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We spent Veterans Day talking with my dad Ken Pavlish about his time on the USS Leyte and Antietam in the mids 50s. He is 81 and in great health, he shared some great stories and misses his time with his friends from the ship. Blessings to all of you.
-Cindy Solberg on Sun, 12 Nov 2017
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My father-in-law was Donald Iser. He passed away in 2000. His DD-214 says he served on the USS Leyte (CV 32). He completed Class "A" Mechanical School in May 1949, so I would think he was on board from 1949 to the summer of 1952 when he was discharged. I have two questions. The first is that we found a China Service medal in his stuff but it is a Marine Corps one. I suspect even though the USS Leyte was eligible for the Korean Service Medal that it would have been for his brother who was in the Marines and not him, correct? The second question is that he was an AD2 with a specialty of AD-6489-20. I am not able to locate information about that job at all. Any ideas?
-David Hammer on Fri, 10 Nov 2017
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Hello I think my Dad was on this ship starting 1951, John Powell, I have his discharge papers but have no idea what he did in the Navy. His sister bought him a scrapbook with this ship on the front so I'm assuming he was on it. I have a group picture I will upload if I'm allowed...
-Mike Powell on Tue, 24 Oct 2017
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Was aboard 58-59.Was part of the decommissoning crew for 6 months at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Best 6 months duty I ever had.
-Jim Adams on Tue, 03 Oct 2017
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I had a great uncle, Willard Freeman that served on the Leyte. I have a couple of cruise yearbooks and his medals. Would like to donate them to a museum. Any ideas please email me. Thank You
-Olen All on Sat, 19 Aug 2017
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Hello, all! I came across your page because I was looking for information about my great uncle Richard Dobberphul. He died in an accident on the Leyte on 26 Feb 1952. It sounds like he was driving the tractor used to pull planes onto the deck. The article I read said the elevator floor was not level with the flight deck and Dobberphul and the tractor fell with him being crushed. I would love to know if anyone is around that either remembers the incident (not likely, but you never know) or knows if I could get more information anywhere. Thank you all for your service!
-Kelly Herold on Fri, 23 Jun 2017
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Great food on the Leyte.
-Harvey Noel FT3 on Sun, 28 May 2017
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I have been research with respect to my father's service in the Navy. His name was Joseph A Blundon and was either an Ensign or Lt. (jg).I believe he served on the USS Leyte between the late 40's to early 50's as a supply officer. This June he would have been 91.
-Sally Blundon on Fri, 26 May 2017
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A little history. I will be 85 the 29th of march. My name is Billy N Smith (Smiddy). I served on the USS Leyte CV 32 From Christman 1951 until April 1955.I was a BT3 in number four fire room. Normally There was about nine boys to a watch. I'll try to name some of them. Charles lunsford first class PO Tennessee, Duke Brown BT3 Kentucky,Charley Baswell Oklahoma BT3, Hard Harmon fireman, Oklahoma,Logue fireman, Texas.Karl Pfleger fireman Jersey,Wagner BT2,Veto Ficarelli Chicago Ill fireman .And Kaiser Bt 2. At my age I recognize each young face With the names I have written in this letter.I wouldnt doubt that about all my pals are gone. I remember the catapult explosion very well. At the South Boston Annex.Was a unhappy evening and night and many days and nights after. A friend of mine from Tenn was among the casualties. Nathan Eugene Jackson from Tenn.
-Billy Smith on Sat, 22 Apr 2017
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My great grandfather, Henry B. Podhradsky, served upon the Leyte around 1949-1951. If anybody has any information regarding him, pictures, or stories, please reach out. My great grandfather passed away just a couple years ago. He served in the OI department.
-Sage Naumann on Sun, 19 Mar 2017
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My dad served on the Leyte, somewhere around the years 1953-55. though not for very long, because he kept jumping ship to go visit my mom, he was either engaged to her or just newly married. I think they threw him in the brig a time or two for it. But I was under the impression that he was in Portugal, but the Leyte was never in Portugal during those years? idk. Anyway, his name is Louis Henley.
