SANDY SADLER BIO
FT MANDAN 7/52 TO 4/54 BM2/MAA
MARRIED 2/55 MAUREEN CHILDREN: KATHLEEN, FAITH, AMY & DANIEL.D
EDUCATION: BA 1959 UMASS MS 1961 UMASS
JOB HISTORY: RESEARCH SCIENTIST-NORTH AMERICAN AVIATION 1961-1964
MEMBER TECH STAFF-ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 1964-1970
VICE PRESIDENT-GOOD TASTE LTD 1970-1974
PRESIDENT-UNISEN, INC. 1974-1989
PRESIDENT-FUTARA SPECTRUM AUDIO 1990-PRESENT
THE KIDS ARE ALL GROWN AND WE HAVE 12 GRANDCHILDREN, SO FAR!
IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE MORE DETAILS, THEY CAN CONTACT ME.
BILL WALSH BIO
Reported aboard as a SFP2 in Feb. of 1961 Left as a SF1 in Sept. 1964
Retired as a CWO-4 in 1978
I am now in the marine salvage business (operating my own business) at TYBEE
Married Martha In 1965
Kimberly & Bill
I can honestly say that my tour aboard the FORT MANDAN was one of the best that I had. We had a great crew.
Best Regards, Bill
NORMAN SKIBA BIO
Served on The USS Fort Mandan from 1951 till discharge in October of 1954.
Rate at discharge, Electricians Mate PO 1st Class.
Worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Company starting in 1954 as a lineman.
Retired as an Outside Plant Engineer (Long Range Planning) in 1984 at age 55.
In 1990 I did 9 months of international telephone consulting work for AT&T. (Mexico, Nicaragua, & Poland (Visited relatives while there).
Married to Mary Jane (Sobecki) in 1953 while still in the Navy.
We have 3 boys & 2 girls who blessed us with 10 grandchildren.
Lived in Toledo Ohio from my discharge till 1990 when we moved to Reading Michigan on a chain of 5 fishing lakes.
Hobbies before retirement: Fast pitch & slow pitch softball,
Dartball, Golf, Jogging, Boating, Drinking beer, & Growing roses for show & hybridizing.
After Retirement: All kinds of volunteering, Helping coach Jr. Hi Track (Shot Put), Golf 2 to 3 time a week,
Participating in the Michigan & National Senior Olympics in throwing the shot & discus, & High jump
(Yes I said high jump. All 6 foot 3 inch 275 pounds of me.), Fishing, & Novice computer stuff, & Eating (Hence the 275 pounds) .
One thing I started 3 years ago & I?d like to suggest that all of you think about doing is to write a book about your life for your kids & grandkids. I am about 1/2 finished. Not being a good typist has me at a standstill at times. On our trip to Florida while my wife was driving I had hand written 33 pages of just the experiences I had while aboard the Fort Mandan. If you?d like to do it & need to know how to start, give me a call.
CHET HERRON BIO
Chester E. Herron ME1 (DV1) / MAA
U.S.S. Fort Mandan LSD-21 7/52 - 2/53
Married: 3 Children , 3 Grandchildren
Education: BSME 1966, MSME 1969 Villanova University
- Research & Design Engineer
- Management Consultant
- Special Consultant to the Philadelphia Navy
Shipyard for Aircraft Carriers' & Destroyers'
Overhaul & Refit Program (SLEP)
- Founder/Principal - Management Consulting Co.
DON PLATT BIO
After my induction at Albany, NY I was sent to Bainbridge, Maryland for my boot training. There were many firsts at boot but the one thing that remains in my mind is guard duty on the steel dumpster outside the barracks. . That to me was the most senseless thing I had ever heard. So what if it did catch on fire, in a steel enclosure….. Duh! And who in their right might would take one. That told me something right away about the Navy. Don’t get me wrong I love the Navy and proud of all the sailors that sail her ships, its service to my country and for the betterment of the world. I had two sons and a grandson to serve. That’s 3 generations of Navy. Enough flag waving.
I went aboard the Fort shortly after her commission in her home port Newport, RI. I also had the privilege of putting her into the mothball fleet in Orange Texas in 1948. In 1946 we took a cruise throughout the Caribbean, the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, and St. Croix; Port au Prince, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In 1947 we took a good will tour to Europe, Southampton and Portsmouth, England: Edinburgh and Perth, Scotland and Oslo, Norway. In 1948 the Fort was decommissioned and placed in mothballs.
Two weeks after the Korean War started I was called back into the service and went aboard the AGC 15 USS Adirondack. This was areal coincidence because my home town Carthage, NY was in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. I boarded her at the Boston Naval yards. We set sail to Napoli, Italy, which became our home port. We docked there the next two years. We sailed from the dock twice just to wash the keel.
Our duty there was to setup NATO. Four stripers aboard were like second lieutenants. In other words heavy brass was everywhere but the duty was great. I did not realize it then but I do now that NATO was a huge mistake. One of the great things was I got to see a lot of Italy and the rest of Europe. I left the ship two months before she sailed back to the states.
I went to naval air conditioning school in Norfolk, VA, while aboard the Fort and after my tour with the AGC I started an AC Business in Texas. I was doing quite well when I received my next call to duty. It was from the Lord. I was called into the gospel ministry March 1960, and served as a pastor for 45 years. In 2001 I, and another pastor, founded the Royal Bible Institute and Seminary in Beaumont TX. of which I now serve as president. You can view our Web site at www.royalbible.com . Four years ago I and a friend started a construction company. My wife passed on 2005, two years later on a mission trip for the church I met a Russian lady in the Ukraine a year later we were married. Last year I was asked to be the youth pastor at a Korean Baptist Church. Wow, what a life!
I have had a great life and am having a great time in what I have left. I have great health and enjoy what I’m doing, really, I’m going for the big 100. I have three children, (don’t intend having any more), seven grand children and five great grandchildren. I hope to make the next reunion. Don Plott MMR 3 “A” Division 12/01/09 RETURN TO QUARTERDECK