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Wednesday July 23, 2014 - 08:53 AM
Name: Ronald Worstall  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: Airman
Division/Squadron: VAW 111 Det 4
Years Aboard: 1973
Location: , USA
Comments: Memories

Monday July 21, 2014 - 02:09 PM
Name: charles ward  
Nick Name/Call Sign: smokey
Rank/Rate: SH3
Division/Squadron: S3.L div
Years Aboard: oct. 1, 1947 jan.1952
Location: milwaukee, wi. USA
Comments: I HELPED LOAD SUPPLIES AND WHAT EVER JOBS THEY HAD FOR US A MONTH BE FOR THE CORAL SEA WAS COMMISSIONED. DURING THIS TIME WE WERE AT N.O.B NORFOLK. MOST OF SHIPS CO.WERE ABORD BE FOR THE SHIP WAS COMMISSIOND ON OCT 1,1947 AND READY TO ASSUME OUR DUTYS

Sunday July 20, 2014 - 12:31 AM
Name: Johnnie Eubanks  
Nick Name/Call Sign: "Ube"
Rank/Rate: AD2
Division/Squadron: VAQ-135 Det Alpo
Years Aboard: 1986
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia USA
Comments: Came onboard Second Week of February 1986 as part of VAQ-135 DET ALPO (yes, that was our official designation). Assigned as Troubleshooter, Final Checker and NX Flight Deck Coordinator. Participated in "Operation Eldorado Canyon"

Monday July 14, 2014 - 06:11 PM
Name: Eddie Rodriguez  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Termite
Rank/Rate: E-5
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard: 1973-1979
Location: La Puente, CA USA
Comments: Served on Cat-2 also worked in Pri-Fly in 1978-79 Airboss was Commander David McRae

Monday June 23, 2014 - 01:39 PM
Name: Glenn McCormick  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Mac
Rank/Rate: WT1(SW)
Division/Squadron: W
Years Aboard: 85 *89
Location: , PA USA
Comments: Worked in FWD SASS

Sunday June 22, 2014 - 08:40 PM
Name: EMMANUEL TABLAN  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: AK1
Division/Squadron: Supply / S-6 Division
Years Aboard: 1978-1982
Location: Daly City, CA USA
Comments: I came on board when it was dry dock at Bremerton,Washington.

Tuesday June 17, 2014 - 08:14 PM
Name: Emay David Touchet  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Frenchie
Rank/Rate: Airman
Division/Squadron: Division GM
Years Aboard: 1961-1963
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana USA
Comments: Itenirary for October 2014 Reunion in Nashville, TN

Tuesday June 17, 2014 - 07:22 AM
Name: Herbie Hernandez  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: ABF3
Division/Squadron: V-4, Air Dept.
Years Aboard: 72-75
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico USA
Comments: Just remembering when we almost got busted in TJ (Tijuana) while we
were doing carrier quals south of San Diego before our second cruise.
Joe Lopez decides to yell out Pan Bimbo to the mexican politicians and here comes to cops and sure enough; they want money! We had fun that night in TJ, me, Dale (Shitty Smitty) Harry & Joe Lopez! Got a free ride from the cops back to the border crossing after we paid them off! Keep in touch V-4 gang, Sauce, Richard Barela (Homie)

Tuesday June 17, 2014 - 07:00 AM
Name: Herbie Hernandez  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: ABF3
Division/Squadron: V-4, Air Dept.
Years Aboard: 72-75
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico USA
Comments: Many good memories with my V-4 buddies; The Goose, Sonny, Tim (TK), Harry, McGrath, Tomkins, Hubert, Don Cox, Joe Lopez,and the rest of the gang (Sauce)Keep in touch Grapes!

Saturday June 14, 2014 - 10:10 PM
Name: Domenico Carrieri  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: A03
Division/Squadron: VA 152
Years Aboard: 1963
Location: Sunnyvale, California., Ca. USA
Comments: Looking for anyone who was in VA 152 on the 63 cruse? Also any
one from detament ZULO in 1964.

