USS Virginia (CGN-38)
Deck Log 1996-1999



WHAT'S UP YOU OLD DOGS! Glad to see so many of you are still alive, I guess low level radiation really IS good for you. Just a quick note to let everyone know that even an RC div enlisted a$$hole like me can turn out okay, I've been happily married for 2.5 years and am now a Computer Engineer working for Cisco Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC. Shoot me an email if you don't have anything better to do! PS, if your flashlight doesn't work, I'd recommend you DON'T sniff it.
Wes Renfroe <wrenfroe@hotmail.com>
Cary, NC USA - Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 16:23:51 (PST)


Plank Owner, served in pre-comm unit 75-78. We had alot of good times and some not so good. Remember the 40' seas in the North Atlantic and our little sojourn in the seaweed of the Bermuda triangle. The Virgin Islands were fun. As an ELT/Mechanic I have a lot of fond memories but remember how good it felt to go home for good. Take Care...
Mike Benson <benny@QTM.net>
Baroda, MI USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 16:49:53 (PST)


I was very happy that Timothy Sexton told me about this site! I proudly served aboard the Virginia as CA Division LCPO from 1981 - 1987. She was the best of the five ships that I served on. When I retired in 1990 I requested and received my Ensign flown over the USS Virginia. I was also at her decommissioning and that was a sad day for me. I hope someday to be a part of a reunion before we are all too old. I am currently the Configuration Manager with Lockheed Martin on the SQQ-89 contract. I look forward to meeting with my old shipmates! Frank
Carzon F. Patrick <carzon_patrick@hotmail.com>
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 08:34:36 (PST)


I served on the USS Virginia (1990-1994) as CIWS tecnician in CF division (FC2(SW) David Roby). Durring those four years on the ship I was able to meet a number of wonderful people, who I spent working with and seeing a lot of the world. I would not change that phase in my life for the world. It was a chance of a lifetime!
David W. Roby <droby@trib.com>
Thermopolis, WY USA - Sunday, December 26, 1999 at 18:54:42 (PST)


To: Terry Dyer...I saw here that you were looking for D.W. Goodwin, I tried to use your existing e-mail but it must not be valid anymore...he lives in Bagley Minnesota you can get his ph# from information...I was on the boat from early 77 to 79....do you remember me?
Jim Udell <jjudell@pro-ns.net>
Champlin, Mn USA - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 16:45:32 (PST)


I am a Plank Owner (76-78). I still have a framed Plank Owner's certificate hanging on my office wall. Reported as a Radio Seaman Apprentice and left as an RM2. I worked with RMCS Whiting, Lt Finkelstein, RM1 Thomas, Hotzlohner, Weber, Overbay, Dzurus, Mackie, Kelly(yes, there were two Kelley's in radio central although Ken spelled his name wrong) and many others. I remember the day we shot ourselves. Don Weber's brother, Lou was stationed on one of the ships that towed targets for us. He said nobody wanted to tow for the Virginia after that incident. I think my favorite time was the week of R&R in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The natives were very kind to several of us. I spent a lot of time on the yardarms doing antenna maintenance (try that with a hangover). It's tough to look at her without a superstructur now. Captain Davis and Senior Chief Whiting were two of the greatest influences a twenty year old could have had. Thank you to both of you. I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1984 with an Electrical Engineering degree. I have spent the past 15 years in the aerospace industry working on avionics systems for the Boeing and Airbus jets.
Paul Kelley <Huskrfan@earthlink.com>
Woodland Hills, CA USA - Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 23:49:26 (PST)


Served onboard from 09-77 thru 12-80. Many good memories remain from countless ports worldwide. I was in S3 Division under Capt. Davis & Capt. Ailes. Surprised to hear of the decommisioning - she was'nt that old.
Mark Howard <Interguy1@cs.com>
Denver, Co USA - Thursday, December 16, 1999 at 10:11:49 (PST)


Rl div 88-92
David Palmer <dtpfireman@aol.com>
portland, or USA - Monday, December 06, 1999 at 20:37:25 (PST)


Served 7/77 - 2/83. I would like to find Frank Sullivan,Jerry Mahon,"Barney",LT Brad Geddes,and Tim Walsh.They helped me make it. I enjoyed the cruises but, I hated it when the shitters overflowed in crew complex 13.
John "Jack" Flannery <jflanner@duke-energy.com>
belmont, nc USA - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 15:11:23 (PST)


I was stationed onbard Virginia from 75-78. I arrived in the spring of 75 with what I believe was the second batch of Nucs. Some of the stories are strange, Does anyone remember the Baby on the balcony rail accross the street from the Pre-com.offices? Who was it that went and warned the mother? Or the names of the two peaple caught sleeping on watch in #1 Engine Room By N.R.? One was BUSTED to 3rd class lost his Nuc Nec. the other was promoted from JG to LT. and became an instructor at anapolis. The last story I heard of MR.Salzer was he was teaching navigation. As an electrician I woked Topside for a year then was put in charge of REO1/EE01. Not my choice but Oh well. Do any of you NUCs remember the real loss of Main lube oil we had during our Nuc trials. It started out as a drill but when the Elop Bkr.tripped it became alittle more. The breaker was reset before any harm was done. thinking back does anyone know what became of E.M.1 Dahlin? EM-1 Stauch, Or super Ltjg.Weaver(last seen on the Texas,CGN-39). I've left alot of details out, those that where there know the stories and I can't afford a lawyer to respond to those involved. I had good and bad times on Virginia as I've had thru life. Ihope I can hear from some of you precommies tosee whats happened in the last 25 years. p.s. Hey Stettler did you ever get another bike after recking the chopper?
Dave Borntrager <TRAGER98@JUNO.COM>
ST.FRANCIS, MN USA - Sunday, December 05, 1999 at 09:46:01 (PST)


I really liked her when she was active and wanted to know how she ended up! The page is great. She died before her time.
Bill Marshall <marshall@99main.com>
Norwich, Ct USA - Saturday, December 04, 1999 at 18:27:29 (PST)


Hey, all! I was a member of RC Division under LT. Mike Bleyle from 91 - Aug. 94. Hey, ET1 Chuck Brown- I didn't think you were a lifer! Drop me a line sometime here in Michigan. Anyone ever know what happened to Capt. Lipfert? By the way, I skipped the Shellback ceremony in 1993 , but made a mint standing other people's watches! I don't regret my stint on the warpig, but would never do it again! Peace.
Tim Luksetich <luke3@dellnet.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA - Sunday, November 14, 1999 at 19:57:02 (PST)


YOU GUYS NEED TO GET A GOD DAMN LIFE!
FU2 HENDERSON <HEDERSON@NAVYSUX.COM>
FARGO, ND USA - Tuesday, November 09, 1999 at 14:44:17 (PST)


I just dug up some of my old videos from the warpig that I took from 89-92. The worst part about my channel fever videos is that I'm starting to forget the names of people in the videos. If we ever have a reunion, I'll be sure to bring them along. Does anyone know what happened to Mike Tennyson or V-12? Who took my big black ghetto blaster after the Gulf cruise?
Jeff Dudukovich <jduke@arcimail.com>
Miami, FL CUBA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 14:12:54 (PST)


OK, now I'm an Ensign in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps (reserve). Like one of my former nuke reservist shipmates said: "A nuke with a gun? It just ain't right!". Any other SeaBee Nukes out there?
Jeff Hamman <jhamman@mindspring.com>
Aiken, SC USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 13:39:19 (PDT)


Very nice Web site you have here. I am glad I decided to come back and visit some more. Please visit the Navy veteran's Web sites of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring for this Veterans Day. There are now over 40 Web sites depicting naval activities during the Vietnam war. Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring Webmasters: Please place a link to us on your links page!
Harold Bach <dd950@prodigy.net>
Clallam Bay, WA USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 16:51:42 (PDT)


E DIV PLANK OWNER
JIMMY KNIGHT <TEC@ALLTEL.NET>
THOMASTON, GA USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 14:31:01 (PDT)


I am glad to see that I am not the only former bad attitude who had a change of heart. It's sad to be shaving with the pieces of the USS Warpig.
Loren Kordonowy <lwkordon@pop.ctctel.com>
Belfield, ND USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 20:09:18 (PDT)


Served summer 81 thru summer 85. Out surfing a took a chance. Great to see all of us checking in. Anyone know how I can get a ball cap?
Peter Goff - SM3 <pgoff@uswest.net>
Mpls, MN USA - Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 17:07:24 (PDT)


I just thought I'd drop you guys a note and let you know that I really respect you. My boyfriend recently enlisted under the delayed entry program and I'm really proud of him. If you get time, e-mail me-I'd like to know more about the Navy.
Michelle Klinger <sunshine_28636@yahoo.com>
Hiddenite, NC USA - Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 15:02:10 (PDT)


Hey Curtis, remember St. Thomas? Mike was slapping that poor ladies ass REAL hard. Gave her a months pay, i think. No hands, no b.s. Remember? Please note new email address. Jimmy Mcalister. Funny man when he was high. On bug juice, of course. what did you think i meant?
john herman <jherman@hermaninc.com>
indianapolis, in USA - Wednesday, October 13, 1999 at 12:53:44 (PDT)


SERVING ABOARD FROM 1990-1993 THERE WAS THE SECRET PARTY CLUB ALL THE FCS KNEW ABOUT IT CAUSE THEY LIVED THERE UP IN PARTY CENTRAL 74 ROOM. I AM PROUD TO SAY I WAS THE ONLY GUNNER ALLOWED IN THE LETS JUST SAY ANYTHING GOES ROOM. LEGENDS LIKE JOHN HERMAN, MIKE MCMILLAN, DICK PEOPLES, BRIAN HEISTER, "TERRIBLE" TERRY WHITT, AND A COUPLE OF SELECT OTHERS, CHIEF??? WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE TIMES? AS I LOOK BACK AT IT CGN 38 SERVED US AS CHEAP WAY TO PARTY AS HARD AS WE COULD AS CHEAPLY AS WE COULD{ISLAND PRICES} ANYWHERE WE COULD BUT THE BEST TIMES SEEMED TO BE HAZE GRAY AND UNDERWAY. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES 74 RADAR ROOM. P.S. SORRY CHIEF MASTER AT ARMS YOU JUST COULDNT CATCH US HA! HA! HA! PARTY ON MAC
JIMMY MAC <LLOWL1@AOL.COM>
HARRISON TWSP , MI USA - Tuesday, October 12, 1999 at 17:09:15 (PDT)


Served 87-91 in CE division. Had some good times. Nice to see so many names I remember.
Stephen Fonzo <sjfonzo@fedex.com>
Memphis, TN USA - Monday, October 04, 1999 at 10:43:11 (PDT)


I served on the Virginia as the chaplain 88-90. Browsing through this page was very nostalgic. I have fond memories of my time on the Virginia, shipmates and places visited. Nothing lasts forever and was sad to see the best ship on the waterfront leave the fleet. A short time after leaving the Virginia I was asked to visit a retired Sailor who was close to death. When he found out I had been on the Virginia he had his wife give me a plaque...a keel laying plaque of the Virgina - a cherished possession.
Roger Crim <rlcsr@charter.net>
Morristown, TN USA - Monday, September 27, 1999 at 15:48:25 (PDT)


Just checking back in. I'm glad to see that so many more of my former shipmates are finding this site. Hey Scott Mills! I tried emailing you but the email address you have listed is not working. Please drop me a line at either of the email addresses listed below.
ET2 Rob Mayhugh <mayr1@aerial1.com OR rmayhug1@tampabay.rr.com>
Tampa (Valrico), FL USA - Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 20:33:26 (PDT)


I had the pleasure of serving on this grand ole lady from jul84 thru dec90. My assignment ranged from D.C. P.O. thru LPO of CE div. This included fantail PO and senior Sergant of the Guard. There are alot of names that I still remember looking thru the deck log. I sure would like to here from the guys that I served with. Mayhue, Horton, Black, Putz, Chuck, Potts, Brunner, Fonzo, Squeeze, ETC... OH Wally how about those Rockets. Any way I have some sea stories and port stories that I will get on as soon as I have time. I read that someone thought that they had the best crusie book, apperently they had never heard of the crusie book of 87. That baby was boss and still is. I truely miss the navy and the ship that I served on I wish my ship mates calm seas and fair winds.
ET2 SW Mills <scottymlls@webtv.net>
laMarque , TX USA - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 17:14:47 (PDT)


I am the daughter of James L. Linton. We were stationed in La Maddelena,Italy during 1975-1978. I am looking for pictures and maps for a college paper. I am not having any luck. If you know of what website or address to get into or have a map of Sardinia, please send to: 22818 34th. Ave West Brier, WA. 98036 Thank you, Becky
Becky Linton
Brier, WA USA - Friday, September 10, 1999 at 13:03:34 (PDT)


This website makes me remember every GD time Master Chief Colleran yelled at me. And after all these years, I think I deserved it.
Ken Arthur <KArthur@techtransfer.com>
Tampa, FL USA - Tuesday, September 07, 1999 at 13:40:42 (PDT)


I have a question...am I the only A-ganger that learned how to use a computer? I just spent way too long reading every entry into this deck log. Was on board in 92, right when it ended it's last Med, till it went to the butcher shop in Portsmouth. Even with all the petty trouble I got into, I still have amazing memories of people and events while I was there. Kissin' the Ditch, the beautiful storm with %70 of the crew sick in '93, and Smitty not believing me about what I did on that island off of Columbia when I came stumbling back to the ship. I really miss that storm. Nothing will ever compare to sitting in the middle of the ocean, with waves breaking over the fantail, and 30+ degree rolls making everything fun. Truly nature at it's best. This is probably too long anyway, but if anyone happens to see this and wants to get in touch with me(assuming they remember me, although I tried to make sure they did) drop me a line....and don't laugh at the damn e-mail address. It wasn't my idea. Thanx for the memories, Virginia...I was actually sad to leave.
Michael Gibowicz <IceKity@aol.com>
Erie, Pa USA - Friday, September 03, 1999 at 22:13:23 (PDT)


It has been a long time since my days as a nuke on board the Virginia (1991 to 1994). I miss the M-DIV gang like Joe Colford, Dan Salter, "Piggy" Johnston, Tony Camilleri, and many others. My only regret was one day while serving on USS South Carolina in 1994 or 95 I was up on the fantail and I watched the hull get towed past headed out to Bremerton. I left the Navy in Sep. 1995 and I still think of some of the see stories on the warpig. I just saw this website that Joel huston has and I think it is really nice.
Jamie LePage <JALePage@Potlatch.com>
Cloquet, MN USA - Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 13:18:32 (PDT)


EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE FOUR SHIPS IN THE "VIRGINIA" CLASS SHE WAS ONE OF A KIND. YOU ARE MISSED.
JAMES SARNICOLA <JSARNICOLA@CS.COM>
LONG ISLAND CITY , NY USA - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 09:30:02 (PDT)


It's great to find this place ,which bring back so many wild memories. Was onboard from 75 to 79 back in the red brick days.
Tony "BooBoo" Rees <LAKODA55@yahoo.com>
Mansfield, La USA - Saturday, August 28, 1999 at 17:17:42 (PDT)


Great Page. I served aboard the Virginia from April 81 to Dec.88. I attended the decom and was saddened to see her go. she was a good ship and had a great crew. I am retired from the navy now but I work for the navy and I still ride ships. I have not rode one yet that compairs to the Virginia. It's good to see her kept alive on the net.
Tim Sexton <timothy_sexton@ftsclant.navy.mil>
Norfolk, va USA - Friday, August 27, 1999 at 21:24:54 (PDT)


Shane Baura (78-80) 411 Walden Glen,,Evans, Georgia 30809 email: sknekshun@aol.com, E-Division. Left Virginia to serve on USS Francis Scott Key SSBN-657Blue (80-82). Comanche Peak Nuclear Station for Texas Utilities(82-89). Westinghouse Savannah River Site (DOE Complex) in Aiken, SC (89-99). Live near Augusta, Georgia. Keep in touch...
Shane Baura (78-80) <sknekshun@aol.com>
Evans, GA USA - Monday, August 23, 1999 at 18:33:14 (PDT)


Former crewmember from 1987-1990 and 1992-1994. I was a member of the Decommissioning crew. I am now the Gunnery Officer onboard USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG 68).
Douglas Diehl <ddiehl@sullivans.navy.mil>
Jacksonville, FL USA - Friday, August 20, 1999 at 02:40:48 (PDT)


Check out the picture of the war pig at rest with her sisters. The label on the picture should be right-to-left, not the other way. You will notice that the 39 (Texas) has had a good sized section of her hull removed. Did any one one on the decon crew steal, I mean obtain, a copy of the awesome all-hands RadCon training video? Woops forgot to include the URL < http://DonShelton.net/djs-srp1.htm>. Kim
Kim Merritt <merritt9@llnl.gov>
Tracy, CA USA - Monday, August 16, 1999 at 16:15:44 (PDT)


Check out the picture of the war pig at rest with her sisters. The label on the picture should be right-to-left, not the other way. You will notice that the 39 (Texas) has had a good sized section of her hull removed. Did any one one on the decon crew steal, I mean obtain, a copy of the awesome all-hands RadCon training video?
Kim Merritt <merritt9@llnl.gov>
Tracy, CA USA - Monday, August 16, 1999 at 16:14:46 (PDT)


anyone recall the wonderful odor wafting from lt. chase's keys after smegmatic perchenka got through with them? just wondrin'.........
Scott H. Nabors <SHNabors@easystreet.com>
Portland, OR USA - Thursday, August 12, 1999 at 02:22:53 (PDT)


I was on the uss huntly and the uss proteus[as31 and as19 sub tender's
Tony W Sons <wsons@juno.com>
anderson, sc USA - Wednesday, August 11, 1999 at 00:48:21 (PDT)


This is great. I served in Virgina 6/90-1/93 and enjoyed every minute of it. I was the first NON-nuke ICC(sW) onboard. Whgo jcould forget standing bridge watches with Mr. Scrignoli, Wershing, and Hubbard...... "We have three contacts within 10,000 yards all are CBDR let's go look at the dolphins off the starboard bow"......
Dan Samlt <dsmalt9569@aol.com>
Virgina Beach, VA USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 11:51:25 (PDT)


Very nice Web site you have here. Please visit the Web sites of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring. We hope with the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring to encourage others to read about the sacrifices so many made during this period of recent history. Thank you for visiting and posting on the discussion forum at the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring Web Site. (www.tgyc.cjb.net) . I invite others to join us in the discussion forum on the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring Web site. Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club Web Ring
Harold Matula <Harold205@yahoo.com>
Pittsburg, PA USA - Friday, July 30, 1999 at 14:41:07 (PDT)


Served on the Virginia from 75-79 in E-Div. Was part of commissioning crew and left Virginia at the end of the first Med cruise.
Jerry Sikes-EM2 <sikesjl@aol.com>
indianapolis, in USA - Tuesday, July 20, 1999 at 07:29:58 (PDT)


I served aboard USS VIRGINIA from December 1988 until June 1991 as the Cryptologic, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence (CEWI) division officer. I deployed with VIRGINIA to MED in 1989 for CORAL SEA's last voyage. I deployed with her once more to the MED in support of the "Gulf War" from December 1990 until June 1991. I currently have my retirement date in hand (01FEB00) and am looking for a second career in "Management of Information Systems" between Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA on the eastern seaboard with my job search being concentrated in the Raleigh, NC area. I will always have fond memories of the many professionals with which I had the opportunity to work along side while sharing our home on the USS VIRGINIA.
Jerry L. Warwick <warwickj001@hawaii.rr.com>
Wahiawa, HI USA - Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 01:26:16 (PDT)


I served aboard USS VIRGINIA from December 1988 until June 1991. Deployed with VIRGINIA to MED in 1989 for CORAL SEA's last voyage. I deployed with her once more to the MED in support of the "Gulf War" from December 1990 until June 1991. I currently have my retirement date in hand (01FEB00) and am looking for a second career in "Management of Information Systems" between Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA on the eastern seaboard with my job search being concentrated in the Raleigh, NC area. I will always have fond memories of the many professionals with which I had the opportunity to work along side while sharing our home on the USS VIRGINIA.
Jerry L. Warwick <warwickj001@hawaii.rr.com>
Wahiawa, HI USA - Sunday, July 18, 1999 at 00:34:01 (PDT)


was aboard 9/84 - 3/89, did the overhaul, did the '87 med, and missed the '89 med by like a month. I was at SIMA Norf. doing a job on MISS (CGN-40), looking for parts, and was one of the last people aboard before the tow. It was sad. I similarly saw MISS go (I was there '91 - '93). I am now aboard Enterprise with 3 yrs to retirement (Finally!!!), and am living in NC. Married with 2 children and living in the country. Write if you remember
Alan W. Chandler <achdch@simflex.com>
Moyock, NC USA - Friday, July 09, 1999 at 15:45:57 (PDT)


