The badger had buzzed us very closely, and was about 60 feet or so above sea level when it banked, seemed to lose a little lift and went into the North Atlantic as described earlier. I remember it well, including the fact that the hangar bay was off limits to all personnel, while we sorted through... More
DEC.STORM OF 63
I was also onboard during that storm. remember water come crashing through the number 2 elevator doors. also remember the exspansion joint bending back and forth. does anyone remember the flooding of four decks after we got back to quonset point when some one open the sea cock valve and could not... More
I'm trying to contact George Ressler.
I sent George Ressler an e-mail 2-15-05 requesting copies of the photos that he is offering of the USS Essex. My message was returned UNDELIVERABLE. Mr. Ressler please contact Tony Bonetti, USS Essex 1960 to 1962.
USS Essex Ship's company 1964-65
I was initially assigned to the V-4 fuels division for about 8 months and then to the chaplain's office for the remainder of my tour. Left the Essex and active duty in August 1965.
PICTURES FROM GEO GRESSLER
I SERVED ABOARD THE USS ESSEX FROM SEPT 1961 TILL FEB 1964. WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SET OF THOSE PICTURE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SEND THEM TO VERN@DACA,NET THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
LaVerne H. Hanson RM3 CR DIV.
16 December 1963
(Robert Van Kirk)
Flight Deck Chief 1963 - 1966 on board during the the storm that dropped our 23 ton mast onto the flight deck, and onto a section of the corral aft of the island where we had A4's tied down. Had we had Props spotted in that area, and a fire erupted from the AVGAS, we would have certaianly faced a... More
1963 winter storm
I had just reported to VS-39, part of the Essex Air Group right before the winter storm cruise. Being from Ky. I also had only recently seen the ocean for the first time. When we went off course looking for a downed aircraft (not ours) we cruised into maybe the mother of all oceanic storms. I was... More
if anyone knows where, Fred schettley is please let me know. virgil runyon
Storm of 63
I was there. Worked in the Information and Education Office just under the flight deck on the port side. Remember looking at the expansion joints flexing and wondering if the ship would break in half. Scary time! Tom Garito
I was there too
I'm Robert Legg, ABF3 and was in that same storm (Freak Hurricane - triangle) on the Essex. I was working the forward bay 1 in the repair party. No time to be scared, just keep the ship from sinking. A 60 foot gash in the bow, no lights in most of the ship and feeling the water crash over the bow... More