Sunday May 25, 2014 - 08:33 AM
Name: Daniel Sauceda  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Sauce
Rank/Rate: AN/E-3
Division/Squadron: V-4 Div Air Dept
Years Aboard: 1968-1972
Location: Deland, Florida (FL) U.S.A.
Comments: In memory to all of those who gave their ultimate sacrifice and who won't be forgotten. Happy Memorial Day to all who are serving and to all who served.
Sauce

Saturday May 17, 2014 - 11:52 AM
Name: John Ranson  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard: 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY. USA
Comments: Attention all Coral Sea Shipmates: the annual reunion will be in Nashville, TN. from Oct. 1 thru 4, 2014. Please make your reservations now since there is another event at this hotel during our reunion. Don't miss out, reserve your room now!!! Check for details under the reunion tab on the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Assoc. website.

Thursday May 15, 2014 - 01:02 PM
Name: THOMAS PUKALSKI  
Nick Name/Call Sign: SKI
Rank/Rate: ABE-3
Division/Squadron: V-2 (CAT 3)
Years Aboard: 1967-1971
Location: FINKSBURG, MARYLAND USA
Comments: Efforts to locate shipmates who served in the V-2 Division during the late 60's and early 70's have been very successful. As of this date, 60 plus V-2 crewmembers have been located. With this being said, many of these individuals have expressed a real interest to attend the reunion in Nashville, TN the first week of October. If you have not spoken to me and would like more information on whom I have talked to please feel free to contact me. I would enjoy hearing from you and sharing the names of the people I have talked to.

Saturday May 03, 2014 - 11:08 AM
Name: Bob Honohan  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: ABHAN
Division/Squadron: V3
Years Aboard: 88-89
Location: Boulder, colo USA
Comments: loved working with the guys in V-3

Tuesday April 22, 2014 - 09:16 AM
Name: glendon s anderson  
Nick Name/Call Sign: andy
Rank/Rate: abh3
Division/Squadron: v1 rep-8
Years Aboard: 1961-1965
Location: longview, texas USA
Comments: all y old salts do y rember where y was 51 yrs ago? if not I will tell y we was on our way two australia and 2 day we cross the international date line and the equator at this crossing, as prescribed by ancient tradition a mere 2oo shellbacks men who had crossed the line before expendrd prodigious amount of energy by initiating into the royal orders of the raging main a near record of 3,4oo lowly pollywogd then after that we arrived at Sydney the 29 0f august just wanted every 1 that was aboard where we was 51 yrs ago out of theships paper a look back if any 1 would like a copy I will be glad 2 copy it and send it 2 you

Monday April 21, 2014 - 11:30 AM
Name: Leslie Katschor  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: BT
Division/Squadron: B-Div. 2 Baker
Years Aboard: 78-81
Location: bailey, Mich. USA
Comments: update on email. looking for shipmates

Sunday April 20, 2014 - 09:42 PM
Name: Dan L. Johnson  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: E-3 Seaman/ Yeoman
Division/Squadron: 3rd Division/ Deck Department
Years Aboard: January 1971 to January 1973
Location: Tombstone, Arizona USA
Comments: Well I've Connected with Some of My Shipmates in Deck Department. I have My Movies Transferred to DVD now.....and will be making Copies of the Movies. Almost 4 hours of Movies Taken.....Flight Ops.....UNREPS....Liberty in Hong Kong, Tokyo and too on Base in Subic up to Cubi Pointe. Also of Water Skiing on Subic Bay. That's with Maxwell, Anderson and Strictland. The Stand Down Time's. So if anyone in Deck Department of the Cruise 1971-1972 Westpac- Viet Nam Send me an E-mail with Your Address and I will send You Two DVD's....Oh Yeah Chief Rose is also showing His Number One Finger....I'm going to Add the Index Finger somehow for a Peace Sign since it was the Nixon era. Too Funny....just an Idea....I do Plan on Seeing Maxwell in a Few Weeks or so and He Will Get His Last Cruise with the Uss Coral Sea CVA-43 On DVD. This Film is ALL SILENT, this is before the Sound came on the Super 8 Film. Let me know Guy's.

Sunday April 13, 2014 - 07:49 PM
Name: Milt Maki  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Makeye
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: 1965-1968
Location: Rice Lake, Wisconsin USA
Comments: Mr Ross i got your e-mail and the one from your son will be replying soon. Are there any other old Salts reading this from A-1 during the mid 60s? I did see Marshall Grey signed the crew roster tried to e-mail him but didn't get an answer. I see Arrata signed into one of the other sites i think it was Navy Buddies or something like that.

