USS Kankakee (AO-39)


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Entry: 95381
Subject: USS KANKAKEE (AO-39)

Robert Sorrell wrote on February 26, 2018


City and State: WAKEFIELD VA

Unit: OPERATIONS DEPT.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Can anyone tell me who was USS Kankakee's sister ship

Keywords:



Entry: 95180
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFORMATION CONCERNING THE KANKAKEE

Ivian Smith wrote on December 18, 2017


City and State: LANEVIEW VA

Unit: GUNNERY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I recently purchased a cigarette lighter at an estate auction in Tappahannock, VA with From the Duke and the emblem of the USS Independence on one side and Captain Hal Lang, USS Kankakee on the other. Also among the items purchased is a belt buckle with a oiler depicted as well as several medals, including the Bronze Star and several WWII related medals. Noting the Independence was commissioned around 1960, I suspect CO Lang was aboard the Kankakee in the early 1960's. I'm trying to find when CO Lang was aboard the Kankakee and even, find a good home (free) to some sort of museum, etc. I may be contacted directly at ISeaSmith@aol.com

Keywords: Captain Hal Lang, USS Independence, From the Duke, Bronze Star,



Entry: 93487
Subject: CARL STEWART

Carl stew Stewart wrote on July 22, 2016


City and State: STEENS M

Unit: SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Retired from USN 1972 was on board from 1951 to 1955 Roy was my brother he transferred as DK1 retired as chief passed away July 21 2007 he ran the reunion for many years. Any shipmates can contact me they desire.

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Entry: 93174
Subject: DK2 ON USS KANKAKEE

Paul Cook wrote on May 21, 2016


City and State: FL

Unit: NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 78863
Subject: CUBAN BLOCKADE 1961 TO 1964

Bill Collins wrote on May 9, 2011


City and State: PALM HARBOR FL

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO39 1ST DECK DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 74210
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD BUDDIES

John Young SR. wrote on April 4, 2010


City and State: MIDDLETOWN NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: nickname-soul, personal friends george bell, warren coachman



Entry: 73118
Subject: THE ET SHACK

Malcolm Wagner wrote on January 14, 2010


City and State: CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Pre-Korean. I was on 1945 to Aug 48, Would like to hear from Greene and Baucom if they se this or form anyone who knows of them.

Keywords: Nickname Wags



Entry: 72404
Subject: KANKAKEE 1961 TO 1963

Kenneth Adams wrote on November 18, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: GEORGETOWN TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was aboard the Kankakee from 1961 to 1963 and can remember a few shipmates like BM Russell,GM Edwards,GM Don Lovelace,GM Jack Harris and BM Jerry Yates plus many more. So if you were aboard the old tanker I would like to hear from you.

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Entry: 71865
Subject: FRANCIS (BUD) J. BURKE JR.

Catherine Burke-Callahan wrote on October 7, 2009


City and State: MYSTIC CT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was on the ship at the end of the Korean War. I have a pair of his blue wool pants and many many photos of him with other crew members. If anyone is interested please contact me.

Keywords: Photos.



Entry: 68919
Subject: SERVED ON AO-39

James Peek wrote on January 31, 2009


City and State: EAST HAVEN CT

Unit: AO-39

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for Shipmates from USS Kankee, years 1964 thru end of 1967.

Keywords: A0-39
USS Kankakee
Newport



Entry: 68220
Subject: USS KANKAKEE

Edward Larson wrote on December 11, 2008


City and State: SANTA FE NM

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Seaman serving aboard the USS Kankakee from 51 to 53

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Entry: 67124
Subject: 1964-1967

Tom Ukele wrote on September 7, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: NATO cruse 1967.
St Thomas.64-66-67
San Juan.66-67
Burmuda.66
Aruba.66

Keywords: 1st division, Rig Capt. Fuel Rig #2. Looking for Gerry Baumann GMG3, Jim Peek BM3.



Entry: 61925
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD SHIPMATES

Joseph Labara SR. wrote on August 10, 2007


City and State: RED BANK NJ

Unit: USS KANKAKEE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Hi I am looking for old shipmates from these units who served between 1964 and 1966. I can Be reached at this e mail address wizkidd612@msn.com

Keywords: Uss Kankakee AO39,Uss Mauna Loa AE8, Uss Edisto Agb2



Entry: 51700
Subject: CUBAN BLOCKADE

Robert Butziger wrote on June 26, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: LOS GATOS CA

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AOL39

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: What a great team we were, especially when we didn't get any mail for a month!

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Entry: 49633
Subject: 'E 'DIVISION

Owen Rice wrote on March 19, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: 1961--1963 SHAKE DOWN CRUISE AT GITMO. SOME OF THE BUDs MAX BRANAM, SCREWS? THE MONK. BEST TIMES A RUST BUCKET----BUT OUR RUST BUCKET. VERY IMPRESSIVE WAR RECORD.

Keywords: nick name MIKE



Entry: 48215
Subject: REUNION 2005

Roy Stewart wrote on January 17, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: LONG BEACH MS

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO39

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I departed USS KANKAKEE AO39 December 1951 for
shore duty at Annopolis, MD. My brother was serving on board the USS KANKAKE AO39 when she was
award the Star.

