The Tonkin Gulf Incident- Some Personal Memories of the Day the War "Started"
The Greatest song of the Vietnam Era- Country Joe's "Feeling Like I'm Fixin to Die Rag". Read about it, listen to it and read the lyrics
Old bluejacket- A Great Site with Accounts of Boot Camp and Seagoing Life in the Vietnam Era
Ships of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club With Links to Dozens of Ship Web Sites.
A Great Site Full of Memorabilia about Subic Bay- 1945 to 1981
So What If It's a Bit "Marine-Oriented?" It gets better all the time.
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club- Adventures on Yankee Station
Visit the China Fleet and Alliance Clubs of Hong Kong and Yokosuka, Japan- Then and Now
(Thanks to Mike Klein)
Bobby Clements' Vietnam Memories- 63-67
LT Tom Stuart's Memories- The View From the Bridge
You might not Recognize the New Subic Bay !
Subic Bay Ammo Pier
A Detailed Map of Downtown Olongapo Find your Favorite Sleazy Dive.
Sailor Bars of Olongapo- A Reverential Ode by Fred Reith
You will Recognize these Aerial photos of Subic Bay, circa 1965- Photo 1 and Photo 2 (from the NavSource site).
Did you Visit Pagsanjan Falls ?
If you did, check this US stamp printed in
1932 for the Philippines, that was supposed to
show Pagsanjan Falls- Instead they used a
picture of Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park, California.
Your government at work !!
We know times have changed out there, and Fosters, Bud Light, Miller Draft,
Corona and Coors are available, but, with
apologies to the late lamented Rainier Brewing
Company, there is only one truly tropical nautical
beer - the one that John Wayne, Ward Bond
and the rest of that P.T. Boat crew drank in
that little bar on Zamboanga in the 1943 movie "They Were
Expendible." Except for the kid that had to drink
milk because he wasn't 21 yet...San Miguel ! The Mother's Milk of Downtown Olongapo City.
(Thanks to the P.R. of Diego Garcia's webpage for that observation.)
Memories of FT Al Dickerson- Aboard the "U.S.S.R."- 1967-8
Ever Wonder What Happened to Rainier's Holiday Ensign? Read Radioman Ed Manion's 66-70 Memories (A Work in Progress)
SM3 Steven Temple's Memories of Westpac- 1967 to 70
Are these the original notes for his now-famous book "We Deliver-You Fire" ?
The VietVet Page
Some "Surprising" Vietnam War/ Vietnam Vet Statistics
Charles Paige'sWESTPAC Memories- From the USS Midway-1968-72- A fine piece of literature.
The Webmaster's Nostalgic Cruise on the victory ship SS Lane Victory
The First Cav's "Hanoi Jane" Website, The Girl you Love to Hate
And, Speaking of Propaganda...
1965 Chinese Poster- "Oppose the Invasion of the Democratic Republic
of Vietnam by the Reactionary Americans."
(Think about this one next time you shop for cheap electronics.)
More Vietnamese and Chinese Vietnam Propaganda Posters
WWW.City.Net's Great Map of Vietnam
Vietnam War Stories Hundreds of First Person Memories
World War Two, Korea and "Cold War" Era Links
Click the Logo Above to Go to the KDVA Website.
Joe Appelt BM3's Photo Album- Korea - 1953
Four Circa '62 Rainier Sailors at Yokosuka, Japan
H. Berg, J. Orlando, J. Sanelli and M. Klein (and somebody on the floor)
Fred Flores' Page of BIG Korea Era Photos
Dick Hemingway (Whites)and Bob Merical(Blues) in 1953
Dick Hemingway and Friend- 1953
BMC(Ret.) Paul McDonnell's Pix from 1953-4
POD from 12 MAY 1953 courtesy of Lois Hemingway and
some shots of the Mt. Fuji Lake District R&R Hotels, circa 1953, and the USS Valley Forge.
If you stayed there, tell us about it.
(AE SAILORS ALWAYS GET THE GIRLS !)
Bill Shelton's Korea Pics- 1953
Rainier Rearms the Cruiser USS Los Angeles- 1950-photos by Fred Keeler, BM2
A Rare Shot of
Downtown Port Chi.
Jack Phillips, circa 1959 in Port Chicago California.
Across the street upper right is the Clover Club where the locals hung out.
Above the Clover Club was a hotel and rooms were like 2 bucks a nite.
On the side
of the street Jack is on were the Corner Club and a rib joint.
I know this is
the only photo of Port Chicago I have ever seen.
There may be moreout there ?
BT3 Mike Klein (1960 to 1964.)Thanks, Mike
Orville Hall (Center)and Shipmates with Springfield Rifles. Who are the other guys?
A BIG Selection of WW II Memories of Rainier and her Crew
including the Sketches of Seaman 2c E.M. Parker
and the Remembrances of the late Dr. Mel Davis, Rainier's WW2 ship's surgeon-
Don't Miss this Page !
New!- Includes pictures of Dr. Davis,
courtesy of his son Rob Davis.
Map of Rainiers WW2 Cruises Courtesy of Dave Lenox
USS Mt. Baker's Fatal Collision with a Korean Navy Destroyer_ MAY 1952
Third Class Barber Pete Popoff's Rainier Experience- 1950's
Fred Flores' Korea Photos- 1952
Harold Bahr's Korea Era Pictures- War in Black and White
Memories of Rainier- 1961-63 from Chief Gunner Jake Jacobs
With Lots of Pictures from '61
Patricia Kenney Anderson's Memories of her Dad, Chief Charles Kenney- 1942
NEW ! Sharon Clark sent us some great pictures,and very BIG ones, of Rainier and her crew in World War Two,
collected by her great-uncle Charlie Thomas. Check out these beautifully detailed photos.
