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124  Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 15:22:11 -0700


Joe Carroll / no homepage wrote:


Billy, you're the greatest.  Thanks for the quick reply.  My whole family enjoys both yours and

John's web sites.  You both have made the Sigsbee famous and your shipmates heros.  My great-grandchildren

treat me with awe.  Thank you both.

Thanks too for Moxie's address and his e-mail ady.  All is well with the Carroll household.  

My wife and I recently sold our house and moved to an all on one floor condominium in Carlisle, PA.

The Carlisle Barracks and Army War College are right next door.  I recently turned 85 and my

wife 80 and are reasonably healthy.  We have six children and they are doing well too.  

Pass this on to John . . . Please


Shipmates like you are hard to find.


Joe Carroll


 123 Date: 2006-10-17 20:12:23 (Copied from John Mastin's Site)
Kathy Bright ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father was Earl K. Fuller, a crew member of the Sigsbee. Thank you for such a wonderful place to view such wonderful men. My brother introduced me to this web page through communication with you.

122 Date: 10/2/2006 7:22:23 AM
Roderick L. Fuller ( / no homepage) wrote:


Gentlemen, My father, Earl K Fuller (nickname Monk) served on the 
Sigsbee during the last 1 and 1/2 years of WWII. I would appreciate
learning of your experiences on the ship and would especially like to 
hear from any of his shipmates. Dad died in 1972. I recently came 
across some of his military papers which contained a few notes about 
the movements of the ship. I've often wanted to know more.
FYI, the October 3rd issue of the New Yorker magazine has an article 
written by Benjamin Bradlee about his experiences on the destroyer 
USS Philip, which also operated in the South Pacific. This article 
mentions the publication Tin Can Sailor.I found your names in the 
Sigsbee link at the Tin Can Sailor website. Looking forward to 
hearing from you. Sincerely,
Roderick L. Fuller

121 Date: 2006-08-12 03:08:34 (Copied from John Mastin's Site)
Bob Lyon ( / no homepage) wrote:

Impressive website! A fitting memorial to the hero's of the DD502. My great uncle Bill LaCroix served aboard her from 43 to 45. He's gone but it make's me glad he's remebered through this site. Thank you.

120  Date: 2006-08-02 20:07:22 (Copied from John Mastin's Site)
SHIRLEY DIGEORGIO ( / no homepage) wrote:

I want to thank all the sailors for there service to our country .Thank you for the web site locating my father Richard J Schombert whom I meet only briefly in early 1950's GOD BLESS TO ALL OF YOU


119 Date: 2006-07-23 07:16:47
Cas Komski ( / no homepage) wrote: (Copied from John Mastin's Site)

John; I just recived an email from an old shipmate (Joe Carrol). He said you helped him get my new email address. Thanks. You and Billy Roberts are doing a fantastic job with the Sigsbee sites. Your work is appreciated by me and, I'm sure by all the Sigsbee people

118 Date: 2006-06-14 04:46:11
Patricia Hawkins ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for adding my Uncle's name! Patricia Hawkins

117  Date: 2006-05-09 14:20:17
melba young ( / no homepage) wrote:

thank you billy dale mccommons's sister

116  Date: 2006-04-01 19:59:44
Joe Carroll ( / no homepage) wrote:

I too was aboard Sigsbee DD502 from 1943 til August 1945 when shanghaied to USS Vesole DD878 and bound for Japan. God Speed shipmates.

115  Date: 2006-03-13 04:48:56
John Anderson ( / no homepage) wrote:

My late grandfather, Herbert Anderson, served on the Sigsbee as an anti-aircraft gunner. If anyone has or would like any information on him, please let me know.

114  Date: 2005-12-01 18:28:16
Pete Murphy ( / no homepage) wrote:

Charles(Buck)GRIMM was my Father-in-Law. I would just like to say that we were very close.We were always hunting together. I will miss him very much he was a very good man.May God bless and alwasy be with him. Please let me know how i can get a copy of the USS SIGSBEE book for my wife. Thank you very much. Pete......

113  Date: 2005-11-29 19:50:11
The Republican newspaper ( / wrote:


Charles "Buck" Grimm, 79, Somerford Place, formerly of Terra Alta, W.Va., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster.

Born Nov. 25, 1925, in Terra Alta, he was a son of the late Robert Earl and Bertha P. Knotts Grimm. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Anna Fuller Grimm, and several brothers and sisters.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Terra Alta. He was a World War II Navy veteran and received a Purple Heart after surviving the bombing of his ship, the SS Sigsbee, during the battle of Pearl Harbor. He was a member and Past Master of Terra Alta Masonic Blue Lodge #106 and a 14th degree Scottish Rites Valley of Morgantown Member. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and a lifetime member of the Terra Alta VFW Post #578.

He is survived by three daughters, Gloria Jean Murphy, Manchester, Anna Mae Rushing, Hampstead, and Beverly June McConnell, Airville, Pa.; one sister, Marie Roberts, Terra Alta; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends were received at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta.

A service was held today, Thursday, Nov. 17, at the First United Methodist Church, Terra Alta, with Rev. Michael L. Daniels officiating.

Interment was in the Terra Alta Cemetery.

