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Guest Book



    I have managed to resurrect some of the Guest Books from the previous FDR Websites. There are some that are lost forever but this is the best there is at the moment. There is a lot of good stuff there.

Click on the year you want to view. Click on the left arrow at the top of your browser to return to this page.

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Sign in using the comment form at the bottom of the page and please leave a valid email address. It will NOT be viewable to visitors! If you want to hear from your shipmates leave your email address IN THE MESSAGE ALSO.


Please put your email address in your message so your shipmates can get back to you (if they can remember you).

 There is software on board that makes it unreadable to the “bots” who collect that sort of stuff.

All entries must be approved before they will appear in the book. Any inappropriate entries, as well as those with invalid email addresses, will be deleted and will not appear. I check daily so don’t despair if your entry doesn’t appear immediately.

Due to a rash of automated spam messages we now use “captcha” authentication.  Just enter the “captcha” code and then SUBMIT. Don’t worry about upper or lower case….either will work. If you have trouble reading it just click the little button to the right and it will “refresh”. Thanks!

Many shipmates have told me, via email, about having visited this site. Oddly many have not left entries here for their shipmates to see. THEY do wonder how you are and probably would love to hear from you. This is a great way get back in contact.


For YOUR protection – No home phone numbers or addresses please. Please save that for when you make email contact.



  1. Sam Bagley says:

    Hi my name is Sam Bagley AO2 I was in VA-172 stationed at Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla I first boarded the Rosie at Gitmo in late 1963. After doing mess duty was in the ordnance shop where I made 2 Med cruises and a Vietnam cruise. I would like to hear from anyone that remembers me. 1963-1966. I did shore duty at NAS Jax 1967 . My e-mail is

  2. EMFN Mike Simpson says:

    Served on the Rosie, rode her last MED cruise. Remember “fast back” crossing the MED as the Russian Bear tried to get a look at us?
    I rode her to her last resting in Portsmouth NS. Worked out of the Lighting Shop for EM1 Panos and EMC Beard. Was on SEA and ANCHOR detail in the forward desiel generator when the Liberian tanker RAMMED us in the Straits of Messina. Was on the USS Fort Snelling 2 years later in forward desiel generator during an UNREP when the refueling tanker rammed us!
    2 ships, 4 years of duty and two collisions!
    That equals too much dock time in Napoli!!!

  3. Marsha Black says:

    My dad Marshall Edward Baldwin served on Rosie in 1960. I would love to find anyone who has stories or pictures of him during that time. I was very young when he passed and would love to learn more about him.

  4. Fred H Burgess says:

    Julius M. Martin, I was aboard Feb 61 – Oct 63. IC gang. FWD IC & Telephone Exchange. Used to hang out in Sound Powered Shop a lot.I was a short timer when you came aboard. I don’t recall your name however. Joel Levy good to see your comment on here, looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans !! Steve Dukes, you as well my friend !! Thanks for your good work on the web pages !! My email:

  5. Julius M. Martin says:

    Served onboard April 1963 until June 1966. Worked in the Sound Powered Phone shop. Made the ’64 and the ’65 Med Cruises. Retired as Interior Communications Electrician Chief in 1984.
    Would like to hear from anyone who was onboard at that time. Email

  6. Bob Siefker says:

    Stuart (Frenchy) Vigneux – I have several copies of the CD from the Seafarer’s 42 from the 62-63 Med Cruise. I was also on that cruise and remember hearing the group sing!
    Email me at and we can make arrangements.

  7. Stuart (Frenchy) Vigneux says:

    Does anyone know where or how I can obtain a recording of the Seafarer’s 42 Glee Club songs? We were active under the direction of Lt. Cmdr. Vern Yates during the Med cruise of 1962-63. I recall we made a recording of our songs in a studio in Athens. I once saw ads for cds of the group on one of the Rosie sites but I can’t find it any more. I should have bought one a long time ago. Thanks for any help. Email

  8. Stuart (Frenchy) Vigneux says:

    I served on the Rosie while attached to VA-12 in 1963-64. I was an ATN-2 and sang with the Seafarers 42. Great Med Cruise except for the Russian missile crisis.

  9. Risdon Wood says:

    Served summer of 1962 ’till summer of 1965. CIC watch officer and Air Intercept Controller.
    Good memories!

