PHOTOS & SeaStories click on the stampsize graphics to enlarge them. If they don't work, please let me know
I have a couple of pics of 2 of the
boats I served on, which you would be
I got this from John Luke, please put it on the web site. Chuck Micele Sec-Treas.Congratulations to Jim Donahue,Chuck and all the bar tenders who made the San Diego Reunion a huge success. It was a huge party and all of us attending owe a vote of gratitude to the committee for the hard work they provided.
Chuck you need to put out an ALL HANDS to let everyone who did not attend that the missed a good reunion and welcome them to Reno.
The attachment is some trivia that may amuse some of those attending the reunion. It comes from an article in the NEW LONDON EVENING DAY. How I saved it is beyond me.
Can any one recognize any of those younger pups in the article. The plane connections to VA. BCH. were hectic. I had a lay over in DALLAS/FT.Worth for 2 days and had to make the best of what Irving Texas had to offer with a little help from American Air Lines.
I hope all have recovered from the reunion.
Regards JOHN LUKE Chuck, where is the article?
"ASR-ARS Guestbook" has been signed.
Name: Joe Frederickson Email Address: email@example.com
Served on Safeguard (ARS-25) 1963-1965, SA to SM3.
Check out that site at military.com and be sure to visit National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors at nafts.com.
June 1, 2001
Hyrum "Hank" Mullikin and his son visited us here in Pearland. We went to Matamoros Tamps, MX to see a dentist friend of mine so they could have prostesis. If you don't believe me, email Mullikin yourself.
On the way down to Brownsville TX Hank told me the following sea story. I was relieved on the USS Skylark (ASR-20) by Chief "Doc" Paul Heckert so I knew "Frenchy" and the noise that came from the engine room adjecent to the goat lockers bunk space.
One night while underway, the Chiefs were in that racks ready to sleep. A very loud noise was coming thru the bulkhead that started as a very crescendo high frequency whistle which terminated with an extremely loud "Bang!" Loud enough to wake the dead. This noise repeated itself about every 5 to 10 minutes.
Frenchy Gillmetter GMC (DV), was a short "cajun" sailor about 4 feet 12 inches tall. He had that very noticable cajun french accent, and a very short fuse. "Frenchy" shouts , " did you guys hear that sound?" Paul said , "no." Hyrum , Ernie Reed, and the other CPOs said, "no."
Frenchy said, "you did not hear that sound?" Immediately after he said that , the sound occurred again. French said, "there, there it happened again, did you guys hear it?" Everyone said, "no we did not hear anything." Frenchy insisted that he was not crazy that a loud sound was coming into the bunk space thru the bulkhead. The guys told frency to be quiet and go to sleep.
Again, the noise. Frenchy exploeded, " I can not stand that sound! It is driving me crazy!" You guys hear it? Every body said that they could not hear anything at all and for him to be quiet so they could sleep.
Frenchy grabbed his pillow and a blanket and headed out of the goat locker. This is no shit!
A Seastory by Jack F. Brown (First Class Diver)
October 20, 2000
This is no doo-doo.
In 1950, the USS Pirate and the USS Pledge both minesweeper with steel hulls struck mines during their sweeping ooperations in Wonson Harbor Korea. They both sank in about 170 feet of water.
The USS Conserver got orders to go dive on the two ships and totally destroy them as they sat on the bottom of the ocean. The USS Concerver did not have on board divers qualified to dive to those depths. Jack Yarbrough and I were flown from San Diego CA to do the diving jobs.
We received 16 tons of C-2 and C-4 and we dove and placed every pound of it on the two ships. The USS Missouri was dispatched to give support fire while we were diving to place the demolition on the Pirate and the Pledge.
At 170 feet, we felt the effects of the "Mighty MO's" 16 inch gun blasted. The vibration thru the water rattled my head around inside my MV diving helmet. This make it difficult to concentrate on the job.
We set timers and by the time the speed boat returned us to the USS Conserver, the ships were blown up. Later we inspected the site of the sunken minesweepers and the area looked like a metallic junkyard.
Jack and I were also on a salvage job of an LST in Korea by the USS Conserver.
Story was told to Doc RIojas at the ASR-ARS Assn Reunion year 2000 at Panama Beach, FL.
