The 2018 USS Reeves Reunion is October 4-7 2018
 in Providence/Warwick, Rhode Island 
See the Reunions Page for full details 

Providence by night, is quite a sight.....


Check out Newsletter 11-1, with all the latest Reunion and Association info 

and, of course, the day after we get the Ironman Newsletter sent out, we recieved the following   

Latest Association News

It is with heavy heart that we announce that Master Chief John W. Armstrong (USN ret.) passed away on 11 June at 19:40 PDT at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego CA after a long bout with cancer. John lived a long and happy life in his beloved Navy, and after retirement attending many ship reunions and visiting with his shipmates.  John was an active member of the USS Reeves Association, and attended many of our reunions. Here is the obituary provided by his family:


John W. Armstrong Obituary [1941-2018]

Master Chief John W. Armstrong (USN ret.) was born in Gulfport MS to Walter Lewis Armstrong, Sr. and Ina Murray-Armstrong on February 20, 1941 and died in San Diego CA on June 11, 2018. John moved to Ellisville MS in 1947 from Woolmarket MS., and was raised there by his widowed mother. He attended Sand Hill Grammar School and Ellisville High School. John enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and completed his recruit training in San Diego CA. John progressed from Seaman Recruit to Master Chief during his 30-year Navy career, serving primarily in the Pacific Fleet. 

John’s first ship was the USS James E. Kyes (DD-787). After that tour, John served on the USS Mansfield (DD-728), where he was wounded in action off the coast of Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. Subsequent ship tours included the USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852), USS Providence (CLG-6), USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40), USS Kirk (FF-1087), and USS Reeves (CG-24).  He was home ported in Japan for 17 years during these tours and completed a shore tour in Orlando RTC FL as a drill instructor and two shore tours in San Diego.  John retired in 1988 in San Diego and resided at his home in Chula Vista the remainder of his life. In retirement, John enjoyed attending ship reunions and visiting with his many shipmates. He also worked with Ryder Student Transportation and First Student as a bus driver and contract manager. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, two wives [Tsugiyo Ueno-Armstrong and Mitsuko Doi-Armstrong], one brother [Master Chief Walter Lewis Armstrong, Jr. (USN ret.)], three sisters [Flora Marie Armstrong, Dorothy Armstrong-Baugh, and Rebecca Armstrong-Jefcoats], and two nephews [Gary Wendell Jefcoats and John Paul Armstrong]. He is survived by one brother [James Dewey (Jeanette) Armstrong], as well as numerous nephews and nieces. John will be laid to eternal rest at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego alongside his beloved wife, Mitsuko. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. 

  Please keep John's family in your prayers.

The Ship

Read the latest compiled ship's history at Ship's History  Shipmate Bruce Underwood (75-77) has donated a copy of the cruise book from WESTPAC 77.  See it at the Cruisebook web page.

Also, click on the Deck Logs link in the menu to see copies of logs acquired by shipmates.  Daily watch log images include July 1966 (partial), WESTPAC 71 (July 1971-December 1971) and WESTPAC 72 (October 1972-March 1973)

The Crew

Check the Archives for Familygrams. Reeves Chronicles, Ombudsman Newsletter, Agent Orange Deck Logs and other Historic Documents.  New Archive Document: 1970 Recommissioning Program from Doc Kelly.  The Crew Roster has been updated to include these names


This is a picture Lou Loupe Castillo took of REEVES from the whaleboat while maneuvering into Diego Garcia on 08/09/85 after being out at sea for over sixty days including thirty-five days in the Persian Gulf.  Note the red-lead covering the aft missile house from missile shots.  (From the REEVES CG-24 page in Facebook)


In nearly 30 years, this was as good, and as handsome, as she ever looked...a real fighting ship!  Photo taken in 1986 as REEVES departed Yokosuka after getting all cleaned up after her Indian Ocean Deployment.  See the gallery of ship's photos from the earliest to the last days.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right

Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
 Second Row -
Navy Unit Commendation - Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)- Battle E (3)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary (2) - National Defense (2)- Armed Forces Expeditionary (2)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service (9) - Humanitarian Service - Sea Service Deployment (7)
Fifth Row - ROV Gallantry Cross - ROV Civil Action 1st Class -
Vietnam Campaign

ACP116 International Call Sign

November India Echo Mike

November India Echo Mike

Original Ship's Crest

As described in the ship’s Commissioning Booklet in 1964:

The REEVES insignia was created by the United States Army Institute of Heraldry and is composed of various heraldic symbols which have appeared repetitively on the coats of arms of the Reeves family.  The pheons symbolize the bearing of arms and the flames trailing from them further indicate REEVES’ missile capability.  The chevron is, of course, a military device and the wavy upper edge represents the sea.  REEVES’ inherent strength as well as her capability to strike beneath the sea is represented by the scallop shell.  The eagle symbolizes the United States, and its  place above the shield signifies the guardian role of our Naval Forces.  The mermaids also symbolize the seas, the operating medium of the REEVES.  Admiral Reeves’ rank is illustrated by the four stars appearing on each side of the border.

As provided by CAPT Wentworth in 1966:

…as far as we know it is unique among U.S. Navy ships.  It was designed for us by the Heraldic Division of the U.S. Army, and you will note they used the eagle with the full spread wings, rather than the traditional naval emblem.

Website Used As Source For Maritime History Seminar

We have been informed that our website is being used as a history resource for a seminar the Daly City, CA.  One of the students located a source for maritime ships and their cargos.  It is included here as additional history resource.  There are several US Navy ships included.  Please check it out!  Also, check out other links on our Links webpage.

About the USS Reeves
There have been two U.S. Navy ships to carry the Reeves name. The first USS Reeves was a 1400-ton Buckley class escort ship built at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia. She was named in honor of Chief Radioman Thomas James Reeves, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
After a year of Atlantic convoy escort duty (1943-1944) as DE-156, the Reeves was converted to a high speed transport. The USS Reeves (APD-52) reported to the Pacific Fleet early in 1945 and took part in the Ryukyus campaign. At the end of the War, she moved up to Japan to support the repatriation of prisoners of war and other occupation activities. Returning to the United States in late 1945, she was decommissioned in July 1946 and was laid up at Green Cove Springs, Florida. USS Reeves remained in the Atlantic reserve fleet until June 1960 and was then transferred to Ecuador for use as a floating electric power plant.
Further information for the first USS Reeves can be found at the  and
The second USS Reeves was Leahy-class guided missile frigate officially classified as a destroyer leader (DLG) (later reclassified as a cruiser - CG) that was named for Vice Adm. Joseph Mason "Bull" Reeves. Admiral Reeves is also known as the "father of carrier warfare." USS Reeves was built by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. Her keel was laid down on 1 July 1960. She was launched on 12 May 1962 and commissioned on 15 May 1964. With the exception of a period at Bath Iron Works for her first AAW upgrade, the Reeves served entirely in the Pacific fleet and was alternately homeported at Pearl Harbor or Yokosuka, Japan.
Throughout her nearly 30 years of service, the Reeves spent four tours off the coast of Vietnam in the 60s and 70s. She maintained a U.S. presence in the Western Pacific as part of Battle Group Alfa, homeported in Yokosuka, for most of the 1980s. USS Reeves returned to Pearl Harbor where she spent the last three years until decommissioning 12 November 1993. The Reeves remained at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor until she was towed south on her final cruise to the Coral Sea. During Tandem Thrust 2001, a joint Naval exercise with the U.S. and Australian navies, Reeves was sunk on 31 May 2001 as a target ship for Australian Air Force precision bonbing training. She rests nearly three miles down at the bottom of the Coral Sea about 170 miles east of Fraser Island and the coast of Australian.
It is to the memory of the second USS Reeves and the 4,000+ shipmates that served in her that this site is dedicated.

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