Duane Baumgartner ENCS USS VANCE DER 387   1967-69 photos
and Memorial Tribute to Miyo K Baumgartner.

If you can help with names please contact
Give the picture number and names from left to right.

Write to Duane he wants to hear from you.
He now lives at the Oregon Vetrans Home in Lebanon, OR.
Many photo's can be Right clicked and Viewed as larger images.

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Grandson Duane & family visited me today in Lebanon at OVHL and even brought the Great Grandkids!
We met in the Cafeteria (Canteen) for lunch and then I showed them around the Facility and my "Charley" Room, C-109.
They were all impressed!


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Duane in June 2015


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Oregon Vetrans Home in Lebanon, OR.


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Duane's page on tiegertime.com is now on Vance's server. The last updates on the orginal site were in 2012.
I did not want to take the chance they would be lost.
http://tiegertime.com/DE1035/crew/Baumgartner/Duane_Baumgartner.htm

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This is what my older brother, James was in WW2. It was later changed to Engineman (EN) in 1950 ~

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Duane April 2015, at Hearthstone Nursing home in Medford, OR. IMG_0021duane_nurse.png
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What could be better than this? Other than being home with the wife.

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What can you say! Once a sailor always a sailor.

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Duane and Frank Tucker on board

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Duane as the Association's MAA

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Duane, Eleanor, Dee, James, April 1966, Ohio

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Oahu, Hawaii, 1969

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Watchdog of the Pacific, wall mold.

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Watchdog of the Pacific, wall mold.

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Provided by Duane S Baumgartner and Earl Rowe
M-division in Keelung, Taiwan, April 14, 1969
Left to right in all rows.

Front row:
1. Calvin H. Taylor EN1,
2. Marty Heavey LTJG, Main Propulsion Assistant (MPA)
3. Duane S. Baumgartner ENC
Middle row:
4. Charles Bonell EN2 (Seattle, WA)
5. Gary L. Guttner ENFN
6. Bernard Kucera ENFN (Waco, TX)
7. Russell A. Beckman EN3 (Midland, MI)
8. Earl Rowe EN2 (Sallisaw, ;OK)
9. Margarito Cortez (San Antonio, TX?)
10. Darrell J. Ohlinger EN2 (Iowa ?)
11. Giant (?)
12. Arnie D. Downs EN3
Back row
13.Robert H. McLaughlin EN1, Fat Mac
14. Everett H. Maynard EN1
15. Berger (New Orleans, LA-no signature)
16. Tom Hess, FN (Bremerton, WA)
17. Joe Herrera EN3 (Las Cruces, NM)
18. Kenny Denny EN2 (Cleveland, OH)
19. Merel Rowe EN2 (Sallisaw, OK)
20. Robert L. Shaffer ENFN
21.Roderick Mackenzie,

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CWO Bill Wade

From: Duane Baumgartner
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 9:46 AM
Subject: Fw: Re: USS Vance Reunion......

Joe:
This message is from a Shipmate friend of mine, BILL WADE CWO4 USN-RET, He is in Florida now. We were both stationed on the USS Durant (DER-389). It includes a bit of VANCE History Trivia that I thought you might like to read.........
Duane

Duane...
Have a good time in Albany! I did some recruiting duty there back lots of years ago...and I grew up about 4 hours west of there (between Syracuse and Rochester). In fact I was stationed in Syracuse for about 2 1/2 years in the 60s too. The "state building" is pretty impressive if I remember correctly. That's the house that "Rocky" (Rockefeller) built. The weather is probably about what you are used to out by the "left coast."

I drove down by the old mothball fleet area in Green Cove Springs the other day. I go past it several times a week on the way over to my son's and back. The Vance was there before she was hauled out and refitted as a DER. I stopped at the VFW last week and got most of the "dope" on the mothball fleet from one of the old-timers that I sat and had a beer with. He told me that the crew lived across the road that cuts through the property and that it bears little to no similarity to what it was back in the 40s.

Enjoy Albany and the Vance reunion!
Bill

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Green Cove Navy Base, Florida
Return to Vance History DE387

To: Duane Baumgartner
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2002 14:12:06 -0400
Subject: Green Cove Springs History

Duane, this has some information and a photo of the docking facilities at Green Cove Springs...from which the USS VANCE was reborn. My eyes are not sufficiently trained to pick out the Vance in the photo which is provided; however, I will continue to search...just in case.

viva-la reunion!
Bill

http://www.greencovesprings.com/history.htm

Green Cove Springs History
High ground along the river and a flowing mineral spring drew the first inhabitants to this area some 7000 years ago, but historic development dates from 1816 when George I. F. Clarke erected a sawmill in this vicinity under a Spanish Land Grant. The first settlement, called White Sulfur Springs, was established in 1854, with a wharf, a store, and several houses clustered around a Public Square. During the Civil War, Federal Troops frequently skirmished with Confederate Forces in the vicinity, and finally occupied the town in 1864.

