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Name: RMC(SW) Richard Tokarz USN (Ret)
E-mail address: rtokarz49@yahoo.com
Comments:Served on the USS YORK COUNTY (LST-1175) 1968 - 1970
Thursday, January 30th 2014 - 05:41:39 PM
Name: Father Lucy
E-mail address: frlucifer@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123725010975374
Comments:God bless you in the New Year. Tonight we are celebrating with a prick-grabbing contest in the rectory. It's all in good fun. We have some wild priests here, and can't wait to share our adventures. Rockin' and racin' to a bright new year, Yo.
Tuesday, December 31st 2013 - 08:25:35 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:I want to wish all of my band of brothers that served aboard the USS TERRELL COUNTY LST 1157 a wonderful and glorious Christmas and a joyful, happy, prosperous and most of all a Healthy New Year. To you , your wonderful wives and your famalies. Phil BM3
Monday, December 23rd 2013 - 04:12:35 PM
Name: Tom See
E-mail address: tsee1950@gmail.com
Comments:I served aboard the TC, from Sept.69 to Mar.71. I started in Deck Division.and later transferred to the Electrical shop.
Saturday, December 21st 2013 - 12:13:12 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Horrors! Like many shipyard contracts things change. The LCVP's for Georges LST will not arrive at the 'shipyard' until early January 2014. This late delivery (by an outside contractor) of equipment will delay the commissioning of George's LST 1157 model.

Sunday, December 8th 2013 - 06:17:52 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Happy Thanksgiving

Merry Christmas

Happy New Year

Stay healthy and remember your family and our shipmates past and present. We are an ever shrinking brotherhood of Veteran's that helped to serve and protect the country and the world against many a foe in good times as well as bad.

In years past you heard the phrase "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Freedom" This pertains to times past and to present. One can hope we can share this mindset with younger generations.

Again - Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Jim Craven
SA - QM3 / 1963 - 1965
Sunday, November 24th 2013 - 07:20:10 AM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Progress Report - The model of the Terrell Maru for George is still in the builders yard (My workbench aka The Shipyard) and is beginning to really look like an LST. With three hulls (2 of the 1157 and 1 of the 1169)of the 1156 under construction we are pushing for deliveries by Christmas. It may be close but the effort is moving forward despite all the family demands during this time of year.

Replacing my camera this week so until then there are no pictures,

Jim Craven
SA - QM3 1963 - 1965
Sunday, November 24th 2013 - 07:03:41 AM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail,com
Comments:Several subjects:
1 - Georges LST 1157 model - Progress slowed a little due to a minor cut with a very sharp saw... Healing well and expect to have the shipyard in full swing by mid-week. Dave Beeckman 'offered' to be the FT on his model. He can start by doing the Mid-Watch in After Steering.....

2- Model for 2014 reunion - Willing and able (as long as I do not cut my fingers or hands off) to build another as well as donating it.

3 - Building a larger model of the Washtenaw that is 5.3" wide and 36.9" long. When completed its new homeport will be in the LA area.

4 - Some of my ships plan inventory includes the following:
Original Blue Prints (copied) for LST 42 dated 1942
Original Blue Prints (copied) for the LCVP
Drawings for the 1156 Class LSTs
Drawings for the 1171 Class LSTs
(New -->) Drawings for the 1179 class LSTs.

Happy building days are ahead. If I get much more insane I'll build all 4 classes of the LST's and 'invade' some enemy held island.

May all of you and your families enjoy a great Thanksgiving.

Jim Craven
SA - QM3 1963-1965
Sunday, November 17th 2013 - 09:11:06 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:The info for the 2014 reunion to be held in St. Charles, Mo. will be posted before long. Make plans now to be able to attend Sept. 24th thru the 27th. The 2013 reunion in Washington D.C. went surprising well considering we were there during the government shutdown, we were able to get down to the Vietnam Wall Memorial and tour Arlington National Cemetery plus a few other places. Hope to see everyone in St. Charles next Sept.
Sunday, November 17th 2013 - 09:11:56 AM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:The model of the Terrell County auctioned at this past reunion has safely arrived at its new home port in New Orleans. Phil was excited and pleased to receive her today (04 Nov 2013). I know he will take care of her and that it will bring back many fond memories.

Monday, November 4th 2013 - 05:15:39 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:It arrived! Phil called me today to let me know the model of the 'Terrell Maru' arrived at his home. He was excited to have it and raved about it.

My intentions are to be at the 2014 reunion (Good Lord willin') and another model will be offered to the committee to do with it as they please... Who knows, if you show up in St Louis and bid you may have a model of a good, hard working LST.

Have a great day and enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Jim Craven
SA-QM3 1963 - 1965
Monday, November 4th 2013 - 01:39:33 PM
Name: Bud Shaw
Homepage URL: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=123725010975374
Comments:The LST was amazing. We were on 1158 one summer up on the poop deck towel snapping and tugging. It was great.

You guys have been real cool about it ever since.
Sunday, November 3rd 2013 - 08:41:22 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven
Comments:Week 2 of Georges LST - Progress Report: Aft section of the Main Deck (from the open Cargo Hatch and then aft) is secured in place with the main body of the superstructure ready for attachment. Once in place the 03 Level and above will be added. At the Bow we are refining the area to permit adding of the Bow Ramp and Bow Doors. The progress is on track for a mid - December delivery.

The shipyard is currently building 3 of the 1156 class LSTs and two of the Type II (WWII era) LSTs. With the recent delivery of plans for the 1179 class LST we hope to start one after Christmas for the 1185's reunion.

Sunday, November 3rd 2013 - 06:50:16 AM
Name: James Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:LST for George O Connell - its a Go! 'NAVSEA' OK'd the construction.

So, The shipyard has been busy working on Georges model of the Terrell County. With the hull built up to the Tank Deck we are now working on the crew and troop berthing areas (the sides) by Friday we will be up to the Main Deck. Of course the Bow and Fantail still will need lots of work before we can start on Mounts 31 and 32. The superstructure will then be worked on. Next week I'll have photos I'll be sending to George. If anyone want to receive the photos each week, send me an email. The model should be at Georges home in time for a Ships Company Christmas Party. I am sure he will find an appropriate shelf for this 3.4" X 24" long model of a ship he has feelings for.

Jim Craven
SA-QM3 1963-1965
Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 - 06:59:05 PM
Name: Homer Smith
E-mail address: hohohosmith@cox.net
Comments:I was the TC Engineering Officer 63-65, and just reconnected with Tom Ackland, TC Deck Oficer same period. Glad it was a great reunion, I'm off to celebratinf my US Naval Academy 50th year reunion this weekend. TC was my only afloat unit before I swirched to the Civil Engineering Corps (Seabees) in 1967. Go Terrrell-maru!
Sunday, October 20th 2013 - 05:17:38 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Phillip 'won' the model of the TC at this years reunion. (well deserved) With my plans to move to the Ozarks early next year I plan on being at the 2014 reunion as the Good Lord allows. I still plan on donating a 28.8" long model ... just like the one Phil won... along with two or three other models of the TC. At a scale of 1:192 they will be only 3.4" X 24" in overall measurements. The intent is to offer these for sale to any of the assembled TC shipmates. A portion of the proceeds will go to the TC's treasury. The remainder will go into the "kitty" to build other models for other reunions. (FYI I offer models to about three or four groups each year.)

New subject: George hauled the freight on getting the TC Association going. How do you feel about George receiving a gift for his years of effort? E- mail me your inputs at jascraven@gmail.com.

Have a great holiday season or Merry Christmas to all.
Sunday, October 20th 2013 - 02:57:24 PM
Name: Joseph Cavaliere
E-mail address: jncavaliere@windstream.net
Comments:I am a Marine who was stationed in Okinawa in 1960. I was with the 3rd Anti Tank Division. I was privileged to be aboard The Terrell County on a trip to Japan. Great chow. Bumpy ride. Lots of noise. I enjoyed the ride.
Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 05:22:49 PM
Name: Mike Michael
E-mail address: gr.michael@yahoo.com
Comments:Shipmates, sorry I couldn't make it to the reunion this year but I will make it next year. I got after my first 10 years as a EN2. I came back in as a BM2 in 94. spent time in SBU11 and was sent to Panama on a op that has still not been de-classified. Then I went to MIUWU 103 where I made 1st class and was deployed to Quatar and we worked out of the Embassy there. Then I transferred to IBU 17 which is where I made put on my anchors and was sent to Guam for 6mo training up a boat unit there and came back to San Diego and took over as the Operations Officer for the Naval Boat Police then was recalled back to IBU17 an was sent to the gulf. Spent time in Iraq and Kuwait. Then the company was working for transferred me to Washington and I transferred to CHB5. This was suppose to be my twilight cruise an ended up going back to Iraq and Kuwait with them. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and retired from my job last year. Looking forward to hearing from all of you. I keep in touch with Dave all the time.
Saturday, October 5th 2013 - 06:45:19 PM
Name: James Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Shipmates - Even with the current political games I hope one and all enjoy the TC's 2013 Reunion. Be safe and I hope to be at the 2014 Reunion.