Tuesday April 08, 2014 - 12:46 AM
Name: Roger Ross  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Ramjet
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: Oct. 67 to April 71
Location: Bowling Green, Ky USA
Comments: New e-mail address, sleepy2@twc.com. e-mail been messed up, computer went down, and i'm getting older.

Saturday April 05, 2014 - 08:43 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard:
Location: , USA
Comments: Sorry Richard my key board is messing up on me, some times the words come out different then the way whey were put in. Sorry. Tim

Saturday April 05, 2014 - 08:33 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Thumper
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M 2ENG.
Years Aboard: 1967-1972
Location: Franklin, Ind USA
Comments: Ron, Just read the answer you sent back. Its been a long time how have you been. I found my old cruise book for 1969-70. I looked up the picture of you, you were in between Thiede and Lavine. When I saw the picture I remembered you. Send me an E-mail and we will do some catching up. It is real good hearing from you. Thanks for the line Tim.

Saturday April 05, 2014 - 08:33 PM
Name: Tim Coble  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Thumper
Rank/Rate: FN
Division/Squadron: M 2ENG.
Years Aboard: 1967-1972
Location: Franklin, Ind USA
Comments: Ron, Just read the answer you sent back. Its been a long time how have you been. I found my old cruise book for 1969-70. I looked up the picture of you, you were in between Thiede and Lavine. When I saw the picture I remembered you. Send me an E-mail and we will do some catching up. It is real good hearing from you. Thanks for the line Tim.

Saturday April 05, 2014 - 08:05 PM
Name: Richard Barela  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: MM3
Division/Squadron: M/A
Years Aboard: 1969-1973
Location: Las Cruces, NM USA
Comments: I remember you Tim, i was in eng #1, i transfered to A division in late 71

Wednesday April 02, 2014 - 08:37 AM
Name: glendon s(andy) anderson  
Nick Name/Call Sign: andy
Rank/Rate: abh3
Division/Squadron: vi rep8
Years Aboard: 1961-april1965
Location: longview, texas USA
Comments: it be 51 yrs the 3 april1963 we left alameda ca I just wonder who rember the day hope all is well would like 2 hear from some that I served with

Wednesday March 26, 2014 - 12:41 PM
Name: John Ranson  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Marve
Rank/Rate: QM2
Division/Squadron: N Div.
Years Aboard: 7/67-4/69
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY USA
Comments: The mid-west spring fling is just around the corner. Please check out the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Assoc. website for more details. Check the reunion tab for info. Also, the main reunion will be in Nashville, TN. I hope to see all of you soon.
Godspeed!

Tuesday March 25, 2014 - 11:08 PM
Name: charles marvin  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard:
Location: , USA
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Monday March 24, 2014 - 01:30 AM
Name: J.R Miller  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign: Flying Squid
Rank/Rate:
Division/Squadron:
Years Aboard:
Location: , USA
Comments: Oh ABF2 Tommy Robinson time to crawl out from under the rock you been hiding under for many years, The Grapes will finally forgive you

Sunday March 23, 2014 - 09:40 AM
Name: Steven Stinnett  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign: Steve
Rank/Rate: PH-3
Division/Squadron: OP-1
Years Aboard: 1965-1968
Location: St. Cloud, Florida USA
Comments: Retired Teacher/Counselor, primary duty onboard, 'PLAT' Camera Operator on the 07 level, 66-68, 65 cruise worked as a blue shirt in V-1 Division, as needed due to hostilities in Vietnam, reported to the Photo Lab at the end of 65 deployment...

Saturday March 15, 2014 - 10:24 PM
Name: joseph caraballo  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: Ic2
Division/Squadron: IC
Years Aboard: 1977 -79
Location: youngstown, ohio USA
Comments: looking for shipmates in IC crew

Sunday March 09, 2014 - 09:39 PM
Name: Milt Maki  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Makeye
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard:
Location: Rice Lake, Wisconsin USA
Comments: Mr. Bouton I remember you a little I was aboard from 1965 to 1968. do you remember Larry Darmer from 0-2-N-2. He and i were both from MN and spent a lot of time together on ship. Saw each other a few times after we got out.