112  Date: 2005-11-28 06:38:30
Robin L. Fultz ( / no homepage) wrote:

After looking at all of the photos on the site, one stuck out that I would like to find out more info about...there was one of the purple heart ceremony...are there more photos anyone has of this that show all of the men who received the purple heart? My grandfather received one following the kamikaze attack of the USS Sigsbee and I would love to see if anyone has a photo/group photo of him getting his purple heart. This would be of Charles P. "Buck" Grimm S1/c of West Virginia.

111  Date: 2005-11-28 06:35:17
Robin L. Fultz ( / no homepage) wrote:

I enjoyed viewing your site about the USS Sigsbee. My Grandfather, Charles P. "Buck" Grimm, served on this ship as well and received a purple heart following the April 14th Kamikaze attack. He recently passed away on November 13, 2005 just short of his 80th birthday which would have been November 25, 2005. I had just been looking at his photos and newspaper clippings when I found this site. In the last few years of his life he had battled with Alzheimers but even through his decreasing memory he could recall and talk with pride about much of his Navy years and fellow shipmates. I would like to say thank you to fellow veterans who attended and honored my Grandfather with a military service at his graveside. As I stated, he was very proud to be a Navy veteran and it meant so much to the family to see him honored this way. I'm sure he would want to say a last good-bye and "thank you" to all those who served with him. Sincerely, Robin Fultz, grand-daughter of Charles "Buck" Grimm/West Virginia

110  Date: 2005-11-05 06:58:09
joel baskerville ( / no homepage) wrote:

john w. baskerville passed july 10 2005 he missed his 79th birthday by 5 days he is greatly missed by all.

109  Date: 2005-09-11 22:16:50
teri ( / no homepage) wrote:

Well, I am So Sorry to have to write this letter telling you that your shipmate, Thomas H Staniere has passed away last month on the 27th (8/27/05). He was so happy that I was able to find your site on the Internet. It made him lighten up when I show him the pictures of the Destroyer 502. I wish he could have been able to have gone to one of the reunions but I am sure (in spirit) he will be at them all now.
May God Bless all of you who are left.......

Thomas H. Staniere's Daughter, Teri (Landers, CA)

108  Date: 2005-07-14 16:02:23
Amy Frances Duarte ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi, I am Joseph Jacques LeBlanc's granddaughter. Recently, Frank Gaeta sent my Mom, Carol LeBlanc photos of my grampa from reunions and during the LST 395 journies during WWII. My gramp had saved the flag from his ship and we still have it. Not sure if this is relevant to anyone, but I thought that was pretty remarkable that Grampa was able to retreive as it sank. Anyone know anymore about this, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you,
Amy Duarte

107  Date: 2005-06-21 01:53:07
John Dolan ( / no homepage) wrote:

It has been a while since I visited your website, and enjoyed it again upon my return. Thank you for posting the picture of my Dad, RM 2/C Henry Dolan, and the picture he took on the ESB so long ago. Maybe someone will be able to help with the ID. It may be that not all of the guys were from the Sigsbee. Dad turns 85 next month and is doing fairly well. He enjoys hearing about the Sigsbee. Sorry we will not be able to attend the Louisville gathering. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
John Dolan

106  Date: 2005-06-16 03:25:05
Tim Politz ( / no homepage) wrote:

Son of A.J. Politz. Keep up the good work. I enjoyed the commisioning ceremony in Hawaii, Sept. 18, 2004

105  Date: 2005-05-11 15:54:52
Michael Lombardi ( / no homepage) wrote:


I wrote the following to John Mastin and Billy Roberts a couple of weeks ago, by request I am placing this in the guest log. Their dedicated service in maintaining this site will preserve a legacy for those that served aboard the USS Sigsbee and their posterity. I also found out from John and Billy some information about my dad I didnít know prior to this time. I have shown this site to my granddaughter (Maddy) she is five years old and it gives her a sense of being with my father. She recognizes his picture on the site and tells me that we can visit grandpa Jerry in the computer. My father truly enjoyed his Navel service and told me his big regret was not completing his 20 years for retirement. He told me that in 1969 and Iíve never forgotten it and to that point I have been in the military (regular Air Force and Air Force reserve) for over 26 years. We will all miss my Dad; he was a hell of a man.

Mike Lombardi


I am writing on behave of my father Gerald L Lombardi, my dad served aboard the USS Sigsbee and was WIA during the Kamikaze attack that April 14, 1945. I am very saddened to say that my father passed away on March 18, 2005 in Chandler Arizona. I had my father buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix Arizona with full military honors. My father was proud of his 10 plus years in the US Navy and very proud of his service aboard the USS Sigsbee. When I found your site a few years ago I showed the site to my dad and that was all he could talk about for weeks he was so proud, and actually there is a photo of him (dad) with Vincent Palmieri on one of the links on the Sigsbee history page, Dad has a copy of that photo in his Navy album, as well as several of the pictures of the US Sigsbee prior to the Kamikaze attack. I just wanted you to know of his passing and perhaps you could change him in your WIA information as deceased. My father had two sons myself and my brother Jerry, we both served in the armed forces I was and still am in the Air Force and my brother in the Army. We both received and very strong sense of service and work ethic from my dad and we will always be grateful for that. We will truly miss my dad, he was a good man. When I get a copy of his obituary I will forward to you for possible inclusion in you web site. Thank you for all you have done by maintaining this site, through it and you I will be able to visit my dad from time to time.

