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From: Junior Damron EN2
Date: January 20, 2013
I served on Current from 1970 until Decommission.
This was a proud ship and I had a lot of fun and some hard times. There was a lot of operations with the ship and it was a tight ship as far as personnel went, the officers were #1. I was the engineman in charge of the pumps on the SS Green Bay operation. The Chief and 1st class were divers and left it to me and Lt. Sheehan.
All hands worked together and we were able to conduct a successful operation.
Junior Damron EN2
|Here is an interesting story about the building of the ARS fleet.|
2012 Agenda for the USS Current
50/50 Raffle, tickets in the conference room.
Display your pictures, mementos’ etc.
Meet and great new and old friends
Conference room will be open
Miniature Golf Contest (See rules below)
50-60 and 70’s Rock & Roll Show on Friday night at 8PM
(See Gary Jenson for tickets)
The rest of the day is open
1PM Memorial Ceremony, Group pictures taken right after the ceremony
By 5PM turn in your golf scores at the conference room.
Sunday – Aloha
Play at your leisure and turn your score sheet in at the conference room by 5PM on Saturday. In the event of a tie, play the 1st hole over (Then 2nd hole if necessary) for a tie breaker until a winner.
From: Noel Kessler <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 29, 2010 07:29 PM
Subject: USS Current crewman
From: Linda (Toombs) Talbert
To: Jerry Spickler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Bob Toombs
Date Sun, Dec 12, 2010 08:40 PM
From: "hcalhoun" <email@example.com>
Subject: Lost and found
Date: Thursday December 2, 2010
From: Jerry Spickler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: USS CURRENT REUNION 2010
Date: Fri, Nov 26, 2010 06:04 PM
My views on the 2010 USS CURRENT REUNION
We left Hartnagels with George leading. He took the lead because he knows his way around St. Louis and Smitty doesn't like to drive in the big city, (specially one he doesn't know). George, ever the perfect one to lead and a very conscientious one takes us right thru the middle of St. Louis. I'm hoping Smitty was wearing a Depends because I know he was messing his pants. And I almost could here George giggling clear back in our car. Everything was pretty uneventful from there on till just before Branson. And then it started to rain. Not hard mind you, but hard enough for me. I don't see very well at night if it is raining. Branson has some very small street signs and they are hard to spot. Keeter street is not easy to find but we made it and hit the old fart sack for the night. The next morning we make it down to the meeting room to get some breakfast. Free continental breakfast, don't you know. It wasn't the best we have ever had. In fact, I would say it's the worst we have ever had. But due to the fiasco we had with the Cobblestone Inn, we had to take a pig in a poke and that didn't turn out too well either, but we made the best of it. The next boondoggle was mine. Tom Jarboe made up some really nice name tags and I bought some holders for them. Guess what? I left them at home. But Jean Biespel came to the rescue and went to Staples and bought us some very nice ones. The kind that are on a lanyard. Thank you Jean! Jean pulled my ass out of the fire a couple of times that weekend.
Saturday morning broke with morning chow and the usual bull sessions. Crew pictures were taken of crews serving during each decade and then the entire bunch followed by the ever understanding and patient wives. What ever would we do with out them. After the pictures we broke for noon chow.
Our next venture was to be the short arms inspection, however it was canceled due to rusty and unused equipment and lack of ammo! Guys know what I'm talking about! Don't ya? That afternoon was the reading of the names of the crew members that have gone on to be with Davey Jones, Neptunus Rex, and the maker of all things possible, God. We had the pleasure of having a color guard from the Branson veterans events and reunions. they also provided the bugler to play taps for our ceremony. Our contact there is a guy that was very instrumental in getting things in and around Branson done for me. His name is Alan Lipper. He is a retired Army master sergeant. This group is made up of veterans that do these things for reunions and veterans events in Branson. And by the way, if you would like to donate to them to defer some of their expenses, you made do so by sending a donation to Branson Veterans Events and Reunions at 2206 W. Highway 76, Branson, Missouri, 65685. They do this without charge, however you know they have expenses, just as we all do.
It's my observation that no matter the years apart, no matter the distances apart, everyone you served with is forever in your heart. They are a part of you. They all had a hand in you being what you are today. They say out of sight out of mind. That may be true, but all of these guys are a part of the blueprint of your life. So embrace it. These guys may only be a memory next year. Life is not guaranteed. Life could end for anyone of us at any time. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to say goodbye just yet. I want to see these guys again. I think most of us all feel that way. We are not trying to bring back our youth. We are just trying to pay homage to the people that helped us along the way and show our gratitude and love for what they mean to us. I hope each and everyone of you feels the same way.
From: Jean Sumruld Biespiel email@example.com
To: USS Current@juno.com
Date: November 15, 2010
Subject: Charlie Lay
We don’t know how to reach Charlie directly, so whoever does, please tell him he is in our good thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Steve & Jean Biespiel
Subject: Charlie Lay 1955-59
Date: November 6, 2010
PLEASE LIFT HIM UP WHEN YOU GET THIS. CHARLIE'S E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Jerry Spickler
To: USS Current USSCurrent@juno.com
Subject: Jerry Sheperd
Date: September 16, 2010
Got phone call from jerry sheperd
tonite. Says he has terminal lung cancer and a brain tumor. Also says he will
From : liz vinion <email@example.com>
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : USS Current Plaques
Date : Sun, Aug 1, 2010
Sent: Tue, May 25, 2010 12:02 am
Subject: USS CURRENT REUNION 2010
As some of you made have heard by now, Tom Jarboe and I canceled the contract we had with the Cobblestone Inn. They were demanding to change the contract we signed with them in October 2009 for the reunion to be held in September 2010. Since we signed the contract in good faith, we thought they did too. Wrong we were! They arbitrarily wanted to change the rates we were to pay and also increase the rate for the use of the meeting room. This probably wouldn't have been a problem if they did not have us sign the contract as we did in October. After hassling with them for the better part of a week, with contract wording changes and rates changing as we went along, we decided to cancel the contract. We had no guarantee that they wouldn't change again.
This will be good news for those that had rooms in the 60 dollar range. Bad news for those that were able to get the rooms in the 40 dollar range. We now have a new contract with Days Inn . As of today, I signed the new contract and only after doing some research with some contacts that I had made previously in Branson, Missouri.
I'm asking you to cancel your rooms at the Cobblestone Inn, so they won't charge your card for a day, if you don't show up and make your new reservations at Days Inn. I know this is a pain in the butt, however, if we had stayed at the Cobblestone Inn, we may not have received the service we would have expected.
Tom and I had put in a lot of work into this reunion and now we have to backtrack and rearrange everything. But never fear! By the time the USS CURRENT REUNION 2010 time comes around, everything will go as planned. Everything will go just like it was to go at the Cobblestone Inn. Our time is shorter but we will (get 'er done) as Larry the Cable Guy says! That is a promise. If we don't, you have my permission to kick our old feeble butts. Just remember, we are from the USS CURRENT and we have that 'CAN DO' attitude.
So, I'm asking you to change your reservations if you will please.
The new reservations can be made starting tomorrow morning Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at DAYS INN where you may view the rooms on their website. The prices are $55.00 for a single or double, $61.00 for a triple or $67.00 for a quad. Days Inn phone # is 888-334-7858.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me or call me at 317-908-6886, my cell, or 317-996-2759, my home. I hope this doesn't shed a bad light on the USS Current reunion. We will still have a great one planned and we will do everything we had planned to do on schedule.
Hoping to see you at the USS CURRENT REUNION 2010.
USS Current reunion coordinator email@example.com
P.S. The rooms will be self explanatory when you view them on the Days Inn website. http://www.daysinnbranson.com
Sent: Mon, Apr
26, 2010 10:36 am
Subject: Re: USS CURRENT REUNION 2010
SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE OFF TO A GOOD START ON THE REUNION THIS YEAR. IT SEEMS SOMETHING ALWAYS COMES UP TO STOP ME FROM BEING THERE WITH YOU MATES.
THIS YEAR IT IS A KIDNEY FAILURE AND TREATMENT 3 DAYS PER WEEK. I HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW, WHERE OR WHEN THIS ALL HAPPENED BUT IT DID.
I'M SORRY, I WAS COUNTING ON THIS YEAR, I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME AT 86 YEARS OF AGE.
I WISH YOU ALL GREAT SUCCESS WITH YOUR PROGRAM THIS YEAR.
April 25, 2010
April 15, 2010
Re: Thomas May E-mail November 14, 2009
Thomas May, I worked in the ship’s office (PNSN)
during 1969 and went ashore in Vietnam. What was your rating and what did you do
when you went ashore?
