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My son, MIDN Gregory “Beau” Bartlett, reported to USNA for Plebe Summer on Monday. When we returned, my mother gave me my dad’s (Walter D. Gaines ) plank ownership paperwork for the U.S.S. Nitro. I do not see his rank/division on it, and he is now deceased (ironically, he died on Memorial Day four years ago), but I wanted to try to register him anyway. He retired in 1976 (I believe), but he lost contact with most of his Navy friends. I will have the paperwork framed (it is beautiful) and hang it in my son’s room. Thanks.
Becky Bartlett Sixthchild40@aol.com
Grafton WV USA - Wednesday, 29 June 2011 at 10:59:00

USS Nitro AE 23 Plank Owner. Still have my Certificate dated May 1, 1959. Gunnery Division, GM3. Served aboard the USS Nitro AE 23 from 1959 until 1961. Time included Norfolk pre-com school, ship commissioning, loading ammo at Earle, NJ, shake-down voyage to Gitmo and 1960 Med cruise.
Stillman Bradish sbradish@maine.rr.com
Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 at 16:59:57

I went to the Nitro straight out of Boot Camp, Oct 1959. I made it's first Med cruise in 1960. I was a rookie seaman and initially, was on the deck crew. I eventually went to work in the, either, Deck Office or Gunnery Office. I left the ship in May 1960 to attend Yeoman "A" school. I was reassigned after school the the USS San Marcos (LSD-25). I rode it to the invasion of the Bay of Pigs, Cuba. I was tranferred to the U.S. Naval Intelligence School in 1962 and left the Navy in Sep 1963. I was a YN2.
NEWS FLASH: In Sept 2010, I was invited to attend the Christening and Launching of the USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11). The Chambers is a Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship. It is owned by the U.S. Navy, but will be manned by the Merchant Marine. It is the eleventh new version of the Ammunition Ship. Although it is very modern, you can see the Nitro in it's structure.

David C. Byrd III dcbyrd3@hotmail.com
Placitas NM USA - Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 12:30:00

RD3 I was onboard 1959 to 1961 I live at Waterford Wi and I do remember the Duty Chicken incident.
Chuck Pope cpope7@wi.rr.com
Waterford WI USA - Sunday, 18 July 2010 at 15:01:00

Aug 1959 to Aug 1961 reported as FTSN departed FT2 (only designated FT remaining). Retired 1 Oct 1988 as LCDR (LDO). You have a great website, please keep up the good work!!
Willliam E. Sitton sittonwe@wb4me.com
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 at 18:24:00

i served on the nitro ae23 from 1959 till 1963 first division e3 captains gig coxswain great years ps would like to here from ship mates
Michael Volpe vulgarvolp@verizon.net
Wednesday, 15 Nov 2006 at 10:10:00

I served aboard Nitro from 1 May 1959 until Sept 1960, Came aboard as DK2, left as DK1 P-1. Served in Supply Division, made shakedown cruise to Gitmo, and Med cruise in 1960. Does anybody from that period remember the "Duty Chicken"? I knew who did it, but I ain't talking.
Booth Wallace booraw@sbcglobal.net
Seagoville TX USA - Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006 at 12:40:00

I reported for duty on the USS nitro on 03-12-1959 in Norfolk Va. as a RD3 and left in R.I. on 08/02/61 as a RD3 p1.
Joe Kennedy jkklrk@yahoo.com
Sunday, 02 July 2006 at 00:25:11

EM2C - I was a part of the original pre commissioning crew that went aboard when she went into commission. I am an original plank owner. She went into service in 1959. Stores were loaded and we went to GITMO for the shake down cruise. I was a 2nd class electrician when I was seperated in GITMO. We waited for a M.A.T.S flight back to Norfolk and mustered out. I was 4 days shy of spending 4 years in the good old U.S.N. While on the Nitro, I was responsable for keeping the cargo elevators running at all times. I also showed classified movies in the ward room when we had a lot of ordinance aboard. I had a top secret and a confidential clearence. My tour of duty consisted of service on two ships. U.S.S.SEVERN, AO61 & the U.S.S. NITRO AE 23. My enlistment was from JULY 57 TO JULY 61. After my discharge, I went to school and studied INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING. I worked 40 years in the trade and now I am retired.
Judson P. Rogers rogersjudson@earthlink.net
Thursday, 18 May 2006 at 15:12:00

