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Hope your reunion goes well. Take care,
Kelly Crawford

Shangri-La  @crawfordsoftware.com

I was on the Shangri-La  in the late 60's with VAW121. We went to Gitmo for operation Spring board. Many years later I saw her again at the Philadelphia Navy Yard waiting to be sold as scrap. She is gone now.
John Bair <jlb912@yahoo.com>
Avon, NY USA - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 21:48:58 (EDT)


My grandfather Francis Preczewski served on this ship during WW II from the ships start to finish. he recently passed away at 81. He left me a cap with a pin number 23 on it. If anyone knows what the pin means please email. thank you.
robert preczewski <maupre4497@aol.com>
USA - Monday, May 07, 2001 at 17:51:52 (EDT)

I  was a cook on the Shangri-La  in 1970. Tried not to poison anyone.  Had way too much fun. Would like to hear from anyone.  Dan Galleri.
dan galleri <dgalleri@cs.com>
golden , co USA - Friday, May 04, 2001 at 21:32:52 (EDT)

Was on the Shangri-La  in 1966
EM3 Glen Wilson <GWilson1@cinergy.com>
Alexandria, Ky. USA - Tuesday, May 01, 2001 at 22:03:08 (EDT)

Great job on the website! My father, Graciano Araguz, served on this mighty ship and was a plank owner also. He died on April 21, 1985, but I know he would be very proud of your dedication in keeping the memory of the "Shangri-La " alive. I salute all who proudly served on her!
Yolanda (Araguz) Canchola <Yolin5@aol.com>
McAllen, Texas USA - Thursday, April 26, 2001 at 21:39:03 (EDT)

Made a mistake in my initial sign up..I was in Div. V3R. OI div. came much later for the radarmen.
Ed Dooley <ejdooley@smig.net>
Austin, MMn USA - Sunday, April 22, 2001 at 16:46:54 (EDT)

I had the privilege to serve aboard the U.S.S. Shangri-La   CV-38 from August 1944 to Oct.1946. I was a Rd3/c attached to the OI div. with Operations. Anyone serving with me please drop a line. A mighty fine ship I might add.
Edward J. Dooley <ejdooley@smig.net>
Austin, MN USA - Saturday, April 21, 2001 at 14:49:57 (EDT)

on the Shangri-La  1958 with air group, was aircrewman with VA(AW)-35
Jim May <ssmMay@aol.com>
Kansas City, Mo. USA - Friday, April 20, 2001 at 17:14:03 (EDT)

I served as the last Ship's Bos'n of the "Shangri-La "...Put her out of commission at South Annex, Boston Naval Shipyard 1971..
ChBos'n (W2) Jim Anglea USN (ret) <Shangri-La  bosn@cs.com>
Jacksonville, Fl 32277 - Saturday, April 14, 2001 at 16:09:14 (EDT)

Served in OE division as ETN3 from 1960 - 1962.
RichardSisson <dsisson@excite.com>
North Babylon, NY USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 23:38:32 (EDT)

I SALUTE THE MEN WHO SO PROUDLY SERVED ON THE SHIP AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THIS GREAT COUNTRY GOD BLESS AND KEEP UP WITH ALL THE FANTASTIC WORK YOUR DOING .
Raymond S. Corbeil <MARV49@AOL.COM>
Springfield , Ma U.S.A. - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 20:37:27 (EDT)

MY FATHER, RONALD FISHER TURCO, SR., SERVED ABOARD THE Shangri-La  AS A CORPMAN BEFORE RECEIVING HIS COMMISSION. BEEN LOOKING FOR A SQUADRON PATCH FOR THE "JESTERS". THANKS FOR THE WEB SITE. HE HAS ALWAYS SPOKEN VERY HIGHLY OF HIS TIME ABOARD AND THE MEN HE SERVED WITH. BILL TURCO.
BILL TURCO <WTURCO_1999@YAHOO.COM>
BETHESDA, MD USA - Thursday, April 12, 2001 at 18:27:53 (EDT)

Served on Shangri-La  46-47 In Supply S-1(spareparts). Good website.
Robert Chiasson <bchiasson2001@yahoo.com>
Welsh, La USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 21:38:29 (EDT)

I have been asked by my step-dad, Herman Cantrell, to find out about the Shangri-La   as he was on it with his squadron just prior to it going to the Bikini Atoll Atomic Bomb test. Said his squadron left it at Pearl Harbor and was reassigned to the VMR953 Transport Squadron at Berber Point after that.
Keith Buckley <kbuckley@tqtx.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at 11:56:22 (EDT)

Great site! Thanks GOD for computers huh I served aboard the Shangri-La  65/67. I issued flight deck gear and work out of the air office. The air boss was Cmd. Cummings. Any more of us out there steve shaw ak3
steve shaw <pshaw813@gateway.com>
gastonia, nc USA - Monday, April 09, 2001 at 00:17:28 (EDT)

We are trying to get the word out about our project and thought perhaps you might be able to help us. Veterans . . . WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!! Have you ever done time in a veteran's hospital This not-for-profit group works to lessen the bleakness that permeates most VA hospitals. Check out the Kitchen Table Gang Trust at http://taliaferro.net/veterans A lot of military veterans have deemed our efforts worthy of support and we hope you will too. Thanks!
Charles Taliaferro <charles@taliaferro.net>
NAS Lemoore, CA USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 20:33:56 (EDT)

My Father Sidney E. Cullen served in WW II as a gunner. Was looking for a pic of the crew He was with, I'll have to send You a pic soon. Dad died Sept.1990 He was so proud to be apart of this Ship.
Joseph G. Cullen <izalilbit@juno.com>
St. Ann, Mo USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 10:17:42 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La  in 1958 for a westpac cruise with VA-156, then again in 1966-1968 With VF-13. Lots of great memories good liberty. ADCS Retired.
Al Gass <fishtyme@aeneas.net>
USA - Saturday, April 07, 2001 at 00:04:50 (EDT)

I was on the Shangri-La  in 68-69 with VT2 for Operation Spring Board in Cuba. I had some Flight Deck time and some Master at Arms time. I Remember we would suspend flight ops for one hour over lunch so the crew could lay out in the sun on the flight deck.
John Bair <jlb912@yahoo.com>
Avon, NY USA - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 23:17:19 (EDT)

I was on the Shangri-La  from 1959/1964 ABE2 had the starboard cat
harold wayne phillips <wayneboomer@aol.com>
garland , tx USA - Thursday, April 05, 2001 at 17:49:26 (EDT)

My father, Alfred Loiselle was on board during Operation Crossroads in 1946. He never talked about his Navy days much, so details for me are sketchy. He said his job was "Fireman" and worked in the boiler room. After many strokes over the past 6 years debilitated him to varying degrees, he passed away last December 14th. I'm glad I found this site, so hopefully I can fill in the pieces and share them with my children. My now 4 year old son and him were particularly close. Soon, I may find some old photos he had, and e-mail them for posting in his memory. Thank you, Chris Loiselle
Christopher Loiselle <loisellc@kirtland.cc.mi.us>
Grayling, MI USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 16:24:08 (EDT)

Please add to the guest book
Vernett R> Peterson <KAP6@AOL.COM>
au Claire, WI USA - Wednesday, April 04, 2001 at 12:48:49 (EDT)

Served from 65-68 "E" division Flight deck lighting. The memories are good, proably better than when we were there.
Jim (Bubblehead) Pumroy <beitshiloh@juno.com>
Castle Rock, co USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 20:49:10 (EST)

I served on the Shangri-La   from 1944-1946. I was in the Div.G-4. Look forward to hearing from some of my old buddies !
Joseph Ingoglia <DIngoglia@msn.com>
Walnut, Ca. USA - Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at 00:57:06 (EST)

My Dad, John Hayowyk, whom I just wrote about, was also a Shangri-La   plank owner.
Thomas Hayowyk <hayowyk@att.net>
Somers, CT USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 15:16:16 (EST)

My dad, John Hayowyk, was a Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate, Chief Petty Officer on Shangri-La ri-L in 1944-45. He's still alive and living in NJ. Please keep me updated via e-mail on anythings that pertain to the Shangri-La  . Thanks. Tom Hayowyk
Thomas Hayowyk <hayowyk@att.net>
Somers, CT USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 15:13:53 (EST)

SERVED ON BOARD FROM JAN.55 TO SEPT.57. ATTACHED TO FOX DIV.IN THE GUNNERY DEPT.
ERNIE GALINIS <EGSTEELER@AOL.COM>
DELRAY BCH., FL USA - Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at 13:05:30 (EST)

My brother, John M. Holly served aboard the USS Shangri-La  , during the second world war. Does anyone have any informtion about him
George H Holly <Holly@columbusacademy.org>
Columbus, OH USA - Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 05:31:14 (EST)

