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Greenwich Bay

A bay off the Rhode Island coast.

(AVP-41: d. 1 766 t., 1. 310'9", b. 41'1", dr. 13'6"; s.
18 k.; a. i 5", 6 40mm.; epl. 315; el. Barnellat)

Greenwich Bag (AVP-41) was launched 17 March 1945 by the Lake Washington Shipyard, Haughton, Wash. sponsored by Mrs. Francis B. Johnson, wife of the Commander Fleet Air Wing 6, and commissioned 20 May 1945, Comdr. Peter F. Boyle in command.

Departing San Diego 26 August after an intensive shakedown, the new seaplane tender sailed for Taku China, 5 October via Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Okinawa. Greenwich Bay spent the rest of 1945 along the China coast, touching at Tsingtao and Shanghai as well as Taku, tending seaplanes of the 7th Fleet. She operated in Japanese waters during January 1946, and after a short stint in the Philippines, sailed for the States 1 May. Reaching Norfolk 1 July 1946 via Hong Kong, Singapore, Naples, Casablanca, and Gibraltar, Greenwich Bay continued on to New York for overhaul.

Greenwich Bay reported to the Potomac River Naval Command 19 February 1947 to serve as escort to Williamsburg, the Presidential Yacht. This assignment ended 21 June 1948 as she departed Norfolk for an around the-world cruise. During her 4 month sailing, Greenwich Bay made good will visits to Gibraltar, Port Said, .Muscat, Bahrein, Kuwait, Trineomalee ( India ), Fremantle, Pago Pago, Papeete (Tahiti), and Coeo Solo before returning to Norfolk 14 October.

Greenwich Bay sailed 30 April 1949 to assume duties as flagship for Commander, U.S. Navy Middle East Force. Every year since then she has repeated this duty, sailing through the Mediterranean to operate as flagship in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean for 4 to 6 months In addition to operating with Allied naval units in these areas, Greenwich Bay has done extensive work in the People-to-People program, particularly in carrying drugs and other medical supplies to the Arabian and African nations and operated as an important tool of diplomacy, helping to maintain peace in this oil-rich land.

In 1950 the tender's crew distinguished itself in Bahrein Arabia, as Air France planes crashed there on 13 and 15 June while attempting to make early-morning landings on a fog-shrouded field. Greenwich Bay sent out a total of six search-and-rescue missions on the 2 tragic days. On 15 June one of her launches, containing both her captain and medical officer, succeeded in rescuing nine survivors of the crash. For her heroic action Greenwich Bay received the special commendation and thanks of both the Arabian and French governments.

When the Suez Crisis flared up in 1956 and seemed to threaten war, Greenwich Bay extended her normal cruise in the Persian Gulf to be able to evacuate American dependents and civilians if necessary. As a result of the blocking of the canal, she had to return to the States around the Cape of Good Hope. In her Middle East duties, which are punctuated by local operations and exercises out of Norfolk, Greenwich Bay has been visited by many outstanding figures, including King Iban Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Shah of Iran, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and the Shaikh of Kuwait.

Ports which she has visited as part of her official duties as flagship include virtually every major Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea City as well as several African ones. Among them are Recife, Lisbon, Malta, Bombay, Istanbul, Athens, Beirut, Mombassa (Kenya), Cannes, Karachi, and Madras. Greenwich Bay has made 15 Mediterranean deployments protecting American interests and helping to maintain peace in the Middle East. In a conversation with Admiral R. R. Carney and Captain (now Rear Admiral) E. M. Eller Commander Middle Eastern Force, the late King Iban Saud expressed the Navy's role in this historic region:
'The Navy loves freedom. It is the Bedouin of the sea."

Greenwich Bay was struck from the Navy List 1 July 1966 and sold to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.


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USS GREENWICH BAY AVP 41

THE GALLOPING GHOST OF THE PERSIAN COAST

THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS GREENWICH BAY AVP 41 FROM 1945 TO 1966.

