in nichols, so on those hot days in the Red Sea the mess deck was covered with bodies in air conditioned comfort drinking coke at 5 cents a cup. Also I remember the ships lying-to the day before we reached Cape Town so that we could put men over over the side to paint the ship's sides. We looked sharp sailing into Cape Town. It was nice to hear from so lmany of you after these many years. Good luck, smooth sailing and keep the wind at your back. RALPH NEWBERRY RALPHENEWBRRY.AOL.com.
RALPH NEWBERRY
USA - Sunday, August 20, 2000 at 21:54:52 (EDT)
Spent '1955 to 1959 aboard the Eaton. This included all the Wisconsin and Cape of Good Hope. Great ship, great crew. Where are you Fox, Rossi, Stelle ? Dixie Howell, Bob Malone, or any shipmates, let's hear from you. Brian Kenedy
Brian Kenedy QM2 <Kenedy@worldnet.att.net>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 22:38:05 (EDT)
Served aboard Eaton from 1955 to 1959. Rose from SA to QM2. Was aboard for the Wisconsin debacle as well as the trip around the Cape of Good Hope.Hope to contact all my shipmates from that time.
Brian P Kenedy QM2
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Saturday, August 12, 2000 at 22:17:08 (EDT)
Thought you might be interested in the USS Wisconsin (BB64) web site which has some very interesting pictures of the Eaton taken immediately after the collision on May 6, 1956.Go to http://www.usswisconsin.org/ click on Collision!
Bob Sposito <rfsposito@msn.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA - Sunday, August 06, 2000 at 10:57:54 (EDT)
My father, Lyle A. McArthur, served on board the Eaton briefly sometime during 1962-64. He was an EM1 and was injured off Cuba and medevac'd to Key West. If anyone can email me with memories they may have of him or his accident, I'd be grateful. I am developing a family history and want to pass on to our family members and descendants some of the experiences that made his life. Thanks. I went on from my dad's experiences to attend the US Merchant Marine Academy, sailed as an Engineering Officer in the Merchant Marine and served as a Naval Reserve Officer in several Reserve Units.
David McArthur <dmcarthu4@ccmail.nevada.edu>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Monday, June 26, 2000 at 20:43:56 (EDT)
SERVED ON EATON 11/66 TO 4/68 PROUDEST TIME OF MY 4 YR HITCH GREAT SHIP GREAT CREW. GOING THRU THE WEB SITE I WAS SUPRISED NOT TO SEE ANOTHER NICKNAME FOR THE FIVE AND DIME WE USED IT ALOT IN GOOD HUMOR, THE USS BENO, THERE WILL BE NO LIBERTY, THERE WILL BE NO MOVIE AND SO ON.LEON THANKS FOR THE GREAT JOB. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD SHIPMATES.RM 3/ RET. ED MCHUGH
ED MCHUGH <WIPCRMNU>
BINGHAMTON , NY USA - Friday, June 23, 2000 at 08:24:52 (EDT)
Looking for information about USS Eaton's combat action, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, January 1945 (Father-in-law, recently deceased, was in battle; would like to find information for family). Anyone have information or references?
William O'Kelley <okelleyf@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, June 22, 2000 at 17:34:24 (EDT)
JAN.1955 TO DEC.1957....SIGNALMAN THIRD CLASS
DAVID A. DEL GARDO <DAVIDADELGARDO @AOL.COM>
ORLANDO, FL USA - Sunday, June 11, 2000 at 14:54:35 (EDT)
My grandfather commanded the Eaton in the 63-64 med cruise. He was Captain Herman J Estelmann. I'm sorry to say he passed away in 1987. I was only two at the time of his death and am interested in learning anything i can about him. Please E-mail me with any info you may have.
Alex Estelmann <Cyberuga@aol.com>
LV, KS USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 16:56:53 (EDT)
My dad is Kenneth Bailey. He served as a fireman on the Eaton from 1944 to 1946. I'm already in the logbook, but this is a new e-mail address as of 5/30/00.
Larry Bailey <l.d.bailey@juno.com>
Longview, Tx USA - Wednesday, May 31, 2000 at 16:48:02 (EDT)
My dad (Bill Howie) served on the Eaton from '60 to '64. He was an electrician. His memories are not so fond...he was sea-sick constantly. He does, however, have some great stories about the Cuban Blockade and his experiences in Europe.
GHowie <ghowie7413@aol.com>
Eagle River , Ak USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 23:11:12 (EDT)
My dad (Bill Howie) served on the Eaton from '60 to '64. He was an electrician. His memories are not so fond...he was sea-sick constantly. He does, however, have some great stories about the Cuban Blockade and his experiences in Europe.
GHowie <ghowi7413@aol.com>
Eagle River , Ak USA - Monday, May 22, 2000 at 23:10:33 (EDT)
I have a picture of the Eaton steaming on Yankee Station in October, 1967. Included on the picture is the USS Oriskany and the USS McKay. For those who are unfamiliar, Sen. John McCain launched on his last flight from the Oriskany in October, 1967.
Richard Diaz <richard.diaz2@worldnet.att.net>
Bountiful, UT USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 17:12:08 (EDT)
New E-Mail Address= K4Sgc1@juno.com.... Have an entry already .... On Board 1962--1964 Any Radioman serving on board send me an e-mail when you can... I do remember the Eaton's Radio callsign was N I X G... Good For All. Ham radio operator Thanks, Johnny Lewis---P.O. Box 88-- Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711 ...
Johnny Lewis <k4sgc1@juno.com>
Black Mountain,, NC USA - Sunday, May 07, 2000 at 16:24:24 (EDT)
Served aboard the USS Eaton in l962-l963. I was a Postal Clerk third class, Yes fellow shipmates of that era, I was the guy who helped keep you in touch with love ones at home. Today, I could be replaced by a cell phone. I especially remember the Cuban Missle crisis. The Eaton was one of the first ship on station in the Windward Passage awaiting the arrival of Russian freighters with missles straped to the decks. What a period in history. We helped surface and escort a russian sub from the area to the North Atlantic. I would be intrested in hearing from any shipmates .
R. Michael Haggerty <wajimcorp1@aol.com>
Bloomfield Hills , Mi USA - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 12:33:22 (EDT)
I SERVED ABOARD THE USS EATON IN l962. HOME PORT NORFOLK. SPENT CONSIDERABLE TIME IN CUBA & CARRIBEAN. CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS.
R. MICHAEL HAGGERTY <WAJIMCORP1@AOL.COM>
BLOOMFIELD HILLS , MI USA - Friday, April 21, 2000 at 11:29:07 (EDT)
1961-1964
Gary L. Oakland <sugaroak@hawaii.rr.com>
honolulu, hi USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2000 at 02:03:59 (EDT)
MY FATHER, IRVIN(DON)LIVINGSTON WAS ON THE EATON IN WWII ALTHOUGH I DON'T DNOW THE DATES. HE HAS BEEN DECEASED SINCE 1981. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT KNEW HIM.
Irvin Livingston Jr. <2iron@mwt.net>
Boscobel, Wi USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2000 at 03:06:04 (EDT)
Just found this website. I was aboard the USS Eaton, WWII 42-45. I was Metalsmith 2nd class, I was a gunner on 40MM. Just saw note from Paul Peterson, I remember that we went baboon hunting in Indochina. I am planning to attend the reunion in 2001 and hope to see everyone there. If you want to send me e-mail I will answer it. I am retired from Civil Service (40 years for the Navy as a civilian). Live in the same town that I lived in when I went to serve on the Eaton in 1942. I have 5 sons, David, Howard, Lewis, Ivan and Tracey, eight grandchildren with one more coming in September. My wife, Sara Nell, and I will have been married 50 years August 31, 2001. Elmo M. Knight 812-865-2808.
KNIGHT, ELMO MERLE <saran@blueriver.net>
Orleans, IN USA - Saturday, April 08, 2000 at 19:59:04 (EDT)
To All, I am back again. After finding this site yesterday, I remembered some old pictures I had taken. I found them just now. I have pictures of the incident when several hedgehogs misfired from Weapon Able, going straight up. One came back down onto the Eaton and sadly killed one man. It went right through the 01 deck and landed on the seaman who was sitting in a chair. Those in the pictures are Damage Controlman Carlson, QM3 Fox, and an officer I cannot identify. In addition I have pictures of Macky King, Clayton Proctor, Chief RM Duckworth, Seaman Riggs sending a flashing light morse code message, and a picture of the Eaton entering Panta DelGoda. If anyone is interested, I can digitize them and E-mail. John
John Witchey <jjewit@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 11:47:14 (EDT)
I went on board the Eaton as a radio man right out of Class A radio school, Norfolk, Va. I was on board when it was rammed by the USS Wisconsin. What an experience. Meet some good people on board. John
John E. Witchey <jjewit@aol.com>
Harrisburg, PA USA - Sunday, April 02, 2000 at 00:21:09 (EST)
Would like to hear from or about Richard {Dick} Uhteg from Buffalo, New York.
Don Stamper <StamperDR@aol.com>
Middletown , OH USA - Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at 17:34:24 (EST)
I am posting this for my father, Daniel Bennett who served on the USS Eaton. He has always recalled many fond memories of his time on this ship. If anyone would like to contact him please feel free to email me for the necessary information. I am sure that he would like to hear from his old shipmates.
