USS Bennington (CVA-20)









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Entry: 95124
Subject: USS BENNINGTON EXPLOSIONS 53-54

Delbert Sheldon SHELDO wrote on November 17, 2017


City and State: GRAYLING MI

Unit: FOX DIVISON

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for anyone that was in Fox Division and trapped in the ships Armory during the catapult
explosion.

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Entry: 93778
Subject: LOOKING FOR CREW PICTURES NOVEMBER 1955

Leslie Fisk wrote on September 26, 2016


City and State: NEW SMYRNA BEACH FL

Unit: USS BENNINGTON CVA 20

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My dad was on the USS Bennington CVA 20 in November 1955 -- I don't have much other information. I am looking for crew shots of that time period. I would love to see some pix on my dad while serving in the Navy. He passed in 1989. If anyone has any crew shots from that timeframe that they could share with me, I would appreciate it!!!! You can email me at fisk.leslie@gmail.com or call 407-492-3440. My Dad was Dennis L. Fisk, First Class Petty Officer --

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Entry: 93663
Subject: USS BENNINGTON CVA20 B3 DIV & SI DIV

Philip P. Gorman wrote on August 27, 2016


City and State: COLLIERVILLE TN

Unit: B3 DIV, S1 DIV

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Became ship's company March 1955, discharged Dec1956, Was in B3 Div and later transferred to S1 Div. Kept spare parts for boiler rooms. Played on ships baseball team. Very disappointed the Bennington does not exist anymore, having been told it was sold for scrap. Many a sailors heart, sweat, and tears were on it. Any one aboard at that time, pleas contact me.

Philip Pink Gorman
10175 Gravetye Place
Collierville TN 38017

901-286-4499 H
901-483-7465 C

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Entry: 92926
Subject: MY GRANDFATHER GEORGE GARZAREK

Eddie Bratton wrote on March 27, 2016


City and State: BIRMINGHAM AL

Unit: S2 DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My grandfather George Garzarek served in commissary between 52 and 54 he's doing good and I'm helping him find old ship mates. He's from Alabama and would like to catch up.

Keywords: Commissary, Bennington, aircraft carrier, personal friends



Entry: 92401
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES FOR MY GRANDFATHER, HE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN TOUCH

Jalyn Brott wrote on December 14, 2015


City and State: FORT MYERS FL

Unit: I DON'T KNOW

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Grandfather was on the USS Bennington as well as a couple others. His name is Raymond Melton and has always been known as Bill. He is doing well and has been looking for shipmates to catch up with, I am trying to help him as he doesn't use a computer. I am trying to connect for him. He was on the USS Bennington when it exploded. Please message me to exchange his number etc.
Thank you all for your service! I appreciate you so much!

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Entry: 91509
Subject: OPERATION MARINER CREW MEMBERS

William Hedden wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State: WAYMART PA

Unit: VA-75

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello,

My name is Brent Hedden and I am William Hedden's son. I am sad to say that my dad passed away back in 1998 however, my dad served on the USS Bennington during Operation Mariner. I was wondering if there were any crew members that served during the Operation Mariner time period or even any members of VA-75 that may be able to identify pictures. I have my dad's cruise book and a large photo album and would love to identify the places and such.

Thank you!

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Entry: 91051
Subject: BENNINGTON

Irvin Ledford JR wrote on April 27, 2015


City and State: MINNEAPOLIS MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: look AND SPOTER out for marine LSO 1952-1953

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Entry: 88495
Subject: USS BENNINGTON CVA-20

Robert Peck wrote on March 8, 2014


City and State: MILFORD MA

Unit: O.I. DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: It has taken me 60 years to send this short note to you , not realizing that I could have done it many years previously . I always wondered what happened to my friends that I left behind .

A day that we try to remember but never forget ,My sleeping quarters was forward port side just under the catapults ,I was injured and managed to help my buddy to the flight deck...God ,there was so much smoke . I have always thought that god has his plans for each of us , Even yours truly with an auto collision and cancer .Benninton survivors are a touch lot...