See Keith about a special treat....... "IT" is finished and ready for .....

Jim Craven
SA-QM3 / 63-65
Thursday, October 3rd 2013 - 03:25:14 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hello everyone, we are about packed and ready to go to the Terrell County reunion in D.C. FYI for those coming to the reunion on Friday Oct. 4th we will be boarding buses at 9am to go the Navy Museum and will be back to hotel approx. 3pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Have some new shipmates coming this year to join us. See ya in D.C.

Clovis Long
Monday, September 23rd 2013 - 08:52:19 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:We're looking forward also to seeing everyone in 19 days. The next couple weeks will be over before we know it and we'll be together in Washington, DC. Wishing everyone good health and a safe trip.
Saturday, September 14th 2013 - 07:13:47 AM
Name: Phil Vaccaro BN3
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Just want to get the word out to all of my TC shipmates that I am really looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion in Washington DC. I know it will be a special time with all of us getting back together once again. Really looking forward to being with all of my T C brothers and paying respect to all of our brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice at the Viet Nam Memorial. It will be a time to reflect on where we were then and to thank the good Lord for where we are now. Will be a special time to see and talk to everyone once again. See you all in about 32 days from now. Phil BM3
Monday, September 2nd 2013 - 02:48:59 AM
Name: Oscar (Wayne) Williams
E-mail address: owwilliams@charter.net
Comments:I feel like an old timer compared to most of you that served aboard the Terrell County.. I am looking forward to seeing all of you again in Washington DC.. We all need to give Kieth a big hug! I am so Blessed to be able to make this trip.. A great pleasure to have served on the T.C.~~
See Ya'll in Washington..
Sunday, August 25th 2013 - 10:23:35 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Have talked to several shipmates, etc. in the last couple weeks. If your health is good please consider attending our reunions. Our days are running out. I had a choose call this year with cancer. Makes one think of things we want to get done. Please take the time to attend and you will be glad you did.
Wednesday, August 7th 2013 - 07:03:07 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Make your reservations for the 2013 reunion. Why put it off? By doing so you'll help everyone and the planning can be done. Doesn't cost a thing until you arrive at the reunion. Besides that our Nation's Capital should be viewed by all people who served their country. Thanks and see you there.
Sunday, July 14th 2013 - 02:34:36 PM
Name: George Kase
E-mail address: dickkase@charter.net
Comments:I was the Embark Officer for MABS-13 when we loaded the
Terrell County at MCAS Iwakuni for ChuLai,VN in Sept '66 . It was administratively loaded to expedite the movement to Chu Lai. Best wishes to all the crew.
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Monday, July 8th 2013 - 05:48:09 AM
Name: Phil Vaccaro BM3
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Want to wish all of my shipmaates of the USS Terrell County LST 1157 and theier beloved wives a happy 4th of July tomorrow. It will be a great day to enjoy our independence and freedom that we all cherish and enjoy. A very special thanks to all of the brave men and women of the military that have sacrifised and served for this great country of ours. These are all the true heroes of this country. This is THE LAND OF the FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. Also want to thank all of my great buddies and brothers of the great Terrell county LST 1157. You are all my heroes and it was such a grear "HONOR" to serve with each and everyone of you that sailed on that wonderful Naval Ship. Happy 4th to each and everyone of you. You all served your country well and should be so very proud of defending your country. Phil BM3
Wednesday, July 3rd 2013 - 05:24:34 PM
Name: Charles Dick
E-mail address: ckd4u@mediacombb.net
Comments:Was a non-paying "guest" (Marine) aboard the Terrel County in November, 1966 enroute from Okinawa to Chu Lai, RVN. We ran into a typhoon and spent a few days bouncing around. I can still remember the sound of the screw coming out of the water just before we banged down into the next wave. We were a sick bunch of jarheads below deck. We'd brace against the bulkhead as we wound our way to the mess deck...only to abandon it all in a rush to the head. Ate soda crackers most of the time. After a few days of that, we were ready to surrender to anyone who'd get us ashore! Anyway...you Sailors got us there in one piece. God Bless and enjoy your reunion!
Monday, June 3rd 2013 - 07:42:26 AM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Want to thank all of my brave brothers of the USS Terrell County LST 1157 for serving their country honorably in the time of the Viet Nam War. I also want to honor all of the brave men and women of the mllitary who have sacrificed for their country. And most of all to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country, the brave men and women who gave their lives for this great country of ours. Remember everyone this "LAND is FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE." Phil Vaccaro BM3
Monday, May 27th 2013 - 04:02:42 PM
Name: Charles Pendleton
E-mail address: golferfanatic910@yahoo.com
Wednesday, April 24th 2013 - 06:56:00 AM
Name: lds
E-mail address: xxxxxxxx
Homepage URL: http://xxx
Comments:God bless all. have a good one. on the lst-1167
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 - 07:33:55 AM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:The 2013 USS Terrell County reunion is set for Oct. 3rd, 4th and 5th in Arlington, Virg. If any shipmates would like info for the reunion please contact me by e-mail and I will get the information sent to you.

Clovis Long
Sunday, March 31st 2013 - 06:45:48 PM
Name: Dianne Joy
E-mail address: diannejoy86@yahoo.com
Comments:If anyone knows Renaldo Snipes can you email him and tell him to get in touch with me? It would be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, March 6th 2013 - 07:39:41 PM
Name: Rick Furst
E-mail address: rick.furst@clearwire.net
Comments:After 43 years Clovis Long somehow managed to track me down in Eugene, OR. I'm glad he did as I had no idea this organization existed. My wife and I are interested in going to this year's reunion, and it will be nice to see some old (in more ways than one) faces.
Wednesday, February 20th 2013 - 06:17:59 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:The dates for the 2013 T.C. reunion are Oct. 3rd, 4th and 5th. We will post all info when it is finalized. But set your vacation for the 1st weekend in Oct. Will be fun times in the Washington D.C. area. Looking forward to see everyone there.
Friday, February 8th 2013 - 09:39:23 AM
Name: Frank Coffey, Sr.
E-mail address: coffey66@wavecable.com
Monday, January 14th 2013 - 12:35:13 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Wanting to wish all of my shipmates and buddies of the USS Terrell County a wonderful, happy, prosperous. and blessed happy new yrar. Start thinking early about all of us Vietnam Vets taking our pictures together in front ot the VIETNAM WALL in Washington D. C. next October. What a wonderful reunion this reunion can turn out to be. Visiting Washington D.C. Tournig Arlington Cemetary and the site of the unknown soldier. visiting all of the Smithtonian museams. Woud not want to miss out on the reunion for anything else. Lets start husteling up all of out shipmates and their wives for a reunion of a lifetime. Lets get those reservations in early and lets have the best T. C. turn out ever. Cannot wait to see you all there.. Phil Vaccaro BM3
Monday, December 31st 2012 - 03:32:57 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Monday, December 24th 2012 - 12:03:06 PM
Name: Oscar (Wayne) Williams
E-mail address: owwilliams@charter.net
Homepage URL: http://wwwcharter.net
Comments:Thanks to Phil and Melanie for a great job. Thanks to everyone there. I had a wonderful time and as we say in the south, If the Good Lord is willing and the creeks don't rise I will see all of you next year! Really nice to see one who I served with. (Robert Slaby)
Thanks again,~~~~Oscar (Wayne) Williams
Sunday, October 28th 2012 - 10:19:51 AM
Name: chris ertl
E-mail address: cwertl@hotmail.com
Comments:Sir, Ma-am,
My father served aboard LST 1157 from 1-17-56 to 3-2-56 in the Medical Corps. I recently was going through a stack of papers and found his orders. I also have discoverd that he may be eligible for the Korean Service Medal (?); which is now available for all service members. CAn you advise on the award , and is there anymore information re: LST 1157 for that time period?
Thursday, October 11th 2012 - 02:54:07 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:The 2012 reunion is history. The reunions are great and enjoyed by the attendees. If you haven't attended consider doing so. We will in Virginia in 2013 and St. Louis in 2014.
Tuesday, October 9th 2012 - 06:18:38 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Door Prize is UNDERWAY!!

