March 27, 2018

Name: Mike Dougherty
Shop: 56 Shop

I'm reporting myself healthy and happy in Corpus Christi,Texas,10 minutes from the beach.I miss the yardbirds but I get by shooting pool,singing and chasing women.Anyone who wants to vacation here It can be done inexpensively.The best months are November through May.I'm not a travel agent I'm a retarded yardbird!

March 23, 2018

Name: Julio Casiano
Shop: 67964-026

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Sorry to hear about Ron "Garbage" Reeves. He's been posting here since 1998. Had a lot of great posts from him. Anybody know why he called himself "Garbage"? I noticed his obit doesn't have his nickname as "Garbage". I guess his family didn't think it was appropriate for an obituary.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

From: Tom Grande
Shop: X17

Recently I found out a yard brother, Ron Reeves aka "Garbage" succumbed to a stroke and passed away on Feb 28. His cremated ashes are to be spread around the back channel by family members per his request. He certainly was a unique individual.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

From: Ron Miller
Shop: X31

Sorry to see in the Yarbird obits the passing of 31 Shop machinist Mark Eckman. One of the good guys.

Friday, February 23, 2018

From: patrick dougherty
Shop: 56

Sorry to report the passing of William Smith 56 shop in Jan 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


UNBELIEVABLE ! Dr. Harrison Miller Moseley—from Orphanage to the Manhattan project (Navy). Moseley’s story is riveting. As a Pre Sale offer that ends March 1, go to for a nice hardback copy for only 19.99.

Unbelievable is in PRE SALE. The book will not be delivered until it goes live on March 1.
However, if you purchase the book before March 1, the price is 19.99 for the nice hardcover. Purchased after March 1, the price will be 29.99.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

From: tom maiorano
Shop: 38 shop

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

From: Leon Jones
Shop: 41 Shop, NAVSHIPSO, DCMA

Moses W. Howard 41 Shop and NSWCPD.

Millsboro, DE, formerly of Chesilhurst - departed this life on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the age of 70.

Services will be held 11am Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St.
John\'s U.M. Church, 409 Fairview Avenue, W. Berlin. Viewing: 10am
- 11am only. Burial in Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Berlin.
Arrangements entrusted to COVINGTON FUNERAL HOME, Atco.
Condolences may be sent to

Sunday, December 24, 2017

From: Ron Miller
Shop: X31

Good tidings to you, Yardbirds, wherever you are.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Shop: 51 SHOP / CODE 1200

Wishing my fellow yardbirds and their families Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. God bless!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

From: Pete Johnston
Shop: X56

I'd like to wish each and every yardbird a healthy, Happy Thanksgiving holiday.I still miss that old wonderful strip of land on Delaware, so many memories. Take care... Pete

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

From: Agnes Bedard

I am looking for someone who may have worked with my dad, Donald Lawless. He recently passed and would like to know more about his work. Here is a link to his obituary.

Friday, September 29, 2017

From: Ed Worff
Shop: 51 Test Gang & Code 365

I am pretty sure that at that time Code 272 was still on the 2nd deck of Bldg. 12. I left the yard in 1976 to move to Annapolis,but went back several times while working for NAVSEA and I visited with some of the 270 guys I spent some time in C272 working and traveling with Walt. Ed Krause was one of my apprentices in 51 Shop.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shop: 064

Steve Katona: I think the bldg. you are seeking is number. See map

September 26, 2017

Greetings. I have a question about PNSY that I hope you can answer for me, I worked there as a Drexel University co-op in 1979 in Code 272 (Design). My supervisor was Walt Hemphill and my mentor was Ed Krause (sp?). I moved to Washington DC where I recently retired after 33 years of government service. 

I am a consultant now and was doing some business research on the Philly Shipyard and plan to visit there soon. I am trying to find out which building Code 272 was located so I can stop by there during my visit. I recall it was a large open area building with the code chief (Ed Yost) office in the front center of the building. Can you help me with the building number? I tried to email the code 272 people on the site's email list but they all bounced. 

