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Jimmie Lee  [ email ]

July 14, 2011, 10:33

Rate/Rank : sn
server 01-09-1960 to 01-10-1964 sn 2nd division FT-3 striker

Evan Juntunen  [ email ]

July 12, 2011, 17:10

Rate/Rank : QM3

To YN3 Lewis:

I know it's been over a year, but QM3 Robarge's first name is Richard (Rick).

Colena Critelli

July 05, 2011, 10:26

Rate/Rank : None
My brother served on the USS Thomaston. Glad to help!

Kim E. (Tex) Pessink  [ email ]

July 03, 2011, 15:58

Rate/Rank : MM 2
Address:   18610 cr 15 Tyler, Texas 75708     903.836.2665
Hello to all of those I served with. Was onboard assigned to the "A" division from 1974 to 1976. Managed to install air conditioning in the Marine, Beach Masters and Sea Bees berthing areas before departing for Subic and then to the evacs of Cambodia and South Viet Nam. Taught a young HT how to patrol and maintain civil behavior as a shore patrolman in Hong Kong and Subic Bay. Fun times. Primary assignment was all shipboard air conditioning, refrigeration, cranes, after steering, ships anchor windlass and the only fire pump that kept the ship moving from port to port, the forward emergency fire pump. The guys in engineering during that time know what I am talking about. Helped to install the new shipboard entertainment system that televised ships movies, slides and daily news updates. Missed the ship and my ship-mates when I had to leave. It was a great experience. Thanks to all for your friendship.

USS Thomaston Webmaster  [ email ]

July 02, 2011, 10:11

Rate/Rank : GMG3
We now have both the crew and non-crew petitions available so have everyone you know who supports making USS Thomaston and Artificial Reef sign our petition.


Please also take a minute to email the form letter.

Thanks to all and have a great fourth of July !

Randy Bundschuh
GMG3 73-76

Eric Taylor  [ email ]

July 02, 2011, 04:55

Rate/Rank : gmg3
Address:   aplya beach digos city philipines    
sorry you didnt make it to our little peace of paradice randy would have been great to have you aorund for a few days hear and yes there si diving hear alos a couple of old jap wreacks out in malalag and the digos reef . do you remeber the postal clerck in 73 or 74 or hell i cant remeber his name but i thought it was tom austin for some reason but i think it was a joke . he was from tucson arizona . would like to find him thanks from eric in the phills

USS Thomaston Webmaster  [ email ]

June 30, 2011, 20:36

Rate/Rank : GMG3
Address:   California    
The USS Thomaston LSD-28 is about to be sold as scrap ! We need your help, please click on the 'home' tab to read more about it and download the form letter.

The most effective method at this point would be for former crew member to send letters, especially via email to their own Federal legislators.

Time is short, we need your help now !

Thanks !
Randy Bundschuh GMG3 ussthomaston.com webmaster

wayne daggett  [ email ]

June 30, 2011, 14:29

Rate/Rank : rd3
Address:   malvern arkansas     5012294755
Served on board 1963-1967. Remember Ralph Guess, Richard Baca, Jerry McDonald, Gregory Brothers, Dwight Evans, Burt Ketcherside. If anybody heard from radar gang 1965-1967, give me a call or email. It was a good four years!

Leonard Duncil

June 28, 2011, 17:59

Rate/Rank : L/Cpl
Hello lt vinette
I remember you. You signed a paper to get me promoted to l/cpl i was a pfc on board. im sure you probably dont remember it. You are thefirst one i have seen that i knew on here. I will not forget those days I think Maj Gallager was the COs name.Very strict guy.I was 18 yrs old. Good to know Im not the only one left.

Clayton H. Stone  [ email ]

June 28, 2011, 14:04

Rate/Rank : LTJG
Address:   429 Clayton Lane, Alexandria, VA 22304    
I served aboard the Thomaston from 3/64 - 3/66 as a Deck Officer and finally the Weapons Officer. I left the ship to volunteer for duty in Vietnam (Operation Game Warden). Fortunately, I survived that and taking in the third wave in the landing at Chu Lai, RVN. My best to my old ship mates. Those two years were fantastic, and my memories are remembered fondly - especially Olongapo.