Very Respectfully,
Michael Lombardi

104  Date: 2005-04-21 01:38:02
Ivan W. Neeley, Sr. ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am your cousin, Ivan W. Neeley, Sr. I am responding to you via my daughter (Valorie L. Neeley's) email account. My daughter was able to locate your website and gave me the information. We have not corresponded for several years. I believe the last time was when you visited me around 1988 in St. Albans, WV. I had a couple of questions for you if you could possibly answer for me. From the web page information that my daughter found there are two names that I am not familiar with and was hoping you might be able to help with. George Russel Neeley and Lewis Richard Neeley. Any information that you might have on these two would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.

103  Date: 2005-04-15 19:07:32
Peter M Baker ( / no homepage) wrote:

Sixty years - a long time ago but the events of April 14, 1945 must seem like only yesterday to the survivors.

God bless you and your generation for the sacrifices you made in defnse of liberty.

102  Date: 2005-03-22 21:54:06
Terry Zillgitt ( / no homepage) wrote:

My wifes uncle,Ronald Dwight Kneeskern served on this ship in the Phillipeans.He was avery humble man and spoke little of WWII,until he was sent a pencil scetch drawing of SigsBee 502.It had a list of names and a few hand scetched photos of sailors who lost they'er lives.Also Psalm 23 (The Lord is my sheppard i shall not want)is wriiten on this scetch also.I am writting you to let you no that Ron Passed away Fri.18th Of march.I was proud to be his paulbearer today 22Mar.05.
Terry Zillgitt

101  Date: 2005-02-27 18:23:28
Michael Gorczakowski ( / no homepage) wrote:

John E. Gorczakowski:My brother John would have been proud of the group that put tis site together and to remember all the crew members of uss .sigsbe.I gave this site to his daughter Alice.He never spoke much about the war to me,for I was too young at the time.He also served on the destroyer uss monssen.One thing John loved of my mothers cooking was Golompki(which is stuffed cabbage) I also noted that Jerry Schatz(aka Jerry Tucker-of Our Gang Comedies) was a crew member of sigsbee.When I was a Sgt. in the US Army Air Force I had George "Spanky McFarland- of Our Gang Comedies in our WingIII section and I sent him on detail to the mess hall.Last time I spoke to John is when he wished me well on being promoted to Lieut. in the New York City Fire Dept.God Bless him and all his crew. Thank You- Mike Gorczakowski

100  Date: 2005-02-22 18:24:42
Alice Vida ( / no homepage) wrote:

John E. Gorezakowski (Gorczakowski) MM2/c told me his ship was shot in two. I am a retired history teacher and would like to know more about what happenened to this ship in 1943. John died in 1985 in Florida but lived in Massachusetts, New Jersey and his birthplace Staten Island, NY after the war. Dad was quite a carpenter and built diners, bridge forms (Verrazano Bridge in NY), nuclear power plants. I am glad retired when he was 62 and could enjoy playing golf at Mt. Dora in Florida for the next 3 years.
As to the war he did not talk about it much, but I read his diary( several pages were ripped out because he was aftraid my sister and I would read them and be horrified). I donated the diary to the Nimitz Museum in Fredricksburg, TX where they have a huge WWII Pacific war museum. This site is great. Thank you for all this memorabilia. Alice Vida from San Antonio, TX

99  Date: 2005-02-15 20:53:40
Dwight & Norma Musser ( / no homepage) wrote:

It's amazing that a young lad leaving the hills of West Virginia would one day create such an outstanding Web Site. It is a beautiful tribute honoring those who served with you on the Sigsbee so many years ago. Congratulations, Bill - you "done good."
From two other Hillbillies. Dwight and Norma Musser

98  Date: 2005-02-04 16:42:51
Janet McNeely ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for publishing this. Dale McCommons was my uncle and I was the one who helped my aunt Melba in getting his pictured together for you. Again thank you. Janet McNeely 17563 Hwy 45 Louisville , Il.

97  Date: 2005-01-30 00:09:01
Lloyd Ramsey ( / no homepage) wrote:

This is a wonderful piece of work that you have done to keep History come alive. Thank you for the time you have spent on this. It has been a privilege to meet you in Yuma.

96  Date: 2004-12-12 23:35:55
Thomas Staniere ( / no homepage) wrote:

I came to this site for my stepdad who was on the 502 looking for some info for him thank you

95  Date: 2004-12-12 22:31:06
James C. Jean ( / no homepage) wrote:

I enjoyed visiting this site because my father Calvin B. Jean served on the SIGSBEE. When I was in my teens I saw some of the photos of the SIGSBEE after the kamikaze plane hit it. All the photos that he had have disappeared since he passed away. I still have some of his training records from the SIGSBEE.

94  Date: 2004-12-12 00:24:51
karen wilkins ( / no homepage) wrote:

god bless you bud adams.

93  Date: 2004-12-09 00:45:55
Louis R Adams ( / no homepage) wrote:

Billy, you have caused me to be proud of what you have done for the memory of the ship my brother, Burton J Adams, lost his life on, also knowing he was your best friend. I feel so much better seeing his picture that I sent you exibited. Thank you so much for your conversation and kind words.

92  Date: 2004-10-24 20:44:44
LEE ANN RANDALL ( / no homepage) wrote:


91  Date: 2004-09-02 14:10:41
Uzoagba ( wrote:

I love the page.

90  Date: 2004-07-08 20:45:13
Mike Hering ( / no homepage) wrote:

Very informative site. My Grandfather is Philip Hering and he served on the USS SIGSBEE. I will be sure to tell him about the site.

