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A "plank owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. In earlier years, this applied to a first commissioning; since then, it has often been applied to one who was part of a recommissioning crew as well. "Plank owner" is not an official Navy term, and has consequently been variously defined by different Navy units.

Plank-owner certificates are procured by and issued to crew members of the ship being commissioned; they are not officially issued by the Navy. Some ships' crews design their own, while others purchase them from commercial sources. Perhaps the best-known of these are the ones sold by the United States Naval Institute. These color certificates can be obtained as blanks; if the purchaser wishes to provide the necessary information, they can be filled in for an additional charge. As a plankowner, am I entitled to a piece of the ship when it is decommissioned?In the case of ships with wooden decks, if the veteran has a plank owner certificate or statement of service showing that he was on the ship when it was commissioned, the veteran can write to the Naval Historical Center's Curator Branch, and request a piece of deck planking. If the veteran meets the above criteria and the Curator Branch has possession of deck planking, the plank owner or his widow can receive a small section of the deck. For more recent ships with metallic decks, the Navy is regretfully unable to issue deck sections. The address for the Curator is:

Naval Historical Center
Curator Branch 805 Kidder-Breese St.
Washington Navy Yard
Washington, D.C. 20374-5060

 
HONORED USS TORTUGA LSD-26 PLANK OWNER'S
 

ARTHUR, Albert L. "S1/c"(1945-46) Deceased

BERGSTROM, Merrill S. "QM3/c" (1945)

BOYD, George C. "HC" (1945-46)

BROWN, Raymond G. "LCDR" (CO) (1945-46)Deceased

CHASE, David J. "LT (XO-Navigator)"Deceased

CONNELL, Robert H. "RM1/c"(1945)

CRIMMINS, Daniel T. "WT3/c"(1945-46)

DIVINNEY, Edward W. "SN"(1945-47)

EARL, William G. "Coxswain, 2nd Division" ( 8 June 1945-13 June 1946 )

EGAN, Jim "S1/c" (1945)

FLYNN, Harry "S1/c" (1945-46)

EMANN, Walter V. (1945-46)Deceased

FUGETT, Edward (1945)

FULLER Stanley W. "SK1/c" (1945-47) Deceased

GIESKE, George L. "EM3" (1945-46)

GIORDANO, Frank "RM2/c" (1945)Deceased

GOSCHE, William R. "LTJG" (1st Lieutenant) (1945)

GOZDZIALSKI, John I. "MOM2/c" (1945-46) HUBBARD, Guy H. "EM3/c" (1945-46)

INNES, Allan H. "MM/3" (5/45-8/46)

KAZAN, Alfred (Kazukiewicz) Ski "SC1/c" (1945-46)

LOPEZ, Albert. "SN/1st" (Sbd. Crane operator) (1945-)

McNIGHT, Lee "CQM"(45-46) Deceased

MEYER, Theodore (Ted) "Coxswain" (44-46)

MILLER, George (1945-46)

MILLER, Walter R. "MOM1/c"(1945-46)

MITCHELL, James C. "S1/c" (45-46)

MOHN, Harold E. "S1/c" (1945-46)

NEWSOME, George P. "RMSN" (1945-46)

NOLL, Earnest K. (1945-46)

RASSMUSSEN, Elsworth W. "BM3/c" (1945)

ROLFE, Kenneth R. "RM" (1945-46) Deceased

SANTOS, Rodolfo A. (Rudy) (1944)

SCHOBER, Robert H. "FN1/c"(1945-46) Deceased

SEKEL, William A. "SF2/c" (1945-46)

STANALAND, Robert E. "F1/c"(1945-46)

STEVENS, Wayne "RD3"(1945-46)

VOSS, Albert "CS2/c" (1945-47) WENDTE, Morris L. "MM3/c" (1945-50)

WILLIAMS, Charles "GMM2/c" (1945-46) Deceased

WIRT, Glen M.*LT (Gunnery Officer)*(1945) Deceased

HONORED USS TORTUGA LSD-46 PLANK OWNER'S

Some information is pending...

BROWDER, DONALD W. *EN3 A-DIV* 1990-1993

BRUCE, WILLIAM R. *DC5*

BRYAN, MARK A *NO RATE* 1990

DELONG , DAVID A. *BMSN* 6/1991-6/93

EDGERTON, KENNETH K. *YN1 AW/YN2* 1989-92

ESTES, EDWARD KEITH. *DC/3* Aug. 88-March 92

HARDY, DUANE E. *PN3* 12/88-7/92

HARDY, JAMES T. *DK3* 12/88-7/92 *These two (twin brothers) were the first brothers to serve on the USS Tortuga.

LUNSFORD, TONY L *BM3* 1988-1992

MASSEY, STEVE *BM2* 1988-1992

MCCORN, DAVID JR. *RD3* 7/89-3/93

PALMER, CARL W. *ENC* 7/89-12/91

RENNER, JEFFREY L. *DCFN* 1988-92

ROMERO, JESUS D. *QM2* 1989-92

SHREVE, WALTER *GMG1*

On behalf of all Tortuga Sailors, we would like to express our appreciation
to all plank owners for their loyal service in the Navy.


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