Doug Wilde - 12/21/00 05:13:44
Liked the part on the training aircraft carriers. USS Wolverine (ex Seeandbee) also was a side wheeler, not a stern wheel paddle boat. I have the plans. Many of the aircraft that crashed off both vessels now are being recovered and restored. Some even fly! The Kalamazoo Air Museum (the Air Zoo) is one with an active program and always has one in the shop. It is called the Air 'Zoo because it has an example of every Cat the Navy has flown. Well worth a visit.
Walter W. Mielke - 12/12/00 18:30:05
My URL:http:// Have none
I am glad I stumbled on this site. I served on the Petrof Bay in 1944-1945-&1946. I was a FC3/3in the gunnery division.It gives me pleasure to see that an old FM3 was restored by some people who care.Any old shipmates that care to please E mail me to talk over old sailors tales.
Matt Nicholson - 12/06/00 06:25:16
Hi there, I was reading through your site and have a question that I would like to ask you. I am currently an Air Force pilot serving on Okinawa. Please email me back.
Russ Reabold - 10/26/00 16:43:47
Hey Bob, the restoration photos are great. Who would have thought that one of your planes would be found in a playground. I wish now my dad was still around, he would have loved this stuff. Why the heck didn't you two talk about this stuff when Bob & I were kids? ou've done a wonderful job with your story. It's touched a lot of people (like it should). Hope to get by for Christmas this year. -russ
Robert A. Walker - 10/22/00 21:53:07
Found my way to your site through Ivor Jeffries' Petrof Bay page. My father, Fireman First Class Harold Allen Walker served on board the Petrof Bay in 1945, serving in the engine room. The restoration of the aircraft is very interesting.
Ralph Yaussi - 10/12/00 16:48:29
I was referred to your sight in hopes you could help with finding an article I read about the Wolverine and landing SNJ's. I was one of those and I remember reading an article that mentioned that the landing hook was held up by a clothesline that looped ver the arm rest. Can you help finding that article? Thanks. Ralph
Kovacs Gabor - 09/23/00 17:52:35
Hello, haven't read yet, but I will. Thank you for sharing your memories. Best Wishes for You! Kovacs Gabor
Ronald Boaz - 09/19/00 17:49:12
This is a great presentation. Iam a war baby, but have studied and am fascinated with this period in our history. This was my parents generation and a great time of coming together to repel an imminent real threat. I often wonder what I would do if I was raft age in that era. I salute you Sir and thank you for what you have done. I wish you a happy future, you have my respect.
Hatherly (BUD) Foster III - 09/18/00 18:17:16
Hi Bob: I wanted to get in before you had 9000 visitors. Great to see thr Allisons at Seattle and learn of this tremendous endeavor of yours. Will read as much as I can, as soon as I can. Eye problems are the only thing slowing me down! I noted that Jim Wells was your first visitor! Unable to spot any more from VC 93, but am sure they must be in the thousands somewhere. Checked my log book and found that FM-2 # 56815 was my transportation on 4/12/45 when I lucked out on 3 Japs! I flew # 54513 off PETROF but unable to locate # 54512 yet! Will keep trying. SUPE
jim wells - 09/15/00 23:12:54
haven't read it yet! but i'llbet it's good. you are a real good srory teller.
PHILIP TODD - 08/28/00 16:46:41
ENJOYED YOU'RE STORY GOOD LUCK WITH THE RESTORATION
dennis - 08/23/00 09:45:43
Joe Owens - 08/17/00 04:21:41
I'm Bob's friend, and he told me about this web site. I haven't read your story yet, but I look forward to doing that. My oldest brother was in the Death March on Bataan and he wrote a very compelling story about his service in the Army Air Force and his 4 years as a Japanese POW. I'm very interested in reading your story as
Tim Daly - 08/16/00 17:58:02
I enjoyed your story very much. I remeber seeing your airplane crashes on those WWII documentries. Your pictures were fabulous. Thanks for taking the time to put this on the internet for us!
