Tell us about your time on board The Flexible Frez:
Let us know who you are, when you were aboard and what Division you were in. Then, leave us a message or a memory about The Frez.
Finally, add your contact info (e-mail and/or phone number) so your Shipmates can find you.
Plankowners / 60’s
|Name||Years Aboard||Rate / Rank||Div.||Contact||Memory/Quote|
|Jim Alexander||’69-’72||LTjg||Comemail@example.com||07/69-04/72 Communications Officer Lieutenant Junior Grade Plankowner|
|Don Allen||’69-’71||SK3||Supply||DAllen222@yahoo.com||I was an SK3. I was a plank owner and served on the Fresno from about October 1969 till my discharge in Oct, 1971.|
|Coby Barstad||’69-’71||RM3||Opsfirstname.lastname@example.org||10/69-01/71 RM3 Ops From oldest LST(344) to the newest(1182) Plank owner|
|Tom Brackhahn||’69 -’71||SH3||Supplyemail@example.com||1969-1971, SH3, Supply Div., Plankowner|
|Harold Luna||’69-’71||SN||Supplyfirstname.lastname@example.org||1969 – 71 Supply, E-3 Plankowner|
|Carlos Lugo||’69-’73||CS3||Supply||’69-’73 E-4 Plankowner|
|Name||Years Aboard||Rate / Rank||Div.||Contact||Memory/Quote|
|Joe Janik||’70-’72||BM3email@example.com||1/70 thru 11/72 …2nd div..BM3|
|John Robinson||’70||RM3firstname.lastname@example.org||Came aboard a few days before heading to Da Nang with stops in HI. and Guam, Subic.. Radarman PO3 left after serving aboard after Thanksgiving of 1970|
|Larry Brooker||’70 – ’74||EN3email@example.com||Served from ’70-’74. EN3 Oil King|
|Steve Bowman||’71 – ’73||EN3||Huskerbow@gmail.com||Served as Oil King|
|Rick Anderson||’71-’74||LTjg||Commfirstname.lastname@example.org||71-74, Gunnery Officer and then Comms Officer, left as LTJG. Best memory was 56 degree roll in a typhoon off of Taiwan. And, acing the final battle problem at REFTRA as we got a copy of the script in advance compliments of the Radio Shack guys.|
|Robert M Cobine||’71-’74||SN/BM3email@example.com||1971-1974 sn/bm3|
|Doyle Osborne (Ozzie)||’71 – ’75||ENC||M&Afirstname.lastname@example.org||4 years onboard, 2 years M Div, 2 years A Div. Rate ENC.|
Served onboard 4,May 1971 – 4,May 1975. Was chief in M Div. for 2 years and 2 years A Div Chief. Was transferred to COMNAVSURFPAC May 1975. Returned TAD for the Insurve Inspection. Spent 2 weeks with ADM Buckley during the inspection. That was a great experience. That inspection gave the ship the ADM Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy.
Most memorable #2A main propulsion over sped causing an explosion in the exhaust system. Severe damage to intake/exhaust valves and piston crowns. Cause of over speed a improper installed screw on the onboard fuel injection control shaft. The screw had came loose when the engine was de-clutched the surge became jammed against the side of the engine causing the injectors to stay at 75% fuel. I was the EOW in the engine room when this occurred. My main consern was clearing all Personell out of the area.
|David Roy Leppert||’72-’76||FN||A Gangemail@example.com||1971 – 1975 Fireman A-gang|
We had the fastest LST on one of my west pac.
Portland oregon 503-720-2536
|Bill Jay||’72-’74||RM3||OCfirstname.lastname@example.org||1972 – 1974 RM3 OC Div (Radio)|
|Jim Kremer||’72-’74||PC3email@example.com||72-74 PC3|
|K.C. Ratner||’72-’74||OSSN||CICfirstname.lastname@example.org||Served on Fresno 11/72 to 6/74 in CIC. Looking for Pat Bailey, Dan Scally, William Treet.|
|Rich Ferry||’72-’75||EM3||Eemail@example.com||1972 – 1975 / EM3 / Electric Shop|
Did 2 West Pacs and initiated as a Shellback
|David Barkley||’72-’75||QM3||OIfirstname.lastname@example.org||I was on Fresno from 1972 to 1975. Left as a QM3. In the OI Division. 72-73 and 74 Westpac. |
Separated in 1986 as QM1 1/2. Made chief but didn’t get to put it on.
