USS Knapp Logbook
Name: christopher rudolph
From: needham ma.
My uncle, Paul Camden (yeoman second class) served aboard the Knapp, seeing action off the Marshall and Bonin islands, and at the battles of Truk, Tinian, Guam, and Saipan. He was awarded the American Defense Area Service Ribbon and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Service Ribbon. He served honorably from 1942-1945.
The reason I write today is because my uncle died at home on December 26th, 2006, his 89th birthday, and it was not until that time that I knew any of this. For that I am ashamed and saddened. I never said thank you, and now i can.
Thank you Paul, and thank you to all of those who may read this. Thank you for everything.
God Bless You and God Bless America
Added: March 10, 2008
Name: R.G. Floyd
From: Kingsland Texas
Name: Stanford R. Smith GMSN
From: Westmont, IL
My boot camp was at Great Lakes, IL in 1951. Originally from South Bend, IN where a few came up to Great Lakes with me but I am not sure what their names were. Signed to USS Knapp in May or June 1951 and discharged in August 1954 after going around the world 2 1/2 times. I was a gunner's mate striker assigned to mount 51. Later on I was in charge of the small arms locker. Also assigned to hedgehogs behind mount 51. While on a trip to Athens, Greece in 1953 I was pictured on the top row 2nd from right end. I would like to be in contact with any of the gunner's mates that I worked with during that time and anyone who remembers me. Especially, the ones that I was with at boot camp in 1951. Also, I would be interested when the next reunion as I would definitely like to attend with my son Ronald. I am also wondering if anyone has one of the old USS Knapp World Cruise book that could be copied for my memories as I do not have my own.
Added: February 6, 2008
Name: Harold Crouch (FC2C)
From: MedwY Ohio
Name: Mark K. Levanway
From: Athens N.Y.
I've enjoyed browsing this website. My father Kenneth R. Levanway was a firecontrolman aboard the USS Knapp from commissioning in 1943 through the end of the war. He always spoke proudly of his service. He told stories of the typhoon the ship endured, the battle of the Phillipine sea and other action. He always commented on what a great job the flyboys did during the "Turkey Shoot". He preferred to remember the more positive aspects of his service. Dad passed away in 2002.
Added: November 22, 2007
Name: Eric Parr
From: Asheville NC
My dad (Bill Parr) served as a water tender on the Knapp from date of commission until leaving active duty in San Diego att the end of WWII. He lives in Louisville KY. I enjoyed learning about the Knapp's tour and seeing your photographs. It is years that he seldom talks about. You are all heros. Thank you.
Added: November 19, 2007
Name: Dwight Tipping III
Name: Steve Hutton (Jarhead driver)
From: Peoria, IL.
It was great to see you guys again here in Peoria. Pete and Jan really did work quite hard on the reunion and trying to get a good attendance. Everything just seemed to fall into place last weekend. I trust everyone enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the camaraderie of your fellow shipmates. It was nice to eat dinner, lunch and breakfast on Sunday morning with some of you.
Nothing beats hoisting a few to past and present friends.
Added: September 30, 2007
Name: Elizabeth Ann Gula (Marshall)
From: Panama City, Florida
My father Peter Gula was on the Knapp during WWII. He's still living in Milwaukee, WI. but is unable to attend anymore reunions. I was interested in your pictures. When I was younger I attended a few of the reunions myself in the Chicago area and in Boston back in the 60's. Seems like forever ago. Thanks for the memories.
Added: August 27, 2007
Name: BOB GIANNONI
From: SAN CARLOS, CALIF.
I recently found this web sight while at our library. I decommissioned the Knapp in 57 so it was a kick to look at the photo gallery. I called Pete Smith and he gave me the heads up on what's happening. Lo and behold! I heard from Don Procunier. I also found a picture of myself and DAMN I looked good!!!(what happened?)
Added: August 19, 2007