Name :   Bob Wallett
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   1yes
What Years? :   1966-69
Rate / Rank :   RD2
E - mail Address :   rwallett@charter.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   Had some great times.Anyone remember the time we almost colided with the Columbus.Steady bering decreasing range at about 55 knots relative speed
Name :   Tom Ellison
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1969-Med Cruise 2-69 1/6 USMS H&S Company
Rate / Rank :   L/Cpl (Discharged Sgt. E-5)
E - mail Address :   swim_tom@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I was a Marine aboard the USS Francis Marion from July 69-Dec. 69. Great ship and fine crew.
Name :   Michael Oldham
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   74-75
Rate / Rank :   MMFN
E - mail Address :   michaeloldham@bellsouth.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   All you guys that were in M Division in those days, Kotlarz, Royal, Bernie, Sorenson, Hall, Kellett, Hooten, and all the others give me a shout at this e-mail address. Im the guy that always got throttle watch after Bear got out. Half the time I was calle
Name :   Robert T. Moran
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1974/75. Was onboard when we ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay and also for refresher training in GTMO Cuba when we had a fire in the engine room.
Rate / Rank :   YNC
E - mail Address :   moran8528@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Served as Ships Secretary, Captains Writer, and C.O.s phone talker during GQ. Capt Eugene Rueff, now deceased, was the most unique naval officer I ever served under. I could tell sea stories for weeks. When we ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay the C.O. wa
Name :   Bob Belmont
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   71-75
Rate / Rank :   Personnelman 2nd class
E - mail Address :   bbelmont@rochester.rr.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   The crew aboard the Francis Marion sure brings back many great memories. Bob
Name :   Gary J Klose
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   March 1973 - Oct 1976
Rate / Rank :   QMC USN Ret
E - mail Address :   offmgrbdm@rcn.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I reported aboard Frannie Mae as my Ist duty Station, struck for Quartermaster from 2nd Div. Deck made QM3 and departed after reenlistment just after the Baltimore Ship yard over haul in 1976. Retired as a QMC in Feb 1993.
Name :   Alexis DAngelo Drago
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   No - my father was
What Years? :   late 60s
Rate / Rank :   
E - mail Address :   alexisdrago1973@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I believe my father Carmine DAngelo served aboard the USS Francis Marion when stationed in Panama. Im trying to get some information on his Navy days, as he died on February 29, 2004. If you have any stories or photos, please let me know at the email addr
Name :   wayne litten
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   69-73
Rate / Rank :   mm-3
E - mail Address :   wlitten@hotmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   had fun on the Fox, would like to hear from anyone that was on her them years
Name :   Marty Yaniga
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1974-1977
Rate / Rank :   OSC
E - mail Address :   mrtyyan@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Pls. add my name to the ships roster
Name :   Block, Daniel J.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   Dec. 1966 until Nov. 1967
Rate / Rank :   LI 3
E - mail Address :   dblock@accesstoledo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Was attached to the staff of Comphibron 4. Great Times.
Name :   Kevin W. Towne Sr.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   End of August 1972 to July 3 1975 served U.S. Navy. about 7 months befor leaving the Navy I was T.A.D. to staff and Commissioned the Air Craft Carrier USS Nimitz. in May 1975
Rate / Rank :   E-3
E - mail Address :   ptowne@snet.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   Joined the Navy at 17 years old, entered a boy and left as a Man.
Name :   Francis C. Affolter
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   June 10, 1968 to January 9, 1970 Honorable discharged from the military upon completion of my tour on the Swamp Fox.
Rate / Rank :   RM1
E - mail Address :   faffolt@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Today is January 13, 2008. Some of the highlights were the Mediteranean, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Appolo 8 (Atlantic Recovery Force) and Rio de Janeiro. But most of all is the interaction and memories of my shipmates that made up the radio crew. I have lo
Name :   Flores Jose
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1974-1978
Rate / Rank :   BM3
E - mail Address :   afge3961@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Kevin Smith
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   No, My Dad was
What Years? :   1961
Rate / Rank :   Plankowner
E - mail Address :   smitty138@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   My dad served on this ship, his name was Kenneth J Smith, He passed away Jan 9 1998. He spoke of many great memories of the ship. My Uncle was on ship at the same time, Bruce Daly God Bless all
Name :   Loren Liston
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1968-1970
Rate / Rank :   EN2
E - mail Address :   LLL8114@embarqmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Updating E-mail address
Name :   Nelson Dee Schreiber
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1962....Cuban Missile Crisis
Rate / Rank :   2/LT, USMC
E - mail Address :   Info @ Equissage.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   My most vivid memory was being assigned to the wave I would be on the NEXT DAY, when it was exprected we would invade Cuba. Overnight the Russians agreed to remove their missiles, and we returned to Norfolk.
