I am looking for anyone who served with my father, Aubrey S. Robinson Sr. on the USS Pyro. I believe he served from 1961 to 1963 as Chief Hospital Corpsman. He probably used the nickname of "Robbie" or "Bud" Any information would be appreciated. My dad passed away here, in Colorado, in December of 1998. He went into the Navy at 17 and was serving at Pearl Harbor (at the Naval Hospital) during the attack. He stayed in the Navy, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He Retired in 1967 and moved to Colorado. He is now buried at Fort Logan National Cemetary, here in Denver. He had full militiary honors, provided by the Naval Detachment from Buckley Air Force Base. It was so well done, and from what I hear increasingly rare for our veterans.
Aubrey Robinson (Son of "Robbie Robinson 1961-1963)
I was aboard the Pyro from 1960-May 1962. Enjoyed the tours we made overseas,and up and down the coastline of the USA. I was a radioman RM3.
Robert D. (Bob) Weatherford
Served on from March 63 until I retired on 1 July 1964
Perry W. Dushek GMGC (EOD)
Thanks for the website.
SORRY I COULD NOT MAKE THE REUNION WAS IN THE HOSPITAL HAVING FIVE BY-PASSES, DOING GREAT NOW AND HOPE TO BE AT THE NEXT REUNION FOR SURE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL.
GLENN A. DAVIS RM2
Glad to have this web site at last!
I served aboard from 1963 through the end of 1964 and feel that this tour was by far the most memorable of my enlistment. I served in 3rd Division and at the time was the only GMT on the ship and I believe the first GMT assigned to the PYRO. When I left the ship I was relieved by Pipin GMT2. Perhaps some of you will remember that two crew members missed the departure of the ship as she left Bae Poo Japan and caught the ship by chasing the ship in a Japanese crash boat (Thanks to the Japanese Navy) as she left the harbor. Yes, Richard Ransom and me. Perhaps you will remember our Captain's Mast shortly thereafter? I have been told that that was the only Captain's that Captain O'Brien had to preside over while the Commanding Officer. Glad I was able to locate and communicate with a few of my shipmates and wish I could have made the last reunion. Maybe next year! Would like to hear from anyone I may have served with during those memorable times.
Anthony "Tony" Medeiros
Great site, hope to see more and maybe contact some of my shipmates. Served on the Pyro from 1985 to 1988. Keep up the good work!
Great site. It was nice to see pictures.
I am thrilled to find that so many remember the Pyro with the same affection and pride as I do. I find myself with tears in my eyes as I read the comments and sea stories.
helluva of a site, and a good job with the java.
To see that old rust bucket again, brought back many memories, both good and bad. Thanks for your efforts
deck ape from 78-79
RM3 aboard Pyro JAN - DEC 1978. WESTPAC '78 was great!
RMC(NAC) J. L. Rhodes, USN(RET)
Served as Main Propulsion Assistant on Pyro April 1967 - Feb 1968. Ship went into Bremerton for FAST conversion.
Tom Sanborn , ENS USNR
Was part of precommissioning detail. Served on radio gang (RM2). Was transferred shortly after arriving at Port Chicago. Served aboard Firedrake (AE14) until discharge, Nov. '60.
John J. Sciackitano
Very informative site.
My father was aboard on 7 December, Chief Pharmacist Mate, and told me a few stories.
Two Bells - May '96.
I would like to talk with anyone else that was aboard during the attack.
Raymond Kipping, Jr.
Hello Eveybody, Just wanted to say thanks to Ray Gillman for telling me about this site. I served aboard U.S.S. PYRO AE-24 '91-'92. I was one of the lucky one to help in the AE surge to offload the weapons from Subic. Had a great time. Many fine stories from the 2 years I spent on board.
Chris Cerney QMSN
I served aboard the Pyro from 1966-68. I was SHB2. I ran the store, barber shop, tailor shop, laundry, and clothing store. I had so much fun during that time. Anybody know the whereabouts of Ralph Post BM2. Had many a good times in Subic with him.
