USS Saratoga Decklog.


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Decklog by Davis Elwood Norton on Friday, June 01, 2012 at 14:15 My father Davis Elwood Norton (Dutch)as his shipmate may know him by. I would like if any one who served with him during WW II on the USS Saratoga would send me a e-mail at I would appreicate it. Thank you for your service.

Decklog by michael bruce on Friday, June 01, 2012 at 12:49 I am sorry to hear that my ship is being scaped my four years on that ship 1981-1985 some of the best years of my life IC 3rd class bruce

Decklog by Mary Williams Rhodes on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:53 My dad was a Torpedoman 1st Class, aboard the Sara for a time. His name was Herbert "Bill" Williams, and he was from Western Kentucky. I have a photo taken aboard the carrier with his brother, James Thomas (JT) Williams and 6 other crew members, whose names I do not know. The photo was taken Feb/Mar 1946. I have sent a copy of this photo to the U.S.S. Saratoga Association. My dad also served on the USS Yorktown (when it sank) and the USS Lexington. After being on 3 aircraft carriers that were destroyed or severely damaged, he did not re-enlist. His thought was he might not be so lucky the 4th time around. He told my brother and I many stories of his naval days. He watched the movie MIDWAY countless times, telling us different things that happened. The only photos I have are ones a deceased aunt left me. His metals, photo books and momentos where destroyed when my brothers house burnt on Mother's Day, 1993. I have heard that replacement medals and naval records can be obtained. I have completed the military forms 3 times and sent them in over the last few years with no luck. If anyone can offer advice, I would greatly appreciate it. Mary Williams Rhodes. Email:

Decklog by gary wheeler on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 20:52 shout out to marc jacob: you said you were in crash & dash 73 - 75 did have the nic name "shakey jake"? and hung around with that cajoun crazy "hoss "? if you want to e- mail me @ like to hear from you

Decklog by Mack L White on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 15:00 Served 62-65. V-6 Division. Worked flight deck for a year and then yoeman in V-6 Office for a year. Great times aboard the Sara.

Decklog by James Bentley on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 12:01 I hope all of you have a safe Memoral day.Thanks to all of the shippmates that served on The Saratoga.I was on her 1959 -1960 cat crew cat 2.Had a great bunch of friends.
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Decklog by William G Honley on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 05:11 Was on board the Sara 1960 to1962. woked OI division. Have fond memories of this time in my life

Decklog by James Hopkinson on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 20:21 Hi former Sara Crew
I have been reading some posts on the MMR fire with the sad loss of life. I was on the Sara a few years later fom 1966 -1969, I was an IC electrician and for the 4 years on the Sara I was on the inport fire party as on scene electrican and comunications. We did fight a couple of MMR fires that were not anything like what was just discribed.
Does any one remember the fire we had while in the Philly shipyard. The fire started on the 02 deck upforward on a Friday night and burned undiscovered untill Sunday and it took about 6 to 8 hours or more to put it out. Pumping Jan or Feb Delaware river water that was a couple of degrees above freezing was not fun - waist up burning, waist down freezing. The fire party thought we would would never put the dam fire out because it had spread from closed space to space for two days. After reporting the fire is out and than reporting the fire was on again and again the XO got on the sound power line and started giving me a lot of crap that was not proper phone talking procedures and I told him to shut the f___ up. He than said who is this and I said JH IC3 and I said who the hell are you and he said the XO - and if and when you guys ever put this fire out I want to see you sailor. I did see the XO after the fire and he had not sence of humor. I did keep my crow. Any sailors out there remember this fire that started in a void full of the netting the BM's hung over the side of the ship for painting on the hull?
Good health and calm seas to all.
Jim Hopkinson IC2

Decklog by Bud Beal on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 22:34 Hi Sammy, whats up with the ships store? I need some new gear.

Decklog by BOB GREENBERG on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 07:43 Line Rat in VF-31 1963-66,F4B Phantom II
A/C # 105. Had a blast !! Do you remember he PAN-AM Club n Barcelona ?
New York

Decklog by Timotht Gerad Fitzpratrick on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 08:51 does any one know any thing about the award that Timothy Fitzpratrick wom, he was on board in 1971, something happened in May .

Decklog by Jimmy E. Cole on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 19:24 VA35 1960 to 1963 email ATN3

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.

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