-Serena Morris on Fri, 13 Jan 2017
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My father William Sharp served on the Leyte during the Korean War. He made tours of the North Atlantic and a Mediterranean. Does anyone remember him? His battle station was - I believe - somewhere on the ship where they tracked the location of planes. I would love to here from someone.
-Paul Sharp on Wed, 02 Nov 2016
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My grandfather was on the Leyte during Korean War. His name was Edmund Baker. Went by Rabbi as a nick name. Would be very interested if anyone remembered him or had any information. Thank you!!
-Matt Baker on Tue, 25 Oct 2016
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My father was in the Navy on USS Leyte CV-32 approx 1951-1954 OR Div. He started with the Great Lakes Region and ended his service at Norfolk, VA. He was on the Mediterranean Cruise in 1952. If anyone remembers Dale Pfahning please email. Thank you.
-B. Doebler on Tue, 04 Oct 2016
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my father served from 9/41-3/47.was on the leyte in 1946 and 1947 as far as i can tell. he was a gunners mate 2nd class.
-james rossadillo on Fri, 26 Aug 2016
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sorry I can t make the reunion miss you guys ed .qms3
-ed simpson on Sat, 30 Jul 2016
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My dad served on the Leyte from Feb 58 - Jun 59. It was his first ship when he joined the Navy. When he told stories about his service aboard her or saw a model of her you could hear and see how proud he was of her. In 1999 we saw a model of her at the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. He sounded like a kid in a candy store with excitement. Dad served 25 years in the Navy and retired as a Master Chief (LICM). We lost dad on Christmas Day in 2009. Not sure of dads rank when he was station on her. Please add him to the crew list and taps. He is buried at Arlington.
-Robert E Kennedy on Wed, 20 Jul 2016
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My father Richard V Stanbrook served on the Legged in mid 50s Not sure of exact dates but I know he was on it in Boston during explosion I believe 1954 he was proud of his service and spoke proudly of the Leyte he passed on 6/17/1998 i would love it if he could be added to taps list
-Paul Stanbrook on Sun, 22 May 2016
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1947 my father (Marine ) was on the Leyte has some great stories he talks about friends Champagne and Cotton (nicknames) his name is Ralph Henson. Commander Peck was aboard
-Tina Funderburk on Tue, 10 Nov 2015
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My dad Henry J. Rose was on the USS Leyte not sure of the year want to say 1945 or later.
-Rita Green on Tue, 13 Oct 2015
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Father Burrell Piret was on first crew
-Brian Piret on Sat, 19 Sep 2015
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Served on the Leyte 1952 & 1953 on Med cruise In the 3rd Division with shipmates George Stanek And Ed Hancock. Unloaded ship in Norfolk and Went up the coast to Boston in a hurricane. Luckily I was not on board when she blew up as We were working in the port side bilges. I turned 18 on the Leyte.
-John Clark on Mon, 14 Sep 2015
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Nice site, Dad served on sister USS Tarawa CV-40. Also served at NAS Quonset Point in the Met office, used to bring the Fleet Weather to Leyte and other carriers at the pier. Having trouble getting the photos to enlarge and tough to see the thumbnails with any clarity.
-Scott Leslie on Thu, 27 Aug 2015
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My Dad Tom Blosser served as a 3rd class pipefitter in the Leyte from 1953 to 1955. He would love to hear from anyone that remembers him. Contact me and I will pass it along. I am proud of my Dad for serving on USS Leyte CVS-32!
-Tom Blosser II on Wed, 08 Jul 2015
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My dad Robert "Bobby" Richards served on the USS Leyte from 1955-1957. He passed away on 5/12/2015 at the age of 80. He loved the Navy and he loved the ship.
-Jack Richards on Fri, 03 Jul 2015
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I found a flight computer which belonged to a CMDR Jim Newton, USN, USS Leyte, VB-74, Air Group 13. If any has information on this person, please email me.
-Zach Fair on Sun, 24 May 2015
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Best years of my life during two Med cruises.
-Ronald Zimmerman on Mon, 11 May 2015
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My mother's brother was killed in the explosion in Boston-George Quinn jr.,ABAN Have read home port was once Quonset Pt.,RI Grew up a navy brat-my Dad was at QP 71-73 VXE-6 Antarctic squadron KARMA?