Served onboard from Nov 1989 - Jun 1992 as DCA and MPA
Thanks Ray Gillman for directing me to this site. I served on the USS Pyro (AE-24) from 1976 to 1978. I was a Hull Technician 2cd Class. Had a great time aboard and specially loved it when we went to Sydney Australia for 13 days. I had a blast!
Keep up the good work on the webpage.
Richard W Francis
Richard W Francis
I would really like to hear from anyone who served on the PYRO from '91 - '93.
I think that having this site for connections is Great !!!
Christine (Fite) Whitehead (OS3 Fite)
I WAS THE CHIEF IN CHARGE OF THE ENGINE ROOM FROM 84-87, I WAS QUALIFIED ENGINEERING OFFICER OF THE WATCH.
WILLIAM R. SHELBY MMC USN. RET
any information about a fire in 1965
where the Pyro had to shift birth, would
be greatly appreciated. I need the ships
name which caught fire, somewhere late
1965. A crewmember by the name of Wayne
Kohler assisted in the firefighting. He
was stationed onboard the USS Pyro.
clay saucier, rm1(ss) 1980-1996
A great site to a fine ship.
Remember un-reps with Pyro in the Gulf of Tonkin.
"Trying to locate former USS Pyro Shipmates John K.
Daughtrey, Herbert L. Miller, Robert C. Blease, David R. Christenson and
William Roger Martin. Anyone with information please contact:
Bob Smiley at email@example.com or
Ray Gillman at firstname.lastname@example.org "
Just visiting.Your site was reccomended to me by an old shipmate I found on the internet(Raymond Gilman). We were on the USS LST 802 together in 1954. Memories are vague but the ones I remember are good. " KEEP YOUR TAILGATES UP" MSCM Boye Sweet,USN.Ret(1951-1984)
Great Site, I didn't know about this. I am glad I was made aware of it. I will come back often. I served on thie Pyro in 1967 , I was Captians coxswain and driver. Ken Wagner was skipper at the time
Like hearing from folks I haven't seen in a long, long time. Thanks
FOR ONES THAT DON'T REMEMBER ME: I SERVED IN PYRO July 1963 to Oct. 1966
as Engeering Officer. Pyro was one of my favorite duty stations. Would be nice to hear from my old shipmates.
LCDR BOB J NOLAN USN RETIRED
I served on the Pyro from March 1961 to
May 1964 in the gunnery division.
I was an FTG3.
Great time in my life
William (Bill ) W Brown
I was only on the Pyro for a short TAD period when
she deployed in 1974, as the Senior Medical Department
Representative. During that short period of about 3-4
months I really had some great times, and have fond
memories of that experience in my naval career.
Lowell D. Lacy
Greetings from the "only" married couple from the Pyro. We met while we were "mess-cranking" during west-pac 1992.
SN Manuel Andaya & PN3 Marisa Ster Andaya
Just wanted to let everyone know that Art and I both truly enjoyed ourselves at the reunion this year. This was the first one we had been too and everyone was just great to us. I even made it through my first airplane ride. Everyone treated us like family and that is how we feel about all of you.
Art and Millie Derry
Well Done Reunion 2001, the pleasure of your company at the San Antonio Reunion reflects what its all about, especialy the comradeship expressed by all. The Pride and Tradition will always survive. Regards, Bob Hauge
I really enjoyed the reunion. Got to meet some wonderful people and former shipmates. Looking forward to next year. Hope to see more shipmates from the Engineering Division, next year. Thanks to Ray Gillman & Bob Smilly for the effort they have put into finding our shipmates. This is a Great Web Site. Great pictures and sea stories.
Bailey W. George
MY DAD SENTS HIS BEST TO ALL YOU GUYS AND HE KEEPS TELLING ME WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME HE HAD.KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK
GEORGE STEELE SON OF LEW STEELE
MY FATHER WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT THE REUNION. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
GEORGE STEELE SON OF LEW STEELE
Great time in San Antonio!
