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
email@example.com 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
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,
STG1 Rick Walton, 1974
Rick Walton, 2005
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
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
Click on the image to see a
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
LT (JG) Jerry Tiarsmith, 1979
Jerry Tiarsmith, 2007
Photo Coming Soon
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.
Click on the image to see a
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."