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Entry: 89501
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
BATTERY MAN

DAN SMITH wrote on August 12, 2014


City and State: DULUTH MN

Unit: E-DIVISION

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: It's good to know there are still old friends connecting on here. How well I remember the days at sea headed toward Japan-Yokosuka, Yokohama-- Korea-Pusan, Inchon, Formosa, can't think of the city now but remember how poor & ragged the kids looked & how they grinned when I gave them each a little money I had not spent. Good days & some not so good but grateful to have the experience of defending our country. We worked hard to de-commission the ole Sitkoh .To my knowledge she didn't stay out of commission for very long.

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Entry: 87887
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MSTS SITKOH BAY TCVE-86

JOHN (JACK) THOWSON wrote on December 11, 2013


City and State: COMSTOCK PARK MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: After boot camp, Jan/1953, assigned to 2nd Div. Can't recall BM1'S name, but BM2 Wirt was 2nd in charge. Lt LeHoy, was 1st Lt. CWO Kasprizak was boatswain. Mess cooked with SN Marvin Belk, Commisariman. Aapplied for EM-A school, grad. in April/1954, returned to Sitkoh Baqy, put her out of commission, & transferred to MSTS Gen. Wm Mitchell in Seattle Retired EMC/1973 on USS Grand Canyon, Newport, RI

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Entry: 68932
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
ASSIGNMENT DURING KOREAN WAR

RICHARD BALLARD wrote on February 1, 2009


City and State: CAMILLU7S NY

Unit: PERSONNEL

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I was assigned aboard the Sitkoh Bay around March of 1951. We made numerous crossings to Japan, Korea, Tialand, Sigon, at the time French Indo-China and Alaska. I was on the bridge when we collided to tanker. I was the last person aboard when it was put into mothballs again. I de-comissioned the ship and was assigned to Headquarters MSTS about summer of 1954. I would love to hear from any of my shipmates. Dick Ballard

Keywords: Dick


Entry: 63325
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MEDICAL PERSONNEL FEB. 1952- SEPT 1952

JACK TRAYLOR wrote on December 7, 2007


City and State: GREER SC

Unit: MEDICAL DEPARTMENT

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: would like to contact anyone that was in the medical department from Feb. 1953 -Sept. 1953

Keywords: Sitkoh bay tcve 86


Entry: 61692
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
SITKOH BAY, CVE-86

ROBERT STEENSMA wrote on July 21, 2007


City and State: SALT LAKE CITY UT

Unit: USS SITKOH BAY, TCVE-86

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I served on board Sitkoh Bay from February to August
1953 before going to the 2nd Marines as a naval gunfire officer. On Sitkoh Bay I was in the deck department as division officer for the second division. My leading chief's last name was Dean,
and his assistant was a BM1 whose last name, I think,was Wirt. Our skipper was Robert M. Beebe, our
exec William Dawson, our ops officer Adam Wozniack, and our deck department head Jake Lehoy. We transported new/reworked aircraft to Yokuska and
damaged planes back to Alameda. We also transported armed forces officers to and from Japan, and we sometimes jokingly referred to our ship as the
Sitkoh Maru.Among my fellow junior officers: Jim Grady, Dave Grimes, George Evanovich. I last saw
the ship in the reserve fleet at San Diego in the
summer ofr 1960, a few days after the Navy announced
that she would be scrapped. During my noon hour (I was at a ship reactivation course) I went to the pier,
got permission from the guard to go aboard. It was
sad to go aboard, to visit the wardroom, my stateroom,
the bridge, and other places. There were too many
good memories, and I went away sadly. Among other
officers were LCDR Jack Wells, a supply officer from
Nebraska, CWO Kasprzak from Milwaukee, Chaplain
Robinson, and LTJG Bob Carroll, a supply officer grad
of the Naval Academy. I'd be glad to hear from
anyone who was on the ship from February to August
1953.


