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Entry: 90049
USS DARBY (DE-218)

DALE LARSON wrote on November 19, 2014


City and State: VINITA OK

Unit: 2/ 26 INF 19 TH INFAND 9TH ARTY IN KISSINGTON GER

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: 35989 HIGHLAND DR I sailed on the DARBY TO GERMANY IN August 1964 i was station at Asburg Germany August 1964 to 1965, and At Larson barrack form 1965 to 1967 in August 1st battion 9th Arty. I would like get a picture of this ship hope to here from all of you

Keywords: 35989 HIGHLAND DR


Entry: 90048
USS DARBY (DE-218)

DALE LARSON wrote on November 19, 2014


City and State: VINITA OK

Unit: 2/ 26 INF 19 TH INFAND 9TH ARTY IN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: 35989 HIGHLAND DR I sailed on the DARBY TO GERMANY IN August 1964 i was station at Asburg Germany August 1964 to 1965, and At Larson barrack form 1965 to 1967 in August 1st battion 9th Arty. I would like get a picture of this ship hope to here from all of you

Keywords: 35989 HIGHLAND DR


Entry: 89812
USS DARBY (DE-218)

WILLIAM STAFFORD JR. wrote on October 17, 2014


City and State: BRADFORDSVILLE KY

Unit: 1-33 ARMOR

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I sailed on the darby from new York to bremmerheaven Germany in January of 66
Long 11 days.Pulled guard duty most of the time on deck


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Entry: 89325
USS DARBY (DE-218)
WAS WONDERING WHERE THE US DARBY IS TODAY

DINA GERVASIO wrote on July 14, 2014


City and State: SARATOGA SPRINGS NY

Unit: US218

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I am trying to find if the US Darby is at a tourist site or can be visited today. I was contacted by a stranger on facebook who has come accross my grandfathers sea chest I am trying to do more research about the ship.

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Entry: 88819
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY

LUTHER ELROY ELLISON JR. wrote on April 29, 2014


City and State: HONOLULU HI

Unit: B COMPANY/2ND OF 32ND ARMORED DIVISION SPEARHEAD/A

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments:

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Entry: 87850
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY

JOHN ROBERTSON wrote on December 1, 2013


City and State: LAKEWOOD WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was 2 when my Mom and I left Dec 1st 1954 aboard the USS Darby for Bremerhaven. I was too young to remember, but they wet down tablecloths so the dishes wouldn't slide. It was a cold and rough passage. Dad was an AF Vet but then a US GS-9. We were from Seattle. We arrived and Mom had 2 steamer trunks to get to the waiting train to take us to Frankfurt where Dad met us. On 23 Dec 1954 amid a bad snow storm, went to meet 14 other relatives at the Lake Chiemsee Hotel. We spent 10 years overseas, 2 in Heidelberg at Patrick Henry Village and 8 in Wiesbaden. I have fond memories of that trip. I've been back many times and only 6.5 hours now to cross the Atlantic by airplane. Times have changed, and the US military is no more in Bremerhaven. I have the original copy of the final newsletter from the voyage and passenger information guide from Ft Hamilton, NY. We were pioneers. I am so glad I had the opportunity to see the many beautiful sights of Germany and Europe.

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Entry: 87196
USS DARBY (DE-218)
SICK EVERY DAY

DAVID HILL wrote on September 13, 2013


City and State: BELMONT CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: In April 1960 I spent the worse 9 days of my first 7 years on

the Darby. I was seasick EVERY day. My Mom took me, my 2 sisters

and brother (ages, 8,7,6 and 5) by herself to meet our Dad

(C.V.Hill) in Germany from N.Y. He had just been stationed at

Bad Tolz with the 10th Special Forces. We were jealous of our

younger sister since she had a birthday ( and a party) on the ship.

I remember a nice sailor taking me on deck every morning for

orange juice and fresh air. With 4 crazy kids Mom had to

ultimately resort to 2 dog leashes to get us off the ship all

together. But that is another story.


Keywords: April 1960, Hill Family to Bad Tolz


Entry: 87070
USS DARBY (DE-218)
DARBY FROM BREMERHAVEN, 1958

NILUS DALSING wrote on August 24, 2013


City and State: CASSVILLE WI

Unit: 613TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I returned to the United States aboard the Darby in August, 1958.
I will never forget seeing the Statue of Liberty as we pulled
into New York. we were in Germany from March 1956 until August
1958. I do not remember and civilians on the ship.. as far as I
know it was all troops.


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Entry: 86391
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY FROM BREMERHAVEN

PATTI KUHL wrote on May 31, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I, too, was a passenger on the Darby. I remember being awakened every
morning by a man in the hall yelling seven o'clock, time to get up. It was spring
of 1963, I must have been 7.it was very cold and rough. But we had so much fun
going to the kids room singing, this is the good ship Darby, and we are the Darby
club. An hour each day for fun and play.... I can't remember the rest. Wonderful
memories!!!!


