Welcome to The Rainier Guest Log Archives Volume Two


February, 2000 thru December, 2000 !

12/26/00 01:29:47
Name:
john w. quisenberry
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What Ship ?:
rainier ae-5
Dates of Service?:
1966---1969
Rate?:
e-3

Comments:
looking for anyone who wants to chat.


12/18/00 03:14:50
Name:
Carl G. Renz
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
'43-'44
Rate?:
Y2C

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12/14/00 06:32:21
Name:
alia altai
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier
Dates of Service?:
current

Comments:
I would like to get in touch with CSA Ted Luis Sanders/2nd Division. He works on the USS Rainier. Thanks so much...


11/15/00 20:29:03
Name:
Norman J. Latini
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier
Dates of Service?:
Jan'67-Feb'70
Rate?:
EN2

Comments:
Stood anchor winch watch when pulling into Subic.. It was super leaning over the bow watching the glass sea being parted on a perfect sunny day. Remember the sea bat on the fantail (:


11/01/00 15:16:51
Name:
THOMAS FEEHAN
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER AE 5
Dates of Service?:
1663-1965
Rate?:
SHIP SERVICEMAN 3RD CLASS

Comments:
A LOT OF GOOD TIMES AT THE "BANK CLUB"


10/22/00 20:20:00
Name:
Ken Urban
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
65-68
Rate?:
RM3

Comments:
Found this site a few years ago, and every once in a while I'll, when no one else in the house isn't using the computer, I'll come up on this site and simply remember, Oh so many years ago, and yet it seems like only yesterday. I know my experiences aboa d the Rainier will remain with me forever.


10/22/00 03:21:22
Name:
Ed Manion
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
U.S.S. Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
Jul 66 - Jul 70
Rate?:
RM3

Comments:
Thank GOD I found this website


10/21/00 20:42:18
Name:
Ed Manion
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
7-66 to 7-70
Rate?:
RM3

Comments:
Here's an Email originally addressed to Larry Butts but cc'd to us...(ed.) My name is Ed Manion (RM3), I served with you my last years on the Rainier. Yesterday while playing on the internet, I got the shock of my life when I came across the website for the USS Rainier. Today I still have chills, and really excited. I hope you will forgive me for all the hard times Frank (RM2) and I gave you in the radio shack. I have a lot of things from the Rainier that I have been saving to bring back some great memories of those times in my life. A little about me, I served on the Rainier from July 66 to July 70. Im a retired Chief Warrant Officer with 24 years of service. I work for the Department of Defense at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. I work with communications systems for the Army. Yesterday while going over the Rainier website, I discovered the reunion was in Kansas City, 45 miles from e 5-8 Oct. Only if I would have found the website acouple of weeks ago. Let me give you my E-Mail edmanion@hotmail.com or manione@leav-rdd.army.mil. Hope to hear from you and other shipmates.


10/21/00 17:55:38
Name:
John Rainier
My Email:
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Comments:
As a former Marine, I was fasinated to discover that in addition to a beautiful mountain and a great beer, that there was a U.S. Navy ship that I shared a name with. Facinating web site. Thank you to all who served on her to protect our country.


10/15/00 23:35:21
Name:
Don Davis
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS Mazama AE-9
Dates of Service?:
1961 - 1963
Rate?:
SA 1st Class

Comments:
I am doing some searching for my husband, trying to locate some of his buddies from the Mazama. Have enjoyed looking thru this site.


10/15/00 19:31:43
Name:
Leon Price
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What Ship ?:
AE-5
Dates of Service?:
4-65 thru 8-65
Rate?:
EMFN

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10/11/00 00:25:05
Name:
Chambers,Lester"Gene"
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE5
Dates of Service?:
Apr51-Jan53
Rate?:
IC2

Comments:
To all hands. Reunion at KC,MO went over good a total of 65,Rainier Sailors,Wifes,and guests at the dinner show. Two ladies Sang the 30s-40s-50s songs and even dressed of that time. I have been to KC lots of times and the trips in and about showed more th n I thought was there. Sorry you never got there. Good time was had by all I do belive.Try to get ready for the next one. you will never regret. Just find someone that has been there and ask them. Fair sailing for all.


