USS Knapp Logbook
Name: Ashley (randall) Breen
From: Boston, ma
Grand daughter of Robert N. Randall. He sailed on the KNAPP durring the reconstruction of pearl harbor and was in korea. I am unsure of the years served. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday In july!! I'm sure he'd love to here from anyone he sailed with. Please contact me if you are interested in catching up with him. I also have many pictures and will be contacting someone to get them on the site.
Added: June 15, 2011
Name: R. Baker
Alex Baker, Commander USN (retired) passed away 28 March 2011. He would have been 91 on 7 April. He enlisted as a seaman in June 1942, took officer training and was an ensign by 1943. In the fall of that year he was assigned to the USS Knapp DD-253 pre-commissioning detail in Bath, Maine. He stayed with the Knapp through its transition to the Pacific fleet and operations up to March 1945.
His battle station was director of a 5" gun, where he recalled bombarding the main island of Kwajalein (knocking down a radio tower) and defending against kamikaze attacks during later operations.
Alex vividly remembered Typhoon Cobra, and seeing several other ships disappear off the radar screen. He credited Knapp's survival in part to the captain's refusal to dump ballast from the fuel tanks, which Alex recalled had been ordered to support Halsey's plan for rapid refueling.
After the war Alex served on the USS Saipan CVL-48 as communication officer (12/45-12/48); USS Gearing DD-710 (12/48-6/50); USS Columbus CA-72 as navigator (9/53-4/56); and USS George Clymer APA-27 as executive officer (7/61-8/63). He retired July 1969.
Thanks for maintaining this website where history can be captured.
Added: April 8, 2011
Name: William B. Brown, Jr.
From: Charlotte, NC
My dad (deceased) was captain of the Knapp during a period of WWII. I was priviledged to attend a Knapp reunion in 1976 with my family including my son Wiliiam Brown, III who has always had an interest in Knapp history. He now lives in Portland and thru your website learned about the Knapp's bridge being on display at the Oregon Maritime Museum in Astoria. While visiting my son and his family last fall, he surprised my wife and me with a tour of the museum and the Knapp display. A wonderful and moving exhibit to all that crewed the Knapp!
Added: April 2, 2011
Name: LCol Robert Knapp (retd)
From: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Just happened upon your website while researching some geneaology. I'm no relation to your namesake, but I was interested to find there was a destroyer named the USS Knapp. From the number of posts, it looks like you have a great association, still going after all these years. Have fun at your reunion, and God bless.
Added: March 17, 2011
Name: Chris Del Signore
Name: Robert Gregg Hoag
From: Glens Falls NY via Buffalo NY
My father Robert F. Hoag was a lieutenant jg on the Knapp.
Spent some time in the North Atlantic and the South Pacific. Lived in a house north of Bath while repairs
were made to the ship. Said his years in the Navy were
the best years of his life. Do you think he was kidding?
Added: February 28, 2011
Name: Brian Todd For Emil "BIX" Hogya
From: Lawrence, MA.. BIX Originally Ohio
Hi my name is Brian Todd and I'm the grandson of Emil "Bix" Hogya whom served on the USS KNAPP. He's with me and always talks about and wonders how the guys are that were with him. If there's anyone out there who would like to leave contact information or contact him please do so by using the e-mail I listed. Thanks agian and he looks forward to hearing from anyone out there!
Added: February 24, 2011
Name: Kim Hildreth
From: Central Maryland
I have an old friend who served on the Knapp during the Korean War. His name is Edward Zelinski, Skeets, from Chicago. Skeets is still kicking & doing fairly well. If anybody remembers him, feel free to give me a shout.
Regards to all.
Kim Hildreth: served on USS Butte, USS Elmer Montgomery & USS Forrest Sherman.
Added: February 6, 2011
Name: Carl D Lunsford
Name: dan chiasson
From: waltham ma
I met acustomer of mine a few days ago,his name is Tom Carleton.He served on the Knapp during WWII.He was an artist and actually still is painting.I chatted with him for a half hour or so and though he had a stroke,he remembers so much of those days.He told me he painted a lot of the guys seabags.If anyone remembers him,please contact me.I would love to let the guy know if anyone does.thank you.
Added: January 22, 2011