USS Merrick (AKA-97)










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Entry: 90305
Subject: CHARLES (CHARLIE) BRYCE

Carla Chandler wrote on December 30, 2014


City and State: DENVER CO

Unit: U.S. NAVY

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I found my father's Domain of the Golden Dragon card dated July 18, 1953 while on board the USS Merrick. His name was Charles (Charlie) Ray Bryce. He served in the Navy from 1950 to 1954. Just wondering if anyone recognizes his name or knows what he did during the Korean War.

Keywords: Korean War, USS Merrick, Yokosuka



Entry: 85931
Subject: JACK AND DAVE FISCHER

Kelly Fischer wrote on April 10, 2013


City and State: WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone who knew either my dad or uncle during your days in Navy.
My dad, Jack Fischer and his brother Dave served during the Korean War and
they were a part of Big Switch. One story my dad always told was he never was
scared except for one time in the Phillipines when he was sent out to chase
communist. He said he never feared the communist because he knew they were
long gone, but the large ass snakes dropping out of the trees was a whole
different story. Every once in a while he tell a story or two about his days in the
Navy. He was very proud of his service and said it made him a better man. He
was a great man, he passed away May of 2009. He is missed by his family, but
he led a good life and look forward to seeing him on the other side someday.

Keywords: Korean War Big Switch



Entry: 85640
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Dori Meyer wrote on March 4, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm looking for anyone that knew my dad. I'm not sure when he
served on the Merrick but I really want to learn about his time in the
navy. His name was James (Jim) Wright. He passed away in 2006
and I never had a chance to learn about his service. Thank you to
anyone who can help!

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Entry: 83423
Subject: USS MERRICK 1946

K.J. Lee wrote on June 21, 2012


City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Anyone?

Keywords: Big Switch and Honey Bucket.... Anyone still out there from the
Korean war?



Entry: 75838
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO

Sharon Curlis wrote on August 17, 2010


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Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: In 1967 I found a coin/medallion from the USS Merrick AKA97 in a sand dune when a neighborhood was dredged up from the ocean and have kept it all these years in hopes that it could be identified. It also turns out that Walter Reed is a realtive of mine on my mothers side. FINALLY, I found info on the internet. If anyone can help with more info, please email me back. I would love to talk.

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Entry: 68653
Subject: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Bill Reynolds wrote on January 12, 2009


City and State: SANTA MARIA CA

Unit: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: THE USS MERRICK AKA 97 SHIP REUNION WILL BE IN SANTA MARIA, CA. OCT. 25-29, 2009. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION CONTACT ME AT ANYTIME.

Keywords: 2009 SHIP REUNION



Entry: 65507
Subject: LOOKING FOR FATHER'S FRIENDS

Jennifer Rivers wrote on May 5, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW WILLIAM LEWIS WALLER. HE WAS ON THE USS MERRICK AROUND 1955 TO 1957, SOME MAY HAVE KNOWN HIM AS A GREAT BOXER ON THE SHIP. HE TOLD MANY STORIES BUT WE DON'T REMEMBER ANY NAMES ALTHOUGH HE KNEW THEM ALL! HE PASSED IN 2001 AND WE MISS HIM TERRIBLY. WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO ANYONE WHO KNEW HIM BACK THEN. WE KNOW THAT WHEN HE LEFT THE NAVY THE SHIP WAS DOCKED IN LONG BEACH, CA. AND HE RODE A HARLEY ALL THE WAY HOME TO TENNESSEE! THAT'S OUR DAD! LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM SOMEONE SOON...

Keywords: USS MERRICK 55 TO 57



Entry: 52767
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNOW JERRY GOFF

Howard Goff wrote on August 22, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: If you knew my dad "Jerry Goff" I would like to hear from you and find out more about him. He was on the Marrick in the Korean War. my e-mail is niceguy8995@yahoo.com I have put my comments on here before but i have a new e-mail address so would like to here from anyone who know him. thanks

Keywords: Marrick AKA-97
Korean War
Jerry Goff



Entry: 52766
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNOW JERRY GOFF

Howard Goff wrote on August 22, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: If you knew my dad "Jerry Goff" I would like to here from you and find out more about him. He was on the Marrick in the Korean War. my e-mail is niceguy8995@yahoo.com I have put my comments on here before but i have a new e-mail address so would like to here from anyone who know him. thanks

Keywords: Marrick AKA-97
Korean War
Jerry Goff



Entry: 52657
Subject: HELLO GUYS. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

Gary Fields wrote on August 16, 2005


City and State: HAMPTON VA

Unit: USS MERRICK (AKA-97)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on the Merrick from 11-58 to 6-66. B division.
Have some pictures of those times. Some of the engine room. Looking for Paul Powers (Putterbutt) ET2 and anyone from B division. I mremember Martin, Bell, Hill, Federis, Kinder (who went to the Hassayampa-AO145, McFall, Chief Denny, Adkins, Lane(MM1),Hudson, and many others from those times. I have a few 8MM clips too.
Hope to hear from someone.

