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USS LEAHY's Homepage


Date: 2007-10-02 01:34:39
Tim Shea ETR2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Spent time on the Leahy from July 1975 to June 1977. Had a great time served under Lt Mike Tanner Div officer


Date: 2007-09-13 08:21:39
Doug Heilman ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking to chat with shipmates from 73-77 timeframe. Remember Elizabeth Taylor's visit in Leningrad and Johnny Mathis in Monte Carlo?


Date: 2007-09-12 12:34:52
Gary Walker ( / no homepage) wrote:

The time I spent on Leahy was probably some of the most memorable times of my life. I would love to see some of my old shipmates from the 75 - 79 timeframe.


Date: 2007-08-28 19:14:21
don hall ( / no homepage) wrote:
Deleted per author's request............


Date: 2007-08-18 01:52:53
James ( / no homepage) wrote:

Excellent! Good work! Would you please also visit my homepage?


Date: 2007-07-13 18:14:10
Hugh D. McClendon, YNCM (Ret) ( / no homepage) wrote:

Serving in Leahy was the highlight on my career! Hard to believe that she was vandalized down there in Brownsville, TX.


Date: 2007-07-08 14:12:05
John Gilligan ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great website! My father was on Leahy in the mid 70's. Can't remember the exact dates, but He was on board on its trip to Russia. HMC David Gilligan. Was lucky enough to take a short ride aboard her when it was in San Diego. What a great Memory. Sad to see those Decom photos.My Dad passed in 1990. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him! John


Date: 2007-07-05 17:09:26
James J powers ( / no homepage) wrote:

Sorry if anyone try to e-mail me .I had a change to my E-mail address. Would like to hear from some old friends and shipmates. Like to Know if there is any interest in a reunion of Leahy crew of 1975 thru 1979. Please send me a E-MAIL


Date: 2007-07-03 21:40:34
Paul Harrington ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was a crewmember from 1975-1978. An excellent experience.


Date: 2007-07-03 04:09:57
Jim Garrett ( / no homepage) wrote:

Wow! I periodically come to this web site to re-live my Navy time. It's amazing how a 'hunk of haze grey metal' can bring so many strangers together. It's wild to see men were serving on this ship the year I was born (1966). Thanks to Ken D for putting this site together, thanks to all who have contributed to the site. Thanks to Ed Crean, your face looks familure and the name too, for the pictures.
Thanks for the memories of BM 1 Titterington and all the deck hands. GM div, Chief Staples, SC Crowell, GMM1 Ligon, Fowler, Bangsberg (nice to see you were here!), Pappy, Turner, Ellisworth, Francis, Crane, Decoste, Durham, Hays, Dishman, Janzen, Licht and it's been great to get in touch with Tim McCurry! (and any I forgot!)
I'll never forget,Olongapo City, Yokuska,Maldives,Singapore,Kenya but mostly Christmas in Bunbury Austraila!

Thanks again - God Bless

Jim Garrett


Date: 2007-06-20 16:56:29
Andrew Dunn ( / no homepage) wrote:

There is one remaining Arliegh Burke-class DDG yet to be named, that being DDG-112. How about pushing to have her named USS Leahy?


Date: 2007-06-15 19:52:18
Hank Larson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was onboard from '77-'79 R- Div. Yep, waist deep in Yoko water! Great ship, Great crew!


Date: 2007-06-11 23:38:18
vic spinaio ( / no homepage) wrote:

my name is vic spinaio, i was a signalman 2nd class i was know as sm2 viciousvic, 1980- 1984, at that time the crew and the greatest ship on earth was the best


Date: 2007-06-10 17:39:37
ryan leahy ( / no homepage) wrote:

I just want to start off by saying awesome website!!! My name is ryan leahy and Admiral Leahy was my great uncle. I am also currently in the navy as an ET2 on the USS George H.W. Bush. I'm looking for a USS Leahy rocker. I don't know if anyone has one left, but i'm collecting everything I can find about your ship and it's history. If anyone has a rocker, cruisebook or anything else i'd love to get ahold of it. My e-mail is thanks... and again awesome website!!!


Date: 2007-05-24 20:02:18
James J Powers ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served from 1976-1978 in the aft fire room BTC. Had the best shipmate and the best of times. She was great ship. Would like to hear from any who served with me talk about the fun times. PowersJa@nih,


Date: 2007-03-28 16:08:26
Mark Bangsberg ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served from 1986-1989 GMM2. She had a great crew, a great skipper (Vice ADM Stark), great XO (Rear ADM Blake). Sad to see the pics of her going to the scrap yard. Hi to Jiz,Elli, Decoste, Janzen, Pappy, Licht, Hayes, Ricky,....


Date: 2007-03-27 01:11:49
Gary R. Mensch ( / no homepage) wrote:

My name is Gary R. Mensch. I never served onboard the USS Leahy. However, from during 1981 and 1982, I served onboard the USS Parsons, DDG-33, with a fellow Boiler Technician by the name of Charles Shedlock. For the longest time, the two of us were inseparable and the best of friends. The Parsons was decommissioned in November of 1982, and her crew was spread across the fleet. I went to the USS Jouett, Charlie went to the USS Leahy. Until the time I separated in 1986 I periodically saw Charlie or his wife. After my discharge, I lost track of them.

Through another former Parsons shipmate I recently heard that Charlie passed away in an auto accident sometime in 1986. From what I've been told, the accident occurred in Las Vegas when the car Charlie was in, or driving, overturned. His wife, who may have been pregnant at the time, was back east and not present.

I was wondering if any one in the crew knew or remembered Charlie and had any more information about what happened. He was a great guy, an good BT and sailor, and not to mention, an excellent friend. It really shocked and saddened me to hear of his loss.

Any information you, or any one in the crew, could provide would be greatly appreciated.


Date: 2007-03-13 00:30:24
Louie C. Parks Jr. ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father served aboard LEAHY sometime in the early 60's. Much of his Naval service occured before I was born but LEAHY must've made an impression on him b/c the stories he would sometimes tell about the ship made an impression on me. I'm looking for LEAHY cruise books, particularly from the 60's; anybody have any gouge on where I could find one?


Date: 2007-03-11 01:19:24
ROBERT ROCKY BROUGHTON ( / no homepage) wrote:



Date: 2007-03-02 21:07:39
john c white III ( / no homepage) wrote:

Onboard 70-72 leading STG1 ASdiv, xfered to Manley DDG-940, Retired 1986, STGCS


Date: 2007-02-15 13:39:50
Sonny Edmondson ( / wrote:

I served on the Leahy from 1973 to 1975. I was an OS3 and completed my service in the Navy reserves until 1978. I was not happy about being in the Navy. I joined because I was going to be drafted. I was in the last batch of draftees. Looking back, I was blessed to be on this ship. I made many friends and did some growing-up. I still had a long way to go after I got out. Early in the year 2000 my life changed. I had kept God at arms length most of my life and finally recognized the blessings I had in my life. I saw that it was time for me to begin showing some gratitude for my blessings. My wife and I became members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Had it not been for God's grace and patience with me, I would have continued down a path that would eventually lead to eternal darkness. If you haven't established a personal relationship with your Savior, do it today. Don't wait until it's too late. God Bless all who served aboard the Leahy.


Date: 2007-02-07 03:00:01
John E. Pyle ( / no homepage) wrote:

Loved the trip down memory lane. Crew member ASW Div. GMM3 88-91


Date: 2007-02-06 07:46:00
Donald Davis ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served aboard the Leahy 1987-1989.
BT2 Davis #1 Fireroom


Date: 2007-01-27 01:09:46
jeffrey w singer ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello I was a crew member from 1975 - 1977 jooned the crew in rota spain right after the lenengrad trip... thanks for the memories former OSSN jeff singer


Date: 2007-01-21 22:47:30
bill thornton ( / no homepage) wrote:

what's up mitchner, houk,robinson 1 and 2, brown, castenada, i would say bludworth but he,s a prick, anyway, LUPE, and the rest of the leahy bad ass softball team from 1988-1990. p.s. what's uo fritz


Date: 2007-01-21 07:41:31
Joel Trombley ( / no homepage) wrote:

She was a dam good ship. She shaped most of my adult life


Date: 2006-11-26 21:23:08
gene barrow ( / no homepage) wrote:

why can't i get into control center. I had a secret clearence, guess you need a top secret.


