USS Sphinx (ARL-24) was (LST-963)










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Entry: 90117
Subject: USS SPHINX ARL-24

Steven Peterson wrote on November 30, 2014


City and State: WAIANAE HI

Unit: USS SPHINX ARL-24

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: ON BOARD THE USS SPHINX ARL-24 JANUARY-85 TO JUNE-86. All the memories of Bremerton,Panama,Guatamala, never fade due that Awesome Crew! I was in Auxiliary room 1 and the oil lab under EN2 Bennett. What really stands out was the helicopter departing with the first three crew members to receive orders to go home. MAN - any one that was able to watch that event tried to do it. We watched three of the Sphinx family leave that day. That's how tight the crew members of the USS Sphinx were. We have an automatic bond and respect with any member that has served on it.

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Entry: 87078
Subject: REUNION SEPT. 16 - 18, 2013

Mark Hamilton wrote on August 25, 2013


City and State:

Unit: RD2 ME CONG DELTA 1968 - 1970

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Reunion in Branson MO, at Box Car Willie Hotel, special room

rates, NO fee for reunion. 417-336-4993. Shipmates from WWII,

Korea, Vietnam and Central America have a great time together.





Entry: 80920
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Greg Pohl wrote on November 7, 2011


City and State: YUTAN NE

Unit: BOATSWAINSMATE

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for former shipmates that were in the SC3
division. I was alos service as a stinger gunner on
the Sphinx. I would like to get hook up with some
that have served on the ship and ask some long awaited
questins. I was on the ship from from 1986 to late
1987.

Hope to talk to some shipmates soon.

BM2 Greg Pohl

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Entry: 74676
Subject: ENGINEROOM CREW

Andrew Kateian wrote on May 13, 2010


City and State: FRESNO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I remenber riding to L.A. with shipmate on his motorcycle on over nite liberty. He had a accident one nite, stated in the hopsital and never returned to the ship. He was living in South Los Angles at the time.

Keywords: I was a mm3 working in the engineroom and on tank deck doing engine repair work.



Entry: 74060
Subject: I SERVED ON THE USS 24 1951 TO 1953

Ralph Bolstein SR. wrote on March 25, 2010

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City and State: LOS ANGELES CA

Unit: NAVY SUPPLY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I WAS ON THIS SHIP 2/24/51 THRU 1953 THEN WAS IN SAN DEIGO TILL 1954 ON NAVAL BASE.

Keywords: NAVY NUMBER 232-2544



Entry: 73548
Subject: I WAS STATIONED ON THE USS SPHINX 84-86

Eric Jenkins SR. wrote on February 14, 2010


City and State: DALLAS TX

Unit: USS SPHINX, USS BARNEY, USS PETERSON, HSA

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: ARL-24 DDG-6 DD-969 HSA



Entry: 72127
Subject: NEW ORLEANS TO THE MEKONG

Cecil Cross wrote on October 29, 2009


City and State: ALEXANDER ME

Unit: USS SPHINX ARL 24

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Graduated bootcamp at Great Lakes back in 1967 at the age of 17. Arrived at New Orleans to the Uss Sphinx and was on the helm down the Mississippi on our way to Viet Nam. Spent only 8 months in country because it took us 3-4 months to get there due to break downs and training. Once in country I was a coxswain on one of the lcvp's. Anyone out there remember the this time? Thanks Lee

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Entry: 70669
Subject: SPHINX WEBSITE

Bill Petrie wrote on June 22, 2009


City and State:

Unit: USS SPHINX

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Sphinx has website. www.usssphinx.com
Feel free to browse and post comment
Thankyou

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Entry: 69067
Subject: ONCE A SPHINXTER ALWAYS A SPHINXTER

Randy Johnson wrote on February 11, 2009


City and State:

Unit: USS SPHINX

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I found this website by doing a web search for Agile Lion / Jittery Prop. Last I heard Sphinx was supposed to be a museum at Dunkirk light house or something. Sorry to hear of plans to scrap her.

