Welcome Aboard

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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.

The Isbell spent almost her entire life in the Pacific fleet. She missed action in World War II but served in Korea and Vietnam. After her transfer to the Greek Navy in the early 1970s she continued to serve into the 1990s.

“Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile… can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction, ‘I served in the United States Navy.'”

President John F. Kennedy
August 1, 1963
United States Naval Academy

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5 Responses to “Welcome Aboard”

  1. John (Giovanni) Viola Says:

    Soon to be released is my autobiography of my two and a half on tin cans including two years on the A.J. Isbell as the Hospital Corpsman. Nineteen months combat. Funny, sad, historic and heartbreaking. The title is,” The Second Truth.” by John Viola

  2. John Viola Says:

    My book ” THE SECOND TRUTH,” about my two years on the A.J. Isbell , during the Korean War, is at the publishers and will soon be available on Amazon, Xlibris and many other book stores. There will be a book review in the New Your Times. John Viola

  3. Giovanni ( John) Viola Says:

    My book , The Second Truth, is available now on Amazon as one of the best books for 2015 and it is on sale . I hope you try it, I’m sure everyone will like it……………………………………

  4. Donald Boelling Says:

    Nice framed pic of the ISBELL on ebay.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/161907378157?

  5. Giovanni (John) Viola Says:

    My book about my time on the A.J. during the Korean War, The Second Truth, is now available in Paper back, Hard cover and E-Book anywhere books are sold.

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