USS Enterprise CVAN-65 / CVN-65
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Mar. 16, 2018

I served as the L.EM.(A) on the COD I was known as Biff Burton we as a crew were blue card and worked as required. XA 430 (074)  was our cab and the driver was Lt. Ken Patrick. If I could turn the clock back I'd do it now. God bless the big E.

David Burton

Nov. 20, 2015

I have an elderly friend that served aboard the USS Enterprise and he was a Plank Owner also. His name is Dennis Schnedler he worked in the catapult section, he loves to talk about his time on the Big E and served proudly. Would like to hear from anyone that may have worked with Dennis and I will pass it on to him, he would enjoy it greatly.

Dwayne Wixom

Oct. 12, 2015

I am trying to locate the daughter of Commander Navigator F.S. Gore. Elizabeth Gore was a classmate at Hong Kong International School - Class of 1969. We are trying to locate all missing classmates for the 50th reunion of the school. Any information you have on Captain Gore or family members would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
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Aug. 30, 2015

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Audrey Thompson

Jan. 14, 2014

It was great to see all the picture of the big E. I am Bob Keefe Dc3 R. Div. Plank owner. 1961- 1963 great to read emails from other shipmates.

Bob Keefe

Feb. 24, 2012

Found your website while researching Adm. DePoix, my first commanding officer on the Big E. I was a catapult tech on number 4, working hook-ups and ultimately in the water brakes. I was a plankowner, serving from July 1961 to June 1963.

J. J. McGrath
V-2 Div

Oct. 22, 2011

My name is Harry T. Smith and I was on the USS Enterprise from 1963 to 1965. I was in the 4th Div. boats from Nov. 1963 to Feb. 1964 and X Div. Print Shop from Feb. 1964 to Aug. 1965.
If you knew me back then email me.

Harry Smith

Oct. 16, 2011

In1963 I was a striking E3 working towards "the new rate madman" (magnetic anomaly detection) and as such I was in process for assignment to active duty aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise CVN65. All I could think of was "aircrewman" as my duty responsibilities.

Robert (Bob) Starace
Ankeny, Iowa

Sept. 7, 2011

Several family members have served in our navy during and since ww2, my nephew currently resides on a nuclear sub. Hats off to all who are or have served! I have a question I hope offends no one. I saw a program on the history channel that featured an interview filmed on the Enterprise with a gentleman who's name I do not recall who claimed to be the cap in the mid 1960's. He clamed that he and approximately 1,500 of his crew saw a huge U.F.O. that hovered over the ship for 45 or so minutes. He said that after an investigation that himself and all these men were made to sign papers and swear a vow of silence for 20 years!

My research has yielded four possibilities, all of these men are of remarkable character and unquestionable credibility! Went on to be (4 star admirals),(secretary of the navy) etc. My hope is that someone who was there might see this and affirmative, or negative the story. All though many gentlemen of age don't use PC, maybe their children or grandchildren may.

Thank you,
Jeff Johns
Hudson, Florida

Jan. 3, 2011

Sometime during the 1963 or 1964 Mediterranean deployments I have heard that John Wayne swam out to the ship while it was anchored. Do you know when and where this happened? What information do you have about this event?

Michael D. Quinton

Reply 1
July 30, 2011

I was a plankowner and Ph3 at the time and Mr. Wayne did come aboard when the ship was anchored in Cannes, during the annual film festival. I have handled photos of him visiting in the photo lab (starboard, forward) below the forward mess deck. He didn't swim; he came out in a (probably borrowed) speedboat. Above are facts. Since I was on liberty at the time, the following info is shop talk from other photogs who were aboard at the time of the "boarding" (accurate or not, they make a good story in the telling)    

When Wayne tried to tie up to the forward, starboard side ladder, the JOOD - not recognizing him - waved off the "civilian" boat. Supposedly, Wayne shrugged off the 'waveoff' took his powerboat back to the liberty boat boom, tied up, and climbed the hanging rope ladder to the hanger deck,  just in time to be greeted (nervously) by the Exec. - Capt. Wm. Harnish - who'd been alerted that that we were being 'boarded' by the celebrity. Further -- according to my photolab shipmates -- Wayne had come aboard to visit the junior photo Officer, Lt. R. R. Conger (a mustang) with whom he was acquainted through some prior Hollywood contact when Conger (supposedly) did some advisory work on a WWII film while an enlisted Photomate. The facts are accurate and I believe the related info to be reasonably accurate.   

C. H. Hawley (former) Ph3   
Plankowner, USS Enterprise   
Tempe, Arizona

Nov. 30, 2010

I am looking for anyone who was on the ship with me from 1962-1963. I was in navigation division and was a licensed driver, I  still have the license sign by F. S. Gore, commander navigator. July 24, 1963.

QM3 Larry R. Lyon

Oct. 23, 2010

Hello to all who served 72-77.

Jim Kruse
V-4 Div.

Reply 1
Dec. 9, 2010

Hello to Jim Kruse V-4 division from Laurel Ray Thomas V-5 divsion   Air Dept. Office   1972 to 1976.

July 21, 2010

Can't believe I've found this opportunity to enquire after GERALD KEY who was onboard the USS Enterprise around the time of June 1964 if anyone out there knows of Gerald then please get in touch with me I have been looking for him for a long time!

With grateful thanks,
Sarah Wilde
Oxford, UK

Oct. 2, 2009

Hello my name Eric McCoy was in the first division on the Big E in 1962-1965 and it was great times and always watching her in her job that she has to do. And looking for the old shipmates of that time frame. Was a helmsman, lookout, side cleaner all good jobs.

Thank you,

May 14, 2009

I stumbled on your website while trying to research my husbands tour aboard the USS Enterprise CVN-65.
He is George W. Bartholomaeus of Sedalia, MO and served with the Squadron Vigilante 7 (RVAH7) during the Vietnam war. He was an Aviation Machinist Mate on Special Equipment. If anyone has photos from those days, please direct me to them, as we are trying to find some of his shipmates. Thank you so much for all the time and talent you bring to your website. I will be back often to learn as I go.

Jan and George Bartholomaeus

Apr. 4, 2009

I was on the Big E 62/65 it was great times on her. I was boatswain mate in the first division and am looking for shipmates of that time frame. The pictures that you have on this site are great and brings back the old times I had and she is the great ship always. I thank you for putting the pics on line.

Thanks again,
Eric McCoy
Guysville, Ohio

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