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USS Kitty Hawk On Last Cruise

by david_axe on June 1, 2007

The HAWK is currently our oldest carrier, launched in May of 1960. Plans are to have her role as our only forward-deployed aircraft carrier taken over by USS George Washington, expected to sail into Yokosuka, Japan sometime next summer.
Carrier Air Wing 5 is the wing assigned to Kitty Hawk. They are based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, japan. The Hornets (F/A-18 C, E and F), Hawkeyes (E-2C), Hoovers (S-3, for a short while longer), helos (SH-60) and Jammers (EA-6B) aircraft will operate in the western and central Pacific operating areas, then swap decks when the new flattop arrives.
Here’s to you, Kitty Hawk!
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Oldest U.S. Carrier Makes Last Voyage
(ASSOCIATED PRESS 23 MAY, 2007)
TOKYO — The USS Kitty Hawk, the U.S. Navy’s oldest ship in full active service, embarked on its last major maneuvers Wednesday before being decommissioned next year.
The 46-year-old vessel — the only American aircraft carrier permanently deployed abroad — eased out of its berth at the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo, escorted by a carrier strike group of cruisers and guided missile destroyers, Naval spokesman John Nylander said.
The voyage, to last several months in the western and central Pacific Ocean, was expected to be the last major mission for the ship before it is replaced next year by the USS George Washington and sent back to the United States for decommissioning, said Rear Adm. Richard B. Wren, commander of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group.
“This is the last trip for USS Kitty Hawk,” Wren told reporters.
The Kitty Hawk, with a crew of more than 5,500, was commissioned in 1961 and has served in Vietnam and Iraq.
The oil-powered ship was deployed to Yokosuka in 1998, and will be replaced with the nuclear-powered George Washington as part of the U.S. military’s effort to modernize its forces in East Asia — an area of potential flashpoints with North Korea or China.
But the vessel’s replacement sparked a backlash in Japan, where critics oppose the basing of a nuclear-powered warship in domestic waters. Japan’s government backed the idea, however, saying the George Washington would boost regional stability.
Nuclear-powered warships have visited Japanese ports hundreds of times since 1964, and the United States has provided firm commitments to Tokyo regarding the safe use of Japanese harbors by the nuclear-powered vessels.

–Pinch Paisley

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Sven Ortmann June 1, 2007 at 5:26 am

S-3 "Hoovers"?
When did they became "Hoovers" instead of "Vikings"

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Mike Wall February 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

Theres a great question. Vikings in 79/80 Bitchen Bird I might add. thats from a Tomcat Tweeker.VF111 I can still hear there Humm when they Landed.Quiet sucker

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Dennis June 1, 2007 at 7:00 am

This is a bad idea. When I was homeported there (1966-1968), we had rioting in the streets of Yokosuka from the Japanese communist party, each and everytime a nuke ship came into port. If we go ahead and station a nuke ship in the homewaters of Japan we will only be providing fuel for our enemies. God knows we don’t need more enemies in that region of the world.

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Camp June 1, 2007 at 8:35 am

“But the vessel’s replacement sparked a backlash in Japan”… That seems a bit strange to me, especially considering the number of nuclear power plants Japan uses.
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http://www.insc.anl.gov/pwrmaps/map/japan.php
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.I could understand if the vessel was laden with nuclear weapons, but it’s not… at least I’m pretty sure it’s not. And I believe the Washington’s power plant would be taken off-line before it enters harbor, as well.

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Ron Hayes November 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I was on the Kittyhawk in 1985 to 1989. It was still a steam turbine engine running on jp-4 fuel..

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ajay June 1, 2007 at 8:54 am

Posting this here because comments in the Iran thread are down: I think Christian has misread the story in question. There were two separate arrests. One was of couriers in Sadr City, running supplies from the Iranian government. Now, this is no great surprise. Sadr City is Shia territory, and everyone knows Muqtada al-Sadr is friendly with Iran. He went there earlier this year. So, Iran supporting Shia militia – not really news.
The other was of an al-Qaeda courier, running messages between AQ in Iraq and AQ leaders in Iran.
But Christian writes it up like this:
“…nabbed a few more bad guys tied to the Iranian support network for the insurgency… and al Qaeda.
I know there are a lot of readers here who strongly dispute the Iranian connection with Iraq and see it as impossible for a Shiite government to collaborate with the Sunni AQ movement. But at the very least, when more

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Christian June 1, 2007 at 9:23 am

ajay,
Comments are back up on Iran thread…thanks for the catch.
But, what I wrote WAS correct. I was NOT confused. An AQ courier running messages between AQ in Iraq and AQ leaders in Iran…? Ummm, they’re in IRAN! Do you think for one second that the government of Iran, a police state, doesn’t know that? We seem to do this all the time. Deny state sponsored help without some explicit admission when evidence keeps mounting…
I’m not the one being sloppy, thank you.

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CHS June 1, 2007 at 11:00 am

I find it silly that the Japanese are worried about “Nuclear Ships” in their waters when most of the country is powered by nuclear, and the United States Navy has the most experience of any organization in the entire world when it comes to dealing with nuclear, and the best safety record in the entire world as well.
If there is *ANYONE* who should be operating anything nuclear, it’s the United States Navy.

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Eric Daniel June 1, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Davids,
To address your question about converting the Kitty hawk to a transport platform, the short answer is, it just wouldn

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ajay June 4, 2007 at 10:41 am

Thanks for sorting out the comments: will post this in the appropriate thread too.
But, what I wrote WAS correct. I was NOT confused. An AQ courier running messages between AQ in Iraq and AQ leaders in Iran…? Ummm, they’re in IRAN! Do you think for one second that the government of Iran, a police state, doesn’t know that? We seem to do this all the time. Deny state sponsored help without some explicit admission when evidence keeps mounting…
You know, I can’t help thinking of the time someone said that AQ was OBVIOUSLY in cahoots with Saddam Hussein, because AQ was operating in Iraq, and how else could that be happening when Iraq was a police state? Except, of course, that wasn’t true, was it.
Just because AQ happens to operate in a country does not mean that it does so with governmental sanction. It operates in Afghanistan. You think Hamid Karzai’s on their side? It operated in Germany before 9/11. It operated in London. MEK operates in Iran; do they do so with the permission of the Iranian government? Of course they don’t!

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charles alger June 4, 2007 at 12:09 pm

as my first ship in 1968, i will always remember my starting of my military career.

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G LESLIE SMITH III SK1 UNR RETIRED June 12, 2007 at 8:23 am

Does anyone know when and where the Kitty Hawk wii be cecommissioned? As a plank 0wner I would like to be there.

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Thomas w. Tully June 14, 2007 at 7:20 am

Tully,TW 5871961 mm3 M-div.
Disch.from The hawk 2/19/65
I'm also interested in knowing where she will be decommissioned. As I would like the opputunity to walk her deck once more with my sons and grandson.
I believe I reported aboard april of 62 or 63
Can we e-mail the ship direct.

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Jr Leyh March 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

USS KITTY HAWK CV-63 DECOMM AT BREMERTON, WA,

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mystic sader June 18, 2007 at 10:01 pm

they are near river city right now i will try to find out when they will be decommissioned

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CWO-4 P.T.Mahoney,ret'd June 25, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I would appreciate knowing as well. I might come.She was my 1st permanent billet.I joined ship’s crew in PNSY,Camden,N.J.in Jan. – Feb.of 1961 and rode her around Cape Horn. Wm.F.(“Bush”)Bringle was her Skipper and I was his Orderly . MEMORIES.

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CWO-4 P.T.Mahoney,ret'd June 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm

I would appreciate knowing as well. I might come.She was my 1st permanent billet.I joined ship’s crew in PNSY,Camden,N.J.in Jan. – Feb.of 1961 and rode her around Cape Horn. Wm.F.(“Bush”)Bringle was her Skipper and I was his Orderly . MEMORIES.

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EM3 VUE June 26, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Currently stationed on the ship. I work in engineering and well from what I’ve seen it’s definitely ready to go.

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EM3 June 26, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Currently stationed on the ship. I work in engineering and well from what I’ve seen it’s definitely ready to go.

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scotto July 6, 2007 at 6:46 am

Seen her come in Sydney Harbour for maybe the last time what an orsum peice of naval history. To all on board a safe and happy journey home.

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anissa July 6, 2007 at 10:58 pm

i was so shocked to see your ship in sydney and i wanted to fly from brisbane to sydney to see it. Back when i was 20 i would ring dial a sailor and show them around sydney i realy miss doing that it was so much fun. hope you all have a good time wish i could be there …..anissa please send message to me

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Warren Luck July 22, 2007 at 1:28 am

Watching all the interest of the KH visit to Sydney reminds me of my time (two weeks) spent there in 1963. I was in VAH-2 on board the Coral Sea. I met a girl there and never forgot her. It took a while, but we were married last year and now live in Brisbane.
May your memories of Australia be as fond as mine.
All the best to those aboard the Hawk.
Warren Luck
AO-2 VAH-2 USS Coral Sea 1961-64

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Jim Jursinic July 23, 2007 at 10:29 pm

Sad to see it go, but her time is here. I’d love to see it one more time.

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Jenny Haferkamp July 24, 2007 at 11:00 pm

My son is 3rd Class Petty Officer Key and what an awesome adventure he is on since leaving Gatesville, TX! I am so proud of him and all the other sailors onboard the Kitty Hawk! Now maybe he can come home to TEXAS!!! Go DAVID!!!

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Brad July 25, 2007 at 2:16 am

I just saw the Kitty Hawk July 6-10 in Sydney, Australia – many of the 5500 sailors came ashore for leave, and the red light area of King’s Cross was hopping ! The ship was impressive as it sat in Woolamaloo Harbour in all it’s glory. A sight to see for this American far from home.

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david tharp August 1, 2007 at 8:41 pm

i served on the hawk as well. i remember my time as well. it is an honor to haved served on this timless vesel. the memories are alive still in my heart. she has served our country with dignity and pride. as we all look back let us pause for a moment. let us remember in silience the moment we all became brothers and men overnight. as she voyages in time and takes her place with others gone before her, let us never forget her saying “press on” and let us press on for her as well. thank you my fellow shipmates.

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Andrew August 7, 2007 at 5:26 pm

I served on The Kitty Hawk from 1981 to 1985, I was in P-2 Division 2MMR. I was really sad to hear that she was going to be decommissioned next year. Makes me feel like I am getting old. Well all I have to say is Press on.
I am proud to have served aboard the Kitty Hawk and her sounds and smells will always be a part of me.

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Geoff Sweet August 15, 2007 at 9:46 am

I served aboard Kitty Hawk from 1965 to 1968 as a Machinist Mate in 4MMR. This was an unforgetable part of my life!
I feel nothing but pride for having served aboard this grand ship!!
Enjoy your well-deserved retirement, old girl!
Geoff Sweet, MM3
Lanark, Illinois

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ron August 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

I am looking for word about George W. Graveslll who was aboard KKYHWK 1967-68. He was reported as missing and listed on memorial page in Cruise Book for 1967-68. Can you give any direction to learn more?

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Wint Bourn August 19, 2007 at 6:36 am

I served on board the Hawk from November 1963( 2 days after president Kennedy was shot) untill May
of 1970 in fox division. We had the Terrior surface to air missle batteries on board. I just returned from a Kitty Hawk Veterans association reunion in Baltimore and had a great time. If you are interested in the association they have a web site. I remenber my time on the Kitty Hawk as the time in my life when I felt the most alive.

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ron August 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

I am seeking information about eorge W. Graves lll who served on the KTTYHAWK 1967-68. He is listed on a memorial page in the Cruise Book but no record of his death is found. He is reported as missing in other information I have with no details. Can you give information or head me in a direction to search further?

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Jeff Jones August 26, 2007 at 3:56 pm

I was in an Air/Sea Rescue Helicopter squadron. We had a detachment aboard CVA 63 for her shakedown cruise. Leaving Philly, she had a slight list. They lowered the radar mast to clear a bridge and it wouldn’t go up again. The hangar deck was full of automobiles belonging to crew and dependents as the ship’s next voyage was to the West Coast.
She was the only new ship I was ever aboard. It was a wonderful experience for the young man I was then, as it would be now.
I was and am proud of her and her service. A great ship.

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Thomas Pablo September 10, 2007 at 8:30 pm

I reported aboard as an EMFN in 1978 and left as an EM2 in December of 1980. My last duty was Workcenter Sup at Motor Rewind shop. Now my son IT2 Richie Pablo is currently serving aboard until she gets decommissioned. Press On.

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Dave Kyllonen September 11, 2007 at 6:18 pm

I served as the Engineering Repair Master Chief from 1993-1998. Working with a select group of dedicated officers, chiefs and technicians made an exceptionally demanding tour easier. I performed my duty well and left her in better condition. Truth is, I remember high maintenance systems, thin wall pipe and a constant stream mission critical repairs. A part of me is still on that ship and I have not been able to reach the same level of commitment since.