The WW2 Vet Page
The US Navy in World War Two
All About the Naval Armed Guard,
and a lot of WWII Merchant Marine
and Liberty and Victory Ship Links
Read the Fascinating History of Olongapo City During WW 2
George Sallet's Diary of a WWII Destroyer Sailor
with a reference
to Rainier at Savo Island/ Guadalcanal - 12AUG42-
Were you there ?
A Fine Korean War Resources Page
Other Interesting Stuff
Your Webmaster Has Other Loyalties- I Had a Great Two Week Reserve Cruise in 1971 aboard the USS Gearing (DD-710) in Italy.
What a difference steering a destroyer at 35 knots compared to the
lumbering Rainier at 12 !
Gearing> operated during the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet Cruise as a Reserve destroyer. Reservists rotated aboard every two weeks. My reserve group had a three day liberty in Rome featuring an audience with the Pope at Castelgandolfo, who gave a blessing to "officers and men of the USS Gearing." We engaged in Operations with SS-483 Sea Leopard (Guppy II class)and engaged in a mock invasion of Sardinia with amphibs, the Marines and the carrier Saratoga. Lt. Vernon E. Clark was Gearing's Engineering Officer. He eventually became Admiral Clark and became CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS in July 2000!! (I guess that Papal blessing did him loads of good.) I suppose Capt. J.R. Sanderson was in command of Saratoga in '71 as well. Small world out there in the Med.
The Greatest Navy movie of all Times- "The Sand Pebbles."
Finally, Why Do They Call Ships "She" ???
Rainier Reunion Association
A Message from the President
Hello shipmates, The old Marine Corps recruiting blurb "Looking for a few good men" is the theme I'm using here... maybe change it to "Looking for a few younger sailors" to fill the ranks of the Reunion Association. We're dropping like flies as the active roster has been top-heavy with WW II & Korea sailors. The 2-Bell Ceremony marking the passing of old shipmates gets longer each year.
I realize a lot of you may still be working full or part time, but we sure need some new and younger blood in the Association, even if it is just buying an annual membership card... cheap at $15 p/yr. The card entitles you to 4 newsletters p/yr and any pertinent mailings in between, also a widow's bereavement fund that pays your widow or family $50 in the event of your untimely passing.
The newsletter, The Rainier Eruption, keeps everyone informed on reunion activities, dates, hosts & host cities. It is even entertaining, for instance: Vol I had a complete roster of all active/inactive members of the Association with names, addresses, phone, email. Vol II will have a special recognition of those members that were plank-owners or WW II vets. I don't have Vol III & IV outlined yet, but I promise you it'll be entertaining.
I know I have reached out to many of you before, but before I get on your last nerve, consider joining/supporting this Association and contact me.
If you're already a paid-up member, maybe you can scan your mothballed address book or memory and reach out to some old Rainier buddies not on the roster.
Bill Welch, President, USS Rainier AE5 Reunion Association..email@example.com
The Present Preserving the Past for the Future!
If you have some info/tidbits you'd like to share with the membership
in the newsletter or if you'd like to host a reunion in your area,
contact Bill Welch, president and editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2011 Rainier Reunion was held in Arizona
Reunion 2012 was in Reno..who can't have a good time in those places ?!? Click HERE for Reunion 2013 details and reservations info. The 2013 reunion will be October 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Look for Reunion 2014 in Norfolk, VA
Why Attend a Reunion?
2009 Reunion Pic with Names
The Official 2008 Reunion Group Photo
More 2008 Reunion Pix- Thanks to Gus Bilderback and
Corky Coker's Tire Company
2008 Reunion Pic #1
2008 Reunion Pic #2
2008 Reunion Pic #3
Official 2007Reunion Group Photo
The USS Rainier Memorial Plaque at the Nimitz Museum-2006.
Erected during the 2006 Reunion.
Official 2006Reunion Group Photo
Official 2005Reunion Group Photo
Official 2004Reunion Group Photo
Official 2003Reunion Group Photo
Official 2002Reunion Group Photo
Official 2001Reunion Group Photo
1985 ReunionNavigator Karl Holm, DCA Bob Langston and EOD/Gunner Chris Seger
What? Not a Rainier sailor, but want to find YOUR AE reunion?
Check these links...
The AE Sailors Association
For "AE Sailors Assn." information, contact: Jerry King, 1018 Calle Ortega,
San Dimas, CA 91773- Ph. 626-339-9793
The "Blue Water Navy" Site
Careful, Boys...Don't Drop those Shells !
"Any man who may be asked in this century what he did
to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond
with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
'I served in the United States Navy.'"
-John F. Kennedy
(Remarks at the United States Naval Academy, August 1, 1963
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Read the Deck Log Archives... 1997 to the Present
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There young hearts sleep... beneath the wave...
The spirited, the good, the brave,
But stars a constant vigil keep,
For them who lie beneath the deep.."
We have had many inquiries as to this verse- it's origin is in the
poem "In Waters Deep" by 90-year old Eileen Maloney and it has been published in many places,
including most recently, the SS Lane Victory's newsletter the "Anchor Light" -September 2007 Click here for the full text of the poem.
"Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters.
They saw the deeds of the Lord, His wondrous works in the deep.
For He commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths,
Their courage melted away in their evil plight.
They reeled and staggered like drunken men, and were at their wits' end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still and the waves of the sea were hushed.
And they were glad because they had quiet
And he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love
For His wonderful works to the sons of men !
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people
And praise him in the assembly of the elders."
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