USS Knox (DE/FF 1052) Reunion Association
Then and Now...
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Have you ever been curious about how well preserved everyone is today, or how your fellow shipmates have survived the past 20 or 30 (or 40!) years? Those of us who have attended the Knox reunions know what some of our shipmates now look like and have reestablished old friendships. But many more of you, for one reason or another, haven't come to the reunions and probably don't have a clue what your shipmates look like today or what they're doing. Now's your chance to let your shipmates know what you've become. We're starting a gallery of before and after photos to bring everybody up to date.

Dig up a favorite picture of yourself from the Knox era and one of you now. Submit your pictures in JPEG format (at least 300x300 pixels, but try to keep the file sizes under 500K) to me at jbosworth@roadrunner.com or webmaster@ussknox.org so I can include them here with the rest of the Knox scalawags! I'd also like you to include a brief biography - married? family? what are you doing these days? etc. so we know what you became after Knox. Allow me a few days to get your images up on the site.

Since this was my idea, I'll be the first to put my pictures up:


STG3 Jeff Bosworth, 1970 Jeff Bosworth, July, 2007

Circa 1970, Pearl Harbor, HI - A native of Harrisburg, PA, Jeff joined the Navy in April, 1968 after attending Penn State University for two years. He completed boot camp and Basic Electricity & Electronics (BEEP) School at Great Lakes. Completed Sonar "A" school and AN/SQS 26CX Operator's school, Key West, FL. Received orders to the Knox Pre Comm Det, San Diego, CA, early 1969. Came aboard Knox in Bremerton, WA, March, 1969, commissioned her in April, 1969, and remained aboard through two WESTPACs, 1970 and 1971. Honorably discharged in March, 1972 upon return to Pearl Harbor from the second WESTPAC.

Amelia, OH - With over 30 years experience in the IT industry, Jeff is now an instructor on the adjunct faculty of a local college, teaching computer science courses. He lives near Cincinnati on a 15 acre horse farm he and his wife, Tina, operate. They have Arabians and Quarter Horses, along with 2 goats, 15 chickens (and counting!), 4 dogs, and 12 cats...

Jeff returned to college after the Navy to finish his BS degree in Public Communications/Journalism at Syracuse University, and, in his spare time, did 24 years as a drilling Navy reservist, retiring with 28 years of service as a Senior Chief in June, 2000. Jeff earned his Private Pilot's license 10 years ago and is also an avid motorcyclist. Member of USNI, DESA, and is the 2nd VP of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 649..

STG1 Rick Walton, 1974 Rick Walton, 2005
Hong Kong Oregon City, OR - Rick and his wife Elizabeth live comfortably in the great state of Oregon. Rick is a technical/training writer for Xerox. I will get more info as soon as I beat him upside the head to get it to me...
LT Alan C. Hill (WEPS), 1969 Alan C. Hill, 2007

Pearl Harbor - Mr. Hill was the first Knox Weapons Officer. This photo taken aboard Knox during a sea and anchor detail, circa 1969

Philadelphia, PA - After departure KNOX, Mr. Hill had tours of duty at BUPERS, Navy Manpower and Material Analysis Center, Atlantic, Commander US Forces Azores Staff/Logistics and finished Navy career as Port Operations Officer, Naples, Italy. Retired as LCDR after 23 years.

After return to US, he got his Merchant Marine 2nd Officer's license. Subsequently returned to Philadelphia area and for past 20 years has worked for the Navy as a civilian at the Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia/Logistics C-130/S-3, and P-3 aircraft. Raised three daughters: a physical therapist, a graphic artist, and a Spanish teacher. Alan has no plans to retire at present. 

IC2 Alan Stancliff, 1979 Alan Stancliff, 2007
Alan joined Knox when it was in dry dock in Hawaii. It was his first ship. After dry dock and sea trials, he was aboard when Knox changed home ports from Pearl Harbor to Yokosuka, Japan. He remained on the Knox as an Interior Communications (IC) 2nd Class till 1981 when he left the Navy.  Alan moved to San Diego after military duty and has lived there for 26 years. He married his fiancé from Japan (Mihoko) immediately after leaving the military and had a son, Sean, in 1984 (Sean just graduated from college this year with a Criminal Justice degree).

