Monte Ray Kershner

February 16, 1935 - January 17, 2019 

Monte Ray Kershner

February 16, 1935 - January 17, 2019 

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Frank L. Adkins posted a Condolence | February 03, 2019

Monte and I first met in Mess-hall #3, aboard the Heavy Cruiser the USS Salem CA-139, about February 1955. I helped him get transferred from a deck group to our Signalman's group. We have been close friends ever since. We had many good times together on and off-board the ship. We both bought our wives special China Dish Sets while in France and shipped them back to the states. Neither of us had one dish broken. After Navy days we kept in touch with our special group of "[Eight] "Band-of-Brothers," while all of us were living in separate states; such as: NC,,OH,,FL.CO., MI., NH., and PA. Following Retirement years the B-o-B group held mini-reunions together mostly here in Ocala, FL. Most of us often (week/yearly) would meet in Quincy, MA to serve on board the USS Salem as a volunteer work crew. We all had wonderful stories to tell. Two other (Band-of-Brothers) [Subs] although not so close as the others, they would also meet with the [Eight] whenever possible. As of 2-3-19, the {Eight are listed with any (nick-name) and with a [D - deceased or (L- Living].. George Jones (Jonesey) - [D]; Mervin Hines (Hines) - [D]; John Thomas (Tom) - [D]; Ron Spring (Tank) - [D]; Monte Kershner (Mother) - [D]; Frank Keaser (Keaser) - [L]; Gilbert Girard - (Frenchie) - [L]; Frank Adkins - (Addy) - [L]; The two Subs (B-o-B) are: Bruce Hodsoll - (Bergerbee) - [L]; and Michael Van De Keere - (Van) - [L]: Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better truer friends group than these. God Bless them all. Signed: Addy - Ocala, FL ; 1-(352)-369-3160.
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