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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 time.
Lafayette Claud Eaton
Vallejo CA USA - Thursday, 12 Apr 2001 at 02:24:51

1937 A Seaman Second Class, I was aboard as a passenger from Norfolk to San Diego. Since I was being transfered to the Hospital Corps School, I was assigned to work in the Sick Bay. I remember the ships mascot "Fire Dog" that chased sparks and licked them to put out the fire. Since I am now 83 years old, I don't expect to hear from many who were aboard the ship then.
Lafayette Claud Eaton
Vallejo CA USA - Thursday, 15 Feb 2001 at 16:53:57

I was on the Nitro AE 2 from 1943 thru 1945. Boarded at Norfolk Va that is where she was decommissioned. I would like to be put on your list for information and reunion information. Some of the names I remember are Frank Rackie (not sure of spelling), but he had a tire shop in Chicoppe Mass. There was a Young, Tru, Lassti, and Louie or Lewis. The last one might be the one in the Stories of the Nitro ( Bill Lewis "cox") Reunion booklet we had recreation; on Island of Mogmog in the Ulitha Atol. Would really like to hear from you.
George (pancho) Miller
Hemet CA USA - Tuesday, 12 Dec 2000 at 13:33:42

Served on Nitro AE2 approximately 1931. Only served for 4 months then went to the Utah. We called the Nitro "the Midnight Express" because we were always underway or unloading at midnight then underway again. AE crews were the hardest working in the Navy. I was a seaman first class. We had a sister ship the Pyro, she was coming up from South America with a load of nitrates I think. Anyway she disappeared and nothing was ever found. They figured she exploded in route. Retired from the US Navy after 30+ years of active duty.
Karl Kittel
El Cajon CA - Thursday, 19 Oct 2000 at 15:20:26

I am an ex-crewmember of the USS Nitro E2. I was onboard in 1942,and left it in Norfork,Va to go to the USS Montpelier CL57 in Phila.,Pa. in which I served in the Pacific area for nearly 4 years. Would like any info about reunions,etc.
Robert R. Thomas
Rockledge Fl USA - Monday, 14 Aug 2000 at 22:32:40

My father, Al Trevillian, served on the Nitro during WWII; not sure of the exact dates, but I still have the Shellback certificate he earned crossing the equator enroute to Recife, Brazil. Dad's best (or worse?) memory of that cruise was of standing watch when the ship behind the Nitro was torpedoed by a U-boat. Dad was transferred from the Nitro to the battleship Arkansas, on the Arky, he participated in the D-Day invasion, and later saw action in the Pacific theatre. Dad passed away several years ago, but I'd be interested in hearing from any WWII vets who might remember him.
Jeff Trevillian
Baltimore MD USA - Monday, 26 Jun 2000 at 11:22:58

Seaman Second Class Deck Hand, I went aboard Sept.1, 1943. But I cannot remember when I left the ship.
Frank Leo Motyka SR
Hatfield MA USA - Friday, 31 Mar 2000 at 11:30:04

I was an YN3, ships services department for 19 months from April of 1944 to November of 1945. I have pictures of the Captain's dog who traveled the seas with us. I also have a picture of the Nitro from 1944.
Melvin M. Grimes
Wyomissing PA USA - Saturday, 12 Sep 1998 at 19:16:22

EM-2C. Black Gang, 1943-1945. I just disccovered this website and would love to hear from anyone that served in that time period.
James Herron
Stockholm NJ USA - Sunday, 21 Jun 1998 at 20:04:56

I was onboard from when I was 18 to 20. I served all of WORLD WAR 2 on that ship.
Thomas Mcloughlin
New York NY USA - Monday, 25 May 1998 at 13:23:26

AE-2 Machinist Mate Second Class (M-2C USNR (SA)) Engine room and Auxiliary Gang 1944-1945
John Seeland
Burton MI USA - Saturday, 21 Feb 1998 at 10:54:19

MM2 E-Division 1943-45
Trevor Richards
Springdale, PA USA - Saturday, 19 Apr 1997 at 17:47:15

Machinist Mate First Class (MM1C), Auxiliary Gang and Engine Room 1942-45
Richard Steinreich
Meriden, CT USA - Saturday, 12 April 1997 at 17:10:05

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