2019 … a new year for former CV-11 crewmembers (FCMs) to re-connect

FCMs, lets re-connect with each other and, reach out to find other FCMs. If you have any memories or stories about your service aboard the Intrepid, or any other comments that fellow former crewmembers would be interested in, please don’t hesitate to send to me by email at: cv11texfcm@gmail.com

Please Note: On the ‘Subject’ Line of your email to me, please type-in “Blog Submission”

Thanks you.

And … Let Us Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us.

John Simonetti, Past Association President, ’03-’05


Vietnam Statistics and Myths

Go to: http://uswings.com…t-us-wings/vietnam-war-facts


Intrepid 75th Anniversary UPDATE

– Our allotment of 170 rooms at the hotel sold out.
– Expecting more than 300 FCM to attend
– Expecting more than 1,000 for dinner on INTREPID Thursday night
– Expecting 500 – 700  for the dinner cruise on Saturday.
– This will be my last Reunion due to health.
It has been an honor and privilege to serve our
USS Intrepid Former Crewmember Association
Ralph Slane
Former Crewmember
Association Reunion Activities Co-ordinator & Benefactor
Past Member
New York Council
Navy League of the U.S.

Lynn Bari, ‘PinUp’

Lynn Bari Lynn Bari was one of 14 young women “launched on the                 trail of film stardom” August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the company’s training school. The contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years.

In most of her early films, Bari had uncredited parts usually playing receptionists or chorus girls. She struggled to find starring roles in films, but accepted any work she could get. Rare leading roles included China Girl (1942), Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943), and The Spiritualist (1948). In B movies, Lynn was usually cast as a villainess, notably Shock and Nocturne (both 1946). An exception was The Bridge of San Luis Rey  (1944). During WWII, according to a survey taken of GIs, Bari was the second-most popular pinup girl after the much better-known Betty Grable.

Bari’s film career fizzled out in the early 1950s as she was approaching her 40th birthday, although she continued to work at a more limited pace over the next two decades, now playing matronly characters rather than temptresses. She portrayed the mother of a suicidal teenager in a 1951 drama, On the Loose, plus a number of supporting parts.

Bari’s last film appearance was as the mother of rebellious teenager Patty McCormack in The Young Runaways (1968) and her final TV appearances were in episodes of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and The FBI.

She quickly took up the rising medium of television during the ’50s, which began when she starred in the live television sitcom Detective’s Wife, which ran during the summer of 1950, and in Boss Lady

In 1955, Bari appeared in the episode “The Beautiful Miss X” of Rod Cameron’s syndicated crime drama City Detective. In 1960, she played female bandit Belle Starr in the debut episode “Perilous Passage” of the NBC western series Overland Trail starring William Bendix and Doug McClure and with fellow guest star Robert J. Wilke as Cole Younger.

From July–September 1952, Bari starred in her own situation comedy, Boss Lady, a summer replacement for NBC’s Fireside Theater. She portrayed Gwen F. Allen, the beautiful top executive of a construction firm. Not the least of her troubles in the role was being able to hire a general manager who did not fall in love with her.

Commenting on her “other woman” roles, Bari once said, “I seem to be a woman always with a gun in her purse. I’m terrified of guns. I go from one set to the other shooting people and stealing husbands!

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945 and the Internet

Two Typhoons From Okinawa

In the Fall of 1945, the INTREPID was in Buckner Bay at Okinawa and the weather was hot and calm. There were several other vessels in the same enclosed body of water. Most of the aircraft were on the hanger deck and it seemed like a very quite day. Suddenly, we were given an alarm of an approaching typhoon with waves as high as 70 feet. Everyone scrambled to secure all movable items on the flight and hanger decks. It seemed like in a few minutes the flight deck was vacant and the steel doors were downed locked on the hanger deck. The crew was ordered to stay below decks as the ship raced to get out of the Bay opening into the Ocean.

Shortly, we did clear the island by about a half mile when the first wave was visible on the horizon. It appeared as a wide white line at a distance. As it rolled toward us, we slowed down to meet the first wave which stopped the Intrepid while it lifted us upward and shuck everything violently. Water went over the flight deck. This was a serious storm. Within a few minutes the waves increased in height to 90 feet. The ship headed into the waves at an angle to reduce the impact of head-on collisions. The forward speed was about 4 knots to maintain steerage. When a wave was under the hull at mid-ship, the bow and stern would bow down and the expansion plates on the flight deck would cover wide gaps. We would “crash” into a new wave every few seconds and everything on the ship would shake and make noises. This continued for three days.

We were lucky the ship did not fail that test. We felt like we were comparable to a “bar of Ivory soap in an old fashion washing machine”.  The control tower was subject to wave splashes  20-to 30 feet high.