Date: 2006-11-20 23:12:38
William "Bill" Boyer ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served aboard the Leahy from late 1968 to Sept. 1970 and was an RDC. I made the UNITAS X cruise around South America which was my third cruise down there. I made two other UNITAS cruises (IV and V I think) aboard the Norfolk DL-1. I had my fair share of South America thats for sure. Anyone else out there make multiple UNITAS cruises? The Leahy was a great ship and sure did miss her. I got aboard her once here in San Diego before she was decommissioned. I salute all of my old shipmates.


Date: 2006-11-11 21:34:58
Frank Krug ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was just scooting through some older pictures on my PC and came across the picture of our Leahy being scrapped in Brownsville TX about 2 years ago. It is a painful picture to view for very long as she was always such a beautiful ship. To see her in such a condition, sitting right behind USS Gridley, already ripped open and exposed, is just not an easy thing to view. I thought about the thousands of guys I never met who manned this ship before and after me, and am glad we have this common thread of experience woven into each of our lives.
On this Veteran's Day 2006... I thank each of you for your faithful service to our country and I am proud to be numbered among you as serving aboard such a fine ship as the USS Leahy. I hope to meet more of you at upcoming reunions.

Frank Krug IC2 69-71


Date: 2006-11-11 18:08:15
Wayne Wenner ( / no homepage) wrote:

I hope everyone is having a pleasant Veterans Day, and I hope you all go through the crew roster and pick out those guys you havn't been in touch with for a while. Drop them a line, you both will apreciate it.

"Wiener" IC Gang 70-73


Date: 2006-11-06 04:49:50
Brian "Rudy" Rudolph ( / no homepage) wrote:

I will never forget the first time I saw the USS Leahy. I first saw it from a few thousand feet while onboard a CH-46. We flew in over the fantail for an underway personnel offload during Operation Desert Storm. Fresh out of VA Beach OS School, this was an awakening and an unforgettable experience. We didn't see much action because of the AEGIS influence but regardless, I gained a lot more life experience onboard (and off) Leahy than I would have at college. I wouldn't change it for anything.


Date: 2006-09-28 18:08:57
Robert Anton ( / no homepage) wrote:

Best wishes to all of you origional plank owners. I hope you all did well! I'd be glad to hear from you.


Date: 2006-08-27 01:42:09
Wes Postuma ( / no homepage) wrote:

Found this page quite by chance, thanks !!


Date: 2006-08-22 17:38:53
Robert M. Rains ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello to All My Dear Leahy Shipmates,

Words cannot begin to describe just how happy I was to see all of you the past few days. It really hit me hard as to just how important my time on the Leahy was. I can say without a doubt, despite all my other military experiences, that my time on the Leahy was the defining time in my military career. It was the cornerstone for the development of the deep and close personal bond that I share with all of you. And that being able to meet Dennis Kobylarz, Dick Murtagh, Dick Hall, and Barry Fallon added to that bond. Why? Because we all shared that beautiful and wonderfully unique piece of floating Naval Technology called the U.S.S. Leahy. This past weekend also reminded me of just how mortal I am and that in the future, no matter what, I will do all I can to attend the follow on reunions. Whether they be just a division+ affair or a full blown total ship’s reunion. But somehow I think the smaller ones will always be the best. I feel really bad that the rest of you were unable to attend our brief meeting in Norfolk and then at Koby’s. It was truly a magical moment in time.

Don’t be afraid to stay in touch you guys, I mean it too.

May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas
Your Leahy Shipmate, Robert M. (Bob) Rains


Date: 2006-08-20 20:59:40
Paul D. Richmond ( / wrote:

He was someone that made an impact upon me and not just because of his unique name. Part of the Presidential Honor Guard, reported to the Leahy before I (December 1973), and became a Fire Control Technician after I left in February 1975. I would have like to have spoken to him one last time.

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Date: 2006-08-14 01:26:05
Ernie Smith ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served aboard USS Leahy from late 1979 to early 1980 (just 6 months) During that time the Leahy participated in "RIMPAC 80" exercises and visited Pearl Harbor in early 1980. I don't see this info. in your "USS LEAHY Timeline" section.
Just FYI.


Date: 2006-08-02 20:41:15
LCDR Mark Lofton ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the Leahy from Jan '89 until June '92. I was EWO for 2 years and then 1st LT for rest of my time. I enjoyed my time aboard. We did 2 WestPacs during my years aboard. I don't miss the sea time, but we had a good crew and I miss the liberty ports.


Date: 2006-07-22 00:52:26
greg scott ( / no homepage) wrote:

served on board 85 to 86. hated every minute of it.leahy and her command was the reason i got out.
btcm scroggins is the only man i'll truly ever hate.should have stayed on the england. she was the best ship in yhe fleet. if anyone wonders who i am, i was bt2 scott and worked in the oil lab for a 1st class who didn't know his butt from a hole in the ground. i was constantly covering his butt. i'm alive and well in good ole tennessee. bye bye


Date: 2006-07-21 18:40:54
Tom "TJ" Johnson ( / no homepage) wrote:

Enjoyed the site. We need to have a reunion!


Date: 2006-07-11 00:13:26
John Landry ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served aboard her from 1981-1986. Had the best time of my life there. Saw many parts of the world that I will never get to see again. If there are any OS's out there who served with me I would really like to hear from you guys. P.S. It sure is hard to see the old girl cut up like that.


Date: 2006-07-09 00:21:53
John J Holden Jr ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have enjoyed looking back and learning about the history of the Leahy. My father served on the Leahy during the 60's and in my library are several items from the Leahy, including a sterling silver cup given to me as an infant from the crew of the Leahy (DLG). When I get a chance, I will try to locate and post some of the photos taken by my father of the crew, ship, and places it traveled during his duty period....... if anyone is interested. He loved his camera and there is a trunk full so I will have to sort through for special ones! This site is a must for the favorites selection.


Date: 2006-07-06 04:32:23
Fred Resz ( / no homepage) wrote:

I only knew her for a short time as a system's tech for the Missile Fire Control System (FC1) [April 92 - May 93] but what an affair we had! We spent many nights together in those 13 months, many MANY more than San Diego and I shared!! We took our final voyage together, and I'll cherish those memories until I die. After all of our good times (even the bad times were still good!) seeing her demise was gut-wrenching.

One of my worst memories: working 72hrs straight pier-side in Jabal 'Ali to get the 48E back online after a waveguide casualty.

One of my best memories: working 72hrs straight pier-side in Jabal 'Ali to get the 48E back online after a waveguide casualty. Oh yeah, then winning the Battle 'E' over those shiny new fancy pants Aegis cruisers!

Sr Chief Ridgel, nice to see you may be happy to hear that I didn't end up working at McDonalds!

Not a day goes by that I don't miss the Navy, my shipmates, and the two fine ships I served on, Leahy and Wm. V. Pratt (DDG-44). I thank all of them for making me who I am today.

Thanks for the site, and the memories refreshed!

Any old shipmates feel free to drop me a line!


Date: 2006-06-18 02:39:35
k j webb ( / no homepage) wrote:

when i see the pictures of the laehy in mothballs i choke up, kinda like putten your best dog down i love all my old ship mates boats


Date: 2006-05-29 23:46:30
Lanny Lipsky ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was onboard from 1969-1970. I won't forget the memories and crew that were made aboard a great lady.