2LT Sean P. Bennett <sjgbennett@aol.com>
Litchfield, NH USA - Friday, March 24, 2000 at 22:01:46 (EST)
I served aboard the Eaton from 1956 - 1959. I would really like to hear from or about Donald R. Steele.
Donald R. Stamper MM2 <stamperdr@aol.com>
Middletown, OH USA - Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 13:39:59 (EST)
I servived onboard the EATON right out of "MMA" school in mid 1965. I very good momeries of the trips we went on: barbados. getmo, i got out of the reg. navy in 1968, but i stayed on to retire with the reserves. i'm looking forward to the next reunion on the east coast some were i hear. I haven't talked to any one since the reunion here in baton rouge, la a few years ago. hoping to hear from you'all
GIACCONE, JOSEPH , L. <J.GIACCONE@ATT.NET>
BAKER, LA USA - Saturday, March 18, 2000 at 21:13:01 (EST)
I served on the EATON 1962-1964 as a YN in the ships office, and as the eng. logroom YN.
David Meador <dwmjm@scican.net>
Martinsville, IIN USA - Tuesday, March 07, 2000 at 22:54:45 (EST)
Aboard Eaton July 65 to Feb 67. GMG3 Mt 31 aft 3"50 most of the time . Lots of Key West and Gitmo. Missed West Pac by a few months. Great experiance . Remember some fun times. Seem to forget the bad ones.Barb and I are always glad to hear from new and old Eaton Sailors. 319-828-4964.
Larry J. Gorvin <LBGOR@AOL.COM>
Oxford, IA USA - Saturday, March 04, 2000 at 23:12:34 (EST)
My father served on the Eaton from 1964-1968.
Tricia Dawson
Middletown, NJ USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 20:19:59 (EST)
On Board From 10-02-64 to 08-17-66 Boarded in Gitmo Though I was in the Twilight Zone. All I saw was a rusty old DD-510 sitting dockside. I figued what the heck, does it get worse.Have good memories and bad.Made good shipmates did not keep intouch.Grand Ship. Thanks for the memories A-Gang.
Doug Richard <uglas01@yahoo.com>
Harvey, La USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 19:41:03 (EST)
On Board From 10-02-64 to 08-17-66 Boarded in Gitmo Though I was in the Twilight Zone. All I saw was a rusty old DD-510 sitting dockside. I figued what the heck, does it get worse.Have good memories and bad.Made good shipmates did not keep intouch.Grand Ship. Thanks for the memories A-Gang.
Doug Richard <uglas01@yahoo.com>
Harvey, La USA - Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at 19:30:44 (EST)
My father, Robert H. Stallard (BMC) died aboard the Eaton on his last cruise prior to retirement. He died Aug.31, 1962 (his 39th Birthday). The crew of the Eaton were so kind and helpful to us during this sad time. We were unable to thank everyone but perhaps some of the crew aboard ship in August of 1962 may read this and will know that you are still remembered warmly
Bob Stallard <bob465@mailcity.com>
Bristol, TN USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 21:10:47 (EST)
My father, Robert H. Stallard (BMC) died aboard the Eaton on his last cruise prior to retirement. He died Aug.31, 1962 (his 39th Birthday). The crew of the Eaton were so kind and helpful to us during this sad time. We were unable to thank everyone but perhaps some of the crew aboard ship in August of 1962 may read this and will know that you are still remembered warmly
Bob Stallard <bob465@mailcity.com>
Bristol, TN USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2000 at 21:10:26 (EST)
My uncle is Paul Ward Peterson. He was an officer on the Eaton throughout WWII. He is interested in hearing from former shipmates. He would also like any information about reunions. You may contact him at this wed address.
Jerry Peterson <jerjoan@erie.net>
Erie, Pa USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 14:01:03 (EST)
I want to wish all my shipmates that served on the Eaton a happy holiday and a wonderful and a healthy year 2000
Joseph Rieber <JRebes@aol.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Thursday, December 23, 1999 at 18:10:56 (EST)
Served aboard the Eaton in the early 1950's
Lt. Daniel K. Kirk <DJKSPYONU@AOL.COM>
Queens, NY USA - Wednesday, December 08, 1999 at 08:50:08 (EST)
I would like to hear from anyone who served with my father Norman C. Smith ( Smitty) aboard the USS Eaton during WW11. He began his service with the Eaton on Dec 1942 and finished in Feb 1946. He was in the 1st division the last 18 months of service and was in charge of the mess cooks. He was a seaman 1st class, was on gun 4 as a fuse setter. The first action was at Guadalcanal on Friday Aug.13, where the Eaton shot down the first plane. He served general quarters lookout from 1943 to Sept. 1944. I would like to hear from anyone who served with my father during those times. He is alive and well, living in Downey, California. He is now retired,and enjoying golf, family and life. If you do not have email please write to me: Cheryl Proctor P.O. Box 221 Kane, Ill 62054
Cheryl Proctor <nursecap@yahoo.com>
Kane, Il USA - Tuesday, November 23, 1999 at 10:23:32 (EST)
My brother, Tom Cadenhead served aboard the USS Eaton in the mid-60's. I believe one of his cruises was to Barbados if I remember correctly. He now resides at 3275 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, Florida and is a sawyer.
Charles Cadenhead <cadnhead@hotmail.com>
Dover, MN USA - Friday, October 22, 1999 at 23:05:55 (EDT)
My Dad was on board the USS Eaton in World War II. My brother met someone through the internet that was on the ship the same time my Dad was and he emailed my brother some pictures of my Dad. I was deeply touched by those pictures because my Dad has been deceased for many many years. I am thankful for Joe Reiber for letting me touch a moment in my Father's life I had no knowledge about. My father's name was Edwin Wurtz. He was seventeen when he enlisted into the Navy. I am very proud of my Dad. Thank you for listening. Sincerely, Katie
Katie Fox (Maiden Name Wurtz) <foxfam41@earthlink.net>
Fenton, MO USA - Friday, October 22, 1999 at 00:23:32 (EDT)
Served 65-67 GMG3 have new e-mail address. lbgor@aol.com
Larry Gorvin <LBGOR@aol.com>
Oxford, Ia USA - Friday, October 08, 1999 at 23:05:32 (EDT)
I served on the USS Eaton 63 to 68 med,cruise,gitmo twice,carribean, Veit Nam. Some of the best memories I have are from the years I spent aboard the fightin five and dime.I remember a lot of the names that are in the guest book. Those years were the best and I could Probably write a book on the memories. It kind of like loosing an old friend when I found out that they sunk her. If anybody remembers me drop me a line I would be gald to hear from you or give me a call at 360-871-7684
John Chesbrough <chesbjw@tscnet.com>
Port Orchard , WA USA - Thursday, October 07, 1999 at 03:37:41 (EDT)
Correction, My father William A.(Bill) Geeslin served on the Eaton From April, 1943 to April, 1945. He was Machinst Mate 2nd class.
David Geeslin <DGEE1101@aol.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 22:40:15 (EDT)
Correction, My father William A.(Bill) Geeslin served on the Eaton From April, 1943 to April, 1945. He was Machinst mate 2nd class.
David Geeslin <DGEE1101@aol.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 22:39:41 (EDT)
My father, William A. (Bill) Geeslin served aboard the Eaton right after her commissioning until late 1944 or early 1945. He was a machinist mate first class and served in the engine room. He is alive and well and lives in Florida. He told me a story of a skipper they had during WWll whose nickname was Action Jackson that was wild and was a super skilled sailor.
David Geeslin <DGEE1101@aol.com>
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, September 29, 1999 at 22:12:24 (EDT)
I served aboard EATON from commissioning until September 1944. My rate was EM 2/c I attended the reunion in Colorado Springs. Thanks Lee for the web page on EATON.
Paul W Hecht <pwhecht@pilot.infi.net>
Portsmouth, VA USA - Saturday, September 18, 1999 at 13:03:26 (EDT)
Served aboard the Eaton from August 63 to July 65. Served as a deck ape and did a short time as a gunners mate. then back to the deck gang. Cant recall many names but, can recall that the Eaton was a grand old ship and i was and still am proud that i served aboard her...any old ship mates who can remember me or not drop me a line, would be nice to hear from you.
Bill Mintchwarner <Wildbil568@aol.com>
Forked River, NJ USA - Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 23:45:04 (EDT)
Reported onboard Eaton in June 1962 as boot Ensign. Eaton was in REFTRA in GITMO. I was EMO, CIC Officer, and Comm Officer, along with being the MOVIE OFFICER. Capt Durbin insisted on Randy Scott westerns, so I had to trade "Gone With the Wind" to the carrier for a Randy Scott flick before the Chiefs saw it. They almost threw me overboard. Lots of good memories of the Eaton. Left Eaton in Naples during a Med cruise in April of 64. Thanks for the outstanding web page --- Bravo Zulu --- Russ Slye LTjg USNR
Russ Slye <GreenFlash@aol.com>
Millersville, MD USA - Tuesday, August 03, 1999 at 07:54:17 (EDT)
The Eaton address has changed. Please inform all hands.