Keywords: USS KANKAKEE AO39 1 Battle Star Second Korean Winter 1-16 Jan 1952



Entry: 47562
Subject: CARGO CREW

Joe Mullarkey wrote on December 17, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: AMSTERDAM NY

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO39

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I recommisioned Kankakee in 1961 in New Orleans. I was a SFP2 in the shipfitter gang, and would like to hear from some of my shipmates. I was on her fron 1961 to 1963.

Keywords: mY NICKNAME WAS AND STILL IS JB



Entry: 46881
Subject: PETER D. RACAVICH FIREMAN 1ST

Peter Racavich wrote on November 15, 2004


City and State: OLYPHANT PA

Unit: ENGINEERING, USS KANKAKEE AO 39 1950-54

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: HI, I was on the USS Kankakee from 1950 to 1954. I am looking for crew mates and others that were aboard during this time. I am looking for information on a few friends imparticularly Lonnie E. Moore, Possum Billy Morgan, Charles E. Branham, and Pegleg Jimmy Young. Or anyone else who happens to read this and was aboard with me.

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Entry: 46400
Subject: SHIPMATES IN THE 60'S

Warren Coachman wrote on October 21, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: EAST PROVIDENCE RI

Unit: BOILER ROOM

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'd like to heard from people who server aboard the Kankakee from 1964-1966,,,I was a FN in the boiler room..I'd especially like to heard from my old friend Big George Bell (BT3) who was from the Chicago area.

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Entry: 45229
Subject: USS KANKAKEE

Don Bell wrote on August 15, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: MONTAGUE CA

Unit: RADIOMEN 63 TO 66

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'am looking at my ships cruise book in 1964 saw H. Wood and T. Vasquez brings back memories Robert Butziger I talked to him in the 70's at that time he was a preacher had his own parrish don't have anymore info

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Entry: 44159
Subject: KANKAKEE WEB SITE

Tom Vasquez wrote on June 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO-39

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am building a web site for the USS Kankakee and would appriecate all information and stories from all era's that this ship servered with honor.

The web site is "www.usskankakee-ao39.org"

Thank you in advamce for yur interest.

Tom

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Entry: 41789
Subject: BLOCKADE DAYS

Don Edgar wrote on March 17, 2004


City and State: BRADENTON FL

Unit: OPERATIONS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Long days and nights, port and starboard watches, no port calls to top off, USNS TAO, Long Enterprise replenishment, but then a hoot of a liberty in Montego Bay. Lots of good folks who made it happen. Anyone remeber Rickert, CS2? This chow's fit for a King. Here King Here King.
How about the port call in Quebec? Good Libs.
Best to all,
Don Edgar (ETN3 then)

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Entry: 40385
Subject: ORIGIN OF THE USS KANKAKEE

Lee Koukes wrote on January 29, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: HAYMARKET VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran - Korea

Comments: I 'm from Kankakee and did not know the Navy

had a USS Kankakee Since I'am a USAF VET during

the Korea ' CONFLICT " ?????

Would appreciate knowing History behind the

naming the USS KANKAKEE..

My Father was Also a WW11 Vet...1941-1946,,

36th SEABEES BATTALION.. Regards..Lee

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Entry: 38819
Subject: CAPT L J JONES 'JACK'

Pamela Jones wrote on November 29, 2003


City and State: PHILADELPHIA PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I just found this site and remember that my Dad, who died in 1996 and was class of 1930 USNA, was Captain of the Henrico [and the Kankakee] in the '50s. I remember dependents going on the ship to drydock in Hawaii in 1954 when I was in grade school. There were 1500 marines on board and as the captain's daughter I had such a "safe" time at sea ... If anyone knew Dad, I would enjoy corresponding and learning more about him.

Keywords: captain Kankakee and Henrico



Entry: 38749
Subject: ED LARSON, SEAMAN

Ed Larson wrote on November 27, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am an artist and have a studio on Canyon
Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have twenty
paintings of various events I remember from
being aboard the Ship. Like a fight in
Skagway. A ships party in San Francisco,
Liberty in Palermo. My Studio Address is:
Ed Larson Studio, 821 Canyon Road, Santa
Fe, New Mexico, 87501
505 983 7269

Keywords: I was aboard the ship from mid 1951 through
1952



Entry: 20632
Subject: THOMAS H. LESLIE

Melesia Leslie-Rhodes wrote on November 14, 2001


City and State: ARMA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was a gunner on this ship. He served in the Navy, the Army and the Air Force. He retired after 20 years and 15 days. I just want his buddies to know that on Nov. 4th he passed away from complications of lung cancer. I'm sure he is partying with some of his buddies right now.

Keywords: Gunner on the USS Kankakee 1942-1946



Entry: 19817
Subject: REUNION 9/5/02 - 9/L0/02

Roy Stewart wrote on October 7, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: LONG BEACH MS

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO39 ASSOCIATION INC

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Reunion 9/5/02 - 9/l0/02
Portland, Maine
For details Contact - Roy Stewart
Phone #228-863-639l
E-Mail - ussao39@aol.com

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Entry: 5353
Subject: BOILER ROOM 52-55

Clarence A. Mladek JR. wrote on November 29, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: CHAPARRAL NM

Unit: USS KANKAKEE AO39

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: boiler room crew during 1952-1955

Keywords: all shipmates of the uss kankakee ao 39







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