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06-11-06

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It is my sad duty to report on the death of Captain Roger W. Luther, 
USN. Ret. who was commander of the Icebreaker USS Edisto (AGB-2) 
during "Operation Deepfreeze"--over the Antarctic summer of 
1955-1956.  Captain Luther was just twenty days short of his ninety-
fifth birthday when he passed away June 8, 2006, in Hawaii.  He is 
survived by his wife and four children, two grandchildren, many 
shipmates, other friends, an me.  Roger Luther often told me, Roger 
G. Chatten (his namesake and cousin), that making a safe navigable 
route through the ice with the Edisto was one of the most rewarding 
professional  experiences of his maritime career. Knowing Roger 
Luther as I did, for over fifty-five years, I think he also really 
liked busting-up ice with a really big boat!  During the cold war, 
Captain Luther commanded the USS Maury (AGS-16) to the port of Odessa 
on the Black Sea (USSR)--at that time in history, a significant and 
politically delicate command. In World War Two he served on various 
Navy vessels and retired from the Navy as a Captain only to then 
become a Master Unlimited (oceans) and First Class Pilot (harbor 
pilot) upon Puget Sound and surrounding waters. He was a true 
gentleman, an optimist, my hero, my relative, and my touch with the 
larger world. And, most of all, he was my longest personal 
friendship; he was my pal, and my "skipper."  Calm seas and 
tailwinds, my captain.  Respectfully,  Roger G. Chatten, Ph.D.; USCG 
100 ton Master/Inland.

11-27-02

Dear Edisto Webmaster,
My second cousin, namesake, friend (and personal hero) is Roger W. Luther who was Commander, USN, of the Edisto for two Antarctic trips including 1955-56; this was Admiral Byrd's last trip to the bottom of the world. Luther, is a very healthy/happy 90 year old retired Capt. USN, as well as retired harbor pilot, who spends his time with his wife and kids and grandkids (and me, happily) while living between the pacific northwest and Hawaii. He has asked me to wish his fellow crew members "all the best."  I have attached a photo taken about 1937 of,

 then, Ensign Roger W. Luther complete with dress sword and a proper salute.  I have transferred your website to hard copy to share with Capt. Luther--he is very pleased. Keep up the good work!  (P.S. In 1956, "Deeds" (only worth their paper) were created by the Edisto's print shop claiming small homestead plots at "Cape Hallett" which were a joy for the crew and their families as they returned to Boston.  One of my "prize" possessions is one of those "deeds"). Feel free to use the text and/or photo for enjoyment of the crew(s) of the Edisto.

Sincerely, 

Roger Chatten, Ph.D. (Psychologist) & 100 T USCG MASTER; Power/Sail/Inland/GL

 By the way, the "deed" to the "lots" indicated a sort of south polar version of a mid 1950s new home development;  It was called "Edisto Acres". ,


11-27-02

This is John Bailey, Edisto July 61-July 62


11-27-02

Karl E. Dohner
kedone@dmv.com 

I was on the USS EDISTO from 1948 until 1952. My rank was SK3.


11-27-02

Cleveland J. Trifilo

  tiano@trysb.net

P O Box 293
69 Clem Court
So. Barre MA.
01074

 I was aboard The EDISTO 1952-1954,EM2


11-27-02

Carlos Schomaker

cschomaker@juno.com

My dad, Donald Schomaker, was stationed on the Edisto sometime in the early 50s


11-27-02

Ed Schardein 

twoaces@prodigy.net

 I was on the "Steady Eddie" from 57 until early 60


11-27-02

Frank W Seeley

  fseeley@nemaine.com

 Served aboard From Nov. 1965,66 and part of 1967


11-27-02

Jim Monahan Served from 1962 until 1965 just before she was transferred to USCG


11-27-02

Peter L. Warburton

  Schoonerabaco@cs.com

My brother in law, Jonathan Hardisty,passed away this last Sunday, he served aboard the USS Edisto, I believe in the late 1960s


11-27-02

Thomas E. Robertson

Edistotom@aol.com

1955 Summer Arctic cruise as a USS Edisto crew member....

I am very sorry to have to inform you that Thomas Robertson...crew member of U.S.S. Edisto in the early 50's has passed away. (Feb. 6, 2003)  His screen name was Edistotom@aol.com. He enjoyed so much the correspondences from other crew members of his beloved ship. God bless all of you...keep the old girl's memory alive.
       Mrs. Thomas Robertson


11-27-02

Kristin Goss

kg6177@aol.com

My father Kenneth Goss (from Long Island NY) served on the Edisto in 1966


11-27-02

Daniel Eitnier

deitnier@lvcm.com

My dad, William (Bud) Eitnier served on the Edisto between 1948 and 1952


11-27-02

John V. Griesmer

JGriesmer@aol.com

I served as a Midshipman First Class on the trip from Thule, Greenland back to the states by way of a hurricane in the summer of 1960 and then later served as Supply Officer from January 1962 through June of 1963.

I served as a Midshipman First Class on the trip from Thule, Greenland back to the states by way of a hurricane in the summer of 1960.


11-27-02

Edward Van Dyke

  edandjan@dreamscape.com

Served aboard the Edisto during Operation Deep Freeze in 1962


11-27-02

Walter T. Hausheer MD

Hausheer@att.net

Served on this great ship in 1952 as Medical Officer.I believe CO was CDR Leroy


11-27-02

Neil McMickle

I served on the Edisto June 61 to Aug 62. My rate was EN2, I took over No. 2 engine room from John Sweeney when he was discharged, my trusty EN3 Dave Thiem was my right hand man. I came over to the Edisto from the USS Des Moines when we put it out of commission at Boston Yard, I then got orders to the Edisto. I joined the ship shortly after it returned from Deep freeze. I saw Sweeney and Thiems names on the muster list and hoped I could contact them someday before it's to late. I forget we are in our early sixties and still think of them the way they were then, young boys.

neilmcmickle@cs.com

 12 union St. Stanhope, NJ 07874
service # 528 29 34  

Phone 973-347-8685


11-27-02

Earl Ellsworth

ecube@pe.net

I was part of the helicopter detachment that was assigned to the Edisto in 1959.  Our group was assigned to HU-4 located at NAS Lakehurst.  We spent 5 months in the north Atlantic between Greenland and Canada primarily remapping the shipping lanes to Thule. In those days they found submerged islands that were charted as much as a mile from its actual location.  Apparently the charts were based on data that predated WWII.  Our helicopters flew radio equipment to various islands that acted as triangulations with the ship  and the ocean bottom was then remapped so that shipping no longer would hit submerged islands.  I believe we had some Canadians aboard to help in the mapping.  I became an official Blue Nose from that trip.

909 776-2353  


11-27-02

Gary L. Shaub

RATravelerxx@aol.com

I served on "Steady Eddie" in 1964 and 1965. I was involved in Arlis II in the rescue of trapped scientists on the ice flow. I was an EN3 in B-3 engine room and was the log room yeoman for awhile. I was TAD to the Coast Guard when Eddie was transferred.


11-27-02

Paul R. Walther

paulrwalther@msn.com

I served aboard Edisto from 11/58 till 6/59 for the 58-59 Antacrtic trip (Operation Deep Freeze IV), the end of the International Geophysical Year expedition. Was in the radar gang with Dave Hultman, Elwin Vaughn, Jim Vaughn, Ronnie Pollard, and ? Jackson. I would love to hear from any shipmates, and in particular would like to purchase or borrow a cruise book from the 58-59 trip. I have lost my copy and would like to duplicate it. If you have a copy available, please call me in Tucson at (520) 797 - 7021, or fax me at (520) 797 - 7015. Thanks. Beast wishes to all who served.


11-27-02

 

Jerry Adam

  Jermaradam@aol.com

(Jerry and Marlene Adam).  I reported on board the USS EDISTO on 3 April 1954 and left her on 25 June 1956.  During this time I had been on several trips to the Artic.  On 30 October 1955 at 1500 hours, the Edisto left the pier in Boston harbor and headed for Antarctica.  We were part of OPERATION DEEPFREEZE 1.  We returned to Boston on 21 April 1956

I had reported on board as a Deck Ape.  The First Lieutendant found in my records that I had a year of typing in high school.  He came to me one day while I was chipping paint and said "You are now the First Lieutendants Yeoman".  I didn't even know what that was but now I was one.  Later I was transferred to ships office and there reached YN2 before being transferred off the ship.

I have been following your site for some time now and have enjoyed it immensely.  In fact, through this site, I have established contact with an old shipmate that I have lost contact with some years ago.  We hope to get together here in Florida sometime this winter.  This man was the Best Man for our wedding many years ago.  We hope for a reunion this Winter here in Florida.  He lives in Ohio and we live in Minnesota.  Thank You.

