USS Repose (AH-16)


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Entry: 95015
Subject: BORN ON THE USS REPOSE

Georgia Thelen Vyse wrote on October 5, 2017


City and State: MORENO VALLEY CA

Unit: DAUGHTER

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I was born on the USS Repose in November of 1948. My Father, Thomas P Thelen, CQM, had been in Tsingtao, China with my mother and sister for 3 years. I have been looking for anyone else in the entire world that was also born on this unique ship. Is there anyone out there?

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Entry: 92914
Subject: WLMORRIS

Cherri Morris wrote on March 25, 2016


City and State:

Unit: USS REPOSE

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: In recording my fathers memories I have discovered that my family has a great deal of Naval history; all of my fathers brothers also served.

Walter Morris - USS Repose - Medical Ship
Richard Glassman - USS Shangri-La - Aircraft Carrier
Louis Glassman - USS Eldorado

Also his brother-in-law served in Norfolk, VA and a good friend of my father, Jimmy Finnesey also served with my Uncle Rich.

Thanks -
Cherri

Keywords: USS Repose, USS Shangri-La, USS Eldorado, Norfolk Virginia



Entry: 92895
Subject: MEMOIRS FROM WALTER MORRIS

Cherri Morris wrote on March 22, 2016


City and State:

Unit: USS REPOSE

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Comments: Written by Cherri Morris, cherrimorris@yahoo.com
The following content is as my father remembers it. If you would like to add to it and do not have the resources, I would be happy to include an interview with your memories. Please feel free to contact me or have someone you know contact me at the above email. Thank you.

After the guy getting shot in the back, we got a guy in who had a piece of shrapnel that hit him in the forearm which travel up the radial bone and exited the triceps area. He always wanted to be a doctor but felt the obligation of being married. Upon exiting the muscle it severed the brachial artery in his arm. We got him aboard to repair and stop the bleeding which had filled his entire arm with blood. They made an incision over the length of the arm to remove the blood but the artery snapped at the shoulder and they were unable to reattach to the artery in the arm. The left the incision open and packed it with Vaseline gauze and observed if the arm could maintain blood flow. The muscles in the arm were well developed which required a great deal of blood flow. He had been on the front lines when he was injured. Entry was about the size of a pinhead. After a week of observation it was clear that the arm would not survive so it was amputated about 3 inches below the shoulder.

Surgeries occurred every day in 3 different operating rooms. I served some days as a scrub nurse and some days as a circulating nurse. There were always 2 nurses staffed as well. There were 3 doctors staffed on any given day and far more on board. Approximately 9 Core men were assigned to the operating rooms except when we were in port. We got liberty in Yokosuka, or Yokohama, and Sasebo, Japan. Sasebo was also where we pulled into port for ship repairs.

To transport patients we had a deck for helicopters to land. Soldiers would also enter and exit from the gang plank when in Pusan, Korea. When in Incheon Harbor, Korea we would transfer patients via boat. One time when in Jinju (we had traveled up the Yalu river to the Jinju Reservoir) the Chinese (or the North Koreans never confirmed) tried to board to the ship. A Canadian frigate luckily shot them out of the water right at the base of our gang plank. We were all assigned to a living quarters during this tense time. We didnt suffer any damage from the Canadian frigate, but I remember the hull of the ship being extremely thin and you could hear the water splashing against it whenever we were at sea. After the altercation, the Canadians escorted us back down the Yalu river and out to sea. We were successful in picking up patients and also supplies; the patients were then later released in Japan.

Keywords: Battle of Jinju Korea, Yokosuka Japan, Yokohama Japan, Sasebo Japan, Jinju Reservoir



Entry: 92857
Subject: MEMOIRS FROM WALTER MORRIS

Cherri Morris wrote on March 14, 2016


City and State: DENVER CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Written by Cherri Morris, cherrimorris@yahoo.com
The following content is as my father remembers it. If you would like to add to it and do not have the resources, I would be happy to include an interview with your memories. Please feel free to contact me or have someone you know contact me at the above email. Thank you.

