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Date:
10 Jan 2004
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I love this web site it means a lot to me. I was wanting to get an email address for Gary Moss since he is the only peerson I ever remember my Dad talking about. My Dad was Joe L. Hallmark Jr. he passed away on Wednesday, Janurary 7 2004. He was looking forward to the ship reunion in Vegas and he had already bought his tickets. Please add him to your taps list. Thank you so much for this web site there are days when it is all that keeps me going. Gary Moss please send me your email so that I can get in touch with you. Barbara Dennis


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Date:
10 Jan 2004
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16:57:42

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Our old buddy, Joe L." Oink " Hallmark passed away,Wednesday, 7 Jan. 2004. His daughter just told me that he'd already got his plane ticket for the Las Vegas Reunion. We agree that he'll be there anyway. He'll show up shortly in the Taps page. Gary W. Moss sends


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Date:
24 Jan 2004
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22:46:45

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I was aboard the alamo From April 62 till Nov.64 I was in 1st div. Terry Moss


Date:
20 Feb 2004

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Nice site - funny what you can stumble upon on the web. My dad, John McKee, was the CO of the Alamo from 60 - 62. Tragically, he was killed in a helocopter accident in Dec. 66 - he was the CO of Amphibious Squadron 9 and the copter he was riding in crashed during an op off the San Diego coast. I still have a cruise book from the 61 Westpac cruise and still look at it from time to time. I named my son after my dad and when he's a little older I can show it to him and tell him about when Grandpa Jack was a boat driver in the Navy! - Kevin McKee


Date:
17 Feb 2004

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HELLO SHIPMATES, MY NAME IS AL KOPEL, ISERVED ABOARD 'THE MIGHTY MOE' FROM 68 TILL SEPT. 69. WAS IN "A" GANG AS A EN3. WAS ON A WESTBACK CRUISE WITH HER ,SHIPPING MARINES AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH OF NAM. I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD MEMORIES(SOME BAD).. IN SUBIC BAY.GREAT WEB SITE, I JUST DISCOVERED.SMOOTH SAILING TO ALL MY SHIPMATES !!!


Date:
11 Feb 2004

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Great to see all the photo's, lots of good memories. Thanks fellow ship mates. RM2 Keith Beairsto (1970-73). sixbears33@hotmail.com


Date:
07 Feb 2004

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I was stationed aboard Alamo from 1963 to 1968. I was in 3rd division. The Alamo was a good start to a 20 year career. I retired from the navy May 1983. A very good web site for those who enjoy reminising of days gone by. GMCS Frank L. Davis


Date:
07 Feb 2004

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Excellent web site, I was on the Uss Alamo from 1963 to 1968. I will be at onr of the reunions very soon.


Date:
28 Mar 2004

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What a great find for me of this Web sight. It was great. Dale Smith SK3 "S" div. Served from '61 to '64. I'm looking for any ole buds from that time. My condolences to those who have passed. My e-mail - outlawdns@juno.com. What happened to T.A. Turner, Capt? I knew Capt McKee had passed away. With Turner we won the Ney award, battle E's with hashmarks. We were good. Loved the time I was there. Hey Jesse Smedley where is your ugly face?


Date:
27 Mar 2004

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Just dropped in; very well done site. Frank R. Acuna FTG2, 3rd Div., late 1969 to early 1972. facuna@lanset.com


Date:
25 Mar 2004

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GREAT SITE, I WAS ONBOARD FROM FEB. 87/ OCT 90. M DIV, tpadrino@sbcglobal.net ,FEEL FREE TO EMAIL. I AM EX MM1 TORRE


Date:
24 Mar 2004

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I am a former Marine who served aboard the Alamo in 1977 with 3/9. The Navy did a great job of taking care of us. For any Marines who remember me, please write me at mark@caseypartners.com Semper Fi, Mark Casey


Date:
23 Mar 2004

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Great site, planning on being in Las Vegas, was on board the Alamo 1963-1965. Vernon L. Luce email-vernonluce@yahoo.com P.O. Box 61 Farwell, Texas 79325


Date:
23 Mar 2004

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Great site, planning on being in Las Vegas, was on board the Alamo 1963-1965. Vernon L. Luce email-vernonluce@yahoo.com P.O. Box 61 Farwell, Texas 79325


Date:
23 Mar 2004

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I was RM3 onboard the Alamo 1963-1965, great to find this site. Vernon L. Luce email vernonluce@yahoo.com


Date:
09 Mar 2004

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Mark Reynolds again, Retired from the Navy in 96. Plant Manager in Large Utility Power Plant.