Saturday March 08, 2014 - 01:44 PM
Name: tim coble  
Nick Name/Call Sign: thumper
Rank/Rate: fn
Division/Squadron: m
Years Aboard: 1968-1971
Location: franklin, ind USA
Comments: Looking through some of the old comments a couple of years ago and found Walt Elgerts name. I worked in #2eng. I remember you. One of our top watches was T. O. Cook. Do you remember either me or T> O. Its been a long time. Drop me a line.

Saturday March 08, 2014 - 07:51 AM
Name: tim coble  
Nick Name/Call Sign: thumper
Rank/Rate: fn
Division/Squadron: m
Years Aboard: 1968-1971
Location: franklin, ind USA
Comments: How can I get a roster of the guys who worked in #2 eng. room from 1968-1971. I have lost all my cruise books.

Thursday March 06, 2014 - 07:28 PM
Name: tim coble  
Nick Name/Call Sign: thumper
Rank/Rate: fn
Division/Squadron: m
Years Aboard: 1967-1972
Location: franklin, ind USA
Comments: Does Salvitor T Lesee or Marvin Holly remember when they use to check me and Mack Mcdonld everytime we went an the beach to see if either one of us had any more tattoos.I ended up with 80.

Thursday March 06, 2014 - 02:45 PM
Name: David Johnson  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: YN3/2
Division/Squadron: Engineering Logroom Yeoman
Years Aboard: 1977-1980
Location: Cullman, AL USA
Comments: after we left the Gulf in 1980 I was lucky enough to be chosen to fly over to the USS
Cook with their staff which was onboard along with 10 other Coral Seamen to accompany them on a SouthPac. It was a dream come true, had a fantastic time, lots of good ti

Tuesday March 04, 2014 - 06:15 PM
Name: Larry Bouton  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: B-Div
Years Aboard: 1964-1968
Location: Grantville, KS USA
Comments: Still looking for shipmate of the evap crew and some of the b-div that knew me give a shout and tell what you have been doing you can contact me and give your number and get back to you .

Monday March 03, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Name: Jimmy Sackett  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Satch
Rank/Rate: ABE1
Division/Squadron: V2 # 1Cat Capt
Years Aboard: 1966-1969
Location: Menahga, Mn USA
Comments: I still remember the starboard jet blast deflector!!
My job was made easy by great guys in my crew and great boss to work with LTCDR Williams.

Friday February 21, 2014 - 06:28 PM
Name: Milt Maki  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Makeye
Rank/Rate: MM-3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: 1965-1968
Location: Rice Lake, WI USA
Comments: Mr Ross. Chief must have came on after I left in 68. I remember Nixon as the gang leader. don't remember Coble, Ferguason or Hrbek. You must have taken my place in #1 after i left in 68. I wonder if all that creosite we used on those elevator cables was bad for us. I know the railroads quit using it said it was toxic.I had contact with Freshman in Wasington state in 1975 or so. He said Iron married a rich girl. If you want to contact me and discuss old times you can e-mail me at mrogermaki@hotmail.com.

Sunday February 16, 2014 - 08:39 PM
Name: Karl Haywood  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: BT3
Division/Squadron: B-2A
Years Aboard: 80-83
Location: Austin, TX USA
Comments: Still here... Looking for other B2 guys....

Thursday February 13, 2014 - 06:31 AM
Name: Roger Ross  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: 10 oct. 67 to 4-71
Location: Bowling Green, Ky. USA
Comments: Makeye-Yes I remember most of the gang. Nixon, helms, chief darsey, lt. coble, Worley, fergerson, hrbek, popp, clark, Johnson, I think there was a north in the diesel engines room. I served with him on the captain gig. I started in no. 3 elevator, then moved to no.1 elev., then spent the rest of tour in no. 2. I loved it when we pulled into port and had to grease all the evevator cables. last I heard, helms is in wash. or organ. john iron somewhere around new York, Jackson is in Alaska, and debartok (Debbie) is still in nam.