Richard Lockwood firstname.lastname@example.org
April 15, 2010
It has come to my attention that there are some people that are coming to the USS CURRENT reunion that are not staying at the COBBLESTONE INN. If this is what your intentions are please let me know how many are in your party so I will know how many will be in attendance, since I won't be able to get it from the COBBLESTONE INN's reservation list. On Saturday evening we will have a luau in keeping with our Pearl Harbor roots. (Not taro)! And what do you have at a luau? Chow! What else! And since we are having chow, the cook would like to know how many people how many people he will be cooking for! So bring your aloha shirts and muumuus. Leis will be furnished.
Please don't bring any Primo Beer! (ugh). Maybe some Lucky Lager (if you can find it), hee hee! I will be sending a schedule of events in the coming days. So ALOHA for now, smooth sailing, and we will see you at the COBBLESTONE INN in September! Don't forget to bring your mementos. Also, Tom Jarboe will be contacting you soon about reunion stuff, and remember to contact your old shipmates and invite them. We are going to have a great time! You won't want to miss it!
April 6, 2010
Talked to the COBBLESTONE INN yesterday. We have 8 reservations in so far. One problem! Make sure when you make your reservations you tell them it's for the USS CURRENT REUNION! We have to do this in order for us to all be as close as possible in a block! We are working on a dinner and show or a luau for our Saturday evening meal together! If you have a preference, please let us know so when we make a decision one way or the other, it's what the majority wants.
March 10, 2010
I am writing this letter in memory of my Grandfather who passed away on Friday March, 5 2010. He was 89 years old and was one of the Silver Star recipients on the USS Current in April of 1945. His name is Charles Cockrell. He was in the Navy and the last of his 3 ships was the USS Current. He was discharged from the Navy about 8 months after being awarded the Silver Star. He was a man who lived a great life and had extreme pride in his country and what he did to serve it. As I was growing up he was not very open about his experiences while abroad. Later in life during his final years he was able to talk a little about it but never without a tear.
I began to do some research and that is when I came across this site. I am pleased to see that the information is kept up to date and only wish I was able to share this before he left. He would have been amazed that his name was mentioned. I commend you on your efforts to maintain this site. It has allowed a younger generation to find out more about the most important man in my life... Truly amazing!!
I would like to provide you with any information you need to have him added to this site and to its memorial. I feel that he would be honored, so I am making it my mission. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and I will provide what I can. Again I am honored to see this information, and thank everyone involved in this site!!!!! I learned when I was a late teenager that he was awarded the Silver Star but did not know when, where, or why. I am now dedicated to finding out as much of my Grandfather's Naval history as possible
email@example.com (818) 381-2714
Warner Bros. Set Lighting Dept.
February, 28, 2010
February 27, 2010
Jim Vasko just sent me a copy of the web site for the USS Current. I had been looking for something and had posted a note on a Korea War web site and he saw it and knew of the web site.
2010 USS Current Reunion
From: Sharon Lang <firstname.lastname@example.org>To: Jim Vasko <email@example.com>
Subject: John "Jack" Steffens
Date: Tue, Feb 02, 2010 03:46 PM
I tried to contact the USS Current site that you were maintaining only to find it was no longer available.
I wanted you to let you know that John's widow received a letter from Veteran's Affairs(?) and they informed her they had made a grevious error when they sent a denial re: benefits available from John's time in Viet Nam waters. They alluded to his dying from cancer and she will receive a monthly check plus back payment to her appeal time.
I hope this information might help some other family trying for benefits.
Sharon (John's sister)
From: john <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Jerry Spickler <email@example.com>
Sent: Sat, Jan 9, 2010 8:41 pm
Subject: Fw: Pearl Harbor mini-submarine mystery solved? The 5th midget sub.
From: john bauer
Date: 1/9/2010 7:37:38 PM
Subject: Pearl Harbor mini-submarine mystery solved? The 5th midget sub.
Jerry, did you see the show about sub #5? Please read the above link.
January 2, 2010
Here is a new web site I found, and sounds on the up and up.
Maybe something good for rest of our Viet Nam ship mates to know about.
Gary Goode Jenson
December 28, 2009
Captain Jerry Stangl
December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas to all USS CURRENT crew members and their families!
Jerry Spickler and Family!
December 22, 2009
ANYONE HAVING ANY PHOTOS OF BOILER AREA 1950-1960 AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEM PLEASE CONTACT RON BROEDLING BT3
USS CURRENT ARS-22 1957-58.
RON BROEDLING MADAP12@AOL.COM
December 8, 2009
I saw this in the HURL web site, our ship towed it to Pearl Harbor after the war, I met this guy in Hawaii in 2004 after he found the Japanese midget sub that was sunk by the destroyer on the morning of December 7, 1941. I see the I-201 is in our history.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: I-201 Japanese sub
Good to hear from you. We have just returned from diving operations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and I am catching up on about 200 e-mails.
The discovery of the I-201 was a complete surprise. I was pretty confident of the position for the I-14 as I had some good landmarks from the 16mm footage Charles Alger shot when she was sunk. We actually found the bow and main hull of the I-14 on the first out of 4 dives. The Pisces V was on her way to the surface for recovery and I was waiting on the bottom with Pisces IV and had just moved off to the West to get away from the wreck when another big target showed up on our sonar and we came onto another big bow section. We found the main hull of the I-201 the next day. We still have the I-400 and I-203 on our "to find" list and will have to wait for our 3 pre-dive season test dives in the fall of 2010.
Thank you for the information. We appreciate any images and information we can get on these historic wrecks.
----- Original Message -----
From: John Bauer Sr
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2009 10:47 AM
Subject: I-201 sub
Terry, you may want read the early history of the USS Current ARS-22, it towed the I-201 to Pearl in 1946. I stopped in to see you
in March of 2004, I was on the Current in 1960, we recovered the Japanese midget sub. You copied some photos I had. There is also some video
on You-Tube of this recovery.
Subject: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Date: Thu, Nov 26, 2009 07:16 AM
I'M SURE I'M SPEAKING FOR THE ENTIRE CREW THAT WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE WEBSITE. ALSO I'D LIKE TO SAY I'M THANKFUL FOR ALL MY SHIPMATES WHILE I WAS ON THE THE SHIP AND THOSE BEFORE AND AFTER.
November 16, 2009
I have been wondering if anyone is keeping a list of the medical problems that the crew of the Current
November 14, 2009
We got a
shipmate that needs some help guys! we've been able to come up with the answers
before. Let's see if we can't do it again!
From: Thomas May <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Sat, Nov 14, 2009 11:05 am
Subject: RE: help
November 12, 2009
Following is an e-mail from Carl Kerstetter. J thought you'd like some good news for a change on crew members health issues.
Carl is doing okay.
From: Carl Kerstetter
To: Tom Jarbo
Subject: Still kicking
Hi, Thomas, back home from the hospital for the second time, had to go back in the hospital after the incision became infected, they have me on a wound vac to help close the incision. The good news is the doctor said we got all the colon cancer and should be ok. But they want to keep a close which on my left lung it has some spots. I think and the doctor thinks it's nothing. I missed the reunion, but I'll be around for the next one, so count me in for the 2010 current reunion. Pass the word that I'm still kicking.
November 12, 2009
Another current sailor has passed! EM2 Walter Beckman passed the last channel marker at 11:50 p.m. last night. Walter was on the USS CURRENT from 1960-1962. May our prayers be with him. Walter was bedfast with Lou Gherig's disease for a number of years. His daughter Chris said he went peacefully into death.
November 1, 2009
Ok guys here it is! USS CURRENT REUNION, September 9-12 2010!
Cobblestone Inn, Branson, Missouri. You can make your reservations now. You can see the rooms and amenities at cobblestoneinnbranson.com. The standard room for us is the deluxe queen double beds for $60.25 per night. However, you can up or down grade if you wish. Also, these rates are good for the week before and after the reunion in case you might want to see more of Branson while you are there! We will add more info as it becomes available! You have plenty time to plan. I expect to see you there as we always have a great time, and now you have plenty of time to plan around it! So get your ditty bag amalgamated (how do you like that word), pack your sea bag and plan on having a great time in Branson. They really think highly of veterans there, as I'm sure you will find out during our stay there. I'm hoping you plan on making Branson a port of call for your year of 2010.
P. S. Get in touch with those shipmates you always wanted to see again and invite them to come aboard!
October 5, 2009
September 24, 2009
September 24, 2009
September 20, 2009
Please add my name to the current's crew list,
YN1 Lowell Rosen, OCT 1960 - OCT 1964. Won't be able to attend the reunion. I
have sent some pictures and info on a CURRENT deployment to Jerry Spickler.
YNC Lowell Rosen, USN (Ret)
September 15, 2009
I notice that there are very few names under
“Crew” on the web site for the time I was on the Current, 1953-54. Here are a
few I remember:
Capt. LT C.E. Tierman - Oct 10, 1951 to July 21, 1953
XO LT M. R. Hill – July 21, 1953 to Sept. 11, 1954 (deceased 1990)
XO LTJG F. J. Zwolinski
ENSIGN Duane K. Cote
CHBOSN R. E. Miller
CHBOSN B. H. Hendril
CHBOSN George Burnelle
OM2 W. Snow
I have no information as to how to reach these men.
