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Fred Brunk Fred Brunk from Chicago wrote on January 1, 2014:
I would like to know if anyone remembers the sinkex off the socal op area in 1977 when an A6 accidentally dropped a bomb on an ATF. The bomb went though the mast and ended up on the floor outside the ships office. I was observing this from the bridge of Cocopa ATF101. It was either the Moctobi, the Molala or the Abnaki. I cant remember and cant find any history about the incident. The brave skipper and a couple other members of the crew stayed with the ship and waited for EOD to difuse the Bomb. Curious if any one remembers any of the details. It was a bad day for NAVAIR and almost fatal for the cre of the ATF.
Admin Reply:
Look up the ATF 84, USS CREE Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Bob Schorfheide Bob Schorfheide from Broken Arrow, OK wrote on December 8, 2013:
Steve.....I was on USS Cocopa Feb 1965 to Sept 1967. Went aboard EMFN straight out of A school and left EM2. Would love to share some stories of my time aboard Cocopa.
Steven C. Karoly Steven C. Karoly from Diamond Springs, California wrote on December 7, 2013:
Served on the USS Cocopa (ATF-101) from May 1972 to April 1973 during her second to last Western Pacific cruise. I was a CSSN and CS3 in the galley. I'm reconstructing the Cocopa's history of movement between the Atlantic (World War II) and the Pacific Fleets (World War II, post-war occupation service, Korea and Vietnam). I'd love to hear from shipmates and those willing to share details of the history of the Cocopa.
Ed Mello Ed Mello from Arlington,VA wrote on November 9, 2013:
I'm researching the USS Nauset (ATF-89). My dad was one of the survivors.
Admin Reply:
Can NAFTS be of any assistance? Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
RichardD. Zent RichardD. Zent from Uss Chowanoc wrote on October 17, 2013:
I am a plankowner of ATF 100 and I plan to attend our reunion,my 8th,next week in Pensacola. Wish all of you were there. Not too many of us left.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the note. We wish we could join you but can't do it this year. We hope to see you next reunion, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery EM3 Steve "Big Uss" Ussery EM3 from Wilmington, NC 28403 wrote on October 15, 2013:
We are having the 2014 USS Arikara ATF-98 Reunion again this year the weekend of July 12th with the Arikara Nation at White Shield, Nothth Dakota on their Reservation. For more info contact Steve Ussery at sussery001@ec.rr.com. You'll be glad you did.
Admin Reply:
Steve, Thanks for the reminder Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
PN3 Garry Blagg PN3 Garry Blagg from Phoenix, AZ wrote on October 11, 2013:
I served on USS MUNSEE ATF-107 1968/69. She was my last duty assignment as USN. I used to get seasick before we would clear Pt. Loma or any other port. Would surely love to hear from any former shipmates!
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, I'm working on the list you sent. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Albert H Angus Albert H Angus from Madison, CT wrote on September 14, 2013:
Looking for USS Hopi survivors to communicate with and learn status of the ship and its log. I was a 1st Class Engineman discharged after 4 years of service at end of Korean War.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for asking. NAFTS currently has one HOPI shipmate in the membership. He served 1946-47. Please try the internet search engines (ex: Yahoo.com) for ATF 71 HOPI information. Ships logs are available from the National Archives. Please search for in a search engine. Hope this helps. Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook monitor.
Thomas Welhouse Thomas Welhouse from Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313 wrote on August 12, 2013:
Just stopped by to visit the new site. Looks great. Always enjoy visiting the Nafts site and bringing back memories of shipmates and time spent in the Navy aboard 2 different ships. Uss. Lipan ATF85 & Uss Natchaug AOG54.
Admin Reply:
Fellow NAFTS members are always welcome to stop by our GUESTBOOK. warm regards, Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jamed D Riley Jamed D Riley from Albany NY wrote on July 29, 2013:
Member( Dues Paying) since 1992 Pd 2013 3-13-'13 $30. check was cashed.Have not received TOWLINE this year.Get My name back in Log On USS Serrano ATF 112 '45-'46
Admin Reply:
James, I forwarded your questions to NAFTS Membership. Nice talking to you, Shipmate Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Patsy McGee Myers Patsy McGee Myers from Ackerman, MS wrote on June 24, 2013:
My father, James McGee served on the USS Apache from 1952-55. He passed away May 6, 2012. We miss him. He often talked about his Navy years.