Date:
09 Mar 2004

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Mark Reynolds: Served on the Alamo from 79-83, I do remember many of the SNIPES from that period. Was in "B" division. markreynolds@att.net


Date:
26 Apr 2004

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Hello USS Alamo Shipmates! From THIS ship.. I experienced my FIRST and LAST genuine WESTPAC. I was attached to BMU-1 out of Coronado Amphib base. We were "Alpha Team", an "embarked unit" along with a SEAL detachment, and a ACU-1 boat unit. We also stopped in Hawaii to pick up even more Marines than the ship picked up from Camp Pendleton. The whole six month cruise was one eye-opener to the next. The first being the ten EXTRA days unscheduled days we spent in Hawaii when the stern gate got a BIG hole punched into it accidently. We also took on some ill-fated Special Ops and Marines that just happened to get killed in Iran when helos from our Amphib Task Group did a nighttime rescue attempt that completely failed when a mid-air collision happened, caused by massive dust clouds. The rest is history.. The rescue of the Embassy hostages failed, and the guys on the mission died in the desert. The whole Amphib Task Unit then steamed south, and did not stop until we dropped anchor in the lagoon at Diego Garcia. We also missed our sched port call in Hong Kong because of this too, but we DID also get to see Singapore, Guam, Pattaya Beach Thailand, Subic Bay Philippines(Of course!!) and Perth Australia. The SEAL team were jerks.. and the Senior Chief SEAL went toe-to-toe with the Alamo's XO, REFUSING to allow "his SEAL's" to "chip paint and be mess cranks". But later on, SOME of the Team DID blend in quite nicely with the crew, doing their fair share, including ALL the re-supply working parties. The Marines were GREAT, and ALWAYS busted their butts, with the ONE exception of "uncle Pervy" a LCPL with his little "diversions" from his 8mm projector in the well deck after evening chow.. but whatever! I was forced to be a watchstander in Radio Central and HATED every minute of it. I soon requested to go back to BMU-1 and just do equipment maintenance on the radios, weapons and LARC-5's and COMM jeep. MUCH better than Radio Central and COMM's Leading RM: RM1 Al Shwala (A bully, and jerk with a BIG ego and AGENDA) Alamo's permanent crew was OUTSTANDING and great people. Can't say enough good things about them. Even the CO and XO were easy to get along with. The Bull Ensign was an Academy grad, and a VERY hard-worker.(funny that I'd remember him) I personally WON "1st Place" in the 1980 WESTPAC Cruise Book Photography Contest after we got back to San Diego. It was an HONOR I'll probably cherish the rest of my life. The winning entry was a photograph I staged in Olongapo, with help from a local hostess one day in her apt: With the afternoon sun slanting in from a window, she held an OPEN butterfly knife to my throat, while she was wearing a colorful Indian headdress. I pretended to be terrified of her, my hands held up in submission. (Looking at that shot now, I probably SHOULD have been afraid, as that knife was razor sharp!) She was a good sport though, and I did pay her for her time setting up that crazy shot. Thank you Alamo for those memories.. I STILL cringe however everytime I think of the "food" that was served for "MID-Rats" ha ha ha!!!! Permission to go ashore Sir! T. Robinson BMU-1 Alpha Team RM