10/09/00 12:45:41
Name:
Phil Kaiser
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS Mt. Katmai AE-16
Dates of Service?:
01/58 - 07/59
Rate?:
RMSN

Comments:
Good looking page as well as being informative. Mt. Katmai & Mt Rainier did run across each other more than once during my tenure. I do wish the Mt.Katmai had a page! Again, good looking!


10/05/00 21:37:41
Name:
Larry T. Matthews
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
1968 to decom.
Rate?:
BM-3

Comments:
I found out about this site thru Charlie Brown, It does bring back memories, I also have pictures of everyone aboard that ship. I live in LaPine OR.I'm currently The Commander of the American Legion Post 45 in LaPine, come by and I'll buy you a Rainier Be r. Good job Mr. Freeman


10/05/00 16:19:58
Name:
Mary Larsen
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What Ship ?:
USNS Mercy
Dates of Service?:
81-87
Rate?:
DT2

Comments:
thanks, I've have really enjoyed going over your part of our history....again please be proud of yourselves and your accomplishements. Thank you, Mary


10/01/00 15:35:43
Name:
Bill Welch
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What Ship ?:
Rainier
Dates of Service?:
Fall '60 - Spring '63
Rate?:
SN - RM2

Comments:
Four more days until reunion in K.C.!! See you there. Please note my new email address.


09/29/00 04:12:51
Name:
Frank Ushler BM2
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER
Dates of Service?:
1964/68
Rate?:
BM2

Comments:
Used the Web page to locate Joe Lenz , a shipmatefrom the Rainier. I crossed the country to have a nice reunion and a good meal in Atlantic City NJ I even Won money in the caseno. what a great time. We missed Danny Shaw another shipmate, got our wires cr ssed.


09/27/00 01:12:17
Name:
buddy penn
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What Ship ?:
USS Vesuvius AE15
Dates of Service?:
1964-1969
Rate?:
BT2

Comments:
great site you have here,it was the only way i could find anything on my former ship the AE15 thanks for all your hard work it sure is a pleasure to visit your site


09/13/00 20:44:21
Name:
hank
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What Ship ?:
mt baker

Comments:
looking for info on mt baker any leeds


09/12/00 16:14:01
Name:
Bill W
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Comments:
Great site..so much to browse will be back..congratulations on a job well done. MrWBanner (7000bytes)


09/12/00 00:09:34
Name:
Frank Ushler
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER AE-5
Dates of Service?:
64/68
Rate?:
BM 2

Comments:
Great Web Page, we need more pictures,guys dig out the photo albums and copy them. Scan and send.PS Mike Walls id like to hear from you .I guesss I lost your E mail address, Im meeting Joe Lentz In Atlantic City on Sept 22 while Im home there on Vacation. Hope to hook up with Danny Shaw ,he was an electrican on the Ship with us.


09/10/00 08:38:12
Name:
ROGER PHILLIPS
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINER AE-5
Dates of Service?:
MAY 68-MAY 70
Rate?:
CS3

Comments:
I SERVED ON THE RAINER AE-5 FROM MAY 68-MAY 70, I THEN WENT TO NAS CUBI PT IN THE PI FOR TWO YEARS, THEN TO THE USS DURHAM LAK114 FOR TWO YEARS AND THEN NAS CHASE FIELD IN BEEVILLE TX FOR TWO YEARS. I GOT OUT IN 1976 AND WENT TO WORK FOR THE VETERANS ADMIN HOSPITAL IN GAINESVILLE,FL AND I AM STILL AT THE VAMC AS OF THIS TIME. I ENJOYED MY TIME ON THE RAINER. I STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH CLARENCE MCKEE WHO WAS A BM3. HE LIVES IN DALLASTOWN,PA. HE COMES OWN AND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME TALKING ABOUT THE RAINER TIMES. ANYONE REMEMBER WHEN WE ALMOST SANK SITTING AT THE PIER ? MY SON IS NOW IN THE NAVY HE IS A HM2. HE SPENT 4 YEARS ON THE USS SAIPAN LHA2 AND IS NOW AT NAS JACKSONVILLE,FL. HOPE TO HERE FROM SOME OLD SHIPMATES.