If you are reading this it is a pleasure to renew our acquantance again .My tour was 52-56 with 52-54 on board my ship ..It was my ship and a lot of nice memories also. Wherever you are be well . Sincerely , Robert L. Peck

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Entry: 87508
Subject: MY TIME ON THE BENEINGTON

Irvin Matthew Ledford SR. wrote on October 30, 2013


City and State: TAMUNING GU

Unit: AIR

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was on the bennington cva-20 when we sailed out of the ship

yard in 1952



I was duty driver while in port



my job on board was l s o talker and spotter I left the ship on

dec 12 1954 I now live in guam usa iam 80 years old now stell

doing ok ,,Irvin



Entry: 85644
Subject: MARINE DETACHMENT

Bernard Schaible wrote on March 4, 2013


City and State: EASTON PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: would be interested in hearing from any shipmates of marine edmund
schaible .he served on the bennington in 1954 and 1955. he fell
overboard and was killed.

Keywords: death of edmund schaible



Entry: 85236
Subject: SERVED ON USS BENNINGTON 1952-1954 V2

Charles Cleary JR. wrote on January 16, 2013


City and State: NORTHFIELD NJ

Unit: V2

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking to connect with shipmates GREATER Philadelphia and
SOUTH JERSEY area

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Entry: 84519
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANY THAT MAY KNOW CHARLES (CHUCK) H CLEAVE

Lisa Cleave/ Newcomb wrote on October 26, 2012


City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Charles H. Cleave, 74, of Fontana died Thursday, Oct.
18 at Loma Linda Veterans Hospital.

Mr. Cleave was born May 30, 1938 in Tulare and was the
son of Jean and Ruby Cleave. He loved horses and was
involved in security with the Sheriff's Posse. He was a
big rig owner-operator for many years. His hobby was
mainly target shooting and making lube products for
shooting (Javeline Lube). He also enjoyed helping and
supporting his neighbors when needed. He served in the
U.S. Navy on the USS Bennington.

He is survived by his wife Juanita Cleave of Fontana;
two daughters, Cheryl Schelenburg of Reedley and Lisa
Cleave / Newcomb of Kansas; seven grandchildren; one
great-grandchild; and two brothers, Gerald Cleave of
Dunlap and Donald Cleave of Coville, Washington; and
many nieces and nephews.

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Entry: 80684
Subject: ASBESTOSIS

John E. Potts wrote on October 12, 2011


City and State: SUN CITY WEST AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: John passed away 10/19/2010. I am his widow seeking
any help I can possibly receive. He filed for
benefits from VA in 2009. His claim was rejected as
has the 2 I have submitted because he was classified
as an "Airman". He served aboard the USS Palau in1952
and boarded the USS Bennington. While she was coming in
to pick up John et al, one of the catapults blew
causing lives to be lost and many injured. John
boarded her and she went to to Rhode Island under her
own steam where she was repaird. He then returned to
the Palau where he was involved in the decommissioning

Keywords: Aircraft Carriers USS Bennington and USS Palau



Entry: 80642
Subject: MET SHIPMATE

Sullivan Gelet wrote on October 10, 2011


City and State: NORRISTOWN PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I had a softball meeting in Harrisburg pa and went
through a little town called Annville .I made a call to
Al Niccolini We served together in the S-! Div from
'53-54.We spent some time B S ing from our time 60
years ago.It was great.
I got off the ship In Norfolk Al was on it during the
accident.

Keywords: Lefty- Softball, baseball and basketball team.



Entry: 80471
Subject: ALTON L. HOWARD JR.

Alton Howard JR. wrote on September 24, 2011

Email Update Needed



City and State: GARNER NC

Unit: 4TH DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on a fine ship with a great crew. I look
back on those years with fondness.

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Entry: 78612
Subject: ENS TERRY BRYAN

Ronald Flucker wrote on April 17, 2011

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City and State: PITTSBURGH PA

Unit: USS COLUMBUS CA-74, JULY 1952/JUNE 1953

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Did the Bennington have a boiler explosion sometime around 1954, and was Lt.jg Terry Brennen killed in that explosion. Interest is that he was a friend and classmate at Yale, '52 and in our NROTC unit. Our class necrology shows his death as 1954. A little closure here. Details? Thanks, Ron Flucker

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Entry: 77014
Subject: CARL LEWIS GRAVER

Julie Fitzgerald wrote on December 1, 2010


City and State: ANACOCO LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I am looking for anyone who may have known my Uncle, Carl L. Graver. His DD 214 says he served on the USS Bennington and his service dates were 1951-1955. My sister and I would just like to know a little something about him, as he passed away in 1965, before we were born.