89  Date: 2004-07-08 20:33:28
HARRY ROSEEN ( / no homepage) wrote:


I was on the Sigsbee while she was in mothballs at the Bayonne Navel Base. On board her I found a journal that was kept by SE2 Don Kennedy. He was part of the crew when She was hit by the kamikaze plane. I tried calling his haome town to find him or any relatives.I hae this journal and would like to get in touch with him or his reatives. my home addess is 15 ethan lane, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. 11779.My phone number is 613-648-0484

Thank you

Harry Roseen

PS: grreat web sight.

88  Date: 2004-06-13 05:33:29
Ken Krichbaum ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a great page you've assembled!! Just stumbled upon it and was floored, as my father served on this ship. Very nice to be able to see the pics you've assembled, makes a nice compliment to my Dad's pictures.

87  Date: 2004-05-26 16:37:19
Terry Fore Dukes ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

looking for any info on William Henry (Bill) Fore Shellback-Machinist on USS Sigsbee send info to:Box 421,Brady,Texas 76825

86  Date: 2004-05-25 18:44:59
Billie Fore Garza ( / no homepage) wrote:

my father was william h fore in was on the ship somewhere around 1940-1945

85  Date: 2004-05-24 23:39:59
teresa najera ( / no homepage) wrote:

My grandfather was William H. Fore. He served on the USS SIGSBEE . Any information would be greatly appreciated . We have tried to access files in the past and we come up empty handed. I just feel it would be a great honor to know who my grandfather was. He died when my mother was 14.

84  Date: 2004-04-14 19:21:55
Billy & Edy Roberts ( / wrote:


Have a nice day!

Billy & Edy Roberts
Yuma, AZ

83  Date: 2004-04-05 20:19:17
COL Steven M. Brouse, USA ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for letting me look! My uncle, Edward Perley, served on the Sigsbee. I still see him ocassionally and I enjoy listening to his stories!

May God bless you all for the outstanding service you provided our country in its time of need!


82  Date: 2004-03-14 19:19:48
Bob Reid ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am looking for info about my father R.I. Reid. Please drop me a note if you have any recollections.
Thanks a lot,
Bob Reid

81  Date: 2004-02-18 03:14:44
Joseph Hagston ( / no homepage) wrote:

my father was killed in the attack on the fantail of the sigsbee thank for remembering him.

80  Date: 2004-02-18 01:16:21
Al E. Cantrell ( wrote:

Plank owner U S S Bremerton CA130

79  Date: 2004-02-01 02:39:02
christopher ( / no homepage) wrote:

my father passed away on 05/10/02 i looking for any information i can get we attended the pigeon forge reunion his name was jonp p schwetje i am his son
any info i can get would be greatly appreciated.
or any photos. thank you

78  Date: 2004-01-24 23:49:17
John P. Gernhardt ( / no homepage) wrote:

I started boot camp in San Diego on about the day the Sigsbee was hit. I went aboard toward the end of July 1945 in Pearl Harbour and was a member of the crew until decommioning in 1946 in Charleston, S.C.

77  Date: 2003-12-24 22:14:55
Harold L. Hillis Jr. ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father, Harold L. Hillis MM3C, was a crew member aboard the Sigsbee 502 from 1943-1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Gallup, after his honorable discharge from the Navy in April 1946.

My father did not speak a lot about the war, but when he did you could hear the excitement in his voice. How proud he was of his life aboard the Sigsbee, and how fond he was of his shipmates!

My parents vacationed in Hawaii in the 1970's and while there, my father called his old captain and friend, Rear Admiral Chung-Hoon. My parents were invited to his home, where they sat and reminisced about old times aboard the Sigsbee.

In 1988, my dad died. He was survived by his wife Barbara, his three children Jean, myself (Harold Hillis, Jr.), and John, and his four grandchildren, Julie and David VanderKilish and Ben and Emily Hillis.

I am presently putting together my dad's old Navy pictures, letters, and your wonderful web site as a Christmas gift to my mother. Dad would have loved to see your site as much as I did.
Thanks for keeping history alive.

Merry Christmas Mom!!!!!

76  Date: 2003-12-20 11:50:53
Cynthia Craft ( / no homepage) wrote:

Rufus Raymond Webb, called Ray Webb by people on the ships he was a gunner. I'm his daughter. I'm trying to find some of the names of ships he served. Before he passed away he tried to find information on one he thought was "Florence Corinthian" which was named after a home for unwed mothers, but never could get information. Daddy did get up with one man, Ralph Hayden, before he passed away. Ralph enlightened us some of Daddy. Mostly Daddy always said he loved to start a fight and I think he did a lot of drinking then. Daddy said there always seem to be someone making films or pictures on the ships he served. Is there a site where we just might catch the glimpse of him in some pictures? I've enjoyed browsing your site.

75  Date: 2003-11-10 02:55:03
Art Wolfenson (  wrote:

I am looking for information on G Van Winkle: where he might have gone after the war, whether he was married, what his full name was, etc. Anything you might have...where he was born...

74  Date: 2003-10-29 05:40:56
Henry J. Szot ( / no homepage) wrote:

Very interesting reading. I served in WWII aboard
the Charles F. Hughes DD428

73  Date: 2003-10-25 02:36:55
DAVID GREGG ( / no homepage) wrote:

My Late Uncle CHARLES GREGG served on this ship, I remember seeing the picture of the ship when I was a young boy.

