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PM3 Henry Warren Tucker
1919 - 1942

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our ship was named in honor of  PM3 Henry Warren Tucker of York, Alabama, USNR. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism during the Battle of the Coral Sea, 7 May 1942.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucker was called to active duty in July, 1941, and reported to the Naval Hospital at Pensacola, Florida.

On 15 January 1942, Tucker reported aboard the tanker USS Neosho (AO-23) for duty. The Neosho had survived the Pearl Harbor attack despite being berthed on "Battleship Row."

During the opening phase of the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese naval forces launched an all-out aerial attack on what they believed was the main U.S. battle force. What the Japanese found instead was the Neosho and destroyer USS Sims (DD-409) waiting at a refueling rendezvous.

Facing a 60-plane attack, the fate of the two American ships was never in doubt. The Sims exploded and sank immediately with a loss of almost the entire crew. Despite its cargo of burning aviation gas and fuel oil. the Neosho managed to remain afloat for awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For his actions during the sinking of the Neosho, Tucker was awarded the Navy Cross. The citation reads as follows:

"For extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of  his professionalism following the attack on the USS Neosho by enemy Japanese aerial forces on 7 May 1942.

"With complete disregard for his own life, Tucker swam between the various life rafts carrying tannic acid in his hands to treat the burns of the injured men.

"He hazarded the dangers of exposure and exhaustion to continue his task, helping the injured to boats but refusing a place for himself.

"Tucker was subsequently reported as missing in action and it is believed he lost his life in his loyal and courageous devotion to duty.

His valorous actions enhance and sustain the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

U.S. Department of the Navy
(1942)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memories- 2

 

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The entries on this page date back to 1997-98 and email addresses might not be current.  If you try to email someone and it bounces, try to send your message from the Crew List.

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Richard Bruner

Email: Bsheena@aol.com

   I was on 2 Westpacs to Vietnam on the Henry W. Tucker 1971-1973.

   I was a MM3 in the after engine room. I became a shellback on the Tucker. My best friend Ronald Blackford MM3 have many fond memories and some bad while serving on the Tucker

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 Bud L. Kruse

Email: bb49fans@skat.net

   My name is Bud L. Kruse, I served aboard the Tucker from January 1962 to August 1965 and have many fond memories while aboard the Tucker. I think of the many great liberty calls we had in the many ports we seen. There were good times and there were "Not such good times" such as the many months in the Gulf of Tonkin, However it was a time in my life I will never forget.

   I have tried to contact a couple of my former Shipmates by E-mail and for some reason both were returned, Paul Machart, Joe Purdom, Frank Hubka, Myself and one more person all were in CO. 482 in Boot Camp together and served aboard the Tucker, I would like to hear from any of my former crew members.

Bud Kruse

616 Shiloh Ln.

Sedro-Woolley, WA. 95280

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 Paul C. Beierschmitt, PN1 Ret.

Email: pcbeier@comcast.net

   I served onboard the Tucker from 1972 till decommissioning in 1973.

   From there I went to Fighter Squadron (VF-211) and then did a tour with recruiting duty in Harrisburg, Pa.. I finished my Navy career in the reserves and retired in 1994 as a PN1.

   Of all my active duty tours, my time aboard the Tucker was special. I still can remember a lot of the faces of the crew. I now work for the Navy in a civilian capacity (sand crab) and teach Ships' 3-M for Naval Sea Logistics Center. Yes it is still around after all these years.

   They don't make these new ships like the old ones.

PN1 Paul C. Beierschmitt

541 South Bedford Street

Carlisle, Pa. 17013

(717) 249-6410

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Terry A. Morrison

Patrick Morrison

Email: TerryAMorrison@compuserve.com

   Terry Morrison, RM2 aboard Tucker from 2-65 thru 3-68. My brother is Patrick Morrison, CS3--aboard

Tucker from 9-66 thru 2-68.

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John "Kris" Krishnek

Email: e.krishnek@gte.net

   My name is John "Kris" Krishnek. I was a radarman first class and served aboard the Tucker for a couple of years during the Korean War period. I've got lots of stories to tell. I look forward to contacting any old shipmates.

   I was the only regular 1st class petty officer with six years previous sea duty and still got seasick on the Tucker.