I am officially out of the Navy as of 25 June 99. If any of you nukes out there are thinking about getting out or changing jobs, Turkey Point in South Miami will be looking for operators beginning Feb/Mar of 2000 for a June 00 class up. Let me know if you want further info. P.S. This sight just keeps on getting better. Keep up the great work!
Jeff Dudukovich <Dunuke98@aol.com>
Miami, FL.
USA - Thursday, June 24, 1999 at 20:36:44 (PDT)


BOY DOES THIS PAGE BRING BACK A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES. SAW SOME NAMES I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF IN YEARS, AND THEN THERE WAS HOWIE A.K.A. BALDYLOX. I MADE ALOT OF GREAT FRIENDS ON VIRGINIA WHO IM STILL VERY CLOSE TO, THANKS FOR THE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL, CALL ME HOWIE
JASON "MADDOG" MATRICARDI <JMATRICARDI@SULLIVANS.NAVY.MIL>
MAYPORT, FLA USA - Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 12:18:43 (PDT)


BOY DOES THIS PAGE BRING BACK A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES. SAW SOME NAMES I HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF IN YEARS, AND THEN THERE WAS HOWIE A.K.A. BALDYLOX. I MADE ALLOT OF GREAT FRIENDS ON VIRGINIA WHO IM STILL VERY CLOSE TO, THANKS FOR THE TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL, CALL ME HOWIE
JASON "MADDOG" MATRICARDI <JMATRICARDI@SULLIVANS.NAVY.MIL>
MAYPORT, FLA USA - Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 12:14:20 (PDT)


Served in M-Division from early 78 untill discharge in Oct of 80. MO's stay critical longer, RO's can't keep it up! I was truely suprised to find out that all the Nuc Crusers had been decommisioned. Also served on the USS Long Beach.
Allen R. Corkery MM1[ESWS] <ACorkery@webtv.net>
Berwyn, Il USA - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 05:18:26 (PDT)


It's great to see abunch of the names listed. Some of these names I haven't seen for a long time. I served onboard the Virginia from 8/89 - 9/92 as FC2(SW) in CF Division. I was part of the WDS MK14 & MK74 missile team along with abunch of other great individuals that I was very proud to work with. I'm now living in Dallas,TX working as part of our families bussiness. Some of the best times of my life took place on that ship, but I'm glad that my time there is passed. Everyone take care and stay intouch. Brian Griffitt FC2(SW)
Brian Griffitt <Brian@BuddyGreggMotorHomes.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, June 11, 1999 at 08:07:19 (PDT)


This a great web site. I served onboard USS Virginia from 90-93. That was the best experience that I've had throughout my time in the Navy. I still remember some of the guy but since the Virginia I've been on three other ship that I care not to mention. Virginia was the only command that I served on that had a tight crew. I would like to think all of you for the great experience.
Horace Windham <windham_h@crane.navy.mil>
Crane, IN USA - Wednesday, June 09, 1999 at 08:35:23 (PDT)


I think my fondest memory of the WarPig was that port visit to Jamaica. Nothing prettier than watching your ship get underway without you. Anyway, I served hard time on the Pig from 1992-decom in RE division. I'm still playing Navy as an instructor in Ballston Spa. After that I'll be moving to my idea of Paradise, New Zealand, which just happens to be a nuclear free country. Hope to hear from some of you guys.
Jeff Steelmon <jmsteel@nycap.rr.com>
Ballston Spa, NY USA - Monday, June 07, 1999 at 14:06:36 (PDT)


All you old plankowners drop me a line would be great to hear from you
Hal Harp <HHarp93325@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 15:43:11 (PDT)


What a shock to see is no more. I was on the commisioning crew, in the sonar gang and to read some of Kirby's stories really brings back memories, both good and bad. My first look of the Virginia was a cold January morning in 76. What a mess she was. Multi-colored with hoses and cables pumping life into her from the pier. No potable water or working heads. In the four years I was assigned to her, we made countless trip to the southern proving grounds to show the Navy and the world what she could do. For us, "USS" truely ment "Underway Saturdays and Sundays". I do miss some of the friends I made while I was onboard. All I have today to remind me of her, is the black-and-white photo and plankowners certificate and plaque that hang in my office. To sit out on the fantail at night, a hundred miles for anywhere and watch natures fireworks, is something I wish I could do again. Well today I design rockets for different Army and Air force programs. Anybody from the old guard I would like to hear from. To tell the truth, it makes me sad the Virginia is no more.It's like a death in the family. All a part of growing old. I hope that all my old Virginia friends are well and hope to hear from you. Bravo-Zulu STG2 Steven Dietrich CA Div Jan 76 - July 79
Steve Dietrich STG2 <sdietrich@spacevector.com>
Simi Valley, ca USA - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 17:03:06 (PDT)


Great web page. I was just surfin the net and ran across this site. This was my first ship and I learned the ways of the Navy here. CGN-38 Can Go Now was what I was taught. Great ship to introduce a young seaman to the Navy. It sure did bring back some good ole memories....I'm still in the Navy and chillin' as the RMC(SW) on the USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) I precommed her....sorry to hear that the decomm'd my 1st ship. I'll never forget the good times...seems that the bad ones are not in the memory....Anyone ever hear from FC2 Griffin "GATOR", RM2 Blakely, ET2 Fonzo and some of the others that hung out with OC div let me know....Fair winds and following seas to the MIGHTY WARRIOR CGN-38...K
Kevin Hayes <khayes@camcomp.com>
St Marys, Ga USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:20:39 (PDT)


Great web page. I was just surfin the net and ran across this site. This was my first ship and I learned the ways of the Navy here. CGN-38 Can Go Now was what I was taught. Great ship to introduce a young seaman to the Navy. It sure did bring back some good ole memories....I'm still in the Navy and chillin' as the RMC(SW) on the USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) I precommed her....sorry to hear that the decomm'd my 1st ship. I'll never forget the good times...seems that the bad ones are not in the memory....Anyone ever hear from FC2 Griffin "GATOR", RM2 Blakely, ET2 Fonzo and some of the others that hung out with OC div let me know....Fair winds and following seas to the MIGHTY WARRIOR CGN-38...K
Kevin Hayes <khayes@camcomp.com>
St Marys, Ga USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:09:56 (PDT)


Great web page. I was just surfin the net and ran across this site. This was my first ship and I learned the ways of the Navy here. CGN-38 Can Go Now was what I was taught. Great ship to introduce a young seaman to the Navy. It sure did bring back some good ole memories....I'm still in the Navy and chillin' as the RMC(SW) on the USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) I precommed her....sorry to hear that the decomm'd my 1st ship. I'll never forget the good times...seems that the bad ones are not in the memory....Anyone ever hear from FC2 Griffin "GATOR", RM2 Blakely, ET2 Fonzo and some of the others that hung out with OC div let me know....Fair winds and following seas to the MIGHTY WARRIOR CGN-38...K
Kevin Hayes <khayes@camcomp.com>
St Marys, Ga USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:09:16 (PDT)


Great web page. I was just surfin the net and ran across this site. This was my first ship and I learned the ways of the Navy here. CGN-38 Can Go Now was what I was taught. Great ship to introduce a young seaman to the Navy. It sure did bring back some good ole memories....I'm still in the Navy and chillin' as the RMC(SW) on the USS THE SULLIVANS (DDG-68) I precommed her....sorry to hear that the decomm'd my 1st ship. I'll never forget the good times...seems that the bad ones are not in the memory....Anyone ever hear from FC2 Griffin "GATOR", RM2 Blakely, ET2 Fonzo and some of the others that hung out with OC div let me know....Fair winds and following seas to the MIGHTY WARRIOR CGN-38...K
Kevin Hayes <khayes@camcomp.com>
St Marys, Ga USA - Sunday, May 23, 1999 at 20:08:14 (PDT)


BZ on the site it's great! I was on that miss Virginia from Mar '83 to Aug '87 I was a DS3 then DSSN in CD div. I look forward to a reunion. I'll be back later to tell some sea stories. Thanks for the page. They say only the good die young and was the best.
Stephen Mansfield <Fuzzysteve@aol.com>
Ocean, NJ USA - Friday, May 21, 1999 at 17:54:01 (PDT)



Rustin Kramer <russel_kramer@yahoo.com>
Granville, ND USA - Friday, May 21, 1999 at 05:41:44 (PDT)


Just talked to Carl Human and he told me about the website. I really enjoyed leaving early due to my bad shoulder.(Thanks Doc Kelso!) The mechanics let the ELTs think they were in charge of cc 8&9 but we really know better. Great site, Joel. Served (Slaved) in M Div from '89 to '93.
Brett Griffin <Bdgjeg@aol.com>
Eagan, MN USA - Monday, May 17, 1999 at 20:02:44 (PDT)


Just found the site after Craig Sadrack told me about it. Signed the Alpha Roster but it isn't update yet. I'm currently at MTT in Norfolk. Like to hear from anyone out there.
Rob Sante <sante2@juno.com, rsante@cnsl.spear.navy.mil>
Suffolk, Va USA - Monday, May 17, 1999 at 09:11:08 (PDT)


CAN YOU PLEASE HI TO USSHOWARD LOHNES FORME
MRS JENNIE BENNEET <polariscat21@yahoo.com>
olmstedville, ny USA - Tuesday, May 11, 1999 at 09:21:54 (PDT)


i HAVE FAMILY IN THE NAVY AT VIRGINIA BEACH AND THE NAME HOWARD LOHNES AT VIRGINIA BEACH
MRS.JENNIE BENNETT <POLARISCAT21@YAHOO.COM>
OLMSTEDVILLE, NY USA - Tuesday, May 11, 1999 at 09:19:48 (PDT)


Just wanted to update my email address. I got a computer virus, the Lorena bobbit virus and it messed everything up. It took my hard drive, reformatted it into a 3.5" floppy, then discarded it through Windows.
Jeff Dudukovich <Dunuke98@aol.com>
Miami, FL Cuba - Thursday, May 06, 1999 at 11:37:23 (PDT)


Was one of the original 12 on the pre-com crew boy did we have alot of fun. 1974 to 1978 Remember when the Virginia started out as a DLGN? only the select few do Put in 24 years and bailed out as a CWO3 for those of you that knew me back then you are probably shocked. Retired in OCT 98 and am now West Coast Project manager for HERC products. Saw Virginia from splash down through alot of reftra's. Made an awful lot of good friends on board her and would love to hear from any of you that remember me. I already know where Kirby is but how about Smokey, Bowen, Byrd, Ryder, Kill, Lazama, Chief Fee, and all them good old boys from A and R division. Drop me a line let me know whats going on The USS VIRGINIA may be gone but she is definetly not forgoten and that is evident by this great web site and the comments made by the fine sailor's and men that served on her. fair winds shipmates Hal Harp CWO3 USN Retired
Harold Harp <HHarp93325@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, May 05, 1999 at 11:59:02 (PDT)


In search of the original 12 who took care of the building down on 33rd and west. Real anxious to here from smokey or bowen elden bowen's last know where abouts was hayes virginia anyone having any info please contact me at the above e-mail address.
HAROLD HARP <HHarp93325@aol.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, May 05, 1999 at 11:27:08 (PDT)


NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS IS chriscarlisle@excite.com
CHRIS CARLISLE <chriscarlisle@excite.com>
SPARTA, MI USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 21:16:49 (PDT)


I have only a link to the seventh USS Virginia. My grandfather, Ernest E. Knape, served on board during the Great War to end all wars. He is still alive and well, at age 102, in WI. He has many fond memories of his time on board. I hope to find a little more info on the old ship.
Steven W. Knape <steveknape@aol.com>
Curtice, OH USA - Monday, April 19, 1999 at 09:31:40 (PDT)


Like to visit the ship.
Louis Markel <markel1@home.com>
Irvine, CA USA - Tuesday, April 13, 1999 at 15:38:30 (PDT)


Very interesting information regarding a ship named after my adopted state (I am originally from upstate New York). It brings back mostly good memories of my Navy service during the early 1960s, including a tour as a ship's company radioman (RM2) on board the U.S.S. ALBANY (CG-10), named after my original home town. We were the flagship for what was then COMCRUDESFLOT 8, based out of NOB Norfolk. Sorry to see the VIRGINIA in such sad state! She must have been a great ship in her day....best of luck and God speed to all.....LJV....
Len Varmette <lvarmette@vdh.state.va.us>
RICHMOND, VA USA - Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 07:01:35 (PDT)


VERY INTERESTING! I WAS A SHIP'S COMPANY RADIOMAN (RM2) ON THE U.S.S. ALBANY (CG-10) DURING THE VERY EARLY 1960s (I'M GIVING MY AGE AWAY..!) NOW, THAT WAS CRUISER SAILING! WE WERE THE FLAGSHIP FOR WHAT WAS THEN COMCRUDESFLOT 8, BASED OUT OF NOB NORFOLK; IT ALL BRINGS BACK MOSTLY GOOD MEMORIES! BEST OF LUCK AND GOD SPEED TO ALL.....LJV....
LEN VARMETTE <lvarmette@vdh.state.va.us>
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA USA - Wednesday, April 07, 1999 at 06:48:59 (PDT)


What a surprise to find this site! I was onboard from Feb 87 to July 91 and I could not wait to roll off "The Pig", but as I looked over this I only had good feelings. Go figure. It was great to see some postings from some old friends and to hear old stories. I had completely forgotten about the "fake fire" incident in '87. For what it's worth I know that Ray Ford made chief a few years back. Maybe by now he really is a commander. I think Chism made chief last year. EM2 Davis is now an Ensign (or he was a year ago) and was my DIVO on the PAUL HAMILTON. That's where he was when I got out of the Navy in April 98. I'm not saying that's why I got out but there's something very wrong with working for an ex-nuke ;)Anyway, if he owes you money, I'm happy to drop a dime on him. If anybody knows where ET1 Will Brunner is, drop me a line. The last I heard he was in Cincinnati. Take care guys.
Terry L. Gillespie <tlgforce@worldnet.att.net>
Bloomington, Ill USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 22:57:04 (PST)


I was a Fire Control Tech. aboard USS Mississippi from 1981 to 1985... had several friends aboard, and visited our "sister", Virginia. I'm looking for a fellow FTM, Wesley Moore, who served on Virginia approx. 81 - 85.
Joseph W. Brooks <jwb4405@bright.net>
Cincinnati, OH USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 17:38:51 (PST)


Gentlemen, Great to see some of the familiar names of those who passed through between 1990 and 1994. Hope everyone is doing well. I was in RE and T divisions. Got to see just about everyone. Couldn't wait to get out for many reasons (most of which are not suitable to mention here), but will never forget the great people I worked with. Too many to list. If you get the opportunity, let me know how you're doing. And to Joel Huston, thanks for the effort putting this website together! Take care.
John Arcuri <Jarcuri@webtv.net>
Mt. Sinai, NY USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 23:19:03 (PST)


test
Joel
USA - Thursday, March 25, 1999 at 20:46:57 (PST)


Hello all, just an update. I am now divorced, living in a new place and have switched jobs, from adventurer and vagabond, to Used Sock Salesman. Sure the job stinks, but the pay and benefits are great. Its an elastic market so I enjoy the ups and downs. Peace.
Peter Farrell <pfarrell@troweprice.com>
Baltimore, MD USA - Tuesday, February 23, 1999 at 10:36:52 (PST)


Hard to believe they decommed the old girl.I was on the boat from 77-79. Boy you soon forget the bulls--t and remember the good times. Anybody from that era that remembers me and wants can e-mail me back I'd love to hear from some of the old shipmates. Seems like a million years ago now. later Jim Udell
Jim Udell <jjudell@juno.com>
Champlin, mn USA - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 14:42:53 (PST)


Hey nice to see some of the names. I was on the Virginia in 93 to decomm. It was sad to see it go(especially since afterwards I went to the Enterprise which is the oldest, russtiest piece of junk in the nuke navy. Anyway I had some good times there and served with some great people. Glad to see Carp is still the same. Later.
Mike Hill <mhill69@yahoo.com>
Suffolk, VA USA - Saturday, February 20, 1999 at 07:41:31 (PST)


Good job on this site, it is a wonderful idea. Sure brings back a lot of memories, even some good ones! Hello to all A-crew members from the 84-84 yard time, now those were some good times!Served aboard in RE-Div 83-87, and served with some really fine people!
Joe Bryson <jbryson@cityutil.com>
Springfield, MO USA - Friday, February 12, 1999 at 15:31:29 (PST)


My husband, Jerry L. Sikes, served aboard the Virginia from 1976-1979. He is a Plank Owner. He was an EM2. He left at the end of the 1st med Cruise. He then went to work at the Kewaunee Nuclear Plant in Wisconsin from Dec 79 - Oct 85 as a Nuclear Plant Operator. From there, he went to work at the South Texas Nuclear Plant in Texas as a Unit Supervisor in the Nuclear Operations Department from Oct 85 - Nov 95. We are presently living in Indianapolis, Indiana since 1996, where Jerry works for Indianapolis Power & Light Company in the District Chill Water Plant, which supplies cooling water to the RCA Dome, the city of Indianapolis, and other businesses in downtown Indianapolis. Jerry and I have two children, a daughter who is 13 years old and a son who is 10. If anyone would like to send Jerry a message, you can send it on my email lisaasikes@aol.com. He would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.
Jerry L. Sikes <lisaasikes@aol.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Friday, February 12, 1999 at 08:10:23 (PST)


SAD TO SEE VIRGINIA DISCARDED SERVED ON BOARD FROM 81-84. MADE TO MED DEPLOYMENTS IN 82 & 83. INCLUDING BERUIT EXPERIENCE. HEY GUYS CRAVEN, LANGELL, VAN,& OTHERS GIVE ME A HOLLER.
CHRIS CARLISLE <CARLISLE7@JUNO.COM>
SPARTA, MICHIGAN USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 19:02:08 (PST)


Whazzup to all! I'm ET1 Charlie Brown. Most of you remember me as one of the 3 Chucks we had in RC div. (CHuck Knott and Chuck Francis being the others. I'm currently the section 4 LPO at the Ballston Spa prototype. I've got only 239 days left, so anybody with any job leads email me. I've run into a lot of the crew up here. (I served from 11/90 til decom in 94).Craig Sadrack told me about the page today, and I HAD to come see it. Beside Craig, I've run into Steve Rossi, John Oviatt, Robbi Lansrud, Aaron Berner, Rod Nutter, and Bob Townsend. We all say the same thing, the VA was the best command we served on. What happened to all of RC Div...John "Scrappy" Scapparo, "Spike" Welsh, Vince Overby, Jeff Chapin, Duane Soule, Johnny Smith, Steve Godt, And LT Mike Bleyle?
Charles A. Brown <cbrown2@nycap.rr.com>
Ballston Lake, NY USA - Tuesday, February 02, 1999 at 15:16:10 (PST)


WOW! Has it been that long? Didn't see any posts from CF div 87-90 so I figured what the hell? Lots of lost names bringing back memories. As for anyone remembering the '87 cruise...it ROCKED compared to '89. Capt Sheridan, I thank you. To all the guys I served with, was it really that bad? Sometimes I wonder...and think, it really was worth it. FC1(SW) Pitcher.
Steve Pitcher <spitch@erols.com>
manassas, va USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 20:58:16 (PST)


** Posting a message for Loren Kordonowy (RE 87-91) Loren is trying to get in touch with Granlund, Tony, Smeg, Miller, and/or Will Rogers. Please give me an email so I can forward you his address/tele #. (No pc's in North Dakota...) ALSO** Anyone interested in a reunion for 2001? Say August? Can be in Tampa or Virginia or where ever. Just thought a 10 year reunion might be in order. We could pretend its Gilbralter, or Halifax or Toulon, or Haifa. etc You know, all the places we don't remember. Please email me with thoughts.
Eric Fitzgerald <Sempervin@aol.com>
Sarasota, Fl USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 15:19:02 (PST)


