Welcome to the U.S.S. Carpenter Crew Website

We want to welcome you to the the U.S.S. Carpenter DD-825 Crew website. This website represents the crew members of the U.S.S. Carpenter DD-825. The website is maintained by the U.S.S. Carpenter DD-825 Shipmate Association. You can find information regarding the ship, the crews, reunions, and much more. We are always adding content, news, pictures and other things so make sure you visit our site frequently to be up to date with anything related to the U.S.S. Carpenter DD-825 crew.

Message from the Board

President Coy Ritchie
Vice President Jimmie Kennedy
Past President Joel Weinbaum
Secretary Marty Wilson
Treasurer Lowell Pogatchnik
Historian Phil (Shep) Shepard

Ahoy Pirates! Welcome to the USS Carpenter DD825 Shipmates Association official website. Our association was formed in 2003 at a reunion in Las Vegas. At that time, by-laws were adopted and association officers were elected, and later we incorporated. There were 125 shipmates and spouses in attendance at this first reunion.

During the 32 years (1949-1981) that Carpenter and crew served their country, many foreign ports were visited, downed pilots and a space capsule recovered, provided shore bombardments in Korea and Vietnam, stood ready in many cold war alerts, participated in Operation Ivy, a high altitude thermonuclear blast, provided anti-submarine protection to many ASW carriers, and participated in the evacuation of Matsu and Quemoy Islands, just to name a few of her feats. Carpenter was a great ship with a proud crew.

Our reunions have re-united old friends and allowed us to form new friendships. Unfortunately, as we grow older, some of our shipmates have passed away. We always honor them during the Two Bell ceremony at the closing banquet. Their widows are part of our "crew" and are encouraged to join us.

Fair winds and following Seas!

The USS Carpenter Shipmates Board of Directors

News Updates


Hi Mates,

I regret to inform you that Ed Koenig, RM2, 1960-1963, passed away Sept. 7, 2014 in Thornton, CO.


Ahoy Pirates,

Here is some additional info on the Portland, OR. reunion in 2015.

Reunion Registration. To register for the reunion, go to
, click on reunions, type in Carpenter, click on the Carpenter logo, then click on Registration. Print off that form, fill it in and mail it and your registration fee to the address on the form.

Hotel Registration. The reunion hotel is the Red Lion Hotel on the River, Jantzen Beach.To make your hotel registration, go to redlionontheriver.com or call the hotel at 503-283-4466. Hotel reservations must be made separate from the reunion reservation. Be sure and mention USS Carpenter reunion. If you require handicap accessible rooms, be sure and mention that.

If you have any questions, contact me at 714-776-4019 or kennjd3@gmail.com or Coy Ritchie at 303-690-5118 or coyritchie@aol.com.

This reunion promises to be a good one (again). hope to see you there.


Take a look at the Itinerary here


Hi Again,

For those of you who had problems with the link I sent earlier, try reunionpro.com/reunions. Please give some serious thought to attending the reunion in Jacksonville.

Fair winds and following seas,


Passing of a Fellow Pirate

Ahoy Shipmates,

We have received word of the passing of Clyde Dean Hyden of North
Vernon, IN. Clyde served aboard the USS Carpenter in the early 1970's.
Clyde is survived by his wife Jeanetta and two sons, Zachary and
Christopher. He will be remembered in our Two Bell ceremony at our 2014


Passing Of Our Fellow Pirates

Hi Pirates,

A friend of Richard Howgard has informed me of his passing. Richard
served on Carpenter from 1959 to 1963 and passed away in Buffalo, NY. We
will honor Richard at the "Two Bell" ceremony in Cincinnati in April.

Stay Well,



Hi Pirates,

It is with sadness that I report the passing of another Pirate. Joe Yee, Lt., 1952 to 1954 passed away in his sleep In Danville, Ca at the age of 83. Joe remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1967. After leaving the Carpenter in 1954, he began teaching high school math and did so for 33 years. Joe's daughter, Kathryn (Yee) Engel would like to hear from anyone who served with and remembers her father. She can be reached at P.O. Box 636, Hamilton, MT. 59840-0636, by phone at 406-360-2331 or e-mail at kengel_1@hotmail.com.

Stay well,


Hi Mates,

I regret to inform you that Richard Wood Jr. passed away in September. Richard was aboard Carpenter from 1966 to 1969. He will be honored at the Two Bell ceremony at the Las Vegas reunion.


Ahoy Mates,

David Oelke's wife has informed me that David passed away November 20, 2011. David served aboard the Carpenter fro 1955 to 1959 as CSSN and resided in WI. The USS Carpenter Shipmates Association extends sympathies to Arla and family. David will be honored during the Two Bell Ceremony at the Carpenter reunion in Las Vegas.