SH3 Stimpson, It was a great ship back in the Vietnam era. Served duty 1970 -1971 and would like to say hello to any of my shipmates back in that era who may remember me. Happy Holidays to all.
Reported to Bremmerton while ship was outfitted. Was DC3 Discharged from concord aug 1969. Hi to all of you
IAM LOOKING FOR PEOPLE I SERVED WITH ON MY TOUR ON OUR GREAT SHIP. WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM YOU. EN2 BRUNEAU
Steve Bruneau EN2 Rase DIV
I HAD A GREAT TIME. AND MET A LOT OF GREAT SHIPMATES. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH THEM
1979 TO 1981
RONALD W BARNES
I was on board the Pyro from 1989 to 1990. Lots of memories made in that short time! If any of you remember me, PLEASE drop me a line! If anyone knows the whereabouts of Kevin Stottlemeyer, please contact me! Look forward to hearing from you!
1989 - 1990
Kim Box-Engels (now Robbins)
Steve Miller from Creston, Iowa was on board at same time. I was well welcomed on board. Hopped a flight to USS Kansas City AOR-3
I was on the dock when the riot with the crew of USS Kansas City took place in 1974. I stayed out of it as I had friends on the Pyro at that time.
Last I saw Steve Miller he was in Creston.
only about 1 month-1973
I was a member of Supply Division, came on board as a seman apprentice, and left an SK3. I stayed with the ship thrugh the yard period in Bremmerton, and was transrered to NSA Saigon right ofter we got her back.
1966 to 1968
I JUST WANTED TO SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS" TO ALL THE SHIPMATES COME AND GONE ONBOARD THE USS PYRO AE-24. AND TO MY SHIPMATES THAT I SPENT CHRISTMAS PAST WITH WHILE SERVING BETWEEN 74-78.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JACK HAMM ( H A M B O N E ) First Division
I served on board the AE-24 as one of the Quartermasters. I retired from the Navy at Alameda, CA Feb of 1991. For former shipmates of mine you can write me at P.o. Box 97, Mounds, IL 62964.
i didn't know there was a site for the Pyro AE-24. I was on board from 1978 to 1982 as an OS. I'd like to hear from any former OS's, like Canhead, Obrian, Korak, Nerg, Hasselhead, Fowler, or any one from Ops Division. (OIO1)
Happy Holidays to all the Pyro sailors
1978 to 1982
Larry Thompson OS2
I CAME ABOARD THE PYRO IN OCTOBER 66,JUST AFTER WESTPAC,I WAS ASSIGNED TO B DIVISON AND REMIND ON PYRO UNTIL BREMERTON SHIP YARDS IN FEB 1968,IN WHICH I WAS TRANSFERED TO THE USS MARKAB.IT WAS REALLY A PLEASURE TO WORK IN B DIVISON WITH IT'S AUTOMATIC COMBUSTION SYSTEM.. I'M LOOKING FOR OTHER SHIPMATES FROM B DIVISON WHO MADE THE 1967 WESTPAC CRUISE.. WHERE ARE YOU GUYS? HALE BT2,SCHULTZ BT2,SWONKE FN,R.T WATSON FN,HARVEY FN,DOZIER FN,CHRIS DIEL FN,RICHARD JUNGE FN,WILLIAMS BT1,DANNY BOYD BT3,YOUNG FN,
CHIEF MANN,KESSLER FN,POTTER FN,GOMAND BT3,TEMPLEMAN FN,EDWARDS FN.MY MEMORY IS STILL THERE AFTER 34 YRS.AFTER THE PYRO I MADE ANOTHER WESTPAC ON THE MARKAB,WHICH STAYED TIED UP IN SUBIC FOR 4 MONTHS,JAPAN FOR 6 WEEKS,AND TAIWAN FOR 2 WEEKS.. I ALSO WENT THRU DECOMMISSIONING THE MARKAB IN 1969.. IT WAS REALLY A PLEASURE AND HONOR TO HAVE SERVED IN THE USN,MY 3 YRS,5 MONTHS 11 DAYS WAS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE,REALLY A LEARNING AND GROWING UP EXPERIENCE.