Alfred J. Vinette  [ email ]

June 21, 2011, 21:56

Rate/Rank : LT
I was a marine LT who served with the Logistical Support Unit 2/4 in support of BLT 2/4. Boarded USS Thomaston in Okinawa in 1974 and sailed to South China Seas, Supported Operation Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind. Remember great liberty in Olongapo, PI Singapore and Hong Kong.
The good Ole Oak Barrel Bar, Sam Migel beer, monkey meat vendors, and Buzzard's Bay beach party at one our SGT's home. Time Flys. I retired as a Major in 1993.
Semper Fi and God Speed to you all.
Al Vinette

Jeff Siragusa  [ email ]

June 15, 2011, 08:45

Rate/Rank : -

I am with the U.S. Maritime Administration and responsible for dry-docking the EX-USS THOMASTON this summer in San Francisco. I was having difficulty obtaining a docking plan for the vessel and was wondering if any one may have a copy? Your help would be kindly appreciated. Thank you.

John Rumer  [ email ]

June 07, 2011, 11:49

Rate/Rank : MM2
Address:   49 Douglas St Apt 21,Homosassa,Fl 34446     352-382-0246
Shipmates, you only have a short time before the "block" is off the rooms for the 2011 reunion and I only have money from 17 men for the big event. This is going to be a great reunion so dont miss out.

Butch Eldridge  [ email ]

June 05, 2011, 14:52

Rate/Rank : FTG2
Address:   4713 Pennsylvania St. Longview, WA 98632     (360) 423-9337
Served on the Thomaston from 1973-1977. Enjoyed reading the guestbook. Thanks Bunny for starting this up!

Chris Bostian  [ email ]

May 30, 2011, 09:19

Rate/Rank : EM3
Address:   430 Bostian Oaks Ln, Kannapolis NC 28081    
What's up guys? Look me up on facebook! Search for my email address halostigmata at yahoo.com

Don Young  [ email ]

May 27, 2011, 01:47

Rate/Rank : MM1
Address:   Eastlake, Chula Vista, CA     619-254-5443 '73-'75
Lets try this again, I had a typo on my phone number.
I updated my email address.
I won't be able to attend the Thomaston's reunion this year as I have an all-class High School reunion scheduled in the same timeframe. I look forward to the next one.

Don Young  [ email ]

May 27, 2011, 01:30

Rate/Rank : MM1
Address:   Chula Vista, CA '73-'75     618-354-5443
Updating my email address.
I won't be able to make the reunion this year as I have an all-class High School reunion scheduled in the same timeframe. It would be nice to see shipmates again though.

Randy B  [ email ]

April 30, 2011, 11:21

Rate/Rank : GMG3
I just returned from a month long dive trip to PI where I visited Subic and Grande island for the 1st time since the early 70's

Photos will be posted soon here on the Thomaston website.

The last remaining bar from my days is the American Legion Post where I visited on this trip and enjoyed a couple of cold brews with some old timers.

Billy Palmer  [ email ]

April 29, 2011, 18:34

Rate/Rank : BT-2
Address:   Northern, AZ    
I was aboard from 1981 to 83, just prior to decom. Been tryin ta find some of you bilge rats. Found Stroud, and Plummer. Gimme a shout guys. Also on facebook. Fred Calkins, or Tom Riley, where are you?

Dave Kunz  [ email ]

April 18, 2011, 23:55

Rate/Rank : IC2
I served aboard the THOMMY T from 77 to 82. I am going to Denver this year to the reunion and I would love to see all my shipmates there! Drop me a line or give me a call! Has anyone heard from EMFN John Henry Blair?

Dave Kunz  [ email ]

April 18, 2011, 22:16

Rate/Rank : IC2
Address:   Lincoln,NE     402-326-5040
Hey Shipmates-drop me a line.

Richard Ahlers ( Cowboy)  [ email ]

April 17, 2011, 14:32

Rate/Rank : FN
Address:   335 No. Main St.    
I served aboard the Thomaston during 1967-68. I am trying to find my shipmates.I would be interested in hearing from any of you.

Felipe P. Baldosano  [ email ]

April 13, 2011, 22:54

Rate/Rank : Cpl
Address:   34194 valle drive, union city, ca 94587     510-657-9912
I was on board Thomaston on Dec. 1974 til June 1975 BLT 2/4 Full of memory during Operation Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind on April 1975. Semper fi

Glen Haendel  [ email ]

April 03, 2011, 18:46

Rate/Rank : HN
Address:   3468 Pickens Lane Pleasanton, CA. 94588     925 918 3150
Hey Guys, For anyone who was on the Tommy in April 1975 is entitled to receive the Vietnam Service Medal. Can't list the site on this message board, but look it up or email me.
Maybe I'm the last to know about this but the Tommy was awarded 2 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals. One for Operation Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind. Frequent Wind is the LAST Operation of the Vietnam War and you can exchange one of the AFEM medals for a VSM.
Hope all is well. "Doc" from 74-76

