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Bill "Critter" Crittenden, 72 - 73  [ email ]

November 03, 2012, 02:03

Rate/Rank : MM
Address:   Houston, Texas    
Howdy everyone. I was a MM in the forward engine room with Gary Klein, Dennis Kinsley, Sonny Bivens, Johnny Wooten, Wilber, Pizzaro, Smiley Morgan, Hennesee, Ketterman (RIP)and Brad Bingham (and many others). I really have a lot of great memories, I just did not totally appreciate what a good time we were really having right then. We did the New Zealand, Austria, PI, Hong Kong, Ceylon, Diego Garcia cruise. When I was young, in some ways, I was really young. Several years back, I was in San Diego and took the harbor cruise. We passed by the TomCat tied up at 32nd St, and a salior on the fan tail saw me looking at him. So he turned around and dropped his trousers providing me with the famous salute. Well being the the mature upstand gentleman I was then, I immediately returned the favor. He could have been us. Thank you for all the good memories, sow my wild oates, and grow up in the process. If you know the contact info for any of the above folks, please let me know or ask them to contact me. I would like to contact my buddy Fritzler, the Yeoman, if anyone knows what he is up too. We got tattos at the same time. There was also a great guy who was BT who was burned by a steam leak from the aux feed water pump - I have always hoped things worked out for him. Anyone know anything about him or what happened with him? I would really appreciate any info? I hope to see everyone at a reunion in the future. I am hoping to go to one soon. Regards, Critter

Ken Mack  [ email ]

October 30, 2012, 13:01

Rate/Rank : EM2
     
This last summer, 5 members of the 72-75 E-Division held in "informal" e-mail muster and shared some memories. It was great to hear from you all: Pete Bourgoin, Don Daniels, Steve Sutton, Dean Neumeyer, and Ken Mack.
Would still like to hear from any remaining Division members:
Mike Norris, Jim Dubina, Bob Abbott, Mike Legan, 'Moose' Williams, Phil Gonzales, Bruce Hatch.
"Those were the days, my friends..."

james switzer  [ email ]

September 25, 2012, 20:18

Rate/Rank : ftg3
Address:   Lynchburg,va 24503    
Served on the "Tom Cat" 2/61-3/62. I was looking over the slideshow of the 2005 reunion which we attended. Randy, on page 4 slide 1 is upside down. It is a picture of the MK 5 Target Designation System (TDS) Just fyi.
Thanks Jim Switzer

Fixed it. Thanks Jim.

Dave Kunz  [ email ]

September 21, 2012, 22:34

Rate/Rank : IC2
Address:   16561 SW 114th ST, Crete, NE. 68333     402-326-5040
I can't wait to get to the reunion this year! Last year was my first one and I had a blast! I was surprized that I had so much in common with the old-timers. Listening to some of those sea stories made me realize that some of those guys were crazier than us! That in itself is hard to believe. I think I could safely say a good time was had by all. I am so glad my buddy Pete Kenville is coming this year. If you were on the Tommy T and just found this website, then come on down! We all would love to see you.

Harry Lewis

September 18, 2012, 12:40

Rate/Rank : YN2
     
Nice job Randy.

Randy B  [ email ]

September 16, 2012, 21:28

Rate/Rank : GMG3
     
I just rolled out a new look for the ussthomaston.com site.

I hope you enjoy it !

Please update your browsers to the latest version so all the features work (dropdown menu, etc)

I hope to see you at our next reunion !

Dennis Bowen  [ email ]

September 14, 2012, 18:35

Rate/Rank : IC3
     
Old Tomcat desciple plublishes international thriller, The Water Diamonds, on September 11, 2012. Those interested can check it out on Amazon/Kindle and Barnes & Noble/NOOK. Loved the 'cat and its crew. Take care all! Dennis

BTW, the band we started during Westpac '69 & '70 was called Spontaneous Generation. It played the messdecks and replenishment venues, not to mention a sit-in in Hong Kong (remember Wanchai? Rooftops?). db

John Rumer  [ email ]

September 12, 2012, 09:36

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21     352-382-0246
Well here it is reunion time and all of you guys up there in the east are going to miss this one in Portland,Maine It isnt going to get much closer to a lot of you and the years are passing faster then you think. To the ones that are coming have safe travel and we will see you there and we can talk about the ones that didnt come AGAIN.

