USS Knapp Logbook
Name: Kathleen DiMaggio
From: Wilkes Barre ,Pennsylvania
Hi, My Dad John Dunnigan,IC3 served on the USS Knapp proudly from 1949 to 1955 . He married Mary Ryan from Exeter Penna.,and has 6 children,8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. At 85 years of age he is still doing as well as possible, enjoys his family immensely but doesn't get to play much golf anymore. Most of his life he was a scratch golfer and an avid hiker and a fisherman. When he talks about his days on aboard the ship the conversations over the years have always been so animated and colorful. I know he would love talking with an old shipmate or two who were there with him. If there are any out there reading this, please contact me at this email . Thank you.
Added: November 14, 2016
Name: Kerisa lord
From: Blue hill maine
My papa maynard e astbury passed away 3 years ago but he was on the knapp for world war 2 and then married my grandma when he got our in 47 i believe. My papas best friend is still alive today in blue hill maine where they both grew up.papas best friends name is linwood carter.
Added: June 30, 2016
Name: Bob Ritchie
From: Charlotte NC Boston MA
My grandfather George Montana served as a torpedo man on the Knapp in WwII. He is in the original torpedo gang photo. He passed in 1989. He talked a lot about being a tin can sailor. He didn't speak to much about it to others, but I served in the USCG so we had a sea stories bond. He mentioned being washed overboard in a typhoon. Anyone have any recollection of my grandfather?
Added: January 10, 2016
Name: Edward Hauck
From: Dauphin, PA
My father was Donald Hauck who served aboard the USS Knapp in Korea. Unfortunately, he passed away 31 August 2010 at the age of 80 on our family farm in Klingerstown, PA. His time aboard the USS Knapp was a source of great pride for him and he frequently spoke of his time on ship! If anyone has any photos or stories of my father please contact me, I would enjoy hearing from you! firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-418-1575
Added: September 30, 2015
Name: DENNIS A. YOULAND
From: WOOLWICH MAINE
GOOD MORNING !
AT YOUR SERVICE FOR THE “BIW TOUR” AT THE MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM,BATH MAINE. AS YOUR
TOUR GUIDE , I WILL MEET YOU AT THE MUSEUM’S “ED BUILDING” WHICH IS LOCAED ON THE SAME SIDE OF WASHINGTON
STREET AS THE MUSEUM , BUT ABOUT 800 FEET PAST THE MUSEUM MAIN PARKING LOT. THERE,,AT THE ED BUILDING
WE’LL SEE VARIOUS DISPLAYS AND A SHORT VIDEO BEFORE STARTING OUR FAMOUS TROLLEY TOUR.
I AM A RETIRED BIW EMPLOYEE, HAVING WORKED AT BIW ONLY FOR 46-1/2 YEARS. I WILL
ATTEMPT TO ANSWER YOUR EVERY QUESTION AND HOW DO I ENJOY THOSE QUESTIONS !
I CALL IT “STUMP THE TOUR GUIDE . “
SEE YOU WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 rd, BRIGHT AND EARLY !
DENNIS A. YOULAND
Added: May 29, 2015
Name: PATRICK AYERS
From: MURRAY CITY OHIO
My dad was a crew member on the USS Knapp during WWII. He served the last 2 years of the war in the Navy. I have researched the history of the USS Knapp, but couldn't find a crew roster of that time period.
His name was Forest "Cat" Ayers, from Murray City, Ohio.
he passed away in 1972 at the age of 60.
He didn't talk much of those experiences, but I know he was aboard when the ship sailed into Tokyo Harbor for the Japanese surrender ceremony.
He did say that the most frightening thing of the war was the typhoons, even worse than the kamikaze planes.
Does anyone remember my dad. I would appreciate a reply.
Added: April 23, 2015
Name: Dennis Kirkpatrick
From: Boston, MA
My father, Richard W. ("* * *" Kirkpatrick served on the Knapp in the mid-50s. You have him on the web site in the photo gallery as "Kirpatrick." It can use one more letter.
Sad to report that my father passed in 1979 at the age of 47 from a heart attack. For many years his "Knapp" coffee mug was a fixture in our home.
At present I am working on getting a copy of his DD214 so my daughter, a police officer, can join the VFW in her township. She was only a 4 year old when my father passed, but she remembered him in his auxiliary police officer uniform. That was her inspiration to choose her profession.
Added: February 22, 2015
Name: Marsha Guerette
From: Fairfield, Maine
I am the oldest child of Kenneth Card, who served aboard the USS Knapp 1943-1946. His job was in communications. He had never talked about his experience until a few years ago. Since then, he has told our family stories about some of the men on board who were his friends.
My father will be 89 tomorrow, February 16th. He will say occasionally that he never expected to live this long!
He has some health issues, but he is doing well.
My parents were married for 62 years. My mother died in 2010. There are three surviving children, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
I call my father frequently during the week and visit with him(only two hours away) every three or four weeks.
He has a good sense of humor, enjoys people, loves to socialize and loves his family and friends. Still being able to drive and live in his home is a large part of his comfort.
This guestbook is a great way for all to keep in touch!
I thank all of you for your service.
Added: February 15, 2015
Name: Donna Hass Palmlund
From: De Smet, S.D.