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USS Knapp Logbook




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I am trying to find out if/when my uncle, Ned Lyman Halen, served aboard the Knapp. I have a few pieces of memorabilia of his from the Knapp, so I assume he served on her at some point in his Naval career. He was born in '25, so could conceivably have been aboard at most any time in her commission. Thanks!

Added: December 31, 2014
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I was on the Knapp from 55 thru 56 as a machinist mate fireman.One of the guys I served with was Mel Gordon.I am from Chattanooga,Tennessee.My twin brother was in the navy also but we were never on the same ships.His name is James Allen Bolton.We joined in 1953 and got out in 1956.63926

Added: November 28, 2014
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I wish to thank all who have served in the Navy & aboard the Knapp,& all other services for thier protection on this day. Thank you all,May God Bless you with health& happiness!

Added: May 26, 2014
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My grandfather, Stanford R. Smith, was signed to the USS Knapp 1951-August 1954. He told me a few stories about his time in the Navy and how he had traveled the world. I was always so intrigued and everytime I would see him I would ask him to tell me more. He just passed away at 81 years old on March 13, 2014. After looking through his calendar it looked like he was thinking about showing up to this years reunion in Texas. It looks like he posted something to this site back in 2008 and was interested in a copy of the old USS Knapp World Cruise book. Does anyone have that? I think it would be great to get to see that. Or if anyone remembers my grandpa and has any good stories they would like to share please feel free to email me.

Added: March 25, 2014
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Great! A Destroyer with our Family Name. Who is it named for? :o

Added: February 15, 2014
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I served on The USS Knapp from 1951-1954 as YM2. We travelled the world and I can honestly say it was some of the best years of my life. Would love to hear from all my shipmates.

Added: February 9, 2014
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My son just told me about this web site he found about my old ship. I was an ET2 on the Knapp from Sept. 1954 to
Oct. 1955. Hope to make the next reunion.


Added: October 20, 2013
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Hi! I haven't visited your website in a while and am very pleased to see it is continuing to serve the Knapp well.

My father was Commander William B. Brown. captain of the Knapp in 1944-45. He died in March, 1959. He was honored at a reunion of the Knapp's crew in 1976 in New Jersey which my mother and I along with my wife and our two children were fortunate to be able to attend. We were given special treatment by all involved and it is a nice memory.

My son, William B. Brown III lives in Portland OR. Last year while making a grandparents visit to Portland he treated my wife and me with a surprise trip to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. I wasn't aware of the story of saving the Knapp's bridge and to say I was shocked to find it there in all its glory is an understatement! Our family has a lot of pride in what the Knapp and my father accomplished. The fact that this will be a permanent memorial to the Knapp and all who served on her is a wonderful tribute. We have made contributions to the museum in dad's honor and will continue to do so. Attached (hopefully) is a picture of Captain Brown's grandkids and great grandkids on the Knapp's bridge.

My wife and I are visiting Annapolis in few weeks and I hope to learn some additional history about dad's time there as well as get some guidance about how to further research his career. I am trying to determine if there is any way to get excerpts from the logbooks of the Knapp and the Strong (DD-758) while they were under his command. Do you know if there is anyway to access this information about the Knapp?

Best regards to you and all of the Knapp crew!

William B. Brown, Jr.
Charlotte, NC


Added: July 14, 2013
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I served aboard in 53 54 as a SH3. The Knapp was the best ship I ever served aboard and had the best Skipper I ever served under. I only left her because I wanted to stay in the Pacific but 6 months later I was transferred to North Africa and then back into the Atlantic Fleet. I now reside in the Armed Forces Retirement Home Gulfport, MS. Should you get in the area stop by and see the home. It s a beautiful place.

Added: April 21, 2013
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Boot Camp and MM School [1955]
USS Knapp Oct 55 to Decommissioning
USS Passumpsic to April 1959
Lots of good memories.

Good luck / God speed to all


Added: February 13, 2013
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