Leon Freeman <lfreeman@bitstorm.net>
Deltona, Fl USA - Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 10:03:21 (EDT)
My father served aboard the USS Eaton from 6/57-10/60 and resides in Butternut, WI (God's country according to him) with my mother. He speaks fondly of his time in the service and I can't wait to send him the information located on this site.
Kathy Hamann Martin
Manassas, VA USA -
I served aboard U.S.S. Eaton from November 1968 to July 1969. It just came back from Vietnam to ResDesRon 30 in Philadelphia Shipyard. I served as a Radioman 3rd Class with RM1 Mallicot from Buffalo, NY and RM2 Chris Hendricks from Washington State. Anyone hear from these guys? We did some ASW traning with subs near Norfolk taking sea scouts and reserves out. Our crew helped to decommission Eaton in July of 1969.
Carlos Steven Hedrick <steveh@twave.net>
Hickory, NC USA -
i served on the eaton in '51, etc. as a dispursing clerk 3rd class. what a time! left to get my knee operated on and came back on the uss ammen. discharged 10/54
kenneth v keefauver <sriggs@mail2.gcnet.net>
cumberland, md USA -
Would love to hear from you. Phone 914 237 3846 1300 Midland Ave Yonkers NY
Edward J. (Eddie) Dane <goldie@mindspring.com>
Yonkers, NY USA -
Would love to hear from you. Phone 914 237 3846 1300 Midland Ave Yonkers NY
Edwartd J. (Eddie) Dane <goldie@mindspring.com>
Yonkers, NY USA -
Served as TM1 from Dec '51 to Feb '55. Some of the events I remember are: The great Cruise Book of Northern Europe. The junior officers put it together. The Eaton may have been the first US Ship to visit Spain, at San Sebastion. The running of the bulls in Pamplona. The lone white hat floating into the bull ring, after the acclaim hats had already been tossed. That brought a wild ovation and was a nice bit of Public Relations. The running over of a surfacing submarine and the skipper instantly radioing an "Emergency Turn Starboard" to the following Beale or Bache, which averted a disastrous collision. The Eaton only mangled the sub's periscopes and conning tower. The underway refueling of the Beale, maybe a first. Being "Plane Guard" while one of the Midway Class Carriers launched a plane while steaming astern. I retired in '61 as Chief Missile Fire Controlman. Thanks to Leon Freeman for this well done site. Best wishes to all of the Eaton's crew.
Al Kennedy <alkdy@worldnet.att.net>
Arlington, Ma USA -
My father, Kenneth Vernon Keefauver, served on board the Eaton around 1952. He was a petty officer of some sort. (Can you tell I'm a product of the "me" generation? I don't know this stuff!) I'm trying to find a USS Eaton ball cap or other wearable for him as a gift for Father's Day. Any help out there? I'd also like to know if anyone out there served with him. He was from Cumberland, MD, and he also went by the nick-name Keege or Estes. Thanks!
Nancy Keefauver Huffine <nhuffine@eos.net>
Cincinnati, OH USA -
Searching for Gary R. Kress QMC 1963-1966 on USS Eaton. I served on Eaton 11/63-03/67 separated as QM2. Gary helped me get going in the right direction. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thanks John Farmer
John Farmer <John.Farmer@Delta-air.com>
Nashville, TN USA -
Excellent web page. it shows the pride of those who served aboard her. I served in Eaton from 1962 thru 1966, in both the foreward and aft firerooms. Also had a 1-yr. stint as oil king. It wasn't just a job it was an adventure! Work for Bell Atlantic now. Miss the Liberty calls! God Bless All!
Chuck Rummel BT-3 <rommelfx@aol.com>
Hazleton, Pa.pa USA -
My dad is Kenneth E. Bailey. He was assigned to the Eaton in November 1944 when he was 18 years old. By the time he left in 1946, he was serving as a fireman. Dad has lived here in Longview, Tx for almost 50 years. He says he doubts anyone remembers him, but he did enjoy your web site. Thanks for doing it.
Larry K. Bailey <lar.dar.bailey@acnet.net>
Longview, Tx USA -
I was assigned to the Eaton in Leyte Gulf on May 13,1945 as the Senior Radio Technician. We were among the first Americans to arrive in Manila and were there from June 10, 1945 to June 14. I have many photos of the ruins in Manila. We joined Cruiser Division 12 and covered minesweeping and landing operations in Brunei Bay, Borneo in June and in Balikpapan, Borneo in July. I will never forget the teletype announcement on Aug. 6 that the US had destroyed Hiroshima with an atomic device the size of a ball. We were witnesses (and contributors) to the heart-warming spontaneous and spectacular victory celebration that saw a thousand or more ships firing flares and playing searchlights over Leyte Gulf when the Japenese surrendered on Aug. 14. We left Lehte Gulf on Aug. 28 for Okinawa. I believe that is when we ran into one of the worst typhoons in history. I was on the bridge and saw the clinometer almost reach the point were the ship would capsize. As Joseph Rieber and Robert Nierescher commented, we went to Shanghai, serving with the Yangtze River Patrol Force from early-Sept. to mid-Nov. On Sept. 9 we stopped and boarded 5 Japenese ships attempting to flee. I remember being amazed at the crudity of their electronic equipment. We were in Haiphong, Indo China from Dec. 2 to 9. I remember the beer parties on a nearby island and have numerous pictures of the crew there. We arrived in Hulatao, Manchuria on Dec. 22 and returned to Shanghai on the 24th. We left Shanghai for the States on Dec. 30, 1945. Some of you who were on board during that time may recall that I was the guy who slept in a hammock slung underneath the port bridge. Capt. Brown and later Cmdr. May approved this when hostilities were over.
Robert "Bo" Bomeisler <bomeisler@mediaone.net>
Venice, CA USA -
FTG3 4/66-6/69 Vietnam Cruise 5/67-1/68. My father Joe surved aboard the Eaton. He always tells me about the time the ice cream Machine broke down. Also the time when you guys ran out of toilet paper. He's having a great time at the reunions. Keep up the great work. Can't wait till Colorado.
Joe Paterniti
Glen Rock, PA USA -
FTG3 4/66-6/69 Vietnam Cruise 5/67-1/68. My father Joe surved aboard the Eaton. He always tells me about the time the ice cream Machine broke down. Also the time when you guys ran out of toilet paper. He's having a great time at the reunions. Keep up the great work. Can't wait till Colorado.
Joe Paterniti
Glen Rock, PA USA -
FTG3 4/66-6/69 Vietnam Cruise 5/67- 1/68. I am writing these comments for my father, hes not exactly a computer wizard. He always tells me his fondest memory of the Eaton was when the ice cream Machine broke down. And the time the ship ran out of toilet paper. He hopes to see every one in Colorado!!!
Joe Paterniti
Glen Rock, PA USA -
Rollo Taylor and I have a passion about the USS Eaton as you can see from the notes...Rollo is determined to find as many of us who served during the 1954 thru 1956 timeframe. I am attempting to advise the following officers that the USS EATON website exists and will try to get some to tell their tales of time aboard the EATON. I will communicate with Dick Crawford, Don Beckman, John Howell, Brian McCrane, Peter Shoeffel, Charlie Atamain, Charlie Cyr, Joe Brittan, Joe Price, Ralph Stevens, Dave Salsburg and the widows of Jack Johnescu and Captain Varley. The web has brought many of us in touch let's spread the word....
Bob Sposito <RFSposito@Norstan.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA -
For those who re-commissioned the ship and later into the mid 1950's, you can find Everett L. (Jack) Kearnes, BM2 at Box 301341 Escondido, Calif. Zip 92030. Telephone number is 760-432-8914. Jack made chief during the Vietnam War and retired. He was aboard the Eaton for six years, probably longer than anyone. Submitted by Rolo Taylor
Roland L. Taylor <Sundownk@mindspring.com>
Durham, NC USA -
I went aboard the Eaton in the Philippines at Leyte in April 1945. I saw action in two landings. When the war ended, we convoyed mine sweepers to Shanghai China. We were the first American sailors to take liberty in Shanghai. We also went to Hong Kong, where the British sailors “said the yanks have it all.” From there we went to French Indochina to convoy the 6th Chinese army to Manchuria on merchant marine ships. We went back to Shanghai and in December 1945where we left to go home, first to Pearl Harbor then to San Diego where we had a ships party. We left San Diego and went thur the Panama Canal to New York. We then went back to Charleston, SC to decommission my ship. I was discharged in July 1946. I still carry a picture of the deck crew that was taken on our way home from China. The best duty in the Navy is on a “Tin Can.” I see that Robert G. Neiresher was onboard the same time I was.
Joseph Rieber <jrebes@aol.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA -
My father, Cmdr. Richard B. Varley was Captain of the Eaton during 1955-1956 when the fateful collision with the Wisconsin happened. Although I was only 8 years old when this happened, I remember it being a very sad time for our family. My father passed away March 31, 1999. The results of the court martial that followed the collision had an impact on him for the rest of his life. I wish that I could do something to clear his name so that he could truly rest in peace. He loved his country and he loved his life as a naval officer. His family will miss him greatly. I was pleased to discover this website and learn more about the history of the Eaton.