I would like to share some things with all shipmates but don't know how.  I am a real green horn with this machine.  Could you help me.


My name is Jerry Adam. I reported on board the Edisto on 1 April 1954 and stayed on board until 25 June 1956.  I came on board as a Deck Ape and left a YN3.  At first I was chipping paint with the best and soon was assigned as 1st Lieutenants Yeoman.  Later was transferred to Ships Office.  During my tour on board, I made several trips to the Arctic and one cruise to Antarctica.  We were a part of Operation Deepfreeze 1 from 30 October 1955 until 21 April 1956.  I would like to share some Antarctic adventures with you.  As I said, we were on Deepfreeze 1.  When we arrived at McMurdo Sound on 20 December 1955, the only live thing there to great us was Penguins.
I would like to share with you an entry from my personal log.  "20 December 1955 - Arrived at destination. Tied up to the edge of the ice and started unloading. I spent the day out on the ice up at the base camp. Was the 1st man to stay there alone. The first man to pitch a tent there. Base camp is at Scott's old camp 35 odd miles from where the ship was moored. Rode back and forth by helicopter. Tuck SK1 arrived about 1/2 hour after I did. Noon others came and we set up a camp. On the return trip we saw Admunsens camp from the air. Met the first planes in from New Zealand and escorted it back to the air strip five miles this side of the camp."  If you would care to see a picture of that day, click on:
http://home.columbus.rr.com/philrichardson/jerryadams.htm
After the 3rd page, click on "Return to Table of Contents".  This should take you to Phil Richardson's site.  Phil was on board the USS Nespelen AOG55.  The Edisto is talked about in the section titled "Nespelen Crushed".  At the end of this page key onto "Summering in the Antarctic"  Phil makes it sound like fiction, but on 15 January 1956 the Nespelen was caught in the ice and being crushed.  The Edisto came to her aid and got her out.

Hope you find it interesting.  Jerry Adam   

http://www.home.columbus.rr.com/philrichardson/jerryadams.htm


11-27-02

Dick Barber

Dicbarber@aol.com

Transferred from the USS Noxubee AOG56 to the USS Edisto while in the shipyards in Boston. I was a Cook CS3 on board from about October 1952 to March of 1953. We made a couple of trips north during that time. We were in the ice trying to make Thule Greenland in January/February time frame. We were accompanied by a second Ice Breaker, possibly the Atka. I believe that the skipper of the other ship was in charge of the attempt. After a laborious time and not able to make headway we were finally turned back.  The skipper of the Edisto, who I can't recall by name now was married to a women from Grondel, Greenland. We pulled into Grondel on one occasion but were not permitted in town. We frequented the club on the Danish Naval Base where we were moored. Do not know if the captain wanted to impress someone or what but he had us in dress blues on the dock one Saturday AM for personnel inspection during a snow storm. That I have some pictures that I can e-mail if you want for the web site. Just let me know where to send them.
The Edisto was definitely an adventure on the high seas.


11-27-02

Leigh Hollins

EStreeter241@aol.com

My father-in-law Richard "Dick" Stoop, from Trenton NJ, served aboard the Edisto from `52 - `54 up in the N. Atlantic. He is doing well, retired in Bradenton, FL. Please feel free to log him on your list. Thanks for serving fellas


11-27-02

 

Jaime D. Asuncion

asuncion.jaime.d@cscwp.nasni.navy.mil

Remembering the '63 Deep Freeze Operation. I was a TN aboard the Edisto in '63-64 and stayed with the Navy for 20 years transfering to the fleet reserve in Nov 1980 as A Senior Chief. Currenly working at NAS North Island Aviation Support as a Supply technician, and worked prior to this with General Services Administration (GSA) as a Purchasing Agent.


11-27-02

MAYSON LLOYD BLOUIN

lblouin@aol.com

served aboard USS Edisto AGB2 59 AND 60. Made one trip south and one north.Great to see all photos of the men and the ship as I have lost most of mine.I was discharged in Sept.'60 when the ship pulled into Boston. It's great to feel young again.


11-27-02

DON HURWITZ 

5 MARION RD MARBLEHEAD

MA. 01945

781-631-7347  

donhurwitz@attbi.com

Don came onboard in 63 and was on there when the Coast Guard took over.


11-27-02

Preston R Conaway

prcgmc@yahoo.com

Served on three northern trips. I also was on operation Deep Freeze IV, 1958-1959 Worked in the Electrical Division. Made third class po,transfered to USS WASP, then two more years in active submarines. I made po2. Was recomended to LDO but got out. Lived in N.J till 1981 moved to Florida and have worked at Disney World for the last 21 years, as and Instrument & Controls tech. Made all Navy Times as one of the card players on our wooden deck with ice in the background.


11-27-02

 

WARREN A. HEIDEL

FAYSIE1030@AOL.COM

I WAS FORTUNATE TO ENJOY ONE SOUTH AND TWO NORTH CRUISES FROM 1962 TO 1964.


11-27-02

 

Charles W Neal

CWNeal@webtv.net

to hear from any one who made the cruise

11-27-02

Edwin P. Ek

Luedek@aol.com

I was a dental tech on the Edisto part oF 58, 59 and separated from active duty in '60. Returned to Connecticut got my BS and Masters in education ( never taught) but went into the restaurant business and have been in that field ever since, from country Inn's in Maine to restaurants in Florida. I have been married 35 years this week and have on son and four grand children. I have thought about my Navy days frequently with good memories and experiences and friends fondly remembered.


11-27-02

TOM MARX

TWM2@Bellatlantic.com

SERVED ON 4 NORTH TRIPS AND 1 SOUTH AND SEVERAL CUBA TRAINING TRIPS FROM 1956 TO 1960 WON THE ANCHOR POOL ONCE A 308 WINCHESTER STILL HAVE HER MY WORK STATION WAS # 2 ENGINE ROOM I LIVE IN LIONVILLE PA SELF EMPLOYED FOR 28 YEARS MARRIED 45 YEARS 5 CHILDREN 13 GRANDCHILDREN 1 GREAT PHONE 610-363-6659 FAX 610-458-5352 LIKE TO FROM SHIP MATES


11-27-02

 

Bill Doyle

shamrock77@iwon.com

Served in Edisto 1953-55, first as CIC/Communications Officer, then as Operations Officer. Commanding Officers were CDR Leroy & CDR Jackson H. Raymer. XO was LCDR Frank Brimmer. Navigator was Lt. Emil Saroch. Supply Officer was LTJG Andy Giordano {who later headed the Navy Supply Corps). Made 3 trips north and one to the Caribbean for an Operational Readiness Inspection. I'm now retired and living in North Versailles PA with Betty, my bride for 50 years.

Photo was taken at the change of command ceremony in the Fall of 1953. CDR Leroy (left) was relieved by CDR Jackson H. Raymer (reading his orders). The lady holding the yawning baby is Betty Doyle. The yawning baby is Mary Ellen Doyle.

Andy,
I remember riding  through Connecticut in your convertible. Here's a
picture of you in one of your quieter moments. I'm the altar boy. Doc
Tehan is on the right. Can't remember who the other shipmate is. Keep in
touch.

Here's a recent photo of Betty & me. It was taken in September of 2001.


11-27-02

H. Ray Neff

razor1and2@hotmail.com

Served aboard Edisto 1958-59 Deep Freeze IV to Shackleton and Ellsworth Stations also the Palmer Peninsula Mission. I fondly remember AGB-2 and the great crew. H. Ray Neff QM3


11-27-02

Richard B. Watkins

richbwat@aol.com

I was a Dental Technician aboard the Edisto in 1955 & 1956.


11-27-02

Charles E. McKinney

charlese74@msn.com

Served on the Edisto from 56-60. Made quite a few trips North and one trip South 58-59. Served Cdr Plummer and Cdr Davidson. This was the best duty I had in my 20 years in the Navy. I retired in 1975.


11-27-02

Allen Davis

anjdavis@highstream.net

Served on the USS Edisto 1957-1960 as an IC Electrician. This was my first duty assignment. Also served on the USS Georgetown out of Norfolk. (Plankowner)


11-27-02

John Taylor

seadragon37@hotmail.com

john5555@myvzw.com

Great memories Edisto taught me a lot as a hard running QM3 (So did the ports in South America on Deepfreze 4) Thanks; been looking for an Edisto page for years....


11-27-02

Johnny E. McClellan

leoret03@cfl.rr.com

Served on USS Edisto AGB-2 1958-1959 and made Deep Freeze IV as an SA in the Deck Division.


