This page was posted on November 10,
2014 in honor of Howard R. Doble, Jr who served aboard
the U.S.S. Haynsworth from 1950-1952. He was a loving
husband and wonderful father to four children (of which
I am one...).
away on November 1st, 2014 exactly one year from when he
was diagnosed with small cell cancer. I cannot put into
words how brave and positive he was even on the day that
he went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and
our Heavenly Father God.
I gave this domain name and start-up website to my dad
as a Christmas present in 2000. Like everything else dad
did in his life - he let it consume countless hours of
his time adding volumes of pages and photos over the
years. You see, other than the love that he felt for his
God and Jesus Christ; other than the love he shared with
his wife of 63 years, Barbara; and other than the love
and devotion that he shared for his children and family
as a whole - not many things would make dad's chest
swell with pride like his memories of his time serving
in the United States Navy.
Dad always seemed to have a smile on his face, however
there was a special twinkle in his eyes when the subject
of the U.S.S. Haynsworth came up. I cannot even begin to
estimate the MULTIPLE THOUSANDS of hours that dad put
into this website in the 14 years that he kept it
updated. The meticulous manner in which he insured that
every detail was accurate in posting photos, shipmate's
time served and taps reports for those fellow sailors
that had passed.
If you are one of the tens of thousands of visitors who
came to this website over the last 14 years, dad is
solely responsible (other than a few dozen hours that he
would draft mom, myself and my sisters into assisting
him) for ALL of the thousands of pages, multiple
thousands of photographs and volumes of content input
that went into developing and maintaining the site.
Unfortunately this website will no longer be maintained
and we simply honor the wonderful man, husband, father,
Christian and role model that he was by posting this
memorial to him.
Dad was buried with military honors, complete with a 21
gun salute, flag folding and presentation. He would have
been proud of that as well. I've added a few images of
the funeral below as this IS the final taps report via
Rest in Peace Dad...
For those who would want to read dad's obituary - you
can do that by
If you'd like to visit the main
website and all of the content that dad had on-site ---