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Oriskany in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


USS Oriskany CVA-34

Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, August 1, 2020
1. Anchor Marker
First Plaque
USS Oriskany CVA-34
In Memory Of Those
Who Served Our Nation In
As Did The Aircraft Carrier
Donated By
Utica Moose Lodge No. 450

Proceeding forward along walk towards the anchor, the plaques to the left and right
Left Plaque
In memory
Of those who
Served our Nation
World War I
World War II

Right Plaque
In memory
Of those who
Served our Nation
Desert Shield
Desert Storm

Large Middle Plaque
USS Oriskany CV-34
Casualties Korea-Vietnam

Korean War
Ship's Company
PHAN Thomas L. McGraw, Jr. AE3 Thomas M. Yeager

Air Group Squadrons
VF-62 - LTJG James M. Weaver
VF-121 - ENS Randolph T. Scoggan
VF-122 – LTJG Ralph N. Mew LTJG Roy Taylor
VA-923 - Lt George A. Gaudette, Jr. LTJG James A. Hudson CDR John C. Micheel

Vietnam War
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LTJG Dewey L. Alexander
SA Peter Chan
LTJG Ramon A. Copple
SN Jimmy M. Dolan
CDR Richard E. Donahue
SN Robert L. Dyke
LCDR Omar R. Ford
LT Frank M. Gardner
LCDR William J. Garrity, Jr.
SN James K. Gray
JO3 Raul A. Guerra
CDR Jack H. Harris
AA Greg E. Hart
LTJG James B. Hudis
CDR Harry W. Juntilla
LTJG James A. Kelly, Jr.
SN James A. Lee
LCDR Walter F. Merrick
CDR Charles D. Metzler
BM3 Donald W. Shanks
BM3 Alvin M. Shifflett, Jr.
LTJG Franklin M. Tunick
LT Edwin W. Van Ordin, Jr.

Air Wings and Squadrons

CDR Rodney B. Carter
LCDR Donald V. Davis
LT Lloyd P. Hyde
LCDR Jesse J. Taylor

CAPT Donald D. Aldren

LTJG Cody A. Balisteri
LCDR Norman S. Levy
LTJG William G. M. Williams, Jr.

LTJG Lawrence S. Mailkes

MAJ Robert G. Bell, USAF
ENS Charles W. Boggs
LT Terry A. Dennison
CDR Herbert P. Hunter
ADJAN Wayne A. Michalak
LCDR Richard W. Minnich, Jr.

LT John B. Martin, Jr.

LT Richard E. Lineberry

LT Joseph R. Klugg
LT Henry S. McWhorter
LTJG Robert D. Rudolph

LT Stanley K. Smiley

USS Oriskany CV-34 image. Click for full size.
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2. USS Oriskany CV-34
Casualties Korea - Vietnam
44 men were killed in a onboard fire in 1966
James A. Beene
LTJG Robin B. Cassell
CDR John A. Feldhaus
LT Charles W. Fryer
AO3 Dale A. Lash
AZAN David A. Liste
CDR John J. Nussbaumer
LT Edd D. Taylor
ENS Darwin J. Thomas
VA -153
CDR Thomas P. Frank

LT Daniel V. Borah, Jr.
LT Leon F. Haas

LT Malcolm A. Avore
LCDR Ralph C. Bisz
CAPT Roy H. Bowling
LCDR James E. Dooley
LT Ralph B. Foulks, Jr.
LCDR Jeffrey M. Krommenhoek
LT Clarence D. Miller
LCDR Clement J. Morisette
LTJG Thomas B. Spitzer
ENS Ronald B. Tardio

LCDR John F. Barr
LTJG James L. Brewer
LTJG William H. Bullard
CDR Frank C. Elkins
CDR Richard D. Hartman
LT David L. Hodges
LTJG William A. Johnson
LTJG Frederic W. Knapp
LCDR Richard G. Perry
CAPT Trent R. Powers
LCDR Daniel B. Strong
CDR Clyde R. Welch
AMS3 Richard M. Woynarski

LTJG William R. Clements
LT John F. Francis
LTJG Norman L. Roggow

ATC Roland R. Pineau
LTJG Donald F. Wolfe
LTJG Andrew G. Zissu

ADJ2 Barry A. Bidwell
LTJG Raymond V. Deblasio, Jr.
LT John R. Painter, Jr.
LTJG Charles S. Taylor

CDR George K. Farris
AE Charles D. Hardie
Commanders and Sister Ship USS Franklin image. Click for full size.
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3. Commanders and Sister Ship USS Franklin
Bruce M. Patterson
LCDR James A. Smith

CDR James R. Dennison
LT Terrence H. Hanley
PHCS Henry H. Herrin, Jr.