11-27-02

Austin R. Schroder

ozschroder@sbcglobal.net

Served as XO 1963 to 1966. One trip South and three North on "Steady Eddie"

Attached is a photo of our wardroom bar where we could inbibe since we were exposed to the elements.In the Picture you can pick out me with back turned,Ed Davidson (skipper), Jesberg (helo pilot), Gresmier (supply) and Goforth (ops officer)....Oz Schroder 


11-27-02

Dino Rotatori

info@rotatoriinsurance.com

Boarded the edisto december30,1951 en3. transferd to boston august1,1952from thule greenland for discharge.


11-27-02

William (TINY) Rosenfield  

PINESADIE@aol.com

served aboard the USS Edisto AGB2 for eleven months in 1950.  My downfall was sea sickness, which I never got over.  I spent a lot of time top side by the stack.  At least I didn't freeze.  There's a blower in back of the stack coming from the engine room.  I made several trips to Greenland. On the last trip to Iceland I was transferred off ship at Argentia, Newfoundland and was sent to Chelsea Naval Hospital.  The doctor said I had chronic motion sickness.  I was sent to the Fargo Building for reassignment.  I got a larger ship, CVE 110 Salerno Bay.  I was on it 16 months and was sick only once.  I was on the USS Saipan CVL 48 four months and was discharged in December 1952.
      I met my wife while I served on the Edisto.  We have no children, but have had each other for 51 years.  God Bless You All.

Tiny Rosenfield


11-27-02

ROBERT E ROSS
    1825 TWEED AVE
     ALLENTOWN, PA. 18103

roberteross2@netscape.net
I was on the Edisto from Feb 1954 to Nov 1955 as an aerographer [weather man] I was on 2 winter and 2 summer cruises to the Artic and 1 shakedown cruise to the St Thomas islands I was also on the summer cruise when we were north of Russia and a Russian Battleship followed us for two days. anyone remember that? I than went aboard the USS Atka to cruise thru the Panama Canal to Seattle Wash. for a cruise to Alaska in 1956. I left the Atka in Nov to be discharged while the Atka went south to the Anartic.


11-27-02

Thomas E. Duffy

1962-1964

Tom is alive and well at age 64.  He and wife Elaine are living at Mills Pond Rd, Wells VT and he just retired after 30 years as Printer for Moore Business Forms.  Tom said he has a computer but they haven't yet signed up for email but I gave him the web site address and told him we hope to see him online and sign up on our guest book soon


11-27-02

Lyman H. Smith, II

lsmith@iamnow.net

I was aboard from November,'62 until June,'65 as one of the "Fresh-caught Ensigns and finished my tour as Navigator. This is a great website, bringing back many memories of one of the Navy's great ships with some outstanding people.


11-27-02

Richard G. Rossey 

kag5668@yahoo.com

1963-65
2709 Stagg Ave
Basile , LA  (337) 432-5668


11-27-02

Donald Kline

I served on the Edisto from the summer of 1955 to the summer of 1957. I was discharged with the rank of PN2. Most of my time was spent in the ship's office. Underway I was the Captains talker.


11-27-02

Ron Jesberg

rjesberg@aol.com

I was the OinC of the helicopter detachment from HU-4 in Lakehurst, NJ. aboard Edisto for DeepFreeze '63. CDR Ed Davison was the CO of Edisto. We had an interesting and exciting cruise. I was pleased and previledged to have serve on Edisto.


11-27-02

Duel Going

dgoing@centurytel.net

Was a member of the BT Team during the 62-63 Antartica tour.


11-27-02

DONALD E. GIEBNER

DISCOUNTDON@MSN.COM

HELLO TO ALL MY SHIPMATES FROM 1962-1963. LEFT EDISTO IN 1964, WENT TO CALIFORNIA TO PORT HUENEME CLASS A DRAFTSMAN SCHOOL, LEFT THERE FOR ICELAND, ETC. MARRIED A WONDERFUL GIRL FROM NORWAY, HAVE A GREAT DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW AND THREE WONDERFUL GRANDKIDS. RETIRED FROM THE NAVY IN JANUARY 1988 AS MASTER CHIEF DRAFTSMAN. WONDERFULING HEARING FROM EUGENE FETTINGR IN CALIFORNIA. LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM ALL MY SHIPMATES. ALWAYS REMEMBER "STEADY EDDY"


11-27-02

DARYL E. KNAUSS

IKNAUSS@COMPUSERVE.COM

I SERVED ON THE EDISTO AS AN EM1 IN 1961 AND MADE ONE CRUISE TO THE NORTH POLE. I LFT THE NAVY IN 1962 AND WORKED FOR GENERAL ELECTRIC IN THE ELECTRICAL ENG. DEPT UNTILL I RETIRED IN 1999.


11-27-02

AL OBST

alobst@juno.com

I served aboard the "STEADY EDDIE" from March of 62 to Nov. of 63, as a DK3. I worked with Bob Randall and we worked for Chief Jackson. I have to look for my cruise book to find other names. It was a long time ago and spending the last 4 hours on this web sight has brought back a lot of memories. I was floored when Eugene Fettinger called me and asked if I served on the ship, and even more surprised to find the web sight with all the information. Nice work and I will pass on the sight if I ever run into someone from the ship. Some of the guys on the 61 trip south were on the 62 trip and it was nice to see their pictures etc.


11-27-02

William J. Odenbach

maryode@yahoo.com

I was assigned to the Edisto Fall of 1961 to June 1964. Main propulsion B2 Engine Room. I am now 60, don't get seasick anymore, but then I don't go to sea anymore! I can still hear despite Fairbanks Morse # 3 & 4 engines. Very surprised to "find" this website, & even more surprised to still remember some of the names of my shipmates on the muster list. P.S. E-mail address is my wife's...I don't know how to use the damn thing yet!


11-27-02

Richard Rossey

kag5668@yahoo.com

Served on USS Edisto 1963 thru 1965, RMSA-RM3 retired as RMCS 1 Jan 1983. Went south once and north twice....was on board for the resuce of ARLIS II. Great Ship, Great Crews and Great Memories.


11-27-02

Frank S. MACCHIA

Frankmacchia@hotmail.com

I served on the USS Edisto AGB2 from Sept l1,1948 thru sept, 1949 and made many voyages into the northern polar area. The August, 6, l949 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, "WE BUCKED THE ARCTIC ISE PACK" is an article that I ventured on. Frank S. Macchia


11-27-02

Stewart Grow

sgrow@interx.net

I served onboard from 61 to 64 was lucky enough to see Thule a few times and our southern end once.She was a fablious home. especially for someone just out of boot camp and A school. Does anyone remember Rip Page EM2 or the airdale from Alabama AT2 Muckenfuss? I still owe him $5.00


11-27-02

J. W. (Wilson) Muckenfuss Jr.

koi@net-magic.net

I was attached to the USS Edisto for the North cruise in the summer of 1961. We were from HU-4, a helicopter utility squadron based in Lakehurst N.J. I shall never forget this cruise, it took me somewhere not all people are privileged to see. It was a great old ship with the best group of men of any ship I was ever on. I was an enlisted man with the rate of Petty Officer 3rd class. It is great that you folks are trying to stay connected via the web. If any one out there remembers me, drop me a note, I would enjoy hearing from you.


11-27-02

Stephen M. Jarrett

stephen.m.jarrett@verizon.net

I retired in 1982 as a GSCS. I was a EM2 when I left the ship in 1962 to attend Nuclear Power School. I retired from the FFG Class Fleet Intoduction Team at Bath Iron Works in Maine 50 Miles from My home town.


11-27-02

W. M. Davis

lfdavis07@aol.com

I was on the March 20, 1947 commissioning crew as Fireman First Class. I have a Plank Owner's certificate. My nick name is "Smokey." It's been a long time.


11-27-02

Stu Cooper

stugenelog@aol.com
When I was stationed in Newport, RI at the Commanding Officer's building and
received my orders to report onboard the Edisto, my best friend gave me an
ice pick and I was off for Boston to join the ship which was tied up in
Charlestown at a private dock.  As I arrived, Feb 1958, it started snowing
and snowed for 3 days.  It was my first blizzard.
I was on the deck force for a few months under the guidance? of Monday. 
After the Gitmo cruise, I was transferred to the Supply Div. and was
responsible for the Ship's Store lockers and the beer locker.  I left the
ship in Nov. 1958 and the Navy the following month.
I am now retired and live in WV.  The time aboard the Edisto was an
experience I'll never forget.