I was onboard 1987-1988 I worked CIC as an OS2 then. Getting spotlighted by the Patrol Boat was a definite bonus event. Got to love that 30 degree radar blind spot port aft ! It was also a fun time begin able to tell an Army Colonel that "my station has a permanent communications difficulties status with that call sign until further notice" after he tried to tell the CO what he "will and won't do" with his command. I remember Calle J the yard period pierside Rodman, and several port calls in Guatemala. I still have some black jade that I got there. I also still have the laminated cards signed by CTIC John J Piccinetti JR the Party Chief in my Wallet. I served a short time with Mr Ferris who posted earlier. And with most of the names he listed on his contact wish list.
I took orders to Sphinx from USS South Carolina in order to get West Coast orders. My next ship was PreCom USS Princeton (CG59). We Made port calls to Vladivostoc USSR and then did Desert Storm with accompanying underwater mine strike.

Keywords: Sphinx JCS SPEC OPS Agile Lion / Jittery Prop, USCENTCOM, Panama Canal Zone, NAVSTA Rodman, CIC, Gulf of Fonseca, El Salvador, Honduras, Squatting Dog,



Entry: 65636
Subject: FLOOD OF MEMORIES

Fred Walker wrote on May 16, 2008


City and State: MILLSAP TX

Unit: SPHINX

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was googling for the Sphinx to try and copy a picture of it and one of the other ships I served on,lo and behold I find this site.Bud Taylor met up with me in Boston as part of a precon crew for the Montgomery DE-1082.He told me they cut her up at Bremerton.When I read the first couple of comments,I thought someone was full of b/s.
Live west of Ft.Worth and would be willing to help with pictures,but will not surrender originals.So much ground to cover,I don't have room here and only recognized one name at the top.

Keywords: Inside engine repair shop



Entry: 64318
Subject: SO SAD TO SEE OUR SHIP NOT SAVED!

Neal Quinn wrote on February 15, 2008


City and State:

Unit: USS. SPHINX ARL-24

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Found out recently that USS. SPHINX ARL-24 deal to become museum feel thru and she being scraped! I was so hoping to be able to take my kids to see thier old man's first ship! as a museum! USS. SPHINX was my first ship and we all know you never forget your first!-lol. Looking back now, it was an inceditible expierience! I was a deck seman while assigned in USS. SPHINX, (from early 1985-to fall of 1986) and we had a damn good crew! I have run into or heard from a few of my old shipmates over the years but currently am not in touch with any of them! Anyone serving same time that I did, feel free to e-mail me at "sixgun45@hotmail.com"! I still have my old ballcap from the ship, lots of photos and even more memories!!! My GQ station was aft 40mm gun and firing those things was like being in a time machine back to WORLD WAR II! I also flew in country to honduras a few times on UH-1 helicoptor a few times, like being in Vietnam movie,lol; anyways she wasnt pretty, sure as hell wasnt modern or fast but guys she did her job and got us all home! I am working on book about my military experiences and whole lot of sea stories so hearing from anyone from those days would be great!!! I retired in 2004, after 20 years service as a BM1(SW/AW)! I was a helicopter crewman on SH-3's, was a P-3 Orion crewman and served on 3 other ships; USS. CARL VINSON CVN-70, and 2 crusiers USS. CHANCELLORSVILLE CG-62 AND USS. SHILOH CG-67! Was an interesting carrer but it all started on USS. SPHINX ARL-24...she will live on in our memories and sea-stories! A toast to the old girl! Best regards and fair winds and following seas!!!

Keywords: USS. SPHINX ARL-24!!!



Entry: 64275
Subject: MY SWEET, GREEN LADY

Tom Walker wrote on February 13, 2008


City and State: FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: You never forget your first, She was mine.

I came aboard the Sphinx in the middle of the Vam Co, south of Saigon, on the edge of the stinking Rung Sat Special Zone.

I was with her up the Mekong when her hull cracked thanks to Ricky Alderman and a case of Talcum charges.

I was with her in Kaohsiung and when she went dead in the Water off the Red Chinese coast, when she got towed to Sasebo, and when she went into dry dock in Yokosuka.

Thats where I left her for a little dry dock work of my own in the hospital there.

Its been 38 years but I still miss my sweet green lady. If you see her of hear where she is, please tell me.