72  Date: 2003-10-22 18:14:12
FRANK GAETA ( USNAVYMAN1941@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:


71  Date: 2003-07-23 17:56:13
Robert J. Millirans ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks so much for the work, accuracy,and dedication to this page.F1/c Sherman Leroy Millirans was my uncle who I was never able to meet. This web site makes me proud of my uncle,all veterans, and my country. Again I say "thank you".
Robert J. Millirans
Waynesfield, Ohio 45896

70  Date: 2003-07-17 15:09:13
Billy Roberts ( / wrote:



69  Date: 2003-05-06 21:48:14
David Hagston ( / no homepage) wrote:

Trying to find someone that was friends with my uncle - Joe Hagston. Please e-mail me if you can give me any information. THANKS

68  Date: 2003-05-03 20:54:25
Colette Trader ( / no homepage) wrote:

My husband's great uncle, Anthony (Tony) David Sox died aboard the USS Sigsbee, I believe that he was a gunner. We are trying to find any information about
Tony we can. Thank you for your website, it is a very wonderful tribute.

67  Date: 2003-03-15 17:56:20
Claudia Todd ( / no homepage) wrote:

My Dad (now deceased) served on this ship. His name
was Fred M. Pike. This website is very interesting.
I will try and obtain information to submit.

66  Date: 2003-03-12 19:25:48
thomas van vorce ( / no homepage) wrote:

I sent you a picture of myself on the bow of the sIGSBEE IT NEVER APPEARED IN ANY OF THE PHOTOS

65  Date: 2003-03-10 02:39:18
Scott M. Gilbertson ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father was RM2 Herbert L. Gilbertson. He was a plankowner and aboard her through and after the kamikase strike that took her out of the war. He passed away in January of 1979. "We grow too soon old, and too late smart". When we are young, we are never terribly interested in what our parents have to say, and I am afraid that I was typical. I became interested in hearing more about his time about Sigsbee much later than I should have. As I recall, he said that his nickname aboard was "Deacon" as he did not drink or smoke. He once told me that he was the Captain's messenger, whether for Cdr. Russell, or Cdr. Chung-Hoon, or both, I do not know. He said that his battle station was as "first loader on a 4Omm", I do not recall which one. Presuming that it was a dual-40, and since he was left handed, I surmise that he probably served the right-sided gun, but that is a pure guess on my part. I would be interested in hearing from any of his old shipmates who remember him. Thank you, and God Bless you for your service to our Country. May the Spirit of USS Sigsbee live on aboard the USS Chung-Hoon and all those who serve aboard her.

64  Date: 2003-02-24 18:47:16
Frank Golsky ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father, John S. Golsky, served aboard the 502 during the latter part of the war. I have very little information about my father's service :just a few memories of him telling me about the horrible events caused by the Kamakaze. I world appreciate anything known about him or his best friend on board the ship at that time Miles Furlong.

63  Date: 2003-02-21 00:31:49
Doris Wright Rice ( / no homepage) wrote:

Dear Billy and Edy I can't thank you enough for your kindness in sending me a copy of the Sigsbee Memorial album. It seems hard to believe it's been almost 60 years sice that terrible April day when my l8 year old big brother was lost. We never really knew what happened until we connected with you on the internet. I will put all of this information in my archives so my grandchildren and future generations will know what that generation went through for our freedom. After being in touch with you I feel as close to the Sigsbee veterans as I do to th USS Lowry shipmates where my husband served during the Korean War. God bless you all

62  Date: 2003-02-10 19:15:03
John Ramsey ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served aboard Uss Jenkins DD447 in the late 1960's a battle tested ship during WWII Korea and Vietnam during which time I served. I was 21 years old when reporting to DD447.

61  Date: 2003-01-20 14:57:06
Herb Wright ( / no homepage) wrote:

My brother, Bob Wright, lost his life in the 4/14/45 Kamikaze attack. We (my sisters and I) have virturally no information other than a post card I received from him when the ship was in Hawaii. I am 11 years younger than he and would appreciate any information, or comments be his shipmates and friends.

To whomever put this website together, thank you very much!

Herb Wright

60  Date: 2003-01-16 00:53:37
Buggins ( / no homepage) wrote:

Mr. Roberts I'm not sure if you are the gentleman my father Edwin Nobriga spoke of meeting at the Christening of the Chung-Hoon DDG 93 (The ship named for our Uncle Rear Adm. Gordon P.Chung-Hoon). Please let me know. Aloha, Buggins P.S. Your web site is awesome!

59  Date: 2003-01-11 21:40:23
Nicholas Owen Alspach ( / no homepage) wrote:

To whom it may concern:
I am looking for any information on my grandfather's time while spent on the USS SIGSBEE during the war in the Pacific. His name was F1/c Jack E. Owen. Any information about him, or if anyone knew him, I would love to hear about it. I want to join the Navy myself, and I'm trying to flly understnad my family's own history first. Thanks!

58  Date: 2002-11-25 17:26:39
ET1(SW) James Weiser ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have orders as part of phase one of the pre-commissioning for USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93). I have enjoyed learning about ADM Chung-Hoon and the crew of USS Sigsbee and look forward to meeting you over the coming year.

57  Date: 2002-11-19 21:30:01
Rick Sorenson ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello to the crewmembers of USS SIGSBEE. I am going to be the Independent Duty Corpsman for the USS CHUNG-HOON. I look forward to meeting you during the construcion and christening of this fine warship.

