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USS Rainier, Underway

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The tallest peak in the Cascade Range, Mount Rainier towers at a dizzying
14,411 feet (4,392 M). The snow covered peak is blanketed by glaciers year
round. This mountain is known as Mount Tahoma to the Nisqually
Native-American tribe. It waits, dormant but not dead, unlike
USS Rainier, which lives on only in our memories..

Admiral Peter Rainier, Royal Navy (1741-1808),
After whom the mountain was named. He was a
British naval hero of the Revolutionary War-
and Captain George Vancouver's boss. He did much
of his naval career in the East Indies, appropriately enough.
He might not pass the modern Royal Navy physical fitness standards.


"I Am Loading or Unloading Explosives"

Rainier's Flaghoist Callsign : N A U D
Radio Callsign---"BOOKCASE NOVEMBER"
All About International Flag Signals and Signalmen

Ships Patch- Vietnam Era
(Thanks to Larry Matthews)

"We Deliver- You Fire..."
"The Finest in Service Since 1941"

-Ship's Motto-1941 to 1970

Email Directory of Former Rainier Sailors

Always "Under Construction" but Now "Up and Running"

Find It Fast Department

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Find your shipmates, ships and so forth...

About Your Webmaster...

Bill Freeman, former Quartermaster Third Class, at your service...
I served aboard Rainier from September,1968 to February, 1970.
I was a "deck ape" in Division 2 for a while and a QM in the Navigation Division
for a while. That's Me above, enjoying boot
leave at home. In the other pic, I'm getting fantail watch-standing
tips from SN Dave Sommerman in 1968. It's the same spot where
the late Captain James R. Sanderson, himself, caught me "resting my eyes" two hours into the mid-watch
after a couple of twenty-hour days of multiple unreps. He tapped me on the
shoulder and said "Try to keep alert, Son." Thanks for not having me shot, Captain.
After leaving Rainier, I was a member of the Nsval Reserve Center in
Alexandria, VA, where I was later discharged as a QM2.
So- What am I doing now? Check out your Webmaster's unabashedly
Personal Page to see what I've been up to since leaving the Rainier forty years ago...

We Deliver,You Fire

is the title of a NEW BOOK about Rainier's operations in Vietnam waters, by Signalman, Artist, High School Teacher and All-Around Renaissance Man, Steven "Spanky" Temple of Vallejo, CA.
Click on the Amazon.com logo to the left and buy a copy. You'll support this website by buying the book here. Buy several copies- put them in your local libraries and give them to the grandkids. And...do some good- Half the profits are donated to the children of those American servicemen who have fallen in the Iraq war. Make Rainier live forever! Show your relatives that those Sea Stories you've told are TRUE!
Says Temple..."Thanks--and remember I am not responsible for making anyone look like a pirate, a degenerate or a war hero."
(I'd say most of us were one (or all) of the above. -Webmaster.)

The Definitive
List of AE's and AOE's

With Pictures, Histories and Stats
Find Your Ship Here
Links to AE and AOE Home Pages and
Reunion Groups

In Memoriam- To Fallen AE Sailors

The USS Mt. Hood Disaster- 1944
The Port Chicago Explosion

A Sister's Poetic Tribute to Shipmate Thomas Schlup (64-68)

"And the sea gave up the dead that were in it,
...and they were judged every man according to their works.
And Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire..."
Revelations 20:13-14

"Being in a Ship is Like Being in Jail...
With a Chance of Being Drowned."

"Every man thinks Meanly of Himself for not having
been a Soldier or not having Been at Sea."
---Dr. Samuel Johnson

(Official Navy Photo)

Rainier's mission was underway replenishment of ammunition to combat ships at sea.
Click on the picture above for an extensive description of the modern technology, signaling
procedures and rigs used in the dangerous task of transfer of ammunition and other commodities at sea.


