USS Boone FFG-28
Message Board

Mar. 24, 2021

Just caught your site, I was looking for a pic of Boone on Wikipedia and it thru me to your wonderful site. I was plankowner ASWO on Boone and wanted a quick pic grab for a facebook comment. I went back and looked thru the rest of the pix, a couple of notes.

The 24 torpedoes - 6 were in the tubes, 18 in the magazine. We could actually had rack space for a total of 32 if need be. Usually the 18 in the magazine were set up for helo drops.

The 40 round Mk13 "one-armed bandit" carried 4 Harpoons, 34 SM-1MRs and a training shape. One cell had to be left empty so we could shift things around as needed.

The blue birds shown variously identified as SM-1s and SM-2s are actually training shapes, used for launcher maintenance and display, you don't put a white bird on the rail unless you mean business.

Darrell Hartsig, CDR, USN (ret).

Aug. 11, 2014

I am looking for a dear friend that served with me on the USS Boone FFG-28 during 1981-84. His name was Ed Duffy he was a helicopter pilot assigned to my ship for an Indian ocean tour. Can you please help me find him again?

Jim Hartman

Sept. 6, 2013

I served on board the Boone during 1991-1992. I am saddened to hear that she was decommissioned in 2012. I have fond memories of my time on her decks. I have been trying to get some new ship caps the baseball kind because mine are beginning to fall apart. Could you help me find a website that could get me these hats. I thank you for your message board and the photos of my ship. I was on her only for a short time but she still holds a special place.

Thank you,
Bruce Cheathem

Mar. 7, 2012

I came across this message board when I was looking for info on my father. My father was stationed on Mayport Naval Base in Florida, he was a Chief Petty Officer on the USS Boone who passed away in 1995. I am really interested in replying to these posts.

David Lewis Ledford, Jr.

Sept. 19, 2011

Dave was my closest friend while in the Navy, I looked at him like a father figure and still think of him often. We shared an apartment after Gracie left for about a year until he remarried and I have nothing but fond memories. I can still see his big red truck in my head with a beer cooler in the center consol. I would love to share more info directly if you wish.

Take care,
SN Thomas Luehring

May 24, 2011

David was a great guy. He made SMC shortly before transferring off of the Boone. I was working in Radio when we received the Personal For message from his new Commanding Officer to the Boone's CO advising us of his passing. Our CO announced it to the entire crew.  He still had many friends on board who cared a great deal for the man. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures, but there is a Facebook page for the Boone that has a few photos and several former shipmates. I'm sure people would be more than willing to tell you a few stories and share any information of photos they have.

Jayson "Jaybo" Nickols

Mar. 28, 2011

I just saw this about David Ledford. I was aboard the USS Boone 90-94. I hope this is not the same David Ledford I worked for. He was a Chief Petty Officer (Signalman), was married to Gracie Ledford. If so I am so sorry for the loss.

Brian Fogel

Sept. 5, 2010

I just wanted to write this letter to you to see if you or anyone aboard the USS Boone ever knew my brother chief petty officer David Lewis Ledford. I would love to hear from anyone that may have knew him. He died in 1995. He committed suicide. He was very proud of being in the navy, but other things in life took a toll on him. I would love to share pictures if anyone has any.  

Thank you for your time,
Sherrie Ledford-Hunt

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