56  Date: 2002-11-06 04:03:37
Don Snider ( / no homepage) wrote:

You have a nice web page with tons of history recorded for those of us who follow to take note of. I am the reunion secretary for the USS LYMAN K SWENSON (DD-729) and invite communications with any and all Sigsbee shipmates concerning our ship's history.

55  Date: 2002-09-10 17:24:19
Cherie Cole ( / no homepage) wrote:

The christening for CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) has been moved from December 14, 2002 to January 11, 2003. For invitations please e-mail me, or call 228-935-8997.

54  Date: 2002-08-28 03:43:32
Gena britt ( / no homepage) wrote:

I would like any information you might have about William Hollie Wyatt.

53  Date: 2002-08-24 20:15:31
Sandra Krichbaum ( / no homepage) wrote:

Excellent site. I am the daughter of Donald W. Krichbaum who served on the USS SIGSBEE during WWII. If anyone remembers my Dad, please feel free to email. He is alive and well and living in Virginia. Again, many thanks for such a wonderful site!

52  Date: 2002-08-07 20:57:35
Todd A. Martter ( / no homepage) wrote:

Very nice website, Can't wait to see more action reports. Would be nice to know what more of the crew members did when they were assigned to battlestations.

51  Date: 2002-07-28 14:23:01
DAVID WISCH ( / no homepage) wrote:

Greetings to the crewmembers of USS SIGSBEE. I am going to be the CMC for the USS CHUNG-HOON. I look forward to meeting you during the construcion of this fine warship.

50  Date: 2002-07-13 17:14:38
Brad Kauffman ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the son of Hal A Kauffman. Good to see this remembrance of their courage.

49  Date: 2002-07-12 16:56:03
Cherie Cole ( / no homepage) wrote:

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems will christen the CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) in ceremonies here in Pascagoula, Mississippi at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2002. If you are interested in attending the ceremony, please send me your name and address. I will mail invitations to this event in late October or early November

48  Date: 2002-07-08 18:04:51
Dave Hamilton ( / no homepage) wrote:


Received the info on John Hamilton. Thank you very much for sending it. I printed it and will add it to my files about Dad.

I never served in the military, so I have little insight in to the everyday workings of the Navy or any other service branch. I have read several books that dealt with war, have seen various TV shows and some movies, but none of this is like living the real thing. I have always been interested in the small details of life, whether military or civilian, whether of common U.S. citizens or of people of other cultures and countries.

Dad had five sons, no daughters. None of the sons served in the military. We were all exempted for one reason or another. Because of the circumstances under which Dad served (he was drafted at the age of 35, was a school teacher and the father of three, was wounded in service of his country) I always figured that he served for all of us. It seems to me that I read recently about five brothers who were all killed during WWII. What a price for that family to pay so that the rest of us could be free!

You might be interested to know that today my wife, Mary Lou, and I visited Ripley, WV where we got to see and hear President Bush and others speak at the Fourth of July celebrations there. Senator Jay Rockefeller, Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito and Governor Bob Wise all spoke. This celebration honors our veterans each year and all spoke about the service those veterans render and have rendered. One of the speakers said that we should seek out and thank those who are now and have in the past served our country. I agree. Therefore, I extend to you, Billy Roberts, thanks for sending me information regarding Dad's Navy days and thanks for serving in our military so that others such as I can enjoy the freedom of this great nation. Thank you for putting your life on the line so that others would not have to. Hold your head proud.


Dave Hamilton, Son of Sigsbee crewman John B. Hamilton.

47  Date: 2002-05-28 21:54:43
Richard G. Weston ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was First Lt. and plankowner on the Stevens(DD479) the origonal DESRON 25 flagship. You have a great site and I only wish we had one too.

46  Date: 2002-05-17 02:07:43
Kenny Laferty ( / no homepage) wrote:

enjoyed looking at the pictures and information

45  Date: 2002-04-24 20:14:31
Edith Roberts ( / no homepage) wrote:

Like the new look on your website. Beautiful job in memory of our veterans. Keep up the good work.

44  Date: 2002-04-22 11:35:50
William K. Roberts III ( / no homepage) wrote:

Dad nice site I'm sure everyone that reads will appreciate the time and effort you and Edy put into it. Love your son--------------Bill

43  Date: 2002-04-15 18:32:50
FRANK GAETA ( USNAVYMAN1941@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:


42  Date: 2002-03-30 19:23:46
Gary Tucker ( / wrote:

Bill glad to meet you and your wife this morning.
A very nice website. Gary

41  Date: 2002-03-18 05:58:37
Dr.D.S.Berish ( / no homepage) wrote:

Can't find my uncle,,, John Massares ret. Florida,,,,west coast side,, Doc.B.

40  Date: 2002-03-06 22:09:26
Jack T. Hoyle ( / no homepage) wrote:

Billy you and John Mastin have done much work on your web sites I am enjoying them. Keep up the good work. Jack Hoyle

39  Date: 2002-02-24 19:00:50
JOHN CHIQUOINE ( / no homepage) wrote:

To Billy and John; Thanks for your focus and efforts to get SIGSBEE and her Squadron 25's Sisters represented so nicely on the web!! There's more to locate!

38  Date: 2002-02-19 19:29:25
sharon greathouse ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was real interesting to see this Bill, however, Martha, LD and I wonder which is the ammo hold? Hope all is well in Arizona! We are a little wet here today!