Name :   Frederick G. Flagge, Jr.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   10-30-1968 to 7-23-1969
Rate / Rank :   mm2
E - mail Address :   solarray65@bellsouth.net
web site URL :   N/A
Comments :   email is daughter Sonia for contact
Name :   George Clark RM3
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   62 Carib Cruise
What Years? :   About 3 mos summer 1962 with TACRON 22 detachment Must have been B4 Missile crisis as I was on Cambria then.
Rate / Rank :   RM3
E - mail Address :   BluefishGeorge@msn.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Found thru Google. Others with me were Richard I. Allen, Roberts, Redmond, Earl Greig and another sailor, whose face I can still see, but name forgotten Rms, but Redmond
Name :   Wilfred Lemieux Jr.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1976 to 1979
Rate / Rank :   MM-1
E - mail Address :   Wlem120952@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Bob Wallett
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes I was
What Years? :   Mar 66-Jul 69
Rate / Rank :   RD2
E - mail Address :   rwallett@charter.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   Does anyone remenber when we nearly collided with the CG Columbus, we nearly scraoed paint. The old man was not happy!!
Name :   Lawrence (Larry) Hogan
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   67 to 70
Rate / Rank :   EM3
E - mail Address :   lmhogan2000@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Med, Apollo, Gitmo, Carribean and yes the shellback and Reo experience. What a great ride. Went to Assult Craft Unit 2 after and another Med and carrabean cruise.
Name :   Carroll McDorman
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   YES
What Years? :   March 1979 - March 1971
Rate / Rank :   GMG2
E - mail Address :   cmcdorman@msn.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Scott H. Vaughn
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1976 thru the Decom
Rate / Rank :   OS2
E - mail Address :   shvaughn@comcast .net
web site URL :   
Comments :   Was one of the times in my life that I wont forget. Going to Mardi Gras, the Collision, the Decomissioning, Watching LDCR Erickson walking down the pier after he was so badly hurt in the collision. All of us in ops were truly good freinds and brothers
Name :   KENNETH ARCIERI
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   YES
What Years? :   1961 & 1962
Rate / Rank :   HM2 -2ND MARDIV
E - mail Address :   IPTF2@AOL.COM
web site URL :   
Comments :   WENT ON THE SHIP DURING ONE OF ITS FIRST DEPLOYMENTS AND BACK ON FOR THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS.I WAS A CORPSMAN FOR THE BLT ON BOARD.
Name :   W. Mike Smith
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1970 - 1971
Rate / Rank :   DK-2
E - mail Address :   mike@thecoastcountry.com
web site URL :   www.thecoastcountry.com
Comments :   Aboard during MED and several Caribbean Cruises - Favorite Ports were - Toulon, France; Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; San Juan, PR & Cartehena, Columbia
Name :   Johannes
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Jansen
What Years? :   1971
Rate / Rank :   RNLMC
E - mail Address :   jgcjansen@gmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I was a Dutch Marine and was on board for 3 weeks for the exercise Doria Salute on Vieqas. Made many friends with the USMC. Had also great times at Rooseveld Roads and will never forget the nights with many beer in Old San Juan and on Aruba.
Name :   Phillip W. Mullins
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   
Rate / Rank :   HM3 Phillip W Mullins
E - mail Address :   phillipwmullins@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   In collision and Decomm
Name :   James A. Talley, Jr.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1960-1961
Rate / Rank :   HM2
E - mail Address :   jamesatalley@lycos.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Tom Piotrowski
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1967-1968
Rate / Rank :   FTG3
E - mail Address :   tspkap@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Clayton Johnson
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   
What Years? :   
Rate / Rank :   
E - mail Address :   chief_clayton_johnson@hotmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I was a guest aboard during the 1978 and 1979 Mardis Gras host ship visit to New Orleans. I was a high school NJROTC cadet & this was the highlight of my high school career.
