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I need to get in touch with Mark Rosenberg who served on the Nitro 1978-1979. Does anyone have contact with him? Can you forward my email to him? I have been trying to locate him for years and just stumbled across this site.
Patrice Losapio

Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2019 at 12:49:00

I want to find out if there was a cruise book put together for the west pac to Viet Nam.
Jim Kenyon

Posted Monday, 27 May 2019 at 09:25:00
I would like to find a friend that I met in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in 1971. His name is Clifford Nelson or Nelsen nickname Ozzie. This is this info I have USS Nitro AE 23 Radarman (OS) worked in CIC . Collided with the US Oriskany CVA-34 in 72. I don't know what all of that means but it is the info his mate gave me that knew him back then. If you could help me find him I would be forever grateful. Thank you for your time. I think he came from somewhere in Washington.
forwarded for Cheryl Woychik
Posted Friday, 13 Oct 2017 at 23:46:00

Lcpo b-div.1991/1994. Looking for cmc Matthew, anybody no where abouts pls contact me
Posted Thursday, 17 Sep 2015 at 16:50:00
trying to make contact with sailors who were on the USS Nitro in April of 1972 when it was blockaded with canoes at Leonardo, NJ. I was a photographer taking pictures that day and just came across the old negatives.
Peter T Robilotta
Posted Tuesday, 15 November 2016 at 15:35:00

MED CRUISE BOOK 1970 - Mine has not survived the 40+ years of moving and I would like to purchase one from someone. Thanks.
Dick Fraser,

Posted Monday, 11 November 2013 at 16:45:00
I am looking for my uncle who I haven't seen in probably 20 years. I believe he is my last living relative. His name was Robert (Bob) Flanagan I know he served on the Nitro in probably the 70's. When my Aunt died I got her personal items and I still drink out of his USS Nitro coffee mug. They divorced not many years after his retirement. The last I knew he was living in Batesville Arkansas but working part of the year in Texas doing carpenter work I believe. Please contact me with any information or stories at
Chris McGann
Posted Tuesday, 03 June 2013 at 21:10:00

I'm looking for any surving crew members from WWII who served on the Nitro AE-2 with my father, William Remic. 1941-1944. He will be 90 on Aug. 3rd and I would love to get him in contact with someone he served with on that ship. Thank you.
Karen Remic
Posted Tuesday, 18 May 2013 at 14:50:00
Trying to locate Bob Rubin who served aboard the Nitro with Bob Theirrien and Larry Hammerberg 69-71.Bob passed Sept 27,2012 and would like to reconnect with Bob R. Contact Larry at
Posted Tuesday, 09 October 2012 at 19:03:00

Looking for anyone who may have served on the USS Nitro with my father Dallas Lee Thompson. He and my mother were married in 1947 and he died in a car accident in 1950. I don't remember him but would like to hear from anyone who has stories about him.
Posted Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 19:53:00
Because my father and grandfather did not talk much about their experiences in WW2, I'm forced to dig in for more information. If any of you know of Commander/Captain A. H. Balsley, please contact me! I was simply told that he was the captain of an ammunition ship during the war.
George H. Balsley
HADLEY MA 01035-3506
Posted Thursday, 02 December 2010 12:36:00

My uncle, Stanley Cravotta, served aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) until 1962. He served as a radioman and had the rank of SN (going from his service record). Looks like he served 3 years and 9 months aboard the Nitro. I am working on a Genealogy of my family and wonder, would love to hear from people who knew him. (I'm sure my mom, who is his sister, would love to hear too). If you knew him drop me a line and tell me about my uncle.
Marie Mueller
Posted Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 18:21:00
My grandfather served aboard the AE-2 during WWII. He passed in 2004. My father gave me the scrapbook he collected throughout the war. Also I received one of the boiler plates off the ships boiler that my grandfather was able to get before they scraped the ship. It's something that meant alot to him. I was very pleased to find the site. His name was Claire " Ray" Hevener. Thanks to all who host this site.
Posted Thursday, 03 December 2009 at 19:44:00