Agboga  [ email ]

September 02, 2012, 08:51

Rate/Rank : good
Address:   cape town    
love this site

Lance Milam  [ email ]

August 24, 2012, 23:34

Rate/Rank : SN
Address:   430 South Kirkwood, Oran, MO 63771     573-931-3620
Thanks for the video. It sure brings back some good memories. I served on Her from August '83 to August '84. I got to go on Her last Westpac and grew up a lot that year. Those of us on Her at that time share a unique history, we ran aground in Hawai'i while headed out on Westpac. I left right after returning to San Diego and went to ET school then on to Guam to the NAVCAMS station as a crypto ET.

John Rumer  [ email ]

August 19, 2012, 19:28

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21 Homosassa,Fl34446     352-382-0246
Sorry to report but I got a email from Jim Crawford's daughter and said he had passed. I dont know when or where or how when I do I'll get back on John Rumer

Ronald Ziecker ( ZEKE)  [ email ]

August 14, 2012, 18:50

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   89 South Vaughn Street, Springville, NY    
Updating my e-mail address for all of you.

Ronald Ziecker ( ZEKE)  [ email ]

August 14, 2012, 15:50

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   89 South Vaughn Street, Springville, NY    
Served aboard the USS Thomaston from January 1961- August 27, 1961. Served in AFT engine room while aboard in San Diego. Looking for anyone who served with me at he time.

John Rumer  [ email ]

August 13, 2012, 13:08

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21 Homosassa,Fl 34446     352-382-0246
SHIPMATES, in case you all didnt know we have a reunion coming up next month in Portland Maine and if you didnt receive info on it it's because I probably dont have a good email/snail-mail address for you. But if you would like any info please contact me ASAP. We have a good group coming this year from all time periods. Hope to see some more of you there

Mike Rhudy, SHSN 76-78  [ email ]

August 06, 2012, 00:02

Rate/Rank : E3
Address:   chattanooga, TN/Rossville, GA.     4236294956
Jim Foelkl Holla at me old man...............

Mike Rhudy, SHSN 76-78  [ email ]

August 05, 2012, 23:42

Rate/Rank : SHSN
      4236294956
Michael Thies, Gary Watson, Ed Patterson. Been looking for you guys for years!! Michael Theis, we spoke in 2004 or so. Call me!!!!!!!!! Hello to morrison and anyone else who may remember me.

Gerry Mora  [ email ]

August 01, 2012, 11:14

Rate/Rank : BT3
     
Oil King of the Tommy Tinker proudly serving the US on the Tommy Tinker under not so nice Chief Engineer Lt Schaubel, working some hard and crazy hours with the rest of B Division under very hot steamy noisy and quite demanding conditions. Member of "OUR" armed forces teams during the Viet Nam evacuations (*HINT* contrary to Mr Hussein saying "MY" Team took BinLadden down, when it was "OUR" guys of the Elite Special Forces the Navy Seals not "MY" team haha). Such a Sad sight to see her taken to the scrap yard but proud to have served aboard.

Gerry Mora  [ email ]

July 27, 2012, 08:21

Rate/Rank : BT 3
     
Proud member of the Tommy Tinker crew. Oct '74 Jul '76. Oil King of the Tommy under the not so nice officer Lt Schaubel and proud to have served with my lifelong friend BT1 Richard Meredith.
I saw her last moments video and it felt sad to se her being sold for scrap but well, what are you going to do other than remember those proud days!

Scott Stanley  [ email ]

July 26, 2012, 14:26

Rate/Rank : MR-2
Address:   Kalamazoo, Michigan     269-615-8027
Served on board 1969-1971 with the "A Div. Gang". Anyone remember the Typhoon we went through back then during our WestPac tour? Would love to hear from old shipmates!

Dave Williams  [ email ]

July 23, 2012, 21:24

Rate/Rank : Lcdr.
Address:   Banning, CA    
Just stumbled on this. Any of you from '77 - '81 might remeber me as A-Gang Div O, MPA and then Cheng. Saw a few names I recognized from the past.

Dean Neumeyer  [ email ]

July 22, 2012, 15:45

Rate/Rank : IC/2
Address:   Fairbanks,AK    
Wow, found out about this site from Mack EM/2 and see a few of you from the 72-75 bunch. Wouldn't we all like to have some of that back! Akers, you remember the late night showtimes? Livin' the life in Fairbanks and still able to pursue the big game. Ken, Don, Pete, & Steve you all need to sign in and say something. Steve, is Dennis still around?

Bruce Wooldridge  [ email ]

July 05, 2012, 09:36

Rate/Rank : LTJG
Address:   610 Morse Landing Dr. Cicero, IN 46034     317-984-5449
Updating e-mail information. Served as Disbursing Officer 1965-1967.