A Seastory by Jack F. Brown (First Class Diver)
|klick on photos to enlarge.||Thank you Willy, USS COUCAL (ASR-8) Keep the photos coming. doc riojas||Doc,
I couldn't send all these at one time so I will send them one at a time. I hope you can use them, I have a few more but it has been so long ago I might not be able to identify them. I also have a bunch from the Greenlet if I can find them. Do you want some more?
Willy Reuter Baka Hatchi ASR-8
| Doc Riojas& Japanese diver after a Table IV
Chuck Micele and Doc Riojas
Al Moore, StewBurner USS SKYLARK (ASR-20)
I sent both the links you sent to our web master he should have them on within a couple days he's a state trooper in OK. and stays pretty busy...
Did you no Lt. Trane who was KIA with team 2..I met him and his team a couple times while I was stationed at the Inshore Undersea Warfare Group 1 out of Vung Tau it was a base overlooking Vung Tau harbor had a Aussie EOD team station there.....
My NOTE: Yes, Lt. Trane(SP) and I were in ST-2. He died at an Army Hospital. I head they gave him the wrong type blood.
will send the photo tomorrow also have a couple good ones of the Skylark...Will have our web master post your web site to our site as a link
if this okay with you.. was a member of the ASR/ARS assoc but let my dues laspe I belong to so many things but will renew hell whats another one.. Have sent The American Sailor application with this message
..hope you enjoy it.
LT.Master Diver and also snake eater.
(snake eater) web site Home
Fraternal Order UWSS Key West Y2K Reunion
Panam Beach FL May 19-21
elticitl @mi-vida-loca.com(not a link)
email me with the errors you may find
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The U. S. Navy Divers' Locker ASR / ARS Assn.
EMails from YOU!
Name: Jim Stahl
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
IP Address: (May not be obtainable) 220.127.116.11
Served aboard the USS Skylark ASR 20 1954 - 1958.
Jim Stahl (DV)
November 15, 2000
I was on Coucal ASR-8 1953/1957 and Greenlet ASR-10 early 60's Somwhere in there I was on the Nerius.
Damnedest thing I ever thought I would ever see. I remember lots of fun stuff we did together especially in Japan. I remember drinking rusty 190 in 1/2 pint can in your sick bay [that is if BMC Warren didn't get it first]
I would really like to shoot the shit a bit if you remember me, I think I was a MR3 when I was stationed with you. Did you relieve McWright or visa versa? It has been so long ago I can't remember everything but, I SURE REMEMBER SOME HIGHLIGHTS! What good old days.
Tuesday, March 13, 2001 9:35 AM Subject: USS Current ARS-22 > Hello, > > Just found your diving web site. Very interesting. > I just completed a web site for USS Current. Can you add my site to your > web site. > > http://www.geocities.com/jimvasko_94555/index.htm > > > Regards, > > Jim Vasko >
About the U.S. Navy Divers. the books that I read helped me through the
tough times in School. My faverite was ON THE BOTTOM/ by cdr Edward Ellsberg
USN Salvage Boat USN FALCON.
Again Thanks Navy
Enjoying your web page, and all the pic's. Sorry about you're wife, I lost
my wife Karen age 52 to cancer 5/23/00. So with my spare time at night I surf
the web. Got the chance to watch a udt team out of Subic work,in Vietnam on
an extended operation in the summer of 64 before the Bay of Tokin. We were on
Forest LSD4. Started in the South and went up the coast to Da Nang. I think
the frog's went over and hit the bar's in their swim trunk's, but that was
just a rumor, they did have a funny looking speedboat with teeth painted on
the hull, in the well deck. But then you properly know all this. Good luck
hoot! BKENNIS@aol.com <>
Big Bill I.U.W.G1-12
USS Brewton FF-1086
Mr. Mike McCain 517-453-2227
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reunion: 19-21 Apr. 2001, Harrah's, Las Vegas, NV
Click here for the USS Brewton Website.
Doc Riojas: Change of address and phone no. J.H. "Hoot" Andrews 5554 Petaca Rd. Las Vegas, NV, 89122-3391 PH: (702)435-0775 Haven't got the compputer set up as yet. Will advise. Mi Hermano, HOOT
Name: Jim Pastore
The hard suit 2000 is a
product of ours here at STOLT where I work.
Last year I had the privelage and was the only one they could get to do the job, we installed a fibre web system to 3 platforms using the SUIT. 978' , 875' , 770' The jobs were a sucess but we lost financially because the jobs were bid way to low.
Here in the not to far away future I will again be given the very great privelage of doing it again, WHY ME???????
