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I am finding out a lot of history behind my last name and everywhere I turn, it gets more interesting. I will stop i the museum this week in Fredricksburg as I am in town on business. I like the web-site and sent links to my relatives. My son is a Marine and 2 nephews are in the Navy so I'm sure they will be thrilled to know of this ship and it's history.

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I don't think my dad, Raymond I. Menard, was on this ship but he was on active duty with the Navy at the time it was commissioned. He was born in Ontario Canada, became a naturalized citizen and then joined the US Navy. Since he was stationed in Hawaii, I'm guessing he was aware of its existence. The timing was right. Maybe his buddies teased him about his name.

Added: January 16, 2014
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I recently bought a large, framed picture of the USS Menard, with a WWII ribbon bar for BM1 Robert Lyle Eagleton inserted at the bottom. He had credit for downing one enemy plane affixed on this ribbon bar. If possible, I'd like to try to get this item back into the hands of his family, if they have interest in having it. Please contact me via email for more information. Thanks!

Added: April 9, 2013
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I've been doing research for a book that I am writing about my father, Chief Petty Officer,Roy Althouse, 75th Construction Battalion of the Navy. He served on 9 different Islands during WWII from Dec. 23rd 1942 until Aug.3rd 1995. He was 42 years old when he inlisted in the Seabees as a machinist. He had a dog, Brownie, that he picked up at Camp Hueneme, Ca. and carried on board in his duffle bag when they left for New Caledonia on the Del Brasil. The dog was loved by every one on the ship and became the Mascot of the 75th Construction Battalion. They spent the last months of the war on Calicoan Island, Philippines. It was there that they boarded the ship S.S. Menard for San Francisco on July 4th 1945.The Captain found out that there was a dog on board and said that the dog would be put off the ship at Guam. However, when they got to Guam there didn't seem to be a dog on board. All the men of the 75th conspired to hid Brownie. Chief Althouse had made a wooden box resembling a suitcast to carry off the ship when they got to San Francisco. A Chaplain on board heard about Brownie and offered to carry him ashore. Who would question a Chaplain carrying a box? No one. I never found out who the Chaplain was. My father was so attached to that dog he would have been devastated if he couldn't have brought him back to Ohio. Martha Keller

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My heart is in my throat reading about the USS Menard.
My Dad's name (although he has passed away) was Daniel G Nelson - otherwise known as 'Crash' Nelson, and he was in World War II.
I find it interesting that there was another Nelson who got the distinction of 'Crash'. I wonder if there were two of them, but the story within the PDF attachment called USS Menard about 'Crash' Nelson is a story about my Dad. He always had a chuckle about that name, although he hardly ever talked about the war. We found out about Okinawa after he died.
Thank you for this opportunity to sign your guest book.
I was awestruck to find this website, and I was so excited to tell my Mom and Sister.
- Cindy


Added: October 19, 2012
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My husband and I were traveling down I-10. We passed a brown van pulling this odd trailer. The trailer had a brass propeller spinning in the wind. I saw the web site address and looked it up. I love this website and the pictures. Most of all I want to thank all of you for serving our country. I am greatful. Thank you. Becky

Added: September 17, 2012
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I was looking up my fathers past in the Navy after his passing last Monday, 09/10/2012 at the young age of 88yrs.,after finding a picture of the U.S.S. Menard and a few of his buddies. His name is:
Gordon Edward Davis(Buddy). The only thing he ever told me was of the giant waves(he never would go deep sea fishing and going to Hiroshima.

Your website is very nice.

God Bless our service men and our country,

Greg


Added: September 16, 2012
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Hi, I was a passenger aboard the USS Menard with MCB 2, Seabee Battalion headed for Cubi Point, PI, docked in Subic Bay. This was in '50's. I remember the ship had M boat manuvers out in the middle of the Pacific. I knew two guys assigned to the Menard, Borden and Chapman, we were in boot camp together. If I remember right it took 21 days to get to Subic Bay, PI. I was a passenger one other time. Have good reunions.
Lewie


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Lt. Stockton Helffrich, USN, 23OCT2011-03FEB2007. See "America's First Network TV Censor: The Work of NBC's Stockton Helffrich". Aloha, John

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