Departing the main Phoenix POST OFFICE is a box 12" X 12" X 36" comtaining a model of the Terrell County. The model is like the one that attended the 2011 Branson Reunion. Made of Cedar and other woods she will sit in someones home after the reunion in New Orleans.

Bow Doors open, Bow Ramp, Vehicle Ramp and Turn Taable all are in working order.

We LST SAILORS are few in number so who ever wins this model has the 'responsibility' to share his stories with others about his time aboard her. Keep the history alive.

Wish I could be there.

Jim Craven
SA - QM3 / 1963 - 1965
Sunday, September 16th 2012 - 09:46:20 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:As of today only 20 days until New Orleans. We're excited and looking forward to the great times. Phil and Melanie have went to alot of extra work to make this another great reunion and now we the attendees have to show up with ours bells on. See everyone soon.
Thursday, September 13th 2012 - 07:42:26 PM
Name: George O'Connell
E-mail address: groconnell@lst1157.com
Thanks for clearing that page...get hold of me please

Wednesday, September 12th 2012 - 06:45:42 PM
Name: Oscar Williams (Wayne)
E-mail address: wwilliams892@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http:// www.charter.net
Comments:Im really looking forward to meeting everyone in New Orleans! Hope to see someone I served with on the The TC many years ago. I went aboard in the spring of 1958. I have a lot of great memories of all the places we went and the things we done. I was trsnfered to the USS Tulare AKA 112 in may of 1960. See "YALL" in New Orleans.

Wayne Williams SK3
Saturday, July 28th 2012 - 06:16:18 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Shipmates: Less tnan 80 days till our reunion , boy how time flies buy. Looks like we are going to have a great turnout this year and we still have some shipmaates that are going to make their arrangements. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Melanie and I have some great things lined up and I think that you all will enjoy them. Lots of great food down here, all kinds of Cajun dishes and plenty of all kinds of seafood. Cannot wait to have the Terrell County Family back together again. If you plan on coming and have not yet made your reservations, make Sure you make them before August 15 as that is the last day for the discount rate of 79.00 dollars a night which is a teriffic deal. Will be seeing and talking to you all in October. Phil BM3
Friday, July 20th 2012 - 04:23:58 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:New Orleans reunion is 80 days away. So make your plans now. The list of 2012 attendees is growing so join in the excitement and be there.
Sunday, July 15th 2012 - 02:12:48 PM
Name: Pete Schroeder
E-mail address: pete17239@hotmail.com
Comments:I'd like to wish all of my shipmates a very happy and safe 4th. of July

Pete Schroeder
EN-2 '67-'69
Wednesday, July 4th 2012 - 07:16:04 AM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hello shipmates, hey it is getting closer to the reunion in New Orleans. Be sure and get your reservations made before August 16 so you will get the great rates Phil and Melanie have gotten for us. Call 504-467-3111 The Doubletree by Hilton in Kenner, La. use group name USS TERRELL COUNTY LST 1157, rates are good from Sept 30 to Oct 10 if ya want to come earlier or stay longer like Deb and I are going to do. If any problems call Phil or Melanie at home, 504-456-2075 or 504-453-4601 cell. Looking forward to see everyone there..
Clovis Long QM3 1969-1971
Saturday, June 30th 2012 - 10:50:27 PM
Name: Steve grant
E-mail address: Stevengrant@mchsi.com
Comments:Served in no. 2 engine room from 1965 to 1967. Was on board when ship broached.
Saturday, June 23rd 2012 - 05:51:44 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Wishing everyone a safe Memorial weekend. Also, a reminder that we are down to 130 days until 2012 reunion in New Orleans. Get your reservations made and join in the fun.
Saturday, May 26th 2012 - 01:53:00 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
Comments:Shipmates: Just received a email from Kim Wilcox. She just goy a call from Connie Smith saying that Murry Smith has had his lung transplant in a hospital in Illinois and that the surgery was a somplete success. The doctors expect Murrey to make a full recovery in the months to come. That is some wonderful news about our shipmate Murry Smith Lets all continue to keep Connie and Murry Smits in our hearts and in our PRAYERS as he makes his recovery. Phil BM3
Wednesday, April 25th 2012 - 11:29:20 AM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:This year LANSHIPRON 9 is planning a reunion in San Diego, Calif. It will be for the week following our reunion in New Orleans, La. Oct. 10th thru the Oct. 14th. for those that cannot make the reunion in New Orleans you might keep this in mind too.. Those that wish to attend can contact David Beekman at david.beekman@hotmail.com or call him at 619-697-3571, they have lots of activities plans and should be a good time. Some going to the New Orleans reunion are also planning on making the one in San Diego too. Clovis
Monday, April 9th 2012 - 06:46:19 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Hello Terrell County Shipmates; Have been laying low and keeping quiet but now it is time to say a few words of wisdom. ha ha Only 6 months left till we all get together once again for our yearly reunion in New Orleans. The response has been been great for everyone that has made their reservations early. As you know, the more people that sign up early and the greater the numbers,the more Melanie and can bargain for better Hotel prices. So please, if you plan on coming to New Orleans in October get them reservations made as early as you possibly can. Have a lot of new shipmates that are coming for the first time this year. Realy looking forwrd to seeing and talking to them. Have a lot of surprises in for the shipmates this year. Jim Craven has a wonderful surprise he will share with all of us but you have to come to find out what the surprise is. I know but I am sworn to secretsey. From all of the emails that I am receiving, we should have a huge turn out at our 2012 reuion. I am just hoping that the darn gas prices does not affect the pocket books and keep shipmates from coming this year. I truly belileve that even with the higher gas prices and higher airlilne tickets, this event is something you will not want to miss. Being together with most of your fellow shipmates will surely be worth it. We will all have a wonderful time together as we do each and every year that we get together. Make your reservations and lets make this one of the biggest reunions ever. See you all in October. PHIL BM#
Thursday, March 29th 2012 - 07:23:29 PM
Name: Dave LaBar
E-mail address: delabar1@frontier.com
Comments:has any one heard from Big Ski sine he retired and moved???? just wondering
Sunday, March 18th 2012 - 07:30:56 PM
Name: Renaldo Espinoza
E-mail address: renaldo_espinoza@hotmail.com
Comments:Reported on board the Terrell County (LST-1157) on 11JUL68 and was involuntarily transfered on 22JAN69 to the Sedgwick County (LST-1153). I remember John M. Piatz, Stone, Galantino and Al De La Rosa. There are a few others whom I do not recall their names. Had the Rate of CS-2 and CS-1. Hope all are doing fine.
Thursday, March 15th 2012 - 04:39:04 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:For those shipmates who have made reservations .. Great! You will have a surprise to share with your brides and shipmates. For those who are still waiting…. Well you are going to miss an opportunity that may not come again. You may ask about my reservation…. Well I have plans to be there. Due to a very complicated travel scheme I am plotting my safe course from Arizona (Home-Phoenix) to New Jersey (kids & grand kids) to North Carolina (kids & grand kids), to Missouri(USLST Convention), to Louisiana (Terrell Maru Reunion), to California (LSR9 Reunion) and back to Arizona (Home) …. And rest … after driving some 7,500 miles. Being the only helmsman, it will take at least a month to complete this voyage. In the event The Good Lord deems otherwise I then have plans to be there in spirit.
Watch for upcoming news of the surprise. I can’t tell you yet but I know you will enjoy it and want it. If you are not there you will really regret missing the surprise.

PS. Someone threatened to take my Liberty Card away if I tell what the secret is.

