THEN AND NOW PICTURES OF FORMER CREW MEMBERS
James W. Harless (SHC) USN Retired
Jim enlisted in the Navy in Dallas, Texas November 1946, took recruit training in San Diego, CA. Stationed at NAAS, REAM FIELD, served on USS OBERON (KA-14) for 17 months. Reenlisted at Seattle, Wash. for 6 yrs and was transferred to USS SKAGIT (AKA-105). In May 1953 left for shore duty at Naval Phib Base Coronado, CA. for nornal tour of shore duty. Assigned to USS ELDORADO (AGC-11) and later reenlisted and was assigned to USS ARNOLD J ISBELL (DD-869) where he served aboard her for 49 months. Transfered to US NAVAL Training Center, San Diego, CA. for Instructors duty as Company Commander. After that tour of duty was assigned to Sea Duty once again and served on board Two more AGC's, had limited duty at Naval Commissary store in San Diego, 32nd street, and was Retired in August 1966
Robert Milbrodt, Machinist's Mate 3rd Class
USN 1950     - - -     USNA Visit 2013
Clark Leonard (1st LT.) USMC
Combat Cargo Officer
John E. "Buddy" Luttrell (MM2)
John was a Machinist Mate
1961 - 1965
Me and Sandy,
Akin was a Radioman aboard Skagit in 1948, and made the re-supply mission to Point Barrow Alaska.
He has pursued amateur radio as a hobby since he left the Navy, and is a member of the Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse. (R.A.G.S.)
Akin is also a volunteer radio operator for the Empire State Games, the largest competition of its kind in the nation. The Games is a multi-sport event for amateur athletes, patterned after the Olympic program.
The Empire State Games competition is a program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. and, is a member of the National Congress of State Games, and is a recognized State Games Program of the United States Olympic Committee.
There she is, underway and sailing proudly o'er the sea....
After 21 months serving aboard various ships and duties in the Pacific (China, Philippines, Guam and other locations) I came back to the U.S. and went to Radio School at NTC, San Diego and after completing that course (16 weeks) I was assigned to the Skagit, and I was happy to accept the title of "Sparky" or "Sparks" from members of the crew. She was the first ship to which I was assigned after Radio School.
Richard was a Commissaryman 3rd Class aboard Skagit from 1955 to 1960, where he worked as both Cook, and Baker.
He left the Navy in August 1960, and married Marilyn the next summer in Long Beach. They met at the old Hippodrome Skating Rink.
As a civilian he worked as a meat cutter.
Interests include....Working as a volunteer in the Disaster Services of the American Red Cross as a Food Specialist.
Hobbies include.... Amateur Radio,
Richard is KF6HKA and Marilyn is KF6GZF. They are operators of W6RO, the club station in the wireless room aboard the RMS Queen Mary moored in Long Beach Harbor. They are members of "TORRA", Tournament of Roses Amateurs. They have four married children, and seven grandchildren. Richard still enjoys cooking and baking for family, and Red Cross events.
His latest challenge is playing the Banjo.
Subic Bay, May 1956 July 2003
C. A. Rush (EN2)
Clarence Rush enlisted in the Navy in Pratt Kansas, just as the Korean War was coming to an end.
After Boot Camp, Service School, and 11 months at the Torpedo Station in Keyport Washington, he reported aboard Skagit in 1955, and was onboard until 1957.
After leaving the Navy, Clarence worked as a Mason for nearly 35 years, and now resides in Arlington Texas.
Vernon Drewa USN Ret.
Vernon reported aboard Skagit on 2 March 1952, and served as Communications Division PO.
In October 1952 while the ship was in Sasebo, Japan he was ordered back to the Cryptographic program at Vallejo, Calif. finishing school in February 1953.
Serving in the Navy, and Naval Reserve, Vernon retired as a LCDR on August 1,1967 at DASA, Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.
After his Naval service he was employed by the FAA, and retired in September 1987, as Manager, FAA, North Texas Area.
Mr. Bakke graduated from Central Michigan University In 1960. and received his commission from OCS in Newport RI.
Mr Bakke was aboard June 1961 - Jan 1963, and was OE Division Officer, and a qualified underway Watch Officer.
He transferred from Skagit to Beach Jumpers Unit 1 at the Amphibious Base, Coronado and left active duty in May 1964.
He returned to Michigan and worked for State Farm Insurance for 32 years, and retired in 2001.
Jerry is a life time member of the Muskegon Yacht Club, and enjoys cycling.
Ted Henry PN2
Ted served aboard Skagit as a Personnelman 2nd Class from June 1960 to August 1961.
After transferring from the ship Ted had duty at various commands becoming an Airdale and retired from the Navy off USS Saratoga CV-60 February 1978 in Mayport Florida
As a civilian Ted has worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, and plans on retiring in October 2005.
In his free time Ted helps out at the school where his wife teaches building sets for the children's theater. He holds a private pilot's license but lost interest in flying and bought a BMW touring motorcycle. From his home in Georgia he has ridden to Washington State, up to Canada and down to the Grand Canyon. At Christmas time 2004, he is planning a ride to key West with his motorcycle club.
Plans for attending the next Skagit reunions are in the works.
Joseph reported aboard on November 16, 1964 while Skagit was holding assault beach practice with the Army off the coast of California. He rattled around Skagit for a year as a non designated striker assigned to the Engineering, and Operations Departments.
He finally found his niche in the Navy, when he was assigned to LCM - 1 as a Bow Hook.
He participated in Operation Silverlance, and Operation Double Eagle, and was given his own boat when Skagit returned stateside.
After leaving the Navy in 1968, Joseph returned to Texas and found a job as an Iron Worker before joining the Houston Fire Department, where he served as a Pipeman, EMT, and Paramedic, before retiring in 2000.
Keeping busy during retirement has not been a problem. doing some wood working, and riding his 2000 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100, or his Kawasaki 800-A Vulcan with a Christian group in Dayton Texas, or helping his wife's family take care of their land, and cattle.
Joseph and his Wife have been doing work as Chaplain volunteers for about 8 years at the Dempsy Henly Prison outside of Dayton.
They have two children, a daughter age 29, and a son, age 31 in the Houston Fire Department.
| Mark served in the Navy from Feb. 1950 to Feb. 1954 and was aboard Skagit from 1953 to1954 where he was assigned to the Engineering Department as a Fireman.|
After leaving the Navy Mark joined the US Army, and served from Dec. 1955 to 1957 as a Specialist 3rd Class.
After his military service Mark returned to the Albuquerque area where he worked in various capacities for the US Government, but mostly in Indian affairs.
He was a council member in the Navajo Nation where he served with distinction.
Mark with wife Elena have four children, and twelve grandchildren.
John served aboard from 1953-1957 as a Storekeeper
Dave "Skeeter" Skeahan EN3 1951-1953
He reported aboard USS Skagit on February 1951 and served until May 1953 as an Engineman 3rd Class and was discharged 10 weeks early.
After the Navy He worked as an Apprentice Pipefitter at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo CA. July 1953 to February 1956.
In February 1956 he went to work for Pacific Telephone as a Lineman and Telephone Installer retiring November 15 1995 with 39 years and 9 months of service in Sacremento California.
Mike Christensen SN
1st Division 1961 - 1963
We always have room for another Gator
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