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Please sign the GUEST BOOK so your shipmates will know that you have been here. It’s also a great way to get back in contact. Your comments and suggestions are also important to us.
The Mystery regarding an F8U landing in Croatia in the early ’60s appears to have been solved. Click here to read about it. VF-11 PLEASE NOTE!
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The first Rosie website was conceived in the 90s and started by Steve Graham, AT2, VA-176 1972. Steve ran the site until 2002. Bob Dorais, who served aboard the Sister Ship Coral Sea and is the Webmaster for the Coral Sea CV-43 website, then stepped up to the plate with a replacement site (CV42.COM) to fill the void. I started this FDR site in Jan. 2009 as an offshoot of my USNAVYPHOTOS.COM website. Bob already had his hands full running several other websites at that point and after this site became established we agreed to merge the two sites and I agreed to do the work. As a result you now have the content from both sites right here. This site is accessible as CV42.com, CVA42.com and USSFDR.com as well.
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Click HERE to see which Cruise Books are now available on CD.
SHIP’S REUNION EVERY MAY! Click here for Reunion info.
30 Sept: FDR plane forced to land in Finland during “Mainbrace” 1952 here.
24 Sept: Full copy of the May 31, 1956 Bremerton Salute Newspaper here.
19 Sept.: 1966-68 Photos from Len Gaffga here.
29 Oct: 1962/63 Familygrams submitted by Fred Burgess. in “Middle Years”
27 Oct: March 1961 Presidential here.
15 Sept: 1977 Collision article & photo here.
09 Sept: Great “Last Cruise” Magazine article here.
01 Sept: New Last Cruise stuff from John Wilson here.
18 July: Additional Ship’s Patches added here.
27 June: August 1964 Presidential from Tom Lutz here.
22 June: 1946-47 FD Reporters from Richard Lockman here.
04 June: 1946-48 FD Reporters from Verlin Kelly here.
28 May: F8U Mystery Solved! here.
19 Feb.: The Last Farewell” photo here.
16 Feb.: Nice story about “Round Motors” here.
22 Jan.: 1968 Roosevelt Sentinel 18 March
21 Jan. 2013: 1966 VFP-62 F8U Battle Damage video by Norm Tremblay here.