Monday February 10, 2014 - 08:09 PM
Name: Rick Amoson  
No Email Address
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: LCPL
Division/Squadron: MarDet
Years Aboard: 88-89
Location: , USA
Comments: Marine Detachment Final Cruise Med 1989

Friday February 07, 2014 - 07:09 PM
Name: Milt Maki  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Makeye
Rank/Rate: E-4
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: 1965-1968
Location: Rice Lake, Wisconsin USA
Comments: Just read a comment from another A-1 gang member named Ross. trying to remember you but can't seem to pull you up. Will check the old cruise books. You say you were aboard in 1967 do you remember the rocket incident? Do you remeber Helms, Strong, Garcia, Nixon or any of the other A-1 guys?

Friday February 07, 2014 - 04:23 PM
Name: William Martin  
Nick Name/Call Sign: ?
Rank/Rate: ?
Division/Squadron: ?
Years Aboard: early '50s
Location: Canton, N.Y. USA
Comments: I am the son of William, looking for information of any kind on my father's service on the Coral Sea. I know he ported in French Morocco during his tour in the early 50's but beyond that I know nothing.
Are there official rosters of sailor's postings available?

Wayne Martin

Thursday January 30, 2014 - 12:37 PM
Name: Roger Ross  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: mm3
Division/Squadron: A-1
Years Aboard: Oct. 1967-April 1971
Location: Bowling Green, Ky. USA
Comments: Shipmates-I have received the last set of colors flown on the USS CORAL SEA. I got it from the person that lowered the flag on the day of decommissioning. If interested to hear the story e-mail me. Had a lot of good days and some bad ones on my stint aboard. Remember most of the people in A-1. Hope everyone has a good year.

Monday January 20, 2014 - 03:08 PM
Name: Jerry Robershaw  
Nick Name/Call Sign: ROBY
Rank/Rate: ADR-3
Division/Squadron: V-2
Years Aboard: 59-62
Location: San Bernardino, Calif USA
Comments: HI TO EVERYONE WHO SERVED ON THE USS CORAL SEA CVA-43 I FOUND ONE
OF MY BOSSES ON THE ROSTER DAN CHRIST HE IS THE ONE WHO GOT ME TO
THE MAIN ROOM CONTROLLER WHO SET UP THE CATAPULT FOR LAUNCH AND
AFTER ABOUT 1 MONTH ASKED IF I WANTED TO DO DECK EDGE THE ONE WHO
DID THE FIRING OF THE CAT. LOVED BOTH JOBS. I WAS VISITING MY SISTER IN BRENTWOOD TN. AND FOUND ANOTHER FRIEND ANDY SMITH IN MURFREESBORO
AND SPENT ABOUT 3 HRS. WITH HIM AND HIS FAMILY. I TOLD HIM THAT THE NEXT REUNION WILL BE IN NASHVILLE TN. AND THAT I WAS GOING TO BE THERE AND HE NEEDED TO GO ALSO AS I HAVE NEVER BEEN AND TOLD HIM THAT WE BOTH NEEDED TO GO. I HAVE MADE IT A POINT THAT I WILL BE THERE, AND AS SOON AS I FIND OUT WHEN AND WHERE IT WILL BE WILL MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR THAT TIME PERIOD. HOPE TO SEE SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS THERE AND GET INFO. SO WE CAN KEEP IN TOUCH. UNTIL THEN GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY THAT NEEDS BLESSING!!!!!

JERRY

Tuesday January 14, 2014 - 04:25 PM
Name: Dave Palmer  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: E3
Division/Squadron: V2-V4
Years Aboard: 71-72
Location: , New York USA
Comments: Hello and Happy New Year to all my old shipmates! Only 17 years old at the time and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Great time and terrific memories and I was lucky enough to make life long friends. Had the pleasure of getting together with them in 2009 at the Coral Sea reunion in Tampa, Florida. We hadn't seen each other at that time for almost 40 years and we all picked right up where we left off. Laughing and telling our sea stories (some of them were even true!) Hard to explain to those who never served the strong bond between shipmates. Great times, great memories great shipmates and proud to have served. God bless all those who have served and those who are now serving........Dave

Monday January 13, 2014 - 09:52 AM
Name: Tim Williams  
Nick Name/Call Sign: TK
Rank/Rate: ABF-2
Division/Squadron: V-4
Years Aboard: 1972-1975
Location: Mesa, AZ USA
Comments: It was good to be a Grape. The best bunch of guys you ever wanted to know & work with. Thank You for the Profits from selling soda out of the Repair Shop, It paid for a lot of the San Miguel in PI. We had both Good & Bad times & all of them memorable. Wish the best for all of you this year. Stay out of trouble ------------(Forget That)--- Have Fun!!!!

