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#44 July 7, 2001 to #1 Jan. 10, 2000

44  Date: 2001-07-16 01:27:53
Neil Gwynn Baird ( / no homepage) wrote:

My uncle Callis Gwynn was killed in the attack on the Sigsbee. I would be very interested in talking to any one who knew him or the circumstances of his death.
43  Date: 2001-07-15 22:48:21
Samuel Hui ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am a high school student from Taiwan, the Republic of China, and I heard Chung-Hoon who was once the captain of USS SIGSBEE DD-502. I felt very glad to understand since he was a Chinese American.I will be very glad to study more about this famous ship, and the famous general for both Chinese and American!
42  Date: 2001-06-29 17:22:26
William Burke ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father William E. Burke was a member of this fine crew. It is a pleasure to finally see some pictures of the ship and crew as dad does not talk much of his time on board. Any responses are welcome and will be forwarded. Thanks for keeping this piece of history alive.
41  Date: 2001-05-20 22:56:06
Ernestine Kenny ( / no homepage) wrote:

In searching for Family Ancestry on the net, under the Chung-Hoon Family name I arrived at your web site. My name is Ernestine Kenny (maiden name Chung-Hoon). My mother was married to Ernest Haakua Chung-Hoon who was the
half brother of William Chung-Hoon Jr. who was the father of Gordon P. Chung-Hoon. We read the article in our local newspaper about the destroyer being built and to be named USS Chung-Hoon. Then we began to search for more information on Gordon P. Chung-Hoon starting at keyword USS detroyers. We found your website to be of much interest and informative. Thank You!
40  Date: 2001-05-07 17:07:16
Scott Bryant ( / no homepage) wrote:

This is a great website. My grandfather served on the USS Sigsbee and this is a great way for me to learn about his days in the Navy.
39  Date: 2001-04-25 01:55:01
Cas Komski "Ski" ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was a radioman on the Sigsbee from the time of commissioning 'til my discharge Dec.4,1945.
I've seen some "guest book" notes about some of my old shipmates in the "C" division. John Opyt, John McKibben,Ralph Pisano. Nice hearing about the old gang.
38  Date: 2001-04-13 16:43:24
David Young ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the nephew of Roger B.Young killed while serving on the Sigsbee and would like to hear from anyone who may have know him.
37  Date: 2001-03-29 22:24:28
Tom Weschler ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great job, John, and thank you for writing me and telling me about this web site. It is a fabulous work and a credit to you and to your respect and love for your uncle.As a former shipmate and old SIGSBEE hand it is great to be able to turn to this to bolster memory!
36  Date: 2001-03-20 22:05:16
A.J.POLITZ ( / no homepage) wrote:


35  Date: 2001-03-15 22:52:17
Frank L Grigsby ( / no homepage) wrote:

From 1 tin can man to another / well done.I was on the Bush DD 529 from 1943 until we went down April 6 1945 on picket duty station # 1 and it took 3 planes and a bomb.I read all of entries.Thanks from all of us and keep up the work for the Vets.
34  Date: 2001-03-15 01:25:50
Burleigh Opyt ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

I am the son of John R. Opyt and am visiting for the first time. I do not have internet access so I'm using my niece and nephew's computer. I really enjoy your site especially the artifacts page. If I find anymore photos of my dad or other crew members I will make copies and give them to my dad to send to you. Great job! Sincerely Burleigh Opyt.
33  Date: 2001-03-08 13:45:58
Y2KFXDman ( / no homepage) wrote:

My name is not important. What is, is that I have information about a surviving crewmember of DD-502.

Mr. Ralph A. Pisano was a barber on the destroyer Sigsbee under Cmdrs Russell & Chung-Hoon. He is STILL cutting hair in the small town of Maple Shade, NJ at Ralph's Barber Shop. (Sorry, I do not have phone numbers; he lives in Bellmawr, NJ, however.)
His wife of countless years died last month, and I am sure that he would greatly appreciate conversing with former shipmates.
Thank You & Good Luck...
32  Date: 2001-02-26 14:37:55
U. E. Bush ( / wrote:

Being a former military (Army) man, I appreciate any thing that honors our veterans.
Great job, well designed.
31  Date: 2001-02-21 03:18:23
Dirk Mastin ( / no homepage) wrote:

The site looks great!
30  Date: 2001-02-18 17:04:41
John Mayson ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hello John. We have enjoyed looking at your album. Especially my wife who is the daughter of A.J.Politz. I know You & the rest of the crew are looking forward to the commisioning of the CHUNG-HOON. Take care & GOD BLESS.
29  Date: 2001-02-03 21:26:53
Diana L. Diefenderfer ( / no homepage) wrote:

I've been copying the photos for my friend Charles Snyder, who was a Sigsbee Sailor. This has been great for both of us. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.
28  Date: 2001-01-22 15:18:14
Carol McWilliams ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice website, very informative. I wish that more of the original sailors could see your tribute, they deserve this and much more. I will make sure my father, Robert Gabbard, who served on the Sigsbee, sees this site.
27  Date: 2000-12-24 17:50:11
Roger Gallagher ( / no homepage) wrote:

My mother's brother (my Uncle whom I was named after was Rogers B Young) enjoyed your site about the USS Sigsbee. Our family has had many questions about 14 April 1945 and now they are answered. I will make sure that Rogers' sister Katharine Gallagher and his brother James Edward Young see this site. Thanks
26  Date: 2000-12-23 16:21:52
Jonathan Akemon ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hey Coach Mastin-
I have been busy with all christmas shopping and stuff. I stop to look at your page you made and I got to say I like it and it is pretty cool.I cant wait till when we come back for weight lifting I want to break a record well I got to go.Merry Christmas
25  Date: 2000-12-22 16:47:04
Margaret Young Lizotte ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am the neice of Roger B. Young, one of the 5 men kia. I never knew him because he was killed before I was born, but my dad never ceased to grieve for him all his life. My brother, Stephen Young (career Navy) found your site. I am eternally grateful to you.
24  Date: 2000-12-11 04:33:15
Kay ( / no homepage) wrote:

A truly wonderful tribute, John, to your uncle and all the men he served with. You deserve the accolades this site has gained you, I know it was a labour of love for you and a journey into the unknown that has given you a lifelong gratitude and a feeling of belonging that I am sure you didn't expect to find. I grew up in England, my father served in the RAF in North Africa but like so many, never spoke of his experiences. You have given a voice to those who could never speak for themselves. Bless you John.
23  Date: 2000-10-17 03:19:03
thomas van vorce ( / no homepage) wrote:

I served aboard the Sigsbee for 8 battle stars from Tarawa to Okinawa. have you heard from Don Austgen-or Nelson the quartermaster? They were a great crew-I was on the port 40 mil-when we took the hit. I was a signalman .
22  Date: 2000-10-13 05:28:12
Kevin Horrigan ( / no homepage) wrote:

My grandfather Edward Horrigan was aboard the Sigsbee went it was hit. The recent incident with the USS Cole incited my curiosity about my grandfather's ship. Your site is a great tribute to those who fought so courageously for their country.
21  Date: 2000-08-31 17:25:04
Emily Jo (McKibben) Wight ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to make this web page. Also for visiting with my parents in Cincinnati.(John & Louise McKibben) Dad really likes your web page a lot. I've made a copy for him to keep. (They don't have a computer) Do you add things to the page still? If so let me know so I can see the new stuff. Thanks for all your hard work. It's really nicely done. are you going to the Sigsbee reunion in October? If you are, maybe we will see you there. Thanks again.
God Bless You!
Emily Jo Wight
20  Date: 2000-08-20 00:00:54
Don Farnam ( / no homepage) wrote:

John -
To a job well done. You have truly honored the brave men who fought so gallantly on board Sigsbee! On behalf of my grandfather, GM 1/c Jim "Pops" Farnam, who had the honor to also serve our grateful Nation on board Sigsbee - thank you!
Don Farnam
19  Date: 2000-07-10 21:47:03
MARC MARTTER ( SUSANMARC@YAHOO.COM / no homepage) wrote:

18  Date: 2000-07-09 21:09:00
Jason Martter ( / no homepage) wrote:

John, You're tribute to the Sigsbee is incredible! My grandfather, Robert Martter, served aboard the USS Sigsbee DD502(I beleive as a gunner's mate?) during the war and only had great things to say about those he served with. I've always wanted to learn more about his time on the Sigsbee and your site has given me that opportunity. Thank you for your excellent efforts!
17  Date: 2000-07-03 00:15:32
Marion Braswell ( / no homepage) wrote:

Congratulation John , You did your web site goodI show it to all of BROOKS relatives when they visit, I think "hooty" sent you pictures from BROOKS scrapbook. I visited Bill Roberts site also. Now what is needed is a complete crew list
16  Date: 2000-04-29 00:51:59
George T. Mazzagotte ( / no homepage) wrote:

George Mazzagotte Seaman First Class ( Leading Seaman of the First Div.) This is an honor to the men that many of us served with, many joys, many heartachs, and these are men that would and did lay down their life for each other. Thanks for such a wonderful tribute to the USS Sigsbee DD 502 and her gallent crew.
15  Date: 2000-04-10 02:56:52
Carl M. Dundon ( / no homepage) wrote:

