USS Grapple (ARS-7)


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Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 93257
Subject: GARAPPLE ARS7

Christine Truckenmiller wrote on May 30, 2016


City and State: FREEPORT IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Memorial Day 2016- thinking of my dad and wondering if others sailors remember him. He served on the Garapple Ars7 1956-1959.

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Entry: 70390
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES FROM 1964 TO 1970 - HECTOR SFP2

Donald Heath wrote on May 31, 2009


City and State: AIEA HI

Unit: USS GRAPPLE ARS-7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served abourd the USS Grapple ARS-7 fresh out of basic training. Went aboard Feb 1965, I was assigned to the Engine room and boiler flats until I went Mess Cooking. I asked for a transfer to the Shipfitter Shop, the request was granted if I would go as a Pipefitter striker, and I did. I was transferred in Jan 1970. I was onboard just short of five years I was 17 years old to 21 years old. It was by far my best ship out of my 21 year career, alot of hard work and the best memories and crew members ever. Please contact me anytime, I'm still in Hawaii. I lost touch with many shipmates that I want to thank for their aloha, and helping me through my teenage years.

Keywords: USS Grapple ARS-7 I lost touch of many of great friends.
Ken Propps
pee wee
Mc Dowell
Vogal



Entry: 67236
Subject: GRAPPLE

Hubert Berry wrote on September 17, 2008

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City and State: PEARL MS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was there on the Grapple between 1953-1957. I was there when we made the due line operation in the Artic Circle.

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Entry: 64940
Subject: ?

Phillip Dorn wrote on March 26, 2008


City and State: OKLAHOMA CITY OK

Unit: EM 2

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

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Keywords: I did 3 years on this ship about ? 62 63 64



Entry: 60035
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES USS GRAPPLE ARS7 FRON 70 - MARCH 73

Mike Rothenberger wrote on February 15, 2007


City and State: SCHELL CITY MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Am always on the computer, will write back for sure.

Keywords: nick named = pete
DaNang area, Nam
some friends - Ron Davis - Chief Fail, Chief Scott, my division officer, Don Witt



Entry: 56631
Subject: USS GRAPPLE ARS7

Neil McDowell wrote on April 11, 2006


City and State: WEED CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My brother John McDowell was a radarman on the Grapple at the end of WW2. They spent time patroling the Yangtzee River as portrayed in the movie Sandpiper. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
John died April 8 2006.

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Entry: 55946
Subject: LOOKING FOR CREW OF USS GRAPPLE

Kim Ickes wrote on February 24, 2006

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City and State: SOUTH PARK PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for names of crew members of the USS Grapple. My father, Harland Murray, was a Navy Salvage Diver during WWII. I am not sure which ship he was on, but the name Grapple sounds familiar. Thanks you for any information you can give me.

Keywords: USS Grapple



Entry: 38513
Subject: I WAS THERE

Luther Earl (Thunder) Boldger wrote on November 19, 2003


City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit: NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I took the Grapple out of moth balls at San Diego Destroyer base in late 1951. Took it to Hawaii and then on to Sasebo Japan. Left it three days later and returned to S.D. for discharge. I was not aboard when friendly fire occurred. Please note new e-mail address since I spoke with Mr. Ansley.

Keywords: moth balls, shake down cruise, commisioning ceremony, pictures



Entry: 36868
Subject: MY FATHER WAS ON THE USS GRAPPLE ARS7

Charlene Baca wrote on September 11, 2003


City and State: NM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for someone who knew my father. His name was Jose (Joe)Rojelio Baca. He served in the Korean War and was on the USS Grapple ARS7. I have a few pictures of him on his ship with some of his shipmates. But I dont know who they are. My dad was from Tucumcari,NM if this helps. Thank-you.

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Entry: 35635
Subject: INFO

Hershel Ansley wrote on July 20, 2003


City and State: CORNELIA GA

Unit: ELECTRICAL DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: went aboard out of bootcamp serverd from 1951 to 1953.