Keywords: Song Vam Co, Song Mekong, Operation Game Warden, Rung Sat, Alpha Boat, ASPB, ARL, Vung Tau, Tan Chau, Nha Be, Nob Bay, Sea Float, Ricky Alderman, Napsinger, RAG TF-117, RIV DIV. French Fort, Kaohsiung



Entry: 63365
Subject: SPHINX REUNIONS

W. Norman Ponder wrote on December 10, 2007


City and State: BAYTOWN TX

Unit: )PERATIONS DIV.

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: Served on the Sphinx 1953-55. Served in Japan and Operation Passage to Freedom in 1954 after the fall of Dien bien Phu. helped relocate 300,000 refugees from
Haiphong to Saigon. Have been attending our great reunions at Branson in Sept. I recently wrote a song entitled "Ode to the USS sPHINX". The song gives the history of the Sphinx step by step. I sang and recorded it, but my singing is next to lousy. Some of my shipmates are attempting to help me find a good singer, so that we can make a good recording.. If you would like a 5 min. tape of it to give you an idea of the melody and words, let me know I have about 300 blank 5 min. tapes, (free of charge)

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Entry: 63248
Subject: POSSIBLE LAST DAYS OF USS SPHINX

Richard G. Parise SR. wrote on December 1, 2007


City and State: NORFOLK VA

Unit: VS-36 (ANTI-SUB S2F SQUADRON) '56-'62

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I hate to tell you guys this. I live in Norfolk on the Elizabeth River, and I just spotted the Sphinx (#24) being towed by three tugs to a shipyard upriver for possible scrapping. I Googled the name and found your website.
I think it was part of what's been called the "Ghost Fleet," old ships parked on the James River near Newport News and Jamestown. For decades the Navy has been trying to get these vessels scrapped before they spring leaks and allow oil and poisonous material to spread to the neighboring communities. Here's a link for more info:
http://hamptonroads.com/pilotonline/special/ghostfleet/part1.html

Keywords: NAS Norfolk; USS Valley Forge;



Entry: 57183
Subject: SPHINX DOCUMENTARY

Kyle Ferris wrote on May 15, 2006


City and State: MONROVIA CA

Unit: SPHINX

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I served between April '87 and May '88. I flew onto and off of the ship
via UH-1, and it felt appropriate to leave in the same manner in which I
arrived 1 year earler. Alot of great times occured between those two
flights and alot of great memories remain.
I hope everyone associated with the Sphinx is aware of the ships new
home and subsequent reunion this year in Dunkirk, NY. It is planned
for the 24-28th of September.
Please Contact:
George Sharrow 1040 Stoney Creek Road Dauphin, Pa 17018
(717) 921-2963 whitehats@paonline.com

I am working on a film project about the ships new home and the
reunion of the sailors who served aboard over the years.
----------------------YOU CAN HELP-------------------------

I NEED YOUR PHOTOS, SUPER 8 FILM, or VIDEO!!

I need as many old photos or film or video anyone has from their days
onboard the USS Sphinx. I don't care when you served or how bad the
photo is. I don't need the ACTUAL photo if you want to just e-mail me
a HI RES jpeg or mail me a photo CD (HI Resolution scans Please). The
Sphinx is an old ship, however, I don't think there are a great number
of sources out there for archived images of her. Please help out with
whatever you can. Please also include as much information about the
photograph as you can i.e Approximate date, approximate location and
who is in the photo. The more ship that is in the picture, the better.
Please be aware that by sending anything to me, you have granted me
permission to use it for the purpose of a documentary film project and
they will only be used for such a pupose. If you do wish photos or
video to be returned to you please include the appropriate self-
addressed stamped envelope. Thank you for your support and I hope
to see many familiar faces at the reunion.

Some names of sailors I'd love to see at the reunion, if anyone is still
in touch with these guys, let them know about this:

Ron Shelton, Ron Knight, Duane Finley, Larry Shaw, Rich Powell, Philip
Goodson, Baby Doc Overton, Paul Pressey, Lewis Chenney.


Kyle Ferris
kferris21@hotmail.com

e-mail me you my address if you wish to send by mail.

Keywords: Keywords: Rodman,SHIT HOT,Gulf of Fonseca, Spray and Wipe,
Atlas(Cerveza), Ancon, Calle "J".