-Mike Wiebelhaus on Tue, 21 Apr 2015
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My father, Bernard Trager, was on board the USS Leyte when she suffered her terrible explosion in Boston. My mother created a very detailed scrapbook of my father's years/career as a Lt Commander on board the Leyte, including news clippings of the explosion covered by The Boston Globe newspaper. I would like to donate the scrapbook and would appreciate suggestions on where it would find a suitable home. Thanks in advance.
-Karen Sewall on Fri, 03 Apr 2015
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does anyone remember bm james claburn 1946-48 thanks for your help
-charles claburn on Sat, 28 Mar 2015
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I have a jcaket that belonged to Al Bowers, a member of the USS Leyte Association. I found it while cleaning out my father's residence and have no idea who Mr. Bowers was or how his jacket got there. If there is someone out there who knows, or knew, Mr. Bowers I will be happy to send the jacket to them.
-Ken on Fri, 26 Dec 2014
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My dad, Royce Stephens, served on the Leyte during Korea and often told stories of his Mediterranean Cruise with fondness. He passed far too young in 1990 from surgery complications and I wanted to make sure his service to his country was not forgotten. Royce R. Stephens, 1930-1990
-Tim Stephens on Mon, 25 Aug 2014
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I left the leyte in nov 1956 at Quonset pt rhode island now live in newnan ga. I was attached to anti sub sqad 32 still alive and kicking
-jim caruso on Sun, 17 Aug 2014
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My dad S. D. Darby was on the uss leyte when the explosion happened on October 16, 1953. he was also on the valleyforge cv45 korea. I am looking for pictures of him cruise books or anyone who may know him. he worked in a boiler room for a time. I don't know to much detail. Thank you to all who served.
-Shirlene Darby on Wed, 02 Jul 2014
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I came aboard just after "Hurricane Carol" 1954 as a RMSN/OR Division. Was transferred in February 1956 as RM3 along with QM3 Stanley to Commander Service Force Sixth Fleet Staff home ported on AD's in Cannes, France. Is anyone out there who remembers Stanley or myself. I am still in contact with five Radiomen from OR Division from '54-'56.
-Jack Pimental Jr on Mon, 09 Jun 2014
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Served on the USS Valley Forge CV-45 from August 1950 until January 1951 when I transferred by helicopter to the Leyte. Was on he Leyte until September 1, 1953 in V-3 Ordinance, 3rd deck crew. My normal discharge date was November 9, but got out early after the Korean war ended. Lucky for me because 5 0f my friend in V-3 ordinance 3rd deck crew were killed in the explosion 6 week after I was discharged. Many good memories of my time in the Navy, and especially on he Leyte.
-Clair Fletcher on Tue, 29 Apr 2014
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Was on the Leyte '54 '55'56 and what a ride it was. I've been at this machine and last evening the thought popped into my feeble mind to Google the ship and walked away, from it at 4AM. The ship operated as ASW and have quite a story to relate about CVS-32 and the Nautilus operating w/us for weeks without knowing about it. I have pictures of it also. I was on the bridge in OS DIV, where all the action was............WE were flying F4U Corsairs and that in it"s self was a special treat. Watching and listening to that aircraft was always music to my ears. Stationed home port Quonset Point, and dry dock in Brooklyn N.Y. Boston etc. etc. Eighty years old at this writing, and in pretty good shape.
-Clark Corey on Sat, 05 Apr 2014
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My Dad, John J. (Jack) Genre, ADC, was aboard the Leyte for a Med cruise in, I think, 1952. He was the maintenance officer for the detachment of men and planes from VC-4, based at NAS Atlantic City. He retired after about 25 years' sevice and then worked for the Department of the Navy in Phila until final retirement. I noticed that of all the aviation squadrons her seved with, and there were many, the one he spoke the most of was VC-4 and especially his Med cruse on the Leyte.
