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Dale Clair Okelberry  [ email ]

July 21, 2013, 20:25

Rate/Rank : CPO3
Address:   539 South 750 East! River Heights, Utah     435-753-2231
I served on the Thomaston in April-May 1968 attached to Beachmasters Unit One support to 3rd Marines Div. Made river trips to deliver/pickup troops and equipment. Anyone remember these trips?

Jeri Eichler Young  [ email ]

July 20, 2013, 04:32

Rate/Rank : Unkno
Address:   Po Box 651, Pinetop, AZ 85935    

My Father, Jerry L Eichler, served on the Thomaston from approx 1965-1969. He passed away 07-16-2011. My children, his grandchildren have asked so many questions about what he did in the Navy, where he was, who he served with. If anyone recognizes his name, or remembers serving with him, any information you can give me would be wonderful.

Thank you all, for your service to our country.

A Sailor's Daughter.....

Jeri L Eichler-Young

Len Hammond  [ email ]

July 06, 2013, 21:57

Rate/Rank : SK2
Address:   91-1335 Keoneula Blvd, Unit 506; Ewa Bea    
I was the GSK LPO from 1971 to 1972. I made the trip to Diego Garcia ('71-'72) and transferred to Language School on return to San Diego for further assignment to Naval Advisory Group, VN.
I am trying to track down a plaque for the "Tom Cat". I lost my in one of my many moves and would like to replace it.
If there is one out there I would pay for it and the shipment.
Len Hammond

Joe Wallace  [ email ]

June 26, 2013, 01:12

Rate/Rank : SgtMC
Address:   475 Laurel Ave. Highland Park, IL     XXXXXXXXXX
Served aboard LSD-28 from January 1973 to Gulf of Tonkin, Hong Kong, Upper MAU Camp (PI), and 2 weeks in Mindoro. Served with G Battery, 3d Bn, 12thMar, attached to BLT 1/4.
Rotated back to the world 8/1973.

Wd Bailey  [ email ]

June 12, 2013, 15:58

Rate/Rank : RM3
Looking forward to another great reunion in New Orleans! Thanks again to John and Peggy Rumer for all they do for our group!!!!

Craig Trull  [ email ]

June 07, 2013, 21:57

Rate/Rank : mmfn
On board the Tomcat from 7 Oct. 64 until 28 Mar.66 , Served with my brother in the forward engine room, he was a bt. We made a few west pack tours together.Good times & good memories

Kataleah Smith  [ email ]

June 06, 2013, 20:26

Rate/Rank : SSG
I really like this website. I visit often to get updates and learn new things about the military and veterans. I have come across many other great websites that are very informative. One website is U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs w w w . v e t e r a n p r o g r a m s . c o m. On this website I frequently learn about the latest money available to veterans, benefits for veterans and their families, where to get discounts for veterans, and I get free things from their veteran giveaway program.
Keep up the good work. I will pass the word about your website and I will visit again. Thanks!

Clovis Long  [ email ]

June 05, 2013, 17:44

Rate/Rank : QM3
Looking for one of your old shipmates and ours. Looking for Garry F. Barnes, He went on board the Thomaston LSD-28 as and EM3 in May of 67 after he was transfered from the Terrell County LST-1157. You will enjoy New Orleans we held our 2012 reunion there and had a blast.
Thank you

Clovis O. Long
QM-3 USS Terrell County

Lenard R. Merrell  [ email ]

May 09, 2013, 02:20

Rate/Rank : RM3
Address:   51 crooked pine road port orange florida    
Served on the Thomaston in late 67 after returning from a year and half tour at Navcommsta Philippines. Enjoyed my time on the Thomaston.

Allen Bennett  [ email ]

April 23, 2013, 22:27

Rate/Rank : SM3
Hello Shipmates,

I served on board the Thomaston during 1974-1975.I'm seeking info about our whereabouts during Eagle Pull/
Frequent Wind for as Latitude/Longitude can anyone help.
Check my photo signal bridge.

