USS Firedrake (AE-14)


Photo by Hal Barker

USS Firedrake Reunion Group

Association Web Site

R. T. (Dick) Tracy

reunion planner/coordinator











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Entry: 91578
Subject: USS FIREDRAKE REUNION 2015 - SAN DIEGO

Dick Tracy wrote on July 21, 2015


City and State: FLEETWOOD PA

Unit: USS FIREDRAKE AE-14

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: We will be holding the USS Firedrake Reunion 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley San Diego, California October 18-22. Reunion information can be found on ship's web site WWW.USSFiredrake.com Registration required, see form on web site. Come on and join in the fun and friendship!

Keywords: USS Firedrake Reunion 2015



Entry: 87655
Subject: MY DAD SERVED 1955 TO 1961

Sonja Tobin wrote on November 11, 2013


City and State: SWEA CITY IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi I am looking for information about my dad Robert L Hartman. He was on the
USS Firedrake and I believe he was a cook. He served from 1955 to 1961. He
passed away in 2006 and he told me a few stories about being in the Navy, but I
am having a hard time finding any information on the internet. Please email me if
any knows him. Robert L Hartman and he had a nickname Bummer, but I don't
know when he got that nickname.

Keywords: USS Firedrake, bummer,



Entry: 78880
Subject: AKL

Willard Adams wrote on May 11, 2011


City and State: BERNIE MO

Unit: USS HEWELL AKL14

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Often times the Firedrake was moored along side of AKLs, would likd copies of any pictures of the Firedrake along side of any AKL. Please furnish location and approx month/year.

Would like for anyone who served on an AKL during the Korean Era to contact me.

Thanks
Willard Adams
Radioman: USS Hewell AKL14 USS Camano AKL1

Keywords: Hewell AKL14 1951/53 



Entry: 77350
Subject: FRANK WITHAM

Luther C. McClelland wrote on January 4, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Anyone with information about Frank Witham SN who was
aboard abt. 1950-1952 please let me know. I knew him on
Guam, we worked in the BOS'N locker together.

Thank you: LCM



Entry: 72902
Subject: NEED INFORMATION

Karen Leisten wrote on December 26, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would love to find information about him and the USS Firedrake. If
anyone remembers or can tell me where to go to get any information I
would appreciate it.

Thank you
Karen Leisten

Keywords: My Dad's Name was Charles Kenneth "Smiley" Edmonds, Sr.



Entry: 69382
Subject: USS FIREDRAKE REUNION 2009

Dick Tracy wrote on March 5, 2009


City and State: FLEETWOOD PA

Unit: USS FIREDRAKE AE-14

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Seeking all Firedrake shipmates to add to our list. Check out our web site USSFiredrake.com for info on our November 6-8 2009 Reunion in Jacksonville, FL

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Entry: 67991
Subject: RON PERRELLA SK1ST 1952 - 1954

Ronald Perrella wrote on November 23, 2008


City and State: LAGUNA NIGUEL CA

Unit: US NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: 1950 1952 2 yrs. Naval Communications Station, Guam MI
1952 - 1954 2 Yrs USS Firedrake AE-14



Entry: 67459
Subject: NEW UP DATE 10/09/08

Alfred (Al) Merrill wrote on October 9, 2008


City and State: HERNANDO FL

Unit: 2ND DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: ran gig or launch in port or duty driver, at sea
worked in 2nd Div. #4 and 5 holds. cox of life boat watch.

I served on board 1951-1954 went aboard in Orange, Texas for recommisioning Oct. 1951

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Entry: 65289
Subject: BLANCHARD EN2 A DIVISION

Charles J. Blanchard JR. wrote on April 17, 2008


City and State: THIBODAUX LA

Unit: A DIV.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Noah Stapleton from Florida Tampa



Entry: 61465
Subject: SERVED 1955 TO 1957 ABOARD AE 14

Paul Juranek wrote on June 30, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 61464
Subject: SERVED 1955 TO 1957 ABOARD AE 14

Paul Juranek wrote on June 30, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 57268
Subject: ADD TO THE RENUNION

Joseph Bellopede SR. wrote on May 22, 2006


City and State: WEST PALM BEACH FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: please contact me by phone, or mail, I am only using a computer from a friend, thank you

Keywords: Uss FIREDRAKEAE14 AMPHIBIOUS FORCES 7TH FLEET



Entry: 55015
Subject: PLANNING THE 2007 REUNION SEEKING SHIPMATES

Dick Tracy SR. wrote on January 4, 2006


City and State: FLEETWOOD PA

Unit: USS FIREDRAKE (AE-14)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Planning the 2007 Firedrake Reunion and looking for any shipmates that didn't attend any of last two or three reunions so we can contact you with info. Expect Reunion to be in Sept. 07 in Pacific Northwest area, Oregon or Washington most likely. Please email dtracy@ptd.net with your info.