-john j. kasten on Sun, 09 Mar 2014
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Greetings, I am the son of Edward E. Nelson of Gary, Indiana, who served on the USS Leyte during the Korean War. I mentioned in an earlier post I found my father's notebook listing the ports they visited and his previous assignments from the US Navy. Below is this list. I also found a number associated with him. Perhaps it was his Serial Number? 303 08 76 Training Tour- USNTC Great Lakes NATTC Memphis, TN NAS Quonset Point, RI USS Leyte CV32 Lisbon, Portugal Rock of Gibraltar Malta Augusta, Sicily Cagliari, Sardinia Naples, Italy leg horn , Italy (perhaps the horn?) Cannes, France Nice, France Athens, Greece Izmir, Turkey Beirut, Lebanon Souda Bay, Crete Panama Canal Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Tokyo, Japan Yokosuka, Japan There was only this list with no details. I know he said they were station in Norfolk, Virginia and went to the pacific when war erupted in Korea. Does anyone know how to get my fathers name included on the "Taps" list? Any and all help would be appreciated. Thank you.
-James Nelson on Tue, 18 Feb 2014
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Greetings, my father, Edward E. Nelson of Gary, IN served on the USS Leyte during the Korean War. He was very proud of his service and his fellow seamen. He often talked of what a wonderful experience he had. I found his notebook with the ports the USS Leyte visited. He was trained as a Gunners Mate and believe he acheived the rank of Petty Officer. He passed away 09/02/1981.
-James Nelson on Tue, 18 Feb 2014
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1946-1948 Best two years of my life. Two trips to Med. Served aboard the Leyte with ComCarDiv4.
-Paul Chekan on Sun, 16 Feb 2014
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I found letters my mother had from a "club " called Bobby Socks club in boston. I am trying to find the member of these letters so they can have them as a keepsake. Not sure how to find these wonderful men. William Stabb, Robert Stovall, Bob Collohan or callahan. These are not love letters, my mother and grandmother had a club to send letters and knitted items to them. These are letters of thank you and glad to have a pen pal letters.
-kelly nelson on Thu, 06 Feb 2014
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My father, Larry D. Webb, served on the USS Leyte in 1953 and was onboard when the forward catapult exploded in New York, he has told me of this several times. He just turned 80 last September. He has advanced Parkinson's Disease and spends his days in a chair in his room watching TV. He has a framed color portrait of USS Leyte hanging on the wall next to his chair.
-Gary Webb on Wed, 25 Dec 2013
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I found a matchbook from U.S.S. LEYTE in with my Dad's wallet when he died just a few years ago. I remember him speaking of his time in the Navy. He was an Airman named Joseph Bruno and served around 1950 or so. I shared this page with my 11 yr old son show really did not get to know his grandpa. I retired as a Chief Yeoman back in 1999. Thanks for your site.
-Donna L Bruno on Sat, 07 Dec 2013
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was on the uss leyte and was transferred to phillipine sea in 1949 as an interior communication icfn
-harvey gordon whitney on Fri, 08 Nov 2013
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My dad, Harold Edward Carlander, was stationed aboard the Leyte. My brother and I saw snow for the first time that Christmas aboard ship for the Party and Santa's arrival with gifts for all us kids...Such wonderful memories for us....Sad to report my dad passed away two years ago this coming November (4 days after Thanksgiving) at age 95....So grateful we had him for so long...He was a salty sailor to the end..Thank you for allowing me to share..
-Peggy Carlander Scott on Sat, 26 Oct 2013
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Was a gunner's mate aboard in 58 & 59. Helped take the ship out of commission at the Brooklyn Naval Yards. Great duty.
-Jim Adams on Mon, 30 Sep 2013
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My father, Frank G. Luko, served on the USS Leyte in the 1950s. He passed away in 1982; however, would have been 83 if he were still with us. Thank you for this site!!