Entry: 56899
Subject: 1985-1987 USS SPHINX PLANKOWNER

Steave Kantarowski wrote on April 29, 2006


City and State: PHOENIX AZ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I was on board Sphinx from 1985 - 1987 as an MSSN. Shipmates called me "ski" because of my long polish name. Memories include: sunsets on Puget Sound, those stranded shark fishermen in their capsized canoe, the Panama Canal passage, Olympic National Park, Mission Beach in San Diego, Seattle, passing the USS Iowa, El Rincon, Guatemala City and Friday nights in downtown Bremerton.


I have been in school ever since getting out of the Navy. I have several degrees including Speech, Health Service Management, and Nuclear Medicine. I also hold a dozen or more licenses and certifications in various medical fields. I currently am the Technical Director and Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist at a large Cardiology Practice in Phoenix, Arizona. I'm married, no kids. I spend free time working and welding on my 4 X 4 Jeep and rock crawler Bronco. I also started boxing and kickboxing a few years ago.

I have not seen or heard from anyone since leaving Sphinx in Charleston, South Carolina. Any fellow Sphincters can contact me at mitochondria@cox.net.

Keywords: I remember shipmates: Jocko, Ewert, Orrel, Baby Doc, Morris, Coddington, Warner, Schlapa, Capule, Boyd, Roskelly, Holbrook, Tiny (Wren), Cooper, Hudson, Mac, Condit, Westlund, Hendersen, Stamm, Quinn, Woods, Moore, Sherwood, Veaughn, Santaella, Bennett, Morales, Avery, Jensen, Robinson, Hester, Hinkle, Lloyd, Vasquez, Robbins, Howell, Roane, Murray, and Smith, to name a few.



Entry: 56326
Subject: FRIEND OF THE SPHINX

Robert F. Dorr wrote on March 22, 2006


City and State: OAKTON VA

Unit: AIR FORCE

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: It's nice to hear occasionally from Sphinx veterans who found my
obscure Navy Times article about the ship. My by-line (Robert F. Dorr)
has appeared on most history articles in the paper siince the year
2000, but this one has special meaning to me because of my indirect
connection with the ship in the 1980s.

Now, I'm the author of a book about American helicopter pilots and
crews in combat. "Chopper: A History of American Military Helicopter
Operations from World War II to the War on Terror" (Robert F. Dorr,
New York: Penguin, 2006) was published recently and is being well
received.

Robert F. Dorr
robert.f.dorr@cox.net
(703) 264-8950

Keywords: Sphinx



Entry: 52905
Subject: USS SPHINX 1950

Kyle Alderson wrote on August 29, 2005

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City and State: LANHAM MD

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Serived on uss sphinx in 1950 and worked in carpenter shop while in san diego.transferd to lst 1081 heading for norfolk.discharged in 1951.i also sereved in the navy 1943 to 1946 on lcs 108.

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Entry: 51420
Subject: USS SPHINX

David McDonald wrote on June 9, 2005


City and State: VA BEACH VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: The Sphinx was my first ship. Arrived in Rodman Panama Apr 87 and transferred off Mar 88.
Was a deck seaman assigned to the stinger det. Now SK1 at PSA Atalantic in Norfolk. Too bad the decom her, wouldn't have mind doing sea duty after a great short tour onboard.

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Entry: 49443
Subject: LSE AND GMG

Robert King wrote on March 8, 2005

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was an LSE onboard the Sphinx and a Gunner's Mate. Yes, the time we entered deep into the Gulf
of Fonseca, Nicaragua and saw actual palm trees
we gunner's were thinking a Hind would pop up and mow our WWII quad 40s down. Little did any one know was that a piece of the aft gun turret
broke making that gun in operable- we gunners did not know how we would handle the situation if something "hot" occurred.

But we came, we saw, we left- I guess only the CT's got anything real out of it?

