USS Sylvania

Our reunion group is open for
"All Hands" of the 
USS Sylvania from 1964 to 1994, including all helicopter groups - HC-6, Det. 97 and the WW II USS Sylvania (AKA-44).

  John D. Pierce
3093 Kissing Rock SE Lowell , MI 49331
Home Phone
(616) 897-5178
Cell Phone
(517) 927-3312

Other web pages of interest are:

Thank you to Jim Petersen
for sending the images of the patch and crest in memory of his father,
CW04 R. J. "Pete" Petersen,
Plank Holder,
First Ship's Boatswain



Send John Pierce change of an address - we are losing more than fifty people each year. We publish and mail out the Chatter to incorrect addresses because we are not notified of Change of Address which is too expensive.  Your help is needed to keep our mailing lists current. 
Please send John Pierce new addresses and E-mail addresses. 
If you should move your residence, please notify us in the future.

We took a lot of extra effort to locate crew members, plus printed and mailed 700 newsletters, but to reduce printing cost and postage we will only send the Chatter to those expressing an interest.  From now on, we will send the Chatter Newsletter  to those responding to the postcard inquiry to be sent late 2009 regarding the 2010 reunion.  During the past several years, approximately 200 people have responded to the mail out postcard announcement requesting information on the next reunion.  We will gather names, addresses and new telephone area codes of former crew members before we send out future Sylvania Chatter Newsletters to them.

Chatter Articles & News
It is up to you to furnish John Pierce information, memories and comments from our experience aboard the Sylvania for our web site or a Chatter Newsletter.  
Your help is needed!!

Information about your service
Share what you have been doing since serving on the Sylvania that you would like to include for publication in the newsletter.  Send these bits to John Pierce. We need your comments to make the Chatter Newsletter more interesting.

For more information, contact John Pierce about sending our reunion notices to your local newspapers. Only 50 percent of the names on the mailing list have phone numbers - please give us you phone number!!

D.  E-Mail and Networking
Please send in your e-mail address to add to our list.  Let us know if you want a copy of our E-Mail list.  It will not be sold to anyone.  

Let us know if you don’t want your E-Mail given out.

E.  Web Site
Also, keep checking our web site at If you have photos that you would like on our web page, please contact John Pierce.  Sign in on our guest book.  Are there other people who are looking for you?