09/09/00 07:12:12
Name:
John Shutzbaugh
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
AE-18 USS Paricutin
Dates of Service?:
63-65
Rate?:
FTG2

Comments:
A great site for bringing back memories of what it was like on these ships. Thanks to all who contributed!


09/06/00 23:30:48
Name:
George Reed DC2
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
1968-decommision
Rate?:
Damage Control 2nd

Comments:
Many, many thanks to Bill Freeman for the trip down memory lane. Not too bad for a "decky". If any of you former Rainier sailors would like to wite please e-mail me. I would like to hear from you. I even have a six pack of Rainier Ale that I managed to sa e.


08/27/00 20:45:13
Name:
Cliff VanDerveer CW2 ret.
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
info??
Dates of Service?:
12/67- 02/00(11yr.break)
Rate?:
CW2 ret.

Comments:
While flying with the 174th.AHC(Duc Pho, Americal Div. U.S.Army 69-70), I landed on an Escort Destroyer(fan-tail deck- I think it was called). It was late 69. I don't remember what the name of the ship was. I do remember that the deck was just large enoug to set my UH-1H down(90-degrees to the deck). The area, at sea, was in the southern I-Corp.(southeast of Chu Lai) area. If anyone remembers that "Scared-S___-less"( for me!) event, send me a note. I think that the ship had a problem with one of it's "Scr ws"! Thank's for your help. "Dolphin 27", 23rd. Div. 69-70. By the way, Great Web-site!("Check out"-174th.AHC)


08/27/00 18:02:36
Name:
Bill Welch
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE5
Dates of Service?:
Fall '60 - Spring '63
Rate?:
SN - RM2

Comments:
Okay guys, "check's in the mail" for the '00 reunion in KC. Last call, registrations due in a few days. See you there.


08/22/00 02:10:34
Name:
Tom Stuart (LCDR, USN ret)
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What Ship ?:
Rainier
Dates of Service?:
6/66 to 6/68
Rate?:
LCDR

Comments:
Here's an email addressed -- but not xmitted -- to SK1 Kenneth Morrison (email cited as Stores117@aol.com) Ahoy, Stores -- Enjoyed your 04/05/00 22:26:04 log entry. I had the extraordinary privilege of serving in AE 5 from July 66 to June 68 as Ops/Nav/Unrep OOD. I was also privileged to help lobby the Navy for another RAINIER and then to attend AOE-7 Commissioning in 1995 to see the torch passed -- a thrill that defies description. I visited AOE-7 briefly a bit later when she passed through Pearl (I was then teaching intermediate school math on the Leeward Coast of O'ahu) and came away VERY impressed with the professionalism of the AOE-7 crew. After working hard on RAINIER, I had some memorable experiences as XO of a brown water riverine support ship (converted WWII LST) for a year in country retaking control of waterways the NVA/VC thought they had co-opted in Tet 68. RAINIER was excellent prep for a combat assignment. I clearly recall RAINIER rearming **FOUR** birdfarms on Yankee Station on Ho Chi Minh's birthday in M y 67. We were pretty tuckered out after that. The teamwork spirit on that ship was unbelievable (my RM's and ET's volunteered to go down on deck after their watches to help roll bombs during breakout) We didn't have any fancy elevators, just some fantastically talented electric winch operators and many willing hands who did their best to make "We Deliver -- You Fire" come to life. I also recall telling one of my Unrep phone talkers -- who was bound fo stateside and discharge in the near future -- "Don't ever forget this moment. Never again will you stand on the bridge helping a team to move cargo ammo in the Gulf of Tonkin while the carrier's band provides music as the sun nears the horizon." My gue s is he never will either. RAINIER was an unforgettable experience. Without those 'sweathogs', ROLLING THUNDER (DRV) and STEEL TIGER (Laos) would have ground to a halt ... and a number of small boys on gunline south as far as the Ca Mau Peninsula would have had to stand down. RAINIER was the best of the best ... and I believe still is. GOD BLESS USS RAINIER and her fine crew! You folks are doing a great job carrying forward an honorable legend of service. Fair winds and a following sea, shipmates, Tom Stuart LCDR, USN ret Kailua-Kona Hawaii (high school teacher -- math/physics/astronomy)


