Guy Albanese Memorial Page

USS Surfbird Crewmember 1944-1946 (Plankowner) 

Passed away on 3 January 2010


2003 Reunion 

2005 Reunion

If you knew Guy Albanese and would like to add your comments to this page, please do so below:





Hi, Don,


Thank you very much for the kind sentiments that you wrote on the memorial page for my Dad, Guy Albanese, and for setting up the webpage.  Also, please extend my family's appreciation to all in the USS Surfbird community for their caring sentiments and thoughts.  My family and I also enjoyed his stories of his adventures on the Surfbird.  We miss him very much but it is comforting to receive the thoughts and prayers of friends.  I have a few more photo's of my Dad in the Navy in the years from 1942 to 1946, and while I do not know the names of his Navy buddies in the photo's, some of them might have been on the Surfbird with him.  I do not know the timeframe or locations of the photo's.  Anyway I have attached them for your info, and in case you wanted to post any of them. 

In Photo 1, the group of 6 guys, my Dad is in the bottom row, center.

In Photo 2, the group of 3 guys, my Dad is on the right, shortest of the 3.

I believe Photo 3 was taken in 1945.

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

If I find any pictures of the Surfbird, I will send them to you.
Thank you,
Jim Albanese


We met Guy and Rita at the first Surfbird reunion in Branson.  Although we had never met them before, we soon felt as though they were old friends.     We could sit for hours listening as Guy told us stories of the infant days of the Surfbird.  Guy was a strong supporter of the Association from the beginning and he will be missed.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Rita and the family as they mourn his loss.

God Bless,

Don & Sharon Gillispie

I did not know Guy, but feel that there is a bond between all who sailed on the Surfbird. The death of one of those who trod the decks of the Surfbird diminishes the life of all of us who have that common bond.

My heartfelt sympathy to all Guy's survivning family and may you rejoice in the happy memeories he has left you.

Conrad Maher

Dear Rita,

I was so sorry to hear about Guy. I served with Guy for only a few months, but I thought he was a real gentleman. God bless you.

Ed & Mary Lee


I knew and served with Guy on the Surfbird, He was a great guy and you will be glad to know that very soon a plaque honoring the Surfbird and her crew will be mounted in Garden of Memories at the Adm. Nimitz Museum of the War in the South Pacific in Fredericksburg TX

Ed Fournier

My Grandfather was a great guy, a true gentleman. If there was one thing about the Navy that he was proud of it was that he was a plankowner on the Surfbird. When I would come home on leave from the USCG on holidays, he'd ask me if i had any sea stories and then he'd tell me some real good ones...ones so good you can't make them up about duty on the Surfbird. It's nice to know as always in the service "we never forget our own", so thanks to his shipmates for making this page from me and my family.

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Liam Pero