Time on Fresno was my best sea duty.
|Darcy Zerbel||’72-’76||EN2||Eemail@example.com||‘72-‘76 on USS Fresno|
Two tours; Died 10-17-2021 at age 68.
|Les Mann||’73-’75||ENS||2nd/A||LesMann3@hotmail.com||Arrived as newly commissioned Ensign from the University of Washington NROTC. Learned a lot, and grew up a lot while with 2nd Division, and then as DCA. Like Rick Anderson remember the 56 degree roll. Another key memory was leading the parade in the Philippines celebrating MacArthur’s return.|
|Ron Juliano||’73-’firstname.lastname@example.org||1973 to 1976|
|Dallas Grant||’74-’75||HM2||OI||DGrant5347@yahoo.com||74 -75, HM2, OI Division|
|William J. Nimocks||’72-’75||FN||Memail@example.com||1972- 1975 FN M-Div Worked in #1 engine room, Main Control my entire enlistment.|
|Tim Abernethy||’75-’79||BM3firstname.lastname@example.org||1975-1979 BM3 1st Div|
|Ronald Zepke||’76-’76||SNemail@example.com||76-76 seaman. 2nd division 76 Wes-pac,|
Australia. Brisbane. Shellback
|Timothy Peters||’75-’78||RM2||OCfirstname.lastname@example.org||Some of my shipmates in OC: Ltjg Squiers, RMC Holstad, RM1 Terry Lacher, Rm3 Tom Smith RMSN Mike Milner, RMSN Dave Garner, and many others whose names I can no longer remember (wish I had a cruisebook). During my time on board we all worked to get the Fresno awarded the ComThirdFlt Amphibious Green ‘C’ Award.|
Bad memories: 1) The death of an EM3 (name?) at a Ship’s Party on a Special Services Beach in Guam during ’76 Westpac, and 2) The Engine Room’s fire while in Homeport San Diego in 1978.
Best experience: Port of Call – Brisbane, Australia; then steaming for Home
|Kenny Moss||’76||SNemail@example.com||I was in 2nd division deck ape. Tauwai was my 1st class. I was a Seaman. I came from the USS Mobile (LKA 115). Met the Fresno in the Philippines.|
|Kevin Gilmore||’76 – ’79||OS2||OIfirstname.lastname@example.org||I wrote a 15-part series of blog posts about my life in the days leading up to my enlistment, through boot camp, and of course, my time aboard the Fresno. Here’s a link to the first of those 15 blog posts. Look for a link at the end of each post to take you to the next one. https://onekgguy.blogspot.com/2008/12/1975-revisited.html|
|Billy Green||’76-’79||EN3||A-Gangemail@example.com||76-79 EN-3 A-Gang the picture for the 70’s is me and Robin in the filter cleaning shop. Great friends and Brothers|
|John Rhodes||’76-’80||BM1||Deckfirstname.lastname@example.org||1976-1980 Bm1|
|Keith Wilson||’76-’80||HT2||Remail@example.com||(76-80) HT2|
|Buck Newsome||’76-’80||EN3firstname.lastname@example.org||76/80. EN3.|
|John Bennett||’76-’80||SH3||Deck/Semail@example.com||1976-1980 SH3|
I worked on deck in 2nd div. before cross rating to Ship Serviceman. I then worked in the barbershop, ships store, geedunk and laundry. I came onboard with Mark Martin, Parsons, Buck Newsome, Whitmarsh, a few others and the late Bobby Jack (Merv) Arvin RIP . We stayed at Naval Station Coronado until the Frez returned from WestPac.