LCDR. Steve Biespiel email@example.com
From: Jean Sumruld Biespiel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: USS Current photos & info
Date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009 09:23 AM
Re: Ships Company
I've searched for him, but couldn't find him. His hometown was Brooklyn, N.Y, but he could have settled anywhere. I tried Zaba Search with no luck.
September 14, 2009
September 3, 2009
September 2, 2008
I am aware that at least a few of former Current sailors have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, type 2 Diabetes, skin problems and lung problems and that some crewmembers have pursued claims for disabilities caused by exposure to Agent Orange while Current was in Vietnam waters. However, they are having difficulty proving their presence in Vietnam.
While I am still in good health, I have been encouraged and made an appointment with the VA environmental health, Agent Orange registry, to get a baseline health evaluation.
There is legislation in Congress, H.R. 2254 Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009, to include off shore Naval units and others for exposure to Agent Orange.
Here are two interesting websites that highlight the potential Agent Orange threat that Current's crew faces.
http://lawyersforwarriors.blogspot.com/2009/05/agent-orange-equity-act-of-2009-hr- 2254.html equity-act-of-2009-hr-2254.html
Here is an interesting page from the publication "Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008"
The entire publication can be read or downloaded free of charge. The web address is
Jim Vasko email@example.com
Exposure of Personnel Who Had Offshore Vietnam Service
US Navy riverine units are known to have used herbicides while patrolling inland waterways
(Zumwalt, 1993; IOM, 1994), and it is generally acknowledged that estuarine waters became
contaminated with herbicides and dioxin as a result of shoreline spraying and runoff from
spraying on land. Thus, military personnel who did not serve on land were among those exposed
to the chemicals during the Vietnam conflict. A particular concern for the personnel has been
possible contamination of drinking water. Most vessels serving offshore but within the territorial
limits of the Republic of Vietnam converted seawater to drinking water through distillation.
Higher than expected mortality among Royal Australian Navy Vietnam veterans prompted a
study of potable-water contamination on ships offshore during the Vietnam conflict (Mueller et
al., 2001, 2002). Specifically, the study investigated the potential for naval personnel to ingest
TCDD and cacodylic acid in drinking water. The study focused on the evaporative distillation
process that was used to produce potable water from surrounding estuarine waters. The study
found that co-distillation of dioxins was observable in all experiments conducted and that
distillation increased the concentration of dioxins in the distillate compared with the
concentration in the source water. The study also found that dimethylarsenic acid did not
co-distill to a great extent during evaporation and concluded that drinking water on ships was
unlikely to have been contaminated with this herbicide. In a follow-up discussion of the study
with its authors, it was noted that vessels would take up water for distillation as close to shore as
possible to minimize salt content (Wells, 2006). On the basis of that study and other evidence,
the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs determined that Royal Australian Navy personnel
who served offshore were exposed to dioxins that resulted from herbicide spraying in Vietnam
even if they did not go ashore during their tour of duty (ADVA, 2005).
The current committee engaged Steven Hawthorne as a consultant to review the Mueller et
al. (2002) publication and to comment generally on the ability of organic compounds to co-distill
during the production of potable water. Hawthorne is an environmental chemist at the University
of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center and has specific expertise in the
study of organic emissions from water (Hawthorne et al., 1985). He affirmed the findings of the
Australian study, citing Henry’s law for an explanation of how contaminants with low water
solubility would evaporate from water and noting that the distillation process would enhance the
process by adding heat and reducing pressure (Hawthorne, 2008). No measurements of dioxin
concentrations in seawater were collected during the Vietnam conflict, so it is not possible to
ascertain the extent to which drinking water on US vessels may have been contaminated through
distillation processes. However, it seems likely that vessels with such distillation processes that
traveled near land or even at some distance from river deltas would periodically collect water
that contained dioxin. Thus, a presumption of exposure of military personnel serving on those
vessels is not unreasonable.
In its charge to the originalVAO committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs asked the
committee to include military personnel who served in inland waterways, offshore of the
Republic of Vietnam, and in the airspace above the Republic of Vietnam. A presumption of
exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used as defoliants applied to each of those
groups as well as to those who served on land. In light of the findings of the Australian study
regarding potential drinking-water contamination and those serving offshore, the presumption
seems well founded.
September 2, 2009
Just a month now! Please get your reservations in!
August 27, 2009
August 24, 2009
Jim: A note to tell you how useful
your efforts concerning the ship's website have
been. The pictures and history were of a great deal of help to me recently. I had a
bunch of 35 mm slides from over 40 yrs. ago, I had put on cd's, helped me date when most
I now have aggressive prostate cancer and am a
paraplegic. Some of
my slides will be used for agent orange claim. Again many thanks. I'll let you know
how it turns out.
"65 thru 68" QM2c firstname.lastname@example.org
August 12, 2009
August 7, 2009
I need a little help here. I have contacted all the publications and websites I know of and even had some help publishing about our reunion. If you know of some websites that I might contact, please inform me of them and I will do my best to contact them and I promise to write them down and keep a file on them. And in the words of Bartels & James, thanks for your support.
August 4, 2009
July 24, 2009
Dear Former Current Sailors,
Some of you have been asking about hats, Coffee Cups, Tee Shirts etc. at the upcoming reunion in October.
The following is what we will offer on a pre-order basis to insure that each one gets the amount & sizes desired.
Coffee Cups @ $8 each
Tee Shirts @ $15 each
Hats @ $15 each
Jackets @ $45 each
The tee shirts may be a little cheaper depending on how many are ordered since they are sold by the dozen and discounted with a purchase of 24 or more. They will be pocket tee shirts with a USS Current logo on them.
Hats will be Blue with Gold lettering.
Jackets are a wind breaker, color is Blue with Gold lettering.
Please send your order to:
6057 W 1075 S
Reelsville, Indiana 46171
I will need to have all orders in by September 1st. Please list the quantity and size wanted when ordering. If you will not be attending the reunion but would like to order something. I can bill you for the shipping charges.
If you have any questions, you can e-mail, call me at 765-672-4879 or write me at the above address.
Jerry wants us all to wear a red shirt on Friday in support of our troops and ask me to include that info to you in this e-mail.
If you do not want to receive e-mails from the Current Reunion let me know and I’ll remove you from our e-mail list.
Tom Jarboe email@example.com
July 20, 2009
Just a little friendly reminder!!!!!! Note the change on the agenda for Friday October 2. The uniform of the day, red shirts to honor our troops!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 20, 2009
2009 USS Current Reunion Itinerary
October 1 Check in and mingle
October 2 0630 - 1000 Reveille & Chow Uniform of the day - RED SHIRTS to honor our troops
1015 Prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance
Display mementos & pictures
Renew old friendships and make new ones
October 3 0630 - 1000 Reveille & Chow
Pledge of Allegiance
1100 40's Crew
1115 50's Crew
1130 60's Crew
1200 70's Crew
1215 All Crew
1430 A reading of deceased crew members followed by taps
1730 Evening Chow
October 4 0630 - 1000 Reveille & Chow
Check out and say goodbye's
July 15, 2009
From: Jim & Jonnie Vasko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Jul 3, 2009 4:15 pm
Subject: USS Current website
Yahoo Geocities free web hosting will be closing effective October 26, 2009.
I have moved The USS Current website to Microsoft Office Live free web hosting service.
The new web address is http://usscurrent.web.officelive.com/current/index.htm
I will link the existing website address to the new one. Please communicate this info to the crew.
From: Richard Diekman
To : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : RE: USS Current website
Date : Fri, Jul 03, 2009 04:37 PM
Jim - great job on the site. Jerry – I have located my old chancre mechanic, Tom Evans HMC in Arkansas. I will try get him to the reunion – maybe will have to tote him as he was a CPO in ‘54 so he has a few years on his hull.
July 3, 2009
Just a note to let you guys know that you can make
your reservations anytime! It's now 3 months away from the reunion. They won't
hit your credit card until you check in and you can cancel (heaven forbid) up
til 24 hours before reunion time. Remember to tell them its for the USS CURRENT
reunion, to insure the rate we have negotiated!
P.S. Here's a thought from Jean Jarboe! How
about a picture of you then and now! A little something to get a laugh! Hope
some of us haven't gained too much weight (like me). LOL.
July 3, 2009
June 28, 2009
CHECK OUT BATTLE 360, THE USS ENTERPRISE SERIES, ON THE HISTORY CHANNEL.
RON "SAM" BROEDLING
June 18, 2009
Thanks for the update Amanda! Please know that we think about Ozzie and you guys all the time. You will be forever in our hearts.
