"Missile Away" in 1971
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5-15-99 -- Bob Shanahan (a.k.a. Jack Tar) email@example.com webmaster of the USS Goldsborough DDG-20 website . If I run across any more Towers info I'll be sure to send it your way. Happy Trails, Bob (Bob contributed a picture of the Towers that can be found on the Pictures/At Sea page.....dennis)
6-9-99 -- My name is Andrea Towers Rohaly. My father was a first cousin to John Towers. (My brother is also a John Towers.) I was so delighted to find your wonderful Web site about the USS Towers and have enjoyed it very much. We had heard about the ship, but had not known much about her, and it has been fascinating to learn about her. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into your web site...it is really great. I just wanted to thank you. Best regards, Andrea
7-18-99 -- YN3 Craig Marsh (3-5-89 thru 10-3-90)
I served on the Towers during the decommissioning period. This experience set the groundwork for myself for my experiences that I have encountered after the shutting down of my favorite ship (i served on three) Would like to hear from any shipmates that served during the decom period, as well as those that have photos from the decom period. Please email me at SCORPIIO@hotmail.com or SCORPIIO@excite.com... Thanks and hello
to all that served on such a spectacular ship!!!!
8-13-99 -- William (Bill) Towers LCDR USNR (Ret) -- Though I never had the pleasure of being even near, much less aboard, the Towers, she has had a warm place in my heart since she was named for my uncle, the late ADM John H. Towers. My own navy days, which I much enjoyed, though brief, were long before the Towers was commissioned. ADM Towers' son (my cousin) has told me that she is now out of navy service. I am truly sorry about that. Very best wishes to you all for a grand reunion!
8-22-99 -- Captain Barry Burrow (USN Ret.) USS Towers Commanding Officer (85-87) "The Nine" remains the highlight of my Naval career - fastest ship and finest crew in West Pac, if not the entire Navy. I served aboard Towers, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, from October 1985 until December 1987 as her CO - both Changes of Command were held, appropriately, at sea. She and her crew received the Battle "E" while I was aboard, along with many other awards, and her Breakaway Flag, which read "Minimum Deception, Maximum Destruction" said so much about her as well as her crew. Many thanks for bringing her memory back in this way, and to all who sailed aboard her during her career, I wish only Fair Winds and Following Seas.
1-13-00 -- RM3 Owens (DDG-9 1988 - 90) To all my shipmates who served aboard the towers during the final days of the towers voyage please email me I would like to hear any stories you might have. Tophogger@mindspring.com
4-11-00 -- RM2 Howard A. Schock 61-63 Plankowner ( Schock.Howard.A@ni.cnrsw.navy.mil ). I commissioned two ships in my 30 year Navy career. The U.S.S TOWERS DDG-9 on Saturday June 6, 1961 and 20 years later to the day and date the U.S.S. ACADIA AD-42 on Saturday June 6, 1981. I started my career on the U.S.S. Piedmont Ad-17 and made RMC aboard the U.S.S. Coontz DLG-9 in 1969. I retired on September 1, 1988 from the U.S.S. FOX CG-33. I enjoyed my Navy Career and the time I spent on the U.S.S. TOWERS. I will visit this site often and thanks for the memories.
4-14-00 -- Tony Janse, Ens.,SC Assistant Supply Officer ( CDR, Ret) ( AJANSE3@aol.com ). First, I want to thank you for all your efforts and your terrific work in keeping the memory of our great and proud ship alive. Growing up in the midwest, I had never seen anything but flat land and small lakes. She was my first experience in the Navy and in the rest of the world. After 20 years of service, she is still my most memorable tour. The website triggers many fond memories. I'm sure it has and will do the same for others. When you get a chance, please update my entry in the crew list:
4-25-00 -- Dave Nelson ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) I reported for duty in connection
with fitting out on 2/18/61. At the time we were housed at the Destroyer Base in San Diego. I was an FT3. The crew was flown by chartered DC-6 from San Diego to Seattle on 3/28/61 and because the ship was not ready yet at Todd
Shipyard, we were put up at Sand Point Naval Air Station. The ship was moved to Bremerton just prior to the 6/6/61 commissioning.
I don't recall the exact date of departure from Bremerton for San Diego. The next date I do recall was 9/23/61 when we crossed the equator on our way to Callao, Peru on the shakedown cruise (my shellback card is a little ragged but is stored with a number of other important family papers). After stops at Rodman, C.Z. and Acapulco the ship returned to San Diego and then back to Bremerton for additional mods. In November of '61 I made FT2. Sometime in mid February of 1962 we departed Bremerton and returned to San Diego on 2/22/1962. A number of short timers, myself included, were transferred upon arrival. I left the navy on 6/29/62. I have fond memories of my time aboard the Towers and I am planning to attend the reunion in Reno this September. I would be honored if you would include me in the crew list along with
4-28-00 -- Dave Rakers ( DRakers007@aol.com )I served on board the USS Towers
1980 to 1983 as a ET-2.
