USS SOMERS (DD-947 / DDG-34)
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Message Number: 94 -
Saturday, February 10, 2018 20:11:53 PDT
[IP = 184.108.40.206] -
|Name: ||Marlow Reynolds|
|Company: ||Veteran Affairs|
|Location: ||Los angles|
|Referred By: ||Me|
I was on the Summers and I was serving as throttle man in main control number one engine room we would do a nuclear weapon strike drill and we would full steam ahead. in the opposite direction with our sprinkler systems to reduce nuclear waste Fallout after the tartar missile would make his strike.
I could feel the missile take off from the engine room the mission was so Secret it made me feel like a spy!
|Message Number: 93 - Private Message|
Message Number: 92 -
Friday, October 27, 2017 01:42:00 PDT
[IP = 220.127.116.11] -Comments:
I want to send you all a thank you for your service. My dad served with alot of you veterans on the USS SOMERS DDG34. Growing up i remember listening to his stories about going out to the ship or sea. My dads name is Jamee Williams i am his oldest son he has been my greateet inspiration. Once again THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE.
Message Number: 91 -
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 07:18:49 PDT
[IP = 18.104.22.168] -Comments:
Good morning, My father Danny J Manning served on this ship in 1972. I recieved his full military record from the National Archives. It did include a Equator crossing document dated 5 May 1972.
Message Number: 90 -
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 22:22:53 PDT
[IP = 22.214.171.124] -Comments:
I was stationed board the Somers from 1968 to 1970.
|Message Number: 89 - Private Message|
Message Number: 88 -
Saturday, July 1, 2017 08:15:03 PDT
[IP = 126.96.36.199] -
|Name: ||H.Dean Strelow|
|Location: ||Hurricane, Utah|
|Referred By: ||NA|
Wow, What a nice find on the Internet.
I was on the somers from 1961 to 1963.
H. Dean Strelow, BT-3.
I have a lot of 1961 west pac photo's that i would like to donate.
Would like to hear from some of the engineering crew.
Message Number: 87 -
Sunday, June 11, 2017 09:22:37 PDT
[IP = 188.8.131.52] -
|Name: ||GARY E CALVIN|
|Company: ||RETIRED OREGON DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION|
|Location: ||SALEM, OREGON|
After returning to ORLECK (DD-886) from SQS-23 Maintenance school plus TRAM, I received orders to SOMERS pre-commissioning crew in HUNTERS POINT, CA. (67 or early 68). As STG2, I was in charge of 23 sonar maintenance while my comrad STG2 BAIZE handled the MK 114 Underwater fire control system maintenance (which I had handled on ORLECK). Our chief was STGCS A.E. ROBERTS, transferrring from US FLEET ASW SCHOOL. The senior chief was a WW2 vet and this was his twilight cruise before retirement. After commissioning, our ship became known as a SHOWBOAT, as we spent many an hour in condition 1 AD (anti-dirt) cleaning, swabbing, dusting, etc. We were the first one gun DD to be sent to VIETNAM in 69 and upon our return in 70 received a complement of NROTC middies on board for a six week tour - SAN FRAN, SEATTLE, VANCOUVER BC. After four years service I made ST1 in 68, discharged NOV 70 and made STGC in the naval reserves, Salem, Oregon, in 71, I attended OREGON STATE and got a BUSINESS degree in 76, worked for IBM then the state of OREGON in accounting, management analyst, and finally computer programming before retiring in 2000. I travelled to CHINA in 2010 and 2011 and played a lot of golf and travelled several western states by car. I do enjoy the retired life. I am now trying to contact fellow STs for ORLECK and SOMERS.
Message Number: 86 -
Monday, May 8, 2017 07:26:47 PDT
[IP = 184.108.40.206] -
|Name: ||Mark Petruno|
|Company: ||USS DENEBOLA AF-56|
|Location: ||OPS DIV|
It was wonderful to see all of you celebrating your ship's reunion at Capt. George's Seafood in Myrtle Beach ... my sincere thanks for everyone's service ... having been on a non-combatant stores ship the Denebola, I am sure we serviced you guys in the Med many times ... take the time and enjoy each others company ... SEMPER FORTUS ...
Message Number: 85 -
Friday, February 17, 2017 22:06:29 PDT
[IP = 220.127.116.11] -
|Name: ||James Panza|
|Company: ||County of Ventura|
|Location: ||Ventura Ca|
My father SN Frank Panza served on board USS Somers DD 381 during WWII from November of 1942-November 1944. Was on board when Somers sunk German blockade runners Annalise Esberger and Wesarland in the South Atlantic. Participated in the Normandy and Southern France invasions. He was the signalman on the bridge who challenged the German Corvettes Escobort and Camascio on the morning of the Southern France invasion. When they did not identify themselves Captain Hughes sank both ships with torpedos and gunfire in a running sea battle. The encounter is known as the battle of Point Cros and it was one of only a few surface actions fought between the U S Navy and the German Navy in the war. Captain Hughes was awarded the Navy Cross for this action and retired as an admiral. My father loved his ship and his fellow crew members.