SERVED ON USS Shangri-La RA LA (CV38) 1944 TO 1946 AS SK2C.
HENRY C KEETON <hckeeton@yahoo.com>
TYLER, TX USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 23:11:57 (EST)

Really enjoy the site, great job. I went aboard the Shangri-La  in May 1946 as a S2c, was assigned to EE division and worked in the main generators, went to Bikini, did the cruise to Australia and then went to a sea plane tender and to China. Enjoyed every day aboard the Shangri-La  .
Gerald (Jerry) Yates <yatesj@aol.com>
Renton, Wa USA - Friday, March 09, 2001 at 00:13:36 (EST)

If anybody has any info on my dad, Lyle Lester Rausch-he was enlisted and worked in the boiler room. Please contact me!
DONNA J. ESPINOSA (RAUSCH) <Djespinosa@aol.com>
Bellevue, NE USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 15:52:47 (EST)

Can you send me some information about the next reunion.
George E. Kauffman <AOCMGEK@MSN.COM>
Frederick, MD USA - Thursday, March 08, 2001 at 13:33:19 (EST)

My dad served on it in the late 60'or early 70's i believe; his name was Douglas Clyde Ambrose Sr.; he was a bupersman; he was discharged honorable in oct of 72
Brandi Clark <b3whyne@aol.com>
Macon, GA USA - Sunday, March 04, 2001 at 20:35:23 (EST)

My brother William (Bill) Watson, I believe served on the Shangri-La  between 1960 and 1965. He retired from the US Navy around 1980 and passed away in Christchurch, NZ 2/11/01. I would like to hear from you if you remember my brother. Thanks, Ann
Ann Morris <Morris1011@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 13:29:31 (EST)

I watched this ship sink in Philadelphia - there was a large ceremony and I was a medic on an ambulance during it. This was soooo cool and I will never forget it!
Kris Rabitoy <tlc817@chartermi.net>
Gladstone , MI USA - Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 20:53:31 (EST)

My father was a plank owner. I hope to send some photo's in the near future. I really enjoyed the web site. My father is no longer with us, but,I am sure he would be very proud of what you are doing. For him and myself Thank You
Frank Wilk Jr. <fewsr@hotmail.com>
Coal Township, PA USA - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 20:57:05 (EST)

Hi, Greetings from Finland.
Jari Peltonen <jari111@excite.com>
Tampere, FINLAND - Monday, February 26, 2001 at 12:42:53 (EST)

I previously wrote about my brother, James E. Landreth, SM3 who is a plankowner. Jim hailed from the coal fields of WV. He had a friend on board from the same home town, Curtis B. Helmandollar. Curt was a plankowner also and is living at 5925 Viewpoint Ave., Salem, VA 24153. Curt would like to hear from any of his shipmates.
Bill Landreth <bnjland@aol.com>
Springfield, VA USA - Sunday, February 25, 2001 at 14:33:00 (EST)

My stepfather, Marine PFC David E. Aznavoorian is a plank owner and served on the Shangri-La   from 16 January 1945 to 15 March, 1946. He was a member of the Marine detachment that occupied Yokosuka at the end of the war. David is a native of Medford, Massachusetts, and is currently living in Winhrop, Massachusetts. He is very proud of his service on this great ship, and I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from any of his old shipmates
Mike Swanson <mwswanson@mediaone.net>
rowley, ma USA - Saturday, February 24, 2001 at 16:54:50 (EST)

I SERVED ABOARD SEPT.1968 AUG 1970 VI DIV. TRACTOR DRIVER/ CRASH CREW LOOKING FOR JOHN LYONS 3RD BOSTON
KEVIN MCKEON <K3908@aol.com>
NY USA - Thursday, February 22, 2001 at 22:45:50 (EST)

My dad is a plank owner of the Shangri-La  .His name is Paul Fossett. He is in his eighties and in good health. Does any one remember him
Paula McDonald <jpmac@mastnet.net>
angleton, tx USA - Tuesday, February 20, 2001 at 22:33:47 (EST)

My father was on the Shangri-La   in WW II. I don't have a log book pertaining exclusively to the Shangri-La . But he did give me his Fighting Squadron Eighty-five Log Book about five years ago. The dates on the cover are from May 15, 1944 thru Sept. 25, 1945. His name is Walter R. Green. He piloted Corsairs and chased Zeros back then. Now living in Florida, doing well and receives updated information about Reunions etc. thru the mail. We've talked about attending a Reunion together. Maybe this year it will happen.
Walter K. Green <greenandmorris@aol.com>
st. louis, MO USA - Monday, February 19, 2001 at 19:50:14 (EST)

I served on the Shangri-La  1968 - 1971 for the decommissioning. I was a DC-3.
Terry Jinings <design@tjsmicro.com>
Plattsmouth, Ne USA - Friday, February 16, 2001 at 15:55:33 (EST)

Was on the ship for the Jan. 10, 1955 commissioning. Was on board for 2 1/2 Years.
Jim Benedix Sr <JBENEDIXSR@AOL.COM>
Cocoa Beach, Fl USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 17:31:36 (EST)

I was an AZ3 serving in VF-62 aboard the Shangri-La  , from Jan. 1969 to July 1969.
Bob Prerost <rfprerost@aol.com>
Cary, IL USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 13:35:54 (EST)

I was in the recommissioning crew in Bremerton '54. Served aboard until Sept.'57. I have a former Corsair fighter pilot living in a condo I rent that came aboard the Shangri-La  in the mid-40's. I was a FIRECONTROL Tech 1/c. Ltjg Jim Lovell of squadron VC-3 was aboard in '56 while I was aboard. He, now Capt. Lovell ret., was the spacecraft commander of Apollo 13 on its ill-fated journey to the Moon. The Movie and book "Apollo 13" is about him and the flight.
Bob Kaminski <Geezer1dad@aol.com>
Satellite Beach, FL USA - Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 09:45:36 (EST)

My brother was on the Shangri-La e in WW 2. He was a gunners mate His name James C. "Jim" Warner. But I'm sorry to say he passed away in 1974. And now for me. I also was on her too. I was on her when she was recommiss in Jan. 1955 until Feb. 1957. Had some good times & some bad. But like all things the good times always outweigh the bad. I would like to hear from some of the old airdales from the V-2 Cats crew. Where ever you might be take care.
Bobby G. Warner <Frankiedw@aol.com>
Pearland, TX USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 15:11:11 (EST)

Hi, My dad was aboard the USS Shangri-La   during WW II. I was curious to find out what kind of ship it was, and was happy to find pictures of the Ship. Thanks for the great web site.
Bob Doolan <bdoolan@concentric.net>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Sunday, February 11, 2001 at 22:38:35 (EST)

I served on the Shangri-La   from Feb. 1945 to May 1946; during the latter part of WW-2. I worked in the EE department with a good bunch of shipmates. This certainly is a good website. Thank you for providing it.
Carl H. Guenther <c.guenther@juno.com>
USA - Friday, February 09, 2001 at 01:07:43 (EST)

I SERVED ABOARD SEPT.1968 AUG 1970 VI DIV. TRACTOR DRIVER/ CRASH CREW LOOKING FOR JOHN LYONS 3RD BOSTON
KEVIN MC KEON <K3908>
NY USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 22:06:36 (EST)

My father served aboard from the start till 5 DEC 46, He was a 2nd class printer, His name is Shannon J. Gilly, some may know him as "OOP" after the comic strip "Alley-Oop". I am one of nine kids. We each plan to Donate to the Museum aboard the USS Hornet in his honor. Thanks
Wayne Gilly <wdwiggly@www.wiregrass.com>
Huntsville, AL USA - Wednesday, February 07, 2001 at 08:59:34 (EST)

Served aboard Aug 1968 -July 1971 decommissing at Boston. Injoy the web site and hearing from old shipmates.Was V-1 LPO for the nam cruise. This is my email address at home, I just got it. The other one is at work.
Dave Lane <chiefdave_82@hotmail.com>
orange park, fl USA - Monday, February 05, 2001 at 19:56:51 (EST)

Served aboard the Shangri-La   from Mar.1959 to March 1960 as a Signalman, made a WesPac cruise and transferred off just before she left San Diego, Ca. for Homeport in Florida. Have some good memories of the time I served aboard and was proud to have served.
Stafford, John A. <Tejas1936@aol.com>
USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 16:29:37 (EST)

I was just curious if anyone kew my grandfather when he served on the Shangri-La . He was a Third Class Water Tender from 1944 until his discharge. His name was James Gilbert Layng. If anyone knew him I would like to hear stories so please E mail me at Bouncer467@aol.com
Jim <Bouncer467@aol.com>
clifton, NJ USA - Sunday, February 04, 2001 at 14:19:37 (EST)