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Ray Curtis September 16, 2007 at 12:24 pm

I served on the Kitty Hawk from 70-72 in OE Div. It was a great experience for me, I felt really alive and involved, plus I learned a trade in electronics and computer repair which I am still doing.
I hope to see her one more time before being decommissioned. There are lots of memories, visiting HongKong, Japan and PI, lining the deck coming back to SanDiego, and many others.
And I am still scanning my old slides and pictures from those days.
Ray Curtis DS1
Cleveland

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Cheryl Garrett September 18, 2007 at 2:15 pm

My uncle told me a story about JFK visiting the Kitty Hawk. It seems that a rocking chair was brought onboard for him as he was having back problems at that time. According to uncle, this chair was made by my grandfather. I wonder if anyone has any information about this.

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Tyrone September 20, 2007 at 4:34 pm

I served on the Hawk from 2001-2005 and it was really fun. I worked on the flight deck with vfa 195 out of Atsugi Japan as a plane captain/AO. It was ready to go when I got on there and really ready to go now. The Hawk is relly known throughout every country it goes to. Whenever you hit a port they all know that the hawk is just going to be there. Oh yeah we really know how to party it up!!!!

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Connie September 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm

My son is aboard the Kitty Hawk and has been for two years. I miss him terribly. God bless all of our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers keeping our Nation safe. I love you.
Mom

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joyce baukman September 26, 2007 at 12:55 pm

I would love to see pictures of 1980 navy retirement ceremonies
thankyou,
unableto attend

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Kiara brothers September 26, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Ahoy Captain,
I really like your ship.But Where do you sleep and stay?Where in the world are you now?I REALLY
like all the ship stuff.I hope to hear from you
Bye mate.
your friend
Kiara Brothes

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Nicholas Bowlin September 27, 2007 at 6:02 pm

I am a Third class Fire Controlman on the USS John C. Stennis. We just got back from deployment on August 30th. On the way back the Kitty Hawk participated in operation Valient Shield with us. I have to say the Kitty is showing her age but it is amazing a ship that old with that much history is still in service. It is great that vets who served back in Vietnam have something in commom with today’s sailors. USS Kitty Hawk, I salute you.
FC3(SW/AW) Nicholas Bowlin
USS John C. Stennis CVN74

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Alan October 3, 2007 at 10:00 am

I served three cruises on the Hawk with VF-114 Ordnance 66-69
Had the best time of my life even with loading loading 1000 lb bombs. Hate to see her go but we all age and time is passing.

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Dave October 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm

I did four cruises on the Hawk. From 75,77-78, 83 and 85. Time goes. Where will the Hawks final resting place be? The USS Hornet made a great Visitors platform for the Navy and the San Fransico area. Could the Hawk end in San Diego or Philly? Or maybe like the Oriskany as an Artificale Reef in the Gulf of Mexico. It will always be remembered to me as my Home during my young adult life.

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Junkyard Dog October 7, 2007 at 12:49 pm

I was an ASW CPO (Junkyard Dogs) on the Hawk during Desert Shield. S-3 aircraft is Viking, and only nicknamed by the S-3 community as Hoover, because it sounds like a vacuum cleaner.

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Max R. Payne October 8, 2007 at 10:16 pm

I am a Kitty Hawk Plank Owner. I was on board when we went around Cape Horn. The Rocking Chair we gave President Kennedy was made in north Carolina. It had four casters on the legs and would roll real easy. They were afraid that it might roll when the president was sitting in it so they had me make a four foot disc out of 3/4″
plywood with four places gouged out for the casters to sit in. After the president left the ship they returned the disc to the Carpenter Shop and I covered it with walnut formica and made a coffee table out of it. We kept i until after I retired from the navy in 1970. Max Payne DCC USN Retired.

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Jerry Myers October 9, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Served on the Grand Lady from 65 to 68. 4MMR and oil shack. She has seen lives lived and lost on her decks. When she makes that final turn into the wind and heads to where the horizon and the sea come together, we who served on her will have a tear in our eye. She was our protector when we were young and at war, now she is old so let her rest. Good by to you Grand Lady and thanks for the memories both good and bad. Jerry Myers BT2.

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Michael E Marshaleck October 9, 2007 at 9:48 pm

I served abord the HAWK from April of 2000 till December of 2003. I’ve been in 2 wars during that time. I saw many different groups of Special Forces abord during this time. My question is where will She be docked at after she is Decommed? She wa made in Philly I think she should remain there

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DIANE CHAPMAN October 12, 2007 at 2:11 pm

HI, I AM A PROUD NAVY MOM. MY SON HAS BEEN ON THE HAWK COME 2008 JUNE FOR 4 YEARS. HE WILL BE LEAVING THE HAWK AND COMING HOME AND WILL BE OUT OF THE NAVY. I CAN’T WAIT TO HOLD HIM AGAIN. GOD BLESS TO ALL OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN ALL THEY HAVE DONE FOR ALL OF US. THANK YOU VETS FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE FOR AMERICA.
REST WELL USS KITTY HAWK YOU DESERVE IT AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF MY SON AND ALL WHO HAVE STEPED ON YOUR DECK. THANK YOU ALL

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tom tetrault October 14, 2007 at 12:07 pm

I SERVED ON THE HAWK FROM 1978 TO 1983 IN #1,MMR. MAKING TWO WEST-PACS AND A YARD TOUR IN BREMERTON. IT WAS A GREAT SHIP AND I HAVE GOOD MEMORIES. MM1 TETRAULT

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Harry P. (Bud) Stokely, Jr. October 15, 2007 at 3:47 am

I am a Plank Owner. My special sea detail was navigator’s bridge phone talker. So I was on the bridge when we went down the Camden River. We crossed the Line, went around the Horn (actually through the Straits) and into the San Francisco drydocks. After that, I was transfered to flag allowance, COMSERVPAC. I’d love to be there when the Dear Old Girl is retired, even if it does mean having to visit the Left Coast.

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John M. Beard October 16, 2007 at 10:52 am

I was privledge to serve on board the Uss Kitty Hawk CV63 and was part of the refit upgrading to CVA in 1973 at Hunters Point in San Francisco I served abord her from September 1972 to May 16, 1975, good years;fun times.

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Gilbert M. Suniga December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

john, don't know if you remember me, V-3 Div. ABH3, and yeoman, Gil Suniga. I'm still trying to contact wally warfield. Some of the things that happened I thought I just dreamed until I spoke to a NCO that came aboard after the riots to investigate. He is long time friends of my neighbors come to find out. Hope to hear from you.

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AD2 Stacey October 23, 2007 at 4:17 pm

I was on the Kitty Hawk for the 79-80 cruise and the 81-? cruise with VF-111 Sundowners. The last time I saw CV-63 was sitting in Subic Bay watching her leave. It was actually sad to see her leave with my planes! I flew back to San Diego and got out of the Navy. Lots of memories there. Some of my Boot Camp buds were stationed aboard her. Now my squadron is decommissioned, my base now belongs to the Marines (Miramar), my plane has been retired, and now my boat is on her way out. What is an old sailor to do? Thanks again for the memories!!!

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ABH3 HUBBARD October 24, 2007 at 12:10 am

I proudly served on board the “OLD LADY” during the crossdecking with the Indy CV 62 in 1998-2000. The Hawk tour was a great time of my life. Had plenty of fun in Japan and all the other ports. I still think of her when I smell jet exhaust. Hours upon hours moving and directing birds on deck for no claer reason. I could swear I still have that JP 5 on my skin cause of the damn showers…lol Fair Wind and Following Seas Kitty!

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roger loghry October 27, 2007 at 1:39 pm

i served abord her from 1976 to 1980 i also would like to know where she will be decommisoned i had alot of memories on her from tours in countries to painting school houses in the phillipines

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shawn mcnamara November 1, 2007 at 1:59 pm

served on board v-4 division 1972 to 1975 where will the uss kitty hawk be decommisioned.

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Keith November 9, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Shawn,
I was on the Hawk from 72 to 76, started out in V-4, then was transferred pretty quickly to V-5, Air Traffic Control.
Keith Severtson

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Rich Borowske (Ski) November 1, 2007 at 6:29 pm

This is bad news ,as I was also aboard when we went around the “Horn” I remember as if yesterday also,picking those egg shells out of my rear for about a week I was aboard also in the first Viet Nam non “War”Was a Radarman,and we just had a re-union in Phoenix,Arizona with all the Acadama Red wine drinkers from the OI Division.Lots of very good memories and friends that I still have tdy.Hate to see the old girl go,but we all have to go sooner or later Ski Borowske Radar Div. 1961 to 1964

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Rich Borowske (Ski) November 1, 2007 at 6:31 pm

This is bad news ,as I was also aboard when we went around the “Horn” I remember as if yesterday also,picking those egg shells out of my rear for about a week I was aboard also in the first Viet Nam non “War”Was a Radarman,and we just had a re-union in Phoenix,Arizona with all the Acadama Red wine drinkers from the OI Division.Lots of very good memories and friends that I still have tdy.Hate to see the old girl go,but we all have to go sooner or later Ski Borowske Radar Div. 1961 to 1964

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Mike Gschwind November 3, 2007 at 7:43 am

Served in V-4 Division 1972-1976 with Shawn McNamara whom I haven’t heard from since 1976.(Shawn E-mail me at gschwind1@charter.net)Kitty Hawk is to be de-commissioned at San Diego in 2008 sometime,then sent up to Washington to remove needed parts. Wilmington, N.C. has plans in the works to acquire the Kitty Hawk to be placed beside the U.S.S. North Carolina battleship as an in water museum same as the carriers Yorktown in Charleston and Intrepid in New York City. I live at Carolina Beach, N.C., 12 miles from Wilmington, N.C..

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Keith November 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Mike,
I was on the Hawk from 72 to 76, started out in V-4, then was quickly transferred to Air Traffic Control, V-5 division.
Keith Severtson
keith2112@fastmail.fm

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Todd Wackford November 5, 2007 at 11:09 pm

I was attached to Carrier Air Wing 15 with VAW-114. An E2-C squadron known as the Hormel Hawgs. I reported aboard the Kitty in ’81. We made one of those post Iranian “extended tours” under the command of “Tooter Teagues”. During the cruise the Skipper stopped the ship in the Mariana Trench and had swim call. I remember the Marines stationed in launch boats with M-16s for shark watch. I left as a boy and returned as a man. In fact it made me the man I am today.
Bless the Kitty and the fine Men and Women of the USN!!!!

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Hugh Spry BT3 November 6, 2007 at 8:53 pm

I was an 18 year old kid in 1961 when the Kiiityhawk was commissioned. That made me a plank owner. I remember going across the equator arond the horn and liberty in Rio. What a trip. Left the ship in april of 1964 @ Sasebo Japan. Looking forward to seeing when she gets back stateside.

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AZ2 Cook November 13, 2007 at 6:45 pm

I was stationed aboard the Hawk in AIMD from 2000-2004. It was an honor to serve aboard the oldest active warship then, and it’s still an honor today to have served on it. But it’s ready to go. It was ready when I was on it, and it’s definately ready to go now. I hate to see her go, but it’s time. Fair winds and following seas to everyone who is serving now and has served on her.

