USS Laertes (AR-20)










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Entry: 89784
Subject: USS LAERTES

Judith Rea wrote on October 11, 2014


City and State: BALTIMORE MD

Unit: AR-20

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was Benjamin Theodore Rea and he was a crewmember on the Laertes during WWII. I have a copy of the History of the U.S.S. Laertes with pictures of the entire crew. Thought some of you might be interested.

Judy Rea

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Entry: 87991
Subject: LEO JOHN RAGUZ - SERVED ON USS LAERTES IN WWII

Leon Raguz JR. wrote on December 28, 2013


City and State: CHALFONT PA

Unit: RAGUZ FAMILY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father served on the USS Laertes AR-20 during WWII in the South Pacific. He also served on the USS George W. Ingram DE62 in the North Atlantic prior to the USS Laertes.

I would like to received any photos shipboard or names of his shipmates during his time on the ship. Is there a cruise book available? Are any of his old shipmates still alive?

My Dad passed 20 years ago at the age of 68.

He served 3 years and 3 days in the Navy.

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Entry: 83323
Subject: LOOKING FOR JAMES ZANOW

Matt Ginsburg wrote on June 11, 2012


City and State: ORINDA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone have any information about James Zanow
from Wisconsin who I believe served on the USS
Laertes? I think he is my father. I would like to
meet him if he's still alive.

Keywords: USS Laertes



Entry: 81516
Subject: USS LAERTES AR-20

Douglas Beggs wrote on December 28, 2011


City and State: PALESTINE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad Robert Beggs served on the Laertes from 1952
til she was taken out of service. He was stationed in
Sasebo,Japan and was on the base fire fighting crew.
He drove motor launch, and was 2nd class Boatswain
Mate.

Keywords: USS Laertes personnel who remember my dad



Entry: 80556
Subject: ANYONE REMEMBER J.B. CRAWFORD

Alana` Isham wrote on October 1, 2011


City and State:

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Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone remember J.B. Crawford or did anyones dad
talk about him? I'm his granddaughter but he talked
about about on the ship. Hope to heard from someone.

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Entry: 79403
Subject: WENDELL ZUMKEHR

Marge Rowe wrote on June 23, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Just looking for anyone that would have known my Dad -
Wendell Zumkehr. He will be 87 this year but is still
going strong. He talks alot about his time aboard the
USS Laertes.

Keywords: zumkehr, crew  



Entry: 74313
Subject: LOOKING TO SHARE PICTURE OF MY FATHER AND A SHIPMATE

John Howard wrote on April 12, 2010


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Father, John Howard, was on the Laertes May of '52. I have a picture
of him and a shipmate name W.B. Cook. I would like to share the picture
with him or his family.

Keywords: W.B. Cook



Entry: 72742
Subject: USSLAERTES 1952-1953

Richard Downing SR. wrote on December 12, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: FLOMATON AL

Unit: SHP SERVICE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was on the laertes in sasebo until she left for
san diego in jan 53 then we went to howai for overhall
thtn ihelped put her out of commision in long beach



Entry: 71179
Subject: FATHER-IN-LAW WAS ON THE SHIP

Pete DeBolt wrote on August 5, 2009

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father-in-law was on the ship. He passed away recently and as I was interested in his Korean War service, I found this website. His name was Bob Clayton and was HSM3. If anyone knew him, it would be fun to hear some old stories of him.

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Entry: 68041
Subject: USS LAERTES AR20

Ivan (PETE) Henry wrote on November 27, 2008


City and State: LANSING MI

Unit: SHIPS COMPANY ELECTRICIAN.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served from Feb.1952 until Dec. 1953. I was on the ship while it was in Sasabo Japan and all of our sailing until I was discharged in San Diego Dec.14 1953. I live in Lansing Michigan and have all my life.I would like to make contact with any one else that may have been on the ol girl.

Keywords: Fellow shipmates in our group were Bob Jackson, Wayne Getze, Hayes, Long, House, and our chief was Coulson.