Date: 2006-05-28 20:51:44
Johnny Messina ( / no homepage) wrote:

Arrived for duty in 1969,out of boot camp.Served to 1971.Unitas was a great cruise.Was a boatswain mate my whole tour of duty.Would like to contact bm1 Mize,sn Scott.Great site.


Date: 2006-05-26 20:45:17
FIGUERAS ( FIGUR5@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the Leahy from 88-90,the only fun i had was liberty in other countries.,and san diego.....ok ! tijuana too.You might remember me by two words....UA ? but i did enjoy mid-watch...especially in persian gulf.OH,i was in the 1st div., wife gets to sweep & mop,i will never pick up another broom & mop !! I do Physical Therapy now...its god to help other people.


Date: 2006-05-26 05:37:13
Robert M. Rains ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello Shipmates,
Glad to see we have a guest book now. I won't bore you with my bio, go to the current ship's crew roster for my personal story and a picture, (dated June 2003), if you are curious. My correct e-mail addy is also listed above.

I loved reading the entry by: Tom Luckey ( on 2005-11-10 03:14:12) He mentioned BM1 Mize. Glad you did Tom. I got promoted at sea by Captain Orlin N. Putnam. BM1 Mize sewed on my brand new IC3 “Crow” for me, on my blue jumper back in 1970. On his sewing machine, up in the focastle. We were in the Med at the time.

He did it regulation, double lined stitched, he made sure I new that too. As I remember he was smoking an ever present cigarette also.. A great guy and the epitome of the Old school Boatswains Mate. I think the Navy should have never gotten ride of the “Right Arm Rates”… Mize deserved to be one, For Sure!!!..

Hey Ike, glad to see you signed in finally. Even though you were a “puke” Yeomen serving in The Engineering Department, you were still a good guy… Anyone want to drop me a line, do so.
Later Shipmates,
Bob R. IC3, IC2(SS), MSG/E8 U.S. Army (Retired)


Date: 2006-05-25 19:42:25
George Ivekich ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on the USS LEAHY between 1968-1971. I was the Engineering Logroom Yeoman. I would like to hear from some of my ex-shipmates. What a beautiful ship and great time I had!....IKE


Date: 2006-05-15 12:49:02
John Dunn ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on board Leahy 1984 - 1987, was a great ship and a great crew, many memories.


Date: 2006-05-13 15:33:06
Olivier Collinet ( / wrote:

Hello Navy friends,

Congratulations, you have a great site. It is very informative. Keep up the good work.

Please visit my navy web site at

Greetings from Belgium.

Olivier Collinet
(ex Belgian Navy)


Date: 2006-05-12 20:19:47
Jerry D. Fausett ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a Blast From The Past!

1984 - 1989 was the fastest five years of my life. I served on four ships in my career and the USS LEAHY (CG-16) was the best!

I remember so many of my shipmates and not a day goes by that I don't think of something that happened with that ship and crew.

We need to have a reunion so we can tell our "Sea Stories".

For all my shipmates, "I Love You, No Shit!"

Jerry D. Fausett
OS1 (SW) USN,Ret


Date: 2006-04-18 22:57:18
Ronald Chavez ( / no homepage) wrote:

I arrived on Leahy in the summmer of 1988 and I was one of the last sailors to walk her decks in 1993. The finest ship in our fleet. I think back to my time on her, the friend made and the challages we overcame. No one outside her crew would ever know what special bond we have with eachother and the lovely lady we called home. Capt Stark, Capt West and finally Capt Smith, It was awesome serving with you. MCPO Rodriquez, MCPO Easu thanks for your mentorship and your friendship and the rest of the crew. We had some great times. too many stories to share. more to follow. aloha Ron Chavez.


Date: 2006-04-03 03:25:45
hal mathews ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on LEAHY from '74 - '78. QM2 MATHEWS.


Date: 2006-03-31 05:01:38
Jerry Maxwell ( / no homepage) wrote:

Does anyone remember the divers who went to see the propellor fairing when we hit the whale off NY? also I can see the phone booths going away at the end of DS piers. what a sight for someone that didn't spend much time on line the rail duty


Date: 2006-03-20 03:18:00
Paul Ulrich ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am aPlank Owner time aboard May 1962 to Nov 1963


Date: 2006-03-09 13:48:04
Tony La Tourette ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on the USS Leahy 1978/1979 Of the 8 ships I seved on the Leahy was the best. Great ship great crew. Also in my opinion the Leahy class is one of the most Graceful Beatuiful ships ever in the US Navy. It is a shame they did not save one of them for a memorial


Date: 2006-01-28 01:41:53
Patrick (Pat) Ridgel ( / no homepage) wrote:

1977-1981 FTM 3-1
1991-Decomission FTCS
Retired Master Chief, CMC USS Gonzalez 1998
Got bless all of my Shipmates. Leahy lives in our hearts. Thank you to all involved setting up this site. I have been waiting for years to touch base.
Pat Ridgel


Date: 2006-01-20 22:23:31
CDR Rich Haidvogel ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great site, sad to see the pictures of the scrapping. I was u/w in SD Bay the day she got towed out, very sad.


Date: 2006-01-10 01:50:48
Bob Crawford ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just surfing through and saw your very nice web site..your ship brings back many memories as a young man in 1970-1974..many times passing by and working at sea with your once great ship..keep up the good work guys..all the men that she kept safe through the years and helping become men..kudos..
Bob Crawford BT3
Pittsburgh Pa


Date: 2005-12-31 02:17:02
PC3 Steve Mullen ( / no homepage) wrote:

aboard Leahy 79-81


Date: 2005-12-28 07:42:46
Tim McCurry ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was my first ship and best command in my career, bar none. Going to retire in June 06 after 22 years and still remember my days onboard as if it was yesterday. Reported aboard Sept 86 and left her in 1990. Deployed with her as an analog ship and as an NTU bad-a.. boat! Became a VLS guy, had no other choice, and would always laugh at the range of the VLS birds. Some of my old shipmates I will always remember were GMM2 Scott Dishman, GMM3 'Levi' Garret, GMM2 Mike Janzen, GMM2 Ricky Fowler and so many others, the names are a blur but I remeber there faces and all the good times we had on WESTPAC 86-87, 88-89.


Date: 2005-12-18 02:59:02
Patrick Shima ( / no homepage) wrote:

Ahh the Leahy days, raising hell and working hard. 1980-1984. U.S.S. = Underway Saturday and Sunday. Tim Borovich, Allen Marr, Big Jon Lacy, crazy Ron Stedelin getting me into the brig in Yoko, Gordon Juhl the Oregon Man, Cheif Wink the Texan and Bossman Larry Tangen. Then came Tim Hurley, Gilson and Burgess who I run into in a Chinese rest. in a small town in Lincoln, Calif. some 15 years after working together. Lets see who wore the panties and got their lights punched out by my brother Bruce over at Fiesta Island? Tell me if you know, a clue you were an ET aboard the Leahy!! And who could ever forget that salty Chief Felch who let us ET's meander smartly aboard his signal bridge.


Date: 2005-12-11 07:25:27
Bill Gallahue ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was stationed aboard Leahy from 1980-1984 and was the Chief of OD Division.


Date: 2005-12-10 14:47:04
Teddy Gascon ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served from 1978-1982. Re-enlisted on board. Was in R-Division. Left Leahy as an HT2. Went to school and ended up on the Corel Sea till 1988.


Date: 2005-12-09 12:07:09
Ronald G Spurlock ( / no homepage) wrote:

December 7th the day of infamy. 60 years since then
May our fathers uncles and Grandfathers rest in peace , with the knowledge that their sacrifices were not in vain.
If they are still with you let them know you appreciate their sacrifices for the nation.
My father and his brothers answered the call.


Date: 2005-11-14 14:32:44
Robert L. Baughan, Jr. ( / no homepage) wrote:

Received your query relayed by Bill Gustin. Your work in producing the Leahy website is superb. Thanks for collecting so much valuable history that even I was not aware of. The narrative by Oleg Rykov is priceless and deserves wider distribution somehow. Bravo Zulu. Bob Baughan.