From: Amanda Coon <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, Jun 18, 2009 3:15 pm
Subject: Eldon Osmun family
This is Ozzie's daughter Amanda. I went to the website and noticed you tried to contact mom. She was with my aunt taking a much needed break. I just want to let y'all know that we are all fine. We are coping with it one day at a time and still appreciate the support you have given us. I know daddy would be thankful.
Again, thank you all and god bless. Please tell
Mr Thomas that Ozzie's family will be praying for him.
From : Ray Haas
To : Jim Vasko firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : Current
Date : Wed, Jun 10, 2009 04:46 AM
You have continued to do a great job on the site. I
tried to get hold of Mrs. Osmun yesterday but no answer. I wanted to inquire as
to how she and children were getting along. I will post you when I contact her.
June 7, 2009
To : email@example.com
Subject : THOMAS GROODY
Date : Sat, Jun 06, 2009 11:07 AM
WHAT BETTER DAY THAN D-DAY TO CHEER UP A SHIPMATE. I SENT THOMAS A SHORT LETTER AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EACH OF YOU TO DO THE SAME. IT IS NOT EVERY DAY YOU CAN DO SOMETHING NICE FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST GENERATION.
THANKS A LOT.
RON "SAM" BROEDLING BT3 1957-58
May 31, 2009
Sent: Sun, 31 May 2009 2:38 pm
Good luck on the Current reunion!
Does anyone remember the Navy brothel on Amami Oshima?
I became ships company when two typhoons destroyed Naha, Okinawa. We went to Sasebo to tow a small Japanese sub I-201 to Hawaii via Ulithi (beer and baseball) then on to Guam. The USS Current went home to California from Hawaii and I joined the USS John Blish AGS-10 and YMS 463. I was discharged as a QM3 in July 1946.
May 30, 2009
Not the week for good news
guys...... I just got a call from Thomas Groody's wife. Tom was a plank
owner on the CURRENT. Tom is in a veterans facility. His legs aren't working too
good! If you would like to send him a get well or something, the address is 100
Patriots Road, Stoneybrook, N.Y. 11790,
Section C Room 208J
May 28, 2009
From: Amanda Coon firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thu, 28 May 2009 1:40 pm
Subject: Eldon Osmun
Hello to you. This is Eldon's daughter Amanda. I am just writing to let you all know that daddy passed away on Sunday May 24, around one AM.
I am just writing to thank you for all your prayers and support and concern in this time of hardship. Daddy thought a lot of all of you. He talked about that reunion in October and was ready to see you all. He was still talking about going right up until the very end. I just want to let you all know that he loved you all and was looking forward to seeing you. Thank you again and we will keep in touch and hope you all will too.
Please let everyone know. I couldn't figure out how to post this message on the website.
Thank you all for what you have all done.
The Osmun family
May 28, 2009
It is with heavy heart that I'm sending this e-mail. I called to see how my friend and shipmate Eldon (Ozzie) Osmun was doing. Much to my dismay, I was informed that he passed on to that hospital ship in the sky , the USS HEAVEN on Sunday morning. My friend OZZIE will always have smooth seas from now on. I'm sure going to miss him! I loved OZZIE! I want you to love him too!
May 23. 2009
Good Morning Men,
I just got off the phone with one of Eldon's daughters and she told me he is getting feeling back and his spine is just bruised. However, he has a bit of a problem with chest musles and breathing is hampered. I gave her my ph. # and that it is open 24 hrs a day. Men hold this daughter up as she is PG.
Ray Haas email@example.com
May 22, 2009
I got a phone call this morning.......the kind you don't want to receive. Eldon Osmun, one of my shipmates from my time on the CURRENT, has fallen and is paralyzed from the neck down. His wife called to tell me that he said to call and let me know that he wasn't going to make the reunion this year. WHAT A SHIPMATE!!!!!!!!!!!!! His priorities were to let us know, not that he was in bad health, but that he couldn't make the reunion! I would say he must have some very good memories of his time on the CURRENT.
I would like for everyone that can to send a him a note telling him how much we will miss him. I know I will! He doesn't have an e-mail address, but his address is:
632 Halbert Heights Rd.
Brookhaven, Mississippi 39601
May 19, 2009
I have been getting a lot of requests in the last week for information on the reunion in October. This to me is a good sign of good attendance. If for some reason you have not received the info I sent out before or you have misplaced or deleted it, or if you would just like to have it again, please let me know. If for some reason that you can't open what I sent previously and you want the info, give me your home address or where you want it sent and I will send it to you in the mail.
May 16, 2009
I just got off the phone from talking to Captain Giganti. He is 86 years old, lives in Hawaii (Aiea) and is considering coming to our next reunion in October.
It seems to me that if he can
come all that way to the reunion, some of us can surely make it from not so far
away,(and he is 86). Is anyone inspired? I hope so. This is going to be the best
May 15, 2009
Captain George Giganti's daughter and since he has no computer
or email access, he asked me to find out about the reunion this year.
Since my mother is in a nursing home, he is finally freer to travel and I know
he would enjoy this!
Linda DeVore firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2, 2009
2009 USS Current Reunion
October 1st Check- in and mingle
October 2nd 06:30-10:00 reveille and chow- 10:15 prayer followed by the pledge of allegiance
Display memories and pictures - renew friendships - make new ones
October 3rd 06:30 - 10:00 Reveille and chow--- prayer and pledge of allegiance
11:00- 40's crew
11:15- 50's crew
11:30- 60's crew
12:00- 70's crew
12:15- all crews
14:30- reading of deceased crew members names, followed by taps
17:30- Evening chow
October 4th 06:30- 10:00- reveille and chow
Check-out and goodbyes
April 22, 2009
I would like to be included on the roll of crew members on the ARS-22.
My tour on the ship was from 1967 -1969 I was a SN (jack of the dust) I now reside in Orlando, FL
And my e-mail is email@example.com. I had many photos from these years but I married a Korean who destroyed them as many were from Japan.
April 21, 2009
Just an update for your e-mail list. My father, Jim Golden (45-46) has changed e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com
April 5, 2009
I would like to thank all the crew members that wrote letters of support
in my appeal to the Board of Veterans affairs. Commander George Giganti,
CWO4 Art Racette, ENC Ellis Ferguson and SKC Pete Banayad. I have received
an approval for my diabetes and related problems. Now all I have to do is
wait on the BVA to determine the amount of disability. Thanks again, I
Furney E. Locke
March 23, 2009
March 17, 2009
March 17, 2009
Kenneth W Byng 1938 - 2009
Ken was born Thursday, June 9, 1938 in Oconto, Wisconsin, the son of Jerry Byng, Sr. and Ruth Fye. He married Elaine Johnson on November 3, 1968 at Reno, Nevada and worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Military Sealift Command 28 Years. Ken Byng lived in Oakland, Arkansas since 1988 moving from California. He was a proud American citizen and a patriotic naval veteran who was passionate for fishing, wildlife, the outdoors and gardening. He was a world traveler, experiencing many beautiful places and was a dedicated family man. Kenneth Byng died Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 70.
Survivors: his wife, Elaine Byng, of Oakland, AR, son, Bernard (Yvette) Byng, of Tracy, CA, daughter, Pamela Byng of Charlotte, NC, brother, Jerry (Carol) Byng of Abrams, WI, 2 sisters, Shirley Earley of Peshtigo, WI and Carol Owens of Milwaukee, WI, numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren, Andrea and Jessica Byng and special friends, Corky, Jim and Chuck.
Funeral: A Memorial Celebration for Kenneth W. Byng of Oakland, AR, will be 12:00 - 2:00 P.M. Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Oakland Community Center, with Tony DeWeese officiating.
Memorials: may be made to Gail's Pets Second Chance, P.O. Box 83, Oakland, AR 72661. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 25, 2009
From : Herb Calhoun email@example.com
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : Shipmates
Date : Wed, Feb 25, 2009 07:08 AM
Visited with Keith Cathcart while on a trip down south. Its been 53 yrs since we talked and we enjoyed our visit. Pic's then and now.
Keith was a EM3 and Diver.
Herb Calhoun EM3 56 to 58.
January 24, 2009
LT. Dennis Patrick (DV), Current's Operations Officer 1967-69, recently retired as president of Lynden International. He has contributed many of his photos to the Current website of salvops during his time on Current. We wish him well and a happy retirement. Click on the following link to read his story.
January 22, 2009
USS Current Patches and Hats are now available for sale through BC Patch.
December 4, 2008-----Original Message-----
From: elmer schnittker <email@example.com>
Sent: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 9:03 pm
Subject: Elmer Up-Date
November 12, 2008
Tom Jarboe, Tom Brown, and I had our first meeting to plan for the 2009 USS Current reunion. More details will be forthcoming. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please send them to us so we can to grow the reunions and make them very enjoyable for everyone as we possible can.
