USS Zellars (DD-777)


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Entry: 88839
Subject: JAMES RUSSELL

James Russell wrote on May 5, 2014


City and State: FALMOUTH KY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I am James Russell's daughter. Jim served aboard the USS Zellars from 1952-1954. Looking for a picture of the ship during that time frame to give him.

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Entry: 85031
Subject: U S S ZELLARS DD-777

Bill Havel wrote on December 23, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I noted Jim (Woody)Woods entry below from the year
2001. I, too, served on the Zellars in 1953-54 as a
RM. I am aware Woody is now deceased, but if any of
the other RM's are still with us I would be pleased
to hear from them. Cheers

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Entry: 83381
Subject: FATHER SERVED ON USS ZELLARS

Leonard E. Riffle wrote on June 18, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: This is Leonard's daughter. I am sorry to say that my
dad recently passed. In looking through his papers I
found he served on this ship during the Korean War. I
also came across a citation served to him while
attached to this ship for acting as Coxswain of a small
whaleboat engaged in landing personnel ashore behind
enemy front lines on the east coast of Korea. It is
signed by CT Joy, Vice Admiral, US Navy, commander
Naval Forces, Far East.

Keywords: USS Zellars DD-777 citation Korea



Entry: 81495
Subject: U.S.S ZELLARS. DD-777

Lester Sinton wrote on December 27, 2011


City and State: MERRIMAC MA

Unit: U.S.S ZELLARS DD-777

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Association President, check out our website we have roster list of
70o shipmates, annual newsletter and reunion we get about 90
attendees. Send me your name, rate, dates on board

Keywords: MM2, 1965-1968, DD777



Entry: 81494
Subject: U.S.S ZELLARS. DD-777

Lester Sinton wrote on December 27, 2011


City and State: MERRIMAC MA

Unit: U.S.S ZELLARS DD-777

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Association President, check out our website we have roster list of
70o shipmates, annual newsletter and reunion we get about 90
attendees. Send me your name, rate, dates on board

Keywords: MM2, 1965-1968, DD777



Entry: 69523
Subject: S/1C ROBERT ALVIN GRAY PICTURE

Robert Gray wrote on March 16, 2009


City and State: VA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the nephew of S/1C Robert Alvin Gray who was killed in Okinawa. I
am also named after him. I have a picture of him in his Navy uniform and
also pictures of his brothers who were in the Navy in WWII.

Keywords: Robert Alvin Gray



Entry: 65522
Subject: GUNNERS MATE JAKE MERRIMAN

Chuck Retzer wrote on May 5, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: MEDFORD OR

Unit: GROUP 18,SPECIAL FORCES, USAF, V-N

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: My favorite Uncle Jake (Jack) Merriman, Gunners Mate was killed 12 Apr 45 by a Kamikazi pilot while serving on the USS Zellars. His name is on one of the memorial blocks at the punch bowl in Oahu, HI. I was 4 1/2 when he was hit by the Zero. Is there anyone who knew him or about his service; perhaps even an eyewitness?



Entry: 65402
Subject: CORRECTION - EUGENE GENE BROWN

Denise Brown wrote on April 26, 2008


City and State: MIDLAND PARK NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: He was on the USS Medusa at Pearl Harbor. I mixed up the order of things but realize that the ship was not commissioned until after the attack! Would still love to hear anyone else out there who may have stories/picture etc during that time.

Keywords: Eugene "Gene" Brown did serve on Zellars during late 40's / early 50's but obviously not at Pearl in '41



Entry: 65348
Subject: ON BOARD AT PEARL HARBOR

Denise Brown wrote on April 21, 2008


City and State: MIDLAND PARK NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father passed away in 1983 he was aborad this ship for many years during WW11 and was at Pearl during the attack. His name was Eugene (Gene) Brown and was a Chief Machinist Mate and later promoted to Chief Petty Officer. He didn't speak much about the attack except that he was very proud to have served his country.
Would love to hear from anyone else who may have info during this time or may have served with him etc.

Keywords: Onboard USS Zellars at Pearl harbor attack



Entry: 64575
Subject: HEY HOW YOU ALL DOING.