Debbi Strawmyer <GotJake1@aol.com>
Santa Cruz, CA USA -
SERVED ON THE EATON 1962 TO 1964, ENGINEMAN 2ND IN A GANG
HANK MCMATH <hankmcmath@netscape.net>
HOUSTON, TX USA -
I SERVED ON THE EATON FROM MARCH 1962 TILL JUNE 1964
HANK MCMATH
HOUSTON, TX USA -
Served on board about, 6-8 months in '63. Was RD2 had many good times and enjoyed it very much
Myron L. Koziol <mkoziol123@aol.com>
Temple, PA USA -
I am saddened to report the death of Cdr. Richard B. Varley, Captain of the USS Eaton during the 1955 - 1956 timeframe. Captain Varley died on March 31st,1999.
Robert F. Sposito <rfsposito@norstan.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA -
My New Email address is: neil.eney@gte.net Look forward to hearing from old shipmates! Anyone know the whereabouts of Rick Corsette ST2 or Dick Greenwood ST2, '57 - '60 timeframe?
Neil Eney <neil.eney@gte.net>
Redmond, Wa USA -
boler maker 2ed class 1942 to 1944
henry lulay sr <palulay@snet.net>
voluntown, ct USA -
Looking for two bits of info . . . Is anyone in contact with Rob Moody, Corpman on the Wespac tour in 67? Last know address was Tulsa, OK. And does anyone remember the names of the ships in our squadron for Operation Sea Dragon in 67? Thanks in advance.
Richard Diaz <panpub@xmission.com>
Bountiful, UT USA -
I served aboard the Eaton in 1964 and 1965 on the deck force as a seaman. I remember many of the guys I served with but haven't made any effort to keep in touch with them. I stayed in the Navy and retired after twenty-five years as a Chief Warrant Officer. This page has been a welcome to some old memories. Thank you for this opportunity.
John P. Smith <UNIT179@aol.com>
Dayton, Ohio USA -
I served on the Eaton as Gunnery Officer during 1954-5. I joined her just as the ship left Norfolk for duty with the Sixth Fleet. We were detached for some sort of "show the flag" duty on a tour of European ports, stopped at San Sebastian and Tarragona in Spain, Aberystwyth (I'm not sure of the spelling) in Wales and Eastbourne in England and then Ostend in Belgium. There were humorous events like the time we were involved in gunnery practice with other ships in the Sixth Fleet. The targets were painted on cliffs on a small uninhabited island. Just as our turn came to fire, the verticle stabilizers for the guns went off line--so we could not even hit the island. In maneuvers in the Aegean, we held the commodore for the destroyer screen of a battlegroup and we were "attacked" by NATO submarines. The Eaton was the only destroyer to make a kill. It was the only Turkish submarine in the attack force. In the afternoon, we re-oriented the screen, and the submarines attempted to attack again. Once again, the Eaton was the only destroyer to make a kill. Although we were now in a different sector of the screen, the Turkish submarine had be assigned to attack from that sector--so we caught the Turkish submarine again.
David Salsburg <dssalsburg@snet.net>
New London, CT USA -
I served aboard Eaton in 1961/64, in the gun gang. Remember Sinclaire, Keck, Ward, "ole man" Whipple, Beebe, Benson, Dennis Brown (deck force) and of course GMGC Doersam ? How about the N Atlantic storm and all the ice, extended Med cruise, Cuban missile crisis and the Russn sub,Jack Kennedy and NYC ? She was (is) a great ship and I was glad to hear she served in Viet Nam and then went out in style. Thanks for a great website.
Bob Mefford <Txcygnet @ AOL . com>
Clr. Lake Shores, Tx 77565 USA -
I served aboard Eaton in 1961/64, in the gun gang. Remember Sinclaire, Keck, Ward, "ole man" Whipple, Beebe, Benson, Dennis Brown (deck force) and of course GMGC Doersam ? How about the N Atlantic storm and all the ice, extended Med cruise, Cuban missile crisis and the Russn sub,Jack Kennedy and NYC ? She was (is) a great ship and I was glad to hear she served in Viet Nam and then went out in style. Thanks for a great website.
Bob Mefford <Txcygnet @ AOL . com>
Clr. Lake Shores, Tx 77565 USA -
I reported aboard Eaton at Norfolk in July 1953, a very very green ensign right out of Newport's OCS. We played a baseball game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, went to the yard in Brooklyn, then to GTMO and the Med which included a good will tour of northern Europe. I was there when we formed Task Group Alpha and that was about the time we helped evaluate the Nautilus--the day we knew ASW was changed forever. I went through two CO's and about four commodores, the last being something of a disaster. There was lots of high speed night steaming in and around St. Thomas and then in May of 1956, we had the collision with the Wisconsin and was there for the court-martial, learning for the very first time I alone was responsible for training all the sound powered phone talkers on the ship. Those little revelations were sometimes troublesome. I extended one month for a variety or reasons and left the ship in August of that year as gunnery officer and resumed my career as a newspaperman. I made friendships aboard the Eaton that have lasted a lifetime.
Roland (Rollo) Taylor <sundownk@mindspring.com>
Durham, NC USA -
Served in the Eaton (not called "Five and Dime" then as far as I remember) from July 1954 to March(?) 1956 as Ensign and j.g. I was OOD during the infamous collision with the Wisconsin. No good comes from such an event, even though no one was lost or even seriously hurt. Many happy memories otherwise of comradship with a great crew and wardroom. If anyone reads of the sonar ranges achieved today (60 and more MILES), he might wonder at the astonishment experienced by all involved when one fine day in the Med we actually achieved our design range of 3750 yards! I hope more shipmates check in from the time I was on board. Senior memory only pulls a few names forward (Ogle, Kearns), but they helped confirm my decision to go Navy.
Pete Schoeffel <prschoef@wans.net>
Jacksonville, FL USA -
Served aboard the USS EATON (DDE 510)from April 1954 to December 1956 as ASW Officer when the ship was under the command of Cdr. Walter Bisek and Cdr. Richard Varley. Was aboard during the collision with the USS Wisconsin (BB64) on May 6,1956. Initial cruise was the "Good Will" cruise to Northern Europe and the Med (where we also collided with the USS Power another Destroyer - during ASW Exercises. Had to spend a few weeks in Cannes for repairs if my senior memory hasn't failed me. Great Ship - great crew.
Robert F. Sposito <RFSposito@Norstan.com>
Gates Mills, OH USA -
I'm Signing this for my fathe who served aboard this grand ship. His name is Ted Wegner (Seaman/ Deckforce)he served aboard the Eaton from November 1965 to July 1966. I am just realizing know how much that ship meant to him. I can still remember the look on his face when he found out the Navy used it for target practice. But if anyone remembers him he would love to hear from you. You can reach him by contacting me at (814) 238-7987 or e-mail me at Pedro31@yahoo.com. If you contact me i'll be sure to pass on any information or messages to him. Also if any one has any photos of the ship I would apprecaite it if they could e-mail some of them. I would like to get a nice print made of the ship for him. Thanks
Chad Wegner <Pedro31@yahoo.com>
Halifax, PA USA -
Reported aboard the USS Eaton in March 1961 and was discharged from her in May 1963. Saw action during the Cuban Invasion and the October Missle crisis in Cuban. Have many fond memories of the ship and her crew. Have lost all contact with friends but maybe this will rekindle old friendships. She was a great ship and serving as an ocean playground for the many creatures that she sail over will give her peace.
Richard Bounds <countryrambler@worldnet.att.net>
Succasunna, NJ USA -
SERVED DURING WEST-PAC CRUISE IN 67-68 AND TOOK THE SHIP TO PHILASELPHIA IN LATE 68. TRAINED RESERVES UNTIL SUMMER OF 69.
BRITT MASON <masonfam@minsync.com>
ROCKLIN, CA USA -
Great page, I was aboard when the fellow went over the side off Viet Nam, I don't remember his real name but his nick name was carolina. I'll never forget the old man telling him about pancakes and sausage to get him back on board. He was a gunners mate as i recall. I was a sonar tech at the time.
Chuck Meyer <charlesed@worldnet.att.net>
princeton, nj USA -
Great page, I was aboard when the fellow went over the side off Viet Nam, I don't remember his real name but his nick name was carolina. I'll never forget the old man telling him about pancakes and sausage to get him back on board.
Chuck Meyer <charlesed@worldnet.att.net>
princeton, nj USA -
I was abord the Eaton 62-63 during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Came off the Charles R. Ware DD865. Served in CIC as RDA I'm kicking myself for not remembering shipmates, or confusing them with the crew of the Ware.
