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Dale Hower Dale Hower from Santee, CA wrote on November 4, 2018:
Reunion Name: USS Conserver ARS-39
Reunion website: www.ussconserver.org
Dates: April 24-28, 2019
Location: Radisson Hotel
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 120 South Wildwood Drive
ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย Branson MO 65616
Contact: ย Kevin Weaver
Contact email: kcwrdc@yahoo.comย 
Contact address: ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  160 Haddon Drive
ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Macungie, PA 18062
Contact phone number: ย  (610) 780-5484
Details and online registration ย at ย http://www.ussconserver.org

Thank you

Dale Hower, Treasurer
USS Conserver Reunion Committee
Susen (daughter of Ralph E. Black) Bryant Susen (daughter of Ralph E. Black) Bryant wrote on July 9, 2018:
Hello! My father, Ralph E. Black served aboard the USS Hitchiti from 1965-1971. He passed away 5 years ago, on July 14, 2013, due to the affects of Agent Orange. I helped my Mom with a 2.5 year battle with the VA for her claim. I am wanting to do what I can to get the Hitchiti added to the VA roster of ships that are recognized, but I need help from shipmates who served with him during the Vietnam era, hoping for details of the time spent in Vietnam and if they have suffered also with the affects of Agent Orange. I do have deck logs and am working on plotting the position of the ship during the tours. I am pursuing this not only to honor my Dad but those who served alongside him that also may have been afflicted with this horribleness. I do not want other families to have to go through the lengthy ordeal with the VA.
I can be emailed at susenbryant@gmail.com. Thank you for any help. (if this is not appropriate, you may remove)
Dennis DOW Dennis DOW from palm harbor wrote on July 3, 2018:
Was part of the USS Hugh Purvis DD 709 that towed the USS Safeguard from the rocks in Vietnam in 1968-1969.
Would like to hear from anyone that was aboard the Safeguard at that towing.

Dennis
Tim Haynes Tim Haynes from Boston wrote on March 29, 2018:
Al Haynes served on the Kiowa during WW II. He passed away in 2012 and is greatly missed. Curious if anyone has a couple of photos of my Dad they would be willing to share? My email is tghaynes@comcast.net
John Myers John Myers from Chula Vista wrote on March 9, 2018:
I was stationed on the USS Chowanoc, Charging Chowdog (ATF-100), 3/70-10/71 as an RD3. Retired from USN 5/94 and now fully retired.
Steve Yankowy Steve Yankowy from Louisville wrote on February 26, 2018:
SMSN on USS Ute (ATF-76) 1974. We towed Army Barracks from Pusan Korea to someplace up to Puget Sound and then went for decom to Long Beach!
*Decommissioned, 30 August 1974,
*Transferred to the Military Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Ute (T-ATF-76)
*Placed out of service and transferred to the Coast Guard, date unknown
*Commissioned USCGC Ute (WMEC-76), 30 September 1980
*Decommissioned, 26 May 1988
*Returned to Naval custody, date unknown
*Struck from the Naval Register, 23 January 1989
*Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
*Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 4 August 1991
USS Ute received three battle stars for her World War II service, two battle stars for Korean War service, and nine campaign stars Vietnam War service
Michael Sekich Michael Sekich from TUCSON wrote on January 27, 2018:
Anyone out there who was commissioned on the uss cocopa, atf 101 please feel free to contact me. My Dad, salvaged diver 1950- 53. Thanks
Michael Sekich Michael Sekich from TUCSON wrote on January 27, 2018:
Anyone out there who was commissioned on the uss cocopa, atf 101 please feel free to contact me. My Dad, salvaged diver 1950- 53. Thanks
Elmer Fowler Elmer Fowler from Waynesville Ohio wrote on January 18, 2018:
Elmer Fowler EN3 USS Bolster Feb 1952 to Nov.1955 . Good crew and good duty.
Elmer Fowler Elmer Fowler from Waynesville Ohio wrote on January 18, 2018:
Elmer Fowler EN3 USS Bolster Feb 1952 to Nov.1955 . Good crew good duty.