I served aboard the Shangri-La   in 1946 during the atomic bomb expedition at Bikini Atoll. I remember CLawrence R, Michesh. We were both aviation ordinanceman.
Everitt H. Jones <Evbejones@aol.com>
Lakeland, FL USA - Saturday, February 03, 2001 at 18:10:11 (EST)

Im still kicking; 63 now. The Shangri-La  made me a better man. I miss the gray lady!!!
Ronald Henninger ABF3 <rohteal@webtv.com>
bell city la 70630, cameron USA - Friday, February 02, 2001 at 00:25:42 (EST)

served aboard USS Shangri-La  fareast cruise 1958 VA115 Airframes
Don Wallace <DWall33175@aol.com>
Fairland, Ok USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 22:12:25 (EST)

Thanks so much for all your fine work and dedication to the many courageous men who gave so much of themselves for us and the generations to come. I am proud that my Dad, Leon Ford Crawford (petty officer), was one who also served with pride and distinction on the Shangri-La   during WW II.
John A. Crawford <john_crawford@mcgraw-hill.com>
Bordentown, NJ USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 23:04:06 (EST)

Clinton is my dad, and was in VC-11, working as a mechanic I beleive. He's a little gun shy about looking for his buddies on the net. But if you respond to this he'll talk your arm off. Thanks Guys
Clinton Lund <ClintonLund@hotmail.com>
Wyoming , MN USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 00:33:25 (EST)

I served aboard the Shangri-La  in 69-70. Was in the OA Division. Any Aerographers who hung out in the ballon shack or plotted all those endless maps, drop a line.
Randy Miller <Croc302@AOL.com>
Gretna, La USA - Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 18:47:53 (EST)

What an interestin page, good luck ! Did anyone know English matelots in WW2, names Palmer or Brock 
Marie Palmer <marieleanne1959@hotmail.com.au>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 22:55:37 (EST)

i was an electricians mate on the Shangri-La  from 63-66. did my share of grumpling,especially with water hours. still have some great memories, and places i've seen i'll never forget. it would be great to share some stories with shipmates from that time frame. remember the oil spill in cannes, fance the collision at sea with the uss perry i still have some old horizon news papers.
peter worlock <pworlock@twcny.rr.com.>
herkimer, n.y. USA - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 21:36:38 (EST)

i was an electricians mate on the Shangri-La  from 63-66. did my share of grumpling,especially with water hours. still have some great memories, and places i've seen i'll never forget. it would be great to share some stories with shipmates from that time frame. remember the oil spill in cannes, fance the collision at sea with the uss perry i still have some old horizon news papers.
peter worlock <pworlock@twcny.rr.com.>
herkimer, n.y. USA - Thursday, January 11, 2001 at 20:33:52 (EST)

My father (Bruce H. Gardner) searved aboard the "Shangri-La " from Nov. 1958 to 1962. he was a senior coxwain on the officers boats. He searved with some great men and I am here to say thank you all who were there for making sure my father returned home safely. He is currently a heavy equiptment mech. and a CMC\RET (SeaBees) I am here to see if I can find anyone who knows my father. He has mentioned some names and one that sticks with me to date is bell. They were on the same boat. If I am not mistaken he was in S-2. compartment A-02-09-1L. I will never forget the stories that he tells of the Shangri-La  and the adventures aboard her. Bell if you do read this let me say thank you for befriending my father and please get ahold of me so that you and he can be in contact again. One thing I do remember is my father speaking of a fire in the Nuclear weapons compartment, while everyone was running for their lives he ate their cake as he says "Where ya gonna go to hide from a nuke" well I really hope to get some response from this and I thank you all.
John Gardner (PO2 USNR) <sniper182@inreach.com>
Lodi, Ca USA - Monday, January 08, 2001 at 03:42:20 (EST)

I was in squadron VA-106-Gladiators aboard the Shangri-La  from 1959 to 62.Wonder what happened to everbody Great sight!
Arthur Sarles <truck31@prodigy.net>
ny USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 14:46:38 (EST)

I only served aboard for a short time. April 1952 to Sept 1952 in South Boston Mass.
H. William Hunt <SKunz96952@aol.com>
Union, N.J. USA - Sunday, January 07, 2001 at 12:23:17 (EST)

My dad, Roman Meyer served on the USS Shangri-La  CV-38 from 1946-47. If anyone remembers him, he would like to hear from you.
Mary Klaphake <lkmk@meltel.com>
Melrose, MN USA - Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 21:25:55 (EST)

Was aboard The Shangri-La   in 1952 at the 10th Army Base, Boston when she went down to Bayonne,N.J. Tied up and Swapped Crews with the CV-36 U.S.S. Antietam. Took the Antietam in to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and had the Canted Deck put on her.
John Coates <Globalsea4@aol.com>
NH USA - Thursday, December 28, 2000 at 08:18:56 (EST)

My uncle, Kelly Ratliff, served on the Shangri-La   during 1945. He was still a teenager at the time. He has never talked to any of the family about his experiences, he was too emotional about it. He now has Alzheimer's and those memories are being lost. If anyone from the ship remembers my uncle, I would like to have more information as I am working on our family history.
Mary Lou Hutson <mlouhutson@salisbury.net>
Salisbury, NC USA - Tuesday, December 26, 2000 at 11:34:45 (EST)

served from march of 46 to october of 47
Wayne e Larson
Clear Lake , Wi USA - Sunday, December 24, 2000 at 16:34:44 (EST)

I was on the Shangri-La  1960-64. photo lab,was in cuba,did 3 med crouses, brookyn navy yard
ROBERT RICHMAN <ROBSONLINE@MSN.COM>
SAN DEIGO, CA USA - Thursday, December 21, 2000 at 10:53:13 (EST)

served 1966-1968 vf-13.
GEORGE GETSY SR <geo5sr @aol.com>
pittsburgh , pa USA - Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 21:53:15 (EST)

I SERVED ABOARD THE Shangri-La   FROM NOVEMBER 1944 TO APRIL OF 1946. I WAS AN AOM2/C IN DIVISION V50. WHAT FOND MEMORIES I HAVE, AND OFCOURSE HOW PROUD I AM TO HAVE SERVED ABOARD CV-38
ARTHUR FURTADO < FSL1950@AOL.COM>
SAN JOSE, CA USA - Monday, December 18, 2000 at 16:47:07 (EST)

I WAS SHOWN A SHIPS PORTHOLE TODAY BY AN AQUAINTANCE AND WAS TOLD IT CAME FROM THE USS Shangri-La  . I CAME HOME AND BROWSED THE NET UNTIL I FOUND YOUR SITE, IT WAS VERY INTERESTING AND I FEEL SHE MUST HAVE BEEN A PROUD SHIP, I WAS A MERCHANT SEAMAN AND FORMED AN EMPATHY WITH SEVERAL OF MY SHIPS SO I KNOW HOW ALL YOU VETS FEEL, SOME OF MY SHGIPS MET THIER END IN TIWANESE BREAKERS YARDS AND PARTS OF THEM MAY BE TURNING UP IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD. I KNOW THE PORTHOLE BOUGHT BY THE PERSON WHO SHOWED IT TO ME WILL BE RESPECTED AND TREASURED. MY KINDEST REGARDS TO YOU ALL TONY SCOTT. EX BOATSWAIN. MERCHANT NAVY. NZ.
ANTHONY C.SCOTT <MOONRAKER-NZ@XTRA.CO.NZ.>
NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND. - Monday, December 18, 2000 at 03:04:47 (EST)

My dad served on the SL from 1944-1945 - Zussman Freeman.
Bob Freeman <bruinref@aol.com>
Boynton Beach, FL USA - Thursday, December 14, 2000 at 13:17:02 (EST)

My brother Alvin P. LaRose served on the Shangri-La   during WW2. He was radioman. I believe he was on the initial crew because I remember of him saying they went thru Panama on the way to San Diego. Unfortunately he passed away a year ago. I wish I had found the web site before he died.
Gerald J LaRose <JerJer8410@aol.com>
Houston, Texas USA - Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 15:27:33 (EST)

Keep up the good work!
AcademyX
San Francisco, USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 18:03:49 (EST)

Son Of Michael Leo Coursey, aboard ship 7/45- 
Donald M. Coursey <dcoursey@home.com>
Taylor, MI USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 16:13:16 (EST)

Son Of Michael Leo Coursey, 7/45- 
Donald M. Coursey <dcoursey@home.com>
Taylor, MI USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 16:12:38 (EST)

My father, Raymond M. Roberson, Chief Radioman, served aboard immediately after end of WW II. Enlistment ended shortly after trip to Bikini. dr
Don Roberson <robersonde@aol.com>
lillington, NC USA - Monday, December 04, 2000 at 22:03:28 (EST)