Renamed in 1866, Green Cove Springs became the seat of Clay County Government in 1871. Tourism flourished, surpassing citrus culture and lumbering as the areas economic base. River steamers brought visitors to the "Saratoga of the South", noted for the healthful qualities of its famous Spring and for hotels and boarding houses said to rival the finest to be found in northern resorts. By the 1890s, the population reached more than 1500. But an expanding railroad system carried tourists southward and a great freeze in 1895 destroyed the surrounding citrus groves.

The Cities tourist industry declined sharply. The advent of the automobile age and the creation of state highway system provided the basis for economic recovery in the 1920s, when the City shared in the general prosperity of the Florida Land Boom. But the collapse of the Boom and the Depression of the 1930s marked the end of the early development of the City. Between 1940 and 1945 the City experienced renewed development. The population increased from 1752 to 3026 as a result of the war-time construction of Benjamin Lee Field, a 1500 acre air-auxiliary complex, by the U.S. Navy.

With the end of World War II, thirteen piers were constructed by the Navy and the Green Cove Base became home port to a moth-ball fleet of some 600 ships. With its share of returning War Veterans, the communities population grew through the 1950s to a total of 4233 in 1960. In 1961, the Navy decommissioned its base and the reserve fleet was transferred to another facility. In 1984, the City annexed the former Naval Base into its corporate limits, tying this part of its heritage to its future growth and development.

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Recieved From Duane Baumgartner ENCS,
the Decommissioning Program of the USS VANCE.

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USS VANCE DER-387
WATCHDOG OF THE PACIFIC
USS VANCE DER-387
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of
United States Ship
VANCE (DER 387)
CRUISERS* DESTROYERS* PACIFIC* VIGILANCE
San Francisco Bay Naval Shipyard
Vallejo, California
10 October 1969
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LIEUTENANT WILLIAM J. FULTON, USN

Lieutenant William J. FULTON was born in Derby, Connecticut in October, 1940. He spent his boyhood in Ansonia, Connecticut and graduated from Ansonia High School in 1958. He attended the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned upon his graduation on 6 June 1962. He was assigned to duty aboard USS JAMES E. KYES (DD-787). While aboard KYES he served as Gunnery Assistant and ASW Officer before relieving as Weapons Officer. Upon completion of his tour aboard KYES In July 1966, Lieutenant FULTON was ordered to the NROTC Unit At Tuffs University to teach Navigation and Naval Weapons. In June 1968 he left Tuffs for duty aboard USS VANCE (DER-387) as Executive Officer. He served as Executive Officer for a year before assuming command of VANCE on 3 July 1969. He is presently in receipt of orders to the staff of Commander Services Force Pacific at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Lieutenant FULTON is married to the former Joan Lucille Edson of Shelton, Connecticut. They have two children, a son, Scott Donald born in October 1966, and daughter, Donnie Joan, born in January 1969. The Fulton's presently reside at Ewa, Beach, Hawaii.

