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Donald Lee Rowe  [ email ]

February 08, 2017, 14:24

Rate/Rank : BM3
Address:   8151 Civic Center Dr #136     661-343-9788
I was aboard from January 1967- August 1968. I am looking for shipmates during this time to reconnect with. I do live in Sacramento, CA. Someone close by to meet up with would be great too.

Donald Earley  [ email ]

February 04, 2017, 08:33

Rate/Rank : BTFA
Address:   431 S Second St. Chelan, Wa 98816     509-670-1187
I am looking for crew members Steve Survich (Zit), Freddy Hendrix from Chicago, Pat Campbell, Billy Jo Gravley from Texas.

Donald Earley  [ email ]

February 04, 2017, 00:54

Rate/Rank : BTFA
Address:   431 S Second St     5096701187
I served on the USS Thomaston from Jan 1973 to Oct 1974 as at Boiler Tech. Would like to hear from any other crew members of our B division from that time.

YN3 Johnny C. Witt  [ email ]

January 17, 2017, 20:29

Rate/Rank : YN3
      575 686-8333
Ship Mates. Our President, John Rumer's funeral will be Saturday Jan 21st at 10:30. Strickland Funeral Home at 1901 SE 8th Ave., Crystal River, FL 34429.

Please keep Peggy and their children in your prayers.

"Calm seas and smooth sailing my friend"

YN3 Johnny C. Witt VP  [ email ]

January 16, 2017, 17:33

Rate/Rank : YN3
      817 648-5063
Thomaston shipmates. Our reunion president, John Rumer passed away today in Florida. Please keep Peggey Rumer in your prayers. More later.....

Charlie Schufer  [ email ]

January 09, 2017, 11:13

Rate/Rank : BM-SN
Address:   3205 Knob Street Shelbyville, KY 40065     (502) 437-2166
Aboard Feb. 59 to Dec, 62. 2nd Div. Boat Coxswain, Crane and Davit Oper. and a bunch of other shit. Did the Cuban thing.

Henry Wallace Sanchez  [ email ]

October 01, 2016, 23:04

Rate/Rank : BM3
Address:   Fontana, CA     (909) 205-3805
Rate/Rank : BM3
(714) 483-2564
Rate/Rank : BM3
Address: California
Hey crew members from 74-77. It's me wally. please call me on temporary phone 706-496-0994. it's been a long time and would love to hear from you guys. just found this website and would like to see if anybody is around me.

New number (909) 205-3805 from Bell Gardens

John M. Tierney

September 23, 2016, 15:01

Rate/Rank : CO
RADM. John M. Tierney- former CO USS Thomaston

My Dad was a former C.O. of USS Thomaston. He truly loved his tour on Thomaston, felt he learned so much, and considered it one of the highlights of his life. I wanted to let you know he passed away on Sept. 15, 2016 in Virginia Beach, and I know he was looking down at your reunion and there in spirit. He was so proud of his crew and I wanted everyone from his era, 1968-69 or 70 to know about his passing and how proud he was of you.

My family has fond memories of our time on the ship and we salute your service. Burial will be at Arlington at a later date.

Rear Admiral JOHN M. TIERNEY U.S. Navy (Ret.)

RADM John Mark Tierney USN (Ret.) passed away in Virginia Beach, VA, on Sepember 15, 2016. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, VA with internment at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
See more at:

Lawrence Martin Hahn  [ email ]

September 17, 2016, 13:28

Rate/Rank : EM3
I am Larry's widow. He served on the USS Thomaston LSD-28 from 76-79. He passed away in 1984 from cancer. I am looking for anyone that served with him on the ship that also got cancer, which I believe was directly from the Enewetak clean-up.

Warren Holcomb  [ email ]

September 10, 2016, 16:18

Rate/Rank : gmgc
Address:   1933 gate nine rd.greenwood,ar    
Randy Thanks For Phone Call.

Gary Bunkelman  [ email ]

September 07, 2016, 11:59

Rate/Rank : E5
Thanks, Randy for finding and updating my email address.

Keith Sugg  [ email ]

August 31, 2016, 20:50

Rate/Rank : BT 3
Address:   2002 cottage ave. granite city il 62040     618-974-2327
Glad I found this sight. Forward fire room 82 thru 84. A lot of good time great friends. Stroud, Beard, Amburgy and all the rest. Hit me up...

Bill Crum  [ email ]

August 01, 2016, 10:13

Rate/Rank : SM2
Hey Ski, brightened my Maryland Monday morning. Sorry not attending but maybe next one if I know you'll be there. Is Flaherty still alive ?