08/22/00 01:06:43
Name:
Frank Ushler
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier
Dates of Service?:
65/68
Rate?:
BM2 2nd Div.

Comments:
Anyone remember a shipmate named Reynold C Reed MR2. He just retired from a job in Fremont Calif. and is moving to Oregon. He would like to hear from LtJG BOB Kathern. Reed was on the ship until 1966.


08/21/00 02:29:46
Name:
Tom Stuart
My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER (AE5)
Dates of Service?:
July 66 - June 68
Rate?:
LT

Comments:
Best bluewater duty in 21 years service. Oldest AE in WestPac -- earned the "E". Teamwork & shipmate spirit kept us going. Those who went before established a legacy of excellence that will not be forgotten.


08/06/00 21:08:24
Name:
Ushler Frank S
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier
Dates of Service?:
64/68
Rate?:
BM2

Comments:
I would like to know what happened to the ships log book,I would like to hear about what the ship was involved in reguarding actions in the north and south, and event that happened on board ship.Espicially actions viewed by officers of men who performed t eir duties under very hazardous conditions.


08/05/00 22:33:07
Name:
Bob Broughton
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE5
Dates of Service?:
1955-1960
Rate?:
RM3

Comments:
Just saw the webpage for the first time. It brings back a lot of memories. Any body remember the time we were lost off the coast of the philipines due to water in the compass?


08/04/00 19:49:38
Name:
Chambers, GENE
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE5
Dates of Service?:
Apr 51 to Jan53
Rate?:
IC2

Comments:
New shippment of CAPS. Looking forward to the KC


08/04/00 17:10:25
Name:
LEON J MOORE
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER AE-5
Dates of Service?:
12-27-61 7-2-62
Rate?:
SIGNALMAN 2nd class

Comments:
Loved being on the Rainier if only a short time but long enough to make a westpac tour before going to Florida for the Cuban crises lots of good memories.


08/04/00 01:01:22
Name:
Bill Flynn
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier
Dates of Service?:
1956-1958
Rate?:
EMC

Comments:
Went aboard as EM1 and left as EMC. Will always remember those false fire alarms that we treated as real and the replenishing and dumping operations. Also the smoky engine room. Loved every minute of it.


07/27/00 21:03:17
Name:
James C. Hardwick
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Honolulu CL48
Dates of Service?:
June 1941-June 1946
Rate?:
MM 1/C

Comments:
When Mt. Hood exploded Nov. 10, 1944, my ship, USS Honolulu,was in floating drydock in Manus after surviving torpedo damage at Leyte Oct. 20, 1944. We were recovering our dead for burial at Manus. Your website is the best description of this tragedy I hav seen. Thanks.


07/26/00 18:41:24
Name:
James L. Uhles
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Mt Baker AE-4
Dates of Service?:
1961 - 1962
Rate?:
LTJG, Supply Corps

Comments:
Really brought back old memories!