Entry: 67411
Subject: MY DAD WAS ON THE LAERTES

Debra Rodgers wrote on October 4, 2008


City and State: GEORGETOWN GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was on the Laertes and a few years ago he was asking me to find out what happened to the old girl. I could not find anything online about it and surely never found this site! I began following every government line I could and found nothing. I called a Navy Recruiter in San Deigo where Dad said he was one of the last on it when she was liquid enveloped and put in drydock. I told him all I knew about it (didn't want to ask Dad too much as I wanted to suprise him) and the recruiter told me he would call me back in a couple of hours with what he could find out for me because he thought it was great I was even interested in my Dads service time or that his ship info was something I would think to look for. He did call me back and gave me the number of someone in the Smithsonian Records dept, saying that he could find nothing and that if anyone could it would be this fella! I called expecting another dead end or the question "are you sure of the name because our records dont show a USS LAERTES" even when I told them I was looking at a picture of it at the time and knew that was the name. He put me on hold for about 5 minutes and low and behold gave me the entire ships history! I was so excited when he said the ship had not been put back into service but was moved by tug to a harbor north of San Deigo where she remained. About this time I was about to cry, I wanted so badly to take him to see it again and would have but the man told me that it was sold for scrap a month or so before I called. He said it would have been possible for Dad to see it and even get on it but now it was most possilbly a foreign car or razor blades. I don't know who was the most disappointed in the information, me or the recruiter who did ask me to let him know what I found out. He said he would have made sure Dad would have gotten to see it. Anyway now you all know what happened to the old gal. By the way my Fathers name was Raymond Isadore (Izzy) Shell. If anyone remembers him, please contact me. He said someone contacted him a few years ago about a reunion but never heard from the man again. He talks about his time on this ship like it was the best time he ever had. I do remember him saying something about a bunch of the guys getting in trouble for stealing the Captians Launch and taking it for a whirl~ that and many other things! I remember him saying that the day he went to the ship he and a bunch of guys couldn't find what they expected a repair vessel to be and when they asked someone where this ship was and they pointed it out someone of the group said "AR now I know what that means... ALL RUST" They spent months scraping cleaning and painting it and said the sand from blasting it was a foot deep on deck! Hope to hear from someone about him. He lives in Brooksville, FL where he lived when enlisting and still does today.

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Entry: 64920
Subject: ANYONE OUT THERE STILL REMEMBER ME?

Daniel Guerra SR. wrote on March 25, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: BRANDON FL

Unit: SUPPLY DEPARTMENT

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served on the Laertes from it's commissioning until it's decommissioning. We had some good times aboard her. Good memories. I finally retired in 1974 as a Senior Chief Storekeeper.

Keywords: Donald Langenhorst, Terry Faust.



Entry: 52332
Subject: LOOKING FOR THT OLD CREW R DIVISON

James San Dsberry wrote on July 29, 2005

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City and State: NORTH HOLLYWOOD CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: LOOKING FOR ANY SHIPFITTERS AND ANY ONE THAT WENT TO THE BEE-HIVE BAR ON TIT MOUNTAIN IN OUR PAST DRINKING DAYS AND KEEP ZANOW OUT OF THE SHIPS BRIG SO HE WOULDENT TOSS ANY MOORE QUATER DECK OFFICERS OVER THE SIDE OR THINGS THAT WE STILL LAUGH ABOUT NOW.

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Entry: 51488
Subject: LOOKING FOR BINGHAM

Richard Jacques wrote on June 12, 2005

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City and State: WHITTIER CA

Unit: ELECTRICIAN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: ANYONE WITH INFO ON BINGHAM PLEASE FORWARD TO HOME ADDRESS THANK YOU ALL, SO GLAD TO FIND ALL THIS INFO ON SO MANY.

Keywords: JAKE--LOOKING FOR BINGHAM



Entry: 49406
Subject: OUTSIDE REPAIR

Max Blake wrote on March 7, 2005

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City and State: HUNTINGTON WV

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was aboard from july 1952 until oct.-nov.1953.
am wondering if any of the people from ourside repair are still around.
I had a ariel photo of the ship coming into california from japan and it has been lost.sure wish i could replace it.
yes those were the days and the nights this 75 year old remembers and relives,perhaps to often.

Keywords: USS Laertes-AR20



Entry: 46694
Subject: 7TH DIV REPAIR LOOKING FOR OTHERS ON USS LAERTES

James T. Thone wrote on November 6, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: just wondering if any body from the 7th repair division is out here for possible reunion.

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Entry: 46693
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS OR SHIPMATES OF JAMES THONE

Gabe Tejeda wrote on November 6, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: just looking for shipmates of my grandfather who was on the uss laertes in the early 50s his name is james thone but he probably went by jim so if you know who he is fill free to contact me

Keywords: 7th div repair uss laertes



Entry: 44366
Subject: GREAT JOB ON LAERTES

Donald (Don) Bowles wrote on July 9, 2004

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City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit: AO-107 SUPPLY OFFICE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: After no news on Laertes, it's great to see all the comments and interest. Now the next thing would be to plan a reunion. I know many sailors served before Korea and would be surprised that she came out of mothballs and served in Korea. Some of us went through the moderization process with her. See my narrative at lonesailor.org with picture, years, duty stations and significant awards.

Keywords: After serving my tour a NAS#943, Agana Guam, I went to Laertes and arrived at Sasebo December 1952. Was storekeeper in charge machinery spares boxes around the ship. Enjoyed the card games in the supply office. She was one slow ship and salt water showers, after being at sea, were awfully scratchy. Have a great color photo of AR20 returning to San Diego in 1953. We were all manning the rails.