I only served aboard the Virginia for a short period of time, but I was very proud of her. Biggest damned Goat Locker I ever lived in.Just remembered those import chow times with the game shows! I will never forget getting piped down the brow at my retirement. You know your getting old, when all of the ships you've been aboard have been mothballed! I wish all of you fair winds and following seas from sunny Florida!
Bob R. Creager (RMCS(SW)(Ret.) <Bc1431@aol.com>
Sarasota, FL USA - Monday, February 01, 1999 at 12:16:56 (PST)


Great sight. RC div. Leading Chief 1982-1985. Great memories of the old GANG: Red Turner, W. Shuster, Kauffmam. B. Townsend, D. VanDePutty, Higgy, F. Hall, T. Walsh, G. Renolds, G. Reynolds, J. Medford, D. Graham, Decker, Kerlin, and many moor. Feel free to drop a line any time. Fond memories MED 82 and 83, then in for Overhaul 84 and 85. Though my heart was really in SUBS I had a great tour on the VIRGINIA with a great bunch of guys. After the VIRGINIA I spent 5 years back in the SUB world in Nuclear Repair as Assistant Nuclear Repair Officer/ Leading Chief of Nuclear Planning and Estimating. Then in Nov 1990 I retired after 26 yrs 4 mo and now spend my time on the farm. It is hard to believe the VIRGINIA is gone after only 18 yrs service. The South Carolina visited Charleston, took a tour on her, just before she went to Decom. the last of the CGN'S. Sad to see them go. It seem as though all the ships/subs I served on have all met the same end but they all served well as did their crews.
Donald A Meacham ETCM (SS) Ret. <djmeachamsc@webtv.net>
Cross, SC USA - Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 19:45:45 (PST)


Just skimming over the page, and trying to remember why, if it was such a great place, I was looking forward so much to leaving the Virginia. Great site, Mr. Huston, but I have to correct one of your comments on your clickable map. The reboiler may not have been the cause of all chloride casualties in the enginerooms, but it WAS a chloride casualty in it's own right!
Mike Taub (MM3/SW - ELT) <OtakuLoki@aol.com>
Rochester, NY USA - Wednesday, January 27, 1999 at 10:35:58 (PST)


JUST SNOOPING AROUND
MIKE ZUPON <M.ZUPON@GTE.NET>
COTTAGE GROVE, MN USA - Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 12:42:24 (PST)


I was a CTR3 who was TAD to the Virginia out of NAVCOMSTA Rota for the duration of her 1987 Med cruise. My deployment aboard Virginia was the best of my DIRSUP career. Hate to see her in such a sad state at Puget Sound.
Joe Holloway <DADOFJJJ@aol.com>
Knoxville, TN USA - Thursday, January 14, 1999 at 18:16:30 (PST)


I was the Fire Control Officer in VIRGINIA from 1/85 thru 8/86. I have contact info on (then LT) Eric Seeland, who was ASWO and (then LCDR) John Taylor, who was CSO. I now work at CINCLANTFLT in the Training Directorate.
(LT) Larry Olsen <olsenle@clf.navy.mil>
Suffolk, VA USA - Wednesday, January 13, 1999 at 07:26:40 (PST)


Great ship if it weren't for all of the LIFERS(!) on board. Anyone see Davy Jones????
John Herman <jkoh@msn.com>
Indianapolis, IN USA - Tuesday, January 05, 1999 at 19:26:33 (PST)


December 14th 1999. Twenty five years of lost history. Would anyone like to reclaim that lost history? Say maybe in Newport News or Hampton were it all began. Just an idea. I for one would like to see some of you old timers and you newbies. Drop me a line if you think that this idea has merit. Bob Kirby QM2
Bob Kirby <bobkirby@ix.netcom.com>
Moonachie, NJ USA - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 12:30:15 (PST)


Assistant Supply Officer 1981-1984
CDR Don Brown <maget@bluemarble.net>
Bloomington, IN USA - Tuesday, December 22, 1998 at 12:16:57 (PST)


Hey guys, it's great to see the Virginia is not forgotten. I finally caught up to technology, so her I am. I served on the Virginia from January 1987 to June 1990. I had the pleasure to work with two divisions, A and X. It's strange to see that all my buddies from engineering know how to operate a computer. Guys like Vic Beeson, Bill Ferguson and Doug Prather. I guess the guys from X division have not made the transition from paper to computer. I finished my tour as a PC3, if I had a penny for every time I heard "When are we getting mail" I would be a wealthy man. Well if your wondering about my web address, I am a Staff Sergeant(E6)in the Army now. I work for the Maryland Army National Guard to ensure deployment mobility readiness. Big change! It's great to see the names of my shipmates again. To my shipmate who started this web site, Thanks for the memories.
LARRY G. SMITH <det1b2115inf@mdarng.com>
Queen Anne, MD USA - Wednesday, December 09, 1998 at 04:46:33 (PST)


PLANKOWNER.
NEIL PRITCHARD MS3 <WOLFWIND@MSN.COM>
COPLAY, PA USA - Saturday, December 05, 1998 at 15:25:16 (PST)


I remember working on the USS VIRGINIA in 1986. I was buying off the SQS-26 SONAR RAC. What a great ship ! SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS
David Brandt <brandt@nor.nuwc.navy.mil>
Newport News, VA USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 05:19:21 (PST)


Served on board from May 1989 to July 1992. I spent time in RE-div, E-div, and IC div. Kicked butt during the gulf war even though we were not there. For all you RE guys, no I am not a lifer(got out July 3rd, 1995). And yes I did marry Goetter's sister. Great seeing names I remember (packman & fitzgerald). Hope to hear from you guys. I remember no nub nights and the great nub taping in cc 8&9. Long live the war pig.
Brian Lavery <Electriceagle@juno.com>
Perkasie, PA USA - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 21:52:21 (PST)


I was plankowner and onboard from precom 74 to just before North Atlantic in 78? Retired in '91 as a GMC(SW) and am an Asst District Manager with a school bus company. I was surfing today and finally found this page. Totally shocked at pictures of the finest CGN ever!!! Wish I hadn't looked now. It is great to see a lot of familiar names from the best tour I had in the Canoe Club. Any old CO Div Plankowners around?? Sam, Ron, "Ed", Bonzo, Hans, etc. I ran into the "Jefe" a couple of times down the road. How about Fat Daddy? Drop me a line.
John Horan <jhoranjr@aol.com>
Middletown, RI USA - Tuesday, November 24, 1998 at 17:49:17 (PST)


I am a Plank owner from the RC division. I think I was on the Virginia from 74 to 76, but I'm not real sure of the dates. Feel free to contact me if you know me.
Mellies Stettler <mstettler@sprintmail.com>
Winston-Salem, nc USA - Saturday, November 14, 1998 at 17:28:37 (PST)


I am a Plank owner from the RC division. I think I was on the Virginia from 74 to 76, but I'm not real sure of the dates. Feel free to contact me if you know me.
Mellies Stettler <mstettler@sprintmail.com>
Winston-Salem, nc USA - Saturday, November 14, 1998 at 17:28:31 (PST)


Hello all, great website for the ship i still refer to as "the good ship lollipop". Served aboard fm Jan 81 - May 86, and loved every moment of it. Came aboard as a OSSN left a OS1 and now i'm a detailer in millington, my has time flown by. I miss those good old days on this ship and all the people i served with, it was a great bunch, If Langell, Hall, Craven, Van, Klima or "Spike" or any others ever read this give me a holler. It would be great to hear from you.
OSCM Scott Williams <P4010B@persnet.navy.mil>
memphis, Tn USA - Thursday, October 29, 1998 at 11:16:20 (PST)


Hi there. I'm trying to get a copy of the '91 Cruise book. I don't even know if they were made for that cruise. I was sent home to drink Eddie Blush's beer and to celebrate EAOS's. Please send me a note if you could provide some help. Regards, JE Fitzgerald
J. Eric Fitzgerald <SemperVin@aol.com>
Sarasota, Fl USA - Sunday, October 25, 1998 at 18:25:03 (PST)


Great site. I was never more proud to be a fleet sailor than in my days aboard the USS Raleigh (LPD-1). She was decommisioned in Dec of 1991. First of her class, first of her type. But, having been transferred to the USS Virginia I discovered what it was like to be a sailor on a true warship. Both ships were lost way before their time was up. I look back today with a huge grin on my face at the times I spent with all of my shipmates. Remember Panama and becoming a "shellback". I miss all of you and hope to hear from you. I was onboard from Jan. 92 to June 93. Please email me and let me know what's up.
Shaun Taylor (MM3) <shaunt@spis.net>
Madisonville, KY USA - Saturday, October 24, 1998 at 14:31:45 (PDT)


SERVED ONBOARD 90-91 IN FIRST DIV. GOT TIRED OF CHIPPING PAINT SO I BECAME A SEABEE. I NO LONGER DO THAT EITHER, I AM NOW A BEEKEEPER IN SOUTHEASTERN MONTANA. NICE TO HEAR FROM ALL YOU FRIENDS.
Donald D Simpson <wendis@mcn.net>
Miles City, MT USA - Sunday, October 18, 1998 at 23:03:11 (PDT)


All these years I have wondered if there was or ever would be a web site dedicated to greatest ship in the Navy. I reported aboard the Virginia as an ET3 shortly after she was drydocked in Portsmouth in 1984. The 18 months we spent in the yards was HELL. However, my remaining time onboard was one of the most memorable and influential experiences of my life. The things I learned and the people I met will never be forgotten. Left the Virginia in May of '87 as an ET2 and spent my last 2 years of Naval service at White House Communications Agency in DC. I would love to hear from any of my former shipmates that may remember me and some of the great times we had. I still keep in touch with BM3 Larry Plunkett. I also know that Larry keeps up with some of the other BM's we served with. Whatever happened to ETC Putz, LT Ray Potts, ET2 Joe Shannon, ET3 Craig Black, ET3 Heidenreich, FC2 Mavromatis, and all the others whose names escape me at the moment (sorry guys).
Rob Mayhugh <mayr1@aerial1.com>
Tampa (Valrico), FL USA - Saturday, October 17, 1998 at 11:06:29 (PDT)


Get out before it's too late!! There is opportunity while you're still young!! If I can make it to the big-time, anyone can!!
Randy L. Grolemund Jr [formerly STG2 (SW)] <RL.Grolemund@Mapp.org>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Thursday, October 15, 1998 at 04:15:57 (PDT)


onboard virginia from sept 89 to jul 92.
john e. bunn
norfolk, va USA - Wednesday, October 14, 1998 at 08:55:18 (PDT)


Does anyone remember the great nub taping of 1987? At the most we had 13 nubs taped and gagged in 8&9 lounge. Ted Campbell, Brendan Barret, myself and others would never have let the nubs take over. 8&9 was the best on the ship. Memories that will last forever.
Pat Moylan <Pmoylan@Juno.com or Moylan @bnl.gov>
USA - Tuesday, October 06, 1998 at 08:16:48 (PDT)


Outstanding page, as the finest warship built deserves. Was the commissioning CS master chief. Left her after the first med cruise. Great job. Many memories of the early days of trail and error, including shooting ourselves with mount 51. I controlled the firing!!
FTCM (ret) Fred Wright <kf4lvt@whro.net>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Saturday, October 03, 1998 at 17:36:33 (PDT)


For those of you who remember sitting through long hours in nuke school pressing the "I believe button," the horror no longer exists. NPS Orlando will officially no longer exist as of 01 Jan 99. The Navy sold it to the city of Orlando for a rumored million bucks. The city is reportedly going to turn around and make it into a housing development or something like that. A new base, which looks more like a resort, was built in Charleston, S.C. Each student has their own room and they share a kitchenette with one other person. Each room has cable access and phone hook ups. All lectures are now done using computer animation and state of the art computer projectors. Want to see the internals of an air compressor? Just slip on down to the computer lab and call up the animated program on compressors! Enlistment bonuses are now a minimum of $8,000 and a max of $12,000. It must be nice to be pampered and spoiled! Things sure have changed!
Jeff Dudukovich <Dunuk@aol.com>
Miami, Fl. Cuba - Wednesday, September 30, 1998 at 18:41:12 (PDT)


M2 Div, 89-92. Great site, brought back many memories. Does anyone remember the Great Nub Uprising of '90? We briefly took over the 8/9 lounge, but I was framed as the ringleader. Looking for Dan Salter, Joe Colford, Chris DeBoer, V-12. I have some Virginia videos if anyone wants copies.
Jeff "Duke" Dudukovich <Dunuke@aol.com>
Miami, FL Cuba - Wednesday, September 30, 1998 at 18:14:01 (PDT)


Served from March, 87 - April, 93. M1 Div, Gauge Cal WCS T-div TPO / LPO. Still wondering if anyone knows the whereabouts of John Colgan.
Terry Huff <t.c.huff@juno.com>
Newport News, Va USA - Thursday, September 17, 1998 at 14:16:37 (PDT)


what a turd that ship was! glad it was decomisioned!!!!!
mike mcmillan <mikem302@hotmail.com>
sebastian, fl USA - Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 23:43:52 (PDT)


to all hands keep the good work up and the fight for free dom
earl seay <eseay>
fairfax, va USA - Saturday, August 29, 1998 at 17:14:23 (PDT)


though it was difficult at times, time on board the virginia helped me give value to life in general, some times I think of all of my shipmates, that for a time were more like my brothers, miss all of the life time friend I made, and will always remember the uss virginia, one of the best ships on the fleet, god bless all who served......
Mitchell Llorens <mitch-llorens@msn.com>
Hartford, ct USA - Tuesday, August 25, 1998 at 17:04:01 (PDT)


Assigned to M-1 div. from 5/90 to 3/94. Early out on March 16, 1994. MM2 in Gage Cal and NQAI for One Plant. Wish everyone the best. No more 'red tape' for this dude. Special greetings to the 'Crazy Eight'. If anyone knows the whereabouts of any M-Div'ers from '90 to '94, please let me know.
Michael Ullman <mullman@cyberramp.net>
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, August 19, 1998 at 21:30:47 (PDT)


I arrived on board Virginia in late 1980. Was on board only until mid-1981, but there were some good shipmates there. I still think about standing on that Quarterdeck at Oh-dark hundred and freezing during the winter. There is no place colder than those piers with the wind blowing off the river.
Rick Bunn <dreamtaker1@yahoo.com>
Bedford, VA USA - Wednesday, August 19, 1998 at 08:38:45 (PDT)


I WAS COMMISSIONING CREW ON TWO CGN'S 36 AND 40 AND WAS ABOARD VIRGINIA 1985-1987. SHE WAS THE BEST. GOOD CREW, EXELLENT LEADERSHIP, LOTS OF ACTION, MANY GOOD MEMORIES. RETIRED IN 1993 GMCM SORRY TO SEE THE SHIP GONE.
ALAN WALLER <wallers@ndak.net>
minot, nd USA - Monday, August 17, 1998 at 19:34:12 (PDT)


I served on the Virginia from 79-82 in RC Division. LPO then Divison CPO. Met many friends on the Virginia whom I am still in contact with like Wayne Shuster, Jack Rose, Bob Spadoni, Butch Bourget, and others. Now retired ETCM in 91, now have a new career as a registered nurse. ET Nuke to nurse, some change huh? I enjoy communicating with shipmates, so email me.
Robert "Red" Turner, ETCM ret. <RTu7411979@aol.com>
Stockton, CA USA - Monday, August 10, 1998 at 23:10:51 (PDT)


Nice to see the guys from cc 8 & 9 survived. Guess they ran out of duct tape. The Navy sucked, but the people are surely missed. No nub nights were (don't worry, everbody was a nub at one time or another). Would like to hear from Bob Moody, Ski, Rob, Jason, and all the rest of the gang.
JOHN ANTRICAN "Nappy" <johna@pop.usit.net>
Rogersville, TTn USA - Thursday, August 06, 1998 at 19:25:17 (PDT)


Nice site. Combat Systems Officer 85-86. Best ship of 5, that I served on, thanks mostly to CAPT Sheridan. Sad "de- activation" ceremony. Called Barry (CHENG) he refused to attend. Even Congressman Scott expressed reluctance in the demise of a fine ship. We did the TARTAR SM-2 upgrade while I was there. Fired 38 missiles in 4 days at AFWTF in 1986. The gunners and FC guys performed flawlessly. You should be proud. A month later we fired 386 rounds of 5" ammo in support of spotted training at Vieques. NO CASUALTYS. A month after that we did a "close out" NWAI, and two months later an INSERV that was SO outstanding that ADM Buckley called ADM McCalley (SURFLANT) to tell him what a great ship we were. Two Battle "E"s. What more can be said. You guys were great!!! You'll always be in my thoughts. John Taylor
John Taylor <jtaylor@csci-va.com>
VA Beach, VA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 1998 at 13:11:41 (PDT)


Nice
John Taylor <jtaylor@csci-va.com>
VA Beach, VA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 1998 at 12:26:29 (PDT)


What a great site! I, too, was upset about the Virginia's decommissioning. What a rotten thing to happen to such a great ship. But I was also pleased to find so many stories of what happened on the ship after I left. I was on board from April 80 until April 82. What a trip. I saw the Indian Ocean, became a shellback, travelled to the Phillipines, Mombasa Kenya Athens, Rome. The list just goes on. I have great memories (some of them fuzzy) of all my crewmates and the times we had together. Thanks for this site and the chance to remember.
Nelson "Woody" Wood <nelson.wood@usa.net>
Scranton, PA USA - Wednesday, August 05, 1998 at 10:27:35 (PDT)


Hey everyone, just stopping by to say hi to all my friend's and shipmates. I would like to hear from V-12 too. And any M-Div. Hi Neil Smokes Fulton. MM2 Phelan 90-94 phelan@midwest.net
Paul Phelan <phelan@midwest.net>
Peoria, IL USA - Sunday, July 26, 1998 at 01:20:54 (PDT)


Wow, I can't believe I found this site. Yeah, those of you that remember, know I didn't really like the navy a whole heck of a lot. But, like everyone, I had many great times to go along with the few bad. I,m really sorry I missed the decomm. ceremony. It's sad that she's gone, and makes me feel a little older somehow. Getting out was really a mixed blessing. I may have thumbed my nose at the navy, but to this day I still miss some of the guys I hung out with. I think I still have a headache from that one night at the "Piano Bar". Anybody remember me? Give me a yell. Bye-
Glenn "Radar" Reynolds <GReynold@inmar-inc.com>
Winston-Salem, NC USA - Monday, July 13, 1998 at 10:04:25 (PDT)


Virginia was the finest ship I had ever sailed on. I was there for one Captain Ailes and served lastley with Captain Joseph King. Though there were many times when I wished I had never went onboard, I am a better person for it. If any crewmember remembers me please E-Mail me, I would really like to hear from you. God Bless and keep all of you.
Raymond C. Alvarado <ralvarado@uswest.net>
Nampa, ID USA - Thursday, July 09, 1998 at 18:44:06 (PDT)


I served on Virginia from 1981 to 1985. I hated the Navy but I still got a tear in my eye when I heard she was de-commisioned. She was still just a baby.
Bruce Lienert <bruce@cae.ca>
Montreal, QC Canada - Thursday, July 09, 1998 at 09:15:21 (PDT)


The USS Virginia was a FANTASTIC ride! By far the best ship I was stationed on. I served on her from August 92-April 94 as the OI Division LPO. I was deeply saddened as I sat in the yards and watched them cut a fine ship up. I am certain that the tour of duty helped me promote! I really miss hearing from some of you on the ship during my tour and I would love to hear from you. I am at Fleet Information Warfare Center on Littlt Creek and my # is 417-4095. Also feel free to e-mail me. Grif, I am happy to read that you are doing great and OS1 Howie Bell must be laying low. He was last in Pensacola, FL. I wish that the Virginia was still around. So many good people went on their seperate ways. Take care and may God bless all of you!
OSC(SW) Anthony L. Bolds <abolds4397@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Saturday, July 04, 1998 at 19:49:26 (PDT)


Great ship!
IS1(SW) Larry D. Woody
Miami, FL USA - Thursday, July 02, 1998 at 08:01:13 (PDT)


i only served on this fine ship for a few months in 80 and 81 but it was fun
bob sebastian <bobmk26@ aol.com>
fridley, mn USA - Sunday, June 28, 1998 at 08:48:31 (PDT)


