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admin admin from Owosso wrote on April 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm:
Way back on August 8, 2014, Karen Spears of Owosso, Michigan wrote on our old Guestbook: My Grandfather, Lloyd Jay Kirby, was a survivor of the USS Mississinewa and he never really spoke to our family about what happened on that tragic day, except that it was the last day that he would ever go swimming! He was a quiet and gentle man and loved fishing and listening to baseball on the radio. His wife Pasha is now 93 yrs old and they have 6 children and a whole mess of grandchildren together. He passed in 1988 and he was a huge blessing to our family. I feel like I know him a little better and I have learned so much about what happened to him that day, thanks to websites like this one. It's very much appreciated. I'm so proud of all of the men of the USS Mississinewa... Read more
Way back on August 8, 2014, Karen Spears of Owosso, Michigan wrote on our old Guestbook: My Grandfather, Lloyd Jay Kirby, was a survivor of the USS Mississinewa and he never really spoke to our family about what happened on that tragic day, except that it was the last day that he would ever go swimming! He was a quiet and gentle man and loved fishing and listening to baseball on the radio. His wife Pasha is now 93 yrs old and they have 6 children and a whole mess of grandchildren together. He passed in 1988 and he was a huge blessing to our family. I feel like I know him a little better and I have learned so much about what happened to him that day, thanks to websites like this one. It's very much appreciated. I'm so proud of all of the men of the USS Mississinewa and I'm truly thankful for their honorable service.
Robert Ray Allen Robert Ray Allen from Huntington Beach, Ca. wrote on March 21, 2018 at 12:38 pm:
Thank you Bob Fulleman for updating the web site. Have looked forward to his for some time. Yours, Robert Allen (Herbert Allen's nephew)
Thank you Bob Fulleman for updating the web site. Have looked forward to his for some time.
Yours,
Robert Allen
(Herbert Allen's nephew)
admin admin from Winlock, WA wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:34 pm:
Janice Bierley Montgomery wrote on 7 March 2014: My father was the surgeon aboard the AO-59. The last surviving officer, he passed away August 23, 2013, five days after his 105th birthday, which he enjoyed with daughters, grandchildren and some great grandchildren. His remains will be interred along with those of his beloved wife in Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you, Mike Mair, for telling the story of the ship and all its fine crew.
Janice Bierley Montgomery wrote on 7 March 2014: My father was the surgeon aboard the AO-59. The last surviving officer, he passed away August 23, 2013, five days after his 105th birthday, which he enjoyed with daughters, grandchildren and some great grandchildren. His remains will be interred along with those of his beloved wife in Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you, Mike Mair, for telling the story of the ship and all its fine crew.
admin admin from Charlton, MA wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm:
Ken Boutiette wrote on 26 July 2012: My father was a machinest mate on the ship. We spent many nights around the table listening to the stories about that early morning disaster. My father had just gotten off his watch when the walls came in. He was lucky to survive. My sisters went to the memorial service for the ship in Texas. I now proudly have a cap with the ships name roudly on display in my home. God bless everyone involved that day and everyother day i the service to protect our country.
Ken Boutiette wrote on 26 July 2012: My father was a machinest mate on the ship. We spent many nights around the table listening to the stories about that early morning disaster. My father had just gotten off his watch when the walls came in. He was lucky to survive.

My sisters went to the memorial service for the ship in Texas. I now proudly have a cap with the ships name roudly on display in my home. God bless everyone involved that day and everyother day i the service to protect our country.
admin admin from Fort Wayne IN wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:32 pm:
Steve Lantz wrote on 6 May 2012 : I'm the webmaster for the USS Nantahala AO-60, the Mississinewa's sister ship. I was on the Nan 1965-1969 and the story of the Mississinewa was passed down from generation to generation of Nantahala sailors back then. Later when we started having reunions I met sailors who were on the Nantahala when the Mississinewa was hit. The Nan was anchored next to the Mississinewa. God bless those who lost their lives on her and God bless you who keep her memories alive.
Steve Lantz wrote on 6 May 2012 : I'm the webmaster for the USS Nantahala AO-60, the Mississinewa's sister ship. I was on the Nan 1965-1969 and the story of the Mississinewa was passed down from generation to generation of Nantahala sailors back then.