Interview with WLMorris 3/14/2016
I had served in the navy for 3 years; stationed at Oakland Naval Hospital, when I was transferred to U.S.S. Repose in 1950 due to President Truman extending all enlistments by one year

We were stationed in Busan (Pusan) Harbor Korea one Monday when we got a wounded soldier on board. He had been getting off of a train in Pusan when a soldier behind him tripped and fell. The soldiers gun went off and shot the man through the back and the liver. When we got him on ship and into surgery we attempted to stop the liver from bleeding by packing it with gel foam. I remember the bleeding didnt stop and they had to repeat the process each morning for the next 4 mornings. Unfortunately we were never able to get the bleeding to stop and the soldier expired that Friday. This was memorable because when we did the autopsy it was discovered he had a giant pelvic infection and expired due to the infection and not due to blood loss.

I was honorably discharged from the Navy in Oct 1951 to Seattle, Washington with enough pay to get me back to my home at 3421 Columbine street Denver, CO.

Keywords: Busan (Pusan) Harbor Korea, USS Repose Medical Ship, Oakland Naval Hospital, honorable discharge, Seattle Washington, 1950



Entry: 92667
Subject: CREW MEMBER 1951 1954

Earl (Chuck) Harshfield JR. wrote on February 5, 2016


City and State: LOUISVILLE KY

Unit: SUPPLY DIV

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: What a great ship and crew .guys I remember willingham bell..Saylor Roberts
Scroggans Moliee big moon captain John Wycliffe. Ltd Barth fencing master and the
best officer I ever worked for Paul.wagely co
Worker Gerald Puckett officer gig roach and Hargrove captains gig Perry the boxer
from paris Kansas a great person that.I sparred with and got caught.by a short
right hook on the jaw that makes my neck crack when I turn my head I still think of
alll.my buddies in
The supply.DIV. cooks.the best bakery guys that let.me help
Make..donuts on Saturday.night before our all .night pinochle.game. my.laundry
buddies taught me how to use.a press and play cribbage thanks to.my Filipino. Pals
for inviting me to the captains valley to eat.those omelettes that were out of this
world. We had
Any movie stars and entertAiners aboard to preform for
The wounded and us. Thanking the best entertainer.in.the world and a friend Dick
Cantino world champions.accordion player God Bless !

Keywords: Nickname Chuck ,USS Repose AH 16



Entry: 92110
Subject: USS REPOSE

Pat Holliday wrote on November 1, 2015


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My mother told me that during WWII my father was serving on board as a pharmacy mate (?) when the USS Repose went through a typhoon and she claimed the captain got them through it because he was an experienced officer (a merchant marine).

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Entry: 92109
Subject: USS REPOSE

Pat Holliday wrote on November 1, 2015


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My mother told me that during WWII my father was serving on board as a pharmacy mate (?) when the USS Repose went through a typhoon and she claimed the captain got them through it because he was an experienced officer (a merchant marine).

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Entry: 87215
Subject: I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BORN ABOARD

Donna Coe (Goldsberry) wrote on September 16, 2013


City and State: VALLEJO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad (Donald M. Goldsberry, who at the time was a Machinist's
Mate, I think) was stationed in China in 1948, with my mother and
older sister also living there (as military dependents). From
what I understand, during that time, if you were a pregnant
military dependent whose due date fell within 2-3 months of the
date of the ship's departure (temporary or otherwise), you were
required to be aboard ship when she sailed (to guarantee a
medical presence during the birth). That suited my father just
fine, as he had my life all planned out - First of all, I was to
be a boy ... his first born son! Then, I was to have a unique
birth certificate, as it would read: (Birth) Location:
Latitude___: Longitude ___:, South China Sea. Cool!!!