Andrew Myers - 08/16/00 13:54:02
Great site! Hello, I'm a web designer for the state of Florida Division of Historical Resources. We are putting together a WWII memorial here and I and another guy are building the accompanying website. My father was a WWII vet(tailgunner) by the way. We re making a comprehensive tribute to the veterans of WWII who are from or have some ties to Florida. The site will also deal with any aspect of Florida's contribution to WWII. We ask veterans and/or their families to contact us if they have any informatio they would like us to include. We would really appreciate it. You can contact us through this email address: email@example.com Thanks
Lee Dickason Berlin - 08/12/00 18:26:00
Bob, I especially enjoyed the romantic parts where Bob met Margie. Bobby, it was so great to see you at the reunion last night. It is a wonderful thing to see people who knew you as a kid and will still talk to you! My best wishes to you and your family always. Lee Berlin
colin breach - 08/03/00 21:26:21
Excellent reading,now up to chapter 10.Anyone reading these pages may well be interested in an interesting u.k. site www.raf.mod.uk/rafhome.html this gives the daily reports during the battle of britain,as of 60 years ago,to the day.got my e.mail addres correct this time,bye,and many thanks for the interesting reading...
colin breach - 08/02/00 20:52:09
Excellent so far,only up to page 6,certainly no need for any apology whatsoever,unfortunatly if these experiences are not recorded they are lost forever.many thanks for the effort and time involved.Will continue with next installment as soon as time permi s,thanks again.
Domenick Rivera - 07/24/00 16:22:16
Mr. Allison, I've worked with your son for over 20 years. It was very interesting reading about your experiences during the war. I was involved in a slightly different type of war in Vietnam. I don't know if I really care to stir up the old memories of that conflict. o many of us were injured both physically and mentally. Maybe sometime in my future I'll put together a page to remember the better times during that war. Domenick Rivera 9th Infantry Div.
Ramblin' Wreck - 07/21/00 05:02:57
A quick, and minor, correction. On page15.html you state that "Commander Smith was an engineering graduate of Georgia Tech University..." The correct full name of the school is Georgia Institute of Technology. Go Jackets!
OC Tim Compton - 07/17/00 02:14:48
Truly an excellent story. Being an aviation officer candidate, USN, your story is very appealing. Even though your erra and mine are a generation apart, your experiences and hindsight in millitary aviation are helpful. I am about to begin OCS and then reflight in Pensacola, Florida and would like to start a webpage of my own to journalize the experiences for my family and friends (and whoever else is interested). How did you get started on your webage layout and construction? OC Timothy J. Compton United States Navy 5404 Lissett Saint Louis, Mo. 63109 314-752-3857 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martine Nieto - 06/29/00 21:29:19
I haven't finished yet. Actually I'm not even close to done, but so far I am enjoying it. Your experiences so far have me amazed at what has happened. I look forward to reading the rest of your experience.
David Abram - 06/26/00 13:17:03
Thanks for stopping and seeing Dad. He had difficulty remembering but your card saved the day. Wished I had a chance to see you. Will pass on your web site to Don. His e-mail is: email@example.com.
satow, robert g. - 06/14/00 18:38:09
Am glad I read your account of WWII. My father would never relate any of his war experiences and I think you brought me a little closer to him. Thanks.
HARRY C. WALTON - 06/10/00 10:55:08
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Jeff Jordan - 05/10/00 15:31:50
I'm interested in the Holtville naval air station while it was an active military installation. Your comments were interesting. Thanks
dan stamp - 05/09/00 03:36:31
Well,it only took me two hours,but I read the whole thing. Made for an interesting read,and I am proud of you and what you did for our country. Regards,dan stamp,titusville fla
AZUL - 05/08/00 22:56:04
AM LOOKING FOR MATES THAT SERVED RICHMOND K TURNER CG 20 FROM APPROX 1983 TO 1986
Al Shreaves, Jr. - 05/08/00 10:34:45
Was referred to your site for pictures of LCSL, which my father served on during the Pacific Campaign during WWII. Alwood L. Shreaves, Sr. USNR, QM1C Hopeing to contact anyone involved with LCSL #76 during that time! Thank you! Great Job! Al Shreaves, Jr.