Saturday, March 10th 2012 - 12:55:20 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Have talked to several shipmates within the last few days. The latest being Al DeRosia. Al and Betty made it to Mission, Tx. in Feb. Al is recovering and sounding great. Everyone is making their plans to be in New Orleans in Oct. so if you haven't get with it. Make your plans to be part of the fun and excitement.
Thursday, March 8th 2012 - 06:13:51 PM
Name: vcvc
E-mail address: vc@op.pl
Homepage URL: http://prezentacje2009.blogspot.com
Comments:super strona
Monday, February 20th 2012 - 03:24:54 AM
Name: Greg Bouvrette
E-mail address: bouvrettegj@charter.net
Comments:served from sept. 1965-oct.1967 EN3
Tuesday, February 14th 2012 - 06:12:19 PM
E-mail address: gerbers67@msn.com
Comments:aboard terrell cty june 62-june 64 deck hand 2nd div. worked for ollie bm2
Saturday, February 4th 2012 - 05:27:45 PM
Name: Oscar Williams
E-mail address: papawayne40@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://Charter.net
Comments:Just read posting by Keith Senska, Murray Smith will be my prayers, Thanks for this web site.
Saturday, January 28th 2012 - 06:35:03 PM
Name: Oscar Williams ( Wayne ) SK3
E-mail address: papawayne40@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http:// charter.net
Comments:Just read posting by Keith Senska, Murray Smith will be in my prayers,I KNOW EVERYONE FEELS THE SAME. A friend and Terrell County sailor from 1958 until 1960. Gods Bless yOU.
Saturday, January 28th 2012 - 06:02:56 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Just had a phone call from Dan Wilcox. Was great to hear his voice and his laugh. Sounds like things are improving and he is making his plans to be in New Orleans for the 2012 reunion. He reported that he had just been with Murray Smith. Murray is to have his lung transplant, soon. Murray will need our thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted on any news you may have. Looking forward to New Orleans.
Saturday, January 28th 2012 - 01:16:14 PM
Name: Oscar Williams
E-mail address: papawayne40@yahoo.com
Thursday, January 26th 2012 - 06:17:03 PM
Name: Gordon Thomas
E-mail address: none
Comments:In Mission Texas for another winter> Been in the 80s alot here. Alot better than -2 in Iowa. Just want to say I hope everyone had a good holiday season with a happy new year. Not much new with Marcia and I but am always glad to hear from shipmates.
Thursday, January 19th 2012 - 04:27:19 PM
Name: Janene Jaynes
E-mail address: jmjaynes@sfcn.org
Comments:My father Leland Weeks passed away several years ago, but I have looked though an old box I've had for a while and I have found papers that assigned him to the USS Terell 312OCt61 heading for Okinawa. I have photos of ships and crew and I have no idea who they all are or what division he was in. He was always quiet about his time in the Marines. If you know a site where I can post or donate these photos please contact me. I would love to hopefully have images that others would love to have.
Tuesday, January 10th 2012 - 01:49:56 AM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hey I hope everyone had a Very Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We are looking forward to this years reunion in New Orleans in Oct. Hope everyone is making plans already to attend, Deb and I are. For those interested I will be posting soon the Lanshipron9 reunion to held a week after our reunion and it is to be held in San Diego, Calif. Stay safe and stay in touch.
Clovis Long
Tuesday, January 10th 2012 - 12:11:28 AM
Name: Oscar Wayne Williams
E-mail address: papawayne40@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://charter.net
Monday, January 2nd 2012 - 06:42:23 PM
Name: George R. O'Connell
E-mail address: groconnell@lst1157.com
Homepage URL: http://www.lst1157.com
Comments:I would like to take this opportunity to wish the extended family of the USS LST-1157/USS Terrell County (LST-1157) a very Merry and Joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

In this joyous season let us take a moment to remember our shipmates that have passed on, and their families.

George O'Connell
RM2 1960-62
Saturday, December 24th 2011 - 08:46:23 PM
Name: Mike Binkie
E-mail address: kmbinkie@aptalaska.net
Comments:Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who sailed with pride on the Terrell County, from Mike Binkie SN 69/70
Saturday, December 24th 2011 - 04:19:20 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Just want to wish to all of my dear shipmates and their families and Merry Merry CHRISTmas and a wonderful happy and prosperous new year. Cannot wait to see all of you at the reunion in New orleans in October. I think that we will all have a wonderful time just as we have had in all of our past reunionns. Take care until then. Phil BM3
Saturday, December 24th 2011 - 06:41:09 AM
Name: Howard Reed
E-mail address: howdon@aol.com
Comments:To all my shipmates have a blessed Christmas and a great New Year. Hope to see all in 2012 in New Orleans. Don't forget we still have a facebook page
Thursday, December 15th 2011 - 07:37:02 AM
Name: Robb Miller
E-mail address: Rmiller@kalothia.com
Comments:My father-in-law Edward J. Cackoski (Ski) commissioned the LST 1157 from Bath Main and served a tour on it in the Bikini islands during the nuclear testing.

I actually have his "Plank Owner" Certificate from March 14, 1953 signed by L Reynolds framed on my wall. I have also heard many stories (over and over again) of his adventures at sea, the strange habits of the natives they evacuated, the good taste of fresh coconut milk and the bad taste of the warm beer with formaldehyde. I also have some inside information on some bicycles that "inexplicably" appeared on deck one day after they had left port.

Edward passed away recently and the Navy was present during the funeral which was very moving and appreciated. He was a wonderful and giving person who served his family, church and community very generously until his last day. I am glad to see his name listed here.

Thank you again for this web site. I am sure the rest of the family will appreciate it as much as I do.

If you knew Ed, Id love to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Robb Miller
Tuesday, December 13th 2011 - 11:14:00 AM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: Vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Hi Shipmates: Just wanted to get the word out about the date, time and place of THE 2012 REUNION in New Orleans in 2012. It will be at the Doubletree Hotel---by Hilton----2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd.---- Kenner La. 70062 Phone number 504-467-3111. The rate
per night is 79.00. This rate if good from Sunday September 30th through Wednesday October 10th. This is a special rate per night so please ask for the group name USS Terrell County LST1157 when booking. The reunion is scuduled to run from Wednesday October 3 to Sunday October 7, 2012. We have additional nights at the special rate if case any one decides to stay a little longer. So please BOOK EARLY and for more information email PHIL and Melanie at vaccarop@bellsouth.net or call 504-456-2075. More information coming in the near future as where the camping grounds will be etc. The hotel is only 10 minutes from the airport and the hotel provides a FREE shuttle. They have a beautiful swimming pool so for those of you that want to take a little dip, bring your bathing suites. Looking forward to seeing you all once again in the near future in New Orleans La. Phil and Melanie Vaccaro
Thursday, December 8th 2011 - 04:03:07 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Just to let everyone know that we have found our fellow shipmate John W. Hancock. After many years of searching he has been found in Montgomery Alabama. He is looking forward to coming to next years reunion in New Orleans as I know that all of you will be looking forward to seeing him and talking to him once again. Let's all welcome him back aboard the USS Terrell County LST 1157 once again. Phil BM3
Friday, December 2nd 2011 - 04:20:22 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Talked to Al DeRosia this afternoon. Al sounds real good and is doing well. Said he is looking forward to playing golf when the grass gets green in Iowa. Won't be spending the winter in Texas. So lets make his winter go faster by giving him a phone call when possible.
Sunday, November 27th 2011 - 01:00:33 PM
Name: Mike Binkie
E-mail address: kmbinkie@aptalaska.net
Comments:Happy Thanksgiving to all my Shipmates and there Family's off of the Terrell County. I hope to make it to the reunion in 2012. Mike Binkie
Thursday, November 24th 2011 - 01:59:47 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Want to wish all the shipmates and wives of the USS Terrell County LST 1157 a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving today. Looking foward to seeing all of you at our reunion in New Orleans next year. Phil BM3
Thursday, November 24th 2011 - 07:35:17 AM
Name: Pete Schroeder
E-mail address: pete17239@hotmail.com
Comments:Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 24th 2011 - 05:42:59 AM
Name: Dave LaBar
E-mail address: delabar1@frontier,com
Comments:I just talked to Phil and got the same report as Kieth if you have Al's(Cookie) number give him a call. as for the reuion get your rooms now ,looks like a good showing for this year as always. the better the numbers the better Phil and his wife can set things up.
By the way when you e mail any of us for anything don't forget to include your name and not just your email address
Sunday, November 20th 2011 - 04:16:03 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Heard from Phil Vaccaro this evening. They have been hacked and are presently without a computer. They lost all their data so will be a while getting everything put back together. Clovis will be getting the reunion news out shortly. Phil had talked with Betty DeRosia and Al is showing good progress. Is walking and starting to gain his speech back.
Monday, November 14th 2011 - 06:03:47 PM
Name: Carl Presby
E-mail address: Carlprep2001@aol.com
Comments:Just found this site. I served on the Terrell County from 1970-1971.
Tuesday, November 1st 2011 - 04:42:44 PM
Name: Phil Vavvaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouty.net
Comments:Shipmates: What a heck of a reunion we had once again in Branson. Just when you think that they cannot get any better--- they just do. Bigger and better eeach year that we have one. Melanie and I are getting our aggrements with the hotel and will be posting it shortly. We hope to have it posted sometime this week. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in New Orleasns next year. Hope that you all will get your bookings in early in the coming year. Thanks Phil BM3
Sunday, October 30th 2011 - 03:50:48 PM
Name: Phillip Gross
E-mail address: fishin212@yahoo.com
Comments:LANSHIPRON-9 (STAFF)05/1965 to 12/1966.
Friday, October 14th 2011 - 02:04:14 AM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:The model of LST 1157 has returned to the Shipyards Outfitting dock. She will be completely outfitted and be in attendance for the 2012 reunions of CLSR9, USLST Assoc. and the Terrell County's.