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Entry: 85493
USS DARBY (DE-218)
U.S. ARMY

JOHN H. CHAMBERS wrote on February 18, 2013


City and State: CRETE IL

Unit: 501ST ORD CO

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I went to Germany 9Jan1965. Looking for other GIs on that ship.

Keywords: Sgt Rock and Jr. Flip.



Entry: 85017
USS DARBY (DE-218)
I WAS ON THE USS DARABY JANUARY 1965

KENNETH THORNTON wrote on December 20, 2012


City and State: WEST VALLEY CITY UT

Unit: 3/17 FIELD ARTILLERY NURNBERY GERMANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I rode the USS Darby from NY to Germany in January
1964. I was a PVT 1. It was my first time away from
home in Lula Georgia. We PVT's were all down in the
bottom of the ship and the ocean was rough. I was
sick all the way. Good memories.
ken


Keywords: SFC Kenneth L. Thornton Retired. Spent 3 tours in
Germany, 3 Tours in Korea and 1 tour in Vietneim.
Lenght of Service 1964 to 1986



Entry: 84430
USS DARBY (DE-218)
I CAME TO NY FROM BREMHAVEN GERMANY ON THE USS DARBY IN 1965

INGRID M. MECHUR wrote on October 14, 2012


City and State: OZARK AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I came to NY from Bremhaven Germany on the USS DARBY
in March 1965.
It was a rough 11 day ride!
We were treated like queens/kings and ate our meals in
a place that looked like a ballroom!
My military soldier husband and I had a cabin below
deck. It was so rocky that he had to hold me still
while I combed my hair!
He bought me a pearl ring on the Darby, some sort of
gift shop.
I still have it here somewhere today!


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Entry: 84285
USS DARBY (DE-218)
I WAS ON THE DARBY 1959

LUCIANA LIMA wrote on September 28, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I came to NY from Bremhaven Germany on the USS DARBY
in 1959, it was before Easter, we were hit by a
hurricane, and had to stay in our cabins for 3 days
or so. I was so sick as were many others I couldn't
even eat the food they brought to us, all I could do
was chew some crackers.
They said the waves were 60 ft hi, also during the
storm a german tanker going the opposite direction
had a explosion/fire, they asked our ship for help
for their injuried men. Our ship was equipped w/ a
hospital and Dr since it transported families and
troops. We had to wait until the storm subsided and
brought the injured men from the tanker on board. I
will never forget that trip, I was sailing w/ my
mother and sister and stepfather heading to NY for
the first time,along with several other military
families our next post was in Ft Riley Ks after we
spent Easter in Penna.
I shared cabin with a young mom and her toddler,years
later, in 1964 when I was married based in Schoffield
Barracks Oahu Hawaii w/ my husband, I met that young
woman and her little girl, their name was Lindquist
and became friends.
After we left Hawaii back to the states I lost track
of Lealie Lindquist and her family. I think her
husband was sent to Vietnam too.Would love to
reconnect and find out how they have been after all
these years.
Anyone on that trip that year remember that storm ?
That was a long crossing, I think it took us 11 days
or something like that, but eventually we landed
safely in New York.
The ship was awesome, like a floating city, or so it
seem to me.
I met another woman that had been on that ship not
too long ago, too, we were waiting in a line and
struck up conversation....what a small world we live
in.



Keywords: army troops and families sailing in 1959 storm on
USS Darby



Entry: 84054
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY

JERRY MARSHALL wrote on August 30, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I may have been on the USS Darby Leaving Germany and
arriving in New York....at 4 year old.....My parents
were stationed in germany ...I am trying to find some
history of when i rode that ship....I remembering
coming into the harbor on new york..seeing the statue
of liberty.....and leaving germany...and having to
put on life vest everytime we had a drill.....Dad's
last name was Marshall......Married a Japanese Woman
named Miyoko..

I'm a military brat....who also served in the US
Army....Dad retired in ft bliss, tx...where he
resides today...


Jerry Marshall...


Keywords: USS Darby -- I was on this ship,


Entry: 83875
USS DARBY (DE-218)
DECEMBER 24 1950 BIKINI ATOLL

LORI KIGHTLINGER wrote on August 12, 2012


City and State: MIDDLETON ID

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My dad was on a trip home from Guam in December of 1950
and was aboard the O Darby on a return trip to San
Fransisco CA. He remembers vividly being only one of
two people he saw aboard the ship. He says they were
made to stay in the fantail of the ship and they
anchored five miles off bikini atoll islands where they
spent several hours anchored on Christmas Eve 1950. He
talks of a Navy chief that was with him that sat on the
deck and looked out over the islands while they waited.
This seems so odd to me! With all the testing being
done with Nukes during that time why were they there?
Why were there just two passengers aboard such a large
vessel? Does anyone know of this return trip from Guam
and why they would have anchored there?