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brad dietrich November 19, 2007 at 11:52 am

my brother is currently on this ship today i think he said they are in tokyo japan now but he also told me that they are going to retire the vessle soon and they will all be transfered to the uss george bush like thats a trust worthy ship. nut any ways greg bro if you are rreading this wats up cant wait to see you and we hope you are having a good time

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OLLIE AT-2 November 22, 2007 at 9:22 am

1975 West Pac on the Old Lady was kind of fun for the Air-Wing. The old Gal was pretty wore out at the time and we barely had the speed to get our Vigilanti’s off the deck and keep our pilots qualified. I was in RVAH-6. Who can forget Subic Bay? We were in port for repairs a lot.I figured she might replace the Kennedy as a Fla. floating catch and trap training ship. Why waste a Nuclear vessel for that? However the old Lady has served her purpose in the eyes of the Navy. Just like the forgotton Vigilanti (RA5C’s)

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Barb November 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I’m also a Navy mom, my son has been gone for a year and half and can’t wait to hold him and see his smiling face, and new bride!!!! Thank you for all you have done for my son and all who have had the experience of riding the Kitty Hawk. Hope that God will watch over each and everyone sailor as they ride the Kitty Hawk back to the States. If it is God’s will hope to see you soon son!!!!! love mom

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AT2 Newell November 24, 2007 at 11:07 pm

Two tours with VA-195, 1972,73-74. With the “ordies” in ’72 and as AT night shift and shop supervisor 2nd cruise. Lotsa pinocle in off time, rope-yarn and stand-down. CWO Beebe was a great mentor, CPO Stewart changed my mind about a career if you kmow what I mean. Hello to Huber, Severson, Richards, Reed, Purcell, Sarter, Silva, Jack “Thunder”, and others I can’t remember w/o looking at my cruise-books. We were in the Gulf of Oman before it was popular. Proud to be a member of the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, CVW-11, Ganga-Din, Shell-backs etc.. Will miss the “shitty kitty”. Saw her in Seattle in 1996, and was able to take my brother and kids on an “un-guided tour” (pre-9/11) thanks to an understanding MAA that I owe a debt of gratitude. I hope someone can save her from Gillette and grind up Nissans, Yugos, Volvos, & Mercedes Benz instead. We weren’t allowed to go to Australia because of our alleged nukes so we had to go to Africa instead where the liberty-launches were outfitted with Mombassa Black instead ;-). Good times in another era. Maybe more to come. Sorry if I digress, a lot of memories. Dead in the water off the Phillipines with a fire in Main Machinery Room #2? losing seven. Yellow shirt getting sucked down the intake night ops of VA-192, EA-6 snagged in the net w/o front landing gear, Cmdr Hall lost at sea night ops.
Later…………….Hardrock

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Michelle November 29, 2007 at 9:09 am

Here is information from KH website about decom.
They are back in Japan homeport now. Although date of decom has not been set, they plan to leave Japan in May 08, have decom ceremony in SanDiego, and decom in WA.
http://www.kittyhawk.navy.mil/welcome/Homeport_change/Decom_Faqs.html

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Jim Kirven November 29, 2007 at 2:20 pm

I served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk from 1965 to 1968 as a BT in 3MMR. This was a very exciting time, a time I won’t foget. 3 West Pac Cruses and I agree “Who can forget Subic Bay”? I would like to know where the decom will take place and will try to be there. Good Luck old friend.
Hi to any shipmates who may read this and remember me.

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Rick Elsten December 1, 2007 at 4:50 pm

1970 West Pac I was in the Air-Wing. The she was my first ship . speed. I was in R.V.A.H-6. R A.5. C out of Albany Georgia . Who can

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Bob Thompson December 2, 2007 at 4:03 am

I was attached aboard the Kitty Hawk while in squadron VF-213, Air Wing 11, the years 1965 thru 1967. I was in the Air Frames division as an Aviation Structural Mechanic on f-4s. My son served aboard the Hawk in the ships ordnance Division during the Desert storm in the early 90′s. The Hawk has served well and deserves great respect even when going into retirement. God Bless the Hawk and all the men and women who served aboard her.

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jason hall December 4, 2007 at 2:06 am

was on the old broad from 94 to 97 had some great times. made some wonderful people. i do miss them dearly. i was in crash and salvage got a little hot now and again . just wanted to say hello to the crash crew of cv 63 from bull , basa, padeye,tyree “my brother from another mother “baker. sarge. adam miller, downtown brown, big man moore,steve “the donger’Sherman. chief lou, cheif martin, bosn warren, sauser, and the rest of the gang. miss you all god willing we will see each other again. Jason Hall

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Don Harpold December 4, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Was proud to serve in VF-111 onboard the HAWK 1962-64. Two Westpac tours.

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V.Edwards December 9, 2007 at 5:51 pm

I was aboard the “Hawk” when she came out of Philly in 91 for the work-up period in 1992. I was attached to VF-14 part of CVW3 for three weeks for CQ’s and workups. I remember during high speeds, one of the shafts rattled so bad it shook the entire ship seemingly. I remember the majority of the crew becoming ill, not being sure if that stemmed from the food aboard or what. That was about the only thing not considered a bright spot about the ship, since it was immaculately clean and kept up, and despite those little drawbacks was a fine vessel to be aboard. Fare thee well, good winds and following seas to the officers and crew of the Kitty Hawk. I am proud to have been among the ranks priveledged to serve aboard her.

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Bob December 15, 2007 at 3:04 pm

My daughter just got married to sailor last Spetember who was on board the Kitty Hawk for it’s final cruise. He will be transferring to the Washington during the spring/summer cruise. She moves to Yokosuka next week to start their new life together. I am so proud of both these young people and all of America’s service men and women. Without them, where would the rest of us be ?

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Anita December 18, 2007 at 7:10 pm

My Grandson will be on the Kitty Hawk starting sometiome in January. He finishe3d first in his class and had the privilage of getting to choose where he wanted to surve. We are so proud of him.

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ryan kelly December 19, 2007 at 8:19 am

i’m in the Shitty Kitty right now in VFA-195 Dambusters and let me tell you, for my first ship it’s been a good experience from being foward deployed and being denied entry to hong kong all of us deal with a lot of well crap as i should say but hey that’s the navy for you and i am proud to be serving on this ship considering what we all have to deal with over here

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Mike Rush December 25, 2007 at 11:55 pm

I served aboard the Kitty Hawk from June of 1964 to September of 1965. I was a Hospital Corpsman in “H” Division. I remember meeting Walt Disney when he filmed Lt. Robinson Caruso. I will always remember the ship with a lot of love and respect.

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John Mcalister January 4, 2008 at 4:22 am

The Kitty Hawk was my first ship. I hated to see here go……… She has served the Country well. I am very proud to have been a crew member.

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TMSN.william eldridge jr January 5, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I WAS ON THE USS KITTY HAWK FROM 1999 TO 2001 AND THAT WAS THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE AND I MISS ALL MY BUDDIES THAT I WAS ON THE SHIP WITH AND I WAS WITH THE G-2 DEPTMENT WITH THE WEAPONS GROUP AND LIKED TO BE THERE NOW FOR IT BUT CAN,T BECAUSE OF HAVING OPEN HEART SUGERY SO KITTY HAWK GOOD LUCK AND SEE IT AROUND

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Paul Koermer January 8, 2008 at 10:38 am

I was on the Kitty Hawk from 11/1967 to 6/1968. I can still remember the fire that occured in the tire locker with the hoses spread out all over the flight deck while we were in Subic Bay, PI and when we had to stay out on the line when the Koreans seized the Pueblo. At the time I was attached to VAW-114. I sure hope she gets sent the east coast to be set up as a museum. When you think of it she is a real peice of history. I sure would like to see the old gal again.

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Joe Plumb (RM3) January 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm

I served on the Kitty Hawk from Mar. 74 til May 76
when I got out. We were in the shipyards in Bremerton. Lot of memories. So long old girl. I
saw and entry someone made about sea-trials in the 90′s and how bad she shook at high speed. Did the same thing in the 70′s. Guess they never did get that fixed. Godspeed.

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DAVID J. ESSLER January 10, 2008 at 2:13 am

I WAS ON THE KITTY HAWK FROM 1961 TO 1964. I WAS IN X DIVISION. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE THAT REMEMBERS ME? LOL. OR WERE YOU ON THE HAWK THEM YEARS? E. MAIL ME OK? DAVID J. ESSLER. LET ME HEAR FROM YOU OK?

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joe lent DCCS(sw/aw) ret. January 10, 2008 at 1:29 pm

i served proudly on hawk from 1985 to 1988, completing the 85westpac and the world cruise to philadelphia in 1987. great ship. god speed hawk.

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Scott Bixler January 11, 2008 at 1:53 am

I have served on board the USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) from January of 2004 – 19 May 2007. It was a good trip being able to serve on board that ship. Even though some days were a drag..I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The best part was traveling to Australia 3 times and enjoying my time there. I was working on the flight deck first with VFA-102 “Diamondbacks” and then I had transfered over to VAW-115 “Snappers” I will miss my time being in Japan. Hopefully one day I can go back and climb Mt. Fuji..

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Ron Reeves January 11, 2008 at 11:18 am

I was stationed aboard the Kitty Hawk from ’84-’88. I can remember counting the days ’til I could get my ass back to civilian life. Now I realize that those were some of the happiest days of my life. I will never forget the “Hawk”.
I still keep in touch with a few of my old ship-mates and we’re talking about making the trip to San Diego to see the old girl decommissioned. Anyone else interested in a road-trip?
Press On

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Ted Dieterich January 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

I was on the Hawk from 1970-1972 27 mo. west pac
Mar Det dept. had lot of fun ,I was 17 my first four year in the service , i will never forger ,made lot of friend ,She is a great old girl.

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Re January 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

USS Kitty Hawk Air Department V-1 Division 2000-2005. I was a flight deck yellow shirt Fly 1. She was very good to me and I will see her for the last time whe she and the USS George Washington crossdeck here at Pearl Harbor, Also I will see my visit my next duty station as I have orders to the USS George Washington. Good bye Hawk.

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robert empson January 13, 2008 at 12:57 pm

i served aboard the kitty hawk 1967-1968 in an a4 squadron va-112. I shall never for get her. Robert in raytown mo

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Walt Sanders January 14, 2008 at 10:12 am

I served two tours on the Kitty Hawk in 1971 and 1972 in X Division in the ship’s legal office and worked with Lt. Ralph Hadley and Lt. Martin in handling legal issues for the ship’s crew. I was present during the racial riots in October 1972. I’m in Washington, DC now practicing law and would love to hook up with anyone else in the DC area who served on the ship during that time. She is a grand old ship and carries many great memories. Good bye old girl…you’ve served your country well.

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David Walker January 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I was deployed with Attack Squadron VA-52 on The Kitty Hawk during her 1972 West-Pac Cruise. Back then her home port was San Diego. I also had the opportunity to go aboard again as a civilian in 1983 to support upgrades to the Phalanx CIWS.
We were a very busy ship during the ’72 Cruise delivering lots and lots of ordinance on a 24/7 basis. Yessir, I’ll never forget my time spent in the Tonkin Gulf hangin’ out on the Hawk.

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Bob Nichols January 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

My brother Jim and I served on the Hawk in 62-64 (V-3 Div) and departed from Bremerton, WA, shipyard. Good times and bad times associated with being on the ship. Great time to be alive and enjoyed two Westpac cruises – especially Hong Kong and Hawaii. I look forward to being at the decommissioning and seeing old shipmates.

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Howard Fornof January 16, 2008 at 9:48 pm

I served aboard the Kitty Hawk in MARINE Detachment from June 1964 to June 1966 and was aboard when we went into Bremerton, then on the first WestPac cruise to Vietnam in 1965. Was there for the big fire that was next to MarDet quarters and don’t mind telling you was a bit worried. Would love to attend the decommissioning if it is on the west coast.

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david schlehuber January 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

served aboard the hawk on two westpac cruises in 66-67 and 67-68 with va-112. it was the experience of a lifetime.being in supply [AK5] near the ready room,i was close to pilot activity.[for robert empson-foung jack krotzer yesterday in PA. had good talk with him]she was truely a grand lady compared to our last cruise on the tico.

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dan boone January 25, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I served aboard the old gal from 1964-1967. I was served in third division and first division. Lots of memories. Rest in Peace Miss Kitty.

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CHARLES ROBSON January 25, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I came aboard the Kitty Hawk in April 1961 and was part of the commissioning crew. I worked in engine room #2 until june 1964. The KH sent some on the first planes into vietnam action. I left the Kitty Hawk as am MM2 and I am very proud on my service on the Kitty Hawk and my service to the United States. Charles Robson,Flagler Beach, Fl.

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Cecil C. Crawley (Ch January 29, 2008 at 11:52 am

Served aboard the "Kitty Hawk" From April 1961 to late 1962. I am a plank owner and was in "X" Division. Went on the shake down cruise off Cuba, (Gitmo)and around the horn. Transferred to the "USS Bennington" in late 1962. Worked as a Postal Clerk on the "Kitty Hawk".

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Cecil C. Crawley (Chet) January 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Served aboard the “Kitty Hawk” From April 1961 to late 1962. I am a plank owner and was in “X” Division. Went on the shake down cruise off Cuba, (Gitmo)and around the horn. Transferred to the “USS Bennington” in late 1962. Worked as a Postal Clerk on the “Kitty Hawk”.

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Jerry Warren January 31, 2008 at 11:44 pm

I served proudly aboard the Kitty Hawk from 1960-1962 as a weatherman,took her from Philly to Gitmo and around the Horn to San Francisco. Presently Vice President of the USS Kitty Hawk Veterans Association proud to say I was there when she came in service and will be there with the Association when she is decommissioned. Kitty Hawk you served our county proudly now take your place in history you deserve the rest. We are all proud of you.

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Randy Turpen February 4, 2008 at 6:00 am

Served on the Kitty during 72′ Westpac P2 Div. 3MMR. Still some of the best memories of my life. Would go to the Decommision if I can find out when and where.