|Randall Bush||’76-’82||EN2firstname.lastname@example.org||76-80 EN2! Spent first 3 months flying around West Pacific trying to catch ship did nothing but party & get payed I getting $365.00 a monthI I was 17. Caught it in Hawaii at end of the 76 West -PAC|
|Michael Milner||’77-’79||RM||OCemail@example.com||77-79 Rm OC div.|
|Ronald Hicks||’77-’80||GMGfirstname.lastname@example.org||I served aboard the USS Fresno LST-1182 from 1977-1980. I made a WESTPAC and I was in 3rd division, the Gunner’s Mates. We were part of Deck along with the Boatswains Mates and stood the same watches as other BMs at sea. Living on boat and sailing the Pacific is a unique experience that is rarely experienced by ordinary civilians.|
|LTCDR Dennis Roeber||’78’79||LTCDR||ENGemail@example.com||1978-1979 Engineer|
Dennis was a LTCDR deployed August
1978 till April 79 back right around Easter. Under the Command of Richard Schueger. Dennis passed away October 1, 2021 Dennis Retired as a CDR in 1990 from Quantico VA. Command and Staff College. I am His wife Kathy submitting this information.
|Doug Black||’78-’79||MR3||A-Gangfirstname.lastname@example.org||78-79 MR3 A-Gang I was the only machinist on board. The West PAC for my last year was great and the guys in A-gang were the best!|
|Kenneth Ronjoin||’78-’81||ENCS||1978-1981 ENCS|
|Dennis Reed||’78-’email@example.com||78-81 / Deck First Division / My most favorite memories were when we had swim call and all of the Ports that we went to.|
|Tommy Payne||’79-’80||BMCfirstname.lastname@example.org||78-80 BM1/BMC 1st Div|
Made BMC on the FREZ
|Rick Coppinger||’79 – ’81||GMG2email@example.com||2 years from 1979 to 1981 as a gunners mate GMG2 the 3″ 50 was a great gun that I loved to shoot.|
|Bob Kyle||79-’82||EN2||Afirstname.lastname@example.org||May 79- Oct 82. A-Division EN2|
|Benjamin Chavez||’79-’82||EN1||A Gangemail@example.com||2/23/1979 to 9/28/1982|
EN1 – LPO #3 Engine room
I was in A-gang for a while and LPO for #2 Engine room. Underway Stood EEOW in #1 Engine room. I vaguely remember changing out a turbo charger while at sea, who has that much fun.
|Joe King||’79-’83||BT3firstname.lastname@example.org||1979- 1983 BT 3|
|Philip E. Graham||’79-’81||CDR||Supplyemail@example.com||Years Aboard: May 1979 – Dec 1981|
Position: Food Services Officer/Disbursing Officer- May 1979 – May 1980
Supply Department Head: May 1980 – Dec 1981
Memories of Hotel Fresno: One favorite memory is our port call on Eureka, CA in April 1980 where CDR Santamaria (the CO) was the Grand Marshall for the Eureka’s Rhododendron Parade. Great city to enjoy a port call. Another favorite memory is when FRESNO was moored at SRF, Guam for a C4 CASREP to its reduction gears and we hosted a Pig Roast for the ship’s crew while Chief’s/Officers played Crew in a softball game. There was fantastic comradery among the crew during the ’79-’80 WESTPAC deployment.
|Name||Years Aboard||Rate / Rank||Div.||Contact||Memory/Quote|
|Dana Bell||’80-’82||SNfirstname.lastname@example.org||1980-1982. My first ship, my first deployment. Met her in NS Subic Bay. Crossed the line while onboard. I was a deck seaman & boat coxswain, 2nd division. D. F. Santamaria was our Skipper. Good times & great memories. I cried when I saw the video of her being sunk. She will always be my first.|
|John D. Torchio||’80-’82||E3||S2email@example.com||1980 to 1982 made the westpac became a shell back. E-3 S-2 Food Service|
|John Follen||’80-’82||2nd/Medical||Running_John@yahoo.com||1980-82 2nd Div / Medical|
