Hi Marshall,
    Good to hear from you, we are always glad to hear from you WWII guys.  I picked up all of the existing email addresses from other Navy sites such as, Tin Can Sailors.com, Destroyers on Line.com, etc. and your address was on one of those other sites.  Your letter will be posted on the site in the next day or two.   Thanks for your contribution during WWII, and keep on “hanging in there.”    Junior
In a message dated 8/20/2012 8:43:50 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, mhfenstermaker@earthlink.net writes:

Hi Jim,
I was surprised, to receive your ‘e’ Mail, as I was discharged, in 1946, July. My time on board, was only a few months, ending, in Boston.
Prior to, my last port, the Hyman was, in Portland Maine Harbor, about March, 1946. We entered the harbor, just as the ice was breaking up, and we were the first ship in, if my memory is correct.
I never got to know many, of the men, on board. My memories, of the ship and the places we went, are still vivid.  my first Destroyer was, the John W. Weeks, DD701, where I was transferred at sea, a few days north of Okinawa, Japan. in Dec 1945. We went straight to Sasabo, Japan.
I think these two ships were, in the same Group, that consisted of five destroyers.
I am curious how you were able to get my “e” Mail address. I might have Googled, these ships, at one time.
Regardless, I glad that you got ahold of me.
Best wishes and good luck.
Marshall Fenstermaker

Submitted on 2012/08/19 at 11:08 pm | In reply to TJ.

Congratulations Tom. !500 skydives until you were 83? I thought I was doing well racing road race go karts until I was 71 years old. Skydives are too scary for me. Regarding visiting with old Navy shipmates, you would be surprised at how many of your old Navy shipmates have not yet joined the crew on that “great ship in the sky.” If any of you WWII guys are reading this, send Tom an email, and tell him how you’re doing. Keep up the good fight, and maintain that “can-do”attitude.     Junior

My 19th birthday was 09/11/1945. I was aboard the Hyman from 06/45 to 08/46′ I reported aboard the Hyman and pre/commissioning crew at MOB Norfolk after one year aboard the Champlin DD 601. Entered the navy when 15 posing as an older brother. I later served in the U S Army from 01/47 to 02/50. Long, long ago. Would love to visit with old navy shipmates and army buddies but I guess they are now on that great shnp in the sky. Managed to make over 1500 skydives ending when I was 83 years old.

I served aboard the Hyman from 6/44 to 8/46. Don;\’t suppose there are many of my shipmates still above ground.      T.J Hall Sm 2/c

I was on the Hyman 1962 and 1963 med cruise- Frank Moorer FTG3. Also on board: Smith FTG1, Skelton FTG2 ; Nail david E FTG3 ; Rogers FTSN ART (from Mich) FTG3 Gertrum FTG3;


Hi Dennis, Thanks for checking the 1959 “Hyman Snipes in 1959″ list. I’ve added your name, as well as Dave Meloche’s name at your request. I will be adding more infornmation to the site in the near future, and will inform all Hyman Snipes after it’s updated. Cheers. Junior

I was on board in 1959, Dennis A. O’Leary EM3. So was Dave Meloche EM3.

Dennis A. O’Leary
MY BEST FRIEND ON THE HYMAN Posted on May 31, 2011

Thanks, Hymanndd732@hotmail.com. (Sorry that I had to use your email address, but you didn’t leave your name.) Cheers. Junior



Submitted on 2011/10/09 at 4:12 pm | In reply to michael dougherty

Hi Michael,

Thanks for writing, and we’ll be looking forward to posting your Dad’s photos on the site. Here’s the link: usshymansnipes@aol.com.

My father served during ww2 on the Hyman. Howard J. DOUGHERTY. I have some photos that I will send later.

michael dougherty

Submitted on 2011/10/08 at 4:54 pm | In reply to Ron Stark

Hi Ron,

Glad to read that you’re coming home from Iraq next month. Your Dad’s story about kissing the greased belly is in reference to the ship’s “Crossing the Line” ceremony. Traditionally, ship’s that cross the equator celebrate the occasion by “punishing” those sailors on the ship who have never crossed the equator. The guys that have crossed it before are referred to as “shellbacks.” Those who haven’t are called “pollywogs.” I crossed the line in 1957, and the photos I took of the proceedings are on the “Xing “The Line” page on the site. (Lower right-hand corner in the black section under the ship’s photo.) There is a photo showing some poor pollywog kissing the “baby’s” greasy belly. (The baby is King Neptune’s baby.) Here’s the link, but if it doesn’t work, just go to the site and click on “Xing The Line.” https://usshymandd732snipes.wordpress.com/1957-crossing-the-line-ceremonies/

Thanks for serving your country in Iraq. Cheers. “Junior”

Hello Junior, My dad has several photos while serving on the Hyman during 50 and 51. I’m planning a trip to see him in early Nov after my return home from Iraq. I’ll have some pictures to add and I’ll hit him up for some stories. I remember him telling a story about Art Horner throwing my Dad overboard as a bet and another story about kissing a greased belly (?) Do we really want to know? LOL. Ronald Stark Jr. USAF.

Ron Stark

Submitted on 2011/10/08 at 11:47 am

Junior I think that Charlie Grey was an IC3 not an EM3 I was with him in mid. 50′s he was an IC man then. Franklyn Rogers

Hi Ray,

Hi Ray, You are the 4th or 5th IC guy that has called my attention to this error, so I better correct it. Currently, I’m up to my ass in alligators, but I’ll fix it by next week. If anyone has any info on the accident during the 1965-66 Med cruise, send it and I’ll post it to the site. Thanks for the email Ray. Junior

In response to the article “What is a snipe?” I did not notice mention of Interior Communication Electricians as snipes. If red stripes are all snipe rates, we are one of you. Thanks for the site, and I will be sending some pictures. Does anyone have pictures or information of the refuel at sea on the med cruise in 1965-66? A terrible accident happened when a tripod on the fantail gave way and two new BM’s were severely injured.

