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I recently came across a December 1975 All Hands magazine that had an incredible story....

It seems that the USS Little Rock hosted Miss America 1975, and the six runners-up at a big to-do in the Med. This is something I hadn't heard about before. Here's part of the article:

From December 1975 All Hands Magazine:

“Sailors aboard ships of the U.S. Sixth Fleet recently hosted Miss America 1975, Shirley Cothran, and her six runners-up. This USO-sponsored show marked the first time any reigning Miss America had entertained military men aboard ships in the Mediterranean.”

Besides Miss Cothran, who is also Miss Texas, .....were:
Rhonda Pope, Miss Arkansas;
Susan Griffin, Miss North Carolina;
Karen Smith, Miss Kansas;
Cheryl Johnson, Miss Wyoming;
Lucianne Buchanan, Miss California;
Kristen Krull, Miss New York.

Seven sailors aboard USS Little Rock (CG 4) had the honor of acting as escorts for Miss America and her court during their stay aboard the flagship. They were:

Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class William F. Taylor
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gary W. Ivey
Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Hans M. Naggor,
Lance Corporal John E. Knight
Quartermaster 2nd Class Cristopher J. O’Donald
Personnelman Seaman Daniel R. Sugs
Operations Specialist 1st Class M. L. “Pepper” Seaman

I'll be posting something eventually on the Association's "Famous Visitors" web page. However, it would be nice to have more info with regards to the crew members who were involved.....

If you recall ANYTHING about this event, please give us your input.

Thanks in advance....

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I’ll shake my memory cells and see what comes to mind for this story! 

 

The USO Miss America contingent came to Gaeta and performed on Little Rock’s fantail Saturday afternoon, August 30, 1975.  As many folding chairs as possible were set out on both sides and aft from the missile launcher.  The “stage” was the back third of the ship’s helicopter pad.  It seemed everyone in Gaeta tried to find a spot or perch on the back end of the ship to watch the show.  I don’t remember if the crew was required to be in dress uniform or not.  I was asked to “volunteer” to setup the Sixth Fleet Band’s sound system, run the soundboard and assist as necessary.  If I remember correctly, the woman in charge of the show was Anita Bryant’s mother.  I believe Shirley Cothran was nicknamed the “Texas Flute Tooter.”  It was sunny, warm and a little windy during the show.  The next day it rained and I got soaked walking around Rome.          

 

Shirley Cothran crowned the next Miss America a few days later on September 6, 1975. 

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My father was stationed with 6th Fleet onboard the USS Little Rock and transferred to the USS Albany in Gaeta Italy.

I was onboard as a dependent during the USO show and got all of their autographs. I actually found this site while looking up their names.

Over the years some of the autographs we destroyed or lost but I do manage to have 3, though they are not the ones listed in your article. They are:

Pat Cyr, Miss Maine 1975
Marion Burgess, Miss Tennessee 1975
Mary Cadorette, Miss Connecticut 1975

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I believe I still have some photo's of that occasion.

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I was at that show in 1975. I also have several pictures of that show. Great memories. I served on the Little Rock from June 1975 until we took her to Philly to be decomissioned in Nov. of 1976. I was a side boy at that decom ceremony.

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I have all the pics from that visit. When we left to come back to Philly they where throwing away tons of pics out of the PAO office. I kept a hand full and still have them to this day. I have been thinking about trying to contact someone to get a copy of it all to the ship in NY. I worked there with Lon Cabbot, Doug Moody, John Dietz.
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John....   Thanks for your contribution to this forum. I don't know if you are aware of it or not, but there is some info on our website regarding the 1975 visit by Miss America Shirley Cothran . You can check it out on the "Famous Visitors" page.

Also, if you have photos pertaining to this event, or other photos that would be suitable for the website and/or our archives, click on "Webmaster" on any webpage to send me an email and we can workout the details.

Thanks in advance.  Art Tilley

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Originally Posted by Artillery
I recently came across a December 1975 All Hands magazine that had an incredible story....

It seems that the USS Little Rock hosted Miss America 1975, and the six runners-up at a big to-do in the Med. This is something I hadn't heard about before. Here's part of the article:

From December 1975 All Hands Magazine:

“Sailors aboard ships of the U.S. Sixth Fleet recently hosted Miss America 1975, Shirley Cothran, and her six runners-up. This USO-sponsored show marked the first time any reigning Miss America had entertained military men aboard ships in the Mediterranean.”

Besides Miss Cothran, who is also Miss Texas, .....were:
Rhonda Pope, Miss Arkansas;
Susan Griffin, Miss North Carolina;
Karen Smith, Miss Kansas;
Cheryl Johnson, Miss Wyoming;
Lucianne Buchanan, Miss California;
Kristen Krull, Miss New York.
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Seven sailors aboard USS Little Rock (CG 4) had the honor of acting as escorts for Miss America and her court during their stay aboard the flagship. They were:

Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class William F. Taylor
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gary W. Ivey
Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Hans M. Naggor,
Lance Corporal John E. Knight
Quartermaster 2nd Class Cristopher J. O’Donald
Personnelman Seaman Daniel R. Sugs
Operations Specialist 1st Class M. L. “Pepper” Seaman

I'll be posting something eventually on the Association's "Famous Visitors" web page. However, it would be nice to have more info with regards to the crew members who were involved.....

If you recall ANYTHING about this event, please give us your input.

Thanks in advance....
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I remember that event, boy do I remember that!, thats everyone talked about were those beautiful ladies.Being from Texas I had hoped to be an escort but hope was all I got
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