11-27-02

George Putnam

ski6@attbi.com

Your excellent site has stirred some ancient memories! I toured Edisto as a civilian visitor on Armed Forces Day 1950 in Boston, never imagining that I would one day go to sea in her. That happened when I served aboard the ship as an AG2 (weather-guesser) from Oct 1954 to Feb 1955. Oddly enough, I was in Thule aboard another ship when Edisto arrived there in the summer of 1952 during Operation Sunac. My most vivid memory is of Edisto bucking heavy seas during a storm northeast of Cape Hatteras. We had to abandon the aerology shack on the main deck and set up shop in the chart room above the navigation bridge where we spent much of the time on the deck clinging to the legs of a table. When we needed more weather charts, I made the trip back to the aerology shack at the end of a line held by one of the boatswain's mates. The last time I saw Edisto, I was a civilian again standing on the shore of Castle Island as she left Boston en route to Antarctica in the fall of 1955.


11-27-02

Virgil Paulk

vhpaulk2662@aol.com

Reading all these memories sure makes me feel old. I arrived aboard the Edisto five days after the Navy put her in commission. March 25,1947 as I recall. Made the Arctic Cruise the Summer of'47 and the Antarctic the Winter of'47-48. What memories this brings back. I'll try to find some pictures and compose a good sea story for you at a later date.


11-27-02

Dale Feckley

navvet@bee.net

I was stationed on board the Edisto from 1963 until it was turned over to the Coast Guard in 1965. I was part of the B-1 Engineroom Gang and my mentor was 1st Class Ed Hardy. My wife and I just got back from visiting him in Mississippi. I have a lot of old photo's from the "Steady Eddie" and a couple of cruise books too. I'm going to be expecting to hear from some of you old timers so pass this information on !


11-27-02

Darold Loining

Molson@css.edu

served on the USS Edisto AGB2 in operation Deep Freeze in 1958-59 as part of the Deck Crew


11-27-02

Jim Gunter

jagunter@tds.net

Interesting to review the roster.  Some of you I know - some not.  
Those of you that remember when President Kennedy was shot, know exactly
where you were that November of 1962 - Norfolk, VA on board with me on
our way to the ice.  If you were on board during that time, I probably
know who you are. Probably I say as 40 years is a long time.


11-27-02


Richard S. Brackett

saabsnob@norfolk.infi.net

I'm Charles Brackett, son of Richard Standish Brackett. 

624 Drexel Road
Rocky Mount NC 27803-2166
252-937-2138


11-27-02

Jackson H. Raymer

Capt Jackson H. Raymer and his wife Betty (their photos are on our MODE web page).   I spoke with his wife Betty and she said that Capt Raymer is now 87 and has Parkinson's disease. 

CAPT Jackson H. Raymer USN RET
3440 S. Jefferson #637
Falls Church VA 22041
703-578-7479


12-06-02

Fred Morrison

fred.morrison@jud.ca.gov

My father, William F. Morrison, was the captain of the Edisto in 1949-1950. He was a commander then, I was eight years old, we lived in Winchester, Mass. He retired in 1959 as a captain, upon retirement he was promoted to rear admiral. He retired to a farm in Indiana where he was pretty much a gentleman farmer until his death in 1978 at age 65. My dad was the captain of three ships in his career, besides the Edisto, there was an LSD, the Shadwell and an ammunition ship, the Rainier. I believe that the Edisto was his favorite, certainly it was the most interesting. I enjoyed your web site. It brought back fond memories of my visits to the ship to watch movies in the wardroom and explore the many wonders of an icebreaker.


12-10-02

ELWIN A. VAUGHN

jrevelle@bellsouth.net

I WAS ON THE EDISTO IN 1958-60. OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 4. OPERATIONS DIVISION. MY BEST BUDS WERE ROY VAUGHN ( NOT RELATED) AND JOHN MULLENS. BEEN TRYING TO FIND THEM. I AM FROM CANTON , GA. NOW LIVE IN HIRAM, GA, BUT STILL WORK IN CANTON. OWN A FULL SERVICE GAS STATION. (STILL ONE AROUND AT LEAST) WAS ON THE USS AUCILLA 1956- 58. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS THERE TOO. (ROY WAS FROM S.C. AND JOHN FROM N.Y


12-12-02

WINSTON Q BROWN

WQB41@WEBTV.NET

I WAS ON THE EDISTO LATE 1962 THROUGH 1964 AND MY BROTHER WAS ON OPERATION DEEP FREEZE OF 1963. HIS NAME IS KERMIT BROWN. I GOT THIS WEB SITE THROUGH GENE FETTINGER. HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS AS FOLLOWS----- GENEFETT@GTE.NET I ALSO SERVED ABOARD THE USS CALOOSAHATCHEE AO-98 A TANKER IN THE YEARS OF 1960 TO 1962.I GOT OUT OF THE NAVY IN JUNE OF 1964 WHILE MY BROTHER SERVED 20 YEARS. IN FEB OF THIS YEAR 2002 I RETIRED FROM THE RAILROAD.I SERVED ABOARD THE USS CALOOSAHATCHE AO-98 IN 1960-1962 AND ABOARD THE USS EDISTO AGB-2 FROM 1962 --1964 AND I GOT OUT OF THE NAVY IN 1964. MY BROTHER KERMIT BROWN ALSO WAS ABOARD IN OPERATION DEEP FREEZE OF 1963. IN FEB.2002 I RETIRED FROM AMTRAK R.R. GENE FETTINGER LEAD ME TO THIS SITE. THANK YOU GENE.


12-19-02

Hugh J Spicer

Frandspicer@aol.com

Frances D. Spicer

My husband Hugh J Spicer served as navigator aboard the Edisto from Jan 1955 to 1957 He died 3 years ago, but his naval experiences were shared with many through slide presentations and talks. I remember Capt. Luther and dinners on the ship when it was in port and my husband had duty.


01-05-03

Mrs. Donald Payeur (Diane)

dpay@hotmail.com

Donald Payeur

Don was serving on the Edisto when I met him in March of 1964. He had just returned from the south pole and was leaving for the north pole. We were married in Jan. of 2965 and have 4 children. Don passed away in March of 1999.


01-05-03

Ed Davidson

steddy.eddy@verizon.net

Former Cdr Edward Davidson - - - had command of Edisto 1962-63. We, myself, and the best crew that ever served on board any US Naval vessel, visited Thule, Greenland then South to the Antartic. Our stay there was lengthened since the Coast Guard breaker broke down and couldn't fulfill it's hydrographic duties. Those of you who were aboard then will remember our finding the remains of Byrd's station supply dump on a calved off berg from the Ross ice shelf. I know I will never forget that tour nor the unbelievably fine crew that made it all possible!!!!


01-05-03

HOWARD L. DOAN LEE DOAN

BEAU 8206@AOL.COM

I WAS ON EDISTO FROM NOVEMBER 59 TO DEC 60. WE CROSSED ARTIC CIRCLE JULY 5 1960 GOT A NICE HAIRCUT AND SOME NICE HAIR COLORING, HAD A GOOD TIME AT THULE AIRMENS CLUB, ROUGH TRIP BACK THROUGH HURRICANE DONNA AUGUST 1960.I WORKED IN SHIPS LAUNDRY WITH JOE MAXI.I DRIVE A TRACTOR TRAILER AND WILL RETIRE NEXT YEAR. I LIVE IN WARREN OHIO AND WILL BE CHECKING ON THIS SITE OFTEN.


01-05-03

Clifford "Wes" Westerby

Curiousityone@aol.com

I was on board "Steady Eddie" from March 61 thru June 63. I came on board just as Chief Castleberry was getting ready to leave (all others of the ET gang already gone). A ETSN fresh from "A" school and I was lead ET for one northern cruise! What an experience. Cdr Evans, Lt Goforth (later Lcdr), YN1 Gill, Bosn Brown, ENC Curtis, HMC Lea, SH3 Maxie, SK3 Verborg, AG1 Parker, EMFA Stew Grow, and EM Steve Jarret are all names I recognize from your listings and the pictures. Lt Goforth was promoted to Lcdr and made Operations Department head. I don't have any real tales to tell, but I made three northern trips and the "summer" Deepfreeze '63 trip where we stayed 121 days below the antarctic circle, ran in to a nasty hurricane on the way out and ran out of food! Was fun thinking about it, but wasn't so much fun then!! Left Edisto and went to Nuc school with Steve Jarrett... remember me annoying your poor pregnant wife in trailer park! Never finished Nuc school, ended up on the USS


01-05-03

Donald A. Sosnowski

DONSOS@MSN.COM

Hello all of you ex-polliwogs. It was great to look at this site. brought back many memories. Saw some familiar names on the site. I served on Edisto during 61-62. Went North and South. If i had it to do over again, I would do it again. Often said i should have re-upped. Oh well. cant look back. Life is great.