I hope that this update finds you all well. Keep safe and waiting to see all of you in 2021. New announcement for 2021.

THE 2021 REUNION REUNION INFORMATION

The first reunion was held in October 1995 in Dayton Ohio. Hosted by

N Bancroft 1956 -1958 EN2 there were 27 veterans present in 1995

We maintain a roster that includes active members as well as those that have passed. The ship was in commission from 1945 to 1966. There is always an active effort on our part to locate shipmates that are not yet on our roster. This Roster is kept updated by EE Barnett 1962-1964 IC2 . Click if you would like to be added to our roster.

This site is maintained and updated by FG Schultz EN2 1961-1963 Michigan. You may contact me personally about content and or missing links at: Freddies Place.

Contact us if you have pictures or would like some sent to you.

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Greenwich Bay departed Norfolk on 30 April 1949 to assume duties as flagship for the Commander of the U.S. Navy Middle East Force. Every year thereafter she repeated this duty, sailing through the Mediterranean to operate as flagship in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean for 4 to 6 months. In total Greenwich Bay made fifteen Mediterranean deployments. During most of this period, she performed these duties in rotation with two other Barnegat-class ships, USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) and USS Valcour (AVP-55). These three ships were dubbed the "little white fleet", in reference to the white paint jobs they shared to counter the region's extreme heat.

USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) visits Barcelona, Spain, in May or early June 1961 on her way to that year's deployment as flagship in the Middle East.

Ports which Greenwich Bay visited as part of her official duties as flagship included Recife, Brazil Lisbon, Portugal and virtually every major Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea city as well as several African ones. Among them were Malta Bombay and Madras, India Istanbul, Turkey Athens, Greece Beirut, Lebanon Mombassa, Kenya Cannes, France and Karachi, Pakistan. In addition to operating with foreign naval units in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean, Greenwich Bay performed extensive work in the People-to-People program, particularly in carrying drugs and other medical supplies to Arab and African nations, and operated as an important tool of diplomacy in the region. In her Middle East duties, which were punctuated by local operations and exercises out of Norfolk, Greenwich Bay was visited by many dignitaries, including King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, the Shah of Iran, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and the Shaikh of Kuwait.

In 1950 Greenwich Bay ' s crew distinguished itself in Bahrain, as Air France planes crashed there on 13 June 1950 and 15 June 1950 while attempting to make early-morning landings on a fog-shrouded airfield. Greenwich Bay sent out a total of six search-and-rescue missions on those two days. On 15 June 1950 one of her launches, containing both her captain and medical officer, succeeded in rescuing nine survivors of the crash. For her heroic actions, Greenwich Bay received the special commendation and thanks of both the Arabian and French governments.

When the Suez Crisis flared up in 1956, Greenwich Bay extended her normal cruise in the Persian Gulf to be able to evacuate American dependents and civilians if necessary. As a result of the blocking of the Suez Canal, she had to return to the United States around the Cape of Good Hope.


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USS Greenwich Bay AVP 41

Persian Gulf and Med Cruise

1958 Cruise Book

Bring the Cruise Book to Life with this Multimedia Presentation

This CD will Exceed your Expectations

A great part of Naval history.

You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Greenwich Bay AVP 41 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

Some of the items in this book are as follows:

  • Some Ports of Call: Gibraltar, Cannes, Bombay India, Bahrein, Ceyon, Karachi Pakistan, Columbo, Bermuda, Barcelona and Velencia Spain.
  • Individual Crew Photos with Names
  • Change of Command Ceremony
  • Massawa Beer Party
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Norfolk Homecoming
  • Many Crew Activity Photos
  • Plus Much More

Over 377 Photos Plus Individual Crew Photos with names on Approximately 109 Pages.

Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Small Seaplane Tender during this time period.

