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USS SOMERS (DD-947 / DDG-34)

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Message Number: 89 - Private Message

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Message Number: 88 - Saturday, July 1, 2017 08:15:03 PDT
[IP = 24.49.171.98] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  H.Dean Strelow
Company:  Retired.
Location:  Hurricane, Utah
Referred By:  NA
Comments:

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.

435-703-9999.

DEan Strelow

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Message Number: 87 - Sunday, June 11, 2017 09:22:37 PDT
[IP = 174.25.66.79] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  GARY E CALVIN
Company:  RETIRED OREGON DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION
Location:  SALEM, OREGON
Comments:

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.

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Message Number: 86 - Monday, May 8, 2017 07:26:47 PDT
[IP = 71.49.4.108] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Mark Petruno
Company:  USS DENEBOLA AF-56
Location:  OPS DIV
Comments:

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 ...

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Message Number: 85 - Friday, February 17, 2017 22:06:29 PDT
[IP = 45.48.71.118] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  James Panza
Company:  County of Ventura
Location:  Ventura Ca
Comments:

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.

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Message Number: 84 - Thursday, September 1, 2016 14:43:49 PDT
[IP = 72.193.169.245] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  tom johson
Company:  us navy
Location:  I was on this ship 1961-1963
Referred By:  tankersly
Comments:

how come my name isn't in here I served 1961-1963 telephone 702-655-8818


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Message Number: 83 - Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12:16:42 PDT
[IP = 64.37.6.184] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  CHARLIE BROWN
Location:  HURRICANE, UTAH
Comments:

Sure do miss those days at sea on our ship. Miss those Mid Rats, Un Reps, Mail Calls and West Pac trips...Some of the best days of my life, it took a boy and made him into a man...God Bless all you guys.

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Message Number: 82 - Sunday, May 1, 2016 09:41:53 PDT
[IP = 68.82.244.210] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Keith Barger
Company:  City of Philadelphia
Location:  Philadelphia, Pa
Comments:

It's nice tohear from some of my old shipmates!

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Message Number: 81 - Monday, April 4, 2016 13:54:49 PDT
[IP = 24.5.179.253] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  John Somers Blackman
Location:  Foster City CA USA
Referred By:  Somers Elihu Blackman; Allen Cantu
Comments:

My father, Somers Elihu Blackman, Jr. (whose father, Somers Elihu Blackman, Sr., was born at Somers Point, New Jersey in the late 1800's), sailed on several WestPac cruises in the Commodore's cabin, as special guest of the various skippers of the time. Our family was a special guest of the Navy at the recommissioning of Somers as DDG-34 in February of 1968. I even had the privilege of handling the helm (for a brief period of time!) on an excursion to Santa Catalina Island one day in the late 1960's.

THANK YOU for continuing the extraordinary legacy of USS Somers, named in honor of one of the greatest US naval heroes of all time, Lt. Richard Somers.

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Message Number: 80 - Sunday, January 17, 2016 21:14:43 PDT
[IP = 75.176.68.61] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Bingham, Ronnie R
Location:  Shelby, NC 28150
Comments:

Served 1960 and 1961 (second ship). Made E-3. Left ship in Taiwan. Served on 5 cans, 1 frigate, two destroyer tenders, two sub tenders, COMSUBLANT, FBMSUBTRACEN Charleston, NAVCAMSLANT, NAVCOMTELCOMLANT, OIC COMMCEN BERMUDA, SITE ONE Holy Loch Scotland, Comm Off COMDESRON FOUR Charleston SC - Retired 1993 NAVSTA Annapolis MD.

The US NAVY was GOOD to me.

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