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My grandfather, George W. Streeter, served aboard the USS Markab as Ships Fitter in 1945. He is buried at the National Cemetary here in Los Angeles. He passed away in 1976 from cancer. Are there any vets still around that served with and remember him?

Added: April 4, 2012
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Betty Somers
We can't make the reunion Paul. Don's Lyme Disease just keeps getting worse. He is in perfect health, except he has no balance. He fell two weeks ago and split his head open. He had over 14 stitches. I thought I was going to lose him. Now I am right at his side when he moves out of his chair. We are staying at our home in South America, because he loves it here and it is very big so he can tool around in his wheel chair or his four wheel walker without any trouble. We have been to Branson 3 times when we were traveling all the time, so all we will dearly miss is seeing all our friends


Added: March 23, 2012
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Hey shipmates!
We have just mailed out 234 newsletters and Reunion announcements and registration forms for the 2012 USS Markab Reunion in Branson, Missouri. The tornado damage never slows that city, shows, restaurants, hotels down. They recovered within a day or two and are excited about seeing us in Sept. We are looking forward to the fun of getting together agains this year. :D


Added: March 14, 2012
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Shipmates from the "60's, I just received word from Edie Johnson from Kennerville, North Carolina, that her husband and a friend and ship pasted away from a heart attack recently. Jerry was a great ship mate, you could always count on him. He lived life to the fullest. Three years ago I noticed his posting on the Markab website. I never thought I our trails would cross again, but on our way home from Florida we stopped by and spent an evening with him and his wife Edie. We had a great time reliving some of the old stories of two now old shipmates and friends. Edie and I have traded alot of emails and will continue, as Jerry didn't have to much time for computers. He just retired this past August. Edie our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Two bells for Jerry Johnson. He will be missed. :!cry:

Added: February 17, 2012
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I WAS ONBOARD FROM MAY 1965 TO MAY 1968 IN THE R-1 DIVISION :Devil

Added: January 20, 2012
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My dad served on the Markab during WW11. He passed away about 10 years ago, but I remember talking fondly of his time on the ship. His name was Emery P. Havens and from what he said he had a painters rating. I served on the USS Ajax in the late 60's and had the pleasure of seeing my dad's ship in the harbor in Hong Kong during a stop there. I was able to get a picture from the Captain's gig of both the Ajax and the Markab in the same frame from out in the harbor. My dad was so pleased with that picture. He was laid to rest at Arlington and I am sure he would have been pleased. He loved his time in the navy and aboard the Markab. Any old timers remember him?

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I reported aboard the MARKAB in March of 1969 after finishing Boot Camp In San Diego and Boilerman School in Great Lakes, Ill. I stayed aboard the MARKAB until she was decommissioned in December of that year, when I was transferred to the USS Jason (AR8), out of San Diego.
I was in the boiler room on the MARKAB when #1 boiler blew and I still remember to this day how dark it got and how fast that happened with all the sooty smoke. Luckily, no one was killed. I remember rebuilding the boiler and then de-commissioning the ship.


Added: December 17, 2011
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I served aboard in Narraganset Bay from late 1952 to 1954 having attended the Personnelman School in Bainbridge MD until I was transferred to Phila Navy Yard in 54.. Cmdr. M.N. Black was the Executive Officer. My rate upon transfer was PN2. I don't remember the skippers name, only that he was somewhat invisible. In winter of 54 we experienced a crack down the side of the hull. It was repaired but we steamed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard under escort while in battle stations with rations for meals. We than proceed to Operation Spring Board in the Caribbean until we could not find targets for our 5" tail cannon or for the 44mm antiaircraft guns port and starboard. We were sent home to Brooklyn early sometime in late 53 or early 54. I was then transferred to Philadelphia and served as a PN2 until Sept. 56 and was honorable discharged and attended college, and seminary. I am retired and age 79.

Richard E. Lake


Added: November 14, 2011
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Hi to all who have served aboard the Markab AR-23...I went aboard for dry dock in Richmond, CA. in preparation for the '62-'63 WESTPAC cruise. I was a cox'n on the cruise and departed a BM3 in Nov.'63 If you remember me plz send memories to my e-mail.

Added: September 17, 2011
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Hey Shipmates, Its time to start treking toward Rapid City, South Dakota for some sites and fun. Ahoaa :D

Added: September 5, 2011
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