-Barbara Luko Molella on Fri, 27 Sep 2013
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I brought my father, Larry Levenson, age 86, to the USS Leyte Memorial in Boston, commemorating the Oct 16, 1953 Leyte explosion and fire at the South Boston Annex. He was a Boston Navy Shipyard worker who was scheduled to work (to perform vibration soundings ?)aboard her on that fateful day, but his group's assignment was cancelled by whomever for whatever reason. Along with thirty two sailors, 5 civilian workers were killed that day. Oct 16, 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the explosion/s and fire. The memorial is located waterfront, in the N.E. corner of the Pay Parking Lot, directly adjacent (200 yards south at 2'oclock) to the starboard side of the USS Constitution (old ironsides). God bless all.
-Ed Levenson on Mon, 09 Sep 2013
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Looking shipmates that might know my father, Carl Curtner, from Missouri. He served on the Leyte in 1954 and remembers those days with pride (and humor!). Would love to see if anyone remembers him. Hopefully, I can talk him in to going to Orlando.
-Carla Curtner on Wed, 21 Aug 2013
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SON OF:JETER LEE SMITH AVIATION MACHINIST MATE 1945-1948 SER#2649958
-mark s smith on Mon, 22 Jul 2013
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My father, Louis Clarence Blackburn, served from 1945- 1953 and was a cook on the Leyte . He passed in 1981 when I was 8 yrs old, didn't get to talk to him about his service but my mother said he talked about the guys on the ship a lot and loved serving with them. As most others looking for info and pics. Hope to meet the crew in Orlando
-Michael Louis Blackburn on Wed, 10 Jul 2013
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My dad was Charles Lee Ruby. He was on the Leyte for the shakedown cruise, and the next couple of years. He was also on the Good Will Tour after WWII ended. I was so happy to run across this site. Dad would have loved it. He never stopped talking about the Navy until his death in early 2000.
-Phillip H Ruby on Tue, 28 May 2013
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My brother was Danny Harrelson, who died in the 1953 explosion. He loved being in the Navy and was a wonderful family member for all of us. In the last few years, his former shipmate Clair Fletcher has connected with us and we are so grateful for that. It has been wonderful to fill in the blanks of Danny's last time. I was only 13 when he died at 20, but loved him as we all did. We would have come to the dedication of the memorial but for the tragic events of 9/11. Thank you for keeping these memories alive.
-Tommy Harrelson on Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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I was A Bosun's Mate (4th Division) aborad The USS Leyte CV-32 from January 1949-September 1952
-William (Bill) Pinkle on Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Leyte Assoc.. Active Life Member
-Jack Kincaid "B" DiV. 56-De-com "59" on Tue, 09 Apr 2013
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Nathan Eugene Jackson, AN V-1 Division 1932-1953, a nice young man from Jonesborough TN. Nathan, my uncle, and my father's only brother perished in the 1953 fire. I named my oldest son after him, Dad missed him till the day he died (May 28, 2012). This was the first time Nathan was away from home and in his letters he stated how proud he was to be aboard the USS Leyte. Lawrence E. Jackson, Ventura, CA
-Lawrence E. Jackson on Wed, 20 Jun 2012
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I was aboard the Leading Leyte when she blew up in Boston. I was in charge of a damage control pary up forward. There were actually two explosions and they were horrible. I lost many friends that day, and those lost died a horrable death. Unfortunately the Leyte doesn't get the credit she deserves for her service during Korean war. It's though she's a stepchild. Too bad for the navy.Remember she lost the first African-American piolet the navy ever lost over Hangaru-ri, North Korea on December 4, 1950. The USS Leyte CV32 should be recognized with the Yorktown, Essex, Hornet and many other famous navy aircraft carriers.
-Bill Ford, LI3 on Sun, 27 May 2012
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My father, Jim Toner of Pittsburgh PA, was stationed on the USS Leyte in the late 40's early 50's. Although much older and of course wiser than he was when he was in his 20's, dad always speaks with great fondness of his days on the Leyte and of the wonderful men he served with. Thank you all for your heroic service to our country. Please know that it is appreciated. God bless you all.
-Christine Toner Pitteroff on Sat, 26 May 2012
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Are they any shipmates that were on ship with john reed still alive ??
-lawrence english on Wed, 23 May 2012
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Austin Williams, my dad, was assigned to this ship during the Korean War. Dad was a steward and was nicknamed, "Bruno". Dad is gone now but he always had fond memories of the US Navy!