Rev. Raymond E. Mayfield IC3, 1964-1965

Submitted on 2011/08/20 at 7:33 pm

Thanks for info about Carlo Cellucci Great Job

Thanks for info about Carlo Cellucci Great Job

John Reilly

Submitted on 2011/07/27 at 10:11 pm | In reply to Tom Maine

Hi Tom, INTERESTING!!! I hadn’t heard that before, and I’m sure that most of the guys that left the ship before 1967 didn’t know about it either. They will now. If you have any photos from your Hyman days, send them and I’ll put them on the site. Junior

Submitted on 2011/07/27 at 8:07 pm

I was on board from 67-68. Was MM2. We were in drydock and had to have the hull replaced from the engine rooms back in places due to severe deterioration of the hull. MM3 BJ Johnson dropped a sounding rod down one of the void spaces and it went thru the hull and kept going. Funny as hell.

Tom Maine

Dose anyone remember when President Kenndy showed up at pier #1 at New Port RI., on Sunday morning summer of 1961. Hyman was outboard in a nest of four, I was on the main deck aft when all hell broke out as they spotted that it was the Presidental Yacht with the First Family. I recalled the smile on his face as the 1MC’s lit up on all the ships in the harbor. What a gas, and, what man he was!

Submitted on 2011/06/11 at 10:46 pm | In reply to richard boucher

Hi Richard, Ironically, you sent the same photo as Joe Cushing, and they both came at about the same time. So both you and Joe (actually, Joe’s wife Edith) get credit for the photo. I changed the lead in to include both of you. Thanks for the photo, and if you have any more, send them to: usshymansnipes@aol.com.

Hi Junior,

It was I who submitted the baseball team picture. My mom sent it to me a bit ago. If any of the men knew my father, Dick Boucher, they are free to contact me at richard.boucher@hp.com.

Thanks for all the work on this site, Junior.

Richard A. Boucher Jr

Submitted on 2011/06/04 at 4:02 am

Junior , Thanks for the effort> It brings back lots of great memories. I am livivg back in Napa, CA now for good. One long, cold, damp, and rainy winter cured me. I will only visit in the summer. Eight months of crap to enjoy four months of great doesn’t get it. Talk to you later, JimD

Submitted on 2011/06/04 at 3:52 am | In reply to JUNIOR.

Oh ya, I remember that day well. Lots of fun, Rudolph was the royal baby, I don’t know if he got any special privledges. Rudy passed on a few years ago, may he RIP. Got a whole bunch of pics and will try to figure out how to send them. Would like to know the where a bouts of Ray Easter and his buddy Girdy.                                           Jim” Duck” Donaldson


Submitted on 2011/05/30 at 5:48 pm | In reply to richard boucher.

Hi Richard, Unfortunately, I am not much help on this, I didn’t go aboard the Hyman until late 1954. I did, however, hear the report on the shell that exploded in the galley flour bin from one of the mess cooks, sometime after I went aboard.. I know there were 5 Hyman sailors killed during the Korean war, but I have no records on how, when, or where. I know that the Hyman was refitted for the Korean War in 1951, began shore bombardment of Wonsan North Korea in early November 1951, and continued patrolling the area around Wonsan engaging the enemy until February, 1952. You may get more information from some of the guys that were on board during the Korean War by going to http://www.destroyers.org/smrdd/uss_hyman.html. Also try, http://www.destroyersonline.com/usndd/dd732/dd732pho.htm, and scroll to “The Crews” at the bottom of the page. Many have their email addresses listed. Sorry I couldn’t be any more help. Good luck. Junior

Submitted on 2011/05/29 at 10:54 pm

Hey Junior,

Can you point me to some detailed info on the Hyman’s ship to shore artillery battle during the Korean War? My father told me that the ship was shelled, I’ve read Mr. Bacon’s account of men killed and blown overboard, that the ship emptied it’s magazines during the exchange… but wikipedia simply says “Hyman arrived Wonsan for shore bombardment 6 November, remaining in the area until 19 November, when she moved farther out to sea as plane guard for Australian aircraft carrier Sydney. Returning to Wonsan Harbor the destroyer engaged in a gunnery duel with batteries on Kalmo Pando peninsula 24 November, sustaining minor shrapnel damage during the close-in exchange.

My father told me a story of that day, that a shell penetraed several decks and blew up in the galley’s flour bin and he encountered a man stumbling out of the galley so white w/ flour he looked like a ghost….and also that men where killed.

If you can point me to the full story, I’ll see that the wikipedia entry gets updated.


Richard A. Boucher Jr

Submitted on 2011/05/22 at 12:45 am | In reply to John W Muir.

Hi John,

Your photos will not be lost because the computer doesn’t send the originals, it only sends copies of the original. When you send photos by email, you will not lose the original. If you want to test sending photos before you send them to me, just send a photo to your son’s computer. You will both have the same photo. Also, you do not have to put them all in a file, just send them one at a time. Give it a try. Junior

Submitted on 2011/05/22 at 12:16 am | In reply to JUNIOR.

It;s good to get back to former shipmates. My son said he would help me put the photos in a file so they can be sent. His fear is that I will send the photos to someone where he can’t have them. I did that with some from the LOF plant where I worked , and he was not happy about that. It is part of an archive the library in Rossford, where the part of the plant still exists, is developing.


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