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USS Renville APA 227

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Elmer Harvey Lawson
Jerome Obrien
Robert (Bob) Porter
Comments: Transferred from USS Kane DD 235 to the Renville APA 227 Commissioned Renville and left her in 1945. Most of the Pacific Island wars 1942=45
Preston J. Hoffpauir
Joe Parish.
Comments: I was on the shop when she was commissioned, we were stationed in Seattle, Washington, took the ship in Astoria, Oregon, and were scheduled to make the invasion of Iwo Jima, the ship struck a log on the way to Long Beach California and we had to Dry Dock there to repair the Screw. We all suffered from Pollywog to Shellback on the trip to Guadalcanal to pick up the 3rd Marines to make the invasion of Okinawa. Renville made that landing at Yellow Beach 3. Put the Marines ashore in the 3rd wave. It was something. Joe Parish. 45-46
Keywords: Nickname "skin" Made invasion Okinawa Easter Sunday 1945. Was in touch with Robert D. O'Neill who lived in Minneapolis Minn. Still write his wife, he died some time back. Wondering about J.J. O'Brien of that same period, a radioman, also Tommy Ross of Texas. I have a picture of the Renville taken in 1945. Also have the book given us when we left. I was told that the ship was in mothballs, didn't know about the information form the 50's. Will correspond with anyone interested. Thanks Joe Parish
Raymond Dee ROGERS
17 Dec 1920 - 23 Nov 1994
26 Feb 1944, Enlisted U.S. Navy at Los Angeles, served on USS Renville, APA 227 as Seaman 1st Class, WW II
7 Nov 1945, Honorable discharge at San Pedro, CA
Birth: 17 Dec 1920, Littlerock, Los Angeles Co., CA
Wife: Phyllis May PATCHEN
Freddie Haynes
ships barber 3rd class
on board 45 to 46
grampysmurf@sbcglobal.net
Franklin B. Anderson, was igned to the U.S.S. Renville during WW11. His rank was Lt. JG. My father would tell us stories about his time on the Renville. I believe alot of them he exaggerated on but it was very interesting listening to him. To all of you who served on the Renville, I thank you for your service for our great Country.
Susan Anderson LeJune

Korea

July 1951-July 1953
Richard Atwater
R.O. Town
Doug (Tiny) Turner
Comments: I'm so sorry I don't remember names. I do remember a gunners mate that beat the crap out of me one night after returning to the ship in San Diego, his name I'm quite sure was Cox. I remember hauling refugees in what they called the Passage to Freedom. I remember our trips to Hong Kong. The girls that painted our water line for our garbage. The troupes we hauled from Puson to Hokkaido for R&R, what cold trips those were.

HA Steele
David Williams
Bill Copeland (Jr.)
KENNETH E. (DAN) Daniels
Known aboard ship as "Dan". Worked in communications/radio. Friends were many, but most fondly remember Dwight Comstock, Vance Porter, Abe Fein, Culpepper, Carver, Shrum, Kellye, Chief Hanratty, and Capt. Allen. It would be great to hear from any one who served at the same time that I did - 1952 - 1955.

Juan Gonzales
In Between
A
Alpha

B
Bravo
Barnette, Willis L. CS1 to Chief, E7 1957-1959
Benuamin, E.V. LTJG, USNR: personal officer
Bernhardt, Nicholas
Comments: I WAS ON THE USS RENVILLE IN 1964, AND WAS SICK. I SUFFERED SEVEERE HEADACHES AND ENDED UP HAVING BRAIN SURGURY. ALL I REMEMBER ABOUT THE SHIP IS THAT I PASSED OUT WHILE ON WATCH. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT I DID ON BOARD? I DONT REMEMBER ANYTHING. THANK YOU.......... NICK BERNHARDT

Boyd, Bill
Burruel, Gilbert R Captain ANC USAR Ret
gburruel@email.msn.com

My first duty ship was the USS Renville APA-227, from San Diego, Ca. from 1962-1964.

Stumbled on the website one afternoon while doing some thinking about the "good old days". I was the first division officer in 1966 and joined the ship in the middle of that Westpac cruise. Station ship DeNang was a real PITA. Helped put her out of commission in San Francisco.

Busch, James A. MM 2 1962 to 1965
jnmbusch@aol.com

C
Charlie
Cota, George
Crooms, Bernard L.
Crooms, Wilmer Ellis

D
Delta
Dorton, J.W. LT MC USNR: doctor on board

E
Echo
Ehresmann, Noel E-3

F
Foxtrot
Ford, Lindon Walton

G
Golf
Gaskill, J.R. LT MC USN: doctor on board
Gill, H.A. Jr.ENS, USNR: personal officer
Gillis, Gordon
Graham, T.S. LTJG, USNR: personal officer
http://www.austinworks.com/j-graham.html

Gray, Ashley LT USN: First Division Officer in 1966
http://www.vietnamexp.com/morestories/TheBecky.htm
http://members.tripod.com/turn2/Bowdamage-1.html
http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/amphib/apa227.htm

Grubbs, Bill
I was assigned to the Renville in Oct 1960 and shipped out to Westpac in 62. It was great duty as several of my friends from boot camp were also on the ship. I was operating the crane in 3rd Div when it fell and was damaged near Okinawa. In Subic Bay I was transferred to the Bon Homme Richard (cva-31) where I completed my tour of duty in February 1964.

H
Hotel
Hale, Fletcher Captain http://www.quarterdeck.org/cencoms/hale.html

Hall, Robert R.
Hamilton, Clarence
Comments: I served on the USS Renville from 1954 to 1958. I came aboard as a seaman radarman and left as 2nd class radarman. The last few month's I was division petty officer in the radar shack. I would like to have any information about some of the guys who serve with me there. Ray Gallager, Delucke, Mouser, Red, Hausechild, Garcia.