I SERVED ON THE Shangri-La  FROM FEB. 1965 TO MAY. 1967 WITH THE AIR GROUP, VF-13. I WOULD LIKE TO HERE FROM ANY OF THE GUYS IN THE SQUADRON DURING THAT TIME PERIOD.
DENNIS TRESSIC <IMAGEBYDEN@AOL.COM>
USA - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 14:18:08 (EST)

Served aboard with VF-13, 1965 - 1967. AMH2.
Dennis Tressic <IMAGEBYDEN@AOL.COM>
USA - Saturday, December 02, 2000 at 14:02:51 (EST)

Truely have enjoyed reading all the names of the mates that have served onboard Shangri-La i-La. I was onboard from Sept.'68 until the decom in July '71 in V-1 Div. as a blue shirt then as a yellow shirt cat spotter in Fly-One. Had a good time and learned a lot of things and met many friends. Sorry to say, some of them are no longer with us, and unable to find some of the others. Would welcome any e-mail from anyone who knew me or I knew. DAVE SMITH ABH-3
Dave L. Smith <Dave3222@aol.com>
Waltham, MA USA - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 21:04:52 (EST)

Truely have enjoyed reading all the names of the mates that have served onboard Shangri-La i-La. I was onboard from Sept.'68 until the decom in July '71 in V-1 Div. as a blue shirt then as za yellow shirt cat spotter in Fly-One. Had a good time and learned a lot of things and met many friends. Sorry to say, some of them are no longer with us, and unable to find some of the others. Would welcome any e-mail from anyone who knew me or I knew. DAVE SMITH ABH-3
Dave L. Smith <Dave3222@aol.com>
Waltham, MA USA - Friday, December 01, 2000 at 21:03:53 (EST)

My grandfather was on the Shangri-La   in the 40s. He was petty officer John Fritsch. When I was little we were able to go on board when it was docked I think in Baltimore. To a little kid, It was absolutely huge.
Cheryl A. Fritsch <poseypeddlercaf@aol.com>
Endwell, NY USA - Sunday, November 26, 2000 at 17:05:41 (EST)

served aboard the Shangri-La  1963 to 1966 v-1 division good times by all two meds and phily....mayport fl so so.
tom robertson <robertson@csiway.com>
fillmore, ca USA - Friday, November 24, 2000 at 00:19:54 (EST)

my dad,harold Gonse served on the Shangri-La  1944-1946.would like to hear from anyonewho served with him
mike mcdonald <mmcdonald@co.carver.mn.us>
chaska, mn USA - Wednesday, November 22, 2000 at 15:38:14 (EST)

I am the daughter of James H. Daggett(Seaman 2nd Class) This is just a great website. I really appreciate your putting it together. Thanks
Rita Lombardo <Skeetz1@aol.com>
Millville, MA USA - Sunday, November 19, 2000 at 14:37:43 (EST)

Served aboard the Uss Shangri-La   from 2 Feb '58 to AUGUST '61. A DIVISON AIR CONDITIONING REEFERS, R DIVISION AS PIPE FITTER. THE BEST YEARS OF MY YOUNG LIFE. MADE IT TO THE FAR EAST , AROUND THE HORN, CUBA, NATO CRUISE,MED CRUISE, ALL THE WAY FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA HOME PORT 58 TO MAYPORT FLORIDA 61.HAD THE BEST OF GOOD TIMES. SERVED WITH SOME OF THE BEST. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL DOING THE BEST, THANK YOU. JEFF CLAY MM3 USS Shangri-La   CVA 38.
Jefferson d Clay <fjclay@aol.com>
sound beach, ny USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 22:10:57 (EST)

Served aboard the Uss Shangri-La   from 2 Feb 58 to AUGUST 61.A DIVISON AIR CONDITIONING REEFERS. R DIVISION AS PIPE FITTER. THE BEST YEARS OF MY YOUNG LIFE. MADE IT TO THE FAR EAST , AROUND THE HORN, CUBA, NATO CRUISE,MED CRUISE, ALL THE WAY FROM SAN DIEGO CALIFORNIA HOME PORT 58 TO MAYPORT FLORIDA 61.HAD THE BEST OF GOOD TIMES. SERVED WITH SOME OF THE BEST. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL DOING THE BEST, THANK YOU. JEFF CLAY MM3 USS Shangri-La   CVA 38.
Jefferson d Clay <fjclay@aol.com>
sound beach, ny USA - Saturday, November 18, 2000 at 22:07:30 (EST)

I have a cousin that served on the Shangri-La  . I just got more info. His name was Jacob Calvin Flippo S2/c. His job was to unfuel the aircraft when it landed. Would love to know if anyone remembers him. He served from 1941 to 1945.
Stacey Fleming <sdf77929@aol.com>
fresno, ca USA - Friday, November 17, 2000 at 16:34:22 (EST)

I served on the "Shangri-La " from its recomission in Jan. 1955 to May 1958. I love that ship and its memories.
W.L. "Mac" McDurmont <WMCDURMONT@yahoo.com>
Smyrna, Ga USA - Wednesday, November 15, 2000 at 10:41:28 (EST)

I found this site for my father. he was a hydraulics mechanic on the Shangri-La   on her last cruise in 1970. He lost his cruise book during a fire and all his other Navy memorabilia. He speaks fondly of his old ship.
Shane D. Brown <sdbrown1@yahoo.com>
Henderson, TN USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 13:16:42 (EST)

I had a Uncle that served aboard the Shangri-La   in late 1959 or 1960. Dose anyone remember him! Or can anyone till me something about him. His name is Captain Charles Lord.
Terry Wilson <terry.wilson@agy.com>
Huntindon, PA USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 10:10:48 (EST)

have a cousin that was on the Shangri-La   in 1945
Stacey Fleming <sdf77929@aol.com>
fresno, ca USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 20:08:25 (EST)

My Dad, Edward "Pete" Earl Brewer served on the Shangri-La   during it's pre-commissioning period in 1944.
Kara Brewer Allen <Theatrmuse@aol.com>
Richmond, VA USA - Monday, November 13, 2000 at 15:03:43 (EST)

My Dad, Myer H. Slipsky, was a plank owner.
Richard Slipsky <slipfam@aol.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Sunday, November 12, 2000 at 09:02:00 (EST)

I was a crew member from December 1960 to January 1964
Earlen S. Free <earlfree@toolcity.net>
Hadley, PPA USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 10:04:43 (EST)

I am a grandson of Lyle L. Rausch who was a plank-owner of the Shangri-La  . He worked in the boiler room and I am interested in hearing from anyone who may remember him. This is an attempt to hear some stories of my Grandfather, who passed away on Jan 1, 1979 when I was only 6 years old.
Bryan S Rausch <rausch26@aol.com>
Corpus Christi, TX USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 18:32:18 (EST)

PLEASE SEND ANY INFORMATION YOU MAY HAVE ON THE CREW FROM 1953/1954
PAUL BOWLING <KETCHUP99@MSN.COM>
LEXINGTON, KY USA - Sunday, October 29, 2000 at 15:41:41 (EST)

I served aboard the "Shangri-La " from Oct. '59 to Dec. '62. I was stationed at North Island when she came back from the far east. I was assigned to the V-2 Division on the "cats". My best buddy aboard ship was George Lehmann. He died a few years back. I was discharged at Brooklyn in '62. Thanks for the site.
John W. Abrams
Dix, IL USA - Friday, October 27, 2000 at 21:41:19 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La   from 1945 to 1946. I went to Bikini Atoll for the able, baker and charlie atomic bomb tests. I was a fireman first class stationed in number 3 boiler room. My duties were cleaning sprayer plates for the boiler, boiler watch, boiler repair as rebricking boilers and maintance, standing smoke watch on yard arm( the highest point of the yard arms to observe all smoke stacks, and to notify firerooms if the boilers were smoking)above the flight deck and was able to see all of the aircraft operations. After Bikini went with task force 58 to Australia after which I was transferred to the Antietam cv 36. I was discharged in 1947. Would love to hear from anyone that remembers Bikini or the trip to Australia. Frank E. Crow crowdad@colton.com
Frank E. Crow <crowdad@colton.con>
Colton, Or USA - Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 23:21:34 (EDT)

I was an AOM 2/C IN V5O divison from commissioning date to November 1945. I happened across this site while surfing the web.
Walt Nickelson < nicke@zoomnet.net>
USA - Sunday, October 08, 2000 at 18:03:29 (EDT)

I am cyrrently looking for anyone who may remember me. division G-2 on the Shangri-La  . I am a plank owner .I was on the ship from 1943 to 1946. I would like to hear from anyone that was on the ship at the same time. Phone # 941-756-1541.Mailing address is 4734 12th st, ct. east Bradenton, Fl. 34203 .Thanks seaman 1st class Donald Deveau
Donald F. Deveau <ajgallo@prodigy.net>
Bradenton, Fl. USA - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 14:29:56 (EDT)