Additional Bonus:

  • Several Additional Images of the USS Greenwich Bay AVP 41 (National Archives)
  • 6 Minute Audio of " Sounds of Boot Camp " in the late 50's early 60's
  • Other Interesting Items Include:
    • The Oath of Enlistment
    • The Sailors Creed
    • Core Values of the United States Navy
    • Military Code of Conduct
    • Navy Terminology Origins (8 Pages)
    • Examples: Scuttlebutt, Chewing the Fat, Devil to Pay,
    • Hunky-Dory and many more.

    Why a CD instead of a hard copy book?

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    Greenwich Bay AVP-41 - History

    Persian Gulf Cruise

    24 June 1954 - 18 December 1954 Cruise Book

    A great part of naval history.

    You would be purchasing an exact copy of the USS Greenwich Bay AVP 41 cruise book during this time period. Each page has been placed on a CD for years of enjoyable computer viewing. The CD comes in a plastic sleeve with a custom label. Every page has been enhanced and is readable. Rare cruise books like this sell for a hundred dollars or more when buying the actual hard copy if you can find one for sale.

    This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who may have served aboard her. Usually only ONE person in the family has the original book. The CD makes it possible for other family members to have a copy also. You will not be disappointed we guarantee it.

    Some of the items in this book are as follows:

    • Some Ports of Call: Gibraltar , France , Genoa Italy , Suez Canal, Aden , Bombay India , Massawa Eritrea , Ceylon , Karachi Pakistan , and Valencia Spain .
    • Brief History of the Ship
    • Individual Crew Photos with Names and Hometown
    • Divisional Group Photos
    • Cruise Itinerary (Ports and Dates)
    • Ships Party
    • Many Crew Activity Photos
    • Plus Much More

    Over 268 Photos plus Individual Crew Photos with names on Approximately 97 Pages.

    Once you view this book you will know what life was like on this Small Seaplane Tender during this time period.


    Greenwich Bay AVP-41 - History

    USS Greenwich Bay , a 1,766-ton Barnegat class small seaplane tender, was built at Houghton, Washington, and was commissioned in May 1945. She departed San Diego in August 1945 shortly after the cease fire in the Pacific. Arriving on the China Coast in October, she tended seaplanes at Taku, Tsingtao, and Shanghai. In 1946, she operated in Japanese waters and in the Philippines befor sailing for the United States in May. Transiting via the Mediterranean, she reached Norfolk in July.

    Between February 1947 and June 1948 Greenwich Bay served as escort to the Presidential yacht Williamsburg (AGC-369, ex PG-56). She then made a round-the-world goodwill cruise, visiting ports in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and south Pacific before returning to Norfolk in October 1948.

    In April 1949 Greenwich Bay commenced the duty that was to dominate the rest of her career, service as a flagship for Commander, U. S. Navy Middle East Force. During this and some 14 subsequent annual deployments, she sailed through the Mediterranean, and operated as flagship in the Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Indian Ocean for periods of 4 to 6 months. She supported U. S. diplomacy in the region, operated with allied and friendly naval forces, and did extensive humanitarian work in the People-to-People program. During most of this period, she performed these duties in rotation with two sisters, Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) and Valcour (AVP-55). USS Greenwich Bay was decommissioned in June 1966 and sold for scrapping in May 1967.

    This page features, or provides links to, all our views of USS Greenwich Bay .

    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, Washington, on 16 May 1945.

    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

    Online Image: 79KB 740 x 620 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

    Underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, Washington, on 16 May 1945.

    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

    Online Image: 80KB 740 x 620 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

    Moored in the harbor of Alexandria, Egypt, in June 1946.

    Courtesy of LCDR W. H. Cressman, USN (Ret.).