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Entry: 75515
Subject: GOING HOME AGAIN

Joseph (Joe) Pires wrote on July 20, 2010

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City and State: OSTERVILLE MA

Unit: USS BENNINGTON ASSOCIATION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hope to se all former USS Bennington shipmates, Marines and Air Group personnel in Bennington, VT. this coming August 12th at the Town Office Building, where we'll be holding our Annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony, in memory of all those whom have gone before us. Also, on the following Sunday we'll be marching in the Bennington Battle Day Parade. For more information on this, you can go to the ships website at : www.uss-bennington.org or email me for info.

To all of my former shipmates from CV/CVA/CVS-20, "thank you" for your service to country. Hope to see you in Bennington

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Entry: 75455
Subject: VIRGIL TAYLOR SMITH JR.

Virgil Smith III wrote on July 14, 2010


City and State: WADSWORTH OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for any information on my Dad, Virgil Taylor Smith Jr. "Smitty" Blond hair-blue eyes, from Ohio,who I believe served on the USS Bennington or USS Randolpf during Feb.1954 as an aircraft mechanic? Was on a Med. Cruise? Please eMail Thank You!

Keywords: Bennington.USS Bennington, Mediterranean Cruise 1954



Entry: 74542
Subject: DUANE

Teresa Umberger Dietz wrote on April 30, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I grew up listening to the stories about the USS Bennington and the many friends he had during his time in the service. He was so proud.

I would love to hear from anyone who may have known my Dad during that time. Or from someone who grew up listening to the same stories/memories.

Thank you, Teresa

Keywords: My Dad served on the USS Bennington. He served 1950-1954. He passed on February 13, 2009.



Entry: 73613
Subject: USS BENNINGTON CVA20 B DIVISION

Bobby Killian wrote on February 17, 2010


City and State: CLEVELAND NC

Unit: B DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am trying to locate some of the USS Bennington CVA20 B Division shipmates during the years of 1954-1956. Several have been found and communciate with each other on a regular bases. If anyone knows Jack Pace,Don Faircloth or any other B Div.shipmates, please contact me.
Bobby Killian

Keywords: USS Bennington CVA20 B Division 1954-1956



Entry: 73595
Subject: MY SKIP KOREAN WAR

Irvin M. Ledford SR. wrote on February 16, 2010


City and State: ANGELES CITY

Unit: AIR DIV.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: irvin m ledford iam 77 years old i was on the bennington,jan 1950 t dec 1954 it was not the good years to maney bad thing happen god bless,,,,,irvin,

Keywords: matt



Entry: 71327
Subject: JJDAVIS OE DIVISION 1952-1954

Joseph Davis wrote on August 18, 2009

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City and State: STOVALL NC

Unit: OE DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: anybody there lets talk. jjdavis ET-3

Keywords: like to communicate with fellow friends od division 1952-
1954



Entry: 70647
Subject: A-DIVISION/PERSONEL/MACHINE SHOP

Leonard Petit wrote on June 21, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 69378
Subject: JOE BOWER

Shellie Bower wrote on March 5, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am interested to see if anyone remembers my Father In Law, Joseph (Joe) Bower. He was on the USS Bennington in 1954 during the explosion. He passed away Aug. 2005. I am working on a scrapbook for my Husband and would love to have additional information to add to it. My Father In Law talked of his time in the Navy, but I never realized how much he had gone through during that time. He was a wonderful Man and is sorely missed by all of us.

Please e-mail if you knew Joe. It would be greatly appreciated!

Keywords: USS Bennington 1954



Entry: 67496
Subject: US NAVY 1952

Carl Munson SR. wrote on October 13, 2008

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City and State: ONEONTA AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to contact old buddies.

Keywords: CB, Med. cruise



Entry: 66777
Subject: MICHAEL MASHOIAN

Aaron Mashoian wrote on August 3, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I would be interested in talking to anyone who served with and knew my father, Michael Mashoian (deceased), on the Bennington. He was a 19 year old Aviation Boatsman Mate. He said he worked the elevators in the aftermath of the big 1954 explosion.