Charles Wash <cwash2@lex.infi.net>
Richmond, KY USA -
WENT ON BOARD THE 5& DIME IN 1957. JUST FINISHED F.T. "A" SCHOOL.I BELIEVE THERE WAS 4 OF US NEW SALTS REPORTING TOGETHER AND WE WERE READY TO GO. THE REST OF THE CREW WAS MAD AS HELL, NOT AT US, THEY HAD JUST RETURNED FROM THE RED SEA CRUISE, ABOUT 6MONTHS WORTH, AND WERE ON PORT AND STARBOARD LIBERTY BECAUSE WE WERE LEAVING SOON TO GO TO ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST OF MANY TASK GROUP ALFA CRUISES.SPENT MANY ADAY AND NIGHT LOOKING FOR SUBS OFF CAPE HATTERAS. HATED THAT PIECE OF THE WORLD. NOW WE SPEND EVERY SUMMER THERE AND I TELL THE KIDS STORIES ABOUT SOME OF THE BAD WEATHER WE HAD OUT THERE. MY SON SERVED ON THE CHARLES F. ADAMS OUT OF MAY PORT AND SAW THE EATON BEING TOWED TO SEA FOR HER FINAL DAY IN ACTION.
H.J.HORNER <BHORNER@PAMLICO.NET>
NEW BERN, NC USA -
I was on Eaton '63 to '66. One Med cruise and many Gitmo's. I have trouble remembering shipmates names. I was MM2 in the foward engine room. I was water king for a while. Willy Brantley is one name that comes to mind as I type. Anybody remember him? If you guys want drop me a line. Great ship, Great crew and Great memories.
Richard Engle <rengle1@desupernet.net>
Manheim, Pa. USA -
Sorry, my two earlier entries contain mistakes regarding the time period I served aboard Eaton. After digging out records I now have it right. Went aboard on August 12, 1954 (transfer at sea) and departed for USS Tidewater AD-31 on September 1960.
james Thompson <hams02@aol.com>
Chesapeake, Va USA -
I served aboard the Eaton from 1953 to 1959 serving in the deck division (Boatswainmate) This is a correction of previous logbook entry
James G. Thompson <hams02>
Chesapeake, VA USA -
I served aboard the Eaton from 1953 to 1960 serving in the deck division (Boatswainmate)
James G. Thompson <hamso2@aol.com>
Chesapeake, VA USA -
Was on USS EATON DD510 late 1965 till she left for Nam. At that time I left her for school. I was a corpsman striker when on her and went to corpsman school and spent the rest of my time with the marines. Went on several little trips with the Eaton, usually south..Be nice to hear from some of my old shipmates if you remember me..I didn't do much to keep in touch..
Jack Smith <jackmtnsluth@yahoo.com>
Arnold, CA USA -
Still looking for personal in OC division that made Westpac cruise of 1967. Need information on following men: Michael Vaughn (Ensign), Dennis R. Bennett (sa), Robert Danelz (rmsn), William A. Kirhner (rm2), Joseph C. Mathis (rm3), Grady L. Vickers (qmsn), and John Womack (rm3). If anyone remembers these men and what state they might have been from I would appreciate sending me e-mail on any information you might have. Merry Christmas everybody and Happy New Year.
Mervyn Terrell <merv46@midwest.net>
New Haven, Il USA -
I served on the Eaton from 1/11/1963 to 3/4/1965 as a Pipefitter Second Class assigned to the R-division. The only thing that comes to mind of intrest was the time we were guard ship for the Forestall and we almost capsized with 30,000 tons of ice on us and $10,000 damage to the 01-deck. Happened 2/17/1965 We were featured in All Hands Mag.
George D. Anderson, Jr. <andysiron@netscape.net>
Goshen, , OH USA -
Serverd aboard from 1964 to 1968. Worked in the foward fireroom, and served as oil king during west pac.
Russell J. Dawson <rjdaw@monmouth.com>
Middletown, NJ USA -
Frank's new email address is whitedog@statesville.net Please make note of it !!!
FRANK PHILLIPS <whitedog@statesville.net>
Statesville, NC USA -
I am a University student doing a project on Timothy Eaton, founder of EATON's, if you have any information concerning him, i would apprecite it if you could email it to me. Or if you know of any web sites, containing information about Timothy Eaton, i would appreciate the the addresses of those pages!1 thank you!!
Lisa Topa <mtopa@iaw.com>
welland, ON Canada -
correction to e-mail address: demack99@webtv.net
D. Mack <demack99@webtv.net>
Bradford, Pa USA -
Served aboard Eaton mid summer 66 to Nov 68, Wespac, Barbados, I remember pulling that intel ship out of Havana harbor. Didn't we sandbar Eaton going out of Key West. Was RM3 radio shack. Great website for a Great Lady'
D. Mack <demack@webtv.net>
Bradford, Pa USA -
Very impressive web page indeed. You might want to check out my small contribution to naval history at http://www.flash.net/~hfwright/dl_index.htm It's a day-by-day history of World War II. Comments and criticism are welcome at dhlippman@juno.com Best, Dave Lippman
David H. Lippman <dhlippman@juno.com>
Newark, NJ USA -
My brother served aboard this ship. I liked to feel the ground under me.
Robert M. Diaz <rmd935@aol.com>
Winthrop, Ma USA -
NICE WEBSITE ENJOYUED VISITING
BRUCE DRIGGETT JR <BDFLL>
CORAL SPRINGS, FL USA -
The USS Eaton was the first ship I was on out of boot. I was aboard the Eaton from May 1969 until her decomission. I was a Seaman Aprentice. Scuttle butt was that she took a pounding before she went down off the coast of Florida. Any further information you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Dennis Fulford <bigbuck@alaweb.com>
Samson, Al USA -
I'll be in touch with you shortly!
Michael Travis <matbat71@aol.com>
Lewiston, NY USA -
As my father said congrats on your web page. Being a son of a Anchor Clanker and being in the Millitary myself (ARMY) I know how important it is to see your past being remembered. I was in the Gulf War and I charish all the times and places I have been. I wish you and yours all the luck in hte World and remember the Past cannot and will not be forgotten. I look forward to visiting your WEB sight agian in the future. Chuck Eaton SSG E-6 US ARMY INFANTRY :) HUA HUA
Chuck Eaton <ceaton70@yahoo.com>
Schweinfurt, Germany -
My congratulations on such a fine tribute to a great ship. I was never on the "Fightin Five and Dime", but we share the same name and I was born in 1942, the same year the Eaton was commissioned. I enlisted in the Naval Reserves and went to Great Lakes for boot camp in 1960, Company 154. I did a two week cruise aboard the USS Bearss DD-654 out of Norfolk, so I know about those TinCans. I spent some time in Vietnam in 1965 aboard the USS Constant MSO-427. I went on to retire from a 25 year Naval career as a Chief Aviation Storekeeper. While in Vietnam aboard the Constant, I was a third class radioman. I have a "Plank Owner's" certificate from the neuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington CVN73. I really enjoyed reading all the poems and history of the Eaton. I have been trying to get a reunion going for the crew of my old ship the Constant which is now decommissioned. Perhaps you could give me some insight about how set up a web page for the ship as you have here for your ship. Keep up the good work and I look forward to visiting your web sight again soon. May you and your shipmates have fair winds and following seas. BRAVO ZULU Charlie Eaton
Charles T. Eaton, AKC, USNR/RET <cteaton@micromash.com>
Aurora, CO 80015 USA -
I served on the USS Eaton from Oct. 1945 to June 1946. We plotted for minesweepers in Yangtze River, escorted Chinese troops from French Indo China to Manchuria, hauled navy mail from Okinawa to Shanghai, came back to USA in December 1945 to decommission the ship. I also helped decommission the USS Conway, both in Charleston, SC. I am now the mayor of my home town, Columbus Grove, Ohio.
Robert G. Nierescher <nieres@q1.net>
Columbus Grove, OH USA -
Served 4/61 to 7/62. Was Chief Engineer 9/61 to 7/62. Met ship when she returned from the Cuban Invasion and left during Ref Tra in Cuba just prior to the Cuban Missle crisis. EATON was a great ship and it was fun to be on a fast one. On our sea trial after the overhaul in Portsmouth VA we ran the engine room tachometers off the top of the scale. Someone in OPS estimated we were doing about 40 knots!! We only slowed after we observed that the main feed pumps were slowing down each time we opened the throttles a little more. My experience on EATON led to me being the Chief Engineer of USS MIDWAY CV41 from 8/75 to 9/77. Both good jobs. While on duty at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard I served with a SF1 who had been a FN in R Div when I wazs on EATON. He had been on the tug that towed EATON out to be sunk. Small world.
CAPT Chuck Soules USN-RET <cwsoules@mindspring.com>
Alameda, CA USA -
My father, Edwin P. Wurtz, III, served aboard the Eaton from 1944 to 1945. He was only 17 years old when he came aboard the ship. His hometown wa St. Louis, MO. Dad passed away in 1977 at the age of 50. I would like to hear from anyone who knew my Dad. Edward J. Wurtz, P.O. Box 3153, Bellingham, WA 98227-3153. (ewurtz@az.com)
Edward J. Wurtz <ewurta@az.com>
Bellingham, WA USA -
SERVED ON THE USS EATON SEPT.64 TO-FEB 68 AS A MM3 IN MAIN CONTROL FORWARD ENGINE ROOM. THE USS EATON WAS MY FIRST SHIP AND LAST SHIP AND WHAT A GREAT SHIP!! THANKS LEON YOU PUT CHILLS OF JOY IN THIS OLD SAILORS BODY. I HAVE A LOT OF GREAT PHOTOS OF THE FIVE AND DIME IN ACTION. WILL BE GETTING IN CONTACT WITH YOU SOON. AGAIN THANK YOU.