Unfortunately, my mother and sister were evacuated aboard another
Navy ship (?) sometime during the end of 1948 or very early 1949.
My mother said it was the worst six weeks of her life: eating
green powdered scrambled eggs every morning for breakfast, as
well as coping with constant seasickness, along with morning
sickness, and, to top it all off, trying to keep track of my 2
1/2 year old sister!

No part of my Dad's plan worked out - I'm NOT a boy ('tho I was
raised like one), and in April of 1949 I was born on Mare Island
Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, CA. My dad didn't see me for the
first time until many, many months later, when he returned from
sea. How does that saying go? - something about the best laid
plans of mice and men?

Keywords: USS Repose, Hospital Ship, China, Korea, Mare Island Naval Shipyard



Entry: 86919
Subject: USS REPOSE 1946

Pam Small wrote on August 5, 2013


City and State: NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: My father, Tom Gildea, served on
the Repose and was in Shanghai in
1946. Is there anyone who remembers
him or might have photos?

Thanks,
Pam

Keywords: Shanghai



Entry: 86394
Subject: SEEKING INFORMATION ON FATHER'S USS REPOSE AND USS BENEVOLENCE SERVICE

Jon Kramer wrote on May 31, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello. I am researching my fathers past naval service aboard the USS
Benevolence (Late 1945), and his subsequent service aboard the USS Repose
(Korea). His name was (is) Gerald Irving Kramer, also known as Ichabod, as in
Ichabod Crane fame for his diminutive stature (at that time, of course).

He was at Operation Crossroads nuke testing, shore leave in Shanghai,
Stationed on Guam, service in Korea. We had always assumed that he was a
nurse, although my research shows that males were designated corpsman.

Any information regarding my father would be greatly appreciated. He had
passed 13 years ago, and his extensive picture album shows the typical GI
having a great time, but little was said by him about his experiences.

Thank you. Jon Kramer

Keywords: USS Repose, USS Benevolence, Operation Crossroads, Korea, Guam



Entry: 84944
Subject: FRANK RUYS

Casey Ruys wrote on December 10, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I was told that my father was a Doctor aboard the USS
Repose...I remeber stories he told me when I was
younger, he fixed a man's hand that had been taken
off by a helicopter, and remembers a sad story of a
dog being thrown over board....This is all I
remember, does anyone remember him? He passed 3 years
ago, and I want to know more. Thank you!

Keywords: I was told that my father was a Doctor aboard the USS
Repose...



Entry: 84473
Subject: USS REPOSE

Debra Luks-linsalata wrote on October 21, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi I know my Dad William luks served on
the Repose he was 17 also I think. The
year. Was 1945 1947 he was in China. As
well and worked in the kitchen. Doing
special diets for the crew any one with
any info please e mail me thank you God
bless

Keywords: USS Repose Capt Labarge. Cook his Nick
name was Whitey or Willie



Entry: 78720
Subject: RUFUS FAISON

John Faison wrote on April 26, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Uncle was a Storekeeper on the Repose during the Korean War.
Does anyone remember him.He was from Texas.

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Entry: 72138
Subject: USS REPOSE

Wilhelmina Mitchell wrote on October 30, 2009


City and State: FREDERICKSBURG VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: After talking to my mother, she informed me that my grandfather, Capt. Dawson A. Mills served on the Repose. Also, she mentioned something about him assisting with the organization of the USS Hope. He was a physician and my grandmother, Lt. Commander Undine Cleveland-Mills (last name was Brown prior to marriage) was a nurse, though she did not serve as my mother and unlce were small children at the time. If anyone remembers either of them it would be nice to hear about their roles. Unfortunately, they have both passed away (Undine in 1995 and Dawson in 2001). Thank-you.

Keywords: USS Repose, USS Hope, Capt. Dawson A. Mills,



Entry: 71040
Subject: CAPTAIN PURDUE

Gerald K. Wahlberg wrote on July 27, 2009


City and State: TAYLORSVILLE UT

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Can anyone tell me if Captain C.H. Purdue, of the USS Repose, is the same person who was the captain of the USS Lowndes (APA-154)during World War II?