OCTOBER 1966 -FEB 1968
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
C Ray Nichol "Nick" RM2
Just wanted to wish all my fellow pyro maniacs a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Thank you for keeping up this website. My father-in-law served on an escort carrier during the war. Until I heard some of his stories, I never knew there were anything but front line carriers. The reason that I say this is that I never realized the countless men and women who served in support positions. Your websites and reunions will serve to remind people like myself, and my children, who, because of your unselfish willingness to serve in this capacity, have been given the freedoms that I hope we never take for granted.
Thank you for your service to our great country, and to my family.
Sincerly, Bert Bronaugh, Jr.
Bert A. Bronaugh, Jr.
Just touching bases and making contact with old shipmates. GREAT WEB SIGHT.
1974-1978 First Division
HAMBONE -Name: Jack Hamm - CRAZY DECK APE
Hey guys, just checking in again. Anyone with info on the whereabouts of os2 Morton, os3 Trugon, or QM2 Haubensak (Jill) please let me know. I have been looking for them for 7 years. Thanks. I would love to catch up with any other "sweat-pac 91" survivors.
Jerry Shaw OS2
My father served on the Pryo from 39(?)- January 42. He talked very little about Pearl Harbor or the war at all. My parents were married Jan 4, 1942, I was born on V-J day. Dad said they waited till the war was over. In 1980 my parents, my daughter, son and I visited Pearl Harbor. Even then all he would say was that the Pyro was "away from the action". It wasn't until Dec. 7 2001 when my daughter found this site that I realized how close it was and how my father kept all that to himself.
Dad passed away October 7, 1994. He served our country for 30 years, retiring as a WO4 machinist. Even at mid stage Alzheimers he would tell the staff at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland CA that he had been out longer than he had been in but all they needed to do was call and he'd "re-up"
In light of Sept. 11, I've rethought my position many times about the military. Dad knew how much I loved him- I wish I understood then the depth of my pride in him, what he did and what he stood for. Thank you, gentlemen for the service you performed in war and peace. Thank you for being there with my father and keeping him safe.
Mom and Dad left behind 2 dtrs, 3 gr. children, 5 gr. grand children and 1 gr. gr. grand child. But, for his shipmates, those twelve feet would have been the end of us before we started.
My children, grand children and I would be proud to hear from anyone who knew "Red" Hughes. Gentlemen, Thank You again, you and your families will always be remembered in my prayers.
Joyce Hughes Riggin
Joyce Riggin, daughter of Scott W. Hughes
HERE IS MY NEW EMAIL ADDRESS. I AM LIVING IN SACRAMENTO CALIF. I HAVE FOUR CHILDREN (ALL GROWN) AND ONE GRANDAUGHTER. I WAS IN FIRST DIVISION AND WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT WAS ONBOARD DURING THE YEARS STATED.
Jack Hamm (Hambone) First Division
I would just like to take this time to say hello to the fellow shipmates I served with from 1985- 1990.... I did not know that this web site exsisted. If anyone from this era who I served with please give a shout out and we could chat. my email is email@example.com.
and take care
SERVED FROM 1989-1993 IN RASE DIV.WITH CHIEF FARMER,MM3 FERNANDEZ,BOSN GLISSMAN
GRAETEAT YEARS IN THE NAVY,ANY ONE WANTING TO CORRESPOND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL.LOVED EVERY MINUTE WORKING ON THE HYDRAULICS IN STREAM.
MM3 JEFFREY W. KENNEY
WENT ABOARD JUNE 1962 - TRF JULY 64.