LT Josslyn F. Blakely, Jr.
LT Julian D. Hammond, Jr.
ENS Daniel 0. Kern
LTJG Gerald W. Siebe
FN William Walling
LTJG James R. Welsh

AMHAN Thomas M. Prezorski
T. Booth Holker CAPT USAF

Donated With Pride And Gratitude By
Officers And Men Of The USS Oriskany

Just before the anchor pedestal
Last Large Plaque

Commanding Officers
USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34)
Capt. Percy H. Lyon, USN Sep 50 - Jul 51
Capt. John O. Lambrecht, USN Jul 51 - Jul 52
Capt. Courtney Shands, USN Jul 52 - Jun 53
Capt. Charles D. Griffin, USN Jun 53 - Jul 54
Capt. Leroy C. Simpler, USN Jul 54 - Jul 55
Capt. Charles L. Westhofen, USN Jul 55 - Jan 57
Capt. James M. Wright, USN Mar 59 - Feb 60
Capt. William S. Guest, USN Feb 60 - Mar 61
Capt. Harry H. Barton, USN Mar 61 - Mar 62
Capt. Charles A. Iarrobino, USN Mar 62 - Mar 63
Capt. Herman J. Trum, USN Mar 63 - Mar 64
Capt. William H. House, USN Mar 64 - Mar 65
Capt. Bartholomew J. Connolly III, USN Mar 65 - Mar 66
Capt. John H. Iarrobino, USN Mar 66 - Mar 67
Capt. Billy D. Holder, USN Mar
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4. Anchor Marker
67 - Mar 68
Capt. Jack S. Kenyon, USN Mar 68 - Sep 69
Capt. John A. Gillcrist, USN Sep 69 - Sep 70
Capt. Frank S. Haak, USN Sep 70 - Mar 72
Capt. John C. Barrow, USN Mar 72 - Oct 73
Capt. Forrest P. Anderson, USN Oct 73 - Jan 75
Capt. Huntington Hardisty, USN Jan 15 - Jun 76
Capt. Robert O. Conaughton, USN Jun 76 - Sep 76

Presented by Captains
Charles A. & John H. Iarrobino
The only two brothers in
United States Naval History to
command the same capital ship

Plaque on the Left Fluke of the Anchor
USS Franklin CV13
Sister ship of the USS Oriskany CV34
CV13 WWII Awards
*2 Congressional Medals Of Honor
*19 Navy Crosses
*22 Silver Stars
*115 Bronze Stars
*119 Commendation Medals
*1,155 Purple Hearts (808 posthumously)
*55 Distinguished Flying Crosses
*118 Air Medals
925 KIA

Plaque on the Right Fluke of the Anchor
In Memory of Our Captain
John H. Iarrobino
Those who served on board the Carrier USS Oriskany,
their families as well as the residents of the Village of
Oriskany and surrounding communities.

We will be forever grateful for the accomplishments of
Captain John M. Iarrobino. Because of his dedication,
perseverance and leadership,
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many items
from the "Mighty 0” have been obtained and preserved, thus
insuring that the history of the carrier and those
that served so gallantly aboard her,
will never be forgotten. We in turn will never forget "Captain John",
his love of family, country, the USS Oriskany, his many
friends and shipmates, We salute you many times over and
wish for you God Speed, Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, KoreanWar, Vietnam.
Location. 43° 9.197′ N, 75° 19.672′ W. Marker is in Oriskany, New York, in Oneida County. Memorial is at the intersection of New York State Route 69 and Oklahoma Avenue, on the right when traveling south on State Route 69. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oriskany NY 13424, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Summit Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Oriskany War Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Near This Spot (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Woolen Mill (approx. half a mile away); Preserving a Memorial Park (approx. 2˝ miles away); To The Unknown Patriotic Soldiers of Tryon County (approx. 2˝ miles away); General Herkimer's Troops (approx. 2˝ miles away); Ambush Started Here (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oriskany.
More about this marker. The marker is the anchor of the decommissioned USS Oriskany surrounded by seven plaques memorializing the sailors, commanders, and lfyers of the ship during the Korean and Vietnam War. Two plaques honor veterans of more recent wars. The markers line a path leading to anchor on display at the south end of the walk.
Also see . . .  USS Oriskany (Wikipedia). (Submitted on August 6, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 248 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 5, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 6, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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