Renshaw Shipmate Notes 2009

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From: "Alan Bond" <>
Date: December 31, 2009 11:58:47 PM EST
To: <>
Subject: Johnny R. Bond

My name is Alan E. Bond and my dad served aboard the Renshaw. I am sad to say he passed away afew years ago. Please add his name to the deceased list. Johnny R. Bond, EN1 from 1968 to 1970. I thank you.


Alan Bond


From: dennis kirk <>
Date: December 29, 2009 11:42:40 AM EST
To: <>
Subject: WestPac69
Dear Sir:

Is there any information about two shipmates that made the Renshaw 69 WestPac cruise. I cannot remember their given names only that their nicknames were Mex and Mic. Both were BM aboard the tin can. thanks.

Dennis K. Sales


From: marnes <>
Date: December 27, 2009 9:48:51 PM EST

Subject: my father served in WWII

My father served proudly on this fine ship during WWII. He went to many reunions in the 1980's and early 1990's.
He died in July 2003 and I just found many of his papers.

Among them a photocopy of the Renshaw commissioning log of Dec 5, 1942, listing the majority of the crew and officers who reported aboard that day. Many reunion notices and photos of President Truman aboard the ship on Oct 30, 1945.
The ship meant a lot to him. I am so sorry he died without knowing there was this wonderful site. He would be honored to have his named listed with his brothers who have also died.

His name is Sidney Irving Lavender.

Thank you for you attention.
Marsha Mantykiow


From: Donald McElfresh <>
Date: November 23, 2009 5:58:19 PM EST
To: Glenn Barbee <>
Cc: Rebecca McElfresh <>, Charles Johnson <>
Subject: Korean War Group
Hi Glenn:

Here's a photo of "our" five from the reunion. Left to right: Charlie Johnson (RD), Ken Gaul (SO), Don McElfresh (FC), Mike Melillo (PN), and Bob Koehler (Lieutenant).

We're ragged but proud.

Don McElfresh (1950-52)

Webmaster Note:  These are our Renshaw veterans of the Korean War (1950-53). We're proud to show them in a group photo here.


Note from Webmaster 15 November 2009

Jerry Vandenberg called today to let us know that shipmate Jeff Dunaway has passed away. Jeff was a Gunner's Mate on Renshaw in the late 1950s thru the early '60s. He was 72 years old and lived in Dickson, TN. Jeff attended several Renshaw reunions in years past and he will be missed by those of us who knew him and served with him.


From: Charlotte and Don <>
Date: November 14, 2009 9:39:06 AM EST
Subject: Addition to Renshaw Contact list

Mr. Barbee,
I served on the Renshaw from mid 1962 to April 1966 as a Seaman. At different times I was a Botswain's Mate, Quartermaster/Signalman, and whaleboat coxwain. I also worked in the galley for a while.
Some names I remember are Saizon, Raffo, Robt. Epling, Larry McIntyre, Jack Serr, Chris Dorman, Charlie Pearce, and Gary Wemmer (or Weemer). As a QMSN, I made made entries in the ship's log during cruises, fixed our locations at sea, and manned the helm during refueling.

I have memories of chasing space capsules, Vietnamese junks, whales, and tourists in bikinis. I experienced the "out of fuel" incident, the 45 degree roll during a typhoon, and the unauthorized swimming incident off the coast of Vietnam. Though I can't be sure, I think I am in the well known photo of the exploding depth charge. I also remember the shooting for the motion picture, In Harm's Way. I went on two WesPac cruises to Midway, Guam, Yakouska, Sasebo, Olongapo, Kaoshung, and Hong Kong. We also made occassional stops at Maui, Kawaii, and the Big Island.

Please add me to the contact list, and thank you for your service to the crew.

Don A. Hoyt
Charlotte and Don
1508 Victoria Lane
Anniston, AL 36207
256-835-1557 (hm)


From: Waco Renshaw <>
Date: October 11, 2009 6:22:26 AM EDT
Subject: Thank you.

Thank you both men and wives of the Renshaw, we've kept the name honorable. Gramps was a Seabee in the North Pacific in ww2 and I was a Seabee in Desert Storm.
May God bless you all. Please feal free to contact me. That mighty ship is my namesake.
I'm Waco Renshaw, my e-mail is, phone(904)339-1157, address 435 La Paz pl. Orange Park Fl. 32073

Again, Thank you for your service to our great country.