-Jun Williams on Fri, 13 Apr 2012
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My Father lost his life in the Boston explosion, I visited the memorial this past Memorial Day 2011 with my son who is stationed on the USS Virginia, very moving, thank you for the effort to remind all of the sacrifice.
-Elmer Holt on Tue, 28 Feb 2012
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My Dad, Gerry Morrison, was a Fireman aboard Leyte. The Navy tradition carried over as I served aboard the USS Detroit AOE-4 and the USS Kidd DDG-993 (Plankowner). I was a BM3. Fair winds and following seas to the Leyte and her crew!
-Steve Morrison on Mon, 16 Jan 2012
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My dad was Harris Nathan Powell and was aboard the USS Leyte as a fireman. The Winter Haven, Florida newspaper did a story on the USS Leyte about the explosion listing Harris Powell and Vali Vivi as escaping injuries/death as they were not on duty at the time of that accident. My dad was a hard worker all his life, had three kids and a wife Joanne Powell, and sadly passed away in September of 1986. I will never forget what a great man/father he turned out to be! Anyone who knew him I would love to hear from you - cpowell4@att.net.
-Connie Powell on Sun, 11 Dec 2011
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I was aboard from 1952 to 1955 as an ensign. Luckily missed the fire while at electronics school at treasure island CA. We had a great Med cruise. Remember meeting Winston Churchill at a reception in Cannes.
-John Winter on Thu, 08 Dec 2011
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I was an AD3 in VF-34 aboard this great ship for Med cruises with Grumman F9F Panther jet planes in 1952 We were in the Med with 6th fleet including carrier CV-42 FDR.
-Thomas Ohmstede on Tue, 29 Nov 2011
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I was on board at Boston South Annex went the Catapult explored and had to fight the fire. Not a very happy time to remember. Thanks for the memories
-Harvey (Jack) Webb on Mon, 28 Nov 2011
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Served as a gunner's mate in the 5th div. Spent 6 months at the Brooklyn navy yards taking the Leyte out of commission.This would have been in 1959. Great duty.
-Jim Adams on Fri, 25 Nov 2011
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Does anyone know where John Brown is?We were in Repair 8 on the flight deck 1952-54. Email on mates page
-RC Hall on Thu, 24 Nov 2011
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I am looking for anyone who knew Robert Milton Kesterton who served on the ship. His service number was: 2696331
-Robert Neil Kesterton on Wed, 16 Nov 2011
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I was with HS=1 and extended my time to mothball this carrier. Looking for any crew that did the same.
-george kish on Sun, 13 Nov 2011
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OR Div- Radio main comm and radio III On board mid-1956 through Sept 1958. Assisted with blimp refuel as I had been stationed at Genco NAS Georgia in training squadron. Enjoyed our home, USS Leyte.
-Ron OConner on Sat, 12 Nov 2011
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Does anyone remember Adelbert "Dell" Weeks? I think it would have been around 1956.
-Kelly Weeks on Thu, 10 Nov 2011
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I'm trying information on U.S. Navy pilot, author of the curious "soft aircrash", which occurred in the summer of 1949 or 1950, on the runway "Boccadifalco" airfield's, at Palermo (Sicily-Italy). In all likelihood, this driver was driving a F9F Panther, embarked USS Leyte (CV-32) or USS Philippine Sea (CV-47) or onther similar ship (these air-carriers were deployed in the south of the Mediterranean during 1949-50 in training before going to Korea). He made ​​an emergency landing on the Sicilian short runway (3000 feet) because of serious technical problems (fuel empty???) Any information on these "happy" plane crash (pilot survival gear only aircraft repair damaged and off-site mail with a new driver), it would be useful. The pilots have a Guinness Book of World Records:the "first and last" landing in Palermo with JET plane at Boccadifalco Aerodrome. Sincerely Cesare Calcara
-Cesare CALCARA on Wed, 02 Nov 2011
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could not make the nashville reunion but plan to be there in philly in 2012
-jim caruso(anti sub sqadron 32) 1954 ,56 on Tue, 04 Oct 2011
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Thursday 9/29 - Just checked into Nashville Holiday Inn. I see you are having your ship's reunion. We will be picking up where you leave off. Jim Hocking, Treasurer, USS William R. Rush (DD/DDR-714) Association.