Dan McPadden JR. wrote on March 3, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: JENSEN BEACH FL

Unit: DD-777 66TO69

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I was wondering how that guy was that use to bunk next to me and smoke six packs of butts a DAY. And if anybody out there is still freezing Aqua Velva to drink the alcohol at the bottom. Do you still wash your clothes in the ocean.,,,, Ha Ha Dan the Irishmen.



Entry: 64102
Subject: FRANK WILLIAMSON

Mitch Williamson wrote on January 31, 2008


City and State: COLUMBIA TN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: I have a few pics from the timeframe if anyone is interested. My dad was onbooard from 50-54 I believe. He was a Gunner's Mate. I believe he manned one of the 5in guns.



Entry: 61611
Subject: ONBOARD 12/66 TO 05/67

Phil Hoeflich wrote on July 13, 2007


City and State:

Unit: USS ZELLARS DD-777

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: My short time aboard produced some of the most memorable and challenging times of my life. Had I not gone through what I did on that ship, I probably would not have had the successes in business that I have had.
I notice that many others that served aboard her, no matter what time frame, have similar comments!!!
It made me sick when I learned she was sold to Iran!!!
After all the paint chippin and desk scrubbin

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Entry: 56586
Subject: 1950-1954 LEON MATUSIAK

Matt Anderson wrote on April 8, 2006


City and State: BOUND BROOK NJ

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My stepfather, Leon Matusiak served on the USS Zellers in the early 50's. He isn't a computer person, so I'm putting his name out there in hopes that some of his fellow shipmates are looking to reconnect with their old friends.

Keywords: USS Zellars DD 777



Entry: 47451
Subject: USS ZELLARS 48-52

Lisa McKillop (Legere) wrote on December 11, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi,
My dad passed away in 1990 and we never had a chance to talk
about his time on the USS Zellar and where he acquired his many
tatoos. I was wondering if anyone might remember him. His
name was Robert (Bob) Legere. He was
a Firemans Apprentice on the USS Zellar from 48-52.
You can email me at: mclisa81@yahoo.com

Thank you
Lisa McKillop

Keywords: Robert (Bob) Legere FA, 48-52, USS Zeller, DD-777



Entry: 46373
Subject: ON BOARD SEP/50 - 51

Eldridge Wood wrote on October 19, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: LEESVILLE LA

Unit: MACH.MATE E-3

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: WAS ONLY SEVENTEEN AT THE TIME REMEMBER OCT. 9 1950 WE ENVADED NORTH KOREA. I CAN REMEMBER THEM TELLING US WE COULD PUT THREE BATTLE STARS ON THE KOREAN RIBBON,BUT I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXCURSIONS YOU KNOW HOW THE MILITARY IS THERE WERE FAMILY MEN ON BOARD AT SEA FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND COULDN'T GET SHORE DUTY BUT I PUT IN AND RECEIVED IT THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY ARE STILL LIVING BUT WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

EL

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Entry: 45760
Subject: USS ZELLARS

Brian Northover wrote on September 12, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: CRANHAM ESSEX UK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

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Entry: 37818
Subject: SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION

Christine Magargee wrote on October 26, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I'm not sure what dates exactly he served since no one is home to allow me to look at his discharge papers but I believe it was between 51-54. Around that time. He has recently died and I would love to hear stories, see pictures or any other sort of memory that someone might have of him.

thank you for reading my post.

Keywords: granddaughter of Stephen Winnick, teleman third class.



Entry: 31876
Subject: 1943 TO 1945 SHIPMATES OR PICTURES

Carey Wall wrote on February 9, 2003

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Seaman First Class Robert Alvin Gray was abroad the USS Zellars I have only one picture of him when he was home visiting his Grandfather Charles R. Wall. Robert Gray was a cousin to my dad Robert Max Wall how was in the Air Force in Korean War. I'm trying to locate shipmates that might remember him S/1C Robert A. Gray.

Carey Alan Wall

Keywords: DD-777 USS Zellars any shipmates of Robert Gray



Entry: 28502
Subject: HELLO

David Bogart wrote on September 27, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Anybody out there that knew us. On the Z from end of 1951 thru 1954

Keywords: Radarman 3rd class, looking for other "o" div friends



Entry: 22433
Subject: DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE USS ZELLARS DD-777

Amanda Campbell wrote on January 19, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: ABILENE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hi!

