USS Chourre (ARV-1)


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Entry: 95963
Subject: JAMES L. CREEL, MY GRANDFATHER

BJ Jackson wrote on July 6, 2018


City and State: CENTREVILLE AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: My Grandfather: USS Chourre

Comments: Hello, my Grandfather served on the USS Chourre, but I am not exactly certain about the dates. His name was James L. Creel, and I believe he served until the mid 1950s. My Mom thinks he got out around 1955-56, again not sure about the exact dates. My Grandfather met my Grandmother Sarah McClain when he got out of the service. They married and had two children, my Mom, Sharon and my Aunt Jamie. He passed away in his 70s' and is survived by 2 daughters, 3 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 3 great-grandsons and one great granddaughter. My grandmother preceeded him in death in 1978. He remarried many years later, his girlfriend before he went into the Navy, Helen. She cared for him until his passing.

Just curious to know him as a young man, out in Pacific, serving his country. God Bless him and all our veterans.

Keywords: USS Chourre-James L. Creel



Entry: 93029
Subject: JAMES ARTHUR O'NEILL

Kathleen O'Neill Kerr wrote on April 18, 2016


City and State: FRIENDSWOOD TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone fromQueens detachment IV who can tell me what happened to my father on that ship between July 8 1955 and July 17th 1955. He had an issue that changes the course of his life. Any insight appreciated.

Keywords: James O'Neill. Minnesotan. Queens detachment IV



Entry: 91542
Subject: INFO ON TYPHOON OF ARV-1

Bill Beaulieu wrote on July 13, 2015


City and State: HOOKSETT NH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My late father in law, Roland 'Bill' Carignan, store keeper aboard the USS Chouree' ARV-1 during WW2. spoke of being in a typhoon . Anyone can help with that story. Thanks.

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Entry: 90258
Subject: PASSING OF KENNETH O WALKER

Mitchell Lasco wrote on December 22, 2014


City and State: HONOLULU HI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: EFFINGHAM, IL -- Kenneth O. Walker, 85, of Effingham passed away on Thursday, December 11, 2014 in his home.

Ken was born July 17, 1929 in Flint, Michigan. His first job was working on the Great Lakes ships at the age of 16. He later enlisted in the service, and was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Army Air Force 1946-49, Alaska National Guard 1950, and the US Navy 1950-55.

Mr. Walker was a professional driver for over 45 years, retiring from Preston Trucking Company in July, 1991.

He married Hester (O'Riley) Lasco on April 27, 1973. She preceded him in death on November 5, 2012.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his mother, Alice (Bourne) Howlet of Oil Springs, Ont.; a daughter Sarah Cotrel of Marion, IN, a brother George Hewlette of London, Ont, and a sister Phyllis Cannon of Sarnia, Ont.

Surviving are: two daughters, Patricia (Steven) Stellhorn of Indiana, and Diana (George) Saba of the Virgin Islands; seven sons, Wallace K. of Equador, Kenneth A. (Sherry) of Markdale, Ontario, John W. and Mikell of Lafayette, IN; Paul Lasco of Dayton, TX, Gene (Cindy) Lasco of LaPorte, IN, and Mitchell Lasco of Honolulu, HI. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Keywords: USS Chourre, Kodiak, Alaska, Aerial Photography, Cartography, Gayle McDade, Doyle Ricketts, Ira Edmondson, Enrique Salinas, Jimmy Ross, VJ-61, PB 17



Entry: 86290
Subject: DEPARTED SOUL

Michael Malsbury wrote on May 25, 2013


City and State: MOUNT KISCO NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father, William Whitey Malsbury, departed on April 30th 2009.



He faithfully served his country and his community as a

firefighter for 63 years. The funeral service was befitting his

stature both as a proud member of the United States Navy and the

Mount Kisco Fire Department. He always spoke with fondness of

the Chourre and its crew. Thank You all for your service and

your friendship. You have earned the title, The Greatest

Generation. God Bless you all.



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Entry: 81873
Subject: LOOKING FOR BOB ABLES AND H.W. MURRAY

Joseph G. Lutz wrote on January 25, 2012

Email Update Needed



City and State: LIVINGSTON NJ

Unit: M DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: LOOKING FOR ANY SHIPMATES WHO SERVED FROM DEC. 1952-
MARCH, 1953. INTERESTED IN HEARING OF ANY REUNIONS.

Keywords: JOE



Entry: 78156
Subject: WONDERING

Robert Hungate wrote on March 12, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone remember Glendon Snider? He was my grandfather. I'm looking for information on what he did in the Navy.

Keywords: Glen Snider, USS Chourre (ARV-1)



Entry: 75485
Subject: USS CHOURRE REUNION

John Danner wrote on July 17, 2010


City and State: COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Unit: USS CHOURRE (ARV-1)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: The shipmates from the USS CHOURRE will hold a reunion in Branson Mo. from the 20th to the 23rd of Sept 2010.
Contact person is Warren Clabuesch.