John E. Krishnek

380 E. Pole Rd.

Lynden, Wa. 98264

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 John Shaffer, CWO3 Ret.

Email: o-john@worldnet.att.net

   I served on the Tucker from 56 to 57, I came aboard as a SN and left as a FT3. The Tucker was my first ship and I have many happy memories of her. Someplace in storage I may have a cruise book from the Tucker.

   I went on to serve on the following DD's 776, 846, 946, DDG 8, and finished out my sea duty on the AVM1 doing the first at sea trials of the MK 86GFCS, Sea Sparrow, and several others.

   I retired as a CWO3 and I currently work as subcontractor at SSC G-Lakes running a part of the old FT school. I would welcome E-mail from any of my old shipmates or anyone interested in whats going on in A school training.

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GMG2 Paul Wood

Email: paulwood@copper.net

   My name is Paul Wood GMG2. I served on the Tucker from June 1967 to July 1969. I arrived aboard as a "pushbutton" GMGSN out of A school in Great Lakes.

   I remember a six-month Westpac tour, then being homeported in Yoko.

   My most vivid memory was being sent down into to the after magazine during our first day underway to chase down a couple of pallets of white phosphorous projectiles that came loose in heavy seas. I was never again as scared as that day. By the time we were anchored in Da Nang Harbor the night the Viet Cong hit the airport fuel and ammunition dumps, it was just a fun fireworks show, even with the rockets flying almost over our heads.

   I remember the EC121incident, recovering pieces of the plane riddled with bullet holes, even though the Koreans said they shot it down with a single missile. I mostly remember the cold on that deck during the search. I remember my good friend, Ken Little, who died on a motorcycle in Japan. We were plane guarding for the Forestall when the bombs blew up on her deck, though we didn't arrive on the scene until the next day because we were searching for a man overboard.

   I have many pictures I took during my assignment to the Tucker, and they bring back good and bad

memories. I know life was frequently boring, but as many things as we did at sea, not to mention on R & R, I can't imagine how!

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 BM3 Lewis Huddleston

Email: lewish@wwbd.org

   I flew out of NAS Alameda in the spring of 1952. I was on Martian Mars which was the largest flying boat ever put in regular service. When we landed in Pearl Harbor I thought that plane was never going to stop

going down. but it did.

   I shipped out of Yokosuka on a tanker and went round and around for about 10 days . I was just a green kid and when I transferred by highline to the U.S.S. Mason I was scared to death. Then a few days latter I was transferred over to the Tucker. It was bad going from a tanker to a can. Nothing can ever describe what it was like going from can to can. We spent a lot of time off the coast of Korea shore bombarding and support for ground troops.

   I was duty boat coxswain most of the time I was on the Tucker. I really did enjoy my time aboard her. Made a lot of good friends but have not seen any of them since 1954. I did hear from two C.D. Driver and

one other. I left the ship in July 1954 after casting off #1 line when she set sail for Westpac.

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 FT2 E.E. (Pudge) Stevens

Email: Gr8tgrumpa@msn.com

   This is E. E. (Pudge) Stevens and I served aboard the Tucker from October 1951 until July 1954. I went aboard as an FTSN and left as an FT2.

   While I was aboard I experienced the following: Ship modified from having 40MM's to their replacement with 3" 50's. Removal of the second mast and addition of the Mark 56 system to control the

new guns.

   Fire in the radio equipment room, between Hawaii and Long Beach on way back from far east, below a magazine for the 3" shells. Addition of Hedge Hogs for submarine destruction.

   Two trips to the far east including Hong Kong. Riding out a typhoon on our way to Kobe Japan from Hong Kong to represent the U.S. on the anniversary of Admiral Perry opening trade with Japan. Split three seams and had to have them repaired in Yokosuka.

   Being off the coast of Korea at Panmonjom while the peace treaties were being signed.

   I have contacted some of my shipmates by telephone and the internet.

PS:  Norman E. Veesart FT1 served from 1950 – 1954. Was lead Petty officer in FT Division after making FT2. He passed away on September 12, 1998 in Santa Maria, California.