After three days, we returned to Buckner Bay to “take inventory and observe damages”. We resumed destroying floating mines in the seas around Japan for another ten days before we were given another “typhoon alert”. This time we responded quicker…got out of the Bay in shorter time and knew more about what to expect. The second was about the same as the first one, but it ended after 2.5 days. Fortunately, we saw no more rough water until December.

That is when we boarded 2000 paratroopers as guests to ride from Japan to San Francisco for Christmas leaves. On the eleven day trip we had seven days of heavy seas and hundreds of sea sick paratrooper. “What happened on that trip… stay on the ship”!!!

Story contributed by AOM3/c Keith Butterfield

Meritorious Mast

Information found in THE INTREPID Newsletter Vol. 3, Num 4 of Oct 1945

Citations from Com First Car Task For, Pac award to: Naylor, Wm. B., ACOM, Ivcic, Walter S., AOM2c, Samuels, Edgar N., S1c

Presidential Unit Citations awarded to: Pyle, R. G., PhM1c, Preston, F. A., PhM3c

Bronze Star Medal awarded to: Schwabe, L. R., Lt. Cmdr., USN, Treuer, G.E., Lieut., USN,   Luce, S. L., Lt.(jg), USNR, Ross, H. M., ACOM … Watson, A. J., AMM2c was awarded the Bronze Star Medal posthumously

Purple Hearts: Altman, R., S1c, Bailey, H., S1c, Bass, R., StM1c, Beavers, H. N., S1c, Boyington, L. S., S1c, Bowen, C. K., S1c, Brookens, M. L., F1c, Carpenter, M. F., S2c, Cifelli, A. P. B., Pfc, Clark, O., SC3c, Cleothlis, G. A., S1c, Coggins, C. G., S2c, Dooley, L. A., S1c, Dimmick, G. C., Pfc, Dunning, T. A., S1c, Eads, J. E., S1c, Eagan, J. P., S1c,  Foster, C. H., Jr., S2c,  Forguer, R. R., S1c, Garner, F. E., S2c, Gilliam, E. T., S1c, Gibbs, J. C., S1c, Gomez, A. A., S2c, Gray, E. R., S2c, Grimes, J. L., S2c,  Harper, R. N., AON2c, Heiland, R. J., S2c, Hendrix, W. B., Pfc,  Hiatt, L. R., S2c, Kahle, R. L., S2c, Maile, J. W., S1c, Mayberry, J. E., S1c, Mayo, J. B., S2c, Mertz, H. A., EM3, Metcalf, B. E., S1c, Mouzon, H. F., StM1c, McDowell, M. F., S2c, Pavitt, G. F., AOM3c, Powell, W. K., AOM2c, Richard, J. G., StM1c, Reeves, S. T., S2c, Sapp, S. R., S1c, Shaforth, F. H., S1c, Sommerville, G. A., Cpl, Stensberg, K. W., EM1c, Swointeck, C. B., S1c, Svoboda, C., S2c,  Treece, A. H., St3c, Toland, H., Jr., S1c, Underwood, O., S1c, Walker, I. N., Pfc, Wallace, C. M., F2c, Whitaker, J. L., S1c

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945


The Intrepid Band

Information found in THE INTREPID Newsletter Vol. 3, Num 4 of Oct 1945

Murray-Led Band Reports Aboard

One day last April at the Washington Music School  22 musicians were assembled with Chief Bandmaster Arthur Murray and told that it was Navy Unit Band 98. And thus the INTREPID BAND was born.

Within a month’s time, the band reported aboard and was beginning to play the music that sailors love to hear. It is easy enough to get two or three musicians to make a song sound something like it is supposed to, but when you take 22 men, who had never seen each other before, you have a job. And that is the task that was assigned to Chief Murray, a veteran of 19 years in the Navy.

The band is composed of five clarinet players, four men of the cornet, two on the saxophone, two French hornists, three trombonists, two drummers, two tuba players and one man each on the baritone and the piccolo.

Chief Murray in his 19 years of service has served aboard 16 ships and two shore stations. His ships have included nine cruisers, four destroyer or seaplane tenders and one battleship. the INTREPID is his first carrier and he, speaking for the band as well as himself, says he really enjoys it here.

Band members include: Sauer, Dzoba, Norris, Combs, Carrier, Passalacqua, Lang, Morgan, Boyce, Elwell, O’Malley, Mancini, Larson, Fox, Mitchell, Sasse, Mulley, Koupel, Lenzi, Troyer, DeNeen ,and Ferdon.

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945

“Our Air Group”

Information found in THE INTREPID Newsletter Vol. 3, Num 4 of Oct 1945

Now that fighting is a thing of the past, a few statistics of “Our Air Group” was always willing to tackle the enemy, and that is precisely what it did. Exactly 100 enemy aircraft were shot out of the skies, while 86 were destroyed on the ground. A total of 94 ships of all descriptions were either sunk or severely damaged.