|Michael McNees||’80-’83||BTFN||M&Bfirstname.lastname@example.org||First and only ship. Was in #2 ER as a ENFA first year, switched rate to BTFN and operated evaporators in #1 Aux last 2 yrs. Met some wonderful friends, saw places most people will never see, did some crazy things (still doing them today).|
|Greg Fox||’80-’83||EN2||M||GFox333@bluemarble.net||May 1980- Dec. 1983 EN2 M-Division|
|Russell Hicks||’80-’83||SHSN||Deck/Supplyemail@example.com||Worked in 2nd. Division first half of my time aboard and then supply, ran the laundry and Gedunk. Had an over all great time and learned a lot about myself while on board. One of the best times was celebrating Christmas and News Years in Subic and a group of us taken the train towards the Dmz while we were in Korea and walking around the rice fields.|
|Frank Cisneros||’80-’84||SN/SH||2nd/Sfirstname.lastname@example.org||I was aboard the USS FRESNO LST-1182, from August 1st, 1980 to March 16th, 1984. I was first in 2nd Deck Division, then moved on to Supply Division. I became an SH, and was one of the Ship’s Barbers, and Laundryman, and I worked in the Ship’s Gedunk, and had custody of the 2 Ship’s vending machines. In the beginning I was an Ammo handler inside the gun magazine for Gun mount #2. Later I was a member of one of the Fire fighting teams, as well as a Member of the In port Security Alert team. I was also both a Forward and After look out for Sea and Anchor Details, and for Beach Landings.|
|Jamie Bryant||’81-’82||Lcpl||Weapons Co email@example.com||Weapons Co 1/3|
|Stan Allen||’81-’83||EN2||Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||1981-1983 EN2|
|Joseph Jay||’81-’85||RM3||OCemail@example.com||1981-85 2 West pacs Shellback RM3|
Fav visits, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Hawaii
|Marty Drumm||’81-’86||ICC (SW)||Efirstname.lastname@example.org||I served aboard the Fresno from 1981 thru 1986. I was attached to E Div.|
She was my home for 6 years. I’ll try and dig up some photos to share, from the 4 1/2 Wespac’s.
|Robert Hoffschneider||’82 – ’84||GMGemail@example.com||Reported aboard the Fresno in Feb. ’82 at Subic Bay Naval Station as a GMG 1. I remember meeting GMGC Pete on the quarterdeck. After he welcomed me aboard, he said, “Do you have any knowledge of the 3″/50 gun mounts”? I said, “Sure do that’s about all I’ve ever worked on”. Made chief on the Fresno after some exciting years on board. Wife became ombudsmen for the ship the last two years Captain Barker served aboard. Served with some great guys, enlisted, chiefs and officers.|
|Daniel Chance||’82-’86||EN1/Chief||M||DMChance55@gmail.com||Inport Yokosuka, Japan Ships Repair Facility. June, ’86 after an extremely long trip from San Diego, I was called to CPO qtrs and informed with ENCS Ronald Rhodes while a Master Chief was telling us that they are sending a SITREP out that ships force cause the casualities on4 mains and 2 generators. Once instructed of their mistake the MC went running out of CPO qtrs to stop that SITREP from being sent.|
|Vince||’84||YNSA||N/Xfirstname.lastname@example.org||1yr, YNSA, Nix division. Capt Barker was my last Captain.|
|Tom Cole||’82-’84||EN2||Bemail@example.com||82-84, LPO B Div, EN2 …..1 Aux, 2 Aux, Fuel/Water Lab|
LPO of B Div…had the boilers, Evaps, and the Fuel Lab. We had charge of all fuel, oil, and water. Back then we had a great crew – great people. Nope, wouldn’t trade it for the world.
