June 3, 2014
This site is dedicated to all former Isbell officers, crew, and other interested destroyer and navy buffs. It’s important to keep alive the memory of these old tin cans and the good and bad times we all had while aboard.
Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) was laid down on 14 March 1945 at Staten Island N.Y., by the Bethlehem Steel Co. and launched on 6 August 1945, the day the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Read the rest of this entry »
February 9, 2015
Larry Ovian (BT2) shared these photos from the 1971-72 Westpac cruise.
February 8, 2015
Isbell veteran Steve Johnson provided access to these deck logs from the 1971-72 Westpac cruise. Steve is submitting these logs to the US Congress for inclusion in the agent orange list which will allow those on the last cruise to file for VA disability.
Deck logs 10/21/71 through 12/26/71 (PDF format)
Deck logs 1/16/72 through 2/16/72 (PDF format)
March 27, 2014
The crew of the USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) will gather for their 12th reunion to renew old friendship, make new ones and spin sea stories, this time in St. Louis, Missouri.
Friday, September 26 – Monday, September 29
St. Louis, Missouri
We will explore the St. Louis area highlights via three tours:
Saint Louis Arch and Cahokia Mounds
Grant’s Farm and Brewery
Lewis and Clark and Lock & Dam
Download these documents for registration and tour information:
2014 Reunion Announcement (PDF)
2014 Reunion Registration (PDF)
2014 Reunion Tour Schedule (PDF) (coming soon)
Thanks again to Barry Dahlberg for another great organizational job.
June 26, 2013
Captain Arnold J. Isbell was assigned command of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown near the end of World War II. It was while enroute to that assignment aboard USS Franklin that he lost his life when the Franklin came under attack near Okinawa. Captain Isbell’s name is etched in the Honolulu Memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as one of those missing in action, or lost or buried at sea in the Pacific. Below is Captain Isbell’s name and the serene setting of his permanent memorial.
June 25, 2013
Wayne Tripp (RMSN/RM3) recently ran across these photos of some of the officers aboard Isbell on the 1971-72 Westpac cruise. Click here to see all of Wayne’s Westpac photos.