Entry: 44365
Subject: GREAT JOB ON LAERTES

Donald (Don) Bowles wrote on July 9, 2004

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City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit: AO-107 SUPPLY OFFICE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: After no news on Laertes, it's great to see all the comments and interest. Now the next thing would be to plan a reunion. I know many sailors served before Korea and would be surprised that she came out of mothballs and served in Korea. Some of us went through the moderization process with her. See my narrative at lonesailor.org with picture, years, duty stations and significant awards.

Keywords: After serving my tour a NAS#943, Agana Guam, I went to Laertes and arrived at Sasebo December 1952. Was storekeeper in charge machinery spares boxes around the ship. Enjoyed the card games in the supply office. She was one slow ship and salt water showers, after being at sea, were awfully scratchy. Have a great color photo of AR20 returning to San Diego in 1953. We were all manning the rails.



Entry: 43913
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

Joan Hanks wrote on June 19, 2004

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City and State: COVINGTON TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad, J V Reeves, served aboard the Laertes from late 1951 until early 1953. He has been recently diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and does not have any idea where he may have been exposed to asbestos. I am wondering if any one else has experienced any problems that was on this ship. I would be very much interested in hearing from you.

Joan Hanks
Covington, Tennessee

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Entry: 43720
Subject: MEDAL OF HONOR QUESTION

Robert Reynolds wrote on June 11, 2004

Deceased

City and State: MECHANICSBURG PA

Unit: REPAIR DEPARTMENT / MACHINE SHOP

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: DOES ANY ONE RECALL THE NAME OF REPAIR SHOP COMANDER WHO WAS AWARDWD THE MEDAL OF HONOR ?

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Entry: 43719
Subject: DOES ANY ONE REMEBER ME - ROBERT E. REYNOLDS

Robert Reynolds wrote on June 11, 2004

Deceased

City and State: MECHANICSBURG PA

Unit: REPAIR DEPARTMENT / MACHINE SHOP

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: uss laertes
jan. 1952 - thru - july 1953



Entry: 43386
Subject:

Bob Walsh wrote on May 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: HAMPSTEAD NH

Unit: RADIO GANG

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: On the Laertes from July 1952 in Japan, till it was decomissioned in National City in 1954. Any of the old Radio Gang left who remembers me?

Keywords: Nick name Squelch



Entry: 41420
Subject: DEPENDENTS CRUISE

Jim Slaughter wrote on March 1, 2004


City and State: DUTCH HARBOR AK

Unit: EXEC'S SON

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: About 30 dependents made their way to Oahu during the deployment. In June 1953 we hitched a ride home from Pearl Harbor to San Diego. I was 8 at the time, and my major hangout was the gun tub on the port side where we had a great time training and elevating the 3" gun.

One night about halfway to San Diego, the galley next to my Dad's stateroom caught fire. Laertes went to GQ, and along with one other kid about my age, I slept through the whole thing.

Keywords: Sasebo deployment, 1952-53



Entry: 37501
Subject: R DIVISION

James (Jim) Thone wrote on October 11, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am lookiing for anybody that in R division in the 50s. We went to Sasabo, Japan and Korea.

Hoping to find some shipmates.

Keywords: japan, korea, Taluga, laertes, ar20, r division, ship repair unit



Entry: 35997
Subject: USS LAERTES-AR-20-WES.PAC.JAPAN1952,53.

Daniel S. Berish wrote on August 1, 2003

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City and State: CHLORIDE AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: "Hello" every one,,,,I have "scanned" all of our pictures, and are now avail. by, E-Mail,, and / or,,, web-site,, coming soon, we will start with 17 pictures, and continue,, courtesy of Mr.Robert Helms, Sudbury England,UK. he was on the Laertes,, with us,,, and we have been "e-mailing" to each other for the last 4 years.....and now, we can give every one a chance to "see" the "crew",, and also, the Ship... also will "scan" a "color" photo of the USS Laertes-AR-20,, as she leaves for Japan,, June,1952....and, tnx, for waiting, I know,, it's been a long time coming.... Doc.B. K7UDT.

Keywords: USS Laertes-AR-20. Japan.1952,53...



Entry: 35549
Subject: MR-1ST MACHINE SHOP,1951-1953

Leland (Lee) Brian wrote on July 16, 2003


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Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 31556
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS OF MY DAD

Mary Curtas wrote on January 29, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dads name is Bob Sofchek, his nickname aboard the USS LAERTES was "ski"....he was a cook and on board from 1951 to Dec. 1954 when he was discharged. He is looking for anyone who remembers him. He is currently living in Seminole, Florida and his local number there is 727-391-1538

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Entry: 30872
Subject: REPAIR 51-52

James (Jim) Thone wrote on January 1, 2003

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City and State: BAKERSFIELD CA

Unit: REPAIR UNIT

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Wondering about a reunion.

