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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.

steve cottrell  [ email ]

August 05, 2014, 11:17

Rate/Rank : n\a
Address:   Philadelphia pa     215 290 9584
Thank you all for your service! My father ed cottrell served on the ship when it was commissioned in Mississippi until 1959. He share great stories about his time aboard. He passed away a few years ago if anyone new him please feel free to contact me I would to hear more stories and see a few pictures

Henry "Wally" Sanchez  [ email ]

July 25, 2014, 17:29

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 (714)483-2564 from Bell Gardens

Chuck Jividen

June 29, 2014, 09:18

Rate/Rank : GMG2
Looking forward to seeing all of you in Eugene this year!!

Johnny Witt  [ email ]

June 26, 2014, 08:03

Rate/Rank : YN3
Address:   Burleson, TX     817 295-9824
OK shipmates its that time of year again. If you haven't made your reservations for the upcoming reunion in Eugene, Organ, its time to act. John Rumer is in Eugene right now checking things out. John says every thing is looking up for another great reunion. Also, don't forget to bring something for the auction. The auction really helps us out on our expenses every year. Come on ship mates, get your wives and children together and come have some fun..

Shaughnessy, Patrick  [ email ]

June 15, 2014, 20:59

Rate/Rank : HN
Address:   8 bryce avenue, Glen Cove NY 11542     516 - 578 - 7360
(Message Revised)

Oorah Gents,

Let me first clarify, I was not on this ship. I wasn't even born yet, but my father was. The West Pac in 1979 - 1980. I'm writing on the forum to see if anyone here remembers (MM3/E-4) (0000) Mark G Shaughnessy. He served on board for a short time just before getting out in 1980. He came from the Barb SSN - 596 where he served for two years/ If anyone (anyone) had any information or knows anything about that specific deployment and what he was like (dirty filthy sea stories and all, the dirtier the better), please feel free to contact me at 516 - 578 - 7360. any information at all would be extremely helpful.

Thank You all for your service and dedication to the country,

(HN/E-3)8404 Shaugbnessy, Patrick

Shaughnessy, Patrick  [ email ]

June 15, 2014, 20:53

Rate/Rank : HN
Address:   8 bryce avenue, Glen Cove NY     516 - 578 - 7360
Let me first clarify, I was not on this ship. I wasn't even born yet, but my father was. The West Pac in 1979 - 1980. I'm writing on the forum to see if anyone here remembers (MM3/E-4) (0000) Mark G Shaughnessy. He served on board for a short time just before getting out in 1980. He came from the Barb SSN - 596 where he served for two years/ If anyone (anyone) had any information or knows anything about that specific deployment and what he was like (dirty filthy sea stories and all, the dirtier the better), please feel free to contact me at 516 - 578 - 7360. any information at all would be extremely helpful.

Rolando Perez  [ email ]

June 03, 2014, 16:39

Rate/Rank : GMG2
A special "Hello" to all my shipmates., I was on board from '76 to '79., Remember all good times and trying ones. Thank you for all the memories.

James Bible  [ email ]

June 02, 2014, 11:18

Rate/Rank : BM2
Served from 78-79 Deck First Division. Good Times.

Ryan Michael  [ email ]

May 24, 2014, 19:05

Rate/Rank : mm3
Address:   5912 N Teekem Falls Way     2089491048
It sure is great to see this website up, Best times of my life were spent on the tomy-t, Miss all the friends I had would love to hear from the glory gang

Paul "MAC" MCDONNELL  [ email ]

May 15, 2014, 19:26

Rate/Rank : E6

Veronica Collins  [ email ]

April 14, 2014, 17:26

Rate/Rank : rm1
Address:   7552 Sandholdt, road Moss landing, ca.     8317061407
My daddy was on this boat. He is of course retired. RM1 Collins. Tours in the 80s. I would love to surprise him with a connection. If anyone can remember. Please contact me. Veronica Collins Navy Brat.