SERVED WITH XO'S CDR. WIESE, AND LCDR
CHARLES G. BATTON. CO'S BEECHER SNIPES,LAMBERT V. FORDE, VINCENT P. HEALY, JAMES M. O'BRIEN, AND 'BLACKEY
KENNEDY. OTHER CO'S WERE ABOARD RAINIER (AE-5) AND VESUVIUS (AE-15) FINISHED TOUR ABOARD RAINIER IN 65 - THEN TRF TO ADCOM SDIEGO FOR REMAINDER OF 2 YEAR EXTENSION. LIVED IN SDIEGO FOR 9+YEARS, AND LOS ANGELES CURRENTLY.
WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM ANY SHIPMATES... KIRK
KIRK KEELER, YN2
Thanks to Ray Gillman to directing me to this web site. Its awsome!!! I came onboard the USS Pyro as a BM3 in 1989 and left as a BM2 in 1992. Survived "Sweat-Pac" 91 and numurous unreps. I learned more about being a Boatswain Mate in those 3 years than anyother so far. I'm still in the Navy and currently a BM1 onboard a brand new destroyer-USS McCampbell DDG-85-currently being built in Bath Maine. We commission in Aug 2002 in San Franciso, CA so I won't be able to make the reunion in Apr 2002 due to sea trials. I'd like to hear from anybody who remembers me or our times onboard.
BM1(SW) Karen Vigliotti
1989 to 1992
Karen (Miller) Vigliotti
Served as First Lt. from 83-85. now retired in norfolk area. like to hear from shipmates to catchup on old times.
BILL HARTINGTON LT (RET)
Hello to everyone. I was a signalman on Pyro for the 76 and 78 cruises. What a great time we had. Still keep in touch with Sukowaty, Gillette, Redinger, and TeBeest. It was really great to find this website. I am joining the association and plan to get involved.
Clifford "Kip" Locke
Hello to all past PYRO shipmates.
I searved from Jan-88 thru June-91.
I left for Subase Kings Bay and was discharged in 1995, after spending 4 yrs as a base Police Officer. I am living back in my hometown of Pinellas Park Florida. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking for MM2 William Henson, and BT3 Andrew "Andy" Cruz.
I would love to hear from any and all past shipmates. And I am planning to be at the reunion.
David P. DeRosa
hey fellas, hoping to hear from some of my crew mates. was an sh2 ran the divisio. miss u all.
john m. duplex
just found the website, really interested in hearing from other of my sailor brothers, from my time on board and the past sailors of our ship.
john m. duplex
Only have one thing to say If I'm in Benicia calif and Pyro is in Benicia why are we haveing the reunion some other place
My grandfather was on AE-1 from September 1920 - September 1922.
His name was Jack R. Shelton, and although he passed away some 6 years ago, I still remember his smile as he told me stories about his years about the USS Pyro. Thankyou for posting all that you have.
Alan H. Solocinski
Hey, Had a great time on board, or maybe I only remember the good times? Now that I think about it, maybe the 6 and 6 shaft alley watches weren't that great? But mess crankin in the deep sink and Chiefs mess was GREAT, ice cream, cookies, sandwiches anytime! The general quarters drills under the focsail in full chem gear was a drag. Sure was fun when they shot the 3 inch 50s though! My best memeries were, and still are, my time as a hole snipe. Nobody does it better than a hole snipe! Anyone remember when I painted the Machine shop door Red and yellow? A couple of chiefs didn't like it too much, oh well! Hey, Great sight, and great memories!! Keep up the good work. MR2 Ski
Great adventure for a young man. Shakedown at Gitmo; transitting the Panama Canal; getting my skivvies beaten right off of my butt during Shellback initiation; ship's party in Callao, Peru.
State-of-the-art radio shack equipment.
