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Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 92143
Subject: LST 561 CHITTENDEN COUNTY 56-58

Earl Carey wrote on November 7, 2015


City and State: SUMITON AL

Unit: LST 561 CHITTENDON COUNTY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: 1956-1958 Artic Trips LST 561 Chittenden County Crew Member

Keywords: Friends, Bob Lamb,



Entry: 91649
Subject: LST 561 S. & E. DIVISON

James Voorhis SR. wrote on August 3, 2015


City and State: FALLBROOK CA

Unit: NAVY VERTERANI

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: In the S div. I was a coxswain, in the E div. third class eng. I was the next coxswain to go out after we lost our shipmates. Went to Alaska with the northwind taking supplies to border island.Our captain was Reg Fogg who lived here in Fallbrook. We shared many stories .
Yours, Jim

Keywords: Last 561 1951 to 1954



Entry: 73994
Subject: MARCH 3,1952

Jim Staley wrote on March 20, 2010


City and State: WOODACRE CA

Unit: USS LST 561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: All the information in the entry below by T. Moore was
taken from my book "Come in, Swanee Leader" without acknowledgement or credit. If you would like to know more about this incident please look at www.swaneeleader.com

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Entry: 71745
Subject: USS LST-561-KOREA-03,MARCH,1952

Thomas E. (T.E.) Moore wrote on September 24, 2009


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: OFF OF THE WEST COAST OF KOREA,IN THE YELLOW SEA,ON
MONDAY MORNING,03,MARCH,1952,THE USS LST-561,UNDER THE
COMMAND OF LT.W.H.D.BUSH,AND X.O.-LT.(jg)R.G.SIGG,WAS
IN AN ANCHORAGE TWO MILES WEST OF TAEYONP'YONG-DO
ISLAND,(LATITUDE-37.6667-LONGITUDE-125.717). AT 7:10
AM,ON THIS COLD,AND WINDY MORNING,A GROUP OF 12 MEN
UNDER THE COMMAND OF LCDR.THOMAS B.BROOKS(COMLSTDIV-12),AND PAST C.O. OF LST-561,DEPARTED THE USS LST-561,
IN ONE OF THE SHIP'S "LANDING CRAFT PERSONNEL,LIGHT"
(LCPL),A SMALL CRAFT WITH A SMALL CABIN FORWARD, AND
SOME PROTECTION FROM THE WIND,AND COLD FOR THE MEN,WHO
WERE OFF ON A RECONNAISSANCE MISSION IN A VERY ROUGH
SEA. THE LCPL WENT AROUND THE ISLAND TO IT'S SOUTH-
EAST SIDE,ABOUT EIGHT MILES,TO THE USS FS-351,(JACK)--
(CIA). THIS SHIP WAS UNDER THE TACTICAL CONTROL OF
CDR.M.J.PERRY,USN. CDR.PERRY HAD ORDERED THIS TRIP,TO
RECON THE SO SUDO ESTUARY,FOR A RAID THE NEXT DAY.
CDR. PERRY JOINED THE PARTY,AND THEY HEADED NORTH, AND
AFTER GOING SEVERAL MILES UP NEAR MIRYONGNI-DO, WITH
A 15-20 KNOT WIND,AND STEEP FIVE FOOT WAVES,IT WAS TOO
ROUGH,AND THEY TURNED AROUND AND WENT BACK TO THE USS
FS-351. AT 10:30 AM,THE LCPL DEPARTED THE FS-351 FOR
THE LST-561.THE TWO BRITISH ROYAL MARINES ABOARD WERE;
SGT.J.H.JAMES,AND CPL.P.HAMILL,FROM THE H.M.S.BELFAST-
C35. THE TWO ARMY OFFICERS WERE;MAJOR JAMES F.
KEENAN(SILVER STAR),AND MAJOR DONALD J. MAUS(BRONZE STAR),BOTH OF THE 8240TH.-ARMY UNIT SPECIAL FORCES
(AUSF) and (KMAG).THE ROK NAVAL OFFICER WAS;LT.KIM MYUNG
WHAN. THE SHIPS FS-351,AND LST-561 COULD NOT MAKE
RADIO CONTACT,AS THE FS-351 WAS ON A SECRET FREQUENCIE,AND LCDR.BROOKS WOULD GO ON TRIPS WITHOUT
INFORMING THE LST-561 OF THE TRIPS.WHEN THE LCPL HAD
NOT RETURNED TO THE LST-561 BY 12:30 PM,THE LST-561
CONTACTED THE 6004TH.AIR INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT SQUADRON,USAF-,AND THEY PUT A HELICOPTER UP,THE H.M.C.S.ATHABASKAN-DD219,ALSO SEARCHED THE AREA. AT
4:44PM THEY DISCOVERED SOME DEBRIS,A LIFE JACKET,AN
ENGINE COVER,TWO FUEL CANS,A BLUE NAVY FACE MASK,A
MITTEN,NAVY WATCH CAPS,AND A FOUL-WEATHER JACKET.
THE SMALL LCPL HAD FOUNDERED IN THE VERY ROUGH SEA.
WITH GETTING HYPOTHERMIA IN THE ICY WATER,THE MEN COULD NOT HAVE SURVIVED OVER TEN MINS. IN THE WATER.
THE LCPL WAS LOST IN THE YELLOW SEA,BETWEEN MOI-DO,
AND SOYONP'YONG-DO.-----THE LOST WERE;LCDR.THOMAS BOGGS BROOKS-CHESTER,SC--SA.ELMA ISAAC CHAVERS-AMITE,
LA--FN.WILLIE ENCIL LEWIS-NEW CUMBERLAND,WV--SN.
WILLIAM RUDOLPH OVERMAN-DALLAS,TX--LT.(jg)RICHARD
GEORGE SIGG-CONSHOHOCKEN,PA--SA.EUGENE JOHN THOME-
STACYVILLE,IA--SA.ALTON WALDROP-CENTRAL,LA--US NAVY-
MAJ.JAMES F.KEENAN-NAUGATUCK,CT--MAJ.DONALD J.MAUS-
SANTA CLARA,CA--US ARMY-SGT.J.H.JAMES--CPL.P.HAMILL--
BRITISH ROYAL MARINES-LT.KIM MYUNG WHAN--ROK-NAVY.----

