Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Post #1047 ..... Honoring The USS Voge DE-1047

This being post #1047 on Riff's Photography Journal I decided to do so by honoring the ship upon which I served back in the 60's... The USS Voge DE-1047

Being part of the commissioning crew, The Voge was finally commissioned in November of 1966 in the Navy Shipyards in Boston and I spent my time in the Radio Room (Shack) for the next two years.

This first photo is what she was like when underway and gives a nice long view of her.

This photo is one that I took of her dockside in the Navy Yards in Boston not long after her commissioning.

The guys below were the nucleus of the crew of the Radio Shack and they are from L to R myself, Jerry, Joe, Larry, Ray and Robert. Robert has since past away and only the five of us are left.

This photo is of the Championship Softball team of the Voge. This was taken in 1967. I am in the back row, second from the left; the tall, skinny guy with the dark hair.

Of course I could not just let it go. This is yours truly at his station in the Shack taking a little break...

I served on board the USS Voge from 1966 to 1968 and they were two of the best years of my life. The crew, from the Captain on down were wonderful with which to serve; made lifetime friends and many times I reminisce about those times and all that we did and encountered. Those days will never be forgotten.

In a few weeks there is celebration being held in honor of the 50'th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Voge. I will not be there. My wife is recovering from being treated for lymphoma and after all of the chemo and radiation treatments she is having a hard time re-gaining her strength, not to mention about re-growing new hair, of which she lost all of it from the chemo treatment, but it is starting to grow back. BTW, she is now cancer free...

So, I will be there in spirit and wishing all my old shipmates a wonderful celebration. Yeah, spending two years aboard the USS Voge DE-1047 really was a once in a lifetime experience and I am very glad to have been there and served aboard her with such a hardworking and fun crew on a magnificent ship...

Sail on Voge sail on.....

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