Keywords: 1950 Bikini Islands Bikini Atoll


Entry: 83101
USS DARBY (DE-218)
RGALVEZ@SPRINT.BLACKBERRY.NET

RAMIRO B. (RAY) GALVEZ JR. wrote on May 22, 2012

Email Update Needed

City and State: WASHINGTON DC

Unit: CO C 3D BN 19TH INF APO 29

Service or Relationship:

Comments: This is R. Ray Galvez, ARMY Veteran, who was on THE USS DARBY, leaving leaving Bremerhaven, Germany, taking 8 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean arriving at The Harbor of New York City, on April 17, 1963, this is an addition to my earlier entry today. To prove that, The Six Degrees Of Separation, does exist,17 years later,after being discharged from The US ARMY, I worked for a man named Uylesses Auger,he owned Blackie's, a famous Washington, DC steakhouse since the late 40's. During The second World War, he was a member of THE DARBY'S RANGER'S, the photograph was in the Restaurant with many other celebraties in The Entertainment World that had stopped by his Restaurant over the years. Of Course, the term DARBY RANGER's has a connection with. General William O. Darby, who was born in Washington,DC, as I was. I forgot to add this to my originial entry today, Thank You. R.Ray Galvez (

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Entry: 83090
USS DARBY (DE-218)
RGALVEZ@SPRINT.BLACKBERRY.NET

RAMIRO B. (RAY) GALVEZ JR. wrote on May 22, 2012

Email Update Needed

City and State: WASHINGTON DC

Unit: CO C 3D BN 19TH INF APO 29

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I am very impressed with Goggle, the remarks from different people are fascinating and quite interesting on any one subject, and the input of information. My entry, contribution is to The subject of THE USS DARBY ( DE- 218). I am seeking a passenger list, probably from the military ARMY records, but very interesting civilian or military there is a connection with this particulair vessel. In 1963, I was on The USS DARBY, departing from Bremerhaven, Germany, headed for New York's Harbor.It took 8 days, I'll never forget this huge storm that started down in the Galley, the first time I ever got seasick, WOW that was an expierience I will never forget.I'll always remember looking at the Island of Scotland too, one day, I think we saved some time by going around it, as I remember.Toward the end of the trip, I met a fellow soldier, MacCracken, from Pennsylvania we had some good conversations he was a MP, in the ARMY.I've forgotten his first name, we ran into each other after we rotated out of the ARMY, in the 60's when he was a DC Metropolitian police officer, and later in the 70's when he joined the SECRET SERVICE, but lost contact, over the years.Being in the military or a civilian expierience on The USS DARBY, has affected a number of people, I have learned just recently, by doing some research and reading about other people's expierience's over the years. I resumed my career in the Hotel/ Restaurant field, after leaving the ARMY, I was asked to serve the Officer's in Munich, Germany, when I served over there, they had a very nice Mess Hall, especially for the Officer's, the German Officer's had used during WWII. I have gone on to aquire quite an impressive Resume over the years, my Dad would have been proud of me, always using him as my role model I worked on Capitol Hill, for the US Government, working with The US SENATORS,handling special events in the Catering Deptr for 20 years. If anyone would know how to help me, locate an old ARMY buddy,l met on THE USS DARBY, leaving Bremerhaven, Germany, arriving at THE HARBOR OF NEW YORK, on April 17th,1963, I would appreciate it very much, coming up on the 50th Anniversary of my discharge from THE US ARMY, that day, at Fort Hamilton, New York. R.Ray . Thanks

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Entry: 83038
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY SUMMER 1955 NY TO SOUTH HAMPTON ENGLAND

ANITA WRENCH LONG wrote on May 17, 2012


City and State: GUFFEY CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, CMSgt John Wrench, was transferred to
Burtonwood AFB near Warrington, England and we sailed
from NY to South Hampton aboard the USS Darby in the
summer of 1955. Our family (Dad, Mom, son and 2
daughters) thoroughly enjoyed the voyage. The
females (Mom, Linda and I) shared a cabin above deck
with a very nice young woman. Her husband, my Dad and
by brother, Gerald, all stayed below deck with the
rest of the guys. I would love to find the couple
whom my parents adopted during the voyage. Great
memories and I have a few pictures that I'd be happy
to share.