Jerry Spickler firstname.lastname@example.org
October 15, 2008
Here is a list of the attendees at the 2008 USS Current reunion
Toms River, New Jersey
Larry & Diane Baker Burlington, Iowa
Pete & Zenaida Banayad Racine, Wisconsin
John & Sue Bauer Fon Du Lac, Wisconsin
Bill Beach Bethpage, New York
Ed Bock Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Tom Brown Indianapolis, Indiana
Jack & Mathew Courtney Knoxville, Tennesee
Bob & Carol Dier Gouvernour, New York
Gary Goode (Jensen) Algonquin, Illinois
George & Sharon Hartnagel Pocahontas, Illinois
Richard Hightower Alto, Georgia
Pete & Audrey Irvin
Tom & Jean Jarboe Reelsville, Indiana
Bob & Nancy Karl St. Charles, Missouri
Larry & Mary Leighty New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
John & Ethel Mugg Lancaster, Ohio
Dave & Janet Nowak Auburn, Michigan
Eldon (Ozzie) Osmun Brookhaven, Mississippi
Jim & Christine Oberry Pearl River, Louisiana
Dusty & Peggy Rhodes Butler, Pennsylvania
Rick and Donna Shugert Indianapolis, Indiana
Jerry Shepard Sandwich, Illinois
Ted & Thelma Simonson Rapid City, South Dakota
Francyllen (Smitty) & Brenda Smith Jr. Jonesville, Michigan
Jerry & Lavone Spickler Monrovia, Indiana
Bud Warbis & Lynda Kennally Boise, Idaho
October 6, 2008
The following CURRENT crewmembers have their reservations in for the October reunion. Are you one of them?
1. Bob Arnold 20. Jim Oberry
2. Larry Baker 21. Jerry Shepherd
3. Pete Banayad 22. Ed Bock
4. John Bauer 23. Eldon Osman
5. Ron Broedling 24. Bill Beach
6. Lee Davis 25. George Hartnagel
7. Richard Diekman 26. Jack Courtney
8. Robert Dier 27. John Mugg
9. Richard Hightower 28. Tom Jarboe
10. Pete Irvin 29. Ron "Bud" Warbis
11. Gary Jensen 30. Al Chakmak
12. Robert Karl 31. Jerry Mundt
13. Larry Leighty 32. Rich Wray
14. David Nowak 33. Tom Brown
15. Dusty Rhodes
16. Elmer Schnittker
17. Rick Shugert
18. Francyllen (Smitty) Smith
19. Jerry Spickler
October 3, 2008
Here is the Saturday evening dinner menu for 2008 USS Current Reunion.
September 17, 2008
Jim...........enjoyed our conversation last
night. Met with Tom and Rick today at the restaurant where will have our
Saturday evening meal. Everything looks good. Thanks for moving the menu per our
As per our conversation about crew members, I talked to the 3 guys I told you about and they have given their permission to add their names to the crew list. They are:
1. Jack Courtney BT3 1960-62 email@example.com
2. Eldon Osmun EN3 1961-64 601-823-6059
3. Robert (Frenchy) Guvremont EN3 1961-1963 772-589-5037.
Our reservations now stand at 28 and counting. Expect to top 30 soon. Looks like this year will be bigger than last. Will send you an updated roster for the reunion as soon as I get an updated copy.
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 4:37 PM
Subject: USS Current ARS-22 Future Reunions
Dear Jerry Spickler,
My name is Tammy Dunn and I am the Group Sales Manager for the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau in Washington State. I understand that you are involved in the reunion planning for the USS Current ARS-22 Association reunion. I know that you will be meeting in October in Brownsburg, Indiana, but I would be delighted if your reunion group would consider coming to Washington State in 2009, 2010, or 2011.
Home to Naval Station Everett, Snohomish County is located between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains and is only 12 miles north of downtown Seattle. Snohomish County is home to the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour and Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection. Day tours to Seattle attractions, as well as tours of Naval Station Everett, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and Bremerton are all options for your group tours.
I would be delighted to send you a group tour and meeting facility guide if you are interested in holding your reunion in Washington State.
Please reply to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me toll-free at (888) 338-0976, extension 12 to request your free group tour and meeting guide.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Group Sales Manager
Snohomish County Tourism Bureau
(888) 338-0976, extension 16
September 7, 2008
Would you please add my e-mail and phone to the website. Jerry Mundt, email@example.com 319-509-1973. I was on 71-72 and the decommissioning. crew. I commend you and all that put this fabulous site together, what a great deal. I am hoping to get to the reunion, but can't say for sure yet. Talked to Jerry a few days ago and he gave me the web address, but if it wasn't for Richard Wray calling me, I wouldn't have known at all. Chiefs Johnson and Manini were both on board when I caught the Current and it was sad to learn that they had passed away. Thanks again for all you have done, and hope to see you guys in October.
Jerry Mundt firstname.lastname@example.org
September 6, 2008
I have been contacted by HT3 Richard Wray and SFFA Mundt from the
1972 USS Current decommissioning crew. I think they will be coming to the reunion. Looks
like now that they have seen the crew list we will be making contact with more
CURRENT sailors in the future. And the beat goes on, and the beat goes
August 21, 2008
Family and Friends:
August 16, 2008
August 16, 2008
If you are planning on coming to the USS CURRENT REUNION and are planning on seeing some of Indianapolis while you are here, some things for you to consider are (all are downtown Indianapolis) :
1. USS INDIANAPOLIS CA-35 MEMORIAL
2. CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR MEMORIAL
3. WAR MEMORIAL PLAZA
4. SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MONUMENT
5. AMERICAN LEGION PLAZA
6. AMERICAN LEGION NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
ALSO, DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS AND ACCESSIBLE FROM THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CANAL ARE THE INDIANAPOLIS ZOO, WHITE RIVER PARK AND GARDENS, NCAA HALL OF CHAMPIONS, INDIANA STATE MUSEUM, AND THE EITLJORG INDIAN AND WESTERN MUSEUM.
WHILE DOWNTOWN YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE THE NEW LUCAS OIL STADIUM (NEW HOME OF THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS). IN ADDITION, THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 TRACK AND MUSEUM IS ONLY A 10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE COMFORT SUITES HOTEL.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO SEE IN INDIANAPOLIS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, BUT I TRIED TO KEEP THINGS COMPACTED TIME WISE FOR YOU.
IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION GIVE ME A CALL AT 317-996-2759 OR BRICKLETTER@CCRTC.COM OR BRICKLETTER@AOL.COM
FORWARD TO THE REUNION AND SEEING ALL OF YOU.
July 22, 2008
July 21, 2008
I was on the Current from 1965-1967. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was lucky to get my assignment on the Current as my last ship. Prior I was first on the USS Stark County, then the USS Salvage, and the USS Tbcglobalaylor. So I was lucky to be stationed in Hawaii for my enlistment... Thank you for the web site.
July 5, 2008
July 5, 2008
My wife and I met Rick and Ladonna Shugert for dinner
last night. Very
enjoyable evening. It's nice to break bread with new friends and Current
crew members, even if you didn't serve together at the same time. There
is still a bond there.
Rick brought a sample of the can coolers with him. The pictures that I had
seen of them sure didn't do them justice. They are really sharp, so if you didn't
order one yet, you'll be missing out if you don't get one.
Again, to order them it's $3.00 each. Send your check to Rick Shugert, 739 West
Banta Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46217. You won't be sorry.
Checked last week and found the number of reservations for the USS Current October
reunion is now at 14 and counting. Still plenty of
time left to reserve your rooms.
It would help us out greatly if we knew as soon as possible how many are
coming to the reunion so we can plan accordingly.
The reunion information again if you haven't gotten it for some reason is
Comfort Suites Hotel, Brownsburg, Indiana (a suburb if Indianapolis)
October 10-12, 2008. Phone 317-852-2000. Make sure to tell them its for the
USS Current Reunion.
By the way, we are still negotiating for a cheaper rate if we can get it.
Sure hope to see you there.
Jerry Spickler email@example.com
May 9, 2008
From: Soy Candles By Chris
To: Jerry Spickler
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 11:34 AM
What was the nickname you had for my Dad? You sent in the letter with the pictures. I have been carrying that letter for weeks waiting for Dad to be awake so I could tell him and show him the pictures. Well, Dad has been doing a little better the last couple days but now I can not find your note...I am so sorry. I can not imagine where I put it.
Anyway...I thought it might get a smile out of him so if you could send it to me again I would appreciate it.
Ron Broedling had sent a very nice note. Dad really enjoyed it when I read it to him.
He loved looking through the pictures and having names helped jog a lot of good memories....I could tell by the silly smile on his face!
I can not thank you guys enough for taking the time to make him smile.
