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USS Little Rock Association

Founded June 28, 1991
James Kays,  Donald Schuld,  John Sheppard  &  Ed Caggiano, the USS Little Rock Association is a
not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in New York. The Association offers men who served on board LITTLE ROCK
an opportunity
to renew old friendships, make new ones, and to tell and retell the stories of their youth aboard this fine ship.

This website is dedicated to the Sailors and Marines who manned

CL92 at Anchor CLG4 1970's LCS1 Underway
USS Little Rock CL 92 USS Little Rock CLG 4 / CG 4 USS Little Rock LCS 9

USS Little Rock Association Annual Reunion - PORTLAND, ME !!
NEW !  The 2018 Shipmates' Reunion will return to one of our favorite locations....
Date: July 11th through 15th, 2018 (Wednesday ö Sunday)

More information will be available soon

Last update: 03 Nov 2017

NEW !  A Final Goodbye to Joshua Barney School - Gaeta, Italy
Opened September 1967  -  Closed June 2008  -  Demolished March 2018

Please Help Us Keep Our Records Up To Date

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NEW !  Information about the Annual Shipboard Work Party...   We Need You !

Attendees at Past Reunions:

1992 - Buffalo,  NY
1993 - Little Rock,  AR
1994 - Norfolk,  VA
1995 - Buffalo,  NY
1996 - Boston,  MA
1997 - Charleston,  SC
1998 - Buffalo,  NY
1999 - Washington, DC
2000 - Buffalo,  NY
2001 - Phila,  PA
2002 - San Diego, CA
2003 - Buffalo,  NY
2004 - No. Kentucky
2005 - Buffalo,  NY
2006 - Boston,  MA

USS Little Rock Association's
Annual Reunion

The annual USS Little Rock Association Reunion is a highlight for hundreds of Association members each year.

As noted above, the 2017 Association Reunion has been cancelled because of potential conflicts with the planned commissioning of USS Little Rock LCS 9 in Buffalo! You can check the website and watch your mail for info regarding the exact date of the LCS 9 commissioning event.

Typically, reunions are held in Buffalo, New York every second year, and elsewhere throughout the USA on alternate years. The reunion draws members together from literally all over the world.

Shipmates, spouses, children, grandkids and "significant others" find this event has something for everyone.

The 2018 REUNION (our 26th !!!) will be held in in Portland, Maine!
Details regarding dates and venue will be published as soon as details are finalized.
Click HERE for photos of the 2016 reunion.

Attendees at Past Reunions:

2007 - Buffalo,  NY
2008 - Canada Cruise
2009 - Buffalo, NY
2010 - Portland, ME
2011 - Buffalo, NY
2012 - Wilmington, NC
2013 - Buffalo, NY
2014 - Norfolk, VA
2015 - Buffalo, NY
2016 - Warwick, RI

2017 - CANCELLED !

2018 - Portland, ME !

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"News you can use...."

The latest news from the Association, the Buffalo Naval Park, and the Fleet.  

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Our Most Recent Website Additions & Updates

News of Interest

Recent News of Deceased Shipmates

03/21  Added New Association Member SN George D. Hume "Dan" ('75-'76)
03/20  Added New Association Member HT3 Michael K. Lyons ('70-'73)
02/23  Added New Association Member OS3 Michael J. Nicolaisen ('72-'73)
02/08  Added New Association Member FTM3 Robert F. Boyd ('65-'68)
01/12  Added New Association Member Timothy J. Bartell Sr.
01/12  Added New Association Member Randy L. Bartell Assoc.
01/06  Updated Scholarship Awards page to reflect 2017 Awards
12/22  Added New Association Member CAPT Wayne W. Mertz Assoc.
12/18  Added New LCS9 Ships Roster page LCS9 Ships Roster
12/18  Added New LCS9 Plankowners page LCS9 Plankowners
12/17  Added New Association Member CDR/CO Paul R. Burkhart (2017)
03/10  Posted obituary for SN Joseph A. Kempf ('60-'61)
02/22  Posted obituary for F1/C Louis F. Picani ('46-'48)
02/08  Posted obituary for RD1 Sam L. Darr ('62-64)
02/07  Posted obituary for LT Ralph S. Rubenstein ('64-'66)
01/22  Posted obituary for FC2c Allen L. Yoder ('46-'49)
01/11  Posted obituary for E-3 William E. Owenby (40's)
01/10  Posted obituary for SN Roy H. Gay ('47-'49)
01/09  Posted obituary for GMG3 Thomas A. Larmondra ('65-'67)
01/02  Posted obituary for DC3 Roger Oosterink ('47-'48)
12/28  Posted obituary for Vance J. Berg ('70-'73)
12/18  Posted obituary for HT2 Randy L. Brown ('74-'75)
12/17  Posted obituary for LTJG Stephen E. Vercollone ('65-'67)
12/17  Posted obituary for HM3 Richard B. Yellin ('69-'69)
12/09  Posted obituary for GS1 Harold B. Howe ('60-'60)

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While some may consider it unlucky to have a woman aboard ship, the USS Little Rock Association feels just the opposite when it comes to
having women as part of our group. In fact, the ladies of the Association have their own group within the organization. Click below to get
the latest from the Auxiliary and check back often for updates on how this spirited group interacts with the Association.