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Entry: 69727
Subject: USS REPOSE-1952-1954

Rob Rollins wrote on April 2, 2009


City and State: MIAMI OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I forgot to mention that I have numerous photos with the captions on the back, that my father-in-law Fred Perry took from aboard the USS Repose and some of the liberty outings. Would be willing to share.

Keywords: USS Repose 1952-1954?



Entry: 69424
Subject: CORPSMAN FRED PERRY

Rob Rollins wrote on March 9, 2009


City and State: MIAMI OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My father-in-law's name is Fred Perry. i belive he was a corpsman. He served on the Repose during the Korean Era. He is now deceased and my wife would like to know if anyone remembers him?

Keywords: USS Repose-corpsman



Entry: 68934
Subject: SERVED ON THE HOSPITAL SHIP REPOSE

Alton Ray wrote on February 1, 2009


City and State: EULESS TX

Unit: SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: If it is organized I am planning on attending the reunion in Baltimore. Would love to hear from anybody that served on the ship from August 1050 thru November 1950

Keywords: Korean War
Served on the Hospital Ship, Repose, as a store keeper



Entry: 68410
Subject: I SERVED ON THE REPOSE AH16 51-53

Douglas (Roy) Perdew wrote on December 27, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: TUMBLER RIDGE BC

Unit: USS REPOSE AH 16

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: When I was aboard we were relieved by the Uss Consolation, and the Danish ship Jutlandia in Inchon
Harbour. 1951 until 1953



Entry: 68264
Subject: LAUNDRY SH3

Neil Womack SR. wrote on December 14, 2008

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City and State: PUEBLO WEST CO

Unit: SHIPS COMPANY LAUNDRY DIVISON

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who worked in the laundry aboard the Repose AH16 from 1950 tell 1954 I served as a seamen in the deck force the moved to ship service and ran the laundry tell I was released from the service in 1954. My nick name was Moe as most of my shipmates new me by. Would like to hear from anyship mate in that time spand we are all getting up in our age.

Keywords: Frances Ferguson, Dave Scrogons, Larry Pickens John Gwinn Inchon. Star of the sea orphenage Inchon Pusan



Entry: 67022
Subject: CONTACT WITH THE U.S.S. JASON

Leonard Rattini wrote on August 28, 2008


City and State: CARY NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was aborad the Jason from 1953 to 1955 for two tours of duty to Japan. Our home port was San Diego. On one of tours returning to the states we ran into a storm where one of our crewman had his leg broken. He was transferred at sea to a Hospital Ship. My two questions are: Was it the Repose and if so what was the date? I would be interested in knowing. Thankyou.

Keywords: U.S.S. Jason (ARH-1)



Entry: 65068
Subject: USS REPOSE

Donald Shaw SR. wrote on April 3, 2008


City and State: NEENAH WI

Unit: 7TH MARINES

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was aboard the USS Repose in 1946 as a patient in Tientsin harbor following being hurt in Chingwangtao.
I would like to give thanks once agin to the USS Repose ships crew, and Doctors. I still have a problem, however the lord will take care of those little problems soon, as I am an eighty year old Marine getting ready to go home with the big guy. Semper Fi.



Entry: 63181
Subject: REPOSE 1953

Willard Adams wrote on November 26, 2007


City and State: BERNIE MO

Unit: USS REPOSE AH16

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I have a couple of photographs taken at Inchon in Sept of 1953. One appears to be of Officers and one appears to be enlilsted men.
They are returning POWs from North Korea during the repatriations. Would anyone be interested in these?
I dont know of anyway to determine who they are. If any of them should read this and believe they may in the picture I would be willing to share. There is a band playing in the background as you can see the instruments.
Anyone from the Camano, Hewell or the Repose during the years May 1951 thru Nov 1954. I would like to hear
from.

