USS Gurke (DD-783)










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Entry: 93732
Subject: USSGURKE DD783

Samuel Hightower wrote on September 12, 2016


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit: DESDIV51/DESRON 5

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I rode the Gurke from 60 through 62. Took her through the nuclear testing at Christmas Island.
She was going to the yards for FRAM when we were doing hull tests by dropping depth charges. Doing 5 knots and dropped a depth charge at 50 feet. Put a 5 foot crack in the hull after engine room, knocked the bilge pump off the foundation. Had to take a suction on the bilges with the main circ pump. I left her for the USS WEDDERBURN dd 684. Was in engineering on both ships. Great little ships. Could take a beating and keep steaming.

Keywords: Blue water and Tin cans all the way



Entry: 86182
Subject: USS GURKE DD 783 1961 - 1962

Peter (Pete) Vaselo wrote on May 13, 2013


City and State: YANTIS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I've search high and low for members of the crew 61 - 62 on

board the Gurke. I will be attending the reunion this may and

would like to met some of my shipmates if there are any more

left. please contact me by email or phone.

Keywords:



Entry: 85377
Subject: MY GRANDPA.

David Keenan wrote on February 4, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My grandfather served on the USS Gurke.He was in the Army and
also served in the Navy as well.He recently passed away and as a
kid id ask questions all the time and he wouldn't tell me any of
his
war storys,after his passing I was given photos and badges and
such of when he served and I've been doing research to find out
more about what my grandfather did in the military.His name was
Francis A. Keenan (Frank Keenan) if anyone remembers him
please
send email me!
thank you! :)

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Entry: 83906
Subject: USS-GURKE DD-783

Kim Segmiller wrote on August 14, 2012

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City and State: TRACY CA

Unit: USS GURKE DD-783

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I'M SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ON MY FATHER!
MR BERT M BOUNDS. WE LOST OUR FATHER ON 7-18-12 AND THE
FAMILY WAS HOPING TO FIND SOME PICTURES ON HIM IF
POSSIBLE. THIS WOULD BE A TRUE BLESSING FOR OUR MOTHER
AND US KIDS... IF YOU CAN HELP UP THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH . INA L BOUNDS AKA WIFE!

Keywords: BERT M BOUNDS AUG 1953 TO FEB 1957



Entry: 81671
Subject: AIRMAN RESCUE

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on January 8, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: On June 8,1952, a F4U-4 aircraft Bu.No.97162 of
Squadron VF-193 off of the aircraft carrier USS
Princeton CVA-37, was ditched at sea. The injuried
pilot, Lt.(jg)Edwin M.Crow,USN, was rescued by the USS
Gurke DD-783. WELL DONE, USS Gurke DD-783.

Keywords: F4U-4-VF-193-USS Princeton CVA-37-



Entry: 81213
Subject: INCHON

Claire McCann wrote on November 30, 2011


City and State: BRADLEY OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: MY HUSBAND, ROBERT C. MCCANN, WAS ONBOARD THE USS
GURKE DD783 DURING THE INVASION OF INCHON. HE WROTE
OF SOME THINGS THAT HAD HAPPENED AND THE NOTEBOOK IS
STILL FAINTLY LEGIBLE. I'M WONDERING IF ANY OF THE
SHIPMATES THAT WERE WITH HIM DURING THIS TIME HAD
KEPT ANY NOTES OR DESCRIPTIONS OF WHAT WAS GOING ON.
HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS EMBARRASSED TO GO TO THE
SICKBAY FOR A WOUND THAT HE HAD RECEIVED ON HIS LEG
THAT TORE HIS UNIFORM FROM SOME SCHRAPNEL THAT WAS
FIRED FROM AN ENEMY. HE TOLD ME THAT THERE WERE TOO
MANY THAT WERE DEAD OR DYING TO REPORT HIS LITTLE
MISHAP. IF THIS IS TRUE THEN AN INVESTIGATION NEEDS
TO BE DONE TO SEE IF ANY OTHER SAILORS WERE THERE
WHEN THIS HAPPENED. MANY ARE PROBABLY NOW DECEASED AS
MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 28, 2005. HE WOULD
THIS MONTH BE 82 YEARS OLD.
MY HUSBAND PLAYED THE MANDOLIN AND ENTERTAINED WITH
OTHER SHIPMATES ONBOARD AND OFF. HE WAS ALSO IN THE
GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING. I HAVE A PICTURE OF HIM IN A
RING WITH HIS BOXING GLOVES ON AND SAILORS ALL AROUND
HIM.