Keywords: Sitkoh Bay, CVE/TCVE-86
Korean War



Entry: 59953
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
1953 PASSENGER

TOM ANSPACH wrote on February 7, 2007


City and State: WINAMAC IN

Unit: NAVSECGRU

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: I still recall very well being a passenger on the S B around March - June 1953 (will have to dig out my archives to find exact date). Traveling from CT school in Imperial Beach CA to Kami Seya Japan via Yokuska. I always remember 3 main things although other pleasant memories crop up once in a while.

- quit firing a big gun on rear of ship because there was a crack in the keel (at least that was the word I remember)

- being initiated going across the date line and crawling the oatmeal chute, the quinne and mustard + and kissing the axel greased belly of someone

- chipping paint in the radio room or? I guess that was the passage fare

-also the crew getting ready for the BIG party in Yokohama ;-)


Pleasant memories that have been brought back by reading some naval history books about WWII and cold war.

Tom Anspach Winamac, IN


Keywords: Passenger Sitkoh Bay San Fran to Yokuska spring 1953


Entry: 54860
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
SITKOH BAY CVE 86

JARED (JERRY) BYRD SR. wrote on December 27, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: BURLINGAME CA

Unit: A DIVISION

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Remember the collision at sea in December with a Luckenbacker Freighter?
Did Carville go to Maritime School? I finished Flight Training and received a Commercial License.Finished college now I'm Grandpa four times. Fax is the best way to reach me 650-348-2640


Keywords: Jerry Byrd, Sitkoh Bay 1952-1954 Carville Roost AM1
A-Division Lt. Merideth, Billy Joe Ferguson, Wagner,Sutton,Gerald E. Simon
Com. Dawson EX



Entry: 54529
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
SITKOH BAY CREW MEMBER

DON VAN ERMAN wrote on December 8, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, Donald Van Erman served on board the Sitkoh Bay44-45. I would very much like anyone who remember him to tell me what they remember. Thanks
Don Van Erman


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Entry: 50342
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)

JOHN SWEET wrote on April 22, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Unit: C/2/157TH FA COARNG

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Grandfather was George C. Sweet, LCDR, USNR. He was a plank-owner of the Sitkoh Bay and served as the Gunnery Officer during the last months of WWII. I am a professional historian, as well as a military officer, and I possess several interesting artifacts from the Sitkoh Bay's WWII service (including from the kamikaze attack off Okinawa in April, 1945). My family also has my grandpa's old cruise book. We will not be parting with any of these artifacts, but may sharte their contents with serious researchers and other interested parties.

I wish to learn more about my grandpa's service, and help to preserve the legacy of this proud ship.

John Sweet, 2LT
johnrobertsweet@aol.com
john.r.sweet@us.army.mil
7645 Thunderbird Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
719-205-1978


Keywords: Sitkoh Bay CVE-86


Entry: 44964
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MY FATHER SERVED ABOARD SITKOH BAY 1944-45

DAVID WELSH wrote on August 3, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, LDCR Clifford Welsh USNR, served as Assistant Chief Engineer of Sitkoh Bay from her commissioning in March 1944 until his transfer to become Chief Engineer of USS Tripoli in 1945. He passed away last year and I am editing his WWII memoirs for publication. They would be very interesting reading for anyone with an interest in this ship.

I need all possible information about Sitkoh Bay during this period, particularly:
Photographs
Log Books
Details of the ship's movements
Interior details of the engine rooms, catapult shack, and officers' berthing areas
Career details for the following officers:
Captain Robert G. Lockhart
Commander W.E. Gallagher
Lieutenant Commander Ed Brady
Lieutenant George Moore
Lieutenant Barney
and information about an enlisted man mentioned in the book:
Tony Petsuma (Pensuma?) Throttleman in the engine room.

I would really like to acquire a copy of the WWII cruise book for Sitkoh Bay and would pay well for it.

Due credit will be given for anything contributed.