John J. Sciackitano
Started out in 1st Division (Chipping paint), moved to the Storekeepers about a year into service time. Shared apartments with my old hometown buddy Allen Hatfield, Jon Langenstein, Jim McCaan, and I'm sure a bunch others from time to time either in Concord or Vallejo. Lived in Concord with wife Becky early on, then base housing on McDougal in Vallejo when discharged while you guys were in dry dock. Look forward to talking to you guys. I'm glad I found this page, thanks to Mr. Gillman seeing my post on Classmates/Shipmates.com. Later, Jim.
helped put her in commision, and her maiden cruse around to port chicago I will never forget. remember the captain diving off the bow at swim call , and how fast we could clime out after the sharks were spotted. looking for len blanchard, belive in new york state, anyone know??
william (bill) schoenecker en3
I'll give the site four bells! It brings back good memories.Served aboard when she earned the Battle E award.
Great site and nicely done. Great to see so many from DECOM crew here... lots of memories!
LT Roger L. Chaney
I attended the Reunion in San Antonio. I am still on a high. I was reunited with twelve of my shipmates after 30 years. My plans are to attend the next reunion. Hope to see you there. This is my new e-mail address. . . . Beans
July '66 to August '66
Ygnacio (Beans) Benitez
like to say hi to any old mates
regis duffy bm3
Just to say hi to any shipmates that served on the Pyro during 1968-70. Please feel free to drop me a message.
I still keep in contact with Mike Driscoll if any body would like info to drop him a message.
John W. Parker Jr. (SK3)
Hey PUD!! I keep getting your emails but mine get returned when i send them.Send me an email with your phone # and ill call you! Jesse
HEY RINO, CONTACT ME. YES I REMEMBER JOE DRAKE. YES I REMEMBER THE GREAT TIME IN FIRST DIVISION. REMEMBER NEFF, GORBES, HATFIELD, OLSON, RAMOS? EMAIL ME OR CALL ME AT HOME. WAITING FOR A RESPONSE. (HAMBONE) JACK HAMM
JACK HAMM (HAMBONE)
good to see this. it brings back good times. to all the gunners mates i wish all the best.
donald "big daddy" pitts
What momories we all had. I was in deck division (1st Div.) Had a great time on the web. God bless all the shipmates that served on the Pyro AE-24 from her birth till retirement......
1974 - 1978
Jack Hamm (hambone)
plan to attend the reunion in JAX. Hope to hook up with a lot of my old shipmates there. See ya in APRIL. Vance Worrell,MMC,USN,RET.
1962 thru 1966
M. Vance Worrell
hey all ....just update on email ....
R Preston Kizer
Great times onboard.. R-Div was the best. Deck Head...what a pain. The nuclear waste joke with the new FN and the USS Long Beach in Bahrain. The hotel party in Canada, Clint and the dry chem extinguisher. Refueling in San Diego for a few hours and getting liberty, coming back to disconnect CHT with a mighty good BUZZ! HT2 J. and his crazy antics. R Division dragging people into their private residence for pink bellies...
Bt3,oil king,on board during operation'praying mantis',great times.
It's good to see the pictures and contact shipmates after 30 years!
Roger Martin (marty)
those were memoriable times looking back know.the west pac. cruizes and the friends.
jimmie f. shelby
20+ years after the fact, Pyro was a great ship. I remember Popple, Ken Coen, Bob Olson, Alan Hatfield, Jim McCann and so many others . . . Wonder what happened to Ramos and "Lying Benny Wilson"? would love to hear from anyone who was on board at the same time. Hey Russ Hasslebach, where are you?
12/75 to 5/79
Love to hear from anybody that served aboard the ship.
hello all you people....the times were great.......shout out me if you remember me.......
R. Preston Kizer, ET3...
I WAS AND STILL IS A PROUD PYROMANIAC..
I WAS A RADIOMAN SECOND CLASS, ANYONE ON BOARD DURING THAT TIME CAN SEND E-MAIL. ANY HEARD FROM MICHAEL POPE? I HAVE SOME GOOD MEMORIES OF TIMES ON PYRO, ESPECIALLY WESTPAC 83..HA HA HA.