Have a great day---Chris
April 30, 2008
I AM TRYING TO FIND SOME PHOTOS SHOWING THE CURRENT AT THE STICKLEBACK COLLISION. IT WOULD BE KIND OF HARD FOR SOMEONE ON THE CURRENT TO DO THIS BUT SOMEONE MIGHT HAVE PICKED ONE UP FROM SOMEONE ON ANOTHER SHIP.
PLEASE PUT THIS ON THE SITE.
BROEDLING BT3 AWOL
April 28, 2008
Howdy . . .
I would like to discuss the SS Lindenwood Victory Rescue which USS Wainwright participated in with the USS Current in early October 1968. I would like to swap histories with someone who was aboard at that time.
USS Wainwright Historian firstname.lastname@example.org
April 26, 2008
I got a call today from a Ron Ryan. He is an ex-marine and the son of Lt. Donald M. Ryan who served on CURRENT in 1944. He was the firefighting officer. His bunk mate was Ensign Criblet, the diver who drowned in 1944 and the father of Elaine Brodzinski. You know who I mean. In any case, he has handwritten logs that his father wrote at that time. He also has some other stuff that you may be able to use for the web site, however he doesn't have a computer therefore you can call him at 321-259-9903 or write him at Ron Ryan 652 Casa Grande Drive, Melbourne, Florida, 32940. I talked to him for quite a while today. Very interesting conversation with a very interesting man. Thought you would be interested in this info. If you get copies of anything worthy, I would like to have copies for the reunion.
April 17, 2008
An e-mail from the daughter of EN2 Walter Beckman
----- Original Message -----
From: Soy Candles By Chris
To: Jerry Spickler
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:20 PM
Thank you for returning the pictures with the new info on them.
Dad is in the hospital. Went in on Monday and is not doing very well. He has numerous things wrong that they are trying, one at a time, to correct. He is comfortable...that is all I care about.
I have had the pictures with me everyday but he has not been awake for me to show them to him. I will keep them with me for when he wakes up.
I will keep you updated.
March 28, 2008
I stumbled across your website and I thought I would send you my info.
1966 to 1968, I was a deck ape and spent most of my time in the paint locker.
You have a
great website and thank you for all your work. Would you be kind enough to send
me info on the reunion?
Lee Davis email@example.com
March 28, 2008
It would be a great help to us if everyone who is
planning on attending the CURRENT reunion to go ahead and make your reservations
so we have some idea of what we need to do in order to make this a successful
reunion. If you put it on your credit card they won't charge it until after the
last day of the reunion and you have 24 hours prior to that time to cancel. Make
your reservations by calling Comfort Suites at 317-852-2000. Remember to tell
them it's for the USS CURRENT reunion so you can get our discounted price.
March 27, 2008
Seems as if my e-mail to all CURRENT crew members wasn't clear! MY BAD!!!!!!. I need to clarify! Drink holders, ie. cuzzies, can coolers, etc. will be available at the reunion on Oct.10-12, 2008. The drink holders will have both ship's crests, one on each side. The price is $3.00 each. Please send your orders to Rick Shugert prior to Aug 1st. Rick's address is Rick Shugert 739 W. Banta Rd. Indianapolis, Indiana, 46217. Any questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or to me email@example.com.
March 25, 2008
I just got a call from John W. (Bill) Mugg SN (DV), crew member from 1947. He saw our ad in this month's issue of the American Legion Magazine. Another CURRENT member. Really nice surprise.
March 22, 2008
I need some
help. Hoping this might be the place to find it. I am looking for some of our
buddies but I am running out of options. Somebody help me find these guys. Frank
L. Lewis DC2, Stanley (Smokey) Weger EM3, Lee Wayne (Rocket) Hall FN,
James Dillard EN3, James Arthur Wilson EN3, Donald L. Muir EM3, Joe A. Brown
SF2/DV, William (DOC) Mclaughlin HM1,Glen Roy Robinson BM3, William Gray White
BMSN, Lafe Wilson ETR2, William Roy Reese SN, or anyone else that served on the
March 21, 2008
Glad you called. Can you post this on the forum? Thank you.
On March 14 & 15th, the wife and I just spent a great weekend with a great bunch of guys at Turkey Run, Indiana (a fitting place for a flock of old Current sailors) along with our wives (4 wonderful ladies). We had a good time as always. We told a few sea stories and a few lies. There was Jerry Spickler, Tom Jarboe , George Hartnagel and myself, Francyllen "Smitty" Smith.
Thank you men and ladies for the good time and the good friendship.
Brenda & Smitty firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Spick for helping a dumb ass out.
March 18, 2008
March 11, 2008
Jerry Spickler email@example.com
----- Original Message -----
March 10, 2008
My Oh My.
This site is a God send. Thank you very much.
My name is Mike Rieker and I served as a deck ape on Current from April '66 to November '67.
Looking over this site brings back so many memories at a time when memories are constantly hard to come by without something to jog them.
While on the Current I spent most of my time at the helm during Special Sea Detail. As helmsman I spent time on the bridge with Terry Gilmore, who tried in vain to teach me semaphore, and Willy who I was sorry to see had passed. I also spent time on deck and liberty with Jack Steffens. Everybody went over with Jack at one time or another.
On deck during recovery operations, I operated the port capstan along with a tall lanky Texan named Bentsen on the starboard capstan. I also worked in the diving locker for a few months. I think I inlaid a hard hat in the tile floor.
Some memorable times were liberty in the Philippines, and the salvage ops. Hard work but I remember it now like it was yesterday. Especially the time a wire snapped and missed Dezutter by a few feet as it tore across the deck. I forget what operation, perhaps the Minot Victory.
Looking over the roster I see names I had not thought of in many years.
Of course I remember Captains Giganti and Fuld as well as Bos'n Racette who tried so hard to talk me out of requesting a transfer to Viet Nam, not to mention Chiefs Dezutter and Dooley who were probably glad to see me go. LOL.
I'd love to hear from anyone who may remember me or anyone who doesn't. LOL
I have the phone numbers and I will definitely be making some calls and I'll plan on the '08 Reunion.
I have lived in Florida for the last 11 years and I've had both knees replaced, 2 by-passes, 3 stints, a heart attack and recently a shoulder repaired after a motorcycle accident but if my heart is still pumpin' and lungs are still breathin', by God I'll be there.
Thanks again for the site and if anyone is in FL, let me know.
Mike Rieker firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Robert Dier EM3 (DV), I served on Current from 1962 to 1964.
Robert Dier email@example.com
THE AMERICAN LEGION MAGAZINE
This E-mail was received from Jack Steffens' sister. Photos added to the Memorial Page. Orion Review Tribute
February 13, 2008
February 10, 2008
Ahoy Current shipmates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tom, Rick and I are working on some goodies for our upcoming reunion. However, we need some input from those that plan to attend. We are working on ordering either caps, t-shirts or mugs with the appropriate engravings on them, but we kinda need to know what you want.
Since we are not independently wealthy, we need you to know somewhere along the line we will need a way to pay for said merchandise. Please contact us with any input you have and let us have your opinion, one way or the other. We are at your disposal.
January 27, 2008
I just came across this website, today. I served
aboard the Current from about 6/57
to 6/58. I was an RD 3. I'd like be part of your activities and correspondence.
Hoping to hear from some of you.
Bob Schoenburg firstname.lastname@example.org
January 24, 2008
The USS CURRENT REUNION is set for 2008 at Brownsburg, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The date is October 10-12, 2008. Reservations can be made at the Comfort Suites Hotel by calling 317-852-2000. Make sure you tell them it is for the USS CURRENT reunion to get our discount. Looking forward to seeing you there. Questions can be answered at email@example.com or 317-908-6886
January 9, 2008
I Just received an e-mail from Sharon Lang, sister of BM2 ( DV ) Jack Steffens. Jack passed away December 24, 2007 from a year long battle with cancer. Jack served on Current from 1964 - 1969.
Jim Vasko firstname.lastname@example.org
December 28, 2007
Happy New Year to all of the Current family.
December 20, 2007
Reflecting back the last year and thinking of all the USS CURRENT family that has reared its beautiful head from the correspondence to the actual face to face meetings and the 1st CURRENT reunion, gives me pause and a warm feeling inside. I know things will only grow for us. Wishing a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all from the SPICKLER family.
December 16, 2007
I would like to hear from you if you were on USS Current when it was commissioned.
Ralph Greenough email@example.com
DECEMBER 15, 2007
THIS WILL TOUCH YOUR HEART.
ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOVE OUR VETS.
DECEMBER 7, 2007
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND AGAIN THANKS FOR THE JOY YOU BRING US WITH THE WEB SITE.
RON "SAM" BROEDLING BT3 USS CURRENT ARS-22 1957-58
November 25, 2007
It was just learned that another Current sailor has passed away. LTJG Kenneth Bryant, Current's Engineering Officer 1965 -1968 had passed away in 2004 from complications of lung cancer. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander after 22 years. He began his career as an enlisted man advancing in rate to BTC. He received a commission and came to Current as an LDO Ensign. His wife Joan sent the picture and the obituary.