Keywords: USS Darby, Summer 1955, NY Harbor to South Hampton


Entry: 82533
USS DARBY (DE-218)
KIDS ON THE DARBY

NORMAN MILLER wrote on March 21, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I sailed on the Darby as a 6 year old in 1961. I still have the hat with
Darby written on it. Great trip. Saw the Disney films on board and one of
the the officers lead us in songs and games in a theater.
We sang
i've been working on the Darby
All the live long day..........
song every day.


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Entry: 81766
USS DARBY (DE-218)
SAILED ON THE WM O. DARBY

JEFF BERK wrote on January 17, 2012


City and State: CLYDE MI

Unit: UNKNOWN

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My family and I sailed on the USNS Wm. O. Darby late
November, 1960 from NYPA to Brenerhaven Germany. I
was a military dependent, my father was an Army
Captain. I was 9 years old at the time. I remember
the wonderful food on-board and especially the
Thanksgiving dinner served up by the chief at the
time. By Thanksgiving, which was about day 7 of the
11 day voyage, I had just acquired my sea-legs so it
was quite enjoyable. We had a one day stop over in
the UK prior to arriving at Brenerhaven.


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Entry: 80896
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USNS WM O DARBY, MIL.TRANSPORT

BONNIE LOUGHRAN-MARSHALL wrote on November 4, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Comments: Was a military dependent (Army)...sailed on
the USNS Wm O Darby (military passenger transport) T-
AP-127 in January 1961 from Bremerhaven to NYPA. I
was mid-8th grade at the time in a family of 10...was
the only one who didn't get sea sick. Would like to
hear from any military dependents (especially Eric
and Fran) who were on that 9 day voyage. I believe
the Wm O Darby, at least from what I could find, was
last ported in Norfolk VA and was being used for
housing for people working on other ships docked
there; may still be in use. (Re-posted from 12/03
with new e-mail address)

To clarify for those who don't know...there is
another Darby...the USS Marshall E Darby, DE-218
(Destroyer Escort)...for which this site was
originally created...that is the ship that several
prior messages have indicated may have been
diliberately sunk after service...that I cannot
confirm.

I salute all those who served on both Darby's.
God Bless America and its military!!!

Keywords: Wm O Darby/Passenger-Mil Dependent
Transport


Keywords: ERIC MORGAN; Heidelberg GE; Patrick Henry Village;
Hampton, VA; LOUGHRAN



Entry: 80331
USS DARBY (DE-218)
A PHOTO OF USS DARBY

MARIA BOHM wrote on September 11, 2011


City and State: OAKLAND CA

Unit: WAS A CHILD

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am a adoptee brought from Germany on this ship that
ported in Tacoma Washington.I am seeking a photo of
the ship.
What I remember is running into a storm and iceberg
somewhere near Iceland .It was the first time on a
ship remeber getting seasick as a child.
Please if I can get a photo or a sailor hat with USS
Darby please contact .thank you


Keywords: USS DARBY Traveling from Germany to Tacoma Washington
year 1958 approm. 



Entry: 80261
USS DARBY (DE-218)
SAILED ON DARBY - MARCH 1964

ERIC HARDER wrote on September 4, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Sailed on the Darby March/Apr of 1964 NY to
Bremerhaven, Germany. I remember playing a lot of
Hearts and Crazy 8's, the rich troops played poker.
Weather was not the best and we had to get up on deck
every morning. Pulled on-deck fire watch one night.
Rumor had it that was the last time troops were sent by
ship to Germany. Would like a pic if anyone has any.


Keywords: USS Darby 


Entry: 80138
USS DARBY (DE-218)
DECEMBER IN THE 50'S

FRANCIS BUCKLEY JR. wrote on August 26, 2011


City and State: ASH NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Like Roland, because of hurricane Irene I was reminded of my experience of being on the USS Darby, coming home from Germany in the 50's. I think it was 1956 or 1957. I was probably on the same vovage. I was 10 or 11 and remember being confined to our staterooms. My younger brother had a crib that they chained to the radiator and it clanged constantly.
The storm heavily damaged the ship. We were suppose to land in NYC on 12/24 but never made it to New york until 12/31.
I was telling my wife about the incident and like Roland, I checked the internet on the USS Darby, which sent me to this site.
Roland, we probably saw each other on deck, in the game room or the dinning room. Its funny how life events make us think of past events.I hope you and your family are healthy and happy.


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Entry: 80115
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY

ROLAND CARLSTEDT wrote on August 25, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: To add to the Darby comments; with hurricane Irene moving up the coast I was reminded of a trip with my family from Germany to NYC in the late 50s when I was a little boy. We ran into an incredible storm, were not allowed to leave our cabin for three days, getting our "meals" (sandwiches) delivered to us. I recall sliding back and forth across the room having fun while my parents including my US Army dad seeming overly serious. Apparently they were aware of the seriousness of the situation. I later was told that a couple of crewmen died, they were swept away. Was anyone else on that voyage?