01-05-03

Kenneth A. Wolven, PN3

kawol@prodigy.net

Served on board (1958)long enough to go North on Expedtion, upon return to Boston, while in drydock, wound up in Chelsea Naval with appendix bursting,. While rehabbing worked at hospital. Wound up being re- assigned to USS Atka AGB-3. Atka had just returned from the South and went into dry dock, apparently Edisto was scheduled to go South shortly thereafter. Nice site; was surprised to hear fro Eugene Fettinger, after all these years.


01-05-03

Daniel E. Tarolli

think_pink_jmn@msn.com

As I remember, I was on Edisto 1962-1964. I cruised North Pole twice and South Pole once. I recognized Dave Thiem's name for we were both in the same engine room. I do remember a storm which left our ship covered with tons of ice (real scary!). I don't have an e-mail at the moment. The above is my daugher's e-mail. My home phone: 315-488-0689 at 114 Helmi Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219. My wife, Anne, and I look forward to the possibility of a reunion. Hope all is well and wish everyone a Happy New Year.


01-10-03

Dave Hultman

mimi310@webtv.net

Radar gang '58-'59 Deepfreeze IV. I received a note from Dave's wife Mynn the pther day. Their address is 564 Waterford Dr., Manchester, NJ 08759. I am sure Dave would like to hear from shipmates.


01-16-03

Jerry L. Raderstorf

wyat@netnitco.net

Boarded the Edisto in the North Atlantic via an oil tanker approximately July 1959. I was a seaman personnelman assigned to the engineering dept to maintain records. Also served a short period on messcooking duties. During my short tour we stopped in St Johns Newfoundland, Halifax Nova Scotia also went through a hurricane to rescue a Danish ship in distress. One interesting experience while assigned was I was on deck watch while the ship was anchored and the captain ordered me and one other person to drop the anchor without the normal crew. For me I had never been around an anchor and appreciated having at least one person who knew how. I left the ship in approvimately May 1960.


01-16-03

Charles A.Annabel

ronsandyburk13@yahoo.com

It is Joy for us to visit this wonderful web site for the Navy US Edisto . We are learning a lot of the Ice breaker My Brother Charles A.Annabel was on back in 1961 to 64. Charles had Beautiful Photos he took on the Water of Ice With Breaker back then . He lost them From what we learned . Maybe this will help him to recall the Beauty!! He always chatted of the Good times in the South Poles !! Not real sure where all he been. I will have to chat with him again ~~ of this great Ship!! Keep up the Beautiful Site we willreturn to it more!!

Ron& Sandy


01-31-03

Angelo Pieroni

dilucca@optonline.net

I served aboard the EDISTO during Operation Deepfreeze One as a Radioman First Class. I recall obtaining daily activity reports of the operation from Bernard Kalb, news reporter from the New York Times and William Hartigan of NBC news and transmitting their lengthy reports to our closest naval radion station in Guam, who in turn would relay them to Washington, DC. I also received a paper deed from Cmdr. Luther when the ship came upon an unchartered piece of land which he named "EDISTO ACRES." It was an experience one could never forget.


Thomas C. Schinkel

schinkel@aol.com

Took the southern and northern cruises during '62 - '63. Am now living on the desert just northeast of Scottsdale doing computer graphics, ceramics, and woodworking. My business is Green River Studios. For those who might remember, I'm still married to the lady I married between cruises 40 years ago. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me (us), especially Ken Lane, the best man at our wedding.


Howell H. Purvis

hpurvis3@comcast.net

I was one of three Helicopter pilots for Operation Deep Freeze Task Force 43 in 1958. The other pilots were Allen Erickson, P.O. Box 157, Siren, WI 54872 and Richard M. Nelson, who was shot down and lost in Vietnam. We were aboard the Edisto for 6 months. We also participated in a rescue in Uruguay, which lasted 10 days. The country was suffering from the worst flood in their history. We were national heros and got medals later from the Uruguaian Government. Had 2 choppers aboard. I got out of the Navy in 1967, after 16 months in Vietnam and later became a Special Agent in the U.S. Secret Service.


Ray Schuh

rschuh@intrex.net

I worked in the ship's office from 1958 - 1959. We participated in Operation Deep Freeze IV plus two cruises to the Arctic while I was on board.


William (Bill) Csepi

whatscooking4@earthlink.net

I'm so glad we finally have a web site for my old ship. I served aboard '56 to '59. 5 Artic and 1 Antartic cruises. It was a great duty station and I should have stayed in for a career but I met this beautiful blonde and she outranked me. We married, had 3 kids. Started out as a career builder and ended up in the restuarant business, retiring last year. I tried looking up my old buddies last year with no luck, maybe now I'll find them now. Bobby Haskell, Pete Townsend, Sam Didanato, Jack Auclair. Where are you guys??? I'm still in Jersey. When is the reunion?????


Rear Admiral John Weldon Koenig

jweldonk@cvtv.net

I served on Edisto from February 1958 until December 1959 at which time I transferred to Submarine School in New London. Spent time on USS Swordfish(SSN 579), USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN 619 G), Fleet Ballistic Missile Training Center Charleston, USS Kamehameha (SSBN 642 B), COMFLOT SIX, Charleston, SC, USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN 641 B) as Commanding Officer, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board Pacific Fleet, Commander Submarine Squadrons Six and Eight, Navy Military Personnel Command DC. CINCPAC J4, Commander Naval Training Center Orlando.  Retired Feb 1, 1989. Now live in La Grange, Texas where I operate a small ranch and do community service work.

Great to see the site. It has been some time since I have had the opportunity to talk to some of the icebreaker men. I keep in contact with two of them Norman Spruill and Thomas Harper. The site is well done.


Gerald Lanager

glanager@msn.com

Served aboard the Edisto from May 58 to June 59 deploying to both the North and South Poles. This being my first assignment out of boot camp (GLakes)I was on the deck force and worked for Ralph Monday and several others. I recognize a few of the names from those that have already signed in. Had a chance to do it again, so in late 64 until May of 66, I served aboard the Atka (AGB-3) but this time, worked in the Ships Office. Great duty. Lots of stories to tell.18747


Leo A. Makoski, Jr.

lmakoski@infoave.net

Hi John,

Just thought you may want this photo taken aboard the U.S.S. Edisto,
while we were in the Belle Isle Straights, 16 May 1965.



It was taken by a ships photographer after we all recieved our new
stripes.  You will find me 6th from the left.  The big guy on the right
I believe was Gunnison.

Well, I see I am not among the found or missing, but I did serve aboard the "Edisto" '64 - '65 as an RD2, having transfered from the U.S.S. Glacier AGB-4 and was aboard for the "Arlis II" rescue. Don't know how I've missed this web site before.

Best Regards,

                     Leo A. Makoski, Jr.  RD2
                      1964 - 1965


Art Kelsey

gatewayatk@aol.com

I made one southern and one northern cruise.Was assigned to deck and shortly went to the radio shack as a striker. Served in ops with Rossey and Gunter. 1962 - 1964. did a south and north cruise. left as an rm3. did 24 years in law enforcement and now do pi work and teach.


Peter Jesraly

PeterBanyan@msn.com

I served with helicopter squadron HU-2 aboard the USS Edisto during 1958-59 to the Antarctic Operation Deepfreeze 1V. We evacuated Ellsworth Station and turned that base over to the Argentines. This was the best experience of my life. I wish I could locate others in my flight crew.


Robert Mulholland

robert_mulholland@asburyseminary.edu

Served as Supply and DIsbursing Officer on the Edisto from May 1959 to July 1960.


Mac McCollough

bsmac@westpa.net

I was on the Edisto 1956- 1959 . Made three artic cruises and one antartic cruise. I live at 139 West main St, Youngsville, Pa 16371. Phone 1 814 563 8840. I am retired Insurance agent, Married 43 years, four kids and 10 grandchildren. Am enjoying this web site...Anyone who remembers me, give me a E mail. MAC


Edward F Urban

Erbybabysr@aol.com

Reported on board in June 1953 and finnaly left in June 1956


ELWIN A. VAUGHN

jrevelle@bellsouth.net

 ON HIS WEDDING DAY, OCT 6TH, 2002.  HAPPILY MARRIED  TO HIS SOUL MATE , JEANIE.  OWNED AND OPERATED A FULL SERVICE STATION FOR  PAST 35 YEARS.  LIVED IN CANTON , GA ALL MY LIFE. NOW LIVE IN HIRAM , GA.  ( WHERE JEANIE  HAS LIVED FOR 30 YEARS .) CLOSE TO GRAND KIDS.  ALL TOGETHER WE HAVE  6 GRANDCHILDREN.  ( 4 SONS) HOPE TO RETIRE IN 2004. 