Keywords: NOTEBOOK BY SAILOR ON BOARD USS GURKE DURING INCHON
INVASION



Entry: 66266
Subject: CREWOF USS GURKE 1947/1951

Edward Keenan SR. wrote on June 29, 2008

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City and State: SCOTCH PLAINS NJ

Unit: USNAVYKOREA

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: namesofshipmates

Keywords: Korea



Entry: 65512
Subject: LOOKING FOR FORMER SHIPMATES

Donald Kirkland wrote on May 5, 2008


City and State: PLANO TX

Unit: USS GURKE DD783

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: would like to hear from anyone who servedon the uss gurke in the 1950 to 1954

Keywords: kirk inchon invaasion known as one of the sitting ducks



Entry: 57484
Subject: TONY MURPHY

Sharon Rieu-Sicart wrote on June 2, 2006


City and State: NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was a sailor thru and thru, loved what he did. Served 20 years active, 10 reserve. Passed away in 1973. Please drop a line if someone out there remembers. Sharon

Keywords: Tony Murphy -- Signalman / SMC
USS Gurke DD783 1945-47 (Plank owner)
USS George DE697 1947-50
USS Eversole DD789 1950-52
Navy Base, Brooklyn 1952-54
USS Goodrich DDR831 1954-57
USS Bailey DDR713 1957-58
USS Maloy EDE791 1961-62



Entry: 54752
Subject: PHILLIP SPENCER, USS GURKE

Paula Gunderman wrote on December 20, 2005


City and State: BURKESVILLE KY

Unit: USS GURKE 1952-1952 BT1

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Fee free to email me

Keywords: Anyone remember my Dad, Phillip Spencer......he
recently passed away with pulminary
problems...Would like to hear about my dad in the
old days



Entry: 49645
Subject: 2005 GURKE REUNION (2)

Bob Evans wrote on March 20, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit: USS GURKE (O DIV.)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: YOU CAN GET ALL THE INFO ON THE USS GURKE DD783
WEB SITE. CONTACT PERSON IS ED ELLIS,,THE DATES FOR THE
2005 REUNION ARE 4/21 TO 4/24,AT SAMS TOWN CASINO
AND HOTEL,1-800-456-0711,USE CODE 10280,IN TUNICA
MS.,HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

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Entry: 49644
Subject: 2005 GURKE REUNION

Bob Evans wrote on March 20, 2005

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City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit: USS GURKE (O DIV.)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: PLEASE TRY MAKING IT TO THE 2005 REUNION IN TUNICA
MISSISSIPPI,AND ANY OTHERS THAT FOLLOW.

Keywords: GURKE REUNION ASSN. VICE PRESIDENT



Entry: 48302
Subject:

William T. Flynn wrote on January 21, 2005

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City and State: STATEN ISLAND NY

Unit: ENGINERING DIV.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: served on USS Gurke 1947--1950

Keywords: earl anglin, beauford byerly, kenan , snider and
jensen



Entry: 44431
Subject: PAST CREW MEMBERS

Bob Evans wrote on July 13, 2004

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City and State: CINCINNATI OH

Unit: USS GURKE-RADARMAN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: If you are a past crew member,or relative,please go to USS Gurke DD783,and sign in,to get your name on the list for the newsletter,reunion news,and other helpful info.We would like to encourage any and all of you,to attend our yearly reunions.2005's will be in Tunica Mississippi,and we would like to see a big turnout,with lots of enthusiasm,and pride for our wonderful ship.Let's show the old Gurke spirit,like we used to when ever we got Liberty Call.Thanks,Bob Evans,Vice President,Gurke Reunion Association.

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Entry: 44155
Subject: 1952-56

Walter Wilkes wrote on June 30, 2004

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City and State: MOUNT HOLLY NJ

Unit: USS GURKE DD783 BT2 1952 -55

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Good ship. Helluva crew. Besides the war only unfortunate memory is racial segregation. The black gang was 100% white.

Keywords: USS Gurke DD783 BT2 1952-55



Entry: 39240
Subject: SITTING DUCKS

George Busby wrote on December 17, 2003

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City and State: CECIL AR

Unit: USS GURKE DD783 (L950-54)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was aboard the USS Gurke in the Engine room when we took fire from the Island. I was hit and transfered to the DeHaven. I would like to hear from anyone that was aboard the Gurke from l950 to Feb. l954. I received the Purple Heart from Adm. Higgins.

Keywords: DESRON9 Sept 13, l950 Sitting Ducks



Entry: 36188
Subject: THE SITTING DUCK SQUADRON 2004 REUNION

Richard A. (Rich) Bowman wrote on August 10, 2003


City and State: ROY UT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: We are trying to locate and contact former members of the Korean War who served aboard the following destroyers: USS DeHaven (DD-727), USS Mansfield (DD-728), USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Henderson (DD-785) and USS Gurke (DD-783). The destroyers comprised Destroyer Squadron 9 (DESRON9) and became known as The Sitting Duck Squadron, for their pre-invasion assault on Wolmi-Do Island at Inchon, Korea on September 13, 1950. These six ships received the Navy Unit Commendation for their bravery and heroism on this historic day.

We like to locate veterans of DESRON9 to determine potential interest for organizing a Sitting Duck Squadron Reunion, to be held in 2004 at a yet to be determined location in the United States.