WAR DREW US FROM OUR HOMELAND IN THE SUNLIT SPRINGTIME
OF OUR YOUTH. THOSE WHO DID NOT COME BACK ALIVE
REMAIN IN PERPETUAL SPRINGTIME----FOREVER YOUNG----AND
A PART OF THEM IS WITH US ALWAYS.

---AUTHOR UNKNOWN---

Keywords: YELLOW SEA---TAEYONP'YONG-DO---
RECONNAISSANCE MISSION---SPECIAL FORCES---



Entry: 66530
Subject: USS LST 561

Jim Staley wrote on July 17, 2008


City and State: WOODACRE CA

Unit: USS LST 561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a crewman (ET) on the 561 from Oct 1951 until July 1954. I have
just written a book about the LST during this time. The title of the book is
Come in Swanee Leader. ( Subtitled: The Thirty-Three-Month Odyssey of
an LST in the 1950s.) See the web site www.swaneeleader.com. Swanee
Leader was the call sign of Lcdr Brooks in the LCPL lost on 3 March 1952
with 12 men. The book contains a detailed account of this tragedy. This
is the first published account on the loss of these men.

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Entry: 61844
Subject: USS LST-561

James Phillips wrote on August 2, 2007


City and State: FLAGLER BEACH FL

Unit: LST-561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Although this appears to be a web site for Korean war
I was aboard the LST-561 during 1955,1956, and 1957 making 3 trips to the Artic and 1 westpac cruise.Thanks James Phillips

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Entry: 58937
Subject: MY DAD SERVED ON LST-561...

