Dave Wantuck
6-5-2005
I've been looking for some info on my "old" ship, the USS Chikaskia AO54 for a loooooooong time....last night I had a few of my buddies over for drinks....etc...and we were talking about all the good times we had way back when....and I was determined to find something on my old ship starting today.....and I did.........and your website has EVERYTHING.....and to top it off, your book has a picture of one of the ships I was transferred to, the USS Mississinewa  AO144.....spent about 1 1/2 years on her........writing this I feel like I'm 18 again....I left the states on the Chikaskia after she had extensive work done at the shipyards in Baltimore, MD.  Once in the Med, I was transferred to the Mississinewa, then to the Neosho and finally the Truckee.  I was a member of COMSERVFORSIXFLT.....so except for my short time on the Chikaskia, I was with the FLAG as a Radioman.  ...Dave

6-5-2005
Damn you sent me some nice web sites......and some sad ones as well....that photo of the USS Neosho being towed to the scrap yard just about broke my heart.....I was only on her for about 6 months, as I was with the USS Truckee , and about 1 1/2 years on the Mississinewa, but it's sad to see such a beautiful ship at one time so rusty and stripped of her dignity.  I've seen somewhere that the USS Chikaskia has been scrapped a long time ago, but had no idea that the Neosho class tankers were on the block.....as one old sailor put it, he'll have to get blitzed when the Missy goes.  I wish I would have started looking for my old ships sooner, but I've only had my computer for about 3 years now.  I can type my ass off, but, not very computer savvy that’s for sure, so it takes me awhile to figure out where to go, and how to get there...anyway, I'll keep in touch and I'll for sure send you a money order for $23 for your book.  I figured you might be selling them, and I'd rather let you make some extra cash as to give it to Borders.....or whoever.  To answer one of your questions, I was on board the Mississinewa most of 1964 and about 6 months of 1965. Being with the Flag, when Truckee and Neosho came to the Med for 6 month cruises, I served aboard them for approx. 6 months each. I'll have to do some research to see if I can figure out  how long the Flag was on the Neosho type tankers, but the Missy had a Flag for years before I got there in 1964.  I live near Pittsburgh, PA and have been in this area all my life.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your web site.  It brings back soooooooo many memories.  I'll be in touch Vern.....Dave