Larry Conner

March 29, 2014, 14:34

Rate/Rank : MM3
Happy Viet Nam Veterans Day to all.

William (Bill) Palo  [ email ]

March 26, 2014, 20:40

Rate/Rank : MM3
Address:   5135 N Fessenden St Portland Or.97203     503-286-0722
hope to be helpful in Eugene OREGON

David "cokes" Gubbels  [ email ]

March 24, 2014, 17:05

Rate/Rank : BT3
Address:   Minnesota    
Updated e-mail
served as BT3 73-75
Hope to make a reunion or two after retirement 2-5 years.

Larry Conner

February 23, 2014, 18:41

Rate/Rank : MM3
Making plans for Eugene reunion.

Marvin Oswald 1970-71  [ email ]

December 21, 2013, 13:44

Rate/Rank : SN
Address:   820 West Hampton St. Leesville,SC     803-532-6902
I serve aboard The Uss Thomaston 70-71. I was in the 2th divison. I would like to wish all crew members and their family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I enjoy the website very much,good job Randy.

Stewart Burniston  [ email ]

November 10, 2013, 01:49

Rate/Rank : EM1
Hello to my fellow shipmates of the Uss Thomaston. It was a helluva last cruise for the ship with all we went thru and was alot of hard work getting her ready to be decomissioned.

Fair winds and following seas...

Edward Martin  [ email ]

October 29, 2013, 13:53

Rate/Rank : BT3
Address:   Norwich, Connecticut    
Served on the Thomaston from 71-73 didn't know about this site until now Great job!!!!

Dean E. Brooks  [ email ]

October 08, 2013, 01:15

Rate/Rank : FTM3
Address:   Grants Pass, OR 97527     541-944-6805
Served on USS Thomaston from April 1957 to September 1958. I was aboard for the 1957-1958 West Pac Cruise.

Soon after getting back to San Diego from the Far East I was assigned to Shore Patrol at Fleet Landing. I was called back aboard to get ready to depart. China was shelling the island of Quemoy and all ships were getting ready to clear San Diego harbor.

The morning orders was to ballast down and get ready to take on small craft and supplies. When the ballast shack was lit off a stream of water opened into the engine room. In a matter of minutes we were on the bottom at pier 2.

I departed the ship back to Shore Patrol and separation on September 6, 1958.

Johnny Witt 69-73  [ email ]

September 18, 2013, 10:36

Rate/Rank : YN3
      817 295-9824
Just had another great Thomaston reunion in New Orleans, LA. Everyone always has a great time and the food was outstanding. Want to thank Roy and Kathy Breaux for great planning of the reunion. Next year we will be heading to Eugene, Oregon. Make your plans now. Johnny Witt...

Charlie "Gramps" Schufer  [ email ]

August 28, 2013, 20:13

Rate/Rank : BM/SN
Address:   23644 Gravino Rd. - Valencia, CA 91355     (661) 259-1441
Served on Big Tom Feb. 1959 to Dec. 1962. 3 Westpac's and the Cuban Thing in '62. Boat coxswain, crane oper., davit oper. and a bunch of shit. Did not make last reunion but did make the previous 4 or 5. If this is your 1st reunion, you will have a great time. I am looking forward to it. See you there!

Henry "wally" Sanchez  [ email ]

August 10, 2013, 04:17

Rate/Rank : BM3
Address:   California     706-496-0994
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.

Mark Austin  [ email ]

July 27, 2013, 22:43

Rate/Rank : EN3
Address:   Columbia City, IN     260-503-4660
Served on the Thomaston from 1970-1972. I was in A gang. Good times, sometimes better forgotten.

Dale Clair Okelberry  [ email ]

July 21, 2013, 15:25

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 19, 2013, 23:32

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, 16:57

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 25, 2013, 20:12

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, 10:58

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, 16:57

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, 15:26

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, 12:44

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 08, 2013, 21:20

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.

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