I served on the Small in 1970 on a tour to Vietnam. I’d like some info. on those who served with me on that tour if it’s available.
Allen: I was on that cruise in 1970; I was a Sonar Tech seaman apprentice in Fox Division. I do not recognize your name, but unfortunately I never got a cruise book – now I wish I had! It has been a long time, but I really remember going to Bangkok and the Philippines. It was my first Westpac and the last cruise for the Ernest G. Small. You may email me if you like. Nice to see there are a few of us still around!
I was a member of the M Division. I don’t recognize your name either but often you didn’t know people outside of your division. I also remember Bangkok and the Philippines. The ship was not in great shape and I worked at decommissioning it in Hawaii after this cruise.
I was an RD2 aboard from 68-70. We never had a cruise book for some reason there wasn’t one made. What was your rating? You know we have a FB site so if you use it maybe you would be interested in joining
I served on the Small in 1958 and 1959
I am the State of Hawaii VSO for the island of Kauai. I am assisting the widow of one of your shipmates (08/1969 – 11/1970) in applying for VA Survivors Benefits. Bernard Peralta passed away in Jun 2013 while awaiting a VA decision on his claim for s/c IHD. His widow filed for Survivor’s Benefits upon his death, but was denied due to lack of evidence of Vietnam Service. Can anyone help this widow? Semper Fidelis, Tony
I served on the Small from June of 1967 through January of 1969. Two tours of duty in Vietnam.
I served in the E.G. Small (2nd, OI) in 1958-1958 when she was home ported in Long Beach. I wrote about those years in part in my first book “Listening To Ghosts.”
Bob Stockton, CPO, ret.
I served on the E.G. Small from 62/66 looking for Link Lampkins
Served on E.G. Small from January 1967 to January 1970.
I served on the E.G. Small DDR838 -1967-1968 –
One tour of duty in Vietnan. (looking for deck logs 1967) ??
General info for anyone visiting this web site and interested in “hooking” up with former shipmates. We do have a “private, secure” page on Facebook. So, if you do Facebook and are interested in becoming a member – email me and we can go from there. Its a great place for find old friends and keep current with them and what the E G Small Association is doing from day to day. Later, John Lewis QM3 1968-70
I have not been keeping up on the “Small” news. Going to the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) reunion to meet the Son of former Small shipmate RD3 Eugene Lehman who was one of the 74 that went down with Evans in 1969.
I was on the Small from early 1960 thru 1963. I think we made a Westpack Cruise in 1963, my question is did we get extended and if so where did we operate? I was in R division SFP2
Glad you found the site. Regarding 1963, we did not make a Westpac cruise that year. We returned from Westpac in late December, 1962. We were relocated to the Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point in the San Francisco area in the spring of 1963. While in Hunters Point, we installed the VDS (Variable Depth Sonar) and what is lovingly referred to as the Bubble Machine. It was, in fact, called the “Prairie Masker”; a turbine engine mounted on the 0! Deck that provided high volume air through pressurized pipes and out of holes in new twin screws. The intent was to mask the screw’s turncount, something that submariners listen to on their passive sonar and calculated a surface ship’s speed to the screw rpm’s. After refitting, we went up to Puget Sound to run sea trials on both systems. We had a great time at Sea Fair, in Tacoma, WA that summer and in the Seattle area in general. Upon our return to Long Beach in the fall of ’63 we underwent a full yard overhaul in preparation to our two year deployment to Westpac. The Prairie Masker was removed and never seen again.
Dennis Vinson – ST1
USS Ernest G. Small 1962-1966.
Served on USS Ernest G Small 61-64 Remember the bubble machine well. Also remember the 30 day trip leaving long beach picking up a carrier at pearl escorting it to Subic bay then proceeding to Yoko getting a few hours liberty then escorting another carrier back,as I remember we were the only escort .it was a fast trip and we had just gotten back from a six month cruise to west PAC when it started. Also remember hauling out dozens of homer torpedoes in Long Beach for testing day after day.
I boarded the ship June 14, 1945, at Bath,Maine where is was launched . I served until Nov 1946. I opperated the SG radar and was always assigned to it while we were at battle stations. I am currently 90 years of age and was not aware of this newsletter. I doubt there are many that are still living that boarded the ship when it was launched.