Gerald Carrigg Gerald Carrigg from Hudson NH wrote on November 25, 2017:
I served on the USS Bannock ATF 81 for 3 years from 1942 1945. I was there at Normandy sailing between Omaha and Utah beaches with mu shipmates. Are there any other sailors who served aboard this ship please reach out to me.
Bruce Jackson Bruce Jackson from Newnan wrote on October 23, 2017:
Hi, I am trying to reconnect with shipmates from the USS SIOUX (AT-75) that served on WESTPAC Cruise 1969 and 1970. Looking for names and contact information.
TF TF from hamilton Oh wrote on September 20, 2017:
YTM-467 is reported to have been lost March 1944 in Marshall or Gilbert islands... Cause not given combat or noncombat

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=205998

Casualities?
Bryan Pruett Bryan Pruett from San Diego wrote on June 26, 2017:
FYI,

In early 2016, the former ATF 81 Bannock capsized and sank while under tow to a ship breaker located in Turkey. The ship sank in Greek waters off Cape Tainaron.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Byron Pruett,
Thanks for the update on ex
ATF81 BANNOCK
warm regards
Rodger
NAFTS Guestbook Monitor
George Shirk George Shirk from Rock Island, IL wrote on June 3, 2017:
George served on ATR2 during the Normandy invasion. He will be 94 this August. He can still recall that day.
Admin Reply:
George,
Many thanks for your entry in our NAFTS Guestbook. I will look through the NAFTS ATR2 files to see if some of your shipmates are members
,warm regards
Rodger , Guestbook monitor
Judith Edmonson Judith Edmonson from England wrote on February 3, 2017:
Hello, I am wondering if there is anyone who served with my late husand CT2 George"Ed"Edmonson in 1968 on USS Atakapa? He sadly died in June 2016. I would love to hear from anyone who might have known him during that time. We met when the ship called in to Plymouth, England for repairs. I have a few photos of him on board and during the ship's visit to the Azores Many thanks.
Admin Reply:
I have asked via E mail if a couple of Atakapa shipmates might remember your late husband. I'll contact you when I (hopefully) get answers. Thanks for your inquiry to our GUESTBOOK. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Sabine E. (Kaluza) Lyons Sabine E. (Kaluza) Lyons from DeFuniak Springs, Florida wrote on January 28, 2017:
Served on the USS Tuskegee (YTB 806) starting in 1979 till 1980 and got reassigned to another location. Would love to find any shipmates from the Tuskegee or from Pearl Harbor, HI during those years that I might have known.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Lyons, There are no NAFTS shipmates associated with YTB 806. Sorry we can't help you this time. Don't give up! sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jim White Jim White from Edgewood, Maryland wrote on January 27, 2017:
Served on the Moctobi (ATF 105) from 75 to 77, making OS3 before I left. I was 17 years old when I reported to the ship in August of 75. She was in the Bellingham Shipyard located on Nimitz Highway undergoing a major overhaul at the time... what an introduction to the Navy! The ship left Pearl Harbor in 1976 for her new homeport in Everett, Washington. I left her, and some great Shipmates, in June of 77. I made great friends while serving on her those two years and would really like to reconnect with them. I did recently reconnect with my friend Alan Leek and his wife Sally this past week. I'm looking forward to talking about our "exploits", and catching up on the last 40 years.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Jim, I searched the times of service aboard ATF 105 for our 16 MOCTOBI members but none matched your 1975-1977 time frame. If I can be of further assistance, please let me know by posting in this GUESTBOOK. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Meryl Robertson Meryl Robertson from Durango CO wrote on January 22, 2017:
I have tried to reach someone about my membership. I think after my move to Colorado and my change of email address I got lost in the shuffle. Please let me know what I need to do to get back into the system. my phone 970-422-8128
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Meryl, I have contacted the NAFTS membership Guy , sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Lou Seymour Lou Seymour from Joliet, Montana wrote on December 13, 2016:
USS Preserver (ARS-8) I would like to talk with anyone who has served on or has information on the USS Preserver.
