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John Parent  [ email ]

September 11, 2018, 09:30

Rate/Rank : EN2
A-Gang. March 1975 - September 1979 Operation Eagle pull and Frequent wind. Todd shipyard. A-Gang. A band of brothers... One hell of a crew.

Bill Crum  [ email ]

August 21, 2018, 15:47

Rate/Rank : SM2
I served on the Tommy T from 1981-84 and was on the decommissioning crew. Understand recently my signalman rating no longer in our current NAVY. I am one of the last of skivvie waving liberty hounds.

Johnnie Farmer  [ email ]

July 09, 2018, 10:14

Rate/Rank : SGM
Address:   142 Ray Farmer Road     252-209-1328
Looking for information about Alvah "Nick" Nichols who served on the Thomaston from 1954-58 when he got out of the Navy. He was from Aulander, NC but married Carol from San Diego and stayed in Lakeside, California until his recent death. Cannot find military records and need proof of service to get his military grave marker. Anyone who can verify his service or have orders showing his name your assistance would be greatly appreciated. He was my idol as a child and wanted to be just like him. He was the Captain's launch pilot and it sank once while being deployed into the water. He told me that story many times. Thank you for any information. I know he attended at least one reunion because I have a picture of him with his ship hat and coat.

David L Sharp  [ email ]

May 19, 2018, 22:26

Rate/Rank : HT3
Address:   2306 Shadowdale Dr Houston TX 77043     3462280547
Requesting information from anyone on the USS Thomaston from 1972 - 75. If you knew David Sharp during that time, please email or call.

Dennis Bowen  [ email ]

April 28, 2018, 09:27

Rate/Rank : IC3
Served aboard long enough for the post shipyard sea trials in San Diego and the '69-'70 Westpac cruise. Off the ship in June, '70. See you in Seattle! DB

Ernie Bergman  [ email ]

April 08, 2018, 12:13

Rate/Rank : QM 2
Address:   37 Edward Avenue - San Rafael CA 94903    
It's been awhile. Just checking in.

I served August 1969 to June 1970. I'm thinking about going to the reunion in Seattle. Are any of my era shipmates going?

Chuck Larsen  [ email ]

March 21, 2018, 17:45

Rate/Rank : MMFN
Address:   3053 Wedge Ct. Green Bay,Wi.54313     9204993521
Our shipmate and friend Machinest Mate Ken Billiot died Nov.17,2005.He past 32 days after cancer was discovered. Ken worked in aft engineroom from 1970-1974.He was a firefighter in Morgan City La.He is survived by his wife Chile and I think 3 daughters.Ken always had a good attitude and sense of humor.

Chuck Larsen  [ email ]

March 12, 2018, 19:48

Rate/Rank : MMFN
Address:   3053 Wedge Ct. Green Bay,Wi.54313     9204993521
James Foley,I was on the same cruises and discharged in July 1972 flew home from P.I. also.

James Foley  [ email ]

February 25, 2018, 18:54

Rate/Rank : RD3
Aboard 1971-72
I was aboard the Tomcat for the WESTPAC cruise when we had the marines and seals aboard in 71 (and the Mindoro Phiblex) and for the 1972 liberty cruise (I was SHORT) when we had a flight deck full of tractors and farm equipment for a state department visit to Colombo, Ceylon. We had Seabee equipment in the well deck for construction of the base at Diego Garcia. We visited Tauranga, New Zealand, Sydney and Freemantle Australia, among other ports. Lots of fun and more liberty than money. On the return trip, I got off at Subic and flew back to process out at Treasure Island. Very SHORT!!!

Les Musselman  [ email ]

December 07, 2017, 13:00

Rate/Rank : EN2
To Chuck Stroud,
I was in A gang on the Thomaston from 3/74 thru 10/77.
Sorry I don't remember you but I do remember Keith Due.
He came on board about a yr before I left, I think. Maybe in 1976?
I stumbled onto this site and it's always good to hear about those times on the boat. It was a long time ago.
I suppose you came on board when the ship was in the Todd yard in Seattle. If I recall, we were living on that barge that was set up as housing. What I remember about that time was the free bus to the mariners games that summer (77) and getting into the cheap seats for something like a dollar.

Chuck W Stroud  [ email ]

December 03, 2017, 19:37

Rate/Rank : EN3
Address:   4825 Indian Hills Rd SE     256-303-6859
Served on the Thomaston 77-79 as a member of the A-Gang.
Spent a couple of weeks at firefighting school with some cool guys and had some fun. I remember Keith Due and a few others.

David "George" Georges  [ email ]

November 28, 2017, 17:00

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   513 N. Westmore, Villa Park, Il 60181     630-880-1281
Smitty we were in the war zone in 1973. Da Nang harbor for 12 hrs. loading and unloading Marines. At battle stations the whole time. Very scary. If you need more info or just want to talk, call or e-mail me. I'll help if I can. It was a long time ago so memory isn't that clear.

Darrell T. Smith "Smitty"  [ email ]

November 26, 2017, 11:01

Rate/Rank : RM2
Address:   208 Avenue I     3108771249
Looking for help..on the Thomaston 73-75; not being recognized that I was off the shores of Viet Nam by the VA for health benefits, next step is to the Ships History Branch to get the info re ships movements/locations during that time!!

Chuck Larsen  [ email ]

October 06, 2017, 21:05

Rate/Rank : mmfn
Address:   3053 Wedge ct. Green Bay,Wi.     (920) 499-3521
I was on the Thomaston70-72 Worked in forward engine room..I enjoyed reading the guestbook.Recoginized a few names Chuck Glick,Johnny Witt,Critterdon,Georges,Kinsley,Kline.I would like to make a reunion,

Mark Nelson  [ email ]

September 28, 2017, 05:19

Rate/Rank : E2
I was so happy to find this website. My Dad served on the Thomaston in the early to mid 50's . I so enjoyed listening to the stories he told. I have all of the slides he took while on board. I think I'll get them out and look at them again.

George W Shepherd III  [ email ]

September 06, 2017, 18:52

Rate/Rank : Lt
Address:   19 Edgemont Ave Summit, NJ 07901-2106     908.347.7434
Feb 72 - Oct 74 ...A-Division followed by Personnel Officer & Navigator.
Great learning experience and crew. Many times I have referenced my time on the "Tommy Maru" with some example of lessons learned or pitfalls avoided.
My "join the Navy see the world" hilights: Tarunga New Zealand, storm between Sydney and Perth, Shri Lanka, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sasebo ...and more! The pic of Tommy in Sydney harbor hangs in my office.
Retired from Exxon Chemical / Infineum 2013 after nearly 40 years. Currently doing engineering consulting and volunteer EMT since 2005 ...routinely have opportunities to share about the time spent attached to good old LSD-28.

Al Lawley  [ email ]

May 29, 2017, 11:28

Rate/Rank : EM3
Address:   26 Beechwood Road    
On Board 61 to 63

Gene Shelton  [ email ]

April 10, 2017, 22:32

Rate/Rank : BM2
Address:   12628 S 177th LN. Goodyear, Az. 85338     602 757 5002
I reported aboard the Thomaston on December 8, 1971 and was assigned to 2nd Div. I was discharged from the Thomaston July 27, 1975. Lots of US History happened during that period of time. Lots of memories, many good friendships. I am a Farmer/ Rancher here in Arizona and have been the last 40 years. Would be glad to hear from the Thomaston crew. I am planning to go to the 2017 reunion,

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...

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