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 IC1 Richard "Beetle" Bailey

 

E-mail: dickbailey@centurytel.net

   I reported aboard the USS Henry W Tucker in 6/54 after attending Class A IC School in San Diego. I left her in 10/57 after 3 years, 3 months and 18 days of sea duty, all of which I must say I enjoyed most of the time. CMD R.M. Ross was Captain when I went aboard and then was relieved by CMD R.L. Thienes.

   I have many good memories of the Tucker and many of the crew. I also remember well the episode that Larry Duggins refers to in re-fueling alongside the Boxer. At the time I was busy in the IC Room trying to secure the cover on the air supply duct to keep from flooding the Fire Control Computer and the Switchboards. Each time the bow would go under, we would inhale a big slug of saltwater.

   Wonder if anyone knows where EM Lewis, EM Hoffman, or MM3 Curtis Smith might be?

   Sorry to hear about the final fate of the Tucker. She was a proud ship with a proud crew.

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 Jim Meuleveld, RMC Ret.

Email: j9meul@earthlink.net

   I was the RMC aboard the HWT while it was homeported in Yokosuka from 1968-70. It was my last ship and by far the best. We had high moral among the crew and this translated into few problems and making all our commitments.

   The RM/ET gang was the best and did a great job considering the heavy communications load in the 7thFlt. One example of the can do attitude aboard is that we always had fresh water and the A/C was always on & cold - we spent most of our time in the hot tropics so it felt good and did a lot to keep the electronic equipment from failing.

   There weren't many boring days at sea we had lots of unexpected excitement such as: The EC-121 recovery with USS Dale, Seadragon Ops with the USS Boston, crossing the equator and one I remember most - barely making it back to Yoko for Xmas 1969. Capt. Story and DESDIV 32 bent a few SOA rules transiting from the Taiwan Straits to Yoko but we tied up at 0800 Xmas morning. The families didn't expect us until later in the day so it was a joyous time. I knew the Signalmen aboard pretty well and was glad to see some of them are logged in.

   Recalled many others after looking in the cruise book. Hope some RM/ET's find the site. I retired in Sept. 1975 after 20 years - worked for Intel Corp. and America West Airlines in Phoenix until retiring for good. I now live in Chino Valley, AZ. near Prescott.

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MM3 Ron Blackford

Email: blackford@pitton.com

   I served aboard the Tucker from August, 1969 to June ,1973. I was a MM3 in the aft engine room. I have a ship's yearbook stored somewhere around the house if this would be of any interest.

Ron Blackford

603 Victorian Dr.

Pittsburg, KS 66762

(316) 232-3229

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EM1 John Frederici

Email: jfrederi@wyoming.com

   In Yokosuka in August 1968, I left the USS Collett (DD730) and crossed the pier to the USS Henry W. Tucker (DD875) where I served until March 1971.

   A few of my Collett shipmates were already aboard the Tucker, a few of us went across the pier, and a few more reported aboard a bit later. Among those were GMG1 Larry (Sgt. Rock) Finton, SM1 John (Zeke) Stafford, IC1 Pete Busch, EN2 Wayne (Dog) Dowey, and others. I was pleased to see some of their names on the crew list along with the names of, then, new shipmates Sally Salesberry (in E Gang), Tom McLaughlin (DC Gang), and Don Sprawls (one of those guys in stores) were already aboard. Mr. Beauchamp (my division officer) came aboard a little later on.

   I have endless sea stories about at least half of the names I listed...and I'm sure they would rather I would forget them...but I'll save them for the reunion in 2000, the good Lord willing.

   After leaving the Tucker, I went to Sheppard AFB, TX for a school where I had the opportunity to visit Zeke Stafford in Seymour, TX, while he was home on leave with his family. We had dinner at his sister's home, went to the rodeo, and swatted a lot of skeeters.

   From school, I went to NavComSta Kodiak for a year (had to leave because the Navy handed over the station and port to the Coast Guard...can you believe it?!)

    From Alaska I went to NavComSta Guam and ran into Dowey and Busch again who were both happily stationed at NavSta Guam. While on Guam I discovered that since I had some special training, and Defense Communications Agency already had my name, I was likely fated to another NavComSta someplace, and in 1973, orders to a Sumner or Gearing class can were next to impossible. I wound up with orders to NavTraCtr, San Diego, to be an EM-A School Instructor for four years. I decided that would be too much...I'd never get to sea again in anything but a bird farm (like Busch did later), so I got out after my third enlistment.