For detailed info about all those bombs you handled,try this "Dumb Bomb" website
and this Mark 82 500-pound Bomb website

All About Five-Inch Guns and Projectiles
All About The Three-Inch-Fifty Gun
All About The 16-inch Gun and Projectiles
All About Cluster Bomb Units (CBUs) - (The Cases Made Great Barbecues)

Ship's Portraits-And a Few Candid Shots
1944 to 1970

Rainier Underway

A Rainier Postcard- Circa 1950's- In Need of a Paint Job?
Carrier Unrep A BIG picture- (suitable for framing)- Thanks to Ed Manion
Rainier Circa WW-2 (US Navy photo from ONI Pub. 54-A (unclassified)
Contributed to NavSource by Lou Sander)
Another BIG picture of Rainier Underway
Taken in the 60's and published by Our Navy Magazine.
At Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, SF 1969
Formerly Classified Rainier "Plan" Photos- Mare Island 1943-4 Big and Very Detailed !
Rainier's Bridge, 1968
Rainier Returns to San Francisco- From Her Last Line Trip- April 1970 (Thanx- LTjg Dennis Kelsey)

The View From Carrier USS Hancock Approaching Rainier for Unrep- 1964

Korea Era Rainier Christmas card-(Chas. Langley)
A Detailed Port Bow Shot of Rainier, circa 1962, Courtesy of Richard Ellis.
Photographer unknown.
A Magnificent Painting of Rainier Underway- by "Lloyd"- circa 1942
(Thanks to Patricia K. Anderson)
Korea- JAN 52 USS Wisconsin (BB64), USS Rainier (AE5), and USS Antietam CV36

Swim Call in Mid Pacific- 1961
Stbd Side Aft at Swim Call- 1961
Main Deck Forward, 1960
Rainier in Port- 1953- Where? by Dick Hemingway
At Sea- 1960
Rainier at Sasebo- 1953 Courtesy Bill Shelton (Over 1 mb)
Rainier At Guam- 1960 Swim Call-1961
(Thanks to GMCS Jacobs for these pictures)


For You Snipes- The Top of the Main Engine- 1952
The Engine Room- 1952by Bill Shelton
The Bottom of the Engine

The Main Boiler- 1952- Thanks to Mike Klein and Gene Chambers for The Engineering Pix
Rainier in Drydock- Closeup of the Screw by Bill Shelton

Pearl Harbor- 1969
Another shor of Pearl Harbor- 1969


The Ship's Bell has been Enshrined Aboard AOE-7. Here are some recent photos:
The AE-5's Bell
Another Shot of the Ship's Bell Aboard USNS Rainier AOE-7
The Crack in the Ship's Bell
(Thanks to BM2 Jason Echevarria, USS Rainier (AOE-7) for These Photos)
Rainier Logo Zippo Lighters
While we're Smoking... Here are some fine
1951-2 Rainier Ashtrays from Gene Chambers
A Commissioning Postmark from Rainier- 22 DEC 41
Another Rainier Postal Cachet- 1961
The Ships Plaque
AnotherPlaque from 1962

A Very Nice Large Rainier Patch
Courtesy of George Crofton, USAF
More Rainier Ship's Patch Graphics You Can Download and Use for...Whatever:
LARGE PATCH- Makes Great Wallpaper for your Computer
...Medium Patch...Small Patch
(All Courtesy of George Crofton)
Shoulder Patch- USS Rainier
Gunnery Gang Patch- 1961 Thanks to Chief Gunner Jacobs
Ship's "Turtle" Patch Circa 1965- Thanks to Rick Surran SM3

Deck-Ape Patch- Circa 1966 (Actually WORN IN PUBLIC by Frank Ushler)

Darryl Innskeep's AE Patch Collection (from the USS Vesuvius page.)

Hey, Ladies, See How the Navy Provides "Thirteen Chances to Say NO !"
Rainier's Battle Efficiency "E"
Electrical Gang Patch- 1963
(Thanks to shipmate Paul Tyson)
A VERY COOL MYSTERY PATCH- Who Made it and When ?

If you think you know, call Shipmate Deryl Hollway, (tel # 707-882-2255)
who graciously sent it to us.


