DD 694 (Sumner class)
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My name is Michael T. Van Eron, I reported aboard the USS Ingraham DD 694 after boot camp in 1968 and leave then boarded the Ingy at Newport Rhode Island Jan. 1969. We went on a Guantanmo Bay cruise; Halifax Nova Scotia; and a North Atlantic Nato cruise stopping at Brest, France ; Kiel, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Rotterdam, Holland..and much time in the seas of the north atlantic. I started off as a Boatswains mate seaman apprentis then became a Hospital Corpsman striker and worked with HMC Robinson, whom later recommended me to Class C School at Great Lakes. I left the ship in 1970 and went to Corps School and afterwards spent several years with the U.S. Marine Corps ( 3rd Recon Bn.) and am a Viet Nam Veteran. I was discharged with six active years in Nov. 1974 as HM2.
Some of my memory of the Ingraham, was as a pointer in Gun mount 51 during drills. Lots of paint chipping and painting during the time as a boatswains mate in the forward hull section. Chief Robinson was a fine man and gentleman and I assume he may have long passed away but he is always thought of in good light with me, he too was a former Corpsman with the Marine Corps and also a VN Vet who served with the Marines there as well.
There was about 6 plus rows of ships ribbons that hung on both sides of the Pilot house ?? Always wondered where they had gone? A fine ships record for sure since those Kamakazi attacks on ship killing so many up in forcastle section. Had no idea the ship was sunk in its final day for target practice!! Does anyone know what happened to the ribbons?
Mike Van Eron
I was the last Senior Chief to leave this ship. When it was turned over to the Greek Navy I stayed on as an advisor for three months. It was one of the finest ship's I served on.
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