I hope all is well with you. I appreciate any help you can give me with my request. 
Steve Katona

Monday, September 4, 2017

From: Chuck Kessler
Shop: 17Shop

I just got a phone call from my friend Eddie Moscatelli ( 64 shop ) that Jim Manzi, ( 17 shop ) passed away today. R.I.P. Jim, he was a great guy.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

From: Ron Miller
Shop: 31

31 Shop machinist Thomas Pleasant died on August 8, 2017. Obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Tribune.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

From: Ron Reeves 'GARBAGEMAN'

I was informed by Rick Mattie X-17 recently retired from NTC Great Lakes that he has 4th stage colon cancer. Shipmates, should send Rick a note of encouragement at He and family is also in need of prayer. Rick was one of my apprentices I trained into a top notch mechanic, and a friend for over 45 years...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

From: Tom Maiorano
Shop: 38 Shop


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

On May 16, 2017 at 11:25 PM Dennis Kaiser Sr <> wrote:

Here is a link that will let you enjoy Giff’s appearance on QVC tonight.  It will be up for 1 week.  If you want to keep it then download the video to your PC. : Mike Gifford on QVC

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From: Dennis Kaiser
Shop: Code 911

Vince Agostino Former PNSY Rigger General Forman, passed away Saturday morning, May 13th 2017 after fighting pancreatic cancer, arrangements are below:
Our Lady of Peace Parish
32 Carroll Ave
Williamstown, NJ 08094
Viewing Friday May 19, 2017 at 11 AM, Mass at 12 PM
Church phone # 856-629-6142

Saturday, May 6, 2017

From: Brooks

Laird 'Lad' Doctor was a Navy pilot during the Vietnam war. I believe he went through flight training around '67. I am hoping to visit with the five who trained with him on, I believe to be the T-2 Buckeye? And any pilot who worked with Lad during his Naval career.

Thank you

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

From: Wayne C. Johnson
Shop: 56

Hi, I have been on this site before and I think I asked the same question. My husband Wayne Johnson passed away on May 30, 2005. He worked as an insulator in Shop 56. I have been trying to find out if my husband had a pension plan at the old Philadelphia Naval Shipyard or not. Does anyone happen to know who I can contact. I was told to contact the OPM. They did not help me. I don't think it is fair for the state to keep his pension if he had one.

Thank you for any help you may know about.

Frieda Johnson
(Wayne's wife)

April 18, 2017

I'm looking for some help. There is a US Veterans Memorial , all privately funded of course in a little town in Ohio called Clinton, OHio. In this memorial are the names of all Ohio U.S. service men killed in Vietnam, Iraq war, Afganistan, Gulf War, etc… there are memeorial granite benches, bricks with supporters. There is an Army Patton tank that saw battle in Iraq, a U.S. Marine Apache Attack Helicopter, Army Trucks but nothing for my beloved U.S. Navy. What the facility is looking for is a U.S. Navy Ship Anchor. Would you know of anyone who could help us find one? One that someone would be willing to donate?
RM3 (SS) Keith W. Davis
USS Andrew Jackson
SSBN 619 Blue 1973- 1977

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

From: Bill Murray
Shop: QA, Planning & Design

Fantastic lawyer for Asbestos cases:

Mike Cancelliere and Casey Coburn at Nass, Cancelliere and Brenner.
They are located at 1515 Market Street Suite 200 Phila. Pa. 19102 215-546-8200. They are outstanding council and I highly suggest contacting them if you or anyone else has an issue.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

From: Billy Reil
Shop: 160

I had google searched my grandfathers name, and saw that guys/girls had been asking about him. It's my pleasure to let you know that he is alive and well at age 87. Bill stills lives in south philadelphia, enjoying his retirement. Please feel free to send me an email if you want to say hello.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shop: SHOP 26

Carrier Valley Forge built at PNSY with money from the citizens of Phila. and the surround area. Seventy six million in War Bonds (1 Billion today) About 8 million from School children (103 million today).
There was a large model of the ship on back of a trailer with a space around the hull. Sailors from the Navy Yard would bring the ship to parades and large social affairs. People would through money into the space around the ship to help pay for the building of the carrier.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Shop: SHOP 26