It sure was a pleasure to see some of my "older" shipmates after 35+ years.
Seemed like only yesterday, when some of the stories started to fly.
Hopefully, next year in Omaha, we will have a larger compliment for AE1/AE24 yet.
A special thanks to Bob & Bernice Kelly, for hosting the event.
Until then, smooth sailing......
Gary L. Golay
Gary L. Golay
To those of you, shipmates and ladies, who shared San Antonio with Betty and me, thank you, thank you for a fantastic reunion. We so enjoyed your wonderful companionship, all the smiling faces, the continuous laughter and the non-stop sea stories. You all made it happen. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting with you again. You're better than family and we love you one and all.
To those of you who knew about our reunion but missed it, eat your heart out. It was a great one. But all is not lost; there will be others at Omaha and Pensacola in 2002 and 2003. We love you too.
And to those shipmates who didn't know, and have not yet been rediscovered we are looking for you; please be in touch. Make your presence known and become part of our ever-growing little circle of friends and shipmates. Turn loose of those twelve bucks you'd otherwise blow on losing lottery tickets or leave to your kids, and join the elite in the USS Pyro Association. And, of course tell your other Pyro friends and shipmates about us. Who has more fun than sailors unless perhaps a sailor's lady?
Ray Gillman ('63-'66)
Just a big note of thanks to all the organizers of the 2001 San Antonio, TX AE-1 and AE-24 reunion. This was my first and I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed the entire event. Many Thanks to Ray Gillman for locating me to begin with and for his efforts to locate all the other shipmates. I look forward to the next time we all get together. I'll even be better prepared. I enjoyed very much seeing Lew Steele and his wife Shirley. Lew of course introduced me to my wife. Great guy! Enjoyed talking to all the gang and especially to Jack and Marge Gunter, Lew and Shirley, Bob Smiley, Fred and Sharon Hamlin, Bill and Myra Eckstine, Ray and Betty Gillman, Bob Hauge, and Ed and Eleanor Stone. Eleanor you areone fantastic Lady! Thanks to the Association Officers Bob K., Don, Bob H., Bob S. and to our WEB Master Ray Nichol. It was great talking to all the Guys from the AE-1. It is such anb enjoyment to see we all have so much in common. From my experience with other branches of the military, we who served in the Navy have a very special bond. There is no other like it.
Thanks for all the memories!
I served on the Pyro from 1978 through 1980. I have some great memories from those years! I wish I could have made the reunion.
This is a great site! Keep up the good work.
FYI, there is also another site with Pyromaniacs over at www.militaryconnections.com
To all concerned: Recently changed my
email address. Old one was: email@example.com
I am interested in hearing from any of you, but
especially those I served with in the early 90s
Had great time at reunion
Hi CPO Gillman.
Great job you have done here.Remember me.I think we spent lots of time together in the Chiefs quarters.Just found this location from hull No's file.Remember Lt.Bob Nolan,Chief Martz,etc,etc...I have Bob Nolans e-mail addy.Great to hear from you.Keep up the good work.
MMCM USN Ret.
Hi all Shipmates. Sorry I will not be able to make the Reunion. My thoughts and prayers will be with you this weekend. I have back problems with a bulging disc and have to get that fixed before I can do anything.
So much fun to see pictures I remember my dad, Joe Psuik, showing me when I was little. Then, I thought they were SO boring, now, they are wonderful!
Jennifer Psuik Lundquist
on her from 92-94 lot of good and bad memeories
Richard "Churchface" Churchill
Please change the C.O. first name for his report of the Jap bombing on 12/7/41. His name was Nicholas Vytlacil and an excellent Captain. Will try to get some pix of AE-1 to publish on the Web site.
Edward W. Stone RM3 5/41-8/42.