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William A. Rusher, Jr February 8, 2008 at 7:42 am

I server aboard the Kitty Hawk from 1963-1965. I was aboard her when she made her first strike against vietnam. It was a chilling moment. We had been sending aricraft equipped with cameras and they would return, if they did, all shot up. Then later we received orders to strike back. She is a great ship and I was proud to be aboard. I was assisgn to the S-1 Division SK-3

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JOHN DAWSON February 24, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I AM LOOKING FOR A CREWMAN NAMED JOHN LARSEN WHO WAS ON THE USS KITTYHAWK IN EARLY 60′S.PLEASE ASSIST IN ANY WAY YOU CAN

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JOHN DAWSON February 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm

I AM LOOKING FOR A CREWMAN NAMED JOHN LARSEN WHO WAS ON THE USS KITTYHAWK IN EARLY 60′S.PLEASE ASSIST IN ANY WAY YOU CAN

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Kent Jones February 28, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I was on the Kitty Hawk from 1966-67 with one WestPac cruise to the Tonkin Gulf. I was in “H” division. Great memories with side trips to Manilla, Hong Kong, and rec days on Grande Island–even Olongap. I was stationed in Yokosuka prior to the Kitty Hawk. Great memories during my early 20s. Hope to go to decommissioning whenever it is.

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Ken R February 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I served on the Kitty 1972 – 1975 in the Photo Lab. A few bad memories (fire, riot), but a lot more good memories. We had lots of fun in Olongapo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mombassa, etc. Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club, becoming a Shellback. Myself and a couple of buddies I served with plan a roadtrip for the decom, wherever it is. Looking forward to that, but it makes me sad to think the old girl will no longer be out there sailing the blue waters.

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Ron Solis February 29, 2008 at 9:32 am

I proudly served on board the Kitty Hawk from 1971 to early 1975. Division V-5, serving Air Boss and LSO Platform group. Good memories and some bad. Good ship and sad to see her not sail any more. Hope to make the decommisioning and hope North Carolina can bring her home as a floating museum.

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Keith November 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Ron,
I was on the Hawk from 72 to 76, started out in V-4 Division, was pretty quickly transferred to Air Traffic Control, V-5 division.
Keith Severtson
keith2112@fastmail.fm

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James Smiley March 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm

I served on the Kitty Hawk from Aug. 1965 to Jul 1967, Operation Dept. Two WESPAC

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candice March 5, 2008 at 1:24 am

Hi,
I hope someone can help me locate a officer by the name of John who is on the Kitty Hawk.(I believe he is an air traffic controller. I was in Japan in January and met him at Bennie’s in Yokohama. He is from Green Bay, Wisc., and his parents live in Phoenix. I was visiting some friends from college and met John. He was really sweet and we talked for a while. I feel we really connected. I have been thinking of him since. I am also from the midwest, live in Los Angeles and work as a physician assistant at UCLA. I would love to hear from him again!
Thank you,
Candice

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Mac Christy March 5, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I am looking for CS 3 Diana Smiley from Missouri wh I believe served on the Kitty. Her father, GMC Tom (Bud) Smiley was a shipmate and friend for over 30 years. Saw the Kitty many times in WESTPAC while riding DE’s and DER’s.
Mac Christy ENC USN (RET)

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Bob Thompson March 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Iam the other Bob Thompson PR-3 aboard the hawk with VF-213-F4′s when I saw that the other Bob Thompson had posted on this website I wanted him to know we used to get our duty rosters confused at mirmar!
Love the hawk

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flordeliz March 9, 2008 at 8:22 am

ANYBODY FROM USSKITTYHAWK KNEW ABOUT ROBERT FELICIANO? I WAS WORKING IN HONGKONG WHEN I MET HIM BUT LOST CONTACT OF HIM,THAT WAS YEAR 1994-95.I HOPE I CAN STILL REACH HIM ALTHOUGH ITS A DECADE AGO,IM SURE HE HAS LOTS OF STORIES TO TELL FOR THE FAST YEARS AND IM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEAR IT….GOD BLESS…..FLORDELIZ

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crystal campbell March 9, 2008 at 12:49 pm

hello everyone…thank you to those who served in the us navy. my husband is in the air force and i know how much the military does for us. Was wondering if anyone would be able to let me know if they know a Ray or a Richard Davis that was on board the USS Kittyhawk around the end of 1985. Ray Davis is my dad that I’ve never met. I know that he went back to Japan and also served on the USS Midway. He was aboard the Kittyhawk I believe when he was in the Philippines and thats where he met my mom. Thank you and hopefully someone will be able to help me.

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Charles Miller March 11, 2008 at 11:37 pm

I was stationed aboard the Kitty Hawk from 1974-1976 with MARDET. I have great memories of the Hawk and all the great Sailors and Marines that made up the great crew. Crossing the Equator on the way to Kenya, the Gulf of Tonkin, Olongapo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and many other great times. Sad to see the time has come for her to be de-commissioned, but will be there for the ceremony wherever it may be. Wish I could turn back the clock and do it all over again….

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Joseph Dyke March 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Looking for fellow shipmates aboard the USS Kitty Hawk between 1966-1969. Our firm represents the estate of Joseph Dyke in an asbestos lawsuit. Mr. Dyke was on board the Kitty Hawk between those years I am looking for anyone that might recall Mr. Dyke OR anyone that recalls asbestos products being used on board any of these ships. If you happen to know Mr. Dyke or might have any information regarding asbestos used on board can you please contact via phone toll-free at 1-866-324-5949.

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jack campbell March 15, 2008 at 3:08 pm

i served on board from december 1980 to june 1984. i was in weapons dept. G2 div. i was wondering if there might be any of G2 crew still around. if there is drop me a line. I am very proud to have served my country on the USS KITTY HAWK.

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Daniel Irwin March 20, 2008 at 11:19 am

I also served on the Kitty Hawk in 1971 and 1972 in X Division in the ship’s legal office and worked with Lt. Ralph Hadley and Lt. Martin and Walt Sanders in handling legal issues for the ship’s crew . I was also present during the racial riots in October 1972. Long day’s and lots of typing. Goodbye Kitty Hawk. Some really good memories.

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Lynn Bryant March 23, 2008 at 7:44 pm

I’m doing research for a couple
that were on the Kitty Hawk and As I understand in the 67-68 cruise book there is a b&w photo of 55 gal drums on the flight deck also during 1964-65 does any one recall dioxin being aboard.It is told that orange was loaded on centerline racks.Would any one else be able to substantiate that statement?
Thanks in advance for any help any one may offer.
Lynn Bryant

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John Bow Cat #1 March 23, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I was aboard 76-80 in V-2 division, She is a grand lady and serving on the Kitty Hawk was the best time of my younger life. Cat 1 was the best cat out of the 4 and boy let me tell you we shot more planes than any other cat in the fleet…She will be missed..Go Bow Cat #1…

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Dale Westdal March 24, 2008 at 11:37 am

Any Aardvarks out there from WestPac 70/71?
I was assigned to VF114 Line as PC on NH210…great memories. Remember the Whale doing a wheels up trap into the barricade at night!

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LeRoy Rupright March 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm

Served on two Westpac’s (62-63)(63-64) with Hu-1 (Helicopter Squadron One), remember when they announced President Kennedys death, the Russian Badger flyby, Bob Hope’s visit, the photo planes coming back with holes in them in 64. My personal favorite was when they called Flight Quarters on Christmas Eve (the ship went quiet) only to announce “Standby to recover one sleigh, eight reindeer and one jolly fat man. I would not want to do it again but I treasure the memories of those days. God Bless the Kitty and the men who served aboard her. Butch Rupright

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Brad March 25, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Served from 76 to 79 in V-3 division… Was glad to be on board for one trip over to the far east and into the I.O.. She took me to many places I would have never seen otherwise. I will always be proud to be a SHITTY KITTY VET!

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JIM BRINKERHOFF March 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

hello shipmates. i served on the hawk from 1990-92. took her out of the yards of pnsy around the horn to san diego. served with the first division chain gang. loved my time on the shitty kitty. lol. giving a shout out to all my shipmates from the chain gang. especially david kindelsparger-bm1. thinking of you and chief hefner. give me a shout if you read this. thanks
brink

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Billy March 30, 2008 at 9:10 pm

I served aboard the Hawk from 91-95 as a Data Systems Tech in OED. Had a great time in Philly and roundin’ the Horn. I’ve got a “First Navy Jack” hanging in my house as a salute to her. It’s sad to see her “retire” but I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends at the decomm.

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jeff cobler April 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Was on CVA 63 from 65-67, mar det hi sgt. fornoff! many fond memories of that great ship.With Capts. Carmody & Pugh always admired them. When we weren’t on security duty for the missles or sponsons we were pushing bombs on the flight deck with the Navy men.Had many great times at the age of 19 if it wasn’t spit & polish we might get lucky and have orderly duty for Ann Margaret or Nancy Sinatra had a great bunch of Marines to work with & the food wasn’t too bad either if I remember correctley. I hope someone keeps all of us informed on where & when the decom will take place for sure.I was always proud to say I served on the K.H.even when I went back to Nam as a grunt! Hate to see the Colors lowered for the last time. Oh, Yea I too have fond memories of Olongapo and Yokosuka and too much Asahi & San Miguel!

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Joseph Rizzotto April 6, 2008 at 9:04 am

I am deeply saddened by the news that the Kitty Hawk is to be DeCommed. I was an AMS3 with VA-144, and did two West Pac cruises aboard her in ’66-’67 and ’67-’68. I was discharged in June of ’68. I have tried to keep tabs on her movements for many years. I will always cherish to good times and the bad ones also. They are all a part of my past. Adios to a great warrior. You will always be remembered, at least by this old Blue Jacket.

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ABH3 Brandon Williams April 7, 2008 at 9:48 am

I served aboard the kitty from 97-01. I had some of the greatest times of my life aboard that smelly piece of shit, but don’t regret a moment. Hello to all my fellow former V-1 flight deck sufferees I hope you are all well and enjoying life. Remember those bagged lunches…

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Gary Lawson April 7, 2008 at 8:59 pm

Served aboard Kitty Hawk WestPac cruise 11/66 – 5/67 in IOIC. Super experience for 18 year old just out of boot camp. I have very fond memories. I’d like to find mentor Alex Macaulay in IOIC if any one knows him and how I might contact him.

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Jim Metcalfe April 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

I made 2 WestPac cruises (62-63 & 63-64) on the Kitty Hawk as a VF-114 plane captain. I remember everything that LeRoy Rupright of HU-1 mentioned in an earlier post. It’s sad to see her time of service end but who, back then, would have guessed that the Hawk would end up being the oldest active ship in the fleet. I hope that something great is done with her like a museum somewhere (Kitty Hawk, NC makes sense) & not simply scrapped. Is there any word on where the decommissioning will take place?

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Michael Hammond April 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm

To the gentleman who was reminiscing about the Whale doing a wheels up trap into the barricade during the 70/71 deployment, my father, Reg Hammond, was the navigator on that flight. I heard him tell the story many times. I ended up logging my 1000th flight hour in model (SH-60B) during a flight out to the Kitty in the Sea of Japan during a bilateral exercise. My dad passed away the following Christmas, but my memories of him and his stories of the Kitty live on. Thanks for bringing back great memories.

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Allison Butts Roulier April 18, 2008 at 12:43 pm

My father was RADM John L Butts, Jr., fourth skipper of KITTY HAWK (’64-’65). He passed away May 3, 1992. Of all the ships he served on, my father was always proudest of KITTY HAWK and her crew, and tended to think of her as “his” ship.
Like most children, when I was little, I thought my father was larger than life and could protect me from anything. I was very fortunate that my father (along with all of the other fathers and mothers who have ever served aboard KITTY HAWK) were among the elite company of American men and women who really COULD protect me and every other child from “the bad guys.”
Even as a grown woman who “knows better,” there will always be a part of me which longs for that sense of complete and assured safety. After my father died and especially in the times since 9/11/01, whenever I have heard on the news that KITTY HAWK was being deployed, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of relief and think, “There goes my Daddy to take care of things! Now everything will be okay.”
Every crewmember of KITTY HAWK has been a crucial part of her success and proud history! THANK YOU ALL for helping children of all ages around the world feel just a little bit safer knowing that the men and women of KITTY HAWK were on the job, helping to make everything okay.
With love and my sincerest thanks,
Allison Butts Roulier

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rgoehring April 19, 2008 at 6:10 pm

I am trying to make contact with someone serving on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1967 and 1968 and would have knowledge of George W. Graves III, BTN, USN B32 47 66, of Nashville, Tennesee.

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Jerry Potts April 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I served as P/C with VF-114 1972 westpac cruise.
There were good times and bad times on that cruise but all the memories are alive and well in my heart and I miss all the guys I served with on the line and ordnance crews.
The USS Kitty Hawk was one of the best ships ever built and She will be missed by many.

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Dave Strobel April 25, 2008 at 12:55 pm

The Hawk was and always be a part of my life, she is a great lady. It will be sad to see taken off the line, but like many of us we are old and tired, it’s time.
G divsion, 6-87 and 5-167 and ordance control.
WesPac 73-74 and 75-76 and crossed the equator. lots of good times and many good friends !!