Keywords: george bass robert grant tommy camp



Entry: 32208
Subject: U.S.S. GRAPPLE ARS7

Robert Wilson wrote on February 20, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: The U.S.S. Grapple ARS7 was my home for a little more than 2 years. I was aboard from recommissioning shake down cruise at San Diego, Ca. in 1951 until May 1954 when I returned to Treasure Island for discharge.

Prior to boarding the Grapple I spent about 1 1/2 years aboard U.S.S. LSM 448 on pacific duty.

So far I have only made contact with L. Hughes who also was aboard the Grapple while I was there. Our Exec. Officer was Lt. William T. Beck jr.

Our main propulsion was diesel electric, with primary power supplied by 4 Cooper Bessemer GSB8's located in the main engine room.

Also in that location was a Clayton steam generator which was my primary responsibility; and the ships evaporator for making fresh water.

Farther Aft, below the shipfitters shop was the generator room. The main generator was Cooper Bessemer FS6P, and the standby was a GM 6-71.

The Grapple's armament while I was aboard, 1951-1954 was 3 twin 20MM and 2 twin 40MM. One twin 20MM was in an elevated gun tub at the bow, and a twin 20MM Port and Starboard aft of the Lifeboats. Our twin 40MM's were on the top deck, Port and Starboard. Like Dean Wheeler, I too wonder how many of the old crew are still around after 50 years.

Our primary function while on the east coast of Korea was to run what was called Night Fly Catcher patrol to prevent Sampans from re-setting mines during the night.

It was during one of those patrols on 15 Aug 1952 that the U.S.S. Chief AM315 opened fire on us with her 3" gun. We took at least 2 direct hits, one of which killed 2 of our crew. [Robert Smith and Richard Armstrong] plus 11 others received critical injuries. We returned to Japan for repairs, and leave dead and wounded, and the summary court martial of the Chief's captain.

During this time the U.S.S. Sarsi ATF111 continued our patrols, and 2 nights later hit a mine and sank near Hungnam. The only other damage we suffered in Korea was a hit below the waterline from shore batteries while we were at anchor in Wonsan harbor.

We did have several near misses also. We operated also along the west coast of Korea from Choto to the mouth of a river just above the 38th parallel. We served with both Task Force 77 and 95 and at times with HMS Belfast, a British cruiser.

I first contacted L. Hughes on 1-29-03 by phone, and we talked for quite a while. Per his message 36964 the reference to the tow of the barges; we only towed one, and a fleet tug towed the other one. I do not remember the tugs number, but they became concerned about being overrun, and cut the tow loose, and then had to sink it to avoid a navigational hazard.

I can only remember a few of our crew, ans some only by last name, listed below: Flippin-Kovak- Smith, Leland H.[Oregon]-Baca- Bass,George[Hickory,N.C.]- Ansley,Hershel[Peachtree,Ga.]-Grant,Robert[S.C.]-Trobeau,[2 brothers from Indianapolis, Ind.]-Graffam,-Wade, Billy Lee [Texas] Sweetwood, Don [Sweetwater,Texas]- Bauza, Albert E. St. Louis,Ill.]-Wheeler,Dean[Ardmore, Ok.]-Fox,- Hughes, Leonard [now Tenn.]- Chaney,-Wilson, Robert EN3 [Now N.C.]

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Entry: 32205
Subject:

Dean Wheeler wrote on February 19, 2003

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City and State: TISHOMINGO OK

Unit: USS GRAPPLE ARS 7

Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 32204
Subject: GREETINGS

Dean Wheeler wrote on February 19, 2003

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City and State: TISHOMINGO OK

Unit: USS GRAPPLE ARS 7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: After 50 years,I wonder how many are left from the fine crew I served with for this tour of duty. Some of these men were legends in their on time as part of the elite diving teams,from Pearl Harbor 1941 to Korea and Vietnam. I will always be proud to have been part of this crew and served with these men thru good and bad times,blood ,sweat,and tears.