Dennis J. Sundin

Sundin292@aol.com

I served on the Edisto 1964-65 . The first cruise was to the South where we built a weather station on the Palmer Pennisular. We then had a short BT Cruise after which we had to go right out again to rescue some scientists on Arliss 2 an Ice Island off Canada . The ship returned to Boston and was transferred to the Coast Guard.I was an FTGSN in Gunnery -I remember GM1 Byrd FTG2 English GM3s Bowles and Palmer and Seamen Kahley and Thompson.

 


Eric (Ike) Isachsen

ericeric@netheaven.com
I was on the "Eddy" as a deck force SN in 64-65. Deepfreeze '65 and two northern cruises one of which was the Arlis II rescue. I remember as part of turning her over to the Coast Guard I had to do a complete inventory of my space which was the after hold. I remember finding various bottles of booze which had been hidden there over the years and then forgotten. As I checked out supplies and tools in the next few days I would hand out the occasional bottle. I made a lot of friends that week. Great site, thanks for all the work that goes into it.



Bill Poston

billp8@mindspring.com
Hi Shipmates, I am very happy to find this web site. I woulod love to hear from any shipmates who remember me or the times I was aboard. Send me an email at billp8@mindspring.com or call me at 770-973-4590. I was a radioman. Went aboard the Edisto as RMSN in 1961-62 and stayed aboard Edisto until 1964 and made RM2. I went to the South Pole once and North Pole several times. The ship went to Thule Greenland; Iceland; Oslo, Norway; Panama Canal Zone; and the best of all New Zealand. I remember the girls swimming out to meet the ship the first time we pulled into Lyttleton harbour and liberty in Christchurch. Anyone remember any of these great times? Get in touch and let's share some of these memories. Take care. Bill Poston RM2



George Soulia

agcmret@hotmail.com

Was aboard the Steady Eddie 1958-59. AG2/1 in the Operations Div.
Hi ya'll. I am George Soulia, was on Edisto 58-59 as an AG2/1. Made the
3 cruises north (counting the return to Boston for burnt mufflers) and
DF4. A great ship and a hard-working, hard-playing crew. I always said
that Rio had so sense of humor after they requested us to get the hell
out of port. :-)
Great Web site guys. When is the reunion?
George



Kimberly K. Watkins

kidkisses_04@yahoo.com

Hello my name is kimberly I'm charles neal's yungest grandchild and I think your page is really cool&neat...well I hope you the best of luch with it...If you ever want to talk or chat e-mail me at kidkisses_04@yahoo.com..wel talk 2 you later.....



Ted Anderson

teda98604@msn.com
Went aboard while ship was in Boston shipyard in 61', made two northern trips, a trip to Charlston, S.C.. and then Deepfreeze 62-63. Discharged as an EM2 in July 63. Later re-enlisted for nuclear power school, spent nearly 3 years at a nuclear prototype in Idaho Falls, Idaho and then two years aboard the USS Enterprise, including two cruises to Viet Nam. Was aboard when they had the big fire in Pearl Harbor in Jan 69, was discharged in July 69. Origionally from Fairplay, Colo., moved to the Pacific Northwest after the service, became a union construction electrician in Portland, Or. and retired in August of 2002. Have always enjoyed traveling, and plan on continueing to do so now that I'm retired. Married with 3 adult girls of my own, and four adult step kids. Total of 7 grandkids and one great granddaughter. Would enjoy hearing from anyone I used to run around with.



O J Stancill, Jr

ojsmh@aol.com
I was stationed on the USS Edisto AGB2 in 1958, 1959. Worked as logroom yeoman in Engineering Dept. Made one trip to North and one trip South Pole. I do not check email very often, but would like to hear from any old buddies. Call me in Greenville, NC. 27858 Home phone 252 321 2313



Bob Collins

bckcsaline@msn.com

Great site. Brings back a lot of memories, though can't remember too many names. Was a radioman on Edisto from July 61 to September 62. Made two trips to Thule. aka - Speedy



 GLENN C. FLENNIKEN

GlennFlenn@AOL.COM

I am just arriving into your neighborhood Shipmates of the U. S. S. Edisto
AGB-2. This is a wonderful surprise after 56 years of seeking you out of the
wilderness ... I am Glenn C. Flenniken STCS SS, USN, Ret. I live in San
Diego, CA at 2127 Blackmore Court,  just skip from the "Warmer Waters" of the
Pacific Ocean ...
   I served in Edisto as a Seaman 2nd Class, at Western Pipe and Steel Yards
in the Wilmington section of San Pedro ... I was Drafted along with Dust and
several others inFebruary 1947 to Edisto and worked for a pinstripe Warrant
Officer (Bos'n or Supply) during Precom and Commissioning ... After the
Edisto was Commissioned I was transferred to Sonar School San Diego, attended
6 months Basic Course of study in Sonar Ops and Electronic Material
Maintenance. Thence to a Destroyer USS John R. Craig DD 885 and Western
Pacific. Three years later to Submarine School, New London, CT and USS
Trigger SS 564, subsequently in 1954 I spent 2 1/2 years in Puerto Rico at
Ramey AFB, Aguadilla (western end of the Island), and finally back to San
Diego in 1957. Instructor at U. S. Fleet ASW School, and a final sea
assignment to Pearl Harbor in USS Sargo SSN 583 after which I returned to San
Diego and a final 2 years as Instructor at FASW School and transferred to the
Fleet Reserve after 23 years service ... I might say here they were the Best
years of my life !! I thoroughly enjoyed every day I spent in the
companionship and camaraderie of U. S. Navy Sailors and the Officers we
served with. A GREAT LIFE !!
   This has been a happy moment in this old man's later life to find this
website ... I hope to hear from as many of you as would like to share some
personal comments with me.
   I have attempted to e-mail "Smokey" Davis at 1fdavis07@aol.com But it
bounces out as "not a member" ... Can you help me? I would truly like to
contact D.F."Dusty" Dust, but again he is an unknown whereabouts according to
the listing in the Roster of Crews.
   Anyone having their Commissioning Certificate and the Program for the day
of Commissioning, I am very eager to obtain a copy, as I have lost mine in
the travels and it is my hope someone will make Laser copies for me at
Staples or one of the shops adept at reproducing the documents in faithful
likenesses. I am more than willing to pay for the costs and inconveniences
experienced in this endeavor.
I was assigned to EDISTO DAY AGB-2 in February 1947 (Precommissioning Detail) as a member of the Crew. I worked for a "Pin-stripe" Warrant officer (I believe he was either Bos'n or Supply I'm not certain) to outfit and ready the ship for commissioning. The ship was at Wilmington, California and we berthed at the Naval Station Long Beach where we were fed and paid. "Dusty" from Phoenix Arizona was a good friend, we were assigned to EDISTO,worked together and had been Galley Slaves at the Naval Station Galley in January 1947. I lost contact with the Crew when I was sent to Fleet Sonar School after the Ship's Commissioning in April 1947. I am proud that I have found the EDISTO BAY Website and look forward to conversing with some of the other "Plankowners" Please pass the word for me, this is a great feeling to find the crews.



Beach, Robert L

Served aboard Edisto from Fall 1956 untill June 1960. I have many great memories of my tour. Shipped over in 60 for six. Served aboard USS Everglades(made 1st class), served 3 yrs Great Lakes Recruit Training Command,and finished my enlistment aboard USS Carter Hall LSD 3. Began Postal career in 1966 and retired Oct 1992.




Kenneth Lamalie

KLAMALIE@AOL.COM

I served on the Edisto 1956-57. I was a 3rd class engineman, EN3. I transferred from the ATKA over. You seem very organized. Keep me informed.



Dale Martin

kg5u@hal-pc.org

As I was saying before I exceeded the guestbook text limit: ... It was the trip of a lifetime for me and much more than I can relate in this note. I have written up some of it on my webpage at http://www.hal-pc.org/~kg5u/tf2wiy.html Significant Recollections of a Shortimer Visitor: 1. Hanging over the bow watching ice crack (I, not that punk kid on Titanic, was King of the world!) 2. Playing ball on the ice 3. Seeing polar bears 4. James Bond/Beach Party movies 5. Arctic Circle crossing initiation 6. Awesome, scary storm on the way back to Iceland 7. An amazing ham radio shack. I was a radioman stationed at NavCommSta Keflavik 1964-1965. During the spring of 1965, the ice island, Arliss II, was floating down into the Denmark Straits between Iceland and Greenland and breaking up in the warmer waters. The scientists needed to be rescued, but their airstrip was cracked. The Edisto was dispatched from Boston, where it had only recently docked for replenishment and refit from an Antarctic tour. Since I had been one of the radio operators in the communications center assigned to monitor the ARLISS II circuit while on watch, my CO asked me if I wanted to go TDY onboard Edisto to help out in the radio gang. Seeing as how it (1) would my first real sea duty experience, (2) would be a trip up into the ice pack, (3) would be an Arctic Circle crossing, and (4) would be an honor to be part of the rescue team, I jumped at it. It was the trip of a lifetime for me and much more than I can relate in this note. I have written up some of it on my webpage at




Alexander Morris

alex.morris@1956.usna.com

'59 to '61 Engineer Once north, once south - explains my bi-polar personality! - The Navy arranged to give the northern & southern hemispheres opposite seasons just so's 'breakers would be permanently at sea.