Keywords: USS Merrick-AKA97 B-Division



Entry: 47037
Subject: LOOKING FOR USS MERRICK SHIPMATES

Sherman Lee wrote on November 22, 2004


City and State: NIXA MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Looking for USS Merrick shipmates, Please e-mail back to pfalee@yahoo.com if you or you know someone was on USS Merrick ship.

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Entry: 45202
Subject: USS MERRICK NOVEMBER 4, 1945

James (Jim) Sams wrote on August 13, 2004


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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father James L. Sams was a Marine and servied in Korea with the Canine Corp I was told. He died when I was 4 years old so I didn't get to hear much. I was going through some old papers of my mother's and found a Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon card with his name on it. It was dated November 4, 1945 onboard the USS Merrick. I would appreciate it if someone could share a story about that crossing or that day or maybe someone that knew him.

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Entry: 43754
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Norman Davis wrote on June 12, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: TUCSON AZ

Unit: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I am hoping to contact shipmates who were aboard from commissioning until I left the ship March 15, 1946. I was the disbursing storekeeper at this time.

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Entry: 43753
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Norman Davis wrote on June 12, 2004

Email Update Needed



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Entry: 41991
Subject: USS MERRICK AKA 97/BILLY GARLAND

Robert (Billy) Garland wrote on March 25, 2004


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: SHIP SERVICE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My name is Robert "Billy" Garland. I worked in the laundry room! Hello and God Bless to all. Billy USS Merrick AKA 97 (1952-1957)

Keywords: USS Merrick AKA 97



Entry: 41544
Subject: 55-56

Levaughn Smith wrote on March 6, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: KINGS MOUMTAIN NC

Unit: BOATSOIN MATE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I have been on the internet for my Grandchildren
trying to fix a book for them of the diffrent ships their Grandfather was on.George RETIRED FROM
THE Navy.Maybe someone out there remembers him.
I met a lot of people from the ship, but I canot
rember the names it's been a long time.

Keywords: George Smith was on the Merrick from 1953 to 1956
He went to Seattle WAShington,to shore duty then.



Entry: 40897
Subject: SON OF ROBERT E. KING

Eugene King wrote on February 15, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: SAN DIEGO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Robert E. King served on the Merrick from 1951-1957. He was then BM2. He died last May 17 and I have begun to compile as much info regarding his navy years, from Armed Guard in 1944 to SM1 on Dennis J. Buckley DD808 1967.

He was typically close mouthed as many vets are and I'm just want to know more if I can. Looking for anyone who may have served with him. Even if no one was a close friend, I'd at least like to know the names of his fellow shipmates and a bit about them, if willing to share.

Thanks

Eugene King

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Entry: 40415
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATE

Dondra Freeman-Hendrix wrote on January 30, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Father, Floyce D. Freeman, served aboard the Merrick from 1961-1964. He's looking for JAMES "JIMMY" BERSETTE (spelling may be incorrect) who was an electrician aboard ship. My Dad saw him Viet-Nam when the Merrick came over in 1966-1967; on his way home from 'Nam, flight stopped in Chicago, he called James Bersette, who was working as a recruiter, and they had a drink. He was married to a lady named Yolanda, who had a daughter named Blanquita, and they had a son named James.

Keywords: USS Merrick AKA-97



Entry: 40152
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES 1952-1954

Willie McHand wrote on January 21, 2004

Deceased

City and State: RAYVILLE LA

Unit: BOATSMAN MATE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for anyone that was aboard the ship in 1952-1954 who remembers me. Especially looking for Alvin D Gilley, Billy Wayne Ray, or J.W. Nutter

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Entry: 39375
Subject: MERRICK GRADUATE

Walter Mitchell wrote on December 23, 2003


City and State:

Unit: 'R' DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I reported aboard the merrick while in drydock in bremerton washington on thanksgiving day in 1952.Iwas fresh out of boot training and mealtalsmith 'a' school.after a few months of preparation we headed for korean waters arriving as they signed the truce. we hauled 4 loads of war prisoners,then participated in many training exercizes before returning to longbeach in 1954. I grew-up on that ship.I later was transferred to aka3

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Entry: 37734
Subject: MM PAUL MCGUIRE

Kevin McGuire wrote on October 23, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Seeking contact with any shipmates that knew my father aboard USS Merrick AKA-97. He was machinist mate , Paul McGuire. I have certificate "Domain of the golden dragon" dated 23 Feb 1959. He is gone but he lives on in our hearts and memory.

Keywords: USS Merrick



Entry: 37604
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES 44-47

Desiree Sanders wrote on October 16, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: PORTSMOUTH VA

Unit: USS MERRICK 1944-47

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: i am looking for people who served with or on usss merrick when my uncle Ernest Alfonso served. i would love old info and pics.