Keywords: Clifford Welsh, Sitkoh Bay


Entry: 43150
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MY FATHER SERVERD ON USS SITKOH BAY IN 1950

DORRY DORSEY wrote on May 19, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I ALSO HAVE A CARD FROM THE DOMAIN OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON THAT WAS MY FATHERS. BACK IN NOV. OF 1950.
I'M TRYING TO FIND OUT ANYTHING I CAN ABOUT HIS LIFE ON THE BOAT AND FRIENDS HE MADE. HE PASSED AWAY ON 5-13-83 AND I HAVE SOME PHOTOS OF JAPN, AND SOME OF THE SHIPMATES HE SERVED WITH. BUT NO NAMES ON THE PICS. HE LOST HIS EYE WHILE OVER THEIR , THE STORY THAT WAS TOLD WAS HE LOST IT IN A BAR FIGHT AND GOT THROWN THROUGH A PLATE GLASS WINDOW.PLEASE E-MAIL ME WITH ANY IN FO ON HIM .I HAVE 2 SON'S THAT I WOULD LOVE TO TELL THEM ABOUT THEIR "HERO" GRANDPA.


Keywords: MY DAD'S NAME WAS LAWRENCE A. KRAHNKE -
THEY USED TO CALL HIM "CRANKY" BECAUSE OF THE LAST NAME, UNSURE OF HIS RANK ONLY HAVE LIMITED STUFF TO TYE TOGETHER.



Entry: 41812
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
USS SITKOH BAY

TOM GRIFFITH wrote on March 18, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My Father served on the Sitkoh Bay during WWII (early 40's). Have lots of photos, copies of Ships Logs, etc. Would love to hear from anyone who served on her during this time. Dad has passed on but have lots of memories of stories about the early years of the war and the ship.

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Entry: 39706
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
U S S SITKOH BAY CVE 86

RICHARD D. WILSON wrote on January 4, 2004


City and State: BULLHEAD CITY AZ

Unit: DECK DEPARTMENT

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Served aboard the Sitkoh Bay from 1952 until it was decommissioned in 1954. I was from Clay Center, Kansas. I am retired and now living in Bullhead City, AZ. Would like to hear from any of my ship mates.

Keywords: Personal friends - Steve Ferro, Larry Kelly, Gary Navarro


Entry: 37237
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
CATAPULT CREW.

LARRY LAPHAM JR. wrote on September 29, 2003


City and State: MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My dad has shown me a few photos of the "Francis" kamakaze looming larger as it approaches the ship until they finally shoot it into the drink.

Keywords: Shooting down the kamakaze


Entry: 30452
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
RETURNED FROM KOREA AS PASSENGER

DONALD F. BENNETT wrote on December 17, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: HAMBURG NY

Unit: 3RD BATT,7TH MARINES

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: saw a lot of dead gooks in front of our 50's

Keywords: Was on the eastern Front,in front of hill 1052


Entry: 28443
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES

DONALD BRICKMAN wrote on September 23, 2002


City and State: OLYMPIA WA

Unit: A DIV 1945 TO 1946 WW 2

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: where is this ship today ?

Keywords: interested in ships crew during 45 46 A Div reunions


Entry: 28018
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
FORREST GLYN ROGERS

CLIFTON ROGERS wrote on September 4, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Forrest Glyn Rogers (my dad) served on CVE 86 USS SITKOH BAY during Korean War (talked of Japan)

Keywords: USS SITKOH BAY (CVE 86)


Entry: 28017
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MY FATHER SEVED ON CVE 86 USS SITKOH BAY

CLIFTON ROGERS wrote on September 4, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father served aboard CV 86 during the Korean War..I am still trying to find out details, i have alot of pictures. I remember one incident of a collision between CV 86 and another vessel. Not sure of hull number. Would love to hear of anyone that knew my dad.. Forrest Glyn Rogers from Avinger, Texas. (he told me of alot of adventures in Japan...and Bar fights with Marines). Please e-mail Fastergun@aol.com

Keywords: CVE 86 USS SITKOH BAY..JAPAN, ACCIDENT


Entry: 26976
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MARCH 20TH 1952

JANELLE WELLS wrote on July 15, 2002

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone who may have been on the USS Sitkoa Bay on bound for Japan. I have been unable to find any information on the carrier USS Sitkoa Bay???

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Entry: 26395
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)

JARED (JERRY) BYRD wrote on June 19, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: BURLINGAME CA

Unit: A DIVISION

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Commander Dawson, Great leader.