Harry Moore

tommoore@comcast.net

My father was onboard 1959 1960 His name is \ Harry Moore he was a SN.He would like to get in touch with some of his old shipmates.



Don Landfried
donl@csonline.com

My email address is included for listing on the ships roster. Also , rank on separation from USS Edisto was LTJG.



Wayne Frey

gatorfrey@hotmail.com

My father served as ship doctor on three missions.Would like to hear from people that knew him Wayne




Daniel E Tarolli

danetarolli@aol.com

Hi fellow shipmates,i am signing on for the second time with my own email address.I finally got on line.I was on the uss edisto around 1962 to 1964.Went north twice and south once. Arctic and Anarctic of course.Had some good times on board.I recognize Dave Thiems name on the muster list. Hi Dave ,got your phone message.We will get in touch;Still learning this on line business.



Smokey Davis

Smokey0628@aol.com


Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!  I have finally come out of dormancy.  I thought I had better get with the program and send a Commissioning Bulletin with all the original crew members' names.  The pictures are some friends of mine while aboard the ship.  I wish I had their addresses.  I do know that Clarence Cain is from Oconto, Wisconsin, and Vernon Clark is from Arizona, but that was 56 years ago.  The group picture at the Quanset Hut on Cornwallis Island is part of a larger group that built an air strip and the Quanset Huts.  I understand it has grown to quite a larger base by now.  It was quite an experience, because there were no docks to unload to.  Everything had to be carried to land by landing boats, furnished by the cargo ship, which also had all the building materials and supplies.

While on board I stood my watch mostly in the port motor room until we broke a screw and had to shut down one motor room.  So, I lost my job in the motor room and I started my watch from then on in an engine room on the auxiliary generator.  There was also two main drive diesels in the same room.  That is where I lost part of my hearing.  It was an awesome trip and one that I could not duplicate.  I am glad and proud that I was part of it. 

My retirement is full of many, many projects.  That is one reason I was so slow to respond.  It is always good to hear from each of you, and hope you and families are doing well. 

My email address is Smokey0628@aol.com.  Linda, my wife, is doing this typing for me.  She is fast.  If I were doing the typing, it would delay this another month.
Smokey Davis
726 Bond Street
Perry, GA  31069



Jerel W. Basinger

jbasinger@itexas.net

I served on the Edisto in 56 and 57.We made two trips to the Artic.I retired from the Fort Worth fire dept after 33 years. Thanks Eugene for the call.


James R. Correa

www.cvccorrea@msn.com

First I want to thank Eugne Fettinger for taking the time and calling me, I didnot expect any one out there to know of my exsistence, I came aboard the USS EDISTO,I belive in May of 1955 and in NOVEMBER of that year we sailed into history with OPERATION DEEP FREEZE ONE. I don't know how many deep freeze cruises the ship made after that but, BOB NEILSON and HERBIE DEMBRO were aboard with me at that time also. Hellow to everyone out there.

 


Wayne R. Austin

cappyrick@aol.com

I served on the Edisto from September, 1956, until May, 1958. I was on the deck force and never made it past seaman. I'm now an attorney in Madison, Wisconsin.


Bruno A. Pomponio

bpomponio@cox.net

I served on the Edisto from 1956 to 1958 as the Supply Officer. I served in the Navy for 33 years and retired in July 1985 as a Rear Admiral in the Supply Corps.


Larry Satterfield

floridapoppie@yahoo.com

Came aboard Edisto on Jul 1961 as SN, Assigned to deck mdivision, Found out that I was a QM Left the Edist on May 1963.went to shore duty. After shore duty rode three destoyers out of Mayport, Fl. Then went to Vietman. Retired in 1974


Michael W. Dumey

bootrpc@semo.com

Served on Edisto from May of 63 to Dec of 63. Worked in #2 engine room and made Artic cruise. Visited Greenland Iceland an Norway.


FRED HILBERG

FREDNEPAL@EARTHLINK.NET

HI ALL IT WAS A SURPRIZE TH HEAR THAT THERE IS A WEB SITE ABOUT THE OLD SHIP I WAS IN IN CHARCE OF # 2 ENGINE ROOM SERVICE ON THE EDISTO WAS 1957- DEC-1958 HOPE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SOME OLD SHIPMATES FRED 2 ND E-MAIL FREDNEPAL@AOL.COM


Delmas Thomas

dbmct@earthlink.net

I was on the Edisto from about October 1956 to October 1957. I was discharged from the Navy in 1958 after serving ten years. Then I enlisted in the Air Force and served ten more years, retiring in 1968. Thanks, Eugene, for contacting me and for giving me the address and phone number of Dave Pirozzoli, who served on the Edisto while I was there. I have talked with Dave and we recalled some happy memories.



Duane G. Kuhn

frosty18337@msn.com


Hello to all shipmates who served aboard. I served from 1955-1957. You can contact me by email. Looking forward to hearing from old friends!




FRANK W NOEL

NOELMASONRY@CS.COM

Served on the Edisto from 1953 to 1957 on deck force. Made first trip to Antactica on "Operation Deep Freeze". Also have small, small deeded land of "Edisto Acres". Looking for Harold Myers, BM3., or anyone else who served during that time. Reunion would be Great!! Thanks to Eugene for finding me, and getting me on this website.


John e Northrup Jr.

Jnorthrupj

I Was Aboard From 1955 to1957 I Was An Engineman 3rd Class. I Was in #3 Engineroom. I WAS On Operation Deepfreeze 1


Robert G. Moon

fotobobminolta@attbi.com

I went onboard the Edisto around Sept. 56 just out of "A" school in Great Lakes as an EMFN and was transfered to Newport R.I. for discharge in Nov. 58 as an EM2. For the almost 2 1/2 years on the "Eddie" we made I believe 3 trips North to such wonderful vacation spots as Baffin Island, Thule Greenland, Frobisher Bay Newfoundland and St Johns Newfoundland. In looking through the Guestbook I started to remember some of the guys that I served with during those "younger years" I bought a custom wrapped flyrod from Jack Auclare who as I remember as a DC2 and stood watches with Ken Lamalie in one of the Engine Rooms and those Damned hot and loud Fairbanks Morse Diesal Engines. One guy I remember was Dick Vialton who I came aboard on that first day and left with on the last and both of us left the Navy in "58". I'm truly happy that Eugene got in touch and will be checking this site on a regular basis. Bob Moon

 


BELA BUNKOCZY

bela.bunkoczy@honeywell.com

I WAS PART OF THE CREW FROM DEC 1963 TO 1965 I HOPE I WILL SEE SOME PHOTOS OF OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 1964.I RECOGNIZED CHIEF CURTIS DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE HE IS?


Lisso Anderson BMSN

lissoa@sbcglobal.net

Hi, everybody. I served on the Edisto 1958 to 1959 and made deepfreeze IV when we turned ellsworth station over to argentia. anybody on that cruise remember the cook Carter or the photoman Powell. I do remember BM1 Saner. let me hear from anyone who remember any of these people.


Robert J. Gebel

robertgebel@msn.com

Served on the Edisto from 6/56 to 4/57 when I left for knee surgery. Served the balance of my duty aboard the USS Saratoga. Both ships were great for a diverse naval experience. Fondest icebreaker moment was having the deck when we broke out the icebound town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in March, 57.





Joseph Franzoni

Papajoe89@aol.com

I was on during Deep Freeze One. With VX6.


Ward, James Anthony

popabear1@optonline.net

On "Steady Eddy" from Jan. '64 to Oct. '65 when turned over to the Coast Guard at "Bean Town". Was deck ape all of '64, cross rated in '65 to FN and worked in B2. I was nicknamed Chipmunk by Cheif Curtis. Any Shipmate who remembers me with my Brooklyn accent please contact me at my email address-popabear1@optonline.net Reenlisted in Dec. '65 into the Seabees, MCB1 to be exact. '66 & '67, 2 tours in Viet Nam and then 2 years at NAVFAC CAPE HATTERAS and left Navy in Nov of '69. My middle daughter is currently following in my footsteps and serving on active duty in the USN. She is an SK2 (SW/AW) serving aboard the fast combat support ship USS Rainier AOE7 and is currently, slowly making her way back to home port in Bremerton WA from the Persian Gulf.