Please, former shipmates, put your information in the Alpha Roster. I see many posts from friends long past, but do not see a listing in the Roster. The Alpha Roster will be the most important tool if anybody ever wants to hold a reunion for our fine warpig. Look forward to seeing the Roster grow and making Joel work some more on this fine site. Evan Breyn, former SK2
Evan Breyn <breyn@ntsource.com>
Lake in the Hills, IL USA - Monday, June 15, 1998 at 17:43:15 (PDT)


Wonderful idea and well done. Makes me proud all over again to see so many who share happy memories of a great ship. Tom
Tom Sheridan <sheridan@bnl.gov>
Port Jefferson, NY USA - Friday, June 12, 1998 at 10:40:18 (PDT)


THANKS FOR THE GREAT HOMEPAGE-I'LL SPREAD THE WORD TO SOME OF MY SHIPMATES.
Joseph F. King <NKING@SOCCERMAINEA.COM>
ANNANDALE, VA USA - Tuesday, June 09, 1998 at 17:17:13 (PDT)


What a shock to find an old friend decommissioned. And to think that the old Amphib I served my last three years on is still out there steaming away... Disgraceful. Served onboard from 87-89. Many fond memories of med cruse including "Fantail Fire", "Operation Moon Ship" and if anyone out there remembers, "The Meditteranian Triangle". Anyone still afriad of "heitz"? (as is medical...) Love to hear from anyone that remembers. Cory
EW3 (SW) Cory Vincent <cvincent@xlconnect.com>
Irvine, ca USA - Tuesday, June 02, 1998 at 13:23:55 (PDT)


plank owner ce div. 1975 - 1977
howard l. hastings
san antonio, tx USA - Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 02:42:41 (PDT)


LOOKING FOR A SET OF SEMAPHORE FLAGS FOR A FRIEND IN THE BRITISH NAVY. DOES ANY ONE KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND A SET? JIM
JIM HAMANN <n9egm@htc.net>
DUPO, IL USA - Saturday, May 23, 1998 at 19:01:52 (PDT)


Hello everyone who has ever served on the USS Virginia. Great job on the page Joel. I served from '88 to '90 and really enjoyed it all the guys form M div and the 8 and 9 crew with their superior entertainment system...that wouldn't work in todays politically correct Navy. I am still on active duty and on non nuclear shore duty. Drop me an email and keep the network alive.
Craven Mitchell "Mitch" <mitchc@mailhub.nor.mrms.navy.mil>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 08:24:26 (PDT)


Outstanding web site!!! I served aboard the USS Puget Sound AD-38 from 1981 - 1983 in Special Services. Wasn't the Virginia on a Med Cruise during that time? If so, then you may have tied up with us!
Stephanie Drilling <drilling@inlink.com>
St. Louis, MO USA - Sunday, May 03, 1998 at 19:34:54 (PDT)


Looking for anyone in Florida from RE, RL, RC or M divs. Eddie Williams, Darren West, Packman, Tony B, you out there? Hah Loren Kordonowy DID make it back to North Dakota. Everybody else I can't remember due to the big big cold colds... Hey? What did we win from Desert Storm? Glad to see the visotors. Fair winds and what not.
J Eric Fitzgerald <Wineordie@aol.com>
Sarasota, USA - Monday, April 27, 1998 at 16:47:30 (PDT)


HI, I'M BACK! GOOBER PYLE, YOU RE-ENLISTED??? UNREAL!! I GOT OUT LAST YEAR. I ALWAYS SAID THAT WHEN I STOPPED HAVING FUN I WOULD GET OUT. (OBVIOUSLY THE FUN STOPPED!) MISS THE CO GUYS. SAW CHANDLER A FEW YEARS AGO, HE TRIED TO SELL ME AMWAY....UH, NO THANKS MAN. JIMMY MAC....I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE YOU ON HERE! E-MAIL ME WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE. I REMEMBER ALL THE GREAT PARTYING IN ST THOMAS, ST MARTIN, ANTIGUA, ANYWHERE...... WHATEVER HAPPENED TO DOUGIE???? PAPA BEAR WORKS AT TOYS-R-US. HAVEN'T SEEN ANYONE ELSE. WHO WAS THAT FAT SOB BCO WE WORKED FOR??? NOT NEARLY AS COOL AS STEVE HARTSEL. LCDR SWANSON....DO YOU STILL HAVE THE CRUISE BUCKET? TAKE CARE GUYS. DROP ME A LINE.
THE "FORMER" GMG1(SW) SYKES <PETE-LIFENET@MAILEXCITE.COM>
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA USA - Sunday, April 26, 1998 at 01:28:40 (PDT)


Precom crew crewmember but not a plank owner.
Randall D. Van Dusen <vandusen@execpc.com>
Racine, WI USA - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 20:30:39 (PDT)


Does anyone out there that was onboard during the Desert Shield/Storm cruise know if we were ever awarded the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal or not. I left before I could find out and am now in the National Guard and would like to wear it if eligible. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Mark Brozak <mbrozak1@hotmail.com>
Canton, OH USA - Friday, April 24, 1998 at 10:19:25 (PDT)


Served in RC div the California from '82 to '86. You guys got the good ones...Phil Dawson, Phil Bodie...well, ok, maybe not THAT good (put the gun down, Phil!) Whatever happened to John Gray Bailey? I beat your record, John...full pre-crit with observers in under 45 minutes in Perth, Australia, July of '85, back when we still had to document everything. Had my third chevron in my hand but coulnd't wait to get out of there...ten years later I'm back for more. Maybe it's not as bad as you think, guys. Think anyone still pushing neutrons out there will believe me? Nah... SCRAM number one reactor, cross-connect steam plants aft, cross-connect steam plants aft!
Rob Tindall ET2 (SW) <random@wsu.edu>
Palouse, WA USA - Tuesday, April 14, 1998 at 16:47:56 (PDT)


I really enjoyed the memory trip. I served on Virginia from March 84 - July 87 in E-Div. as IC3 (SW). Sorry to see her retire.
Frank Cormier <cormierfra@aol.com>
Dracut, MA USA - Monday, March 23, 1998 at 20:07:50 (PST)


what great memories. today is the 19th of mar,98 and i just learned of the decommissioning. plank owner from commission to 1978 and had some of the best times of my life while on the Virginia. started out in deck and then becane a striker for gunnersmate. after C school in 78 was transfered to USSdeyo for commissioning.Hated the deyo. am now disabled and planning a vacation this summer my kids want to see the ship there dad was on and i would like to see her again also.
Fred Esslinger <FEssli8310>
St. Paul, Mn. USA - Thursday, March 19, 1998 at 07:42:33 (PST)


great site!!!! i served aboard VIRGINIA from 91-94. I am now a student at the medical college of virginia. i had some great times on her and miss some of the craziness!!! the one thing i don't miss is chipping that damn grey paint!!!! anyone know anything about os2 or os1 howie bell???
james griffin(os3/sar swimmer) <s3jlgrif@titan.vcu.edu>
richmond, va USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 18:50:08 (PST)


great site!!!! i served aboard VIRGINIA from 91-94. I am now a student at the medical college of virginia. i had some great times on her and miss some of the craziness!!! the one thing i don't miss is chipping that damn grey paint!!!! anyone know anything about os2 or os1 howie bell???
james griffin(os3/sar swimmer) <s3jlgrif@titan.vcu.edu>
richmond, va USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 18:49:33 (PST)


great site!!!! i served aboard VIRGINIA from 91-94. I am now a collge student at the medical college of virgina. i had some great times on her and miss some off the craziness!!! the one thing i don't miss is chipping that damn grey paint!!!! anyone know anything about os2 or os1 howie bell???
james griffin(os3/sar swimmer) <s3jlgrif@titan.vcu.edu>
richmond, va USA - Wednesday, March 11, 1998 at 18:46:39 (PST)


None at this time
Tom Goaziou <tjgoaziou@aol.com>
Montgomery Village , MD USA - Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 16:18:37 (PST)


Greeting to all the great sailors who I proudly call my shipmates. I served from 1991 to 1994 as Command Career Counselor or as everyone called me the En-See-See. I'm very to of found this web page as it will be the glue that keeps a history of proud sailors together. Now retired with no more USS ships to sail on can proudly boast that I served on the best the navy had and with the best crew ever assembled by BUPERS. From my check in during the Golf War to her unexpected and early retirement Virginia 'answered all bells'. Sunday Fun-days, CNOPS, the "Storm of the Century" in Feb 93. Who could ever forget "38". I Wish all my fellow shipmates the best as they continue in their future assignments in or out of the Navy. I hope to see every sailor who ever sailed "38" sign in this Deck log. E. Jose Perez NCCS(SW/AW), USN, (Ret)
E. Jose Perez <ejperez@erols.com>
Fredericksburg, Va USA - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 13:19:06 (PST)


WHAT A SHAME TO THE THIS SHIP IN THIS CONDITION. WOULD LIKE TO FIND A PICTURE FOR FRAMING.
GEORGE FLY <gfly@gowebway.com>
SUFFOLK, VA USA - Friday, March 06, 1998 at 21:05:45 (PST)


Another VIRGINIA sailor pointed me to this site. Nice job. It was great reading all the comments. They jogged a lot of memories of my XO tour in '86-'87. I'd forgotten about the "Moon Ship" we did during the 87 Med Cruise. What an unrep! It probably wouldn't fly in today's era of 'political correctness', but we had fun.
Jim Morin (CAPT USN) <jimbmor@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Thursday, March 05, 1998 at 10:08:00 (PST)


Served in OPS/OI from June 1991 until Feb 1994. What a great tour. Served with many great professionals in and out of the CPO Mess. IT is amazing how I found out about this page. I ran into DOC KELSO(the last Ships DOC) in SPORTS AUTHORITY this last weekend. He said look this thing up. Awesome idea. I am ouutta here(retiring) in mid September. If you are in the area look me up @ CINCLANTFLT Ph 757 836 3557. L8R. Hey! How about hearing Lynard Skynard just one more time!!!
OSCM(SW) Simon Cole <n819c@clf.navy.mil>
Norfolk, Va USA - Monday, February 23, 1998 at 13:15:59 (PST)


Reunion anyone? It would be nice to see some of the elders before their ashes are spread upon the waters. Some of the ashes maybe toxic (nuclear waste or chemicals 0f the 70's)and kill all the rest of us.
Bob Kirby <bobkirby@ix.netcom.com>
Moonachie, NJ USA - Sunday, February 22, 1998 at 12:46:46 (PST)


I served in OI div from Jan92-Jun92, during a yard period. Although I never got underway with Virginia, I enjoyed my short stay aboard her.
Brian Childress <bchil@ix.netcom.com>
Duncanville, TX USA - Wednesday, February 18, 1998 at 11:15:56 (PST)


I really liked this page was wondering on a link from my page.
Robert M. Wood Jr. <m_15_tenth99@yahoo.com>
Tacoma, Wa USA - Friday, February 13, 1998 at 17:05:22 (PST)


I am please to find so many of the crew fromt eh 91 - 93 years here. I was the second from the last bull nukes and was proud of how hard the crew worked to keep the old girl in fighting condition to the very end. Thanks Joel for keeping the crew together... Bob
ETCM(SW) Bob Harrington <HPDH97A@prodigy.com>
Suffolk, Va USA - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 20:23:16 (PST)


none
jeff
USA - Monday, February 02, 1998 at 18:37:07 (PST)


Plank Owner: 1 April 1975 - 1 April 1978. BCO/STO...great memories; best skipper in the Navy (Captain George W. Davis Jr.)!!
Gary McBrayer <garymc@intrcom.com>
Willard, MO USA - Friday, January 30, 1998 at 12:29:26 (PST)


none at this time
David A. Campbell <dcampbel@ls.net>
galax, va USA - Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 22:11:08 (PST)


Good Job ! I am also saddened by the loss of the Viginia class. I did some repairs on the Virginia while serving on the USS Piedmont, and spent 4 memorable years of my life aboard the USS Arkansas (CGN-41) as a MM/ELT. In the regard, I served the first and last of the class. Following seas !
Mark Zawadzki <markz@starnet.lenfest.com>
Malvern , PA USA - Thursday, January 29, 1998 at 05:26:32 (PST)


I served as a CIWS tech in CF division, and a duty MAA, in fact I mustered most of the people in the log from 11/89 to 8/94. Kinda liked the big ol grey thing. It was the best I've seen so far. Looking back on all of the time I spent on the ship I can honestly say, I enjoyed most of the time there. Take care of yourselves shipmates, and drop me a line every once in a while. By the way, if anyone runs in to GM Chandler, tell him to stay out of the muffins. He will know what it means. v/r Wally
Leo Matthews "Wally" <lmatthew@acsc.wal.nswc.navy.mil>
Wallops Island, VA USA - Sunday, January 25, 1998 at 09:44:02 (PST)


They say the NAVY sucks 96% of the time, but it's only the other 4% you remember. I served from 5/89-7/92(31 July 92 2400 to be exact), and I would repeat every hour spent on the "pig" as it has been so affectionately called by so many. I started as E-DIVO, then MPA, and Assistant Eng. Glad I browsed through the page. Heard about it from Jim Walter (former roommate onboard) and picked up some e-mail addresses. Good job Joel. Good stuff.
Joe Shauf <smoknjoe@bpc.net>
Ruma, IL USA - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 21:00:07 (PST)


Good work on this page.I spent a lot of time on CGN 38 in my carrer. Sad to see her go. regards
DW Millner
USA - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 05:13:07 (PST)


Good work on this page.I spent a lot of time on CGN 38 in my carrer. Sad to see her go. regards
DW Millner
USA - Saturday, January 24, 1998 at 05:09:49 (PST)


Im sorry to here the Virginia is'nt steaming anymore. I had alot of great times on her.I was one of the fireman that fought the great fake fire on the fantail. I don't think we faked anyone out on that one. I won't soon forget the time the CO had us all go topside to moon a nother ship.Another good time was when we had a water fight with another ship,our firemain pressure was alot stronger than the other ship and their CO got rather wet on their bridge. Enough of my sea stories. I hope to hear from anyone that might remember me. HT3 Vic Beeson R-DIV, 1985-89. Any A gangers, E-DIV ect. drop me a line. Sure would like to find out happened to RM3 Jerry Blakely, ET2 Paul Horton,MM3 Eric Santiago,HT1 John Gentry,LT Allen Andone. Write me, Vic Beeson P.O. box #34, Camargo IL. 61919
Vic Beeson R-DIV 1985-89
camargo, IL. USA - Monday, January 12, 1998 at 18:25:51 (PST)


Great page. I didn't serve on the Virginia, but I'm looking for an OS named STEVE CROCKETT from Louisiana, who served abord sometime between 78-80? We were on the AMERICA together before he transferred over to the Virginia. If anyone knows him, or where he may be found, please let me know. Thanks.
Art Altenbach <dilrad@aol.com >
Neptune, NJ USA - Saturday, December 27, 1997 at 19:37:25 (PST)


While still a "blue shirt scum," I swore that once my happiness factor became undefined (EAOS = 2/14/91), I would never, ever look back on those days of oppressive servitude with anything but spite and indignation. Yet here I am, 7 years since I last laid eyes on the pig, having back-packed Eurpoe, studied in England, cycled all over the States, and about to receive my J.D., writing a message to a lifer page. Even more strange is the fact that I actually went out of my way to see what's left of Virginia up in the Bremerton graveyard and, well, it felt as eerie and gut wrenching as standing over the grave of someone you once knew. It was surreal and disturbing to stand in front of her superstructureless hull while recalling the blood, sweat and tears that went into keeping her afloat. Life has played a trick on me. Too weird. Oh, and (Joel?) thanks for making a great page... and me a liar. -RT2 Nabors (that's retention prevention to you!)
scott h. nabors <scotthal@seattleu.edu>
tacoma, wa USA - Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at 15:23:13 (PST)


While still a "blue shirt scum," I swore that once my happiness factor became undefined (EAOS = 2/14/91), I would never, ever look back on those days of oppressive servitude with anything but spite and indignation. Yet here I am, 7 years since I last laid eyes on the pig, having back-packed Eurpoe, studied in England, cycled all over the States, and about to receive my J.D., writing a message to a lifer page. Even more strange is the fact that I actually went out of my way to see what's left of Virginia up in the Bremerton graveyard and, well, it felt as eerie and gut wrenching as standing over the grave of someone you once knew. It was surreal and disturbing to stand in front of her superstructureless hull while recalling the blood, sweat and tears that went into keeping her afloat. Life has played a trick on me. Too weird. Oh, and (Joel?) thanks for making a great page... and me a liar. -RT2 Nabors (that's retention prevention to you!)
scott h. nabors <scotthal@seattleu.edu>
tacoma, wa USA - Tuesday, December 23, 1997 at 15:20:23 (PST)


Joel, Exellent Page Served on Virginia as a plank owner in A div. from 1975 to 1979,really will miss though my memories are better in hindsite. Dave Bennet would love hearing from you. Presently working at University of Delaware.Drop me a line you remember me, Like to hear from old plank owners regardless of Division. Anyone know the whereabouts of Tom Buckley MM2 See Yaa!
Frank Alcocer <robodan@dpnet.net>
Elkton , Md USA - Monday, December 22, 1997 at 11:47:22 (PST)


Joel, Exellent Page Served on Virginia as a plank owner in A div. from 1975 to 1979,really will miss though my memories are better in hindsite. Dave Bennet would love hearing from you. Presently working at University of Delaware.Drop me a line you remember me, Like to hear from old plank owners regardless of Division. Anyone know the whereabouts of Tom Buckley MM2 See Yaa!
Frank Alcocer <robodan@dpnet.net>
Elkton , Md USA - Monday, December 22, 1997 at 11:45:47 (PST)


Great sight. Brings back alot of memories. Served in OI from 89-94.
Scott Darkow <sadapt@juno.com>
Dahlgren, va USA - Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at 08:27:50 (PST)


Just surfing
Sam Hamman <hopeearl@webtv.net>
Rockwood, Tn. USA - Saturday, December 13, 1997 at 17:35:30 (PST)


SO THAT'S WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE. I NEVER GOT OUT OF THE SHACK!
CTO2 ROBERT STEVENSON
MARLTON, NJ USA - Friday, December 12, 1997 at 14:16:43 (PST)


Why is this such a great sight? The same and only reason we remember the pig. All the guys. The only real regret about the Virginia- I didn't get my order in before we went through the McDonalds drive through.
Bernie Malnarick <BANDLANDC@aol.com>
Maumee, oh USA - Wednesday, December 10, 1997 at 19:54:09 (PST)


As a plankowner, I served in OI Division until 1980. Just missed that IO cruise. Currently work as a software engineer for a medical imaging company in Cleveland. Moved back to Cleveland from Virginia Beach about four years ago. I miss defense contracting and VABEACH. Go Indians!!!
Rich Kowalski <kowalski@ct.picker.com>
Mentor, OH USA - Monday, December 01, 1997 at 10:29:22 (PST)


test
joel
USA - Sunday, November 30, 1997 at 14:39:20 (PST)


Really good to see the VIRGINIA again - too bad we're drinking soda out of the superstructure and that the guts will some day rest in the great pit in Idaho (or is it really New Jersey?) I enjoyed my tour on the "big Pig" - which buy the way is the name of all the ships I've served on - go figure.
Greg Higgins <n5@constellation.navy.mil>
san diego, ca USA - Saturday, November 29, 1997 at 20:39:26 (PST)


The last medical officer to serve on Virginia. I had nothing but great times with a great group of crewmembers. I never knew how good it was until I started my residency in orthopaedics. I've missed Virginia everyday since then. I look forward to hearing from any shipmates.
LCDR Thomas "DOC" Kelso, MC <bonetk@erols.com>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Saturday, November 29, 1997 at 10:07:02 (PST)


As a plank owner my memories go back a few years. Spring break in Ft. Laud, numerous times in St. Thomas, a few times in St. Croix and all the time at sea. For those Operations Speciaiists from that era I would truly enjoy some e-mail. The USS Virginia did her time and she did it well. "Without the men she could not function. Without the ship we could not have sailed."
Lauran Overton (Ex-OS1) <loverton@rochelle.net>
USA - Saturday, November 29, 1997 at 02:21:43 (PST)