Keywords: Sassabo Japan repair unit 1951-1952
US Navy Service 1946-1953
USS Laertes AR-20



Entry: 30148
Subject: CREW MEMBER - ARTURO RAMOS

Michael Taylor wrote on December 4, 2002

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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'd be very interested contacting anyone who may have known Arturo Ramos during its commissioning and operations during the Korean War.

He was a photographer/lithographer and chaplain's assistant on the USS Laertes, AR 20, from the time of its commissioning in San Diego to its Dry Dock in Hawaii. He also set fuses on its 5" gun during its shelling of a Korean island.

Keywords: USS Laertes, AR 20, photo shop, 5" gun, battle star



Entry: 28221
Subject: USS LAERTES

John Reynolds wrote on September 12, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am looking for D W Gray and Sam Oakden who I served with on board the Laertes AR-20 during the korean war. we were in the supply dept. 11th div. if any one has any information on them please e-mail me

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Entry: 27868
Subject: USS LAERTES

John Reynolds wrote on August 28, 2002


City and State: SMITH RIVER CA

Unit: SUPPLY DEPT. 11 DIV.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was on the Laertes from the time of re-commissioning to July 1953, I worked in the Supply Office. I would like to hear from any of my old shipmates. I have been looking for Doc. Gray or Sam Oakden for years with no results. I think this is a great page. I will be watching my mail J C

Keywords: Sasebo Japan



Entry: 27699
Subject: IS SHE SCRAPPED OR IN SUISUN BAY?

Franklin T. (Ted) Bookout wrote on August 19, 2002


City and State: BRANSON MO

Unit: HOSPITAL DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I came aboard the USS Laertes AR20 in September 1952 and left the ship when it returned to San Diego from drydock repairs in Pearl Harbor in 1953. I went from there to Hospital Corps School. Never back to sea but to Corona Naval Hospital and Point Mugu Air Missile Test Center. I was HM2 at time of discharge.

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Entry: 26708
Subject: ANYONE KNOW MY DAD

Cyndi Holtgreve wrote on July 3, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Would like to know if anybody knew my dad Michael William Holtgreve --would love to hear stories -- Not sure what year but I think 52-53

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Entry: 22173
Subject: DO YOU KNOW C. H. 'BUD' NESBITT?

Karlene Nesbitt White wrote on January 9, 2002

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City and State: APPLE RIVER IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad, alive and kicking, will be 70 this year. I am putting together a special memories booklet for him and would love to hear from friends and shipmates from the Laertes. Bud was aboard the Laertes when she sailed from Sasebo in January 1953. I would greatly appreciate short notes (or longer!) by e-mail or post. I know Bud will appreciate, too. Thanks - and looking forward to hearing from you!

Keywords: USS Laertes



Entry: 18794
Subject:

Lawrence Dotson wrote on August 18, 2001


City and State: CONOVER NC

Unit: ELECTRONICS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: ELECTRONICS

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Entry: 18788
Subject: 1953

Lawrence Dotson wrote on August 18, 2001


City and State: CONOVER NC

Unit: ELECTRONICS

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 17770
Subject: 'HOLY-MACKERAL'

Daniel S. Berish wrote on July 5, 2001

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City and State: CHLORIDE AZ

Unit: 8TH.DIV. O. / R. OUT-SIDE REPAIR.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My Goodness,, a very belated "Hello" to all of you,, I can't believe my eyes,, we are still "alive",,, wow,,, any way,,, I have thought of, all,,, of you, a thousand times,, and wondered if any one, would come forth,,, and ask,,, any one out there???? my goodness,,, Im lost for words,, I've been through hell,and back,,, but, still here,,, and now,,, I have some thing to look forward to,,, "old ship mates",,, yes, we put her in re-commissioning,, mode,,, we burn't a bearing out, in Hawaii,,, we had to "Pour" a new "babbit" bearing for one of the "throws",,, in the Eng. room,,, so,, I'll be checking the mail here,,, at this site, take care,,, Dr.D.S.Berish, Commodore, USNL,USNI, ret.

Keywords: Der Kaiser Koffin,,,



Entry: 17734
Subject: LEARTES GOOD SHIP

Robert Helms wrote on July 4, 2001

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City and State: SUDBURY , SUFFOLK

Unit: U.S.S. LEARTES AND MANY OTHERS

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who served aboard the Leartes.

Keywords: Navy Retired in 1974



Entry: 17213
Subject: CREW MEMBER U.S.S.LEARTES A.R.20

Robert Helms wrote on June 9, 2001

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City and State: SUDBURY , SUFFOLK

Unit: U.S.NAVY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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