Willard Adams: Radioman

Keywords: USS Camano AKL1, USS Hewell AKL14, USS Repose AH1`6



Entry: 61986
Subject: TSINGTAO CHINA

David Silverman wrote on August 16, 2007

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was a corpsman aboard the Repose in 1947-1948. I boarded the ship in Hunters Point Naval Shipyard where we were getting the ship ready to sail to Tsingtao via Hawaii,Guam, Phillipines,and Japan. We missed the Phillipines but made the other places for a day or so and arrived in Tsingtao and transferred patients and crew from the Benevolence. We were now in our home port.
I worked in the physical therapy department with a nurse named Maxine Thomas. I believe that she was a Lt.(sg).
We were right across from the dental clinic which was a partying group and many a great party was enjoyed especially our version of that famous chinese/russian drink the Vodka sour. Only we made ours from 190 proof donated from the pharmacy and lemon concentrate from our lifeboats. Whew!
Tsingtao was good liberty and cheap. Rickshaws were 10 cents,or 50 cents a day,shots at the enlisted mans club were 25 cents,that famous Tsingtao beer in quarts and on and on.
We had a great time on the beautiful beaches and shared the place with the marines. Now marines at that time had great respect for corpsmen,"docs",and often shared their good beer with us. All we could buy was Fort Pitt and Iron City.Yech!
We did have a fabulous ships party at the Broadway Mansions were one evening we partied and the next we were on shore patrol or vice versa.
I along with Ed Devany secured a ten day leave in Hongkong that because of mistakes and screw ups,not by us, turned out to last forty six days,thirty in Shanghai and 15 in Hongkong. No one else got a leave like that again.
I have attended reunions in Chicago and Las Vegas. I will be attending the reunion in Branson. Although I plan to live forever each reunion could be my last because there just aint that many of us around any more and lifes ills have wounded others.
Would have liked to share a room with someone to kind of cut the costs but with whom?
See Yah!
DAVE P.S. Nurse Briscoe,I have a few nice shots of the ship in Tsingtao. Get in touch with me via my e-mail address. DMS

Keywords: Tsing Tao China



Entry: 60108
Subject: KOREAN WAR

Danny Portaleos wrote on February 23, 2007

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My name is Dioneseos Portaleos (A.K.A. the cook and baker/ "the Greek"). I served in the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Repose from 1950-1951. I have recently moved to Georgia with my wife and am attempting to figure out this computer age we are living in. I have been online with my grandson and we have seen many interesting things regarding the U.S.S. Repose and discussion about her. I wanted to start a little chat group for anyone out here that still remembers the "good old days". So if you were aboard the U.S.S. Repose from 1950 to 1951 send me a message I would love to talk to you and maybe we could share some stories and memories.

Sincerely,
Dan Portaleos

kenlovesschool@yahoo.com
(sorry about the address its my grandsons who helping me out)

Keywords: "The Cook" or "The Greek"



Entry: 57911
Subject: LOOKING FOR INFO ON FATHER

O'Keefe Arrambide wrote on June 30, 2006

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: looking for anyone that knew my dad Charles Arrambide or his good friend Jimmy O'Keefe, the person that i was named after

Keywords: medic ... HM3...



Entry: 57599
Subject: 1945--46

Gordon Kauppila wrote on June 10, 2006


City and State: LANSING MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments:

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Entry: 53093
Subject: RECALL DIBBLE HOSPITAL?

Ethelyn Pearson SR. wrote on September 10, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: WADENA MN

Unit: XXXXXXXX

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I am a writer doing this little ladies story. She is
now 90. in a nursing ome and doing fairly well.
Her regret is not being sent to a battle field.
Thanks for any consideration you may give this
comment. Ethelyn

Keywords: Nurse Jeanette Ronsberg in heavy wounds at
Dibble general from '44 until '46. She was a tiny
very efficient red cross nurse.