07/24/00 19:03:30
Name:
Les (Goldie) Goldstein
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Mazama AE-9
Dates of Service?:
52-56
Rate?:
RM2

Comments:
If anyone is out there from the good old Mazaza


07/05/00 22:30:37
Name:
HOMER L COOPER
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
MT RAINIER
Dates of Service?:
APRIL 51-AUG54
Rate?:
EM2

Comments:
ENJOY SEEING OLD SHIPMATES NAMES.BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK .HOPE TO SEE U ALL IN OCT.HAVE TALKED TO SOME OF U ON E MAIL .HAVE SOME PICS IF I EVER LEARN TO SEND THEM ON COMPUTER.AGAIN THANKS FOR THE GOOD WORK


07/01/00 00:28:47
Name:
RON SCOTT
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER AE5
Dates of Service?:
MAR 65 AUG66
Rate?:
ET3

Comments:
MY HOW THE YEARS HAVE GONE BY.


06/17/00 16:08:19
Name:
Samuel W. Pullig
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Regulus/ USS Mars
Dates of Service?:
69-71
Rate?:
Postal Clerk

Comments:
Came across your site. Good sight. I was on the MARS 69-70 and REGULUS 70-71. Postal Clerk. Was it the RAINIER 6that LAID over at the pier in Alameda in 69 or 70? I wish I had the picture that's in my mind of that. I think one of your photos thats not IDe of an unrep is of the REGULUS. We are having a reunion in Oct. for the REGULUS would you post a note on your site to see if any of your hands served on the REGULUS. Thanks. Again, a great site. Samuel W. Pullig


06/15/00 14:52:25
Name:
Dale Epley USN RET
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Shasta AE6
Dates of Service?:
1953 to 1955
Rate?:
SN 1st Div

Comments:
I would like to hear from old buddies.


06/09/00 00:02:16
Name:
dale mc elroy
My Email:
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What Ship ?:
mt katmai
Dates of Service?:
1966- 67
Rate?:
hm3

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06/06/00 22:39:18
Name:
Jerry Blevins
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
AE-15&AE-16
Dates of Service?:
1958thru1976
Rate?:
Radioman

Comments:
..Give me time I'm still brousing,but looks better than some of the other stuff on the web, but give me 6 days leave in Sasebo anytime!!


06/06/00 03:24:55
Name:
George Reed DC2
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier AE 5
Dates of Service?:
July 68 to Decommision
Rate?:
Damange Controlman 2

Comments:
This is great, I have searched for 4 years for information on the Rainier during the Viet Nam era. I feel like I have found an old friend. Have anyone information on Merl Hayden SF3? He is the last person I saw from the Rainier and that was in '79. I wish all of my old shipmates the best and please let me know where and how you are. Also My best to the "new" Rainier, you fellows have a great name to defend but we are sure you are up to it. Remember, "The finest in service since 1941".


06/03/00 06:02:27
Name:
Bill Welch
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
'61-'63
Rate?:
SN - RM2

Comments:
Signed in before, don't see any record of mine or several others that logged in around that time. Anyway, I think the webmaster has done a great job here. I have contacted/been contacted by several shipmates as a result of this site, some have become freq ent correspondents. Alot of old memories have been jogged by these correspondences. Always looking forward to hearing from those as well as old shipmates that I haven't heard from for almost 40 years. Keep in touch.


06/03/00 01:05:32
Name:
Chanbers
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier AE5
Dates of Service?:
APR51-JAN53
Rate?:
IC2

Comments:
Frist Freeman Knows dthe web page is dthe best. Now Rogert Chapp your URL doe not work on this unit so please try again. The reunion name list has sailors names fron 56to 60, Not all but several. All Rainier Sailors are invited to the next Reunion in KC 5 o 7 Oct 2ooo. Good luck to all.


