From a Shipmate
USS Norfolk MysterY #2
Submitted by Bob Godas and Bill Svendsen, MM3
A 50-Year Old Mystery
Where is J.R. Mills MM3, Serial # 350-11-XX who served on the USS
Norfolk in the late 50’s or 1960?
This past Christmas, my brother Lyn told me an amazing story and
gave me a USS Norfolk patch.
My brother is a real saver of his Navy gear and artifacts from
his Navy days on the aircraft carrier USS
Hornet (1956-1960). This
fall he was going through his seabag and was looking for his 3rd
class MM emblem on a white jumper. Remember, shipmates, when we
gave our dress whites to the laundry trucks dockside when we were
in port. They would wash, turn inside out and starch them real
good. Lyn took one of his 50-year old dress whites and found it
had the USS Norfolk name patch sewn on the shoulder and the name
and serial number stenciled for J. R. Mills.
The Norfolk went on a temporary deployment to the Pacific coast
and left from Norfolk, VA about the 17th of May, 1959 with a return
about 21 August, 1959. The commanding officer was J. W. Koenig.
The USS Hornet was on a Wes-Pac cruise in 1959 and returned in
late 1959 to Long Beach, CA. I know the USS
Norfolk spent some
time at Long Beach during our stay on the west coast.
My brother and I never saw each other because the USS
back to the East coast before the return of the USS
The question remains, how did J.R. Mills white jumper with the
USS Norfolk name patch get into my brothers seabag?
If you know the answer, please contact the ship
the USS Norfolk.