Joseph Segui JR. wrote on September 18, 2006


City and State: WAYNESVILLE GA

Unit: LST-561

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad served aboard the LST-561 and saw service in Korea.

On 10/04/2005 he suffered a traumatic brain injury and is now bedridden after almost a year of hospitalizations and surgeries.

His memory is badly failing, but he has fond memories of his service aboard the CHITTENDON COUNTY. If anyone knows him or has anything that we could use to encourage his remembering, his name was JOHNNY SEGUI and he was a marine fireman.

Keywords: LST-561 CHITTENDON COUNTY



Entry: 56450
Subject: I REMEMBER ALTON WALDROP FROM THE CENTRAL COMMUNITY IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LOUISIANA.

Robert L. (Bob) Raborn SR. wrote on March 30, 2006


City and State: BATON ROUGE LA

Unit: USS LST 692

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Alton Waldrop

March 30, 2006

Following provided by Robert Raborn, 10954 Joor Road, Suite B, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70818. 225-261-6577

Alton Waldrop was from Central, a small community in the northeast corner of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. I am also from East Baton Rouge Parish, and now have my laww office located in the Central Community. I met Alston when we were in Korea.

His brother has talked to me about him quiet a few times over the years since Alton's death in 1952. Alton was in the same LST Division as my LST 692. LST Division 12 was comprised of 5 LSTs--I was on LST 692. Alton was with Commander Brooks as a member of his staff as Commander of Div 12. Commander Brooks and his staff would shift from ship to ship depending on where we were and what we were doing. We in the LST 692 were ending up a long stay in the yellow sea off the west coast of Korea and Commander Brooks and his staff had been aboard our LST for that period of time. On the morning of Alton's death (along with Commander Brooks and about 10 others)Commander Brooks had just moved his command and staff from LST 692 to LST 531. LST 561 had jsut arrived on site to relieve the L?ST 692. The LST 692 immediately set sail from the West coast of Korea (in the Yellow Sea) back to Japan for a well earned rest. Only about an hour after leaving the scene we got the message that the small boat with Aalton, Commander Brooks and all personnel were missing. Alton, Commander Brooks, and about 12 others got into a small boat (LCVP) one morning and went on a search mission around an island--we never heard from them again. Found debris from the small boat, but no bodies.

I am now a retired attorney in the Central Community where Alton was raised. Only yesterday I ran into his sister-in-law and we had a long reminiscing talk about Alton.

I really appreciate you folks making this site available to remember the many young men who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy here in our country.

Keywords: USS LST 692--Loss of LCVP and personnel on Mar 2, 1952, in Yellow Sea off West Coast of Korea--Commander Brooks, Alton Waldrop, adn others were killed in action)



Entry: 51156
Subject: MY FIRST SHIP

Ron Olesen wrote on May 29, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: EDINBURG TX

Unit: COMLANSHIPRON 7

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I reported aboard the USS Chittenden County while she was in the yards in San Pedro, CA preparing for our first excursion into the ice to replenish the DewLine. My duty station was Commander Landing Ship Squadron 7 flag which was embarked in the Chittenden County. We finished our overhaul and set out for a shakedown cruise around Catalina Island. What an adventure. Shortly thereafter, we steamed up the West Coast to Seattle, WA where we embarked members of the U.S. Army and supplies to replenish the DewLine. The trip was a scary first adventure for and 18 year old sailor. We were rammed in the Straits of Juan de Fuca by a tug boat pulling two barges enroute from Seattle to Canada. After emergency repairs, we headed North into heavy weather as you will find in the Aleutians most any time of the year. At Point Barrow, we were waiting for several commercial ships to join us and we were frozed into the ice. We were incompany with several U.S. Navy and USCG ice breakers. When the went to free us, the ice breaker lost steerage way and almost rammed us. There were sailors climbing out of the hatches with life jackets and skivvies... life expectancy in those waters was a few minutes at best. We were finally freed and followed the ice breakers steering jack staff to mast thru the ice. We hit a piece of polar ice and it ripped a hole in the port side fuel tanks 18" wide and 22' long. Visiting the Eskimo villages was a real adventure and has lots of memories.
Will answer any and all e-mails.
Fair winds and following seas...
Ron Olesen
RMCM USN Ret.

