USS Bowen FF-1079
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Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000
From: Mike Lewis
Rank: IC3
Reported: 1980
Departed: 1982


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000
From: Andy Allen
Rank: STG3
Reported: 1978
Departed: 1980

Did the "Med" of 1979. Would love to hear from old shipmates.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2000
From: Doug Ridner
Rank: FTG1
Reported: 1980
Departed: 1981

I served aboard Bowen from Oct 1980 to Oct 1981 during the yard period in New York. Left shortly after Gitmo training. I worked in 2nd Division as an FTG1. Feel free to E-mail me anytime. Good luck to all, and I hope to hear from some of you.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2000
From: BILL VAUGHN
Rank: TMSN
Reported: 1972
Departed: 1974

WHILE SERVING ON THE BOWEN , WE MADE A MED CRUISE. ALSO ONE TO THE CARIBBEAN CRUISE AND A TRIP INTO THE ARTIC CIRCLE WHERE WE RECEIVED THE ORDER OF THE BLUE NOSE. WAS ONBOARD THE SHIP WHEN WE LOST THE HELO AND WHEN WE CHANGED HOMEPORT FROM NEWPORT,RI TO CHARLESTON,SC.

ESPECIALLY REMEMBER BEING IN FORT LAUDERDALE AND SHOOTING WOODEN TORPEDOES AT THE YACHTS!


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2000
From: Chris Borroni
Rank: MM3
Reported: Feb, 1992
Departed: June, 1994

I was one of the first 15 women assigned to the USS Bowen, and one of the few that worked in engineering. (How I survived down in the engine room in a predominately male rate, I'll never know. I hated my rate.)

I remember coming aboard ship and not any of the male crew spoke to us for some time. Later I found out that the CO at the time, Commander Fry, did not want the women or men to even look at one another much less socialize. Of course, that didn't last long.

In spite of being a snipe and having to be stationed in Staten Island, my fondest memories of the navy was on the USS Bowen. The crew was great and Commander Abruzzi was a great CO.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000
From: William Phillips
Rank: MM2
Reported: 1986
Departed: 1990

I served on the USS Bowen from 1986-1990. I will help you in any way I can.

Thanks,

Bill Phillips


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000
From: Rick Fortune
Rank: BM2
Reported: 1977
Departed: 1981

Whats up everybody?

Just found the site, always wonder what everyones up to. Some of the best times I remember was on the Bowen. Made the South America cruise, always sticks in my mind, and a few others, but hey hope you are all well and doing good

E-mail if you get a chance.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000
From: Randy "Clayton" Butler
Rank: EM2
Reported: 1979
Departed: 1984

Med: 1979
Brooklyn Navy Yard: 1980-81
GITMO 1981
Med: 1982
Med: 1983

I would love to hear from anyone on the Bowen at any time. Live in Maine now and am in touch with only a couple of shipmates.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000
From: Terrell Havling
Rank: MM2
Reported: 1984
Departed: 1988

I was very proud to serve among this ship as crew members from other ships were always saying how clean our ship was.

Did two Med cruises where we won the Hook-Em award both times. Remember setting records for tracking Russian subs. Also remember winning awards for the ship's galley. The food was great but the roast beef did get tiresome after awhile.

Was in the Engine Control room the day the mysterious bolt got stuck inside of the main throttle valve at GITMO. That had to of been one of the weirdest things I have ever been apart of. None of it makes sense and just how a bolt gets inside a 1200 psi steam pipe was never solved.

I remember going dead in the water once and needing to be towed back to port. I don't remember where we were at the time but do remember being side swiped by the ship that was to tow us. I have pics of the damage to the helo deck netting.

Was in Aux 1 when the starboard fin stabalizer blew a gauge line shooting hydralic fluid up between deck plates and 1A SSTG. The fluid was hitting the overhead on the upper deck and then falling onto 1A SSTG which then caught fire. I remember MM3 Tyler who was in A-gang running for his life. (lol) He should have stayed and helped us put the fire out as 3 of us received commendations for our efforts.

