Deck Log

"Missile Away" in 1971

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1/16/99 --ICC Raymond Wong, USNR(Ret) Member USS Towers(DDG-9) Reunion Committee
wongrad@pacbell.net I'm sure that the USS Towers(DDG-9) shipmates are grateful that you took the initiative to create and launch the USS Towers Homepage.  Thanks again for spending the time, effort and financial expense in order to benefit our shipmates. A job well-done!!

1/17/99 -- Bart Bartholomew,DDG-16
obarth289@madbbs.com Great Ship, Great Call of Ship's and a Great web site!!

1/17/99 --Len Gordon DDG 17 DDGgusboat@aol.com
Bravo Zulu on the site. I am the editor of the CONYNGHAM DDG 17 and the Charles F Adams Class newsletters. In the next issue of the CFA I will tell all about your site. I will take what ever you would like to submit, photos stories ect..

1/17/99 -- Jim Barrett USS Berkeley (1965-67)
DDGBerk@aol.com You are off to a good start and it will grow as new information is received. I am the Webmaster for the USS Berkeley Web site and publisher of our newsletter, The Bright Penny (ship's voice call sign). If you publish a newsletter I would like to get on the mailing list and include you on ours. In the meantime, I will review our database for former Towers crewmembers and if I find any I'll forward the names to you. Keep up the good work.

1/17/99 -- FTG Gary Hughes (69-71) glhughes@sprynet.com A great service you have done here for all  who served aboard the Towers. I can imagine that this could turn into the site of fond memories for many of us that were there.

1/19/99 -- Bob Conway, CAPT/USN, Chief Simulations/Studies, And Analysis Management, Joint Chiefs of Staff "Chief Engineer '80-82" conwayrt@js.pentagon.mil Fond memories always come forward when I think of my time on Towers. I believe the reason for this was the CREW. I have never been associated with a more hard working and dedicated group of professionals. Today, I often tell that I served on "A REAL DDG" not to be confused with the new DDG (Arleigh Burke Class). Good luck with the newsletter and sign me up.

1-19-99 -- Brian Barber HT2, 87-89  
babt66@aol.com , I served out of Yokosuka as an HN - HM2 under the venerable HM1 George Ellis. Just missed her last Battle E, but enjoyed plenty of underway time at sea, on the "9" with her last three Commanding Officers: A great one, Barry Vaile Burrow, a short lived one, "Mad Dog" Michael Michalis, and Capt.(can't recall his name)......I transferred off shortly after he was "rushed in". I left her in January, 1989. Adams class Destroyers were one of the last of the "real mens" ships. I salute you all!

1-19-99 --Chris D. Winter OS2 88-90
chris.winter@asu.edu Great job on the Towers (DDG-9) website. It's really coming together. I'm really looking forward to the reunion. I have some Towers pictures on my website, but I'm sure you already have access to  them, if not, the URL is: http://www.public.asu.edu/~bujin I'll send some others via snail mail as soon as I get a chance. Again, great job on the website!!

1-19-99  -- Michael Gormady BT1  71-74 masterchiefBTCM@netscape.net Good job. Reported on board after completionof deployment in 72 just prior to overhaul at Long Beach shipyard BT2 When reporting. Transfreed in 74 rate of BT1. Your  Ships history did not mention that overhaul in 73. I was trying to remember when we entered and departed the shipyard. Maybe someone else will remember.

1-19-99 -- Hilton Roberts, secretary, USS SELLERS ASSOCIATION
hilton.l.roberts@boeing.com Bravo Zulu to you and all who helped work on your page. I am the Secretaryof the USS SELLERS DDG-11 ASSOCIATION and we completed our first reunion in September 1998. Your first reunion will be a once in a lifetime experience.You will find that the faces have changed but the voices will be those of your youth. I hope all who sailed in your fine ship have the opportunity to join your organization and will turn to to help it grow. This will truly be a much larger event than the sums of the individuals. If we made a mistake on our first reunion, it was to schedule too many events. What most want is some time to catch up on the past 35 years or so. There are many sea stories that need to be told. We have some talented folks in our crew who were able to put some old 8mm film on videotape and some of us were able to see ourselves as we were when we were young. Encourage your crew members to bring their memorabilia to the reunion and above all do not forget those whoare no longer with you. You will find some that died early on and some more recent. Please remember them. Every man who served on your ship brought something unique to that ship and took part of the ship with them when they left. Those interactions are the "soul" of your ship and time will not erase it.......it will become sweeter and sweeter as you remember the time you went to sea and you and your ship took care of each other and God watched out for all of you. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