Keywords: USS DARBY 


Entry: 79976
USS DARBY (DE-218)
PICTURE AND OTHER ITEMS FROM USNS DARDY

DULCE MONROY wrote on August 13, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: i went to the flea market today. I found a womans scrap book by the name of Adriene Fredrickson. She sailed from Europe to New York. I found a picture of the ship, a beautiful declaration of attendance on the ship, the daily misel, new paper which includes news about president kennedy- march 2, 1962, march 4 and march 6th. also found the dinner menuat the captains farwell dinner....i find this facinating info. If you would like copies please let me know.

Keywords: Adriene fredrickson memorabilia of darby ship march 1962 


Entry: 79972
USS DARBY (DE-218)
TRAVELING FROM GERMANY TO NEW YORK

PETE WOOD wrote on August 12, 2011


City and State: ROYAL PALM BEACH FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My wife and I recently went on a Cruise. When exchanging stories about times spent on a ship, I recalled my family's journey from Germany to New York. My dad was stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany in the early 60's. I attended kindergarden there on base. We had flown over to Germany, but our return trip to the States would be by way of the sea on the USS Darby! It is funny what you remember, I know I never left our cabin without the saltines, lemon and of course the ever present barf bag! The movie playing on the ship for the kids was one that starred Lassie, and of course Lassie went into a burning barn to save the horses and me at the age of 5 just knew it was curtains for the dog started crying like there was no tomorrow, my sister immediately grabbed me by the arm and dragged me out of the theater. As we all know Lassie survived and saved the day and I too survived the voyage on the USS Darby!!!

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Entry: 79125
USS DARBY (DE-218)
NEW YORK TO GERMANY ON THE DARBY

RAYMOND LANE wrote on May 30, 2011


City and State:

Unit: 1994TH AACS SQUADRON

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: Left New York Harbor in January 1956 with many Air Force personnel. Stopped in South Hampton enroute to Germany. Disembarked and got on a train to Laon France. Always remember crossing the North Atlantic on the USS Darby.

Keywords: USS Darby 


Entry: 78492
USS DARBY (DE-218)
GENERAL DARBY , TROOP SHIP

LINCOLN EDWARDS wrote on April 7, 2011

Email Update Needed

City and State: HOPATCONG NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I'm an Air Force vet.I sailed aboard the Gen. Darby
in Sept.1951 after staying at Camp Kilmer.Trip was OK
except we caught latter part of a hurriecane upon leav-
ing port.My Flights quarters were the bow of the ship and
were confined there until we got out of the storm.Arrived
Bremerhaven some nine days later.Troops were restricted
to the bow an stern areas and had to stay on deck until
inspection of quarters was completed.Dependends were allowed on the rest of the the ship.Spent a month in
Sondhofen,Ger. and three years in France and Germany.All in
all it was good duty.Don't remember the ship I came home
on,but,the Statue of Liberty sure looked good.


Keywords: Gen. Darby


Entry: 77898
USS DARBY (DE-218)
JAN 15, 1956 SAILING TO ENGLAND

LEONARD ABRAMS wrote on February 18, 2011


City and State:

Unit: 34TH AAA OPS. DETACHMENT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: We were 12 Army guys. We were put on the Darby at the last minute. No room for us. Ship loaded with thousands of Air Force Personnel. So we were put in the Brig. The most forward part of the ship. What a ride across the Atlantic. I did run the entertainment on board. We arrived about a week later. They marched thousands of Air Force people and all the other Army guys off the dock after debarkation. Only I was left on the dock. No one knew were my post was. It was a secret. They finally found someone who knew where the 34th was. So they gave me bus fare to get to it by myself. We were 50 guys living up in a cow pasture and worked in an old WWII concrete bunker as Info and Intel specialists for the air defense of Strategic Air Command Bases in England. After 16 months we were replaced by missiles. I will never forget that ride on the Darby

Keywords: Abby, Ullenwood Camp England


Entry: 77809
USS DARBY (DE-218)
SAILING HOME TO THE US WHEN I WAS 8

KEN LEDBETTER wrote on February 11, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I was 8 when my father ended his 20 years in the Army
Air Corps/USAF. His/our last duty station was Rhine
Main Air Base and we were fortunate enough to take the
Darby home. I especially remember the children's play
room. By today's standards, it would look a bit dull
but I thought it was spectacular and my older brother
and I spent hours in it. We left for New York right
after school and then after the crossing and his
official retirement, we finished the trip to Washington
State by camping across Canada. I work overseas with
the military now in my DoD position and sincerely wish
ships like the Darby were brought back into service. It
would sure beat a 10 hour flight and today's airports.
Speed isn't everything. I will never forget that trip.