Read The

USS Rainier's 30-Year History

Rainier's Captains- Photos and Bios

500-Pounders on Deck with Fins- Vietnam- 1969

The MEDALS earned by Rainier 1941 to 1970

A Description of the Medals

Rainier was Decommissioned in August, 1970 at Mare Island, California
and was Transferred to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.

Rainier Logo- c. 1950

Those Old AE's weren't Pretty, but...
Keep a Civil Tongue in your Head, Matey !

"We sailors are jealous for our vessels.
Abuse us if you will, but have a care
for what you say of our ships. We alone
are entitled to call them bitches, wet brutes,
stubborn craft- but we will stand for no such
liberties from the beach."

-Sir David William Bone

A Toast to a Noble Ship !

Rainier Beer-

The "Official" Libation of the USS Rainier-

Remember the Rainier Beer Clock in the Wardroom ? We have it on "good authority" (the official "Remembrances" of the late Dr. Mel Davis,
Medical Officer of Rainier in 1943-5), that the Rainier Brewery
contributed lots of cases of beer
for the "recreation parties" of the Crew.
Here's a few of the crew drinking some of it...on some miserable unidentified atoll during WW2.

Sketch by Seaman 2c EM Parker

NEW !!!Another Account of the Rainier
Brewery's "Special" Relationship with the USS Rainier"

And...In Memory of the nearly defunct Rainier Brewery,
The History of the Rainier Brewing Company
And, Rainier Beer Sea Story sent in by a Shipmate.


This picture was taken on 14 DEC 69 at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, when
Rainier conducted an at-anchor replenishment of the USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875)
A previous attempt at sea had been unsuccessful.
Tucker's heavy attachment gear had been damaged during a
previous refueling. A boom was rigged out and the destroyer's
ammunition requirements were met, allowing Tucker to fulfill its
firing commitments.
More about the Tucker's Vietnam Era exploits
(That final replenishment capped a long line period characterized
by high winds and up to 20-foot seas.)
A Little Rough that day, alright...I loved it. Reminds me of a verse...

"A strong Norwester's blowing, Bill.
Hark ! Don't you hear it roar now ?
Lord, help 'em... how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now !"

-Read the entire poem by Charles Dibdin

Photo Album

Shipmates from all Eras...Recognize Anyone ?

Webmaster and Nav Division Cohorts Layne and Hickman-1969
Webmaster Taking the Oath to "Support and Defend..."
Webmaster- leaning on bomb fins stacked on deck.
The Webmaster- Classic Table Shot, Olongapo- 1968
Jim Blackston,DK3- His Pics from 67-8
Shipmate (1965-1968) Ken Urban RM3 and wife Barb, in Hawaii shortly before his passing in June 2008.
LT Robert Ryland, Ops Officer, on the Bridge- 1970 Deck Apes at Grande Island- 1968
Deck Apes Resting on Fins

LTjg Kelsey and QMSN Henke, on the Bridge
Heroic Pic of the Webmaster on Deck- 1969.
Navigator LTjg Larry Butts at the Chart Table
(Captain Sanderson in the background)-1969
A Page about Captain James Sanderson
First Lieutenant LT Goodin leaving the ship at NAS Alameda- 1969
QM3 Henke at the Wheel
A 2006 Reunion of the OPS Department featuring Aulenta, Heist, Scott, Temple, Stewart
and Erma Ragle at the Rick Ragle Memorial Bench.
Another OPS Reunion-2006 pic.
And Another
LTjg Chris Seger at Change of Command- 1965, Subic Bay
QM Jim Spence in 1952 and QM Spence in 2005
"Seventh Fleet", a former Rainier sailor, Bobby Clements, honored by Frugal Squirrels


G'Day, Mates ! The Australian destroyer HMAS Hobart, off the
coast of North Vietnam. Leading Electrical Mechanic Trevor London hands a cordite
container to Leading Seaman Fire Control Derryl Beswick,
during an unrep with the USS Rainier - 1967. Thanks to Australian Navy Archive.