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Entry: 26394
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
SERVICE, 1952 TO 1954 A DIV.

JARED (JERRY) BYRD wrote on June 19, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: BURLINGAME CA

Unit: A DIVISION

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Carville Roost AM1/class
Billie Joe Ferguson Airman 1st.
Goa 2nd Class Boats


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Entry: 26031
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
USS SITKOH BAY AS A TROOP SHIP

GERALD COOK wrote on June 5, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: WELLINGTON OH

Unit: 71 SIGNAL SERVICE BATALLION

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Traveled from Yukoska Japan to treasure island in california in December, 1954.
enjoyed the trip as much as a person can enjoy a troop ship. on the hangar and flight deck were a number of disabled aircraft being ferried back to the us for repair. There were on lnly about 700 troops so we had a lot of room to run around. enjoyed laying on the flight deck and just enjoy the trip. I was even AWOL on the ship as I missed a formation.


Keywords: I did not make it to Korea - stopped in Tokyo
and served as a radio repairman at the tranmiter
site in Tokyo Bay



Entry: 19596
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MADE ABOUT 3 TRIPS WITH SITKOH BAY

JULIAN (JULES) RUTKOVITZ wrote on September 25, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: RENO NV

Unit: U.S.S. SITKOH BAY

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I served about 6 months aboard sitkoh bay. Don't remember too many of my shipmates names but they might recognize my name or that i was a pnsn in the ships office.

Keywords: JULES, U.S.S. Sitkoh Bay, Cape Esperance, General Nelson M. Walker, U.S.S. Neches


Entry: 18313
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
HELPED RECOMISSION IN 1950

JAMES SPARKMAN wrote on July 28, 2001


City and State: MINEOLA TX

Unit: RESERVE FLEET, TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: USS Pickaway APA 222 - March-Sept. 1949
Reserve Fleet, Tacoma - Sept 1949 to Feb. 1951
USS Yancy


Keywords: Sitkoh Bay(Recomission), Windham Bay (Recomission), Rendova (Recomission), USS Yancy AKA 93, USS Pickaway APA 222, Reserve Fleet, Tacoma, Wash.






Entry: 10315
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
MT FATHER IN LAW SERVED

DON KERR wrote on July 12, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Father-in-law, D.C. Myers, served on the Sitkoh Bay in Korea. I was wondering if any of his old buddies might be out there. please e mail. thanks

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Entry: 5052
USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)
SHIP'S HISTORY - KOREAN WAR SERVICE

CRAIG ROTHHAMMER wrote on November 17, 1999

Email Update Needed

City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

Unit: USS GRASP (ARS-24) USS BOLSTER (ARS-38)

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:


USS SITKOH BAY (CVE-86)


Displacement: 7,800 t. Length: 512’3” Beam: 65’2” Extreme Width: 108’1” Draft: 22’6” Speed: 19 k. Complement: 860 Armament: 1 5”; 16 40mm Aircraft: 28 Class: CASABLANCA Maritime Commission standard type: S4-S2-BB3



On 29 July 1950, SITKOH BAY was recommissioned, Capt. C. W. Lord, USN, in command.


She was assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service; and, for the next four years, she sailed between the west coast and Japan, supporting U. N. forces in Korea. Her major ports of call were San Francisco, San Diego, and Pearl Harbor and Yokohama and Yokosuka in Japan.


SITKOH BAY departed from this west coast-to-Japan routine three times over those four years. In March of 1951, she delivered a load of Bearcat fighters (F8Fs) to the French forces at Saigon in French Indochina and then visited Manila, P. I., before returning to California-to-Japan runs. In September, she visited Pusan, Korea.


SITKOH BAY ventured from her normal sea lanes again in May 1952 when she sailed, via Kodiak and Anchorage, Alaska, on her way back to San Francisco from Yokosuka.


USS SITKOH BAY was awarded three battle stars for World War II service and one battle star for Korean War service.


From: DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS


Keywords: MILITARY SEA TRANSPORTATION SERVICE,



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USS Sitkoh Bay (CVE-86)