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09-15-2020: To several new MASSEY Friends who within the last month posted a comment or question relative to a Father or relative’s service on MASSEY during her early years of service, the webmaster may have inadvertently deleted your posting while cleaning pending trash/spam postings to the site. If you do not see your comments on the site, please resubmit your comments/questions. Apologies to all!!
Wanted to let you know that my father, SAMUEL PURNELL ROBERTS, passed away on February 8, 2023. He was proud to have served on the Massey during WWII.
Jean – The Association is saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad Samuel. Please accept our condolences on his passing and our thanks for his service in WWII. I will pass this on to his former remaining shipmates. God rest his soul. Capt Richard Pearsall, USN (ret)
Anyone ever hear from MIKE PACKER (Packard?), First Class Boatswainmate?
I served with Mike during the early 60’s and he showed me how to never get sea sick!! I’ll always remember Mike for taking me under his wing and showing me where the crackers were!! I worked in the ship’s office and mostly the Engineering office.
Hello – My Father was on the USS Massey! Do you have any upcoming reunions? Is there a way to sign up for newsletters?
Michelle – We recently held our annual reunion in Sept in Buffalo with the next one in the planning stage for Norfolk/Virginia Beach either in last week of Sept but leaning to first week 2-6 Oct 2023. I am this year’s reunion coordinator and will hopefully have the dates nailed down in Jan. I encourage you to join the association. Form is on the website and only $10/year. We encourage family members to join. For our info what was your Dad’s name, years of service, and job on MASSEY so we can see if any of our shipmates may have known him. I have your email so will send you a copy of the latest newsletter and hook you up with our Secretary and Membership leads. Great to hear from you. Be safe. s/Dick Pearsall MASSEY 64-66
Does anyone remember Father, Frank Chieco. He was never really into sharing his experiences with the family. Never shared his rate, what crusies he was on, etc.
I am an Active Duty Security LDO (Mustang) and would live to hear about any experiences anyone can remember.
Thank you all for your Service. It’s my honor to have the Watch.
LT Jared Chieco
Hey Shipmates, LT Jared Chieco, USN is searching for a MASSEY shipmate who would have known his Father, Frank Chieco. Jared figures his Dad was on MASSEY late 60s to her arrival in New York in the early 70s. We are hoping that you younger MASSEY guys from the early 70s may have known shipmate Frank Chieco and will contact the LT at email address email@example.com.
My name is Paul Prochilo. I was on the Massey from 1968 to 1970. Took the ship down to the Brooklyn Navy yard in 1970 From Newport RI. when it was decommissioned into the reserve fleet. I remember your father well! He was a great guy! If memory serves me we went to Boot camp at Great Lakes together as well. I remember the Company commander told him to do 50 pushups and he replied “One handed or two,Sir?” he did them one handed.
Hope this helps!
Anyone remember my father Gus Peters 1952 778 USS Massey
Unfortunately any years ago!!
A friend of mine, whose uncle recently passed away, was given some brass medallions, one of which is from the USS Massey (DD 778). The uncle’s name was LCDR Jacob Robert Holzschuh. I was wondering if you might be interested in having this medallion.
The medallion is brass, about 1/16” thick, and about 3” in diameter. On the front is what appears to be the ship’s shield, and the back is plain.
I served on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in the 80s, so have no connection to the Massey.
Mark W. Pedersen
CAPT, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
1360 US Courthouse
100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
Mark – Your name sounds familiar though I tried to stay clear of JAG folks when on active duty. I am a past President of the MASSEY Association and the web coordinator. I would be very interested in seeing the medallion if you could mail it to me. I would then see how it would best fit in the association’s web of interests. Thanks for thinking of us and particularly for your friend passing on his uncle’s name. If doable please ask your friend if he knows his uncle’s rough dates of service on MASSEY so we can see if past shipmates may have known him. Thanks again. Standing by. Dick Pearsall, Capt USN (ret), 34 Shannon Way, Upton MA 01568, 757-679-8920
My name is Randy Martin. I’m contacting you to find our where I can send some Massey documents and pictures.
My father Don Martin served in WW II on the USS Massey from approximately 1944-46. He participated in several of the reunions in the 90’s and possibly late 80’s. I believe he participated at Sec. Treasurer for group that worked to hold reunions.
He passed in Feb 1999 and I’ve kept documents he had. I sent message several years ago to some Massey folks, don’t recall who in particular, but never heard back. I’m looking for someone who may want to receive the box of documents and pictures I have. I’ve also got old VCR tapes of reunions that my father took.
I hope this message finds you safe and well. Sincerely Randy Martin
Randy -Your Dad was a bit ahead of my time in the MASSEY reunion business but this posting should get a response from a couple of the older youngsters. I will follow it up and see if we can get you hooked up relative to the documents you have from your Dad Don. Thanks and Be safe. s/Dick Pearsall MASSEY 64-66
By the way, thank you for answering the question I received concerning the upcoming USS Massey reunion.
I am in the process of retrieving the coin. When I hadn’t heard back from anyone (and was unaware that you had responded on this website), I gave it to Chuck Baylis who runs the military museum here in Rochester, NY (https://www.rochestermilitary.com/). I wrote to him to ask if I could retrieve it and send it to you.
Mark – Sorry slow responding. Vacation time. We appreciate your efforts to retrieve the mysterious coin. You are more than welcome on the reunion info. Glad you received it. Stay in touch. Be safe. Dick Pearsall, MASSEY 64-66
Trying to contact John (Jack) Butler served on Massey 1947-1950.
Dick, have you found out anything about my previous post about Jack Butler?
Joe – Regret I have not heard a reply regarding Jack Butler. Maybe this dialog will trigger a response from a past crew member. Be safe. s/Dick
Okay, thanks Dick.
RM1 Kelley Long – Thanks for your recent posting. Sorry to hear about your Brother in Law’s passing. We will add him to the scroll of Lost Shipmates and remember him at our next reunion. Be safe. s/Dick