Admin Reply:
Patsy. One of James McGees shipmates, Ross Kramer (APACHE 1952-54) is a NAFTS member. I'll let him know. Thanks for your NAFTS GUESTBOOK entry. Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
HEADLEE DANIELS HEADLEE DANIELS from WINONA, TEXAS wrote on June 9, 2013:
Nice visiting the site, it has changed since I last was on it.....need to visit more often....
Admin Reply:
Headlee, Thanks for your entry. We are doing a modernization of our old website, not completed yet..... regards, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on June 5, 2013:
Just got word that one of my partners in crime has passed away. Roger weaver from Mankato,minn died on may 10. He was the fellow that bought the rye bread for our limberger cheese fests. Never knew he could move so fast when the hotel manager came to me at Warick, RI. He was a fun lovin guy,so we made a good pair as I'm more serious. rest in peace Roger
Admin Reply:
Leon, Thanks for the update. Roger was a super Shipmate. I passed the word on to the Chaplain & Membership guy, warm Regards, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Clark Silliman Clark Silliman from Seattle, WA wrote on May 27, 2013:
Served in USS TILLAMOOK (ATA-192), 1963-65. Would love to hear from my shipmates. Clark.
Admin Reply:
Good to hear from you, Clark. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko BM2 Joe Wasko BM2 from Florence, KY wrote on May 20, 2013:
Finally got on to the new site. Lookin Good!!! Just moved from Stow (Akron) Ohio to Florence Kentucky. Pretty nice down here. Still hoping to hear from some of the old TF 114 Tawakoni shipmates. I was serving from 67-69 before getting orders to be a boat captain in'Nam.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Sorry you can't make the reunion this year(2013)See you next year! warm regards Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Pete Westbay Pete Westbay from MO wrote on May 13, 2013:
Served on the best damned ARS ever! USS Conserver ARS 39. She had many great skippers & crews over the years and served the 7th fleet proudly for 49 of them.
Admin Reply:
Pete, NAFTS has quite a few Conserver shipmates as members! I'm sure they all agree with you. Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor
Jon Balson Jon Balson from Brownstown, PA wrote on April 30, 2013:
Rodger, Sorry, but I have not received e-mail from you. Would you please re-send? Thanks. Jon
Admin Reply:
Sent again, with corrected address sorry, Rodger
Bruce Mazza Bruce Mazza from Barefoot Bay, Florida wrote on April 27, 2013:
Was a crew member on the USS Apache (ATF67) 1969 - 1971. Rated SK3. Would like to hear from my shipmates. Thanks to NAFTS for the chance.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for viewing our GUESTBOOK
Jon Blaons Jon Blaons from Brownstown PA wrote on April 25, 2013:
Great website. I am doing research related to the USS ERIE (PG-50), a vessel that was torpedoed and then sank, due to incorrect lightering operations, in the inner harbor at Willemstad, Curacao, December 5, 1942. The ERIE was re-floated and eventually hauled out to her last resting place off the coast of Curacao, in 1952. The first salvage vessel on the scene was the USS ESCAPE (ARS-6). I am trying to determine who commanded this vessel while it was involved in the re-floating operations (until 1 September 1952). Can anyone supply this info?
Admin Reply:
I sent you a hotmail e-mail. Please watch for it. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Phillip Moss, CDR USNR (Ret) Phillip Moss, CDR USNR (Ret) from Germantown, TN wrote on April 24, 2013:
My Dad was aboard USS Fortune when it blew a boiler at Tutuila, Samoa. Spent a lot of time in the Naval Hospital in California. Nice website.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your visit to the NAFTS GUESTBOOK
Jim Colon Jim Colon from Wauseon Ohio wrote on April 2, 2013:
was on the Cocopa jan 56 til july 59 great times
Bob Schorfheide Bob Schorfheide from broken Arrow, OK. wrote on March 30, 2013:
Great to see a note from another OLE COCOPA shipmate. I was there early 65 to late 67. Just renewed my membership.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate, Thanks for visiting the NAFTS GUESTBOOK. Rodger Dana GUESTBOOK Monitor
Eudale Ringgaard Eudale Ringgaard from Brookings, SD wrote on March 19, 2013:
Served on the ATF 101 from 1952 to 1956.