Sunday January 12, 2014 - 11:48 AM
Name: Daniel Sauceda  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Sauce
Rank/Rate: AN / E-3
Division/Squadron: V-4 Air Dept
Years Aboard: 1968 - 1972
Location: Deland, Florida USA
Comments: Hey Miller, I'll drink to that San Miguel and some of that Mojo. I'll take some of that monkey meat on a stick too ..... lol Believe it or not but Paul Brooks bbg'd some that monkey meat on a stick when I visited him twice down in Mississippi. He even gave me the recipe to bbq monkey meat on a stick. Go Grapes!

Take care Miller and stay in touch.

Sauce

Sunday January 12, 2014 - 11:39 AM
Name: Dale Smith  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Shitty Smitty
Rank/Rate: ABF2
Division/Squadron: V4
Years Aboard: 71-72..77-78
Location: Des Moines, Iowa USA
Comments: Well its been 40 some years since I said I PLEDGE!!!! Checked in to V4 and was soon educated by the crew from the previous cruise..those guys were some nasty dudes!!! But they made me a survivor...I want to say straight up that I apologize to all the guys that I (might) have taken there whores or drank their beer or smoked their weed..that is when they didn't share!!!!...It was a great time for a 17 year old. I remember working my ass off and the smell of JP all the time...taking showers and washing out our clothes at the same time... seeing everybody lying around the flight deck like corpses trying to catch ZZZ during the Alpha strikes....stealing Ice cream from the freezer...trying to borrow a fishing boat from a LT in San Diego and getting caught. And in memory to Ron Frieburge who passed last year who took me sky diving for the first time...too many people to list that influenced me or corrupted me.....After the coral sea I made it to NASU in Iwakuni Japan and then to NAHA Okanawa..then to Master Jet Base Cecil Field for a 2 year vaction....and back to Coral Sea for some more experiences and then out... Living in Iowa since then and running my own business for over 30 years and now finishing up being a truck driver until I retire....Heres a shout out to the survivors of the flight deck

Saturday January 11, 2014 - 09:11 PM
Name: J.R. Miller  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: Flying Squid
Division/Squadron: V-4
Years Aboard: 68-69-70-71-72
Location: Bago City, Negros Occidental Philippines
Comments: Arise Ye Almighty Grapes of V-4 division
I present a toast to my military brothers
A cold San Miguel Pilsen
I'm a lucky old bastard, I made it back to the PI
and have lived here for many years
I have a 5 acre farm here in Bago City, Negros Occidental
So if you get down this way look me up
Go to Crossing Ubay on the National Highway
My wife and I own Dolly's Deli on the northwest corner
Ask them how to get Tito Johnnys place, its just down the road
Towards Ma-ao about 1/3 of a mile

Monday January 06, 2014 - 06:05 AM
Name: Rick Mercker  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Merk
Rank/Rate: CDR
Division/Squadron: VF-101
Years Aboard: Fall 1989
Location: NAS Oceana, VA USA
Comments: My friend Jon Boy Snyder called me one afternoon and told me if he could find a RIO he could knock out his CQ on his way to being a CAG Ops Officer. We completed our traps in two days and the Coral Maru flight deck crew did a great job handling us. In our brief one of the young guys commented on the size of the deck. JB and I looked at each other and laughed since we had just come from USS Midway (CV-41).
The afternoon we returned to Oceana was a beautiful clear blue day and was the last time I flew the Tomcat to a boat. Thanks to all the Coral Sea crew. Fair Winds and following seas. :-)

