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#84 Dec. 13, 2002  to #45 July 17, 2001  

84  Date: 2002-12-13 19:09:38
Michael Bennett SM1 ( / no homepage) wrote:

Really enjoyed the site. I hope I'm lucky enough to get orders to Chung-Hoon DDG 93
83  Date: 2002-12-10 21:48:32
Robert J. Hoskins ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was very elated when I found your USS SIGSBEE website. I served on the SIGSBEE from January to May 1946 while it was at Charleston and recognize several of the crew members names. I was assigned to the ships office as a S1c Yeoman striker and was present when it was placed in commission, in reserve on 1 May 1946. I was discharged a few days later at the Charleston Navy Yard.
82  Date: 2002-12-04 08:18:53
Michelle Arakawa ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for the wonderful care and attention to your web site, you honor all those that proudly served on her decks. My great-uncle is Gordon P. Chung-Hoon and we will be attending the christening of the USS Chung-Hoon in January 2003. Aloha!
81  Date: 2002-11-25 23:02:54
DAVID WISCH ( DAVID.WISCH@COX.NET / no homepage) wrote:

80  Date: 2002-11-25 17:14:36
ET1(SW) James Weiser ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have orders as part of phase one of the pre-commisioning crew of USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93). I have enjoyed learning about ADM Chung-Hoon and the crew of USS Sigsbee and look forward to meeting many of you over the next year.
79  Date: 2002-11-23 04:28:17
LT Steve Shedd ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am currently slated to be the pre-commissioning Weapons Department Head aboard USS CHUNG-HOON. Like Chief Smith, I found your website very helpful and informative. I am extremely honored to be a crewmember of a ship with such a great namesake. From the dedication and camaraderie displayed on your web site, it is clear that Admiral Chung-Hoon was lucky to have the opportunity to lead such an exemplary crew. It will be a privilege to meet you all over the next year and a half as we bring USS CHUNG-HOON to life. My grandfather was a Chief Electrician’s Mate aboard a Mahan class destroyer, USS CASE (DD 370), from 1938 to 1945. I have heard great destroyer stories for many years and I look forward to hearing many more from all of you. Imua e nu Koa Kai - “Go Forward Sea Warriors” Motto of USS CHUNG-HOON
78  Date: 2002-11-14 17:24:55
W. Stuart Watson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I too had an uncle killed on the Sigsbee. George Hart. I wish I had known him. His four siblings are still alive and well, a brother and three sisters. At family reunions we still talk of Uncle George and his sibs recollect the fun times they had as kids as we look at old pictures.

Thanks for maintaining this site and let us not forget the sacrifice made by so many young men.
77  Date: 2002-11-06 16:42:59
ITC(SW) Mark Smith ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am slated to be part of the first phase of the Pre-commissioning crew of the USS Chung-Hoon, and I just wanted to commend you on this site. I have learned a lot about ADM Chung-Hoon surfing web sites dedicated to the USS Sigsbee. Thank you.
76  Date: 2002-09-09 19:40:34
Cherie Cole ( / no homepage) wrote:

PLEASE NOTE: The Christening of CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) has been moved from December 14, 2002 to JANUARY 11, 2003.
75  Date: 2002-08-17 03:40:55
Ralph O'Neil ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just a note to say that my father served on the Sigsbee during the attack. Is there anyone out there that remembers him? And if so , what can you tell about him. His name was Ralph O'Neil. You can reach me at my email address. Thank you
74  Date: 2002-08-15 03:33:18
Robert Browning ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the youngest son of Donavan Bruce Browning who served as a firecontrol officer on the Sigsbee. My Dad served 20 years in the Navy(1933-53), moved to New Mexico and worked for Sandia Labs until his death in 1974.He kept a picture of the Sigsbee in the Master bed room of our house. He left 3 sons and a daughter. He lost most of his hearing during the attack on the Sigsbee. I would love to here if any one remembers my dad.
73  Date: 2002-08-13 16:13:02
Michael Clevenger ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have sad news here, Alvernon Kuandart died today.
72  Date: 2002-08-09 00:35:27
Joanne Amburgey Travis ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a way to find you again cousin
71  Date: 2002-07-16 03:46:24
Jessica Ogle ( / no homepage) wrote:

My grandfather's only brother, Lt. George Hart, was killed on the Sigsbee. It still affects my family deeply nearly fifty years later. My God bless all those who perished in this and all tragedies of war.
70  Date: 2002-07-15 01:29:33
Nanette Fountain ( / no homepage) wrote:

Sterling LeBlanc was my mothers brother, and now that she has passed away I know she would of love to have seen this site. It took me a while in finding it, but after watching the movie Pearl Harbor I started looking again, with better luck this time. Thank you for sharing his photo with me and I now know the name of the ship my uncle was stationed on.
69  Date: 2002-07-08 15:49:18
Cherie Cole ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have read the testimonial to Gordan Chung-Hoon and would like to talk to John R. Williams. Can you tell me how to locate him? I work for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, the builder of DDG 93 CHUNG-HOON. I am looking for someone who was close to Chung-Hoon and served with him and could possibly be a speaker at the christening ceremony on December 14, 2002, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. I have address labels for all the SIGSBEE Association, but would gladly send invitations to anyone else who would like to attend the ceremony. You can e-mail me your address, or call me at 228-935-8997.
68  Date: 2002-05-30 04:45:03
Jeffrey L. Mastin ( / no homepage) wrote:

Looking great! Nice work!
67  Date: 2002-04-09 19:16:31
Punana Chung-Hoon ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for your informative site on the USS Sigsbee. I am Gordon Chung-Hoon's niece, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the captions about him, especially the recent testimonial from one of his crew members. I am hoping to be at the christening in December in Mississippi. Thank you again; he was quite an uncle!
66  Date: 2002-04-08 22:18:57
Billy Roberts, GM3/c ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hey John,
I like this background. Four USS Sigsbee Ships passing in review. Makes me feel right proud to be associated with you and this web site.

Carry on the good work.
65  Date: 2002-04-05 18:16:57
Debbie ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have been looking for my relatives.Last name Shalkowsky.Is there any way I could get pictures of my grandfather.
Thank You
64  Date: 2002-03-11 17:11:05
Bob Baldo ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am looking for anyone that was on the Sigsbee with and/or knew my grandfather, Eugene
Sia, who also served on the ship. I am also looking for pictures please. Thanks.
63  Date: 2002-03-07 23:39:54
Richard Ellis ( / no homepage) wrote:


Thank you for putting together this site. This past weekend I was visiting with my father, Robert Lee Ellis, who served on the Sigsbee from 1944-45. He recounted the Kamakaze story to me, again, and spoke respectfully of Chung-Hoon. I'm glad I've had a chance to learn more about the Sigsbee and to see the photos of the men who served aboard her. I'm proud to be the son of a veteran. God bless them for their unselfish service.
62  Date: 2002-02-28 05:41:26
Fred Diederich ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice job on this site , my father Fred W. , was on the "Harrison" DD573 , from early 45 till decommision , and my entire family has enjoyed the reunions & new friends , I hope yours are as much fun as the "Harrison's" .
good luck
61  Date: 2002-02-24 21:40:07
Almeda Emerson ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great Job! I will list your site in our next "Rattletrap", the USS McKee DD575 newsletter.
60  Date: 2002-01-21 22:42:54
Betty Townsend ( / no homepage) wrote:

Aloha: I have sent an email to you at your address. In later speaking with my niece, Amy, she told me how to find this web site. I have enjoyed what I have seen so far and have enjoyed reading the entries in this guestbook, including one by my niece and younger sister. Am interested in knowing when the USS Chung-Hoon will be commissioned as my husband and I would like to be in attendance at that event. I know a few of our extended family want to be there.

Mahalo nui loa for an excellent job in putting this together.
59  Date: 2002-01-01 14:26:11
Michele Troyer ( / no homepage) wrote:

Re: John Gaa.
I have pictures to e-mail you of John (Lefty) Gaa. You recently called my mother, Guyla Converse, requesting them. Unfortunately, mom didn't tell me where to send them via e-mail, just a US mail address. If you let me know your e-mail address, I'll be glad to send them. Your sight is wonderful! I've learned lots about my Uncle's past. Thanks for putting it together.
e-mail address:
58  Date: 2001-12-26 09:24:46
Amy ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am a relative of Gordon Chung-Hoon, though I never knew him. We are 2nd cousins, maybe 3rd, from my mother's family, whose father was Ernest Chung-Hoon. All of my family is looking forward with much pride, to the debut of the great honor in his name, The USS Gordon P. Chung-Hoon. If you should have any updates on the progress of it's completion, I would be very appreciative if you could share.
57  Date: 2001-12-24 04:08:53
Roy Amburgey ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was wondering how many Amburgeys that you have heard of that was in WW2. I was on DD114/APD7 for most of WW2. Father was Ambrose W Amburgey (Amburgey Ancestry #11123341), page 88
56  Date: 2001-12-21 20:07:28
Diane Gilbertson Borle ( / no homepage) wrote:

Herb Gilbertson was my father. My brother, Scott, has been in contact with you and told us about this web site. Dad died of heart failure on Jan. 9, 1979. Thanks for doing this; it's been a wonderful journey back and Dad would have loved being in "cyberspace" and seeing pictures of his old buddies again.
55  Date: 2001-11-15 13:26:02
Gene Hodge ( / no homepage) wrote:

John...just wanted to tell you what a super tribute your webpage is to the fighting men of the USS Sigsbee...I'm sure your uncle would be very proud of the job you've done in remembering those who gave the ultimate price.
54  Date: 2001-10-23 17:59:50
Myra and Jerry Schatz ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was great seeing you at the reunion I just wish we had more time together.
Yes, this is the first time I have seen the site. It is fantastic. (The Hollywood bit was a real surprise). Bless you for the work you have done. Here is the highest complement I know - Thank you SHIPMATE.
Best wishes as always. Myra and Jerry
53  Date: 2001-10-05 22:16:25
Cindy Mitrani ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the step-daughter of Mark C. Hershey. My mother has photos to send to you. I will scan them and send a zipped file to you.
Mom loved the web site!!!
52  Date: 2001-09-22 15:59:13
Edward Horrigan ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for all the work you put into this.
Ed Horrigan
51  Date: 2001-09-09 01:56:38
Christine Kowall Smith ( / no homepage) wrote:

John, thank you for affording me the opportunity to learn more about the Sigsbee and its crew. My father was a member of this crew, Walter E. Kowall. He recently passed away, June 13, 2001. He had great respect for the Navy and always cherished his memories. Just before his death he and I would sit and talk. He mostly lived in the days of the past. He suffered with Alzheimers. One year before he died he entered a Nursing Home. Most off his lucid moments would be when he would meet another "Navy" man and they would swap stories.

Once again, thank you.
50  Date: 2001-08-20 14:04:29
Billy & Edy Roberts ( / no homepage) wrote:


Your work on the Memorial page is great. They say a "picture is worth a thousand words". You have made the page come alive with the thirteen pictures under "Remembering those that were lost". The colorful flags and gold lettering match perfectly. Our search will continue for each of the missing photos. Your site is truly a tribute to the history of the USS Sigsbee in WW II and to the memory of those lost in service to their country. It is a pleasure to know you are there, keeping the Destroyer Site, "USS Sigsbee DD-502" up and running. Thanks to you and Sonja for your recent visit to Sacramento. We really enjoyed the good times with you, our shipmates and their sons.

Billy & Edy Roberts
49  Date: 2001-08-13 19:20:14
Ed Hart ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great looking page, John and a nice reminder to all Americans that we owe so much to those who have served this nation, especially in her great battles.

Edward Hart (Nephew of George Gallagher Hart, who was killed aboard the Sigsbee)
48  Date: 2001-08-01 20:47:42
Joseph Gallagher ( / no homepage) wrote:

Just visited your site and appreciate the infoirmation about my Uncle's Ship and shipmates. I am very proud to be related to my Uncle, Rogers B. Young. Thanks again. Joseph Gallagher
47  Date: 2001-07-24 16:02:44
Bill Burke ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was a real pleasure to meet you and your wife. I was overwelmed with the facts, pix, and information that you have collected from the generosity of these fine men and their kin. It was priceless to see my dad with the gang at the reunion, and I know he enjoyed it also after all these years. I am deeply touched about learning more of their stories and the jobs they did. I salute those men and forever am grateful for their courage. See you soon.
46  Date: 2001-07-17 20:30:28
Ann Gwynn Baird ( / no homepage) wrote:

My brother, Callis C. Gwynn was killed when the USS Sigsbee was hit with a suicide plane. He was fresh out of boot camp enroute to his assigned ship. For a long time he was listed as MIA but later listed as presumed dead. It was a long time ago but my heart still misses him. thank you for this site.
45  Date: 2001-07-17 16:27:58
Kevin Casey ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice to meet Billy & wife at Ramada Inn. My father Lloyd Casey sends regrets that he could not attend reunion.


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