Admin Reply:
Thanks for your entry. Cocopa was a great ship! Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Steve H. "John" Johnson Steve H. "John" Johnson from Cordova, Alabama wrote on February 23, 2013:
1966-1969 Lived on the USS Sakarissa YTM 269 Stationed at Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard San Francisco Calf. Best US Navy duty to be had. E2-E4 Engineman 3rd class.
Admin Reply:
Sounds like a very good duty station. I'll check our members list for your shipmates in case they belong to NAFTS. smooth seas, Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Dan Bloom Dan Bloom from Gettysburg, Pa. wrote on January 30, 2013:
I have been trying to to get on line for several months to pay my dues. Your website does not recognize my e-mail address, user name, or password. They have not changed. I have e-mailed the membership chairman several weeks ago and have had no response. Please let me know how to get on the website to pay my dues. My membership number is 2415. Thank you Dan Bloom
Admin Reply:
Dan, Nice talking to you. The missing TOWLINE is on its way!! warm regards Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Don Bartlett (En2) Don Bartlett (En2) from Springfield Oregon wrote on January 15, 2013:
Served on the uss deliver ars 23 1951 1954 we were around the fleet tugs a whole bunch. knew a Halfacher I think on the Apache. Keep up the good work as you guys always have "gotter dun" Don B.
Admin Reply:
Don, Nice to hear from you! I sent you a Comcast message. Rodger, GUESTBOOK Monitor
leon leon from fremont,WI wrote on January 14, 2013:
Was sad to read here about TT,s passing. Got to know him and Charlie at the reunions.
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on January 14, 2013:
Was so sorry to hear of Toms crossing the bar. Looked forward to seeing him every year. Keep your chin up Charlie as I know how you feel. God speed and God bless Dennis
Gary Piatt Gary Piatt from Boyce, Va wrote on January 1, 2013:
I served aboard the ARIKARA as a SK2 from jul 1961 to Feb 1963 and enjoyed the 2 deployments to the far east ports in Japan, Korea, Guam, Hong Kong, Phillipines, Tiawan, Christmas island and Midway. I finanlly retired in Oct 1963.
Admin Reply:
Gary, Thanks for your entry. NAFTS has quite a few members who are ARIKARA shipmates. I have sent you a NAFTS e-mail. sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Warren Warren from Bend, Oregon wrote on December 28, 2012:
I wanted to pass on that "TT" (Donald Thomas) crossed the Bar on December 24th. T was a Snipe, retiring in 1975. I use to sit on the porch and listen to the stories of the big tugs and the engine rooms. It was wonderful to talk about boats, ships, and engines. I will miss him and just wanted to pass on the sad news to his fellow Snipes out there. Warren DeWolfe, Bend, Oregon
Admin Reply:
Thanks for the good words about the "Old Snipe". He was a staunch NAFTS webmaster right up to the end. sadly, Rodger Dana
Steve "Big Uss" Ussery Steve "Big Uss" Ussery from Wilmington, NC wrote on December 22, 2012:
Looking for any Arikara-98 Sailors still floating around out there. We are looking for you. There will be a Reunion with the Arikara People July 2013. Some of us were there for same June 2012. It was one of the high lights of my life. Join us. Contact me for info. Life is good. Peace.
Mike Mike from Iowa wrote on December 14, 2012:
My Dad was on the uss Quapaw and I am trying to find all the info that I can. Anyone that can help please email me. Served from 46 to 48 William Patterson.