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Entry: 65827
Subject: MY NAME IS MISSING/ CREWS LIST.

James Greene SR. wrote on May 29, 2008

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City and State: SEBRING FL

Unit: FIIGHT DECKT CREW

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: no comment

Keywords: USS Benningtton CVA20 charlie adams was my best friend.



Entry: 62292
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS OF NORMAN LARIVIERE

Jane Curran wrote on September 14, 2007

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am looking for anyone who knew Norman Lariviere. He told me the story of the explosion, but I was not listening carefully. His description was graphic and said he had to help identify the dead men. I think he suffered PTSD as a result of this terrible accident. He was fortunate to have been brushing his teeth when it happened. "Water was rising and electrical fires were everywhere...the smell of burned skin permeated the air yet so many men just started to help the wounded". Norman lived in Bennington, VT for many years and was a math teacher. He grew up in Richford, VT. I miss him and want to know if anyone remembers him.

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Entry: 60411
Subject: NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT? WAS QMSSN 1952+

Robert (Bob) Williams wrote on March 21, 2007

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City and State: RETSIL WA

Unit: NAVIGATION DEPARTMENT CVA-20

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: i am trying to get back on the resident council. have published the retsil reporter (our home's newsletter each of the two times i have lived here). have any of you heard of the cold war recognition certificate (for service from 1945-1991) a medal is apparently also available. www.coldwar.army.mil
cut and paste? i was told of this just today by a 1st class petty officer on shore duty for the uss stennis and his crew who came over to visit the vets who live here. tommorow i plan to visit our veterans benefits specialist and verify (not yet done).
i would love to hear from any one from my time period and who might have known me (especially from the navigation department).
i wish you and yours MUCH
good health peacelovejoy
drbob
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Keywords: from bootcamp san diego to quartermaster school (bainbridge, md) chose the bennington (in process of being recommissioned then off on shakedown cruises (halifax, ns and cuba (gitmo), haiti and jamaica).
had asked for jounalist but got quartermaster and loved it (nothing like leaving a straight wake behind). i was on the bridge during the boiler room explosion). had picked the ship because i anticipated it going some time to the med but my enlistment was going to end before the ship went so i got transferred to the uss cabot, cvl-28 where i was a signalman (a rate no longer in service, alas).
trying to remember names--well, there was a 3rd class balukas from brooklyn (his daughter might have been a national class pool player?), bill? whose family had manufactured the thick white coffee cups we had, a guy whose family lived up in a suburb in boston, he took us (a group of friends) to his family's home where his mom cooked a pineapple pie (the only one i ever had and i still remember how good it tasted--the father was in charge of the early farmer's market (which may have been near faneuil hall (with the grasshopper wind vane?), and john? gardner (from possibly provo utah (utah for sure, not so sure about the city) who had been with me through either boot camp and/or quartermaster school and may have accompanied by train across from san diego to bainbridge?). while the ship was being recommissioned i use to visit new york city and go to the museums and the uso's--went to all of them: catholic, protestant, jewish), the symphony orchestra (remembering catching a rehearsal of arturo toscanini), used to have a box seat at the levintritt foundation (for aspiring pianists and composers, went to a gagaku concert instead of hearing dylan thomas read aloud his poetry (sorry about that choice) dt died shortly thereafter, got goosebumps listening to kirsten flagstad sing the role of isolde in wagner's tristan und isolde (by age 15 i had ushered at 35 different operas before i stopped counting), went sightseeing all over the area had a totally marvelous and intellectually most exciting time. new yorkers treated me with loving care and made my life a joy.
i have thousands of memories like this from my time on the bennington. i am sure you do as well. although i was on other ships, i consider the bennington my home ship.
good health peacelovejoy
drbob



Entry: 58616
Subject: I WAS ABOARD FROM OCT 1956-MAY 57

Earl Marsh wrote on August 23, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State: CHANDLER AZ

Unit: VC33 LATER CHANGED TO VA AW 33

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Far EAst cruise from Japan to Australia and points in between sailed the Formosa straits for 30 days in the early 1957



