Served aboard the USS
My name is Gerald.
Thanks for your e-mail about tankers. I served as a Seaman on the
USS Mississinewa AO144 in 1970 - 1972. Although I'm 50 years
old now, a father of 5 and a grand father of 11; it seems like just yesterday.....or
at least last week anyway. LOL I did some deck force
time in 2nd division and later I got into the supply division laundry and
then into the barber shop as ships barber. Barbering I liked.
We went to the Med. (twice), and GITMO (Cuba) for training twice.
We, at the time, were stationed in Newport Rhode Island where I moved to
with my wife and child from L. I. , New York. The "Missy" as they
called her, was a slow girl at only 19 knots top speed and she shook at
that with it's steam operation. The newer electric, high hulled models
were already in commission then. I called her a floating gas station.
I've researched around and just don't find much on her. In 1973 or
so she got an overhaul in Northfork VA. and then went out for more sea
time. Now she is up some river I can't recall in a "moth ball fleet"
condition. Let me know what you can find. Thanks Gerald