Why Join the MASSEY Association?

Well if you are cruising through this Web site, then something got you to look for your old ship! There is an old saying that watching fellow shipmates at reunions rings true… the saying runs “You can leave the Navy but the Navy doesn’t leave you!” It’s true and attending one reunion will make you a believer. There is something special about being a Navy sea going veteran, especially a Tin Can Sailor! Living in close, cramped, hot and freezing berthing compartments with cold showers and no privacy … on a “small boy” that can rock about for weeks… tends to make you very appreciative of the comforts you have today and of those past fellow shipmates who shared those days with you… Shipmates who never let you down and always put in the extra effort to help you out!

Download the Membership Application Here!

The membership form is self-explanatory. Just print the page, fill in the form, enclose a check for the $10.00 annual dues, and mail the form and your check to the MASSEY Association Dues Coordinator at the address on the form. In return you will receive an annual MASSEY Association membership card, a copy of our membership roster of fellow shipmates, the email address listing for those with email capability, and our periodic newsletters that you will find full of interesting news and coming events. It’s the best $10 deal you will find so come join us!

Per Article 4 of the Association By-laws, wives, children, and friends of former MASSEY sailors are authorized and encouraged to join the MASSEY Association as Associate Members. The annual dues are $10.  The only caveat is that Associate Members are not allowed to vote on association matters developed for the annual business meeting.

15 thoughts on “Join the Crew”

  • E. R. Smith says:

    Bob Liposchak,
    I just signed up for membership in the USS Massey Assn. and saw your message about having taken a number of slide pictures during the November, 1964 – January, 1965 period. I went aboard the Massey on December 30th. or 31st., 1961 in Mayport, Florida. The next day we got underway for Newport, Rhode Island as we were changing home ports. I served until my discharge date of May 10, 1965. Most of my time was in the after engineroom as a Machinist’s Mate 3/c. I also put in a couple of hours each day in the Engineering Logroom the last couple of years after we had a reduction in force. I was the after engineroom throttleman whenever at GQ or special details such as refueling or power runs.

  • Patricia D. Gould says:

    Top is my husband’s nick name
    We now get our mail at `133 Colonial Drive-Unit 206
    White River Junction, VT 05001. my phone is 802-281-6953
    Top’s # is 802-457-1341.
    Top is 78 years old now.

  • Bob Liposchak says:

    I took many slides of the Massey during the Nov64 – Jan65 period, and still have them. I’m wondering if anyone would be interested in seeing them?

  • Bob Liposchak ETR3 says:

    I served with Bill Greaves GM3 and Carroll Hawkins AT3 in the 1964-1965 period. We were friends and often went on liberty together. I would like to contact them.
    Does anyone know their status or contact information.

  • Art jensen says:

    To Joe DeAngelo. I don’t know if you remember me but I was on the USS Massey during the same time you were 67/6. We were home ported in Newport RI at the time and I was in the first division when I was aboard .iam sending my dues in to join association. Art

  • Alix Bradfield says:

    Hi , I am the daughter of Commander Herbert Kriloff , Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Massey ’51-’53. He is now nearly 101 years old and grieving for the loss of my mother, his dearest loved wife of 72 years. He has a photo of the ship in his room. I remember being on board when I was 7-8.
    Sorry we can’t come to the reunion in Sept…we live in Australia!

  • Jennifer Simpson says:

    My father, George sharpe was on the USS Massey I believe during 1965-1968 or 9. Any ship mates out there that recall him?

  • Jimmy Yarborough says:

    DC3 Dave Simmons, I too came aboard the Massey in 3/56 and stayed until 7/58. Loved every minute of it. Lots of fond memories. I remember FP2 J. Bolton, FP2 D. Kram, MS1 Barker (best leader I ever had in the navy) and you to Dave. There was also a DC 2 and a couple others as well..

  • Joseph DeAngelo says:

    I was on board 1967 / 1968. I was looking for any shipmates that were on board at that time. especiallt in first division. I also sent in my applicattion to join at least six weeks ago and have gotten nothing back. Please Help!


  • David Simons says:

    Gary Katz
    I’am sorry but for the life of me I don’t remember you ,sorry, but time has a way of washing out memories, thats life.
    I have what I believe to be the placard that was made of the ships crest. Capt. James told me in 2010 at a visit I had with him that he was one of the designers of it.
    I served in the Massey from 56 to 58. I was a DCG3 out of the ship fitters shop

  • Gary Katz says:

    Hi Dave, sorry I never met your dad, as I was on board the Massey in 56, sounds like a great guy, as you do, I tell stories too about the days on board the Massey, I loved that ship, wish I had some memorabella from her. Gary Katz

  • Dave Padavano says:

    Dear Sir: My dad was on the Massey during the tail end of WW2. He is 84 and doing well. He likes to tell the story about the time the ship hit a mine and bounced from front to back of the ship and did not go off. He thought for sure it would go off when it hit the screws as everyone ran for the front. During this same episode hte sister ship they were cruising with hit a mine that exploded and killed 23.

    My dad was a machinest mate and tells of the time he had to go aboard the Missouri to use their more sophisticasted equipment.

    My dad is very proud of his ship and wears the USS Massey hat and pin I gave him every morning to coffee with his friends.

    His name is Anthony J. Padavano… I am Dave Padavano

  • Judy Massey says:

    Dick, the website is amazing, very 21st century. I enjoyed the write up on the last reunion. We were just in Pax River, Maryland minding our grandchildren while their parents (Julie and LEM II) looked for housing near Elglin AFB in preparation for their move this summer. LEM must report to the 33rd Maintenance Group in June. I have a CD of his speech at the reunion. My husband doesn’t seem to think you would want it but it is on offer if you think some of the members who didn’t attend the reunion might like to see and hear it. We have the MASSEY sternplate in Coronado now as it came as excess baggage on our SWA flight from BWI. I will send a picture when it is installed here. Kindest regards, Judy Massey

  • Dave Simons DC3 says:

    I had the honor to visit Capt. Daniel James in Dec. 2010. He was 92 at the time of my visit and living in Fort Washington Md. He was waring a jacket with the Massey’s crest. He told me he played a part in designing of it. At the time he was a Cmd. and the year was 1957 or 1958, if my memory serves me.

  • Dave Simons DC3 says:

    To those that has visited the ship fitters shop, when you can through the hatch, on the out board
    side you will have seen probably the only metel break on any destroyer.
    As to where it came from I don’t know, it was there when I came aboard in 1956. The rumor was it came from a destoyer tender, who knows ?

    David Simons DC3 56 to 58

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