Keywords: ARL-24 1980s



Entry: 48701
Subject: USS SPHRINX

Billy Murkerson wrote on February 4, 2005


City and State: BLAKELY GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: sailed on sphrinx from Guam to Washington State remember first night in Guam i was a new corpman and they had a big fight at em club because others were making fun of our green ship several had to come back to sick bat to get stiched up. Great times

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Entry: 46041
Subject: 1984-1986 MEMBER

Joseph Hughes wrote on September 27, 2004

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City and State: CORTLAND NY

Unit: S-1 DIVISION

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I was an SKSN and now SK1 hopefully make Chief this time.i had served aboard and recomissioned the Sphinx and cleaned up alot of mess from it after it got nuked. I was a meber of the flight deck crew and worked in S-1 div with SK1 alfreado
SK3 Brock and Chief and the Suppo How could i forget the Suppo he was my sea dad my very first and took me in to be an SK I thank him for that to this day i have been doing retailing and everything an sk is taught. If there is any one in the S-1 div or S-2 or S-3 that want to write to me feel free to email me at JHUGHES15@juno.com
I new all the gunners i was on mount 41 for GQ we had the best people loading and yes i was the BM1 was the elevation and iwas the trainer what a job

Keywords: I was stationed on USS SPHINX ARL-24 from Nov 84-NOV 86



Entry: 44711
Subject: REUNION

Bill Petrie wrote on July 22, 2004

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City and State: MAYFIELD KY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Sphinx reunion again in Branson. Week after Labor Day. WW-II, Koreaq, Vietnam vets all show up. Call me at 270 247-0611 for details

Keywords: Reunion



Entry: 44003
Subject: WAS MY FIRST SHIP 85-86

Neal Quinn wrote on June 23, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I served in USS. Sphinx ARL-24 1985-1986. She was my first ship! It was an amazing experience! Any former shipmates 1984-1986 feel frre to e-mail me at sixgun45@hotmail.com

Keywords: The USS. Sphinx ARL-24 1985-1986



Entry: 42628
Subject: PRECOM 1985

Steve Macana wrote on April 26, 2004

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I left the Sphinx in Feb. of 1986....The experience I'll never forget....after leaving the Sphinx I was stuck in Honduras....the held over in Panama before making my way to Charleston for my processing out.....I ran into one other shipmate since my days on the sphinx, en2 Mike Bahr....He's doing well.
My Military Carrer is still progressing, at at 41 years old I'm embarking on a career change in the NY Air National Guard, I will be going to School to be a C-130 Flight Engineer,I found the Air Force to be a much better deal......out of 21.8 yrs 17 of them are airforce....not to bad.
Hey if anyone wishes to contact me....send me an emailor AOL IM: smac3rd




Keywords: I was known as MAC.....M-Divison Main Propulsion....Oh yeah i was an Engineman EN2



Entry: 41064
Subject: LOOKING FOR DON BERRY

Thomas Allen wrote on February 19, 2004


City and State: CA

Unit: USS COHOES (ANL-78)

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Would like to locate Harry Donald "Don" Berry (SN) who originally was my shipmate on USS Cohoes (ANL78) before Cohoes deployed from San Diego. His new ship, USS Sphinx, sailed alongside Cohoes to Hawaii, Kwajalein, Kusaie, Ponape, Guam and Subic between May and July 1968.

Keywords: Cohoes,ANL78, AN78, Kusaie, Sphinx



Entry: 39335
Subject: BOB DORR'S STORY

Stephen O'Brien wrote on December 21, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Bob Dorr's story about the U. S. S. Sphinx is in this weeks "NAVY TIMES". Go to navytimes.com and look under COLUMNS. Find DAMN THE TORPEDOES and click on "for subscibers only". The story is very interesting and a must read for former Sphinx crewmen.

Stephen O'Brien (1950-53)

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Entry: 38941
Subject: ARTICLE ABOUT SPHINX

Robert F. (Bob) Dorr wrote on December 4, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments:
I'm the author of a weekly history article aimed
at young readers and published in Navy Times
newspaper. I write these "5-minute history lesson"
articles from my home in northern Virginia where
the phone number is (703) 264-8950.

I'm writing an article about the USS Sphinx (LST
963/ARL-24).

I need to talk with sailors who served aboard this
ship, which has a very elaborate and interesting
history. I would like to talk to anyone who served
on the Sphinx at any time---but this very urgent.
I need to hear from you right now.

Would you like to help?

Best wishes

Bob Dorr

Robert F. Dorr
3411 Valewood Drive
Oakton VA 22124
(703) 264-8950
robertdorr

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Entry: 36845
Subject: WHAT A GREAT FIRST SHIP.