Entry: 53003
Subject: I WAS ONE IN THE CREW THAT RECOMMISSIONED THE USS REPOSE IN 1965 AT HUNTSPOINT, CALIFORNIA, TO HELP

Edgar Serrano wrote on September 4, 2005


City and State: SAN LORENZO PR

Unit: HELM WATCH

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: HOPE, WE CAN ALWAYS STAY IN TOUCH, OTHERWISE MEMORIES THAT KEEP US WITH PRIDE, THEY WILL DIED. THINGS THAT NO MATTER WE TRY TO FORGET, THEY ARE ALWAYS THERE TO TALK ABOUT. TAKE CARE, BLESS! EDGAR

Keywords: I REMEMBER: CPT.MAHER, EXEC-ELLIOT, CHIEF FLANNAGAN,BOATSWAINS MATE PAPI,CASSARA,LT.SHULTZ,MASSEY,JOHNSON HE WAS IN THE ENGINE ROOM,BOATSWAIN LYNN,I REMEMBER THE FILIPINOS WORKED AT THE MESS COOKS,ONE DIED AN ACCIDENT WITH THE ELEVATOR,THE AGEE BROTHERS ONE DIED ON DECK WORKING,A PUERTORICAN JULIO FELICIANO USED TO WORK ON THE STARBOARDSIDE MAINTANANACE REPAIR, WHILE, I WAS WORKING WITH THE SECURITY OF THE SHIP, REMEMBER WE GOT HIT A COUPLE OF TIMES THAT WE GOT READY TO ABANDONE SHIP? WELL,THIS IS AS FAR I CAN REMEMBER FOR NOW, YOU TAKE GOOD CARE, AND GOD BE WITH YOU AND THE OTHERS. THANK YOU , SINCERELY, ALWAYS YOUR FRIEND AND SHIPMATE. EDGAR SERRANO



Entry: 52801
Subject: USS REPOSE 1952/1954

Bill Scott wrote on August 23, 2005


City and State:

Unit: DECK FORCE/COMMISARY DEPT.

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Sam McCLary CS2

Any Cooks and bakers 1952/1954



Entry: 50710
Subject: POSSIBLE PICTURES TO SHARE

Karl Holtz wrote on May 9, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father served during Korea. His name was Edwin Holtz. Those who knew him called him Ted. He passed in 1987, and left us a large box of pictures some may be interested in seeing. Some are slides. I would do my best to scan and send.

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Entry: 50181
Subject: INFORMATION

Dan Connelly wrote on April 14, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Jennifer Jones visited me and other patients on a hospital ship in Pusan harbor in the spring of 1951. I have always claimed it was probably the Repose. Can anyone confirm her visit to the ship?

Keywords: Jennifer Jones



Entry: 43139
Subject: RICHARD LORENZEN

Michael Lorenzen wrote on May 18, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: CLINTON IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My dad served on the repose during the Korean war,as a machinest mate. Anyone having recollections of him ,I would greatly appreciate.My dad passed away in January 2000.

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Entry: 43138
Subject: RICHARD LORENZEN

Michael Lorenzen wrote on May 18, 2004

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City and State: CLINTON IA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My dad served on the repose during the Korean war,as a machinest mate. Anyone having recollections of him ,I would greatly appreciate.My dad passed away in January 2000.

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Entry: 42062
Subject: ANYONE REMEMBER MY DAD

Eric Beyer wrote on April 1, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Dad was a Machinist's Mate on the USS Repose during the Korean War. I am not sure the exact dates, but his name was William(Bill)Beyer. His nickname was Yogi, since his last name was pronounced like Bear. If anyone remembers him or has any memories they would like to share, it would be fun to hear you. Dad passed away in 1992, he had retired in 1970 as a MMCS. He was always very proud of his Naval Service. I hope there is someone out there who remembers him.

Keywords: They called him Yogi!!!