-Jim Hocking, Treasurer, USS Rush Association on Thu, 29 Sep 2011
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went aboard by highline while the leyte was taking on fuel. there were 22 of us , fresh out of boot, made the getmo shake down and 51 med cruise before being sent to tech school
-delbert broyles, v1 div on Wed, 14 Sep 2011
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Hello Shipmates I go by the name of "Van" and I am the Chief-Master-At-Arms of the USS Leyte CV-32 Association. I would like to say welcome aboard to all members and to sign our new guset book. This book has been a long time coming. Plesae use it to reach out to your former crew members. Hope to see everyone at our 25th reunion in Nashville,TN
-Le Grande W. Van Wagenen on Mon, 12 Sep 2011
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Medical Depart. (H Division) On first reunion comm. Lake Wright Inn, Va. Beach. Also on Comm.@ reunion in Pittsbg, PA Remember Charleston, 4.0 reunion!! am now 90 yrs of age.
-John H Peck on Wed, 20 Apr 2011
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V2 Cats - 12/ 1955 to 12/1957
-George Paes on Sat, 12 Mar 2011
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Aboard during the Korean War duty...
-Charles Taylor on Sun, 13 Feb 2011
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Enjoyed my time on board. My exciting times were leading a crew on the flight deck fueling a group on blimps. Also when we pulled out of Mayport,Fl. at night to chase a Russian Sub up the East coast.
-Rodney N.Mize on Sun, 30 Jan 2011
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Looking to do a Leyte memorial section at the Quonset Air Museum. Any material donated would be helpful. Contact E-Mail.
-Ronald Dufour on Tue, 11 Jan 2011
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Loved it would do it agan.
- John Fadool on Wed, 22 Sep 2010
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Was with the ship while it was in QP Rhode Island. Then, we put the ship out of commission in 1959.
-William O Gilbert on Tue, 03 Aug 2010
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Was the best ship in the fleet Enjoyed the trip to South America and to Italy,Egypt and Turkey . Had a very good shakedown Also the liberty was great.
-H0ward L Snyder on Thu, 22 Jul 2010
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SHIPS ARMORY 9_55 to 9 57
-DONALD TURCOL on Sun, 27 Jun 2010
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Best dam 2 1/2 years of my career. Where else at 17 could you get a free Mediterranian cruise including all expenses and get paid for it. Oh Boy,Cannes France,Napels,Gibraltar,etc
- STANLEY F. WOODS AKC USN RET on Fri, 11 Jun 2010
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On board only about 6 months then my shore duty request came through to the Harbor Defence Unit, Little Creek, Va. Prior to the Leyte,was on the Coral Sea, but transfer off when she wen t around the horn to Bremerton, Wa to get angled fligt deck installed.
-William G. Bramble on Mon, 08 Feb 2010
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DISCHARGED AT QUONSET PT R.I. NOV 30 1956
-jim caruso on Wed, 27 Jan 2010
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Med Cruise 1952 / 1953 Hanger aircraft maintenance
-John H Wagenseller on Fri, 27 Nov 2009
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Stayed on as decommising crew.
-David G. Hobbs on Fri, 27 Nov 2009
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I WAS IN VS-39 AND WENT ON SEVERAL CRUISES ABORD THE TARAWA, THE LEYTE AND THE ANTEIDAM.I SERVED 4 YRS.YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR TIME IN THE SERVICE.I WISH I COULD DO IT OVER AGAIN.
-Gerald Humphrey on Sat, 21 Nov 2009
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Original Shipmate V-2 Div Bomber Squad
-Richard "Obose" Wileczek on Fri, 13 Nov 2009
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Catapults and Arresting Gear 1955-1958
-Adam Mancini on Tue, 06 Oct 2009
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transfered from Coral Sea CVA 43 when she went around to Bremerton to get angled flight deck installed. Aboard Leyte about 3 months when shore duty request came tthru. Transfered to Harbor Defense Unit, Little Creek, Va.