Date: 2005-11-10 03:14:12
Tom Luckey ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on board from 1971 thru 1974. Flunked out of ET school in Dam Neck, Virginia and was assigned to Leahy. Started out as a deck ape. Remember well my terror at being lowered over the side by a rope and sitting on a wooden plank held in place by 2 more ropes. Looking down at the surface of the water 30 or 40 feet below, I thought to myself "What the hell am I doing here?" Well, I was supposed to be chipping away any rust I saw and painting it over. The Leahy could not have any rust showing. She had to be pristeen. Which meant that seaman Luckey had to do the honors of maintaining her battleship gray exterior.

Anyway, I am really pleased to see this site. I shall forever miss the Leahy. She was a good home for me during my military tour of duty. I can remember many friends: Robby Roberson, Dave (Dynamite) Dierks, Charles Corbett; SH1 Parker, SH1 Green, Escobar (Cook E3), Red McGowan, (Cook E3), Ed Nagley? (Cook E3), John Minners from deck force, BM1 Mize, who assigned me to the forward focsle locker cleaning detail on my first day of duty on board and at sea. Boy, did I ever get sick. That up and down motion and then the slight side to side motion really got to me. I think I detectd a slight hint of amusement on the bosun's face.

Tom Luckey
Ships Serviceman 3rd Class


Date: 2005-11-08 20:51:03
Rick Scott (OSSN) ( / no homepage) wrote:

The Leahy still has a place in my heart!



Any Radarman or Operations Specialists out there?


Date: 2005-11-04 05:08:56
Randy Jacobs ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

21 years later and still by far the best commad I ever served on from 1987-2000


Date: 2005-11-01 23:35:43
Craig W Patterson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I reported on board 2 days before commissioning in Aug. '62 as an FT striker in 4th division. I was discharged as an FTM2 in April of '65 while the ship was in Charleston, SC.Sad to see the ship go! My Leahy experience was invaluable. Would love to hear from 4th div. crew and the missile guys, too.


Date: 2005-10-18 02:05:28
Chuck Bolder ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the pre-com detail the summer of 1962. I came right out of ET school at TI.Went to the 1st Med Cruise the Leahy made. We were on the Cuban Blockade and were there when we turned IVAN around and escorted him to the Med and they took him back through the Med. Saw a few names that looked familiar to me . Curt Mease an ET and played a game or two of Chess on the messdeck. Helped do the Cruise Book for the Med Cruise also.
Was on the Touch Football Team that RULED the MED on our Med Cruise. We had some real horses playing on that team.
Thanks much for the wonderful website will send some funds to help keep it going as it is TOP-NOTCH. Would like to hear from any of the plank owners that want to write. Email addy is :


Date: 2005-09-28 00:57:07
Kevin Hunter ( / no homepage) wrote:

Ken -I've found 3 old shipmates through your web-site. I was a BM2 and served aboard "Leahy "71-75". I'd love to hear from any other "Deck Apes" or crew members from those years.


Date: 2005-09-26 20:41:07
Kevin Hunter ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a great site,you've done a wonderful job on it. I'm using a picture of the "Ole Girl" as a screensaver. Alot of kids became men due to experiences onboard "Leahy" and I count myself lucky to be one of them!!


Date: 2005-09-26 18:00:32
Don Klaus/ FTM3 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Proudly served from 1964 to 1967 on the Leahy with some good men top to bottom. We had some good times that far outweighed the bad times. I would be interested in hearing from some of those who served in Div. 4 during that time.


Date: 2005-09-03 10:53:50
Arthur L Cook ( / no homepage) wrote:

Sorry to see it go. 1 div here


Date: 2005-08-23 04:53:54
Jim Little (BM3) ( / no homepage) wrote:

Many Great memories of the Leahy. WestPac '83 was a very memorable cruise for me. Getting chewed out by "Screamin' Fred Bailey" on the bridge while performing LeeHelm special evolutions, (refueling that day, as I recall...he never held a grudge! Zook in first division...Bobby Miles the "Man Overboard". BM2/3 "Tits" Titterington. Too many more things to list...sad to see the dismantling ...Like losing a friend.

Thanks for keeping the Leahy alive in our thoughts and dreams.


Date: 2005-07-22 15:44:15
Nikki Croteau ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father, James Croteau was on the Leahy. Just thought it was interesting to check out your site.


Date: 2005-07-11 21:33:23
Rich Crooks (USN Ret.) ( / no homepage) wrote:

OSSR-OS1 Served aboard the world finest cruiser twice..1981-1987, and then 1990- Decom. Arriving just weeks after turning 17. I grew up aboard Leahy, had the best friends a man could ask for, and learned what pride, professionalism, and patriotism truly were. I retired in 2001 and work in Dahlgren VA, on (dare I say it) Aegis systems and will always defend Leahy and her like to the Aegis lovers of the world. NTU cruisers were always the best in the fleet, and Leahy was first among the best.


Date: 2005-07-10 02:20:40
Roger Thomas ( / no homepage) wrote:

USS Leahy, my best at sea duty station....


Date: 2005-06-13 16:58:45
Richard Elrod ( / no homepage) wrote:

served aboard leahy Aug.79 to Feb. 82. HT1 LPO for R div. had some really great times on west-pac great crewmembers.Left the ship in the yards at long beach. i worked in MARE ISLAND NSY at the DRMO i recieved some of the leahy's parts in the scrapyard there.


Date: 2005-06-04 00:48:03
Ronald G Spurlock ( / no homepage) wrote:

steel friend of mine The link on the previous post was to a steel friend of mine, a warm powerful friend in the midst of a vast dangerous sea . A friend of mine that I have worked in, and a friend that has worked to protect me and my shipmates .A ship is a castle at sea, a part of America on the deep blue sea, a steel castle brisling with weapons in the midst of a storm tossed sea . My ship is a steel home far across the seas ,a deadly steel castle to my countries enemy's. On this memorial day an old sailors thoughts turn to the friends of his youth,and the ships that he served on , most of the ships are gone now, All memories of them will be gone when the men that served on them are gone.On this day I know that new steel castles are far off at sea , carrying the sons and daughters of America in harms way, God guide and protect those steel castles at sea, the pride of our great nation . Let us on this day take time to remember all those men in far off places ,defending our freedoms this memorial day.


Date: 2005-05-26 14:35:00
Larry Hudson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served onboard Leahy from Feb, 84 till Mar, 83 as FTM3, FTM2/FC2 in AFT Radar. Retired in Feb,03 as FCC. Leahy taught me alot about myself and what it meant to be a sailor. Great Site - Sure brings back memories


Date: 2005-05-18 05:14:12
Porter Allen ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on Leahy from Jan/81 - Sep/84. I was seventeen when I came on board. I had no idea how much fun I was having or how lucky I was to have such a safe place to grow up.
I was the ships barber for all but the first few months of my tour. It has been 21 years and I still find myself dreaming about the Leahy. It was sad to see the photos of her demise.
Our shipmate Mark Watson died last year. I was proad to stand up at his funeral and tell his parents and family that I was his shipmate and that I was proasd of him.