Larry Conner

July 04, 2012, 12:59

Rate/Rank : MM3
     
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL. HAVE A SAFE DAY.

Bill Stucki

June 22, 2012, 13:59

Rate/Rank : Capt.
     
Hi Everyone,
I was the one that provided the Pic's of the Thomaston's last Voyage to the Recycling yard.
I just got home from a 100 Day trip on the Tug (We towed another Mothballed Ship ,The Breakbulk Freighter Ex-"Export Aide") From Suisun Bay to Brownsville Tx,and then returned to the Columbia River.
I got home to find a Gift Card to Chili's Restaurant from you all as a token of appreciation, and wanted to thank everyone for the gift.My Family and I will think of all of you while we enjoy our Dinner!
Best Regards,
Bill Stucki

Joe Wallace  [ email ]

June 18, 2012, 19:00

Rate/Rank : E5 MC
     
I served with Golf Battery, 3/12, attached to BLT 1/4, from Gulf of Tonkin from January-July 1973. My most vivid memory was Island of Mindoro, PI. Artillery Operations. The hottest place on Earth! I rotated from 3d MarDiv in August 1973.
Joe Wallace
Sergeant, USMC
1972-76, 1984-86
Highland Park, IL

Kevin Keen  [ email ]

June 08, 2012, 04:17

Rate/Rank : pn3
      407 920 6583
On Board 1976-1980

Henry Quarterman

April 30, 2012, 20:42

Rate/Rank : BMSN
     
I served on board the Thomaston from Feb. 1968 until Aug. 1969.

Jimmie L. Stutzman  [ email ]

April 29, 2012, 18:44

Rate/Rank : FN/BT
Address:   4105 N. McDonald Rd #15, Spokane, WA 992     (509) 443-3821
Anyone near Washington State? West Coast, give me a call. B-Div 1968-69.

Mario Villarreal  [ email ]

April 22, 2012, 10:08

Rate/Rank : MAV9
Address:   205Amistosa     9565455557
Hello to all veterans who were on ships USS Thomaston, USS POINT DEFIANCE, I inform you that you were completely dismantled in Brownsville Texas, was hurt to see that two large ships of war were dismantled on all Thomaston.

Eric Taylor  [ email ]

April 21, 2012, 09:39

Rate/Rank : gmg3
Address:   philipines    
wow i just saw that the reunion is in my home toun this year i wish i could be there but i live in the phills somehting about spending 10 k for 2 weeks is very tiring to me haha but any way have fun guys you will have a blast
also does anyone remeber the postal clerck arneson he got off the ship in 74 i would really like to find him and say hello

james rod bookout  [ email ]

April 12, 2012, 05:13

Rate/Rank : CS3
     
Hello men,
are any of the old folks from 63 to 65 going to be at the reunion?

Steven Grant  [ email ]

April 11, 2012, 22:45

Rate/Rank : FTG2
     
Had shore patrol duty at the China Beach Party. Purtell "Quinnie have I got a job for you". One of the best beaches in the world aqua water, 88 degrees, no surf to speak of. Almost fell in the drink returning to the ship. Saved by some unremembered boatswains mate.

Diego Garcia screen porch for an EM club. Stupid people throwing coconuts on the roof to startle the in country vets.
So many coconut crabs under the trees that when they move it looked like the ground was moving.

John Rumer  [ email ]

April 09, 2012, 08:24

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21     352-382-0246
Sorry to inforrm everyone but I just found out we have lost another "Plankowner" Ken Trephan.I dont know for sure when he passed but I just got a email.
Our condolences go out to Mary

john branigan  [ email ]

March 31, 2012, 14:45

Rate/Rank : em3
Address:   constableville ny 13325    
i was stationed aboard the Thomaston right out of boot camp from oct68 tilmay70

Marvin D. Long  [ email ]

March 23, 2012, 13:47

Rate/Rank : CS3
     
WAS STATIONED ON THOMASTON FROM 1967-1970

Sharon Trang  [ email ]

March 15, 2012, 22:33

Rate/Rank : Guest
     
This message was sent on Thu 3/15/12 4:53 AM. Sharon asked for it to be shared with our crew.

Dear USS Navy veterans,

As your ship was involved in "Operation Frequent Wind" in 1975, I wanted to let you know of an event taking place on April 21, 2012, at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California. It's called "Vietnamese Americans, The Lucky Few", and it will pay tribute to the US and Vietnamese Navy personnel who were a part of the fleet of Navy ships during "Operation Frequent Wind" in 1975, saving the lives of two hundred thousands of Vietnamese refugees.