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Jim April 27, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I was with VAQ-136 in the AT shop aboard the Kitty Hawk during ’73-’74 cruise. Worked the flight deck, mostly at night. While we were in port in Hawaii on the trans-PAC phase of the cruise, I stopped in and got my first drivers license. They mailed it to me, and we were in the Indian Ocean when I finally received it. Thought it pretty ironic to finally get my license and there’s not a car as far as the eye can see, just water.

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Neil Davis May 1, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Served on the Kitty for Westpac 63-64 with HU-1 as a AT3/Rescue Air Crewman. Many fine menories if the Decommisioning is in San Diego I will be there to see the Lady off. a good ship, its hard to see an piece of history goo.

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Commander Z May 2, 2008 at 1:09 am
Wayne C. Nowakowski May 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

I served on the Kitty 1963-1967 in OI div as a Radarman 3 class. I still talk about the hawk and remember the great times on her. I remember the time Disney rented her for the movie and held the premire on board in S.D. I got the movie on DVD and my grandkids try to pick me out of the crew on the deck. I am in contact with a couple of guys from that same time I was on board.

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Dave Toland May 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm

I made 2 (partial) WestPac cruises during the 1962/1964 era on the Kitty Hawk as a communications watch officer assigned to the staff of Commander Carrier Division 7. Any other staff members out there? Incidentally, ship memorabilia such as cigarette lighters and cruise books have become quite valuable judging by E-bay prices. When and why was the conversion from CVA to CV?

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RENE BEDDINGFIELD May 22, 2008 at 10:29 am

Hi!!
On Kitty Hawk CVA 63….1968-1972! Engineering, A-Div., Steam Heat Shop!!! Served with Chief Shumway, Steve Fenner, Matt Schmeets and many others….I’m getting so old that I can’t remember all you guys, sorry. I hope I can be there for the decom., and hope to see you there!!
Rene

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Dwayne Thomas May 24, 2008 at 2:22 am

I served on the Hawk from 1986-1990 and enjoyed being part of a dedicated crew. I was honored to be the 1987 Hawk Sailor of the Year. Press On Hawk!

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Rose May 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

My husband proudly serves on this Carrier. He will be one of 400 left on the USS KITTYHAWK before it decommissions. How exciting is that. This is history. I am very much proud of my Sailor.

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Joe May 28, 2008 at 7:25 pm

I was on the Hawk when it was commissioned in 1961 as part of the Marine detatchment I served on board until 1963. I am proud to have been a part of history.Any other Marines out there that were a part of the first 2 years.
L/CPL J.S. THORNTON

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Mariano J. Del Valle May 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I Am a Plank owner of the Kitty Hawk from 1961 to 1964. I was in the “A” Division and was discharged as an MM2 P.O.
If anyone that served with me in the “A” Div. and see’s this comment, Your more then welcome to e-mail me.I never thougth that the Kitty Hawk would be decommisioned in my life time.It would be such a joy to revisit her and meet some of the original crew members. God Bless

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John Reece May 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm

6/68 through 12/72. Fox Division, worked in Weapons Control in CIC when the ship still sported twin Terrier launchers. Seems like only yesterday…

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Bill Hardin May 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I served aboard the Kitty Hawk from 1970 to end
of 1972, in the V1 and V3 Div.I have a alot of good memories of that time, and bad. Hope to see
some of me old shipmates when She returns to the West Coast.

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philipdemichele May 29, 2008 at 8:56 pm

iam very proud of the men and the woman who serve on her she deserd to be honor. phil

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philipdemichele May 29, 2008 at 8:58 pm

iam very proud of the men and the woman who serve on her she deserd to be honor. phil

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Paul Vandergriff May 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

helloi served aboard the kittyhawk may of 75 thru sept76 i was part of the engineroom crew boiler tech.In the P1 division.Was also on the westpac cruise of 75 made a lot of friends aboard the ship also.I aiso spent my share of time in the brigg.But thats how it goes when you are young and stupid and dont want listen to your petty officer in charge.I enjoyed the time I served aboard her and the friends i made on her and abroad.Wish Icould turn back the time Iwould do things alot different.Sorry to see her decommissioned.But would love to be part of it.See you old gal you served your country well.

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Paul Vandergriff May 30, 2008 at 8:08 am

helloi served aboard the kittyhawk may of 75 thru sept76 i was part of the engineroom crew boiler tech.In the P1 division.Was also on the westpac cruise of 75 made a lot of friends aboard the ship also.I aiso spent my share of time in the brigg.But thats how it goes when you are young and stupid and dont want listen to your petty officer in charge.I enjoyed the time I served aboard her and the friends i made on her and abroad.Wish Icould turn back the time Iwould do things alot different.Sorry to see her decommissioned.But would love to be part of it.See you old gal you served your country well.

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scott congdon May 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

I was on the kitty from 80-83 I have many fond memories of my time on her she always brought us back from the IO I became a shellback on her deck in 81 she took me to the PI and to perth I remember sitting on the flight deck at night in the IO and being amazed at how quiet it could be I seen her in dry dock in bremerton washington what a sight that big ship completely dry I hate to see her go but i guess its her time

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scott congdon May 30, 2008 at 9:05 am

I was on the kitty from 80-83 I have many fond memories of my time on her she always brought us back from the IO I became a shellback on her deck in 81 she took me to the PI and to perth I remember sitting on the flight deck at night in the IO and being amazed at how quiet it could be I seen her in dry dock in bremerton washington what a sight that big ship completely dry I hate to see her go but i guess its her time

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scott congdon May 30, 2008 at 9:13 am

I was on the kitty from 80-83 I have many fond memories of my time on her she always brought us back from the IO I became a shellback on her deck in 81 she took me to the PI and to perth I remember sitting on the flight deck at night in the IO and being amazed at how quiet it could be I seen her in dry dock in bremerton washington what a sight that big ship completely dry I hate to see her go but i guess its her time

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eric shaw June 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm

i served onboard the kitty hawk from 2000 to 2003 and well it was probaly some of the best times of my life she was falling apart when i was there but i realy enjoyed the time i was there and well i would like to get in touch with some of my old shipmates drop aline when yall get a chance

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ABECS (AW/SW) Craig Huntly June 1, 2008 at 10:08 pm

I proudly served two seperate tours on board the Kitty Hawk in V-2 Division, Arresting Gear from 1984-1988 & 1995-2000. I became a sailor, shellback, and a man on her flight deck. I earned every stripe from E-2 to E-6 onboard her, to some she is the Shitty Kitty but to me she will always be affectionately known as the “SPECIAL K”. I have many fond memories of West Pac’s 84, 85, World Cruise 87, Drydock SLEP Philidelphia, Rimpac 96, West Pac 97, Drydock Bremerton, WA Jan 98 – Apr98 Forward Deployed Yokosuka, Japan Aug, 1998 and West Pac 99

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maureen June 2, 2008 at 12:55 am

My AOAN son, Oridance/Plane Captain-VFA-27, is currently on the USS Kitty Hawk taking her last cruise. I am so proud & honored too be blessed that he is my Son. I love & miss him more than words could ever express. As well as, the many many of his shipmates & roommates that I have come to affectionately, and with much Love call, My FAMILY. Here’s to remembering the USS Kitty Hawk and those that have served on her decks. Thank You………….

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TomB June 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm

I served as an ICman from ’65 to 68. I only wish that I was older at the time to really appreciate what we went through together. It was an honor to serve aboard her.

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TomB June 5, 2008 at 10:35 pm

The riots in Yokusuka had nothing to do with nuclear safety. The Japanese in the early sixties were still cognizant of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nuclear frigates triggered protests as peace groups from Tokyo organized groups to storm the gates of the base in Yokusuka. I remember the water cannons knocking the protesters down.

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ricktaylor June 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm

served aboard from 1977 to 1981 did almost 3 westpacs, worked inA division then transfered to Captains office and worked for Tooter Teague till I got out, worked hard and had a good time and often think of old shipmates. In my mind I still know my way around the Hawk LIKE i NEVER LEFT HER.

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ken cash June 15, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I was in vf-114 on kitty hawk in line division on maiden west pack 1961-1962. also on hawaii and other short cruises. would like to hear from v-114 mates.
ken cash

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R.Brannon June 19, 2008 at 1:09 am

Thanks for the info on Admiral John Butts. I am new to the internet so this is why i am just now responding. So sorry to hear of his passing. I happened to be his driver for about two years until Capt. Carmody replaced him.

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rodger r chaplain sgt usmc June 23, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I WAS CAPT JOHN L BUTTS DRIVER WHEN HE WAS CHIEF OF STAFF COM1STfleet. I KEPT IN TOUCH WITH HIM UNTIL HIS DEATH. I DROVE HIS TWO DAUGHTERS TO RIDING SCHOOL IN LA JOLLA CALIF DURING THAT TIME AND AM TRYING TO LOCATE THEM. I SAW A POSTING THAT ONE STATED THAT WAS HER FATHER, ANYONE WHO COULD HELP ME LOCATE THEM WOULD BE APPRECIATED. I’M NEW AT THIS COMPUTER THING! SEMPER FI

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Chuck Engel June 24, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I was on the Kitty Hawk in 69 with VA-105. Our air squadron flew the A7′s. After a brief time on the Lexington, I was amazed at the size of the Kitty Hawk in comparison when I first laid eyes on her in San Diego. She is truly a beautiful ship.

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Kelly H June 26, 2008 at 12:12 am

Does anyone that served on the USS Kitty Hawk in the 1960′s remember Michael Kelly? He was my cousin and was killed while serving.

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pat curnow June 30, 2008 at 1:29 am

my brother David served on the Hawk 76-80. he still talks about her. i was on the Carl Vinson but don’t have the stories he does. she’s a fine ship.

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rodger r chaplain sgt usmc July 4, 2008 at 7:25 pm

allison butts roulier, i saw your posting. i have created an address for you to cantact me. gyrene66@logonix.net i have many fond memories of your father to share. please have dana and shannon contact me. your mom, bless her heart, called me when your father passed away. i cannot believe i located you. i have searched the country trying to find you and your sisters. take care, rodger chaplain

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dan horay July 5, 2008 at 4:14 pm

hello my name is daniel horay son of John j Horay of the uss kitty hawk 75-77 i was just wondering if any one knew my father or was on board with him at anytime you can contact me at djhoray@yahoo.com i would like to hear and share so information with you thank you daniel

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Joseph Rizzotto July 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

I served two West Pac deployments aboard the Kitty Hawk from Oct’66 to June’67 and from Oct’67 to early June’68, as an AMS-3 with VA-144, when I left her in Subic Bay to return home by plane. I was discharged at Treasure Island on June 12, ’68. I have many fond memories of the grand old girl along with some not so grand ones. But, that said, I would not trade any of them for anything. I really grew up aboard her, and am truly saddened at the news of her Decommissioning. One final note. I landed in San Francisco on the night of June 5, ’68, my birthday, and rode in a cab to T.I. The cabbie told me and another swabbie that R.F.K. had been been shot and killed that very evening in L.A.

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Dajuan Mann July 9, 2008 at 7:48 am

I was an IT on board USS Kittyhawk from 98 to 01.
I Crossed the equator and became a shellback on the westpack of 99. I too have alot of fond memories of her, i still wake up in the middle of the night thinking the catapult is about to launch another plane…lol. My time in japan was great and i was sad to see my navy time ended.
The USS kittyhawk was the only ship i served on and i couldnt have asked for a better set of friends or experences. To all my Friends from CS-1 and CS-3. Hit me back some time. I hope to see you all at her decommissioning.
DaJuan Mann IT3

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John A. Bean July 18, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Hi, I was station with VAW-11, Detachment “C” aboard the Kitty Hawk during her first deployment to the WestPac in 1965. I was an AT and worked on the E-2A Hawkeye early warning systems. I was aboard when the ‘UnRep’ fire occured and we lost two men and had to leave station and go to Yokosuka for repairs. I have many fond memories and often wonder about the Skipper: CAPT. Carmody. If anyone cares, write tonybean@starband.net
Blessings to you all

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Gunther July 29, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Does anyone remember the incident where a crewman was crushed by a hatch? I can’t remember the year, but it was between 1965 and 1968. If you can give me anymore specific date I would appreciate it.

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Johnny Selvaggi August 10, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Comcardiv7 USS Kitty Hawk 1963-1964 Radioman
Mr. Toland who posted a message May 19,2008,
I was one of the staff. Please contact me at
selvaggi14@msn.com Many great memories of the USS Kitty Hawk.

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LeRoy Rupright August 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Can’t figure out why Neil Davis posted on May 1, 2008 he was aboard the Kitty in the HU-1 squadron detachment(Hutron One) during the 63-64 Westpac cruise as a AT-3 air rescue crew member. I was the AT, since there was only 21 of us, 15 enlisted and 6 officers, I should remember. But at my present age, you never know. So I checked the cruise book, page 247 for HU-1, nope, no Neil Davis. Well, maybe it was a different cruise or ship. Go figure!

