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Bill Spanbauer@ 12:36pm 03-11-2015, IP: 75.241.143.8

:Address:

4409 Eureka Road

:City:

Omro

:State:

WI

:Zip:

54963

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1986-1989

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

R HT2 SW
Hi to everybody out there from CG-47 Engineering R Division
Joseph Yokum@ 8:13am 03-09-2015, IP: 104.10.185.183

:Address:

761 Mercedes Place

:City:

Terrytown

:State:

Louisiana

:Zip:

70056

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1959 - 1962

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

V1 & V3
Assigned in Aug'59 V1 Div,got runover by a F4D Skyray on catapults in. Oct.'59. Transferred to V3 Div. Made 2 Westpac cruises, drydocked Bremerton WA Jan.62-Jul'62. Made Seattle Worlds Fair Open House 2 wks. Served til 10 Aug.'62.
John (JacK) Podojil@ 12:15pm 03-08-2015, IP: 184.98.249.13

:Address:

42562 West Hall Drive

:City:

Maricopa

:State:

AZ

:Zip:

85138

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1965 - 1967

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

B Division #1 fireroom
Spent most of the days below deck but one thing I did learn was the snipe lament poem. I was in that fire room from 16 to 21 hours a days

SNIPE'S LAMENT

Now each of us from time to time has gazed upon the sea
and watched the mighty warships pulling out to keep this country free.
And most of us have read a book or heard a lusty tale,
about these men who sail these ships through lightning, wind and hail.
But there's a place within each ship that legend's fail to teach.
It's down below the water-line and it takes a living toll
- - a hot metal living hell, that sailors call the "Hole."
It houses engines run with steam that makes the shafts go round.
A place of fire, noise, and heat that beats your spirits down.
Where boilers like a hellish heart, with blood of angry steam,
are molded gods without remorse, are nightmares in a dream.

Whose threat from the fires roar, is like a living doubt,
that at any moment with such scorn, might escape and crush you out.
Where turbines scream like tortured souls, alone and lost in Hell,
are ordered from above somewhere, they answer every bell.
The men who keep the fires lit and make the engines run,
are strangers to the light and rarely see the sun.
They have no time for man or God, no tolerance for fear,
their aspect pays no living thing a tribute of a tear.
For there's not much that men can do that these men haven't done,
beneath the decks, deep in the hole, to make the engines run.
And every hour of every day they keep the watch in Hell,
for if the fires ever fail their ship's a useless shell.

When ships converge to have a war upon an angry sea,
the men below just grimly smile at what their fate will be.
They're locked below like men fore-doomed, who hear no battle cry,
it's well assumed that if they're hit men below will die.
For every day's a war down there when gauges all read red,
twelve-hundred pounds of heated steam can kill you mighty dead.

So if you ever write their songs or try to tell their tale,
the very words would make you hear a fired furnace's wail.
And people as a general rule don't hear of these men of steel,
so little heard about this place that sailors call the "Hole."
But I can sing about this place and try to make you see,
the hardened life of the men down there, 'cause one of them is me.
I've seen these sweat-soaked heroes fight in superheated air,
to keep their ship alive and right, though no one knows they're there.

And thus they'll fight for ages on till warships sail no more,
amid the boiler's mighty heat and the turbine's hellish roar.
So when you see a ship pull out to meet a war-like foe,
remember faintly if you can, "The Men Who Sail Below."

-Anonymous

I also remember when the Ticonderoga out launched the Enterprise. I then transferred to the USS. Constellation
STEPHEN J MOFFETT@ 11:31am 03-05-2015, IP: 108.39.116.48

:Address:

1344 STRINGFELLOW CT

:City:

VIRGINIA BEACH

:State:

VA

:Zip:

23464

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

July 1963- Aug. 1966

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

V-4/V-6 AN/ADJ3
Spent most of my time in AV Fuels. When I made PO3 transferred to V-6 div and worked on yellow gear. My first cruise in 1964 I remember the typhoon in the Sea of Japan and spending 60 days on the line between N & S Vietnam because the USS RANGER couldn't relieve. The "Tico" didn't pull in when we had catapault problems.. We did our job providing air support for our troops ashore.Gutsy crew we were....
Shawn Dow@ 2:41pm 03-01-2015, IP: 96.40.70.171

:Address:

602 W. First St

:City:

Tawas City

:State:

Michigan

:Zip:

48763
Wonderful web site. My father Gene Raymond Dow served aboard in the mid to late 60's. I believe as a boatswain mate third class, worked the jet blast deflectors I believe. Unfortunately he is no longer with us for me to get the whole story.
Ernest L. Terry@ 11:25am 02-25-2015, IP: 67.197.172.119

:Address:

1603Cedarview ct.