1-21-99 -- Roberto G. Garza, USS Towers DDG-9 61-62 robertgarza@excite.com For (37) years I wonder why the Towers has not had a reunion. I would look it up on the VFW, the american Legion, VVA and other veterans orgainzation but no word! I am glad you and Ray are feeling it out and I hope you guys get many responses. Because it's time and the time is now. I have the address of one the Towers shipmates that lives up north. I will contact him. I work for the Houston Community College, in the Graphic Arts/Printing Department, so if I can help let me know.

1-23-99 --
Rodger L. Benny RD3, DDG-9 66 - 69 dogs@mtnhome.com   Cdr Counts was commanding officer of Towers during the period before CdrCarter took command. I believe his first name was Stanley.He came aboard after I did in 1966. He was relieved by captain Carter, though I thought it was in 1968 that Carter took command. Cdr. Counts relieved captain Penny in 1966.The ship was awarded the Navy Unit Citation for the 1966 cruise, which I was on board at that time. Cdr. Counts was awarded the Bronze Star for Towers performance during that cruise. During the 68-69 cruise, Towers was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon for being under enemy North Vietnamese fire while operating with the U.S.S. New Jersey in north Vietnamese waters on operation Sea Dragon. We were her guided missle escort when she went into northern waters. I recieved a letter of commendation and a battle flag of the ship for that cruise. I am very proud of them and very proud of my 3 years of service aboard the Towers. Thank you very much for this web site, it has brought me in contact with my old shipmate Walter Herstol after almost 30 years.

2-20-99 -- SteveRobinson, SN DDG-9 67-69
srobin7@earthlink.net Just a note, I recall that Bill Ryan was an absolute super-hero on our WesPac cruise in winter 68-69. He single handedly PICKED UP a MAGNESIUM FLARE that fell to the 01 deck between the #2 gun and the kingpost and through it overboard before it burned through the deck - into the magazine -to avoid MAJOR destruction, or even the END of USS Towers. I saw his name on the website crew list. Also, if I'm not mistaken, I recognize a number of the deck apes on the forecastle in the front picture under "pictures". Reno is fine and I have no complaint. However, it's a minor airport and may require extra connections for some of us. When I was on the Towers, San Diego was our base. If that has been always - or even generally true - then to have the function in San Diego could be VERY VERY SUPER - - giving many of us a day or so to revisit the SD haunts, etc. Looking Forward, Steve Robinson

2-20-99 -- Ray Fritz, OS3, DDG-9 78-79
Fritz@home.com I stumbled upon your excellent Towers Website, Thanks a bunch! I remember seeing her being ready for mothballs in San Diego Harbor several years ago, always wondering about her fate.. Today on occasion we cruise by in our boat, and I tell my family and friends about the Towers and the crew, I lift a brew in salute!  I can't believe this but I just found a still wrapped postcard from the Towers, I must have had this stashed away for 20 years! Anyway I scanned it and am forwarding it to you. If you would like the original please send me your snail-mail and I will send it on.

3-20-99 -- Jim Lawrence, SK1, DDG-9  64-67
JimLorentz@aol.com For anyone who's interested, they have the complete bridge from the USS Lawrence DDG4 in the Independence Seaport Museum at Penns Landing inPhiladelphia, Pa. I was there about 2 years  ago and didn't know it was there until I happened around a corner onto it. God, I had a flashback, it was just like standing on the bridge of the Towers. I could hardly pull myself away to leave. I plan on going back in the next few weeks and taking a camera to get some pictures. In 3 1/2 years on the Towers, I never took one picture of her. I've got a few interior shots, and one of me on the fantail in Hong Kong, but none of her exterior. Thanks to you and Frank for the great shot of her underway. And many thanks for starting this web page. It has great info and even a few nice memories.