Hello shipmates! I was stationed onboard Virgina from 1981- 83 as a radioman and teletype (rtty) repairman. Funny how things hit home, huh? Numerous times I have told my wife I wanted to go back to the pier at norfolk and just "look out" over the ocean. I don't have much reason to now. But we can always reminisce and appreciate those good times............America's Navy - we're alone but yet together (like two passing ships). Hello John Kirkpatrick, Jeff Burg, and Tony Deluca!! John, aren't we homeboys? Jeff, I know how much you miss that red patch panel in central. Tony, I used to svc your printer on the bridge. Have you heard from Capt King? I'll drop lines to you three later. Was good hearing from you all!
Dennis L. Trent (RM2) <dddtrent@arn.net.>
Amarillo, Texas USA - Tuesday, November 25, 1997 at 21:14:46 (PST)


Just a short note, while browsing the World Wide Web, I found your web site, and wanted to let you know how pleased I was to take the virtual trip of the USS Virginia CGN-38.
John Teater <JTeater@aol.com>
Jeffersonville, IN USA - Monday, November 24, 1997 at 06:54:19 (PST)


WAS BROWSING AND FOUND THE PAGE.I WAS SURPRISED AND PLEASED.I SERVED FROM COMMISIONING -1979. I WAS TRAINED ON THE PHONE SYSTEM AND AM STILL WORKING ON PHONE SYSTEMS. I HAVE MANY MEMORIES OF THE VIRGINA (BOTH GOOD AND BAD).I ALSO REMEMBER THE STORY AS TOLD BY TOM ROTHWEILER OF THE MISSLE RETURNING TO THE SHIP. THIS IS A GREAT PAGE AND I'LL CONTINUE TO VIEW IT.UNFORTUNALTELY I DONT HAVE A P/C AT HOME (YET) TO RECEIVE E-MAILS.
KEN MELLO (IC2)
SEYMOUR, CT USA - Wednesday, November 19, 1997 at 14:09:14 (PST)


I was present at the VIRGINIA's launching, commissioning and decommissioning. Former PN2.
R. A. Black <SMTP:black_ra@nns.com>
Williamsburg, va USA - Friday, November 14, 1997 at 03:44:03 (PST)


Hey all, Nov 1 79' to Aug 13 82' ("terminal leave") are the dates I was aboard. While reading some of the "sea stories" I realized I was present for some of them. What memories they brought back. One for instance, while on an O/I cruis, during my off duty shift (port & starboard duty) the sea's were really rough, and the ship was hit on the port side by a really large wave, knocking almost everyone in port side racks out of their racks. I suffered a split chin from a brass deck fitting. Other injuries included a broken arm and broken leg! I was an operations specialist 2nd class when I left the ship. Take care everyone "Rosie"
Troy Rose <troyr@surfnetusa.com>
Scotts Valley, CA USA - Friday, November 07, 1997 at 19:55:37 (PST)


It is very nice
Robert M. Wood Jr.
Tacoma, WWa. USA - Saturday, November 01, 1997 at 12:31:26 (PST)


I've got lots of memories and lots of stories to tell. How about shooting ourselves with the forward 5 inch gun? How about the fist fight between the throttleman and the EOOW while the ship was being moored? I worked in 2-plant from 1975-1978. I'd like to thank BTCS Glen Mess for watching out for this young pup. Dan Shelton, MMCM(SS) Ret.
Dan Shelton <dshelton@tgn.net>
Bay City, TX USA - Monday, October 27, 1997 at 19:06:30 (PST)


Just remembering the 87 Med Cruise. People still dont believe we had most of the crew moon another ship. Good Times. Keep in touch.
William "Evan" Breyn <wbreyn@ntsource.com>
Lake in the Hills, IL USA - Sunday, October 26, 1997 at 09:19:51 (PST)


Working for Kendall Company. Left the Navy in May '92. Heard about this page from Mrk Cebulski.
Jim Walter <jwalter@kendallhq.com>
Bowling Green, KY USA - Sunday, October 26, 1997 at 08:31:51 (PST)


looking for joe schauf, jim walter, john antrican, jim johnston (803)572-1114
jason curtis
USA - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 12:20:19 (PDT)


Hey Joel, Outstanding Page! Just got back from three years in Wonderful La Madalena, Italy. I got the opportunity to see the page while stopping in to see Hal Swanson in Va. It's great to hear and see so much interest in the old "War Horse", brings back a lot of great memories. My tour was from '90-decom and it was hard to see this wonderful die more day by day. Before leaving and during the last days, " remember the bag lunches on the barge?", I gathered a lot of old pictures and info on the ship intending to someday write a book. Now having seen the page I don't think I could do it proper justice and I love the interactivity. Not having internet access at an affordable price has left me behind the eight ball, it will take a little time to catch up. My next duty station is in Kings Bay, Ga. TRIREFFAC, CODE 302. I'll set up and get on line from thier. Can't wait to here more from the gang! Once again Great Work! One last Question, Did you guys ever get your car stereo system off the ground?
LT Mike Reno <Nothing Yet!>
Kings Bay, Ga USA - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 08:14:09 (PDT)


Any former nuc's out there looking for work, contact Rex "the dog" Ayers at RGAYERS@MKG.com. He is looking for a radcon person, but will accept anu nuclear rating (there is no substitue for good training).
Kim Merritt <kdmerri@sandia.gov>
ABQ, NM USA - Friday, October 24, 1997 at 15:13:08 (PDT)


Curious where was CGN-38 taken upon decommissioning?
Robert Tunstall <rtunstall@twave.net>
Hickory, nc USA - Friday, October 24, 1997 at 09:07:53 (PDT)


The worst tour of duty I had in 21 years in the Navy.
John C. Whiting (RMCS-RET) <santa@avana.net>
Smyrna, GA USA - Wednesday, October 22, 1997 at 15:31:15 (PDT)


Hello all, served from 89-91 on the "pig". The trouble I got into! Oh well life goes on, lots of great memories from France/Israel/Italy/Gibraltar. Nice to have the ability to get out of town quickly once we trashed the local drinking establishments. Anyone remember hanging out at Chicho's in Va Beach??? Take it easy guys.
Bryan Reynolds <nayrb@star.net>
Rye Beach, NH USA - Saturday, October 18, 1997 at 10:11:50 (PDT)


Nice page. Served on her from 91-93 in OI Div. Chad Krejcarek told me about it and I just had to check it out. You have done a fine job but where are all the blue shirts in the pictures? It was still fun seeing the old ship. I am currently enrolled in veterinary school in WI; so much for taking my Navy experiences and putting them to work in the real world. Keep up the good work!
Jeff Acker <jacker@students.wisc.edu>
Madison, WI USA - Friday, October 17, 1997 at 10:06:00 (PDT)


Joel, you have created an excellent site. I had a great time checking it out and recalling mostly good memories from my time spent on the Virginia. Hello to any RL division folks who see this post... Fishman, Joey D, Rex the Dog, Stumblebursky, Nuckles Nuclear, Jeffrey "Lounge Lizard" Washburn, Gator, Match Head Anderson, Chavarria, and my favorite CRA -- Thor Aaakre. Thor, I still owe you my "wife and pigs lips" from that game of pool I lost in Gibralter.
Clifford Berry <caberry@berryim.com>
Derry, NH USA - Thursday, October 16, 1997 at 06:36:19 (PDT)


The good ship Virginia gives me with only fond memories of a young boy growing up and starting a wonderful career. Now that boy is a retired Senior Chief who is young at heart. All you pre-com people did a great job as Capt. Davis did. I remember what he said. This first crew will be the example for the ships life. Boy oh boy. we did it right!
Robert Piotrowski <SELMAKID>
Selma, NC USA - Tuesday, October 14, 1997 at 16:01:50 (PDT)


Just browsing through looking for AK3 Fred Hicks.
Jeanice Lewis <jllewis@students.uwf.edu>
Pensacola, Fl USA - Thursday, October 09, 1997 at 11:48:09 (PDT)


This is one of the prettiest pages I've seen on the net!
Lucy <Lucy22oct@aol.com>
NJ USA - Sunday, October 05, 1997 at 00:48:28 (PDT)


nice page!!!
ken schoeni
USA - Sunday, September 28, 1997 at 11:03:23 (PDT)


GREAT PAGE!! I WAS ON BOARD FROM OCT 90 TO MAY 93 THE CALLED BACK TO TOW HER TO HER GRAVE.
BMC(SW) RICH SLAVICK <rslavick@cnsl>spear.navy.mil>
hampton, va USA - Friday, September 26, 1997 at 14:46:07 (PDT)


I am a plank owner of the Uss Virginia. I was part of the compartment inspection team in the ship yards. I was in "E" Division and made 1st class while there. I work for Virginia Power and am in their Simulator Support Group.
Bob Soderholm <soderholm@widomaker.com>
williamsburg, va USA - Saturday, September 13, 1997 at 04:48:33 (PDT)


It's nice to see someone take the time to honor the VA.I was in S-2 div from 86-89.It's sad to find out that shes been decommissioned, but in my heart she will all ways be haze gray and under way.
Mark Bomia(BOOMER) <Mbomia@aol.com>
USA - Friday, September 12, 1997 at 09:11:03 (PDT)


RE-Div 90-94 Virginia was killed before her time.
Dave Hermes <lurkerb5@bigfoot.com>
USA - Tuesday, September 09, 1997 at 00:38:00 (PDT)


M-Div from 91-94
Tony Camilleri <Kaaren@apex.com>
Paducah, KY USA - Saturday, September 06, 1997 at 12:16:53 (PDT)


I stumbled across this site while surfin the net. Must admit that I am genuinely surprised and even quite dissapointed to find out that the Virginia has been decommissioned. I served onboard Virginia in RC Division 1984 to 1987, transferred to the Abraham Lincoln after that and then got out. I can't say that my Navy years were the best years of my life, but the time spent onboard the Virginia was the best of those years.
Archie Benner - ET1 (A long time ago) <mt_bound@hotmail.com>
USA - Tuesday, September 02, 1997 at 20:04:46 (PDT)


WOW. I never would of thought someone would care so much about the old WAR PIG (USS VIRGINIA). I was in RL-Div from 90-94. It is great to see e-mail addresses from so many friends.
Steve Hansen <stevejh@ldd.net>
Mayfield, KY USA - Tuesday, September 02, 1997 at 15:36:50 (PDT)


It was great to find some of the guys I worked with in RL div from 91 to 94.
Kevin Neal <kevinn@ldd.net>
Paducah, KY USA - Saturday, August 30, 1997 at 19:37:05 (PDT)


Great site--enjoyed the history one, since my grandfather, Warren Anderson, served aboard the seventh ship to bear the name that made the world cruise.
Warren M. Anderson, Maj, USAF <lawa@gte.net>
Stafford, VA USA - Thursday, August 21, 1997 at 13:31:03 (PDT)


I toured your fine ship back in 1981 in Halifax Nova Scotia, while I was inroute to basic training. Keep up the good work.
Cpl Ken Burneau (CAF)
Kingston, ON CANADA - Sunday, August 17, 1997 at 02:11:51 (PDT)


GOOD WORK X LT JOEL HUSTON FROM MISEK
YN2 BRUCE A. MISEK
TINKER AFB, OK USA - Friday, August 15, 1997 at 09:32:45 (PDT)


Great web page. Even though I was a submariner, I enjoy the espirit de corps that eminates from most of the comments.
Keith Requard <kreq@worldnet.att.net>
Wilmington, Nc USA - Wednesday, August 13, 1997 at 18:45:38 (PDT)


Joel, heard about your page from Marty Willis. He, Mark Weiler, Tom Freridge, Jim McCroy and I are serving out our sentences on the South Carolina. (Fortunately, I am less than a week from terminal leave!!!) Mark Ruettiger just got out and got a cool tech rep job for a german engineering firm and I heard Dave Dolittle just got a job with Lever 2000. Anybody with any hot job leads drop me a line at JSBKJB@aol.com.
Jim Bernheimer <JSBKJB@aol.com>
Virginia Beach , Va USA - Tuesday, August 12, 1997 at 11:40:18 (PDT)


Super site! Thanks for the memories and the connections to former shipmates. I was SUPPO from August 86 to Jan 89, serving with some of the Navy's finest. I've got a piece of her bridge wing on my 'I like me' wall, so I guess she'll always be there. Retired now, teaching school in south-western PA - ye olde shipmates .... keep in touch :-)
Pete Radosevich <jrados@hhs.net>
Masontown, PA USA - Monday, August 04, 1997 at 18:26:35 (PDT)


I was in M-Div 79 to 82. Eric Konzelmann, Tom Callahan, Pete Owens you out there? Anyone else? Drop a line.
Dan Peterson <Dan.Peterson@nike.com>
Beaverton, OR USA - Friday, August 01, 1997 at 17:01:27 (PDT)


I served on board the "War Pig" from Feb. '79 to Feb. '83 '. She was a great ship and a great Man-O-War. To all of those that were in RC Division at that time I offer a big hello. I was the only RO that couldn't twist the "Scram" switch without a little vertical assistance. I am now a Sr. I&C Technician at the D.C.Cook plant in Michigan. There are a few of us from the Virginia that work here. I am trying to locate EM1 Tom Hopson who also served on board at the same time. If any E-div people know of his whereabouts please let me know. It was sad to see her cut apart, but it just goes to show you that maybe the Government really doesn't know best. To all those that served after our time, I hope you took as good care of Her as we did, She went way before Her time.
Tim Kerlin <short@pop.qtm.net>
Coloma, Mi USA - Saturday, July 26, 1997 at 22:11:35 (PDT)


I was on the pig from 89-93. RL div kicked ass, sorry M-divers. Can't say that I'm sorry to be out though.
Kim Merritt <kdmerri@sandia.gov>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Tuesday, July 22, 1997 at 10:42:43 (PDT)


What a great page! I served in RE div between 82 and 86. I've been looking for shipmates from time to time over the years, but never thought to look for the ship. I'm still looking for Bill Winkelman, Barry Bass, Jeff Groetz. Greg Coffman - send me a note if you see this. Does anyone remember being part of a flock of nuc's let loose on the bars of Toulon? (Wasn't it our engineer who said he had been in the Navy for 2 years before he realized that "f***ing nuc" was 2 words?) Joel, I think I've still got a copy of the MedCruise yearbook from '82-'83 if there's anything in there you'd like to use. Thanks for keeping this page going!
Mark Bates <markngail@aol.com>
Burlington, VT USA - Sunday, July 20, 1997 at 05:00:40 (PDT)


Super page! I am a proud plank owner of the good ship VIRGINIA and was also honored to be her XO from 84-86. In regards to where Tom Moore is, believe he is still at SUPSHIPS Newport News. Joe King lives in the D.C. area. Regrettably was deployed for the decom ceremony, but being the CO of LONG BEACH for hers, I know the feeling of loss. Keep up the great work, keeping these marvelous beasts alive at least in memories.
KEITH BERSTICKER <FORESLICE@AOL.COM>
USA - Wednesday, July 16, 1997 at 17:57:12 (PDT)


Member US Naval Institute 1-489070
Mark Koenig <mkoenig@bellsouth.net>
Duluth, ga USA - Thursday, July 10, 1997 at 13:00:44 (PDT)


I was the Communications Officer onboard Virginia from Oct 1985 to Sep 1988..Great web page..Hope to see more people up here...Anyone know where CDR Tom Moore is and how to get ahold of him, please email me back..thanks Gary
LCDR Gary Stubbs <gstubbs@pilot.infi.net>
VA Beach, USA - Wednesday, July 09, 1997 at 19:57:38 (PDT)


I wish I could recall some of the things that were unpleasant about serving on the pig... But I guess the brain has a way of suppressing those things that were less than pleasant!! I must admit that some of the most memorable days of my life were spent on the Virginia. Anyone from OI Div. from '82-'85 please drop an E-mail! If anyone knows of Capt. King's wherabouts, please e-mail me... I'm sure that if Capt. King was the Skipper when my re-elistment date came up in June of '85......I'd be 4 years from retiring!
John O. Schutrumpf <VWsvcmgr@aol.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, July 04, 1997 at 22:46:38 (PDT)


I'm a former Second class ship's serviceman who servered aboard the USS DuPont (DD941) during Vietnam. Sorry to see another one go by the way side.
Luther R. Johnson
Coatesville, Pa USA - Wednesday, July 02, 1997 at 11:05:54 (PDT)


I'm a former Second class ship's serviceman
Luther R. Johnson
Coatesville, Pa USA - Wednesday, July 02, 1997 at 11:03:04 (PDT)


I was in A-gang from 1985 to 1989. She went before her time.
William Ferguson <wvferg@engin.umich.edu>
Ann Arbor , Mi USA - Saturday, June 28, 1997 at 07:33:41 (PDT)


Joel, great home page. I miss the days on the Virginia. Life is busy as I am currently serving as Operations on one of the new DDGs. Decatur is presently being built in Bath ME with a commissioning date sometime next May. It was a sad experience taking Virginia out of service. I hope the opportunity to put one in service offsets taking one out. The ship will be commissioned in Baltimore. Drop me an E-mail and I will be sure any friend of Virginia gets an invitation. One last thing - my tour as NAV/ADMIN was so meaningful hat am presently dating a girl named Virginia. Life is good. God Bless, LT Jim Aiken.
James Aiken <AIKEN_JAMES_A_LT.at.PCU_BATH_POST@hq.navsea.navy.mil>
Bath, ME USA - Saturday, June 21, 1997 at 20:10:29 (PDT)


Great web page! I am currently serving onboard the last of the Virginia Class cruisers, the USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41). I really am saddened at the fact that the Navy is putting to rest these sleek, gray "merchants of death" I am proud however, that I had the honor of serving on the finest class of ships in the U.S. Navy. I will be a fighting Razorback til the end, that's for sure. CTA1(SW) McRae, Feb 1996 - Oct 1997, OE Division
Robert R. McRae <NSGBOY5101@aol.com>
Bremerton, WA USA - Friday, June 20, 1997 at 20:07:41 (PDT)


Great home page! I am currently serving on the last of the great Virginia class CGNs, the USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41). I too am saddened at the fact that the Navy is doing away with these magnificent sleek, gray "merchants of death" I am proud to say that I served onboard one of the finest warships in the Pacific Fleet. I'll be a fightin' Razorback til the end.
Robert R. McRae <NSGBOY5101@aol.com>
Bremerton, WA USA - Friday, June 20, 1997 at 19:59:41 (PDT)


Great home page! I am currently serving on the last of the great Virginia class CGNs, the USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41). I too am saddened at the fact that the Navy is doing away with these magnificent sleek, gray "merchants of death" I am proud to say that I served onboard one of the finest warships in the Pacific Fleet. I'll be a fightin' Razorback til the end.
Robert R. McRae <NSGBOY5101@aol.com>
Bremerton, WA USA - Friday, June 20, 1997 at 19:55:26 (PDT)


Served onboard Mar 81 to Jul 87. Going to miss another CGN gone.
David Manney <dmanney@emry.net>
Bremerton, WA USA - Wednesday, June 18, 1997 at 11:53:37 (PDT)


I am looking for information about the USS Honolulu and the USS Chicago both ships were in World War II My fathers name William Jerow a Yeoman
William Jerow <ajerow@radix.net>
Huntingtown, md USA - Sunday, June 15, 1997 at 20:29:41 (PDT)


Great Page. Brings back a lot of memories. Looking for Delton W.Goodwin
Terry L.Dyer <Wiljak@tkdyer.com>
Nevada, Oh USA - Thursday, June 12, 1997 at 15:34:40 (PDT)


This site is what all the ships' web sites should look like! Outstanding job!
Bruce De Witt <dewitt@lonekeep.com>
Ocean, NJ USA - Friday, June 06, 1997 at 13:56:26 (PDT)


Great Page! I was an ELT on Virginia from December 1983 to February 1988. I was thrilled to saying goodbye but quickly discovered that I missed being with you guys. I am now a 2LT in the Louisiana Army National Guard. I own a small company here in Central Louisiana. I stay in touch with Calvin Edwards. I would like to here from those of you that I served with. It was a great experience. I was sad to see her decommissioned. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears were spent on her. Email me. I would love to here from you. Good Luck!
Kenneth McMullen <kwmcfp@aol.com>
Alexandria, LA USA - Saturday, May 24, 1997 at 07:18:27 (PDT)