Howard Brower - 05/03/00 08:29:54
This belongs with the U.S.Naval Institutes History of the Naval side of WWII. An excellent example ofwhat our young people of the time went through. I can only hope we can respond again if needed. From a Viet Nam Viet.
Carl Pratt - 04/16/00 21:24:26
As a member of the U.S.S. Steamer Bay (CVE 87)from commissioning to after the end of the war. Your web site made me proud. Keep up the good work. CARL PRATT
David Peeler - 04/13/00 00:30:24
Great story!! I really enjoyed reading it and especially the Ottumwa segment. I fly a restored N2S-4 in Navy colors that was based at Ottumwa. Man do I ever appreciate what you guys went thru then! Any photos of the base at that time?
Al Werdehoff - 04/12/00 16:23:09
AOM3C, USS Essex, VB-15, 1944 Great Picture Collection
Greg - 03/25/00 10:29:38
Very interesting reading, especially about your training exploits leading up to combat missions in the Pacific theatre of operations.
Bob Gibfried - 03/24/00 22:52:54
Hank Maifeld - 03/19/00 14:46:08
Great site...Enjoyed the visit
Matt Koppelman - 03/16/00 16:24:52
Thanks for your story. I very much enoy hearing about the incredible sacrifices made by your generation. I only can pray that the leasons your learned won't be overlooked by todays generation.
L. Weatherington - 03/02/00 23:59:55
Apparently Robert Allison's son Bob who lives in Southern California goes to church with my dad. He wrote and asked me to look up this website so I did. Fascinating
Nathan Reece ex PH-2 - 02/04/00 08:43:04
I just could't quit reading! I was a photomate a few years later and aqquired a friend who shot tons of 16mm movies. I know he has died since but wonder what happened to all that film? I refer to F4F and F6F ace Gene Valencia! I am also looking for a copy of "Launch Em!"; a tougue in cheek "home Movie" shot on board in the Korean period. "HAND SALUTE!" "To"
Mark Raisbeck - 01/27/00 00:53:31
Thank you, a most enlightening story.
Greg Bechtol - 01/26/00 07:53:26
Thank you for sharing your story. This is just what I was looking for. My great uncle was a F6F Hellcat pilot, and served on Yorktown CV-10. I was trying to gain some insight to the life of a WWII fighter pilot, and you helped tremendiously. My great uncl was killed June 23, 1944 while attacking Pagan Island (one of the Marianas).
ALM-ALM - 01/21/00 06:54:46
Wonderful reading, grew up right with you. I'm an old man now, no war flying, but did fly commercially. Sometimes I thought I was in a war zone. I really miss it.
Randal McFarlane - 01/18/00 13:49:05
I enjoyed your web page. I own a Grumman TBM-3E Avenger and it is the only one in Australia. We flew it across from New Zealand. Currently based in Brisbane and being repainted as "Georgia Peach", a TBM-3 opertated by VT-83 from USS Essex. [my wife comes rom Atlanta, thought the name was appropriate] Also own and fly Zero used in movie Tora, Tora, Tora. Best regards
Robert B. Heili - 01/07/00 10:38:37
Quite a story, I'm glad you took the time to make a record of your experiences. So many of the experiences of the WWII vets are going untold. thank you for sharing yours
Dorinda Pierce Holloway - 12/26/99 05:07:02
Daughter of Edward B. Pierce, died in So Pacific 1/30/45 aboard Yorktown=iinvasion of Marshal Islands, at age 23. Survived by wife, Gwendolyn, two daughters, Dorinda and Carol Ann
PHIL ELSNER - 12/24/99 04:49:58
My URL:http://CARRIER SAILOR
A GREAT STORY,YOU GUYS ARE THE HEROES OF A TIME WHICH WAS FILLED WITH SOMEGREAT PILOTS AND CREWMEN.BECAUSE OF GUYS LIKE YOU WE BEAT THE VILIANS OF THAT ERA.I ALSO JOINED THE NAVY BECAUSE OF A TIME AND NEED FOR MEN TO GO TO WAR.I SERVED ABOARD THE USS YORK OWN CVSIO DURING THE VIETNAM WAR .WAS A PHOTO MATE PH 3RD.THE FIGHTING LADY WAS A GREAT SHIP THANKS FOR KEEPING THOSE TIMES ALIVE --FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS
Brad Webb - 12/18/99 02:57:41
I suppose it's cheating but I just saved your pages in text format for my Dad. He has his computer but I can't get him on the net. He was a sailor on the Petrof Bay and still goes to the crew reunions every year. Yesterday was his birthday - this set of text files will be part of his birthday present. If I ever get him on line, I'll point him to your pages fast. By the way, I've never found the blasted bay on a map either. Best regards, Brad Webb
Bruce Freeman - 12/14/99 07:27:41
Former AO2 USS Ranger CV-61 1984-88 VS-41 1988 Thank you so much for your side of the story this was very interesting for me, reminds me of many stories from my family members who served during your same time period. Job well done.