Admin Reply:
Lou, I sent you a Comcast email with some names. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Debbie Proffitt Debbie Proffitt from California wrote on December 11, 2016:
Hi, my father, Charles Carson, was aboard the ATA 198 serving in the Pacific in 1944-45. He is still living and soon to be 95. Unfortunately Alzheimers has taken many of his memories. He used to tease us by saying he'd tossed quite a few pennies overboard in the Pacific and that they should have grown into pretty large money trees by now.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the story about your Dad being stationed aboard ATA 198 USS KEOSANQUA. Please elaborate on the penny story. warm regards, Rodger, GUESTBOOK Monitor
Michelle Hofbauer Michelle Hofbauer from Gig Harbor WA wrote on August 30, 2016:
My dad, Michael D Amos, served aboard the Moctobi and Tawakoni. Not sure of the dates but he was enlisted from 1961 to 1981. Just wondering if there is anyone who remembers him. He is still around and kicking.
Admin Reply:
Michelle, I sent you a Comcast e-mail about how we might help you. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ron Rubay Ron Rubay from Arkansas wrote on August 15, 2016:
Looking for anyone from the USS Lipan ATF 85 when we were anchored in Haiphong Harbor in 1973. and who helped decommission this great lady. I was the SM2
Admin Reply:
Ron, I sent you an Email 16 Aug 2016 Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Mark McCann Mark McCann from Lexington, SC wrote on August 5, 2016:
My dad's Liberty ship (APA 157) the Napa came upon an ATR adrift after Typhoon Ida. The log showed the ATR had suffered a cracked beam and the crew abandoned ship. We have no number on the ATR and I can't find any Naval records of lost ATRs. Does anyone have any information or direction I can pursue to help my dad? Thanks.
Admin Reply:
Sorry, Info on type ATR is next to none. ATR was a rescue tug with steam power and wooden hull. When the Navy started building the type ATA, ca. 38 ATR orders were cancelled in favor of the diesel-electric steel hulled ATA. warm regards, Rodger NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on June 16, 2016:
In 1994 USS Wm. H. Standley CG-32 was De-commissioned in San Diego. Approx March 94 she was towed to reserve fleet in Suisun, Ca. Any of you tuggers remember the date? OR Towed by what tug?? Allen
Kelly Pulsifer Kelly Pulsifer from Jacksonville, FL wrote on April 5, 2016:
Trying to locate Ch Engineer Bill Hatcher, last residing in Colorado, wife named Hiroko, served together on USS Tawasa (ATF-92) from 1968-1971.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Pulsifer, I sent you a Comcast e-mail with some information. Hope you score! sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Philip H Starks Philip H Starks from Cincinnati Ohio wrote on March 29, 2016:
I served on the USS Papago 1950 to 1952 in the Caribbean. Would love to communicate with another Tug Boat Sailor I served as a SK
Admin Reply:
Philip, I sent you an e-mail sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ken Albrecht Ken Albrecht from San Diego, CA wrote on March 10, 2016:
My father served aboard the USS Ute ATF-76 stationed in Pearl Harbor circa 1966-67. SK1 John Valentine "JV" Albrecht retired in 1967 after 20 years as a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Sadly we lost JV in 2006 to cancer and he is lying at rest in the Willamette National Cemetery in Oregon. God bless you dad!
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your info on your father. We are interested in gathering and recording the names of departed Tug shipmates
Pete Ramsey Pete Ramsey from American Falls, Idaho wrote on January 31, 2016:
USS Cree ATF 84 1967 -1971 EM-2 trying to figure out website, thanks
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, I sent you an E-mail today from Comcast sincerely, Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Donald P. Jordan Donald P. Jordan from Flemington,N.J. wrote on January 12, 2016:
A shipmate on USS Chopper SS-342 whet thru the LDO program and eventually became Captain of the ASR-14 Petrol. If you are interested I will send you his address in FL. He was on board in 1966. His name is Frank Richards. He is 86 yrs. old.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate , Please send the info to this guestbook using privacy mode so the whole world wont see his data in this guestbook. thanks in advance, Rodger, Guestbook Monitor
Edward Welsh Edward Welsh from Prescott Valley,AZ wrote on December 14, 2015:
Hello to all.. I served on the USS Tawasa ATF 92 from 1967 -69 . would like to reconnect with fellow crewmembers... thanks.. ed
Admin Reply:
Ed, I went thru the NAFTS members list and you are the only TAWASA shipmate listed for the period 1967-69 I'll send you an e-mail sincerely your NAFTS shipmate Rodger Dana ATF100 1956-58
Richard Zent Richard Zent from Boca Raton Florida wrote on November 4, 2015:
Had a great time at the Cincinnati Reunion. Many thanks to our hosts;; Larry and his wife Mary. They had the bus es going and on time. It was great to see some of the Middle Westerners again.I'm afraid I was one of few Plankowners there. Next year it is Charleston. Birthplace of Chowanoc and a great bunch of other ships. We are not getting any younger. A great chance to see of our own history. Hope see you there.
