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John W. RobertsonJul 15, 2019 17:12
Re SC691 re Richard G. Ballantine of Durango,Colorado. I am living with my daughter in Douglasville, Ga. I do not recall having any contact with the 691. Thanks for letting me know you saw my post. Best regards .

John W Robertson (skinny)Jul 03, 2019 18:34
Served aboard SC693 went all through North Africa , Sicily ,
Italy(Anzio) , Southern France . Gave ship to France. Now 96 years old.

Robert SmithMay 25, 2019 17:29
My father Benjamin s Smith was a 90 day wonder, in 1944. He was on a sub chaser until end of war. I have been unable to get service records, as I can?t find a service record number. He was from Ft Myers Fl, but went to University of Mi, Ann Arbor mi. If anyone knows a person I could call to get his records, I would be very grateful.
Robert Smith

Bradley HallMay 07, 2019 22:52
May 27th will be the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Biak and of the SC-699’s role in it. On this day Major Katsushige Takada of the 5th Hiko Sentai crashed his Betty into the small ship, he was aiming for a larger ship nearby. They got the fires under control, two men died (aside from Takada), and the ship was out of the war for a while for repairs.

The co-pilot managed to survive and swam back to the Japanese held part of the island and told them that all planes that went out crashed on enemy ships and sank them. Japan liked this so much it had an idea.

On October 20th of the same year they officially started their Special Attack, shinpu, otherwise known as kamikazes.

If anyone wants to talk about the 699 or knows anyone who served on it, let me know, I am a fount of knowledge, have a lot of pictures, and want to know more.

Lou Ella GreenMar 18, 2019 22:41
Around 1950ish my dad’s childhood friend bought an ex-subchaser and gutted it. Apparently the engine and important stuff had already been removed but Garland Oliver and his wife, Caroline, made an interesting home out of it and lived aboard till the mid 80s. The subchaser was always fun to be associated with and was a great conversation starter. It was moored in the little town of Alviso, CA. at the southern tip of the San Francisco bay. The ship, at times, would settle on a list when the tide went out so that was usually fun. Then the bilges would constantly contain water from the silty bottom of the dock and the smell permeated everything. Lol A fond memory. I have no other information on the ship but I do know it was made worthy and towed through the SF bay to the delta where they lived for several years. It was then purchased and towed elsewhere on the delta. Unfortunately the last I heard it had sunk. I was devastated, but my childhood memories live on.

Barbara BlaskiFeb 25, 2019 08:55
Hi! My father was on Sub-Chaser 982 in WWII. I believe he was in Halsey’s fleet during the hurricane on Dec 18, 1944. My father passed in 1987 and I never got the opportunity to talk with him about his service. His name was Seymour Hoyt Thomas. If anybody knows of him and has information, I would love to hear. I have a much older half sister who is now in end stages of Alzheimers, so her niece is sending me photos, etc. One photo has name on back of Albert Hoyt Bence, who I was able to look up and see he passed in 2012 in Alabama. Any info would be so welcome. Thank you.

Al MelcherDec 25, 2018 13:24
Here’s a wish to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from this 99 year old sole survivor of the original crew of the SC506.

Geoffrey McNewDec 22, 2018 04:33
....so, they got him back for Korea and made him the Navigator of the AH-12 HAVEN

GeoffreyMcNewDec 22, 2018 04:28
My Father, LT William McNew USNR (Ret) was the XO on the SC1020. He brought it back from Shanghai to San Diego...and, he vowed to never go on blue water again in anything under 600'.

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Bruce H. LaVigne Plankhoder SC749 deceased 12/2/2017Nov 10, 2018 21:49
Have found treasure photos od SC749 from Quincy MA til 1943 Also have ineresting letter Bruce wrote leaving Atlantic, thru Panama and joining Sumner (Irving Johnson) surveying Coral Sea Original native photos used 1n Nqtional Geographic 1947 article Will be so pleased to get info to any other families Bruce was born in 1921 so am not too optimistic for other members. Lots of crew photos that I hope will find hoes. Joan LaVigne

Al MelcherNov 04, 2018 21:39
Today is my 99th birthday. I am the last survivor of the original crew of the SC 506 that was built in early 1942 by Luders Marine Construction Co..Stamford,CT.

For the past seven months I’ve been living in a small senior care facility in Clovis, CA. I have a large private room with an attached bath and excellent care by the staff 24/7 to make sure I have everything that I want or need. I’m very fortunate to be spending my senior years here and am grateful that my youngest son Don was able to arrange it.

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