:City:

Rock Hill

:State:

S,C

:Zip:

29732

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1956-1959

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

M
Hunting a old buddy name Hanks.
Dallas Carmen@ 12:52pm 02-21-2015, IP: 99.85.97.188

:Address:

1315 south 8th street

:City:

Ironton

:State:

Ohio

:Zip:

45638

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1954-56

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

Gunners Maid
I was on the first crew after the ship was repair. My friends and I were scared to go on it, but we did our time.
Ronald Babcock@ 7:55pm 02-19-2015, IP: 97.97.63.99

:Address:

6205 Flagfish Ct

:City:

Lakewood Ranch

:State:

Florida

:Zip:

34202

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1965-66

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

VF-51, AZ3
I was the squadron ammo crew chief during our 65-66 tour off the coast of Nam and I was recently denied my agent orange claim due to the fact that I was a blue water sailor and the Big T is not currently listed even though I have a variety of health issues considered by the VA as agent orange "presumptive"

I am goona appeal claiming that the wind had to carry the agent orange herbicide off shore and that our planes must have flown through that crap. ANY ADVICE WOULD HELP.
DAVID LAMBERT2@ 11:37am 02-18-2015, IP: 172.56.31.230

:Address:

13009 W.ASH ST.

:City:

EL MIRAGE

:State:

Arizona

:Zip:

85335

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1968 -1969

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

flight deck. E-3
Does anyone remember me?
JENTRIE (Jay) HELMS@ 9:49am 02-14-2015, IP: 173.22.25.18

:Address:

1089 ROSEMONT ST

:City:

APALACHICOLA

:State:

FLORIDA

:Zip:

32320

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1963 - 1967

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

RM2
SERVED IN COMMUNICATIONS (CR DIV) AS ONE OF THE TECH
CONTROLLERS ONBOARD. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OTHER
"TICO TIGERS" ESPECIALLY DALE SHEETS AND JOHN WILLIAMS.
Herb Rosenthal@ 10:58am 02-09-2015, IP: 32.212.141.243

:Address:

70 Main Street

:City:

Newtown

:State:

CT

:Zip:

06470

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1969-1970

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

LTJG
It would be great to hear from any of my friends and shipmates, especially, Don Walker, Baker Moore, Correy English, Jim Norris, Jim DePass, Ron Bendschneider, Jeff Slatter, Tim Burr, Steve Durst, Bob Canale, Rich Siegel , Mark Polanski.
lt col alok kaushik@ 4:02am 02-09-2015, IP: 1.38.16.44

:Zip:

250001

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1982

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

helsman
FEARLESS GUN HAS BEEN UPGRADED FREM 40MM TO 76MM TO 100MM neve r realised why.when i scuttled FREDRICK THE GREAT I DISCOVERED SHE COULD DO EVERYTHING FEARLESS COULD.WITH .1%CARBON PURIFIED VANADIUM GALVANISED PALLADIUM ENRICHED STEEL PETER THE GREAT WAS SO STRONG NORMAL CANON SHOT WOULD REBOUND AND SINK THE FIRER SHIP ADMIRAL PONDEXTER REGARDS
Terry Evitts@ 1:23pm 02-05-2015, IP: 64.134.160.73

:Address:

1810 Deming st

:City:

terre haute

:State:

IN - Indiana

:Zip:

47803

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1961-1964

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

RM3
my dad served on board from 61-63 or 64
he died july 4 2013 at home with family
around him
marcella@ 12:47pm 02-01-2015, IP: 107.10.123.142

:City:

fortwhite

:State:

florida

:Zip:

32038

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1962-1964
My fathers name is Douglas Cutsforth. I never knew him. However he passed away last year from mesothelioma. I am looking for any one that knew him. I can be reached at 920-462-4014
Smith,Wayne W@ 5:34pm 01-30-2015, IP: 65.184.137.116

:Address:

203 Sherwood Rd

:City:

Jacksonville

:State:

North Carolina

:Zip:

28540

:Years On Board (ie 1966-1968):

1960-1963

:Division / Rate or Rank while on board:

ABH MAA V1 Div
Looking for anyone who knew my father Wayne Smith he was a yellow shirt,and a Master at Arms .
My Dad passed away on Nov.7,1999 I'm looking for anyone that knew him during the 60-63 WestPac cruises also any pics you might have of him and the Big T .
I'm currently building a scale model of the Tico to honor him for the local soon to be opened Goat Locker here in Jacksonville NC (Home of MCB Camp Lejeune) He loved the Tico and the Navy he retired after 35 yrs.

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