Brian Winchester - 12/02/99 19:05:05
Your presentation is fantastic. Giving the little details of serving in WWII really helps to bring the reader right back there to the war. I am absolutely fascinated by the memoirs of the veterans, allied or enemy, and wish every surviving one would commi the details of their experiences to writing. That is the best way that they will not be forgotten.
De Witt Morgan - 11/30/99 22:33:30
I served on the USS ORISKANY, CVA-34 in 1953 in the Navigation Dept. What a great ship, one of my favorites. How sad that she is going to be scrapped. Thanks for keeping history alive. De Witt Morgan (Jr.) Mission Viejo, Ca.
Bob Evans - 11/29/99 00:09:00
Great Page really enjoyed the narrative.
Mark Novak - 11/26/99 06:03:23
Great stuff thanks for sharing your story
Donnie Brainard - 11/24/99 22:13:21
USS Ranger CV-61, August 24, 1987 - August 25, 1989
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w.robinson - 11/14/99 02:16:22
Particularly looking for info on British Invincible class carriers. However excellent site!
Bill Berry - 11/09/99 12:47:15
I am a retired Naval Aircrewman, it is a honor to view your site. Many of us are extremely grateful to Veterans like you who have given so much for what we all have today. Thank you.
Gene Morin - 09/27/99 21:26:28
My Email:Boats @Map. Com.
Greetings I am a retired Chief Boatswain Mate who's Father Was on the Natoma Bay when this photo was taken. I have been looking for information on this ship for along time, this makes me happy that I have found this.
Cindy Holsey Dickason - 09/26/99 23:50:52
My dad was on the USS Natoma Bay so it is great to see these photos.
Bob Glista - 09/16/99 19:54:39
Found a hit on your home page while I was looking up "Glistas" I am originally from Centerville, PA, and saw p14 of the book. Sounds like an interesting recollection of WWII. I was a kid then, so don't have any similar "war stories."
J.C.Bartholomew - 09/16/99 02:35:13
Please tell Mr. Allison three things for me: (1)"Thank you for your service to our Nation!" (2)"You told a very interesting story!" (3)per'Dictionary of Alaska Place Names'USGPO:1967 Petrof Bay-2.5 mi across, on Kuiu I.,at S end of Tebenkof Bay, Alex. Arch. 56-25N,134-05W. Named for Ivan Petrof (1928),special census agent for AK in 1880 'who contributed largely to the written history of Alaska.
Eugene C> Stevens - 09/12/99 19:38:11
Wonderful to see this. Was aboard Valley Forge for 1952-53, Fourth Korean Cruise, then to USS Leyte until explosion & fire, then to Seaplane tender. Was Gunners Mate, but am retired SSgt USAF. But the Happy Valley will always be special to me
Bert Rankin - 09/07/99 20:00:06
Served onboard USS RANGER from Nov. 72 to Jun. 76 in 1MMR and the oil lab. Lookin for any snipes that served during that time.