Later when we started having reunions I met sailors who were on the Nantahala when the Mississinewa was hit. The Nan was anchored next to the Mississinewa.

God bless those who lost their lives on her and God bless you who keep her memories alive.
admin admin from West Roxbury,Ma wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm:
Marcia Mann O'Neill wrote on 10 March 2012: My cousin commented on my father, Lester Mann from Randolph, Ma and I wanted to add to it. I did not know he suffered blackouts - that was upsetting to learn! He also used to wake from a sound sleep with a start, per my mom's recollection. He also could go On the water, but not In it- he literally would not go in past his ankles, even on a pond! This is not surprising since ocean was on fire after the Mississinewa explosion due to the oil she was carrying. My dad was severely burned on his lower body, and received a Purple Heart. He was only 19 at the time of the sinking! He was great person, father, husband, talented artist and had a wicked sense of humor! He is greatly missed by his wife and 4 children! I was... Read more
Marcia Mann O'Neill wrote on 10 March 2012: My cousin commented on my father, Lester Mann from Randolph, Ma and I wanted to add to it. I did not know he suffered blackouts - that was upsetting to learn!

He also used to wake from a sound sleep with a start, per my mom's recollection. He also could go On the water, but not In it- he literally would not go in past his ankles, even on a pond! This is not surprising since ocean was on fire after the Mississinewa explosion due to the oil she was carrying. My dad was severely burned on his lower body, and received a Purple Heart. He was only 19 at the time of the sinking!

He was great person, father, husband, talented artist and had a wicked sense of humor! He is greatly missed by his wife and 4 children! I was only 19 when he died at the young age if 57, and I just wish I got more time with him.

Thank you for letting me share my memories!
admin admin from Brockton, MA wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:29 pm:
Barbara Burns wrote on 21 October 2011: My Uncle, Lester Mann, from Randolph, Massachusetts was on the Mississinewa, he passed in 1983. My mother Barbara Mann Burns, his older sister, was the last of 7 children of Margaret and Henry Mann to pass away in 2009. My mother told me stories of the black-outs and how her younger brother, Lester, swimming through oil when the Mississinewa was sunk. Uncle Lester was a great guy and I am glad my Mom shared these memories with me, I am 47 and now live in the Merrimack Valley.
Barbara Burns wrote on 21 October 2011: My Uncle, Lester Mann, from Randolph, Massachusetts was on the Mississinewa, he passed in 1983. My mother Barbara Mann Burns, his older sister, was the last of 7 children of Margaret and Henry Mann to pass away in 2009. My mother told me stories of the black-outs and how her younger brother, Lester, swimming through oil when the Mississinewa was sunk. Uncle Lester was a great guy and I am glad my Mom shared these memories with me, I am 47 and now live in the Merrimack Valley.
admin admin wrote on March 7, 2018 at 9:12 pm:
DOES ANYONE KNOW JOSEPH MARTINO .HE IS FROM YONKERS NY.HE WAS ON THIS SHIP.HE IS MY FATHER IN LAW.I WOULD LOVE TO CONNECT HIM WITH HIS BUDDIES.
DOES ANYONE KNOW JOSEPH MARTINO .HE IS FROM YONKERS NY.HE WAS ON THIS SHIP.HE IS MY FATHER IN LAW.I WOULD LOVE TO CONNECT HIM WITH HIS BUDDIES.
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This comment was originally posted on the USS Mississinewa webpage guestbook on Sat Oct 16 08:31:48 2004, but since we are transferring to a new guestbook, I have repeated it here.
This comment was originally posted on the USS Mississinewa webpage guestbook on Sat Oct 16 08:31:48 2004, but since we are transferring to a new guestbook, I have repeated it here.