My name is Amanda, and I am a Junior at Abilene Christian University. I am in a class right now which allows me to do a documentary about WWII. My grandfather served aboard the USS Zellars, but he died when I was very young. Do you happen to know anyone who might have any pictures that they could send, any stories to tell, or live in Texas and would be willing to be interviewed? If possible, I need people who served about the ship in WWII. I have come across most of the information avaliable on the web, but now I need things like logs, journals, or even the name of the captain! Thank you so much. Please email me at alm99a@acu.edu. My being able to do this documentary depends on the information I can find.

My grandfather's name was Frank Joseph Krajca. I don't know what his function was aboard the ship. If anyone knew him I know my mom would love to hear about him! Thank you again!

Keywords: Frank Joseph Krajca's grandaughter



Entry: 21666
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS

Phyllis Blankenship wrote on December 21, 2001


City and State: OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for anyone who served with my grandfather, Ernest "Jack" Blankenship. He serves from 2-29-44 to 11-26-45. I know he was aboard when the torepedo hit in '45.
Any information would be greatly appriciated.
thank you, one and all, for serving our country so proudly.
:0)

Keywords: "Jack" Blankenship USS Zellars DD-777



Entry: 21334
Subject: USS ZELLARS DD777

James (Woody) Wood wrote on December 9, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Served on the Zellars from 1952-1955 as RM2
Where are all you other RM's Kemper, Cote, Isselin, Hurlburt, Veine, Chubbuck, Cianfarani
(I know where you are Tony)

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Entry: 19476
Subject: HELLO

Russ Molnar wrote on September 18, 2001


City and State:

Unit: USS ZELLARS DD-777

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for crewmembers from 1965 thru 1967 just to name a few.

Dave Baken
Ray Haybian
Smitty

Keywords: EM-3 1965/1967 ZippinZ Galoping Goast of the Ginny coast



Entry: 19412
Subject: HELLO OUT THERE

Ed Boris wrote on September 13, 2001

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City and State: ALEXANDRIA VA

Unit: SHIP'S OFFICE

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: I am interested in who is out there from that exciting time we served on the Zellars. Changed my life.

Keywords: Zippin Z



Entry: 17398
Subject: USS ZELLARS DD777

Alvin Almond wrote on June 17, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: AMISSVILLE VA

Unit: ELECTRONICS, OPERATIONS DIVISION

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I served aboard the USS Zellars from 1949 to 1952.
I was an ET. I would be happy to hear from shipmates that served on the Zellars during this time.

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Entry: 12961
Subject:

Lars Liegmann wrote on November 14, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: BERLIN D

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

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Entry: 11927
Subject: USS ZELLARS DD-777 1948-1951

Robert L. Crayden wrote on September 23, 2000


City and State: NEW ALBANY IN

Unit: USS ZELLARS DD-777

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: USS ZELLARS DD-777

Keywords: Am looking for anyone who served on the Zellars during the 1948-1951 period. My father would like to look up friends from there.. Please email him He was a radioman thank you



Entry: 11208
Subject: ZELLARS HISTORY BOOK

Arthur Barnes wrote on August 22, 2000

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City and State: BELLINGHAM WA

Unit: FC 3C PLANK OWNER

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: In The Service of Our Country, The ship and her
Men of the USS ZELLARS. 312 pages of documented
Zellars history from laying of the keel to
decommissioning. 60 photographs, 26 personal
histories from shipmates. A very hight quality
hard cover printing with copy of painting of
Zellars just befor Kamikaze hit April 12, 1945
Book was limited printed only 200 copies
remaining. S and H $30.00 mail check to A.H. Barnes
3194 Steller ct, Bellingham, WA 98226. book wil be
sent

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Entry: 5579
Subject: USS ZELLARS

David A. Connelly wrote on December 11, 1999


City and State: MYRTLE BEACH SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Was Lt USArmy, Aboard with Korean Infiltrators 1951. Capt Michaael, Cdr "Gus," also remember LTs Venable, Boyd, Curtin.....

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Entry: 4775
Subject: ON BOARD 6/50-6/52

Jack G. Munsell wrote on November 11, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit: USS ZELLARS DD 777

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Would enjoy hearing from anyone on board during above period.

Keywords: John G. (Jack)served on board 6/50 - 6/52 roomate Dave Boyd ship captain Michaels ship in Korea 6/50 - 7/51 I was LTJG and CIC officer aswell as OOD







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