Edward W. Stone
ok the pic of a man on the lader in a hard hat is YATS seconc class boatsen po825 later made chief lives in ca neer haward love this site
Was member of the nucleus crew that put AE-24 in commission as First Lieutenant in 1961.
Harold W. Vail
Glad to see that my story made the Scuttlebutt, shipmates own stories. Hope to make next years reunion.
Thank you for the website.
Great site! Looking forward to the reunion in San Antonio. I served on the Pyro in 1959 and 1960. Enjoyed the the entire time on board. Recently spoke to RMC Joe Pearson (retired) who was on the Pyro at the same time. He has been living in Cyprus now in Great Britian email is: firstname.lastname@example.org . He can't attend this month but is going to the LST Association reunion in September at Mobile, AL. Also spoke to EN2 Dave Robinson who also lives near me in DeLand, FL. He had another commitment and can't attend but is interested for next time and for what we do this time. Expect to arrive in San Antonio about 8:30PM the 17th.
Safe trip to all!
still alive and breathing...
after USN, worked for bell system
starting as a teletype repairman
and retired as a private line supervisor
... now repair and service atm's around
the central california valley... always
knew I would be in the money but didn't
think it would be some one elses!!!
extra class amateur radio opr and
never have tired of listening to radio
best part of the navy!!!!
John W. Pritchett
This is such a good thing. I'm looking forward to the reunion. See you next week. I was beginning to think that no one cared about their service aboard the Pyro. I watched the reunion section of the veterans magazines. All I saw was other ships. I went from the Pyro to the Vesuvius. That made me really appreciate the Pyro.
I served on the U.S.S. Pyro AE-24 from Sept. 71 to July 75. I held various duties on board. Most of the time I was in deck division; 1st Division.
I Served on board the AE-24 from 1966 to 1968. Would like to hear from Shipmates from that era.
Edward A. Mickelson
I salute you chief Gillman! I served on the pyro in 1960 as a boatwains mate seaman (boat coxwain) then transfered to gunnery and was mt.capt. on mount 34. left in l963 as GMG-3 in 1963
i served on the pyro from 60 to 9 2 of 64 as boatsanmate the pic of me says i am stay waldo oh well i have been cald worse yes you web sight is GRAIT brings back lots of old memeroies
Thanks for the site. My husband was on the AE1 from August '43 till '45. Won't be able to be at the reunion but hope the reuniting is great!
Jean S. Patsch
Congradulations on a job well done! I
throughly enjoyed the site. Won't be in
San Antonio, but wish all Pyro-maniacs
all the best.
Ronald E. Knudson, RM3
Great to see a Pyro page. Looked at all the pictures
you are right it gets sad near the end.
Where did they take her? What is to become of her?
Thank-you for creating the Pyro web page, it brings back a lot of great memories of my youth.
Thank you for putting the Pyro on the internet. What a great way to meet old friends and ship mates. 72-75
Robert David Rinehart
I was a work crew member on the AE1 in
it's trip from Port Chicago to Seattle
to dump ammo overboard in spring
Any one remember that trip???
Wayne F. Bailey
Wayne F. Bailey
I served aboard from 1962 to 1966. 2nd division BM3........see ya at the reunion !!!!
Ygnacio (Beans) Benitez Jr.
Bringing Back The Memories
1969 To 1971
I was on the Pyro from 64 to 67, in Engineering as a Fireman, Machinist Mate striker.
My unrep station was #3 cargo hole.
Ronald R. Kile, Sgt. retired
Hi, there is no way I will be able to make it to San Antonio this year. It sounds like it will be a fun time. If I start planning now for 2002, It should be a sure thing. It looks like Chief Gillman has been doing a great job at locating new members. Have a great time. Bill Burke, (pc3, 1964-1966)
This has sure come a long way from the idea in Bob Smiley's head earlier this year.
Dan K. Smith
Wow. We're getting it done.
This is great!! Putting this thing together has been a real learning experience. If any of the "Pyro-maniacs" out there have any suggestions please drop me a line and we can see what we can do??
C Ray Nichol