I remember MM1 Vandiver coming down from the Control Room , picking up Evap watches and throwing then on top of #2 Evap. (lol) Also remember rumors of Vandiver beating up the captain at the Officers Club in Charleston SC.

I remember MMCM Melvin could never get me to wear black socks. I know he still loved me though. :-)

I have both the 85 and the 87 Med cruise books and tons of pictures I took myself.


Subject: USS Bowen (DE-1079)
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000
From: Mike Morgan
Rank: MM3
Reported: 1973
Departed: 1977

Served in the Engineering dept (A-gang and stood watches in the engineroom). If I am correct, the Bowen was the first FF to single up on the LP turbine, for main propulsion, due to damage of HP turbine shrouding--I assisted in this evolution. Also replaced main shaft line bearing, on the only shaft, while off the coast of Cape Hatteras - a harrowing task, while dead in the water.

Also on throttles while entering the Straights Of Gibralter--hit a migrating whale with port fin stabilizer--killed the whale--no major damage to stabilizer during the uprising in Cypress, Bowen asked for volunteers to man the motor whale boat, to go ashore and rescue the American Ambassator--this plan was, however, never carried out.


Subject: USS Bowen (DE-1079)
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000
From: Mark Seastrand
Rank: AX3
Reported: Aug 1972
Departed: Dec 1972

I was part of the LAMPS detachment from HSL-30, Lakehurst, N.J.. There were thirteen officers and enlisted men to the detachment. The helo was the Kaman SH-2D. We lost our helo on August 28, 1972, that date I'll never forget as it was my birthday. We were then sent a replacement helo and crew and picked them up at Rota, Spain.

My time on board was during our MED cruise. It was a good ship even if it had a single screw. On the way back to the states we were in a storm and only had sandwiches to eat. The 5" 54 front gun shell cracked and the ships crew tied a mattress to the outside with rope to help hold the shell together and to keep water out. We had fire hoses running down the passageways to pump water out.

Our Helo got banged up in the hangar with different equipment breaking their tiedowns. I will say that I prefer the smaller ships as you do get know everyone. While I was on board the ships designation was DE1079, when did it change?


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000
From: Russell Blazer
Rank: EW3
Reported: 1989
Departed: 1992

Great picture!

I was onboard the Goin' Bowen for the 89-90 Med Cruise, a few drug-ops in the Carib., and everything in between. I remember OS3 Rea well. I recall one night on libo when he whacked OS3 Welch silly.

Awesome. Great days!

I think about the old crew all the time and laugh my stinking head off. Hey... wanna get an even bigger laugh... I'm a Lieutenant in the Marine Corps!

Take care, shipmates.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000
From: James Kovacs
Rank: STG3
Reported: 1986
Departed: 1988

I have a USS Bowen med cruise book from 1987 I would be willing to part with it for archival purposes ..


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2000
From: Bruce Casey
Rank: STG2
Reported: 1978
Departed: 1982

Served onboard the "Goin' Bowen". Would like to hear from old shipmates. Anyone have a Bowen patch they would like to get rid of thanks.


Subject: U.S.S Bowen (DE 1079)
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000
From: Douglas Rahn

I was on the commissioning crew on May 1971 thru Dec 1972. My rank was BTFN.

We made one Caribbean cruise and a Med cruise, lost a Helo on that one. We also spent a lot of time in the ship yards. Broke down with a stern tube problem in the Caribbean. Had to be towed in at about 3 knots. Other than that I had a great time. Would like to hear from some of the old Fireroom Gang. Douglas C Rahn (DCRAHN@aol.com)


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2000
From: Chester Edwards
Rank: STG1
Reported: January, 1977
Departed: June, 1980

Hey, Shipmates!

What a cool sight and idea. I really enjoyed my time with Boo Daulton, Tom Baker, Tim Criner, Andy Allen, Dennis Ruff and a M*A*S*H-like cast of many more.