Thursday January 02, 2014 - 08:02 AM
Name: THOMAS PUKALSKI  
Nick Name/Call Sign: SKI
Rank/Rate: ABE-3
Division/Squadron: V-2 (CAT 3)
Years Aboard: 67-70
Location: FINKSBURG, MARYLAND USA
Comments: In 2009 a large number of the guys who worked in the V-2 Division on Cat-3 came together at the Association reunion in Washington DC. This group consisted of individuals who served aboard the Coral Sea between the years of 1967-1971. As a group we made a promise to each other on the last day of the reunion, that we would come together again in 5 years. To this end, my goal is to make this happen and to expand the group to include all shipmates who served in the V-2 Division between the years of 1967-1971. This would encompass Cat 1-2-3, AG and Plat. If you served in the V-2 Division during this time period and have some interest in coming together in Nashville, Tenn. the first week of October 2014 with some of your buddies please send me a e-mail. Even if you can't attend the 2014 reunion, I would still be happy to hear from you and I can share with you who I have heard from over the years.

Wednesday January 01, 2014 - 10:57 PM
Name: Daniel L Johnson  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Dan L. or DJ
Rank/Rate: SN Yeoman
Division/Squadron: 3rd Division, Deck Department
Years Aboard: 1971-1973
Location: Tombstone, Arizona USA
Comments: Continued:

Sure enough there He was Swimming from the Port Side away from the Fantail and He Swam to a Small Boat with someone in it. I called to the Bridge for an Man Overboard, Port Side away from the Fantail. One of our Helicopters went out, Picked Him up from that Boat and Brought Him Back to the Ship.

Another Incident on the Fantail.....Main Deck......A Person walked out from the Hanger Bay on the Fantail......the Fantail Watchman was there......this is in 3rd Division Cleaning Area and the Fantail Watchman is in Deck Department. The Person walked to the end of the Fantail by the Rails.......the Watchman just turned away from that Person for just a Brief turn and looked back for the Person Standing.......He was GONE......NO WHERE on the Fantail......The Fantail Watchman had to call in to the Bridge for a Man Overboard at the Fantail............This Person was NEVER FOUND.

WE were at WAR, the VIET NAM WAR.........At Sea WE have these incidents, Happenings........Some Good........Some Bad. The United States Navy Trained us to be PERFECT in OUR JOBS. WE ALL have the WAR of Imperfection. During the VIET NAM WAR We had to deal with that WAR.......then WE ALL have the WAR in OUR MINDS.......We were worried about OUR LOVED ONES at Home........Will I get Home to see them???.......Will My Wife or Girl Friend wait for Me???......these are thoughts that each one of us Had. OUR LIFE WAS NOT EASY.........From 1947 to 1990 with ALL of OUR SHIPMATES Remember the USS CORAL SEA CV,CVB,CVA-43 and NOW IN MEMORY.......but STILL ALIVE!!! AHOY MATES..........have a GOOD YEAR of 2014!!!

Wednesday January 01, 2014 - 10:37 PM
Name: Daniel L Johnson  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Dan L. or DJ
Rank/Rate: SN Yeoman
Division/Squadron: 3rd Division, Deck Department
Years Aboard: 1971-1973
Location: Tombstone, Arizona USA
Comments: Of the Best Times of My Life was on the Coral Sea during the 1971-1972 Cruise and an Exciting Cruise at that. Being in Deck Department We were Ready for Anything with Our Life Boats and All. Liberty Ports were Good.....to Relax, to enjoy being with our Shipmates.....but back to what WE were trained for....BACK TO SEA.

I remember coming back to San Francisco from San Diego after our REF Training before we went to WestPAC, there was a Fire aboard Ship, two times was announced for the Fire and Repair Parties.....then the third was General Quarters. I was a Yeoman for 3rd Division in Deck Department and I was in our Division Office which was on the Fantail, Second Deck below when all three Announcements were made. As soon as we heard the GONG,GONG,GONG og General Quarters.....Man did we move....went up into the Hanger Bay and Smoke was everywhere....got to my GQ Station, on the Sound Powered Phone I called to the Bridge saying that our Station was Manned and Ready. Our Training Payed-Off......our time for the whole Ship was Record Breaking. From our Cruisebook it stated that the whole Ship was ready in two minutes. What I heard at that time, there was a Electrical Short within the Island and it Sparked Off with Fire. That Night everyones Adrenalin was Still High.