Date: 2005-05-10 04:43:09
John Mitchener ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served from 89-92 on the USS Leahy! Being young, foolish, and uneducated(didn't finish college)I began my service as an Operational Specialist Seaman on the mess decks during my first 90 days of shipboard service. My first assignment was vegetable preparation, which included chopping fresh veggies....but mainly peeling potatoes in this fantastic potato peeler. The potato peeler was basically a spinning pot with non-skid on the inside. It skinned potatoes faster than a Texan could skin a rattler. I think, I failed to mention, that my first days on the USS Leahy were underway on WESTPAC from 32nd ST enroute to the Persian Gulf. I remember getting off my flight from Viginia Beach VA(OS A school) and catching a cab to the base in San Diego. I showed my orders to the cabbie who took me straight to the pier where my ship was stationed. Being from Texas, I had never seen a large ship before and was overwhelmed by the size of the vessels along the pier especially the supply ship to my left as I walked down the row of ships to find the USS Leahy at the end on the starboard side...I think it was pier 3 or maybe pier 4. Once aboard, I was quickly indoctrinated and shown my rack. My fellow Operation Specialist who were on duty were playing spades and probably new about my discomfort and surprise at my new living conditions. Two names I can recall are OS2 Brown and OS2 Sailor, both shipmates invited me into their game and attempted to make me feel welcome. But I felt like a fish out of water, and would for months to come.
I appologize to you the reader for jumping around in this time line. However, I'm just relating my experience as I type.
Soon after boarding the Leahy, we left on WESTPAC for the Persian Gulf to escort Iraqi vessels through the Straits of Hormuz(sp). First stop Hawaii...nice uneventful...Second stop the Phillpines nice not uneventful. I found out what a cherry boy was and honestly believe that if you haven't been to Subic Bay as a Sailor you've missed the creme de la creme of "Navy" ports. Without expanding upon my experiences there. We traveled onward to Singapore, Hong Kong and then Bahrain. During or passage through the straits into the Persian Gulf we encountered a Soviet Naval Cruiser anchored with a cargo net hanging over her port side. Soviet sailors were taking a dip in the sea as we diligently manned our stations. For the next 3 months we escorted Iraqi tankers through the straits...this being just months after the United States downing of the Iranian air bus. Tension was high as I was moved from surface warfare to air warfare Identification station. A great opportunity for a young Seaman......TBC(I'm tired!)


Date: 2005-04-27 19:15:46
CHARLES BAIRD ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served aboard from 1970-1974. Was Captain Hoffman's gig coxwain during Med cruise 1971, then became a quartermaster for duration of my time onboard.


Date: 2005-04-26 20:06:07
Charles Baird ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served aboard the Leahy from October, 1970- July,1974 as a BMSN, then third class quartermaster. Would welcome any correspondence from anyone during that period. Thanks


Date: 2005-04-15 23:51:13
John Puralewski ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was an EM3 onboard from Feb. to Nov. 1979.


Date: 2005-03-24 02:34:57
PN1 Robert B. Pyle, USN-ret ( / no homepage) wrote:

As a retired naval person and historian it is painful to see ships being scrapped. I think, sometimes, it would be better to have them sunk in an exercise.

Thanks for your service to your nation to all her served on the Leahy - the old Fleet Admiral would be proud of you.


Date: 2005-03-20 12:44:31
Ronald G Spurlock ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the Leahy as part of the reserve unit from 1976-1980


Date: 2005-03-18 23:49:10
Brian Ackerman ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just wanted to be visitor #100. Also would love to hear from Brian Tuttle and Paul Baker!


Date: 2005-03-16 03:57:06
Gerald Murphy ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was attached to Navigation twice in 1975 from another ship @D&S Piers, Norfolk including the sojourn to Portsmouth, Helsinki and Leningrad. Good fellows all, I reckon that I supplemented a few salaries via the the poker games on the up-turned, felt-lined plotting table in CIC when in-port.


Date: 2005-03-14 13:30:37
nick ( / no homepage) wrote:

building model of this ship 1/72 scale r/ it looked in 1990


Date: 2005-03-11 22:29:55
Bill Shinholser ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served onboard from 69 -71 in E-Division. Served on 8 ships before I retired but Leahy has my best memories.


Date: 2005-03-10 03:44:55
Ben Futch ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was on Leahy 84 - 88 transfered while in long beach. left as RM2


Date: 2005-03-09 13:55:45
Joe Dougher ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on the Leahy from 5/71 to 12/74 and wish to make contact with some of my old ship mates, in retrospect those were the best years of my life and I didn`t know it till I got older.
Love this site.


Date: 2005-03-07 01:58:40
Kelvin Lowe ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hey folks, just thought I would drop a couple of lines letting everyone know that I'M still hangin doin my thang as usual,I wish everyone well and hope to hear from all my LEAHY Dogs real soon...Gods blessing to all..holla


Date: 2005-03-02 15:56:59
STG2 (ex) Doug Heilman ( / no homepage) wrote:

ASW Division 1973-78. Still looking for STGSN Steve Drake and GMTSN Joe Kissinger. I'm looking for any shipmates from that time period who would like to correspond via email.


Date: 2005-02-13 18:55:07
Richard Gonzales ( / no homepage) wrote:

Came onboard Dec.73 just beford med cruise. Work in ForwardEng and aft eng. Discharge 77 in Long Beach. Lots of good memories.


Date: 2005-02-10 03:44:26
Charles S. Ray GMMSN-GMM2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Joined Leahy during 1972 Med cruise, on board during Portsmouth overhaul, Gitmo retraining &1974 Med cruise and was discharged from Leahy in 1975. Was GMM2 in 2nd Div. Lots of memories come back looking at this great website.Keep up the good work.


Date: 2005-01-17 02:12:58
Steve Zinsli ( / no homepage) wrote:

Came onboard 1973. ship was in portsmith shipyard. Forward fire room, remember alot of fun times, with alot of differant people from other parts of the ship. Looking for Donald Keesler, and Mike Coyle, Tom Johnson, . Am still in touch with Bobby Wynn, David Graham. Wish all the people could meet at the reunion.


Date: 2005-01-13 02:18:41
Dave Hood ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a great site. It was thoroughly depressing to see the final pictures of her being dismantled. I served onboard from 72 - 74 in OI Div as an OSSN and have many memories that are best described as "the best of times & the worst of times". Some of the other OS's onboard at that time were George Kern, PJ Bachman, Pat O'Brien, Tom Batson, Sam Monroe, Mark Day, Desnoyers, Wall, Frank Pritz and Charlie Galski to name a few. Fair winds and following seas to all my Leahy shipmates.


Date: 2005-01-03 17:14:19
Richard Ike ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great site, served on DLG-16 as TMSN in 1972-73. Still looking for TM3 Murphy and TM3 Mills, (known as Grit)...I remember Moe Dunne, he used to write my sister. Lots of good memories of that Med cruise.Would like to hear from any old shipmates. Thanks again for a great site and am wondering where our 2005 reunion will be held. God bless us all.


Date: 2004-12-27 16:32:09
Art Fairson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I came aboard as a fresh Ensign and served on the Leahy from Feb '92 until decomm as Auxiliaries Officer, and as the "Spaghetti" side of the "Meatball and Spaghetti" duo that shared duties as Helo Control Officer. It was sad to see the pictures of the Leahy in her final trip, but she looked sharp right up until the end. This is a great site and I look forward to contributing some pictures and memorabilia in the future.


Date: 2004-12-22 22:59:03
Anthony Olson (oly) BTFA - BT2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great site! Very nice reminiscing. Thank you for the website.
I served onboard the Leahy from 1979-1984, as a matter of fact reenlisted onboard her on December 7, 1881. 2 westpacs, rimpacs and trip across the Pacific chasing a Russian trawler that plucked up one of our missile drones off the coast of Point Magoo.
Great times…. God bless all.


Date: 2004-12-15 19:10:25
karl d roth ( / no homepage) wrote:

First I would like to thank Ken Deshaias in getting this website together. Because of Ken we can all communicate with each other. I served aboard the Leahy from recommission in Philly until 12/10/69. I remember Unitas X and our wonderful Captain. For those of you who were on the Leahy must have great memories of your time and Captain Putnam. Best of luck to all former crew members no matter what year you served. I will surely miss that beautiful SHIP.
Karl D Roth


Date: 2004-12-04 01:47:25
Jim Garrett ( / no homepage) wrote:

Gunners mate served 86 to 88 left the Navy while Leahy was in Long Beach ship yards. Had a wonderful WesPac cruise and enjoyed the web site with my young son. I'm trying to convince him if he joins the service serve the Navy. I guess I'm to the age where I begin to reminise about what I was or could have been. Doesn't getting old stink!