Date:
26 Apr 2004

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Hello USS Alamo Shipmates! From THIS ship.. I experienced my FIRST and LAST genuine WESTPAC. I was attached to BMU-1 out of Coronado Amphib base. We were "Alpha Team", an "embarked unit" along with a SEAL detachment, and a ACU-1 boat unit. We also stopped in Hawaii to pick up even more Marines than the ship picked up from Camp Pendleton. The whole six month cruise was one eye-opener to the next. The first being the ten EXTRA days unscheduled days we spent in Hawaii when the stern gate got a BIG hole punched into it accidently. We also took on some ill-fated Special Ops and Marines that just happened to get killed in Iran when helos from our Amphib Task Group did a nighttime rescue attempt that completely failed when a mid-air collision happened, caused by massive dust clouds. The rest is history.. The rescue of the Embassy hostages failed, and the guys on the mission died in the desert. The whole Amphib Task Unit then steamed south, and did not stop until we dropped anchor in the lagoon at Diego Garcia. We also missed our sched port call in Hong Kong because of this too, but we DID also get to see Singapore, Guam, Pattaya Beach Thailand, Subic Bay Philippines(Of course!!) and Perth Australia. The SEAL team were jerks.. and the Senior Chief SEAL went toe-to-toe with the Alamo's XO, REFUSING to allow "his SEAL's" to "chip paint and be mess cranks". But later on, SOME of the Team DID blend in quite nicely with the crew, doing their fair share, including ALL the re-supply working parties. The Marines were GREAT, and ALWAYS busted their butts, with the ONE exception of "uncle Pervy" a LCPL with his little "diversions" from his 8mm projector in the well deck after evening chow.. but whatever! I was forced to be a watchstander in Radio Central and HATED every minute of it. I soon requested to go back to BMU-1 and just do equipment maintenance on the radios, weapons and LARC-5's and COMM jeep. MUCH better than Radio Central and COMM's Leading RM: RM1 Al Shwala (A bully, and jerk with a BIG ego and AGENDA) Alamo's permanent crew was OUTSTANDING and great people. Can't say enough good things about them. Even the CO and XO were easy to get along with. The Bull Ensign was an Academy grad, and a VERY hard-worker.(funny that I'd remember him) I personally WON "1st Place" in the 1980 WESTPAC Cruise Book Photography Contest after we got back to San Diego. It was an HONOR I'll probably cherish the rest of my life. The winning entry was a photograph I staged in Olongapo, with help from a local hostess one day in her apt: With the afternoon sun slanting in from a window, she held an OPEN butterfly knife to my throat, while she was wearing a colorful Indian headdress. I pretended to be terrified of her, my hands held up in submission. (Looking at that shot now, I probably SHOULD have been afraid, as that knife was razor sharp!) She was a good sport though, and I did pay her for her time setting up that crazy shot. Thank you Alamo for those memories.. I STILL cringe however everytime I think of the "food" that was served for "MID-Rats" ha ha ha!!!! Permission to go ashore Sir! T. Robinson BMU-1 Alpha Team RM WESPAC 1980


Date:
20 Apr 2004

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My father (Jerome A. Vilcinskas) was transferred to LSD 33 in 1961. As he is deceased now, I am trying to get information about his naval years (i.e. drinking stories, etc., and he did like to drink). I can be e-mailed at krazycrain@mail.telepac.pt Thanks for any info! SSgt Mike S. Vilcinskas, USAF


Date:
11 Apr 2004

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I love this web site. I really enjoy to look at it. I am so glad that my Dad showed it to me before he passed away a few months ago. Thank you so much, this gives me a chance to remember my Dad and the wonderful things that he has done for this country. Barbara Dennis daughter of Joe L. Hallmark Jr. (aka Oink)


Date:
23 May 2004

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Hi Shipmates, Less than 3 weeks to our reunion. I am looking forward to it in Vegas. Hope we all have great time and are all winners. Keith Brooker FT3 (57-60)


Date:
16 May 2004

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Dear Sir/Maam, You have the ships history wrong to the ending of the Alamo's life in San Deigo. I was a member of the U.S. Navy serving aboard USS Alamo (LSD-33). I was part of the decommission crew. My email address is hsdhannan32@aol.com if you would like more information on the decommissioning. Daryl Hannan, YN1


Date:
13 May 2004

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QM3 Steve Glasgow - SBU 12 on board the USS Alamo for 1986 Westpac (Seafox SEAL support crew). Really enjoyed my visit to this website. Wish someone had some photos of us doing our ops. I'll never forget the view of amphibious landing exercises! If anyone has any photos (Alamo 1986 Westpac, SBU/Seal Teams, etc.), please share! glasgows@yahoo.com