Admin Reply:
Please come back in about 4 weeks when all the ship info will be transferred to this new Website. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Alex Beauchamp Alex Beauchamp from Amsterdam, New York wrote on December 12, 2012:
Served aboard USS Papago (ATF-160) 72-75 and would like to hear from any of my shipmates. Remember GITMOS and transAtlantic tows
Admin Reply:
Please come back in about 4 weeks when all the ship info will be transferred to this new Website. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Joe Wasko Joe Wasko from Stow, Ohio wrote on December 10, 2012:
New website looks great and glad to see it up and running. Do the photos etc I put on the old website transfer? Hope to hear from others who served on the Tawakoni ATF 114.
Admin Reply:
Joe, Please give the webmaster a few more weeks to complete the transactions necessary to transfer material from the old website Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
reejay reejay from center valley pa wrote on December 9, 2012:
just got onto the new site best of luck with this. do I now delete all old contact stuff @ nafts uss Ute atf 76 59-62 thankew...
Admin Reply:
Please give the webmaster a few more weeks to complete the transactions necessary to transfer material from the old website Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Richard Zent Richard Zent from Chowanoc ATF 100 wrote on December 9, 2012:
Norfolk was great. Looking forward to Pensacola in 2013. Wonderful to see us back on line.
Admin Reply:
Dick, Thanks. See you in Pensacola in November 2013 Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
PAT SMITH PAT SMITH from ILLINOIS wrote on December 9, 2012:
LOOKING FOR A FRIEND OF MY HUSBANDS
Admin Reply:
Need more information, like name of ship, dates he served aboard, and his rank/rate. Is he a member of NAFTS? Please reply to RKDana (at sign) NAFTS.com Sincerely, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Gary Wilson Gary Wilson from Emporia Kansas wrote on December 2, 2012:
I noticed an article in the 2009 reunion of NAFTS written by Bill Corson. It was about Peanuts. It was my first dog. I have the uniform he wore on the USS Escape. My dad is Frank Wilson who was stationed on this ship in the early 50's (1953-56?) What a small world. My dad is 90 years old and currently live in a Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri. I would like to contact Bill Corson who wrote the article and any other shipmates that would have known my dad. His memory is failing but his old Navy days seem to be things he stills remembers. Thanks, Gary.
Admin Reply:
I sent you a NAFTS e-mail, Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Elizabeth Case Elizabeth Case from Belfair, WA wrote on December 1, 2012:
I am writing the memoirs of a Pearl Harbor survivor, and there is an image in your web site that I would like to use as an illustration. Who should I contact regarding such a use? Thank you --- Liz Case
Admin Reply:
Ms Case, Thanks for your interest. I sent you an e-mail from NAFTS.com. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
BARBARA HOLDEN LOVE (re:HAROLD HOLDEN) BARBARA HOLDEN LOVE (re:HAROLD HOLDEN) from BILLINGS, MT wrote on November 27, 2012:
I need your help...my dad was on the ATR-26. He really wants a list of the crew throughout the War. I can't find any information on it, nor can I locate any photos.
Admin Reply:
This is all I can find on the ATR 26 without going to the US National Archives in Maryland: US Navy Tug ATR 26 850ton built 9-Jun-44. Sold to China in 1946 ,named Pu To, later to Taiwan. Rodger, NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Ross Kramer Ross Kramer from DeLand, Florida wrote on November 27, 2012:
I served on the USS Apache ATF67 from 1952 thru 1954. Am now retired and living in sunny Florida.
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Kramer, Here are the NAFTS members who served with you on Apache. Please note that Bennett & Williams are deceased. Robert Bennett 1951-1954 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 29 ENC Frank Andrews USN 1951-1955 Active Apache (ATF 67) 1324 RM3 Jerry R. Williams USN 1951-1955 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 1595 SN Ross J. Kramer USN 1952-1954 Active Apache (ATF 67) 726 EN2 James McGee 1952-1954 Deceased Apache (ATF 67) 1669 YN3 Ken Lacefield USN 1952-1955 Active Apache (ATF 67) 2025 ME1 Robert M. Moody USN 1952-1955 Active 544 Apache (ATF 67) 2137 LT. Leon (Ken) Clarke USN 1953-1954 XO/ Navigator Active 544 Apache (ATF 67. Rodger Dana NAFTS Membership
Margie Margie from Hawaii wrote on November 26, 2012:
Hello, My dad, Carl Theobald served on the ATF 83 Chickasaw during WW2, I have recently purchased a photo of the Chickasaw and I'd love to share it if you'd like. I also have a question about it, I'm wondering if anyone could guess at the date of the photo. Thank you sincerely, Margie
Admin Reply:
Margie, I sent you a NAFTS E-mail about this subject, please reply to it. sincerely, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
leon maierhafer leon maierhafer from fremont,wi wrote on November 22, 2012:
Was sadden to see carole hochabout passing. Always enjoyed talking to them at the reunions. happy thanksgiving to all my Hitchiti shipmatesd and my NAFTS friends. This year I would suggest serving limberger cheese for dinner, and pardon the turkey.
