HYMAN MEMORIAL NEWCASTLE, IN. 2012

ALL PHOTOS BELOW WERE PROVIDED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND FRANKLIN ROGERS AT:  fdr1937@yahoo.com.   THANKS FROM ALL OF THE HYMAN GUYS, FRANKLIN.

(Junior here, I need the names of the folks in the photos. If you know any of these guys and gals, please send me an email with the name(s) with the photo number. Let your cursor hover over the photo to see the number. Thanks guys.)

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BRANSON 2012 REUNION GROUP 2

ALL PHOTOS BELOW WERE PROVIDED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND FRANKLIN ROGERS AT:  fdr1937@yahoo.com.   THANKS FROM ALL OF THE HYMAN GUYS, FRANKLIN.

(Junior here, I need the names of the folks in the photos. If you know any of these guys and gals, please send me an email with the name(s) with the photo number. Let your cursor hover over the photo to see the number. Thanks guys.)

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BRANSON 2012 REUNION – GROUP 1

ALL PHOTOS BELOW WERE PROVIDED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND FRANKLIN ROGERS AT:  fdr1937@yahoo.com.   THANKS FROM ALL OF THE HYMAN GUYS, FRANKLIN.

(Junior here, I need the names of the folks in the photos. If you know any of these guys and gals, please send me an email with the name(s) with the photo number. Let your cursor hover over the photo to see the number. Thanks guys.)

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THE AMAZING HYMAN VET-THOMAS HALL SM2

I received the letter below from Hyman Vet, Thomas Hall today. This WWII vet is “amazing.” (My word, not his.) When you read his letter, you will learn that he was the youngest petty officer in the Navy at the time (only 16 years old, he posed as his older brother). He graduated from Syracuse University at the age of 57, and left high school after the 9th grade. Additionally, he has made over 2,000 skydives during his 86 years. Read and enjoy. Junior
Thomas Hall SM 2/c commented on HOME

September 11th, quite a day. World Trade Center knocked down. My birthday. We received Jap surrender of Ponape in 1945. Lucky the war was over and no worry about the Japs on the island waiting for repatriation to Japan. We were stuck in that torrid zone from first week in September until Xmas day. Hot, hot, hot. No air conditioning in those days, Those sleeping compartments were steam baths.

Remember Xmas eve. The offices including Captain Foley were over on the beach at a small officer club they had constructed. Back on the ship some enterprising soul broke into the decodding room and we appropriated many jugs of Southern Comfort. In the meantime we broke out some Very pistols and shells and lit up the sky while sounding the ships whistle. The Officer of the Deck, a lowly Ensign was frantic. Johnny Tapp SM 1/c and I still had two jugs of the booze when we arrived in Yokosuka, Japan in early January 1946. We sold them to some guys on the tender to which we were moored and had a good time in Tokyo enjoying the wars spoils. Ah! Those were the days. I enlisted sin 1942 and served until 1946 in the Mediterranen participating in the invasion of Sicily, three N Atlantic convoy patrols (horrible) and then invasions at Iwo Jima and Okinawa aboard the Hyman DD 732 . It was seventy years ago when on September 10th I was sworn in and started boot camp at Newport, R.I. I remember Company 533 at Coddington Point, Newport. I was in boot camp twenty days and then spent 16 weeks at Butler U., Indianapolis at the USNTS (signals). I graduated sixth in a graduating class of 194 and was promoted to SM 3/c. I was the youngest petty officer in the U.S.Navy at 16. I had enlisted posing as an older brother. I served three years in the U S Army after leaving the navy and was stationed in Austria for two years. Great duty. Now 86 and veteran of almost two thousand skydives I am ready to take it easy. Oh, by the way I entered Syracuse University at 54 yrs of age and graduated at 57, quite an accomplishment seeing as I didn’t go to high school after the 9th grade.

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HOWARD DOUGHERTY

Howard Dougherty was from Columbus, Ohio, and served on the Hyman as Seaman 1st. Class during the second world war.  After the war was over in 1945, Howard returned to Columbus.  Howard’s son Michael, joined the Navy in 1967.  You can send an email to Michael at:   worthsarge@aol.com.

HOWARD J. DOUGHERTY

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DON BARKER’S PHOTOS FROM 1959-1960

Fox Division guys including Fuller and Sneider on highline detail. Circa 1959.

DON BARKER

COMMODORE AND XO ON THE FLYING BRIDGE. (YOU PROBABLY HAVE TO BE A SIGNALMAN TO KNOW WHAT THE FLAGS MEAN.)

DESRON 12

RETRIVAL OF GONDOLA DURING OPERATIONSKY HOOK IN 1959. NEAR TRINADAD AND TOBAGO, 6 DEGREES FROM EQUATOR.

FOSTER AND PURCHASE-BOTH FT’S.

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PHOTOS AND COMMENTS FROM JIM ACHESON

Crossing the International date line. R.J. Richardson is on the far right.

Hello,

My dad (now 85) was on the Hyman in 1945. I have some photos and would also like to sign him up with the ships log. He was RJ Acheson Seaman First Class V-6. I also know of one other shipmate that is still living from the 1945 cruse. I live in Branson, MO and would like to attend the reunion. My dad is in poor health and will not be able to attend.

How can I sign him and his buddy on the ships log?

Regards,

Jim Acheson

This is from my dad’s Hyman photo book. The first picture is an initiation while crossing the international data line in the Pacific aboard the Hyman. RJ Acheson is the person to the far right standing above the crowd. The second picture is my dad and another shipmate just release at the wars end. His name is Noel Hughes. He now lives in Kansas City, MO. The 3rd photo is in occupied Japan at wars end.

 You can post these if you like.

Regards,

Jim Acheson

Hi Jim,

Thanks for writing, and glad to hear your dad is hanging in there at 85 years old. I have forwarded your letters to the USS Hyman Association folks for processing. I’m sure they can use the photos on the Association’s web site, as I will on the Hyman Snipes Site.

You caught me right in the middle of updating the Hyman Snipes site, so your photos came at an opportune time. I will be sending out notifications of the updated site after the Branson reunion next month, so I can include any photos/stories from members about the reunion. Unfortunately, I will be unable to make this reunion, but hope to make the next one in 2014. Cheers. Jim “Junior” Crawford MMl, (1954-1958)

(P.S. The Hyman Snipes site was initially set up for Hyman Snipes, but now includes anyone in any rating that served aboard ship for any amount of time.)

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