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Scott Partridge August 25, 2008 at 11:06 pm

I served in G-1 AWSE from 2004 to 2006. I know at the time we begged for it to be over. Now I miss her. She was a good vessel…Belay that, I mean the finest to set her hull upon the vast ocean.

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Keith Thim September 7, 2008 at 10:59 am

Hello, A former shipmate of mine served on the Kitty Hawk from 1965-1969. His name is Mike Mueller and was recently diagnosed with Post Tramatic Stress Disorder (PTDS). The doctors say some incident triggerd the PTDS and Mr. Mueller recalls of a man overboard and possibly a Helo that crashed off the ship with fatalities. If anyone knows how I can verify any incidents please let me know. Mr Mueller does not have a computer and like he said, he getting older and can not remember specific dates from 40 years age. Thank you AOC(AW) Keith Thim (Retired)

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Ray Wade September 7, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Just wanted to say I emailed the USS Kitty Hawk and was told at this time the Decommissioning of the Hawk will be in Bremerton WA on January 31, 2009.. I am hoping the information is true as I have made my motel plane and car reservations to be in Bremerton that week.. If any one hears different please email me and let me know. I served on the Hawk from ’65-’68 as a SH…
If you have heard different please email me at
far_way_grandpa@yahoo.com

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ToDeHo September 10, 2008 at 11:25 am

Interesting reading, thanks for all the memories. Capt. Butts was one of the most informative CO we had. Every Day we were updated on the war and activities regardless of the time. Served 65-68, CR Division, Radioman. Hate to see the Hawk go!

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L. Piech September 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm

This is for L/CPL J.S.Thornton. There is a small reuion In North Myrtle Beach. Find my E-mail under the marine det.in the K.H. page, here in the military.com. I can fill you in on the date and hotel. Its some of the original crew. Hope to here from you.

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George Pultz September 16, 2008 at 4:39 pm

If anyone remembers the dates of the helo crash and the hatch falling incident as well as the man overboard please contact me and let me know. I would be thriled with approximate dates. Does anyone know if the victim of the hatch was {Larry Dean}? Someone asked in an earlier post if Dioxoin,(Agent Orange) was on board, was it?

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Daniel Fink September 19, 2008 at 11:36 am

I served onboard the “Hawk” from 1998 – 2001 and it was a great experience. I got out as a BM3. Deck Dept was sure some experience. Not sure if anyone that reads this was in Deck Dept at that time, but if you were email me dan6101979@sbcglobal.net I wouldn’t take back that time on the Kittyhawk for anything. I’ve seen and heard of plenty of crazy things while I was there, like people jumping overboard during those four years.

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Daniel Fink September 19, 2008 at 1:10 pm

I was stationed on the “Hawk” just before it went over to Yokosuka, Japan in 1998. I was onboard from 1998 – 2001. Like most people I’m sure, I have some great memories and experiences and some not so great memories and experiences. Visiting Pattaya Beach (3 times), Hong Kong (2 times), Korea, Guam, Perth and Freemantle in Australia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Singapore (2 times) was simply the best times of my life. If there’s anyone that was onboard during this period email me at dan6101979@sbcglobal.net , especially if you were in Deck Dept.

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Bill aka "Cazz" September 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I was on the Kitty Hawk’s first two WestPac cruises in 1963-1965. I was in VF-114–ordnance. I’d love to hear from others who remember me. What memorable years!

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Glen Gawne October 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

I served on her from 1977 to 79, I served with some great people on a great ship. I worked in the v-4 division on the flight deck.

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L/CPL Joe Thornton October 9, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I am a plankholder on the Hawk, I am a member of the first Marine Detachment. I made a trip to San Deigo when the Hawk was leaving. The Navy changed the departure date and I missed going on board.
I am truly hurt that I didn’t get to see her for a last time.
Thanks guys, keep up thw good work.
L/CPL Joe Thornton

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Herb Ward October 10, 2008 at 8:11 pm

I am also a plank owner on the Grand Lady, my Plank owner certificat is dated 29 April 1961. I was a third class aviation mechanic then. Capt W.F. Bringle was my commanding officer. I was attached to the TF CREW (LATER IT WAS THE C1A). I also worked in the V-6 division office. Made the madian voyage and nearly all the first cuise. After serving the Navy for 23 years, I retired, and I was allowed to transfer to and retire off of the U.S.S. KITTY HAWK CVA-63 in Oct 1977. GRAND OLE’ LADY. MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR MILITARY PEOPLE.

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roy October 14, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I was on her in the late 90′s out of Everett,Wa.,as a member of the Press. We sailed on a short trip to Seattle for the Seafair and the Capt.,put on an air show for the whole city to watch as we launched and trapped F-14′s,F-18′s,EA6B’s and Viking’s for about 2 hours. I remmember looking at I-5 above the city and it came to a halt for that time.
The bridge had an escalator that went up two decks but wasn’t working.
When we berthed by the King Dome we were greeted by anti nukes groups that threw eggs , oranges and everything they could at us. Man I felt like I just came home from Nam.

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gerald binning October 17, 2008 at 3:57 pm

what happen to all the plankowners they dieoff I was onboard the kittyhawk from feb 61 to may 63 3rd div BM3

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AS3 Schultz October 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm

2004-2008 USS KITTY HAWK, ROCKING THE COD CREW WITH MY BOYS “ELLER, MARLER, DANIELS(MONKEY), TUTTLE, MARICLE,FLECKER, SARPONG,LANGSTON. DONT WORRY PENA, I DIDNT FOR GET YOU EITHER GAPITH! BEST TIMES OF MY LIFE, UNTIL WE WERE DEAD IN THE WATER IN 2005 OR WAS IT 06? THANK-YOU CAPTAIN PARKER! BEING ONE OF THE MOST INFORMATIVE OVER THE YEARS. AIMD IM-4 GSE, WE KEPT EM CHUG’N! AND WHO THE HELL WAS IT THAT KEPT THROWIN CHEM LIGHTS OVER THE SIDE @ 0230 EVERY DAMN TUESDAY AND SATURDAY? WHEN THAT INFO COMES OUT, I’M GONNA THROTTLE UR AZZ!

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tim ord October 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Served on Marine Detachment from 1965 till june of 1967.At 63 years young is there anyone left from my detachment.I know my last one and a half years was not easy by any stretch but,this is ridiculous.contact at 253-549-3975 Hope to hear from someone before I go.L/cpL ord

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Don Armstrong October 23, 2008 at 7:55 pm

I was on the Hawk in 64 (March) to 65 (June). May she rest in great peace after January of ’09.
Can someone get back to me on this question? Where were we during the 1st week of August 1964? That was the week of the Gulf of Tonkin incident.
I think that we were in the middle of the South China Sea at the time. I remember being at sea for over 42 days at the time. Where we one of the carriers that responded to North Vietnam at that time?
Best to all that served on the Kitty Hawk!
Don Armstrong in RI.

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AD3 Miles November 4, 2008 at 2:30 am

Served aboard the Hawk 79-80 with VA-52 “Knightriders” I have in mind to be there for the decommissioning ceremony in January. Hope to see some old shipmates there. As someone mentioned earlier.. you don’t give it much thought when you are there. You are just doing your job. But after leaving the ship and some years go by, You begin to realize just how much of an honor it was to be a part of this grand ship. It is a memory that is as vivid as if it just happened yesterday. I have heard there has been talk of making her into a museum. Wouldn’t that be something? A much more fitting end than being scrapped.

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John November 6, 2008 at 12:16 am

This is for AD3 Miles with VA-52,I was in Cat1 when you guys lost your CO and XO in a cold cat shot off Cat2. They were getting some flight time when it happened. They were in a KA-6 fueler. I was top side PO for cat1 a week before that took place,Then moved to R&T room after a run in with the Cat officer. I’ll be there when the Kitty Hawk is decommisioned. I live in Spokane,Washington so it will be great to see some of our old shipmates.My email address is jwbigley@hotmail.com if you want to talk..ABE2 Bigley

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george sullivan November 6, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Did two Westpacs in V-1, 67-68. I remember the fire in Subic, the Pueblo, called a man overboard from the no.1 elevator after an unrep, and a bunch of other memories. Anyone know whatever happened to
“Jennings”?

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AD3 Miles November 7, 2008 at 11:00 pm

To ABE2 Bigley. Yes, that was a sad day. An AD1 and I had just spoke with the CO the night before the incident. NL521 was the plane. I was shocked when the following day he and the XO lost their lives in the very plane we had just been working on. I never fully understood the dynamics of the catapult system..but I knew that a cold cat was a failure of that system. Hope to see you at the decom.. we can trade stories then.

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Steve Cannella November 9, 2008 at 7:27 am

I remember when the Kitty Hawk came home from the 1967-68 tour. My dad was on board. (Art Cannella)He was in fueling. I was only ten. Waiting on the dock with my mother,and four other navy brats. We were so proud. Would anyone know where I can find the tour book?

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Ken Kimmel November 9, 2008 at 9:30 am

I served in OC Division in 63/64. (air control CATCC in CIC).Served with Bob Barber, Bob Lopez, Cliff Bailey, Don Baxter, Rex Cook, Bill Fish, J.J. Miller, Bill Phillips, Gordy Sabados, Denny Dees,Ernie Toole, Gary Conover, Dave Putman, Tom Knudson,Michael Duarte, Jack Miller, Norman (Puddin) Cox, Gary Starkey, Cliff Wade, Big George Bryan, Richard Teske, Fred Rime,and Don Buus. Our CPO’s were Tom McMahon, James Cross, and James Hill. McMahon received a commission before I left the ship. Other officers were Lt. (Shakey) Spencer, LCDR Duhrkopf, and CDR Konson. I made 2 wespacs, and left the ship in Bremerton in 1965. I knew the Nichols brothers from V3 Division well. They were from the Dallas area where I enlisted.

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John November 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm

This is for AD3 Miles,Lets get together at the decommission in Bremerton,I would like to talk to you and the AD1 that talked to the CO/XO before that horrible day. It’s been I my mind for years and I would like to share it with you.
I glad the decommissioning is here in Washington state,Bremerton is were I first checked aboard the Kitty Hawk. ABE2 Bigley

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GARY CONOVER November 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

I HAD TWO GREAT YEARS ON HER AND WORKED WITH A GREAT ‘CATCC’ CREW. I WORKED WITH THE SAME CREW WITH KENNY KIMMELL (SEE ‘POSTED NOV.9,O8 9:30AM)OC DIVISION WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.I WOULD ENJOY HEARING FROM ANYONE IN THE CREW. I LIVE IN GREENVILLE,S.C. MAT THE KITTY REST IN PEACE-SHE AND HER CREWS SERVED HER COUNTRY WELL.

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GARY CONOVER November 11, 2008 at 10:00 am

OC Div. 63 to 65 Anyone in the the crew that would like to stay in touch please e-mail me at kconovr@bellsouth.net.

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Roger Long November 15, 2008 at 10:21 am

I served on board this fine ship jan-aug 1984 wespac first time i ever saw a carrier and it was awesome the crossing of the equator and the stop at perth.I was AD3 with VA-147 NAS Lemoore never will forget the great times aboard the kittyhawk and the collison with the russian sub Iam still looking for a wespac 84 cruise patch and cant find even on the net can any one help will be in washington in Jan to see her again I will be wearing my wespac jacket bless the hawk and all her crew past and present.

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Jerry Stephens November 15, 2008 at 9:52 pm

To Don R. who asked where we were in Aug. ’64; we were back in the states headed to Bremerton after being in San Diego for a while.
BTW, anyone in V-2 div. attending the decommissioning please contact me at stephens.jerry@comcast.net I will be in Bremerton.

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Ed Loosli November 19, 2008 at 12:47 am

I was on the Kitty Hawk from May 1978 to December of 1981.I was in V2 division on cat #1 my whole time on the ship.We did most of the launching and worked many hours while out to sea.I still think about the great times I had and all the great friends I had in V2.It’s sad to see the Kitty Hawk being decommissioned but I guess it’s her time.To the greatest ship in the world.Thanks for the memories.Hope to be there for the decommissinig.

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J.D. Seabolt November 23, 2008 at 2:23 pm

I worked in V-2 division on Kitty Hawk (Bow Cats 1) 1977-1979. I have alot of great memories with my shipmates aboard her. I do know it was the hardest work I’ve ever done, but with those guys it was an adventure. I also served aboard the Saratoga, but The Kitty Hawk really made me proud to be a U.S. sailor. Thanks for the memories, ABE-3 J.D. Seabolt

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AD3 Miles December 6, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Hey guys! For those of you that have not heard, the decommissioning ceremony is set for 10:00AM Jan. 31. Expected to last 1-1/2 hrs. and now the sad news.. there will be no tours after the ceremony. :( I cant speak for anyone else but I was hoping to go aboard one more time before she is gone for good. What a major disappointment!!
There is talk about a (hanger bay only tour) on the 24th. But that is not official yet. I will post if I hear anything else.

