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I'm just doing a little research on my dad's 36 year naval career including tours in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He always had a special place in his heart for the USS Askari as I believe he was the recommissioning officer in 1966; Lt.Commander John F. Campbell. After starting as a signalman on the USS Chicago in WWII, he retired in San Diego as a Commander and died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. I'm the oldest of his 3 kids and researching for his 2 grandsons (he didn't get to meet them, but his wife, Carolyn, has made sure that they're both very, very proud of his service). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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ALL hands on Deck ! go to facebook "USS Askari ARL 30 face book page for "morning Muster"

hope all is well with all my Askari shipmates


Added: April 6, 2020
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Grateful for everyone's service to our country. My Papaw, Walter Knight, served proudly for 30 years. He retired as CO of the Askari. I grew up hearing many exciting Navy stories. It was a huge part of his life. He talked about it until the day he died.

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Thomas j Mello BT3 may,,,,,1970 to 1971 may

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served on board march 1969 to march 1970 en2 worked in main engine room

Added: January 6, 2020
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JUST TO SAY TO ALL MY ASKARI SHIPMATE HOPE ALL YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A HAPPY MARRY CHRISTMAS &A HAPPY YEAR 2020 IT GOES BY FAST,I IN JOY BAKING & COOKING FOR ALL OF YOU 7/67/7/68 LEE THE NIGHT BAKER

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May 1970 to may 1971

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I served on the Uss Askari ARL-30 in 1966-67. I was a
Rd 3rd class. John Mudge Rd 2nd class was my shipmate.


Added: October 25, 2019
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Found one shipmate that I recall...Fred Hungerford. I served as Yeoman 3rd in ship's office in 1952 thru 1953. Most of that service was when ARL-30 was based in Yokosuka, Japan...with occasional forays out for sea pay and I&I. We had a great crew at that time … many of us discharged just prior to Christmas 1953 at the San Diego destroyer base. I have many great memories of friends and experiences during those days. If anyone remembers me, I'd love to hear from them. My best wishes to you all …..

Added: October 21, 2019
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I was in the Army Riverine Force in the Mekong Delta in '67 & '68. My LCM 8 was damaged and a yard Derrick lifted it onto a barge which was alongside the USS Askari for refitting. I was assigned a hammock and lived on the Askari for about a month during repairs. I had no duties. I wasn't listed on the station bill. During frequent mortar attacks the Askari would sound General Quarters and get underway. Having no place to go I stayed in my hammock. A Boatswain Mate told me once, "Sergeant, just get up and move. Go from bow to stern and back but please, just move."

Added: October 18, 2019
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