  10. Joe Fortin says:

    I have some pictures which were taken on the FDR in April, 1951. I would like to give them to someone who would know the men in the pictures. They were taken in the mail room on the ship. One of the men’s name is Blaikie. The pictures were found in a home in Connecticut. Our email is

  11. Larry Scheible says:

    I was in VA-176 and was om the 1973-74 cruise and 1975 cruise.

  12. Ed Hausbeck says:

    I went aboard the Rosie after graduation from HS in June 1958. I was a reservist and did not know much about anything. So I ask to be put in the machine shop and the young officer said OK but you have to sign up for two more active years. I said no, so he said he would put me in “B” division and call me when there was an opening in the machine shop. Well two years later I never heard from him when I was discharged. But I learned a valuable lesson. The boiler division was hard, but I soon make third class and things got easier. At 19 years old I was in charged of watches that kept 3 charlie on line and made sure our boiler supplied steam to catapult planes.
    Really enjoyed my two cruises to the MED. All in all it was a learned experience. One which I have remembered and will remember all my life. Every kid that graduates from HS and does not know what to do in life should join the service. It will definitely be an education.
    Ed Hausbeck BT 3rd class

  13. Alan Strickland says:

    Looking for anyone that served in v 2 cats 76-77 med cruise and decommissioning email

  14. Samuel Phillips AD3 says:

    Served aboard 1951, 52 & 53. V2 Mobile Div. Captains driver 1953.

  15. Paul Coates says:

    I was stationed to the Rosey on Nov of ’76 and got new orders on July of ’77. It was eerie to see what was going on with the ship once it got to Norfolk, VA shipyards. Holes being cut into the decks for removal of the engines. There was one eye opening incident when a Liberian freighter was cruising too close to us & made contact. Sailors getting tossed out of their racks in their skivvies and everyone running to the flight deck & hangar deck to man fire hoses. Thank God no fires. My new orders were for VA-42 at Oceana VA.

  16. Bob Schultz ADJ-3 says:

    Anybody out there from HC-2 “Fleet Angels.” I was on the ’70 Med cruise and flew as a crewman in the UH-2A/B. Email:

  17. Gene Hansen ABG3 says:

    I served aboard the Rosie from Feb. 56 (Plank owner) when she came out of the angle deck refit at Bremerton Navy Yard. I was in V-4 division. Made 3rd Class on board. Had some great shipmates.
    I recently was awarded 10% disability for my hearing after years of trying to get hearing aids. A VA rep finally got me help after all the frustration. The end result was a letter telling me that Aviation Boatswain Mate was a flight deck rate and an automatic qualification for benefits. It’s only 133.57 a month and I just got my hearing test from the VA.
    I hope to hear from some of my “old” shipmates.
    Gene Hansen

  18. Robert A Perras says:

    I worked in air operations aboard the Roosevelt in 1964. My cruse ship book the Griffin was ruined in a flood.
    Thanks for bringing back some great memories.

  19. Michael Wayne Strain says:

    I served on the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt during the years of 1971 -72. I worked on the fight deck in aviation fuels V4 division. I am trying to find a shipmate named Charles Rose. He was from South Carolina and worked below deck in aviation fuels V4 division. My email is

  20. Edward S. Friedmann says:

    OS 3 from 1971 Med Cruise.

  21. Joel Levey says:

    served on the Rosie Oct 61 to July 65 OI Div I went to the reunion in Mobile Alabama & had a great time I met a few guys from my Div Ed Tucker & Jerry Batton also met Fred Burgess at the reunion see him on facebook I may go to the reunion in NO

  22. Nicole Edwards says:

    Looking for anyone who might have served with my father. Richard Elmo Lee US Navy EMFN. He served in Vietnam on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt I would love nothing more than to hear stories and see pictures of the man who raised me. 1964-1968

  23. RUDOLF (Rudy) SOBINA says:

    Served on the Roosevelt back in 66 thru 68 and made the Med cruise. Assigned to “B Division” and performed my duties as a BT-3 in the ships “Oil Shack”. Subsequently I moved onward in the Navy, switched rates and eventually retired as an ISCM.

  24. David Squires says:

    I was ship’s company in AIMD, IM-3 Division from ’73 to ’76 as an AE.

  25. Steve Dukes says:

    Served aboard Rosie in OE Division from 1972-75. Maintained the SPS-37 Long Range Air Search Radar whose antenna was that huge black array that hung over the starboard side of the ship. Any other ET’s who served aboard during the same time? Email Please also visit the FDR Reunion Website

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