SM2 Crum

pn3 pilarski(ski)  [ email ]

July 28, 2016, 13:36

Rate/Rank : pn3
to mr. bill crum... if you decide to come out to sd in sept. for the reunion, i would like to hook-up with you for a couple of beers.


p.s. if you do... you better bring me some of that maryland crab cakes!

John Rumer  [ email ]

June 15, 2016, 12:28

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21     352-382-0246
The reunion is fast approaching and their are only 5 rooms left in our block of 50 so for those of you that have waited "Good Luck" and the rest of the hotel is full, it's fleet week. Every year we try and get people to make reservations early but a whole lot don't listen so maybe this will get some attention.

The good news is that we have a lot of people this year. If you have a problem getting a room at the hotel, ask about a 'overflow hotel' that is close by. The rate should be about the same. Thanks and I hope to see you there ! Randy Bundschuh

Roger Bentley  [ email ]

April 13, 2016, 17:03

Rate/Rank : SM3
Hi All you Thomaston "Tommy Tinker Toy" crew! I reported onboard October 77. Remember Todd Shipyard Seattle? With Strawberry, Raspberry, Cheese, and a bunch of other great guys. Rode on first WestPac after dry dock, fall of 79. Swapped duty with another signalman from the Blue Ridge who wanted to return to San Diego, Nick Arvanitus...? I stayed on "Flagship" WestPac and became an Illustrator Draftsman, but my heart would always be with the amphibs and the tomcat!

Robert Hoch  [ email ]

April 11, 2016, 21:01

Rate/Rank : ETR 2
Address:   2358 Antler Ave, Ventura, CA 93003     805 293 9222
Just a note to change my address and phone number. Moved from San Diego first of April

Don Young  [ email ]

March 21, 2016, 01:53

Rate/Rank : MM1
Address:   Chula Vista, CA     619-254-5443
Looking forward to the reunion this Sept. 2016 in San Diego. I hope that I see some of my shipmates from '73-'75. Worked with a great crew!

David Deaver

February 19, 2016, 16:43

Rate/Rank : EN3
Address:   P.O. Box 327 Caruthers,CA 93609    
Served in A Div. From June 70 to Aug. 71. Also stood starboard throttle watches because M Div. was short men. Just remember the good times.

ERM2d Burroughs  [ email ]

December 24, 2015, 02:35

Rate/Rank : RM3
      (209) 647-2463
Served on the Thomaston 73-74. I retied from my 9-5 job this past March. Hoping to make the Reunion in September in San Diego.

Jr.  [ email ]

November 23, 2015, 16:18

Rate/Rank : Em
Since you guys need to be a tight group I thought I'd post for the records (if anyone's keeping them)

Em Steadman passed away 01NOV15 in his home in New Orleans

Always sad to learn about the passing of our crew members.
You can find a photo of the EM group in the online 1976 cruise book on on page 27.
click on Gallery, then Cruise books

Robert Hammett  [ email ]

September 30, 2015, 18:03

Rate/Rank : Bmsn
Address:   1229 Lee Rd. Quincy,Ca. 95971     530-283-2373 mess.
Bob Hammett Bmsn,2nd div 73-75 Hi shipmates does anyone remember Rm Pat Boyle, Rm Randy Harisson Bm3 Jack Meeker, Bm3 Billy Ray Morris, If so contact me. I had some of the best and times aboard Thomaston I would like to say I wish you all well and hope to see you in San Diego in 2015, oh yeah say hi to Bmcs Head , Bm1 Sua, Bm2 Boyle Bm2 Shelton & Bm2 Stockton, And thanks to Gmc3 Randy Bunshu had great time at 2004 reunion you done a fine job on this website

Ray r rummel  [ email ]

September 10, 2015, 13:39

Rate/Rank : Rm 3
Address:   12240 258 St Lawrence,ks     785-393-2609
Boiler Tender Seaman 1966

USS Thomaston Admin  [ email ]

September 07, 2015, 11:28

Rate/Rank : Admin
Veterans exposed to Agent Orange may be eligible for the Purple Heart. Those veterans with B-Cell leukemia, Parkinson’s Disease and Ischemic heart disease that were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are eligible.

w w w .purpleheart.org/News.aspx?Identity=99

David Elder  [ email ]

September 04, 2015, 16:39

Rate/Rank : Lcpl.
Address:   Manchester, NH     603-627-4848
Was on board in March of 1984. Shipped out from NAHA, Okinawa and headed to Korea to take part in Team Spirit 84. Was a good ride, and good chow. Ciggarettes were $2.00 a carton. Have a couple photos of the ship, though not sure how to share them here.

