Archive for the ‘1950s’ Category

Records from the National Archives

February 3, 2015

Combat Naval Gunfire Support File (CONGA)

Records About Isbell’s Naval Gunfire Support During the Vietnam War, documenting the period 3/1966 – 1/1973. (Full, fielded search page is here.) Records are from the The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Request Your Military Service Records Online

Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, and/or Medical Records

1952-53 Cruise Book

March 31, 2010

1952-53 Cruise Book

Contributed by John Viola (HM3, 1951-54)

Press Release – In Korean Waters

February 3, 2010

A Korean-era press release featuring two sailors from Missoula, Mont.; Frank G. Lepiane, sonarman first class, and William J. Fuge, disbursing clerk seaman (click on images for larger versions).


Postal Items

January 6, 2010

Here are some postal items from the ship’s post office.

Contributed by Dan Davis

Ship’s Roster 1952

September 12, 2009

1952 ship’s roster provided by Buddy Sweatt (MM2/C 1948-52)


Fritz Thavenet Photos

September 12, 2009

Photos supplied by Fritz Thavenet. Fritz made one cruise with Capt. Porter who was still in command when Fritz left in December 1958.

“Now I know why I left the Navy after 4 years. I believe this was 3rd class pay at that time.”

Sports teams from the 1957 cruise.

Isbell in Wellington, NZ, 1956

September 12, 2009

Destroyer Division 112 in the harbor at Wellington, New Zealand in 1956. The Isbell is in the foreground and the USS Ozbourne (DD846) is at her port quarter. The USS Frank Knox (DD742) and USS Hollister (DD788) are tied up abreast at the inner pier.

The photo below is a detail of a photo covering a much larger area of the city. Click on the photo below to view the larger image.