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Jennavieve Brausen-LeLoup Jennavieve Brausen-LeLoup from Buffalo wrote on October 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm:
I was wondering if anyone knew my Grandpa or could help me out with where or who I could contact to get some information. His name was Lawrence (Larry) Brausen. He was on the USS Canberra on October 13th 1944, and received a purple heart. He also was on the USS Nevada, USS Houston, Sitkoh Bay, and Missouri. He is buried at Ft Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis MN. I've been searching for years to find his service records so we can properly honor his bravery and sacrifice. He NEVER spoke of his time in the war. It took forever to get the correct information from his record to have his medal inscription on his tombstone. My dad, his son, had to fight with them for a year before it finally was done. It was SO important for all of our family but especially my dad who himself is a 70 year old 100 percent service connected disabled Vietnam veteran who will eventually be buried in the National Cemetery with my mom in there plots with his dad and mom. Sadly though, my dad has no idea the extent of the role his dad had in our history until I started searching Now I've feverishly searching trying EVERYTHING to make sure that this important part of family history doesn't die and my Grandpa's service will be honored and live on in our family for generations. Any suggestions or information of ANY kind would be GREATLY appreciated.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Hi, check our museum collections from time to time and search using his name. We may have pictures or other info. Also, check the Ships Log and other documents on this site. Good Luck!
Mrs Cynthia McLain Bayliss Mrs Cynthia McLain Bayliss from Banbury, England wrote on October 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm:
Dear Gordon - I have emailed twice to tell you that I have a small collection of USS Canberra memorabilia from my late father who served in the Pacific during WWII but have not heard back from you. I'd be grateful for a response. Thank you.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
I apologize for the late response. Thank you for offering to send them to the USS Canberra Reunion Association ( They provided most of the museum images so far) and allowing me to share them on this site.
Richard Huber ETN2 Richard Huber ETN2 from Waynesboro, PA wrote on August 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm:
Served aboard CAG-2 from July, 1965 thru April, 1968 in OE Division. We did 3 Vietnam tours and visited Hong Kong, Subic Bay & Australia (Melbourne). Home ported out of San Diego, but we spent most of our time off the Vietnam coast doing Naval gunfire support.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Thank you for the post. Please email me any pictures you would like to share on this site.
John R Coffey Jr John R Coffey Jr wrote on July 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm:
very nice. My Uncle, Richard Coffey(1924-1980), served aboard WWII, and what happened Oct 44 was forever etched in his mind-JRC
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Thank you! - do you have any pictures or letters etc of his from that era that you would like to share on the website?
Jim Mulholland Jim Mulholland from Granby, CO wrote on June 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm:
I chased Canberra from Subic to Hong Kong to catch up to her at the end of her first Vietnam deployment. Served as R, 2nd, and 4th Divisions Officer from the to April 1968. Qualified as EWO, OODF before leaving for shore duty. Wonderful crew and COs!
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Any pictures, letters, artifacts to share?
Tom Wood Tom Wood from Foristell Missouri wrote on June 7, 2016 at 5:10 am:
Really like the history museum pictures. Served onboard from Oct 62 until July 65 M division after engine room. Hoping to make this years reunion.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Thanks! Any pictures, letters, stories to share?
James Franco James Franco from Hereford wrote on May 30, 2016 at 8:30 pm:
Was wondering if anyone knew my granddad. He was 1 of the 23.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
I will check to see if I have a picture of him
Louis DAmbrosio Louis DAmbrosio from Myrtle Beach wrote on May 11, 2016 at 1:59 pm:
Served on board S-3 Division from 1058 to 1960, made the 1958 Med cruise and the 1960 around the world cruise, was ships barber.
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Do you have any pics etc to share?
Bob Tylinski Bob Tylinski from Indianoplis wrote on April 15, 2016 at 3:29 am:
Served aboard: Mar. 19 1961 - Dec. 05 1962 FTM 2 FM Division Great ship Great ship mates Great memories Great reunions
Admin Reply by: Gordon Peck
Bob, Thank you for visiting the museum. How do you like it so far... - Gordon
Gordon Peck Gordon Peck wrote on April 12, 2016 at 11:16 pm:
Hello Gordon - guestbook looks great