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 66KB 740 x 620 pixels

    Refueling a P5M seaplane of VP-44 on 24 May 1955.
    She is wearing the white paint of a Middle East Force flagship.
    Photographed by PH3 R. P. Champine, USN.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

    Online Image: 67KB 740 x 615 pixels

    Photographed circa 1958 from a Martin P5M, whose port side wing float is visible at the top of the photo.
    Other P5M aircraft are parked at the seaplane base below. The small cargo ship with the heavy lift booms amidships may be USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) or USNS Short Splice (T-AK-249). Note also the small unidentified structure on Greenwich Bay 's after deck.
    The original print carried the rubber stamped date 22 May 1958 on its reverse side.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.

    Online Image: 71KB 595 x 765 pixels

    Shown with awnings rigged in a photograph released in September 1965.
    She now has a tripod mast and a tall whip antenna right aft.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the U.S. Naval Historical Center.

    Online Image: 76KB 740 x 620 pixels

    Seen from USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) during her canal transit in June 1946.
    View looks forward on the ship's forecastle deck, with chief petty officers taking in the sun at right.

    Courtesy of LCDR W. H. Cressman, USN (Ret.).

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 71KB 740 x 600 pixels

    Harbor seen from USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) in June 1946.
    The ship moored on the left is HMS Stevenstone , a British Type 3 Hunt-class escort destroyer.

    Courtesy of LCDR W. H. Cressman, USN (Ret.).

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 81KB 740 x 620 pixels

    Lieutenant Wilmer H. Cressman, USN (at right)

    In a rickshaw, at the Tsingtao Aquarium, Tsingtao, China, November 1945. At that time he was Executive Officer of USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41).
    The officer in the other rickshaw is not identified.

    Courtesy of LCDR W. H. Cressman, USN (Ret.).

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 102KB 580 x 765 pixels

    Insignia: USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41)

    This emblem was on file at the Naval Historical Center in 1967, and had probably been received about a decade earlier.


    Greenwich Bay AVP-41 - History

    During the 1920s, several World War I "Bird" type minesweepers (AM) were assigned the mission of caring for the Navy's numerous seaplanes. They retained their AM series hull numbers for many years, but in January 1936 nine "Bird-Boats" were redesignated Small Seaplane Tenders and given new hull numbers ranging from AVP-1 through AVP-9.

    The type proved useful, particularly in the light of a Pacific Ocean strategy that required widely-deployed seaplane detachments to search for enemy naval forces, and in 1938 construction of seven newly-designed small seaplane tenders was authorized. These became AVPs 10-13 and 21-23, completed in 1941-43, the first of the ultimately very large Barnegat class. At about the same time, in 1938 and 1939, seven World War I era "flush-deck & four-pipe" destroyers were reclassified as small seaplane tenders, numbered AVP 14-20, and converted to fit them for the mission. These ex-destroyers were all again reclassified in August 1940, becoming Seaplane Tenders (Destroyer), or AVD.

    The Navy's great expansion of 1940-41 generated a program to built another forty-four Barnegat class AVPs, nine authorized in June 1940 (AVPs 23-32) and thirty-five in December 1941, just after the United States formally entered the fighting (AVPs 33-67). Sixteen of these were cancelled in late 1942 and in 1943, but the remaining twenty-eight were completed 1943-46, four of them as motor torpedo boat tenders (AGP 6-9).

    The small seaplane tenders saw wide use as aviation support ships during and after the Second World War. Some of the handy-sized Barnegats were converted for other missions, among them surveying ships (AGS), oceanographic research ships (AGOR) and flagships for the Middle Eastern Force. Many were transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard, one to the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and others joined foreign Navies, including those of Ethopia, Italy, Norway, the Republic of Vietnam, and the Philippines.

    This page provides the hull numbers of all U.S. Navy small seaplane tenders numbered in the AVP series, with links to those with photos available in the Online Library.

    See the list below to locate photographs of individual small seaplane tenders.

    If the small seaplane tender you want does not have an active link on this page, contact the Photographic Section concerning other research options.