Please feel free to e-mail me


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000
From: Mark Hatlestad
Rank: E-2
Reported: 1978
Departed: 1978
E-Mail: hatty@pcpartner.net

I was on the Helo crew which went to Roosevelt Roads and San Juan for a couple months. Also Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Anyone remember the Bowen Arrow? The name of our Chopper? (old double-nuts) Our slogan was "We fly our nuts off!." Had a blast. Would like to hear from anyone.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000
From: Mike Lindsey
Rank: E-5
Reported: Oct, 1978
Departed: Oct, 1982

I made 2 Meds and went to Cuba twice and all the fun stuff in-between. I would like to hear from some of the old crew.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999
From: Joseph Capozzi
Rank: FC3/E-4
Reported: 23 April 1991
Departed: 03 June 1994

I had a lot of good times on Bowen. I served under three Captains and Four XO's. I was also a member of the decommissioning crew. Please check the date listed above. The Bowen was transfered to the Turkish Navy on 03 June 1994.

If anyone would like to contact me, please e-mail me.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999
From: Joe Lunde
Rank: TM3
Reported: 1981
Departed: 1985
Website: www.scubajoes.com

Hi all,

I served with a few of you here feel free to e-mail me if you like. I reported aboard in Nov. of 81 in Charleston S.C. and Departed from Rome, Itlay in June 85. I did 3 Med cruises, 1 north Atlantic, and numerous Caribbean trips. I have 2 med cruise books (82) & (83). If anyone needs scans let me know. I'll make time to scan and e-mail them to you.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999
From: Joel Utsinger
Rank: QM2/ E-5
Reported: 1 JAN 92
Departed: 27 AUG 93
Website

I was aboard her for only a brief time. I loved to get underway with her. I remember when they brought aboard the first females. They changed the designation to FFT (fast frigite trainer). They turned the ship over to the Reserves. In late October of 1992, we went to a new home port that was, at that time, recently built. It was stapleton pier in Staton Island, New York. After that, the ship never was the same. Most of our cruises were limited to weekends and 1 or 2 two week cruises. The reservists would come aboard and we would train them. I have a couple of pictures here and there of the ship in drydock and underway. I also have a 5x7 picture of the ship that they present with awards.

If you have any specific questions about the ship during the time period that I was on, please let me know. Also, do you think that you could get me a list of people that have contacted you about this matter as well. I would love to talk to them.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999
From: Steven Schell
Rank: IC2
Reported: June 1978
Departed: January 1979

I remember the ole girl, she was a cool ship. We did a Unitas Cruise to South America, what a trip. Lots of interesting things happend on that one, like getting caught in the "straights of Magellen" by the Argentine Air Force, Sailing with the "General Belgrano" later sunk by the British during the Falklands War. Got lots of stories, pictures, and great memories.


Photo by: Bob Spencer Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999
From: Bob Spencer
Rank: E-5
Reported: 1979
Departed: 1982

I was an Operations Specialist and served on the Bowen Feb 79 through Aug 82. If anyone wishes to contact me please do. I often wonder how my fellow shipmates are doing.

Best of luck to all.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999
From: Mike Lindsey
Rank: OS2
Reported: 1978
Departed: 1982

I too remember when the bolier went up I was on third base of the ships softball game. It seems like yesterday lets talk about the good old days.


Subject: USS Bowen FF-1079
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999
From: Todd Word
EM3
Reported: 1991
Departed: 1993
Toddword@dallas.net

I am looking for people on the Bowen from 91-93 I was an EM for 3 years on the Bowen and am looking for pics and friends please email if you know me or have pics thanks to all the shipmates


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Tue, 5 Oct 1999
From: JACK KARG

LOOKING FOR USS BOWEN PERSONAL.

I WAS ON THE BOWEN FROM 1978-1981. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE WHO IS STILL AROUND. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO E-MAIL ME AT RATBASS1@AOL.COM.

