Welcome… It’s been thirty eight years since I walked down the USS Mazama gangplank in Brooklyn, New York on May 23, 1968 with my separation papers, never to look back….or so I thought.
In 1974, I hooked up with Bill Gohde in Hoboken on a business trip to New York City. This meeting with Bill set into motion a plan to someday, someway reunite with many of the crewmembers we served with on two cruises and a trip around the world. Looking back, those were two amazing years.
This website memorializes those two years, and also provides Mazama crew-members, their family and friends with the history of USS Mazama AE-9 from 1945 to 1970. While she is no longer with us, a piece of her memory lives on in each of us. In 2005, a few of us met in Milwaukee to celebrate our time together on Mazy in the 1960’s. More reunions are planned as our group grows, so pass the word and stay in touch. Now, welcome back aboard the USS Mazama AE-9. Enjoy!
Jim “Doc” Gaspard, 1966 – 1968