Those of you who viewwd the model at Branson are invited to make comments and suggestions.

Have a Great Navy Day.....

Jim Craven
Thursday, October 13th 2011 - 09:47:41 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Just arrived home after the Reunion in Branson Missouri and what a great time we had there. They just keep getting Bigger and Better each and every year. I thought I had a 9.5 hour drive home but it turned out to be an 11 hour drive. But it was well worth the drive to be able to see the shipmates again and to see all of the new shipmates who attended this year was fantastic. The brotherhood of the shipmates is just as strong today as it was 43 years ago in Yokuska Japan and Viet Nam. Thanks to the great job Clovis and Deb Long and Bud and Sally Hamilton did in Branson. It was a wonderful reunion that everyone will never forget. Hoping to see all of you next year for the Reunion in New Orleans, Louisiana. Phil BM3
Tuesday, October 11th 2011 - 05:20:32 PM
Name: Howard Reed
E-mail address: howdon@aol.com
Comments:Just arrived home at 3:30pm 10-11-2011 What a great time!!!I want to thank Clovis and all those who helped put this together. It was great to see the men I spent time with on the TC after 43 years I was amazed at how many I knew, the stories where great but the fellowship was the best, again great job to all who made this possible. Hope to see allin New Orleans in 2012 Howard Reed BM3 1-14-07----10-20-08
Tuesday, October 11th 2011 - 03:50:52 PM
Name: Charlie Pendleton
E-mail address: golferfanatic910@yahoo.com
Comments:I remember my old buddy Phil Vaccarro and miss my next to best friend Wilkin Pierre Guidry, I wish I could have seen him before he passed away. I was on the Terrel Couty from january 1968 to November of 1969 and remember a few of the names I see.
Monday, October 10th 2011 - 10:14:03 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Well we are home and somewhat relaxed now. The 2011 was a hugh success. We had 85 folks for the banquet dinner, some shipmates came alone but most were with their wives and some even brought friends or family members, it was a very good turn out, the largest so far, hope more will attend New Orleans. Deb and I would like to Thank everyone that came this year for attending, A special Thanks goes to Bud and Sally Hamilton for helping us getting it set up. We had quite a few that this was their first time at a reunion and hopefully they will be attending future ones. And to all those that come every year, What can I say but We Love Ya and will see you next year. And for those that have never had the chance to make a reunion, you have a year to make those plans, give it a try at least once I know you will not be disappointed, plan your vacation next year for New Orleans. Oct 3rd to the 7th. Exact location will be posted later but that is the date.

Monday, October 10th 2011 - 09:47:02 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:2011 reunion is history and it was great. Many new faces along with all the regular faithfull shipmates. Hope that everyone had a safe trip home and that everyone has started making their plans to be in New Orleans next Oct. Lets keep the great times coming. The stories just keep getting better. Take care and keep everyone posted with what's happening.
Monday, October 10th 2011 - 02:03:24 PM
Name: ed williams
E-mail address: gt_man95@yahoo.com
Comments:met some of the guys at branson very nice people hope the the reunion was a big success
Sunday, October 9th 2011 - 05:50:14 AM
Name: James Craven
E-mail address: jascravenAgmail.com
Comments:With the 2011 Reunion now underway I wish I could have been there with all. Perhaps the 2012 reunion will be my time.

I did pass to some shipmates a partially completed model of the TERRELL COUNTY. I hope you all enjoy it with the understanding I have several more hours to go until it is completed. I plan it to be at the 1157's next event as well as the CLSR9 2012 reunion in San Diego.

Who remembers "MONK"? He was (I Think... )the Deck Departments yoeman in the 1962-1965 period....

Take care and enjoy,

Jim Craven
Friday, October 7th 2011 - 03:20:29 PM
Name: Mike Binkie
E-mail address: kmbinkie@aptalaska.net
Comments:Do to work commitments my wife and I will be unable to attend the reunion this year. I hope you all have a great time We will be trying for the 2012 reunion. Clovis if plossible please post a group photo. Mike and Kathy
Monday, October 3rd 2011 - 07:18:58 PM
Name: Ruiz,Daniel P.
E-mail address: Ruiz3dan@aol.com
Comments: SFM 2 Decommissioned U.S.S, Chase Country, LST 532 Sasebo Japan, 11/66-4/67 ret. HTC E-7 Tahnk you
Sunday, October 2nd 2011 - 05:21:36 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Well it is getting close to the reunion in Branson. We are ready to get things loaded at home and get there and have some fun and see old friends again. From last count there will be a little over 80 people there. 40 or so shipmates and there spouses and some with families and friends. Friday morning 10am will be the Duck ride and that afternoon we will catch Harley-Worthit at one of the shows. Should be a great time, wish everyone I talked to could have made the reunion but there is always next year, just don't miss the chance to come to at least one of the reunions I think you will surprised at the fun we do have and the comradery that takes place when we meet. Looking forward to seeing ya in Branson
Clovis Long
Monday, September 26th 2011 - 12:40:17 AM
Name: Howard Reed
E-mail address: Howdon@aol.com
Comments:Only sixteen more days before we all arrive in Branson, hope everyone is getting exicited. Does anyone know how many are expected to join the party? Can't wait to see everyone it's been 44 years for me. H.Reed BM3
Wednesday, September 21st 2011 - 12:05:53 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Shipmates: Please do not miss the Liberty Port that we will all be steaming into in Branson Missouri on October 6th, 7th and 8th. Talk about having one hell of a greaat time with the sipmates of the USS TERRELL COUNTY. Great comaradarie, good food and spirits, reminising , laughter, jokes and unbelievable fellowship. Only 22 days left till we steam into port. No one will have duty any of these days. The only requirement is to bring your lovely wives or girl friends and have the time of your life. Looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you there. Phil BM3 P.S. Its still not to late to book a hotel room if you have not done so already. Phil
Tuesday, September 13th 2011 - 05:09:10 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hey guys for ya'll that have not made your reservations yet for the 2011 reunion in Branson now is the time. There are only 5 days left after that you may not be able to get the rate we have for our rooms. Rates are good for the entire week if you plan on being there that long as some will. Hope to see alot of you guys there. Looking forward to it.
Clovis Long
Monday, September 5th 2011 - 12:03:54 AM
Name: Bill Porter
E-mail address: fiveporters@comcast.net
Comments:COMLANSHIPRON NINE Staff arriving. This will be my fourth in a row USS TERRELL COUNTY LST 1157 reunion and have truely enjoyed them all. I was a Radioman so that is another for OPS.
Friday, September 2nd 2011 - 05:37:12 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:Looking forward to the fun and stories in 36 days. We'll try to keep the mess cleaned up but we might have a oil problem. Sounds like the attendess are going to numerous so only time will tell what department has the best turn out. The deadline for discounted reservations is nearing. So book your rooms soon so the planning can continue.
Thursday, September 1st 2011 - 07:27:55 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Well I sure do hope the Deck Apes bring enough cleaning supplies to keep the oil mopped up off the floor from where the snipes drip oil. Ya'll know us guys from the bridge area don't like stepping in that stuff. The guys from Navigation, CIC, Radarmen, Radiomen, and skivvy wavers like a clean deck as we were the leaders, with out us we wouldn't have gotten to where we were heading. But the truth is it took all of us doing our jobs to make it work. Ready for Branson. Looking forward to seeing everyone. QM's will be there in force.
Thursday, September 1st 2011 - 06:48:01 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:Deck "Apes"... well we needed someone to do the dirty work.