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Entry: 54031
Subject: ON THE FIREDRAKE 11/62 THUR 64

Joe Duhon JR. wrote on November 10, 2005


City and State: BATON ROUGE LA

Unit: FIRST DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I made one WesPac Cruise.
Once back state side I got accepted into PC(Postal Clerk) school in San Diego.
I finished my tour of duty in Naples, Italy at FMC

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Entry: 53891
Subject: FIREDRAKE 1966-1968

Terry Faith wrote on November 2, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: U.S.S. FIREDRAKE AE-14

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was aboard Firedrake from Feb. 1966 until Feb. 1968 as a FTG3 in 3rd Div. Assigned to #2 hold with the rest of the Fire Control Gang, Leonard Roderick, Lawrence Juneau, Loyd Huskins, Tommy Scott and Gerald Rinko. Like to hear from shipmates from that time period.



Entry: 50111
Subject: SERVED ABOARD 1953/1954

Raymond Castaneda wrote on April 11, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: AZ

Unit: M DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 49917
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Frank Suszka wrote on April 2, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: EVERETT WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: It would be nice to visit with those who served aboard the Drake during the years I did. I have fond memories of my experiences, the job I did and the places we visited while on Wespac cruises.

Anyone out there remember "Suzie"? My nickname due to the fact it was difficult to pronounce Suszka.

Keywords: Served aboard the Drake from 1958-1963



Entry: 47635
Subject: EMAIL ADDRESS REVISION

Dan Iverson wrote on December 21, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: USS FIREDRAKE (AE-14)

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: revising my profile: previous Email address is no longer used. I Was aboard ship from September 1957 to Nov.1960. Fire Control Tech.

Keywords: Known as "Ivy" in those days



Entry: 44600
Subject: USS FIREDRAKE AE-14 1951-1954

Alfred (Al) Merrill wrote on July 18, 2004


City and State: HERNANDO FL

Unit: 2ND DIV. GIG COX.

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Still looking for shipmates.

Keywords: Al(Porky) Merrill SN, 2nd div. boats



Entry: 42336
Subject: TOUR 1959-60

Robert Bumgarner wrote on April 14, 2004


City and State: TAYLORS SC

Unit: COMMUNICATIONS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was RMC while on Firedrake. Retired in 1967 as RMCM. Saw Chief Parker BTC while on freeway outside of Chicago in 1972. Also saw Chief Howard DCC at FRA convention in Des Moines, IA in the 70's. I believe the RM rate has been discontinued. The satellites change everything.

Keywords: Served on USS Gurke DD783 and Bayonne PF21 during Korea.



Entry: 41511
Subject: REUNION CONTACT

Jack Meyer wrote on March 5, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Next reunion is planned for Branson MO in September 2005

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Entry: 37026
Subject: SEEKING

Don Lane wrote on September 20, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I stayed in the Navy for 26 years. I would like to hear from old shipmates who also served on the Firedrake.

Keywords: I served aboard the USS Firedrake AE-14 1954 through 1956.



Entry: 36759
Subject: FORMER SHIPMATES?

Dan Iverson wrote on September 6, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was aboard the Firedrake from Sept.1957 to Nov.1960. Would like to hear from fellow shipmates. I was known as "Ivy" and was in the gun gang (Fire Controlman)

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Entry: 33973
Subject: FINDING SHIPMATE FRIENDS

Mario Sanchez wrote on May 4, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on the Uss Firedrake right after boot camp. She was my first ship and help decom her in 1970 after returning from Westpac.

Keywords: Uss Firedrake AE-14



Entry: 31793
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES

Joel Kowalsky wrote on February 7, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Mr. Joel Kowalsky seeks shipmates from Firedrake espepecially, Mr.Bonney and Mr. Toffson but would love to hear from shipmates that remember serving with him. I know that there are old pirates out there, please respond.

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Entry: 30860
Subject: USS FIREDRAKE

Chuck Law wrote on January 1, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on the Firedrake 1967-1968. Does anyone know of a future reunion? Am also looking for H.N.Kirkpatrick, Jr. who served during the same time.

