POSTED: 10/01/09

Dear Sir;
My name is John M. (Mac) Bowers, I am a retired Master Chief Aviation Maintenenceman(AFCM).  I live in  Pace , Florida and about 20 years ago I had a friend who was a Charter member of the Milton, Florida Optimist club.  His name was Richard Talifaro, I may not have that his last name spelled correctly, I do know he was a Hospital Corpsman and was stationed on board Curtiss. I remember him telling me he had been in the Medical Service Corps and I believe he said he retired as a LCDR.  His Wife Polly was my wifes instructor in Nurses training at the Santa Rosa Comunity hospital and the Pensacola Junior College for her LPN license.  Dick and I became friends as we were in the same Optimist Club.  At the time I had a wood work shop and Dick gave me Metal Badge that bears the insription "GERM WARDEN"  he wanted me to make a wooden plaque to mount it on but unfortunately he passed away before I could make the plaque and return it to him.  Dick told me another shipmate made the badge and he was known as the Germ Warden due to the inspections he was required to perform from Sick Bay. If you know of any one else who knew Dick, perhaps the Badge could be place in the Curtiss Museum in his honor.
If you or anyone else that knew Dick reads this please let me know via E-Mail  He was a dear friend and I would enjoy knowing more about him.
Thank you
 AFCM John(Mac) Bowers, USN Ret.
POSTED: 01/12/10
Dear friends of Walter and Judy Handelman,

Some of you may not know that Walter passed away suddenly in February, just one month after New Year’s 2009. This was just 15 months after losing his wife Judy, who passed away suddenly in October 2007.

They were recognized in memoriam by many of the non-profit organizations to which they dedicated their time. Kind mentions were included in the newsletters of the Scarsdale Historical Society, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, and the National Maritime Historical Society, among others. In addition, the Westchester Band began its summer with a concert called “Tribute to Walter“ on June 25, dedicating the entire season to their lawyer/clarinetist.

Their memories will also be honored this coming year as the Lyndhurst National Trust Historical Site in Tarrytown, NY opens the historic “Handelman Gate House.” The south gatehouse (just to your left as you enter) is being converted from staff housing to rental housing, and a memorial fund set up in the names of Judy and Walter has helped pay for the restoration. (Lyndhurst is still accepting donations to this fund.)

In late March, the Village of Scarsdale will dedicate the sculpture “Yearning“ in a public ceremony at Village Hall. In 1997, as a tribute to their love, Walter and Judy commissioned renowned artist (and Walter’s college roommate) Aris Demetrios to create the sculpture for their yard.

The family will also be gathering in late March for the unveiling of Walter’s footstone in the family plot in Queens. The cemetery, fittingly, overlooks the site of the old Shea Stadium and the Mets’ new home, Citi Field, where a brick honoring Judy can be found in Fanwalk section 18 outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.  In addition, a Mary Rhinelander painting made for Walter Handelman ’53 will be hung in the offices of the Harvard Band.

The Handelman family wishes you and yours have a great new year.
—Dan Handelman, Portland, OR, January 2, 2010 (from an earlier message by Dan and brothers David and Matt, December 31, 2009)

Posted: 03/08/10
Anyone that has a deceased shipmate or shipmates wife who is not on our Memorial Page, may contact the Historian, Bud Norris, with the obituary and a photo to be placed on the Memorial Page.
Thank you.

Posted: 8/10/10
A host of auxillary ships . CLICK HERE
Posted: 9/16/10
Does anyone remember William Stokes, or (William Eugene Rodgers) radio operator, from 1943 -1945?
If you have any information about Mr Stokes please contact Arthur Stokes at:
Posted: 2/16/2011
Anyone interested in giving their WW-II stories to this magazine can just follow the guidelines stated by Mr. Kushlan, editor and publisher of the America In WW-II magazine.
Mr Kushlan:
( We do publish first-person accounts--short ones (up to 1,000 words) in our War Stories department, and longer ones (about 3,500 words) in our I Was There department. We are always happy to discover new sources of real-life stories from World War II.)

