Pictures From The Past
IMAGES OF A BYGONE ERA
Christmas card from 1963. A different view of the Hubbard. Image provided by Al Eisenbraun.
Left is Dick Peterson (1950-1952). One of the others pictured may be friend, Ralph Dani.
Thanks to Dick's son, Rick Jr., for this photo. Rick writes the following:
"Thanks again so much. Dad always spoke so proudly of his shipmates on the Hubbard, and he was so happy to go to the reunion in 1990 and see the crew after almost 40 years. It was only shortly before that reunion when he began to open up and describe what it was like as a gunner, but I had to ask him since he would much rather talk about his friends on the ship.
His days on the LCS(L)23 are also something from a bygone era, but I can still hear him describing the Kamikaze planes coming at them like missiles. He was 17 at Okinawa. Dad was a proud Sailor on Gunboat-23, and he was just one of many that went back for Korea. GB-23, USS Gearing (post WWII) and the USS Hubbard was where he met so many fine Sailors that he allowed me to respect."
Photo by Steve Gann
Photo by Steve Gann
SK Eliot Stuart, SK Robert Chiea, and PN Robert Tate on Long Beach Liberty.
Front: lst on left William T. Cleverdon III RD3, end Godwin
Back: Willis C. Hauk RD3, Hugh Pickens, Larson, Gene Hyde SO, Ramos RM3
Bob Tate, Karl Hudson and "Pappy" Chapman
2nd from left - Llewelyn
3rd from left - Gene Hyde
Can anyone identify the others?
Sonarmen from the fifties in Hong Kong
Can anyone identify those without a name?
The third person from the left is Paul Baughman.
Thanks to Ray Gann for this photo.
Front: Loveridge, Madden
Back: Best, Cross, Buhman, Trambell
Thanks to Andy Buhman for these sonarmen photos.
Sonarmen from the early fifties
Buhman, Garton, Cross, and Ekholm
Loveridge, Best, and Dybig
Tom Cross at Captain's Meritorious Mast July 1955. Commanding Officer is CDR E. T. Sullivan
RM1 Maurice (Andy) Anderson on liberty with Esme in Brisbane in the late fifties. They were married in Australia and live there. Andy lived through the terror from the sky at Okinawa when the kamakazees filled the sky.
Al Eisenbraun SH3 (1963-67) with his young bride Gladys in 1965.
Al Eisenbraun SH3 (1963-67) with his wife Gladys aboard the Hubbard in 1965.
Larry Hibbard (Journalist onboard TD during WestPac Cruise), Karl Hudson, and Jack C. (Pappy) Chapman
Clyde Wagner (?) and Donald Manck
Into the water! Manus Island in the Admiralties
m R. (Porky) Coleman charging. I think he was thrown in
Signalmen - Max Perez, Brown, and Karl Hudson in the mid 50s
Hubbard's rooster tail at 30 knots
Recent photo of Esme and Andy prior to the annual ANZAC celebration. At this time he was the commanding officer of the Legion Post.
The above poem was written by Bobby Phillips in 1964 while on watch in the #2 engine room of the Hubbard. Thanks to Bobby for sharing the poem and the memories.
Picture courtesy of BT2 Frankey Stanley (51-54)
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by Bobby Phillips (1964)
From the shallow hole in the after deck
Comes a smell that’s thick and ripe
Of grease and sweat and unwashed neck
Of the creature known as “The Snipe”
He lives below in his stagnant cave
Far from the light of day
Far from the smell of wind and wave
In slime and slow decay
But, deckhands always say, when the light is draped
In the black you might hear his prowl
When he comes topside like a ghost escaped
The paintwork is sure to be foul
He scratches his back on the paintwork there
Leaving a really large greasy smear
And his smell goes out to the midnight air
Polluting the whole atmosphere
He smears the deck with his greasy track
And smudges the stanchions too
Leaving a trail of greasy black
To be cleaned by the topside crew
Now this is the reason that we all know
Who ever heard a bosun pipe
That the vilest of beasts live down below
Are the sailors affectionately called “THE SNIPE”