Chuck Law
QM3

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Entry: 28285
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES

Dean Willett wrote on September 15, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served on the USS Firedrake between 1951 and 1954

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Entry: 27623
Subject: ANOTHER OLD SAILOR

Lance Stockinger wrote on August 16, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I found this web site by doing a Google Search for the Firedrake. My dad, Lee Stockinger, was a Chief on the Firedrake from 1954 to 1956.

I believe when he left the ship some of the people he worked with gave him a .22 caliber target rifle. That was his last tour of duty at sea and he remembered it fondly. He retired from the Navy in 1959 and died in 1983.

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Entry: 23800
Subject: FINDING SHIPMATES

Pete Bracy wrote on March 9, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: ST. CLOUD FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: looking for the friends we had in antioch ca,
wayne and karen anderson from seattle wash.
also mike and karen plumber, and there were two or three other couples that all lived on the same steet, together

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Entry: 21302
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Dallas Jensen wrote on December 8, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: CA

Unit: INTERIOR COMMUNICATIONS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for shipmates from 65-67. two tours with the drake to Nam. Looking for old friends

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Entry: 20534
Subject: SERVED FROM 1964-1966

Charles Clotfelter wrote on November 11, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 15738
Subject: 67-68

Homer Corvin wrote on March 31, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: served on drake from 67 to 68 made one trip to vietnam in 67 and 68 enjoyed the ship was in r-DIV WAS A DC 2

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Entry: 13955
Subject: FIREDRAKE AE 14 57 - 61

Dan McKennedy wrote on December 31, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Served on the Firedrake from 58 to 6/61, just wondering if any of my old shipmates are still alive.

Keywords: AE14, Firedrake



Entry: 13371
Subject: USS BATAAN CVL-29 / USS FIREDRAKE AE-14

Joe Bailey wrote on November 30, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: CONYERS GA

Unit: USS BATAAN CVL-29 / USS FIREDRAKE AE-14

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: This is a very good site. Thanks.
I am doing a history on the Bataan and Firedrake And would like any help anyone can give.
Joe

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Entry: 12670
Subject: FORMER SHIPMATES

Kenny (Goody) Goodman wrote on November 1, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: FREEPORT TX

Unit: SIGNALMAN

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was never in Korea with her, I was a Signalman First Class on the Drake from 1961 to 1963.. Left her for recruiting duty in Nebraska....still miss the Drake lots ...

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Entry: 12669
Subject: SHIPMATE ON FIREDRAKE AE-14

Kenny (Goody) Goodman wrote on November 1, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: FREEPORT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 12554
Subject: 1958-1959 FIREDRAKE SAILOR

Don Ray wrote on October 26, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Any old shipmates out there?

Keywords: firedrake (AE-14)



Entry: 9055
Subject: GEORGE CHWAN LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO SERVED WITH HIM (KOREA)

William J. Curtis wrote on May 30, 2000


City and State: CRANFORD NJ

Unit: SERVED AS CARPENTER

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am a friend of George who served on the Firedrake during the Korean war.I was in a fighter squadron on the Valley Forge and then the Essex from 1950-thru March 1952.I worked with George at IBM until we both retired.Anyone who remembers George who was from New Jersey,and would like to drop him a line,contact me.At: iambillsenior@hotmail.com

Keywords: George Chwan-Carpenter-Korean war



Entry: 8635
Subject: FIND CREW MEMBERS,1965-1967.

Charles Wardrup wrote on May 13, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: i would like to find people in the crew of the firedrake ae 14 from 1965-1968. i was in div,2.

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Entry: 5722
Subject: STATION ON USS FIREDRAKE

Charles Elrod wrote on December 19, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: LAS CRUCES NM

Unit: USS FIREDRAKE AE14 E DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS FIREDRAKE AE14 E DIVISION

Keywords: Would like to hear from anyone who served on the USS Firedrake from 1956 through 1958



Entry: 5608
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES 55-57

George Gyure wrote on December 12, 1999


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for shipmates who served from 55-57 on the USS FIREDRAKE. I was in commissary / supply division.Cook CS2.
Please E-Mail my son at JBG3778@NCWEB.COM

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Entry: 1301
Subject: 1951-54

ALFRED (Al) Merrill wrote on November 20, 1998


City and State: HERNANDO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: I THINK THIS PROJECT IS OUT STANDING HOPE MANY VETS WILL BENIFITE FROM IT. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM MORE OF MY SHIPMATES OF THE FIREDRAKE AE-14 FROM 51-54.

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Entry: 922
Subject: INFO NEEDED

Richard L. (Dick) Humphreys wrote on November 20, 1998


City and State: WATERFORD MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship:

Comments: WHAT YEAR WAS THE USS FIREDRAKE LAST MOTHBALLED?

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