Thomas Edwin ( Ed ) Bates  [ email ]

April 02, 2011, 14:38

Rate/Rank : FN
Address:   410 Garrison Ct. Louisville,Ky    
just talk to MM3 Ginther and was told about the web page looking on here bring back some great times with a great bunch of guys miss u all hope i can make the 2011 reunion. Was on Thomaston in 1976 to Apr. 1968 Best wishes to all Ed Bates FN

Chuck Jividen  [ email ]

March 21, 2011, 18:16

Rate/Rank : GMG2
Hello, Doc Paredes! I was on '76 - '79, nicknamed 'Jive' by GMG1 Kendall. I left about the same time as you did, if I remember right. Did I see an MD behind our name? Guess we didn't scare you clear out of the business! Was great to see your notes and hope all is well with you and yours.

Joe Paredes  [ email ]

March 20, 2011, 22:09

Rate/Rank : HM2
Address:   38450 Shoal Creek Dr.     951-440-0617
Hi folks,

Just checking in, happen to see an entry by Mike Diaz. Hey Mike, remember me, was with you during those days you were in the hole.

I was a corpsman, shared a house while in Seattle, remember ?

Now living in Murrieta,CA . Drop me a line, hopefully everything is well with you and your family

Stephen Martin  [ email ]

March 19, 2011, 13:56

Rate/Rank : MMFN
1973-1974 The USS Thomaston was my first ship of three, so many memories, Chino, Fly, Big Dady, the evacuation of Saigon and dumping helios over her side !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cute my toes off on my motorcycle and got transferd to the USS Dubuque LPD-8.

Johnny Witt Reunion VP 69-73  [ email ]

March 18, 2011, 09:24

Rate/Rank : YN3
      817 295-9824
OK shipmates its that time of year again. Have you made your reservations for the Thomaston Reunion Sept. 22rd -24th to be held in Denver,CO??? Again this should be a really nice trip. Try to notify 2 or 3 of your old shipmates and get them to attend. We ALWAYS have a great time.

Leonard Duncil  [ email ]

March 17, 2011, 22:46

Rate/Rank : L/cpl
      937 9014199
I wonder why i dont find any of the marines that were on the thomaston from dec 74 until june75 on this site one
good navy friend was richard alamedia i would like to know how you are doing what a strange trip that was singapore was too cool and olongapo wow! could thatreally be 36 years ago semper fi

Jeff Guibor  [ email ]

March 12, 2011, 20:06

Rate/Rank : GMGSN
Address:   2275 SOUTH BASCOM AVE. San Jose CA.     408-377-2046
3rd Div. JJ Albright Sam Goretti Tim Mc Dowell Dan Gudger Bill Evans Lt.Perine Chief Stuart Edd Derringer sorry if i forgot your name,been awhile. A great brother hood.
Oh forgot my good friends Tom Wilhealm back stabbing fool remember when tom stole the 45cal from the armory and tried too frame me for the theft,then tried too frame me for .5 pound of weed in our work space that he was selling on board.Chief Galivan 5150 racist fool threatened too set me up if i did not stay for the Gun shoot out of Guam.I would have reenlisted if not for the threats.

Rick Hehl ( Fred)  [ email ]

February 27, 2011, 09:17

Rate/Rank : HT3
Address:   Wooster, Ohio     419-656-5509
I served on-board from '79 til '82. Just wanted to say hey to everyone. Talked with J. Kanipe a couple of times. Hope everyone is doing fine.

Paul Rustigian - Supply Div -1973 - 1976  [ email ]

February 20, 2011, 06:30

Rate/Rank : DK3
Address:   Boston, MA    
I just found this and wanted to say Hello to all those I served with on LSD 28 between August 1973 and April 1976. It has been over 35 years, but I remember the westpacs and my crewmates. Best wishes to all.