Ron M - 09/06/99 00:22:21
Thanks for your service and sharing your account of WW II. I am a former USN Crypto Tech who spent almost three years aboard the current USS Enterprise (cvn65) Again, I salute you and thank you for a job well done.
paul volk - 08/27/99 22:06:15
served on the valley forge cvs45 56-59
Steve Reddoch - 08/26/99 18:12:46
Can you e-mail me the document so I can print it out. I like reading what you wrote, but I want it in printed form so i can read it easier.
NCC(AW) RICK STAHURA - 08/26/99 06:47:23
SERVED ON USS GUAM,USS CORAL SEA, VF-1 ON BOARD USS RANGER DURING GULF WAR. RETIRED 9/92,JUST WONTED TO SAY HELLO TO EVERY ONE.
Ken Reightler, Sr. - 08/24/99 16:34:53
Carriers! Bravo Zulu! Well Done! Attaboy!
Dave Hart, USAF (Ret) - 08/17/99 16:57:32
What a great read! I've just gotten into your fine book and am enjoying it immensely! The photos are interesting and well presented, too. My hat's off to you - well done! Dave Hart Clearwater, Fla.
Harvey Olifson - 08/02/99 14:08:57
Bill Carmody - 07/27/99 15:26:39
Thanks for putting your story toegether for us to read. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Your personal photos were very interesting to see, and I would have liked to have seen some comments on the four-leaf clover markings.The photo of Ens. Kinnard's damaged airc aft on page 34 is an FM-2, not a TBM.
Chuck Jordan - 07/26/99 04:12:47
Enjoyed your story very much.
John Esbenshade - 07/25/99 03:42:50
Thank you for taking the time to share your duty in WWII, too much history is not recorded for future generations.
john howell/ - 07/11/99 21:28:07
Two thumbs Up>
Tohomas J. St. John Jr MM2c - 07/10/99 14:02:33
Great story of our history. USS Shangri-La CV38 August 1944 to November 47
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Ralph Roland - 07/08/99 18:33:54
Great site. Nice text and photos. A real pleasure to visit. Thanks...
Mark Bence - 07/06/99 03:58:59
I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story.The photos were great and your contribution to the war effort as well as others from your country was in itself a giver of life. From a grateful aussie!
Charles Fisher - 07/05/99 01:42:44
Really enjoying your"one Man's War" so far,I'm a retired Lt (RCNR) in Canada,never fired a shot in anger however, but served for 12 years anyway.A naval history buff of long standing I certainly am,and your story makes agood read,and is never dull.Thanks for taking the time to write it. Yours Aye Chas Fisher
Dave Etson - 07/03/99 06:46:02
A very enjoyable book on your great adventure.
Bob Lopez Navy Senior Chief Retired - 07/03/99 00:53:50
After 20 years and 5 West Pacs and being onboard 7 different carriers I can't pass up a chance to check out such an interresting site. Thanks Bob
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James E. Lantz - 06/30/99 01:41:09
I was on the U.S.S. Shangrila in 1958 Pacific Cruise. Ships Company V5o.
Justin Kramer - 06/18/99 03:05:21
Avionics Technician 3rd class aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln
LT T.P. Dermody, USN - 06/01/99 18:25:10
James SAmith - 05/31/99 15:13:24
craig clemens - 05/28/99 00:42:38
My Email:cv417376 @alo.com
Bill Daniels - 05/27/99 22:54:46
I was on the Shakedown Cruise of the aircraft carrier Midway. I'm a proud Plank Owner! Would like to hear from others.
Kaz Glista - 05/19/99 00:45:00
I would like to know more about this Glista fellow because of my geneology. Kaz Glista
Lanny Wilson - 05/18/99 20:19:14
My Dad is a WWII and Korean War veteran, although he was in the Army. I enjoyed reading your story very much. The way you told of your experiences reminded me very much of how my Dad used to tell me about some of his experiences. You have my thanks and my deepest respect for serving our country in the way that you did, by putting yourself in harm's way. Please consider yourself having been saluted by email!
Ray Edwards - 05/13/99 21:57:51
SERVED ONBOARD USS RANGER, 76-79. RM-3 CR-DIV.