-William G. Bramble ET3 on Fri, 18 Sep 2009
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best four years of my life.
-mario verdillo qmsn on Sat, 12 Sep 2009
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If anyone remembers George Heim, B-Division, on the USS Leyte while at Boston Naval Yard between 1952 - 1954, please contact me at (917) 287-4877 or natalie.javidi@gmail.com. Thank you.
-George Heim on Fri, 21 Aug 2009
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In 1961 I changed my name from Donald Andrzejewski to my present name of Donald Anthony
-Donald Anthony on Wed, 15 Apr 2009
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GREAT SHIP
-PAUL A, LOVELY on Mon, 23 Mar 2009
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The following obituary was published in the Albany (NY) Times Union on 1/26/09 Joseph D.Hughes Hughes, Joseph D. ALBANY My "Wonderful" Husband, Our "Great" Dad, Our "Great" Grandfather, sailed away. Joseph Danforth Hughes, of Western Avenue, Albany, N.Y., born April 6, 1929, age 79, passed away at St. Peter's Hospice Inn on January 23, 2009. My "Wonderful" Husband, Our "Great" Dad, Our "Great" Grandfather served in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve from 1949 to 1965, was a dedicated Navy sailor stationed aboard the USS Snowden DE-246 and the USS Leyte CV-32 receiving the National Defense Service Medal. He was employed as a sales and service manager with Goodyear and Sousa Goodyear before retiring. Joe was also a BPOE Elks member for many years. His Loving and Surviving Family include his Loving Wife of 55 years, Solveig J. Hughes of Bergen, Norway including two brothers-in-law, Sigurd and Johann Gripsgaard and several relatives in Bergen, Norway. Our Great Dad leaves his enduring and everlasting love to his children and theirs: his son, John Hughes; his daughter, Margie (Hughes) Oliveira along with Richard Rasmussen; his son Bill Hughes along with his wife Donna Hughes and Grandpa's grandchildren, Nicholas, Tiffany, and Christopher Hughes; his son Steve Hughes with his wife Rebecca Hughes and Grandpa's step grandchildren, Debbie Workman and Becky Siebert and his daughter JoAnn McMahon and her husband Jack McMahon and Grandpa's grandchildren, Sean, Katelyn, and Lindsey McMahon. Calling hours will be held at Levine Memorial Chapel, 649 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206; (518) 438-1002, info@levinememorialchapel.com on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. A Private Family and Close Friends Service will be held Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. followed by cremation at the Albany Rural Cemetery's Chapel and Crematorium. On street parking is available as well as the Albany High School parking facility directly across the street from the Levine Memorial Chapel; the entrance is located on Washington Avenue closest to the high school with an exit just east of the entrance. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Peter's Hospice Inn, 315 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208. For directions and to sign the online family guest book, please visit: levinememorialchapel.com
-Frederick R Miller, PH1, USN Retired on Sun, 25 Jan 2009
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Just wondering if anyone here remembered Basil C. Richards.
-Basil C. Richards on Wed, 17 Dec 2008
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I was aboard the Leyte during the Korean war 1949 t0 1951,she was a great old ship
-Vergil Marquardt on Mon, 03 Nov 2008
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REPORTED ABOARD AT BROOKLYN SHIPYARD AND DECOMISSONED HER THERE SHE WAS ONE GREAT GRAY LADY
-EVERETT CAMPBELL on Thu, 03 Jul 2008
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This man was my uncle, he died on October 16, 1953 when they had an explosion on board. You can't find much about that day. I was not even born when this happened but my aunt talks a lot about it( he was her older brother) just was wondering if there is way to find out more info. I think the memorial was great.
-Elmer Clarence Holt on Wed, 28 May 2008
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Was a PHA3 in the ship's photo lab. Have fond memories of my time aboard and remember my shipmates in the lab and in the Dental Dept.
-Scott Turner, LCDR, USN, Ret. on Wed, 30 Apr 2008
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Father Kenny Morris was a crew member/Plank owner.
-Robert Morris on Wed, 16 Apr 2008
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