Billy & Edy Roberts

Since: 07 April 2000 05:00am


151 ---

from: Jeff Culbreath <>


date: Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 6:43 PM

subject: Excellent website

Dear Webmaster,

Thank you for your work on this fine website, and most of all, for your service to our country and love for your fellow countrymen. The stories of these men should be much more widely known.

I enjoyed speaking with you at the fiddle jam last Sunday. Hopefully, Iíll see you at similar events in the future!

 God keep you,

 Jeff Culbreath

Orland, California

 150- - - Email From:  Frankie Kronstedt <> Fri, 22 May 2009 1:40 pm

To:, John Mastin <>,

Subject: Your Service,

Dear friends,

I want to thank you for all the pictures and contacts that you have sent to me.

I also want to thank you for sharing your time and memories of the times at sea and memories you have and discovered of my father, William Henry Fore, Sr.

Most of all I want to thank each one of you for your part in protecting our country at great personal sacrifice.

By some miracle, mothers and fathers today have continued producing heroes such as your selves. Men and women continue to join the armed forces and do their part to keep our home front safe and make the world safer and freer for others.

The times you all served in was a very unique time and one I hope will never repeat itself again. A world at war at the same time! I am glad you all were welcomed home with appreciation. Our vets need more of that today.

I give you all my heart felt thanks for the job you have done and the very precious job you still do by having your Internet pages and your get togethers. I would not have found you if you hadn't put so much work into your sites. I would not have the memories and information I now can pass along to my grand children about the very unique battles you all fought. History is so very important. And to think my father shared some of the same history with such fine men, honors me.

This Memorial Day when we have our meal and memories, I will toast each one of you here in my corner of the world. May your day be filled with family and fun.

I don't know you and I doubt that I will ever get to shake your hands or hug your necks, but I have developed a fondness for you all never the less.

  May God Bless and keep you and your families.

  Warmly, Frankie Diane Fore Kronstedt



149 - - - - - - -email from; Dave Kugler <> - - - - - - -



to: William Knight Roberts <>

date: Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 7:55 AM

subject: sigsbee (Ships Bell)


Dear Mr. Roberts Ė

First, I would like to thank you for the sacrifices you made so many years ago by volunteering to defend our country and our way of life.  Unfortunately, those of us who came after you have not been such good shepherds; but that is a discussion for another day.

Attached are some photos of the bell from the Sigsbee.  We also have a clock and shipís light which I was told came off the Sigsbee.  The source of these articles is a WWII veteran himself and I have known him as an honest and trustworthy man for almost twenty years so I have no doubt as to their authenticity.  

I apologize for taking so long to respond to you but it seems that every time I tried to take some photos, something intervened.  Either the sun was down by the time I got home from work or the steps were covered in ice; but here they are.

I got the bell for my wife since her father retired as a Navy commander who had served in Korea on the Fletcher.  We collect a lot of antique militaria including Revolutionary war and Civil war cannon shells, weapons from all wars and so on.  We bought this bell from The Horse Soldier in Gettysburg, PA which is owned by Mr. Smalls.  When we got it, it was painted Navy Grey.  I built the stand and it sounds great!

I would be more than happy to bring the bell and other items to one of your reunions on the east coast Ė its the least I can do for you.  I would put the bell and its frame on my trailer.  I live half way between Baltimore and Washington DC so travelling to Norfolk, or Charlotte, or New Jersey or Pennsylvania would be no problem, just give me a couple months notice!

Stay well and contact me with any further question or requests.


David Kugler

148 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Malinowski, Mark A SFC JASG-C 50TH" <> (From John Mastin)
To: <
Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2009 8:39 AM 
Subject: Crew Member 
Sir, Great web site. Found a lot of info on my father, John (n) 
Malinowski CM2c. Crew member from commissioning (23 Jan 1943) to late 
1945. Learned a lot about him and the DD502. Keep up the good work. I am 
currently on deployment in Iraq. The site takes me back. Take care. God 
SFC Mark Malinowski 
Joint Area Support Group Central (Provisional) 
NCOIC Basing & Urban Planning 
International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq 
DSN (xx8) 2x9-x1x6 
COM (xx3) 3x3-x1x6 


 147 --------From: "john killary" <> (From John Mastin)

To: <>

Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:48 PM

Hi John

Thanks. It was nice to hear from you. Yes, I remember Joe Cook. I'm pretty sure we stood condition one watches in port aft. 40mm gun tub-it was a quad. forty. We were in the 6th deck div. My reg. GQ was gun capt. on 20mm port quarter gun tub (the officers called them mounts-we called 'em tubs). I e-mailed Joe and hope to hear from him. Thanks very much for telling me about him. Our ranks are getting mighty thin and it was very thoughtful of you to remember me. My very best regards to you and the family.