I am cyrrently looking for anyone who may remember me. division G-2 on the Shangri-La  . I am a plank owner .I was on the ship from 1943 to 1946. I would like to hear from anyone that was on the ship at the same time. Phone # 941-756-1541.Mailing address is 4734 12th st, ct. east Bradenton, Fl. 34203 .Thanks seaman 1st class Donald Deveau
Donald F. Deveau <ajgallo@prodigy.net>
Bradenton, Fl. USA - Thursday, October 05, 2000 at 14:29:55 (EDT)

Have pictures and my dad personal information booklet from Shangri-La  
Sue Tyo <puppy26 @twcny.rr.com>
massena, N.Y. USA - Tuesday, October 03, 2000 at 16:45:25 (EDT)

This is a great site. I served on The Shangri-La  . from April 46 til November 47 when She was decommissioned. I was a S/K3c in S-1(spare parts) division.
Robert J. Chiasson <bobchiasson@centurytel.net>
Welsh, La USA - Saturday, September 23, 2000 at 21:23:17 (EDT)

My dad, William Michael Harrington was a PLANK OWNER. He served from 24Feb44 to 8May46. Was a first class UN. He died in Feb63, when I was 15. Would like to hear any info. Thanks, mike
mICHAEL hARRINGTON <mike@sunnet.net>
Lawton, OK USA - Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 23:01:09 (EDT)

My Dad,Les Outman Jr., (Deceased 1984)was a plank owner and served on the Shangri-La  throughout WW II. He was very proud of his service aboard this ship. Great Site !!
Les Outman <loutman@telecom.dgs.ca.gov>
Rocklin, Ca USA - Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 13:20:58 (EDT)

Served aboard the Shangri-La   1958, attached to Attack Squadron 113 Stingers.
Kurt T. Wolff <kwolff2@optonline.com>
Babylon, ny USA - Monday, September 18, 2000 at 19:15:50 (EDT)

I served aboard the Shangri-La  in Attack Squadron 113 During the cruise of 1958.My commanding officer was Zeke Cormier.GREAT CO.I operated the piolet's coffee mess.What a racket!I Also boxed light middle weight and won in my division.Would love to hear from mates in my squadron from 1958 to 60. WOLFF
KURT T. WOLFF <K WOLFF2@OPTONLINE.NET>
BABYLON, NY USA - Monday, September 11, 2000 at 13:42:33 (EDT)

Anybody from V2 division please contact me from the year 1957 thru 1959.
Ernie P. Silverio <MIKESILVERIO7@AOL.COM>
Ankeny, IA USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 15:05:34 (EDT)

I was lucky enough to go aboard the Shangri-La  in Oct of 1954, and was there until Oct of 1956. I was in V-4 div, spending most of my time running the aft pumproom.
Phil Mikkelson <pmikkelson@pyramid.net>
Carson City, NV USA - Saturday, September 09, 2000 at 14:34:48 (EDT)

OK Kelly, you cute KID, it may take me awhile but I finally saw that you made more notes on my last entry. You know it's not too smart to fool with a WW 11 Wave Vet of the Navy Hosp. Corps. I'll forgive you this time but wait 'til Pittsburg....I'll get you for at least a dance or two. By the way, my niece, Laurie, forgot to say that Ed Coulson, her Dad, my brother. was on the Shangri-La  during WW 11. (Yes I know you know that I visited him on the Shangri-La  in '45 in Diego) Luv, Irene
Irene <Kelly: You know it already>
MA USA - Friday, September 08, 2000 at 13:14:21 (EDT)

My father, William Alton McClure served on the Shangri-La   during WW II. While not very proficient, he has Internet access and we'll get him on line. At one time he had something akin to a yearbook from the service that we'll look for.
Patricia McClure Bushart <dbushart@msn.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Monday, September 04, 2000 at 18:04:15 (EDT)

I SERVED ABOARD HER DURING HER FINAL TWO CRUISES BEFORE SHE WAS DECOMMISSIONED IN 1971,THE MED CRUISE 1969 AND THE WORLD CRUISE TO VIETNAM 1970.I'M RETIRED NOW BUT BEING THE FLEET SAILOR THAT I WAS I DID COME BACK IN THE NAVY AFTER LEAVING THE Shangri-La   17 DEC.1970 JUST SO I COULD BACK TO MY OLD SHIP CORAL SEA IN ALAMEDA. NOW IT'S SCRAPPED TOO BUT LIKE ALL THE SAILORS WHO SERVED ON THE SHIP THEY LIKED THE BEST THOSE MEMORIES WILL CONTINUE ON AND ON. WALT THE SALT
WALTER HARDY,JR. <HARDYBUILT@AOL.COM>
STOCKTON, CA USA - Thursday, August 31, 2000 at 19:35:56 (EDT)

Served from Aug 1998 until we decommissioned her in Boston Ma. July 1971.I was the flight deck leadiing petty officer on our around the world cruise to Vietnam in 1970.
Dave Lane <ilane@nasjax.navy.mil>
Orange Park , FL USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 13:12:06 (EDT)

Served from Aug 1998 until we decommissioned her in Boston Ma. July 1970.I was the flight deck leadiing petty officer on our around the world cruise to Vietnam.
Dave Lane <ilane@nasjax.navy.mil>
Orange Park , FL USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 13:08:12 (EDT)

I would like to add that my father, Carl Lee Cox SM3c served on the USS Shangri-La ri_La in late 1946. If anyone remembers him please contact me. Thanks again.
Carla Cox <cjc@citlink.net>
TN USA - Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 00:43:13 (EDT)

Thank you very much for all the information and pictures on your site. I have enjoyed viewing them and reading. I hope your dad can get in touch with more of his friends through your site. Thank you for sharing. Carla
Carla Cox <cjc@citlink.net>
TN USA - Thursday, August 24, 2000 at 00:32:48 (EDT)

I served Sept 1944 thru Sept 1946. Number 1 engine room. would like to hear from anyone that served with me. Chiefs Brown,Anderson,Lts Higgs Craig. Also Dehaviland, Latour, Thibodeux and others.
William R Lane <FLANE26@AOL.Com>
Pensacola , Fl USA - Friday, August 18, 2000 at 21:26:53 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La   from September 1944, till May 1946. I was a Seaman 1st class, G-1. I would like to hear from anyone that served during this time.
W. R. Davis <rmd973@cs.com>
Callahan, Florida USA - Wednesday, August 16, 2000 at 19:32:29 (EDT)

Excellent site commemorating a fine ship!
David Stewart <david@dannasoftware.com>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, August 15, 2000 at 16:36:44 (EDT)

I'm Irene's niece & my Dad, Erwin Coulson was on this ship, I will pass on this info to him, Thanks, Lauren
Lauren Coulson Simpson <laughinlab@mediaone.net>
W. Sprfld, Ma USA - Sunday, August 06, 2000 at 08:48:32 (EDT)

I'm glad you-all had a great time at Charleston at the Reunion that I wanted to get to. Thanks for telling me how great it was. Heard that some of you were really shredding the rug on the deck of the York at the Banquet and Dance. Hate to admit it but I could have used a seeing dog to get there...almost. I like many of you are in my Golden Years. So lotsa luck to all of us. Take care and enjoy Irene
Irene, your favorite on site Wave, LOL <If you already have it, you don't need it again.>
MA USA - Sunday, August 06, 2000 at 01:39:43 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La  in 1962 and 63. Went to Cuba for a shake down, the Med, then into Brooklyn drydock for overhall. We then returned to Cuba where I was transferred to the USS Tanner and served in the North Atlantic. My 4 years with the Navy were very memorable. I was a DK3 in the S4 division along with Lionell Wright, Clay Shorey and  Haynes. If any of you see this, I would sure like to know what you are now up to. Great site, keep up the good work.
Vincent Leone <vsleone@swbell.net>
McKinney, Tx USA - Thursday, August 03, 2000 at 16:46:45 (EDT)

Saw this on eBay. Thought you might be interested. Post Card from the 1960's. Up for bid until 8/2/00 http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dllViewItem&item=393206233
Lou
USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at 21:16:58 (EDT)

Shangri-La , from your decks i found a life long living.thanks
bt3 gordon estes <gord1 deb2@aol.com>
belmont, nc USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2000 at 19:44:37 (EDT)

Hello friends,and shipmates of the Shangri-La . I was stationed on Shangri-La  1964 to 1968. I am founder of the yahoo USS Shangri-La   CVA 38 club on yahoo. address is posted on this web site. I thought more ship mates would join the yahoo club as it has a chat room, link section , a message board, and a place to post some pictures. I would like to be able to chat with some old ship mates. I also want to say this site is a great tribute to our ship. thank you. I hope to see you on line in the future...
Rich McBee <rich_mcb@hotmail.com or Shangri-La  _cva_38 @yahoo.com>
Ste. Genevieve, mo. USA - Sunday, July 16, 2000 at 00:28:40 (EDT)