Entry: 38129
Subject: USS REPOSE - JULY 1950, FEB 1952

Jacob Jorgensen wrote on November 9, 2003

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City and State:

Unit: USS REPOSE AH-16

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: The following is reprint of the AP news release that was printed in the newspapers throughout the U.S. in the month of December 1950:

ONE OF THE UNSUNG HEROES OF WAR
IN KOREA IS U. S. HOSPITAL SHIP

By TOM STONE
(For Hal Boyle)

INCHEON, KOREA (AP) The U.S. Hospital Ship Repose is one of the unsung heroes of the Korean War.

The sleek 15,000-ton vessel inched 30 miles thru a dangerously shallow channel, took aboard more than 750 wounded U.N. troops and carried them out safely before they could be trapped by a surprise Chinese offensive. The gigantic rescue operation was conducted so smoothly and swiftly that it went virtually unnoticed. The glimmering white ship with big red crosses painted on her sides is safely back at anchor off Incheon in the Yellow Sea off the west coast of Korea. All but a handful of her patients have been treated for battle wounds and returned to their outfits or returned to Japan for recuperation. Capt. C.H. Purdue, Commanding Officer of the Repose, said the big rescue operation took place between Nov. 28-30 (1950). He said that "while we were anchored off Chinnampo the Chinese north of Pyongyang, about 25 or 30 miles northeast of us, started their big offensive. In a short time wounded began pouring aboard ship. We worked around the clock for two and a half days. Our litter hoists and boatswain chairs were lifting wounded aboard without a bobble. We didn't pull out until the wards were filled to the brim."
He said some United Nations vessels, including American and Australian warships, remained to shell the enemy and bring out troops and equipment. Two U.S. ships were the destroyer escorts Foss and Forest Royal. Thirty nurses worked around the clock caring for the wounded. The most perilous part of the job, said Capt. Purdue, was the task of steering the ship along the narrow winding channel without running aground. "We couldn't use the main channel because it was heavily mined. The channel we used was only 25 feet deep in places at high tide. The Repose draws 25 feet 6 inches. At times our fathometer reading was about the same as the draw. We didn't have much water under our keel." As far as he knew, his ship was the largest ever to get thru the channel. Capt.Purdue said a helicopter hovered above the water in front of the ship looking for mines. Capt. Boyle, senior medical officer aboard said that at the height of the Chinnampo operation more than 1,300 persons were aboard the hospital ship. "It was a big problem to feed that many people. But we did. The laundry worked 24 hours a day to help maintain our high standards of cleanliness." Capt. Purdue said "We can do most anything aboard this ship that any modern big city hospital can do."

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Entry: 33110
Subject: SERVICE IN TSING TAO, CHINA

Dorothy Briscoe Gradel wrote on March 27, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: SUFFOLK VA

Unit: USS REPOSE (AH-16)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served in Repose during the period 1947 - 1948 as a Lt(jg) in the Navy Nurse Corps. I'd be grateful if anyone could send me a photo of the ship in Tsing Tao during that period. I married a Naval Aviator in 1952. we have 6 children, and he retired in 1981 after 32 years. I'd like to hear from any Nurses who served in Repose during that period.

Keywords: Tsing Tao, China



Entry: 32670
Subject:

Justin Wiseman wrote on March 10, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I miss typed my email address its jwiseman@stout.navy.mil. This is in reference to Wayne Wiseman. Thank you FC3 Justin Wiseman

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Entry: 32669
Subject: DOES ANYONE REMEBER WAYNE WISEMAN?

Justin Wiseman wrote on March 10, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I would really like to talk to some one who served with my grandpa Wayne Wiseman. I'm curious about his career in the navy. He never talk to us about it because of his experiance as a P.O.W. I am currently serving aboard the USS Stout a DDG in the navy. Unfortunatly he never knew because he died 4 months before i joined. I would really apperciate anybody that could help me gain an in insight to his life. Thank you
FC3 Justin Wiseman

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Entry: 31419
Subject: REPOSE AH16 1945-1946

Irvin Ausman wrote on January 20, 2003

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City and State: GREENFIELD OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO SERVED ON THIS SHIP DURING THIS TIME. Is there anyone who can remember going through the typhoon on Sept. 16 and 17 1945.Interested in hearing from anyone who served during this time.