    Left Column --
    Small Seaplane Tenders numbered
    AVP-1 through AVP-24:

    • AVP-1 : Lapwing (1918-1946),
      originally AM-1
    • AVP-2 : Heron (1918-1947),
      originally AM-10
    • AVP-3 : Thrush (1919-1946),
      originally AM-18
    • AVP-4 : Avocet (1918-1946),
      originally AM-19
    • AVP-5 : Teal (1918-1948),
      originally AM-23
    • AVP-6 : Pelican (1918-1946),
      originally AM-27
    • AVP-7 : Swan (1919-1946),
      originally AM-34
    • AVP-8 : Gannet (1919-1942),
      originally AM-41
    • AVP-9 : Sandpiper (1919-1946),
      originally AM-51

    Right Column --
    Small Seaplane Tenders numbered
    AVP-25 through AVP-68:


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    Ernest Leo Trimble Obituary

    &ldquoFor the Trimble family. Sorry to hear Ernest has pass away. I know that he will be with his Heavnely Father. God Bless you are in my prayers . Read More » &rdquo
    3 of 39 | Posted by: Robert Wilson - Edmond, OK

    &ldquoWe are sorry to hear about Ernest. Your family will be in our thoughts&prayers. Franklin&Lib Pruitt USSGreenwichBay 1961-1963 &rdquo
    4 of 39 | Posted by: Franklin Pruitt - Inman, SC

    &ldquoTo the Trimble Family, May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in. Read More » &rdquo
    5 of 39 | Posted by: valerie thompson - MD

    &ldquoServed with Ernest on avp41 Greenwich Bay. Always there for everybody. Sorry he is Gone. God must need him for something. &rdquo
    6 of 39 | Posted by: Robert Benjamin - AR

    &ldquoFarewell, shipmate. ajm, USS Greenwich Bay &rdquo
    7 of 39 | Posted by: Anthony J. Malta - Utica, MI

    &ldquoSorry to here of your loss, may God bless you and your family. Bill & Lanny Pippin. &rdquo
    8 of 39 | Posted by: James & Lana Pippin - Elkton, MD

    &ldquoTo the Family, I was on the Greenwich Bay with Ernie and knew him well. We met and visited at the reunions. He will be missed. He is in a better. Read More » &rdquo
    9 of 39 | Posted by: Bill Tratnik - Machesney Park,, IL

    &ldquoHe is know with his father in heaven where he will live forever. God Bless &rdquo
    10 of 39 | Posted by: Donald Herrmann - Omaha, NE

    &ldquoDear Mrs. Trimble and Melissa, We were very sorry to hear your sad news. I was thinking how lucky we were to be at the Alumni Banquet this year for. Read More » &rdquo
    11 of 39 | Posted by: Bridget Russell Senecal - Bowie, MD

    &ldquoSorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you and the memories from church and softball games. We are praying for you and your family. &rdquo
    12 of 39 | Posted by: Carol Brooks Patchin & Betty Brooks Peirson - MD

    &ldquoI always looked forward to see Ernie in church. He was rightly proud of his military service. A solid man. &rdquo
    13 of 39 | Posted by: Andrew S. Wade - NORTH EAST, MD

    &ldquoDoris and family, I am sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. I enjoyed hearing Ernie's stories and watching him interact with William as a young man. Read More » &rdquo
    14 of 39 | Posted by: Gale Nuss - North East, MD

    &ldquoSORRY FOR YOUR LOSS,HE WAS A SHIPMATE. USS VALCOUR AVP-55 1959-1961 &rdquo
    15 of 39 | Posted by: DOYLE W. LEWIS - KNOXVILLE, TN

    &ldquoI was on the USS Valcour AGF-1, A sister ship. Served from 1972 until decommissioning in '73. &rdquo
    17 of 39 | Posted by: John Maliskey USN/RET - TN

    &ldquoYou have my sincere condolences. This is my prayer. May God bless the Trimble family and friends with His loving touch in a way that might help each. Read More » &rdquo
    19 of 39 | Posted by: Joe Inger - Clinton, TN