3-20-99 -- Tom Hunter (son of FTC Robert James Hunter, DDG-9 63-67) 
thunter@ibm.net   My Father FTC Hunter served in Towers from 63-67 as Fox division CPO. His name was Robert James Hunter. I have had the pleasure to e-mail a Mr. Voras a FTM2 at the time. He remembers my father quite well. As my father died in 73, I would greatly appreciate you adding his name to the role of the Towers. He was a 20 year vet: Served June 42-Sept 45 as a Gunner in the Armed Guard. Was discharged, and reinlisted in 51. Went on Operation Deepfreeze II in 56-57 to Anartica, went through GM-to FT conversion school in 59, Pushed boots as a CC, and also a Fire Control Instructer at Great Lakes until his assignment in Towers Nov 63. While Towers served a great role, non could compare to the N.Atlantic Convoy duty that this man endured. Please place this man among your "Roll of Honor"

4-26-99 -- Jerry Douthit EWT2 DDG-9 72-75
jdouthit@lexmark.com . I went to Lyle Baker's (FCCS DDG-9 74-75) memorial service yesterday and during his eulogy, I was made aware of the fact that FTCS (M) Lyle Baker was indeed on the Towers. I think he came on during the time the Towers was in the yards in Longbeach (73-74). A whole floodgate of memories was opened up at the service when I saw his picture there. He died of Lung cancer. I don't know if you want to start a place on your Towers web page about fallen Towers comrades or not? Chief Baker served 3 tours in Vietnam, 2 of which were on river boats inserting SEALs. He was a hell of an american and I just want people to know that he has passed on.

4-26-99 -- David Laverick HT2 DDG-9 73-74
David.Laverick@garmin.com Your labor benefits those of us reaching the age when life slows and we find ourselves reflecting on personal history. If we are honest we credit the many who have helped us in our past to become what we are credited for today. My two years on the Towers, ( HT3 Laverick, David 1973-74 ) and the people I lived with remain a place I often visit for encouragement, illustrations or just plain fun. Watching Das Boot the other day, it reminded me when I would sneak up to the signal bridge in heavy seas to watch the swells break over that graceful bow. I would have to kneel behind the gunwale to avoid a soaking. Those experience can't be duplicated or forgotten. I have many more experience I wrung from my service days and packed away to unwrap and savor. I hope to see some of you in 2000 thanks to Raymond Wong

5-15-99 -- Bob Shanahan (a.k.a. Jack Tar) rls@televar.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!!!!

8-4-99 --
A special message from Captain Wylie, the last Commanding Officer of the Towers, can be viewed by selecting <here> .

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 ( nelsondl@ix.netcom.com ) 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
my fellow plank owners.

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
me warm feelings and memories of that time in my life.

5-31-00 -- Jim Mathias (
jmathias@san.rr.com ) Great website! TOWERS was my first ship. I reported for duty December 1976 in Subic Bay, R.P. as a SHSA, transferring in May 1980 as SH2… she set the standard for the rest of my 22-year naval career. I would love to hear from shipmates! Keep up the good work… "Fair Winds and Following Seas…" Jim Mathias, NCCM(SW), USN (Ret)

6-6-00 -- Tim Williams ( twilliam@lexmark.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 > twilliam@lexmark.com or mlk1007@aol.com )

6-7-00 -- Dick Poole (
rwpoole@ametro.net ) I was the EMO on the Towers from late 63 to late 64. I was one of the first "second crew" on the board. I relieved a plank owner. The period had two future Admirals in the crew, Ted Sheafer ( CIC Officer) who retired as Chief of Naval Intelligence and Paul Tobin, who may or may not be retired now. Paul by the way gave the decommissioning speech at Yokosuka. I had a copy that I can't seem to locate. My son Dan was on the O'Biran, a Spruance destroyer returning from the a tour off Kuwait( before the war started). The ship stopped in the Philippines and an admiral wanted a briefing. Dan was elected to go with the CO. The admiral was Paul Tobin who told Dan he knew a Poole on the Towers and Dan informed him "that was my father". The navy is truly a small community.