   I went into the Reserve for a few years, but due to post Viet Nam cuts in Defense, Reserve Chiefs without a billet had to pay their own way for two week training. That did it for me.

   I visited Wayne and Mariko Dowey (now ENC (Ret)) a few years ago while I was in Charleston, SC, and spent a day and night at their home in Lugoff, SC. I speak to and see Pete (ex-ICC) and Toshiko Busch often, and would be happy to pass on messages to them. Pete spends winters in Hawaii and summers in the area around Wasta, SD. (not because of he can afford it, he just can't handle the cold..... an ICman...what can you say?)

    I'd be grateful for any information on HM1 Doc Rice, GMG1 John Aldrich, RD1 Martin (last I knew, in the 70's, he was an air traffic controller at Atlanta Center), EM3 Ken “Prunebooty Jones”, or BM1 "Fat Carl" Ferris. I'll be happy to hear from any and all.

John M. Frederici

3507 Bradley Ave

Cheyenne, WY 82001

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BT2 Robert H Jordan

Email:  phil_bob@juno.com

   I was on the Tucker DDR 875 during the Korea war .I left the ship nov.1955 for San Francisco for discharge.

   I went on it fall of 1953. I was BT2 when I left it.

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Morgan Barokas RDM3/c

Email: PAUCHER@aol.com

   My name is Morgan Barokas and I served on the Tucker from 1945 - 1946 as part of the original crew.

   I read with interest the experiences of GM2 Eugene Roll and SF2 Thomas Taylor both serving on the

Tucker at the same time as me. I remember clearly the experiences they relate but I wonder if they

remember when we were in the Caribbean and some hot shot Navy pilots from Pensacola were practicing strafing runs on the ship. I was watching from the main deck as they came at us "on the deck" and pulling up at the last minute.

   All, except one. He didn't quite pull up fast enough and hit our "bedspring" radar antenna damaging it. I seem to recall Captain Meyers screaming, "He hit my new ship!!"

   Anyway, the following is the C.I.C. team of that day none of whom appear on your crew list: Lt. Bruce McDonald, Lt.(jg) Bernard Corson, Lt.(jg) William Southworth, Ens. Elroy Frye. The enlisted men were, in addition to me, Seymour Bresalier, William Bunty, R.L. Clark, Don Feinsinger, Frank Fitzgerald, Jim Hayden, Bill Lemley, Marv Rossman, Bill Miller, Ed Seitz, Glen Shepherd, Jim Stankiewicz, Melvin

Stephenson, Jim Sterling, J.S. Swartz, Dick Tangney, Ken Tillinghast, Walter Walmsley and Eugene Whitman.

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Ralph B. Martinez, BMCS Ret.

Email: martypam@bellsouth.net

   I was stationed aboard the Mighty Tucker from 1972 till she was decommed. I believe I was the last to leave the ship when she was turned over to the Brazilians. I'm retired now, most people called me Marty. BMCS (RET) Ralph B. Martinez.

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Leon Moore, SM3

Email: ljm2536@aol.com

   I reported on board Tucker 6/15/56, five day's prior to my 21st birthday as an Sm3, met and became instant friends with Bill Maher QM3 (from Boston MA.) who took me under his wing and explained how

to survive greyhound life! I had been aboard the Randolph CVA 15 and CINCLANTFLT prior to reporting.

   Maher introduced me to the upper class society of Long Beach Ca.(Hollywood on the pike, Blue jackets locker club, the 309.and few other high places)

   I remember a few of the crew members: Jim Grace SN, Chuck Campos QM3, C.C. Ferris BMSN, Divers BM1, Beck QM1,and last but not least Preacher Owen that Divers use to rap in the head each morning just to make Owen’s day. I left the Tucker 11/25/57 for the Prairie (AD-15).

   Great times, great memories, great friends, and the greatest ship.

USN 6/26/52—6/1/71

Go Greyhound

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Ray E. Schmiedecke, STCS Ret.

Email: oldtenorsaxman@aol.com

   I was aboard Tucker from 1949 to 1952.  I was aboard when 3 of my shipmates received Purple Hearts for wounds received at Wonson, Korea during a shore bombardment. I went aboard as a SOSN and left as a SO2.