QM2 JACK KARG


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999
From: Bruce Casey
Rank: STG2
Reported: 1978
Departed: 1982

Served onboard with Tim Dennis and James Bell. Lived thru the Yard period in NYC Made the 79 Med cruise and half of the 1982.

Looking to hear from other shipmates.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999
From: Brian McGovern
Organization: Embry-Riddle University
Rank: BT3
Reported: 1993
Departed: 1994

Served with Machinist Mates aboard the Bowen soon after it returned from liberty in Halifax Nova Scotia.

Served under a great captain, Commander Anthony Abruzzi. Had good times with Jones and Redmond while seeing a little of the world.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999
From: Robert Bogart
Rank: EM3
Reported: 1988
Departed: 1989

If anyone can find it, there was a picture taken from a F-14 Tomcat following the 1987-88 overhaul in Norfolk. I would like to get a copy.

Also I look forward to hearing from all my old shipmates.


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999
From: Scott Nixon
Rank: E-4 (BM3 )
Reported: 1988
Departed: 1991

I was on board at the time of OS3 Rea. I do remember the "Le-Ops" in Panama. If anyone of you guys out there were on board at the same time I was E- mail me.

....I think think this is a cool sight.

Later ... haze gray and under way baby!!!!


Subject: FF 1079 Date: Sun, 4 Jul 1999
From: Gary Mahone
Organization: Microsoft Corporation

To Whom It may concern,

Looking to get in touch with an old friend of mine. He was stationed aboard USS Bowen FF 1079 around 1987 to 1988.

His Name is Thomas Hawkins.


Subject: USS BOWEN FF 1079
Date: Tue, 18 May 1999
From: TERRY W REA

TERRY W REA, FORMER OS3 USS BOWEN FF 1079 FROM 1989-91.

ONBOARD FOR THE OCT 89 APR 90 MED CRUISE, DRUG OPS IN CARIBBEAN (SEIZED 5,600 POUNDS OF COCAINE MAY 23 1991). JULY 1 1991 RESCUED 13 DOMINICANS ADRIFT FOR NINE DAYS.

WE WERE ALWAYS BUSY ON THE "GOIN BOWEN."

WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANY CREWMEMBERS. NOW LIVE IN JAMESTOWN, NY.


Subject: USS BOWEN
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999
From: Timothy Dennis

Hello Mark,

This was my first ship when I came in the Navy I was a STG3 and made STG2 on board the Bowen. My name is Timiothy W. Dennis served on board from 1980 to 1983.

Tim


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999
From: Kerry Seghers

Mark,

Found your sight for USS Bowen. I was stationed aboard her about the same time James Bell was (great guy by the way). I served under captain William Estell (Jan, 1980 - Jan, 83) and CDR Arthur Drennan.

In reference to your photo...when I last her the surface to air launcher on the fantail had been replaced by a phallanx system and the area on the 01 deck between the stack and the hanger had been filled in with Jr. officer berthing. During my time aboard we deployed on two Med cruises, one North Atlantic cruise and two memorable visits to Guantanamo Bay Cuba (we came home early from one because a boiler exploded).

The ship's crew was awarded expeditionary medals for our involvement in Beruit. I have the cruise books for the '82 & '83 Med cruises if your interested. Somewhere I also have a copy of the Chicago Tribune that ran a story about us being the first ship to fire on Beruit. Unfortunately I don't have a scanner or I would send you the above mentioned items. If you are interested in using them let me know and I'll make arrangements to let you borrow them.

Kerry Seghers


Subject: USS Bowen (FF-1079)
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 1998
From: James Bell

Mark,

Noticed you didn't have a picture of the Bowen. I'm attaching an air shot taken in 1980 in New York City, statue of liberty and all (the ship just when through a major overhaul). It might make a nice shot if you decide to do a Bowen link. BTW I was on board for four years, and I'm somewhere on the fantail in this picture.

Great web page.

James Bell


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