Cam Posani - 04/23/99 23:29:08
Thanks for sharing your memories!! Cam Posani
John Woods - 04/15/99 22:35:55
Hi, I liked the look and feel of your URL but on reading the story from page one I was blown away by your apologia and self-criticism for having the gall to write this story. It would be much improved without these negative statements. Offered with respect and my kind regards, John Woods
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Doug McAteer - 04/14/99 20:13:38
I was an AMM2/c on the Petrof Bay. I wa originally with VC76. The Petrof Bay is holding our 13th Reunion Oct.6 to 10th, in Pensacola, FL. If you are interested--Get back
Rick Cline - 04/14/99 01:09:35
I am truly sorry I did not have this information and outstanding photos when I wrote the Petrof Bay book, "Escort Carrier WW II." I would however be interested in obtaining a number of these photos and using some of your information on the 2nd edition. Can you help me?
Doug Prindle - 03/29/99 20:59:43
One more thing....my father served on the USS Lunga Point, which your Dad included a picture of in his archives. My father was in VC-85. Perhaps they even knew each other.....neat!!!!!
Doug Prindle - 03/29/99 20:35:38
What a great site! My father was a pilot in the USN at the exact same time as Ens. Allison. Apparently they were exactly the same age as well and both came from the midwest. My father from Kansas. My father Dayo D. "Red" Prindle died in 1978, so reading t is for me has been an insight into how my father must have reacted at exactly the same time!!! I am doing a research paper and wanted my father's impressions of his time as a pilot in World War II but was kind of sunk because of his death. Then I found th s site. Thanks so much!!!!!
chris panzer - 03/26/99 17:56:02
OC Luis E. Rivera (USN) - 03/26/99 03:09:36
Great Story. I am an officer candidate graduating this summer from Hampton Roads NROTC. I have orders to flight school for pilot training in Pensacola. I hope I will be as brave as you and earn my wings ASAP!!!
Blaise Riou - 03/24/99 11:22:33
Je visted GeoCities et le somhow a fini vers le haut sur votre page Web. Combien d'heure avez-vous investie dans votre site Internet? J'espère avoir un bientôt!
George Misail - 02/21/99 06:53:37
Great story. Thanks Bob Jr. for steering me to it.
mary teshiba - 02/18/99 19:07:25
Greg Conway - 02/16/99 04:35:42
Very interesting and informative. You could make a cool documentary out of this!
Fritz Allison - 02/11/99 21:11:20
Hi Uncle Bob, I saw a draft last year and now it looks even better. Thanks for putting it where we can all get to it. Now we need to talk Carl into writing his, the statute of limitations should be past for most of his misadventures. Fritz
Penny Carter - 02/11/99 03:21:33
All the wonderful stories I heard growing up and more. Great to see them in print Thanks Uncle Bob
Russ - 02/10/99 16:58:17
Looks great Bob!!!!!!
wendy - 01/26/99 02:55:17
Keith Larson - 01/23/99 14:18:51
Hi Robert (Jr). Looks good. Thanks. Keith
Bob Woodward - 01/22/99 03:45:38
Hi Bob, Finally made it into your story. Looks great. Thanks Bob W.
Laura Wilkinson - 01/19/99 04:19:33
Your webpage is fascinating!!!! I really enjoyed it. I am active duty Navy, Avionics Technician First Class Petty Officer with 19 years in. Visit my sight, it's main theme is Naval Aviation. Excellent job!
J Justin - 01/18/99 07:26:19
Great Site, loved the details. Never heard of a Side Wheel CV, that is going to win me some wagers, heh. I have linked to your site from my Navy History pages at the URL above, please check it out and link back if you like. I have many Navy vets there, sure they'd like to hear from you. Let me know when you get rest of bio up (to Page 29 now). Thanks and Take Care - JJ
Ivor Jeffreys - 01/16/99 15:53:04
Looking good! Can't wait for the next chapter.
Marlys Thompson - 01/10/99 02:08:18
This is an inspiring book written by my favorite author, my uncle Bob. He shared his stories with me since I was a child and I am so glad he put it to pen. congratuations Bob, your tops.