Nice site, I enjoyed it very much. I served on board the Shangri-La  from 1966-1968 in the OI Division.
John Swol <jjswol@aol.com>
Plymouth, MN USA - Friday, July 14, 2000 at 15:56:15 (EDT)

I was with Air Group 5 on the cruise to Hawaii and Australia in 1947
John E. Sells <jhotai@gateway.net>
Avondale, AZ USA - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 16:19:19 (EDT)

I was with Air Group 5 on the cruise to Hawaii and Australia
John E. Sells <jhotai@gateway.net>
Avondale, AZ USA - Thursday, July 13, 2000 at 16:16:51 (EDT)

Served on the "Shangri-La " as Ships Gunner from August 69 until decomissioning 1971.
William F. (Bill) Lancaster, CWO2, USN Retired <pusan330@yahoo.com>
Atlantic Beach, FL USA - Sunday, July 09, 2000 at 22:15:45 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La   2/62-2/64
Joel G. Douglas <joeldougls@aol.com>
Hillside, IL USA - Friday, July 07, 2000 at 16:12:59 (EDT)

Served aboard from September 1944 to May 1946
Milas Spivey <dorothya@northarkansas.net>
Mtn. Home, AR USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2000 at 08:36:04 (EDT)

Hello: You have a wonderful site. I am so proud to have served on the Shangri-La   dec/1964 to april/1968. I was in the B-div. # 1 fire room. I made BT-2 before I left. May God bless all those who served,and their families too. The Shangri-La   gave me a trade that I used in my civilian life for 29 1/2 years. Thanks for the memories. I also started a Shangri-La   club on yahoo. please visit and join. It has its own chat room too. I hope to see you there some time.
Rich McBee <rich_mcb@hotmail.com or Shangri-La  _cva_38 @yahoo.com>
ste.genevieve, mo USA - Thursday, June 29, 2000 at 01:47:21 (EDT)

Great site, some of the best years of life where served aboard the Shangri-La  11/65 - 8/69 A-5 Div. O2-N2 gang. Would like to make contact with others from A-5 div. / A div. from the same period
Bob Elliott <bobShangri-La @aol.com>
Jackson, Nj USA - Monday, June 19, 2000 at 18:55:18 (EDT)

Served Aboard The USS Shangri-La   From 1968 To 1971
PC3 Wilburn <Go3car@Webtv.net>
Salem, Va USA - Saturday, June 17, 2000 at 22:49:44 (EDT)

The Site is Great, Brings back a lot of Great Memories. I served on The Shangri-La   From May 1946 till Nov 1947 when she was Decommissioned at Hunters Point, San Francisco as E/M 3/c On Main Generators.
Harold G. Duncan <duncanhg@juno.com>
Upland, Ca USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 09:46:17 (EDT)

A great site. My dad was a plank owner, I was only eleven when the Shangri-La  was commisioned. I was in the USMC from 52-55. I'm trying to locate another copy of the book, Shangri-La   to Bikini by E.G. Hines. Anyone have an extra they'd like to sell Tom
Tom Scanlan <tscanlan@msn.com>
El Cajon, CA USA - Thursday, May 25, 2000 at 00:41:37 (EDT)

I served on the Shangri-La  from 1963 to 1966 V-2 Division Arresting Gear.
James Lamb <jimlsr@stny.rr.com>
Binghamton , NY USA - Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at 15:37:57 (EDT)

I served aboard the Shangri-La  from april 46 to nov 47 when we decommisiond her at Hunters point San Francisco
Glenn A Youngreen <buddy@ozline.net>
Palm Harbor, Fl USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 15:46:27 (EDT)

I served aboard the Shangri-La  from april 46 to nov 47 when we decommisiond her at Hunters point San Francisco
Glenn A Youngreen <buddy@ozline.net>
Palm Harbor, Fl USA - Monday, May 15, 2000 at 15:33:57 (EDT)

Hello there! I a contacting you again to gve more information on who my grandfather is, and his role on the ship in the forties. His name is Chief Jim Elliott, he was the chief of police on the ship from the time in boarded in San Fransisco, the voyage to Austrailia, the then back to Hunter's Point, where he was Chief of police there. He states his title was Chief Master at Arms. He coached baseball on the ship, at Hunters Point, in San Diego, and in the thirties on The Salt Lake City, previous to The Shangri-La  . He was recruited in the early thirties off the baseball field in Greenbrier Arkanas, where he currently lives today. He states an officer named Thomas gave him the position of Chief of Police on the Shangri-La  , and that he was lucky, he was a engineering rate, and that only upper decksmen usually got those jobs If you remember him or you know someone that might, please contact me, it would be a wonderful gift to him. Thanks for the wonderful info you have given here.
Shawna Elliott-Shannon <dsbbshannon@webtv.net>
USA - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 22:21:11 (EDT)

Served in G Div.1966-1969 .Made 3 med cruises.Anybody from G or GM DIV.out there
Frank Palladino <dicefloe36@aol.com>
Huntington, NY USA - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 20:56:51 (EDT)

thank you for giving me an idea of wha my grandfater's life was like at my age. I am proud to sa I am the granddaughter of cheif petty offcer James Elliott
shawna elliott-shannon <dsbbshannon@webty.net>
vilonia, ar USA - Sunday, May 14, 2000 at 01:20:34 (EDT)

My father, Leo Carey, was on the USS Shangri-La  . I am printing emails and giving them to him, he doesn't have a computer. His address is 111 Shepherd Trail, Longwood, FL 32750. Thank you.
Sandy Peters <speters@harcourt.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 21:36:33 (EDT)

My father talked of serving and being a plank owner of the Shangri-La ra-la. I now am being curious of my fathers WW2 miltary actions.
Francis E. Wilk Jr. <fewsr@hotmail.com>
Shamokin, PA USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 15:59:35 (EDT)

Aboard 1944-1946. Electronic Technician, V3R and CM Divisions.
James F. Bartram <jbartram@juno.com>
Middletown, RI USA - Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 11:33:33 (EDT)

This site is great....my dad James H. Daggett served on the Shangri-La   during WW II. He has since passed away in 1990. He was a Seaman aboard ship, I am not sure of his exact title, but I know that he drove a tractor to load the ammunitions onto the aircraft. I have a few photos and documents that I'll try to dig up. I see a photo on this site submited by Jesse Brown Jr., I have the same photo of the mess crew, my dad is in the front row on the far right.
David W. Daggett <david_w_daggett@waters.com>
Bellingham, MA USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 13:07:00 (EDT)

Went aboard 1954 after ship was fitted with steam catapults. As I recall, We had 1 C-11 Cat. and 1 C-11 Mod 1 Cat. A real prototype. (I was also on the Hancock (CVA-19) and she might have been the one with the 2 different Cats. Suffice to say, We got to The Philippines and Ramon Magsaysay came aboard to view Airops and both of our Catapults were out of commission due to sealing strip malfunction. It took us days to fix. Around the clock repairs by 3 shifts with a shot of medicinal brandy at shifts end. A gallant bit of engineering by the best crew in the Navy. (Midway excepted)
Herb Adams <shogun630@webtv.net>
Milford, Ct USA - Tuesday, May 09, 2000 at 12:15:08 (EDT)

My brother, James E. LANDRETH, SM3, was a plankowner of CV-38. He hailed from the coal mining area of southern West Virginia. Jim brought his clarinet on board with him. He was an avid Benny Goodman fan. He probably would have taken the instrument with him on watch on the signal bridge.
Bill Landreth <landrb@starpower.net>
Springfield, VA USA - Saturday, May 06, 2000 at 20:12:54 (EDT)

I think that you have a great web sight. I seaved aboard the Shangri-La  9/15/44 to 3/12/46 That was a great time in my life. My station was fordward engine room my watch was #2 main generator I wasMM1/c I am planning to be in Charleston S.C. in June fot the renunion I hope to see some of the ole gang I'm Farily new to computers Wishing the best to everyone The Mississippi Mud Cat!!!
Robert E. Haley <rhaley@telapex.com>
McComb, Ms. USA - Friday, May 05, 2000 at 10:31:22 (EDT)

This website is great all except for not having a list of the crew.
Stuart <Balabonte@aol.com>
Mckinney, TX USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2000 at 18:44:16 (EDT)

My dad, Fred J. Scanlan, was a 'plank owner', worked as chief yeoman and I believe assisted in production of the newsletter "Horizon". Passed away in July, 1993. I'd like to hear from anyone who knew him, thanks. Tom
Tom Scanlan <thomas.scanlan@gcccd.net>
El Cajon, ca USA - Sunday, April 16, 2000 at 22:58:29 (EDT)