Keywords: Nickname Irv Friend-John Bruce Dean



Entry: 31171
Subject: I WAS A ARMY PATIENT

Robert Steinmetz wrote on January 12, 2003


City and State: INDIANAPOLIS IN

Unit: BATTERY B,204TH FA BA

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was a patient on the hospital ship repose from January 3, 1953 to January 23, 1953. I was told that I was the only Army person on the ship.
My fellow patients, all Marines,were a great bunch of guys. When they found out that I was Army they were on my case my whole stay on the Repose.

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Entry: 31163
Subject: GREETINGS

Larry Cauthen wrote on January 11, 2003

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City and State: HIALEAH FL

Unit: HOSPITAL CORPSMAN HM3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Joined the Repose while it was in drydock in Long Beach Ca. Had to help get her ready for a tour in Korea. I spent the next two years back and forth from Inchon to Yokuska and back again to take on board wounded personel from the Korean combat.

Keywords: Served aboard the USS REPOSE AH 16 1952-1954



Entry: 31085
Subject: WORLD WAR 2

Clayton Syverson wrote on January 8, 2003

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City and State: STILLWATER MN

Unit: H DIV OPERATING ROOM

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: always called sy while in the service. on the Repose while in China in 1947 and l948.

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Entry: 29617
Subject: JAMES SCHROEPFER

Mark Goerlinger wrote on November 16, 2002

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City and State: CLINTONVILLE WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: My father-in-law served on the repose during the Korean War. I am interested if anyone recognizes his name and would be interested in any info. He served as a laboratory technician on board. thank you.

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Entry: 28680
Subject: USS REPOSE - JULY 1950, FEB 1952

Jacob Jorgensen wrote on October 6, 2002

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I have a lot of memorabilia concerning the Repose in its service during the Korean War. I can pass some of it on for those that are interested. For example, I have a copy of the AP news release that declared the Repose as an Unsung Hero of the Korean War (the Chinampo Rescue Mission). Also, names of crew members, misc. photos, etc.

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Entry: 28579
Subject: USS REPOSE REUNION

Harlan (Kirk) Kirkendall wrote on October 1, 2002


City and State: CLARKSVILLE TN

Unit: USS REPOSE POST OFFICE 65-67

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: There "will be" a USS REPOSE reunion in Las Vegas on May 12,13,14, 2003...Final plans are in the works...for more info go to the Repose club site in yahoo.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ussreposeah16

Or email me at harlan59@yahoo.com

Keywords: *************USS REPOSE AH-16 REUNION******



Entry: 28477
Subject: I RAN THE SHIP'S STORE IN 1950/51

Alton Ray wrote on September 25, 2002


City and State: EULESS TX

Unit: SUPPLY UNIT

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am looking for Delore Thurgood and any of the Storekeepers who served aboard the USS Repose From Sept. 1950/Oct. 51.

Keywords: Commander Sam Smith Griswald



Entry: 27894
Subject: I WAS ON THE REPOSE

Donald Shuman wrote on August 29, 2002

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City and State: DANVILLE PA

Unit: HOSPITAL CORPS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was aboard the Repose from Dec 1944 till Feb. 1946

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Entry: 27893
Subject: I WAS ON THE REPOSE

Donald Shuman wrote on August 29, 2002

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City and State: DANVILLE PA

Unit: HOSPITAL CORPS

Service or Relationship: -

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Entry: 26762
Subject: I WAS ON THE USS REPOSE

Alton Ray wrote on July 5, 2002


City and State: EULESS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My daughter and wife found this website and enjoying reading about the Repose and wished it was in commission so that I could see it. I was on her in 49-50. I worked in the store and dished up the icecream.

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