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AK (FBM) 260


Goose ship patch new "The Goose"Goose ship patch old

SS Columbia Victory 1944 - 1951
USS Betelgeuse AK260 1952 - 1974
The Goose entering Hampton Roads VA.





Your help (comments, information, photos,etc. ) would be greatly appreciated.

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 Betelgeuse memorial stone

Memorial marker placed in the Charleston Naval Base Memorial 2011

2016 Assocation Officers

 President - Richard Lawell
Vice President - Robert Stadler
Secretary/Treasurer - Arthur Miller
Chaplin - Jay Ebreth
Internet - Elmer Brown
Ship's Historian -
Bob Scannell

2016 Reunion

Bobby Cribb will be planning a tentative 2016 reunion for the first weekend in April and needs your input.

See reunion news for details.

Guest Book

Hope you can take time to sign our guest book. A great way to let your shipmates know what has happened to you since leaving the Betelgeuse, view what others have posted and a source to renew contacts.



Recent Updates:

October, 2016
Email address change - Paul Knapp

September, 2016
Deceased Shipmate - Jimmy Miller Sept 26. 2016
New shipmate listing - John Beach 56-58

August 2016
Email address - Roy Johnson 64-67
Email address - Barry Mcfarland 60-62

June 2016
Email address change - William West

March 2016
Deceased Shipmate - Don Kraker March 6, 2012

December 2015

2016 Reunion planning.
See reunion news for details

November, 2015
Email Address change - Jay Ebreth
New contact - Bobby Worth 58-60
New contact - Bruce Tucker 63-64
Deceased Shipmate - Hilton Logue - April 4, 2015
Deceased Shipmate - James Trotter - May 16, 2015
Deceased Shipmate - Henry Varnadore - Nov 11, 2015

Febuary 2015
Deceased Shipmate - George Smith - January 20, 2015
Email address changed - Walter Tucker

January 2015
2015 reunion details.
Added photo - April1962 Holy Loch.

December, 2014
Deceased Shipmate - Charles Auten - June or July 2014
Added photo- Remembering Holy Loch article with photos.

November, 2014
Deceased Shipmate - Alonzo ( Lonnie ) DeCell - Febuary 20, 2014
James Deforest Nelson - XO 1955 - May 5, 1961

August, 2014
Deceased Shipmate - Harold Glasure - July 25, 2013

July. 2014
New Contact - Joseph Summa 59*61
Email changes
Tom McGuire  63-65
Jim Keil 67-68