USS Saratoga Decklog.


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Decklog by blair connelly on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 11:35 i served on the sara from feb 1990 to oct 1993, air dept v3 div and i loved the time i spent on her. 2 deployments one of them being operation desert sheild/storm.

Decklog by asm2 pete calabrese on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:04 served aboard 1974 to 1976 assined to aimd ground support division as a flight deck trouble shooter
New York

Decklog by ABH3 Terrence Thoman on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 08:56 V-1 Div - 1983-1985 - In search of shipmate AB Robert Cardona

Decklog by Richard Davis on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 13:34 Served in Deck Division under BM1 Charlie King on Board the Saratoga During cuban crisis and a partial med cruise after
South Carolina

Decklog by Benjamin Trout on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 08:16 Updated email:
Would love to reconnect with guys from G3 or OC.
New York

Decklog by Eric Jenislawski on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 22:31 I regret to report the December 2011 death of Joseph Jenislawski, my father, who served aboard the Saratoga as a baker, S2 division, from 1956-1960. He always spoke highly of his times on the Sara, particularly the Med cruise of 1958, the yearbook for which I have, but it is surely more staid than all the fun he said you had together. The Navy sent a moving honor guard detachment to his funeral, for which I am grateful. Should anyone have known him, you can reach me at ejj1995 at yahoo dot com.

Decklog by john belli on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 12:37 Served 1966 to 1968
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Decklog by Meg Taggart on Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 12:03 My Father, Michael Taggart, was on the USS Saratoga CV60. I am trying to find information regarding the location of this ship, if it is where he could come and visit the ship, and if there is a reunion set up near the ship. He is not doing well these days but we are looking to get him to the ship if possible one last time. Any information anyone can give please send it to

Decklog by Billy Shafer on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 18:09 All I can add is that what I was told about the fire. As I was told it was a fuel line rupture. Which would go along with a failed gasket.Two guys died at or above the escape tube.The whole space was covered in fire. So most of the guys never had a chance.

Decklog by Courtney "Bud" Webb ABEAN on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 19:54 Served aboard Sara from 73 to 77 Bow Cats.Would like hear from anyone from V2

Decklog by Byron N. Estes on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 11:39 This was my response to Mr.Harry Stolberg.
I'll do my best to relate to you the events of that morning as I know them. About 0200 of 1/23/61 they sounded the fire alarm and said there was a fire in # 2 boiler space and declared that this was NOT a drill. By time I got dressed and out of the berthing space the passageway was already filled with smoke. I need to say here that I was assigned to repair 5 for fire duty. We had the equipment and training to fight just this kind of fire. However, repair 5 locker was located right outside the door leading to # 2 boiler space, we could not get to it because of the smoke & heat. The air group people were getting the planes off the ship as fast as they could and I, and anyone else not directly involved with fighting the fire, was ordered to the hangerbays to assist in pushing the planes onto the elevators. Now to what I know about the seven men that we lost. First, the young man Cusick BT-3. As you know there was an escape trunk in the control room. I was told that he was the last one into the escape trunk and he got almost to the top and got overcome by smoke and fell all the way back down. then there was the young man that died in the switchroom one deck up from the mach. level. I was told he had only been aboard a matter of days. I also heard they listened to his screams as he died from the heat. There was an escape hatch in the corner of the switchroom but he didn't know it was there. ( WHY was this kid on watch by himself ?? ) Then there was the Chief that died fighting the fire. He is the only one I personally saw as they were bringing him out of the boiler space. Terrible... As for the four officers that died I can only tell you what I was told and that was that they had turned off the P.A.system
in their rooms so they wouldn't be disturbed. By the time they knew what was happening the smoke was to much. Now for the reason I asked if the Navy had ever given an official reason for the fire. I got an E-mail from a gentleman who replied to my post and he said he had heard a gasket had been improperly installed on one of the F.O. strainers causing the oil to spray on the hot machinery. ???? As I have said, I was the only person to take care of Boiler Supply. There was a chief in charge but I seldom saw him. Just a matter of days or maybe weeks ( the time line is fuzzy ) before the fire I was given a NEW type of gaskets for the F.O. strainers and told to issue them in the future. In my opinion they were pure lead. To myself I questioned the composition of these gaskets knowing the heat they would be subjected to. Now are you ready for this ?? One day after the fire a couple of officers I had never seen before or since came to me and CONFISCATED all the remaining gaskets. This is why I have always felt the fire was the result of gasket failure and NOT human error. Of course this is just MY opinion. Hope this has shed some light on the event. Thanks for serving...... Byron ( Ronnie ) Estes