Please register or enter my E-mail address in the crews list. I also was part of the SRF Combat Systems overhaul team 1983 to 1985 and owe alot to those people I had the privelage of serving with. Thank you for a great Website, it certainly give
6-6-00 -- Tim Williams ( email@example.com )I have great and fond memories of the ship and crew I served with from 81 - 85 on the USS Towers at Yokosuka, Japan. I was stationed on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 (The LoveBoat) and wanted on a real ship. I found it when I transferred to the Towers and loved every minute of it, well, almost every minute. From the Indian Ocean cruises to the overhaul at Yokosuka, I've treasured those times and still recollect them often. My shipmates were the best and the ship was the finest a sailor could ask for. The Towers was smaller than a Kirk class Frigate but was manned with a larger crew, making it tight onboard but it also made us a tighter crew. I'd love to take one more cruise on that great old ship. I found this site while searching for pictures of the Towers. This is a great site and makes my BubbleHead boss (Sub-Sailor) mad because his boat doesn't have a site, YET he says. Well Done!!! <Dave Rakers and Glen Forbus, write me at > firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com )
8-11-00 My name is Ted Krueger and I was a member of the Towers crew from February 1972 until January 1974. I initially served on the deckforce and later transferred to missile division (striking as a GMMSN). I remember you (by way of name mostly) and enjoyed reading the sea stories that you wrote. They brought back a lot of memories after 27 years! I want to commend you in your efforts on this website as you have done a terrific job. The Towers was a home to a lot of men during her commissioned years. While aboard this ship, I couldn't really appreciate the impact that those two years would have on my life. Now, I wouldn't trade thatexperience for anything. She was not only my home, but was also a vehicle that took me half-way around the world to places that I will probably never see again. We sailed with her in and out of harm's way and were safely returned to our families.
8-21-00 What a surprise to find your USS Towers website. My husband, Larry R. Kleckner, deceased, served aboard the Towers from 1966 to 1970 I believe. He saw tours to Vietnam and was stationed in San Diego. I have many photos and patches I would be happy to share with you. He was a boilerman and told many stories about escorting the USS New Jersey and crossing the equator. He was very proud of his Navy service. Your site brought back many memories for me. Thank you. From a proud wife of a fine sailor. Jean C. Kleckner firstname.lastname@example.org
9-20-00 -- My name is Rob Carroll, I am originally from Boston Mass, and served aboard Towers from 03-75 to 08-79. My brother Mike was a Sonar tech and together we did the WESTPAC 76-77 cruise. As far as I know, we were the only set of brothers that ever served aboard Towers. I recently discovered the Towers webpage and saw names I hadn't seen in twenty or so years. I was assigned to the forward engineroom for the first couple of years and later transferred back to A-Division. It's nice to see that the Towers still lives on. I would like to be added to the crew list if possible and would enjoy hearing from old shipmates. I can be reached at E- mail: email@example.com . I look forward to hearing from some of the guys.
11-4-2000 -- hello, i'm unknown to the towers, but i had a very good friend and shipmate, r.g. "bob" luce that served aboard the uss towers. i'm not sure of the dates though. he and i were plankowners of the uss goldsborough ddg-20 in 1963 thru 1966. he is now deceased since 1986. he rretired as a RMC. his wife and i have rremained in contact with each other thru the years. i would like to see bob's name added to the ships crew list if posssible. i had him added to the goldsborough list in july after our reunion i june of 2000.if you have any questions, feel free to contact me via e-mail here at this address. rsvp, earl hall rm3 glendale, az
11-8-2000 -- What a wonderful surprise to come across the Towers web site.I served aboard the U.S.S.Towers from 1975-1979 and have allot of fond memories.I came aboard the ship at the age of 18 as a seamen recruit and worked as a deck hand for 2 months.I then went into the 2nd Division as a gunners mate.I'll never forget G.M.G. Chief Larry Brist,he taught me all about the 5 inch guns aboard the Towers.She was a wonderful ship and the crew was the best that could be.We did a Wespac in 1976 and 1977 and seen some beautiful country.I was very proud to serve aboard the U.S.S.Towers.Thank you to all who have worked so hard on the Towers web site!!! Paul Whittaker
11-10-2000 -- My name is Tim Therrien I currently live in Olympia, Wa. I was a member of first div. under selvic, trelstad, and Devore. My GQ station was on the bridge for the whole tour at the plot board. and I was the one that sounded GQ that day in your story about the cherry cobbler. my picture is not in the one that you have of first div. when was that taken? I departed the ship upon arrival back in san diego. Do you or any one else have memory of the officers missing the insignias off of their covers. If so I'll finally tell the "rest of the story"
11-11-2000 -- My name is Art Jesse and I served onboard from 71 to 75 in M div.I never thought to check for an internet site before, but am glad I did. You guys have done a great job and it is truely appreciated. If there is a way to join the crew again I'd be very interested. THANKS for the memories!!!