My name is Tom Morse. I'm an Air Force vet looking for anyone who might have served with my Dad, Roger W. Morse, aboard the USS Nitro on one of its voyages to Recife, Brazil, circa 1943/44 (?). After reading the Rod Seeland History of the USS Nitro AE-2 on the web site and piecing that together with bits of info Dad has given me over the years, I'm assuming the 43/44 timeframe is when he went on the cruise. In his e-mails over the years, he has mentioned docking in Cuba and playing the first round of golf in his life there and stopping in other ports, such as Port of Spain, Fortaleza and Natal before arriving in Recife...

Dad was an Aviation Machinist Mate. He is now 88 years old and has virtually nothing displayed in his home in New England (Maine) to commemorate his Naval service. I'm trying to put together a package of things for him as a 2009 Christmas gift. So far, I have registered him as a charter member of the National WWII Museum (his name will now appear on the electronic message board outside the museum), and received a WWII golf cap and a WWII Museum Medallion.

If anyone out there did serve with my Dad and remembers the voyage to Recife, I'd love to hear from you with any personal anecdotes you may have about the trip. Please use either of the following e-mail addresses to contact me: or

I'm also looking for some other ideas for items to add to the gift package. Any items available for purchase related to the ship or the voyage??

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Morse
CMSgt, (Ret), USAF
Severn, MD

Posted Friday, 31 October 2009 16:07:00

I would like to hear from any crew member who played on the Nitro softball team that went 96 - 2 during the 1959-60 season.
Please contact me at Cal Adams
Thank you!
Posted Friday, 20 May 2009 13:31:00
My uncle served aboard the Nitro during WWII - unsure of the dates. His name was Marlow Yarbrough, though might have gone by 'Bub' or 'Bubba.' He was a quartermaster 2nd Class. He passed away last year and we've been doing a bit of research. Anyone who remembers him, please drop me a line. Thanks! And thanks to all who served.
Email: David Thompson
editor, Georgia Southern Magazine

Posted Friday, 11 April 2008 23:35:00

We are desperately searching for any information on the whereabouts of a former crewmember named Michael Bertrand. He served as a QM2 aboard AE-23 from June 1968 to 1970 or 1971. If you have any information on him please contact:
Jim Timmons
or Ed Marino
Thanks, Ed Marino

Posted: Thu, 14 December 2006 at 22:57:00
I'm posting this for my father...Jake L. Smith. He passed away 7/18/97. I know he served on the USS Nitro AE 23. I don't know his rank, but he was general enlistment. He was in the Navy from 70-74. He had a bracelet that reads: USS Nitro AE 23 GMG-2 USN 70. I'd love to hear from any of his buddies or anyone who has memories of him. Before he passed, he moved to Ft. Payne AL and was very active with other Vietnam vets there. He had such a love for you guys. God Bless!
Email: Kimberly Smith -
Posted: Tue, 21 November 2006 at 15:16:00


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Posted: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 06:30:33

I am looking for anyone that knew my father, Elzie Thomas, on the USS Denver in the 1940's.
Posted: Sat, June 10, 2006 at 00:19:00
I am looking for any men who may remember serving aboard the Nitro with my Dad, John H. "Jack" Magann. He was from Sharon Hill Pennsylvania and was a Boatswains Mate.
Posted: Sat, September 9, 2006 at 21:30:00

Joseph Sheppard. My good hearted Uncle, deceased Oct 6, 1983. Lived in Somerspoint N.J. He never talked about his war time service. I was told he came back injured & he received benefits. He lived by himself most of his life. A strong love for dogs. I see there was a Mascot on the ship. Because he never said anything I'm just finding out now about his war service. Does anyone remember him? Is there any Certificates or any award that he received. Would like to put something on the wall in his name.
Joseph Tomasello
Posted: Wed, 18 Jan 2005 at 14:15:00
My father Woodrow Wilson Lescalleet served on the USS Nitro AE-2 from 2/14/40 until 5/26/40. This was his first assignment after finishing training at NTS Norfolk, VA. He was transferred to the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia where he served until Aug 1941.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who might remember him or have any pictures of the ship from that time.
Richard Lescalleet
Posted: Sun, 19 Nov 2005 at 17:28:00

