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My father was the surgeon aboard the AO-59. The last surviving officer, he passed away August 23, 2013, five days after his 105th birthday, which he enjoyed with daughters, grandchildren and some great grandchildren. His remains will be interred along with those of his beloved wife in Arlington National Cemetery. Thank you, Mike Mair, for telling the story of the ship and all its fine crew.

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My father was a machinest mate on the ship. We spent many nights around the table listening to the stories about that early morning disaster. My father had just gotten off his watch when the walls came in. He was lucky to survive.

My sisters went to the memorial service for the ship in Texas. I now proudly have a cap with the ships name roudly on display in my home. God bless everyone involved that day and everyother day i the service to protect our country.


Added: July 26, 2012
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I'm the webmaster for the USS Nantahala AO-60, the Mississinewa's sister ship. I was on the Nan 1965-1969 and the story of the Mississinewa was passed down from generation to generation of Nantahala sailors back then.

Later when we started having reunions I met sailors who were on the Nantahala when the Mississinewa was hit. The Nan was anchored next to the Mississinewa.

God bless those who lost their lives on her and God bless you who keep her memories alive.


Added: May 6, 2012
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My cousin commented on my father, Lester Mann from Randolph, Ma and I wanted to add to it. I did not know he suffered blackouts - that was upsetting to learn!

He also used to wake from a sound sleep with a start, per my mom's recollection. He also could go On the water, but not In it- he literally would not go in past his ankles, even on a pond! This is not surprising since ocean was on fire after the Mississinewa explosion due to the oil she was carrying. My dad was severely burned on his lower body, and received a Purple Heart. He was only 19 at the time of the sinking!

He was great person, father, husband, talented artist and had a wicked sense of humor! He is greatly missed by his wife and 4 children! I was only 19 when he died at the young age if 57, and I just wish I got more time with him.

Thank you for letting me share my memories!


Added: March 10, 2012
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My Uncle, Lester Mann, from Randolph, Massachusetts was on the Mississinewa, he passed in 1983. My mother Barbara Mann Burns, his older sister, was the last of 7 children of Margaret and Henry Mann to pass away in 2009. My mother told me stories of the black-outs and how her younger brother, Lester, swimming through oil when the Mississinewa was sunk. Uncle Lester was a great guy and I am glad my Mom shared these memories with me, I am 47 and now live in the Merrimack Valley.

Added: October 31, 2011
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DOES ANYONE KNOW JOSEPH MARTINO .HE IS FROM YONKERS NY.HE WAS ON THIS SHIP.HE IS MY FATHER IN LAW.I WOULD LOVE TO CONNECT HIM WITH HIS BUDDIES.

Admin reply: This comment was originally posted on the USS Mississinewa webpage guestbook on Sat Oct 16 08:31:48 2004, but since we are transferring to a new guestbook, I have repeated it here.


Added: August 18, 2011
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Recently I spoke with a relative of one of the crewman that was on board. She was born the year of the bombing and her mother tried for years to get a picture of him. I don't see his name listed but we have all the documents from the military confirming his death.

Admin reply: If you get us the name of the Mississinewa sailor, we'd be glad to share with you any information we may have on him.


Added: August 17, 2011
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Thank you to all the brave men who served aboard the USS Mississinewa, AO-59 and all those of the U.S. military men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom everyday.

Added: August 16, 2011
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Added: August 15, 2011
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