   I had a band on the ship which became a squadron band. We played at many clubs in Japan because there were no American bands there at that time. I still have some old black and white photos of our 10 piece band.

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CS2 Tom Brown

Email: tomlorbrown@ctaz.com

   I served aboard the Tucker from Feb.1952 through Nov.1955 was the baker, worked from 6:00 pm until 4:00 am best job on the ship.

   Live in Arizona now after 26 years with Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept. have a few fond memories of shipboard life.

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RD2 Glenn Mehalick

Email: GMehalick@aol.com

   My name is Glenn Mehalick, I served aboard Tucker in OI division (Radarman striker to RD2) from 63-66.

   My experiences and opinion mirror that of Frank Carroll as we served together during the same time frame. Wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of Al Rohrer (Signalman 2nd) I believe he was

from Glendale California just outside of L.A. Prior to departing for WESTPAC we tore up a lot of Hollywood and became pretty good friends. Tried to reach him by phone about two years ago on Veterans Day but to no avail. Also, RD2 Mike Shevetz up around Youngstown Ohio ? Nick Horcajo (RD1) somewhere in California ?

Glenn & Helyn Mehalick

67 Archer Ave. South

Bayville, N.J. 08721

732-606-0366

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Bill Johnson, CWO4 Ret.

Email: johnsonjw001@hawaii.rr.com

   I am Bill (Stretch) Johnson. I reported aboard in Sept. 1961 as a FA but soon found my way to deck div. I left the ship in 1966 as a BM2.

   I retired. in 1990 as a CWO4 Bos’n.

   I now live in Aiea, Hawaii. I don’t know of any ship mates here but if there is let me know.

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Bob and Bill Miller

Email: Millerbrothers875@hotmail.com

   My name is Bob Miller my brother Bill and I were on the Steaming "T" from Jan of 62 until Aug of 65. We were assigned to the Tucker right out of boot camp. When we reported aboard we were assigned to M Division I worked in the forward engine room and Bill was assigned to the after engine room.

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Louis Hari Jr.

Email HARILJR@aol.com

   I was a Petty Officer in the Engineering Department, PO3. Served aboard her from 1961-1965.

   I have worked for GTE for 35 years as a Business Analyst since leaving Tucker. Really sorry to hear that she was used as a target ship, each of us who served aboard her loved her very dearly. The U.S. Navy should have towed her to sea, opened her flooding valves and let her go down on her own, she was a proud gal. I live in Fountain Valley, California 92708. My telephone number is 714-378-9600

[Note: Louis Hari has passed away.  See Memorial List.]

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Bob Sipole

Email: BSIPOLE@wmconnect.com

   I was on the tucker from 1960-64 as an ICFN. please include me in the crew muster.

   I would love to get to the reunion. my brother J.W. Sipole was onboard also. He is now deceased.

Bob Sipole

2345 Calder, Apt B,

Beaumont, TX 77702

(409) 835-5408

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Edward L. Bell

Email: elbell@budweiser.com

   I don't have any great stories to tell but remember the Tucker with many fond memories. I served on her from Dec.61 to 64 at which time I was transferred to the USS Bryce Canyon because I was too short to make another WESPAC cruise.

   Would like to hear from anyone who may remember me after all these years.

Edward L. Bell

3623 Rockingham Road

Davenport, IA 52802

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Richard Wilson

Email: RWilson@peoplepc.com

   My name is Richard (Rick) Wilson. I served on the Tucker from 71-73. I was on board during her

decommissioning.

   I made her last West Pac tour. At the conclusion of that tour the war in Viet Nam ended in Feb of 73. It must of been those 17,000 rounds the old girl sent to them on that tour.

   I was an MM-3 serving in the AFT engine room. I am very pleased to see a couple more of my AFT engine room shipmates on this site. We were very proud of that engine room then and I must admit to this day some 29 years later I still have the pride of that old ship in my blood.

   I left the Tucker after decommissioning and served onboard the Stein DE1065. It was never the same after being on the best.  I now live in New Boston New Hampshire working for Fidelity Investments. Hope to see you all at the reunion!