Greetings from the son of a plank owner! Even though I was never destined to be a Navy man, myself, Virginia means a great deal to me for a good many reasons. I and it were "born" in the same place, Newport News, and the ship also meant a great deal to my father. Thanks to Lt. Huston for this site. I consider it a part of my own heritage.
Andy Damick <gurk@ncsu.edu>
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 14:13:11 (PDT)


of the dang Nav and LIVE! If you do see a grey VW Westphalia you probably won't recognize me... just look for the guy with the beard and long hair playing slide guitar by the water. Take it easy - Peace - CARP "Itchy"
Shawn Carpenter <akbarkee@aol.com>
sioux falls, sd USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 09:37:13 (PDT)


of the dang Nav and LIVE! If you do see a dark grey VW you probably won't recognize me... Just look for the guy with the beard and long hair playing slide guitar sitting by the water. Take it easy - Peace - CARP "Itchy"
Shawn Carpenter <akbarkee@aol.com>
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 09:33:05 (PDT)


Hey squids! Well, I finally came up for parole and got the heck out (April 12, 1997). It was heavenly to request permission to "go ashore" for the last time. I don't miss the nimrods on the quarterdeck that made most nuke's lives miserable by harrassing them about shoeshines, unbuttoned buttons and other trivial bull. I would like to say something to them here, but it would not be appropriate (I don't think Joel would let me post a picture of my middle finger for them). I do, however, miss all the great guys I worked with; I feel privileged to have worked with such super people... Jeff Heller ("Scratchy" - my best bud that served with me for my entire sea career), Pete Celeste ("Mama" - the best LPO a junior guy could ever wish for), Kev, Dougie, Lockstadius, etc. etc. I just spent a month frolicking in the woods outside Prescott, AZ hiking, rockclimbing, panning for gold, camping, chasing havolina (wild pigs in the forest), playing guitar on the street with bro & friends (we even made $200 in two days!), building treeforts, etc. etc. If anyone is going to be on the West Coast June 1 - July 1 look for a dark grey VW Westphalia van... me, my little bro, his girlfriend & her sis are cruising from Baha Mexico to Seattle. Get out of the dang Nav and LIVE! If you do see a dark grey VW you probably won't recognize me... Just look for the guy with the beard and long hair playing slide guitar sitting by the water. Take it easy - Peace - CARP "Itchy"
Shawn Carpenter <akbarkee@aol.com>
Sioux Falls, SD USA - Friday, May 23, 1997 at 09:27:16 (PDT)


I am a former CGN sailor myself. USS Bainbridge CGN25.
LEO V. MILITO ETC USNR-R
HOLTSVILLE, NEW YORK USA - Thursday, May 15, 1997 at 10:09:59 (PDT)


HEY ALL. THIS IS JEFF HELLER FROM RL DIV (93-DECOM). STILL PLUGGING AND CHUGGING AWAY IN THE NUCLEAR NAVY. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE I KNOW HAS EITHER SEPARATED OR TRANSFERRED TO A CARRIER. LET ME TELL YOU, IT'S A WHOLE DIFFERENT WORLD.SHAWN CARPENTER FINALLY GOT OUT LAST MONTH. ANYWAY, I CAN'T SAY I WAS TOTALLY SAD TO SEE THE OLD PIG GO FOR SCRAP. I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE PLANNING TO DO WITH THOSE REACTOR COMPARTMENTS. OH, AND BY THE WAY, VERY NICE HOME PAGE JOEL H. AND THANKS!
JEFF HELLER <DYNAGROOVE@AOL.COM>
NEWPORTNEWS, VA USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 15:29:54 (PDT)


Surved aboard USS Salem CA139 from Jan.1955 to Jan 1959 Enjoyed my navy time and loved the visit aboard this ship thanks Lyle.
Lyle Honeycutt GM2 1955-1959 <lyles@infogo.com>
Eldorado, AR.AR USA - Sunday, May 11, 1997 at 15:09:20 (PDT)


I'm from the state of Virginia, and my mothers name is Virginia so I wanted to know more about the ship after I came across it on the internet I was on the uss America cv 66.
walter cobb jr <walterc@ns.gamewood.net>
danville, va USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 13:55:26 (PDT)


I'm from the state of Virginia, and my mothers name is Virginia so I wanted to know more about the ship after I came across it on the internet I was on the uss America cv 66.
walter cobb jr <walterc@ns.gamewood.net>
danville, va USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 13:52:48 (PDT)


HEY,AWSOME PAGE GUYS! I REALLY MISS THE GREAT GUYS OF CS. WELL, SOME OF ,EM ANYWAY! IF YOU KNOW ME YOU KNOW THAT. ANYONE FROM CF DIV. DROP ME AN E-MAIL! BRIAN HEISTER AND TIM MCGEE, WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS?? LOOKING FOR PAT GORDON,FCC(sw) AS WELL. STAY CLOSE ALL.
BILL WEST <drum1@erols.com>
SPRINGFIELD, VA USA - Wednesday, May 07, 1997 at 08:47:09 (PDT)


While talking to Mark the inevitable idea of getting everyone together came up. We were mainly talking about who we worked with in CS from 89-93, however I remember alot of you from the other dept. I have to admit I do not have any time to organize a reunion, yet I can get the ball rolling. Is anyone up to going Va. Beach the weekend of July 25, 1998. Even the busiest of us should be able to fit it into our schedules with 14 months notice. Virginia Beach was selected because that's where the memories are. Bring your families, photos, stories and memorabilia. Let me know what you think. I will be out of town (wandering again ) the rest of this week. I will answer any polite responses starting next week. Hope to see you in a year.
Pete Farrell <peter_farrell@appsig.com>
Hampstead, MD USA - Monday, May 05, 1997 at 16:00:34 (PDT)


Performing my duties as a vagabond I wandered into Athens, OH, where I was surprised to learn that former ET2 Mark Brozak was about to graduate with a BSIT. He had used the GI Bill&ROTC to get the job done. In three weeks he will be employed by a commercial company and a boot LT.(SW) in the ARMY reserve. As Capt Voorheis used to say Kudos Mark. Best of luck to you and Kimbra both. Thanks Joel for giving me the opportunity to put this out.
Peter Farrell <peter_farrell@appsig.com>
Hampstead, MD USA - Monday, May 05, 1997 at 04:57:23 (PDT)


Great site and glad to see the large response. I was in RC division from '82 to '85. Part owner of "party central" @ 5716 Attica Avenue, VA Beach. Still keeping in touch with Wayne Schuster, Ken "Higgy", Dave Graham, Frank "MTV, Man" Hall, and numerous others. I went to the decommissiong ceremony and must admit it was a bit emotional. I spent a lot of time sweeping those damn hallways and they go and mothball it! I now sit down with my two daughters (Jessica and Jenna) with my two cruise books and point out the shady characters they'll have to deal with when they get to dating age. I've got a lot of addresses for the RC division people of that time frame if you're interested. IF not current, they at least have their parents address (they never move!) Good to see this site and best of luck to all. By the way, anyone seen Toby Gottlieb?
Don VanDePutte <donvdp@aol.com>
Temperance, MI USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 20:05:34 (PDT)


Great site and glad to see the large response. I was in RC division from '82 to '85. Part owner of "party central" @ 5716 Attica Avenue, VA Beach. Still keeping in touch with Wayne Schuster, Ken "Higgy", Dave Graham, Frank "MTV, Man" Hall, and numerous others. I went to the decommissiong ceremony and must admit it was a bit emotional. I spent a lot of time sweeping those damn hallways and they go and mothball it! I now sit down with my two daughters (Jessica and Jenna) with my two cruise books and point out the shady characters they'll have to deal with when they get to dating age. I've got a lot of addresses for the RC division people of that time frame if you're interested. IF not current, they at least have their parents address (they never move!) Good to see this site and best of luck to all. By the way, anyone seen Toby Gottlieb?
Don VanDePutte <donvdp@aol.com>
Temperance, MI USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 19:50:35 (PDT)


Hi all
Kevin Nelson <warrior@siu.edu>
Carbondale , IL USA - Friday, May 02, 1997 at 18:40:28 (PDT)


GREAT PAGE! I SERVED AS ET2 COMEAUX IN CE-DIV FROM 06/89 TIL 08/93. I MOVED BACK TO TX, BOUGHT A HOME, GOT MARRIED AND HAVE A BOAT, DOG, AND A CAT. JUST A REGULAR SMUCK NOW. PETE I ONLY GLUED THE LOCK TWICE, SOMEONE ELSE FROM FC-DIV DID THE REST!
SCOTT COMEAUX <SCome79279@aol.com.>
nederland, tx USA - Saturday, April 26, 1997 at 23:22:32 (PDT)


I served in E-Div from 1986 though1990 onboard the Virginia. I really enjoyed this web page. It really brought back alot of good and some bad memories. It was kind of sad to hear the the Virginia has been decommissioned on the internet. If anyone out there served on the Virginia during the same period that I did feel free to E-mail me. I really would like to hear from people that were in A,E,or R division. To the Virginia. Aloha!
Douglas Prather E-DIV <prather01@sprynet.com>
Waianae, Hi USA - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 22:29:33 (PDT)


Great page. 6 out of the 11 ships I served aboard are decommissioned now. They all were ready for it with the possible exception of the USS Sterett (CG-31). Yours wasn't.
Don Diehl RMCS (Ret) <dadiehl@totcon.com>
Deltona , Fl USA - Monday, April 21, 1997 at 09:25:01 (PDT)


I first sailed with VIRGINIA down in GITMO. One of the few times the ship was underway on fossil fuel. as we USS RALEIGH (LPD-1, now a reef in the Caribbean) did a towex for the REFTRA folks, Remember that gang of fun guys (NOT). Was cruising the web and found this place. Nice memorial and you should be proud of the comments, obviously a lot of people have checked in. Had a friend who served on the Decom crew and will pass your site to him (LCDR Greg Higgins)
LCDR Chris Hauser <kross@sinfo.net>
Panama City, Panama - Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 08:00:22 (PDT)


Served in M2 divvfrom 87 to 89. 8&9 lounge ruled. Did my time and got out.
Patrick Moylan <moylan@bnl.gov>
Long Island , NY USA - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 13:21:04 (PDT)


REPORTING FOR DUTY
BTC R. BROOKS <RBROOK07@APSC.COM>
TUCSON, AZ USA - Tuesday, April 15, 1997 at 00:31:39 (PDT)


COOL WEB SIGHT. YOUR HARD WORK IS APPRECIATED BY MANY. ONLY ON BOARD FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE FREE STEAM BATH I GOT ON THE O-3 LEVEL DURING A DEPENDENT CRUISE WITH MY WIFE. THERE WERE TWO ET2 KRAUS'S ONBOARD, I WAS THE TOPSIDER. IT'S FUN TO REFLECT BACK ON THE NAVY DAYS. I WOULDN'T DO IT AGAIN,BUT ITS FUN TO TALK ABOUT THE NAVY DAYS.
ET2(SW) MICHAEL KRAUS <MASK8799@AOL.COM>
AKRON, OH USA - Monday, April 14, 1997 at 19:49:09 (PDT)


Just surfing the net and got a strange bug to try and look up people I haven't heard from in years. Saw a lot of familiar names!! Hope all is well. For any one that didn't know me I was in M-Div from 1985 to 1989 when I transferred to the Nimitz. I used to hang out with the "Hampton Boy's" (anyone remember them?) Guy's if you're out there how about dropping me a line! I served with Nick "the d_ck" Patterson, "Puppy" Salway, Frank Eward, Rich Jeffers, Paul Richardson, Eugene "Lips" Goolic and lots of others. Just wanted to know if you guys are still out there. I got out in Dec. 1991 right after making chief. Glad I did too. I now work at Brookhaven National Lab. as a reactor operator trying to get out of the field. If any of the old gang are out there I'd really like to hear from you!!!
Glenn Mehl <mehl@bnl.gov>
NY USA - Monday, April 14, 1997 at 18:05:13 (PDT)


I was doing research for one of classes and I came across the name of the pig -- by the look of the pictures, it looks like the decommisioner finally got a hold of the pig. I look back on the "good old days" and think, well, it did build some character or at least a lot of characters.
Eric "squirrel" Olson <ewolson@mtu.com>
Houghton, MI USA - Sunday, April 13, 1997 at 14:26:31 (PDT)


Wouldn't mind hearing from some of the M-1 and M-2 folks during the 79-83 period or anyone else that remembers. Been a long time but I still have some very fond moments (NOT) of all them Med. cruises and one bonus I.O. cruise that changed a few lives. We all remember the ORIGINAL DWE don't we. What happenned to "which way to the beach" Braga!?
Larry Wachlin (aka Wacky) <Lawachlin2@aol.com>
Cocoa, Fl USA - Saturday, April 12, 1997 at 19:41:40 (PDT)


Oh man! Where are all my old buddies hiding? Served on board as an ET from 2/80 to 5/84. Anybody remember the card games in CC 8&9. How about that month in dry dock in the PI? Mr. Kirkpatrick......never thought I would speak that name again. (e-mail you soon) Looking for Joe Garbus, Larry Hibdon, Wesley(Crash)Moore, Dave Gerber, Bo Atkinson, Tim Sullivan, Jim(Barny)Blockston and any one else that these brain cells can't recall. And Tony Deluca.....I saw your message...I dont know if you remember me. You, me and Tim Sullivan hung out a bit. Glad to have our own website. Been looking for something like this for a long time. GREAT JOB!!!
Jeff Burg <jburg@mindspring.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, April 12, 1997 at 19:12:16 (PDT)


Served on board from Aug87 to Aug 91. # 2 Engine room MM2 (remember most - the overhaul of standby lube oil pump during the Gulf War).
Joseph J Vacante <josephv@gramercy.ios.com>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, April 12, 1997 at 15:45:10 (PDT)


I worked on the original design of what was then the DLGN 38, at Newsport News Shipbuilding when the Virginia was constructed.
Larry Ervin <ervin_larry@myself.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Friday, April 11, 1997 at 06:07:33 (PDT)


CGN37 SOCAR 1975-1980. I couldn't believe it when I found out that they were decommisioning such new and valuable ships. Just goes to show you the morons who are in charge now are even more stupid than the morons in charge back then. Does anyone know the status of the South Carolina?
Walter "Wally" Wilkins <wallywilkins@compuserve.com>
Cobbtown, GA USA - Thursday, April 10, 1997 at 12:45:57 (PDT)


USS Mississippi CGN-40 Plank Owner
Rick Timmons <rtimmo16@cybertrails.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, April 08, 1997 at 20:38:21 (PDT)


I just had to see the ship my friend Phil served on!
Heather V.
State College, PA USA - Tuesday, April 01, 1997 at 21:43:51 (PST)


stocholm 970330. hello uss virginia. Mr. X
Mr. X <x-files@swipnet.se>
Stockholm, S SWEDEN - Sunday, March 30, 1997 at 08:30:07 (PST)


I served on the Pig from 12/86 to 08/90. I started in OD Div. and ended up in the S-1 Div. The Virginia was a great ship to be on and I do still think of all of the good times and the bad times. We had fun, and at times we did not, but I would not trade any of it. I left the Navy in '92 as an SK2 at Assault Craft Unit 2 (ACU-2) in Little Creek Amphib Base, and when I look back, I only think of the time I spent on the Virginia. I was sad to see her decomed. She went before her time.
William "Evan" Breyn
Lake in the Hills, IL USA - Sunday, March 23, 1997 at 14:42:00 (PST)


Oct. 76 to Oct. 79 I worked as an ET in the CE division. I was responsible for the IFF equipment and the Communications equipment. Anybody out there remember the fun times with Temple, Wallace, Monte B. Baugh, and Bug-eyed Bob?
David N. Ballew Jr. <dballew@ninenet.com>
St. Charles, MO USA - Saturday, March 22, 1997 at 08:31:55 (PST)


Knew several of your crewmembers. Anyone care to correspond feel free.
David Kelsey <davekelsey@worldnet.att.com>
Ballston Spa, NY USA - Friday, March 14, 1997 at 16:09:34 (PST)


I was an ELT on the Abe Lincoln and the Cape Cod, but I had a friend from your ship, MM1 Jeff Brown. If he ever contacts this sight, please forward my e-mail address.
Dean Friant <u055@ms.yuba.cc.ca.us>
Yuba City, Ca USA - Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at 14:39:58 (PST)


Anyone heard from Ens.Kunkle or Supply Dept 79-81 ?
John "Pictron"Pickett <afn35081@afn.org>
Gainesville, Fl. USA - Sunday, March 09, 1997 at 19:16:32 (PST)


Served onboard the USS Virginia from March 1979 to October 1982. Served under the commands of Capt. Robert AILES and Capt. Joseph F. KING. Was the LPO of Navigation Division during this period. It's sad to see the old ship decommissioned. I would really like hearing from old member from the crew. I worked with and made friends with many, topsiders and nukes. Does any know the whereabouts of Capt KING? Im a Corporal with the Pennsylvania State Police, Greensburg, PA now. Larry HIBDON is living in Oregon again. Joe GARBUS is still living about the cleveland area. Let's try to setup a reunion, could be fun.
QM2 Anthony "TONY" DeLUCA <BOKMTROP@aol.com>
Boswell, PA USA - Saturday, March 08, 1997 at 20:10:47 (PST)


GREAT PAGE, BEAUTIFUL SHIP BUT CAN SOMEONE HELP ME FIND THS Uss SACRAMENTO. I KNOW IT HAS BEEN DECOMM, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ITS HISTORY.
rudy <rudym@starnet.com>
tucson, AZ USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 17:11:51 (PST)


I'm stationed on the Uss Arkansas cgn 41 at psns only a few piers away from the Virginia. I just Wanted to say good Job with the web page keep up the good work. I guess that I'll bring the Family of Cgns to a close Since 38 is decommed 39 is decommed 40 is getting decommed and the ark will be decommed at the end of 97. I just wish people would understand the Power and conv. of Nuclear Power. No unreps for fuel just stores.
J Garner GMM2 <Renrag182@aol.com>
bremerton, wa USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 13:01:28 (PST)


I'm stationed on the Uss Arkansas cgn 41 at psns only a few piers away from the Virginia of course she is in the C.I.A. I just Wanted to say good Job with the web page keep up the good work.
J Garner GMM2 <Renrag182@aol.com>
bremerton, wa USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 12:38:46 (PST)


I served on the Virginia from '88-'89. This was the second ship I served on that was decommed.
Anthony L. Faivre <afaivre@niu.edu>
DeKalb, IL USA - Saturday, March 01, 1997 at 08:33:45 (PST)


OT Division 87-89. I can't believe how many EX-Va salors I run into. I'm currently stationed with LT Doyle (OSC Doyle) and OSC Bolds at Fleet Info. Warfare Center (FIWC). Danny Foster (84?-88) is now the EW detailer.
Rob Wilkinson <wilky@excis.net>
portsmouth, va USA - Thursday, February 27, 1997 at 17:13:37 (PST)


Nov 1 79 to AUG 12 82 Operations Specialist 2nd. It's sad to see the state the ship is in now, but, some good memories were stired when I found this web site.Hey,any of you "button Pushers" from COMBAT during my time on the ship, want to chat, please e-mail me. Anyone else, feel free to as well. I have a few sea stories I could tell. OS2 Troy Rose
Troy Rose (Rosie) <troyr@cruzio.com>
Scotts Valley, CA USA - Wednesday, February 26, 1997 at 15:50:47 (PST)


I was just browsing and found the Virginia. I was on the Bainbridge '88 - '92 and didn't even know the Virginia had been decomissioned.
Gary Harper <harpodj@intrex.net>
Chapel Hill, NC USA - Monday, February 24, 1997 at 18:02:58 (PST)


This is a nice page. I don´t have anything to do with the Navy, be it American or be it the German Marine. However, it is nice to see that there´s a bunch of people who stick to THEIR ship years after their assingment is over.
André Burchardt
Bonn, Germany - Thursday, February 20, 1997 at 17:35:41 (PST)