VanceDecomm-496.jpg SHIP'S OFFICERS

COMMANDING OFFICER
LIEUTENANT W. J. FULTON, USN

EXECUTIVE OFFICER
LIEUTENANT P. K. JOHNSON, USN

LT M. M. KRESS, USN
ENGINEERING OFFICER

LTJG M. R. NORDWALL, USNR
SUPPLY OFFICER

LTJG M. R. HEAVEY, JR., USNR
MAIN PROPULSION OFFICER

LTJG G. G. FARSTVEDT, USNR
WEAPONS OFFICER

ENS T. E. WOEHLKE, USNR
OPERATIONS OFFICER

CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS

SENIOR CHIEF ENGINEMAN
D. S. BAUMGARTNER

CHIEF BOATSWAIN MATE
G. R. RUBINO

CHIEF ENGINEMAN
A. R. MARKS


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SHIP'S CREW
TN C. F. ANCHETA
IC3 R. W. ANDERSON
RD3 J. A. APLIN
STG2 E. G. AULT
SA J. R. ASHER
FN I. G. BALAI
ETR2 G. A. BAMMAN
SN D. W. BANDYCH
TN T. O. BANUT
TN R. A. BAQUIR
ENCS D. S. BAUMGARTNER
TA P. P. BAY
DC1 K. BEBEE
EN3 R. A. BECKMAN
EN3 R. C. BERGER
MR1 J. E. BERRY
EN3 G. A. BITNER
YN2 J. W. BLUE
EN2 C. W. BONELL
RM3 R. J. BREAUX
STG3 S. P. BRUCCOLERI
ETR2 R. L. BUIE
SM3 R. S. BUTKUS
RD3 E. CALABRO
FN G. K. CAMPBELL
SN R. J. CASTANEDA
SK3 E. J. CEBULAR
SA L. P. CHILLIS
EN3 E. E. COBB
SA M. L COOPER
EM3 T. H. CORRIE
EN3 M. CORTEZ
ST1 C. C. COUCH
IC3 J. H. CREMEEN
EN2 K. E. DENNE
SN G. F. DUMAS
FN T. M. ELY
RM2 D. N. EWING
SA J. GARCIA
BM3 R. D. GLYNN
IC2 B. K. W. GOO
ETN2 G. R. GUSTAFSON
EN3 G. L. GUTTNER
SN D. A. HAARSAGER
QM2 D. L. HANSON
IC2 J. D. HEIKENFELD
EN3 J. L. HERRERA
SN I. HILLIARD
PN2 P. W. HUKKI
SA W. B. HUSKEY
FN K. KAHIKINA
FTG2 I. KAPLAN
EN2 G. L KARLE
SN H. Y. KATAYAMA
GMG3 C. R. KELLOGG
BM3 T. J. KEMPER
SN L J. KEREKGYARTO
BT2 H. L KOONCE
RD3 J. E. KOUTNIK
EN3 B. H. KUCERA
GMG2 R. V. LIGHT
SA L. LUJAN
EM2 C. T. MACALLISTER
EN3 R. H. MACKENZIE
ENC A. R. MARKS
GMG3 W. D. MAXWELL
SA R. E. McKINLEY
SN F. J. McPARTLAND
EN1 R. H. McLAUGHLIN
SN J. R. McCONNELL
RD3 W. M. MEREDITH
SN W. N. MONGEAU
BM2 T. W. MORRISON
SA D. R. NOBLE
SHL3 A. G. OBREGON
SA M. V. OKEEFE
FN J. L. OLSON
SFM2 T. J. PATTERSON
SA G. L. PERSONS
FTG3 T. L PETERS
TN A. N. PIMETNEL
SFM3 A. F. PIONTEK
FN G. A. PIQUE
SN P. E. PLUMMER
EM2 L. T. RICHARDS
EN3 T. J. RICHARDSON
EN2 M. G.ROWE
BMC G. R. RUBINO
STG2 D. R. RUNION
QM3 C M. SANDELL
SH1 D. Q. SCARBRO
SA W. H. SCHARNHORST
FN R. L. SHAFFER
AN S. S. SMITH
RD2 J. R. SOFFE
SN R. C. STEELE
EM3 R. D. SULLIVAN
EN1 C. TAYLOR
SM2 P. L. THORNBURG
SK2 C. E. TOWNS
SN A. T. TREPANIER
SN T. C. TYNDALL
QM3 F. T. WALTERS
IC3 G. K. WARREN
SN R. O. WASSON
SN G. R. WILLIAMS
PC3 R. WYZYKOWSKI
TM3 A. W. SCHULTZ
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SHIP'S HISTORY

During the early years of World War II, destroyers were our primary weapon for convoy escort work and for Anti-Submarine Warfare. but destroyers were costly and their production period was long. To combat the German menace, inexpensive ships of relatively simple construction were needed immediately and out of this concept the destroyer escort or "DE" was born. These ships were diesel-powered, highly maneuverable and completely equipped for anti-submarine warfare. They became a major factor in the winning of the battle of the Atlantic and ultimately in the winning of the war itself.

VANCE, as one of these units, was built by the Brown Shipbuilding Company in Houston, Texas and commissioned in November 1943. During the next two years she served on nearly continuous escort duty in the Atlantic. Highlights of this duty included her participation in the sinking of a German submarine off Oran, Algeria in 1944 and the capture of a submarine with her crew off the Azores in 1945.

Shortly after the war ended VANCE, along with many other heroic ships, was decommissioned. She was placed in "mothballs" in Green Cove, Florida. (### During the Korean War, Vance was loaned to the Coast Guard and was recommissioned as USCGC VANCE WDE487. She was decommissioned in San Diego following this period, 1952-1954.)

