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Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 3/4/05
I remember, as a relatively new crew member of the Estes, we were crossing the Pacific in 1966. I was working on the mess deck, when my "good" friend, Rich Cherry, came down all excited, and said "Hey Draves, we are about to cross the International Date Line. You should go up and see it!"
Being the newbie, I was halfway up the ladder, before I realized my "friend" was sitting there laughing. He still reminds me of this incident.


Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 3/4/05
One of my favorite photos:
This was taken at Alava Pier in Subic Bay of the Philipine Islands near sunset in 1966.

 

 

 

 

 


Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 1/27/06
Make the Coffee!
Being the newbie in the department, I was requested to make the coffee. OK! I didn't drink coffee, but I could make it. I knew the procedure: Wash the pot, fill with water, put the grounds in the basket, and plug it in.
It only took one pot to realize that my coffee wasn't satisfactory to the department. It was declared to be "dishwater", or otherwise too weak. I then negotiated a plan. I knew I had to be involved - just because! Since the problem was with the strength of the brew, I offered to do everything except add the grounds. This let those who drank the coffee make it to their taste.
The plan worked until someone else came along to be the newbie.


Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 1/27/06
Really Bad Coffee!
Our ET Shop was located forward, between the two passageways. There was a head just forward of our space on either passageway. When making the coffee, we always used the faucet in the head on the starboard passageway. Don't know why, it was always done that way, so no need to change.
That is until a new person came onboard. He used the faucet in the head of the port passageway to fill the pot.
The pot was set and plugged in, we went to morning muster.
Upon returning from muster, I still remember the face of the first person to take a drink of that coffee pot.

Now, we know the reason for always using the head on the starboard side.

The port side head faucet, was SALT water!


BBQ - Afterdeck 1966
Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

BBQ

BBQ somewhere in the Pacific Ocean - August 1966
Attendees: Ben Latuperisia, Rich Cherry, Bachisn, John Liebig

 

Working in Radar1
Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Radar 1

Rich Draves working in Radar 1

 

Shellback Initiation 1966
Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Shellback Initiation

After crossing the Equator - All Polywogs are initiated into the Royal Order of the Shellback

 

Shore Patrol
Submitted by Richard Draves ET3

Shore Patrol

Rich Draves Shore Patrol - Olongapo, PI
Compare this photo with the Radio Tech Gang of 1945
- both are taken in the same location, just 25 years apart

Shipmates
Submitted by Charlie Porter ETN2

Lt. JG Irvine & Warrant Officer Dennis
Lt. JG Irvine & Warrant Officer Dennis

Funke, Keown, Murray, Little, Hartnett, Liebig
Funke, Keown, Murray, Little, Hartnett, Liebig

John Bachisn
John Bachisn

 
 

Shipmates on Liberty
Submitted by Charlie Porter ETN2

Gary Barron, John Brown, Doug Perault, Disneyland
Gary Barron, John Brown, Doug Perault
Disneyland

Unidentified officer with Rich Draves & David Clark
Unidentified officer with Rich Draves & Dan Clark
Hawaii

Murray, Draves, Shriner, & Radebaugh
Liberty to Manila
Phil Murray, Richard Draves, Ernie Shriner, & Bob Radebaugh

Steve Burke & Jim Moore
Steve Burke & Jim Moore

Charlie at Disneyland 66
Charlie Porter
at Disneyland '66

 

Submitted by Rich Cherry

Cherry RF, ETR3 - OE Div - 1965-1966 - - Submitted 1/30/07

Last year my wife and I had the pleasure of going on a cruise out of San Diego to Vancouver.

When we left San Diego my wife, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law couldn't wait to get down to eat dinner, even before we passed Point Loma.

Well, I said, I'll be down later and I just stood there and enjoyed watching San Diego harbor go by amd remembering all the times we had left port to go to various places. THAT was the BEST part of the whole trip for me!

Ahoy Swabs............

Point Loma 2006

Nowadays you always get an escort out of the harbour........

2006 Escort


Cherry RF, ETR3 - OE Div - 1965-1966 - - Submitted 4/27/05
Maintained Radar 1 - AN/SPS-43 air search radar atop forward kingpost
My favorite places:

  1. the Bow with a cup of coffee early in the twilight morning off the coast of Viet Nam watching an aircraft flying towards us, LORAN?
  2. atop Radar 2, AN/SPS-30 room high near the stack on a stormy windy night listening to my transistor radio searching for good skips while in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Cherry RF, ETR3 - OE Div - 1965-1966 - - Submitted 4/21/05

Check out that sewing job!