JIM COLEMAN <INDEPER@PRODIGY.NET>
OAK FOREST, ILL USA -
My Grandfather Carl F. Young SC 3rd Class served on the USS Eaton in 1943 - 1945. If anybody is interested in contacting him, please email.
Dina (Young) Sollosi <BJ 2ndWind>
Levittown, Pa USA -
Served aboard the Eaton 1967-68 Signalman on the West-Pac cruise Enjoy hearing from any other West-Pac ship mates
Robert Thornton <holograme@aol.com>
Belvidere, IL USA -
Served aboard the five and dime 1959-1960.
Bob McCarthy <bokymc @ibm.net>
Va.Beach , Va USA -
onboard 1966 to 1968 in forward fireroom, then sent to a cruiser which was a real bummer.guy wiyh beard was named maupin and i think he was a cannon cocker. good times on that boat, but some bad ones too.food was not bad the men pretty good ,but the officers were mostly idiots,well most of them anyway.how come no one remembers towing that spy ship out of havana harbor. will log back on once i learn to type a little better. july 22 1998o
c woleslagle wolf bt2
USA -
We had a beard growing contest for the duration for the 67 WesPac tour. The winner was a southerner. I think his name was Mopar. . . . Does anyone remember what his job was? R. Diaz FOX Division
Richard Diaz <panpub@xmission.com>
Bountiful, UT USA -
I was on the Eaton when the DuPont was hit. I saw Bo Hop Mountain, we called it Bo Hop Valley when we left because we fired so many shells at it. The sailor who jumped over board had fallen in love with a girl and wanted to go see her. He jumped over the side one night before a fire mission. The quartermasters figured out where the sea would have taken him, and after the fire mission we found him swimming off the coast of North Vietnam. The captain pulled the ship up and said "Are you hungry?" "Yes Captain" he said. "Come aboard" he said as we threw him a line. Once his feet hit the deck the Captain said "Throw him in the brig!" He later was highlined to the carrier. He came back on board in Norfolk to get his gear. He was working for FORD making $14.00 per hour. The laugh was on us! I will post pictures, POD's and logs if you all send them to me. Lee Freeman (STG2) USS Eaton - 1967
Leon Freeman <eaton@boardwalkshops.com>
Pensacola, Fl USA -
Remember the "Gallopin Ghost of the Cuban Coast" Bay of Pigs blockade, and the time we plane guarded the Big "E" in th Med.
Larry L. Frank <sotxwinger@aol.com>
TX USA -
Does anybody remember the runs on the beach off N Vietnam when the USS DuPont got hit? How about the man that went overboard at 0200 (by choice) near the DMZ. What about the operation at Bo Hop, South Vietnam? I wonder if a detailed ships log could be posted in conjunction with this page. I for one would be interested in reading it, expecially the WestPac tour of 1967/68. Regards to all and a great page.
Richard Diaz <panpub@xmission.com>
Bountiful, UT USA -
Leon-Submitted short entry for the Log several weeks ago and am wondering why it is not included here.
Dan Vant Hull <vanthull@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA -
My dad, Ed Kociela, served aboard the Eaton during World War II. He always referred to it as "his ship." Told me once that he ran one of the pom pom guns and how they had a couple of very close calls with Japanese Kamikaze bombers. Dad passed away Aug. 18, 1996. However, if any of you were his shipmates, I'd love to hear from you. He spoke warmly of the crew and those days.
Ed Kociela <ekociela@thespectrum.com>
Cedar City, UT USA -
Thanks again Leon for the fine page. Just realized I left off my e-mail address before. I served on Eaton as CIC then after the collision as Ops Officer from late 1955 to Dec. 1957 thru the "rebuilding" phase , then the cruise around Africa to the Red Sea and back through Suez then to the cold weather exercise off Norway and the fun of Task Force Alpha in the North Atlantic... Ralph Stevens - San Diego
Ralph Stevens <ralphstevens@worldnet.att.net>
Coronado, CA USA -
1966 TO 1967 RM3 HAPPY TO FIND THIS INFO PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED OF ANY THING REGUARDING THE EATON.
RONALD E. WILLETT <willettifly@webtv.net>
copley , oh USA -
My Dad, James A. Bridge Jr., was an engineering officer aboard the Eaton between 1956 and 1958. He was probably a Lt. JG. during that timeframe. The Eaton was his first seaboard assignment in the US Navy following several years in the Merchant Marine. (He was a 1950 graduate of SUNY Maritime College (Ft. Schuyler), Bronx NY). My Dad went on to retire as a "4-Striper", having done a tour of duty on the Harry E. Yarnell (DLG-17) (preceded by P.G. School in Monterey, California, and an assignment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard) followed by 2 years in Bangkok, Thailand, a year in Danang, Vietnam, 5 years as the shipyard superintendant at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and a term with the INSERV Board. His civilian engineering career following retirement from the USN was cut short by his untimely death in 1983. I enjoyed finding this website and reading about the Eaton's WW2 exploits, and of the things that the ship was doing during the time that my father was serving aboard her. My Dad took some 8mm movies of the cruise that he was on during the time of the Suez crisis. There is about 15-20 minutes of footage that covers several ports of call, the Suez Canal, and of course, protions of the King Neptune ceremony during the equator crossing. There is also some footage of the task force, helicoptors transporting personnel, refueling, target practice and a lifeboat being swamped by heavy seas. If any veterans of the Eaton have an interest in it that footage, I am sure that arrangments can be made to have it copied. It would also be great to chat with crew members who may have known my Dad during those years--and who may know what the films depict! My Dad had told me of the skipper's prior status as a survivor of the Indianapolis, but I had never heard of the Eaton's service record during WW2. My father's generation just missed serving in WW2, but I am sure that his conversations with Captain Redmayne and his walking on decks that had seen, repelled and survived kamikaze attacks, must have been an inspiration. Many thanks for this wonderful website. Gregg Bridge
Gregg Bridge <gbridge926@aol.com>
MILWAUKEE, WI USA - Wednesday, April 29, 1998 at 01:24:46 (EDT)
Went aboard Eaton in Feb. 1959 Left her in Feb. 1965, 6 yrs. and 9 days. Capt. Estleman was the CO.I havemany many fond memories of Eaton, would like to here from anyone from that time period.
Eugene R. Doersam GMCS ret. <gdoersam@bell south.net>
Smyrna , Tn. USA - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 10:14:27 (EDT)
Thanks Leon for a great web page! I served on the Eaton from 1957 until 1960. The Eaton was my first Tincan. I was a Sonar Tech and I especially remember the days with Task Group Alpha. Years later while stationed in Pearl Harbor (I stayed in the Navy, eventually serving on 5 DDs) I came across a print of a painting of Task Group Alpha with the Eaton prominent in the foreground! I promptly liberated the print and it now hangs in my living room. I remember great times on the Eaton! Especially cruises to the Caribbean and Gitmo! I would appreciate hearing from any old shipmates. Thanks Again!
Neil Eney <eneyn@seanet.com>
Redmond, WA USA - Sunday, April 19, 1998 at 01:08:09 (EDT)
Eaton was my first ship out of boot camp, I was a fireman in the number 1 Fireroom, during her last trip to Earle to offload her ammo prior to decommissioning. She was a great old lady with lots of history and class.
Joe Quartararo LCDR (ret) <joeque@pinn.net>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Thursday, April 02, 1998 at 14:23:36 (EST)
Proud to say the Five and Dime was my first sea duty. As a UNSNR training ship docked in Philadelpia, we sailed her on her last voyage from Phil to Earle NJ Ammo Depot (where we humped ammo and hedgehogs by hand to the pier(hoists were out of commission) prior to sailing her back to Phil for the official decommissioning ceremonies. On Memorial Day of l969, she was decommed and then later towed away to be used as a target. While steaming I was honored to be at the helm for a short time as the Old Man allowed us all to take a turn at the wheel during her final moments as a proud fighting ship. D. Hulicki RM3
D. Hulicki <bluesguitars@worldnet.att.net>
Catskills, NY USA - Sunday, March 29, 1998 at 08:03:25 (EST)
I served aboard the EATON most of 1955. Was transferred from the BACHE to serve on the division staff as YN. Served on the BACHE for 2-1/2 years. At that time the division commander was T.H.W.Connor,Jr. CAPT USN. Was on the EATON when in support of the sinking of SS Mormackite. I believe we picked up 4 survivors. Left EATON in October 55 to be discharged.
Henry P. Cybulski <Henry.Cybulski@Coats.Com>
Charlotte, NC USA - Tuesday, March 24, 1998 at 16:07:10 (EST)
If I want to hear from shipmates from the early to mid 50's I guess I should include my address: 126 Arlie Loop, Statesville, NC 28677. Drop me a line. email only good until my retirement 4/98.
Frank Phillips <Frank.Phillips@hbus.haldex.com>
Statesville, NC USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 21:09:58 (EST)
Ready to retire (4/98). Served on board the Eaton in early to mid 50's. Would like to hear from shipmates.