Entry: 57169
Subject: USS BENNINGTON

Norman Winn wrote on May 14, 2006


City and State: OLLIE IA

Unit: # 4 FIREROOM

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My E-Mail address is jono@iowatelecom.net

Keywords: Early Winn



Entry: 57168
Subject: BENNINGTON CVA20

Norman Winn wrote on May 14, 2006


City and State: OLLIE IA

Unit: FIREROOM #4

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Served on The Bennington from 1952 to 1954.
I had many good friends,Leroy Oster, louis *Louie* Hodgson,Lyle Larson, Joe Smeikal, Barksdale, Lynch,Llyod E Taylor,and many more also lost some in the explosion.
Hopefully i might hear from some of the other guy's
I was proud to serve in the Navy and on the GREAT SHIP the Bennington.
I am in contact with Joe and Louie.

Keywords: Early Winn



Entry: 57167
Subject: THE USS BENNINGTON CVA 20

Norman Winn wrote on May 14, 2006


City and State: OLLIE IA

Unit: FIREROOM 4

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Serving on the USS Bennington from 1952 to 1954
I had many buddies, and lost buddies in the explosion.
I have been in contact with a couple of my buddies.
I was proud to serve my country in the United States Navy and on the great ship the Bennington.
Hopefully more friends will see this and get in contact with me.
Norman P Winn

Keywords: Nick name Early Winn Bt2 Fireroom #4
Some of my buds were Leroy Oster Louie Hodgson Joe Smeikal, Red Davis, Barksdale,Lyle Larson,Llyod E Taylor.



Entry: 55533
Subject: BENNINGTON EXPLOSION

Robert A. Vick III wrote on February 3, 2006

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City and State: NEW PORT RICHEY FL

Unit: FIRST DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was aboard the Bennington when she exploded off Quonsit Point. Just prior to being transferred to the Bennington, I was assigned to the USS Leyte CVA32, which exploded in the same way the Bennington did. The Leyte exploded in Boston Harbor. I was then transferred to the USS Lake Champlain, where I finished my duty tour.
Fortunately I was not injured in either explosion. I lost several friends to these explosions. It took several years before I was comfortable when loud noises occured

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Entry: 51184
Subject: 26 MAY 1954 USS BENNINGTON EXPLODES

Joseph (Joe) Pires wrote on May 30, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: OSTERVILLE MA

Unit: USS BENNINGTON CVS-20

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: On this Memorial Day Weekend, when we give thanks to those who served our country, let us not forget those 103 who paid the ultimate sacrifice on 26 May 1954 aboard the great lady BENNINGTON CVA-20.

"As long as there is one left in whom your memory remains, you are not forgotten."

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Entry: 50514
Subject: 54 EXPLOSION FORWARD MESS

Jeff Robertshaw wrote on April 29, 2005


City and State: MA

Unit: FOX DIV. SHIPS ARMOURY

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Was trapped in ships armoury

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Entry: 49953
Subject: CV20 CAT EXPL

Stephen L. Fuller wrote on April 3, 2005


City and State: SAN JOSE CA

Unit: VF72 ORDNANCE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: CAG 7 had just returned from a Med cruise the
previous day. Sure tied up the base PR office and Red
Cross counselors as relatives of air group personnel
thought everybody got killed or injured.

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Entry: 49952
Subject: CV20 CAT EXPL

Stephen L. Fuller wrote on April 3, 2005


City and State: SAN JOSE CA

Unit: VF72 ORDNANCE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: CAG 7 had just returned from a Med cruise the
previous day. Sure tied up the base PR office and Red
Cross counselors as relatives of air group personnel
thought everybody got killed or injured.

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Entry: 46195
Subject: JACKSON ROY ROBINSON

Jack Robinson wrote on October 7, 2004

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City and State: MCBH HI

Unit: MARFORPAC

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father LTJG Jackson Roy Robinson, (Class of 1948 Naval Academy) was killed from a cold shot, off the USS Bennington in Oct 1956. Looking for anyone that might have known him.......Thanks.
I am his son MGySgt Jack D Robinson USMC, born Sept 25, 1956.
Semper Fi!