Submitted by Donald Karr

Donald Karr SF3  1965-1967 - R Div- Submitted 11/18/07

After 42 years since I was on the ESTES, going back in time for the V.A. I got my records and found out I was on board from 1965 to 1967. 1 year 9 months 17 days on the ship. Also I was in Romeo div. I also found my year book and articals and pictures about Deck House 5 and DaNanag. I wish i could remember better, but i wanted to forget.

 

I would like to find any crew members who went on shore in DaNanag. I went on shore to hall garbage to dump site south of the city. I had a Navy drivers license, I remember driving with some one who was an escort. What I don't remember is if it was one of the Marines or someone from the Gunners Div. If some one remembers this or did this - contact me.

I also would like to hear from some of the Romeo div.

Donald A Karr
e-mail: DKarr10095@aol.com
or call me at 319-390-4614.


Submitted by Richard Levang

Richard Levang  Seaman  OE Division 1966 - - Submitted 2/25/07

After 41 Years - I still Remember

Please add me to your list.   I came on-board in January 1966. I am surprised that anyone remembers that old bucket. I just emailed Charlie Porter, funny I remember him and the jg's and Hartnett, after all, it was 41 years ago.  My name is Richard Levang and I think my rate was either SN or ETSN, I'm not sure because it was my first duty assignment out of Great lakes and I seem to recall being on-board for maybe six months...I'm not sure.  I know that I got transferred to the Eldorado AGC-11, next pier over when the Estes pulled out and I think that was because they were sending me back to Great Lakes to go to A school.  It's a little fuzzy so if you can provide any info, I'd appreciate it.  As I told Charlie, I hope I wasn't a pain.  If I was, I apologize...although a little late.  My email address is copter7@yahoo.com  and I'll be getting a new phone in a couple of weeks, so I'll update then.

Best and warmest regards shipmate...thank you for the site.

Sincerely,
Richard Levang


Submitted by Joe A. Ramos

Joe A. Ramos  Seaman Aprentice 2nd Division 1966-1967 - - Submitted 4/12/07

First assignment out of Boot Camp; Deck Hand; Worked on the aft part of the ship and the flight deck. Wanted to be a Boatswain Mate; Left the ship early because I received orders to go to Hospital Corps School.

Joe A. Ramos
700 Emeraldwood Drive
Austin, TX 78745
jramos31@austin.rr.com
(512) 444-0276 Home
(512) 589-2175 Cell


Joel Canfield  - - Submitted 8/28/07

Hello,

While scanning albums of family pictures I came across the attached letter that was in the photo album from Gold Beach, Oregon. Sometime between June 1965 and June 1967 my mother found a letter in a bottle while beach-combing for Japanese glass floats. The letter states that the note and bottle were from the Estes, and asks the finder to contact EPDOCONUS.

On a whim, I decided to do an internet search and was amazed to discover that the USS Estes is the name of a real ship. The second search indicated that EPDOCONUS is short for "Enlisted Personnel Distribution Office, Continental United States".

Although I have memories of my parents being quite pleased at finding the fun note in the bottle, I do not remember what the bottle looked like. I thought I would scan the note and send it to you, on the slight chance that someone at the next reunion might recognize the handwriting on the note.

Thank you,
Joel

Letter in a Bottle

If anyone can add further information about this note: Who put it over the side? When? Where?

Send an e-mail to Dick Draves

Murray A. Mcafee  DM-SN - 1965-1966 - Submitted 2/24/09

I was there when the guys tossed it overboard.... we all read it... and thought it would be a good laugh for any one who would find it.... INCREDABLE... to see it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my god.

Well it was 43, years ago!!!!!...
However, as I recall we were about two days out - destination Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1966. I do not remember any of the guys, I know they were not in the AFT boswans division (where I was stationed), or I would probably have heard about it earler in the day. The bottle went overboard on the port side, just forward  of the AFT deck.

About 4-5 guys, including myself, I had nothing to do with the letter or the bottle,but I think it was written on the aft deck somewhere, as it was created after some input from "the Guys". I was just there, on deck, and wandered over to see what the hell everyone was laughing about. It was funny!