My dad was on this ship in WW II. Machinists mate I think. Know where some pictures are if interested
Jesse E Brown II <jesse.brown@gte.net>
Monroe, nc USA - Sunday, April 09, 2000 at 14:12:56 (EDT)

Good web site, glad I found it.
David C. Grant, Jr. <dcgrantjr@worldnet.att.net>
Arroyo Grande, CA USA - Monday, March 13, 2000 at 11:52:24 (EST)

I served on the Shangri-La  from 66-68 E-3 E-Div my one and only ship..like your site
Fred W.Bright <arpt5@aol.com>
Duncan, SC USA - Wednesday, March 08, 2000 at 21:34:33 (EST)

I have some memories and feelings! about CV-38. During WW II, I was young outside machinist doing repair work at Pearl Harbor. I believe it was in March 1945 that I was doing repair work on the Shrangri La while she was tied up at Ford Island. While replacing a safety valve on I believe the No 2 boiler, it slipped and I suffered a broken right foot. Allthough I was not a crew member, I do have some feelings for this ship. My regards to all who served aboard.
Creston R Southard Sr. <cret@mindspring.com>
winston salem, nc USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 18:35:11 (EST)

I have some memories and feelings! about CV-38. During WW II, I was young outside machinist doing repair work at Pearl Harbor. I believe it was in March 1945 that I was doing repair work on the Shrangri La while she was tied up at Ford Island. While replacing a safety valve on I believe the No 2 boiler, it slipped and I suffered a broken right foot. Allthough I was not a crew member, I do have some feelings for this ship. My regards to all who served aboard.
Creston R Southard Sr. <cret@mindspring.com>
winston salem, nc USA - Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at 18:28:02 (EST)

Served on Shangri-La  from Dec. 58 to June 62 in "E" Div. (IC Gang) Last saw your page in Nov. 99. I still think you have a great site. I still have you linked to to the USS Shangri-La   ASSOCIATION'S WEB SITE: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/2318 Keep up the good work .... OUT HERE . . . TOM
TOM ROGERS <eagl-101@pacbell.net>
PACIFICA, CA USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 12:57:15 (EST)

I served on the "Shangri-La " from June 1966 to June 1968. Made 2 Med cruises, had a good time, met alot of friends, would do it again. I am a current member of the USS Shangri-La r-La Reunion Association.
Chuck Hull <CHull1809@aol.com>
Aliquippa, PA USA - Monday, February 28, 2000 at 12:19:56 (EST)

Great work! Brought back a lot of old memories. "Red" Reightler AM2/c V2M Div(Oxygen Shop) Aug/Sep 1944-Sep 2 1945 The USS Attu(CVE-102) Carried the Shangri-La 's Air Group 85 and POW's along with anyone w\ enough"points" back to CONUS
Kenneth S. Reightler, Sr. <Shangri-La mem@exis.net>
Va.Beach, VA USA - Sunday, February 27, 2000 at 21:59:23 (EST)

Great site to visit! My Dad, George Boehm, was a gunner on TBM's with VT-85 '44-'45. It's great having this site to show my kids what grand-pa did during the war.
Eric Boehm <ecboehm@aol.com>
Dayton, OH USA - Saturday, February 26, 2000 at 09:34:18 (EST)

My grandfather Charles Sheldt (Flip) flew a curtis sb2c helldiver off the Shangri-La  . He only flew for a couple years and is now retired in florida.
Lee Sheldt <lsheldt@pdq.net>
USA - Friday, February 25, 2000 at 01:05:52 (EST)

Great site, I served onboard from the '68 Med cruise thru '70 Yankee Station tour in the Air Office and Pri-Fly in V-5 Division. Two great Air Boss's back then CDR Green and CDR Merchant!
David Langguth <PHDIIDA@cs.com>
Hollidaysburg, Pa USA - Thursday, February 17, 2000 at 09:02:35 (EST)

I am ex navy also. QM-3rd Class on the USS Engstrom from 1943 to February 1946. We have found your pages to be great information. Thank you
Vern Ewer <whtetail@televar.com>
Riverside, Wa. USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2000 at 13:11:04 (EST)

I'm a plank owner and served till the end of World War II. I flew SB2C's and attend the VB-85 reunions. Let's hear from you. It was interesting to visit this site. Thanks.
Lt.jg Roger H Went VB-85 <screech129@aol.com>
Columbus, NJ USA - Saturday, February 05, 2000 at 17:38:30 (EST)

Plank owner. Served aboard Shangri-La  Commissioning to return to States in fall of 1945. Rate FC2/c GF Div. Have a muster book on the original Firecontrol Gang. If interested will forward a copy. Hard to believe it has been 55years!
William A. (Bill) Grigsby <wag1369@worldnet.att.net>
Chattanooga, TN USA - Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 19:39:29 (EST)

I served aboard the USS Shangri-La   from 1966-1969 as a 2nd Class Damage Controlman in R Division. It's nice to know there are other Americans out there who are proud that they served their country and proud of the ship they served on. I wish you continued success with your site.
Doug Balthis <Doug_Balthis1@juno.com>
Claremont, CA USA - Thursday, January 27, 2000 at 17:59:18 (EST)

You have a good site served on board the Shangri-La  from 1964-65 and mead a med-cruise on her befor shipping out Vietnam on the PBRs.proud to have served on her and her fine crew.
Roger Jodoin <weasel511@webtv.net>
Woonsocket, RI USA - Sunday, January 23, 2000 at 19:54:41 (EST)

My son and I have enjoyed reading all the information that has been posted about the ship on the internet.
John P. Kelly <bhs230@ez2.net>
Murrieta, ca USA - Sunday, January 16, 2000 at 00:34:25 (EST)

Served as AO in VF 92 on 56 cruise
Glen Townsend <gtowns33@yahoo.com>
Lake Park , Fl USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 23:02:55 (EST)

Hi all! My dad, Carl E. Crawford, was naming some of the men he remembered from the G1 division in 1944-1946. Here's a list of them. The spelling may not be correct for all of these, but if you are one of these folks or knew one of them, please drop us a line! Here's the list: Jones, Vogel, Criddle, Lupton, Thurman Hillsberry, Preddy, Robishaw, Reubesh, Prezewski, John J. Ackerman (deceased), Roy Bickford, Lashiway, Kitchen, (Pop) Harbasset. We would love to hear from you or any of your relatives! Blessed sailing!
Kelly Crawford <Shangri-La  @crawfordsoftware.com>
Allen, TX USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2000 at 23:51:25 (EST)

My dad,John Patric Kelly, served on Shangri-La  from commissioning to '46. He's Boston Irish and now lives in Murrieta Ca. with his wife of 49 year,my mom Frances. He was a seaman first,gunner of 5'38" turret just behind the island. I've heard Division 3 mentioned and his quarters were next to the torpedo room about frame 210
David C. Kelly <cv38@aol.com>
Orange , Ca USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 20:49:42 (EST)

I served on the USS Shangri-La   CVA-38 from 1958 to 1961 in OE Division and was an ET2 at the time of my discharge in August of 1961 in Mayport, FL. I am a Life Time Member of the Association have attended the last 3 reunions and plan on 2000 in Charleston.
LaVern W. Anderson <andylmia@netins.net>
Lake Mills, IA USA - Monday, January 03, 2000 at 02:36:56 (EST)

I am seeking information about my father, Winford (Wink) J. L. Burcham, who served on the Shangri-La   during 1944/45 as a signalman. Does anyone remember him
Mery (Burcham) Scott <ms.cott@prodigy.net>
Mountain View, CA USA - Monday, January 03, 2000 at 00:22:02 (EST)

I was serving on the USS SARATOGA [CVA-60] homeported at Mayport, Florida, when the Shangri-La  was decommed. We were instructed to come aboard and strip the bedding for the Sara. I'll always remember the Huge Florida License plate on the bow. It had WW II on it. Terry OUT!
Terry L. Harris GMG2/RET <terryh@cqc.com>
Peru, IN USA - Friday, December 31, 1999 at 13:17:28 (EST)

My dad, William P. Ormiston (ser. # 6112053) served on the Shangri-La  . I remember him telling me about the shake down cruise to Trinidad, the air attack on Okino Daito Shima, and attending the beer party on Mog Mog Island at Ulithi!
William M. Ormiston <wmo1@lightspeed.net>
Atascadero, CA USA - Friday, December 31, 1999 at 01:13:13 (EST)

G4 and CR Division 1944-1946
Fortin A
New Bedford, Ma USA - Thursday, December 30, 1999 at 20:19:12 (EST)

showing my son paul knox III the ship his grandpa was on paul knox sr. a plank owner from the shakedown cruise of 1944...my father and son wish all happy new year
paul knox <paulk@coollink.com>
foxboro, ma USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 17:55:09 (EST)