|Kenneth Knox||’82 – ’84||MS3||Kennox.KK@gmail.com|
|Kevin Powell||’82-’85||IC3||Efirstname.lastname@example.org||1982-85 IC3 I came on ship from Subic Bay during Westpac 1982 I was at Transit Barrack waiting for ship to come back from The IO. I was Fire Apprentice worked in ER 1 , with En1 Monton. EN3 Priebe, I left as An IC3 in 1985 I remember. Gregg Foxx, sparkman, koeth, wojick, Jesse Ragell, Dan Healy aka bone head lol. Marty Drumm ICC, I will have to dig up my cruise books and find more .|
|John Koeth||’82-’85||EN3email@example.com||82-85. EN3|
|Michael Long||’83-’86||EN3||M&Bfirstname.lastname@example.org||1983-86, EN3, M&B division|
|Bob Boling||’83-’87||BM3||Deckemail@example.com||12/83-5/87 BM3 great memories was the cruise in ‘85 and west pac in ‘86. The whole enlistment was one of the best times in my life.|
|David English||’84-’87||EN2||Afirstname.lastname@example.org||84-87, EN2 A-Div|
|Tony Barron||’84-’87’||email@example.com||84-87 / 3RD DIV|
|Jim Koehler||’84-’88||BM3 (SW)||firstname.lastname@example.org||1984-1988 BM3(SW) 1st. Div.|
|Michael O’Brien||’84-’88||BM3email@example.com||84 to 88 BM3 Deck 1st Div.|
|Jim Bebee||’84-’88||BM2firstname.lastname@example.org||Thanks to the Frez for making me a shellback forever! Some of the best years of my life with some of the best guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone needs to attend a reunion at least once in their life. The Vegas reunion was just like old times, even with the shipmates that I didn’t serve onboard with.|
|John Root||’84-’88||SNemail@example.com||84/88 SN|
|Dan Barry||’84-’89||A-Gangfirstname.lastname@example.org||85/89 A gang|
|LT Ed Foust||’85-’87||LT||CICO/A-Gangemail@example.com||Great crew, great shipmates! My most memorable times in the Navy were on the Frez! Great Port Calls!|
Love the Gator Navy!
|Earl Burris||SA / YN2||1st/NXfirstname.lastname@example.org||Loved every minute of my time on board, even the hard ones. LOL|
|Rick Price||’85–”88||SN||2nd||Richard@EvergreenConcreteCutting.com||SN Price 2nd Div Deck|
85-88 I got out in the Philippines.
|Tim Burke||’85-’89||EN2||M Div/Oil Shackemail@example.com||‘85 – ‘89, EN2, M Division/Oil Shack/#2ER – fun times and great memories of some crazy days and crazy shipmates.|
|Joe Daly||’86-’89||MACS (SW)||firstname.lastname@example.org||86-89. MACS(SW) CMAA|
|Edward Snow||’86-’89||HT2||EdwardSnow511@gmail.com||1986 to 1989 Ht2|
|John Crume||’86-’90||EM1 (SW)||Eemail@example.com||1986-1990 / EM1(SW) / E-Division|
|Todd Sovey||’86-’90||EM3 (SW)||TSovey3@gmail.com||86-90 Em3(sw)|
|Mike Contos||’86-’90||EM3||Efirstname.lastname@example.org||Mustering up in the morning in the P.I. still mostly hammered, swearing that “Tonight I’m staying onbard!”, but after a lunch of pier hot dogs and a semi-honest workday, we were always tearing down that brow at the end of “ships work”. And repeat. And Repeat!|
|Tony Holden||’86-’90||BM3email@example.com||86-90 Bm3 2nd/1st Div|
|Bruce Leech||’87-’89||Afirstname.lastname@example.org||Feb ’87 – May ’89. Started in A-Gang, finished as LPO of MER1. Funny running into Tony Malis as a Sheriff’s Deputy for the same county here in MS at the Reserve Academy back in 2016. The best sea tour of my career by far!!!|
|Todd Steenrod||’87-’88||SNemail@example.com||I was on the Fres from 11-87 until 10-88. I was only 17 when I signed up and I turned 18 on board. I was a non-rate deck seaman in 2nd Div. Too many fond memories of my time there. I saw places I never would have otherwise and my shipmates were the absolute best|
|LT Michael T. Clark||’87-’89||LT||A/Efirstname.lastname@example.org||September 1987-November 1989/Lieutenant/A-Gang & E-Div|
|LTjg Brian P. Smith||’87-’90||LTjg||Deckemail@example.com||1987-1990 / ENS – LTJG / 3rd Div and then 1st and 2nd Div.|
|Curtis Laurents||’87-’90||EN2||Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||1987-1990 EN2 M/division #2 Engine Room. Made 2 WesPac cruises, lots of fun and forever memories.|
|Bill Nagy||’87-’90||EM3 (SW)||Eemail@example.com||87-90, EM3 (SW), E division.|
|Anthony Malis||’87-’90||HT2||Rfirstname.lastname@example.org||87-90 HT 2, R Div|
|Kurt Andress||’87-’91||DC2 (SW)||Remail@example.com||87-91 / DC2 (SW) R-Div|
|Rich Hutchins||’87-’90||EN3||Afirstname.lastname@example.org||3 of the best years of my life with some of the best brothers I could ever ask for. Some great mentors including Lt.Clark, EN2 John Velasco, EN1 Ball, EN1 Mitchell Saylon and of course CMDR Sheppherd. Plus many more. It was an honor serving with you all.|
|Troy Stingley||’87-’90||EN2 (SW)||Memail@example.com||EN2 (SW) 87-90|
M division/Oil Lab
I worked the Laundry for my mess duty…Best Time Ever !!