I AM CURRENTLY IN THE U.S. NAVAL RESERVES AT NSA MEMPHIS, TN.
WELL SIGNING OFF. WEATHERSPOON, T.R.
APRIL 1981 - DECEMBER 1984
TIMMY RAY WEATHERSPOON
Joined the ship in Seattle during FAST conversion. Served as COM Officer up to Pyro's WESTPAC deployment. I watched the ship depart for Pearl from the dock at Concord NWS.
October 1968 - December 1969
Served as MPA under PYRO's greatest skipper, CAPT I.J. GERSUK in her glory years in winning the unit citation 1965-68.
part of crew that commissioned uss pyro in 1959, did shake down cruise to GITMO,PUERTO RICO,JAMAICA,DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, LIMA,PERU, ALCAPUCO,MEX., SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO, AND ENDED IN PORT CHICAGO,CA.
IN KINGSTON WE TRADED OUR SHELL CASINGS FOR LOBSTER FOR THE CREW.
THESE WERE MEMERABLE TIMES,NEVER TO FORGET.
john p fox
i enjoyed my tour on the Pyro and felt that the men that i seved with on this ship were among the best of the best.
i retired in 1975 as a person that will never forget those friends made on this ship.
i will not forget the first man to greet me and welcome me onboard,
thank you, Lawerence Joseph (Joe).
Hugh J Massie BTC USN/RET.
I was on the Pyro from 1977-1980,Made 2 westpacs, Made some good friends,
I still keep in touch with a few.
Would like to hear from any that remember Me. I was in a few smokers, did alot of extra duty, but had alot of fun.
Bob R. Towery jr. GMGSN
I was among the group that put the Pyro in Commission in 1959, then took her thruogh shake down trials out of Gitmo.
We went through the Panama Canal, down the West Coast of SA visiting a port in Peru before heading north to Acupulco, San Diego then evenually to home port of Mare Island.
My oldest daughter, Dawn was the 1st born to the Ward room on 11/24/59. We still have the little silver cup she was presented.
I was the ships Navigator and enjoyed the experienced very much.
Yeoman for about 15 months on the Pyro. Now living in Livermore, Colorado and working in computing for IBM.
Verdon Stephen Henrikson (Steve)
Greetings all.. EM2, served in STREAM Div..
I was the Communications Officer 1966-68. Great stories about the bon yoyage event in 67 when Moshenrose got me in deep trouble with the Captain! - - the softball game in 7/68 when I blew out my knee breaking up a double play - - still have the signed game-ball - - and when the rib sauce got exchanged for the tomatoe soup! Details in Jacksonville!
I Served in the Ship's office (PNSN/PN3) under LCDR Reimann, YN1 John Willoughby, then PN1 Chuck Peacock.
Would love to get in touch with Dan Sunde (ET) and Seve Henrickson (YN), as well as Capt. Wikeen and Mr Reimann.
A lot has happened since 1972.
It's time that the United States got it's backbone back and take out every terrorist in the world. No more Mr. Niceguy. Kick ass and take names later.
Richard W. DeMore
Richard W. DeMore
Still have my Pyro cruisebook that i occasionally look through! Brings back a flood of memories.Best damn ship that floated!
David Barrows "Jesse"
HEY GUY'S EMAIL ME. ANYONE HEAR FROM SMITTY? HEY JACK HAMM EMAIL ME. FIRST DIVISON WAS THE HARDEST WORKING DIVISION ON THE PYRO!!! WE DID IT ALL!!! IF FIRST DIVISION COULD NOT DO IT, IT COULD NOT BE DONE. REMEMBER JOE DRAKE? WE WERE THE HARDEST WORKER ON THE PYRO--72-75. GOOD CREW IN ALL.
BM3 ROBERT PUD RINEHART 72-75
I was the "flash" gordon from 76-79 I had the black Norton Commando that we used to bring onboard when we went to San Diego.I was an OS2 when I left.It's good to see old and new "PYROMANIACS" getting together.Will be joining the association!And hoping more of the 70's shipmates do too!