6-26-00 -- BT3 Frank Orrison.-I SERVED ON THE TOWERS FROM EARLY 89 THROUGH DECOMISSIONING.  I WORKED MOSTLY IN #1 FIREROOM AS MESSENGER, BURNERMAN, AND LOWER LEVEL MAN. WE WERE THE LAST CREW ON THE TOWERS TO HAVE WOG DAY CEREMONIES [THE IO IN 89].  WE WERE ALSO THE LAST TO VISIT AND REPRESENT THE TOWERS AND HER FORMER CREW IN MANY PORTS OF CALL INCLUDING SUBIC BAY,PATTYA BEACH, AUSTRALIA, KENYA, HONG KONG AND KOREA AND MANY MORE.  THE TOWERS WAS INVITED AND ATTENDED THE "SHIMUDA BLACKSHIP FESTIVAL IN 1990,"TO CELEBRATE COMMODORE PERRY'S SUCCESSFUL MISSION IN OBTAINING THE 1854 TREATY WHICH OPENED DIPLOMATIC AND TRADE RELATIONS WITH JAPAN.  THE TOWERS WENT ON TO KOREA LATER 90, BEFORE STEAMING THE TOWERS INTO PORT FOR THE LAST TIME THE CREW UNLOADED ALL THE 5"PROJECITILES ONTO AN AMMO BARGE, RETURNED AND MOORED UNDER HER OWN POWER FOR THE LAST TIME. IT ONLY TOOK A COUPLE OF MONTHS TO MOTHBALL OUR HOME AT SEA . WITH SUCH A GREAT HISTORY AND SUCH A PROUD CREW, TO PLANKOWNERS, TO THE DECOM CREW AND ALL IN BETWEEN I PROMISE YOU SHE WAS PUT AWAY WITH PRIDE, LOVE, SWEAT, TEARS, BLOOD AND GUTS. THE TOWERS WAS AMMO AND FUEL, HAZE GRAY ON SALTY SEA HER CREW DID IT'S BEST DURING COMBAT AND PEACE.  I STOOD WATCH IN HER BELLY FOR THE LAST TIME THAT SEPTEMBER NIGHT, I LEFT HER QUARTER DECK WITH SADNESS AND PRIDE. I KNOW I SERVED ON THE FINEST SHIP WITH THE FINEST SAILORS IN THE NAVY. I CAN CLOSE MY EYES AND IM BACK ON THE FANTAIL STEAMING THROUGH THE SAN BERNADINO STRAIGHTS CRYSTAL BLUE SEAS AND GREEN TROPICAL ISLES, A VOYAGE THOUSANDS HAVE MADE ON DDG-9.  THE TOWERS IS IN OUR HEARTS AND IN OUR SOUL.  WE WERE ALL YOUNG ON HER DECKS NOW SOME OF US ARE OLD THE TOWERS IS GONE BUT HER HISTORY IS GOLD.  SO WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND YOU THINK OF THE SEA HAVE A SEAT ON THE FANTAIL NEXT TO ME.

7-27-00 Gary Kelly 67-69 I am wondering why there is no cruise book or information about the 1968-1969? Seems 1972 was quite eventful, yet, so was our cruise. Capt. Carter led us through a very eventful cruise including:
1. Escorting the USS New Jersey to Viet Nam.
2. Action off the coast of North Vietnam where we drew enemy fire while the New Jersey turned tail and went back out to sea.
3. Credit for many secondary explosions, hundreds meters of tree line destroyed. a confimed water buffalo kill, rescuing two downed Marine pilots after they ditched there plane into the water after being hit. They were acting as spotters for us.
4. Stars and Stripes coming aboard and reporting as we crossed the equator and then went to Singapore..
And concerning the 1972 cruise, as eventful as it was, because of Admiral Zumwaldt, the crew quarters were much more friendly than they were for us. Again, thank you for the work and the web page. I just got off the phone from a fellow crew member, Wally Herstol.

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 jkleckner@altronics.com

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:  rj721@hotmail.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: budrosebud@home.com . I am currently living in Arlington, Texas.

7/7/2003 -- Rick Davis -- I was high-lined aboard in early March of 64 somewhere in the South China Sea. It was a little choppy and so it was a great ride across from the AO to my new home, the USS Towers. A fellow RD met me at the port-aft highline station (just under the 5" 54 gun mount) and took me up to CIC, Cmdr Penny was Captain at the time. I hadn't been there 2 minutes before he came bursting into CIC, looking around, spotted me and said "You the man we just highlined aboard?" I answered affirmative and he said "You request this ship or you just lucky?" And man-oh-man was I lucky! So many great crewmen and adventures. Best damn ship that ever sailed the seven seas! May she rest in peace.

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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