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Arland Benningfield Email
07/10/10

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 Hope everyone is having agood life. Deck department was an intersting mess.


Kelly (Cappellini) Forness 
07/08/10

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Got onboard just before Gitmo, did the world cruise...true LCDR Pait...there were a lot of disappointments...Capt. Be-No, no recognition, and some less than optimum shipmates (both sexes), however that was something I will remember always.  Sliding across the mess decks at chow or during movie... and seeing the world...even though it was less than hoped for.
I stood helm, leehelm, became crane operator-signalman (one of first two TM's), reserve force, and all the fun with it...orders of shellback, ditches, dragon, magellan etc.
I did meet my future husband, but was one of a few who followed protocol onboard.  We are however STILL married...coming up to 27 years now!  
(We also remember Selena Wooten...so sad, so young)
If any of my 'girls' are out there...would love to hear from you! 


Gary (Maestas) Anthony Email
07/08/10

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Great ship, great ship company. Great duty station (Rota) 1972!  Easy cruise back to Naval Weapons Station (Goose Creek, SC (Charleston, S.C.)).  Proud to have served on her.


James French 
07/06/10

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Reminiscing old memories.


Debbie (Keyes) Spalding Email
07/04/10

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I came aboard in the yards.  Went to Gitmo, Palma, Diego, Perth.  Have great memories and met some awesome people.  Hope all is doing well!


Mike Bauer Email
07/04/10

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Was in the Navy from '68 - '72. Spent a year on a PBR (TF-116 Gamewardens, RivRon 59) in the Mekong Delta in '69. Went to Norfolk in '70 and after a year, they actually gave me a choice of where I wanted to go. So, as a joke, I put down the Brooklyn Navy Yard (because I lived 15 minutes from there). So the ever obliging Navy, knowing I was a wise guy, sent me packing to the Holland, with my T.S. clearance and threw me in the Crypto room in the Radio Shack! I was there from 4/71 - 4/72, when they shipped me back to spend my very last week in the Navy. I remember a WO named Waters, who wasn't exactly too cool and a Chief from Brooklyn, who was pretty cool. Btw, where did they ship me back to? You guessed it - the Brooklyn Navy Yard. I got my way in the end!

Rota was FANTASTIC. Had an apt. right off the main drag and used to know every bar in the whole town. All I can remember now is the Tokio Bar, the Blue Star and Playa de la Luz. All the English girls used to go there for the summer and the English papers called Rota, "Sin City" (and I still have the paper too). A lot of those girls used to hang out at our place and we'd party our asses off. (And I still have the pix.) I even bought a '65 Chevy Impala convertible for $100 from a guy who was going back to the world. Damn - those girls loved that car! This box couldn't POSSIBLY fit all the stories and I wish I could post some pix somewhere. Anyone remember Bustaids at the Farmacia?! Tapas bars? Marbella? Wine, women and song? (Yeah, we did some work too, but after Vietnam, I wasn't exactly sweating the small stuff.)

What a 180 Rota was from Vietnam!!

Actually, I'm looking for Don Driskell - my best friend, fellow crypto operator and my roommate over there. Came from Texas and settled with a girl named Annie in Newquay, England after our tour. He visited us after my wife and I got married, but I haven't seen him in over 30 years. Doubt this board will help, but wth - I'll give it a shot.

Today at 12:28 AMOn the one in a million chance that Don sees this (or someone who knows Don), please ask him to email me at:mekongdelta69@hotmail.comThanks...


Francis Tate Email
07/03/10

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Spent 4 years drinking that great beer and working my butt off on the World's Greatest Tender.  Got 4 Battle E-s while on board.  Those were some great days that I remember fondly.


Daniel Coburn Email
07/01/10

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very cool site


Chuck Wilson Email
06/29/10

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Was just going through pictures the other day and came across a bunch from when I was stationed on the Holland. Made me start thinking about the good times Would love to hear from shipmates.


Thomas Nofsinger Email
06/29/10

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I had invaluable learning experiences on the Holland that server me to this very day.  Today, when I see the shipmates that severed with me some 30+ years later, it is as if we were always together.  I had the honor to go back on board Holland in May 2009 while she was in Suisun Bay.  To be in the CIC brought back many memories.  I learned to write backwards there .  But to stand on-top of the Bridge again - was like going home.


Melissa Mendoza Email
06/27/10

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Hello!

   I'm currently living in my home state of Texas. I work at the San Angelo State Supported Living Center.


Thomas Neer 
06/24/10

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Long hours, the shipmates, good friends and the ship.


Debora Saviano - Gatzke Email
06/24/10

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Loved being part of the best medical crew in the Navy. Gollinger you rocked.


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Wayne Jensen Email
06/23/10

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Although I didn't know it at the time.  I had some of the best days of my life while serving on the Holland.  My wife and I met some great freinds during that time.  Another reason we have fond memories of the Holland was because our son was born at the Naval base June 26th, 1968.  I would like to hear from my shipmates if possible.
Wayne Jensen
wayneje@msn.com 


Richard Cavel Email
06/21/10

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BEANO.....


JOSEPH A. DRAUDE Email
06/21/10

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I WAS ONBOARD WHEN THE XO COINED THE PHRASE " WORLD'S GREATEST TENDER" AND THAT WAS WHAT THE SHIP BECAME.


Jim Sherrill Email
06/17/10

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For me, Charleston was like going home. Originally born 5 hours from there, I jumped at the chance to go onboard the Holland. I had lots of great times and met a lot of great people, on and off the ship. The only part of my experience down there I would like to forget would be Hurricane Hugo.


BRUCE SCHNARE 
06/16/10

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HAD AN INTERESTING TIME FROM NIGHT MESS COOKING, TO SANDBLASTING ON USS OAKRIDGE .  THEN GOING TO DECK DEPT.
AND MAKING RATE TO POSTAL CLERK 3 .  WENT ALL OVER IN
SPAIN WITH MY BEST FRIEND PAT ROBERTS PH3,   NEVER WILL
FORGET IT........................................



Brian Robinson Email
06/15/10

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Holland was a good ship, we had a lot of good times in R4.  Moving the ship from Charleston to Guam was an experience I will never forget.  All the guys in Alpha shop were the best bunch I have had the pleasure to serve with!

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