POSTED: 03/24/2011

Raymond Charles Schroeder, JrTuesday, 3/22/11, 3:41 PM
My Father, Ray Schroeder, Sr, served aboard Curtiss...trying to locate anyone who may have known him or served with him in the Pacific during WWII when Curtiss took a major hit and lost so many lives..don't have too much background information (aboard in June 1945). He was a WO when he arrived aboard, lived in Minnesota at the time he joined the USN...doing some historical research trying to learn a little more about his time during the war which he did not talk about very much.
 From:San Diego, CA (Rochester, MN)
POSTED: 12/18/11

My name is Anthony Newman. I am searching for information regarding my wife’s father Ewin Brame Jr.   
Ewin served on the USS Curtiss from August 23 1943 to March 18 1945.  He was a COX(T) V6.  
My wife has very little information about her father and I am trying to find anything or anyone that can make a connection to his military service.  
It would be great to see a picture of him at that age as my wife only has a few pictures of her Dad.
Ewin Moore Brame Jr.
Born: Birmingham, Alabama 1926
Enlisted: Indiana, 1943. 17 years old
Processed through. Great Lakes and Camp Shoemaker Pleasanton.
Processed out through Camp Shoemaker
Died: Florida, 1989.
Thank you for your help, but most of all THANK YOU all for your service.
Anthony Newman
Viet Nam Combat Veteran
POSTED: 06/05/2012
This is a forum for medal of honor recipients in San Diego Ca. on Memorial day.
Our own Jack Evans Secretary Treasure was one of the honored guests.
At the 14: 30 minute mark is where Governor Mitt Romney introduces Jack Evans.
Jack has had a very impressive carreer in our U S Navy.
POSTED: 06/06/2012
Hello- My name is Susan Barrie Spal.  My maiden name was Cohen.  My father,
Sidney Cohen was a Yeoman Third class at the time of discharge.  Do you
have any information that can be sent to me regarding where his ship was
stationed, where they went (I believe he did go to Japan), but my dad served
only a short time due to his mother having a heart attack.
My father served from January 29, 1946 through March 1, 1947.  He
received a World War II Victory Medal that was issued to him and he has
an Honorable Discharge certificate that is in my possession.
My mom, my sister and my dad are all deceased and I am the only
one left in my family and I was wondering if you had any information
or could get me any information, I would be so grateful.
 I can be reached at 973-895-9040 or you can e-mail me at
 I am so looking forward to hearing from you one way or the other.
Susan Barrie Spal

POSTED: 06/06/2012
My uncle, Stanley Theodore Green, served on board the U.S.S. Curtiss during
WWII. I have found him listed on ship rolls from 31 Oct 1942 to 1 Oct 1945.
 Stanley was born 17 Apr 1906 (North Dakota) and died 29 Jan 2001 (Davis, CA)
 Does your organization have additional information that may be of interest
to me regarding Stanley? I will be happy to pay the membership fee to have
information forwarded to me.
 Thank you,
James Green

Anyone interested in obtaining a DVD of the past (listed) reunions, please contact me at or phone 417-581-0134.
Reunions 2001 and 2006 through 2012.
You will be able to see them as they will be on your DVD if you go to the past reunions page of the web site.
The fee is $ 4.00 to cover the DVD and mailing.
 Posted: December 12 2012         


TRIMONT: A Celebration of Life Services for John C. Ekstadt, 80, of Lakeville, Minnesota formerly of Trimont will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Trimont, Minnesota with Dr. Richard W. Swanson Officiating . Burial will be in First Lutheran Cemetery in rural Trimont, Minnesota with full military honors by the Foster -Bernhardt American Legion Post # 373 of Trimont. 