God Bless all who served (and everyone else too)


Date: 2004-11-25 23:35:29
Patrick Cahill ( / no homepage) wrote:

Reported to USS Leahy in early 1962 after going to Newport, RI, pre-commissioning school. I served as a side-boy during commissioning. Aboard her, I stood look-out watches, bridge talker, and track and plotted surface and air contacts in CIC. There was a lot of hard work as the ship was brand new and we wanted to keep it looking that way. The crew was very talented and we did well. I left the ship in Naples in November of '64, and went on to work for the government and retired after 36 years of service. There are lots of fond memories that were stirred as I watched our ship being dismantled. It reminded me of an autopsy being preformed. Thank you for the great work done on your website and it was a pleasure serving with the original crew.
-P.J. Cahill, RD3


Date: 2004-11-19 08:07:10
Ronald G Spurlock ( / no homepage) wrote:

1976-1980 U S S Leaky C G - 16 I was a MM-2 my name is Ronald G Spurlock I worked in the after engineroom, M Division I was part of the reserve attachent from Nashville Tennessee. I live in Antioch TENNESSEE my E-MAIL is


Date: 2004-11-18 15:58:03
ETC william pesola Ret ( / no homepage) wrote:

sad to see the pictures of the Leahy being cut up, she was a great ship and help me make chief with all the equipment i got to work on. Was on board mach 1975 to July 1978


Date: 2004-11-15 14:05:52
Ed Crean ( / wrote:

Been looking at this site for a couple of years now, it seems. Thought I put an entry in here before, but no. Still a great site Ken. Trying to recruit for next year's reunion.


Date: 2004-10-16 23:37:24
John Hueg ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was stationed on board from Nov.'74 to Apr.'77. Had alot of fun and learned alot while on board. Worked up in forward engine room with Ross, Greenawalt, Simpson, Berger and Swallow. Made that great cruise to Leningrad and then the Med. in '75. Looking to find more shipmates to chat with those times. Going thru this web site jogs the old memories and I can still remember alot of faces from the engineering dept.


Date: 2004-10-05 01:02:58
Ernest Ray ( / no homepage) wrote:

Ken you have really done an outstanding job on this web site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Date: 2004-10-03 22:26:35
E. H. Ray ( / no homepage) wrote:

Good start,thanks for spending the time. Served May 1966 to Febuary 1967.A lot of good people and a lot of good times.


Date: 2004-09-29 18:32:41
Kim Stewart ( / no homepage) wrote:

73-77 assistant LPO.

where are Harding, Chilly, Yountz, Forklift, et al...

i know where hog-body Hager is.....

give it up.


anyone remember the Aquisition?


Date: 2004-09-16 18:21:13
Kelvin Lowe ( / no homepage) wrote:



Date: 2004-09-11 00:46:10
Chris Zobel ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just had a flashback to that wonderful extended deployment to the Med 1970 1971. I remember sitting off the coast of Jordan (I think) and waking up each morning with sand on the deck.
The best memory is when we were relieved and went to Athens for R&R. One morning in Athens,we woke up to reville and 10 min later we were at GQ, in port. We were all confused and hung over but we soon saw a WWII mine floating down the harbor towards the ship. UDT team netted it and sunk it out of harms way. Does anyone else remember this?? Would like to test my memory for accuracy.


Date: 2004-09-06 19:10:42
Michael Lucas (KOOLHAND LUKE) ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just found site, and it is great to see some memories of my time on the Leahy. Remember them well, Unitas X, med cruises, New York, West Point, and others. I was a DC3 in A&R div. and worked in machine shop. Would like to hear from old shipmates Tim Pflug , Duwayne Zingler, Jim Ritterbush, Leroy Peters, anyone who worked in shop. Keep up good work.


Date: 2004-09-06 18:11:57
Jack Klett ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served from 63-67 (Decomm in Phila). I grew up
on the Leahy. I was a RM2 (OC Div) when I left.
Great memories 2 med trips, numerous trip to the
caribeean (RUM). and the famous 4 month trip to
South America.


Date: 2004-07-27 02:20:49
NOYES HANSCOME ( NOYESJR@AOL.COM / no homepage) wrote:



Date: 2004-06-28 22:30:08
BTFN Eric Lindsay ( / no homepage) wrote:

Stationed aboard the Leahy, January 1986 to September 1988. I was and still am a hole snipe, now in the private sector. I learned a great trade on the Leahy and will never forget that.


Date: 2004-06-24 17:39:26
Ron Hamrick ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the Leahy from 68-70. I'll try to dig up photos and send.


Date: 2004-06-17 01:49:53
Ron Lasley ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was in the aft fireroom through 1967 when we put her out of commision. It was a great time for making friends. Unfortunely as time goes by you lose touch with them. I just found out one of my best friends died this year Paul Brown. We will miss him. David Potter if you are out there email me.Check out my web


Date: 2004-05-31 03:35:52
Marshall K Bellock ( / no homepage) wrote:

precommisioning school til jan 1965. Spent some time in hospital then back to Leahy. she looked fast when she was sitting still. missed all you later guys. worked radio shack. tough with no chief. See you guys at the renunion in Charlestown this year in sept.have plastic model of leahy to bring to help keep this site going. thanks ken


Date: 2004-04-25 00:48:09
Kenneth Rothwell ( / no homepage) wrote:

I see from the Awards page that the ship earned a meritorious unit Award from 1984-1985. I was on board during that time frame, except for the last week, as I was left behind in Australia with others. Am I eligible to wear the M.U. ribbon on my uniform? Sice I was discharged into the Navy Inactive reserves on May 10th, 1985, there is nothing about it on my DD-214. Can anyone help me?



Date: 2004-03-22 19:44:18
William 'Bill' Dunn ( / no homepage) wrote:

Such a great 'site'. I just found this and plan on attending the reunion in Charleston, SC this fall. I served from Jan. 1963 thru August 1963. SK3.......Anyone remember our visit to Ocho Rios, Jamaica in 63'?????


Date: 2004-03-12 16:22:48
James Fisher ( / no homepage) wrote:

Remember well Leahy's time in Yokosuka after '78 grounding. We (Lockwood FF-1064) were kicked out of the dry dock early. Those of us that lived there were getting as annoyed with you guys as you were with your extended stay. Found a Leahy jacket on my way to my apartment one night, used it for years as a work coat. Nice site,
J.M.Fisher (MM1/SW had enough after 12)


Date: 2004-03-03 15:20:20
Leon Pederson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the USS Leahy from 1992 til decom I had a great time and I would not give the time I spent on her for anything in the world. I f any of myold friends see this email me!


Date: 2004-02-27 16:29:32
fouts,michael ( / no homepage) wrote:

on board 1965 and 1966. had interesting and good times.


Date: 2004-02-18 21:40:15
Kenneth Setser ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for bringing back the memories, appreciate the hard work on the site...


Date: 2004-02-08 04:21:37
Shsn stanley moore ( / no homepage) wrote:

stumbled across site while surfing ,Had no idea this site existed.served on leahy from 89 to 92 will update info at later date .this site is now bookmarked thanks....


Date: 2004-02-03 01:00:11
SK3 Ashley Watts ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was onboard from summer 69 until Christmas 71.
Lots of good memories. Keep up the good work.


Date: 2004-01-02 07:30:44
John Souders ( / no homepage) wrote:

Got tears in my eyes after going through every page and picture. was onboard from Mayof 71 to Dec of 74 was a MM2 in the Forward Engine Room. Thanks for the Memories. Your doing a great job.


Date: 2003-12-16 12:22:05
Joe Mulcahy ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was excited to hear about this home page for the uss leahy.
I would like to hear from any body on board from 1977 to 1980. In the M division.