James L Stuart  [ email ]

February 19, 2011, 15:27

Rate/Rank : MMC
Address:   17664 Alexandria Court Cold Springs Nv     775-677-0858
Served on the Tom from 58-61 hope to attend reunion soon

RUFUS [DOC] BROADUS  [ email ]

February 02, 2011, 16:11

Rate/Rank : BMSN
Address:   222 ANITA CRT COLUMBIA MISSOURI 65201     573 489 1402
Was on the Thomaston...from '76...78...until tranfer while n ship yard in seattle washington....Met a lot of .good life long.friends.... Back then it was called building 28..after we came back from west-pac ..stayed n ship yard almost 2yrz...made history i think...foumd a few buddies on this site ..wishing all the Sailors who served aboard the thomaston...fullspeed ahead!

leonard duncil

January 30, 2011, 10:26

Rate/Rank : l/cpl
i was aboard the thomaston dec 74 til june 75 blt 2/4 we took american and french civilians first then processed i dont know how many vietnamees i was only 18 at the time semper fi

Judy Dudich  [ email ]

January 21, 2011, 11:33

Rate/Rank : civil
Hello! Thank you all for your service!
I am helping my daughter (age 10) research the changes in Naval Warfare/Ships from Revolutionary times to present day.
My brother Seaman Apprentice Richard P. Caputo, served aboard your ship in 1978. He passed away that year...and it has been a real pleasure viewing this website and getting a glimpse of his "home away from home"...even some of the men with whom he served that year! Thank you for sharing these photos with us! I would love to hear from anyone who might have served with my brother!
We appreciate all you do for our nation!

Bill Mooney  [ email ]

January 11, 2011, 22:48

Rate/Rank : LTjg
Address:   Bigelow, AR    
I served aboard Thomaston from April 1967 to March 1969; First and Second Div Officer, then Third Div Officer. I remember all the great times, and only laugh at the really bad times.

Charlie Schufer  [ email ]

January 09, 2011, 20:26

Rate/Rank : BM-SN
Address:   Valencia, Calif.     (661) 259-1441
To all those that have never been to a reunion; .....
"JUST DO IT". Have been to 3 of them. This last one in Texas I finally met up with my Liberty-Buddy after 46 years. Hope to see some new faces in Denver. Was in 2nd Div. under "Popeye" Joe Emre.

MIKE DIAZ  [ email ]

January 01, 2011, 19:06

Rate/Rank : mm3
Address:   3897e.Buckingham way Fresno Ca.     559-228 -1399 -

Johnny Witt  [ email ]

December 25, 2010, 18:26

Rate/Rank : YN3
Hello shipmates. I'd like to wish all my shipmates and their families a Big Texas "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year". Its time to start thinking about our Denver reunion. Please come and bring your family. We always have a great time at these reunions...Johnny Witt

Harry Lewis

December 25, 2010, 14:08

Rate/Rank : YN2
Merry Christmas shipmates 1978-80

bill sage usmc  [ email ]

December 18, 2010, 13:59

Rate/Rank : sgt
Went to Alaska Jan 1956 I think we were the first troop's on the ship made A landing on Unalaska island.

Mike Langhorne  [ email ]

November 30, 2010, 19:22

Rate/Rank : IC 3
Address:   PO. Box 20943 Hot Springs, Ar. 71903     501-318-7666
I served on the Tomcat From 11-70 to 9-72. I was the IC man that showed most of the movies on the crew's mess decks, would like to hear from any one during that time.

sam drew

November 24, 2010, 19:51

Rate/Rank : BM-3
served on the tom cat from 66 to68. did four tours to nam.made the first assault landings in nam.they were the deck house ops good crew good people.

Bruce Caleb Pippin  [ email ]

November 13, 2010, 18:51

Rate/Rank : LtJG
Address:   50 Glengary Ct.     614-837-0071
I was the Disbursing Officer on Thomaston during 67 - 69. I would like to hear from any of the crew who remember me. It was a time I enjoyed thoroughly and I hope each of you did too.

ken cole  [ email ]

November 07, 2010, 16:34

Rate/Rank : ht/bt
Address:   1234 lathrop     8103430
Any body ever hear from BT1 FRED CAULKINS.

John Wilson  [ email ]

November 07, 2010, 11:48

Rate/Rank : OS2
Address:   174 Redwood Drive Quakertown Pa. 18951     2155381502
On Thomaston 70 to 73. Hi Foley. Atkinson. Lindsey. O'hara. Healy, Post. Shelp. if you guys are still around. Like to hear from you.

Joe Paredes  [ email ]

October 28, 2010, 02:20

Rate/Rank : HM2
Address:   38450 Shoal Creek Dr.     951-440-0617
Just another entry to add that I'm currently residing in Calif, Murrieta to be exact

Joe Paredes  [ email ]

October 28, 2010, 02:07

Rate/Rank : HM2
Address:   38450 Shoal Creek Dr.     951-440-0617
Just found this site, hoping to connect with other salty dogs from '76-78 era. I tried emailing some of you guys, but I guess your addresses are old.I was one of the 'Docs' on board. A lot of names that I recognize . If you remember me, look me up.


Joe Paredes,M.D.

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