U.S.S. McKean Sea Stories



Send me your sea stories on life aboards the Mighty Mac of Liberty From: "Fred Mortensen" fredm@prairieweb.com Subject: Uss McKean Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 07:35:20 -0600 My name is Fred Mortensen I went on to the USS McKean sometime in 1969 after graduation from EM "A" school I went on when she was in dry-dock and spent my time in "E" div. I transferred to the USS Parsons when the McKean was going to change homeport to San Francisco. I think that the first class I worked for was Joseph Cusamono Probably spelled wrong. Fred Goodman was an electrician in E d The McKean was the first ship out of San Diego boot camp for me. I can still remember crossing the brow the first time. It was at liberty call and I was just about run down with sea bag and orders. I was stationed on her from January 1969 to October or November 1969. I was sent to Vietnam to work on the brown water boats. I was an FA when I got there and was a FN when I left. I can still remember alot of the faces but can't remember the names. I don't remember his name, but there was a MM that we called "OKIE". We were in the shipyard in Long Beach in 1969 and went on a midshipmens cruise shortly afterwards. We went from Long Beach (homeport) to San Fransico, Vancouver Washington, Hawaii, San Diego, and back to Long Beach. Maybe someone else can remember this. I was in E gang when I first got onboard, then to mess cook, then to M Div in main control. Hope this will help.


Date: Sun, 29 Jun 1997 17:08:33 -0500 From: bruce attebery Reply-To: battebe2@swbell.net Subject: onboard mckean The McKean was the first ship out of San Diego boot camp for me. I can still remember crossing the brow the first time. It was at liberty call and I was just about run down with sea bag and orders. I was stationed on her from January 1969 to October or November 1969. I was sent to Vietnam to work on the brown water boats. I was an FA when I got there and was a FN when I left. I can still remember alot of the faces but can't remember the names. I don't remember his name, but there was a MM that we called "OKIE". We were in the shipyard in Long Beach in 1969 and went on a midshipmens cruise shortly afterwards. We went from Long Beach (homeport) to San Fransico, Vancouver Washington, Hawaii, San Diego, and back to Long Beach. Maybe someone else can remember this. I was in E gang when I first got onboard, then to mess cook, then to M Div in main control. Hope this will help. Bruce Attebery, battebe2@swbell.net