Keywords: uss merrick 1944-47 south pole expedition



Entry: 36706
Subject: DAUGHTER OF DENNIS COGGESHALL

Dawn Smith wrote on September 3, 2003


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Service or Relationship: Family Member

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Entry: 33409
Subject: USS MERRICK 2003 REUNION

Richard Bonn wrote on April 5, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: GUNNERY, BOAT GROUP

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: 2003 USS Merrick AKA 97 Reunion will be held in Branson, MO October 19-23, 2003. Please contact me to obtain additional information and a Roster.

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Entry: 33373
Subject: 2003 USS MERRICK REUNION

Richard Bonn wrote on April 3, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: WOODBURN OR

Unit: BOAT GROUP CDR; GUNNERY OFFICER

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was on board the Merrick from June 1962 through April 1964.

Keywords: We are looking for any shipmates of the USS Merrick to add to our Roster and give information regarding our 2003 Reunion in October. Please contact me by e-mail or telephone. Thanks



Entry: 31094
Subject: AHOY SHIP MATE

Jim (Tex) Carrigan wrote on January 9, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: PASADENA TX

Unit: O-DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 30873
Subject: SERVED ABOARD

Kelsey Smeltzer wrote on January 1, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: AUBERRY CA

Unit: USS MERRICK

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I served aboard the USS Merick from 1961- 1962.
I was a Signalman 2d class. First and only ship I served on. Home port San Diego. Squadron consisted of. Mathews APA?? Flag, Merrick AKA, Dischenko, 2 LSD's, LST, another AKA. Made 1 cruise to Okinawa and back.

Keywords: Signalman



Entry: 27935
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES WW2

George Dyer wrote on August 31, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: WALDOBORO ME

Unit: 4TH DIVISION

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for Elmo Heite last known in Texas

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Entry: 22550
Subject:

Jim Shuman wrote on January 23, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: PAYSON AZ

Unit: USS MERRICK (AKA97)

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was a Radioman aboard the Merrick 1962-1963. Left the ship in Viet Nam in summer '63.
Last and only surface ship I was on... served on
USS RATON (AGSS270), USS GREENFISH (SS351), USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN640), USS JAMES MADISON (SSBN627) and USS MARIANO G. VALLEJO (SSBN658). I retired from the Navy in Feb 82 after 22 years.

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Entry: 22545
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIP MATES

Ronald (Red) Stoddard wrote on January 23, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: CLINTON IO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: trying to locate JOE BICE he was one of the cooks on board in 59 60

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Entry: 22360
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES FROM 52-55

Howard Goff wrote on January 16, 2002

Email Update Needed



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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: MY FATHER WAS ON THE MERRICK AND I AM LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO MIGHT HAVE KNOWN HIM.HIS NAME WAS JERRY GOFF.PLEASE CONTACT ME AT nikwit@cox-internet.com I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MERRICK AND WHERE SHE IS TODAY.

Keywords: USS Merrick AKA-97



Entry: 22125
Subject: LOOKING FOR USS MERRICK SHIPMATES 1960-64

Farrell Morrow wrote on January 7, 2002


City and State: NORTH KANSAS CITY MO

Unit: SHIPS LAUNDRYMAN

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 20950
Subject: AKA 97 SIGNAL OFFICER 51-52

James Gray wrote on November 24, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 20949
Subject: AKA 97 SIGNAL OFF

James Gray wrote on November 24, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: DECK AND GUNNERY

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 20643
Subject: MERRICK REUNION 2002

Bill Miller wrote on November 14, 2001


City and State: ROLLA MO

Unit: 3RD DIV.(BOAT)

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Planning a reunion for mid Oct.2002 at Branson,Mo Just had one in New Orleans. Not many attended but had fun.If interested contact me at 1002 Turkey Run Rolla,Mo 65401 tel 573 364 6542 e-mail idlhrfun@fidnet.com

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Entry: 12425
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Bill Miller wrote on October 18, 2000


City and State: ROLLA MO

Unit: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for anyone onboard during period from 59 -62. Especially "Jeckel" Thompson "Squeegie"Reynolds "Legs"McNamara and "Tits" Tally.

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Entry: 12424
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Bill Miller wrote on October 18, 2000


City and State: ROLLA MO

Unit: USS MERRICK AKA 97

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for anyone onboard during period from 59 -62. Especially "Jeckel" Thompson "Squeegie"Reynolds "Legs"McNamara and "Tits" Tally.

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Entry: 7856
Subject: I WAS ENGRG OFFICER FROM 52 TO 54

Ed Callahan wrote on April 8, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: DANVILLE CA

Unit: USS MERRICK (AKA-97)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS MERRICK (AKA-97)

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Entry: 6376
Subject: FINDING SHIP MATES

Stephen Schaffter wrote on January 22, 2000

Email Update Needed



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Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My e-mail has changed to steve@scientist.com. Still looking for former shipmates of my father.

Keywords: USS Merrick, AKA-97







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