USS TORTUGA LSD-26/46 ASSOCIATION HISTORY
(Founder, Tom Evans)
"A VERY YOUNG TOM EVANS"
FIRST TO CARRY THE PROUD NAME
USS TORTUGA LSD-26
Ship’s Motto, “You Call, We Haul”
"USS TORTUGA LSD-46
THE NAME & THE PRIDE LIVES ON"
Ship’s Motto, “Tough, Tall and Tenacious”
U.S.S. TORTUGA CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
ARTICLE III Purpose:
The purpose of the association shall be to promote the fellowship of our Shipmates.
To remember all who served in U.S.S. TORTUGA (LSD 26) and those who have served or are serving in U.S.S. TORTUGA (LSD 46) in whom “The Turtles” developed stout and brave hearts.
To remember the oceans and seas we and our shipmates have sailed and fought in them, and the many ports visited both foreign and domestic, always returning home victorious.
To never forget those who have given their lives in defending our country.
To further the understanding by America of the vital role played in defense of liberty by the LSD’s, both past and present, of our Amphibious Navy.
The following History is for all former crew members who served on the USS Tortuga
LSD-26/46 & also for all crew members currently serving on the LSD-46.
Several years ago Tom Evans started to put together the LSD-26/46 Association and his intent was to create something for former crew members of the "26" to share their memories of those days in comradeship and friendship.
The LSD-26/46 Association is composed of many of your old shipmates and It was formed Sept. 21, 1990 by Tom Evans at the first business meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, and at that time 32 USS Tortuga LSD-26 shipmates were located.
THE FOLLOWING SHIPMATES ATTENDED THE FIRST REUNION
(Not in any order)
Tom Evans (Founder) Dave Waldron Albert Arthur Craig Paslay Daniel Crimmins David Przybyl Duane Panter Eddie Montes Grant Sherman Jack Follis Jack Kannady James Mitchell Jerry Weaver Jim Ashby Joe Walla Lannie Horr Marvin Miller
Myron Komraus Nelson Walton Paul Thompson Robert Connel Robert Ogan Robert Schober Roger Harbison Roger Mock Stanley Kaszuba Terrance Johnson Travis Laird William Jackson William Vandry Dale Toups 32-Ivan BorahWe now have over 400 shipmates on our roster. If you would like to know more about the Association and it's activities you are cordially invited to contact the Association Membership Chairman, Jack Hammond for more information.
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