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Robert W. Ramey January 24, 2014

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From Tim Ramey, son of Robert W. Ramey

My name is Tim Ramey. I am the son of Robert W. Ramey. Bob served on the USS Massey from 1960-1962. He served in the deck division with P02 Nesbitt.  He stuck at a Yeoman before being transferred on the USS Calcetera during the Cuban Missle Crisis. Bob retired from the US Army in 1990 as a Sergeant First Class E-7. He was awarded two Bronze Stars in Vietnam, one with “v” device for heroism in ground combat in 1969. He was awarded many medals for service and achievement and also earned his Ranger Tab and parachute wings.

Bob passed away from agent orange related lung cancer on October 17, 2010.


All the best,

Tim Ramey

John Signorino Plankowner January 24, 2014

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Bob Radziwon received the following letter, dated November 1st, from Lori Baker, daughter of  John Signorino, plank owner.


Dear friends of the MASSEY Crew

I wanted to inform you that my father, John Signorino, Plankowner, passed away on August 21, 2013 at the Thomson Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. He was buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, KY on September 3rd, 2013. He was a double plank owner as he was on the DYSON in addition to the MASSEY. He earned the rank of Seaman 1st class. If you could please pass this information along to other MASSEY crew members in your next newsletter, I would greatly appreciate it.


Lori Baker

658 Pea Ridge Rd

Stamping Ground, KY  40379

USS Massey DD778 January 24, 2014

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I came aboard as an FN and was put in the aft. Engine room to work as a an MM under PR Smith and Crouse. Stayed there the whole duration.Some of my shipmates were PK Smith, Bob Roening, Michael Nearhouse, Jessy Slaughter (Tex),and a lot of others that the names don’t seem to come to me right now.

Shipmate :


January 24, 2014

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I just found out my dad served on the USS Massey during WWII. Since he died when I was only 21 months old, I knew he was in the Navy during WWII but never knew which ship he served on. I Googled the ship name and found your website. I was hoping to find pics of the crew.

PO2 Elvin Joe Gum January 24, 2014

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My father PO2 Elvin Joe Gum was on the Massey in the early 60s. He was an avid ships reunion attendant. The ringing of the bell was very significant to him during his reunion visits. I don’t know if you are still having reunions, but he passed away December 17, 2013.

CDR Maxton. M. Midgett, Sr July 17, 2012

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Some interesting bio info on former MASSEY shipmate CDR Midgett USN (ret) who passed away recently from his grandaughter Joanna Maney:

Joined the Navy in 1938, Norfolk, VA.  After training was assigned to the USS McDOUGAL (DD-358), then USS REID (DD-369).

1940:  Assigned to USS HILARY P JONES (DD-427) for commissioning and operated 3 years in North Atlantic, participated inshore bombardment at Anzio Beachhead, Italy.

1944:  Appointed Warrant Electrician, USS LIVERMORE (DD-429), participated in the invasion of Southern France.

1944:  Instructor at the Destroyer Pre-commissioning School.

1945:   USS TUSCALOOSA (CA-37), Electrical Officer.

1947:  Promoted to Lieutenant JG, Service School Command, Naval Training Station Norfolk, VA, as Officer in Charge.

1951: Promoted to Lieutenant and became Engineer Officer, USS MASSEY (DD-778).

1954:  Joined the staff of Commander Destroyer Squadron SIXTEEN as Squadron Material Officer and participated in the Korean Campaign.

1955:  Became Executive Officer and Navigator of the USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST-1165).

1956:  Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, reported to the Staff of Commander Destroyer Force, US Atlantic Fleet, as Machinery and Electrical Officer.

1959:  Commissioning Commanding Officer of the USS WOOD COUNTY (LST-1178). Promoted to Commander while on the WOOD COUNTY.

1969:  Retired from active duty after 31 years.

Anecdote on his service on MASSEY from Joanna:  I have been told the MASSEY received an award in the Engineering Department
during my granddad’s time on board.  I haven’t had the time to confirm that but one story I do remember hearing about was when he was on
the MASSEY.  He knew there was going to be an inspection of the engine room so he had it cleaned up and he had the guys repaint the deck.
And he added a bit of linseed oil to the paint so that it was extra shiny, and when they were done, it practically sparkled in there.  When the
“Higher Up” (Boss) came to inspect the ship, he was very impressed with the state of the engine room and when someone mentioned, “Well, now it’s time for lunch.”, MASSEY’s Commanding Officer made everyone laugh by saying, “Well good!  Have them serve it here in the engine room.  It’s the cleanest place on the ship!”




Arthur “Mike” Roberts July 16, 2012

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