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06/12/2017    Advised TAPS Kenneth Andreotta 1/20/2017

06/07/2017    Richard Gibson signed in 61-62 SN.  Welcome aboard!

06/05/2017    Advised by his son Forrest TAPS Forrest Hoff 44-46 QM1

06/05/2017    Advised by his daughter Bonnie TAPS (2012) 
                        Norris Doyle

06/05/2017    Advised by Marian Bradley 
                        TAPS Capt. Claiborne (Tim) Bradley 

04/03/2017    Advised by his son Mark:  TAPS - Delmar W. Phillips CSSN                         03/2012

12/22/2016    TAPS Lang, Walter H. FN

07/18/2016    Joe Bauer's wife Kate passed

11/15/2016        TAPS  Putnam, Joseph C.  1944-45  MM2C

12/28/2015    TAPS  LIND, Eugene S2  1944-46

06/10/2015      TAPS:   MADEIROS, Albert (Al) GM 1944-1946

04/20/2015    TAPS: East, Dossie J.48-49 & Obituary

04/19/2015   TAPS:  Donald J. Hartley  50-52 AM

04/12/2015     Reunion People

03/27/2015   TAPS: Bowen, Stuart C 61-62 Brumbaugh, Dale 64-65
                     Waddle, Ralph R 45-46

                      Richard "Capt Dick" Gemberling, Obituary 

03/20/2015   BrookS, M. BERT 06/1969--05/1971 RD3 has signed in.

03/08/2015    TAPS: Ronald Cline 53-56 

02/22/2015    John Malloy ET3 53-54 has signed in

02/05/2015   John Goodman IC2 68-70 has signed in

02/02/2015 Leonard Halascsak   59/61 R3 has signed in 

02/02/2015   TAPS: Barbier, Francis M. 46/47 S1

01/ 22/ 2015 TAPS: Donald D. Henry  SA 1949

01/20/2015 website up and running again

01/15/2015 TAPS:  Christianson Elmer E. BTG2  50-51

1/12/2015 TAPS:     Sessa Allen F. 46-48

01/10/2015   TAPS: Machardy, James R., Jr.

01/07/2015  TAPS: Gemberling Richard A. BT3C 50-'53  2014 
                                Rotatori Sergio P.        FN      48-'49  2014

01/06/2015 Richard Corbin Mitchell RM3 1944-1947 has signed in

01/06/2015  TAPS:  Berotti Fred S1C 44-'46 

01/02/2015 TAPS:  Lindhorst, Carl F. 1944-45 EM1

1/2/2015  TAPS: Mowers, Steven   69-72 EN3

12,22/2014    TAPS: John Brandon 1972 LCDR

12/17/2014  2015 Reunion info

12/08/2014   Deason, Steven  SN  1970  has signed in

11/22/2014

At the reunion in New Orleans last May the members authorized $500 to purchase a USS WILLARD KEITH Commemorative Brick at the WWII Museum. Upon further investigation it was determined that two (2) bricks could be purchased with the authorized funds. The additional brick was approved by the Association Board. One brick reads:  USS WILLARD KEITH / 1944 DD-775 1972 / SERVED WITH PRIDE; the second brick text reads:

WILLARD W. KEITH / CAPT USMCR 1920-41 / NAVY CROSS. Earlier this month the museum notified me that both bricks have been laid in the sidewalk adjacent to the museum along Magazine Street. If anyone is visiting New Orleans the bricks are located in Sections: NT 4,9 and NT 4, 10 respectively. Van Wells 


10/20/2014    TAPS: Campbell , Edward F. 53-55 FT2

8/19/2014      David Hatfield has signed in

8/08/2014     Jayson Corey has signed in 1969-71

7/02/2014    Taps: Buzzy Harger EM3 

6/10/2014  TAPS:  Walter Malcom TM3c '62/ '63

5/1/2014      Robert Armstrong 1964 MR3 has sign in

4/27/2014      Lee Roy Hurm  photo & Obituary

4/20/2014    reunion names has ben updated

4/11/2014    Leon P. Swanson photo & obit . I have several dates for his time on Willard
                     Keith. Does anyone have the correct dates?