Murray Mcafee

 


Submitted by William McGary

William McGary SM-3  1964-1967 - CS - Submitted 10/13/07

Estes Underway

Entertainment

McGary & Sullivan

McGary & Sullivan

Welcome Aboard Booklet

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome


Rich Draves, ETR3 - CE Div - 66-67 - Submitted 5/22/09
Photos from Westpac 1966

San Diego to Philippines

San Diego

Departing San Diego

Smoker

Smoker Aug '66

Waiting for Talent Show

Waiting for Talent Show

BBQ

BBQ somewhere in the Pacific Ocean - August 1966
Attendees: Ben Latuperisia, Rich Cherry, Bachisn, John Liebig

Pacific Ocean

Crossing the Pacific

Radar 1

Rich Draves working in Radar 1

Spray

Spray

Spray

DaNang Harbor

DaNang Harbor

Mt. McKinley

USS Mt. McKinley AGC-7
departing Subic bay, PI

 

Shellback Initiation

Revolt of Polywogs

Revolt of Polywogs

Shellback Initiation

After crossing the Equator - All Polywogs are initiated into the Royal Order of the Shellback
Here Lt. Irvine - undergoes a Shellback Initiation

Subic Bay, PI

Subic Bay

Subic Bay, PI

Subic Bay

Subic Bay, PI

Subic Bay

Old Spanish Gate
Subic Bay NS, PI

Spanish gate

Old Spanish Gate
Subic Bay NS, PI

Subic Bay

Subic Bay, PI

Grande Island

Grande Island Boat
Subic Bay, PI

Grande Island

EM Club - Casa Isla Grande
Subic Bay, PI

Grande Island

Grande Island Beachhouse
Subic Bay, PI

Grande Island

10 in. Gun
Subic Bay, PI

Grande Island

10 in. Gun Barrel
Subic Bay, PI

USS Providence

USS Providence CLG-6
in Subic Bay, PI

 

Aboard USS Estes

Shore Patrol

Rich Draves Shore Patrol - Olongapo, PI
Compare this photo with the Radio Tech Gang of 1945
- both are taken in the same location, just 25 years apart

 

Shriner

Ernie Shriner - Reading

Radar 1

Christmas in Radar 1

Typhoon

Typhoon Nancy

Typhoon

Typhoon Nancy

Draves

Draves at GQ - Radar 1

Dry Dock

USS Estes in Dry Dock
Subic Bay, PI

Olongapo, PI

Olongapo Bridge

"Hey Sailor, Throw Coin"
Children Under Olongapo Bridge

Olongapo

Magsaysay Drive, Olongapo, PI
from Main Gate

Jeepney

Jeepney - Olongapo, PI

Olongapo

Girls in Olongapo, PI

Olongapo

Magsaysay Drive
Olongapo, PI

Olongapo

Market in Olongapo, PI

San Miguel

Rich Draves with a San Miguel (1 Peso)

Olongapo

Shop Girls
Olongapo, PI

Olongapo

Cain on Olongapo Bridge

Olongapo

Unknown & Reid on Olongapo Bridge

Hong Kong

Fenwick Street

Fenwick Street - Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Jim Lesh, Rick Roth, & Phil Murray
Tiger Balm Garden - Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong at Night

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Side Cleaners

Hong Kong

Wala-Wala
Hong Kong

Hong-Kong

USS Estes AGC-12
Hong Kong

 

Kaoshung, Taiwan

Taiwan

Entering Kaoshung Harbor, Taiwan

 

100 Islands, PI

Horse Cart

Horse Cart - PI

Caribao

Children on Carabao
100 Islands, PI

Ernie Shriner

Ernie Shriner

Guys

Phil Murray, Ernie Shriner, Rich Draves

Manila, PI

Memorial Cemetery

American Cemetery in Manila, PI

Memorial Cemetery

American Cemetery in Manila, PI

Memorial Cemetery

American Cemetery in manila, PI

Manila

Manuel Baye, Phil Murray, Charlie Porter, & Ernie Shriner
in Manila, PI

Pagsajan Falls, PI

Bus Repair

Bus Repair in Manila, PI

 

Rio Vista

Rio Vista Lodge
Pagsanjan Falls, PI

Sari-Sari

Sari-Sari Store


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