BM1 Tredwell saw the light and let go of my warm body. Got up to the Bridge and liked looking down on the main deck.... It wasn't always nice or easy but it was lots better then working on deck or down with the 'snipes'...

So the 'Ops Pukes' were and are the best.

The model of 1157, though not fully completed, will be my representative at the reunion.

Do a toast to all the TC crew past, absent and present at the reunion. Next year the US LST Association may return to Branson for its September 2012 Convention. Come join us and meet some real live heroes... The LST Sailors that landed troops on the enemy beaches. Many of these men made numerous trips to the Normandy Beachhead to keep the troops and equipment flowing. Many more were doing the same tasks in the Pacific as we closed in on Japan's islands...

Enjoy the reunion and hopefully in 2012 I'll be there.

Jim Craven
Wednesday, August 31st 2011 - 07:38:10 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: Vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Shipmates: Lets have a show of emails showing what department will have the most crewmembers attending the reunion this year in Branson and the one in 2012 in New Orleans. Will it the oil smelling snipes, the sweaty dechapes, the stinky skivey waivers, the nose in the air quarter masters, the road kill cooks or anyother department that I may have overlooked. I reallly think that the deck apes the BM's will have the largest amount of shipmates attending because deck apes are the backbone of the Navy. Do you agree with me. I will be attending the Branson reunion and I will be hosting the New Orleans Reunion. Lets hear from the rest of you shipmates and your plans for this reunion and the one next year. I'LL bet I have more response from the wonderful deck apes than any other department. Waiting to hear from each and every one of you. Phil BM3
Wednesday, August 31st 2011 - 05:04:19 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Come on shipmates, I know darn well that most of you who get on this website will probably attend this upcoming reuinon. What does it take to get a little input for you all? For the time that we are together for those three days you all are full piss and vinigar and are all keyed up for those three days. Its hard to keep any one quiet for those days at the reunion. What would it take to just pluck on a few keys on this website and tell us what you are looking forward to seeing and doing and some of your experiences from past reunions. Lets all give a hand in getting that Terrell County BUZZ going coming into the last days before we all me at this years upcoming reunion in Branson. Phil BM3
Tuesday, August 30th 2011 - 06:11:05 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Just sitting here thinking about kicking back with all of my fellow shipmates and reminising , relaxing, having a good ole time and most of all sipping on a cold one with all of you coming to Branson. Counting off the days. Phil BM3
Thursday, August 25th 2011 - 04:38:03 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:As of today, only 46 days to the reunion. Many have registered and several are waiting. Book your reservations while the rates are good. No cost to book and you can still cancel at the last minute if necessary. I know some health issues are present but we're all praying for everyones good health. The sad part is our ages and days on this earth is getting shortier. Take advantage of each and every reunion while you can. Hope as many as possible join us in Branson.
Sunday, August 21st 2011 - 05:31:25 PM
Name: phil vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Shipmates: Was wondering if any of you know how to get in touch with Alfredo Nueve Malave or John W. Hancock. They were both sailors on the Terrell County in 1968 and 1969 ish. John Hancock was a 2nd class boatswains mate when he was transferred to another ship. Alfredo Malave who lived in Puerto Rica was a seamen when he was transferred to another ship. Hancock lived in Mobile Alabama. Would love to make contact with both of these shipmates but having a hard time doing so. With all of the modern tecknoligies that they have these days with U tube and Smart phones etc, I thought that one of you all out there with a lot of experience with these modern marvels could find a way to locate these two gentlemen. If so, please give them both my phone number and tell them to give me a call. Phone number 504 456 2075. Thanks so much .Phil Vaccaro BM3
Friday, August 19th 2011 - 05:41:24 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Shipmates: Well god buddies, its time for all of you last minute procrastinators to get busy and sigh up for the upcoming reunion in Branson in October. All of us are getting up in age and we do not know how many more years that we will be able to continue this wonderful opportunity in our lives. We lost 40 years in the making nor realizing how important is was for all of us to get back together. Now that we have a dedicated crew of shipmates that are committed to making this happen each and every year, the only thing that you have to do is to come and have the greatest time of your life. You know that you always wondered how your buddies made out, how they are doing these days, what they look like, if they have changed Etc. Well shipmates I can tell you that we may have gotten older and fatter and grayer on the tops we have not changed all the much. The faces are basically the same, the characters are still the same, the gestures and facial expressions are still the same, the mannerisms are the same and the voices are still the same. But most of all the loyalty to our Country and to our great ship (THE USS TERRELL COUNTY LST 1157) is still the same. The loyalty to one another that served is still the same also. So shipmates, please do not delay or put it off any longer. Make sure that that this is the year that you are going to come and see for yourself if what I am saying is true. I promise you that it will be an event that will stay in your mind for the rest of you lives. Sigh up and come see for yourself. Hope to see and talk to you all there. Phil BM3
Wednesday, August 17th 2011 - 05:29:35 PM
Name: Dennis Nitz
E-mail address: dr_mnnitz@yahoo.com
Comments:I served on board 1969-71 as a BM3. Just made reservations for the reunion in Branson oct. 6-9, 2011. Looking forward to seeing old and new shipmates at the reunion.
Monday, August 15th 2011 - 03:24:56 PM
Name: Phil Vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Hello to all of my fellow shipmates of the Terrell County. Hoping that you all are copeing will with the terrible winters that just passed in the northern part of the country and the torrid heat wave that we are having across the country right now. Not to mention the horrific tornadoes that did damage to our neighbors across the country. There has got to be some good news somewhere my friends. Well the good news is our upcoming reunion in Branson Missouri in October. A place to come and socalize with the brave men that sailed the high seas with you. The ones that were in the war zones with you, the one's that went through typhoones with you, the ones that went on your liberty with you, the one's that had your back through thick and thin no matter what happened at sea or on land. That's your fellow shipmates and blood brothers of the Terrell County LST 1157. You have the opportunity to relax and have the best time of your lives just relaxing and talking face to face with shipmates that you have not seen in the last 40 plus years. You have the opportunity to rehash old sea stories with the same shipmates that lived on the same exact ship that you served on. You get to see how they all faired in life and most to all you get to meet their wives. The reunions keep on getting bigger and better every year my friends. Sign up and come to Branson and relax your minds for a few days with some of the best friends and buddies that youever had in a life time. The U in reUnion means YOU my dear friend Let this be the year that you decide to come and get re-aquainted with your old sea buddies. I promise you if you come you will not regreat it. It will surely be the most memorable and heart warming trip that you will never forget. Hope to see you there. Your buddy Phil Vaccaro BM3
Thursday, August 4th 2011 - 05:32:32 PM
Name: Dave LaBar
E-mail address: delabar1@frontier.com
Comments:Hey Shipmates lets get those reservations done time is getting short. the more names Clovis has the better deals he can arrange,we have a great time at all our reunions, lets keep that tradition going by makeing this one the biggest yet.
See you all there

Monday, July 25th 2011 - 09:30:32 PM
Name: Al DeRosia
E-mail address: bettykelchen@q.com
Comments:hello shipmates this is my first try at this. i served on board 68 70 as the bean burner. we have hade a grate time the last few year at the reunions ,hope to see a lot of new faces this year. see you in brouson.
Monday, July 25th 2011 - 03:35:43 PM
Name: Jim Craven
E-mail address: jascraven@gmail.com
Comments:I was aboard the Terrell Maru from the Fall of 1963 to the Fall of 1965. As my first ship to start a 25 year run with the Navy. Served aboard 1157, 1185, 1183 and 1187 during 19 years at sea out of 25. Made QMC in 72. "Ticked off" the CNO in 75 and finally Retired in 1987 as a QMC(SW).

Sadly, I will not be at thus years reunion but I am loaning the event a scale model of the 1157. It will be nearly finished and will be returned to me after the reunion for completion. I have about 160 hours into it already wiht about the same to go until she is RFS (ready for sea).