Besides the attack on the battleship YAMATO and its escorts, the most outstanding encounter of the squadron happened on the morning of April 16 when one division of four planes bagged twenty Japs. Since then one of the pilots has been killed and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously. The division leader was credited with six planes and was awarded the Navy Cross; his wingman bagged four planes and was awarded the Silver Star. The fourth man, who was awarded the Navy Cross, was high man of the day, gathering seven.

“Our Air Group” may soon be replaced, and at that time many facts that at present cannot be released will be published. One thing about these pilots and combat air crewmen, they certainly did their share in keeping up the traditions of the “Mighty I” and the Naval Air Corps.

Ref: THE INTREPID, Volume3, Number 4, October 1945

A Thought

Information found in THE INTREPID Newsletter Vol. 3, Num 4 of Oct 1945

     Joe sat on the flight deck with a cold and low morale. Other people thought he wind was warmed just right by the sun but Joe had chills along with a bad disposition.

     Usually the sight of an armada thrilled Joe but this morning those battlewagons and cruisers were just another item of the war that had kept hi in the service so long. Joe thought he would write a letter to his congressman and find out why the point system had to be so high and beyond him. Under this present system he would have another year tacked onto his three and a half of service.

     That island off to the starboard about ten miles looked dismal through the haze. Joe thought it would be good to stretch his legs even if he wasn’t at peace with the world. Walking forward along the starboard catwalk he bumped everybody that cam that way. Thinking, “I may as well let them know I’m around”.

It was kind of funny the way that island sat off on the horizon. Looked plenty small from back yonder but up close it got big and stared a guy in the face. The closer a fellow got the more of it appeared out of the haze. Joe stood there looking hard for what he wanted to see and suddenly a faint trace of an outline stuck its arm up into the sky.

“Mt. Suribachi” muttered Joe, and he lost some of that disgust for the world. He remembered that letter three weeks ago from the little woman telling him about all the guys from home that are buried out here.

Joe feels pretty cheap all of a sudden, he’s sitting almost at the foot of his friends’ graves and griping about a cold and a discharge. He says, “sure Joe, you’ve been fighting this war a long time but you’re still in one piece to talk about it.” Joe thinks its hell that people can forget so easily, he know that a lot of people in the states probably never realized the true meaning of Okinawa. Its more than a Nap name to Joe, it means ‘hell on earth’ and Joe does like a lot of other Joes will do, he says just a little prayer for those gyrenes and doggies who gave their lives for him and the rest of the U.S. population.

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945

‘The KETCHER History’

FORMER CREWMEMBERS ... 'The Ketcher' History, as recorded here, is 
based on the copy of 'THE INTREPID' Newsletter, *Volume 3, Number 2 
of April 1945, in hand by this Blog Editor.
     If any former crewmember (FCM) has any earlier published copies of 
The Ketcher, this Editor would be greatly appreciative. Please 
contact the Editor by email at cv11texfcm@gmail.
                            *THE INTREPID
Commanding Officer, Captain Giles E. Short, USN
Executive Officer, Commander R.P. Kauffman, USN 
Supervising Editor, Lt.(jg) R. H. Smith
Editorial Staff
G. F. Pavitt AOM3c, Co-Editor
B. S. Nusbaum, Jr. RdM3c, News Editor
P. M.Jones, PhoM2c, Photographic Editor
Chaplain M.D.Safford, W. B. Naylor, ACOM,      Don Ickes, Y3c, 
R. J. Boyce, S1c.     W. Loff, PhoM3c.      Lt.(jg) N. C. Peterson
J.E.Kroeger,PhoM2c.  H. F. Krasin, PhoM1c.  T. H. Fredrickson, PhoM3cW. Loff, PhoM3c
H.J.Devlin,Prtr1c.   V. J. Lenzi, Prtr2c.      H. J. Stoll, Prtr3cD 
R. aleto, Prtr3c
Publication Censor
Lt. J. B. Kirsch

The U.S.S. INTREPID receives Camp Newspaper Service material. Republication 
of credited matter prohibited without permission of CNS, 205 E. 42ndSt., NYC 17

Cover: Photo overlay by Krueger, PhoM2c and Krasin, PhoM1c


Second Anniversary of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11, 16 August 1945

The following was copied from the Second Anniversary ‘Program’
of the U.S.S. INTREPID CV-11

Capt. Giles E. Short, U.S.N., Commanding Officer
Comdr. W. E. Ellis, U.S. N., Executive Officer

The first INTREPID is believed to have been built as a bomb ketch in France in 1798, for the Egyptian Expedition of General Bonaparte. It was sold to Tripoli and named MASTICO, and when captured off Tripoli by the American schooner ENTERPRISE, was given the name INTREPID.

