My husband, Michael J. Swist was on the USS Seattle from around 1968. He passed away on 09/05/07 ... He loved the ship and was proud he served.
His son, Michael J. Swist 111 is currently a Navy Diver out of San Diego.
Earl Boutell (1968)
Mickey was a great shipmate. We all called him Piggy. He was a funny guy and a good guitar player. As the Seattle was being completed, many of the crew lived outside the main gate of Bremerton at the YMCA. Mickey got cleaned up and dressed up, took a few steps out of the Y, and a sea gull nailed his squarely on the head. One of hundreds of stories involving him.
For the plankowners, Mickey was the electrician who was shocked while working on the aft crain in 1970.
Robert B. O'Connor (1968)
I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Mickey. Mickey was a member of E division aboard the USS Seattle. He worked with the cargo handling gang out of the battery shops. I remember him playing both guitar and accordian. He was excellent at both. I remember the nights at sea when we played ping-pong, cribbage and sat around listening to Mickey play his music.
Mickey was to my birthday party my wife had for me while living in Norfolk, Va. We had the best time with E division. Copious amounts of food and alcohol were consumed. It was one of my best remembered birthday parties.
I remember Mickey and Seaman Pestka doing an imitation of Charlie McCarthy at a car convention in New Orleans. They brought the entire convention to their knees with laughter.
Mickey was a good friend to many of his shipmate's. I will always remember the good times we had. Lots of memories were made.
With best regards,
Robert B. O'Connor, EM2, USS Seattle
William Heise (1970)
My rack was right across from Mick's (I knew him as "Pig"). I remember when he was electrocuted working on one of the cranes. He had a nasty hole in his thumb, was lucky to get loose. I remember him as a funny guy. But also as good shipmate I was proud work along side.