This model is made of Popular, Bass and Balsa woods and it measures 4.1" wide by 28.8" long. For any critics , well help me find better plans for the ship so I may do a more accurate job of building the Terrell Maru.

The Main Deck (midships) is removeable so the Tank Deck and Turn Table are viewable. Vehicle Ramp goes up and down with a little help. Because of the scale (1:160) the Bow Doors are fixed in the open position with the Bow Ramp down.

Good Lord Willin and the Creek Don't Rise I'll be at the next reunion.

Good night and stay cooll

Jim Craven
Avondale, AZ
Sunday, July 24th 2011 - 11:47:11 PM
Name: Howard Reed
E-mail address: howdon@aol.com
Comments:Thanks Clovis for the call!! I was on board form Jan.1967 to Sept. 1969 started out in deck division and under the leadership of BM1 Charlie Lathower became BM3 and coxswain of the Captain's gig thanks to Keith Senska who had me on board the gig as his bow hook. Also ran the port winch during off loading and the stern anchor winch when making a beach landing. Had a great time while on the TC Hope to see some of my ship mates at the reunion.
Monday, July 18th 2011 - 05:23:56 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:We are now up and running on FaceBook
USS TERRELL COUNTY LST-1157 come join us
Sunday, July 17th 2011 - 07:23:29 PM
Name: Dave Young
E-mail address: young.da@wavecable.com
Comments:Appreciate the call from Clovis. Always good to hear from old shipmates. Brings back a lot of good memories. I was only aboard from March to December '70. Some of the things that come mind were, the loading of causeways, fueling MSOs on the way back to the states, steaming up Tokyo Wan in heavy traffic, being stuck on the ramp in Danang, and one of the most meaningful events was flying out to the ship from a rice paddy in Southern Viet Nam. Oh yea, running the LCVP in Yokosuka harbor (the boat crew didn't seem too impressed with my boat handling skills). I transferred off when we arrived in Bremerton and went to my first shore duty in Alameda thanks to the persistence of the XO. Terrell County was a fine ship with a fine crew and I was proud to be a part of it. Smooth sailing, BM1 Young
Saturday, July 9th 2011 - 11:59:58 AM
Name: Cecil Wilson EM2
E-mail address: cecjo@hughes.net
Comments:Been a long time shipmate. I am honored and proud to serve with each of you. Hope to be there in Branson in October.
Be safe.
Friday, July 8th 2011 - 05:02:29 PM
Name: Dillard Moore BM3
E-mail address: mdil328@aol.com
Comments:Served from March '69 through decommissioning. Deck Ape, worked the bow doors, from Oklahoma. Enjoyed working with Vaccaro, Guidry, Dennis Nitz, and Danny. Had a great time serving, enjoyed all the sea time and the people I served with. Binkie and Tommy See were two from Alaska and would enjoy meeting all the old friends. Plan on being at the 2011 reunion. Thanks for finding me Clovis.
Thursday, July 7th 2011 - 07:53:20 PM
Name: Gary Hunt
E-mail address: gary5216@att.net
Comments: HELLO TO ALL
Wednesday, July 6th 2011 - 10:27:02 AM
E-mail address: NONE
Comments:. >Nice to see all the comments on here. I dont have the internet but occasionally have the chance to read these. Recognize alot of the names. I was aboard from Apr 65 until Sept 67. Ended up on the sig.nal bridge. See you all in Branson
Monday, July 4th 2011 - 04:05:26 PM
Name: Pete Schroeder
E-mail address: pete17239@hotmail.com
Comments:Here's wishing all my shipmates and anyone else that ever served on the Terrell County a very safe and happy 4th of July.

Pete Schroeder EN2 (67-69)
Monday, July 4th 2011 - 05:17:47 AM
Name: robert slaby
E-mail address: robertslaby@hotmail.com
Comments:I served aboard the Terrell County from Dec 1956 to Jan 1960 as a radio operator leaving in January 1960 as a Rm3. My time included 2 Westpac tours of 8 months each. Our homeport was San Diego. A few days ago I received a call from Clovis Long inquiring about my stay on the Terrell County. What a suprise after leaving the ship in January 1960 (51) years to hear of a Terrell Counnty Reunion. I am definitely interested in attending the Reunion in Oct. I don't know if any of my shipmates would be attending. Would like to hear from anyone who served on the Terrell from 1956-1960. Its been a long time but it was a very good time. Please E-Mail me if you can.Hope to hear from anyone.
Saturday, July 2nd 2011 - 01:26:02 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hello all, Hope everyone is making their plans for Branson. We will riding the Ducks Oct. 7th. price per person is $17.50 adults. The Duck holds 35 I have us locked in for the whole 35 seats, so those interested please contact me and will see if we need to get a 2nd Duck rented. Also guys only have couple of months left to get your reservations made for the hotel they need to be made by Sept. 9th to get our room rates. Looking forward to see lots of you guys there.

Tuesday, June 28th 2011 - 11:57:17 AM
Name: Salvatore Madalone
E-mail address: katiem1217@gmail.com
Comments:My father was on LST 1157 from 65-68.

If he is well enough, we would like to bring him to the reunion in Branson in October.
Friday, June 17th 2011 - 07:19:02 PM
Name: Ira Paulk
E-mail address: ira@irapaulk.com
Comments:I appreciate Clovis calling me. I was on 1157 from 10/1966 to 10/1967. I had a great job as PN3. Today when I tell people about a one month deployment carrying beer and soda (with armed guards in the tank deck) from Da Nang to Chu Lai they don't believe it. I am going to try my best to make it to the 2011 reunion.
Tuesday, June 14th 2011 - 11:47:11 AM
E-mail address: GLOWMANND@ALO.COM
Monday, June 13th 2011 - 04:31:47 PM
E-mail address: courtneynissen@att.net
Monday, June 13th 2011 - 07:26:58 AM
Name: Floyd Wayne Pace SFP3
E-mail address: waynepace.pace@gmail.com
Comments:Class of 1964 to 1966. first trip to nam Aug 64 500 tons of ammo and high explosives. work 52 hours strait to shore it all up. Da nang first stop. Was console operator when we broached in tuy wua not a fun time. Jim Hall Thomas Eddings mark chase were my drunk buddys. Hope to see all in Branson.
Saturday, June 11th 2011 - 04:35:01 PM
Name: David Kasteline
E-mail address: davidkasteline@yahoo.com
Saturday, May 28th 2011 - 03:32:29 PM
Name: Jerry Kimball
E-mail address: jkimb76225@aol.com
Comments:Hello all,
Hello to all,

I came aboard in Aug '63 as a Seaman and left in July '65 as an RM3. I was in morse code school at Yokosuka as a TDY when Kennedy was killed, but came back aboard and made several trips around WestPac. Dennis O'Leary RM1 and P.L. Kennedy RM2 were the senior Radiomen when I got assigned to Radio to sweep and make coffee, and Kenneth Mimms, RM1 was in charge when I was transferred to Beachmaster Unit 1. I am eager to attend the reunion and see some old shipmates but will be solo, my wife of 44 years passed away in November, 2010.
Monday, May 16th 2011 - 03:01:24 PM
Name: phil vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Terrell County Shipmates; I am so amased with the responce that we are getting on this webiste lately. This is just increadable. Please, by all means lets keep this comaraddee and line of comunication going for as long a posible. We have all worked very hard to get where we are now and it looks like all the work is paying off. It all started with George O"Connell starting the ball rolling and started this website and orchastrated our very first reunion I think it was 6 years ago. The first reunion had about 6 or 7 people that came that first year. George correct me if I am wrong on these numbers. From there our website has grown in leaps and bounds. Our reunions have grown to 50 to 55 couples and growing each year. This may be one of our biggest reunions ever shipmates. Just wanted to let all the new shipmated coming to the reunion this year for the first time to bring your old scrap books with all of your old pictures. Everyone likes to look at them and compare pictures and different events corresponding to the pictures. Pleasse bring your wives as they are a key part our our organization. And plan on haveing the time of your life seeing and talking to your old sea buddies. Can not wait to see you all there. Phil Vaccaro BM3
Sunday, May 15th 2011 - 07:16:56 PM
Name: Melvin (Bill) LaPorte
E-mail address: drnkfxr@centurytel.net
Comments:I served on the TC from April 65 to Oct 67 in 3rd division( gunners mates are straight shooters)
Sunday, May 15th 2011 - 05:58:31 PM
Name: Eugene D. Lay
E-mail address: lay3062@hotmail.com
Sunday, May 15th 2011 - 03:12:37 PM
Name: George O'Connell
E-mail address: groconnell@lst1157.com
Homepage URL: http://www.lst1157.com
Comments:I agree with Keith Senska BM3 1965-68 and Phil Vaccaro BM3 1968-70.
Clovis Long QM3 1969-71/DECOM Crew is doing a bang up job garnering information etc.
Also want to give some 'recognition' to Tim Karwoski BT3 1969-71/DECOM Crew who maintains the web site and 'gives' us this guest book and Frank Seeley SFP2 1968-70 who 'maintains' the yahoo site, which should also be visited.

