USS VULCAN AR-5 (COMSERVRON 4), Home Port of Norfolk VA (August 1958 to July 1959). - Lupacchino
  • Lupacchino

    on January 22, 2015

    Jim Ostberg posted the following on January 22, 2015

    "Hi Pat

    My Dad Roger Ostberg is in your picture sitting next to your Dad. He died in 2003. But I just talked to Marv Chell who is in the picture as well. He remembers your Dad well and went with him on liberty at least once. Maybe Marv is the only one left from that crew? I've got hundreds of pics of the Vulcan cica 1945. My Dad took tons of pics. I tried emailing you but it bounced back. Contact me at gssgss@starmail22.com. thanks

    jim ostberg
    1-22-15"

  • Thomas (TW) Johnson

    on September 24, 2014

    I served aboard the Vulcan from mid 1970 to 21 Dec 1971. I was an RM3, obviously working in the radio spaces. When I arrived, the mighty V was in drydock; we sailed to GTMO, having stopped at San Juan and Kingston. It was my first time at sea, and I enjoyed it
    very much, even though it was before women were allowed on board. I regrettably missed that.

  • Gerald Robinette

    on November 22, 2013

    Was attached to COMSERVRONFOUR aboard Vulcan in 1965 when we spent a month off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during the DR "crisis".

  • Lupacchino

    on January 10, 2013

    AR-5 Vulcan

    Specifications

    Builder

    AR-5, New York Shipbuilding;
    AR-56-8, Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock, San Pedro CA

    Power Plant

    Four boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 11,000 shaft horsepower

    Length

    530 ft Overall Length
    520 ft Waterline Length

    Beam

    73 ft Extreme Beam
    73 ft Waterline Beam

    Draft

    26 ft Maximum Navigational Draft
    24 ft Draft Limit

    Displacement

    16,270-17,000 tons Full Displacement
    9,430 tons Light Displacement
    7,570 tons Dead Weight

    Speed

    19.2 knots

    Crew

    1,004 total
    Officers: 28 Enlisted: 745

    Aircraft

    None

    Armament

    4 5"/38
    8 40mm

  • Lupacchino

    on December 27, 2012

    From an e-mail from Linda Coffelt QM2 who served aboard USS VULCAN AR-5 from December 1978 to May 1980 - (See photos she has submitted while at underway watch station on the bridge).

    "I was on VULCAN from Dec '78 to May '80. (The infamous "first females" onboard a ship, not a hospital ship.) I've attached a couple of pictures if you wanted to post them. One of her bridge circa 1979, one of me, QM2, at my underway watch station, same year.

    Thanks for the site! It's good to see her history so that she may never be forgotten! So very sad she was scrapped instead of used as a museum.

    Thanks again.

    Linda Coffelt"

  • Ellis McMillan

    on December 20, 2012

    Just came across the site. My father, Ellis McMillan, served as a cook on the USS Vulcan 1941-1945. Dad died in 2009 and how I wish I could show him the pictures.

  • Lupacchino

    on November 25, 2012

    Check out the following link for a Crew Roster of the USS VULCAN AR-5 from 1942 onward
    http://www.hullnumber.com/pickship.php?type=TN&hullnumber=AR-5

  • Guest

    on September 1, 2012

    From an e-mail September 1, 2012 from Terry Biros who served onboard in the Communications Shack.

    USS VULCAN AR-5 - Nostalgia.

    Bone Yard YouTube Video of USS VULCAN AR-5 last days prior to demolition.

    Click on or cut and paste to your browser:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KFThab1pnI

  • Lupacchino

    on August 2, 2012

    Commanding Officers of USS VULCAN AR-5 (June 1941 To September 1991)
    01 LCDR. Hale, Peter Gerald 16 June 1941 - July 1941
    02 CDR. Fiske, Leon Sangster July 1941 - July 1942
    03 CDR. Tuggle, Richard Brittain :RADM July 1942 - October 1943
    04 CAPT. Pike, Clarence Henry October 1943 - February 1945
    05 CDR. Caldwell, Rex Smith February 1945 - July 1946
    06 CAPT. Gadding, W. E. July 1946 - July 1947
    07 CAPT. O'Daniel, Orville Kenneth July 1947 - November 1948
    08 CAPT. Hoffman, Charles Monroe Elmer :RADM November 1948 - August 1949
    09 CAPT. Gates, Hugh Horn August 1949 - October 1950
    10 CAPT. Palmer, Robie Ellis October 1950 - November 1951
    11 CAPT. Laing, Frederick Williams November 1951 - September 1952
    12 CAPT. Stuart, Daniel Alfriend September 1952 - November 1953
    13 CAPT. Miller, Daniel Byrd :RADM November 1953 - August 1954
    14 CAPT. Owen, Arthur Edwin August 1954 - August 1955
    15 CAPT. Nixon, Richard Mueller August 1955 - July 1956
    16 CAPT. Travis, Charles William July 1956 - July 1957
    17 CAPT. Howard, John William July 1957 - September 1958
    18 CAPT. Moreau, R. H. September 1958 - September 1959
    19 CAPT. Micheal, Fred Daniel September 1959 - August 1960
    20 CAPT. Marinke, Charles Anthony August 1960 - July 1961
    21 CAPT. Superfine, Irving Joseph July 1961 - June 1962
    22 CAPT. Marzetta, Dante Rudolph June 1962 - September 1963
    23 CAPT. Scherrer, Carl Leonard September 1963 - August 1964
    24 CAPT. Sahaj, Joseph August 1964 - June 1965
    25 CAPT. Wiemer Jr., Leo George Dewey June 1965 - December 1966
    26 CAPT. Boyle, Paul Andrew December 1966 - April 1968
    27 CAPT. Volk Jr., Ralph Leonard April 1968 - September 1969
    28 CAPT. Kanak, Robert A. September 1969 - 18 June 1971
    29 CAPT. Harlan Jr., Wick Raymond 18 June 1971 - 27 July 1973
    30 CAPT. Taylor, Clinton W. :RADM 27 July 1973 - January 1976
    31 CAPT. Williams, Douglas Avery January 1976 - 28 January 1978
    32 CAPT. Spencer Jr., Harry Arthur 28 January 1978 - March 1980
    33 CAPT. Roe Jr., John Emery March 1980 - April 1982
    34 CAPT. McConville, James Emmett April 1982 - 25 May 1984
    35 CAPT. Leeds, John Michael 25 May 1984 - 11 March 1986
    36 CAPT. Breece, James Philip 11 March 1986 - 26 March 1988
    37 CAPT. Smith, R. F. 26 March 1988 - 24 August 1990
    38 CAPT. Cleal, Stephen Roger 24 August 1990 - 27 September 1991

    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

  • Lupacchino

    on June 18, 2012

    From a June 18, 2012 e-mail from Will Rhyins PH2 . . .

    Wow 1958 - I was 4yrs old, but the Vulcan was in her prime. I was walikng down the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn yesterday and stopped an old Vet (age 92), we got into conversation and he told a great story about being aboard a destroyer that got hit duing Anzio battle in Italy. They pulled up alongside Vulcan in the Med for repairs to her hull and superstructure. While there,he got his watch crystal replaced in the 'Mircs Lab' as we called it then, by a USN watchmaker. We had two watchmakers aboard when I served 1973-77. What a great story. Ya can't make this up! And the serindipity of running into a First Class Radioman, who knew & loved Vulcan - Wow!