4/8/2014      reunion names updated

3/20/2014    Arthur Tate ET1 has signed in

3/16/2014   TAPS: Kenneth G. Triplett 44-45 S1 
                                Robert C. Rogers 44-46 

1/23/2014   Kenneth Wince 60-64  has signed in

                   James Fayer  50-53 ET2 has signed in

1/18/2014     Ted Johnson  69-71 BT3 has Signed in

1/13/2014     Gerry D. turner 63-65  MM3 has signed in 

12/31/2013   Reunion 2013 Article has been added

12/26/2013    RADM Leslie J, O’Brien Has died

11/13/2013   Wolfer, Michael  Jan. 1969  Has signed in

10/25/2013    TAPS:  William B. Bennett 44-45  S1c

10/02/2013   TAPS:

           Sorry to report that Lee passed away this morning from breathing difficulties due to pulmonary fibrosis. We were called at 0930 and told he ceased breathing at 0720. Last Tuesday we moved him from his ALF apartment to a skilled nursing facility where he would have around the clock attendants. The move took a lot out of him and as I visited him yesterday morning and late afternoon I was very uneasy about his condition. After nearly a four year battle through five hospitalizations followed by nursing/rehab stints then back to ALF living we take comfort in knowing he is at peace and we will see him again because of our mutual faith in  Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

 Dee

09/29/2013   Francis "Frank"  Bryson   51-52   SN   has signed in

09/17/2013    TapS  Hamilton, Charles R. ( Bones)   FC2  50-52

09/13/2013  Taps: Angus D. "Gus" Harrison, Jr. Plank owner

08/28/2013  Menard, Dennis  66-67  ET3 has signed in

08/15/ 2013  Does anyone have any info on this person?

 caseiro, John    Date on Board:1950=1953    Rate/Rank on Board:E-5


07/11'/2013  TAPS: Shields, Earl W.   57-'60    MM3   

06/07/2013  Article 10 Section 2 of bylaws added
  John Herzog MM2 64-67 has signed in

06/02/2013    NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT REUNION 2013

05/15/2013   Donald Jewell 59-60 FN has signed in

05/02/2013   shipmates coming to reunion 

05/02/2013   TAPS: Gentner, Albert W

03/28/2013  Luttrell, Steve MM3 71-72 has signed in

03/21/2013    
                 Our shipmate Edward Kimak ( BM 1953-1955)  lost his wife "Dottie" this                  morning. Ed is a loyal reunion association supporter and Dottie has attended many reunions with Ed. Dottie was always up-beat and never complained about her health issues. We will miss her!
Details of her service is not known at this time. 

Condolences can be mailed to;

                             Mr. Edward Kimak
                            217 Mount Isle Ave NE
                            St. Petersburg, FL.  33702-6928


03/02/2013   TAPS: Albert Bodin SN '53-'55 February, 2013

02/23/2013   Bill Singleton has signed in

02/15/2013   TAPS:   Nutter, Richard Lee  BT3 Portsmouth,Va.
                              Died aboard ship June 21,1068  Died on board
                             Richard was only on a 2 week training cruise to Cuba when he died, no                                  one is sure why, heat stroke most likely he was only 21

02/08/2013 TAPS: Charles "Bill" W. Truxall Jr., on board 67-69 LTCDR

02/05/2013 TAPS: James A "Clancy" McConnell  MM 3 "Plank Owner" passed away Nov.15, 2012