By 1956, however, the aspects of national defense were Changed. In particular the speed of aircraft had already tripled since World War II and the early detection of air attacks had thus become increasing critical. To meet this need radar picket stations and ships were required and the destroyer escorts were found to be ideal in supporting the Navy this responsibility. They possessed tremendous endurance and were admirably suited as a mobile platform for newly designed long range radar and communication equipment.

Called back into active duty for this purpose. VANCE was fitted out with extensive electronics installations and redesignated as a radar picket ship. For the next two years she was homeported in Seattle. Washington operating on patrols as part of the Distant Early Warning line helping to maintain the radar barrier that blankets the western coast of the United States. In 1958, her homeport was changed to Pearl Harbor with her patrol area extended northward to the Aleutian Islands.

In 1961 VANCE was fortunate to be selected to participate under Commander Naval Support Forces, Antarctica in Operation Deep Freeze 1961-62.

April 1965 VANCE commenced duty with Market Time Operations. Vietnam and assumed additional duties with the Taiwan Defense force in June 1967.

VANCE continued these duties until May 1969 when she became the last DER to participate in Market Time Operations.

She returned to her homeport of Pearl Harbor in May and before the end of June, VANCE had orders to sail to Vallejo to be decommissioned and placed in "mothballs", once more.

VANCE was decommissioned on 10 October 1969 at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Vallejo, California.

VANCE takes her name from Lieutenant Junior Grade, Joseph Williams VANCE. Jr., USNR. LTJG VANCE, while serving on liaison duty with the British Navy, was killed at his battle station and went down with HMAS CANBERRA off Savo Island during the battle of the Coral Sea. His wife (### His Mother) sponsored the ship at its launching

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Frank Tucker RMC, Duane Baumgartner ENCS

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Duane receiving the Navy Commendation Medal from Captain W. Buckley,
C.O. of U.S. Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, San Diego,
during a Personnel Inspection.... in 1970

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A Memorial Tribute to Miyo K Baumgartner 1930 to 2001

 
Miyo was born on 10 November, 1930 in Kogisu, Japan. She was the eldest daughter of Tomoe and Tane Kawamata. She attended public schools in Kogisu and advanced dressmaker school in Utsunomiya. She is survived by her mother, Tane, and her siblings: Chugi, Tsuya, Fumino, Kiyoshi, Shoji and Yukio. Her brother, Masashi, proceeded her in death. Miyo met Duane S Baumgartner on 13 March, 1953. From that day forward, Duane knew that Miyo was his Soul Mate. They were married on 2 November, 1955 at the American Embassy in Yokohama, Japan. In 1957, they came to the United States, where they bought their first home in El Monte, California. Duane and Miyo had four children: Johnny, Donna, Linda and Erika. For twelve years the family lived in Honolulu, Hawaii. While there, Miyo learned and loved Hula Dancing and danced professionally with a group of dancers that welcomed and bid farewell to ships arriving and departing Pearl Harbor. Because Miyo was so skilled as a Hula dancer, she soon became an instructor. Her Hawaiian dance name was Leolani. In 1971, after the birth of their youngest child, Erika, the family moved to Chula Vista, California. They soon sold their Chula Vista home and moved to Gold Hill, Oregon, where they built a new home. In the thirty years since then, the family has scattered throughout Oregon. Duane and Miyo have nine grandchildren: Duane, Jennifer, Jeremiah, Nicole, Keisha, Chelsea, Josiah, Alexia, and Brandon. In 1997, Duane and Miyo moved to the Portland area so that Miyo could be closer to her medical treatment. They bought a home in Lafayette, Oregon

A THOUGHT FROM THOSE WHO LOVED HER ........

It does not seem appropriate to compile the enormous gratitude, love and respect we feel for such a beautiful person into a few short paragraphs, however, it is our hope that Miyo knew how important she was to us. Miyo was such a determined person in all aspects of her life. Her husband and children reaped the benefits of her skills and expertise in raising a family. She would sew them beautiful clothing and prepare wonderful meals. Her unselfish, loving kindness did not end with her immediate family. She was also a very supportive grandmother and a dear friend to many. Miyo made every person she came in contact with feel very special. Any who came to visit, were not allowed to leave empty handed. One would never have to worry about being thirsty or hungry, because Miyo was sure to provide, at the very least, a drink or snack for any who came to visit. Miyo was the ultimate hostess. With all of the obstacles that Miyo had to endure, she never gave up hope that she could overcome them. She has such a strong desire to live and would have continued fighting had her body allowed it. Thankfully, though, she is resting in peace and how exciting it will be to welcome her back with open arms. Until then, we will all miss her dearly.............................

 
 
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