Keywords: My father LTJG Jackson Roy Robinson was killed from a cold shot, off the USS Bennington in Oct 1956. Looking for anyone that might have known him.......Thanks.
I am his son MGySGt Jack D Robinson USMC, born Sept 25, 1956



Entry: 46136
Subject: LOOKING FOR BERRY EM3 AND FOLSE

Bill Lackey wrote on October 3, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: WENTZVILLE MO

Unit: EDIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was aboard for both explosions,one in Cuba and off Rhode Island.I was in fireroom 2 in cuba.

Keywords: USS Bennington CVA20



Entry: 44400
Subject: V-2 DIVISION CREW 1952-1954

Jack Downs wrote on July 11, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: While the Bennington never served in the Korean war zone I guess we were considered Korean Veterans since we went where we were sent.I would be interested in hearing from members of the V-2 Division that served between 1952 and 1954

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Entry: 43733
Subject: CREW MEMBER 52-54

Louis Hodgson wrote on June 12, 2004

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City and State: NORWICH NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Was in #4 fire room when the boiler in # 1 exploded. Discharged 05-26-54 at Quonset PT. RI, the day the catapult exploded.

Keywords: Friends were Joe Smiegal,Norman"Early"Winn, Bill Gardner, and many more.



Entry: 43729
Subject: I SERVED ON THE BENNINGTON 1957 TO 1959

John E. Lewis wrote on June 11, 2004


City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit: S-3 DIVISION MAIN LAUNDRY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I WAS ON BOARD WHEN THE BIG BENN. RAN INTO TYPHOON IDA.

Keywords: GIRARD, W.D. OWENS, AND I REMEMBER LARCOMB, THE ARTIST.



Entry: 41990
Subject: ANYONE THAT KNEW JOHN S. MCGILL V-2-R DIVISION

Jennifer Sides wrote on March 25, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: ALISO VIEJO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am looking for anyone that knew my grandfather. He was a Seaman First Class on the USS Bennington - V-2-R Division. I am just looking to find someone that maybe has some old stories about him. He passed away on March 7, 2004, I would love to have more things about his millitary days (stories, fun facts, photos). I am his granddaughter and I loved him very much and would love to have some stories to tell my kids as they get older and wonder about their great grandfather. If you have any information please feel free to email me at jennifer@wfgfactor.com. Thank you

Keywords: John S. McGill served on the USS Bennington during the second World War.



Entry: 41018
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS 52-54

Sullivan (Lefty) Gelet wrote on February 18, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: NORRISTOWN PA

Unit: S-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: played on baseball and basketball teams

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Entry: 40149
Subject: USS BENNINGTON SHIP'S COMPANY

Diego B. Sabiniano wrote on January 21, 2004

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City and State: MANTECA CA

Unit: U.S.NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Went on board this great ship in 1955, straight
from Service School Command in Great Lakes.
The S-5 personnel were all so "reat and kind"
putting me to work, at that time, until such a time that I found my way "around" learning from
those "old timers". But I did have a great time
working and going on liberty with them.
Great Sailors doing a great job on board a great ship, on a great Navy. I hope someone among them
will remember me, along with my fond memories...

Keywords: USS BENNINGTON CVA 20
S-5 DIVISION



Entry: 40128
Subject: BROTHER ON BOARD WHEN IT BLEW

Mae Humphries wrote on January 20, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My brother Monta Lavell Humphries was on board the Uss Bennington when the explosion ocurred off the coast of Rhode Island. Just curious if anyone still living knew him. He died November 17,1998.

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Entry: 24781
Subject: MEMBER OF CREW 1954 1ST DIV.

Wilbert Malvern wrote on April 16, 2002

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City and State: DENISON TX

Unit: 1ST DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: i was on duty on the bridge and had gone down to the gally to get coffee for the bridge crew when the first exposing went off.i got blew up ladder with hot wind or something, and i took off running to the fantail area . when i got back to the bridge we were relived by other crew members. I could write a book about the rest of the day and days to come !

Keywords: billy-youngblood-



Entry: 23977
Subject: V2 DIVISION

Bob Shonyo wrote on March 15, 2002


City and State: ST. CLOUD FL

Unit: V2 DIVISON

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: WOULD BE INTRESTED TO HEAR FROM ANYONE FROM V2 DIVIDION THAT SERVED ABOARD FROM 1955 TO 1959 I WAS IN V2 DIVISON {ARRESTING GEAR}

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