It's been 14+ years since I last requested permission to go ashore from the quarterdeck of the Virginia. I was in M2 division '79 to '82. Served with guys like Timmy ( Macho Man) Braga, Karl (Wimpster) Hinch, Bob (Bergie) Bergenstock, Mike (ME) Smith, Neal (Wheel) Barrow, Bill (Mr. President) McGrail, Larry (Wacky) Wachlin, Nick (Pistolgrip Ears) Patterson and Dan (Double D) Crouch. I could go on but if you were there, you know the group I'm talking about. Went to the IO in '80 and Med in '82 and a few places in between. Remember the tour of the Moosehead Brewery in Halifax? Remember the PI? Know what DWE stands for? I wouldn't mind hearing from you (that goes for 1 planters and the rest of Engineering too).
James C. Cook <jccook@centerior.com>
Berea, Oh USA - Thursday, February 20, 1997 at 09:33:31 (PST)


HEY ARNIE! I THINK I STILL HAVE 17111-B IN MY DRAWERS FROM THAT DAMN LOADER DRUM. CANT PASS A BEER STORE W/O THINKING OF WHITE. RE-ENLISTED LAST WEEK...12 MORE TO GO, LITTLE STEVIE HARTSEL TURNED ME ON TO THIS HIP SITE. KINDA MISS THE PIG.....BE BRAVE STUMPY. -GOOB
GMG3 BANE (SIMPSONS JOY) <DUSTWHIRL@AOL.COM>
ANN ARBOR, MI USA - Monday, February 17, 1997 at 10:07:51 (PST)


HEY ARNIE! I THINK I STILL HAVE 17111-B IN MY DRAWERS FROM THAT DAMN LOADER DRUM. CANT PASS A BEER STORE W/O THINKING OF WHITE. RE-ENLISTED LAST WEEK...12 MORE TO GO, LITTLE STEVIE HARTSEL TURNED ME ON TO THIS HIP SITE. KINDA MISS THE PIG.....BE BRAVE STUMPY. -GOOB
GMG3 BANE (SIMPSONS JOY) <DUSTWHIRL@AOL.COM>
ANN ARBOR, MI USA - Monday, February 17, 1997 at 10:06:05 (PST)


Great page Joel. Hey, I never thought it would happen to me, but I'm still in the navy (stationed on the PCU Harry S Truman). Go figure! See ya!
R. Ball
USA - Friday, February 14, 1997 at 16:03:44 (PST)


I helped build the ship at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock CO. Can someone tell me why they decommission the Virginia?
Mike Belda <arcus@erols.com>
King William, Va USA - Wednesday, February 12, 1997 at 12:15:02 (PST)


JUST BROWSING. WHY WAS VIRGINIA DECOMMED ????
Bob Burroughs
HILTON, NY USA - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 at 08:53:12 (PST)


I'm glad to see a site for the Virginia. Sorry I missed the decommissioning. I'm a plankowner and served under Capt. Davis and Capt. Ailes. from 1975 to 1979 in M-div. Lots of memories from that tour.
Anthony Paul Vargas <vargas@acsu.buffalo.edu>
Buffalo, NY USA - Tuesday, February 11, 1997 at 06:26:26 (PST)


I love America and, of course, it's Navy.
Skreaming Squirrel <Silicon_Squirrel@hotmail.com>
New Hazelton, BC Canada - Friday, February 07, 1997 at 19:21:43 (PST)


Historian, USS LONG BEACH CGN 9 Association. Association is attempting to build a permanent data base and historical file on LONG BEACH. If anyone can contribute items of historical interest (photos, memorabilia, etc), please contacy me.
William Gilbert
Knoxville, TN USA - Thursday, February 06, 1997 at 09:57:10 (PST)


I'M FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA HOME OF MAYPORT NAVAL BASE. I'VE SEEN MANY SHIPS AT MAYPORT. I WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN YOUR SHIP.
BOB LACY <cyberjax1@juno.com>
JACKSONVILLE, FL USA - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 21:27:58 (PST)


What's up everyone! It's me Joey Joe, 1st LT from Aug 92 to Feb 94. I'm currently writing ASW TACMEMOs at SWDG after a commissioning tour as DCA and EWO aboard USS RAMAGE (DDG 61). Life is good. Just stopped in to see who is around. Congrats K9! Great page Joel! Hi Steve! Waz up Ted! etc, etc, etc... Drop me a line guys now that you know how to reach me. And remeber my name ... Enigo Montoya Acevedo Sant Maria Luisa Cruz and I'm here to see you sister ! Ha Ha! Later guys.
"Joey Joe" Melendez <jmelendez@hq.cnsl.spear.navy.mil>
Va beach, VA USA - Thursday, January 30, 1997 at 11:28:40 (PST)


RE Div , 87 - 91 Great to see the old war pig again. Brings back many memories. Great site ...
Mike 'Packman' Packard <Packman@interserf.net>
Stafford, Va USA - Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 14:57:47 (PST)


just stopping by!!
chris hildebran <cats@hevanet.com>
portland, or USA - Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 21:32:45 (PST)


RL Division, 1983-1987. I see a few other ELTs have made it here from the 80's near the beginning of the log. I used to have this catalog of ceramic mugs with military emblems. One had a confused tyrannosaurus rex on it with the Boiler Tech rating badge under it. I used to laugh at that and now I've become one! After getting out on the last day of Med Cruise '87, I joined the National Guard and was a grunt lieutenant for a couple years. Now I'm in the US Public Health Service doing sanitarian-type work. MM1(SW)McMullen (now 2LT McMullen, Louisiana National Guard) is alive and well. Sure would like to hear from you Jon (I think that's the actual spelling, Ethan) Ballard. Dave McKain (Young dave, first dave), Nick Patterson, Jaspar Washburn and any other Real ELTs. (on the loose in Toulon) Hey Doerpfeld, a few of us have had a running bet on whether you were a Ph.D. student, managing a 7-11 or doing time in the pokey. Which is it? Michael Norman Chavarria you better E-mail me if you want your 20 bucks. Greetings to John Cerasuolo, Steve Depetris and the other RL Divison Officers. Whatever happened to Hurni? Anyway, I can't believe the VA's been decommissioned already. Bet there was some cyclic PMS that never got done! Write if you get work. (NPS 8206-7)
Calvin Edwards <cedwards@mail.cvn.net>
Shippensburg, PA USA - Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 20:39:04 (PST)


OT Division Aug 86-Aug 89.
Albert L. Wyche, Jr. <jbteach.exis.net>
Virginia Beach, Va USA - Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 15:10:38 (PST)


Never thought I would miss the Virginia, but some ships never die. Retirement brings back only good memories of good men.
Don Bentley <DonaldB933@aol.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Saturday, January 25, 1997 at 14:26:05 (PST)


I guess I have to come clean. I am now a reservist which means I am a nuke stuck in the conventional Navy (the money is good). I served from January of 1985 to August of 1988 in RC Division. I am currently finishing up my Electrical Engineering degree at The University of South Carolina and working at Sylvan Learning Center teaching High School math. I would like to say hi to all my Virginia shipmates (nuke as well as the few non-nukes I knew). Keep in touch!
ET1(SW)Jeffrey D. Hamman USNR <hamman@engr.engr.sc.edu>
Irmo, SC USA - Friday, January 24, 1997 at 10:15:02 (PST)


I guess I have to come clean. I am now a reservist which means I am a nuke stuck in the conventional Navy (the money is good). I served from January of 1985 to August of 1988 in RC Division. I would like to say hi to all my Virginia shipmates (nuke as well as the few non-nukes I knew). Keep in touch!
ET1(SW)Jeffrey D. Hamman USNR <hamman@engr.engr.sc.edu>
Irmo, SC USA - Friday, January 24, 1997 at 10:03:06 (PST)


Served from Aug 75 to Sep 77 in OC Div.
John Whiting RMCS(RET) <santa@avana.net>
Smyrna, GA USA - Tuesday, January 21, 1997 at 21:50:34 (PST)


Just visiting thing from the good old Navy as apposed to the new Navy
ABF1 Russell W. Harris <rwharris@series2000.com>
Virginia Beach , VA USA - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 20:30:26 (PST)


Thank you for this web site!
Brett Codd
San Antonio, TX USA - Thursday, January 16, 1997 at 07:45:34 (PST)


Amazing what you find when you're just fooling around. Hard to believe the gray pig is gone. How come there's so many nukes here? Brings back memories of havint to stand in line behind all the nuke watchstanders at chowtime.Any combat systems types out there from 89-91, let me hear from you. Anyone remember the "international incident" in Crete, April of 91? glad to see this home page, keep it up.
JIM HOGAN <Metaljim@aol.com>
Independence, MO USA - Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 21:35:27 (PST)


Greetings fellow former shipmates. I was on the VIRGINIA from 1981 - 1985 as a SK2 in S-1 division. I attended the decomissioning ceremony which was like attending the funeral of an old friend. It was wonderful to find this WEB page. Look forward to hearing from any old shipmates who may remember me. Anyone know what ever happened to (SKSN) Glenn Branca?
Doug Waltz <douglas_waltz@mail.amsinc.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Tuesday, January 14, 1997 at 10:11:17 (PST)


My father was stationed on cgn 40 (USS MISSISSIPPI) and thought I would take a tour of this ship
Mike Doleski <MDoleski@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Tuesday, January 14, 1997 at 06:32:15 (PST)


It is a damn shame when the navy decommissions a ship at a early age. I have never been in the service, but I will tell you that politics should stay away from the operations of the Armed Services. To the crews of the Virginia, past and current, be proud of your ship.
Jeff Stieringer <otterfun@pacbell.net>
Corona, CA USA - Monday, January 13, 1997 at 13:38:09 (PST)


I am about to enter RC at Great Lakes and will be starting "A" school nuclear engineer training soon. I plan on becoming and NE ELT if the cards play right (at least and ET not EM).
Jeffrey M Beisch E-3 <fugue@ix.netcom.com>
Omaha, NE USA - Sunday, January 12, 1997 at 14:39:43 (PST)


M-Div January 1985-December 1988 Work at BGE, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. Have bunch of addresses for guys right after shipyard from hell days(NOV 85). John Ballard is alive and kicking in Montana. Great Home Page for a great ship.
Ethan W. Darrow <ethan.darrow@juno.com>
Lusby, MD USA - Friday, January 03, 1997 at 16:58:18 (PST)


As a member of the commisioning crew I find this tribute to the Virginia to be very touching. Steve Goff was not the only one to piss off the fantail, I think I lived out on the ass end of the ship. Anyone from A-Div 1976-1978 drop me a line, Ron Phillips, Mike Stanley, Bob Baker, The Revill Brothers, Mike Dunaway, Crazy Indian Goodwin, where are they at now? Wish I had known they were gonna scrap a big chunk of my young adulthood, didn't even invite me to their Decommisioning shindig. Greetings from one of the few true Rednecks to serve on the Vagina.
Dave Bennett <david-bennett@pafb.af.mil>
Rockledge, FL USA - Friday, January 03, 1997 at 08:24:32 (PST)


I just wanted to wish all former VIRGINIA sailors, yes and you too, Mark, a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year for 1997.
Hal Swanson <halaurel-vabch.having.fun@worldnet.att.net>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Thursday, January 02, 1997 at 17:00:31 (PST)


Great to see that I am not the only one with fond memories of everyone's favorite Nuclear Battering Ram! A great ship, retired way before her time. Would love to hear from any old shipmates. Anyone wishing to contact Sleeman (Mdiv & A) Dave Hermes (RE) or Cate (E) can email me, I will get it to them.
(formerly)Gmm2 J.L. Helton <BZRKR@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, January 01, 1997 at 12:00:44 (PST)


I was happy to a web page of my old ship! I served from 1980 to 1984 in M div and as T div LPO. I saw some names I remember, but none of them were M div in my time. Bad Eye Bob was my first CO then Capt King. Does anybody remember when I cut my thumb off in the door on the forward mess decks? OUCH! Good luck to all who served on that ship! She was a fine one!
Bob Iliff <ceci@snet.net>
Gales Ferry, CT USA - Friday, December 27, 1996 at 21:15:00 (PST)


Great to see the old V. still has some life left in her. Nothing but fond memories. Served aboard her from 1081 to 1984, would love to here from some old shipmates. If memory doesn't serve you, I was Capt Kings cook for those many years. Spent alot of time in site t.v.
NC1 John C. Lincoln <JLinc43930@aol.com>
Westminster, CO USA - Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at 23:13:41 (PST)


It is sad to see my first ship in such a state! I am currently (Dec 96) serving on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). What is left of Virginia is pierside in Bremerton. The entire superstructure is gone! Just doesn't look like it did in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I'm also serving with EMCM Weir, Lincoln's CMC and a former Engineering Senior Chief on Virginia. Hello to any old shipmates.
LCDR Les Martin <lesornes@aol.com>
Issaquah, WA USA - Tuesday, December 24, 1996 at 10:47:39 (PST)


Looking for former "nucs"
Jim LaBelle <jjlabell@ix.netcom.com>
Littleton, CO USA - Monday, December 23, 1996 at 16:28:53 (PST)


I'm looking for some friends I served with on the pre-commissioning unit from 75 to 77. I'm especially interested in knowing what happened to Gary Hess, Mike Fox, Dave Fix, D.C. Ptacek. Along with chiefs Schumacher, Fraczak, Dziuba, and CWO2 Peters.
T.A. (Tom) Philpot <tphilpot@mindspring.com or tphilpot@informix.com>
Roswell, Ga USA - Thursday, December 19, 1996 at 18:50:10 (PST)


Great page, please keep the memories alive. I served from 6/89 to 11/91. It's amazing how good people were stationed aboard. I can only hope that everyone is doing well. Does anyone know who it was that superglued ET1 Cooper's locker shut every day?
Peter Farrell <peter_farrell@appsig.com>
Hampstead, MD USA - Monday, December 16, 1996 at 11:42:54 (PST)


GREAT PAGE!! Thanks!! Looking for ways to contact plank owners of the Uss Mississippi CGN 40. I was in OI Div from 1977 - 1981. Any ideas?
Jeff Prowdley <JPROWDLEY@gnn.com>
Findlay, Oh USA - Sunday, December 15, 1996 at 09:56:14 (PST)


It is real sad to see a fine ship go before her time. I served on board from 1975 to 1979. When I left I was LPO for # 2 Engine Room. Most of the M-Div gang from that time probably remember me blowing up the Port shaft inflatable seal. I think this is a great page.
Robert (Capt. Bob )Evenson <revenson@cadvantage.com>
Emporia, Ks USA - Saturday, December 14, 1996 at 13:10:17 (PST)


Reactor Operator from 3/78 to 3/81. Anyone else from RC Division? I'm consulting at the Susquehanna Nuclear Plant. There are a couple of us "Virginia" alumni here. Send me an e-mail.
Bob Spadoni <spadoni@postoffice.ptd.net>
Berwick, PA USA - Saturday, December 14, 1996 at 04:40:57 (PST)


Great site! Is there any topsiders out there that use the net? If so, especially CS Department guys from the time period of 89-92, drop me a line. Does anyone remember the Gulf War cruise when we were in Crete, and one of our ET's beat up an officer from another ship (Moosebrugger I think) in a whorehouse?
Mark Brozak <mb565792@oak.cats.ohiou.edu>
Athens, OH USA - Thursday, December 12, 1996 at 13:33:07 (PST)


I think everyone who has transferred from the Virginia will agree that it was the best command a sailor could have at sea. I am now on the USS Scott (DDG-995). I have many great memories on the Virginia and truly do miss her. We have a few people off the Virginia on the Scott: GMC(SW) Locklear (GMM1 on the Virginia), FCC(SW) Buterbaugh, FC1(SW) Declute, FC3 Plumberg, STG2(SW) Harshbarger, GMM2(SW) Winters, just to name a few. I served on her from January 92 to February 94 in CA Division. I wish all her old crew luck in the future and I know the Virginia will live in our hearts forever.
Charles "Bubba" Beene, STG2(SW) <bubba@pinn.net>
Norfolk, Va USA - Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 13:38:39 (PST)


I was a member of the nucleus crew (Jan 1975) and transferred off March, 1979). I served under George Davis and Capt. Ailes. I was a first class MM, M Division LPO, and my last billet was admin assistant to the chief engineer (Barry Burrows). Ralph Lipfert was the first engineering officer. George Davis is currently a consulting to Northeast Utilities. I work at the nuclear plant in Haddam Neck, CT. They just decided last week to shut us down permanently due to econonmics. We had 11 years left on our license. It is really sad. My wife works here also. I just spoke with George Davis last week. He is doing great and looks the same as he did 20 years ago. I wish I could have attended the decommissioning. I would have loved to have toured the ship for one last time. A big chunk of my young adult life was spent on the Virginia. The seal brings back memories. I was on the committee that selected the seal from a group of entries from local shool children. I would love to hear from anyone who was in engineering during the 1975-79 time frame. This is a great web page.
Ed Annino <anninel@gwsmtp.nu.com>
Clinton, CT USA - Tuesday, December 10, 1996 at 08:41:02 (PST)


I served onboard from summer 1982 until Thanksgiving 1984. If anybody from this time is around feel free to leave me an email. Nice web site guys, you should be proud of yourself.
John E. (Gene) Abney <gabney@netwestonline.com>
Midland, Tx USA - Sunday, December 08, 1996 at 19:48:15 (PST)


Finally found home. As the last "Bull Nuke" I had to put her to an early grave. Too bad for for the rest who could have served on a proud ship. Hope to talk to many of my old Shipmates (4letter word) JJ
john cates <JJCATES@AOL.COM>
Goose Creek, SC USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 19:38:20 (PST)


Wonderful site! A Virginia shipmate that I met at the Army/ Navy game today told me about this site. I served aboard the Virginia in CD Division from July 1988 to June 1992. I was the CSD2 Work Center Supervisor and Senior Sergeant of the Guard. After leaving the Virginia I went to ASWOC ADP Maintenance School and then on to Adak, Alaska where I served as the Maintenance Department LPO and First Lieutenant for PATWINGSPAC Det Adak, a Tactical Support Center. (I was frocked to DS1 three days after I arrived in Adak.) The TSC was closed, due to BRAC, 13 months after I reported aboard. I spent three months at NAS Adak ADP before I transferred to my current assignment as the Maintenance and Supply Supervisor for the SALTS Project in Philadelphia, PA, which has been a great tour. I am up for orders now and am hoping to get assigned to the PCU Harry S. Truman. Also, Terri and I are expecting our first child this June. I would love to hear from some old shipmates so please drop me a line when you get a chance.
DS1(SW/AW) David B. Carter <DS1AWSWUSN@aol.com>
Philadelphia, PA USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 13:08:07 (PST)


Anyone run across any Supply/SH's I'd love to Hear from my old Shipmates Down in CC#10 :) Pictron Says "Hear The Good News?" I remember Mr.Kunkel And our Med Cruise! I'll Miss the "Best Nuke powered Laundry in Virginia!"
John Pickett <afn35081@afn.org>
Gainesville, Fl. USA - Saturday, December 07, 1996 at 07:01:06 (PST)


Very nice and interesting page. Visit the Peruvian Navy Homepage too at http://www.marina.mil.pe Bernd N.Wolniczak Peruvian Navy / Coastguard
Bernd N. Wolniczak <bwl@dcgsiste.mil.pe>
Callao, CA PERU - Thursday, December 05, 1996 at 16:30:27 (PST)


After ET school at Treasure Island in 1951, I served aboard the USS Walton DE-361 1951 - 1952 and at the Adak transmitter facility in the Aleutian Islands from 1952 - 1953. Any old buddies out there?
A.F. (Patt) Patterson <pattersn@aol.com>
Layton, UT USA - Tuesday, December 03, 1996 at 09:33:17 (PST)


I feel like I lost a "Best Friend" when I stumbled across this home page of yours. I would have thought that I would have been contacted when the ship was to be decommisioned! How sad when I had to find out over the internet! I spent my entire career on that boat and I enjoyed most of my time, save a few "unsalty" dogs that I and the Navy could have done without. I will look forward to updates on past crewmembers that I served with and I thank you for your efforts in the production and upkeep of this homepage. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance with any information or pictures of any past cruises, since I made most of them. Tom Rothweiler, IC2 USS Virginia, CGN-38 1977-1980
TOM ROTHWEILER <TROTHWEI@BIGSCREEN.MEA.COM>
ATLANTA, GA USA - Monday, December 02, 1996 at 13:39:45 (PST)


Great page, full of good info for someone always interested in modern naval surface ships. Damn shame she's been decommissioned!
Bill Clarkson <billy@onthenet.com.au>
Gold Coast, q australia - Sunday, December 01, 1996 at 03:05:26 (PST)