Admin Reply:
Thanks, Dick Rodger
Tony LaMantia Tony LaMantia from Davenport Ia wrote on June 23, 2015:
Interesting org. I rode some YTB-YTMs & YOs back in the 60s.Do you think this would be a good fit for me? Thanks
Admin Reply:
Tony, I,m sending you an email. Bob Campbell NAFTS SEcretary
Ron Oremland Ron Oremland from California wrote on June 1, 2015:
I didn't know this site even existed. I served aboard the USS Utina (ATF-163) from 1970 - 1971 and made the transfer of her to the Venezuelan Navy, August, 1971. I was her diving & salvage officer along with diverse other duties. I wonder if any of my ancient shipmates and mariners are still around?
Admin Reply:
Ron, I'm sending you an email. Bob Campbell NAFTS Secretary
Sam Yardumian, IC3 Sam Yardumian, IC3 from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. wrote on April 23, 2015:
I have a history of my ship, USS Seneca (ATF91) compiled by Vaughn Beuchler, EN2 who served on board long before me. The history goes from its launching at Cramps Shipyard in Philadelphia up until its becoming an artificial reef. Do you have it, if not, would you or anyone else like a copy?
Admin Reply:
Sam, Sorry it took so long. Some confusion who was supposed to monitor the NAFTS GUEST BOOK! If you like, you can send it to me. I have sent my snail mail address to you via separatet email warm regards, Rodger Dana ATF 100 1956-58
Dean Dean from Oregon wrote on April 7, 2015:
I would like to leave a comment for my husband Dean Hermance. He was on the USS COCOPA 101. From 1951 to 1954 . He was in the Koreanwar veteran thank you
Jim Ryan Jim Ryan from New Hampshire wrote on March 8, 2015:
QM on the USS Tawakoni ATF 114 from 1974-1977
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on February 16, 2015:
Will mail it Wednesday. Tomorrow is Mardi Gras. Everything is closed here. Also in the near future will duplicate my USS SALISH book of pictures and articles for you. Will try to get my brother Robert to go to Cincinnati with me in October. Only problem is Reunion in Jacksonville, Fl. in June(DLG/CG-32) and Beachmaster Unit One end of Sept. in San Diego. Allen
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the prompt response. Rodger
Allen R. Dahmer Allen R. Dahmer from Slidell, La. wrote on February 16, 2015:
Member # 2593 Towline Jan 2015 page 2 Editor's Notes. I have a roster of USS SALISH ATA-187 Who TO & where do I mail it Allen
Admin Reply:
Please send the list to TOWLINE. Address is in lower left corner of TOWLINE page 1. Thanks for the offer, crew lists are very important to us. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Rollie Corey Rollie Corey from Winona, MN wrote on February 2, 2015:
Trying to find shipmates of (ATF85) LIPAN, served 71,72, homeported out of Pearl Harbor. I was a YN3 I remember towing a large pier from Nam to Pearl, took 2 months or more.
Admin Reply:
Corey, Bob Campbell here, I'm the current NAFTS Secretary. Roger missed one, we have QMC named Olsen that was aboard the Lipan from 68-72.