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Entry: 75119
Subject: CHOURRE DECOMMISIONG CREW

Charles E. (Woody) Woodbury wrote on June 17, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State: WILLITS CA

Unit: U.S.S. CHOURRE 2ND DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Assigned to Chourre from North Island Naval Air about
March '55 to Treasure Island for further transfer to
Chourre via Travis Air Force Base to where ever the
ship was in the Pacific...so many years ago I don't
remember....seems like Hong Kong...don't know if that
was possible. Maybe some of you guys that were aboard
could enlighten me. We were there for about three days
when our draft (seems like about 10-15 of us) number
was called and we were standing ready to board the bus
for Travis and as the bus came around the corner the
bitch box cancelled the draft as they got word the
Chourre had left port homeward bound. So, 30 some days
at Treasure Island while she crossed the big pond. Some
of the old salts aboard tried to convince some of us
"boots" that when they wanted to pick up speed (as
flank speed was 12.5 knots) they would put a few rounds
out the 5"38 from the aft tub. (I wasn't born
yesterday, LOL). Would sure love to hear from anyone
that served aboard. Does anyone remember the name Don
Ridinger?

Keywords: Woody, Seaman...U.S.S. Chourre



Entry: 75021
Subject: DECOMMISIONING CREW

Charles E. (Woody) Woodbury wrote on June 9, 2010

Email Update Needed



City and State: WILLITS CA

Unit: 2ND DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Member of the decommisioning crew. Reported aboard in
Alameda Naval Air, to Mare Island Naval Shipyard then to
San Diego for mothball and transfer.

Keywords: U.S.S. Chourre (ARV-1)



Entry: 74902
Subject: ALL ARE INVITED TO SHARE REMEMBRANCES

Anne Sobbota wrote on May 31, 2010


City and State: BANDON OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Our Gallery in Oregon honors veterans each November in an exhibit
entitled "Greater Than One". 2010 will be our third exhibit in which we
invite the public to send in images, letters, and other items for temporary
loan to be shown in the gallery. My father was LtCmdr Harold Downey Jr.
and he served on the USS Chourre during the Korean War. He is my
inspiration behind the exhibit. All are invited to share their memories of
this war, and others, all branches of service.

Anne Sobbota

Keywords: USS Chourre, Navy, Korean War



Entry: 72464
Subject: FATHER'S MEMORY

Anne Sobbota wrote on November 21, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was LCdr Harold Ellwood Downey, Jr. he served on the
USS Chourre and helped recommission the ship for the Korean
War. He also served on the Indiana during WWII. He passed away
January 25, 2008 and is very much missed.

I, too, heard stories of the accidental sinking of the Japanese
fishing boat and also of running a ship aground in the strait of
China- not sure if it was the Chourre.

If any of his shipmates remember him and have stories to share
with me, I would appreciate the correspondence.

Anne

Keywords: friends



Entry: 69733
Subject: BT3 AL ALVAREZ - USS CHOURRE ARV-1 / 1952-1953

Steve Alvarez wrote on April 2, 2009


City and State: HUNTINGTON BEACH CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My father was a "Boiler Tender" on the Chourre from 1952 -1953, he has shared stories of "Captain Fearless Frank Gill's" and the sinking of the Japanese vessel (By accident) and the mine field incident. I was hoping to reach out and try to find anyone that he befriended and served with him that may remember him. Or anyone that served on the Chourre from 1952-1953. All are welcome to respond.

Thank you.

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Entry: 66319
Subject: ENGINERING DEPT.

Don Murray wrote on July 2, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Three battle stars on a slow ship that needed two scorts. How did we do it?



Entry: 65949
Subject: REUNION, USS CHOURRE ARV-1

John Danner wrote on June 6, 2008


City and State: COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Unit: USS CHOURRE ARV-1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: The USS CHOURRE ARV-1 will hold a reunion in Myrtle Beach SC from the 16th to the 18th of Oct. 2008 The coordinator is Warren Claybuesch. His email is claysue_2@msn.com

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Entry: 63330
Subject: OBITUARY - WILLIAM J. NOONAN

Frederick Miller wrote on December 7, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: BALLSTON SPA NY