Waco Renshaw

From: Beverley Marrocco <>
Date: October 6, 2009 9:28:08 AM EDT
To: "''" <>
Subject: Pittsburgh Reunion

Good Morning Glen –

I just wanted to thank you for your help to surprise my husband Joe “Rocky” Marrocco. I will never forget when we walked into the Hospitality Room and one of his shipmates, Jim, walked up to him and said “Rocky how are you?” Joe actually became speechless for a few minutes until they talked for awhile and then he realized who he was. To see his face at that moment was worth everything to me.

The Pittsburgh Reunion was great and we are looking forward to attending the next one.

Thanks again,

Bev Marrocco


Update on "Queeny" Schindler - From Jan McCurry

"Queeny" was not able to attend the reunion in Pittsburgh. He's home in California and he would be very happy to hear from his Renshaw shipmates.  You can send postal mail to him at:

Eugene Schindler, 1663 W. George St., Banning, CA  92220


Webmaster note:  Tom Vestal forwarded the following email to us. LTJG Jim Torres was aboard Renshaw in the early 1960's.  The email was forwarded to Tom and others by David Taylor (RD2, 1960-63) at Jim Torres' request. Tom sent it to me and I'm sure there are many shipmates here who remember Jim Torres and who would appreciate this update. His email to David Taylor follows:

From: Jim Torres []
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 12:57 PM
To: David A. Taylor, Sr.
Subject: Re: Cancer

Hi David,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Also, sorry to hear about your new cancer. Hope you will be successful in keeping it under control.

My health has changed for the worse. Briefly, here is where I currently stand. While enroute to a long-anticipated Central Europe two-week river cruise in mid-August, I got so sick on the SFO-DULLES flight that I ended up spending 10 days in a hospital in Fairfax, VA. While in the hospital, the Chief Hematologist told me that in just 24-36 hours, my Myelodysplasia had exploded into violent, full-blown Acute Leukemia. He informed me that it was untreatable and fatal. He told me that my Walnut Creek Hematologist had confirmed this diagnosis. I was farther advised to get a relative or friend to immediately come out from California and take me home to die. By the end of the next day, I was home.

I am now at home in the hands of Hospice, totally at peace and surrounded by family & friends. At the moment, I am in no pain and usually feeling good enough to accept brief calls & visits.

I want to thank you and all my former Renshaw shipmates that I have reconnected with recently for your emails about yourselves and some of the great (& not so great) times that we had on-board Renshaw. David, please do me a favor and pass this on to our fellow shipmates.

Many thanks and may God keep your cancers under control and give you many more years of a great life.

With warmest personal regards,
Jim Torres


From: Donald McElfresh <>
Date: September 29, 2009 12:22:47 AM EDT
To: Glenn Barbee <>
Subject: 2009 Reunion
This is to thank all that made the 2009 reunion possible; Becky and I enjoyed it tremendously. I always recall that I am a guest of the WWII crew, such as Dick Wenzel, Dick Post and Jack Katz, who fought the real fight against the Japanese and lost shipmates while doing so. We who came later only carried on their tradition in the 499.


Don McElfresh, FT/2 (1950-1952)
Korean War


Following was received from Shipmate Bruce DeWald 09/11/09:

Thomas [Tom] Moore, 86, of Eagle Point Park, Punta Gorda, FL, who spent three years, 10 months as a slave laborer after his submarine was sunk by the Japanese in World War II, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 at Charlotte Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 31, 1922 in Boonton, N.J. Thomas served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Chief Petty Officer [c. 1959]. He is survived by his loving wife, Lee Moore; sons Thomas (Janice) Moore of Solana Beach, CA, David (Dale) Moore of Port Charlotte, FL; daughter Nancy (Roland) Chabot of Port Charlotte FL; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Thomas was preceded in death by a son, Michael Moore. A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. Monday Feb. 16, 2009, at Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Punta Gorda. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home.

Bruce adds the following:
This is late because the Moores moved and I lost track of them. After I retired in May and relocated to AZ, I sent an inquiry to his old address and the park manager delivered it to Lee at her new residence. After I was back in comms with Lee, she told me Chief Tom passed in January. I asked Lee for a copy of his obit so I could send it to the RENSHAW Assn.