 John Killary, USS MIAMI

  P.S. Billy Roberts invited me to join him and his crew buddies but I was unable to accept as my daughter and family drove me back home to the west coast. It was their first trip and they were thrilled to be able to go swimming in the Pacific. Billy understood and in addition named me an honorary member of the fine Sigsbee crew. I was honored indeed and very moved by it. Of all the campaigns, Okinawa was the nightmare of them all. To this day I still wonder why we escaped from being hit.   

146 ------To: ; JACK Hoyle  (From John Mastin)

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 2:23 PM

Subject: RE: Sigsbee

John I have enjoyed the work you and Billy have done on the Sigsbee web site.. I was only on the Sigsbee for a short time. Jan.23-June 14 1943. I met some good men while on that ship, but did not get to know all them. I remember Harry Isett and enjoyed the picture of you and Billy with him. I may have had contact with Billy but do not remember him and his guitar. I had contact with so many people during my five years in the Navy. Again thanks for all you and Billy have done and are doing. I  have not found a web site for other ships I served on.

Lt. Jack Hoyle

145  ----- Original Message -----

From: To: (From John Mastin)

Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 12:35 PM

Subject: Re: Picture

ohn,  Such a pleasant surprise to hear from you.  Joe Carroll.  He was a great friend while I was learning the Morse Code.  After we were assigned ships I never saw or heard from him again.  Casimir Komski was in charge of the radio gang on the Sigsbee.  He had initiated a news sheet which the radio gang gave to whoever wanted a copy.  I became his most reliable guy to find out what was going on and type up a page of news.  Mostly we got the word out about major league baseball scores.  Casimir worked on the Dew Line up at the Artic Circle.  That work was the beginning of his physical problems.
I am well.  I work sixteen hours per week, four hours per day on four days being a greeter at a Kroger Marketplace.  On November 11 I wore my Sigsbee cap.  It attracted a lot of people to thank me for serving and of course some former Navy guys wanted to trade stories.
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


144 ------------To: (From John Mastin)

Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 7:02 AM

Subject: RE: Picture

hanks John, for the picture and the Christmas wishes.  I remember Lloyd.  He joined the radio gang after me.  He must have gotten the picture from Cas Komski.  I believe it was taken while a group of the Radio gang (among them; Joe Farlow and Bertie Faulls) from the Sigsbee were on TAD at a refresher course for Radiomen at a school the Navy was running at Waialia (Spelling ???).  I believe it must have been about August 1943.
Your Website has kept my memory bank full. I spend many hours there, John.  My grand-children visit too.  They keep me informed about things that I might have missed.  I haven't heard a word from Casimer Komski for a couple of years.  He sent me a picture of himself in a wheel-chair and a copy of the same picture Lloyd gave you but not a word since. Our generation is fast disappearing! 
You and Billy do wonders for our morale.  I can never thank you enough.
Have a happy Christmas and a Healthy New year, John.  The same to Lloyd and Billy.
Joe Carroll

143 ----------From:
Sent: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 4:53 pm
Subject: Sad News

Hi Billy and John

Just wanted to let you know that apparently Dick Dewey has died.  The last time Hank saw him was last year. He was living in a retirement residence in La Mirada (about 35 miles south of LA).  He was doing well.  We mailed him a Christmas card this year and it was returned to us marked "deceased."  That's all the information we have.  But, wanted to share it with you.

Take care, Hank and Arline

 142    ----- Original Message ----- (From John Mastin)

From: "Robert Rasmussen" <>

To: <>

Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:11 PM

Subject: Sigsbee

 Hello - my dad LeRoy C. Rasmussen served on the Sigsbee and was  wounded in the attack in April 1945.  I just wanted to say thank you to all of the men who served with my dad and gave so much.  Dad passed away 13 years ago last March but his memory lives on as  does everyone who served our great country.
 I am reading the book The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and it gave me the idea to look up his old ship on the web.  I'm glad I found this site, I read every page and gave a prayer of thanks for those who served.

 God bless,

 141      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  




   140    ------- Date:2008 - 01 - 07 ----------- (From John Mastin)

    Jeffery Kingsley /no home page wrote:


 Great Sigsbee website.  Thanks for all your hard work!

 I am helping a friend look for photos of his father who served on the Sigsbee during 1945.  You have a picture of a document on your webshots page entitled purpleheart etc and his father's signature is on it along with Milton Morgan's.  I saw Mr. Morgan's photo in one of the reunion albums and wondered if you knew of anyone had any cruise books from that time. Also, do you know how one could contact Mr. Morgan?

