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Name: Chet Headley USN, GI
Bowditch 66 Michelson 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post from 04-09-2015, 00:01

Today, 09 Apr 2015, was a special day; LT David Crestin and I were in contact via telephone. He was the Admin Officer when I reported aboard the Bowditch in Feb 1966 and during my tour on her. He was a top notch officer and one of my favorites.

While looking at some of the ship's specs I noticed the fuel capacity and range. All three had a fuel capacity of 19,023.3 barrels and a range of 21,300 miles. That equates to .893 barrel per mile, or 37.51 gallons per mile. Our ships weren't exactly VW Beetles when it came to mileage.

Thanks David, it was a genuine pleasure talking with you.


Name: Chet Headley USN, GI
Bowditch 66 Michelson 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post from 04-07-2015, 00:01

Good news; Phil and I have the domain name. It was auctioned today and we got it. It will take a couple of weeks before it will officially be transferred to us. As soon as that happens, it will be back on-line. At that time there will be two domains that can be used to access the site, .info and .org.

We're getting there.

Name: Chet Headley US Navy, GI
Bowditch 66 Michelson 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post from 03-29-2015, 00:01

0152 hrs 29 March 2015 - Good news, Earl's site is back on-line at a new URL; to access the site change .info to .org in the domain name.

Much the same as before except for the .org

It's late, I haven't had time to do in depth testing; did a couple quick checks and it looks ok. I am going to bed and will resume testing later today. If you find any problems, please let me know by replying via the Mail Box to the right of this post.

Thanks for all your support and patience. Eventually, the site will be back on-line with its original URL.

Thanks Earl; RIP and thank you Phil; if it hadn't been for your expertise and quick action, the site would have been lost forever.

Name: Gordon Powell STG2
Bowditch 1970-71 Michelson 1969-70 USN
Post from 03-06-2015, 00:01

I was really saddened to hear of Earl's passing. We had corresponded by email for awhile after I found his web site.

Name: Chet Headley ST2 USN
Bowditch 66 Michelson 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post from 03-04-2015, 00:01

04 March 2015 - As you may have discovered, the site has been taken down. This is the result of the Domain name expiring yesterday 03 March 2015.

Phil and I are doing everything we can to get the site back on-line ASAP. Please bear with us, it will happen, we just don't know exactly when.

Thank you all for serving our country and supporting this site with your visits and your photographic and written contributions.

Bowditch 1975 - 1976 Dutton 1968 - 1969 Michelson 1966 - 1968
Post from 03-03-2015, 00:01

It was real shock to hear from ACE Hunter, that Earl had passed away. His family will be in our thoughts and prayers. I was in school with Earl at Dam Neck, in Virginia Beach VA. I drove him up to Harrisonburg VA. to see ACE Hunter. His TAGS site is a great place to remember the good old days. I really enjoyed the NOT real Navy. Thanks Chet and Phil for rescuing and preserving this site.

Name: Roger Gilfert, LTJG, XO
Bowditch 1974 - 1975 USN
Post from 02-28-2015, 00:01

I was very saddened to see your posts regarding Earl's passing. While I was not a shipmate of his and thus can't say that we were close friends, I did have an opportunity to communicate frequently with him while my materials were being added to the site. This site means a tremendous amount to me and I am virtually a daily visitor to the guest log always hoping to reconnect with a long lost friend and shipmate. It'll be devastating if all of this content disappears. I do not have the technical skills to contribute to your restoration efforts but if a financial contribution would be of assistance please don't hesitate to contact me via email. This site is too good to be lost.

Name: Chet Headley USN, General I
Bowditch 66 Michelson 64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
Post from 02-26-2015, 00:01

Today 26 Feb 2015 Phil and I learned that Earl was interred at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan 49012.

He is buried at Section 4A site 1083. His marker reads as follows:

Adams, Earl G
ET1 US Navy
Date of Birth: 09 19 1947
Date of Death: 11 24 2014

There is a lot I would like to say but right now the shock of Earl's passing is too fresh. Phil and I are going to do everything we can to continue Earl's site. As Phil stated in his notice above, the site will be down for about four months. This is unavoidable due to domain rules.

Please bookmark the Guestbook link or save it to your browser Favorites then check back periodically for updates.


Name: Karen Emmons Martin
Michelson 1962-1963
Post from 02-07-2015, 00:01

Ernest Edward or E.E. Emmons I am a daughter

My father had wonderful memories of his time on board, it was one of his favorite duty stations. He met Marie Muldoon when porting in Belfast and married her, and proceeded to have me and my two sisters Patti and Tina. Dad retired from the Navy in 1974 with 26 years of service, thank you for being able to view the pictures and to have the opportunity to read abit about his life on board. Sorry to say dad passed away Aug 3 2013 at age 82 we loved and miss him and are very proud of his service and those who he served with in the Navy. It is with heavy heart that he isn't here to know that one of his granddaughters (my youngest) was selected to enter into the Navy Nurse Candidate Program will be entering the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation of nursing school this Dec 2015 followed by ODS in Newport Rhode Island, we know he would have been so very proud. Dad would have loved to have seen this site, I happened to stumble across it. I married a sailor as well and he retired in 2008 after 24 years in submarines. God Bless you all and thank you once again. Karen Emmons Martin

Name: Bruce Northridge - Ensign
Bowditch 1976-1977
Post from 01-12-2015, 00:01

Thanks to all who have put together this wonderful site that helps us to re-live our memories of those days at sea (and days in port).
I have fond memories.
Would welcome hearing from old shipmates.
And, of course, if any of us still in the area in and around NAVOCEANO want to get together and swap some stories ... I say "let's do it!".
bruce.northridge at
Anytime. :)

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