Frank Phillips
Statesville,, NC USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 21:06:24 (EST)
EM2 1956 to 1959. Came from San Diego boot camp in August of 56 via cab to Portsmouth to USS Eaton. At this time the Eaton was dry docked from the Wisconson incident. When I saw this mess, I wondered "How in the world did I get myself into this?" This ship was the largest piece of scrap metal I have ever seen, but as time went on, the ship became seaworthy again. Headed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for shakedown cruise. Then returned and sailed for Africa stopping in the Azores and then to Freetown, Af. Then to Capetown, Af. We were the first to sail through the newly opened Suez Canal. Then sailed through the Med. Sea stopping in Greece, France, Spain, ,Gilbralter, and then to Norfolk, Va.
Paul Becham <becham@mindspring.com>
LaGrange, Ga USA - Saturday, February 28, 1998 at 20:58:44 (EST)
I was on board the Beale from 6-60till4-63 We operated with the Eaton in Desron 28 I know we all had a lot of rough nights out there at point Pete, hot trips to GITMO,and a freezing trip, when President Kennedy flew to Ireland. Lots of old memories. I'm glad the EATON has this web page..
Jerry Stucky <JLS1SLS@webtv.net>
L V , NV USA - Saturday, January 31, 1998 at 21:12:56 (EST)
This is my new email address..Hope to hear from some of you soon..especially those onboard during the 56-58 time period..
Kenneth Shepard <kes@fairnet.com>
Bryceville, Fl USA - Sunday, January 18, 1998 at 14:21:24 (EST)
nice page,was nice to see the eaton agian,i was on the uss beale in early 60's,at that time desron 28 consisted of the eaton(flagship if i remember right) bache,murray,beale as desdiv 281? waller,cony,and conway,as desdiv 282? then in late 60's i believe the dd roberts joined our desron, i was not a eaton sailor but she was part of my life,so she is a important ship to me,i also would like to ask if anyone out there has a colored picture of desron 28 i remember what it looked like but im not sure where the different colors went,also just in passing has anyone ever considered having a desron 28 reunion? take care keep up the good work on the eaton page.
james clark <jkclark@essex1.com>
franklin grove, il USA - Wednesday, January 07, 1998 at 19:06:27 (EST)
Served aboard 1967-68
Thomas G. Tallent SM2 <tallent@bellatlantic.net>
Neptune City, NJ USA - Friday, January 02, 1998 at 10:27:42 (EST)
I served aboard the Eaton from Oct 51 to Oct 53 as Air Defense Officer and Gunnery Officer. We put her back in commission as a DDE at the Boston Naval Shipyard.Had the new 3" 50's, Weapon Alpha, and torpedo tubes installed.Thanks for this page .
Wiley Phillips Jordan <clyphi@inetnow.net>
Monticello , GA USA - Thursday, January 01, 1998 at 09:47:08 (EST)
Great web site! I'm not an Eaton sailor, but served on board the USS Conway DD507, Eaton's sister ship, in Manchuria and Shanghai, in December 1945. I was standing fantail watch on 12/28/45 when we lost a man overboard while tied side by side with Eaton to a sea buoy in the Whangpo River. The Eaton's fantail watch called "Man overboard" and threw a life ring into the water, but no one saw any evidence of a victim or a body. USS Conway sailor William Midkiff's body was recovered several days later from the Yangtze River. His home town was Williamston, WV.
Jerry Kanter <skanter@coastalnet.com>
Kinston, NC USA - Sunday, December 28, 1997 at 16:25:32 (EST)
I served onboard the Eaton from October 1956 to April 1957.
Franklin Grooms <fgrooms@carol.net>
Anderson, SC 29625 USA - Friday, December 26, 1997 at 18:41:14 (EST)
I served on the Eaton from October 1956 to April 1957.
Franklin Grooms <fgrooms@carol.net>
USA - Friday, December 26, 1997 at 18:15:25 (EST)
Served onboard from 1962 till 1964 during the cuban crisis with the Beale and Bache when KENNEDY was assinated as president. Have picture on the wall in my radio shack (ham radio) at home. Also a photo I took at Guantanamo Bay of the Eaton at dock. I was a radioman 3rd class p.o. when I left. Enjoyed the whole experience ///Desron 28 //Desdiv 282
Johnny R. Lewis <kc4wuu@juno.com>
Black Mountain, NC USA - Thursday, December 25, 1997 at 18:10:59 (EST)
Served onboard from 1962 till 1964 during the cuban crisis with the Beale and Bache when KENNEDY was assinated as president. Have picture on the wall in my radio shack (ham radio) at home. Also a photo I took at Guantanamo Bay of the Eaton at dock. I was a radioman 3rd class p.o. when I left. Enjoyed the whole experience ///Desron 28 //Desdiv 282
Johnny R. Lewis <kc4wuu@juno.com>
Black Mountain, NC USA - Thursday, December 25, 1997 at 18:08:38 (EST)
Lt. Thomas Wood - Anti-Aircraft Officer (1942-44). Reported for duty on Eaton while under construction in Bath Maine (1942). Served two years through eight island invasions, participated in eight downed planes, and sunk a Japannese submarine caught on the surface. Eaton also picked up 3 Japannese flyers shot down by our fleet-- for 2 days extended them unusual kindness and hopitality for a wartine action. Eaton always performed well in action, but for about a year was a veritable "hell ship" involving alarmingly poor morale, an attempted murder of an officer, and a resulting suicide of a petty officer. A year without liberty didn't help, but a change of top officers resulted in an instant cure. In 1944, I transferred to the Cruiser Baltimore, which compared to destroyer duty, was calm, organized, and luxurious. . . but not nearly as exciting and satisfying as my time aboard the USS Eaton.
Lt. Thomas Wood <THOMASW1@AOL.COM>
USA - Thursday, December 25, 1997 at 14:54:42 (EST)
I Served Aboard the USS Eaton form Summer of 1962 until April 1966. Started as fireman left MM2,Cuban Missel Chrisis and one Med cruse.
Louis E. Sensenich Jr. <louis@dimesoft.com>
Adrian, PA USA - Monday, December 01, 1997 at 10:02:16 (EST)
I am the nephew of Maurice Michael Kinchloe who served aboard the DD510 U.S.S. Eaton during World War II. I intend to share this site with him, so that he can see the pride and honor that was bestowed upon his ship. You have done a remarkable job with the history of this destroyer.
John T. Smith, Jr. <smithay@hotmail.com>
Parkersburg, WV USA - Friday, November 28, 1997 at 21:10:17 (EST)
My wife purchased a London Fog raincoat in Vancouver (guess why she needed it) When we arrived home she noticed that the zipper for the liner was broken making it difficult if not impossible to remove. Is there an exchange policy ? If so, please advise.
W. Mark Horvath <njsquan@aol.com>
Manalapan, nj USA - Friday, November 14, 1997 at 09:27:51 (EST)
It's great to see the Eaton has a home page! Thanks Leon. I was a Fire Control Technician (FT3) on the Eaton during 1956-57. It was during this period (May 6, 1956) that the Eaton was hit by the Wisconsin.
Jerry Kimber <gkimber24@aol.com>
Warrenville, IL USA - Friday, November 07, 1997 at 10:39:45 (EST)
I served aboard the Five and Dime in 63 and 64. She was my first ship and I'll always have fond memories of her.
Tom King <Tom.King@SMTP.CNET.NAVY.MIL>
PENSACOLA, FL USA - Wednesday, October 29, 1997 at 14:18:33 (EST)
Looking for shipmates who were aboard the Eaton during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Need their recollections to include in a book. Please contact me.
Dennis Raposo <drar@gate.net>
New Port Richey, Fl USA - Tuesday, October 28, 1997 at 20:26:54 (EST)
The Eaton was my first ship and I served aboard her from 1960-1962. I remember going through monsterous storms off Cape Hatteras as the flagship of COMDESRON3, and remember the ship's motto: GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE! I was aboard when we were involved in the Bay of Pigs Invasion in 1961. I have many fond memories of the ship and my shipmates.
Dennis Raposo <drar@gate.net>
New Port Richey, Fl USA - Sunday, October 26, 1997 at 19:17:11 (EST)
I was an MM on the Eaton from 6/1955-3/1959. I was on her when the Wisconsin hit her
Leroy Shelton <lshelton@crosslink.net>
Dahgren, VA USA - Friday, October 17, 1997 at 19:23:54 (EDT)
Wonderful web site. My dad has the ship's plaque hanging over his fireplace. He stole it from an officers party while on shore leave during a drunken rampage with other officers from his ship. Its always been the first thing that goes up in any house we have ever lived in as long as I can remember. Thank you for giving me background on the ship's history to go along with the plaque.