Date: August 21, 2009 1:16:46 AM EDT
Subject: RENSHAW Crew
Please add me to your crew list:

Herbert Colomb, LTJG, Gunnery Assistant/Navigator 1967-1969


From: "Mike" <>
Date: August 5, 2009 11:30:08 PM EDT
To: "Glenn Barbee" <>
Subject: Emailing: dad11

My Father has passed on.       Larry Gayle Hogan, 499 Renshaw


Date: August 4, 2009 12:55:29 PM EDT
To: <>
Subject: Photo of Renshaw next to unidentified carrier ...
Hi there
On your photo page you have a photo which the caption says that it is next to an unidentified carrier.

From the fact that the Renshaw’s name is prominently displayed on her side, I would place the date of the photo to be in the fall of 1945 at the time of the Navy Day ship’s parade and open house in New York City. Many ships, especially the smaller less identifiable ones, were so marked to allow the people on the shores to know who was who. The carrier in the photo has a tripod mast and large square funnel, which makes her the Yorktown class. The only one to survive the war was the Enterprise. Those lost were Yorktown (at Midway) and Hornet (at Santa Cruz).

If the guesstimated date is correct – then that is the identity of the carrier.

Hope this helps in the identification


Ed Grune

[Webmaster Note:  Thanks to Mr. Grune for this analysis. We believe the estimated date is correct and the pictured carrier must be the USS Enterprise.]


From: "leonard headley" <>
Date: July 28, 2009 12:31:09 PM EDT
To: <>
Subject: tour on the renshaw

I'm Leonard Headley, and I served aboard the USS. Renshaw from 1963 to 1967. I left when I was transfered to DaNang Vietnam on river boats. I was an EN2 when I left and I retired from the navy in 1977. I now live in Rio Vista, California which is about 25 miles east of Travis AFB. I would like my name added to the list of people who served on the Renshaw. When I looked at the list I remember some of the men I served with during that span of time.

Thank you very much.

Leonard Headley  (USN Ret).


From: "Dennis & Sarah Osborn" <>
Date: July 27, 2009 3:01:31 PM EDT
To: <>
Subject: USS Renshaw

My grandfather, Walter Smith (Pete), was on the USS Renshaw during WWII. My Mother and Grandmother stayed with him in Seattle the summer of 1945 while the ship was in dry dock being repaired. They stayed in a hotel that the Navy took over for the families. I’m interested in finding out the name of that hotel. If anyone has information regarding this, please send an e-mail.

Thank you.

Sarah Osborn


From: "Michael Robertson" <>
Date: July 21, 2009 9:44:43 PM EDT
To: "'Jim Giddings'" <>, "'Glenn Barbee'" <>

Subject: Shipmate Passing

I’ve just been informed that another of our shipmates, Al Warren, passed away last night in his sleep. He was part of the 64-67 radar crew with whom several of us are familiar. The request here is that he be remembered at the reunion in Pittsburgh in September. Al joined us at the Buffalo reunion when the Market Time radar gang finally figured out how to get back in contact with one another.
Mike Robertson


From: Louis Herrington <>
Date: May 17, 2009 12:07:35 PM EDT
Subject: David Calloway

Dave and I served together almost all my tour. He came aboard in 1952 and was still there in late 54 when I left. He was an RD2 at that time. The attached picture is me on the left, Holland and then Calloway on the right. We were all in Radar.

Louis Herrington,
112 Wildoak Dr.
Daphne, AL 36526
251 626 6403


Webmaster note:

We're sad to report that our shipmate, Ray Smith, passed away on May 15, 2009. There is an earlier report  here on Ray's recent health problems. Along with the late R.C. Harrell, Ray was instrumental in organizing and running many Renshaw reunions in past years. He will be missed by all of us.



Jim Giddings forwarded this to us on May 15, 2009

Mr Giddings,

I am sad to inform you that my father, Frank George Nicholson has recently passed.


The reunion package just came in the mail today to 228 S. Sunland.

When he was healthy enough to travel, he enjoyed going to the reunions. He was very proud of his time in the Navy.

Thanks,Debbit Nicholson (Frank's daughter )                          


From Webmaster: Tom Vestal has informed us that shipmate Albert M. Huntley passed away on May 11, 2009. Al was a Chief Commissaryman on the Renshaw in the early 1960's.  Contact Tom for more details.


                         Albert M. Huntley, 81, WWII Veteran


From Webmaster:  Received this from Jan McCurry.  Our buddy, Ray, is on the road to recovery and it would be nice to let him and Sandy know our thoughts are with them.

Ray Smith has been fighting several bouts of pneumonia in recent months. He is in the hospital now but hopes to get back to the nursing home to rehab and regain his strength. Then hopefully return home but that will take some time. If you'd like to send a card to him, it's best to send to him at home now and Sandy will get it to him. Their address is 3850 Enfield Chase Court, #113, Bowie, MD 20716.