 
Date:
30 Jun 2004

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GREAT JOB VIRGIL AND COLLEEN. WE HAD A GREAT TIME IN LAS VEGAS. IT IS REALLY GOOD TO SEE OLD FRIENDS AGAIN. LOOKING FORWARD TO SAN DIEGO. MIKE AND CAROL SCHUERMAN


Date:
25 Jun 2004

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To all of you Alamo sailors that did not make to Las Vegas you missed a great time. hope to see you in San Diego in 06. Virgil and Colleen you did a great job. Bruce E. Hickman BM3 65-68


Date:
21 Jun 2004

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It was a fun time in Vegas reunion. I hope to go again in 2006 in San Diego. Hope to have some crew that were in the deck depts. this time. 2004 had mostly engineering depts. and no body but me from 3 rd div. Keith Brooker (FT3)57-60


Date:
16 Jun 2004

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yeah I don't check my email and someone just sent me this website and I am close to Las Vegas however today is the 15th of June and the party is surely over now. Dammit!!! Charles Dix first division 81-83


Date:
09 Jun 2004

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I was aboard Sept 71 to July 73 in charge of A div and I'M looking fwd to the Reunion in Vegas. Mabe see some old friends and shipmates.ENC Walt Fetty


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Date:
30 December 2004
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12:20 -0500

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I came to your site while looking for more information on a patch I collected when I was a rotorhead in the USAF stationed in Iceland 81-82. Which is a large USS Alamo LSD 33 patch with the black border unlike the ones I keep seeing on the net that have the blue border.? wasatisee@yahoo.com


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22 December 2004
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21:50 -0500

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Was just advised that our old shipmate Frank " Two Bits " Taubitz passed away Feb. 4 of this year. He was healthy and happy right up until an abdominal aortic aneurysm took him. He is being added to our Taps List. God rest him. Gary W. Moss sends.


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Date:
26 November 2004
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23:05 -0500

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mr2 troy e. robinson i served on the alamo until she was leased to brazil in 1990. where is she now


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26 November 2004
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22:58 -0500

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mr2 troy e. robinson i served on the alamo until she was leased to brazil in 1986. where is she now


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Date:
08 November 2004
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09:20 -0500

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Hello, I am the Veterans Officer for Mississippi County, Arkansas. This office is assisting one of your shipmates with his claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Jerry L. Denton (former SFP-3 Shipfitter; nickname: Porky) was aboard the U.S.S. Alamoin 1966 through 1968. What we need is either offical records or a "buddy statement" stating that Mr. Denton phsically touched the earth in Vietnam to qualify him for his benefits. Under the persumptive standard, a Veteran must have touched Vietnam on the ground with at least one foot. Please help this Veteran if you can!! You can reach me via phone (870-763-0509-office; 870-532-6036-home) or e-mail: misscvso@missconet.com IN SERVICE TO VETERANS, Bob Nelson Mississippi CVSO


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Date:
21 September 2004
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10:38 -0400

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Fantastic site!!My dad Clarence Manis Jr.was on the USS ALAMO from 1957 till his death in 1976,he was stationed in San Diego,Ca..I remember going on a few family cruises and how amazed I was by it all.. Cheryl Manis


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Date:
13 August 2004
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02:35 -0400

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Greetings Former Shipmates of the USS Alamo. I am Jerry Ballard SH1(sw)USNRet, who served on the Alamo from 1974-1976 and worked in 1st Division, and as an SH in S-3 Division. I am looking for former shipmates who served with me and hioe to hear from some of you. My E-mail address is ballardusnret@aol.com and my address is 1767 Eastbrook Ave Tulare, CA 93274


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Date:
30 July 2004
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22:01 -0400

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Great web site from Bm2 Terry M. Barber I was on Board When Ronald Victor Berg took command he proved this a great one and turn things around and he was right, it was a matter of time before some flew a plane into a building 84-86 any one see chief Reid tell him to stay away from those banana shows in Okinawa Japan Ha! Ha!