Roberto G. Garza  [ email ]

September 02, 2015, 18:47

Rate/Rank : SN
I was aboard the USS Thomaston LSD-28, in October 1962 to December 1962. During that time I ran across my aunts brother, PFC Lomas, I met his daughter this past year. I told her that I knew her father, but I have not be able to get a muster list of all the US Marines aboard the ship, if anyone out there, knows where I get a list, I really appreciated it. Roberto G. Garza, SNE-3 1962

USS Thomaston  [ email ]

August 18, 2015, 12:08

Rate/Rank : LSD28
Sad news, we lost our shipmate Charlie Chadwell on Aug 17, 2015. Charlie served on the Thomaston from 58-60 as a FMBT and came back to the Thomaston in 74-77 as a BT Chief. He started his career on the Thomaston and finished it there. Charlie lived in Florida and belonged to the local LSD club.

Our condolence for all friends and family of Charlie. Rest in peace Charlie...

Dave "George" Georges  [ email ]

August 08, 2015, 15:01

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   513 N. Westmore, Villa Park, Il 60181     630-880-1281
Hello long lost shipmates of the old grey boat known as the Tommy "T". Had to write this as I just happened to look at the website and saw the message Jim Sides wrote. Sad to say it but he is not alone as far as the hearing loss is concerned. The engine room and especially the wargames of August 1974, one month before being discharged did damage to my hearing. Have some great memories of my time on board. But the best is The Inaugeral Second Saturday Music Festival held on the flight deck. For two days the freaks & the rednecks set aside their differences and enjoyed the music & festivities. Life is pretty good these days being alive instead of the alternative! Peace be with all Thomaston shipmates!

Joe Wallace  [ email ]

August 04, 2015, 16:16

Rate/Rank : Sgt
Address:   475 Laurel Ave.     8479420786
I served on the Thomaston from January 1973, going to Gulf of Tonkin, followed by Hong Kong, and on to Upper MAU Camp, PI. Spent two weeks in Mindoro, PI, and JEST in PI. Rotated to CONUS IN 8/1973. Served with Golf Battery, 3/12, attached to BLT 1/4.

I am from New Orleans, LA, and moved to Highland Park, IL following Katrina.

Dennis Bowen  [ email ]

July 25, 2015, 20:55

Rate/Rank : IC3
I just made reservations for the 2015 Reunion in Omaha. See y'all there!

Robert Hartford  [ email ]

June 06, 2015, 21:27

Rate/Rank : IT1
Address:   Montour falls, NY    
Was on the THOMASTON in late '81 to '84. Had a lot good times. Worked in the radio shack with RMC Gibson and RM1 Collins. Have been trying to contact Rm3 Ben Pollack.

Jim Sides  [ email ]

June 02, 2015, 21:07

Rate/Rank : MM3
Hearing protection, that is...

Jim Sides  [ email ]

June 02, 2015, 21:01

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   1734 W Kerry Lane     623-695-3250
Greetings, long-ago shipmates! Every day above ground is a good day. All is well, except for an unexpected Thomaston souvenir: significant hearing loss from serving in forward/aft engine rooms from 7/71 to 8/74 with zero hearing provided. I wonder if any of you former MMs or BTs are experiencing the same; if so, I'd love to hear from you, especilly if you've filed a claim like I finally have. My best wishes to you all!

Mark Hoskins  [ email ]

May 02, 2015, 17:57

Rate/Rank : MMFN
Served on the Thomaston from 73 to 75 in the foreward engine room.Made some good friends and memories that have lasted a lifetime.Thanks to all who help me grow up.

Lee Williams

May 01, 2015, 11:15

Rate/Rank : LT
1975 was a long cruise. I laugh when I see Boson Rizeck in a photo.

Lee, please email your contact information to uss_thomaston@hotmail.com so we can add you to our muster list.

david thompson  [ email ]

April 26, 2015, 07:00

Rate/Rank : SM3
Address:   3405 172nd st ne     4253594107
1970-72,Worked hard, played hard. Thank you for helping me get my life together, had a great time and learned a lot. 425 231 4107. retired.

John Rumer  [ email ]

April 17, 2015, 08:22

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 douglas St Apt21     13523820246
Shipmates, sad to say that Chuck Fleming passed away. His wife called and told me I don't have any details. Chuck was a corpsman on-board during the late 50's and early 60's he is the one that drew and designed the "Tom Kat" logo

Johnny Witt 69-73  [ email ]

April 14, 2015, 09:12

Rate/Rank : YN3
      817 295-9824
OK ship mates its that time of the year again. Reunion time. I made my reservations in Omaha, NE and paid for my meal and dues to John Rumer. Lets get started early this year so we can get a good count of who is coming. Don't forget to bring you raffle gift. Eugene should be another good reunion...You can check the Thomaston website to get all the details...