Keywords: USS Darby, June 1963


Entry: 77320
USS DARBY (DE-218)
SERVED ON DARBY

JIM O'NEIL wrote on January 2, 2011


City and State: AMITY HARBOR NY

Unit: USS DARBY

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I served on Darby 1953 to 1957. Have already located old friends Sal Calcagno, and Ray Belvin. Would like to locate more.

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Entry: 75085
USS DARBY (DE-218)
RETURNED TO US ON USNS DARBY 1964

NEAL MOORE wrote on June 15, 2010


City and State: HERGET AR

Unit: 320TH USASABN (OPNS)

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I returned to the US on the Darby after 26 months at Bad Aibling Kaserne, Germany. We left Bremerhaven in April and sailed through the English Channel where the sight of the White Cliffs of Dover burned an image that is still in my brain. Someone told me to volunteer for some duty and the trip would be better so I did. They were right. I worked in the galley and got richly rewarded by having snacks, movies and a place to nap when we were not serving meals. I still remember docking at Brooklyn Navy Yard and seeing the sign "Welcome Home Boys" as we came down the gangplank. There was even a band to welcome us.

Keywords: Army Security Agency 1962 1963 1964 Bad Aibling


Entry: 74585
USS DARBY (DE-218)
CHRISTMAS EVE ON THE USS DARBY

ROBERT TOUHEY wrote on May 4, 2010


City and State:

Unit: 2ND ARMORED ATTELERY DIVISION

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I SET SAIL ON THE USS DARBY TROOP SHIP CHRISTMAS EVE 1957 FROM GERMANY FOR NEW YORK.I WAS A MONTH LATE LEAVING GERMANY BECAUSE I WENT TO THE AID OF NCO WHO WAS JUMPED BY THREE DRUNKEN MEN WHILE HE WAS MAKING BED CHECK AT WACKENHEIM.THEY PUT ME IN THE HOSPITAL FOR A WEEK.THAT WAS HISTORY >>>>>>>>>>WE DROPPED ANCHOR IN NEW YORK NEW YEARS NIGHT JAN 1 1958.OUR TRIP ACROSS WENT WITH OUT ANY PROBLEMS........I MOVED TO FORT LAUDERDALE 1968 AND A FEW YEARS LATER I TOOK MY FAMILY ON TOUR IN PORT EVERGLADES.....WE HAPPENED TO TOUR A DESTROYER I FORGET THE NAME ,BUT IT GOT AN EXCELLNT RATEING IN GUNNERY FOR SINKING THE USS DARBY

Keywords: A BATTERY 78TH FIELD ATTERLY WACKENHEIM GERMANY


Entry: 73799
USS DARBY (DE-218)

CHARLES CONLEY SR. wrote on March 4, 2010


City and State: MUNCIE IN

Unit: US NAVY 1952/1955 USS DARBY DE 218

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: friend gearld stern cleveland would like to find him


Entry: 73514
USS DARBY (DE-218)
MY FAMILY SAILED ONTHE USS DARBY 12/27/62

LUTHER ELROY ELLISON JR. wrote on February 11, 2010


City and State: HONOLULU HI

Unit: 2/32 ARMOR 3RD ARMORED DIVISION

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My family sailed the USS Darby to Bremerhaven, Germany via Port Authority, New York City. I was 11 years old at the time. My father was stationed at Ayers Kaserne in Kirch-goens Germany home of the 2/nd of the 32nd Armor Division. We departed from NYC December 27, 1962. My family lived in the Dependent Housing in Butzbach at 13-C Michigan Road. We were in the country during the showdown or summit meeting between President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Kruzschev in Berlin in 1963. We returned to States in 1965.

Keywords:


Entry: 73364
USS DARBY (DE-218)
DEC 24, 1963 USS DARBY TO BREMERHAVEN

ROCCO MICCIULLA wrote on January 31, 2010


City and State: STATEN ISLAND NY

Unit: BATTERY B - 75TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Me and PFC Miller were in a jeep with 2nd Lt Timothy
Young. Where are you guys now???


Keywords:


Entry: 72897
USS DARBY (DE-218)
STUDIO PICTURE ON THE DARBY

TIM NONE wrote on December 25, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I was about 3 years old at the time and all I really remember are family stories about crossing the Atlantic on the Darby. I believe we went from Germany to NY in 1965 or maybe early 1966.

My only proof that I was on the ship is a Studio Portrait of me in my little suit and a sailors hat with the ships name on it. There is also a small ships wheel that I have my hands on.

In all the comments here no one else has mention other pictures. Are there others out there?