John, Thank you for all the hard work you put in to compile the information on this site. As a former shipmate I enjoyed seeing the pictures you have up. I hope to attend the next reunion and will bring with me info and pictures that I have. I've been to four previous reunions and am looking forward to meeting you and seeing my mates from the Sigsbee. Carl M. Dundon MM1/c
14  Date: 2000-03-24 16:28:10
John W. Baskerville ( / no homepage) wrote:

Your website is a terrific living memorial to your Uncle Guy and all the men who lost their lives or were injured on that fateful day. It brought back many memories for me of that day in June of 1945 when I stepped aboard that ship that was only about 2/3 there. The atmosphere was still one of morning and sadness. Thanks for the memories, John. I salute you for your dedication.
13  Date: 2000-03-18 15:54:53
Elixabeth(Betty) Byars Crain ( / no homepage) wrote:

I wonder at the vast content of the web page. How super of you to honor the Men of the Sisgbee. Enjoyed visiting with you by phone this morning and I have retreived the scrapbook from my archives and am sending it on to you along with a check for return postage and any other expenses regarding printing, reunion ,etc.Thanks for your devotion . Betty Byars Crain, widow of Eddie Burks Byars
12  Date: 2000-02-21 22:26:04
William Knight Roberts ( / wrote:

Thanks John for an excellent tribute to your Uncle Guy, the officers and crewmen lost and those of us who remain. The USS Sigsbee was a fighting ship made so by her officers and crew. I am proud to have served aboard her from January 23, 1943 through July 1945.
11  Date: 2000-01-26 18:47:04
Susan (Hidler) Wilson ( / no homepage) wrote:

Your Sigsbee memorial is wonderfully done. My dad. Bill Hidler, has been in correspondence with you for a few years and it has meant a great deal to him to have had that opportunity. As so many of our generation's fathers are, he is reluctant to talk about his Navy experience during WWII. If you haven't read Tom Brokaw's "The Greatest Generation" I suggest you do. It helped me to understand my own father much better. Keep up the good work. Susan (Hidler) Wilson
10  Date: 2000-01-19 22:56:52
Mimi HArt ( / no homepage) wrote:

It was a pleasure to see your work; you've created a lovely and loving tribute to those sailors, one of whom was my uncle, George G. Hart.We never got to meet my father's only brother, but he has always had both heroic and mythic status in our family, as well he and the others should. This is a fine tribute--thank you.
9  Date: 2000-01-19 04:12:44
ROD DICKISON ( BURIEN@NETSCAPE.NET / no homepage) wrote:


8  Date: 2000-01-18 20:25:47
Alex Hart ( / no homepage) wrote:

George Hart was my brother and his loss on April 14, 1945 still brings tears when I think about him. He was a fine young man. It was good of you to develope this site. I will pass it on to my three sisters. I see a daughter of mine has replied. Tough, but good! Thank you.
7  Date: 2000-01-18 11:13:34
Anne Hart Kiphen ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father's only brother, George Hart, was killed on the Sigsbee. My brother, Ed, and my daughter, Sarah, have taken an interest in this history. My brother sent me the web address. Thank you for all your hard work.
6  Date: 2000-01-17 15:50:26
Chris Mastin ( / no homepage) wrote:

Dad, You have done a great job in honoring Uncle Guy and all of the men that served and sacrificed on the Sigsbee. I think that our generation takes for granted all of the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. Thank you for your research and thank you to all of our veterans. -Chris
5  Date: 2000-01-16 23:18:05
Thomas K. Brown ( / no homepage) wrote:

You did real good John, I wish for all the crew that we had you and the research facilities many years ago and to have been able to reunite many more of the crew to the reunions. Thomas K. Brown
4  Date: 2000-01-14 05:21:48
Doyce R. Rich ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great job cousin. You have honored our Uncle and his Shipmates well. I am proud of you and Uncle Guy and I'm proud to have carried on the Navy tradition in our family.
3  Date: 2000-01-11 17:04:45
Dirk Mastin ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Dad! Very nice. It is always neat to find out things about people in the family that you did not know about.
2  Date: 2000-01-10 16:17:41
Griff ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great job Coach!!! Maybe now people will appreciate just how much we owe our Veterans.
1  Date: 2000-01-10 05:02:49
Sandy Medley ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for spending the time to do this web page. Addie K. Brown is my grandfather and for many years I had never heard of speak of the war or of his time on the Sigsbee for that matter. I am not sure why maybe, it was just a little to painful for him at the time. What matters now is that my Grandad is sharing apart of his past. And even though he will be 85 years old next month, I feel that I've gotten to know a side of him that I may have not ever gotten to. My Grandad is PROUD to have been a sailor on the Sigsbee, and for that and so many more reasons I am proud to be his granddaughter. Thank you so much God Bless, Sandy Medley


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