Enjoyed visiting the site. Any info on the Shangri-La  is good to know about, especially the early history of the ship. I served aboard from 66-69.
Doug Balthis <Doug_Balthis1@juno.com>
Claremont, CA USA - Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at 12:29:13 (EST)

Must have been August 1946 when I went aboard the Shangri-La   after duty at Bikini. Quite a vessel after serving on LSTs!!!! We went into San Diego as I recall then on to a discharge!!!.
Rod van Ausdall <rodvan@cstone.net>
Keswick, VA USA - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 21:13:49 (EST)

OI Div. 1969-70.Anyone know where Sumerville,Radakavitch or Hytinnen are
Jan Mierzejewski <jmierz48@aol.com>
USA - Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 23:08:22 (EST)

a pleasure to view.nice work on website.looking forward to hearing back on my email
paul knox <www.coolink.net>
foxboro, ma USA - Saturday, December 25, 1999 at 13:52:16 (EST)

I served on board the Shangri-La  from 1966-1968 as a ECM & Radarman.
John Swol <jjswol@aol.com>
Plymouth, MN USA - Friday, December 24, 1999 at 11:02:39 (EST)

I served aboard the Shangri-La   from 44 to 46 My duty station was No. 1 Fireroom. Any one left out there t5hat was in No. 1 fireroon at the same time. I was a Machinest Mate and manned the pumps that feed water to the boilers and heated the oil. I can still picture every one's faces but am also bad on names. I went the whole time know only as Smokey, even at muster, because no one could pronounce my name. If any one is out there please get in touch.
John T. (Smokey) Smolcnop <Smolcnop@Sunline.net>
Englewood, FL USA - Tuesday, December 21, 1999 at 16:21:33 (EST)

Lately I have been trying to find information about my father during his service years and have gotten tremendous response from the association. My father as far as I have found served during 46-47, and his name is Carl Lee Cox SM3 K Division on the USS Shangri-La  . If there is anyone out there that may remember him, please contact me at the posted address. Thank you for this chance to get his name out there.
Carla Cox <cjc@citlink.net>
Crossville, TN USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 19:45:58 (EST)

Thanks for your Shangri-La   website! My father, Dean Merle Anderson (Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class) was aboard CV 38 from late '44 thru the end of the war. He was attached to a Marine Corps unit out of San Diego. Home town (mine too) was Brockway, PA. Petty Officer Anderson told me precious little about his days at sea (he worked 4 yrs in the Merchant Marines following the war), but he did take some good pictures. This is just an opening salvo; hope to be in touch again soon. Anderson, LR (US Navy Reserve '85-'93) Photo Lab USS America CV 66
Lowell R Anderson <lowella@mdsgroup.net>
Millersville, PA USA - Monday, December 20, 1999 at 09:41:23 (EST)

Additional comments:Names of crew I remember: Chief Segelke Ralph Wilcox, S C Kelley ,Richard Monday, Charlie Flack Ramon Rice ,William H Rogers,Maurizio, Donofrio, Gallo. Are any of you out there
Edward E Culver <jabboc@aol.com>
Montgomery, AL USA - Sunday, December 19, 1999 at 19:46:58 (EST)

I am a plank owner of the Shangri-La  . I served from commissioning until March 1946. My rank at discharge was WT2c. I was a member of the "oil gang". We took on fuel from tankers and refueled Destroyers.
Edward E Culver <jabboc@aol.com>
Montgomery, AL USA - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 19:35:49 (EST)

V1A division 1946.At the time I was an AMM2C.Transferred off in Oct. 46 while Shangri-La  was in Bremerton.I rememember Naccari,Kauffman,Stancell,Deshler,Leininger and few other. At 73.5 memory suffers a bit.Web page is excellent!
Serge Maliar <atlanticsergemal@netscape.net>
Philipsburg, PA USA - Saturday, December 18, 1999 at 18:36:03 (EST)

I was a crew member on the Shangri-La   in 1964-65. S-2 Division I have a cruse book from 1965 to the med it has some pictures from the 40;s i will try to get one copied ang mail it to you. my Street address is 186 Sixth Ave Phone (401) 769-3861 day or night hope to hear from you.
Roger Jodoin CS-2
Woonsocket, RI USAProvidence - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 23:22:01 (EST)

Hi: I visited my brother, Ed Coulson, AMM, aboard the Shangri-La   when it was docked at North Island, Diego, CA, About '44 or '45. Can't anyone remember when I walked thru that hatchway on my tour of your ship. My brother had a couple of friends I met, Jerry Adams and Fred Jester. I wonder if they are still Ok. Ed hasn't heard from them. I met a Chief during that visit but don't remember his name and he probably doesn't remember mine either. I hate to say it but I'm not sure but I think the Chief and I went out on a date. Hey, it's been a lot of yrs. Smooth Sailing to all. Irene PS Kelly already wrote to me and also read my story of my visit aboard ship which is on the Waves National Site #1 and is linked to the Reunion Association site as "Good Wave Site" That's our local unit and then it links to #1. Can't remember the URL but then at my age, I'm lucky to remember how to connect on the web. LOL
Irene Coulson <idlivingmann@webtv.net>
MA USA - Tuesday, December 07, 1999 at 00:21:31 (EST)
Editor's note: You can view the Waves site at http://wavesnational.hypermart.net. Also, you can see Mrs. Coulson's writeup by visting http://wavesnational.hypermart.net/herstory, and then clicking on "MY VISIT ABOARD THE Shangri-La  ".

Great website. Thanks for your efforts. I served aboard from August 68 to March 70 in OI Division and am now the Shangri-La   Association Historian.
Bob Ketenheim <Shangri-La HIST@aol.com>
Shrewsbury, PA USA - Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 11:03:07 (EST)

I enjoyed the log. I was an 18 year old Marine when I joined the ship, and I am also plank owner. I will try and send some additional info for your web. I am still working so it will take me a few months to pull things together.
Thomas F. Horton <tfh@sharktv.com>
Ojai , CA 93023, USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 12:13:40 (EST)

I'm glad to see a page devoted to the early years of the "Shangri-La ." I was aboard from March, 1946 to October, 1947. (Up to the point of decomissioning at Hunters Point San Fransisco.) I was in the "F" division as a FC3. Would like to hear from anyone else who served about the same time as I did.
John Zollo <jzollo@suffolk.lib.ny.us>
West Babylon, NY USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 00:14:40 (EST)

Original crew member in Marine Detachment (1944 & 1945).
Bob Myers <BobMCV38@aol.com>
Port Charlotte, FL USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 21:41:20 (EST)

Some of my greatest memories are of the Shangri-La ; I was aboard the ship 1946-47 and was part of the group who decommissioned her at Hunters Point, SF. I was an aviation bosun. It was nice to read about the Shangri-La . Good job, Mr Crawford. Sincerely, Paul Myers
Paul R. Myers <ccmyers@worldnet.att.net>
Bakersfield, CA USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 20:00:58 (EST)

Your web site is very well done. Was just given the information from a former shipmate Jerry Yates. Jerry & I served on the Shangri-La  together. I we both went aboard in May 1946 and I was aboard till decommissioning Nov 1947 at Hunters Point in San Francisco.  Keep up the good work
Harold Duncan <duncanhg@juno.com>
Upland, ca USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 19:27:08 (EST)

My Uncle, Raymond Charest, BT-1 (Later BT-C) was Ships Company, from 1958 to 1960(January). My Dad, was Ship's Company in 1968, his last tour before retiring, as EMC. His name was Issac E. Shipman.
Wayne Shipman <BOSSPAC@juno.com>
Orlando, FL USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 15:51:22 (EST)

Kelly, You have a very good page here, I hope you receive lots of photos and stories to share with the rest of us. I am going to put a link to you page from my Shangri-La  page: http://www.geocities.com/Pentagon/2318 Good luck ......OUT HERE . . . TOM
TOM ROGERS <eagl-101@pacbell.net>
PACIFICA, CA USA - Sunday, November 28, 1999 at 14:36:38 (EST)

I came aboard August 1944 and left the Shangri-La   in November 1947. My rate was Machinist Mate 2/c and a throttleman in number 2 engine room on number 3 & 4 engines. Your Dad was a way up and I was a way down.
Thomas J. St. John Jr. <Shangri-La cv38@aol.com>
Naples 34114, Fla. USA - Saturday, November 27, 1999 at 18:35:40 (EST)

Great to find another Shangri-La   site. I am attempting to contact former shipmates from 1955-57 period - Ship's company Airdale division.
Donald R. Garrison <DOCDG@prodigy.net>
Paducah, KY USA - Friday, November 26, 1999 at 13:04:22 (EST)

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