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Don Armstrong December 7, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Hi.
I think that Jerry is wrong about where the Hawk was during the 1st week of August 1964.
Can anyone of all these great people that served on the ship about that time get back to me on this?
Best to all!
My e-mail address is dtarishl@cox.net
Don Armstrong in RI.

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David L Hostetter December 10, 2008 at 9:33 am

To the two mentioning the A3 going into the barrier that night, 70/71 cruise. I was an AE2 from RVAH6 sitting on a fire hose next to the island that nigh and ended up the second man behind the nozzel, good thing we did’t need to turn it on. I still have two of the vertical straps from the rigging. The make a hell of a tow rope. I was discharged upon docking is S.D. and never received my cruise book. Would love to see one if anybody would be willing to sed me one, I would pay shipping both ways. My email is dhostett@fullnet.com. Also a member of RVAH6 at
Military.com

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LeRoy Rupright December 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm

On the matter of where the Kitty was in August of 1964. I was on the 63-64 westpac with Huron One (Helicopter Squadron 1) as a detachment from our home base at Imperial Beach. On my history of assignments sheet, we were transferred back to our home base the same day we returned to San Diego and that was July 20, 1964.

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AD3 Miles December 14, 2008 at 4:03 am

For those not checking the KH site. It looks as if there will be a hanger-bay only tour on January 29th. Why they could not have had this the day before the decom is a mystery. But be that as it may, it does provide a chance for all of us old salts to step aboard and say goodbye to her one last time. Hope to see some of you guys there.. be prepared, I live here in WA. and I can tell you first hand, In Bremerton, it will be wet, cold and nasty! God bless all, cya soon.

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LeRoy Rupright December 14, 2008 at 8:18 pm

To see records of where the Kitty was during her service, go to the below site, it covers all her cruises. hi-light the below from http to and including 1964, right click and copy, paste in the internet search and hit go. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Kitty_Hawk_(CV-63)#1961_to_1964

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LeRoy Rupright December 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Don, here is more information on where Kitty was during August of 1964. On 10 August 1964, Kitty Hawk departed San Diego for a three-day trip to Bangor, Wash. While enroute on 12 August, the icebreaker USS Staten Island (AGB 5) towed the Kitty Hawk for several hours off Newport, Ore., to test this capability. Kitty Hawk spent two days at Bangor offloading ammunition and departed on 15 August for the one day trip to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. During this short inland sea cruise, local dignitaries and their families were invited aboard. On 16 August, an open house was conducted at Bremerton during which approximately 25,000 people streamed aboard. This was the largest crowd to visit Kitty Hawk in a single day.

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John Bigley December 19, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Shipmates, friends, families welcomed aboard
Former USS Kitty Hawk crewmembers, their friends and families are invited to tour the ship

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Don Armstrong December 20, 2008 at 11:36 am

Hi all shipmates of the Kitty Hawk. My question on where the Hawk was in summer of 1964 has been given to me by Gary in an e-mail last night.
The ship spent a lot of that summer around the waters of the South China Sea, he tells me.
After the ship came back to the states it headed to dry dock in Washington state. It spent the winter of ’65 there & then headed south again in March of ’65.
Best to all, Don.

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Don Armstrong December 20, 2008 at 11:38 am

Hi all shipmates of the Kitty Hawk. My question on where the Hawk was in summer of 1964 has been given to me by Gary in an e-mail last night.
The ship spent a lot of that summer around the waters of the South China Sea, he tells me.
After the ship came back to the states it headed to dry dock in Washington state. It spent the winter of ’65 there & then headed south again in March of ’65.
Best to all, Don.

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Phillip Humphrey December 27, 2008 at 12:04 am

Served about the Kitty Hawk in 1969. Left her in Bremerton,Washington, the same place she will be decommissioned, for what I thought was greener pastures;not so.
The second ship was the USS FOX DLG-33.Which is in scrap heaven.
Here is some names from the POWER SHOP(Electrican Mates) crew that I served with. I am writing of the list from the 1969 Westpac Cruise Book.
M.E.Lerch, CWO-2 P.C. Sia, J.D. Sanders, M.T.O,Neil, T.L.Peterson, M.C.Osborn, G.L. Barnes. There are others that are not listed.

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Mark McCabe January 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Hello Shipmates!
From New Hampshire I am planning on attending the ceremony. Served with VA-52 in 1979 – 1981 TAD to IM2 Airframes, and then returned in 1990 – 1992 as ship’s company again assigned to IM2 Airframes and the NDI Lab. Many friends and many great memories! Hope to share our stories. Are any other gatherings/events planned Friday or Saturday after the ceremony? We arrive Thursday night and depart Sunday morning.
AD3 Miles we should hook up!

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AD3 Miles January 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm

To Mark McCabe, Good to hear from a fellow Knightrider. Although we were in different departments, I do remember speaking with you a few times. May even sat in on some cards with you a time or two as well. Glad you are going to make it to the decom. Since you are from New Hampshire, you pretty much know what to expect for weather here in WA. And believe me, it has been friggin cold here. Shoot me an email and we can talk a bit more.
fmiles@charter.net

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Mark McCabe January 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hey Miles!
I remember you and some of the other AD’s. I joined the Knightriders in October of 1978 working on the Line Division and doing my TAD duty while on workups prior to the May 1979 cruise. When back at Whidbey between the dets I was on midshift with Bob Groves and Curt Funnel. As soon as I finished my 90 days TAD at the start of the cruise, I was sent permanently TAD to the AIMD Airframes/Structures Shop, both on the ship and back at Whidbey. My assignment was inevitable because I was raised working in my stepdad’s metal shop.
I was in Seattle last summer and saw one of our aircraft on display outside at the Boeing Flight Museum. It was cool to see the squadron colors!

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frank escudero January 9, 2009 at 3:01 am

em3:may 68-oct 69. #3sw board. care package from esther(peanut butter cookies),teri(assorted goodies).stereo equipment,monkey meat skewers before heading back (cinderella liberty),chinaware for celina,my first camera(cannon QLT),tacos in sasebo,& staying in contact with randolf b freeman. where is harry leuck(crazy hawaiian).i may get drunk and crawl back to my ship,but by god, i`llcrawl back like a sailor!! no tatoos.permission to go ashore. i live in san gabriel, CA 91775

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James N. Shows January 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I served from april 3, 1963 through Nov 13, 1964.
I was a Machinist Mate 3rd Class, in no. 4 main machiniery room.
Lots of memories..
James N. Shows.. 38 years Government Service

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Tom Pruitt January 12, 2009 at 12:04 am

I was aboard the Kitty Hawk for to West-Pac cuises 67-68 and 68-69. I was a PR3 with VAW-114. I have some of very fond menoires of long hours and good shipmates. The fire in the tire locker in Subic Bay and the ports of call we visted over their. I hope the Hawk could be on the east coast one more time so I could visit her one last time. God Bless her and all the men who have served on her.

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Tom Pruitt January 12, 2009 at 12:08 am

I was aboard the Kitty Hawk for to West-Pac cuises 67-68 and 68-69. I was a PR3 with VAW-114. I have some of very fond menoires of long hours and good shipmates. The fire in the tire locker in Subic Bay and the ports of call we visted over their. I hope the Hawk could be on the east coast one more time so I could visit her one last time. God Bless her and all the men who have served on her.

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John MacArthur January 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I served on the Kitty Hawk with VAW-114 from 68-69 as an AZ. Best time of my young adult life, will never forget the good times, great buddies and the stops in Westpac.

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robert empson January 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I served on kitty hawk in va-112 1966-67-68. I shall attend the decomission cermony jan 31 hope to see some of you there. Amh 2 robert Empson

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daniel szakal January 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Oh what a great year. West-pac of 84. the mighty sub hunter.boom shake rattle and roll. To jerry Stephens from Nov 15 2008. I have dug around and found a extra patch. “ready now!” battle group bravo
I was with VF-1. you can contact me at
d9digit@aol.com

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Larry Nolan VF213 77/78 January 24, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I spent my first cruise w/ VF213 and the new F-14′s 77-78. I was in charge of the CAG paint locker, and I repaired the fiberglass “HAWK” I am looking for “Dave Shaubach ?sp” he was the “Miss Kitty” from King Neptune’s court. If you know him, and how I can get a hold of him, call 800-837-7235. I am also looking for a copy of the Cruise Book from that time period. keep the memories coming.

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John Bigley January 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Hello Larry,
Looked you up in my cruise book, That’s some beard you have. I was ships company in V-2 division cat 1 topside crew. Ebay has the cruise book your looking for,Item number is 270332507619. it’s up for bid around $37.00. Good luck and are you going to the decommission. John

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Dan Crocker, Sgt USMC January 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Served in the MARDET from 6/67 to 1/70. Farewell super lady. You served us and our Nation well.
Semper Fi.

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John W. Corvin January 29, 2009 at 12:07 pm

I was a former shipmate from 1987-1989 worked in the forward IC shop, had a great time onboard and thanks to all the ICmen who helped me out. I earned my ESWS pin and was a great feeling. I will miss the grand ship, as we would say PRESS ON.

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Randy Castro February 1, 2009 at 12:25 am

Good Bye to carrier who proudly served 4 generations of sailors….present arms, order arms.

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Randy Castro February 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

Bid fairwell and following seas to a carrier who has proudly served 4 generations of sailors and has done a great nation proud.

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AD3 Miles February 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Hi guys!! For those that missed it, the decom ceremony was awesome! It was held in hanger bay 1 with a short reception in hanger bay 2 afterward. There were over 2000 in attendance. And we were blessed to have a near spring day in Bremerton. It was pretty cool to see sailors reunited with old shipmates.. speaking of which.. Ken and Mark, Great to see you guys again. I myself was happy to have had the chance to say goodbye to a wonderful ship. She is now retired but will always live in the memories of those who served aboard her. LONG LIVE THE HAWK!!
All of you guys take care.
AD3 Miles
VA-52 “Knightriders”
Kitty Hawk Crewmember 1979-1980

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John Bigley February 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Hello everyone, Sorry Miles I didn’t get to talk to you, Maybe next time. The decommissioning was touching and very moving. My family and I stayed almost to the end when most were gone, I hated to leave her… Lots of photos and was able to see some OLD shipmates from Cat1, It’s funny how we all aged but it’s been 30yrs since we were together. If you missed it King 5 News out of Seattle, Washington has a good video on the decommissioning. Just stepping aboard her brought back so many stories……..The Kitty Hawk will stay around until 2015. Proud to serve aboard you Miss Kitty Hawk..
ABE2 John Bigley
V-2 Division Cat1
1976/1980

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Simon Dalton February 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

So long to the HAWK. Served 68-69 in Vietnam and TET. Had a wonderful time in the X-Division as an IC3 doing the radio and television(KTTY ch.6)work with two other great guys. My days on the Kitty Hawk have and will always be with me.
Simon Dalton

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Chawndelle Adams February 6, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Kitty Hawk….My first Command starting 3 years ago and how do i miss it. The memories will be charished and my heart will be inside of the ship also. Worked in V-2 as Admin personnel. Best time of my life. Fairwell to the oldest ship in the Navy and be proud to have been with her.

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Fred L. Trimpe February 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm

The USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 was my one and only true home from her Commissioning on April 29th, 1961, to my discharge in February 1963, which makes me a Plank Owner. Thanks to the Kitty Hawk and all who served on her the day we crossed the equator for the first time, I became a Shellback. All my memories of serving on board the Kitty Hawk are so real today, that I feel that somehow I am still on board operating my luxury ship store on the port side aft, standing in line for chow, watching movies on the hanger deck, and enjoying everything else in between. My only regret, is that I did not ship over, to stay on board a little longer. My spirit will always remain on board her. Thanks Kitty Hawk for everything!!!

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Donald Safer February 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I was with VAW-11 Det C, aboard the Kitty Hawk 65-66 for the first ever deployment of the E-2A. I wrote of this on my web site http://www.donsafer.com .
Hi Bean.
Don Safer ATR2

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Lew VA-52 February 12, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Hello, shipmates I was in ordnance with VA-52 during 73 to 75 please respond I would like to hear from you. I did two deployments on the USS Kitty Hawk. I would like to know if anyone remembers when a 500 pounder fell off a A-7 during a launch from the cat….. no one was hurt but a lot of flight deck sailors were scared out of their wits, not knowing if the bomb would explode. This is important so please respond. Thanks to all that I will never forget the KITTY.

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Lew VA-52 February 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Hello, shipmates I was in ordnance with VA-52 during 73 to 75 please respond I would like to hear from you. I did two deployments on the USS Kitty Hawk. I would like to know if anyone remembers when a 500 pounder fell off a A-7 during a launch from the cat….. no one was hurt but a lot of flight deck sailors were scared out of their wits, not knowing if the bomb would explode. This is important so please respond. Thanks to all that I will never forget the KITTY.