David Murray wrote on September 11, 2003

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City and State: VA BEACH VA

Unit: SWDG

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I recomissioned teh Sphinx in 1985. We assembled here in Norfolk then flew the crew out to begin the process. Wow. Headed south from Bremerton and never came back. 12 x 12 box off the coast of Nicarauga, liberty was Rodman Panama. I transfered off by flying a UH-1 into Palmerola AF were I stayed for 3 days till they could get us a flight to Norfolk.

Keywords: The first ship I served on.



Entry: 36771
Subject: REPAIR SHOP DIVER<>68-70<>

Steve Kennedy wrote on September 7, 2003


City and State: VALENCIA CA

Unit: U.S.S SPHINX - ARL-24

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Sphinx was the best ship and crew I ever served with.I remember the liberties @ Dong Tam, Goda Ha
My Tho.I was aboard when U.S.S. Westchester County was mines, also dove @ the sunk YLLC-4- who was close aboard Sphinx that night.Where is Jim Carter MM3/DV<>Howie Carter MM3/DV, Lt Velissiza, Swope BM1 The best boats in the navy?Tom Matyn FN of Detroit,(call me ASSH---) Taylor SFP1 the miserable!!Ben Silver DC3 of the deep south,Koch PC1 our mail man,White FN of the DC shop<>Rickman DC1 sail locker.How abouy one of the Finest Skippers the Navy ever had. The Captain that used to wear a -T- shirt that said Rudy Garcia is a wet back?? TeckmanSFP1/DV2 who used to work for a 2ND class PO?RickmanDC2,Tom MeserindinoYN2,Tom RossiBM3/DV2,Thule MM3 of NYC,Steve Etchell PFFN Granada Hills-CA,Kemp ET2,Jacoby DC1<>Wood WO3<>How about the Chief who got 2 black eyes in 1 night(drunk) fhom MM3 Carter in the Dicksmith shack when our Warrant Wood was present-Ptyhons/Boa-constrictor/ on mooring lines.Loosing 50 cal machine guns on the port side,and looking for them all day.How about The "MAIL BUOY WATCH" and the mail buoy we found while on the way to Sasebo.How about open liberty for E5 and above and just bring back a receipt!!!which chief had the river explode on him while he was fishing of the rear pontoon (HA-HaHa-Ha,you dick)Shipmates see www.MRFA.org
<>Regards<>
Steve Kennedy SFP2/DV1------swksw@aol.com
28755 Castaic Cyn Rd--------661-294-0662
Valencia,Ca-91355

Keywords: 1St Class Diver aboard Sphinx 6-68---4-1970



Entry: 36452
Subject: SPHINX IN THE JITTERY PROP

Mark Hinkle wrote on August 23, 2003


City and State: VA BEACH VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I served on the Precom crew 84-86. What a profound experience! Seattle, San Diego and Panama with one of the best crews ever put together.

I would love to hear from any of the plankowners.

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Entry: 35052
Subject: WEB SITE FOR THE SPHINX

Ed Gutowski wrote on June 23, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: There is a dedicated web site for both the USS Sphinx and the Dunkirk Lighthouse. It is:

http://www.dunkirklighthouse.com/uss_sphinx.htm

It is sponsored by the Lancaster Amateur Radio club in Lancaster NY

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Entry: 32907
Subject: FORWARD DEPLOYED SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE

John Welter wrote on March 19, 2003

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City and State: WICHITA FALLS TX

Unit: SUPPLY OFFICER 1988

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: One night we had a fire at sea and no power.

One night we were approached and spotlighted by pt boat, during GQ, as I manned my station in the aft gun tub I wandered which one of the barrels was operational on the AA gun. Sometimes neither was and help was all the way down at Rodman Pa. since we steamed by ourselves during this forward depoloyed station off the Gulf of Fonzeca as a listening post in our ward on drugs.

I remember hundreds of hours jogging the Helo flight deck during that year as relief for stress

Keywords: Nicaragua USS Shinx (ARL-24)Supply Officer Drug War



Entry: 24995
Subject:

Gary Winger wrote on April 26, 2002

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City and State: MAYVILLE ND

Unit: TF-117, OUTSIDE REPAIR

Service or Relationship: .........