Date: 2003-12-13 00:39:48
Mike Schieve ( / no homepage) wrote:

Came to the Leahy right out of boot camp[1967]. and was on board for her re-comissioning in Philly, was in Gun division and was at the reunion in Niagara Falls Hope to make the next one---- spent my whole enlistment on board the Leahy and was discharged in


Date: 2003-12-10 15:52:43
Glen Berree ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great Website! it brings back a lot of memories. I was XO from 1983 - 1985.


Date: 2003-12-08 13:17:11
Ray Lee ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on board from 74 to 77 in B div then IC gang. Enjoyed the reunion. Where's Billy? Looking for Smitty.


Date: 2003-12-07 01:48:22
Chris Steele ( / no homepage) wrote:

I really love the sight, really brings back memories, I was on board USS Leahy from 1990 till it decommed...Thanks again for a wonderful sight...


Date: 2003-12-03 19:50:43
Richard Beckman ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on the Leahy 1966 to 1967. Worked in 4th division on the forward 55A radars and WDE equipment. The only FTG in 4th division.
The page gave me great memeories.


Date: 2003-11-20 04:46:26
Bob Reiher ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was stationed onboard LEAHY from 88-90, first as an MS1 and was selected to MSC just prior to transfer.


Date: 2003-11-10 22:12:43
Jack Saxton ( / no homepage) wrote:

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and we should all take time from busy day to remember those who have served, and those still serving. There is music with this video, so make sure you have your speakers turned on.


Date: 2003-09-24 15:40:51
joe jewell (mmc)(sw)ret. ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served onboard 1975-1978 in m-div in main control. I am glad i found this site. I too have fond memories while onboard. please add me to the ship's roster, and wouldlike to hear from others. especialy mmc joe schaffer. fair winds and following seas. joe


Date: 2003-08-29 01:35:06
gary perritt ( / no homepage) wrote:

I just learned about the uss leahy home page and would like to hear from any one who served from 1962-1965. I was assigned to oi dept. and was known for his alkali soap laced coffee.
I plan on attending the reunion and hope to see some
of my old shipmates there.


Date: 2003-08-12 04:41:11
Wayne Wenner ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for the great site Ken.


Date: 2003-08-05 20:10:26
John M. Solomon ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great site, brings back a lot of memories.I was a cook on Leahy from 1972 thru 1974 .Shipmates with Moe Dunne, Red McGowan.


Date: 2003-07-30 17:14:04
Colette E. Crowley ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was great to see this site.


Date: 2003-07-30 16:07:59
Sheila Ann Crowley ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father ETC Dennis Crowley sent me the link to your web page. He was/is thrilled about the whole thing.


Date: 2003-07-29 18:42:37
Dallas Bethea ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was Ops Officer and Senior Watch Officer in USS Leahy from 1977-79. We fired 19 surface-to-air missiles during that period, and there wasn't a cruiser in the Pacific Fleet who could keep up with us. We even blew USS Horne out of the water in a 15 mile drag race. Wasn't even close.
I had the priviledge of commanding an Aegis Cruiser, USS Cowpens, in the Kitty Hawk Battle Group when USS Leahy made her final deployment in 1992-93. She never looked better or more proud than she did during that final deployment and because of that Captain Bill Smith and her magnificent crew won the Battle E as the finest ship in the Cruiser-Destroyer Group for 1992. A fitting final tribute to a splendid warship with a proud history!
It broke my heart to watch her get decommissioned in 1993. While I was operating off the coast in Cowpens, I sadly watched from five miles away as a Navy tug towed her slowly north to San Pablo Bay in San Francisco to her final resting place. I had my crew render honors to starboard as we passed up her port side.
Sweet 16 - what a ship!


Date: 2003-07-29 17:50:19
John H. Minners ( / no homepage) wrote:

Have long awaited a site for the Leahy. It was the last ship I served on during my four year hitch (67-71) Great page. I will be back often


Date: 2003-07-27 00:53:01
Steve Zinsli ( / no homepage) wrote:

site is great. actually know some of those that served. will be at the reunion. hope to see my old friend. and meet new ones


Date: 2003-07-20 08:11:34
Michael J De Michele ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for this web site. It meens a lot to me.


Date: 2003-07-17 01:02:02
MM2 Balbach ( / no homepage) wrote:

Came aboard in Charleston, SC in NOV 63. Worked in FWD Engineroom. Reenlisted and left the ship in AUG 65.


Date: 2003-07-11 00:12:26
Wayne Wright OSSN ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served from 1981 to 1983 in the OI Division. What a beauty of a ship she was fast and furious.


Date: 2003-07-10 19:19:18
joseph baumann BT2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

came on board in 78 -80 was on board in yokosuka


Date: 2003-07-06 20:31:44
David H. Offen ( / no homepage) wrote:

Plank owner - Served 1962 to 1965. Reported aboard at the shipyard in Bath. Weapons group. FTM2. Like Mease, I remember the 56 degree roll very well. Kind of a sloppy replenishing day!


Date: 2003-07-05 02:56:17
noyes hanscome ( / no homepage) wrote:

my first visit

i served onboard the leahy from late 73 - aug 75
first with the deck force and then with the ft's


Date: 2003-06-20 20:55:37
George Lyles ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on board from 1962-1966


Date: 2003-06-12 22:56:58
Bobby Wynn ( / no homepage) wrote:

change of e-mail to previous message.


Date: 2003-05-31 05:41:45
Jeremy Barrett ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served in B divison (forward fireroom) from Apr91 to Oct93.Thanks to all for remembering the sweet 16!I believe it would better fit her to be sunk as a reef than to be made into razor blades!
God Bless to all who served proudly on the Leahy!!
May she not be forgotton!


Date: 2003-05-30 16:22:27
Anthony Knoch ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served onboard Leahy from Jan 91 to Oct 93. I was onboard for the last ever cruise and the decommisioning. I am greatful I found this site and all the treasures contained therein. If anyone from the last crew remembers me or just wants to talk over some great memories, please contact me at my email address provided. I'm very sorry to hear that she's headed to the scrap pile, but I guess that's better than being sunk. May USS Leahy (CG-16) rest in piece whatever her eventual fate.


Date: 2003-05-05 22:27:54
Johnnie Hale ( / no homepage) wrote:

served onboard 1965 to 1966 aft boilerroom btfn


Date: 2003-05-05 02:11:39
Scott Phillips ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served aboard the Leahy from Jan 86 until the summer of 91. My first work center sup was Clyde Williams, first LPO was Rich Lochbaum, first port of call was Acapulco. I worked on WDS mk14 in aft missle plot with Don johnson, Mark Frost, and George Labrador. I was later work center sup and guard force p.o. I use to hear from Matthew Wilmerton (yoggi) and i still do hear from Steve Anderson (slug). Fox Division was absolutely the greatest. I'll never forget the salty bastards that made it home for almost 5 years


Date: 2003-04-30 17:04:26
Roy Everhart, PC3 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served 1964-1966. Had some great times. Thanks for the work and this site.


Date: 2003-04-30 03:48:10
Daniel Day ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was on board from Nov. 76 to Aug. 79. This was not a good time for me (young and stupid). As those who were there remember I was fired from being an EM. I spent the rest of my tour as a BT. That is another story. It was not Tokyo bay we ran aground but Yokosuka harbor. I burned my hand on a hot valve and got knocked to the deck when we hit. I did get the year book for the westpac and did make shellback. I have alot of pictures of the ship in drydock. More than the yearbook shows.


Date: 2003-04-21 02:31:31
Tom Barry ( / no homepage) wrote:

To borrow a phrase from the Bob Hope birthday special tonight "thanks for the memories." Served on USS Leahy as First Lieutenant from June 1970 to December 1971. Saw Bob Hope 1970 Christmas show while on Med cruise.


Date: 2003-04-20 14:22:02
EN2 Alan Beard ( / no homepage) wrote:

Anyone serve this vessel in 1977-79? Specifically when Capt. Pearlman ran her aground in Tokyo Bay? I'd love to see some old photos of the hull in dry dock.