One of the First Unfortunate Happenings was Losing on of the A-7's and the Pilot. I don't know who the Pilot was but My Understanding was that He came too Low at the Fantail.....slid across the Flight Deck and went off the Port Side into the Sea....at that time too He Ejected out. The Pilot was Found tangled up in His Chute Lines. As I mentioned before, our office in 3rd Division was on the Second Deck below at the Fantail........I was in the Office at that time when it Happened. If the Pilot would have been Lower than He did.....We would've had more Casualties and Headed Back to Hunter's Point. Also.....I wouldn't be telling You about this.

Another Time I was Assigned to the Bridge as My General Quarter's Station, On the Sound Powered Phone for Deck Department. I remember it was during Flight Ops and the Squadrons were doing a Touch and Go Flights. I was watching Captain Harris as He was watching an F-4 doing a Touch and Go from the Angle Deck. The F-4 Touched.......Started on the Go and Dropped from Sight.......Captain Harris Sitting in His Chair.......Drew up His Legs and Feet.........I think everyone on the Bridge was Holding Their Breath.......Then the F-4 came upo in Sight Forward from the Bow. Captain Harris Quickly Said He wants to See the Pilot after He Lands.

During one of our UNREPS with the Uss Visuvious (sp) taking on Fuel. Our 3rd Division Fuel Station was on the Starboard Sponson near our Lifeboat. The Sea was really Rough so we had to be careful as we hooked up. Again I'm on the Sound Powered Phone talking with the ones on the other Ship. My Phone line was reaching over the water......Ship to Ship. Well a couple of times Both of the Ships seemed to be moving away from each other and My Phone Line was to the Max. Fuel Lines was about to Disconnect......and it Happened....Fuel Lines Disconnected, the Ships Moving Away.......My Phone Line with the Head Phone and Breast Plate Completely Yanked Off My Head and from My Life Vest.....into the Ocean. I wore Glasses........Yes they went into the Ocean too......I am so Glad that We were Trained NOT to use the Neck Strap with those Phones During Refueling or Taking on Cargo.............What I understand that Caused all of this Happening.......was that the Forward GYRO stopped working.

When we were Pulling out of Subic Bay for another Line Period, I was on the Fantail for the Sea and Anchor Detail, and Yes Again I'm on the Sound Powered Phone connected to the Bridge. Everything was going Good..........All of a Sudden a few People come Running out from the Hanger Bay telling me that someone Jumped off the Ship.......Sure enough there He was Swimming from t...

Wednesday January 01, 2014 - 09:15 AM
Name: Donald Joseph  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Joe
Rank/Rate: BT-3
Division/Squadron: MP
Years Aboard: 74-78
Location: Interlachen, Florida USA
Comments: Happy New Years ship mates

Wednesday January 01, 2014 - 08:33 AM
Name: Daniel Sauceda  
Nick Name/Call Sign: Sauce
Rank/Rate: AN / E-3
Division/Squadron: V-4 Air Dept
Years Aboard: 1968-1972
Location: deland, Florida USA
Comments: Happy New Year to all my shipmates especially to all the roofrats who served and are serving. Great to see the Website up and running again Bob.
God Bless,
Sauce

Tuesday December 31, 2013 - 11:25 PM
Name: Dan L Johnson  
Nick Name/Call Sign:
Rank/Rate: SN Yeoman
Division/Squadron: 3rd Division, Deck Department
Years Aboard: 1971-1973
Location: Tombstone, Arizona USA
Comments: It's been 10 Years since I've signed onto this Log. Janurary 1, 2004 first time I signed it with my E-mail address a Busman12....No more I changed it. I wanted to get onto the Roster and Log in again.....I have Stories to tell and that will be in a day or two......just wanted to try to on First for 2014. I miss the time on the Coral Sea.....I hope I can connect with some of my Shipmates.....I took a lot of Movies of Our Cruise '71-'72 and I will be tranfering them to DVD's either this month or next month.....so anyone from 3rd Division, Deck Department or just Deck Department would be Great. Roy Maxwell and I have been in touch for a long time now.....Hope to hear from any of You Guys. Great time in Our Division. As 3rd Division I have a lot Memories of Our Times.



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