Comments: SERVED ABOARD THE UUS SPHINX 1970-71 IN THE MEKONG DELTA ON THE MEKONG AND VAM CO RIVERS AND OTHERS. LOOKING FOR ANY OLD SHIP MATES OUT THERE.

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Entry: 23903
Subject: REUNION

Frank Ironi wrote on March 13, 2002

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City and State: SAUK CENTRE MN

Unit: USS SPHINX (ARL 24)

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Reunion USS Sphinx ARL 24 at Branson,Mo. Mountain Music Inn 1-800-888-6933 Sept. 9th - 12th 2002 Reuion is for all shipmates from 1944 to final decommissioning in 1990. WW2 Korea Vietnam and duty as surveylance ship

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Entry: 22508
Subject: USS SPHINX IN KOREAN WAR

Ernie Skiles wrote on January 22, 2002

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City and State: ST. LOUIS MO

Unit: STOREKEEPER

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for Salvatore (Sam) DeFazio of San Francisco area.

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Entry: 20948
Subject: ARL 24 1ST. LT AND GUNNERY OFF 52-53

James Gray wrote on November 24, 2001

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City and State: LA MESA CA

Unit: DECK AND GUNNERY

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 20232
Subject: WW II VETS

Walter Batson wrote on October 29, 2001


City and State: RITTMAN OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I was an original crew member when the Sphinx was commissioned in l945. My rate was SK 1C and I handled the disbursing of payroll for the supply officer. I was a crew member until my points were up in 1946 at Enewetok where I left the ship for discharge. This was just prior to the A-Bomb test. If there are any other members of the original crew from the supply division out there I would like to hear from them.

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Entry: 19002
Subject: USS SPHINX ARL-24

Jim Campion wrote on August 28, 2001

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City and State: WASHINGTON'S CROSSING PA

Unit: USS SPHINX ARL-24 1985-86

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: USS Sphinx ARL-24

In August 1985, the Navy commissioned its first ship dedicated solely to intelligence collection since the decommissioning of the AGTR and AGER ships in 1969. The ship, the ARL-24 Sphinx, was a former World War-II LST that was subsequently converted to a repair ship during the Korean War and a riverine support ship during the Vietnam War before being converted to its present role
as a signals intelligence (sig-int) vessel.

The 328 by 50 foot ship travelled at 11.6 knots with almost unlimited endurance due to its for fuel storage capacity from its original design mission of conveying and supporting landing craft and amphibious tanks. With a home port at Balboa Naval Station, Panama, it spent most of its time during 1985-1987 in the Gulf of Fonzeca off the coast of Nicaragua and El Slavador intercepting military and guerrilla communications.

The Sphinx monitored suspected shipping, intercept communications and encrypted messages, and probed the shore surveillance and air-to-air defense capabilities of the other nations.


References:

The U.S. Intelligence Community
Jeffrey T. Richelson
New York, Ballinger, 1989

The Ships and Aircraft of the US. Fleet, 14th ed., Norman Polmar, (Annapolis Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1987), p. 317.


Keywords: USS Sphinx ARL-24
Naval Intelligence ships



Entry: 17526
Subject: ARL-24 INFORMATION

Harold Lawson wrote on June 23, 2001

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City and State: DUNKIRK NY

Unit: LST-551

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: The Dunkirk Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum is in the process of acquiring the USS-Sphinx, ARL-24 as a permanent-floating military museum to be located adjacent to the lighthouse museum. This museum will honor the veterans of all the services.
For more information please visit our web site at www.eznetbbs.tzo.com/dhl/index.html.

Keywords: USS-Sphinx



Entry: 11209
Subject: PRE-KOREA

Diana Lee Scarberry wrote on August 22, 2000

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Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for any shipmates of my Dad, Lawrence Fredrick Scarberry, electrician's mate during WWII. Shipped out of Jacksonville, FL after redesignation

Keywords: LST963 aka USS Sphinx ARL-24



Entry: 10530
Subject: U.S.S. SPHINX ARL-24

Stephen O'Brien wrote on July 22, 2000


City and State: TRUSSVILLE AL

Unit: U.S.S. SPHINX ARL-24

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: The U.S.S. Sphinx ARL-24 was a "landing ship repair" craft. It served in Japan and Korea in 1951-52.

Keywords: U.S.S. Sphinx ARL-24







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