|Todd Sovey||’87-’90||EM3 (SW)||Efirstname.lastname@example.org||EMC Abalos|
|Kent Pullig||’87-’91||MR2||Aemail@example.com||87’-91’, MR2, A-Gang|
|LT Joe Blaylock||’87-’91||LTfirstname.lastname@example.org||‘87-‘91, LT, MPA, Navigator|
|Tony Ruiz||’87-’91||OS2||OIemail@example.com||Crossing the Line|
|Darryl Cravens||’87-’92||BM2 (SW)||firstname.lastname@example.org||1987-1992 BM2 aka CAVEMAN|
|Mitchell Saylon||’87-’92||EN1||M/Oil Labemail@example.com||Jun 87-Jun 92|
EN1 M-Div/Oil Lab # 1 A-gangster
|Michael Flanagan||’88-’93||ENFA-EN2 (SW)||Rfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hoss Peterson||’88-’90||GMG3||3rd||HossPete@yahoo.com||USSFresno.com webmaster. Founder – USS Fresno Memorial Association. Started in 1st Division, struck out to 3rd because I liked sleep more than underway watch! Loved my time aboard the Frez|
|CDR Jim Morrell||’89-91||CDRemail@example.com||Commanding Officer 1989-1991|
Commanding a ship is always a challenge but I was blessed with a great crew!
|Tim Sever||’89-’91||BTFNfirstname.lastname@example.org||9-91/ BTFN / great experience in learning how to “grow up”, kinda lol|
|Ken Alcorn||’88-’92||EN3 (SW)||M/Oil Labemail@example.com||1988-1992. EN 3 (sw) M div oil lab|
|Paul L. Corey||’89 – ’92||HT2 (SW)||A||Paulcorey728@gmail.com||Served onboard from June ’89 – July ’92|
|David Cradic||’89-’93||SH3/SH1||Sfirstname.lastname@example.org||Dec 89 – April 8th 93 Decom Crew|
S-3 SH3 – SH1
Best crew and ship I served on hands down. 4 years wasn’t enough
|Tim Rice||’89-’91||EN1 (SW)||Memail@example.com||89-91 M div EN1(SW)|
|Randy Godbold||’89-’93||BT1||Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||Team Sports|
|Name||Years Aboard||Rate / Rank||Div.||Contact||Memory/Quote|
|Shawn Williams||’90-’92||HM3||Xemail@example.com||1990-1992. HM3. X Div|
|Johnny Mangual-Rosado||’90-’91||FN||Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||MAR90-AUG91/FN/M-DIV. Part of the crew of the Fresno’s last WESPAC.|
|Curtis Oberg||’90-’92||IC2||Eemail@example.com||E-div/IC2 1990-92 caught the Frez on her last stop in Subic, and left her a few months before she decom’d. we had a great crew.|
|Frank Wright||’90 – ’93||HT1 (SW)||R||O.F.Wright@gmail.com||I am a Plankowner of the Reserve Unit. 90-93 Reserve Unit|
HT1 (SW) R-Div
|John Allen DeBourge||’90||E3firstname.lastname@example.org||Reserve Unit out of St.Louis, Mo. E3|
|Ian Ganahl||’91-’93||SKSR/SKSN||Supplyemail@example.com||“Surfer Dude” – 1991 – 1993; SKSR – SKSN. At this point in time, I was the only one onboard who was actually from the city of Fresno, Ca|
|Carl Moslener||’91-’93||ENS||Ofirstname.lastname@example.org||COMMO – DEC 1991 until DECOM. My First Ship. Making preparations for the 3 month SouthPac – Operation Rememberance and having the USS Racine take our place.|
|Rich Delaney||’92-’93||IC2email@example.com||92-93 (Decommissioning Crew) IC2|