SM3 Bennett

Dan Kaercher  [ email ]

April 02, 2013, 21:01

Rate/Rank : BM3
1963 - 1965 Ran Starboard Crane

Ivan "Gunner" Puett USMC  [ email ]

March 20, 2013, 19:42

Rate/Rank : CWO 4
Address:   Oceanside, Ca.     7608228857
I left San Diego on the Thomaston in Sept 1966 on route to Viet Nam. The ship passed through typhane IRA on the way to Okinawa. We off loaded and contiuned on another ship to Viet Nam. Great Web site.

John Rumer  [ email ]

March 18, 2013, 15:45

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21 Homosassa, Fl 34446     352-382-0246 or cell 352-613-7339
If anyone needs reunion info please see the reunion tab or contact me. If I forgot you "I'm sorry" or maybe I didn't have a good address or email for you.

Alan L. Cook  [ email ]

February 12, 2013, 14:10

Rate/Rank : BM3
Hello all, I served on the TomCat from 1973 thru 1975. Some really good guys on board then. We made three westpac tours and helped move refugees to PI. I was a cockswain and ran the captains gig the mark4 and the LCVP's.

shawn Beard  [ email ]

January 21, 2013, 00:46

Rate/Rank : BT 2
Address:   sterling, CO    
1980-1984 I was on the last WestPac and decommissioning. Worked in the forward fireroom. In Vegas (120/12) with Ed (Abe) Lincoln.

Glenn Maddox

January 20, 2013, 12:13

Rate/Rank : MM3

Terry E. McEwen  [ email ]

December 30, 2012, 09:21

Rate/Rank : SM3
I would like to get a bio of our CO, Captain Robert G. Thomson. Could anyone help with this? Thanks.

MARVIN OSWALD  [ email ]

December 08, 2012, 18:37

Rate/Rank : SN
Address:   820 WEST HAMPTON ST LEESVILLE SC 29070     803-535-6902

USS Thomaston Reunion  [ email ]

December 06, 2012, 16:39

Rate/Rank : Group
The latest reunion information has been updated on the website, please click on 'reunions'

David Hale  [ email ]

November 25, 2012, 13:13

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   2341 North 600 East     765-623-1968
Engine Room

Leonard LaMantia  [ email ]

November 14, 2012, 15:28

Rate/Rank : BMSN
Address:   9952 Rt 119 Hwy S, Blairsville, Pa 15717     412-601-1985
Just retired and wondering when and where the reunion for 2013 will be held? I served on the Tom Cat 69 - 70 in 2nd Div. deck crew plus drove captain's gig and the lcvp's.

baca richard  [ email ]

November 11, 2012, 00:15

Rate/Rank : bm3
severed on the tomcat 63 to 65 was in first div have been able to get in touch with a couple of ship mates, when I was on the tomcat,well , I do keep in touch with Guess bmsn and McDonald bmsn, Well, any way I want to wish all the Veterans A Happy Veterans DAY ,GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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

November 03, 2012, 07:03

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, 18:01

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 26, 2012, 01:18

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 22, 2012, 03:34

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, 17:40

Rate/Rank : YN2
Nice job Randy.

Randy B  [ email ]

September 17, 2012, 02:28

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, 23:35

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, 14:36

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, 13:51

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

Lance Milam  [ email ]

August 25, 2012, 04:34

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 20, 2012, 00:28

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, 23:50

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, 20:50

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, 18:08

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, 05:02

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

Mike Rhudy, SHSN 76-78  [ email ]

August 06, 2012, 04:42

Rate/Rank : SHSN
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, 16:14

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, 13:21

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, 19:26

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 24, 2012, 02:24

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, 20:45

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, 14:36

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, 17:59

Rate/Rank : MM3

Bill Stucki

June 22, 2012, 18:59

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 19, 2012, 00:00

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, 09:17

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

Henry Quarterman

May 01, 2012, 01:42

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

Jimmie L. Stutzman  [ email ]

April 29, 2012, 23:44

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.

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