Bill Crum  [ email ]

March 30, 2015, 10:43

Rate/Rank : SM3
Served aboard the Tommy-T from 1981-1984. Was part of the decommissioning crew. Sig Gang was Chief Valenti, John Smosna, Joe Hammond, Matt Fields, Chris Johnson & Brian Tribble.

Len Hammond  [ email ]

March 20, 2015, 16:31

Rate/Rank : SK2
Address:   91-1335 Keoneula Blvd; Ewa Beach, HI    
I only served on a short time (Nov 71 - Apr 72) on the Tomcat as SK2 in charge of GSK. I made one deployment to Diego Garcia carrying equipment to build the runway and poles for the antenna field. On the way back to San Diego I received orders to VN language school. I enjoyed my tour and look back with fond memories. I retired in 1994 as a LT Supply Officer. I had the fortune to serve on six different classes of ships from PBR to USS Saratoga (CV-60) and the Tomcat is still up there in my memories.
Somewhere in all my PCS moves I lost my Tomcat plaque and would like to replace it. If anyone knows where I can get one I would be most appreciative.

Chuck Glick  [ email ]

March 18, 2015, 20:20

Rate/Rank : EN3
1970 - 1974.

Operation Frequent Wind Event  [ email ]

March 13, 2015, 18:46

Rate/Rank : Guest
From: PMello at MIDWAY.ORG
Subject: Operation Frequent Wind


As a former crew members of the USS Thomaston, you may be aware that on April 26, 2015 the USS Midway Museum in San Diego will honor the 40th anniversary of Operation Frequent Wind. This is a major event featuring the Vietnamese community, 1975 Midway captain Larry Chambers, 1975 Midway air boss Vern Jumper, a wreath ceremony, and much more.

As your ship was part of Operation Frequent Wind, we would like to invite you and your shipmates to join us. We would like to salute your ship’s role during the program. We also would like to offer you a location on Midway where you or someone might display a cruisebook or photo album, and meet our museum guests. We will provide tables and chairs for all participating.

Please contact me if this is of interest to you, and or if you have any questions.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.


Paulette Mello
Marketing Coordinator

Please contact Paulette if you are planning to attend this event.

John Rumer  [ email ]

February 09, 2015, 12:42

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 douglas St Apt21     13523820246
Treba Andrews passed away last night she was one of our shipmates, Andy Andrews, wives and a faithful reunion goer until her health gave out. She will missed by all of us. Our sincere condolences go out to Andy.

Steven Wittwer  [ email ]

January 31, 2015, 00:08

Rate/Rank : MS3
1981-83 I was in first Division and struck over to MS while I was Mess Cooking. I spent time as Night Baker, and got the nick name (Keebler). I got out of the Navy in 92, the Thomaston was my first and best ship.

MARVIN OSWALD  [ email ]

November 27, 2014, 15:30

Rate/Rank : SN

Randy B  [ email ]

November 10, 2014, 20:15

Rate/Rank : GMG3
Veterans Day....

Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when men and women of character step forward to look danger and adversity straight in the eye, refusing to blink, or give ground, even to their own deaths. The protected can’t begin to understand the price paid so they and their families can sleep safe and free at night. No, they are not victims, but are warriors, your warriors, and warriors are never victims, regardless of how and where they fall. Death, or fear of death, has no power over them. Their paths are paved by sacrifice, sacrifices they gladly make for you.

Marine Lieutenant General John F. Kelly

Paul Beard  [ email ]

October 16, 2014, 19:09

Rate/Rank : BM3
I was stationed on The Thomaston from Sept. 1967 until 12/70. During that time we made two cruises to Vietnam the first was 7 months long and the second was 8 months long. The first was in early 1968 the second was in 1969. I was discharged 121070 at that time the ship was preparing for another Vietnam cruise in 1971. Your history only shows Vietnam until 1963.

USS Thomaston  [ email ]

September 24, 2014, 19:01

Rate/Rank : GMG3
The 1968 Cruise Book has just been added ! Check it out in the Gallery tab.

A big thanks to Myron Mokris who send me his book to scan and to the others who also volunteered to send me their books as well.

John Rumer  [ email ]

September 10, 2014, 20:43

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 douglas St Apt21     13523820246
Hey Shipmates the Plan of the Days for the reunion is on the Thomaston Facebook Page so look it over. Its going to be a great reunion, but then I haven't been to any bad ones.

Gary Klein  [ email ]

September 10, 2014, 10:56

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   1910 Rimwood Dr.     7192659924
Served in both engine rooms from '72 - '74. Wrote in back in '06 and heard back from Timmy Joe Martin last week. Still waiting to here from Ken Billiot, Smiley Morgan, Johnny Wooten, Derek Frazier "Small", Chuck Glick and all the rest of M Division. Saw my best friend Dennis Kinsley this past summer. Take care boys.

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