Great group of people, lots of good times on that ship, she is sitting up in Bremerton now, and I get to see her every time i drop my son at home.I'll never forget Phuket
MSSN Robert Clark
I fondly remember my years onboard Pyro. However, I only seem to remember the laughing and joking with shipmates, and not the hard work! I would love to hear from any of my old shipmates.
1984 through 1987
Donald "Flash" Gordon
Good to see such nostalgia here. I broke my neck for the Navy, but they felt it better for me to be retired. I guess it was my loss. I am back in California and working hard towards fame, fortune and the American dream. Good luck to you all.
DC 2 Michael D. Yenor, USN, Retired
Wow! What a site, Served on a great ship, she was old but took care of us. Was able to get that last AE-surge to Subic! Deck worked hard and partied even harder! Remeber the "key" Player party at the Club in Japan?? hahahaha don't think they had any beer left! Was a BM2 and made it to BM! in RASE division, ugly bunch of guys but they killed themselves for me, god I loved them all! I am a Ensign now, LDO! Owe it to the stuff I learned on her! Anyone seen Habinsak (Jill), Morton, any others?? E-mail me! I am in San Diego now..
If you guys remember the days of 1989-92, drop me a line...
Really like to hear from my old friends...
89 - 92
LOOKING FWD TO FL. GREAT TIME IN TK.MET MY OLD GOOD KEN GRISSOM WHAT A GOOD FEELING.
1959-1961 PLANK OWNER 24
Just checking out the site and hope that someone from my era onboard the old gal will remember me and give a yell on my email. Later shipmates. Jim
1986 - 1989
James E. Bailey, QMC USN RETIRED
I was on board from 920527 till decom 940531 I was here looking for old friends please give me a yell if you were onboard at that time.
GM2 (SW) Waldron, Joseph A. USN Active
920527 till decom 940531
Joseph A. Waldron
Great Site. Was just browsing through the Association Member List and saw the name of what I consider to be a great man. That man would be LCDR John R. Christopher. I served with him during my tenure and was his Deck Yeoman for a brief period. He was an old mustanger and I have never had more respect for an individual than I had for this man. On top of that I really liked the guy.
I asked him for a letter of recommendation before I got out and he said " just write it up and I will sign it". So I did and boy did I write a good one. He read through it, looked at me and said "Think you are pretty hot shit don't you", smiled and signed it.
Glad to see you are still with us and hope you are enjoying every minute of your life. Thanks for everything you gave me.
1965 - 1969
Vernon A. Montgomery BM2
I have Ray Gillmans phone number and
will be giving him a call shortly.
1962 - 1966
Marlin V. Worrell MMC RET.
I was TAD onboard as OIC of the EOD DET. Great crew of very hard workers. I really enjoyed serving sith Smitty, Slim and Capt Wikeen.
Tom Burgess, LT, USN (Ret)
Hey guys, Does anyone remember my PURPLE doors in the crews lounge,on the 01 deck between 1st and 2nd Div berthing compt. I believe Ops dept had a door leading to it too. I tried making brown from what I had(red,blue and yellow)---it didn't work.Needless to say they didn't last very long. I got the paint I needed the next port we hit.
I SERVED ON THE PYRO FROM 1974-1978. I WAS 17 YRS. WHEN I FIRST CAME ON BOARD HER, AND WAS 21 YRS. WHEN I WAS DISCHARGED. I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FRIENDS AND NEVER FORGET THE FUN TIMES OVER SEAS. I WILL ALSO NEVER FORGET THE LONG HOURS DOING UNREPS AND RE-FUEL.
THE 4 YEARS I SERVED ON THE PYRO I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER..............
