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My father, Isaac Cabase MATT1C, was stationed on the USS Nitro in 1939, then assigned to the Cocosolo Sub Base in the Canal Zone.
Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 11:48:09

My dad (Lorenzo Pitts, S-2) served aboard the U.S.S. NITRO during WW II, between 1942 and 1945. If you recall my dad please respond by return e-mail.
Dr. Lorenzo Pitts, Jr.
Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 19:23:00

My dad, Archie G. Davis, CMM, was a Chief Machinist Mate when he was discharged in September, 1945. He served on the USS Nitro the entire time he was in the service (1941 - 1945). He passed away in March, 2009 at nearly 89. He was a wonderful dad and our entire family miss him so much. If anyone remembers my dad, please send me an email. I'd love to hear anyone's memories of my dad.
Elaine Davis
Cary NC USA - Monday, 09 November 2009 at 17:13:00

AMM-3 "Johnny" Reid Davidson of Albany, New York, now age 85 and living in southern Maryland, was in a group of a dozen or more men who left Lakehurst NAS (NJ) in September 1943 for Norfolk NAS (VA). He was on the USS Nitro in December 1943 and January 1944 during the first of two voyages the Nitro made through the Carribean to Fortaleza, Brazil. The best meals he ever had in the Navy, Dad told me, were those served on the Nitro. He recalls buying V-8 juice in the shipsstore for a fellow sailor made ill by the high seas. The sailor thanked him profusely and tried to thank him again the next day, when he had recovered. Dad turned away from the man, having been taught one of life's difficult lessons at the age of 18 -- don't make friends when your country is at war, because it will be a whole lot tougher on you if you lose that friend.
"Johnny" Reid Davidson
New Albany NY USA - Monday, 15 September 2008 at 16:42:00

I was onboard the Nitro from November 42' to November 45'. I was petty officer 1st class. Please e-mail me I would like to catch up!
George Livernois
Southbridge MA USA - Sunday, June 15, 2008 at 17:56:00

My father, Donald Freeman, ENS, SC was aboard the U.S. S. Nitro for its cruise April '44 to August '45. He told us many interesting stories about port calls during that journey. I have his chronology of the cruise along with a few pictures but there are no names or dates. Following the war he remained in the Naval Reserve until 1950. He died in October 1976.
Michael Freeman, EACS, USN Retired
Monday, 24 March 2008 at 20:25:00

I am writing this on behalf of my friend Edward Roche. He served on the USS Nitro AE-2 from 1942 to about 1945. He is in a few pictures in the photos section on this site. He is 83 and currently lives in Philadelphia. He has lost all of his Navy photos and has not had any contact with any of his shipmates. If anyone has any info or can refer me to someone who can help it would be appreciated.
Edward Roache
Philadelphia PA USA - Monday, 3 December 2007 at 01:05:00

Served on USS Nitro Mar., 1941 until June, 1943 (age 17-19). Transferred to USS Frament in Quincy, MA. when no brothers could serve together after the Sullivan tragedy. Brother, James William Farish, ("Blackfoot") also on board, 1940-1943. He left the USS Nitro later, boarded the USS Birmingham, and was killed in action in the Leyte Gulf in Oct., 1944
Edward U. ("Pete") Farish
Crozet VA USA - Saturday, February 24, 2007 at 20:44:00

MM3 - 1942 for 18 months
James L. Leighton
Randolph MA - Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003 at 22:17:48

I was aboard the Nitro from September 1937 until January 1938. Since I was being transferred to the Hospital Corps School in San Diego, I was assigned to the Sick Bay. Would like to hear from anyone who was aboard at that