During WW2 there were mock air raids drills around the city of Phila. A plane would fly over an area of the city and drop paper shaped like bombs. If you picked up a bombs, on the back list the type of injury you might have. You were to take the bomb to the nearest Hospital, Police Station, Rec Centers for treatment. Some of those were moved to Hospitals.
I once chased a bomb for 4 blocks before it went on a roof. I then went to the Police Station and watch the Medical Staff at work.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

From: billy d
Shop: 072

Bill Adair X51 shop is still alive and kicking I see him often and yes he is still Rotten Ralph

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Shop: SHOP 26

My father in law, Charlie, was gassed in France and again in Belgium during WW-1. He spent most of his early years in VA hospitals and clinics. WW-2 came and he volunteered as a Fire Watch at Cramp's (no pay). A few months in, the volunteers received pay. The shipyard was charging the Navy a full man days of work for these volunteers. Charlie had to quit Cramps, too much smoke. He then took up that Noble Profession, NUMBER WRITER.

Friday, March 10, 2017
From: Bob Daley
Shop: 51

What ever happened to Bill Adair AKA Rotten Ralph ? Foreman 51 Shop.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

From: Jerry Kane
Shop: 67, 273, 235, PERA

During WWI my grandfather, Tom Kane, worked at Cramp's as a shipfitter helper. When the war ended so did his job. Sometime in the mid 30's he got hired at PNSY as a shipfitter helper. In the late 30's, after graduating from high school, my uncle Jim Kane started as an apprentice shipfitter. When WWII started, Uncle Jim tried to enlist but failed the physical due to his eye sight. My grandfather helped build the New Jersey while Uncle Jim helped build the Wisconsin. Sometime in late 43, Uncle Jim finally passed the eye test and was able to join 3 of his brothers in the Navy. Once the war ended, my grandfather again lost his job, Uncle Jim was mustered out of the navy and rejoined PNSY. When Uncle Bob Kane got out of the navy he also started at PNSY, eventually joining the newly formed electronics shop.

Friday, March 3, 2017

From: Jim Walker
Shop: Type Desk, 41

Prior to WW I , Cramp was the leading builder of iron hull ships in the world.When they built up for WW II, The shipyard lent them experienced workers to provide leadership McKenna a boiler forman when I was an apprentice was a quarterman at Cramp. My Father -in- law Fred Sheppard attended a school in an old hosery mill in Kensington and led a shipfitter gang that did the noses of the subs.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

From: george kepner
Shop: 051-62435

yes keep posting about the history of the Delaware . I look everyday for your stories and others . will never forget the family we made there . thank for sharing dan

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

From: Danny O'Kane
Shop: 11 Shop

Here's a little more on the Shipbuilding on the Delaware from 1940 to 1947 . At New York Ship in Camden ,which employed 32,000 at it's peak,light cruisers were the specialty early on . Later,it was carriers. At Sun Ship in Chester, 34,000 workers turned out tankers and transport ships for the U.S.Maritime Commission. Cramps with 17,000 workers ,specialized in submarines ,turning out 22 of them .
The Dravo Corp. , at Wilmingtonyards,built destroyer-escorts and landing ships . John Trumpy , of Gloucester City, launched 30 PT boats . On and on it went ,at Penn-Jersey , Mathis ,American Car and yards with names mostly now forgotten .
It was once said that the Delaware River was the River Clyde of America.
Must have been something to have been a part of what is now gone forever !!
Let me know if anyone is interested in more history of the Delaware River .
God Bless Our Troops !!
Danny O'Kane USN.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Shop: 064

Dan: Thanks for your informative post. I am glad to see there's someone else still alive willing to keep this web site alive.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

From: Danny O'Kane
Shop: 11 Shop

More History of Shipbuilding on The Delaware .
From 1940 to 1947,the period of war-era shipbuilding contracts,217 naval vessels were built along the Delaware River.The Philadelphia Navy Yard alone employed 50,000 people in the construction of the battleships WISCONSIN and the NEW JERSEY,the aircraft carrier ANTIETAM and the heavy cruiser CHICAGO,together with a long list of destroyers and other ships of war.
More history of shipbuilding on the Delaware to follow .
Danny O'Kane USN
11 Shop