Keywords: USS Grapple ARS7 7th. Fleet,Task Force 77. Served on board this vessel May 1952 to Dec.1955



Entry: 28759
Subject: DIVING SCHOOL

Virgil Call wrote on October 9, 2002

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City and State: SACRAMENTO CA

Unit: REPAIR OFF KR

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Hi,
I was a crewman off the Kermit Roosevelt Buoy 5 at
Sasebo. I came aboard the Grapple for 2nd class diving schooling. Ithink it was about the third
day after,the ship was called to go to Cheju Do,
and I went with it. IT WAS good experience for they put us four students down drilling the holes
for to place the dynamite. Being iexperienced i
remember getting the jackhammer stuck in the coral
a couple of times. Good Times I Remember.

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Entry: 21575
Subject: USS GRAPPLE ARS7

Leonard Hughes wrote on December 17, 2001

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City and State: NEW JOHNSONVILLE TN

Unit: USS GRAPPLE ARS 7

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: The uss Grapple Did not go to Seattle for overhaul. She went to Seattle to wait for ice break up in Alaska. She escortrd a supply convoy for Alaskan radar stations. Changing damaged propellors etc. The Korean war was ended while we were still in Alaskin waters. We went back to Japan after picking up a tow of two large barges with cranes mounted on them. 93 days from Seattle to Japan with a brief stop at P.H. for fuel.

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Entry: 5130
Subject: CITATION - SUCCESSFUL SALVAGE MISSION

Craig Rothhammer wrote on November 19, 1999

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City and State: LA CRESCENTA CA

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

Service or Relationship: Navy

Comments:


Citation
Headquarters
Commander Navy Forces Far East
Public Information Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE W/PIX   12 May 1954


YOKOSUKA, JAPAN, May 12 -- Navy crews in the Far East were hailed today
by top military leaders for completing one of the most difficult salvage
operations undertaken in this area.


Officers and men of the salvage vessels USS Safeguard and USS Grasp and
the fleet tug USS Takelma were praised by Admiral Robert B. Carney, the
Navy's Chief of Operations, for succeeding in a month-long struggle to
refloat the merchantman SS San Mateo Victory.


The naval crews and ships had to work 32 days to free the freighter,
which had grounded literally "high and dry" -- with three quarters of
her weight resting on rock -- on Che ju-do Island off South Korea's
south coast during the foggy night of April 5.


The Navy assigned a veteran salvage officer to supervise the refloating
task after preliminary surveys showed that almost half of the ship's
hull was exposed on the rock, above low tide. The experts calculated
that 6,000 tons of her 8,000 ton weight was resting on the beach.


Lt. Cdr. A. W. Mott, salvage officer on the staff of Commander Service
Squadron Three, who supervised salvaging of a similarly beached SS
Cornhusker Mariner last year, determined that although large holes had
been torn in the San Mateo's hull by jagged volcanic rocks, enough
buoyancy could be obtained to float her without extensive repairs. But
the problems of removing rocky pinnacles which had broken through the
ship's hull and clearing a channel to the open sea remained.


Crews from the salvage ships worked nearly around the clock for a month,
stopping only when heavy seas, squalls or high tides kept them from
their work.


Beaching gear was fanned out from the San Mateo to maintain control of
the stranded vessel, while a tow cable was run out to the USS Grasp.
Sailors used sledgehammers and pneumatic drills to cut away the stubborn
rock, while Navy divers planted dynamite in the underwater coral.


The fleet tug Takelma arrived on the scene to take over the towline in
preparation for the "big pull." But the elements were still on the
winning side.


On May 7 at high tide the San Mateo inched off her rocky mooring as the
Takelma pulled her toward the open sea. The month's labors had not been
in vain. The San Mateo Victory floated again.


The USS Safeguard, Grasp and Takelma are assigned to Service Squadron
Three, Pacific Fleet, commanded by Rear Admiral Roy A. Gano of
Pipestone, Minn. And Falls Church, Va. The Grasp is commanded by Cdr.
J. C. Hale, The Takelma by Lt. J. D. O'Kane and the Safeguard by
Lt. F. W. Rodgers.

Keywords: USS SAGEGUARD (ARS-25), USS TAKELMA (ATF-113), S.S. SAN MATEO VICTORY, S.S. CORNHUSKER MARINER, CHEJU DO, SALVAGE, NAVY DIVERS, TUGS, SERVICE SQUADRON THREE (SERVRON 3),







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