Renshaw Shipmate Notes 2010

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From: "Michael T. Boyd" <mboyd05@attglobal.net>
Date: November 22, 2010 12:23:06 PM EST

To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: My Grandfather served on Renshaw

Hi , my name is Mike Boyd, I live in Victoria, Texas. My Grandfather Roy Earl Boyd of Antioch, California (who passed away a few years back) served on the Renshaw in WW2. He was present when the Japanese torpedo hit, etc.
I don'rt know if you allow descendants to be a part of this group or not, but I thought I would contact you just the same. The only photo I have of him in wartime service is a portrait in his whites. Love to hear from you.

Thanks,

Mike Boyd
(361)648-8469
mboyd05@attglobal.net

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From Webmaster  11/15/10

Last month I went down to Atlanta to the school where my son, Allen, teaches and spoke to one of the third grade classes about the Veterans Day holiday, which was coming up a couple weeks from that time. It was interesting for me and they took a lot of notes and asked a lot of questions. I didn't prepare anything, I just talked to them about my time in the Navy and ships that I was on. Allen was there and we had some pictures set up on the computer to show on the screen in the classroom.

The had a big program at the school last week on Veterans Day and they included me in it. along with several other veterans. I went down that day and it was very impressive. Allen had his school band assembled and they played (along with the entire group singing) the songs from all branches of the armed forces. There was a lot of participation by the students in the school, which covers pre-school up through 8th grade. With school kids like this coming along, we don't have anything to worry about. Here is a picture of Allen and me from that day. 

Glenn

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From: Webmaster

Subject: Presidential Letter

Copies of this letter were given to attendees at this year's Renshaw reunion.  Harry S Truman sent this letter of appreciation to the Commanding Officer for Renshaw's participation in the Review of the Fleet on Navy Day in 1945. The president cited the smart appearance and expert performance of the ship on that day.  We can all be proud.

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From: "LeRoy Spears" <lpspears@centurylink.net>
Date: August 21, 2010 10:34:11 PM EDT
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>

Subject: Renshaw Sailor

My name is Leroy Spears living in South Louisiana. North of Lafayette, La. I went aboard the Renshaw on 11, April, 1964 and left 10, June, 1965 at the end of my enlistment. I attained the rank of E-5 with a BT rating. I worked in the forward fireroom for John Taylor, BT1. If I remember correctly Gallagher was the BTC. Others I remember are Sergent, Cleveland Thibodeaux, Distel, and Turner. 45 years is a long time to remember everyone I served with. C.W. Hagler and I went to school in Lake Charles, Louisiana but I did not serve with him. I was on the USS Epperson at the time he was on the Renshaw. I ran across Cleveland Thibodeaux a few years back at his brother-in-law's machine shop in Morgan City, Louisiana. I think he was stove up from an oil field accident.

Before serving on the Renshaw I served on the USS Epperson DD-719 from 19, Jan., 1962 until 11, April, 1964. When the Epperson went in for a refit I was transferred to the Renshaw.

My grandson (15) was visiting this summer and we got to talking about my military days. He suggested I Google USS Renshaw and that is how I discovered all this info on the Renshaw. It is a good web site and I found some shipmates that I plan to communicate with. Good Job.

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From: alfred watkins <watkins_96928@yahoo.com>
Date: May 19, 2010 1:47:33 PM EDT
To: barbeeg@hartcom.net
Subject: B.A. Gensler MMC

My name is Al Watkins and I was on the USS Renshaw DD 499 from 1965-66 as a MM3 assigned to M Division Fwd Engine Room.
In doing research for a family history of my early Navy years which I am writing for my sisters; I came upon this information on my former CPO of that time on the Renshaw, MMC B.A. Gensler who was quite a colorful character.
I still remember him jumping up and grabbing the astern steam guarding valve handwheel which was in the overhead above the main engine throttleboard, with his right hand and with his left hand tucked in his pocket, do ten count them ten one arm chin ups.
Also I remember how Chief Gensler led us in getting a generator back on and way back on the ship the night Renshaw was dead in the water from contaminated fuel due to cracked fuel tanks and the typhoon swells were rolling us from side to side to the point when our stacks were almost in the seas.
According to records Chief Gensler is buried at Williamette National Cemetary near Portland Oregon. His marker reads as follows:

Burdette Allen Gensler
MMC U.S. Navy
World War II Korea Vietnam
Born May 7 1920 Died Sep 15 2000

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From: Donald McElfresh <donmcelfresh@sbcglobal.net>
Date: April 21, 2010 5:20:47 PM EDT
To: Glenn Barbee <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Cc: Charles Johnson <cjohnson32@bellsouth.net>
Subject: The Tin Can Sailor April-May-June 1010

Glenn - for the Renshaw Bulletin Board:

For those who are interested, Tin Can Sailor has printed a letter I wrote them, regarding the history of the attack and research on our underwater contact of 28 July 1951, in the Yellow Sea, on Pages 16 and 17 of the current issue of "The Tin Can Sailor." The letter is titled "Submarine or Phantom Contact?" The same title as the book Al March and I co-authored, that was published in 1997.

Regards,

Don McElfresh
(1950-52)

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From: Jack Katz <nanjack@ameritech.net>
Date: April 4, 2010 2:09:02 PM EDT
To: barbeeg@hartcom.net
Subject: Clyde Taylor

R.Taylor sent me an email in search of somebody who would remember his father while on the Renshaw. His father was a plank owner who served throughout the remainder pf the ship through the time we were torpedoed. He was an enlisted sailor and mustered out as chief petty officer third class(per the son) he worked in the engine room and was a friend of Clarence Isler and electrician. Jan referred me to you to request this information be put on the message board. I will attempt to forward the communication from R. Taylor. Good luck-let me know. Jack Katz P.S. (he apparently was known as carrot top.)

From: rtaylor <rtaylor@tcvox.com>
To: nanjack@ameritech.net
Sent: Wed, March 31, 2010 11:19:14 AM
Subject: former shipmate dd499

Greetings Mr. KatzI am looking for anyone who may have served with my father Clyde Taylor (carrottop) in engineering.
I would like to learn of his activities and life aboard dd499 did you or any one you know have any contact with him?

Regards
R Taylor

 

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From: "Mark Holthaus" <mholthaus@masecurities.com>
Date: April 2, 2010 12:14:46 AM EDT
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: USS Renshaw crew

Mr. Barbee: I believe my father, the late Hollis L. Holthaus, was part of the crew of the USS Renshaw during 1958-1960. I do not see his name on the list of deceased crew members on the ussrenshaw.org website. I can provide more info on then-Ensign or Lieut. JG Holthaus (USNA ’58) if that would be appropriate.

Regards … Mark Holthaus

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From: "Kathryn Savage" <kaysav@comcast.net>
Date: February 12, 2010 5:05:15 PM EST
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: USS Renshaw Shipmate Passing
Hello,

I want to let you know that my husband of 41 years, and a USS Renshaw shipmate, Terence E. Savage (RD2), passed away on January 7, 2009 of liver cancer. He left the Renshaw in 1968. Please add his name to the list of those who have passed. He left behind his wife, 5 adult children and their spouses, and 7 grandchildren, all of whom loved him dearly. He had been honored to serve in the US Navy.

Thank you,

Kathryn Savage

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From: <jed499@aol.com>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 7:28 AM
Subject: Bill Scareon
To: renshaw499@tellink.net

Don,
Just want to inform you of the passing of Bill Scareon (aka Meatball). He was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer about 8 months ago. He passed about 7:00 am on 1/11/10.

If you go online tomorrow, to the Newark Star Ledger, you will see his Obituary.

Regards,

Joe Del Gandio

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From: RICHARD WENZEL <rich4990@msn.com>
Date: January 8, 2010 8:16:53 PM EST
To: <barbeeg@hartcom.net>
Subject: JOHN SINCLAIR


HI GLENN, JUST A WORD OF THANKS TO YOU FOR YOUR GOOD WORK DEDICATION WEB SITE- WISE, AND TO THE COMMITTEE FOR THE GOOD 2009. KUDOS!!! I RECENTLY RECEIVED WORD THAT JOHN SINCLAIR HAD PASSED AWAY. JOHN WAS A PLANK OWNER AND MADE MANY REUNIONS IN THE EARLY DAYS. JOHN WAS A GOOD FRIEND AND A GREAT SHIPMATE. HE WILL BE MISSED.

DICK WENZEL

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To all Renshaw shipmates:

Happy New Year 2010. 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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