11-26-2000 -- My name is Rick Stahl ; I reported aboard the Towers when she came out of the yards in Long Beach (1979). First duty was Deck Division. Being a deck-ape was a learning experience and sometimes fun. As any new boot, I took my turn at the 90 day mess cooking tour!! Found myself in the Wardroom with MS1 Francisco. One day putting away silverware, HM1 Gary Garibaldi came in to see the Captain (CDR Meyers) asking for a striker in sick bay. The Captain looked at me and said there you go, Stahl would make a good Corpsman. I laughed (in a respectful manner of coarse) and kind of shrugged it off. A few days later, the Captain asked me if I had been down to sick bay yet to talk to Doc. I said no, so then He made it an order. The rest is history. I got into sickbay and learned everything I could and eventually became a pretty good Corpsman. I remember my years aboard the Towers like they were yesterday, and would really like to visit with old shipmates. Please add my name to your crew list. Doc Stahl, HN, 1979 - 1981.
12-9-2000 -- a few weeks ago I ran into a crew member wearing the hat, that is in the Ship's Store on the Web site, at the NEX in Everett, WA. It was interesting to talk to someone who commissioned the first ship that I served on. This is a great side benefit of those hats I guess, a plank-owner meets decommissioning crew member. Thanks, Mike Dulaney
12-12-2000 -- ART ALLEN CREW MEMBER FROM 1971/1973 MM3/MM2 TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO I BOUGHT A CRUISE BOOK BUT WAS TRANSFERED BEFORE I RECEIVED IT AND IT NEVER CAUGHT UP WITH ME. MY FIRST COMPUTER AND A WEB SIGHT LATER I NOW HAVE MY CRUISE BOOK. THANKS FOR ALL THE WORK YOU'VE DONE ON THE SIGHT. IT REALLY BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES. I ENJOYED THE SEA STORIES AND I WAS THERE WHEN SOME OF THEM TOOK PLACE. I ALSO SERVED ON THE USS BUCHANAN DDG-14 FR 1969-71 SO IT CAUGHT ME OFF GUARD TO FIND OUT ABOUT HER FINAL MISSION. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SHIPS WAS THE CREWS. TOWERS WAS A TOP-NOTCH SHIP WITH A TOP-NOTCH CREW. THANKS AGAIN.
12-18-2000 -- LTJG Tom Felten 87-89. Wow! Who would of thought we would be reviewing a ships log on the Internet while still in the Navy. I have very fond memories of the Towers. Our team was prepared and worked/played hard together. I'm grateful that you all have taken the time and effort to make this site a reality. I remember real 40 degree rolls and tracking our former foes during the cold war. BZ to all invloved in this sites creation. I'm here to help in any way that I can to participate in the sites advancement.
12-20-2000 -- I'm not sure that you remember me, but my name is J.D. Garoutte. I was the HM3 Corpsman on board the towers during our Vietnam Tour in 1971. My Chief was Kelly. I remember the a guy named Kubricky who we high-lined off one night because of an acute appendicitis. I find the web site interesting and would like to know how to get photo's downloaded to the site, get my name entered on the ships crew and other things. Please help. Respectfully, J.D. Garoutte
2/3/2001 -- Hi...thanks for the USS Towers site! It's been great to revisit those "days of yore". I especially enjoyed seeing the cruise book from the time I was onboard. Keep up the good work. Thanks. Byron Stecher, Radioman, USS Towers 1985-1987
2/12/2001 -- My name is James E. Ellis. I served on the Towers from 1961-1963. I came aboard just after her shakedown cruise in 1961 and was transferred to the USS Prairie(AD-12) just before the Towers left on her WESTPAC cruise in 1963. I was in FOX Division and ended up as FTM2. I would like to be added to the crew list and hope to make the re-union this year. What a great website. I just found out about it through Classmates.com. Jim Ellis
7/9/2001 -- Robert ( Bob ) Jackson.
Seaman, 1st Div. I sailed on her in 63 & 64. I have a lot of memories
of the 63 Westpac cruise. I remember when we had a fellow jump overboard,
while we where turning to get in position behind the carrier, to launch
aircraft. Shut the whole thing down till we got him retrieved. Remember
one night, a couple of us slept all night on the 01 deck, and woke up
totally full of soot. They blew tubes that night. I have some pictures
of that cruise. And those of us on the 63 Westpac should remember the
morning we were tying up at Pearl Harbor, and they announced that President
Kennedy had just been Shot. If there is anyone who thinks he might remember
me ( I was a deck hand hanging out at the paint locker a lot, and I have
a 3" scar across my left cheek) My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
. I am currently living in Arlington, Texas.
7/7/2003 -- Larry Williams -- I don't remember the year, but it was early 80s. We were in the IO and one of our evaps broke down. Needless to say, water was in very short supply, so no one had a shower in more than three days. As they tried to repair the evap (eventually couldn't fix it at sea), the CO had us chasing rain squals. Every now and again we'd get into one and some of the crew topside got to get a little wet, but it wasn't enough to really wash up. After two more days HM1 finally located a ballast tank up forward that held a couple thousand gallons of fresh but not potable water. We used a P-250 to pump that up to the torpedo deck. We used two hoses with four-foot applicators and deluged the forecastle. The crew got showers that day and we pulled into Subic a couple days later to repair the evap.
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