02-/04/2013 TAPS: Gaponiuk, Dan  51-55   SK2    2013 obit

02/02/2013 TAPS: Coulter, Frank J.  51-53 CO  Died June 21, 2011

01/31/2013 TAPS: Robert W. Lewis 1944-1946 Coxswain Photo

01/28/2013  TAPS: Gaponiuk, Dan  51-55   SF2

01/22/2013 Don West updated his info 

01/12/2013 Charles Anderson 71-72 RD2 has signed in

01/11/13  TAPS: Nelson G Castor

01/04/13  James Fitch 44-45 has updated his info

01/02/13  Reunion info is now updated

12/13/2012  Carroll Ingham  51-52   MM3 Has signed in

12/07/2012
TAPS: Harold Clinton Meyer  44-46- S2C

More Names added to the N page of shipmates


11/30/2012
TAPS: LEWIS, John (Red)   GM3  1944-1945  Died 11/29/2012 age 89

11/27/2012
Whalen Francis E   56-58  Has signed in

11/25/2012 New Email for Robert Lewis 44-46 Cox
chrislg66@gmail.com

11/06/12  TAPS: Ralph A. Owens SN2 44-47  Died 11/05/12

11/02/12 TAPS: Boyce L. "Bo" Garmon  1944-46  SN1  Died April 2001

10/24/12
TAPS: Cole,  Garey R  60-64 SN2   Died: Jan.1,2007

10/21/12
Steven Mowers EN3 1969-1972 has signed in


09/23/12
TAPS: Slough, Daniel J.  48-'49      S2/SA

09/22/12
Hello,
 I was just on the USS Willard Keith web site and saw that you asked to be kept informed
 about your shipmates -

If anyone remembers Paul H. Gross, S2 RDM, who served on the Keith from Oct 1946 to January 1948,  I'm sure he would be delighted to receive a card to cheer him (not get well cards, though).  He is terminally  ill (cancer), presently in the hospital, but will soon be coming home under hospice care.  He is too weak to
 use his computer; he will not be checking for Emails.  For the past several years the only time he got into  his computer was to check his Emails from his buddies on the USS Willard Keith.  He talked about his time aboard real often.
 His address is:  102 Redwood Dr., North Syracuse, NY  13212

Thank you.
 Elizabeth Rodgers
 Paul's sister


09/16/2012    TAPS  SHEA, Raymond P.   1954-57  LTJG 

09/10/12
TAPS: John McCaffery  SM3 Plank Owner , Ralph Wolfe S1 Plank Owner  

08/22/12
Saunders, Robert   ENsign 71-72 has signed in

06/30/12
TAPS:  Edward F Kern   '44-'46  GM3

06/26/12
Gemberling, Richard has updated his Email.    urrealtyman@hotmail.com

06/11/12
Larry Seem has changed his email    larryseem854@yahoo.com

06/09/12
TAPS: Norman Clark

06/09/12
Hauldren, Kenneth M. 50-'54 Has signed in

05/24/2012
TAPS: William Clyde Chambers 

I am glad to see this site. My uncle, William Clyde Chambers was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Willard Keith from 1945-1946 after being stationed aboard the U.S.S. YMS-70 and the U.S.S. PC 1121. I have been looking for records about him. I have a request. I would like to know if anyone remembers him? He was our favorite uncle growing up, married into the family. An only child, raised in Alabama. I can't find much about him at all on Ancestry.com. Because he was an only child I wanted to put stories together about him and would love to know if anyone has any stories about him at all. Don't want him forgotten I guess. He and my aunt's had only one child, stillborn. His line will not pass on. I have asked my family to let me know of any memories they have of him too. He passed away in 1975, in El Cajon, California. He had a sudden heart attack. He was only 50. My aunt is no longer with us to ask either, nor are many of those who knew him best. Anyway, I wanted to ask, I am sorry I rambled on so. Thank you so much for your time. Sincerely, Betty J. Tindle 

 From: San Diego, California, currently reside in Wyoming 
  Email:  forgetracker@gmail.com 

05/12/12 Charlie Yow 53-54 has signed in


0/07/12  Richard A. Jones LTJG '62-65- has signed in

04/22/2012  Stewart, Kenneth has updated his info

TAPS: Walter Kennedy 1953 ENSIGN

03/09/12
Fouche ' Calvin  Dec. 68 to April 72 Has signed in

02/ 18/2012
 TAPS: OPFER, George    S1/C   1947-1948

02-14-12
Paul Goldberg 56-59 has changed his email to ipgandemg@comcast.net

01 30, 2012
GILES, BARNEY  62-63  RDSN  has signed in

01-24-12
TAPS: Malcolm S. Williams, Ltjg "45-'46 

Sotere, Ronald P.  55-'57MM3 Update info

01-23-12
Reunion info added

Smith, Jackson S, Jr 67-70  Ltjg Has signed in

01-21-12
Richard Cook 59-60 RM3 Has Signed in

01- 07- 12
Steve McDonald updated his email address:   mickeydindy@comcast.net


This graphic is by Hank Ketcham, the creator of Dennis the Menace cartoonstrip...He rode on the Keith from San Francisco  to Los Angeles in the early years of the Keith.
Updated 08/10/2017