Welcome Aboard

June 3, 2014

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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 »

2016 Reunion

May 5, 2016

The crew of the USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) will gather for their 14th reunion in San Diego, California.

Sunday, September 18 – Wednesday, September 21
San Diego, California

Tours include:

Point Loma and harbor tour
US Naval Base and US Navy ship
San Diego Zoo

Download these documents for registration and tour information:

2016 Reunion Program (PDF)
2016 Reunion Registration (PDF)
2016 Reunion Tour Schedule (PDF)

Thanks again to Barry Dahlberg for another great organizational job.

2015 Reunion Report

May 5, 2016

By Ken & Sue Stafford

Day 1, Friday September 11
The ships salty and seasoned crew and their wives were all eager to start the first day of the tours by having breakfast before leaving the hotel. Everyone mustered outside in the hotel parking lot and we all then boarded the tour bus. Those of us who had not visited Philadelphia, home of American Bandstand, the City of Brotherly Love and the city where Rocky in the movie had run up those now famous steps. We were all in awe of all the tremendous historical sites we were going to see such as Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing, “Avenue of the Arts” Ben Franklin Parkway and the Museum of Art. Read the rest of this entry »

1971-72 Westpac Photos – MM1 Richard Chambers

March 18, 2016

MM1 Richard Chambers sent photos of the Isbell’s 1971-72 Westpac cruise. Photos include at-sea exercises with other fleet ships, an UNREP, the Shellback initiation, and photos taken around Devonport, Tasmania.

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1971-72 Westpac Map

October 30, 2015

This slick interactive Google map shows locations of many events taken from the Isbell deck logs during the 1971-72 Westpac cruise. Click on individual markers to show details of the event. Thanks to Ted Guess (BT Div, 1970-72) who sent this in. It was created by Neal Jarnagin, Ted’s VA rep for Bremer County, IA.

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2015 Reunion

May 12, 2015

The crew of the USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) will gather for their 13th reunion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 13
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tours include:

A four hour private city tour
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Independence Seaport Museum
Battleship New Jersey

Download these documents for registration and tour information:

2015 Reunion Announcement (PDF)
2015 Reunion Registration (PDF)
2015 Reunion Tour Schedule (PDF)

Thanks again to Barry Dahlberg for another great organizational job.

1971-72 Westpac Photos – Larry Ovian

February 9, 2015

Larry Ovian (BT2) shared these photos from the 1971-72 Westpac cruise.

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Deck Logs, 1971-72 Westpac

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)