 Looking for a photo of Lt. John L. Marks.


 Jeff Kingsley

       139   Date     2007 - 12 - 16

  Roderick Fuller no home page wrote:  

Dear Mr. Roberts,    
Just wanted to wish you and all the Sigsbee family a Merry Christmas 
and Happy New Year.
Your fine work has meant a lot to our family and is greatly appreciated.
I visit the web site often and have a lot of admiration for you and the 
work that you put into it.

Many, many thanks,

Roderick Fuller

son of Earl K. Fuller (S1c USS Sigsbee)

      138    Date        2006 - 1- 13

    Jay Millirans ( / no home page) wrote:

Billy I would like to thank you for the (History of the USS Sigsbee DD-502) book you sent previously and the DVD I received last week. The painting copies enclosed with the book were in perfect condition upon arrival. Your work and effort on the web page and information research is a very fitting tribute to the veterans who served on the Sigsbee. I am enclosing Uncle Shermans only surviving brother (Harold Millirans) address.

Thanks so much!

Jay Millirans


















Date: 2007- 10-7      7:45:46
Rick Sox :( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi BILLY , Hope you guys made it home safely. Sandy and I returned safely to Detroit Tuesday, with no further car problems.It was an HONOR meeting you and talking with you about the Sigsbee and Tony Sox. Words cannot describe the the closure I feel after 62 years of wondering about my uncle /Godfather. I was 4 years old at that time and never was able to mourn or have closure till I spent the time with you (at Pittsburgh) last week !


Lets keep in touch

Forever in my yhoughts and prayers;



    Date: 2007-09-28 18:35:13
    Karen Braumiller McLarty ( / no homepage) wrote:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful Web site! My father, Lt. Richard E. (Dick) Braumiller, served on the Sigsbee during 1944-45. He passed away on October 9, 2001 in his home town of Lynchburg, VA; I miss him very, very much. I know that he and my mother (Ellie Braumiller) attended Sigsbee reunions over the years and that these gatherings meant a very great deal to both of them. By reading this site, I've only just now learned of the reunion in Pittsburgh; I would very much like to attend, although unfortunately I'm not sure I can. Only after he died did I learn my father had been awarded a Purple Heart, and only just now reading this site did I learn he also received the Fleet Commendation Medal, Fifth Fleet, for meritorious achievement. Thank you, thank you for helping me learn more about my father and all of his shipmates on the heroic Sigsbee. Karen Braumiller McLarty, Charlotte, NC

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Date: 2007-09-28 03:47:21
Barbara McDonald ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a wonderful site! My dad was Marvin McCants. My mom Dot died in July and while packing her home my
siblings and I found my dad's scrap books, photo albums and letters from when he served on USS SIGSBEE. Those of you who may have known him know what a quiet man he was so through these things we are able to find out about his Navy Family. Thanks to all of you and if anyone has stories to share I would love to hear from you.
Barbara McCants McDonald

(Copied from John Mastin site)

134  Date: 2007-09-25 02:18:45
Sarah Hart ( / wrote:

My great uncle was Lt. JG George G. Hart, killed in action on April 14, 1945. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to all those who served on the USS Sigsbee; their service is forever appreciated and not forgotten.

133  Date: 2007-09-17 20:08:01
William R Sammons ( / no homepage) wrote:

William R. (Bill) Sammons passed away on September 12,2007 H was a crew member.
The Sammons Family

132  Date: 2007-07-18 22:49:01
Sidney Allen ( / no homepage) wrote:

Vernon Doyle Swaim of Huntsville, Alabama, a WWII veteran of the USS Sigsbee, recently passed away. I've posted his obituary below.

Swaim, Vernon Doyle
May 14, 1922 Ė July 13, 2007
Huntsville Times,
Wednesday, July 18, 2007, p. B3, c6 & internet

May 14, 1922 July 13, 2007
Vernon Doyle Swaim, 85, of Huntsville died Friday. He was an U.S. Navy veteran of World War II serving on the U.S.S Sigsbee. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Louise, on Nov. 20, 2000. Survivors include sons, Vernon Swaim Jr., retired U.S. Marine Corps, of North Carolina, Charlie Swaim, Jim Swaim, retired U.S. Army, and David Swaim, all of Huntsville; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel.
Published in The Huntsville Times on 7/18/2007, p. B3, c6 & internet

131  Date: 2007-06-21 02:02:42
Ed Fleischer ( no email / no homepage) wrote:


Thanks so much for your web site and all of your efforts. I have enjoyed looking at your site, and the amazing amount of information that you have collected.

