Dave Skeahan's USS Skagit Photos

Dave My name is Dave Skeahan, they call me Skeeter.

I served in the Navy aboard USS Skagit during the Korean War as an Engineman 3rd Class in the Boat Division.

I made two WestPac cruises between 1951 and 1953, and was aboard when the ship operated in Korean waters during "Operation Decoy", a feint landing at Kojo, and the building of POW camps at Yancho DO, and Pangam Do called Operation "Spread Out".

Below are some of my pictures, memorabilia and memories............

San Diego, Aug 1950

Boot Camp


Boot Camp, San Diego, Aug 1950

George Austin - Royce Painter - Ole Ronnington - "Bub" Skeahan

Tom Pendrak - Chuck Johnson




USS Skagit Personnel Diary 22 Feb 1951 to 31 Mar 1951




USS Skagit Deck Log 1 May 1951 to 31 May 1951






Administrative Remarks, First Cruise

Administrative Remarks, First Cruise




Administrative Remarks, Second Cruise

Administrative Remarks, Second Cruise




USS Skagit

Rarely Seen Photo of USS Skagit

Note: Full Compliment of 24 Boats, with LCVPs Inside The MIKE Boats





Menu

Menu

Thanksgiving Menu 1951




Docking In Pusan, April, 1951

Docking In Pusan, April, 1951




In July 1952 we hauled supplies to build POW Camps

Bob Barraque, Ken Genn, Wilkerson

Bob Barraque, Ken Genn, Wilkerson




A Load of Lumber

A Load of Lumber




Tom Koch Cox'n, Eddie Cook, Wilkerson

Tom Koch Cox'n, Eddie Cook, Wilkerson




Me and Wilkerson

Me and Wilkerson with more lumber






Korean boys cleaning up rice from LCM






Korean boy cleaning up rice, Bob Parsons in boat.




In the Fall of 1952 we made the feint landing at Kojo, with 50 mph winds and high seas.

Kojo Korea, October 1952

Kojo Korea, October 1952




Kojo Korea, October 1952

Kojo Korea, October 1952




George Rateike EN1

George Rateike Engineman 1st Class August 1951




Bob Parsons, Tom Koch

Bob Parsons - Tom Koch

San Diego February 1953







Tug Boat, Pusan Korea April 1951






Army Boat, Koje Do Korea July 1952

Our LCVP picked up an Army General and brought him aboard







Pilot Boat, Pusan Korea April 1952




Kojo Korea, October 1952

Kojo Korea, October 1952






Combat equipped Marines clamber down cargo nets into LCVPs for training




During an excersize in Pohang November 1952,

Me and the driver were pinned when a hatch crew hoisted an Army truck before we were out of the well deck.




Entry From the Ship's Log 4 November 1952






For our efforts at Kojo we were awarded the Combat Action Ribbon








My Medals and Ribbons






Boot Camp 1950





Spirit Ship

"THE SPIRIT SHIP” is an Art Tribute dedicated to the workers of Mare Island Naval Shipyard marking the closure of the Shipyard in 1996.
The sculpture by William Wareham has a “dog tag” for many of the ships built and repaired on Mare Island.


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There Is A Poetry In Ships' Names

It can still be heard in the quiet watches of the night..., when mist obscures the waterfront and foghorns call mournfully through the darkness. Out across the bay, blinking lights mark the channel down which Navy ships have sailed for a hundred years, and bells sound a knell for those that never came back. There is no quiet Arlington for ships; their bones rust in unknown lands beneath the sea.

The names that entered history in minutes filled with fire and thunder are soon forgotten, except in long hours of the night when the bells call the roll of missing ships.

--- Fletcher Pratt




Lone Sailor Memorial San Francisco California

lone Sailor Memorial

THE LONE SAILOR


THIS IS A MEMORIAL TO EVERYONE WHO EVER SAILED OUT OF THE GOLDEN GATE IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY - IN THE NAVY, THE MARINE CORPS, THE COAST GUARD, THE MERCHANT MARINE.

A SHIP HEADING FOR SEA PASSES DIRECTLY BY THIS SPOT AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE GOLDEN GATE. HERE THE SAILOR FEELS THE FIRST LONG ROLL OF THE SEA, THE BEGINNING OF THE ENDLESS HORIZON THAT LEADS TO THE FAR PACIFIC.

THERE IS ONE LAST CHANCE TO LOOK BACK AT THE CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, SHINING ON ITS HILLS, ONE LAST CHANCE TO LOOK BACK AT THE COASTLINE OF THE UNITED STATES, ONE LAST CHANCE TO LOOK BACK AT HOME.

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SEAFARERS HAVE SAILED PAST THIS PLACE, IN PEACE AND WAR, TO DEFEND THIS COUNTRY AND ITS SEA FRONTIERS. MANY OF THEM NEVER RETURNED. THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED TO THE ORDINARY SAILORS AND MARINES WHO SAILED FROM THIS PLACE AND DID THEIR DUTY.






The Following Are Some Of My Skagit Reunion Photos










Vince Butero AKA Shotgun Red











Unknown
 
Don
Byrnes
 
Orville
Crawford





Orville Crawford

Plank Owner CMDR Orville Crawford, Chaplain

St. Peters Chapel Mare Island Vallejo, California Sept. 2000





Plankowners



Walter
Norman
 
Libby
Lanning
 
Tom
MaGaha
 
Orville
Crawford
 
Don
Byrnes
 
Jerry
Gaughan
 
Ken
Munro












Zeke and Barbra Forlina - Marlene and Toni Manca

Mary and Phil Alongi

Sacramento, California Sept. 2000







Ralph Hedemark - Virginia and Ralph Ianni - Ed "Jim" Beam

Sacramento, California Sept. 2000







Ralph Ianni

Sacramento, California Sept. 2000







Paul Gonneville - Libby and Marilyn Lanning

Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky Sept. 1997







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San Diego Reunion 1992



George Rateike






Jim Harless - George Rateike - Don Vogan




Philadelphia 1995 Plank Owners



Front: Harris, Lanning, Hoffman, McGaha, Parker, Geis

Back: Gonneville, Brewin, Ferrari, Kennedy, Thompson, Gaughan, Nichols, Rohdes, Busta, Leidenberger




DAVE'S SALUTE TO VETERANS CRUISE

MAY 16, 2015
SNAPFISH PHOTO ALBUM


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SS JEREMIAH O'BRIEN 2016 Cruise Schedule

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See ya at the next reunion




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