G. Eaton <MrCraftsmn@aol.com>
USA - Monday, October 13, 1997 at 02:46:40 (EDT)
BACK ABOUT 1973,1974, THE EATON WAS USED AS TARGET PRACTICE IN THE ATLANTIC OFF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. SHE WAS SENT TO DAVY JONES LOCKER!
kenneth shepard <KenShepard@sprintmail.com>
BRYCEVILLE, FL USA - Tuesday, October 07, 1997 at 18:25:30 (EDT)
BACK ABOUT 1973,1974, THE EATON WAS USED AS TARGET PRACTICE IN THE ATLANTIC OFF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. SHE WAS SENT TO DAVY JONES LOCKER!
kenneth shepard <kENsHEPARD@SPRINTMAIL.COM>
BRYCEVILLE, FL USA - Tuesday, October 07, 1997 at 18:24:22 (EDT)
BACK ABOUT 1973,1974, THE EATON WAS USED AS TARGET PRACTICE IN THE ATLANTIC OFF JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. SHE WAS SENT TO DAVY JONES LOCKER!
kenneth shepard <kENsHEPARD@SPRINTMAIL.COM>
BRYCEVILLE, FL USA - Tuesday, October 07, 1997 at 18:21:05 (EDT)
I SERVED ABOARD THE EATON FROM 1956 THRU 1958. WHEN I REPORTED FOR FOR DUTY, THE SHIP WAS IN DRYDOCK AT PORTSMOUTH, VA. BEING REPAIRED THE ACCIDENT THAT RALPH STEVENS MENTIONED IN HIS STATEMENT. WHEN REPAIRS WERE FINISHED, WE TRAVELED TO "GITMO" FOR A SHAKEDOWN CRUISE. ON TO THE RED SEA, AROUND THE TIP OF AFRICA(PAUSING FOR OUR SHELLBACK INITIATION- WHAT A RITUAL!) THE INVENTOR OF THE WEAPON ABLE TRAVELED WITH US ONE TIME AS WE TRIED OUT THE "NEW GUN". QUITE AN EVENTFUL OPERATION- WITH THAT NEW GUN. SOME OF MY SHIPMATES WERE GEORGE J. BRAVERMAN (PENN.), ROBERT KI. JOYNER (NY), TIMOTHY MURPHY, GERALD BROWN(OK.),JOHNNY DUKE (ROME, GA.), ROBERT TOWNES, BOB MORRISON(ALA) KENT KERLE, RALPH STEVENS, ALAN McCHESNEY, THE MUSTANG CMD. REDMAYNE. SISTER SHIPS WERE THE USS BACHE, USS BEAL & ONE OTHER WHOSE NAME SLIPS MY MIND. I HAVE A WATERCOLORING OF THE USS EATON (DDE 510)THAT WAS PAINTED BY ALAN McCHESNEY THE DATE OF OUR CROSSING THE EQUATOR WAS APRIL 2, 1957. SO LONG SHIPMATES, YOU WERE A GREAT GROUP!
KENNETH SHEPARD <KenShepard@sprintmail.com>
BRYCEVILLE, FL USA - Monday, October 06, 1997 at 19:03:19 (EDT)
Served on the Eaton in 1958,59. Fire Control Tech E5. Transfered from the Sumner DD692. I remember seeing the Eaton being towed after it was hit by the Wisconson? Funny that on the Sumner bunked up forward and when I was transfered to the Eaton slept aft. Talk about sea sick! I was wondering what happened to both ships . I think the Sumner was used for target practice on the west coast. TIN CANS FOREVER
Bill Munsell <bmunsell@sei-intl.com>
Tryon, NC USA - Monday, October 06, 1997 at 16:54:55 (EDT)
I'm a grandson of an Eaton sailor.And you did a great job on this web site! Please contact me at 921 Coloma Way Roseville CA 95661. Thanks.
Jonathan Baetz
Roseville, CA USA - Thursday, September 18, 1997 at 21:05:10 (EDT)
LT. CIC & OPS Oct 1955-Dec 1957. Collision with the Wisconsin in fog for man overboard - 20+ knots - BB's bow came in starboard side of DD bow forward of bridge, crushed to port side and broke keel. CPO mess area and mess deck smashed. 1st LT saved ship by securing bow to stern with anchor chain and closing WT door beside his room ( where the poker game was). No casualties but many new gray hairs on board - the messcook peeling potatos in mess deck was knocked unconscious when the BB bow went thru but his chief rescued him in time. DesRon 28 to Red Sea/Persian Gulf around Africa because Suez closed by sunken ships. Low fuel into Capetown. 120 deg heat in Aden and Ras Al Tenura. Supplies don't arrive then meet Norweigan freighter in Mombassa - the dockers won't transfer frozen stores. Crew suits up in foul gear and does job. Completes at night then parties with on board the freighter - Norway Independence day - No A/C - run fire hoses over decks to cool - Suez now clear - go north thru canal in heavy rain and hail - Russian DD's at Port Said then refuel at Pyreus at night and head for Norfolk - just in time for the fall convoy exercise on the Murmansk route - cold off Norway. Home in time to fill in for Newport DD's - DesRon 28 again with a carrier - tight circle formation in rough cold seas south of Iceland - finally back for Norfolk and Christmas and I'm outta there! Good ship, lucky crew, a real seagoing skipper CDR Redmayne - he survived the Indianapolis sinking drifting for many days - Main Maritime grad...
ralph stevens
san diego, ca USA - Saturday, September 13, 1997 at 23:48:55 (EDT)
CIC & OPS Oct 1955-Dec 1957. Collision with the Wisconsin in fog for man overboard - 20+ knots - BB's bow came in starboard side of DD bow forward of bridge, crushed to port side and broke keel. CPO mess area and mess deck smashed. 1st LT saved ship by securing bow to stern with anchor chain and closing WT door beside his room ( where the poker game was). No casualties but many new gray hairs on board - the messcook peeling potatos in mess deck was knocked unconscious when the BB bow went thru but his chief rescued him in time. DesRon 28 to Red Sea/Persian Gulf around Africa because Suez closed by sunken ships. Low fuel into Capetown. 120 deg heat in Aden and Ras Al Tenura. Supplies don't arrive then meet Norweigan freighter in Mombassa - the dockers won't transfer frozen stores. Crew suits up in foul gear and does job. Completes at night then parties with on board the freighter - Norway Independence day - No A/C - run fire hoses over decks to cool - Suez now clear - go north thru canal in heavy rain and hail - Russian DD's at Port Said then refuel at Pyreus at night and head for Norfolk - just in time for the fall convoy exercise on the Murmansk route - cold off Norway. Home in time to fill in for Newport DD's - DesRon 28 again with a carrier - tight circle formation in rough cold seas south of Iceland - finally back for Norfolk and Christmas and I'm outta there! Good ship, lucky crew, a real seagoing skipper CDR Redmayne - he survived the Indianapolis sinking drifting for many days - Main Maritime grad...
ralph stevens
san diego, ca USA - Saturday, September 13, 1997 at 23:46:26 (EDT)
CIC & OPS Oct 1955-Dec 1957. Collision with the Wisconsin in fog for man overboard - 20+ knots - BB's bow came in starboard side of DD bow forward of bridge, crushed to port side and broke keel. CPO mess area and mess deck smashed. 1st LT saved ship by securing bow to stern with anchor chain and closing WT door beside his room ( where the poker game was). No casualties but many new gray hairs on board - the messcook peeling potatos in mess deck was knocked unconscious when the BB bow went thru but his chief rescued him in time. DesRon 28 to Red Sea/Persian Gulf around Africa because Suez closed by sunken ships. Low fuel into Capetown. 120 deg heat in Aden and Ras Al Tenura. Supplies don't arrive then meet Norweigan freighter in Mombassa - the dockers won't transfer frozen stores. Crew suits up in foul gear and does job. Completes at night then parties with on board the freighter - Norway Independence day - No A/C - run fire hoses over decks to cool - Suez now clear - go north thru canal in heavy rain and hail - Russian DD's at Port Said then refuel at Pyreus at night and head for Norfolk - just in time for the fall convoy exercise on the Murmansk route - cold off Norway. Home in time to fill in for Newport DD's - DesRon 28 again with a carrier - tight circle formation in rough cold seas south of Iceland - finally back for Norfolk and Christmas and I'm outta there! Good ship, lucky crew, a real seagoing skipper CDR Redmayne - he survived the Indianapolis sinking drifting for many days - Main Maritime grad...
ralph stevens
san diego, ca USA - Saturday, September 13, 1997 at 23:43:48 (EDT)
Hello Shipmates, We are having reunions, contact Larry Gorvin. Thanks Leon for the Web Page. God Bless!
Merv Terrell, RM3 (Westpac 67) <merv46@midwest.net>
New Haven, Il USA - Wednesday, September 03, 1997 at 21:59:14 (EDT)
SERVED ABOARD FROM APRIL 1961 TO AUG. 1963 FGT3.WE WERE FIRED ON AT THE "BAY OF PIGS" WHILE DROPPING OFF CUBAN INFILTRATORS. WE ALSO PICKED UP SURVIVORS AFTER THE FAILED INVASION ATEMPT.
HARVEY VENIER <DNXX@ROCKETMAIL.COM>
BANGKOK, THAILAND - Monday, August 25, 1997 at 03:40:02 (EDT)
1965-67 GMG3/C MT Captain Mt.31
Larry J Gorvin <fmuz17a@prodigy.com>
Oxford, IA USA - Monday, August 18, 1997 at 21:49:13 (EDT)
STG-2 1966-1968 Viet Nam Cruise
Lee Freeman <leon@iag.net>
Clermont, Fl USA - Sunday, August 17, 1997 at 17:54:11 (EDT)

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