Interested veterans may write, call, or E-mail either:

William H. Barnes III
2 Williams Dr.
Annapolis, MD 21401-2215
Telephone: (410) 263-2006

Richard A. Bowman
5007 S. 1800 W.
Roy, UT 84067-2988
Telephone: (801) 774-9098
E-Mail: rbowman866@aol.com

Keywords: USS DeHaven (DD-727), USS Mansfield (DD-728), USS Collett (DD-730), USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), USS Henderson (DD-785) and USS Gurke (DD-783)



Entry: 33135
Subject: LOOKING FOR 1958 PICTURES

Cheryl Schmock wrote on March 28, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was on the USS Gurke in 1958. HIs name is Harry A. Heinly. There is a color photo of the ship coming (or leaving) San Francisco. I have tried to find this picture and have been unsuccessful. I would love to give this to him for a gift. Any help is much appreciated.
Thanks

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Entry: 31359
Subject: TRYING TO FIND INFORMAION

Patty Nolan wrote on January 18, 2003


City and State: GODFREY IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I'm trying to find out information on my father.
What he did on the ship and his rank or paygrade?
Our son is in the Navy now and we would like to find out some things. My fathers name was George
A. Nolan and he served on the USS Gurke. If anyone knows of him please let me know.

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Entry: 30079
Subject: SERVED 1951-1953

Joseph Scarbrough wrote on December 1, 2002


City and State: GRASS VALLEY CA

Unit: USS GURKE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for anyone that seved on the ship from 1951-1953.

Keywords: Joe, Boilerman,USS GURKE,DD-783.



Entry: 29852
Subject: USS GURKE

George Roest wrote on November 24, 2002

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City and State: MUSKEGON MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 29755
Subject:

Clarence Cook wrote on November 21, 2002

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City and State: BRAZIL IN

Unit: USS GURKE DD 783

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served aboard the USS GURKE 783 --1951 TO SEPT. 1953.

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Entry: 29753
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Clarence Cook wrote on November 21, 2002

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City and State: BRAZIL IN

Unit: USS GURKE DD 783

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 22603
Subject: BEST REGARDS

Daniel S. Landers wrote on January 24, 2002

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City and State: ERLANGER KY

Unit: GUNNERY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Would like to hear from old shipmates - Korean Conflict

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Entry: 20678
Subject: USS GURKE

Johnny Adams wrote on November 15, 2001


City and State: GLENCOE AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for shipmates of my father, John Lewis Adams. He was on the USS Gurke in or around 1952 - 1955 as FN. I have Navy pictures of him if anyone requests them. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him.
One of his best friends was Donny Lairmore from Illinois. John was from Gadsden Alabama.

Keywords: Johnny Lewis Adams FN 1952 - 1955



Entry: 20651
Subject: USS GURKE

Johnny Adams wrote on November 14, 2001


City and State: GLENCOE AL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am searching for old friends or shipmates of my father, John Lewis Adams, from Gadsden, Alabama, who served aboard the USS Gurke around 1955. If you remember him, I will appreciate any information you could give.

Keywords: Johnny Lewis Adams



Entry: 20574
Subject: 1951-52

John (Jerry) Welshans wrote on November 12, 2001


City and State: PLYMOUTH CA

Unit: USS GURKE MM3C

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SHIPMATES WHO SERVED ON THE GURKE WITH ME.

Keywords: USS GURKE DD783 1951-1955



Entry: 20277
Subject: SERVED 1951 TO1955

John (Jerry) Welshans wrote on October 31, 2001


City and State: PLYMOUTH CA

Unit: USS GURKE MM3C

Service or Relationship: United Nations Veteran - Korea

Comments: would like hear from old friends and shipmates just the live ones.especially ROMOAN ANTONIO GONZALES HE LIVED IN INGELWOOD CA. WENT BACK TO SEE HIM BUT HE MOVED. NO BODY KNEW WEAR!!!!!

Keywords: USS GURKE DD783



Entry: 12708
Subject: SHADOW BOX FOR DON WILSON

Laura Hall wrote on November 3, 2000


City and State: BEAVERCREEK OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Hello, I'm Don Wilson's daughter. My dad is now deceased and I'm trying to gather a memorial shadow box of his time as a member of the Naval Armed Forces for my mom. I'm looking for help in identifying what medals/ribbons my dad should have. Any medals/ribbons my dad may have had are either lost, stolen, or otherwise gone. Can someone help me identify what he would have received? I have some listed on his discharge paper, but I know there are others he should have (like the newly released Korean War Medal and the Navy's Combat Action Ribbon). He served on the USS Gurke as a YN3 from Mar 53-Mar 57. Does anyone know where I could purchase these medals/ribbons or even a YN3 insignia from that era??? I would pay for any photographs he may be in also??? (I have no pictures of him in his uniform although I do have a picture of the Burke via the internet). This might be a tall order, but I'd sincerely appreciate any little help I can get.

Keywords: Combat Zones: Inchon, Pusan, Hungnam (Aug 1950);
Sep 1950: Reconnaissance in force on harbor of Inchon, Korea and island of Wolmi Do and final amphibious assult on Sep 1950; Entered Chinese waters as unit for patrol of Formosoan Straits in defense of the Island of Formosa (Feb 1951).







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