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Julio ,  Here's a little something to get the site going again .
During WWII the Philadelphia area was one of the greatest shipbuilding regions in the world . The Delaware River was lined with shipyards that employed around 150,000 workers .
On July 8 , 1945 , three shipyards simultaneously launched war vessels . The Philadelphia Navy Yard splashed into the river the cruiser PRINCETON . Upriver , Cramps Shipyard in Kensington , floated the submarine TUSK . Over in Camden , New York Ship launched the carrier , SAIPAN .
Watch this site for more history on shipbuilding on the Delaware River .
Thank you ,
Danny O'Kane
11 Shop

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

From: Rick Rinderer
Shop: 31 shop ReUnion

Shop 31 2017 Re Union

31 shop will be having a reunion on Saturday May 13, 2017, 12 noon until ?? at Chickie's and Pete's 1526 Packer Ave in South Philadelphia. All are welcomed (including spouses) There will be no need to purchase tickets for this reunion. We will have an area at the Piano bar where food and drink can be purchased individually. Please contact as many 31 shop people you may still be in contact with and spread the word. If you think you will be attending please email Rick Rinderer at so we can get an idea of how many people will be interested in attending. Hope to see as many former 31 shop people as possible. at Chickie and Pete's on May 13

Sunday, February 19, 2017

From: Ron Miller
Shop: 31

"Russian spy ship spotted 30 miles off America's coast." Reminds me of the first sea trial for the USS Independence, 1986, maybe? We were somewhere off the coast of Virginia when the captain announced that an East German "fishing trawler" had been following us for the last two days. We could see the small ship off the starboard bow. I heard later that one of our helicopters flew over to take a closer look, but I didn't see that. A front row seat for Yardbirds to see a little Cold War action.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

From: Dennis Kaiser
Shop: Code 911

New e-mail address:

Monday, January 9, 2017

From: Cliff Nash
Shop: 06

Pleae list Obituary
06 shop Toolmaker

John F. Portscheller, Sr.

AGE: 90 • Blackwood

John F. Portscheller, Sr., passed away on January 5, 2017 at the age of 90 years. Devoted husband of the late Dorothy, who predeceased him in 2009 after 64 years of marriage. Beloved father of Joan Puglia (Russell) of Washington Twp., NJ, John F. Portscheller, Jr. of FL, and David E. Portscheller
(Lois) of Gloucester Twp., NJ. John was also predeceased by his two brothers, Frank and Joseph Portscheller.

John and Dorothy met as children. They married and almost immediately, John was shipped out to serve our Nation during WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps. Dorothy accompanied him, lived on base, and worked odd jobs so that she could be close to John. John was a long time employee of the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Phila., where he retired as a foreman in 1985. He was an avid bowler, and an active member of numerous senior citizen clubs in Gloucester Twp. over the years, serving as President of several of them. He and his late wife traveled together extensively during their marriage, and enjoyed spending time at the casinos in Atlantic City.

Viewing will be Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Earle Funeral Home, 122 W. Church St., Blackwood, NJ 08012, where a prayer service will follow at 8:30 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory would be appreciated to the Camden County Animal Shelter, 125 County House Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Friday, January 6, 2017

From: Jim Schaffner
Shop: 56

Obituary for Kevin P. Meehan

Kevin P. Meehan 56 Shop PNSY

On January 3, 2017 of Washington Twp. Age 63. Beloved Husband of Patricia (nee O’Donnell). Devoted father of Sean P. (Michell), Timothy (Jill) and Kerry Meehan (Michelle). Loving grandfather of Gabby, Samantha, George, Liam, Cameron, Amanda, Mickey and Tommy.
Dear brother of Joseph F. Barnett, Jr., Michael B., Margaret F. and the late Martha Esher.