Decklog by Richard Osburn on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 20:21 This is an e-mail I sent to Byron Estes on 5-3-2012 concerning the fire in #2MMR.
I served aboard Saratoga from Oct. '61 until Feb. '64. All my time was spent in #2MMR as a BT3/BT2. The boilermen in that space related to me the reason the fire started. (I don't know if the navy released an official reason.)
The fire started when a BT shifted fuel oil strainers. The prior watch had shifted and cleaned strainers, which was standard operating procedure. But the fellow who had cleaned the strainers failed to pressurize and check for leaks the strainer he had just cleaned.
You have to know that the fuel oil supply pressure was 1000 psi, (yes, that's one thousand!) so when the BT shifted over to a clean strainer he was sprayed with 138 degrees hot oil coming out from under an incorrectly installed cap gasket. His first instinct was to run, and that's what he did. Then his brain told him to go back and shift the fuel strainer back to the good side (the side he had just shifted from). But, before he could get back to the strainers, all the oil that had been spraying onto #2MMR ship's service turbo generator (which was less than ten feet away) exploded.
That side of the space was instantly engulfed in flames, along with the fellows in that area. My memory of the events following is a bit fuzzy. But I do remember being told that the EM in the switch board one deck up, right over the generator, was unable to escape and was killed from heat. All the ladders in the space were aluminum, as were the deck plates, and they quickly melted, so there was no way for firefighters to enter into the machinery space. The men that escaped the space did so by going up through the escape trunk that opened directly off the control booth. And one man was killed when he fell from near the top ladder rungs to the bottom of the trunk.
Hope this helps.
Richard "Ozzie" Osburn BTCM Ret.

Decklog by Billy Shafer on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 at 14:31 I heard that the MMR 2 fire was caused by a broken fuel line. I was on cold iron watch down there in 1968 Philly ship yards.Sure had some bad feelings about the space.

Decklog by bob durkiewicz on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 20:46 was on sar 1961-1962

Decklog by bob durkiewicz on Tuesday, May 08, 2012 at 12:03 was on 196/1962

Decklog by Richard Kaminsky on Sunday, May 06, 2012 at 16:09 Served OE Division 1962-65.
Looking for friends, Ed Mally and Ray Cook
New York

Decklog by Bob McDermott on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 20:53 I was on the SARA from May 73 to Nov 76. Did the 74 -75 Med Cruise and the 76 Bi-centenial cruise to the Med. Great times! Served in Air Operations and AIMD. Went back to the reserves in 85, served with HSL-94 and VP-66 in Willow Grove Pa and retired in 2004. Great times from beginning to end!

Decklog by Harry Stolberg on Friday, May 04, 2012 at 00:27 was on the Sara from 1969 to 1973 in "B" Division. Hey Byron, I heard many stories of the ghost of 2MMR. You were there when it happened. What Happened? email me at
New York

Decklog by Byron N. Estes on Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 17:53 I was on board in 60 & 61. Was there when #2 boiler burned. We lost 7 good men that day. Doe's anyone know if the Navy ever give their official reason for the fire. I would sure be interested in hearing it. I worked in B Div. Supply while aboard. If anyone has the info I asked for please E-Mail me @ Thank you...

Decklog by Pat Hughes on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 17:08 For those you who wanted to know the longitude of the equator crossing on the trip back to Mayport in 1973, it was 106.32.00 E
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Decklog by Pr2 Ron Jones on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 at 14:38 I served aboard the Saratoga for Desert Storm with VF 103. I worked in the PR shop and did my TAD time in the Chiefs mess...Would really like to hear from anyone that remembers me. You can reach me at

Decklog by Greg rodriguez on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 20:58 I was a PH on the Sara from 1978 - 1980.
first down in the lab, then in CVIC.
If you remember me drop me a line.

Decklog by Kerry Mills-Weishampel on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 11:02 My father Philip Mills served as a CPO on the Saratoga 60. He retired around 1965 or so. He passed away from Liver Cancer Oct 7th 1974. I was only 6 when he died. I'd love to hear from anyone who knew him.

Decklog by Dwain R Smallwood on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 22:54 Served from 1958 to 1962 in R Div. DC2 when I got out in June 1962

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