06/01/00 04:08:36
Name:
ROBERT CLAPP
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER AE5
Dates of Service?:
1957 TO 1960
Rate?:
RM2

Comments:
GREAT WEB PAGE LOOKING FOR RADIOMEN 1957 TO 1960


05/27/00 15:58:43
Name:
Gary W. Olsen LCDR USN
My URL:
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Comments:
HERE'S AN E-MAIL WE RECEIVED ABOUT THE FATE OF THE OLD SUBIC BAY AMMO PIER: THANKS FOR THE UPDATE LCDR OLSEN... Bill: I am the Chief, Navy Programs at JUSMAG-Philippines, US Embassy, Manila. I was on the ammo pier about 2 weeks ago. Obviously there is little activity there but some of the bunkers are being used as factories by various businesses. The current custodians of the base, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), hope to develop the site into an eco-tourism attraction because of the many ropical fish which are so abundant at the pier. There is some rumors that the Philippine Navy is trying to get the area to develop a small naval station but I doubt that will happen due to legal and financial restrictions. Miracle Beach, just to the seaward side of the pier area, has been developed as an exclusive beach for high rollers. It was former President Ramos' favorite hideaway when he was up there. Other than that it is pretty quiet there. Still a long ride and still a security area. BTW, since the passage of the Visiting Forces Agreement, we have conducted some small exercises there and have staged some supplies in one of the bunkers for the duration of the exercise. Best wishes


05/27/00 14:20:24
Name:
Bill Hogan
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Pyro AE-24
Dates of Service?:
1963-1967
Rate?:
BT 3

Comments:
Great site I have visited many times to see if any Pyro crew sign in. I can't find many of her former crew I guess they all died from hard work or have no desire to remember those days. Will check back later anyway. Great job!


05/23/00 05:40:51
Name:
pete popoff
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
ranier ae5
Dates of Service?:
1959--1960
Rate?:
3rd class ss barber

Comments:
ahoy mateys---would like to contact some of my shipmates aboard the ranier in 59-60--have many sea stories to swap


05/16/00 02:26:05
Name:
Lauren "Vern" Jessup
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Mt, Hood
Dates of Service?:
June 1974 to Oct 1977
Rate?:
EM3

Comments:
Great site look forward to more. Intrested in hearing from any Mt. Hood crew


05/06/00 20:44:28
Name:
John A. Gray
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Ranier
Dates of Service?:
1951-1952
Rate?:
PN2

Comments:
I'd like to hear from you!


05/06/00 20:44:10
Name:
John A. Gray
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Ranier
Dates of Service?:
1951-1952
Rate?:
PN2

Comments:
I'd like to hear from you!


05/01/00 00:27:50
Name:
Robert W. (BOB) McGee
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Carronade (IFS-1)
Dates of Service?:
July '67 - Aug. '69
Rate?:
Lt.jg/ Weapons Officer

Comments:
Great to see someone else interested in preserving the memories of the Navy's role in Vietnam.


04/22/00 02:50:35
Name:
David Tollett
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER
Dates of Service?:
1955-1960
Rate?:
EM2

Comments:


04/16/00 23:14:38
Name:
Jason Gagnon
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier (AOE-7)
Dates of Service?:
2-94 - 9-97

Comments:


04/15/00 15:51:06
Name:
Mike Klein
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
U S S Rainier AE 5
Dates of Service?:
61 to 64
Rate?:
Bt3

Comments:
What a fine web page . There are new Items added all the time. I was excited to see the old Nordbergs once again. on a good day we got 15 knots out of them. The old 5" would take out every light from the mess decks back every time it was fired.


04/14/00 03:37:35
Name:
Larry Butts
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What Ship ?:
AE-5
Dates of Service?:
1969-decom 1970
Rate?:
LT

Comments:
I logged in to this great site a couple of years ago. But, one of those computer things happened and my entry went down the tube after awhile. I can claim the distinction of being Rainier's last navigator. Also, the distinction of having spent many hou s on her bridge with our webmaster, Bill Freeman. Much has passed since our days on Rainier, and I can tell from the comments that many of us still consider our shipboard time as some of the most meaningful of our lives. There is no military duty like b ing a member of a Navy ship's crew. We walked the same decks and performed the same duties as those who served before us, and in most cases as did those who followed us. Rainier was my third Navy duty station (the only sea duty), and I have just retired with almost 30 years working for the State of Texas. If I were to write a book about all of it, Rainier would take several chapters.