This event expands upon the success of a 2011 event which included a screening of the Navy documentary, "The Lucky Few".

Amongst the speakers will be Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr. (Ret) (36th Surgeon General of the Navy), Capt. Paul Jacobs (Ret) (USS Kirk, DE/FF 1087), along with entertainment (see flyer).

Please forward this information to your shipmates who may be interested. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me: trangsharon at yahoo dotcom; or Alain Truong, gogreen2088 at yahoo dot com, or Capt. Paul Jacobs (Ret), USS Kirk, usskirk1087 at yahoo dot com.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Sharon Nicholas
FAPACSW CEO

Randy B  [ email ]

March 13, 2012, 20:43

Rate/Rank : GMG3
Address:   Sunset Beach    
I just booked my flights for the reunion ! Looking forward to seeing everyone !!

peter cerbo jr  [ email ]

March 11, 2012, 19:50

Rate/Rank : CS2
      401-269-6243
thanks Randy for putting my pics on the web site . . .
hope to make this years reunion.

Richard (wop) Fowler  [ email ]

March 10, 2012, 12:54

Rate/Rank : BTFN
     
Lokking Willie F Abbott MM3

Johnny Witt  [ email ]

March 07, 2012, 10:01

Rate/Rank : YN3
     
Served aboard Thomaston 69-73 and yes I remember the ships party we had at China Beach in Da Nang harbor in 69. Randy, good video of old Toms goodbye. Can't wait for the Maine reunion. This Texas boy intends to load up on some lobster.

DAVID G. HAMMOCK  [ email ]

March 03, 2012, 15:00

Rate/Rank : mm2
Address:   44 douglas st     352 503 7652
I served on the tomcat from 1957 to 1961 in the aft engine. the video was very sad,but it was well done, thank you Randy!!

GREG PURTELL  [ email ]

February 29, 2012, 20:38

Rate/Rank : FTG#
     
I served aboard Thomaston from March '69 to October '70. Does anyone remember docking in Da Nang and visiting China Beach during 69 cruise?

Richard (wop) Fowler  [ email ]

February 21, 2012, 17:14

Rate/Rank : BTFN
     
I was so sorry to see a Gallant Lady as the tom cat's final voyage. I served 64-68" was also a part of those first beach landings. I'm also sorry to here Jerry Eichler made his final voyage,he was a friend of mine and a good guy. Has anyone heard from or been in contact with William F. Abbott MM3,he was still aboard when I got discharged in 68". I have some very fond memories of my service.

Scott Bell  [ email ]

February 18, 2012, 13:28

Rate/Rank : BM3
Address:   52155 Baker Rd. Chesterfield, Mi 48047     586 648-6408
Served from 66 thru 69. Nice viedo, was sorry to see the Tom Cat put to rest, great memories of my time on board.

Samuel H Drew

February 14, 2012, 16:17

Rate/Rank : BM3
Address:   Brewer Maine    
served on the Tom Cat from 65 to 69. Made four tours to nam Made the first assault landings in nam.Was sorry to see the viodio of the end of the cat. She was namede after a town in Maine. Waqs very proud to have served on her.

Stephen M. Kurtz Sr.  [ email ]

February 05, 2012, 01:14

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   65 Lafayette St. #1 Rochester, NH 03867     8308223377
Served from Sept 1980 to Decom. proud to serve on the ship named after the town I was born in Thomaston Maine!
Hope to see you all at the reunion.
I was very sad to see the video.

David Burrow  [ email ]

January 31, 2012, 18:05

Rate/Rank : FN
Address:   19 Briar St. Glen Ellyn, IL     630-656-7005
I served from 73-75 in the forward engine room, Its good to see that some of you are doing ok. Barger, Don Young, Mike Tarro, Avery, Mike Vandyke, Ron Hudson, Chief Rand its so good to hear that your ok. I went to the army as a military policeman in 76, and worked for the railroads for thirty years. I hope to see someday.

w.a. jenkins  [ email ]

January 25, 2012, 14:09

Rate/Rank : sk3
      9032745577
just viewed the vedio sure brought many memories of her last trip through the canal, I made the trip through the canal during the cuban crisis. served 60-63

JEAN STOCKTON  [ email ]

January 22, 2012, 18:29

Rate/Rank : BM2
     
JUST WATCHED VIDEO OF HER GOING TO BE SCRAPED. HAD GOOD TIMES WITH SHIP MATES ON BOARD. 71-74

Robert Gaeth  [ email ]

January 21, 2012, 03:30

Rate/Rank : RMC
     
Served on board 72-73.Just watched the video and it brought back fond memories.

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