The INTREPID was under the command of Stephen Decatur in his brilliant expedition which resulted in the destruction of the U.S.S. PHILADELPHIA on the night of Feb. 16, 1804. The PHILADELPHIA had grounded and was in the. Hands of the enemy. The purpose of the expedition was to prevent her further use against the United States Naval forces. Later the same year, Sept. 4, 1804, under the command of Lieutenant Somers, the ship was blown up with all hands in a perilous and fatal attempt to damage enemy shipping in the harbor of Tripoli.

Commodore Preble who had directed these exploits, returned to the United States and received the vote of thanks from Congress and an emblematic gold medal from President Jefferson. Lieutenant Decatur was promoted to Captain and presented with a sword by a grateful Congress.  They were both highly commended by Lord Nelson who characterized the first exploit of the INTEPID as “ the most bold and daring act of the age.” At the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis stands the Tripolitan Monument erected to the memory of the officers and men of the INTREPID who lost their lives on her fatal expedition.

The second INTREPID was built at Boston, commissioned in 1874, brig rigged and iron hull, 170 feet in length, 35 feet beam, 11 feet feet depth, steam torpedo ram, 438 tons. From Aug. 3 to Oct. 30, 1874, she cruised along the North Atlantic coast trying her torpedos. From 1875 to 1882, she was in commission at the New York Navy Yard. From 1883 to 1889, she was undergoing repairs and alterations at that Yard; striken from Navy list, and sold in 1892.

The third INTREPID was built at Mare Island in 1904 by the U.S. Navy. Whe was a steel vessel, bark rigged, length 176 feet, beam 45 feet, mean draft 16 feet, tonnage 1800 tons, armament four (4) six-pounders and two (2) one-pounders. She was designed and used as a training vessel. This INTREPID was stationed at Yerba Buena, California. She is now moored at Pearl Harbor.

The new U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) is the first aircraft carrier and the fourth naval vessel to be given this name. Her keel was laid Dec. 1, 1941, and she was launched April 26, 1943, at the Newport News Ship Building and Dry Dock Company. Mrs. John Howard Hoover, wife of Vice Admiral Hoover, was her sponsor. The INTREPID was the first major war vessel to be constructed at that yard in a graving dock.

The U.S.S. INTREPID (CV-11) was commissioned Aug. 16, 1943, by Rear Admiral Herbert W. Leary, U.S. Navy, Commandant of the Fifth Naval District. Former Commanding Officers are: Rear Admiral Thomas L. Sprague, U.S.N., Aug. 16, 1943 to March 28, 1944; Rear Admiral William D. Sample, U.S.N., April 19, 1944 to May 19, 1944; Capt. Richard K. Gaines, U.S.N., March 29, 1944 to April 18, 1944, and May 20, 1944, to May 29, 1944; Captain Joseph F. Bolger, U.S.N., May 29, 1944 to Feb. 15, 1945.

Today, aboard this modern, mighty INTREPID we celebrate her second birthday. On this second anniversary, officers and men join with Captain Giles E. Short, U.S.N., in the hope that in our future engagements with the enemy we shall continue to be worthy of the name INTREPID. God grant that, in the cool courage and fearless bravery of the present crew, the spirit of the heroic and undaunted crews of the past will live again in another “most bold and daring act of the age.”

FCM – John McCain, Ltjg, USN

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was a former crew member of the U.S.S. Intrepid (CV!-11) serving as a A-1 Sky Raider Squadron (VA-65) pilot who served a tour (’61-’62)  prior to becoming an American politician and senior U.S. Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States election.


Autographed photo in this Blog author’s cruise book

McCain followed his father and granfather, both four-star admirals, into the U.S. Navy, graduating from the Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack a/c from the aircraft carriers Intrepid, Enterpirise, Oriskany and Forrestal. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the ’67 USS Forrestal fire.. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the N. Vietnamese. He was a POW until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture, and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds left him with lifelong physical limitations.

He retired as a Navy Captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning re-election easily four times, most recently in 2010. While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain at times has had a media reputation as a “maverick” for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the ’80s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually led to the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002. He is also known for his work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the ’90s, and for his belief that the war in Iraq should be fought to a successful conclusion. McCain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, opposed spending that he considered to be pork barrel, and played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nomiations..

McCain ran for the Republican presidential nomination in ’00 but lost a heated primary season contest to George W. Bush. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but lost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election. He subsequently adopted more orthodox conservative stances and attitudes and largely opposed actions of the Obama adminstraion.

McCain died on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from Brain Cancer.