John was called to his eternal rest on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Southview Acres Care Center in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont and one hour prior to the services on Friday at the Church. Messages of sympathy can be sent to the family on line at 

He was born to Clifford E. Ekstadt and Ruth E. (Ogren) Ekstadt May 9, 1932, in what was then Triumph, Minnesota. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at First Lutheran Church in Triumph and received his formal education also in Triumph, graduating from Tri-Mont high school in 1950. In 1951 he enlisted in the US Navy. After Boot Camp and Class A Machinist Mate school he served the remainder of his four-year enlistment aboard the USS Curtiss AV-4. During this time, the ship took part in many maneuvers including Operation Ivy in 1952 and Operation Castle in 1954, at which time atomic and hydrogen bombs were tested. On November 14, 1953, he married his high school sweetheart Joyce Hansen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Triumph, Minnesota. They made their home in San Diego until April of 1955 when John’s enlistment was up. They then moved back to Trimont where John operated the Skelly service station for a time. When he was offered a job as a Territory Salesman for the B.F Goodrich Tire Company he accepted it and they moved to Pipestone, Minnesota. Later he accepted an offer as a TBA Account Manager for Conoco Oil Company, headquartering in Pipestone. Then in 1976 he was transferred to Minneapolis and traveled seven states for them until his retirement from Conoco in 1983. From 1983 until his final retirement John worked for Universal Cooperatives in the Automotive Department as their Sales and Training Coordinator. During this time he held automotive sales and service seminars for cooperatives throughout the United States. John and his wife Joyce both retired February 1, 1995. They together enjoyed these past eighteen wonderful winters in south Texas. During this time John was heavily involved in the USS Curtiss AV-4 Association, where he served for over a ten-year period as vice president, president, and reunion coordinator. Friends, relatives, customers, and acquaintances knew the answer they would get when they asked him how he was. It was always “I’m absolutely wonderful and aged to perfection.” 

John is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce; daughter Cheryl Swanson and her husband Richard of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter Leanne of Minneapolis; and son Paul and his wife Cheri of Lakeville, Minnesota. Also surviving is a sister Bonnilou Ekstadt of Trimont, Minnesota, four grandchildren and two great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Ruth Ekstadt, a sister Marilyn Burke, and other relatives and friends.

Posted: Febuary, 21, 2013
Thomas Mahoney honoreed for his service.

Posted 01/31/2014

Connie Goldsmith Friday, 1/31/14, 4:15 PM 

 Fascinating website. I am the author of a new nonfiction juvenile book about the U.S. nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands from 1946 to 1958. My book has a sidebar about the scientists in contact with the USS Curtiss during the Bravo detonation. I hope some of the members may find the book of interest for their children and grandchildren who may not know very much about these events that so damaged a culture and our own men. My father, who served in the Pacific in WWII, died of leukemia at 54. Radiation exposure? Never proven for sure. 

 From: Sacramento, CA 
 Web Site: Bombs Over Bikini 
POSTED: 2/08/ 2015
                             Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division:
John Ashton on the board of directors of the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is the son of Lt. Stuart A, Ashton who served aboard the Curtiss 1942 to 1945 and  was a crew mate of Henry Fonda.
The warfare center has contributed an incredible amount of technology to not only the Navy, but the entire defense industry, from 1918 to present.
At the Current time the Electromagnetic Rail Gun has been developed and is now a  reality soon to be introduced to the U S Navy from here.
Ken Olson, Hal Olson's little brother has sent Hal's blogs he wrote just before he passed away.
Hal built and maintained our  website at the early stages of our Association and did a terrific job until his passing, Saturday November 19th 2005 at 9:30 pm.
I and the rest of the family would like to thank you for participating in Hal's blog. It was very refreshing for my brother to be able to communicate with so many friends.
Thank you and best regards,
Ken Olson

Picture submitted by Jesse Dykes.
Has any shipmate or family member been brought home on this Queen Mary on June 20, 1945?
    10/01/2016                                                CAN ANY SHIPMATE HELP PAUL SINANIS

Dear Mr. Norris,
My father, Paul Sinanis, served in the navy in WWII and was aboard the USS Curtiss when the ship was kamikazied. My father did not speak much about the war, and especially the combat portion. We were very different in personality, but I learned later in life that he volunteered to identify his dead shipmates after the vicious attack. My father died in 2009, living 85 years and married for 47. His brother John also served in WWII and passed away in 2015. I would love to know if there is anyone still alive who remembered him and might tell me about him as a very young man. My e-mail is

This article was prepared by the city of Eagan for distribution among city employee's.... 
Joe Connolly:

Born September 3, 1926 in Minneapolis, MN. 

