the PERRY was in Drydock in Naples, Italy in 1965 the Snipes (
Engineering Crew Members ) adopted a puppy that they named Snipe.
Below are a few pictures of Snipe, Vince Dodds is looking for more
pictures. When I receive them I will add them. Below is the
story of Snipe as members of the crew remember it. As you can see
there are different versions, memories fade over time.
If I receive more information or pictures I will add it.
the “History of the Newman K Perry” DD-883/DDR-883 by A. Earl
Horstman, Snipe was found by BT2 Mathis in a back alley in Naples.
He convinced BT1 Logan that the dog would make a good BT. They
named the dog Snipe and received permission from Captain Bailey to keep
him aboard NKP. Snipe
became the ships mascot. A
set of Dress Blues were made for him along with an Identification card
and Liberty card that he seldom used, he was placed on the engineering
watch quarters and station bill. A
set of practical factors was developed to ensure Snipe would be well
trained. Snipe advanced to
Fireman (E-3) when he learned which was the cold boiler drip pan in the
Forward Fireroom. The cold
drip pan was his station for each engineering evolution.
Snipe made BT3 when he learned to climb the ladder from the lower
to upper deck of the Fireroom. (However he was busted back to Fireman for crapping on the
deck plates.) Snipe was not
dumb,in fact the Crew almost convinced BT1 Logan that the IQ of his Fire
room increased when Snipe came aboard.
An example of Snipe’s intelligence was his ability to get to
his General Quarters station from topside.
When GQ was sounded and he was somewhere else in the ship, other
than the Forward Fireroom he would run to the Forward Fireroom scuttle,
jump around and bark until some passing sailor helped him get below to
Snipe stayed aboard ship, without Liberty in Toulon, France at
which time the Fireroom crew thought he was old enough for “amour”.
They dressed him in his Dress uniform and took him ashore to find
a French poodle. Upon
clearing the gang-plank he spotted a patch of flowers and started eating
them like a goat in a turnip patch.
His Liberty was cancelled and back aboard NKP he came – without
even one drink, much less a French poodle.
About two weeks later Snipe had an accident in the Fireroom and
broke his hip. After the veterinarian fixed him up, his rating was
changed to ASROC Gunnersmate and he was transferred topside to the ASROC
gang, with a name change to Rocky. He seemed happy at his new home on the open deck.
Also GMG1 McPhearson and GMG2 Brown tried to make him feel at
home in his new surroundings.
The weather started getting very cold in early December, 1965 and
Rocky started looking for a warm place to sleep.
One of the best places was a passageway leading forward from the
ASROC deck toward the Bridge. This
happened to be the same passageway that Commodore Britner’s Stateroom
opened into. Rocky found it
warmer lying directly in front of the Commodore’s door where heat
escaped through the crack under the door. A well placed comment by the Commodore to the Captain about
being unable to open his door because of a sleeping dog, led to Rocky
being tied up on the ASROC deck. Rocky
let the entire Crew know of his displeasure by constantly barking. The Crew recognized how hard it was for a free spirit like
Rocky “a.k.a.” Snipe to be tied down so they awarded him permanent
shore duty in New Hampshire as soon as NKP arrived state side.
According to Vince Dodds the story is a little different, this is
the story that Vince sent to me along with pictures.
we were in dry dock in Italy I became friends with the cook for the dry
His dog had puppies and I just had to have one, so one night I just
sneaked him onboard the ship and hid him in the rag barrel down in the
aft Fireroom till I could figure a way to have him accepted on board.
first showed him to all the crew in the aft and Forward Fireroom and
asked for some advise.
We decided to go up through the ranks one at a time,
first we introduced Snipe to Chief Machen
Who in turn introduced him to our engineering officer LT. Schlegel who
hit the roof but once the chief calmed him down (that took a couple
days) they came up with a plan that the captain might accept.
They got someone onboard to make him a uniform, He
received a navy ID card and a liberty card and presented all this to the
executive officer who presented it to the captain and Snipe became part
of the crew.
Upon returning to the states I was informed that
Snipe would have to disappear because customs would not allow it and he
would be confiscated, so I got hold of the first person going on leave
when the ship docked and he took him home with him. I believe his name
was Cormier BT3.
I believe Snipe spent the rest of his life up in New
I received an e-mail when Snipe died of old age but I don't remember the
an interesting fact about Snipe I always took him on liberty with me and
one night in Barcelona the shore patrol cancelled his liberty for having
sex with a poodle in a bar.
time me and Snipe were drinking beer at an outside table in Naples and
this Nun started yelling at me for serving him beer, she took Snipe’s
beer from him and came back with a bowl of milk.
are the only three photos I have of Snipe, I wish I would of taken one
of him in uniform.
is an e-mail that I believe is from Lt. McMahan.
found him in Naples and I believe was named Snipe. The stewards liked to feed him and I think he left a pile
outside the Commodores cabin once.
I also remember that he took a leak through the grating in the
Fireroom right on one of the crew.
I believe that he got adopted by one of the guys once we got
home. That's all I can
recall, but he was good for morale.
Best regards, Bob.
following is from Lt. Young.
remember the dog that we brought back but that's about all I can offer.?
who was Chief Engineer at the time might have more information or know
who does.? I tried to avoid those "hot, noisy engineering
was aboard ship.? Also Bob McMahan who was DCA might have some
following is from Lt. Schlegel.
can remember the breed he was a welsh corgie (spelling ?)I do remember
he dove off the bow one time when we were coming into port. I guess he
some fish or something he thought he should try to get.
Below email and photo from Darl Gilliland
MR2 Have sent you
a picture of Snipe that I had. Brings back old memories. Thanks. I
remember that he spent most of his time in the after fireroom while
we were underway. I don't remember how or why he was onboard. Was he
picked up while the Perry was in Naples after the collision? I came
on board when the ship returned to Newport in Dec of 1965. Darl
Gilliland MR2 Dec.1965 - Aug. 1969
Miller EM3(standing) and Darl Gilliland MR striker.(kneeling)