Frank Slaveikis

cesfas@earthlink.net

I'm currently leaving in Austell, GA after relocating from Amsterdam, NY because of GE Power Systems relocating. I have since retired from GE but I'm currently working in the same building that I was for GE but now as a vendor selling parts to GE. Some day would like to retire to Myrtle Beach. I have always had a lot of memories of my days aboard the USS Edisto (1963 & 64) and occasionally break out some of my slides from our trips and relive a lot of good times. Would love to here from some of my shipmates.


Sandra Feeny

sandifeeny@aol.com

My father, Marvin Jones, served aboard the Edisto (as a lieutenant or lieutenant commander) in 1947-1948. Sadly, he passed away several years ago but I know he would have enjoyed this wonderful site. I was only 4 years old at the time but have memories of coming aboard for dinner with my mother when dad had duty. My mother is going to do a search for pictures that dad had from those days. I will share them here once they are found. Thanks to all of you who have put together this wonderful vehicle of history and fellowship.


Richard M. Brazaski

vbrazaski@netonecom.net

The USS Edisto was my first duty station when I joined the Navy. I served from Dec 56 to Nov 58. I was an SN assigned to the gunnery department. Made one Gtmo training cruise and two Artic cruises. I stayed in the Navy for a total of 10 years. I served on the USS Obsevation Island EAG 154, the USS Cadmus AR14, the USS Aucilla AO 56 and The USS Long Beach CGN 9. I was an FTM1 when I left the service.


Paul W Pease

pwpease@aol.com

Served aboard the Edisto from June 1957 till June 1960. I was an ET2 when I departed for Key West Florida (KWESTEVDET).


Harold J. Hogge, Jr.

bighog695@hotmail.com

I was a member of first crew in 1947 new ship USS EDISTO-AGB2-- STATIOIN CHARLESTOWN NAVY YARD BOSTON first trip to the Artic help build Baffin Island Auir Base then in Setember. went to Little America South Pole Interested in locating old friends, I was EM2 also the Movie operator.


Richard M Nelson

tinker@penn.comm

I was the junior pilot of the HU-2 detachment aboard the USS EDISTO during Deepfreeze IV, 1958-1959. The other two pilots were Al Erickson and Howell Purvis. I just found out about this web site from Bud McCollough who lives about 8 miles from here (Youngsville, PA). The Edisto was one of my favorite ships and I have a lot of fond memories of that rolling football. In addition to Deepfreeze I was on the ship two other cruises up north. I would really enjoy hearing from any of you who read this.


john e orend m r 3

johnandmartha1@aol.com

I will try to send some of the names of other shipmates later on.thank you gene fettinger.Iwas on the edisto in 1955 thru 1958 I went to anartic with admiral byrd on operation deep freeze.WE stopped in new zealand in the towns of christ church auckland.I WAS THE GUY THAT WORKED WITH MALCOM DAVIS OF THE SMITHSONIAN .WE BROUGHT BACK THE PENGUINS.


ARMANDO P. PLACIDES

aplacides@aol.com

To all my shipmate on board the STEADY EDDIE, my warmest greetings to all of you from Virginia Beach, Virginia. I reported on board the USS EDISTO AGB-2 on February 1964 fresh from Boot Camp and service school as TN or Steward mate and was assigned as the Captain's Steward. I was among the last of the U.S. Navy crew to leave the Edisto after the turn-over of the ship to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1965. It was a brief duty that took me to a three Arctic cruise and one 6 months Antarctic Cruise. I retired from the US Navy after 23 years as DPC. I switch to Data Processing after 12 years as SD2. I retired again from civil servce, after 11 years at CINCLANTFLT HQ. I married the formar Lita Epi of Boston, MA and have 2 daughters and a son.


Bader I. (Ike) Rupe, ET1, USN(ret)

ike7978@aol.com

Was on Edisto for cruise north in summer of '64 only. Retired directly off Edisto on 20 years. What a wonderful way to end my Naval career!!! Fascinating!! Wouldn't have missed it for the world, but wouldn't want to make a habit of it. I hope I did my work well while I was aboard.


Tim Finn

timfinn628

nice rememberance


JOHN J HOLLO AO3 VX-6

DEEPFRE55@AOL.COM

I WAS IN VX-6 FROM 1955 TO 1957. I MADE TWO TRIPS TO THE ICE. THE FIRST TRIP WAS ON THE EDISTO. THE SECOND WAS BY PLANE. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT BOAT RIDE AND THE CREW OF THE EDISTO WE HAD DOGS ABOARD THE EDISTO ON DF 1 THE BEST PART HAVING THE DOGS WAS WE CROSSED THE EQUATIOR US POLLYWOGS HAD TO WALK THE DOG AREA AND CLEAN UP THE DOG SHIT.


Dr. James C. Leischner

jleischner@juno.com

Sailed from Boston Harbor in 1955 for the ice commencing Deepfreeze one. Summered, came back on Arneb and then returned on Curtiss and wintered in Deepfreeze two at Little America V. Retired in 1976 as ATCS and am now a minister of the Southern Baptist Denomination. Will get infor on Old Antarctic explorers and Deepfreeze one and two association and forward to you all. Good to hear from you all.


Andy Fagula

mandrrussell@cs.com

Was on September 1956 through 1958. Hope to hear from someone! Morgantown, West Virginia.


Robert J. Gebel

robertgebel@msn.com

Served on the Edisto from 6/56 to 4/57 when I left for knee surgery. Served the balance of my duty aboard the USS Saratoga. Both ships were great for a diverse naval experience. Fondest icebreaker moment was having the deck when we broke out the icebound town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in March, 57.


Joseph Franzoni

Papajoe89@aol.com

Iwas on during Deep Freeze One. With VX6.


Robert Weber

robert.weber@fms.treas.gov


I was on the Edisto from 1962 until 1964 and made a South and 2 North
Cruises.  Your name was given to me by Glen Smith as the person who can
update the All Hands info for the Edisto sailors on the Edisto.agb2.com
website.  (I'm already on the website that Glen maintains) -- Maybe you can
add the attached bio and pictures of me to the All Hands section.  The 1st
picture is me in 63, the 2nd is current day me.  Please let me know if
there is any problem with the photos and I will fix it, and re-send.
Thanks very much for your help....

Bob Weber, RD3, USS Edisto 1962-64 ? made two North's and a South ? New
Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Panama, and of course MacMurdo Sound, Thule,
Sonderstrom, and some Godforsaken eskimo village off Greenland or was it
Canada?

When I got out in 64 I landed a job with IBM as a computer operator, then
moved on to programming.  Since then I worked for several firms as a
systems developer/programmer and eventually ended up with the Federal
Government as a Computer Specialist and a manager.  I have worked for
several Federal agencies such as Social Security, Office of Child Support &
Enforcement, and the Department of Treasury.  I was married in 1965 and
have six children (5 boys and a girl) ranging in age from 37 to 18, along
with three grandchildren.  My wife and I have just celebrated our 38th
wedding anniversary.  We moved from New York to Maryland in 1978 when my
oldest boy was just 12 and have been here ever since.  I really cherish the
memories of our days on the Edisto and have often thought about the guys I
sailed with especially Lenny, Sal, Mason, Malcom, Verborg, Rotshing, Arnie,
Kraftjack, Bothwell, Sled, Keeler, Poirier, Carradine, Kelsey, Ltjg's
Whitelaw, Smith, Donnelly, and a whole bunch of guys who's names I have
forgotten.  Forgive me if I left off someone I should have remembered.  I
hope I see many of you again at a reunion.  In fact, I'm looking forward to
it.
my phone number is 301-898-7249.  I wish
the best of luck and health to all of you?.



My dad will be pleased to be a part of your site. He retired from Case/IH tractor here in Racine, WI several years ago. He worked as a welder throoughout his working life, a trade he learned in the Navy. He's an avid reader, and is particularly interested in the Civil War. At any rate, thank you once again.

Linda Gleason

lindag1928@hotmail.com


First Serviceman is Riley RD First Class, Boston, MA

Eighth Serviceman is R. E. Rogers RDSN, De Soto, MO

Nineth Serviceman is Lee Drexel, Sonar, Chicago, IL

Tenth Serviceman is F. Dagenhart, RDSN, MO

from Raymond E. Rogers

1950 and 1952