Ive got great pics and know how and why if yall ever want to b/s about it or any thing else!
Your Bro Roger-Roger SMITH (SEAL)
Roger: Contratulations! A.Dee Clark and I would like to get together at your house and see all your stuff. I got questions that I'd like to ask you. tu amigo, doc Riojas
Paul Heckert was the HMC when I was onboard 63-66 we had a CS1
named Hopkins he left and we had a CS1 Lick he left then I took the galley as a CS2 and
had it for over a year made CS1 and was transfered to the USS Benwah APB-35 Flag Ship
TF-117 out of Dong Tam. I no Denny Morse real well he and Doc Heckert,Jim Nobel, Hiram
Mulikin and a few others Ton Moss was the XO Louie Two relived him.. She was a good ship
with a damn good crew when were you onboard..
I'll be in CA sometime in the near future and would like to see Fred he was always a nice guy.. I was sending him a MRFA newsletter but the last two I sent came back so I guessed he had moved....any info given would be appreiated...how's your FL. reunion coming along if you see Doc Paul Heckert tell hirt Moore said Hi Jim Nobel as well. I was a CS2 on the Skylark with them I was getting ready to get out of the Navy my enlistment had expired I wanted to reenlist on the west coast..
Doc and Jim got me drunk at the CPO club and the next thing I knew I was looking at 6 more years hell I was to drunk to piss in the bottle and Doc did that for me.. what a crew...I did finnaly get back to the west coast but it was all spent with the MRF in the Delta 2-67 / 10-70 .. Albert Moore email@example.com MRFA is the Mobile Riverine Force Association www.mrfa.org
Subject: Re: andrea doria
Thanks for the info. It has been 30 years since I saw Bob Schwarze and maybe >I misunderstood his comments about the Andrea Doria. Would like to read or >find out all of the particulars about open circuit at the depth that the A/D >was at. > >Have a good day ! >Holly Houfek >Tampa, Fl.
nsds trained and qualified divers to 300 on air and 400 on heo2. the fleet routinely requaled on air and he at 200ft. the reason for this was the time involved to requal 30 divers on asr , 4 dives every 6 mons. the asr people were very comfortable at 200 ft on air. we had no mental problems with deep air and in fact considered it routine.
all the east coast asrs shared the ongoing job in ft laurderdale of recovering test sub/asroc missles from 200+ on air. we would usually hit the bottom in 20-30 seconds, this was before dv med off and navsea ( essentially 2 groups of parasitic nondivers ) decided we could not do many things even though we had been doing them for many years. S4 or F4 sunk in 315 ft off hawii in 1915. divers on air had no problems salving it.
the previous was of course all hard hat. during the search for the h-bomb at palmares tringa divers dove to 190 ( no d limit ) almost daily. arss dove deep scuba for years because they did not have adequate air for hard hat deep air.
mt morris dam, a unit of nots pasadena dove regular decomp dives in scuba to 200+. the point is that deep air scuba is not a problem for properly trained and acclimated divers. however it is not for all divers and there are many who have no business over 100ft. in the 60s and 70s we masters acclimated our divers for deep air by numerous chamber runs enroute to the mission. this worked very well and the divers felt comfortable at deep air depths. navsea, dmo, shore duty/tender officers were scared of these dives because they were non divers or non deep divers.
slowly but surely deep diving got lost. twa 800 was a good example of this. the majority of the people in volved were not ready for depths 70ft shallower than earlier asr routine requals. eod routinely work 200 this day. the eod efforts to demine the persian gulf were done from rubber rafts ( can not moor vessles containing metal over magnetic mines ) using only scuba. a good friend of mine was mdv on that job if you need more info hope this helps,
e-mail if you want more
denny morse firstname.lastname@example.org
Origional message from: Hhoufek@aol.com
"U.S. NAVY DEEP SEA DIVERS"
|My name is Robert Don
Carter I was on the USS Norton Sound AVM-1 from 11-01-58 untill 06-09-62. I went to the
USS Orion AS-18 12-01-64 untill 01-01-66, went to second class diving school at the barge
@ D&S piers Norfolk. First class diving school @ DC. Transfered to the USS Skylark
ASR-20 01-01-66 untill 01-01-68. Class "C" welding school @ San Diego. I would
like to hear from any divers out there especially any one that remembers me.
Class 4-55 started with 50 men and these are the graduates.
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