Keywords: Studio picture kid wheel hat


Entry: 72336
USS DARBY (DE-218)
I SAILED USS DARBY DEC 1966 TO VIETNAM

BOB HAINES wrote on November 13, 2009


City and State: BETHANY OK

Unit: 8TH OF THE 26TH TAB

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Left Okland Dec. 28th 1966 21 days to Vietnam. We lost one guy overboard 1/2 way into the trip. Another guy lost his wife in a car accident and was plucked off the ship by a helicopter out of the Hawaiian islands. There are lots of memories. What a ride. I would like to find the cook that would give me bread, rolls and melted butter right out of the oven.

Keywords: TAB 8th of the 26th


Entry: 71282
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USOT DARBY IN 1952

DAVID HULSEY wrote on August 15, 2009


City and State: TUSCUMBIA AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: Skulthorpe AFB, England


Entry: 70613
USS DARBY (DE-218)
TO VERDUN FRANCE

JOHN DRUMMOND wrote on June 19, 2009


City and State: HAMPTON VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I sailed on the USS Darbey from New York to Bremenhaven Germany in route to Verdun France September 1957. Three days out had to turn around to take a ill person to Iceland. Best trip ever laid on deck and ate good food. The trip took 10 days.

Keywords: Buck


Entry: 70574
USS DARBY (DE-218)
CREW 1951 TO 1953

EDWIN MORAN SR. wrote on June 16, 2009

Email Update Needed

City and State: MILTON DE

Unit: US NAVY

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords: I served aboard the USS Darby DE 218 in 1951 to 1953 when I transfered to the USS McCord DD 534.


Entry: 70350
USS DARBY (DE-218)
TO AND FROM GERMANY ON THE DARBY

STEPHEN LEAR wrote on May 28, 2009


City and State: SANTA CRUZ CA

Unit: 83RD ARTILLARY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I went to Germany aboard the Darby in 1964 - April I think it was. Perfect weather and smooth sailing. I volunteered to work in the hospital and that was easy duty plus we got early chow.

Typical army screw up - I had 3 sets of orders - one to Bordeaux France, another to Nurembourg and the last to Baumholder. I went to all three in that order and arrive in Baumholder about a week later. I was assigned to the 83rd Artillary and it was the worst duty I encountered during my 3 year hitch. I really hated it there and was glad when I got discharged and sent home. And that was a year later in March 1965 and I came home on the Darby. I got the same easy duty but the trip home was wild. We punched through 3 major storms, seas running 30-40 feet, putting the bow under and the props came out of the water. During the height of the second storm, two friends and I went outside on the hospital deck (off limits, wind blowing like crazy, we ran to the rail and were looking forward watching the bow go under - water flying backward hit us in the face and it really stung. Then, to our disbelief, some dude snuck out of a forward hatch, ran to the bow, grabbed on to something and rode the bow under. When it came back up, he was still there, soaked to the bone and ran back to the hatch. We heard that he spent the rest of the trip in the brig. And, we guessed that he was a California surfer who just wanted to get tubed.

I stayed with another Army buddy out in Bayshore Long Island, waiting for my 1964 Volkswagon that I shipped back. And I drove that little sweetheart all the way back to SoCal. And that's my Darby story.


Keywords: 83rd Artillary


Entry: 69872
USS DARBY (DE-218)
U.S.S. WILLIAM O DARBY

RICHAED WARENSFORD wrote on April 15, 2009


City and State: DOVER DE

Unit: 16TH SIGNAL BATTALION BUTZBACH, GERMANY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My nickname while in in Company C 16th Signal Battallion at Butzbach, Germany Schloss Kaserne was BIG RED. I returned back to the states on the U.S.S. Darby in April of 1965. Butzbach was located about seven miles north of where Elvis had been stationed with the 3rd Armored Division several years earlier.
My trip back on the Darby was a little rough as we had bad seas most of the way back to the states. I was lucky as I didn't get sea sick but there was plenty of others that did. The prettest thing I have ever seen in my life was that green LADY standing on Ellis island in New York Harbour. May God Bless America. I would like to hear from anyone that was stationed with the 16th Signal Bn, CO. 'C' during the time rame of July 1963 to April 1965.


Keywords: Nickname was 'BIG RED' 16th Signal Bn. Butzbach. Germany.


Entry: 68402
USS DARBY (DE-218)
DARBY BROUGHT ME TO AMERICA

DELLA MELTON wrote on December 27, 2008


City and State: SURFSIDE BEACH SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: In 1958, I sailed as an infant on the USS Willam O. Darby from England to New York. My father was in the US Air Force and my mother was British.