37  Date: 2002-01-24 14:57:40
Bertram W. Bickel ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi there. I retired a little over a year ago from being President of the USS STEVENS (DD479) ASSN. after having served for 13 years from 1987 until 2000. This is a great page Bill and I want to congratulate you for the efforts that you have put into it. The Stevens was also a member of DESRON 25 with us having been the first DESRON 25 ship to have carried the flag. We departed the East Coast in July 1943 and stayed overseas until November 1943 whence we returned to the states to have our plane and catapault removed to remake us into a normal Fletcher type destroyer.
Keep up the fine work. If anything I can do, please let me know.

Bert Bickel

36  Date: 2001-10-05 18:15:58
Ken Lewis ( / no homepage) wrote:

My Father Ralph Lewis was a hot shellman the night the USS Callaghan was sunk by Kamakasi! She was the last ship sunk by this method! 5 of the 8 men in his gun mount were killed on impact, 47 were lost that night! It was the asbestos gloves he wore that saved his life! I love my country! Great page! thank you, Ken Lewis

35  Date: 2001-09-17 12:59:04
Michael Holzem ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father (Henry "Hank" Holzem) served aboard the Sigsbee. I was fortunate to attend one of the reunions with him before he passed. Great site devoted to all those who served on the Sigsbee!

34  Date: 2001-08-14 03:16:49
Tony Pisano ( / no homepage) wrote:

hello My dad is Ralph Pisano. The Ships Barber. If anyone would like to contact him, through me his son, my e-mail address is. Looking forward from hearing from former shipmates.

thank you!

33  Date: 2001-07-24 16:42:20
Bill Burke ( / no homepage) wrote:

I want to say that it was an honor to meet you and your wife at the West Coast Reunion... It was an even bigger honor to be associated with and to meet the Sigsbee family that attended. It meant an awful lot to my dad to be there with some of his shipmates as he told you that he had once found out about a reunion but it was past. I was very proud that because of your website, I was able to reunite him finally with someone aboard this fine fighting ship. It was good that this was on the west coast as it is hard for him to get around and would be next to impossible for the east coast reunion. I salute you and the mighty crew of the DD502 USS Sigsbee, and may God allow us to meet again.

32  Date: 2001-07-17 05:00:03
Neil Gwynn Baird ( / no homepage) wrote:

My uncle, Callis Gwynn, was killed on the Sigsbee 14 April 1945. I would like to find someone who knew him and the circumstances of his death.

31  Date: 2001-07-10 00:57:52
Alan Whitcomb ( / no homepage) wrote:

This is a very nice site. My father (Harold Whitcomb) was a crewman on the USS Sigsbee.

30  Date: 2001-04-19 02:24:48
Gail Geary ( WOLFGANG02@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:

My dad Hans Strahlendorff served aboard the
USS Sigsbee 502. My dad loves the navy and the Sigsbee 502. He will turn 80 ON July 7. We are giving my dad a surprise party. I am looking for anyone from the torpedo gang. If you have any information, please contact me.

Thanks, Gail Strahlendorff Geary

29  Date: 2001-03-15 04:07:38
A.J. Politz ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was a torpedoman aboard the USS Sigsbee from l943 thru l945. I have enjoyed the Web very much. Hope to see a good turn out at Virginia Beach this year 2001. A.J.

28  Date: 2001-03-10 02:40:31
Alan Hoopingarner ( / no homepage) wrote:

Outstanding site! I came onto this site by looking for information on the USS Sigsbee 502. I just lost my Great-aunt Clemma on Feb. 15, 2001. Guy V. Amburgey was her first husband. I am sure, she would have been proud of this site. Thank You!

27  Date: 2001-03-09 16:46:46
Y2KFXDman ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice site!

I have information about a surviving crewmember of DD-502.

Mr. Ralph A. Pisano was a barber on the destroyer Sigsbee under Cmdrs Russell & Chung-Hoon. He is STILL cutting hair in the small town of Maple Shade, NJ at Ralph's Barber Shop. (Sorry, I do not have phone numbers; he lives in Bellmawr, NJ, however.)

His wife of countless years died last month, and I am sure that he would greatly appreciate conversing with former shipmates.

Thank You & Good Luck...

26  Date: 2001-02-23 16:56:13
William Roberts 3rd ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Nice web site Dad, I also see a lot of others appreciate and enjoy your effort. Still working on outlook express, talk later Love Bill (3rd)

25  Date: 2001-02-22 19:30:47
Ed Osciak ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking over the exploits of my father-in-law who recently passed away, Charles P. Gallagher and his ship, the USS Sigsbee.

24  Date: 2001-02-21 17:17:53
Kory Kohler ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great Job! I was just doing a little research for my grandfather, Bud Kohler he served on the Sigsbee. Bud is doing well and wishes you all the same.

23  Date: 2001-02-19 02:51:39
Addie K. Brown ( / no homepage) wrote:

machinist mate 3 rd class
USS Sigsbee
it is great to have this much information available and to be in contact with old shipmates. great job

22  Date: 2001-02-19 02:42:31
Myra and Jerry Schatz ( / no homepage) wrote:

I fell in love with the Sigsbee when I came aboard her in Boston. And I still love her.
Thank you!