The Latest News from the Ladies



Name Rate/Rank Yrs. On Board
Name Rate/Rank Yrs. On Board
• Hume, George D. "Dan" 03/19 (*) SN 75-76 • Lyons, Michael K. 03/18 (*) HT3 70-73
• Nicolaisen, Michael J. 02/18 (*) OS3 72-73 • Boyd, Robert F. 02/18 (*) FTM3 65-68
• St. John, Steven A. 02/18 (*) RM3 70-72 • Bartell, Timothy J. Sr. 01/18 (*)
• Bartell, Randy L. 01/18 (*)
Mertz, Wayne W. 12/17 (*) CAPT Assoc.
Burkhart, Paul R. 12/17 (*) CDR/CO 2016/17
Flynn, Michael P. 11/17 (*) SH3 63 - 66
Morgan, John E. 11/17(*) QM3 69 - 70
Cole, Steven B. 11/17 MSSA 76-76

•  Newest Member(s)

(*)  Indicates new members with their e-mail address listed on the Sailors On Line ("S.O.L.") page.
00 / 00 after a Member's name indicates the Month / Year they joined
the Association.
in Rate/Rank column indicates Associate Member.

Historic World Events

Were YOU there? Then your input is needed!

There were many Historic World Events which occurred during the USS Little Rock's life.
Check out the "Historical Events" page and then tell us what YOU recall about those times.

•  •  •  USS Little Rock Crew Rosters  •  •  •
Association Rosters

Active Members
"Sailors On Line" E-Mail Addresses
Dates of Service Unknown
Little Rock Marines
Known Deceased Shipmates
Recently Deceased Shipmates

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(1945 - 1949)

Plank Owners
Crew & Officers

CLG 4 / CG 4
(1960 - 1976)

Plank Owners
Crew & Officers

(2017 - 2018)

Plank Owners
Crew & Officers

Photo Galleries of the Ships, the Crews, and the Places We've Been....

CL92 Photos

CLG 4 and CG 4 Photos LCS 9 Photos
(Coming Soon!)
We've Been
Candid Ship
Action Photos
Candid Crew
Action Photos

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Memories about life on the
USS Little Rock as recalled
by the crew.



Official U.S. Navy transcripts
of Oral Histories given by
Little Rock crewmembers.

LitComs ...
LitComs ...
LitComs ...

"LitComs" is the official newsletter of the USS Little Rock Association and is a benefit of your membership. LitComs now is transmitted via email. Members who do not have email addresses on file will receive their copy via post, within a week or so after the electronic edition is published. Members are welcome to submit informative articles for re-printing in LitComs. These may be sent to Frank Berglas (contact info at right).

Frank E. Berglas
63 Barnes Rd
Stamford, CT 06902-1201


The Naval Order of the United States

The Naval Order of the United States is a fraternal organization founded in 1890. Its "charge" is to promote and encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects, and to promote the preservation of historic artifacts and memories of our naval and maritime history.

Membership is available to members of the: U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as the Commissioned Corps of: the U.S. Public Health Service, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Merchant Marine.

For more information: CLICK HERE.

Membership Benefits

The USS Little Rock Association NEEDS YOU !

The legacy of the Little Rock and of her crew depends entirely on the strength of her Association.

Your membership in the Association helps preserve this legacy and provides a solid network of crew members with whom to share our experiences and memories.

Join with us today. Click HERE to apply for Membership

Want to support the Association financially? Click HERE to make a donation, or HERE for more information on how you can help.

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"Mystery Photos"

Mystery Photo #29

Helo Wipe-Down

(Click on the picture for a larger view.)

Who? What? Where & When ?

Mystery Photos are are way for us to get information about some of the many
different aspects of the USS Little Rock, her life, her crew and her adventures.
They are not trick questions,  but a bonafide search for information....

This Mystery Photo (at the left) shows a gentleman diligently keeping
 LITTLE ROCK's helicopter looking "squared away".
Who is he?  Anyone know his name?

If you have a clue about this, shoot us an e-mail via the "Mystery Photo #29" topic on
the Messages, News and Bulletin Board  or  e-mail the webmaster.

You can view previous Mystery Photos HERE.


Please keep us informed of both your CURRENT MAILING and E-MAIL addresses.
Send us your current info....     Do it NOW while you're thinking about it .   Thanks.

Please click HERE to update your contact information.


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