This was received from Jan on May 10th

I talked with Sandy this evening. Ray's condition has worsened.. He is being given measures to make him confortable. Sandy is at the nursing home 24/7. Just want everyone to have an update. I will let you know, as Sandy keeps me updated. Jan


Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 6:45 PM
Subject: Albee Sena (Shipmate 1942)

Dear Mr. McCurry,

I am contacting you on behalf of my uncle Albee Sena. He served on the Renshaw during WWII. I believe he was part of the ships original crew. He is very proud of his service and still enjoys talking about his Navy experience. If you know of someone who would like to talk to him please contact his son Ronald at (718) 232-3620.
His home address is 1526 74th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11228.

Robert Baranello


From: gremaka <>
Date: April 9, 2009 1:11:01 AM EDT
Subject: USS Renshaw Pics
I saw your request for Renshaw pics. I have a few pics I took
when TDY aboard her in 1968 during the Vietnam war.

I transferred from her to the USS Bon Homme Richard where I made E-5, left the Navy in 1980 as RMC.\

Chuck Olson


From: James Northcutt
To: ''
Cc: ''
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 8:56 AM


I am trying to find a good contact for the USS RENSHAW. I help with the Memorial Day Service and the RENSHAW is one of the units we honor. The reason that I am writing is because at this time the information that we have at the Nimitz Museum is not any good and I would like to see if we could get someone to represent the USS RENSHAW at the ceremony.


Jim Northcutt



From: luck Patterson <>
Date: Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 11:22 PM


In 1963 and 1964, my brother James Kelly Patterson was an ensign aboard the USS RENSHAW. Very artistically talented, he won an on-board contest to re-design the ship's logo, I am told.
It's a small part of his story that I'd very much like to recover. He's been missing in Vietnam for almost 42 years now, so every little piece of his history is important to me. His loss narrative, and my search for him, can be found at

Please contact me if you recall Kelly's service aboard the RENSHAW. I'd also appreciate a photo of the ship's logo that he allegedly designed.
Thanks for your help.
Luck Patterson


From: Joe Spurny <>
Date: March 14, 2009 6:07:14 PM EDT
Subject: USS Renshaw board

I am asking to please post my e-mail on the board to any shipmates of my father (ETN2 Joseph C Spurny Sr. 62-63). I am trying to compile a history of him to give his grand children (as well as to understand my father and his history) I can be reached at . I welcome any stories of that time period no matter if my father was involved or not. The history of the ship was important to him as preserving it is important to me. Please note none of these stories will be shared unless the participant wishes it. Like you may have guessed its a labor of love for my father.


Joseph C Spurny FC2 USS Midway 87-90


Date: February 18, 2009 4:27:00 PM EST
Subject: USS Renshaw sailor

Hello Glen,
I am hoping this msg. reaches you. I would like to ask for your help in getting my brother registered on the deceased crew members list. His name is Larry Kingsley and he served sometime between 1959 and 1962 as a radarman on the ship. I'm not sure of his dates because I don't have his service records, which I hope to locate someday. I do have his discharge papers.
Larry was murdered in july 2008. He was only 67 years old. He was very proud of his military service and kept his early training book from San Diego, California. I know he was registered on your "tincan sailors" list at one time. I am hoping to put together some stories of Larry's life for his children and grandchildren by June of this year.
Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you at
Karol Towsley


From: "Bill Patterson" <>
Date: February 17, 2009 1:45:13 PM EST
To: <>
Subject: Ralph Marez

Those of you who served 55--57 will probably remember Ralph.
I recently made contact with him. He lives in Roseburg, Oregon.
He is not in good health and has been battling various maladies for the past few years.
Should you wish to contact him, you can get a phone number (he is not on internet) by e-mailing either myself or Doug Williams.

He might be encouraged by you guys remembering him.

Bill Patterson


From: Wayne Scott
Date: 1/22/2009 4:26:40 PM

Hi, my name is Wayne Scott and I was on the USS Renshaw DD-499 from 1964 to 1966.
I was a BM2.
I would like to contact any one who remembers me and what we did in Vietnam.

Tks, Wayne Scott


To all Renshaw shipmates:

Happy New Year 2009. With this, we start our info notes file for the new year. Let us hear from you. We don't have means for you to post your note here directly, so just send it to me in an email and I'll put it up.

Glenn Barbee, Webmaster


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