Some More Aussies-

The HMAS Hobart's crew displays their Unrep Flag from the 60's.
Another shot of the Unrep Flag flying from the mast.
(Don't complain to the Webmaster- We know their flag isn't "politically correct."
Aussie sailor Signalman Dave Sutherland tells us that the flag was merely meant
to signify they came from the "Southern Part" of the planet,
and that in 1970, the CO would not let them fly the flag due to negative
connotations of the Stars and Bars design, notwithstanding
the Kangaroo in the middle.
HMAS Hobart's breakaway music was "Ghost Riders in the Sky."
(The "Stars and Bars" motif is derived from the "Southern Cross" design which
is also famous in its own right in Australia as the
"Eureka" flag, dating back to 1865 when it was the banner
of a small band of miners and their militia who were rebelling against
the British government, supported by Californians and Canadians who
went to Australia after the California Gold Rush.
There, the racial overtones of the Confederate flag are not present.

LTjg Chris Seger (bearing an uncanny resemblance to a young JFK)
with ComServPac at the 5th Consecutive Battle Efficiency "E" Presentation to Rainier- about 1965.
First Line Over- 1965
Seaman (later Radioman)Brandy and Friends- 1969 (Photo by S. Temple)

RM3 Bill Abbott and RD3 Jimmy "Colonel" Stewart, Sasebo- 1969
GMG2 Phil Collier's Pics - '67 to '70.
LTjg(SC) Jim Allan Comes Home- 1967 Mike Klein's Early 60's Photo Page
Radarman Jim Conrod's Photos- 1968 to 1970
Tom Hauser's Memories- 67-68
Memories of Jerry Easter, SK3 (1961 to 1962)

Your Webmaster as a Legal Yeoman in Boot Camp, 1968, Great Lakes

Spanky Temple and "Friends" at an Olongapo Drinking Establishment- about 1968.

Bill Huffman SK3- (1956) And another of Bill- all Shined up and Ready for Liberty at Port Chi.
Three-Inch Gunfire- 1963- A Great Shot by LTjg Bob Langston, DCA,
who took it from the after porthole
of the space where his GQ station was located,
main deck aft. Bob caught the muzzle blast
of the 3"50 cal. at the exact moment it exited the barrel. Thanks to Chris Seger.
Radioman Ed Manion's Olongapo and Grande Island Bar Tableshots- 1967 Mostly Ops Dept.
Deck Ape and GMG3 Warren Macheledt's Pics of High Times at Grande Island and Elsewhere - '67 to 68

LT Robert Ryland (with his signature coffee cup and saucer)
and LTjg Larry Butts- 1969- OPS and Navigator
The 1951 Electrical Gang
Plan of the Day- 1953

Charlie Brown, Boatswain (right)
The Mess Deck- Can You Guess the Date?
Mess Deck at Thanksgiving- 1952-by Bill Shelton

Movie night on the Mess Deck- 67
Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
The 10,000th Ton Transferred, 1968Photo by Ted Edge

Boatcrew 2nd Div. 1968) BM Smith was the boat coxswain,
Crevey was the bow line seaman. Clifford Ashley EN3 was the engineer.
The China Seas Club- Subic Bay
Sasebo, Japan Fleet Landing

SN Freeman, QMSN Layne and SN Zimmerman at the New Happy "Stand" Bar, Sasebo- February, 1969.
Downtown Olongapo- 1968
BM2 Ernie Low. 1st Division- 67-70 - Back Home and All Grown Up. Some Rainier Sailors- 1967 (From Frank Ushler BM2)
Some more Pix from Frank Ushler- mid 60's
A Filipino All-Girl Band
Rainier and USS Markab AR-23 and USS Pictor AF-54 at Alameda
Bill Shelton's Page of Korea Era Pictures
Ground Zero at Nagasaki- 1969
The Lone Ranger- on the USS Ranger.
Fantail, Ammo Pier, Subic Bay- 1968
************************* Supply Division on Deck- 1950
A Cool Picture of an Unrep by John Simmons. Not the Rainier but it COULD have been.
Orville J. Hall and Friends- WW II Era- Who are the Pals?
Bob Merical's Pics of Dick Hemingway and Unreps
Another Page of Mike Klein's 1963 Era Pix
Oliver "Chi" Norwood's '67 to '70 Memories and Photos
Main Deck Forward Deckload
Port Side, Fwrd by Joe Lenz-'66 (Thanks, Joe)
Bridge- Port Side by Lenz
SMSN Joe Lenz- 1966"
Another Shot of a Deckload of Fins, Forward