    &ldquoWas aboard the Uss Greenwich Bay, AVP 41 with Ernest. Sorry We did not keep up with each other thru the yrs. Sorry to hear of his death. &rdquo
    20 of 39 | Posted by: Billy L Nail - Concord, NC 28027, NC

    &ldquoDear Doris and Family, we are so saddened by Ernies passing and the sorrow you must be feeling right now. We pray that the Lord will bless him and. Read More » &rdquo
    21 of 39 | Posted by: George & Ruth Ramsey - West Lawn, PA

    &ldquoDoris and Family, Our sympathy and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Ralph and Louise Misenko &rdquo
    22 of 39 | Posted by: Ralph/Louise Misenko - Mentor, OH

    &ldquoERNEST WILL BE REMEMBERD BY ALL HIS SHIPMATES &rdquo
    23 of 39 | Posted by: RICHARD LAST - SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI

    &ldquodear Doris and Melissa, It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I shall always hold dear those fond. Read More » &rdquo
    24 of 39 | Posted by: Karla (Gray) Howell - North East, MD

    &ldquoDoris and Melissa, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you both. Jeanie (Abrams) McCauley &rdquo
    25 of 39 | Posted by: Bill and Jeanie McCauley - VA

    &ldquoDear Doris and Family. My condolences for the passing of a shipmate of the Greenwich Bay. I was on in 1957 through 1958. I did not knowErnest. Read More » &rdquo
    26 of 39 | Posted by: Art Vanderlaan - Muskegon, MI

    &ldquoDear Doris and Family, My heart and prayers go out to you in your time of sadness,I never knew Earnest personally but I served aboard the GB. Read More » &rdquo
    27 of 39 | Posted by: Robert Mosely EMFN - Lizella, GA

    &ldquoI was abord the greenwich bay in 56-57 so I did not know Ernest but I would have binhonered to have served with him. &rdquo
    28 of 39 | Posted by: Jack Blackburn - kennewick, WA

    &ldquoTo the Trimble Family, Please accept my most sincere condolences on the loss of Ernest. Although I did not known him personally, he was a fellow. Read More » &rdquo
    29 of 39 | Posted by: Nicholas J. Valhos - Hyde Park, NY

    &ldquoOur USS Greenwich Bay AVP 41 cruise in 1953 holds dear memories. Many blessings on the Ernie's family. A fellow sailor. chuck &rdquo
    30 of 39 | Posted by: Chuck Bramhall IC3 - NJ

    &ldquoDoris and Melissa, Thinking of you and praying for God to help you thru this.Sorry we can,t be there. but our hearts will be. Bill and Midge. Read More » &rdquo
    31 of 39 | Posted by: Bill @ Midge Burkentine - SC

    &ldquoServed with Trim on the Greenwich Bay. A truly nice guy and I send my condolences and best wishes to you and your family. &rdquo
    32 of 39 | Posted by: Tom Sholes - Larkspur, CO

    &ldquoIt was my honor to servie with Erney in the engine room on the Greenwich Bay. &rdquo
    33 of 39 | Posted by: ROBERT SIEVER - GRANBURY, TEXAS, TX

    &ldquoThe U.S. Navy is unique in honoring all former mates. Altough I didn't know Ernest personally,I wish his family good sailing. &rdquo
    34 of 39 | Posted by: Gene Boland - Wilmington, NC

    &ldquoSurely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever &rdquo
    36 of 39 | Posted by: Bill Gillenwater - Portland, TX

    &ldquoDear Doris and Family, Your friends of the USS Greenwich Bay would like you to know that we are thinking of you and are also suffering with you. Read More » &rdquo
    37 of 39 | Posted by: Martin & Nell Brown - Hamlet, NC

    &ldquoDoris and family So sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy is extended to my long time friends Lorraine Diamonte &rdquo
    38 of 39 | Posted by: Lorraine Diamonte - North East, MD

