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Old 02-27-2015, 10:20 AM   #1
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USN Cruise Books Online

Just found this site; spent an hour or so in the Wayback Machine.

http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/index.html

If you've got one sitting around that's not listed, they'd like you to send it in and they'll scan it.
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Old 02-27-2015, 11:45 AM   #2
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That's a great site. My Dad gave me his WWII cruise book from the USS Texas when I was far too young to appreciate that it needed to be taken care of. My uncle gave me the Marine equivalent of a cruise book for the 5th Marine Division, which was focused on Iwo Jima, its only major action before the war ended (he participated in that one). I think I have both of them in storage somewhere, but I may have lost them, which would be a shame. If I can find the Texas book, I'll send it to them to scan.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:51 PM   #3
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I just got a few pages in to the first one, for the first cruise of the Sitkah Bay. Was really struck by the fact that this ship was commissioned only 4 months from the start of construction--4 months to build an effing Aircraft Carrier!
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:13 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting that link. I found my Dad on his Med cruise on the CV-60.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:39 PM   #5
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Thanks! found my own ship (USS Kitty Hawk CV63 FWIW) on there and someone had scanned a cruise book from the time I was aboard and the photos were arranged by division, many old friends were there.
I didn't buy a cruise book way back and should have...I do have a yearbook from boot camp however, will scan that someday if I find a place that hosts them.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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At the time I was in, not being an 'ate up lifer' I wouldn't have had a cruise book if someone gave it to me. Now I'm surfing through the pics and remembering quite a few of the effin' effs I served with; wondering where they are now.
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Old 02-27-2015, 03:39 PM   #7
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I need to send that link to my sister. She could fill in a pair of missing 60's Med cruises for the Indy with my dad's books. We all but wore those things out as kids.
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Two Gator Freighters (Lemoure County, LST and Portland, LSD) where there.. The Portland had our Somalia deployment photos!!!
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I just got a few pages in to the first one, for the first cruise of the Sitkah Bay. Was really struck by the fact that this ship was commissioned only 4 months from the start of construction--4 months to build an effing Aircraft Carrier!
Lots smaller, but I knew a Land Surveyor (he was a bit on the older side for WW2) who worked at a local ship builder laying keels for Liberty Ships. By the end of the war they were churning out one ship per day off an assembly line. IIRC it took a week to build a ship.

Talk about industrial might.

My dad told me when he was in the Pacific, he was in convoys where he could see US ships in all directions to the horizons. He felt the modern US Navy was just a shell of what it had been.
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Lots smaller, but I knew a Land Surveyor (he was a bit on the older side for WW2) who worked at a local ship builder laying keels for Liberty Ships. By the end of the war they were churning out one ship per day off an assembly line. IIRC it took a week to build a ship.

Talk about industrial might.

My dad told me when he was in the Pacific, he was in convoys where he could see US ships in all directions to the horizons. He felt the modern US Navy was just a shell of what it had been.
Henry Kaiser productionized those liberty ships and pioneered employer sponsored health care. Kaiser Permanente got it's start in those shipyards.
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Just found this site; spent an hour or so in the Wayback Machine.

http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/index.html

If you've got one sitting around that's not listed, they'd like you to send it in and they'll scan it.

Thanks for the link!

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Just found this site; spent an hour or so in the Wayback Machine.

http://navysite.de/cruisebooks/index.html

If you've got one sitting around that's not listed, they'd like you to send it in and they'll scan it.
Pretty cool

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Hey, I'm in there. One of my two cruises and three ships.
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