Carrier Approach for Unrep (photo by Leonard Layne)

SN Lacey Sutherland and his wife Nita, Meet the Ship at Port Chi-April 1970(Thanks- D.Kelsey)
A Page of SN Richard Ellis' Pix From 1961-2
More of Ellis' Pics-
1961- Jimmy Pigron of Lafayette, LA and Barney Cruz, Hollister, CA
and...Richard Ellis and Ransom McLamb at Tiger Balm Gardens, Hong Kong-1962
Dick Hemingway's Korea Era Photos
RIP- Dick Hemingway's Obituary- 2007
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.
Dick Hemingway's Boot Camp Class at San Diego, April 1952. Hemingway is 2nd row from the back, third in from the right. (Thanks to Lois.)
SN Rudy De La Rosa- 1966 in Olongapo Courtesy of Classmates.Com
Three Deck Apes- 1968
A Scrapbook of Vietnam Era Goodies
(More coming up...soon.)
Feel free to e-mail your favorites-
We'll publish them all !

The Webmaster's Sea Stories and Shipmates-Vietnam Era

You Might Find Yourself !

Damage Control "Near-Misses"-
"Fire in the Paint Locker !!"


CHRISTMAS aboard Rainier was always an "event"...
A few holiday memories... The tree they high-lined over from the "Camden"...
they set it up in the mess decks just before the air
conditioning went down- it lost every needle seemingly
overnight. .
And Father Gibney's Christmas Visit to Rainier was one to Remember.
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Rainier's 1969 Christmas Card. Another card from some other time.
The Christmas, 1942 card, the front
and the inside.

(Thanks to Patricia Kenney Anderson.)
And here's a "Greeting" packed along with cigarettes sold in the ship's store in the '60s.
The Christmas Menu-1968, Chief Cook Wazenkewitz and his commissary crew
served Turkey and Ham and all the trimmings...
with four kinds of pie and fruitcake.
Captain Smith popped his head in through the mess deck door and,
in the midst of the crew's Christmas party in '68,
made a Christmas "speech" we'll always remember
"...Merry Christmas...", he growled,...and he was gone.
Was that the Christmas Day we were diverted from a rendevous with the New Jersey
and a Bob Hope Show to off load the Vesuvius (AE-15)?
We did get a "so sorry you couldn't make it" note from
actressAnn-Margaret the same day !

A Sailor's Christmas, from Don Nolan


Read the Rainier "Family-Grams" from the Vietnam Era.

Monthly letters from the Captain to keep the Folks at Home informed.


One of the Great Works of Naval Literature: "THE AMMO CREW"-- A Classic Poem in Honor of the Ammo Ship Sailor written by Archie Trader, one of
the few Survivors of the USS Mt. Hood explosion in 1943, updated a bit to reflect the continuing saga of the AE sailor of today.

Happy New Year !...Read the MidWatch QM Log entry for 1 JAN 69 by QM3 Leonard Layne ?
And- Read this View of the MidWatch from Another Perspective. We Few, We Happy Few, We Band of Brothers
NEW--The Sailor Bars of Olongapo- A Reverential Ode by Fred Reith
How Long Have you Been a Sailor?
The Old Answer to the Old Question
More Original AE Poetry-
USS Essex Sailors' view of the Life
of a Rainier Sailor- "Heaven and Hell"- c. 1951
The authors of "Heaven and Hell" highlining from Essex into "Hell" Thanks to Gene Chambers for this old pic of a rare double personnel highlining.
The "Seniors" of the WW2 Generation Have to Learn to Sacrifice ! (A commentary)
NEW ! Ode to the Blackshoe Navy- "I Like the Navy"
Ever been taken in by one of those
Errands for Landlubbers ?