Great page, full of good info for someone always interested in modern naval surface ships. Damn shame she's been decommissioned!
Bill Clarkson <billy@onthenet.com.au>
Gold Coast, q australia - Sunday, December 01, 1996 at 03:04:23 (PST)


Wow, from one pig right to another (Virginia to Mississippi)! I'm getting used to seeing these things without their tops!! Hey, great page, just hard to find. Later!
John Oviatt <ovijohn@aol.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Monday, November 25, 1996 at 10:45:49 (PST)


This page is a great tribute to all the WarPigs out there. I served on board the USS South Carolina (SOCAR) from 1987-1991 as an MM nuke. Ya I did my bilge diving, and ORSE, we all know about that, and the lengthy deployments (we are gonna be home next month right Captain?).
Jack Soehren <soehrenj@detroitedison.com>
Detroit , Mi USA - Friday, November 22, 1996 at 04:26:03 (PST)


Sorry I missed the decommissioning. As a plank owner (RL Division 1975-1977), I was really looking forward to claiming the 5" guns. Oh, well. I'll start my navy a little smaller (Wind Hawk, Ranger 30, sailboat, Long Island Sound). Good site!
Bob Fine <rbfine@finesoft.com>
Harriman, NY USA - Monday, November 18, 1996 at 17:48:51 (PST)


Served on VIRGINIA Dec 90 - Jan 94. OPS Dept/OT Div. Desert Shield/Storm. Drug Ops. Great ship. Great Crew.
Tim Lawlor <LAWLORTP@AOL.COM>
VA BEACH, VA USA - Monday, November 18, 1996 at 17:25:28 (PST)


Wow! Decommissioned?! I served onboard from Nov. 84-April 88. I was a boatswainmate in the Deck Division. Nobody could drink like the BM's, except maybe the HT's. Anyone out there who served onboard, please e-mail me. Expecially old Deck mates.We never called it "The Pig" We used the Beatles "Yellow submarine song" We sang "We all live on a grey piece of sh*t, a grey piece of sh*t, a grey piece....
Richard Keyes <Poorard@aol.com>
Rapid City, SD USA - Sunday, November 17, 1996 at 13:24:08 (PST)


Reactor Operator from 1979 to 1983. Missed the decommissioning unfortunately.
Tim Walsh (ex-ET2) <ao730@qtm.net>
St. Joseph, Mi USA - Tuesday, November 12, 1996 at 16:33:08 (PST)


Just stopping by to say hello to an old friend.
Theodore A. Prince <PRINCE6@aol.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Saturday, November 09, 1996 at 21:22:21 (PST)


Sure brings back memories to see the Warpig in her prime again. Great job on the page ! Long live D.A.V.E.
Jeff Steelmon <myalzalean@nfx.net>
Hampton, VA USA - Wednesday, November 06, 1996 at 13:46:39 (PST)


The USS Wainwright DLG/CG Veterans Asso. has been wanting to put a web page of our own. You have given us so good ideals. Keep up the good work .
D.G.Morris <CGsedog28@aol.com>
Mt Washington, KY USA - Tuesday, November 05, 1996 at 11:20:04 (PST)


91-94 CA Div This page is awesome!!!So, how come there isn't hardly any top-siders here??? I guess most of us are computer illiterate. Has anybody seen grolemund?????????TM2
John Abel <jjabel@net-link.net>
Three Rivers, MI USA - Monday, October 28, 1996 at 11:50:53 (PST)


89-93 M-Div...Where the hell is V-12...I still have the small cresant wrench on my key chain! don't miss captains mast (3), but some of the friendship
Neil 'Smokes' Fulton <smokes@minot.com>
Minot, ND USA - Saturday, October 26, 1996 at 18:51:30 (PDT)


Hey great page: any M-DIV guys from '87 to '90drop me some mail!
John (Bo) Hunt <Jbht@gnn.com>
Memphis, TN USA - Saturday, October 26, 1996 at 14:53:08 (PDT)


Don't any of you wonder why a ship as vital and viable as the Virginia is now decommissioned? It's a disgrace!
sankey
USA - Thursday, October 17, 1996 at 14:21:55 (PDT)


Good to see a Web Page set up for the Virginia. Being a NUKE has some of my clearest and fondest memories. I was a Nuclear Reactor Operator onboard USS Truxton, DLGN-35, in 1969-1970 as an Electronics Technician Radar 2nd Class. I am currently working at Ameritech in Milwaukee. I am putting together a web site for myself within http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages but it isn't finished yet. It would be nice to hear from any OLD nuke or a young one too.
Larry Bain <73660.30@CompuServe.com>
Waukesha, WI USA - Monday, October 14, 1996 at 13:47:50 (PDT)


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Andrew J Careau <ajc@wpi.edu>
Worcester, MA USA - Friday, October 11, 1996 at 19:28:08 (PDT)


Nice page. Good to see so many shipmates and get their EMAIL addresses. After three years with all of you nukes, I am at NNSY where the place is ate up with engineers and nukes. Somethings never change, and Swanson is still Swanson. "Open the pod door, Hal"
Mark Kennedy <mkennedy@ezdial.com>
Norfolk, VA USA - Wednesday, October 09, 1996 at 18:52:28 (PDT)


I served on board VIRGINIA from Dec. '90 to Dec. '93. I had incredible timing, in that I reported aboard the day before we got underway for the Gulf War. A "nuke" both at heart and in deed, I served in Engineering for my entire tour, serving in the following billets (in chronological order): RL Divo, RC Divo, Electrical Officer, and Asst. Engineer. Of course, my job description would be INCOMPLETE without listing my most beloved duty that I had for 16 months: ESO. Since leaving the VIRGINIA, I had a very successful tour as the RADCON Officer on board USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38) from 2/94 until 8/95. Interestingly enough, I left VIRGINIA (CGN-38) just as she was going to inactivate for decommissioning, and I left PUGET SOUND (AD-38) just as she was decommissioning. I can only imagine my next ship would be FFG-38, and I would take her into decom as well. As of 10/96, I am serving at COMOPTEVFOR (Operational Test Evaluation Force), as a Test Director for lightweight torpedoes and torpedo defense systems.
LT Kevin J. Hermann <Turin@MSN.com>
Va. Beach, VA USA - Tuesday, October 08, 1996 at 05:48:17 (PDT)


I served in Virgina 1980-1983 as the Electronics Material Officer and OE Division Officer. This is a great Web page. It allows us to renew old acquaintences with shipmates. If any OE shipmates are out there drop me a line.
John D. Kirkpatrick LCDR(Ret) <kirkptrk@erols.com>
Alexandria, VA USA - Friday, October 04, 1996 at 16:57:28 (PDT)


Served aboard the Virginia from 1978 to 1982 in the days of the IRAN/IRAQ war and the IRAN hostage era. Also have a number of the other ship's crew member from the engine room at work with me here at Perry Nuclear Power in Cleveland area. Am interested in other members who served aboard in the same time frame.
Walter Hilbish <whilbish@harborcom.net>
Mentor, OH USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 19:26:34 (PDT)


I served aboard the IKE from 1977-1982 and have many fond memories of the USS Virginia steaming with us and the California. I spend many days talking with the great people on the Virginia over the radio. A great ship with a super crew. She'll be back.
LCDR (Ret)Tom Wilson <tewilson@mitre.org>
McLean, VA USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 12:25:20 (PDT)


OUTSTANDING web page. If you don't do this for a living, you ought to. I'm a plankowner in USS California, now an NTU ship. The only thing worse than deployment in a nuc is commisioning a nuc. And I did it when Hymie came aboard! Again, outstanding web page. Any ex-CGN-36 types?
George Pinkham, FTCS (RET) <gpinkham@msmail3.hac.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 07:58:19 (PDT)


Joel...I'm impressed this is an awsome page...Talk to you later.
Lisa Mahon-Lesher
USA - Thursday, October 03, 1996 at 06:50:38 (PDT)


Well isn't this page on the internet obscure? I never thought I was miss the Virginia, but the people there made it fun. I still do LCDR Swanson imitations! Currently I am on the Vella Gulf with two other CGN-38 alumni: LCDR Hans Gulick (XO on Vella Gulf/OP's Boss on Virginia), and FC2 Pogue. I miss all the guys from CO division. We really partied!
GMG1 (SW) Peter Sykes <ParamedicP@aol.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Tuesday, October 01, 1996 at 14:55:15 (PDT)


I had the distinct opportunity to piss off of the fantail as we cruised off the Virginia capes. A great experience, a great ship.
A.J. Goff <anatomy1@mix-net.net>
Bar Mills, ME USA - Saturday, September 28, 1996 at 14:55:11 (PDT)


FCO for last deployment
Steve Pisklak <sgpisklak@jumpnet.com>
Austin, TX USA - Thursday, September 26, 1996 at 13:48:06 (PDT)


Just snooping around the net looking for MILGRAPHICS. It's amazing what you find around here.
GMG2(SW) Brian H Fottrell III <gmgsw@msn.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Wednesday, September 25, 1996 at 17:58:07 (PDT)


I guess the old pig will never die. I decommissioned her and thought I would never hear of her again. As soon as I check into my next command I discovered I am working for my old Dept Head LCDR Swanson, The CMC is OSCM Degonzaque an old OI dog and LT Herman works here as well. I seem to run into old Virginia Sailors at every turn. Great page.
FCC Patrick Lekovish <lekovisp@cotf.navy.mil>
Norfolk, VA USA - Tuesday, September 24, 1996 at 05:26:36 (PDT)


about once a month i still have a dream(nightmare!)that i'm still aboard the ole sea bithc! although the moe time that passes the better the memories are. any OI DIV. boys out there? 1988 through 1990. great page joel!
michael goff <mgoff@pivot.net>
standish, me USA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 18:50:18 (PDT)


AWESOME site ! I wish the Pig was still around...don't ask why !
David Weber <SSBFREEK@aol.com>
USA - Monday, September 23, 1996 at 18:46:27 (PDT)


I want to know more about learning of other ships. For example the USS enterprise (war ship). And its envolvement with US Navy Seals.
Alex Macis <amac3099@pom.devry.edu>
pomona, ca. USA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 12:51:34 (PDT)


Hi all, Just a very quick update.... Delila is pregnant! Due somewhere around 10 May by "our" best guess. GENERAL WARNING - Becareful what you do during Jimmy Buffet concerts!!! Take Care everyone, K9
Mark Kleinhenz <k9online@aol.com>
Arlington , VA USA - Thursday, September 19, 1996 at 05:02:46 (PDT)


The Virginia was a tribute to the strength of the United States Navy, Certainly one of the better ships in the fleet.
Kevin Leers <kleers@interlaced.net>
Ashtabula, OH USA - Wednesday, September 18, 1996 at 20:42:14 (PDT)


Hey Mark Kennedy - did you know that Steve Hartsel was the one who smoked all your cigars??? And, did you know that Gunner was the one that stuck roses in your mailbox??? And did anyone know that the CO could detach his head and fly it around the ship??????
Hal Swanson <halaurel-vabch.having.fun@worldnet.att.net>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Wednesday, September 18, 1996 at 17:16:51 (PDT)


Great page, mate! How would I get hold of a photo (about 10 x 8) of Virginia?
Andrew <PWRIGHTAR@alpha2.curtin.edu.au>
Perth, Western Australia, Australia - Tuesday, September 17, 1996 at 23:00:35 (PDT)


Great looking page Joel! Although it's not an AEGIS Cruiser it was still an inpressive man made weapon of destruction!
LT Christopher Pieczynski <LTPIE@aol.com>
Virginia Beach, VA USA - Tuesday, September 17, 1996 at 16:46:50 (PDT)


Instructor, just surfing the USN
Thompson, Dwight FCCS(SW)
Houston, Tx USA - Monday, September 16, 1996 at 12:04:55 (PDT)


Nice WEB PAGE !! I was trying to find RM3or2 Charles Dickinson, who serverd aboard USS Virginia around 1978-1983.
QM1(SW) Iben Gantt <gantt@nadn.navy.mil OR IBEN@juno.com>
Annapolis, md USA - Monday, September 16, 1996 at 09:29:49 (PDT)


Great I wanted to go SWO went I graduate and this only makes me want to do it more.
Midn Ian Bass <m000336@nadn.navy.mil>
Annapolis, MD USA - Monday, September 16, 1996 at 05:41:04 (PDT)


Nice pages,
Pawin Tupkrung <g0261104@alpha.tu.ac.th>
Bangkok, Thailand - Monday, September 16, 1996 at 03:36:20 (PDT)


I remember the Virginia in Norfolk. It is sad that the good ones go so young.I was on the USS CONYNGHAM DDG 17
Len Gordon <DDGgusboat@aol.com>
Milltown, NJ USA - Saturday, September 14, 1996 at 14:50:52 (PDT)


Just another M-div checking in. The page is outstanding. All you M-div personel from 92-94, check in. I know it is amazing to the guy in that I am still among the living, but it is true. Hear from you soon.
Tim Stephen <tws@intersource.com>
Solsberry, IN USA - Wednesday, September 11, 1996 at 17:04:46 (PDT)


Hey Joel, Thanks for dropping me a line. Life is cool and Carp is right, the IKE really sucks. Glad I'm not there anymore. Great to see that we can all stay in touch. We need more M-Div guys to sign in. Thanks for taking the time to do this. GREAT idea. Later all. "TREE"
Jeff Ogletree <onetree@earthlink.net>
Memphis, TN USA - Saturday, September 07, 1996 at 21:27:54 (PDT)


BZ, Joel! I finally got a chance to check out the page. I hope to be able to add more soon.
Tom Hubbard <hubbard@virginia.edu>
Charlottesville, VA USA - Saturday, September 07, 1996 at 03:32:29 (PDT)


Excellent page, Joel. It puts mine to shame, and I will soon be redirecting my CGN-38 link to yours. I've run into quite a few old shipmates in the past few years, and had been hoping that there would be some mechanism to organize all their contact data. I'll be sending what I have (e-mail addresses, names, etc.) soon. I'd also like to add a couple of seas stories if I get the time.
Tom Hubbard <hubbard@virginia.edu>
Charlottesville, VA USA - Saturday, September 07, 1996 at 03:27:04 (PDT)


Sad to see a era passing.
Frank Chan
Oakland, CA USA - Thursday, September 05, 1996 at 21:28:02 (PDT)


GREAT IDEA! As the original ship's navigator ... I'd love to chat with all of you. Write any time, I'm online daily. I hope to add some thoughts to the ship's history from the dim past.
Terry R. Dettmann <72076.2611@compuserve.com>
Kirkland, Wa USA - Thursday, September 05, 1996 at 06:11:03 (PDT)


Nice page there Joel! err... "Mr. Huston" I mean... The PIG is indeed dead... but obviously not forgotten. If any of you guys ever get a chance to be on a tow crew... DO IT! I helped deliver the dead beast to Bremerton after DECOM and basically kicked around doing NON-NUCLEAR stuff for almost a year before we left. I have some videos of the tow if any of you are interested (not for viewing by small children). Eight more months to go and I'm out; it couldn't be soon enough. I hope everyone is doing great; y'all take it easy. P.S. Don't go to the "IKE"... it pretty much blows... ask Pete or Scratchy (Heller)... I'm betting they would agree.
Shawn Carpenter (Itchy, CARP) <orbie@ix.netcom.com>
Newport News, VA USA - Tuesday, September 03, 1996 at 19:54:32 (PDT)


Where are all the ELT's. Send me a letter will ya.
MM1(SW) Peter J. Celeste <celestep@erols.com>
va beach, va USA - Sunday, September 01, 1996 at 13:49:10 (PDT)


Where's all the rest of the M-Div guys? I'm seeing a lot of names I'd almost forgotten about! Best of luck to all!
Mike Hatfield <pitbull@viaduct.custom.net>
Bloomfield, IN USA - Friday, August 30, 1996 at 19:59:47 (PDT)


I think I have actually gotten to the point where I can look back fondly. Steve, Alan, and Craig,......it was great workin' with ya! (1987-1990) You were all a pretty good bunch of guys. Cya!
Anthony (Tony) Morris <amorris@cswnet.com>
Russellville, AR USA - Wednesday, August 28, 1996 at 09:04:34 (PDT)


Plank Owner (commissioning crew) would like to hear from some more of the old guard. RL-Division from 6/75-8/77 served under Captain Davis.
Bill Damick <bdamick@twr.org>
Garner, NC USA - Monday, August 26, 1996 at 11:23:54 (PDT)


RL Div checking in. Lets hear from some other RL or M-Div people. CU Later
Derek Pickett <dpickett@mail.coin.missouri.edu>
Columbia, Mo USA - Saturday, August 17, 1996 at 02:23:01 (PDT)


Pretty cool presentation. Looking real nice...
Adam Bielawski <muab5@wiu.edu>
Chicago, IL USA - Wednesday, August 14, 1996 at 10:31:58 (PDT)


Thanks for bringing back fond memories of the past. Yeah right.
Michael Nuckles <LWA@inmind.com>
Lynchburg, Va USA - Tuesday, August 13, 1996 at 08:39:49 (PDT)


It's been a long time since I thought about the Virginia. Anybody else out there that served under Bad Eye Bob (Cpt. Ailes)? I must admit I've had a much better attitude since I got out 15 years ago. So here's a hello to everyone from the 'Retention Prevention' Petty Officer of RC Div, 1978-1981.
Bob Newton (Newtron) <rnewton@entergy.com>
Russellville, AR USA - Thursday, August 08, 1996 at 00:09:54 (PDT)


Original Commisioning crew member (Plank Owner). Just looking for some OLD pals. Also need to replace my ball cap.
Bob Kirby <bobkirby@msn.com>
West Paterson, nj USA - Saturday, August 03, 1996 at 20:50:11 (PDT)


Birdman, Looks good!!! I was finally able to get some time to find your page. This is very cool.
James R. Huston
Broomall, PA USA - Saturday, August 03, 1996 at 18:55:43 (PDT)


GOOD JOB! JASON & JUSTIN ARE REALLY IMPRESSED. THEY WANT A PAGE OF THEIR OWN NOW. THANKS! LIKE THEY DON'T ASK FOR ENOUGH ALREADY.
TOM HUSTON
PITTSBURGH, PA USA - Saturday, August 03, 1996 at 18:48:34 (PDT)


It brings a tear to my eye that the war-pig is gone! ( tears of joy >:D ) Hope y'all are having fun.
Jacko Sterling <JackoS@aol.com>
Va Bch, VA USA - Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at 18:26:15 (PDT)


USS Virginia, RL Division, April 1987-Dec 1990 Where are our beloved? Doerpfeld, Tetrick (Pauly Tetrickfluoroethylene), Goolick, Jesus Stambursky, Thor Aakre, and most of all...our Chief Engineer, who loved to hot-shaving-creme wrestle babes in the Ft.
Craig Fischer <cfischer@seidata.com>
Lawrenceburg, IN USA - Tuesday, July 23, 1996 at 19:28:38 (PDT)


It has almost been long enough that I can look back fondly, but not quite!
Alan Hester <Alan_Hester@wb.xerox.com>
Webster, NY USA - Tuesday, July 23, 1996 at 05:35:22 (PDT)


Nice site. Thanks for bringing back memories of that nightmarish vision of hell.
Steven Walker <SWalker1@aol.com>
Akron, Oh USA - Monday, July 22, 1996 at 23:50:55 (PDT)


Joel, I like the clock....nice touch!
Sean McIntyre <seanmc2@netgate.net>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Friday, July 19, 1996 at 12:39:47 (PDT)


Hi Joel, Just checking things out. Talked to Rob Beer today. Did you know Tom Hubbard? He has a home page! I remember him from my first few month on board. Later, K9
Mark Kleinhenz <k9online@aol.com>
Arlington, VA USA - Thursday, July 18, 1996 at 13:18:24 (PDT)


Go Navy Air!
Marc Thibodeau <thibodeau@netgate.net>
USA - Friday, July 12, 1996 at 12:56:12 (PDT)


Nuclear Power... our misunderstood friend.
Smilin' Joe Fission
Springfield, USA - Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at 18:09:20 (PDT)


Yea! the script works!
Joel <huston@netgate.net>
Sunnyvale, CA USA - Friday, July 05, 1996 at 21:57:58 (PDT)


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