Admin Reply:
Leon, It was great seeing you at the 2012 NAFTS reunion! Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Dennis Hockabout Dennis Hockabout from Council Bluffs Iowa wrote on November 21, 2012:
Yesterday 11-20-12 I lost my wife Carol she always looked forward to all the reunions.
Admin Reply:
Dennis, The entire NAFTS membership is saddened by Carols passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this sad time. sadly, Your NAFTS and USS Molala ATF 106 shipmates.
Tom Benedetti Tom Benedetti from Wrentham,Mass. wrote on November 17, 2012:
Hello, My dad Edward N. Benedetti was a MOMM2C/salvage diver in WW2. He served on the Molala briefly but his main ATF was the Potowatomi. I have some pics of the Potowatomi in Kuro Ko, Japan 1945. How can I send them to you? thanks, Tom Benedetti
Admin Reply:
Tom, Thanks for the offer of ATF 109 photos. You will receive an e-mail from me at COMCAST. Please reply . warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
A. Peter Fiori ex -CMM, USN WW2 ATR-2 A. Peter Fiori ex -CMM, USN WW2 ATR-2 from Temecula, CA wrote on November 16, 2012:
November 16, 2012 To upgrade info on history on USS ATR-2. Tug was donated to the French about July 1944 and they promptly sunk it after stricking some submerged wreckage at Le Havre. Crew was transfered to London where I was upgraded to Chief Machinist Mate,USN as a result of becoming a "salvage diver" in Normandy. I wound up in charge of shore patrol, in London, night shift. From Peter Fiori, "think@fsbo2.com"
Admin Reply:
Shipmate Fiori, Thanks for your input. We greatly appreciate hearing from our senior tuggers. We have two members who possibly served with you on ATR 2. Contact me if you have any questions Jim Maguire RM1 Peter P. Orlando Contact me if you have any questions Rodger Dana NAFTS Guestbook Monitor RKDana@NAFTS.com
William Carman William Carman from Richmond, VA wrote on November 11, 2012:
My first reunion brought back a flood of memories and renewals of comradery. Am planning for the Pensacola reunion in 2013. My girlfriend took some great pics with her ipad gadget. Makes it easier for my old eyes. Thanks for all the hard work and organizing of all the events.
Admin Reply:
William Carman, Thanks for the good words. I have passed your comments along to the 2012 reunion hosts, Shirley & Harry Jaeger. Rodger NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Leon Maierhafer Leon Maierhafer from Fremont, WI wrote on November 1, 2012:
Another great time at the NAFTS convention. Thanks to Shirley and Harry for all they did. No incidents with the limberger this year. I really enjoyed those young people with the violins. Also the USS Wisconsin. Good luck to our shipmate Hal as he recovers from his fall on the way home.
Admin Reply:
Leon, It was great seeing you again at the 2012 NAFTS reunion in Norfolk October 16-22. warm regards, Rodger Dana NAFTS GUESTBOOK Monitor
Keith Crout Keith Crout from Montour Falls New York wrote on October 31, 2012:
I served with Steve Buscher on the Safeguard ARS-25 I was on 1975-1979 would like to hear from other shipmates Keith Crout Montour Falls New York
Floyd Morehouse Floyd Morehouse from North Dakota wrote on October 19, 2012:
This is my second attempt to join. Both times as I try to pay I get a message page error. Thanks Floyd
Admin Reply:
Floyd, I sent you a NAFTS Membership E-mail, Rodger GUESTBOOK Monitor