JACK T. HAMM (HAMBONE) / 1ST SEAMEN MAIN DECK
I reported onboard the Pyro in 62 as SN and left in 67 as BM2(1st Div). Great ship,got to know a lot of great shipmates(don't remember very many of them now----too many years). Thanks for the site, it has brought back a lot of good memories.Going to try to make the next reunion.
I served on the U.S.S. Pyro from 1965 - May of 1969. Was a BM2 when I left and haven't run into any shipmates since.
Vernon A. Montgomery
I served on the Pyro May 75 - June 78 as
Comm officer and 2nd div officer.
Claude W. Hire
64-66. Good ship,good sailors,long time at sea.
Lyle D. Olson
I was on the Pyro from 1969 to 1973. I was a gunners mate and worked with Gunner Bob Smith. Had fun in all the countries we visited.
NOW HEAR THIS !!! The Jacksonville Reunion Dates are 24-27, April 2002 This way we do not interfere with Mother's Day or Memorial Day Week End. All we need is your Gracious Presence in attendance and this Reunion will far surpass the last Reunion far out, in other words "no comparison's". See Ya"ll in Jax 24-27 April 2002 [Carry On! Continune Ship's Work or what ever!!
Bob Hauge, USS Pyro Association Secretary
Thanks Lt. Barton... great site. Served aboard Rainier AE5 as SN-RM2 '60-63. I believe the Pyro was the newest or one of the newest AE's at the time.
Great site! Enjoyed the 2001 reunion. I was Supply Officer Jan '67 - Jan '69; included WESTPAC '67 and FAST Conversion during 1968 in Seattle. Permanent Change of Homeport from Pt. Chicago to Seattle. PYRO was decommissioned during that Major Conversion. A small nucleus crew of 17 stayed with PYRO while the ship was in the hands of Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp. I and three Storekeepers where TAD to Bremerton. Great duty! Lots of fond memories.
Looking at pix of AE-24 really brought
back some great memories. I served on
the Pyro from 1960-61 as a radioman.
Anybody out there know of the whereabouts
of Allan Kent, Carl Wennerod, Tom McCall?
I was a Pyro shipmate from November '86 to June '90. I was a member of the elite R-Div. I remember the good old days when R-Div would parties in Head. It would seem to always be on Sundays when at sea and having our Steel beach picknick.
Hello to all my shipmates that I haven't talked to since my depature.
HT2 Lindgren, Clint
THE PYRO AE-24 WAS MY FIRST SHIP RIGHT
OUT OF BOOT CAMP. PICKED HER UP IN PORT CHICAGO IN DECEMBER 1963 AND LEFT
FOR WESTPAC SOON AFTER. I MADE FIREMAN
ON THAT CRUISE AND WHEN WE RETURNED I
LEFT FOR MM "A" SCHOOL AND NEVER CAME
BACK TO HER. I SERVED 6 YEARS AND MADE
MM1 BEFORE GETTING OUT. SHE WAS A GREAT
SHIP AND I'LL NEVER FORGET HER. THEY
SAY YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST ONE!!
gerald w. tune
Enjoyed the site. Was a crewmember from July 76 - May 78. Thanks.
I served on PYRO from June 83 to June 86, and can honestly say that she made my career. I was a young HM3 that learned a lot and had a lot of fun. The entire crew was incredible and I can actually sit here and picture most of them. The best thing I remember was that I had a pinochle partner that was something; he and I could and did beat all challengers for 3 years. I hope to make next years reunion in Jax.
Chuck Davidson HMCS(SW),USN,(Ret.)
Hello again, great to see so many familiar names popping up from the early 90's. Like to hear from anyone who was onboard during sweat-pac '91 or our trips to Guam, P.I., or Thialand. Hey Mr. Salonga who was the Navigator when we hit the buoy in San Diego?
Jerry Shaw OS2
As the USS PYRO Association's Treasurer,
I would like to remind new and potential
members, that Annual dues of $12 are required for membership, which includes the mailings of our newsletters -The
Scuttlebutt. Payable to the USS Pyro
Assocition. Bob Smith, 205 San Andreas
Way, Vallejo, CA. 94589-1436.