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David February 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Does anyone know that the USS Kitty Hawk is in fact not decommissioned until the George H. W. Bush is prepared to go underway???? I know this for sure and was wondering if anyone here had any info. on this subject, i.e : when we could expect the actual decom?

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Neil Wilkening February 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm

USS KITTY HAWK 77-81, 86-89, 3 WESTPAC and a world cruise. 77-81 I was in Weapons Admin YN and 86-89 I proudly worked in the Captain’s Office as the Assistant Ship’s Secretary. Our Motto “Give us 5 more minutes and we can do the impossible” and with the 7 guys I worked with and Captain Hoffman and Captain Tillotson. We were the best. Thank you all. I made all 6 paygrades on that ship. what a great life.

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Wes Henderson March 2, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I was a GMT in “W” division 1972-75, anybody know ED Reiger, Jake Ryan, Roger Smurr, Kirk Upthegrove”Uppy”, Paul Michael Stollard of Coos Bay Oregon, Fernando “fuzz” Floreck of Geary Indiana, Robert “Monk” Ward, Jim Downey, SK2 O’Neil “the big O ring” ? At one time we had the dubious honor of keeping the “Hawk” in our forward magazine, that is not all we kept there. Contact Wesley Henderson GMT2 on Google 409phantom@gmail. Man did we have some great Wespacs, some of it is so new in my memory….THE HAWK IS STILL MY SHIP..at one time we held the record on Yankee station in the Tonkin Gulf…building DST’s from kits…good times

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keith gray March 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm

this was my first ship and it was a blast. I made a couple deployments with her and it was probably some of the greatest times of my life. I

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Rick Schmeets April 1, 2009 at 11:18 pm

To Rene Beddingfield,(’68-’72). You served with my brother Matt Schmeets and mentioned him in your post. I told him about it and he would like to get your phone number. Email me at rklsbm@sbcglobal.net so I can pass on your number to him. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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George R. French Jr. April 13, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I served aboard the “Hawk” from 4-62 till 4-65 and have many fond memories on board. They include the cruises to MID-PAC and WEST-PAC 62-63 and 63-64.
I was in 2nd Div.
To Kelly H. ,I knew a Michael G. Kelly that was killed when we entered port Bremerton Wash. in 1964. I remember him well and think of him on occation.
To all who served on her I salute you!!!
SSG George French Jr.
Proud Navy Veteran
US Army Retired

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ben garcia April 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

I serve proudly on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1970 to 1971 and went to Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. Iam trying to get a hold of anyone, ships company or a pilot who was in the Kitty Hawk at that time. Reason being Iam trying to get my claim for A.O. and PTSD approved. Its been 5 years of trying, back and forth. My health is not that good. And Iam still seeing my psychiatric from the V.A. and my private. please I need proof that we were in Vietnam and action that we encountered while there. A.O. was all over the atmostphere. If anybody can help me or know of any pilot that flew missions. I thank you for any information you give me.

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ben garcia April 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

I serve proudly on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1970 to 1971 and went to Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. Iam trying to get a hold of anyone, ships company or a pilot who was in the Kitty Hawk at that time. Reason being Iam trying to get my claim for A.O. and PTSD approved. Its been 5 years of trying, back and forth. My health is not that good. And Iam still seeing my psychiatric from the V.A. and my private. please I need proof that we were in Vietnam and action that we encountered while there. A.O. was all over the atmostphere. If anybody can help me or know of any pilot that flew missions. I thank you for any information you give me.

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Jerry Wilson April 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Marine Det., served on "The Hawk" WestPac" 63-64. Some memiors: The day Lt. Cuschman was shot down over Nam. Flying the U2 of the ship. Chow open 23 hours day at sea. On and on. Great sailors, 76 Great Marines…and wonderful air groups…It was our home. It is hard to believe it is still. Great Times…Thanks for letting me serve on her.

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David Marine November 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

I served with the MarDet 63-64.I can't recall you,but it has been a long time ago.Where you port or starboard watch?We had a great bunch of guys,and I still cherish the memories!

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CHARLES LARKINS BM3 April 29, 2009 at 6:23 am

I SERVED ABOAR THE HAWK FROM 1963 TO 1966 (JUNE). I WAS A BOATESWANS MATE FOR THE LIEBERTY LAUNCHES AND THE BOSTESMATE OF THE WATCH WHEN UNDESWAY. I ENJOYED MY DELOPMENT TO WEST PACC BOTH TIMES, AND VISITED SAIGON UP THE MEKON DELTA RIVER IN 1964 ABORD THE USS CURRITUCK 7, WHICH IS HO MANCHEN CITY. I WILL HAVE A DEEP RESPECT FOR ALL THAT SERVED IN OUR ARMFORCES, GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. CHARLES H. LARKINS BM3.

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Mike Rush May 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm

To the person that asked about Michael Kelley. If he is the same person that I knew of, he was a side cleaner and fell off of the ship while working on the way into dry dock. We were within a few miles of Bremerton in the fall of 1964. He was brought to sick bay and I was one of the Corpsman that worked on him trying to resuscitate him after he was brought to sick bay. We worked on him for a couple of hours but he didn’t make it. I’ll never forget him. He was the first person that I saw die. I then helped prepare him to be sent home. It was a very sad time.

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Michael McFerraz May 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I served on the USS Kitty Hawk during Jan. 92-Aug. 95. I have some real fond memories of the ship and my shipmates. Years later, I hate to hear that she is being decomissioned, but I know that all things can not last forever. I will miss being able to look her up on the web and read about where she is and what she is doing… I have lost contact with many of my shipmates from the Kitty Hawk and I use to enjoy looking at her and remembering. Goodbye “Old Girl.” Shipmates that served with me, (Charles Dungan, Kevin Waller, John McDonald) let me know where you are.

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jeffrey dickerson May 11, 2009 at 3:53 pm

i served on board the kittyhawk from 1973 to 1977 in v-4 division.i worked flight deck,below decks,you name it.like to hear from anyone else that remembers me.i retired with 30 years mil/civil service. live at 1900 jay ave,mcallen texas.78504

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Keith November 9, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Jeffrey,
I was on the Hawk from 72 to 76, started out in V-4 Division, was pretty quickly transferred to Air Traffic Control, V-5 division.
Keith Severtson
keith2112@fastmail.fm

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James L. Bowman AQ2 June 20, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I was with VA-52 deployed aboard the Kitty Hawk
on the 1972 cruise and the 73-74 cruise.
I was an AQ in av/weps. Looking for the information on the equator crossing bound for Mombasa,Kenya.during the 73-74 cruise.
ie. Latitude, longitude, date, time, etc.
thanks, and would like to hear from anyone, wether you have the info. or not.

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Roger Doc Adkinds November 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

My name is Angel Adkins- Farsi, My Dad Roger (Doc) Adkins served on the Kitty Hawk Feb. 1973 to Dec. 1973 he was an FR abroad the ship. He was injured in the explosion (fire) on the Kitty Hawk.

I'm tring to find any information I can about his time on the Kitty Hawk & any that might remember him. Thank you for your time.

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Clark Stealy May 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm

I was on the 74 cruise shell back was 18 March 1974 Lattitude was 00000 Longitude 046' 18.8' is what my certificate. Hope this was a help mate!

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Mike McDowell July 3, 2009 at 11:35 am

In responce to:
I served two West Pac deployments aboard the Kitty Hawk from Oct’66 to June’67 and from Oct’67 to early June’68, as an AMS-3 with VA-144, when I left her in Subic Bay to return home by plane. I was discharged at Treasure Island on June 12, ’68. I have many fond memories of the grand old girl along with some not so grand ones. But, that said, I would not trade any of them for anything. I really grew up aboard her, and am truly saddened at the news of her Decommissioning. One final note. I landed in San Francisco on the night of June 5, ’68, my birthday, and rode in a cab to T.I. The cabbie told me and another swabbie that R.F.K. had been been shot and killed that very evening in L.A. (Posted by: Joseph Rizzotto at July 8, 2008 01:35 PM)
Hi Joe,
Small world. I am the swabbe that was in the car with you. I was an AE-2 with VA-144 from Jan. ’66 to June ’68 one tour on CVA-14 and Two on CVA-63). During the two Kitty Hawk tours, I assigned to IM-3 repair shop (pg 246 of 67-68 Cruise book). I got out of T.I. day before you, June 11.

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dofus kamas August 4, 2009 at 7:45 am

bon marche

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Jay Howard August 16, 2009 at 3:52 am

I am Jay Howard My dad was serving on the KittyHawk in the early to mid 60s His name is Jack Howard. He is dealing with the A.O. issues Evidently he has to prove it was on the ship. From what I just read in the post it’s pretty evident to me that there was a problem with it. If anybody remembers Jack Howard feel free to E-mail me @ HJHoward38@yahoo.com I would like to be able to tell him something. If you knew him you would remember him and probably remember what they called him. He doesn’t have a computer so I am trying to find out something for him.

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Sam Scalf August 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Hey Kitty Sailors, Looking for any info on the fire of Nov/Dec 1973. One of my buddies a former shipmate was killed in the fire. Alan J. Champine was his name. I was on the Geo. K. MackenzieDD-836. Just got a real kick this past Sunday, a Kitty RD3 Rob Rettew who happens to go to my church,had played Taps at their Memorial Service.
Also, if anyone knows how to get a hold of one of those Memorial Service booklets please let me know at snipeman_2@yahoo.com… Thanks & God Bless
Sam Scalf MMFN/MS1 USNR Ret

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Don Colvin August 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

I was aboard the “Kitty Hawk” from Feb.’79 to July ’82 in V2 Division Cat #2 Bow cats. Cat #2 was used for a parking lot during cruises. So we worked on the other Cats Quite a bit. Cat #2 could launch with Cat #1 during carrier quals for pilots.
Cat#2 could launch plane for plane with any Cat. I will always remember my time on the “Kitty Hawk. She will be missed. ABE2 Don Colvin.

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David, proud son of Keith September 15, 2009 at 9:16 am

Did any man here remember my father, Wendell Keith Nichols, who was a pilot on a SH-3 anti-submarine (black knights) helicopter? I would love to find more information on how to get a wooden model of that helicopter as my father is going through a very tough time and I believe it would really cheer him up!

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Dominick Gulli June 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm

David,
I knew your Dad from Taiwan.
Dom Gulli
altmail@tampabay.rr.com

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Fred MacRae, AZ 3, AMD September 23, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I proudly served the USS Kitty Hawk during the Viet Nam period, between 1970-72, in the AMD Aircraft Maintenance Division as a AZ3, Aviation Maintenance Administrativeman in the Technical Library. Anyone wish to rekindal past memories?
~Mac

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Meghann September 25, 2009 at 3:04 pm

I am the daughter of IC2 Andrew Walters.He serves 1979 to 1982. Does anyone remember him. Please email me directly, meghannem1982@msn.com. I would be eternally greatful.

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rosemarie wilson October 12, 2009 at 11:08 pm

im looking for mr Paul A Wilson anyone know where he is kindly email me @ rosemariewilson29@yahoo.com thanks…

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Roger Doc Adkins November 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

PLEASE HELP!!!!

My name is Angel Adkins-Farsi, I'm the daughter of the late Roger D. (Doc) Adkins. He served on The USS Kitty Hawk from Feb.1973 to 1974 just after the Dec. 1973 explosion (Fire), where he was injured.

I'm looking for anyone with any pics and/or information that might help me in my search to know My Dad better. We met for the 1st time last yr. in July, & he was very sick, I spent the last few months of his Life getting to know him.

But, Dad was sick most of the time & was always in need of Dr.s' care. With failing health Dad past away on the 27th day of May 2009.

Any help that I can get would be greatful. Thank you ALL for your service to Our Country.

Sincerely, Angel Adkins- Farsi

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Keith Severtson December 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm

can any kind soul email me a valid link where I can buy USS Kitty Hawk cruise books, specifically the 2 I am looking for are the 73/74 and 75 cruise WestPac tours
thank you
Keith Severtson
keith2112@fastmail.fm

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Clark Stealy May 31, 2013 at 10:29 am

Check out Ebay there is one on there right now listed for about $340. Good luck mate!

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roland November 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Don't retire it. We still may need it. We still may use it for defense in future battes, there is still a potential danger from rougue nations like Iran, North Korea and it's allies.

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blight November 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

There's no reason to keep the Kitty Hawk considering the Navy has twelve carriers and is still building more. Having another old carrier that will be an expensive boondoggle to upgrade doesn't appeal to anybody, and as aircraft grow larger an older '60s carrier will be less and less futureproof. There's a reason why Enterprise is going to join Kitty Hawk in the retirement bin, after all…

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art [abe] July 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I was on the hawk withVA 85 in 67 to 69 as aplane caption do you know any of those guys

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Mohammed Y. Hussain May 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Looking for person or persons that was aboud the USS KITTY HAWKS who was attach to Air Squadron VF-114 ( AARDVARKS )
Please contact me

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