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Troy Krause

Email: tkr7657@yahoo.com

   Request permission to come aboard. I reported aboard the Tucker in January 1972. I left the ship in November 1973 one week prior to the decommissioning process (I declined the generous offer to extend my time on active duty to help with the decommissioning).

   For those who remember, I grew up with Leslie Wootton, got him drunk one night and talked him into

enlisting with me. We gave the seaman designator in San Diego a couple of bottles of Johnny Walker Red and he assigned Wootton to the Tucker instead of the Mars.

   After a couple of months assigned to the deck division, I volunteered to become a mess cook and after one of the cooks jumped off the fan tail during an In-service inspection, I was allowed to join the supply division as a cook, where I served until I left the ship.

   I remember the ships mascot, grabbing my pants leg (usually at the instigation of Turtle, Beemer,

Wootton, or Kindig) and as the dog would not let go, I ended up dragging him all over the ship.

   I remember the many times the air conditioner would flood the supply division berthing compartment. How the after mount was used for the firing missions at night (and how after the first night everyone

>would just roll over and go back to sleep when there was a misfire). I remember all my friends, especially Lamson and Evans tacking on my crow (as well as holding me over the side while underway). As well as changing me from a country boy into a man, the Tucker taught me many lessons which have helped in civilian life.

   After leaving the Tucker as a CS3, I became a police officer, earning the Medal of Valor in 1980. I spent

10 years in Law Enforcement but left after age and injuries took their toll. At present, I am a senior computer programmer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and reside at 122 Willowbend, Huntsville, TX 77320 (936)295-4923 with my wife and two young sons.

   Although I have not seen Wootton in several years, He resides in Arkansas and I will attempt to contact and advise him of this web site and about the reunion (which I will try to attend).

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Dave Harrington

Email: feets@charter.net

   I was aboard her from '69 to '72 I was an ETR that worked on the crazy "DASH" (Drone Anti Sub Helicopter)... when that was taken off, I went to the regular ET gang.... I was probably the only "twidget" to in Weapons dept!!

   I intend to go to the reunion in November, and hope to see a lot of the old bunch there!!!

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Mike Volentine, EMC Ret.

Email: mpv1939@earthlink.net

   I served on the Tucker from December 1961 to May 1964. I have been talking to Bob Miller and he gave me the Web site address. I have been looking at the VFW, American Legion magazines for years and years about a reunion for the Tucker. There was a guy that tried to get one together in 1985 by the name of Ron Campbell but it fell thru I have a list of names that he sent to me and I will compare what is on the web site and see who is missing. I know he is not on the list. I will do everything that I can to find as many shipmates during my time frame to attend the reunion. I have a listing in the back of a book (Destroyers-60 Years) that came out in 1962 that I will try get in touch with them. I have contacted a few and will add their names and address as soon as I can.

   One other thing. The CO while I was aboard was CDR. Egon H. Werdelman as your list of captains state. But when we got to Boston on December 17, 1962, shortly after that Captain Werdelman was relieved by a LCDR Smith who served as Captain, maybe Officer in Charge?, during our FRAM period. He was probably Captain? from January 1963 until December 1963.

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Carl Blackwell

Email: Black620@email.msn.com

   In July 1946 I left Chattanooga Tenn. and went to Nashville Tenn. and tried to join the navy but I wasn't 16 years old so they told me to come back in a year. I went back a year later.

   They sent me to San Diego for my eight weeks of training. After my leave home I went back to San Diego.

I went aboard the USS Henry W Tucker Dec. 13, 1947.

   We went to Eniwetok in April 1948 to take part in the atomic testing at the Bikini Islands.

   I have a lot of pictures I made while on the ship. Some of the people I remember are Gene Austin, Adam Davis, Boosher, Lackey, Jackson and Lopez. They called me "Blackie".

   I left the Henry W Tucker Sept. 25 1948. Anyone knowing these people or their whereabouts or anybody else on board at that time please contact me at this E-mail address.

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EMC Frederick J. Kitch

Email: fjkitch@bellsouth.net

   I served on the Tucker from May 64 to Aug 66 ,I retired from the navy and went back to Illinois to live. I sure did miss all the crew of the Tucker. I live in Ocean Springs, MS and am looking forward to the reunion

we will be having lots of old times to catch up on.

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GMG1 Jim Alvarez, Ret.