Unit: VARIOUS USN SHIPS AND SHORE STATIONS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: William J. Noonan
SARATOGA SPRINGS - William J. Noonan, formerly of McGregor Villas, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Saratoga Hospital, after succumbing to pneumonia.
He was 87.
Born on Feb. 1, 1920, at his family's home on Nelson Avenue in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late David H. and Nellie (Fleming) Noonan. The home was where he grew up with his late brother, Joseph D. Noonan and after his mother's passing, with his father's second wife, Margaret Noonan.
After excelling at history and being highly ranked in New York state on the tennis court, he was a 1937 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. A 1941 graduate of Union College, he was attending Albany Law School when World War II began. He joined the U.S. Navy and was commissioned in 1942 and served as the assistant navigator aboard the USS West Point (the former luxury liner SS America) and sailed on the USS Chourre before the war ended. His service took him around the world and he held the rank of lieutenant commander when he returned to civilian life.
Mr. Noonan soon began a career as a song promoter for Chappell Music in New York City and then worked as a publicist for two actors, Saratogian Monty Woolley and Eddie Bracken. Later, he was a partner in an advertising firm in New York.
He loved Saratoga Springs, its people, and horse racing, and he loved introducing luminaries from the track to the stars of Hollywood and Broadway. His enormous sense of humor warmed everyone's heart.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by one brother, Joseph D. Noonan, who died on Aug. 24, 1964.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Barbara Ann (Kaufhold) Noonan and their son, David A. Noonan of Wilmington, Del., and several cousins.
Relatives and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, 584-5373.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway by the Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Avenue.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Keywords: Obituarty



Entry: 61397
Subject: SLOW BUT HOSPITABLE.

John Dayk JR. wrote on June 24, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State: BELLINGHAM WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I was a guest aboard the Chourre from Tacloban, Phillipines, to Yokosuka, Japan, in the fall of 1945. This was a memorable trip for an Army Graves Registration officer, nice quarters, good food and company. And we plowed through the tail of typhoon. She was slow but it was good to have all her tonnage below me during those winds and seas, tops of waves wew hitting the bridge.

Keywords: typhoon



Entry: 53758
Subject: SLOW BOAT TO YOKOSUKA

Phillip Keene wrote on October 26, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: YUMA AZ

Unit: USS CHOURRE (ARV-1)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Would like to make contact with any shipmates that were aboard from commissioning in 1952 through the decommissioning at Vallejo in 1956. Especially interested in contacting Gerald Burgin. Anyone else in X Division would be greatly appreciated.



Entry: 51121
Subject: SHIPMATE 1945 -1946

Leo Watts wrote on May 27, 2005

Deceased

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I was on the ship from 1945 and 1946, looking for friends and ship mates during that time.

Keywords: Seaman First Class (radioman)



Entry: 49449
Subject: NICK HELBLING MY FATHER

Vicki Helbling-Seeman wrote on March 8, 2005


City and State: PENSACOLA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I just found out that my served aboard the USS Chourre and was hoping to hear from a few of his buddies.
If you knew my father (I did not, he is deceased), please contact me. Any information would be appreciated.















Keywords: USS Chourre, USS Webster US Navy Reserve
USS Chukawan 1951.



Entry: 30510
Subject: SHIPMATES: 9/52 THRU 3/55

James Fields wrote on December 19, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: ELKVIEW WV

Unit: SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for old shipmates

Keywords: USS Chourre ARV-1



Entry: 27668
Subject: 7TH DIV., ABOUT JUNE 1952 TO MARCH 1953

Jimmy Walker wrote on August 18, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: BETHEL SPRINGS TN

Unit: SUPPLY DEPT.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: TWO THINGS I REMEMBER ABOUT THE CHOURRE, HOW SLOW IT WAS, AND GOING INTO THE SEA, BETWEEN SAN FRAN. AND HAWAII, CAPT. GILLS SHOWING OFF TO HIS GUESTS,
POLITICIANS FROM CALIF.
UNFORGETABLE WERE THE POKER GAMES, PAY DAY STAKES
ALWAYS EASY TO COLLECT.
ALSO, SINKING A JAPANESE VESSEL, BY ACCIDENT, IN THE 'INLAND' SEA. TRAVELING THROUGH A MINE FIELD, NO PROBLEM. AS CAPT. GILLS 'ORDERLY', I WAS THERE WHEN HE HAD OUR DIV. TRY TO PLACE JATO TUBES ON OUR SHIP, TO "LEAVE THE FLEET, AFTER DELIVERING SUPPLIES, IN A HURRY". THIS WAS OF COURSE, IMPOSSIBLY, BUT HE WAS AN ORIGINAL THINKER.

Keywords: FRIENDS; FRANKLIN ERNEST, ALA. DIED TWO YEARS AGO,WEST, ATTY. HOUSTON, TX., JUARAGUA (PROBABLY MIS-SPELLED), FRENCH, STREET FIGHTER IN HONOLULU,
WALKER, SHIP PHOTOG., 'REBEL' CHAMBERLAIN, SAN FRANCISCO, HEFFNER, HICKORY, N. C., MAY BE IN JACKSONVILLE, FLO. NOW. CAPT. FRANK GILL, ALL ADMIRED HIS ELAN, ETC



Entry: 18824
Subject: HI

Laura Longmire wrote on August 20, 2001


City and State: LONG BEACH MS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: my fathers name was blackie he was on the chourre for awhile

Keywords:



Entry: 17512
Subject: MEET ALL OF AT THE REUNION IN TEXAS!

Wilber Mann wrote on June 22, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: MAMMOTH SPRING AR

Unit: USS CHOURRE ARV-1

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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