04/13/00 20:00:24
Name:
Bobby Foster
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What Ship ?:
USS Mauna Kea AE22
Dates of Service?:
1965 - 19967
Rate?:
IC2

Comments:
I was looking for info on the Mauna Kea and fell into this place. This place is great. I even found a place to get a Mauna Kea cap! I appreciate all the work that has gone into this site and wil;l be back to explore some more. Thanks.......


04/09/00 22:06:55
Name:
Mark Steine
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What Ship ?:
USS Tripoli
Dates of Service?:
71 - 75
Rate?:
EM2

Comments:
Enjoyed your website. Keep up the great work!


04/05/00 22:26:04
Name:
Kenneth Morrison
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER (AOE-7)
Dates of Service?:
Oct 96 - Jul00
Rate?:
SK1(SW/AW)

Comments:
I am currently onboard the USS RAINIER (AOE-7) and have been a proud member of this crew for nearly 4 years. I can honestly say that it is an honor to have the bell of the USS RAINIER (AE-5) onboard. We strive everyday to make a name for ourselves and fro reading this website I can say that that no matter what ship it was the shipmates of all RAINIER's have stood proud. I have learned so much while being stationed here and it will follow me throughout my career. This is the finest ship in the Navy and we prove that each and every day of our lives onboard. We may never reach the stature of AE-5 but we are not far behind. Great website.


04/02/00 18:22:11
Name:
Warren Wheeler
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
AE-5
Dates of Service?:
10/50 to 8/54
Rate?:
EN 3

Comments:
Went to some reunions but missed the last two, hope to make the one this year in Kansas City? I joined the Navy, a boy, at 17 and learned to be a man aboard the AE-5. As an ENFN I stood evap. watches underway and engineer of the small boats in port, and o course rearming duties as needed. More later,from off the coast of Ulung do Island (sp?)


03/26/00 07:38:57
Name:
will austin
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Camden AOE-2
Dates of Service?:
71-75
Rate?:
MM-2

Comments:
Thanks for the site....It is good to see That there are still people who have enough soul to love a hunk of steel


03/24/00 04:11:17
Name:
Frank Ushler
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier
Dates of Service?:
1964 to 68
Rate?:
BM 2

Comments:
I like to check in an see the old shipmates havn't forgotten the old days. Remember the Amo Dump in subic and the long ride to liberty in alongapo.


03/19/00 20:21:41
Name:
S. Reese
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS NEOSHO AO 143
Dates of Service?:
1967-1968
Rate?:
BM 3

Comments:
Very nice site. Was just sailing by, thought I would say HI.


03/12/00 15:16:59
Name:
Gervase Rybak
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS SNOOK ssn592
Dates of Service?:
'69-73
Rate?:
MM3(SS)

Comments:
very nice site...being station on submarine for my time...nice to see how life was on a AE...keep up the great work!!


03/09/00 00:26:56
Name:
Bobby Clements
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
10-62 8-66
Rate?:
RM-2

Comments:
Hello to all of the old crew, lets try and stay in contact through the years. If you see someone you remember from back when, send them an E mail. I've got 5 buds from back then, that I talk to almost daily by computer, we send jokes and things of interes back and forth across the country. Hope to make one of the reunions one day.


03/03/00 02:04:53
Name:
Bill Schulz
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Uss Butte AE-27
Dates of Service?:
71-73
Rate?:
BT-3

Comments:
Gotta love this website!! Best AE website I've found. The pictures of Olangapo Subic etc really brought back memories. Thanks


02/27/00 21:58:11
Name:
Ed VanKrevelen
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5, USS Kansas City AOR-3
Dates of Service?:
7/69 - 7/73
Rate?:
EM3

Comments:
I believe I'm the guy on the left in the Unidentified Boatcrew picture. So says my family.