Alan joined the Postal Service as a letter carrier and moved up through the ranks in management. He is the Postmaster of Spring Valley, California, in the San Diego area and is now contemplating retirement.

CDR William Hartman, Circa 1977 William Hartman, 2007
Bill was privileged to take command of  the ship in Pearl Harbor in 1977, and then change her homeport to Yokosuka Japan.  Operations in WESTPAC included some out of the way port visits like Cheju, Dumaguette, and Ned Kelly's turf (Geraldton, Australia).  He was blessed with the best tin can crew in the fleet and a terrific wardroom. Bill (on right) retired from the Navy in 1984 and entered the government contracting business.  He is currently a VP for Special Capabilities and enjoys having the opportunity to serve the forces deployed with quick reaction technologies.

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STG2 Jim Hanks, Circa 1971 Jim and Gail Hanks, 2007
Jim joined the Navy in 1968 upon graduation with high honors in Electrical Engineering Technology from Lake-Sumter Jr. College, Leesburg, FL. Recruit trained and attended Basic Electricity and Electronics (BEEP) School at Great Lakes, spending most school time helping other students and visiting his sister in Downers Grove. Met her neighbor, Gail there. Studied at Fleet SONAR School, Key West, A and C school on AN/SQS 26CX. Taught night class in electronics after having passed the instructor's exam with the highest score ever recorded. Unfortunately, was never acknowledged in service record. Attended Knox Precomm School San Diego with the best SONAR gang you could ask for, the Motley Crew. Went on to commission the Knox at Bremerton, 1969. Sailed two WESTPACs in 1970 and '71. Married wife, Gail, in May, 1970, and resided at 737 McCully St. in downtown Honolulu, about 7 blocks from Waikiki. Separated from the Navy in January 1972. Returned to home in Florida with Gail. Living with Gail in Florida on their twenty acre plot surrounded by 1100+ orange trees. Jim and Gail have four girls and one boy, and ten grandchildren all within ten miles of them. After the Navy, Jim went on to earn Bachelor's degree from Rollins College, Winter Park, FL and Master's degree from the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins. He became Lake County, FL, youngest licensed Electrical Contractor and later became State Certified as an Air Conditioning contractor. Jim owns Hanks Electric Company, Inc. in beautiful Historic Downtown Clermont, FL where he sells and services central A/C, heat, major appliances and other items like TV and Audio. He serves in his  hometown Southern Baptist church as a deacon. Jim was the volunteer Music Director for 15 years. "Enjoying the life God gave him, and praises Him every day."
LT (JG) Jerry Tiarsmith, 1979 Jerry Tiarsmith, 2007
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LT(JG) Jerry Tiarsmith (center), one of the three amigos aboard Knox during an April 1979 port visit in Subic Bay. He's flanked to his right by then-Ens. Blake White, ASWO, and on his left is Ens. Carl Braun, 1st LT. Jerry served as GAMO and acting Weapons Officer. In the background are several Knox-class frigates out of San Diego on their WESTPAC deployments. This picture was taken about 4 months prior to Knox's departure to the Indian Ocean and future participation in patrolling the Persian Gulf following the taking of hostages from the US embassy in Tehran, Iran in November.

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Upon leaving Knox, Jerry transferred to NAVSPECWARGRP ONE for further assignment to Special Boat Unit 12 where he alternatively served as Combat Crafts Officer; OIC, MST-3 Det Hotel; and Operations Officer. In late-1982, he transferred his commission to the US Army and served in Europe for almost four years as an infantry officer before leaving the military.  Since departing Knox, Jerry married.  He and his wife, Carol, had four children. They ultimately settled in Alabama where Jerry worked for DeanWitter/Morgan Stanley, a brokerage company.  He retired from his business career in December 2001 and found employment as an adjunct professor teaching history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), fulfilling a long-term dream.  They moved to Atlanta, Georgia in December 2004 when his wife was hired by Wachovia Bank to manage their Southern Region.  He is still teaching, but now at Georgia Perimeter College near his home. 
 
From Jerry: "In recent years, it has been a pleasure to hear from many former Knox sailors and to know that they have done well in life.  Knox was a good ship, but the men who served aboard her made her even better."

 

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