Email: elsasilks@earthlink.net

   My name is GMG1 Jim Alvarez, USN, Retired and I was assigned to the Tucker just after Boot Camp from Jun 1969 until October 1971. I was the Weapons Yeoman and also worked in the Education Office.

   I had many great times with some of the crazy members of the Tucker and crossed the equator my first of 8. I left the Tucker after coming to CONUS from Japan. I was assigned to a new construction unit in Seattle,

WA. and commissioned the USS Lockwood DE-1064 and left in January 1974. I was assigned to the ROTC-Reserve Unit at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) and received my first BA in Education.

   After that I was assigned to the USS Monticello LSD-35, my first introduction to the other Navy. Later I was sent to the USS Alamo LSD-33 and was involved with the 1st Marines to help get the hostages in Iran in 1980 where I received the Silver Cross and 2 purple heart(s).

   After that wonderful experience I was assigned to NAS New Orleans and the Chief of Police where I was involved with the DEA and US Tab. and Fire Arms doing Drug enforcement's in Central and South America where I received my 3rd purple heart. During my recovery I received my 2nd BA in Telecommunications from Tulane University in New Orleans and then sent back to the fleet onboard the USS Racine LST-1191, can't get away from the Gator Navy in Long Beach, CA and was on a test ship.

   The Navy was running out of personnel and put over 12 ships out of Long Beach as Reserve ship, the worst duty yet.

   After leaving the Racine I was sent to Orlando, FL: as a Recruiter at NAD Los Angeles stationed at NRS San Fernando, CA by Magic Mountain for a total of 9 months and then sent to SIMA Long Beach to replace the Weapons Officer who was removed by the current CO and was put there by the powers in Washington to bring some order to the repair unit. I received 3 Navy Achievement Medals and eventually retired on October 31, 1991 after 22 years.

   I now work for Charter Communications in Riverside, CA in the Advertising Department and do graphics and also work in the Sports Department. Just received my Masters from UTEP and teach on weekends at Alvord Unified School District for children who were born with drug dependent mothers.

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MM1 Richard D. Schietinger USNR (Ret.)

Email: Richusnr@aol.com

   I was assigned to the Tucker from 1963 to 1965 as a machinist mate first class, and worked in the after engine room. She was a really great ship, and we had a lot of good times during our tour of duty aboard her.

   I joined the navy in 1957 and went to Camp Moffitt in Great Lakes for boot camp and then machinist mate school. From there I served aboard USS Xanthus (AR-19) ,USS Briareus (AR-12), USS Myles C Fox (DDR-829), USS Shields (DD-596), USS Henry W Tucker (DD-875) ,and finally USS Canberra (CAG-2)

   I left the Navy in 1967, and joined the reserves in 1977.For the next fourteen years I spent repairing destroyers in Newport, RI assigned to a SIMA unit.

   The Navy retired me off the USS Constitution in boston in 1991. I thank the Miller brothers for finding me on the internet and contacting me with info on a terrific ship. I served with the Miller brothers on Tucker and always wondered what they moved on to in life.

Richard D. Schietinger 

75 Tashua Rd.

Trumbull, CT 06611-1029.

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FTG2 Walter Hendricks

Email: walterh@tnh-inc.com

   My name is Walter Hendricks (Seagap) and I served aboard the Tucker 1966 thru 1969. I was an FTG3 and just made FTG2 at time of discharge.

   A couple of my most poignant memories had to be the explosion aboard the Forrestal and also the shooting down of the EC-121 over North Korea in the northern Sea of Japan. The only topper to those events was the time we were anchored in DaNang when it was over-run by VC at the beginning of the Tet offensive.   Sea Dragon exercises were also memorable. I recognized one of the names in the list you provide, I.E. Wayne Tanner. In those days we called him "Tan Tan"

   Had a lot of good times in many ports and would like to hear from other shipmates that served during the same period of time.

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Edward Hari

Email: Kayron111@aol.com

   I was on the Tucker from '61 to '64. I spent all my time in the after fire room.

   My brother, Louis Hari, was stationed there also in the forward fire room. I did extra duty in both fire rooms. It was a shame the ship was sunk, but it's nice to catch up on what happened to she ship and the shipmates you have caught up with.

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USS Henry W. Tucker
DD 875