My father (Edwin J. Fleischer) was on the USS Sigsbee from the Christening until sometime near the end of its service. My dad passed away in 1992, but would have loved to see your website. He was also a ham radio operator (K1JRE). I have attached his obituary for your information and posting (if possible).

Thanks again for your service.


Ed Fleischer (Jr.)

130  Date: 2007-05-10 19:43:38
Mark Stephens ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father, Tom Stephens of Sayre, Oklahoma served on the Sigsbee. He joined the ship after boot camp in Pearl Harbor.

129  Date: 2007-04-23 15:19:41
nicholas gabbard ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello all,
I would just like to announce that Robert Gabbard from the uss sigsbee was my grandfather. He passed away yesterday on april 22 2007 at 0600 hours. He will be buried with full military honors on april 25 2007 at 1000. Since his passing i have been researching a little more about him that i didnt know and i would just like to say that this site was a big step. thank you.

128  Date: 2007-03-13 02:37:58
leroy hagston ( / no homepage) wrote:

son of Joe Hagston who was killed in the attack on the Sigsbee

127  Date: 2007-02-23 22:35:03
lloyd Ramsey ( / no homepage) wrote:

good site, very nice
God Bless

126  Date: 2007-01-30 04:31:58
Paul Ihrke ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father, Warren C. Ihrke served aboard the Sigsbee from February 1943 until it arrived in Pearl after the battle of Okinawa. He passed away on 19 January 2007. Both he and I attended the reunion in Virginia Beach about 4 years ago. He was buried with full military honors at the family cemetary in Stranger, Texas and there will be a Memorial Service for him at Berachah Church in Houston, Texas at 1100 on 30 January.

125  Date: 2007-01-18 02:16:00
Tom Farland ( / no homepage) wrote:

Very interesting site. My dad (Wayne) was a 4x40 mm. fire controlman on USS Harry E. Hubbard, DD748 at Okinawa. Was first to reach Evans and Hadley after battle of May 11th. Also, shot down Betty X 2 while screening damaged Barry (under tow) into Kerama Retto. Coincidence: Barry rescued Bob Maher (USS Borie, author of DD book) in Atlantic, Maher was Dad's FC instructor in Seattle, '44.

All the best. We will never forget.

124  Date: 2007-01-12 23:19:20
SHIRLEY DIGEORGIO ( / no homepage) wrote:







123  Date: 2007-01-04 23:27:19
Rod Fuller ( / no homepage) wrote:

Mr. Roberts,
I want to express my sincere gratitude for the fine display of our father's obituary and pictures on your web site. It is accurate and just terrific. Your web site honors so well the memory of the great ship, USS Sigsbee, the skipper and crew,and the service you and they have performed for our country. Thanks so much.
Rod Fuller (Son of Earl K Fuller, S1c)

122  Date: 2006-11-29 18:56:13
Dale R Musser ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you, for the comforting and much needed information you have sent me regarding the battle that killed my brother Clair E Musser. We were inseparable while growing up.We both enlisted at the same time, but I was to young and was refused until I enlisted later.
For many years I could not accept his death, because there was no body or precise information that could convince me of his death. I finally accepted it, but the information you sent me gave me a much better picture of what happened and how he was killed.
The pictures, battle formation, history of the Sigsbee, and the memorial were much appreciated.
The hats will be worn. I told my son's family during thanksgiving about my brother Clair and the information you sent and what happened to him, so my Granddaughter is going to wear the cap to school and tell the class all about it.
Thank you again for your consideration, information and generosity of sharing.


121  Date: 2006-11-23 17:02:28
Roderick L. Fuller ( / no homepage) wrote:

Originally posted 2006-10-02

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

120  Date: 2006-11-23 16:55:41
SHIRLEY DIGEORGIO ( / no homepage) wrote:

(Copied from John Mastin's site 2006-11-23)

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: 2006-11-23 16:47:05
Cas Komski ( / no homepage) wrote:

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





Date: 2005-02-06 01:07:13
dave kugler ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was interested about the Sigsbee since I have her bell which was salvaged before she was sold. I cleaned it up and it shines like the sun! thanks for the history and photos


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.

*Site owner's note: >>>>>George, Francis, Madison, Joseph and Albert, the Sullivan brothers died
when their ship, USS JUNEAU (CL 52), sank after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine
during the battle for Guadalcanal on November 13, 1942.<<<<<

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

17  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

16  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!

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

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

14  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

13  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

12  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

11  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.

10  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

9  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.

8  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, III ( / 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
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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