ROBERT J. SMITH
CO from 7/68 to 12/69. Recommissioned AE24 after STREAM
conversion in Seattle. After shakedown in San Diego went to
Subic then to Yankee Station off Hanoi and to Mekong Delta. Originated Lorelei, the sultry
siren who captivated the 7th Fleet, but then disappeared. Do
you know what happened to her??
Tidal Wave Scuttles Omaha as choice for Reunion 2002..Jacksonville, Florida is the Overwhelming Replacement Choice by Your Standing Committee which is in accordance with our Constitution and By-Laws. The decison to make the change was considered vital to hold the interest of new members and new incoming members. Reference Dean Fitzwater's item in the June Scuttlebutt. Also, the AE-24 OUT NUMBERS AE-1 "TWO TO ONE" and rapidily growing, it was simply decison time and we made it..Jacksonville Reunion offers the following; Tour of King's Bay Submarine Base, Tour of Mayport Naval Base, Tour of St. Augustine and a "possible" Dinner Show in addition to the Reunion Banquet. In addition your Reunion Tour Director will be Bob Hauge and your Reunion Tour Guide will be Ray Gillman.[ Leave it to the Chief's }P/S Maintaining your continual interest was the deciding factor.
Bob Hauge, USS Pyro Association Secterary
Served onboard Pyro from 4/92 to 5/94 as CIC Officer and Deck Division Officer. I will dispute LCDR Salonga's title.
Onboard PYRO from Jul 1990 - Feb 1993 Served as Auxiliaries Officer and relieved Pete "Big G" Geovanes as DCA.
Was the undisputed wardroom champion of Sega John Madden Football during AE Surge deployment in 1992 !!
LCDR Cliff Salonga
Hello Pyro Sailors!!
I was a Pyro crewmember on AE-24 from
Feb 14 1992 to May 31 1994. I was assigned to Deck department and was is
second division. Enjoyed my tour. Was
disapointed that the navy was going to
decom the ship. Glad I found this web
site thanks to Mr. Ray Gillman. Great
site, lots of history. Very interesting.
V/R BM2 Cory W Bolin Onboard USS Peleliu LHA-5 San Diego
Cory W Bolin BM3 USN
Good job with this web site. I was Chief Engineer 66-68. Great duty.
Great site, glad to see so many people using it. I served on the PYRO from 90-93 in the operations dept. Have been desperately seeking out any one with info on the whereabouts of OS2 Morton(Craig), OS3 Trugon(John), OS1 Bovard(John), QM2 Haubensak(Jill), and anyone else who remembers the crazies we had in OI01 divisions, would love to talk about the trips to P.I. , Thialand, Bahrain, and all the other places. Hey Mr. Geovanes nice to hear from you again.
Jerry Shaw OS2
Just surfed in: I am a ret.mscm.(1951-1984). I did several unreps to Pyro from the USS Aludra,USS Vega, and USS Niagara Falls. I also had a few liberties with crew members of your ship.Memories are vague but those that I can get into focus are good. You guys always remember "KEEP YOUR TAIL GATES UP" AND "STAY ON THE GREEN SIDE OF THE GRASS."
I served on the Uss Pyro AE-24 from 1988 to 1990. Great memories and made lots of great friends! I was in "M Division" as a Fireman, Machinist Mate striker. For any of you that remember Rick Engels (my husband) that spent some time on the Pyro, I lost him in February, 1996 to AIDS related cancer, at 32 years old. I miss him dearly, as many of you may remember, he was a WONDERFUL guy! I am now in my 30's (or something like that) and am remarried to another wonderful man! If anyone knows where I can find Kevin Stottlemyer (BT2 or BT1 back then), please contact me! I would also love to hear from anyone that remembers me, as well as any other Pyro-maniacs!