Keywords:


Entry: 67154
USS DARBY (DE-218)
NEW YORK GERMANY 1966

ARTHUR DOVE wrote on September 10, 2008


City and State: ROCKLAND MA

Unit: 4TH BATTALION 18TH FIELD ARTILLERY

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I remember the day we left there was a oil tanker still smoldering from a devastating fire. 17 years old meant cruise ship ride too me back then. As the band played we pulled away from the dock and as people waved farewell I thought when are getting there. A brief announcement regarding the ship still burning and then the drill we all put life vest on. After that we settled down I found a special hiding place were they stored the ships flags and it was great to hide in simply because no one every bothered me. I recall one evening watching a movie there sure was alot of GI's sea sick from that evening show.

It was the final journey which they transported GI's to Germany by ship. A new transportation was to replace the USS Darby which was great way back then.

I still think back too the time I sailed the Atlantic and landed in Bermahaven Germany. I remember sailing past the French coast line where so many Americans died that June 6 accept it was now 1966 and we sent a wreath over board marking our passing that area.


Keywords: DOVE - Jr - Sonny


Entry: 66480
USS DARBY (DE-218)
USS DARBY, TROOP SHIP

GARY FUSON wrote on July 14, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments:

Keywords: I went to Germaney on the USS Dayby in August or September 1964, I was 17 years old and was scared to death. We left New York harbor and thats the only time that I saw the Statue of Liberty. It took 7 days and we had perfect weather. It was a great adventure, I ended up in Baumholder, Germany.


Entry: 66284
USS DARBY (DE-218)
1956 VOYAGE ON THE DARBY

BONNIE DUVALL wrote on June 30, 2008

Email Update Needed

City and State: MANCHESTER MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My mother and father... William J Duvall, Grace C Duvall and my brother who was just a baby at the time sailed back on the USS Darby from Germany to New York in 1956. We are making a memorial for them and would absolutely LOVE any pictures or information that may be available!

Keywords: William Joseph Duvall: Father


Entry: 66111
USS DARBY (DE-218)
WOULD LOVE A PHOTOGRAPH

RAY SLAYTON wrote on June 17, 2008


City and State: PORTLAND OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: My family boarded the Darby in 1964 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a nine day trip tp Bremenhaven,Germany. It was the most fabulous nine days of my life. Passing the White Cliffs of Dover is still a vivid picture in my mind all these years later. When we disembarked in Bremenhaven they gave everyone a certificate from the ship with our names and sailing dates. I would love to get a picture of this ship big enough to frame and if anyone has a copy of those certificates or know where I can get one it would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: Enroute to Orleans,France as a military dependant in 1964.


Entry: 66086
USS DARBY (DE-218)
ARMY/KOREAN WAR/GERMANY/USS DARBY/CPL ROBERT KIDD

PATRICIA KIDD wrote on June 15, 2008


City and State: CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Hi, My Daddy- Robert Kidd (now age 74) a farm boy from Southwestern Va left the US on the USS DARBY when he was in the Army (Korean War). Coincidentally, I see that the Darby was built here in Alameda Ca! He returned on 'the Rose'.They first went to England .He remembers the 'Cliffs of Dover and going through some little nearby towns and then to Bremerhaven,Germany. He drove trucks all over France,Germany and throughout Russia. He never went to Korea. Maybe Buedingen or even possibly Baumholder was the Base?? His pronunciation is vaguely similar...
One of my sisters and I are hoping to surprise Daddy for his 75th BD next year and take him to Europe as he always says he'd like to go back to Germany and France before he dies. He tells grand stories about how wonderful it was and how wonderful his Army buddies were. I'm not sure if Daddy will actually do it so I figure if I have a really great plan he can't chicken out!I traveled in Europe quite a bit and frequently so I can plan fairly readily if I can get any ideas on where the places were that his unit would have gone through etc. Daddy can't remember a lot of the names.I will be pressing for more details after I have a game plan and we tell him about the trip.I bet more memories come back!
At some point they unloaded white Belgium block - block that Daddy laid as a mason many years later!It sounds as if they unloaded quite from the ships.
He remembers near their base -seeing sugar-beets as a prime crop being used as feed and planted at all the numerous surrounding farms. "Never saw a horse pulling a wagon only oxen"
He does remember seeing 'Elvis' while he was in Europe. "Couldn't play the guitar worth a lick."
Daddy always talks about a huge beautiful 'church' he was in at Christmas-time.He has no recollection of where but was in France or Germany. HAHA I know how THAT narrows it down!
Apparently he traveled a bit through the Bordeaux region of France.
Any info you may have or ideas on bases etc would be greatly appreciated.
After Daddy got out of the service he met our mother- they got married and he adopted her 4 kids. I'm the eldest of that 4.Eight more children were to follow!
My Daddy is wonderful.We want to assure that this trip will be a remarkable experience and bring back even more wonderful memories.
There aren't many men like my Daddy...
Than you all for any info you may have,
Patty


Keywords: Korean War ,Germany, USS Darby,France, bases,CPL Robert Kidd



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