Photo and obituary added to the Memorial Page.
November 14, 2007
November 9, 2007
Thought you might be interested in this Congressional response
Ron "Sam" Broedling firstname.lastname@example.org
November 8, 2007
Mr. Richard S. Greenwell
225 Montego Ky.
Novato, California 94949
Dear Mr. Greenwell:
Thank you for contacting me about preserving the USS BOLSTER
Auxiliary Rescue Salvage (ARS)-38, to act as the museum base
and flagship for the American Fleet Tug Museum. I appreciate
you taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this matter.
Our nation has an absolute responsibility to commemorate the
sacrifices made by the brave men and women who operated the
fleets of towing, rescue, and salvage vessels for the United States
military during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam
War. It's because of their vigilance and dedication that we can
enjoy the freedom that is cherished by every American. As you
may know, some ex-military vessels, including the USS
BOLSTER, are currently scheduled to be destroyed by 2008. Like
you, I believe it is vitally important that we preserve our nation's
history so that these irreplaceable treasures are intact for future
generations to enjoy. Ex-military vessels like the USS BOLSTER
have made immeasurable contributions of to the security of our
nation, and be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind as I
continue to work to reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to our
Again, it's good to hear from you. The people of Marin and
Sonoma counties are the most important voices I listen to as I serve
Member of Congress
October 30, 2007
October 19, 2007
October 18, 2007
I stand corrected, it was Tuesday morning. Seems as if it was a fast weekend, but a good one. I should have known one of you would have nailed me on that. Lost a day somewhere, but it was well worth it.
Smitty, once again thanks so much for the hat, it
will be saved for next year.
October 17, 2007
Having returned from the USS Current reunion
in one piece, I needed to first say a big thank you to Jim Vasko for putting
the Current web site on the net. I'm sure that without his efforts in doing
so as well as his efforts in keeping it up to date, that there would have
never been a reunion. Thanks Jim. Also a big thank you goes to Jerry
Spickler for all of the time and effort he put into the project (locating
people, securing a location, hours on the computer, etc).
Having said that, what makes a reunion a success or a failure? Sure it's the above mentioned items, but what really makes a reunion is the people who attend the event. And for those of you who for whatever reason could not make the reunion I want to let you know you missed a wonderful thing. This might sound a little sappy but as I walked around the hotel visiting with old friends as well as new ones who served either before or after me on the Current, I had the feeling of sharing a wonderful moment in time with family. Smitty put it in this way, he stated "that serving duty on a larger ship might have been considered in some ways "gravy duty" that there was not a closeness of friends as you passed thru different departments". But as we all know, when you walked thru the passageways of the Current you were always around family and that was once again felt as I visited with those in attendance at the reunion.
To my new friends who served on the Current in the forties as well as there wives, it was an extreme pleasure as well as an honor to meet you. Speaking of the wives, it was so great to see so many of you there to share the experience, all of us enjoyed your company. And Billie, that includes you as well.
To my friends Ron, Richard and Bob, sorry I returned to the steak house later for more tea and didn't return until 6:15 a.m. Thought this might explain my being rather tired Monday Morning. The devil made me do it. The tea was great by the way. Going back for more in three weeks.
Well, I could go on forever because this reunion was just what the doctor would have ordered for me, it was a great time in more ways than I could ever explain. I wish to thank each and everyone one of you for being my friend as well as my family.
Looking forward to seeing you (and others) next year.
Shep (Doc) email@example.com
October 14, 2007
Just got home from the 1st USS CURRENT reunion. What a weekend!!!!!!!! CURRENT sailors from 1946 to 1970, all with different sea stories, from movies and stories from bikini atoll A-bomb tests all the way thru. If you missed it, that's your bad luck. We had a blast (not atomic). We renewed old acquaintances and made new friends and it was as if we all served together at the same time. I'm tired, but elated. I'm sure you will hear much more on this and I will send more details later. By the way, we going to do it again next year, just bigger and better! Now I know why GOD let man build the CURRENT. It was as if we were always a family, destined to do and be where we were, where we did it and when we did it. Do all ships have this camaraderie? I think not!!!!!!!!!!!
October 6, 2007
October 5, 2007
Only a week away till the reunion!!!!!! See you next week!!!!!!!!!
October 1, 2007
I also have been contacted by a lawyer asking about asbestos on Current in the death of Chief Allen Hill who was on Current (64-66). He died of Mesothelioma.
In researching Current's history, I began to question the long term effects of residual atomic radiation contamination on Current from the involvement in Operation Crossroads ( the Bikini Tests) , asbestos and Agent Orange in Vietnam.
I know of four guys on Current ( 65-68 ) that have died. Three from cancer and one from Type 2 Diabetes and one now that has Prostate cancer.
It is assumed by the government that all Navy personnel in Vietnam waters were exposed to Agent Orange. Most of the time Current was in Vietnam the ship was very close to land doing salvage jobs. Agent Orange was carried by winds and washed into coastal waters. Current's evaporators ran 24 hours a day sucking sea water. We drank a lot of coffee!
As for asbestos, anytime boiler / evaporator work was done to ships in the shipyards, asbestos was moved or removed. Asbestos fibers had to be in the air, whether from Current or any other ships nearby. We spent a LOT of time in the shipyards!
After the Atomic tests, Current went back into Bikini Lagoon was radioactively contaminated. Current sailors boarded the target ships after the tests to inspect and "wash down". You know when they returned to Current they had to walk into the mess deck and berthing spaces with their contaminated shoes. I wonder if Current was REALLY decontaminated afterward.
I am in good health right now. I was encouraged to sign up with the VA Health organization. Get a complete physical exam and be evaluated for Agent Orange exposure by the Agent Orange Registry.
There is a lot of info on the internet about Agent Orange. I Just found info on Operation Crossroads ships radioactive contamination. Here is that web address.
I'm glad you addressed this topic. Good discussion at the reunion.
September 30, 2007
Does anyone know if we were around asbestos below
decks on the Current? Seems like a lot of cancer deaths
listed here. I was contacted once or twice by a lawyer of a sailor wondering if I worked around asbestos while in
the Navy. Just thought I would raise the question before the reunion as a subject to talk about. See you there,
John W. Bauer Sr. EN2, USS Current and USS
September 26, 2007
Have to inform you that another CURRENT sailor has
passed. Ronnie L. Wright, electrician in 61-62, passed away from
lung cancer in November 2006.
September 22, 2007
Hi Jerry -
I've managed to juggle things so that I can make at least a cameo
appearance, arriving late Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday evening.
I'll bring some USS Current 'artifacts.' Looking forward to meeting you
and Jim Vasko and many other Current vets.
USS Current 1960-63
Supply, Operations, Communications officer
Mark L. Holmes University of Washington
Research Professor College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences
Rm 102E Ocean Teaching Bldg School of Oceanography
(206) 543-7313 Fone Box 357940
(206) 543-6073 Phax Seattle, WA 98195-7940
"Time wounds all heels"
Hawkeye Pierce - 1952
September 13, 2007
found out that former Current sailor, EM2 Walter Beckman has ALS ( Lou Gehrig's
Disease ) and is on a ventilator. He lives in Minnesota.
September 13, 2007
FYI, it was just learned that another CURRENT sailor passed away. Anthony J. Ostowski passed away in 1985 from lung cancer.
September 12, 2007
September 7, 2007
This is a list of the Current crew that is coming to the reunion. Notice the absence of deck apes.
Bob Arnold MR1/DV 68-71 Larry Baker EN2 65-66
John Bauer EN3 60-62 Bill Beach MOMM3 1946
Ed Bock LTJG 69-70 Ron (Sam) Broedling BT3 57-58
Herb Calhoun EM3 57-58 Jack Courtney BT3 60-62
Richard Diekman LCDR 54-56 Larry Goodman EN3 69-70
Bob Guevremont EN3 62-63 George Hartnagel EN3 60-63
Steve Hastings MR2 68-71 Pete Irwin ? 1946
Tom Jarboe EN3 62-66 Lawrence Leighty EN3 46-48
Vaughn (Ken) Mann RM3 57-58 Dave (Dummer) Nowak MR3 62-64
Jim Oberry EN3 66-70 Armando Ramirez EN3 1969
Ray Rankin RM3 57-58 Elmer Schnitter IC2 54-57
Dick Sheehan LTJG 69-70 Rick Shugert EM3 66-70
Jerry Shepard EN3 62-64 Francyllen (Smitty) Smith Jr. EN3 62-64
Jerry Spickler EN3 60-63 Mark Holmes LCDR 60-63
September 4, 2007
Tom Jarboe and I went to Fort Wayne yesterday to check out the Comfort
Suites Motel. Nothing fancy, but they do have free internet service so we
will be doing as much as possible for everyone. By the way, as of this date
no other people have reservations for that weekend. Hopefully it will stay
that way and we will have the whole motel to ourselves. Wouldn't that be
nice, just CURRENT sailors!
