I have been a carpenter for over 30 yrs
Hello Bill Kaufman,
This is Doug LaFriniere, Replying to your letter.
I joined the navy june 21 1956, did my basic at great lakes, and was stationed for 18 mo. at Des base in San Diago.
From there went aboard the "Benn" until discharge in May 1960.
I have been a carpenter for over 30 yrs in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area in Minnesota, married, 5 kids, 1!? wife,
Because of bad behavior, and general indifference, I never got above E4, but I sure enjoyed my time on west pack cruises on the old Benny,
Sorry to hear that she is no more.
I have contacted other shipmates informing them of the web site.
May see you at the reunion,
Catch you later,
Doug LaFriniere aka Frenchie
My address is:
850 39th ave ne
Minneapolis, MN, 55421