21  Date: 2001-02-16 02:22:56
Leanne Menear ( / no homepage) wrote:

Charles Snyder Nephew and Niece(by marriage)
Nice page will print and keep for our children's history. Thank you Keep up the good work.
Karl & Leanne Menear

20  Date: 2001-02-12 02:39:30
Melissa, Lew and Andrew Chillot ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for these great pictures... My grandfather's
name is Charles Snyder... It was really neat to see
his pictures. Thank you for putting these on the
net so we can see them... I am going to pass this
info onto other family members.
Melissa Chillot

19  Date: 2001-02-06 19:23:01
Cheryl Sigsbee ( / wrote:

I have a lot of interest in the USS Sigsbee, as I bear the same name. I understand the ship was named after my great-grandfather, R.Adm. Charles D. Sigsbee. My father, Charles D. Sigsbee, III served in WWII in the Army (and was part of the landings at Normandy). He passed away while I was young, after the war, and I wonder if he was aware of the ship bearing the family name. I love seeing the pictures and reading about the USS Sigsbee. I feel very connected. However, I'm also saddened that she met such a terrible fate-- and saddened for all her sailors for such a tragedy.
Cheryl Sigsbee

18  Date: 2000-12-13 12:59:07
William K. Roberts III ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice work dad-----------Love Bill


Date: 2000-10-19 23:36:52
thomas van vorce ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was a signalman striker and on the port side 40 mil-when hit 4-14 45. Its great to see the sigsbee getting her due publicity. I went on board in 43 and went to the next 8 battles.Gordon Chung Hoon became famous. T van vorce


Date: 2000-10-14 07:31:14
Lynn Williams ( / no homepage) wrote:

I'm writting for my dad, Ross Willliams RM3c. I'll have him write a note soon. Thanks for work everyone has done. By the way, 23 were killed on 14 April '45 and 1 other crewman was lost overboard in the North Atlantic earlier. Total injured was 73. I researched Ross' service on Sigsbee and will send other information I found. Thanks again!


Date: 2000-09-11 05:53:22
Jack Bell ( wrote:

Nice Job, "Bill & Wdy" on your home page. It was a lot of work but it is worth while. It is a joy to
see something done well.


Date: 2000-09-07 01:13:10
Michael Clevenger ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for your e-mail, my relationship to Alvernon Kuandart is I am a really good friend of his son-in-law, we both serviced in the military and are retired US Army. To contact Alvernon Kuandart his mailing address is 607 Sherwood Ave. Bonanza, AR. 72916


Date: 2000-08-18 01:47:41
Don Farnam ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the grandson of GM 1/c Jim "Pops" Farnam. I really enjoyed your site. I think it's important that future generations of Sigsbee sailors learn more of what their family members went through during the war so that we don't forget. Smooth sailing to the entire crew of Sigsbee. Its an honor to be associated with you! Don Farnam - Riverhead, NY


Date: 2000-08-07 04:08:59
Lee Sheffield ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Bill and Edy,
Very interesting reading on your web page.
It was very nice meeting you at the Chico swap.
Wilma sends her best regards......Lee


Date: 2000-08-03 13:16:45
Shawn E. Zimmerman ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking for info on USS Sigsbee dd 502 as my uncle died on 4/14/45 Gerald P. Keller. My mother's name is MaryAnn Keller Zimmerman. My address is P.O. Box 131, Kersey, PA 15846. 814-885-8418. Thanks.


Date: 2000-07-31 16:01:42
Carol McWilliams ( / no homepage) wrote:

Will be sending jpeg files of crew for my father, Robert (Bob) Gabbard. When I'm in Nicholasville, KY next time, I hope to show him this site. I know he hasn't joined the reunion but hopefully next time he'll make the trip, it appears to be worthwhile.

Carol Gabbard McWilliams


Date: 2000-07-21 19:59:26
John Brashears ( / no homepage) wrote:

Enjoyed your page...By the way - Thank God for guys like you, And a tough old destroyer like the Sigsbee.



Date: 2000-07-21 18:00:50
Kae ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking at your ships was interesting.
My daughter is serving in the Navy. She was aboard the USS Abe Lincoln.

7  Date: 2000-07-19 01:20:02
William Roberts #rd ( / no homepage) wrote:

This is real neat DAD thanks for the address.
Love you-Bill

6  Date: 2000-07-16 13:24:12
Chuck Edwards ( / no homepage) wrote:

Made my 80th birthday, 60th wedding anniversary and survived the Sigsbee service. A lot of years past before we met again at the first reunion in 1985 and it has made a Sigsbee family that has been our greatest experience and proud to be a member.

5  Date: 2000-07-12 01:26:22
MARC MARTTER ( SUSANMARC@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:


4  Date: 2000-07-11 02:44:13
Jason Martter ( / no homepage) wrote:

Bill, You've done an incredible job on your website. When I started my search for additional pictures of the USS Sigsbee on the internet, never did I think I would see pictures of my grandfather and his friends! Thank you for the opportunity of seeing those pictures! Thanks again, Jason

3  Date: 2000-07-03 20:21:59
George&Alice Phillips ( / no homepage) wrote:

A very good story

2  Date: 2000-07-02 04:10:48
John Mastin ( / wrote:

Good job on your Sigsbee site Billy! Thank you for sharing information with me........and thank you for your service to our country. Hope to see you at the next reunion in Virginia Beach.

1  Date: 2000-04-07 00:05:00
Edith Roberts ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice job Bill! Wonderful story on your navy cruise during WWII. Being in the background during those years we didn't hear too much of those happenings.
Thanks for letting your wife be the first to sign in! Love Ya, Edy