Joe grew up in West Bloomington in what is now known as the Hyland Park area. He and the other neighborhood kids played often, walked to the one-room school house on West Bush Lake Road and worked in the strawberry patch in the summers. At age 11, Joe met his friend and future wife, Joyce. Joe graduated from Eden Prairie High School.

A Navy veteran, Joe served in WWII and Korea (1944-1952). He was a member of the Everett McClay VFW Post in Bloomington, MN and was the past Sec.-Treas. of the USS Curtiss AV-4 Association.

After his military service, Joe married Joyce, lived in a small cottage across from his father’s place, and moved to Eagan in 1959.

Joe worked for NSP (Northern States Power, now known as Xcel Energy) for 20 years and the City of Eagan for 23 years. William (Bill) Branch was the first Superintendent for Eagan Township Streets and Utilities. Bob Shackley and Joe Connolly were the first Foreman… Bob for streets and Joe for utilities. Joe was Eagan's "One Man" water department in the early 70's. When the divisions were split in the 1980’s, he became the first Superintendent of Utilities. Joe retired from the City of Eagan in 1991.

The City had the good fortune to have Joe as part of our leadership team when Eagan was growing at a rapid pace. It was a time when the city's utility infrastructure needed to keep pace with new homes, commercial expansion, churches and other community development. Joe was the right person to guide our utility expansion and was a significant player in building the water supply system Eagan quietly uses today.

Joe was a mentor, teacher, team player, and ambassador in the community for those he supervised. He was always upbeat, had a joke or two, and was proud of his work team and the City. Joe was a wonderful example of what it takes to be a servant leader.

The City of Eagan and its Public Works departments were a very large part of Joe and his family’s life; Joe was so proud of his children, but they were prouder of him. 

Joseph Connolly died on July 2, 2017 in Eagan, MN. He was a proud man of family, friends and his country, and will be missed.

Joe was preceded in death by daughters, JoAnn Barnes & infant, Jane; parents, Henry & Julia; & 4 siblings, and survived by loving wife of 69 years, Joyce; sons, John, Jerry, & Jason (Karen); 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; & 6 siblings.

Visitation will be July 9th from 4pm to 8pm at Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel (1580 Century Point, Eagan, MN). 

The funeral service will be at Christ Lutheran Church (1930 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN) with a 10:30am visitation and the service beginning at 11:30am.

A procession is planned to be from Christ Lutheran Church east on Diffley to Blackhawk Rd, south to Cliff Rd, east to Pilot Knob Rd, north to Interstate 494, and west to Fort Snelling. One Utility truck will lead the procession from the church thru Eagan to Central Parkway. A hydrant will be flushing at City Hall in tribute as the procession passes.

Joe will be laid to rest in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery (7601 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN). The committal will immediately follow the service. Lunch and fellowship will follow the burial at the Lost Spur Country Club (2750 Sibley Memorial Hwy, Eagan, MN).
joyce c

My father was on the USS Curtiss during Operation Sandstone. I have his navy uniform and hat. Blue wool with red stripe, eagle and 2 keys. SK3 ? I have two leather photo albums from Tsingtao ? Hand tooled leather with dragons and the Tsingtao pier. Some names on photos are : Hall, Williams, Townes, Derr, De vore, Thomas E.Mays Waynesboro Va, Captain Cunningham, Smokey from Roanoke Va, R.H.Huelsman Detroit, V.F. Zarrelli, Gerald A. Pilcher Little Rock Arkansas, Don B. Hall Alliance Neb, Bill Ethridge, Sam Trompiere, Royal Order of U.S.S. Hotel - Operation Grindstone, Grand Council Exclusive order of the Eniwetok Guinea Pigs and various photos of Tsingtao, San Francisco, Hawaii, The U.S.S. Curtiss and a flier from Club Blue Lei Theater/ Restaurant Presenting Bill Nelson and Irene Knight. I would love to, somehow, get these photos scanned and on to the website.
​Posted: 9/27/2017

This lady, Kim Graham would like to interview any of our Atomic Veterans who would be interested.
My daughter is in 7th grade and is doing a National History Day project, focusing on atomic testing and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
You can contact her at email:

Kim-Marie (Burnett) Graham