I am a Plank Owner and have the certificate. I went on the Nitro as an ET striker in May 1959 and left in August 1961 as an ET-2. I did the first Med Cruise and was on the first softball team. We had a very good team (96-2) so after beating the Marines and having their base commander buy all the beer for us and the Marines, Captain Hall had 16 of us flown back Gitmo to Norfolk to play in the Atlantic Fleet Softball Tournament. We came in 3rd, but should have done better if not for the partying. I played center field. I really enjoyed my time on the Nitro and have very fond memories of friends and places. I would enjoy hearing from anyone.
Ned Keech keech_n@bellsouth.net
Ormond Beach FL USA - Saturday, 16 Apr 2005 at 18:36:53

seaman apprentice on board from 9/59 to 3/60 served on deck force then transferred to sply dept. transferred off in 3/60 to supply school.
Joyce puglady@mediaone.net
Sunday, 5 Aug 2001 at 09:52:35

I was checking the internet and found our ship was being scrapped. I was a original Plank owner abord our ship. The date of commissioning was 1 May 1959 out of Norfolk, VA. I am interested in association membership. My age is 60. Was in A division on board under captin Warren C. Hall Commanding officer. He was a Sub Capt during WWII. Look forward To hearing from you.
George Antellas Jr., Chief Engineer, I.B.E.W. GEORGEANTELLASJR@AOL.COM
Thurday, 03 Aug 2000 at 13:45:23

Plank owner. As QM3 in 1959 until discharged in 1960 from Cannes France
Bill Keiler wkeiler@aol.com
San Antonio TX USA - Wednesday, 2 Feb 2000 at 22:37:53

I am a Plank Owner and designed the ship's plaque. Went through Nitro Pre-Commissioning Schools at Norfolk and commissioned the Good Ship USS NITRO on 1 May 1959. Was assigned to 1st Division. While in the 1st Division the ship ran a contest for design of the ship's emblem. I won 1st and 3rd place in that contest. I still have the original drawings. After the shake down cruise to Gitmo and a Port visit to Ciudad Trujillo (Now Santo Domingo) I got my GED on the Nitro with the encouragement of Lt. Charles L. Smith. I really wanted to be a Corpsman Striker but BOSN Wildermuth wanted me to stay in 1st division because I was trained to run the Electric Hydraulic Cargo handling transfer stations and was just a dam good Seaman. Finally got to go to Sick Bay and worked for HMC Dunn and HM2 Gonnoud. Left the ship around Aug 1960 via of a mail Helo on the fo'c's'le that flew me to a Carrier then to Naples Italy, then 2 days later to Morocco, 4 days later on to Anacosta NAS and finally to Hospital Corp School @ Glakes. Retired from Navy in Sept 1978 as a Chief Hospital Corpsman. I still have Commissioning Programs, Plank Owner Card, Large Colored Ship's picture with North Alantic Track Chart on left side and other pictures. Just hooked onto this site 1/1/00 any Shipmates can email me at OldNavyDoc@aol.com
James M. Hanson OldNavyDoc@aol.com
Colorado USA - Monday, 3 Jan 2000 at 15:56:50

EMC E-DIV 59-61 PLANK OWNER
Harold J. Odette hodette@triad.rr.com
Lexington NC USA - Thursday, 23 Dec 1999 at 21:15:09

HELLO MATES AND FELLOW PLANKOWNERS. I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CREW OF THE NITRO AE23. I WAS THE GUNNERY YEOMAN, YN3. I SERVED ON HER FROM THE DRY-DOCKS IN 1959 UNTIL JULY 1960. I MADE HER MAIDEN VOYAGE AND HER FIRST TRIP TO THE MED. I WAS RELEASED TO RETURN STATE SIDE IN JULY FOR EARLY SEPARATION IN ORDER TO BEGIN THE FIRST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE. I WAS PROMOTED TO YN2 IN AUGUST, 1960 AND RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER, 1960.
L. S. 'BUD' TINSLEY, JR.budnjudy@suddenlink.net
LAKE JACKSON TEXAS USA - Saturday, 31 Jul 1999 at 12:58:31

EM3 E Division May 1, 1959 To September 1960
John G. Mahler bmahler3@ix.netcom.com
Kings Park NY USA - Thursday, 06 May 1999 at 20:06:46

Serve on board from 59 to 61 in the First Division as SN. I remember hanging out in the forward rope locker, we had a coffee maker there. Did the first Med cruise.
Ray Murray raymmm@att.net
Boca Raton FL USA - Thursday, 8 Apr 1999 at 09:21:09

I hold a plank owner card. I was on from 1959- Feb. 28, 1961. My rate BMSN (E-3). Would like to hear from anyone that was on at the same time. AL
AL Abhallock@aol.com
Monday, 15 Mar 1999 at 14:21:35


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