August 31, 2007
The count for the USS CURRENT REUNION is now 27.
August 21, 2007
Hey Mates, Check this Out
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla..) today praised the
passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to
allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current
law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not
in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying
whether they can or should salute the flag.
"The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's
military service," Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members
continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.
"Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans
and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My
legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and
servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.
"I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at
baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an
appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the
United States who have served in the military and remain as role models
to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in
the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an
inspiration to others."
This Bill was passed July 25, 2007. Let your veteran friends know
about the Passage of this Bill.
Ron 'Sam' Broedling BT3 AWOL firstname.lastname@example.org
August 16, 2007
On a sad note, it was recently learned that DC1 (DV) Jerome 'J J' Fox passed away in 1992. He was a Current crewmember 1963 - 1968. His wife Judy lives in Glendale, Arizona.
August 16, 2007
FYI, Just found. Robert Free YN2 1956 - 1958 email@example.com
August 16, 2007
Just to give you guys an update. It looks like at least 20 former CURRENT
sailors are planning to attend our 1st reunion as of now. If you're not one
of them you'll have to walk the plank. Or, if your a snipe, at least you'll
have to dive the bilges. Just think, we have less than 2 months to go.
So get on the stick!
Jerry Spickler firstname.lastname@example.org
August 9, 2007
Comfort Suites Hotel Photos & Review - Fort Wayne, Indiana
August 9, 2007
don't know yet which Current folks may be going to the NAFTS reunion. The
reason I mentioned it is because some ships have their own mini reunion
during NAFTS, which helps logistics and travel costs. This year's is in
STL, which would make great sense with ours in FWA.
The USS HITCHITI (ATF) is having their own reception and dinner on the first
night of the NAFTS - maybe we should think of that for next year when
NAFTS in in Providence RI.
I see in the NAFTS obits a Current sailor - Robert Dodson BMC (DV). I
didn't know him - any recollection?
August 8, 2007
talked to Frenchy Guevremont tonite. I'm sending him info on the reunion. He
lives in Sebastian, Florida. Another lost soul found!
Jerry Spickler email@example.com
August 8, 2007
the note. Could you please let me know more about the reunion: Which date
and times are the main get-together, etc?
Dick Sheehan firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUST 7, 2007
JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW
RON BROEDLING BT3 WILL BE ATTENDING THE REUNION IF THE LORD IS WILLING AND
THE CRICK DON'T RISE. 1957-58
RON "SAM" BROEDLING email@example.com
August 6, 2007
Yep, I am doing fine for a old man :-) I retired from Navistar International (What's left of International Harvester Corp.)
3 years ago last February. Live out in the boonies 60 miles south west of Indianapolis. Been on a few fishing trips with Jerry Spickler & George Hartnagel, Jerry just lives about 25 miles from me. Saw Smitty twice in the past year!
I talked to Pappe, Evans and Hightower this past week on the phone. They are all having medical issues, but doing okay otherwise. Been in touch with Ray Haas for quite some time and Jerry Shepherd too! It's been fun filling in the past years with these guys. Looking forward to the re-union.
Thank You for the info on Fox. That is a fairly common name and he is gonna be hard to locate. Funny how you could live with those guys and not know their real names. I think Rhodes, Guvermont, Smokey and Lewis may have left the ship in 1964?
Thanks for the Great Web Site!
Tom Jarboe firstname.lastname@example.org
August 3, 2007
Does anyone have any information on Robert Free, Yeoman 2nd Class...1956-1958. He is from Decatur, Alabama. His wife's name is Frances.
August 3, 2007
wanted to let you know that ....Ray Rankin RM3.....1957-58
will be attending the USS Current reunion in October. I have made reservations
for my wife and I at the motel.
Thanks for the information.
August 3, 2007
For those of you that are planning on attending the USS Current reunion, please get your reservations in as early as possible so I have some idea how many are coming.
I need to know so I can plan on an evening meal and possibly a cash bar. I also need to know how much meeting space we will require. I know you will understand.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Jerry Spickler email@example.com
August 1, 2007
My wife and I plan to attend your reunion. My wife's dad was Philip Criblet who served aboard the Current in 1944 and drowned while working on the Canberra damage October 20, 1944.
Please send us all the info you have on what the agenda will be. We will have to fly in a day earlier from Arizona then plan to leave that Sunday.
Frank & Elaine Brodzinski firstname.lastname@example.org
July 26, 2007
Just got a phone call from Larry Leighty EN3 from Pennsylvania. He was on the Current from 1946-48. Pretty sure he and two of his shipmates are coming, Bill Beach MOMM 3 and Pete Irwin. Larry says he has movies of the atomic tests from 1946. Should be very interesting! What do you think?
July 19, 2007
Just had a call from Jerry Spickler regarding a reunion for the USS Current ARS 22. Please send me information.
Kenneth Byng BT1 email@example.com
July 18, 2007
Thanks, Jerry - any of you folk going to the NAFTS convention the week
before in St Louis? There are usually a couple of Current sailors attending,
and I will be there.
July 16, 2007
July 15, 2007
July 15, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 14, 2007
Jerry -I look forward to the reunion, although travel is very tight
for me as I will be at the NAFTS convention in St. Louis through the 7th
and then plan to visit my daughter in Nashville. I will try to work out
the logistics (I'll send a LOGREQ to SERVPAC). Please count me in.
July 13, 2007
A reunion of Current sailors will be held
on October 12-14, 2007 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana at the Comfort Suites Hotel at
5775 Coventry Lane. Come one come all. For more information contact Jerry
Spickler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 317-996-2759. Hope to see many
old Current sailors there.
June 4, 2007
I don't have much information, but my husband, Gary L. Kelley (deceased) was an enlisted crew member of the USS Current sometime during 1958-1961. My son has his picture with the other members of the crew. Does anyone remember him?
Linda Kelley email@example.com
| April 24, 2007
I'm the son of Robert Shaw GM1. He served on Current 1951-1953. What a great website! My dad passed on in 1972 so I didn't know him well but this helps. If anyone remembers him, please contact me. Thanks again. (530) 246-3201
Neil Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6, 2007
I regret to inform everyone that Davy Jones gets another great Current sailor. Vernon ( Weazel ) Walters passed away in 1996. Weazel served with us on Current from 1960 -1963. He retired from the Navy as an E-8 after serving 25 years.
March 30, 2007
What a treat to see those old pics- I faithfully maintained scrapbooks about your many salvage jobs and am glad to share the wealth!! My dad was real glad to hear from you-he is much better now after a really quick bout with the flu. He had not had the flu in eight years and was not ready to do that number again (despite the flu shot). Thanks for helping to renew his interest in the CURRENT (which was always his favorite ship over the years).
Aloha from Alaska,
Linda (Giganti) DeVore email@example.com
March 14, 2007
I saw that Robert Arnold was looking for the Kjelsrud brothers on Feb. 1, 2007. Mark is my dad. I am sorry to say he passed away May 6, 2004. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a couple years before his passing. He told lots of great stories about being out there with the boys and I know he would be proud of this site. I wish he could have seen it and maybe caught up with his shipmates. I miss him incredibly. If anyone would like to contact me regarding Mark Kjelsrud feel free to email me.
Acenith Pacino firstname.lastname@example.org
March 10, 2007
I regret to inform you that HTC George Johnson, USN (Ret.), passed away
on 25 February 2007. I received notification from his daughter, Linda, who
used to baby sit for us in Pearl Harbor. His funeral is scheduled for today,
Saturday, March 10th. He is being buried at Rosecrans National Cemetery.
Ken Seaman email@example.com
February 24, 2007
February 22, 2007
I am Captain George Giganti's
daughter, Linda and I reside in Anchorage Alaska. Since I have a
a computer, my dad asked if I could pass this message on to all his old shipmates:
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Warren Wilson. He was a good sailor, shipmate, and salvage man.
Aloha, Willie and smooth sailing..........................CDR G.M. Giganti, Retired (Aiea, Hawaii)
On a personal note, I so enjoy your website as do my dad's two granddaughters. I well remember
those glory years - she was a fine ship with an excellent crew - there is much to take
pride in. Thanks again for your wonderful website. Aloha from the frozen North.
Linda DeVore firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20, 2007
February 14, 2007
Date : 02-04-07
|Name : Jennifer Richards|
|E-mail : email@example.com|
|Message : I just found my
grandfather's (Ralph M. Webber) military records. He served in the
Navy from 12/19/41 to 10/27/47. He was listed as a crewmember on the
USS Current. Does anyone remember him? I would like to hear from