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Entry: 50325
Subject: LST 561 KOREA 1950-51

Robert (Bob) Phipps wrote on April 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 43044
Subject: LST 561 SERVED 1951-1954

Ronald Kelley wrote on May 14, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: HOUSTON TX

Unit: LST 561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 42728
Subject: ARCTIC 1956 DEWLINE

Elliott Shovar wrote on April 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on USS Chittenden County (LST-561) from spring 1956 until summer 1957 after having served on Morgan County (LST_1048). We made the Dew Line Resupply mission that summer into the Arctic for 3 months and I found the service on LST's fun and exciting (especially since I was only 20/21.

More responses for Service? Sorry, didn't realize this was a Korean War page.

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Entry: 42727
Subject: ARCTIC 1956 DEWLINE

Elliott Shovar wrote on April 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on USS Chittenden County (LST-561) from spring 1956 until summer 1957 after having served on Morgan County (LST_1048). We made the Dew Line Resupply mission that summer into the Arctic for 3 months and I found the service on LST's fun and exciting (especially since I was only 20/21.

More responses for Service?

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Entry: 40372
Subject: LST 561

James Payne wrote on January 28, 2004


City and State: WEAVER AL

Unit: LST561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served on the 561 from may of 1951 until JAN. 1955. I was in Korea on March 2 1952 when we lost a LCVP with all men aboard were lost. We made two trips to Korea once in 1951 and again in 1954. Would like to comunicate with shipmates. Each tour to Korea was about a year each. Also we made the trip to Alaska in the summer of 1953 which was the first trip. WE had ice breaker protection added in Seatle. I WAS ON THE 561 FOR ALL OF MY TIME IN THE NAVY.

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Entry: 29600
Subject: CREW MEMBER 56-EARLY 58

Charles Bras wrote on November 15, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I was a crew member in 1956 and 1957. During this time LST made two trips to the Arctic Area to deliver supplies. Would like to contact any members who serve on LST 561 in order to compile a history.

Keywords: LST 561



Entry: 18558
Subject: RUDY OVERMAN, LOOKING FOR INFO

Derek Boone wrote on August 8, 2001


City and State: TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Can anyone tell me anything about the circumstances around his death? It happened on 3/2/1952. Others killed were Eugene John Thome, Alton Waldrop, Richard George Sigg, Thomas Boggs Brooks, Willis Encil Lewis, Elma Iaac Chavers. Any help would be appreciated.

Keywords: Rudy Overman, crewman aboard a SMLBT or landing craft



Entry: 14470
Subject: CREW MEMBER

Henry VanScoyk wrote on January 20, 2001


City and State: NEW PORT RICHEY FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served as a crew member from 1954-1956

Keywords: uss lst 561



Entry: 5971
Subject: USS LST 561

Samuel B. Rogers SR. wrote on January 1, 2000


City and State: TALLAHASSEE FL

Unit: USS LST 561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS LST 561

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Entry: 4381
Subject:

Bernard Milton wrote on November 7, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: BROOKLINE MA

Unit: LST 561

Service or Relationship:

Comments: LST 561

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Entry: 4018
Subject: CREW MEMBER 1951-1955 LST 561

Bernard Milton wrote on November 5, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: BROOKLINE MA

Unit: LST 561

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: LST 561

Keywords: Former radarman and ship's mailman. Remember names of many crewmen. Am interested in all former crewmen who were on board in February and March 1952 when Lt.Sigg and boat crew lost.







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