John H. Watkins John H. Watkins from Asheville N.C. wrote on January 15, 2015:
I served aboard the Molala ATF-106 from early 1960 until 1962 I was leading seaman on deck force and use my skills every day that I learned aboard. The atf sailors are the best in the world
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the entry. I sent you a Comcast e-mail Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Johnny Mack Jones Johnny Mack Jones from Eugene, Oregon wrote on January 5, 2015:
Just found this site again, and want to say hello. I was an EN2 on the Reclaimer ARS 42 from late 1971 until June of 1973. My Army and Marine buddies can't tell the kind of stories I can, for sure. Lots of memories! Keep your steam up mates! PS- I think I recognized a piece of my old ship this morning, while putting in a new razor blade.
Admin Reply:
Johnny, Thanks for checking in. Would you be interested in joining NAFTS? We publish a members-only quarterly called TOWLINE. I'll send a complimentary copy to you if you wish. Make another entry and say yes and I'll contact you. sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Theodore Beckett Theodore Beckett from Lewisville, TX wrote on January 2, 2015:
Served onboard USS Moctobi ATF 105 1984-85. Any shipmates around.
Admin Reply:
Theodore, Thanks for asking. I sent you some information via Comcast e-mail. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Kenneth E. Williams, YNC, USN, Ret Kenneth E. Williams, YNC, USN, Ret from Jul 69 to Jan 1970 wrote on December 24, 2014:
Tug sailors work hard and had to do many jobs. Great times. Gary Turnipseed EN1 now lives in Rio Rico, AZ. Both of us camp to the ship from Vietnam.
Admin Reply:
What ship was that? Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Florence, KY wrote on December 22, 2014:
I thought II saw something about 2015 Reunion in Cinci? If this is correct who is hosting and dong the work? I am 15 minutes away and could help out as time allows?
Admin Reply:
Joe, I sent you a Comcast email. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Earl "Pete" Lehew Earl "Pete" Lehew from Murfreesboro, tennessee wrote on November 19, 2014:
Was on the Sea going tug, USS Sagamore 208. Looking for any ship mates
Admin Reply:
Pete, I sent you an e-mail. Did you receive it? Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Mark DiGiacoma Mark DiGiacoma from Delaware wrote on October 10, 2014:
Hi, my father, Vince served on ATR-62 in WWII. Wondering if any of his shipmates are on this site? Would love to connect. Thanks, Mark
Admin Reply:
Sorry, There is no record of any ATR-62 shipmates in our NAFTS records. Please let me know if you have any dates to work with. Thanks for asking, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Walter H. NeumannWas Walter H. NeumannWas from retired Spring Hill, Fl. wrote on June 20, 2014:
Finding they NAFT site, memories of an old ex-sailor. Was on the USS Keywadin ATA-213 fall of 1948 to Jan. 1949 as it often towed decommissioned subs for which we couldn't slow up fast as they didn't slow down fast. One remembered problem tow was three warehouse type barges of ammo (all at the same time) from a to be dry docked aircraft carrier. They closed down two bridge's auto traffic over Cape Cod canal as we approached them and until we were some distant passed. Our home dock was at the end of the dock "Old Ironsides" was at side of, my car parked not far from it when we were out doing tows. There is a picture on a website of ATA-213 docked there. My first association with ATA's was in April 1946 when on AM-278 broke down two days in the China Sea without power, lights and water for two days after which ATA-181 & ATA-188 were finally sent out being towed to Shanghai China by one of them.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, Thanks for the Keywadin story. The ATAs were real workhorses in their day!! warm regards, Rodger NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Alan Scott Alan Scott from Lufkin, Texas wrote on June 5, 2014:
I served aboard the USS Wandank ATA 204 from oct 69 until it"s decomm in jul 71. I was an ETN2 in ops.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Allan, Thanks for signing the NAFTS GUESTBOOK. We appreciate hearing from fellow NAFTS members and hope that you are doing well. I was ET2 on ATF 100 USS Chowanoc 1956-58. Warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Florence ,KY via Stow, OH wrote on May 27, 2014:
Have been looking for years for guys from the Tawakoni ATF-114 who were on board 67-69. Joe Wasko BM2
Admin Reply:
Joe, Thanks for asking. I looked at the NAFTS.com website Members Only section and have sent the TAWAKONI list to you via e-mail. WArm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook Monitor