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The Ship

Due to the extensive nature of the MASSEY history and the detailed recollections of those who served aboard her, we have broken up the ship’s history into several sections. Please click on the topic area for further detail on each aspect of the MASSEY’s history.

Note:  The historical information provided on this web site is not the official history of the USS MASSEY.  It is based in part on the recollection of many authors, some former Commanding Officers, all former MASSEY shipmates, who contributed to developing the chronology of events that marked some of the noteworthy contributions of this fine Man O’ War to our Navy’s history over nearly 30 years of active service.


1. Robert Lane - September 13, 2011

Hello I am looking for anyone that was part of the commissioning crew and might remember my dad. His name was Robert N Fortmann and he was GM. It would be really great to talk to someone that knew my dad.

2. masseyadmin - September 14, 2011

Robert – Thanks for contacting the USS MASSEY Association. I will get this posted to the membership which includes some Plankowners and we will see what we can do to help you out. s/Dick Pearsall, President, USS MASSEY Association

3. Kelly E Bourne Bourne - May 27, 2012

My Dad is a plankowner and loves talking anout his shipmates. His name is Kenny Bourne. Shoot me an email and I would be happy to arrange a conversation.

4. Gary Katz - July 24, 2012

I was aboard the Massey in 56 -57, in ships office, the chief then was Gearhardt, any one know what ever happened to him, I have never heard about him since, and I do belong to the association. Thanks,

5. tim - October 13, 2012

Hi, my dads name is franklin ferry hes 81now he was a cook n was in navy 5yrs.was 2yrs active n koriea. Just wanted to refresh his memory on his past hes not computer savy. So showed him pic of his ol ship. He enjoyed it. Wanted to know if any1 knew him. Was in navy around early 50s. Ty

6. Jimmy Kimrey - June 14, 2013

MY grandfather Robert (bob) Kimrey served on the massey during the Korean war. where is the ship located? because I would like to know and he is 80 years old

7. Jimmy Kimrey - June 14, 2013

he was the 5 inch38 gun captin

8. Jimmy kimrey - June 17, 2013

I have a pictue of the ship

9. James E Clifton - September 23, 2013

My dad was also a GM on the Massey commissioning crew,His name was James Hudson Clifton.

10. Mike Willis - March 1, 2014

I was aboard the Massey 71-72 and live in Morgantown PA now. I was looking for Reggie Register BM and Sammy Graham BM. They were on the ship during the same time frame.

11. David Simons - March 2, 2014

I sailed on her for 2 years,and had a wonderful time. I’v been to several countries meet many many people and had the honor to help Jane Mansfield down the gang way in Ireland. In the north atlantic the ship recorded a 67degree roll. Of 43 days at sea we averaged 30 degree roll and cruised at about 3 knots . A lot of sour shoulds and backs from sliding in your bunk
This is what I recall 56 to 58

12. ken folmsbee - May 21, 2014

My dad, Merlin Folmsbee was a First Class Machinists Mate. Anyone serve with him in WW2 & Korea?

13. David Vaughan - August 23, 2014

My father served around the 55-57 time frame, and was sent home when Hurricane Audrey struck and destroyed his home town of Cameron, LA. His name is Harvey Vaughan, and he served in the sonar crew. Anybody remember him?

14. Colleen McClintic - March 26, 2015

My dad is a plank owner, you will see his name on the list of commissioning crew members. He is still living, and served on the USS New Jersey in WWII. He is an amazing man, and we are proud to be Navy! Colleen Balue McClintic, daughter of Thomas Balue

15. Jerry Stephens Jr - July 4, 2015

My late father, Jerry Stephens, served aboard Massey in 1954, 1955, and early 1956. He was a fire control technician second class when he left the ship. If any knew him or has any sea stories from that period I’d sure love to hear from you.

16. Arthur Roberts - January 8, 2016

I was in the Massey crew in 1960 to 1962 as Asst. Eng. Off. under Pat Joynt, who now lives in Sweden. My Exec. Officer was Lt. Commander Robert Scott, the best of the best. My first Captain was Commander Rusk. My ports were Mayport, FL and Newport, RI. Among many sailings, were to the Canary Islands to cover one of the first manned satellite launches, up the Hudson River to Albany, many duties off the quarter of aircraft carriers, and to Guantanamo and off Cuba during the missile crisis.
Who can relate to this time?

17. GARY KATZ - January 30, 2018

I will never forget my times on the Massey, she was a great ship, and a great crew. I was aboard when Jayne Mansfield came on board in Holland, great memories, I was in ship’s office, with Chief Gearhardt, great guy, miss ya Chief. To all my shipmates, before and after my time, best of everything, you were part of the greatest ship in the fleet.

18. Bob Liposchak - March 9, 2018

I was a DASH ETR3 on the USS Massey 1964-1965. I am trying to reach both William Greaves GM3 and Carroll Hawkins AT3 who were on the ship during that period. Would appreciate any information.

Bob Liposchak

19. James Davis - July 7, 2018

My uncle Arthur A Mick was on the commissioning crew of Massey. He told me some stories, Apparently his time on Massey meant a lot to him. I took a trip to Bremerton Island WA just to kind of imagine what it was like to be there waiting for the new ship to be ready (1944). He was a very social fellow. I’m sure he knew lots of the guys. As I recall he was a gunner loader. I remember him telling me about the ice cream machine in the galley. He loved that. Arthur has been gone since about 1996, but I knew him for many years. I’m very happy you guys also honor our fathers and grandfathers.