Date: 2003-04-14 14:04:10
Julio Campuzano ( / no homepage) wrote:

served from 70 to 71 was Commodore's driver while onboard. Hope everyone is doing well. Please contact me so we can share some laughs, especially BM1 Mize.


Date: 2003-04-11 16:06:41
Curtis L. Mease ( / no homepage) wrote:

Glad I found the site. Hope to attend the reunion. I, too, am a plankowner. I was attached to LEAHY from pre-commissioning training at Newport, RI from July(?) 1962 through expiration of enlistment 26 MAR 1965. Enjoyed the pictures. I remember Paulhus and Pettit. At special sea detail I served as bridge messenger and hung around the QM chart table when not messengering. While attempting to replenish at sea during a Mediterranean storm, we took a 56 degree roll. I believe Pettit was also on the bridge at the time. I recall a young Ensign who lost his footing during the roll and wound up standing, briefly, on the port bulkhead of the wheelhouse. I hope some of the other guys from my division find this site and log on--Bolder, Barrong, Murphy, Thaxter, Byers--the list goes on. It's been a long time. Curt Mease, ETR-2 OE Division


Date: 2003-04-11 03:02:45
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Date: 2003-04-11 02:54:11
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Date: 2003-04-06 16:49:27
Steven Baldus ( / no homepage) wrote:

served aboard the leahy from dec.1974-april 1979.
I was a GMM2 and in charge of the aft missle house.
Most of the guys who might remember me would have known me as "smiley".I made the trip to Leningrad and still have a lot of memorabilia from that trip. I also made the trip thru the panama canal to san diego.I was also on the 78-79 west-pac when we ran aground in Yokasuka Japan.Most of my 4 1/2 yrs aboard Leahy were a very wonderful experience and I would especially like to express my eternal respect for captain [admiral] sinclair who I greatly admired.


Date: 2003-03-29 15:26:38
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Date: 2003-03-29 04:18:35
Brian La Plante ( / no homepage) wrote:

As a former crew member I'm proud that this site is up. God bless and good job. Hope to see you at the reunion.


Date: 2003-03-05 03:33:22
CRAIG ONEILL BT2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

hi guy's well i am looking to e-mail any snipe who remembers me or other crew member. i was looking at my crews book last week, which got me to looking for a websight for the leahy. drop me a line if you have time. hey! dale knolin or melnik you out there. craig


Date: 2003-03-02 03:20:53
Bobby Wynn ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on the Leahy in Forward Fireroom from August of 73 to March of 77. Made the trip to Leningrad, then around to the west coast through the Panama Canal to Calif. I plan to be at the reunion and can not wait to see everyone. I would not take anything for my 3and half years of memories from that ship and shipmates.


Date: 2003-02-26 21:11:28
TM2 Wilson ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was an honor and a privilege to serve onboard the USS Leahy. My best wishes to all men who served during my tour 1989-1991.I hope each and everyone of you have had a great life since our departing ways.

All my best,


TM2 (I would rather be fishing) Wilson


Date: 2003-02-22 03:01:12
David Graham ( / no homepage) wrote:

I joined the ship at Athens in 1971 and left after return from Med and Leningrad in Nov.1975 worked in Fwd. Fireroom and Oil Shack. To many aquaintences to list. Hope to hear from some of them.


Date: 2003-02-21 07:59:13
Danny Earl Fletcher ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a surprise to find this site! I was assigned precom school until end of 1964 med cruise. Discharged Brooklyn naval yard. E-5 Radarman, always wondered why I was never notified of plankowners ceremony. I guess I missed it! I see one plankowner listed.I'm really surprised to see that!Any of you old seadogs see this I'd sure be glad to E-Mail. The only person I've kept in touch with is Wiley Bennet from Durham N.C.If anyone has kept up with Vernola, Mochnoc, Cahill,Williams,or anyone else on the original crew, I certainly would like to hear about it. It looks like the old lady had a long life. I'm surprised to see she steamed for so many years! My best to all of the Leahy Crews. The memory lives ! Dan Fletcher


Date: 2003-02-18 21:33:10
Kris Krug ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice site! My husband, Frank Krug, served on the Leahy from 1968-71 and I know he'd love to hear from some shipmates including Jim Ritterbush, Wilbur Shinholzer, Bob Rains, John Woods, just to name a few.


Date: 2003-02-17 23:43:36
Brian Ackerman ( / no homepage) wrote:

CIWS Tech from 81 to 85


Date: 2003-02-01 17:55:09
Steven R. Miller ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served on USS Leahy DLG 16 1973-1976 in the after fireroom (B Div.) BT3. Was very excited to find this site, but was sorry to see it gad been Decommissioned. had been wondering for years what had happened to her. Thanks for a great site. Add me to your list address is Rt3 Box266, Buckhannon, WV 26201


Date: 2003-01-26 20:14:42
Barry F. Thomas ( / no homepage) wrote:

FTM3 served from April '66 to decommissioning in Jan '67 Worked on fwd 55A missile radars. FTM2 Ordered back for Precom crew (Plankowner on second commissioning) April '68. Worked on aft 55B radars. EAOS in April '70.


Date: 2003-01-13 04:11:03
Ronny Murray ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served in 78-79.Was a BT-2.Miss all my friends!!!!


Date: 2003-01-07 14:04:03
Oleg Rykov ( / no homepage) wrote:

Jolly good start of a long time expected site of the USS Leahy! Sending my hello from "over the hill" officers and sailors of a decommisioned Soviet Navy unit "CCB -493" which had an encounter with your cruiser at Point Mugu back in 1985 crusing 3 days in an`"honorary escort" of the
"admiral" and her company in your crusier's effort to return a Navy drone picked up by our ship.
Anyone has any recollection of that or pictures of the "Charlie Charlie Bravo" taken by your crew? If any, I would appreciate receiving one.
Have a smooth sailing,
Sincerely, Oleg Rykov, LCDR Russian Navy Rtr.


Date: 2002-12-24 10:57:29
Geldon R. Harper ( / no homepage) wrote:

Joined ship in 1969 while still in the Portsmouth Navy Yard. Made UNITAS X and emergency deployment to the Mediterranean in 1970. During the period between these two deployments, ship made visits to Puerto Rico, New York, West Point and Boston. Arrived onboard as SN assigned to Deck Division - later transferred to OC Division. Departed ship in April 1971 as RM3 while still the Mediterranean. Good looking site - Glad to finally see a web site dedicated to Leahy.


Date: 2002-12-20 23:12:28
Darrell Dodgens ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on her from 69-72 any body remember unitas X cruse man what a blast!was everthing from mess cook to bm to underway watch and still dont like split pea green soup!Iam glad this is going to happen pitcher in deck div was night baker and they pulled me out of rack to take this picture thats why I look like hell. Looking forward to seeing you all this sepsee you their .Darrell


Date: 2002-12-19 19:54:02
Robert (Bruce) Cullen BM2 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice site....keep up the good work! I was on the Leahy from 1964 to 1967....took her to the yard in Phily then I went on to other exotic lands. 2 Med cruises Unitas 7 Dominican Republic....bla...bla...bla...

Does anybody remember.....McCloud BM1...Ware BM3...Ivy Bm3...Stony Burke....lost track of him in Nam....Bumgarner....another Nam graduate...Web BM3....the surfer from Calif. De Leon BM3 Vietnam class of 66 (Silver Star)....The list goes on. Guess you might like to know who I am......BM2 Cullen check the cruise book photos for 1st Div. Most of the guys in the photos on your site I knew....It's been a long time. Add me to your list.......Robert (Bruce) Cullen BM2
7 Brookwood DR
Collinsville, IL 62234


Date: 2002-11-26 01:53:20
Paul Harty ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served onboard from October 1970 to May 1, 1970. I was a YN and worked in the office and in the sickbay.


Date: 2002-11-20 21:08:54



Date: 2002-10-12 11:40:01
Ken Deshaies ( / wrote:

Guestbook initiated on 12 October 2002.