My name is Ronald L. Hainds. My father, Russell E. Hainds, served on the USS Nitro in 1944-1945. He has been deceased since November 23, 1966. I was 18 at the time. I have an older brother, a younger sister, and a younger brother. Since our dad died at such a young age, we did not get to hear all of his "wartime" stories. I would really like to know more about him or make contact with fellow crew members who may have recollections of him--perhaps even pictures they might share. Any little tidbit of information would be appreciated. How could I go about doing this? Do you have a bulletin board or some such thing where messages could be electronically posted so that if there are people still living who knew him, they might contact me? Any help you can be would be greatly appreciated!
Ron Hainds
Looking for crewmembers aboard USS Nitro in 1960's who were involved in any availability/overhaul at Boston Naval Shipyard in 1960's. Please contact me, Ken Lord, Lord & Associates, at or 1-888-303-0352. Thanks.
Posted Sun, 01 Apr 2001 at 22:47:00
My brother, Michael J. Hansen, died Dec. 6, 2004. He was stationed on the Nitro from 1972-1975. Obituary which appeared in the Columbia Tribune newspaper, Columbia, MO. He was buried with full military honors. I would like to converse with anyone who served with my brother. Thank you. George Hansen
3407 Palmtree Dr.
McKinney, TX 75070
(972) 529-5349
Posted Thursday, 13 Jan 2005 10:15:00

Trying to locate:
Jon Paul Travis
Branch of Service: Navy
Unit was: Served on the USS Nitro
Where served: USS Nitro
When served: 1970s

Message is: Jon Paul Travis was killed in Vietnam. I have some things that I would like to send to his family if I can locate them. I also have a story to tell them about how he saved the life of one of his fellow crew members.
Please contact: R. G. McAlpine
Mailing address: 6704 Gateway Drive
City, State, Zip: Tampa, Florida 33615
I am looking for a former crewmember nicknamed "BONES". That is the only name I can remember him by. He was on the NITRO AE-23 from 62-66. He was a tall black man, with wiry legs when he got drunk. I used to help carry him back to the ship.
Contact George Gregory

I would like to find the whereabouts of Robert "Link" Folson. He was onboard the NITRO AE-23 from 62-64. All I know is that he lived in Denver, CO. I think his middle initial was "L".
Contact George Gregory

I'm looking for anyone that served on the Nitro from 61-64.I was an EN-2 and was in the "A" Gang.
Contact Larry Clark
Posted Wed, 31 January 2007 at 23:38:00

Trying to locate an ex-crew member of the AE-23. His name is Harry Mounce EN3 year 61-63.
Last known address in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Please contact with any information.
Larry Fisher

I am looking for the my real grandfather that I never met. He left when my father was 2 and he never saw him again. I am doing this as a genealogy research project. His name is Paul Knox Farris and he served on the USS Nitro somewhere around 1925-1929. I have a photo with him and another man on the ship named Karl Gaines. That is all that is on the photo. If you can be of any help in my locating naval records on this person, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your time.
Glenn L. Whitehouse

I am researching my only Uncle, Charles Goodwin who served on the Nitro during WW2, he was a signal man,on board, but was killed in action at the age of 18. I wonder if anyone might remember him? If you have any info about his time on board this ammunition ship, please email me at Or can you supply me with any email address? I am eagerly awaiting to hear from you. Thanks to all the men who served on this ship it is appreciated. Thank-you. The niece of Charles Goodwin Signal man - USS Nitro

    In early 1942 there were two ammunition ships that I can recall.
    I was on the Pyro for a short time and have heard several versions of what happened to her during the war. Can you help me find out what did happen?

    If you have any information email
    Richard Gelak

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