Name :   Warren Massey
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   64 to 66
Rate / Rank :   E3
E - mail Address :   maddawg1330@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Rayne Poussard
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1963-1964
Rate / Rank :   YN3
E - mail Address :   dirigo@prodigy.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   I was the Captains Yeoman for our skipper Captain Raymond M. Harris 1963-64
Name :   Ralph Garcia
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1976 - 2 weeks of Naval Reserve Duty
Rate / Rank :   RM1
E - mail Address :   tcomsupt@gmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Reserve compliment to COMPHIBGRU TWO. Unfortunately it had been docked right after the collision with the Greek frieghter. I had just started my reserve duty after 4 years of active service. This was the first ship I served on as a reservist. I still have
Name :   Phillip W. Mullins
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   would have to check my service record. see comments.
Rate / Rank :   HM3 Phillip W Mullins
E - mail Address :   phillipwmullins@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Onboard during collision and de comissioned the ship. Meade Graham Withrow can verify, we transsferred off together to NAS Oceana/Dam Neck and I to VA-85.
Name :   Steve Bartee
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1973
Rate / Rank :   bm
E - mail Address :   steve_bartee@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Donald Vasconcelos
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes.plankholder
What Years? :   4/61 commissioning team at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore until 7/63
Rate / Rank :   LTjg
E - mail Address :   CC67272@aol.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Gary Sypniewski
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1977-1979
Rate / Rank :   BT3
E - mail Address :   syp58@optonline.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   North atlantic cruises, Queen elizabeth Silver Jubilee, New Orleans Mardi Gra host ship. Snipes
Name :   Carlos C. Alberto Jr.
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1961-1964
Rate / Rank :   SD
E - mail Address :   barbara_alberto@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Would like to hear from fellow Pilipino shipmates.
Name :   John Bednarczyk
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   YES
What Years? :   1966-1968
Rate / Rank :   CS3
E - mail Address :   abednarczyk@echoes.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   love the reunions, nice get together and great time
Name :   F Peter Gersbacher
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   1960-1962 (Plankowner)
Rate / Rank :   Ltjg
E - mail Address :   petegers@pacbell.net
web site URL :   www.geocities.com/petegersb
Comments :   Send details on next reunion when available
Name :   William J ODay III
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   May 1978 August 1979
Rate / Rank :   HM3
E - mail Address :   Billybearny@roadrunner.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   I served on her first as a seaman and then striking for a spot as a Hospital Corpsman. Getting that spot I was under the guideance of a Senior Chief Meade Withrow. After the collison I was later sent to School when I became a corpsman and later was statio
Name :   JAY BIGGINS
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   YES
What Years? :   1964 UNTIL 1967
Rate / Rank :   BM 3
E - mail Address :   jbiggins43@yahoo.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   ANY SHIPMATES ?
Name :   melissa
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   my dad was
What Years? :   67-70
Rate / Rank :   SFM2
E - mail Address :   
web site URL :   
Comments :   Hi my dad Dan Gay,was on this ship and i had the pleasure of meeting some of his shipmates at a few of the reunions...great bunch of guys you are...just wanted to say hello and thanks for all your years of service to us and our country! :) melissa gay
Name :   Ross Franklin
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   77-78
Rate / Rank :   EN3
E - mail Address :   ross_franklin@hotmail.com
web site URL :   
Comments :   Was on the New Orleans and Europe cruises. Remember the big bust?! I do! LoL Still alive and doing very well.
Name :   Vincent Nitti
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   yes
What Years? :   1977
Rate / Rank :   
E - mail Address :   L/CPL USMC
web site URL :   
Comments :   
Name :   Homer Buddles
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   Yes
What Years? :   6 May 1970 to 26 April 1971
Rate / Rank :   EM-1
E - mail Address :   chfden@telenet.net
web site URL :   
Comments :   Made EMC while onboard the Fox. Retired from the Navy in May 1979 as a NCCS withe 22 years of service.
Name :   LOUIS A VOYER
Were you aboard the Francis Marion? :   YES
What Years? :   I DO NOT KNOW THE EXACT YEAR IT WAS IN 71-72 CRIBEAN CRUZE
Rate / Rank :   SGT-SSGT
E - mail Address :   LAVOYERMN@COMCAST.NET
web site URL :   
Comments :   THIS WAS THE FIRST SHIP I WAS ON I WAS SGT OF GUARD AND LOCKED THE BN CHAPLAIN IN THE BRIG THE BN CO HAD TO COME AND GET HIM OUT I WAS 3/6 WIRE CHIEF
  
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