    &ldquoDear Doris and family I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Jeanie Nojunas &rdquo
    39 of 39 | Posted by: Jeanie Nojunas - North East, MD

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    Ernest Leo Trimble , 79, of Bay View, MD died Friday, September 4, 2009 at his home. He was born in Elkton, MD, July 16, 1930, the son of the late Harry Lawson and the late Harriet Amelia (Davis) Trimble . He married his wife, the former Doris Marie Taylor on Feb. 11, 1956. He graduated from North East High School, class of 1948, and following graduation enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Midway prior to his discharge in 1949, and was placed on inactive reserve. He went to work for Delaware Power & Light and later worked at the Bainbridge Post Office. He was recalled to active naval duty and served aboard the seaplane tender USS Greenwich Bay AVP-41, from 1952 to 1953. Upon this discharge he worked at the hosiery mill in Elkton before returning to the post office as a letter carrier in Wilmington and Marshallton, DE, retiring on June 1, 1987 from the North East Post Office. Ernie later went to work for eight years at the Petro Truck Stop in Elkton, finally retiring in 1995. He has enjoyed his lawn care and gardening over the years, skiing in New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as attending Navy reunions of the Greenwich Bay. Ernie attended the Zion, MD United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife Doris (Taylor) Trimble of Bay View a daughter Melissa A. Gould and husband Bryan of Woodsville, NH, and two grandsons Scott T. and Kyle B. Gould, both of Woodsville, NH. The funeral service will be held Friday, September 11, 2009 at12:00 Noon at Crouch Funeral Home, 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday evening, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The Rev. Hal Owens of the Zion Methodist Church will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE. It is preferred that memorial contributions be made to Rising Sun American Legion Honor Guard or to Seasons Hospice, in care of the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign an online guest register at www.crouchfuneralhome.com For further information, please contact the funeral home.

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    Historic Greenwich Township, NJ

    Greenwich Township is a Delaware Bay community covering almost 19 square miles.The region provides some of the best bird-watching on the East Coast and there are year‐round opportunities to view bald eagles and other wildlife. The Township, and the entire region, is rich in history as well as natural beauty. We hope that you will visit often and enjoy all the region has to offer throughout the seasons.

    Two marinas offer water access to the Cohansey River and the Delaware Bay. A seasonal riverside restaurant at Hancock’s Harbor offers visitors dining possibilities. Neighboring Hopewell Township and the City of Bridgeton offer numerous other restaurants, supermarkets, shopping, tourism sites and other amenities for those coming to explore all of the sites and natural attractions of the Township.

    Ye Greate Street, the “Main Street” of Greenwich, is wide and offers plenty of free parking. Visitors can easily walk to the Historic Gibbon House, the Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum, the Teaburner Monument and other historic sites. The Greenwich Post Office is generally considered the center of town.

    Greenwich Township is a Delaware Bay community covering almost 19 square miles.The region provides some of the best bird-watching on the East Coast and there are year‐round opportunities to view bald eagles and other wildlife.

    The Township, and the entire region, is rich in history as well as natural beauty. We hope that you will visit often and enjoy all the region has to offer throughout the seasons.

    Two marinas offer water access to the Cohansey River and the Delaware Bay. A seasonal riverside restaurant at Hancock’s Harbor offers visitors dining possibilities and Aunt Betty’s Kitchen offers great food and hospitality year-round in the heart of town.

    Neighboring Hopewell Township and the City of Bridgeton offer numerous other restaurants, supermarkets, shopping, tourism sites and other amenities for those coming to explore all of the sites and natural attractions of the Township.

    Ye Greate Street, the “Main Street” of Greenwich, is wide and offers plenty of free parking. Visitors can easily walk to the Historic Gibbon House, the Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum, the Teaburner Monument and other historic sites. The Greenwich Post Office is generally considered the center of town.


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