NEW! Naval Terminology Test- How many do you Remember?
Did you get an Invitation to this Working Party ?

Were you a "Real Chief" ?

Do You Miss the Joys of Navy Life? Recreate it at Home With these Guidelines.

One More Masterpece of Naval Literature...
"This is My Swab" by Alan T. Peto
Apologies to the Marines for That One...

Click on the Amazon Logo to Find Your Own Naval Literature.

Try Entering -We Deliver You Fire-
to find and order Spanky Temple's book about Rainier.

Your purchases help support the Rainier Website. Or, go the our
Amazon book store for some suggested nautical books.
Speaking of Naval Literature, why not create some yourself?
Get out those word processors (or typewriters for you WW2 guys)and
write us about yopur Rainier experiences, or whatever else you want
to talk about.
Your webmaster read that 3,000 (!) World War Two
veterans die each month. Their personal stories and the history of that
time are dying with them, and ought to be preserved for upcoming generations.
This is one place to do it. Write it all down. YOU may
not think your particular story is very important, but someone, sometime,
somewhere will be glad you did. If for no other reason, write it all down
for your own family. Then- send a copy to us. Your story might make the
next edition of the book "We Deliver-You Fire."
Do you want some ideas as to how to write your story?
Check this website of the Memories of a Destroyerman in WW II
for some pointers. Just think what your memoirs
would mean to your great-grandchildren !

Bravo Zulu-- Well Done !

Another Bunch of Photos:

A Page of Chiefs and Capt Barnett -1964
Change of Command Ceremony- 1961
Passing Corregidor- 1968
Shipmates Richard ELLIS...JACK PHILLIPS...JIMMY PIGRON 50 Years Later.....
Chief Gunner Neil Long in 1999- (second from the right) with his USS Roanoke shipmates.
An Interesting Page about the History of
Ltjg Dennis Kelsey, SN Willie Williams of the Frozen North and BM3 Oblinger at the China Seas Club- Grande Island- 1969
More about the Legendary Willie Williams

"Happy" Sailor Returning From Liberty- '69- Subic Bay
< A Life Magazine Cover from 1965 Cruiser OK City Shelling the Vietnam Coast
Grande Island, P.I.-'69(SN Flanagan, ENS Dave Little
of the USS Carronade (IFS-1) and QM3 Freeman
The Gentle Club, Olongapo City, PI-about '67
A Rough Unrep- The Tucker ?
Another Shot of the Gentle Club, complete with Shore Patrol and Jeepney- c.'67

Your Webmaster in Boot Camp- Great Lakes, 1968.

[We've Moved these Links from Page 2 for your Convenience. General AE Lore is still on the Links Page

The Vietnam Era: Westpac and the P.I.
Yesterday and Today

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
The 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.


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 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..scrapped1@live.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, scrapped1@live.com
or (918)386-2449

The 2014 Rainier Reunion was held in Norfolk, VA and a good time was had by all.
Click HERE for Reunion 2015 details and reservations info.
The 2015 reunion will be in October in Albuquerque, NM. Plans are afoot for excursions to Santa Fe and Sandia Labs Museum.
Why Attend a Reunion?


2014 Reunion Pic (Shipmates Only)
2014 Reunion Pic (Shipmates and Spouses)
Shipmates Examining a 16" Projectile from the Battleship Wisconsin on a Field Trip to the Nauticus Marine Museum>
The Reunion Flag Quilt, autographed by all shipmates at each reunion. The Quilt will be given to the Last Survivor


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
Email dd694@adelphia.net

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"In ocean wastes no poppies blow,
No crosses stand in ordered row,
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
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"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."
Psalm 107:23-32

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