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Message Number: 42 - Saturday, May 27, 2017 16:51:20 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Major Preston Varnell Jr
Years Onboard:  1979-1983
Division/Department:  4th
Rank/Rate:  GM1
Favorite Liberty Port:  Australia
Comments:

Ahoy!!!

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Message Number: 41 - Tuesday, September 6, 2016 11:02:29 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Scott Jenkins
Years Onboard:  73-74
Division/Department:  USMC
Rank/Rate:  L/CPL
Favorite Liberty Port:  Olongapo city, Hong Kong
Comments:

This is a return message to Dennis Larson Delta Company 1/9 on board the Tuscaloosa during Typhoon NORA! in 73. David Treherne and I were in the same company and platoon together. Looks like you were in our weapons platoon at the same time. I left my e-mail address get ahold of me we can talk. I lived in tri cities WA. for about 5 years after getting out in 1-3-76 Any one with pic's from the typhoon damage would be great, one of the sailors on the bridge had some nice pic's of the waves coming up and over the derrick arms at least 50-60 foot waves.

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Message Number: 40 - Friday, August 26, 2016 20:28:15 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  David Treherne
Years Onboard:  1973-74
Division/Department:  Delta Co 1/9 3rd Mar Div
Rank/Rate:  L/Cpl
Favorite Liberty Port:  Olongapo, and all the rest of them
Comments:

BLT 1/9 rode out typhoon Nora 185 mph winds , the starboard bow door became unlatched and the bow door beat the side of the ship until it broke off , there wasn't anything we could have done during the typhoon. The ship sounded an alarm and woke up everyone to report to the tank deck , and given a bucket and told to start scooping water into pump rooms . Amtrak's were breaking loose from tie downs and slamming into each other. with no bow doors the ship was taking on more water than it could get rid of. We limped into Taiwan and changed ships to USS Duluth and went on to do Pagasa 2 , I have the original news paper article on Pagasa 2 from the Pacific Stars and Stripes still. I have some pictures onboard the USS Tuscaloosa before the typhoon. We had plenty of great times , I will never forget them .SEMPER FI to all my Brother Marines and Sailors who were onboard . PS , The cinnamon rolls on Sunday would wake you from a dead sleep with smell coming through the ship and troop quarters calling you to the mess hall like zombies with arms out stretched . Scott Jenkins in previous comments was one of my best friends, we just made contact this month after 45 years, great to hear from you Scott .

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Message Number: 39 - Tuesday, May 10, 2016 20:42:00 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Teresa hogan
Years Onboard:  1942
Comments:

My dad was 18 he turned 18 2 days before normandaay he was known foe drinking milk.,my dad was a swimmer Please I need him to get recognized Please help

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Message Number: 38 - Monday, March 7, 2016 17:52:18 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Dennis Larson
Years Onboard:  1973 during Typhoon Nora
Division/Department:  1/9 3rd Marine Division, Delta Company
Rank/Rate:  Lance Corporal, E-3 Marine Corps
Favorite Liberty Port:  Hong Kong
Comments:

Hello. My name is Dennis Larson. I was an E-3, L/cpl. I was in 1st Battalion; 9 Marines; 3rd Marine Division; Delta Company. I was stationed at Camp Schwab, Okinawa. Then I went on the USS Tuscaloosa LST-1187 from Okinawa to the Philippines. I would like to get in touch with anyone that was on the Tuscaloosa during the Typhoon Nora in October of 1973, or anyone that knew me at Camp Schwab, on the Tuscaloosa, and or in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan. Someone mentioned having pictures taken during their time on the Tuscaloosa. I am going to mention some things just to trigger off any memories that someone might recognize me. I was from Snoqualmie, Washington while I was in the service. I now live in Renton, WA. I used to box for the Marine Corps and before I joined the Marines. I mention this not because, I was good or anything, I just want anyone to contact me if they remember who I am. I was a M-60 Machine gunner 0331. In fact, I would like anyone to contact me even if they do not remember me and especially if you were in my unit 1/9 3rd Marine Division, Delta Company.

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Message Number: 37 - Friday, January 8, 2016 11:23:28 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  mike ferrante
Years Onboard:  october 1971 thru feburary 1972
Division/Department:  3rd marine division
Rank/Rate:  l/cpl
Favorite Liberty Port:  subic bay/ hong kong
Comments:

Boarded the tuscaloosa in okinawa. I remember hitting a typhoon and causing damages than docking it in subic bay ,stayed in quncent huts before reboarding on the USS Scenectaty 1185

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Message Number: 36 - Friday, July 17, 2015 07:57:10 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Alan E. Hartman, Jr.
Years Onboard:  1972-1975
Division/Department:  2nd Division - Boat Crews
Rank/Rate:  E4/BM - Assault Boat Coxswain
Favorite Liberty Port:  Subic Bay, Philippines
Comments:

Jim Blackburn, I was on Tuscaloosa during your time-frame. I would like to take you up on your offer on receiving photos you took while on Tuscaloosa. Thanks, Alan Hartman

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Message Number: 35 - Friday, July 17, 2015 07:41:07 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Alan E. Hartman, Jr.
Years Onboard:  1972-1975
Division/Department:  2nd Division - Boat Crews
Rank/Rate:  E4/BM - Assault Boat Coxswain
Favorite Liberty Port:  Subic Bay, Philippines
Comments:

I was on helm (00:00 to 05:00) during the typhoon of November 1973 in the Luzon Straights while steaming from Subic Bay to Taiwan. What a night that was! I also was one of the Coxswains that took 50 sailors in my LCVP and pulled up alongside the Midway in the South China Sea during the evacuation of South Vietnam in April 1975. Those poor guys were still in their civies (left behind in Subic Bay) and had to climb up "Monkey Lines" to a lower elevator. If anyone reading this was on Midway during this time and has any photos/movies of this. I would appreciate the possibility of getting copies.

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Message Number: 34 - Saturday, July 4, 2015 23:03:48 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Mike Pish
Years Onboard:  83-87
Division/Department:  A-Div
Rank/Rate:  EN2
Favorite Liberty Port:  Hong Kong
Comments:

I was on USS TUSCALOOSA 83-87. Served in A Gang. Had great time. Learned lot.

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Message Number: 33 - Sunday, June 21, 2015 08:33:45 PST
Posted From: United States
Name:  Scott Jenkins
Years Onboard:  73-74
Division/Department:  USMC Delta Co. 1/9 3rd marine division
Rank/Rate:  PFC
Favorite Liberty Port:  Hong Kong
Comments:

I was on the USS Tuscaloosa during 73-74 Pagasa 2 operation, We were at sea and got caught in a typhoon named Nora, I remember the bow doors were ripped off and the starboard side of the ship was turned down. I remember that we were under general quarters locked down and that ship was being tossed around like a rag doll in a dogs mouth.I remember the captain saying that they were going to run the ship aground because of all of the water coming into the well decks, luckily we did not, we then got transferred to another ship. To say the least. If any body remembers that they will know what that was like.

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