Also, anyone wanting copies of crew lists etc while aboard, contact me direct.

All we ask in return for this information is to have your data on file.


George O'Connell
RM2 1960-62
Sunday, May 15th 2011 - 09:48:02 AM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:In case no one has been watching, Clovis has been working hard to find lost shipmates. In appears to me that he has found several and I have had personal contact with some. Many of them plan to be at the 2011 reunion. So if your one of the many who have putting off making your reservations it is time to get on phone and book your room. One thing for sure is that we will be having a great time in Branson in Oct.
Saturday, May 14th 2011 - 01:36:41 PM
Name: Charles Fitch
E-mail address: tandttrucking2009@yahoo.com (my daughters email)
Comments:Dad says he is very muck looking forward to the reunion in Branson Mo in Otc 2011. Any mates that remember him feel free to call us at 870-436-4762 after 2 pm in the afternoon. He would be glad to hear from any and all.

Mr. Long,
We both are looking forward to meeting you in Joplin Mo on Mon May 16. U have a great day and from one driver to another becareful out there ok..Tammy
Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 10:38:50 PM
Name: Charles Earl Fitch Jr
E-mail address: tandttrucking2009@yahoo.com (my daughters email)
Comments:Mr. Long my dad Charles was very excited in speaking to you toda y and we will see you Mon in Joplin.He is very much looking forward to this reunion and says he ll see all there and take care..
Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 10:12:05 PM
Name: phil vaccaro
E-mail address: vaccarop@bellsouth.net
Comments:Hello Terrell County Shipmates. Makes me feel great all over seeing all the new shipmates signing on the website. The most action that we have had in a long time. So wonderful to see so many new shipmates signing on each week and month. Our goal is to eventually find as many if not all of the great sailors who served aboard the Terrell County LST 1157. The numbers keep adding up each year not only on our TC website but at our annual reunions that we hold each year. Who would have ever believed that after 40 years of hardly no contact that now we are alctually communicating via e-mails and are actually seeing fellow shipmates face to face at our yearly reunions. Shipmates, it does not get any better than that if you know what I mean. Lets all help to keep the search on for shipmates that have not been located and find them and to let them know that the Terrell County and its crew is still a very dedicated orginaziation of shipmates dedicaated to finding and reaching out to all of The Terrell County LST 1157 shipmates and sailors who serrved aboard her. Phil Vaccaro BM3
Wednesday, May 4th 2011 - 05:24:54 PM
Name: Marcia (Marc) Farrow
E-mail address: mefarow1@comcast.net
Comments:Stationed aboard Terrell Cty from Oct 1967 to Mar 1969. Assigned to Deck transfered to medical First person I evacuated was HM2 off the coast of Vietnam. went to HM "A" school. Assigned to HAL-3 in country vietnam 70-71. NRMC SDiego '72, NRMC Naples '79, NRMC SDiego '82, NRMC Naples '86, NRMC SDiego '88 to retirement Jul '93 as HMC. Live in Fishers,Indiana now. Will try to make reunion.
Tuesday, May 3rd 2011 - 06:55:29 AM
Name: Steve Fromson
E-mail address: frmsns@att.net
Comments:Clovis, thanks for the call and info, brings back lots of
forgotten memories. I to was on board when she was broached on the beach for 3 days in Viet Nam.

Steve Fromson (RM3)
Sunday, May 1st 2011 - 07:27:57 AM
Name: Larry A. Garcia
E-mail address: skivvywaver@sbcglobal.net
Comments:Having served on an older (USS Polk Cty. LST-1084) and now receiving orders to new class (Ichi Ichi Go NaNa) was a big thrill for me. Bigger thrill was to follow when we got the news that we would be leaving ComPhibGroup 3 and would become the flagship for LanShipRon 9. Sailing to our new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan along with our sister ships was a cruise worth remembering. I would later serve on the USS Matthews AKA-96, the USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63 and IUWG-1-3 (Inshore Undersea Warfare Group) in Qui Nhon, RVN as a patrol craft commander. A special BRAVO ZULU to all who served with LanShipRon 9. My hometown is San Antonio Tx.
Friday, April 29th 2011 - 04:43:52 PM
Name: John Fortenbaugh
E-mail address: johnson.fortenbaugh@gmail.com
THANKS for tracking me down! I served aboard TC in 1967. I'd just turned 18 and learned a lot that year. I was a deck-ape under BM1 Charlie Lathower and mess cooked for variety & culture.
RDC Richard Ross gave me a phone-talker's job in CIC for GQ and I started standing QMOW/ui with Dave Buderbaugh. Eventually the XO-Navigator, Lt. Fabac let me strike for Quartermaster and life improved dramatically, 'till I got orders to USS OGDEN.
I'm looking forward to seeing you guys in Branson and will try to scare up a few additional shipmates from that era.
Best to all who ever rolled and stumped in our bluff-bowed beauty, ichi ichi go nanna!
Thursday, April 28th 2011 - 04:30:19 AM
Name: Chandler Cook
E-mail address: dblreed@msn.com

Reported abd as a fresh-caught ENS by way of OCS. First of six RVN campaigns was to DaNang before a yard period in '65. Deck Dept for my tour included 1st & 2nd Divisions and Gunnery. OOD at Q'Deck in Sasebo when RM brought msg of Kennedy's assasination. Good to see responses by Homer Smith (Roomie in "Boys Town") amd Bill Mauser -- Bill last heard from by bridge to bridge phone when his ship came alongside "my" AO for unrep in 1966.

Former GM striker (in my time) Bill McKee (sp?) (living in Texas) contacted me a few years back, but I was not much help. Ed Quade (Ops) lives out west, Jim DeBie (sp?)(Engineering) lives in CA, Bob Stevely (XO) is in SDIEGO, around the Christmas holidays in 1976 spoke briefly with Jim Allen (CO) in a department store in Tysons Corner, VA.
Saturday, April 16th 2011 - 01:13:44 PM
Name: Keith Senska
E-mail address: ksenska@santel.net
Comments:This site had some good usage in March and now thus far in April nothing. Lets keep posting and letting everyone know that the Terrell County crew is still alive and well. Lets keep everyone excited about the reunion in Oct. or whatever else may be of interest. Tell us some of the old sea stories. Forty plus years later almost anything is interesting.
Friday, April 8th 2011 - 12:13:19 PM
Name: Clovis Long
E-mail address: clovis43@hotmail.com
Comments:Hey all lets get those reservations made. I checked the other day and 9 have made theirs. Lets make this one of the bigger reunions. Notice to all of the ole DECK hands the hotel has plenty of towels to clean up the oil spills. Deck is superior!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 30th 2011 - 12:33:43 PM
Name: Dave LaBar
E-mail address: delabar1@frontier.com
Comments:to all you newbies WELCOME back . it's good to see all the crew getting together again. Hope to see you all in Branson.We have had a great time there in the past, lets do it again
Dave LaBar EN2 66-70
Snipes Rule
Wednesday, March 30th 2011 - 08:48:49 AM
Name: Tim Karwoski BT3
I'm pretty sure I remember you. Although we did not hang out together I seem to remember your name. Glad you found the site!
Monday, March 28th 2011 - 06:23:36 PM
Name: Clyde G Babcock
E-mail address: babcock4269@roadrunner.com
Comments:Was on board Nov 68 to sometime in 69. End up hositpal in Hong Kong. Hope some remeber me. Was in Deck. Anixous about the reunion. later Clyde G Babcock
Saturday, March 26th 2011 - 03:22:42 PM
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