Welcome USS Conway's Logbook
Name: Palmer Moore ("PMoore")
From: Cols, OH (Upstate NY orginally
Caught the posts of a couple guys that were on the Conway when I was on her - winter '61 - summer '64. Anyway, I don't recall their names - but, I'm sure I knew you guys as it was a small community. Somebody's recollections of "Cowboy" Foster and Szenasi brought back many memories. In fact, it was just this past weekend when my galfriend and I were driving back from my hometown of Penn Yan, NY (Western NY) to Columbus, OH from Thanksgiving with my mom that I was "filling time" by trying to remember my service time. That Med cruise was one of the best times in my life. I'm guessing that it was sometime in "63?
My name is Palmer Moore - they called me "PMoore". I was a Firecontrol Technician (ended up E-5) in charge of those guys. Like an idiot I didn't write down any names of my shipmates but I remember working with Terry Armstrong (McKeesport, PA), Leo Pickrell - somewhere VA, Bruce Becker (Ohio) and a kid named Tex, of course, from Texas. My initial Gunnery Officer was Mr. Sylvester, then Mr. Donovan took over for him, and an EJ Meyers signed some document I still have in my service file - I'll bet he was our XO. There was this funny little guy from the south, gunners mate - I think, named Billy Ray Suitor.. (not sure of last name spelling.)
I also ate Cowboys canned sardines - in fresh warm bread that he had baked that afternoon - LATE one evening when we had come back aboard from some port in Arabia, somewhere. Man, did I stink when I sobered up in the morning. If I'm not mistaken, he kept a little rum under the galley floor, too. LOL Szenasi was a whacko... I stood MANY midship watches with him at port over those years - listening to ALL his stories.. I still try to tell his tongue twister jokes to this day. One starts, "There she lays with hope in her soul..." The other, "There will be a free bus to the hotel Astor...." He was one funny guy. Talked about his wife's shopping escapades all the time.
If you guys are interested in sharing some more memories of our time on the Conway - please reply. I'd love to have my memory jogged... Like: Where was that Petra? What port were we pulled into? What country was it in? Wasn't there a point in our trip out there in those army trucks that we could see something like 3 countries?? Who was it that threw up all over some officer at the wine festival in Cypress?? (lol) Then again, all that might have been in my last life... LOL
Nice touching base, Palmer Moore - FT2
Added: December 14, 2009
Name: Peter Tucci
From: New York
Name: Ralph W Froman
Name: Tom Summerlin
From: Va Beach, VA
I was the DCA aboard Conway 1966-67 and made the 'round the world Westpac cruise in 66. On a recent vacation in Maine, discovered the Conway Museum in Camden; what a pleasant surprise as I had never heard of it before. They have done a very nice job with Conway's history. This website is also great. Nice to see comments from shipmates.
Added: November 5, 2009
Name: Louis Vello
From: Baltimore, MD
Name: Ron Liggett
From: Madison Ohio
Name: Robert Peters
Name: Robert J. Peters
From: Detroit ,Richmond, Mi
While at the reunion in San Diego, Ca. Someone said I always wear my Conway cap when traveling which is some thing I have not done befor. But I was sure to do this this trip. So! while I was at the Phoenix airport a security guard asked If I served on the Conway ? Yes " Hey he said so did I " In 1967- 68 His name is Henry Benaurdes Rd2c
I told him of the great Reunion we just had in SD Ca. How he misse seeing his old shipmates from his tour.
Now I have to find his address as he also mentioned a shipmate whom has passed away. I will to find this information.
So wear your caps and show off your ship with pride
Added: October 8, 2009
Name: John Stolar
From: Clearwater, FL
Served aboard the Conway from 1966 to 1968 as a gunnersmate guns, made 3rd class. Made the Med cruise that almost sank us. It was an honor to serve aboard her and the great and no so great crew. That was really what being a destroyer sailor was really about, no inboard passages, all up and over. Great memories.
Added: August 23, 2009
Name: James (Jim) Blanton