Howser, Tom (WHITY)

I
India

J
Juliet

K
Kilo
Kernodle, Jim
From: jrk@jkernodle.com To: boundup@gimpworld.com
Subject: 59-60 West-pac Cruise Date: Mon 02/27/06
My name is Jim Kernodle,I was a Third Class IC Electrician in E Div. during that cruise. (see page 22)
I wish to thank you very much for putting this book and it\'s picture on
the Internet for all to see.
Were you a member of the crew? Do you have any information concerning any of the crew members?
Again, thanks for putting this out so we could see and remember our shipmates.
\"WELL DONE\"
Your Truly
James R. Kernodle

L
Lima
Langsjone, R.J. LT MC USN: doctor on board
Larsen, Jim

M
Mike
Mackinnon, J.H. ENS, USN: personal officer
Magan, Harry HM1
Marcel, Jesse
I was on the Renville during the Cuban missile Crisis of 1962 as the ships doctor. Capt. Lowe was our C-O and Commander Hansen was the X-O. I just came home in November of 05 after spending 13 months in Iraq with an attack helicopter unit. Just wondering if any of my shipmates are around.... Jess Marcel Col USA Retired.

Mastin, Don BM-3
Whats up boats?I don't know if you remember me, My name is Don Mastin BM3 from Cedar Rapids Ia. I and Willy Seiber came from the Renville APA-227 after decommission. I drove the Captain's gig. Also drove the LCVP's, Mic 6's and Captain's Gig on the Renville as well. Was an Amphibious Assault Boat Coxwain. If I remember right, you are from Iowa too. Good ole days. Chief Warrent Officer Osley brought Willy and me with him! Guy was a nut!!!

McKinney, M. W.
Moss, F. HM3

N
November
Newhouse, Dale
I have no idea what possessed me to look up the Renville.
After being stationed on Midway Island for a little over a year 1960+, I was signed to the Renville. The year I spent on aboard includes some my favorite military memories.
Is there more out there? Like a list of people who served aboard her? Thanks, Dale Newhouse

Nielsen, C - 19 Dec 1958 to 15 Apr 1959 SA:
16 Apr 1959 to 15 May 1961 SN:
16 May 1961 to 16 Jan 1961 QM3:
Three years and 28 days aboard Renville then to APA-27

Nielsen, F.O. MMSN

O
Oscar
Owens, Cecil "Larry" - I served 1960-64.
owens7594@bellsouth.net

P
Papa
Penn, M.A. SN
Peters, Jerry

Q
Quebec

R
Romeo
Riley, George
Robertson, Henry Charles 1965-1967
Rose, Tom
rosefurs@aol.com <rosefurs@aol.com>
Hello: I was aboard the Renville from early fall 1956 to late spring 1958.I worked in the post office and the office. Like others during this time I was used as a human subject for nuclear tests and was not told about the risks and dangers. Like those who served with me, I was exposed to underwater and atmospheric nuclear devices detonated at Eniwetok. Everyone aboard swam in the water that was brimming with radioactive fallout and sat on the contaminated sand. We brought coral aboard and then the Captain told us to dump it cause it was hot, but we were allowed back in the water. We were exposed to decontamination ships along side everyday.
Like others on the Renville and sister ships I have suffered from atherosclerotic cornary artery disease and Leiomyosarcoma Cancer which was recently removed from my back.
On a more positive note I made sure the cooks and the corpsmen got three colors of liberty cards in exchange for pies delivered to the post office and alcohol delivered to the personnel office for my boss. I remember some rough seas, the boiler blowing up when we were in port at the dock, leave in Japan, ship's parties where there was a girl on every officer's lap, and when I delivered their mail, a photograph of their loving wife. My best friend was Bruce Wilson who was killed in an auto accident in 1959 near his home in Salt Lake. And I remember too many marines on board for short periods.
I got out and went to college, got a few degress, and became a professor, a potter, a realtor, and I row a single rowing shell and have raced kayaks. I have a wife and two grown children. It is not easy to forget about my experiences with being exposed to nuclear dangers which is similar to exposing others to agent orange in Viet Nam and worse in Iraq. The care I have never received from Navy medical is worse today for those returning from Iraq.

S
Sierra
Sapiano, Ed
Seiber, Willy
Strong, B.W. LTJG, USNR: personal officer
Strickland, Don J. RMSN
djaspepe@hotmail.com
i was aboard renville 61-62. I knew schmid, best, mousseau, kalauokalani. transferred off to be discharged 10-1962 but went to uss mathews aka 96 and to cuban chrisis. discharged 12-1962, norfolk, va. No success trying to contact joe schmid. He lived in phoenix when i was shipmate. I am retired steel mill electrician now.

Southerland, HM3

T
Tango

U
Uniform

V
Victor
Van Ry, Gary K. GMSN
I was stationed in Renville from 1962 - 1965. I spent about a month in the 1st. Div. and then was transferred to the 4th. Div. My work station was on mount 41. I served onboard during the Cuban missile crisis and the Gulf of Tonkin. I still keep in touch with a couple of my old shipmates. Renville was old and rusty in the 60's but I made some lifelong friends and a whole lot of memories. Gary K. Van Ry GMSN.

Vincent, Anthony Julian SN 1947-1948
alleenandvince@ceridge.ney

W
Whiskey
Ward, "Pappy"
Webb, Dale H. MM3 1963-1966
Whiting, John V. FT2, 2 years
jbwhiting01@sprintpcs.com

X
X-ray

Y
Yankee

Z
Zulu
Ziecker, Ronald J. (ZEKE) MM3

Kalauokalani, Maynard R.K. is dead

  

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