02/27/00 20:15:05
Name:
Ed Van Krevelen
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5, USS Kansas City AOR-3
Dates of Service?:
7/69 - 7/73
Rate?:
EM3

Comments:
Run across this site while looking for Air Force base locations for my son who is now joining the USAF to become a Jet Engine Mechanic. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw my original command I was assigned to in September 1969. It sure brought ba k a lot of memories. I was one of the last to leave her there in Oakland. I was so young and naÔve and didnít realize what a great ship she was until I had spent the remaindered of my enlistment aboard the USS Kansas City AOR3. Although she was old and slow, the crew made it a good place to work and I was far to young to appreciate it. I sure remember that last major replenish manning a lizard line most of the timeÖ ďRainier's largest unrep occurred on 5 December 1969, when 953.7 short tons of ordnance were transferred to the USS Camden (AOE-2). The transfer climaxed "three days of brea ing out and replenishing ships. It required working for thirty-eight straight hours, breaking for five hours sleep and then working straight through for nineteen more hours until we were finished." Iím now a Computer Systems Analyst / Programmer working in Anchorage, AK donít know if I can make the reunion or not. I might get lucky and get sent back to the lower 48 for further training around that time.


02/25/00 05:36:01
Name:
Mike Ballew
My URL:
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My Email:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier AE-5
Dates of Service?:
3/51 to 11/52
Rate?:
RD3

Comments:
I have been watching this website for a couple of years. First, I would like to thank you for providing it. I was on the commisioning crew when the Rainier was brought out of mothballs for Korea. I would sure like to hear from any of our shipmates from that first tour. And, again, I am going to try to make it to the reunion this year, but Kansas City, MO is a long way from Seattle.


02/25/00 00:05:46
Name:
Joe Lenz
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS Rainier
Dates of Service?:
May 1965 to Feb67
Rate?:
SM3

Comments:
Nice new guestbook , Have been intouch with a few of my pals who were aboard same time a little shorter and a little longer....


02/22/00 04:25:44
Name:
Paul Tyson
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
USS RAINIER (AE-5)
Dates of Service?:
1962-1965
Rate?:
EMC EMCS Ensign

Comments:
I am always truly amazed by the complicity of this site and can appreciate the time and effort it takes to make it so. I would like very much to hear from any Rainier shipmate, whether from my era or another.


02/20/00 05:42:01
Name:
Alan McDonald (Ex-R.A.N.)
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What Ship ?:
HMAS Vendetta, RAN

Comments:
William, I was just browsing thru the Australian Viet Vets Home page and found your comment about supplying HMAS Hobart from USS Rainier.I was on (OZ Ship) HMAS Vendetta (Call-sign, Premier) on the Vietnam Gunline 1969-1970 and we were ammoed and victualed by Rainier on about 10 occasions. Remember those UNREPs very well. I do recall your Skipper at the time hadn't much of a sense of humor. Our UNREP Flag was a "Skull & Crossbones" with the motto "Stand and Deliver"! He did not think it was funny and requested we "Stand-Off" and remove our flag! The Crew on Rainier were cheering us......but we had to replace it with another otherwise we couldn't get ammo & food & most importantly.....MOVIES! Anyhow, I should also mention the USS Rainier crew's professionalism, because with them we set several records for Transferred Tonnage in Last Elapsed Time.Memories, eh??? Anyhow your not on Ern Marshall's website brought back memories from 30 years ago! Hope you are doing OK. I am living in Canada (20 years) and things are just fine...life is good!


02/20/00 05:32:25
Name:
Webmaster W. Freeman
My URL:
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What Ship ?:
Rainier
Dates of Service?:
68-70
Rate?:
QM3

Comments:
Welcome to the New Guest Log !


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