Kevin was a loving husband and a great dad. He battled courageously against every obstacle life threw at him. He loved "God , family and country." Kevin was the first in his family to graduate college. He was the epitome of the term lifelong learner.
When the closing of the Navy yard forced him to change careers, he went back to school to take education classes and ultimately became a teacher of his biggest love, history. He ultimately went on to earn his masters degree in educational administration.
Kevin's quest for knowledge didn't end there. He took classes in pipefitting, tuned in to any and all shows to do with history, read the newspaper cover to cover and even sat and read the encyclopedia like one might read a good novel. He traveled extensively in Europe to many counties to experience the sites where major events shaped history.
Kevin loved camping and hiking the Appalachian trail where he was famous for getting lost in the woods. He loved to tell corny jokes, provide text commentary during Eagles games and coin Kevinisms such as "going to the carnival is like buying a hot dog." He also loved God and helping others. He was a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer to his church's food pantry.
Kevin's first love was his family. His proudest accomplishment was his three sons who are honest, productive members of society now raising families of their own. He was happiest when surrounded by not only his immediate family but also his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Through his final moments he continued to selflessly think of others. Concerned about his wife and family rather than his own condition, he passed away as he lived life - on his terms.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing Friday
7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday 8:45-9:45 AM at the Egizi Funeral Home
119 Ganttown Rd., Washington Twp. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM at Mary Mother of Mercy Parish/Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church, Glassboro. Entombment, All Saints Cemetery, Newfield.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to Mary Mother of Mercy Parish, 500 Greentree Rd., Glassboro, NJ 08028.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

“A Life Well Lived
Is Worth Remembering”

Friday, January 6, 2017

Stella Brooks <>

As you can see below, it has been three years since I have asked any questions. Boy our time on this planet flies by....

I was talked into writing another biography. This one for a Vietnam vet who is a quadriplegic. Not from Vietnam but flying in an airshow. I am so glad that I was led to this man because he has a beautiful outlook on life.

His father, David Saul Doctor, played on a Isthmus League in Panama while in the Navy---Submarine service?. The guess is between 1935 to 1938. It was a semi professional baseball league. I am hoping to find a newspaper article as proof he was there and was that good. Because he was a left handed, first baseman, who fielded a thousand and batted over 300. The Redsox and other's wanted him. But, for some reason, he did not sign.

An old base paper or area paper, magazine??

I cannot locate a museum or newspaper....

Do you have any idea where I might find any information regarding this team?



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

From: Joe DeKraft
Shop: Shop 17, C/265, C/244

50 Years ago today, 01/04/1967 I started working at the Navy Yard for 17 Shop. That first day I was assigned to work for Jim Gullifer on U.S.S. John Paul Jones DDG-32, coworkers were Petey Burns, Jim Manzi (material man) & John Ficchi.
In those days the Sheetmetal Shop was located in 25 & 3 Buildings, just off Broad St & there was a metal plating shop between the two buildings.
Bill Dougherty, Nacho Perez & myself all ended up in the Helper Trainee program together.
Later while working in Nick Rizzo’s Gang (2nd floor, back of #25 building) I remember when they pulled the USS New Jersey from mothballs and temporarily parked it behind the shop for a short period before it was dry-docked, The Jersey was getting readied for Vietnam.
It's funny how I can remember this like it was yesterday and not remember things from six months back. Yeah I know why, I'm just not saying it. :-)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

From: Mike Dougherty
Shop: 56 shop

Congratulations Gerry,I agree about PNSY being the best.I had a couple jobs that provided a comparison.In 1971 ,facing a RIF I went to Salem nuclear power plant.The Atlantic city local 121 was corrupt.The president of the local was the superintendent and he fired men arbitralily every day.Almost all the members were bosses and when the contractor tried to audit the toolroom there was a fire,all records destroyed .In five years I was laid off three times so local men who were fired by different contractors could take my place.I was so glad when John Bergan,the 754 steward got me back in PNSY,In 1992 the Career transition center found me a pipefitter job at the Corpus Christi Army Depot and I was happy G/F pay working with my hands.It sounds like bragging but I was the best they ever saw.I trained at PNSY.I worked ten years there before my second line supervisor,who did illegal things that I exposed,promoted a foreman who would fire me for failure ti notify.I was escorted by guards off the base in front of my men.I was a work leader.After a rough couple months I prevailed with the judge and got a retirement party during working hours,a clean form 50 and a ton of money.


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